Monday, August 25, 2014

The Age of Aquarius: a New Era of Energy Weaponry Used Against the People

A sonic weapon referred to as a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) was unleashed on a crowd of peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri by the St. Louis County Police Department in mid-August 2014.

Demonstrations and marches by citizens have been ongoing in Ferguson and across the United States in protest of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed African American boy who was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The final shot, the shot that killed Brown, was to the head. Eyewitnesses say Brown's hands were in the air and he was attempting to surrender to Wilson just before he was shot to death.

The use of this sonic weapon by police against peaceful protesters in Ferguson is just the latest assault from a new arsenal of technological weapons designed for an era of energy warfare.

The piercing tone of an LRAD can cause permanent damage and even death to those assaulted by it.

From a June 3, 2010 article, "Staying Safe in Toronto During the G20 Summit":

"From Lyn Davignon of the National Non Profit Party:

"This type of weapon disrupts the central nervous system, causes aneurisms, stroke, heart attack, blood clots, damages the eye retina causing blindness, causes permanent hearing loss, can cause permanent damage to your equilibrium (balance), and can kill anyone with a pacemaker.

In addition, it can cause structural damage to buildings...Sonic weapons have been used in Iraq by the US military. First tested at the University of Lyon, France in the 1960s, a six second blast of a 50 watt sonic weapon nearly killed the researchers...It caused structural damage to the building and was deemed to dangerous to continue testing.""

Amongst much "Age of Aquarius" rhetoric about technology being used to improve the lives of the common people, energy weapons are being rolled out and used by Global Government forces against peaceful protesters and citizens in unprecedented ways.

Aquarius is a sign associated with science and technology. It is symbolized by two waves of current or electricity. As we move further into the astrological Aquarian era, tied to the precession of the equinoxes, we can expect unprecedented technological advances and discoveries, including in the form of energy weaponry.

The use of this energy weaponry in warfare and to maintain control of the public will be well established by the time Lord of the Underworld Pluto transits the sign of Aquarius (2023 to 2043). The fight to liberate technological advances and discoveries (as well as energy itself) for the collective good of humanity will be equally strong Pluto in Aquarius themes.

Energy weapons now at the disposal of the global police state (rising throughout the Pluto in Capricorn years 2008 - 2023) include tasers, electromagnetic frequency, and sonic weapons like LRADs.

The overuse and misuse of tasers by police forces in Canada and the United States are well-documented, including on handcuffed and unarmed people as well as on the disabled.

As just one example, Robert Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant who spoke no English, was tasered to death in Vancouver airport in 2007. Dziekanski had traveled by airplane for the first time in his life and was unsuccessfully attempting to find his mother at the airport, who had mixed up her son's time of arrival. After wandering the airport for nine hours, Dziekanski became agitated. The unarmed man was tasered repeatedly by RCMP officers, leading to a heart attack and death.

In one of many recent cases, 38-year old Philip Coleman, in the midst of an episode of mental illness, was tasered 16 times in 22 hours by Chicago police, including while in handcuffs. This excessive tasering caused his death in December 2012. Prior to that psychotic break, Coleman had never been in trouble. He held a Master's degree.

Constant bombardment by electromagnetic frequencies is creating an epidemic of depression and suicidal thinking in people throughout Canada and the United States.

Electromagnetic frequencies are also being used to torture innocent citizens, referred to as targeted individuals, around the world, creating artificial schizophrenia-like symptoms. Frequencies are directed at individuals to induce "synthetic telepathy." This synthetic telepathy literally gets inside people's minds, implanting voices and sounds while reading the targeted individual's emotions. This harassment is often incessant with pre-recorded loops being directed into people's heads. You can see a firsthand account from targeted individual Marsha Green here. There are seven parts to Marsha's story on YouTube, starting with Part One.

In addition to tasers and electromagnetic frequencies, sonic weapons - weapons that assault with a combination of sound and frequency - are new to the technological Aquarian-era arsenal.

The type of sonic weaponry now being used by police to assault peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri has slowly been accepted by the mainstream populace as a standard policing technique for crowd dispersal over the past five years. LRADs were first used against protesters on U.S. soil at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in September 2009.

