America At The Crossroads
Whose values?" was the question fairly screaming from Newsweek's cover.1
Inside, a discussion of "the coming debate over values" focused on the 60s
and their fateful fruitage. For that was the decade, according to Senior
Editor Joe Klein, when catastrophic change convulsed America. Previously,
"there was a time when America's culture was hegemonic, placid and family
oriented." Too, "the pristine image wasn't entirely a myth."
But with the dawn of the 60s, according to the article, things began to
hasten downhill. For instance, as the divorce rate sky-rocketed, it produced
a pernicious plethora of problems, primarily for the children: "80 percent
of the adolescents in psychiatric hospitals" were "from broken families,"
also "three out of four teenage suicides." Their "ability to learn is
impaired"; they are "20 to 30 percent more likely to be injured in an
The article quoted a social historian: "We have conducted a 30-year
experiment in desublimation" which "has caused a moral hangover"; "the $4
trillion national debt" is "a metaphor for the moral deficit incurred during
the nation's 30-year spree."2
It is refreshing to find a leading news journal, known for past
criticisms of traditional morality, come out so strongly in favor of what
had been the accepted moral norm in the nation's first 181/2 decades. Only a
fraction of a small paragraph in the article elaborated on the concept that
"hegemony" (the pre-1960 moral climate) had its "downside." But don't, for
that matter, all things mundane?
Missing from Newsweek's piece was any real explanation why, after 181/2
decades, America suddenly began to turn its back on a value system that had
hoisted it from a 5th-rate nation to a superpower which for a brief post-
World-War-II interlude not only held greater global sway than any other
nation ever, but also was producing half the world's goods and services
though but 1/20 of the population. Newsweek suggests that "the slivering of
America," as it called what happened during the 60s, came because "common
values are impossible in so diverse a country."
But is that really so? The degree of diversity had not increased between
the 1920s Ä when immigration was first restricted Ä and the middle 60s. The
1965 Immigration Act set out to drastically change things, but it can be
argued that its real impact was not felt for a few years.
There's occult light on the cause and course of the 60s. For most of
that decade, the powerful Uranus-Pluto conjunction transited the heavens.
Uranus negatively3 is the planet of rebellion; Pluto intensifies all it
touches. The conjunction occurred in the sign Virgo which, in the U.S.
chart, holds Neptune. Thus in the U.S. natus three "malefic" planets4 were
"together," compounding the problem. Too, in 1962 there was a powerful
conjunction in Aquarius which, on the downside, produces rebellious
behavior. No wonder there was reaction against the past. But why?
During all the decade, Neptune was transiting the sign Scorpio. It,
negatively, leads to self-indulgence. Neptune, for those unable to respond
to its vibrations constructively, is a deceptive influence. It casts a false
glamor over that which is sinister and seductive, making it appear a source
of gratification and gain whereas actually it is the very opposite.
A well-known Bible story illustrates this, When King David saw Bath-
sheba, Uriah's wife, he was attracted by her beauty, Bath-sheba means
"fulfillment."5 The "now generation" of the 60s, like David of old drawn to
the illicit, believed that by throwing off the restraints of traditional
values and violating cosmic/moral law, it would find "fulfillment." But even
as David's fling brought disaster and death, the promiscuity unleashed in
the 60s produced broken homes, venereal disease, AIDS, etc. Some called the
60s' life style "free love." Life teaches that often one pays most dearly
for that which one thought to obtain "free"; also that wisdom flees the
pleasure that bites tomorrow.
America's birth map clearly shows that adherence to the principle of
home and family is best for it. Venus is the planet of values; it is in
Cancer, sign of the traditional, on the cusp of the 2nd house off material
possessions, along with Jupiter of prosperity. Language can't be clearer,
nor the record more so that probity produces prosperity. It was when
traditional values began to be repudiated that national indebtedness began
getting out of control.6 There can be no doubt Ä the 60s syndrome was not
good for America.
That's why it is extra important to address a still lingering
misconception regarding that decade. It is, that somehow the "new morality"
then "introduced" and the "new age" are closely related. Times without
number, both the electronic and print media have referred to the drug scene
of Haight-Ashbury, the drugs-and-rock-and-roll "event" at Woodstock etc. as
the dawning of Aquarius Ä incorrectly.7 Nothing could be further from the
truth. Just because they share the word "new" does not necessarily mean they
have anything else in common: For instance, there are Indians in Kansas and
Indians in Calcutta; identical name, yet entirely different. Or, both
liberals and conservatives in the U.S. would resent being equated with their
namesakes in Mainland China! Language can conceal truth just as easily as
reveal it, as Voltaire correctly asserted; trying to equate "new morality"
with "new age" is a case in point.
