Happy belated Christmas. This year we had an unexpected present:
Xmas sales of celebrity biographies down 60 per cent with quirky independent books (such as Mark Forsyth’s The Epyologicon’)and system-sceptic ’10 things they didn’t tell you about Capitalism,’ soaring ahead in the best-seller charts. This info, along with reports that both mainstream paper sales and X-factor viewings are down leads us to that exciting feeling that people may be thinking again. In the words of our friends’ Bryn Phillips and the Big Society ‘I feel the sudden turn of the wheel’…
In other Xmas news…
La Bouche popped into Midnight Mass at Southwark Cathedral for a (admittedly drunken) wail where we became deeply moved by the Bishop’s sermon, where he too talked about 2011 being a marked year of change, especially for the church. In a possible nod to the Occupy movement he talked of how the clergy had begun to seriously question the morality of the banking sytem, along with the media and the mainstream press. He talked of how the churches had this year united to protect those affected by the coalition’s brutal cuts, the 35,000 adults and children now sleeping on the streets of Britain. He talked of how this will only worsen in the coming year with more benefits to be capped, how ‘society’s safety net now has holes in it.’
Indeed, The House of Lords is currently reviewing the Welfare Reform Bill. It targets the most vulnerable people in our society. The bill could save the government £1 billion over five years whilst he human cost will be immeasurable. If they targetted super-rich tax dodgers they could save £125 billion in the same period. You can sign a petition to stop this, if you wish.
2012, The Age of Aquarius
Although the above is bleak, there is perhaps no need to brace yourself for the armageddon we have been led to believe is thundering neigh. Druids and Pagans are actually reportedly very excited about the coming year.
It has been said for some time that we are sifting into the The Age of Aquarius in the cycle of astrological ages. Each astrological age is approximately 2,150 years long, the average time it takes for the Vernal Equinox to move from one constellation of the zodiac into the next and thus we have been locked in dark Piscian times for yonks. The Aquarius traditionally “rules” electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebels and rebellion. Other keywords and ideas believed associated with Aquarius are nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity and irresolution. So, asides from the ‘nervous disorders’ it’s all sounding good! Some astrologers believe that the influence of a New Age is experienced before it arrives because of a cuspal effect or Orb of Influence.
So there you go, au’revoir Pisces and salut Aquarius. La Bouche would like to wish our friends a very happy new year and leave you with this old’un…