Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Via Combusta Venus Retrograde: Reaching Escape Velocity From Old Hurts, Heartbreaks, and Relational Trauma-Prints

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Dark Moon Podcast #3 - Deconstructing the Cult Mind and Pyramid Scheme Power

I'm happy to announce that Dark Moon Podcast Episode #3 has just hit YouTube. In this podcast, Yerevan and I are joined by Jon Darkly, and we discuss:

"Deconstructing the Cult Mind and Pyramid Scheme Power"

The conversation we had was quite powerful in a quiet and on-the-downlow sort of way (my favourite). Thank-you to Yerevan and Jon for joining me in this podcast, and thank-you to Jon for recording the show after Yerevan and I ran into yet more technical difficulty.  

You can find previous episodes of Dark Moon Podcast here:

Dark Moon #1 (May 15, 2018) - "Uranus Ingresses and Timed War Attacks"

Dark Moon #2 (June 10, 2018) - "Bayer-Monsanto Merger & Plant Communication"

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fukushima Tweet Storm August 11, 2018 for the New Moon in Leo Partial Solar Eclipse

"I'd do anything for you, baby."


"Anything at all, all you have to do is say the word." 

"OK, then. Tweet about on August 11 during the Fukushima Tweet Storm and help make Fuku a Twitter Trending topic."

Drive your love interest(s) wild with maya-destroying sociopolitical tweeting action! 

Love, art, and relationship planet Venus is just about to enter it's own sign of justice-oriented Libra on August 6 (4:27 p.m. PDT). With Venus transiting the sign of the scales, wooing our amours by standing up for what's right is oh-so on-point.

We're currently moving to a New Moon partial solar eclipse at 18 degrees Leo on August 11 (2:58 a.m.) with Mercury Rx (communication) in Leo (creative expression) in a square aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio (spotlight on the subtext).

Digging up some hidden (Scorpio) truths (Jupiter) about Fukushima and broadcasting them via our own fun and funky social media (Mercury in Leo) is right on track. Use your personal creativity, style, and influence to put Fukushima on the map in the collective psyche.

The last New Moon solar eclipse we experienced in Leo in August 2017 coincided with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, so I would say a Tweet Storm on Fukushima for this Leo New Moon eclipse is right on track. A storm being used for good instead of ill!

Make it fun. Make it funny. And at the same time, show how hot + woke you are: a truly winning combo that will put you way ahead of the CNN and Fox News-consuming competition! 

Tweet or retweet about on August 11, 2018 during the Fukushima Tweet Storm and help make Fukushima a Twitter Trending topic!

If you're looking for source material, has many eye-opening media reports compiled over the past seven years.

The forum CafeRadLab is also a wealth of information, driven by independent Fukushima researchers.

Dana Durnford's YouTube videos on his most recent voyage are highly pertinent, along with his archive of previous shows. 

There are also many Willow's Web Astrology articles on The Astrology of Fukushima starting from March 2011 that could use a little push into collective awareness.

Spread the word about the Fuku Tweet Storm, and see you on Twitter August 11!

Willow's Web Astrology on Twitter 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Willow's Web Astrology is Plagiarized By a "Truth-Teller (TM)" Who Then Lied About It When Caught

My most recent article on Fukushima from July 28, 2018, titled, "Deconstructing the Worldwide Media Blackout on the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: California Wine is Just the Tip of This Radioactive Iceberg," was plagiarized by Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show.

Hodges' version of the article was published on his own The Common Sense Show site, as well as on his show's Facebook page, on July 31, 2018. (

It was also published July 31, 2018 on the Before It's News site, titled, "Evidence is Mounting That Fukushima is a Progressive Extinction Level Event." 

Ironically, Hodges styles himself as a "Truth-Teller (TM)," and Before It's News is a site devoted to reporting truth that has not made it onto mainstream media.  

Hodges has used the exact same (quite obscure) research sources - every one of which I had to dig for extensively - in the exact same wording and sequences I used in the original article. He even references "crickets" coming from government like I did in the original. And if you click on the "400 tons of radioactively-contaminated water" hyperlink in his version (at the end of the article under "Quiet Revelations)," it goes to one of my articles on my website from May 21, 2014: "If You Are Still Eating Pacific Ocean Seafood, Now is the Time to Stop." This is just as it appeared in the original article on my site.

