A client asked me this morning: Did you see this coming? Could you see from the astrology who was going to win?
I had to explain that I don’t make predictions, and why. Some astrologers do, and that’s fine if they want to. (Although almost every astrological prediction I read was proved wrong by this election). But as those of you who have been with me for a while know, I don’t believe that the future can be predicted. And more, predictions can be harmful. People want predictions because they are looking for a sense of safety, and that’s understandable. But when we attempt to predict what will happen, we negate the part we each play in creating the future.
Notice how I phrased that last sentence: We have a part. Our individual desire and will is not enough to dictate the outcome of every situation. Especially when our will competes with the wills of other people. That is one reason why prediction doesn’t work. There was no way anyone could have foreseen the outcome with any certainty here.
What is important to remember now, though, is that we still have to play that part. Despite what happened in this election, I believe that we each have free-will: the choice to engage in creating our future. And even though it seems that now we will have to fight harder, going against the grain of the prevailing feelings in this country – now isn’t the time to give up.
Grieving is warranted, and despair is warranted. But that is not the same as giving up.
Right now, I am in grief for our country. What I know about my experience of grief is that I need to give it time, and a voice -- not bypass it. I personally can’t glibly move on to: “Well, maybe he’ll be a good president after all.” But I know that once I move through some of the grief (which may never completely go away), I’ll be looking at how I can move forward.
I go to what gives me a sense of meaning. Astrology is more than a belief for me. It’s a way of life, and it’s how I get perspective during a difficult time. In looking at the current planetary movements, I can find some explanations as to why certain energies are at play. Furthermore, I can better understand how I can act with consciousness and intention in the face of challenging cosmic weather. Evolutionary Astrology provides recommendations regarding how to take the high road with the planetary energies at play, and warns against the low road.
For example, at this election we are moving toward the last close pass of the Uranus-Pluto square (closest December-January). The shadow of Uranus in Aries is about rebellion for the sake of rebellion, and self-interest that is at the expense of the greater good. (Think of American Exceptionalism and the Tea Party movement). Meanwhile, the high potential is the ability to fight against the status quo to gain rights for the individual. (Think of rights like gay marriage and the Right to Choose). The shadow of Pluto in Capricorn is about the violent breakdown of structures. (Think Trump's declarations that he's going to dismantle newly gained civil rights). Meanwhile, the high potential is the exposure of the deep-seated decay within these structures – so that the structures can be rebuilt on more solid ground. (Think of how we are suddenly made devastatingly aware of the rampant misogyny in this country. But that this awareness can lead to real change).
Since Uranus and Pluto are making a square, there is pressure, and there are hard choices involved. We are being forced to confront the dark and the light inherent within this configuration. Which will you bring forth? It will come down to your actions in each day and each moment.
But first, grieve.