Seasonal Salon

How the Deep Sky Influences Women’s Organizations: From An Astrological Viewpoint

Years ago, Judy Remington authored a book called The Need to Thrive: Women’s Organizations in the Twin Cities, that examined various groups from 1965-1990. It did a great job looking at the organizational structures, issues around power and victimization, solidarity and diversity. It was a solid examination of feminism as it related to the workplace and our interactions. It made an impact on me as a business administrator and Priestess.

What groups in the study all had in common were that their Organization 1.) was created and controlled by women; 2.) offered goods or services intended primarily or solely for women; 3.) incorporated some degree of desire change for personal, social or political status of women as its goal; 4.) considered itself separate from mainstream; and 5.) was feminist.

Most of the organizations Remington studied are no longer in existence or have changed so radically we would not recognize them. Their struggle to survive and thrive financially and ideologically was lost. Conflicts of interest, time, resources and commitment challenged most organizers. This failure to thrive didn’t just happen in the Twin Cities. It happened to small and medium-sized organizations everywhere in almost every field of endeavor.

If you read that book today and others like it, you might come away with more questions than answers about how women work together in groups. Certainly, the leaders of any woman’s organization or non-profit, for that matter, explore this kind of research in hopes of finding a new vision or at best, a new understanding of who we are and what we really want. Obviously, we learned that the differences between us increase depending upon race, age, class and education. My own experiences with women’s organizations have taught me that there are many regional differences that additionally influence access and participation.

A lot of us seem to have on-going discussions to find the solution to keeping women’s organizations alive. For those in any sort of a leadership role, it is a major challenge. What worked even 10 years ago, no longer is of interest to even the most loyal of our members. We are aging, we are busy and tired, and find that we want to spend our all of our natural and personal resources differently than when we were younger.

Good business management indicates that you bring solutions to the discussion table, and not keep rehashing the problems. New visions require a different sort of a lens to see through. I would like to offer at least another option here for further discussion toward finding that solution.

My interest in Feminist Astrology led me to examine the outer planets which are known to influence the generation born during their transit. The cycles range differently than we are used to using as a model for generational research. And results here in this article are brief and only meant to be a summary to spark further thought.

The best way for an organization to use this information would be to look at their own group demographics and get a clearer picture of the astral influences. A more comprehensive and intense study might incorporate personal charting for the leaders of the organization to help determine their values and perceptions, and then secondly, one to do a random sampling of the community they serve.

Because they travel slowly around the Sun, their influence on us is at a longer vibrational energy, thus effecting a whole generation as they combine with one of the zodiac signs. The breakouts below cite the conditions each planet presents to us globally. Each organization must do the thinking and draw conclusions based upon their missions.

Uranus transmits sudden inspiration and insights, and is open for all that is new, unknown and unusual.

Neptune opens doors to mystical experiences, yet often bringing illusions and false appearances.

Pluto describes how we deal with power, our capacity for radical change and rebirth, and how we meet the magickal and demonic.

In any women’s organization, we will have active women ranging in ages from under 80 to 20. A good business plan will look ahead to the recruitment of younger participants for growth, and so would factor in those under 20.

The eras or over-lapping cycles we consider in 2007 are:

  1. 1914-1943 (93-64 age group)
  2. 1939-1957 (68-50)
  3. 1955-1972 (52-35)
  4. 1970-1984 (37-23)
  5. 1984-2000 forward (younger than 23)

From 1914-1943, Uranus went into Aries, Taurus and Gemini for the war years. Neptune in Virgo and Libra put spirituality into more of a daily routine, going to church was a social and political outing with a hierarchy among the parish members. Pluto in Cancer and Leo threatened global security starting in Europe and with the stock market crash, and people eventually formed new social consciousness. This generation went to college, joined sororities, social clubs, found new music, and went to work in factories, all wanting to belong to a group where they found acceptance.

Then, from 1939-1957, The biggest global change felt in this generation was Pluto in Leo developing a world power and a generation interested in leadership. Many of the our leaders come from this age group.

From 1956-1972, the cycles of Uranus in Leo created a people wanting freedom of individual expression and new creative arts. Neptune in Scorpio signaled a surge of spiritual values and regeneration. Pluto in Virgo inspired people to make changes in how we view our health, and developed theories and links between our body, soul and spirits. It was the era of Rock and Roll, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Viet Nam.

Then from 1970-1984, Uranus went into Scorpio highly charging our emotions and causing an atmosphere of secrets. Neptune was in Sagittarius inspiring us to develop spiritually that incorporates all races and beliefs into our vision. There was a big push of the middle class toward getting more education. Pluto was in Libra bringing a desire for peace, balance, justice, fairness in all relationships.

In 1984-1996, Uranus starts in Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn and so they seek and will teach new visions for humanity in religion, ethics and philosophy. Neptune is in Capricorn and this generation possesses the wisdom to incorporate old and new spiritual values to form a new foundation for the future. Pluto in Scorpio creates a basic desire for this generation to initiate changes in restoring or saving world resources. They see eventual global destruction in their media and in their dreams.

From 1996-2000, Uranus and Neptune have moved into Aquarius. Humanity may learn to live as a collective. This generation is capable of brilliant scientific discoveries and will have original and inventive insights. Pluto is in Sagittarius and applies to the need for this generation to transform mainstream religious views to incorporate all religions and philosophies.

The questions one can ask of Astrology for information about the generations might include:

  1. Do the various generations see their life purpose clearly?
  2. How does the global environment influence their ability to change and adapt?
  3. What do they value spiritually and how would they express this?
  4. At what level are individuals of each generation willing and able to interact with the mission of the organization?
  5. What would the organization do to attract and keep membership?
  6. How would global situations, politics or natural disasters halt each generation?
  7. And finally, how could the organization best support each generation’s needs to heal and become pro-active?

Category: Spring Equinox 2007