Ever wondered why they call us the millennial generation?
Well according to Wikipedia, authors William Strauss and Neil Howe are credited for coining the term in 1987. Around the time children born in 1982 were entering preschool, and the media were first identifying their prospective link to the impending new millennium as the high school graduating class of 2000. They wrote about the cohort in their books Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069 (1991) and Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation (2000).
The term pretty accurately identifies the transformation that we are currently experiencing. And while articles like the one published on HuffingtonPost.com describe other challenges facing Millennials, the biggest challenge for our generation will be to reimagine a different society built around precepts which promote prosperity, peace and abundance for all life.
Ancient tradition tells of a time when the people of the earth will have to step in to restore the earth.
There is actually a sign that signified humanity’s return to this oneness with the Earth. Although many cultures called it a different name, the meaning of the symbol remained the same. The Navajo and other Native American tribes called it the Whirling Log. The Greeks used the term Gammadion Cross. In ancient vedic tradition it is referred to as the swastika.
The name swastika comes from Sanskrit (Devanagari: स्वस्तिक), pronounced swastika in Sanskrit and swastik in Hindi and other languages which drop a short final ‘a’ and denotes “conducive to well being or auspicious”. In Hinduism, the clockwise symbol is called swastika, symbolizing surya (sun), prosperity and good luck.
According to the third chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible, 24 “After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”
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Interesting enough, the Greek term Gammadion derives its root from the Hebrew word ‘gimel.’ Gimel is the third letter of a Semitic writing system. It is written like a vav with a yud as a “foot”, and it resembles a person in motion; symbolically, a rich man running after a poor man to give him charity, as in the Hebrew alphabet gimel directly precedes dalet, which signifies a poor or lowly man.
The word gimel is related to gemul, which means ‘justified repayment’, or the giving of reward and punishment. Which makes sense given that a flaming sword was placed outside the garden of Eden to guard the entrance to eternity.
So how does this all relate to Millennials?
Simple, we are the generation chosen to set the world on the right path. All the ancient texts point to right now; to us.
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Many people refer to this time as the Age of Aquarius. While no one seems to know when this age begins (reminiscent of another Biblical prophecy). Consensus is building that we entered the Age of Aquarius when the fixed star Regulus entered into the astrological sign, Virgo.
This occurred on November 11, 2011.
A year and 40 days before the Mayan prediction.
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3HO.org offers a great summary of the Millennial shift that’s taking place within society:
The Piscean Age has been dominated by hierarchy, and power… The key to the astrological sign Pisces is “I believe.” During this age, in order for you “to be,” you needed to find someone or something to believe in. When you found that thing, you attached yourself to that thing and were guided how to live. This could be a religion, a political ideology, a charismatic leader, work, etc. The keys to life were hidden and secret in the halls of power and in the monasteries and ashrams. But you didn’t need to know these secrets, only to follow leaders and guides who did. This created vertical hierarchies as a result, and it was essential to find your place in the pecking order. This has been the foundation for human consciousness for the past 2000 years. Everything that you have learned from your parents, and they from their parents, going back 2000 years, has been colored by this Piscean frame of reference. And now that is all changing. The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.” The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.” This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality. During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself... With this understanding, it is easier to comprehend what has been happening in the world over the last 50 years. On the inner level, since the 1960’s, there has been a huge movement towards personal transformation: self awareness, self improvement, yoga, meditation, tai chi, alternative healing, natural foods, etc. There has also been a major increase in depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, and drug use, both pharmaceutical and recreational. In the outer world, we have seen amazing changes: civil rights, environmental consciousness, women’s rights, gay rights, global consciousness, etc. We have also seen the rise of fundamentalism, terrorism, partisan politics, racism, xenophobia (the fear of the “other”), and general fear mongering. This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind.
Our gift lay in being able witness to change taking place, observe the present dichotomies and be present to understand the cause and subsequent effect of opposing ideologies coming together.
There are major lessons to be learned here.
The challenge lay in accurately capturing the moment and observing the differences with the aim of gaining the highest possible solution. An article from Evolving Door Astrology explains the challenge and how we might adress it in the article, Regulus in Virgo: The Lion and the Maiden.
It’s tempting to say something clever like, “The King is dead. Long live the Queen!” But I don’t think we’re in a process of simply swapping one energy for another. Rather, we are collectively trying to create a marriage of equals between opposite (and, historically, conflicting) archetypes, that will be based on mutual respect and cooperation. This is a time to build a bridge between those opposites…
Another take on this change is described in the article Regulus – Birthdays August 21 to 23 featured on Dark Star Astrology:
…Virgo will teach Leo to put aside ego, dispense personal glory, become more humanitarian and have respect for Earth itself. Other(s)…describe a switch from service-to-self (Leo) towards service-to-others (Virgo=Service, Aquarius (Others).
In a nutshell, we will be using these next 2,000 years teaching the king (men) how to be fair and noble rulers over their domains. This can be seen in how the regal king treats the common woman. There are very important lessons to be learned during this time. As humanity learns to become more at peace with itself, it will grow beyond the boundaries of our past mistakes.
On a personal level, there will be much to be gained from the lessons being learned as a result of the karma being dished out right now. Once we’ve clearly understood the trails of our past from an objective view, we’ll be able to glean the wisdom that’s being poured out onto humanity.
So the great Millennial challenge is to clearly understand the causes behind humanity’s collective problems and bring about solutions within society that will grow generations to come. We have to be careful, compassionate and considerate in how we handle these issues.
How we handle the problems today may very well have lasting significance for generations to come. My prayer is that we take the time to do it right.
This is Benjamin.