Welcome to 2013. We are of course still here, but let’s hope the Mayans were on to something with the start of their new calendar cycle. Apocalyptic prophecies are part of the human condition and implied in the scriptures. Right now in history, we are really primed to embrace such concepts, as we all collectively feel the global mess, and are all too aware of the dark side of collective and individual human energy, deep in our psyche. It is therefore very human to look for a sort of Salvationism so as to avert an apocalypse, which so many issues and conditions (economic /social/climactic) in the world seem to be pointing to. Collective Apocalyptic notions are in effect a psychological safety valve to prompt a mass change of consciousness…motivated by fear. Maybe that is a good thing. All religion is based on the concepts of redemption by addressing our evils and overcoming them in order to save oneself. From a secular stance, we need to mobilise ourselves to make changes that are actually just logical.
We need a revolutionary new consciousness, to suit completely unique times. The old defunct socio/economic template imposed by the powers that be (and colluded with by many) just does not cut it any more. It just makes it all worse.
This year the only significant planetary shift is when Jupiter departs Gemini (where it will have been for a year) and enters into Cancer on June 25th/26th, a sign it will move through also for just over a year. Cancer is the USA sign (and new York), bringing a note of optimism across the Atlantic. Jupiter in Cancer focuses on emotions and family consciousness and values the power of nurturing. It is also very protectionist economically, by instinct.
Now that Uranus is direct again from the 13th of last month, a tension will slowly build and culminate in Summer that is generated by the ongoing clash, (strongly yet again), between Uranus, which is about freedom and liberation: the power of a rebellious populous, versus the power of Pluto in Capricorn which is the establishment and the prevailing powers that be: the status quo. We should expect a year of continued revolution and unrest in the world and that will not be confined to the Middle East; it will be global.
Civil unrest will show itself across Europe as the summer gets underway, as Neo Liberalism proves its total contradictions and destructive power, as it blindly pursues the old monstrous model of the last 20-30 years. Faith in the free market has and will continue to prove totally erroneous. Left and right have embraced a model that is not evidence based. Self-serving capitalism which treats people as currency and which has no social conscience, has to be rethought, restructured and balanced and returned to its original intent: with all people at the centre of the model. People know this collectively in their waters and that is what Uranus square Pluto is indicating. Carrying on in the current path will lead to total meltdown of an existential sort and this year will truly start to reveal this. Climate change is here right now and governments will be forced over the coming years to deal with continued crisis about the physical survival of the populace, the infrastructure and food supply. Forget growth and consumer titillation! Between now and 2025, while Pluto continues to course through Capricorn, the system will continue to melt down, till there will be a no choice realisation of a fundamental need for a root and branch rethink of values. Necessity will be the mother of invention. However beware heavy-handed repressions by powerful players before then.
Meanwhile China (Libra) is ever increasingly and rather quietly making inroads into many countries, buying up and controlling their land and resources, and mass exporting their goods to countries, who can no longer afford to buy these goods because there is no manufacturing base left in their own country to supply the jobs or money to buy them. Many in China cannot themselves afford the goods they manufacture, except the increasingly wealthy very few. A time bomb lies under the Chinese political hybrid system and Uranus in Aries (opposing Libran energy) and Pluto in Capricorn (squaring it) will ensure this time bomb will explode over the next few years. Many provinces are racking up serious debt and environmental problems become more intense. This is the Chinese year of the Snake, apparently very difficult for some, while very lucky for others. Indeed the rapid extreme polarising of Chinese society would seem to back that up.
Meanwhile severely endangered African elephants are at the mercy of wealthy Chinese consortiums who organise the shooting of the elephants from aircraft for looting of their ivory tusks (ivory is a status symbol in China) and who successfully bribe the rangers (there to protect the elephants from poachers) to turn a blind eye to, or even cooperate in the slaughter. Such arrogant disregard for precious and increasingly rare life and nature on the altar of money is the apotheosis of the worse of capitalism (and evil).
As Bertrand Russell pointed out, when it comes to the natural world and its creatures, the message for us humans is simple “it’s coexistence or no existence” and it is true on so many levels, that every time we damage the natural world, we damage our selves.
Because China has developed the modern capitalist model system so quickly and extremely, its problems will be equally quick and intense. The worship of status, money and consumer goods in much of rapidly growing developed China now, is quite without restraint.
The worse excesses of capitalism over the last 20 years or so, has thrived by exploiting people’s insecurities. What people need has all too often been eclipsed by what they want.
Neptune in Pisces will focus on water issues globally: too much (floods) or too little (drought). The seas are dying and levels are rising and warming is creating shifts of incalculable proportions. Neptune in Pisces (the fish is the symbol of Christianity) is also bringing confusion and meltdown in establishment religion. Factionism reigns over the question of ordination of women as bishops in the Anglican Church and in relation to gay marriage. All is at sea… and again Uranus and his desire to innovate and create freedom is at odds with the bastions of intransigent tradition and power (Pluto in Capricorn).
Positively Neptune in Pisces will also bring a desire to get back to basics in relation to mans’ need, of necessity to reach out as a force for love, care, compassion and humility, as it is logical for survival, to reach out as a community and help each other. To combat domination of multinational monopolies, we need more localism and Neptune in Pisces will rekindle community consciousness, which will be born out of necessity. Compassion without ego is the redemptive goal of Neptune in Pisces.
Politicians are increasingly pushing their own ideological non-evidence based policies; and the world of detached critical thinking, (the goal of education) and objective academic research is marginalized on the altar of egos, money, prejudice and power. Indeed education itself (at least in the UK) has become a mere market force in the hands of politicians. It is fast becoming a tool to feed the economy and to mould our offspring to its needs.
Mars all this month is in Aquarius (ruler of Aquarius) and this alone will bring rumblings of discontent, and an intransigent adherence to principles; both the ideological principles of politicians and in the determined desire for justice amongst citizens. The huge increase in the need for food banks for the poor, not least in the UK (many of whom are the working poor, not shirkers or skivers, as many in power would have us believe, and whose wages are just completely inadequate for the ever increasing housing/food and utility costs) is indicative of the fundamental trouble brewing in society.
Saturn (difficult reality checks) is now Scorpio. In Syria (Scorpio country) factionist increasingly exists within the rebel’s camp and abuses of power by some of these, is creating anarchy and reveals a human nature that is all too prone to grab power and then abuse it. When people fight abuse of power, it is all too often the case that they eventually start emulating the same behaviour that they are fighting and eventually seek power for their own gratuitous ends. It seems that those who seek power are often the ones who should not have it.
History is indeed a graveyard of aristocracies.
Jupiter also moves direct on January 30th from Gemini which will be a bonus for the world of ideas and innovation, and the power of intellect presiding without a blind ideology.
The year opens with Mars sextile Uranus, which is a positive note of intelligent innovation, technologically and socially, and the sextile of Saturn to Pluto in the first week will certainly bring concrete measures to restrict and limit abusers of power, particularly financial power.
Very positive days are the 4th, 23rd and 26th when Jupiter is activated. Days of slowdown and restriction and reality checks are around the 7th and 31st, when Saturn gets his way and days of powerful communications that resonate are around the 6th and 17th when Pluto is underlined and some unexpected geophysical shocks are possible around the 12th when Uranus is in evidence
The new Moon falls on the 11th at 21º of Capricorn and the full Moon falls on the 27th at 7º of Leo.