“...never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
(John Donne’s closing phrase in a paragraph of his Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, written while he was the Dean at St. Paul’s in England and ill with spotted fever in 1624. This then became the title (For Whom the Bell Tolls) of one of Ernest Hemingway’s most famous novels, and which became John McCain’s most treasured literary experience)
This is an introduction only to a multi-part series of articles that I am temporarily calling The Passing of John McCain: Why America Needs to Re-awaken to its Higher Destiny. For now, please forget politics and political parties, let go of whether you have primarily been anti-war (especially, if you are old enough, anti-Vietnam War) or your fervent belief is my country right or wrong. Thankfully, the mathematics of astrology, when correctly understood, brings us to a level of consciousness that is beyond emotions and thoughts, more a part of intuition and lofty imagination, and therefore truly global, cosmic and eventually divine.
In America, in August 2018 on the national level, we have witnessed the passing of renowned singer/musician Aretha Franklin (born March 25, 1942 and died August 16), John McCain (born August 29, 1936 and died August 25), and celebrated playwright/screenwriter Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927 and died August 26). These deaths occurred within a 10-day span following a New Moon in Leo — the main zodiacal sign of dramatic performers on the global stage.
As I write this today — Saturday, September 1 after watching numerous tributes/eulogies to John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral and after contemplating for a week what the death of these larger-than-life figures means to America — I realize there is a deep connection to another fallen U.S. Senator, Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago and was then eulogized at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC by the last remaining Kennedy brother, Ted, then the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and only 36 years old.
For reasons I will explain in one of the future installments in this series, the death of the third Kennedy brother in 1968 and the words spoken by the youngest remaining brother altered the trajectory of my life path — away from becoming a physician like my father and uncle, and in a more metaphysically-inclined professional direction.
Again, for a moment, put any political opinions aside when you look over the text of Ted Kennedy’s closing remarks about his brother from June 1968:
“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.
Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.
As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: