In the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the Water Dragon, an unpredictable and explosive creative force hidden in the dark waters of the Ghost River, the river of souls and of our personal and collective past. This Ghost River is something like what western astrologers call the Twelfth House, a place of prisons, concealment and repression where we store everything we don’t want to know about ourselves and our history. In the year of the Water Dragon, the Ghost River is activated. It’s a time when the hidden comes to light, so expect the unexpected. It’s also election year in the United States and everyone’s complexes are out there running wild. So, in the spirit of the Water Dragon and the advent of Living Change, I decided to ask the Change two questions that might give us a bit of insight into the whole electoral circus:
What is Romney hiding?
What is Obama hiding?
But in the course of preparing this blog, Change insisted there was another question that had to be answered first:
What is America hiding?
The images that came up when I posed this question showed America, collectively, as a 56 Sojourner (Primary Figure) on a journey far from the center facing a 28 Great Transition (Heart Theme), a moment of truth when it must stand alone and reject all collective wisdom, traditional moral platitudes, cultural stereotypes and personal greed. Where America wants and needs to go was expressed as 45 Gathering the resources, material, human and spiritual for a great new project that could be of benefit to all (Relating Figure). The Lines or Voices in this reading showed us poised between two disasters, burning up our rest house and all that supports us at this moment of transition (Line 3) and burning up our nest and losing all our cattle, the place where we live and what feeds us, our reservoir of wealth (Line 6). To me, these Lines represent what happened after our last President announced the War on Terror and promised that we would “spread death and destruction to the four quarters of the world in defense of our great nation” and the military adventures that followed, adventures that have bankrupted the nation financially and morally and established a virtual police state that has siphoned America’s wealth into the pockets of what Eisenhower so aptly called the Military Industrial Complex.
However between this Scylla and Charybdis of total disaster, there is, in the centers of power (Line 5) the chance of making a connection with what is hidden or repressed and rediscovering our true mandate for change. The best possible strategy in this critical time, the Ideal, is to focus on: