I started writing this little rave a couple of weeks ago. But I got interrupted by my computer going belly-up and going in for repairs which took a week, and then a major snafu with my Gmail account which still has not been sorted out.
However, to counter the misery of trying to knock my computer into shape again, I have advanced in the 21st century by dumping Windows Vista and switching to Windows 7. And that, of course, required my poncing around with the programme to make it all look nice, and re-install all the programmes I lost when I cleared out my computer.
Challenges, challenges – what would we do without them?
But now I’m returning to my earlier arena of action – which is the sequence of squares between Uranus and Pluto and matters astrological that I’ve been banging on about in the past few months.
The first hit was on 24th June, fa few weeks ago, and there will be subsequent hits over then next few year.
Uranus – inventions, innovations, revolution, upheaval – is in Aries which is about new beginnings, great energy, pushing forward, seize the moment, and all that sort of fiery, new energy. Pluto, on the other hand, deals in the hidden, the depths, death, resurrection, what we’ve got stashed down in the cellar and don’t want to bring into the light of day. It is currently in Capricorn which rules monopolies, banks, corporations, rules, regulations, structure, and so on. So you can imagine when these two outer planets – with their slow-moving orbit around the sun – collide, lots of clashes and explosions tend to occur.
But please note – these don’t stand up, wave a flag and say: “Hi, I’m a result of the square between Pluto and Uranus”. YOU have to keep your eye open and see what takes place, with a view to the long-term results further down the line.
I know some people wanted a sort of explosive activity on 24th June to show that the square actually did happen. But fireworks were certainly let off, even if they weren’t huge rockets in the sky. Here are a few of the items I noticed turning up in the wake of June 24th:
* On Sunday 24th, the first freely elected President of Egypt, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn into office. Mohamed Morsi promised to be a president for all peoples in Egypt and also set down guidelines for the activities of the military who have, in the past, been so powerful in this Middle Eastern country.
How this will eventuate is anybody’s guess. It’s worth keeping an eye on what happens now because, although Morsi’s swearing in to office seems fairly straightforward,already Morsi has thrown a spanner in the works by recalling parliament and annoying the military. So it will be interesting to see the ramifications of this event further down the line, whether in Egypt or in the wider Middle East.
* Of course the big eruption which has dominated news since 24th June is the scandals surrounding so many banks. It started off with the British Barclays Bank, a fine illustration of Plutonic activity digging out hidden dirt. The Bank was fined GBP291 million by the Financial Services Authority and American authorities for, without going into all the gory details, what boils down to manipulating markets and cheating customers. Other banks – the UBS, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland – are also under investigation, with the RBS likely copping a fine of GBP150 million or more. And J.P. Morgan has managed to lose what may be close to $9 billion. I mean – how the HELL do you manage a loss of that size and not notice it? But good ol’ Pluto has dragged it out into the light of day.
* There is renewed speculation that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been murdered, after polonium-210 – a deadly poison – was found in human traces on his clothing. That’s been shoved under the carpet for a good few years but now it looks as if his body will be exhumed to be examined for traces of polonium-210.
* The British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal charges in the US and has agreed to pay $3bn to settle the case. GSK targeted the antidepressant Paxil at patients under age 18 when it was approved only for adults, and promoted the drug Wellbutrin for uses it was not approved for, including weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction. The company distributed a misleading medical journal and gave illegal kickbacks to doctors to promote its drugs. GSK also failed to give the US Food and Drug Administration safety data about its diabetes drug Avandia. This is another example of Big Pharma misconduct to hit the light of day, something that is becoming all too regular.
* In relation to multinational conglomerates again, the Indian government is planning a multibillion-dollar push to bring free medicines to hundreds of millions of its citizens by offering 348 essential drugs to patients across the country. The planned scheme will largely rely on cheaper generic drugs, rather than branded drugs. You can only imagine the hand-ringing and bleating in the boardrooms of Big Pharma at the news they’re being cut out of such a lucrative market.
* On the climate front, rain continues to fall in vast quantities in the UK, and over a million people in the US were left without power, in a heatwave, in the wake of a huge storm leaving a swathe of destruction in its wake. In India, huge floods have swamped over 2000 villages and covered 90% of the Kaziranga national park in Assam, causing the deaths of hundreds of animals. 80 people have died so far and more than a million have been forced to leave their homes (not that we read much about tragedies in developing nations, of course, those in Western nations are so much more important, aren’t they???). There has been torrential rainfall in Beijing and Russia with many people dying. And just this week, it’s emerged that the ice melt in Greenland has been unprecedented. The ice cover has melted this month over a larger area than ever detected in more than 30 years of satellite observations, according to NASA.
Now I hate to mention that dirty word “climate change”, but there you go, I just can’t help myself. These severe weather events correlate with predictions from scientists involved in climate change science that such weather events will become more common as global temperatures rise.
* And of course, there’s the possible discovery of the Higgs-boson particle which could pave the way for revolutionary developments in the future.
These are only a few of the bits and pieces I’ve noticed since June 24th. It will be interesting to see what happens further down the line because, as per the words of an Australian song: “From little things, big things grow”. For example, who would have thought that the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, in 1914, would herald the start of World War 2. Throughout history, there have been minor events which have had far greater impact further down the line.
Now I’m not lining up all the above events to start doomsday prophesizing, there’s enough of that going about without my adding to it. Right throughout the history of humanity there have been people trying to garner attention by predicting that floods, tempests, plagues and various other pestilences would destroy the planet and consign it to oblivion. The current doomsday claptrap doing the rounds is the Mayan Prophecies, ascension, the fifth dimension, and various other end-of the-world-is-nigh scenarios.
It is quite amazing to me that people think that the people inhabiting the world at this time are so special that the end of the world is going to happen just as they happen to be on the planet. Added to that is the self-centredness of “I”m so special I’m going to move to another dimension and leave the rest of you ordinary, simple folk behind.” And as one person pointed out on a forum of which I’m a member, all this ascension and end of the world stuff is reserved for those with access to the internet, to which so many in developing nations have no access. So there are billions unaware that doom and gloom is about to jump out at them and shout: “Boo!”.
Whether we like it or not, we’re entering an era where we are realising that the old ways of doing things – whether in government, production, banking, chemicals, weapons sales, and so on – are being turned upside down. Take this figure, for example, when homelessness and unemployment are rife in the United States: the top 1% gained 93% of the additional income created in the country in 2010. And Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University points out in his new book, The Price of Inequality: “America has been growing apart, at an increasingly rapid rate. In the first post-recession years of the new millennium (2002-7), the top 1% secured more than 65% of the gain in total national income. While the top 1% was doing fantastically, most Americans were actually growing worse off.” It’s a picture being replicated in other developed Western nations and in developing nations where elite groups hog the wealth being created.
The current way of living on this planet is being more and more exposed as obsolete, as the era of industrial production is getting to the end of its use-by date, and new forms of production and community inter-action are dawning. Yes, there are people who don’t like change but, what the heck, our whole history is about change. The issue facing us now is how to approach change. Do we want to stick our heads in the sand and retreat into fearfulness? Or do we want to embrace change, work out how to co-operate with all the upheaval ahead of us, and contribute constructively to a better future which takes much better care of all levels of society. In other words, who the hell wants to be the ostrich with its head stuck in the groun, an utterly useless and boring activity. Let’s instead be game to be part of the grand adventure of creating a more humane, decent, fair society, in whichever part of the world we live in, with greater equity in the distribution of wealth.
Yeah, yeah, another rant from this crazy crone, but having been out of circuit due to computer problems, I’m now venting all that’s been saved up over the past few weeks. Thank you for your tolerance and forebearance!