PHASE 28 - The Waning Square
KEYNOTE: An emergent new order and its ideals and values offers a new way of living.
SCENARIO: Facing broad issues with an open, creative mind may precipitate a crisis of meaning in this decisive phase. The cycle which in its waxing hemicycle nourished and brought into fruition a new Quality of being and its faculties, and which witnessed a new vision and its ideals around the waning trine, now calls for the development of a social order founded upon rising qualities, principles, and values. The phase carries the symbol of a exemplary individual utterly dedicated to transforming his or her society — be it a group of peers, a family, a town, a profession, a nation, or humanity as a whole. Here everything connected with the planetary pair is questioned and re-examined in light of a new worldview or ideology, and whatever is shown to be outmoded and inadequate is uprooted and disposed . . . sometimes ruthlessly.
As the cyclic process wanes, organic decline becomes increasing evident in the activities and functions symbolized by the planetary pair. If the cycle has not been allowed to unfold and actualize adequately, alienation and manipulation may surface as controlling forces. If the direction of the process was mostly pastward during the waxing hemicycle, but was successfully turned-around during the waning trine, a growing sense of individuality may precipitate a crisis of reorientation similar to that seen in the waxing square. In such instances, one may experience crises and opportunities allowing one to redeem past shortcomings through the acceptance of a new direction and outlook — opening the way for actualization in the succeeding cycle.
Even if the process has unfolded in a mostly successful and evolutionary manner, intellectual honesty may be compromised for the sake of expediency. Here, perhaps more than in any other phase, any individual flaw or shortcoming, any opaque element of the personality, casts far-reaching shadows as the individual attempts to impress her subjective values and reality upon the outer world. Indeed, the exemplar of a new way, or the father of a new society, symbolized by this phase could be a Gandhi or a Lincoln, or a Lenin or a Mussolini. Either way, they forced a society to embody their values and vision.
DYNAMIC: In this crucial phase, the principles of integration and multiplicity are for a moment equally matched, with the movement toward unity and integration in ascendancy. Now action must be given meaning. Current activity, and the entire network of experience comprising the cycle, needs to be seen from the broadest perspective possible. The crises and comforts, confrontations and pleasures, experienced earlier in areas symbolized by the planetary pair should not be seen as isolated, unrelated fragments, but as congruent phases of a whole cycle of experience. But there is also a degree of cultural or intellectual ruthlessness connected with this phase: the weeding-out of unnecessary elements, a drive to succeed at any cost, and the possibility of social and ideological intolerance. In a higher sense, in this phase the evolutionary hemicycle of the cyclic process culminates, beginning a closing arc of consolidation as its Quality of being is realized as a vital, creative force in the world.
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