I march to the driving beat of the political, and sojourn in the boundless grace of the spiritual. I feel at home on earth, and at ease with the sky. Stick my hands in the soil and raise my glass to the soul. I’m interested in everything and yearn for nothing. Tread lightly but live large. Find magic in the mundane, and music in each membrane. I’m here to build bridges from the rugged edges of the mind to the soft terrain of the heart. From soil economy to soul ecology, and the spaces between, that’s my world.
-Sven, writer, musician, astrologer, ecocity advocate
Sven wants you to know that his name rhymes with Zen. But don’t let that be the end-all, be all: There is a lot more intricacies at play here with this multifaceted young man. Like a modern day Orpheus his soul expresses itself in song, tending to the earth’s creatures and reading the stars.
And enchanting and transforming every being he meets.
And like his archetypal brother, Sven Eberlein is on a spiritual path that was marked from the very beginning. As a young boy in Germany, his destiny to build bridges through community, camaraderie and creativity was laid out before him like a divine roadmap of his life. “When I was a boy, I kept having the dream of being on a small ship sailing across a vast ocean, feeling safe and at peace, with the mission that I was out there to be a “friend to the world.” Only now, decades later, am I realizing how much my life has re-created this dream in the form of having traveled across the ocean to do my work of building community and inspiring creative solutions to the problems of the world. Moreover, as an astrologer I’m amazed by how tightly the archetype of the little boy dreaming to be a friend of the world fits with my celestial identity as The Peacemaker (Libra Sun) in the House of Friends (11th).”
“Guitar Man” Photograph Courtesy of Sven Eberlein
As fate (and the stars) would have it, at the tender age of 19 Sven would leave Germany and finally get to live his dream of crossing this vast ocean to the San Francisco Bay Area where he still resides today. He has the tenacity and vision of his mother and stepfather to thank for this sojourn. He explains, “I had no idea how serious she and my stepdad were about getting me to the States, but when I got wind of how he was advertising me to various universities’ athletic programs as a budding German soccer star, I knew something was up. My English grades certainly wouldn’t warrant admission to college, but could they resist a European scoring machine? So I applied to a bunch of colleges, mostly on the east coast, but when mom asked if I wanted to try Cal State Hayward, a university near San Francisco, a light bulb went off immediately. Not knowing the slightest about the school or the area, a voice deep inside me, far removed from logic and reason, shouted clearly and unequivocally: “Yes! Yes! Yes! It was my first dream coming into focus.”
And that was just the beginning. Sven’s life had taken some dramatic twists and turns unexpected but always synchronistic. And his dreams were often the harbingers of things not yet come to pass. They appeared to him at first in enigmatic images and symbols, but in retrospect were quite precognitive. What has been most exciting for Sven is what manifests in his music and writing, particularly in his compositions that illuminate this process. “I realized that my entire life is a series of dreams dreamed into earthly manifestation. In fact, as I slowly shed my ‘muggle’ attitude about how my own dreams don’t have any deeper meaning, it occurred to me that much of my creative work, both musical and literary, has been informed by dreams. One song that I wrote and recorded with my band Chemystry Set, Tiger on a Roll delves into the idea that all of us originate in our dreams and return there.”
and you may find a thousand reasons not to be kind
and you may see no light at all
but look inside, a sea of motion there to take flight
tiger you will follow your dream back home
Sven’s love for the Earth is also a huge part of his life’s work. He describes how consciousness speaks to him as creative sparks that shine a light on visions yet unseen, opening doors to the vast territories of the soul: Inviting him to dream things into being. This ‘vast territory’ also includes another Orpheum landscape: The Underworld. For Sven this is a place that represents the unconscious of unearthing creativity, tapping into light of the imagination and the deep work of mining for the truth. “Another recurring dreamscape for me has been set in the underworld, and quite literally, underground. The imagery of digging up through the soil along roots and stalks in search of light has been the backdrop to many of my dreams. It’s almost like a visual representation of my psyche, and the archetypal significance of a deeply inquisitive soul (Scorpio Moon) into the boundless world of consciousness (12th House) reflects the symbolism in my birth chart. This exploration of the world beneath has found its way into a lot of my creative endeavors, from Chemystry Set’s first album, Life in the Underground, to the web portal Tuber Creations. The lyrics to the song “Seed to a Dream” describe the dream process of my struggle to unearth truth and bring consciousness to light:
“Libra Looking in the Mirror” Photograph Courtesy of Sven Eberlein
the seed on a mountain, a seed for a dream
i’ve seen it on a mountain, i’ve seen it on my screen
on the edge of a bed frame i dream myself to sleep
running through the day, running very deep
the first step to memory is falling down the stairs
my eyes are feeling heavy, my mind is losing cares
i look into the darkness, feel my way around
but no one to seek guidance, no one to be found
a twitch of the muscle, heartbeat from the bone
a sentence for my tooth, a message far from home
going through a portal where thoughts have never been
don’t know where it’s leading, don’t know where to begin
blowing now like ashes, sunken in my bed
i’m sucked into the space between the living and the dead
and last I remember the writing on the wall
through images of light it says: have no fear at all
Fortunately for us, Sven is not looking back.
Sven Eberlein is a freelance writer, musician, astrologer and ecocity advocate living in San Francisco’s Mission District. He publishes and edits Tuber Creations, a creative portal showcasing art, music, prose and ecology, and has toured internationally and recorded six albums with his band, Chemystry Set. Sven has written for publications ranging from Global Rhythm Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle to The Mountain Astrologer, and is the co-author of Dancing on the Brink of the World, a book and CD exploring the 12 signs of the zodiac through storytelling, paintings and music. Having studied evolutionary astrology with Steven Forrest since 2003, Sven is a Level Two Forrest-trained astrologer. Most recently, he has been working with Ecocity Builders, an Oakland non-profit organization dedicated to reshaping cities for the long-term health of human and natural systems. Check out his blog: A World of Words – Ruminations from the Spaces between Soil and Soul; sign up for Sven’s seasonal newsletter, The Beet and for evolutionary astrology readings, you can reach him at email@example.com
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