On February 16th, the Sun enters the astronomical constellation of Aquarius, or the Waterman, where it journeys until March 12th. During these weeks, how can we learn to better understand the spiritual realities of this constellation? Aquarius is that constellation through which the vernal point will pass during the 6th Cultural Age within the current longer cycle of our 5th Post-Atlantean Epoch. What then are the signs of the coming 6th Cultural Age? What is the call for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and how can humanity prepare for it?
In a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner titled Preparing for the Sixth Epoch , he speaks at length of the 6th Cultural Age and of three major characteristics which “should be carried in our hearts… is our task to prepare them.” He also makes it clear that these characteristics will appear only in that part of humanity which has not “fallen short” of the development necessary to carry evolution forward.
Willi Sucher speaks of this future age in the following way: “The Waterman Age will see the beginning of our being imbued with faculties hitherto in the hands of divine hierarchies. The handling of etheric or life-forces is such an instance. It will place grave responsibilities on us that we will only fulfill if our moral evolution keeps pace with our occult development.