We’ve written about Stations, when planets appear to Stand Still, because they’re one of several of the most important astroevents that we watch for. Another is “Configurations” – when a number of planets line up together in meaningful relationship to one another at the same time. And a third one is “Initiations.” Think about your internal and external circumstances in 2005, then compare it to your Experience of 2009. See any differences?
At and around the time of an Initiation, the Zeitgeist Changes, and it’s often a significant Change.
Or, think about how the Zeitgeist in Britain and in the rest of Europe Changed around the time of this month’s Eris-Uranus Initiation. Some folks couldn’t stand to have their Freedom (Uranus) Denied (Eris) any longer. Of course, the folks in London fear that their Freedom to make money off of the rest of Europe will be Denied.
Astrology is like that; you never know which direction a Change is going to turn. You know which Dimension the Change is going to happen on – here Freedom and Denial. But you don’t know, a priori, whether Freedom will be Denied, or Denial Liberated from its subterfuges. It’s usually Both/And.
We are Actors in this Play, and it’s Improv. Our Intentions are very important to our Future, and to the Future of the Planet. So when we talk about an Initiation, we play up what we would regard as the Positive side of the Dimension – Releasing Denial from its grasp on our Freedom. That’s why we emphasize working on our Limiting Beliefs, which are none other than internalized Denials of our Freedom to pursue our True Self.
If you happen to Believe that making money, or maintaining Control, is more important than pursuing your True Self, feel free to flip our Interpretations upside down. We happen to Believe that Liberating our True Self will, after a period of Reaction, end up making us more Abundant, and giving us greater Healthy Control. As they say, if you don’t have to lie, you don’t have to remember everything you’ve ever told anybody.
An Initiation – when a faster planet passes a slower planet (from the Perspective of Mother Earth) – begins a new Cycle. A New Moon is an Initiation; the faster “planet” (the Moon) Conjoins the slower “planet” (the Sun) once a month. Then the Moon zips around the Zodiac till it catches up to the Sun again and Initiates a new Cycle.
A technical point; when we refer to an Initiation, we put the slower planet first, because it’s Initiating the faster planet the way a Guru Initiates an Aspirant. When we refer to a Cycle, we put the faster planet first, as it’s the faster planet that’s making the Zodiacal loop in between new assignments from its Guru.
Uranus (84 years per loop) is faster than Eris (560 years), so we speak of the Eris-Uranus Initiation but the Uranus-Eris Cycle. Not a biggie, just the way we say things. It’s Uranus and Eris, or Eris and Uranus, either way.
In a Cycle, the faster planet implements the program or pogrom suggested by the slower planet. Each fast planet has many Gurus, and each slow planet many Aspirants. Of course fast and slow are relative.
We usually read the “Sabian Symbol” of the Degree in which the Initiation occurred. As the 12 Signs each have their usual Interpretations, each of the 360 Degrees of the Zodiac also have Interpretations, called the Sabian Symbols.
The germinal text on Cycles is Dane Rudhyar’s Lunation Cycle.
For convenience, we refer to everybody in the Sky, whether they’re a planet like Uranus, an asteroid like Ceres, a satellite like the Moon, a dwarf planet like Eris, a Centaur like Chiron, or just a symbolic point like Lilith, as a “planet.” It just saves us having to say “planet or asteroid or symbolic point or Light” all the time. (The Sun and the Moon are sometimes collectively called “the Lights.”)
One of our most basic guiding principles is that the scarcer an astroevent is, the stronger will be its impact upon us.
That’s just because our real Teacher is Experience, and if we have little or no Experience with an event, then we’re Deer in the headlights. For instance, as we mentioned last time, the last Eris-Uranus Initiation occurred in 1937, so precious few of us have any Experience with such a Change, and even fewer of us have Experience with it as an adult.
I always thought it was kind of cruel to put Children through Challenging astroevents. If you were one year old this month, can you imagine how this Initiation would impact your Life, with all of your caretakers freaking out? Or if you’re nine and just going into puberty?
