The Transit Of Mercury Astrology

Does the transit of Mercury pertain to astrology at all or is it more an astronomical thing? You know, astrology but with less magic, myth or meaning. In this case, ‘transit’ does not mean an astrological passage where your birth chart energies are activated. It’s when Mercury – or sometimes, Venus – cross in front of the Sun. They occur every 8 or so years.

And every Mercury Retrograde features a Sun-Mercury conjunction; it is when the Retro cycle reveals its point.

That is, the signal beneath the delays and troll action or random dissonance. But when Mercury is in Scorpio and crossing in front of the Sun, with a Full Moon imminent, it’s more profound. It is a message. And not to lay it on too thick here but, as many of you know, Saturn and Pluto are also conjunct. So the last 24 hours and the next 24 are communicating a message with extra pow.

The Transit Of Mercury Astrology? It’s A Message

It’s personal – and the Daily Mystic email for Tuesday going out shortly will have more on that – and broader. I’m sitting in a Sydney suburb that for the first time in history has been hit with a catastrophic fire warning. It is not near bushland or anything but the whole state is on fire.

As I am sure there are some members of this community influenced by the bushfires, please stay safe!

Going on the Mercury Transit across the Sun, Full Moon in Taurus and prelude to Saturn/Pluto timing, this message seems fairly clear. Nothing about the extreme weather is ‘normal’ or part of some secret fundamentalist neanderghoul 10 zillion year cycle so everything is fine. The ‘this is totally okay‘ when it’s clearly not scenario is the same as the financial gaslighting talked about in Freak In About The Economy.

Saying It’s Normal Or Acceptable Is Just Gas-Lighting

This is Australia but I know there are fires raging in California and there was the recent conflagration in the Amazon. My kids scoff at reportage of hurricanes because “nearly every storm is a superstorm” and they don’t know seasons – it’s all weather. Or climate.

Bickering over whether the style/rate of change or differential diagnoses is procrastination. Would it be too weird to have more funding for science, innovation, ecologically woke agriculture and firefighters?

Trashing the planet/ecosystem to keep property values high or your mates in business is more the sort of stunt Power Rangers villains attempt than anything an ethical leader would try to justify.

So if you want to share here re the fires, vibe or Mercury, etc please do. And hands up who has felt like this week, in particular, is conveying a particular message?

 

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socialgraffiti

I’ve been crying a lot lately.

I realize during my childhood I was subject to very intensive and violent maternal abuse.

But I didn’t know how to express it because domestic violence is usually portrayed as something between the father and women/children.

I’ve been reliving those suppressed moments and realizing how stunted my emotional growth is because of my childhood.

sphinx

That is amazing shadow work you are doing, I hope you are getting some support from a therapy perspective or a meditation group even! That is so hard, I am sorry to hear about it socialgraffiti, it just sickens me to hear it and makes me think how amazing you are to be here talking about it.. Big hugs.

davidl

I can feel you SG. x

Pickle

Yes. The energy this week has hit me like a bomb. Seriously I feel like I have woken from a multi year coma or had my heart restarted. I am an Aries, with Scorpio rising and a truck load of planets in Taurus. Key message themes of; WAKE UP!, it is all interconnected, time to deal/ process the past to free the present and future, Death and Fire.

nikishi

Yep. My message has been that ‘my security is my freedom/my freedom is my security’. It’s more of a body feeling but it occurred to me in those words as well. I’ve been working to synthesise those two polarities all year, and this hella simplifies things.
I grew up in NSW so the fire sitch feels pretty intense -,-

babysinclair

Stay safe Mystic!!! And I think the big message for me has been to tighten up energy leakages/blockages. That I am at risk of burning out, to keep my ego in check, release anger l and to go big picture. How am I spending my time and energy? How am I using my resources? I’ve had a lot of $$$ growth in the last year (I am libra rising). Lots of intense conversations with other Scorpios in the Pluto generation who are getting married or having babies about “gift giving” habits and how we need to be more direct about… Read more »

babysinclair

Rereading this I need to clarify that my husband did not say that to her face. Lol. Just venting in private.

