Transcript of Radio Show: The look ahead for 2020
For today I thought we would look ahead and see what is coming. But of course in looking ahead we are always looking back because, unlike our civil calendar which we begin on January 1 and ends on December 31st and everything is encapsulated within that year, the planetary motions, being what they are, are rather longer than that. For many of them, they last tens if not hundreds of years; their “year”, if you will, can be as long as 250 years roughly with Pluto, and 170 years with Neptune to get around the solar system once. Their alignments are regularly spaced out with regards to themselves, and with regards to any individual chart, whether it is a person or company or country. A lot of these phenomena are what we call “long wave phenomena” of the outer planets, of Uranus and Neptune and Pluto. We consider them to be the fundamental “beats”, setting the tone for a period or an age, and so they are especially important.
Then we look at more intermediate changes indicated by the planetary motions of Saturn, two of those intermediate planets, but Saturn for itself and then Jupiter of course also; and then the inner planets are much quicker and get around within a year or so if not sooner.
So, we would tend to want to focus on these larger wave phenomena and work our way in. Again, starting with the planet that I have been talking about quite a bit now since the mid-2000s, anticipating its move into Capricorn, and now it has been there for some time , it has been there since 2008 and remains there till 2024, we are dealing with Pluto in Capricorn.
And it is always important to understand, how do we derive this information, where does this come from? Capricorn is the sign of institutions, that we take human needs such as they are, because we are dealing with humans obviously, and as opposed to spontaneously trying to meet the needs on the fly, moment to moment, we learn to systematize and organize things and create structures within a family, within a community, within a company or country, region or country, or internationally, we create institutions that serve to hold these ways of meeting needs and offering services or meaning in life that last for a long time.
Given that at the core of everything down here, throughout the whole universe, every speck and minor part to the largest systems are all made of one thing fundamentally, Spirit; and Spirit’s imperative is to become, to grow, which means to change. No matter what system or structure or economy or culture we create may last for a very long time, but it does have an “end date”, where things have to be broken down so new forms can take their place. Much like moving from life to life, the spirit leaves the body, it is not a death but it is a release from that physical frame, which could no longer contain the spirit and the need for that spirit to continue to grow.
Similarly here, with Pluto going through Capricorn, since Capricorn rules institutions, (and I have noted this by looking at history, and I was historian long ago and studied many different approaches) and when I came across Astrology I wondered how it might provide a way of framing history. And it was remarkable how these planetary motions weaving with one another, characterize or sort of explained in an Astrological way what was the purpose of this change that a culture or civilization was going through.
Pluto and the Will
It is relevant for helping us understand where we are right now. As Capricorn rules institutions, Pluto is the planet, that I say, is the principle of the will, which is one of the three aspects of the divine within all of us. The will is there to create the boundaries within ourselves, whereby we contain ourselves and hold ourselves with will, and protect ourselves from any kind of trespassing or violation. And equally, restrain us from trying to overly influence or affect another, we want to do this freely and willingly and choose to work together, not force ourselves upon one another. That is the great spiritual crime of Trespassing, which of course, while it prevails on this planet, we have hell on earth. And when enough people respect the boundaries one to another and help each other, to lift one another up, and become more centered and willful people in a self-controlling way, then we begin to establish heaven on earth.
The purpose of the will is to make these boundaries and structures, but went these Plutonian energies are moving through a sign it tends to breakdown and reformulate that sign. So, Pluto in Capricorn, again from 2008 to 2024, like it was from the 1760s to the 1770s, and like the early 1500s, we have witnessed periods where, as it is now, a time when the political, cultural, and economic order breaks down. Why? Because it has outlived its purpose. The things it erected to solve certain problems now become the very impediments to future growth for Spirit. It must be released so a new form can take hold.
Preservers, Creators, Destroyers
We are seeing institutional breakdowns, from the family on up to the national and transnational structures, because we are at the end of an age and the birth of a new one. So, as I say repeatedly, there are people on the planet now who are working mightily to preserve what can and should be in our culture and cultures; as well as those who are transforming those mechanisms and means of meeting needs and building new institutions or reforming the old ones; and then the people who are just destroying, that is their purpose, is to expose the corrupt, the rot, and the ineffectiveness of these old structures, as is true, and they take it down or break it apart. Everybody is playing their role here, in various fashions.
This is the first thing we would consider, and since Pluto continues to go through Capricorn now, we would want to see what it is affecting most strongly at any one time. What we are finding right now is that people are feeling this tremendous pressure of norms being broken, and wills being broken and they are being swayed in various ways, through evoking our passions and fears, to act in ways that are not as elevated in consciousness as they should be, and then we react to each other and break apart from one another into these various groupings. Basically, it is fear that is driving those who go to the lower common denominator or level.
