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]

[1 hour]

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.

Defeating the MAGA ideology

May the Power of our united LIGHT


the glamour of the MAGA ideology

in the United States and throughout the world.

Dear co-workers:

We, the enlightened esoteric community, must correct the mistake made by the US Democratic party-political strategists blaming MAGA Republicans as a menace to democracy in the US. It is not the people but the regressive Make America Great Again (MAGA) ideology that must be targeted as the evil to be prevented, negated, and destroyed by the Forces of Light.

This upcoming 2022 mid-term elections is not a partisan contest between Democrats and Republicans, as enlightened Republican Liz Cheney has courageously declared.

It is a contest between democracy and authoritarianism. The Tibetan Master, on behalf of the spiritual Hierarchy, has asked us to defeat the evil of totalitarianism on the physical plane, with our votes and, if needed, with our military might, as was needed in WW-II and now in Ukraine.

A dark cloud of fascism is being cast throughout the world, from Italy recently, through Europe, to Brazil (presidential runoff today). We must rent this veil.

Let the Army of the Voice be no more heard,
and let the brothers onward move within the Sound.

Mozart – Symphony No. 25 (Bernstein)

The POWER of our united LIGHT

PREVENTS the appearance,

NEGATES the quality, and

DESTROYS the vitality

of the GLAMOR of the MAGA ideology.

From: Olivia Hansen
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2022 2:18 PM
Subject: Protecting Our Democracy for Freedom and Peace — at this Critical Time for the United States!

Dear Friends and Co-Workers,

“Protecting Our Democracy for Freedom and Peace – at this Critical Time for the United States”

You are invited to a Discussion and Meditation for the Well-Being of Our Nation –

with Steve Farrell and Olivia Hansen on Tues. Nov. 1 at 3pm MT, sponsored by Humanity’s Team. 

Authoritarianism and Extremism are on the rise.  Former Presidents Obama and Carter have publicly said that US Democracy is in great danger.  The Jan. 6th Insurrection at the US Capitol shocked and horrified us.  Election deniers still exist in large numbers now; some are running for office, and some are still working to undermine Democracy.  Let us come together and add our good thoughts and prayers in Meditation, invoking the Soul of America to Protect Our Democracy.  Our efforts are needed now to bring in the Highest Good for Our Nation.

 This Live Program can be accessed on Humanity’s Team Facebook Page or on the Zoom Link.  Please join us and add your good energies.  Thank You!

Facebook Live Event link:

Zoom Webinar public join link:

Esotericists are also encouraged to use daily this version of The Great Invocation, Invoking Assistance from Shamballa and The Christ at this dangerous time for Democracy.  We must ASK so They can help us. Thank You!

THE GREAT INVOCATION   —  Stanza Two  (1940)

Let the Lords of Liberation issue forth.

Let Them bring succor to the sons of men.

Let the Rider from the secret Place come forth,

And coming, save.

Come forth, O Mighty One.

Let the souls of men awaken to the Light,

And may they stand with massed intent.

Let the fiat of the Lord go forth:

The end of woe has come!

Come forth, O Mighty One.

The hour of service of the Saving Force has now


Let it be spread abroad, O Mighty One.

Let Light and Love and Power and Death

Fulfill the purpose of the Coming One.

The Will to save is here.

The Love to carry forth the work is widely spread


The Active Aid of all who know the truth is also


Come forth, O Mighty One, and blend these three.

Construct a great defending wall.

The rule of evil now must end.

On neutrality and fascism

Jason Stanley has spent the past decade studying fascism, from Mussolini to Duterte. In this video op-ed, he argues that yes, we should be worried: If Americans are not vigilant, fascism could become a new reality in the United States.

Three Essential Features of Fascism:

  • Invoking a Mythic Past
  • Sowing Division
  • Attacking Truth

Seven lessons from the 2016-2020 MAGA Civil War

  1. No one is above the law.
  1. There is no double standard in asserting that truths are right and lies are wrong.
  1. Racial supremacy is a lie.
  1. The free press is not the enemy of the people, but the custodian of freedom.
  1. Free speech does not imply the right to lie.
  1. In the absence of absolute certainty, the best approximation rules.
  1. The good is good, the true is true, the beautiful is beautiful: then, now, and forever.

Fascism can happen in America. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Not In The Middle East Or Latin America:
The Capitol Storming Was All-American

The reality is the use of violent force and intimidation for political gain has always been part of the U.S. narrative.

Decoding the extremist symbols and groups
at the Capitol Hill insurrection

It is not for me to tell you what humanity, through its statesmen and leaders, will plan to do at the coming conferences. It is my task to mobilise the New Group of World Servers and the men and women of goodwill so that they may stand as a great “army of implacable spiritual will” behind the participants in these conferences and councils, enabling them to think with clarity about the issues involved and thus (through this clear thinking) affect telepathically the minds of men; this involves the use of a power seldom employed as yet on the side of righteous endeavour, though already widely used by the materialistic leaders of the forces of evil.

EOH 455

In the eyes of many of Mr. Trump’s supporters, Parler was a safe haven from so-called Big Tech censorship — a place where they could espouse conspiracy theories, make threats and even plan violent rallies without worrying about getting banned. It had been one of the most downloaded apps in recent months just as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram increasingly cracked down on hate speech and misinformation.

By Jack Nicas

We need to meditate (exercise clear thinking) on free speech and editorial neutrality in the internet. -JB

Many of the attackers are still in D.C. They were aided and abetted by certain members of the police, military and Republican party. And Wednesday’s terror attack was just a dry run for what they are planning next. Michael Moore shares his latest, urgent thoughts on the terror attack that occurred this week and the one we must prepare for.

Michael Moore

Georgia 2021live blog

US Senate

January 5, 2021 GA runoff elections



12:00 PM EST:

This is a subliminal message from Fox News
encouraging Trump supporters to “Fight for Trump”
(slogan chanted in Trump rallies) -JB

More than 3 million people, or two-fifths (40%) of the state’s registered voters, have already cast a ballot in the runoffs, either through early in-person voting or by absentee ballot. And anywhere from 800,000 to possibly over a million people will vote on Election Day.

The polls in Georgia are scheduled to close at 7 p.m. ET on Election Day, and that’s when ballot counting is allowed to begin. Absentee ballots must be received by the poll-closing time to be counted. There is an exception for military and overseas ballots. If they’re postmarked by Tuesday and received by Friday, they will be counted. And absentee voters have until Friday to fix problems with their ballots so their votes can be counted.

