Matching Jupiter and Makemake

April 29, 2010

Since I’m in a time conservation mode and it’s been a while since I posted here, I am copying the content from my Galactic Times of 30 April. These are available on my website (www.philipsedgwick.com) and you can subscribe to them there at no cost.

We’re done with the last of the Saturn to Uranus oppositions along the Virgo – Pisces corridor – the next such opposition to change signs and lie along the Libra-Aries axis. To avert the likely impending Mercury retrograde questions regarding why I referred to the above axes in what seems reverse zodiacal order, I stated the axes on the basis of the faster moving planet to slower moving planet, in the order of planets stated (as we like to write “respectively”) and in reverse zodiac placement to honor Uranus. Of course, if I had stated them in reverse of my chosen reverse criteria, e-mails would be headed my way about how I don’t know what sign the planets are in… see how it is with the combo of Mercury retrograde and planets in Virgo? It’s so hard to get the details in an order that allows the comprehension of others to align with the order and logic created in your brain.

Anyway, now everybody’s looking forward to/dreading the arrival of Jupiter conjunct Uranus for the first time along the axis of Aries – Libra (using the logic of above). But wait! There’s an important and subtly potent alignment about to occur even before this occurs, and most likely will be ignored. This alignment adds one more feather to the Pisces – Virgo axis as Jupiter comes into the first of three oppositions with the new planet, Makemake (on May 6th). A second opposition with Jupiter retrograde and Makemake direct forms on October 4th and the final stand off appears with Jupiter direct and Makemake retrograde on January 9th, 2011, all along the Pisces – Virgo plane. Given the curious and significant relationship of these planets, it makes sense to get ahead of these oppositions and make preparations for concise use of the pattern.

Curious and significant relationship, eh? What is that? Makemake is the mythic birdman, the most revered deity of the people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). While this Pacific-based lore seemingly holds no connection to Jupiter (Zeus) of the Roman-Greco mythology, a distinctive orbital factor emerges to link these planets. Jupiter and Makemake both make their closest contact with the Sun (perihelion) in Aries and a single minute apart! Jupiter is nearest the Sun at 15 Aries 21; Makemake comes closest the center of the solar system at 15 Aries 22 – both positions measured per the heliocentric zodiac.

Perihelion is one of two “slingshot points” in a body’s orbit (the other being aphelion). At perihelion, a planet stands at its minimal distance from the Sun, thus receiving solar intensity in greatest measure. As a planet comes to perihelion, it moves faster than at any other part in its orbit. Once past perihelion, a body begins to slow. At the moment of perihelion, the planet is sling shotted back into the depths of space (at aphelion, the planet is sling shotted back toward the Sun). By orbital symbolism, a planet at perihelion absorbs qualities of urgency, time (as related to speed) pressure and enhanced intensity; qualities shared by Jupiter and Makemake at the same degree and amplified by the nature of Aries.

The 1994 movie, Rapa Nui, is one of the better ways to align with the birdman mythology of the Island Culture. This is fairly easy to get in VHS and more difficult in DVD, but worth the search and watching. Some historical assessments of the film claim that the famous Easter Island statues were long in place by the time the birdman propitiation of the egg hunt began. That noted, there are some interesting points made in the film that pertain to both Makemake and Jupiter.

Jupiter refers to religion in traditional terms and the method of sacrifice to honor religions icons. Jupiter personifies over doing, too much, excessive use and over the top. In the movie Rapa Nui, there is a scene where the last trees are cut down to use as rolling logs to put yet another religious stone carving in place. Rapa Nui is an isolated island about 3,500 km west of Santiago, Chile. The indigenous inhabitants before the arrival of European explorers believed they were the only people on Earth. They fished and collected bird eggs for food. The expanse of the island is slightly more than 63 square miles (163.6 square kilometers) and as such, an awareness of limitation must have existed. The physical reality of limited island space and the number of trees was clear. The ocean, however, seemed unlimited and an unfailing supply of food. Knotting all of the above into a Mercury retrograde thought ball, did it make sense to cut down the last of the trees to roll out one more religious rendering? At its latitude, the land is subtropical. How hard is it to find shade with no trees?

Now whether this Hollywood ceremonial image is historically factual, it offers up a Jupiter-Makemake consideration. Should you sacrifice the last of a critical physical resource in the interest of attracting favor from your god? Televangelists tell you the more you give, the more God and Jesus will smile upon you. The ever popular prosperity seminars also indicate that if you can salvage the money to take their expensive seminar, prosperity, though not guaranteed by the seminar’s founder, staff, legal assigns and representatives, is more likely. Even common business logic states that it takes money to make money.

During the Jupiter to Makemake oppositions, the first is the only one in which Saturn watches his next door zodiac neighbor from the same sign. As he observes the resource sacrifices in the interest of securing the birdman’s favor and Jupiter’s abundance blessing, the ringed disciplinarian replies from slightly more than three degrees displacement from Makemake, “Don’t be an idiot! Weren’t you paying attention when I was conjunct him? I tried to tell you that resources are limited. Stay within those means. There might be a rainy day in the future, yes? If you want to be green, stop overpopulating the planet. And what the hell are you doing still buying investment products from Goldman Sachs, diving back into the stock market and real estate flipping investment properties?”

However, both Jupiter and Makemake sharing perihelia in Aries, believe in doing it quickly (could apply to their perceived best method of getting rich), exercising personal rights and executing a pioneering spirit. All the while, they serve as poster children for Intensity Junkies Worldwide, Inc., as they savor their physical dousing by solar energy and accompanying eternal, symbolic spring fever. If you watch the Rapa Nui movie and observe the accurately described propitiation ritual for the birdman, it’s easy to conclude that the eager volunteers for the birdman ceremony likely were adrenalin junkies and working off excesses of testosterone, since they were aware they couldn’t overpopulate their island. The birdman ceremony was basically an iron man triathlon geared to bring back a fragile sooty tern egg from another nearby island for inspection by the elders. In the effort to secure a year-long fate as the tribal “birdman,” a participant risked death by falling from a cliff, drowning and the possibility of becoming human sushi for sharks. Makes sense, right?

Saturn’s view of the opposition between Jupiter and Makemake suggests getting in there and doing the real, hard work necessary to create opportunity. In Saturn’s thinking, using available resources to build a prototype of something upon which one intends to build an economic empire makes sense. Saturn certainly understands sacrifice and appreciates religious tradition, but not so much as to compromise physical well-being and survival.

Two recent examples of the Jupiter-Makemake combo appeared. Going back to Earth Day, a tragic oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico followed the approval of legislation allowing offshore oil drilling on the East Coast of the United States. If death of workers and destruction of the environment is the result of securing energy – something that also applies to recent mining tragedies in China and West Virginia – are these means viable or becoming more of a hardship and/or problem than a solution? If a law to uphold immigration enforcement violates civil rights, establishes racial profiling and brings economic sanction upon the people living within the confines of the governmental community invoking such legislation, is it a solution or causing more disruption? If fish farms create toxicity in the waterways that compromises the ecosystem, is this a solution or more of a different problem? Please e-mail your opinions to relevant politicians instead of me; I intended these to be rhetorical for purposes of Jupiter, Saturn and Makemake.

Saturn wants to render grounding to the powerful opposition triptych of Jupiter – Makemake. Says he:

“Instead of waving misspelled and misguided protest signs, come up with viable solutions. If you’re yelling and screaming and bitching and offering no good, you’re part of the problem.”

“Delete the concept that one must sacrifice something evidently irreplaceable in the interest of securing humankind’s existence or the lifestyle chosen by the rich and famous. Think in terms of regeneration, what can be replenished and what cannot.”

“Plant trees. Collect rain water. Preserve resources.”

“Sit with developing solutions long enough to come up with consequence free solutions.”

“Think critically.” This means think in a logical manner that develops thinking and evolves concepts, instead of coming to critical inane judgments. My favorite example, and one I am sure I am repeating: If the outermost planet in the solar system represents real world physical limits, why wasn’t that effect transferred from Saturn to Uranus upon his discovery? Before you claim that it’s a visibility issue and Uranus cannot be seen and Saturn can, recheck the data. Uranus is like Mercury. Both can be seen at select times to a properly directed and observing eye.

