A Shift of the Ages: What Does The New Paradigm Look Like?

A Shift of the Ages: What Does The New Paradigm Look Like?

A Shift of the Ages: What Does The New Paradigm Look Like?

As you’re probably well aware of by now, 2020 has us closing out a multitude of astrological cycles in the outer planets, which represent karma, paradigms, and generational transformation:

The South Node is in the mix with the 2020 conjunction, whereas the North Node was in the mix in 1285. The karma of what we sowed over the last 735 years with regard to Capricorn-related themes (imperialism, raw ambition, competition, tradition and conservatism, and the systems and institutions we built around those values) is coming to be collected in 2020. The other big difference between the two is that in 2020, Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter are actually forming a triple conjunction in Capricorn (meaning they are each within 5 degrees of one another), which hasn’t happened in 4,000 years, according to this astrologer.

As you can see, there’s a multitude of energetic shifts happening in the cosmos at various layers in the collective consciousness all within the same very short timeframe. We are simultaneously wrapping up karmic cycles within the micro- and the macrocosm, which collectively feels like one giant lurch forward into a fresh new energy on many levels–a seismic paradigm shift. Big deal, yeah?

The highest level, we are moving from heavy, dense earth element energy and values, and as Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto move into Aquarius over the next four years, into lighter air element energy and values. I’ve been talking quite a bit this year about how big the astrology of 2020 is.

Last week I highlighted many of the big transits we’ve had in 2020 and the effect they’ve had on the current collective, and I’ve talked at length about the big themes that we’re going to see when we officially crash into Aquarius and start building this new paradigm. I have not, however, gone into any great detail about how this Aquarian energy will play out on the global stage on this platform. I’ve been discussing it at length these last couple of weeks in my Facebook group, so I thought I’d touch on it over here as well.

Pluto Conjunct Saturn: The “Me” Generation Gives Way to the “We” Generation

I can’t talk about where we’re going in great detail without once again touching on where we’ve been. One of the biggest changes happening right now is a power shift between generations. As of 2019, Millennials, the oldest of which were born on the cusp of the last Pluto-Saturn conjunction in 1982-1984, surpassed the Baby Boomers, the oldest of whom were born on the cusp of the previous Pluto-Saturn conjunction in 1947, as the largest adult generation.

Baby Boomers have been nicknamed the “Me” generation due to their self-involved qualities, prioritizing individualization above social responsibility. That played out in very Capricorn-esqe themes of social status, consumerism, and conservatism, valuing tradition and upholding the status quo. As a result, the policies enacted while this group was in power were mostly self-serving, and we are watching the consequences of those policies be laid bare by this year’s Pluto and Saturn conjunction.

By contrast, Millennials and Gen Z are very different generations. They are far more ethnically and culturally diverse than their predecessors, with nearly 50% of them being people of color (compared to the Baby Boomer generation, which is 70% white), and they hold far more progressive values that reflect Aquarian ideals around community and social responsibility, inclusiveness, fairness, social justice, a love of technological innovation, doing things differently, and humanitarianism.

The Indigo Generation

Several years ago in a Facebook group far far away, I posited that the entire Millennial generation were the third wave of Indigos that many new agers spoke about who were supposed to have been born in the 80s (in other words, the criticisms from the article I just linked to that “everyone thinks their child is an Indigo” is moot, because it’s the entire generation. Yes, that means every child IS an Indigo). The general idea was that this was a group of souls who incarnated on earth in three waves, the last of which came in the 80s with a specific mission to disrupt the current paradigm and help rebuild a new one.

In addition to having the same Saturn/Pluto conjunction baked into their natal charts, the first wave of Millennials born during that conjunction also have Neptune at the Galactic Center. As one of my favorite astrologers and long-time friend, Susan Grace, likes to say, this means that these individuals have a direct line to God/Source’s plan for the universe. They are intuitively connected to and in tune with spirit.

The values and consciousness of the Millennial and Gen Z generations have overtaken that of the Baby Boomer generation as the dominant energy on the planet. This is a huge shift, and as these eldest members of the Millennial generation–the ones with Saturn and Pluto conjunct in their charts and Neptune at the Galactic Center–begin to come into political power, they’re going to bring with them cultural revolution, government structures, and policies that will remake the world in this new progressive Aquarian consciousness.