While absentee ballots received ahead of Election Day can’t be counted until the polls close, county election officials were allowed to begin processing those ballots in advance. That includes verifying signatures on the outer envelope of the ballot, opening the envelopes, and scanning the ballots.

Perdue and Loeffler could jump out to an early lead Tuesday night for a couple of reasons. Republican areas of the state often report their results first, and Republican voters were more likely to vote on Election Day or at early in-person polling stations. Those votes are often counted first by many of Georgia’s counties.

Heavily Democratic counties — including in Atlanta and the surrounding inner suburbs — have traditionally seen slower in vote counting and election results. And since more Democrats than Republicans were expected to vote by absentee ballot, late returned ballots, which would be counted after in-person and Election Day votes, would likely favor Ossoff and Warnock.

One more thing to remember: If the final margins in either of the contests are within 0.5% of the vote, the losing candidate under Georgia law has the right to ask for a recount.


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Georgia may count ballots faster this time around.

Two factors work in favor of a faster count this time around. First, fewer races are on the ballot, which means less work for election officials. Second, after the general election, the Georgia State Election Board enacted a rule requiring counties to begin processing early and absentee ballots at least a week before future elections.

Officials can’t actually count the ballots until the polls close, but they can do all the time-consuming prep work. That means votes cast before election day — more than three million, according to Gabriel Sterling, a top state election official — should already be compiled, and pretty much all officials will need to do Tuesday night is hit “tabulate.”

In an extremely tight race, results could be delayed several days while late-arriving ballots come in.

Miss Freedom, originally named Goddess of Liberty, is the statue adorning the dome of the Georgia State Capitol since 1889. Commissioned in 1888, the hollow copper statue is painted white, weighs over 1600 lbs and is over 26 feet tall.

The statue wears a Phrygian cap or pileus, adorned with a star. It wears a robe and holds a torch in her right hand and a sword in her left. The torch is meant to represent truth or enlightenment while the sword symbolizes authoritative armed liberty or enforced justice

The torch is a functioning mercury-vapor lamp, casting a blue-green light at night.

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The US Senate has flipped blue!
Ossoff’s victory is mathematical certainty.

This photograph depicts an anterior view of a sculpted bust of the Goddess Hygeia, the Greek Goddess of Health. This carved marble sculpture was presented to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by Dr. John E. Skandalakis, on December 18, 1970, and is now on display on the CDC’s Roybal Campus, located in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

[JB] I live and voted in Dekalb County, where CDC is located.

Three Puerto Rican families of three retired CDC medical epidemiologists have lived here for more than 3 decades… we are euphoric. Wishing you a COVID-19 free and healthy 2021!

Happy Epiphany!

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The Great Invocation – Second Stanza

Let the Lord of Liberation issue forth.
Let Him bring succour to the sons of men.
Let the Rider from the Secret Place come forth,
And coming, save.
Come forth, O Mighty One.
Let the souls of men awaken to the Light,
And may they stand with massed intent.
Let the fiat of the Lord go forth:
The end of woe has come!
Come forth, O Mighty One.
The hour of service of the saving force has now arrived.
Let it be spread abroad, O Mighty One.

Let Light and Love and Power and Death
Fulfil the purpose of the Coming One.
The WILL to save is here.
The LOVE to carry forth the work is widely spread abroad.
The ACTIVE AID of all who know the truth is also here.
Come forth, O Mighty One, and blend these three.
Construct a great defending wall.
The rule of evil now must end. — 1940

Mantra of the New Group of World Servers

May the Power of the one Life pour through the group of all true servers.
May the Love of the One Soul characterize the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones.
May I fulfil my part in the One work through self-forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech.


KH for President

At first, I thought it would be disrespectful to invoke the name of a Master for electoral purposes. But then these quotes came to mind as I envisioned the US Senate presided by KH, Kamala (Devi) Harris:

TWM 334: Increasingly will people think and talk in terms of light, and the effect of the coming developments in this department of human thought will be triple.

People will possess etheric vision.

The vital or etheric body, lying as the inner structure of the outer forms, will be seen and noted and studied in all kingdoms of nature.

This will break down all barriers of race and all distinctions of color; the essential brotherhood of man will be established.  We shall see each other and all forms of divine manifestation as light units of varying degrees of brightness and shall talk and think increasingly in terms of electricity, of voltage, of intensity and of power.  The age and status of men, in regard to the ladder of evolution, will be noted and become objectively apparent, the relative capacities of old souls, and young souls will be recognized, thereby re-establishing on earth the rule of the enlightened.

The whole section in the book The Externalisation of the Hierarchy (pp. 50-54) describing the work of the (fifth) Seed Group of Political Servers is worth reading.

Let me here briefly indicate to you some of the modes of government which have been tried out, or will be tried out in the future.

Government by a recognised Spiritual Hierarchy.

Government by an oligarchy of illumined minds, recognised as such by the massed thinkers, and therefore chosen by them to rule.

Government by a true democracy. This again will be made possible through a right use of the systems of education and by a steady training of the people to recognise the finer values, the more correct point of view, the higher idealism, and the spirit of synthesis and of cooperative unity.

The Externalisation of the Hierarchy (pp. 50-54)

So, it’s possible that someday, in a not so distant future, we may elect a high Initiate to democratically rule the United States of America.

In the meantime, we have elected a Doctor of Education as our First Lady (Dr. Jill Biden, Ed.D.), and we now have the opportunity to elect Kamala Harris (KH) to preside a US Senate controlled by the Democratic Party. It may all happen here in Georgia, the State of the Carter Center , the MLK center and FDR’s Little White House, where the ideal of a United Nations was contemplated.

EOH 578: The efforts of the disciples coming from the Ashram of K.H. will be largely directed towards the general public, but they will work primarily through educators in all countries and through those concerned with the teaching of religion. Educators touch those preparing for all types of activity.

Paralleling these activities (and disciples on this ray are already taking the needed steps) will come that of the disciples and initiates who are working under the direction of the Master M. Their work lies in the field of right human relations and in the production of that synthesis of effort which will create a new intuitional consciousness and—consequently—a changing political consciousness and situation in which the family of nations will stand together for certain basic values. These are fundamentally three in number:

1. The freedom of the individual. These freedoms have been voiced for us in the words of that great first ray disciple, Franklin D. Roosevelt. They are the four essential freedoms.

