At Her Service

viewerSometimes feeling overwhelmed is a good sign. Under skies like these, to feel overwhelmed means we’re not shut down. Personally and globally, late July and early August should raise urgent questions in every one of us. The Full Moon on 7/25th and the New Moon on August 9th (see the lecture series announcement in the right-hand column) are bookends to an explosive two weeks.

The oil rig holocaust gave the collective mind a definitive image with which to illustrate the Cardinal Cross period. The boys at BP, bless their villainous little hearts, have made millions of people think about the relationship between Planet Earth and the life forms She supports.

Big truths are afoot — truths that we have collectively failed to process, or even admit to — about the kind of world we’ve created for ourselves. It’s a world where humans have given up their power to nonhuman entities: corporations. It’s a world where newborns have 180 man-made chemicals in their umbilical cords. It’s a world addicted to soon-to-be-extinct dinosaur ooze. It’s a world where life-and-death realities like these are still pushed to the margins of media discussion, ceding the stage to unending expostulations about money and politics.

Is it not bizarre that the fate of the Earth isn’t at the core of all public discourse? You’d think planetary survival would be the first thing that any serious aspirant for public office would address. But with the exception of candidates for the Greens Party, politicos would mostly rather talk about Barbara Boxer’s hairstyle. As for the voters, in this age of peak oil and systems collapse you’d think we’d be assessing our leaders for vision and courage; but instead we end up choosing between two deeply insincere contenders in elections that have been auctioned off to the highest bidder. In theory, We-the-People are the creators, judge, jury and raison-d’etre of the democracy we live in. But in practice we act as if our contribution as citizens consisted of nothing more than rooting for one guy while condemning his rival.

It is an approach to collective life that is insufficient to the point of fatal.

Pluto’s square to Saturn in Libra is making clear that most of the political and economic ideologies now in use are anachronistic. This shouldn’t surprise us, given that they date from a pre-ecological mindset. As the Zeitgeist movement points out, socialism, capitalism, neo-liberalism and colonialism all buy into a common  illusion: that we can go on exploiting the planet’s resources forever and ever, like a spoiled child who hasn’t yet learned the concepts of karma (Saturn) or balance (Libra). Even the most sacrosanct ism of all — nationalism — will have to be reexamined if Earth is to survive.

The corner of the Cardinal Cross that involves Jupiter (ideology) and Uranus (acceleration) suggests that we don’t have time to spend a few decades tweaking our favorite old belief systems. For there to be a shift to new beliefs there must be a shift in collective thinking about what it means to hold beliefs in the first place.

The long square between Pluto and Uranus forms the core of the Cross that coalesced this summer. This is the longest arm of the Cross, and will endure through 2016. Under its influence our 19th-century-style perspectives will lose their credibility, clearing the stage for post-millennial ways of looking at things. The trouble is, of course, that the old isms are taken so seriously by their adherents — and no less so by their detractors – that, for most people, alternative viewpoints seem downright unthinkable.

A profit-driven society like ours doesn’t put a lot of stock in ethics, philosophy or independent thinking. We aren’t encouraged to use this part of our mind creatively. Instead we learn to align ourselves with some kind of team, as if life were a soccer match. (And only a consensually agreed-upon team. For instance, the Tea Party movement has recently been anointed as such, and now styles itself as the team where “independent thinkers” belong). Then we parrot our team’s vocabulary, and imagine we have a viewpoint.

In the USA, this boils down to a war between media-sanctioned pairs. One is supposed to be either for the candidate on the Left and against the one on the Right; for capitalism and against socialism; or for communism and against democracy; etc. It is stunning how reductive the public conversation has become.

Issues of huge moral and global import — such as the fact that the USA is pumping more money, not less, into its aging weapons infrastructure – are discussed, if they are mentioned at all, solely for the purpose of attacking or applauding one or the other side of America’s political duopoly. Rather than responding with human feeling, with intelligence, or – goddess forbid — with simple common sense, we quickly label the great problems of our day in terms of which party’s administration they’re happening under. As for international matters, they get labeled in terms of whether the country in question is an ally or foe of Washington. (For example, when an adulterer is stoned in Iran, it makes the headlines of US papers; but when it happens in Egypt, there’s nary a tut-tut).

