Thursday, October 09, 2008

Cracking the Cosmic Egg

Social and political evolution
On March 18, 2008, Barack Obama gave a quiet speech about race, faith, and class inequities, arousing feelings while being historically instructive. Pluto was making its first station in Capricorn. The speech was largely about class conflict as the world enters the Capricorn years to face the economic troubles which make this election so important. It's gotten to the point where the continued plunder by the elites and non-participation by the commoners are no longer viable. Some argue that the chasm has to widen before closing, some see more immediate action. What is clear is that class warfare will have to be confronted in order to get the country stabilized. The middle class comes back when it needs to. I saw this in the Pluto station related to the speech, and considered it to be the most important issue. The task at hand was pinpointed. It might take a minute, but the plebs are beginning to heed the call, the need to assume responsibility. Policy will not solve anything until the fundamentals are adjusted, and here again, comes the skill required in leadership and administration -- executive, legislative, familial, personal, and so on. The job is much broader than just government.
Further connections to Pluto leaving Sagittarius will determine what happens in the Middle East. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is very very complicated and goes all the way back in the history of modern civilization connected to the three dominant religions. A broad understanding is helpful, including recognition of the realities of the long tangled web that won't be undone easily. Economic changes in the coming years with Pluto through Capricorn will figure in a great deal. It does seem that the American people are inclined to try something other than war, and the new leadership model before the country is a sign of this departure.
The election takes place with Pluto at 29 degrees Sagittarius exactly square the 29 Pisces of the Iraq invasion chart, a symbol, I feel for the whole of humanity. Who deserves or doesn't deserve what.

But most important is the evolutionary significance of this time as Pluto enters the last quadrant, joining Uranus and Neptune. I like to look at the large picture and so does Al Giordano at The Field. He wrote a piece called, Evolutionary Leaps and Public Opinion, and it concurs with my premise.
~Scientists are divided over whether the evolution of species follows a straight and plodding path or has experienced relatively sudden "leaps."
I won't wander into that debate. But I do find a 2004 experiment at the University of Texas at Austin to be possibly relevant to the 2008 elections. There, engineers and scientists forced an evolutionary leap on bacteria in a laboratory essentially by "stressing the patient." A small adjustment in amino acids, and, presto, a new mutation was born.
The current economic crisis, according to the American Psychologists Association, has stressed eight of ten Americans significantly.~

~What happens if the economic stresses suddenly push people, however reluctantly, into voting in their economic self-interest even if it means voting against their own racial prejudices? Well, then you're looking at an Electoral College landslide beyond even the current map and projections, and even at some unexpected states (Georgia, West Virginia or Mississippi, for example) that could surprisingly turn "blue."~
~In the lab it took some stressed conditions plus a catalyst - some amino acids - to cause a species to evolve. In human history, it takes stressed conditions ... plus a movement.~
Obama is not only positioned to be the first black president of the United States, but also the first black leader of the Western world. My view sees the distinct possibility of this being the first visible crack in the white man's dominance of human life on earth.

16 Comments:

Blogger jm said...

The Pentagon is seeking new ways to treat troops suffering from combat stress or brain damage by researching such alternative methods as acupuncture, meditation, yoga and the use of animals as therapy, military officials said.

Candles and Incense in the Pentagon

Saving bucks already.

9/10/08 5:26 AM  
Blogger yeshe_choden said...

If you want to see a Virgoan Mars in real life, here's a post you'll enjoy:

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/barack-gets-angry-by-tristero-for.html

I agree with the poster that the "angry" was a chosen tactic, just enough to get the other guy's respect ... and his interest, and leave him wanting more.

Yum!

9/10/08 8:48 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I didn't know he was so abused in Springfield!

Here's more Mars in Virgo.

And even more ... he's purchased a half an hour of prime time television on Oct. 29. Some sweet Obamatalk in Gemini and virgo.

