Living Through The Right Hemisphere Of Society’s Brain
Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor is a neuroanatomist. Her specialty is the human brain. In December of 1996, when Dr. Jill was 37, she had a massive hemorrhagic stroke.
Upon waking up and realizing something was terribly wrong, she decided to call work – but couldn’t remember the phone number.
Upon finding one of her own business cards, she began calling her place of employment – but couldn’t differentiate the numbers on the card and how they related to the numeric pad on her phone.
Upon painstakingly getting through to her job after a few hours of grappling with how to re-learn using her phone – she couldn’t figure out how to speak.
For those who subscribe to the Law of Choice, which states that we create all of our experiences, be they in either spectrum of the positive or negative, Dr. Jill’s calamity of health seemed custom made by her soul.
Even when evaluating this life altering event from a purely scientific perspective, one cannot help being highly intrigued if just for the mere fact a Harvard educated, highly trained medical professional whose expertise dealt with the human brain and the disorders associated with it, experienced first hand one of the worst crises a human brain can undergo in a span of just 4 hours.
“How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?,”Dr. Jill asks a stunned audience, “In the course of four hours, I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information. On the morning of the hemorrhage, I could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of my life.”
Dr. Jill’s stroke was truly a karmic event. The blood clot on the left side of her brain which caused a hemorraghic stroke of a highly rare kind that almost took the scientist’s life, was the size of a golf ball before being surgically removed from her head 2 weeks after the trauma began.
Something tangibly the size of a golf ball can also be likened to having the same dimensions as a skimming stone, a rock with rounded edges that is as linearly smooth as possible, giving it the best of chances to “skim” across a body of water when flung, resulting in each skim on the water’s surface creating its own ripple effect which moves from a centered point and expands ever outward.
Dr. Jill’s blood clot can be likened to a karmic skimming stone, that to this very day, still skims across the fluid body of society’s collective awareness, causing ripples which extend outward, touching upon numerous aspects of Mankind’s existential experience, leaving many of us pondering our individual philosophies of Being in its wake.
I came upon Dr. Jill’s lectures only a few days ago, well after her autobiographical memoir, “My Stroke Of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey”hit the New York Times Best Seller List and past the airing dates of her appearances on Oprah and Charlie Rose, however the timing of the karmic ripple that is the doctor’s experiences reaching me at this current moment could not have been more opportune.
A planetary event shall soon occur that stands to have quite an influential pull on all who reside on this planet. The planet in question is named after an ancient god of water, astrologically rules over the last of the water signs, and is often referred to as “the watery planet” – Neptune.
I recently published a 4 part series about the watery planet where I discussed in detail Neptune’s origins and the strong effect the planet’s discovery had on society in the middle of the 19th century. I also tried to relate both the difficulty and the importance of retaining Neptune’s overall essence which is, you guessed it, watery.
In astrology, “Water” is a term which houses the following domains: Emotion, Intuition, & Spirituality. I have always written, taught, and emphasized that the term “water” must always be further considered with the following additional stipulations:
Water has nothing to do with rationality.
Whereas rationality has to do with the left side or hemisphere of the brain, Water deals strictly with the right.
Before relaying the mind and body experiences that occured on the day of her stroke, in the video link, Dr. Jill gives a very memorable (get it?) show and tell, by donning plastic gloves and presenting before her live audience – an actual brain.
It doesn’t pulsate, I promise. (at least I don’t remember it pulsating, you be the judge.)
By having a visual example of the human mind, the neuroanatomist describes how the hemispheres of the brain are 2 very seperate entities with very specified functions.
– Information of the outside world for the right hemisphere is received as one big piece of energy, the left takes that energy and breaks it down into infinitessimal details to be categorized and stored.
– The right hemisphere functions in the here and now. The left functions by categorizing and comparing information against all that we know and have learned in the past and then projects it into future goals and expectations.
– The right hemisphere functions through sensation and perception. The left functions through language. I must mention here that the air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are the signs represented by non-animal symbology, meaning they mostly function non-instinctually, and are the signs associated with the rational mind or left hemisphere, thus they are the signs that tend to communicate through language, or talk, the most.
Most imporantly in relating to this article, Dr. Jill further compartmentalizes the functions of the 2 hemispheres of the human brain by stating:
Whereas the left hemisphere is concerned with the individual’s relation to others, the right is not aware of anything individualized whatsoever, and is connected to all.
Because the left hemisphere of Dr. Jill’s brain would intermittently shut off due to being completely compromised from the growing pressure of the bleeding hemmoraghe, it would temporarily lose its mode of communication, language, as well as its ability to self identify through seperation. The doctor would then experience short periods of what she describes as “euphoria”, since her individual self, along with its 37 years of self awareness, memories, and “emotional baggage” were suspended and completely eradicated, if only for the moment.
After 4 hours, Dr. Jill was in an ambulance, lying fetal, and suddenly aware that her soul was seperating from her body. She accepted that her life was ending, and was prepared to fully surrender by leaving this plane of existence through that most powerful of transitions, Death.
She woke up much later only to face the shock of realizing she had returned to her physical body, had not died, and that every form of stimuli from the outside world was amplified, brash, and painful. She then uses a word that I have discussed numerous times in great detail with my Neptune series – all she wanted to do was “escape”.
Dr. Jill had to make a choice at that moment – lose herself completely into “the other” of Death or anchor herself to this world by finding the resolve and strength to recover. In her own words, she realized,
“I’m still alive and I have found Nirvana. Then everyone who is alive can find Nirvana! I pictured a world full of beautiful, peaceful, compassionate, loving people who knew they could come to this space at any time. And that they could purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres.”
She brings her live audience immediately into their present by further stating:
“We have the power to choose moment by moment how we want to be in the world.”
The choice is within each of us and lies between the left hemispheres of our brains, which according to Dr. Jill’s incredibly unique experience, will “seperate us from the flow”, and the right hemisphere, which the neuroanatomist beautifully describes as “at one with all that is.”
The scientist challenges her audience in the here and now, and then hypothetically proposes to their future by summarizing:
“Which would you choose? Which DO you choose……and when?”
“The more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peacful our planet will be.”
The Universe will be asking all of us to choose, in the near future.
Beginning April 5th, Society as a whole will soon be asked to choose whether to remain fixed in the left hemisphere of its collective brain or “to step to the right of their left hemispheres” as Neptune transits through the sign of its rulership, Pisces, over the next 14 years.
After completing my “Neptune Returns Home” Series, I was content with having everyone form their own opinions and approaches to this upcoming 14 year Neptunian cycle, since I had provided as adequate a foundation I could about the watery planet, plus, in true mutable form, Neptune’s essence is both highly personal but at the same time effusive and should not be wholly contained from within.
But The Universe did not concur with my “laissez fate” stance by having a number of you inquire about how Neptune’s transit through the sign of its rulership would be affecting their individual Sun Signs in particular, as well as stumbling upon, and fated to never fully depart from, the utterly enveloping lecture of Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor which I have added as “karmicly required viewing for all” for anyone at any given time, but more specifically, as a critically inseperable addition of required viewing media for this article.
For those karmic junkies who need to be as hardcore as possible, to you, I highly recommend scrolling all the way up to the most upper left hand corner, clicking on “View All Of Brad’s Articles” and finding/re-reading the “Goodwill Towards Men” Horoscope I penned specifically for your individual Sun Sign during the most recent Holiday Season. My Goodwill Horoscopes relayed which House, or Area of Life, each sign of the Zodiac should have seen tangible blessings or fortune based on The Great Benefic, aka Jupiter, moving forward after a long 4 month hiatus in Retrograde motion during the entire last quarter of 2010.
