Three Centuries of Crisis - 6
Shall man discover — perhaps at the beginning of the 2lst century — another planet beyond Pluto? The existence of such a planet has been considered probable by some astronomers; and some astrologers, in America and Europe, have not only calculated the general orbit it may have, but have spoken of several more distant planets. Their existence is not at all impossible; but my feeling is that only one planet is to be soon discovered beyond Pluto, and many years ago I have spoken of it — as a hypothesis — giving it the name Proserpine. (Dutch astrologers have used instead the Greek name, Persephone). If it does exist it would naturally and logically be the symbol of concrete rebirth after the threefold crisis on the Path of transformation. It would signify the foundation of a new type of human existence in which the dualism of life and death would be transcended by a consciousness able to experience cyclically both without loss of identity — a condition relating to the great myth of the goddess Proserpine who passed a third of her existence with Pluto in the "Underworld" and the other two thirds on the Earth's surface, as a symbol of a reborn vegetation. Proserpine would then represent the mind of the Initiate who, like the Lazarus of the Gospel, has known death and is resurrected through the power of a divine Being, his "Master" or guru.
Regardless of such a possibility, the fact is that we are dealing now with three planets beyond Saturn which indeed should be regarded as a unit, i. e. as a trinity — if for no other reason than the lengths of their periods of revolution around the Sun are related in a most unusual manner. The period of Neptune is twice, and that of Pluto three times the length of the period of Uranus. Such a 1-2-3 relationship between the time-cycles of successive planets is unique in our solar system; and any fact that is thus singled out must be given a special significance in any gestalt and therefore in any system of symbolism.
Thus, the correlation between Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and the three basic century-long phases of the process of total reorganization of humanity corresponding to their official discovery becomes even more meaningful. We are led to assume that the three planets constitute a real "trinity" of aspects — the three aspects of one single process of transformation of the deepest implications of human existence. We see this process at work in individual persons as we study the trans-Saturnian planets and their transits in relation to individual birth-charts; and we are shown in a measurable way how such processes operate in the lives of modern persons. In the past these processes were considered "occult" and they involved the greatest secrecy and awe-inspiring tests; but since Uranus, Neptune and Pluto have, as it were, come out from the unconscious depths of man's inner being and entered the consciousness of at least the evolutionary spearhead of humanity, the Mysteries of the past are being "dis-occulted."
When the human mentality was formed under the rigid patterns of social-cultural systems of communal organization celestially dominated by Jupiterian religions and Saturnian rites and dogmas, everything that would transcend and could lead to the universalization of the worshipped Tradition was publicly taught to be evil, and only made known, in the secrecy of some Holy of Holies, to selected and harshly tested candidates to Initiation. But now that the trans-Saturnian planets have entered the conscious Mind of Humanity, the radical crises of consciousness to which modern man is subjected — as his most fundamental bio-psychic allegiances are being dissolved into meaninglessness — have taken the place of the greater part of what once was occulted. Modern life itself is the tester because this life challenges us to make crucial decisions that only a few selected and trained individuals could make in the past.
We can indeed validly assume that mankind is in the midst of a process of extensive "mutation" — a fundamental change in consciousness; and the fact that Uranus, Neptune and Pluto have entered the field of human consciousness is, I believe, an evident and powerful symbol of the spread of this process to an ever larger section of mankind. This does not imply that the process will be a success, or that the mutation will not have a great many destructive and regressive results. Whether it will or not, how much greater the overall success will be than the inevitable failures, and how changed — and probably much diminished in number — humanity will be at the end of our global crisis: these are questions to which no valid answers can be given today. I do not seek to prophesize, but only to elucidate.
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