Uranus entering Taurus

As I mentioned in my May forecast, Uranus entered Taurus on the 15th for the first time in 84 years, and will remain there, with brief interludes into neighboring signs, until 2026. So clearly we are looking at a longer collective, global influence here.

Now, I always pay attention to any symbolic events which may take place at the time of an outer planet moving into a new sign as an indication of the new energy field we are moving into.

Uranus itself is the planet of sudden change out of the blue which you don’t expect. It can create ruptures and accidents, but its true purpose is to serve as a liberator from old patterns which have outlived their purpose. It was discovered in 1781, at the end of the American Revolution and on the eve of the French Revolution.

Taurus is an earth sign and there are two things I noticed relating to surprise earth changes around this time of the entry of Uranus into Taurus. One was the sudden eruption of the volcano in Hawaii.

The other took place within hours of Uranus entering Taurus last Tuesday. That was the passage of the unusually large Asteroid 2010WC9 making an unusually close flyby of the Earth. According to EarthSky.org: this was “one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.”

Now Taurus is also related to money and finances and most Astrologer’s predictions are oriented towards those areas of influence, and indeed, if we look back at previous time periods in history when Uranus was in Taurus, we can see these periods did involve a lot of sudden changes in financial realities.

The most recent time periods were 1934 – 1942 – the deepening of the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s implementation of the New Deal, but also the rise of fascism and the outbreak of World War II.

1850 – 1859 – During this period there was ‘The Panic of 1857’ considered to be the world’s first worldwide economic crisis, but also an outbreak of revolutions and the spread of communist ideology in many nations in Europe.

In America, in 1884, we had the establishment of the Republican Party, whose purpose at that time was to serve as a vehicle for anti-slavery sentiments, leading to the eventual election of President Lincoln and the Civil War.

1767 – 1775 – The Industrial Revolution gets into full swing, the original Boston ‘Tea Party’ and the outbreak of the American Revolution, and, as a prelude to the anti-slavery sentiments arising in the 1850 – 1859 period; Rhode Island becomes the first state to prohibit the importation of slaves. And slavery is outlawed in Britain in this period.

I often feel, however, that most Astrologers don’t fully understand Taurus. Here is what Hilarion* says about someone born with the Sun in Taurus:

Taurus
The Taurus individual has, at the soul level, a deep understanding of the meaning of love. This is attested to by the rulership of Venus over this sign. The grasp of the right approach to love and its true meaning is again a kind of gift which the soul has given itself — in this case, as a result of an incarnation in which a self-sacrificing love was cherished for another, usually without being fully returned. This act of selfless devotion allows the soul to tap deeply into a wellspring of pure love at a very high spiritual plane, which constantly feeds into the soul a great capacity for love and affection. Again, along with the gift comes a responsibility. In the case of Taurus, the task is to learn to express the love side unconditionally, simply allowing the affection to flow into and through the personality without damming it up, and without attaching conditions to the giving of affection. If there is any damming up or restriction of the affectional impulses, a problem arises due to the desire of this abundance of love to find a suitable object. Denied an external abject, i.e. another person or persons, the love will usually lavish itself upon the individual’s own physical body with its senses the primary focus. It is from this process that the oft-quoted tendency for self-indulgence in the Taurus stems. Another difficulty can also arise if the nature of suppressive habits in the Taurus individual is such as to prevent the thwarted affectiona1 urges from expressing through self-indulgence. In such instances, it is possible for the love to center not on another individual but on possessions or money. This can occur when in the early childhood there was little physical affection shown by the parents. Thus, in the case of Taurus, the task at the personality level is to express love, without allowing the affectional urges to manifest as self-indulgence or an over-stressing of money or possessions.

So clearly the main emphasis here is that this Venus-ruled sign has a deep understanding of the meaning of love at a very high spiritual plane. The fixation on sensuality, money and possessions is simply that love, when it can’t go out, is trying to come back in.

In my research I’ve noticed a fair number of dictators are all Taurus. Saddam Hussein was a Taurus. Hitler was a Taurus. Lenin was a Taurus. Emperor Hirohito in Japan during World War II was a Taurus. And we know they must have had some quality of love to be able to inspire their followers like that, but they have this problem with desiring possessions, like other people’s countries.

As noted earlier, when Uranus was last in Taurus we saw the rise of Fascism around the world.

The emphasis that I recognize in these previous historical periods, however, are not only financial changes but often financial changes forcing economic instituted realities which are not serving in a compassionate way the needs of those oppressed or unfairly treated, to be overthrown, whether that be slavery, the British taxation of the American Colonies, or the lack of government involvement towards those suffering from the Depression prior to Roosevelt.

