June 26 2016
“Don't let yourself be victimized by the age you live in. It's not the times that will bring us down, any more than its society. When you put the blame on society, then you end up turning to society for the solution.” ― Tom Robbins [Still Life With Woodpecker]
On June 24th, 2016, approx. 5:10am British Summer Time, Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Shock and awe. George W. Bush would’ve been proud. Heck, maybe he is proud. I don’t know, but as we woke up to the chaotic mess Friday morning in Europe after the Brexit vote in Great Britain became official, the obituaries are already pronouncing that it is no longer Great or even Britain, but Little England. Premature…all of it, and here's why...
We are living through one of the most powerful times and shifts in consciousness that the human species has hitherto experienced. The reason for this is that categorically we’re intrinsically part of and witness to the end of the industrial age of capitalism and consumerism, or the age of “goal setting, planning and doing.” We are now entering a new era of “whatever I feel is right in the moment to do, then that’s what I want to do.” This is all about Patriarchal control versus Feminine instinct and improvisation.
Fellow traveler and astrologer Jim Buss created the words “Yangtegrity” and “Yintegrity” to describe this transitional state of being. Yangtegrity is doing what is expected of us to do by others and institutions. Yintegrity is following your spirit moment by moment, or in other words, listening to your desires as they lead you to your soul’s mission on how to contribute to building a new world, rather than trying to preserve or fix the old one. In essence, we’d find that intrinsically boring in the long run, and almost impossible to achieve as well…for a number of reasons. Declining natural resources, increasing populations, wealth inequality, climate change and a host of other factors are all cluing us to the fact that “business as usual” will need to change its stripes, or nobody wins, much less survives.
Those of us who were experiencing spiritual awakenings in the 1980’s and 1990’s remember the various ascension scenarios and prophecies about the coming “New Age” and the demise of the old order. What no one took into account in our starry-eyed Utopian visions would be the amount of work we’d face in jettisoning our old pictures of reality, our trauma-laden childhoods (and karmic self-sabotage) and the vast number of humans who are still totally dependent and clinging on to the old systems to survive. Resistance to fundamental change is still there in the consensus reality. We’re having a mega identity crisis, as we all had hoped for some kind of orderly handover from our past and a smooth arrival into our future. That perception might have been a tad naïve. One thing I feel the Brexit vote certainly reveals is the growing frustration within the 99% towards the 1%. The currency speculator George Soros managed to make some big profits off the back of the Brexit vote, and will not be endeared by many for his boasting about it.
To make this singular event totally about politics, immigration or economics is to miss the point. Yes, those elements are there, but they signal a deeper disillusionment within people across a wider spectrum that something has to change, even if it is through a temporary “wrong” choice. Perhaps many felt that voting ‘Leave’ was the only way to return to an identity of something resembling the Britain they knew in their formative years. There is also mounting evidence that it was partly a protest vote to punish the Tory Party for six years of austerity cuts and mismanagement of the economy and immigration policy. Many people don’t want to lose their connection with the familiar…that would create too much anxiety. In astrology this is represented by the South Node, the karmically remembered and familiar sense of “me”. So, in the end, (from my perspective and research at least) people voted from a place of fear or protest...of one type or another.
In a way, these transitional years after the Uranus-Pluto squares of 2012-2015 is like life during wartime. One timeline and set of values against an emerging consciousness and set of new values (or old ones recycled). This may not seem like a time to celebrate or dance, but as the 'hero' said in the movie “V for Vendetta”, a revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having. Things may get even stranger over this summer and early autumn, until something resembling a plateau of stability forms. There is enough Uranian action later in this year and into the first quarter of 2017 to keep us on our toes. This ain’t no disco to be sure, but dancing is sure better than standing in the middle of the highway.
I would like to encourage developing better dance steps, i.e., more flexibility and awareness, as we progress through the upcoming launch of Mars in Scorpio stationing to move direct this Wednesday, and Chiron in Pisces stationing to go retrograde on June 29th. Mars will officially move forward in direct motion on July 1st. This will be a welcome relief. The continued waning square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces will still give a tinge of unreality or vagueness to most everything. This will be especially true as regards the process around Britain selecting a new Prime Minister, which will need to occur before any decision can be enacted to trigger the UK to actually leave the EU. Until Article 50 of the Lisbon Agreement is enacted by a new Prime Minister, this vote is still non-binding on Britain…no matter how much the EU wants the divorce to happen yesterday.