2. The freedom of the individual. These freedoms have been voiced for us in the words of that great first ray disciple, Franklin D. Roosevelt. They are the four essential freedoms.

3. The freedom of the individual. These freedoms have been voiced for us in the words of that great first ray disciple, Franklin D. Roosevelt. They are the four essential freedoms.

EOH 578

A Visualization

For this forthcoming US Senate runoff in GA, let’s consider these geographical factors:

1. Biden restored the “blue wall” (WI, MI, PA) right under the Great Lakes. Chicago (IL), the solar plexus center of US, lies in that region.

2. The Blue Ridge Mountain Range (Smoky Mountains) lies north of us, between GA and the Great Lakes. The Gulf of Mexico lies south of us.

3. Kansas City, Atlanta and NY/DC configure a lower receptive triangle (the cup of a chalice) for energies flowing from the North Pole through the Great Lakes. As we know, DC is the head center, NYC the throat and KC may be inferred to be the undeveloped ajna. LA standing by as the heart center behind the Rocky Mountains spine (connected to Atlanta via Phenix, AZ, where we (USR) have built a Dome of Light radiating worldwide). I’m mindful that we were able to flip AZ blue too, by an almost identical margin as in GA).  

So, if we visualize the Earth as a torus (Duane’s favorite image)

a chalice circulating energies, peripherally from the South to the North, and internally from North to South, we could channel the energies from the Blue Lodge in Sirius to assist us in invoking the Lords of Liberation.

Let the Lords of Liberation issue forth.

Let Them bring succour to the sons of men.

Let the Rider from the Secret Place come forth,

And coming, save.

Come forth, O Mighty One.


Construct a great defending wall.

The rule of evil now must end.

LA and Phoenix are linked to Chicago (Great Lakes) in this visualization

New Orleans (Gulf coast, sacral center of the US?) lies exactly 90 degrees west of the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, creating a resonance (musical fourth) with London (UK) and Montserrat (Spain), where I have contacts energizing this visualization.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth

The Trump Tower

The Trump Tower is an inverted pyramid. At the top are the suckers and losers, most prominently, those who serve the country in the military —particularly prisoners of war and casualties — and those who pay taxes.

At the bottom of the pyramid are the smart ones, like the Apprentice in the White House.

The Trump Tower

The most successful part of the Trump business has been his personal brand.

The Times calculates that between 2004 and 2018, Mr. Trump made a combined $427.4 million from selling his image — an image of unapologetic wealth through shrewd business management. The marketing of this image has been a huge success, even if the underlying management of many of the operating Trump companies has not been.

Other firms, especially in real estate, have paid for the right to use the Trump name. The brand made possible the “The Apprentice” — and the show then took the image to another level.

Of course, Mr. Trump’s brand also made possible his election as the first United States president with no prior government experience.

David Leonhardt (NYT)

An inverted pyramid defies the law of gravitation by keeping a fragile balance among the forces pulling its heavy top down in opposite directions. If only one of the tension cords keeping it up breaks loose, the entire pyramid crumbles.

The Trump Tower is a mirage created by an Apprentice in the Art of Deception. The Apprentice is adept in keeping opposing forces equilibrated, as he does with his mortgaged cash flow.

Each vote opposing the Apprentice in the White House in the forthcoming U.S. presidential election will be part of the effort to cut loose one of the four major tension cords keeping the Trump Tower up. These four are:

  • the corrupt Evangelical movement,
  • the corrupt corporate America for unregulated capitalism,
  • the (fascist, ethnic cleansing) MAGA Nativists, and   
  • the tyranny of a minority in power due to a constitutional loophole which, like tax loopholes, claim credits not due.    

The planetary Hierarchy of Light — the Great White Lodge — cannot stand neutral in this war. And a war it is, with world-wide repercussions, from climate change to the survival of humanity itself.

It is not a battle between Democrats and Republicans; it is a conflict between the national Angel of the Presence — the Soul of America — forging a future of light and its Dweller in the Threshold pulling us back to a past of darkness.

You see again another reason why the first and second initiations are not regarded by the Lodge of Masters as major initiations.  Only the third is so regarded, because at that initiation the entire personality life is flooded with energy coming from the Spiritual Triad, via the “sacrifice petals” of the will and purpose aspect of the soul.  To this type of energy the black magician is not responsive.  He can and does respond to the knowledge—most ancient and hardly won—stored up in the “knowledge petals” of the souls he can appropriate and utilise the energy of attraction (erroneously called love by some students) stored up in the “love petals” of the soul, but he cannot respond to and use the energy of divine love, working out in the divine Plan which controls all knowledge and converts it into wisdom, and which actuates and clarifies the motive which brings loving magnetic attraction into action and which we call true group consciousness and group cohesion.  It is at this point that the two ways—of darkness and of light—become widely divergent.  Until the third initiation is taken, glamour may condition the attitude of those seeking to understand the life of a man upon the Path, and they may mistake the spurious for the real.  The black magician leads a disciplined life, analogous to that of the spiritual aspirant; he practices purity for his own safeguarding and not in order that he may become a channel for the energy of light; he works with power (the power of magnetic attraction) with and in groups, but he does this for his own selfish ends and for the fulfillment of his own ambitious purposes.  But at the third initiation there comes to the true spiritual initiate the revelation which is the reward of perseverance and purity rightly motivated—the revelation of the divine purpose, as the soul records it in terms of the hierarchical plan, though not yet in terms of the Monad.  To this purpose and [Page 350] to the loving Will of God (to use a trite Christian phrase) the black brother cannot respond; his aims are different.  You have here the true meaning of the oft-used and misunderstood phrase, “the parting of the ways.”

