Mythic Prelude for July, 2009:

Present and Accountable

There are more humans awake and aware than ever before in the history of our time here on earth. -- Fire the Grid
Welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for July, 2009. With this issue, the UFC begins its 12th year since it first appeared in July 1998.
As you know, there's been so much extraordinary news lately about violent and cataclysmic events -- a possible revolution in Iran right at the 29 1/2-year Saturn return of the Islamic revolution of late 1979, and clashes in the Peruvian Amazon between capitalists and a diverse coalition of indigenous peoples (more about this next month) -- and about the passing of one of the iconic entertainers of our era, that truly amazing outcomes can go nearly unnoticed amid the multitude of stories that clamor to be seen and heard. Even momentous news from the US Congress, that the House has passed a Climate Bill that would, for the first time, require limits on pollution blamed for global warming, is not yet widely perceived in its full import as what could be the herald of an energy revolution that transforms the USA into a green economy. And so habituated have so many become by now to flat wallets, squeaky pockets and dismal financial news that a true stunner from Europe -- a car that runs on compressed air, is non-polluting and costs $15,000 -- creates hardly a ripple in the stream of our consciousness.
So this may seem, at first glance, to be hardly the moment to note that today, July 1, Llewellyn Worldwide has just published my book Dance of the Moon. Yet as we'll soon see, the book's theme of how we once lived in lunar time and will do so again, in reverence for the Moon's element of water, is as relevant to us as the perfect crystal shown here, courtesy of Dr. Masaru Emoto.
We are poised now, whether many of us realize it or not, at one of the true hinge points in our history, and one of the moments in cosmic time that invite and challenge us to join our visions, our intentions and our most generous creative impulses, and to be Present and Accountable in bringing about the world of health and abundance, peace and freedom that we all seek. We can make the transition now from being only reactive to events that we seem to have no power to influence, to tapping the collective energy of our hearts and souls, and affirming that a new planet is not just coming. We ourselves are going to bring it in. That is our role and our responsibility, as individuals who are far more powerful than we have yet realized, and as a communal force that can attempt and manifest anything.
The charge of one true believer facilitated a thousand others whose faith was not so sure. Truth touched those on the fence and there was a great awakening.
We are now a year away from the hugely transformative Crosses of 2010, whose outcome will depend in great measure on what we do now and in the months to come. And we are at the turning point of the Triple Conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune, which has ruled the last two months in predictable terms. While many optimists, including this one, have taken "positive" views of the opportunity this planet alignment offers us -- in beneficial synergies of institutional power and money (Jupiter), healing (Chiron) and spirituality (Neptune) -- it has happened thus far that the negative side of the combination has shown up instead: in fevered speculation and abuse of power (Jupiter), woundedness and victimhood (Chiron) and fraud, fantasy and delusion (Neptune). We need not recount all the examples we've seen so far in an unprecedented robbery by rather than of banks, in an astonishing circus of deception and lies in response to proposed reform of the US health care system, in politicians disgraced by news of their corrupt deeds and conflicts of interest. What we do need to consider is that before we get to the heroic new stories, we have to go through the same old sleazy ones. Why is this?
Because human beings in the collective arenas of our societies and nations behave very much the way we do as individuals, in the long arc of our actions and passions lived over a lifetime, as some astrologers tend to see us. If we perceive human beings in this way, in a continuous series of moments stretched over many years and all visible simultaneously, we may resemble the image that Kurt Vonnegut imagined, of human beings in the 4th dimension looking like caterpillars with small baby-sized segments in front, growing into big adult segments in the middle and then getting smaller again as we age toward the rear. Now imagine that what we're seeing, instead of a person's changing physical appearance, is a parade of his or her spiritual states over a lifetime. It won't surprise us, given our demanding selfishness as children, our capacity for cruelty and a tendency to be "manipulative bastards," as the hero of Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana calls us when we're kids, that most of us who are now adults, and were not born as crystal children, probably started at the blind and unawakened, grasping, wounding end of the spiritual pageant. Many human beings -- not you, of course, if you're visiting this page and reading this -- stay there.
