Sunday Surfing: Jupiter in Scorpio

For some time, Jupiter has been increasing its broadcasting frequency range in Scorpio (nowadays, its booming forth from underneath Everywhere!) and there is the obvious overlap with Pluto in Capricorn (one of our baseline chords). Collection here is based on key word-imagery employed. While some of these ‘waves’ are indeed illuminating the sabotage of the sheeple, its not all doom and gloom. The most personally applicable examples here offer universal pointers for evolution along the true Power Path.

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On The Myth of Economic Growth…  ‘Perhaps because the movement found its voice through people’s dissatisfaction following economic crisis, many confuse degrowth with the idea of ‘unsustainable degrowth’, which is often synonymous with economic recession and social instability. On the contrary, the core of ‘sustainable degrowth’ is the concept of ‘progress’, but a progress not related to an increase of the GDP, large-scale production, or over-consumption. As Tim Jackson puts it, ‘Every society clings to a myth by which it lives. Ours is the myth of economic growth’. And exactly this is the myth that the degrowth movement seeks to demystify. (source)

 

“Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.
But before we run out of the essentials, let’s finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people’s money.” John Kass (source)

 

Vehicles of Profound Transformation –  Fear, grief and despair are uncomfortable and are seen as signs of personal failure. In our culture we call them “negative” and think of them as “bad.” I prefer to call these emotions “dark,” because I like the image of a rich, fertile soil from which something unexpected can bloom. Also we keep them “in the dark” and tend not to speak about them. We privatize them and don’t see the ways in which they are connected to the world. But the dark emotions are inevitable. They are part of the universal human experience and are certainly worthy of our attention. They bring us important information about ourselves and the world and can be vehicles of profound transformation. – Miriam Greenspan (source)

 

Replacement Wheels for the Bicycle of our Mind
Here’s the story we’ve been telling ourselves about AI for decades: it’s man versus machine, creators versus their creation, a ball of wrinkly meat versus a smooth block of silicon. Whether it’s our immediate worries about AI (machines stealing your job, self-driving cars making deadly mistakes, autonomous killer drones) or the more far-fetched concerns about AI (taking over the world and turning us all into pets and/or paperclips), it all comes from the same root fear: the fear that AI will not share our human goals and values. And what’s worse, we’ve told ourselves that our relationship between ourselves and our AI is like a chess game: Zero-sum – one player’s win is another player’s loss…
For the last few decades, the story of AI has been one of a rising hero – or is it of a rising villain? In 1997, an AI beat Garry Kasparov at chess, and in 2011 and 2016, AIs beat the world’s top humans at Jeopardy! and Go. And now, many fear that AI will take over our jobs, or even take over humanity itself.
Meanwhile, the story of IA (Intelligence Augmentation) has been one of a tragic fall. Starting out strong with Doug Engelbartο’s Mother of All Demos, the idea of IA has slowly been forgotten, as technology shifted from tools for creation and more towards tools for consumption. Someone stole the wheels off the bicycle for our mind.
But now, these two story threads may be starting to wrap together, forming a new braid in history: AIA – Artificial Intelligence Augmentation. IA can give AI the human partnership it needs in order to remain aligned with our deepest goals and values. And in return, AI can give IA some new replacement wheels for the bicycle of our mind. – Nicky Case (source)

 

How to Understand Your Gender – another great book by Dr. Meg-John Barker,
writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. See the launch discussion here.

 

‘What will you and I do about the 21 trillion dollars missing from US government accounts? What’s going on? Where is the money? How could this happen? How much has really gone missing? What would happen if a corporation failed to pass an audit like this? Or a taxpayer?
This means the Fed and their member banks are transacting government money outside the law. So are the corporate contractors that run the payment systems. So are the Wall Street firms who are selling government securities without full disclosure.
Would your bank continue to handle your bank account if you behaved like this? Would your investors continue to buy your securities if you behaved like this? Would your accountant be silent? … we must know US financial law and know about previous struggles to enforce US laws about finance.’ – C.A. Fitts (source)

 

