(The sky was all purple
There were people runnin’ everywhere)
Tryin’ to run from the destruction
And you know I didn’t even care
‘Cuz they say…
2000 zero zero party over oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999
In 1982 Prince released the song 1999 which, as you’d expect, was played continuously on December 31, 1999. Both financially shrewd and technologically prescient, the song was relevant in 1999 which is now ancient history. In case you were not alive then or were but have forgotten since 1999 is now ancient history, this was the day before the Year 2000.
Year 2000 was going to be a year of chaos and want because so many computers were programmed for 20th century dates that began with 19XX and when they needed to flip to 20XX they would implode, explode, crash, wheeze and whine taking down the global supply chain and life as we know it.
That didn’t happen.
Millennial fear in past centuries had been strictly in the realm of religion; in the 20th century, it moved to the technologists.
In 2001, the United States suffered a terrorist attack that would “change us forever.” Persecution of Muslims and their head dressings ensued and has not entirely abated. Two decades later, Americans are wearing masks. Karmic paybacks are hell.
Then in 2007-2008 we had a global financial meltdown as Pluto entered Capricorn for its almost 20-year journey of social destruction and transformation. Houses were lost in foreclosure; jobs disappeared. Economists will tell you we have been in an economic “recovery” since but Pluto in Capricorn will tell you that nothing is recovered; the social reorganization it promises occurred but not in a way that’s helpful to the masses.
And as Jupiter, Saturn and Mars joined Pluto in Capricorn in 2020, social change was forced. It came in a virus, a physical one. Pluto will continue in Capricorn until 2024. Four more years, baby, to make the changes we should have made in 2008.
The news will report that folks have developed some sort of “caution fatigue” with regard to the pandemic. Have you been alive long enough the caution fatigue may truly be fear fatigue. With the rise of visual technology, fears are brought to us daily.
It’s fascinating that about 50 years of the 20th century there was fear of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. That has mysteriously disappeared. Why?
If I were a conspiracy theorist, and I swear I’m not, I would wonder if this wasn’t some mass psychology experiment, like a Twilight Zone episode where aliens are watching and have decided that a better, more personal fear was needed to move humanity.
Like our 21st century marketing which is made more personal and direct through the collection of personal information, illness is fear made personal. Nuclear war, computer meltdown, terrorism, financial collapse, and ecological disaster are shared and sometimes abstract concerns. Not illness. And it makes sense as we humans seem to have inertia unless moved by outside force.
Cherish Your Fear
The many years of fear as a tool of control has taken its toll. There are things to fear but humanity’s fear has been distorted and is often channeled to ridiculous issues meant to divide. We need to cherish our fear as a great guide to what we need to focus upon. When our fear is misdirected, large problems go unsolved that for those that want to control us are like “saved fear” for the future.
Fear is of the body while anxiety is of the mind. When you have body fear, such as being chased by a wild animal, you act. When you have mind fear, you react. We are constantly feed fear for reaction and the benefit of those provoking it.
Saturn, which rules Capricorn, represents contraction and is associated with caution. Caution is a wise use of fear. Capricorn, however, traditionally has difficulty letting its guard down and acknowledging vulnerability.
We’re moving away from the Capricorn energy to Aquarian energy, which uses shared ideals rather than fear to motivate people. The 20th century saw Aquarian-type movements in Russia, China and Cuba. Unfortunately the Aquarian ideals quickly evolved into Capricorn control. Germany, in its own distorted way, was seeking an “ideal.” Tens of millions died under the tyrannical control under the guise of creating superior or egalitarian societies.
In fact, the deaths that occurred from 20th century atrocities of world wars, “revolutionary” movements and personal violence make the current pandemic a blip on the historical radar.
With Pluto moving into Aquarius, it’s time to cherish our fear as a guide to what is truly a problem in need of solution versus anxieties meant to control us. When folks abuse our love, we don’t like it, right? We leave them, even. Maybe we should treat others the same way when they abuse our fear.