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In praise of hierarchy: A tale of the Uranus/Pluto square

In case you missed it, ever since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, followed by Uranus entering Aries in 2010, these two planets were locked in a challenging aspect that inspired and motivated the change that we have seen between 2010 and 2017.  (You can catch up here if this is all new to you.)

I always find it interesting when the zeitgeist (defined: the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time) reflects for the mainstream thinker the planetary cycles that astrologers have been talking about and explaining in the context of planetary cycles.

 by economist Niall Ferguson (may be behind a paywall) tells a part of the story of this planetary cycle:

Established, traditional order [Capricorn]  is under assault [Pluto] from freewheeling [Aries], networked disrupters [Uranus] as never before. But society craves centralized leadership ([Capricorn], too. …

Networks rule not only in the realm of business. In politics, too, party establishments and their machines have been displaced by crowdfunded campaigns and viral messaging. Money, once a monopoly of the state, is being challenged by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which require no central banks to manage them, only consensus algorithms.

But is all this wise? In all the excitement of the age of hyper-connection, have we perhaps forgotten why hierarchies came into existence in the first place? Do we perhaps overestimate what can be achieved by ungoverned networks—and underestimate the perils of a world without any legitimate hierarchical structure?

The answer is, of course going from one extreme (rigid hierarchical societal structures) to another (chaos and anarchy) is not a great idea.  Nature and human nature both tend to swing from one extreme to another until we meet in the middle and I think we are about ready to take that step towards balance.

By | 2018-01-07T18:45:55+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Future Shock, Life|2 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn: The Death of Capitalism?

end of capitalismAstrologer Richard Nolle posted a link to on Facebook:

At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths.

This is the belief of political adviser and author , who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation.

Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says:

No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces.

With many manufacturing companies surviving only on razor thin margins, they will buckle under competition from small operators with virtually no fixed costs.

“We are seeing the final triumph of capitalism followed by its exit off the world stage and the entrance of the collaborative commons,” Rifkin predicts.

The creation of the collaborative commons

From the ashes of the current economic system, he believes, will emerge a radical new model powered by the extraordinary pace of innovation in energy, communication and transport.

“This is the first new economic system since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century so it’s a remarkable historical event and it’s going to transform our way of life fundamentally over the coming years,” Rifkin says. “It already is; we just haven’t framed it.”

Some sectors, such as music and media, have already been disrupted as a result of the internet’s ability to let individuals and small groups compete with the major established players. Meanwhile, the mainstreaming of 3D printing and tech advances in logistics – such as the installation of billions of intelligent sensors across supply chains – means this phenomenon is now spreading from the virtual to the physical world, Rifkin says.

…  This really fits in perfectly with the astrological cycle of Pluto (destruction and rebirth) in Capricorn (social structures and monetary systems) in a challenging square to Uranus (disruption and revolution) in Aries (individual rights and liberty) over the past eight or nine years.

Pluto will leave Capricorn for Aquarius in 2023 which is only seven years away from the writing of this article.  I’ll be writing more about this of course, but since Aquarius rules technology and innovation, those areas of human existence are likely to be in the forefront of human consciousness.  Scientists have long said that this period of time (2023-2043) will correspond with the “Singularity” -the point at which technological (artificial) intelligence exceeds human intelligence. (Follow the link to my other articles on this subject.)

Since the financial systems of today’s global powers are not based on actual currency but instead on concepts and trust, these systems can be easily transformed with technological and ideological changes.  The introduction of Bitcoin, a currency which was not controlled by any governmental body and introduced in 2009 just after Pluto entered Capricorn, is a harbinger of what is to come in a future where technology liberates humans (Pluto in Aquarius) from the shackles of corporations and governmental restrictions (Pluto in Capricorn).  As rosy as that sounds, Aquarius does have a dark side – the pursuit of perfection and individual liberties can easily erode the cohesion of communities and bring about a sort of Mad Max-type chaos.

The idea of “collaborative commons” represents Aquarius at its highest form of expression, where everyone works together for a common good.  Let’s all hope that Pluto’s entry into Aquarius can enable this vision of the future as a Utopian solution to some of the miseries that capitalism has brought to the world, rather than the dystopia of an anarchic deterioration of human community.

By | 2016-07-12T10:14:43+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Future Shock, Money and markets, Pluto in Aquarius|4 Comments

The Fifth Sacred Thing and upcoming Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  But in the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), Capricorn (2008-2023), Aquarius (2023-2043) and Pisces (2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts of California and Arizona.  Climate change has brought a shift in weather patterns that will create water shortages in many places (see for trouble spots).  In India and China, people are dying as they fight over the precious resource.

It’s not just the hot desert climates that are suffering from water shortage – is now facing shortages of fresh potable water that threaten its population.   Meanwhile rising seas are taking dominion over coastlines and heavy rainfall is causing floods, neither of which actually produce sufficient drinking water to support the planet’s population.

