by Leo Knighton Tallarico
We are now in the aftermath of the stormy eclipses that just passed. Left in that wake is the tragedy of Haiti. A 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and caused massive destruction. Estimates are that at least 50,000 people died, over a million were left homeless, and there was massive destruction of buildings and infrastructure there.
I have listened to media blowhard voices like Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh speak unkindly and with lack of compassion about the people of Haiti and their tragedy. Pat Robertson tweeked history so he could preach his usual BS about the enemies of his distorted version of Christianity. He said Haitians had once made a pact with the devil so they could be freed of the domination of the French who controlled the country and its people.
I know many of you have now seen Avatar, a story about how invading forces of a dominant corporate and military run entity on Earth overrun the planet Pandora for its resources. Of course this message was to remind the audience of how often this has happened right here on Earth, as one country or Empire has often invaded another for its resources and riches. Europe and America and western civilization, because of their recent historical power, have been the most recent example of this abuse of power.
And never has it been worse than what happened in Haiti. In 1492 Columbus and his forces invaded Haiti and called it their own despite the fact that the indigeonous Taino people were already there. Later the French overtook the island and the Taino people, until eventually they ceased to exist. In their place the French brought many slaves from Africa, mainly from Guinea, to Haiti. These slaves were treated with unbelievable abuse, indignity, and unimaginable horrors. The following was written by Henri Christophe‘s personal secretary, who lived more than half his life as a slave, and describes the crimes perpetrated against the slaves of Saint-Domingue by their French masters. Henri was a revolutionary against French control.
The secretary wrote: “Have they not hung up men with heads downward, drowned them in sacks, crucified them on planks, buried them alive, crushed them in mortars? Have they not forced them to eat excretement? And, having flayed them with the lash, have they not cast them alive to be devoured by worms, or onto anthills, or lashed them to stakes in the swamp to be devoured by mosquitoes? Have they not thrown them into boiling cauldrons of cane syrup? Have they not put men and women inside barrels studded with spikes and rolled them down mountainsides into the abyss? Have they not consigned these miserable blacks to man-eating dogs until the latter, sated by human flesh, left the mangled victims to be finished off with bayonet and poniard?”
If there is such a thing as evil and the devil, would that be the slave who wants to free him or her self from such treatment? Or would that be the opppressor who treated fellow humans in such a manner?
At the height of the enslavement on Haiti by the French who used the slaves to work the sugar plantations, which provided Europe with much of its sugar, there were approximately 500,000 slaves and 32,ooo slave owners on Hiati. These slaves are the ancestors of many of today’s residents and Earthquake victims on Haiti.
We have entered a very important year:2010. We are rapidly approaching the New World projected by the Mayan mathematicians to begin on winter solstice 2012. We are only 10 years away from my astrological estimate of the beginning of an Aquarian Age, in December 2020 when Jupiter and Saturn conjunct at 0+ degrees of Aquarius. The Hopi’s and biblical scholars also are anticipating this entry into a New Age, New Paradigm, New World soon. All believe we face great catastrophe before we arrive.
And most believe the birth pains will be lessened in proportion to our being able to change our consciousness enough to be aligned with the New Age, away from the old Age.
Abuse of power, domination of others, greed, and privilege will not serve our planet as we enter this Age. With the weapons of mass destruction we have built and used before, we are putting our Earth and human family in grave danger.
An Aquarian Age demands we come together as one family, in harmonious relationship with one another, to heal our family, environment and Earth.
2010 will bring many tests, through challenging events. 2010 has more important aspects than I have seen in many years. In the greater world, economic and military concerns will grow in 2010. The Middle East will be challenged by war cries.
In our personal worlds we will be pushed to progress with the tranformation of our consciousness, our soul and lives. With every challenge is an opportunity to release the programming and conditioning from families, from culture, and religion that keep us locked in old fears and guilts, and rules for living that preclude healthy self esteem and respect for peoples different than our own.
With every challenge we move more deeply into our personal healing, holistically bringing together the deeper needs of our hearts, souls, and bodies. This way we connect with our authentic Self and our alignment with each other, the human community, and the Universe.
We have passed the eclipse and get a brief respite from such intensities. It is time now to look at our lives with new eyes.
Astrology Forecast for January 17-23
The main event this week is Jupiter leaving Aquarius, where it has been for the last year. It enters Pisces on Sunday. It will stay until eary next year 2011. The last time it was in Pisces was in 1998. Jupiter expands. Pisces is water, literal water like oceans and rivers or the metaphorical waters of feelings, emotions, spirit and soul. In 1998 the banks of the Yangtse river in China overflowed to kill over 12,000 people. A tsunami in Guinea wiped out several villages of people in 1998. And the Moon of Jupiter, Europa, was found to have an ocean of water on it under the ice that year. Bill Clinton evoked many deep emotions in America in 1998 with his sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky and the subsequent impeachment for his lies and deception. Look back to 1998 in your own life as far as emotions and your deeper spirtual growth and healing.
Expect similar water events in 2010, and even more so as Jupiter and Uranus will conjunct in Pisces. Pisces is a sign of deep soul connection and compassion. Use this aspect to increase your own compassionate side and to connect on a deep soul level with your feelings andwith empathy for those of others. If your Sun was in Pisces at birth you can expect this year to bring your authentic self out more into the open. Opportunities for your life will follow.
On Tuesday the Sun moves into Aquarius for a month. Aquarius is a sign of social consciousness mixed with true individuality. Aquarians are outside the “normal” boxes of life, even if they try not to be. Their minds can be way out there, filled with inventiveness. Some border genius and insanity with great skill. They are often highly principled and idealistic, wanting society to raise itself to better levels. They believe in groups and community, but often find it difficult, because of their distinct individuality and high ideals to fit into any groups easily. They are in their minds a lot, and also really value their independence. They are often uneasy with people or themselves showing too much emotion. Keep in mind that the internet is very Aquarius, socially active and activist, decentralized, without authoritative controls. Aquarius does not care much for authority or big egos. Get involved this month with community, group, or socially conscious endeavors to be in alignment with Aquarius.
See you next week,
Leo Knighton Tallarico
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