When I emailed Hodges about the plagiarism, requesting that he either credit me in the article or remove the content, I received this diminishing reply from him:

"In looking at your article and my article, I pulled from original sources and you did same. I also pulled from previous research I did. Your article is not worthy of notation because none of the material was original to your site. Otherwise, I would have cited it. You don't own the topic and you don't own the original sources."

This is a blatant lie. This is my original journalism and research that he is stealing and passing off as his own.

From Hodges' plagiarized version (final paragraphs of the article), July 31, 2018: 

"This means that in addition to the fish food supply being endangered, so will crops because radioactive fallout in the rain will fall on the crops.

More evidence comes from the Okanagan Nation Alliance tested sockeye salmon in B.C. and discovered that Fukushima-signature fallout, Cesium 134 was found in the local fish. Of course, this should have concerned the Canadian and U.S. governments, but the crickets are still chirping.

After 2012, someone flipped the switch and the media stopped covering this event in it entirety.

The biggest threat comes from TEPCO, proven liars about the Fukushima event. But even these liars have been forced to admitted that at least 400 tons of radioactively-contaminated water are flowing into the Pacific Ocean every day. Additionally, the atmosphere and jet stream are polluted from the explosions at the nuclear plant. New fission materials of Xenon, Krypton-85, Tellurium-132, and Iodine-131 have been discovered."

This is from my original article on the media blackout: 

"How about the salmon stocks collapsing this year? There's a real story for you. 

Test the salmon, and I'm sure you will find all kinds of Fukushima fallout, as well as deformities and illnesses. But of course, it's *crickets* from mainstream media and establishment science on that one.

In fact, Canadian Indian tribes did take it upon themselves to test salmon in the Columbia River in 2016. The Okanagan Nation Alliance tested sockeye salmon in B.C. and found Fukushima-signature fallout, Cesium 134. Of course, this is work that the Canadian and U.S. governments should be doing if they were in any way legitimate at this point...

A study done around the same time by the Upper Columbia United Tribes also found Fukushima fallout (Strontium 90) in both sockeye and Chinook salmon."

And this: "Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) itself, known for lying about the situation at the nuclear plant and low-balling numbers, has admitted that at least 400 tons of radioactively-contaminated water are flowing into the Pacific Ocean every day, without cessation, and that this has been going on since at least 2012. This is, of course, not to mention the massive amounts of radioactivity and radioactive particles that were released into the atmosphere and jet stream from the explosions at the nuclear plant, including from spent fuel rods. There is also evidence that criticalities are still taking place at the site. New fission products Xenon, Krypton-85, Tellurium-132, and Iodine-131 have been discovered at various times and in various locations."

Hodges also mentions contamination of Bluefin tuna, caught off the California coast in 2012, which I use as another example of known contamination in my article.

This is obvious pilfering, including hyperlinks to the same fairly obscure research sources I dug up and used. The links do not copy and paste, but you can check them in his article at either site where it has been published. They're identical.

There is zero chance he came up with the identical subject matter, identical sequences of words, and identical obscure research sources in an article published three days after mine, as he claims. These are not commonly-reported facts or sources, to say the least, especially in combination. The information in my article has literally never been published in combination before, and I had to dig for each one of the research sources I cited, particularly the examples of ongoing fission. This took hours of intensive research and writing on my part - to then be cherry picked, with no credit, for Hodges' own article in a matter of minutes.  

And if that weren't enough evidence of his pilfering, he has left a hyperlink to an old article of mine in his lifted version! 

Hot Tip For Plagiarists: if you're going to steal another person's hard work and research (and then lie about it when caught), don't leave a link to the original site where you lifted it!

Hilariously enough, that has happened to me twice now!

I was also plagiarized in 2011 by New Ager "Tyberonn the Earth Keeper." His underlings lifted almost an entire article from my site (New Age-ifying it around the edges) and sent it out in Tyberonn's newsletter (as if it were coming from him) without my permission and without giving me credit - but accidentally left a link to my site in the body of the article!

You can read about that here and here.  

These people think they can get away with it because they believe I am a lowly Blogger writer with no real public sway or readership.

Well, they're wrong about that. On all fronts.

But even if no one read my site (Ding, dong! I have a worldwide readership. I'm just a low-fi punk who keeps a Blogger site with no bells and whistles), plagiarism is theft! It's unethical. It's scummy. It's truly disgusting.

