Welcome to juxtaposition's Pisces edition 2014
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|Power is the Drug|
I sometimes think that I am turning into my father. He often used to shake his head and with a look of despair would say "The world has gone mad!" I find myself uttering the same words. My father left this planet a long time ago so I really wonder what he would think if he saw what was going on now. His other favourite expression would have been appropriate I think: "Words fail me!"
Pisces is a sign that represents having no borders and boundaries, and because of this it has associations with drugs and addiction. This month the song "Love is the Drug" came to my mind. I loved Roxy Music and am still a bit of a Bryan Ferry fan. The planet Neptune is what modern astrologers see as the 'ruler' of the sign of Pisces. Bryan and I come from the 'Neptune in Libra' generation. Perhaps for us love was the drug - particularly for Bryan as he is also a Libra, therefore the sign of love and harmony is strongly emphasised for him. His song 'Slave to Love' also reflects this theme.
Slave to shoes?
Since Bryan and I were born, Neptune has since moved from Libra through the intervening signs, and settled into to his own sign, Pisces, in 2012. I wrote about Neptune in earlier signs in 2009. Since 2012, our idea of an ideal world includes being interconnected, being more compassionate, being more intuitive, and many other Neptunian things, both positive and negative. I mentioned this too in previous Ezines: Capricorn 2011 and Pisces 2012. This forms the backdrop for what I really want to talk about. Because I think love is no longer the drug or the addiction. There is a far more dangerous one. Power!
We are all addicts
Addicted to oil and fossil fuels
There are other good addictions but we are also...
Addicted to power
Did I mention Vladimir Putin? Our man of the moment, who is being eclipsed in the news only by a plane that has mysteriously disappeared. As an aside, Neptune, Pisces and water are very prominent in the chart for the take-off time of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. A very Piscean story of suffering, deception, guilt, chaos, loss and mystery. But to get back to people in power... It is known that power can corrupt. It can be very addictive, as is evident in many world leaders. Several of the old guard are not willing to give up any of their power. Putin is certainly not alone in this. As I write, the people of the Crimea have voted to become part of Russia. The West is up in arms, "An illegal referendum" they cry, and have recognised the 'rebel' parliament in Kiev. But who is to say what is really going on? We are addicted to conspiracy theories too! Stories in the press have a lot of power, but I have no idea what the truth really is.
What is true however, is that the Ukraine has always been a troubled area by virtue of the fact that it forms a buffer between East and West. The story goes that Nikita Khrushchev gave away Crimea to the Ukraine when he was under Neptune's influence - clearly he was a generous drunk! Perhaps it is fitting that the victims of this gesture want to stand up and be recompensed.
My name is ... and I am addicted to ...
What to do?
The US addiction to Pluto takes the form of espionage: going way over privacy borders and boundaries. Europe also does this. The UK, for instance, has cameras covering pretty well every inch of it. This from William Davie from the HuffPost Students: "According to statistics that I have read there are some 1.85 million CCTV cameras in the UK right now. You are probably being watched all the time and not even noticing it. And that's before we take into account private security cameras inside buildings and so on. So we can add another thousand on to that 1.85 figure." But spying on people only provides information - it doesn't necessarily make people change - it often just makes them more sneaky.
So what lies behind a power addiction? A deep longing to have influence. Most bullies have been bullied. They have been made to feel powerless, having had no influence on any situation in early life. Although there is little known about Putin's early life, it appears to have been pretty tough. By all accounts he was a fighter at a very young age. He is probably suspicious about everything - trust is a big issue for bullies, and the strategy developed to compensate, is one of controlling everything. So how could the world give Putin the influence he probably craves? I have no idea - but I think it's a better question to ask than what sanctions can be thrown at him to punish him. Although any influence he might have will probably never be enough - that's the danger of addiction.
How did Capricorn the goat get in here?
All these themes are relevant for all of us - not just country leaders. What is needed is a sort of therapy at every level of past victimhood. Past hurts need to be brought to the surface and healed. Maybe Crimea returning to Russia does this somehow, whatever the method. Are there areas you need to look at in your own life in order to heal a feeling of having been victimised in the past? Food for thought, I hope.
This is a long but well worth watching film over what is happening in the world. The beginning gives a good summary of how the current planetary themes are manifesting. The Collective Evolution III: The Shift
And in case you want to read about Putin the thug.
Quotes of the Month
"Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with habit"
"Many addictions can be far more dangerous than addiction to drugs. The addiction to power ..."
Notes for Astrologers
Vladimir Putin: 7 October 1952, 9:30 St Petersburg, Russia. Rodden C rating.
Flight MH370: departed Kuala Lumpur 00:41, 8th March 2014.