Living Through The Right Hemisphere of Society’s Brain:
Aries, Taurus, Gemini
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.
We begin with the first sign of the Zodiac at the very end of the karmic circle. Neptune’s 14 year visit will happen in Aries’ last House, a place the watery planet also calls Home, the 12th. Since Neptune is the planetary ruler of the 12th House, the watery planet’s best and worst qualities are those which characterize the 12th’s Domain: Spirituality, Unconditional Love, Intuition, Charity, Addiction, Deception, and Escapism are some of the bigger issues I’ve babbled on about ad infitum (meaning Brad never shut his trap) with all my Neptune talk. Being the first sign of the Zodiac, the Aries is upfront, uncomplicated, and straightforward. This “what you see is what you get” Arien personality trait will be the telling factor as to how each Aries will react to Neptune’s 14 year pull. Those Ram People that dive into Neptune’s unevolved waters of addiction and escapism will behave in ways noticeably different from their direct, spontaneous selves by wanting to be alone more and more, due to being cut off from the connectedness of Life. Those Rams who bathe in Neptune’s waters of evolution will be even more present in the lives of those around them, often without having to physically be there, due to their increased sense of spiritual connection to all living things. For those Aries who are unsure how they will be affected, I recommend they do a bit of charity or volunteer work right about now. The sign of The Self performing acts of selflessness is a great way for the Aries to begin their Neptunian voyage, since any action based in the un-Self will act as a compass that will keep the Aries’ karmic journey headed (your sign rules the head) in the right direction.
Neptune’s momentous 14 year voyage will be occurring in your House of Friends and The Future, Taurus. This is a tricky factor to consider since you are a fixed sign, and the fixed signs do not take friendship lightly. Once someone is a fixed sign’s friend, it’s understood – a binding committment has been established, that, short of being contractually finalized with required signatures at the bottom lower right, both parties know they’re in it for the long haul. If a fixed sign (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius) has determined you have earned their friendship, which in and of itself can take millenia, they tend to be a friend for life. The Taurus bears this bull buddy yolk of responsibility by being an all-weather friend, versus merely the fair kind, and that is super great and such….until said friend of Taurus falls down an unevolved path of detrimental behavior. Many a Taurean has been trapped into staying friends with “black hole” buddies. Why? The Bull’s pretty and oftentimes, prissy, planetary ruler. Venus not only rules over Love, she holds court over Peace and Harmony as well. As such, Taureans like things to be at all times, peacefully quiet. Any kind of aggressive behavior, violence, or even loudness makes the slowest moving of signs sprint faster than their fellow earth signed racer, Jesse Owens! Taking the peace and harmony thing a hoove further, far too often if a Taurus finds fault or has an issue with someone, they tend to stifle and repress their gripes internally for the sheer sake of keeping things nice and peaceful. Well, Neptune may be working his magic around all that non-noise, my Bulls. Given your sign is the most gravity pulled, or grounded, it’s safe to assume the majority of your herd won’t be that directly affected by Neptune’s Siren calls of seduction. The karmic question will be how the Taurus reacts to the watery planet’s influence over their friends. Those Cattle Compatriots that get washed into the gutter of Neptune’s unevolved waters, might just force the Venus-ruled to once and for all, prune their longhorned lives of those co-dependent types who try to suck dry every drop of the bull’s blood and life force. The Bull’s buddies that take the evolved Neptunian route should prove to be of great karmic assistance to their cow comrades by helping The Taurus transcend the limitations of their earthiness into other realms of cosmic peace and harmony by strengthening their bovine bonds of friendship through such non-rational methods as intuition, psychic perception, and spirituality. No need to stress over having to round up any branded members of your inner circle and bulldozing (there’s no excuse for such tongue and cheekery, but isn’t it oddly satisfying just the same?) them from the green pastures of pal-dom just quite yet, Taurus, you have 14 years to make some buddy alterations. That should be sufficient time, even for the most fanatically fixed of the bunch.
One of my favorite films of all time is a horror flick with a pair of the creepiest twins imaginable, Gemini. This grousome twosome of hand clasped, unblinking, ghoulish girls show up right around the time the main character has worked himself into a stupor of mental numbness and incessantly types over and over the words, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” If we were to custom fit that sentiment for Neptune’s particular trek for your sign, it would read more like, “All work that is no play, makes for a dull Gemini.” And that, my good Twins, is FAR more hair raising! Mental stimulation. A thing which truly makes a Gemini feel alive and so little of which can save many a Twin through a challenging attack of boredom or longer than average social dry spell. Unfortunately, too many Geminis of the modern day have thrown themselves into work environments that are deserts of mental stimulation, just to get the required amount of dough to cover their basic bills and such. Neptune will be setting anchor in The Twins House of Career for the next 14 years. The watery planet will clearly show through a total lack of clarity (did you savor that delish dish of duality I just threw at you, double boys and girls?) whether the Gemini actually does have a defined career path, complete with sequentially expanding goals over a feasible range of time, or is just a jack of all trades, careerster of none. Presenting a mere two measly options is a bit dull, no my air signed ones? Along with determining whether you really are working on a valid career path, The Lord Of The Seas will also be test evaluating the Gemini’s on the job non-rational skills of competence. You read that right, non-rational. All of the Air Supplies of the Zodiac know their rational (aka left hemispheres) minds inside and out, but how well versed is the Gemini at such right hemisphered traits as: creativity, inspiration, intuition, and spirituality? The watery planet’s pull in the workplace will be subtle but steady over time, my Twins, and the goal is for the Gemini’s benefit, no matter the outcome. If the Gemini is doing work deemed to be unevolved, where their Mercurial minds barely have a pulse due to inactive mental stimulation, then the watery planet will make sure the 2 shall surely part eventually, through such Gemini torture tactics as: forgetting, personal gabbing, or the 2 most damaging, repeated distractions or severe and chronic lateness! If the Gemini is putting his or her many intellectual talents to productively good use at their place of employment, which also has as-definite a path of growth, allowing the Gemini to intermittently learn a new twinly trick or two, then Neptune will wash your working minds with mini-floods of creative inspiration, so that your job output will transform into inspired works of an almost spiritual nature. Whether Neptune turns your lairs of labor into a born again place of inspired mental stimulation or fogs your way straight to the unemployment line, the mighty mind of the Gemini shall be salvaged, none the less.
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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