Eclipses and Sanity

Eclipse season began with the New Moon of June first. images

This month’s Skywatch discusses the series of squares taking place from Neptune in Pisces, the Great Dissembler. I thought of this ingress last weekend when I heard about the yogi Swami Ramdev, whose protest against corruption in government (Pluto in Capricorn) took a Neptunian turn. Accosted by the police during his hunger strike, the yogi fled into the crowd disguised as an old woman, covering his black beard with a white shawl.

My June column in DayKeeper Journal, titled “Weakening the Bones,”

is about Saturn, which stations on June 12th at 10 1/2 Libra.

The biggest news this month surrounds the Solstice, which trines Neptune in Pisces — the first time in our lifetimes that we have experienced this winsome water trine. And, as it has for the past three years, the first week of summer sets off the explosive Cardinal Cross. Global dramas financial, political and revolutionary cluster around the Aries Point.

This year, two Eclipses flank the Solstice. First, there’s the total Lunar Eclipse on June 15th, hitting the mind-boggling Galactic Center. Then there’s the Solar Eclipse on July first. I go into detail about both of them in my new lecture, “Somethin’s Happenin’ Here” (a reference to the Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth”).

Astrologers, especially us vintage types, are forever talking about the parallels between the planets’  placements now and what they were in the mid-1960s. The parallels are about to get even more striking. And when they do, I recommend we make use of the notion of sanity. Transits this potent are a signal that we need sanity more than we need anything else.

More than ingenious technology, more than lots of money, more than cool friends or charismatic leaders,  we’re going to need sanity over the years ahead. Especially considering that we are living in a world where attention seems to magnetize around ideas and people who express the opposite of sanity. Case in point: Donald Trump and Sarah Palin sitting down together for a photo op at a franchise pizza outlet: media magnets without the encumbrance of meaning.

Around the same time as the Palin-Trump powwow, scientists from the International Energy Agency convened to release their estimate of greenhouse gases, though few were paying attention to their meeting. They declared that worldwide emissions had increased by a record amount last year.

So despite all the cant we’ve been hearing from every quarter about the world going green, the truth is that if this year’s emissions rise by as much as they did in 2010, according to the IEA it will be all but impossible to hold global warming to a manageable degree. The incalculable suffering that humanity faces unless we change course is, according to Lord Stern of the London School of Economics, “a risk any sane person would seek to drastically reduce.”

Are we sane enough to seek to reduce it? This is the question that lies behind the issue of human choice in our era. Will we seek to reduce this risk, each of us, in whatever way we can? “In whatever way we can” means in whatever ways might be appropriate to our own unique situation. It won’t do any good if we try to address the situation by mimicking somebody else’s approach.

More so than the idea of right and wrong, the idea of sanity has legs. I think it will prove far more useful during the years of the Cardinal Cross than the promotion of any particular ideology or behavior. After all, everywhere we turn we see the pointlessness of trying to foist any one idea or course of action upon people. As astrologers, we know such attempts are doomed. Think about it: how could a singular approach be right for every person, given that everyone’s chart is by definition unique?

The notion of sanity, on the other hand, is one-size-fits-all.

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JudiGem
JudiGem

This has been a very powerful lunar eclipse...and I loved that Buffalo Springfield song, and lived in LA with all that meant at the time...those very neptunian times of acid, hash, grass and rock n roll. But it really wasn't very clear what was happening then, but we sensed it....boy, I wish I could have some of that 'not very clear' back at times. On June 15, a friend died of diabetes, my last elderly aunt in her 90's died, and her daughter, my cousin, is lying in a semi coma diying of brain cancer....plus other things that happened on that day...but they were GOOD things for me, those other things which were career success related!

southbaygal
southbaygal

As for the policitcal, economic, environmental events revealing themselves on a daily basis, a wise person once told me to treat them like a movie. To observe them and maybe participate in them as well but to not get personally caught up in the drama.

southbaygal
southbaygal

On a personal level I shall keep remembering the word sanity as both world and personal events evolve over the coming years. My chart is being greatly affected by the Cardinal Cross years and so far they have not been easy. Sanity will help me keep my perspective.

Joel
Joel

"Somethin's happenin' here, what it is ain't exactly clear..." It's not the Sixties all over again, but it sure feels like the same theme repeated more urgently and at higher volume. In the Sixties we were appallingly ignorant of what was really going on in the world. The nightly network news had to be cleared with by the government and only a few reporters like Peter Jennings (a Canadian) were filing true independent investigative reports. Daniel Ellsberg had to go into hiding after publishing the Pentagon Papers, the Pentagon's own internal account of the bad planning, secret deals,lies and misjudgements behind America's second longest war--second only to Iraq and Afghanistan. Today we have top flight investigative reporting not only from US organizations like PBS and CNN, but also from the global foreign press. We know word for word the insult General Gates hurled at NATO yesterday, and exactly how each of the non-US members reacted to it. WikiLeaks has published the US Department of Defense's internal Iraq and Afghanistan War Diaries, and will soon release financial records from major US, Swiss and other foreign banks of known criminal account holders and others wanted for fraud, "black money" and other violations of international banking law. Lots more inconvenient truth is on the way, but the big question is what will we do about it? The truth can only make us free when we act on it.

Anon And Ever
Anon And Ever

No doubt, the national debt is the tool of world domination and this affects democracy in all the terms, but in the other side populations are facing the restrictions increasingly. So they are partly awakening. What I mean is that the domination of the Financial oligarchy, though still not really fallen, has to face increasing challenges. People are no more as prone as only few times ago. And this is the plain and clear effect of the change in and of the Astrological atmosphere that these last two years have btought us... Tha Game Is Afoot...

Preston
Preston

Jessica, I would highly recommend looking at Greece and expounding astrologically on the information in the article below. This is quite possibly the most important article anyone can read right now to understand the political dynamics of what is transpiring across the globe: http://michael-hudson.com/2011/06/how-financial-oligarchy-replaces-democracy/ "Finance is a form of warfare. Like military conquest, its aim is to gain control of land, public infrastructure, and to impose tribute. This involves dictating laws to its subjects, and concentrating social as well as economic planning in centralized hands. This is what now is being done by financial means, without the cost to the aggressor of fielding an army. But the economies under attack may be devastated as deeply by financial stringency as by military attack when it comes to demographic shrinkage, shortened life spans, emigration and capital flight." Any insight into what Iceland did and the timing of there vote to let the banks and bond holders collapse would be welcomed as well.