Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ruthlessness, Relentlessness, and a Willingness to Play Hardball When Necessary: Some Light-hearted Themes for January 2018

Venus and the Sun come together in exterior conjunction at 18 degrees Capricorn on January 8, and these bodies are also conjunct transformative powerhouse Pluto (exact Jan. 9).

We're shedding some old layers and priorities now, streamlining operations, powering through, and securing new position within social and professional frameworks that will provide the best long-term return on our investments of talent, work ethic, experience, and energy.

This is a powerful time to "set yourself up" in some way - professionally, socially, financially, or maybe all three. There's some alchemical shifting underway in the structural set-ups, some possible movement, some room for advancement. 

Certain scenarios have come to their natural conclusions (hopefully without any ugly scenes), signified by the Sun and Venus conjunct the dwarf planet related to death and endings (Pluto). The natural turning over of the soil here provides openings and opportunities - but ones that must be taken on with serious consideration for our energy reserves and available resources.

The Sun-Venus-Pluto conjunction at 18/19 Capricorn is sextile Mars-Jupiter in energy-conscious Scorpio (exact January 9), and each step of the way, we have to be asking ourselves: Is this worth the investment of time, energy, skills, work, talent, and emotional/psychological space? Am I receiving a reciprocal amount of benefit if I take on new position or new responsibilities?

If not, some intricate restructuring is required. 

Capricorn is a sign of personal ambitions, but we can't let our ambitions and desire for status foolishly out-strip our energy reserves or resources. We have to be very cautious on that front. Things are quite stretched.

With Pluto a little over halfway through its transit of Capricorn, exposing the yuck in the structural frameworks and institutions of Planet Earth, there are plenty of bad deals and shoddy situations to avoid at this time. Circumstances require shrewdness. Actually, let's take that up a notch - circumstances require ruthlessness, relentlessness, and a willingness to play hardball if necessary as we take full control of ourselves and our affairs.

We may be working with some "No More Mr. Nice Guy" situations.

If there is an area of life or self that needs to come more fully under your control, take the reins under these astrological energies and work on it. 

If there is an area of life that is sapping you of energy or strength, focus on making immediate changes, extricating yourself from problematic dynamics, obligations, or relational dynamics. There is powerful Plutonic support for this now.

There is also the need to be shrewd about collective circumstances. The authoritarian and hierarchical power structures, as dominant paradigm on Planet Earth, are built on unequal and ultimately detrimental dynamics of energy exchange.

Those on the "lower rungs" of the hierarchy are rarely compensated for their full energetic expenditures (and pretty well all common folk are considered to be on the lower rungs), leaving them at a chronic deficit. Their extra energy is used to reinforce others higher up the pyramid scheme in more luxurious, comfortable, and financially-lucrative positions.

People in the middle or upper-middle classes are often somewhat insulated from the worst of these unequal energy exchanges (unless they are of a nature that will not allow these types of monied blinders), but the poor and working classes do not have the luxury of that insulation. The brutal, Pluto-laid-bare reality is a constant. 

Working with this underlying energetic reality (most often hidden or denied), with its energy-draining dynamics built right into the system, can be quite a complex and challenging process.

We are also working with the energetic demands we make of other people, particularly when coming from a "higher rung" position. We're working with our own personal spheres of influence and power to create more equitable circumstances and energy exchanges.

We have to look at our time and also our psychological space as being valuable. Taking on new responsibilities means more on our minds, more to think about, more to follow us home at night. This all has to be taken into consideration as communication and intelligence planet Mercury moves to its third exact conjunction to Saturn at 2 degrees Capricorn on January 12. 

With all this Capricorn energy, professional progress is indicated. But positions that look like upgrades on paper may turn out not to be. 

An example of this would be: going from being a server at a restaurant to managing the restaurant. There is some increased societal prestige in taking on the title and role of Manager over lowly server. (I've been a lowly server many times in my life, so that is said tongue-in-cheek.) But managers often don't make anywhere near the tips that servers do. So in the end, being the Manager could mean a whole heaping helping of new responsibility (with a moderate increase in salary or wage) for less overall lucre than the lowly server position.

The best case scenario is that we employ the Scorpio-Capricorn sextile energy to suss out raw deals disguised as promotions ahead of time (in every aspect of life) before we've committed ourselves to a position that will be untenable over the long term.

There is a theme of tough negotiating, of holding out for what's right, leveraging whatever power we hold to create Aquarian win-win scenarios, rather than simply taking our places within dysfunctional structures and dynamics. 

Mercury leaves a fairly stressful holiday retrograde period behind (as well as the sign of its detriment) when it enters Capricorn on January 10 (9:09 p.m. PST). Mercury joins the Sun, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto in the sign, forming a five-body stellium in Capricorn which then becomes a six-body stellium when the Moon enters Capricorn January 14 - 17.

We experience a powerful 26-degree Capricorn New Moon on January 16 within that six-planet stellium.

The New Moon follows potentially-turbulent square aspects between Venus in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries (January 13) and the Sun in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries (January 14), indicating the potential for some new-era structural changes, required for energetic survival, which then cause some degree of friction or upheaval in "the way things are done." 

