Today is the anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech.
In another of his powerfully challenging and inspiring speeches from 1967, he talked about when we might want to adopt a bit of creative maladjustment when what we would otherwise be ‘adjusting to’ (and thus empowering) is, well, pretty much normalized insanity.
Here’s a snippet of the Rev. Dr. King’s speech on creative maladjustment:
“I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos. Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
He also said, “This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists … Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted,” based on the description he gave in the speech, and the snippet of it above.
And in case we need another tidbit of inspiration to shake our torpor and stoke our creatively maladjusted fires, Dr. King gave us this: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
It’s easy to ‘go silent’, to adjust to the status quo, and adjust again, and again, and again, until we’re a mere shadow of who we truly are. We’ve succeeded in becoming normal, but according to what measure … or whose?
But that kind of normal isn’t a virtue (as Aunt Frances said in the film Practical Magic).
The current (and recent) astro-energetic dynamics — particularly the Uranus-Pluto Square (we’re now in its wake) and the Chiron Returns of the Uranus-Pluto Conjunction crew born between 1963 and 1968 — is all about unmasking and undoing these false adjustments, about freeing your mind (and heart), and about exploring Dr. King’s invitation and inspiration to creatively maladjust.
Lots of love,
Featured Image Credit: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo from Seattle Times archive]
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September 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Wow, this article is good. My younger sister is analyzing such
things, so I am going to let her know about it.
January 16, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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Yesterday was the birth-anniversary for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (and the day before my beautiful Capricorn Sun niece’s birthday!). I wrote this post awhile ago, but the wisdom’s fresh no matter what the day, month or year!
The Rev. Dr. King inspired many during this lifetime — when he surely walked this talk! — and has inspired many more since.
This particular bit of wisdom will resonate with any of us who have Aquarian-fibers running through our own unique tapestry … and it’s a theme right now with the Uranus square, extra Aqua energy coming through (with the Sun soon to join that party and send Aqua-trons our way), and the two — read it, two — Aquarius new moons coming up.
Prepare to stir your Aqua Stuff (or get acquainted with it for the first time and do some experimenting) and beam it out into the world (how else will this Aquarian Age come into being?).
Big Love and Lots of Quirky Courage,
January 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm
Hi Jamie, this is a sidebar but my eldest niece was born on 1-13 and a dear friend was born with MLK yesterday 1-15 🙂
January 16, 2015 at 6:10 pm
Hey there, Linda. Well, we both have some fabulous mid-3rd-decan (thank you Linda!) Capricorn Suns in our lives, then. 🙂 As you well know, the mid-2nd decan and around the 15 degree point can be power-portal juju beaming in (for those born in late December and early January). (I have another long-time, true-blue fabulous Capricorn Sun friend who was born in the first few days of Cap.) Here’s to them! Love, Jamie
January 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm
Wouldn’t they be in the 3rd decan? BTW I am really glad you undersocred the mid second decan and 15 degree area. With Saturn is 13 degrees 54 minutes Cap, Sun 14 Scorp, Merc 16 Scorp and Mars 17 Cancer, I sometimes forget all the juju within my grasp, yet lately it seems elusive. My Saturn is being activated by Pluto now and my Saturn ruled peeps are making their mark and gaining my respect in the process. Love, Linda
January 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Yes, you’re spot-on right about that, Linda. I was thinking mid-point on the degrees and crossed-wires (or Piscean-dissolved synapses!) on the calendar dates. DOH! Yes, like you I’ve got quite a bit of that mid-2nd-decan placement (the 13+-17, and some exact 15 degree marks). Yes, you’ve had some activated Saturn and Saturn activation happening with Pluto and Uranus in the cardinals, and Saturn just having meandered through Scorpio. Thank you for clarifying the decan/degrees vs. the calender date thing! xoxo Love, Jamie
January 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm
you are welcome. I do this quite often myself and Mercury is ready to station retrograde again..
January 16, 2015 at 7:15 pm
Wow! Jamie! I count myself among those in the circle (Tomas says “circus”) of “transformed non-conformists.” who showed up in the 60s as Flower Power and broke the pattern of conformity for all generations to come. I never heard these quotes from MLK, so I thank you for posting this wonderful reminder of how much he contributed and how far his inspirations have brought us. We’re on the verge of “springing ourselves free!” And that, of course was very much a part of his message: “Free at last! Free at last! Gold Almighty, I’m free at last!” Blessings, Alia
January 16, 2015 at 7:41 pm
Blessings to you, too, Alia. Circus … there’s something both humorous and accurate about that! 🙂 You’ll recognize that Sixies Vibe then, too … I was born with that Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo, and this square we’ve currently been experiencing is the next ‘rung on the spiral’ of those edgy, deconstructive (Pluto) and Transformative (Uranus) creative-deconstruction-nonconformist energies that the Rev. Dr. King spoke of then. So we have a sort of ‘take two’ opportunity for bringing those insights and values more resolutely into the fabric now. May it be so! xoxo Love, Jamie
January 18, 2015 at 4:48 pm
Yes, and take two is being done with much more love — bless these 3rd wave Indigos!
January 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm
May it be so! Yes, thanks to the waves of Volunteer Souls. 🙂
January 19, 2015 at 8:27 am
January 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm
Hey there, Ka! I’m glad you enjoyed it; thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your comment. Love, Jamie