Earth Daze

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The 40th anniversary of Earth Day this week falls under a Saturn-Uranus opposition.

One more milestone in the 2012 period, the exactitude on April 26th marks the 4th of five times that Saturn and Uranus reach that magic 180-degree angle in the sky. The first time was November 4th, 2008 — remember that day? — and their last will be July 26th of this year. This transit is about accepted norms (Saturn) shattering (Uranus) like concrete blocks in an earthquake. All over the world, stasis is being confronted by the necessity for radical change.

Most people’s first response to hearing things like this is “Will the changes be good or bad?” But such evaluations aren’t what this is about.

What it’s about is waking up.

Uranus splashes cold water in the face of our complacency. And when we consider that Jupiter, too, will be in the mix from 6/10 to 1/11, we’re talking about an even more dramatic scenario. We’ll get the cold water and, at the same time, an alarm clock going off – the old-fashioned kind with a clanging bell.

Uranus is associated with surprises. But what it is calling for here is more of an acknowledgment, by suddenly aware individuals, of what we already know.

In this epoch the old ignorance defense does not fly. We are drowning in data by the hour; with tweeting, it’s by the minute. We have exponentially greater access to more intelligence than at any other time in history. So why do we need this extraordinary cosmic alarm right now? Because a fatal gap exists between the realities we vaguely know about and those we’re fully awake to.

Let’s talk about one of these realities: consumerism and the fate of the Earth.

One of the visionaries stepping up to the plate during these critical years is Peter Joseph of the Zeitgeist Movement, whose comprehensive video lays out, point by point, the reasons why our current approach to Earth living is unsustainable.

Consider oil, that nasty black goo whose coveted status causes such suffering to humanity and such harm to Gaia. It took Nature 60 million years to create a gallon of oil; and once dug up and used, it can’t be used again. Yet under the current system we neither preserve it nor put anything more than negligible efforts into replacing it with healthy alternatives. Instead we allow those in charge to waste precious time and resources chasing after more soon-to-be extinct dinosaur slime. Almost every country in the world is scurrying around trying to find places to drill. Our own dear Obama has just opened up new coastal and wilderness areas to the oil companies.

This makes no sense. But that’s the way it is with addiction. Our extreme dependency on fossil fuels has kept us in a mindless stupor, which is why the cosmic alarm clock is set at such a high volume. Our goal should be that of the sleeper who wakes up instinctively, just before the alarm clock goes off.

This means recognizing the all-encompassing scope of the change required. We can’t do this piecemeal. If we want to fend off global systems collapse we’re going to have to see these issues not in isolation but systemically.

Substituting a hybrid for a gas-guzzler isn’t enough: it’s about recognizing the role of fossil fuels in every nook and cranny of our lives. Like food. As the locavores have been telling us, there are ten calories of hydro-carbon energy behind every calorie of food.

And money, an equally charged issue. A lot of people lapse into fatal peril just thinking about it. Finances are related to the first and second chakras, those of survival.

It will probably take a series of sustained economic blows to shock the populations of industrialized countries into connecting the dots between the specter of ecocide and the monetary system now in use. It is already generally understood that consumerism is not cool any more. But most haven’t thought through the implications of it all. If we did, we would end up with the question: What’s the likely end result of a profit-driven global economy based on continuous, incessant consumption, on a planet that has finite resources?

Rapacious consumerism isn’t just a random lifestyle choice: it’s integral to the global system. Using up resources as fast as possible is the goal of the business model in use worldwide. If people didn’t use things up and then replace them right away, the market economy would fall apart. Buying, not saving; spending, not conserving; consuming, not recycling, all keep the GDP booming and the stock market up. This translates to a way of life that is antithetical to ecological health.

Yet the word “ecology” didn’t even exist for previous generations, and now it does. Over the past few years, here and there across the globe, green consciousness has been making inroads. People have read about Big Oil pulling the plug on the electric car. They realize that this season’s fashions are designed to be discarded a year later. They have figured out that their electronic gadgets are built to break so the manufacturer can preserve market share.

