Triple Aquarian In The Amazon

SakiMonkey

This is an amazing missive from a Mystic subscriber, triple Aquarian, currently volunteering in the Ecuadorian Amazon!

For me having Sun, Moon, & Mercury Aqua in the 11th house with Aries on the rise in the 1st means wanting the whole world to get along and the oopmh to kick my own butt into following my dreams. It also means being an idealist with a strong suspicion that being seeded into a dysfunctional, cold family environment is some sort of alien experiment in consciousness raising.

Here in Yasuni I am constantly blown away by the elation of being connected to the forest followed by the despair that humanity sees fit to destroy this pristine and intense ecosystem for the love of a dollar. Looking at the cosmic joke where the lushest of natural environments are sitting atop mineral and oil wealth is like acknowledging the school of hard knocks where I must realise that every single fuqing human has to choose what they value and no one else can do it for them because every single fuqing human is part of this organism called life.

Luckily working with horses and kids when I was younger helped me realise that people are quite lovely given the chance so I keep working at being a happy human as somehow I figure that is my greatest mission. To ‘follow my bliss’, as Joseph Campbell, (JC), would say.

I’m volunteering at Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station. The magic of being here in Yasuni is a constant reminder to be inwardly aware, alive to the relationship between me and every single other thing. I spent 5 hours the other day perched in a Sabo tree at 45m. I’m a monkey in the Chinese calendar so I guess the bliss I feel up there is a given but when a male and female Saki monkey arrived in a tree near me and then moved into the tree 20m to the west of me I was astounded. Out of the ten species of primates here at Tiputini, (1600 hectares), the Saki was the one I hadn’t seen in the two and half weeks since I arrived. I was catching up on my diary earlier in my perching and had written ‘will I see Sakis today?’!

They stayed for 35 minutes, I recorded them, I filmed them, but even more amazing was being eye to eye with them at their preferred height. They left and I climbed down to the swinging bridges, I was going to climb down to the ground but intuition prompted me to go to the other end of the swing bridges, and when I got there I found two female Woolley monkeys sleepily lounging and being totally photogenic. They were 6m from me! At the bottom of the steps I sat almost in tears.

Tears because it was a big experience, tears because I can’t bear the thought of these animals being disregarded for oil dollars. The oil that would come out of Yasuni is the equivalent of 40 days usage in America! Why are we behaving this way? But then the Amazon gave me yet another gift. Collared Peccaries, 8 or 9 of them with babies crossing the path in single file about 10m away from me, with the sun shining through their spiky hair. Their presence in the forest is an environmental indicator, it means the trophic cascade or food chain is in excellent order. Also they have terrible eyesight but a great sense of smell. I like to think they couldn’t smell me because I stank like a forest being. Perfect

Brigid Prain is on Facebook here.  The images are photos she took.

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virgo kathleen

How awesome that you are volunteering. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. I identify a lot with what you write. I think more and more we are waking up to our responsibility towards the planet.

Brigid

Got a big LOVE ON right about now 🙂 Yes, she’s a potoo, and she’s sitting on an egg. I went back to the lago today and she’s still sitting, pretending to be a tree. Awesome to see her. Tiputini Biodiversity Station is all about research. At the moment the closest oil drill rig generators can be heard occasionally. The biggest current threat is the Ecuadorian governments decision to allow drilling in the ITT block, its part of Yasuni National Park, they made the decision based on ‘thats what the rest of the world does’, and ‘the world wouldn’t bail… Read more »

davidl

After the Goldrush. Neil told us about the environmental end game in the 70s.

http://youtu.be/1e3m_T-NMOs

CanSir

The only hippy STILL making good music. A genre creating busting genius

CanSir

He is a case study in ScorpSun/AquaMoon

davidl

I love him dearly.
Sure he’s a hippy but when he plays electric I get taken away, blown away, till I’m just another note he’s playing.
I was listening to Cowgirl in the Sand and Down by the River (long version) in the car with my son the other day. My son says , dad, why don’t they make music like this anymore ?

Pegasus

Cowgirl in the Sand brings tears to my eyes.

Pegasus

And the song about ‘taking mother nature’s silver seed to a new place in the sun’.
is that how it goes?

Anonymous

That’s the track I linked above x after the Goldrush

CanSir

I love his electric above all. “Powderfinger” is the most sublime song esp live. I’ve seen him thrice. His Scorp intensity coupled to his Aqua quirks. “Cowgirl….”, “….hurricane”, “Sedan Delivery” & list goes on. He is my man crush! Most of my fav musicians/actors have Aqua Moon- like me.

