2010-2025: Our World In Transition – Notre Monde En Transition

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This Topic is of the Utmost Importance

Since the 2008 financial debacle, our world has been evolving in uncertainties and trouble. What is happening is something bigger than a typical recession. We are experiencing a paradigm shift of historical proportion. Nobody knows what events will happen next and neither does us. However, Astro Tarology can provide us with anticipations about trends and potentials. Below is an image summarizing the suggested paradigm shift covering the period 2010-2025. Each component will first be described and later detailed one by one.

The Paradigm Shift in One Single Image

2010-2025: Our World In Transition From an Astro Tarology Perspective

(1) The images in the top row show each year’s metaphoric meaning.
(2) The Symbolon cards in the second row show Pluto in zodiac signs.
(3) The Symbolon cards in the third row show Uranus in zodiac signs.
(4) The bottom left chart shows the square Uranus-Pluto in progress.
(5) The bottom right chart shows the US empire lifecycle.

Note about first publication dates
– The 2010-2019 portion of (1) + chart (4): November 2011
– The chart (5) + Sir John Glubb chart below (6): March 2015

From 859 BC to 1950 – The Empires Life Cycles

All empires in history went from conquest to affluence to collapse. Regardless of financial strength, political power and knowledge of previous history life cycles, no empire leader has ever been able to prevent its supremacy from collapsing. For instance, the successive Chinese dynasties would always rise, stay and fall regardless of lessons learned from the past. Empires life cycles would repeat over and over following a same cyclical pattern. In 1977, Sir John Glubb wrote an essay titled “The Fate of Empires” whose life periods are summarized below (6).

Life-cycles of Empires by Sir John Glubb
Empires Life Cycles by Sir John Glubb

We can see that during 3 millenaries the average superpowers duration period has been consistently of about 250 years. By the way, let’s note that the full 250-year cycle corresponds to about ten 25-year generations. This 250-year duration presents an unexpected consistency, especially if we consider all the major changes during the 3000 years in transportation speed and weapons sophistication, which has expanded territories conquests from local to global. Regardless of the historical period, the life cycle was always of about 250 years. Something bigger than their leaders was inclining empires to rise and also to fall. While we could seek a spiritual explanation of divine influence, we can also look at the sky from an astrologer perspective and find out that there are perfect correlations between the 250-year empires live cycles and Pluto’s 247-year orbital cycle. When a country is born, Pluto occupies a certain position in the sky, which eventually will return to the same position in about 247 years. That period corresponds to the entire superpower life cycle. In his essay, Sir John Glubb also revealed that all empires cycles in history have followed a same 8-phase pattern process: (1) outburst, (2) conquest, (3) commerce, (4) affluence, (5) intellect, (6) decadence, (7) decline and (8) collapse. While not necessarily of equal duration, each phase would last an average of about 41 years. A visual representation for the US empire life-cycle is represented in above chart (5) and described as follows.

From 1776 to 2023 – The US Empire Life Cycle Phases

The USA was born on July 4, 1776. That day Pluto was positioned at 27º33′ of Capricorn and will return to that same natal position during the years 2021-2023, which is about 246 years later as found with most of the historical empires life-cycles. During that orbital period, transiting Pluto covered all angles from 0º to 360º with natal Pluto. Angles multiple of 45 degrees are critical and correspond to tensions during each of the 8 phases transitions. Below is a rudimentary historical outline associating USA superpower life cycle with Pluto orbital cycle.

July 4 1776 – : USA Declaration of Independence is signed
1776-1806 – Outburst: George Washington
1806-1809 – 45º: The end of slaves trade
1809-1847 – Conquest: Wars and battles
1847-1851 – 90º: The gold rush begins
1851-1894 – Commerce: General Electric is born
1894-1898 – 135º: The income tax bill is passed
1898-1935 – Affluence: Roaring 30’s
1935-1938 – 180º: Orson Welles “War of the Worlds”
1938-1962 – Intellect: Disney movies
1962-1964 – 135º: John Kennedy is assassinated
1964-1981 – Decadence: Sex, drugs and rock & roll
1981-1983 – 90º: Bombing of the Beirut US Embassy
1983-2000 – Decline: The Lewinsky scandal
2000-2001 –45º: World Trade Center terrorist attack
2001-2021 – Collapse: System ineluctable implosion
2021-2023 – : Projected end of US supremacy