9/10/08 2:25 PM  
Blogger tami_w said...

jm-

Wouldn't it be a great surprise if Uranus provided just the right catalyst to stress Georgia, West Virginia and Mississippi enough to mutate into blue states? Voting in Georgia has felt like "casting my pearls" so to speak. But it feels very different this year. People have been registering others to vote en masse. The DMV in Atlanta has long lines..no kidding...but not the usual lines... these are the early voting lines!
I'm not sure what it takes to move the electorate to the degree it takes to manifest this kind of change...I'm thinking it's not a problem for Uranus?

9/10/08 3:13 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tami, what a great creative thought about Uranus and its surprises. And its force. West Virginia looks like a real possibility, but Georgia would be the peach. I think the top of the campaign is headed right in that direction, starting with Missouri. You'll feel it. The rearrangement in the South changes everything dramatically which was the intention of the 50 state strategy, but I don't think they expected the reaction in the South. And the anecdotal evidence for racism being overcome by economic reality is astounding. Plus the Pluto passage. "I'm voting for the colored guy," so they are saying. Not even whispering. It could be that this worked out better for the country than we could have imagined. Not that trouble won't continue but this one breakthrough is vastly significant. It can be physically felt which is why the reactionaries are hysterical right now. Could be a permanent game change. Uranus stresses lines and the rigid party lines are ready to crack statewise.

I'm not sure what it takes to move the electorate to the degree it takes to manifest this kind of change...I'm thinking it's not a problem for Uranus?

Heheh. I'm thinking you're right.

Fingers crossed for Georgia and Miss. Indiana too.

9/10/08 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Michelle Obama takes the high road.

It's catching on, that high road. :o)

9/10/08 6:13 PM  
Blogger John from Taos said...

Not that trouble won't continue but this one breakthrough is vastly significant. It can be physically felt which is why the reactionaries are hysterical right now. Could be a permanent game change.

I've been feeling something coming on for a long time. I would like it to be genteel but thorough and not terrifying. I would also like to win the lottery. 'Tis a puzzlement. I would like to have the rest of this life to live out "normally" (only always better, of course) and die in peace, knowing that something really scary but good was going to happen after I was gone.

When it wouldn't inconvenience me, you understand.

9/10/08 6:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe I'm so glad you posted this. She was stunning on Larry King last night. A beautiful, brilliant, elegant woman.

Amazing to experience this oasis of calm amidst the usual panic. Who knows? Maybe someone/thing's in charge. Thanks for all.:-)

9/10/08 6:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

John! There you are!

I would like to have the rest of this life to live out "normally" (only always better, of course) and die in peace, knowing that something really scary but good was going to happen after I was gone.

HA HA HA!! You and me both. That's the one advantage to being our age. It could be. I'm not crawling under desks again, that's for sure.

But this is just a panic sell-off. You know. Money. And a mild evolutionary thingy, plus a state or two turning blue. Nothing terrifying. I can still look at my face in the mirror and not freak, so all is well.

9/10/08 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I hope they re-run it so I can follow the dialogue. Too hard to hear the words in this format. :o(

9/10/08 6:49 PM  
Blogger tami_w said...

It seems that many of my friends, decidedly non-astrology people, have been "feeling" like something "big" is going to happen ...unfortunately, they are focused on the election being thrown, something happening to Obama, total anarchy and the like. Obviously they are picking up on Uranus' "surprise element" and "breaking through crystallized patterns" specialty. I've been compelled to look for the good "big" surprises that Uranus can bring...the red states (and the blue states) are not just states, but people who are feeling the pressure to make changes, not just politically, but personally. For so many of us it feels scary to take the next step...but it must be taken and it will not be pushed to the back burner any longer.
I believe that there are many more people (more and more daily) who see the urgency to step up to the plate and figure out what to do to make positive change for everyone... Fabulous Uranus shaking us up so that Pluto can bring us to a point of transformation and change. Scary but necessary.