CanSir

“Cinnamon Girl” – every water sign guy dreams of a Cinnamon Girl

davidl

Yes you probably are a star child, coming back to fix the things that the other star children broke long ago. Most of us don’t belong here, we love it, but it’s not ours. Hopefully the ascension /rapture /apocolypse / will take most of us back to where we belong one day. Before we devour this place like hungry beasts. The actual citizens of this world, like the ones in your photos need all our help to maintain their enclaves long enough to see us star children out of here. Good luck and play hard ball while you can. Most… Read more »

Pi

you know DL i don’t believe in this rapture stuff. how many times,etc. raised catholic, hell / god’s judgement is just a fear mechanism [not that the religion i practised used hell as a thing] imo we use rapture as some kind of “you’re gonna pay” cop out or fear mongering, ascension as a clique we rly wanna belong to, when really imo we could all just work on not being assholes to each other and our fellow biota. that to me would be rapture enough 🙂 i know you have trodden a long and complex spiritual path and lived… Read more »

Pi

not going so far as to think all we have is 3-d living obvs but hey it’s a start. Rapture begins at home, isn’t that how the saying goes

davidl

We are mixed up a little about where home is.
We all express that desire in different ways. The true citizens of planet earth are easy to identify, they are the ones currently under greatest threat. Once this place is barren they have no where to go. The hungry beasts are aiming for heaven.

Sphinx

Yes, I am not from here but I love here. I want the citizen’s to have their heaven so much! The heart breaks to see through the veil the people of the land mourning after death. It’s no life and no death.

sweetpea

pi, the true meaning of rapture is the bliss of the kundalini awakening and rising up the spine into higher consciousness, enlightenment thus on the way physical reality is transformed. They are sorta like massage and chiro…they go hand in hand. In essence, there is no place to go. Everything is psychological and our perception being linear, it would seem there is somewhere else to go but at the end of the day its about transforming physical reality. Think you, David, me and others just putting it in our own way. The first time I was told there is no… Read more »

sweetpea

ps., everything I have ever shared on here regarding these matters has been for you , not me.

x

Also, I don’t do Guru’s in the traditional sense but I do respect teachers. Esp teachers of reality.

Sphinx

My radar must be off.. I thought david was being sarcastic, lol.

davidl

I say whoever wants heaven ascension rapture apocolpse, whatever is probably better off going.
This is not their home. To them it’s some type of midway station. A fuel depot even.

Sphinx

Nice way to express and reframe this idea d.
This journey just keeps on and on.. And I think the idea we die The End is a problem.

One Kataka I know argues it helps you appreciate every moment. But I see it working the other way more commonly, feeling free to destroy and use up resources because people think they aren’t going to be here when it hits the fan.

Materialism is a dead end street.

Anonymous

What is your philosophy based on, davidl? And where can I read about it?

davidl

I was taught as a child that it was possible, normal, to develop a direct relationship with your creator. Once this relationship is established it can be revealed to you the only thing you really need to know. That is, your true constitutional position in this cosmos at the current time. (The goal of the I Ching is also based on finding this information). Where your at, in relationship to nature and to others. This knowledge when digested should have the effect of first, destroying the ego, it will, leaving you free to be yourself and enjoy.without guilt or fear.… Read more »

Anonymous

Gotcha! …..and thanks for your explanation. There is no guilt nor fear – it’s jut the massive disappointment that saddens me. And wanton destruction is so unnecessary and is such an unpleasant way to reach heaven ascension rapture.

sweetpea

Think Jupiter in Leo in my 3rd conjunct Uranus trine Aries stuff gonna be a boost for sure.

I already yakkin’ because IT IS MY TRUTH…and experience…

What is your’s people?

davidl

At least you have feelings for me. 🙂
As I do for you. I think that’s a good thing. I’m hearing you, listening to what you have to say and considering.
Whether those feelings are good or not so good it’s still the foundation of trust ? I value you, not because I agree with you but because it is you and that’s the most valuable thing anyone can give.

Anonymous

Hey thank you davidl, what you said caused a necessary shift in perspective I needed today.

Happy Jupiter in Leo!

DP

That was me.

Pi

Let alone this aqua’s experience. Spotting, trapping, relocating , or killing injured fauna from bushland under ” development”( world’s biggest misnomer there) is the most demoralizing thing any ecologist can do I reckon.. good luck there aqua x

Anonymous

i know that;s not what you’re doing btw, but it sounded like a ball park thing, research station in area under investigation for oil reserves, is that the deal?
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pi

i love your photos. 🙂

Pi

Imo if humans don’t have regular interactions with the natural environment by any means necessary, , those humans are one step closer to death. Well that’s how I feel. If I was in a city like Shanghai for an extended period of time I don’t know how I would survive. Pi

islandgirl

I couldn’t agree with you more, Pi. I’ve often said that politicians should have regular, enforced nature retreats so that they could get a true perspective of what is important in this world. Maybe then, we would begin to get out of this fuqing mess.

Personally, I know that i tend to become an erratic bitch if I don’t touch base with Nature on a regular basis.

Electric Eel Libran

Is that a picture of a potoo??? I love those birds. Plus The OWL BULLET on her FB!! Too much beauty all at once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

Awesome post. AWESOME.

This site is just darn magic.

gemyogi

Just beautiful, and makes me want to go on a wilderness retreat right now!

John Boman

Great post. Why do we do what we do to the world indeed. Thanks for sharing Brigid and Mystic.

John Boman

Funy little side note: working on a rewrite of a childrens book I wrote a few years ago (the same one I sent you Mystic!). I have a scene with mythical monster (Lamia) that was going to be killed, but then changed my mind and went down the conservation route. Now the monster will be relocated tp a suotable locale. Then a few seconds after, this post came up. Aquarian too, by the way…

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