One of the reasons so many female writers, astrologers, and creatives don't get their public due is that men like these steal from us to prop up their own bloated public platforms. We're being stolen from and siphoned from on a regular basis, and this erodes our own public standing and our ability to achieve recognition for our work and ideas.

And no, this doesn't happen only to women. I get that. But the male-female power differential in our society is a key problem with these dynamics. In a world where males most often have greater public status and recognition (and the power that comes with those things), it's very easy for men to misuse women in this way. 

The vast majority of professional astrologers are women. But the Big Name Astrology Guru Superstars are almost all men. Why is that? 

The stealing of creative work is absolutely rampant these days, and I mentioned the fact that the personal planets in Leo squaring Jupiter in Scorpio could make this a prominent theme in the June 3, 2018 patron article, "The Personal Planets Conjunct the North Node in Leo: A Creative and Heart-Centred Crescendo Point":

"At the same time, there is a whole lot of stealing and pilfering and plagiarizing going on in the world of art and creativity, particularly in this digital age when it is oh-so-easy to lift the creative efforts of others and pass them off as one’s own. The personal planets in Leo squaring stationing Jupiter in Scorpio may dig some of this up, as well, shining a spotlight on some of that nefarious activity.

As a person who has been plagiarized and/or ripped off at least a few times now, I can say: this is very bad juju, people. Nasty energy. Nothing you would want to involve yourselves with.

Give credit where credit is due. Period."

Mercury (currently retrograde) in Leo is forming an extended square to Jupiter in Scorpio into early September, and the stealing and siphoning of ideas, information, and journalistic work (Mercury) would be particularly highlighted.

All this has to stop. This scummy, dishonest, manipulative behaviour has to stop. 

Plagiarism is not flattering. It's not a form of admiration. It's energetic theft, as well as theft of our hard work, talent, and skills. It's the theft of our due public status.

From the July 1, 2018 patron article, "Triple Eclipse Season and Jupiter Stationing Direct in Scorpio":

"With bad-ass warrior woman Pallas Athene in the sign of kings and queens this summer,
squaring Jupiter in Scorpio, we are strategically working to topple petit tyrants from their self-imposed thrones, undermining all those who abuse their power, status, privilege, talent, and fame from the local level to the global level and everything in between.

As stated, Cosmic Spotlight Jupiter in Scorpio is shining its light on some of the underlying subtext, bringing us into deeper understanding of what lies beneath the maya-facades and how best to address and navigate it. This includes detrimental power dynamics in interpersonal relationships, particularly the misuse of sexuality, sex appeal, charisma, talent, and attractiveness (Scorpio)...

Dishonesty, manipulation, and abuse of power over others have become disturbingly

The aforementioned themes may be particularly prevalent as communication planet Mercury in Leo forms its three exact squares to Jupiter in Scorpio – July 9, just as extra-potent Jupiter stations direct; August 10 with Mercury retrograde as we move to the Leo New Moon solar eclipse the next day; and finally August 27 just as Mars stations direct.

We may be required to actively call some of this stuff out, to verbally draw a line in the sand as far as what is acceptable to us and what is not in this new astrological era."

Well, I'm verbally drawing my line in the sand, just as I've done every time I've discovered my work and ideas being stolen, and I'll keep drawing that line as many times as I have to. 

I work incredibly hard on this astrology, writing, and research. I pour my heart and soul into this work, and I have for over 10 years now, for very little financial compensation or public recognition. So it's an incredible violation to have my life's-blood work stolen and passed off by unethical people who are misusing power, energy, and public status.

Everyone makes mistakes. But when someone is caught out and then lies about it or downplays it, instead of taking responsibility and making amends, he or she has to lose a great deal of credibility in our minds. Don't keep propping these people up.

With Jupiter in Scorpio until November 8, 2018, it's now or never. The spotlight is on this muck - the abuses of power and misuses of energy, sexual and otherwise. All this long-hidden bad behaviour, so often committed by males from patriarchal platforms, so often swept under the rug, is coming to an incredibly ugly and vile head. We have to expose it, put it in check, and make it entirely unacceptable every clear chance we get.

Editor's Note: After contacting Before It's News, a (somewhat buried) hyperlink to my original article was added to Hodges' article. The hyperlink is in the paragraph about Okanagan salmon and reads: "...discovered that Fukushima-signature fallout..."

I believe direct quotation and citation of the article are more appropriate when entire paragraphs of text and multiple research links are used (in this case, with slight re-wording), but I will be satisfied with the addition of the link to the original source of the writing and research, which is my July 28, 2018 article, "Deconstructing the Worldwide Media Blackout on the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: California Wine is Just the Tip of This Radioactive Iceberg."

