The Fifth house is readily known as the house of Love and creativity; it is frequently known as the menage of children, pleasures, speculation, games and gambling. This is the house that rules intellectuals, emotional stability, communal harmony, speculative nature of the masses, investments, stock exchanges, universities along with morals and values of the people. When we consider the environs of climate change, we dig a little deeper than “children, pleasures, speculation”, all the normal activities of the 5th house. We take a Leo lagna and look to Sagittarius as 5th House and ask ourselves, What are the important matters for 5th house and climate change?
Whereas Sagittarius is the traditional ninth house, Lorded by Jupiter and moolatrikona sign of Jupiter in first ten degrees; and sign of fire element, in this instance, we look to Sagittarius as the 5th House, with Leo Lagna. Facing East, Sagittarius is of dual – mutable nature, of warming degree +1, signifies renewable energy by way of Solar (fire source). Events and activities in this house would be of mutable, impermanent nature requiring constant inputs of time, talents and resources for maintenance of solutions embraced here. The mutable nature indicates that malefic planets located here may be modified quickly by way of remedies and use of mantras. Benefic influences are positively enhanced with human intervention. This may be a house of promise provided the public mind is managed appropriately with proper use of resources.
Drawing together astrology and climate change we come to Sagittarius as 5th house is of kapha dosha (watery, fluids) with Fire element. There is fire in water, as one may do undersea welding. Underwater wet welding primarily uses shielded metal arc welding, and the welder works completely surrounded by water – including their electrode. This is an illustration of fire element (agni) being present in water. Water can also turn to steam, by way of introducing heat, raising temperature. Kapha nature can be affected by temperature and presence of fire, which is indelibly present within water and fluid itself. Sagittarius is a Fire sign, of mutable nature and use of non-renewable sources of energy increases carbonisation. For example, burning of fossil fuels multiplies atmospheric carbon dioxide which can be absorbed in water sources. Constant effort is required for carbon sequestration.
Fire and Water: Carbon Sequestration Methods
Carbon sequestration is the process involved in carbon capture and the long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Carbon sequestration involves long-term storage of carbon dioxide or other forms of carbon to mitigate or defer global warming. It has been proposed as a way to slow the atmospheric and marine accumulation of greenhouse gases, which are released by burning fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is naturally captured from the atmosphere through biological, chemical, and physical processes. Artificial processes have been devised to produce similar effects, including large-scale, artificial capture and sequestration of industrially produced Carbon Dioxide using subsurface saline aquifers, reservoirs, ocean water, aging oil fields, or other carbon sinks. (Source)
Schematic showing both terrestrial and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired plant. Combining renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies can accelerate global decarbonization while reducing the cost for national energy systems.
Addressing the Masses
Ensuring full public confidence in renewable energy technologies has emerged as a key factor for fast-tracking their deployment, which is vital to achieve a sustainable energy future. There is a need to communicate clear, truthful messages on renewable energy with the public and decision makers around the world. The public mind – the masses – may be appeased and pacified by authoritative, consistent, up-to-date evidence and that is accessible to everyone through a wide range of channels, including web portals, media articles, publications, social networks and public dialogue. One such organisation which engages in such activities is IRENA.
- IRENA supports energy transition by promoting the sustainable use of renewable energy technologies;
- IRENA makes a compelling case for renewable energy by collectively compiling the latest knowledge and examples;
- IRENA communicates renewable energy with the public through clear, truthful messages, in a manner that is both harmonised and targeted;
- IRENA engages nations to commit to addressing public concerns over renewable energy technologies by applying best practices and engaging concerned parties;
- IRENA shares evidence, communications material, ideas and contacts with fellow Coalition members to strengthen the cases and support for renewable energy.
Governments follow the lead of IRENA and both recognise the pressing need and required actions to commit to addressing public concerns over renewable energy technologies. There are those who fear their energy bills (electricity, gas) will increase beyond their ability to pay. There are those who own businesses which cannot absorb steep increases in charges for energy used in manufacturing and the pursuit of businesses, thus threatening full employment and prosperity. There are funded community service organisations which may not be able to accommodate changes to their energy needs.
Home owners need to be encouraged and supported in taking up their own individual energy solutions. Activities surrounding solar energy involve installation of photovoltaic panels made of crystals. Energy from sunlight is captured in solar panels and converted into electricity, giving a potentially infinite energy supply. Hence, single dwellings can have own electricity supply.
