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NEANDERTHALS, FANTASY AND IMAGINATION(2)

Their life was arduous, pure labour and effort, they lived mainly in cold weather, were the first to go to the North (Europe). Although extremely strong, their bones show fatigue, injuries, arthritis. It could be too long to develop more this theme, but the fact is that they left the place to Aquarius, the next sign, the Modern Men who peopled the world with astounding civilizations.

According to anthropologists, Modern humans, 25 thousand years ago, were more resourceful than Neanderthals in many different ways. Neanderthals covered themselves with animal skins but did not sewed them, whereas our ancestors discovered how to sew the furs, learned to weave, made nets, fabricated spears that could be thrown to animals from long distance. And so on.

Personally, I am convinced that the key word is imagination, a Uranus and Jupiter quality related to vision and creativity. As we know, these planets are now transiting Aries, there is a lot of talk nowadays about the Neanderthals, their DNA, their genome, and there will be more. Obviously, modern men were more imaginative than Neanderthals; however, the message from this conjunction is not the limited imagination Neanderthals had to evolve and to persist, the main point is the challenge, we, modern hyper civilized men, have in order to survive in the future. Will our imagination find new creative ways to face and overcome the mess we have made in this planet?



There are many theories and definitions about imagination according to different philosophical and psychological schools and traditions. Although influenced by the Emmanuel Kant, Henri Corbin and the mystical Sufism, mine is very personal. I oppose imagination to fantasy, both are faculties of our Moon, which means our brain; both deal with the perception of reality and become active very early in life when the child realizes that things change around him, that he can have or lose them. It starts with the mother relationship, then the father, and so on.

But whereas fantasy helps us to escape the hard facts of life, compensating in our mind for things we do not have or do not want to have, imagination plunges us into reality making us participate with it in a creative way. For example, if l do not have a house and live in a horrible dwelling, l can fantasize that l win the lottery and buy a beautiful place, but nothing happens; if l use my imagination, l will try to resolve the problem finding means to solve the problem, getting involved with society and trying to exploit my real resources. If I want to catch more animals, I invent the net.

Imagination exploits the potential of the real world, fantasy only adorns it a little bit, if at all. To be creative we need to be imaginative, then we can invent things; in Latin, inventio means to find. It is been shown that high intelligence does not necessarily means creativity; what we need is to be open to the world, we have to participate in its movement, experience it, discover its secrets. Uranus helps us with its centrifugal energy to break the old patterns, imagine new ones; Jupiter helps to be adventurous, find new meanings.

Again, with the transit in Pluto in Capricorn disintegrating and transforming old structures these years, the transit of Uranus in Aries accompanied by Jupiter is the message for the Aquarius Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Are we going to start up again using our imagination to reinvent the world in a more creative way? Or, since the big handicap of Aquarius can be the lack of compassion, are we going to perish letting the place to a more compassionate species, a Pisces like one? Let´s imagine.

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by xavier_astro | 2010-08-15 00:00  

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