Recently I have been exposed to many people with pessimistic outlooks upon the world. We know that the world has enough food but yet people are starving. We know that the world has adequate resources for all yet countless millions live in abject poverty. We see Donald Trump on TV – and though he has redefined the concept of stupidity, he is an actual contender for the most powerful political position in the world. And his finger could be on the button! Will a cascade of intercontinental ballistic nuclear weapons rain down upon an unsuspecting world if he has a bad hair day? What is also of concern is that over 40% of the American voting public apparently are prepared to vote for him.
This is just a small fraction of all the bad news. Corporations and governments are facilitating the pollution of our air, water and land to the point that the average person actually must buy pure water to avoid poisoning themselves. Will we have to buy pure oxygen soon due to air pollution? In the Land of the Free (USA), where a greater percentage of the population is imprisoned compared to any other country, they have prisoner ‘sales’ targets whereby governments must ensure that the privatized prisons have at least 90% occupancy. The average prisoner costs the same amount of money to the state as the salary of a teacher. Despite the trillions spent of the war against terrorists over the last decade or so, the likelihood of a random terrorist attack has increased exponentially many thousands of times.
I am sure that any sane person could spend the rest of their life documenting the ridiculous outcomes of our modern world. Is modernity a negative concept? Even relatively normal people are expressing concern about where the world is heading. The general consensus is that the world is like a ball rolling towards the cliff ready to fall over the edge. This does not inspire optimism or confidence.
The astrology associated with the astrological ages, and specifically our position in the Age of Aquarius, does support the above pessimistic outlook but not the pessimistic outcome. When we talk about optimism, we usually refer to Sagittarius suggesting that Sagittarius’ opposite sign Gemini is pessimistic. A superficial examination of Sagittarius and Gemini plus other key signs within the Age of Aquarius reveals the reason for the current desultory outlook by many people, especially in Western Society.
In contrast to the West, many people in developing nations are not feeling negative or pessimistic as they are currently riding a secondary wave of economic expansion and material prosperity. Whenever a new age or sub period of an age appears, the focus of new developments is usually focused upon a specific region, center or culture. This is what occurred with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century which firmly placed a focus upon Western society. It was Western society that pioneered the new Aquarian age ethos which then spreads out to the rest of the world like the wake of a boat. This is why Western society has become despondent while other societies are still experiencing the wake of the fading expansionary period. The new despondent wake will also hit Asia and the rest of the world in the future.
Western society started the modern expansionary economic paradigm with the Industrial Revolution feeding into the worldwide population explosion. This quiet naturally was associated with the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970) which like a giant wave has swept through the world but spearheaded by mainly Western nations. The majority of expansion and optimism was experienced in the second half of the wave (1791-1970).
Conversely, Western nations are unwittingly spearheading the drive towards contraction and minimalism but have not yet understood that this is actually happening and that this is not some temporary aberration but will continue for a long time. The rest of the world is not taking over the reins from Western society, but just catching up, whereupon they will also start their own paths towards contraction, especially with their populations and economic growth. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End for more details)
Though the expansionary Sagittarius wave technically came to an end in 1970, this is not how it works in practice. Basically the Sagittarius expansionary paradigm continues its momentum until it comes to a barrier. Secondly, near the end of this Sagittarius wave was a Sagittarius micro-age and overflow (1940-1955-1970) with the peak of this smaller wave aligned to the Baby Boomers. (see Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius) The Baby Boomers are the last hurrah of expansionary Sagittarius as the world plummets into out-of-control economic overdrive and environmental degradation. The Baby Boomers are like the captain of the Titanic encouraging the sailors to increase speed as they plow towards the iceberg.
The main sign that undermines Sagittarius is Gemini. Gemini is currently developing as the new sign of our times. After the Sagittarius wave came the wave associated with the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). This remains very strong in the world and is part of the reason so many people are feeling vulnerable, sarcastic and desultory – Scorpio has never been known as a cheerful sign … unless you call throwing flower petals on a coffin a pleasant experience. (see SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times …. Revisited – Part 1 )
However, following in the wake of the Scorpio wave is the relatively new Libra sub-age (1970-2148), and based on previous sub-ages, its main period of benefit will be in its overflow period commencing in 2148 whereupon it will bring in a mini Golden Age – provided there is anyone left around to enjoy it! The current Libra sub-age (this is why a female is running for US president in 2016) has three sub-age decans, and the first sub-age decan within the Libra sub-age is the Gemini sub-age decan (1970-2029). Naturally, Gemini will be far stronger in its almost 60 years overflow period commencing in 2029.