However, the viciousness of the weaponry used by militarized police forces in Canada and the United States against peaceful citizens and protesters has been gradually escalating since the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle, Washington in November/December 1999.

Referred to as the Battle in Seattle, masses of protesters surrounded the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in late 1999, protesting the lack of transparency and public consultation related to the globalized trade negotiations being worked out behind closed doors by business and government delegates at the meetings.

Protesters in Seattle were tear gassed and pepper sprayed in an effort to disperse the crowds. However, the police in Washington were unprepared for the tens of thousands of protesters that arrived to protest the WTO meetings, and the meetings eventually had to be shut down.

By April 2001, the global forces had learned some new tricks.

 Riot police behind the massive erected fence at Quebec City
Photos: Willow

At the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meetings held in Quebec City in April 2001 - more behind-closed-doors globalized trade deals designed to extend the North American "Free" Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to Central and South America - a massive, three-metre high fence that stretched for miles was erected to keep protesters away from the negotiating business and government elite.

Peaceful protesters standing around the perimeter of the fence, including your friendly anarchist astro-reporter, were CS gassed (a derivative of cyanide), pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, and doused with a chemical-filled water cannon.

Calling for peace at the fence
I took photographs with disposable cameras, which were lower quality, but I was afraid police would confiscate or destroy my real camera.
 

The beginning of the CS gassing of protesters


A chemical-filled water cannon dousing protesters from behind the fence


A volunteer medic rinsing the eyes of a protester overcome by pepper spray


Gas masked drummers

Protesters stood their ground, wearing gas masks or bandanas tied around their mouths and noses doused in apple cider vinegar in order to cut the potency of the gas. 

The CS gassing and pepper spraying continued relentlessly for close to 48 hours until the air was so thick with pollutants that no one could stay in the area.

In fact, there was so much CS gas and pepper spray used against protesters that it blew back on the convention hall where the meetings were taking place, forcing the end of the FTAA meetings. Poetic justice.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called in from across Canada as security for the FTAA meetings, along with the Canadian military and local Quebec police. This was the early stages of an American-style militarized police force being created in Canada for use against protesting citizens.

Two short documentary segments about the FTAA protests can be found here: Part One and Part Two

The addition of Long Range Acoustic Devices has substantially escalated the viciousness and danger of the weaponry being used against protesters, marking the big leap into Aquarian era-style energy weapons.

In September 2009, the G20 (Group of 20) meetings were held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - more behind-closed-doors meetings of the business and government elite from 20 of the richest countries in the world. It was at these G20 protests that sonic weapons were used against citizens for the first time in U.S. history.

Following the lead of the Pittsburgh police force, four Long Range Acoustic Devices were purchased by Toronto City Police as part of the $930 million security budget for the G20 meetings held in that city in June 2010. This was the seamless acceptance of military-grade sonic weapons into a Canadian city police force for use against its own citizens. This was the seamless acceptance of fascist torture devices - without question, without protest - by the general Canadian population. This was horrifying Canadian history in the making, and it unfolded with almost no notice in mainstream media.

The use of LRADs against peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is just the most recent case of heinous assault against citizens by militarized police forces with a new arsenal of energy weapons at their disposal.

It is the responsibility of all peaceful and humane citizens of Planet Earth to oppose the slow march of globalized fascism and its escalating use of energy weaponry every step of the way.

Do not become complacent. Do not allow the use of these energy weapons to become acceptable, normal, or the standard practise as we move into the Technological Age, the Age of Aquarius. 

The use of these weapons is shocking, horrifying, a sickening assault on the energetic human lifeform and on all lifeforms.

These energy weapons must be opposed completely and in all cases.

Peaceful protesters. Not-so-peaceful police state.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Urge to Create Comes into Tense Aspect with the Urge to Get the Fuck Out of Here


Photo: Willow

Love, beauty, and relationship planet, Venus, entered Leo, the sign of the performer, the artist, the showstopper, and the drama queen, in the wee hours this morning where it will remain until September 5.