In the 28-day lunar month that follows the Capricorn New Moon, we're propelled into: new protocols, new rules, new position, new authority, new priorities, new long-term goals, new business practises, and a new sense of control over ourselves and our affairs. The house where 26 Capricorn falls in your natal (and Secondary Progressed) charts indicates the areas where these new openings and themes will be most prevalent.

Intuitively suss out the next moves to make, and then make them...like a boss! Would Capricorn have it any other way? 

These are natural openings we're seeking, natural "next steps," not situations that are forced out of frustration or a desire to relieve ourselves of responsibility. We need the universe's magic behind us now. Our personal ambitions have to be aligned with the will of the universe as far as the structural changes that need to come about. 

With Mercury coming together in its last conjunction with Saturn in Capricorn (within orb until January 20), ideas may be coming together in some nicely concrete ways. We may see a direct path to take as we work to achieve new goals. We may receive some type of professional recognition or recognition for our ideas. 

At the same time, there could be some self-doubt rearing its ugly head, and we may wonder if we are ultimately up to the task. (Considering the general circumstances on this planet, could you blame us?)

Be confident that your body of work and your experience will carry you to the next echelon. So long as you're willing to work your way up the mountain in a mature and level-headed fashion, you got this.

The Capricorn stellium starts to break up when Venus and then the Sun enter Aquarius on January 17 and 19 respectively.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Some Astrological Back-up as Mars Meets Jupiter in Scorpio

Action, aggression, and desire planet, Mars, forms its one and only exact conjunction to Jupiter in Scorpio on January 6 (4:39 p.m. PST), and we're required to put some of our hard-won, deep-down knowledge and wisdom into action.

"The year-long transit of Jupiter through Scorpio brings benefit when we successfully draw on
the wisdom we've gleaned and the experience we've gathered from the more difficult and
arduous events of our lives...

"[Themes] may become particularly heated in late December 2017 and early January
2018 as transiting Mars forms its one and only conjunction to Jupiter in Scorpio, exact January 6 at 17 degrees. This potentially-inflammatory Mars-Jupiter conjunction may require us to actively reinforce new lines in the sand with others. We may have to fight (Mars) to get beneath the surface artifice to the true story. There is the potential for some aggression around the time of this conjunction, which could include some underhanded moves. Employ the X-Ray vision-wisdom to stay on top of the proceedings."

As astrological back-up, I'm offering a duo of articles on the Jupiter in Scorpio transit for a special price. (Please note: people who were patrons at the time that the articles were published have already received them.)

These are both substantial articles, offering insight into the transit of Jupiter through Scorpio, which lasts until November 2018.


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"Jupiter in Scorpio: Wisdom Drawn from the Still Depths of the Soul" - the main Willow's Web Astrology article for the Jupiter in Scorpio transit, originally published September 15, 2017 with themes extending to November 2018

"Jupiter in Scorpio and Successfully Updating the Expression of Scorpio for the Aquarian Era" - originally published October 17, 2017

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Moderating The Urge to Let Fly As Mercury Stations Direct in Sagittarius


Communication and intelligence planet Mercury is about to go direct (December 22 at 5:51 p.m. PST) in the sign of its detriment (Sagittarius) in square aspect to foggy Neptune in Pisces, and oh goodness, people are going to want to let fly. 

There are some pent-up things on our minds, being held (for now) on the tips of our tongues. There are some blazing truths we're just itching to lay down in the most dramatic and effective ways possible. We're pretty well ready to give the whole damned planet a piece of our mind.

Pow! 

This urge is exacerbated by an applying conjunction between war planet Mars and truth-related Jupiter, both transiting Scorpio. The exact Mars-Jupiter conjunction occurs January 6, 2018 at 17 degrees, and there is pressure building as far as ripping the lid off the underlying (and often intolerable) reality of things.

But with Mercury conjunctions to moderate Saturn still fresh in our minds - exact November 27 and December 6, moving to a final one January 12 - we might just think better of this. We might decide to take some time before speaking or communicating. We might express our fiery-potent truth in a more moderate, responsible, or purposeful way. We might find new places to apply our powerful perspectives, ones that will provide more substantial public positioning for long-term success and influence.

Basically, it's a marathon, not a sprint. 

Sagittarius isn't known as the most patient sign, however, and Mercury isn't known as the most patient planet. 

With Mercury stationing direct in Sagittarius, a sign the messenger isn't very comfortable in, there's a higher likelihood that we will be a little unintentionally blundering in our communication styles. Verbally stepping on a few toes. Inadvertently insulting people with an innocent, offhand comment or observation. General foot-in-mouth tendencies. Potentially a little obtuse as far as the effect our words and perspectives have on others.

Consciously reining things in a little and working to say things as precisely as possible are helpful tactics. 

The Mercury in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces indicates some collectively-karmic conversation, exchanges, and information flow. Mercurial connections and interactions have an element of "divine dispersion" involved now that is somewhat out of our control. Certain words/ideas/concepts/information are going to be dispersed through us and through our exchanges in order to reach their targets. It's up to us to lay it down as succinctly as possible and then to let it go.

Remember: with the energy of an extended Mercury-Black Moon Lilith conjunction in Sagittarius still in strong effect, conversations and written or verbal exchanges can be quite loaded. Words are more powerful (and potentially inflammatory) than usual and can hang in the air.

