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One theme on this blog is the ironic resurgence of religion, mysticism, fantasy and superstition in the face of ever-expanding science and technology. Science and technology are exponentially expanding our capacity to understand the world around us and are increasing our range of activity, in everything from medicine to mountain-climbing. That greater capacity for thought and action has eroded norms and values; it has overturned mythologies. Our minds are outpacing our hearts and souls. As a result, we are seeing all manner of scientific-mythical hybrids in online cultures; it is a fanstastical backlash.
Some nervous tensions seek solace in the mythic psychological realm of astrology, where astrologers are describing the changing times as a revisiting of conditions of the 1930s and a challenge to the circumstances of the 1960s. They describe this repeated aspect in terms of the relationship between Uranus (a symbol of electrifying change) and Pluto (the Underworld). You can see the seven-fold 2012-2015 Millennial confrontation between these forces described here and here. The result is what The Aquarius Papers calls a 'grand irrationality.' In this climate, the astrologer, Robert Wilkinson, lays claim to the voice of reason, and quotes Thomas Paine: "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
Yes, this is Hocus Pocus. That is why it is all the more unnerving that it takes Wilkinson's language of so-called 'grand irrationality' to nail down the uneasiness of the present moment:
[W]e are in the heart of a long term phenomenon for which I coined the term "The Grand Irrationality." All over the world, events and people seem to be pretty irrational right now, with important choices and changes showing us individually and collectively that we all stand at one or more "forks in the road of Destiny." ... Many tell me they feel driven by events beyond their control, and they and many others report that events seem to be careening forward with no rhyme or reason to what's happening and why. ...
Some seem to be handling it okay, and are able to function with apparent ease despite the hard edged irrational behaviors so prevalent in our world. Others are having a harder time with the generic weirdness. Those who are having the hardest time are those who are trying to figure out the reason the weirdness is a constant, even though reason alone is not enough to figure out what's happening, why, and what to do about it.
Given the rapid and very strange hard-edged developments of the past 16 years, it seems as though a force of Destiny has put humanity at a major fork in the road related to live on Earth. Much we used to believe in or count on in our reality has gone "off the rails," and we are all living a much different way of seeing things than in previous eras of modern civilization. ...
This is the edge of historical change. The period from 1994-2016 will be seen as one where the entire world hit the razor's edge, and found that despite the wreckage of the old era and its ways, a new era dawned that made the old one look dismal by comparison.