I think I remember earlier you spoke of Obama's chart as a universal one. One that can, if utilized for these higher purposes, can help us all see the "How" and more importantly the "Why" of transformative change. He seems up to the task at hand, as big as it is. It almost feels that he is (or his chart is) laying down a blueprint for all of us, imprinting us with hope and respect and honor even under the strongest adversity and conflict. He is seeming to grow before our eyes in grace and humility as well as strength and kindness. It is a joy to watch, much harder to emulate, but a real example of what it is going to take to change. He is setting the wheels in motion... and with a little cosmic help all of us are facing our own higher purpose.

This is great stuff!
I used to wonder when spiritual teachers said that we chose to be here, on Earth, for this momentous occasion. Actually, until last month I was hopeful, but was not understanding how it would happen. Now it is playing out so clearly, so perfectly... that all we have to do is reach for it and it is ours..all of ours.
Or maybe we just have to vote?

P.S. I'm a big fan of Mars and what feels like his "burning the fields so the soil can be turned and seeds of new growth can be planted" format...He's in Scorpio now...any thoughts?

Also, if anyone wants to see scary they should see the new Sarah Palin Halloween masks that are out!! Yikes!! John McCain's doesn't look that different from him...that might be even scarier.

9/10/08 7:13 PM  
Blogger jm said...

unfortunately, they are focused on the election being thrown, something happening to Obama, total anarchy and the like.

Of course. Overall people are wired to be afraid like this.

I believe that there are many more people (more and more daily) who see the urgency to step up to the plate and figure out what to do to make positive change for everyone.

That's exactly what it takes. I mentioned before the rewiring that's going on in the US 3rd house of mental perception via the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception. It won't happen until people release themselves from victim mode and get going.

He is seeming to grow before our eyes in grace and humility as well as strength and kindness.

That's precisely what's happening. He's a work in progress and we are molding him. The more we realize our power the more pride we'll feel in our accomplishment. You can see the growth already and he responds and moves quickly. His debate performances, for example. He doesn't like them, but he got good for us. What a transformation. His Scorpio midheaven is always ready.

His 12th house planets indicate a collective responsibility and an urge toward unity that affects us all. That plus his elevated Neptune make him a receptacle for collective will and very malleable. It's just beginning. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this - the chance to create our leader.

Now it is playing out so clearly, so perfectly... that all we have to do is reach for it and it is ours..all of ours.
Or maybe we just have to vote?


Amazing, tami. That's exactly the subject of the next article I had planned.

Next comment on Mars in Scorpio which is fueling this scary frenzy.

9/10/08 10:16 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Most people when they see a transit coming, they think, "What's IT going to do to me?"
Instead of, "What am I going to do with it?"
Either way but the first has a tendency to spook the individual, which some prefer.

Mars in Scorpio is pushing waste removal. Kind of pointedly. And you're right. There's a burn to it. Theoretically, relief follows, probably in some kind of ratio to the substance eliminated. And you're right. It's food for germination.

It's connected to ruling Pluto transiting in Sagittarius, of course. A perfect time to peer into the Sagittarian closet for whatever rubbish wants to go. Last chance for 2 1/2 centuries!

10/10/08 3:47 AM  
Blogger tami_w said...

Maybe you can indulge a little personal time for some Mars/Scorpio reflection? Sorry, I know it's boring when it's not your own chart's crises, but it is pretty interesting the way Mars can work, especially with strong Pluto charges making their way through.

For better and for worse, or let's say...for less better, Mars and I are joined for this life course. I'd call it persistent smoldering...it's not pretty most of the time but definitely has gotten rid of a lot of excess waste.

With Sun and Moon 5 degrees apart in Aries, Neptune conjunct my Ascendant...squared to Venus-conjunct-Saturn in Aquarius on the bottom of my chart (Whew.) I have tons of experience with Mars, Pluto and Uranus. I expect this Mars transit though quick, compared to the agony (yes, I said agony) of Neptune sitting directly on said Venus/Saturn-sq.Asc/Neptune (see...agony) should lead to yet another shedding of the ol' snake skin. I'm almost down to raw bone now so I hope Mars understands there's not too much more to purge...I hope. Maybe I can rest next year after Neptune moves?

