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


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