“You are in a unique season where earth’s people have lost reason.”
~ Shonagh Home
Happy New Year and buckle your seat belt! From what I’ve heard astrologically we are in for a very tumultuous and powerfully potent year. It begins with a Pluto Capricorn conjunct, which means the planets meet very closely and that will deliver the magnetics of increased polarization, tension and breakdown in societal structures. This occurs individually as well as collectively so be prepared to go into your own ground and address any unresolved personal material that will undermine your ability to create from a place of empowerment and maturity.
This next year also brings in a new cycle whose focus is on building structures from foundations that have been laid. One astrologist wrote that Saturn and Pluto together impart a cathartic intensity that forces us to cultivate courage and determination as we head into a chaotic time of change, hopefully for the better.
2020 is also an election year and you can be assured that the powers that be will use the dark wand of media to instill even greater tension and enmity between people, and no doubt we will have another major “event” that will cause incredible division. This is an ancient technique called “divide and rule,” and I shake my head in wonder that so many people still fall for such blatant manipulation. We are being played. The cultural narrative through all forms of media and “education” is fallacious nonsense designed to get us to despise each other rather than come together harmoniously.
Navigating 2020 will require the ability to see through the thick scum of daily bullshit, and you can do so by truly empowering yourself with knowledge and understanding of the Logical Fallacies.
We have not been taught this reasoning tool in our state-run schools. Logical Fallacies are flaws in reasoning used extensively in media and politics to trick the public. A proper rational argument consists of cogent point, counterpoint. It does not include name/term calling, fabrication of an entirely different definition of what someone said followed by a treatise on that fabrication, the stirring up of feelings so people react from emotion rather than reason, etc. etc. The actual terms for these approaches are found in the list of Logical Fallacies, which are written in Latin and English, giving us an idea of just how old this knowledge is.
Human nature hasn’t changed much over time and the powers that be have a better understanding of how the psyche works than the average Joe. That understanding is used to manipulate us to adopt ideologies, desire stuff we don’t need, hate on each other, etc. When one learns the logical fallacies they can no longer be manipulated because they can recognize the contradictions in what they are hearing or reading.
An all too common logical fallacy is Ad Hominem, meaning “attack the man.” Vast numbers of people now are quick to label others “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic” – (and too many more examples to count) as soon as they disagree or misinterpret what someone else has said. This shuts down rational dialogue and the spirit of inquiry, and results in a complete breakdown of intelligent discussion, which means nothing gets resolved and emotions, rather than reason rule the day. When one can recognize this, they can immediately disengage from pervasive toxic dialogue and seek out others who are capable of intelligent, thoughtful and rational discussion. If everyone had this understanding there would be no room for the deplorable display of toxic, irrational communication we see everywhere.
The list of Logical Fallacies is too long for this newsletter but you can learn them through listening to a few good vids on the subject that will offer examples of each.
Here is just one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IawIjqOJBU8
You can also check out this website on the Trivium to learn what used to be taught to children before the federal government imposed compulsory schooling that included Pavlovian and Skinner conditioning and indoctrination techniques designed to produce unquestioning compliance and an inability to reason.
Navigating 2020 with this understanding will save us from tremendous stress and heartache. Keeping our eyes on our goals – as well as our own personal material – will serve us well and even protect us as we enter this new decade.