The problem with trying to predict the future using astrology is that the present is always changing the future as it unfolds. Five years ago, looking ahead to the Pluto return in the US chart which begins officially next year, I could not have predicted the changes that would take place in the United States. I’ll be writing more about that in the months to come.
Today, though, we find ourselves at the intersection of a global pandemic and riots over racism in the US as the result of yet another murder of an unarmed black man at the hands of white police. White Supremacists groups are planning an escalation of a race war that will overthrow the liberal democratic principles on which the country was founded. Some call this the “boogaloo,” a civil war for the 21st century. These anti-government activists are encouraged in a tweet by the President of the United States to commit murder.
As the Pluto return tightens its noose, the darkness in the US that is usually hidden will continue to emerge, and this is a frightening prospect. However, Pluto’s domain is the kind of transformation that comes when darkness is set on fire and burned. Then, out of the ashes, the new reality can be reborn. In 1967, in a speech called “The Other America,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that riots are the language of the unheard. I know a little bit of this rage. I grew up an unhappy child in a family that disliked me, and found every opportunity to criticize and minimize. When I found my voice as an angry teenager they threatened to send me to military school. My anger didn’t arise from nowhere – it came from years of abuse and rejection.
The riots and rage that we are seeing in virtually every state of the nation didn’t come from nowhere. It’s not endemic to the Black experience. Every day, small but vicious attacks eat away at hope and create a sense of deprivation and despair. And yet, these riots are feeding into (and in some cases fueled by) the Boogaloo narrative which hopes to overthrow the equilibrium of mainstream America. And yes, the protests arising from black rage are being co-opted by white anarchists for their own anti-government agendas.
I try to provide inspirational content on Sundays as a way to reframe the way we think about challenging times. But I also believe that before we can create lasting change, we must bear witness to the challenges that we face, and speak up for truth and justice.