As we transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, I ponder on the traditions that have been gradually lost over the years and the importance of bringing them back as we enter the Age of Aquarius.
Born in the 1970’s and growing up in the 80’s, there were certain religious rituals that my family performed regularly. For example, I was baptised, we went to church on Sundays, my family always said Grace before family meals, and I said a night-time prayer every night without fail before drifting off to sleep at night. These were things we just did. I was never interested in learning where these traditions came from, why we did them, and when they started disappearing, I paid no mind and gave it no thought.
Our society, including our basis of time, all starts with the birth of Jesus Christ. This was the beginning of the Age of Pisces, which centers itself around faith, belief, religion, and rituals. To me, and given that we are living a few thousand years after the fact, everyone based their purpose in life on the belief that these things existed, even though we had no hard proof.
In the 1980’s, my family started getting incredibly busy with activities, including work, sports, school, band practice, music lessons, and vacations. Hockey practice for my brother was usually scheduled for Sunday mornings, and going to church became too much to fit in. Saying Grace before family meals was reduced to Sunday nights because the other nights of the week we generally had multiple activities so that we were rushed for meals and trying to fit them in between work and the multiple after-school, after-work activities. My entire family was booked up all of the time. At the time, it all seemed normalized. Nothing was out of place and thank goodness for mom’s extensive calendar system to keep us on track and coordinated.
So what happened?
As the world transitioned out of the Age of Pisces and into our new technology-driven, social media inspired time, our faith and belief gave way to more shallow ways of life. Distractions and material wants have taken over most of us; addictions have taken many low-income survivors. The thing is, this all happened so gradually and integrated, that the majority of people didn’t notice.
Luckily, I began attending spiritual classes in October 2014. The first thing these classes did was reintroduce those rituals that were previously seemingly performed only for show. And with the Age of Aquarius upon us, comes a wave of new understanding and “knowing” about the importance of bringing them back into our lives. For instance, saying Grace before eating offers many benefits to our quality of life. Words of thanks brings to light being grateful for having food, an awareness of others who do not have an abundance of food, and mindfulness of every mouthful of food and drink that your body intakes. When I don’t say Grace, I find I’m starving and eat quickly, stuffing myself until full. When I say Grace, I truly appreciate each bite, savouring them, and feeling more satisfied, while consuming less. But there’s so much more to it, and it’s complex. Rather than try to define something so abstract, I found this truly enlightening article on the subject: Saying Grace by Michael Graff (Oct 31/12) where he sadly points out, “That’s the one thing I’ve always known about saying grace: It’s easy to skip.”
As we continue to traverse into the Age of Aquarius, we need to look back for a second at the Age of Pisces and take with us all that holds meaning and will hold deeper meaning further down the road. These rituals of faith will light the way and give us courage to face new challenges as we move from Believing to Knowing.