The Fading Of The Icons

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By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

These last few weeks have given us a long parade of extremes. If we weren’t so busy trying to figure out how to keep a solid footing and secure future without scaring ourselves senseless, it would be an intriguing display of improbable circumstance. Some might call this condition in extremis, which literally means “in the farthest reaches” and indicates a dire situation, sometimes unto death. The Cambridge dictionary describes it as an adverb meaning “in an extremely difficult situation.” I think few of us would argue that point.

Political Blog, News, Information, Astrological Perspective. Mercury retrogrades have a reputation for slowing us down for a closer scan of our problem, like looky-loos crawling past an accident scene on the freeway. This week we’ve been peering into the wreckage of our inability to come to terms with climate change and the remnants of a Cold War consigned to history but still lingering in near-memory. We’re also being given a review of our societal growing pains in the passing of iconic entertainment figures close to our hearts. Because nothing is for nothing in this remarkable universe of ours, it’s upon us to be paying close attention to what presents for review.

The dismaying weather reports, for instance, sucking up most of the oxygen on cable news, should give us necessary information on this most pressing challenge of our age. Olympic coverage, interrupting the normal cadence of prime-time programming, has provided us a Petrie dish of both iconic gamesmanship and international goodwill, as well as a clear view of the mentality that has promoted nationalism and hindered the development of global community. Nancy Pelosi, responding to the early problems with the Russian Olympics village, remarked that Sochi should never have been selected. Me, I think our last Olympic endeavor in China and this one in Russia is spot-on to bring our own national behaviors into perspective alongside those of former despots and foreign ideologies.

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6 Responses to The Fading Of The Icons

  1. Judith Gayle Judith Gayle says:

    The scientists, so I hear, pretty much creamed the climate deniers today; I saw one of the three and it was good to have Truth declared with such conviction. Deniers look pretty lame to all but the faithful, ya know.

    To finish off the weekend, here are a couple of spiritual links on what’s going on in Sochi, one from Neale Donald Walsch and one from channeler Patty Cota-Robles, out of Tucson.

    Here’s a compilation of Plushenko videos that show his considerable talent, legendary in Russia, if you’re interested.

    And to sweeten the pot, here’s just the BEST 1976 Playboy interview with Mel Brooks, showing off his madness and genius, speaking of … among other things … his early years with Sid Caesar. If you love manically crazy, take a break and ENJOY!

    Thanks for playing, dearhearts. Make a terrific week for yourselves!

  2. Judith Gayle Judith Gayle says:

    I did note the sink hole that swallowed the Corvettes, be (my son made me watch on the news, horrified … he’s a building contractor turned mechanic, or at least he was before everything in this little town dried up.) Everything “Kentucky” I associate with you, and you’ve been on my mind a lot this week with all the activity. I saw on Stephanopoulos you lost two young men in Afghanistan today. I also see Mitt’s future is looking dicey. (Heh heh heh) Ever done the KY chart?

    The fluttering heartbeat of Federalism that has led the march these last years has made it plain that each state in the Union has its own flavor and Karma. I really understand what Franklin meant, now, when he said … a Republic if we can keep it.

    “Not to be ignored is the south node (release) moving from Taurus (personal resources) into Aries (concentration on self).”

    Do you see this as a release of self-absorption or as a renewal of it? I’ve gotten really weary with the “me, me, me” stuff, especially when the obvious thrust of an Aquarian age is the larger “we” — and the larger we is in great need of attention. Perhaps this will be our time to “grow out of it?”

    On a happy note, hooray for rain in the Pacific Northwest — and a reminder that everything can change in an eye-blink … I affirm for the best.

  3. bkoehler says:

    Thanks so much for time spent with the icons Jude. I can’t contribute much to the week’s overwhelm of sports coverage, aka Sochi, but I did love those icons we lost, especially Sid Caesar and Ralph Waite.

    As for climate change, I noted in Len’s last offering an observation of how the astrology, specifically Saturn and Mercury retrograde, of the Full Moon chart on Valentine’s day, in Kentucky, equated to a sinkhole swallowing iconic Corvettes on Thursday and the very next day, 80 miles away a natural gas pipeline explosion. Today I learned that much later on Friday, Valentine’s Day, there was a 4.1 magnitude earthquake about 325 miles south from where the sinkhole swallowed the Corvettes on Wednesday and even a little closer to where the pipeline exploded on Thursday.

    So Mother Nature (in the form of minor planet Ceres) seems to be pointing to the occasion of the transiting north node leaving the sign of Scorpio and making a beeline backward for Libra (not exact until the 18th) at least that’s how it looks to this Kentuckian. Ceres and her sister Vesta, both daughters of Saturn, have and will continue to keep company with the north node for two months, as does Mars, due to their retrogrades. All this hovering around the north node gives me a sense of either (1) overprotection or (2) over assertion. Sort of like the Sochi athletes images. They are super strong but they are well protected.

