In episode 333 Kent Bye of the Voices of VR Podcast joins me in the studio to talk about virtual reality and its relevance to astrology, as well as the ways in which astrologers will use and incorporate virtual worlds in the future.
During the course of the episode we talk about the history of technology, and how important turning points have historically lined up with major outer planet alignments in the past.
We also spend a bit of time talking about the future, and about some upcoming outer planet trends, and expectations about astrology and virtual reality that are coming up.
Kent wrote an article on astrology and virtual reality in 2017 for the Archai journal titled The Archetypal Cycles of Virtual Reality.
This episode was partially motivated by some of the recent discussion about the Metaverse over the past year, as well as Facebook’s announcement that it was changing its name to Meta in October when Jupiter and Saturn stationed direct in Aquarius.
Kent flew out to Denver for a couple of days to record this conversation, as well as another on artificial intelligence that will be released as an episode of The Astrology Podcast next month, and this episode ended up being a sweeping 5-hour discussion where we covered a lot of areas related to astrology and technology.
There are timestamps below so you can see all the different topics we covered.
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Timestamps for when we talked about different topics in this episode:
00:01:10 Kent’s background in astrology
00:11:25 Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1960’s and technology
00:16:30 First Virtual Reality prototype in 1968
00:18:12 Three waves of Virtual Reality
00:28:20 A century of technology diffusion
00:30:35 Outer planet transits 1880-2073
00:40:20 Embodied experience of Virtual Reality
00:44:30 The classical four elements and VR
00:47:48 Chris’ VR experience
00:51:40 Philosophical implications of VR
00:56:40 Importance of firsthand experience in astrology and VR
01:03:36 The difference between in-person and Zoom conversations
01:07:08 Philosophy of time: kairos vs. chronos
01:10:32 VR and serendipitous interactions
01:13:00 How divination works
01:16:06 AR: Augmented Reality
01:22:00 Turning point in 2012
01:27:24 History of Oculus
01:36:55 Voices of VR Podcast
01:42:52 Kent’s natal chart
01:55:10 Kent’s zodiacal releasing website
02:00:00 Oculus headset experience and Meta/Facebook
02:14:35 Outer planet transits 1951-2051
02:34:10 Jupiter-Neptune and AR
02:41:30 How astrologers can use VR in the future
03:12:50 Social aspect of VR
03:20:04 VR through the houses – 1st house
03:26:14 Second house
03:30:12 Third house
03:33:24 Fourth house
03:34:55 Fifth house
03:41:05 Sixth house
03:45:48 Seventh house
03:50:10 Eighth house
03:52:33 Ninth house
04:06:04 Tenth house
04:10:42 Eleventh house
04:13:00 Twelfth house
04:17:44 Headset Kent recommends
04:19:50 Convergence of astrology and VR
04:20:50 Wonder Bright
04:25:43 Future outer planet transits
04:44:16 How to choose VR experiences
04:46:30 Psychedelics, astrology, and VR
04:47:40 Kent’s work, Patreon, and podcast
04:52:00 Closing remarks and sponsors
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