It’s another week of intensified intensity here on planet Earth—we’re in the deep space of personal and planetary transformation and the stakes are high. Who would or even could have imagined that our entire planet—everyone, including animals, minerals and vegetables, everywhere, including land, sea and air—would be sharing a simultaneous identity crisis? Each new day highlights another facet of our changing world. And it’s not just local or specific to the United States, although Mr. Trump and his Gang of Hungry Ghosts seem to be spearheading a devolution, vainly attempting to hide from the social shadows in dire need of attention—shadows that are giving birth to a revolution.
It’s also a global identity crisis, as countries around the world experience an increase in right-wing resistance to an inevitable paradigm shift, a shift that’s more about our shared common ground than it is about our individual nations. The convulsions of this identity crisis are also pulsing through the animal and plant world, as one after another of our fellow travelers becomes extinct. And the oceans, once considered too vast to be polluted, are suffocating under the weight of our refuse. There’s so much to take in that no one would be wrong to feel it’s simply too much to handle gracefully.
And for the next several weeks that might be true for all of us, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in perpetual crisis-management mode. The ongoing Mars/Saturn conjunction, in Capricorn, tightens its grip this week—it’s exact and separating on Monday, April 2, which means we’re within its strongest effect for the next week at least. This is a pernicious interaction that signifies inflammation of every kind—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Mars wants to move and Saturn wants to control. Mars is the Warrior and Saturn is the Authoritarian. Saturn sits on that Martian need for action, and the result is an atmosphere rife with frustration, arguments and power struggles. As noted last week, under this influence it’s likely that most of us will be more than a little irritable, so try not to take your frustrations out on others. No snarly, snarky comments to the barista or snide asides about a co-worker. Even the smallest perceived infraction could escalate into a full-scale battle.
What’s more, the Mars/Saturn effect is exacerbated by several other interactions. (1) The ongoing Mars/Sun square, which was exact on March 24, persists until April 7, ramping up the idea that a fight seems is as good a way as any to blow off steam. (2) The Sun/Saturn square is exact and separating tomorrow, March 29, and we’re in its critical wake until April 8—so anticipate harsh and angry exchanges about the way things should be done. (3) On March 31, the Full Moon, in Libra, squares the Mars/Saturn conjunction, adding an emotional component that few will have the patience to tolerate. (4) A week later, the Moon conjuncts Mars and Saturn, in Capricorn, continuing the thread of emotional hypersensitivity. Yes…it is as complex as it sounds. But the gist is this: It’s a cranky, bellicose bundle that is sure to stimulate a need to fight—bullies are empowered, but even the meek and mild-mannered could blow a gasket under this influence.
And that is a problem because on April 2, the day the Mars/Saturn conjunction is exact, it is also exactly opposite Mr. Trump’s Mercury, in Cancer, at eight degrees. Mercury, as we know, signifies all things related to communication and thought processes, and when Mercury is opposed by Mars and Saturn, an irritable mental state, beset with anxiety and fear, could push a need to take action to alleviate the stress. Mr. Trump has been not-so-quietly putting together his war team, and the influence of this opposition could trigger his determination to start a war, if only to serve as a further distraction from his deep-rooted anxiety about the Mueller investigation.
Add in Mercury Retrograde, which is in full blown delay-and-detour mode until April 15, and…well…it’s a mess.
Here’s the good news: While constant upheaval is unnerving, it can also be exciting and inspiring. Daily we are witnessing spontaneous eruptions of conscious goodwill aimed at tackling one or another of our common problems: Corporations refusing to be a part of the pollution problem. Members of the one percent sharing their wealth to make the world a better place for those less fortunate. And, of course, children taking a powerful stand against gun violence, children who are teaching many of us to take a powerful stand for what we believe in despite any cynicism that may have accreted to an older generation’s early revolutionary inclinations. They are inspiring hope everywhere. And these children are terrifying to the complacent white men currently in power whose narcissism blinds them to the consequences of their actions. As David Bowie sang in 1971: And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re goin’ through. Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it. Apparently, the revolution will be live AND on television. But it is no longer a local revolution. It’s global, and Planet Earth really does hang in the balance.
The spiritual cliché goes: No one is given more than she can handle. I’m not sure that’s true at this moment in time and space. We may have to modify that wisdom to: Handle as much as you can…but try to handle it with compassion. The world changes one heart at a time, and what we are witnessing through the Parkland students is the power of individual hearts joining together to facilitate social change that benefits not just the one, but the many. Social justice is love at the collective level—love for all our fellow travelers, animal, mineral and vegetable. When you combine that love with revolution you create evolution.