Pluto and the USA Mercury
What is happening this year in the USA chart with this? I spoke about this last year because things build in like a Bell curve over time. An energy form waxes in and reaches a climax, then fades out again. And we were under this approaching energy form of Pluto coming over the USA Mercury all during 2019, and now it is fully in place in 2020. It is a battle with the Will and the Mind; and how we deal with the necessity to hold, as a sacred space, each person's consciousness, versus the misuse of will and power to sway and influence minds, whether it be “one on one” within a family or in groups, or larger groupings of individuals. People trying to use their power or becoming inflamed and passionate about something, not trying to try to convince someone through reasoned debate, but really trying to force the issue. There is a breaking down of what we should respect, ultimately, which is the sacred space of the other. We should be respecting their consciousness. You cannot force truth upon another; you can only elicit their growth to reach a higher level of understanding, because the truth is all within us.
But right now this power of swaying minds and hearts, whether through social media and the algorithms, whether different people spouting through their various vehicles of influencing in media in different forums, are pushing out ideas and beliefs and swaying people to their side or against others. We are experiencing a breaking down of the integrity and sacredness of individual consciousness, by having this forcing of ideas and beliefs, and by doing so we are breaking the most important faculty of “critical reason”. That faculty of reason is essential, to build and hold our own minds true and figure out things for ourselves and share with others. But when it becomes broken, as it has been, there is no common understanding, and people are being swayed by appeals to sort of “half-thinking” or “wrong way thinking” as opposed to clearer thinking.
Pluto to Mercury Historically
We have come through times like this before in the USA history. We look at other times that Pluto lined up with Mercury, the last two times were 1933 to 1937 and 1981 to 1983. Both were critical moments in the US history, for visiting again and looking again at how we structure our economic lives and well-being. The 30s with the New Deal and in the 1980s with the Reagan Revolution, and it is interesting because in the US chart the Mercury and Pluto are actually lined up with each other from the 2nd House of values to the 8th House of collective values.
Wealth and Inequality
And so it makes sense that we would, within the conversation of how we hold our minds sacred at a time like this and try to help people protect their boundaries, that we are also dealing with the issue of how is it that we allocate and deal with the wealth of this country and the values of its people being embodied in that, and how they share in that. Our big, big question of the moment in in terms of our culture and how divided we are in terms of the distribution of wealth and what that means for economic growth and spiritual well-being, are very big questions that are front and center, as they were in the early 1930s as they were in the early 1980s. So here we are again. It is never the same conversation, of course, as planets are lining up, everything else is moving around, other planets are in different places, so there is no exactness in terms of the configuration. But the rhyming and the reasoning behind it is remarkably similar, if not the same.
We will talk again more about this Pluto and Mercury, and I want to get to all your calls. So, the second most important feature in any year is of course what is Neptune doing? In an interesting way, Neptune also is going through a special sign, its own sign from 2011 to 2026. The last time it did this was 1848 to 1862, a very critical time, especially in America, where there was a rising wave of spirituality and concern for the great sin of slavery, leading to the “War of the States” over that very issue.
Neptune is the planet that, in a way, counter to Pluto which establishes boundaries in the sacredness of each individual, in their own sacred spiritual space, and then sharing their spaces with others, Neptune is that counter that says yes, but the force that binds this whole universe together, the force that breathes and gives life to all life and all consciousness, because the whole universe is conscious, just on different levels, is the one fundamental value or one fundamental force, known as Unconditional Love.
So, Neptune's role is to help us dissolve beyond the boundaries that are framing things and see things more inclusively, to see everything is part of one great life. So, when Neptune is strong it leads to a greater rising in compassion and social movements and visualizations and creativity. So it is a wondrous time for people to become more perceptive, more intuitive and see things beyond what they were consciously seeing; to intuit and apprehend things, just beyond the range of our words and knowledge as a concrete fact.
But it also equally, every planet has its negative. Where Pluto can lead to the rise of people abusing will and using guilt and manipulation to drive the story, as opposed to trying to help people take control of themselves. Neptune also when misapplied leads to out rise of delusion and escapism and confusion and deception, these are the negative influences of Neptune in Pisces. Because we are now moving in a place where there are less boundaries, and so what is really “real”, how do we determine this?
So we will have moments of great illumination and clear-seeing; but also be grappling with all these sort of half-truths and things that do not make sense, and we cannot make sense of it, and “what do we believe”, “how do we know what we know” are important questions.
What is True
I would say we will start with the fundamentals, start with what we know to be absolutely true. Start with the core principles that have been there to guide humanity from the beginning of time, in all the ancient teachings and all the ancient wisdom, the story does not change, the Truth does not change, because they are Truths! We have to look within our hearts to find them and see them mirrored in the world around us, in the planets, in the plant life, and the animal life, and in us, the truths are embodied in real life and living in spirit. There are ways to get to them, always. “Walk in beauty”, Live in beauty”, “Be loving” and it is shown to you.