On Getting Both Sides of an Issue since 1987: You’re on Your Own
The Fairness Doctrine [repealed in 1987] required that TV and radio stations holding FCC-issued broadcast licenses to (a) devote some of their programmings to controversial issues of public importance, and (b) allow the airing of opposing views on those issues. This meant that programs on politics were required to include opposing opinions on the topic under discussion. Broadcasters had an active duty to determine the spectrum of views on a given issue and include those people best suited to represent those views in their programming. That meant you had to relay both sides of an issue. (source)

 

The Square and the Tower; Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power: an interview with Niall Ferguson spanning history and its implications in the present that I found fascinating. (youtube link)

 

My Greatest Freedom   As we meet life as it presents itself and rest in the unknown, then the magic of knowing or receptivity can bubble forth. The Earth is the essence of being receptive. It carries and preserves all things that live and move upon it, without expectation. Maybe like the Earth, we too can learn that we no longer need to use force to make life as we wish it but, can meet it on its own terms, being receptive to its ever-changing ebbs and flows. To live in this way does not necessarily mean one is always passive. When it becomes necessary to act, one does so, but without ego and without any attachment to the results. The ‘Receptive’ can be very active in its ‘form-building’ aspect. This includes bringing much needed reforms into the world.
If I am blocked from moving forward and I accept this, I comfortably adapt and cease fighting. I simply wait and see if the situation changes and act accordingly. I can even feel ego and fear melt away, so that my experience of internal conflict drops away, even if my situation has conflict in it in my external world. Most of all, I begin to see that my greatest freedom is to not let external events control my internal state of consciousness. Perhaps, this is the greatest freedom of all.– Jim Sher   (source)

 

This is about our System’s Imbalances…
‘…what we need to be talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity which is this sort of behaviour and the fact that it is not only ok but it is represented by a man…there are many, maybe not to that degree, but does it have to be to that degree? …This is a gender disfunction. and the other thing it is, is a public health issue. This isn’t about one man’s crimes against women. This is about our system’s imbalances, our system’s gender crisis. And we have to act on this. We have to turn this on its head. We can’t allow this to continue because what it means is that vulnerable people will continue be preyed upon…’  Emma Thompson ( youtube link)

 

Math & Science versus Feeling:
In mathematics and physical sciences, a nonlinear system is a system in which the change of the output is not proportional to the change of the input. Therefore, nonlinear problems are of great interest to engineers, physicists, and mathematicians because most systems are inherently nonlinear in nature such as weather, climate, disease, and life itself. Nonlinear systems often appear to be chaotic, unpredictable or counterintuitive. This is beyond the imagination or understanding of the average individual. Hence, this stands in opposition to the much simpler linear system which the average individual understands. This is why most theories are based upon whatever trend is in motion will stay in motion.
The fundamental analysis fails every time because it is trying to reduce the market behavior to a linear theory of simplistic logic. If people fear banks and government, some will buy stocks, others property, and still others gold. Each will buy whatever they “feel” most comfortable with. The trend is to sell public assets and move to private, yet all will benefit.
Fundamental analysis is therefore worthless because what moves a market is “belief” not logic. That is why real traders coined the phrase: Buy the rumor but sell the news! It does not matter what the fundamentals are if the people believe something, the markets will move accordingly even when that rumor turns out to be false. (source)

 

I think if you just pick a day of the week, you’ll have like a different faction of people who are either mad at you or super happy that you said something about somebody they hate online. You know, because it all coalesces around hate. They have this victim fantasy, that everybody is coming for conservative white people, and of course the truth is it’s exactly the opposite… – Jesse Farrar (source)

 

An explosive slap on the face for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LOVED this BLATANT example!