The immediate impact of the average astroevent increases up to the exact moment of the event, then drops off sharply. The immediate impact of an Initiation works the same way, but the Change in the Zeitgeist begins in earnest after the Initiation. For instance, most of us were Challenged by our own Denial to one degree or another as we were led up to the 9 June Eris-Uranus Initiation. We Reacted and Responded to that in various ways, and now that we’re downwind, we’ll begin to see the Changes reflected in our Lives. The “Brexit” is an obvious example.
Because of the timing, we more or less regard the Eris-Uranus Revelation of Denial as an adjunct to the Mask-shedding 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto Square. We could easily see it the other way around. Because Pluto moves twice as fast as Eris, Uranus catches up to Eris more often than it does to Pluto. If we’re chasing a Tortoise and a Hare, we’ll catch the Tortoise before we catch the Hare – though Pluto would make a very slow Hare.
The prior Uranus-Eris Cycle spanned 89 years, from 1927 till 2016, while the prior Uranus-Pluto Cycle took 115 years, from 1850 through 1965. So we have less Experience with Uranus-Pluto events than we do with Uranus-Eris events. These orbits are not circles, they’re ellipses, so Cycles vary in length.
It would be fun, but take a book – and a big one at that, to catalog all the current Cycles of the major planets.
Fun story: Stan Grof’s colleague and student, historian Richard Tarnas, wrote a book on Colonial history, The Passion of the Western Mind, that was widely acclaimed by his peers. After this success he wrote a followup book, Cosmos and Psyche, describing the astrological Energies underlying his historical interpretations.
Neptune represents our Relationship with Everything Larger than Ourself, including with our Culture and with the Godhead.
Chiron represents Despair and Miracle.
I equate our mental Concept Set to a Birdcage. We don’t allow into our Cage any idea that doesn’t agree with what we already know. And we don’t allow Ourself to go out of our Cage. Unless we’re wearing one of our Alternate Personas.
If we have a Shouldn’t about Chocolate, for instance, but we Love Chocolate (actually, it’s the Sugar; Chocolate itself is bitter, and most folks don’t like bitter). So when we’re in our Chocolate Cage, we don’t eat Chocolate, but that just makes our Alter lust for it even more. Chiron lights up when we’re at these places, where two parts of ourself are locked in a Power struggle and we can’t get out; Despair is the result.
We get out of this dilemma by adding a Chocolate wing to our Birdcage. We introduce our Alters to one another, in such a way that they Empathize with each other. Gestalt Psychology does this with its two chairs. We do this with “You poor Sweetheart, you really Love Chocolate, don’t you” and “You poor Sweetheart, you Love your Ideas more than yourself, don’t you.” Or, if it’s after our diabetes diagnosis, “You poor Sweetheart, you Love Chocolate as much as your Health, don’t you.”
We Change Perspective. This is why we always recommend having as many Perspectives in our quiver as possible.
In 1945, Neptune Initiated Chiron. With the dance between Chiron and Neptune, we’d expect that we’d encounter places in our cultures where we were up against Power struggles that were unresolvable – we’d either have to come up with some new Perspectives, or we’d explode from the pressure. Here’s a timeline…
- 16 July 1945 – First A-bomb exploded at Alamagordo New Mexico
- 6 August – US drops A-bomb on Hiroshima, Japan
- 9 August – US drops A-bomb on Nagasaki, Japan
- 15 August – Japanese surrender announced
- 2 September – Surrender agreement signed
- 4 September – Neptune Initiates Chiron
- 24 October – United Nations formed
A note on Sensitivity (“Orb” in astrologuese) – Chiron entered within three Degrees of Neptune on 6 August. Three Degrees is often used as the Boundary within which the impact of a current astroevent is perceived.
You can see the tension building up to the Initiation, and the Change of Zeitgeist after it. Here’s a fascinating story about these few months…
Even though the Zeitgeist has Changed, those who were heavily invested in the Old Cycle still cling to their Privileges, causing the Energy of the New Cycle to “go underground” for a while, as the New Energy builds. Typically, the buildup to the Initiation is chaotic, so the stability of the Olde Guard is welcomed as a restoration of order.
Once the faster planet moves one fourth of a loop ahead of the slower planet, however, the New Energy takes its place as a permanent feature of the visible landscape. Astrologers call this one-fourth point in a Cycle a “Square.”
