part 2

Let us first collect material that might enable us to create an astrological overview: first of all the word crisis indicates that Pluto could be involved. The Roman god of the underworld, brother of Jupiter and Neptune derived his Latin name Pluto from Greek Plouton "god of wealth", literally wealth, riches, and probably originally meant "overflowing", from *pleu- to flow. Pluto, the Lord of death, represents richness, abundance, an overflow of energy, which leads to excitement. Pluto’s excitement is usually related to sexuality, but plain materialistic speaking, the rushing energy of the Wall Street gamblers seems to be an attempt to hype this natural Plutonic overflow in order to get rich fast. Instead of diving into and exploring the darker realm of our existence and thus finding the riches of Pluto inside as an intrinsic fact, the gamblers and bankers were trying to create an artificial wealth. 

Pluto, as the ruler of the 8th sign Scorpio is also known to represent necessity in connection with survival. Few things are simply necessary for life to survive, for the individual, as well as for the whole of existence. Many of these things are nowadays represented by money. Money has become a necessity of modern life, artificially replacing the natural energy exchange.
As all man-made systems, including the present money system, seem to reflect some instinctual pattern of nature, and if I stick with the analogy of the blood circulation then money has to flow in order for the system to stay healthy. Mother Nature’s instinctual law of ‘only the strong survives’ thus creates in the capitalistic societies a healthy elite of affluent people and a mass of losers. Due to our competitive nature in this pyramidal system more and more people want to have a share of the exciting comfort that wealth can create. Like the gold-rush, a blind and brutal copy-cat mechanism sets in, which we call greed nowadays.

Astrologically greed is an irresponsible and unconscious striving towards unnecessary riches; call it ‘an uncontrolled urge for more’ or ‘an obsession with power to enhance the feeling of being protected’, indicated by a hard aspect between Saturn and Pluto. In a sense, the instinctual pattern of natural selection of the strongest, richest or most powerful has mechanised itself as a pattern in the human mind, and that pattern we call greed. We don’t find greed anywhere else but in the human mind. First the mind reflects on and cognises the existing natural pattern (e.g. the necessity to be strong and powerful), memorises it as a critical knowledge –that means it keeps repeating it and thereby creates the echoes of knowledge we hear between the ears- and thus the knowledge has become part of our future projections, which we then aim to achieve. If you can understand the mind as a mechanism, a kind of booster amplifier that is focused on or tuned into security matters, it becomes obvious why the natural competition, which is actually meant to support and guarantee the maintenance of life, has been magnified into the extreme. This exaggerated striving towards riches creates an irresponsible imbalance in nature. It’s a mechanism out of control. In other words, our mentality is sick, it’s feverish.

As long as we let the mind run mechanically and do its thing, its focal point will not change and thus the financial crisis is something we had to have and continue to have. Knowing the ingredients of the astrological pattern we might even be able to predict the next Great Depression. But that alone doesn’t change anything.
Predicting the next sunrise is nowadays not much of a great art -my laptop does it in a split second. But contrary to the naturally fixed pattern of the sun, with its beautiful sunrise and sunset, greed is a pattern of the mind-mechanism and thus a human responsibility. Simply blaming the banks and brokers, the gamblers of Wall Street New York for being greedy doesn’t change anything either, for it is the society that has incorporated those magnified pattern and thus they have become the projected ideal we all more or less strive for. And we all teach our children to do the same. Thus one might think it becomes a policy-making task for the leaders of society to create humane ideals and educating every child about the mechanics of the mind. But that also would mean that they have to understand what is going on –which they don’t.
I might add that for that purpose astrology would be a very good education-tool and should be taught at every school on this globe.