Behind the economic changes is a need for greater love and compassion for one’s fellow man as manifest within economic realities.

This, my friends, is what I believe we have to look forward to in the years ahead. During the previous years of Uranus in Aries, 2011 – 2018, people felt the dynamic fiery will of Aries combined with the revolutionary spirit of Uranus to overturn things and fight for what they want, whether that was the Arab Spring, British ‘Brexit,’ or Donald Trump.

Now, the Uranus in Taurus energies is where some actual concrete financial structural changes are likely to really take hold. And, it seems that when this revolutionary spirit to transform economic realities manifests, and is stimulating fear and hate rather than love and compassion, it has, and can now, lead to a new rise of fascistic tendencies taking concrete hold of material economic realities.

The recent Uranus in Aries revolutionary spirit, however, also brought about the surprise, never expected, success of Bernie Sanders. I do feel that there is the potential for this Uranus in Taurus period to open the way and inspire a completely new ‘New Deal’ and a transformation of the huge divide between the 1% and the 99%.

Indeed, on May 5th 1818, during the month of Taurus, we have the birth of Karl Marx the founder of communist/socialist ideology. So we can assume that behind his economic theories, which may have been a bit materially focused, was a quality of love at a high spiritual level.

In 2020, in addition to Uranus being in the earth sign Taurus, we are also going to have a triple conjunction of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in Capricorn, another earth sign and also related to financial structures.

Obviously, here in America this coincides with the next Presidential election, where I believe the dangers, and the potential, will be tremendous. I pray that we choose wisely.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel

*Astrology Plus by Hilarion, the book which I am always quoting from and has been out of print for some time, is now available as an EBook on Amazon.

Astrology of 2018

Note: Watch for a special announcement soon in regard to private consultations with me later this month.
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Dear Friends, Clients, and Subscribers,

I have been working on this article for some weeks now. Obviously we have already entered into 2018 with a flurry of new Donald Trump media-grabbing news. The excerpts from the book: ‘Fire and Fury,’ do seem to confirm many of the observations I made in my lectures now posted on YouTube about him and his Astrological make-up.

What I can note here is that there was a Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio operative during the weekend that those secret revelations hit the news. Scorpio is secret, hidden emotions, Mars is will and aggressivity, and Jupiter is enthusiastic expansion of your belief system.

It was moving into a square to the Mars in Leo/Leo Ascendant of President Donald Trump. The Leo Ascendant being the pride and arrogance tendencies afforded to someone to compensate for insecurity in previous lives. The Mars in Leo conjuncting that Ascendant is his mode of response whenever that hidden insecurity is attacked, basically to ‘hit ‘em back ten times harder.’

The approaching Jupiter Square to that Leo Ascendant will be exact on November 8th. The Midterm elections are on November 6th. hmm….

I will be following this article with additional newsletters about the impending effects of all of this upon the U.S. Astrological chart and the Astrological chart of Donald Trump in the year ahead.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what I have written here, which has a bit more of a global perspective of what is happening in 2018.

2018 – An Astrological View

There are some major Astrological shifts occurring this year which will definitely change the flavor of the times we are evolving through. These major shifts, however, feel like a ‘prelude’ or a ‘setting the stage’ for the major alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in 2020.

Astrologers have already started to predict that in the future they we will look back and refer to Earth history in terms of before and after 2020. Suffice it to say, there is likely to be a major transformation of the basic structures of global society at that time.

For example, the last time there was a major line-up in Capricorn similar to this was in 1989 at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and subsequently the Soviet Bloc and the end of the Cold War.

How we prepare ourselves and our societies in the two years leading to 2020 will determine how well prepared we will be for the transformations of 2020. Basically it will determine to what degree we can enter into that period gracefully and to what degree we will have to enter into it ‘kicking and screaming.’

I will, no doubt, be talking about the specifics of 2020 in future articles. To give it a brief description, it feels like the death of the old Patriarchal order of things as we enter the Aquarian Age, Aquarius being the sign following Capricorn into which Pluto will enter in 2024 for the first time in 247 years.

In looking at 2018 we can see that one of the significant trends shifting in 2018 actually took place on December 19, 2017, the day the Republicans signed their tax bill in the Senate. On that very day Saturn moved into Capricorn where it will remain, except for a few months of retrograde, until December of 2020.

Pluto has already entered Capricorn, back in 2008, providing the deep unconscious awareness that the way in which we live materially (financial and otherwise) must go through a major death/rebirth. This has already been spreading through the unconscious psyche of the entire planet, especially as a result of the financial crisis of 2008, but also from the threats of Global Warming, the greater and greater extremes of wealth inequality etc.