As a stand-in for our own lack of imagination, we have created a pundit culture whose talking heads reflect this binary worldview back to us. We get no more surprises forthcoming from Glenn Beck and whoever he’s debating this evening than we get from a meal at McDonald’s. Watching these faux-debates on TV has the numbing feel of witnessing punch-drunk fighters stumble through their last round, aspiring to nothing so much as to not fall down.

Whether it’s liberals-vs.-conservative, labor-vs.-management, East-vs.-West or some other pair, none of the conventional debates leave room to confront the most relevant reality of all: that the planet is in peril.

The horror in the Gulf , as well as the mass poisonings from gold mining in Nigeria, unchecked logging in the Amazon and a multitude of other devastations that go on every day everywhere on Earth, are the results of an approach to the environment that has become the norm. The collateral damage to flora, fauna and whole ecosystems caused by offshore drilling, strip mining and other industrial abominations are not aberrations. They’re factored in, as “acceptable risks,” by the corporations and by the consumer-populace that allows them to happen. It is disingenuous of us to act all incredulous when we hear of an accident at a nuclear facility like Chernobyl or at an offshore oil rig. Such events are not merely probable; they are inevitable. This is what karma is all about. You put something out, you get something back. This is the message of the Saturn corner of the Cross.

The level of consciousness that has allowed humanity to tolerate ecocidal insults such as these has reached a dead end, and so have the ideologies that allow us to ignore them. As ecologists already know, there is an infinitude of bold new ideas out there – e.g. renewable energy potentials like solar, tidal, geothermal, that exceed current energy consumption by thousands of per cent – that are only kept back from implementation by the dead weight of the old paradigm. The years between now and 2023 are intense enough to bury it.

Those of us who were born into these years were meant to use the creative minds and the wise hearts Nature gave us. In living through our charts, we put them at Her service.

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Manuela Essig
Manuela Essig

Thank you Jessica for the truth, always. Giving me courage to finally take a stand in the truth and be at service for a better future.

Dash
Dash

I always consider Jessica's prediction as "much ado about nothing"... She makes generalized prediction - and at that 300,000 ft level -it does not take much to point to 1-2 events and make it confirm to the story-line.... I consider it self-delusion... Yet I have always come back to mother-sky.... May be there is a part of me that does not see it as hum-bug. I need to re-think my relation to the topic - and take steps to act in better alignment. But I want to share that the picture of Julian Assange - taking on the might of US army is indeed a very poignant drama unfolding under the cardinal cross sky. Where do each one of us stand wrt war and loss of lives of innocent civlians? What about state secrets - can there be any secrets on plant earth any more? May be this goofy stuff of Jessica has some relevance...:)May be when we signed up for earth... the game that drew us was to watch these dramas unfold collectively and individually - until we wake up and know who we truly are... Viewers of the movie... What is projected on the screen is riveting - but all is well for us - we are safe from the perils on screen - and hence the perils are so much fun! Now I am sounding hoaky!

jessica
jessica

David, True, the stoning of adulterers is not one of Egypt's signature atrocities. Those include the torture of political prisoners (including those who merely criticize the president) by the notorious State Security Investigations Department; state-sanctioned brutality against homosexuality; arresting human rights investigators and attacking peaceful protesters. Jessica

David
David

In an otherwise very interesting article, you have suggested that Eqyptians follow the practice of stoning adulterers. Do you know of a single case where such a thing has happened in the recent past or even in the last 50 years? Slandering a whole country in this way, is a terrible thing to do.

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

The tragedy of The Love Parade Music Festival in Germany brings the Cardinal Cross elementals home to roost within the consciousness of the New Age Movement. It occurred less than 24 hours prior to that full moon and the climax of the grip of the t-square. It is a wake up call to hold the mirror up to ourselves. Pluto is in us, not just pin-striped executives in Wall street. Again, thanks for holding space here for thoughts and community. http://www.sistertongue.wordpress.com

Tricia
Tricia

Hello, Joseph Thanks for your thoughts especially, 'the babbling mirrors of the masses' and 'Faith may be able to move mountains; moving the Collective is another matter' I am digesting those thoughts. May everything be Good in your world, our world, my world!!!!!

