As this newsletter article is being written, we are about to have the second transit of Uranus square to Pluto. It will occur on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:55pm PDT. Let me remind our readers that a transit like this one, lasts for many years. Some astrologers believe that it begins 5 years or more before the first exact moment in the sense that there is a lengthy time period where there is a ‘set up’ for the coming transit. It is safe to say that the transit began to be noticed in 2008 with the economic meltdown that affected many of the world’s nations.
The first transit did not seem to create a lot of specific events, but this time is different. We are seeing riots around the world and not just against the U.S. Anti-Japan protests are occurring in China, thousands of Russian citizens are demonstrating against Putin, and tension with Iran and Syria continue to grow. The U.S. is facing protests in the Arab world, but also in other countries such as Australia. As most of you know, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack in Libya this week and protests in Egypt are testing the new President, Mohamed Morsi, who was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood before being elected, as he deals with his first international incidents. What we can conclude is that this transit radically increases tensions for all of us, but it does so by amplifying the extremes of belief systems.
I have often stated that this transit can bring many people into a new place and that a real paradigm shift is possible now. Why can this be possible now? The answer is not easy for us to understand and it seems that most people are not able to get it. But it boils down to this: We Create Our Reality….. but for the most part, are quite unaware of the degree to which we do so. We create it through our belief systems which direct the way we interpret our world. Human beings are interpreters of the world in which we live. We perceive the world though our own bodies and mind. But how aware are we of our own belief systems? What I see is that most of us are not aware that our belief systems control how we live in the world and even more, that they are just that and nothing more. Belief systems are not facts or absolute truths, but so often, we behave as if they are. What does this have to do with the transiting square of Uranus and Pluto?
It is relevant because this transit could assist many of us to recognize this truth. Right now, it seems that the last thing many are aware of is that there are consequences in the external world for the belief systems we have. The quality of the present transit is bringing these to the surface. It is important to note that, at first, this phenomenon is not understood or recognized. We may feel that things are happening to us and that there is nothing we can do about it. We are victims of ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ forces. This can be seen in the riots against U.S. embassies in the Middle East as well as in the extremely odd hate of Obama. Clint Eastwood’s talking to a chair at the Republican convention, is the perfect metaphor for what I’m talking about. I have no idea why so many people hate Obama. I just don’t get it. According to recent polling, 35% of the Republican voters think that Obama is an African-born, Muslim socialist? The Eastwood speech was perfect to me in that he was speaking to an empty chair and talking to an Obama that only Republicans can see. One can agree or disagree with his policies, but why the hate? This nation ought to be looking very hard at this question.
Extremist feelings have been growing for many years and now they are right on the surface for all to see. This is how the Uranus/Pluto square works. Uranus can create conditions where underlying feelings explode out from our unconscious while Pluto both intensifies those feelings and creates the need for them to be seen. When a person is not aware of the deep-seated conflicts and repressed emotions within them, this type of transit MUST bring them into the light of awareness. This is why things seem to get worse. The transit is not making things up out of the blue. What is coming up now are the issues that have been stirring below the surface of a person or of a nation for many decades or more.
Let’s look at what is happening in the Middle East. The Arab Spring has brought about more freedoms from repression and ironically the U.S. broke from its past and was a supporter of these. Mubarak was thrown out and the U.S. didn’t prevent it. Many of the old guard of U.S. foreign policy felt that Obama threw Mubarak under the bus. And in Libya, the U.S. got involved militarily to make sure that Khaddafi was eliminated from power. Did this ingratiate the U.S. with the Arab world? Perhaps, in the long term it will help, but in the short term, it released deep, pent up feelings lasting for many years as they have believed that the U.S. is anti-Islam. Recently it appears to the Arab world that this is true. Not only has the U.S. been keeping dictators in power for many decades throughout the Arab world but now, under the present transits, a Islam hating film has come out that feeds the long-held belief systems the Arab world has is true. The hatred against the U.S. is coming to the surface. These riots, protests and murders are not happening out of nothing. And the film that supposedly ’caused’ all of this violence was just a trigger. But, can we understand this? And, by the way, has this nation realized that by insulting Obama by calling the President of the U.S. an African Muslim, they are simultaneously insulting the entire Arab world?
In the U.S. political contest, there seems to be no end to how extreme and out of proportion things will become. To me, the 2012 campaign is utterly disgusting. Facts don’t matter. Facts appear to be minor inconveniences and most of it is coming from a far-right extremism I just don’t understand. What seems totally unreasonable now is thought of as perfectly reasonable.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the increasing extremism has to do with the lack of respect of what it means to be living in a somewhat democratic country. I did some research about this and saw some very interesting things. We do know that this election is already over in all but 6-7 states. For example, Texas is red and California is blue. But further examination showed that Texas is going for Romney with more than a 20% majority. California will vote for Obama by a similar amount. This holds true for most of the states. Is this not a perfect example of extreme attitudes and feelings? Where is the will to be one country, to try to overcome the divides that separate us and to come together? I am suggesting that this is one of the expressions of the Uranus square to Pluto transit. And, given the nature of the U.S. chart, things are not yet as extreme as they will be in 2013-14.
I must say that without astrology, I wouldn’t understand all of this. But with astrology, I can see what is happening, though it is no less alarming. It is transits like this one that bring about harsh political changes that can result in major wars. When reason is supplanted by emotion and pure bias, one can expect bad things to happen. History has shown this time and time again. When people are full of passion and bias, logic and the simple desire to discover what’s really going on is seemingly erased.
In the long term, many people could discover through this extremism that we do need to stand back a moment and ask important questions. One could ask why one’s feelings are so strong. How can so many people really believe that Obama is a Muslim, African-born socialist? And why do the leaders of the Republican Party not consistently and whole-heartedly disavow this easily observed lie? And, do people really believe that Islam is a fundamentally violent American-hating religion? Why is this extremism tolerated? The answer is revealed when we understand the psychological principle of ‘projection.’ People project onto others, their own underlying fears, doubts, frustrations, etc. and seek to find someone else to blame.
Before a new paradigm can be born, the old one must be seen. It cannot die before it is clearly seen. In future articles I will be revealing the Inauguration chart for whoever becomes President on January 20, 2013 and it is a very difficult one. But let me end with something we talk about a lot in our astrology classes. Individuals can transform quickly, but the way that nations and the mass consciousness change is much more slowly. It can take decades or centuries for people’s minds to change as new information is discovered. This is the nature of evolution in thought and in belief systems. So, no matter what happens in the next few years, we can focus on what each of us can do to transform our lives in a fundamental way. Not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. We can make an effort to dig deeply into the underlying belief systems that might be controlling us and see how they may be restricting us and preventing us from being more free and creative Beings in a magnificent world.