Friday, June 19, 2009

Let the Sun Shine In

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!

etc. (song by the Fifth Dimension)

One of my great teachers said that everyone loves their own astrological profile, even the "bad"* signs (like Scorpio). It's true for me, definitely. I love being an Aquarius. I'm a double Aquarius, which means that I have two planets in the sign. In my case they are the two brightest lights in the sky - the sun and the moon - and they are, coincidentally, both in the seventh house in my natal chart.

Ever since the musical "Hair" I've been intrigued with the idea of the Age of Aquarius - naturally. For a long time I believed that in this generation we would only experience being on the verge of the new age; that is, if there is such a thing as an Age of Aquarius. I figured it would be our kids' kids' kids who would live the lifestyle of the "mystic crystal revelation."

But I changed my mind the day before the U.S. declared war in Iraq. Do you remember that day? Because it was possible to spread the word over the internet, millions of people around the world marched in protest of the war, all at once, on the same day. Wow! Naturally our then idiot president paid no attention, but I did. On that day I knew in my heart of hearts that we'd arrived.

A new age is kind of like a newborn baby. For quite awhile after birth, the baby is completely helpless and vulnerable. Newborns barf and cry, have to be diapered and swaddled, lovingly cared for. The new parents are inevitably sleep deprived, disheveled, covered with baby poo and baby barf and are generally unable to complete a sentence, at least for the first few months. It's a big job!

And so it is for us, as we learn to live in the new paradigm. Some of us are getting into it more comfortably than others. There are areas in which we're doing pretty well, taking care of the baby Aquarian Age. I think of the rise of organic farming, recycling, and the awareness of global warming. Social entrepreneurship and "green" companies are organizational structures that are aligned with the new age. Blogging, twittering and facebook are electronic social networks that are completely democratic (small d) and utterly Aquarian in nature. I could go on, but you get the idea, yes?

Of course there are a lot of dinosaurs lumbering around, not yet extinct but definitely on their way out. I think of our ex-president - a perfect example. All the big corporations look like so many huge brontosauruses. They can not survive long in this new world. It's just not going to work.

I expect that those of us alive right now will be sorting through the chaos of the shifting age for the rest of our lives, as most likely will the next generation. A brand new life is tenuous and requires loving attention in order to flourish. I think it's our job to make sure this baby Age is well fed, bathed, and especially well loved. We don't know exactly what we're doing yet, but we'll learn, just as new parents learn that this cry means the baby is hungry, that cry means something else.

As bewildering as it is, I am so happy to be a midwife to the new age, happier still to be working shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you reading this, all of you writing and publishing, doing good deeds that lead us, as the Fifth Dimension said, to the "mind's true liberation."

Oh yeah! Happy weekend all you Age of Aquarius heroes! BRAVO!!

*There's no such thing as a "bad" astrological sign. Also need to say, loud and clear: I LOVE SCORPIOS!


mum said...

Ha! Know what I was listening to when I clicked on your post?

keep on keepin on, Reya. Have a good one in Washington. The whole weekend is going to be set to music over here in France so that should keep things moving right along in this here Age of you Aquarians :-)

IntangibleArts said...

This is the dawning of the age of barf and poo!

And me without a decent poncho & wellies!

willow said...

Midwife to the new age. I like that. Love will steer the stars.

Siobhán said...

Enjoyed that Reya.

JC said...

You sent your rain my way ..
That's ok. We needed it ...

John Hayes said...

I'm not a naturally optimistic person, but I find your thoughts on this inspiring-- thanks! The flower pictures (including yesterday's coneflowers) are just incredible.

Peaches said...

This is the dawning...yes, I feel that. This shift, though in the bud stage for a long time, has really started to bloom.

The Bug said...

It really is exciting to be alive right now - even if I AM married to a Scorpio!

Joanne said...

A little celestial navigation going on here today, leading us to the "mind's true liberation" with the help of the Virtual Dimension ;)

Reya Mellicker said...

I love Scorpios - and I'm not "supposed" to get along with them. You have to wonder who decided that??

Reya Mellicker said...

Mum - Oh yeah! Let it shine! I don't believe in heroes, but I love the Boss. YEAH!!

Lover of Life said...

Thanks Reya!! I really needed this post today. I keep telling myself that times "they are a'changin."

Actually I can feel the energy. The blogging world has helped unite so many of us with these kinds of beliefs. All of a sudden, we're not alone. And we live all over the world. Amazing.

Reya Mellicker said...

John I have my days when I'm afraid of new age crib death, at least for our species. But I prefer to visualize the best possible outcome. Rob Breszny, the great astrologer, calls that point of view "pronoia." Love that "word."

