You don’t have to be a hardheaded materialist skeptic or an atheist to be troubled by the idea of synchronicity. Even if we believe in God, many people aren’t comfortable living in a world of signs and miracles.
This dialogue with writer/director Alex Garland is meant for people who have already seen Ex Machina (plot spoilers abound). The conversation ranges from looking at the film as a Turing Test directed at the human species to a discussion of psychopathy, evolution, and the illusory nature of perception.
Last year I wrote an article entitled “The Astrology of Russell Brand” to make a case for why I felt Russell was an essential human for these times. It was an Eclipse window then, and it is now. Mercury was also about to go retrograde in Scorpio like it is now. Lots has changed since then for Russell, and for all of us.
There have been some downright oppressive, fiery, violent stories in the news lately. I like to recognize the results of such aggression and hubris— the uncomfortable or even morbid parts of life—not only as appreciable aesthetics, but as settings, textures, character traits in a sort of grand play.
In the mid-1960s, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof’s research in LSD psychotherapy challenged the orthodox Freudian model of mind. For years, Grof and his colleagues looked unsuccessfully for some kind of diagnostic system to predict the experiences of their clients in deep self-exploration. When Richard Tarnas applied archetypal astrology to this problem, Grof had to ironically concede that the one successful technique was even more controversial than his research in psychedelic therapy.
The popular response to HBO’s Game of Thrones series made me wonder if the characters and themes carry an archetypal resonance more substantive than that of other current fare. The show’s characters embody something ancient, yet familiar. I began to see parallels between the Game of Thrones panoply and the celestial archetypes.