by Robert Wilkinson
Everyone is wondering what the future holds for humanity. While much of what we’re dealing with right now seems pretty grim, much better things are on the way as the century progresses.
Over 35 years ago, the venerable astrologer and philosopher Dane Rudhyar wrote some things about what he called “the century cycle.” He divided each century into 4 seasons of 25 years each, and made some very persuasive arguments about why he assigned which season to which quarter century.
He also felt that the past few centuries each had a specific planetary association. If what he presumed is true, 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 given who we are and the larger evolutionary track, we find that the future of humanity and the planet is actually very bright.
So let’s take a look at the planetary associations correlated with the various centuries. 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 an era 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 of which were 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.
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 Trans-Pluto, Percephone, or Parvati, all manifestations of “Divine Mother” energy. 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 has many elements that seem to be 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 have put forth for years 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 usually associate with “goddess” energy, and is vast, immutable, and more of a galactic energy than related to qualities of Earth.
Though hard to describe in usual terms, I see this “Divine Mother” energy as an absolute power of Divine redemption and the return of life after death (as per the story of Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha.) In nature we see this Divine Power as Spring following the barren "death" of Winter, where life sprouts 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 transformed so they can 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 a greater life after the time we spent in the underworld of Pluto in the 20th century. Though this Divine Energy field grows stronger with each passing year, we have not yet come to the time of the reawakening of the life force as a global phenomenon, even though it draws closer day by day. That’s the transition we’re all experiencing during this time period.
As Rudhyar's work was published in 1975, he could only speculate what was to transpire in the last quarter of the century and our current one. In the work where he offered us these ideas, he offered his opinion that the last quarter of any century represented the Autumnal 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.
The seeds that will be sprouted in the future will involve the reawakened best potential of the human race, the best seeds of the 20th century and its wisdom forms, reconnected with the source of Life and Light. As it is, we can contact that greater “Divine Mother energy field” through what we now call "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 awakening to and 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." Though the first 12 years of this century seem to be a leftover of the incredibly destructive mindset of the 20th century, the tensions we’re experiencing moving through 2012 is the polarization between future oriented beings dedicated to living a more sustainable and loving relationship to our world and each other and those who cling to the rapidly dying era.
As we move out of the mid-point of the Winter of the 21st century and toward the coming Spring, we will again see better things growing that will show us all that the mindless wanton destruction of 20th century minds and egos is passing and losing its power to dominate. Humanity will 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 of us to redeem the promise of our higher Divine nature, which is who we really are. My Namaskarams to you all.
(Rewritten and updated from an article originally posted in November 2005)
Copyright © 2005, 2012 Robert Wilkinson