Certain subjects are like quicksand. Crystallized rhetoric combined with charged emotions could drag us into exhausting back-and-forth and round-and-round exchanges that get us nowhere. 

We don't want any "I wish I could take that back" scenarios unfolding here because, under these energies, the fallout from certain exchanges letting people know how you really think about it all! could literally last for years. (So no ugly holiday scenes, even if your tongue has teeth marks in it from biting it so much...)

With Mercury somewhat frustrated in Sagittarius until entering Capricorn on January 10 (combined with that Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio), many will be looking to unload verbally and will take pretty much any excuse to do so. We're going to have to duck and weave a little to avoid becoming verbal dumping grounds. Don't inadvertently provide a soapbox. Manage your emotional reactions so that you don't get drawn into a big old waste of time and energy masquerading as a conversation or discussion.

Understand, as Mercury makes this uncomfortable station in this uncomfortable sign in this uncomfortable square to Neptune, that we're all a bit mentally raw. We're all a little overwhelmed. We're all sick of the bullshit we see going on all around us, every day. 

Hold people accountable for their stuff, but ultimately, keep your gaze where it belongs - on the corrupt and hierarchical power structures and the power players pulling strings within those structures. Don't blame each other or humanity as a whole for the socially-engineered Hell being intentionally brought down upon us by the inhumane power web that has taken hold on Planet Earth.

Each truth plays its part in the greater whole. Say what you need to say, but don't get hung up on the results or the effects of that expression. That's not up to you. The universe will pick up your words and give them the wings they need, mysteriously and miraculously ensuring that your blazing arrows of truth reach their rightful targets. 

Mercury enters Capricorn on January 10 at 9:09 p.m.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Become a WWA Patron; Get Good Stuff.

I'm not trying to sell you on this, but now is a really banging time to become a Willow's Web Astrology patron.

All new patrons will receive the most recent patron article, "The Saturn in Capricorn Transit is Kicked Off With a Six-Planet Stellium," a super juicy number covering themes for the upcoming Capricorn stellium, as well as a stellium in Aquarius in 2021.

Until December 31, 2017, new patrons will also receive the main Saturn in Capricorn article, "Saturn in Capricorn: An Astrological Overview for Long-Term Strategic Planning," as a bonus. This article is 7,000+ words and intensively covers the aspects and challenges of the three-year Saturn in Capricorn transit.

So until the end of 2017, new patrons receive two very substantial patron articles right off the bat ($22.50 purchased separately), both of which provide an astrological view that carries us forward over the next few years on Planet Earth. 

I'm also coming up on the 10-year anniversary for this site in February, and there will likely be a fun draw or two for the patrons in celebration of that and to thank them for their support. New patrons would have a chance to enter draws for nice WWA products, also.  

Please understand that nothing on this blog is free. It all takes time, energy, and effort to craft. It draws on tens of thousands of hours of education, study, experience, and observation over 20 years in the fields of sociology, journalism, media, astrology, metaphysics, activism, natural health, and others.

Writing is work. Journalism is work. Astrology is work. Activism is work. 

It's all work. Not a hobby. Not a charity. Not a fun and entertaining past-time. 

Patronage allows me to post more "free" content on the blog throughout the year, and it also allows me to continue with activist/journalist efforts, which, while unpaid, are important and very energy-consuming.

As newspapers are closed and mainstream media becomes consolidated by and filtered through fewer and fewer people/corporations, independent sites like Willow's Web Astrology are important for the type of soulful reporting and laying-bare-of-truth via the astrological framework that you will not find elsewhere.

As mentioned, I'm coming up on my 10-year anniversary for this site in February 2018. If you've been reading here over the years and finding valuable insight and perspective, please consider becoming a patron. You will not only have access to highly juicy patron articles (I had to go rogue to get the photographs for the last article!), you will be providing value in return for value you have received. A fair exchange.

I can't guarantee how much work I will be able to offer for "free" on the blog in this new year, but patronage does help me to continue doing this work amidst the challenging conditions of the times. 

You can become a patron for as little as 35 bucks per year. This is in Canuck funds, so that will be around $28 US. (I'm not sure of currency conversion rates for other currencies, but let's hope the Canadian dollar is weak in the face of your own towering currency!)




Happy Solstice 2017, WWA readers, patrons, and customers! Keep on keeping on with your fine selves. 

 

 


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Jupiter in Scorpio: Wisdom Drawn from the Still Depths of the Soul 
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

That Black, Black, Black Moon Truth

Bringing more beauty to this world and to my life!

I was part of an art market recently, and the brilliant awesomeness of Aryelle Attridge-Weeks from two tables away was near-blinding! Lucky for me, she is not as scared of other humans as I am (or she fakes it nicely). She suggested an art trade, and she also enjoys cow photos! Perfect. I'm delighted to have her gorgeous watercolour print on my wall. She worked previously as a tattoo apprentice and I love the combination of tattoo culture and fine art.

