March 17, 2012

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JFK at American University

        We have been examining the US Moon in Aquarius and its connection to the free and independent people of this nation. Located at 27 degrees in the 3rd house, we're a nation of free-thinkers. With JFK's natal Uranus at 24 degrees of Aquarius, he fully understood this alternative influence and was courageous enough to champion its cause. As a leader with great popular support, he was an advocate of the people, of civil rights, and of the new frontier of space technology, challenging the nation to put a man on the Moon by the end of the decade.

        These are all Aquarian themes.

        His natal Uranus was part of a Grand Air Trine, with Venus at 16 degrees Gemini, and his natal Ascendant at 20 degrees Libra. This alignment corresponds nicely with the US Grand Air Trine, the Moon at 27 Aquarius, Mars at 21 Gemini and Juno at 20 Libra. Grand Air Trines represent an ease in communication (Gemini), a willingness to look at new perspectives (Aquarius), and an earnest desire for peace (Libra rising). In the Trine, each of these fundamental elements enhance one another, stimulating logic to produce rational conclusions. Having survived the Bay of Pigs debacle (for the moment), he selected his American University commencement speech on June 10th, 1963 to be the platform from which to launch this new initiative. Saturn had just retrograded back over his Uranus in Aquarius, with all that it implies.


President Kennedy

        "I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men..."

        "I have, therefore, chosen this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceived-- yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace.

        "What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children-- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women-- not merely peace in our time but peace for all time."

        Repeating a concern expressed by his predecessor President Eisenhower, President Kennedy went on to discuss the high cost of armament and ideology that goes along with it.

        "Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles-- which can only destroy and never create-- is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace."

        To repeat, "I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. . . For (both the United States and the USSR are) devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty, and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter weapons. . .

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        "Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history; but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind. . . But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together."

        "All this is not unrelated to world peace. "When a man's ways please the Lord," the Scriptures tell us, "he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights-- the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation-- the right to breathe air as nature provided it-- the right of future generations to a healthy existence?"

        These sentiments perfectly encapsulate the essence of the AIR element, of logic brought to its natural conclusion, of freedom being extended to all those inhabitants of the planet, of peace being the fulcrum upon which our actions are fueled, our decisions based. These are but a few of the building blocks upon which the Age of Aquarius will be based.

        It would be tempting to say that JFK was a man ahead of his time, that the world was not ready for the sentiments expressed here, but that's not true. These concepts lie within us all and they always have. It is the center which defines the circle of our world, and not the other way around.

        And the center may always be found by journeying within.

        "So, let us not be blind to our differences-- but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. . ."

        "And we are all mortal."


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