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

Pluto square Eris update and a look into the future

art by Emily Balivet

Today (August 27, 2021) is the third exact 90 degree aspect (square) between Pluto, planet of creative destruction, and the new planet Eris, planet of discord.  In Rome Eris was called Discordia – she is the goddess who, when not invited to a wedding, began the Trojan War by throwing a golden apple marked “for the fairest” into a circle of goddesses, beginning a dispute that threw Greece into turmoil for ten years.  (Read more about the mythology of Eris here.)  In my research, the influence of the planet Eris appears to coincide with small, seemingly minor, events which create great chaos and disrupt the status quo.

This cycle of the Pluto/Eris square began in January of 2020, and is affecting the US chart rather intensely.  I don’t have to remind you how crazy the election process was in 2020, and how that craziness has continued into 2021.   The second phase of the exact alignment occurred in June 2020 along with all of the other intense planetary energies: a stellium in Capricorn that lasted for weeks, all planets retrograde, etc.   For much of the summer of 2020 the stellium in Capricorn (including Saturn, Pluto and Mars) formed a square to Eris as well.  Talk about discord!  The symbolism of Eris as the goddess who became angry when she didn’t receive a wedding invitation and retaliated by starting the Trojan War is eerily reflected in the events occurring in US politics over the past few years, as well as other events around the globe including the takeover of Afghanistan after 20 years of American efforts.

The Covid-19 virus itself seems to embody the discordant nature […]

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By |2021-08-27T18:22:21-04:00August 27th, 2021|Planetary cycles|5 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

The Fifth Sacred Thing and Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  In the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), earth (Capricorn 2008-2023), air (Aquarius 2023-2043) and then water (Pisces 2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts […]

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By |2019-10-11T17:12:13-04:00October 19th, 2019|Ecology|0 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn: The Death of Capitalism?

end of capitalismAstrologer Richard Nolle posted a link to this article on Facebook:

At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths.

This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation.

Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says:

No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces.

With many manufacturing companies surviving only on razor thin margins, they will buckle under competition from small operators with virtually no fixed costs.

“We are seeing the final triumph of capitalism followed by its exit off the world stage and the entrance of the collaborative commons,” Rifkin predicts.

The creation of the collaborative commons

From the ashes of the current economic system, he believes, will emerge a radical new model powered by the extraordinary pace of innovation in energy, communication and transport.

“This is the first new economic system since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century so it’s a remarkable historical event and it’s going to transform our way of life fundamentally over the coming years,” Rifkin says. “It already is; we just haven’t framed it.”

Some sectors, such as music and media, have already been disrupted as a result of the internet’s […]

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By |2020-07-31T09:49:26-04:00July 12th, 2016|Future Shock, Money and markets|7 Comments
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