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Deconstructing the Worldwide Media Blackout on the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: California Wine is Just the Tip of This Radioactive Iceberg

An extremely watered-down, not-so-news story has hit the mainstream media in the past week or so about Fukushima-signature fallout being found in California wine.

From July 20, 2018: "Fukushima's Nuclear Imprint is Found in California Wine (Drinkers, Don't Panic)

Mind-bogglingly, this story has caused a big, old stir.

I recently noticed that The Weather Network has run the story, and commenters on their website are calling it "alarmist," suggesting TWN is irresponsible for even publishing such a story.

Honestly, mind-boggling doesn't even begin to cover it at this point. 

This wine story is so watered down and omits so many key facts that it's laughable, but even this, even this, piece of "Fukushima is no biggie" mainstream media propaganda is getting people all hot and bothered?

Nowhere in the story does anyone mention that Fukushima-signature fallout (Cesium 134 and 137), as well as other radioactive isotopes, have been found in produce, seafood, sand, and rain all along the West Coast of North America (and beyond) since the nuclear disaster began in 2011 and continuing to this day.

(But as soon as it's found in Napa Valley wine - generally an upper and upper-middle class area - all of a sudden, it's a huge story.)

Nowhere in the story does anyone mention the fact that man-made radioactivity bio-accumulates in the body, so a single serving of radioactively-contaminated food or drink may not have a huge impact on health, but hundreds or thousands of servings over the course of five, six, seven, and more years? That's definitely something to be concerned about. That involves continual bombardment by combinations of man-made radioactive isotopes that our bodies would not come into contact with naturally. The doses keep getting higher as they accumulate in the body. There's a threshold there. 

Cesium resembles potassium and concentrates in the brain, muscles, heart, ovaries, and testicles.

Strontium resembles calcium and concentrates in the bones.

Radioactive Iodine resembles iodine and concentrates in the thyroid.

Plutonium resembles iron and concentrates in the bones, liver, and blood cells and is highly toxic to ingest, aside from its radioactivity. 

Nowhere in the story does anyone mention that there is actually no safe level of man-made radioactivity to ingest. Nowhere does anyone mention that ingesting or breathing in radioactive isotopes or particles, creating a constant state of internal irradiation, is much different from natural background radiation, which is external

Constant exposure to even low-level radiation can cause major health damage, including cancer, auto-immune disorders, heart attack, stroke, thyroid disorders, and genetic mutations. There is certainly no medical or scientific consensus that low-level radiation exposure is harmless, as is constantly parroted in mainstream media reports, including in this wine story.

As stated, there are masses of documented examples of Fukushima-signature radioactivity being found in produce, seafood, sand, and rain since 2011 and continuing to this day.

A measly 15 samples of Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California were tested in 2012. All 15 fish contained Fukushima fallout.

Even bastion of establishment science Scientific American magazine reported that radioactive iodine from Fukushima had been found in kelp beds off the coast of California in 2012. Insanely, scientists did not test for any of the longer-lasting radioactive isotopes! This was not followed up on in the story. And this is considered thorough and honest journalism? We learned better skills in our first week of journalism school...

How about the salmon stocks collapsing this year? There's a real story for you. 

Test the salmon, and I'm sure you will find all kinds of Fukushima fallout, as well as deformities and illnesses. But of course, it's *crickets* from mainstream media and establishment science on that one.

In fact, Canadian Indian tribes did take it upon themselves to test salmon in the Columbia River in 2016. The Okanagan Nation Alliance tested sockeye salmon in B.C. and found Fukushima-signature fallout, Cesium 134. Of course, this is work that the Canadian and U.S. governments should be doing if they were in any way legitimate at this point...

A study done around the same time by the Upper Columbia United Tribes also found Fukushima fallout (Strontium 90) in both sockeye and Chinook salmon.

And now, in 2018, the salmon stocks are collapsing in the Columbia River and others.

Can we really believe this is nothing but coincidence?

Ex-diver-turned-citizen-journalist Dana Durnford is currently finishing his follow-up voyage along the British Columbia coast to check the state of post-Fukushima sea life. He has found a situation very similar to the one he found in previous voyages in 2013/14: a relative wasteland, thousands of missing species. And this has all come about since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began contaminating the Pacific in 2011. Dana has the Before and After photos to illustrate it.