The New Age message is really only new in the sense of being an adaptation
of the ageless Ancient Wisdom, which "has never been completely obliterated
from the world."8 And the "new morality" so called, is basically just the
old immorality, new in but two respects: it has at its disposal the
sophisticated tools of the 20th century, and it is frighteningly brazen:
previously in America, devious behavior generally had a guilt complex about
it; nowadays it vigorously vies for acceptance as an alternate life style.
Regrettably, some adherents of the "new morality" have professed to be
New Agers. Obviously, this had made it easier to believe there actually is a
link between "new morality" and "new age." But just because someone talks
about the stars and steers clear of steak does not make one a New Age
Christian. Hitler didn't eat meat for fear of cancer and until May, 1941, is
said to have had at least five astrologers, but surely nobody would call him
a New Ager: Not what's in the mouth and mind but in the heart and therefore
the life decides whether one is on the Path: "The fundamental aim of New Age
religion is to awaken the Christ within man,"9 and this calls for strict
The Bible confirms this. Isaiah was the prophet of the New Age,10 and no
Old Testament seer has given us a more exalted vision of God's holiness than
he in the sixth chapter of his prophecy, which also contains the human
response thereto. The spiritual state of exaltation there described in no
way harmonizes with the pathetic permissiveness of the "new morality."
There's another reason why the morality of the 60s and "New Age" must
never in any way be associated. Not only are their ethics and morality as
different as night and day, but while the "new morality" tends to lower
society's standards as a whole, the genuine New Age message can raise them
in a way nothing else can: How? By shedding light on those areas of
"orthodox" theology that tend to undercut traditional morality.
To be specific: multitudes are finding it difficult in the extreme to
accept the literal six-day creation account. Neither can they embrace the
idea that a God of Love would consign multitudes who never even had a chance
to hear His message to an eternity of torment. Because of this inability to
wholeheartedly believe the old traditional theology, they cannot help but
wonder whether the traditional morality that goes along with it deserves
their full adherence, The Western Wisdom message, by revealing the harmony
between science and religion as well as explaining the hidden (occult) truth
and beauty of those portions of Scripture that cause the unenlightened to
stumble, can reinforce peoplet's faith in the pillars of Christianity.
Nothing more than this will help an America hesitant at the crossroads to
choose the right road.11
l. Newsweek, June 8, 1992.
2. One lesson and only one, history may be said to repeat with
distinctness: that the world is built somehow on moral foundations; that in
the long run, it is well with the good; in the long run, it is ill with the
wicked." Successful Christian Living, Harry Emerson Fosdick, p. 159, quoting
historian James Froude. "We are born into a moral order... and if we defy
that order, our end is darkness." The New American, Volume 6, Number 19, p.
38. "If there is no God, all is permitted." Ivan Karamazov, in Dostoevsky's
The Brothers Karamazov. "Only the policy that is morally right is
victorious." Eduard Shevardnadze, former foreign minister of the Soviet
Union, New York Times Book Review, September 22, 1991, p. 7. "Democracy
demands more obedience to the moral law than any other form of government."
Louis D. Brandeis, late associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1916-
39), Treasury of Inspirational Anecdotes, E. Paul Hovey, p. 148. "To educate
a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore
Roosevelt, E. Paul Hovey, op. cit., p. 160. "There is not one great American
in history who was born in a home of infidelity." Wilbur M. Smith, I Quote,
Virginia Ely, ed., p. 129.
3. At this stage of human evolution, the masses cannot respond creatively to
the outer orbs' high-octave vibrations. See Astrology and its Practical
Application, Else Parker, p. 121; The Spiral of Life, Wickenburg and Meyer,
p. 21; Alan Oken's Complete Astrology, Alan Oken, p. 224.
4. No planets are intrinsically "malefic," but some have been described thus
due to human difficulty presently to respond to them aright.
5. 2 Samuel 11; Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, p. 99.
6. U.S. News & World Report, June 1, 1992, p. 72.
7. See "New Age and Hippies," Newsweek, June 15, 1992, p. 41.
8. The New Age Bible Interpretation, Old Testament. Volume I, Corinne
Heline, pp. 71, 72.
9. The New Age Bible Interpretation, Old Testament, Volume III, Corinne
Heline, p. 65.
10. The New Age Bible Interpretation, Old Testament. Volume IIl, Corinne
Heline, p, 280. 11. Proverbs 14:34; 29:2.
Valentine's Day: A New Age Look
Salesclerk: "Can I help you, Sir?"
