Vision and Voice

Vision and Voice

The complete story is told in our forthcoming book: “Tequila and Chocolate, Far Travels of the Morning Star, Memoirs of this World and the Other, The Adventures of a Reluctant Prophet and His Soulmate.”

I am the Morning Star. Like many of the prophets of the past, I experienced the divine “call” as something heard and as something seen—in the form of a vision and a voice. I do not come from an established priesthood or hierarchy but I, as well as my wife, have been passed on the lineages and traditions of various indigenous spiritual and religious practices from around the world.

My vision occurred on the Big Island of Hawaii in October of 1993. My wife, Sherry, myself and a native Hawaiian healer friend were leading a group of our students to various sacred sites to experience the spiritual knowledge of the Hawaiians and the magic and power of the land and the sea. This was not the first time or the first group that we had brought to the Big Island. But this time we wanted to honor the land and the Hawaiian ancestors by conducting a very sacred ceremony called a “burning” or “feeding the spirits.” Mom and Vince Stogan, Coast Salish British Columbia elders and shamans, passed on to us the power and authority to conduct this ceremonial work after an intense apprenticeship.

A burning is a timeless ceremony that actually involves cooking food and then burning the food so that the substance and energy of it is taken into the Otherworld. This type of ceremony honoring the gods, goddesses, and ancestors by a burnt offering is ancient in form and can be traced as far back as the ancient Egyptians. In fact, our friend told us that this ceremonial way was part of the Hawaiian spiritual tradition of centuries past, but was a lost ceremonial art.

After we had completed the burning and scattered the ashes of the fire around the base of one of the palm trees, all of us returned to where we were staying to shower and then to share a meal together as an ohana. The ohana is very important to these islanders as it is to us. It stands for unity, love and always loyalty. The ohana refers to an extended family ideal, which includes not only the immediate family of mother, father, children and grandparents but also all things of the land, the sea and the sky. The ohana also includes the ancestor spirits—the ‘aumākua.

We retired early to our beds anticipating our journey the next day. We were going back to the white sand beach and the fishing village that I had visited only days earlier.

Burnings are very stressful for Sherry and me, so the thought of a restful night’s sleep before the next day’s events was manna from heaven. And it was very restful until early in the morning—pre-dawn:

Am I asleep or awake? I sit up in bed, am I sitting or still lying; is this a dream or am I awake? The night sky before me…. that star, why is it shining brighter than any other? A Heavenly Voice—This Star is you; you are this Star! The great purification is of the people! All are One….

Am I asleep? I lie back down….

As I awoke on Sunday morning, I was in awe of my pre-dawn experience. I was not sure if I dreamed it or if I was awake. The star was shining ever so brightly in the East. But what star was it? Who am I? What does this mean?

I briefly shared my experience with Sherry. We only had a short time before we needed to gather our group together and depart for the white sand beach. She suggested that I share the vision, as she called it, with our Hawaiian friend. I agreed that I needed to ask him his opinion.

As we arrived at the white sand beach, it was one of those most beautiful late mornings on the islands. The sky was a brilliant blue touched throughout with white fluffy clouds. My friend and I were both standing in the surf facing the ocean. There’s one hard and fast rule on these islands—never turn your back to the ocean as it is disrespectful and dangerous.

A short distance away our students were relaxing and swimming. We had a few minutes to talk before we needed to continue on to the fishing village. Before I could say anything, he began talking about the burning. It was a powerful and moving experience for him that included one of his ‘aumākua or ancestors coming to him in spirit form and dressed in full warrior regalia.

He paused, staring out to sea before he continued by saying, “My ancestor brought me a message… but it’s for you. My ancestor said that you are a kahuna po’o … you are a prophet bringing back ‘first knowledge’—the lost knowledge and sacred teachings that have been misunderstood, forgotten and corrupted. You have a message, path and way to share with this world, but do not identify it as being from these islands or other lands. This only separates people and does not unite them. Don’t get discouraged with the resistance you will face; it’s your destiny.”

I was amazed, but in my heart, I had always known the truth of what he was saying. It’s sometimes difficult to determine if it is your own truth from your heart or your ego speaking. To have it verified by another, as well as by the spirit world, was important to me.

I then proceeded to tell him about my vision and the voice. After I had finished explaining, he paused before saying, “In the East, brighter than the other stars… must have been the morning star.”

Even though my friend had potentially identified the star as Venus, I still needed to research and discover further proof that it was the morning star. I decided to consult my astrological birth chart. Realizing that the manner in which the planets and stars are arranged in heaven when we are born is an imprint and reflection of who we are—a guide to our soul.[i]

An astrologer who had read my chart many years before had said that it was one of the most unusual ones that she had ever seen in all the years that she had been doing charts. One unusual aspect was that my chart was called a ‘bundle,’ a very rare grouping of planets clustering together. This means that there are no afflicted aspects between the planets but an abundance of helpful conjunctions. She went on to tell me that there was a cluster of planets all in the sign of Libra in the first and twelfth houses. Both of these houses represent the inner and outer self. Furthermore, early Christians considered Libra an emblem of Archangel Mikael,[ii] who wields the sword of Truth. Libra’s spiritual quest is the reconciliation of opposites, which occurs in the heart not the mind.

Libra is ruled by Venus so a number of planets in Libra, especially in the first and twelfth houses, would be evidence of the identity of the star. What I found supported my identity as the morning star: my rising sign is in Libra at 12 degrees 05’… in the twelfth house I have my moon at 8 degrees 51′ Libra and Neptune at 7 degrees 10′ Libra… in the first house Mars is at 12 degrees 44′ Libra, Venus at 21 degrees 32′ Libra, Jupiter at 24 degrees 53′ Libra and Chiron in Libra…6 planets all in Libra clustered around my Libra ascendant, and all ruled by Venus.

