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Is Elon Musk the harbinger of the Aquarian Age?

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Elon Musk is in the news again, this time for attempting a hostile takeover of Twitter.  He is such a fascinating character – clearly so brilliant, but also kind of a mad genius and a bit nutty. Just the type I like to profile. 😃

The astrology of Elon Musk.

Unfortunately we don’t have a birth time for Musk (there is a birth time on Astrotheme but it comes from an unverified source in India), but even without it we can see some very interesting things (noon chart shown with Sun on the ascendant).  Musk was born under a conjunction of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, a sign of feeling and emotion, and this conjunction is tightly squared by both Chiron and Uranus. As I have noted before, Sun/Mercury conjunction individuals tend to be of great intelligence, and when Mercury is ahead of the Sun as it is here there can be a tendency, literally, of the mind getting ahead of the Self. The fact that Uranus, planet of innovation and radical change, is locked in a strong square aspect to the Sun and Mercury enhances the ability to think outside the box as well as inspire somewhat impulsive and radical behavior even when the Sun and Mercury are in Cancer which tends to seek greater security and a sense of safety.

The emotionality of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer is easily activated due to a strong square from Chiron to the Sun and Mercury. Chiron is in Aries, suggesting that the wound (Chiron) is to the evolution of the Self (Aries) and in fact Chiron is the only planet in a fire sign in this chart other than Neptune which is a generational outer planet. When a chart lacks a certain element, the personality traits […]

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By |2022-04-15T09:13:45-04:00April 15th, 2022|Future Shock|4 Comments

The astrology of the Metaverse: It’s all about Aquarius

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Facebook recently changed its name to “Meta” in anticipation of the increasing fusion between the “real” world and the virtual world.  This fusion is the result of the capabilities offered by ever increasing speeds of internet connection, from text and images (3G) to video (4G) to an increasingly enhanced reality, or “augmented reality” (5G).  You may find this exciting, or you may find it terrifying.  Regardless of your feelings, this global transformation is already underway.   Back in 2014 Mark Zuckerberg anticipated this shift when he bought the Virtual Reality company Oculus, saying “One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”

I’ve been writing about this for many years (there is a whole category of articles on this blog called Future Shock) – the idea of the Singularity, that at some point humanity and technology will merge – is a fascinating one and very much tied into the idea of Aquarius. Aquarius is not the “peace, love and understanding” referred to in the musical “Hair.”  Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn, planet of control and structure, and its modern transformational ruler is Uranus. Uranus, like Saturn, can be cold and dispassionate but unlike Saturn’s penchant for rules, Uranus seeks to break free of restrictions in order to develop new paradigms.  Aquarius, therefore, marks the boundary between the structure that holds human society together, and the need to break through antiquated social structures to change with the times.

Uranus also governs modern technology, which after all did not really begin until after its discovery date of 1781.  Although Ben Franklin had “discovered” electricity in 1752, there was no way to […]

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By |2021-11-26T14:08:16-05:00November 26th, 2021|Future Shock, Technology|4 Comments

The Singularity approaches, are we ready?

The Singularity is a concept first expressed by Raymond Kurzweil as the time when the knowledge of machines surpasses the knowledge of humans due to the rapid development of technology, leading to a merging of human and machine.   I’ve been writing about this idea for many years (see this article for a start), and now the evidence is coming in that the Singularity may be closer than we think.  The average estimate among scientists who study these matters has been that the Singularity would arrive somewhere around 2040-2045, with Pluto in Aquarius (the sign of technology and innovation as well as radical behavior and revolution).

Elon Musk is accelerating the process, though, with a startup he calls “Neuralink.”

[T]he long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence, a technology he views as an existential threat to humanity.

“Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI,” Musk said. One goal along the way will be letting people type 40 words per minute just by thinking

read more here…

Although Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2023, Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, has already dipped its toe into the Aquarian waters when it moved briefly into Aquarius this spring.  Saturn will move fully into Aquarius in December 2020 and will remain in Aquarius until 2023 just as Pluto is moving into that sign.  Saturn’s passage through Aquarius may be tied into higher levels of government control using technology, and it is already seen in the government crackdowns on protests in the US and elsewhere.  Where Saturn is a personal planet concerned more […]

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By |2020-08-06T16:45:04-04:00August 6th, 2020|Future Shock|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A voice from the future

Though I have already written a profile about Greta Thunberg, the young woman who virtually single handedly has propelled the fight for climate science into the mainstream, I continue to be struck by what I consider to be her significance in the larger picture of human history.  This photo demonstrates so clearly the power for change that she has exhibited: last year she performed a one-girl climate strike.  This year millions of people participated in the strike for climate science.

We are in the transition between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius (for more about when the Age of Aquarius will actually begin, follow this link).  Pisces is a beautiful sign of compassion and spirituality, and there is no doubt that the last 2000 years or so have been the most religious of the known history of the planet.  The archetype of Jesus the Christ fits perfectly into the archetype of the Age of Pisces – a fisher of men who is sacrificed for the sake of humanity.  But the negative side of Pisces has motivated oppression and forced ignorance, and many have been sacrificed in the name of religion.  Aquarius is a more transpersonal sign – like Pisces, the individual ego is subsumed for the sake of the collective.  But where under Pisces the nature of the collective is more murky, Aquarius strives for equality but is detached in its nature – Aquarius lacks compassion and therefore is able to see objectively where change needs to be made in order to accomplish the goal of an improved humanity.

Greta has made her Asperger’s diagnosis public and calls it her superpower. I have long suspected that the so-called […]

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By |2022-09-01T14:41:16-04:00September 22nd, 2019|Age of Aquarius, Future Shock|4 Comments

Our Wired Future – the Age of Aquarius?

We like to think of the Age of Aquarius as the time of peace, love and understanding:

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius!!*

It’s a nice fantasy, and while Aquarius is indeed concerned with issues of fairness and equality and honesty, we mustn’t forget that Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius,  is the planet of liberation and revelation, but also of technology. Bill Gates’s keynote speech in 2009 to the Consumer Electronics show delivered a vision of the “Connected Experience” as provided by Microsoft, which connects everything we need for 21st century life so we never have to leave the house.  Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, and the tendency of Saturn to be cold and hard takes a bit of the bloom off the fantasy of the Aquarian Age as being a utopia of kindness and love.

Don’t get me wrong – I am a technology addict and acclaimed gadget geek, and I love the connectedness that the wired experience provides. But there is a danger that a wired life of technology is beginning to replace real life. We’re connected via internet, television and cellphones, but how connected are we to our communities and family? At the dawn of the technology revolution it’s very exciting, but my friend Tim Boucher (whose blog is now defunct) looked down this road and delivered this chillingly prescient report:

How many years this will take to happen, I can’t say. Maybe five years? But the world is going to look like this. You are going to walk around with an augmented reality device, as well as a variety of devices whose purpose is to record, […]

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By |2020-01-31T08:26:23-05:00June 12th, 2019|Age of Aquarius, Future Shock|0 Comments
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