Mercury Retrograde is almost over. I generally consider myself agnostic on Astrology (at least the stuff you see in the papers) but I always pay attention to this thrice-yearly (four times this year, God help us) phenomenon. The MercRet's that occur during the month of Capricorn are always unpleasantly anxious-making for me (apparently since Caprica is opposite Cancer), and this one is no exception.
But at the same time, the Messenger seems to dropping syncs galore as he spins along in reverse, the past few days particularly. All of which reminds me of Jung's theories on Astrology and how he believed the planets acted as a kind of giant synchronistic clock charting certain psychological conditions, not so much puppeteers with our destiny on their strings.
Not long after discussing Francis Crick's radical take on panspermia with the missus, I found a VHS tape of the 2003 documentary, DNA: The Secret of Life in the book swap at the library today. I'm sure this PBS production won't go near all of the double helixes in ancient art, such as the one included in the hieroglyph for Ptah. Some of you might recognize Ptah in his more modern incarnation as Oscar.
Speaking of government-sponsored propaganda, I've been Twittering about the UFO-Demon meme being put out the by some of the Fundamentalist types*, a meme that may turn out to have originally been hatched in the bowels of the Pentagon (surprise, surprise again) if Nick Redfern's research is correct.
But lo and behold the missus and I have been watching our ST:TNG DVDs and this episode was next in the cue last night. 'Contagion' (airdate 3/20/89) was about a race between
But this gateway was so powerful that other races thought it was too dangerous for the Iconians alone to possess and destroyed their homeworld, but not before the Iconians escaped through the gateway. Most people believed it to be a myth (except Picard, who was obsessed with the Iconians) and after their homeworld was destroyed, the Iconians were recorded in the ancient texts as...
..."Demons of Air and Darkness", who were said to have the ability to appear at will on far-flung planets without the use of starships. Later this was found to be a reference to the Iconians' gateway technology, whose instant teleportation allowed them to establish outposts at least as far as Vandros IV in the Gamma Quadrant. Until the discovery of Iconia in 2365, the Iconians were still dismissed by many as nothing more than myth. - Memory AlphaStrangely enough, the last remaining Iconian installation seems to show strange traces of the old
For a franchise created by an alleged atheist/skeptical reductionist, there's more hardcore weirdness (particularly of the AAT variety) than you can shake a tricorder at. If you know what to look for, that is.
Enough of all that- now go watch Steve Willner's latest mind-blowing video. Special guest quotage from my Avatar rant.
* Of course, absolutely no one should be surprised by any of that- Fundamentalists think everyone outside their parish doors is the Devil* (and no one more so than all of the other competing Evangelical sects) and they're not quite sure of everyone inside, either.
Believe me, I know what I'm talking about- our youth pastors were all Nazarene- and my mom attended a Nazarene College when I was a kid and I got dragged there a lot. I remember a professor being accused of trafficking with the Devil because it was discovered he enjoyed a glass of red wine once in a while. Nazarenes think Southern Baptists are all paganizing backsliders.