Hi y'all. I was in a dark place the other day. So I got to organizing and pulled boxes out that held my Mom's astrological library. My son came home and I suggested we both go through them and he can see what strikes his fancy. My son has a fascination with religions and psychology but not astrology. However, my mother was interested in all three. Anyhow, he chose some books, I reorganized them and pulled some to read for myself. There was one book that was inscribed by the author to her - a first edition called Evolutionary Astrology by Raymond Merriman copyrighted back in the 1970s. (Mr. Merriman has since specialized in financial/stock market astrological analysis and made quite a name for himself). Anyway, the introduction of this book made me think of all of you. He dedicated the book to the Essenes (who are thought to author The Dead Sea Scrolls) but not for that reason.
As this is out of print, I am going to share what he wrote and you will probably feel as I do, a deep sense of alignment/attunement:
"Long ago, in an area extending from the Dead Sea southward through the Nile River Valley in Egypt, a community of individuals once gathered. They were highly skilled and talented individuals as far as the affairs of the world were concerned. But one day, each made a commitment - a commitment that not only affected the rest of their lives, but as well the lives of many people for centuries to come. Each of the members of this community decided to give up their skills and talents for their own ends along, and to come together with a unified purpose in a band which has come to be known as the Essenes."
"The time began around 500 B.C. The planet Earth was entering into a critical cycle. The Age of Aries was drawing to a close and the Age of Pisces was fast approaching. A change--nay, a great change--could be felt in the air. People were confused and frightened, for things which they could not understand were happening so fast. All the prophecies of old seemed to be manifesting at once, with one exception: the birth of a great savior."
' "Where is our Savior?" was the cry heard across the lands.'
"Then, one by one, the saviors began arriving: Bodhidharma in the Far East, Siddartha Guatama (The Buddha) and Mahavira in India, Lao Tzu and Confucious in China, Zoroaster in the Middle East.
But the Essenes were looking for another yet, one who would appear according to the prophecies of the Old Testament, and according to the prophecies of the their own wise men known as the Magi."
"They knew the time was upon them to prepare for the advent of this new age, for the presence of a Great One. They knew a new age of devotion, self-sacrifice and love for all people was necessary for the Earth's evolution--in fact, it was necessary in order for this planet to remain in balance with the Universe itself."
"So they made a commitment. They would band together and be the examples of the new age. They would give up their selfish pursuits and begin using their skills and talents for the good of the community which they would form. The would become Love & Devotion in action And they promised to devote their lives to successfully usher in the new age and a new savior for Humankind.
"For centuries their community prospered and grew. It grew in the bond of the commitment, in the faith of a promise, they made and kept to one another. And then one day the prophecies of the Magi came to be. The bright star, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the sign of the Fish, hovered above in the evening skies. A sign , an omen, long awaited" for signaled not only the end of waiting and preparation, but the beginning of a great task which now lay before them. The Essenes were to be the teachers of Jesus of Nazareth. An age hand come to an end, and a new age had finally arrived."
"... And within one century after the birth of Jesus, their purpose at this point completed, the Essenes vanished from the face of the Earth... The Essenes made a promise. A promise to commit themselves as workers for a Universe of Love, Peace & Harmony. They promised to work against all the forces of negativity by concentrating their efforts totally towards the creative, positive forces within he Universe and this promise was made for eternity."
I just think this is a timely story right before Christmas... but the author continues in his Preface to discuss an evolving Earth and the evolving souls who manifest in it. As one "earns the right to reincarnate at a given specific moment in which the quality of the Universe is in harmony with the prior actions of that Soul...."
And he goes on to talk about Universal Laws -- those of attraction and retribution (Karma) and the perils of limiting ourselves with separation and alienation.
So this is where I felt the thrum...
"What if a number of souls became out of balance to an extreme? What if a group of souls occupying the planet at once continued in a direction away from balance? ... And what do we see happening? We see atrocities all about us. We see innocent citizens slaughtered in senseless wars. We see young people in the universities murdered for expressing outwardly their beliefs and ideologies. We see dishonesty and corruption in our governments. It cruses our very Spirit to see Man fighting against Man, exploiting one another, taking advantage of each other."
