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A Call to Transformation by Michael Meyer

A Call to Transformation by Michael Meyer

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 Part One At the Threshold 
We stand at the threshold of a new world order. The next step in human evolution lies before us. It leads humanity out of an era dominated by egoism, individualism andhedonism on the individual level and by cultural pride, nationalism and imperialismon the collective level. If all goes well, it will eventually lead humanity into a planetary society, an age of global harmony and fullness.It is a most difficult step. And all might not go well. In the darkness of pride,ignorance and fear, we might stumble and fall half-conscious across the threshold,only to find ourselves in an oppressive, totalitarian new world order-a society of imposed unanimity, the sort of world many envisioned upon hearing the leader of avast and powerful warrior nation pronounce the words "new world order" in the same breath as an announcement of war. Or we might simply go on as usual, hesitating atthe threshold, searching for a comfortable escape while hoping the myriad of trulyglobal problems facing us will somehow magically disappear whenever the twin godsof our modern era—empirical Science and high Technology—are invoked by their high priests.We have already hesitated long at the threshold, clinging desperately to our prizedsense of separateness, relying too much on atomistic and classical mindsets weshould have by now outgrown, and engaging in comfortable and profitable ways andmeans. But if we hesitate too long, forces greater than the egos of men, higher thanthe obsolete sovereignty of nations, and more powerful than the economic influenceof multi-national corporations will act.Wholeness will act, and whatever and whoever stands against it will surely perish. Now is the time for individuals, groups and nations to take a hard look atthemselves. We need to ask ourselves difficult questions. We may talk glibly of anew age and avidly consume new age products, but are we actually making ourselvesfit to live in the global society of a truly new age? Are we ready and willing to participate creatively in the transformation of our chaotic world-situation into a planetary society where plenitude will replace hunger in the face of conspicuousconsumption, where cooperation will supersede competition, and where harmony willsupplant exploitation and war. Or are we avoiding the challenge by holding tight to
our sense of separate egohood and national sovereignty, and by attempting to force fitthe needs of a new, global humanity into the inadequate mindsets and patterns of  behavior that are responsible for our current social, economic and ecological crises.To those ready and willing to participate in building a planetary society of harmony and fullness, astrology provides an abundance of symbols which cancontribute to one's understanding of both where one stands as an individual and whatis at stake for humanity as a whole during this crucial last decade of the 20th century.In their efforts to provide symbols of transformation, astrologers have recentlyfocused on the series of conjunctions of Uranus and Neptune that occurred in 1993. Now millennium fever rages. To grasp the real significance of any celestial or humanevent, however, we need view it against a larger background of which it is a moment.The most significant constituents of the larger celestial picture of our time are listed below. They help place the challenges of our era within a vast historical andevolutionary context.1. A so-called "long sextile" linking Neptune and Pluto. Given a ten degreeorb, it spans about 90 years and is operative from the 1940s until the 2030s. The phenomenon is produced by Pluto's extremely elongated orbit.2. The conjunction of Uranus and Pluto during 1965-66, and the Uranus- Neptune sextile (60° aspect) of 1968. They figure as a prelude of things to come atthe close of the century and, in a different sense, past challenges inadequately metwhich undoubtedly exacerbates today's world-situation.3. Pluto's penetration of Neptune's orbit from 1979 to 1999, and Pluto's perihelion on 4 September 1989 at 12°52' Scorpio.4. The massing of five and six planets—especially Saturn, Uranus and Neptune —in Capricorn during late-1989 and early-1990, and their involvement during thattime in a sextile with Pluto in Scorpio and an opposition with Jupiter.5. During 1993, a series of three geocentric conjunctions of Uranus and Neptune in the nineteenth (18°33' and 18°48'R) and twentieth (19°34') degrees of Capricorn.6. The 493-year cycle of Neptune and Pluto. The two planets last met inconjunction during 1891-92 in the ninth degree of Gemini.7. The very long cycle of near triple conjunctions between the three trans-Saturnian planets—Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planets last met in near conjunction during 577-574 BC, when they were often within one to three zodiacaldegrees, around 10°Taurus.8. A 10,000-year cycle in which the cycles of Uranus, Neptune and Plutofigure largely.
9. The approximately 25,920-year Sidereal Year, and the commencementaround 1990 of the last degree (or 72-year period) of the Piscean Age. From another  perspective, 1990 marks the beginning of the last of three steps leading to theAquarian Age, which many expect to begin around 2062. The first of the three steps began around 1846, the second around 1918.(1)10. Hindus and Theosophists would add that we are in the Indo-European KaliYuga (dark cycle) that began in 3102 BC.With the aid of this extensive set of astrological symbols, we'll attempt to outline thechallenges and opportunities that shape the 1990s and the first decade of the newcentury. But first we'll need to take a closer look at the three trans-Saturnian planetsthat play principal roles in the unfolding drama of the late-20th century, and their special place in the heliocosm—the solar system as a whole.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as Symbols of Transformation
The obvious feature of the three outer planets is that their orbits lie outside the rangeof human vision. We speak of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as trans-Saturnian planets,as planets beyond Saturn. They operate beyond the fortified mundane realm Saturnsymbolizes. The trans-Saturnian planets represent revolutionary, transformative andtranscendent forces which shatter Saturn's barriers . . . and our sense of separateegohood.Saturn's orbit marks the outer reach the solar winds (the sun's electro-magneticcurrent), which provides a strong clue to the astrological symbology of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. A century ago H. P. Blavatsky wrote that Uranus and Neptune arein but not of the solar system. More recently, Rudhyar stressed that the outer planets,which he called Galactic Ambassadors, are subject to the pull of the galactic center.Uranus, Neptune and Pluto challenge us to shift our loyalties to a higher center, torealize a new, more inclusive sense of relationship to all that is. In a few words, thethree outer planets represent the process of modulation to a higher octave of being,activity and consciousness. In spiritual or theosophical terms, such a process is calledthe Path. As we'll soon discuss, each of the three outer planets symbolizes a particular step along the path to the galactic center, and the sort of tests and teachers theaspirant is likely to encounter along the way.Similarly, the three planets represent still mostly underdeveloped faculties latentwithin us all, evolutionary steps we are now trying to realize.The trans-Saturnian planets are of relatively recent discovery—Uranus in the 18thcentury, Neptune in the 19th century and Pluto in the 20th century. The event of their discovery corresponds with the first widespread stirrings of the latent human facultiesthey symbolize.Uranus is the first planet beyond the orbit of Saturn. It was discovered in 1781,and it carries the basic character of that century of invention and revolution. It has an84-year orbit, which is three times the length of Saturn's orbit.Uranus is the great Awakener, symbolizing the urge to go beyond. Because itchallenges the authority of Saturn and its secure walls, Uranus represents inner andouter revolutions. In a negative sense, Uranus symbolizes directionless rebellion. The

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