Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Age of Aquarius

I've been reading about the Israeli invasion of Gaza. Reading about wars some how or another always makes me think of this song, Aquarius/Let The Sunshine in by The Fifth Dimension. I know it's wierd. I think it's because the first time I heard the song was in the movie Forrest Gump. It was partly a war movie and also a movie about changes going on in the 70's.

When ever I think of strive, I think of the Age of Aquarius. According to Wikipedia, "The Age of Aquarius is one of the twelve astrological ages. Each astrological age is approximately 2,150 years long, on average, but there are various methods that can make ages much longer and shorter depending upon the technique used."

So one of those ages last a very long time! So what's so special about the Age of Aquarius?

"Ages are believed by some astrologers to affect mankind while other astrologers believe the ages correlate to the rise and fall of mighty civilizations and cultural tendencies. Aquarius traditionally "rules" electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, rebels and rebellions, mental diseases, nervous disorders, and astrology. Other keywords and ideas believed associated with Aquarius are nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverence, mankind and irresolution. The appearance or elevation in status of many of these Aquarian developments over the last few centuries is considered by many astrologers to indicate the proximity of the Aquarian age. There is no uniform agreement about the relationship of these recent Aquarian developments and the Age of Aquarius."

Most astrologers couldn't agree if we are actually in the Age of Aquarius but some say we've already in it. So look around us and you decide if we're already in it.

As for the song itself, it's a medley of two songs from the musical Hair put together. It was released in 1969 and was one of Fifth Dimension's biggest hits.

I just love music from the 70's. Music then was just full of touchy-feely emotions. Anyway, here's another video of Fifth Dimension performing all their hits.


Contessa said...

Thanks so much for including this vintage 5th Dimensions performance of The Age of Aquarius. I've shared it with so many of my e-mail friends and facebook buddies. It brings back poignant memories.

This is a great way to usher in the wonderful, electrifying, and awesome new age.

luxen said...

you're welcome!