A Cuban In London said...

'There's no such thing as a "bad" astrological sign.'

You said before I barged in :-). I am a Scorpio.

Lovely post about such a beautiful sign that amazingly enough is not a water sign.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Reya Mellicker said...

See? I love Scorpios, like I said. Very cool, Cuban in London. Of course you are.

Mrsupole said...

Well I am a Leo and am not sure how you feel about them. But I love that song about the age of Aquarius, if I hear it on the radio I start to sing it, and I sing terrible, but it is just one of those songs you need to sing with. Now it is in my head.

'A new age is kinda like a newborn baby.' This is so true, we have to nurture it and guide it down the right path. And we also have to be sure we are going down the right path with it. Love is the answer to making sure the path is safe. Lots and lots of love.

God bless.

mary said...

It is the dawning ... and I want to live long enough to see the changes ! Cancer/Scorpio here which I view as a great combo !

Jeninacide said...

I am also an Aquarius!

Great post! I am glad you feel it happening too!

lakeviewer said...

From one Aquarian to another, I wish for the same things, but I'm not so optimistic about them. Greed and power seem to be lurking at every corner.

Bee said...

Your fresh yellow and white flowers are optimistic little "suns" in this brave new world that you describe.

Why is Scorpio meant to be a "bad" sign?

Steve said...

I'm a Scorpio as well! :)

I just have to point out that although the Fifth Dimension made "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" a huge pop hit, it was actually written by James Ragni, Gerome Rado and Galt MacDermot, the composers of "Hair." Gotta give credit, right?!

We ARE in a new age, and it's amazing to see how all our modern communications work. I especially feel that way about Facebook, where we can casually exchange updates with hundreds of friends we haven't spoken to in years. It blows my mind!

deborah said...

here here
and LOVE
the photos

love u so

Reya Mellicker said...

I'll say it again: I LOVE SCORPIOS!!

It's thought of as a "bad" sign because of the inherent intensity that's a part of every Scorpio. A lot of people are afraid of Scorpios. They don't scare me, but they are very powerful.

Thanks Steve for giving credit where it is due. Yes.

Mrsupole, I love Leos, too. I have a Leo rising, so I easily identify with their warmth and courage.

Is there a sign I don't like? Nope. There are signs I don't really "get" - like Gemini. It's so quicksilver, I never can get a bead on Gemini people. I tend to get jealous of Libras (not their fault).

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Aquarians. I once played the bongo drums to "Age of Aquarius." Takes me back.

By the way, the pictures are amazing.

steven said...

hey reya, i remember being inside the "first dawning" through the mid to late sixties/early seventies - the timing was all wrong but it was a good dawn all the same - sort of like the birds singing before the sun rises over the horizon. sweet post. oh and i'm a leo boy. couldn't tell you more. the people who know more are from a previous life and have all my charts!!! oh pooey!! steven

Lover of Life said...

I lucked out with Trish MacGregor doing my chart for me a couple of weeks ago. She said I had all three planets of my 12th house in Scorpio. (The most emotionally intense, and psychic of signs.) No wonder my poor family never agrees with me when I say how easy going I am. :-)

In fact they all laugh.

Peaches said...

I'm a Gemini...and you're not alone...most people just don't get Gemini...but we love all of you guys.

Pam said...

That Aquarias/Scorpio mix gives me some very powerful dreams! Thanks for another fascinating post Reya. These are indeed interesting times.The daisies are stunning.Did you pick some to wear in your hair, or wear a daisy chain with that song in your mind??..ahh...I remember the days.

Ronda Laveen said...

As an Aquarian of the same age as you, I have always felt the same way. When that song came out, I felt the hair on my arms stand up and the energy buzz with anticipation of what is to come--for the Age of Aquarius as well as the planetary shift into the 5th dimension. Such a prophetic band and song name duo.

And there is, as you say, not always a clear line of demarcation of when a shift occurs.

The bottom photo is of Shasta Daisies. The ones in my front yard are blooming now. I live in Shasta county. They are a wonderful perrenial flower.

Val said...

there is some great stuff happening amongst the bad - it just doesnt get as much press. nature is so powerful and tiny flowers can push through tarmac, tree roots can split rocks etc
its a wonderful time to be alive!
And that was a great song - made popular again on Absolutely Fabulous :-)

karen said...

Great, great flower photos! I'm a cancerian, and love that classic song! it's in my head right now.. have a great sunny weekend x

Susan said...

My very first record album (yes, vinyl!) was this one! Thanks for putting a happy song in my head today.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Brava!!! So well said and you offer so much optimism... it's extremely uplifting! Thank you!!!