So the challenge here is to acknowledge, in a new way, what we already know. This will be an immense leap for many to make; which is why both Uranus and Pluto are necessary ingredients of the Grand Cross forming above us. That these two titans are squaring Saturn (status quo) simultaneously is a function of how steep the learning curve is. Battering rams (Pluto), buckets of ice water (Uranus),  blaring alarm clocks (Jupiter)… the sky is hauling out everything in its arsenal to wake us up.

The world will change very fast over the years ahead, and each of us has the capacity to grow in awareness right along with it. Or, ideally, just ahead of it.

In the end, that’s why all this is happening.

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Karen
Karen

So it is no surprise and a resoundingly gorgeous thing to behold that Mother Earth is sounding her clarion as she awakens to disperse the darkness and let the light shine in. It entices one to visualize being nourished in her arms and being carried into the beauty and compassion that are so possible on this planet.

Karen
Karen

In reference to the May Skywatch, the stupifying sludge that continues to stand in the way of the collective awakening is at once breathtaking and incredibly painful to perceive. That the military-industrial complex consumes such an enormous portion of the national budget is nothing short of criminal. The military has become the largest welfare organization this country has ever known. And it will continue to exist as this type of entity as long as corrupt corporations and politicians continue to scarf up immense profit margins as long as this country remains engaged in war. Millions of young people in this country march themselves proudly into the military believing worn-out platitudes about honor and protecting the integrity of this country. But the gut wrenching truth is that they are risking life, limb and psychological integrity so that the select few can enjoy mind numbing wealth and power that in turn controls our political processes. The prospect of life-long military pensions, disability payments, and preference for government jobs after retirment keeps them docile and eager to accept the handouts and shut their mouths about the paucity of truth in their "mission." All this, and the media seems to suffer from ignorance of the lack of authentic and compassionate ways our resources could be allocated to save our environment and unleash the vast amount of human potential available to us.

Kai
Kai

Another thank you for this wise and insightful blog post! I agree with Angela about the message of the volcanic explosion in Iceland - adding that cooperation with Earth herself is essential, not seeking more control.

Angela
Angela

It occurs to me that with the volcanic explosion in Iceland and the subsequent grounding of planes throughout Europe that we are being given a message. The message is that globalism has its limits. Perhaps it is now time to think locally and act locally. This is not to say that trade and travel with/to foreign countries is a bad thing - only that we are seeing its limits. We have become very dependent on this global model as a supplier of goods and services. We need to bring back the manufacturing of at least some of our consumer goods. We need to eat seasonally and bio-regionally. I have never thought that I needed strawberries in December when they are out of season in the Northern Hemisphere. There may be more disruptions like this in the future and we could leave ourselves vulnerable to both worldwide shortages and sky high prices. It' just a thought.

kristy
kristy

Your points are very interesting because it's currently like this in what we consider "third world" countries. I'm not going to ignore their very real health and social problems. However, I've noticed their people do live productive and fulfilling lives though they don't have the spoils like the latest fashion, an SUV and cable TV. They work, have jobs, families, and interests. Their lives aren't perfect, but they can show that many live 'without' and can do fine without excessive consumerism. Oh, yes... and the fuel consumption is mainly by "western" and "first world" countries, the "Haves" contributed the most to the sorry state of affairs more than the "Have-Nots" ever did!

Mars88
Mars88

You chose a really cute picture that just about says it all. Can consumerism really be denied? Not only is it "attractive" and "cute", but so many livelihoods are dependent upon it, so many people studied so long getting advanced degrees to participate in it. It is such a difficult transformation. But didn't Jesus warn us against love of mammon? After such a long build-up, can we suddenly just make a collective decision to change without being "forced to"? What is the meaning of life? What is the true way? Mr. Gurdjieff and his number one disciple Mr. Ouspensky have presented a way which is perfect for our times and still not terribly distorted by the entrenched self-seeking power elite. Thank goodness. We are so fortunate. Like your writings, they appeal to our mystical and pragmatic natures - a balancing of Neptune/Saturn. The keynote and challenge of our age.

