"Prayers for Peace" Daniel FIVERSON 2007
Published in the Journal of Evolutionary Astrology, April 2016
THE MUTABLE GRAND CROSS OF 2016
“Right now on our planet the vast majority of humans ‘believe’ in some kind of invented religion, some kind of invented God, with all the attendant dogmas, moralities, ethics, and the rights and wrongs of human behavior. And it is because of this fact that almost all the wars and conflicts among humans take place because one religion has to be the ‘right’ religion in order for that projected sense of ultimate meaning to be sustained. History right up to the current moment is sad and tragic testimony to this fact. Almost every conflict between humans has at its core some group with their definition of ‘god’ fighting or hurting and killing another group of peoples with another definition of god.”
--posted on the Jeffrey Wolf Green School of Astrology message board
From May 24th to June 12th, a Mutable Grand Cross will form above us in the sky. The transit of the Sun conjunct Venus in Gemini completes the open arm of a powerful T-square formed by Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo, and Neptune in Pisces.
On June 4th, 2016 at the Gemini New Moon, the Sun, the Moon, Venus align to form a 3-planet stellium, activating the Grand Cross.
The Sun Venus Conjunction in Gemini, in a Gibbous Opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius, forming a Mutable Grand Cross with Neptune in Pisces in a Full Phase Opposition to Jupiter conjunct, Neptune, ruler of the Lunar South Node, conjunct the Lunar South Node in Pisces, and Jupiter conjunct to the Lunar North Node in Virgo.
Mercury in Taurus, the ruler of both the New Moon and the Lunar South Node, is in a Full Phase Opposition to Mars in Scorpio, forms a Last Quarter Trine to Jupiter in Virgo, a 1st Quarter Trine to Pluto in Capricorn, and closely squares the Lunar Nodes.
Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius is in a partile Last Quarter Square to Neptune in Pisces and applying to a square to the Lunar Nodes.
Jupiter in Virgo makes a 1st Quarter Square to Sun and Moon in Gemini, and a Last Quarter Square to Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius, and a Last Quarter Trine to Pluto in Capricorn.
Mars in Scorpio forms a Crescent Quintile to Jupiter in Virgo, a Gibbous Quincunx to Uranus in Aries, a 1st Quarter Trine to Chiron in Pisces, and a Biquintile to Ceres in Aries.
Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries forms a New Phase Semisextile to Mercury in Taurus, a Gibbous Biquintile to Jupiter in Virgo, a Sesquiquadrate to Saturn in Sagittarius, and a 1st Quarter Square to Pluto in Capricorn.
This Mutable Grand Cross sets up strong potentials for evolutionary change to occur. Two sets of polar opposites representing 4 different elements, square off against each other, generating tension, and requiring balance. This cross represents the final stage of a 3-fold cycle. What emerged in the Cardinal signs, and took shape through the Fixed phase of the three-fold cycle, now in mutable signs, prepares to re-emerge into new form.
The Mutable Cross activates the archetypes of the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th Houses. The crises are reason and intellect versus imagination and intuition, and truth and reality against illusion and fiction. The Mutable Cross blends the outer expression of Mercury as the collector of data, and his inner expression as the analyst that must filter the incoming flow of information. The Mercurial left-brain must integrate with Jupiter’s right brain. Neptune, who has no boundaries, must now confront the limitations set by Saturn, while Saturn must contend with the dissolution of his boundaries. Jupiter’s principle of expansion must conform to Saturn’s rhythmic contractions.
Our values and priorities and the meaning that we are both perceiving and projecting into the current events of our lives are under the microscope. A new cycle of dialog opens as circumstances that seem to threaten our basic survival raise our concerns for how we are consciously protecting and pursuing our core priorities. The beliefs that we hold as a result of what we have been told by those in authority are held up for intense scrutiny.
Jupiter describes what we need to believe so as to facilitate our evolutionary growth. Jupiter is the Seeker. The Jupiter/Sagittarius/9th house archetype is about the experiential adventure that drives us to explore other places, cultures, philosophies, and convictions, in contrast to our own. Jupiter maps the search for truth. This becomes the belief system that supports our current values and provides the intellectual framework that determines the course and lessons of our growth. Jupiter, however, is not the whole truth but only a portion of the truth. It is personal truth, our personal belief system, which we construct in order to sustain our self-image, to be who we believe we are. These beliefs are expressed collectively as religion, politics, and philosophy.
In his highest expression, as the traditional ruler of Pisces, is our connection to the Source-Of-All-That-Is, via our intuition and our right brain creativity. In Virgo, Jupiter’s intuition sheds light upon our inner world. His focus is on imperfection of our immediate world, the practical aspects of our lifestyle: diet, health, wellness, and our daily routines.
