It’s been the most perfect season on the island. Very Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Just the right temperature, light and mood. But my mind’s dissolving trying to wrap around the concept that summer is winding to a close.
But no prob. Music is timeless, so I’ll play this latest mix whenever I wanna feel like it’s that perfect zone right around mid-August — with the Sun hovering over my ascendant.
Like all of my cloudcasts they’re compiled to accompany creative work. Be that in the studio, the office, the garage or down in your mom’s basement if that’s where you’re living right now.
“Is not every civilization bound to decay as it begins to penetrate the masses?” –Michael Rostovtzeff
Did you ever stop to think about where fortune cookies are created?
Picture a fortune cookie factory. Naturally, there’s the cookie-making division and then, too, there’s a crew that writes the fortunes.
Now, imagine a fortune cookie factory calamity.
Let’s say that the fortune scribes become confused and all of the cookie scripture gets blended together, willy nilly, into streams of nonsense that form an infinitely long strip of paper that stretches from here to Pluto.
That endless ticker tape of gibberish is the equivalent of the massive amount of babble that passes for writing (or talking) on a majority of blogs and websites dedicated to astrology. Gigs of bandwidth are gobbled — eyeballs scan and scrape — but very little of import or relevance is ever composed, ever consumed.
Consider Google Trends, a service of the search engine where you can choose a topic, enter it into their data mine and see for yourself how interest in astrology has declined over the past fifteen years. (And is projected to continue its glide towards the bottom in the years ahead.)
This is not because astrology has become less interesting as a subject. No, as any professional astrologer will tell you, there has never been a better time to be an astrologer or become interested in the craft, especially as the research and published discoveries of the traditional school dovetail into the psychological and spiritual ethos of modern astrology.
No, the problem, as related to the internet, is threefold:
1) Ignorant, ill-trained astrologers and their ready ability to publish or broadcast their writing (or videos) into the chaotic free-for-all of the Internet.
2) The fact that most web-based astrology involves bolstering the low self-esteem of women who have no faith in their ability to sustain an ongoing romantic relationship.
3) The search logarithms that drive and dictate how eyeballs move about the internet. Google and other engines reward sites with high click volume by pushing those search results the top of their page. And those blogs/sites are usually commercial enterprises that operate within the shrill standards of carnival culture.
You Will Meet A Tall, Dark Con-Artist
Often, while discussing astrology with the once-curious, I’ll discover that he or she had become repelled after an encounter with a site that offered doom-tainted character analysis or wooly-minded New Age effluvia that conveyed, well — nothing.
Before the internet, the astrological publishing world offered quality control. A protective shield was maintained by educated writers, editors and publishers; wise women and men who stood guard against the Barbarians at the gate.
Sure hack crap existed, but always there were intelligent works that claimed a place in the mainstream. I remember, back in the 70s, my mom was a member of the Book of the Month club’s ‘occult’ division, and provocative books by Sydney Omarr, Jess Stearn and others were regularly touted. This offered the public a mixture of options — from educated to lowbrow — but always quality would rise above the kitsch.
Consider 1968′s publishing juggernaut Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. Here was a book expertly written by a knowledgeable astrologer. And not only was it a perfect storm that caught wind with the just-fresh Uranus Pluto conjunction (which heralded a renaissance for astrology in the 70s), but the book conveyed insights into Sun sign astrology that had heretofore remained murky and hedged round with bullshit.
Scores of astrologers, myself included, were influenced by Goodman’s seamless mix of ancient touchstones with modern psychological insights.
And suddenly, presented intelligently — with wisdom and humor — astrology, for scores of individuals, became a viable and worthwhile pursuit to pursue. If not as a career or hobby (for the budding astrologer), but as a new way to reconsider the world of relationships that we must learn to navigate.
So astrology touched the culture in a creative, proactive way and many of the curious took it upon themselves to study the subject in-depth — and a new generation of astrologers was born. Read more
“What people today do of fear of irrational elements in themselves and in other people is to put tools and mechanisms between themselves and the unconscious world.
This protects them from being grasped by the the frightening and threatening aspects of irrational experience.
I am saying nothing whatever, I am sure it will be understood, against technology or mechanics in themselves.
What I am saying is that danger always exists that our technology will serve as a buffer between us and nature, a block between us and the deeper dimensions of our experience.
Tools and techniques ought to be an extension of consciousness, but they can just as easily be a protection against consciousness. This means that technology can be clung to, believed in, and depended on far beyond its legitimate sphere, since it also serves as a defense against our fears of irrational phenomena.
Thus the very success of technological creativity … is a threat to its own existence.”
You don’t have to act crazy anymore
We all know you were good at that.
Now retire, my dear,
From all that hard work you do
Of bringing pain to your sweet eyes and heart.
Look in a clear mountain mirror -
See the Beautiful Ancient Warrior
And the Divine elements
You always carry inside
That infused this Universe with sacred Life
So long ago
And join you Eternally
With all Existence – with God!