Saturn, however, is the planet that binds energy into form. It makes things ‘real.’ When Saturn conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn in 2020 the deep Plutonian unconscious awareness of needed/impending transformations will somehow become ‘real.’

Now, watching what happens when a planet first enters a new sign often provides us with a symbolic omen of the impending journey of that planet though that particular sign

For example, on the day that Uranus entered Aries (beginning a 7 year period) was the day that the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor accident in Japan took place. Aries is a fire sign and has lots of energy. Controlling it can be a challenge. Uranus is the surprise, out of the blue, uncontrollable lightning bolt of change.

The early part of this decade has been largely influenced by seven squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Those of you who have been reading my newsletters for some time may be tired of hearing about it. Suffice it to say it is relatable to all of the surprise (Uranus) transformations or efforts of transformation (Pluto) of old structures, hence the ‘Arab Spring,’ ‘Brexit,’ and the host of the TV show ‘The Apprentice’ now being President of the United States of America.

The fact that the Republicans passed their tax bill on the day of Saturn’s entry into Capricorn does seem to bear the quality of an omen, whether you believe that it will stimulate the economy and create jobs, or it simply will benefit the wealthy and balloon the National Debt, I think it is serving as a potent image for what we will be facing in 2020, a serious restructuring in a ‘real’ way of economic structures.

The collective response to that Republican bill in the two years ahead will have a lot to do in determining the ultimate fate in 2020. Obviously, 2020 will be a hell of a year for a Presidential election.

Capricorn, however, is ambitious and self-reliant and responsible and can be used in a powerful determined way in the service of compassion as well as greed, by the political Left as well as the Right.

Saturn rules Capricorn and it is actually about the only largely good place to have Saturn. When I get to interpreting Saturn in someone’s chart I usually preface it by saying ‘Unfortunately everyone has Saturn somewhere.’

Here is what Hilarion* says about Saturn in Capricorn:

Capricorn
In Capricorn, Saturn is in its own sign, and is therefore very strongly placed. In general, all of the positive Saturnian traits will tend to be present, and some of the negative ones depending upon the degree of affliction. The positive traits are those of seriousness, stability, caution, an instinct to seek safe positions, ambition and a strong ability to do well in the world’s terms, i.e. worldly Success. The negative traits are emotional coldness, an over-emphasis on worldly success, hyper-punctuality. The matter of aspects must be carefully judged as the absence of negative aspects will mean that none of the Saturn-in-Capricorn lessons are slated for the life being lived.

Personally I plan to use this Saturn energy to finish at least one of my not yet completed books as well as to ‘concretize’ (A good Saturnian term) some of my other visions and ventures.

But this is what Hilarion says about Saturn/Pluto aspects in general in a natal chart:

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.

The last time Pluto was in hard aspect to Saturn was at the time of 9/11, another time where we could talk about history before and after that date.

So this is what we have happening as we approach 2020. One way or another it should give us some 20/20 vision.

There is another approaching Astrological ‘weather pattern’ this year which is also likely to bear upon the financial/political/security themes of our lives. That is the entry of Uranus into Taurus in May of this year, where it will remain, with a brief period of retrograde, for about 7 years. Taurus is also, along with Capricorn, an Earth sign. Taurus is the sign for which the question really is: ‘Are you going to choose the Love or the Money?’

Hilarion says that someone who is born with the Sun in Taurus is someone who has developed a quality of Love at a very high level in previous lives (they are ruled by Venus). Their challenge in this life is to be able to give that love unconditionally. If they have difficulty giving that love it may instead turn back towards themselves, focusing on their senses, or an over-valuing of money, possessions and material security.

So, what results will come from Uranus being in Taurus? Well if we look back in history as to what happened when Uranus was in Taurus before we can see that it was there from 1850 to 1859. This was the beginning of a new phase of the ‘Industrial Revolution.’ In fact, in 1851 we had Uranus, Saturn and Pluto all in Taurus.

Uranus rules technology and there were major technological discoveries in those years, allowing an unprecedented transformation of material existence at that time, and we could expect some similar developments in our current world.

This Industrial Revolution, however, also allowed the accumulation of unprecedented personal wealth, and with that, tremendous political power by certain individuals. In fact, at the end of this period, in February 1859, with Uranus in the very last degree of Taurus, was the first usage of the term: ‘Robber Baron.’

Here is some of the Wikipedia interpretation of the sense and historical usage of this term:

The metaphor appeared as early as February 9, 1859, when The New York Times used it to characterize the unethical business practices by Cornelius Vanderbilt. Historian T.J. Stiles says the metaphor, “conjures up visions of titanic monopolists who crushed competitors, rigged markets, and corrupted government. In their greed and power, legend has it, they held sway over a helpless democracy.”[2] Charles R. Geisst says, “in a Darwinist age, Vanderbilt developed a reputation as a plunderer who took no prisoners.”[3] Hal Bridges said that the term represented the idea that “business leaders in the United States from about 1865 to 1900 were, on the whole, a set of avaricious rascals who habitually cheated and robbed investors and consumers, corrupted government, fought ruthlessly among themselves, and in general carried on predatory activities comparable to those of the robber barons of medieval Europe.”[4]
The term combines the pejorative senses of criminal (“robber”) and aristocrat (“barons” having no legitimate role in a republic). Hostile cartoonists might dress the offenders in royal garb to underscore the offense against democracy.[5]

Saturn was also squaring Pluto at that same time, their first hard aspect to each other since 1851.

The next period we had of Uranus in Taurus was 1934- 1941, the period of the Great Depression. The depression started earlier, during the shocking Uranus in Aries period. The reason the Great Depression was later called the ‘Great Depression’ was because it lasted so long, awareness of which really came to bear during the period of Uranus in Taurus. This created a hunger for and acceptance of radical change in relation to financial economics. It brought Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt to the Presidency and his economic policies called the ‘New Deal’ (very Uranus in Taurus) and brought into being things like Social Security, Child Labor Laws, and Federal Insurance for our bank deposits.

1934-1941 also brought Adolf Hitler to power as he promised, and succeeded, in transforming the German economy. Uranus promises freedom from old patterns, but we can be impulsive as to what price we are willing to pay for that new freedom.

Of course all of this year’s Astrological movements will have its own specific effects on the Astrological Chart of the U.S., your own nation’s Astrological chart, and Donald Trump’s, chart. As I said earlier, I will be writing other articles about the possible effects of this Astrological weather on the U.S. and Donald Trump.

The other sign change of a slower moving planet in 2018 will be Jupiter moving out of Scorpio into its own sign of Sagittarius in November.

We just had two and a half years of Saturn in Sagittarius, which I think has put a serious heavy weight upon our optimistic enthusiasm towards our beliefs and aspirations.

Jupiter moving into Sagittarius right after the Mid-term elections I think will be relatable to whatever enthusiastic ‘rebound’ the Democrats will be feeling from the results of the election.

In fact, Uranus dips back for a few months into Aries, that sign of fiery willful energy, on the day of the election.

Additionally, aside from the usual run of Solar and Lunar Eclipses, there will be some nice harmonizing sextiles between Jupiter in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn, on January 15, April 14, and September 12.

I see this as a positive, expansive, Jupiterian enthusiasm willing to dig up secret, hidden, Scorpionic passions and desires, or the abuse thereof, (which we have already been witnessing since Jupiter entered Scorpio in November), but now working with profound Plutonian transformation of old, entrenched Capricornian structures and traditions. Kind of like Oprah Winfry’s speech the other night at the Golden Globe awards, followed by calls for her to run for President.

Jupiter will also start to harmoniously trine Neptune in August, so some of those aspirational prayers may actually be answered.

The outer planets spend a lot of time retrograde, going backwards, this year, so I don’t feel this year will see any really dramatic changes on the global scene.

That being said, the eclipses on July 12 and 28 involve hard aspects to Pluto and Uranus, which could add greatly to the intensity and sudden changeable quality of those events.

As far as how all of this may be affecting your own individual chart, as I said in my note at the beginning, soon I will be making a special announcement, which may interest you.

In the mean time, let us try to remember to choose the love and the faith.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel

The Current Challenges of Pluto & Uranus

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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

March 17, 2015

Dear Friends, Clients, & Subscribers,

Yesterday was the final of 7 squares between Pluto and Uranus occurring between 2012 and 2015. In these years things have been rather intense and crazy. To be honest, however, when I saw this period of Astrological weather approaching I was both fearing and hoping that it would be even more intense, challenging, and/or transformative than it has been.

Hilarion* describes Pluto in this way:

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.

Personally, anything involving Pluto can induce in me what I now call ‘Plutophobia,’ in part based on personal life experiences.

And yet, there has been plenty in the news to resonate with the gravity of this tension between the planet of complete death/rebirth (Pluto) and the planet of revolution and liberation from old patterns that have outlived their purpose (Uranus). Those of you who have been reading my newsletters these past years I am sure have noted my returning frequently to these themes.

There is an historical corollary, however, which leads me to think that an Astrological event like this period of Pluto/Uranus squares is itself the birth of a new energy or consciousness, but not the full manifestation of it.

