I love this blog! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I receive a lot of value when you share your perspective and understandings of how astrology affects broader political issues occurring on our planet, and in our human culture. My greatest concern is the health and survival of our planet earth, and how we are all relating to our home, and it’s inhabitants. It seems to me that this is the reason for studying astrology. We are a planet among many others, and stars, and energy, and as a family we move through the universe. We must develop our consciousness for each other and how we are communicating for the best possible health of our planet and ourselves. Now more than ever are earth politics and human politics coming head to head for inevitable resolve. I want to know best how to evolve and contribute to this process. How is the universe as a whole communicating to assist our health? – Alys
This question came through this post in which I asked readers to submit topics they’d like to see covered on my site. This was one of the harder ones to respond to, as I have the same concern and there are no easy, simple answers. I’ll try to start with “how is the universe communicating to us?” from the astrological perspectives of the major transformative transits we’re going through and will be going through globally.
In the short-to-medium term, the dominating influence in global matters is Pluto’s long transit of Capricorn until 2024, followed by Pluto’s transit of Aquarius until 2043. In addition to that we are coming to terms with the Uranus in Aries-Pluto in Capricorn squares which are still active but waning. Much more tangible shockwaves are ahead with Uranus entering Taurus from May 2018-November 2018, and in full effect from March 2019 until April 2026. There is a Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in late 2019 and through 2020 that is heavy with consequences. In the much longer term, of course, we are transitioning from the Age of Pisces ever more steadily into the Age of Aquarius, which does not happen overnight but is instead a longer gradient; like a very long dawn very slowly giving way to the sunlight of a new day. The speed at which we are more distinctly in the Aquarian Age is, however, accelerating expotentially, and will see warp speed once Pluto enters Aquarius. (Read here for exact dates of major long term transits.)
I think the handling of the remainder of the Pluto in Capricorn years is a make-or-break time that will decide the flavor of the Pluto in Aquarius years, which will then be shaping the Aquarian Age by extension. When trying to understand where we’re going and how best to handle it, it is always a good idea to look back at the last time these transits were active and the results of the handling or mishandling of potential.
The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was 1762 to 1779. One of the most obvious examples of the proper handling of Pluto in Capricorn potential was the American Revolution. Pluto is concerned with power dynamics; the proper use of power that can transform and the abuse or misuse of power that destroys and devastates. Capricorn is a cardinal sign, meaning an active initiative and control, and concerned with government, leadership, business, politics, and authority on every level, including personal authority. It is also a sign that is focused on upward moving mature growth and evolution. So, you can see this in action in the American Revolution. Authoritarian government had overstepped it’s boundaries and was suffocating, destroying, and so it had to be overthrown, working models implemented that better served the needs of the people at that moment in time and allowed a degree of individual power and autonomy to be reclaimed. It wasn’t a perfect model; since Pluto in Capricorn is found in the United States’ natal chart, issues over the power and control of the government versus the rights of the individual are inherent to the country’s evolution. But, flawed as the model may have been in some ways, it was no longer possible to continue on the trajectory we were on then and the bull had to be grabbed by the horns, so to speak. As Thomas Paine wrote in 1776: “These are the times that tries men’s souls… Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.”
Interestingly, also in 1776, English historian Edward Gibbon published the first volume of six of The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire. It was a massive undertaking in trying to understand how one of the world’s greatest empires could meet such a disgraceful end. Even back then, it was understood that massive income inequality and the loss of civic virtue in its citizens were major contributing factors in the decline. Perhaps writing the book during the Pluto in Capricorn years made those connections more obvious.
The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1935-1942, a time marked by WW2, FDR’s “New Deal”, the Dust Bowl… look at any event in that time frame and you’ll see shockwaves and sudden changes/upsets in money markets, currencies, banks and financial institutions, personal income, as well as shifts in collective morals and values springing from changes in the material world. With Uranus, you have to expect the unexpected and whatever you expect tends to not be the reality, which makes predictions of Uranus’ behavior tricky. But, we know that in the earthy materialistic sign of Taurus the changes will be in the tangible everyday world, rather than just in behavior or attitudes. Taurus is the sign also most closely linked with the Earth itself, particularly agriculture.