This term is used because the Angle between the two planets is now 90 Degrees, making a right or “square” Angle. This Angle represents the Fourth Harmonic (360 Degrees divided by Four), symbolized by the Fourth Archetype of the Tarot Major Arcana, the Emperor – Dominion, or Healthy Control. Since a Square signifies a time of Change and disruption of the status quo, it creates difficulty for many. We therefore refer to a Square as “Mastery through Challenge.”
The Chiron-Neptune Cycle that was Initiated in 1945 reached its Square in 1954. Look at what occurred in 1953-54…
- The USSR tested its first nuclear bomb
- The US launched the first nuclear submarine
- The US tested the first Hydrogen bomb
- The USSR opened the first nuclear power plant
- Boeing introduced its first commercial jetliner
- The Korean War ended
- Red-baiter Senator Joe McCarthy was dethroned
- Nikita Kruschev replaced Joseph Stalin as head of the USSR
- France lost the Indochina War, surrendering its Colonies in Southeast Asia, opening space for the Vietnam War
- Algerian Revolution begins
- US Supreme Court declares Segregation illegal
- Bilderberg Group formed
- Bill Haley, Elvis Presley create Rock and Roll
- Dow Jones Industrial Average tops 1929 peak for first time
Which is to say, the New Energy “became permanent.”
The Sabian Symbol of the 1945 Initiation was about Visualization. Shakti Gawain was six in 1954.
At the prior Neptune-Chiron Initiation, in 1879, overextended US transcontinental railroad corporations melted down, as excessive competition met its ultimate end, railroad bonds collapsed, and the US and World economy rebooted.
The next (after 1945) Neptune-Chiron Initiation occurred in 2010. In the buildup to it, thanks to Greenspan’s asset inflation strategies, overleveraged US mortgage derivatives melted down, as excessive corruption met its ultimate end, mortgage bonds collapsed, and the Federal Reserve prevented the US and World economy from rebooting.
The Brexit panic following the Eris-Uranus Initiation is the collapse of the first card in the House of Cards built to deny the need for a reboot of the World economy after the Derivative Crisis of 2007-9 – which was billed as a “mortgage” crisis by the banks and their cronies in the media and government. Many more cards will follow.
Look at this chart, for instance…
This is Germany’s largest bank. During the Derivative Crisis and its aftermath, this stock fell to around 15. Today it’s around 14, and you can see from the chart that it’s troubles didn’t begin with Brexit.
The US federal government just did to Puerto Rico the same thing that Germany has been doing to Greece, forcing austerity and the sale of public assets to the 1% at bargain prices. The same thing Dubya did to New Orleans after Katrina. The same thing that the IMF has been doing to South America and elsewhere for decades. John Perkins’s New Economic Hit Man and Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine document the process well.
Globalization is a key propaganda term in Milty Friedman’s economic doctrine – the mental Birdcage that is failing for the 1%. It means basically that Corporations gain the Power to overrule Governments. The World Trade Organization, and Bill Clinton’s NAFTA and its counterparts, including especially Obama’s TPP, give Corporations the right to overrule local laws whenever they would result in diminished profits for the Corporations, Labor and Environment be damned, literally.
In my high school civics class, this was the definition of Fascism. Now it’s called Globalization. We expect Fascism to be accompanied by brutal governments, but if your propaganda machine is good enough you don’t need brutality. You just tell the same lies often enough.
For whites blinded by the Light of God and Truth and Consumer Goods, the propaganda works great. For other races and immigrants legal or illegal, brutal government has been around for a long time already, especially since the War on Poverty was replaced by the War on Drugs – which gives US police the right to confiscate private property without the need for trial. Now whites displaced by NAFTA and its friends – including the EU – are also no longer so blinded.
The rules of Vulture Capitalism say that no one should be able to stop you from ripping anybody off to get rich. In the US, people are hypnotized into believing that they can join the 1%, if only the government will stop preventing them. So they flock to The Donald, master showman of the 1%, instead of Bernie, who illuminated what’s really going on. Clever move on the part of the 1%, as Cruz was too obvious in his ardor for Uncle Milty, and fear of The Donald’s instability will drive saner folks into the hands of Hilary, who promises business as usual.
I’ve been asked to say more about 2020 and the inauguration of the Digital Age. This post is part of the background for that.