Advertisements

SlavoJ Zizek and his natal OOB Uranus and Pluto – The revolutionary Pervert   Leave a comment

Slavoj Zizek has an OOB Uranus and Pluto as well as a 0 degree declination of Mars and Sun in his natal chart.  Žižek, a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubijana, Slovenia, achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, which disputed a Marxist interpretation of ideology as false consciousness and argued for ideology as an unconscious fantasy that structures reality. He is more popularly known for his films, ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’ and ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’ – cinema is the ultimate pervert art, it doesn’t give what you desire, it tells you what to desire.

The controversial psychoanalyst and philosopher has a habit of upsetting everybody’s apple cart. Buddhists, atheists, environmentalists, whatever your belief he will challenge it: by forcing you to face your excrement and trash, in ‘Examined Life’ he reminds us all that although we magically flush away and mysterious elves collect our trash, it is still exists and several trillion plastic bottles are not going to just disappear on their own and that real ‘nature’ is a messy bloody place in which we need to begin living in again to face its problems. When he attacks the ideology of ecology, mystifying the natural world as the sacred mother, disturbed and thrown out of balance by humans, we forget that nature is unpredictable and violent and that to really love nature we must not idealise it but see its imperfections, when we see it not as an ideal but as an imperfect system we understand that it is vulnerable and we see the reality of global warming.

Zizek challenging attacks on ecological and new age ideologies, as reasons why we do not have the real desire to prevent global warming and suggesting the only way to real atheism is through Christianity; as atheists are the only ones who can still believe naturally upsets many people. Yet at the same time his ability to mix deep philosophical and psychological insights with film and his sense of humour makes him accessible to the masses and popular. Zizek is an atheist who says that Christian protestant theology is more atheist in nature than modern humanism, a revolutionary communist who says we must totally attack 20th century communism as a complete failure, that protest is pointless without a solution to capitalism. He has been called the most dangerous politic philosopher in the west, a confrontational maverick and the Elvis of cultural theory, written over 50 books on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory.

With his OOB Pluto Zizek has no problems in discussing the philosophical ideology behind different toilets and national obsessions with faeces. He also does not shy away from the ideology behind modern sex, where he compares it to decaffeinated coffee and alcohol free beer where it is a physical exercise to keep fit stripped of meaning, he goes as far as re-imagining sex within relationship as both partners being hooked up to electrical devices together.  That sex has always been virtual, masturbation using a partner. With skill he demolishes the politically correct, stating that anti harassment laws mean it is impossible to make a pass at anybody which leads to sexual relationships being agreed by written contract. He says that whatever we say it can be sold as a wisdom even if it is contradictory, as a philosopher which means lover of wisdom he is the first to destroy it as finding meaning in the meaningless. He describes all pleasures as learnt, alcohol, smoking, killing and sex that there is nothing natural about them. He says the ideology of symbolism of sex in cinema held power missing in modern cinema’s show all attitude, that the fake identity of FB holds more reality because social pressures force us to wear masks, that our true inner self is full of shit to excuse our actions our truth is outside in what we do and how we treat others. That we do pseudo activities such as charity work or recycling as a way of avoiding taking real action. That true multiculturalism means learning to live with people you don’t understand.

His stance on modern sex is strongly influenced by his OOB Pluto, “Yeah, because I’m extremely romantic here. You know what is my fear? This postmodern, permissive, pragmatic etiquette towards sex. It’s horrible. They claim sex is healthy; it’s good for the heart, for blood circulation, it relaxes you. They even go into how kissing is also good because it develops the muscles here – this is horrible, my God!” He’s appalled by the promise of dating agencies to “outsource” the risk of romance. “It’s no longer that absolute passion. I like this idea of sex as part of love, you know: ‘I’m ready to sell my mother into slavery just to fuck you for ever.’ There is something nice, transcendent, about it. I remain incurably romantic.”  He describes himself as incurable romantic but does not shy away from the issue of sex, “Ah, anal sex. You know why not? Because I couldn’t convince myself that she really likes it. I always had this suspicion, what if she only pretends, to make herself more attractive to me? It’s the same thing for fellatio; I was never able to finish into the woman’s mouth, because again, my idea is, this is not exactly the most tasteful fluid. What if she’s only pretending?” Yet there is an intense passion and romanticism in it all, “I cannot have one-night stands. I envy people who can do it; it would be wonderful. I feel nice, let’s go, bang-bang – yes! But for me, it’s something so ridiculously intimate – like, my God, it’s horrible to be naked in front of another person, you know? If the other one is evil with a remark – ‘Ha ha, your stomach,’ or whatever – everything can be ruined, you know?”,  “All my relationships – this is why they are very few – were damned from the perspective of eternity. What I mean with this clumsy term is, maybe they will last.”

