In astrology, the most significant transits are the ones that can last 3-5 years or longer. These are the transits that involve the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Not only are these type of transits deeper and more profound due to their duration, but all of these planets are involved with some type of transformation or significant change. By significant, I mean paradigm shifts that change the inner as well as the outer landscape of life for people, families, cities, countries and the entire planet.
I have written many articles on this transit as it lasts from 2012- 2015. Actually, it lasts longer than that as the orbs that astrologers use often result in the belief that this kind of transit can last from upward to 5-8 years. Interpreting the meaning of such transits can, in the beginning, only be guessed at. While we are in the middle of such profound changes, we cannot fully see what meaning of all of it will be. We are just too close to it. But we can sense and feel it. We can feel that things are breaking down, not making sense, and great feelings of instability, etc. Yet, in this article I want to emphasize the difference between how it tends to affect an individual as opposed to how nations and world affairs are affected. They can be very different.
Individuals vs. the Collective
I have written about this theme several times, but right now, the world is experiencing breakdowns that are getting enormous world attention. Events in Iraq, Ukraine and Russia, Israel and Gaza, are just some of the areas that are raging. The Ebola virus is another world event, though for now, we don’t know what the extent of its effects will be. Madeline Albright, previous Secretary of State, on the CBS show “Meet the Press” is quoted as saying that “To put it mildly, the world is a mess.”
To me, however, we must go deeper in order to see what might be going on. This takes me to the issue of belief systems. Every one of the hot spots in the world right now is explosive because of entrenched belief systems. Whether it be Putin’s need to keep Russia an independent entity with its own clear identity, or ISIS’ need to control the belief systems of everyone else (convert or be killed), or the beliefs between Israel and the Palestinian’s, all of it resolves down to identification with belief systems and the need to maintain them at all costs. This means, of course, that if one doesn’t agree with your belief system, the other must be wrong and often, when we cannot tolerate the other viewpoint, someone must be forced to change. This is a very old paradigm. In fact, it is a throwback to ancient times. But, in today’s modern world, with 7 billion people living on this planet, is that old set of rigid viewpoints sustainable? Clearly, no. The world faces global issues that are monumental, and yet, most of the world leader’s time and attention is spent on matters that have little to do with the issues that count the most.
When we pay attention to world events, we can become frustrated. Maybe we wonder why people can’t solve these problems, why are they so intractable, what will it mean if the people on this planet continue to behave in the way they do, etc. The distinction I am making in this article is that while individuals can grow and evolve, the mass consciousness cannot do so, except over longer periods of time. In fact, that the only way the planetary consciousness can change is by individuals transforming in enough numbers, that it begins to affect the way countries and the world respond to life challenges.
How Individuals Might Grow From This Transit
I need to go back to the subject of belief systems. When Uranus and Pluto interact, their ‘agenda’, so to speak is to get a person to look at their belief systems. Most astrologers believe that this is a good time for people to question these systems and release the ones that are no longer working. Then adopt new ones. In other words, replace one set of belief systems with another. To me, this is not a paradigm shift. It does not address the nature of belief systems themselves. It does not take a look at whether we need belief systems at all. What are they really? Do they help us or hurt us? Most importantly, is it helpful to even look at this question?
I cannot expect or hope that the planetary consciousness is going to look at this matter. Most people are not ready to do so. They are incredibly invested in the ones they are identified with. But individuals might be able to open to at least questioning, or inquiring into this deeper kind of question.
This is where I hope the reader will pause a moment. Ironically, I am not saying people should leap to having no belief systems. First of all, that would be absurd, but it also would be useless because it doesn’t lead anywhere productive. The first step in this Uranian kind of paradigm shift is to take a very clear look at one’s own belief systems, at their nature. So let me offer a possible starting point. Do you regard your belief systems as mere belief systems, or as facts? From my observations as a counselor, astrologer and other roles I play, I have seen that people often do not think of their belief systems as such. In fact, often people do not recognize many of their deeper belief systems at all. What can happen when a person recognizes a belief as a belief that the air goes out of the balloon. It no longer has any force over the person. The power of ‘belief’ exists only when it is considered to be a fact. That’s when it has great power.
Let me offer one idea. Belief systems give us comfort. They allow us to believe that something about ourselves or life that we don’t know, somehow we do know. It has to do with the ability to live in a state of uncertainty. Instead of being truthful with ourselves and admit to not knowing something, we prefer to think we do know and we feel more settled. How much uncertainty can we handle?
Are we willing to look at this and see it for what it is? It isn’t so easy when we are identified with them in a profound way. But to even inquire into it, is a real paradigm shift and this is what can happen to a person when Uranus and Pluto dance together as they are doing right now.
One way to learn is by observing what’s happening around us. Right now, in politics, wars, threats of war, economics, etc., we get a chance to see how destructive embedded belief systems are. We can learn from that. Together these two outer planets can help us have revelations, to see things we couldn’t see before, and to then extrapolate on these cognitions and become open to a very fundamental shift in one’s consciousness. When we inquire we do not use force to try to change ourselves. We do not automatically agree with another person because they seem to be an authority figure. Instead, we take up the area of concern and do whatever it takes to discover something new.
The present transits are encouraging us to do this, but for the collective, it shows what happens when the issue is ignored or denied. For those willing to see, the news is all about what happens when people are tied and bound to belief systems. This seems to be how the mass consciousness learns. By terrible effects that might cause them to question what they have refused to question in the past. Does that mean people often open themselves to change only when we are in pain? I will let you decide.
I do know that in my life personally, and with students, clients and friends, this powerful transit does have a huge upside. I hope I have been able to make a contribution as to what they might be.