One of the scary delights of writing for the Web is that you never, ever know how readers are going to receive what you say. I have been fortunate so far in having a predominantly positive, informative and I hope useful dialogue with my readers. However, not long after writing the following article, the last sentence of the paragraph I quote below got one of my readers, CJ, going. He really put me in my place by email – and after some deliberation I responded. He asked me to publish my response to him. So I have done so. Let me know what you think!
Thank you for your very honest and direct email. The advice in the
article to calm down and simply get on with life is my attempt to
counter some of the hysteria flying around in the astro-blogosphere
and elsewhere, regarding upcoming planetary patterns. It is my way of
reminding people – especially astrologers who can get too grandiose at
times – that life has always been difficult on this earth, one way or
another, whether one knows astrology or not.
But you have also put me in my place. If I were in your location, I
would find it desperately difficult to calm down and just get on with
life at the heart of one of the worst environmental crises ever. So I
fully acknowledge that.
My interest is much more in observation of the planetary pattern than
in prediction, as you will probably have gathered from the research I
did in 1997 and the project I am now embarking on to study the impact
symbolically of the 2010/11 conjunctions. So if you want prediction,
then other astrologers are keener to do that than I.
Regarding pearls of wisdom…..that is a tall order!
Jupiter/Uranus in Aries speaks of pioneering leaps into exploring
entirely new territory, as a consequence of enforced change through
the pressure of painful and difficult circumstances (the conjunction
is set in the dark and threatening context of Saturn/Pluto energy). So
perhaps we can learn something new as a human community from this
desperate and destructive set of circumstances in the Gulf of Mexico.
Perhaps deep oil drilling will be slowed, made more difficult, or
halted. Perhaps more resources will be ploughed with greater urgency
and innovation into renewable energy sources. And perhaps – the
biggest challenge of all ! – all of us will truly begin to face the
consequences of our addiction to oil and its double-edged benefits –
and governments (with our consent) will push us into cutting back on
our wasteful consumption of an increasingly scarce resource.
At a personal level, I see no point in going through s–t unless I
learn from it. Collectively, maybe we will learn something from going
through this s–t. That, I think, is the optimism I might be inclined
to draw astrologically from this current awful crisis.
I hope you can take something from this response, CJ, inadequate
though I feel it is.
With all good wishes
…..I wondered whether he would reply, and waited with more than a little trepidation…..
on 18 June, from C.J:
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