The Aquarius Chronicles aims to provide reliable news analysis, intelligent commentary on current events, and a discussion of how world affairs correspond to long-term planetary cycles.
The blog was launched in part out of frustration with the distorted and blatantly partisan media coverage of the 2016 Democratic primary. With the unprecedented election of Donald Trump, his ongoing unpredictability, and the corporate media’s barely disguised animosity, the need is greater than ever for checking facts and deconstructing reports based on anonymous sources, unverified information, and outright distortion.
Hyping conflict to boost newspaper sales is nothing new. However, the wanton fear-mongering and polarization by today’s media are exacerbating anxiety and panic among their target audiences, multiplied exponentially via the social media. To the extent possible, The Aquarius Chronicles aims to restore some sanity by encouraging critical thinking and providing historical perspective.
AChron is distinguished by the added dimension of planetary cycles. Identifying patterns in long-term planetary cycles and how they correlate to current and historical events provides additional insight and makes it possible to forecast some general trends. The methodology is similar to detecting connections between historical disturbances in weather and shifts in political, economic, and cultural trends – for example, the “Little Ice Age” in Europe – and then applying the findings to current conditions.
In the symbolism of the zodiac, Aquarius represents revolution, innovation, and experimentation. It is associated with sparks of inspiration and the synthesis of thoughts into complex ideas greater than the sum of their parts. Aquarius is described as quirky and eccentric, but only because it’s ahead of the mainstream and thus “out of step.” Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison were quintessential Aquarians.
Many readers will question how a news blog that strays into astrology can be taken seriously or encourage “critical thinking.” It is the policy of this site that rejecting astrology out of hand shows a lack of critical thinking. One can’t very well judge a subject about which one knows little or nothing. The response that one need not know anything about astrology to know that it’s superstitious bunk is in effect admitting to willful ignorance. The irrationality of this argument is betrayed by the typical emotional reaction that accompanies it.
There are many branches of astrology. Exploring possible connections between outer planetary cycles and world affairs is known within the profession as “mundane astrology,” which includes the subcategory of “political astrology.” Not all articles on this site will include astrological notes. Those that do will be concerned primarily with mundane astrology. Mythology and symbolism are important components of astrology and may be included for context or background.
The above notwithstanding, The Aquarius Chronicles does not intend to try to convince anyone of the validity of astrology – if that were even possible – or to be a forum for general discussions about the discipline’s merits or lack thereof. For more information, please read our comment policy (strongly recommended).
Ultimately, the reputation of this blog will stand on its integrity and fairness and on the quality of the content.
AChron is the brainchild of Pat Paquette, a former Army intelligence analyst, journalism major, and investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. Read Pat’s bio for more information about her background and the evolution of The Aquarius Chronicles.
NOTE: This website is run entirely on donations. At startup, it essentially is a one-woman, one-cat operation, and some of the content is previously published. Eventually, we hope to add guest posts and other shared content. If you like this pioneering approach to news and commentary and would like to help us get off the ground, please use the donations button below or in the right sidebar.
Thanks for your support and patience as we get up and running!