In addition, my moon is conjunct my ascendant, Neptune and Mars; Mars is conjunct my ascendant and Neptune; Neptune is conjunct my ascendant; and finally, Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction at only 3 degrees apart. Both Venus and Jupiter are considered morning stars. They are known as the Greater and the Lesser Good Fortunes of all the planets

I am the Morning Star as revealed by my vision and the mandala of my soul. Further research also revealed the reasons for my knowledge of the ideal egalitarian society and a few of my past incarnations. The planet Neptune, past lives and spiritual enlightenment, is strongly positioned in the twelfth house with conjunctions to the Moon, Mars and my Ascendant. Neptune’s paradigm is the universal sea of oneness—the unity of all existence. It is the quest for redemption and for ‘lost’ Eden or the Egalitarian Golden Age. Neptune also governs mass consciousness or the collective subconscious.

Going one step further I discovered that Neptune has both Saturn (Form, Time, Far-seeing and Structure) and Pluto (Power, Transformation, Regeneration and Re-birth) sextile. Since my book is a manifesto for a religious revolution, it is interesting to note that “Neptune-Pluto appears to express itself primarily on the religious level.” My Saturn in Leo (Proud and Creative) sextile to Neptune in Libra (Harmony, Unity, the Ideal and Beauty) is a soul gift, which gives me the ability to give form to the formless. The formless is not solely limited to the ideal of non-dogmatic religious egalitarian philosophy but, and in some ways much more important, the ideal society.

Furthermore, the relationship and interplay of Saturn and Pluto in the 10th house with Neptune in the twelfth and the addition of Uranus (the Awakener) in the 9th conjunct my North Node, known as the Dragon’s head, gives me another great gift of soul—knowledge of past lives.

My vision was in 1993 and little did I expect that four years later in 1997, verification of one of my past incarnations, a past life, would be physically revealed not only to my wife (symbolically the moon) and me (symbolically the sun) but as well to twelve (symbolically the twelve constellations) of our apprentices.

[i] Based on the extraordinary ontological opus of the physicist David Bohm (1917 – 1992), a colleague of Albert Einstein, astrology is seen as a valid and sacred science. His groundbreaking work bankrupted the basic philosophy of reductionism in orthodox science.

“David Bohm’s most significant contribution to science is his interpretation of the nature of physical reality, which is rooted in his theoretical investigations, especially quantum theory and relativity theory. Bohm postulates that the ultimate nature of physical reality is not a collection of separate objects (as it appears to us), but rather it is an undivided whole that is in perpetual dynamic flux. For Bohm, the insights of quantum mechanics and relativity theory point to a universe that is undivided and in which all parts ‘merge and unite in one totality.’ This undivided whole is not static but rather in a constant state of flow and change….

Bohm calls this flow the holomovement – holo, meaning holographic-like, and movement suggesting dynamism and process…. In other words, the nature of reality is a single unbroken wholeness in flowing movement. So, everything is connected and everything is in dynamic flux. Now, in this term holomovement, holo refers to holographic structure, meaning that each part of the flow, in some way, contains the entire flow…. And the movement part of holomovement is that the whole flow is in a continual process of change.

In analogy to holography but on a much grander scale, Bohm believes that each part of physical reality contains information about the whole…. Evidence for this kind of holographic structure in nature has emerged recently in the burgeoning field of chaos theory and its close cousin, fractal geometry….

Bohm proposes that the holomovement consists of two fundamental aspects: the explicate order and the implicate order…. what we call matter is merely an apparent manifestation of the explicate order of the holomovement…. In other words, the explicate order is the manifest realm; it is the physical space-time universe in which we live. This explicate order is the surface appearance of a much greater enfolded or implicate order, most of which is hidden. Thus, the implicate order is the unseen, or the unmanifest realm.

It’s tempting, perhaps, to think of the explicate order as the primary reality, and the implicate order as a subtle secondary reality. For Bohm, precisely the opposite is the case. The fundamental primary reality is the implicate order, and the explicate order is but a set of ripples on the surface of the implicate order. So that which we can see and feel and touch is merely the waves on the surface of reality, which is a vast ocean of implicate order. Contemporary physics and, indeed, most of science deals with explicate orders and structures only, which is why physics has encountered such great difficulty in explaining a variety of phenomena that Bohm would say arise from the implicate order….

Another point that Bohm emphasized was that empty space is part of the wholeness – this unbroken flowing movement. Empty space is not just some giant vacuum through which matter moves, but rather, space and matter are intimately interconnected…. The Fifth Element

In reference to the alchemical axiom of ‘as above, so below,’ the microcosm has all the elements, essentially of the macrocosm. It is important to emphasize that each part does contain the whole, not at a manifest level but at a process level. This all leads to a kind of metaphorical understanding of how astrology might work, and it works in a way that is not mechanistic. This is very important to understand. It’s not that Pluto (planet) sends rays down to your brain, which acts as a radio receiver, picks them up, and goes and does Plutonic things. And it’s not that Pluto is in you, in the sense that the physical Pluto is much too big to be contained in your physical body. It’s that the process that’s going on in Pluto is also going on in you. In other words, Pluto (any of the planets, stars) is literally contained in you, and in me, but at the process level, not at the manifest level.”

[ii] My vision in 1993 predates the visitation in 1997.