Venus is currently forming a gorgeous "Conjunction of the Benefics" with Jupiter, which will be exact on August 17 at 7 degrees Leo. This conjunction of the Lesser Benefic planet (Venus) and the Greater Benefic planet (Jupiter) indicates a potent creative surge that is gaining steam and will be almost unstoppable as we hit the middle of the month. This is big, bold, creative energy, and it's looking for an outlet through us.

At the same time as the benefic planets are coming together in the zodiac, however, the malefic planets Mars and Saturn are coming together in conjunction at 17 degrees Scorpio on August 25. Venus in Leo will square Saturn and Mars in Scorpio August 26/27.



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Howling at the Aquarius Full Moon Opposite Black Moon Lilith in Leo

The Moon is full in Aquarius this weekend with prime viewing on Saturday night. This Full Moon is at perigee - the closest the Moon comes to Earth in its orbit - so make sure to howl! This is the biggest, boldest Full Moon of the year.

The Aquarius Full Moon at 18 degrees occurs opposite a pile-up of planets and points in demonstrative and dramatic Leo - the Sun and Mercury tightly conjunct, Jupiter, and Black Moon Lilith.

This brings a bit of a party vibe with the desire to see and be seen. Many will want to dress up a little, imbibe a little, and show themselves (and their friends) off.

With our lady Black Moon Lilith at this Full Moon party, however, we can expect some personality friction if we are not careful to allow everyone his or her own space to shine. As stated in a previous post, with the planets and points in Leo squaring Mars and Saturn in Scorpio, we are working with the idea of "creative and personality-based jurisdiction," ensuring there are no crossed wires, hurt feelings, or stepped-on toes.

This Full Moon is in egalitarian Aquarius, and remember: Aquarius thinks you're just as special as the next guy!

This Full Moon also occurs in fixed t-square with Saturn in Scorpio, adding to the underlying charge and personality subtext. It will be easy to unintentionally rub people the wrong way under these astro influences, and it will also be easy to be triggered ourselves.

Attention is a bit of a frictional subject these days, in general, and there is an inverse relationship here that must be watched carefully. There are people who naturally get a lot of attention and support for almost anything they do - perhaps a disproportionate amount. And then there are people who do what they do masterfully and without a lot of fanfare.

People who generally get a lot of attention may be triggering those who deserve more, while those whose stars are on the rise may be triggering those who have gotten used to being in the spotlight.

With the North Node transiting Libra, there is a social re-balancing underway, and some who have been neglected on "attention and visibility" fronts will be getting a boost, particularly with the squares to Saturn in Scorpio.

We're learning to share the fruits of Jupiter, newly in Leo, which brings a boost to creativity, personality, visibility, and general applause.

Frivolousness and self-aggrandizing behaviour will be put in tight social check, however, so keep attention-getting behaviour to a minimum over the next few weeks, instead allowing natural radiance and support to come to you.

If you know you are a strong Black Moon Lilith-type or have a particularly charged personality, understand that less is more. Feel out any points of resistance to your presence, to your personality, or to what you're throwing down, and make like true Black Moon Lilith: yield, move, change things up, disappear for a while. Your presence resonates, whether you desire it to or not, and this continues strongly through August as the personal planets in Leo pick up the BML charge.

The energy is big and potentially-volatile at this perigee Full Moon, so maintain that objective Aquarian detachment from the scene (and from yourself) whenever necessary.

There is a strong theme here of being exactly who you are - weirdness, wildness, and all - so that you fit exactly into your rightful community. But this also about knowing how to fit into that community so that you are accepted by those from whom you desire acceptance.

We are the builders, the shapers, the movers, the shakers, the creators, and the risk-takers of the future we wish to see on this planet. Let 'er fly a little this weekend! Focus on the future you wish to see, the future you are creating one step at a time, and stay inspired despite the difficulties of the times.





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Friday, August 1, 2014

Jupiter in Leo and the Creative Gauntlet is Thrown


Saskatchewan wild prairie flowers
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Communication and intellect planet Mercury entered Leo July 31, joining the Sun and Jupiter in the leonine sign of heart, performance, and creative expression.

With three bodies plus Black Moon Lilith now transiting Leo (joined by Venus in Leo August 12), we are really starting to tap into the creative fire and the expansiveness of heart indicated by Jupiter in Leo.

