by Robert Wilkinson
This is the fourth anniversary of when I started the original Aquarius Papers - Astrology for All at Salon.com. Since then it's been a long strange trip and more! Initially I was unsure of how effective a "blog" would be, and over time I have found it to be a very effective communication device where people from all continents and walks of life can commune with others who share their interests. Today I'll offer you the first post I ever made as a blogger on April 28, 2004.
I had done over a hundred posts between 1998-2004 at another site (now defunct), but it was not a blog. The difficulty in getting a webmaster to post my material in a timely way finally convinced me to experiment with blogging, and it's infinitely more satisfying than the traditional website approach and construction. It has allowed me to post articles whenever I want, or queue them into a schedule so they can post while I'm on the road or occupied with other things.
In this initial post you'll read about a section of my original site called "The Outer Edge." Obviously it's no longer what it was due to many factors including Salon.com software issues. I will try to resume posting some things over there when I get those straightened out. In any case, both Salon sites are now feeder routes for people to find The Aquarius Papers at the current address. That said, here's my first post:
Welcome to the Aquarius Papers and the Metaphysical Reality of Robert Wilkinson
Hello. I've been an astrologer and metaphysician for several decades. Examined Eastern and Western science, philosophy, and art, and am of the opinion that we are Eternal Beings having human experiences. There are things to learn that are outside of "normal" socialized existence, which is pretty boring and confining to begin with.
In this space we will explore the big picture about factors that affect us all, and discuss what is to be, what can be, and what could be. There are larger patterns going on that affect our lives, whether we know it or not. Everything depends on how we react to them, and use our power to respond to the forces affecting our lives. This cross mixture of what we call "fate" and "free will" makes it necessary to understand what’s going on. What you read here will assist you to play life to the fullest. Each of us has our own pace and challenges, but by understanding what is personal and what is common to us all, we can avoid creating unnecessary problems for ourselves.
Astrology can help us understand what’s going on. Every culture has had its astrology, or symbolic depiction of the heavens and the seasons offering a deeper meaning to life’s various cycles here on Earth. This useful tool for larger understanding is now needed more than ever, given the radical changes upon us. For example, the last time Neptune and Pluto were in their present aspect in the 30's, totalitarian fascist governments rose all over the earth. Then, like now, fear and willfulness challenged and released the larger forces for change, transfiguration, and power unlike any known in millennia.
At present, the interlocking septile aspects indicate a very irrational time along with widespread obsessive-compulsive behavior. A greater way is presenting itself. The resistance of the old forms is very strong and creates tension by our necessity of choosing which fork we will take. We are headed on the larger arc of return to knowledge and higher understanding, despite the polarizations now occurring. The momentum of the old era is fulfilling its inertia, even as new pulses begin to exert their long term influence on humanity.
That brings me to the other part of this blog, The Outer Edge. This part is dedicated to social and political ideas that can help us all make a better world, whether through decreasing violence against one another, promoting our fundamental freedoms, or offering positive ideas and solutions to some of the problems that are perpetuating the suffering of the human race, individually and collectively. It is hoped that some of the ideas offered in The Outer Edge and The Aquarius Papers will serve to open perspectives and options for positive change in your life and the lives of those around you.
And there you have it! While the Outer Edge did in fact help precipitate social-political dialog, what I posted there eventually gave way to a group socio-political non-partisan activist blog that was splendid until a monkeywrencher killed it. As I get time in the future, as well as a genuine sense of cohesive group energy to make it work as it should, I'll create another blog forum for social-political connectedness and activism at a different location. For now, though, enjoy the metaphysical and astrological treats to be found here. Aum Mani Padme Hum!
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson