Hello to readers in Seattle!
So here we are—it’s another intense week of transition on Planet Earth. In just two days we will witness a new regime take power, a regime that seems hell-bent on returning to the days of yesteryear. It is possible to view this next phase as the last gasp of the old imperialist paradigm and its army of hungry ghosts—greedy, avaricious and disconnected beings—who relish in their ignorance of the abiding interconnectedness of all life, which is our true state of reality; hungry ghosts whose actions throughout history have decimated the indigenous populations of the world, devouring all available resources in an attempt to sate the insatiable appetite of their ignorance. The Trump reign can be seen as an audacious attempt to cling to that historically mendacious ground. With little thought for their fellow travelers, they seem determined to not only dismantle every social safety net, but also to place the planet and all its inhabitants in jeopardy. Alas…those who have struggled to create awareness about the ultimate goodness of open hearts must endure the learning process of the unaware over the next several years. It won’t be easy—but turning the Karmic Wheel never is.
As if timed for the inauguration, the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus opposition continues to dial up intense mood swings, personal and political, individual as well as collective. As it did last week, the seesaw effect of this opposition disrupts and disturbs the regular routines of daily life. Also just like last week’s Full Moon, this week’s waning Moon continues to be the key to the ongoing tumult as it triggers the emotional extremes of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition. (For more explicit information about the Moon’s ongoing role, see last week’s column.)
Today and tomorrow, the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, in Libra, and both the Moon and Jupiter oppose Uranus, in Aries. The Moon represents the emotional body; Jupiter symbolizes expansiveness and excess; Libra signifies relationships of every denomination; and Uranus is the emblem of the revolutionary, with or without a cause. But as it happens, this week the cause is deep—it is personal and political. And even though the week’s politics are focused on the United States Presidential Inauguration, this inauguration is no longer local. The world grows increasingly small, especially when it comes to climate change, making all local politics global. From a collective perspective, the entire Moon/Jupiter/Uranus bundle begs the question: Is it possible to have a relationship with my country when I strongly disagree with its leaders? From the perspective of the individual, issues of personal freedom are paramount: Can I have a relationship with a significant other without losing my individuality?
But there’s a new thread to weave into the fabric of the week: On January 19 and 20, there’s a pernicious Mars/Saturn square that’s exact and separating, and the power of this fractious interaction is likely to turn things even more mean-spirited than they already are. Mars, as many know, is the principle of the warrior, ready and able to take a stand for what he believes in. Saturn signifies the ability to distill wisdom from experience, and while it is often understood as the great inhibitor, Saturn symbolizes structure as well as limitation—it’s the voice of reality. As these two forces clash, more violence is likely to occur in all those places where there’s already too much animosity—and that violence could just as easily be expressed through word as it can through deed. It also sets the tone for the Trump regime: vitriolic, pugnacious, and never quite stable.
For the last several years, I’ve been writing about the Uranus/Pluto squares and how, historically, the cycles of Uranus and Pluto highlight issues of social justice and movements that arise to find solutions to all issues of inequality, whether racial, gender, economic, religious, or simply human (as Ms. Streep so eloquently pointed out). Resistance to the movements for social justice is part of the process, and it’s important to recognize what gives rise to that resistance, because it is the next obstacle to overcome. Certainly, we’re in the thick of that resistance and all its consequences for the planet.
You may think that my condemnation of Mr. Trump and his cronies lacks compassion. As I have often written, compassion is not synonymous with permission or agreement. I can have compassion for someone who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, but my compassion doesn't condone harmful behavior. Normalizing what and who Mr. Trump represents won’t serve anyone, but it especially won’t serve all the people who will suffer as a result of the anger and ignorance that elected him. It also won’t serve the highest good of the planet to normalize the ignorance that fuels choices intended to turn back the clock. Too many beings will suffer from the choices he makes at this crucial moment in time and space.
Those committed to personal and planetary transformation will have to find new, positive and non-violent ways to counter his policies without losing the ground of kindness. It’s a huge task, but it can be done.