I’m reading an ebook about predictions for the coming year—the vernal year, that is. It covers the time-frame between the 2017 and 2018 spring equinoxes. The book is the latest by John Hogue and is called, Worldwide Astrological Predictions for the Real New Year: Spring 2017 to Spring 2018. I’ll post a review when I finish it, but the gist of it is that we (i.e., the world) are on the cusp of monumental times for humanity. The most monumental in two hundred years, or maybe in ten thousand years, or maybe ever.
Mr. Hogue’s fortes are astrology and prophecy, so his writings come from those perspectives. He is also a keen observer of current events, however, which is why I follow him. Astrologically and prophetically, he says this is a significant time. Much is coming together that will change the course of human history. In that coming together will be much suffering but with the potential for the rebirth of humanity into better times (”the Age of Aquarius”). I get the same feeling just from following the news (via the alternate sources—Common Dreams, Global Research, Russia Today, Truth Out, etc).
Another outstanding voice in the reality of our world situation is Richard Heinberg (a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and the author of twelve books, including the seminal, The Party's Over). Mr. Heinberg recently published an article on Common Dreams where the discussed the current controversy between scientists arguing that it is possible for civilization to be maintained at current levels by switching all energy resources from fossil fuels to renewables, and those that disagree. Mr. Heinberg’s opinion is with the latter and in say so in an essay, he prompted some strong response. What he said was a simple statement of fact that I believe is amply supported with just a little open-minded research:
…there is probably no technically and financially feasible energy pathway to enable those of us in highly industrialized countries to maintain current levels of energy usage very far into the future.
The obvious consequence is that surviving humanity of this time (if there are any) will live with a much lower level of energy consumption. The “Power Down” scenario is where people deliberately reduce their energy use as they transition fossil fuels to renewables and take on modes of living that are much more localized. Economic and cultural “globalization” would not survive this process. That is likely a good thing.
Globalization fueled by patriarchal capitalism is extremely destructive, and whether life on Earth survives it will be a near thing. In his Common Dreams article, Mr. Heinberg mentions a number of converging crises that could do us in. Those crises also come out in Mr. Hogue’s work. But facing such dark facts is a difficult thing and very few people do it. As Mr. Heinberg says:
Most people are not party to the conversation, not aware that it is happening, and unaware even that such a conversation is warranted.
Mr. Heinberg’s article contains a bunch of hyperlinks for those who are strong-of-heart and want to pursue the topic. What I’ll pursue is my novel set in the post-apocalypse, where I try to tell a fantasy story set in a time that is the aftermath of this one. I hope it can be enlightening as well as entertaining.