Customer: "I'm looking for half a dozen cards with the message 'To my
one and only Valentine.'"
Just about everybody knows that seven weeks after Christmas it is time
to send a gift to that very special person. Few know why, or how it all got
started. The basic facts are these:
Around 270 A.D. there lived a Christian priest in Rome named Valentine
who encouraged believers amid the persecutions of Emperor Claudius II
("Gothicus"). Eventually he was apprehended and, on refusing to recant,
tortured to death. Decades later, a Bishop of Rome generally known as Pope
Julius I (337-52 A.D.), in whose time Christianity in the Empire was legal,
built in his honor the church Porta del Popolo; he was later declared a
martyr-saint and duly honored.
It so happened there was also a Valentine, bishop of Terni, in the
Italian region of Umbria, who was also martyred. That helps explain why
February 14 later began to be called Valentine's Day, rather than by some
But what has all that to do with the present-day practice of sending
gifts and "Valentines"? Amazingly little. One theory holds that Valentine's
Day is merely an adaptation of a pagan festival to the Roman goddess
Februata Juno, during which boys and girls drew lots as to who would be
their special friend. Eventually the names of "saints" were substituted by
the Church for those of youngsters, and the name "Valentine" won out in the
Another theory has it that mid-February generally brings the first omens
of spring and this should be celebrated; that birds are said to start their
mating season then; that it is supposed to go along with Mardi Gras (Fat
Tuesday), the celebration that in some places (in the U.S., especially in
New Orleans) marks the start of Lent. To summarize: there simply is no
complete/definitive account Or Valentine's Day's origin.1
But this much is certain: "The [Christian] feasts of the year have the
very deepest occult significance."2 True, one might think of the martyrs and
their courage, especially when singing such hymns as "Faith of Our Fathers
living still, in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword."3 But that, inspiring as
it may be, is not "the very deepest occult significance" that should be
attached to February 14.
Then what is? We find a clue in the very next sentence after "the very
deepest occult significance." It speaks of "the planets. . . going about in
their orbits." Would astrology, which unlocks so much of Life's mystery,
also be of help in searching for "the very deepest occult significance" of
Indeed. "Humanity enters the Aquarian Age via its Libra-ruled
decanate."4 As students of the stellar science know, the 30 degrees of the
Zodiac allotted to each sign are divided into three 10-degree portions,
called decans or decanates, because each has 10 degrees. The first is
totally controlled by the same sign that "owns" the entire 30 degrees, the
following one by the next sign of the same element, and the third by the
last sign of the same element. In the case of Aquarius, an air sign, the
first decan obviously is "double Aquarius," the second is under the sub-
influence of Gemini, and the third under that of Libra, is ruled by Venus of
love, the planet most closely identified with Valentine's Day. In other
words, we are led to conclude February 14 has a New Age significance.
What? A somewhat frivolous occasion like February 14 is tied in with
that transcendent far-off Divine Event toward which all the world is moving,
Aquaria's appearance? In a way. How? February 14 is about as close as one
can come to the middle, or heart, of February, which ordinarily has 28 day
except for 29 in leap year. Even as February 14 has a special name, so does
the entire month. It is called Brotherhood Month, very appropriate because
the first two-thirds of February is under Aquarius' sway, and it is the sign
of brotherhood. The last third is under Pisces' aegis, the sign that
dissolves barriers, including those that need to be dissolved to bring about
All that is no "accident," for "there is no such thing as an accident."5
So what does that give us? Right in the middle, or heart, of Brotherhood
Month is a day set aside for giving! In the very center of brotherhood is
the idea of benevolence! That, indisputably, is the great lesson of February
14! For the "heart" of the New Age ideal is the desire on the part of people
to be helpful, benevolent, giving Ä rather than taking, as is the majority's
Life confirms this. History reveals that brotherhood's great bane has
always been the fact that some have been desirous to take from others,
making brotherhood impossible, for it is posited on the idea of equality.
Surely America's most egregious example of "anti-brotherhood" has been
slavery, in the practice of which the victim has been deprived of the fruits
of his labors and liberty. There was master and slave, superior and
inferior, a relationship diametrically opposed to brotherhood.
In parts of America, slavery was followed by segregation, which deprived
its victims of their human dignity. As someone put it: We send money and
missionaries overseas so the people there might go to heaven, but we don't
think they're good enough to sit down beside us here. World-famous Billy
Graham used to say, 11 A.M. Sunday is America's most segregated hour of the
week. But even as the rising Sun dispels the nocturnal darkness, so the dawn
of the New Age of Aquarius has been the reason why during this century more
barriers to brotherhood have fallen than at any other time in recorded
Not just in America. At this century's start, over 90% of Africa was
under European sway, as were also many regions of what nowaday is called the
"Third World." In China, Westerners sold opium at the point of a gun,
exploited native labor to the hilt, and rubbed salt into deep scars by
cynically carousing in clubs whose front doors sported signs like "dogs and
Chinese (note the order) not admitted."
