STRANGERS IN OUR OWN LAND
On the 19th of January the sun entered the sign of Aquarius.
On the 20th of January the United States passed the wand from a leadership of Hope to a leadership of Doom. People are radically divided into two opposing camps. The nation stands on the threshold of despair.
On the 21st of January over two and a half million women, men and children from all walks of life, and of all hues, nationalities and beliefs, gathered to march the streets of cities throughout the land in peaceful protest and solidarity against an administration that threatens our freedoms at all levels of our lives. They marched with banners of hope and good humor.
Aquarius is the sign of the New Age. It has been foretold as a time of profound cataclysmic change for all the world as we transcend from an age of Piscean depths toward unknown Aquarian heights. We have arrived at the precipice of that long foretold Apocalypse. And we stand desperately divided.
Pisces rules the deep waters of soulful dreams, where we searched the mysteries of spirit to discover our never-ending connection to God and the Universe. In as far as we have created bonds of love and acceptance, hope and forgiveness, peace and humility… there we have built strength to carry the burdens of this tumultuous transformation to its most positive conclusion. But where we carry the weight of hate, ignorance, divisiveness and hubris… therein lies our most foreboding passage.
I have studied astrology and used its profound symbolism in counseling others and in my own life, yet it gives me little understanding of the state of our world now. While Aquarius rules the airy heights of Mind and Pisces rules the impassioned depths of Soul, neither guards the gates of Reason nor inflames the fires of Passion…
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water… Reason, Thought, Passion, and Belief…
These must work in harmony with each other to balance the forces of Life and transcend the evils of Human Nature. It is the ultimate challenge for each of us… and no one achieves it with perfection. How do we even begin to separate these energies from one another? They are inextricably interlinked, so tangled together in the web-weave of Life on Earth that despoiling any one contaminates all of them.
So, we escape into a mindless boredom where we can avoid seeing the very dangerous and difficult challenges before us. We go about in self-contained cocoons of grumbling resentment and paranoid suspicions of any who seems “other” …anything unlike ourselves and our familiar world. We cling to wrong-headed ideas and bad habits to avoid the discomfort of Change.
We forgive the unforgivable and try to go on as if nothing has changed. We resist the changes by protesting and building walls of resentment rather than reaching toward new understandings. We try to divide the indivisible and close our ears and minds to new possibilities. We deny that sometimes what seems like defeat can turn into a whole new kind of victory. We won’t look at what we assume we won’t like, but reach into the past to try to revive old habits, beliefs and patterns. We fear Change. But Change happens without our even realizing it.
We wake to find ourselves strangers in our own land.