The Longest Arm

Now is when 2012 really begins. Not in terms of the Gregorian calendar, but in terms of the biggest transit of our lifetimes. Three days after the Summer Solstice, the Uranus-Pluto square — the longest arm of the Cardinal Cross — kicks off its four-year-long riff of seven exact hits. June 24th marks the opening of a time-window during which our urge to grow will be far stronger than our need for stasis. This extraordinary potential is the subject of my new book, At the Crossroads.

Earth will be vibrating on a new level of intensity between now and 2016. What’s all this energy for? What does it mean? These questions are more useful than the What’s-going-to-happen kind. Whatever happens is going to depend on what kind of energy we bring to bear. And that depends upon how much perspective we have.

Perspective

To get perspective, we can start by giving a thought to how many oracular traditions make special mention of this time. Of these probably the best known is the Mayan baktun cycle, said to end on December 21st 2012. Also stunningly vast is the yuga system of ancient India, in which our own beleaguered era is called the Kali Yuga, Sanskrit for “the Dark Time”. (If the Kali Yuga began in 3100 BCE, as some scholars claim, this puts its beginning around the same time as that of the Mayan calendar.) There is even a theory  that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built to call attention to the planetary line-up in December of 2012.

The esoteric channel Alice Bailey identified 2025, the year Neptune leaves Pisces, as being the point at which the Fourth Ray will come into manifestation, bringing intellectual and emotional integration to the human race. Dane Rudhyar, granddaddy of modern astrology, sees the Age of Aquarius as officially beginning in 2060. These are the kinds of correspondences that make us sit up and take notice.

Prophecies

The rumor mill is churning. Theories abound about 2012 and the decades that follow it. In At the Crossroads, I discuss some of these, and how we might most productively approach them.  Whatever else is signified by all this conjecture, it is certainly evidence that an understanding exists in the collective intelligence about this juncture point in human evolution – an understanding that may not be altogether conscious, but is clearly attuned to something real.

As to particular prophecies, it’s important to be discerning about what we let in. There is a lot of fear buzzing around; and when newsmen or religious leaders, or astrologers or Hollywood filmmakers, start talking about earthquakes and tsunamis and alien invasions, people get even more frightened. In this state, we are hard pressed to respond in the highest possible way to the actual crises that exist. If we’re shut down with survival anxiety, we’ll find it hard to respond through our charts, i.e. from our essential beings. Fear pushes us down into lowest-common-denominator thinking. We cease to be individuals and lapse into mob-mind.

The healthiest way to approach this epoch is to open our eyes to its major themes, and keep track of them as they struggle to resolve themselves. These themes are unmistakable; only denial keeps us from seeing them. One of them is the democratization of information via technology; another is the conflict between democracy and plutocracy. Another is the petering out of the industrial revolution and the end of the age of oil, the subject of my latest lecture.

Me and We

A key paradox of our era has to do with the dual nature of our identity. We are individuals, on one hand, and members of a vast collective, on the other. These two levels of our being each have a reality; it’s not an either/or. It is true that we are independent souls, and it is equally true that we are part of the human family.

As to the latter, we need to realize that the status quo is in trouble. And to the extent that we identify with conventional narratives, we will be in trouble. The years between now and 2023 (when Pluto leaves Capricorn) are an invitation to take a fine-toothed comb and go through the tangled knot of assumptions we hold about collective life, separating out the inauthentic perceptions from the authentic ones. The collective belief systems that encourage falsehood are crumbling now. The sooner we detach from them, the better.

There are so many raucous dramas that could compel our attention right now, worldwide, as well as within our individual psyches. It’s as if we’re watching a three-ring circus — except there are far more than just three rings. And we aren’t just watching. If we’re truly living through our charts, we’re participating.

Life Purpose

In light of the building Uranus-Pluto square, it was not surprising to see Occupy Wall Street in the headlines again, just before the Solar Eclipse of late May 2012. Occupiers joined thousands of anti-war demonstrators in the streets of Chicago to protest the NATO summit. People are getting bit by the Uranus-Pluto bug in all kinds of ways. Some are taking the Landmark Forum; some are committing to radical health improvement. Some are organizing around sustainable agriculture or micro-loans in India or endangered species.

We have a multitude of leaders and resources available to us at this moment in history. We have righteous hackers fighting to keep the internet free; we have the environmental movement and fair trade warriors, we have visionaries leading the way in the arenas of clean energy and local food. The time is ripe for consciousness-seekers to step into our purpose.

