Things happen so fast, there are so many threads unfolding simultaneously. I am hardly able to catch up with the development, not to mention making full sense out of them. Please understand, three years ago, I was still working on passing my evolutionary astrology exam, and I was not interested in nor aware of anything about election or social involvement. Nor do I have any idea about the development of China in the last twenty-five years, not to mention the intertwine of U.S –China issues getting to such degree of gridlock. I am surprised I still remember so many Chinese idioms and able to write a few blogs with it. As a matter of fact, I am learning everything on the fly. As I told you before that I am just an artist, depicting whatever inspiration channeling to me. Things are so complicated and the world is so divided that I honestly quite confused that I am at a loss what to say to be more sensible. One thing I do know that evolutionary astrology has gave me great inspiration and insight. Here i hope it lend you some understanding to the circumstances you are in as well.
From evolutionary point of view, zodiac itself is what it specifically and symbolically correlates with the totality of consciousness in the human form on earth, in time-space reality. Understanding that there are all kinds of consciousness in all kinds of planes or universes. The planets within the chart correlate specifically to the psychology operative within that consciousness. The philosophical premise that psychological astrology based on is that a person’s reality springs outward from his or her inner landscape of thoughts, feelings, expectations and beliefs. To have change, we need awareness. Once we become aware that we have an inborn bias to see things in a certain context, we can begin to work constructively within that framework. Our level of consciousness plays a crucial role in determining the ‘outcome’ and meaning of situations. Dane Rudhyar, a pioneer of person-centered psychological astrology, proposes that reading the chart is to read the dharma of the person (Eastern philosophy applies that term ‘dharma’ to denote the intrinsic identity and latent life-pattern present from birth in all of us. Our fulfillment, happiness and well-being hinge on discovering this pattern and co-operating with its realization).
Evolution, simply defined, is the process of one form leading to the next in such a way that the form is completely and unalterably changed. A good analogy of this process is a caterpillar that makes a cocoon and then changes into a butterfly. Evolution can be the changing of energy, the changing of a pre-existing structure into a totally new structure, or the change of anything. The word change implies evolution, another aspect of evolution that we must address is involution. This is a simple principle that describes the death of the old patterns, or a pre-existing something. That which pre-exists can be energy patterns, a structure or any old form that is preventing further growth and causing stagnation. Involution, or the natural law of the death of a pre-existing structure, must precede evolution. The death of the old behavioral patterns, or pre-existing form must occur before evolution, or change, can occur.
Both individually and collectively speaking, in the soul there are two co-existing antithetical desires. One desire is to return to the Source that created it, and the other is to separate from the source. It is exactly the interaction of these two antithetical desires that create and determine not only our past in all its totality, but the nature of our current reality. The past has a reason for being, just as the present has a reason for being. It should be clear, then, that the soul evolves by exhausting all its separating desires. Desire is the determinate of evolution, as we evolve, the desire to know and merge with God or the Source becomes ever stronger.
As we evolve we become more conscious and aware of our Soul. We begin to perceive our lives and understand our own desire nature in the context of the two opposing, antithetical desires within our ‘soul. It is exactly this process of eliminating separating desires and simultaneously acting upon the desire to return to the creator that stimulates, or ignites, such an evolution.
The twelve archetypes represent the twelve ways of being in the world or twelve sides of life. Each archetype in the natural zodiac represents a specific function within consciousness – the archetypes symbolize the totality of human consciousness, and each individual archetype represents a specific psychological function within consciousness. The twelve archetypes can also subdivided into six pair of polarity. When apply to relativity, the polarities means that we must choose or select relationships that are mutually independent, or encourage coequality and co-empowerment. Each person in the relationship with desires to actualize their own individuality on their own terms, and will be in the relationship to support each other. The polarity point of any sign, symbolize that we all must learn to balance and harmonize our needs with the needs of another. It means that we need to balance our need for independence with the need to be in a relationship.
In order for evolution to occur within any archetype, it must embrace its polarity point. Everything functions through polarity. A simple way of put it is that each archetype need to gain the quality of the other side of polarity in order to get balanced, and we master the lesson of balance, we evolve in spiral fashion. That is why in Buddhism teaching, Buddha emphasize middle way of thinking. Middle way is incorporate the quality of both side of parity. Middle way is about keeping balance.