You can find more from artist, youth worker, social work student, and general fabulous human being, Aryelle Attridge-Weeks at her Instagram page. Prints are $25 each (CND) + shipping. Many to choose from. Contact info and email money transfers to:
littlemurdermaid@gmail.com



Yesterday was the eight-year anniversary of me being poisoned by the fluoroquinolone antibiotic Cipro. There's not a day that goes by that I do not experience some sort of pain, dysfunction, discomfort, or emotional/psychological horror directly caused by this drug.

I was mis-prescribed the terribly dangerous Ciprofloxacin in late 2009 for a very minor urinary tract infection and was never given any warning about the potential side effects, despite a Black Box Warning about tendon rupture that already existed on the drug. The Black Box Warnings did not trickle down to prescribing physicians, and most of the people describing the damage done to us by fluoroquinolone antibiotics have not been believed by the medical establishment.

In light of the current "dark truth-telling" themes with Mercury retrograde conjunct Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, I thought I would interject a little Black Moon-style truth into the following articles, pulled from mainstream media sites. (Bold All Caps, just to be uber punk rock/stereotypical internet activisty...heh)


"The Fascists Got Me With Fluoride Pills" would make a good folk-punk song...


From a July 26, 2016 article by Maggie Fox, "FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics":

"The Food and Drug Administration strengthened the warnings about one type of antibiotic Tuesday, saying they’re too strong (STRONG = "POTENTIALLY DEADLY OR PERMANENTLY DEBILITATING") to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections.

(EXCEPT HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY DAMAGED, DEBILITATED, OR DISABLED EVEN SINCE THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BECAUSE FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTICS WERE PRESCRIBED AND DISPENSED AS JUST THAT - FIRST LINE ANTIBIOTICS FOR MINOR INFECTIONS? THEY'VE BEEN PRESCRIBED AND DISPENSED LIKE THIS FOR DECADES NOW WITH DOCTORS DENYING OUR STORIES ABOUT THE DEBILITATION. THIS DAMAGE WAS KNOWN ABOUT FOR DECADES, AND THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT KEPT DOLING THESE DRUGS OUT WITHOUT WARNING!)

The drugs are in a class called fluoroquinolones and include levofloxacin (as known as Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro). They can cause serious and sometimes permanent side-effects. (A LAUNDRY LIST OF MORE THAN 50 SYMPTOMS, SOME EXTREME/TERRIFYING, MANY LIFE-THREATENING. THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THESE DRUGS WILL SHORTEN THE LIVES OF MANY OF THEIR VICTIMS.)

“While these drugs are effective in treating serious bacterial infections, an FDA safety review found that both oral and injectable fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system,” the agency said in a statement.

“These side effects can occur hours to weeks after exposure to fluoroquinolones and may potentially be permanent.”

The drugs are worthwhile to use for potentially fatal infections such as plague, anthrax and some types of bacterial pneumonia but not for the more minor stuff, FDA added.

(WHICH IS EXACTLY THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE FOR WHICH EX-NAZI BAYER CORPORATION MANUFACTURED CIPRO - WARDING OFF ANTHRAX ATTACKS IN SOLDIERS! THESE ARE MILITARY GRADE ANTIBIOTICS. BAYER, JOHNSON&JOHNSON, AND OTHER PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATIONS MADE FAT STACKS OF CASH BY PASSING THEM OFF AS SUITABLE FOR MINOR INFECTIONS, KNOWINGLY KILLING AND INJURING PEOPLE FOR DECADES WITH UNNECESSARY PRESCRIPTIONS OF THEIR DRUGS.)

“FDA-approved fluoroquinolones include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets, moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin and gemifloxacin (Factive),” the statement said.

“The labeling changes include an updated Boxed Warning and revisions to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label about the risk of disabling and potentially irreversible adverse reactions that can occur together.”"

(THERE WERE ALREADY TWO BLACK BOX WARNINGS ON CIPRO, EVEN AS THEY CONTINUED TO BE DOLED OUT LIBERALLY BY THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT. I WAS NEVER WARNED ABOUT THESE SIDE EFFECTS WHEN I WAS GIVEN CIPRO (A COMMON STORY), DESPITE THE FACT THAT A BLACK BOX WARNING ABOUT TENDON RUPTURE WAS ALREADY ON THE DRUG. THE SECOND BLACK BOX WARNING IS ABOUT PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY, A STATE OF NERVE INFLAMMATION AND CONSTANT PAIN CAUSED BY THE DRUG, SOMETIMES PERMANENT. REGARDLESS OF THESE HORRIFYING BLACK BOX WARNINGS, THESE DRUGS WERE HANDED OUT LIKE CHICKLETS AND MORE THAN LIKELY STILL ARE, DESPITE THE "STRENGTHENED WARNINGS." PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SCREAMING ABOUT THESE SYMPTOMS, ABOUT THIS PHARMACEUTICALS POISONING, FOR DECADES. OF COURSE BAYER WAS AWARE OF IT. JOHNSON&JOHNSON WAS AWARE OF IT. THEY JUST DIDN'T CARE BECAUSE CARING CUTS INTO THE PROFIT MARGIN. $$$$$$)


From a January 27, 2017 article by Michelle Llamas, "Canada Expands Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Warning":

"Health Canada linked antibiotics called fluoroquinolones to a wide range of disabling side effects and wants manufacturers to update medication labels, CBC News reported.