    So is Ceres being overprotective in her earth-shaking vibes; warning us to watch our step when it comes to so much taking (for granted) of her underground resources. . .
    or is she reminding us that the gods an goddesses still rule and are demanding respect for their superior positions over us. Is there even a difference? Scorpio IS the sign of shared resources and as the north node slowly slides back into Libra it will be calling for balance and awareness of others. Not to be ignored is the south node (release) moving from Taurus (personal resources) into Aries (concentration on self).

    Personally, I think the departure of Pete Seeger draws attention (as you and others here have done) to his example of living his life values, while Shirley Temple’s exit stage left reminds us that simple pleasures have deep and lasting value. Stuff to ponder as we wait for the ice and snow to melt.

  4. Judith Gayle Judith Gayle says:

    Looks like we’re not the only ones connecting the weather dots — the Sunday pundits will be discussing the topic and that’s something of a big deal:

    “A recent study from Media Matters found that the Sunday shows on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox spent a combined 27 minutes on the topic [of climate change] in the whole of 2013. Meet the Press was singled out as “failing to offer a single substantial mention of climate change” for the entire year.”

    I usually check in to Meet the Press, just to see who’s talking, while preferring This Week because the round-table is usually better balanced. It appears all three Sunday morning shows will discuss climate change, while This Week and Face The Nation will have ACTUAL scientists in the discussion — that’s a bit of a game changer and definitely worth a look.

    The Age of Aquarius picking up speed? Reality therapy 101.

  5. Judith Gayle Judith Gayle says:

    I agree that the price tag for Olympic pageantry is unsupportable, but the Olympics is that ONE event in which nations let down their guard to welcome everyone in … just for a few days, and just for a chance to be “well viewed.” It’s become a kind of overblown PR, putting out yer best china and stemware for the in-laws. The games themselves are ancient and revered, I don’t have a problem with them but I do find the majority of the nationalism feverish. However, it’s better than it used to be, which is a good sign.

    Still, I defy an American, no matter how tough minded and realistic about his/her country, to watch an American winner stand under the Stars and Bars to receive a medal and listen to the Star Spangled Banner and not be moved. It’s encoded into our citizenship DNA, and I assume everyone feels that way about their country. That’s the common denominator: we all know, no matter the reality of our government, the dignity and humanity of our countrymen despite our problems, and that ties us together. That is the larger tribe, and the kind of nationalism I can respect. Not “better than.” That’s where competition intrudes.

    As well, there is some serious mojo in the fact that — as fractured as we all are, nationally and globally — this is the one time when all eyes are on the same thing, and it represents, at its best, sportsmanship, excellence and … what we used to think of as … honor. It binds us ALL together. Not a small thing on the energy scale.

    So, we’re agreed, Salamander — very poor use of funds, especially when they are SO needed elsewhere. But look at the revenue generated for and by the Super Bowl and with fewer redeeming features. We loves us our bread and circuses!

  6. Salamander says:

    What disturbs me about a lot of international sporting events is the massive financial costs and the massive social costs the host country incurs.
    1. The 2004 Athens Olympic Games were a significant factor in Greece’s bankruptcy (and now being at the mercy of the draconian austerity policies of the EU, the IMF and Merkel).
    2. In the 2012 London Olympic Games, people living in East London were being priced out and evicted from their own neighborhoods, in addition to dealing with noise pollution from construction projects in preparation for the Olympics. The mayor of London sold the concept of gentrification and relocation by calling it regeneration. Vice News has a 4 part video series on the 2012 London Olympics (some people were in favor of the Olympics, while others were opposed to it).
    3. The 2014 Sochi Olympic Games are the most costly Olympic Games in history because a lot of people in Russia were pocketing some of the money allocated for the Olympics for themselves. Like in the 1980 Soviet Union Olympics, they also swept “undesirable people” such as homeless people away from view near the sporting events.
    4. Gentrification and forced relocation are also being applied to drive out poor people living near designated sites for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    I am in favor of sports, especially when a sport improves a person’s overall well-being, when the goal is to do one’s personal best, and benefit the public interest. I mean, I am a martial artist, and I have personally participated in a tournament in 2012.
    But I cannot support sporting events that are financially and socially ruinous, and do not support the majority of people.
    I feel like the nature of giant sporting events needs to change, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn demand such changes.
    I have nothing against nationalism when it has a healthy foundation. During Pluto in Sagittarius, I was struggling to feel rooted when I felt like every single part of my identity was being condemned for the actions of a few people. Living without nationalism is difficult, but it needs a sound basis. I’m happy being a Tunisian American from Maryland, but I don’t feel the need to toot my horn too much.

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