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Term: Precession of the Equinoxes

The position of the Earth in relation to the Sun and the zodiac slowly shifts because the Earth’s rotation on its axis is not fixed. Thus, it appears as if we are slowly moving back through the zodiac. It takes about 2,100 years to move through a sign, and we are currently moving from a period or age of being in Pisces and going into the Age of Aquarius.
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by John Michael Greer
A slow shift in the positions of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun and the fixed stars, precession is the source of a great deal of myth, speculation, and esoteric theory. The Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of just over twenty-three degrees relative to its orbit around the sun, and at ...