In this very special episode I'm taking a look at the annual observance and celebration of "Black History Month" through zodiac sign of Aquarius. The month of February was chosen as the time for remembering and celebrating the lives, and contributions of Americans who were and are descendants of African slaves. Every group of people has an "origin story".
My endeavor is to answer some of the questions that surround this particular cultural event. In great part, no other calendar month could embody the visionary power represented by the sign of Aquarius. It is the astrological sign that holds the story narrative of necessary change, that is going to take place one way or another.
Aquarius and it's ruling/guiding planet, Uranus are the planetary messengers that signal collective consciousness along the lines of deep truth-telling, humanitarianism, freedom, equality, challenge to the status quo, freedom and independence. So the sign of Aquarius, the month of February and "Black History" contain echoes from the past, which are giving evolutionary directions for how to step into the potential and the collective future of humanity.
In this episode, I talk about the noted scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson and his organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and their initial effort which was called, "Negro History Week". From an Aquarian perspective, they were visionaries who peered into the future. They believed the story of descendants of people stolen from the African continent had and have a power-filled story to tell.
Why is February the calendar month for what would become "Black History Month "? Perhaps after much discussion, we can only use our imagination, it is know that Dr Woodson and his group decided to use the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. These two Aquarians were monumental and inspirational figures of the anti-slavery, abolitionist and freedom movement. Lincoln's birthday is February 12th and Douglass is February 14th.
Abraham Lincoln as president during the American civil war, would sign the "Emancipation Proclamation", which signaled a massive change in a fractured and torn country that had come into being on the backs of enslaved human beings.
Of course, there have been many questions and much speculation about Lincoln's motivation and intention for signing the Proclamation. Perhaps his life and soul purpose was to be an instrument of change for dismantling a diabolical system that was false, and perverse in every way.
Frederick Douglass, freed himself from the bonds of slavery, and would go on to become a central figure in the work to free all enslaved individuals. He was a masterful orator, writer, reformer, and champion for freedom. Like Lincoln, Douglass was also soul directed to be part of bringing about change. The whole system of slavery was built upon a belief system that was untenable and rotten at the core.
So, "Black History, African-American Heritage Month" is not separate from this country, the United States. The yearly observance and recognition is really a call for everyone to gain deeper understanding of how each individual is part of the "human tree". Many people like to think in terms of "them and us". But truth reveals, there's only one "Tree" with many branches. "Black History Month" in February is one of those branches.
Special Music for this episode: "Lift Every Voice and Sing", Lyrics by James Weldon Johnson and Music by John Rosamond Johnson.
Solo Piano Arranged and Played by M. Ruth McCants