Beware the Military/Industrial/Fundamentalist Religion Complex. If you put your faith in patriarchal systems, your spirit may sink like a rock in polluted waters. Obviously, if you are using an oracle like this, you probably don’t have much faith in such systems anyway. But the danger they can generate still surrounds us. As Yeats wrote in his poem “The Second Coming,” “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity.” If you are not part of the patriarchal complex then you need to have some passionate intensity to offset its machinations. Stay informed and find the area where you can most effectively oppose oppressive power systems. Sometimes the best opposition is indirect. The I Ching counsels that you only sharpen the fangs of evil when you resist it, and that the best rebellion from darkness is to make energetic progress toward the good. While I think that’s often the best strategy, as a dynamic paradoxicalist (see Dynamic Paradoxicalism — the Anti-Ism Ism) I am against absolutist positions, and think some virulent cases of evil — the Nazis come to mind — do require direct opposition. “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” said [...]
Monitoring the Collective
It is important to be aware of your surroundings, and you are surrounded by the human collective which has a powerful psychical as well as physical presence. What is the zeitgeist of the collective and how is it fluctuating and trending? How healthy is your relationship to the collective?