I don’t play chess, but I was able to recognize most of the pieces except the rook by shape. The pieces in the illustration, from left to right, are the king, queen, bishop, knight, rook and pawn. The rook in ancient forms of chess symbolized a heavily armored chariot, so it seems a good piece to use to symbolize our military.
Someone I know once said that if you want to know who has the power, look to see who build the tallest or biggest buildings. In Europe, whoever could enforce the law and defend/gain land by military conquest was the king, and kings had castles, which were the largest structures around. Then “The Church” (Roman Catholic, of course) stepped in and built cathedrals, and sure enough, the Pope seemed to have quite a lot of power over the various kings and queens. Governments started building big buildings, too – look at Tiananmen Square in China, or the Kremlin in Russia. Look at government buildings in any country in Europe or in South or North America, and sure enough, they are pretty big. These days, big business is done in buildings that reach the clouds and cover whole city blocks. “Houses of business” are much bigger than most “houses of worship” or “seats of government.”
It stands to reason, then, that corporations are represented by the king in this illustration. The king must be protected at all costs, and sure enough, the laws that we have on the books now are mainly for the protection of corporations, not for the protection of the citizens. The pawn can be used in any capacity, and it seems true, doesn’t it, that the citizenry are used by the corporations almost like coal to fire an engine. That’s a pretty depressing thought.
You can choose to be depressed about it, or you can choose otherwise. You can realize that you are Soul, that you are just visiting here, and that when you leave the body behind at the end of this lifetime, no corporation, no government, no church organization, no law enforcement, and no military will be able to control you. Remember when the Wicked Witch of the West came to Munchkin Land in the film, The Wizard of Oz, and threatened Dorothy? Glinda, the Good Witch of the North told her, “Begone! You have no power here!”
Sure, while we’re here, we have to live our lives within a framework that includes those in power, whoever they may be. And who knows, the “powers that be” may be completely different in a few thousand years or so. In this physical world, nothing is permanent. The framework within which we live is a great place to learn how to gain authentic power (power over ourselves, rather than over others) within a hierarchy. Rather than focusing on who controls us or how they control us, perhaps we should focus on learning to control ourselves. Let us learn to control our basic impulses (including food consumption due to hunger and sexual activity); let us learn to control our emotions (particularly anger and fear); let us learn to control our thoughts (allow neutral or positive thoughts, curb negative thoughts, resist the impulse to judge, etc.). If we can do all this, it will not matter where we are in the hierarchy of life in the physical world. We will be masters of our own lives, and no one can take that away from us. 🙂