What Does That Look Like In Practice?

Energetic shifts are not finite, they flow in waves. You’ll often see manifestations of new energies years before they become dominant and you’ll be able to watch them gain steam. You’ve already seen glimpses of it in the world around you today: science and technology have made exponential progress since the 80s and we see leaps in technology in relatively short periods of time. That’s an Aquarian trend, and as we’ve approached this energy shift, you’ve seen technology rapidly ramp up. We’ve also seen social changes occur in a similar fashion with social reform including civil rights movements, women’s rights movements, LGBTQ+ rights movements, etc. We are beginning to progress exponentially as a society, largely due to technological progress that enables a wider access to information and education–that’s the build-up to Aquarius.

Science And Technology Reshape The World As We Know It

I mentioned early in this post that the rapid and exponential growth of scientific and technological discovery was a harbinger of Aquarius. The progress we’ve made in the last 100 years was simply the opening act. Imagine how the main event is going to go down!

The difference we will see here, though, is that Capricorn’s influence–the pursuit of technological advancement in the name of the almighty dollar above everything else–is going to wane and instead, we’ll start to see scientific and technological advancement for the more altruistic purposes of solving society’s greatest challenges. Tech startups with mission-driven cultures instead of profit-driven cultures, will become the norm.

I already see this happening at the university where I work, in a tech entrepreneurship program where I mentor undergraduate students. The program director teaches them to think about solving global problems that they have an emotional investment in, rather than coming up with get rich quick schemes. I teach them to discover their core values and how to run their business from that set of values. Profit is never one of those values.

Communications Goes High-Tech

I think we’ll also see a greater emphasis placed on socially-responsibility for communications platforms like social media and cable news networks over the next couple of years as Saturn enters Aquarius. Under an Aquarian sky, tech companies like Facebook and YouTube and potentially even partisan news outlets such as Fox news will eventually be held accountable in some fashion for allowing misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy rhetoric, and hate speech to spread unchecked simply as an avenue to make more money. We’re already seeing the calls for accountability from the collective. When Pluto arrives in 2024, we may see these channels completely transform, from a technological perspective and/or from a mission perspective, or else fall away completely.

One of the problems we face with the rapid pace of technological progression is that many times, human cognitive abilities and social evolution can’t keep up with the pace. The “fake news” revolution of 2016 is a prime example of how technology moved more quickly than society could adjust, and many were unable to identify credible news sources on the internet from from those that were propaganda.

Technology itself may even be the answer, as many of the researchers I work with are developing AI-enabled algorithms to identify lies and misinformation on the internet, as well as social bias. As we move into Aquarius, these technologies may become widely adopted and do the critical thinking for us by identifying and eliminating propaganda so we don’t have to. Regardless, the technologically savvy Millennial and Gen Z kids who grew up in the internet age are far more equipped to spot online bullshit than their Baby Boomer predecessors, by sheer nature of earlier exposure, which is why they also heavily value transparency.

A Decentralized Workplace

One of the most obvious Aquarian themes of 2020 is the Zoom workplace. For years, CEOs and other business leaders of the Baby Boomer generation insisted that hard work only happened AT work. The concept of working from home was completely out of the question, even in the face of data from studies of the more lax work culture of Silicon Valley which suggested employees (mainly Millennials) who were allowed unlimited vacation, casual dress codes, and a flexible work schedule were happier, and thus, more productive.

Then came 2020, where the entire corporate world (with a couple of notable exceptions…#clearlyrunbyboomers) was forced to to adapt to a remote work environment…and succeeded, largely thanks to recent improvements in internet communications technology. There’s no longer a question about whether or not people can be productive from home. In many instances, companies are finding that employees are MORE productive when they aren’t being constantly interrupted in an office environment.

As communications technologies continue to improve, and Millennials take over workplace management, expect a more flexible, hybrid work environment to take hold. The daily grind of a corporate office as a predominant work culture is now a thing of the past.

Collaboration Over Competition

A couple of years ago, I got fed up with the commercialization of spirituality and I actually quit my own blog for almost a full year because I made the decision that if this is where spirituality was headed, I wanted no part of it. Just before I did that, I wrote an epic instagram rant, the most poignant snippets of which are:

“Traditional business models and marketing strategies are rooted in capitalism, greed, and manipulation tactics involving unconscious psychological triggers that drive you to make purchases based on them.