Human death is unavoidable regardless of the wisdom and knowledge about what happened to previous dead people, and so are empires that rise and live until their inexorable collapse. Superpowers life and death patterns will repeat themselves whether their leaders study past history cycles or not. Cosmic life is bigger than human life. USA last phase runs from Pluto semi-square in 2001 to Pluto return to its natal position in 2022. It is worth noting the year 2001 amazing synchronicity between Pluto semi-square (45º), the historic empire transition from decadence to collapse and the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Center Towers.

USA may win the battle against terrorism, but will lose the supremacy war against the rest of the world, where contenders such as China are already preparing themselves for the opportunity to fill the vacuum. This process started in 2001 and most USA power strategies miserably failed ever since. We are now seeing a growing world chaos until USA final supremacy collapse around 2022-2023. This will only mean the end of USA supremacy but not the end of the USA. As Britain continued to exist after its 1950 superpower collapse, so will the USA. By that time, China will still be in the early stage of its superpower cycle. A bi-polar world supremacy consensus USA-China will emerge for decades to follow.

France revolution took place on July 14, 1789 which was 13 years after the 1776 US independence. It comes with no surprise to see September 11, 2001 World Trade terrorists attacks followed 13 years later by the Charlie Hebdo terrorists attacks in France. Analogical patterns would then lead to anticipate France supremacy (and Europe) to end about 13 years after the US, which would be around 2034-2036.

From 2011 to 2025 – The World Paradigm Shift

In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

February 2011 – May 2018: Denial and Trouble

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Depression
Troublemaker
Troublemaker

As indicated before, Pluto’s orbital cycle lasts about 247 years during which it is sweeping the 12 zodiac signs. Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn in 2008 where it will stay for 16 years until entering the sign of Aquarius in 2024. That period covers the 2008 financial collapse until the 2023 US supremacy collapse. The corresponding Astro Tarology (Symbolon) card for that period is titled “Depression”. That somber card is selected by the sky and not by the interpreter. It is also worth noting that the world loss of values parallels Elizabeth Kubler-Ross humans five loss phases: (1) denial, (2) anger, (3) bargain, (4) depression and (5) acceptance.

Planet Uranus orbital cycle lasts about 84 years during which it is sweeping the 12 zodiac signs. Uranus entered the sign of Aries in 2011 where it would stay for 7 years until entering the sign of Taurus in 2018. That period covers the political upheaval from 2011 Occupy Wall Street until 2018 Trump disruption. The corresponding dysfunctional Astro Tarology (Symbolon) card, again selected by the sky, is titled “The Troublemaker”.

If that was not enough, the 2011-2018 period is also marked by the square (90º) Uranus-Pluto meaning major tensions between the two planets. The square happened to be exact not less than seven times as seen in the top chart on the bottom left (4). In Greek mythology, Uranus is associated with Prometheus and Pluto with Hades. Thus, Uranus square Pluto would mean “Human Freedom conflicts with Machiavellian Power“.

May 2018 – December 2023: Acceptance and Hope

Depression
Depression
Farewell
Farewell

With Pluto’s darkness still in the background, the ingress of Uranus in the sign of Taurus in 2018 will mark the end of the troubled period bringing real change and hope. The corresponding Astro Tarology (Symbolon) changing card for Uranus in the sign of Taurus, again selected by the sky, is titled “Farewell”. The transition towards the new life paradigm may not be painless, but then we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

From January 2024 on: Rebirth and Renewal

The Phoenix
The Phoenix
Farewell
Farewell

We will have to wait until early 2024 when Pluto will enter the sign of Aquarius for the rebirth. The corresponding Astro Tarology (Symbolon) renewal card for Pluto in the sign of Aquarius, again selected by the sky, is titled “The Phoenix”. An exciting time where new societal birth will raise from its ashes: the coming “Age of Aquarius”, a more humane, united and just life paradigm.

