* Presidential Inauguration & The Emperor’s New Clothes – A Story of Sabian Symbols.

21 Jan

So, now it’s official: Since yesterday Jan 20, 12 pm, Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.A.

 

Here is the Inauguration chart:

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Please note that there are presently NO Planets technically retrograde – full speed ahead?
Perhaps, in whatever the Planetary Archetypes represent, things can move quite fast now, esp. since URANUS in ARIES – THE acceleration force – just turned direct end of Dec.
MERCURY is now out of the post-retro ‘storm’, and almost out of the post-retro shadow as well (when it passes PLUTO, on Jan 29).

JUPITER in LIBRA is the only due-for-retro Planet (from Feb 5 on – at an interesting degree), so it’s clearly stationary: Questions of wise Choices, Fairness, Balance, Equality, Justice, Peace have been indeed BIG since JUPITER entered LIBRA on Sept 9, 2016, again highlighted now, and re-visited during the retro phase (Feb 5 – June 9).
Not ‘only’ for the U.S. – with their SATURN in LIBRA which JUPITER crossed round the elections but also for Trump himself, since he just had his 6th JUPITER return in LIBRA. In general, it’s very auspicious to start a new cycle that takes one to the next level of growth and brings exposure, under a JUPITER return. Yet, the LIBRA themes become bigger as well and more obvious for all to see.

URANUS and JUPITER continue to be almost exactly opposite throughout 2017, and presently (until March) even ‘divide’ the Zodiac into a ‘populated’ and an ‘empty’ half (check out the chart):
The balancing act to build bridges and support equality, fairness, right relationship, and peace, and on the other hand let something radically new emerge, and move boldly forward with it. In the meantime, radical and angry opposition to unfair, unjust ‘policies’ emerges. Very relevant for the U.S., with URANUS in ARIES squaring their PLUTO in CAP – political revolution? Unrest and upset is in the air 2017 / 18 with this transit. And it’s a great opportunity for innovative, liberating renewal too.

My intention is to explore the best potential of each transit and inspire to ‘go high’ (rather than getting stuck in the sensational, low vibrational mode).

When checking out some SABIAN SYMBOLS of the planetary, Sun, and Moon Zodiac degrees (didn’t include AC and MC, since the time could be a bit off) yesterday while watching ‘the show’, I was stunned at how much they describe the scenario of the inauguration, on an outer, obvious level, yet also, perhaps in idealized ways, what they say about the potential of what is being born here, through the new presidency, state of the country, and of humanity.

So how about this?

I’d like to let in this blog the SABIAN SYMBOLS pretty much stand for themselves, and encourage you to take it in, inspired by the ‘higher’ potential, for the new U.S. president and government, and, since All-is-One, also for the cosmic, energetic ‘matrix’ we’re in now here on Earth and in us. Hmmm, yes, the Trump Phenomena is archetypal, and brings out lots of shadow and projection… another, deeper theme to explore. 
So, how can we, rather than be frozen in projection compulsion, see beyond the obvious, be curious, aware, own our shadow around it, evolve and liberate ourselves, and indeed BE the CHANGE?!

And: In true blue Aquarian fashion, have a sense of humour at the drama, circus, and comedy unfolding, and activate the Inner Fool that sees through ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (which was one of my favourite stories as a child already… 🙂 )?!

 

So here we go:
Here are the SABIAN SYMBOLS for the Planetary positions of the Inauguration chart, in order of the Zodiac (see chart) – since the SABIAN SYMBOLS work best in this cycle:

 

  • URANUS at 20°46’ ARIES – rounded up to 21° ARIES. Well, this one is straightforward. I can see a Sumo wrestler too.

 

PHASE 21 (ARIES 21°): A PUGILIST ENTERS THE RING. 

KEYNOTE: The release and glorification of social aggressiveness.

Here we find potency glorified as muscular strength and will-to-power. Because it is potency operating at a harshly competitive level, it can and often does imply the possibility of defeat or disfiguration. In one sense the symbol translates into social terms the primordial struggle for survival of the fittest, adding to it an eagerness for social fame and social power (i.e. money). In another sense, the ring with two fighters in it can be referred to the Tai Chi symbol and the interplay between Yang and Yin. Each of the two types of energy wins in turn. Victory is always temporary in a dualistic world.

This is the first stage of the fifth five-fold sequence of cyclic phases. Potency and the two-fold possibilities inherent in any release of power are seen operating at the socio-cultural and emotional level. The symbol reveals man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.

 

 

  • JUPITER at 22°42 ’LIBRA– rounded up to 23° LIBRA. An important degree, since JUPITER will station and go retrograde from 23°08’ LIBRA on Feb 5 – just into the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster / Phoenix Bird! I saw a photo somebody posted, apparently showing the Washington Monument yesterday at sunrise, in red glow.