 

“Marketing and advertising  currently operate in old paradigm on a foundation of social Darwinism which is inherently at odds with spirituality at its core. It’s competition based, pitting us against one another and keeping us divided, sending us subconscious messages that there’s not enough clients, not enough money, not enough time, and the only solution is to BUY MORE programs, more tools, more workshops, more consultants, more courses, and on and on and on.

 

“Fundamentally, this model cannot survive because it is out of alignment with New Paradigm, and neither can the people who are profiting from it. For those of us who refuse to sell our souls to the business coaching gods, the message is clear: it’s time to evolve the way we promote ourselves and do business.”

 

The old, competition-based model is founded on Darwinian survival of the fittest. Out-maneuver and overpower your competition, and cleverly and subtly tell everyone how much better you are than everyone else. But here’s the thing: “best” is an illusion. There is only “different.” Especially in the realm of personal development and spirituality, “best” doesn’t exist. There is no spiritual authority. That is both the beauty and the madness of it.

 

Healing and intuition are not products or fucking marketing gimmicks. They are THE product of thousands of tears, ache, pain, and the deep soul work of burning down the illusions of many versions of ourselves. How dare anyone hijack that and use it to sell some bullshit business scheme.

 

Undeniable truth: You can only teach others, lead others, and heal others from the same depth at which you have learned, led, and healed yourself. Period.

Then 2020 came along and rocked the spiritual community, bringing to light the white-washing of spirituality, the economic inequality of the coaching hierarchy, the gate-keeping, and the spiritual bypassing, revealing the shadow of the spiritual community itself and it’s fundamental reliance on a system that capitalizes on human trauma. To be clear, I’m not saying that spiritual practitioners shouldn’t make money. I’m saying that charging $5,000 per person for an entry-level workshop when that’s more than most people make in a month and using messaging that intentionally trigger’s someone’s trauma as a way to get them to make a purchase is excessive, socially irresponsible, and more about getting rich than about helping people.

As we move into Aquarius, this elitist form of business–especially among spiritual practitioners–will no longer be viable. As I stated in my instagram post:

The new model of self-promotion barely involves self at all. It’s community-based and purpose-driven. Like-minded entrepreneurs collaborate and cross-promote to lift each other up–together. We recognize that there’s enough to go around for everyone and that by working WITH one another, we can all benefit AND make a difference for the people we help. Together we rise.

Defund the Police is an Aquarian Concept

Aquarian energy (particularly when Pluto moves in in 20204) brings with it new, innovative, and visionary transformation that upon first glance, seems “too radical” to those used to the old paradigm. The Defund the Police movement is an example of a shift from a Saturn in Capricorn energy (law, order, rules, enforcement, top-down) to a Saturn in Aquarius energy (community-based, holistic, bottom-up, innovative) that many have balked at because it is so outside the current line of thinking. How so?

The current policing model places an added emphasis on policing in high-crime communities, convictions, and prison sentences with little emphasis on rehabilitation of offenders. It doesn’t address the societal issues that are the root cause of violence and crime to begin with, it only treats the symptom, and in the course of treating that symptom, actually ends up perpetuating the problem since there’s not much emphasis on rehabilitation. In other words, it contributes to a bloated prison system where inmates are likely to be (re)traumatized and end up as repeat offenders.

The concept of defunding the police is a more trauma-informed approach about diverting excessive funding from law enforcement operations that would normally be used toward acquiring expensive, military-grade equipment and weapons and over-policing in high crime communities, and instead using that money to fund more community-focused initiatives, social workers, and other mental health professionals whose aim is to intervene within the community and prevent crime before it actually happens, thus solving the issue at its root cause: poverty and lack of resources.

Those seeking to defund the police consider defunding an initial step toward creating an entirely different model of community-led public safety. It is not about completely eradicating policing on a dime. It’s about re-investing in the community to the point that law enforcement can be scaled back simply because there’s no longer a demand. It’s also not targeted at your small town, low crime police departments. It’s aimed at mostly at large, inner-city police organizations and neighborhoods, like New York City, which has a police budget larger than the military budget of most countries (over $10 BILLION).

