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Occupy Yourself

Tue, 11/15/2011 - 11:18 am PST by Jeff Jawer

Those who read my blogs know about my liberal bias. Alas, it’s true that I’m a boomer ex-hippie who still identifies with progressive causes, and naturally the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. But as an astrologer with a finger in the wind of cultural trends, I think that there are multiple paths to contributing to positive social change. 

Groups do have the power to raise issues that can alter society, as both OWS and the Tea Party (TP) influence public opinion. And yes, sometimes disorder is the messy way to reorder the world. The approaching 90-degree squares between revolutionary Uranus and power-packed Pluto reflect the likelihood of more mass movements, including those that triggered the Arab Spring and which are still simmering in Syria.

Sixties sympathizers like me make a connection between the civil rights and anti-war movements of that era with current events. Surely, astrologers say, the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto back then was the progenitor of the OWS movement now. Yet the current transits of rebellious Uranus and provocative Pluto come at a time of worldwide economic fear, which was not a factor in the sixties.

The stakes in the game seem higher now, especially as the repressive, dominating forces of Pluto in authoritarian Capricorn are unlikely to allow protests to continue. It’s easy for progressives to blame corporate interests backed up by lobby lubricated governments and congenitally conservative police that crack down on OWS. Yet even if this is true, it’s an incomplete picture of what’s happening.

Liberating Uranus, as I’ve written before, is in Aries, the sign of the individual. The transformation of the community may be the goal but the essence of change is in each person’s heart and mind. Where and how can you find freedom? It’s usually in the automatic and often unconscious ways we react in our daily lives.

I’m working on my defensiveness by trying to slow down the ways I instinctively put up walls when I feel threatened. The emotions that flood me when I’m insecure and angry are like a boundless sea that I need to part so my mind can enter these waters and interject reason in the situation. I can shake my stick of judgment against those whose views I oppose, but the process of finding peace and meaning is a struggle within myself.

Group responses to collective issues are not the problem, but they alone are not the answer. Whether by OWS, TP or any other form of protest, change comes from both within and without. The comic strip character Pogo said it brilliantly decades ago, “I have met the enemy and it is me.”

Personal and often unconscious resistance to the drive for liberation marked by Uranus in Aries crosses swords with the internal fascism of Pluto in Capricorn. When the battle is won inside, the external struggles can grow more peaceful.

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5 Comments to "Occupy Yourself"
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Beverly says:
Fri, 11/25/2011 - 17:32

Sitting at my desk the day after Thanksgiving, I have reread "Occupy Yourself." I sure feel right in the middle of it all, Looking to fix the inside, so the outside might be good too. Thank U.

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Jackie says:
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 09:56

I really love what you had to say. If we will just become responsible for ourselves, everything would easily fall into place. Awareness of those who don't, and leading by example as a daily practice. Much safer and less stressful than what I see happening to peaceful protesters. Living my life, incorporating Mind, Soul, Heart is really a dance and balancing act. I am blessed!

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Winston Smith says:
Sat, 11/19/2011 - 13:50

Good column, but I don't know: as a Capricorn with Scorpio rising, I'm a boomer, too, but was never attracted to Progressive causes. Rather terrified and repulsed,instead. However, I do agree with your premise of inner change: self-control and courtesy ,two most lacking virtues in today's age.

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Vanya says:
Wed, 11/16/2011 - 03:02

Brilliant. It triggers association withe the Lady (feminine, yin, introversion) of the lake lifting Excalibur (sword - reason, rational mind) out of the waters (emotion).

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Kim says:
Tue, 11/15/2011 - 23:27

Meditating to see what one can try to see then solve is a challenge, but it needs to be done. I'm working on the same things.

 
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