Monday, January 19, 2009

Tickets for the Promised Land

Departing at Gate ONE
According to the latest news reports the people of the United States of America are following their prophet enthusiastically and are nearing the border of the Promised Land. The seekers are traveling by automobile, airplane, cellphone, cyberspace, and multi-mega media-marathonned ultra-superpanavision. They are expected to arrive tomorrow, January 20.
I'm confused....
After recently murdering Iraqi citizens, they now plan to murder those in Afghanistan. Weapons of mass destruction are being manufactured there, for use primarily in the Holy Land, and new pipelines to riches are being constructed.
Oddly, the old land is being carried into the promised one where revenge is hoped for with mighty cohesive force and execution chambers are now being prepared.
I could be entirely misguided, but I thought that the Promised Land was one of love, compassion, forgiveness, transcendence, beauty, grace and all-inclusiveness, with a touch of divine intervention when needed. How could it be? Everyone is invited but George Bush, corporate executives, bankers, ex-spouses, Republicans, critics of hope, and cigarette smokers. But some of the weapons manufacturers will be allowed admittance since their services will be required.
Murder and hate are not to my taste so I'm staying here until something else is promised. Promise is exactly what it is anyway. That is accurate.
Well .... Bon voyage! Write to me when you get settled. COD. I'm feeling generous.


Blogger yeshe_choden said...

When the Old becomes recognized as the fecal matter it is, it will be dropped toot sweet.

Never fear, Pluto is here.

19/1/09 5:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Hey girl! The voice of reason.

Too toot sweet!

Praise be to Pluto!

19/1/09 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget, we murdered over 1,000 women and children in the Gaza Strip--by proxy, to be sure, but we still have their blood on our hands because our tax dollars paid for Israel's murder spree.

Oh and what's this I hear about theWe Are ONE concert they just had? We are ONE-- with all but the Gazans? Where was all this star-power when that was going on?

19/1/09 6:22 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Yes, anon. I am with you all the way on Gaza and our complicity. My money. My country. No remorse. Just revenge on the border. The false and hypocritical.

Yup. We are one, except .... the list is too long to complete. In fact, I don't think it can be completed. The false and hypocritical.

I am not alone which is an extreme oddity. It is with great trepidation that I am what I am but I just is. Others like you will eventually bring us around.

What a start. The glee of hatred and revenge and a thousand dead. And George's War on Terror is coming in with the baggage. Who gets the last laugh?

I couldn't agree with you more on the star power question. Idols promoting idols. At a high price. I would weep if I hadn't decided to stop crying. It stops up my precious sinuses. And I really need to breathe now.

19/1/09 6:37 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Maybe people need more practice with ceremony. Today was the birthday of the supposed representative of universal love. He had Saturn in Pisces so his crusade was well backed up by the cosmos. But instead of reverence I'm seeing the continuing orgy of Bush hate. It makes me think that it will go on indefinitely, which astonishes me after the amount of the last 8 years. Love is just a dirty four letter word to me, says the songwriter, Fred Neil.

I am not a religious scholar but I've heard that hate was supposed to be left at the gates of the Promised Land as a guarantee of entry. At least for a moment. Rock stars could be a replacement, though. I don't know.

But actually it's reassuring that people are being honest about their lust for revenge. I like the coverup less. Oneness being strummed on electric guitars, and hate coming from the surrounding mouths. Makes perfect sense.

Oh, and I heard something about shoes being thrown at Bush at the Promised gates. Nice guys. Beware of the mob. They'll need stones for the village square. Or cobblers. Hope there are plenty of quarries there in that land of peace.

There are loving souls in this world. The only thing that continues to disturb me is that the others get to dominate. Maybe they really don't. We just have to watch them more closely.

I have lots of work to do, myself, before I'm ready for the Promised Land.

19/1/09 7:06 PM  
Blogger jm said...


I gave it some thought. Perhaps the hate is really a good sign. It could mean that deep down they're not buying the hype. Maybe it's just the balance we need now with this Hollywood style event. SN in Leo guiding.

It will work out.

