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It's the Age of Aquarius, and that means what again?

Aquarius is now controlling the cosmos, which means we're entering a period of revolution fueled by invention, social media brazenness and free sexuality, say astrologers.
The question is: are you ready for it?
 An evolution of consciousness is occurring as we transition into a new era.
Astrological ages are based on changes in the heavens, known as The Precession of Equinoxes. This cycle, which lasts roughly 26,000 years, means the zodiac sign visible at dawn on the first day of spring changes about every 2,000 years.
During the Piscean Age, which is swiftly coming to an end, life was based on the pyramid. Every structure, from families to religions and governments, had a single being, person or deity on top, to whom all those below deferred.
Everyone knew their place. While this provided stability, its rigidity severely restricted individual freedom and limited responsibility.
Now we're entering the Aquarian Age, although astrologers disagree about the exact start date, but they do agree, that the Age of Aquarius is about flattening the pyramid and individuals assuming more power.
Of all the signs, Aquarius is the most free-thinking. The Piscean Age was dominated by a Christian patriarchal system. The new age is all about making room for a more egalitarian world.
Aquarius is heavily associated with information and technology, and so the way we're seeing social media facilitating revolution is very much of this era.
Think #Feminism, #BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.
The Age of Aquarius, then, is about acknowledging the system is broken
And crucially, not waiting for someone else to fix it.
It is exemplified by women. We've felt the system breaking down this year.
Brexit, Trump, terrorism… the list goes on.
When times are tough, it's tempting to look to astrology for hope. And look we do, with a search for #astrology on Instagram showing more than 800,000 posts. The commotion created by NASA 'changing' the star signs recently shows how attached we are to our horoscopes, while articles on 'How to survive Mercury retrograde' or 'Plan a new moon ritual' (we're guilty!) are all over the internet as we search for answers by connecting with something bigger than ourselves.
Importantly, you can be very much of the Aquarian Age and not be at all into zodiac tattoos or celestial symbology.
In rapidly changing gender roles we can see the impact of the Aquarian Age most clearly.
The structure of the family is being transformed. The "man of the house" role has changed as a result of women being better represented in the workplace, and now everyone is free to realize their potential.
In the Piscean Age, women literally couldn't live without a man. In less than 100 years we've gone from having barely any rights, to running companies and countries, increasingly living alone and marrying later (if at all).
This is something that manifests in the assumption made by many women growing up, myself included, that marriage to a man, followed by babies, is the path to safety. Now that I've been exposed to new ideas, the search for the perfect male partner to provide security and children isn't so high on the agenda.
The Age of Aquarius is about making the most of our freedom while bearing the responsibilities for our own lives, too.
Don't expect your sex life to stay the same during the Aquarian Age, either. Gender and sexual norms will be further broken down.
The Aquarian Age is about celebrating a sexuality that's unique to you. You can be with whomever you want to. You don't have to do it the way anyone's done it before and that's empowering.
Think Miley Cyrus declaring herself pansexual, or Kristen Stewart talking about her love for her girlfriend.
Of course, the Age of Aquarius does have a dark side.
Aquarians are known as the revolutionaries and innovators of the zodiac. Susan Miller, the go-to astrologer for the New York fashion set, writes on her website, 'The ancient astrologers thought of Aquarius as "the sign of all things that are newly invented".
This is why the Age of Aquarius is linked so strongly to technology. Aquarius is also an air sign and therefore highly communicative, bent on gathering information.
While there are huge benefits, technology is becoming an extension of our bodies. From iWatches to a future where people embed chips under their skin, it makes me hope that women claim ownership of their bodies before they're merged with gadgets completely.
The flattening of the old-era power pyramid is seeing the world of work rapidly changing, too. Gone are the days of a job for life or the promise of a pension.
The number of people freelancing, having zero-hour contracts and portfolio careers, or becoming 'digitally nomadic' will increase.
With so much in transition, what can you do to future-proof your career? 'The person who's adaptable and trained to work in a number of settings will survive changes best, as will those who take responsibility without being asked.
Astrology's theory of the Age of Aquarius is one I find deeply hopeful. When it comes to navigating a new year and a new age, knowledge is power.
Astrologers don't claim to be scientists and the feeling is mutual, says NASA: 'Astrology is something else. It's not science.' They also don't demand belief; rather, they interpret information and leave the rest up to us. The shaking of a 2,000-year-old viewpoint is bound to be bumpy.
Whether you are a tech-loving rational thinker, or a new age hippy, consider whether you want to close your mind to the new world, or astral project yourself to a life where you make, shake and down your own cosmic cocktail.
What to expect:

1. Expect to see a shift in Hollywood movies – from violent films to those that emphasize the power of the mind.

2. With a greater sense of individual responsibility, people will resolve to look after the planet with care and compassion.

3. Men will no longer be trapped by the need to be macho. Increasingly, they'll be free to access their intuition and express their feelings.

4. The concept of the 'boss' will change. Workers could set their own salaries, based on the profit they intend to make for their company.

5. Workers will shun companies with policies they disagree with, making community-focused firms successful.

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