Here’s what to watch for:
* Over the next two weeks the Sun in Aries will walk through the cross hairs of the t-square between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. The Sun in Aries is exalted, but every exaltation is closely related to its opposite condition, which we call “fall” or “depression.” The exaltation of the Sun in Aries points to leaders, heads of state, rulers, powerful people, executives, those with the power to judge or decide, as well as heroes and warriors, bravery and courage, action and will-power.
* The Sun in Aries’ opposite sign is the fall equinox sign of Libra. There the Sun’s annual journey begins its descent into the underworld of fall and winter, and there all that has been gained is eventually lost within the eternal round. Whenever we think about the Sun in Aries as an omen pertaining to any subject, we should always keep in mind that what comes up must go down, what is vital will eventually become weak, what is powerful may lose or fall out of power. What is strong and mighty may overstep, and pride often comes before a fall. Thus, the next two weeks may prove decisive for the eventual demise of various people in leadership positions. I am trying not to read too much of my own hopes and wishes into this, but it’s not a coincidence that as this aspect is tightening and Jupiter and Pluto just perfected their square that we are beginning to see the drips growing faster and turning into drops in the US political scandal that has been unfolding for months during this historic t-square (for example General Flynn’s request for immunity and his lawyer saying that he definitely ‘has a story to tell’).
* The Sun in Aries walking into the t-square may also involve the appearance of heroes or powerful people stepping in or coming forward with dignity and courage. The image of sacrifice, or throwing oneself onto the grenade comes to mind with this transit as well.
* The Sun in Aries walking into the t-square may also point to the attempt to seize or grab hold of power, or to use a bullying or domination tactic, to change the subject from something uncomfortable by punching someone in the face, or to bulldoze through opposition without regard for due process.
* Set aside the US political scene, we are also seeing the same archetypal themes all over the world. The Venezuelan supreme court’s attempt to seize the powers of the opposition party, Brexit, demonstrations in Russia, the removal of the South Korean president due to abuse of power and accepting bribes, and the list could go on. It’s amazing to think that at any other time any one of dozens of other incredibly powerful news stories might have more attention right now in our national media if it weren’t for Russiagate.
* Although it’s hard to take our eyes off from the spectacle of history, many of us are in the midst of our own personal transformations right now, and many of our stories reflect some of the very same themes happening in the world at large. Fairness, corruption, and bullying abound. Revolution is in some ways so common right now that some of us feel like it’s going to be as natural and its effects as long-lasting as the climate changes we can visibly see day after day, one week it’s spring and the next week winter, like a sick see-saw ride.
* There is no simple way to summarize a long-lasting historic t-square like the one we’re in the midst of…it will no doubt take time and distance to fully understand, process, and reflect upon the moment we’re living through. In my own personal life I find that in order to be even somewhat “present” for these times I have to fight off two temptations. The first temptation is to perceive everything that’s happening as moving toward some grand, messianic evolutionary leap. I have to fight off the urge to say, “this is just what the world’s heart looks like as it’s opening up.” I have to fight this off because it feeds into an image of heroism that I find paranoid and exhausting. The hero is always tattered, always bloody, always stumbling on with mangled limbs, still attempting to lift his sword, always fighting, until victory, in this life or the next, in kingdom earth or kingdom consciousness. And although I see that hero, and I recognize his path and admire his muscularity and bloody perseverance, I am too filled with compromise and contradiction to walk purple-black and battled alongside of his single-sightedness. I am too filled with the spirit of an apostate and a quitter to take up his banner. However, knowing this about myself, acknowledging my obscurity in relationship to the hero, a familiar silence fills me, and I may see for a rapturous moment the lion and the lamb walking on together under the stars.
The second temptation is the temptation to imagine that human beings are simply spiraling downward, or that we are incapable of living beyond our base elements: the desire for money, power, fame, privilege, and so forth. I have sometimes dared to pray, and I have sometimes dared to be happy (to quote Mary Oliver). And so my soul finds itself common and inconsistent, common and inconsistent but also marked by stars just like everyone else.
Maybe behind both of these temptations is the word “everything.” Sometimes I think its the single most neglectful word.
Prayer: Save us from the tyranny of everything.