For many astrologers, who believe that humanity is now shifting from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age, Jesus was the Avatar of the Age of Pisces; he represented that age through his actions and teachings, as seen from astrological and New Age viewpoints.
This article will familiarize you with the astrological and esoteric New Age Jesus so you can compare that Jesus to the Jesus of the Bible. In order to understand Jesus as the Piscean Avatar, we must look at the meanings of avatars, astrology, and Pisces.
The term avatar comes from a Hindu word, avataras, which means 'descents,' describing a deity who descends into human incarnation. In Hindu beliefs, it usually refers to the earthly manifestation of the Hindu deity, Vishnu, for he descends to earth to protect it.1 One source explains it this way:
The earthly manifestations (or 'incarnations') of a Hindu deity...By about the 4th cent. CE this development culminated in 'avatara', denoting an earthly manifestation of Visnu due to his free choice (i.e. not due to the laws of karma or a curse) and taking the form of a full human life (including conception, birth, and natural death), for the sake of a specific cosmic purpose. This later came to be used for Buddha, an assortment of Hindu goddesses, and other regional deities. In recent times, the idea has been extended to humans who can become avataras (avatars) by a divine infilling. This has been applied to Ghandi, Satya Sai Baba (b. 1926), Jesus, and Mohammed.2
Jesus is listed here along with Ghandi, Sai Baba, and Mohammed. Avatar developed as a term applied only to incarnations of the Hindu deity Vishnu to being applied to others not considered deities, including Jesus who, by implication of this explanation, is viewed as human. A Guru, a Hindu spiritual teacher, can be considered an avatar as well, because the Guru has come to the realization that "reality is, in all that lives, divinity itself."3
According to another source, there have been nine manifestations of Vishnu, including Krishna and the Buddha, and there will be a tenth incarnation of Vishnu in the future: one who will be "seated on a white horse with flaming sword in hand. He will bring judgment on earth and restore the golden age."4
Many leaders of contemporary religious groups are claimed by their followers to be "a living avatar."5 The avatar, then, is seen to be one with a special mission and spiritual status. Combining Hindu-based ideas of an avatar with a view of Jesus as connected to the Age of Pisces, many astrologers classify Jesus as one who brought the teachings of Pisces to humanity.
Astrology is a method of interpretation and divination using the planets, the sun and the moon as symbols and guides of external and internal forces.6 Many astrologers today see astrology as a "symbolic language" and "the language of the psyche."7 Before the late 1800's, astrology was more rigid in its interpretations, but later changed due to spiritual influences from Eastern-based teachings such as Theosophy, incorporating reincarnation and the idea of spiritual lessons within the chart. Alice Bailey, once a follower of Theosophist Madame Blavatsky, wrote Esoteric Astrology. Many other astrologers, such as Evangeline Adams, a follower of the Hindu teacher Vivekananda, and occultist Manly P. Hall, continued the practice of spiritual interpretations, shaping the face of modern astrology.8
A major influence from psychology came from psychologist Carl Jung,9 who introduced the idea of universal archetypes present within the collective unconscious of man. These archetypes are thought to bond men in common psychological patterns of universal principles that guide and motivate humanity. Jung said that astrology's "configurations" symbolize "the collective unconscious which is the subject matter of psychology: the ?planets are the gods, symbols of the powers of the unconscious.'"10 This idea was seized on in astrology, and in the last several decades, astrology has taken a more psychological and spiritual approach, with the planets, their patterns, signs, and house positions, being interpreted as archetypes of the unconscious.11
One astrologer describes the chart as "an attempt to represent the unlimited self manifested within a space-time dimension..."12 The three outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, discovered around 1781, 1850, and 1930, respectively, are considered planets that represent influences on a collective level. Their slow passage through the zodiac signs causes them to be interpreted generationally, and their position at one's birth is read personally for the client only in relation to the personal inner planets and house influence.
Humanistic psychology also influenced astrology with its emphasis on the person rather than an event. Dane Rudhyar, an influential astrologer in this area, wrote that "people happen to events."13 A result of humanistic astrology has been that the "inner world of personal experience" is emphasized over outer events, and predictive astrology focuses on upcoming events as opportunities to "integrate new aspects of one's way of being" rather than formulating a "deterministic, meaningless act of destiny."14 These spiritual and psychological influences softened astrology and transformed the more mechanical, traditional way of interpretation into a method of psychological and spiritual counseling. Telling the future or one's destiny took a back seat to an inner self-analysis. Astrology became a tool to know yourself, psychologically and spiritually.
The connection of planets and constellations in the sky to humanity is summed up in an ancient pithy saying, "As above, so below," a view shared by many in occult fields who see a mystical, magical connection between the universe and man. This view is explained by astrologer Alan Oken as the belief in "one Source" and "One Force expressing itself in an infinite multitude of forms and intensities." He adds that "the macrocosm (the greater world) is always seen as revealed in the microcosm (the lesser world). This is what is meant when it is said that ?man was made in the image of God.'"15
With the connection between the positions of planets and constellations in the sky to human life and events on earth as a given principle, then every movement and position in astrology becomes meaningful. The connection may not even be obvious or objectively measurable but it is still acknowledged: "Astrology is primarily a method of interpretation, at several levels, of the relationship between causally unrelated sets of phenomena."16 Note the word ?unrelated.'
Astrologer Stephen Arroyo calls this the "holistic approach" and describes it as based on "the ancient law of correspondences," what C. G. Jung called "'synchronicity,' an a-causal connecting principle" that something born at a certain moment "bears the qualities of that moment."17 In other words, every person or event that comes to be is magically connected to the moment when it comes into being. Author McIntosh admits that even without a scientific basis (although he later attempts to prove one), astrology still can "be defended on other grounds" and suggests that a "psychic principle" is involved which cannot be described except through examples, concluding that the principles of Jung's synchronicity underlie astrology.18 This type of mystical relationship connecting the heavenly signs to life on earth is the foundation of contemporary astrology. Some astrologers feel a psychic link to the charts they study, even to the point of seeing them as a mandala19 upon which to meditate.