The signs that specifically related to Socialism and Capitalism are the polarity of Pisces (community, collectives, common goods, whole, merging) and Virgo (efficiency, techniques to boost productivity, discrimination/separate, improvement). So applying our understanding of zodiac polarity, we realize that in a capitalist society, we need to supplemented it with policies that pool together common goods and establishing safety net (otherwise people get over greedy; market do not regulate itself etc.). Alas in a socialist society, people should enhance it with some competition and stimulation for individual creativity (otherwise people get lazy because of egalitarian, poor performance on the whole). So if we can stick to the principle of middle-way thinking, then both socialism and capitalism has their places in human society. For example, education, at least from K-12, should be socially sponsored, and then we can have some room for competition in the higher education. Similarly, public utilities, infrastructure, transportation should be categorized to the government common goods. The principle is how to synchronize common good for bases safety and still promote people taking responsibility for their own progress.
I consider the possibility to co-existence of both capitalism and socialism is important understanding. Both systems have their strength and weakness just as any one pole has its limitation of extreme. The problem with Marxism is his concept of revolution emphasizes using of violence to overthrown old system, he stressed the importance of Proletarian Dictatorship– I consider these two are the most destructive advices of Marxism. Violence feed on violence. Any dictatorship ultimately leads to imbalance in social/political/economic power. Marxism do not believe in the ultimate goods existing in human nature, his vision is flaw because he did not realize each individual is on a path of evolution in their own term, a capitalist is potentially can become a proletarian, and a proletarian can turn into a capitalist, if we implement some mobility into our social system. Marx did not envision the potential of democracy to correct unfairness /un-ethical issues of the society. But the development of last two hundreds years in Western society prove that capitalist society is capable to self-correcting its own problem.
Marxism opposes private-ownership. But selfish is part of human nature (the separate impulse among the two antithetical desires). Each person has a subjective consciousness that we call the ego. It allows for each of us to create a distinct self-image from the group. If we do not have an ego, we could not even speak our name. Christ had an ego. Buddha had an ego. Lao-Tse had an ego. If we look at ego from an allopathic point of view, where the ego actually is placed within consciousness emanates from the brain stem. The brain stem is at the back of neck, relative to the medulla, relative to the hypothalamus. This is one of the areas that the surgeon cannot operate, because of the nexus of nerves that connect here. This should tell you that the ego can not be removed. The ego is simply a vortex of energy within consciousness, relative to the brain and the brain stem. In spiritual evolutionary terms, we shall work to re-identifying the ego, but not get rid of the ego. This is a very important point to grasp, because most people are in fact defined through their singular-ness or their ego. They defined themselves as a separate entity versus seeing the interrelatedness of all of creation, Pisces. So private ownership has its fundamental reason based on the existence of ego. But how much one person can own out of the total portion of the society is a different matter. Nowadays we has an extreme that 0.1% of people owns at least 75% of the world’s fortune – and that is a different story from the issue of private-ownership.
The world has struggling with the confrontation of socialism and capitalism for near two hundred years. Wars and crashes had caused huge destruction and disasters in human history because of the fighting of the two seemingly opposing ideology. Through the suffering, it start to dawn on humanity that it is not necessarily to shed blood or resolve to violence to reform society, nor do we need to have catastrophe to involve with change. What we need is better understanding of the world and ourselves. We need to constantly work on expanding our consciousness. We need to keep practicing spirituality to cope better in this seemingly material-only world. The development in deeper psychology certain is great tool for us to cope this tumulus world with emotional stability and resilience. In this process, we evolved and find our true happiness lies in our connection with divine.
The world is constantly change, and so do each of us. Popular culture promote people to think that we are the victims of certain circumstances. Many people invested in being victims, especially the masochistic pathology. But the truth is we are each responsible for our own evolution, on both individual and collective level. Each country need to work on their own social, political, economic systems to keep up with the changing world. Ultimately, evolutionary astrology teaches us to take the responsibility in our own actions/evolutionary journey. And that is an especially relevant message to us from Pluto (2008-2024) and Saturn(2018-2020) in Capricorn.