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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

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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.

This is Not an Election

Camille HagnerWhat’s happening in the USA makes no sense as a rite of democracy. But it fits this historical moment like a hand in a glove.

This most unpresidential of presidential campaigns is a blatant — if distorted — display of the biggest transit in the sky. For several months now, the square from Neptune (erasure) has been undermining the American self-image (Saturn in the Sibly 1st house). A mutable T-square between Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn, in effect since last summer,(1) is expressing itself in the candidates’ febrile, obfuscating generalizations (Jupiter), outright lies (Neptune) and righteous blaming (Saturn in Sadge).… click here to continue reading.

Keeping Score

11703258_593217737487021_2346821292038386208_nWe Americans have two big shows going on. One of them is the Superbowl, in San Francisco at the moment, a 500-pound gorilla who’s sitting wherever he wants. The other one sucking the brains out of the US public is the presidential campaign.

It’s hard to take either of them seriously (see Pretend Politix).

It happens every election year: You always think, It can’t get more absurd than this.… click here to continue reading.

End of the Line

FallenWarriorBSo it looks like the Pentagon intended to target that hospital in Afghanistan, after all. (You remember Afghanistan — that war that’s over?)(1)

After changing their story a few times, the top brass admitted that the bombing by US special ops(2) that wiped out a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in October was not an accident. Apparently the U.S. advisers(3) had heard a rumor that a terrorist was inside.… click here to continue reading.

Stop and Think, Stop and Feel

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In fairy tales, the gifts magical creatures bestow are always exactly suited to the hero’s tasks. Since life is a fairy tale, the same applies to the tools we are given by circumstances. Each is perfect for our path, and for the age we were born into.

Ours being the age of the Fantastic Information Machine.

Ideally we would use our computers and phones with the same mindfulness with which we’d use magic beans or an enchanted lamp.… click here to continue reading.

Drums of War

SC78663The American public is very confused right now, about what’s going on in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. So is Washington.

We don’t have the huge, divisive for-or-against war debate that we had a decade ago. Instead there’s an uneasy huffing and puffing from both political parties. It has the feeling of reluctant posturing, but cumulatively it sounds like the drumbeats of war.

It’s a deadly default strategy, and it’s only possible because of the absence of any sense of history.… click here to continue reading.

Without Looking Away

599095_434473863267727_111937871_nHere in the spring of 2015, Pluto is halfway through Capricorn. Its square with Uranus, having hit exactitude for the last time mid-March, has officially begun its assimilation phase. Our cells have started digesting it. Its lessons are slowly being absorbed into the troubled body of the Vasnetsov_Grave_diggerAnima Mundi.

But early April is beset by severe aftershocks. From April 5th-10th the Sun and Mercury in Aries will conjoin Uranus and square Pluto, our first post-exactitude test.… click here to continue reading.