The Age of Aquarius

Back when the musical “Hair” came out, some astrologers grumbled that it wasn’t really the Age of Aquarius yet.  But what did we care?  We were tired of the world as it was, ready for Peace Love and Understanding.

Well…maybe not.

chaotic stillness
watching from the whorled center
for new beginnings

During 2020 there were rumblings once again online about the REAL Age of Aquarius finally showing up.  I was skeptical to say the least.

all those lost patterns–
I collect them in my mind,
in new rotations

It seems we had the Age of Aquarius skewed, not only in time.  Yes, it’s a total tearing down and rebuilding.  But it’s going to require hard work.  Taking a lot of drugs and wearing tie-dye and listening to songs about love won’t do it.

all impermanence—
no matter which way you turn
the path continues

Can we change our entire approach to living together, not only with each other, but with the earth, its creatures, its landscape, its elements?  We need to if we want to survive.

giving myself hope
inside my dark wanderings–
a world of wonder

When Phil asked me to choose this week’s Kick-About prompt, I thought immediately of The Age of Aquarius, because I’ve been turning over in my mind the hope that it might be real, that humanity can change. I always loved the music posters of the “Hair” era, and used them as inspiration for my neon colored paintings.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the other responses next week.

25 thoughts on “The Age of Aquarius

  1. I love your brightly coloured paintings Kerfe. I’ve also been thinking a lot about whether we can change and learn to live a different way. ‘We need to if we want to survive’ is right.

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    1. I agree about the divisions Ken. I’m not sure how we get out of it. I do think our children are less divided than we are, especially on issues like climate change and the environment. Whether they can do any better than we did to bring about actual change remains to be seen.

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  2. “all impermanence” but hope remains. Hair and Age of Aquarius seems so idealistic, but maybe that’s not always so bad either. I like your art and the integration of words here.

    When I was in high school family–both my parents (who were divorced), at least one sister, my boyfriend (now husband), and I all went to see Hair at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. At the time, that nude scene seemed so shocking, and I thought it was funny and cool that I saw the show with my parents and boyfriend. 😀

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    1. That’s a great memory! I remembered Hair as totally idealistic, but that final scene from the film really grounds it in reality. Things won’t change until we work together to make it different. Even then, I think we knew that.

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  3. Ahh, I watched this film at just the right time. For a while I was certain that I was really living in the 60’s and what I’ve got here (in the 80’s and 90’s) was just a shell. This is how it felt. The Doors and Janis were my main outlets. Your art is glorious and the age is ripe for the taking.

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  4. Gosh that takes me back and shows my age. Going to see Hair when it opened in Sydney Australia was a high point of my youth. Bring back those feelings of excitment, those deep anti racist sentiments and the liberation from repressive social conditions. And of course the colour and the vibrancy. Your art transmits those feelings well

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      1. We, meaning our generation, created a lot of social though. Changes in education, changes in how babies are birthed, gay pride, 2nd wave feminism, ecological awareness to mention a few. All are incomplete projects but we have sown a lot of seeds. I’m over all this baby boomer bashing that people go on about these days. The pre-1960s world was stifling and socially rigid. We baby boomers began the process of change.

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        1. It’s true in some respects. Education here has gone backwards though–its all about test scores and prestigious degrees. There are more C-sections than ever, and the US has one of the highest child mortality rates in the developed world. Women have more opportunities, but also twice the work. And they are still treated as objects, second class citizens, and paid less. The gay pride movement was way past the 60s, at least here. Its the millennials who have really fueled it. We started earth day, but then moved backwards also, with gas guzzling cars and oversized houses and laws that favor industry. Its the boomer politicians who have ruined the world, and we elected them. Are there some people who never abandoned their ideals? Not that many, or we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in. It may be different where you live, bu not in the USA.

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