When certain planetary alignments occur, on Earth there is a corresponding large-scale shift in human consciousness and collective behavior, expressed in the language of universal archetypes. These archetypes are associated with the planets by empirical astrological tradition and they appear as universal myths and symbols across all cultures, as well as in depth psychology. These “world transits” show a characteristic zeitgeist that progresses in historical cycles, each building on the arc of previous ones. During these cycles, distinct clusters of archetypally coherent events occur, along with people, leaders and cultural trends strongly displaying those qualities.
From 2007 through 2020, a world transit by the planets Uranus and Pluto affecting all people on Earth corresponds with precise historical cycles of revolutionary transformation, radically changing paradigms, breakdown and breakthrough. The last time this world transit occurred was 1960-1972. It has become common currency that the unfinished business of the ‘60s is making a reprise today.
The current cycle builds on previous cycles, expressed along recurring themes:
- Our understanding of our relationship to nature and the cosmos
- Scientific and technological breakthroughs
- Radical social thought and political revolutions
- Our relationship to race and the “other”
- Women’s rights and feminism
- Youth movements
- Erotic liberation
- Extreme violence
- Seismic demographic shifts
- The rise and fall of dynasties, nations and civilizations.
If planetary pictures coincide with archetypal shifts in human affairs, it suggests that the cosmos is saturated not just with intelligence, but also with consciousness. That consciousness speaks in an archetypal language intelligible to people.
One thing is absolutely essential to the notion of archetypes: their emotional possessive effect, their bedazzlement of consciousness. An archetype is best comparable with a god.
The earliest archetypal perspective was the primordial experience of the great gods and goddesses of ancient mythic imagination, including those associated with the known planets (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn).
Plato subsequently conceived of archetypes as Ideas or Forms that are absolute essences – timeless universals that serve as the fundamental reality informing every concrete particular, both human and cosmic.
Carl Jung further defined archetypes as the fundamental governing principles of the human psyche held universally in the “collective unconscious.” They are “self-portraits” of the instincts and render human experience meaningful according to certain timeless universal patterns or forms.
Jung and Joseph Campbell ultimately concluded that archetypes supersede a solely human “collective unconscious.” They appear to be embedded in a collective unconscious inherent in the cosmos itself.
This archetypal consciousness appears to be highly participatory by nature, a co-creative dance. The more we can be aware of these archetypal and unconscious forces, the less we become the object of them, and the more we can work with them. Our lives are not fate, but choice.
Could today’s civilizational crisis be a hero’s journey – an initiatory crisis for humanity?
As we face our mortality on a collective scale, will we be reborn anew?
Is a change in our worldview the necessary condition for this transformation?
These are just some of the questions we will explore in the film.