Uproar in Heaven – Lessons from The Monkey King in the Age of Aquarius
We are moving into a new Age. Some say we´ve shifted into it already. Whichever celestial timeline you take, the fact that things are changing (for better or worse) is inescapable.
As a spiritual facilitator, the sheer intensity, depth and rapidity of shifts I have seen happening is nothing short of a miracle. Individuals who have borne heavy, intense karmic baggage for decades are shrugging it off in an instant of awakening and profound self-realization.
People are radically re-examing their belief systems, turning over the roles, rules, narratives, archetypes and paradigms of life they have held as sacred, unquestionable or absolute. We are exploring new ways of being and re-structuring our karmic and energetic relationship with Life, the Universe and Everything.
Some are fearing the changes and getting even more stuck in the past, in older ways of seeing the world – often those that perpetuate hierarchy, cycles of pain and stagnation. And so humanity finds itself mediating between two extremes – There doesn´t seem to be much of a middle ground yet. It´s Evolve, or .. Bust.
One of the biggest shifts I see – that has relevance to my work and to the way I experience my own evolution – is in the dying of old archetypes. Or rather, the fixedness we have associated with them. Whether it is the Saint or the Sinner, the Demon or the God, the Aggressive Patriarch or the Wounded Matriarch – we have all begun a tremendously complex, global process of re-signifying these archetypes as we transform the consciousness of the collective.
With this new age I see individuals beginning to discard and weave anew karmic contracts or understandings they have carried within for so long, and to re-assert their agency in the process of consciously driven evolution.
Whilst Piscean themes of compassion, self-sacrifice and empathy (and a sense of being trapped by their own karma) have had their own roles to play, their relevance is beginning to shift.
I see all us beginning to explore new meanings of sacredness. And with that, the meaning of what it is to be human, quite naturally, will also transform.
It´s daring, it´s exciting, and it certainly will fly in the face of what we´ve all been taught – through the generational line. Some of the old will be re-woven into the new, and some will need to be released. This process will be terrifying to some, pleasurable to others (most likely a combination of both).
Remember the compassion of Pisces, but equally the independence of Aquarius, exemplified best by mythological figures like Prometheus (Greece) and The Monkey King (China) – both of whom challenged the heavens and forged new paths for all those who followed.
Prometheus stole fire from the gods and in so doing, made civilization possible for humanity. The Monkey King stole the Heavenly Fruit (Peaches of Immortality), and in so doing elevated a demon-monkey to an immortal sage in Service of the Heavenly Realm (which, in retrospect, isn´t that benevolent a space in mythological terms. The gods in various global traditions, have, let´s just say … been rather human 😉 )
Both acts, left in their wake, a tremendous energetic legacy. And interestingly, both Prometheus and The Monkey King (San Wu-Kong) were punished for their rebellion against the status quo. That sense of confinement and punishment is also heavily linked to a different aspect of Piscean Energy.
I feel that now, more and more of us are, in our own lives, going to issue (our relationship with) the Cosmos, similar challenges. Without getting tied to a rock and being mauled by an eagle eating your ever-regenerating liver (Prometheus) or buried in a mountain for eternity (San Wu-kong / The Monkey King).
In short, the Hero(ine)´s Journey is being Re-written.
Blessings to the Collective,
Image: Mystic Eye In Search of a New Horizon, Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2016.
Note of Thanks to my brother Ashoka Mohannan who inspired me greatly in writing this piece.
PS – Uproar in Heaven refers to a popular animated classic depicting the Monkey King´s daring challenge to the Gods. I used to watch it each year with my brother as kids. It used to be aired on TV each year in celebration of Chinese New Year.