This is the article I have been working on for the last several days.
I hope you find it helpful during this challenging time.
PS: Remember, the ‘Stuck at Home Sliding-Scale Sale’ for my Readings is on until the end of April.
A Black Swan – CoVid 19
By Jim Chappelow
Reviewed By Gordon Scott
Updated Mar 11, 2020
What is a Black Swan?
A black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences. Black swan events are characterized by their extreme rarity, their severe impact, and the widespread insistence they were obvious in hindsight.
A black swan is an extremely rare event with severe consequences. It cannot be predicted beforehand, though many claim it should be predictable after the fact.
Black swan events can cause catastrophic damage to an economy, and because they cannot be predicted, can only be prepared for by building robust systems.
Reliance on standard forecasting tools can both fail to predict and potentially increase vulnerability to black swans by propagating risk and offering false security. (End Quote)
The definition of a ‘Black Swan Event’ quoted above, being unpredictable and having wide ranging severe consequences is clearly what we are now experiencing through the CoVid 19 viral pandemic.
This Black Swan event also has the hallmarks of the way I previously described the Pluto/Saturn conjunction which took place on January 12th. January 19th was when Chinese President Xi Jing Ping first acknowledged the existence of this new virus spreading in Wuhan, China:
A Pluto/Saturn conjunction occurs only every 33 to 38 years. It is a generation defining event, but one which is always part of a greater Astrological process.
Pluto, which remains in the same Astrological sign for 16 to 25 years, is also an indicator of generational change and transformation.
Saturn is the planet of concrete, material manifestation, but also of karma experienced through limitation and restriction.
It seems that when Saturn conjuncts Pluto the over-arching Plutonian, generational theme being transformed by Pluto comes to a head. It becomes very concretely real and obvious, and the karmic limitations and restrictions imposed can later be seen to have served that transformation.
This is what Hilarion* says about someone who is born with a Pluto/Saturn aspect of any kind:
Saturn aspects to Pluto are not well understood by present-day astrologers, as these contacts are essentially in the unconscious sphere and only periodically surface into the conscious ego or into the surrounding life-pattern. The meaning of a Saturn/Pluto contact is that of an extremely far-reaching change being required in the individual in this life. It is a change that affects the unconscious sphere deeply. In some manner an attitude, outlook, way of thinking or approach to some area of the life experience must undergo a radical alteration, one which in almost every case will be forced upon the individual by events or circumstances beyond his control. The signs and houses holding the two planets will give an idea of the change that is required. Pluto will usually point to the general area, while Saturn will describe the means by which the change must come. (End Quote)
This is something that we Astrologers have been talking about for some time. It was the big topic of discussion during the 2018 International ‘UAC’ Astrology conference in Chicago. I remember one Astrologer saying that, in the future, historians will relate to history as before and after 2020.
Although, I didn’t hear anyone predicting a viral pandemic as the manifestation of this Astrologically challenging period.
Apparently, however, the unpredictable nature of this event was not 100% unpredictable. Here is what the noted psychic Sylvia Browne wrote in her book published in 2008:
“In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments.”
I don’t believe, however, that Astrologers, Tarot Readers and Psychics are all that helpful if all they do is successfully predict the forthcoming of events. The real benefit, as I see it, is when we can learn the lessons these events came to teach us and to grow from that.
Which brings to my mind this statement:
“You can be cured of an illness, but not healed. And, you can be healed of an illness, even if you are not yet cured.”
I am not sure who is the original source of that quote, but I am approaching this article with that kind of intent. As the outer world is focusing on the cure, I would like to use the tools at my disposal to ascertain what messages can enable us to learn, grow and be healed. As with a client when I share the Astrological Karma they agreed to work on and grow through in this lifetime based on their past life karma, I tell them that you can lighten the effects of this karma by learning the lessons. So too, I would say the same thing to the entire Global Community.
I would also like to share something I believe I heard from Astrologer, Liz Greene. Something along the lines of: “The planets hit and it is always to learn a lesson. However, we can learn the lesson gracefully or we can learn it kicking and screaming. As they say: “Pain is necessary, suffering is optional.”
