We have felt it coming all year. It is in the people we meet. It is in the pace of events. It came with the COVID-19 virus, record wild fire season, and record hurricane season. It showed its face in the Women’s Marches, the Black Lives Matter protests, the Wall of Moms, and the record voting turnout in both the primaries and general election. The old, Piscean age is in its last days, and the new Aquarian age is coming forward.
Especially we can see arrival of the new age in the past several days. On December 3, a stray meteor streaked from Toronto, Canada to Norfolk, Virginia, leaving a brilliant trail and sonic booms in its wake. This preceded the Geminid meteor shower, which peaked on December 13. On December 14 Chileans were able to observe a total eclipse of the sun. On December 19 there was a series of earthquakes in no less likely places than Kansas and Oklahoma. Over the past 3 days there have been 86 inches of snow in the Nii Gate Prefecture in Japan. Today was a combination of winter solstice and the closest great conjunction in nearly 800 years, in 1226 AD. My husband and I went out and saw that bright star that is the result of Jupiter and Saturn coming together. Even though the sun had not fully set, the star was bright and an amazing thing to see. The energy of the universe is strong, and it is hitting humans in a big way.
This great conjunction is of tremendous importance. It is occurring at zero degrees Aquarius. While some people debate about the actual start date of the Age of Aquarius (some place it at 11/11/11), I submit that this fact in addition to all the rest of the natural events point to the crossover date being today, 21/21/2020. What we have been seeing over the past few decades is the death throes of the Age of Pisces and the birth of the new age. Pisces is the age of paternalism, of hierarchy, of power, of material things. It is the age of charismatic leaders dictating the behavior and thinking of their followers, of strong monarchs, and of the exercise of power over our fellow humans. The light side of Pisces was invention, innovation, development, and knowledge. The dark side was greed, misogyny, bigotry, and arrogance (although these traits can exist at any time). The best representations of the Piscean age are feudalism and plantation slavery. We have seen, as this age is phasing out, many strongly Piscean individuals engaged in a ferocious mutiny against the end of their era.
The new era will be characterized by community, equality, networks, and information. It will level the hierarchies, and there will be more equality among the nations. A key feature of the Aquarian age is the distribution of knowledge and goods and services. Individuals will be both more independent and more interdependent. The more we understand how to take care of ourselves the more we realize how much we depend on each other. There will be great movement toward self care, self development, and good eating. In addition, there will be a great focus on care of the planet and all who share the planet with us.
The signs of the change have become hard to miss. As we become more international, nationalists are fighting to pull us back. As we become more aware of the equality of all races and genders and more tolerant of allowing people to express gender in the way that works for them, the more we find white nationalism, religious and ethnic bigotry, and suppression of women being pushed from the other side. The tremendous change on culture is threatening to tear this nation in half. This is to be expected, because about half of the souls incarnated in this country are finishing up their Piscean work and half are moving into their Aquarian work. As fewer souls with cleanup from the Piscean world incarnate and more souls incarnate who are taking up their Aquarian growth, this will subside.
In the meantime, we need to do what we can to help our national consciousness, or, as Dion Fortune calls it, our national group soul, weather the changes and move forward with the best elements of the Aquarian age at the forefront. We should also try to hold on to the lessons we learned during the Piscean age. We do this by injecting into our group mind the thoughts emotions we would like to bring forth into our culture. As stated before, these are equality, freedom, and rule of law. We add to that care, compassion, community, and hope. We do not have to go out and preach these values. We recall our appropriate sacred kings who make themselves available on the inner planes to gently guide our national conscience.
As I have indicated before, I visualize the rotunda in our capital building. I see the big round table in the center, surrounded by great souls who have been the better sides of our country. I visualize us together lifting up those who live in this country in love and peace, lifting the hungry, poor, and unhoused into comfort and prosperity. I visualize us looking around the world to those in need of our love and concern and offering what we can to allow them to thrive. As I leave the table, I know that these thoughts are being magnified by souls of good will and injected – almost like a vaccine – into our national group mind. So mote it be.
To prepare this meditation, I contemplate how to invite archetypes to the round table. As mentioned earlier, I am not comfortable with including the founding fathers. They wrote and spoke such high sounding words that should certainly be admired. Their speeches and letters about liberty, equality, and the rule of law were inspiring. However, their actions did not line up with their words. While Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry both spoke of the evils of the institution of slavery, they were not sufficiently offended by that institution to free their own slaves. And George Washington was sufficiently comfortable with the notion of ownership of human beings that he made his set of dentures from the teeth of his slaves. These are not people who we can turn to in fashioning a new nation based on the values they preached.
To determine the values that should form our group mind and group soul, I look to Abraham Lincoln as well as our founding documents. From them I find that as a nation our soul is built on equality, liberty, and the rule of law. “Our fathers brought forth onto this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Here is where the contradiction with our founding fathers lies: there can be no liberty without the rule of law. And there can be no true rule of law without equality. For as soon as inequality is introduced, application of the law becomes erratic and capricious. When the law becomes capricious, there is no liberty, for those under the law are subjected to the whims of those who apply the law. This has been the experience of women and people of color since the founding of this country. This is the source of the divide today.
Almost all of our founding fathers were men with a sense of entitlement. They felt entitled to take land that belonged to others, and to force on those who had owned the land their own cultural norms. They felt entitled to own women as chattel. They felt entitled to own other human beings and treat them as livestock. While there are certain things human beings are entitled to – food, shelter, the ability to earn a living, the ability to access health care – no man is entitled to the aforementioned. The entitlement of taking land, owning humans and treating them as livestock became the basis of the original sins that have plagued our nation for its entire existence – greed, bigotry and misogyny. This disqualifies them from the round table (I except Samuel Adams, and most likely John Adams, as I see no indication that they shared in these entitlements.)
