Towards 2012

July 28, 2010

Changing the Hearth

Here’s what I’ve been thinking:  The powerful planets lining up in repeated collision patterns this summer are important, I know, because they are all crossing “Zero Cardinal” in the tropical zodiac: The World Point.  But of course, I’m also a Vedic astrologer, using the sidereal zodiac.  In that system, these planets are playing around 23 degrees of mutable signs.  So why do we consider these important degrees?

Wheels within Wheels

Because….  These are the cornerstones of the earth in time.  The planets of this summer are crossing and recrossing the solstice and equinox points: The four corners of the year.  The foundation stones of Earth.  Solstices and equinoxes link our planet to the sun and moon and solar system.  They measure our earthly calendar, orienting us in both time and space.   THESE are the points that are being rocked this year.

The planets involved in this pattern (Pluto, Uranus, Saturn and sometimes the faster planets) were tangled up with each other in the mid 1960’s as well.  Certainly those were years of tumult, change, and new ideas entering the zeitgeist.  But at that time none of these big planets were crossing the Solstice/Equinox points–what I’ll be calling the “cornerstones” here.

The Mayans describe the end of a world age as a “changing of the hearth”.  Suddenly I’m seeing that they are speaking quite literally.  The cornerstones of our understanding of time and space are very much our spiritual “hearth”.  And the summer of 2010 is the peak point of applying metaphorical planetary sledge-hammers to the cornerstones.

To put this into an even larger perspective, let’s look at some more issues of the Mayan system.  Their calendar was based on the cycle of Venus.  (Venus has an interesting geometrical cycle, by the way.  It’s path through the solar system creates a perfect 5-pointed star.)  A notable part of the Venus cycle is its periodic “occultation”.  Basically you can think of this as a Venusian/Sun eclipse pattern.  It takes 184 years, and the cycle ends with two “eclipses” within 8 years of each other.   The most recent one was in 2008, and the next is 2012.

Something else happened in 2008.  This was the year that Pluto crossed the cornerstone point, went backwards over that point again, and then moved forward over the same point again.   If you visualize the cornerstones as the edges of a giant concrete slab, Pluto spent months sitting on this slab with a metaphorical jackhammer, then rested, then went back for more, then rested, then went back for more.   This was the beginning of the pattern of 2010, where many other planets started ganging up on the other corners.  This was the beginning of tearing down the old hearth in order to install a new one.

There’s another interesting piece to the dynamic of these years.  All of the planets (except the Sun and Moon) have periods of retrograde motion as seen from the earth.  At various times, if you’re a sky-watcher, you’ll see them move backwards, against the normal rotation of the stars and planets in the sky.  When measured across the 30-degrees of each sign, there isn’t a

“Worst Case Scenario” or “Best Case Scenario”?

July 12, 2010

One of the most insidious parts of this economic and ecological downturn is the way it has sapped the optimism and energy of entire groups of people.  Americans appear to have lost their iconic sense of optimism and purpose.   For a group to pull together cohesively, it needs a sense of purpose:  whatever we may think of the morality of “Manifest Destiny” in the 19th century, it gave the nation a sense of mission and purpose that created optimism and possibility in the (white) citizenry.  John F. Kennedy’s mission to the moon did the same thing for the entire country in the 1960’s.  We need a sense of purpose.

But every one of us is being trained by the media to look for the “worst case scenario.”   Oil in the gulf?  Worst case scenario: end of the world.   Financial crisis–worst case scenario?  end of the world.  New diseases–worst case scenario?  end of the world.   Spreading fear may “sell”, but it’s not news at all.  The worst case scenario will always be the end of the world by various dreadful means.  I can understand the thinking that this might motivate people to change things, but negativity is NOT really a motivator.  It’s a demotivator.

My teacher (Hugh Martin) used to stress how much we waste productive energy by playing what he called “The Ain’t-It-Awful Game”.   That’s the game where one person complains about his arthritis, the next, sympathizing, says the awful weather makes it even worse, the next person talks about the friend who got heat-stroke from the weather, the first remembers a friend who died of heat-stroke….   Or the one that starts with the oil in the Gulf, is added to by the terrible politics that enables rich corporations, the next adds stuff about the evil of greedy corporations, etc…    These conversations are depressive, demotivating, add nothing useful to our understanding, and burn inner psychic energy that could be used to accomplish something.

Just imagine what it would be like if the news media were to ask interviewees “What’s the BEST possible outcome for this situation?   How do we get there?”   Just that small shift changes the motivation of listeners.  Just that small shift offers the possibility of shared purpose, of creating a mission that joins people together instead of dividing them.  What’s the best case scenario of creating shared purpose?  What’s the best case scenario for community caring?  If the best case scenario seems utterly unrealistic, why do we tend to believe the worst-case scenario is more realistic?  What’s the best case scenario for sending out this blog asking people to think about the best case scenario?