Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2011

Today is the day we celebrate the LIFE of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the day peaks in POWER of WORDS  and THOUGHTS at 9:48 pm pst when MERCURY CONJUNCTS PLUTO.

The MOON is at the end of Gemini this morning TRINE NEPTUNE in Aquarius at 6:41am pst.  Pre-dawn beauty, preparing us for this POTENT day.  MOON SQUARES URANUS and JUPITER between 7am and 10am pst at which point it goes VOID OF COURSE until 11:29 am pst, when the MOON moves int CANCER.  There is a bit of a “Mystery Zone” in teh middle of this day, during the void period.  By 11:29, we’re back in our Chariot, ready to choose our next vehicle and be ready for anything.

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Meanwhile SUN SEXTILES URANUS at 1:57 pm pst, turning our dreams into super-hero-guided messages that usher us to our next heart’s mission in creative manifestation.  Our FEELINGs are both our greatest challenge and our deepest ally, as MOON opposes the MERCURY PLUTO CONJUNCTION by 10 pm, capping our day off with the most potent aspect of the month.  The below Martin Luther King Speech has the quality and message of this Mercury Pluto Conjunction, which falls on Martil Luther King Day.  MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!  ENJOY THE timeliness of KING’s Speech!!

In honor of this powerful aspect, and in alignment with its archetypal message, flavor, and tone, i share these words with you from a famous Martin Luther King speech given at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967.

King speaks passionately as if he is speaking in my ear right now . . .
“The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one.  Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war.  Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world.  Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.

Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.  We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.  And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation’s history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history.  Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us.  If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.”
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“Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day.  We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation.  The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.  As Arnold Toynbee says: Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil.  Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time.  Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity.  The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs.  We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on.  Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numberous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.”  There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on. . . ” We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihiliation.”

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“Now let us begin.  now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter — but beautiful — struggle for a new world.  This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great?  Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard?  Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, watever the cost?  The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.

As that noble bard of yesterday, James Russell Lowell, eloquently stated:

Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth and falsehood,
For the good or evil side:
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah,
Off’ring each the bloom or blight,

Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet ’tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong:
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above his own.”

–The words of Martin Luther King Jr, April 4, 1967