Astroweather, Aug 2013

August 23, 2013

If you’ve been paying attention to the astro-weather of the past few years, you’ve heard plenty about the Uranus/Pluto squares and how these patterns are repeating themes from the 1960’s when the current cycle began.  Aspect cycles begin when two planets come together (a conjunction) in the sky at the very same degree.   Like a New Moon, which is when the Sun and Moon conjoin, these patterns begin a new cycle.

The cycles we saw in the 1960’s included a huge shift in the how society saw its relationship and responsibilities African Americans in our civil discourse. The dark American history of enslavement resulted in a culture that put huge barriers before people of color attempting to participate in the civil life of our country.  The civil rights movements of the ’60s resulted in a series of laws that prohibited different treatment of individuals based on the color of their skin.

Also in the 1960’s we had the frightening overreach of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI; the controversially released Pentagon Papers exposing the machinations behind the Vietnam War; an increasing awareness of the gap between rich and poor Americans.  These are all themes we are seeing repeated–in the Chelsea Manning war whistleblowing, the Edgar Snowdon NSA spying papers release, the huge and growing gap between the rich and poor in this country… and in the horrifying murder and subsequent verdict in the case of Trayvon Martin, coupled with huge roll-backs in civil rights protections for voters.

This was brought home to me personally when I visited Mom this summer.  She handed me a booklet which contained the last sermon of the minister I grew up with, and the memorial service sermon after his death.  These events took place in May and July of 1968, and both speeches specifically addressed the issues of OUR times.  Referring to the racial unrest of the 1960’s, Doug Rae (1908-1968) pointed out that the cross in the church, hanging above the words “One is the Master, the Christ, and you are all brothers” was made of African Mahogony and bound with black steel.  He said “This particular symbol…..  will speak to [us] for the next fifty years of a problem… which is not going to go away.”

Today, despite (or perhaps because of) having the first African American President of the United States, a virulent racism is again erupting in the public and private arenas of this land.  Frankly, I see it as the last of the roaches coming out from behind the woodwork after the exterminator leaves, but the effect of this ugliness is just as horrible for the individuals and families affected.  And the result is that we all can see clearly that 47 years after that sermon was given, we have still not resolved the issue.

Astrology tell me that we will come closer–closer to closure, understanding, and learning how to live with all of these issues.  And astrology tells me that 2013 is one of the big turning points in these struggles for fairness and justice.

The next article will address the factors that make this year–even what’s left of it–so important to these issues.  But first, I wish to stress the underpinnings of my beliefs.

Dr. Rae was a Baptist minister in a college town in Indiana.  It was his only ministry, and it lasted exactly 33 years.  He didn’t preach dogma: he preached caring action.  I grew from every sermon he preached, but I didn’t learn much about traditional Christian faith.  When I was 16, I got up the nerve to ask him if he believed in God, and if so, what is it??  He paused a moment and replied “The closest understanding I have of God……is what Albert Schweitzer called ‘reverence for life’.”  I looked up the quote later.  It is: ”

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life.”  This seems as good a guiding principle as any, to me.(Note:  Texts of Doug Rae’s Memorial Service and last sermon are reproduced in the blog.  Go to the home page to see the blog titles.)

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