This is the path. But it is a very confusing time, and so we are trying to pierce through that confusion to see what is really “real”.
Then we have Uranus, moving through Taurus, from 2018 to 2026 also. The last time it did that was back in the 1930s, which is interesting. And, before that it was in Taurus in the late 1850s, interestingly. Uranus is the planet that deals with the need for each of us has to become a unique instance of spirit, to become a freethinking being, to have a freer and freer mind, because we are on this path of self-consciousness, of self-awareness, and so we need to free our minds constantly and be thinking as a creative spirit.
We want to liberate our minds and in this case Uranus’ influence is moving through the sign of Taurus, the Sign of Value. There is a call now to renew our values, to come up with new approaches to: What is the value of me; what is the value of you; what is the value of all that we have here? We need to realize that the way we had approached values since the 1930s and early 1940s, that it now needs to be revisited once again as we restate and form a new sense of proportionality and value in the world.
Saturn in Aquarius
So there these three beats, (Pluto, Neptune, Uranus) moving through and acting for many years here, and we will talk about other alignments that they make. Another big change coming up this year, we will talk a lot about it later on the shows, is Saturn begins to make its move into the next sign, from Capricorn where it has been since the end of 2017, and now moves during the course of 2020 back and forth from the end of Capricorn into Aquarius and back again. Finally lining up in Aquarius to stay for over two years in December 2020.
We are moving to a time where we go from the “tests of responsibility” and the “tests of self-fulfillment” (Capricorn), and tests of institutions, to “tests of social consciousness and community”. So now we will see us all having to consider once again: “what is my hope and dream? My hope, my dream is to be happy with those who I can share this with, with those who make me happy and my happiness is theirs.”
It is all about community and friendship; it is about companionship and social consciousness. This is what Saturn will now stir up as a test for all of us. The question will be: Are you participating in a meaningful way to preserve your way of life, to make for a better future for yourself and your fellow travelers; are you are you in this world as a member of a community, or communities in a significant way? That will be very much on point.
Jupiter continues to move through Capricorn now, it entered in December of 2019, and will catch up to Saturn in Aquarius at the end of the year, December 2020. That is a significant alignment indeed. Because Jupiter and Saturn repeatedly align every 20 years; it is one of the principle timekeeping elements astrologers have used to look at a series of steps in a civilization before it changes into another one, which happens periodically whether from internal developments and dynamics or external shocks and challenges.
The Great Mutation
For the last 200 years we have had Jupiter and Saturn forming conjunctions in Earth, a time of materialization. Because this is what they do, Jupiter and Saturn will repeatedly line up in one element or another for 200 years, and when they move into the next element, in this case air, for the next 200 years it is called the Great Mutation. And it seems to periodize times in history where one element or the other is dominant. So, this age we are coming out of was an age of manifestation, of earthiness, of the physical world and becoming ever more physicalized.
The next age is this age of air, the age of idealization, often noted for great developments in thought and reason and understanding. That is what is going to take hold here and last for the next 200 years. It is exciting, and many astrologers are thinking about what this means for us. But certainly, changes are coming given all these series of alignments.
So, what I want to do in the next few shows is go into more detail, maybe about Pluto in Capricorn and how it is playing out in the world now, and Neptune and Uranus. But also talk about the particular alignments other charts, like the USA chart which not only has Pluto going over Mercury but also quite interestingly, Saturn is going over Pluto, and I will take a look at what that might be in future shows.
Saturn to Pluto in USA chart
It is interesting, that every time Saturn conjuncts Pluto (in the USA Chart), it seems to mark an especially important period. The last few times was again back in 1932, and then in 1961 and in 1991, and now. So, every 29 to 30 years, this Saturn/Pluto alignment is significant for us. Because in the USA chart the planet Pluto is the rising planet; it is the planet that sort of defines us. We are a transformational nation, and we look at the values that we have and hold, because Pluto is in our second house, and we are constantly reworking these values, constantly transforming them, remaking and remolding things.
We are a country that is deeply involved in what I call the "alchemical work", of Alchemy. We are noted for this, in terms of our capability as a nation driven by this power. When planets are going over that point in our chart it is something to quickly take note and ask, what does this mean now for the American story?
This is an interesting experience that we are having now, because it is about Saturn, which is the structure with Pluto, which is the will; you could say it is about Authority and the Will, Saturn to Pluto. It is a big issue each time Saturn aligns with Pluto, but especially their conjunction every 29 years. So, we will be talking about that some more.
Again if you have questions you can certainly ask me in the show now, or send me an email, and I am going to be writing quite a bit about this in the blog in the next few weeks.