But both groups of aspirants (the black and the white) stand before the door of initiation and take the needed steps to open it on two similar occasions.  Both overcome glamour after the second initiation, and see their way clearly ahead; but their goals emerge as widely different; one treads the broad way which leads ever deeper into matter and materialism, into darkness and “black power”; the other leads to the straight and narrow way, to the razor-edged path which leads into light and life.  One group has never freed itself from the principles which governed the first solar system.  They were principles entirely related to matter and substance, and were at that time and in that period (so remote that the number of years of distance can be stated only in super-astronomical figures) the conditioning factors for the initiation of the time.  Certain units of humanity—then existent—were so completely conditioned by these material principles and so deliberately unready for moving on to the comprehension of another set of principles (more expressive of the divine nature) that they remained of “fixed and selfish material purpose” and a planned distortion of the divine will was intelligently created by them.  You have here a hint as to the nature of evil and a clue to a part (though only a part) of the mystery to be noted in the statement that evil and good are reverse aspects of the same one reality, and evil is that good which we should have left behind, passing on to greater and more inclusive good.  Forget not that the black magicians of today were the initiates of a previous solar system.  When the door of initiation is ready to open for the third time, the parting of the ways takes place.  Some follow selfish intention and the fixed determination to remain with the separative condition of matter; and to others, the divine will is clearly impressed upon them and becomes the motivating power in their lives.  It was under instructions from the Great White Lodge on Sirius that the door remains [Page 351] closed the third time to the dark brothers.  Evil, as we understand it, has absolutely no place on Sirius.

To the black magician, at this third opportunity, the door of initiation presents an insuperable barrier and obstacle; to the true spiritual neophyte, the door connotes “overcoming.”  We shall not consider further the approach of the black brothers to that door but shall confine ourselves to a consideration of the initiations of the Great White Lodge.

-excerpt from the book The Rays and the Initiations by Alice A. Bailey.

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

“The power of our united light prevents the appearance of the glamour [of the Trump Tower]. The power of our united light negates the quality of the glamour from affecting men. The power of our united light destroys the life behind the glamour.”

excerpt from the Technique of the Light in the book Glamour: A World Problem by Alice A. Bailey.
The Dark Tower

Excerpts from Google searches

Eye of Sauron

Throughout The Lord of the Rings, “the Eye” (the Red Eye, the Evil Eye, the Lidless Eye, the Great Eye) is the image most often associated with Sauron.

Sauron bred immense armies of Orcs and allied with or enslaved Men from the east and south. He adopted the symbol of a lidless eye, and he was able at that time to send out his will over Middle-earth, so that the Eye of Sauron was a symbol of power and fear.

Barad-dûr was built by Sauron in the land of Mordor, not far from the volcano known as Mount Doom. The construction of the tower began around the SA 1000, and took six hundred years to complete. It was the greatest fortress built since the fall of Angband during the War of Wrath.

Sauron is considered evil because he served Morgoth (Melkor) he then went to Numenor and did a great deal of evil and trickery upon the men living there, corrupting them and lying to them all in the pursuit of his own means of power.

Sauron made The One Ring to help him exercise power over all other people who wore Rings of Power. He made it so powerful by imbuing a part of his soul into the ring. This decisions made the ring a conduit that made Sauron even stronger than before.

Gandalf can’t touch the One ring because it would corrupt him and he would become a terrifying wizard like Saruman. It’s the same reason Galadriel refused the One ring. The One ring can only be worn by Sauron. Anyone else who wields it would be under his control, even Gandalf the grey/ white.

The Hobbits represent small, humble, ordinary people. They don’t lust for power or fame, or aspire to do great deeds. Thus the Ring can’t corrupt them in the way that it would corrupt Boromir or Galadriel, although it can make them covet it as a possession. Dwarves were even more resistant to rings.

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Centrist bias

Centrist bias

The lack of balance is an example of what John F. Harris of Politico has called “centrist bias.” As he has written, “This bias is marked by an instinctual suspicion of anything suggesting ideological zealotry, an admiration for difference-splitting, a conviction that politics should be a tidier and more rational process than it usually is.” –David Leonhardt (NYT)

There are three statistical measures of central tendency: the arithmetic mean, the median and the mode. The harmonic and the geometric means are other alternative ways to measure the mean.

The arithmetic mean can be heavily influenced by extreme values (outliers). That’s why the Census Bureau usually reports median income as a more reliable measure of central tendency to describe the average income in a population.

Is the proclivity to split differences a biased way to estimate the true mean of a population? It certainly is when averaging outliers.

An analogy may serve to discern between centrist bias and a balanced center.

  • Centrist bias: tripod with legs of equal length regardless of the surface.
  • Balanced center: legs of tripod adjusted in length until the air bubble of the level hits the center for a given surface.

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Bubble level

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Plumb bob


Enlightened Resistance

[AR] The dark forces keep forcing, manipulating and trying to wear down the opposition. The light forces are managing to resist and hold their ground.

[JB] First phase: Resistance (electrical): incandescent light (rational fire by friction)


An incandescent light bulb, incandescent lamp or incandescent light globe is an electric light with a wire filament (resistor) heated to such a high temperature that it glows with visible light (incandescence).


Second phase: LED light bulb (intuitive clear cold light)


An LED lamp or LED light bulb is an electric light for use in light fixtures that produces light using one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LED lamps have a lifespan many times longer than equivalent incandescent lamps and are significantly more efficient.



 Quotes from the Technique of Light

 “As a soul I work in light and darkness cannot touch me. I take my stand within the light. I work and from that point I never move.”

 “Radiance are we and power. We stand forever with our hands stretched out, linking the heavens and the earth, the inner world of meaning and the subtle world of glamour. We reach into the light and bring it down to meet the need. We reach into the silent Place and bring from thence the gift of understanding. Thus, with the light we work and turn the darkness into day.”


Ohm’s Law: Triangles


Voltage (V) = Current (I) x Resistance (R)


Power (P) = Current (I) x Voltage (V)


Mind the difference between ENERGY and POWER

Power is a (kinetic) rate of doing work (per unit of time).  Power is a measure of how quickly work can be done (according to the Plan).

Energy is the capacity for doing work in a period of time (according to the Plan). Energy is stored in electrical batteries.

A battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells with external connections provided to power electrical devices.  The usage of “battery” to describe a group of electrical devices dates to Benjamin Franklin, who in 1748 described multiple Leyden jars by analogy to a battery of cannon. Benjamin Franklin borrowed the term “battery” from the military, which refers to weapons functioning together. [Source: wikipedia]

Energy is generated and stored in the “silent place” where the Will of God is known. The batteries of the New Group of World Servers need to be periodically recharged, every 7 years, from the Central Power Station in Shamballa, by the Lord of the World wielding His Rod of Initiation, so that…

 Quotes from the Technique of Light

“With power upon its beam, the light is focused on the goal.”

 “The power of our united light prevents the appearance of the glamour of SEPARATIVENESS [BREXIT, TRUMPISM].

The power of our united light negates the quality of the glamour from affecting humanity.

The power of our united light destroys the life behind the glamour.”


