We had the Car International Car Rally in our little town of Bowraville yesterday, complete with racing cars, stewards, police cars, ambulances, tow trucks (one car got skittled), emergency service workers, a Lions catering van, enough visitors to cause a traffic jam on our quiet main road, and helicopters overhead.
I know that this is entertainment and a major event for the participants, and I don’t want to sound a killjoy, but it struck me that I was watching something which is rapidly reaching its use-by date. We know that oil is an ever-diminishing resource yet we continue to behave as if we’re dancing on a merry-go-round which is endless and will never grind to a halt. But it is grinding to a halt even though it’s not sudden. Slowly but surely we’re approaching the end-game of the way we live now because it’s unstainable. Old ways of living are archaic. The industrial revolution brought enormous upheaval and in much the same way, as we move on from the increasingly outmoded society thrown up from that industrial revolution, new ways of living are being brought into being. We, the people, are the ones who will create those new ways, and the path forward may be complex, but we can do it, never fear.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, it’s the challenges of the era in which we live which are calling on us to grow up, to face up to those challenges, each and every one of us. It’s no longer enough to put people in office and hope they’ll do the work for us. We are the ones who are required to get off our knees, stand tall and radiate the Sun which flows from our hearts and souls.
In the United States, Barack Obama was seen as some kind of saviour when he became president. In Australia, Julia Gillard was seen as a triumph for women’s status rising in society. In reality, of course, neither of them could live up to the huge expectations laid upon their shoulders. They are simply human beings, not miracle workers or gods from the ether.
We look to our leaders because we project our needs and wants up on them. They are the archetypal Father/Sun/King figures onto whom we project our own hopes, fears and wants. And when they don’t behave as we wish or hope, then we see them as having feet of clay. But the feet of clay are our own. Within us we have the sun which we hope will radiate from someone else in the hope we don’t have to do the hard yakka ourselves. But as we head towards enormous global changes – as the cosmos above, around and within us is demanding – we are being called to be the leader that so far we’ve externalized into the likes of Obama and Gillard.
In saying this, I don’t want to downgrade the significance of these two leaders. For African-Americans, the advent of Obama was a breakthrough in the stifling detritus of racism which has arisen from the history of the US and which still persists today. Witness the unprecedented hostility towards the first black man to occupy the White House which can’t be explained as simple opposition to his position as a Democrat president. And never has a US President been treated with such contempt as this man. Likewise Australian Prime Minister Gillard who was praised as the first female leader of this country. But since she formed a coalition with the Greens Party, she has been subjected to a relentless campaign of scorn, derision, hatred and ridicule which is unprecedented. No male PM has been treated in this way in the past. As there is a racism no-one wants to acknowledge in attitudes to President Obama, so there is a sexism which no-one wants to acknowledge in attitudes to a female Prime Minister in Australia.
The issue for both these leaders is that they cannot do things differently because they are inextricably linked to the status quo which is being more and more exposed to our eyes – that governments are increasingly bought and owned by the big end of town. This is far more evident in the US where big business calls the shots in an ever more blatant way. It’s happening here in Australia where a multi-million campaign by the mining giants against a tax on their super-profits resulted in the dismissal of the Labor Prime Minister Rudd. I’ve made a separate list of climate events, economic events, political turmoil, etc., just to show that, when you keep an eye out in the world, you can see a pattern emerging. What we are witnessing is that government in the old way is falling apart, is unstainable and is crumbling before our eyes. We need to create genuine government for the people because this is what this era is demanding. Airy-fairy ideas aren’t going to work. Angels, fairies, unicorns and so on are an escape from reality. We are the human beings here on earth who need to do the footwork of change.
But to get bogged down in the whys and wherefores is to lose sight of the greater picture which is playing out in the great galaxy around us and in which we are inextricably intertwined. Astrologers have, for a long time, predicted upheaval, revolution and huge changes in present times. We can see some of the monumental changes gathering force in climate change and in the economic instability which is dogging international financial markets.
What is happening in the heavens and reflected on Earth is absolutely fascinating. I’m not going to go into enormous detail because, frankly, I get a bit muddled myself with all that’s going on. For the purposes of what I’m writing about, I want to focus on Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries because you might call these the heavy hitters.
I’m indebted to Mystic Medusa because, on her blog, she points out that when debt went bonkers from 1984-1998, Neptune was transiting Capricorn. This, Capricorn, relates to business, governments, plutocracies, commerce, multinational corporations, the arms industry, all those sorts of areas. Neptune is illusion, delusions, grandeur, visions, inspiration, creativity, off-the-planet, and grandiose ideas certainly permeated the economic field in that time. I know when I was back in the UK in 2002, I was quite taken aback by the ready credit, the huge personal debts racked up, and there was a feeling in the air of “spend, spend, spend” as if tomorrow never comes.
Well, now Pluto is in the same sign, Capricorn, and you might say we’re being called to pay the piper. The big thing about Pluto is not just that it is in Capricorn and bringing to the surface all sorts of hidden stuff about the media, governments (think Wikileaks), government debt, etc., it is also squaring off to Uranus in Aries. Aries is fire, new beginnings, revolutionary fervor, leadership, enthusiasm, gung-ho attitude, influenced by Uranus which is about revolution, innovation, invention, the future, collective stuff. These two formations are bringing change, chaos and transformation big-time as we face up to the fact we can’t live the way we have in the past. They are causing cosmic fireworks as they clash and as their tensions radiate to the earth level and provoke enormous change at all levels.The economic upheavals we have seen in recent years are the entrée. The main course is yet to come.
So how are we going to face the future? If the powers-that-be had anything to do with it, they’d have us with our heads in the sand, on our knees, cowering in the corner, trembling with fear and trying to hang on to the past (sorry to mix metaphors, but I’m sure you get the picture!). Well, we can do that but that is only going to make life difficult. Whether we like it or not, it may not look easy but the easy way is to dance with revolution, tap out a hectic tango with Uranus, power along with Pluto, and embrace change. That’s the grown-up way of doing things. And to really fulfil the destiny to which we committed ourselves when we incarnated on Earth at this time, we need to sing the song of our souls and hearts – our astrological chart with our tripod of Sun, Moon and Ascendant. These are the fixtures which hold us upright as we progress into this awesome era standing tall, with courage, with love, with togetherness, with compassion, with tolerance, and turning our backs on the smallness of fear, hatred and division.