Delacroix - French Revolution

Connections to the Past

If you hadn’t noticed, we are living in tumultuous times. For some, it is the Spring of the Nations, Springtime of the Peoples, the Year of Revolutions. Much like the same which occurred in 1848.

I wrote some time ago about the passing of Neptune into its own sign of Pisces and suggested this would be the beginning of an era like when this event last occurred in 1848. Spiritualism was one of the Big Deals beginning with the period of 1848 to 1861. But, there is more to the story, it seems.

The first year of that older period also saw many revolutions of one sort or another sweep through Europe. Now, we see a similar pattern occurring in Arab North Africa. The similarities are quite amazing.

I ran across the Phenomena of 1848 a few days after sending out that earlier note on the subject of Neptune in Pisces, but have had little time to devote to the subject until now. Here are a few gleanings:

• There was a series of political upheavals in Europe in 1848 beginning with the French Revolution (19th century version).
• Most revolutions were quickly put down, but there were long term effects from the turmoils.
• Technology of the time, the press, and the new values of different isms as well as economic downturns stirred all ranks of European society from the nobility to the middle classes to the peasantry.
• The Communist Manifesto was published in 1848.
• While industrial workers put in 13 to 15 hours a day, many were unemployed due to the current economic crisis.
• The February Revolution in France was driven by nationalist and republican ideals.
• The March Revolution in the southwestern German states set forth popular demands.
• Danes demanded a constitutional monarchy.
• Schleswig, a region of Danes and Germans, revolted.
• The Austrian Hapsburgs experienced upheavals among their German, Hungarian, Slovene, Pole, Czech, Croat, Slovak, Urkrainian, Ruthenian, etc. constituents.
• The Sonderbund War occurred in Switzerland (1847) over a new constitution which arrived in 1848.
• The Greater Poland Uprising erupted in 1848.
• The Wallachians rose up in Romanian in 1848.
• The Young Ireland Movement produced a failed revolution in 1848.
• Belgium saw its own local revolts.

That is quite a list, which may hint that we may have only seen the beginning of disaffection, revolt, violence, and turmoil in North Africa. If the energies producing past and present Years of Revolutions are as similar as they seem.

Sad to say, little changed - at least quickly - through the Year of 1848. It took a generation or more for meaningful transitions in many European states.

Change comes quicker in the present world, so that there may be reason for more expectations. But as a friend of mine suggested, “The power will just shift from one group to the other. The little guys will continue or get run over.”

“Yet those hoping for Tunisia and Egypt to make a quick transition to stable democracy will likely be disappointed. Revolutions are just the beginning of a long process. Even after a peaceful revolution, it generally takes half a decade for any type of stable regime to consolidate. Where civil war arises, as in Libya, it often takes even longer.” (Jack Goldstone, N Y Times, April 14)

My take on the whole thing. The Human Race learns slowly, so that astrological and other cycles give us repeated opportunities to learn things we missed in previous rounds.

Comments invited. SPDX and Astrology next time.

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George Nemec sent me the following lyrics after reading last week’s note on Old Souls. Thanks, George.


OLD SOUL by BOB CHEEVERS

I’M AN OLD SOUL...THATS WHAT I’VE BEEN TOLD
I WAS AT STONEHENGE ON THE DAWN PATROL
I’VE SEEN THE SUNRISE ON EACH GENERATION
I’VE KNOWN THE ICONS OF CIVILIZATION
I WROTE IT ALL ON A DEAD SEA SCROLL
THEN I WATCHED IT FALL THRU A BLACK HOLE
I’VE SEEN HISTORY UNFOLD...
I’M AN OLD SOUL...I’M A REAL OLD SOUL

I GRABBED THE APPLE RIGHT OUT OF EVE’S HAND
TOOK A BIG BITE JUST THE WAY IT WAS PLANNED
THEN THE FACE OF THE DEVIL LOOKED ME IN THE EYE
SHE SAID...:”YOU HAVE FULFILLED WHAT I PROPHESIED”
THE EARTH STOOD STILL...IT WAS FREEZING COLD
THERE WERE BOLTS LIGHTNING AND THE THUNDER ROLLED
BUT THE ANGELS HAD HOLD OF AN OLD SOUL

    I LED THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE...
    I’VE BEEN A HERO AND I’VE BEEN A SLAVE
    I WAS A PHARAOH AND A VOODOO PRIEST...
    I KNEW COLUMBUS AND THE PRINCE OF PEACE

YOU COULD SAY I’VE BEEN THRU A FEW INCARNATIONS
A TIME TRAVELER WITH NEW INFORMATION
ALL ABOUT  MY TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
OF LIVING THRU THESE WILD SITUATIONS
IN A WORLD WHERE TRUTH IS SO CONTROLLED
AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS A BIG SINK HOLE
WHERE TIME TAKES IT’S TOLL
ON AN OLD SOUL...

