- 'The author of The Grand Catharsis shines light on the shift
of the ages,
the 1997 awakening flashpoints, and the consciousness of Aquarius.'
By Ken Kalb
Cosmic lightning and heavenly fire welcome 1997, potentially the most significant
transformation year of our lives! The ethers are powerfully charged with
amplified amperage as we pass through several key astrological flashpoints
during the first quarter of the year. We are all purifying and preparing
for a series of powerful leaps this new year.
The year commences with a conjunction of giants Jupiter and Neptune in late
Capricorn, promising a positive expansion of imagination and spiritual consciousness.
On January 21st, benevolent Jupiter enters the radiant air of Aquarius for
a year of growth and breakthroughs in all realms Aquarian and Uranian. A
synchronized global meditation and prayer on the archetypal energy of white
light, called Gaiamind is scheduled for January 23rd at 9:35 am (pst), on
the full Leo Moon. The astrology chart for that day forms a grand hexagram
or Merkaba of energy, representing an activation of the light/spirit/body
within the collective consciousness of all humanity.
These flashpoints are a prelude to one of the most significant planetary
alignments of the century. On Valentine's weekend, February 14, 15, and
16, Jupiter and Uranus make a rare conjunction in Aquarius, with the Sun,
Mercury, and Venus also in this sign of the new age we have just enteredæsextiling
Pluto in Sagittarius. This is a launching pad for positive change, brilliant
innovation, and wild optimism and upliftment. For those searching for the
miraculous, you will find it percolating through the effervescent moments
of your life.
In my book, The Grand Catharsis, I designated the Spring Equinox of 1996
as the shifting point from the Piscean to the Aquarian age. The two principal
demarcators of this shift were the movements of Pluto into Sagittarius for
the first time in 247 years, and Uranus into the sign of its rulership Aquarius,
for the first time in 84 years. The transit of these two unconscious planets
of transformation and awakening from water and earth signs, to fire and
air signs represents a lightening, brightening and spiritualization of human
consciousness. There was only one other time in this millennium when they
occupied these positionsæa time history records as The Enlightenment.
A surprise blue-green comet called Hyukatake flashed across the Spring skies
to signifiy this shift of the ages, and fullfill an ancient Hopi prophecy.
This upcoming Valentine Alignment is the flashpoint when the age starts
feeling truly new, and genuinely Aquarian; expanding and amplifying the
magnificent potential of the human spirit to its greatest heights and finest
glory. In the spirit of Saint Valentine's angel, there will be a powerful
opening of kundalini love and light energy. Breakthroughs, inventions, surprises,
shifts, and changes for the betterment of our lives and humanity promise
to be born. Mergers and alliances on many levels will occur like molten
lava, as the world transforms. Quantum technological advances, inventions,
long awaited health developments, a cultural renaissance in music, the arts,
architecture, communications, information exchange, and space exploration
and disccovery will soar into new dimensions. Expansion of alternative lifestyles,
community living, as well as new modalities of social and political organization
and monetary exchange will take form. Health breakthroughs like wave form
and light medicine, magnetic technologies and other cutting edge therapies
will help diminish human sufffering. Electric cars and bikes will start
running down the roads, and alternative and free energy will flourish. A
humanitarian consciousness of we instead of me will permeate the spirit
of human endeavor. A yearning for a brighter vision that all living beings
can share will be dared by more and more who care.
Of course, there will also be negative manifestions of contrasting Aquarian
polarities. The dark side of this amplified Aquarian energy could take the
form of terrorism and accidents, uprisings and rebellions, lawlessness and
anarchy, insanity, instability, weirdness and confusion. Global hotspots
like the Middle East, China, Korea, and Eastern Europe could explode. Expect
an amplification of some wild scenarios of sensationalized millennium madness
by those cashing in on people's fears and vulnerabilities. Earth changes,
ruled by Uranus are ripe at this time, though I don't expect the massive
shifts until the window between the total solar eclipse of August, 1999
and the May 2000 grand planetary alignmen (See The Grand Catharsis) There
will be an increasing polarization between those on a path of renewal and
light, and one of fear and control. Bright light casts cold dark shadows.
