We’re still in the glow of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction, which is fortunate, because there is some heaviness this week, especially on the world stage.
The Sun’s opposition to Pluto on Monday and square to Uranus on Sunday (July 12) activates the Uranus-Pluto square, which is still very much with us, even though we’re on the downside of the curve – “downside” meaning that it’s just a matter of time before there’s nothing left to prop up an unsustainable global economic system stacked in favor of a privileged few at the expense of everyone else and the Earth’s ecosystem.
The scaffolding just got a major kick when voters in Greece overwhelming rejected a referendum on whether the government should agree to a multi-billion-dollar bailout deal with the European Union that essentially would keep the country in poverty conditions in exchange for rescue loans. The voting results also represent a major victory for Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s recently elected prime minister and leader of the left-wing Syriza party. Tsipras won the election in January on promises to end five years of austerity measures demanded by European banks. His election was seen by many as a major challenge to the ruling elite and a potential threat to the EU itself.
It has been interesting to track public opinion. Comments on The Guardian are overwhelmingly harsh, arguing that the Greek people are essentially lazy and want someone else to pay for their irresponsible financial decisions. Where have we heard that before? The thing is, The Guardian is a left-leaning news site (sort of, depending on the issue) where one would expect to find support for democratic movements. It just goes to show how much power the plutocrats have in shaping public opinion and dividing people so that they’re too busy fighting over the crumbs to see the man behind the curtain. Fortunately, enough people are seeing, and they are spreading the word via the social media.
I cast a chart for the Greek referendum (right), using the time in The Guardian’s live coverage feed when it was announced that there were enough “no” votes to win. As you can see, the Moon in Pisces is just rising, with Neptune in the first house. In mundane astrology (the astrology of world events), Neptune represents leftwing political ideas, as it pertains to the collective – and all the more so with Neptune in his own sign of Pisces. The Moon represents the general public, especially everyday people, as opposed to the rulers. It’s certainly true that public attention in Greece was focused on the results of the referendum, but they weren’t the only ones. People around the world are watching to see what happens in Greece. Will the people prevail, or will the plutocrats crush the rebellion? And that’s what it is.
It’s not a revolution in the sense of the storming the Bastille, but it is a revolution nonetheless, and the financial elites fear that it might be contagious, thus the need to show anyone with similar ideas how catastrophic it would be for them. With the banks shut down, the government can’t pay its workers, people can’t get their money, can’t feed their kids or buy basic necessities.
Another interesting feature in this chart is the opposition of the Sun and Mars in the fifth house to Pluto in the eleventh house, with Saturn and Pluto in mutual reception. This is perfect astrological “shorthand” for the conflict between various factions of the plutocracy over what to do next. Contrary to NWO conspiracy theory, the plutocracy isn’t monolithic. The players are competing with each other to get the lion’s share of the wealth (for you wordsmiths out there, “lion’s share” typically is used to mean “the larger part,” but in the fable from which the expression came, the lion gets it all).
There’s little doubt that that Greece is in for tough times, whether it meets the terms of the EU and the lending institutions, or whether it goes its own way. The question is how long the suffering will persist. I see it as similar to a healing crisis, in which the symptoms get worse for several days and maybe even a few weeks, until the body is totally detoxified. For a country, it happens on a larger scale, for years instead of days. Anyone who has been through a healing crisis knows how painful it is. It happens to me every time I eliminate caffeine and sugar from my diet. The headaches are unbearable, and no amount of painkillers will knock them out. The only thing that helps a little is lying in a dark room with an ice pack. Many people who experience detox symptoms conclude that the new diet is making them sick, and so they immediately go back to their old eating habits. They continue to limp along in a weakened state, convinced that eventually they will find the magic remedy that will be easy and painless.
Anyone who has experienced a healing crisis knows that the only “magic remedy” is on the other side of the pain. If the Greeks decide to bite the bullet and go through the “healing crisis,” they deserve to have our support, because our turn will come – that is, if we are also prepared to endure the hardship of transitioning to a new, more sustainable social system.
In the United States, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drew record crowds in his campaign for president. Sanders emerged a few weeks ago as the unlikely challenger to Hillary Clinton’s coronation as the Democratic nominee in 2016. Last week, 10,000 people in Madison, Wis., showed up to hear Bernie speak. And speaking of media control, The New York Times, NPR, and other “liberal” news media are doing mental contortions trying to downplay his success. The simple truth is that he appeals to voters because he’s willing to tell them what they already know: that the system is broken and unsustainable.
What I find most remarkable about Bernie’s campaign is that people actually are coming together, and it’s not just talk. Around the country, groups are springing up on a local level, without any campaign organizers coming in and giving directions. It’s a true grassroots movement, which is what makes it different from Obama’s “hope and change” message that turned out to be empty promises. People aren’t looking to Bernie to save them. They are doing their own saving. This is as good a time as any to announce that I’m part of one of those grassroots groups and am now officially campaigning for Bernie. For the first time in my entire life, I sent a donation – very small, but as much as I could afford. I encourage all of you to do the same. Part of Bernie’s message is to get the big money out of politics, so he’s not taking corporate contributions. For once, the people have a chance to buy the White House.
It’s hard to look at these two developments and not think there could be a pattern, and that it could be a major theme to emerge as the Uranus-Pluto square ripples outward. The approaching square from Saturn to Neptune is adding to the pattern in the form of a big reality check. If we weren’t clear before, we know now that voting for one big-money party over another big-money party isn’t enough to fix the serious mess we’re in. We have to be more engaged and to seize opportunities to have a larger say in our government.
Looking at the rest of the week, Mercury forms an inconjunct (quincunx) with Saturn on Tuesday, his last aspect before entering Cancer on Wednesday. Messages can be jarring, and we may not know why at first. Often anger is a first indication that new information is striking a chord in our hearts, but it threatens our belief system. With Mercury in Cancer, communication is not just an intellectual exercise; there has to be an emotional connection.
Also on Wednesday, Mars trines Neptune, an ideal aspect for working with others to create a better world. Mars is about looking out for number one, but in a harmonious aspect with Neptune, there’s recognition that purely selfish interests aren’t really in your self-interest. Magic happens when people realize that working together for the betterment of all is the best way to ensure their own well-being.
The Moon in Taurus on Friday and Saturday allows for some relaxation and enjoyment of life’s pleasures. There’s no denying that material things do matter. It just can’t be all that matters.
Events are moving very quickly for many now. Trust, and just go with it.
Wishing much love and courage to all,
© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2015.