But those who experience a spiritual awakening and the beginning of mystical consciousness, and along with it a sense of our mission to work on ourselves in a process of soul evolution, are more likely to aspire, at the very least, to a slot somewhere between the infantry band and the Grand Marshal's float at the rear, and then, when we've worked our way past such ego ambition and into an acceptance of our ordinariness, we're more likely to see that it doesn't matter where we are in the production plan, and we're happy to be among masked dancers, like the ones in a Peruvian festival, that no one can even recognize as individuals. The point by now is not our position, but whether we've become more aware and awake, more generous and loving, and tending to act in service in the spontaneous fullness that makes manifestation much easier. So . . . if we as individuals tend to evolve gradually from our least pleasant selves to our best possibilities, will it not happen that when a complex astral alignment like a three-planet conjunction comes -- especially when it links the "benefic" planets Jupiter and Chiron with "malefic" Neptune -- our societies and our planet as a whole may play the craven, clueless and vindictive end of a great opportunity before we get around to the plus side? If we miss the point, the bus and the moment as consistently as we have in the spring of 2009, will we have an opportunity to wake up, link up, and play all out the scene that is waiting for us to enter and use it? Yes. It's called Fire the Grid, the source of all the italicized lines on this page.
There are enough of us to charge every positive thought possible. Each one of these thoughts will then be inserted into the energy of the planet.
This synchronized global meditation, which will run for one hour on July 28 from 19:19 Rio de Janeiro time and is thus easily accessible to people throughout the Americas, Hawaii and west Europe and Africa, is so perfectly coordinated that its website presents the FTG plan in 14 languages (!). It's the first event of its kind that is so crucial in its import that the UFC here departs from its usual policy of highlighting only those efforts that are consciously timed to tap the energy of extraordinary planet alignments like the Harmonic Concordance of November 2003 and the Grand Quintile pentagon of October 2004. While Fire the Grid will run on some strong astral energy, as Jupiter and Chiron are in almost exact conjunction on July 28, there is no mention of this, or any other celestial dynamics, on FTG's site.
But questions about timing aside, there can be no doubt about the depth and reach of FTG's design. Their first event, on July 17, 2007, was coordinated with the Global Consciousness Project at Princeton University, which set its worldwide grid of sensors to monitor the impact on the planet's energy field of the millions of people who linked their visions in the frequencies of joy and gratitude. The result was an even more pronounced spike in the planet's collective energy field than GCP had detected at the Harmonic Concordance in 2003.
This time Fire the Grid, while still aiming at the transformative effect of the most uplifting emotional states, is more clearly oriented to commitment and action. "If the key component to the first FTG was joy and gratitude," the FTG site explains, "then the main components to attend to during the second phase are to be present and accountable for who you are and your unique role in the cosmos. Visualize peace and abundance for all. This is the time we see the world we choose to live in. See it in all its splendour; you must see even that which you could not believe to be true. Imagine in your mind a community sharing and caring for all. Imagine a world of plenty using systems that work with our earth for a sustainable coexistence with humanity. See peoples' needs and desires met in a loving, peaceful manner cooperating in all so that we all will benefit. See it!"
We have been and were intended to be lightning rods for the planet. We were the conduit between the earth and the Great Divine.
What are the qualities that make us such excellent lightning rods for the planet? One of them is that we're mostly water, so we're excellent conductors of electricity, which is by no means only physical energy, but a current of connection that we share, as in Walt Whitman's Body Electric, with all the other beings who are united with us in a holistic pattern -- and yes, a grid of moving and pulsing energy. Inevitably, at this time when so many of us envision clean and freely available water as an essential part of the peaceful, abundant planet we all intend, water is in our minds and in our faces as it has never been before. Today, as I write this in Urubamba, Peru, farmers here in the Sacred Valley are preparing to block the roads with boulders and felled trees tomorrow in a strike to protest against having to pay exorbitant fees for the water they had always had free of charge until now.
The scenario is the same familiar one that has been enacted recently in Ecuador and Bolivia and elsewhere in the Third World. Economic hit men and other relentless capitalists bribe corrupt politicians -- in South America, a more hardy and variegated life form than even Andean potatoes -- who grant licenses to control and sell water to companies who promise to help with "development," which now and then brings local people something besides the poisoning of their air and water by polluters who apparently believe that now that the water belongs to them, they are entitled to dump into it whatever they please. The battle is joined between the descendants of those who've farmed this land for millennia, and who see all the water in the earth and the sky as a single, conscious, holy being -- and those who see water as only another commodity to be exploited and sold. Fortunately for those who understand the sacredness of water, there is a growing number of consciousness-raising events like Live H2O: United by Love, broadcast from Long Beach CA on the summer solstice weekend of June 19 - 21, and culminating in a 9-minute Global Prayer uniting people throughout the world.
