I need to clarify a possible misinterpretation of this article.
I do not believe that the religious phenomenon or the history of humanity can be reduced to a deterministic zodiacal clockwork. If anything, I suspect that the celestial bodies are driven by the same unknown force that shapes human experience but on a different level, like fractals of each other. In this respect, astrotheology is the glue that ties the evolution of religion but not the sacred itself. For instance, Christ’s incarnation might by synchronistic with the Age of Pisces and the symbol of the fish, but cannot be reduced to it.
There are clearly other patterns at play, whether they are knowable or above human understanding. One of them has to do with the evolution of the symbols of the self.
During Pisces, the symbol of the self was projected into Heaven and the afterlife, guiding a spiritual effort. Then it fell into matter, guiding materialistic progress. With the coming Aquarius, the separated opposites are now seeking renewal in the “new” human form, the individual that can carry his own water without relying on any community (religious, political, familial, etc.).
In a similar way, the impersonal Father Zeus has left his place to a judgmental Yahweh who, if anything, cared too much about human beings. After the incarnation, God became a universal, omnipotent and omniscient presence that transformed into the personal Jesus of Protestantism. And now, under Aquarius, a likely driving idea will be that every one of us is Christ.
For instance, the leading idea of a new religion following the Christian age would be that everybody would be Christ, that Christ had been merely the projection of an entirely human mystery. And inasmuch as we take back this projection from Christ into ourselves, each one of us is Christ. (Carl Jung, The Visions Seminars, p. 722 or vol. 2, p. 301)1
1 The quote does not end there, “[…] Christ was crucified, and everyone gladly got rid of their burdens by pushing them off onto Christ; they became irresponsible children. But now we see that everybody must be responsible adults, everybody has to live his own life in his own fashion; we cannot imitate anyone else, nor can we make believe that we are anyone other than we really are. So we shall be sacrificed. Everybody is now a Christ, and inasmuch as he is a Christ he is crucified.” (ibid., p. 723) An interesting variation of this idea can be found at the end of The Second Coming miniseries, which can be watched on YouTube at the time of writing.
As we can see, this process is anything but random. The self is drawing ever closer to mankind as if driven by a telos of conscious realization in the human being.
But this process of realization is always trapped by projections. Without a practice of self-knowledge, we are driven despite ourselves from one shimmering aspect of the self to the other, always looking to find proximity and intimacy near these projections. Meanwhile, the wheel of the zodiac keeps turning and the carriers of solar consciousness keep shifting…
When the Gnostics saw the light, the creative spirit, the world soul trapped in matter, they meant essentially the same thing as I am pointing out here. The mechanism of projection “traps” a psychic aspect in matter (or in the digital space!). And, just like Sophia fell into matter, these projections from the unconscious must be rescued.
This description fits the paradoxical situation of the self, as its symbolism shows. It is the smallest of the small, easily overlooked and pushed aside. Indeed, it is in need of help and must be perceived, protected, and as it were built up by the conscious mind, just as if it did not exist at all and were called into being only through man’s care and devotion. (Aion, CW 9ii, par 257)
Despite being supraordinate to the ego, the unconscious cannot achieve realization without the ego’s help. It is incumbent upon us to find a way to distinguish the projection from the carrier of the projection and retrieve the aspect that ultimately belongs to ourselves. Projections come from the psyche and that is where they must return. This requires a continuous and wearying moral effort from the individual.
Only an infantile person can pretend that evil is not at work everywhere, and the more unconscious he is, the more the devil drives him. It is just because of this inner connection with the black side of things that it is so incredibly easy for the mass man to commit the most appalling crimes without thinking. Only ruthless self-knowledge on the widest scale, which sees good and evil in correct perspective and can weigh up the motives of human action, offers some guarantee that the end-result will not turn out too badly. (ibid., par 255)