And hold your breath, Shelley Winters! The same House I discussed for each sign’s Goodwill piece is the same area of Life I will be focusing on currently, since Neptune is entering the same House Jupiter most recently just left. The specific evolutionary themes and categories of daily life will be the same for each sign’s upcoming Neptunian cycle, as were discussed in their Goodwill Horoscopes, but the emphasis is far more big pictured and long lasting, since the Lord of the Watery Depth’s planetary visit in Pisces is a tad longer than Jupiter’s 4 months, more like a fortnight….of years.
The 12 short overviews for the next 14 years written for each individual sign of the Zodiac are meant to be karmic guideposts, in a generalized way. Almost all of the “Whoa, dude, you’re obliterating my brain cells into infinitessimal pieces of blown away debris” philosophical stuff has already been relayed, since this article’s introduction about Dr. Jill and the 2 sides of the human brain applies to all, when considering each of us comprise the mind of Society as a whole.
After reading about which House, or Area of Life, Neptune will be stationed in for our particular Sun Sign as the watery planet transits through the sign of its rulership, I would hope, soon afterwards, we all rejoin the collective soul of Humanity by asking ourselves which Hemisphere from the Brain that houses Man’s Collective Awareness will we choose to navigate through Neptune’s waters with over the next decade and a half, as well.
It’s all entirely up to each of us.
“Delicate”, “Acutely Sensitive”,“Rubber Kidney-ed”, “Wan”, these are various euphemisms we astrologers often use in polite company to describe the overall constitution or health state of the typical Libran. Besides the Universe relying on your sign’s “less is more” impeccable decorating taste and color coordination, it’s a well known Cosmic fact, when it comes to survival of the Astrological Fittest, not only is your sign the first to be knocked out of the competition, but the entire pretty but prissy lot of you tends to crumple like flies all at the same time, Libra! Before I inhale a slightly bigger than usual breath to literally blow your frail scales over and out cold, I’d like to incorporate a new astrological term that is as diatemtrically different from the one you’ve been hearing my word hole spew Brad-inifintum for the last 2 years – “The Fall”. Those fans of extremely quirky trivia who guessed the aforementioned word of the most common and constantly used kind can also refer to an extension of lifted hair on the back of the head, be it naturally follicled or wiggified – Kudos to you, but completely wrong just the same. You extreme inde music fans who just exposed your extreme accumulation of years by guessing the aforementioned every day word also as the name of the not so every day underground British post punk band fronted by monotoned misanthrope, Mark E. Smith, I’m Impressed! but Absolutely not. (even though, you may be utterly fascinated to know my favorite song by The Fall is “Hey! Luciani”). Libras, allow me to extrapolate. Brad has been yakking non stop about Saturn “The Lord of Karma”, being EXALTED in your sign, ‘Member? A planet is exalted when it is placed in a sign that works in synch with that planet’s overall energies and influences, resulting in said planet having the best possible optimal effect or influence whenever in said sign. To repeat, Saturn works best in, or is exalted in, the sign of Libra. A planet’s “Fall” is the polar opposite concept of exaltation. A planet is in its “Fall” or “Utter Fall” when it is placed in the sign whose energies are at odds with that planet’s overall influences, resulting in said planet’s influence having the weakest, or minimal impact, or worse, the planet’s energies working detrimentally against the person born with said planet positioned in its “Fall”. In short, The Sun works worst in, or is in its “Fall” in