You can see Dana's most recent YouTube update here, or you can see the photographic evidence at his website: The Nuclear Proctologist

This should be worldwide news. But not only does mainstream media not cover Dana's critical research, he has actually been hauled into court on multiple occasions and given gag orders in an attempt to silence him.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) itself, known for lying about the situation at the nuclear plant and low-balling numbers, has admitted that at least 400 tons of radioactively-contaminated water are flowing into the Pacific Ocean every day, without cessation, and that this has been going on since at least 2012. This is, of course, not to mention the massive amounts of radioactivity and radioactive particles that were released into the atmosphere and jet stream from the explosions at the nuclear plant, including from spent fuel rods. There is also evidence that criticalities are still taking place at the site. New fission products Xenon, Krypton-85, Tellurium-132, and Iodine-131 have been discovered at various times and in various locations.

In light of all this, how is this story about Fukushima fallout in California wine even surprising to people, let alone shocking? Let alone "alarmist?"

The real irresponsibility of the mainstream media is not in publishing a story about Fukushima fallout in wine. It is in not providing any real context for that story. It is in enforcing the worldwide media blackout on the subject. It is in downplaying and watering down the very real threat that Fukushima fallout poses to life on this planet. It is in misleading people, misinforming people, and lying by omission - practises that have been employed since March 11, 2011 and that are blatantly obvious in the quality of "journalism" being put out today, including in that California wine story.

The public should be absolutely outraged that this is the level of journalism being put out about such a critical and life-and-death situation as Fukushima.

And yet, instead, people are angry that the media is even mentioning it at all, even in this incredibly watered-down fashion?

From the July 6, 2018 article, "Chiron Retrograde in Aries/Pisces: Pulling Our Heads Out of the Radioactive Sand...or Bust!"

"There is certainly an element of surreality that must be navigated, particularly involving the gaping chasm between the truth and how people are actually living en masse, and Chiron crossing zero Aries and moving back into late Pisces will be highlighting this..."

This gaping chasm could not be any more apparent than in the public reactions to this California wine story. 

The surreality is hitting a high point on the subject of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis...

Seriously, get in the game, Human Race.

Don't let the mainstream media play you for a fool, as it is doing.

Put things in context yourself. Fill in the blanks yourself. Get a handle on the big picture, which they are intentionally obscuring from you, and get in the game! This won't wait.

- All Willow's Web Astrology articles on the Fukushima nuclear disaster since 2011 - 


 - The news compiliation site has been a critical source of information since 2011, but there have been no new posts since February 2018. The loss of this resource cuts the public off even further from the truth about Fukushima and Fukushima fallout. -  

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Full Moon in Aquarius Total Lunar Eclipse: Celebrating Our "Weirdness" and Eccentric Fabulousity!

 A groovy-electric Aquarius Full Moon ahead, baby!

The Moon is now growing full, pushing its way to a powerhouse Aquarius Full Moon total lunar eclipse on July 27 (1:20 p.m. PDT) within a tight fixed T-square configuration and a loose Fixed Grand Cross.

This Full Moon total lunar eclipse in Aquarius is the longest eclipse we will experience in the 21st century with a 103-minute totality, and this gives it some extra kick. 

In the icy air sign of Aquarius, also conjunct lunar apogee Black Moon Lilith in late Capricorn, this is a Full Moon eclipse that celebrates the weird and the wonderful. It celebrates the people who don't fit in, who can't go along with the standard protocols, and who lead in order to advance the scene for humanity, even when it means sacrificing personal comfort, professional standing, social acceptance, or financial security. 

This includes people working from outside the system and also people working from within. It's the shared vision for a better future for all on this planet and the willingness to work, always, toward that vision that create the common bond. This common bond and common drive connect us from our often-disparate social positions.

This is a Full Moon that celebrates the fabulousness of being exactly who we are and letting the chips fall where they may.
So here's to all the square pegs in round holes out there! 

We've arrived! 

We've achieved! 

We've overcome! 

And damnnnnnn, we're fabulous.

I know it's trendy these days to call yourself "weird." It's become a sort of status symbol to take on an image of carefully-curated eccentricity. 

But to actually be considered one of the "weirdos" of society (even when you don't consider yourself to be weird) is often not a very pleasant thing. The conjunction of this Full Moon to Black Moon Lilith brings in some of these harsher elements. Being considered a "weirdo" or an "ill-fit" by mainstream or pseudo-alternative societies often involves isolation, ostracism, vilification, opposition, and straight-up attacks. It often requires one to forego the comforts and rewards of fitting in - socially, professionally, financially, with family.

This isn't the type of "weird" that involves eating brunch off a shovel, learning to play the ukelele, or wearing ironically outdated eyeglasses.

This is the type of weird that is often dangerous to one's personal well-being.

This isn't carefully-curated eccentricity. 

It's one's natural way of being coming into frictional, sometimes explosive, contact with "the way things are" and with the people who are mostly doing just fine with the way things are.

To be a person leading toward a vision of improved conditions for living things on this planet often means being highly opposed by people who pretty much like things the way they are, thank-you-very-much. It means being highly opposed by the people rising through the ranks of the illegitimate structures as they currently exist, by the people who are benefiting from the illegitimate power dynamics.

When you get right down to it, the people who are comfy-cozy in the current structures (including the pseudo-alternative structures) do not want to change things all that much, other than a few reforms around the edges.

But Aquarius is the revolutionary, the radical, the person willing to give his or her all to get to a better way. If the system is fucking some people over in order to benefit other people (and yup, it certainly is), this is a system that is ultimately inadequate for the true needs of the people. It's a system that is not fair, and it is a system that should not stand in its current form.

The influence of Black Moon Lilith on this Full Moon eclipse indicates that we must become more aware of the ways in which the current systems are harming some while benefiting others. The inverse relationship there. We must become more active in addressing the ways that people are being shut out. Those who are left on the outside looking in are also required to stand up and make themselves more visible and more heard in a world that would prefer they remain obscured, at a distance, in the shadows.

Those living a soul-connected life cannot in good conscience just go along with things in injurious systems such as these. 

Aquarius is a sign unafraid of breaking protocols when those protocols are inadequate, unadaptive, and stifling, when those protocols only work for some of the people involved, not all of the people involved. Aquarius, at its best, is a sign that works for universality, not exclusivity. It works for the common good, not for the (relatively) privileged few.

I've always been considered "weird" by the more mainstream society, and no, I don't say that as any sort of status symbol or hipster-ish horn-tooting. Being considered "weird," someone who did not fit in with anyone, anywhere, was something that hurt me terribly as a younger person.

I never considered myself weird. I still don't. I think I'm one of the most common sensical and salt-of-the-earth bitches you'll ever meet. 

Telling the truth, following my conscience, and standing up for what I feel is right have caused me to be booted out of more jobs and social settings than I care to count. This modus operandi has caused me to lose social and professional opportunities, friends, boyfriends, financial security, the support of my family. I couldn't dumb myself down and go along with what I saw happening in the mainstream media, and I can't water myself down and go along with what I see happening in the astrological establishment, either.

Most recently, I was forced to leave a once-a-month job demonstrating products at a health food store after being reprimanded by the store owner for talking to customers about the difference between organic and non-organic products. I was also reprimanded for communicating customer concerns about increasing corporate ownership of health products. I was told I was only to speak about the so-called "positive" aspects of the products. In other words, I was required to lie by omission in order to make sales, in order to keep things New Agey happy-happy by glossing over the true reality of the situation.

(And the true reality of the situation is that there are 36,000 registered natural health products on the market and only a measly 8% are organic and non-GMO. Put that in your pipe and smoke it the next time you're swallowing your daily vitamins and supplements or downing your morning protein shake...)

The point of this is not to try to make anyone feel sorry for me. Pity the fools who are enforcing these insane and manipulative societal standards and rules! Not the people unwilling to play along. I'm the least deserving of your pity in these scenarios.

The point is: what one person defines as "weird" or "controversial" is actually completely natural and normal to another person. To me, what and whom mainstream society deems "weird" have always paled in comparison to the weirdness of mainstream standards and the commonly-held understandings of normalcy and the socially acceptable.

If you have to lie, fake, gloss over, manipulate, dumb yourself down, and conform to insanity in order to be considered socially acceptable, the socially acceptable of the world can have it! It's a sham. It's garbage.

It is only by being a square peg in the round societal holes, by being true to myself come what may, by never fully fitting in anywhere, that I came to belong in the only group where I will ever truly feel at home - with the fellow square pegs! With the other people who don't fully fit in. With the other people willing to be true to themselves no matter what the situation. With the other people who see through it all.