Can you imagine a world where police officers no longer have to experience stress and mental health trauma on a scale that they do now? Can you imagine a world where teenagers in low-income communities have places to go after school and can spend time with people who will mentor them to become better people, rather than getting involved with gangs at an early age and ending up in jail before they turn 20? Can you imagine a world where a person having a mental health crisis gets the help they need, instead of having the very real possibility of being shot because the person responding is afraid and doesn’t have the training necessary to help them?

In the long run, this holistic, community-based approach saves lives. Not only the lives of people who might end up in the criminal justice system, and the people who are killed by police when they’re not actually a danger, but also the lives of police officers who will no longer need to be frequently put in situations where they face violent offenders and fear for their lives.

The first model is one of crime and punishment based on top-down, rigid authoritarian principles (very Saturnian/Capricorn energy). The second is an Aquarian approach that focuses on the problem in a holistic, community-based, bottom-up fashion. It’s very new and visionary by comparison. Aquarian-related things are often shunned as “radical” at least initially, because they’re so forward-thinking that it’s a shock to the established order (and Capricorn is nothing if not the established order), but if you actually sit down and rationalize it, it makes logical sense. You’ll also notice that most of the resistance to this–even among the Democrats–comes from the Baby Boomer generation, while most of its proponents tend to be Millennials.

Expect community-based, holistic approaches to solving social issues like this to gain steam as we head into 2021 and beyond.

Support for the Trans Community and More Diversity

There’s also been quite a bit of attention placed on attitudes and violence toward the trans community this year, which hits some Aquarian checkboxes in a couple of ways. For one, it’s a piece of Aquarius’ humanitarian focus and support for marginalized communities. Aquarius is the sign of innovation and the community, so social justice nests here comfortably. But not only that, Aquarius represents those who might not fit neatly into an established order and often become social outcasts as a result. Anything that bucks the status quo, including themes of androgyny and gender non-conformity, are Aquarius territory.

Those who identify as nonbinary and trans receive big support from Aquarian energy, and I think we’ll see a lot more focus and discussion on social acceptance for trans individuals as well as ideas around gender identity in the next ten years, and individuals who identify as such will fight for–and win–their place in a more inclusive society. We’re already seeing this happen in 2020 as some of the first trans and nonbinary representatives were elected to state legislatures, as well as some of the first openly-gay black politicians, and record numbers of women in the GOP, record numbers of Native Americans, and my home state of Missouri elected its first Black congresswoman.

Also ruling democracy, Aquarius recognizes the more inclusive we become with our elected representation, the more inclusive of a society we will build for all of our community members, not just the straight, cisgender, white men. Expect our legislatures to become more and more diverse as Millennials begin to fill local and national posts, bringing with them the much-needed voices and perspectives of their own communities.

Reimagine Your World

Capricorn energy gravitates toward stability and upholds the status quo. Aquarius energy asks us to reimagine the way think about (and subsequently do) things. COVID reimagined the way we go to work every day. Defund the police reimagines community policing in a new way that we haven’t seen before. Nonbinary and transgender people push us to reimagine the way we think about gender and gender roles. What other facets of society might we reimagine as Pluto enters Aquarius? The answer is all of them–just as the Saturn/Pluto conjunction of 2020 has revealed to us all of society’s flaws.

As a result of the pandemic, we’re going to begin to reimagine just about everything. Our education system, our healthcare system, our election system, our unemployment system, our social safety nets, our communications systems, our housing systems–everything that COVID broke or forced an adaption to will need to be re-evaluated and reimagined, and with Aquarius involved, it’s going to look at it from the standpoint of “Does this work for everybody?” and not just “Does this work for me?”

Some of this change may feel too radical for those who fear change and feel safer inside the comfort zone of Capricorn. Aquarius is often misunderstood because it’s so forward-thinking, and in many instances the radical change it espouses has been demonized by those who might lose power because of it. No one likes uncomfortable feelings of being out of control, and the typical reaction to those feelings is to dismiss change, ridicule change, then fight change, tooth and nail. But the thing is, evolution is inevitable, and the harder you fight against it, the more painful it is. And sometimes what looks radical from where you are now is only scary because you’re so used to the pile of shit you’ve been sitting in.

