Written by the astrologer Terry MacKinnell, who is well known in his native Australia for his extensive astrological research, this depthful book challenges more traditional concepts of ‘astrological ages’ and their timing. Basing his findings on ‘qualitative’ rather than ‘quantitative’ research, Terry challenges the approach to astronomy which is based on a tradition that originates with Hipparchus in 127 BC, claiming that ‘Hipparchus made a mistake which has been erroneously used by astrologers ever since’. In this very interesting book, the author suggests that ‘because of the overflow effect’ of one age into the next ‘a mono-sign age is inappropriate as a descriptive label for an astrological age’. Using zodiacal archetypes, rather than planets, to describe the key focus of each age, Terry explores historical periods based on ages, quasi-ages, age decans and quasi-age decans.
With 16 chapters in all, Part 1 focuses on the ‘Ages of the Holocene Epoch’ from Leo-Cancer to Pisces-Aquarius as well as a chapter on quasi ages. Part 2 covers the ‘Age Decanates’ including ‘the collapse of the empires, Europe and Greco-roman heritage and climate change. The final chapter offers ‘an outline of the future’ with the author clearly reminding us that ‘if the astrological ages cannot provide a theoretical basis for the arrival of civilization, this suggests that they cannot predict the other end – the ultimate dissolution of civilization’.
The back of the book contains a useful appendix on the astrological archetypes which will be of particular assistance to non-astrologers as well as an appendix on the rectification of the Aquarian age and a section on historians’ perspective on history.
Comfortable weaving his way through the astrological and historical ages, one cannot help being fascinated by the manner in which the author deftly brings archetypal astrological themes to life throughout the book. This wealth of information is likely to be enjoyed by astrologers and non-astrologers alike, who are interested in a new approach to exploring our historical evolution through the ages.