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There is no one particular, specific astrological explanation for Hillary’s loss or Donald’s win. Of course, some astrologers will point to one or another stellar alignment as the reason for the outcome, and some of those sky watchers are likely to be right or nearly right in their interpretation of the astral influences on Election Day or on the day of the Primaries, or on any other of the days they deem significant. But as I often remind readers, if astrologers were always right we would rule. And while it could be argued that Ronald Reagan’s astrologer did “rule” and was mostly right, it could also be argued that Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down economics ruined the world and that we are still recovering from those policies. The best way to contextualize the outcome of this election through an astrological lens is to understand the magnitude of long-term planetary cycles and their influence throughout history. (I’ve written about these cycles before, but as a wise friend pointed out, some things need to be heard more than once.)
We are in the midst of a Uranus/Pluto cycle that began in the mid-1960s’. Every long-term planetary cycle is best understood when it’s compared to the phases of the Moon: The conjunction of two or more outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) can be seen as the equivalent of the New Moon; the first square between the planets is similar to the first Waxing Quarter Moon; the opposition is comparable to the Full Moon, with the final square in the cycle equal to the last Waning Quarter Moon. The beginning of the cycle sows the seeds for the future; the squares, both waxing and waning, reveal the conflict; the opposition illuminates what has grown during the cycle and ultimately what the harvest of that cycle is likely to be.
Uranus and Pluto are always about revolution. Uranus signifies the principle of rebellion and it catalyzes stagnant waters in need of change. Pluto signifies the principle of death and rebirth, and it signals the demise of systems that no longer serve. Both planets represent energy: Uranus is akin to active electrical impulses, which is why it is associated with the nervous system, and Pluto is, of course, nuclear energy, which is why it is said to produce change at the core. When they interact in any iteration, many aspects of daily life reflect the potent instability of their combined energetic signatures, an instability that highlights what needs to change, whether that transformation is individual or collective. Â
Interestingly, Uranus/Pluto cycles are always about issues of social justice, and during their revolutionary cycle, movements are born and leaders emerge, if only because the intention of these movements is to remedy the ignorance that fosters the notion of inequality that separates us as human beings. During these cycles, the issues of feminism, racism, and every other form of bigotry (which we’ve created to exploit our diversity and punish each other for what we are afraid of and cannot understand) also always rise to the surface of daily life and demand our immediate attention.
To offer just a few examples of how a Uranus/Pluto cycle manifests: During the previous Uranus and Pluto cycle which began with three conjunctions between June 1850 and March 1851, Sojourner Truth wrote “Against Slavery and on Behalf of Women” in 1850. In 1851, she delivered her speech at the Woman’s Convention in Akron, Ohio, entitled “Ain’t I A Woman?” During the current Uranus/Pluto cycle, which began with a series of conjunctions between October 1965 and June 1966, Betty Friedan and Shirley Chisholm, along with many others, co-founded the National Organization for Women, and for the next several years following the exact conjunctions, the literature and activism of the Women’s Movement accelerated.
The Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., also gained significant ground during the current Uranus/Pluto cycle, and just prior to the first Waxing Squares of this cycle, we elected the first African American President. But resistance took hold because of what that paradigm shift would mean for the African American community — no longer second class citizens — and a powerful resistance to that change in status raised the specter of racism in the United States once again. And that racism could and can be seen through the Birther Movement, championed by Donald Trump, as well as through his campaign slogan, “Make American Great Again,” a slogan that really means “make America white again.”
We are still in the friction of that waxing cycle which included seven exact squares, all which occurred between June 2012 and March 2015. There’s no need to reiterate what’s occurred during these years, but certainly we have seen the movements for social justice take on new life.
Over the last several years, and most recently the last several months, I’ve attempted to write about the palpable opposition to the current waves of change that this Uranus/Pluto cycle has set in motion. The 1960s’, for a brief moment in time, provided a glimpse of what the world could be like if we worshipped at the altar of transformation and creativity instead of at the altar of greed and selfish gain. But resistance to the waves of change set in motion by that transformational impulse was enormous and continues to be for many reasons, but none more simple than this: True transformation requires a real change of heart — change that translates into action. But hearts change very, very slowly. And as the waves of change took on greater and greater strength, the resistance to those changes took on equal strength, solidifying into the Silent Majority, a majority that went on to ossify in the evangelical ethos of Christian Fundamentalism, a culture that for the most part eschews science and embraces literalism. It’s the antidote to imagination.
The Silent Majority reared its head once again on Election Day 2016 and once again registered its resistance to change. Much has been written about the reasons for this resistance, most of them accurate assessments of the conditions giving rise to Trump’s success. But I’m not sure I could explain those reasons to a child who only wants to know why her lesbian aunt is afraid of being bullied or abused, or why her best friend is constantly harassed for wearing a hijab, or why her African American next-door neighbor moved away because crosses were burned on the front lawn. I don’t think a child would understand that we are in throes of a huge cultural and political backlash as white people make a last-ditch attempt to hold some ground. I’d rather say to that child: “Don’t worry. Sauron has taken over and it’s going to be a while before Frodo and the Fellowship can figure out how to get the ring to Mt. Doom.” Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and neither was Frodo’s and Sam’s journey across the desolation of Mordor — something children will also intuitively understand.
We are a Fellowship of conscious human beings and the question we face all around the world is this: How do we find and maintain a view that will allow us to take a stand for what we know to be true, without fear of reprisal and without losing hope in the goodness of our fellow travelers?
Every sentient being deserves to be cared for and respected regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or country of origin. Social justice is love at the collective level. Understanding that love and knowing its value is the precious gold of all the hard work that’s been done by all the generations before us. But there is still hard work to do if we are to make the world a better place for everyone. And now the wisdom of social justice must include the very people who reject it — all the people who feel left out and lost in the despair of social and cultural isolation in a world that has changed too rapidly for them to keep up. No matter how hard they try, the world will never be white again. Nothing is as it once was, and the fear that petrified them into a voting block will cause great and destructive harm to everyone. But they don’t see that yet. They do not understand the consequences of their choices They will find out soon enough. Unfortunately, the rest of us also have to live with those consequences.
So each of us must figure out how to handle the coming difficulties. This is not about passive acceptance of the new order. It is also not about violence. The solutions are likely to be about education, so contemplate where your efforts will be best spent. It may be a picket line or a march, running for local office, or volunteering to teach. Just be aware that no one is going to come up with a one-size-fits-all solution — fifty million hearts are a lot of hearts and not every heart will welcome change. But many people will soon regret their decision to vote their anger because they won’t get their jobs back and they will lose what little support might have been possible through their government.
Those who truly want to be of service will need to put the I-told-you-so attitude aside. A superior, punishing tone won’t change anything. We are neither victims nor victimizers. We are agents of change. And as many of us know, compassion is the best antidote to fear. Compassion is never about permission. You can be compassionate and still take a stand against injustice — actually, compassion is a stand against injustice. So when you can — and in many cases it won’t be easy — apply kindness. We are still all in this together.