On top of this confusion, a new petition in the UK to hold a second referendum has garnered over 2.5 million signatures. There well could be a lot of uncertainty for some time as to the real outcome, so don’t rule anything a sure thing just yet. The vote occurred while Mars was still technically retrograde, along with Pluto, Saturn, and Neptune, so nothing is set in stone as a result of this referendum result.
For you personally, no matter what your chart makeup might be, I’d say be willing to look closely and lovingly at any frustrations, anger, or anxiety you might have in your life right now. To accept your emotional states as valid and ‘okay’ is important. Most of our anxiety is about whether it’s okay to feel our more ‘out of control’ or ‘not okay’ emotions. In order to defuse that tension, so you can move out of being in freeze frame and move and breathe freely, it may be helpful to sit with any held or uncomfortable feelings and just send love to them. I also recommend ‘asking’ the emotion or feeling what it might be telling you, but without over-intellectualizing it. The feeling or emotion wants to express…not be fixed. Staying loving and conscious through challenging times is tricky, but not impossible. The trouble is that when we flounder, we sometimes just are reluctant to slow down and really look at why we aren’t in a sense of safety, joy, or even ecstasy. If we’re not comfortable or feeling unsafe it’s a call to action and awareness.
For non-students and students of astrology I’ve included just two charts below to illustrate the main pressure points behind the outcome of the Brexit Referendum. When studying your own chart or an event chart, keep one thing in mind - the apparent influence of astrology is actually a mirror of our own consciousness. Astrology doesn’t make things happen. But as a language of archetypes and symbols, it shows us the synchronistic process of Consciousness unfolding through time-space on our particular stage in the Universe.
The chart on the left is the Act of Union chart for the formation of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1801. The chart on the right is that same chart in the middle, surrounded by the planetary aspects for roughly the time that the vote result was announced. There are a number of standout factors:
- Ceres at 24 Aries, with Uranus and Eris at 23 Aries: This triple conjunction including the dwarf planet Ceres who represents nurturing, food and nourishment. Not very cuddly in Aries and more likely wants some kind of mutual action. Uranus (change) and Eris (discord) combined here in the 7th house of the UK Union Chart signifies the need or desire for independence and a divorcing of oneself from a union. This union is seen as repressive or controlling, and the need to break away quickly is desired.
- UK Union Chart Ceres at 23 Taurus opposed by transiting retrograde Mars in Scorpio: Mars in Scorpio’s transit backwards in the last decan of Scorpio has been mostly about healing the wounding and transforming of the Masculine archetype. The transition away from traditional male roles that have been violent or domineering is being healed here, though some of this energy coming up for healing has taken the form of rage or violent acts…especially around confusion in the way men action themselves or look at their sexuality and sexual roles. This was certainly manifested in the tragic Orlando massacre, the murder of the British MP Jo Cox, and riots or violent acts during the Euro 2016 soccer matches in which the British fans were predominantly featured. In this situation Mars occupies the 2nd house of security and financial resources, and the natal Ceres is in the chart’s 8th house of shared resources, taxes, real estate, trusts and investments. The fallout after the vote result in the financial sectors worldwide was swift and deeply dramatic.
- Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn opposing the UK Union natal Moon in Cancer: This is going to be a longer term trend as Pluto will not exactly oppose the UK Moon until January 18th, 2018. Nonetheless, this Pluto transit was the instigator of the subprime housing market crash in the U.S. in 2007-2008, and it will deeply demand transformation of the financial and economic life within Britain for a long time to come. London may or may not continue in its role as a leader in the investment markets, and the pressure to reform and to eliminate tax exemptions and haven for the wealthy will only get louder and stronger.
You best option is to keep asking for the guidance and resources you desire and require to bring your unique and valued contribution to the creation of a new Earth. We cannot go back to the past. We also cannot do it all alone. During the toughest of times it would be best to remember we’re all in the same band together, and learning how to master our instruments. Each one has their part to play.
Let’s make some music…and of course, dance.
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