The Surrealism of Size


Most of us have the sense that something big is happening in the world right now. What’s going on in the sky certainly spells this out, especially the part about Neptune (universality) conjoining Jupiter (expansiveness). But a closer look at the meaning of this pair suggests that this Big Something we feel happening is more than big.

It’s a different kind of big.

Neptune (surrealism) and Jupiter (size) are easing into their spectacular first conjunction the end of this week. Gradually, subtly, underneath the surface of mass consciousness, a sea change is occurring in the public mind. A very ordinary concept — one closely tied to the literal, everyday world — is becoming extraordinary: the notion of quantity. It is slipping out of reach.

Take the “several trillion dollars” that are being given to the banks. (Not a literal offer. You can’t take them. Only huge financial institutions can take them.) It’s too much money to imagine. Can your brain make sense of even a billion dollars?

(Okay, this part may be just me. I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that over the past few decades, maybe since the dot-com boom, the term “millionaire” to mean “a really rich person” has been replaced in the vernacular by “billionaire”.)

These numbers have too many zeroes to fathom. They are the stuff of science fiction (Neptune). If humans are born with a special brain zone that can process “several trillion dollars,” I haven’t found mine. I put the phrase in quotation marks because I haven’t been convinced that it refers to something real. At the moment it remains an abstraction; the kind of sum that theoretical mathematicians alone can handle.

The premier symptom of the transit of Neptune (confusion) over the Sibly Moon (the American people) is the fact that the US populace is staggering around in a daze while their national treasury is being emptied out. Naomi Klein has called this process “the greatest heist in monetary history.” Over the centuries there have been plenty of official rip-offs, far less outrageous than this one, that have spurred populist uprisings. Yet there are no murmurs of revolution here (outside of a few nut jobs on the radio, whose rants are motivated not by ideas but by the fact that their team lost the big game last November). In the face of the gargantuan bailouts still taking place, the passivity of the victims — the taxpayers — is hard to make sense of unless we factor in that the collective mind has slammed up against an epistemological wall.

We know that thinking precedes action. It certainly precedes political action. The Neptune/Jupiter/Chiron cluster in Aquarius (We-the-People) that dominates the sky all through 2009 offers us a big clue as to why and where America’s collective consciousness is stuck.

In Britain, they’ve just fired the speaker of the House of Commons for the first time in 300 years for not preventing the legislators from spending a few thousand quid on garden manure. Here in the USA, by contrast, the kleptocrats who destroyed the global economy are being punished with the gift of hundreds of billions of dollars. No strings attached.

Americans are not responding intelligently, intuitively, or self-interestedly to the heist in Washington because the mass mind has blown a fuse.

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Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

pd,Yes, the stations both planets just made render the conjunction even rarer (Adam Gainsburg et al have proposed that, all its features considered, the conjunction we just had is unique in world history). Thank you for the link to that GM site. Jessica

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-pd-

Excellent article, Jessica. A week later, and having read David Brooks' piece http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02brooks.html?emabout the GM/US gov't deal, which he calls "The Quagmire Ahead," I'm inclined to agree with him that the deal in exceedingly poorly conceived and structured -- representing the worst expression of the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune conjunction. For future reference, let's note that not only were they closely conjunct, but Chiron and Neptune were stationary.

Feet on the ground
Feet on the ground

What's so unfathomable about these amounts of money?A billion dollars is a 1000 Million. A billion dollars is 1000 millionaires.A trillion dollars is 1000 Billion. A trillion dollars is 100,000 millionaires. Is that not conceivable? Or is it just a lack of mathematics knowledge? Our time today is no better or worse than any other. And a fairly strong argument can be made that it's better than ever. The fact that our government is spending large amounts of money is nothing new, and I bet that on a "real" level (inflation removed from the value of money) they've spent much more before. IE see FDR the new deal, great depression etc. I think that if we get our collective head out of the clouds, and begin looking at the facts and realities, rather than search for some mass conspiracies perpetrated by others upon us, then we may improve life further still. Until then you remain powerless and paranoid.

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

Good morning, D,Such a good point. The amount of money the economy has lost is not only conceptually abstract, it's literally abstract. The sums involved were/are digital: literal "zeroes." Cyber space, like Never-Never Land and Oz, is the latest version of Neptune Land: a realm of figments, grounded in nothing real but fashioned to be the destination of popular dreams.Thank you for your comment.Love, Jessica

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

Rumpelstiltkin,Though your question is rhetorical I'll answer it straightforwardly, because it would be good for us all to hear the obvious stated more often: The capitalist system. All trickled-up.Love,Jessica

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

Anonymous,I do think that the ingress of Uranus into Aries will mark another surge towards popular anger; one in a series of surges throughout the Cardinal Climax years. The Neptune transit is coming first, for a reason. But misunderstood it leads to paralysis: people are "stunned", as you say. Your feeling that things are "too much" (Neptune governs inundation; overwhelm, literal flooding) is appropriate. Our sense of the "normal" has been undermined by a sense of surrealism.What will it take to return people to sanity? I don't think we can return to the old version of sanity; I think it will take a new spiritual sophistication to move into an new sanity: an understanding of the Earth as a unified planet.Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anon.Love, Jessica

D
D

Perhaps the financial reality remains obscure because it is all invisible, behind the scenes, and hidden. The trillions of dollars to bailout the banks will never be printed, but exists only as abstraction. Zeros and ones in cyberspace transfered magically without ever manifesting as cold hard cash. It is literally just a lot of zeros. Jupiter and Neptune in Aquarius: invisible money enriching the deluded financial aristocracy, confounding the people with illusions of economic growth as a universal good. Uranus is in this mix sextile the US Pluto. About time for a Uranian reality check?

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

This country is a train wreck. We're being told we can't have healthcare, retirement benefits or any sort of social support anymore because there is no money for it, meanwhile they are taking unprecedented sums of our money and it's going... where? How can our own money which is being taken from us not be used to support what we actually need it to be used for? What kind of system is this?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Jessica, I believe you're right about Americans not understanding how badly the country is in debt. Trillions of dollars does seem incomprehensible to people who earn in the thousands.I'm quite surprised though, that the people have not revolted yet - or is that for the immanent Uranus-Pluto square aspect series?I think that people are simply stunned by the incompetence that the government is displaying, as well as the blatant disregard for criminal behaviour. I was following the news (Huffpost) for awhile, but gave it up because it is just too much already!What will it take for We-the-People to return the country to sanity?