Sam

Not harsh. I actually had a friend sling a snide comment about the (recyclable) plastic top holding together six beer cans that I bought, I’m like sure mate how’s the disposable nappy count on your fourth child wtf, and he should know better too (I do get that nappies are harder to negotiate than a glitter covered bib) I know in electronics all the cables and things no one has a use for is called cruft, can we call a glitter covered bib and related not-useful paraphernalia ..baby cruft? I’d love to offer beautiful reusable hand downable baby things oh… Read more »

skarab

I get this so much. It is amazing the absolute trash that the normal Western middle-class baby is exposed to and grows up with: shelfs & cupboards full of petrochemical crap that pass for toys. Nothing but useless plastic clutter. Call me strange, but i’ve never understood the whole obligatory gifting palaver – especially the modern day retail orgy that it has become. I read a statistic somewhere about how an average British person’s footprint is increased by 1500 kilograms through X-mas purchases alone. And that the waste from unwanted gifts ads another 80 kg. Then multiply this by millions… Read more »

Scorpio_Rising

Easy solution about the glittery glam bibs. Take a bunch of cute photos, send her them. She’s happy. It’s documented looks cute. But now, how to recycle not sure. Pass them forward to another mum say it’s just for photos, not practical daily use.
I feel ya about receiving unusable gifts, but you can always pass them forward to someone who might like them.

flowerchild

Wishing for safety for everyone in the Sydney area! We’re just through the experience of a massive fire here in Sonoma County, California where pretty much the entire county was evacuated. Firefighters here did a heroic job saving towns, and fighting the ~80,000 acre behemoth fire. I await clarity on the message Mercury will send. I spent the hours leading up to this Taurus full moon planting trees from the seeds of a pinecone I found. That felt healing, grounding, meditative, hopeful. Because yeah, this gaslighting about the environment is maddening. We’re told by our evil power company, PG&E, that… Read more »

Fee

I’m leaving the storm. This transit set me free from a lower neptunian monster. I was a child in hiding for quite some time. I had a more public life later on in my young adult years. Now in my 3rd decade, I have needed to hide out again. I found myself readying to re-emerge as free, safer, with a stronger voice, and ready for truth telling. I will not change my name, move, or cut my hair this time. I will paint this monster out of my world and into the trash-world where he belongs. Scorpio is both of… Read more »

Secret Sagg

Oh, THIS! So, my mother passed away on Saturday, it was my birthday on Monday, I’ve dealt with hostile underhanded co-executor of my mother’s Will (Muggle cousin once removed) who took it upon herself to organise the funeral for today (so that other family and I wouldn’t be able to attend…..she failed……Merc Retro and contracts, HA!). Also my Godmother (whom I call Gollum) taking it upon herself to divide mother’s rings up among their vulture friends, as if she’s an executor! So, knowing that these people are the ones whom she chose to associate with, kinda makes me understand why… Read more »

Sam

I’m sorry for your loss and the related familial complications, secret sagg. People being self absorbed and difficult in times like this does not lighten the load of grief at all. As her daughter you’re in a unique position. Hopefully everyone learns to behave like an adult, with open hearts and minds, since you’re each coping with the loss of a loved one regardless of how complex that relationship might have been. X

Secret Sagg

Thank you Pi. It’s best for me to do my grieving with my in-laws. They’re my tribe now x

Centaurus

That level of base behaviour is hard to handle on a good day and losing someone we have had conflicted feelings with can feel just as hard as any other type of grief.

I hope you find continued ways to thrive and flourish beyond those you seem to have long outgrown and sorry for your loss.

Secret Sagg

Thanks Centaurus. Radical acts of self-care!

Chrysalis

Ohh this sounds so tricky to navigate, dealing with difficult peeps when you are also managing complex layers of grief about losing someone about whom you have conflicting emotions. I hope you can find some quiet time for yourself and put those good boundaries up around those who don’t have your interests at heart. All that astro will make formidable warrior energy to carry you through xx

Secret Sagg

Chrysalis thank you x
One of my SIL’s took me for a quick trip to another country to get away.

My husband is also a Scorp , his Mars conjunct my moon, my Pluto conjunct his moon in Libra. We’re unbeatable when united!

