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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.
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What’s in a Name?

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“Name Day” in Swedish

If I’d been born in Sweden, as my grandparents were,  I would celebrate my Name Day on December 9 with all the other Anns and Annas.  According to one source “the Swedish Church (which was a State Church from 1527 to 1999) encouraged the celebration of namedays, since the Church considered the celebration of birthdays a pagan custom.”

But I wasn’t born in Sweden, and my actual birth day places me directly under the sign of Aquarius.  Astrology.com states that “Aquarians are the perfect representatives for the Age of Aquarius.

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I’d say about 10 of the 19 traits apply to me

The Age of Aquarius from the Fifth Dimension was released in 1969 – and, coincidentally, we just had a blog about 1969.  Be sure to re-read the great lyrics of the song or, better yet, listen to it sung. 

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation

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
Age of Aquarius

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Andy just laughs when I read off some of the other traits – “temperamental,” “uncompromising” –  which we Aquarians might be expected to have.   When looking at compatibility with folks from other Zodiac signs, those who are Taurus (Andy) are considered way too kind and easy going to be hooked up with Aquarians.  LOL.  Those who know us from our MiniBlooms gardening business days will nod knowingly 🙂

When I was born that day in February,  my parents chose to name me after my Swedish grandmother – Anna Carlson – who had passed away 5 years earlier.  Except my parents simplified it, and I became just Ann.   Ann Hill.

“Anacin Pill!”  “Ant Hill!”  I still remember the young man who mercilessly teased me with those spin-offs.

I’m a little bitter that my parents didn’t think up a more charming name for me.  Why couldn’t they have stuck with Anna?  That one syllable makes all the difference.

So when I got married taking my new husband’s surname was a no-brainer.  I was tired of being Ann Hill , so I gave up “Hill” and took up “Deseran” with no feminist-inspired look back.  But even “Deseran” could have been more fascinating.  Andy’s dad’s family came from Belgium with the surname of Deserranno (which we’ve seen spelled several ways) but, arriving at Ellis Island, Andy’s dad, Gustaf Josef Jean Deserranno, became Gus Deseran.    And my Swedish grandfather’s name went from August Karlsson to Gus Carlson.  Such a shame.

Maybe the pain of a plain name made me more contemplative in naming my own kids and pets.  Andy is delving deep into our pet-name thing in today’s Andy’s Corner.  It’s pretty funny….even if I was admittedly a part of it all.

Before considering what birthday cakes I’d go ga-ga over (and do you like the name Lady Gaga? :), I have to add a favorite quote about names.  Barack Obama, when he gave his first nationally publicized speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 stated “my parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or ‘blessed,’ believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.”

Now the ga-ga cakes:  most cakes we suggest are super simple and more casual than a proper birthday cake.  But when a special occasion requires a special cake, here are four great ones.  Just click on the name to get directed to the recipe.  And be sure to scroll to the end to see the beauty that was part of this year’s birthday celebration, recipe included. Continue reading

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