Okay, so what if there are no good solutions out there now that are side effect free? Well, we just finished an aspect of change for progress courtesy of Saturn opp Uranus. Anything come out of that? In the last days of June coming up, Jupiter aligns with the most-distant point of the Uranian orbit. If one pulls back from the maddening crowd and contemplates, cannot a hearty, progressive solution be found? Cannot the prodigal native son/daughter return with the culture saving insight? Such ideas are not obscure per Uranus and certainly not when visited with Jupiter calling upon Uranus during the cranky old bastard’s retreat for reflection.

The Jupiter to Makemake opposition cycle persists through January. Shortly thereafter, Jupiter forges ahead into Aries (Jupiter enters Aries on October 9 from the heliocentric view) and comes to his own perihelion and simultaneously the perihelion of Makemake on March 17th of next year. Suggestively, the issue of people inhabiting this planet and what they require (or think they require to live the good life) is up for grabs in a big way between May 6th and next March with surges in insight and awareness available no less than five times in that window. Because of the egg lore, Makemake is symbolically fecund. Jupiter is symbolically wise and abundant. The combination of Jupiter and Makemake offers hope if wisdom and sensibility can be applied and if, to continue the novel theme of this GT, once avoids stepping into the snares of the Catch 22′s created by society.

“Remember,” reminds Saturn. “It’s time to create solutions without problems.” As a final send off, Saturn slowly saunters back close to the degree squaring the Galactic Center, indicating that while not exact this first go round, the Jupiter – Makemake patterns also align with the Galactic Center, and the next two iterations will be even more so. Progressiveness in pensiveness with profound and prudent propitiation.


Dwarf Planet Data Dots

March 24, 2010

Last night I was blown away watching HBO’s currently running movie, Einstein and Eddington. This movie details the controversial support Einstein’s theory of relativity gained from English astronomer and physicist, Arthur Eddington, underscored by the political volatility of World War I. While I knew the story of how the Theory of Relativity was proved, I had never set up the horoscope for the event, or seen the details of this relationship dramatically embellished.

First, the story. Eddington proposed that if Einstein was correct and that space is warped by gravitationally significant bodies such as our Sun, during a total eclipse, the apparent positions of the stars near the Sun would appear different from a photograph of those same stars taken when the Sun was not in proximity. Eddington pressed the reluctant astronomers of Britain to provide funding for an expedition to a path under the next total solar eclipse.

Fortunately, World War I ended prior to the eclipse and the expedition headed to Pretoria, West (South) Africa to take photographs during the totality of the solar eclipse. It was a rainy morning on May 29, 1919, casting doubt on the success of the objective of the day. Moments prior to the actual eclipse, the clouds parted! Photos were taken and examined in a public venue back in England. Einstein was correct!! His Theory of Relativity was right, meaning Newton was wrong, or at least limited in his understanding of far-reaching gravitational concepts.

The chart is an interesting one. In the search for meaning of dwarf planets, especially in these early days of understanding them, any such historical event might offer an insight. At the time of this eclipse’s totality (15:11:34 local time) the midheaven stood at 20 Cancer 24. Adjacent to the MC was the undiscovered Hawaiian creation goddess, Haumea at 20 Cancer 52! Further, in that year, the heliocentric position of Haumea traveled over the North Node of another yet undiscovered dwarf planet, Pluto.

How this is to be interpreted, I really don’t know. But relativity reshaped our view of the Universe and shattered “laws” of physics as previously understood. Indeed a new reality had been created and all the while under the watchful eye of this creatively inspired planet.

Shifting gears, last Sunday at 9:45 P.M. EST, Washington, DC, Health Care became law in the United States (based upon the moment the 216th or majority vote was cast). Regardless of one’s political position on the issue, two dwarf planets appeared to be major players.