Fourteenth Rule of Initiation

Listen, touch, see, apply, know.

 Know, express, reveal, destroy and resurrect.


The Great Invocation

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

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ* return to Earth.

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

From the centre which we call the race of men
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.

Electricity and The Great Invocation

by JB

“We shall talk and think increasingly in terms of electricity, of voltage, of intensity and of power.” -Treatise White Magic, 334


A Dream

I have a dream… that one day… POLITICIANS:

  1. will not be moved by ambition to power but by aspiration for altruistic service.
  2. will not compete for power but, in sacrifice, acquiesce to the will of the soul of their country.
  3. will not misuse power to impose the little wills of human minds but will use it to implement the Plan according to the Purpose which the Masters know and serve.

Politics is about POWER, the kinetic energy propelling the potential force of LOVE.

LOVE is the substrate on which POWER operates: its motive, its compass, its magnet.

Enlightened, intelligent activity is the skill in action needed to implement the PLAN, “that measure of possibility of immediate importance which the divine Purpose can present at any given moment in time and space.” (TEL 132)

We need compassionate and enlightened wielders of POWER in the field of politics, wearing incorruptible shields of Light and Love.

[EOH] In September 1940 I gave an interpretation of a new Stanza of the Great Invocation, and in that communication I spoke of Divine Embodiments as the highest type of Avatar for which humanity could look at this point in its evolution. I spoke of the activity of the Hierarchy and of Shamballa, should these two divine Agencies decide that intervention in the form of a widespread cataclysm (engulfing all peoples) was necessary, and I referred to the emergence of inspired leadership as another and lower aspect of divine guidance and participation.[Page 301]

Such inspired leadership is now being given to humanity by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in contra-distinction to the focussed leadership of the forces of materialism through Hitler and another man in his group … Such leadership is called forth by elements present in humanity itself.

The “dynamic energy of the divine Will” (TEL 122) needs the “the duty and the responsibility of the [server in the field of politics], working under the inspiration of the Ashram, to “modify, qualify and adapt” the proposed Plan of Shamballa (for which the Ashrams are responsible) in connection with the coming civilisation and culture.”(DINA II, 278)

I have a dream… that one day… POLITICIANS will be sworn in to their elected office with this pledge, in sealing the door where evil dwells:

“In the centre of the will of God I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from His.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the Triangle divine, work out that will
Within the square and serve my fellowmen.”

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth, a Plan of Right Human Relations (social justice) leading to a permanent PEACE on Earth.

-José Becerra

Brexit 2018

DN 81: London, the heart centre of the [U.K.] is ruled spiritually by Leo … and it is, therefore, the soul factor which links Great Britain to France and which should assist spiritually the Leo nature of the French Personality. …  It is the Leo aspect also which links London to Berlin, but it is Leo in its more self-assertive aspect and hence some of the difficulty and hence also the close and not to be evaded relationship between London-Paris-Berlin, a triangle of force which conditions Europe most potently.  It is between these three that the destiny of the race of men in the immediate future lies, and again the question arises:  Will the coming decisions [Page 82] be based upon the good of the whole or upon the good of a part of the whole?

TRIANGLES visualization
for an organic integration of the European Union


[Adapted from:]

From the center which we call the human race, we INVOKE the support of the spiritual Hierarchy to REVOKE Brexit, and EVOKE the Power of Light and Love from the Center where the Will of God is known. -JB

The New Group of World Servers unambiguously support the nonpartisan values we should live by, such as the principle of sharing and internationalism, regardless of any party supporting it. -JB

 The European Union:

 Bound by a common purpose,
regional and planetary in scope,
according to the Plan.

 Two of the five planetary inlets are in the European Union:

  • London for the British Commonwealth,
  • Geneva for continental Europe and Russia.

R&I 586:  … the New Group of World Servers.  All disciples and initiates in physical manifestation are at this time members of that group, which is the focal point of the present effort being made by the Hierarchy.  Through it spiritual energy from five of the Ashrams is flowing.  These five are:

  1. The Ashram of the Master K.H., particularly in regard to the work of education.
  2. The Ashram of the Master D.K. (myself), particularly in regard to aspirants for initiation.
  3. The Ashram of the Master R., particularly in regard to the reorganising and the reconstruction of Europe, from the point of view of economics. 
  4. The Ashram of the Master Morya, as He seeks to find, influence and direct the activities of workers in the political field throughout the planet.
  5. The Ashram of the Master Hilarion, as He supervises the discoveries (and the application of such discoveries) of the scientific movement in the world today.

You will note, therefore, the profound and widespread interest of this field of energy wherein ray energy is now active.

DINA II, 596: The Master R.—as the Lord of Civilisation—is also closely involved; He is also—and this is of major importance—Regent of Europe.

DINA II, 593: Master R. in whose hands lies the rehabilitation of Europe…

DINA II: The work of salvaging Europe, spiritually and psychologically, which is our main preoccupation, must go on. It [Page 499] must be entirely divorced from politics and partisanships, and I am asking all of you who are my pledged workers to move forward in this spiritual undertaking.


Astrology, Brexit and Global Healing

by Roy Gillett

© Roy Gillett – first published by The Astrological Journal, 2016 / The Astrological Association of Great Britain / 01.09.2016

If the three UK General Elections above occurred at times when the astro-cycles were ripe for unavoidable radical change, there could not have been worse astro-cycles than those of the months surrounding 23 June 2016 to hold a vote on an issue that marked a far more important constitutional change than any of them. The actual Bill that called the referendum was debated and received Royal Assent around the first exact Saturn in Sagittarius-Neptune in Pisces square on 26 November 2015. It called for a decision based on a simple majority of those voting. This may suit a by- or general election, whose result can be reversed in a few years. However, a constitutional change, designed to stand for at least a generation, usually requires a much more substantial majority; perhaps 60% of those voting, or 50% of all people registered to vote. The voting was to be on 23 June, five days after the second Saturn-Neptune exact retrograde square.  Jupiter in Virgo was three days from its reckless trine to Pluto that was rising in Capricorn.

EU Referendum

With the associated Grand Cross, the astro-cycles clearly indicated the nature of the campaign; one characterised by confusion, manipulation, fear (immigrants, especially Turks, if we remain; economic disaster if we leave), abandonment of reason, blame and intolerance. Far too many people would base their vote on prejudice or treat the process as a by-election to teach the establishment a lesson.

