Transcript of Radio Show: 2022 - A look ahead, the 2022 Forecast – Part 1
As we say goodbye to 2021 and prepare for 2022, I thought it would be helpful to look out to the year ahead and see what the Astrological indications are for the opportunities and challenges that lie on the path before for us.
Much of Astrology and many Astrologers focus their attention upon what we call person-centered Astrology, which is based upon the examination of the progressions and transits occurring in the charts of their clients year after year. But when we step back and look at Worldly or what is called Mundane Astrology, we consider the larger forces shaping cultures, corporations, nations, and the world.
To do this, Astrologers consider two general types of indications:
You would certainly think, given the conditions that we are witnessing around the world right now, that the general indications of the Worldly or Mundane placements and aspects would be very noticeable, stressful, and significant. But this is not the case, at least not at first glance. Yes, as is true for many things in this world, things are often not what they seem.
In Mundane Astrology, Astrologers focus upon the most significant long-term or long-wave cycles of the planets through the signs of the Zodiac. What we find this year is that from Saturn on out to Pluto, all the planets remain in the same sign in 2022 as they were in 2021. Saturn is moving through Aquarius, Uranus through Taurus, Neptune through Pisces, and Pluto remains in Capricorn. And whereas last year, Saturn was making a Square to Uranus, there is no major aspect between these outer planets in 2022. Does that mean that nothing significant is shown by these placements? Well of course not!
Pluto in Capricorn
As I have continuously noted since the mid 2000’s, we are moving through a period in our history which I (and others) have called the “End of an Age”. Principally, I see this as being indicated by the passage of Pluto (the planet of the Will and Transformation) moving through Capricorn (the sign of Reality and Institutions). If we look to Pluto’s previous cycling through this sign, (1762-1778 and 1516-1532) and compare it to our own period from 2008 to 2024, we can see that the Cultural-Economic-Political order that had been in place since the end of the prior passage of Pluto in Capricorn falls apart and a new order begins to emerge.
Why is this so; why does this happen? Quite simply, every Cultural-Economic-Political order is formed for one purpose; we create a hierarchy of institutions to address or meet our human needs. But over time, the nature of these needs and the ways in which they are met evolve and change to such an extent that the old system begins to fail. Eventually we reach a crisis, like now, and from the undoing of the old order a new one is formed or rises from its ashes.
Pluto and the Will
Pluto rules the Will; it is the vehicle of the spiritual gift as to how we form our boundaries with one another, of how we create and preserve our sacred space within ourselves. It holds the spiritual principle that we must relate to others by respecting their sacred space as much as we preserve our own. This Truth must guide us as to how we must work to create our shared spaces that are founded upon the understanding that we are the means to one another’s self-fulfillment or “Happiness”, and to do this we form our Unions or Shared Sacred Spaces, in which we join, grow, and transform one another and our world. Pluto holds the capacity for “Agency”, to hold ourselves in self-mastery, with the ability to say, “yes or “no”, to join in mutual understanding or to separate from one another when we do not.
Pluto is the Avatar that holds the root driving energy-form of Creation, which we know as Alchemy, and it is by this Spiritual Energy-Form which makes manifests all that is; it is “prime mover” behind the whole of Creation. The Cosmos began as the One becoming the many, and those many went forth in a spiritual journey of becoming, moving through a hierarchy of combinations from the physical to the spiritual, from chemistry to alchemy, and this progression of combinations by these many ones, it is this which creates how we, all the divine Sparks of the One transform one another, becoming ever more complex and interrelated, so that they and we form a veritable River of Creation that is the body of the One or the Cosmos.