Things are getting bigger. Things are getting bolder. People who have been holding back can hold back no longer. We're able to open up those hearts and express some things that have been waiting until just this time to be expressed. We're stirring the fires of love, passion, creation, artistry, style, humour, and fun in ways that we've waited 11 years - since Jupiter's last transit of Leo August 2002 to August 2003 - to access.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pro-Israel Media Deconstruction 101

Mainstream media coverage of the conflict between Israel and Palestine has always been ludicrously skewed to the Israeli/Zionist perspective. This is nothing new, and anyone with any media literacy is well aware of this.

Despite the fact that Palestinian casualties always outnumber Israeli at least 50 to 1, it is Israeli casualties and losses that top the newscasts. This has always been the case. Israeli life is worth more than Palestinian life in the mainstream media, plain and simple.

Last night, I saw a standard propaganda piece covering the Israeli attacks against Palestine in Gaza, and it serves as a perfect illustration of the propaganda machine at work. The "news" presented is one-sided, out of context, and creates manufactured support for unconscionable Israeli actions. 

This "news" story focused solely on the Palestinian rocket attacks coming from the ground. One of these rockets struck near an Israeli hospital and killed two people. This was the top story.

Not once was it mentioned in this "news" story that the Palestinian rocket attack was in retaliation for a previous attack launched by Israel that hit a Palestinian hospital, killing four people and wounding 30 medics. 

Not once in that same "news" story was it mentioned that the Palestinian rocket attacks are in retaliation for the bombs that have rained down on Gaza over the past two weeks and for the damage now being done via illegal ground invasion. This broader context was completely, mind-bogglingly, omitted.

(Media reports without broader context are less valuable than a steaming pile of feces. At least feces can be used as fertilizer.) 

Not once was it mentioned in that "news" story that Israel has launched its own rocket attacks in Gaza as it carries out the illegal ground invasion. The weighty fact that "more than 1,000" rockets have been launched by Palestine was included in the story, but the even weightier fact that more than 2,000 rockets have been launched by Israel was conveniently omitted (not to mention the bombs).

Israeli forces have now destroyed more than 500 Palestinian homes and displaced more than 100,000 people.

They have attacked civilian homes, hospitals, mosques, and a stadium.

Not once in that same "news" story was there mention of the more than 600 Palestinian casualties of the most recent Israeli bombing and rocket attack campaigns. Not once was it mentioned that 80 percent of those casualties were civilians or that almost 100 of them were children.

If 100 Israeli kids were dead by the hands of Palestinians right now, we'd be in World War III. Make no mistake about it. The outcry over 100 dead Israeli kids would be echoing through CNN and MSNBC and CBS and ABC and Fox and PBS and every mainstream media news outlet in existence.

In fact, it was the trumped-up story of three murdered Israeli teenagers that was used to justify the recent attacks against Palestine. The murder of 500+ civilians and 100 children was justified by the deaths of those three teenagers, despite the fact that no culprit has been found or proven.

Israel is currently bombing a country that it illegally occupies. It has now launched an illegal ground invasion of a country it illegally occupies. And it is using weapons supplied to it by the United States of America, Britain, and other Global Government allies.

Because of the illegal occupation, Palestinian people have been forced into ghetto life, living as refugees without adequate access to the basics of life. They are forced to go through multiple checkpoints just to go about their daily lives.They are being occupied by a foreign military every day of their lives, a foreign military that rains bombs down upon them and their families at whim.

I recently saw a study that said that only 14% of Americans are sympathetic toward the Palestinians.

This shows the vicious efficacy of the pro-Israel propaganda machine.

The population of the United States of America is the most media-brainwashed and media-manipulated population in human history. I don't think there can be any doubt about that.

In order to throw off the murderous and fascist power structures that are killing us on this planet, increased media literacy and criticism are crucial. The ability to deconstuct the skewed information coming to us through mainstream media newscasts is critically necessary.

Until then, you will have a population justifying mass murder and wanton destruction as "protecting Israeli citizens."

