structure of reality

Polar Agitation

Aries wants to express the ego with vehemence, and create chaos when there is no stimulation. Libra wants to reduce this noise and activity to peace and harmony. Libra cannot create peace if Aries does not induce the war 

Taurus binds onto the material as a form of energy and stability. Scorpio sinks their hands straight through this substance, realising that it is not reality, and the only truth is what cannot be seen into the infinite. The safety that Taurus seeks is with the embracing soul Scorpio can attain. Taurus wants to accumulate a sense of wealth, but this confuses Scorpio, because there is such a kingdom in the unconscious, accessible to both

Gemini sees an infinite possibility in every conclusion, finding a thousand and one ways to decipher truth in every intelligible concept. Everything could be true. And Sagittarius explores for ultimate, one, pure truth, that which resonates through their higher mind and the universe. Gemini appears deceptive, Sagittarius too single minded 

Cancer rides the tides of fantasy, imagination, and the waves into a splendid inner world, where they spend much of their time soothing the scared child inside. Capricorn does not want to indulge in these experiences, wanting to appear and feel tough minded and masculine for holding onto one belief frantically. They believe this gives them strength, but it becomes weak when Cancer consciousness washes away the seams of reality 

Leo is exhibiting single consciousness, and exhibition of God’s creative dance in a vivid and dramatised display. The heart beats with the whole universe. And Aquarius is riding the glass elevator above and beyond the human showcase of the ego, already telepathically communicating with the collective. Leo emanates as God, and Aquarius reveals the individual God consciousness present in each individual. Aquarius distributes the knowledge of God, and Leo is ego. Ego = escape God. Leo and Aquarius can constantly escape each other’s lessons 

Virgo reaffirms the earthly structure of life, reality, and material anxiety. It is for this ability to perceive defect that the hands are open and ready to serve. Virgo rules the hands, they can heal through their cerebral knowledge. And Pisces is antithetical, living in creative vision, ruling the feet, so on their knees in divine service and sacrifice. Virgo wonders how can you serve when you don’t understand. Pisces knows presence and intention is all that becomes required

-Cherry
#sister signs

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” ~ Albert Einstein

There’s “TED Talk liberalism”. This is largely an economic position that takes an implicitly trickle-down approach; very much concentrated among wealthier cosmopolitan types who drop all kinds of techno-jargon and pseudo-progressive terms when discussing basic capitalist tactics. The Edgy White Liberal page on Facebook is the pinnacle of this. Think millionaire/billionaire CEOs who actively campaign for Hillary Clinton and other establishment shills, CEOs who donate lots of money in bulk at set times to increase their cultural capital and to supposedly offset the structural theft they participate in every day. Obviously not everyone who fits this bill is a CEO, but they are pretty much exclusively wealthy.

There’s “Buzzfeed liberalism”. This one may acknowledge the existence of white supremacy and patriarchy, but it condenses all of the revolutionary potential of knowing these things into a defanged form of privilege politics. White supremacy and patriarchy are understood as merely held in place by attitudes rather than by a structural reality of capitalist class society. Sure, class may get acknowledgement here, but it’s generally within the context of “don’t be classist” alongside the “don’t be the racist” and “don’t be sexist”. This form of liberalism gets insidious because all kinds of mainstream outlets are jumping on this bandwagon. Hegemonic liberalism has become perfectly comfortable elaborating vaguely on injustices, but you’ll never see it point to the root causes, lest otherwise receptive people organize and topple the system that maintains the TED Talk liberal’s power.

At what point will Buzzfeed liberalism go to? Will it ever acknowledge owning the means of production as problematic? Will it ever trace the power of white supremacy and patriarchy to the material oppression of class society? I highly doubt it.

Beginner’s Guide to Organizational Materialism

What are you Doing?”-Robbie Rotten

This question that the great Robbie Rotten asked is of absolute importance in times like ours.  What are we doing? Who is it for?  Before us is a dozen struggles, but who is fighting them, and how?

To answer this, we need to look at organizations in a way that is (relatively) rare in the Left.  We need to treat organizations materialistically, which is the point of Organizational Materialism.

In the medium term, in the space in which you and I live our lives, the struggles of society don’t occur abstractly, but within and between organizations.  This isn’t to say that people don’t rise up on their own.  But each time that has happened, over a period of months, those spontaneous activists turn themselves into several dozen organizations, each trying to capture the spirit of that original uprising.

These organizations are crucial, they’re the spaces in which the abstract goals we want–the creation of socialism, the ending of racism, of sexism, or homophobia–turn into concrete things that we can attain or fight for.  But it’s here where things start to get difficult.

At the center of organizational materialism is the idea that organizations structure themselves based around what they do, whether it’s work for votes, organizing actions, feeding people, or writing articles.  This structure creates it’s own reality, which restructures the organization’s goals so that they are amenable to their means.  “Build the party” becomes “write articles about building the party” becomes “write articles criticizing other groups of not building the party correctly”. Steadily, the organization’s activities become more about continuing its own existence than about helping people.

This tendency towards narrowing becomes self reinforcing as the practice a group does and the theory a group creates become in line.  This leads to organizations turning what they do into something that is all important, to denigrate the work of other groups.  “We need to organize this protest” turns into “this protest is all important, protest is all important”.  “We need to get votes to win this election” becomes “me getting voted in is a political revolution”.

How do we fix this?  By being conscious of the correct practices? By reading the right books? By just organizing? No.  These tendencies don’t come out of people not knowing the right stuff, it’s inherent to any given organization. Be conscious of this.   Ask yourself if your goals are to uplift the organization and only the organization or are they to uplift the people in your community.  Because the organization isn’t what’s important on its own, the struggle is, and the way to keep these narrowing tendencies from afflicting the whole movement is to have a diverse group of organizations that do different things.  A revolution is never any one thing, it’s a ton of them, and by working on different fronts, we can create a movement that is broader and focused on what’s really important.

creative energy crackles in the fire mind like shooting stars, and it absolutely must be put into motion. the sagittarius mind radiates a ravenous hunger for learning and intuition leads the way for expansive mental and physical experience. travel accelerates synchronicity for sagittarius. aries responds to intuitive impulse and the world answers back. they provoke the environment so much the structure of reality itself changes. leo can thought manifest. it generates from the solar sorcery of the sun. their imagination is so godlike imaginative scenarios they desperately need and imagine they see it transpire in reality

i.The linguistic relationship is not between a word and a thing; it is between a word and another word.

ii. Meaning is generated (and generates) by the act of reading the text. Prior to the reading act, the text exists alone and solely in its materiality.

iii. Everything is discursive – the infinite chain of signifiers.

iv. Not to speak of language but what language ‘does’. Not to speak of the text but what the text 'says’. Not to speak of thought but what thought 'thinks’.

v. The speaker, the reader, and the thinker are an afterthought, a citation, a reflexive to language, text, and thought.

vi. Language and the world do not touch. The first mistake is to assume a world; there is only language. In the last instance, language is the world. We are structured by a linguistic reality.

vii. Communication with the “other” is a syntagmatic stream of signifiers. Communication with the “self” is a paradigmatic stream of signifieds.

Buddhism Without Beliefs

‘Instead of being the noncontentious introduction to Buddhism that was initially conceived, “Buddhism without Beliefs” triggered what Time magazine, in its cover issue on Buddhism in America, called “a civil but ferociously felt argument” about whether it was necessary for Buddhists to believe in karma and rebirth. I had proposed in the book that one could hold an agnostic position on these points, i.e., keep an open mind without either affirming or denying them. Naively perhaps, I had not anticipated the furor that this suggestion would create.

The ensuing controversy showed that Buddhists could be as fervent and irrational in their views about karma and rebirth as Christians and Muslims could be in their convictions about the existence of God. For some Western converts, Buddhism became a substitute religion every bit as inflexible and intolerant as the religions they rejected before becoming Buddhists. I argued that Buddhism was not so much a creedal religion as a broad culture of awakening that, throughout its history, had shown a remarkable ability to adapt to changing conditions. For a while I hoped that “Buddhism without Beliefs” might stimulate more public debate and enquiry among Buddhists about these issues, but this dis not happen. Instead, it revealed a fault line in the nascent Western Buddhist community between traditionalists, for whom such doctrines are nonnegotiable truths, and liberals, like myself, who tend to see them more as contingent products of historical circumstance.

What is it that makes a person insist passionately on the existence of metaphysical realities that can be neither demonstrated nor refuted? I suppose some of it has to do with the fear of death, the terror that you and your loved ones will disappear and become nothing. But I suspect that for such people, the world as presented to their senses and reason appears intrinsically inadequate, incapable of explaining this fraught and brief life on earth. One assumes the existence of hidden forces that lie deep beneath the surface of the contingent and untrustworthy world of day-to-day experience. Many Buddhists would argue that to jettison belief in the law of karma - a scheme of moral bookkeeping mysteriously inhering within the structure of reality itself - would be tantamount to removing the foundations of ethics. Good acts would not be rewarded and evil deeds not punished. Theists have said exactly the same about the consequences of abandoning belief in God and the divine judgment.’

- Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.

The Chaos star is a spoked device with eight equidistant arrows radiating from a central point. It was originally devised by the fantasy author Michael Moorcock as a symbol of chaos (infinite possibility), and has been adopted as a symbol of Chaos Magick. Its current rounded shape was devised by occult author and chaos magician Peter Carroll.

“The Chaosphere is the prime radiant or magic lamp of the adept – a psychic singularity which emitteth the brilliant darkness.It is a purposely created crack in the fabric of reality through which the stuff of chaos enters our dimension. Alternatively, it may be considered as a demonstration of the axiom that belief has the power to structure reality.” - Liber Null & Psychonaut

The Buddha’s Enlightenment

‘The enlightenment of the Buddha was not primarily a religious dicovery. It was not a mystical encounter with “God” or a god. It was not the reception of a divine mission to spread the “Truth of “God” in the world. The Buddha’s enlightenment was rather a human experience of the final nature and total structure of reality. It was the culmination for all time of the manifest ideals of any tradition of philosophical exploration or scientific investigation. “Buddha” is not a personal name, it is a title, meaning “awakened,” “enlightened,” and “evolved.” A Buddha’s enlightenment is a perfect omniscience. A Buddha’s mind is what theists have thought the mind of God would have to be like, totally knowing of every single detail of everything in an infinite universe, totally aware of everything - hence by definition inconceivable, incomprehensible to finite, ignorant, egocentric consciousness.’

- Robert A.F. Thurman, Essential Tibetan Buddhism.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
― Albert Einstein

Gemini Rising: It’s nice being curiousness about everything and everything but being scattered can make you stretch yourself thin and waste your energy on nothing. Do not fear choosing one thing and focusing on it, it will be a satisfying experience. 

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, which is about thinking and being knowledgeable and Gemini you tend to have a huge store of information about many things and this is so captivating and it makes us want to listen to you think and talk endlessly. Gemini are smart and can pick up quickly what is left unsaid and can read between the lines. Gemini will never allow it self to be downgraded by anyone and will always stand up for what it believes in. Gemini are usually chill people who likes to talk and exchange ideas, to explore everything and to learn more and more each day. 

Gemini knows people think they are snobbish and self centered for always knowing stuff and they are okay with that because they don’t care what people think about them. Gemini wants to be authentic to itself and its believes. Gemini wants people to listen and respect their ideas and opinion cause deep down they know they are right and chances is that they are. Gemini can do everything and this is why they are known as the multitasks because they can handle many things at once. Gemini wants to have a moment to shine and share with the world all that it knows and one day they will have their moment and you will realize why you should have listened to them when they told you that advice. 

Gemini are fun to be around, not only you will have unlimited number of topics to discuss but they can make you laugh so hard and cry tears from happiness. They are quirky in their own way and they will accept you if you are weird, hell they will even encourage that side to come out even more. They will give you room to breathe as long you do the same and they will be there if you need them and will do their best to help you.

With this rising you will have on your 7th house/the descendant the sign of Sagittarius. It is your opposite sign and it suppose to indicate the type of partners you like and how you will behave when in love. It is your opposite sign and it is the sign that balances you out, you may think of it as your shadow side when you are in private or in love. With Sagittarius on 7th on the descendant you desire someone who is fun and exciting to be around. Someone who is accepting and open minded. Someone to talk about the endless subjects that interest you. To be a friend with your partner and see the world with. To have someone who respects your need for freedom and exploring. To have someone who makes your life filled with sparks and laughter.

Features: They depend on the planets that exist on the first house, so having other planets can change your features from your typical Gemini rising.  

The eyes tends to be small and clear. The nose is of medium height and ends with a tip, which makes the nose pointed at the end. The lips are small and thin but becomes wide when smiling. The face gives youthful and boyish appearance. Strong cheeks!!! 

cosmic witchcraft 101: saturnian magick ♄

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. Like the other gas giants, scientists can’t be exactly sure how Saturn formed, but many believe its breathtaking rings have been there since the very beginning. One theory posits that the rings were once an early moon of Saturn whose orbit brought it closer and closer to Saturn where eventually it was ripped apart by tidal forces; a large collision may also have destroyed it. Another theory suggests that the rings are leftover material from the area of the solar system’s primordial nebula where Saturn formed. The Grand Tack Hypothesis, which explains our solar system’s formation through a theoretical Jovian migration to as far inward as Mars, suggests that Saturn getting locked in orbital resonance with Jupiter during its migration forward prevented Jupiter from going all the way through the inner solar system.

