"When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars, This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius..." (The 5th Dimension, 1969).
The Age of Aquarius is here. Some believe it began in the year 2000 as we left behind the Age of Pisces, the two dimensional struggle between individualism and group pressure to conform and be something that organized groups and their leaders tried to pressure others into doing. Some believe that we are only on the cusp of that new age or world to come, that it will emerge as time continues to move along but will not be complete until 2062 or even as late as 2680. I doubt if I will be alive to welcome its coming if it takes until either of those two dates.
The Age of Aquarius, both the song and the belief in a world of peace and harmony, sees a vision of what could be if humans could only learn to live together without conflict, war, and strife. "Harmony and understanding, sympathy and truth abounding, No more falsehoods or derisions, Golden living dreams of visions, Mystic crystal revelation, and the mind's true liberation." Aquarius....a new world, a new way of living!
It sounds much like the vision that the prophet Isaiah saw in chapter 2 of his words. A new world would emerge in which all nations would stream to the holy city of Jerusalem to encounter wisdom from God's throne and God would teach the nations how to live peacefully. People would willingly beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, agricultural tools necessary to grow crops. The vision gives the encouragement---"come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!"
Light---necessary to guide our footsteps in times of darkness, to prevent us from hurting ourselves due to tripping and falling over obstacles in our way that we cannot see...the light is there to guide our way but we cannot always perceive its existence. Walking in the light means that we see it and understand what to do in order to be safe.
The last few days have been gloomy days of overcast and cold and rain, something we are not accustomed to experiencing in sunny, hot Texas. Winter seems to have arrived early as the days have been wet and cold and dark. It has been getting dark very early and the long evenings seem to go on forever. We long for the light, for the sun to shine again, even though we have plenty of sunlight in our long, hot summers. We complain about the heat but when it gets cold, what we consider cold at least, we want that to go away too. Keep us in the pleasant moderate temperatures with plenty of sun but not too much. We want things just right.
That is the desire of all humanity. We want things to be just right all the time. That desire is called longing for utopia, for paradise, for all to be right in the world. That is what the prophet Isaiah describes also. He sees a time to come when all humanity will learn how to live and will enact that learning into common practice. War will be a thing of the past because people will know how to live and act and will love each other instead of killing each other. It is a dream, a vision, but one that we can continue to believe in because God is the source of all hope. We believe in things that we cannot see, including a God that is invisible. We believe not because we can see what we believe it but because we have faith in hope---hope that sustains us in the dark, gloomy days of winter and in the dark days of hatred and inhumanity.
"I believe in the sun even when it is not shining, I believe in God even when he is silent, I believe in love even when it is not evident." So goes a saying written on a wall of a prison cell by an anonymous author. Truth to live by and reflect upon. There is a new world coming....wait for it...hope for it...believe in it, even if you never experience it.