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Last kiss from Neptune – Neptune in aspect to Mars   Leave a comment

Mars rules the Id, which remains in the unconscious however Neptune in aspect to Mars gives us clear insight into what drives we are supressing there.  With Neptune in aspect to Mars the realities of what we really want are likely to be expressed through fantasy. Our naked drives and desires are likely to give us plenty of intense dreams and fantasies. These fantasies may also cover up the reality of our naked drives and desires.

This is exemplified in the Victorian idealisation of the home and of children. This fantasy was a product of the middle classes, where home was the ideal refuge and mothers stayed at home to nurture their pure and innocent children.  The reality for most of the population was completely different. Children as young as four often worked in extremely dangerous and harsh conditions. Children could do the same work as adult men for 10% of their pay, the long hours and dangers involved were irrelevant.  Poor children could be sold as ‘pauper apprentices’ working solely for their room and board until they were adults.  Some were shackled to prevent them escaping, with ‘irons riveted on their ankles, and reaching by long links and rings up to the hips, and in these they were compelled to walk to and fro from the mill to work and to sleep’.  Childhood And Child Labour In The British Industrial Revolution, by Professor Jane Humphries.

In this we have the cruel and brutal reality of children maimed and killed, working extremely long hours often in extremely physically exhausting and debilitating occupations and the fantasy of the idealised childhood of innocence and perfection.  This is still true today we in the West have adopted the Victorian fantasy of childhood where children are pure and innocent to be protected and nurtured whilst at the same time it is the child work force of Third World Countries that work extremely long hours, in dangerous conditions for very little money.  To fulfil our desires a price has to be paid and fantasy can often hide the true reality of the cost of our desires on others.

This slave labour does not apply to only cheap goods, designer clothes and top of the range electronics are all often produced by poorly paid work forces in conditions that are dangerous and unethical.

Another fantasy is that of consuming without environmental impact, there are variations of this fantasy the common ones are the vegan myth, this does not take into account that animals are grazed on land that is often not arable in climates where arable farming cannot be sustained nor does it take into account the impact on rare species of changing grazing habitats to arable – many rare species are dependent on grazing for the maintenance of their habitat. Changing to vegan if you live in a climate that can not sustain arable farming in large quantity will put more strain on the environment as would digging up land currently used for grazing without considering the effect on the local wildlife dependent on that habitat.

The Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s was one of the worst environmental disasters of the Twentieth Century anywhere in the world. Three million people left their farms on the Great Plains during the drought and half a million migrated to other states, almost all to the West. But the Dust Bowl drought was not meteorologically extreme by the standards of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Indeed the 1856-65 drought may have involved a more severe drop in precipitation. It was the combination of drought and poor land use practice that created the environmental disaster. Much of the Plains had been plowed up in the decades before the 1930s as wheat cropping expanded west. Alas, while natural prairie grasses can survive a drought the wheat that was planted could not and, when the precipitation fell, it shriveled and died exposing bare earth to the winds. -Dust Storms- Columbia.edu

Consuming Vegan products has an environmental impact just as consuming meat products does.  There is no one size fits all easy solution to our consumerism. Buying recycled, organic, Fair Trade or used does not solve our problems.  What they do is fulfil the fantasy of believing we are making a difference when in fact we are blinding ourselves to reality. As with all our desires there is a price to pay and like the poor children of the Victorian era and the Third World it will be the children of tomorrow who will pay the price for our fantasy.

Our use of land and of resources has a price and our drives blind us to these costs often through fantasy.  We often see and over exaggerate the cost of others drives and blind ourselves to our own. The Faroe Islands are a good example of this, these remote collection of 18 islands in the North Sea have a population who have lived the same sustainable lives for thousands of years on islands that cannot sustain arable farming they have lived raising a few sheep and eating wild sea birds as well as pilot whales. The animals killed are killed solely for food and it has always been done at a sustainable level.

Yet these remote islanders who have not contributed to the environmental disasters of the 20th century, who have never hunted whales for industrial use unlike the rest of the Western world now face the rage of the West for continuing to live the same sustainable life they have always lived. For the Faroe islanders are cruel in not adopting methods of farming that is impossible in their climate or becoming an industrialised battery fed nation. For living a hunter-gatherer/pastoral existence means facing the reality of the cost of food something they have and continue to do sustainably, and instead of condemnation by the West it needs to embrace the reality of living a sustainable life and the cost of its consumerism.

 

 

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Posted March 20, 2015 by neptune's Aura Astrology in Last Kiss from Neptune

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