There are many, many people - including astrologers - who are hiding in the weeds on this issue. They are choosing not to speak up, not to criticize Israel's actions. They are choosing to overlook their own country's support of Zionist-led mass murder. They choose to skirt away from a controversial issue like this because they see the big 86% statistic that feels no sympathy for the Palestinians. They want to maintain their popularity. They don't want to rock the boat.

This is the slow march toward the Global Governance stranglehold. This is the slow march toward global fascism, and it's speeding up. It starts in Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and it spreads.

Silence is complicity now more than ever.

And popularity means shit.

Speak out, speak up, extricate your mind and your own perspective from the mainstream media garbage. Or it's on your soul that you stayed quiet and went along during this time on Planet Earth.


* This article deconstructs pro-Zionist bias in the mainstream media which creates false support for violent Israeli-Zionist actions, including from U.S. and Canadian citizens.

This should be obvious to long-time readers, but I equally condemn violence and murder committed by Israeli Zionists and by Palestinian Hamas members (or other violent groups). I also make a distinct differentiation between Israeli and Palestinian citizens who oppose the violence and murder and the so-called leaders who are ordering and committing it. 

There are many people of all religious faiths around the world who see this violence and warmongering for what it is: a system of violent and inhumane global fascism, often referred to as "Global Governance," that must be opposed by all human beings who wish to live in a better world.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Re-Post: A Uranus-Pluto Square Reality Check Brought to By Your Friendly Plutonic Punk Astrologer

Planet of revolution, Uranus, stations retrograde tonight (8:52 p.m. CST) at 16 degrees Aries, increasing themes of "survival-based rebellion" in the face of top-down destruction and corruption from the highest levels of the illegitimate power hierarchies on this planet.

Both weather warfare (tornadoes, typhoons, and flooding of primary food-producing areas) and standard warfare (Israel's bombing campaign and illegal ground invasion of Palestine) were unleashed recently, timed to occur as the personal planets in Cancer triggered the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square for the final time of the square series.

Uranus in Aries now moves retrograde into the sixth square to Pluto in Capricorn on December 15, 2014. From there, both Uranus and Pluto move direct into the seventh and final square on March 16, 2015.

This is a re-post of an article from November 2, 2012. The themes remain as pertinent as ever:


"The levels of "shock and awe" emanating from the events timed to and associated with the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn squares (2012-2015) correlate directly to how much credence and faith an individual put in the establishment structure of things to begin with.

If you've always understood there was something seriously wrong - like, abomination wrong -  with "the way things are," you're not going to be all that surprised by the events unfolding over the next years on this planet.

You also more than likely weren't surprised by anything that has gone on since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, when predatory mortgages and derivatives schemes were timed to collapse the United States economy and loot the public purse, creating a massive transfer of wealth from the people to the rich.

Or when the One European Currency experiment started going south.

If you understood the violent and inhumane nature of the money systems ahead of time, none of the shenanigans going on now is much of a surprise. This is a timed, intentional collapse, creating chaos so that the next steps toward maintaining control can be put in place. The new organizational schemes are not all that different from the old.

If you've been aware for a while now (since birth?) that things could not possibly continue under such levels of deception, denial, corruption, greed, exploitation, and destruction, it's not going to rock your world all that much when things prove fatally dysfunctional.

What's probably going to surprise you is that it's held up this long. And that people continue to put their energy into propping up the rotting, stinking schemes rather than re-working and fortifying real, necessary infrastructures.

If you've been following along with some of the 60+ posts related to Pluto in Capricorn on this blog, you're aware of the situation.

Right now, many people are breathlessly striving to make gains within corrupt and destructive stock market systems that mostly buy and sell shady financial contracts rather than anything real. People working and living in the primary industries, with real products and services, are considered suckers, dupes, the unfortunate souls who couldn't figure out the easy scam.

Financial astrologers are huge during Pluto's transit of Capricorn. "Figure out how to make a killing in the corrupt stock markets using astrology! Learn occult tricks of the trade that give you that inside edge! Make millions in blood money using the stars!"

Wheeeeeeeeee.

Understand that with Pluto, there's a trajectory toward maintaining corrupt power structures that is often much more popular and lucrative than the trajectory toward legitimacy, transparency, and necessary change.