This discrimination and introspection brings us into the realm of “work on the Self”. All of the ancient teachings, philosophies, wisdom schools, and esoteric societies have described “the Work” in different languages, cultures, and mentalities. Here is the “boots on the ground” of the Fool’s Journey.
As yin energy moving inward toward the center, in Virgo, Mercury’s inner expression sets up a dynamic of analysis and discrimination. From an evolutionary perspective, Virgo is about growth through crisis.
We leave behind the self-centered, subjective realm that spans from Aries to Leo. We have completed the first third of the Fire triad, self-actualizing an individual identity and personality. Leo’s fire has brought the ego to a point of greatest inflation and sense of self-importance. In Virgo and the 6th House we encounter others for the first time. We are not yet in relationship—which occurs in Libra and the 7th House. It is in the 6th House that we measure ourselves in the contrast of others. The excesses of Leo are exposed. Leo is deposed, no longer at the top of the pyramid, but rather the bottom. This critical awareness generates a crisis of self-worth. Virgo’s shadow holds inadequacy, incompleteness, lack of self-confidence, and can be masochism in its extreme manifestation. The ego must necessarily now be deflated, in order to acquire the balance and equality it will need to be in relationship in Libra, and move into the social sphere.
Virgo senses the boundless possibilities offered by Neptune and Pisces. An existential void is created. The result can be procrastination, avoidance of responsibility, and denial of the potentials that exist in Pisces.
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
--John F. Kennedy
The lunar and planetary nodes are imaginary points in space, that in a birth chart, represent the evolutionary axis, past to future, anchored and integrated in each present moment, by the Moon, or corresponding planet. Transiting nodes describe the apparent, momentary orientation relative to the original evolutionary intention.
The Lunar South Node is the composite end product of all of the Soul’s lunar experiences from the past. From lifetime to lifetime we pick up where we left off. For good reason, we are denied the memory of our past traumas and triumphs. The natal moon is the Soul’s emotional footprint. Re-imaged through relive emotional experiences of our early childhood, the Moon’s natural tendency is to remain anchored in past emotional patterns, which are represented by the lunar south node. The south node is our lowest center of gravity, a karmic point potentiated by default.
The Lunar North Node represents the Soul’s evolutionary direction in this lifetime. It is our probable future that is already fertilized and seeded. It is our responsibility (Saturn) to water the seeds with our conscious intention and effort. Like the moving walkways that we just step on and are taken great distances with seeming ease, the North Node is also a magical moving sidewalk that can take us places that we did not know that we could go. The north node however requires conscious intention and effort to unfold. It is a point in our chart that will facilitate and actualize our evolutionary growth, when we choose it
The Virgo-Pisces polarity is about the unity of spirit and matter and the integration of dreams and everyday reality. It represents the balance between the cultural memes and narratives that we are exposed to, and the still small voice within. Virgo and Pisces are about perfection and imperfection, purity and impurity. Virgo sees the imperfections in all things. Pisces is the totality of perfection itself.
Both Virgo and its polarity Pisces are gateway archetypes, thresholds between the subjective and objective worlds. As the boundless Ocean of consciousness, Pisces is all-inclusive, perfectly imperfect, and our connection to The-Source-of-All-That-Is, God/ess, the Higher Self, Guardian Angel, or however we express it. It is ultimate meaning, and the Truth. Pisces is perfect because it includes everything. Because it is all-inclusive, it includes us. Since we are inside of it as well and cannot get outside of it, and therefore we can never truly be objective about it.
As the ultimate expression of yin energy something that seems to be out of control. As we unfold along our individual life path, the feeling evolves into a sense of connectedness to that which is greater than us, and the eventual acceptance, surrender to, and responsibility for, the experiences of our outer circumstances. moving inward toward the center, Neptune receives and absorbs all things with enduring rhythm. Consciousness is like water, taking on the form of every space it enters. Spirit needs matter, just as water needs the glass that contains it. The nature of the structure, defines the purpose and meaning of what is contained within. Everything in Creation is conscious--stones and minerals, plants, animals, and man. In each,
Neptune’s evolutionary role is to dissolve the illusion of separateness between our subjective ego and Soul ego. During Neptune’s transit of his own sign Pisces, the Veil is thinning. Information flows freely, unexpectedly, and sometimes overwhelmingly. As Neptune advances deeper and deeper through Pisces, our spiritual awareness awakens. To some, it will only be a nagging feeling of something greater than them that is operating in their lives;
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consciousness is expressed in a unique way. In one form consciousness is expressed as plant life, and in another as a human being. Saturn is that structure, defining and conditioning Neptune’s expression.