Having said that, what does astrology tell us about Saturn and Pluto that combine into the compulsive addiction called greed and therefore might have something to do with the pattern ofFrancisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son, from the Black Paintings series the financial crisis?
In mythology Saturn was afraid that his father’s curse, condemning Saturn to be killed by one of his offspring -for that was what Saturn did to his father, would come true, and to prevent this he built the biggest and strongest castle around. On top of that he devoured all of his offspring simply to have the satisfying feeling that everything is under control. Saturn was given the responsibility to get rid of his father Uranus by his mother in order to establish evolution of life, yet Saturn’s earthy maturity turned out to be narrow-minded as he too hindered evolution by holding everything back, so that he also needed to be removed. 
After the removal of Saturn, Pluto won the rulership over the Underworld and is most famous for his invisible making hat he wore when, as Hades in the Greek mythology, abducted Core, daughter of Demeter. In astrology the hat of invisibility refers to Pluto’s tendency to make qualities of other aspected planets invisible, or rather ‘as if not’, in order to urge the individual to investigate what seems to be missing.
Saturn is usually associated to responsibility, but in contact with Pluto it may seem to be a lack of responsibility, or irresponsibility. Here I might have to enlighten the reason why I don’t consider Jupiter in relation with those Wall Street gamblers, as Jupiter is usually associated with gambling. I don’t negate the possibility of Jupiter’s involvement or of his ruling sign Sagittarius, there might be many Jupitarean gamblers occupied in Wall Street, but I look here at the greedy and irresponsibly acts of those gamblers from the point of view that they are expressions of an unconscious pattern that is deeply ingrained in all of us, as a part of mother nature’s urge to survive.    

Before I connect these attributes with the financial crises let us have a look at the planetary configuration at the times of the mentioned depressions, to find out if there are any hard aspects between Saturn and Pluto involved in those event, in specific conjunction or opposition. We have to consider that Pluto is a very slow moving planet, which means it can trigger the effects of the actual aspect much earlier or it ‘sinks in’ much later.

In 1837 on the 10th of May, when the fever bubble burst, Saturn and Pluto were about 152 degrees apart, which can be still accounted as a Quincunx (150°), with Saturn placed in Scorpio, which is ruled by Pluto, and Pluto in Aries. And on the 30th September 1834, about 2 ½  years earlier, Saturn and Pluto were in Opposition at 5:22 New York time 12º Libra, 1st house, and 12º Aries, 7th house, respectively. The conjunction in Pisces on 4th Oct 1819, 18 years earlier interestingly marks the beginning of what led to the Panic in 1837.

Edward M. Shepard wrote in 1888: “In 1819, the United States suffered from commercial and financial derangement, which may be assumed to have been the effect of the second war with Great Britain. The enormous waste of a great war carried on by a highly organized nation is apt not to become obvious in general business distress until some time after the war has ended. A buoyant extravagance in living and in commercial and manufacturing ventures will continue after a peace has brought its extraordinary promises, upon the faith of which, and in joyful ignorance, the evil and inevitable (Pluto) day is postponed (Saturn).”

Between 1819 and 1837 not much happened worth mentioning besides that on 16-17 December 1835 "The Great Fire of New York" destroyed 530 buildings, including the New York Stock Exchange. Probably the first cosmic sign of what was to come.

Martin Van Buren, who became President in March 1837, five weeks before the Panic engulfed the young republic's economy, was blamed for the Panic. His refusal to involve the government in the economy was said by some to have contributed to the damages and duration of the Panic. Jacksonian Democrats blamed the banks' irresponsibility, both in funding rampant speculation and by introducing paper money inflation. This was caused by banks issuing excessive paper money (unbacked by bullion reserves), leading to inflation.
Within two months the failures in New York alone aggregated nearly $100,000,000 in value. "Out of 850 banks in the United States, 343 closed entirely, 62 failed partially, and the system of State banks received a shock from which it never fully recovered."
According to most accounts, the economy did not recover until 1843. In Feb 1843 Saturn in Capricorn and Pluto in Aries were in Square.

In 1929 Oct 24, the beginning of the Great Depression, we find again a Quincunx (150°) between Saturn and Pluto, this time 146°44’ apart. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn starting in most places in 1929 and ending at different times in the 1930s or early 1940s for different countries. Not surprisingly we find this time the opposition 15 moth later in Feb 10 1931, with Saturn in Capricorn and Pluto in Cancer. 
It was the largest and most important economic depression in the 20th century, and is used in the 21st century as an example of how far the world's economy can fall. The depression had devastating effects in virtually every country, rich or poor.
There were multiple causes for the first downturn in 1929, including the structural weaknesses and specific events that turned it into a major depression and the way in which the downturn spread from country to country. In relation to the 1929 downturn, historians emphasize structural factors like massive bank failures and the stock market crash, while economists point to Britain's decision to return to the Gold Standard at pre-World War I parities.