"Many of you reading this book see these things happening ... We are a people with a hope, a dream, an ideal. Many of us are seekers, seeking some peace, some love... We are discovering that we are not alone, that there are others like us--compatriots of the Universe-- who are on the same journey. We are beginning to discover that we can make things happen.... life is not meaningless.. purposeless... we are not helpless... there is a reason we are born now, into this time of great change and flux. It is the dawning of a new age. Changes are rapidly taking place. The consciousness of the people upon this Earth is beginning to transform. It is no coincidence that you are here now It was no coincidence that you were here 2000 years ago. You made a commitment for eternity and your time has come again."
Okay I know this is kind of heavy... lots of woo (at least that was what Mom would say, she was very scientific with her psychology/astrology) but seriously, I thank Mr. Merriman for writing this and getting it published back in 1977. I'm glad he was a friend to my mother and I happily anticipate reading this book and getting through what I would call the "astrologese" that my Mom always fell into (I would say "ok Mom, translate the astrologese please") and gain greater understanding. He most certainly elucidated my feelings about this group and the diverse individuals I have made connections with all over the country.. even the world. I thank you. Jeanne for making this place and for everyone here so much for being my community, willing partners to focus and invite the light and love and balance back into the universe because although I know we focus on the US a lot, what we are going through is also reflected in Europe, the Middle East, Great Britain etc. We are not in a vacuum. Anyway, I love you all.
And we all love you!
Great symbolic resonance here including some of my most deeply held symbols and imagery that were given to me during deep meditative trance states learning medical and walking chi gong with an Italian dr.chi gong and acupuncture teacher who taught all over the world at major institutions but *just happened" to come to Oregon to teach a handful of people selected as students of an ancient form. Fascinating connections here for me that I can't descibe.
I used to read about the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls on National Geographic decades and decades and decades ago and was immensely drawn to them, still am to this day.
Fascinating TV special on PBS Nova recently Do you know that something like 90% of the found scrolls/mostly remnants were purchased, and even illegally in some some cases, by the billionaire owner of Hobby Lobby. Highly conservative Christian.(the Green family patriarch) Problem is fakeries abound and really, reslly good fakes.
Blew my mind and makes my gut clench to think about how he has gained control of them now and what is the overriding intent? They created a Museum of the Bible for one thing but there is far more involved.
Wow Rowsella, thank you for taking the time to transcribe all of that. And I don't mind the woo. That's just a word we use to describe those aspects of the universe that our science is not evolved enough to integrate yet. Really, life would be BORING if existence only entailed those physical laws that can be proved with our current paradigm of the scientific method. We need people like Merriman to remind us just how magical life really is.
It is no coincidence that you are here now It was no coincidence that you were here 2000 years ago. You made a commitment for eternity and your time has come again.
I'll admit, my eyes watered a bit when I read these sentences. I've only woken up in the past few months to the possibility that all of the challenges in my life have been to a purpose I consciously chose, so anything that confirms that intuition of mine is a huge gift. Thank you!
When I was fumbling through my dark night of the soul in the early days of 2017, I read an essay on a different psychic's website about how, right now, souls from all over the universe are clamoring to be born on Earth at this juncture in time. The psychic explained how Earth is currently playing host to a quantum leap in spiritual evolution for its inhabitants, and many people alive today are part of an elite group of individuals who have earned the right to aid in this collective transition. Well, reading all of that did not prevent me from going off the rails when I nearly tried to take my life one month later. But the universe intervened and blocked me from carrying out my suicidal intentions, and perhaps that was because I made a promise to work for the universal creative unfolding taking place on this planet...
That was very interesting. I am familiar with Mr. Merriman's financial postings.
This information about the Essenes was particularly interesting to me because I have read Dolores Cannon's book about Jesus and the Essenes. Her books are based on her past life regressions and this was a really fascinating book on the subject of how they participated in Jesus' education.
But you @bluebelle for obvious reasons 😂 besides another one whose gone through fire and suffering and the clarion calls coming out now.
The depths of suffering, the dark nights of the soul, the descent into almost madness
@coyote . Many here have walked through that fire as you have. I always knew my role and my secrets but others have deeper routes without the guides and guardians along the way.
All you say, believe and know in your soul is true and very real
I admit, I had not heard of the Essenes until opening this book. I had heard about The Dead Sea Scrolls but in - "I saw a title a book" kind of manner. I often have a really hard time reading through channeled text stuff like those from Matthew etc. --something in my head just tells me to stop so it is hard to focus on it as a result, I just felt it was not important for me to read or spirit would guide me to it.
I am going to check your links. Really there is more to wonder about than we ever can know!
