Luke 1: 5-9 – “There was in the days of Herod, the King of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.”
I read “Night” by Elie Wiesel when I was 13 and it forever changed my perspective on Life. The book tells the memoirs of a teenager who experiences, witnesses, and most importantly, survives one of the best concrete examples I can personally think of as “Hell on Earth”, the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland during The Second World War.
When dealing with any variation of extreme trauma a human being can undergo, there is always worry associated with the victims who directly experience such hardship being able to adapt to the flow of Life following such adversity. The question arises if that person can effectively function after facing such massive changes to their psyche, emotional state, and overall sense of well-being.
For some, being able to get out of bed each day is a noteworthy accomplishment after living through such horror. For others, a large majority of the trauma is wiped clean from their memory, as a survival mechanism for the brain to cope and adapt with the new world they find themselves situated in.
There are also those who become entirely new people, where who they were at the time of the trauma is put in a mental box and positioned in an extremely hard to reach place within their mind. A place that’s high atop the shelving of compiled memories and experiences, resulting in 2 strangers being born within their psyche. One who existed in the past and another who must exist in the here and now, each made very uncomfortable should either be made aware of the other’s presence.
For Elie Wiesel, none of these were viable solutions upon his liberation from one of the worst examples of Man’s inhumanity to his fellow Man. His divine purpose for his post-Auschwitz existence would not let him forget about the past and could not allow him to be satisfied with merely “getting on with his life”. Wiesel’s soul bore the immense burden of having his experiences of facing the darkest side of the human pscyhe be emblazened in his memory, but not to serve the purpose of karmic negation by fueling the fires of vendetta or seeking retribution against those who had so wantonly destroyed what he had lost.
By virtue of experiencing first hand what many would call “true evil”, Elie Wiesel’s karmic calling for his post-War years was to transcend anything related to himself as a mere person or individual life form. Along with bearing the burden of remembrance, as his life unfolded, Wiesel also bore the massive mantle of responsibility of being a vessel of Justice and an outspoken voice for the rights of the human being to exist.
This remembering, extremely active, vocal survivor of one of the worst traumatic events in humanity’s history now served as a gauge of moral balance for the world. His very existence reminding each of us to be vigilant by never allowing ourselves to venture near the darkness of what he experienced, if Mankind hoped to have any kind of future.
Or, if we as a species wished to continue existing on this planet altogether, period.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
From my own memory, I recall Mr. Wiesel playing an active role in bringing attention and voicing fierce opposition to events occurring during my own lifetime which were alarmingly clear indications we as a species were not learning from our karmic transgressions of the past. By his blowing Humanity’s whistle of Moral Alarm, society as a collective whole was being given warning that once again, humankind was venturing dangerously close to the abyss of darkness, through such recent world events as :
– The genocide of the Tutsi people of Rwanda
– The”ethnic cleansing” of Albanians from Bosnia-Herzogovina
As a vessel of Justice, Wiesel brought attention to events which took place before his own life had begun that violated the right for the human being to exist, such as the downplaying of the Turkish genocide of Armenians during World War I, a global crisis which Adolf Hitler himself used as a point of reference to justify his actions when announcing to his troops before invading Poland:
“Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?”
In 2007, The Elie Wiesel Foundation For Humanity issued a letter signed by 53 Nobel Laureates, including Wiesel himself, to the Turkish government stating their campaign to downplay their actions during the Armenian genocide acted as a “double killing“.
Throughout the course of his extraordinary life, the Universe has time and again given Elie Wiesel concrete proof of fulfilling his destiny as a vessel of Justice through various recognitions of distinction such as the Congressional Gold Medal, the Medal of Liberty, Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor, Honorary British Knighthood, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, just to name a few, as well as the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, where his “practical work in the cause of Peace”, according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, “had delivered a powerful message of peace, atonement and human dignity to humanity.”
In the Nobel Committee’s speech which preceded the presentation of the Peace Prize, Elie Wiesel was given a title of transcendant karmic distinction when he was deemed,“Messenger to Humanity”.
The Astrological Messenger of Humanity
A few years ago, I was listening to Mr. Wiesel being interviewed on the radio. He was asked to give his opinion regarding a globally noteworthy event which had just occurred, that of President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 2009. Mr. Wiesel’s repeated use of a particular word in the quoted response below revealed to me his astrological foundation:
“But I am a person who loves beginnings, I love beginnings. The mystery of beginnings is part of Jewish mysticism. And in this case, in politics, of course, because it’s also – it is a good thing, it’s a promise. The Nobel committee says that he represents a promise and I’m sure that he will try to fulfill it.”
Upon hearing his 3rd mention of the word “beginning” with such genuine joy, I exclaimed out loud to myself (and the interior of my car), “The man HAS to be a cardinal sign.”
And indeed he is.
The 4 cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, each mark the times of year when The 4 Seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall begin. By virtue of their placement happening in synch with the advent of a new season, the cardinal signs function best when they perceive things to be new, previously untried, and fresh.
Said another way, the cardinal signs love beginnings.
The Messenger to Humanity was born beneath a cardinal sign. Considering Wiesel’s moral purpose of being a vessel of Truth and Justice, only one Zodiacal sign matches the man. A sign whose astrological glyph is an interchangeable symbol of Truth and whose astrological symbol is a visible part of every court of Law, since it represents Justice, itself – Libra.
Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania on September 30th, 1928. Since his time of birth is not known, a defined natal chart complete with proper House delineations cannot be cast, however what can be definitely observed are the sign placements of each of the planets of the Solar System. For September 30th, 1928 they are as follows:
Sun in Libra, Moon in Aries, Mercury & Venus in Scorpio, Mars in Gemini, Jupiter in Taurus, Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Virgo, Pluto in Cancer, North Node in Gemini, South Node in Sagittarius
Before addressing a karmically pivotal turning point in Mr. Wiesel’s life, which of itself, was a very recent newsworthy event, along with interpreting key planetary factors which were activated both natally and by progression during that most crucially karmic of times, it must be noted that the Nobel Laureate shares the same date of birth with another notorious pursuer of Truth in its most powerfully raw and naked form. The gifted writer Truman Capote, who single handedly created an entire genre of literature with his masterpiece of non-fiction, “In Cold Blood”, was born on the 30th of September as well.
In Part II, we soon shall discover that The Holocaust wouldn’t be the only time in Elie Wiesel’s life where his foundation of God would be shaken to its core and his belief in humanity would be tinged with trepidation. A second, almost incomprehensible trial of faith occurred which also was a newsworthy event from the not so distant past.
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