19/1/09 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help it. I see beauty and hope and fierce longing in the faces I see gathering in Washington. In that crowd, surely are forces for good.

As an aside, just before I logged on to your blog this morning, I was reading up on Dorothy Day. I have no idea why--someone just mentioned her in casual conversation and I thought I'd get a more intimate look at the figure that played in the background of my childhood in the 60's and 70's. WOW. We need Dorothy Days like never before. A fiercely uncompromising warrior for peace. And a Scorpio at that...

How can we live Dorothy Day's example today?

Alas..I ramble. Peace jm.

20/1/09 1:46 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Is that you, alas? The one who's doing the listening thing?

Of course there are forces for good!

I didn't just fall off the turnip truck!!!

A warrior for peace is an excellent idea.

Ramble on, anon. Feel free.

20/1/09 2:47 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm still not going the P-Land though. I was tempted and now we're in deep, so I'll live side by side with it, maybe abandoning my displeasure eventually. I don't know. It's creatively useful.

Beauty is good. Hope is all right. Fierce longing, however, can lead to trouble I've discovered. I've got it. I know.

20/1/09 3:00 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I'll see the light in time.

20/1/09 3:12 AM  
Blogger jm said...

And look. You'll get used to my acid tongue or you can tune it out like everyone else does. My Alice in Pollyannaland days are over. I've done my duty as my archives prove.

I do see the light. I could become one of those "Beware of Old Lady" types. Or I might go back to the monastery. I haven't decided yet.

20/1/09 3:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM, Dorothy had a wicked temper and an acid tongue. I sure as hell wish she hadn't embraced some of the church's more - conservative - views on the sexual revolution, especially since she started the exact opposite way. But it's her ANGER that fueled her!
And she wasn't afraid to express it. She would not budge, either.

You express them both with a punch, but for some reason now I resonate more to your anger than your fierce longing. Keep writing, and thanks for your blog.

20/1/09 7:19 AM  
Blogger jm said...

HA HA HA!! Thank you so much, anon. I'm afraid of myself so I usually hold back, try to be nice, and attempt to fit in and be liked. It's awful. The punch is what I've been missing in my music too. I'm so terrified of offending. But if everyone went along with the crowd we'd have a totalitarian situation. It's vital to object.

So I dreamt that my teeth fell out and I realized that I have to go forth with my strength or gum my food, which would be worse than being ostracized.

The beautiful arrangement here is that people are completely free to click in and out, so I can express myself painlessly. I hurt people less than many of those who profess to be so loving with their smiles, I've said enough of that for now.

I'm too nice, but I'll get over it. Thanks for the much-needed encouragement!

20/1/09 1:20 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I resonated with your fierce longing phrase completely. It makes me so so sad. The human condition, longing for something we'll never have. What made me sad was to see these people begging this man to give it to them. It's humiliating and painful for me to watch. I want to give them courage and strength, but that's foolish. That would just be another person trying to guide them. I don't know the answer. I think we have to reconcile ourselves to the void that makes us suffer so much no matter how hard we try to fill it.

While there is joy around - I feel it, too - there is something disturbing in the unbelievably excessive worship of this man. But it's temporary, so it's OK. The need remains, though. Mass following is not the road to collective unity, but they know that deep down. I think the Pluto transit to the Cancer planets will help the parental fierce longing, but it's going to get worse at first.

Autonomy is the most beautiful and fierce thing I know of and people get hurt less.

20/1/09 1:33 PM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

I like Obama but I'm not at all into all the hype around the inauguration. I don't expect much of Obama other than that he will end some of the more egregious errors of the Bush years.

I don't know if a truly just society ever has existed or will exist. I think our job is to fix our own lives in spite of society which will always be unjust. I see society and the state as machines. The goal is to make good use of the machine despite its terrible and dangerous flaws rather than it using you.

20/1/09 2:06 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I completely agree with you mpk. So absolutely. Each individual machine is a universe unto itself and that's the start. We don't do that - look at the health of the populace - and that translates into bad machines on the bigger level.