If you haven't had financial security in the past, life is not going to be all that much different for you. Though you will be dealing with more extreme scenarios, you'll actually have a major leg up emotionally, psychologically, and along survival lines on the majority who continued to believe in Market Gods and invisible hands guiding them to neverending prosperity right up to the end.

There's a lot of talk about "all hell breaking loose" over the next few years on the planet.

But for most of the poor and working classes, hell has never not been breaking loose. Hell is something they're pretty used to, at this point. It's just that once it starts touching the middle and upper-middle classes, it starts to be considered a "real" problem, especially through media channels.

"The economy" was already shit, work was already hellish and exploitative, un- and under-employment were already rampant for many, many people before Pluto entered Capricorn and the predatory mortgages started kicking off like dominoes in 2008.

The majority didn't have the luxury of meaningful work before Pluto entered Capricorn, and the corporate steamrolling of small and independent businesses since the ingress has made things that much worse. Looking to corporations to provide meaningful, life-and-society-sustaining employment, as is the Pluto in Capricorn credo, is an absolute joke at this point.

For these reasons, I don't see the cardinal Grand Crosses of 2013 and 2014 as being that much of a switch for a certain percentage of the population. We're moving into a very pressurized, highly acute year from May 2013 to May 2014 when the uncertainty and tension will, at times, be unbearable. Structural frameworks will come unhinged in grand fashion. There will be violence, uprising, weather-related disasters. The circumstances people find themselves in will be highly challenging. Action will be required. New and unexpected directions will necessarily be taken. We will be moving en masse in relation to upheaval and manufactured chaos on both global and societal levels. But what else is new? Seriously, what could surprise at this point? Not even the end of the world.

The people who will experience the most "shock and awe" will be those who have been insulated financially from the real problems on this planet. The people who have been "successful" in the current systems, who have been playing along with the make believe. 

There is a strong element of self-fulfilling prophesy going on right now, a strong element of occult-assisted planning, and a strong element of manipulation, including of weather.

The "sky is falling" types will be able to pat themselves on their backs when they perceive things as going to hell over the next few years.

But people like me, and like many who read this site, know we were already there long ago.

Those who engineer pyramid scheme structural realities on this planet are going to be banking on: shock, confusion, disbelief, emotional catatonia, psychological distress, denial, chaos. Illusions shattering and people being paralyzed under the realizations they're having.

These are the malleable public reactions, the ones that can be shaped like warm Plasticine, the emotional and psychological states that will ensure people follow blindly into the next **new and improved** hierarchical set-up.

The reactions of those who are already aware are not this. They're calm, unsurprised, practical, fairly unruffled. They're not easily manipulated. This is where we need to be over the next three years.

Understand that we have just entered a three-year span, Saturn's transit of Scorpio, when crisis energy will be highly manipulated. Fear and emotional and psychological shock will be used like weapons.

If you haven't already, slowly, gradually become aware of the broader context so that you do not get caught up in the manipulated chaos and emotional and psychological breakdown associated with Saturn in Scorpio in mutual reception to Pluto in Capricorn.

Understand what other people will be dealing with so you can help lead them through.

We're all going to need a little assistance at times."


More on Uranus in Aries from March 16, 2011: Uranus in Aries Ushers in an Era of Unnatural Disaster

Research Site: GeoEngineeringWatch.org


Friday, July 18, 2014

A Beautiful Northern California Retreat

In 2012, I had the good fortune to stay with a wonderful lady in the Point Arena area in Northern California. Aside from weekend trips to North Dakota as a child, this was my first foray out of Canada, and it was great!

I just got the hot tip that she now has a one-bedroom cabin available for short-term stays. This is a perfect retreat space: quiet, secluded, beautiful, surrounded by woods, with a view of the Pacific Ocean and reasonably priced.

Nearby Point Arena is an adorable little seaside town with plenty of shops. It has the best bakery I have ever come across, and I had the best burger of my life at a restaurant there called Rollerville.

If you are visiting Northern California, or if you live in the area, this is a fabulous spot to consider.