The outcome and the way it was received could hardly have been more like the nature of the transits. 51.9% to leave was held to be a sacrosanct democratic lifetime decision, although it represented just 37% of the registered voters and 33% of the adult population. Soon after the vote was announced, key leaders on both sides either resigned or withdrew, leaving others to sort out the future. As Jupiter exactly trined Pluto, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was blamed and was largely abandoned by his parliamentary party, even though his own constituents had voted overwhelming to remain and most of his Labour MP critics’ voters had decided the other way. Was a more long-term malaise in Labour support the real reason?2

When Mars made a direct station on 29 June, Michael Gove withdrew his support from Boris Johnson (“Et tu Gove” was the front page headline of one national newspaper). The Conservative Party originally decided to announce their new leader on 9 September, the day before the third and final Saturn-Neptune square. It seemed that the entire period of that square was to be taken up with the preparation, decision, and then indecision concerning the Brexit vote.

Then came Theresa May enjoying her Jupiter return on 6 July 2016 (could it be near the MC in Virgo with late Scorpio rising?3). This Libran with strong Virgo planets was dominant enough to spare the nation a bruising contest, but her task ahead will be far from easy. In the coming few months, transiting Pluto trines her Jupiter, and Saturn retrogrades back towards her progressed Sun and Saturn, and then forward across her progressed Mercury.

Brexit, Europe and today’s world events in their historical context

UK/EU split

In the midst of this Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces time, as we struggle for survival out of the debris of the massive upheaval of the 2012-14 Uranus-Pluto squares, people all over the world are making massive, poorly-conceived decisions and performing the most ruthless actions for short-sighted and selfish reasons. We are in one of the most unreliable periods in human history, when it is vital to learn from the past. The list (see the ‘Saturn-Neptune 90-degree separations 1900 to 2030’ box at the end of this essay) shows how direly disturbing outcomes associated with Saturn-Neptune 90-degree separations can be.

The 2015-16 Saturn-Neptune square has been greatly empowered by its t-square to Jupiter in Virgo; all climaxing in a mutable Grand Cross through the late spring and summer, as inner planets transited Gemini.

Events for Britain and all over the world could well lead to terrible outcomes, for which our times will be remembered. Is it destined that we are doomed, or can astrological understanding guide us to doing something better with the future?

The Capricorn triple conjunction

With Saturn joining Pluto in Capricorn from December 2017 and connecting to the 1066 English and 1801 UK charts,4 which have their MC-IC axes reversed across Capricorn-Cancer, it would have been difficult for the UK to stay in Europe whatever the outcome. With the triple conjunction transiting across the EU’s Uranus-Neptune conjunction (2017-20),5 it too is due for radical change. So, should we have stayed and helped guide the transition? With less rush to decide, delaying the Referendum vote until the end of 2016 or spring 2017 would have enabled a less frenetic, more considered discussion of the idealism unpinning both sides of the argument.

Because it did not happen this way, the UK has to cope with the bad impression our unilateral decision may have created. Are the majority of British people motivated by self-interest, less concerned with the disadvantaged in the poor parts of Europe; only willing to help refugees if they stay a safe distance away, close to the borders of their country?

It is never too late to turn such impressions around. It could be argued that the EU is a club for the privileged that slowly allows in a few of the less well-off, but essentially operates at the expense of the under-privileged masses in the rest of the world. The astro-cycles since 2008 have been accompanied by so much destruction, suffering and confusion that an anarchy of blame and retribution screams out mindlessly on all sides all over the world. As the Saturn-Neptune square eases into the autumn, wherever we are in the world, negotiations that enable rather than defend selfish interests, that are inclusive without exposing vulnerability, that share rather than exploit, could go a long way towards easing tension. As boiling resentment and outrage cool, will we start preferring to solve our problems, to turn away from the constant desire for revenge that only makes them worse?

Brexit or not, here is what is important for the UK

by Malvin Artley

Why Brexit, why now? What was the real reason behind it?Neoliberalism was introduced into the mainstream, meaning primarily by governments of the US, UK and eventually the EU, starting in the latter half of the 1970s. It is a system that cuts taxes for the rich and corporations, cuts social services and governmental departments, induces austerity measures, moves production offshore for cheaper labor costs, minimizes regulations (another word for public protections), encourages competition and inequality and rewards the very successful while denigrating those who are not. It is neo-liberal ideology that has gutted trade unions and collective bargaining and is causing the collapse of infrastructure in nations like the US, UK and Italy, to name just a few. Common sense says that if taxes are cut and wealthier people and corporations are not paying their fair share, then there is a downward spiral and there will be little left to support infrastructure or entitlements. We would have to rely on the beneficence of the wealthy. The advocates of this system use the word ‘freedom’ as a catch-call, whereas for the average  person it tends to create debt slavery and a meaner society.

The people who came up with the Brexit scheme were a group of financiers and corporatists along with thinkers in shallow tanks centered in the heart of the City of London who have pushed the scheme since 2011. Most of these people were disaffected back-benchers who in reality were pushing a “far-right ideology designed to deliver a low-tax, small state, deregulated economy that will have a detrimental effect on the lives of the very UK citizens they coerced into believing they were voting Leave for reasons other than to negatively impact the NHS, public services, schools and the day-to-day lives of the vast majority of the people of the UK.” (see linked article). Enter David Cameron.

Cameron was PM starting in 2010 until he resigned after the Brexit vote. He is a member of the Conservatives, but was opposed to the Brexit idea, preferring instead to stay in the EU and work to change the regulations from within. This was just after the Lisbon Treaty of 2009, which allowed for freedom of movement between EU member states. From the Eurozone financial crisis of 2011, the Greek debt crisis of 2013 to the migrant crisis of 2015, he had his hands full with the conservatives and a conservative press that was constantly harping on the evils of the EU. To cut a long story short,Cameron called the Brexit vote, but he did so to calm divisions within his own party, not because he thought it was good for Britain. It was a play for domestic politics. Instead, what he got was the UK leaving the EU and his own fall from power. He simply wanted his own party to stop ‘banging on about the EU’.

