It might as well have been a past life. I was someone else back then, and I was somewhere else, with an entirely different group of people. As the memory flooded into my mind, I wondered … If we can remember being in a different place and time in this incarnation – and in such vivid detail – why should we not be able to remember lives in other places and times outside of this lifetime? What’s the obstacle?
I believe it’s hard-wired into our brains, a necessary adaptation not unlike a scientific experiment in which the variables are controlled in order to understand cause and effect. Being able to see everywhere at once would impair our ability to function in the moment, and we probably wouldn’t be able to learn much.
Sometimes, though, we pierce that veil and get glimpses of other lives. The original meaning of the word apocalypse is “rending of the veil,” the revealing of something hidden. That’s why the “Revelation of St. John” in the Christian Bible is referred to alternatively as the Apocalypse or, simply, “Revelations.” It is about John’s prophetic vision.
Some people are more adept than others. I’ve also found that some locations lend themselves to it more than others, and there are certain times of the year when we’re more apt to have contact with otherworldly beings. According to tradition, the veil between the worlds is the thinnest around this time of year. Many people I know, myself included, are more psychic while the Sun is in Scorpio, especially in the week or so leading up to Halloween. This year, it may not end there.
On November 9, the lunar North Node conjoins Pluto. The lunar nodes move in a retrograde pattern, but they turn direct now and again for a few hours or sometimes a few days. The Node will be retrograde when it conjoins Pluto, but a couple of hours later, it turns direct, just as the Moon is moving into alignment with both the Node and Pluto. If you feel a little strange around this time – dizzy, disoriented, sleepy, or otherwise “out of it,” it could be the veil in your brain lifting.
I have no idea whether this actually will happen or not, but intuitively, I see this rare alignment as a window on time, so it would makes sense that we might get memories of other lives or glimpses into other times. If nothing else, you might experience astonishing synchronicities.
While I was lying there listening to the ocean music, I suddenly remembered The Dream of Scipio, a novel by English author Iain Pears. The book is set in France during three different time periods, each an era when the old culture is being supplanted. Although there are three different protagonists, you get the feeling they are one soul, incarnated in three different lives, facing the same conflict. Each one resolves his dilemma differently, leading to a different outcome for both the hero and his love interest. Although the author apparently didn’t intend his work to be a commentary on reincarnation, it’s a brilliant portrayal of how past lives work (or, as I call them, “other lives”).
Later the same day, I went to our local thrift shop and found a carved wooden box with a zodiac wheel on top. Now what were the chances of that happening? It was made to lock, but the key was missing. And yet, the box opens perfectly.
Messages come in many forms, and sometimes we need a key to unlock the meaning of our dreams and visions. Astrology often turns out to be that key.
Wow, I thought the nodes were always retrograde. I should check out the orbital dynamics. Do you have any suggestions for further research?
Charles, it depends on whether you’re using the mean node or the true node. The mean node is always retrograde; the true node goes direct periodically. I’ve heard a couple of theories about time warps happening when the node is direct. It makes sense to me and I’m collecting data. I have definitely seen something special in clients who have the lunar node direct in their natal chart.
Would you believe that, as a result of this question, I only just now noticed my NN is direct, at least according to Astrodienst. I wonder why I never realized this before.
Well, Joe, I knew that about you. :-)
For anyone else who may want to check your birth chart on Astrodienst, be sure you click on “always use True Node” on the chart selection page. Otherwise, it automatically defaults to the mean node, and it will be retrograde.