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virtual worldAn article in Wired online magazine entitled “Facebook’s Gone Rogue” embodies the mystical fog (Pisces) of between the wired and the “real” world of information (Uranus)  that we have seen accelerate since Uranus entered Pisces in 2003.

Uranus is the planet that takes a radical departure from the conventional, but it also rules the higher mind as well as technology.  Under the influence of Uranus in Pisces the presence of the Internet has become more and more ubiquitous as the boundaries between the wired world and our brains become less distinct.  This blurring of boundaries is associated with Pisces, and Uranus is now at the very last degree of that sign, preparing to enter Aries at the end of the month.

The first smartphone was developed in 1992 and released to the public in 1993, just in time for the entry of Uranus into Pisces.  The smartphone enabled the eventual portability of the internet so that smartphone owners could stay connected virtually (no pun intended) 24/7.  

Over the past couple of years, Facebook has become the primary means of blurring the distinction between online life and personal life, as well as the distinction between that which is personal and that which is private.  In its purest form, Uranus is completely transpersonal.  It has no sympathy for emotional connections or distress – it seeks a world where everything operates in perfect efficiency and reason. At this writing Facebook has over 400 million members, and claims that these members spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook.  I myself can attest to this!

However, all is not rosy in the Uranian world where everything is equal and life in virtual reality approaches perfection.  The 29th degree of a sign is the degree where the matters of that sign are completed for that cycle, and as Uranus sneaks ever closer to Aries, where it will be focused more on individual rights and less about the uniting of all peoples, personal privacy will become more and more important.

Hence the lawsuit filed this week by 15 privacy and consumer protection organizations against what they are calling Facebook’s “unfair and deceptive trade practices.”  According to Wired magazine”

No, that’s just wrong. The relationship is simple: Facebook thinks that your notions of privacy — meaning your ability to control information about yourself — are just plain old-fashioned. Head honcho Zuckerberg told a live audience in January that Facebook is simply responding to changes in privacy mores, not changing them — a convenient, but frankly untrue, statement.

In Facebook’s view, everything (save perhaps your e-mail address) should be public. Funny too about that e-mail address, for Facebook would prefer you to use its e-mail-like system thatcensors the messages sent between users.

Uranus is about revolution and personal rights, and concepts of personal rights have blurred over the past seven years of Uranus in Pisces along with other Pisces boundary issues, but I suspect as Uranus dips its toes into Aries over the next couple of months this will change.  
Uranus will retrograde back into Pisces in August before moving completely into Aries next year.  During this period I suspect we will begin to see more resistance to the takeover of the natural world by the wired one.  However, the Age of Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) is upon us, and ultimately this connection between man and technology will continue to become more and more important to human survival. 

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