How will we know what this is? Easy: we will be instructed from within and without. Neither our instincts nor our circumstances will leave us alone until we honor these promptings. All we have to do is be still and listen.

 

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newheavenonearth
newheavenonearth

Thank you Jessica for your information and your admonition to keep the discussion "mutually respectful". I appreciate what you do and who you are! I also appreciate the deeper meaning of all sacred literature. The bible, as I find in all sacred, inspired literature, is a vehicle for Truth and is the outward form that can reveal the Living Spirit of God to the spiritual heart. We definitely need to respect and honor and listen to each unique person's interpretations and perceptions because we are all one greater being. Other's interpretations show us the parts of our infinite being that we cannot see. Each person and viewpoint is a mirror to see into our unconscious. Loving, accepting, honoring and respecting other's perceptions allows all of us to become whole, one and free. That being said, the parts that we reject or react to most vehemently are those we have denied, disallowed, disavowed, and rejected in ourselves and are the key to returning to wholeness and consciousness. Every time I open the bible, the Holy Spirit reveals something brand new. Spirit and Truth are new every morning, fresh, alive, moving, active and if we just get still and pay attention, we are given everything we need to know. Thank you for sharing your expertise Jessica! Thank you thomas for revealing some of our shadow so we can bring light into the darkness within us. Realize, thomas, that what God reveals to you is not to judge others or their interpretation, but to listen compassionately and share your revelations with love, while respecting and honoring what God reveals in others. May all beings wake up to the One Spirit that we all share!

Lori
Lori

Thomas, before staking your life on the Bible, I recommend reading everything Bart Ehrman ever wrote.

margaret
margaret

excellent article, jessica.thank you. indeed we're in a demanding time, whichever source we use to guide our lives: the struggle between post modern secularism and fundamentalism is so much of what these years are about. as cg jung indicated: push-pull between two opposing positions, eventually created a third perspective.a fertile, creative yet indeed demanding time.

holly
holly

Quoting Thomas "think for yourself". So don't rely on one book - especially one chapter in one book - to give your life direction. Such a narrow focus would be less distracting` on a "revelation" fan website.

janet
janet

ON reading my post again, I don't include uranus but maybe its light in the the CC will allow the mess to clear.

janet
janet

I don't have to go to a book to look at whats happening. The Cardinal Cross has not been around for a long long time. Arch Crawford wrote that he was told by a researcher a few years ago, not seen for 5000 years. I think much earlier than that. This works in big ways and if we choose to act the higher levels of our charts it may be transformative in my opinion, although not targeting or resonating with individuals unless they operate at a higher level. I think it affects these religious things. Immediately here we hear of the vicious god with the iron rod and the others are implied. Really big issues here and indeed who was expected to take on the karma for the sins of the world? Shoulder the burden. Does not seem a fair go to me. The Old Testament was given to the jewish people. The predictions apply to them. Many other layers of stuff. There is a lot of jupiter/saturn/uranus/pluto/neptune stuff here..

jessica
jessica

Let's keep this interesting discussion mutually respectful. Jessica

thomas magner
thomas magner

sorry but elaine pagels appears not to have read the revelation. have you? what she has given is quazi-expert garbage. the revelation is all about now. it is divided into three parts. ww1 ww2 and final jeopardy. read rev 13 13 is this the 911 event. the modern part begins with the beast on the shore. read from there on. if you want to be spoon fed get a high chair or think for yourself

PatriciaG
PatriciaG

I am always amazed at how many people feel free to speak authoritatively about a text (or in this case, a collection of texts) that they've never really studied without the aid of some sort of study guide -- written or otherwise -- that tells them the "right" way to read it. (Or that tells them it’s all just a bunch of superstitious nonsense.) Many people don’t seem to know enough about the history of the early Christian church to know that there were at least as many different kinds of "Christianity" then as there are today. The earliest Christians in Jerusalem thought you had to be Jewish to be Christian. Others sought a complete break from the Old Testament, thinking the Jewish God was evil. In about 180 AD, Bishop Irenaeus decided, pretty much unilaterally, that there should be only four gospels. His "reasoning" was that there were four winds and four directions of the compass,so there should be four gospels. If not for this kind of symbolic thinking, we might be reading a whole host (30-some, I think) of Gnostic gospels, each with its own take on what the “good news” was. Revelations almost didn't make the final cut. Elaine Pagels has recently published a wonderful analysis of that highly controversial book. St. Augustine denounced astrology – and for good reason: most astrologers of his day didn't have the math skills to erect an accurate chart. But by the time of St. Thomas Aquinas, astrology was taught in universities run by the Church. William Lilly's Christian Astrology, which dates to about 50 years past Shakespeare, became standard academic fare. In the California missions, you can still read the journals of the priests who planted their crops according to the lunar cycles. There. Now. I’ve vented. One of the things I really like about Jessica’s view of things is that it encourages us to embrace that part of ourselves that was once associated with the Divine Feminine -- our instincts, our emotions, our drives and desires -- not so they they should control our actions entirely, but so that they don’t get left out and forgotten, or worse, demonized and rejected, as they are by some today. The ancient Greeks knew all too well what happened when you failed to honor even ONE of the gods. (Think Trojan War.) The Romans turned Aphrodite into the personification of Venality. The Christians turned her into the personification of evil, in league with Satan. Thanks, Jessica, for reminding us that we do, indeed, belong to the animal kingdom -- that we need to listen, not just to our heads, but to our hearts as well.

