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Vive la Résistance!
Part Four: Bigger than Trump

Granted, he’s like an appalling roadside accident from which it’s hard to look away. But in the interest of choosing our battles and clarifying our targets, we need to look beyond Trump, even if the media doesn’t.

The Orange One is a ruthless lightweight, whereas those lurking behind his throne are ruthless heavyweights. Mega-doners like the Mercers make the Koch brothers look like a pair of avuncular empaths.

Wall Street

Consider the forces that sent the stock market soaring a few days after the Inauguration.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Three: My Country vs. Yours

The world desperately needs our intelligence right now. It needs us to keep our wits sharp and expansive.

This means avoiding the conventions of groupthink that weaken and diffuse them.

Such as dualistic thinking, which cramps our intelligence like a growing child dressed in tight clothes.

Here vs. There

We’ve talked about how every domestic issue is identified in the US media in terms of this party vs. that party. At least as limiting is the way every global issue is seen as this country vs.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Two: Sea of Lies

Social media is a perfect fit for the Trump brain, an organ that has proven itself creepily savvy without being intelligent.

Ideally, the media (from mediate) exists to provide a bridge of thought between a given news event and the mass mind. But Trump’s “shadow government by Twitter” (the Guardian) has gotten around this.

His febrile little midnight tweets, un-fact-checked and unmitigated by impulse control, are mainlined straight into the mob’s reptile brain.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part One: Inside the Gate

I like the fact that we, the anti-Trump multitudes, are being called The Resistance. My Moon in Sadge gets off on being anointed with this historically dignifying term.

All the same, maybe we shouldn’t capitalize it, just yet. It feels a bit presumptuous for American progressives, a relatively cosseted lot, to identify ourselves with the brave anti-fascists of the Greatest Generation.

But we have a grand fight on our hands, and could use all the morale boosting we can get.… click here to continue reading.

Welcome to the Kakistocracy

1916572_689842171157910_6288094094310148293_nSisters and brothers, it’s time to shake off our spiritual hangover from November. Things are happening very fast since the Clown Prince was inaugurated. A high level of alertness is required right now.

No small feat, maintaining alertness during times like these. But by astrological logic, there’s a link between the intensity of world events and the degree of focus required.

Transit-wise, these are the most important years of our lives.… click here to continue reading.

Fool’s Gold

Artist: Agostino ArrivabenrFellow Americans, we are entering the next phase of our country’s nervous breakdown.(1) Time to zoom out from the chaos with a cosmic wide-angle lens.

When an individual has a psychotic break, their sense of fundamental reality starts to drop away. When a group has one, what drop away are the cultural structures that are supposed to be stable and meaningful enough for a society to cohere. (2)

These include moral, political and journalistic structures that constitute our web of reality.… click here to continue reading.

Tower of Babel, Part 3

Fritz Roeber (1851-1924) ~ Walpurgis Night 1910The Buck Stops Here

In this series we’ve looked at some of the assumptions underlying the media onslaught about the election. We’ve considered how it boxes us into a worldview not our own.

This is true of all media messaging. Is it possible to think outside of the box when we can’t see its walls?

Or its floor. In the San Francisco subway station, huge flat advertisements for electronics carpet the platform.… click here to continue reading.

Tower of Babel, Part 2

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The Official Story

I don’t think anyone doubts, at this point in American history, that the mass media frames the official narrative.

Much is made of the fact that different media fiefdoms lean either to the “left” (HuffPo, MSNBC) or “right” (those earnest liberals now gobsmacked with incredulity about where all the Trump supporters came from have apparently failed to notice the rise, all these years, of Fox News.)

But this semblance of plurality is also part of the narrative.… click here to continue reading.

Tower of Babel, Part 1

babel-tower-fantasyPoint of Entry

I notice I’m not the only astrologer who’s been feeling reluctant to write about the presidential election. What is it about partaking in this great national conversation that feels so prickly? Besides my Moon in Sagittarius?

I think it’s because we smell the danger, to mind and spirit, of getting dragged into the shit storm, spattered with the hysteria, mired in the mendacity.

There are many different levels on which we could, conceivably, approach the subject of the election.… click here to continue reading.

The Gag Candidate

16a0032c3909918738506e7cf3a8c8caA Trump U. employee was seen carrying a life-size cutout of its founder into their Manhattan offices.

When asked what it was for, he explained that those who signed up for classes were promised a picture with Donald Trump upon graduating. But Trump was traveling, so the students were going to pose with the cutout instead.(1)

Does this not tell us everything we need to know about the “university”, the candidacy and the man?… click here to continue reading.