Facts:

  • Saturn is the second largest planet, but the least dense one. Saturn is less dense than water.
  • It takes Saturn 29.7 years to travel around the Sun and about 10.5 hours for a complete Saturnian day.
  • Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is larger than the planet Mercury. It’s not that much smaller than Mars, and is second in moon size only to Jupiter’s Ganymede.
  • Just about every 30 years, a Great White Spot appears as a storm on Saturn’s atmosphere. The next appearance will be near the year 2020.
  • Saturn has more than 60 moons.
  • When Galileo originally discovered Saturn’s rings, he thought they were two moons on either side of the planet.
  • In 2010, a huge storm appeared on the surface of Saturn - it was so big it wrapped around the entire planet.
  • Saturn is the furthest planet from Earth that can be seen without the aid of a telescope or binoculars.
  • Magnification of about 30x is needed to see Saturn’s rings, which can be achieved with a large pair of binoculars or a small telescope. 

Magickal Correspondences*

Colors: yellow, black, purple

Intents: discipline, overcoming fears, breaking boundaries, limitations, uncovering reality, structure, responsibility, endurance, long-term plans, order, growth, manifestation

Herbs: dills seed, daffodil, hemlock, holly, witch hazel, nightshade, bluebell, indigo, mandrake, yew, myrrh, garlic, patchouli, cypress

Crystals: lapis lazuli, onyx, hematite, blue sapphire, amethyst, obsidian, smoky quartz, black tourmaline, yellow jade, yellow calcite

*some of these correspondences are based on traditional associations and some are based on my personal associations

How about multilingualism?

If solarpunk is about cultural celebration without approtiation, how about an educational system that teaches kids multiple languajes? I think this could be oriented regarding the particularities of the community, paying attention to its own diversity, and adapting its educational structure to this reality.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
—  Albert Einstein
Thinking as a technical and social toolkit (Judging Axes, Part II)

I wanted to come back to this topic after the recent discussion with @intp-mbti-nerd, as it deserves further clarification.

Starting with the essential. MBTI holds that our personalities are defined by a preference of two among four axes of functions. These functions are then organized in hierarchical fashion depending on our ease of use. This hierarchy determines our personality type as well as our mastery of the functions at our disposal. Because there are four axes, four functions will not be present in a given stack. As such, some combinations are impossible: one will only ever have one Extraverted Judging function, one Extraverted Perceiving function, one Introverted Judging function, and one Introverted Perceiving function. It is, however, also true that the nature of the functions will not repeat themselves, so we each only have one Thinking function, one Feeling function, one Intuition function and one Sensation function. Them’s the essentials, that which is given.

As we only have one of each function, it follows that they all serve a specific purpose; additionally, in order for us to function in a relatively homogeneous fashion, it stands to reason that there are things shared by certain functions, redundancies that ensure that we aren’t all fundamentally incomprehensible to one another. To look at the Judging axes alone, we have this:

Extraverted Thinking  ⬄ Introverted Feeling

              X                                    X

Introverted Thinking ⬄ Extraverted Feeling

This gives us two sets of redundancies: an introverted function paired with an extraverted one, and a thinking function paired with a feeling function. Because we only have one of each, this suggests that will be similarities between functions of the same type (either thinking or feeling, and either introverted or extraverted). There will thus be modes of being and models of understanding that transcend the introversion/extraversion dichotomy and apply to both of the thinking types or both of the feeling types; likewise, there will be things that are shared by both introverted types, and things that are shared by both extraverted types, be they thinking or feeling.

The Judging functions allow for our proactive interactions with external reality, yes. And our personality type determines our dexterity of use of any given function. However, our personality type does not determine the manner in which the outer world is processed, which is invariable. We gather information, always, through our Extraverted Perception function; this information is then dealt with immediately by the Extraverted Judging function, which determines how we enforce our will and attempt to structure outer reality, and is our outermost defense against the external. Next, the Introverted Judging function takes that which was not, or could not be, immediately processed and dispatched by the Je function and sifts it, breaking it apart to defend us. Finally, that which passes through the Introverted Judging function is assimilated by the Introverted Perception as Truth; the information at this level is used in our fundamental rendering of reality. In this way, the judging functions serve as the defenders of our reality.

That being said, type preference determines how easily one uses a specific segment of this defense mechanism. As such, (to give a stereotypical example) an ISTP would have a generally adequate grasp on engaging with the immediate inflow of information, but a poor handling of the frontline breakdown of reality, particularly in regards to effectively dealing with other people. However, the robust nature of an ISTP’s thinking function (combined with the broad scope understanding of the immediate granted by auxiliary Extraverted Sensation) would still allow for effective, efficient, and logical action in the immediate, just with none of the smoothness of a well-developed Je function. As such, the action might suit deal very well with the immediate problem and resolve it in the most effective and absolute fashion possible, but it would probably not synchronize well with any general strategies or presentation. This leads to the ISTP appearing inconsistent or inconsiderate, or needlessly brutal: there isn’t time for their Ti to solve both the immediate problem and harmonize with their general intentions and strategies, and Ti, when pressed into immediate action, only excels at the former.