    I AM THE BUILDER OF FOUR ROCKET SHIPS
    ONE FOR EACH HORSEMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE
    I WAS OLD KING COLE AND THE QUEEN OF THE NILE
    I’M AN OLD SOUL IN THE BODY OF A CHILD
    I’M A REAL OLD SOUL...I’M A REAL OLD SOUL
    I’M AN OLD SOUL

(C)BOBCHEEVERSMUSIC SESAC
http://bobcheevers.com


COMMENTS FROM GEORGE NEMEC, DALLAS, TX.

Change in the middle east and Africa taking time

Totally agree.

I think the primary reason democracy worked in the US earlier than Europe
is that the US started from scratch.  There was no hierarchical structure
for money (founded on people thrown out of debtor prisons, so no history of
money as power - no one had lots money so everyone was relatively equal),
no religion/ political entanglement - all the religious practices were also
the ones thrown out of Europe, and no monarchical heritage that had
political power consolidated.  Democracy (tolerance of others) had to work
for elementary survival.

Middle east & Africa have too many problems to overcome.

Money  - too much money in too few hands (sounds like America these days).
The class that is in power doesn't know to spread the money around to
everyone (what really keeps the peace - people happy and not starving).  I
read somewhere this year that the black market and bribes in Afghanistan
was equal to the rest of the economy.  I think that in these countries, to
have any money, at all you had to live off the black market and bribes;
because the rich were overcharging for goods, services, and bribes; and
taking too much money out of circulation.  Same with Russia until the
Berlin Wall fell.

Fear based religion which are a reflection of a police state to enforce
maintaining the current economic, religious, and political structures


PS I have relatives in Czechoslovakia.  When the Berlin wall fell they took
all the money they had been hiding form the communists for years and built
themselves a truly non-Communist house.


COMMENTS FROM HARLEE WATSON, MONIAIVE, SCOTLAND

Great email :)

Yep I am a firm believer that we are a changing - evolving and for us (humanity) to evolve means the destruction of many of our illusions/ways of living, so I kinda relish all the so called turmoil that we are witnessing - it HAS to be - the old ways are no longer needed and voids are created in order to be filled with a more inclusive thinking (for eons it has been individualistic either as a person or a nation)
Crises have to happen for us to rethink our ways, to give us opportunities, every individual has many opportunities in their lifetime but individuals seem to have less perception/understanding when it comes to national or global crises and get bogged down in doom and gloom.
I guess that is part of our resposibility (as so called disciples)to aid folks to understand the bigger picture and see the positive rather than going with the hysteria of media.
History (and herstory) should be reviewed with more impersonality and seen as a great aid in our push towards a more enlightened way of being, I have been watching some great programmes now being shown here in just that vein, an unbiased history being backed by other sciences to give a truer perspective rather than the myths and propoganda with which we are taught in school.
Within all the crises happening we are also seeing so many repsond that reveals the inclusiveness of all life.........we are witnessing the birthing of a new age......the next step along the path........group thinking/working/caring etc

Much love n light Blessings be
H


COMMENTS FROM NICOLAS ORTIZ CUE, MONIAIVE, SCOTLAND

Yes, there are times in history that are far more intense than others. Patterns do happen. Change does come about any way. Things may appear to be slow or fast moving, but then again, I suppose that has to do with the perspective of the onlooker.

As you say, changes do happen faster now a days, North Africa, as other Islamic states in the Midel East are shifting while Obama is urging Congress to stop subsidies to Oil Companies !!!!!! (You mean they get money from the people, just as the banks have been getting????), there is another root for change if we don’t want the small guy to get run over again and again. I mean, it is not only Norht Africa that needs change, it has to become a global change of mind, a different “life theory” for humanity. We know it will happen.

 
It is interesting to see that as in 1848, the sixties had a similar impulse on change in every order. Art and thought also flourished in 1848 as did in the sixties, it is not just a political issue. We are ready for the change, it is happening and it is there to be seen; from the energy availability, the cost, environmental issues attached to it, economic worries, social unrest, consideration of issues like education, health, the use of force, human rights, .... they are all there and gaining speed. Soon, art, thought will follow to “point” in a new direction. Yes, we are living exiting times, interesting times, and I am optimistic about the outcome, even if it take a “long time” for things to happen. I probably won’t take the shape of a Revolution, but the gentle road of Reform, which in the end, could be as effective or more than the sudden upturn of everything at once.


Meanwhile, let’s do our bit, whatever that may be.


Nice e-mail, as you see, you got me rambling again!

Cheers,

Nick



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