From the Universal Festival Calendar for January, 2010.
It’s Jump Time, as Jean Houston entitled her new book on Shaping Your Future in a World of Radical Change. As you know if you’re a regular reader of the UFC [And I urge you to become one! – B.], the Summer of 2010 is likely to be the time when the Shift accelerates, the old order begins to disintegrate, the indelicate matter hits the fan, the bills come due, and the Lords of Karma lift their majestic arms and scan the assembly before they gesture for silence and suggest what is now to come.
In The Crosses of 2010, you can explore in detail what is most likely to ensue this summer as the planets that rule politics and government, economy and finance, electronic technologies, communications media, military organizations and religious bodies all align in “difficult” 180° oppositions exacerbated by a 90° square to Pluto, whose role — as the mining engineer of global transformation, who works in the dark, digging under the castle walls until they crack and begin to fall — is no less sweepingly, unstoppably effective for his being hidden in undisclosed locations everywhere.
This is The Year. Yes, the rebuilding of the planet we aim to create may well begin when many people expect it, in 2012. But the time for the clearing of the field is now and in the months ahead. One of the main challenges we shall face here will be to write and talk about the coming events in ways that arouse as little fear as possible. This is the best we can expect, as some fear in some people is inevitable when change comes as fast and as urgent as it will this year, triggering everything from nervous denial to stark terror among those who hope, against all hope and beyond all reason, that it will all somehow sort itself out, or even that we can go back to The Way It Was before 2008.
We can’t. We won’t. The Summer of 2010 will try the sanity of some and the faith and patience of the rest. The weeks from the June solstice to the middle of August, especially in the weeks from July 24 to August 7, will show what happens when we as individuals, and the great institutions we create, try to respond to inevitable new events by circling the wagons, arming ourselves to the teeth, digging in our heels and defending our turf, refusing all compromise and cooperation, and otherwise aligning against others rather than with them.
This is how it’s likely to be in mid-2010, as governments and political parties, corporations and churches, armies and ideologues are all implacably determined to get their way, even if their way is the only thing left when the thunder fades and the air no longer smells like sulphur.
Has this happened in our history before? Yes, on the limited, local scale of nations and cultures, but not yet until now on a planetary, even galactic scale. That’s why we have myths like the Khemitian story of how the Children of Nut were born. For a dramatic retelling of this scene, you can see The Game of Chance on [Dan’s] site.
This tale of Ra’s obstinacy in refusing to allow the Mother netert Nut to give birth, no matter how unendurable her agony, no matter how many other divine beings feel her suffering and long to relieve it, could hardly be more apt now, as it tells of the misery that an authoritarian figure may inflict on deities and men when he refuses to see what is now obvious and unavoidable to everyone else.
Ra’s position made perfect sense to him. Of course the number of days in the Earth year had to be 360, the magic master number that contains 22 multiples from 2 to 180, encodes all geometry and physical space, and affirms that the world is not only orderly, but has an order that is elegant and musical. But Thoth, Ra’s brother, had a better grasp of numbers and well as letters, and knew that a 365.25-day year may look less beautiful, but it does have the practical advantage of describing the actual rhythm of life on the ground.
In running the cosmic dice game that tricked Ra into adding five days to the calendar, and thus finally allowing Nut to give birth to the five “epagomenal” neters (Osiris, Isis, Set, Nephthys and Horus “the Elder”), Thoth found a subtle rather than forceful way to get a controlling male figure to relax his rod and accept the unavoidable reality that power must now be shared, and unsustainable conditions now have to be addressed for the sake of everyone’s survival.
As so often happens in the world’s history and myths, the trickster who knows how to make the game playful can accomplish results that elude the mightiest warriors and the most patient negotiators.
We’re clearly playing a similar scenario now…