Wake-Up Calls

Underneath all the shameless speculation about who will benefit politically from the ravages of this week’s mega-storm, there is a growing murmur in the trenches: climate change is here, and we had better start making plans on how to blunt its potency and deal with its impact. As we rebuild the Mid-Atlantic coastline after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, it would be useful to keep this salient reality in mind.

After the horror of Katrina, America woke up briefly to the new dangers indicated by a warming planet, but quickly returned its more accustomed slumbering avoidance as soon as other matters came to the forefront. In fact, nearly half of the US population is so set on denying this “inconvenient truth” that government has been practically paralyzed on the issue. Nonetheless, President Obama has made some inroads by investing in renewable energy and setting higher gas mileage requirements. Unfortunately, this is nowhere near enough, as we have seen in the past few miserable days. The infrastructure of the 21st Century requires nothing less than engineering that factors deteriorating 21st Century climate into the equation.

I truly hope it is not lost on the electorate that one of the two major political parties basically denies all climate science and wishes to simply “drill, baby, drill”. Governor Romney has promised to end investments in renewables and focus solely on fossil fuels, while at the same time getting rid of the Obama directives for better gas mileage. The president’s campaign slogan of “Forward” takes on an even more profound meaning in this regard.

Astrologically, we are now in the zone of the progressed US Sun (8Pisces) square to natal Uranus (8Gemini55), from September 2012, waxing through September 2013 and then dissipating. This suggests a year of unexpected and powerful upsets that serve to wake up the American electorate and push it toward a different, more appropriate, and healthier path. Dramatic circumstances are most likely when transiting planets cross 8 degrees and strengthen the disruption and agitation contained in this volatile progression.

As of October 2012, transiting Pluto (7 – 8 Capricorn) has been sextile progressed US Sun and will move into a quincunx with natal US Uranus as of November 19th through December 21st.  Thus, this entire period is ripe for potential upheaval and situations that push for change or foment rebellion (Uranus) against the status quo. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, as Hurricane Sandy and its immediate aftermath ravaged the East Coast, the transiting Sun crossed 8 Scorpio, further triggering the progressed Sun square to Uranus in the US chart and slapping the country with a massive wake-up call. This week also included the transit of Saturn to the US progressed Saturn (3Scorpio11) trine natal Venus (3Cancer06), underlining the grief and loss of this particular episode.

There is no doubt that the last 8 weeks of 2012 will see further activation of this volatile configuration. As mentioned, the Pluto stimulation is already beginning to be felt and will be even more potent after November 19. The Pluto/Mars conjunction (8Capricorn09) of November 26 and November 27, followed by the transiting Sun crossing 8Sagittarius55, opposite US Uranus, on November 29 and November 30, suggest a period of significant disruption, possible violence, and unexpected and transformative circumstances that serve as a jolt to force the country to pay attention to some hitherto unheeded, but serious issue. As with this week’s destructive storm, the late November Uranus activation will be accompanied by a Saturn transit in the US chart: Saturn will square the US Node (6Leo36) and semisquare US Mars (21Gemini23) from November 21 to November 30. Thus, the anticipated tumultuous events will be very stressful for the country in some way and difficult to respond to as energetically as we might like (Saturn/Node/Mars). It is possible that troublesome and strained interactions with other nations (Saturn/Node) will be a part of the picture at this time.

Looking farther ahead, it is hard to overestimate the drama and turmoil also likely to unfold between December 12 and December 24 when both transiting Pluto (8Capricorn55) and transiting Saturn (8Scorpio55) will be quincunx natal US Uranus, with transiting Jupiter (8Gemini55) conjunct US Uranus for much of the same period. This is a massive strengthening of the progressed US Sun square to natal US Uranus, greatly intensifying the mood of rebellion against the status quo, as well as the potential for sudden transformations and bracing, unanticipated awareness. No one knows what the actual circumstances of this period will be, but the underlying need for the US to rouse itself and make some significant adjustments to the new and demanding exigencies of the modern world will be very evident. Hurricane Sandy was only the beginning.

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