Neptune moved into Pisces in 2011, and since Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces this is an extremely strong influence of magic and imagination, but also illusion and deception.  Under Neptune’s influence we tend to be more prone to self-deception and prefer not to face the hard realities that stare us in the face.  Denying that the climate is changing will not change the problem.  It doesn’t matter how loud you speak a lie – it is still not true.

It is likely that corporate interests (Pluto in Capricorn) will continue to wage wars for domination utilizing this Sacred Thing, creating unsustainable conditions that will erupt when Pluto moves into Aquarius (revolution and technology).    The Aquarian influence will help to innovate new ways for managing water resources, but human nature being what it is, the precious resource will likely continue to be a source of conflict for generations to come.

However, all is not lost.  Every day, people are making small changes that can add up to big results.   for inspirational news that shows how we really can make a difference.

Starhawk was able to raise enough funds through a Kickstarter campaign to create a film based on the book.  You can see an excerpt below.

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By | 2013-09-06T07:30:49+00:00 September 6th, 2013|Ecology, Future Shock|0 Comments

Esoteric websites to be banned along with porn in the UK


from DavidIcke.com

I think we can categorize this under the square of Uranus to Pluto:  Obsessive (Pluto) government practices (Capricorn) cracking down (square) the technological rights (Uranus) of individuals to feed their own minds (Aries).

The United Kingdom’s new internet filters promise to block , according to a report by the digital advocacy organization Open Rights Group.

Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced online porn would soon become  in order to “protect children and their innocence.” The filters will be implemented by the UK’s major internet service providers, which encompass 95% of British web users.

Based on conversations with several ISPs, Open Rights Group says the new “parental controls” will reach far beyond pornography. By default, the controls will block access to “violent material,” “extremist and terrorist related content,” “anorexia and eating disorder websites,” and “suicide related websites.”

In addition, the new settings will censor websites that mention alcohol or smoking. The filter will even block “web forums” and “esoteric material,” though Open Rights Group does not specify what these categories would include.

In the United States pornography (NOT including, of course, child pornography) is considered a first amendment right and pornography in any case is subject to a wide range of interpretation.  Back in Queen Victoria’s day a bare ankle was considered pornographic and piano legs were discreetly covered up in order to avoid embarrassment.

Including “esoteric material” opens up a whole other question – is the British government afraid of the masses becoming educated in esoteric practices that for thousands of years been the exclusive province of a small minority?  This has been a “War on Consciousness” and perhaps can be viewed as a move to keep esoteric practices in the hands of a select view.  The Merriam-Webster definition of esoteric is:

1a : designed for or understood by the specially initiatedalone <a body of esoteric legal doctrine — B. N. Cardozo>b : requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group <esoteric terminology>; broadly: difficult to understand <esoteric subjects>
2a : limited to a small circle <engaging in esoteric pursuits>
:private, confidential <an esoteric purpose>
This is not the first time the subject of banning esoteric material has come up.  In 2009 with Pluto newly in Capricorn this very blog was among the list of sites banned in Australia.
Uranus demands that the doors of oppression be broken down so that knowledge can flourish, and perhaps the next war will truly be the war on consciousness if the attempt to stifle the pursuit of knowledge spreads beyond the borders of the UK.
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By | 2013-08-15T07:36:29+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Consciousness, Future Shock|6 Comments

Autism therapy in the Aquarian age

15423320_sThere is no doubt that we  are heading into the Age of Aquarius.   Estimates for the new age range from  sometime between 2060 (Dane Rudhyar) and 2800 (Rob Hand), but a 2160 year cycle does not happen overnight.  There is a transition phase and I personally believe that we are in that phase.

I have written a great deal about autism in these pages, and it is my feeling that the wide spread of children born in the autism spectrum is a signal that as humans we are mutating to adapt to the new energy of the new age.

Aquarius is the sign of technology and transpersonal detachment, so it is not surprising to see that there is a trend towards :

[T]here is increasing evidence that kids with autism respond more naturally to machines than they do to people. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, the director of the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge in England, along with other autism experts, believes that robots, computers and electronic gadgets may be appealing because they are predictable, unlike people. You can pretty much guess what a computer is going to do next about 90 percent of the time, but human interactions obey very few entirely predictable laws. And this, Baron-Cohen explains, is difficult for children with autism. “They find unlawful situations toxic,” he says. “They can’t cope. So they turn away from people and turn to the world of objects.”

This is a distinctly Aquarian idea that disconnects intelligence from emotion and feelings, and a suggestion for what the coming age might bring.  In fact, many have written about a “technological singularity” in which there will be no distinction between humans and machines.  We are already seeing a hint of this in the Google Glass phenomenon, where the computer is connected to your very vision.

It’s a brave new world, folks.

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By | 2012-08-13T07:10:22+00:00 August 13th, 2012|Future Shock, Life|0 Comments