Trying to shed enough skin in order to transform into a soaring eagle is touchy business. This is what most astrology books and astrologers say I'm supposed to be doing this time around. Easy for them to say, yet I suppose we all have hard aspects if we're here.

So, I know I'm not alone. This whole transformation is hitting everyone. I only know that the stuff that goes was truly waste. I haven't needed any of it to get me here, and I believe I am much stronger and healthier for staying the course.

Mars transits have for me, come to be like a yellow light. You can see the change and make a conscious decision to slow down and start unloading all that stuff being carried around...or you can ignore the signal and fly right through the red light getting sideswiped for no good reason but total disregard for the signs. We always have a choice...but, with practice and being alert many, many painful mishaps can be minimized.

Let's just say that all of us should stop texting, hang up the phone, watch where we're going and drive. It makes getting there a whole lot easier.

Thanks once again for the sounding board. I know you can't realize how much this helps. It's beyond words.

10/10/08 9:30 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Tami, I have some comments in a minute but first let me say something about Aries, since I'm an Aries rising. Aries is probably the most idealistic and in some ways, Aries are the most miserable with life the way they see it around them. And Aries SEES IT. I've talked at length about the force of Mars. It rules the entrance into life and that sheer physical strength stays with Aries forever and they struggle with where to aim, how to control it, how to live with the loneliness, what to do with the burning ambition and desire for thrust, the fury, muscular discomfort and things like that. There are ususally survival issues in the family line and there is an urgency in the Aries and often an exasperation with the bullshit in the world. And an impatience with people.

It's a warrior's mantle and with Scorpio rising this is not a light and fun incarnation. Many start right off the bat with life and death situations. Trouble in the family and so on.

Scorpio is pain and Saturn in Aquarius is detachment from the visceral. Scorpio is total immersion in it, especially with Neptune. The problem now is Saturn in Aquarius, the lifelong struggle with relationship and the ability to separate from trauma and not feel guilty. So the painful situations keep coming until that's achieved. The purpose is to internalize the intellectual perspective. With Aquarius you don't always have to suffer and shed skins. Sometime you can just walk away inside. The Mars transit is triggering that. The overall struggle with how much engagement in experience is right (physical, emotional, mental) is one of the searches. You're cultivating the detachment while still immersed and relating, probably learning to share in ways you're not used to from the beginning of your life. Aries always wants out and will create the conditions to achieve that. Scorpio wants in. Aquarius .. neither.

Maybe I can rest next year after Neptune moves?

Important point. More in a minute.

10/10/08 3:55 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Maybe I can rest next year after Neptune moves?

I've worked with this a lot being an Aries. It might not be meant to be in the usual sense since Aries, and especially with Scorpio, is always primed for action and trouble is common. I've streamlined my life to minimize the distraction of pain so I can really do something and with Aries, a lot of it is physical. You have less freedom having a Venus-Saturn conjunction binding you to others.

But I've been working on a different kind of rest within circumstance. I did surgically remove practically everything, though. I admit to that freedom. Still I have my own whining and distraction, but the idea of avoiding painful mishaps is a great one. That really is a personal decision. Who exactly says I have to suffer? What exactly have I done or not done?

We always have a choice...but, with practice and being alert many, many painful mishaps can be minimized.

I think you're right. At the same time accepting the ones that do land and using the energy. That means not getting flattened. It can be done. Even with Mars-Pluto. But batting away is a good exercise.

I think rest might be in some sort of comfortable relationship with the self no matter what the circumstance. And always a separate place away from them. We're only bonded temporarily.
And Neptune needs serious escape. Aquarius likes to laugh at agony. Our own man made.

11/10/08 5:19 AM  

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