Joseph Dispenza
Joseph Dispenza

Thank you, Jessica, for another insightful essay. Lately I have been feeling rather pessimistic about the future of the species -- wondering if I was not here as a witness to the real 'end of times'. You, between the lines, at least, seem to believe otherwise, and that gives me hope. It will be a challenge to 'use the creative minds and the wise hearts Nature gave us' for good in these times when the platform that addresses the Collective is so crowded by the babbling mirrors of the masses. Faith may be able to move mountains; moving the Collective is another matter.

southbaygal
southbaygal

Another Pluto in Cap book is Russ Baker's Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, The Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. I just bought it and it is a page turner. Also check out the Washington Post's series of articles by Dana Priest on Top Secret America. Given that Pluto is only in the first few degress of Cap I wonder what the next 20 years will be like. The question I have been pondering recently is given the fact that the plutocracy is so thoroughly entrenched in all of our institutions how can we get them out? I certainly don't have any plans or actions on how to do this. People don't give up their power easily. As the saying goes: The Truth will out. So Be It.

Tricia
Tricia

What a stress reliever to have a place for Holistic Voice! Thanks, Jessica. On the teeter toter of status quo and transformation finding the balance point is challenging. I offer a daily practice from the Navaho prayer on Balance/Beauty....There is Beauty in front of me. There is Beauty behind me. There is Beauty all around me. There is Beauty within me.....all the days of my Life.

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

Nice summary of the profit mentality. There is a lovely, eloquent book written by Lewis Hyde called "The Gift," that is a must read for anyone thinking along these lines. He outlines the history of gift societies, the rise of usury and what happens to creativity when we choose to commodify everything in our lives. Like many prescient writers of the late '70's and '80's, his book is dead on for our times now. It provides a framework for discernment in making the choices we have to make in a thorough, well-written tome. Another spot-on book is "When Society Becomes and Addict," by Anne Wilson Schaef, another futurist visionary from the 1980's. Our situation here is not "new" at all, and was seen very clearly by many writing during that very fertile time ending the 20th century. We appear to be on a dead run for an unfortunate inevitability for which we are entirely responsible. Unfortunately, there are many out there "propheteering," around the solutions to our problems, which still require the pursuit of accumulating all those coins and greens that have embossed on them "in god we trust." Talk about the original subliminal messaging marketing ploy of all time, brought to you by the Federal Reserve long, long ago. We, in concert with the celestial bodies around us, are critical massing around a nodal point, the outcome of which remains unknown. A friend once pointed out that, just before a caterpillar suspends itself and weaves the chrysalis around it, it gorges itself on everything around it, consuming as much as it can before it enters into a state of transformation. In that chrysalis, the former caterpillar literally liquefies, losing its form (love that neptune). And then it reforms itself out of its own ocean of into its future form of a butterfly. We do need to think differently. Abundance does not equal "MORE." We need to learn "ENOUGH ALREADY." Thank you, always, Jessica for holding space and putting forth ideas that are necessary in these times of transformation. sistertongue

London Calling
London Calling

It is too true although I disagree about this type of info and blogging not becoming more mainstream. I feel it will. Instead of the Summer of Love as it was called in the '60's this is the flip it is the Summer of Discontent. It is a beginning.

Lisa
Lisa

These are definitely times of transition on a collective (and of course personal)level. We all can remember past times when things were shifting and transitioning. What worked well? What characterized you in those times? Yes, there was uncertainty, but what was the take away? For me, I reached within and found what I'm capable of. Thank Goddess! I became intimate with clarity, tenacity, forgiveness, Love and courage. I realized I could not settle for a toxic life. We are now cleaning out many LAME structural, large scale TOXINS - inside and out. This is the world of Pluto. Welcome. (And yes I do have a point of reference - my Sun is in Sag. All Sag's recently went through a massive Pluto cleanse!)

Victor Goss
Victor Goss

Jessica You are one of my favorite voices right now - you turn the realities of astrology into poetry and history! BTW my friend Mike Bara's new book is coming out soon that truly connects Astrology to the tested realities of Physics - it's called THE CHOICE, and will be out soon. I was able to read a galley of the book and was blown away, so I highly recommend it. His central theme is that we cannot sit around and let the configurations of the heavens change our world, we must make the choice to change ourselves.... Right on, as we used to say in the Haight.... Victor http://doristhemovie.com

Kanani
Kanani

Why do we jus sit back, & Let this happen? WELCOME 2 The Rebelution!!!!!!!

john
john

All so very true! Why can't wisdom such as Jessica's be ubiquituos upon the mainstream media? Fat chance! Can't even imagine the incomprehensive blank stares fro m the legions of teabaggers, becksters, palin grizzliemamas and even so called liberal pundits. Still, the change won't be denied, one way or another. Keep up the important work. A loyal reader.