We're the last of our kind - and this makes us fit together. This provides the common ground. The hard edges and rough angles and awareness of how disjointed our place in the world really can be - this is what tells us we're home!

And with this Moon (home) growing full in a powerhouse total lunar eclipse in Aquarius (difficult individuality), we're officially home. 

We've crossed the threshold into the astrological Aquarian era, shattering the false "oneness" ideals of the now-gone astrological Piscean era. 

We've carved out our places, places that allow us to be exactly who and how we are. People and situations that want us to be exactly who and how we are, that wouldn't want us painfully constricting ourselves to fit roles and rules and social mores that simply do not fit, that simply do not make sense. 

This Aquarius Full Moon provides a beautiful (if slightly messy and hard-edged) culmination point as far as our rightful places in the community, and this includes the community of people who don't belong, who have to clear their own eccentric orbits in order to stand in their rightful places on Planet Earth.

With this Full Moon at the furthest possible distance from Earth in its orbit, conjunct Black Moon Lilith, we're going all the way with it. We're reaching out as far as we possibly can, stretching as far as our emotional landscapes will allow, clearing as far-reaching a path as we can from our personal orbits.

The difficulty of this eccentric orbit-clearing is palpable this week as the Moon grows full. 

The Full Moon total lunar eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius, conjunct Mars Rx in Aquarius and opposite the Leo Sun, falls tightly along the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis, in a tight square aspect to Uranus in Taurus and in a loose square aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio.

This creates a tight fixed T-square configuration (Uranus in Taurus, Sun-North Node in Leo, and Moon-South Node-Mars Rx in Aquarius). When you add Jupiter at 13 degrees Scorpio, this fixed T-square becomes a Fixed Grand Cross - four squares or two oppositions in the fixed signs.

Squares are probably the most frictional aspects in astrology, and we have a heaping helping of them in the skies at the moment, extending into the first half of August. But they are also probably the most dynamic and growth-spurring aspects, as well. They are, ultimately, some of the most progressive and strengthening and perfecting aspects. Purposeful challenges.

The friction of being who we are in a world that most often demands conformity,  homogeneity, and adherence to hierarchy is very apparent under these skies. It's tough. But the progress we're making - oh, the progress. It's epic, friends. If we can stand our ground within our circumstances now - as frictional and frustrating and near-intolerable as that may prove to be at times - there's no stopping us. They literally can't stop it. They can't hold it back.

The lunar eclipse madness begins in earnest on July 25 as the Sun in Leo forms a square to Uranus in Taurus at 2 degrees while communication planet Mercury stations retrograde at 23 degrees Leo (10:02 p.m. PDT).

This is followed by a Sun in Leo opposition to Mars Rx in Aquarius at 4 degrees on July 26, marking the half-way point of the Mars retrograde of 2018

With all this fixed sign action, things are getting a little tight - and they stay a little tight as we ride the wave up to the Full Moon crescendo point on July 27.

The Aquarius Moon will square Uranus in Taurus and conjunct Mars Rx in Aquarius on July 27 before forming the opposition to the Leo Sun that marks the Full Moon total lunar eclipse. 

The Moon in Aquarius will continue to a square to Jupiter in Scorpio on July 28.

In the denouement of this Full Moon, Mars Rx in Aquarius will form a square to Uranus in Taurus on August 1. This is followed by the Sun in Leo forming a square to Jupiter in Scorpio on August 6 before forming the Sun-Mercury interior conjunction with Mercury Rx at 16 degrees Leo on August 8.

Mercury Rx in Leo forms a second square to Jupiter in Scorpio on August 10 at 14 degrees, just ahead of our third and final eclipse of this triple eclipse season - a New Moon partial solar eclipse at 18 degrees Leo on August 11.

Clash! Bang! Clang! These Uranus-fueled fixed squares are a little energetically noisy, to be certain. We're being held in place now - in potentially frustrating ways - in order to carve out the last bit of positioning, the last bit of needed space to fully unfurl into our gorgeous and eccentric Aquarian-era orbits.

Plant your feet, plant your flag, and take every last bit of the space you need.

Eclipses indicate backdrop changes, and this extra-long and extra-potent Aquarius Full Moon total lunar eclipse indicates a complete, era-shifting backdrop change.

We're stepping into an Aquarian-era world where to not go along with the insanity and corruption and violence of the current systems, structures, and schemes does not make us a weirdo, a freak, an oddball, an outcast. Just the opposite, actually.

