As Above, So Below

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” — Jimi Hendrix

I am a child of the sixties.  I saw the birth of the counterculture movement, the anti-war movement, and the riots that burned Watts to the ground and disrupted the 1968 Democratic National Convention.  I saw our National Guard troops kill students at Kent State for protesting the Vietnam war. I saw a little girl my age screaming in agony as she ran naked down a road in the Vietnamese countryside, her skin on fire after she’d been doused with napalm. Bearing witness to those events (and the assassinations of RFK and Martin Luther King, Jr.) shaped my world view. The world was a messy place.  I realize now, the seedlings of the changes that we are experiencing, took root then. I’ve been thinking all week about a book I read four years ago:  Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas.  In it, Dr. Tarnas lays out his research into historical patterns that repeat every time certain astrological configurations occur.  As above, so below.  He was a skeptic when he started his research, but over time he became convinced that astrology is a legitimate gauge to what is transpiring here on terra firma.  Ultimately, he drank the astrological Kool-aid and had many revelations as a result.

Astrology is considered bunk by a lot of people; others think of it as a sort of entertainment, but not as something that should be looked at as a real science. They read their horoscopes for fun, never believing their words carry much weight.  And the popular forms of astrology (like newspaper horoscopes) are largely crap.  There’s nothing there that gives them weight because astrology requires more detailed mapping than just a generalized “fortune” for each astrological sign.  There is much more mathematical and exacting detail involved with mapping the movement of the stars.  It is not just an amateur’s game.

In Tarnas’ book, he details the astrological underpinning of the French Revolution, both World War I and World War II, and the 1960s counterculture movement, as well as his insight into September 11, 2001. He wrote what he expected the coming decade to reveal in the final section of the book (which was published in 2007) on 2008 – 2018 and beyond.  I found it fascinating when I read it, and as world events he predicted in it continue to unfold, it gets even more interesting to me.  Indeed, the stars configuring above us seem to be mirroring the historical changes we see on earth right now.

The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands. — Carl Gustav Jung

Anyone who knows me knows that I follow several astrologers and astrology sites on a regular basis.  Among my favorites,, written by Pat Paquette up on Vashon Island outside of Seattle, Caroline Casey (who wrote one of my favorite books ever, Making the Gods Work for You) and her visionary activist web site, Heather Roan Robbins Starcodes blog, and Barbara Hand Clow’s,  This week I watched several short videos of Caroline Casey talking about the changes that are currently occurring.  In particular, she was discussing shamanic astrology.  There are four short videos.  All are worth watching for her discussion of the symbolism of the changes that are transpiring. In addition, there are a number of videos on YouTube of Richard Tarnas discussing his ideas. In the documentary, 2012 – Time for Change, there is more discussion of the chaos of the present day by Stanislov Grof.

Last night I read Hand Clow’s latest post, Uranus Square Pluto and Generational Tension (look for it under “News” on her web site, listed above). In it she laid out the ground work for the seven upcoming squares between Uranus and Pluto, the first one happening on June 24 of this year. They will continue through 2015. Hand Clow writes, “The seven squares between Uranus and Pluto — 2012 through 2015 — will create a revolution in global industrial, financial, and social structures. We know this because when the square was first drawing close during 2011, the ideals of the 1960s countercultural revolution surfaced within Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and the European financial crisis. Uranus rules radical structural changes, while Pluto destroys anything in the way of change. When they work together as a team as they are now, watch out!  This is especially true with erratic and shocking Uranus in its most forceful sign—Aries—while ruthless Pluto is in it most determined sign—Capricorn.[…]With Pluto in Capricorn, we will witness a cleanout of financial, corporate, and societal structures.”

All of this gives me reason to feel hopeful.  A new way of living is being born.  We are waking up from our long slumber.  The world will become more humane, more conscious, more ecological, more kind.  Those who seek power simply for the sake of destruction and control will not prevail.  They will not.

Astrologically, according to Tarnas, we will be experiencing the kind of tumult that happened during the French Revolution in the coming years. Death and rebirth.  Light overtaking darkness.

I, for one, am excited to see this new world being born.  You?

© 2012  Shavawn M. Berry  All rights reserved

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