Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Humor in the Face of Power

I was looking for my next topic and I stumbled upon it! While reading
a humorous New York Times article, I saw a reference to a strong
astrological aspect that started last week and which will continue for a
period of time: Jupiter square Pluto. Pluto is the planet of Transformation,
Underworld, Power, and Explosions (this one worries people, as this planet
was discovered when the nuclear bomb came into creation). Jupiter is the
planet of Luck, Opportunity, Abundance, Expansion, (sometimes) Excess,
and especially, in this case, Humor!

Noy Alooshe, an Israeli journalist, heard one of Qaddafi's histrionic
speeches expressing his contempt for the Libyan protesters. His speech
vowed to hunt down protesters “inch by inch, house by house, home by
home, alleyway by alleyway.” This inspired Noy Alooshe to remix “Hey
Baby,” a song by American rapper Pitbull, (featuring T-Pain.) He titled the
remix “Zenga-Zenga,” echoing Qaddafi’s repetition of the word “zanqa”
which is Arabic for “alleyway.” He included some dancing girls at the
bottom of the screen, adding to the “club vibe.”

He posted it late Tuesday Feb. 22nd and by the morning of the 27th it had
over 500,000 hits. As they say, it had “gone viral.” Besides his fellow
countrymen getting a chuckle, a surprisingly large amount of viewers from
the Arab world were also fans! He did of course receive some negative
comments, but overall most were positive.

The Jupiter/Pluto transit peaked at around Friday afternoon (the 25th) and
its influence continues. When planets like Jupiter and Pluto interact with
each other they usually correlate to significant events around that time

So while many feared that this transit would result in bombs, destruction
or excesses in power plays, here is one example of how it manifested in
humor during a tumultuous time. It gave everyone a breather to laugh at
something. The Arab world is still going through many changes, brought
about by Pluto in Capricorn. And, actually, a lot of governments around
the world will be undergoing fundamental changes in structure. This will
especially be the case with power plays and money. (One example of this
was when the NYSE faced the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 while
evidence came out that banks illegally invested money into stocks. The
party is over and that which is not fundamentally sound must fall and be

But again, even during this time of crisis, there will be pockets of humor to
remind us to laugh when we can (since it’s better than crying!) I hope that
even if you had some rough times this past week you found something to
laugh about.

Link to the video here

And here’s the non-dancing-girls version (many fans asked for this so
they could show the video to more conservative folks, like parents) http://

Here is my own personal Jupiter square Pluto story. I was at a party that my friend,
Rev Jen, was supposed to host and she ended up in power play with the promoter.
Long story short, instead of throwing a fit or submitting to unreasonable demands,
she escaped the situation with humor.  Let's just say an excuse of explosive diarrhea
can get you out of a lot of jams ;)

Till Next Time!

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