The Clarion Call
The ancient clarion call of life—of the Divine to the human, of the Self to the self, and of the Soul to the personality—will yet be the last trumpet that the world will ever hear. ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, The Clarion Call
Subtle Aquarian energies first appeared on planet Earth around the year 1760. Predictions suggest that by the year 2260 Piscean energies will have yielded to Aquarian energies. The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era addresses the anticipated challenges and needs in leadership and group life between 2008 — the midpoint of the five-hundred-year transition — and the year 2025.
The Clarion Call is the third book of The Soul and Service Trilogy that began in 1997 with Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service and continued in 2005 with The Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul. Rooted in the questions I had about my own service and the common challenges I observed in others, Born to Serve provides a roadmap to guide individuals and groups in deepening their consciousness of the relationship between their motives for serving and the quality of their service. The foundation for The Awakened Leader formed as my awareness of leadership as soul lessons grew and as I examined my personal experiences and the common difficulties I observed in other leaders. I discovered that what we as leaders do not resolve and develop within ourselves is acted out with adverse effects in our personal life and in our leadership.
The last chapter of The Awakened Leader introduced the transition from the Piscean Era to the Aquarian Era and addressed one aspect of this transition, the feminine face of leadership. Readers told me that the book left them with the question, “And then what?” In response to this feedback, I realized I was to write a trilogy. I soon understood that the third book would use the perspective of the Piscean-Aquarian transition to expand on the aspects of soul development in service, leadership, and group life introduced in the first two books.
The following is an excerpt from the Prologue of The Clarion Call.
The new reality opening to us is an era of conscious leaders and conscious groups.
The new reality opening to us is an era of conscious leaders and conscious groups. This era promises to imbue the world with an energy that unites masculine mind (clarity, order, practicality, knowledge, and words) with feminine heart (cooperation, beauty, synthesis, connectedness, poetry, art, and tenderness). We awaken by deepening and unifying our inner lives. Then, as awakened leaders and groups, we can transform our organizations and communities so that they truly support their members and those they serve. We harvest the good from where we have been and welcome change as new models unfold. We call on the wisdom of the universe to help us with the practical application of that knowledge. We deepen our collective understanding of what wants to emerge in the world. Taking a step through the Aquarian doorway, we move out of the personal into the collective and out of duality into wholeness. We choose to articulate a new template for the evolution of soul-inspired leadership and group consciousness.
Early in 2007 at the hush of dawn, the word “clarion” crept unobtrusively into my thoughts. A clarion, I learned, was a medieval trumpet used between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries to call men to battle and to announce royalty. The shrill tone of a clarion heralds a clear call to action. Post-fourteenth century poets and spiritualists have used the clarion’s trumpet as a metaphor for a call to life and a call to return Home. A once unused word in my vocabulary, I began incorporating “clarion” in my writings and conversations.
Taking a step through the Aquarian doorway, we move out of the personal into the collective and out of duality into wholeness.
I soon recognized that the third book of The Soul and Service Trilogy is a clarion call—a call to life and a call to action. We are called to make a choice at the midpoint between the Piscean and Aquarian eras, to choose between the old and the new, between what was and what will be, between faith and knowing, and between religiosity and spirituality. We are called to practice cooperation and to live as one global family. As leaders and groups, we are called to manifest the Aquarian values of partnership and consciousness.
Excerpt Copyright © Susan S. Trout. The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press, 1997. All Rights Reserved.