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HARD TIMES AND THE TRAGIC KNOWLEDGE(1)

The comments developed throughout this article are very personal opinions founded on my own experience of the study of symbols, my love and admiration for the Japanese culture, and the pain and grief l respectfully share with the people of Japan.

Much has been said and will be said about the recent events in Japan, the magnitude of the earthquake, the devastating tsunami and the massive loss of human lives and material resources. Had the calamity remained defined in terms of a mere geological convulsion, it would have been but a matter of time for the nation to recover itself; nobody can seriously doubt the hard working spirit and the intelligence of the Japanese people to overcome the accident and then rebuild their own country.



Alas! The nuclear threat of Fukushima changed for ever the perspective of the future development of Japan. The uncertainty, the constant fear of a cataclysm that would totally wreck the country making life impossible for its inhabitants, keeps people in the situation of a hostage of their own territory, with the country’s own advanced technology transformed in a sort of device ready to blast at any moment. Indeed, the two main sources of power for the functioning of the modern regime of life, especially in Japan, water and electricity, seem to be constantly manipulated by an evil mind. My vision of Japan has always been associated to light and water. The mere emblem of Japan, the Sun, is related to light and to active energy; as well as in agriculture, water is fundamental for most of the cultural traditions in Japan, just think of ritual baths and tea ceremony among so many.
         
All this sounds like a nightmare from which we cannot wake up. But we have to. On the one hand, even the most optimistic we can no longer expect that things will ever be the same, the nuclear pollution will be still there for future generations. We have to go on living, adapt ourselves the best we can, and make the best of it. On the other hand, this sort of turn of the screw, this unexpected aftermath of the earthquake, this hostage situation as l called it, seeming to warn us: ‘you are not supposed to forget it so easily’, and this must mean something.

Our challenge is to find the proper way to meditate about the meaning of all this, providing there is any meaning. It is my purpose to brood on this perspective. I cannot pretend to have an answer, it would be preposterous on my side; l only want, humbly, to inquire on the possible ways to approach the meaning of this situation, to open a new path; everybody is invited to find an answer according to his or her experience.

The tragedy of Japan threatens the whole world and it is a severe warning for all those countries using nuclear power. Besides earthquakes and tsunamis, there are thousands of possible accidents that might occur in other countries, countries with governments far less efficient than Japan. In spite of all the mistakes and blunders, the emergency happened in the best well prepared place in the world. If the nations of the Earth do not learn the lesson, mankind is doomed.

In my opinion, the most accurate date to cast a chart for Japan is for the 11th of February, 1889, when the Meiji Constitution act was signed at 10:30 in the Asakasaka Palace. It is a fascinating chart, full of mystery; the Sun is in Aquarius in the 10th house displaying the capacity to become an innovative (Sun in Aquarius) world leader (10th house), this tendency is stressed by Uranus in the 6th house (work and technology); Mercury (intelligence and skills for adaptation) is also in a high position. In a chart’s country, the Moon represents the people and their ancestral traditions; this Moon in Gemini shows a capacity for versatility and adaptation to radical changes (stressed by the square of Mars), the Second House where this planet is, area of money and material resources, talks about the capacity for making money, all this is made more powerful because of the presence of Jupiter (expansion) in the cautious sign of Capricorn and in the Eighth house (power and control).

However, I have no intention to explore Japan’s chart as a whole, this can be the subject for another article. I only intend to concentrate myself in those aspects that show the tragic dimension of the chart and the possible hidden meaning of them. In order to develop this idea, we have to discuss about the deep significance of tragedy.

First, l want to repeat again an idea a Kundalini Yogi once taught in a workshop l attended in Assisi, Italy: ‘after a catastrophe strikes an individual or a whole community, the tendency is to remain aghast and incapable of action. We can read the perplexity in the faces of the people affected by a disaster, they are petrified, unable to move, they can remain in this state the rest of their lives.’ This is, of course, only normal and human; but according to the Kundalini tradition, what we should do at those moments is use the impact and the massive discharge of energy for transforming our situation. It is easy for a yogi to say this because yoga trains body reactions, works with extreme emotions. From this perspective, l can only suggest something very practical: to learn some breathing techniques or just to keep the focus on the breathing rhythm; we can practice this, for example, every time we read or watch scaring news; and, if possible, to attempt this during an earthquake, provided it is not too strong.(to be continued)

In Japanese

by xavier_astro | 2011-05-01 00:00  

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