Why is so much of the "Third World" so deeply in debt to the West? The
latter realized years ago that the former could not buy its goods if it
remained in poverty, which would also eventually bring poverty to itself.
Hence huge loans were made. Now, their recipients have a hard time repaying
the $1.4 trillion owed. If the "First World" had not kept the "Third World"
down for so long, the latter would not have needed to borrow so much in the
first place, and wouldn't be owing so much now. As Booker T. Washington
wisely said, If you want to keep a man down, you have to stay down with
him.7 This might be paraphrased, By taking from another, one is taking from
oneself. Conversely by giving to another, one is giving to oneself.
There's an object lesson of all this here in the U.S. The areas where
segregation once prevailed have for long been the poorest. By keeping a part
of the population in a sort of second-rate citizenship, others as well were
being dragged down. A major reason why the world, especially economically,
is in the shape it is in, is because there has been too much "what's in it
for me" thinking. "Selfishness is the prime cause of diseases, sorrows, and
pains. Selfishness is the supreme besetting sin."8
That calls for the transformation that produces the sort of individual
who "lives only that he may give, not only of his worldly possessions, be
they great or small, but his very self, in service to others."9 That is what
Valentine's Day should remind us of, being, as it is, right in the middle,
or heart, of Brotherhood Month.
1. Butler's Lives of the Saints, Volume I, pp. 332-334; The Encyclopedia of
Catholic Saints, Volume 2, pp. 89-93.
2. The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions and Answers, Volume I, Max
Heindel, p. 178.
3. Max Heindel, op. cit., pp. 235, 236.
4. Astrology, The Divine Science, Moore and Douglas, p. 703.
5. Max Heindel, op. cit., p. 122.
6. New Age Bible Interpretation, Old Testament, Volume III, Corinne Heline,
7. For occult comments on the life of this great man, see The Rosicrucian
Christianity Lectures, Max Heindel, p. 336.
8. The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions and Answers, Volume II, Max
Heindel, p. 143.
9. The New Age Bible Interpretation, Volume IV, The New Testament, Part I,
Corinne Heline, p. 120.
Bosnia, Serbia, Aquaria
For years astrologers have been telling us that when the heavy orbs,
Uranus and Neptune, will start their transit through Aquarius later this
decade, there would be an upsurge of New Age activity and ideals, especially
related to "the Brotherhood of Man."1 For a brief moment after Communism's
collapse in the late 80s, it was believed by some that global fraternity had
arrived. But what have we now? A slew of civil strife. Within the former
Soviet Union, multitudes have been killed in Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaidzhan,
Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia, and Abkhazia. Attempts by Turkey and Iran to
compete for ascendancy in Central Asia have also been destabilizing. Things
are far worse in former Yugoslavia, whose breakup was also caused by
Communism's demise,2 whose wars took over 6,000 lives the first six months
alone3 and by mid-1992 had created over two million refugees.4
Also recently the Scots have clamored to leave England and Quebec's
Francophones to quit Canada. Slovakia has already withdrawn from
Czechoslovakia. So here we are, on the eve of Uranus' entry into its own
sign, Aquarius, to be followed shortly by Neptune, and an argument can be
made that Aquarian ideals, when "men everywhere will learn finally to live
as brothers,"5 seem at least as elusive as ever.
Based on surface appearance. But even as in homiletics a Biblical text
without its context may be just a pretext, so current events must be put in
their proper setting. According to an authoritative astrological voice,
Neptune transits produce "devaluation of no longer adequate or relevant
ideals."6 Since the middle of the 80s, Neptune has been transiting
Capricorn, sign of government.7 We also know that Aquarius is the sign of
Truth Ä the genuine.8 And the trouble spots mentioned above are all in
artificial situations Ä "no longer adequate or relevant."
The old U.S.S.R. consisted of scores of minorities all forcefully
incorporated by the biggest group. Yugoslavia was created artificially after
World War I out of the remnants of the defeated Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman
(Turkish) empires plus Serbia and Montenegro. Some parts of it considered
themselves as Western, others as Eastern Ä obviously with little in common.
The country was said to have had six republics; five (major) ethnic groups;
four (major) languages; three (major) religions; two alphabets (Roman and
Cyrillic); but no unity Ä hence the breakup.