 

PHASE 203 (LIBRA 23°): CHANTICLEER’S VOICE HERALDS SUNRISE.

KEYNOTE: A creative and joyous response to life processes.

The cock that crows as the first coloring of dawn appears at the eastern horizon is a beautiful symbol of the ability, demonstrated by all pioneers and cosmically attuned individuals, to give voice to what is as yet unmanifested, but is on the way to manifestation. At the ego level, chanticleer may feel that he makes the sun rise; but someday he will learn through painful experiences that to create is only to reveal what essentially is. It is the vivid recognition of the as-yet-unknown in the known.

This third stage symbol should make us think afresh about issues we too often take for granted. At every “sunrise” there are a few isolated witnesses that herald the coming of a new day. What is at stake here is the individual’s capacity of RESPONSE TO LIFE’S RENEWALS — renewals which are cyclic, predictable, yet always new, always creative.

 

 

  • The MOON at 9°21’ SCORPIO – rounded up to 10° SCORPIO. Well, yeah, ‘comrades’ at Inauguration luncheon, at the parade, and the balls.

 

PHASE 220 (SCORPIO 10°): A FELLOWSHIP SUPPER REUNITES OLD COMRADES.

KEYNOTE: The overtones of human relationships based on a community of work or experiences.

This symbol pictures the essential nature of the bond that unites individuals who have participated in some common activity. The social feeling of communion, plus all that it engenders, arises after the act performed together. Activity is at the root of consciousness. Activity in common generates social consciousness and cultural patterns which become set in the form of institutions. A group-personality emerges, which displays characteristic features and gives birth to collective emotions and values.

This is the final stage of the forty-fourth five-fold sequence. Wherever the symbol appears, it suggests the importance of establishing or strengthening links with those with whom one has shared, or can share, living experiences. The value of COMRADESHIP is emphasized.

 

 

  • LILITH at 27°16’ SCORPIO – had to show you both 27° and 28° SCORPIO – both quite telling by themselves and in sequence.

 

PHASE 237 (SCORPIO 27°): A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS.

KEYNOTE: The aggressive glorification of cultural values.

Every cultural-social collectivity sooner or later tries to impress the value of its achievements forcibly and noisily upon all those who belong to it, as well as upon foreign onlookers. At the individual-mental level the member of such a collectivity swells with pride and excitement when a display of the excellence of that in which his consciousness and personality are deeply rooted is publicly affirmed. Thus, the feeling of social unity binds the individuals of a culture through collective pride.

This second stage symbol contrasts sharply with the first one. Our aggressive, tense, domineering Western civilization is indeed in opposition to the natural spontaneity and instinctive adjustment to nature of tribal societies. The Keyword here is POMP.

 

PHASE 238 (SCORPIO 28°): THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING HIS DOMAIN.

KEYNOTE: The capacity in man to recognize and to pay homage to an integrating Principle at the core of all existence.

This rather peculiar picture tells us perhaps a good deal about the limitations of the mind of the clairvoyant who saw it, though it can be related to the symbolism of the various creatures of a spirit world mentioned in some alchemical and Rosicrucian books. What seems to be implied is that beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness of man can pay allegiance. In that world, all manifested entities are seen as multiple aspects of a central Power and Consciousness. It is such a central principle of unity that human societies have sought to revere symbolically in human, all-too-human kings. In an individual sense, this principle is the Self.

This is the third stage in the forty-eighth five-fold pattern of symbols. It adds a new dimension to the two preceding ones. At this stage the presence of a spiritual unifying factor begins to be sensed by the individual perhaps weary of the outer shows of his culture. An INNER ALLEGIANCE begins to polarize the consciousness.

 

 

  • SATURN at 23°30’ SAGITTARIUS – rounded up to 24° SAGITTARIUS – hmmm, did we see a bluebird style new First Lady, perhaps? Random?

 

PHASE 264 (SAGITTARIUS 24°): A BLUEBIRD PERCHED ON THE GATE OF A COTTAGE.

KEYNOTE: The reward which meets every effort at integrating into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves.

The bluebird is a symbol of happiness, but also it refers to what one might call a spiritually oriented mind – to which the color blue relates, especially when a ‘bird’ is mentioned. A cottage is normally a part of a community, and the implication is that its inhabitant are well-adapted, either to the life of the community, or to their’ more or less isolated togetherness.

This is a fourth stage symbol, and it suggests that the essential technique for successful living is the development of a consciousness in which peace and happiness dwell. There is also a hint that GOOD FORTUNE is going to bless your life.

 

 

  • MERCURY at 6°45’ CAPRICORN – rounded up to 7° CAPRICORN – food for reflection, to consider how, maybe despite appearance, or paradoxically, the voice of God, and of the ‘Great Ancestor’ is speaking to us through this event.

