The Changing Face of
I arrived around 8 o'clock in the morning and couldn't find a parking space in the sea of autos. When I finally did, I emerged and joined the throngs of people weaving into Hinckley High School. Excitement was high and help was everywhere. There were thousands as opposed to the hundreds of the previous years. The alternates piled into the gym, signed in, and formed groups according to house districts. Obamins and Clintonians side by side. Hillary signs dominated and I couldn't figure out exactly why since we had already voted and 67% went to Obama. I quickly adjusted, however, and overcame my customary Hillary agitation. The excitement in the bleechers was unbelievable for a non-sporting event. People were talking, talking, talking ..... and talking. Everybody wanted to know what everyone thought. Confusion was forgotten, although one ear was cocked, one eye returning often to those in charge of operations. And they were good. Time continued as we waited to see if we were to be seated. We waited, and waited, and waited ...... and of course .... talked. Democracy is slow. It was organized though, without sacrificing a certain untamed sensation. Then an adorable gray and white curly-headed guy came to the microphone dressed in typical Colorado style -- faded jeans, a funky shirt, and sensible sport shoes. He was Democratic Chair of something or other and he had a beautiful voice. He was funny too. He introduced the candidates running for the State Legislature, and this is what really amazed me. They appeared to be good folks trying to have an influence. Teachers, social workers, businesspeople, etc., pushing for progressive changes in this newly Democratic state. One of them gave a list of what was passed in the last couple of years and I was astonished by the number of quick reforms after eons of Republican control, particularly in my county. I haven't been paying strict attention and had little awareness of what they accomplish. There's an elastic quick response, I think, when ideologies suddenly change hands in the power shift after years of pressure. Next the Congressional candidates were introduced, Mark Udall being another typically jean-clad Coloradoan running for the Senate. Another aspirant was a small and slender first generation Chinese American raised in NYC, now at home in the wild west, and headed for Washington. Only in America. All of them talked about reform, and of course, wresting control from crazy Republicans like Tom Tancredo, who promised to blow up Mecca recently. Sometimes intervention is required. Finally a gentlemen spoke for Senator Clinton and then Gary Hart stood up for change via Barack Obama. He was noticeably unhappy about Mrs. Clinton's endorsement of John McCain, but kindly didn't mention it, although he just wrote an article on the subject. The Washington establishment is going nuts with all this surprise. Nothing like a good Uranian curve. And then really finally, the alternates were seated with even more excitement. I just missed it, having arrived slightly too late, and they were chosen by time.
I reluctantly said good-by to all my new friends, one in particular, and headed back to the sea of cars, passing through the multitudes searching for their precinct rooms. Still talking. It always amazes me how naturally organized people really are when they have a purpose. The shock of the pols and precinct workers was obvious when absorbing the size of the crowd and the swell of enthusiasm. They kept mentioning it. I don't think anyone has experienced this before. It's like being on another planet and it's happening nationwide. I connect it with the Saturn-Uranus opposition and the North Node in Aquarius, along with Neptune in Aquarius. The awakening is obvious and no one knows exactly how to proceed in this new dimension, but it is rapidly figuring itself out. People simply want to be involved wholeheartedly. Many people wonder if it's real or not. If change is truly coming. It's fascinating that on election day the opposition will be exact to the minute. The Moon and Jupiter will be conjunct in Capricorn trine Saturn in Virgo, so it's possible that the establishment is set to remain intact with the introduction of a rebel element. You never know what's just around the bend these days.