The tipping point for the British public was the Lisbon Treaty, which allowed for freedom of movement in the EU, even to people from outside the EU. They also saw what happened to the Greeks in 2013. The migrant problem was especially driven home with an influx of Eastern Europeans and the migration crisis brought on by the war in Syria. This was used to great effect by the Leave campaign to sway public opinion. One of the big factors magnified in the Brexit vote by the Leave campaign was xenophobia, not about real issues. For the most part the British public was more concerned about the NHS and home-grown issues than they were about foreigners, but the campaign by the Leave group swung just enough voters by that meme to clinch the Brexit vote. Thus, when it came to the actual vote, it was won by a campaign of intense nationalism, wild untrue claims about both potential immigrants and finances, sloganeering about British exceptionalism and Tory claims about bringing back British sovereignty, when most of the British public had little idea what that term really meant. It should be noted here that neither Brexit nor Article 50 are binding, i.e., they can be rescinded by a vote of Parliament. There would be no need for another referendum should the British decide they wanted to stay.

The directions to the chart of the UK (1 Jan 1801 at midnight, London) on the day of the vote show the directed Vertex and Pluto both aspecting Neptune (governing plebiscites), showing the dubious nature of the vote. Transiting Mars was two minutes away from a square to the natal Saturn, and retrograde at that, a harbinger of bad decision-making coupled with over-confidence and even hubris. Transiting Venus was square the Kingdom’s horizon, showing the split nature of the vote and just behind the MC in the 9th house, showing the possibility of foreign influence in the vote, which there was,from the US (and here) and from Russian oligarchs living in London. And, transiting Pluto, itself retrograde, had just passed its square the natal Vertex axis, bringing up all the subconscious elements that were manipulated in the lead-up to the vote. We should add that the Vertex in the UK chart is conjunct the north node in the 7th house, representing the public in general as a partnership, along with enemies of the state, litigation and conflicts. But perhaps the most revealing direction was that of Neptune to the Pluto/Ascendant midpoint, from the 9th house (again, foreign influence): “The experiencing of a most awkward and unfortunate situation”, as well as “the misfortune to suffer the ill effects of…malicious and deceitful people in one’s environment”.[i] The chart (bigger) is below:

I have heard many people say that the Brexit vote was the ‘will of the people’, in the same vein that Trump’s election was. Neither outcome reflected a decisive will of the populace. Instead, what we had was confusion, protest votes and manipulation on both sides of the Atlantic. They were typical referendums on hot-topic issues, in other words. It is emotions that win referendums, not truth in most cases. Where does that leave us, then? There is debate ongoing in Parliament, with a vote due on the 11th of December. Accompanying that, there is a powerful astrological influence we want to consider here, which began to affect the UK in September.

The particular astrological direction that points to the problems that beset British politics today, and thus the health and well-being of the populace, is of Pluto with its hard aspects, including the semisquare and sesquisquare, to the horizon of any chart. As it happens, Pluto has just entered with a degree of orb approaching its conjunction with the Ascendant of the United Kingdom, the latter being the current political structure under which the UK operates. Pluto entered that one degree of orb, which is the usual orb allowed for a solar arc, around the middle of September this year. I have personal experience with that solar arc, having gone through it some years ago. And I can tell you it is not an easy experience. But when the dust settles, it leaves one on a new course in life. It has been called a ‘major life milestone’ among the solar arcs. There are several such, but we’ll limit our view to this particular one  here.

The solar arc of Pluto to the horizon can refer to many things, but in particular it can relate to relationship breakups, particularly ones where a person is duped or manipulated somehow (Pluto), possible legal troubles, identity crises, deep inner searching and the like (horizon). Perhaps the idea is clear enough. Now, before we get too far into this and jump to the conclusion that this somehow marks the split of the UK from the EU – it may or may not – this does mark the public upheaval we are seeing, the facts from under the covers coming to light, the influence of big money showing through and deep inner questioning about  the place of Britain in the world, Pluto themes one and all. Other than breakups, that solar arc can also simply mean a profound inner searching. Pluto governs the subconscious, the underworld, hidden agendas, subterfuge, the mass subconscious and also regeneration, new growth (as in pruning a plant, for example) and in general, getting rid of the ‘dead wood’. I have heard many people say that there is plenty of dead wood in politics to cut away.

Thank you for this review and summary of causes for Brexit. A hard core of racist xenophobic nationalism mingled with neoliberal corporate interests are two major factors to explain both Trumpism and Brexit. What seems to be missing in the UK is the apocalyptic ideology of the Evangelical fascism, as Chris Hedges calls it. On the astrological analysis, I suggest you also review the Saturn-Neptune synodic cycle, as it relates both to the UK and the rise and fall of the USSR. Great job. -JB


IDEOLOGY STRUGGLES (Saturn/Neptune) 1989 – 2026

(36 year cycle)

The present Saturn/Neptune cycle started very recently in March 1989 and reached its Quarter stage  (+90 degrees) in June 1998. The Halfway stage occurred in August 2006 and the Three quarter stage ( +270 degrees) will occur in November 2015. (The next cycle will commence in 2026).

What might the cycle mean ?

We have given the generic meaning of this cycle as ‘The Implementation or restriction of collective ideals’ – in other words ‘converting ideals into practice’ or ‘preventing ideals from becoming reality’. Whereas the Neptune/Pluto cycle signifies how collective idealism in the form of religion, philosophy and long term societal goals becomes completely transformed and whereas the Uranus/Neptune cycle signifies how innovative intellectual, technological or aesthetic ideas get taken up as ideals, the Saturn/Neptune cycle deals with how ideals which have been created, written about, voiced, discussed or debated start getting actually adopted or put into practice – or are prevented from that happening.

In the Saturn/Uranus cycle we looked at how a new mindset sweeps away the Status Quo, in this cycle we look at how ideals become the Status Quo. Here we shall be looking at the conjunction for clear indications that new societal ideals make their first start to becoming accepted as the norm. Throughout history this conjunction would not so much coincide therefore with the beginning of restructuring, overthrow and later dissolution of the established order but with the early manifestation, the struggle to get adopted and the widespread acceptance of new ideals or ideologies.


In this chapter we shall demonstrate the precise synchronicity between the Saturn/Neptune cycle  and the birth, growth difficulties, peak of influence, terminal crisis and death of Communism as a global ideology. At the 1846 Saturn/Neptune conjunction the Communist Manifesto was published. At the 1989 Saturn/Neptune conjunction the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR crumbled. Sceptics may be justified in seeing this as a coincidence. But as we shall see when the 1882 and 1917 conjunctions, which came in between. fit the pattern, the cycle begins to gain considerable credibility. Historians need to check out this extraordinary 143 year long match between communism and this cycle. See separate webpage titled ‘Communism’.


Saturn-Neptune cycle: the actualization of a dream.

This synod occurs every 36 years on an averaged out basis because of Saturn’s high orbital eccentricity. It will always have as its focus the need to make real an inner vision. A theme of oneness always reverberates through this cycle.

The last conjunction of Saturn and Neptune occurred in a three-passage series (due to Saturn’s retrograde motion) March 3, 1989 through November 13, 1989 at 10-12º Capricorn. The next conjunction will take place in a single passage on February 20, 2026, at 0º Aries. That will be a very significant one because it takes place at the beginning of the tropical zodiac, or the same degree of the Sun as it begins the season of spring every year. The last time Saturn and Neptune were conjunct in early Aries was in 555 AD.

  • March – November 1989 (conjunction, start of first phase)
  • June 1998 – April 1999 (waxing square, start of second phase)
  • August 2006 – June 2007 (opposition, start of third phase)
  • November 2015 – September 2016 (waning square, start of fourth and last phase)
  • February 2026 (conjunction, end of old cycle, start of new cycle)



Each of these phases, or hard aspects, is important. When the new cycle begins at the conjunction, it sets into a motion certain themes (political, social, economic) that will likely be highlighted at each of the following four phases. Not only are the themes similar, but the same regions of the world are often highlighted on the world stage. For example, in 1989, the fall of Russian Communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union occurred. Over 300 million new consumers were freed to participate in the free world market economy. Russia lost its status as a world superpower, but its citizens, and the citizens of its satellites in the Soviet Union, were released (and exposed) to many of the freedoms of the rest of the western world.

In 1998-99, under the first quarter square of Saturn/Neptune (first phase), Vladimir Putin became the new Prime Minister of Russia. By the end of 1999, he assumed the role of President upon the resignation of Boris Yeltsin. A new era was now being birthed.

The opposition of Saturn and Neptune unfolded in 2006-2007. This was a time of increasing dissent by those who protested against Putin’s new policies.  In September 2007, Putin dissolved the government in order to have a “free hand in the run up to the parliamentary elections.”2 He was barred from running for a third presidential term in 2008, but this maneuver allowed him to retain great powers before the new president took office.

The third phase, known as the waxing square, now occurs in 2015-2016. After years of economic and political decline since 1989, Russia is again back on the world stage (under Putin’s leadership), once again asserting itself as a world super power and expanding its range of political influence in many of the same regions it controlled prior to 1989 – and more. Thus, it is easy to make the forecast that in 2016, Russia’s expansion and status as a world super power will likely continue. However, the fourth and final phase of this Saturn/Neptune cycle also begins now and will last through 2026.

The last phase of any cycle is usually the period where all the advances of the first three phases – and especially the first phase – are re-examined and determined to be obsolete. They are no longer practical or useful. They are torn down, as new models for a new future are being conceived. Any remnants of the first phase are pushed aside as no longer relevant, and anyone who still supports them is considered “behind the times.”

The progressive reforms undertaken by Russia in 1989, at the time of the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune, fit this category. They are no longer relevant to Russia. Any reminder of them during the next 9-10 years – and efforts to return to the conditions of 1989-1998 – are likely to fail. Yet there is another new model that is being built and not yet finished, not until 2026. The Russia one sees today is not the Russia of 1989-1998. It will also not be the Russia that will be in force in 10 years. We may see a Russia that is stronger and more powerful as a world super power than ever before. It is possible that in the next ten years, Russia will become the world’s dominant super power. Or, we may see a Russia that once again disintegrates, loses everything it has built (perhaps due to economic mismanagement), and is forced to start anew, just as happened in 1917 (Bolshevik Revolution), 1952-53 (death of Stalin), and 1988-1989 (breakup of the Soviet Union), which were the last three times that Saturn and Neptune conjoined.


Life to Live and Dreams to Dream: The Saturn–Neptune Cycle in Movies and History

by Shawn Nygaard

© Shawn Nygaard – first published by The Mountain Astrologer in 2016 / 04.02.2016

The Saturn–Neptune Conjunction of 1989: What We Stay Alive For

Our current Saturn–Neptune cycle began in March 1989 with the two planets conjunct at 12° Capricorn. On June 2, 1989, the movie Dead Poets Society was released, a movie that captures the essence of the Saturn–Neptune conjunction with poetic precision.

As a teacher, John Keating is not only introducing his students to the class syllabus, he’s also evoking the entire period of Western history known as the Romantic Era, which spans from roughly the late 18th century through a majority of the 19th century and includes Neptune’s discovery in 1846. In the same way that Uranus was discovered in 1781 amidst the scientific revolution and the Age of Reason, and symbolically represent the qualities of revolution and a brilliant scientific mind, it was within an atmosphere infused with Romanticism that the passionate heart of Neptune was discovered. What, then, is Romanticism?

The Romantic Era emerged in part as a reaction to the hyper-analytical and rational mind of the Age of Reason. Yet, it also emerged as a natural next step. After the Industrial, French, and American Revolutions rearranged the order of the external world for many, the Romantic Era continued that revolution internally, focusing on the interior life of the individual. As the external governing forces fell, an internal governing force emerged: the imagination. Most significantly, the Romantic Era “gave privilege to the imagination as a faculty higher and more inclusive than reason.”4 By making imagination a priority, the Romantics were recognizing the a priori nature of imagination — that it’s there first. As van Gogh expressed it, “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.”5

See, Romanticism has less to do with the kind and quality of books found in the romance section of a modern bookstore and everything to do with the kind of imagination Romantic poet William Blake was describing when he wrote: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.”6 This is the Neptunian imagination that coursed through the Romantic Era. Said poet John Keats, “My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk.”7 Keats’s description of Saturn that begins his epic poem Hyperion is a far cry from the standard astrological description:

Deep in the shady sadness of a vale
Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn,
Far from the fiery noon, and eve’s one star,
Sat gray-hair’d Saturn, quiet as a stone,
Still as the silence round about his lair;
Forest on forest hung about his head
Like cloud on cloud.

Romanticism places high value on intensity and depth of emotional feeling, on Beauty, and on experiences that find their expression largely in the arts, from literature and drama to music, painting, and poetry. As a matter of fact, sales of poetry far exceeded prose during the Romantic Era, and culture thrived.

N.B.: I was born during the Saturn conjunct Neptune of 1951-1953. -JB