Scotland also did not come under English control voluntarily. After many
wars between them, there was a dynastic union in 1603 when James VI of
Scotland became James I of Britain. The French people of Quebec came under
London's rule after the Seven Years' War (1756-63). Slovakia had been joined
to its neighbor in the West under an arrangement between U.S. President
Wilson and T. G. Masaryk, a Czech "freedom fighter," made in Washington,
D.C. The idea was idealistic; the reality artificial. So, it can be seen,
what has been happening has been the unravelling of that which was less than
It had to happen; what is regrettable is that it was not achieved
peacefully. Suppose one were to drive a car 10,000 miles and then add fresh
oil without removing the old Ä wouldn't that be a mess Ä even as infusing
new ideas into crystallized political patterns. Old bottles cannot hold new
wine, the Master told us.10 Health authorities advise us to "detoxify before
you fortify."11 It is unwise to "load up" on vitamin and mineral supplements
if the human body is still full of toxic matter; the same principle also
holds true for the body politic.
Not only are developments in earth's trouble spots basically (that is,
minus the violence) in harmony with the approach of an Aquarian era,12 so is
very much else presently transpiring. Never before, for instance, have
nations banded together altruistically to carry out joint peace-keeping
operations. Previously, nations have used unrest on their borders as excuse
to occupy to "restore" order. Thus Hitler actually helped foment unrest in
Czechoslovakia in 1938-39 as an alibi to take over. Never before have
earth's nations been as closely linked as now thanks to hi-tech; what
happens in one place can be heard and seen elsewhere almost instantaneously.
The Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit of June '92 also was significant. Not
only because it was the first of its kind, but also because definite plans
were laid to enlist all the world in ecological cooperation. For unless all
do work together, the efforts of just some will be futile. With the
possibility of 14 billion people by next century Ä the equivalent of China's
population is currently being added each decade Ä continued environmental
and atmospheric pollution will make life on earth precarious at best and
unmanageable at worst. Never before in human history has the actual choice
been between global cooperation and extermination. Pure, enlightened self-
interest will inevitably force global interaction. "The battle to save the
world's precious environment needs all of our support."13
Also unprecedented is the formation of the European Economic Community
and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).14 Both are symptomatic
of the emerging global market.15 Thus IBM's employees are 40% foreign, those
of Whirlpool over 50%; GE has its logo on microwaves made in South Korea;
Chrysler buys cars from Mitsubishi and sells them as its own.16 It is very
doubtful that there are any cars all of whose parts are made in just one
country; "made in. . ." is no longer the same as "made of. . . ."
Time magazine is not exactly an Aquarian advocate, and its veteran
editor-at-large is a cautious realist. Yet in his "The Birth of the Global
Nation" he wrote that "within the next hundred years. . . all states will
recognize a single, global authority," citing as his main reason that
"humanity has discovered, through much trial and horrendous error, that
differences need not divide."17 And the CEO of a big computer company,
pointing to its experience, declared, "Globalism is the future."18 That is
something new Ä New Age
l. Astrology, The Divine Science, Moore and Douglas, p. 277.
2. Rob Armstrong on CBS's "Capitol Ideas," August 23, 1992.
3. National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition," August 23, 1992.
4. Newsweek, August 17, 1992, p. 43.
5. Time, July 27, 1992, p. 12.
6. The Sun is Also a Star, Dane Rudhyar, p. 127.
7. Astrology Rulerships, Doris Chase Doane, p. 26. This reference gives the
10th house; of course Capricorn is the analogous sign and hence conveys the
8. Astrology, Ronald C. Davison, p. 40.
9. On the plus side, it should not be overlooked that the reunification of
Germany in 1990 ended the artificial 45-year existence of two separate
10. Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, 38.
11. Empty Harvest, Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson, chapter 7.
12. Not to be confused with the Aquarian Age.
13. Christian Science Monitor, July 23, 1992, p. 20.
14. Christian Science Monitor, July 24, 1992, p. 8.
15. "Economics and politics go hand in hand." CBS's "This Morning in
Business," August 24, 1992. Hence, cooperation in one leads to the same in
the other. Both the political unity of the 13 American colonies in 1789 and
the 39 German states in 1871 was preceded by powerful economic ties.
16. See The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century
Capitalism, by Robert Reich, Harvard economist.
17. Strobe Talbott in Time, July 20, 1992, pp. 70, 71.
18. U.S. News & World Report, July 27, 1992, p. 10. "The world's financial
markets are so intertwined that when one itches, the others scratch." Time,
August 3, 1992, p.25.