Stars Tell The Story
If you’ve been following the astrology with me, you will remember that this year was set to be a confusing time. Due in part to the challenging influence of Saturn squaring Neptune for most of 2016, and especially from June to early October.
The Saturn Vs Neptune Battle Within And Without
The tension between these two planets creates uncertainty and a lack of clarity around decisions or life direction. The truth becomes very wobbly and highly pliable – we are more easily fooled, and paranoia and fear are dominant, so people can be swayed by ideologies that they don’t even fully understand. Sounds familiar?
There is a precise term for the energy I’m describing, oddly enough: agnotology. The word was invented by Stanford University professor Robert N. Proctor, who described it as “culturally constructed ignorance, created by special interest groups to create confusion and suppress the truth in a societally important issue.”
Uranus Tresspasses The Aries Area
Issues of identity and identification with ideals or images have become stronger and more prominent since the radicalizing force of Uranus entered the willful and self-focused energy of Aries in late May 2010.
Uranus wants us to be free of any limitations, and in Aries, it wants to be seen doing it, and on its own terms! It’s about a greater sense of awareness of being, and can lead us to a profound consciousness shift, or simply to more selfies and tweets.
Pluto In Capricorn = Room For New
Meanwhile, since October 2008, Pluto in Capricorn has been destroying all structures – the bigger, the better – that have outworn their usefulness, or which can’t keep up with the times. Individual opinions and increasingly strong ideas of self-image are forced upon the public scene, begging to be noticed and challenging the status quo.
Suddenly, it seems like there’s a need to publicly declare one’s sexuality and violently force political opinions on everyone else. It’s hard to just agree to disagree with this energy as conflict lies very close to the surface of nearly every issue.
We Are Unique, Yet Interconnected
Our interconnected existence means that we can’t escape the consequences of (apparently) independent action. We are no doubt each unique expressions of life in this world, yet we are in no way special in the true sense of the word. Only when we wake up to this truth will we be able to work towards the peace and harmony that everyone craves.
Traditional cultures around the world have greetings that affirm this wisdom: Indians say Namaste, meaning the eternal or divine Self in me recognizes that Self in you; the Mayan in lak’ech means I am you, and you are me, and the Southern African word Ubuntu means “I am what I am because of who we all are”.
In yogic teachings, we are told to seek our true self as a man whose head is on fire seeks water. Our collective head is on fire now, and the collective suffering is intolerable. Don’t waste another moment of this precious human life – wake up fully to the true nature of your existence, for everyone’s sake.
Good Times Ahead
Since early 2016, Mars has been heating things up and touching on several raw nerves. After several weeks of retrograde motion (which occurs roughly every 2 years), Mars has started moving direct again as on June 29th, which will have the effect of speeding things up and unblocking so many of the issues and projects that have been stuck or hard to get off the ground since the spring.
This can be a good time for negotiations of all kinds, if you can stay alert to the potential for deception. But it’s also a time where people can become easily triggered and reactive, so keep a low profile and avoid engaging where it’s not necessary, especially in July.
The collective and individual pictures will change considerably after August – in the meantime, don’t get too hooked on what the media or polls say, and don’t fret if you’re not certain about the future. Who is?
Focus only upon what is essential about you and within you. The current situation will change considerably, and September will bring us all a clearer picture of what the heck is going on and how to respond with some sanity and dignity.