_It's the eve of the Uranus - Pluto square. It's a long era (to 2015) that picks up where the mid- sixties Pluto-Uranus in Virgo 'back-to-the-land' and what's wholesome revolution left off.
Since Uranus is in the sign of the warrior Aries, you can say there's a war on -- both in overt and subtle ways -- playing out for the future. There have already been casualties in this battle.
This article from Waking Times caught my eye -- Opting Out and Paying the Price of Being Awake.
Alex Pietrowski writes, "At the very core of a revolution lies the radical transformation of the individual, which is ear-marked by the dissolution of fear of the consequences for speaking and acting in accordance with good conscience."
"More people are starting to awaken to the realities of our world – the good: human energies, medicinal properties of plants, the power of meditation, universal consciousness – the bad: the assault on natural health, genetically-modified foods, chemtrails, electromagnetic pollution – and the ugly: toxic disasters, deforestation, corruption, greed, endless war, cancer."
Uranus Aries is very much the individual spark that spreads like wildfire. The wild card, the genius, the innovator, the firebrand.
What happens when we awaken? Do we step up and face this greater drama of our times -- with the courage of our convictions? A point of the article is that the awakening person often meets the dark resistance of established power -- the plutocracy -- that is also fighting for its existence.
When I was studying at the University of Bonn, Germany, I read about the White Rose Society. These were students who put their lives on the line to inform other studies about the rise of fascism. And they paid with their lives.
They distributed six pamphlets. From the second pamphlet: "Now the end is at hand. Now it is our task to find one another again, to spread information from person to person, to keep a steady purpose, and to allow ourselves no rest until the last man in persuaded of the urgent need of his struggle against this system. When thus a wave of unrest goes through the land, when "it is in the air", when many join the cause, then in a great final effort this system can be shaken off. After all, and end in terror is preferable to terror without end."
I've often wondered since then, and especially seeing what's happening in America, what I should do? I see individuals, families, farmers and even children targeted, and mysterious, tragic things happening to whistleblowers -- it is very disturbing.
After much soul searching, I realized recently my gifts are best shared in other ways, not direct activism. One way is through sharing information, and seeking to keep readers spirits up. Another is through story, which I aspire to, and have had moments of seeing my work realized here locally on stage (twice).
All my life, I've admired those who took courageous risks in times of tyranny. There's a thread of sorrow running through our history of those we've lost, who stuck their necks out. They dared and because of that shine through time. But as this article points out, there are many unsung heroes, too.
I saw a movie with the mesmerizing (Scorpio) Danish star Mads Mikkelsen called A Royal Affair. This is one of the best period movies I've ever seen.
Mikkelsen plays Dr. Struensee, the personal physician to King Christian, who is crazy and venal. The real noble one is the Doctor, who manages to bring out even the King's (hidden) goodness.
But, he meets a tragic end, because of his radical (for the 18th century) ideas. He is a real historical figure, who dared in a time when it was dangerous to talk openly about everyone having inherent natural rights. It was called the Age of Enlightenment.
_My own distant ancestor Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence was a prominent citizen in Sunbury near Midway, which became during the Revolution, a "hotbed of radical sentiment in a predominantly loyalist colony."
On his insistence, a delegate was sent from Georgia to the First Continental Congress. Sunbury was burned to the ground, and he had to flee to the North, but later returned to Coastal GA. Sometimes in these days of what David Icke calls the totalitarian tiptoe, I wonder... "What would (Uncle) Lyman do?"
For now, it's living with integrity as best I can, and experimenting with speaking without fear. It does sharpen the moment, and bring aliveness back.
Here's something fun, the audio clip of Frodo and Gandalf, which could be said of our time.
And the original text from Lord of the Rings.
_I spotted this comment under the article and wanted to share it:
Patrick Willis says: "Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true."