The general outlook for 2011 would appear to be better than that of the last several years. We have come through a series of alignments that have shook and shocked our world, and there is more just ahead in this decade. And it has been whispered, just maybe, we will move into the dawn of a new world, the beginning of a new age, by the 2020's. But, for now, 2011 might provide some degree of needed respite to our challenges and tribulations.
Whereas in 2006-07 we had Saturn opposing Neptune, which heralded the busting of many illusions in the world, not the least of which was the credit/debit bubble bursting. This was followed by 2008-10 where we faced Saturn and Uranus in opposition, which was the driving force of the conflicts between outworn existing institutions and systems, versus the sometimes incoherent eruption of energies seeking to bring about fundamental change in the status quo.
This juxtaposition of Saturn and Uranus was then joined in the latter part of that period, in late 2009 into 2010, by Saturn squaring Pluto. This challenge (Pluto) to the status quo (Saturn) added a deeper and more threatening tone to the forces of change sweeping our world. The forces attempting to preserve order and those attempting to create a new one are now locked in a great struggle.
A Time to Pause
But it would seem that this year there is to be a pause. That is mere appearance, of course, because time (the planets) march on and there is always change, even if it is less intense for some of us. But it is a time to look for signs, a time to re-assess and re-group. For up ahead, the dance of the planets continues, and they will lead us into more powerful forces and alignments, the very forces that can and will bring about a new world.
This entry is by way of beginning my explanation of what to look for in the year ahead and in the years to come, (and what we can learn from years past), as shown to us by what is known as Mundane or Worldly Astrology. Just as in personal or person-centered astrology, this can and must be viewed in two distinct ways.
Two Kinds of Transits
One type is as in the examples above; that is of planets moving in a great dance with one another in our solar system. They continually form up various combinations of aspects with one another that create or produce effects felt by one and all collectively here on Earth. These combinations astrologers call Transits to Transits. Within this great whirling of wheels within wheels, patterns form and re-form, patterns repeat but never quite exactly as before. But since there is much that can be gained from looking at those prior alignments, we look back to those similar patterns in an attempt to discern the conditions for our present and future. So I will refer to other times and places to illustrate the nature of what we are faced with now.
The other type of alignment is what astrologers call Transits to Natal. These are created by the planets moving through our solar system as they form relationships with the planetary placements that are in a particular birth chart. For Mundane Astrology, we look at the charts of Nations, World Leaders and other notable individuals, major Economic, Cultural, Spiritual, or any other "birthed" organizations, to ascertain the forces at work in their past, present or future. I will be examining a number of such entities in this 2011 forecast, and, as events unfold, will from time to time look at other players on the stage of history.
And with this second type of alignment comes a caveat to my opening claim that 2011 will be a respite. Although the depth and power of the "Transits to Transits" this year is more muted, that may not matter for some. For many individuals and organizations, the transits to their own charts that will be in force this year will be profound and challenging. The forces that have been unleashed of late are still playing out in each of us and in our organizations. That means for many of us, 2011 will seem as eventful and challenging as what we have witnessed before. The wheels are turning; the dance of life goes on.
But we must always remember; this world is going to be transformed, not by planets or stars, but by... us. We are the actors in this drama; and forces play through and around us. But it is up to each and every one of us to make the world that is coming into being.
All we can do, and must do, is understand where and what we have come from, to watch for and understand the signs that have always been there to guide us, and, so guided, fulfill our destiny which is to create a heaven here on Earth.