We humans exercise our will in numerous ways. As our nature became ever more aware and complex, we formed and expressed our power of the will through a hierarchy of vehicles/institutions to meet our needs for one another, from the family to the tribal group, to larger communities, to various state and corporate structures of our modern world on up to nations and world institutions. All these instruments of our will are made by us to care for one another; we are only able to be and become what we are because we make possible our fulfillment through one another. But if “life is spirit and spirit is life”, and spirit’s purpose is to grow and change, so it must follow that we and our vehicles of self-realization must change too. Any institutional order is formed for a particular time, to meet the needs of that time as best as it can. But it will not and cannot last forever, and so we have watched our communities, cultures and civilizations rise and fall throughout human history.
In many periods of Pluto’s 245-year orbit, we will find examples of the right use of the Will and of Power, and the misuse of it too. Today, as our institutional order that was formed in the 1700s comes undone, we see how the very instruments of our fulfillment, of how we meet our basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, and security, and so much more, how these very means of our living have become the obstacles and perils for life on this planet for us, and for many other life-forms too. The very solutions we created to meet our needs have become the obstacles and perils to our continued existence.
We find ourselves now at the end of Pluto’s passage through Capricorn, as it will begin to move into and out of Aquarius during 2023, before remaining there to stay at the end of 2024 (and continue until 2044). We might like to think (or hope) that the ending of this tumultuous period in Capricorn would lead to a time of rebuilding and peace in Aquarius. But if the previous two passages provide some illumination with regards to this, history seems to indicate that our time of ending will lead to a period of challenges in the 2020’s, 2030’s and 2040’s as we attempt to create the New World.
We can take comfort from this fact, that at least our hearts and minds will not be focused upon what we have watched fall apart. No, instead we will lift our hearts and minds as we will be looking to the far horizon, as we focus our love, faith and hope to build the future and forge a path of light and love of what we may yet become.
Pluto and the USA
As I mentioned earlier, the other approach of Mundane Astrology is to examine the planetary aspects formed by the orbiting planets to the natal planets in the chart of some entity. For some time now we have witnessed the passage of Pluto in Capricorn through the chart of the United States as it made a series of alignments: the opposition to Venus in 2009 and 2010, the opposition to Jupiter in 2011, the opposition to the Sun in 2014 and 2015, a square to Saturn in 2015, and the opposition to Mercury in 2020. Truly we have witnessed a significant and powerful series of challenges from 2008 until now.
But 2022 is the final transit of Pluto in Capricorn to the USA chart, and it is perhaps the most consequential. Because this is the year that Pluto will return, (for the very first time) to its natal position in the chart of the United States; this year we will experience the Pluto return for the United States.
I have spoken and written about this for some time now, and I believe we can understand much of the promise for and peril of the United States by looking at Pluto’s role once again. As I have written repeatedly, this Cosmos, the story of Creation, is formed and powered by what we know as Chemistry (physically) or Alchemy (spiritually), and this Fountain Source or Primal Energy for Creation ceaselessly unfolds as the prime mover or the Self-Becoming energy that forges the innumerable combinations and transformations of the hierarchy of Energy-Forms of the One Spirit. Whether by atoms combining with atoms to form larger atoms, molecules with molecules, organisms with organisms, on up to the planets, stars, and galaxies, what drives Creation is the Protean Power that is Alchemy, which is the magic and the mystery of combination.
This secret to Creation, of Birth, Death and Rebirth, is held by the Sign of Scorpio and the Planet Pluto for us. The position of Pluto in the chart of the USA is integral to our understanding of who and what we are. Pluto is in the second house of Value, and it holds the secret of where our true value comes from, of how we are to make value, preserve value or destroy value as a nation.
Alchemy and Community
For humans, this power of Alchemy is most clearly seen in our partnerships, collaborations, joint ventures, enterprises, communities, cultures, and nations. To form any union, we must make a sacrifice which elicits our change and growth; we let go of our lesser qualities to combine with one another by our deeper values, and by this we move into a greater reality. We forge our own growth and make possible our greater and shared qualities through combination. When properly guided by love and understanding, we give up for one another what we must, but we hold onto the core of who we are, sacrificing our ego but lifting our hearts and minds together.