“A strange new light can be just as frightening as the dark.” – Dolores, West World

In 2020, we’ve born witness to the consequences of inflexibility and clinging to the status quo. That’s the theme of Saturn (inflexibility) conjunct Pluto (change) in Capricorn (the status quo). That conjunction came in like Miley Cyrus riding a Wrecking Ball, and now, on December 21st, Jupiter is going to give it one more big push, which will continue to show us that evolution is coming, whether we like it or not.

This evolution in particular is written in the stars. Its name is Aquarius. Its motto is progress. And its mantra is “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”

Xo,

Ash

 

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2020 Year-End Astrology: A Once in 40 Lifetimes Event

2020 Year-End Astrology: A Once in 40 Lifetimes Event

2020 Year-End Astrology: A Once in 40 Lifetimes Event

I‘ve been posting fairly regularly about the astrology of 2020 in my Facebook group and on Instagram this year. We’ve been under some intense skies all year long, starting with a conjunction between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn on January 12th that brought about a global pandemic and subsequent economic failure, revealing the cracks in our societal infrastructure everywhere from unemployment to healthcare to our food supply. These two slow moving planets have been dancing together in this pattern all year.

Jupiter swooped into the party beginning in March, moving into close conjunction with Pluto three times this year, each time setting off a new wave of positive cases. This Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter stellium is sticking around for the rest of 2020 and it’s a once-in-4,000-year event. These three planets have not been together in Capricorn since times so ancient, the Egyptians were the world power.

In late May, Saturn stuck a toe into Aquarius, sparking a tidal wave of social justice outcries just before retrograde season came upon us this summer to make sure to back the car over us a couple more times just to emphasize the point.

As we headed into the fall, we experienced an intense Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and Mars retrograde in Aries, fueling paranoia, anger, and conspiracy around the U.S. election. Mercury stationed direct on election day and Mars just ten days later, alleviating a whole lot of collective angst and pulling us back from the point of boiling over, but the universe had something bigger in store…

At the beginning of November, Jupiter began to catch up to Saturn for a once-in-every-200 years conjunction–STILL WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF OUR ONCE-IN-EVERY-4,000-YEARS STELLIUM– which will culminate in the first degree of Aquarius on our Winter Solstice, December 21st…and did I mention there’s a full moon eclipse in Gemini during this period as well??? Holy shit that’s an intense sky.

But What Does it MEAN?

This period of time between the beginning of November and late January will transformational in ways we have not seen on this planet in literally ages. Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in Capricorn have laid waste to life as we know it in 2020. The things that could not stand the tests of time have been rent asunder. Imagine emerging from hiding after a category 5 hurricane and surveying the damage (yet another apt analogy for 2020, which saw a record Atlantic hurricane season). Anything not left standing was too weak to survive and must be rebuilt, and so we must rebuild our society. But this time, it will be built on a more solid foundation: one that serves everyone, and not just the few at the top.

The full moon eclipse on November 30th is a final energetic purge before Saturn and Jupiter make an intense conjunction at one degree Aquarius on December 21st. For the last 200 years until now, the two planets have been meeting in earth signs. This next conjunction kicks off a new cycle taking place in air signs. To top it off, this conjunction is also the closest these two planes have been in 400 years (this just means there’s a more exacting force between them than usual).

Given that these are slower moving, outer planets, they have a larger effect on global themes, and with them now moving into air signs, specifically Aquarius for the next 20 years, we can start to get a good idea of what those themes are.

“Thus 2020 is at the end of a two-hundred-year era of Jupiter and Saturn uniting in earth signs. While the earth element signifies focus on material security and consolidation of resources that is resistant to change, the era of air will bring disruption to established orders and dramatic changes in collective ideas and the way we communicate. Vitally, not only will Jupiter and Saturn be uniting in Aquarius, they will also be forming a catalytic square aspect with Uranus in Taurus. At this pivotal moment in our journey, the lightning bolts of Jupiter and Uranus will not only bring down old societal structures but will also impel us to release old personal dreams and drama we have been attached to. There will be new challenges and unknown potential arising as we begin a new era of Jupiter and Saturn that we will need to make space for in our lives. During 2020 ask yourself what you need to leave behind and what you truly desire to carry forward.” – Jupiter Conjunct Saturn in Aquarius

Pluto doesn’t kick over into Aquarius until 2024. Saturn heading in for the next two years is laying the groundwork, and this conjunction with Jupiter on the date of the winter solstice is the kickoff party. If you look at the symbolic significance of the winter solstice, it marks the longest night, death, rebirth, and renewal into a new solar year as light begins to become the prevailing force over darkness. Consider it an annual dark night of the soul.

