Is your head spinning by the amount of political turn-arounds that happened yesterday? As Jupiter moved into Cancer yesterday and Mercury went retrograde, Australia got a new Prime Minister (well, our old one was re-instated after three years), seven Labor Ministers quit their positions, the US Supreme Court overturned the Defence of Marriage Act declaring it unconstitutional thus allowing same sex married couples the same federal benefits as hetero-couples, Tasmania passed a law allowing same sex couples to adopt children, and Texas Senator Wendy Davis stood talking on the floor for 13 hours (without food, water or a toilet break as per the rules of a 'filibuster' although she wisely prepared by donning a pair of pink sneakers) to oppose a bill that would have seen the majority of the state's abortion clinics close.
We all know the Divine Feminine is awakening, but yesterday's move by expansive, good-natured, happy-outcome focused Jupiter into the very maternal, nurturing, feminine sign of Cancer cranked up the pace of things a few notches. Cancer is the Mother figure of the Zodiac. She cares about people deeply - all people. This year-long transit will help to widen the gates that so many have increasingly been trying to push open, toward greater justice, respect and equality for not only women but for any individuals and groups in society, all around the world, that are continually ignored, repressed or treated unfairly. Over the next 12 months we can expect to see a continuation of this energy influence, amplified a thousand fold from previous Jupiter in Cancer transits thanks to the new evolutionary chapter we are now in.
Many believe that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was ousted because people aren't ready for a female to run the country. This was her response to this issue: "It doesn't explain everything, it doesn't explain nothing, it explains some things. And it is for the nation to think in a sophisticated way about those shades of grey. What I am absolutely confident of is it will be easier for the next woman and the woman after that and the woman after that. And I'm proud of that."
One thing is for sure, incoming Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has to face a nation that has had enough of what he himself acknowledged as 'old politics': ""In recent years, politics has failed the Australian people. There has just been too much negativity all round. There’s been an erosion of trust. Negative personal politics has done much to bring dishonour to our parliament but done nothing to address the urgent challenges facing our country, our communities and our families. In fact it has been holding our country back.
This must stop, and with all my heart that is the purpose that I intend to pursue as Prime Minister. I want to acknowledge the achievements of my predecessor, Julia Gillard. She is a woman of extraordinary intelligence, of great strength and energy. She has achieved much under the difficult circumstances of minority government. Every effort I have in my being will be dedicated to uniting the Australian Labor Party. No retributions, no pay backs, none of that stuff. It is pointless, it is old politics."
It was particularly refreshing that PM Rudd addressed young Australians in his victory speech, although the following applies to nearly everyone: ""It is clear that many of you, in fact far too many of you, have looked at our political system and the Parliament in recent years, and not liked or respected much of what you have seen. In fact, as I rock around the place talking to my own kids, they see it as a huge national turn-off.
Well, I understand why you have switched off. It is hardly a surprise. But I want to ask you to please come back and listen afresh. It is really important that we get you engaged in any way we can. We need you, we need your energy, we need your ideas, we need your enthusiasm. And we need you to support us in the great challenges which lie ahead for the country. And with your energy, we can start cooking with gas."
Ultimately, our entire political system and those of other countries, is due for a major overhaul. Many politicians have forgotten that they were chosen to represent the people. Instead, they have chosen to place personal agendas, corporate ties and profit-making over what is good and right for the majority. The people have had enough, and this is forcing change. It can be easy to feel disillusioned that things will ever change but if the last 24 hours are anything to go by it is finally becoming easier to feel heartened that there is an unstoppable wave of change happening and an obvious awakening of consciousness occurring even in the most unlikely of places.
Speeches are easy to make, so time will tell if words are followed through with like action. There are also so many other factors and players at work when it comes to high level politics which is content for another post another time, but this much I know: the old ways and old politics will not work anymore for anyone who tries to work that way, whether in this country or any other. There is much to change and what we eventually end up with will be unrecognisable compared to what we now have and have put up with, but the transition has started. The people are reclaiming the reins.
Bring on the new!