Our world in transition, the Symbolon cards, their names, archetypes and symbols and the astrological cycles offer such an amazingly meaningful synchronicity. The image below shows a 2010-2025 summary overview of our world in transition.

2010-2025 Our World In Transition
2010-2025 Our World In Transition – Click to enlarge

Practically, take one week at the time until the blue sky will be back. In the meantime reflect on the following quote:

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” –Anonymous

Personal Notes
(1) About the past: I am not an historian and am very interested of anyone’s comments about historical correctness.
(2) About the future: I believe that nobody can predict future events. Personal, local, national or world events don’t exist before people produce them. Seasoned futurologists can only announce trends or potentials. Like doctors and meteorologists, they have the right to be wrong. Practically, futurologists don’t make previsions, they only reveal the present to people who are stuck in the past. Therefore, I would rather name their visions as anticipations instead of previsions.

01 The Initiating MAGICIAN

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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
– Walt Disney

PART 1 – SYMBOLISM

For Mickey Mouse –the Apprentice Sorcerer in Disney Fantasia– as well as for the Initiating Magician everything is possible.

600x400-fantasiaThe Magician is actually the first arcana of the tarot deck, the first step in the initiation journey. The Fool was in fact the arcana zero who, like the familiar Joker, can travel anywhere at any time to enhance any other card. In Fantasia, when Mickey the apprentice Magician loses control of his new magical powers, the Master Sorcerer (the Fool) comes to his rescue.

The image above shows the symbols of the four elements/life powers: (1) water/emotional (the bucket), (2) fire/creative (the erected phallic broom handle), (3) air/intellectual (the stars) and (4) earth/material (the stone wall). We will see that the Magician in tarot arcana is offered the same four symbolic tools to initiate his initiation journey.

Before detailing the Magician symbols in the four previously selected tarot decks, let’s look at the Fool and the Magician positions in the Astro Tarology “Flower of Life”. That structure works for almost all tarot decks major arcana. We selected the Tarot de Marseille (TDM) where the Fool is called “Le Mat” and the Magician “Le Bateleur”. They can be seen at the image bottom.

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The Fool was a link between Planet Earth (tangible sphere) and the Moon (imaginary sphere). The Magician is a link between the Moon (imaginary sphere) and the planet Venus (emotional sphere). As he performs, an experienced Magician tricks emotionally his audience to divert its attention from the real tangible world to the illusionary fantasy world.

A word about the arcana characters gender

The Fool and the Magician are male figures and the coming Empress and High Priestess are female. When it comes to symbolic meaning each arcanum character is gender-blind. So the bearded Fool´s symbolic meaning may very well apply to a woman animus (masculine unconscious) and the seductive Empress’ symbolic meaning to a man anima (feminine unconscious).

Let’s now observe the four different Magician arcana

Tarot de Marseille (TDM)

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The TDM major arcana are numbered from 1 to 21 on the top (except the numberless Fool “Le Mat”) and have their names on the bottom (except the nameless arcana 13). In the TDM deck, the Magician is called “Le Bateleur” which could be translated as a street showman. In the arcana there is no audience and the table is covered with a lot of varied objects, which indicates that the show is in the preparation stage. The Magician is standing at the very beginning of his journey with an immense untapped potentiality at his disposal. He looks like rehearsing facing an invisible audience. When ready, he will have to move into action.

For now let’s observe the objects in his hands (moving symbols) and on the table (stable symbols). Again we see the four life spheres but this time associated with the minor arcana four suits (to be detailed in a future post). (1) Material: the gold coin (need to earn a living) in his right (active) hand = Coins Suit, (2) Emotional: the cups (receptive object) on the table = Cup Suit, (3) Creative: the double-ended (earth-sky) magic wand (used to integrate the 4 life spheres into a spiritual 5th) in his left (receptive) hand = Wand Suit, and (4) Intellectual: the knife (cutting-edge analytical mind) on the table = Sword Suit.

More objects can be identified on the table. (a) The distillation retort (transformation) glassware (transparency) used by alchemists (magicians), (b) three dices (chance, “rolling the dices”), (c) more coins (good luck, alchemical capacity to transform lead into gold) and a big bag (endless reserve of life tools). His hat is shaped in a lemniscate (infinite mental abilities).