The USA was founded as a Union, as a sacred compact, an agreement made by individuals who sought to free themselves from tyranny and pledged to one another, and they swore an oath, that established “a new order for the centuries”. They determined and declared that they would create a new kind of society and govern themselves by mutual consent. Their ideals and intentions stated in our Declaration resonate to this day, “that all men are created equal”.
Now of course it is true throughout our history, that humans have always joined together, to hunt and to gather and to grow foodstuffs, and to make the necessities for life like clothing and shelter, to join in groups for mutual protection, and so they formed themselves into families, into bands of families, and into tribes, and they created villages, cities, nations, and empires. The nature and quality of those combinations has varied widely, with a range of agency or “free will” for the individuals within those socio-cultural orders. No matter how free or equal, even in what we may look to as “freer” societies of mutual consent, there was ever to be found injustices and inequalities, of power wielded by the few over the many, of people bound and enslaved to the wills of others.
“Out of many, One”
The Way of America has been an attempt to form a new order for the ages, that as our motto states, “Out of many, One”. But as in any individual being, or group of beings, there are three “directions” that must be forged into the “one way” to make a whole person or a whole society, to make a One; there are three ways to connect within and without to forge wholeness and well-being. From Astrology we take this understanding from the three Water Signs, to find our center from Cancer, by forging connection to one another in Scorpio, and to reach for the sublime by Pisces.
The Water Signs
From Cancer we go down and back, to our origins and roots, to who and where we came from (family, culture, faith), and we establish that which centers us within ourselves and with our fellow members. It is the story we tell about who we are.
By Scorpio we go out to form our unions with one another, our joining in personal, professional, social collaborations by which we make possible our self-fulfillments through one another. We create the share sacred spaces governed by our mutual agreements (shaped by morals that guide our conduct, protected by the laws that embody our truth) and by this we become the means to one another’s fulfillment. It is the way in which we show our love for one another.
To Pisces, as we reach up and out, to that which we hold as our belief in a greater order, and our faith about what we will be and become as we follow the ever-rising spiritual imperative to become what we dream. We find the faith to believe in something greater than ourselves, and that this is equally the gift that makes us who we are. It is the luminous path by which we can be greater than we are.
These three ways of Water, of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, these ways of being and becoming a better human, is true for every individual. But this means that these three are also the key to any community, society, or culture. And for the USA, we find ourselves at another great turning in the tides of history for these ways of being have become diminished and are in danger of being broken.
What we are witnessing at the present time for the USA is an ending. Why? We have become separated from our origin story; so, we do not know where we came from. We have lost the capacity to create our shared sacred spaces because we cannot find a way to overcome the differences that divide us; so, we will not sacrifice for one another. We have lost our faith in the American dream of a better life for one and for all; so, we cannot imagine a world that will be better than what came before.
Now, of course, the story that we told of America had to change. Our origin story was incomplete to begin with, as it left out so many who are part of the heart of the American journey; and, we have changed in so many ways that we need to share our stories with one another so that we might create a new common story.
Likewise, our way of joining with one another, (which should be guided by our morals and laws), is no longer protected by being centered in a common story, so our unions have been ever more diminished and hollowed out, allowing those with influence and power to take advantage of our broken social compact. The values that we create with one another, that are for one another, our social wealth, is stolen by the few for their own private benefit. Our power through combination is lost, and we have retreated into isolation and despair.
It is by these broken roots and severed connections, that we have lost faith in our future. We have wandered off the path of faith because we do not know where we came from, or how we can join with one another. We do not have a common story, nor an equitably shared space for self-fulfillment, nor a faith in a future that is better than before. We find ourselves at the end of our days, and we are confused and scared, and our fears darken the horizon.
America - A New Beginning
Yes, Pluto is returning; the Lord of Birth-Death-Rebirth is here. Pluto is ringing the bell of truth, that what was our American Journey of Value for the past 240 years is over. Pluto says that we must let go of the past that is past, and the only way forward is for there to be a renewal and restoration of our true source of value. For we have never lived fully by the truths we declared to be “the Truth”, and we must take up the challenge of being better than we were once again, which really is the quintessential core of the American Story. We believe that we can be better, and we can be again if we understand that we are for another the means for this bright future.