In the 2000s I became very restless in my life. Some ideas took root and feelings of being caught in a machine or set of rituals that was no longer serving me but also was not serving all the other parties involved--it was just serving an institution/feeding the factory. I felt perhaps I could bring some hope, some love, some positivity--humanity into what felt like a doomed cycle repeating over and over and make room for some moments, some meaning, calm and recentering, and acknowledgement of our place there, and where we were in a large schema. At the time I was working on an acute oncology floor. 9/11 was still fresh. I was on the Democratic Underground boards then and there was this psychic collective that surfaced on the astrology board there who had positive predictions irt Obama. Something happened and they stopped posting there, I don't remember what it was. Anyhow, I always feel like some of the people are here from that group and I am glad for it and it comforts me.
After my father died, I could no longer work in nursing because emotionally, I was drained. I had to stop for a couple of years to grieve and rebuild. I decided to go back to nursing when the thought of it didn't make me ill. During this time I took a Reiki course (just a first level). I painted. I sewed. I met a wonderful woman who had healing gifts and was very much in tune with her guides and she became my best friend. She is gone now too from breast cancer. Despite all the great advice from her guides and me, she still was pretty stubborn. People with gifts are just as human and prone to mistakes like everyone else and sometimes it really does not matter what the facts are, you have to make allowances for a person's belief system and consider that they have to be met and respected where they are even if you know where that will lead them.
This time of the Aquarian Age, (some say it happened in 2012 but I think it has not really started yet) we are all part of preparing the way for it. So I am finally getting the whole point of the Trump and his band of meaney men...and his despotic friends and minions. We are becoming a post-Savior world. We already have everything we need within ourselves. All the power posturing on the Hill is really kind of like these people want to captivate us, want to distract us into believing they have the answers and the wisdom and most of all that we need them. We don't. They are swiftly turning into an anachronism, they are symbols of fear (most decidedly Trump is).
Rowsella, Thank for starting this forum topic. Um. Wow.
Everything you've posted here resonates with me. My "thrum" is physical in that I start having chills and that's what happened when I started reading these posts. At my age, I actually remember the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and read a lot about them in the decade or so after they were recovered. However, I had forgotten about the Essenes until this post. (And, to be honest, I'm horrified that the Hobby Lobby people own many of these scrolls.)
Christianity has played a large role in my life and I think it is the best way to live in harmony and peace with others, putting love above all other virtues and strengths. Even now, even as I experience expanded consciousness beyond my Christian upbringing, I wake in the night silently singing the doxology: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost." This has been going on for several weeks now, night after night. It's a comfort to me during these stressful and depressing days and weeks. I need to know that we have a purpose living in this lifetime during this frightening turn towards darkness.
I never heard of Ray Merriman (ahem, thank you Michele) and his astrological financial writing. Will be reading more about him and the Essenes.
Back to Christianity, I lived for a while in a suburb of Atlanta where I was the only Democrat I knew amidst the religious political cult known as the Evangelical South. Frankly, I could not accept the perverted Christianity of the Evangelicals and at the same time, felt in my deepest soul that I needed to speak out about the liberal Jesus who cared for the poor and down trodden. (This made for much awkwardness.) In my mind, the Jesus of the New Testament had nothing to do with the prosperity doctrine of the Southern megachurches or the political beliefs of the hard right wingers. My personal challenge was to love and care for those with whom I did not agree. However, I digress.
Rowsella, you have opened my mind about the Essenes and echoed how I feel about the members of our group here. We are here for a reason. We have discovered each other for a reason. We will work together to bring love and light and positive energy back into our world and help our world find its balance again. Reincarnation makes sense to me and quantum physics supports the theory. It wouldn't surprise me if we have known each other before. Many thanks to you, @JeanneMayell for building and nurturing this community. I find such love and hope here.
Feelin' the love honey girl. Keep it coming and much being sent to you and yours, especially your sister and your mini-me of you (daughter, granddaughter ?) I am picking up who needs lots of love.
PS on Winter Solstice
I always celebrate them, mark them on my heart and make holy water that I leave out all night to collect all lunar holi-days energies,. More importantly I live on the 45th parallel. Should be a factor of my position on and with energetic emotive media influencer things...ha!
I read, a long time ago, the the Essenes did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, which I thought was odd, since as you said they taught Jesus.
@rowsella, thank you for this!