There’s something about natal Moon opposite Mars that’s even more fierce than a tigress protecting a cub, when you know how to balance it, and you know your goal

Aqualady

Sending you blessings Secret Sagg as well as a happy Solar return.

Secret Sagg

Thank you Aqualady x

sphinx

Firstly my condolences on your loss and the situation it has all happened in. But Happy Sun on Your Birth Sun and wishing you an abundant and loving future this year and always, I would be super interested in what a karmic astrologer would say too!!

Secret Sagg

Thank you Sphinx x

Yeah, I wonder what her and I were doing in previous lives.

Aqualady

Stay safe everyone. Those with asthma and respiratory issues too. xx

As for Mercury it’s squaring my NN. I don’t even know what to say about that. I have vertigo again. The first time it happened a few months ago sprang the current vibe into action (does this mean the current hell will be over soon?) Weirdly I started reading Revelation last night (yes THAT book lol.) Couldn’t sleep due to the vertigo and heat and well why not. I’m going all in. I find myself in a weird mood – anarchic and calm.

Lili

My nephew, a social psychologist speaks on human reactions to aliens- in uni astronomy series.

Wondering what wisdom aliens have for us- surely they have opinions.

Chrysalis

OMG. Merde is going down at the cube farm. The psychic vampire manager has been away and it is as if all her lies and pass-agg bullying have been revealed to all the senior people in the past 48 hours. She is sun-Merc conj in Pisces, the low kind.

Sam

Certainly made this sun Merc in pisces do a quick vibe check. I’m way too close to bratty behaviour at work lately. Long story
But how did it all unfold Chrysalis?

Chrysalis

Will find out next week – knowing the organisation, the glacier of change is inching its way forward

Wish Upon a Star

Its a Taurus Full Moon and I’m a Taurus Moon. The Sun and Mercury is transit tight conjunct to my natal Neptune in Scorpio 9th house. It’s all about my neck. Yesterday morning I woke up late and grumpy. Had to rest most of the day. Neck feeling crook. Today I woke up, had breakfast but back to bed. Sleep and neck releasing in a huge way. Woke up at 2.30 pm. So what began this release. Crying in sleep. Why have I been stuck in Queensland for 20 years. I don’t like this place, the heat. Bad things have… Read more »

Aqualady

WOW! What a revelation. I’m so happy for you. xx
That Saturn neck thing is real. Is Satyrn doing anything to you as well? lol I’m keeping the typo. It might be relevant. 🙂

Wish Upon a Star

Well I’ve got Saturn and Pluto transmitting my empty natal 11 the house. I researched this and totally understand this now. It helps with me accepting what happened in that small town.

I also noticed that my south node(natal Scorpio) will be entering 11th house soon? What does this mean?

Secret Sagg

Also: neck and back problems = lack of support.

I’m glad you had this revelation: acts of radical self – care for you 💜

Wish Upon a Star

Yes to self care. Thanks SS.

Centaurus

Thanks for that Wish – neck troubles…mmm, yeah I know that well but something about the way you said that is worth some pondering. I left that joint almost 5 years ago now. I actually like heat (within reason – I am a fire sign) but not humidity. It was time, that’s all. I don’t miss it. FM on asc kept me awake and build up made me growl.and snarl unnecessarily. Found.myself asking myself why as it seemed so unecessary and almost laughable. Don’t forget the trine across to Pluto was pretty exact and Saturn close enough. Pluto keeps ensuring… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star

Thanks for the replies peeps.

I will reply when I am feeling better.

x.

Wish Upon a Star

Centaurus I tried to vote you up but the system won’t let me. A glitch.

