Though I have already written a profile about Greta Thunberg, the young woman who virtually single handedly has propelled the fight for climate science into the mainstream, I continue to be struck by what I consider to be her significance in the larger picture of human history. This photo demonstrates so clearly the power for change that she has exhibited: last year she performed a one-girl climate strike. This year millions of people participated in the strike for climate science.
We are in the transition between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius (for more about when the Age of Aquarius will actually begin, follow this link). Pisces is a beautiful sign of compassion and spirituality, and there is no doubt that the last 2000 years or so have been the most religious of the known history of the planet. The archetype of Jesus the Christ fits perfectly into the archetype of the Age of Pisces – a fisher of men who is sacrificed for the sake of humanity. But the negative side of Pisces has motivated oppression and forced ignorance, and many have been sacrificed in the name of religion. Aquarius is a more transpersonal sign – like Pisces, the individual ego is subsumed for the sake of the collective. But where under Pisces the nature of the collective is more murky, Aquarius strives for equality but is detached in its nature – Aquarius lacks compassion and therefore is able to see objectively where change needs to be made in order to accomplish the goal of an improved humanity.
Greta has made her Asperger’s diagnosis public and calls it her superpower. I have long suspected that the so-called “epidemic” of autism is more a mutation than a defect. The autism spectrum features the kind of detachment that we associate with Aquarius and I like to joke that when the machines take over we’ll need people to communicate with them. The takeover of machines and Artificial Intelligence is probably inevitable, and I suspect we will see more of that when Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024.
In any case, Greta continues to perfectly fit this archetype of a voice from the future Aquarian Age, such as in this speech to Congress:
“Wherever I go I seem to be surrounded by fairytales. Business leaders, elected officials all across the political spectrum spending their time making up and telling bedtime stories that soothe us, that make us go back to sleep. These are ‘feel-good’ stories about how we are going to fix everything. How wonderful everything is going to be when we have ‘solved’ everything. But the problem we are facing is not that we lack the ability to dream, or to imagine a better world. The problem now is that we need to wake up. It’s time to face the reality, the facts, the science. And the science doesn’t mainly speak of ‘great opportunities to create the society we always wanted’. It tells of unspoken human sufferings, which will get worse and worse the longer we delay action – unless we start to act now. And yes, of course a sustainable transformed world will include lots of new benefits. But you have to understand. This is not primarily an opportunity to create new green jobs, new businesses or green economic growth. This is above all an emergency, and not just any emergency. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.”
This concept of “waking up” is a very Aquarian idea – we are waking up from the Piscean sleep of pleasant dreams and self-delusion and need to face the cold hard reality of the future that we have created.
The Age of Aquarius will not be an ideal world of peace and understanding – there are lots of cold hard facts that need to be faced as the veil of illusion begins to lift. Greta is just one of many voices from the future, claiming the world that they will inherit.