We must remember the true source of all value, shining at the heart of Creation, and in every particle and being in this Cosmos. At the center of it all is the One True Spirit, and we know, and we feel this gift of Spirit for what it is, which is quite simply and purely that behind all of Creation we feel the splendor that is Unconditional Love.
We must write a new story that lifts our minds and heals our hearts; we must forge deeper unions with one another by knowing that we are the instruments for one another’s happiness, and by this we will restore our faith in a future that is worthy of those who will follow us.
The Way Forward
The only way we can go forward is by truly understanding how we got here. We need to share our stories and listen to one another. We must acknowledge the good efforts and sacrifices of so many who made this nation a little better than before. But we also need to acknowledge the great inequities and injustices that exist among our people too, and to understand that much of this is not an accident, no it is not, because it is the result of deliberate policies and actions that broke our promises to one another. It is the product of fear, from those who profit by dividing us from the truth one way or another. But we must put away these falsehoods now and choose love over fear.
The divisions of well-being by race and ethnicity, the staggering differences in income and wealth, the disproportionate circumstances of security and safety among various groups, all these differences are no accident but the result of our failure to live by the truth that we are here to love one another.
This is going to be hard. It is going to require resolve and kindness, dedication, and compassion, it is going to require passion, intelligence, and forgiveness. Building a better future is going to ask each of us to let go of our fears and believe in one another, to support one another, for we are the wealth of this nation, and the future is ours if we will keep faith and have the courage to believe in one another’s essential goodness and courage to live and love as we were meant to be.
The answer is to live by the Light of Love, where you see the one before you as you see yourself, essentially the same, but also different too. That we must celebrate and embrace the Truth that our real strength comes from our alikeness and difference, combined; we need to be the Truth of our motto, “out of many, One”.
The way has always been thus, to see the light of the Universe shining from the other as it is in you. And you will know the answer is quite simply what it has always been,
You are here to love one another as you love yourself, there is no other way, and this is what you were made to do.
May the Light of Truth, Love and Understanding guide us now and forevermore.
The Pathway to Perfection
The Sun stands still. That is what the word solstice means. In ancient times, people stopped whatever they were doing, as they watched and waited. Would the darkness prevail or would the light return? Would their hopes be dashed, or their faith restored? They waited for a sign, for the promise of light and love to return to Earth.
We have reached another turning in the Astrological calendar. Four moments each year when we seek to understand the great turnings, and we know and understand them as the Four Questions of life, “Who am I, and who are you, where do I come from, and where am I going”. These are the noble “Four Directions”, the “Four Corners of Life”, and you should at this most sacred time of the year consider them all as you consider the path that you are on today.
Yes, you are at a turning point, and the only question is, “which way should I go, what path is right for me, what is my Destiny?”
The hidden message behind the realm of Capricorn is often said to be that “Character is Destiny”. But for those who understand the true purpose behind our lives, we can reverse this phrase and say equally that our “Destiny is Character”.
The truism that “Character is Destiny” is an ancient and holy understanding about the journey of the human spirit. More recently, it was attributed to the philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus who lived between 540-480 BC. His keenest observation, which is very much in keeping with one of his contemporaries, the Buddha, is that “…Everything flows, everything is in constant flux and movement, nothing is abiding. Therefore, we cannot step twice into the same river. When I step into the river for the second time, neither I nor the river are the same…”. This is a restatement of the Ancient Wisdom, that behind all of Creation is the eternal Spirit which ever strives to be and become, moving in and out of forms, the protean spirit of Spiritual Alchemy behind the mystery of Creation.