The action by Health Canada follows safety communications by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advising health care professionals to only use antibiotics such as Cipro, Avelox and Levaquin as a last resort because the risks may outweigh the benefits.

(SO HEALTH CANADA ADDED THESE WARNINGS ONLY AFTER THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION DID SO IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS SHOWS THE LOCK-STEP GLOBAL PHARMACEUTICALS CARTEL IN ACTION. NO COUNTRY DARE CREATE RULES, LIMITATIONS, OR LAWS AGAINST A PHARMACEUTICAL UNLESS IT IS TOLD TO, TOP-DOWN. OF COURSE HEALTH CANADA WAS AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM YEARS OR EVEN DECADES BEFORE THESE WARNINGS WERE ADDED.)

A Summary Safety Review published by Health Canada on Jan 23 identified reports of persistent and disabling side effects. These side effects include tendonitis/tendinopathy, peripheral neuropathy and central nervous system disorders.

In addition to these side effects, Health Canada reviewed reports of known side effects linked to fluoroquinolones, such as:

  • Worsening of myasthenia gravis (a chronic autoimmune disease)
  • Hypersensitivity and serious skin reactions
  • Mental disorders
  • Depression and suicide/self-injury
  • Convulsions (seizure)
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Phototoxicity (light sensitivity)
  • Vision disorders
The Canadian agency said it would continue to monitor the safety of these drugs. (THESE DRUGS ARE NOT SAFE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM UNLESS IT IS A LIFE-AND-DEATH SITUATION, AND EVEN THEN, TAKING THEM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY.) It is currently working with the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) to conduct additional studies.

“Health Canada recommended that the safety information for all fluoroquinolone products be updated to include information about this rare but serious risk,” the agency said in its Summary Safety Review.

(SEVERE DAMAGE DONE TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE IS NOT "RARE." BUT THIS IS THE TYPE OF BRAINWASHING USED BY THE CURRENT SCIENTIFIC PARADIGM - IF IT HAPPENS TO ONLY 1% OR 2% OF PEOPLE, IT'S CONSIDERED NO BIG DEAL, AN ANOMALY. BELIEVE ME - IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS IN THE 1 OR 2%, IT IS FAR TOO GREAT A RISK TO TAKE WHEN MUCH SAFER ANTIBIOTICS COULD AND SHOULD BE PRESCRIBED. WHEN YOU'RE DOLING THIS STUFF OUT TO LITERALLY BILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE OVER THE COURSE OF DECADES...1 OR 2 % ADDS UP QUICKLY.)

“Health Canada is working with manufacturers to update the safety information of all systemic (taken by mouth or by injection) fluoroquinolone products marketed in Canada.”

FDA Linked Drugs to ‘Permanent, Disabling Side Effects’

About 26 million Americans take a fluoroquinolone antibiotic each year. Because they treat a wide variety of infections from sinus infections to anthrax, prescriptions skyrocketed over the past several years.

(AGAIN, "PRESCRIPTIONS SKYROCKETED" SO THAT THE MAKERS OF FLUOROQUINOLONES COULD CASH IN FOR ONE LAST HURRAH. "PRESCRIPTIONS SKYROCKETED" WHILE THE REGULATORY BODIES KNEW FULL WELL WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGE THESE DRUGS WERE CAUSING. AND THESE DRUGS ARE STILL BEING SO WIDELY MIS-PRESCRIBED THAT IT'S MIND-BOGGLING.)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates doctors write about half the prescriptions in the U.S. for viral conditions such as the flu or a cold, the Washington Post reported. These illnesses do not respond to antibiotics. (PHARMACEUTICALS-DRIVEN MEDICINE - A TERRIFYING, INSANE, AND INEFFECTIVE THING)

In July 2016, the FDA approved drug label changes to warn of “disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections.”

According to the FDA, the disabling side effects involve “tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system.” The agency warns “these side effects can occur hours to weeks after exposure to fluoroquinolones and may potentially be permanent.”

(ACTUALLY, NO, THEY CAN OCCUR YEARS AFTER EXPOSURE TO FLUOROQUINOLONES. PEOPLE CAN ALSO USE FLUOROQUINOLONES WITH NO REACTION FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE AN ADVERSE REACTION IS EXPERIENCED. THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OFTEN WORSENS THE REACTION.)

The latest studies on fluoroquinolones link them to dangerous aortic aneurysms (ruptures) and aortic dissections (tears). Researchers suspect the drugs break down the body’s collagen, a substance that makes up tendons and the lining of the aorta.

One 2015 JAMA study found a two-fold increase in risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection. Another in BMJ found a three-fold increase in risk of aortic aneurysm.

Thousands of Adverse Events and Lawsuits

RxISK.org, an independent site run by researchers, combed the FDA’s data over the course of 10 years. It found 80,000 adverse drug reactions possibly associated with Levaquin and generic levofloxacin, including 1,000 deaths. For Cipro and generic ciprofloxacin, the total was 79,000 adverse events including 1,700 deaths.

