There are several reasons why Astrology was originally demonized and that status retained.
First, Astrology challenges the authoritarian model that relies upon a SINGLE ONE right way... so that all are forced to adapt to it.
Second, Astrology presents a model of the universe that is not based upon an angry patriarchal, punishing God. And that means--it's a serious threat to the means for controlling vast populations.
Thirdly, Astrology explains (often quite accurately) the cyclic nature of things.
With that prelude--and I invite those who disdain this field to PLEASE bypass this post and allow those with open minds to potentially glean something from it--I wish to say that what Mr. Hedges portrays in this poignant article is supported (unfortunately) by the astrological influences that will come to a head in 2018.
Pluto is all about covert forms of control. As the planet tied to the sign of Scorpio, it's associated with spying, secrecy, and Deep State Powers.
Pluto requires 248 years to orbit the sun and entered the strict, authoritarian, patriarchal sign of Capricorn in 2008. It remains there until 2024.
Saturn, the "ruling planet" for Capricorn adheres to a 29 year orbit and is heading to Capricorn. It arrives there (for its first visit in 29 years) on December 20, 2017.
Saturn and Pluto will join forces in Capricorn in 2018. There is no combination more oriented towards repression than this pair meeting (to merge forces) in Capricorn.
I do believe a shift begins at the very end of 2020... and that shift will take root by 2024.
Getting there (to 2020 or perhaps, 2024) will be the hard part.
Perfect examples of the Capricorn persona include: J. Edgar Hoover, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Scott Walker, and Richard Nixon.
Can anyone imagine any of these individuals feeling comfortable hanging with Progressives smoking a joint? Or doing anything to shift the Control State and the way it privileges those at the top?
These two excerpts from the article triggered my response:
"There is no more will to reform, or to accommodate the needs and rights of the citizens by the corporate state, than there was to accommodate the needs and rights of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland. But until the last moment, this reality will be hidden behind the empty rhetoric of democracy and reform. Repressive regimes gradually institute harsher and harsher forms of control while denying their intentions. By the time a captive population grasps what is happening, it is too late."
The "living in a state of deception" is attributable to Neptune. Since the Great Ages span about 2150 years (each), the demarcation point between the ending Age of Pisces (governed by Neptune, the planet OF deception) and that of Aquarius is impossible to discern.
However, Neptune's orbit is 165 years and it only recently returned to its own sign-kingdom (2011) for its first visit (there) in that 165 year time-span. In that interim, the mass media came into existence and through it, immense traffic in lies told often, disinformation, misinformation and everything in between.
"The layers of deception are sophisticated and effective. News is state propaganda. Elaborate spectacles and forms of entertainment, all of which ignore reality or pretend the fiction of liberty and progress is real, distract the masses.
"Education is indoctrination. Ersatz intellectuals, along with technocrats and specialists, who are obedient to neoliberal and imperial state doctrine, use their academic credentials and erudition to deceive the public."
Cycles don't hold forever. The wheel of time turns... the heightened control state and pervasive deceptions fit PERFECTLY with the stories time unfolds through the planetary clockworks.
I find it useful to study the "As above, so below" relationship because it does explain why certain trends hold such intense gravity. And it also reminds that "this, too, shall pass."
Many think armed revolution is the way to make the darkness pass.
I think a massive enough shift in consciousness will effect the Transition energetically.
History is fraught with one bloodbath after another. IF that means worked, how could it be possible that so much wealth is now in so few hands; that leaders of supposedly advanced nations lie so thoroughly to their constituents; and that Big Money is used mostly to murder the planet, our collective home?
Something else is now required. And it does rest upon the awakening of the many... which IS underway.