Centaurus

I don’t sweat that stuff Wish. Tks x

Wish Upon a Star

Thanks Centaurus. I hate humidity and heat. I prefer mild and windy actually. Yes Pluto and Saturn were intense. When I wrote the initial comment. I felt like I was pushing truth through rocky gravel. Bare minimum meanings. I won’t be too hard on myself in regards to time. Between 2014 and beginning of 2019 I was having a very nebulous, huge Neptune transit. I was enmeshed in muggles. Then I get hit by Pluto and Saturn and thought what the fuq have I been doing? Then the shit hits the fan and I escape the shit hole. Before the… Read more »

Chrysalis

Hey Wish. Hope you’re ok. Sounds like you’re processing so much. Thinking of you. xxx

Wish Upon a Star

Thanks Chrysalis !

x.

sphinx

Hope you can move soon! There is a weird dream-like quality to living in a place you feel you don’t belong, it’s hyper real and yet hallucinatory. You understand how to drive the car of this experience, but the gears are somehow audibly in the wrong place. How long is too long to live like this? In my case I was three years overdue and I regret those precious little three years. I have been suffering bad neck and back as has Gem hub too, it is so unnerving. Hope your heart is full of light and relief and firm… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star

Sphinx don’t worry my head is in a good place.

I love your description of living in a place you don’t belong. It helps me kinda like a healing balm.

I have learned many lessons in these 20 years.

My current abode is a sanctuary I will be here for another 11onths before I move south. I am resting and healing in the mean time.

p.s. read my reply to Centaurus. It explains why the timing is actually right.
Gemini impatience always gets the better of me.

rubedo

Stop the echoes of malnourished thoughts
that have habituated the body to a stoop.
Drop the bone of memory’s mysteries.
Absolve what has let you down and rise.

Tell a fart joke, laugh in thanks for the simplicity.
Let this be the new echo that resounds and extends to dissipate the weights that slowly surround us.

Sam

Great words.

davidl

The last time we were here drought and fire wise was 2005-2007. These were the last 2 years of the Howard Govt. This govt had over the previous years been responsible for transforming our culture, and not in a good way. Greed and avarice grew here in the most insidious manner in ways that may never be healed. When the drought and pestilence began to really bite I recalled a teaching… . that dryness, drought, choking air was the environmental reflection of mean spirited acts and abuse of power by the leaders, the wealthy of a community against those less… Read more »

Striped Horse

I recently read a quote from one of the earlier Aboriginal leaders who came into contact with the colonisers. From memory he was seen as a shaman and healer and believed to be bullet proof. After seeing the writing on the wall based on the early brutality to the people and the land, he was quoted as saying something like you can kill us all but the land and country “will despise you”. I am thinking about this all of the time and agree this mean awfulness that is sweeping the country is a contributor.

Scorpittarius

Mercury is retro in my 1st. So I lost my dog a month ago who recently turned 8 yrs old. I am heartbroken & feel I can never love another dog again the same way I did him. People keep saying to get another dog. Part of me feels free again in not having to run & care for a being other than myself. Dogs are like kids.. Another part of me is empty & so very sad. I was thinking if I ever did get another dog, it would have to be unlike my dog ( in physical looks)whom… Read more »

davidl

If the pup needs a home and you can provide that then think no further.. Its needs and your ability to help are separate from the issues relating to your now passed dog. I would help this pup and if you find out later that you are not compatible then you can find a home for the dog later. We often try and knit together issues that on the outside seem to be related. So when we are looking for solutions we will look for ones that solve both at the same time. This behavior can lead to the illusion… Read more »

dizzarina

If you feel you could love this pup, then there is your answer. The voice questioning if it’s too soon sounds more like your head than your heart. But only you know if that’s true or not.

Ask for a dream before your next sleep. Ask for a sign before your next walk. The universe delivers when asked directly.

dizzarina

Also consider the timing of this nurturing Taurus full moon. Seems auspicious to me!

davidl

Hey baby x how are you ! How’s the Saturn / Pluto Sun Sq treating you ?
In my case it’s a ‘don’t ask’

dizzarina

Heya fellow Ram! Glad to see you back around…
Saturn squaring my Sun and Pluto my Venus, oy… best summation: “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”
Best wishes for weathering the mighty Square.

Veronica

I had a true soul- mate dog, who eventually passed after a significant time together, she passed away while i was holding her….within less than a month, two others came into mi life as total surprise and unasked for, but adorable.

those two are snoring in bed right now, and I love them dearly, I sort of feel like she sent them to me because she knew what a big gap she was leaving behind

Chrysalis

Love this, V. She sent them for sure. I miss my two. 2020 will be the year of the new doggo in my world. x

Scorpio_Rising

Synchronicity. Go see visit the dog. You’ll know.

