The New Millennium
What Is It Exactly?
Chronologically, mankind is entering a New Millennium. Astrologically, this new era is called the Age of Aquarius. Astrological millenniums last approximately 2,000 years each. Here is a list of the astrological ages that mankind has passed through during recent history:
The Great Cusp:
A Period of Transition
Currently, we are in a "Great Cusp," which is an extended period of turbulence that exists whenever severe astrological aspects are in flux, as during a millennial change. Most of us are familiar with the concept of a Sun sign cusp, which occurs when a person is born while the planetary aspects are transitioning to another astrological sign (e.g.: a person born on September 23rd is on the cusp between the two Sun signs Virgo and Libra). In such a case, the person may exhibit traits and be subject to planetary influences of two different astrological signs.
Similarly, whenever our planet undergoes a millennial change, humanity experiences a Great Cusp that can last for up to 100 years. This is a highly vibrational time, as mankind is thrust – willingly or not – into a new phase of spiritual consciousness. It is a birthing process and is part of the life-death-life cycle. Thus, planet Earth and its inhabitants are feeling the effects of being "born again" into the Age of Aquarius. However, because there are so many confused souls who are fighting this change, the birth is now breech.
The good news is that the Great Cusp is almost over. The bad news is that we may not survive this period of turbulence unless we collectively start to embrace the paradigm shift. The Oracle Institute is dedicated to assisting mankind through this period of flux and guiding lost souls toward the Light, which will be much more comprehensible and visible once mankind passes into the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm.
The reason that the Great Cusp has lingered into the 21st Century is because of polarization, which results from the tensions created between the age which is ending and the new age that is beginning. Rather than accepting the new energies, confused souls try to thwart the birthing process and unwittingly attempt to abort the wondrous new age. To help illustrate the concept of polarization, let us examine some of the differences between the Age of Pisces, the outgoing age, and the newly forming Age of Aquarius.
The Age of Pisces
Jesus was born at the start of the Age of Pisces and he ignited that millennial shift into the Fourth Spiritual Paradigm. Thus, our last Great Cusp occurred between roughly 50 B.C.E. and 50 C.E., which was another period of intense spiritual vibration.
The astrological sign Pisces is represented by two fish that are swimming in opposite directions. This symbol connotes opposite forces which create duality in the Universe. In terms of spirituality, duality is the theory that mankind and God are not intrinsically connected, and that the Supreme Being is removed from us, exalted over us, and beyond the breadth of our understanding. In other words, a religion based on duality assumes that mankind is subservient to and separated from the primordial Source.
The early Christians held fast to their Jewish heritage and interpreted Jesus' lessons as: (i) branding mankind innately sinful; (ii) placing mankind outside the heavenly realm absent Salvation; and (iii) forever stigmatizing mankind as inferior to God. In this way, duality caused mankind to believe that we are separated from God and Heaven. Thus, Christianity and Islam, which are both Piscean religious institutions, view God as desiring supplication and worship, and they view Heaven as a reward for blind faith in God or, in the case of Christians, the deified Prophet Jesus. It also should come as no surprise that the Christian symbol for Jesus is the fish.
Piscean duality also led humanity to separate into various man-made castes or classes. For example, the nobility dominated and exploited the serfs, the priestly caste dictated to and spirituality restricted the laity. The elite class members sought control over the masses and they implemented man-made rules and a social hierarchy designed to guarantee their positions of authority. In the religious realm, the priestly caste members asserted themselves as mediators between the people and God. Those who refused to conform to this model of worship were labeled "heretics" and systematically eliminated. In sum, the love of "rules" is a Piscean trait.
Piscean duality also pitted "good" against "evil" and led the Christians to create the Devil, a fictitious entity that cannot be interpreted as anything other than a lesser deity. Tragically, Piscean duality also pitted man against woman, thereby fueling male aggression and legitimizing the male desire to dominate those who are physically weaker. The result has been the personification of God as a male deity, and 2,000 years of female suppression. This in turn led to the demonization of female sexuality. Forced celibacy by the Catholic Church, attacks on homosexuals, disputes over gender roles, and the current debate over "moral values" are just some of the confusing legacies resulting from Piscean views on evil, women, and sex.
Pisces is a "water" sign, which underscores the vast expanse and the dividing nature of the oceans on planet Earth. During the Piscean era of duality, the oceans separated and greatly restricted mankind. Consider that water was both the primary means of mass travel and the primary impediment to mass communication during the last millennium. As a result, ships were required for long distance travel and communication. Not until the Great Cusp of this millennium did mankind usurp the oceanic divides and develop the means for air travel and air communication.
