Whenever I sit down to write the blog, it’s always like getting ready to climb a very steep hill. I walk around it for a while, try to find the clearest path up, notice footholds, remember the last time I climbed and how long it took, how much focus I had to use, then I walk around some more, maybe go to the store in the village and have an ale as I summon the energy and even courage it will take in certain spots. Then, after I have exhausted nearly every local distraction, I set out.
It’s tiring, adventuresome, plodding in parts, searching for a path that has vanished for a moment or two, then occasionally I’ll spot a magical and dark cave and climb in, exploring the depths, with no idea of how I’m going to get out. Many times I do. Sometimes I just trudge ahead and hope the view is worth it from the top and have some sense of exhilaration when I get there. So it is with this one as well.
Anyone who writes for some form of creative outlet, especially a blog, knows the sense of relief, if not gratitude when one of these things is finished. For me, it makes it passable to live again for a day or so, knowing that I have fulfilled some sort of obligation, from who knows where to get these things done.
Moving forward is now the key as Jupiter, the great gas ball in the sky does so as well, going direct at 17 degrees Aquarius. Remember this degree. It’s critical.
I spent a fair amount of time this Summer posting and connecting on Facebook. I would say that almost all of it has been worth it. I have made some dear new friends, soul connections that I hope to cherish and nurture for however long we choose to. I reconnected with an old flame and she reminded me of what tenderness and femininity is. I went out on a blind date, a very good date by my standards and even she agreed, but the pheremones apparently weren’t as phresh as anothers. But what I really witnessed on Facebook was a tidal shift in perception and outlook.
Early Summer, the party was on. Festivals were popping up like toadstools and there was always some buzz happening about Harmony, Mystic, Symbiosis, Earthdance and of course Burning Man. Everyone was high on hope and offering up Obamaste at every passing turn. The Green Wave hit FB when Iran had their elections and riots. People posted and re-posted a demand for healthcare reform. The Summer of 2009, an eleven year, underscored by Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron, all in Aquarius was the year that social networking was imbued with a sense of consciousness and possibility. But it wasn’t just a platform, it also became a support group, a cheerleading squad, a deathwatch, an affirmation. I didn’t always agree with it or the sentiments that were extremely popular on the new age tip, but I saw how potent a media it had the possibility to be. But is it just a virtual chimera of the mind? A closed loop experiment? A sneaky, digital-bardo onto itself?
FB gives people the feeling that they are making a difference in some ways by posting, affirming, reaffirming, re-posting, etc, but like the Healthcare debate or the strong and ardent, yet short lived support for the people of Iran, it didn’t make much of a difference. Healthcare is still mired in the muck of capitalist special interests in one camp and the zealous bioethecism of people like Zeke Emanuel and Stephen Holdren on the other. Iran is flashing missiles and could very well be the next Iraq. Despite the best intentions, the rapid fire communication and the almost hive-like, self-organizing principles that FB facilitates, these things did not change due to the fervor of Facebook. However something else might be changing as a result.
I began posting Swine Flu info early on. I was then promptly followed and supported by a woman in Marin County, whom I am sure took some heat from her, “don’t get negative” social circle. Then another posted more info, then another, and now there are groups forming that are really educating people not just around the Swine Flu vaccinations, but vaccinations in general. Lawrence, my wild art bud from planet Kangen got into the act and when an April Fool kicks it into gear, look out. A great video of Robert F. Kennedy JR. against vaccines is now making the rounds. Something is happening. I say this because one of my FB friends is like a canary in a coal mine. It’s not like she is a muckraker or a cryptologist. in fact, she’s a “festival gal,” her words. Not only is she a “festival gal” but she’s as progressive as it gets. She just posted some anti-vax info and it was a confirmation for me, that something is really happening here.
I’m going to say something that some of you might find offensive while aI run the risk of over-generalizing without nuance or context, but the reason I think that her post really means something, is that the majority of progressives don’t get their hands dirty in these places, especially when supposedly one of their own occupies the oval orifice. You see, progressives are in some ways burdened by hope and the ideal that people who are in positions of power hold the same, mostly secular humanist, occasionally, cross-culturally sacred values that they themselves hold near and dear. Unless it’s the other team, there could be little wrongdoing in the majority of their ideological reps and agents of change. However, when there appears to be, there is always a handy justification or rationalization that promptly fills the void, like; “It’s only been nine months.” or “Yeah, but look at the mess that was left behind,” or “They can’t change everything overnight.” or “If they have to give here, they’ll take over there.” But rarely, is theirs the purview of the conspiritorial or the seamy side of psychopathic politics. No, that kind of paranoia is now being channeled by the right, which looks downright mean and nasty to the left, who then want to re-affirm their own position against the ugliness that stares back at them in their distorted reflection. So when “festival gal” posted that warning, I knew things were shifting and I don’t think it’s going to stop. What does that have to do with Jupiter in Aquarius? Plenty.
Jupiter goes direct in Aquarius at 17 degrees. In The Sabian Symbols, the meaning of the degree in our time could not be clearer:
A WATCHDOG STANDS GUARD PROTECTING HIS MASTER AND HIS POSSESSIONS
The development of the capacity to protect oneself and to safeguard one’s individual rights under complex social pressures.
Could there be a more fitting Sabian Symbol for this phase? And as we move forward with Jupiter, I see this safeguarding really heating up, not just on Facebook but in all forms of communication in our world, gaining profound momentum, that may trigger other reactions. It’s fascinating. It’s like we are responding as an actual immune system. WE ARE BECOMING THE ANTI-BODIES OF OUR SOCIAL AND POLITICAL BODY, COMING TO THE RESCUE OF OUR GREATER IMMUNITY, FORTIFYING OUR PSYCHIC HEALTH AND FREEDOM. We cannot lose sight of the sweet irony we are participating in. The Swine Flu and it’s attendant vaccines are appearing because our social order has been weakened, compomised and in some cases, demoralized. Here comes the nasties and voila, our collective immunity gets turned on and swings into action. This is an Aquarian event of the highest order. We are now participating the neural network of the global brain, responding to the calamity we face and out go the agents of protecting the sanctity of our sacred domain . . . our bodies. But this is just the beginning.
As people have stared into the Squalene fever dreams of the H1N1 vaccine, they are getting a full dose of education regarding vaccines in general upon the body and especially our sweet babies. This has the potential to be an extremely catalytic event, one that no doubt will fan the flames of debate between families and friends, but this is the baseline of revelation–it’s first chakra related–survival. But the revelation has begun. It’s started. The catalyst has been introduced into the system and we’re off. The process of revelation will then ascend through each and every chakra, uncovering the illusion at the next level and then the one after that and the one after that.
There seems to be an inherent intelligence unfolding that is sheer genius, because let’s say we went straight up to 6th/7th chakra revelations that are so abstract and mind-bending that most people would crack under the weight of their illumination, the whole process could be a genuine waste and a tragedy. So we start at the bottom and work our way up together, so that when we get to the “heart of the matter” we will be ready to experience the grief of our disconnection and the realization that the world is indeed built on a tragic stage of illusion, constructed mostly for our bondage and the feasting upon our precious emotions, by forces unseen. When we arrive there, together, we will be ready and as one, but it starts now, at Jupiter in Aquarius, 17 degrees.
Thank you “festival gal.”