Generally speaking, the Age of Aquarius is not only the ushering in of the era of technology, but also of bigger focus on group efforts. One of the pitfalls of the Age of Pisces was the savior/victim dynamic; confusion and vagueness and spiritual longing led a lot of people into abdicating their personal power and responsibilities to whomever appeared to be able to lead or rescue them. There are certainly many examples of this working very well but many more examples of it failing spectacularly. Aquarius is a distinctly detached sign which does not get swept up as easily as Pisces in the emotional realms and tries to take a more cerebral perspective. It does not come from the savior/victim standpoint as much as it tries to see the interaction of the individual in relation to the broader collective. The Aquarian Age ideal, in a generalized nutshell, is that of community or common-unity, individuals with shared ideals working together for the greater good. Aquarian Age love is what the ancients Greeks called agape love, well explained by Martin Luther King Jr. :
“Agape means understanding, redeeming good will for all men. It is an overflowing love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless, and creative. It is not set in motion by any quality or function of its object… Agape is disinterested love. It is a love in which the individual seeks not his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Agape does not begin by discriminating between worthy and unworthy people, or any qualities people possess. It begins by loving others for their sakes. It is an entirely “neighbor-regarding concern for others,” which discovers the neighbor in every man it meets. Therefore, agape makes no distinction between friends and enemy; it is directed toward both. If one loves an individual merely on account of his friendliness, he loves him for the sake of the benefits to be gained from the friendship, rather than for the friend’s own sake.”
That’s the ideal, anyway. There’s always a rather large chasm between the ideal and the reality as played out on the everyday level, and every sign has its darker shadow side to contend with. As I’ve written before (it bears repeating, in my opinion, and it’s pretty damn good if I do say so myself):
“The Age of Aquarius has long been touted as a humanitarians dream come true, to be embraced with open arms and minds. Egalitarian and equitable. The mass organization of people and technological advances would supposedly achieve where the gods, mystics and poets of the Age of Pisces failed… As the process of leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius speeds up, we sense more and more that not all that is glitteringly Aquarian is gold. Does the Aquarian Age care what we want individually, or is it asking us to individually want the same things? The status quos of the Piscean Age have certainly been challenged and in some cases overthrown, only to be replaced by Aquarian Age status quos all its own, which is not to be challenged. The out of control political correctness and the culture of being perpetually offended are Aquarian Age phenomena. You can hardly say anything to anyone now without causing outrage for not conforming to their philosophy.
Is this humanitarian, egalitarian? Yes, in the darker Aquarian Age shadow way it is. To paraphrase Aquarian George Orwell’s Animal Farm: in this new age, all people are equal but some seemingly more equal than others, and it is only their views that seem to matter. Superficial nonconformists (in name only) that, weirdly, expect conformity. Many ideals being sold now as “empowering” and “progressive” we instinctually feel as degrading and dehumanizing; yet, in this supposedly more open minded era there is less freedom to express these sentiments. And this is occuring on every level of society, not only in the most visible arenas. The age that was supposed to bring about the social causes that would better the world for everyone is instead seeing social causes hijacked and distorted from their original aims, used to further agendas they were initially established to overturn. How much of the freedom promised by the Age of Aquarius resembles freedom as we’d define it?”
This is important to keep in mind within the context of the Pluto in Capricorn years. One the one hand, there is a very real need to revolt against the power structures that are preventing progress from moving in the healthy directions we’d like to take it, and on the other hand there is increasing social pressure to accept and conform to the wishes of the masses, whether or not their values and goals are in line with yours. This makes effecting change in any real way a very tricky thing to do.
