On Independence Day, I gathered with neighbors at a local park for the annual festivities. It was a sunny day, and people picnicked in the shade of lovely old trees while kids played games on the grass. I wondered how many of them realized that underneath lie the bones of San Diego’s earliest settlers. Because I went to grade school next door to Pioneer Park, I remember when it was a magical cemetery full of alabaster statues and marble crypts. Later, vandals began defacing the gravestones and the city removed most of them; the remaining few are clustered in one corner.
Lost in my memories, I snapped to attention as a fervent young councilman took the stage. He asserted that America now faces a dilemma similar to that of the Founding Fathers. He quoted them in the Declaration of Independence as calling the British King a tyrant, “unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” When in a dire situation like this, they wrote, it is the peoples’ “duty to throw off such a Government.”
My ancestor Joseph Hewes, a wealthy merchant and member of the Continental Congress, was one of those brave souls who were willing to sacrifice all for freedom. He helped forge a document based on the revolutionary idea that this land belongs to all of us. Yet this promise has never truly been fulfilled, as so many Americans have been considered second-class citizens or not even fully human. Two hundred and forty one years later, we’re still dominated by a greedy few who believe America is theirs alone. And things are reaching critical mass.
The upcoming Capricorn Full Moon (July 8, 9:07 p.m. PDT) thrusts militant Mars and power-hungry Pluto into the spotlight. Thus begins this summer’s transformational transits that will reveal to us exactly what’s not working and must change before it’s too late. With the Sun and Mars in Mother Cancer opposing the Moon and Pluto in Father Capricorn, parental issues will be up for many. Childish behavior will be rampant, especially at the highest levels. It may be hard to separate the personal from the political, yet this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Now we honor the bones of our ancestors by responding to personal and collective affairs with maturity, and by standing up for what’s right. Another revolution may be at hand – sparked by events between this Full Moon and the dramatic Aug. 21 total solar eclipse in Leo. But that doesn’t have to mean bloodshed in the streets. The revolution can also happen via legal and peaceful means. At this Full Moon, stay grounded by spending time in nature and taking good care of yourself. Avoid rash behavior, ask for whatever support you need and band together with those of like mind. The revolutionary spirit is reawakening; I know our ancestors would be proud.