By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, April 2006


The placement of Saturn in the birth chart, not the Sun sign, shows where the outer world imposes limits on us, and where we need to set limits.

Recently a great American woman named Rosa Parks crossed over to the “Blue Road of Spirit” from the “Red Road of Blood.” She is remembered for just saying “no” to corrupt prevalent laws that oppressed African-Americans. She made history because due to her self-respect, she would no longer be degraded by her society. Outer freedom for all Americans was precipitated by Rosa Parks’ inner freedom.

Are you limited in your own freedoms? Or are you limiting the rights of others?

The adult offspring who orders her mom like a servant is an oppressor. The bullying spouse who treats his wife like a slave is a tyrant. The corrupt bureaucracy that subjugates the impoverished disabled, those it is sworn to help, is victimizing the innocent. As good as they think they are, they are bad.

If Rosa Parks could say “no,” so can you. You don’t have to be a grump about it, but anyone who can’t control you will call you one anyway.

Three thousand years ago it was written in China (“I Ching” Hexagram 43, Resoluteness), “The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.”

To say “no” is imperative, but it is not enough. If laws require improvement so that corruption can no longer prevail, then every voting member of society holds that responsibility.

If religious intolerance prevails in your business or your neighborhood, then each member must scrutinize one’s own divisive egotism which perpetuates the illusion of separateness from those perceived as different, and each must have the courage to openly object when their associates unfairly discriminate against others.

When we teach kids to say “no” to drugs, we are also teaching them to say “yes” to themselves, their power, and their integrity.

To say “no” to abuse is to say “yes” to civility.

To say “no” to obsolete, inhumane limits is to say “yes” to a unitive consciousness.

The inner revolution must precede the outer revolution.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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