When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
(The Age of Aquarius, James Rado & Jerome Ragni, lyricists)
The 'Age of Aquarius', from the musical Hair, was a hit single in the European summer of 1969, when Michael Meszaros was studying at the La Scuola Dell 'Art Della Medaglia (The School for Medal Art) in Rome. Inspired by the popular interest in astrology and New Age philosophy, Meszaros chose the zodiac as the subject for his graduation piece, designing a series of twelve medals depicting the star signs. On his return to Melbourne, he had the medals cast and they were sold to collectors. This set was donated to Museum Victoria in 2011 by Jennifer M. Shaw.