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We are living in an extraordinary time and we can’t even begin to talk about the election, the candidates, without noting the powerful transits of Pluto and Neptune to the nation’s chart. The only other time we’ve had these exact transits was during the period of the Revolution and leading right up to the Civil War; so the parallels are fascinating and really we’re in this “double engine” revolution. On one hand there’s a deep transformation of the nation’s identity, much like in the Revolution with Pluto was in Capricorn and there’s also a transformation of the nation’s soul with Neptune in Pisces and a similar period leading up to the Civil War. So let’s take a look at this “dual engine” revolution because this is going to be a very rich period in our nation’s history and really a time to savor and ride change.
The Plutonian part of this revolution really started with Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn in 2008. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth, and it will compel us to come to terms with elements of our nature as a nation that aren’t that easy to face. Pluto stirs up issues of power, government, autonomy and how much authority government may or may not exercise, in essence a total transformation of the nation’s identity. It shoves into the light that which has become toxic and no longer serves so that something new can emerge. It stirs the nation’s inner cauldron which is now boiling over everywhere in frustration with the status quo.
All we need to do is return to the Revolution for some serious insight as this was the only other time Pluto was in Capricorn in the nation’s chart. The Revolution wasn’t a simple one sided phenomenon, but the one thing it was, was a struggle for power, and the one thing it did was to shove into the light the uses and abuses of power and the underlying motives which fueled it, exactly like it has been doing in this country for the past 10 years.
And so these two periods, the Revolution and now, with Pluto in Capricorn, are perhaps the few times in history where people feel that they can really participate in reshaping the society and casting aside outmoded ways of governing and being governed. As Pluto completes its transit through Capricorn by 2024, our country’s Pluto return, we’ll have completed an entire cycle, suggesting a complete reevaluation, reassessment and subsequent renewal of the fundamental values of our founding fathers and the Constitution.
In addition to issues of power, Pluto’s return to its natal place in the earthy house second house also suggests serious reappraisal of our country’s resources, chiefly the use and abuse of natural resources as well as environmental concerns. So while the Plutonian part of this revolution is survival and power, the Neptunian part of this revolution is a national spiritual crisis.
National Neptunian crisis...
With Neptune in Pisces from about 2011 to 2025 we mark the end of a 160 year cycle and the beginning of a new one we are entering a profound period of psychological renewal and change, a shift in consciousness that we haven’t experienced in 160 years, and this new growth demands that our old self be shed.
Neptune stirs the collective unconscious psyche’s deepest feelings and longings. Neptunian transits are crises of the spirit and in this case a collective spirit that has grown tired of rules, limits and boundaries. It makes us aware of how world weary and fatigued we’ve become in our day to day lives and how so many things have become vapid, meaningless and intolerable.
Neptune wants us to experience beauty, the kind of beauty that connects us all. Neptune wants us to throw out all of the crap and get down to what really matters. Neptune transits facilitate this shift by dissolving structures that straightjacket the collective soul, leaving outworn beliefs and values behind that no longer serve.
We’re living a time with an uncanny resemblance to the emotional and spiritual climate of 1850-1860 right before the Civil War when Neptune was in Pisces and opposing the nation’s Ascendant which is exactly where we are now. The country at that time was on the verge of war which was only averted by the Compromise of 1850, a series of legislative bargains over the western territories and slavery designed to appease growing sectional tensions.
But the Compromise of 1850 achieved the exact opposite and Americans were growing increasingly unwilling to accept limits, rules, laws or any kind of traditional boundaries. Remember, Neptune stirs deep emotions and longings; it dissolves the boundaries between ourselves and others so it was awakening deep collective unconscious feelings, a tremendous unrest simmering in our nation’s soul.
So this is a very similar place "feeling wise" that is in this country now; the fear, the uncertainty, all brewing at the nation’s core. These collective unconscious feelings then exert with tremendous force in the form of projections, and there is no other arena quite like the political arena where they get expressed. That is why ideological movements are par for the course under Neptune transits because they are deeply imbued with emotion, a past and future fantasy, they’re all fantasy. And so there is this romantic vision of paradise lost and regained through the creation of a perfect society. Ideologies can be politically left or right, some are peaceable and some are not, but they all are ideas which involve the redemption of a downtrodden collective, which then rises up and then overthrows the persecutor.
Sometimes they appear as the aspiration of the perfect Muslim state and the promise of a quick trip to paradise for those who blow themselves up in the name of Allah.
Sometimes it appears as a Superhero Grandpa who’ll fight corruption to restore decency and integrity to all.
Sometimes it appears as the hijack of an entire political party, a three ring circus for the channeling of collective frustrations and fantasy.
And sometimes it’s just an overgrown, overstuffed, Kewpie doll, up-lifter of all who are also unrecognized, suppressed and deeply in need of some self-worth.
This passage, from Liz Greene’s book "Neptune," states this phenomenon powerfully;
“Arnold Toynbee, in Study of History, makes some relevant observations on the characteristic responses of a society threatened by the disintegration of existing structures and values. He suggests that the experience of “spiritual uncertainty” and “moral defeat” in a nation may propel its citizens into pursuing a “utopian chimera” as a substitute for an intolerable present.” In just this way does the individual in the throes of uncertainty and defeat often turn to Neptune’s world, and Neptune’s magic talismans, because life has become intolerable.”
Toynbee goes onto state;
"In the twin movements of archaism and futurism, Archaism an attempt to return to some imaginary past Golden Age, and Futurism, a frenzied leaping towards some fantasy future, can be seen two apparently opposite, but fundamentally utopian (or Neptunian), collective attempts to escape reality.” Both ignore the necessary compromises and adjustments that are needed to create a tolerable present, to deal with the here and now.”
Feelings are pretty powerful, especially collective unconscious ones. So, in part II of this video we’re going to take a look at Clinton, Trump and Sanders, and the lay of the land politically from the Democratic and Republican conventions right up through election day. So I hope you’ll join me.