Monday, July 08, 2013

Surfing the Waves of Revolution ?

Andrew O'Hehir's piece at Salon yesterday , The Age of Revolution: 1989 to 2013 and Counting, - "From the Berlin Wall to Cairo, we live in an era of anti-authoritarian revolution that may transform the world" had me rifling through the ephemeris and my saved astrology links to discover whether 1989 was part of the Uranus-Pluto cycle we hear so much about these days.

For background, a few snips from Mr O'Hehir's interesting essay:
.......But if you can separate the populist and/or military coup against Morsi’s government from short-term political or ideological questions, it fits into a much larger historical pattern that is global in scale. We live in an age of revolution, and specifically of anti-elite, anti-authoritarian revolution. It’s an age that began in earnest with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and shows no signs of slowing down. Edward Snowden, who on Friday was reportedly offered asylum by both Nicaragua and Venezuela, is in his own way a soldier in that revolution, one who has exposed the secrets of the world’s greatest imperial power and made it look both foolish and vulnerable. That’s the thread that connects this week’s explosive news out of Egypt to the bizarre episode of the Bolivian president’s airplane, which was forced to land in Vienna (almost certainly at the behest of someone in Washington), based on false rumors that Snowden might be on board. Screw national sovereignty – the most powerful nation on earth is hunting a computer nerd! In other words, both these things are driving powerful people crazy.

Indeed, historians of the future – assuming there are any – may well compare our era to the great wave of social and political revolutions that transformed Europe in the middle of the 19th century, and ultimately led to the sweeping away of the old aristocratic order. What the conclusion of our current revolutionary wave will look like, and whether it will sound the death knell for the dominant liberal-capitalist world order, I have no idea. But I feel certain that a lot of people in boardrooms, executive suites and presidential palaces are wondering the same thing.

Comments below the article were interesting, at least they were when they didn't descend into the usual skirmish between right and left, or snarks by the grammar/spelling police. One brave soul (cckelsey) even dared to say:
There are those who have studied astrology who suggest that Uranus-Pluto alignments correlate with emancipatory humanitarian impulses across the collective. From what I understand, we are in one of those alignments that will run through this decade though it is not as pronounced as the periods that offered the French Revolution and 1960's. From what I've seen presented, these periods tend to swing into Saturn-Pluto alignments which often offer authoritarian backlash.
That was put down immediately by:
Agent C: @cckelsey I hope you're trying to be funny.
Sigh! Double sigh!!

Commenter Graham Clark said (among other things):
Well heck, if we're going to allow for the twenty years of status quo between the dissolution of the Soviet sphere and the Arab Spring, we might as well go back another twenty and say the new "age of revolution" started in 1968.

He was right - and the 1960s do link back to Uranus-Pluto.

I couldn't see any Uranus-Pluto link in 1989, but there was a fairly rare triple conjunction of Uranus-Saturn-Neptune - in Capricorn that year. The conjunction linked the cycles of Saturn/Uranus (approx. every 45 years), Saturn/Neptune (approx. 35 years), and Uranus/Neptune (approx 172 years).

Looked at from one perspective, the period 1989 to the present (and onward) can be seen as a revolutionary age, still ongoing, for its full flavour hasn't reached the USA yet. While 1989 isn't part of a "matched set" of astrological aspects, it's another piece in the jigsaw puzzle - and fits right in, showing that certain points in the outer planets' cycles do indeed correlate noticeably with mundane events here on Earth. We ride the varied waves of time along with the planets.

From section 87 of one of the most often consulted favourite books sitting on the shelf under my desk: Carl Sandburg's The People, Yes ~
The people learn, unlearn, learn,
a builder, a wrecker, a builder again,
a juggler of shifting puppets.
In so few eyeblinks
In transition lightning streaks,
the people project midgets into giants,
the people shrink titans into dwarfs

Faiths blow on the winds
and become shibboleths
and deep growths
with men ready to die
for a living word on the tongue,
for a light alive in the bones,
for dreams fluttering in the wrists . . .

Sleep is a suspension midway
and a conundrum of shadows
lost in meadows of the moon.
The people sleep.

Ai! ai! the people sleep.
Yet the sleepers toss in sleep
and an end comes of sleep
and the sleepers wake.
Ai! ai! the sleepers wake! . . .


mike said...

Referenced in my comment from your July 3rd commentary, author Robert Blaschke discusses the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions and oppositions, states:

"At the previous Grand Conjunction cycle’s oppositions (i.e., five oppositions occurred between September 1989 and May 1991), the world experienced many significant and historical events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall; the freeing of Nelson Mandela from prison and the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa; the student democratic revolution in China, culminating in the Tiananmen Square killings; and the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, which lead to the first Gulf War."

In the same comment, Kelly Phipps states:

"In 1981 CE, the new multicultural global civilization was set to emerge under the Earth-Air Wave. The first Air Sign Conjunction since the 12th century Scholastic Renaissance launched an unheralded new wave of awareness, education and knowledge with the birth of accessible, personal computers. The forty-year Age of Information began in earnest. During the midpoint of the Libra Chronicle, the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall collapsed and out of the ashes the European Union arose, the first time in history that independent European nations banned together to share one currency. The invention of the World Wide Web was the first true
sign that we were transitioning into the Airy Trigon Wave with its promise of intellectual revitalization and sweeping social, political and economic transformations. Uranus, Neptune and Saturn conjuncted in late Capricorn to mark both the height and the end of the Industrial Age."

Maybe the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions and oppositions are simply quinky-dinks. Who knows?

Twilight said...

mike ~~ Thanks - yes 1989 had that Jupiter-Saturn opposition going on too.

There were - always are - several "waves" rolling along at different stages of their "roll". Using another metaphor I'm reminded of a weaver picking up strands of different shades of wool in turn, to produce a multi-coloured repeating pattern.

I do enjoy seeing examples of non-astrology people noticing the patterns - as in the article quoted in the post, for instance.
This gives astrology a certain validity - even if most readers remain in denial.

Christina said...

Thanks for this. I agree with the person who said -- why not go back to 1969, if you're going back to 1989.

But on the subject of people's revolutions like 1989, I think Neptune is an important part of the mix. The big difference between 1989 and the Arab Spring was that, aside from Yugoslavia -- which did not kick off until the 1990s anyway --, the revolutions were incredibly quick, decisive and bloodless. I wonder if that's because of the triple conjunction, whereas the Arab Spring was all squares and oppositions. Also it's interesting that Pluto has been where the triple conjunction was.

OK, now I'm getting to convoluted for a comment.

Twilight said...

Christina - Hi there!
Thanks, those are very good points.
I hadn't appreciated the fact that Pluto has been around the same degrees of early-mid-ish Capricorn as that triple conjunction. Hmmm. Veee-ery interesting! Maybe thaose degrees represent the peak of a timewave - or rather that quality of time just after the peak when the wave begins to smash down.

Convolusions are us! ;-)