@bluebelle, it's not always accepted by others in the church, but I found the Nag Hammadi codices interesting reading. The Dead Sea Scrolls were mostly the Hebrew texts-almost the entire Old Testament. The Scrolls were found in the Qumran Caves, just to the west of Jerusalem near the Dead Sea. The Nag Hammadi on the other hand are gospels that were not included in the Bible. They were discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt-around the same time as the Scrolls-1945. They showed other perspectives-like how Mary Magdalene was as well as informed as the apostles. But there was no way a woman would be given that kind of status at the time they were choosing which writings would be included in the Bible.
I do believe we are all here at given times for specific purposes. For many of those who were around in the time of the transition from one astrological shift to another, or those who were here for historic events, etc. it was pre-destined. There are protagonists who are here on purpose, and some only became protagonists when pushed by an antagonist. One is just as important as the other to achieve the desired result. Would JFK have faded into history more than he has if he had completed his presidency instead of having it cut short? How would things have played out if Judas hadn't betrayed Jesus? Would we have the US if England didn't try to unfairly tax the colonists? How many wonderful things have been birthed from reactions to dark actions?
Therefore we don't know, if say those in politics who are not acting patriotically, or ethically, are acting according to what they were sent here to achieve or not. Some may be here to learn a lesson they did not learn in a previous lifetime. We have free will. We have lessons to learn or things we are here to accomplish. If we don't fulfill our 'contract' we'll come back and try again. So were they sent here as an antagonist needed to be the impetus for a protagonist? Were they here because they abused power previously and are trying again to learn the lesson of appropriate power and leadership? This is why it is not in our best interest to judge others. We don't know if they are on their right path or not. We can only try and figure out if we are on our correct path. Not judging others doesn't mean we should just accept their actions, or think those actions are ok. We need to learn to separate the action from the individual. A three year old may bite someone, not knowing better. The child is learning. Biting is bad, not the child. See the action for what is, and leave the "judgement" of the individual in the hands of the higher ups.
Monica had told friends that she was going to die young, it would be a tragedy, and it would be known world wide. I have no doubt she signed on to leave early, and knew it. In many ways, I kind of knew it deep down as well. I also found in the wake of her death, and the things that I did as a result, that I was chosen to be with her, to become an activist. I never saw that coming (tho in hindsight I maybe should have), but when I had accomplished a number of goals in the advocacy department, I had no qualms in stopping and directing my energies towards my son. It felt right to stop. I had other important things to take care of.
Sometimes we are surrounded by those we need to support us and our mission, sometimes we will be surrounded by those who challenge us. We may not always know if we are the student or the teacher. How can an abusive individual learn kindness and compassion if they aren't given the chance to do both? How can they be abusive and learn that it is wrong if there is no victim? I can see my role as a teacher to those who have been abusive to me, thus allowing me to forgive. It doesn't mean that I think what they did was ok. Far from it. By accepting that I may be the teacher for them to learn not to abuse, it allows me to let go of the victim status and not allow it to continue to have sway over my life. And yes, sometimes I still struggle with disallowing the influence in my life. But I feel I'll be fairly compensated for that, whether here or in the hereafter. Likewise, I'm not responsible for those who were given the opportunity to learn and did not.
I've been surrounded by abusive personalities all my life. At some points I felt like such an outcast and that I was not someone whom others could love. Then one day I was doing a past life meditation. It was prerecorded, so for me it was a bit short. By the time I got into a past life, I saw myself as a tall, thin woman, hair up, standing on the porch in a high collared long sleeve floor length gown. It was hot outside, and the clothing was stifling. Then I looked and just off the porch in the yard stood my husband, in full suit and tie. I felt a love like I didn't know existed. We were so happy. I heard 1825, and that quickly, the meditation was over. I got no names, or idea of where we lived. But it has always filled me up knowing I've known that kind of love, and that I most likely will again, whether here, in the hereafter, or in another lifetime. It was so like the connection I have had with my kids, and so unlike what I've had with my family and ex. Life here is like school. We are sent to learn. Some lifetimes (classes) are the pits, even tho we need them. Some are electives, and we aren't always going to get into the electives we want.
In the words of the Stones-you can't always get what you want, but if you try-sometimes you get what you need.
i was just reading that the reason he was called "the Nazarene" was because he was a Nazarite. A Nazarite of the Essene sect. The town of Nazareth apparently did not exist until 300 years after his birth, and was named that in a misunderstanding of the phrase. A Nazarite was one who took certain vows to God, which could include not cutting the hair, vegetarianism, no alcohol. Think of modern-day Rastafarianism with it's edict to "throw away the scissors and the comb". Orthodox Rastas are also usually vegetarians and non-drinkers.
