Most of the best scientists in history — Ptolemy, Galileo, Kepler, Tycho Brahe, William Harvey, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and Will Keepin (student of David Bohm, Einstein’s protege) — have been astrologers, as have great thinkers from Leonardo da Vinci to Shakespeare.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, J. P. Morgan made the public statement: “Millionaires don’t use astrologers. Billionaires do.” In the middle of the 20th Century, famed psychologist Carl Jung pioneered astrology as a personality profile, with the aim being individuation: waking up to the totality of who we really are.
In classical and contemporary astrology, the planets do not cause things to happen. There is no fate. Rather, patterns that in human nature correlate with patterns in nature, and this correlation helps us understand who we are — much as a meteorologist helps us understand the weather by watching its patterns.
As we understand who we are more clearly, we also strategize more effectively as adults in a complex society. How does this speak to us as men in a contemporary society?
Using personality-profile astrology, we find some critically important patterns emerging over the last decade. Here’s what we can help us wake up to ourselves as men:
(1) First, the shake-up-wake-up era — between 2010 and 2017 — encouraged us to drop the impossible tasks set for us: running the world, telling everyone else what to do, making sure that everything works out perfectly, and, by the way, ignoring our own personal wants and needs in favor of an endless list of duties and responsibilities.
(2) Second, the introspection year — 2018 — asked us for the highest sense of identity we could imagine. And then it challenged us to discover what we’re really passionate about. The year closed with how our struggle for a higher identity and passion impacted our relationships, especially very personal ones (even personal ones at work).
The challenge with an introspection year, though, is that our culture doesn’t encourage inner exploration. So, while 2018 had exciting potential, it also had confusion and emotional disorientation.
Even as we wondered about who we are and what we love, we were often emotionally thrown.
(3) Enter the third big theme: 2019, the year of clarity. This is the year we come out of the inner fog and discover a whole new world. The chick breaks out of the eggshell and explores the new barnyard. What does this mean for us as men?
(3a) This year, we return with new eyes to 2018’s identity theme: what’s the biggest sense of who we are? Ancient elders used to teach that we are heroes in a great drama of transformation and awakening. Can we wake up to that?
Can we allow that sometimes our roles in that drama have included being the villain? And then learning from that and waking up even more?
With all of that inner work, can we also step into our own inner authority — and not be dependent on outside authorities to let us know whether we’re okay or not? Isn’t that inner maturity one of our expectations of ourselves as men in this society?
(3b) We return with new eyes to 2018’s passion theme: what or whom are we passionate about? What makes us feel alive and vital? What makes us excited to get up in the morning? How do we nurture that this year?
On the other hand, what drains our life energy and vitality? How do we restructure our lives, so that the energy-vampires no longer take our vitality?
As the “men in charge,” we’re usually expected to give everything we have to any duty or relationship. Which duties or relationships feed us and which exhaust us? We can’t give everything if there’s nothing to give.
(4) Finally, we return with new eyes to 2018’s relationship theme: what relationships speak to our higher identity and our passion?
On one hand, we’ve had almost no training in relationship skills. How many of us had training in communication, listening, conflict resolution, romantic expression, and even skilled sexuality? Heck, we were lucky to have a biology course about the last element on that list!
On the other hand, we can learn almost anything. We’re good at acquiring skills. But relationship skills have almost never been offered to us in this society.
In traditional societies, young men (in adolescence) would be trained by the male elders in everything from work skills to erotic skills, including how to get along with women in any kind of relationship, from friend to coworker to romantic partner. But did any of us get anything like this?
So, we need to ask ourselves: what skills have we developed along the way and how we can continue to grow those — along with new ones?
Sometimes as men, we get so overwhelmed that the last thing we want to have is another job. And learning new skills can seem like another job.
But it’s not another job. It’s the oil lubricating all our relationships — which not only makes our lives easier but also more fun and exciting.
So, 2019 has huge potential for us to wake up to expanded senses of ourselves (do we feel that we have great historical presence, past lives perhaps, other-dimensional lives, mystical experiences, creative potential, etc.?).
That expanded identity then has more emotional room for passion —for other people, for places, for projects, for whatever!
And that passion gives us new and exciting relationships. With their own challenges, to be sure. But we can meet challenges. We’ve been told that we had to run the world from the time we were teenagers — without anyone offering us skills to do that, with the possible exception of professional skills — and we’ve still managed to survive.
We got here, and we’re still here.
So, 2019 can be the year to expand our mature, male strategizing for living in a complex world. We can develop more skills as we go along. We can learn from every challenge.
And we can help build a world around us that enables us to grow, learn, and have fun being ourselves on this planet.
The upshot is that by the end of 2019, we can live in a completely new world. Because we can have a completely new worldview. And I hope we’re all game for that.
Thanks for reading, and all the very best!
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