Recession cycles are thought to be a normal part of living in a world of inexact balances between supply and demand. What turns a usually mild and short recession or ‘ordinary’ business cycle into a great depression is a subject of debate and concern. Scholars have not agreed on the exact causes and their relative importance. The search for causes is closely connected to the question of how to avoid a future depression, and so the political and policy viewpoints of scholars are mixed into the analysis of historic events eight decades ago. The even larger question is whether it was largely a failure on the part of free markets or largely a failure on the part of government efforts to regulate interest rates, curtail widespread bank failures, and control the money supply.

Current theories may be broadly classified into three main points of view. First, there is orthodox classical economics: monetarist, Austrian Economics and neoclassical economic theory, which focus on the macroeconomic effects of money supply, how central banking decisions lead to overinvestment (economic bubble), or the supply of gold which backed many currencies before the Great Depression, including production and consumption.
Second, there are structural theories, most importantly Keynesian, but also including those of institutional economics, that point to underconsumption and overinvestment (economic bubble), malfeasance by bankers and industrialists, or incompetence by government officials. The only consensus viewpoint is that there was a large-scale lack of confidence. Unfortunately, once panic and deflation set in, many people believed they could make more money by keeping clear of the markets as prices got lower and lower and a given amount of money bought ever more goods.
Third, there is the Marxist critique of political economy. This emphasizes the tendency of capitalism to create unbalanced accumulations of wealth, leading to overaccumulations of capital and a repeating cycle of devaluations through economic crises. Marx saw recession and depression as unavoidable under free-market capitalism as there are no restrictions on accumulations of capital other than the market itself.

The present world-wide financial crisis however does not seem to fit into these patterns we have so far. If we take the faltering of the Hedgfonds as a beginning point or the Wall Street crash one year later, we don’t find a Quincunx, as we did with the Panic 1837 and the Great Depression of 1929, but a Trine. We also don’t find the Saturn Pluto opposition close to it; it actually occurred on the 5th August 2001, 5 weeks before the 9/11 attack that changed the world. Let that sink in.
There were roughly every 32 years 2 opposition in between 1834 and 1931, one in 1866 and the other in 1898. The first after 1931 happened in 1965 and the next was 2001 somewhat indicating that the following in 2035 might be the one closer to the real great crash or depression. That means even though the circumstances are very similar between now and 1834 and 1931, 2035 seems to fit better into the pattern. If that would be true then the present situation might be just an indicator of what could be done to avoid it. The present shift of political policy might have something to do with it, a consciousness for the need of a change in perception of how we want to live in future as a global family has grown world-wide. We may have been presented with an opportunity to stop the blind mechanism that leads to a crash approximately every 100 years.
As Pluto was in Sagittarius at the time my feeling is that what seems to be missing is a global vision of humanity. Not that there never has been one, there were always few individuals that had that kind of vision, as for example Victor Hugo who spoke in 1851 to the international peace conference in Paris these words:

“Gentlemen, if someone four centuries ago, at a time when war raged from parish to parish, from town to town, from province - if someone had said to Lorraine, to Picardy, to Normandy, to Brittany, to Auvergne, to Province, to Dauphine, to Burgundy, 'A day will come when you will no longer wage war, when you will no longer raise men of arms against each other, when it will no longer raise men of arms against each other, when it will no longer be said that Normans have attacked the men of Picardy, and the men of Lorraine have driven back those of Burgundy; that you will still have differences to settle, interests to discuss, certainly disputes to solve, but do you know what you will have in place of men on foot and horseback, in place of guns, falconets, spears, pikes, and swords? You will have a small box made of wood, which you will call a ballot box. And do you know what this box will bring forth? An assembly, an assembly in which you will all feel you live, an assembly which will be like your own soul, a supreme and popular council which will decide, judge, and solve everything in law, which will cause the sword to fall from every hand and justice to rise in every heart. And this event will say to you, 'There ends your right, here begins your duty. Lay down your arms! Live in peace!'
On that day you will be conscious of a common thought, common interests, and a common destiny. You will clasp each other's hands and you will acknowledge that you are sons of the same blood and the same race. On that day you will no longer be hostile tribes, but a nation. You will no longer be Burgundy, Normandy, Brittany, Provence, you will be France. On that day your name will no longer be war, but civilization.
Well, you say today - and I am one of those who say it with you - all of us here, we say to France, to England, to Prussia, to Austria, to Spain, to Italy, to Russia, we say to them, 'A day will come when your weapons will fall from your hands, a day when war will seem absurd and be as impossible between Paris and London, St. Petersburg and Berlin, Vienna and Turin, as today it would seem impossible between Rouen and Amiens, Boston and Philadelphia.
A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. A day will come when the bullets and bombs are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage, by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.
A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece, as instruments of torture are today. And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed! A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece, as instruments of torture are today. And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed!
A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius, clearing up the globe, making deserts fruitful, ameliorating creation under the eyes of the Creator, and joining together to reap the well-being of all.
Henceforth the goal of great politics, of true politics, is this: the recognition of all nationalities, the restoration of the historical unity of nations and the uniting of the latter to civilization by peace, the relentless enlargement of the civilized group, the setting of an example to the still-savage nations; in short, and this recapitulates all I have said, the assurance that justice will have the last word, spoken in the past by might.”