Action may be taken towards developing an energy efficiency plan for the country’s power, transport, infrastructure, tourism, education, fisheries and agriculture sectors. Measurements of current energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse (GHG) emissions are important for key productivity sectors, for the wealth of a nation depends on its productivity, and continuing capacity for productivity. Future energy has to take future progress, productivity and prosperity into account. Global warming will increase friction between supply and future capacity for supply meeting demand.
Canberra light rail to run on 100% renewable energy
Stage one of Canberra’s light rail project, the proposed development of a multi-million dollar network linking Civic to Gungahlin in Canberra’s north, will be 100 per cent powered by renewables, the ACT government has revealed.
ACT environment minister Simon Corbell – who is also minister for the green transport project, dubbed Capital Metro – said the successful bidder would be required to source a minimum of 10 per cent of the light rail system’s electricity from renewable sources like solar or wind.
“Combined with the ACT government achieving its target of 90 per cent renewable energy by 2020 – the time in which stage one light rail will be up and running – this will enable the Capital Metro project to be 100% green energy powered,” he said in a statement on the weekend. Corbell said the successful bidder would also need to have measures in place to reduce the emissions resulting from building the network, including energy efficient construction practices and sourcing carbon offsets. (Source)
Jupiter and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
A Jupiter which functions too outwardly can make us materialistic, enamoured of wealth, caught in conventional values and beliefs. One can spend consumer disposable income and keep up with the Jones’ – every knick-knack in the kitchen, the in-ground swimming pool in the backyard, the two cars in the garage and the home wifi with a computer in every room. The humble box television has transformed to the home movie screen, utilising subscription services instead of free-to-air services. There are so many changes in modern life and an outwardly looking Jupiter can simply assume these values and knick-knacks to be the normal standard of home life. Jupiter is a joyous planet, but when poorly placed or having malefic effect, can get us caught in an unthinking pursuit of pleasure and luxury.
Jupiter is guru of para vidya, the highest knowledge, the highest wisdom. Wisdom in matters of climate change illustrates the need to limit global temperature rise to below 2° Celsius. The Paris Agreement is an agreement to limit global greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation. 195 nations have signed onto the agreement. Each and every action to limit emissions begins at home, with reducing your personal carbon footprint. Invoking protection and guidance of Jupiter can assist in sensible actions to limit a personal carbon footprint, albeit Jupiter is a planet of mass, expansion and has a corpulent frame! We take to the higher function and capacity of Jupiter, para vidya.
Daily, routine actions we might take up to reduce our carbon footprint are, among others,
- Hang out the washing instead of tumble drying. Hanging the washing out instead of using the tumble drier will save about 153kg CO2 a year
- Turn down the heating by 1°C – Reducing your heating by 1⁰C can reduce your energy consumption by 8%. For an average household gas bill of 12,500kWh this will reduce your CO2 emissions by 184kg
- Only fill the kettle & boil with the amount of water you need. Only boiling the amount of water for your hot drink will save 72kg CO2 a year.
- Spend less time in the shower. Spending 1 minute less in the shower can save 23kg CO2 (based on one shower a day and a 9kW shower).
- Turn electrical equipment off when not in use. Fully turn off just one LCD TV (rather than leaving it on standby) for 18 hours a day will save about 5kg CO2 a year.Turn off all other electrical equipment when not in use to multiply the savings.
Travel less and travel more carbon footprint friendly
The following is a list of items that may take an initial investment, but should pay for themselves through savings on your energy bills.
- Car share to work, or for the kids school run
- Use the bus or a train rather than your car
- For short journeys either walk or cycle
- Try to reduce the number of flights you take
- See if your employer will allow you to work from home one day a week
- Next time you replace your car – make sure you choose a low emission vehicle. If you have the budget, consider getting a hybrid or full electric car.
- When staying in a hotel – turn the lights and air-conditioning off when you leave your hotel room, and ask for your room towels to be washed every other day, rather than every day
The Fifth House
We began by speaking of the Fifth House and how it is representative of children, pleasures and luxuries. It is also the residence of emotional stability, communal harmony, and action has to be taken to assure the masses – including the aged on pensions – that they will continue to have their basic, important energy needs met, by way of winter heating, and summer cooling. This ensures communal harmony and cooperation which leads to personal transformation and implementation of a personal carbon footprint. Jupiter as karaka of para vidya is also karaka of following dharma, the way of life that ensures the highest form of true humanness is available to one and all, in the now and in the foreseeable future with renewable power sources and increased demands. For example, Jupiter as karaka of dharma is behind the global alliance for clean cookstoves. This is just one simple example of how a critical, worldwide issue related to future energy can be gifted by the action of Jupiter.
Jupiter as karaka of dharma is behind the global alliance for clean cookstoves