Lastly, during the Piscean Age our planet was taken for granted. This ecological apathy stemmed from two faulty Piscean beliefs: (i) the Earth is the center of the Universe; and (ii) mankind is God's most loved and highly advanced creation. Science already has disproved the first of these beliefs, and the likely existence of intelligent life on other planets may soon debunk the second. Furthermore, Piscean religious prophecies added to this faulty belief system by predicting an end to the world. Indeed, the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions all assert that a Messiah will come to save mankind and that in the process the Earth will be destroyed. Unquestionably, this belief system does not foster a love of our vibrant yet delicately balanced planet. It also has the potential to become a self-fulfilling prophecy if we fail to protect our environment. Clearly, it is time for a spiritual paradigm shift into the New Millennium.
The Age of Aquarius
By way of contrast, the Age of Aquarius and the Aquarian Sun sign are symbolized by an angel pouring water onto the parched Earth. This symbol connotes relief, restoration, revival, and recovery. Spiritually, the angel signifies synthesis of the lessons of the ancient prophets into a unified belief system that recognizes the interconnectedness of all things, including the innate link between mankind and God. Thus, the Age of Aquarius is marked by unity.
For example, while the Piscean Age painted life in dualistic terms, such as the strong versus the weak, men controlling women, and mankind juxtaposed against an external and paternal God, the Aquarian Age envisions unification, by promoting equality, sharing, compassion, and inner spirituality. In addition, during the Aquarian Age we will reject the "win-lose" strategy of duality in favor of the "win-win" dynamic of unity.
Even more exciting, in the New Millennium more and more people will achieve spiritual enlightenment. The Saddha process helps us achieve this sacred goal by encouraging us to accept responsibility for our soul growth. Ultimately, our ability to go to "heaven" is not dependent on any man-made religion or the blind worship of a particular deity. Instead, our ability to join with the Light is contingent on our ability to discern Truth and then spread Love, as evidenced by our practice of compassionate works which help others and increase unity.
Also in the Age of Aquarius, humanity will reject arcane man-made rules, especially outdated religious ritual and dogma, since the ancient practices often are counterproductive to the soul's journey back to God. For example, clerics will no longer attempt to mediate between us and God, as such intervention may actually hamper union. Instead, pastors will teach us how to meditate on and connect to the Light on our own, so that true soul growth may take place.
For those of you who have yet to achieve meditative unity with the Light, we recommend the Saddha methodology for commencing your personal journey toward spiritual enlightenment. In general, prayer is an outdated Piscean method of reaching out to God, since it primarily is used to implore God to intervene in people's lives. As such, prayer represents only one-way communication with God. Meditation, on the other hand, is an Aquarian tool for connecting to Source, and it promotes a two-way dialogue. Meditation allows us to tap into the Light which is inside each of us, and arrive at Truth on our own.
Aquarius is an "air" sign, which highlights why technology has advanced so rapidly during the Great Cusp. During the Aquarian Age, mankind no longer will be limited to water or land-based systems of communication or travel. Hence, during the Great Cusp mankind invented telephones, satellites, and the internet, which are all air methods of communication. In addition, mankind built airplanes, jets, and rocket ships as air methods of travel. We can expect technology to continue expanding at phenomenally rapid rates. The trick will be managing these advanced air technologies until we have safely passed into the New Millennium.
Lastly, Aquarian unity will lead mankind to comprehend not only that all human beings are connected, but that everything on this planet and in the Universe is connected. This realization will then usher in an era of austere ecological protection of our planet and our animal life. Mankind finally will understand how vulnerable our planet is to pollution and how desperately our animals need healthy habitats. In the Age of Aquarius, mankind will gladly accept the responsibility of taking care of planet Earth and protecting the other creatures that now rely upon us, not God, for their survival.
The New Millennium Is Almost Here!
The polarization that we are experiencing will end as soon as we complete the paradigm shift and enter the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm. On the positive side, the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, the lessons of the Vietnam War, and the other struggles of the 1960s have helped to change the world. The current war in Iraq, the recent "red/blue state" antagonism, and the worldwide revival of religious fundamentalism, also are Great Cusp phenomena that will soon end with lessons learned. Indeed, many metaphysical errors will be corrected once we fully embrace the New Millennium.
To summarize, the New Millennium will be a time of synthesis and sharing on an unprecedented level. For those who feel a particular connection to the revolutionary Prophet Jesus, you can take comfort in the fact that humanity finally will be living a compassionate existence, just as Jesus modeled and prescribed. All we have to do now is make it through the Great Cusp. The Oracle Institute is committed to doing all that it can in order to help humanity through this turbulent time.
You, too, can help end the polarization of the Great Cusp. Begin to consciously shift your awareness from Piscean Age duality to Aquarian Age unity. A good way to start is with the foundational trilogy published by The Oracle Institute: The Truth, The Love, The Light. And if you are able to participate, we invite you to attend our Spirituality School, which is dedicated to preparing the future generation of Aquarian Age leaders.