(CONSIDERING THAT ONLY AN ESTIMATED 10% OF ALL ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS ARE REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES, AND THESE STATISTICS ARE FOR THE UNITED STATES ALONE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS AND MILLIONS OF ADVERSE REACTIONS - MANY PERMANENT - HAVE BEEN CAUSED WORLDWIDE BY THE MANY DIFFERENT BRAND NAMES OF FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTICS.)

Thousands of patients document their fluoroquinolone injuries across the internet on patient forums. Some filed lawsuits, claiming drugmakers failed to warn about serious side effects.

At one time, Johnson&johnson faced several thousand lawsuits over Levaquin. Some are still pending before Judge John R. Tunheim in Minnesota. A separate multidistrict litigation for other fluoroquinolones — also before Judge Tunheim — currently has more than 700 lawsuits. 

(THE BLACK MOON LILITH IN SAGITTARIUS MORAL OF THE STORY: WHETHER THESE CORPORATIONS/GOVERNMENTAL REGULATORY BODIES REALLY ARE DRIVEN STRICTLY BY MONEY AND GREED, OR WHETHER THIS IS PART OF AN INTENTIONAL DEPOPULATION SCHEME, THE PHARMACEUTICALS-DRIVEN MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT HAS GONE PLUMB INSANE.)



All WWA "Cipro is Evil" articles

 

"Pluto Stationing Retrograde in Capricorn: From Millions Against Monsanto to Billions Against Bayer" from April 13, 2017


A companion YouTube video: Billions Against Bayer-Monsanto April 28, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius: Know What You Believe, and Believe in What You Know

Look at that face! 
Photos: Willow


Mercury retrograde December 2 - 22, 2017, from 29 degrees to 13 degrees Sagittarius

Communication planet Mercury has just stationed retrograde (December 2) on the potent anaretic (29th) degree of truth-telling Sagittarius in close conjunction to Saturn and Black Moon Lilith.

This indicates that we're receiving some mental processing time, some final integration of truth and understanding we've been gathering throughout the entire Saturn in Sagittarius transit (December 2014 - December 2017). 

With the strong influence of Black Moon Lilith on the Mercury retrograde process, this truth and understanding may have some dark elements or difficult angles.

Certain truths - about ourselves, about our world, and about our places in that world - are sinking in here, and we'll ultimately be shored up, supported, and validated (Saturn) in that truth.

With the strong influence of Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, some of the truth requiring full integration now is a little difficult to swallow. Some of the truth and understanding we carry - and that we are being called on to share in the world - may be difficult for others (or ourselves) to accept. Sharing what we know may bring us into frictional contact with others and with the society around us. It may put us at odds with accepted consensus reality. So there is an element of drawing on our deepest faith and also on our sense of duty and responsibility. These are things that can fortify us in challenging messenger roles. 

The information and perspective we are being called on to share may involve truth that the mainstream society refuses or even violently rejects. This may be truth - deep, dark, and concentrated - that society will do almost anything to deny, silence, or stuff down.

Under these placements, our voices, our words, may unintentionally trigger others, especially those of a more establishment-friendly perspective (even alternative-establishment).

This Mercury retrograde brings some final perspective on the last three years of our lives.

We're in the final stages of fully accepting ourselves and our places in the world - including the marginalized, ostracized, or opposed aspects of our experiences (Black Moon Lilith). We're in the final stages of structuring our lives according to our own truth and guiding philosophies, even when that brings us into frictional contact with the rest of society. We're making a firm and resolute commitment to making decisions based in the ultimate authority (Saturn) of our own wisdom and knowledge (Sagittarius), even when that makes us a contentious or controversial character (Black Moon Lilith).

It's our responsibility (Saturn) to share what we know (Sagittarius) if that knowledge is needed in this world. It's our responsibility to live by our beliefs and by our truth, even when that is not an easy thing to do, even when it inconveniences us or sets us apart. 

The world needs truth-laid-bare now. It's desperate for it, starving for it.

The world needs people who are willing to live by natural ways, by natural rhythms. 

It needs people willing to supercede "the way things are" with their own methods when things have gone off the rails, as they have in so many cases. 


The world needs people who are willing to apply the sage truth, knowledge, and wisdom that have sustained us through the ages, through all manner of corruption and violence, through brutally harsh and hard times.

The world is crying out for the blazing arrows of Sagittarian truth, penetrating the intentionally-manufactured artifice and falsity that threaten to choke us out.

This may be quiet wisdom, unassuming, low key. But it's willing to say its piece when necessary. And it's necessary now. 

With this Mercury retrograde in the sign of its detriment, Sagittarius, we're being given some time to put words to our truth, to verbally express aspects of who we are and what we believe that might be difficult to sum up in everyday conversation. We're wrapping our minds around just what it is we believe, and we're finding ways to make it understood by others.

As Mercury moves back and forth over conjunctions to Saturn (exact November 27 and December 6 in late Sagittarius with a third and final conjunction at 2 degrees Capricorn on January 12, 2018), we are being placed in solidified positions from which to share our truth, from which to express the knowledge and understanding we've come to, in particular, over the past three years. 

Allow yourself to be positioned in this place of truth. We need people speaking and living from that place. We need your voice, clear and true, speaking your own quiet wisdom in the craziness of these times.