To reach a higher awareness level, the TDM Magician needs to prepare his initiation journey by tapping energy from his infinite reserve.

 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (RWS)

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Similarly to the TDM Magician, the RWS Magician has the same 4 symbolic vital objects on the table (coin, cup, wand and sword) and a lemniscate (infinite energy) over his head. Both hold a double-ended magic wand, but the TDM Magician holds it in his left (receptive) hand in a 45-degree direction (not vertical yet) and the RWS vertically (as above so below = human inner life mirrors the cosmos) in his right (active) hand.

The RWS Magician shows the earth with his left hand and the sky with his right indicating his ability to link material energy from the earth to the spiritual energy in the sky. The red roses symbolize love, the white lilies purity and the yellow background consciousness.

His red cloak symbolizes life energy ready for practical action and his white  headband his mental aspiration to truth and spirituality. His serpent-like belt (Ouroboros eating its own tail = eternal renewal) around the waist reminds of mythological Hermes (see the MT and ST Magician below) caduceus.

To reach a higher awareness level, the RWS Magician needs to always direct his life journey with a spiritual objective in mind.

Mythic Tarot (MT)

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Such as in both images above, one of the MT Magician’s hand shows the sky and the other the earth and the 4 suits symbols appear again. While they represent very explicitly the 4 minor arcana suits (coin, cup, wand and sword), they are now oriented in 4 directions (the crossing of life roads). The coin (physical body) and the cup (emotional heart) are opposite. The sword (intellectual mind) crosses the wand (creative instincts) indicating two roads directions.

The MT Magician’s magic wand is now a caduceus (more about Hermes in the ST Magician). The two snakes symbolize pairs of opposites (male/female, light/darkness, peace/war, etc…) including the 2 life paths now being offered. Facing the stone, the 2 road directions and the 4 objects, the Magician needs to choose a life path direction. His table is a flat rock laying directly on the ground (very tangible). There is no air under the table as before (no more time for preparation). It is time to make a choice.

To reach a higher awareness level, the MT Magician needs to make the  choice of his life direction.

Symbolon Tarot (ST)

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This card is all about Hermes, his wings (mobility of head and feet) and holding a roll (intellectual magic wand) in his hand. The urban landscape is circled by a river and accessible from a flowery road (happiness) by a bridge (linking nature with manmade village). In the arcana corners, we see the astrological symbols of Gemini (mobility) zodiacal sign and its ruling planet Mercury (Roman God equivalent of Greek Hermes).

Hermes is born from Zeus extramarital affair with the nymph Maia. This affair was the only one that his jealous wife Hera was unaware of and could not use her tricks to break it of. Thus Hermes was born of trickery.

When he was only one day old, Hermes sneaked out of his home where he found a tortoise which he converted into a lyre. Looking for more excitement, he then stole his brother Apollo’s cattle and covered the theft up. After this episode, Hermes went back home and entered through the keyhole, climbed back into his cradle with his lyre and slept like an innocent baby.

Besides being the Messenger of Gods, the God of Merchants, Thieves and other Tricksters, Hermes was also the Magician. We saw how the Magician could change himself into air and enter the keyhole. As another example of his magical skills, Hermes charmed Cerberus to sleep so that he could slip in the Underworld unnoticed and escort Persephone back to earth.

Psychologically Hermes the Magician symbolizes the power to make things invisible and to master the magic of thoughts, images, and words. Regardless of how difficult the road may be, Hermes wings will manage to circumvent the obstacle by uniting the earth (material part) with the sky (intellectual part).

To reach a higher awareness level, the ST Magician needs to find his way by holding opposites.

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In a summary, we can say that to reach a higher awareness level, the Magician needs to (1) prepare his initiation journey by tapping energy from his infinite reserve, (2) always direct his life journey with a spiritual objective in mind, (3) make the  choice of his life direction and (4) find his way by holding opposites.

As a practical simple advice, your inner Magician recommends that you make a choice of your life direction and build a new reality.

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