I always see the machines in life. I look at the universe as a system of turning gears, each one of us a wheel.

I would expect nothing of Obama. He's not the point, and I doubt he'll do very well under the circumstances and what we have to learn. The hype is too revealing. He'll never be able to follow this theatrical buildup. Apparently his speech today was more of the same, so people are already coming down. There is a big reality to face. His failure to meet these high expectations would benefit his destiny as well as ours. The prelude is the story. We had no place to go but up with the last one and we have no place to go but down with this one. In the end, he might end up not much more successful so the people can learn with this Pluto return how to pick administrators, not prophets, saviors, or devils. Bad habit. This one is obvious, which is good. A person and her/his job. We are all important to the efficiency of the machine.

He was refreshing at first, and breaking the color barrier is great beyond words, but he lost the glow for me after he was elected, and probably will to the others as they see him more.

The goal is to make good use of the machine despite its terrible and dangerous flaws rather than it using you.

This is what we have to watch out for. Obama and the government are going to try to use our sweat and money to save the rich and saddle the country with years and years of debt. That's why the sucker mode should be abandoned if at all possible. They'll probably get to cutting social services and benefits and that's when the people might rise up. Obama's not going to fix it because it's not supposed to be fixed until we get it.

We needed to celebrate the event and the historic magnitude, but there is a lot ahead and the sooner the country tries to put things into perspective the better. At first, they are going to go into full child mode expecting daddy to take care of all these problems. Ain't gonna happen.

Growing into maturity is hard but rewarding. There's going to be huge disappointment but Saturn and Capricorn always work that way. If you're wise, you welcome it and use it.

20/1/09 2:40 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka mentioned the other night the Heyoka persona that he represents ... the narcissist. I think everyone can see that. The man has an ego that demands our service. Service to the country or service to Obama? We don't get paid but they do in DC. Watch out for giving your precious blood away. Look at the money extracted during the campaign. Quite a clear signal.

So the reflection of ourselves as the one and only great thing in the world might be addressed as we see his vanity more and more and see our personal resources diminish more and more. After we learn, we could re-establish our position of leadership in the world in a healthier way with our North Node in Leo. The SN for the next 4 years looks interesting in this respect. The overdone theater now is the SN preparing us for a look at values with the Pluto-Venus opposition. How much does it cost to have a hero? Is it worth it?

Our pride will come but it shouldn't be from one man. It should be in you and me first.

The first and hardest step is to equalize Bush and Obama. They are different aspects of the same thing. We need neither type.

20/1/09 2:57 PM  
Blogger jm said...

So where do we go from here?

I am so sad when I see the crowd get on their knees before this man and the fear they feel which is magnified en masse. They know deep down there is no savior yet they can't help themselves. The fierce longing as anon says so well. That fierce energy could be unbelievably productive. Oh I weep.

At the same time, there are the people here who are adult and interdependent, so the seed of responsible government is always germinating somewhere. But we are in the minority.

Do we go our separate ways or do we congregate and continue to discuss alternatives to mass following? How can we put knowledge into action?

I was learning about Martin Luther and how he incited the Reformation through books on the newly invented printing press. I wonder if the Internet could be put to use. I was reluctant to get online for years because I thought it was only a huckster hangout, but maybe it can be more.

Corruption in the seat of power doesn't go away by itself. I suppose we can count on Pluto a little bit.:-)

20/1/09 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I totally get the narcissist thing with Obama. We SHOULD be wary. But I'm telling you, if you can recognize the shadow in him, you can grasp it in yourself. This is where we begin. This is our work. I'll tell you, I'm just as wary of seemingly ordinary people who will never get this. Remember how crazy it got during election season?

20/1/09 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way JM, I love that you mentioned you notice the punch that's been missing from your music, too. I relate. Work with it, baby! (Advice to myself, but if it works for you too, I'm happy to share.)

20/1/09 11:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I completely agree anon about the shadow. That's why I think the whole exceptionalism thing could be faced.

His narcissism was always apparent but, frankly, the display now was shocking to me in its magnitude.