We will look back at what happens between now and the end of January of 2021 as the beginning of a turning point into a new era, on a small scale for the next 20 years, on a larger scale for the next 200, and an even larger scale for the next 4,000. The New Paradigm is here, and we’re about to build it. I plan to write much more in-depth about what that’s going to look like in the real world sometime in the next week, so stay tuned.

In the meantime…

A Message From My Meditation

I had a very informative meditation a few days ago that I shared in the Facebook group and thought I’d share here as well, because it’s very much tied to the energies of 2020:

Earth is in the process of an energetic division right now. Lower energies are splitting off to their own path for further evolution, and higher energies will continue on its own track.
There’s a lot of energy workers incarnate right now with the expressed purpose of anchoring in higher frequencies, and they’re actually strategically located across the planet, creating a sort of living energy grid and that’s helping with the transition at this time.

These are incredibly HUMBLE people that have kept their egos in check. That was emphasized… they wanted souls that would not get sucked into ego traps like being a spiritual influencer, or otherwise having this sort of, “I have spiritual knowledge that you don’t have” kind of mentality, because the people who got heavily caught in the ego trap are taking the lower vibe rout. There’s no judgement behind that at all, it’s viewed from a very neutral perspective, like an energetic choice or preference. So the people we’re talking about here won’t be the type of people to go around proclaiming it, or using spiritual knowledge as a way to puff up their ego. They’re very humble, dedicated, grounded individuals who probably don’t even realize this is why they are here. The ones that run around claiming that they’re special are the ones that got stuck.

In my meditation, I saw this collective as being a “service-to-self” oriented group. People with too much unhealed trauma with no willingness to look at it, people who’ve been unable to cope with this year’s energies in a healthy way and fell into denial and delusion about the world around them, including conspiracy theories and hoaxes. I’m not saying all of them will be taking that path, just the ones with baseline energies that are too heavy to ascend with this higher track of evolution. Those who still have the capacity to awaken and heal won’t miss the boat.

Some of us view this as a time of severe struggle and we’re feeling a lot of anxiety and fear, but that’s only the appearance from the outside. Yes, there’s very heavy energies across earth right now which are being purged, and that’s what you’re feeling that makes you think this is a struggle and that it could potentially fail, but “It’s already done.” (that’s the phrase they used).

Many of us wonder how to save those who are caught up in those lower energies and the answer is you can’t. That’s the path they’ve chosen. Instead, focus on what you can do for yourself and those around you who are receptive to build your new world. There is no more truth to be revealed. It’s all out on the table, so there’s no need to uncover or tear down more. The dominoes have fallen and the collapse is on course. Now is a time for focusing on the future. Where do we go from here? What will we create? How should we go about doing that? Visualize. Brainstorm. Collaborate. Create.

Please keep in mind this is how things are at the 700,000 foot level view. The big themes. It’s not necessarily how it’s going to look down on the ground level where all of that heavy energy is stirred up, so try not to look at this as an invalidation of how you’re feeling right now, but rather, a reassurance than everything is going to be ok.

As several of the tarot readers I watch on YouTube always say, “Everything happens energetically before it’s manifested physically.” The energetic piece is “already done.” We’re just waiting for the dust to settle and the physical manifestation to trickle in.

That whole focusing on the future and what we want to build is the energy behind the upcoming Saturn/Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius. In Tarot terms, we’re at an Ace level at this point, or the Fool. A sea of new potential. Tap into it and use it to your advantage. It will also give you a positive focus in the months ahead as the dust is settling.

The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan

The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan

The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan

In the Tarot world, we have a common label we use for when the shit hits the fan: a Tower moment.

The Tower is a major arcana card that represents having the rug pulled out from under you, suddenly, and swiftly. The imagery depicts a tower of some kind being struck by lightning from above, crumbling, often on fire, with people falling from it.

This, dear humans, is just such a moment in which we find ourselves in our collective history.

