I apologize that almost a week has gone by without writing. This particular blog post needed time to bake in the oven of my consciousness, before I posted it.
One of my favorite places to go write these days is in Concord, MA. I have a fond memory last summer of revisiting the Old Manse, fantasizing about what it would have been like to sit in the dining room with Thoreau and Hawthorne discussing literature. I ended up buying a cd of the Aeolian Harp at the Manse bookshop, which is an invention by Thoreau. It is a type of harp that sits in the window and the instrument plays sheerly through the power of the wind. No human hands needed. It sounds like crystal bowls, only more beautiful to me, because you also hear the sounds of the birds, the wind, the rain and thunder, the chugging of the passing trains. What a genius alchemization of music and nature. Thoreau himself thought it to sound like the heavenly spheres. I have to agree. I found my cd earlier this week and played it all day to clear what felt like the heavy energies in the world right now.
There is much more to say of my experience last summer visiting Concord, but for now, I will say something is really drawing me here to continue to connect with the land. It occurred to me today just why that may be.
The fame about the land surrounding the Old Manse, is that it is where “the shot heard round the world” was fired against the British who had reached their extent of political and economic control in the eyes of the Americans. The Americans had had enough of the taxation and repression under British rule. The American Revolution began here in 1775.
I have been thinking a great deal about historical cycles and astrology, particularly Pluto transits. Pluto stays in one astrological sign for many years, influencing whole generations of people. Pluto rules the powers of transformation, regeneration, and power in the collective. Depending on what sign it is in, tells a lot about how that particular generation and the individual can change society, and it also tells where the pitfalls are. (More details on that in a later blog.) Pluto is in Capricorn right now, and it has not been in the sign of Capricorn, since, you guessed it: the time of the American Revolution! Pluto was in Capricorn during the years of 1762-1776. Before that it was in Capricorn in 1516-1530, a time when the Protestant Reformation began, the German Peasant Wars, and many other significant revolutions.
So here we are again. The shadow side that often comes to the surface during Pluto in Capricorn phases, is the theme of the abuse of power. As a collective we begin to notice how economic, political, ethical, or religious structures no longer serve us. And, in a very Pluonian way, many begin to feel that these structures need to die, and be reborn, completely transformed into new structures that FREE us. This is the true alchemy of Pluto in Capricorn: creating new structures that support the individual and the collective instead of dominating it. “Power to the people” is a phrase that sums up this new time in it’s highest state.
I immediately think of our political candidates. Which politcal candidate resembles a power hungry dictator? Clearly, Trump. Which candidate resembles the idea of giving power back to the people out of the economic hands of banks, special interest groups, etc? Clearly, Bernie. I am seeing both sides of Pluto in Capricorn playing out right now very clearly in the political sphere. Which side will we choose?
As I drove into Concord, the Unitarian church had a giant banner out front : “Black Lives Matter. Join the Conversation.” As I was seated at my table, I was placed next to this painting of Abraham Lincoln, and immediately began to write about freedom in the context of a fiction work I am writing. I could feel the revolution in the air. Who is not yet free in our society? What structures are still dominating people groups, whether by race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or otherwise?
We are at a VERY pivotal time in our history. If history repeats itself, this year and next will be THE time when we will begin a revolution. It will heat up and take shape in 2019-2022 if it follows the trends of previous Pluto in Capricorn generations. In previous generations, war was the popular way that revolution happened.
I left my comfortable seat next to Abraham, and took another visit to the Old Manse to walk the land. A song began to hum in my head out of nowhere. I could only recall a couple lines of it, and had to google it when I got home. The words were uncanny to me!
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Edmund Hamilton Sears
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.
O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.
For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.
Sears was a Unitarian minister who believed not only in the equality of men and women, but he also thought slavery was inherently wrong. In this song, I gathered he also believed that, peace was something we could attain with Heavenly helpers. It was no wonder I was hearing this song now, as I walked this land where the war began. The song suggests, if we listen to our angelic guidance, we can become like the song being sung to us. It suggests we can sing a song of peace too.
But, we have to be aware of this astrological cycle to understand the bigger picture here. To become free in this generation, the powers that dominate people need to be transferred back to the people. This song that popped into my head today says to me that if we become aware enough, soon enough, this CAN happen peacefully.
But HOW? Well, partly, we need to go within and grant ourselves personal freedom on every level. We need to claim our power back from influences that have taken our power away through oppressive structures. Analyze your belief systems around these structures. Analyze who is trying to take away your power. Analyze and begin to construct new, more freeing realities in and for yourself. Take your power back. See through the illusion, and know you are an infinite Divine being who is being supported by the Heavenly realms.
I truly believe peace begins within. As you take back your power, you also teach others how to take back theirs and it becomes like a ripple effect in all the consciousness that you touch. You begin to hear the truth being sung all around you: the truth that you are being unconditionally supported, even when there are folks in the world who seek to dominate and crush your spirit, and the spirits of many.
Truly ask and look at who is giving the power back to the people. Choose wisely at who you want on your side politically, ethically, morally, emotionally and otherwise. You do have a choice. You do have a say. And you do have ears that can listen and hear the Heavenly spheres. And if you don’t feel you can, go buy an Aeolian Harp cd and you will hear the messages loud and clear! haha
To be free, I feel we can have a peaceful revolution from within. It can be in harmony with nature, and with the celestial spheres all at once. But we must choose wisely. We must choose thoughtfully. We must choose to take the higher road. This is a very pivotal time in our history when anything can happen. It is indeed a time of revolution. And I think it can be a time of peaceful and beautiful revolution, like the world has never seen. Whatever your current belief system, can you allow it to fully breathe and also to be freed up? Can you give it so much space that you then have room in your heart to give others freedom as well? Can you totally and unconditionally accept who you are in each moment even if your reality isn’t mirroring that yet?
For example if you are feeling burdened financially, can you try to take your power back and realize that Source is infinite, and the supply to you is endless? Can you align with people who are living out this freedom already? Can you fight for your own freedom? If you are feeling an assault on who you are as a person, can you lean into the energy of unconditional love for yourself? Can you align with people who have given themselves this gift of love? Can you teach others how to do this, once you have mastered this? Release your inner dictator. Release your inner oppressor. Wherever they have come from. It does not matter. It’s all about aligning with the right energy to grow, and to be freed up.
Slowly, but surely, your reality will change . Or maybe rapidly. It is all a mystery. But you do have a pivotal role to play. Honor that. Listen, and follow the guidance from within. What frees you, will also free others. What frees others, will also free you. Look. Watch. Listen. Learn. Breathe.