zodiac lensLooking through the four-coloured lens of astrology ‘humanity’ is one name of the red 4th quarter (red = the element of fire), also known as ‘Spirit’, or human Spirit, as well as ‘Might’, indicating the might of a conscious human being to act independently, autonomic; independent from Mother Mature.
Spirit is opposed to the Body, the 3rd quarter, above the horizon. Saturn’s prime position in Capricorn at the top of the 4th quarter illustrates the need of maturity, autonomy and last not least responsibility (which is literally the ability to respond; as well as the ability to will independently from Mother Nature) in order to call oneself conscious. That means that not every human body is a conscious human being, neither by birth or later. Therefore, in an unconscious condition, the 4th quarter can be associated to ‘society’, to the projections of the human mind and called the ‘Ideal’.
Idealism is to some the greatest mental poison there is, fanaticism; to others it may be an expression of their futuristic hope of a better world. Yet there is a situation where the ideal, the universal declaration of the humane race to be humane, becomes reality with the birth of a loving consciousness in a human being. This is when the 4th quarter unfolds its true potential of individualism. The birth of humanity happens only in an individual not in a society. We all have to do it, care for it, implement it; no-one is exempt from the responsibility and its duty to manifest it.

Saturn’s sign Capricorn is the extension, the wing of existence, inside the realm of consciousness, i.e. inside the human spirit, the 4th quarter (the other wing of existence is Virgo inside the Mind-quarter). Saturn is the son of Mother Earth who made him responsible for the human evolution.
For Mother Nature that evolution is basically the growth of the family (indicated by the Capricorn-Cancer axis) into a society (Aquarius), which is still based and ruled by the laws of nature. Saturn however represents the striving to go beyond the limitations of Mother Nature, to liberate oneself from the straight-jacket of instincts and become conscious, autonomic and responsible for oneself.
For Saturn the detachment from Mother Nature is the evolution of humanity, the achievement of a human consciousness that is not bound by the rules of Mother Nature, although it cannot be without her. One cannot be conscious without a body. But existence can be without consciousness; it can function on its own instinctively. Societies, nations can also function without consciousness, as they reflect the mechanics of Mother Nature. Humanity, on the other hand, is the expression of consciousness. Humanity is the true birth of individuality of a human body, which is what we call the birth of a conscious human being or enlightenment, a realisation of the unchanging deathlessness inside the changing and fleeting existence.

Pluto, ruler of the Underworld, is the Lord of Death. Death is irrevocable, a certainty of life, call itEngraving by Lucas Jennis, in alchemical tract titled De Lapide Philisophico fate if you wish. Placed at the core of existence, Pluto represents the endless cycle of life and death and rebirth. One of the oldest symbols for this timeless cycle of death and rebirth, is the Uroboros, an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. It is based on a Greek word and literally means "tail-devouring snake".

Carl Jung (Collected Works, Vol. 14 para. 513) said: “The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. The Ouroboros has been said to have a meaning of infinity or wholeness. In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This 'feed-back' process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which [...] unquestionably stems from man's unconscious.”