The night before I attending a lovely dinner party here in Tucson where prominent financial astrologers and a notable Vedic astrologer and three “standard” astrologers compared notes on the impending vote. We all observed that it would be close, no matter what, and with both sides rendering blistering final arguments with the Sun in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra, both those positions exalted. What really seemed to do the trick, though, was the conjunction of Ceres and Pluto in Capricorn, both squaring Sun and Saturn. Both Pluto and Ceres maintain an underworld, undercurrent, subterranean agenda thing based upon mythology. Pluto as associated with Scorpio carries the theme of other people’s money and refers to insurance. Ceres, as I see her, speaks for those who have no voice or cannot or do not know how to speak for themselves… such as children and their place within the health care system, the economically disadvantaged and those in the forsaken category of pre-existing condition. Ceres and Pluto took a stand against the “sensibilities” and cost factors of Saturn and blazed a new trail for health care in the United States. Again, you don’t have to like the outcome of the vote and the law to appreciate the astrology… and within the astrology, the importance of dwarf planets.


Another Pesky Planet Pops Up

January 13, 2010

First, let’s back track a bit. The object recently discussed in A Planet of a Planet, 2009 YE7, evidently underwent great scrutiny as its orbital parameters, particularly absolute magnitude, now stands revised. As Mike Brown suggested based upon his observations of brightness, this body, while in the top fifty of size in the Kuiper Belt, no longer ranks in the top ten. While remaining notable by size and singular by origin – being one of the offspring of Haumea, this object may or may not claim dwarf planet status. That seems to depend upon who calls the defining shot. In my book, this is going to be an object to include. Though I’ve found no official confirmation of Mike Brown’s speculation about this body’s origin, recent changes seem to the data seem to suggest his theory is correct.

So, if you’re thinking we dodged another dwarf planet bullet, you’re incorrect. While I carefully watched daily posting for 2009 YE7, another dwarf planet slipped by my radar.

The Kuiper Body formerly known as 2007 UK126 received orbital refinement and an official small solar system body number: 229762. This highly inclined, moderately eccentric object stands out as a Scattered Disk Object. It ranges out to 108.5 Astronomical Units in space when most separated from the Sun, more than twice as far as Pluto’s most-distant retreat from the Sun. It possesses an orbital period of 630.47 years, now passing by the 27th degree of Taurus.

Evidently people have been missing the messages of Sedna’s north node in Leo and perihelion in Cancer. So we find this body reiterating those themes, and like Sedna, now travels through Taurus. While in different heliocentric degrees of those signs, 229762′s node is 11 Leo 04 (heliocentric) and the perihelion is 27 Cancer 16 (again heliocentric). The urgency of self preservation and acquisition of primal life needs precedes a necessary unfoldment of the self that extricates itself from ego as to support soulful development.

Yesterday a client mentioned that it’s too much “all about me” out there. From the material bonus demands of bank executives who think quite highly of the skill they applied to damn near crash the world economy to the “look at me, be my friend” pleas of users of social networking sites, my client’s observation seems to be true.

The consciousness behind naming bodies more distant than Pluto encourages selecting a name that implies resurrection, recreation or creation. These bodies suggest what one can pursue as a lodestone cause and act as a lighthouse of consciousness development as they urge human evolution toward enlightenment. Does this mean that people can miss the message of these planets? Sure. Any person at any time can choose to explore less than ideal manifestations of a body. Still, the guideposts are there, offering support for those who chose to engage them.

Hmm. Here’s a question: Is life more convoluted and difficult to untangle for those choosing to ignore the new planetary discoveries? Obviously that rhetorical shall require a few years to define as fact or fiction. No matter. I want to cast my vote in the never to be posted opinion poll that is exactly what happens.

Planets are pesky only when ignored or applied in a non-evolving manner. Sure all transits provide their surprise package of challenges. But if one works with the ongoing and expanding awareness of the solar system’s contents, later when the impact of these bodies becomes accepted by status quo delineation, one may avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed by the shower of goodies from the great planetary piñata in the sky.


Does Size Matter… for Planets, That Is?

August 26, 2009
Relative Planetary Size
Relative Planetary Size ~ Image Courtesy Dr. Michael Brown

Does size matter for planetary status? Again, that depends.

It seems that when the astronomical community considers bodies in space, a large part of their thinking goes to planetary diameter and mass. Mass affects the bodies gravitational influence, which in turns allows a planet to “control” or “clear” its orbital neighborhood. Obviously, a large diameter makes an object more important as it becomes harder to miss.

