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Astrologers: Age of Aquarius dawns Thursday

star January 23, 1997
Web posted at: 2:22 p.m. EST (1922 GMT)

(CNN) -- An exceedingly rare planetary alignment will take place Thursday, astrologers say. For the first time since the Renaissance, the heavens will briefly line up in a perfect six-pointed star -- a galactic Star of David.

While astronomers say the alignment is nothing out of the ordinary, astrologers hail the event as a symbolic representation of the long-heralded dawning of the Age of Aquarius. And across the world, events have been planned to usher in the new era.

The GaiaMind Web site calls it a time for earthlings to join together in meditation and prayer for "the healing transformation of the Earth."

"Imagine people all over the world sharing a moment of meditation and prayer," GaiaMind says. "Each person healing the social, ecological and spiritual challenges before us."

The new era is triggered by the alignment of a series of planets, which will center on the first degrees of Aquarius and be joined by the sun with the moon opposite them all. The last time the alignment took place was in 1475. Thursday's alignment was happening between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST.


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