The historical comparison I have made is with the last period of time in which these two planets were in ‘hard aspect’ with each other. That was when Pluto and Uranus conjuncted each other. Once in 1965 and twice in 1966. These conjunctions are the Astrological ‘signature’ of what we now call ‘The Sixties.’

Just as the prelude period before 2012-2015 saw omens of intense transformative forces approaching, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Financial crash of 2008, so too, prior to 1965/66 we had already experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy Assassination, the beginning of U.S. engagement in Vietnam, and the fight for Civil Rights.

Having lived in that era, however, I can look back and see that there were things which were being seeded into the collective experience in 1965 and 1966 that didn’t really reach a ‘fever pitch’ until 1967, 1968, and 1969.

For example, the first actual U.S. combat brigade didn’t land in Vietnam until 1965, and the first conventional battle there wasn’t until 1966. At that time things were already bad, but no one could see the real horror that was coming in the following years.

On a more positive note, with popular culture, on of the more exciting things I remember in 1966 was attending a Beatles concert. The experience of this concert definitely made me aware that something really new and different was afoot in the ‘zeitgeist’ of the time. It wasn’t particularly the music they were playing at that time. In fact at that concert I couldn’t hear a single note of what they were performing. As soon as they stepped out onto the stage out there on the racetrack all you could hear were 15,000 absolutely hysterical screaming girls.

Not having grown up with a sister this was a real shock for me. Looking back now I sincerely believe it was a form of ‘mass hysteria’. If you were a young girl attending that concert and you had not been planning to scream, I sincerely believe you would have been unable to not scream.

And although this was a shocking new phenomenon relative to the rather staid, comformative society of that time, I see now that this was just a prelude to what was coming, i.e. many forms of sexual liberation, and the huge psychedelic, Hippie, Anti-Vietnam protesting years of 1967, 68, & 69. A particular peak moment for me was being present and able to hear Jimi Hendrix pay ‘The Star Bangled Banner’ at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.

I share this analogy as a way of describing my sense of this present period of another intense Astrological ‘signature.’ My sense is that this last square is not the end of something, but the end of the beginning of something.

And, just as we can look back at the years 1965 and 1966 and see the omens of things which were to come later, so too we can take stock at this moment and look for the omens of what is now being born and is likely to increase in intensity in the years ahead.

There are plenty of obvious scenarios at play, but one of my exercises these last few days has been to pay attention to the appearance of any specific messages or synchronistic gestalt images of our current ‘zeitgeist.’

When I am home here in the mountains I listen to a lot of news and interview programs on the radio while I do daily chores, mostly on NPR, the BBC, and Alternative Radio. It is here where I have been listening for these omens. For example on Sunday evening I head about a nihilistic apocalyptic book entitled ‘In the Dust of this Planet’ whose book cover has made it into a famous fashion photo and onto the jacket of JZ in his and Beyonce’s recent video.

Later that same night I heard an interview with the author of ‘Sapiens’ presenting the premise that the next planetary revolution will not be an industrial revolution, or a technological revolution, but a revolution of the human species itself.

Now this second more hopeful scenario also acknowledged the rather apocalyptic backdrop which has certainly been poking its face at us in various guises in these days. Guises such as the fact that climate scientists are no longer speaking of climate change avoidance, but now of climate change adaptation, a hard message for the island nation of Vanuatu as the worst cyclone in their memory, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, devastated their homeland in these days of omen-watching.

Yesterday I heard an interview with the author of ‘The Internet is not the Answer’ by a Silicone Valley figure explaining how behind the rosy idealistic view of the Internet there is a growing awareness among some major players in Silicone Valley that the Internet actually promotes some of the basic evils of the early 21st century. The author cites inequality, unemployment, and the arising of the surveillance economy and culture. In his assessment he notes the emergence of a plutocratic elite, and that the ‘cult of the consumer’ espoused by people like Jeff Bezos of Amazon is actually impoverishing us as citizens.

The BBC program ‘Business Daily’ interviews plenty of brilliant thinkers who espouse other rather apocalyptic, Pluto in Capricorn, economic, business world scenarios.

And of course there are the other back drops of Ebola, Ukraine, and to my mind the most potent Gestaltic image prevalent on the word scene today: The Apocalyptic beliefs of the so-called Islamic State.

I have mentioned in a previous newsletter how the Islamic State is the one social/cultural/political entity who has a birthchart with the Pluto/Uranus Square in it. They are a product of these times. Their chart also has a whole lot of other Astrological factors indicative of their intense, violent, and what has been termed ‘death cult’ being and consciousness.