Later, during the writing of this article, I will do a short Tarot Reading to look further into the lessons and effects of this pandemic experience for the Global Community at large. And, at the end of this article, I will post a passage from Hilarion’s book: ‘The Master Plan’ which talks about the challenges the human race is destined to be facing during this period of their evolutionary journey. Some of his message may be quite frightening to some of you. But I find in it a message of hope and love as well.
But first I want to reinvestigate the Astrological lessons being learned here. As Hilarion said, the signs of the Pluto/Saturn aspect will give clues to the lessons being learned.
Well, I am going to quote here what Hilarion says about Pluto, about Saturn, and about the sign Capricorn. And then I will give my sense and interpretation of it all.
First of all, Pluto:
The planet Pluto is the great bringer of change. Where this planet is located in the birth chart always designates an area or department of life in which the soul has agreed to undergo pressures promoting a deep-seated alteration in its attitudes, habits or understanding. If the personality resists these pressures, then much stress and difficulty will be felt. Pluto is like the irresistible force, sweeping all before it. The only beneficial approach to this planet’s energies is to move in the direction it indicates. To do otherwise is to invite disaster. (End Quote)
And this is what he says about the effects of the planet Saturn:
The planet Saturn is related astrologically to all that which limits and restricts man in the earth plane. It thus rules illness, authority, karma, duty and responsibility. The location of this planet in a chart always tells how at least a portion of the negative karma of the soul is to be met in this incarnation. (End Quote)
And this is what he says about someone born with the Sun in Capricorn:
Capricorn The Capricorn is one who, in a previous life, accomplished much personal success in the world’s eyes, but who did so in such a way as to permanently benefit others in a material way. Because this does represent a contribution, even though not really at the spiritual level, a tap is permitted into a source of constructive and creative energy which drives the Capricorn to accomplish something worthwhile upon the earth plane. But because the help for others was limited to the material plane, blindness is introduced into the make-up of the Capricornian personality which makes it more difficult than usual to perceive the reality and value of spiritual concepts and the higher wisdom. Though difficult, it is not impossible, and the Capricornian who succeeds in making of his life a dedication to a higher reality achieves far more and conquers a much greater obstacle than most other souls have to contend with. The goal of a “life of dedication” is symbolized by the Capricornian rulership of the knees, for the knees are the support of the body in the traditional attitude of prayer. (End Quote)
In regard to the knee’s rulership of Capricorn, I have also heard it said that “Capricorns don’t really open up until life knocks them to their knees.”
So, Capricorn energy, although very successful materially, needs to open to ‘the reality and value of spiritual concepts and the higher wisdom.’
When I saw Pluto’s approaching entry into Capricorn coming in 2008, I predicted: “That could pull the rug out from under any tendency to be overly identified with concrete, material, financial reality for your security and your identity. And it could wreak havoc with the world economy.” Well, we all know what happened in 2008 Indeed, the longer-term effects of this viral pandemic, with the added Saturnian pressures, could well be in relation to the world economy.
The bigger picture, however, is to force all of humanity to accept the vulnerability it is to live in a physical body on the physical plane. That the only real security is in a spiritual faith in that which transcends this physical reality. That is the core Capricorn lesson. And that is what this period Hilarion calls ‘The Tribulation’ is meant to encourage us to learn.
In recent years, having recovered from the temporary humbling of the 2008 financial crisis, the world seems to have been trending within many nations more and more into an old paradigm self-interest, divisions and borders between other nations, and greater and greater economic obsession at the expense of the well-being of others or of the natural life on the planet herself.
This is a very ‘old-age’ paradigm that is no longer relevant to the destiny of the humanity. Around the globe, however, there have been signs of regression into nationalistic sentiments seeking to create stronger borders, as well as battle lines forming between different races, religions and other old-world tribal identities.
I am hereby going to make a prediction. I predict that one thousand years from now clear distinctive borders between nations, races and religions will be relatively, if not completely, irrelevant. I think it is only a matter of time.
Those with political power in the U.S. thought that what was happening in China in January and February had nothing to do with us and that putting up stronger borders and travel restrictions were all that was necessary to protect us. There was a serious lack of cognizance that ‘We are all in this together.’ Even now, with the crisis on our door steps Trump insists on calling this the Chinese Virus, and blaming this on the Chinese. I don’t think he is learning the lesson this event is meant to be teaching us. This could have been a great opportunity for the U.S. and China to join together in struggling against a common enemy, to aid and help each other.
