This is the first of two postings that are excerpts from the book which I wrote during 2006/07, Understanding The Future (2008), that is concerned with one of a number of critical stages – which I call Mother-Waves, this one lasting from 2007 to 2020 – in the current Uranus-Pluto Cycle.  This Cycle begun with a Mother-Wave in the Sixties (1960-1972), a time of great change and upheaval which appropriately initiated the Cycle.  It is essentially a Cycle of awakening (Uranus) with respect to all things Plutonian, which are explained below.  These postings were prompted by the current News Of The World scandal in the UK, a classic case of Uranian truth-seekers laying bare the Plutonian sewer of nefarious goings on in corridors of power, as too are the likes of Abu Ghraib, CIA torture, etc. and probably many other, and even bigger cases, to emerge during this Mother-Wave.  In this first of the two postings we look at this passage from UTF

 1. Awakening to the Underworld

The Underworld, of which Pluto is the Lord, is anything that lies beneath the surface of life or the everyday world.  From this zone issues forth all those things that are regarded as dark and dirty, deep and intriguing, horrific and unmentionable, compelling and profound, occult and shamanic, sexy and beastly, cruel and criminal, creepy and crawly, gothic and ghastly.   But it is also the very bowels of the Earth, and the putrefying, corpse consuming, cosmic compost heap that causes Pluto, volcano-like, to grumble…

 My realm wherein all rots and dies

The beauty above ground belies.

The blooms I feed, your world to grace

But you dare not behold My face

And lose yourselves in vain pretence

But when the Great Awakener Uranus logs on to Pluto’s site we really are forced to wake up and have a good look at his ‘face’ – at what we and life are like deep down – for a veritable volcano of Underworld contents spews all over our little day-to-day world of troubles, trivia, gossip, soaps and inconsequentialities.

This phenomenon was brilliantly dramatized in that most feted of books and films, The Lord Of The Rings.  Its popularity, along with some lesser specimens of the sword and sorcery genre, is in some part down to the fact that it plays out what is going on all the time, but relatively out of sight (as is Pluto’s usual style).  And like many great works, TLOTR has a darkly prophetic quality about it, and a seam of profound and scary truth running through it.

So we have Hobbits living in the Shire – that is, little people living their little lives in relative peace in a rural idyll, complete with a good selection of creature comforts and cosy sentiments. Then from afar, something dark and threatening to that way of life looms in the form of the Dark Lord, his Dark Riders, and those hordes of malformed lowlifes, the Orcs  – all classic negative Plutonian figures.

Successfully countering all this mayhem is the Wizard Gandalf and his band of heroes comprised of individual members of the various races that exist in their world.  This all appeals to us because it has meaning.  But that meaning is not always consciously grasped because, like the Hobbits, there is an unwillingness – at least, initially – to accept that there are dark and destructive forces abroad, and in turn a reluctance to accept the call to play a part in getting to the heart of them and thereby overthrowing them.

And now, as the Uranus/Pluto Mother-Wave of 2007-2020 surges,  we must accept that there are ‘dark forces’ abroad, identify them more closely, and do what must be done to make something positive out of the situation – which means to accept and understand what  the ‘dark’ is all about.  Mainly this includes looking at our own shadow. Gandalf is the shaman, the one who knows the ways of dark forces and how to resist them, and how to turn them to his advantage. What critically equips him for this is an acute awareness of his own darkness; he was called Gandalf the Grey initially, evolving by the end to Gandalf the White. His band, that comprises representatives of all the races of Middle Earth, are of course simply that with respect to Planet Earth.  Interestingly, it has been said that TLOTR was an allegory of the rise of Hitler and Nazism and the allies resistance to, and ultimate victory over, them – something which began during the Uranus/Pluto Mother-Wave of 1928-1937 during the previous Cycle.  Tolkien himself denied this, but that does not discount the idea.  Indeed, when a writer becomes too intent on making a point through allegory, his story winds up being self-conscious and contrived, which TLOTR certainly is not.  And whatever allegory was put there unconsciously, is all the more powerful.

In any event, and again interestingly from our Planet-Wave perspective, TLOTR did not actually take off and become a worldwide success until during the next Uranus/Pluto Mother-Wave of 1960-1972, when the hippie culture made it its own.  The allegory then being one of elves and the like versus the dark, straight and oppressive state.

UPDATE: Much of the above, and the last sentence in particular, is reflected in all the uprisings against tyrannical states, especially in the Arab world, that have been occurring during this Mother-Wave 2007-2020.  In the next posting of The Hidden Exposed we will look at what this means on a more personal level, and how that in turn affects the world as a whole.