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Aquarius and the Cosmic Currents

Illustration of Aquarius, c. 1440-1450
Illustration of Aquarius, c. 1440-1450, Book of Hours, the Fastolf Master, Bodleian Library, Oxford C.160. MS. Auct. D. inf.2, 11, fol 1r; scanned by Fulcanelli, posted on Wikimedia.

Does the Water Bearer Bring Forth a River of Fire?

By Catherine Ulissey

Note: This article was originally published in the National Council for Geocosmic Research's (NCGR's) eNews publication, April 14th, 2020, edition.

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Aquarius, associated with the 11th house of the Natural Zodiac and ruled by the planet Uranus, associated with electricity, is often depicted as the Water Bearer. However, as astrologers know, Aquarius is not a Water sign; rather it is an Air sign. I propose that the cosmological Age of Aquarius into which we are now entering, due to the Precession of the Equinoxes, brings forth a river of fire, more specifically plasma (electrically charged particles as are given off by the Sun during both mild and extreme ejections), the cosmic streams that pervade the universe.

Not to be a scare-monger, a moniker my husband and I both reject (we simply follow the evidence where it leads), I write this short article to bring attention to research, and a book, that may not be known to most astrologers.

In 2012, my husband, Dr. Robert Schoch, known for his work on ancient civilizations (specifically, pushing back the age of civilization due to the evidence of water erosion on the core body of the Great Sphinx) published a book titled Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future.1 In it he proposes that a massive solar event was the mechanism that snapped Earth out of its last ice age, simultaneously decimating the high civilizations of the time.

Dr. Schoch supports his assertions with ice core data, sediment data, moon data, and more, demonstrating that our Sun was massively active c. 9700 BCE, the moment (which has now been narrowed by science to days) that marks the end of the Younger Dryas and Earth's last ice age. Dr. Schoch asserts that an enormous solar event (a coronal mass ejection of dense plasma pushing down to atmospheric levels) instantaneously melted glacial ice sheets, causing the precipitous rise in sea levels that occurred worldwide at that time. Furthermore, the event (fire hitting water) pumped moisture into the atmosphere, which subsequently poured down as heavy and protracted rains. This explains the extreme water-weathering created in prehistory visible on the core body of the Great Sphinx and on the walls of its enclosure. (Dr. Schoch has always asserted that the head of the monument, heavily weathered in prehistory, is a Dynastic re-carving.)

A combined image of the Great Sphinx and cover of Dr. Schoch's book, Forgotten Civilization
Left: The Great Sphinx with water erosion inset. Right: Cover of Dr. Schoch's 2012 book, Forgotten Civilization.

This latest aspect of Dr. Schoch’s three decades of research (not just demonstrating that high civilization goes back thousands of years earlier than traditionally acknowledged, but now also identifying the culprit of the ancient demise) was inspired by an archaeological discovery that I made in 2010.

For several decades, the preeminent U.S. plasma physicist, Dr. Anthony Peratt at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been studying not just the activities of our Sun, but also ancient petroglyphs worldwide.2 To summarize his work, Dr. Peratt, in modeling plasma discharges in his laboratory, noticed that, at high intensities, plasma takes on distinct shapes: stick-figured men with dots on their sides (a spinning plasma torus with synchrotron radiation extending outward from its center), stick-figured men with bird heads, and cascading cylindrical shapes describe just three of his many examples. What is remarkable about this is that Dr. Peratt further noticed that many ancient petroglyphs depict these same shapes (his published papers offer examples from over 130 countries), suggesting strongly that ancient people witnessed an extreme solar event at some point in our remote past and recorded the shapes they observed in the sky on rock.

Today mild solar storms are seen in the blazing and swirling shapes of the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis. The stronger the storm, the more intense the aurora (charged particles emitted by the Sun interacting with our atmosphere). In the wake of a micronova, these charged particles, Dr. Peratt explains, would take on shapes similar to the ones mentioned. The discovery I made, which expands upon Dr. Peratt’s research, is that Easter Island’s previously undeciphered script, known as rongorongo, is comprised of the same plasma configurations Dr. Peratt has identified. Indeed, a member of Dr. Peratt’s research team confirmed that our discovery is correct: the rongorongo is solar in nature; they noticed the correlation years before we did, but intentionally never published on it.

Images of plasma shapes and petroglyphs identified by Dr. Peratt in 
					comparison to the rongorongo glyphs
Plate 24 from Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future by Robert Schoch (Plasma and petroglyph illustrations courtesy of Dr. Anthony L. Peratt, reprinted with permission from IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, December 2003, volume 31).

An explosion from our star c. 9700 BCE sent the world into chaos. The high levels of radiation associated with the event explain the die-off of large mammals that also occurred at this time. The way to survive would have been to go underground, to seek protection within rock, and we see evidence that humans did just this worldwide, with quintessential examples found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey where a network of underground cities that housed tens of thousands of people still exists. Humankind was thrown into a dark age for thousands of years, only to reemerge (amidst megalithic monuments belonging to a much earlier period) with scattered memories and nascent abilities.

Robert Schoch in the underground city of Kaymakli, in Cappadocia, Turkey
Robert Schoch in the underground city of Kaymakli (in the Cappadocia region of Turkey), one of many similar structures each capable of housing thousands of people, small animals, and more. (It is our speculation that this is why civilization re-emerges initially in this location, Upper Mesopotamia, because a large enough population of humans survived SIDA there.)

When first presenting his evidence of a water-weathered Sphinx in prehistory, asserting our current civilization is not the first to have arisen on Earth, Dr. Schoch was challenged to present another example of megalithic construction dating back as far as he had pushed the Sphinx (initially he pushed the monument back to c. 7000–5000 BCE; now he pushes it back to before the end of the last ice age, c. 9700 BCE). At the time, he had no corroborating evidence. However, he and the world now have the extremely sophisticated 12,000-year-old megalithic site of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey, and it has certainly silenced his critics, for it challenges academia regarding the rise of civilization.

How does this all connect to Aquarius? Isotope levels – one way to measure the activity of the Sun – indicate that our star today is showing the same signs of agitation now that it did 12,000 years ago, with nothing comparable in between.3 12,000 years ago, approximately one half of a precessional cycle, our last ice age ended, and advanced culture was brought to its knees, when a river of fire (solar plasma) emanated from our Sun and washed over our planet, leaving little more than large stones standing. Will we be hit again? Geology teaches that it is not a matter of if, but when. The question is, will the world be prepared? And knowing that such an event is coming, what will our civilization leave to posterity?

Image of Dr. Schoch at Göbekli Tepe in 2020
Dr. Schoch at Göbekli Tepe at sunrise, January 2020. Photo: Catherine Ulissey. The view is looking toward the northwest.


1. R. M. Schoch, 2012, Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future (Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions).

2. Dr. Peratt’s work is discussed and his papers referenced in Forgotten Civilization.

3. See: S. K. Solanki, et al., 2004, Unusual activity of the Sun during recent decades compared to the previous 11,000 years, Nature 431:1084-1087; I G. Usoskin et al., 2007, Grand minima and maxima of solar activity: New observational constraints, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 471:301-30.

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Banner illustration of Aquarius (top of page) is from W. H. Rosser, 1874, The Stars. London: James Imray and Son.

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