Geminian

On an up note, I am really amazed at our efforts to mobilise on fires, I think this is a universal theme afoot at the moment. The CFS I belong to here has just sent crews and trucks across to help with the NSW fires. In context to this, I have been reflecting on the Pluto/Saturn conjunction and am wondering whether it’s a major player in how groups of people will come together in a powerful way. Community will become strong and resilient to my mind, the game-changer even, more so than big government. I was reading this amazing article… Read more »

Alex

I was cruising along quite nicely until the past few days, when I’ve seen a return to the emotional shitfest I went through earlier this year, only it seems worse! I guess Merc being retro in Scorp and my 12th is in no way helping. My heart chakra feels like a besser block, I feel psychologically and emotionally battered and broken and I really don’t know what to do. I’m just battening down and riding out the storm as best I can. I know there are people out there right now who are far worse off than me, and I… Read more »

WaterGem

Sending supportive energy to you Lexie

sphinx

Please share if it resonates with you! Female Yolngu elders sing rain – what can we do collectively to bring the rain? Go to your closest body of fresh water (rivers, creeks, tanks, dams, taps). Put the water in your mouth and then many times spit it/spray it across the land, while calling to the water to come. Almost like placing seeds of water onto the land and calling out to the ancestor of water to join us on the land. She said, “Do this and the gapu (water) will come.” “She (the elder) asked that I share this message… Read more »

sphinx

This is from a post by Nature Philosphy that I passed on, but you can contact Kate Rydge who created the post at: https://naturephilosophy.com/ . She can likely help you! What a great idea Mystic.

Centaurus

Love this Sphinx. Thanks for sharing.

Aqualady

This is beautiful. Thank you Sphinx and thank the elder for sharing. xx

Secret Sagg

I love this. For the first time in recorded (Colonial Australian) history, there wasn’t a single drop of rain recorded in Australia on Monday

Aqualady

I have to respond again and say blessings to the Yolgnu elders. I did this and while it’s forecast to be another scorcher here tomorrow right now it is BUCKETING down. xx

sphinx

Wow!! That is amazing!! Keep it up – imagine if all the state was calling out to the Ancestor of Water? What a shift in consciousness it would be..

sphinx

Full Moon in Taurus had me at equine therapy with my autie poppet. Blew me away to encounter Secreteriat’s great grandson, looking just like his great, grand-sire. Glossy red coat and white diamond between his eyes, curious, frisking about hunting for food. Stunning arching neck and purposeful intelligent eyes. My lil’ Cap wanted to inspect a clay retaining wall. Chocolate therapy horsey was on prickly feet, the wind was up. Talk of monies misplaced by our manager. How merc retrograde opp Taurus Moon!! Beautiful earth.

Pema

It’s elemental this time, literally the elements of the earth we have so abused are rising up against us. And money in an off/shore account or highly placed mates will not save anyone. We have to dig deep is the message I get, send out a network of roots and connections that are strong in the earth and save each other.

Sam

No cosmic downloads, soz, just ruminating on creativity and sketching out a renewed plan. Random online chats with men, Uranus in 5tj seems fitting

gvolution9

Collectively, we voted 1 for Adani and hillsong..
Seems like the outer planets are going to have to flex on us to get the point/ realization ..
Sure is an opportunity

Centaurus

Exactly.

Lili

We in the Great Lakes region have watched big corporations suck water out of the ground- they bleed it into toxic plastic and sell it back to residents living with poisoned water. They buy off the press- and protesting pols. I.E.:a former gov’s chief of staff went right to cushy post in bottled water industry as did his wife.

Feels very Neptune in Pisces- Cappy Pluto Saturn- whose rules, whose apportionment.

Aqualady

Yep 2 – greed and self-interest.

Reminds me of the brilliant tv show Total Control. It’s a bit like The Handmaid’s Tail in that you want to watch it but you really don’t because it makes you SO mad.

gvolution9

no updates from swarm since 2014.
heat may be radiating out from the core.
planet nine even..
the effect is the same.
the fiery way indeed..
stay safe people

gvolution9

Haha..Too kind..
They? Put a heap of satellites up in a grid to measure the earths electromagnetic field…seemed to be weakening.

davidl

At one stage they tried to see if they could switch it off so as to make vehicular entry and exit safer. Fuqing idiots.

