Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Glide Path to a Soft Landing
Glide Path to a Soft Landing
The Tenor of the Times, June 2006
I’ll be brief (comparatively). It’s summer. Right now, things aren’t changing much from month to month in the heavens. Just a long slow glide path to a new beginning this fall--or a new and better point of departure. And a lot of what there is to say is familiar.
June is another in a series of months with a similar underlying pattern. The world’s innumerable crises continue to simmer. New crises seem to develop every other day or so (only a slight exaggeration).
All crises, new and old, big and small, tend to spread, intensify and add new layers of complexity week-by-week, if not day-by-day. Closure remains far off.
But at the same time, things never reach a flash point. Something always happens to dissipate the negative energy.
Very often, something new, unexpected, unprecedented and positive happens. New and beneficial trends emerge.
New ideas, ideas that would not have been considered very seriously in times past take root. People reach a compromise we never thought they would reach. Disaster is averted.
Some Examples. For confirmation we need only look at US politics. New government scandals or embarrassments occur on an almost weekly basis.
Existing scandals and embarrassments persist: like Abu Ghraib, conditions at the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, the Abramoff bribery scandal, and the various domestic spying programs. They stay around in the news, weigh on the public mind and with the passage of time they only become more scandalous and embarrassing.
But good things are getting done.
The Abramoff scandal is being vigorously investigated. The courts are trying cases related to Abu Ghraib and conditions at Guantanamo Bay. But the truth is getting out. Negative international public opinion is having its effect. People are being released. More and more lawsuits are being filed.
The US justice system is working. Serious investigations are under way. Investigations are proceeding steadily and systematically. Justice appears to have been done in the Enron debacle.
And, on another note, despite the extreme measures taken by the Republican Party to perpetuate its monopoly on political power, the reins of power do appear to be slipping from their hands.
With as many problems as the US currently faces, the system is working. And it shows every sign of continuing to work. Investigations are proceeding steadily and systematically in other cases.
Justice appears to have been done in the Enron debacle. Of course, there will be appeals.
More Examples. The same kind of thing might be said of numerous other, international situations.
In the case of sharply rising world oil prices, people around the world are turning to alternative forms of energy and transportation with surprising speed. Many Americans are actually abandoning their gas-guzzlers.
Iran is embroiled in a confrontation with western industrialized countries over its determination to enrich Uranium. The situation seems deadlocked.
Out of the blue, the President of Iran writes a personal letter to the President of the United States. To be sure, it was a strange turn of events and, by all accounts, a very strange letter, but it nonetheless suggested new possibilities. Countries involved in the negotiations continue to come up with new ways to get around the impasse.
Israel is taking one unilateral (but not altogether unreasonable or unpromising) initiative after another to settle its deeply vexed relations with the Palestinian people.
The situation at the US/Mexico border is out of control and has been for some years. The US Congress is actually tackling the issue.
Even China is becoming sensitive to criticism of its unfair monetary policies.
In sum, our awareness widens and our understanding deepens. We are not allowed to lose sight of the seriousness challenges confronting us globally. And, in the face of new crises and longstanding stalemates, people are trying new things.
Toward a Soft Landing. As I have often said, these widening, deepening, proliferating scandals, confrontations and embarrassments are not leading us to a catastrophic climax.
They are raising our consciousness. World self-understanding is growing. New, better ideas gain traction and a new vision for global relations takes hold.
These dark and difficult things are of the past, not the future. The new, often unprecedented and positive initiatives are the future.
The Astrology of the Situation. Long term aspects, like the looming Saturn/Neptune opposition reveal layer upon layer of previously hidden fact and the Saturn/Pluto trine supports penetrating investigation. Combined, these aspects bring to light new difficulties and reveal layers of complexity to existing problems.
Month by month, short- and medium- term aspects are supportive, protective and enabling. This allows nations to adjust, accommodate and cope. The supportive, enabling action of the planets is reflected especially clearly in the persona charts.
Many of the planetary persona charts for the New and Full Moons include a strong, positive, enabling structure. This positive structure is usually embedded in a thicket of difficult, challenging aspects. So we get challenges and downside surprises--but we also get a way to proceed.
And, as I have pointed out in previous posts, a number of especially potent and problematic aspects will end in the fall and winter of 2006, to be replaced by more supportive, facilitating aspects.
Leavening. But the key to understanding the present cycle is the conjunction of Pluto and the Galactic Center. This is a birthing, building, regenerative event.
The world is not simply churning with ever growing difficulties and wallowing in its miseries, or muddling through to continue on its dismal way. Our collective mental life is being leavened with new ideas and new hope.
We will see some arrogant, misguided and, in some cases, criminal figures get their comeuppance. Some ill-advised political, economic and/or military ventures will fail, clearly and spectacularly. And doubtless there will be more violence and some spectacular natural and man-made disasters that we should have been able to foresee or avoid, or for which we should have been better prepared.
But such things will not take place as part of some Gotterdammerung, or apocalyptic twilight of the gods. Rather, they will occur as background to the emergence and growth of a better global system.
Given these astrological events, I am optimistic. The crises we presently face and the often extraordinary efforts being made to address them will not stand in history as evidence of how weak and unwholesome our civilization has become.
They will be seen as a sign of how vital and resilient our civilization still is. They will be seen as the sign of a new beginning.
This should become increasingly apparent in the real world as 2006 progresses.