Another foundational element and primary purpose of TOTAMS is finding and cultivating  “Seed People”. This was a phrase coined by my mentor and a primary inspiration, Dane Rudhyar, in 1973. This approach greatly influenced a whole generation at that time, ushering in a veritable renaissance of leading-edge astrology then. The idea was that it was important, at a great Turning of the Ages, that enough aware people would emerge to preserve the wisdom of the past, in a non-specialized way, and then to plant the seeds for a new world, whatever might be the circumstances of the end of previous cycles. In the past, there have been such figures, such as the Merlin, and the Persian Magi, who were at the cusps of a Great Turning. They were both seeds, and nurturers of seeds, of future times. They were aware that, like the present, it was a great Turning of the Ages. Their job included honoring the best of ancient traditions, being honestly present in the current conditions of the times, and also being open to all the new transmissions that were coming in from “Great Mystery”. Certainly, this will be essential for another  Renaissance, one that can inspire the creation of a better and more loving global humanity. TOTAMS is inspired by their examples. I cannot say it better than Dane Rudhyar himself, whose words ring so true from 1973:

Dane Rudhyar’s Seed Person Document 

I feel we are at the        threshold of a new age, and that we need now,       more than anything else, a new approach        to human relationships           and to social organization. We need a planetary approach,        we need a synthetic approach. We need something in which        the individual learns           his own function in the world because if you are to have       a global world the individual has to be       so well established          in his or her own identity that he or she can afford to       co-operate with other people          all over the world, independent of       their culture,          their race,             their traditions                 and so on. It is very important, therefore       that one should learn          how to establish oneself in             one’s own identity. We need a new type        of human being. We need something which is        based no longer, so much,           on conflict, but on a       full acceptance of the          total human being             body, mind, soul, feeling                everything. An esthetic approach        versus an ethical approach, so that you can see        the relationship in which everything        stands inside of the whole, so you can look at the whole        and become identified with the “wholeness”        of that whole, rather than with any particular part. Now this is,of course,        a very difficult situation. We are certainly        in a difficult time and what is ahead of us today,        I do not know. I am rather pessimistic        as far as the immediate future is concerned, considering the way        the world and our nation is moving at the present time. But you must realize that        crises are sometimes necessary to accomplish        what is to be accomplished. The only problem, however,        is this: something must be ready before        the great crisis comes — when the new cycle begins —        for it will have to begin on the foundation of those        seeds which have been sown before the crisis. If you have a winter        followed by a spring, but there was no harvest        in the fall no seed will germinate        during the spring, and you will have to start        at the very beginning into the most primitive time of manifestation. That’s why I have stressed,        so much all my life the idea I call           the “seed man” and “seed woman” the “seed person,” the individual        who is willing and able to gather within himself or herself,        as it were, the past of humanity        and particularly of our western world, but also of other cultures because what we want        to emerge from the future,           after whatever crisis will come              is a global world. We therefore need        men and women of great vision, individuals who are not specialists,        men and women who have the vision and courage        to wait, and to, in some way through their lives,           through their example, and              through whatever they leave                 after their deaths, to become        the seeds           of the future world. That’s of course,        the great choice           we have all to make,              and we all can make it. We can follow        the mass vibration           and decay, like              all the leaves                 of the world in the fall        (however beautiful           the golden leaves may be),              they will have to decay and become manure        for the future           of civilization, but it is only        the “seed men and women” that really count,        and it is those you should look for, if you yourself do not        feel yet to the point of being ready to become a “seed person,”        because it is that only which is the insurance for the future rebirth of humanity. I think today        it is of no use to try to look        to the immediate future, because it looks very dark;        but it is to look to prepare —        for the possibility that a new world may arise,        if not tomorrow, the day after tomorrow. I think it is the only thing        which gives value to all our sacrifice,        all our courage, decisions and choices today:        it is to become seeds for the development of the future world. So I hope        every one of you, each one in your own life,        in your way can — some day soon, very soon,        (if you have not done it already), make the choice, and become        “seed men” and “seed women.” I thank you.        Dane Rudhyar   Copyright © 1973 by Seed Publications All Rights Reserved