Electro

Stay safe, Aussie friends. xx There’s some kind of message for me about ice. Cold water. Scorpionic waters. The other day I woke up wanting a nice hot bath and thought about it all day but when I got home I could not take one due to issues with our hot water. After some false starts, it’s finally working but I spent two and a half days frustrated as hell. All I wanted was heat and all I got was the clear message that I’m working with ice. Pretty fitting that I told my class of 8 year olds that… Read more »

AstroGeek

I’ve had the opposite and am trying to learn what the damn lesson is. Finally got chilly (in the low 50s) in LA at night so I fire up the central air/heat unit in my apartment. It’s blowing cold air. Long story short, not only is the unit itself messed up, but the whole HVAC system on my side of the building is on the fritz – so even if my unit was working, it would still be blowing cold air. It’s annoying, but no big deal. I’m lucky enough to afford a space heater – and I’m off to… Read more »

Electro

I hear you. All I can think of is to dig into what it means to be cold. Any association, any implication. I’m on the other side of the states and we’re in the weather flux, gotta be on your toes.

Lucia

And Ceres is now 28 degrees 23 minutes Sag.

Lili

On the Galactic Center- she is hosting feast for the Other Beings-

Lucia

Jupiter, as I write, is at 25 degrees 31 minutes Sagittarius which is less than one degree orb of the galactic center, 26-27 degrees Sag.

baristagem

To all our Australian east coast community battling bush fires, stay safe!

Centaurus

Indeed and in Cali. Maybe someone can enlighten me as I’m in Oz but is late autumn a risky time there? Wouldn’t strike me as so…

AstroGeek

Yes, we call it fire season, unfortunately. After all the brush has been baked all summer, we get these fierce, hot, dry winds that can transform even a tiny spark into a raging inferno. 🙁

Centaurus

The environment and the economy are indelibly but perhaps not indestructibly linked. Lets hope that the fall out isn’t our worst imaginings. Look at the ridiculous fed manoeuvre since September. That’s not walking into a wall, it’s sitting yourself in a high speed vehicle and flattening the gas. The selfishness and fiscal element of the destruction of so much of our planet and it’s wealth (the other kinds) is hard to put into words that aren’t already over used and under heard. The impacts are already global and 2007-8 might have looked like 2020’s (and beyond) baby sib. I would… Read more »

Jamma

I’m in Northern California and fire season wont be over until it rains, so we’re still on edge. Random bits of advice: Get yourself a cell phone charger that plugs into your car. Whole towns here were without power for days and had no way to charge their phones. Have a written list of friends/family numbers (including addresses) in your wallet. Carry cash in small bills. It could be that to evacuate you will just have to get in your car and drive. Pets – Evac centers here require you to have a carrier for each pet with their info… Read more »

psyche

‘they don’t know seasons – it’s all weather’ -profound, totemic and precise, powerful oracle and soothsayer of clarity and release – I now have the phrase that I have been struggling to articulate, thank you.

AshleighShea

I was only just allowed to return home, I am in Cooroibah on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. I had police knocking on my door last friday, to GET OUT. I have just returned home and will have the space to sit and feel on this a little. I need to pack a new bag as Wednesday will be another day to stay vigilant. I listened to so many people yesterday complain about being evacuated for no reason, or talk about the Back burning vs wildlife issue. The general public is not aware of how fires work, behave or the energy… Read more »

Aqualady

Glad you’re safe. xx I’ve had to evacuate before and I do not understand the people complaining (I heard some grumblings after the fact as well). Having an hour to pack up some personal possessions and get yourself and loved ones to safety is a gift. The hospitality and kindness of complete strangers I experienced, being put up in emergency accommodation and fed, nothing was too much. There are always going to be teething problems when new things are set up but this is the future. I think the QLD government has done an amazing job at dealing with natural… Read more »

Calidor

I’m a Scorpion, my birthday is in a couple of days and I have a lot of outer planet conjunct inner planet energy in my chart. My Sun is conjunct Neptune and Pallas but the really interesting thing here for me is that my Mercury (conjunct Prometheus just for kicks and giggles) is also in Scorpio. Thinking about Mystic’s message about climate change deniers and having thought about people who’ve tried to gaslight me over the years. Could a theme of this particular Mercury in Scorpio be that whatever message the Universe is sending us, whether it’s me with my… Read more »

surlatable

I was in a group of kids at MIT in 1986 called future problem solvers. 100s of “gifted” kids asked to brainstorm for a weekend. The topic was “global warming.” That’s the short form of that.