Clearly, this virus is showing the illusions of borders and separate nations deciding to go their own way. There is something here which is dying, and there is something I believe is being born in the midst of this Greek Tragedy for all of us. Indeed, the word pandemic is derived from the Greek words ‘pan’ and ‘demos.’ pan means ‘all’ and demos means ‘the people’. So, ‘All the People.’
Saturn in Aquarius
Yesterday, the 21st of March, Saturn entered into the sign Aquarius. And indeed, Hilarion makes reference to the future influence of this sign in the future of the planet: ‘the great Universal Religion of understanding which will be ushered in with the Aquarian Age about to dawn.’
And Hilarion says this of the someone born under the sign Aquarius:
The Aquarian is one who, in a prior life, dedicated his energies to bringing others together into a united group and encouraging love and brotherhood between them. Because the peacemaker is to be honored above all others in spiritual terms, the Aquarian is allowed a special tap into a source of the highest idealism regarding the brotherhood of man, both at the soul level and at the personality level, filters permitting. But this source of ideal brotherhood represents a level of advancement far beyond the achievements of the race to the present day. Love is not universally felt for all; indeed, the only circumstance in which most individuals get even a glimpse of love in its true majesty is that first overwhelming excitement of the love affair, before the cold realities show themselves. But the Aquarian knows instinctively that the universal nonexclusive love is possible. ( End Quote)
Now, for you Aquarians out there, Hilarion does go on to share the lessons for Aquarians, which you can read for yourself in the book: ‘Astrology Plus’.
Returning now to the significance of Saturn in Aquarius. This will be with us until July when Saturn will retrograde back into Capricorn until he goes direct into Aquarius again in December, remaining there until 2023. Looking at this symbology, Saturn is, again, karma through limitation and restriction. Aquarius is universal love and collective brotherhood. I think it is easily recognizable as the Saturnian restrictions bearing upon the entire globe right now forcing us to recognize that we are all indeed ‘in this together.’
As I heard on the radio this morning in relation to our current challenges:
People fall apart
But they also fall together.
There are a couple of personal observations I wanted to share in relation to the experience of the virus and then I will share the Tarot Reading I did for the world right now, and then the passage from Hilarion.
First of all, it is to be noted that Capricorn and Saturn are both related to areas of life such as old age and elderhood. Capricorn is the month of the year when we turn into a New Year and the previous year ends. Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn, is often related to the metaphorical symbol: ‘Father Time.’
In observing the effects of the CoVid 19 Virus it is clearly the elder members of our human society who are most at risk from this virus. I do, however, see two kinds of lessons being presented here.
The nations which have, thus far, been the most successful at containing the virus have been Asian nations such as China, South Korea and Taiwan.
I know from my own experience traveling in those nations over the last several years an incredible contrast in terms of the appreciation and respect which I, as a 68-year-old elder, receive from young people in Asia, as compared to what I receive from young people, generally, here in the U.S. It is like night and day. There is such a greater respect and honor given by younger people to their elders in Asian societies. For example, I have noted the treatment and regard I receive from a 20-year old Starbucks barista in Beijing, and the very next day from a 20-year old Starbucks barista in Seattle or Portland. Again, night and day.
This brings to my mind the currently popular sarcastic/critical ‘meme’ popularized among young people today: “OK, Boomer!”
In Taiwan, which has been quite successful at containing the virus thus far, the government didn’t have to enact very much of the draconian measures of quarantine or social constraints we have seen in China and elsewhere. They were able to just rely on the conscience, concern, and respect of the general population to curtail their behavior and their activities willingly on their own. Something that has been notably lacking here in the U.S.
Update: I stopped typing up this article last night. This morning as I was ready to resume typing I saw the following headline in my internet newsfeed:
‘Clueless Spring Breakers Vow To Party On Despite Coronavirus Warnings’
I think that is rather supportive to the point I am making.
Now there is a ‘flip-side’ to this coin of so many elders leaving us sooner than one would have expected. That is the fact that many in the elder generation are prone to old, no longer relevant, paradigms of belief and action. Some of which I have already shared in this article. In this regard I am sympathetic with the younger people who are trying to create a more positive future than the one that the older generations have prepared for them. This is something one can observe in the student movements following the Parkland High School mass shooting and, quite notably, in the direct confrontation between the image of the desperation of youth and the archaic power structures of the world as one listens to Greta Thunberg addressing the European Union, the elites at Davos, or the United Nations itself. In that battle I am definitely on Greta’s side.
As a longtime member of the so-called counter-culture, I have long felt embattled against these same ‘Old Age’, ‘Establishment’ modes of thinking and behaving.
The theme of Global Warming has, in fact, appeared in many ways in this Black Swan allegory unfolding now throughout the planet.
For example, the shut down in Wuhan in China. I heard that Wuhan is considered the ‘Detroit’ of China, where a lot of auto manufacturers are located.
And, the break in the supply chain of auto parts coming from China has had a great effect upon auto manufacturers elsewhere in the world, as well as aircraft manufacturers. Indeed, with the restrictions on travel the airline industry is currently in ‘free fall.’
Oil prices have also plummeted because of a lack of demand for oil as we are all staying home now. Well, all of those changes in the automotive, airline and energy sectors could easily be seen as the kinds of changes the climate crisis we are facing is demanding now.
It is like the subconscious, guilty conscience of all of the Saturnian/Capricornian/authoritarian powers that be, powers that have heard but could not fully embrace Greta Thunberg’s pleas, are now having the secret, hidden unavoidable Plutonian destiny visited upon them.
When I started in 2004 to speak about Pluto’s entry in Capricorn from 2008 until 2025, I felt it indicated the need for major change and transformation in the way we live materially upon the planet. The one lens that I could use to make this obvious was the climate crisis.
In fact, just last night, as I was listening to the BBC, I heard that the University of Leeds had concluded a study revealing that the 20% of the world’s wealthiest individuals use 80% of the world’s energy supplies. That segment of the population takes the most airline flights and possesses the largest cars and houses.
Well, right now those wealthy people can’t fly or drive very much. And perhaps, while they are stuck in their gargantuan houses, they will have time to ponder: “Do I really need to be heating/cooling this large of a house?”
Pentacross Reading for the World
Here is the Pentacross Tarot Reading I did for the World in relation to the CoVid 19 pandemic, Wednesday March 18, 2020.
The Pentacross Reading is a layout of my own creation. I call it a Pentacross Reading because Penta means five, like the five-sided Pentagon, and this Reading has just five cards in it.
Here is an image of the five cards that came up in the Reading:
The card to the left represents where the world was in the past, I would say before the outbreak of the virus. It is the 10 of cups which is called Satiety. Cups is water, feelings, emotions, but the 10 is the end of the line. You can’t go any further. The 10 of cups/Satiety is where there is a fullness of emotional feeling, but with the feeling that that which used to be enough, is no longer enough. There is the need for something more.
I would say that represents the self-involved pursuits, whether on individual levels or national levels, which were already not giving the sense of satisfaction that they once did. The lingering unconscious feeling that there has to be something more to life.
The card in the middle represents where we are now. It is called The Wheel of Fortune. This is one of the special cards in the Tarot. We call them the Major Arcana cards. The cards have names like The Fool, The Magician, Death etc. In the deeper Kabbalistic system of the Tarot these are 22 pathways of initiation on the Tree of Life. Some are more pleasant than others but they are all necessary transformative experiences in life.
The Wheel of Fortune is a more positive card than one might expect in light of external circumstances but I think I understand what it is saying. The Wheel of Fortune is the initiation that takes place after you have already been around and around, up and down, so many times that you finally gain the ability to go to the center of the wheel, from which you can observe the ups and downs of life without identifying with them as you. Just seeing them as roles you’ve played in the theater of life, gaining thereby an objectivity and detachment and, potentially, greater clarity.
It seems now that the whole of human society is, more or less, ‘stopped in its tracks’ right now. It is enabling us to take the time to step back and look at things from a more detached way. This is what can be seen as the ‘equanimity’ which serves as the goal of Buddhist meditation. Or to put it another way, the ability to be in the world but not of it.