And, if this month's astonishing crop circles are any indication, we human beings are not the only ones who have water at the center of their focus. This 250-meter-long jellyfish appeared in Oxfordshire on June 2 as the first of a series that have formed lately, all of which combine elements of aquatic life and the Moon, as though to direct our attention to our planet's precious water, the marine life living within her, and the ruler of tides, Lady Luna.
Or consider this picture by Steve Alexander of a design that appeared on Martinsell Hill in Wiltshire on June 25. The first report about it to appear on the web called it a "centipede" that is "consuming . . . the new birth" in its claws. But what if we look at it in different terms, and we see the lines on either side of the circles not as the legs of an arthropod -- which they don't resemble at all -- but as ripples that form in the wake of something that is moving through water? What if we imagine instead that the crescent Moon is embracing and protecting the Earth? And what if we also suppose that the Moon, despite her small size and her humble position as a satellite to the Earth, is now in a role so important that the other planets are now symbolically smaller, and are following her lead? This would make perfect sense. As we saw in last month's UFC, we have now seen four consecutive months in which the Dark Moon in her hidden phase, just before she reappears as the New Moon, forms much
more powerful alignments with the other planets than anything happening at the Full Moon. If we also look ahead to the months coming this year and next, we see that there is an amazing series of 14 Dark Moons, from April 2009 through May 2010, in which the main combinations of celestial energy, the alliances, the stresses and everything else, are all coming at the Dark Moon and the New Moon.
Why is this? Why are the Sun and the other planets all aligning with the Dark Moon instead of the matchless beauty of the Full Moon? Because the Full Moon represents the moment of completion and manifestation, but . . . that is not the kind of phase we are in now, a year before the middle of 2010. We are instead in a Dark Moon phase of receptivity and psychic awareness that attracts visions and inspiration at the moment just before the new beginnings come at the New Moon. This emphasis on what our intuition can attract when the Moon is hidden, and does not reflect the Sun's rationality, is most pronounced at a total solar eclipse, which is what we will experience on July 21 - 22, a week before Fire the Grid. At this Dark Moon the Sun and Moon in the last degree of Cancer will oppose the "cohering force" of the Moon's North Node in the first degree of Aquarius, and will align with the "splitting force" of the South Node, and in 120° trine with Uranus in Pisces, with all that this combination implies: in bringing to closure that which no longer serves our purpose, and welcoming the innovations that are coming right on time.
Plato wrote that "When planets are in conjunction, all of society implodes. When planets are in opposition, all of society expands, innovates, and prospers." This applies as much to the conjunction of Moon and Sun at a Dark Moon as it does to the present conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune. Implosion, like chaos, encourages and even forces new combinations of creativity that can range from intrepid and ingenious scam artists -- like the two Japanese men who were caught trying to carry $134 billion in US bonds from Italy into Switzerland in a suitcase -- to the boldest and most imaginative efforts, like Fire the Grid, which aim at the collective stoking of the bravest intentions for our own wellbeing, and the health of our planet.
What to do before and after Fire the Grid? Go to a sacred well like this one in Cornwall at Madron -- the mirror to Matron is no fluke --and consider even Praying to Water, the title of my new article on Llewellyn Journal's web page. And consider also how our whole idea of water, the fluid medium of all possibilities, is already changing now that it's time to stop asking whether the glass is half empty or half full, and to ask instead if the water in the glass is clean, if there is more of her to be had, and what may grow from revering her.
Singing to her would not go at all amiss. She is listening intently. Keep Holding That Frequency.
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The Chiron - Neptune Conjunction of 2009 - 2012:
For Prelude (November, 2008) and Act 1 (April, 2009), see UFC Index
Act 2: Complications: The Triple Chiron-Neptune-Jupiter Conjunction of May-August, 2009
Act 3: Turning Point: The Exact Chiron-Neptune Conjunction of Feb. 16 - 17, 2010
Act 4: Crisis and Climax: The Crosses of Summer, 2010
Act 5: Denouement: The Near Chiron-Neptune Conjunction of Nov. 2 - 3, 2010
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