Samuel, Samson, and John the Baptist were also Nazarites.
Thank you Cindy, for your beautiful post. I will read it again and again. I know your life has been hard dealing with the tragic loss of your daughter and then dealing with so many challenging personalities in your family. Yet how rich you are in wisdom as a result. May your holidays be filled with love.
P.S. It turns out I even alive when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, so I’m guessing I first learned about them in the sixties or seventies.
I'm not sure where that 90% figure came from. From what I've read, there are over 900 Dead Sea Scrolls, the vast majority of which are in the possession of the state of Israel. The Green family owns about 11 fragments of those scrolls, while the Conversation article you linked reported that 5 of those 11 scrolls were found to be forgeries. So I'm not overly disturbed. When I think of the Greens and their scrolls, I'm imagining a diminished yet pretentious aristocratic family whose greatest pride is owning an original Fabergé egg. But one day an antiquarian shows up at their shambles of a manor, inspects the egg, and tells them their greatest pride was manufactured by...a huckster antique dealer in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Fun fact. Williams Butler Yeats, and his wife, George, were avid practitioners of the esoteric, and one of their revelations was the inspiration for Yeats's most famous poem, "The Second Coming." Yeats believed that biology, civilizations, and spirituality were all governed by fixed cycles, and that human culture seemed to be governed by cycles that lasted 2000 years each, hence the most famous lines of "the Second Coming:"
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, it's hour come round at last,
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?
There's an interesting essay about this in Emergence Magazine by Paul Kingsnorth:
I decided to look up the Age of Aquarius since that is what is coming and what we are preparing for and it is hard to think about without the song earworm from the musical "Hair." So, here is some of what I found by this guy:
Santokh Singh Khalsa is a chiropractor in Pasadena, California. He is also the director of The Awareness Center, where he has taught Kundalini Yoga and meditation to thousands of people since 1975. (I love this part:) With his white beard and sparkling eyes, many of his younger practice members call him "Santokh Claus" during the Christmas season. For more information on Santokh Singh Khalsa, go to www.khalsachiropracticpasadena.com
Here it is:
"The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.” The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.” This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality.
During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself. You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward."
This is just 2 paragraphs in a large article on a webpage where it discusses the Age of Pisces vs. Age of Aquarius. What I also found helpful is his advice which echoes much of what is offered here-- I did not paste the paragraphs under each suggestion. I think it is great for people to click on the link and read the article for themselves and give this guy some hits.
"What can you do to help make this transition into this new age of information and consciousness? Here are some suggestions:
1. Have a daily spiritual practice.
2. Don’t give in to fear, despair, or anger.
3. Don’t be a victim.
4. Be a source of light."
You know, I think the Essenes and Dead Sea Scrolls and other items associated with them are such a great topic and the transition of Ages is also a great topic that I think I am going to start a new one on the Age of Aquarius to discuss that. I don't know if Jeanne will want this post over there or not-- I leave it for her to decide whether she wants to move it.
There’s already a related topic titled “kali Yuga and the Aquarian age.” Or at least it’s something like that. I’d include a link, but I’m typing this on my phone. You should find it if you enter the title I provided into the search bar. Jeanne left a few comments there last week.
@rowsella, as an evolutionary astrologer-in-training (lifelong), a devotee of early Jewish and Christian mystical teachings (to include those of the Essenes), and an eager student of every conceptual map of human and cosmic time cycles I can get my hands on, your post could not have felt more relevant to me. Or more precious. So, thank you.
There's so much I could say but I'm tired and need to rest my eyes, so I'll just say this:
We're on the transition team. We prepared for this.
One more thing:
Many of us know the story that when Jesus of Nazareth was born, a bright star shone above Bethlehem. Wise kings followed that star to find their messiah, the newborn child of weary immigrants, lying in a manger, forced to sleep in a barn because his family had been unwelcome at the inn.
Astronomers and astrologers alike believe that "Star of Bethlehem" was created by the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces. This generational alignment of solar bodies is known as "the great conjunction" and it's significant that around the first century, it occurred in the sign of Pisces, the fish. Humanity had just entered the Piscean age. As you shared, we are currently preparing to exit that epoch and are rolling headlong into a very different one. We stand in a truly liminal space, at a time of incredible—even unprecedented—transition.
A year from now, on the Winter Solstice of 2020, the great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn will occur once again. This time in the very first degree of the sign of Aquarius. Yep.