Actually, it makes sense to some degree. Astronomer Mike Brown and co-discoverer of Sedna, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Snow White (yet to be named), declares that the dwarf planets are so small, it’s absurd to consider them planets. During the International Astronomical Union’s meeting in Rio earlier this month, Dr. Gonzalo Tancredi suggested a diameter of greater than 450 km. as the lower limit diameter for a dwarf planet. Tancredi’s speculation now grants 14 dwarf planets, 8 probable dwarf planets and 19 of unclear categorization. While this helps to determine dwarf planets, no useful minimum diameter standard for planet has yet been proposed of which I am aware. Seems unfair somehow.

But let’s consider what the astronomers are seeing. Above is one of three diagrams from Mike Brown in his recent blog Planetary Placements: (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2009/08/planetary-placemats.html) While he and I disagree on some planetary terms, we’re in alignment on the impact of celestial discovery. I strongly recommend his blogs for understanding the astronomy of what we interpret. So anyway, check this out!

At the upper left the smaller spheres, left to right, are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and a sprinkling of larger asteroids. The larger spheres below are, left to right, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Those dots on Neptune are the larger Kuiper Belt Objects. The largest is Eris and Pluto is second. Since this diagram is to scale, the first glance notes that asteroids and dwarf planets are virtual chicken scratch when considered by diameter and mass and relative to the terrestrial and gaseous giant planets. This is why it is hard for an astronomer to reconcile a planetary status for Pluto… which of course would mean that Eris would also be a planet and likely Haumea, Makemake, Sedna and Snow White.

Actually astrologers tend to ignore two size factors regarding Pluto and other solar system objects. Astrologers know, and I am one of them, that Pluto works with staggering planetary potency in a chart. It simply doesn’t matter how big it is. However, if size matters, why do astrologers ignore Eris, who is larger than Pluto? Again (ad nauseam), Eris is larger than Pluto. Similarly, while many astrologers declare the potency of the centaur, Chiron, and again I agree, why do they ignore the centaur, Chariklo, who is notably larger than Chiron and is Chiron’s wife?

I get the astronomers’ claims based upon the diameter criteria. What I don’t get is why astronomers do not consider other aspects of a planet’s physicality, for instance, density and relative gravity. Are these not potential measures of a planet’s potency? Gravity represents a planet’s drawing power, or its ability to attract and capture the attention of other bodies. Sure small planets have less gravitational influence, but could there be a per capita consideration. Per capita, Arizona has more boats than most states. Arizona doesn’t have more boats; Arizona has more boats relative to the population base. Density addresses how tightly packed a planet is. I often wonder how big Jupiter would be if packed to the relative density of Pluto or Ceres. Density symbolically represents qualities of concentration, focus and intention.

It occurs to me that there’s a bias against gravity and density as planetary physical factors. To me it seems this is like intentionally excluding two of the five physical senses. Certainly while enjoying a great meal, it would be silly to ignore the texture of food and the scent of a fabulously prepared dinner. Why shun the delectable attributes of the intriguing dwarf planets?

But then again, I know Pluto’s potency through years of working with the horoscopes of events and individuals. Let’s not even go into the current transit of Pluto to my natal Mars. Further, my research involving the other dwarf planets has not disappointed either. Every single day a new insight arrives that confirms the potency of these intriguing, important and spiritually significant bodies. Does size matter? Not in my book. But what do I know? I’m a guy.

If you’d like to see my entire case for does size matter, please visit my website www.philipsedgwick.com and click on the Does Size Matter hyperlink. Prowl around the site to sign up for my Galactic Times newsletter (free) and more. And keep coming back here often. That way you’ll stay aligned with what’s new out there.


2012: Continuing Humanity – A Prescription for the Fate of Humankind

June 9, 2009

Evidently another commonality between astronomers and astrologers these days is that of the unwritten job description stating the need to quell the fears of the public surrounding 2012 and its unfortunate affiliation with the End of the World (EOTW). Last night when I received Mike Brown’s (you know, the guy who co-discovered Sedna, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Snow White) latest blog (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/) I realized how much time he spends, like me and every astrologer, dispelling the nonsense surrounding 2012.

