How can astrology save you instead of, say, Jesus? Or Barack Obama? Or your mother or father? Your husband or wife?
Well, they’re part of your problem: supporting the idea that someone on the ‘outside’ is going to make things right for you. God (remember, She helps those who help themselves). The government (honey, let go of that hope pronto) or your family (they have their own problems, plus — sorry to break it to you — they really don’t care about you as much as you imagine.) No one or thing is going to pull it all together in the way you hope for. That’s really a child’s dream of the world. But amidst the crazy way our culture is collapsing today, well, that requires an adult to maneuver and take advantage of. To get what you really want you need to grow up. Read more
A week after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion I scanned the above emblem of the swimming King, added the black blotches of ‘oil’ and printed the picture on paper to prop on my desk and contemplate. The illustration is from the legendary Atalanta fugiens series, by the 16th century alchemist Michael Maier, and like most alchemical imagery, the scene seems lifted from a dream or nightmare. A forlorn king, removed from his throne, floundering and bellowing for help. How does his story end?
A metaphorical link between Maier’s drifting King and the Gulf Coast holocaust — the largest ecological disaster in the United States’ history — seems obvious. But what has Maier depicted? What stage within alchemy’s many elaborate processes is this one? Is there a clue for us to follow in the brew. And how does that formula turn out?
It’s best to start at the beginning. Read more