A listing of U.S. anti-Russia ‘think tanks’ (aka lobby groups) (link) funded by:
Latvia’s Defense Ministry, George Soros, Airbus, Google, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and DynCorp, L3, Vencore, CACI, Mantech, NATO, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company,The UK Foreign Office, Ukrainian World Congress, the US Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman, FireEye, Bell Helicopters, BAE , USAID, the US State Department and the Department of Defence, National Endowment for Democracy, US Mission to NATO, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division

 

Empire is coloured neither blue nor red, it is silent until it isn’t, and it is always deadly.   – Gordon White

 

The Moment
by Margaret Atwood
The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,
is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.
No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

 

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seasteading

Screen shot: Seasteading Institute dot org

 

I must say that, though I wouldn’t have embraced this concept on my own what with all of my misconceptions and my fond attachment to earth under my feet, I am so impressed with this ‘in the zone’ fringe group of people that I am now watching and learning from them – and I wanted you to know.

They care about all of the issues that we care about. Of course, a seastead will require you to let go of a lot of your previous programming (aren’t so many of us ready for that anyway?) and sure, there will be times when life is not all smooth sailing, but editing process/trial and error are how a species gains intelligence.

‘They’ are the Seasteading Institute which recently held a conference hosted by the French Polynesians (oh, just exactly when that parade of FIVE energy archetypes were rolling through the first decan of Cancer a couple of weeks ago…). Polynesians have a lot at stake as sea levels rise…

“We Polynesians are certainly a people of the sea, the first seasteaders…By observing seabirds dipping to recover their fish, the Marquesans calculated the coefficient of penetration in the water of the “head of bird” and thus adapted the paddle…The Polynesians invented the meridians and parallels long before the West developed the chronometer…

“As they settled in the islands they discovered, our ancestors repeatedly showed themselves to be innovative. They also faced the same modern issues: demographic growth, pressure on ecological resources, climate change. They succeeded in overcoming them through their adaptability and rigorous discipline within the community, allowing them to develop specific visions of the management of time and space.
“These values, symbols, and concepts are what we want to revive and promote, to reconcile traditional and contemporary Polynesian societies.”  – Pascal Erhel Hatuuku,
Culture, Tourism and Environment Consultant, Polynesian Tradition Facing Climate Change

 

“As a young Polynesian working in sustainable tourism, I deeply believe that this project is a hope for all our generation, because they [seasteaders] have the same values we do. We do respect our environment. We do think about the future. We do have our mana, our authenticity. So I invite everybody from our generation, because there are so many people who come back from the USA and France with PhDs and Masters, and they don’t know what to do here. So this project of the floating island is a hope for a generation. It’s the hope that we are the millennials, and we are going to change the world.”  – Alexandrine Wan, Sustainable Tourism Expert Sustainable Tourism Development: We Believe in the Mana

 

A Space Station on the Sea – Where the Townstead Meets the Water

Imagine living on a very stable foundation with a group of several hundred people who all care about and pledge to actively sustain a fair and healthy co-existence with the Planet. Each of you has something you can sell or barter in your shop space or a value-service you can undertake for the good of the society; each of you has a home space with all of the basic amenities (and more, depending on your budget). You come and go as you like from your nano-state.

Think about this: the surface of the ocean is the largest solar panel in the world. And then there’s Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. Aquapreneurs want you to know they ‘got a better offer than you can get on land’…

See if you aren’t hooked within the first five minutes of this comprehensive podcast featuring Joe Quirk. And by hooked, fellow land-lovers out there, I just mean it’s an awfully interesting concept to introduce yourself to. 😉

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This post was brought to you by Sun/Mars in Cancer square Uranus in Aries.

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Steamy June : A Litmus Test

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A Slice of Expectancy – Full moon: 19’ Sagittarius     cypFM10june17
Your June 10th full moon experience was brought to you courtesy of Jupiter and the sector of your personality that is indulgent, most at ease with expansion, needs little prompting to step into new frontiers. For everyone I spoke with, this full moon felt like a rising-to-brimming-over during the days it was growing to fullness, palpable even if there was no singular culmination/revelation event. Somewhat more unusual, though in the text books, a few experienced their FM moment two or three days later.
For those with notable, even significant happenings, the phrase ‘break though’ fit well. It also means that they have birth chart placements within a few degrees of influential resonance to the Sun in Gemini and/or the moon and Saturn rx in Sagittarius and/or stationing Jupiter in Libra. Yes, the taskmaster, Saturn, was on the scene, but he certainly didn’t steal the show.