You can expect concrete opportunities (Saturn) to share what you know as Mercury does its retrograde thing in Sagittarius. But we also need to recognize the instances when it is not in our best interests to share our truth. We are all quite energetically stretched at this point in the proceedings on Planet Earth. There is only so much truth-telling energy to go around, especially considering the exhausting opposition, misinformation, and collective mind control that must so often be battled. 

With the cautionary and restrictive influence of Saturn on our sometimes-loose-lipped messenger planet, there are times when it's best to just keep it zipped. There are times when staying silent is a protective thing, when it keeps precious knowledge and information out of the wrong minds. There are times when we're just too tired (Saturn) to struggle with it, and that's OK.

Creating and maintaining public platforms from which to share the knowledge we carry require a lot of time, effort, and energy. Not all avenues are worth our while, especially if they're thick with opposition, rhetoric, and social friction. Fighting to have our voices heard may not be the best use of our (limited) energy and resources.

So we are also determining, during this Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, when to withhold our knowledge and wisdom, when to protect it from the fray, which might trample, pillage, or devalue it.

The Mercury-Saturn conjunctions indicate a time of particular mental (Mercury) fatigue (Saturn) between November 27, 2017 and January 12, 2018. Keep this in mind when interacting with others, and keep your demands on them as streamlined and reasonable as possible. This especially goes for people in Mercurial jobs like postal workers, mail carriers, couriers, retail employees, call centre workers, and others who have an intensely busy time each year in December. Avoid mental overload in yourself, and do what you can not to burden others.

We're reading the air and the emotional climate. Under an extended Black Moon Lilith-Mercury Rx conjunction in Sagittarius, words/perspectives can be quite triggering. We can catch an edge quite easily which may then escalate into a full-on, raging philosophical battle. Religious, beliefs-based, and cultural differences could be particularly incendiary. 

At the same time, many of the aspects ahead indicate cosmic and social support for us, positioned in our own truth, sharing precious wisdom with a world so desperately in need of it.

The world needs this truth. It's just a bit dicey to get it out there. So we are perhaps looking for the smaller and more low-key openings, for the avenues that provide an "open shot." We're looking to launch those necessary blazing arrows and then retreat to the safety of the shadows, to the safety of our own sanctioned positions.

For those who still have a working connection to their own soul, truth has a certain undeniable energy. This energy will reach the people it's meant to reach. It will worm its way in somehow. It will penetrate complex layers of artifice, even if this takes some time (Saturn).

During this Mercury retrograde, we may be coming into contact with the results of previous truth-telling efforts. We may see certain truths finally sinking in in the collective. We may see people applying wiser and more mature methods.  

Mercury Rx in Sagittarius will back into a second exact conjunction to Saturn on December 6, and on the same day, action planet Mars at 28 degrees Libra will form supportive sextile aspects to both Mercury and Saturn at 28 degrees Sagittarius. This indicates a social push or impetus to be who you are and to speak what you know. Again, there is a bit of an edge to this, to sharing your truth in a world so unaccustomed to dealing in the genuine, but this edge is also what propels you forward. Working with this edge brings new energy and new avenues for advancement. Mars in Libra sextile Mercury Rx in Sagittarius indicates the courage required within the social/relational realms to be true to yourself and to what you know. 

Mercury Rx in Sagittarius will then form a flowing trine to Uranus Rx in Aries on December 10, indicating new position within a community of people that accepts who you are and what you have to say. And if that community hasn't fully materialized? This also indicates the ability to stand on your own two feet in your own truth whenever necessary. It indicates a long-range vision and perspective that can sustain us even when we have to stand apart from the crowd. (Likely a near-constant condition for many WWA readers!)

The Sun and Mercury Rx form their interior conjunction on December 12 at 20 degrees Sagittarius, and this is followed by a Mercury Rx-Venus conjunction at 17 degrees Sagittarius on December 15. Black Moon Lilith will also be forming tight conjunctions to the Sun, Mercury Rx, and Venus in Sagittarius at this time. This indicates a stretch of time between December 12 and 15 when powerful and perhaps unsettling truths/perspectives are circulating.

Mercury will go direct at 13 degrees Sagittarius on December 22, allowing us to interact from a newly shored-up and solidified position, which may include new public platforms from which to share what we know and what we understand.

Saturn enters Capricorn on December 19, and we enter a period of three years when we are required to put what we know and what we understand into concrete practise. We're required to be large-and-in-charge of what we know, and we're required to build our truth right into the structures and rules of our lives. 

Mercury direct will catch up to Saturn, newly in Capricorn, on January 12, 2018, forming a conjunction at 2 degrees of the sign. We're officially looking forward, looking for concrete opportunities to live by our own beliefs, by our own truth, and by our own philosophies. 

Whatever we commit ourselves to from this point forward must be rooted in this - in the ultimate truth we have come to during the three-year Saturn in Sagittarius transit. 

As Mercury and Saturn come together in early Capricorn, people need to know what they believe because choices and decisions made from here will have long-reaching and long-term effects.

Know what you believe, and believe in what you know.

A commitment of time, effort, and energy is on its way, and this commitment must be made with full knowledge and awareness. 

