by Robert Wilkinson
Often I am asked by friends and clients what the future holds for humanity. While it seems pretty grim right now, there are much better things to come as the century progresses. Dane Rudhyar wrote some things about the century cycle years ago, dividing each century into 4 seasons of 25 years each. He made some very persuasive arguments about why he assigned which season to which quarter century, and also felt that the past few centuries each had a planetary association. If so, the human race is on the bleeding edge of its higher potential once we deal with the inertial residue of past patterns no longer appropriate to who we are and are becoming. The future of humanity and the planet is actually very bright.
Rudhyar associated the 18th century with Uranus, the planet of revolution, individuation, and awakening. Not coincidentally, it was discovered in that century. It began the modern era with its technology, individualism, electricity, and industrialization. It began a time where individuals began to think for themselves, and were no longer subject to rulers "by divine right" and fiefs of the state or slaves to ancient family codes.
Neptune was assigned to the 19th century, and it too was discovered in that century. Rudhyar wrote of Neptune's correlation with the expanding spiritualist movement and the human desire for contact with "the beyond." He illustrated some very interesting parallels between the Bah'ai and communist movements, both world-wide efforts at utopian social forms. He also demonstrated how the Theosophical movement began to exert a world-wide influence through bringing together all the world's sciences, philosophies, and religions under one banner of global culture and wisdom.
He associated Pluto with the recently departed 20th century. Discovered in 1931, this planet of devastation, violence, annihilation and atomic transformation is easily seen to be the ruler of that century, with its absolute destructive quality as well as the unlocking of the secrets of the atom and our natural world. From laser beams that can destroy or heal to microchips that can do the same, Pluto demonstrated the atom as a solar system and the solar system as an atom.
As Rudhyar's work was published in 1975, he could only speculate what was to transpire in the last quarter of the century. In that work he offered his opinion that the last quarter of any century represented the Autumn period, where the seeds of the harvest of the century would drop to the ground, and lay dormant through the first quarter of this century, to sprout anew about 2025. I'll explore more about this concept in a future article.
If we take Rudhyar's theory as a model, it implies that our 21st century would have the same qualities as whatever planet is beyond Pluto. Addressing this point, some German astrologer-astronomers supposedly discovered a trans-Plutonian planet in the 1960's, and published an ephemeris (table of planetary positions) on it. Though several different names have been proposed for this planet, I have chosen for decades to call it Percephone, or Trans-Pluto. If Pluto symbolizes that absolute Divine force called the "lord of the underworld," Percephone is his mate, his equal, and at time maybe even more powerful than the force Pluto represents.
The story of Pluto and Percephone was derived from the ancient Indo-aryan myth of Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha. Studying both stories is highly revealing of the nature of Pluto's mate, or Shiva's consort. Parvati is the feminine energy of Shiva, and apparently somewhat more powerful in her own way, as is illustrated in the story of Ganesh. I am willing to accept that Percephone, Parvati, or Trans-Pluto represents what I call "Divine Mother." This is a Divine energy, a part of the Absolute, beyond what on Earth is called "the goddess." This aspect of Divine Force is completely beyond what we can imagine and is vast, immutable, and more of a galactic energy than a quality of Earth.
Though it is hard to describe it in human terms, I will try. Imagine an absolute power of Divine redemption, of the return of life after death. In nature we see it as Spring following the barren "death" of Winter, the sprouting of life anew after a time when it has gone dormant. Regardless of how long the barrenness persists, eventually if there is a germ of life, it begins to renew itself and shows itself in the new "season." It is why the leaves are a brighter green after a fire, due to the fertilizing power of decayed, broken down waste products to feed the field of potential reawakening in the appointed time.
I believe the 21st century will see the dominance of this type of Divine energy of redemption and renewal, and a return to life after the time we spent in the underworld of Pluto in the 20th century. The seeds that will be awakened in the future will involve all that we preserve of what is called "spiritual practices," as these are the ways we contact that vaster field of Divine energy. Whether we're practicing prayer, mediation, forgiveness, compassion, loving service, or any other devotional form, we are maintaining our conscious connection to this infinitely large field of Love, Wisdom, and Redemption.
This implies that we're in a very long wave pattern where 2012 is the midpoint of the "season," so by 2015-2020 we should be able to sense the approaching transition from "Winter" to "Spring," we will again see better things growing that will show us all that the mindless wanton destruction of 20th century minds and egos has passed. Humanity will again come up out of the underworld of 20th century Plutonic destructiveness and death, and will redeem the best of what the 20th century wrought, but only after we go through this fallow period of the Winter of the 21st century.
This can offer us hope for the future despite the present chaos, irrationality, and global OCD authoritarians are exhibiting. Stay on your spiritual practice, and with time you can sense the vaster compassion that allows all to redeem the promise of their own Divine nature, which is who we really are. My Namaskarams to you all.