Three Centuries of Crisis - 3
If Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are, symbolically at least, agents for the Galaxy they can be considered as "transformers" for the release of intense cosmic energies in a form acceptable to human beings, even if upheavals inevitably follow such a release. These "transformers" were evidently present in the solar system for millions of years, but they represented mostly latent possibilities as far as human consciousness was concerned. If they have been discovered and they have become integral parts of our conscious relationship to the universe during the last two centuries it is — following this trend of reasoning — because they had progressively flared up into intensified activity, rousing in at least the intellectual elite of mankind the capacity to become aware of their existence, thanks to the growth of new mental faculties.
It is for this reason that it is possible to say that humanity as a whole has been challenged to face the reality of this Path of accelerated evolution. This Path could lead to a kind of global Initiation if the masses of mankind were able to resonate and respond positively and courageously to this downpour of galactic or divine energies; but will they be so able? This is the question of questions.
If the opportunity is there, the knowledge of it and of what it really means should be spread widely all over the globe; for this Path of Initiation (or total human metamorphosis) must be trodden consciously. It is indeed the "Conscious Way" of evolution. It requires a well developed and structured mind, able to rise above all emotional attachments to events and to find its security and its strength in its attunement to cycles and structural factors — and first of all in a deep realization of individual destiny (as I defined this term).
It should therefore be very important to understand what the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto may represent in an operative, cosmic and dynamic sense, and in any case what they stand for in the symbolic language (the "algebra") of astrology. And here we are confronted with the striking fact, already mentioned, that what these planets indicate when they are especially activated in the birth-chart of individual persons (by natal aspects, and by transits) can be very significantly related to the basic character of the respective centuries during which they became conscious factors in the collective mind of Man. Indeed it helps greatly the astrologically aware mind in its attempt to understand the meaning of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as periods of history filled with transforming events, to relate them respectively to Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Even if considered only as symbols of structural characteristics, these planets throw some more significant light on what has happened to our Western civilization since 1700. They help us to situate our place in a vast planetary all-human process of transformation in which we are compelled willy-nilly to participate — whether ours be a positive or a negative participation; whether we are reaching toward galactic spaces or falling back in fear and inertia to the realm bounded by Saturnian formations, social-cultural and personal.
The enemies of all radical transformations powered by the energies focused through Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are, on the one hand, the pair of the largest planets of the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn — and on the other hand, the pair of planets closest to the Earth, Mars and Venus. Jupiter and Saturn represent the social and religious level of human existence, and all that relates to institutions and to the power wielded by the men who control them. Jupiter, psychologically speaking, refers to the social sense, the realization that "united we win, isolated we lose" in the struggle for survival and increased comfort, and, at its deeper level, to the religious feeling which is an extension of the social sense and the drive toward unity. Saturn is, as we already have seen, the feeling of security which comes from officially recognized participation in a steady system of organization which guarantees you exclusive right to your name, your place, your status, your possessions. Saturn is therefore always opposing the urge for radical self-transformation and social-cultural changes which upset the status quo at any level, which challenge the Establishment and its particular, exclusivistic type of law and order.
Mars and Venus, being the planets on either side of the Earth, stand for what is most personal and intimate in an individuals life and temperament. These factors usually develop within the social-cultural structures represented by Jupiter and Saturn, yet they can also withdraw from subservience to the community and unfold on a strictly individual basis. They can also eventually be repolarized and become transfigured by experiences which belong to the realm of the trans-Saturnian planets — but if the individual should fail in his attempt at treading the Path of transformation, and the energies represented by Uranus, Neptune and particularly Pluto have become in him negative and anarchistic, then Venus may refer to a total perversion of human values, and Mars to an equally perverted and sadistic lust for violence.
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