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

Always a pleasure to spend time absorbing clear, concise, intelligent writing. Thank you Jessica. With regard to climate change, it has been with great satisfaction to watch a volcano disrupt the affairs of the allegedly civilized world. Observing the response to it - the headlines splashed with how much money all those corporations lost - brings the underlying dire conflict of our quest to commodify life into startling clarity. It also inspired my faith and hope that the heart of Mother Gaia still beats strongly. Despite all of our attempts to subdue her, that grand heyoka, that wild coyote, is alive and well. I feel her waking up to herself and responding with appropriate anger. As I see it, we need no more science experts to interpret these signs for us. It is tantamount to sitting down and watching the local weather person tell us all about the snowstorm that's going on right outside of our homes. We need to simply stop staring into our cyber screens and develop an intimate relationship with the earth herself. The common sense that lives in our guts is the wisdom we need. Right now. If we want to get a good idea of exactly where we stand, I suggest Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film "Kill Bill." Written off when it appeared as too violent by those who do not understand metaphor, the character of The Bride is the embodiment of Mother Nature herself, waking up from the coma of horrific abuses endured at the hands of an imbalanced and sociopathic patriarchal culture. The embodiment of that culture and its twisted, psychotic rationale is found in the character of Snake Charmer/ Bill. The film is one example of the naked truths that have stood out like beacons in this past decade of ever-increasing confusion. It is, indeed, an in-your-face wake up call.

Millard
Millard

Thank you for your work Jessica. You are one of my favorite CMN interviews, and it is obvious you have a great grasp of the big picture. You know, what is so sad about all of our global problems is that they are so easy to remedy. All of the solutions are there, but like the electric car, they just get junked. I've been trying to keep my feet on the ground lately, getting in touch with Gaia and trying to listen to her wisdom. Having practiced hermeticism and meditation for over 15 years, I don't think our solutions are esoteric or metaphysical. I think we all need to learn how to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs and livestock for ourselves, particularly at the village level, and wean ourselves from our addictions to this utterly fascinating but utterly unsustainable culture.

Preston
Preston

Excellent insights. It is becoming increasingly clear that the lives we have been leading are in direct conflict with the gaia. Today Joe Romm at Climate Progress has a piece up titled: Royal Society Stunner. ""Periods of exceptional climate change in Earth history are associated with a dynamic response from the solid Earth, involving enhanced levels of potentially hazardous geological and geomorphological activity. This response is expressed through the adjustment, modulation or triggering of a wide range of surface and crustal phenomena, including volcanic and seismic activity, submarine and sub-aerial landslides, tsunamis and landslide ’splash’ waves glacial outburst and rock-dam failure floods, debris flows and gas-hydrate destabilisation. Looking ahead, modelling studies and projection of current trends point towards increased risk in relation to a spectrum of geological and geomorphological hazards in a world warmed by anthropogenic climate change, while observations suggest that the ongoing rise in global average temperatures may already be eliciting a hazardous response from the geo-sphere."" More work is needed to nail down the science on this but there is clearly alarm bells beginning to sound in almost every corner of the globe.

Paul
Paul

Thanks for your wisdom and insight.... Blessings

Mo Davies
Mo Davies

Thank you for the above comment. It amazes me that people have picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and carried on as usual now that the GFC "appears" to be over. Here in Australia it's all about consumption, expansion and growth. It's like living in a blinkered world. And even more so I'm interested in the response to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe which has brought air travel and freight to a halt. What an opportunity for reflection on this shot across the economic bows! But again the response is simply itching to get going again. Yet people have remarked how lovely it is to see a sky with no contrails in. Today I had the opportunity to watch an eagle flying low over our home. I wish people could take time to enjoy the magnificence of an eagle in the sky and within their own selves. You're so right - the times they are a'changin'.