This Spring will be greeted by the arrival of perhaps the largest comet
of the century, Hale-Bopp, which will infuse the heavens with a fiery new
element of extraterrestrial energy. The comet train which rained into Jupiter
in the Summer of 1994 rang the final bell lap of the Piscean age. Hyukatake,
perhaps the blue star kachina of Hopi prophecy, heralded the shift into
Aquarius in the Spring of 1996. Now, huge Hale-Bopp will signify the ignition
and amplification of this light shift in consciousness and the manifestation
into tangibility of creative new modalities which are engendered in our
rapidly changing lives.
Let's focus on Uranus and Aquarius to better understand the alchemy of this
force field of emerging new consciousness.
Aquarius has specific rule over the ethers, so as we pass through this flashpoint
portal, the closer we merge with this etheric dimension, a heirarchy above
mundane material existence. This is the domain where angels reside, and
the Aquarian period is one where the angel within will be self realized,
and where many will merge with this etheric light of higher consciousness,
along with its enhanced wisdom, knowledge, sensitivity, and vision. This
higher vibrational field is also where the etheric bodies of many master
souls like Saint Germaine, the Buddha or Jesus reside, so rising into unity
with this consciousness is how the so-called Second Coming is truly realized,
or whatever name one wishes to call the awakened state; be it oneness, bliss,
nirvana, heaven, samadhi, christ consciousness, universal love, or simply,
happiness. Access to higher consciousness will now be available to anyone
who devotes their lives to a spiritual quest.
In Aquarius we see the symphonic union of art, music, science, and spirituality,
as well as humanitarian statesmanship and revolutionary reform. Presidents
Lincoln and Roosevelt, futurist Jules Verne, inventor Thomas Edison, scientist
Charles Darwin, reformer Thomas Paine, actress Oprah Winfrey, musicians
Mozart and Schubert, and rastaman Bob Marley were all solar Aquarians. Futurologist
Buckminster Fuller, inventor Nikola Tesla, and rebel actor James Dean, all
have Aquarius prominent in their charts. Aquarius is the resplendent sign
where we take things to the limit, then move a step beyond.
You may notice a gender inconsistency in references to Aquarius. This is
because this sign is the divine hermaphrodite, combining male and female,
yin and yang, god and goddess, Sun and Moon, water and spirit; portrayed
in the interplay of these polarities in effervescent movement by the two
wavy lines of its electric glyph. Aquarius is Diana the water bearer, clothed
in the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned with the jewels of the twelve
star signs, and infused with the wisdom of the keywords, I know. In the
Tarot, Aquarius is card 17 of the major arcana, a luminous angel being called
The Star. It follows card 16, The Tower, symbolizing the destruction of
the ego by cosmic lightning, and the rebirth of spiritual consciousness.
In mythology, Aquarius was Ganymede the cup bearer of the gods, Zeus' lover
who became transformed into the constellation Aquarius. This divine marriage
of masculine and feminine natures will help nurture and shepherd the future
away from our masculine dominated history into a more balanced direction.
Friendliness, cooperation, and good vibrations should rise in vogue. Joyously
overflowing in its true love for others, Aquarius embraces all humanity
through its love and divine compassion for human beings and cosmic kinship
with all mankind. For as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, 'A friend may well
be reckoned to be the masterpiece of nature.'
Uranian powered Aquarian energy in its highest evolution is transformative
and magical. This sign which synthesizes all of the signs of the zodiac
in its etheric incandescence, has the power to transmute the old separative
influences of the past to create the future while the present still lives.
In this union of past, present, and future radiates the positive, creative,
renewing magic of love and inspiration in the eternal now. This is the most
potent force and veritable source of the universe.
This planet is now moving into a powerful and magical new force field in
this sign and age where all converge into the unity of the christ impulse
from our vast diversity, where the divinity in every human being glows.
1997 is a year of light shift A time when the radiance of Aquarius will
ignite within all of our lives. A time when we join together with others
of like mind and heart in new consciousness to cocreate a brighter vision
for a better world. Happy new year!
Ken Kalb is an astrologer, success strategist, and futurist with 25 years
experience, author of the highly regarded book, The Grand Catharsis (on
special for just $12 postpaid!!), and director of Lucky Star, a brilliant
interpretive astrological service operating since 1980. Call for a free
brochure (1-800-969-4401). Ken also leads workshops on the national Whole
Life Expo tour.
Copyright 1997 Ken Kalb