Even though Aquarius is a sign associated with things like eccentricity and weirdness and rebellion, it is also a fixed (rigid ) sign and cannot handle changes as well as mutable (adaptable) Pisces did. Fixed signs need things to work in synch and collectively we are all so far out of synch it’s not funny. Ironically, the technology that was an early gift of the Aquarian Age has played a part in this. There’s the obvious disconnect from nature and each other that overuse of tech can result in. But, I sincerely believe that the rapid spreading, sharing and assimilation of information brought by technology and the Internet has made people more aware and in touch with our intuition, our innate psychic abilities which we all have. There’s those studies we’ve all seen on how we’re only using a fraction of our overall brain power; I do think the Aquarian Age technology is moving those percentages a little higher all the time. Most of the world’s entire history is available at our fingertips, and the ability to so thoroughly review our past and exchange perpectives with others online when we cold never do so otherwise, does make peering into the distance a littler easier than it has been.
I do think this gives many average people the ability to be thinkers ahead of their time. This sounds great, but in practice being ahead of your time means being terribly out of synch with other people around you who only see the present time. Should those people be happy with the way things are and not see the changes ahead that more future-oriented people see and sense, warm reception of ideas that go against the stature quo isn’t likely.
So, that’s the astrological framework we’re given and need to move along. If you’re looking for specific ideas about health and survival of the planet, the issues of Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus (which will hit harder than Uranus in Aries, Uranus is in its fall in Taurus), and the broader issues of the Age of Aquarius are what you’ll look at. I can’t possibly cover or even guess every issue, but there’s a few major ones that need extra consideration in my opinion.
With Uranus in Taurus, the sustainability and health of food and farming will take center stage, so anything one can do now to consciously work for best case scenario outcomes in this arena will be hugely important. Learn the business sides of agriculture and hear the farmers side of stories. Increase awareness, support, and understanding of things like permaculture and farming technology that works with, rather than against, nature. If you come across people or organizations that are doing great things in sustainable agriculture, it’s nice to share it on social media but often doesn’t do much besides getting lost in the cacophony, so reach out to those people or organizations directly and let them tell you what support they need and will help them the most.
Growing our own foods as much as possible is also a good idea. Not everyone can do so, obviously, so supporting local organic farmers and butchers is important too. Vote with your money. Even the most urban cities usually have community gardens somewhere, which if given sufficient time and energy can not only support those in need in the local community (if you want clear statistics, volunteer at a local food bank and see how may hungry people there are and the reasons for it) but also, if done right, can serve as small scale examples of permaculture and sustainable farming. People often need to see certain concepts operating in real time before they see them as genuinely better alternatives, so the more healthy agricultural practices are put into place on the smaller scale the easier it will be to garner support for those ideas when current large scale agricultural practices reach moments of crisis.
Speaking of Big Agra, GMOs are kind of a trendy thing to hate on now but I have a feeling (I’m aware it may be nothing more than hope on my part) that GMOs will become a real substantial issue in the Uranus in Taurus years. There’s the obvious concern about the known and unknown effects on human health, as well as the shady practices of Monsanto, ConAgra, the meat processing companies (particularly poultry), etc., but more broadly GMOs tie into Pluto in Capricorn-related business monopolies and Aquarian Age-related ethical issues over owning a patent on a living thing. Uncomfortable precedent.
I’ve griped before about the sorry state of music at the moment. I don’t think this issue is a trivial one. Art comes from a place that isn’t concerned with simple basic survival; it comes from somewhere inside that looks to rise above that basic instinct level and move towards higher fulfillment of human potential. It represents the very best we can achieve when we are not focused on jockeying for power or finding more effective ways of killing each other or any of the other stupid low level human behaviors. If we are concerned about health of people from a consciousness perspective, music, movies, and all the other popular arts has always served as a thermometer and reflection of where our myriad cultures are at spiritually at any given moment in time. When powerful enough, the messages it conveys assists us in envisioning a better world for ourselves and not accepting the status quo. The bad taste left in my mouth by what passes for art, music and entertainment these days has nothing to do with lack of skill or effort. I’m concerned by the lack of passion, vitality, rawness, and messages of any substance. Most of pop culture feels dead and not reflective of current human emotions and experience. We shouldn’t be accepting of mediocrity in our popular arts. Perhaps this too requires a DIY approach.
