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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Rated NC-17 for disturbing and gratuitous
depiction of gore, violent anti-social
behavior, graphic heroin use and resulting
depravity, pervasive sexuality/nudity,
and some language.

Before we get started today, RageBoy has requested
that I post this public service announcement.
Don't worry, it'll just take a minute.

See that wasn't so bad, was it? And it serves as fair warning about what's to come. Or as an advert, as our British cousins like to call em. Things are a little slow in the beginning, as you'll see, but then we spice it up with unforgivable media bias and some truly foul language. We should know better. But at least there's no outright nudity in this one. I don't think...

Ah, but would you look at that! No sooner thought than done. This must be what Jimmy Carter was talking about.

Baby! Baby!

What do you think, Frank? Fuck Euclid! He may have looked on beauty bare, but not this bare I'll wager. I'd say we got us a solid R here. But with some quick-and-dirty cropping, you should forgive the expression, I think we just squeaked under the NC-17 bar. By a hair. The point, of course, is not prurience. Would we stoop to that? No, it's to keep the academic rif raff out. So it's undress under duress. That is to say: in a good cause. Or should that be casuistry? No matter. You may safely dispense with your unabridged lexicons. And now, since you've all been such good children, ON WITH THE SHOW!
Conspiracy Theory
or: Is there a Doctor in the house?
OK then, let's start this with a couple of quotes. The first is from the "Spectrums of Possibility" website of one Dr. [sic] Art Rosengarten -- as in I Never Promised You a RosenGarten -- who describes himself as, and I quote, a Licensed Psychologist, Family Therapist, Author & Speaker, Tarot Expert, Meditation Practitioner, Published Poet, Diplomate of the APA, Graduate Instructor, and The First Tabugian -- as explained by Herr Doktor RoseGarden: "Tabugian (ta-boo-gee-an) Tarot-based Buddhist Jungian."

I see. And how long have you been bothered by such notions? Would you care to expand on this delusion, Learned Sir?

Why, sure, no problem...

Herr Doktor Rosengarten "As a psychologist and Tarot scholar I've long been saddled with the intriguing possibility of blending these strange bedfellows, Psychology and Tarot, despite (or perhaps, sheepishly, because of) those incredulous brows of mystification evidenced in many of my esteemed colleagues. The Freudians and Post Freudians, for instance, naturally find this mission dynamically odd and tainted much as the Behaviorists and Cognitive Behaviorists see the prospect as farcical and ill-conceived. Not surprisingly, however, the Jungians and Post-Jungians, as others of a humanistic/transpersonal bent, seem generally at home with the idea. Psychology and Tarot, why not?"

from Tarot, Freud, and The Wise Doctor from Zurich

By the way, the "APA" referenced in Dr. RosinUpYourBow's brief resume is neither, as one might assume, The American Psychological Association, nor The American Psychiatric Association, but rather the The American Psychotherapy Association. Oh yeah, and he wrote this book:

Tarot and Psychology : Spectrums of Possibility

But wait, that's not all! On his Informed Consent page, Dr. Art (as he calls himself) warns that his Tarot Method is...
"Contraindicated for individuals suffering from severe mental disorders including schizophrenia, active mania or clinical depression, paranoia, acute trauma, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders."
That would be me. A bona fide depressed paranoid traumatic. There aren't that many of us left. And it is because of these various compound afflictions that I find the following sort of thing nearly unbearable.

Wow, huh?

That is to say: unbearably funny. I know, I know. How am I ever going to get girls to like me again if I keep being so fucking negative? Well, let's see, I could... no. Well then, I could... no. OK then, I guess it's hopeless. So what the hell. More weirdo pictures!

Now, the second quote (remember? I said there'd be two) I found in Jung and the New Age by a guy who's also written a bunch of other books about Jung and sacred shit and, you know, like The Mind: David Tacey. OK, so he wrote a couple books. Picky, picky. Yeah well anyway, he had these powerful words to say about how Jung has been expropriated by the New Age, and... well, let's let him tell it, shall we?

"My agenda is not to debunk Jung, but to redeem him from simplistic representations and distorted prejudices. In academia, a typical game is to identify Jung with the New Age representations of him and to condemn both together. Scholars often engage in a deliberate falsification of Jung, only too willing to concur with what the New Age has made of him, as this serves to reinforce academic prejudices and resistances. High and low culture have conspired to turn Jung into a figure of ridicule and contempt, and it is time this conspiracy was brought to light."
Resistances. You gotta love the rhetoric. I'll let "high and low culture" ride. Except to say that, sheesh, for a guy who talks about The Postmodern on the same page, you'd think he'd know better. However, we turn now to a conspiracy of a clashing complexion, if you will -- the very one, in fact, with which Tacey's conspirators have, by him, confabulated to conspire.
Marilyn Ferguson
The Aquarian Conspiracy
Sad indeed. And not even a decent dust jacket to show for it. What a fucking stone bummer.
btw, while we're on the subject, C.G. Jung is referenced no fewer than a dozen times in this book, on matters such as Taoist alchemy, divination, racial memory, altered states of consciousness, poltergeists, psychics, physics (or a sort), and so on. And in no case I encountered, so far as I could tell, was our good Magister Ludi woefully misrepresented. No SchadenFreude for the wicked, sorry. Looks like Marilyn knew her boy. And consider: The Aquarian Conspiracy was published more than two decades before Tacey's Jung and the New Age. Kinda makes you wonder where the Big Conspiracy lies, huh? Whatever, wherever: lies is the operative word. And no matter how you cut the pie, there's plenty to go around. Doesn't look like a real good time to be casting first stones. (Naturally, we exempt our present selves from the caveat.)
"A great, shuddering irrevocable shift is overtaking us. It is not a new political, religious, or economic system. It is a new mind -- a turnabout in consciousness in critical numbers of individuals, a network powerful enough to bring about radical change in our culture.

This network -- the Aquarian Conspiracy -- has already enlisted the minds, hearts and resources of some of our most advanced thinkers, including Nobel laureate scientists, philosophers, statesmen, celebrities, and steadily growing numbers from every corner of American society.

Who are the conspirators? What are their beliefs? Where are they leading us? In this immensely powerful and wide-ranging charter of human possibility, Marilyn Ferguson describes how an underground network...

...is working to create a different kind of society based on a vastly enlarged concept of human potential. She shows us how the technologies for expanding and transforming personal consciousness, once the secret of an elite, are now generating massive change in every cultural institution -- medicine, politics, business, education, religion, and the family. Drawing on the startling findings of leading-edge science, she demonstrates the crucial role of stress and crisis in this personal and cultural transformation.

Will our present turmoil lead to a worldwide breakdown of society...

...or to a breakthrough to the next step in human evolution? The answer may depend in large measure on the influence of the Aquarian Conspiracy.

The author speaks to those who are experiencing a growing capacity for change themselves and know that it is possible for others. This book gives heart to the tens of millions who sense the ripeness of our society...

...for renewal and to those who despair but are willing to look at the evidence for hope. The Aquarian Conspiracy illuminates many of our secret dreams for ourselves -- and makes them all seem possible."

Marilyn Ferguson
The Aquarian Conspiracy:
Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s

(J. P. Tarcher, 1980), quote from inside jacket flaps.

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