Death for us is usually the end of our personal life-span, but astrologically the death of the outer structure of a body can be also the end of any nation, religion, dogma, philosophy or any other social structure, as well as planetary qualities. Spiritually one may think that death of the outer shell reveals –or frees- the deathless inside, which is often illustrated with a ghostly spirit leaving either for heaven or hell, but that presumes the presence of a spirit. Assuming that Pluto has a grip on Saturn, its invisible making touch not only leads to an irresponsible urge for unnecessary riches but also indicates the death, lack or loss of one of Saturn’s intrinsic qualities: responsibility, which is a death sentence to humanity. If there is no humanity then society rules, and all societies are made of the projected ideals of this feverish booster, the mind that belongs to Mother Nature.
The irresponsible striving for riches of a feverish mind, a mind out of control, will naturally lead to a collapse, to ashes, out of which the new cycle begins. These depressions are not really the result of greedy gamblers, though they play their part in it, these depressions are not man-made if we presuppose man-made to be an act of a conscious human. Man only unconsciously expresses it, if not simply instinctively imitates nature. That means all our societies of all nations -our world- are only a reflection of the natural mechanics and laws of existence, in particular “the strongest survives”. The best illustration of this natural mechanism is the pyramid, with the healthy elite of affluent people on the top and masses of loser at the bottom.
That brings me to question the “human rights” idea! Amnesty international, the watch dog institution of the global human rights can tell you best that the human right record on this globe, even of the G20, is appalling, to say the least.

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
I haven’t always been the keenest pupil; however, I do believe I would remember if the human rights declaration had been taught in all schools I have been. I thought it might be a good idea to exhibit here the preamble and the first five of thirty articles:

PREAMBLE
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Billions of people are suffering from insecurity, injustice and indignity around the world. In many cases, the economic crisis made matters worse, with millions more sliding into poverty.
Increased poverty and deprivation have led to denial of economic and social rights – including food shortages and the use of food as a political weapon; forced evictions; abuse of rights of indigenous peoples. Yet human rights problems have been relegated to the backseat as political and business leaders grapple with the economic crisis.
The World Bank has predicted 53,000,000 more people will be thrown into poverty this year as a direct result of the global recession, on top of 150,000,000 hit by the food crisis last year, wiping out any inroads made on poverty over the past decade.
Projections from the International Labour Organisation suggest up to 50,000,000 could lose their jobs.
And the annual report from the human rights watchdog Amnesty International released yesterday, 28 May 2008, says that the economic crisis has also aggravated the human rights crisis.

Amnesty's Secretary-General Irene Khan wrote in the report that, "...We are sitting on a powder keg of inequality, injustice and insecurity, and it is about to explode."
Astrologically I absolutely agree. Irene Khan seems to be the mouthpiece of the Saturn/Pluto aspect. Asked if –according to her- the political wheel can handle climate change and the global recession, she said: “Well, for the time being we see a lot of focus on just economic growth. What we are saying is that governments have to look at the quality of growth, and not just the quantity of it. And we are making a particular call to the G-20. If you look at the record of the G-20, the human rights record, it's actually pretty poor among many of those countries, and we are saying, ‘Look, if you're going to be global leaders, you need to subscribe to the global values of human rights, and bring about change that is qualitatively different from what has happened in the past if we are to get out of this situation of growing inequality and insecurity.’ [...] What we (Amnesty) are saying is that as governments try to reinvest in the economy, they need to invest also in the human rights situations, both of marginalised communities in their own countries as well as marginalised communities in the other countries, otherwise the economic package will not be sustainable. It will not be sustainable if millions of people are living in conditions of utter despair and there will be social unrest and that is not good for the economy either. [...] In many of the countries in the developing world we have seen economic growth in recent years, but as that economic growth has taken place, millions of people have also been pushed out of the economy on to margins of depravation. [...] I'm talking now about indigenous peoples in countries like Brazil, rural communities in India, migrant workers in China. These are millions of people who are not benefitting from the economy. And with the economic downturn many of them are being left with nothing, and that's creating social discontent. If action is not taken urgently, then it can lead to trouble. That's what we're saying, we're not saying there will be trouble, but we're saying there's an opportunity here now to invest in human rights.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not so universal after all. Manfred Novac, the toture hunter, who is paid by the United Nations to find torture, regularly travels to prisons across the world to investigate whether international conventions regarding the use of torture have been broken, said: “Human nature is not that good as we would like it to be.” He finds torture everywhere on this globe. “Torture is a direct attack on a human’s dignity… You try not to lose your belief in the dignity and good spirit of human beings… we know what human rights are – the challenge is to implement those practices," says Novac. Frankly, the idea of human rights is a joke to a conscious human being. Many conscious human beings actually have been denied the right to live in our world, they have been stoned to death, Jesus was crucified, and Socrates had to poison himself. Trying to fully implement the Human Rights on our globe is failing everywhere, in America with its Guantanamo prison, in China, in Africa, in Europe, everywhere we still find child labour, slavery, torture, forced oppression, repression, discrimination, tyranny; the list is very long.