But what Heraclitus also said was that “our character is our fate", that our character or our level of development creates the kind of life we will live and so forms our destiny. With regards to the Ancient Wisdom, what this means is to the extent you have become more self-masterful, that you have achieved a greater understanding of your own true self and so equally of the world around you, then to that extent your life becomes more aligned with your true spiritual nature.
By the gift of self-awareness, by this precious gift that makes possible the evolution and “development of character”, we see that an individual is no longer subject to being seized and driven by uncontrolled passions from within, nor are they captured by the dissipating attractions from the world around them. By this rising light of consciousness, an individual on the path of awakening is no longer the pawn of “the fates”, no longer held in chains by the perfectly equitable but mindless action/reaction of the ordinary life. Instead, they have become a member in a great company of souls, they have become another self-directed aspirant on the Pathway of Perfection.
But this is also why those who have come in any life to that turning point or portal that divides the more fated from those of freer wills, and who by making this choice to take the steeper path of self-quickening, so that their life and purpose becomes ever more firmly focused upon self-mastery and wisdom, which will bend their life increasingly towards a path of selfless service, compassion, and love, that it is by this loving choice of faith over fear that they will truly understand that our “Destiny is Character”. But what does that mean?
Humans have discussed, debated, and argued as to what is our destiny, of what is the true purpose and meaning behind our life here on Earth, of what purpose are we made for or destined to be. For those who study the great works of Ancient Wisdom, or equally observe the great souls in action, they understand and know that our purpose and destiny is quite simple, really; we are here for one purpose, which is “to become a better human”, and eventually become a complete human.
How do we do this? By using all our faculties of body, feeling, mind and spirit; by learning through trial and error, by striving and failing and trying again. It is by this slow, steady climb up what we might imagine is the mountain that is life, it is by this that we will slowly raise ourselves up as we learn what not to do and so how to be better.
This is the lesson and gift of Capricorn, that the most precious moments in this life, and in all your lives, are when you “failed”; when you tried and fell short, but you did not surrender. The spirit within you did not dim; it grew stronger, more determined, more purposeful so that in the end you did master that craft, you did acquire that strength, you did find a way to not only know the Truth (as in Sagittarius), but you also felt a burning light in your heart that your true purpose was to live by Truth, and in fact to be this Truth.
But what you have also learned is that every obstacle you overcame, and in each challenge well met, is that your victory over fate and your development of a freer will, was something that you did not do on your own or by yourself. No, you are part of a never-ending Hierarchy, like a Ribbon of Light in Space and through Time, formed by all the souls above and all the souls below you, both here today and in the far, far distant past. Yes, you stand upon the everlasting foundations built by all your ancestors, by all of humankind, and your purpose now is to add to that foundation for those who will come after you.
Our Destiny is Character, as we are for one another both pupil and teacher, and in every encounter with all whom you meet in this or in any life, is that you are to understand that your experiences with one another are the very means by which each of you will forge a greater wisdom that is revealed by your compassion and love for one another.
At this time of the year, and wherever Capricorn is found in your chart, you are reminded that what you are today, and what you will be tomorrow is no accident. You are the Master Builder, you are the pilgrim and the seeker, the teacher and the pupil, the child and the wise one too. And all that you do, from the simplest of tasks, to the greatest contributions and services you offer, all of it was part of a “master plan” to bring you closer to your Destiny.
That is why, at this time of year we give thanks to our ancestors; we bow are heads and bend our knee and pledge to one another that the Light will not go out, not on our watch, not in our time. We will keep the promise, that we will take care of one another, and we will continue to follow the path of Light that is the Hierarchy of Love and Compassion.
At this sacred hour, in this moment when the light returns once more, we say:
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into our minds
Let LIGHT descend on Earth.
From the point of love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into our hearts
May LOVE increase on Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide our wills
The PURPOSE which the masters know and serve.
From the center which we call Humanity
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door
where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
In my twelfth show of 2021, we will take our first look at 2022, and what lies ahead Astrologically. Today I would like to begin with a look at the role of Pluto generally and with regards to the Pluto return in the chart of the USA.
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