I very much hope the Paralympics are just as vital as the Olympics. Certainly with record sales of tickets it seems that interest is high and the excitement is building. In many ways I believe the Paralympics are far more indicative of hope and determination to make good out of a bad situation and will in that respect signal a great tipping point in consciousness. May we all wake up to the false hope we are being fed and give it the elbow it deserves!!! We have the power to perform miracles. Lets do it!!!
The 'cosmic crown' of the Olympic Stadium was very symbolic and as these are events encouraging the people of the world to celebrate together, I believe it magnifies as well as magnetises in individual personal power as an energy for cooperation. Rise up, rise up!!!
We have another Uranus / Pluto square coming up on 15th September. I do therefore see this as quite a transitional period which could go either way. Mars now in Scorpio is very focused and strong. It is the energy that in the wrong hands or direction can be so frustrated and angry that it leads to crash and burn or can give the impetus for total resurgence into a more spiritual perspective and way of being. Scorpio doesn't mess about and Mars is the warrior. Mars rules Scorpio alongside Pluto the god of the underworld which, as said, will be squaring up to Uranus the planet of expect the unexpected in unexpected ways and still be surprised! We have individual freedom (a firm desire to individuate) represented by Uranus in Aries up against the determination of stagnant institutions to keep the staus quo whilst feeling their very foundations shake as represented by Pluto in Capricorn. With the Virgo Sun we have the ability to use discretion in order to improve things which can lead to total bitchy, itchy, scratchy criticism or the best opportunity for a down to earth pragmatic reevaluation leading to a renewal and revitalisation of values of true service (in the terms we understand it!) and ethics. The Scorpio Mars will be satisfied with nothing less than outright war on what lies beneath the surface. All in all quite exciting!!!
So in answer to the question "A step up for the world... or a moment of reckoning and a reality check?"
I think the answer is BOTH! - which you as an individual feel most potently in your own life will depend on which side of the fence you sit...
Make sure you are firmly ensconced on the greener grass side and don't buy into the drama of the warring factions as they grasp for every penny of profit they can squeeze out of each situation at your expense!