Now, before you go feeling all doom and gloom, every card in the Tarot has a double meaning, and the Tower is no different. It’s got a strong Plutonian theme built into it–destruction, revelation of what is hidden, and rebirth.

The Tower represents the establishment. The status quo of your life. The old foundations which your current beliefs and reality are built upon. And the tower is falling apart. The one thing that we know about the Tower is that once it’s done crumbling, it brings us a new clarity through a change in perspective. In some ways, you can look at the tower as being a moment of apocalypse: an unveiling of that which was hidden from our consciousness. The exposure of the shadow. A massive shift in your worldview.

Any tower that is not strong enough to weather the storm, is because its foundations are faulty. Just like any old, dilapidated building susceptible to being shaken at its very foundations by sudden, natural forces, the tower must first be demolished and a new foundation laid so that we can build something more stable, more sustainable, and better.

Our tower–our establishment–is not weathering the current storm. This is because its foundations are faulty.

So what do we do in a collective Tower moment?

The harder one clings to the tower as it crumbles, the more difficult the situation will be.

I see the Tower as being very much in line with wishing for things to go back to “normal.” The people fear that our lifestyle is going to be stripped away.

But what was the card that comes before the Tower that represents the foundations of “normal” upon which it is built?

The Devil. Dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN.

Oooooh the Devil. Scary. But not really. The Devil card, associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and the planet Saturn, often depicts two people bound to a demonic-looking figure with some form of an inverted pentagram. The five points of a pentagram represent the four elements with the addition of “spirit” as the point at the top. When a pentagram is inverted, such as with the Devil card, it represents the triumph of matter over spirit.

The Devil represents all of our negative habits, patterns, addictions, and the chains that bind us to them. The seduction of materialism and worldly pleasures being prioritized higher than our own connection with the divine. It represents illusions. It is literally a card of bondage and slavery to our own egoic desires. With the influence of Saturn thrown in, it is the original “comfort zone” and the systems and structures we’ve built around that comfort zone to keep it in place.

UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT:

Being afraid that our civil liberties are going to be permanently taken away by some kind of conspiracy by a faceless global elite to turn us into a prison planet, believing we are losing our freedoms and struggling to maintain what once was–is clinging to the establishment status quo, because we were comfortable in a system where we profited and benefited from just enough freedom to keep us complacent, while millions across the globe suffered for our benefit.

The Truth is, we’ve never been truly free. We’ve been living with the illusion of freedom, slaves to our own misconstrued visions of material success which have built and nurtured the current systems we find ourselves in, and which have resulted in spiritual poverty. We created a gilded cage with golden bars and smiled in agreement with one another each time we laid another dollar bill on the altar of human greed.

All of the discomfort we are feeling collectively in this moment–the rage, the fear, the anxiety– is the revelation of our own addictions, misgivings, and the illusion of stability we held dear, and by clinging to what once was, we are clinging to the bars of our former cages, yearning for the chains that kept us bound because we fear that which we cannot yet see.

To quote Dolores from West World, a character whose most intrinsic drive was free herself and her kind from an illusory world where they were slaves to the lower desires and whims of mankind:

A strange new light can be just as frightening as the dark.

A New Hope

The way to survive the fall of the tower is to let it crumble and embrace the revelations and new vision for the future that it brings, and that vision appears in the form of the next card in the major arcana, the Star.

The star represents a guiding light from the Heavens that leads the way toward something new. It is a card full of hope and destiny. It is the card associated with Aquarius and the traditional imagery often depicts a young woman with a pitcher or cups of water, the same imagery that is reflected in the visuals associated with Aquarius.

Are you noticing that Saturn, Capricorn, Pluto and Aquarius are present in these cards just as they are currently present in our own sky, and that they are speaking about the same themes as I wrote a couple of weeks ago in relation to astrology?

When I pulled oracle cards yesterday, the card I drew when asking about humanity’s current situation was Hold Your Vision, and it’s very appropriate here with the Star.

The Star and its promise of unfettered possibility is where we are headed. But first, the Tower must crumble. Keep your eyes not on the things which are falling away, but toward the star that appears in the sky when the smoke clears, and start to envision what could be, because it’s coming and each of us will be tasked with creating it. It will not happen overnight. Building new things takes time, so start to ask yourself what you might contribute.

Xo,

Ash

 

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