Fear is the main factor. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made that statement last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She was referring to a worldwide rise in fascism in Syria, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Venezuela, and the Philippines– but the connection to the United States is clear. She explained that when people feel economically insecure, they seek out a political strongman that they believe will set things right, and will make them safe and powerful again. That leader identifies strongly with one group, and pits himself against the other group, creating a social divide and an atmosphere of intolerance and bigotry.
Courage is only acquired when we face things that scare us. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is symbolic of this courage. Wherever Aries is in our natal chart points to an area in our lives where we must push forward into the unknown, branching out from the safety of our private shell. The Sun is currently in Aries, moving towards slow-moving Uranus. And the Moon is going to join in the party on Friday, heading towards its monthly conjunction with the Sun for the Aries New Moon, exact at 9:57 Sunday night.
This New Moon is a bit wild. Not only is it in Aries, a sign that cannot be restrained from doing what it wants, but it’s connected to rebellious, erratic, unpredictable Uranus. Uranus refuses to follow the rules– there’s a need to change things up, to break out of boring routines and shock the system. This is a great time to initiate a brand new idea, especially if it pushes you out of your comfort zone and toward something that you’ve been wanting to pursue, but rationalized all the reasons why you “can’t”.
The waxing lunar cycle continues next week with the Sun’s shift into earth sign Taurus on Thursday, April 19. If we’ve implemented powerful changes in our lives, the solid energy of Taurus the Bull is exactly what we need to sustain them. This energetic shift in the month’s astrology helps to ground down some of the frantic and strange chaos that seems to be permeating the social landscape, here and around the globe. But the calm and serenity that is at the heart of Taurus cannot be attained without our effort this time around. This waxing lunar phase culminates with Mars, the God of War, meeting up with Pluto, the God of the Underworld on April 26, just 3 days before the next Full Moon.
The conjunction of Mars and Pluto is not ominous, despite their mythological titles. But it warns us of the potential danger ahead. When we engage our inner warrior (Mars) in a healthy way, we make an impact. Mars is passion and power, and without it, we would be ghosts. Pluto corresponds to everything that has ever wounded us– and our ability to be transformed by it. Pluto is intensity and purpose, and without it, again, we would be ghosts– walking through our lives as if it were a movie, not engaged or driven at all.
These planets have a high road, and their union in Capricorn is symbolic of all the abuses of power in our political, industrial, social systems. It’s not hard to see the shit hitting the fan in this regard. But the question is, what can we do about it? The low road is always an option– and as I mentioned, these planets pack a punch. Violent anger and destructive behavior based on corrupted values– that’s another possibility. We can continue hating the enemy, if we choose. But then we have only one path ahead: war.
In each of our own lives, this evolutionary powerhouse of a conjunction is coming. Have that long, hard talk with yourself about what you fear and hate. Know your own biases and prejudices. And be willing to make a huge change. Because there is no escaping Pluto. Pluto is the psychological heaviness we carry, and when we face it honestly, we become stronger, freer, and more alive than we were before. So the moral of the story is: work on your stuff, or your stuff will work on you.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” -Elie Wiesel