There is unease, anger, fear and uncertainty; seemingly all around the world. Religious fanaticism rears its ugly head, most notably in Islam, but all too often in Fundamentalist Christianity, Ultra Orthodox Judaism, and even Hindu Nationalism. What is happening and why? Perhaps its the Millennium Effect!
With the end of a millennium comes the end of an Age. Often these Ages are given astrological names from the signs of the zodiac. We are entering the Age of Aquarius; according to my astrologically gifted friends. Whether you believe that the conjunction of the planets and stars affects the affairs of humans and the course of history is a matter of personal belief. What we do know is that periods of unrest and uncertainty accompany the turn of the millennium.
I believe its all about energy since all that exists here or in the cosmos is energy. Matter is simply low vibration energy; this is physics, not astrology. Can the magnetic fields of the Cosmos be altered by the movements of the planets, star systems and galaxies? Perhaps.
What do you believe? I do know that as a Virgo Birth Sign I am handsome (so my wife tells me) intelligent, have some leadership qualities but am prone to judgement of others and can be quite picky and petty, if I don’t guard against it.
So perhaps the astrological matrix into which we are born does influence our personalities but I will also tell you that no one is a slave to his “chart”. It is only a possible path, perhaps a warning sign; but we determine our lives, we write the script and can edit it at will. Our “sign” only describes tendencies, not our future.
We are in the beginning of the Millennial Effect of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, a time in which the Spiritual is supposed to flower and bring a new way of life to human kind. There is always darkness before the dawn and we are experiencing it right now.
This is a phenomenon humanity has not experienced for 1,000 years. The last millennial change in the year 1,000 was widely thought to be the “end of the world”. Millions of Christians went to bed on December 31, 999 expecting to find themselves in Heaven or Hell as January 1,1000 dawned. Quite a surprise when they awoke in the same old serf’s hut or Lord’s Castle!
This dawning of a New Age threatens the old ways of thinking, believing and behaving. Religion hardens and becomes rigid and unforgiving as it strives to hold back the Light. Nations experience entropy and may fly apart into tribal societies. We see this in the UK, the EU, Syria (perhaps the oldest nation on the planet) and we see dangerous tribal rumblings, even in the US as racial tensions soar and police community relations enter a dire phase.
White America perceives the loss of their nation and the world they have known. Black America feels oppressed and endangered at every turn. Many of all races and creeds feel that the “system” does not work for them and that it is rigged.
Facts are little help in combating the angst. In many ways this is the best of times, but try to convince anyone of that right now! The Millennial Effect is about feelings, not intellect or facts. It is primal, soul deep and gut wrenching.
We have become a nation of constituencies rather that One out of Many. Our politics are more and more tribal; we vote our color, our faith, our sexual orientation or our region and, yes even our social class.
Tribalism is always a ticket to stagnation and decay. The poorest and most underdeveloped nations are tribal and always have been. We can prosper and thrive together as One or perish separately as fools.
Could it be that in our urgent search for diversity we have sacrificed the unity that will save us all? The melting pot made Americans in two generations out of people from all over the globe. The “fruit salad” idea of today has made us a nation of separate identities and agendas and thereby fragmented our national spirit and our politics.
We bemoan our “divided America”. How could it be otherwise when identity politics rules our national spirit. The only identity that matters to me is the one that says I Am a Divine Human and an American. The solution must be a new social and spiritual contract.
Next post we will explore what to do about this tribalism and entropy.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida