The Age of Aquarius

Astrology and its zodiac signs are not something I’ve studied. But I do know that when Andy and I saw the musical Hair in San Francisco in 1970, I decided Aquarius, the Water Bearer, was pretty groovy – and I was stoked to think I was born under that sign. Or maybe I just inhaled too much of the smoke from the weed that was passed around to the theater audience after the performance.

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius

Rather than thinking about how outa sight it was to be an Aquarian, I probably should have been bummed to realize that Andy, a Taurus, and I might be looking forward to a pretty gnarly relationship, based upon the Zodiac. After all, we’d only been married for three years at that point – and had been apart half of those years because of the Army and Vietnam. Andy’s got that Aquarius/Taurus thing all figured out in today’s Andy’s Corner. Frankly, I think it’s bullpucky.

Are we leaving the age of Pisces and entering the age of Aquarius? There’s no clear-cut answer among astrologers. According to a December post on the Well + Good blog (wellandgood.com): on the upcoming winter solstice (December 21, 2020), Jupiter and Saturn conjoin in the sign of Aquarius with the great Conjunction; and also, seven celestial bodies move into Aquarius in February of 2021. Suffice to say, we’re leaving the Age of Pisces, which has been a ride.

According to Wikipedia, this age of Aquarius is associated with electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealism, modernization, astrology, nervous disorder, rebellion, nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity, and irresolution. Mmmm, does that adequately describe this complex day and time?

One of the more exciting analyses about the coming of the Age of Aquarius was penned in an article about feminism in the French newspaper La Fronde from February 26, 1890. August Vandekerkhove stated: “About March, 21st this year the cycle of Aquarius will start. Aquarius is the house of the woman.” He adds that in this age the woman will be equal to the man. What a dear-sounding man, but possibly not so great as a prophet.

Artists seem to be a little confused as to whether the Zodiac symbol for Aquarius is a man or a woman, or maybe he was a man before he became a woman? After all, it’s a new age.

a 6th century zodiac – found in an Israeli synagogue
A depiction of Aquarius from a 1475 Italian book. Is that a girl – or young boy?
A 1690 depiction of Aquarius. Nice. 🙂
Salvador Dali’s 1967 representation of a female Aquarius
Modern depictions of Aquarius are quite different than the early ones.
Perfect for your next tattoo!

Whether or not we’re officially in the Age of Aquarius or whether or not the Age of Aquarius is a great time – or even whether or not Aquarius is male or female – is beside the point for this blog. We’re interested in Aquarius as the water bearer. After all, water is life. Water is cool.

And thinking about cool water, I want to share an oldie but goodie. I might be accused of always emoting about music from the ’60’s and ’70’s, so I wanted to diversify. I don’t know why I remember this Sons of the Pioneers song, but I do. Maybe my folks listened to it? It was first recorded in 1941…before I was born.

Sons of the Pioneers – Singing “Cool Water” And FYI Roy Rogers was once a member of the Sons of the Pioneers.

Speaking about cool water, how about an agua fresca?

You know that Andy and I are great lovers of all things Mexican, so it seems appropriate to share our favorite agua fresca recipes with you on this Aqua-rias blog (and, yes, “aqua” is Latin for water and the Spanish language tweeked that to “agua”). Fresca is – you guessed it – “fresh” or “cool.” Agua fresca is simply fresh drinking water with fruit blended or squeezed into it. The result is light and refreshing – and mostly agua. Water.

We’ve been known to make a run to a popular local Mexican restaurant, El Molino Central, just to have a glass of their Jamaica Agua Fresca (pronounced ha-my-ka) – fresh Hibiscus water. When things got iffy during this pandemic, we decided we’d have to learn to fix our own.

Note the jar of Tamarind Paste in the center. The Jamaica flowers in the package should feel soft and be colorful.

3 Favorite Agua Frescas

My thought on all of these agua frescas is that you want mostly water – with just enough flavor to add interest, so dilute as necessary.   You’re not looking for a sweet drink.

Jamaica Agua Fresca

(Once diluted you should be able to fill at least 6-8 large-sized glasses)

  • 4 c water
  • 1 1/2 c dried jamaica (hibiscus) flowers (we find these at our local Mexican markets)
  • 6 allspice (optional)
  • 1 stick cinnamon (or about 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 c sugar (or more, to taste)

Put the water, the jamaica flowers, allspice, cinnamon, and salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat down and simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring once or twice.  Turn off the heat, add the sugar, stir, and let it cool, then strain into a glass (it will stain plastic) container.  Chill.

When you’re ready to serve, dilute the jamaica mixture with more water….we like about 2-3 c water added to every 1 c of jamaica mix.

Pineapple Agua Fresca 

(This should fill at least 4 large-sized glasses)

  • about 4 c pineapple cubes (from 1 medium pineapple)
  • 1 T peeled, thinly sliced ginger (and/or 2 T mint leaves)
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or less – to taste)
  • slices of lime or sprigs of mint to garnish

Puree pineapple,  ginger, lime juice, 1 cup water, and sugar in blender until smooth.  Mix in 3 cups water.  Strain into a pitcher, stirring and pressing to extract as much liquid as possible.   

When ready to use, fill tall glasses with ice. Pour agua fresca over and garnish.  

The agua fresca should keep, refrigerated, for 3-4 days.

Tamarind Agua Fresca 

(This should fill 4 medium-sized glasses)

  • 2 T tamarind paste or concentrate  (find the little jars on the Ethnic aisle of your grocery store)
  • 2 1/2 c boiling water
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • thin orange slices to garnish (optional)

Stir the tamarind paste into the boiling water, add the sugar, and stir again until the paste and sugar are totally dissolved.  Stir in the orange juice.  Let cool completely; then add ice and serve.

Recipe brought to you by BigLittleMeals.com and Andy and Ann.

4 Comments

  1. Bob Carleton says:

    Our “favorite” Mexican restaurant in Provo, UT, was run by Mexican immigrant Mormons (of course). They served a pineapple drink that was pure ambrosia! (not the fruit salad). Served to us, but fit for the gods for sure. Roy and Beth Edmonds took us there twice, and if memory serves, we went once on our own when in the neighborhood. Their version included some of the pineapple bits. Will have to try your version…

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