Neptune correlates to our connection to what is held in collective awareness. Through Neptune we receive our dreams and visions, what Paramahansa Yogananda called “whispers from Eternity”. As the higher octave of Venus, this is where we will find meaning, Neptune is about where we find ultimate meaning and Truth. On a human scale Neptune and Pisces manifests a religion and spirituality, mysticism, rapture and adoration, persecution, and isolation. On a personal level, its shadow can express as a savior-martyr complex, disillusionment, guilt and atonement, sadism and masochism. In it’s sublimity it is music, poetry, surrender, and ecstatic vision. At its worst it is substance abuse, insanity, confusion, deception, and obfuscation.
Jupiter opposed Neptune in the mid 1960’s setting the stage for the Summer of Love, Woodstock, the emergence of new thought and lifestyles that flourished in The East Village and Haight-Ashbury. In 1989-1990 the Exxon Valdez oil spill and other ecological catastrophes brought our attention to our need for environmental responsibility. The stock market again reached an all-time high and then tumbled almost 7%. The Gulf War breaks out marking the beginning of at least two decades American armed forces permanently stationed in the oil-rich Middle East. By the 2002 transit of Jupiter to Neptune, the war in the Middle East moved to Afghanistan. The Dot-Com-Bubble burst and reached rock bottom.
Saturn is authority; the father, the leader, and the elder. He is the law… albeit, man-made law. As an archetype, Saturn and Capricorn naturally exert their authority, instinctively assuming a leadership role. In his shadow, the weight of Saturn can become repression, suppression, and depression.
Stony Saturn is reshaping the way Neptune’s whispers are being heard. Saturn, yang energy moving outward from the center, builds and rebuilds the foundations of things. As the force of Gravity that involutes spirit into matter, and generates the limitations of Time and Space, Saturn creates form and structure. Saturn’s lessons are about stability. They create skills and mastery, and provide enduring structure, all which directly support survival.
The totality of the cosmos is conscious. Like water, consciousness takes the form of whatever space it enters, man, animal, plant, stone, or single-celled organism. Saturn is the structure, the shape of consciousness.
Saturn transited Sagittarius from December 1926 to November 1929. During these years, Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic; TV waves traveled through the air for the first time; and Goddard launched the first rocket. It was also the time leading up to the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and the Great Depression that gripped the world for over a decade to follow.
The Lord of Karma visited Sagittarius again in the late 1950’s. it seemed like Golden Years. WWII was over and the world was now “safe for Democracy.” We were taught that our desks could protect us from the bomb, and that a little dab of Brylcreem “will do ‘ya”. New York Yankee Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Life was good.
Television emerged as the household god: The Huntley-Brinkley Report brought news of the whole world directly into our living rooms.
By the late 1980’s when Saturn transited Sagittarius last, life had changed.
We were at war again, another evil enemy without moral conscience.
Hijackings, bombings, and kidnappings and economic uncertainty filled the media:
The “Achille Lauro was hijacked in the Mediterranean Sea and a bomb destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 2,500 mark for the first time, followed by Black Monday. Prozac made its debut in the United States. Is there any wonder why?
In 2014 and 2015, Saturn briefly entered Sagittarius again. During that time, the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage, Caitlyn Jenner became the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, militarized local police forces continued to shoot unarmed civilians, mostly African Americans and homeless people, resulting in more incidents of riots and civil disobedience. Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh alleged that the official account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden was largely false. We had the first images of dwarf planet Ceres, an event which is especially meaningful to astrologers.
Julian Assange published Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor revealed the level of deceit and illegality of how our freedoms have been almost imperceptibly degraded, degree-by-degree. It’s all out on the table now, and I suggest there is a lot more to come. These are the issues we face individually and collectively. The planets do not control us, they merely reflect us. We are observing ourselves in the sky above us. The sky is only the mirror of our earthbound existence.
Uranus and Eris are approaching the culmination of a 500-year cycle. Eris entered Aries in 1927, immediately forming three conjunctions to Uranus. During those years the Crash of ’29 occurred, resulting in the decades long Great Depression. Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Andy Warhol, and Sandra Day O’Conner were born during those conjunctions. Lindbergh soloed the Atlantic, and Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin.