thomas magner
thomas magner

In addition. try to figure why a tiny frozen dirt ball flying through space a zillion miles away (pluto) could affect the earth or the affairs of men? Who made the heavens and the earth?

thomas magner
thomas magner

I never said astrology doesn't work. lets see what i know. lets start with the biggest problem. that would be debt in particular the usa gov this will effect everone in the usa soon enough. thus in october heavywight saturn(maturity) moves into scorpio the house of debt, other peoples money, debt collections. 2 uranus squares pluto another heavyweight combo brings impetus and drive to the issues. and 3 neptune in picies brings fresh thought that may bring smart change. non of this differs from the book of revelation part 3. in addition, the kali yuga fits well and the maya dec.21 is also nicely placed. In the book of Daniel 1290 days is mentioned about the time the aformentione heavy signatures are in place. the crux, have not other gods before me.

Marcia Starck
Marcia Starck

good article Jessica, Mundane astrology seems to be more and more important now and I appreciate your insights. I have one article on my web site on the Economics of 2012, EarthMedicineways.com as well as info of course on Medical Astrology. On facebook I have a page, MarciasMundaneAstrology

White Feather
White Feather

Well said Jessica, Thanks. Thomas, given your opinion you probably shouldn't be coming to Astrology sites.

Angel
Angel

Once again, beautifully written, concise, and though provoking. Thank you Jessica!

will
will

There are many pro-astrological and magic sacre'references in the bible - the three Wise Men were astrologers who calculated a significant celestial event over the Holy Lands around the time of Christ's birth. Vatican City is home to quite a number of gorgeous astrological symbols and references accomplished in inlaid mosaics and marble tiles. The Cathedral at Chartre features magnificent portrayals of Zodiacal signs and symbols in its stained glass windows. The Bible and astrology are hardly mutually exclusive; indeed they share a rich inter-twined history of sacred magic, prophecy, discernment, ritualistic ceremony and ancient archetypes. Jessica, this piece is exquisite.

onagadori
onagadori

Ok Thomas, sure, whatever. And when nothing happens then you can keep moving that goal post like christians have been doing for the last two thousand years.

thomas magner
thomas magner

christians fail thanks to free will. the next age god will take control with an iron rod. read the book. bye bye free will. he's just checking us for last time. about the maya 12/21/12 a pretty good number. but, the trials and tribulations last 7 years about 3 years tough about 3 more very serious. as has been written, the age come in like a woman in trevail. get you self ready. no one said you have to belong to an organized religion. its all about you and god. no middle man required.

Onagadori
Onagadori

Really Thomas? The bible? Christianity can just fix it all? Then why has it failed so miserably for the last 2000 years? Christianity is a religion of the old, dualistic Piscean age, which is ending! Christianity was never THE answer, just more grasping at illusion, as Pisces tends to do. The stories of the last precessional age are most certainly not going to be the answers for the new precessional age. Looking backwards for 'them there good ole' days' has never worked. We are moving forward into something radically different, as Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, and that is a pretty radical energy, indeed! Of course the bible doesn't want you to consult astrologers or anyone with any knowledge. The least bit of knowledge will dispel the evil spell of ignorance that religion requires to maintain its hold on its followers.

thomas magner
thomas magner

the bible advises the reader not to consult the astrologers chaldeans mayans etc. the book of revelation contains all the answers to your questions(concerning now) once you have been given the gift. to give the gift to others, they(non annointed) have to get rid of the many preconcieved ideas they have been given over their lifetime. with only one piece of the great christian cosmic jigsaw puzzle is possesed, many other pieces will fall into place. then one or to at a time. time is indeed short. I may be able to help.