Your knowledge and wisdom - shared at the right times, in the right ways - can help others to avoid missteps and wrong turns that could swallow up years of their lives. Understand your power now. Understand the power of your authentic voice. Gather your courage. You are a beacon of what is right and true. Stand strong in that.  


Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Saturn in Capricorn Transit is Kicked Off With a Six-Planet Stellium



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A previous article with similar themes from December 31, 2011: "Sun Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: The Awareness of How Deep it Really Goes Is Lit Up This NYE"

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Saturn in Late Sage Squares the Wounded Healer: We Shall Exhibit Reckless Glee About the Hardness of This Life!


As Saturn completes its transit of the sign of the centaur in a loosening square (as of November 2) to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces, we're channeling the buoyant and insouciant spirit of Sagittarius in the face of all difficulties. 

We shall exhibit reckless glee about the hardness of this life!

How hilariously difficult this human existence can be! How humourously impossible the collective conditions in which we find ourselves! You want us to untie which knots? And they have been knotted tight for how long now?

You really do have to laugh a little about it all, don't you? 

Illuminati Hollywood itself couldn't have come up with a grander or more complex collective clusterfuck for us to navigate!

Luckily for us, Sagittarius is a highly humourous sign. It can find the amusing zest and zeal in almost any situation. So as no-nonsense Saturn has been transiting the sign (since December 24, 2014), we have been challenged to apply this Sagittarian humour and zest for life within even the most sombre and trying of circumstances.

(And I hope, wonderful readers, that you always perceive the (dark) humour running through this writing, as well as the inspirational and empowering intent as I cut a swath through muck and mire and nefarious shenanigans a-plenty...)

As Saturn now completes the transit of Sagittarius, entering Capricorn December 19, 2017, we're putting the final touches on this foundation of inspiration, humour, buoyancy, and high spiritedness, which will then support us and sustain us through the challenges ahead.

(And yes, friends, it appears that the Saturn in Capricorn transit within long-term conjunction to Pluto will provide plenty of opportunities to apply what we've learned as far as that Sagittarian levity...)

As Saturn has made its way through this sign of never-say-die optimism, we've worked our way into inspiring new levels of understanding (Sagittarius) about ourselves within our material realities (Saturn). 

One of the prime truths of this transit through nature-based Sagittarius is this: we knew the right way to go all along. Left to our own devices, guided by our own desire for broadened horizons, we've naturally taken the right path, forged ahead into the most meaningful of experiences, and come into the full truth of the matter all on our own. 

From a previous article about Saturn in late Sagittarius:

"We're ready for one final push toward achievement and greatness in the sign of scholarly Sagittarius, structuring our lives according to our own truth and guiding philosophies, making commitments and decisions under the ultimate authority of our own wisdom and knowledge.

Achievements in academia, medicine, law, or publishing are particularly highlighted, but again, the greatest Saturn in late Sagittarius achievement may be the commitment to living by our own truth, our own ethics, and our own philosophies, even when they are not aligned with those of the society or collective around us."

During the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius, we have been challenged to accept ourselves fully and utterly, particularly when aspects of us do not fit the standard moulds. We have been brought into a fuller understanding that those areas where we have to plant our own flags, live by our own truth, and stand in our own guidance often provide the richest of wisdom and experiences. They often provide the greatest benefit, the most colour, the grandest meaning.

As Saturn now moves through the final degrees of Sagittarius before entering Capricorn at solstice, we're required to crystallize these sage lessons.

We're required to not only accept our own truth and our own path through this life but to absolutely delight in them! To honour them! To be grateful for these truths we have come to and for this wisdom-foundation we have painstakingly put in place, even though it was hard. Sometimes too hard. 

We will need this crystallized wisdom-foundation, this deep respect for the ultimate authority of our own personal truth, and this absolute acceptance of who we are on this path that only we could carve out. We'll need this for the times ahead. 

The personal planets will soon move through Sagittarius, as well, activating the Saturn-Chiron square and providing active opportunities to cement our positions within our own truth and wisdom. 

Communication planet Mercury will transit Sagittarius November 5, 2017 to January 10, 2018, including a retrograde period December 2 - 22, 2017.

The Sun will transit Sagittarius, shining a light on these themes, from November 21 - December 21, 2017. The Sun and Moon will meet at 26 degrees Sagittarius on December 17, marking a New Moon conjunct Venus and Saturn.

Relationship planet Venus will transit Sagittarius December 1 - 24, 2017.

And finally, action planet Mars will transit Sagittarius January 26 - March 17, 2018, stirring up some of the residual themes after Saturn has entered Capricorn.

So as Saturn clicks through the last degrees of Sagittarius within square aspect to Chiron in Pisces, work on that last bit of positioning, those last points of deep and complete and utter acceptance of who and what you really are as a natural being on this planet, as a mighty and magical and sovereign entity, living under the ultimate authority of your own truth, your own path, your own ethics, your own values, your own philosophy, and your own understanding of how to make this life as meaningful as it possibly can be.

Honour those points where you don't fit, where you don't agree, where you break from the standardized rhetoric. Accept these points, but go farther than that - warm yourself with your roaring delight in them! It's the honouring of your own truth - within a society that wants you doing anything but that, within a society doing everything in its power to separate you from that - that makes you a most cherished soul, indeed.


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