I heard today that part of their belief is that a Messiah will appear, and Jesus will appear as well (a prophet in Islam), and along with ISIS they will carry the final war to Jerusalem. Another rather heavy image to appear on these few days of watching for omens.

A particularly potent event relatable to these few days of prophetic anticipation, to my mind, is the election taking place today in Israel, a peaking moment in the midst of Netanyahu’s speech before the US Congress, the letter to Iran from the 47 Republican Senators, the culminating negotiations with Iran, and yesterday, the announcement by an official from Saudi Arabia that if Iran is allowed to pursue nuclear energy then they, as well as other players in the Middle East, will also insist on the right to develop nuclear energy.

These events feel to me a bit like the first Marine brigade to land in Vietnam in 1965…

I am not going to go into the details now, but Hilarion speaks of this period on the planet as ‘The Tribulation,’ a time of breaking down the old world system to allow the birth of a New Age. He has foretold many things which have and are now coming to pass. If you read his book: Nations, you can see that he has some pretty dire predictions. But at the end of that book he also says the following:

A final purpose for this booklet is to offer an exercise in prophecy – not to prove that we at this level can see the future more clearly than is possible from the earth plane (for this is not so), but rather to demonstrate that prophecy is a complex matter which can misfire, and that prophetic utterance should always be looked upon as if stating probabilities which mayor may not come about, depending upon the reactions of those to whom the prophetic warning is delivered. True occultists have always understood that the best prophet is the false prophet, i.e. the one whose warnings of things to come have so impressed his listeners that they, by altering their hearts and minds, were able to avert the events which the prophet foresaw. Indeed, the only real justification for prophecy is the possibility that it will prompt those upon whose ears it falls to alter their lives for the better, and thus to improve their souls.

For this reason, it will be seen that some of the prophetic statements which we have made in this booklet will not materialize, or will do so in altered form. If the alteration is a lessening of the blow, then we can only be pleased at the result. Indeed, the whole purpose of this little booklet, as well as the other books in the series, is to prompt as many souls as possible to abandon their old materialistic and selfish ways, and to take up the cross of service to their brothers – for by so doing they will kindle within themselves a warm flame which will shield them from the adversity and trouble that is beating even now at the doors.

Whether we will take opportunity to make that kind of change remains to be seen. I feel there is a greatly significant choice being made today in Israel. A choice I feel is more likely to engage Israel into the destiny Hilarion has predicted, and a choice that could alter that destiny…

No matter which choice is made I encourage us all to keep the faith that there is a Higher Reality behind life. Faith that there are higher Angelic beings, Ascended Masters, a spiritual Hierarchy and that things are playing out in the way s they need to for the karmic requirements of everyone involved. But it is all serving the ultimate evolutionary goal of the Divine becoming aware of itself. This being in resonance with the next revolution of the planet as foretold in the aforementioned book: Sapiens.

It is too late for this newsletter to have an effect on anyone voting in Israel today. Nonetheless I feel inspired to share Hilarions’s prediction for Israel:

ISRAEL has lost her Master.

She has forgotten the God who guided her people through the long centuries of affliction and persecution. Because she has forgotten her God, she will be tested in the very center of the crucible when the bitter years are upon the earth. This trial will bring the nation back to God, but only after much has been suffered.

Israel has been the repository of a burning faith and devotion for many centuries. She was meant to carry that flame aloft so that in the Tribulation years new fires could be lighted from it, to bring the world back to a true faith.

Those of her people who remained in other countries have still that intensity of dedication to their religion which can fulfill the stated purpose during the Last Days. But among the people of the new state of Israel there is only a mockery of faith. They do not believe any more. And because of their unbelief they will be forced to drink the bitter cup to the dregs in the years of trouble ahead.

I do believe that not only Israel, but also much of the world has lost their Master. It has been noted that for many of the members of ISIS their inspiration to join was not as a result of economic disadvantages. Many of their foreign fighters come from privileged, educated backgrounds. To my mind the attraction of ISIS is because these people feel the energy of having found their Master. They are experiencing an individual, ego-transcending, collective, spiritually passionate faith and transcendent surrender to a higher reality. Something which is virtually totally lacking within the secular, consumeristic, materially obsessed, hedonistic, and comparatively boring Western world of today.

Unfortunately these ISIS members have been seduced by a Dark Master, what feels like a manifestation of the Anti-Christ energies rather than the Christ energies.

Hilarion has stated that just as the Christ is really an energy, basically the Love aspect of the Divine, so too the Anti-Christ is also an energy. And in order to allow the Christ energy access to the planet they also had to allow the Anti-Christ energy access to the planet.