The card at the top is the Challenge or the Blockage for the world right now. The card is the 9 of Wands-Strength. Wands represent the element of fire or will energy. The 9 of Wands is a very positive, balance fiery will energy creating an aura and sense of strength. Basically, we have to keep our strength up, in a balanced way, and do what we have to do.
The card below is the position of what can help us at this time. The card is the 2 of Cups – Love, an emotional balance and harmony creating an aura and sense of love.
I would say that letting go of the self-involved self-interests, whether on national or individual levels, is what is really going to help us to keep our strength up. To have great compassion, love and caring for others.
The card to the right represents where we seem to be heading, based on conditions in the present but can always be changed because we have free will. The card is called Art in my deck. Traditionally it is called Temperance. The art being referred to here is the spiritual art of Alchemy, which is really about transforming the lead of the lower self into the gold of the higher self. This card portrays a phase in the process having to do with the mixing together of the fire and water of yourself in order to create a reaction and see what new integrated you comes out of the process.
This is the world having to experience a balancing and integration of its ability to rely on itself and its will and capabilities, and its ability to surrender and trust in a power outside of itself, so that these can work together rather than one at the expense of the other.
It also represents to work on and balance your ability to give and your need to receive, so that wherever you are out of balance with those you can bring about greater balance and integration.
All in all, this is a pretty positive Reading. The only distinctively not so positive card is the one in the past. From this I would say that the world is going to be much wiser and spiritually matured on the other side of this experience.
We shall see!
Most of you have heard me quote the teachings and prophecies of the Ascended Hilarion as channeled by Maurice B. Cooke over the years. I find that it is quite obvious that this global pandemic is part of a period of time on the planet which Hilarion refers to as ‘The Tribulation,’ a time of trial and transition of human existence on the planet to one of a New Age.
Over the years since I have read Hilarion’s and other’s prophecies in this regard it has seemed that sometimes we are able to go forward in peaceful ways into the new consciousness that is being asked of us now. And sometimes it seems that we move backwards in that task. I’m afraid that lately one can notice a lot of regression into ‘Old Age’ mentalities.
I want to share with you now some of the words of wisdom I have been so grateful to have received from Hilarion. As I said earlier, some of his message may be quite scary to some of you. But I find in it a message of hope and love as well. These will be passages are from the book: The Master Plan: Past, Present and Future of the Human Experiment on Planet Earth.
First a paragraph from the Introduction by Maurice Cooke:
We live in an age of unbelief. The religious convictions of bygone generations have been jostled aside by the arrogant certitudes of science, ridiculed by a worldly civilization that places more stock in a fat bank account than in “storing up riches in Heaven”, and studiously ignored by the media who have appointed themselves custodians of the public perception.
And from Hilarion from THE MASTER PLAN:
Out of all the civilizations in this galaxy, human societies almost without number, only yours remains defiantly mired in a spiritual mudsink of its own making. Out of all the planets that shelter races of mankind, scattered like cosmic dust upon the field of stars, only yours has yet to attain a level of mastership that entitles the dominant race to colonize and improve other planets in its own star-system.
This earth – given to you as a home, a beautiful oasis in the cold vault of space – is struggling to exist within the choking envelopes of greed, bloodlust and error that your race has cast upon it. Consider the following:
Nowhere else in this galaxy does the ruling species feed upon the cadavers of lesser animals, forgetting that its duty to the lower forms is to treat them with kindness, and to exemplify the spiritual advancement that they too will one day attain.
Nowhere else in this galaxy is the available landmass chopped up into artificial patches, separated by make-believe boundaries that are found only in maps, but cannot be seen with physical eyes.
Nowhere else in this galaxy has the main species fragmented itself into rival groups that have allowed ancient hatreds and superficial physical distinctions to separate them into armed camps that wish only to destroy, to punish, to annihilate.
Nowhere else in this galaxy is so much energy spent in fashioning munitions of darkness that have no other purpose than to maim, dismember and kill sentient beings.
And nowhere else in this galaxy do entities who have been given the inestimable gifts of rationality and reflection insist on questioning the existence of a Creator whose footprints are everywhere to be seen.
