Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.
That’s what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 11 people and forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods that have occurred in the United States over the last two years.
That increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding “is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models,” said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well.”
The flooding in Louisiana is the eighth event since May of last year in which the amount of rainfall in an area in a specified window of timematches or exceeds the NOAA predictions for an amount of precipitation that will occur once every five hundred years, or has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year.
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While Neptune is usually considered a planet of spirituality, it also is the ruler of the experience of the masses. We usually put “entertainment” in that category, and now that Neptune has slipped into Pisces the nature of reality and entertainment is beginning to have the famous Neptunian blurring effect. Augmented reality will change the way we view our world, and now holographic performances are making an appearance at rock festivals. Last weekend at the Coachella festival an apparent holographic image of the beloved rap icon Tupac Shakur gave a featured performance. http://youtu.be/AksK8BoPB5g The holographic image wasn’t actual footage of Shakur: “This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion, and this is just the beginning, Ed Ulbrich told WSJ. “Dre has a massive vision for this.” The last time Neptune was in Pisces, beginning in 1848, print magazines were just beginning to bring news to the masses in a more entertaining form. Plays and vaudeville act attracted the average citizen into theaters around the world and made entertainment itself more accessible. Neptune’s travel through Pisces this time will no doubt continue to change the entertainment industry.
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The search for a pill to help us erase bad memories is not a new thing. The film “The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind” came out in 2004 which was well before Neptune even thought about entering Pisces. Pluto was finishing his journey through Sagittarius (1995-2008) during which optimism and positive thinking (Sagittarian traits) rose to an art form. Pluto tends to bring a compulsive drive to any sign that it travels through, and while a certain degree of optimism and positivism is a good thing, the benefits of this kind of thinking end when other feelings are pushed into the underworld of the psyche. (This is why my Visioncrafting work always includes an explorations of our blocks and fears rather than simply focusing on the positive.)
While Pluto was in Sagittarius the use of antidepressant drugs soared over 75% between 1996 and 2004 according to this study. Talk about a compulsive (Pluto) search for the positive (Sagittarius)! The most recent study I could find analyzed data through 2008, the year that Pluto entered Capricorn and it would be interesting to see if antidepressant use decreased or increased with the real problems brought on by the Capricorn-induced contraction in the economy.
At any rate, this interesting article in Wired Magazine discusses a new pill for forgetting traumatic events that could work better than other treatments such as talk therapy (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, or CISD) that don’t work to alleviate the stress of trauma.
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, people have imagined memories to be a stable form of information that persists reliably. The metaphors for this persistence have changed over time—Plato compared our recollections to impressions in a wax tablet, and the idea of a biological hard […]
Neptune just slipped back into Pisces where it will remain until 2025. Neptune’s role in the astrological pantheon is to cause us to question where the physical world ends and a more transcendent reality begins. It therefore rules our spiritual experience, but it can also be confusing and induce delusion if our grasp of reality begins to slip.
Over the past few years Neptune was in Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus (modern rulership), and Aquarius, the sign ruled by Uranus, was in Pisces which is Neptune’s sign. Astrologer’s call this “mutual reception” and it was signaled by the blurring of boundaries (Neptune) between the “real” world and the world of technology and the internet: the wired world.
Neptune is also associated with any kind of mass consciousness in which the mind of the individual is subsumed by the mind of the collective such as we see in pop culture generally, episodes of mass hysteria, etc.
So with Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, different forms of reality are already entering the consciousness of the masses. Such as “augmented reality,” which will bring us experiences such as this one:
It’s reality, only better. Maybe. With augmented reality you can see the world through the lens of your electronic device, instead of through your own eyes and your own soul. I’m not so sure that’s an improvement, but it’s certainly the wave of the future during Neptune in Pisces.
In googling around I found an article I myself wrote five years ago on this very subject. In this article I quoted my friend Tim Boucher who predicted this very thing:
How many years this will take to happen, I can’t say. Maybe five years? But the world […]
The mass delusion that occurred this weekend when preacher Harold Camping predicted the Rapture would occur to presage the end of the world smacks of Neptune in its own sign of Pisces. The word “rapture” is defined as “an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion; a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion.” The planet Neptune instills in us a desire for this ecstasy; any planet in the sign of Pisces longs to be overcome by feelings that are greater than one’s individual self.
Each of us has Neptune in our chart somewhere, and even the most pragmatic of us possesses a yearning for magic and to lose ourselves in an experience of something. Depending on the makeup of our charts and our choices, this may be an obsession with a television program, or to lose ourselves in a good book. It may be the high we feel when we’re running or participating in an extreme sport. It could be the high we feel when we take a big risk or make a deal happen in our job. Or it could be the transcendence and bliss that we experience in a long meditation when we achieve an experience that goes beyond the body. There is a sense of magic with these experiences – a feeling that there is more to life than the material reality that we see with our physical eyes. And there’s no doubt that this magical feeling opens the door into a reality that lies beyond the reality of our everyday existence.
Sometimes, though, the lines blur between magic and illusion. We know when we become lost in a book that when the […]
Here is Part I in case you missed it yesterday.
This time around, Neptune will be in Pisces until August 4 2011 when it will retrograde back into Aquarius until February 3 2012 at which time it will move fully into Pisces and remain there until 2025.
The transit of Neptune in Pisces this time around once again (as it did in 1848-1852) coincides with a strong aspect between Uranus and Pluto that inspires revolution and radical change and the destruction of the status quo. The Neptunian influence can cast a spell of delusion over the fever for revolution, or it can inspire us to greater love and compassion for all of humanity.
As we move from the age of Pisces into the age of Aquarius, humans are waking up out of their sleep of delusion that religious dogma has cast over the world during the past 2000 years of Piscean mystery. Aquarius is more concerned with the rights of the individual, although it can be brutal in its efforts to accomplish social equality as we have seen throughout history in events such as the French Revolution.
As we stand at the doorway of the Age of Aquarius, this passage of Neptune in Pisces represents a completion of sorts – a final test of our ability to rise above the urge to lose ourselves in unconscious urges and escapist behavior and instead achieve a higher level of conscious awareness in the elevation of our ideals and dreams.
For the first eight years that Neptune moves through Pisces Chiron will be there as well. In its role as the Wounded Healer (or as I prefer to call it, the Soul Healer) Chiron reveals any […]