Pandora’s Well

I know I’m not alone in feeling perversely gratified that the oil has made its way to the white sands of Florida. Certainly I 121800409_f4d883ade7_mwish no ill to the local tourist industry, any more than I wish more suffering to befall the fishermen in Louisiana (who, screwed and angry, are calling the compensatory pittance BP has offered them “shut-up money.”)

But there is a bitter justice in the fact that the slick might become visible in Pensacola. It feels just that more and more humans will have to see the desecration up close.

Normally we can get away with pretending our waterways are not being poisoned, day after day, by industrial pollutants, because the toxicity is relatively invisible. And we can defer thinking about the occasional catastrophe when we hear the anchormen say, as they did after the 2007 San Francisco spill, “The oil is floating well away from shore. Nothing to worry about. It’s headed out to sea.”I say, bring on the tar balls. Let brown streaks leave their mark on white sand. Let sludge ruin expensive sandals.

We have upped the ante so high on our tolerance for the intolerable that it took a trauma like this to rouse us out of our complacency. We cannot look away.

We are watching more than an oil slick spreading. We are watching a sea change in our thinking about human civilization. The insults to which our society submits the environment are being seen by many people as if for the first time. The public has been watching TV reports for two months now about the horrors created by “Pandora’s well,” as geologist Jill Schneiderman calls it. People are hearing that it has turned marshland into dead zones. They are seeing photos of oil-soaked pelicans suffocating on the sand.

Over the two years that Uranus (rude awakenings) has been opposite Saturn (big business) there has been a shift in how people define corporate accountability and social acceptability. With the DeepWater incident this trajectory has crested. There is a mythic quality to the disaster; everything about it is larger than life. This is not surprising, given that when the disaster began, Jupiter (exaggerated size) had moved into a key position in the sky. The big gas giant, whose dark side is excess, was conjunct Uranus (explosions) and opposite Saturn (failure) when the rig blew up.

Negative Jupiter manifests as hubris. The ambitions of the oil-drillers – who are still operating a dozen other deepwater rigs of equally fatal size, right now, lessons unlearned – were all out-of-proportion to common sense. It is now well known that BP did not subject its stupendously ill-advised project to even the barest minimum of testing or planning. Misused Jupiter leads to puerile recklessness.

The oil company’s petition to drill was riddled with short-cuts and flat-out lies. As Naomi Klein has observed, in BP’s assurances to the feds of how little risk the drilling would entail, they talk about Nature as if She were a predictable, agreeable junior partner; sort of an unpaid subcontractor. After the explosion occurred, they scrambled to put together clean-up strategies that were so astoundingly ineffective they’d be comic if they weren’t so hideously tragic. The spirit behind these failed fixes, even their names, seems to derive from a bad action movie. Top kills, junk shots and laser-directed robots with diamond saws? It sounds like little boys dreaming up cool comic-book rescues. Goddess forbid the oil executives would admit, even now, that they don’t know what they’re doing.

Through its malfeasance in obtaining the green light to drill, its incompetence in safeguarding the operation, its botched efforts to clean up the mess and its dishonesty in spinning the disaster to the public, BP is embodying the skewed perspective that allows these disasters. That is, the blind imperiousness of unfettered corporate power. Their approach expresses contempt for the safety and welfare of living systems, and an oblivious condescension towards Nature Herself. The world is bearing witness to the all-around cluelessness of the unbalanced Masculine.

The Cardinal Climax is upon us. Pluto, planet of subterranean (and submarine) riches is now T-squaring Saturn (responsibility) and Uranus (revelations)/Jupiter (global implications). Together they have ushered into the group mind a blowout drama that is bringing up many urgent questions at once. From the point of view of consciousness evolution, these questions are the reason this had to happen. The disaster has triggered an unusually emotional public response. People are viscerally engaged. They are thinking about the role of cars in their lives. The phrase “oil addiction” has been coming up a lot.

Many have started thinking differently about water.

There is a growing sense among the populace that if a bay is fouled miles away, our personal relationship to water is accordingly compromised. From an ecological perspective, this is a literal fact; and clean water is fast becoming the most precious resource on the planet. More people die from polluted water every year than from all forms of violence, including war.

The physical and esoteric meanings of water parallel each other. We learned in biology class that humanity’s ancestors were single-celled sea creatures, and that all waters find their way eventually to the sea. On a symbolic level, water is the universal matrix from which we all arose and to which we will all return.

To assuage the anguish that the clean-up crews and the oil companies and the government have failed to assuage, we can press into service, right now, the symmetry between the physical and the mystical meanings of water. As astrologer Adam Gainsburg and other supporters of the Unity Wave have suggested, one way to spiritually engage with what is occurring in the Gulf is to connect with the waters of our bodies. Such an exercise can help us come home to the universal matrix that water represents, to resonate with it, to pledge allegiance to it. This ritual promotes a healing that is appropriate to the injury at hand.