 

PHASE 277 (CAPRICORN 7°): A VEILED PROPHET SPEAKS, SEIZED BY THE POWER OF A GOD.

KEYNOTE: The ability to act as a mouthpiece for the revelation of a transcendent will and truth determining future action.

Here we witness the deepest manifestation of that Power which operates within all relatively permanent social units, especially at the level of tribal organization. A tribe is a bio-psychic whole (or organism) integrated by a collective superphysical Power, the god of the tribe. In the Hebrew tradition, this god is YHWH (Yahweh-Jehovah); in earlier tribes, it may have been a deified more or less mythical “Great Ancestor.” All these tribal gods are local manifestations of the very power of “Life” within the earth’s biosphere. It is this deified Power which psychically “seized” especially sensitive or religiously trained men or women, who became Its mouthpiece — prophets, seers, oracles. That Power operates in our days as well, but in different ways because of the individualization and intellectualization of modern man’s consciousness. It binds together and helps to maintain the integration of organized social collectivities. It guides their development by releasing and focusing through especially open persons the visionary expectation of developments about to occur.

At this second stage of the fifty-sixth sub-cycle the future interacts with the present to release it from the inertial power of the past. Thus, this symbol stands in contrast to the preceding one. At the threshold of tomorrow man is allowed to have a vision or revelation of the essential elements of the as-yet-unknown next step in evolution. The key word is MEDIATORSHIP.

 

 

  • PLUTO at 17°36’ CAPRICORN – rounded up to 18° CAPRICORN – close enough: Stars and Stripes. And parades galore. How power (as in: political, natural energy, personal power and unused potential) is being USED is so crucial nowadays / years with PLUTO in CAP. This symbol in this context has an interesting connection to the British Empire that the U.S. broke away from. The U.S. will have their PLUTO return (every about 250 years) in 2020 – 2022 – a ‘total makeover’, with the original spirit renewed.

 

PHASE 288 (CAPRICORN 18°): THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A BRITISH WARSHIP.

KEYNOTE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.

This symbol reflects conditions prevailing in the past when Great Britain’s fleet was policing the seas under the international principle of the freedom of the seas. Times have changed, but the concept remains valid. Power is required to maintain social order and relatively peaceful interpersonal as well as international relationships. Alas, this power can easily be misused under the pretext of preserving “law and order.” Justice and compassion must balance social power, and especially the power of privileged groups. Where this symbol appears, the need for protection may be in evidence — or it may be a warning against using power for selfish advantage.

This is the third symbol in the fifty-eighth five-fold sequence. It brings to us a realization of the ambivalence of POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers.

 

 

  • The SUN at 0°49’ AQUARIUS – rounded up to 1° AQUARIUS – uuhh, this one is clearly influenced by a colonial or even racial supremacy philosophy, yet, in fact: therefore, the symbol is very telling about why this government is so ‘old world’.

 

PHASE 301 (AQUARIUS 1°): AN OLD ADOBE MISSION IN CALIFORNIA.

KEYNOTE: The power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the workers’ life spans.

The works and spirit of the Spanish priests who directed the building of the California missions have had a lasting influence on the development of this land; these remain as a monument to the men who were able to make their mark upon this alien environment. While the zodiacal sign Capricorn begins with a symbol of socio-political power, Aquarius at its start presents a more spiritualized and idealistic or creative picture of the social forces at work. Moreover, it stresses the enduring character of human achievements ensouled by a great vision. At least within the frame of reference of our Western civilization, the symbol speaks of the projection of a noble ideal into concrete forms of beauty and significance, thus of the radiation of a “civilizing” power into an institution offering to primitive men the opportunity to reach a higher, more organized and productive, level of activity.

This is the first stage in the sixty-first five-fold sequence. It speaks to us of THE CONCRETIZATION OF AN IDEAL. This also implies the “immortalization” of an individual within a great collective and cultural enterprise.

 

 

  • NEPTUNE at 10°16’ PISCES – I felt called to show you both 10° and 11° PISCES, since NEPTUNE moves so slowly, and to get some context where the theme comes from. NEPTUNE won’t go back to 10° PISCES where it ‘lingered’ last year. Walking on…

 

PHASE 340 (PISCES 10°): AN AVIATOR PURSUES HIS JOURNEY, FLYING THROUGH GROUND-OBSCURING CLOUDS.

KEYNOTE: Man’s ability to develop powers and skills which by transcending natural limitations allow him to operate in mental-spiritual realms.

This symbol in a sense synthesizes the implications of the four preceding ones: the dedication to the community of men (present and future), self-assertion and the ambition to reach a social goal. Man is seen mastering difficulties implied in a type of operation transcending his organic limitations and the narrow boundaries of a localized “living space.” He does so as an individual in command of powerful energies, but also as heir to the industry of countless innovators and managers.

