Mad as a Hatter

Pluto is slowing down for its station opposed to the midpoint of the US Venus and Jupiter, and imagesthe rot at the core of the American system is blossoming in the summer heat. The nation’s values (Venus) are being stripped raw. A twisted morality (Jupiter) is being exposed.

As individuals, we can’t afford to lose our minds amidst the madness, nor lose sight of our own moral compass. To stay engaged yet sane and humane, we must observe collective psychopathy while keeping a distance from it. One way to do this is to see current events as myths being played out (discussed in detail in my latest lecture).

Art mirrors life, and life mirrors art. Watching our world happen as if it were a story being told, we learn from the symbols couched in events; just as we do when we take in the truths of a parable or legend. In the news headlines, we find themes from great works of fiction; such as Lewis Carroll’s enduring parody Through the Looking Glass, written 130 years ago without ever going out of print.

Political cartoonists have made hay out of the fact that the current Tea Party movement bears the same name as the psychotic shindig in Wonderland. As America’s cultural landscape gets more and more grotesque, more and more parallels are appearing between Carroll’s fictional characters and our own real-time crackpots.

We’ve got candidates like Mitt Romney, whose changes of position mirror the way the Mad Hatter and the March Hare arbitrarily jump up and switch places around the tea table. We’ve got Fox News bullies verbally abusing their opponents in the same way the Hatter insults Alice with over-“personal remarks”. We’ve got empty-headed blowhards like Rick Perry, whose challenges to Obama mirror the Hatter’s unanswerable riddles — to which he does not have an answer himself. We’ve got demagogues like Sarah Palin who, when challenged, can only stonewall with mean-spirited sarcasm; just as the Hatter mocks Alice when she asks him a commonsense question.

In the story, you will recall, this behavior eventually drove Alice away. Will the American public, too, finally get sick of the insanity, and get up and leave the table?

A first step in doing so would be refusing to buy into the jerry-rigged duopoly that drives American politics. All Americans know, on some level of consciousness, that no social change can come of the farcically hyped-up contests between the two major parties, both choreographed by the same cabals. It is understood that the system is set up to silence any contenders outside of a few hand-picked Tweedledums and Tweedledees.

During a recent debate about the country’s tailspin into financial chaos, it was interesting to see outsider Ron Paul play the role of Alice. He was the only speaker who mentioned military spending, and he was met with eye-rolling dismissal by the other Republicans. They actually smirked when he proposed reconsidering the wisdom of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – which a new study says could end up costing $4.4 trillion.

Let’s write that in numerals: $4,400,000,000,000.

When Mars slammed into the Cardinal Cross and ignited the US chart in early August, Democrats and Republicans approved their much-touted “compromise” which, while cutting services for the unemployed, the poor, the elderly and schoolchildren, leaves tax breaks for the very wealthy intact and the war budget untouched.

The USA’s penchant for stupefyingly selfish leaders and fatally ignorant citizens will only get more absurd as the Uranus-Pluto square plays itself out. During its peak years (2012-2016), the corruptions of America’s political and financial institutions will be laid bare for all to see. It’s essential that we avoid outrage fatigue; anger and incredulity can take us only so far. It’s time to ground ourselves in the larger meaning of cultural breakdown.

Sky watchers achieve this perspective by isolating the cosmic lessons encoded in astrological archetypes. Another way is to track what’s happening through the lens of apposite fiction and myth.

We may find it not only appropriate, but healing, to respond with a dark Carrollian laugh to these latest incarnations of Wonderland lunatics.

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jessica
jessica

Thank you, Gregory, A certain exultant feeling arises when I read material like this. True journalists are being murdered all over the world (yesterday, the bodies of two were found in Mexico city) while propagandists and junk-news providers like Murdoch have taken over the fourth estate. Maybe it is the Gemini-Sagittarius in me; but I feel, like old Tom Paine, that information purveyors are our last bastion against tyranny; and that when and if they are silenced, allowing the industry to become irremediably polluted, we are toast.

Gregory Schubert
Gregory Schubert

Jessica, I have just listened to your latest lecture "The Emperor Has No Clothes" and I found your thoughts about recent events in the Murdoch media empire particularly resonant with a recent piece of investigative journalism, titled "Bad News". It was first broadcast by Australia's public broadcaster, The ABC, on the most recent episode of 4Corners, Monday August 29th 2011. Here's a synopsis: For more than five years Rupert Murdoch and his most trusted executives told the world that a rogue reporter and a rogue private detective were responsible for hacking phones for the News of the World. Reporter Sarah Ferguson investigates that claim and reveals the links between Murdoch's newspapers and the British criminal world going back two decades. 4Corners is a program funded (for the last 50 years!!) by Australia's public broadcaster. Here's a link to watch the show.... http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2011/08/25/3302121.htm

Moon_Girl and Mars88
Moon_Girl and Mars88

Duopoly is firmly ingrained throughout the society in order to foster, enhance and glorify competition. You see it especially during the autumn as the Media goes all out Monday nights, occasionally Thursday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday. This is the life-blood of the American psyche (winning/glorifying) is very tribal and, most importantly, keeps us firmly rooted in our Roman and Viking psychic origins. This is not going to change anytime soon either in entertainment, politics or business.

Nancy b
Nancy b

Only the Mad Hatter has an AK 47 and mercenaries hiding in the bushes.

Judi Wood
Judi Wood

Hi Jessica, wonderful Wonderland, huh? And today the media is saying that Karl Rove media frankenstein Rick Perry is ahead of good Mormon Mitt....well, it IS Wonderland! So we now will have to wait another 5 years until the illusion pops? sigh....I've been waiting a decade already....