My Phone is Dead
The First Phone Call from Heaven, written by Mitch Albom is a spiritual read about people recieving calls from heaven after a channel opens up. Every Friday there is a bunch of calls to people from their departed loved ones. The Synopsis: “The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief–and a page-turner that will touch your soul–Albom’s masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.”
It is a ghostly narrative with a focus on meaning and having faith without proof, and so there are some powerful messages to take away from the book. It takes us on a journey of hope, wonder, and amazement and then back to feeling let-down, filled with scepticism, doubt and disbelief. There is a backstory of Alexander Bell, the inventor of the telephone interwoven in the story. What flowed throughout the tale was the real connection between Hermes (Mercury) the god of communication: telephone, e-mails, letters, the ruler of interpretation, and commerce and Hades (Pluto) the ruler of death the underworld and forbidden realm.
Hermes/Mercury helps us get unstuck psychologically; he carries our psychological lives into the realm of Hades. The winged God also ruled over the crossroads in our lives and can help point us in the right direction. Many consider that it is our thoughts, mind, and knowledge that link us directly to our soul. It is through the use of words that uncover our complex natures. It is a language that connects us to the deeper parts of our being, and Hermes is said to have also invented the alphabet. Mercury rules information and is an important aspect of the environment, and everyday life. If anything important happens we are informed and it is of prime importance that the message reaches us.
The news of life is carried via telephone. A baby’s birth, a couple engaged, a tragic accident on a late-night highway-most milestones of the human journey good or bad, are foreshadowed by the sound of ringing…
Mercury (Hermes) is thought to be the conductor of souls between this world and the next, Also known as “the divine escort of souls” and the intermediary between humans and the other-side. When others entered the underworld, they could not leave. Yet, Hermes was free to move between the place of dead souls and the earth. No other God could travel as deep in the underworld as Hermes.
Two years before he invented the telephone, Alexander Bell yelled into a dead man’s ear. The ear, and eardrum and related bones had been carved off by Bell’s associate surgeon, so that Bell, then a young education teacher, could study how the eardrum carried sound. He attached a piece of straw to it; put a piece of smoked glass on the other end, and placed a funnel on the outside. When Bell yelled down the funnel, the eardrum vibrated, moving the straw, which marked the glass… If sound could vibrate an electrical current the way it did a straw, then words could travel as far as electricity. All you need is one sort of mechanical eardrum on each end. A Cadaver’s Skull had sparked that insight. Thus the dead were already part of the telephone, two years before anyone saw one.
Hermes the god of boundaries and boundaries crossed, acts as a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious. We use our minds for logic, insight, knowledge and understanding. Hermes acted as a guide for souls in and out of these dimensions and is symbolic of the mind’s ability to travel deep into the unconscious and to the repressed contents, psychic conflicts that are buried within. Astrologer Liz Greene says that Gemini people are very adept at exploring the deeper unconscious when they apply themselves, and not all are as superficial, light and airy as we are led to believe.
“They have the ability to explore all the nooks and crannies of the psyche which even the most astute Scorpio may miss in this respect… For this reason Hermes Psycopompos correlates with the field of psychotherapy, and some of the best and most successful psychotherapists I know are born under a Mercury ruled sign.”
Still, nothing Edison did with the telephone came close to inciting the original hysteria Bell inspired, until, perhaps, 1920, when Edison told a magazine that he was working on a device that might let people one day speak to the dead. “I believe that life like matter, is indestructible,” he said. If there are personalities in another existence this apparatus would at least give them a better opportunity.”
Hermes was also a trickster and this also links in with some of the themes in The First Call from Heaven as he was the god of thieves, and mischief making. This heavenly tale also has a Neptune influence with details about the afterlife being peaceful, and we need to have faith that we will see our loved ones again in this other-place. The book’s twist and turns, even if a little predictable near the end, leaves the reader with a feeling of what really matters in life.
My own father died when I was 19 years old and so I wouldn’t mind a call from heaven just to hear his voice again (gets in line).
Proving heaven is always and forever around us, and no soul remembered is ever really gone.
Mitch Albom is a Gemini (ruled by Mercury) and Mercury is opposite Neptune in Scorpio giving a love of mystery, occult subjects, conspiracy and lies and the mystery of death. Albom also has Sun square Pluto signifying self-development through Hades world of the dead, obsessions and transformations. Mitch is a sports journalist as well as writer and telecommunications man.