Tue, 03/22/2011 - 02:00 am PST by Jeff Jawer
Humanity is standing at the precipice. We will continue to foul the air, earth and water or will wake up, discover who we really are, and save ourselves before it's too late. The astrological patterns that began with Saturn's opposition to Uranus in the fall of 2008 and end with Uranus' last square to Pluto in 2015 reflect the transformational nature of this time in human history. Change is inevitable -- it always is -- but expansive Jupiter's entry into zodiac starting Aries in January and Uranus' return to Aries on March 11 appear to be accelerating its pace. The whole world is shaking from Japan's earthquake and tsunami as brave technicians try to put the nuclear genii back in its bottle. Last year it was oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico that turned water toxic and now it's airborne poison venting from damaged reactors that are befouling the air. We are not in Kansas anymore.
Naturally, we seek wisdom in times of crisis. Many look to the past for guidance, relying on religion for answers to our problems. There are spiritual truths and insights into the human heart in their holy books yet these are embedded in ancient social systems that don't align with our current reality. Science offers facts but is devoid of meaning. It sees a mechanistic universe ruled by the mathematics of chemistry, astronomy and physics but without a soul or purpose.
Modern metaphysics is an attempt to bridge the gap between religion and science by exploring spirituality in non-denominational forms. We have eastern sages, self-help gurus, psychedelic shamans, transpersonal psychologists and divinating astrologers, tarot readers, numerologists and others to show us the light yet the world is still shadowed by darkness. The answers, my friends, are not blowin' in the wind; the answers are found within. The best teachers in the world can point us to the shore of discovery, but each of us must be willing to disembark from the familiar vehicle of who we are to walk in fresh sand of what we can become.
This work of discovery is symbolized by revolutionary Uranus' presence in self-identifying Aries. The lineup of planets in season-starting cardinal signs -- Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn --signals a turning point in collective consciousness that requires a break with the past. The institutions we rely on are failing. It's not the job of the president, congress, corporations, judges or teachers to take us to the promised land. This is your task and mine. Individualistic Uranus in independent Aries says that each one of us is the point on a spear of consciousness. Every breath is an opportunity to awaken from our sleepy patterns and habits, to take risks of starting over and creatively blaze new paths for humanity's future.