Utopian Politics (2012-2025)

 

From 201images-22 – 2025, the planet Neptune transits Pisces, the zodiacal sign of its rulership where it comes strong into own.

According to Liz Greene (The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption, pp – 293-297) this is characterised politically by:

  • Disintegration of existing structures and values,
  • Escapist tendencies leading to embracing utopian ideals – i.e. a mythical golden age to which if only we might return, all will be shiny and bright again,images-1
  • ‘Virus of nationalism’ – i.e. dreams of OUR glorious past – free of foreign influence – national purity and self-sufficiency – spiritual longing for that wonderful lost world, (we believe) once was enjoyed by our forefathers.

Remember that in Greek, the world ‘utopia’ means ‘nowhere’.

Is ‘nowhere’ where you really want to go?

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PS: the last time Neptune was in Pisces was 1846-1848 during which period was waged the Mexican-American war:

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Lost at Sea

With the Sun in Pisces (dissipation) and the Moon in Cancer (emotional response), today and tomorrow are Eight of Hearts days.

The Eight of Hearts signifies sadness.

You’re lost in a sea of loss and disillusion.

The waters are deep, dark, stagnant;

Pools and fens,

lost_at_seaMud and miasmas.

Can you never break free?

In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Lysander comforts Hermia, whose father has delivered an ultimatum that she must either marry the man of his choice, or ‘abjure forever the society of men’.

not nice

incredibly painful

plain, old unfair.

It’s near impossible to react calmly and sanely under the conditions of the Eight of Hearts.  Hermia chooses to run run away with her lover; too bad for her that life in the woods with the fairies wasn’t much better.

  • Unproductive job?
  • Emotionally draining relationship?
  • Abandoning a project into which you’ve infused too much of yourself?

Take time out. Retreat to a safe environment. Meditate. Procure good advice. Then, if the only way to move forward is to cut your losses, steel yourself, muster courage, and take the decision.

Remembrance of Things Past Brings a Brighter Future

d7b0b3b7d5c0bffaf3a40032f173809eWith the Sun in Pisces (dissipation) and the Moon in Gemini (communication), today is a Five of Swords day.

The Five of Swords is a card of conflicting impulses. Feelings blind intelligence; intelligence is not in touch with its emotional basis.

An excerpt from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30 explains all:

I summon up remembrance of things past,

I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,

And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:

Without active intervention, today’s energy is likely to manifest either as an inexplicable impasse or all all-out defeat because of your inability to capitalise on progress made to date. Although this unfortunate state of affairs could be due to simple pride or neglect, most likely it is because of a more complex need to escape:

thoughtless words

lost friends

bits and pieces of disconnected memory.

When yesterday seems more real than today, know that you are in real trouble.

According to the 18th century philosopher David Hume, the only thing of which we can ever be certain is that we perceive an unbroken stream of subjective ideas and images. Hence our notion of ‘self’ can never be more than a fiction; the mind’s way to join up disparate events together as a continuum. As the result, the thing that you know as ‘self’ is always subject to change. In her memoirs (Moments, 85), Virginia Woolf notes that it would be interesting to compare and contrast the ‘two people’ that you are (‘I now’ and ‘I then’).Hill02

Woolf’s suggestion is not just interesting but absolutely necessary if you are to put the past behind you in a way allowing for real movement forward. The Five of Swords is a violent, confrontational card; it carries the risk of  defeat owing to poor organisation.

So on a day like today, use the energy available to do yourself a huge favour – release that from your past which is resisting your future. Clear out the clutter of yesterday to make room for tomorrow.

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McIntyre, Jane L. ‘Hume and the Problem of Personal Identity, (177-208). The Cambridge Companion to Hume, ed. Dave Fate Norton and Jacqueline Taylor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (online).

Woolf, Virginia. Moments of Being, Autobiographical Writings. ed. Jeanne Schulkind, London: Pimlico, 2002

Prepare to receive riches

With the Sun in Pisces (dissipation) and the Moon in Taurus (acquisition), today and tomorrow are Ace of Coins days.

The Ace of Coins is an exceedingly favourable card; it is the harbinger of material prosperity and spiritual well-being. It represents triumph in the material world, perfect luck, and the realisation of ambitions.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Live rich and happy, Timon of Athens (4.3.532)

Timon-of-AthensShakespeare’s self-exiled Timon tells this to his steward, Flavius, as he gives him the gold that he’s found in the woods. After all, what does Timon need with it now that he’s a hermit living in a cave? Although he’d once had plenty of money (and false friends to help him spend it), this had not brought him lasting happiness. Maybe Flavius, the only true friend Timon has ever had, will make better use of the gold? Timon can only hope this will be the case.