We have enumerated these flaws to remind you of the distance you have yet to cover. But one of the purposes of this book is to explain that, thanks to a special “program” already initiated on this planet, that distance will be travelled much more quickly than anyone can now imagine. The program is called the “Tribulation” in many writings (including our own), and its purpose will be to apply conditions to this earth that will prompt as many individuals as possible to move forward and upward onto higher spiritual terrain, so that they will be entitled to take part in the new era of peace and human unity that will dawn on this planet within only a few years. (End Quote)
And now I will to jump to the end of THE MASTER PLAN:
Before closing this book, we have one last task to perform. We wish to offer a final message for the reader to consider, as this beautiful blue planet rushes forward to its rendezvous with destiny. The message will offer an explanation of the current upheavals in a simplified form that can be copied and given to others as a self-contained dissertation. In it we will attempt to address a particular group of people, whom we shall call the ‘unconscious seekers’. Readers will recognize that there are many souls who are good, honest and caring, but who have never been moved to investigate the broader spiritual aspects of life. Some of them were brought up to follow a particular religion which taught them to be fearful of a judgmental Creator, or to regard other groups or faiths as misguided. Others, baffled by the apparent contradictions in their early exposure to religion, may have retreated into agnosticism. Still others, appalled by the suffering they observe among humanity, may have decided that no loving God would permit such pain, and that therefore He must not exist. As the chaos spreads, these unconscious seekers will find themselves unprepared: not only will they lack a belief-system that can place the events into a more comforting perspective, but they will greatly fear for their loved ones – many desperately attempting to hoard food or stockpile weapons. They will perceive only a headlong rush toward catastrophe, and will not know that all of these things have been prophesied for millennia, and that part of the prophecy is that there will emerge from this time of trial a new and purified race of humanity – one which will have learned finally that mankind is but a single family, and that love, brotherhood and unity must be the stepping stones to the next great phase of its adventure in the material planes.
The Road Ahead
Now… the human race is being shown once again that the “wages of sin is death” — not in the literal sense of this biblical expression, but according to its true metaphorical interpretation: that prolonged disobedience to the cosmic laws results in failure of the support systems that sustain mankind’s planetary existence. Human beings imagine they can do as they please with all the lower kingdoms — savaging the forests, polluting the seas and rivers, bloating themselves on the cadavers of animals — and that these actions will have no consequence. They think they can pour their mental energy into the fashioning of apocalyptic weapons able to kill millions at a time — but that somehow they can prevent all that energy from ‘manifesting’ in the use of those weapons. Perhaps worst of all, they believe they are justified in the hatred and resentment which they carry about, often for generations, not realizing that they ,are merely staining their own souls with such negativity. But everything in the earth realm comes with a ‘ price-tag, and every debt has its day of reckoning. For mankind on this planet, that day is now.
Just as happened in Atlantis, the pressures on humanity to reform and spiritualize itself will build gradually — giving those who have retained a modicum of intuitive awareness an opportunity to recognize the yawning chasm of destruction into which the race is preparing to rush headlong. If enough souls can make the necessary changes, it is possible — even at this late hour — to avoid the complete break-up of human civilization. Only time can determine how the impasse will be resolved, for mankind has the gift of free will, and no higher spiritual source can say ahead of time exactly how that gift will be exercised.
Watch as the events unfold. If you find yourself fearing that the chaos and destruction will never end and that you are living through the final days of mankind on earth, remember that these things are merely a prelude to the emergence of a new and spiritualized race of human beings, to whom has been promised a golden age of peace, brotherhood and unity. That golden age is not far off, as man measures time. A short period of darkness will come, but then the dawn will break and with it will begin an era of immense progress both materially and spiritually, truly an Age of Miracles. You can be part of that wonderful experience. You need only to continue to practice kindness and caring, reaching out to help others whenever the opportunity presents itself. Above all, trust that there is a higher plan behind the negative manifestations on the earth, and that the deepening shadows around you will soon dissipate.
If you cannot bring yourself to believe in a loving Creative Source supporting your world, then at least believe in yourself, or in the inevitable victory of truth and goodness, or in the inherent nobility of the human spirit. In so doing you will be practicing faith, without which the journey through life loses all meaning, and the mountain of spiritual achievement can never be scaled.
May the peace and blessing of all the higher beings who care for humanity’s struggle be with you forevermore. Hilarion.
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