This is the last symbol of the sixty-eighth five-fold sequence of evolving stages of consciousness and human activity. It evokes the achievement of MASTERY.

 

PHASE 341 (PISCES 11°): MEN TRAVELING A NARROW PATH, SEEKING ILLUMINATION.

KEYNOTE: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.

This refers to the ancient and eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship. The greatness of man is that he can always be greater; and the belief — deeply rooted in men’s inner nature — that if he fulfills the necessary conditions he can find “Elder Brothers” who have already attained a higher level of consciousness and will transfer their attainment and light to him. The Path is always open to the pure in heart, the mentally aware, the conqueror of emotions and the spiritually self-mobilized.

This symbol opens the sixty-ninth five-fold sequence and a new level of consciousness. Man is always in the making and remaking. He can always go further, reach beyond. But he has to take the first step. Someone can show him the Path, but he alone can do the walking. Thus, the Zen injunction: WALK ON.

 

 

  • VENUS at 17°43’ PISCES – rounded up to 18° PISCES. Self explanatory image. Reminds me somehow of Roman Empire style ‘panem et circenses’ – bread and gladiator games in the arena – or nowadays, rather the U.S. export culture of: fast food and mass media circus.

 

PHASE 348 (PISCES 18°): IN A GIGANTIC TENT, VILLAGERS WITNESS A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.

KEYNOTE: The collective appeal of a well-staged and exciting display of skill and/or oratory.

At first, Marc Jones interpreted the “gigantic tent” as the locale for a revivalist’s meeting; later he suggested a circus tent instead. In a sense, the basic meaning is the same whether it is the traditional performance of skilled clowns, acrobats or animal trainers, or that of a religious fundamentalist dramatizing an old religious imagery, what takes place is the use of personal achievement and conviction to bring a crowd to a state of enthusiasm sufficient to make it forget its boredom with everyday routine or its familiar sins of commission or omission.

At this third stage of the seventieth five-fold sequence, the individual person and the collectivity are brought together in a significant performance which subtly strengthens the communal spirit directly or indirectly.  The implication of the symbol, whenever it is found operating, is that the time has come for the individual to dare to present himself and his works to his community for applause, or for the purpose of attracting a following. What is suggested is PUBLIC SELF-DRAMATIZATION.

 

 

  • CHIRON at 21°48’ PISCES – rounded up to 22° PISCES – yep, so what happens after the big event? A hangover? An integration of the spirit into everyday life?

 

PHASE 352 (PISCES 22°): A PROPHET CARRYING TABLETS OF THE NEW LAW IS WALKING DOWN THE SLOPES OF MOUNT SINAI.

KEYNOTE: The need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realizations made manifest in a great ‘peak experience’.

The symbol obviously refers to Moses after he received from the God of his people the basic principles upon which a new religion, and even more a new ritual of living, should be founded. This basic “Law” has to be “brought down.” It represents a descent of formative and structuring power, a divine Revelation. This type of revealed knowledge contrasts with the kind of knowing born out of the experience of touch, of feeling, of warmth of contact. This second stage symbol pictures a process to which a religious God-given character has been attributed in the past, but which today is being investigated at the personal and psychological level. The important point here is: what do you do after you have a peak experience, an inner revelation? The Keyword MANDATE is appropriate; but the basic problem is how to fulfill it in the right spirit.

 

 

  • MARS at 24°21’ PISCES – rounded up to 25° PISCES – which closes the circle, since MARS is the Ruler of ARIES where URANUS sits. A movement is happening – not just the one Mr. President has in mind…

 

PHASE 355 (PISCES 25°): A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION SUCCEEDS IN OVERCOMING THE CORRUPTING INFLUENCE OF PERVERTED PRACTICES AND MATERIALIZED IDEALS.

KEYNOTE: The power of the Soul to intervene in the personal life and to induce necessary catharses.

The necessary centralization of the conscious attention and will symbolized by the preceding picture most often bring negative results — exclusivism, pride, jealousy, greed for power and wealth. Every man is a Church that has the Soul as its god, but most men forget the Soul and live according to dogmatic rules and habits which not only have become empty of inner meaning, but very often have been perverted by the demands of the senses and the emotional nature, and by the ego with its rationalizing intellect. A purging or catharsis is needed to restore not only fresh and creative spontaneity, but even more the contact with the Soul and the God-ordained dharma.

This is the last stage in the seventy-first subcycle. It leads significantly to the series of five symbols which concludes the vast cycle, because the final consummation of the process of actualization of the potency inherent in the original Creative Act requires moments of crisis and PURIFICATION.

 

Voila… a story unfolding.
Let’s see how it plays out, but not just be the spectators, also the change agents. Yet not so identified and attached that we get consumed by fixed ideas. Something bigger is already happening….

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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