During the election it didn't get to me because of the nature of campaigns. But now I'm disturbed, because I thought it would diminish. He's the pretty-boy front man, placed there to mesmerize the masses while they go on about their criminal business. The way the people follow him is terrible and has the feel of totalitarianism. That won't happen but something's got to be done. All part of Pluto in Cap.

I think it's going to continue, but eventually will be dealt with as Pluto crosses the Cancer planets. The shadow of parental dependency will be illuminated, I think, and the Neptunian need for an Adonis type hero to stare at hypnotized.

It doesn't look good now and there will probably be a painful path to recognition, but it should be OK. I was encouraged when I caught a tiny bit of his speech and it was not good. He was scared, nervous, and his voice was high pitched. His delivery not smooth. So if he falters that's a good sign that the mesmerization will eventually fail. His narcissism will be dealt with later in his life. He has a long way to go.

I think it's very possible that his opponents might have been right after all and he will be remembered for giving good speeches and maybe not much more.

I think enough people are catching on.

20/1/09 11:36 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Are you a musician?????

20/1/09 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh. I guess we've got ourselves a boy king.

JM I'm not a (professional) musician. But my music and art (and how I feel about it) is always a good barometer of what's happening deep inside.

I've got the TV on while I get ready for the day - I sure do wish he'd stop the partying and get to work. Oh wait - that's a prayer service. Um, okay...

21/1/09 7:54 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I woke up very disturbed. It's like going down the vortex. There's no one in the universe but him, sucking all the energy. No one has a life. I'm glad I didn't back down from my objections.

It does not bode well, except for one thing. They flubbed the swearing-in and probably will flub the whole thing. Too big a rise. He'll have to crash.

It doesn't seem real. He is a child. Boy king exactly. He's headed for reality when Pluto comes to his Saturn so this is the setup. How did this happen?

What bothers me most is the supplication of the people.

Sigh is right.

21/1/09 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bOY kING?? Are you serious or racist? The MAN is 47 years old

and gives a damn about people like you. I think you are one of the childish Pluto in Leo folks who don't know the first think about true responsibility. Are you a Rush Limbaugh fan by chance?

23/1/09 10:12 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Anon calm down. He's doing great. I'm impressed with what he's accomplished so far, even if I do see him as a boy king. It doesn't matter at all what I think. What you believe is what's important.

23/1/09 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"After recently murdering Iraqi citizens, they now plan to murder those in Afghanistan."
True. But why forget about Gaza and the atrocities of the rogue state of Israel?! The blood which has been spilt there has not dried yet.
Yes, Zionist thugs are the ones who kill children out there.
But the deadly weapons that kill civilian Palestinians were provided, sometimes as gifts, by the U.S. administration.

24/1/09 1:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Couldn't agree with you more, anon, and all the AIPAC people are back in power.

There was a big explosives sale from the US to Israel just before the last eruption from what I understand. The whole thing is psychotic, especially the way the American people choose to remain oblivious to this continuing murder in their name.

We talked about it yesterday in the thread with the picture of the grapes and I will continue to speak up.

I expect this administration to play phony peace-making games pretty soon while making sure their business interests are in place. I'm disgusted with the whole thing. The good sign is that more people spoke up against Israel this time than I've ever seen. Too bad it takes this much.

24/1/09 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the clarification. I guess I should agree with you this time, as I do not pin any hope on the new administration.
Unfortunately, the suffering of many people will continue indefinitely, it seems.

25/1/09 12:34 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm not pinning any hope on it at all. I don't need to. There are better places for my hope.

I've thought about it all my life, anon, trying to figure out how to live with all the suffering around me. I finally just attributed it to karma and destiny or some such thing. People do what they do for their own reasons. The killing is horrifying. I wonder how much I should get involved since I can't do anything about it. I'm not going to give to these politicians. I never have before and I think that's best for me. They act like they have no soul.

Maybe all we should do is alleviate whatever suffering we can in our own lives. It hurts to watch it out there. Looking away might be best. Still thinking about it.

25/1/09 3:36 AM  

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