Only 5 days after this New Moon, Uranus and Eris will again conjunct in Aries, for the first of 3 times through 2016 and 2017, closing this 90 year transit. Eris is one of the astrological new kids on the block. She was only discovered in 2005. our understanding of her archetype is
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still in the formative stage, as she is observed and correlated. Eris is known in Greek Mythology as the Goddess of Discord. She was the daughter of Zeus and Hera and the brother of Ares (Mars), with whom she fought alongside in battle. Homer characterized her as “the sacker of cities” following her reputation for having initiated the Trojan War. The Greek poet Hesiod saw another side of her, as the catalyst for change. My sense of Eris is that she is the “grain of sand that through irritation creates a pearl.” Eris creates chaos so that what has become frozen can begin to dissolve and reform. It generates friction so that there is movement.
The themes from the past offer us a glimpse of the future. The world has shrunk and the world has exploded. Somehow, the world did not become a safe for for democracy, or even seem to be safe at all.
Recent history is as compelling as it is uncertain. Ethnic and racial diversity is under attack the world over. Wars, famine, disease, terrorism, religious persecution, political corruption, all are responsible for the mass migrations of people in hope of a better life. In spite of (or as a result of?) continuous US military involvement in the Middle East, the region is near political meltdown. The Western World as well, is traumatized by terrorist acts that seem to have no moral compass. The food that we eat, the water that we drink, and the air that we breathe, all are under attack by acts of commission and omission. Our food has been chemically contaminated and genetically modified. On the whole, the population is only now becoming aware of the enormity the degree to which our food has been altered in order to make it more profitable. The result of the deterioration of the quality of the American diet is the overwhelming incidence of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, mostly among Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. At the same time, the cost of healthcare has risen, on the average, 5-7% annually, placing it out of the reach of those we need it the most.
Government regulatory agencies, mandated to safeguard natural resources have become “privatized”. the oligarchs now make up their own rules and regulations, using whatever means available to cheaply and efficiently extract natural resources, wherever they can find them. Federal officials and corporate officers move back and forth as if there was a revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. The financial markets are supported by make-believe money and financial instruments constructed from non-existing equities.
In the United States the incidence of gun violence has escalated to a level unprecedented in US history. Law enforcement is losing its legitimacy. Beyond our borders, US Military forces are being challenged by BRIC nations in both hemispheres. Foreign state agents compromise high-level US corporate and government networks, helping themselves to classified military and sensitive financial and medical records with alarming alarcity.
One of the greatest threats to our political security and well-being is that the American political system, has never in its history, actually operated on the model of “one man, one vote”. Our Founding Fathers instituted an “electoral college” of non-elected officials, whom then determine who shall become a candidate. It is from this short list of eligible candidates, backed by private interests, that the general populace must then choose. This method by which candidates are embodies a financial support system, which denies the potential for fair and open elections. Large numbers of voters have become disenfranchised either because they feel politically and economically disempowered, or simply through disinterest.
Astrology and Hindu philosophy describe extremely long cycles of evolution. Swami Sri Yukteswar, astrologer, and teacher of Paramahansa Yogananda, elaborated described the cycle of the the Yugas, a 24,000-year cycle that correlates to, and historically illuminates the precession of the equinoxes. There is evidence on our planet of civilizations that flourished in a Golden Age, long before recorded history. The Great Pyramid, Stonehenge, Göbekli Tepe, Chichen Itza, Tikal, Chaco Canyon, are evidence of unexplained advanced technologies.
If we stretch out the time-frame of the Earth on the scale of a single 24-hour day, we are only aware of the last few minutes of its history. In recent years the work of Erich von Däniken, Marshall Klarfeld, and other researchers have produced hard evidence that what we call the “stone age” was not primitive at all. 5,000 years from now, what evidence will remain of contemporary culture? Certainly not anything made of paper, wood, glass, plastic, or perhaps even steel.
This Mutable Grand Cross reflects an open channel for new imaginings and new ideas to spontaneously emerge, and the practical ways of integrating and self-actualizing these new paradigms. The intention is to build a new framework and allow new visions to re-image and re-imagine our selves and the world. Saturn will show us the current limits of our beliefs and visions.
All truths will come under close scrutiny. What we believed to be gospel will be exposed as heresy. What was considered heresy will be illuminated as truth. What we are searching for is not just truth, but Ultimate Truth. Jupiter will open up our understanding and create the space for new perspectives, and Neptune will whisper knowledge from the Ancestors.
Have we reached the saturation point where the scales begin to shift? From a certain perspective, the events of our lives, individually and collectively unfold with exquisite perfection, and meaning. Each episode, each consequence, is flawless and seamless, arriving at exactly the right time, with exactly the right intensity. The Law of Correspondences states, “as above, so below, as below, so above. Our outer world is the mirror of our inner world. Let us all rest assured that we have not been too overly optimistic in our pre-life planning.