the sign of Libra. WOW! Were there actually a few Scale Kids ired up enough to ask me to a louder than conversational debate, or at least a sparring of heated choice words? (Dueling, Wrasslin’, or televised matches from the UFC Octagon are non-existent on the Libra’s menu of retaliatory reactions.) Some deep breaths, my hot aired ones, this is an astrological concept of neutrality, not a blatant expression of cosmic prejudice. In astrology, The Sun represents the archetypal “Ego” of Man, and my mentor, Liz Greene, takes this “Sun as Ego” concept one step further by likening one’s Sun sign as the archetypal “Hero” whose costume is fitted by the temperment of the sign the Sun is placed in at birth. With that conceptually in mind, why the center of our Solar System is deemed to be in its Fall in the sign of Libra should be fairly obvious, my Scale Children. After a grueling day of vanquishing the forces of evil and thwarting the most deranged of criminal minds, it’s kind of hard imagining the resident heroes of the Hall of Justice hemming and hawing for time immemoriam because they simply CAN’T decide whether they want Chinese or Italian for dinner, or worse, constantly defaulting to their Duo’s side kick due to being afflicted with “What do you think, Side Kick?” syndrome whenever asked what movie they would like to see. The Sun is in its Fall in Libra due to the scales splitting the drives of the individual’s Ego into multiple possibilities whenever the Self needs to make decisions based upon instinctual motivation and core desire. Because the inherent strength of “The Self” is compromised in the decision making process of the Libra, the constitution of the Libra’s physical body tends to be the most fragile of the 12, through such physically delicate attributes as: sensitive digestions, weaker than average immune systems, allergies to almost every floating particle in the Earth’s atmosphere, and most physically susceptible, malfunctioning or compromised thyroid glands, kidneys, and/or urinary systems. With all that said, Neptune will be entering Libra’s House of Health for the next 14 years. Considering Saturn has been using the kidney-contained lower back of the Libra as his favorite form of punching bag to prepare for any of the ongoing matches of grappling and martial arts against Earthen Society at large over the last few years, I would imagine the toughened up, harder but o so wiser, and STRONGER souled Libran of the modern day would greet The Watery Lord into their House Of Health by putting both long limbed, alabaster skin toned hands on their hips, throwing their aquiline-nosed visages back with an open mouthed, gutteral laugh and informing (aka threatening) The Watery Lord how the constitutionally conditioned Libran’s “water diet work out” consists of a daily devouring of any given lesser ocean or river god and using the decimated drippy deity’s Triton as a tooth pick, for the rest of the day afterwards! Not only will the Planet of Unreality and Delusion be bullied into deferring to your karmicly lean and mean selves as to who has the final say with the Health of the Libra during his little visit, you Scale Kids might want to also strongarm the watery planet, by having Neptune spot you whenever the new and improved Libran wants to bench press their greatly strengthened sense of Self with increased reps of decisively sound, independently formed Judgement, which is the physical end result directly from the daily regimen of Saturn’s “exalted” work outs of: Restriction, Loss, and Life’s Lessons Learned The Hard Way over the last 2 or so years. That which Saturn burdens, does not kill the supposed “weakest” of the bunch. The Libran trials and challenges from The Lord of Karma as of late have hopefully altered your supposed “fallen” Sun Signed Selves into the competitive power lifters of the Zodiac, and right in time as the watery planet drops by for a nice, long 14 year work out!