So first I look for suitable egregores. The first one I find is the statue of liberty, who we call Lady Liberty. We look at the poem on her base:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
This is a call to liberty, to equality, and to rule of law. Lady Liberty is the first egregore I am calling forth. On this I will meditate over the coming week. As I do so, I will also meditate on inviting the appropriate sacred kings and archetypes to unite our national group soul.
So how is this meditation to occur? I draw heavily from the process of Dion Fortune, but it needs to be modified for our own time and group. She describes seven stages in a fifteen minute meditation.
Stage 1: The meditator is to sit in a quiet room, with the current message in hand and in mind. She asks her meditator to face London, obviously I am asking to face Washington DC. Breathe deeply, with no strain, sitting in a balanced posture.
Stage 2: Begin to think about the work of the week. Think only of the spiritual aspects, let go of the practical for now. Avoid distractions.
Stage 3: Place in your mind a visual representation of the work for the week. This week, for example, would be the Statue of Liberty. In weeks to come, it will include such sacred kings as Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Martin Luther King, and so on. Visualize until you feel the representation, and are able to listen to it. Do this for a very short time, only a few minutes.
Stage 4: Dedicate your work and yourself to the All-good, in the service of the One life, relying on the Cosmic Law to adapt your energy to healing.
Stage 5: Think of yourself as a part of the Group-soul the nation; your life a part of its life, and its life the basis of yours. Invoking the Name of your God or higher power, open your mind as a channel for the work of the Masters of Wisdom.
Stage 6: Return to your visualization of the topic of the week, and meditate on it.
Stage 7: At the end, say, “It is finished.” See in your mind curtains drawn in front of your visualization, meeting in the middle. Rise from your seat, stamp your foot firmly on the ground and return to normal. Do not think of this again until you return the next day.
It is important to leave thoughts of the work after the meditation. One of the goals of the energies tearing apart our nation is to create fear and mental chaos in our national Group mind and Group soul. We must not allow that to happen in us. Try to do your meditation at the same time every day, to develop a habit energy about it. Please let us know how things progress and insights you have.
As mentioned in the previous post, I began studying Dion Fortune’s mind works in fighting the armies expected to be invading from Germany. One of her first orders of business was the definition of the British group mind and group soul. Here I will address our American group soul and group mind. The group soul is our sense of participation in a larger being, to which we are attached and which has a hand in our thoughts and actions. It is the understanding that we are all parts of a greater whole. The group mind is the common cumulative experience of our national history.
(At this point, I should point out that I am not including the true owners of our land, the Native Americans. There is a reason for this. The European settlers appropriated the land, massacred their people, and decimated their cultures. I am reluctant, then, to appropriate their respected ancestors for these purposes without explicit permission. If it is ever granted, I will add Native American Sacred Kings and Egregores. Meanwhile, being one of the guilty European descendants, I do not wish to add to the list of offenses.)
Ms. Fortune began her mind work with a meditation on the spiritual influences that are part of the British group mind and group soul. I began to ponder which elements of the American story I could use. Most of the history of the United States’ experience from European settlement to today is recorded history and the people are known to have actually lived. I began to think of those people we learn about in school and talk about in big speeches and rallies. As I did so, I came to a sad realization: many, many of our historical giants are men who brought to this country the very things that are now tearing it apart. She was calling on sacred kings and egregores from Britain, which would not be appropriate for us, but I saw that we would need to identify our own, and we need a new set.
In order to select national sacred kings and egregores, we need to know what these things are. I had read about sacred kings before. The most common understanding is that they are people who sacrifice themselves (martyrdom) for their people and land. Under this definition we would have people like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, and I would certainly agree with both. However, a more subtle definition includes people who sacrifice their lives working until they day they die on the best interests of their people and land. Under this definition, John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg qualify.
I had not heard of an egregore. I looked it up, and here is what I found: an Egregore is defined as a kind of group mind which is created when people consciously come together for a common purpose (Gaetan Delaforge, Gnosis Magazine 1987). In other words, when a group of people with common interests pray and meditate collectively towards an objective, an energy of protection and blessing, an egregore, is sent forth, not unlike a circle of light that shields and safeguards the purpose of the those praying or meditating. If you look at it in terms of psychology, it is a personality that develops among groups independent of any of its members, a group energy. It is an energy that develops over a period of time as a result of focus. It might be referred to as a “vibe.”
As I meditated on our country and where we are headed, I realized that those most often recognized as our sacred kings were unworthy of the honor. If we truly believe that our country is created on freedom, liberty and equality, several of our revered founding fathers did not model those values, and in fact modeled quite the contrary. While we might admire certain qualities of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the fact that they owned slaves disqualifies them from the highest regard, that of sacred king. What is worse is the number of people who regard men as sacred kings who took up arms against the country in an attempt to prevent equality, that is the likes of Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis.
I also realized we need to recreate (or create) our egregores. The ones we have now smack of entitlement, bigotry, misogyny, religious intolerance, and smug superiority. Too many of our monuments and heroes are glorifying war – and our nation has enjoyed far too few years when we were not in arms. There are the false notions of the self made man and rugged individualism, neither of which are valid or supportable, both of which cause us to lack empathy and fracture community.
For this week, I ask that we meditate on our sacred kings and egregores. What would we like to have as our egregores? Who are our rightful sacred kings? This is a time when we need to decide what is the soul of our nation and where we need to go from where we are today.