Fingering Wall Street

It’s hard to believe the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon is just over a month old. imagesLong expected by astrologers, long awaited by progressives and long dreaded by the One Per Cent, the movement hit the ground running.

It expresses the world moment so precisely that it seems to have arisen full-blown, like Athena from the head of Zeus. Germinating since 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn, it is an organic consequence of the dirty secrets that were revealed when the economy went bust.

Four years later, no one who has been paying attention requires a bullet-point explanation of “what the protestors want.” In a society where corporate criminals get six-figure bonuses while unemployment remains in the double digits (if you count the jobless who have given up looking), the question would seem to be not “Why are these people in the streets?” but rather, “Why aren’t 99% of us in the streets?”

None of the Wall Street gamblers was punished after their greed and chicanery pitched the world into a recession; indeed, right now their henchmen are lobbying their tiny little hearts out in the halls of Congress, trying to gut proposed regulations that could prevent another meltdown. None of these One-Per-Centers went to jail; none had his ill-gotten gains repossessed. By contrast, plenty of protestors have been arrested, some violently attacked by police (this video was shot on October 25th, in Oakland). Many have had their tents seized and their bare-bones equipment impounded.

Some of the OWS campers traveled hundreds of miles to make their voices heard. They have no party backing to launch campaigns, so they put their bodies on the ground. They have no corporate funding to pay for media ads, so they put the word out through Twitter. They can’t afford to stay at hotels, so they bring their sleeping bags to city squares and parks — the last public spaces that remain, in a society that’s hurtling towards full-on privatization.

And what do we hear from the White House, as the most significant mass movement since the ’60s spreads like wildfire to thousands of cities around the world? We hear about a “terrorist threat” featuring Iran, a country the Pentagon has been hankering to attack for years. And we hear about the assassination of yet another Bad Guy, this time in Libya.

Those who observe the American media from a distance will have noticed a pattern in these news stories. They are a testament to just how big a threat the OWS movement poses to the One Per Cent, who tend to pump sabre-rattling incidents into the public conversation whenever they think the 99% need distracting.

Oh, and suddenly the president has decided to crack down on medical pot.

It is clear to most Americans that the issues the protestors are identifying cannot be solved from within the hopelessly corrupt system of electoral politics. The power behind OWS comes from forces that exist outside of the official narrative, just as the outer planets that symbolize these forces exist outside the orbit of Saturn (status quo).

This cultural paroxysm, a domestic version of the Arab Spring, is a manifestation of the definitive transit of the 2012 years: the square between Uranus and Pluto. Uranus works by disruption. It interrupts the complacency of everyday life, challenging society to change; like the protestors whose presence downtown disturbs business as usual. Pluto works by exposing decay, so that what is degenerating in a collective can cede the way to regeneration.

Degeneration is just as crucial as regeneration; breakdown is just as sacred as rebirth. During the years ahead Uranus and Pluto will finger what is standing in the way of evolution, so that obsolete structures can cleanly fall away. But neither of these planets presumes to offer solutions. What they do is point the finger at problems.

What happens after that? Here’s where human will and ingenuity come in.

The existence of each one of us is also part of the cosmic plan. All who are alive during these crucial years bring to the table a unique experience, an inimitable creative intelligence, and the ability to perform a crucial role in this world moment. When we tap into these resources, keeping our eyes and hearts open, we know what to do.

Consciousness-seekers have learned that the best way to solve our individual problems is to tap into our inner resources, while staying alert to what’s happening around us. This is also how to solve society’s problems. When we follow the lead of our essential beings – when we live through the center of our charts – we know instinctively how to respond as the diseased old order cracks around us, as it should, as it must.

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11 comments
Judi Wood
Judi Wood

Well, as one person who lost my home and occupation in the 20 years ago scam we are seeing once again in its new permantation, i am extremely happy to see the return of those 1968 protestors in the form of OWS. Like the Chinese curse " may you live in interesting times" I believe we do appear back here for good reasons. And looking at the cyclical nature of astrology, you can certainly count on it. I once had a past life regression in which I was asked how many lives I had lived. And I laughed and said "on this planet? 100. Elsewhere? Thousands."