Your Neptunian news comes in 2 parts, my Desert Deadlies – Generalized Water Wash & Scorpionic Stream of Specificity. Knowing how intense you Assassins of the Zodiac can be, I’ll run past the General stuff as quickly as I can, if not, ummm, faster as long as there is a 10 foot wide space of comfort zone between myself and all of (swallowing hard)….. you. Just to remind you Tail Zingers, Scorpio is a water sign. The most watery of planets will be entering its own drippy element beginning April 5th and will be bobbing in the astrological H2O for the next 14 years. I always find it quite funny (Not the Ha Ha kind, more like the scream laughing while a deadly stinger is being thrust into the guts of your victim, Version) when most non-Scorps assume your sign’s element is fiery, because they are of the confirmed belief Scorpio is the most unemotional of signs. I inform these ill informed ones they are only paritally correct. Scorpio is a sign that most certainly can be fiery, when referring to those particularly intense and concentrated flames that seethe and bubble under the mantle of the Earth’s surface, still bursting ablaze even after shooting through an entire ocean’s depths, such as Krakatoa for example. Of the 3 water signs, Cancer and Pisces being the others, I surmise Scorpio to be THE most emotional of the soaked bunch, since they feel things with an intensity that reaches their soul’s core. The only thing that rivals the Scorpion’s intensity of emotion is their willpower to maintain an aura of mystery about themselves as often as possible, so that many of you intense ones would rather chew your hand off and escape into the mist rather than be caught in the trap of any kind of overt or obvious displays of emotion in public or in front of strangers. Resuming the watery generalizations, with The Lord of the Ocean Depths entering both his ruling sign and element come April 5th, all water signs should be experiencing heightened states of both intuition and emotion over the course of the next 14 years. Each water sign’s particular House which Neptune will be stationed in over the next fortnight of years will indicate the area(s) of Life these heightened non-rational states will be focused on or specified. For Scorpio, the Neptunian concentration of right hemisphered activity will occur in their House of Creative Self Expression, Children, and (wincing) Fun. Here is where you get a poisoned appendage slapping, Scorpio! It seems to me, (and far more so, to the recipients of the following), that the creative forces at work within the Scorpio are restricted, for the most part, to acts of retaliation or vengeance. Don’t get me wrong, your sign always keeps me on my toes as far as incorporating new and improved ways to keep a recipient conscious longer during extended periods of punishment infliction, as well as approaching the act of stalking with a more individualized sense of flair, but MUST the creativity of the Scorpio be limited simply to guaranteeing that a cheating or jilted lover will live the remainder of their lives in paranoid fear of your omni-present presence? It will be up to each Scorpion over the next decade and a half to channel the growing ball of raw emotion which will steadily rise from April onwards into evolved or unevolved outlets, be they creative or otherwise. How will you intense ones decipher if you have chosen the correct outlet? Your Kids, for those who have procreated mini-Desert Deadlies. It will be obvious to the kiddies if their Scorpio Mommy or Daddy is giving their creative all in any of their endeavors, since not only will everything they do have a hint of Scorpionic creative flair, but also a lightness of spirit that frankly, many close to the Scorpio will not be used to. If the Scorpio takes the unevolved path, not only your kids but any/all of their friends will be steering clear of the homefront due to the dark, intense, atmosphere at home that will steadily grow, due to the increased vows of vengeance and deeper/longer held grudges that’ll leave the more sensitive visitor or intuitive guest with a bitter taste in their mouth! For those spawn-less Scorps, the unevolved repurcussions still apply. How you child-less Scorps will know if you’re tapping into Neptune’s evolved forces will be reflected by your shoe heel. The more evolved you get, the lighter the step.
Do travel agents even exist anymore, Sagittarius? Back when I was a junior aspiring astrologer, if one of your kind approached me in those days, I would inquire if your line of work was one of a few stock Sagittarian vocations: Judge, professional gambler/ lottery player, or my favorite choice, travel agent. The old school job list for Centaurs may be simplified in an extreme kind of way, but at the core of each cartoonized profession is an emphasis on “the big picture” at large. All 3 old school Sag jobs focused more on expansion versus any kind of details: a Judge determines what is best for all parties involved with “Law” as the backdrop, a gambler refuses to count each of his losses for the evening, relying on hunches that should yield him being on the plus side at the end of the night, with “Luck” as the backdop, a travel agent deals with trips, for the most part those that are not domestic, the more exotic the journey the better, with “Foreign Travel” as the backdrop. Your sign has the biggest challenge to face as Neptune is about to deep sea dive in its