Gemini is opposite Sagittarius, and it is this Gemini sub-age that is currently bringing a halt to economic expansionism and optimistic outlook mainly in the Western economies. Because Gemini is unlucky and pessimistic, it has a tendency to resort to cheating and thieving to gain advantage. This growing phenomenon is being played out by corporations around the world where each year they discover new means and methods to cheat their customers. Whereupon a few years ago, airlines discovered they could extract more money from their passengers by supplying a relatively cheap basic service than charging often exorbitant amounts for add-ons, flight changes and so on, this is now spreading like an inferno. In the absence of a strongly expansionary market, businesses are trying to extract more and more from each customer using anyone of a number of devious and nefarious (Gemini) schemes.
This anti-Sagittarius new Gemini reality may be hypnotizing the world with handheld mobile devices, but it is also associated with a pessimistic outlook. If everything is not expanding crazily, things must be bad! However, while Gemini may be a new and growing reality, it is not the most important player on the field. A massive revolution is underway associated with the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) leading to an incredibly strong Libra period. This Libra period will greatly affect the world for over 700 years commencing in 2148 – introducing the first mini golden age after almost 7,000 years of mainly war and violence. Naturally, the last 5,000 years of war is associated with the arrival of the Aries age and overflow (2916BC – 732BC – 1433AD).
In the meantime in our cell phone modern world, it seems like a partnership with sour old Scorpio and pessimistic Gemini being the two key players of note. Scorpio is bringing a smaller and more evolved world but change always grates because society and culture is always aligned to Taurus – the sign of stability. Scorpio is the opposite sign to Taurus, so all social cultural values have been under attack since 1791, and picking up speed since 1970. Scorpio is introducing the most unstable of times and people not only dislike instability, they will even fight for their stable cultural-religious values as they dissolve in slow motion before their eyes. But cultural values will continue to dissolve because Scorpio improves by first pruning the bush then producing new growth which is more appropriate to the times. The world is mainly in the destructive side of a major metamorphosis.
If you look carefully, there are huge areas of advancement, progress and social evolution in the world today but our minds are more attuned to the disasters and problems when we feel desultory and pessimistic. A steady and growing percentage of Western populations are acknowledging the key role of the environment over short sighted capitalistic practices. Females continue to demand and get greater equality to the point that the most powerful political position in the world is soon to be most likely held by a woman. Gays are in the process of gaining the right to marry in a growing number of Western nations. Some drugs demonized only a few decades ago are finding increasing support from mainstream society.
However, socio-political-cultural revolutions are painful, and many reactionary elements will do their best to stop the tide from coming in. Donald Trump is tapping into this reactionary sentiment by many voters who nostalgically prefer the old over the new. This is also why in the 1960s and 70s so many nations, including Western nations, succumbed to military coups and dictators in place of democracy to prevent progressive change from upsetting their part of the world. It did not work then, and it will not work now or in the future but it will temporarily re-appear. The main change to the change occurring in the world is that it will progressively grow stronger and have wider effects and affect more of the world – change is accelerating. Reactionary elements will also periodically get stronger and try and stop the tide coming in.
So many people get despondent when they realize they will not be around for the mini Golden Age that will arrive mid next century. There is no need to feel despondent as anyone can be mentally in the Golden Age now, and while the percentage of the population that may already be mentally in the Golden age is a small percentage, this percentage is constantly growing. More and more people do not want more of the same. (see The Silent Revolution ) Unfortunately, Gemini makes people impatient, and many people are impatient for all the benefits of the Golden Age which cannot fully manifest before midway through next century.
There are important steps along the way towards the mini Golden Age, but the next most important step does not arrive until 2059 – but a preview will appear next decade. What will happen around 2059? In western society at least, about 20% of the population will be environmentally friendly and attuned to progressive political and cultural agendas compared to about 10% at present. 20% is the tipping point and research indicates that once 20% of the population has turned to a different direction, they have far greater influence upon society than what should be expected from only 20% of the population. However, by the mid 22nd century, this 20% becomes 50%.
Finally, there is also very good news hidden behind the turmoil and angst of the modern world. Of all the signs, Scorpio is the sign most aligned to inner reality or inner Truth. This means that one of the greatest opportunities in the world today under Scorpio is to find or discover the inner reality that underpins life, the universe and everything. Scorpio indicates change and turmoil in the external world but actively promotes the benefits of the inner world and the Truth available from going inside. If truth and ultimate reality are important to you, then you have hit the jackpot for the time you live in. Search for it because, among other considerations, the astrology is on your side for success in this endeavor. It is also more fulfilling than complaining and watching the world seemingly go down the gurgler.
There is an old concept associated with the lotus. While the lotus expresses beauty and enlightenment, it also usually grows in a smelly putrid swamp. At this point of history, we definitely get the swamp, but we can also have the lotus. Many ancient and modern seers have stated that they were distracted from smelling the putrid swamp when dazzled by the lotus.