There are no more divergent energies in our solar system than these (and so one might choose to see it as the radical coming together of our nation's very divided collective energies, just after a presidential election). Saturn is about solidity, foundations, structure. It's about density and survival and the crystallization of effort. It's about power and institutions. Saturn can feel like a cruel teacher (some call it the lord of karma), but I think its benevolence is misunderstood. Saturn's guidance comes with strictness, but it's no less loving than Jupiter. And like Jupiter, Saturn teaches us the importance of integrity and compassion by journeying us right through the heart of our own shadow. Saturn demands that we learn quickly or face the consequences of our folly.
Jupiter, on the other hand, is magnanimous, generous, and expansive. You can't land on Jupiter; it's all gas. So, although Jupiter isn't about structure, it is about wisdom and truth and justice and honor. When these great bodies conjunct, they reorder the world. It happens once a generation, but for centuries, it always occurs in the same element or type of sign. Since 1802, the Jupiter-Saturn alignment has been occurring exclusively in earth signs, which illustrates poignantly how the last two centuries have been about humanity's adventure into the excesses of materialism: unchecked greed, ruthless competition, overconsumption, and the destruction of the planet.
But in just one year, this great "star" will mark the reordering of our world once again, this time in an air sign. And Aquarius is all about humanitarianism, higher service on behalf of the collective.
I'd say that's a positive development.
Ohhhhhh! You have the date! I thank you. I am currently still reading what seems to be a primer or basic book on Evolutionary Astrology --there is so much to know -- for me, it is learning all new stuff because even though I grew up with Astrologers and I know some things... they are kind of random and disconnected. I am also in the middle of reading a series of fantasy novels by Jeff Wheeler (and the last one I read described the process for passing the "maston" test which echoes the process of oaths taken by Essenes as described by Josephus... which I find out about in the end --the story is in a world in which magic is derived from oaths.. he calls it "oath magic" and produces a strong connection with "the Medium" (these stories, even though fictional are pinging me). Also reading about stoicism (using that philosophy to be happier, have better relationships, increase self discipline).... as well as an audio book for my drive... I love to read a lot. Anyhow, I am going to be reading more of your posts on this subject with deep interest.
So far, I feel like because time seems to be moving so fast (probably because of the quick changes with technology and the ability to communicate instantly)-- we feel such an imperative for removing Trump. I don't know if he will be removed so easily and quickly. I hope he is and will work towards that but honestly, Trump is really a manifestation of the fear of change, the fear of lost power.
When I think about how long the changes took for the Essenes... I think it will take climate change consequences to spur the changes that the Aquarian age represents and no one will have a choice about it if they wish to survive. My feeling is that large organizations like federal government will be unable or powerless to make changes needed and it will be up to states and counties to act. For example: the retrograde changes made on automobile emissions and fuel economy don' t mean a whole lot when private cars/SUVs are banned within city limits.
@rowsella, it's funny because reading your posts about your mother (whom I would love to have met), I got a little bit of an inkling about what it's like to be my daughter. I'm grateful she's naturally an open-hearted listener, even if her eyes sometimes glaze.
Astrology in general, and evolutionary astrology in particular, is infinitely wonderful and complex! It's a truly interdisciplinary science, in that beyond the obvious astronomy and mathematics, it teaches its students so much about the power of layered energetics, multidimensional geometries, the potency of archetypes (old and new!), and about the ego, the shadow, and the soul—both personal and collective, intimate and cosmic. Astrology gives masterful lessons in karma and time cycles and so much more.
And as an open systems theory, it's about so much more than the discreet positions of planetary bodies in the individual's zodiac; it's about the dynamic interrelationships that wax and wane between moving energies, archetypes, states, stages, and the structures of consciousness that appear within us across the lifespan. It can even reveal past and future life information.
So, when I saw your original post I was delighted to see someone falling in love with all of these wisdoms through this particular celestial gateway (as much as the fact that I believe you're in a kind of sacred communion with your mother through this process). And I have to admit I'm a little envious—I'd love to have that copy of Raymond Merriman's book! Cherish it. I'm reading Richard Tarnas' Cosmos and Psyche, which I also recommend.
Man, I love a good sci-fi novel though it's been ages since I've sat down and read fiction. Your mention of oath magic reminded me of the late and lovely genius Ursula K. Le Guin. I should give myself some kind of staycation in 2020 just to read for pleasure.