We're stepping into a world where we are honoured, rather than vilified, for following our consciences and for being who we are, hard angles, rough edges, and all. We're stepping into a world that needs us to be exactly who and how we are.

We're making this better world, one frictional exchange at a time, one push-back at a time, and we're making it together. Let's help each other when we can in these clutch positions. The whole world depends on us standing our ground and on supporting others who are fighting the good fight every day.

Happy Full Moon-ing, WWA readers! Thank-you for having the courage to be real, to be soulful, and to be authentically yourselves, come what may, in these increasingly shallow and artificial times. You make my Moon go 'round!

 Aquarius Full Moon total lunar eclipse - July 27, 2018
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Monday, July 16, 2018

What is Astrology?

 Willow's Web Astrology blog "birth" chart - February 26, 2008
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"What is astrology?" may seem like a simple question, but it is not always so simple to answer. Astrology is practised in many different ways by many different astrologers.

In this YouTube video, I talk about my own practise of astrology, which is professional intuitive astrology practised as a spiritual art.


* YouTube Video: Willow from Willow's Web Astrology on "What is Astrology?" *

Monday, July 9, 2018

Mercury in Leo Square Jupiter in Scorpio: the Bombshell Announcement of the Elimination of Greyhound Bus and Freight Service Across All of Western Canada

Well, this is some huge (Jupiter) bad (Scorpio) news (Mercury). 

As transportation and communication planet Mercury in Leo formed an exact square to stationing Jupiter (big) in Scorpio (eliminations) on July 9, it was announced that Greyhound will be eliminating all bus routes and freight service across Western Canada. 

That's the vast provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Other than one route, which will remain in British Columbia, the entirety of Western Canada, where more than 11 million people live, will have no bus service other than local service in the cities.

I don't know whether to cry, puke, or laugh at this point.

Western Canada has one of the most regressive public transportation situations in the world right now. 

And who does it hurt most? The people who are already struggling hardest in this society: the poor, the elderly, the disabled, students, rural people, people who don't or can't drive.

People living in the insulated Middle-Class Bubble want to be snide and facetious about so-called "First World Problems?" 

I bet most third world countries have public transportation.

There are plenty of real and hardcore problems in Canada, many involving class stratification and the invisibility/constant screwing over of the "underclasses." 

But this doesn't affect one-vehicle-per-person car drivers, so who cares, right? 


And I don't know about one of Greyhound's stated reasons - that ridership is down so extensively. The last time I took the Greyhound from Saskatchewan to B.C., it was absolutely packed with people. This is going to negatively affect so many people, I couldn't even begin to put a number on it. I'm definitely one of them.

In a way, though, the shock of this announcement has been dulled.

The announcement of the elimination of Greyhound bus - a private corporation - in Western Canada comes soon after the elimination, amidst huge protest, of the entire government-run provincial bus system in Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC).

The announcement of the elimination of STC also occurred with transportation/communication planet Mercury in a square aspect with another body - in that case Pluto.

Mercury = transportation
Pluto/Scorpio = elimination

From a previous post:

"[I]n late March 2017, just as Mercury in Aries formed a square to Pluto in Capricorn, it was announced that the neo-conservative Brad Wall government in Saskatchewan was eliminating the public bus system for the entire province in order to save one tenth of one percent of the overall budget. This was a shocking and horrifying announcement for many, including me. I literally couldn't believe that a decision this ass-headed would be allowed to go forward and wrote an article about it at the time, "We Get Knocked Down, But We Get Up Again: Regressive Transportation Policy Under the Mercury-Pluto Square.""

The decision by the Wall government to unceremoniously eliminate STC is particularly sickening, considering it destroyed the 70-year-old provincial bus system, which cost a measly $17 million per year to operate, while pumping $1.9 billion into a single bypass over a single Saskatchewan city - the government city of Regina where, coincidentally, the provincial legislature is located. 

The bypass was poorly designed - it was not made wide enough to transport farm machinery across it in a largely agricultural province - and the bypass has also now been found to be crumbling underneath as vehicles drive across.

Already four times the original estimate, this faulty bypass is certain to cost Saskatchewan taxpayers much more.

The elimination of Greyhound in Western Canada leaves 415 people unemployed, just as the elimination of STC left 224 people unemployed. 

I don't know how much worse it can get for non-drivers in Western Canada, but I won't tempt fate by saying it can't get any worse...