In Cosmos & Psyche, philosopher and cultural historian Richard Tarnas paints a provocative picture of history in an untraditional context: the context of planetary alignments. The entire 500-page book focuses on just a few local alignments within our solar system. By examining their timing and relevant historical happenings, Tarnas provides compelling evidence for his amazing assertions regarding astrology.
Not Your Typical Concept
To be clear, the term “astrology” itself has misleading connotations. It tends to conjure images of horoscopes, crystal balls, and arbitrary star interpretations. This is the pop culture form of the term that serves to discredit and condemn any rational inquiry into such matters (interesting how so many areas of new thought seem to be shut down outright due to some kind of cultural programming – who knows what kind of new fields of knowledge will never be discovered due to such unchanging biases?). So it’s safe to assume most will have stopped reading this by the end of the first paragraph. Be that as it may, much can be learned from gaining an understanding of the concept of astrology. Real, true astrological forecasting, which is not forecasting at all, but rather an approximation of what types of events become more likely to unfold at certain points in space-time.
That last point is an important one. In describing astrological approximations, it must be noted that in no way does this interfere with the doctrine of free will. It merely places restrictions upon it. While certain themes permeate our consciousness at certain times relative to the position of the planets and stars, the way these themes manifest always has to do with our choices as individuals and as a collective.
For a deeper understanding of these ideas one must read the work of Tarnas in its entirety. For our purposes here, however, we’re only concerned with one specific planetary alignment and its potential implications for the immediate future.
The alignment in question is that of Saturn-Pluto. Pluto represents the underworld – intense, titanic forces of upheaval. It tends to amplify whatever effect it finds itself juxtaposed against. Saturn represents trials and tribulations, crises and contractions. These representations derive from the corresponding character of the Greek god associated with each planet. This is not to say that the entire focus here is a fallacy based on Greek mythology, but rather that Greek mythology provides a useful fulcrum point from which to understand this hidden aspect of reality. It stands to reason that the ancient Greeks may have been aware of astrology dimensions that have so far escaped the modern consciousness.
The whole astrological hypothesis can be made more real in the context of recent scientific discoveries suggesting the existence of alternate dimensions, or parallel universes as they are often referred to. For more on this subject, see Our Invisible Bodies: Scientific Evidence for Subtle Bodies by Jay Alfred.
It appears as though the influence of astral (note the root ‘astr’ also in astrology) bodies upon the consciousness somehow occurs either through one of these universes in particular, through multiplicities of them, or perhaps arises as a result of some dynamic interaction between them. The exact mechanism is beyond our comprehension for now, but the relevance to our present period need not be.
Back to Saturn-Pluto. Saturn-Pluto alignments are associated with crises & contractions. For example, the most recent Saturn-Pluto alignments occurred from 2008-2011 and 2001-2004. Observers of economics often note that financial downturns tend to occur about seven years apart. This is not a coincidence. What they are really remarking on is the Saturn-Pluto cycle, which occurs more or less every seven years. 2008 saw the most epic financial collapse in modern history, and 2011 was punctuated with the “debt-ceiling debacle”, where the American government nearly failed to meet its debt-based financial obligations. 2001 saw the false flag event on September 11th in addition to the bursting of the dotcom stock bubble.
The next alignment begins in 2018 and extends into 2021. These cycles have common themes among them. They also tend to revisit issues that occurred during previous cycles. This time around, we can expect to see the most epic debt bubble in history burst along with the breakout of WWIII. The events during the previous two cycles set in motion what will transpire during the next. Increasing environmental catastrophes are also a surety.
Time Will Tell
In short, everything in this universe moves in cycles. The longest of all galactic cycles for our planet reset in 2012. It’s difficult to deny that this cycle appears to be off to a terrible start. Perhaps life on the planet will reset as well. Given that close to 300 species go extinct each day, it’s hard to argue otherwise. We are in the midst of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. I have written these things here as a reminder of what will definitely occur at some point. While it’s more likely to happen during the specific timeframe of 2018 – 2021, it’s not guaranteed.