The Ace of Coins is the ultimate harbinger of success – get ready to ready to reap the rewards of your hard work and ambition. But be careful what you do with your newfound bounty.

Although Venus (ruler of Taurus) bestows both friendship and riches, Neptune (ruler of Pisces) will ensure that it all slips, quietly, away.

Today and Tomorrow are Phlegmatic Days

With the Sun in Cancer (cold/wet) and the Moon in Pisces (cold/wet) it’s going to be a Phlegmatic couple of days.

You may recall that humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen – it’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments:

ELEMENT QUALITY HUMOUR TEMPERAMENT
Fire Hot/dry Yellow Bile Choleric
Earth Cold/dry Black Bile Melancholic
Water Cold/wet Phlegm Phlegmatic
Air Hot/wet Blood Sanguine

Often we experience various combinations of the four humours resulting in mixed temperaments – the more balanced between the four humours – the better but the bad news is that with this energy, there is no way to achieve balance.

The good news, however, is that this is not the cold shower as when we had Sun/Cancer – Moon/Scorpio combination. With Jupiter as the traditional ruler of Pisces, the water feels much different than with Scorpio, the traditional ruler of which is Mars.

As you might imagine the energy ruled by Mars is martial – or warlike. But unlike Mars in Aries (which it also ruPhlegmatic-Pictureles) where the energy is fiery and bright, the energy in Scorpio is dark and dangerous because water cools down fiesty Mars – hence the cold shower.

But now the Phlegmatic energy is different because instead of Mars, we have Jupiter involved – and his traditional astrological job is to bring worldly wealth and priestly wisdom.

Hence this is a moist, wet – dreamy kind of energy – the kind that is best used for learning great lessons and making pleasant plans.

The troubles of a certain Mr A and idea of pre-destination

imagesDirecting by triplicity gives a quick and easy thumbnail sketch of one’s entire life.

The idea is to look at the main luminary and it’s three classical triplicity rules (by element) and examine not only their ‘condition’ use classical rules but also the areas of life they govern; the 1st triplicity ruler governs the first 1/3 of your life, the 2nd triplicity ruler governs the second 1/3 of your life and of course the 3rd triplicity ruler governs the final 1/3 of your life. There are no hard and fast rules regarding when one moves from one life phase to another but generally the first transition occurs around aged 30 years and the last transition about aged 60 years.

The following is a quick case study for a certain Mr A who, now in the second 1/3 of his life, has met up with some daunting difficulties which when using classical astrology, are all too apparent in his natal chart:

  • Triplicity ruler for the mid-part of Mr A’s life is Mars which is at 10 Pisces.
  • Mars is in the terms of Venus and out of sect, because it is in the hemisphere of the Sun rather than the Moon where it preferably belongs.
  • According to the Liber Hermetis, an out of sect Mars in Pisces will lead to being ‘subordinates of great men’. It also suggests that Mr A will ‘work as if a slave’ and will have ‘little regard for danger’, throwing himself into ‘violent situations’ where he ‘looses his mind’ with the ‘excitement of it all’.
  • According to the Liber Hermetis, Mars in the terms of Venus suggests that although he ‘will have many lovers and beautiful daughters’, Mr A will ‘lose money’ and ‘find it difficult to commit to a relationship’.

Now I realise that all of this sounds much too fatalistic to appeal to 21st century ideas of ‘freedom of choice’ and ‘psychological growth’. However it does indicate that at some level our lives are pre-destined and at the moment, I’m at a loss on how to suggest it might be otherwise.

Today and Tomorrow are Five of Wands Days – Hang on in there – it’ll get better

With the sun in Sagittarius (truth, justice, ethics) and the moon in Pisces (transcendence, sacrifice, and victim mentality) today and tomorrow are Five of Wands days.

The Five of Wands always bring conflict and tension – but it’s not the kind we can directly address through positive action.  The Five of Wands tension is more like a low-grade fever that – resistant to antibiotics – drags you so low you can nothing else but get just plain fed up.

The reason is that on a Five of Wands day, we sense that not only is the whole of humanity not up to the challenge, but we – in particular – have been going about it all wrong.

Actually it’s worse than that.

On a Five of Wands day, we realise that we’ve been lying to ourselves – despite heroic attempts to do otherwise.

We’re all capable of self-deception, but on days like this, we’re downright confused whether the ‘voices’ we ‘hear’ are truthful or not.   Although we’re desperate to be guided by our ‘higher Self’ – yet are thoroughly frustrated we can’t seem to get anywhere near it.

But don’t throw in the towel just yet.

When the moon shifts from Pisces into Aries late Tuesday morning (GMT), you’ll feel fighting fit again.  Then you can look back over the experiences of today and tomorrow and see them for what they really are.