Literally everything is written in the stars.
For years, individuals in power, from government officials to entertainment celebrities, have utilized the natural and learned skills of spiritual advisors to determine when to make significant movements in their personal and professional lives.
The late and well-respected astrologer Joan Quigley is a famed name amongst students of the trade for being the personal astrologer to former President Ronald Reagan. Quigley, as reported in former Chief of Staff Donald Regan's book, For The Record, had much influence in many political decisions, even the scheduled time of press conferences.
"Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House Chief of Staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise," Regan wrote.
Astrology can bookmark major changes in societal structures that are guaranteed to shift the climates between generations. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship as a whole has–and will continue to–demonstrate the relationship between cosmic alignment and old patterns of hierarchy.
For many, the "resignation" from official public duty of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the Royal family seemed like a shock, while astrologers globally and almost in synchronized form shrugged at the news. This type of separation from an ancient system such as the monarchy was expected, as it is in alignment with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn that occurred this past Sunday (Jan. 12) at 11:59 a.m. EST.
A conjunction happens when two planets line up within the same zodiac sign at zero to eight degrees. This particular one has been a major topic of discussion in astrology circles for years. Along with Saturn and Pluto, Mercury (ruler of communication and knowledge) was also in line with these two powerhouses of structure early Sunday morning; however, the "fight" between Saturn and Pluto are the main attractions here.
Pluto has been stationed in Capricorn since January 2008 (and will remain until 2024). Pluto astrologically represents transformation, the crumbling of structures, and the "death" of systems. Stationed in Capricorn, an Earth sign known for its rigidity and long-prepared growth, Pluto often leads to large societal systems, such as government structures and religious institutions, being dismantled and then "reborn."
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and when in its home base, the planet is a dynamic source of energy. Nicknamed "The Disciplinarian" of the Zodiac, Saturn has been transiting within Capricorn since December 2017. Saturn understands responsibility, discipline, will power and constriction. This is the energy you want when you need to meet goals and aspirations (hence Capricorns being stereotypically known as the workaholics of the Zodiac).
When these two extremely powerful and potent energies are in conjunction, it echoes absolute transformation in power structures and ideologies with iron fists. Historically, when Saturn conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn (which has not occurred since January 1518), there have been global shifts in the economy (the Australian gold rush), religious institutions (Martin Luther beginning the Protestant Revolution), and thought advancements (Einstein's theory of relativity).
To give even more historical context to this particular transit, during the last Saturn-Pluto conjunction (1982-1983 in Libra), there was a nuclear scare between the US and the Soviet Union (Sound familiar?).
This conjunction is a bookmark for major shifts globally that will lead to the breakdown and ultimate dismantling of old order and government systems. This may seem extreme, but as with Pluto symbolizing transformation and Saturn representing structure, this is a natural cosmic battle that will bring these systems to their foundations, to be rebuilt for the greater good.
Prince Harry, for as long as he's been a major part of the Royal family, has questioned and even sidestepped the status quo. With a partner who also seems to go against the grain, the Duke and Duchess are the ultimate example of a power struggle that will ultimately lead to the betterment of the collective consciousness by disrupting the power systems in place.
This can be connected to Prince Harry's open letter to Mail On Sunday in October 2019 combating its negative remarks regarding Meghan, which is a larger issue within the multi-billion dollar gossip media industry.
These transits, like all things reflective to the cosmic structure, have duality built in the seams. While it may seem "bleak" and heavy, there is good in this "breaking the tower and rebuilding from the foundation" narrative. This will lead to overall peace and understanding through many communities, allowing the masses to grow spiritually and opening individual realities to understanding the supererogatory nature of old thought patterns.
This shift, and many more occurring this year, will continue to radiate over time. A major theme at the end of this particular shift will be extreme self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
Harry and Megan have already demonstrated this "boot-strap" understanding by leaning towards new career goals that are not tied to the old systems (with help from each other, because they're adorable).
Between now and the next Saturn-Pluto transit (in 2053 in Pisces) we can expect our political structures, intellectual advances, and economic systems to shift drastically in nature. However, like all major changes, it'll happen so gradually that we won't even notice it. Even in astrology, everything in hindsight is 20/20.
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Plus celebrities react to Nigerian protests.
Young people across Nigeria have been pouring into the streets for the last two weeks to protest police brutality, specifically the controversial special police force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Tension came to a head on Tuesday when armed forces fired on protestors in Lagos, the biggest city in Nigeria, who were out past the state-mandated curfew. According to AP News, "Police also fired tear gas at one point, and smoke could be seen billowing from several areas in the city's center. Two private TV stations were forced off the air at least temporarily as their offices were burned."
Not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
October 21, 2020 marks the third annual International Pronouns Day.
Created by an independent board and first observed in 2018, it's one of those small commemorative holidays that trends on Twitter in hopes of drawing attention to a pressing social issue, like International Women's Day (March 8th) or the ever so serious National Taco Day (October 4).
But Pronouns Day in particular "seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace." The organization's website further describes, "Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people's multiple, intersecting identities."
But in the words of nonbinary activist and Trevor Project's Head of Advocacy and Government Afairs, Sam Brenton, "Pronouns are hard." Never before have pronouns been scrutinized as closely as they are in 2019 for their power to (in)validate or accurately describe something as fluid as gender identity. In fact, it was only this year that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary expanded the definition of "they" "to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary" (thus codifying a long history in English language of using "they" to refer to a singular non-gendered entity).
‘Everyone has the responsibility to be respectful.’ — The @TrevorProject’s Sam Brinton is explaining why pronouns a… https://t.co/pMMO8KRvBR— NowThis (@NowThis)1571253180.0
But throwing an additional wrench in the works is the fact that not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
Take me, for instance: Despite having female biology, I couldn't pass a lie detector test saying I'm a "woman." But my pragmatic, Puritan family is still endearingly confused by the idea of "liberal arts," let alone the notion of gender fluidity. And I'd rather share a communal language with them than do the emotional and mental labor of re-orienting their worldview for them. Plus, I have the privilege of passing as female without feeling too, too, terribly dysphoric (which non-binary people can definitely suffer from, despite not identifying as trans).
But enough about me, look at Queer Eye's beloved Jonathan Van Ness. While he's been outspoken about being genderqueer, gay, and HIV positive, he prefers he/him pronouns. "The older I get, the more I think that I'm nonbinary," Van Ness said. "I'm gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman." As he told Out magazine, he doesn't identify as a man, but he does prefer "he/him/his" pronouns. In his view, those pronouns don't detract from or contradict his non-binary identity, because gender is not about simple binaries between masculine and feminine identifiers. "Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I'm here for it," he said. "I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It's this social construct that I don't really feel like I fit into the way I used to."
On the other hand, last month non-binary singer Sam Smith announced that their preferred pronouns are "they/them." Smith posted to Instagram, "I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out." People like Smith and Trevor Project's Sam Brenton simply feel more validated, seen, heard, and true to themselves with gender-neutral pronouns. Smith wrote, "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*ck it!"
Most importantly, as pretty much every non-binary person and activist is aware, changing cultural norms is hard. While LGBTQ+ activism is inspired and passionate and dedicated to expanding human rights to all gender identities, we all know that changing society's entire understanding of gender and pronoun usage is about slowly opening minds. As Smith wrote, "I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you." Happy Pronouns Day to you/him/her/they/(f)aer/zim.