A couple of things to get started here. Not to incite fears of the pole shift, usually confused with a change in the tilt of the Earth’s axis, but there’s a great page to read on one of the leading sites about pole shift. Check out: http://www.poleshift.org/Pseudosci.html in which the site discusses how to take a thin fact and warp around your greatest agenda of fearful speculation. Unfortunately, most of the 2012 doomsday posts and all of the Planet X-Niburu posts fall into the category of the above. Each and every blog, essay, editorial, book and such touting such fear-based Cheney-Il-esque proclamations injure astrology, metaphysics and astronomy.

Now, Mike Brown’s blog discusses an e-mail he received from the Institute for Human Continuity (http://www.instituteforhumancontinuity.org/?hs308=email). Check it out. It’s kind of fun, but it’s equally sad. It looks bona fide. It’s better than most of the EOTW websites out there. As Mike Brown points out, a careful read, which is atypical of the typical Internet browser seeking out cataclysms, would note the links that refer to Sony Pictures and sniff out the ad. Actually, I was tipped off by the picture of Oliver Pratt on the home page. So Sony Pictures is scheduled to release the movie 2012 on November 13, 2009 – according to the latest update on IMDBpro. Bastards! While they hope to scare the crap out of humankind and make heaps of dollars doing so, they have substantially added to my non revenue workload. I’m conjuring a response to submit on their website. It’ll be a good one, I promise.

Incidentally, anyone I find forwarding the IHC website as if it’s fact, be warned. If that you do, I’m going to show up with a turkey baster and force feed the doom promulgator a gallon of wheat grass juice to clear out their psychic toxicity.

Now the IHC website seeks to assert an agenda of preserving human continuity after 2012. Okay fine, but I bet mine is better. Inspired by Mike Brown and his planets, here’s an agenda we can all live with that is based upon the recent innovations of consciousness we can derive from the dwarf planets, which most astrologers actively seek to ignore.

Sedna’s Suggestion: Get back to basics. Take care of basic domestic issues and security, establish a healthy diet and adequate rest routine, then delve into your spirituality with unlimited abandon.

Eris’ Exclamation: Enough already. Get over your addiction to status and success. What you drive and how many Platinum cards you carry will not get you into the underworld for the purpose of soulful evolution. Why obsess over meaningless affiliations, clubs and social networking sites when you can’t unify energy in such environments? Hits on your social pages do not consiousness make. Overcome fears of exclusion and align with what matches your spirit. Once done with that, how about overturning collective consciousness that works against the survival of Earth?

Makemake’s Magic: Stop over populating the dang planet. It doesn’t matter if we’re green if the planet cannot support the people on it. Figure out your creative contributions and offer them with confidence and certainty.

Haumea’s Helpful Hint: Figure out who can be part of your inner circle and who cannot. Cling-on kinds that debilitate your energy must be cast away. Bond with those of similar spirit and agendas and get on with healing souls and regenerating the planet.

Snow White’s Magic Apple: Though we don’t know much about her orbit yet, it appears her node serves up an agenda of empathy and compassion, something that constitutes sin in some political agenda. Try on those attributes for size.

What are you waiting for? Can’t you see the 2012 countdown clock in Times Square (there’s not one that I know of, but since the National Debt clock is busted, maybe Sony will hire it as a promotional tool)? Time’s a’wasting and people are a’freaking. We can do something about that.

I hope someone from Sony sends me free passes to the movie, given what I’ve done to further their ad.


Will There Be Sex in the Aquarian Age?

February 7, 2009

Admittedly, two parts of this blog’s title intend to create metatags of huge audience attention potential. But those same two parts, sex and the Aquarian Age, certainly deserve a level of scrutiny, especially given the way that people at large now treat the current planetary trends in Aquarius. Of late, I’ve been sent a heap of e-mails and blogs touting that the Age of Aquarius begins with the upcoming alignment of the Moon’s Node-Mars-Jupiter, especially when the Moon is in the 7th house. Ah, no. The Age of Aquarius has to do with the precession of the equinox, not a planetary pattern melded with the nodes and certainly not a pattern that recurs at a rate far shorter than an “age.”