Joann Bostow
Joann Bostow

Maybe this is my own feeling everytime I see the 99% sign it makes me think of the 666 mark of the beast that has been thrown around over the years. It is just an abstract similar symbol to the 666. You never know how things will manifest. Could it be possible that we are the beast that the 1% can't control any longer ?

alan blumenfeld
alan blumenfeld

I love reading your blog. Insightful and relevant and from your point of view refreshingly honest, real and original. At least to me. Thanks.

Aglo
Aglo

To Cymatica: Since you are triyng to figure out what the OWS, and why they are protesting. Google pbs.org and watch Charlie Rose's interview with Amy Goodman host of Democracynow.com and Chris Hedges, they will shine light on your questions, and it really pays to be informed.

Cymatica
Cymatica

As someone who has worked hard, all of my life, to buy my home and pay off my mortgage and other debts, while living well within my means, I disagree with having my taxes raised to pay for people who only want to take more from me to pay for their failures. So, when I see the OWS screaming to share the wealth, who's wealth will it be? Those who worked hard and responsible to earn it or those who did not? Besides, the OWS in NYC refused to feed the homeless. When you call for the downfall? Whose downfall will that be? Please explain. All of the youtube videos, taken and posted by the OWS, looks worse than the Tower of Babel to me. I'm not part of the 1%, I'm just a lowly tax payer. I'm also trying to figure out the OWS and why they are protesting. So far, I still don't have a clear answer.

Brian George
Brian George

Hi Thomas, You wrote, "The problem is that the citizens of the U.S. are “soul sick”. too much GQ, 17, “People” and no real information. Brainwashing complete." I too am fed up with celebrity culture, the preoccupation with consumer products and appearance, the worship of wealth, and the substitution of random data for true knowledge. But then I think: Perhaps this diagnosis, too, is only a biproduct of our tendency to think in terms of the categories of marketing. There is a line in the Tao Te Ching which goes something like, "What approaches its zenith will soon end." When something--such as hypercommercialism and celebrity culture--has become so overwhelmingly visible, perhaps its moment has already passed. At the same time, an alternative mode of seeing and feeling and thinking and acting may have been incubating slowly underground, apparently far out of the mainstream of the culture, but just waiting for the right moment to emerge. People are not really defined in any meaningful way by categories--whether self-imposed or imposed from without--and it seems likely that many Occupy Wall Street participants would not disagree with your assessment of the culture.

amelia
amelia

Diversionary action and reaction should be, by now, most obvious to the american public - don't look there, folks, look over there. That pluto/uranus square, as you point out, simply will not co-operate with these magicians' attempts at legerdemain and those structures will fall. Neptune/chiron in pisces will assist, I think, in the process of dissolving and reconstituting the internal emotional structures we have forged out of the mental and physical structures of an outdated form of culture and commerce. The terrain of that emotional landscape needs to change, too. And it will, as Neptune re-enters Pisces in 2012. Seems everything has the opportunity for a wash down.

Meredith Chace
Meredith Chace

How refreshing to find someone who can write so incisively about both astrology and the political and cultural events currently affecting us. I'm impressed and grateful. I have a natal sextile between Uranus and Pluto, so for me this square looks like an opportunity to re-examine our society's structures and make sure only the viable ones survive. I'm sorry thomas doesn't see it the same way. Thank you very much for your insight and wisdom.

thomas
thomas

the wall street protesters are mostly wrong. While there is 1 finger pointed at wall street there are three pointing back. The problem is that the citizens of the U.S. are "soul sick". too much GQ, 17, "People" and no real information. Brainwashing complete. the train is off the tracks and into the ravine, I am just waiting for impact.

Lorraine Hughes
Lorraine Hughes

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