“May you live in interesting times”
is reputed to be an old Chinese curse. Its meaning is that “interesting times” are stressful periods. We are living in interesting times right now, which are primarily symbolized by the seven challenging squares of radical Uranus and transformative Pluto between 2012 and 2015.
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These Uranus-Pluto squares represent a wide range of experiences from institutional breakdowns to private breakthroughs. We’re making discoveries of ancient civilizations while our present one sometimes seems to be on the edge of collapse. We are revisiting the past and trying to stay afloat in the present while seeking hope for the future.
When the going gets tough (or “interesting”) it’s tempting to want to hunker down, stay below the radar and wait until the storm blows over. Getting out of the line of fire is usually wise when bullets start flying. Yet the changes going on in the world these days are more than skirmishes to be avoided; they are symptoms of social disorientation that could compromise our future on this planet. Facing issues that seem so vast and insurmountable can be discouraging, but instead of playing it safe the wiser move is to act more boldly.
Taking a risk is better than standing still
The reason why taking risks may be more important than ever is to match the energies of the current planetary waves. Uranus and Pluto have us on a four-year tsunami alert, and last week’s Leo New Moon kicked the drama up to a higher level. Attempting to play it safe by sticking with what we’ve got might actually be more dangerous than becoming active agents of change. Those who stand still and refuse to match the tempo of these times could, at worst, be blown away by the winds of change or, at least, numbed with the dullness of diminished expectations.
The New Moon in Leo is meant to spark creative fires fueled by exciting visions and plans. Leo is not limited by reality as it is, but it is gifted with flames of imagination and passion that can help us change the world for the better. Instead of pouting like an impoverished heir whose family fortune has been lost, we can ennoble ourselves by switching from a passive mode of reacting to circumstances to a dynamic mode of acting on our intuition and dreams. Fire signs like Leo reward us for taking risks even if, as is the case, we experience some failure along the way.
It’s the birth of a new era
Uranus and Pluto are powerful planets of transformation that are marking the birth a new era just as their conjunction signaled the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. While you and I might not be able to cajole Congress or corporations to alter their behavior, we can change our own.
Taking chances in our careers and personal lives by aiming higher and expecting more for ourselves is a gift to the world. The little ripples of change in our habits, beliefs and behavior align us with the tenor of these times and contribute to our collective well-being.
If you feel imperiled by situations beyond your control, take some initiative and be creative where you can. Settling for less usually means winding up with less and less, yet boldly exploring the outer limits of personal growth and public ambition build courage, confidence and consciousness that transform the darkness of today’s doubt into tomorrow’s brilliant light of hope.