I have this IDEA about all this but I’m waiting for something. Something’s missing. No, it’s Underneath goo. But I’m close. Distracted and close at the same time.

davidl

Hey I was visiting MIT in 86. Went to see Steve Benton who was a god to me at the time. I was in my 20s and acting as a messenger between him and Lloyd Cross. This is him … Stephen Anthony Benton (December 1, 1941 – November 9, 2003) was the E. Rudge (’48) and Nancy Allen Professor of Media & Sciences, and the Director for Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the inventor of the rainbow hologram (Benton hologram) and a pioneer in medical imaging and fine arts holography. Benton held… Read more »

Redsonya

For me this week, the message is to say something when I see uneducated people spouting off about climate. I work at a company where we have PhDs who model and study greenhouse gas emissions, air quality and climate. We are required to analyze emissions for every new development in Californis. It’s real. So when someone with zero higher education or science degree tells me they have a right to ‘their opinion’, I am going to remind them that an opinion not based on facts is worthless. Tired of the dumbing down of the U.S..

seawitchmermaid

Thank you. I’m so tired of it too.

Scorpio_Rising

I agree with you. They are allowed their opinion but if it’s not based on fact than it’s merely only their opinion and indeed worthless to others.
I wonder why this is so hard for some to grasp? Is it based on pride? Fear to admit they aren’t an expert on everything or the Dunning-Kruger Effect?
This distrust of science frustrates me.
What can we do to educate others?

leotaurusscorp

i too am tired of it. opinion and fact are not at all the same!!

JacQui

This Marcus Aurelius quote came to me “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Unless you’re crunching the numbers. The rest of his quotes are relevant too especially “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Scorpio_Rising

perfect quote.

davidl

I once thought that it was a process of dumbing down but its much more serious in my opinion. It’s like a collective nervous breakdown which has led to a pandemic of various mental illnesses characterized by the inability to distinguish between self harm and self help. Insanity is the new norm, people are losing touch with what sanity looks and feels like. We may need to switch the terms around soon to better reflect the current situation.

Scorpio_Rising

I agree. When presented with facts people refuse to even listen. They clam up, cross arms, close eyes and ears and double down on wild conspiracies.
Lots of pride people refuse to be open to expertise and knowledge. Refuse to admit they do not know, to concede they are not experts on every topic.
There’s a genuine mistrust and outward hatred of intellectualism, education even books.
What’s the solution?

H1L0

This attitude (also in Australia) frustrates me beyond belief. I think it is rooted in a lack of accountability and responsibility. People not wanting to think or care about anything beyond their immediate, ego-driven needs. Rather than feel some responsibility to the global community of which we are all part, or actually do something about our larger issues, it is much easier and safer to hold tightly to things like ‘humans have no affect on the climate’.

Alouetta

Not only worthless, it adds to the problem: inaction, selfishness and ignorance all knotted up together driving bad choices that affect all beings. My tolerance for science denialists, conspiracy theorists and apathy is at an all time low. And I’m terrified that these fires are going to mean more deforestation for fire breaks instead of reduced urban sprawl.

sphinx

The problem I see is that people are suspicious of motives, deflated and distressed as they are by all those in leadership positions in the world today. The media-pharma-agri-military-industrial complex is increasingly all powerful, often not liable for any wrongs done in their name. So qui bono, qui bono people want to know? Transparency is required. Freedom of information on who funds what and to what purpose. The zero education in science nay sayer can be from someone with an excellent grasp of forensic accounting, who understands how statistics can be manipulated in any area. Facts are worthless when people… Read more »

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