ruling sign and element for the next upcoming 14 years, since the watery planet will be bobbing along in as domestic an area of your Horsey Lives as possible , the Sag’s House of Home. My next statement will certainly be taken the wrong way by a few, but overall, the living pad of many a Sagittarian tends to be untidy and chaotic. There may be a house involved, but the Sag pad, for the most part, usually lacks any semblance of homey-ness. Mostly this is due to the Sagittarian focusing too much on the big picture, so that they may never spend any time at home because their energies have them incessantly busy in a whirl of multiple activities, or their sense of freedom and curse of instant boredom might have them changing living locales almost as often as they change horse shoes, or their aura of luck may have them so irresponsible as to not bother or not know how to fix anything broken at home nor maintain a proactive sense of upkeep with the structure of their horsey houses. Now, that so far has been surface House talk! A not so well known aspect to the House of Home’s domain is that it also is considered the House of The Soul. A Sagittarian Soul issue that I have beaten to a dead horse (!) quite often as of late is my concern over the children of Jupiterian abudance not sharing or spreading their wealth, instead becoming more and more presumptuous of getting what they want, whenever they want it. Over the next 14 years, think of Neptune as your Soul’s personal building contractor, Sag. The planet of unconditional love and spiritual connectedness will begin inspection of your horse stables from the inside out beginning this April. Neptune’s influence will start from the core of each Sagittarian’s soul, determining how much is part of a sound and secure structure of evolutionary spirituality of global proportions and how much should be condemned due to the soul’s irreparable damage brought about by actions of pure self promotion and pursuits of sheer hedonism. Based on what percentage of the Sagittarian soul meets the minimal requirements of the Universal housing code, will determine whether the watery planet runs evolved or unevolved water through the pipes of each your Soul’s Housing structures, which in turn, shall spill over into each Centaur’s place of residence. For you unevolved Sags, you thought your place was a little cramped before? Neptune’s unevolved waters might just hose down your abodes with the most disorganized and distracting piles o’ junk; be it in the form of worthless mail, burnt out lighbulbs, discarded toilet paper rolls, mini mountains of anciently outdated and consistently unread newspapers and magazines, junk drawers bursting at the seams with endless pieces of nothing and bric a brac, as well as every malodorous food item or dairy product you thought you would deal with some other time. making their presences unavoidably known all at once! And that’s just what the unevolved Neptune giveth! Even your big pictured visionary selves can’t imagine the great lengths the unevolved watery planet shall taketh away from your horsey homes in the form of any/all kinds of disrepair, breakdown, or removal, be it via theft, natural disaster, or altered zoning laws that for some reason, you were not informed about, but would be immediately affected by none the luck-less. Put the giveth and taketh parts together, my unevolved Centaurians, and the domesticated nightmare has only just begun to snowball! For as my uber-organized, meticulously cleaning mother wisely warns: “Son, Chaos begets Chaos.” Galloping fast and furiously into the other direction of Neptunian Evolution, we come upon the House That Unconditional Love Built. The Neptunian voyage for the evolved Centaur will be a less than minimal emphasis on the ephemeral. In other words, the watery planet’s focus will turn away from the actual nails and boards of the floors and walls that comprise that tangible entity known as one’s House, which, karmicly, could be there one minute and out to high tide the next, with a decent sized tsunami wave hand delivered by the Lord of the Ocean Depths, anyway. The more the evolved Sagittarian reinforces the foundation of that which houses their individual Soul with a sealant of Goodwill Towards Men, the more their Homes, over the next decade and a half, will transform into sheltering beacons of optimistic cheer for All who enter.
Fourteen years is dualisticly both a vast chunk of time and a momentary flash of Life as we know it in the early 21st century. If, during this decade and a half, we as a unified whole try our best at functioning through the connectedness of the right hemisphere of society’s brain of conscious awareness, the passing of Neptune’s momentous 14 year transit through the sign of its rulership will be felt more and more through simply, the Here and Now.
After experiencing the unified connectedness to all things, Dr. Jill sums everything up by describing the potential of who we are now, and who we have the potential to be:
“We are energy beings, connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make this world a better place. And in this moment, we are perfect, we are whole, and we are beautiful.”
Over the next decade and a half, may we all use the evolved power of that furthest most planet from the Sun to bring us closer to making the world that is before us, a much better place.
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