This Is The Dawning…
One of the tasks the Sorgae have been given is that of ‘turning the Age.’ In order to understand this charge, there are two things we have to understand: first, what is meant by ‘turning’ and second, what is meant by ‘the Age.’
‘Turning’ refers to the concept of using the magick of ritual to give energy to the universe in which we exist. Most Pagan and Wiccan paths have this concept regarding the seasonal round, the ‘Turning of the Wheel’ or yearly cycle. In a very real sense, Traditional paths teach that it is the rituals performed by witches that cause the seasons to change. To quote Terry Pratchett from his novel “Hogfather:”
(In answering a question from the character, Susan, who has saved the Hogfather, who we would call Santa Claus, Death says:)
“WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF YOU HADN’T SAVED HIM?”
(Susan:) “Yes! The sun would have risen just the same, yes?”
“Oh come on. You can’t expect me to believe that. It’s an astronomical fact.”
“THE SUN WOULD NOT HAVE RISEN.”
She turned on him.
“It’s been a long night, Grandfather! I’m tired and I need a bath! I don’t need silliness!”
“THE SUN WOULD NOT HAVE RISEN.”
“Really? Then what would have happened, pray?”
“A MERE BALL OF FLAMING GAS WOULD HAVE ILLUMINATED THE WORLD.”
The Sorgae path accepts this concept as well, that it is the energy given to the Gods by the performing of the sabbats which enable the magick and beauty of the world to continue. Thus, the first part of the task of turning the Age is to give energy to the Gods.
‘The Age’ refers to the precession of the Equinoxes (the time of year when day and night are of equal length). This is a concept quite familiar to astrologers and astronomers alike. The precession of the Equinoxes is simply a way to refer to the gradual shift in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation. The position of the Equinoxes within the framework of constellations moves, or precesses, through the astrological signs in a cycle of approximately 26,000 years, called, in astrology a Great Year. The time the Vernal (Spring) Equinox spends in any one astrological sign is called an Age, and the particular Sign the Equinox is in gives the Age its name. Divide a Great Year by 12 (the number of zodiacal signs), and we find that the precession takes about 2150 years to move through the degrees of each astrological Sign. Thus each Age is approximately 2150 years long. The transition from one Age to the next usually takes about 50 to 75 years. At the present time, we are nearing the end of the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age.
(I know, in the yearly astrological round Pisces comes after Aquarius – but the precession of the equinoxes moves westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed stars, opposite to the motion of the Sun along the ecliptic. Therefore the Ages in the Great Year run ‘backwards’ from the norm in astrology.)
Each Age has its own character, as described by the traits of the astrological sign the Vernal Equinox is in. The Age of Pisces was one of dualism, the symbol of Pisces, two fish swimming in opposite directions, but bound together by a slender chain. It was also the Age of the rise of Christianity as a dominant world religion. It is not surprising that the earliest symbol of Christianity was a fish. The concept of good versus evil also arose in the passing Age, the idea that there exists an Ultimate Good forever in conflict with an Ultimate Evil and that one and only one can and must prevail in the end.
The Aquarian Age will be one of tolerance and acceptance, and that of Humankind giving back and sharing with the rest of creation, as depicted in the symbol of Aquarius, a Human figure with one knee on the ground and the other foot in a pool of water, bearing a jug from which pours clear water into the pool. As the song says: harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding. Thus, the Sorgae have been told to participate in magick which will break the chains of the Piscean Age and create the flow that will usher in the Aquarian.
Just as an aside, lest anyone think that the Piscean Age was ‘bad’ and the Aquarian Age will be ‘good,’ each Age carries with it the seeds of its own destruction. The Piscean Age began with the loving desire to do nothing but good, and it was that dualism that has led to the polarization we’ve seen in the last half-century or so. So we can easily imagine that the end of the Aquarian Age will be where there is so much freedom and tolerance that all manner of harmful things will be accepted and ignored. Our ultimate expression of this is the idea of children starving and no one helping them because ‘hey, that’s their karma, man.’ Still, even though we can envision the existing seeds of destruction within the new Age, we are still obligated to give what aid we can to bring it about, just as it is necessary for Autumn to give way to Winter, and Winter to Spring, and Spring to Summer, and Summer back to Autumn.