I do feel hope and faith however. Another interesting corollary between now and the 1960’s: 2008 was the 40th anniversary of the 1968 ‘Summer of Love’ here in the U.S. In respect of that one of the Art House theaters in Seattle ran some interesting films to commemorate the occasion. One was a CBS television documentary about the Hippie Movement. It was quite interesting.

The segment which particularly tweaked me was an interview with a teenage boy who had been place in a psychiatric hospital by his parents after experimenting with LSD. One of his statements ran something like: “All of a sudden I realized that everything was energy and that everything was one and that God was everywhere.”

They then interviewed the greatly distraught mother who was truly concerned about her son’s mental state issuing a statement which, at that time, would have been truly alarming: “He said that he saw God. And of course nobody can see God, not until you die.” And the interviewer acquiesced in commiseration for the obviously crazy irrational statement uttered by her son.

This was a clear illustration of the collective mind-set of that era. Nowadays such a statement is not likely to cause anywhere near the same alarm in the majority of the population. Clearly we have come a long ways. There is, however, a lot more to come, and needs to come, if we are to survive as a species.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel

POSTSCRIPT TO YESTERDAY’S WRITINGS:

Well Netanyahu has won the Israeli election with the promise that there will be no two-state solution to the Palestinian Occupation. Personally I had hoped for a different outcome. Maybe the die is cast. Regardless, I pray for the peace and well-being and liberation of all souls including the Israelis and Palestinians and everyone everywhere.

This Friday there will be a New Moon with a Solar Eclipse with the Moon engaging the Pluto/Uranus Square as the Spring Equinox Sun entering Aries occurs. Another time for ‘omen watching’ and to embrace death and a new beginning.

Freedom on the Brakes & Security on the Gas

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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

July 26, 2014

Dear Friends and Clients,

First of all I want to apologize to those of you who were not receiving my newsletters these past few months. I finally figured out it was a glitch going on between my newsletter service and my yahoo account. It seems to have been fixed now.

Fortunately you have only missed the Starwise monthly forecasts as I was so busy during my recent travels in Asia that was unable to write anything more than that.

Today I finally have the time to respond to those of you who have been requesting that I share a few words regarding the craziness of the world at this time.

The title of this article relates to the fact that this month, within a few days of the crash of Malaysian Airliner 17, both Saturn and Uranus stopped moving. When a slower-moving planet ‘stations’ like that, it is always a strong moment. Having two at the same time is the poignant Astrological signature of this time period.

I have often said that there is a spectrum. On one end of it is security and on the other end is freedom. And everyone has to feel where he or she is the most comfortable on that spectrum. It has always seemed to me that most of society is always way down at the security end of this spectrum, whereas I’ve always felt myself to be choosing freedom over security, although in my later years that is certainly shifting a bit.

Astrologically we can place Saturn at the security end and Uranus at the end of freedom. It was, however the Uranian urges toward freedom, which was previously moving forwards, stimulating pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, surprise youthful migrations from Central America, and Hamas rockets from Gaza, which has now stopped and has started moving backwards in retrograde motion, making it’s energy less available for new ventures like that.

And it was Saturn which had been less available in retrograde motion, which stopped, and is now moving forwards and is therefore more available for greater Saturnian responsibility, discipline and commitment towards what will truly serve the interests of security for all. Hence my title: Freedom (i.e. Uranus) on the Brakes & Security (i.e. Saturn) on the Gas.

Of course all of these national entities have their own Astrological stories going on. Way too much for me to tackle right now. Ukraine, Russia and Putin I have written about previously and that article is archived on my website.

I did want to share a little socio-political and Astrological commentary regarding the children arriving at the U.S. border from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. There is obvious karma here, and it shows how the results of your actions create rippling effects that eventually bounce back to you.

I was listening to interviews with individuals in Honduras expressing the political strife, the poverty and the gang violence which is presently prevalent in their nation. One interviewee, however, stated that Hondurans who live near the Nicaraguan border go over to Nicaragua for their healthcare, because in Nicaragua they have free socialized medicine.

Clearly we haven’t heard much about children arriving from Nicaragua. Those of us old enough to remember the Senior Bush and especially Reagan years well remember that the socialist Sandanista government in Nicaragua in the 1980’s was declared to be our enemy and we placed our covert military support into backing right-wing military governments in …. Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Ironically it is now Nicaragua which is the relatively stable society.

Because of that war the U.S. was obliged to accept refugee status for many immigrants coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Many of you may have heard this and how many of these kids arriving at our border are relatives of, or even children of, these earlier immigrants.

There is a poignant voice which I have been hearing, however, like a ghost from the past. It was a speech given in 1968. This was during the last period of similarly intense Pluto/Uranus engagement as we are currently experiencing.