 

Sizzle and Steam
Mars is now half way through the first decan of Cancer and this is Action Fire in Action Water: not always such a great match here on planet Earth. The warrior likes to advance directly and the crab prefers to side-step. But let’s say you have a situation where it’s best to side-step, take the long way ‘round, acquiesce to an Other’s timetable. If so, know that this combo is on tap for all of us.
The shadow side of Mars in Cancer is passive aggressiveness, irritability, stewing in your own juices – creating an atmosphere that makes scoring anything approaching a cuddle quite difficult. We note that Mars will square Jupiter from the 21st of June, oppose Pluto from June 28th (accompanied at this point by Mercury and within days, joined by the Sun. See new moon note below.) and square Uranus from the 14th of July. The lessons we have learned about our finite energy and how to best use it for getting what we want will be put to real-life testing during this span of time – and there is no need for concern if we remember to FLOW with what feels rational (yes, i am joining these two words here; Cancer can actually do this very well. During this time frame, try it!) and not presuppose a need to defend the ego.

 

Personal Best
The other two personal archetypes – Venus and Mercury – are back at home in Taurus and Gemini. This means that, for all of us, the ways in which we most naturally use our skills in evaluating and relating, in reflection and communicating, are getting a natural lift. Any behavioral changes and project modifications we are trying to implement also get a helpful boost. Need a house/car/art appraisal? Get it now. Planning to polish up the CV and hit the pavement? No time like the present.
At this writing, Mercury is squaring Neptune and that might raise a yellow flag or two. If you are in a position to be duped, you need to hold off but not for long…by the 16th, a hazy perspective is in the rear view mirror. In fact, by the 17th, what we are talking about/promoting/attempting to convert into action meets a response that can’t be charmed or lost in your ‘fine print’ (particularly if you have been doing the duping). There’s an entity or issue that must be satisfied and, as always, it’s not fun but it is definitely in your long-term best interest to have this experience now. Keep this in mind as you consider how to decompress upon arriving back home at day’s end

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New Moon : 2 Cancer 47
cypNM24june17On the 24th of June, we have a new moon in Cancer – mind/body/spirit all settling in for a spell of hibernation…sort of. The Warrior has been banging around in some of the rooms here already and the Trickster/Chatterbox archetype should fully dissolve. Now we are in the mood for far more discreet, selective and meaning-full encounters. The Cancer/Capricorn axis is all about the inner-outer balance of a lifespan: you can’t perform well out there if you don’t refresh and recharge in personal space. This is a universal LAW. Break it at your own risk.
Destiny trines Taskmaster Saturn: perform your skillset/protect your genius in ways the School of Life has taught you with greater ease at this time. Implementing these upgrades will exponentially increase your output. Ignoring these lessons will get you the same old – same old. Who wants that? Take Courage and Go Forth (after a bubble bath and a nap).
Mars’ square to Neptune is full on at this new moon time and will be until the 30th of June. Action that doesn’t support All-One ethics may be rising…Those with mid-degree Scorpio markers (and those of us aware that this transit is flowing) can find themselves in a situation that enables them to operate a version of metaphor akin to the command post on a stealth submarine ship. Very Cool! But what glides into view in the deep murk… appearing through the thick glass, behold Pluto: your worst enemy or healing release (and often both, in a 1-2-punch style). In these times it is more apparent than ever that the winner in these encounters is often still about ‘might equals right.’

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HOWEVER
There is always a flip side for the aware amongst us. Let’s say we want to plant a seed that does lift all boats. Let’s say our Warrior is on fire for a Service-oriented cause. Perhaps we want something that would benefit whoever might move into our Tribe or Clan, like the launch of a new, better fitting and more appropriate system or tradition. Let’s say we want to rebirth an important relationship in fresh soil. Maybe it has become clear that Self-care is the root of all evolution. Yes, this would also be a most excellent time for initiating healing, restitution, a healthier lifestyle, a deeper commitment.

 

The quantum factor between these opposing scenarios is your motivation. Even be it tiny as a mustard seed.

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