Tarot Card Judgement XX Divinatory meaning: Spiritual Awakening
I just took an interesting excursion thru some of the internet’s more paranoid tunnels. One catchy idea I came across was that British Petroleum (BP) deliberately caused the Gulf oil spill to make money (by losing half their value?) to deliberately contribute to destabilization and depopulation (to what end?). And, that Goldman Sachs (GS) knew ahead of time and divested themselves of almost half their holdings in BP (GS sale of 43.7% of their position some time between January first and March 31st (view at http://moneycentral.msn.com/ownership?Symbol=BP), while holding the remainder of their position, presumably, to short. You can compare this yourself with buys and sells during the same period of other large oil companies by entering their stock symbols at the same link (British Petroleum BP; Exxon XOM; ConocoPhillips COP; Chevron CVX). Some have suggested a slightly less conspiratorial view, that somebody at Goldman Sachs simpy heard there was trouble with BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig and thought they would be well advised to minimize their risk – if that were true, whether or not that constitutes insider trading is another question. All speculation. My conclusion: Goldman Sachs certainly made a smart move, and I would want them as my broker if I had gazillions.
Other items perused on the net: Lots of parallels to biblical descriptions from the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation – the seas turn red, the oil spill is red – hmm,
well, okay. An informative link, a piece done by Frontline on Armageddon and the history of Apocalypse views, points out that the ideas have been around a lot longer than the New Testament. They note in their chronology that: “1500 B.C.E. (approx) Many historians trace the apocalyptic world view back to the Persian prophet Zoroaster, who spoke of a cosmic battle between good and evil ending in a new, perfect world for humanity. The Zoroastrian tradition survives today in Iran and as the basis of Parsiism in India.”
Lots of accusations that Israel is going to cause WWIII by preemptively bombing Iran (not going to happen, guys!!!), or, that Iran is going to bomb Israel (also not going to happen!) first. Seems to me more a lot of blind-man’s bluff and chicken being played over there.
The accusations, hysteria, and ‘countdown to Armageddon’ in the current zeitgeist are, well, fascinating, but, very self-defeating – because they get to be self-fulfilling. Rising hysteria leads to real problems, real market crashes, real threats against world leaders by crazies, and also real political manipulation of the population to gain control, by, for instance, targeting recent immigrants as if they were the cause of all problems in this country – unemployment, health care costs, crime, etc., and not because of corporate greed run amok.
I think we do have the feeling that we have no control over the oil spill and that one of the largest corporations in the world is not doing anything about it and that somehow our government should be doing more but that somehow it can’t. Maybe all those pesticides in the food chain lowered our IQ’s so far that we have gone really stupid? The level of incompetence does make you wonder if it’s a conspiracy, but much more likely, it’s just years of corruption coming to light. One question we really should be asking, is, what will be the next environmental disaster brought on by the Department of Mining and Minerals – could it be selling leases for uranium mining all over the Western states without regard to the health of citizens? (See the series of columns here at www.cakechow.com/x-20678-Albuquerque-Judaism-Examiner about uranium mining on Navajo lands).
Immediately ugly, the latest craze in gas drilling – ‘fracking’ – to release gas from shale – yuck. I have the image of a giant straw sucking the last juices out of Mother Earth.
So, what to do? What not to do?
A. “Pray as if everything depended on God. Act as if everything depended on you.” (Prayers for Shabbat)
B. Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst. Along those lines, don’t mortgage your house to buy gold, but do plant some vegetables along with the flowers in your garden. Don’t become a Luddite, but do own a bicycle.