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Greed is a false god

2:49 pm in Uncategorized by Masoninblue

Today is Easter Sunday.

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, resurrection is an ancient myth that was old before humans invented writing. The Ancient Egyptian story of the resurrection of Osiris dates back to a time long before Menes unified the Two Lands creating the fabled Old Kingdom of Egypt in approximately 3,000 BC.

Jesus was a rabbi and the core principle of his teachings is the Golden Rule:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Rabbi Hillel, who lived and died before Jesus was born, expressed the Golden Rule:

That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary. Now go and learn.

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins and incompatible with the Golden Rule.

Nevertheless, greed is the so-called invisible hand that regulates the free market and, according to neoliberals, the only acceptable form of regulation. Not only is unrestricted greed an acceptable business plan, it has become the only acceptable business plan. Thus, has greed been accorded godlike status.

And we wonder why the world is so messed up.

On this day that we celebrate resurrection and rebirth, we would do well to recommit ourselves to living the Golden Rule. Believing it is not enough. Breath it. Live it. Become it, now.

Rabbi Hillel also said,

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

We are in this together.

Greed is not a path to prosperity. It is a path to corruption, exploitation, enslavement and chaos.

We all know know it.

Now let’s do something about it.

“Who is your Leader?” “No One; We are One.”

11:17 am in Uncategorized by Masoninblue

Today is the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring. The Sun, which is the source of all creative energy in our solar system, enters Aries at 7:21 pm EDT.

Aries is a cardinal (initiates) fire (action) sign in which the Sun is exalted (most powerful) because it is most comfortable and at home in fire that creates and leads the way. The Sun, of course rules Leo, the fifth sign. Nevertheless, the Sun is not quite as powerful in Leo because Leo is a fixed (set in its ways) fire (action) sign. The difference between people born with the Sun in Aries and people born with the Sun in Leo is that Sun in Leo acts in a more predictable manner than Sun in Aries. Sun in Leo wants to be appreciated for what it does while Sun in Aries is compelled to continue initiating while Sun in Leo is basking in its own warmth. The third fire sign, by the way, is Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the Zodiac. Sagittarius is a mutable (adaptable) fire (action) sign that is especially well suited to higher learning and travel. All three fire signs are great initiators and leaders, but poor finishers. They need the grounded and practical earth signs to create structure and flesh out their ideas.

Expect everything to speed up as the wheel enters a new phase in which life renews itself through rebirth. We started the year under two extremely powerful influences involving Uranus, the planet best symbolized by the archetype of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. Uranus is associated with sudden and unexpected change that acts like lightning, materializing in the physical dimension of space-time without warning and destroying structure that impedes growth and progress. We associate Uranus with creativity and revolution. Uranus was the dominant astrological influence during the sixties, for example, and we began this year feeling and witnessing that same powerful force in our lives.

At the beginning of the year, Jupiter (expansion) was conjunct Uranus (revolution) in Pisces, the mutable (adaptable) water (unconscious) sign of the Zodiac. We witnessed the awesome power of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction expressed in human affairs in the events that occurred in Tunisia, Tahrir Square, and the rest of the Middle East, as well as Madison, WI. The urge for freedom and independence, fueled in part by Twitter and the internet, which are associated with Uranus, is literally unquenchable and continuing.
The Jupiter-Uranus conjunction also was in the early stages of an approaching square (90 degrees apart) to Pluto (death and rebirth) in Capricorn, the cardinal (initiates) earth (practical) sign that creates structure. Although Jupiter, which moves faster than Uranus because it’s much closer to the Sun, is separating from Uranus and the conjunction is weakening, the influence associated with the Uranus-Pluto square is strengthening and will last through 2018.

Pluto, the metaphysical god of the underworld is associated with volcanic activity, nuclear power, rape, war, and willpower. Think of Pluto as the most destructive force in the solar system. Massive destruction and obliteration of structure through war, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and nuclear explosions are associated with Pluto. Suddenly unleashed (think Prometheus unchained) by the lightning-like destructive power of Uranus, Pluto can be associated with unimaginably vast destruction, such as we see in Japan, including the continuing disaster in four of the nuclear reactor buildings at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant.

Y’all may have noticed that events have been accelerating into a blur since the beginning of the year. Well, y’all had better get used to it because sudden death and destruction of all forms of structure, whether physical, ideological, or spiritual, including subconscious patterns of behavior will predominate for the next eight years.

Why is this happening?

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius amid the death throes of the apocalyptic Age of Pisces that began with people waiting for a messiah to deliver them from an evil world. The Messiah was a message delivered by many enlightened souls, including the Buddha, Rabbi Hillel, Jesus, Muhammad, and many others. The message is deceptively simple. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you and refrain from doing unto others that which you would not want done to you. Yes, it is the Golden Rule.

The Age of Aquarius will be a time when individual desire for freedom and independence will predominate, but it will be expressed ideologically in groups of like-minded people committed to working together in service to the common good. When the protesters who participated in the uprising in Tahrir Square were asked, “Who is your leader?” they responded, “No one; we are One.”

May the record reflect that the message, finally, has been received and all who stand in its way shall perish.

So it shall be written; so it shall be done.

(Cross posted at my new blog: http://masonbennu.wordpress.com/