I heard this speech in 2008 for that year was the 40th anniversary of the death of Robert Kennedy, the fallen younger brother of President John F. Kennedy who was himself running for President that year. The speech was his last campaign speech before being shot. The part of his speech which struck me at the time his putting out an appeal for something which I could never imagine any political candidate today coming anywhere close to uttering such a similar appeal. The appeal was to increase aid and assistance to our neighbors in Central and South America, citing how a nation as wealthy as our own should not turn a blind eye towards those so close to us.

Could you imagine anyone trying to get popular support for something like that today? Or at least before these 52,000 children showed up?

Instead we trained their nations in violence in the years since 1968, and today, most of the guns in the hands of gangs in Central America are smuggled in from the lax-gun-law Western U.S. states.

Imagine, however, if Robert Kennedy had won the Presidency in 1968 instead of Richard Nixon….

This situation reminds me of two things One is the intense Astrological ‘exam’ currently going on in relation to the U.S. Astrological Birthchart ‘curriculum.’

The part of our curriculum being confronted is our Saturn in the Tenth House of ‘work, career, ‘role’ in the world,’ which is natally square to our Sun in Cancer in the Seventh House of partnerships and relationships with others.

The Sun in Cancer is the soul potential of the U.S. well-expressed by these words from the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The Saturn Square to that Sun in Cancer is the karmic restriction and limitation upon that Cancerian Soul potential. This is Hilarion’s pronouncement for the Karmic lesson involving Saturn in the 10th House:

Tenth House
When Saturn is found in the tenth sector, the meaning is that the individual must put considerable effort into his job or career in order to make it a success. Lacking this effort — and a good deal of care and caution the career will tend to turn sour again and again. The lesson is simply to devote a reasonable effort to making one’s job a success. If this is done, then no problems will be encountered. However, past life habits of sloth and inattention have usually been brought forward into this life, and it is these which the job reverses are meant to correct.

This restrictive Saturnian tension upon our ability to fully accept responsibility for our ‘role’ in the world, in tension with our Cancerian potential as expressed in that Statue of Liberty poem is something I have recognized in conflicts in this nation’s experience from Thomas Jefferson vs. Alexander Hamilton, to the North and South in the Civil War to today’s Republican and Democratic conflicts, and to periods of generous beneficence to those who are suffering or in harm’s way in the world, to periods of ‘Isolationism.’

The Saturn in the U.S. birthchart is in the 15th degree of Libra and the Sun is in the 14th degree of Cancer. This natal Saturn/Sun square is currently experiencing a ‘Grand Cross’ in tension with the Pluto/Uranus Square in the sky right now. Pluto is currently moving forwards at the 13th degree of Capricorn (squaring our Saturn and opposing our Sun) and Uranus is moving backwards at the 17th degree of Aries, (opposing our Saturn and squaring our Sun).

I mentioned this in my predictions for 2014 and the likelihood that it would involve the on-going gridlock between the two political parties. Since the Sun is in the 7th House of relationships, however, I also stated that the tension could involve our relationships with others….like Russia, Israel, Palestinians etc..

The next exact Pluto/Uranus Square will be in December at the 14th degrees of Capricorn/Aries, and likely relatable to the aftermath of the mid-term elections, if not several of the intense relationships we are currently dealing with around the world.

I will end this article with Hilarion’s pronouncement regarding the U.S. in his book: Nations. This is the other thing which this time period and our ‘current exams’ reminds me of, both for the obvious resonant criticism of our nation and for the, difficult at times to believe, optimism and positive vision it holds for our nation:

AMERICA has lost her generosity.
Once, when the world was groaning in the aftermath of a great and terrible war, she stood forth with her riches in her hand, offering them freely to those who had been broken by the strife. She did not refuse to give of herself, of her wealth, of her energy and of her love. What Europe has become today is largely a result of the generosity of the American spirit and the ideals of brotherhood which this country has held so high.

But today America has drawn back and has closed the door to other nations. She has sealed herself behind a wall and refuses to offer help to those less fortunate than herself.

This great country must have its rebirth along with all the rest. In many ways she is the greatest nation the earth has ever known. But she is flawed today by a blindness which has crept into her perception of the world. In the terrible years ahead, although she herself will be preserved almost to the end from the full onslaught, she will see with increasing alarm the destruction and the loss which the baser passions of man will bring.

At last, in an agony of the soul, America will again stand forth with her love, to rescue and nurture the peoples of the world whose nations have collapsed and disintegrated in the terrors that man has brought upon himself. By that act she will again and for all time-be purified. In the new age that will dawn for mankind, America will lead the world as a great and burning beacon of truth, of justice, of peace and of purity.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel