Our world is constructed from a combination of the planet earth and the sum of the consciousness of all the beings who live here. In this sense the world has a multi-faceted consciousness, which is affected by its environment.
This mass behaviour is by and large unconscious. We are all familiar with "mass psychosis", where in times of stress irrational panic will overtake a crowd, often causing death and suffering. Similarly, the movements of the stock market, reacting to the so-called "market sentiment", are also subject to the mass mood. Any individual may be more or less subject to these collective or mega-trends, for each person has a specific set of astrological behaviour patterns that may or may not be triggered by powerful environmental energies (transits, eclipses and the like), but the general patterns of mass behaviour can readily be tracked using astrology. This science of collective behaviour is called Mundane Astrology.
Mundane Astrology explores the effects of ingresses, lunations, eclipses, great conjunctions and unusual cosmic events such as comets on the collective life of the world. It uses these things as indicators of conditions affecting nations, states, or communities.
Middle East Crisis
The current crisis in the Middle East can readily be tracked using Mundane Astrology. The stresses on the charts of the major players, Bush, Blair, Saddam and others have been well documented elsewhere. The transit of Uranus (sudden catastrophes; unexpected events) to Pisces, combined with the opposition of transiting Saturn (karma; responsibility; sorrow) to Pluto (power struggles) and the movements of other planets, notably Neptune (oil; delusion; deception) in President Bush's Washington DC 7th house (open conflict and partnerships) in opposition to Jupiter (political power; expansion) have created the environment wherein war can flourish. The year 2003 also sees the biennial switch to retrograde motion of Mars (aggression; war; blind passions) in Pisces, where Mars is especially inclined to engage in high-risk activities.
The Ancient Gods
The evolution of civilisation has sought to govern and control these archetypal, destructive passions, but they are still with us, hidden just below the surface. Early civilisations personified these passions and observed that these drives from the subconscious were stimulated by the movements of the planets, the ancient Gods and Goddesses. They also
developed religions, rituals, remedies (gems; herbs etc all of which have planetary connotations) and techniques such as initiation into the mysteries to control them. In the twenty-first century, the passions and the planetary stimulants are alive and well, but the rituals and festivals, religions, initiations and mystery schools which helped us to counteract them, have fallen into stagnation
and disuse to a very great extent, at least in the "modern" community.
Here endeth the Lesson...