In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” There have been moments in recent years when that sentiment has been in evidence, as the Uranus-Pluto square has shaken up the established order with heartening events like the Occupy movement.
As we’ve celebrated the 50th anniversary this week of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech, however, it’s clear that we’re still traveling that long arc and have much work to do.
Our awareness of that work is signified and emphasized by today’s opposition between Mercury in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces (exact at 7:12 pm EDT) — which is occurring against the backdrop of the Virgo Sun opposing Neptune in Pisces (the art and craft needed to manifest creativity). This is an imperative being issued by the cosmos. Yes, it can be experienced more like a dance than a struggle — but that means you have to lift your gaze out of your own navel and engage with the process.
As much as we (culturally) talk about the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction and visioning processes, sometimes you simply have to roll up your sleeves and do something. As in, get your hands a little dirty or make a mess. Virgo is an earth sign, after all. And while it is noted for its neat-freak tendencies, at the end of the day Virgo is not so much about abstract thinking — that’s Gemini territory.
Virgo is about the ability to remain aligned with your personal integrity as you strive to understand life through what you do. At its best, it’s about digging in and trying out tangible solutions and experiments; with Chiron in Pisces balancing Mercury’s presence in Virgo, you have a lot more access to the imaginative side of the equation.
Chiron also indicates that if you can tune in to a vision and lean on Mercury in Virgo to plot out steps and document your progress, you can actually get somewhere real in terms of healing something.
We have some legitimate astrological resonance right now with the 1960s astrology that provided the context for Dr. King’s famous speech. The Uranus-Pluto conjunction of that era was warming up in Virgo, and that was also the last time Chiron was in Pisces. That the human rights struggles and advancements of that time were related to this astrology is well documented.
So why did all those people put on their Sunday best and brave 15-hour bus rides to that important march back then, while we send email petitions and share links and ‘likes’ on Facebook? Why can we as a culture witness 20 kids getting shot in their school and still not manage to pass gun control laws?
In his speech, Dr. King proclaimed, “We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.” But two short months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the central enforcement mechanism of the Voting Rights Act — which was passed just two years after the March on Washington.
It’s happening in a political climate in which the extreme Right is trying to pass more laws designed to keep low-income people, elderly people, people of color and young people from voting. The New York Times recently reported that, “freed of federal election supervision by the Supreme Court, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill that combines every idea for suppressing voter turnout that Republicans have advanced in other states.”
Are we really that collectively fat and happy that we can’t roll up our sleeves, get our butts on a bus and make some concrete, tangible steps toward what we know is right? If the arc of the moral universe is to bend toward justice and not break before we get there, we might want to start ‘thinking’ with our actions.