It’s an amazing thing these electronic days. Despite recent hacking attacks, identity theft vulnerability, new genres of repetitive motion stress and the reduction of intelligence, the popularity of electronic communication devices continues to increase and online social cliques flourish. Society is reducing the eloquence of language and its comprehension to truncated phrases, word segments instead of sentences, abbreviations, icons and avatars – and not the kind of avatar that saves humankind. Perhaps this is Neptune in Aquarius. We electronically express ourselves in the interest of establishing a sense of uniqueness, individuality and unbelievable cool.

But consider the other side of this signature. Neptune’s reputation for reflection spawns narcissism. Why else do people think an SMS sent to all their mobile “fans” about the taste of the pickle on their lunch sandwich is fascinating? Or the adorability of the newborn’s latest discovery? What about Neptune’s ability to sabotage? You can post damaging commentary about a BFF who wronged you with a WTF. You can slander a former lover and you can even break up with that former lover electronically in a few characters, prior to your electronic slam.

Perhaps Jupiter’s track through Aquarius can sort this downward spiral of society by rendering a series of philosophically noteworthy realizations:

  • Texting, IM-ing and SMS posting are miniaturized forms of writing. They are not the same thing as verbal communication.
  • Becoming more verbose with a reduction of text characters increases the probability of missed communication and misunderstanding by exponential proportion.
  • Electronic interaction does not permit the detection and perception of pheromones.
  • You can’t have real sex while using both hands on a gadget.
  • The electronic effort to become more connected and interactive in a cruel stroke of irony reduces intimacy.
  • As cosmic folks, we might want to realize that one’s “vibes,” ultra-cool energy emanations, chakra spin and perfectly aligned kundalini weaves do not ride the carrier wave of electronic gadgets.

The Internet came into existence in the early 1990′s. I could not track down Al Gore for the exact date, but it’s noteworthy that the clan of the centaurs in our solar system increased in discovery frequency starting in1992. Centaurs, with a few exceptions, were the cousins you didn’t want showing up at the wedding or family picnic. They were going to get drunk, hit on everyone and mess up the frivolity. More to the transformational front, centaurs are sensualists, meaning they rely upon all the physical senses for perception, decision-making and interaction. Their strongest sense is smell and the olfactory sense could actually cause a centaur to lose all sensibility. We can’t have that now, can we? A repressive moral culture hell bent on diminishing human evils might favor the impersonal electronic interaction system. It’s certainly safer being intimate at a distance and with only virtual proximity. Isn’t it deliciously ironic that the beasts of sensuality appeared with the rise and popularity of the Internet, e-mails and IM’s? Getting down and with the senses is the antidote, or so would seem the synchronicity of centaurian discovery with the Internet’s initial surge.

In 2003, the first incarnation of Facebook appeared. It became its current version in 2004. Also in 2003, MySpace appeared. In 2003, the unusual body Sedna, and the dwarf planets Haumea and Eris came to our attention. Eris, the goddess of discord, walks on one huge Achilles heel. She hates being snubbed and excluded from anything, even those place and events that she would not naturally choose to go. She prays “Please, Zeus, let me be included! Please!” Ta-Da! So we now have the online interactive clubs in which anyone can be a friend, and the more friends you have, the cooler you are. It doesn’t matter if you ever speak to one of these people or even meet – they’re friends. How perfectly Aquarian. The planet Haumea possesses two official moons and also travels with a group of seven large ice chunks knocked from her body during a space collision eons ago. Enter entourage consciousness, traveling in packs and the group mind set; no doubt a less intimate group setting than the free love culture of the 1960s and 1970s. No matter, dude. You have to have your clan, your inner circle, your friends and family plan and SMS pack.

Maybe this is all a reaction to Makemake, discovered in 2005. Hailing from Rapa Nui, Makemake is well aware of the critical balance of natural resources contrasted with population. How many people can we put on a planet of dwindling resource? When Saturn and Makemake align this next September, expect more along the lines of this theme popping up world wide.

Then again, perhaps the techno advances of the Age of Aquarius can come up with a way for people to remain intimately connected and not over populate the world. There’s a concept worth exploring. You reckon Eris wants to be included in that?


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