His OOB Uranus gives him the ability to blend the ideas of Lacon, Hegel, Marx and Christianity, it takes a brave man to combine psychoanalysis a discredited branch of psychology with Hegelian philosophy which is even more discredited add to this his use of Marxist theory of ideology and Christianity and one would think he would have a disastrous mix.  Despite the fact that Žižek was actively involved in the democratisation process in Slovenia, he is committed to the communist idea and describes himself as a “radical leftist” and “communist in a qualified sense”. His political ideas and criticism of the existing political and economic systems caused a great deal of controversy in the intellectual circles on the one hand, and earned him the title of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times and a near celebrity-status on the other. In the late 1980s, Žižek attracted a lot of attention both at home and abroad.

At home, he gained a lot of publicity as a columnist of the alternative magazine called Mladina (“Youth”) which was critical towards the Communist regime. Žižek who was a member of the Communist Party (like the majority of scholars and intellectuals at that time) returned his membership out of protest due to the so-called JBTZ trial. It was a trial held against two Mladina journalists, the magazine’s editor and a sergeant at the Yugoslav People’s Army for betrayal of military secrets in 1988. Žižek became active in political and civil movements for democratisation and even ran for Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia at the first free elections in 1990. Yet he is ready to admit he hates people, humanity is fine “I hate giving classes,” Zizek said, citing office hours and grading papers as his two biggest peeves.

“I did teach a class here [at the University of Cincinnati] and all of the grading was pure bluff,” he continues. “I even told students at the New School for example… if you don’t give me any of your shitty papers, you get an A. If you give me a paper I may read it and not like it and you can get a lower grade.” He received no papers that semester.  In essence, he argues that nothing is ever what it appears, and contradiction is encoded in almost everything. Most of what we think of as radical or subversive – or even simply ethical – doesn’t actually change anything.  It makes you feel good. You recycle, you send £5 a month to some Somali orphan, and you did your duty.” But really, we’ve been tricked into operating safety valves that allow the status quo to survive unchallenged? “Yes, exactly.” The obsession of western liberals with identity politics only distracts from class struggle, and while Žižek doesn’t defend any version of communism ever seen in practice, he remains what he calls a “complicated Marxist” with revolutionary ideals. “I especially hate when they come to me with personal problems. My standard line is: ‘Look at me, look at my tics, don’t you see that I’m mad? How can you even think about asking a mad man like me to help you in personal problems, no?'”

 

His OOB Uranus gives him strong revolutionary instincts, “I’m a pessimist in the sense that we are approaching dangerous times. But I’m an optimist for exactly the same reason. Pessimism means things are getting messy. Optimism means these are precisely the times when change is possible.” When asked if change doesn’t occur he sees a bleak future for humanity, “Ah, if this happens then we are slowly approaching a new apartheid authoritarian society. It will not be – I must underline this – the old stupid authoritarianism. This will be a new form, still consumerist.” Although shocking to some and funny at times he has a deeply serious vein in all that he does, “Most people think I’m making jokes, exaggerating – but no, I’m not. It’s not that. First I tell jokes, then I’m serious. No, the art is to bring the serious message into the forum of jokes.”

What is fascinating about Zizek from an astrologers viewpoint is not his OOB planets or his 0 degree declination Sun and Mars but his work on ideology, which is the interpretation and understanding of symbols given meaning at a conscious and unconscious level and how symbols can be used by opposing ideologies.  This is fascinating because astrology at its basic heart is the interpretation of the symbolic and how symbols such as the planets and stars are used to convey different ideologies at different times throughout the history of man.

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Posted December 4, 2014 by neptune's Aura Astrology in musings

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: