The Rise of Moderation

The outcome of the still undecided 2022 midterm elections may provide a path for the rise of moderation in the United States. The liberating (Uranus) discipline (Saturn) of spiritual discernment could set limits of social responsibility — an Aquarian group consciousness promoting the common good — to the unbridled freedom of the individual promoting its self-interest (Leo).

 A House of Congress split 218-217, either way, could foster consensus among moderates of both parties, outnumbering the crazy left (Neptune) and the regressive MAGA right (Pluto).

According to the Plan, we are transitioning into the Aquarian Age of Scientific Magic. We the People can make it happen: the Great Invocation is our tool.

We the People can make democracy work. The spiritual Hierarchy is watching, without interfering with the freewill of humanity. It is our decision to choose wisely, in freedom. So may it be. -JB

Archetypal cosmology

SATURN (Chronos)

  • Keyword: order
  • Theme: organic order restored, avoiding crystalized dogmas

URANUS (Prometheus)

  • Keyword: freedom
  • Theme: freedom judiciously exercised, avoiding reckless license

Timeframe: the Plan

  • SOLAR Clock:

    • Sun: the Eye (Observer: annual cycle),
      • Mercury (Head)
      • Venus (Heart)
    • Moon (Shadow: monthly cycle)
    • Mars (Executor: 2-year cycle)

  • COSMIC Clock:

    • Jupiter-Saturn 20-year synodic cycle [1900-2040]
      • 1960s: Saturn SQR (Uranus CNJ Pluto) in 1965
      • 2012-2015:               Uranus SQR Pluto
      • 2020s: Saturn SQR Uranus; Saturn CNJ Pluto

    • Uranus, Neptune, Pluto 
      • Neptune-Pluto cycle: 493 years (currently: 1892 – 2385; past: 1399 – 1492)


[In his 1-hour videoconference before November 8, Rick Levine applied Richard Tarnas’s model of archetypal cosmology to analyze the 2022 midterm elections in the United States. The conjunction of Uranus and Pluto squared by Saturn in the 1960s, activated by the square of Uranus and Pluto of 2012-2015, recently followed by Saturn squaring Uranus and the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, set the stage for the November 8, 2022 lunar eclipse coinciding with the midterm elections, “resolving” the tension created by the synodic cycles of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto in the collective psyche of the United States.

The inherent indeterminism of archetypal cosmology — recognizing “the multidimensionality, intra-dimensional variability, and polyvalence of astrological archetypes” — underscores the archetypal meaning of the process (not the outcome), emphasizing “the co-creative, participatory role of the psyche in shaping behavior and attracting formative experiences, thus highlighting the self’s responsibility for its continually evolving fate.” -JB]

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The astrological forces at play during the latter part of October and the beginning of November are as unique as the unstable times in which we live. The cosmic intensity is hard to ignore with the grand finale of the ongoing Saturn-Uranus square, Mars retrograde, and a couple of eclipses culminating on November 8 when the unflappable Taurus Full Moon is totally eclipsed as it conjuncts progressive Uranus and squares conservative Saturn. The first of the approaching eclipses is a Scorpio Solar Eclipse on October 25 which is partile conjunct Venus, focusing our concerns on our values as the conflict between the old (Saturn) and the new (Uranus) continues to rattle our cages and test our resilient natures. –Rick Levine

The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into human minds.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God

Let love stream forth into human hearts.
May the Coming One* return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide all little human wills –
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the human race
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

*Many religions believe in a Coming One, a World Teacher, knowing him under such names as the Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi, the Bodhisattva, and the Messiah, and these terms are used in some of the Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish versions of the Great Invocation.


Men and women of goodwill throughout the world are using this Invocation in their own language. Will you join them in using the Invocation every day – with thought and dedication? By using the Invocation and encouraging others to use it, no particular group or organisation is sponsored. It belongs to all humanity.

The Selfish Vote

Contrary to conventional wisdom, democracy is not designed for the rule of the selfish majority. Not even an “enlightened” self-interest would fit the need for — in accord with Jeremy Bentham’s view — “the greatest good to the greatest number.”

For the survival of the soul of America, we need to invoke a higher principle, more inclusive than rational self-interest: the principle of the Common Good.

The Faustian bargain of selling out our vote in exchange for the deceptive promise of lower gas prices at the pump and a bull market — the idol of the Golden Calf — is a sign of a decaying empire losing its spiritual vision. “When there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29)

Corporate greed, evangelical Pharisaism, and Nativism have empowered the MAGA ideology — the “Dweller on the Threshold” of the United States of America — to stymie the will of the spiritual Soul, the true Democrat of the Spirit.

In a true, hierarchical democracy, all souls are equal, subservient — in freedom — to the Common Good, ruling over partisan self-interests — individual or collective — to the Glory of the One. So may it be. -JB

“Genes are competing directly with their alleles for survival, since their alleles in the gene pool are rivals for their slot on the chromosomes of future generations. Any gene that behaves in such a way as to increase its own survival chances in the gene pool at the expense of its alleles will, by definition, tautologously, tend to survive. The gene is the basic unit of selfishness.”

Richard Dawkin, The Selfish Gene

Rational selfishness is a term generally related to Ayn Rand‘s Objectivist philosophy, which refers to a person’s efforts to look after their own well-being, to cultivate the self, and achieve goals for the good of the self. The focus in rational selfishness might be considered to be more self-directed (where the benefit to the group or society is a possible by-product) than the focus of enlightened self-interest which is more group-directed (and the benefit to oneself might be more of the by-product). Some authors say that this concept elevates egoism to the level of a moral principle.



… an enlightened regard for themselves constantly prompts them to assist one another and inclines them willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare of the state… The principle of self-interest rightly understood produces no great acts of self-sacrifice, but it suggests daily small acts of self-denial. By itself it cannot suffice to make a man virtuous; but it disciplines a number of persons in habits of regularity, temperance, moderation, foresight, self- command; and if it does not lead men straight to virtue by the will, it gradually draws them in that direction by their habits.

Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America 1835

How do we renew confidence in America’s institutions and strengthen public engagement in civic life? The Spring 2013 issue of Dædalus suggests ways in which government, corporations, nonprofits, the judiciary, and the media can inspire greater confidence in our democratic system and a renewed commitment to civil discourse.

In the face of increasing polarization and considerable stress on the American polity, this issue of Dædalus begins a much-needed public conversation about how individuals and institutions can work together to strengthen democracy and promote the common good.