Since April 20th I have heard many people say that they feel the Earth has sustained a gushing, bleeding wound. This image is pure Chiron, which has been conjunct Neptune (the collective unconscious) for two years now. At the moment of the explosion, Chiron had just entered Pisces, the most universal of the water signs, for the first time in 41 years.

Because it departs so uncomfortably from our psychological assumptions, Chiron is one of the most problematic symbols in astrology. It dares to propose that although human pain is a fact of life, when we follow its lead fearlessly pain becomes soul medicine. Understanding this distinction between pain and suffering, which is also essential to Buddhist thought, is the key to Chironic healing. (If we miss it, we’re in the same boat as the student of Pluto who reads death/rebirth as merely death.)

The Gulf disaster is one of those learning moments for humanity, created by the group mind. It has escorted us into the summer of the Cardinal Climax, a season long heralded as a time of revelation.

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Carondelet Crain
Carondelet Crain

Thanks Jessica. I am living near the Gulf in Houston. I said in May when I had the presence of mind to pay close attention to the BP blowout of oil, it was a pandora's box. I feel very concerned. I do see this as a big wake up call for all of us. May we all be witnesses and be of assistance to the suffering, Carondelet Dember

Myra
Myra

Thank you Jessica and fellow sensitives/empaths, you have put wings via your words to the thoughts that so many of us are having. Let our consciousness' rise, so that Gaia is honored, and we become a more balanced planet. In Peace and Harmony, Myra Darwish

maureen valdini
maureen valdini

Thank you; you are just right and beautifully clear.

Bob
Bob

Hi, Jessica, Many thanks once again for your deep insights and wisdom. I do so admire your gifts. I, too, have observed the significance of the water aspect to the spill. In shamanic terms, water is the ultimate feminine power, the place of birth, the cleansing (transmuting) of wounds and fever (fire), the place of solace and balance in and on the Earth Mother. Grandmother taught me the importance of water in healing, and of a woman's need for contact with it in sacred ways. The spill's assault, then, carries a terrible consequence for the sacred feminine aspect of the Gulf region and of our beautiful planet. But I also see an equal assault on our air (Father Sky) and our very lives resulting from our obsessive demand for and use of oil, which forces the need to drill for more and more of it in increasingly dangerous places. In effect then, we have choices to make, and must make them soon, else we smother the parents and the children (us) alike. The Grand Square, as you have taught me, presents us with such an opportunity to choose. And as with all things, making a choice, making a change, begins inside each of us. So, who is willing to be the first to cut back on oil use?

A
A

Has anyone noticed how many natural gas explosions have occurred throughout the world since Jupiter and Uranus conjuncted on June 8th?

Rebecca
Rebecca

I keep wondering what is under the surface of the sea floor at the blowout; something must fill the space left by gushing oil - water or oil from another source? Or does it create a vacuum, and what danger is that? Perhaps these are elementary questions; I am not a scientist, yet I still wonder. Will a collapse of the sea floor be probable? Using the analogy of the human body, is there a natural coagulant like in a wounded vein that can cause it to clot? If not and if humans cannot stop it, and BP bragged about a huge quantity, then this is certainly ruinous on many scales. Enough is enough. Timing of Uranus... Thank you Jessica, and other responders, for this is a strong impetus to broader awakening and compassion.

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

Thanks Jessica. I found it interesting that, in his live speech to the disaster recently, President Obama stayed far away from any language that might move people toward a new environmentalism. All of his language was militarily-based, such as likening it to 9/11, calling it a "siege" and dispatching lots of camouflaged persons to contain this act of "terrorism." Note all of the uniforms and decorations on those he has assigned to "combat" this disaster. The purpose in this is, and it is by design in service to another plutonian agenda flowing out right along with that gunk in the ocean, to continue to imprint on the american mind and hypnotize the american public into the idea of the "goodness" of the continued militarization of our country. The most useful way to do this is to persuade the american public that these two-dimensional creatures in uniform are here to "help" us and keep us "safe and secure," from threats of all kinds. (The implication in the speech is now nature is the "enemy" to be controlled and contained). There is, however, no possibility for democracy, nor justice, nor freedom of speech when one of the parties involved always has a gun cocked, no matter how wide the smile or sincere the assurances are that the one with the firearm is here to "help." This is, indeed, pandora's well, and the underlying meanings and treasures contained therein, which can lead to our freedoms or to an ever-increasing agenda for locking down the creative mind, are worth dredging. I agree wholeheartedly with your statement - let those tar balls wash up on our beaches. Let the language of lies and deceit hit us our brains with the truth so we can find our higher mind. I have always admired your stance that we need to reclaim our language and uncover the lies hidden within the languageing the media presents. You know, like "food insecure" actually means starving. It is time to let these realities hit us in the guts and emerge with a compassionate connection to our own and other's humanity. in light, A http://Sistertongue.wordpress.com

su
su

Olga, total resonance arises with what you say. the divine intelligence resolving itself. be the love that we are. be the light that we are. everything is exactly as it should be.

Tricia
Tricia

Oil as always been called 'black gold'. There is gold in the destruction on the Gulf Coast......the gold of Consciousness. The symbols of destruction and healing are all around us. I am teaching a class on Jungian Psychology beginning on Monday at the university and I am reminded that our guide Jung kept reminding us, 'Find the Transforming Symbol' to bring the opposites together. Individuals lighting, feeling, using the gold of their consciousness does make a difference. The following quote penned by Jung is a powerful reminder to let our Light shine in all situations: 'A man who is not on fire is nothing; he is ridiculous, he is two-dimensional. He must be on fire even if he does make a fool of himself. A flame must burn somewhere, otherwise no light sines, there is no warmth, there is nothing.'

Olga
Olga

May today there be peace within.May we trust that we are exactly where we are meant to be.May we not forget the infinite possibilities that are born in ourselves and others.May we use the gifts that we have received and pass on the love that has been given to us.May we be content with ourselves just the way we are.Let this knowledge settle into our bones and allow our soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.It is there for each and every one of us.

Joseph Dispenza
Joseph Dispenza

Once again, thank you, Jessica. One of my teachers, Dr. Hazel Parcells, a pioneer nutritionist and prophet who died in 1996 at 106, not having had to see a medical doctor for the last 60 years of her life, used to say that 'we are the earth...we are made up of the minerals of this planet...and just as the earth is 3/4 water, so are we.' I thought of that when I read your reflection on water and its connection to our bodies. I thought, as well, of still another allusion to water in the consciousness of culture -- that of baptism. Surely, with this great spill, we are being baptized into a new awareness that instead of thinking of ourselves as living in an 'environment' -- we are it. Holy oil, by the way, is used along with holy water in the sacrament of Baptism.

Jenifer
Jenifer

Thanks Jessica from all of us here in Louisiana waiting for the next implosion/explosion.

kat
kat

As a former resident of Pensacola, I would like to share that the Gulf was already a delicate area. It was always subject to storms and hurricanes (think Katrina and Ivan). However, it also has been subject to many man-made disasters! For its modest population, Pensacola and Escambia County has high number of SuperFund sites. A paper mill was one of its main employers until it cut production. The region also has a statistically high cancer rate because of the mills and other polluting businesses. The air already had a strange smell; if one was downtown, it was from the horribly outdated sewage treatment plant next to Pensacola Bay. If in the suburbs, it was either from the paper mill or coal-burning power plant. I also wanted to add that the Gulf states are also the lowest-performing ones in terms of education, economic development and earnings, and health wellness measures. It would be nice if the wider public was able to know this about the region. Not only is it behind the rest of the US, but the oil spill will hurt it more! I'm saddened because its people, many of who were already living lower than average and in an environmentally sensitive area, are the ones who are going to suffer the most by the reckless actions of plutocrats!

Karen
Karen

Some interesting facts about this issue are that the the current chairman of Goldman Sachs, Peter Sutherland, is the former chairman of BP. In the first quarter of 2010, Goldman Sachs placed 44 percent of it's shares in BP Oil. A few weeks before the explosion, Tony Hayward, current BP chairman, sold one-third of his stocks. One month before the explosion, Halliburton bought a company that does Gulf cleanup for oil. Well ahead of the explosion, engineers working on the rig complained about problems on the rig and said the new well was improperly sealed - a disaster in the making. It is on record that BP executives gave orders that inc reased the likelihood of a blowup. The facts belie the tripe that the public is being fed by the media. Thank you, Jessica, for helping us learn to use these events as ways to "bring it on" and alchemize the pain inflicted on our planet and it's denizens so we might evolve into wisdom.

Rob Murphy
Rob Murphy

Thank you Jessica for giving words to what I have been feeling for months, if not years. It is TIME to fully awaken to what is happening!

Gary Burris
Gary Burris

Jessica, Great article! I wonder why they continue to use the chemical dispersant? The only reason is to reduce the visibility of the massive flow. Millions of gallons of toxic chemicals, which may be far more damaging than the oil, just to hide the obvious from us. When will they stop? Gary B

Ariana
Ariana

sometimes i feel like one of hardest realizations of our times is that if only 1 or 2 (that means a minority) of us changes our habits that is not enough, and we know that, we know that it will take a majority, not a minority, to change our trajectory, and we are all waiting for a leader to say, "do it", "change this", don;t buy that", and yet the misfortune to date is that we are looking for it from our historic icons of wisdom--the news, the writers, even the movie stars. and we 1 or 2 can't do it alone. we can;t just stop engaging in living the way our system has encouraged us, and yet if the majority arose and required a new way, a new system, then there would be hope for all that we could get off this hampster wheel, and do more than just look forelornely at what is happening in the gulf and around the world. and yes, floods, do take note. i could go on and on, but most important is creating groups of people who can begin to make change in local areas, disregard what the mass media is trying to spoon feed, and ...to be continued...