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    Global Civil Rights Movement

    Astrology always has a soothing message in times of unrest, and since the election, we’re in one of those times. After crying for days out of fear for the world, I finally moved from being immobilized, to sad, and then to mad. Just to warn everyone, I can’t sugar coat my words after this. We’re experiencing a rare collective mourning. Now that I’ve woken up from a dark sleep, I want to look at the big picture astrologically. I do believe, deep in my heart, that everything happens for a reason. Why did this happen? Let’s hope astrology can give us insights into this new phase the world has entered.

    After looking at the candidates’ charts, the charts of the election and the current transits . . . I didn’t get any relief. So, I needed to step back and look at the larger planetary cycles. The slowest planet of them all is Pluto, who has an orbit of 248 years. Since it is such a slow-moving planet, it takes about 12 – 20 years to go through a sign of the Zodiac. Due to the extreme elliptical orbit of Pluto, the number of years to go through each sign changes quite a while. Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn in 2008 and will remain there until 2023. Back in 2008, I wrote an article about that cycle of Pluto and called it, “The Age of Surveillance”, which has turned out to be true. Now we need to take our shoes and belts off before we can board a plane. To get a comprehensive view, let’s take a closer look at both the planet Pluto and the sign of Capricorn.

    Pluto is the ultimate general of the solar system. He’s the one that thinks he’s in charge and represents power, control and yes, is the bully of all the planets. Pluto is the most ruthless of them all. . . remember what he did to Persephone. The purpose of Pluto is to transmute life into a new form. It’s just like the pupa stage when it’s encased in a chrysalis and undergoes metamorphosis, only to emerge as a beautiful butterfly.  Luckily, all the planets have a positive as well as a negative side the them. To put it bluntly, the negative side of Pluto is devastation. The positive side of Pluto is death and rebirth. That’s positive? Eventually it is. It’s not just death, even though is seems like it at the time, but Pluto also forces a renaissance. Just like the Phoenix that rises out of the ashes, in time, Pluto brings the rebirth after the death experience. It always happens, even though it might take a while. Pluto also brings a new-found strength that wasn’t there before the event. Now let’s look at the sign of the Zodiac that Pluto is transiting through now.

    Capricorn is a serious sign that is associated with the taskmaster, Saturn. So, there is no levity in this sign of the Zodiac -- only an intention to accomplish its mission. Capricorn is associated with government, business, corporations, special interests and money. The negative side of Capricorn is a resistance to change by defending the old ways of doing things, even if they are outmoded. Progress is a bad word for the resistant side of Capricorn, as it represents a new style that worries and frightens this stable earth sign. The positive side of Capricorn is a dogged determination to get things done. They are the workaholics of the Zodiac and just won’t give up until things are finished.

    When the negative sides of both Pluto and Capricorn work together, we see a leaning towards the illusion that authoritarian leaders will protect us from the boogie man. Unfortunately, we can see this trend in the world now with Brexit, Turkey, Libya and the instability in the Middle East.

    Like I said in my article in 2008, at first Pluto in Capricorn might seem safe as Big Brother is seemingly taking care of us. Of course, the Great Recession hit in 2008 and was created by the Capricorn banking system. By the time Pluto gets to the middle of Capricorn, which is happening now, the corporate takeover turns to suppression and control. A heavy and cumbersome weight descends upon the world. A perfect example of Pluto in Capricorn is the controversial Supreme Court decision of Citizen’s United, passed in 2010, which insured that a Corporation has freedom of speech and can, through the guise of a non-profit organization, pour untold sums of dark money into political elections. This has, of course, said goodbye to fair elections.

    I know, I haven’t gotten to the soothing part yet.

    So, let’s grab my remote control and move the astrological clock forward. What comes after Capricorn . . . Aquarius! Pluto will enter the radical, revolutionary sign of Aquarius in 2023. I know that sounds like a long time from now, but astrologically it’s right around the corner. There is a tipping point that comes before Pluto actually enters a new sign. This 2016 election was that tipping point!

    Now I want to look at the sign of Aquarius and see what that phase means for us. Aquarius is the sign of radical new thought. It’s associated with inventions, high tech, sudden change, breaking away from the old and creating the future. An image for Aquarius is lots of people in a circle, holding hands and focusing on a common goal for society. Much deeper and authentic connections are being made now. Aquarius rules the internet. Yes, it’s the sign of humanitarian activism. Saving the whales belongs to Aquarius. Revolution and Evolution are Aquarian words and are done through a grassroots style. Anger will be transmuted into action for the greater good. To make this even more important, the Pluto in Aquarius phase, that begins in 2023, doesn’t end until 2043! So, this is a long-term cycle that will be with us for a long, long time. 

    So, after many tears, much soul searching and reflection, I now realize that Trump was the perfect person to be elected to enact this tipping point. No other candidate was so extreme and scary that it would wake people up. Complacency has been rampant in society and is now a thing of the past. There are protests happening all over the world now in response to this election. Half of America ignored and therefore promoted his misogyny, bigotry, divisiveness, pride of ignorance, and hatred. I think the basis of this movement is the fear of globalism and the seeming safely of retreating back into isolated nationalism. This is a dying dream or a faint memory, because the world is now global and will only become more so in the future. There are 65 million people in migration now and will need to settle somewhere.

    This tipping point isn’t going to be easy, but it’s a necessary cleansing that the world needs now. We were made for this time in history or we wouldn’t be here now. We are the ones to bring in this Aquarian phase. Evolution doesn’t take a straight path, but goes in spurts, and this is one of those big jumps forward. I’ve never seen so many people moved to work together to help each other. This Civil Rights Movement is different from just the racial movement of the 1960s and will be larger, much larger. It will also last longer. This is only the tipping point with several years until Aquarius actually arrives. This movement will include: women, children, race, minorities, the disabled, the poor, the environment, world unity and saving our planet.

    The best thing that we can do to help is, first: do some selfcare. Eat comfort food, get a massage or go to the movies.  Whatever makes you feel better and stronger, give to yourself. Second: be involved with your family, friends and your local and greater community at large. We were made for these times and are meant to be here now. Find your voice. Speak up on things that matter.

    This is a wakeup call for us all to realize the illusion of duality, Us and Them, really is an illusion. We’re all on this planet and need to learn how to live together. The world is very resilient and will make it through the transition from Pluto in Capricorn to Aquarius. This is indeed a new paradigm shift that will welcome in the Aquarian Age. Leave it to Aquarius to start with an international crisis! As the ancient Chinese proverb says, “May we live in interesting times”. I think we all got our wish.

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