 

Link: Point Arena, California-area Retreat Cabin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jupiter Enters Leo and the Rock & Roll in Our Hearts & Souls Will Never Die

Painting by GMacP

The biggest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, entered the sign of big personalities, big star power, and big creative endeavours, Leo, early on July 16 where it will remain until entering Virgo on August 11, 2015.

Expansion planet Jupiter entering the sign of the actor, the artist, the comedian, and the child-at-heart indicates a year of sexy, sizzling style, playfulness, pizzaz, and parties. Big colour. Big drama.

Most of all, it indicates a year of more fun, and most everyone could use more of that amidst the various hellrides we've been on in recent years (decades, centuries, and millenia).

We have a deep wellspring of "humour as precious, healing elixir" to draw from as Jupiter transits Leo, and black humour gets us through even the toughest and tightest of spots - where we are now.

Just when we think we're down and out, when we feel absolutely crushed under the weight of oppressive circumstances, we find something that tickles our fancy. We see something that makes us smile - maybe a child, maybe a pet, maybe a comical situation. We find the joke or the self-deprecating comment that sets us free. We find the buried flame and coax it back to life. This is the grace that Jupiter in Leo bestows upon us this year. These are our blessings: the ability to laugh in the faces of power-hungry dickheads and their needless, idiotic cruelty. The ability to mock and satirize those who falsely believe they can snuff out our flames with violence, hatred, and inhumanity.

We are buoyed throughout this year by the continual realization of how fucking funny human beings are. We're buoyed by the realization of how funny we are, how funny our friends are. We amuse ourselves and our friends this year, rejecting the shallow corporate versions of celebrity and entertainment.

With Jupiter transiting Leo, the inspiration to create is upon us. The inspiration to create something BIG is upon us.

And the Leo New Moon at 3 degrees conjunct Jupiter in Leo on July 26 (4:42 p.m. CST) officially kicks this year of creative expansion off with a bang. 

Jupiter in Leo reminds you to be the star that you are, the star that you were put on this Earth to be, because no one else can do it like you can.

But with Saturn transiting Scorpio (not leaving the sign entirely until September 2015), resources and energy are oh-so-limited. This means: what we create had better be good. It had better cut to the chase. It had better tap the deepest and richest veins of soul. It had better be sizzling hot, meaningful, and influential in creating the change we need to see on this spinning wheel. It had better say something that's aching to be said. Anything less is a waste of limited resources and creative juice.

Create a path to a future you'd like to live through on this planet. Create the new-era interpersonal dynamics that bring us into a better world.

We won't get the big reality check on the "catalytic relevancy" front until the very end of Jupiter's transit of Leo, when it (along with Venus in Leo) squares Saturn in Scorpio at 28 degrees of the signs on August 3, 2015. So it's in our best interests to hone our creative expressions to the most white-hot relevant and meaningful all along the way...

Relevant art, expression, and creativity can change the world. This is the potential we hold in our hearts and hands this year. 

But self-flagellating, useless, and/or strictly-for-profit art, expression, and creativity help kill the world. Creativity without soul, without catalytic relevance to the times, is dead, pointless, unnecessary. It's a vanity project. It's a cardboard cut-out. Throw a match on it.

Big egos without even bigger benevolence are a gargantuan bore.

This year, we work to stay on the most cutting-edge, relevant side of things. This is the only place we want to be.

We start to tap our deepest and most catalytic creative motivations as Jupiter in Leo moves into a square to Mars in Scorpio, exact on August 1, 2014. We want the guts and the glory and the truest soul-stuff, and we eliminate all else coming out of this square. We are driven by our motivations for change, change, the deepest and most necessary of change.    

Rock and roll is alive in our hearts and souls this year in more immediate ways than usual. The force of creation propelled through us can never die. It lives on and on and on without end.

Show this planet what sings through you. Show your ballsy, beautiful rebellion to those hierarchical powers-that-be who want to exterminate your shining light, who want to make you the same as everyone else. Jupiter in Leo forms a gorgeous, edgy fire trine to Uranus in Aries that is in effect for most of the year-long transit. This trine will be exact September 25, 2014, March 3, 2015, and June 22, 2015.

We are now rushing heart-first into this year of creative revolution, into this year of collective, creative rebel yell. 

Let's rock this little planet. Let's show them how it's done.