I don't agree with Manfred Novac when he says that human nature is not that good as we would like it to be. Human nature has been corrupted and tortured from the first breath onwards, yes, but its nature nevertheless at the very core of our existence is innocent and beautiful as ever. It is not our nature to torture and kill each other. It's happening because the human mentality is sick; it fevers after money, after security, after power, might, superiority... yes, it does so because it's in the nature of physical existence and all our societies mechanically reflect or imitate that nature, unconsciously, instinctively. Jesus nailed on the cross said: "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing." Astrology differentiates between the essence of a being and a body. The core quality of a conscious human being is very different from a common human body. It is the body and its mind that has been tortured and corrupted not the being.

In astrological text books the Saturn Pluto aspect is described with obsessiveness. Greed can be described as an obsessive behaviour. This contact between Saturn and Pluto also seems to express itself as an intense stance of independence. Saturn’s responsibility to detach itself from the instinctual claws of Mother Nature is paired with the necessity to be stronger and richer than others. In our modern societies you can buy your independence with money; the idea is that if you are rich you can do what you want without being restricted by the normal standards of society. You don’t need anybody to help you -you pay them.

Obsessions like drug addictions often seem to move towards self-destruction –if not suicide. One might be even aware of it yet believes not to be in control of it. This shrugging it off is actually giving up the control, instead of giving up the cherished ideal, the belief, the philosophy, the way of live, the beloved, or whatever. Well, Pluto will do it anyway for you; you will lose something. Not surprisingly Saturn Pluto contacts bring about feelings of despair and depression. And here we have that word again, depression. If we look only at the qualities involved then it doesn’t seem to matter if the depression is individual or global.
One could lament about this aspect and say it’s not easy, but life is not meant to be easy in that way. On a cosmic level easy is right, yes, but who is on that level? On an individual level a person with Saturn-Pluto will usually not permit himself to have an easy glide through life. It’s a struggle. The only chance one has is to go along with it, cooperate with it. On an individual level one has to learn to detach oneself (a quality of Saturn) from one’s obsessive nature, of one’s desire-nature (Pluto). Then Saturn is back in control and on its way to enlightenment. On a global level, detachment, as the ideal tool to jumpstart a new adventure of the human race, a journey towards enlightenment, the ideal achievement of every body, has to be taught in every school. Sooner than later a new consciousness will arrive in the human mind, a new understanding of humanity and thus new ways can be found in dealing with each other. ‘First things first,’ a wise man said.

Pluto, the powerful essence of existence, is undermining Saturn’s responsibility of the conscious Spirit, the 4th quarter. As long as everything just runs mechanically the aim is to be in control, to become the world power no 1. Mother Nature does not need consciousness; it can function on its own, without Jesus, without Buddha, Moses, Mohammed and other conscious human beings. An aiming to become enlightened, to become a conscious human being, is missing, as if not. And many of those who seem to aim in that direction, or at least claim to be on an enlightening path, seem to compete with those masters, or are trying to imitate them just have diciples on their own that then support those achievers with donations. They seem to completely miss the point; it's not about getting adoration from followers but about creating humanity. It's not about them individually, it's not about me, that 'I am an enlightened master'. What is that good for anyway? Once you are enlightened then what do you do with that? Make a living by lecturing humanity? Is that it?
The real failure is that we, the human specie, have not learned anything from those enlightened masters that we adore as the son of god, the messiah or else. We blindly follow most of the time their recipes without understanding them. As long as humanity does not exist, as long we will have war, corruption, tyranny and all the rest.
We really have to start globally and educate all our offspring, in every nation, on every continent what it means to be a conscious human being without mystifying it. Education does not mean to train them into a dogma, into Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism or else, to make followers out of them that simply obey the rules of their nation, their leader. As long as we all don’t yearn to be humanity all our systems will fail and create conflict and strife again and again, because the very base, the origin of all these systems is -astrologically speaking- Pluto, which means the crisis is inbuilt. If the real depression is still coming around 2035, which is a possibility, if we don't take the opportunity now created by this financial crisis and become aware of the pattern involved and respond accordingly... I wonder how big the social explosion will be Irene Khan is speaking of.

Sieghart Rohr

 

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