Jake gets a chance to be an Avatar, which means an incarnation of a god or spiritual essence. We could all take this lesson to heart and remember that each of us contains a part of Spirit, and it is our spiritual destiny to integrate our body and spirit, which we do through a conscious connection to our soul. This is what the upcoming square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries is calling us to. Our hero, in connecting to his avatar body and to Pandora, learns the truth of the Celtic belief that the good king is wed to the Land to protect its health. (The Lion King, as well as the Grail stories, has this story plot: once the evil Scar kills the rightful king, the land dies. We get the Wasteland. It is only with the return of the true king that life become fruitful again.)
Avatar is a story about the wounds we have inflicted on our Earth and on our bodies. It is also the myth of the return of the King. Neytiri doesn't kill Jake because she pays attention to Eywa's messages. When the glowing seeds of the Sacred Tree float down and cover Jake's avatar body, Neytiri understands Eywa's message: he has a good heart, a strong heart. That's what we all need to face the challenges before us. Our corporate world-view is willing to kill our Earth, our Tree of Life for profits, just as the corporation on Pandora topples the Home Tree in its search for the costly "unobtanium'.
This is what our times are demanding of us. We need men to take up their 'kingship' again and protect life, not create death in the service of the economy. The inner king has returned in many women, but not yet in many men. Arthur has been healed in Avalon, but the men have to bring him back to life here. We need this new, strong warrior-King as much as we need the feeling, intuitive queen to ground our energies. We need both men and women working as partners to use their energy and talents to reclaim our world before we destroy ourselves.
Avatar sets us a task: defend what you love. Honor the World Soul and listen to its voice. It will tell you to ask for beauty, truth, honor and body awareness in your life. Then create a new paradise by invoking Spirit whenever you do anything, so your life will be meaningful. Learn to listen to your body, not just get in shape. Unite with like-minded people through ritual and learn to understand the signs Spirit sends you. When appropriate, stop worrying about what others think of you and in the right situations let your fierceness make the point. Take the leap, love someone who knows themselves, dare to risk death for the love of both your land and your people. If you want to live on Pandora, find the Pandora here on Earth, and defend it.
The visuals in Avatar are so breathtaking they open our imaginations and hearts to the message of the story. The wounded Warrior-King, who has faced death and accepted it, now goes on to a new life. He becomes the avatar. Avatar shows us how to "die and be re-born'; how to awaken to a new vision of life. Jake is called to become a mythic person, taming the King Dragon to claim his power. We are all being called to become mythic people again, so claim your souls and fly free!
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