It is sexual energy which governs the structure of human feeling and thinking. Sexuality is the life energy, per se. Its suppression means disturbance of fundamental life functions, not only in the medical field, but quite generally -- irrational human action, mysticism, and readiness to engage in wars, etc. The starting point of sexual politics, therefore, must be the question, What is the reason for the suppression of human love life?
-- Wilhelm Reich
The controversial Austrian-American psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich wrote his radical tome on the fiasco of sexual moralism, 'The Sexual Revolution' in the late '30s, in between The Great Depression and World War II. I recently picked up a copy at my favorite metaphysical bookstore, the Bodhi Tree in L.A., on my last trip, and was thrilled to discover how freakily spot-on the messages were for the current hot mess our collective unconscious is in.
Reading it, you'd swear it could have been penned by Bill Maher or transcribed from 'Real Time' -- delivering such bulls-eye missives aimed at the dangers of a society hell-bent on religious fundamentalism, sexual repression, greed and other neurotic 'little man' values. It's not surprising that Reich had his Midheaven (the mark you leave on the world), Uranus (how you play revolutionary) and Chiron (the wounds you heal) in Scorpio. Clearly way ahead of his time, he was deemed insane by his contemporaries when he promoted adolescent sexuality, 'orgastic potency' as the route to psycho-physical health, the importance of economic independence for women, and the availability of contraceptives and abortion.
With Mars and Venus tag-teaming it in the sign of sex, it's time to look at how we use or lose this potent life force. I recommend that all of you sexual revolutionaries, as well as all of you Joe Six pack's (yeah, right -- you know they're my biggest Jungian Astrology blog fan base), get a copy of 'The Sexual Revolution' or the 'Hey, Little Man' book. Bill Maher has said it several times: For such a supposedly sex-obsessed culture, we are still so damn repressed.
My friend and quadruple-Scorpio comedian, Josh Spear, has a hilarious rant about the hypocrisy of our whole polygamy obsession. He says one minute we're protesting the polygamists on the Texas ranch just because they look all 'Little House on the Prairie' but the next minute we're celebrating 'The Girl's Next Door' -- the exact same scenario only with boob jobs prancing around the Playboy mansion.
Let's hope the current double indemnity of Mars and Venus in Scorpio will open our eyes to our sexual double standards and shake us out of our repressed stupor.
What matters is truth, and not tactics. Natural science is confronted with its biggest task ever: that of finally and definitively taking over the responsibility for the future of tortured humanity. Politics has definitely played out.
-- Wilhelm Reich