The extraverted judging function deals in consistency of action, while the introverted judging function deals with depth of action. This is why (again, to deal in clichés) high-Te users are viewed as excellent strategists (well, that and the fact that their lower Pe function means that they’re more easily overwhelmed by changing circumstances) whereas high-Ti users are better tacticians. Given time, Ti (and this applies to the Ti-Fe axis in general, though lower Fe is implied in this particular case) can conceive a solution that would be more quickly enacted by a Te-user; the longer it has to think, the better it can handle all aspects of a situation.

Te-Fi lacks that flexibility. High Te is excellent at enacting immediate strategies and dovetailing small victories into larger campaigns, but it because of inherently lower perception functions it can’t effectively process the outer world in quite the same fashion. Much like Ti, Te can accomplish in-depth solutions if given the time to think about it, but it doesn’t come naturally. And because Te is generally animated by a desire to act, forcefully, on the outer world, the only solution is to learn which responses correspond to which situations. Te needs to accumulate knowledge in order to then apply it to the outer world, because it’s not flexible or polyvalent enough to solve complex issues on the fly. Therefore, it channels creativity from lower functions (in the psyche, not necessarily the functional stack) through methods that it knows to work in order to accomplish its goals. If Te does not have an objectively valid method to apply, it will start using Fi-Si or Fi-Ni to attempt to brute force the problem away; this will generally take the form of an attempted appeal to the way things should be or have been, or an exposition of their vision of the way things could be. But because Fi is a lower function, this will most likely be tone deaf, either wrapped up in Te tones of domination and Fi’s righteous outrage, or worse yet, mere petulance.

Aha, and now you’re wondering how this applies to high-Fi users, who have access to both high Pe and Te. Much in the same way that pressed Ti applies logical brute force to a problem in order to resolve an immediate issue at the expense of the larger plan and social perception, so too could stressed Fi fall back on force of conviction and intrapersonal intelligence to apply pressure to a specific aspect of a problem, at the expense of the general logical goal. Ultimately Fi will understand how best to employ this resolve / moral reserve because it’s paired with high Pe.

To give a personal example: the other day, the question of Te’s ability to overthink things arose. For me, overthinking has always been a matter of parting from a perceived truth and attempting to discern the meaning behind it. The problem generally arises from data input: either I won’t have enough information to associate a pattern to a Te strategy, and will thus start relying more on more on implied meanings and panic (“things mean things!” is something I recently said when stuck in one of these loops: hello, Ni); or I’ll have too much information, in which case I’ll generally attempt commit to a solution via Te, then have enough reservations about my given plan of action for Se to fail me completely and fall into “but what do I actually want?” navel-gazing. Both of these problems can be solved by widening my toolbox: one of the greatest assets for undoing them is realizing that the subjective factor is often the brain itself, and so sometimes it’s necessary to realize that coming back to the same thought over and over isn’t “just considering the facts”, it’s actively harming my reasoning. Because Te is extraverted, it often neglects to deal with internal problems, instead exteriorizing them and letting frustrations unknowingly fuel increasingly intransigent reasoning processes.

Extraverted Thinking can only develop in a healthy fashion if it turns on itself, refining not just its way of looking at reality but its patterns for choosing solutions. This is something that I’ve always thought innate in Introverted Thinkers, and it can be agonizing for Te to learn. But unless Te-users learn to look at themselves in the same way they assess reality, they will never manage to attain the same finesse employed naturally by Ti, and will never use their thinking function to its full potential.

People spend so much time participating in warped intracommunity discourse that they lose site of how actual power structures dictate our material realities, such that individual LGBT people or specific LGBT sub-groups become the “enemy” at the forefront of your mind. It’s exhausting and so counterproductive. 

The implication within cultural competency training that cultural incompetence or insensitivity is a matter of individual bias and ignorance also ‘denies the larger structural and systematic realities of racism, ethnocentrism, and other forms of inequality,’ such as heterosexism, that, embedded within the health care system itself, impede access to quality care among minority populations.
— 

Kelly Baker and Brenda Beagan, “Medical Anthropology Quarterly”

Can we take a minute to talk about how profound this statement is? Yes, we need to train people to interact with different cultural perspectives, but we also need to address the underlying oppressive structures of dominant cultures. This is so important!!