Reading jm’s post on the I Ching symbol for Decay got me started thinking about the changes in the attitude toward death in this country in the last 40-50 yrs or so. It’s become almost a social “no-no” to even mention the reality that all living beings die, sooner or later. When I was a 1st year nursing student in a Catholic Teaching hospital in 1965, we were all ushered into the nursery to be shown a newborn baby with practically no skull. At that time, the usual practice was to simply allow Nature to takes its course. Now it’s pull out all the stops to save all life at considerable expense to the families, both financially and emotionally. Where did this change? Was it when Pluto moved into Virgo in the sixties? Was it the movement of the bulk of the population from rural to urban centers? Growing up on farms was to observe the cycle of life first hand. The cattle, chickens, pigs, etc, raised for food, were often butchered right on the spot. Not all the baby kittens, puppies and chicks survived to adulthood, and we often saw them dying or killed in front of us. And for those of us whose family members hunted & fished for meat to feed the family, we saw & often helped in that too. This is the Mother’s way – there is no “wrong” attached to it, it simply “is”. When we fail to appreciate or participate in the process of birth, death & rebirth, we are shutting ourselves away from Life it’s self.
With so much of the population isolating themselves from the Natural world by living in large urban areas, buying their food at grocery stores, getting a great of their information in the form of “info-bits” on the boob tube, and generally living out their lives in air conditioning, they are very sadly unprepared when the Mother steps in! Katrina is a prime example of the resulting chaos. Another example is the power outages caused by the extreme heat across so much of the country over the last several weeks. There have been hints of more changes to come, especially in late August. I will leave the details of that to the astrologers whose specialty is following the large cycles of the outer planets. Pat Paquette over on Pisces Chronicles has several excellent articles & has promised us more about the timing of these events.
Let’s consider how we view Pluto’s processes since, as I noted before, many of us here have active Pluto’s in our charts and plenty of first hand experience of learning to give up controlling actions and expectations. Developing personal rituals to name the person, situation, whatever and release those to the highest good is often helpful. We can also find valuable information in the stories of those who came before us. All cultures have myths & legends that surround the cycle of death & rebirth, and going to these sources and re-connecting to our heritage can bless us in many ways.
The photo is of the home place in the deep of winter in the ’50s – before the Spring and renewal. . .