Lay of the Land is the title of a session being presented in October at UCLA’s Women in Leadership Conference. The news doesn’t appear good. Women aren’t moving into senior executive positions at commensurate rates. Unconscious bias operating in both men and women causes them both to downgrade women’s performance. A resume with a male rather than female name on it is more valued whether a man or woman evaluates it. When gender blind auditions were initiated for symphony orchestras, the hiring of women increased five-fold.
But here’s the holistic Cosmic perspective. (abbreviated version)
The fixed star Regulus’s movement through the sky has a strong effect on the earth. Its movement through the signs tends to broadly define stages in the world’s evolution. Regulus progresses slowly. Each defined stage lasts approximately 2000-2500 years.
Cancer is a feminine water sign emphasizing nurturance and healing. As Regulus moved through the constellation of Cancer, beginning 2380 BC, archeological evidence suggested a feminine world defined by worship of the Ancient Great Mother. There was little evidence of human sacrifice or war. The world seemed to be under a matriarchal influence.
At the beginning of the first century AD, Regulus left Cancer and progressed into the fixed masculine fire sign of Leo. Warriors from the north invaded and, for a long time, Rome ruled the world. Social status became important and the powerful emperors were all men. Women were enslaved and king-making ruled the day. Science and powerful creative drive defined the age as one of great discovery.
Now, after 2160 years of Leo influence, Regulus progresses into the feminine earth sign of Virgo. By most calculations, that progression will officially occur this year. The Mayans designated a December 21, 2012 date. Here’s what’s happening.
Virgo’s influence is feminine, humble, earthy, and adaptable. It’s sign is characterized by simple beauty. Women are beginning to sense they’re on more familiar ground. Author Hannah Rosin writes the following:
“Women are like immigrants who have moved to a new country. They see a new social context, and they flexibly adapt to new circumstances. Men are like immigrants who have physically moved to a new country but who have kept their minds in the old one. They speak the old language. They follow the old mores. Men are more likely to be rigid; women are more fluid.”
Women seem to be experiencing a burst of energy. David Brooks notes “ When there’s big social change, the people who were on the top of the old order are bound to cling to the old ways. The people who were on the bottom are bound to experience a burst of energy. They’re going to explore their new surroundings more enthusiastically.”
Women are flooding into new jobs, going back to school, pursuing new careers, and reinventing the workplace as they start their own businesses. If they haven’t made a move they’re contemplating it. That’s what I’m observing.
Breaking through glass ceilings seems beside the point. Women have already left the building and are moving into much bigger worlds that seem cosmically designed for them.
If you’d like a little more detail read the Virgo New Moon feature article.