On the remaining years of Pluto in Capricorn side of things, economic decentralization is something to look into. It is something I am seeing a lot of lately, which means its crucial to also take the time to discern the motive behind it. I’ve seen convincing arguments for why widespread decentralization is a great idea, and convincing opposing arguments against it. I think the answer might be somewhere in between; at this point I don’t think widespread decentralization is even achievable but on smaller scales it can be. If we cannot thoroughly rid ourselves of the detrimental Pluto in Capricorn policies and machinations, we can at least remove ourselves from the equation as much as possible; if we can’t overthrow we can at least “starve” it of our support. The sign opposite Capricorn is Cancer, sign of home and homeland, so there may be some astrological sense in finding the anecdote to some of the Pluto in Capricorn problems by “bringing it back home”. Supporting local economy and small business and independent anything is again a form of voting with your money.
Getting involved with local politics is also becoming inreasingly more crucial; the global political scene is an obvious unfunny joke and not much any of us plebeians can do about that, but a strong localized political and legal force can do a lot to fight back against the insanity. Voting will always matter.
I guess you can consider the astrology as communicating to assist our health as: Uranus in Aries = the need for healthier individual rights and freedoms; Uranus in Taurus = the need for healthier agricultural practices and financial practices and institutions; Pluto in Capricorn = the need for saner government policies and more accountability; Pluto in Aquarius = the need for ethical use of technology. As I wrote in The North Node In Virgo Manifesto, while we still have Neptune and Chiron in Pisces (until 2025 and 2018, respectively) everything affects and ties into everything else. If one part is sick then it is all sick, really.
On that note, the best ideas in the world do not matter if they are not supported by the general public, if they are not funded by the government, if they are blocked by special interest groups, if their facts are distorted by same groups, if honest and factual reporting of their benefits are censored, if people who challenge the status quo are shunned or blacklisted or jailed or “suicided”. The running thread between all these astrological influences as well as the apparent visible issues is the continuing forceful erosion of civil liberties taking place nearly everywhere, the attempts to control and censor the Internet and curb free speech, invasive surveillance, and citizens being ever increasingly treated like enemies of the state.
The surveillance part can’t be overestimated. As stated above, Pluto deals with power dynamics and struggles and the use or abuse of power, and Pluto’s transit of Aquarius from 2024-2043 will accelerate the rise of the Aquarian Age while also setting the tone. Modern technology has without question made life better than ever thought possible, and the Internet in particular is one of the best things to ever happen to mankind. However, there is already an absurd amount of misuse of technology that works against all our best interests, and considering the extent of mass monitoring and surveillance already in place I am personally more than a little terrified of the direction technology will take during the Pluto in Aquarius years if left unchecked. We need freedom to access technology, freedom in how we use technology, and freedom from technology all at the same time. We are becoming very good at using technology as a subversive tool and I think that needs to continue. If we are forced to submit to privacy invading surveillance we can use same techniques to defend ourselves against injustice. Watch the watchmen, so to speak. Personally, I also think there needs to be much better legal protection for “whistleblowers” as it is their information that can serve as catalysts.
Even though these things are obviously affecting us all, I’m going to refer back to the American Revolution as an easy example. Imagine if that war had never happened? Suppose the citizens shrugged and accepted tyranny, or hoped a hero came along and did it all for them. In a general way, that’s a decision we all are being asked to make. In the Aquarian Age, realize there may be occasional heros but success is ultimately won through community or common-unity, all of us contributing our individual talents to the bigger process. Isolate the problems and which of those you can best make a difference in and then give it your best. Don’t be afraid of risking fallout. Reach out to others who have found workable solutions and see what their suggestions are. Survive, if nothing else. Ensure the survival of as many as possible. Agape love. Part of that too is recognizing what is beyond our control and staying out of the way. That’s not a shiny happy answer but is a very realistic one I think.