Monday, May 17, 2010
Married by a Robot
Aquarius is a sign of intelligent, humane humanity. It is therefore the sign most associated with science. But because it is an air sign, Aquarius’ humanity can be detached, it loses sight of individual people and their needs, and this is where science can go wrong.
Neptune is currently in Aquarius. Neptune blurs the boundaries, and is also associated with romance, so what better time to be married by a robot? In the context in which it occurred, I think it was fun (see below).
But Neptune is also conjunct Chiron, which has just left Aquarius, so we are living in a time when the damage that science can do is also presented to us. Chiron was in Aquarius from 2005 to 2010, a period in which man-made environmental degradation reached the top of the political agenda; and a period which saw the explosion of electronic social networking, in which direct, physical interaction with other people has become less important.
Chiron was primarily a wise teacher, who educated some of the Greek heroes such as Achilles. He therefore has insight, and that is what he asks of us. Having just moved into Pisces for 10 years, and with Neptune soon to follow, we may be entering a time where fashion is all, where fashion in all areas of life goes to extremes. In moderate doses, fashion keeps life interesting; in large doses, it is a form of brainwashing, where everything is collective, and nothing is individual (ideas can be fashionable just as much as clothes!) Chiron’s function, if humanity does become reduced to a collective in this way, will be to point it out. Pluto in Capricorn could mean more control of people by governments – through e.g. electronic information gathering – and this is a similar theme.
Anyway, the nuptials:
Japan has hosted the world's first wedding to be conducted by a robot. The automated creature, known as the I-Fairy, oversaw the wedding of Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue in the capital, Tokyo. The couple decided to use the robot as they are both connected with Japan's thriving robotics industry. Since robots had brought them together in the first place, they said, having one officiate at their wedding was a natural choice. During the ceremony, I-Fairy - which has flashing eyes and plastic pigtails - instructed the groom to lift the bride's veil for the kiss. The wedding took part in a rooftop restaurant in the Japanese capital.