Thursday, April 28, 2016

Saturn in Sagittarius, Dispositor Jupiter in Virgo, and Puncturing Corporate Spin on GMOs

Recent announcements by several major processed food corporations - including Kellogg's, General Mills, and Campbell's - that they will start labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products bring up some issues that are highly pertinent during the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius (December 2014 to December 2017).

What follows is an excerpt from an article I wrote on the transit, which appears in Issue #2 of Hexagon Astrology Magazine.

"During this Saturn transit, we will be working with a number of suppressed (Saturn) truths (Sagittarius) within our cultures. This involves some of the knowledge we absolutely must master in order to be successful from here on in...

The spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the continued infiltration of the food supply are major "suppressed truth" subjects on which we must get a strong handle during the transit of Saturn through Sagittarius.

Damage to animal health has been shown in multiple scientific feeding trials of GMO diets published since 2012. The Seralini study, the Carman study, the Kruger study, the Italian study on GM soybeans and goats: all indicated animal health damage from GM diets. Reproductive damage, digestive damage, liver and kidney damage, tumors, DNA changes, immunity issues, low weights, and premature death were just some of the problems observed.

If animals are exhibiting this GMO-related health damage, it is almost certain that the humans eating the animals, animal products, and GM crops will eventually experience similar problems.

Despite bans on genetically modified seeds and crops, genetically modified canola has been found growing wild at four sites in Switzerland. (These represent four “scientifically documented” cases, not the full extent of the problem.)

Conventional canola is now so contaminated by genetically modified versions that GM canola plants are spreading wherever canola is transported or planted. This means that even nation-wide or continent-wide bans cannot stop the spread of genetically modified seeds and plants.

Here, we see the challenges of living in a world of global trade where decisions made in one country can negatively affect other countries halfway across the world (a Saturn in Sagittarius theme).

The labeling of foods containing GMOs, often touted as a solution, is also not fully effective. The truly insidious problem is the unintentional and undesired spread of GMOs into natural crops. Labels would cover only those foods knowingly produced with GMOs. Unintentional contamination – a widespread problem – would continue to fly under the radar.

These are examples where the anti-GMO rhetoric (“labeling will solve the problem,” “banning GMOs from our country will solve the problem,”) is not the full truth. The solutions being proposed and accepted at a mass level are not fully effective.

We will be confronted with many instances during Saturn’s transit of Sagittarius when the accepted rhetoric, including in alternative scenes, is not fully effective or truthful. It will be up to us to call these out."


A SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS CASE STUDY


The largest processed food corporation in the world, Nestle, announced on April 20, 2016 that it is removing genetically modified ingredients from six of its top ice cream brands - Edy's, Haagen Daaz, Skinny Cow, Outshine, Nestle Ice Cream, and Nestle Drumstick.

"With a focus on simplifying ingredient lists while maintaining the same great tastes consumers have grown to love, the newest changes vary across more than 100 products, with examples including the removal of artificial colors and flavors, high fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients,” the press release states.

This move by Nestle is being applauded by many.

However, this is a perfect example of the accepted rhetoric - and the corporate public relations spin machines - not being fully truthful about the situation.

Please allow me to call this one out...

Ice cream is made from milk (or "milk ingredients" if we are talking corporate ice cream, as we are in this case). Milk comes from dairy cattle. Dairy cattle, and most livestock across the board, are being fed genetically modified feed in the mainstream (non-organic) agricultural systems.

Corn is one of the largest genetically modified crops in the world, and it is routinely used as livestock feed. Alfalfa is another common feed for livestock, either in plant form or in dried hay form. Genetically modified alfalfa was unleashed in North America in 2011 and has since widely contaminated the natural alfalfa crop. (Alfalfa is a feral, perennial plant, meaning it comes back year-after-year without being sown again, and it grows and spreads like a weed.)

So Nestle can win big public praise and enjoy mucho corporate spin from its announcement that it is "removing GMO ingredients" from its products.

But what Nestle really means is that it is removing ingredients that are knowingly genetically modified, such as high fructose corn syrup, which is made directly from genetically modified corn.

Nestle knows the high fructose corn syrup it uses is genetically modified. This would be provable in a court of law should Nestle label its products free of GMO ingredients and continue to use this corn syrup.

However, the milk Nestle uses for its ice cream is also genetically modified - just in a more roundabout and less easily proven way. It may not be directly considered a genetically modified ingredient, but the milk Nestle uses in its ice cream products is almost certainly contaminated with genetically modified organisms - either through feeding the dairy cattle a known GM crop (corn) or through feeding the cattle a crop that has become unintentionally and unknowingly contaminated with GMOs (alfalfa).

The same is true for any conventionally produced animal product, including meat and eggs. Almost across the board, the conventional agricultural system feeds livestock genetically modified feed (corn, alfalfa, soy, etc.), and this practise contaminates the food.

From the Nestle U.S.A. website:

"Q. Do you consider ingredients derived from animals fed with GMO feed to be GMO ingredients?

We do not consider ingredients derived from animals fed with GMO feed to be GMO ingredients...

Q. Are GMO ingredients safe?
 
Foods made with GMO ingredients are as safe as foods made with ingredients from conventional crops." 

Now, every time a corporation releases a statement about labeling GMOs or removing GM ingredients, it suddenly gets a big, shiny gold star from some of the less shrewd (though I'm sure well-meaning) members of the anti-GMO movement.

Nestle gets to look like a big hero by announcing its plans, even though these plans amount to little more than a half-assed gimmick that will not, in actuality, rid its products of GMOs.

There was a very interesting YouTube video making the rounds a few years ago of an old interview of then-Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck. Brabeck has since risen up the ranks and sits as Chairman of the Board of Nestle. The interview quite clearly exposed the eugenicist beliefs of this man and the eugenicist roots of this food corporation (and I use the term "food" very loosely here).

In the interview, Brabeck sings the praises of genetically modified foods, attempting to convince the public that they are perfectly safe to eat:

"But organic is not best. After 15 years of eating GM food products in the U.S.A., not one single case of illness has occurred from eating them to date."

Brabeck also shares his profound wisdom that water should not be free to the general population and that the idea that water is a basic human right is "extreme."

Yes, you read that correctly. Brabeck believes that the people of Earth should have to pay for the privilege of water to drink:

"There's that lovely old Austrian folk song, 'The dear cattle need water, hollera, holleri,' if you remember. Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world. It's a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion which I think is extreme is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being, you should have a right to water. That's an extreme solution. And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other, and like any other foodstuff, it should have a market value. Personally, I believe it's better to give a foodstuff a value so that we're all aware that it has its price."

(Shall we also commodify the very air that we breathe for corporate profit? If people like Brabeck could, they would.)

Now, Brabeck doesn't believe in water as a basic human right, nor does he believe that water should be free for the populace.

He does, however, believe that water should be free to his corporation.

For many years, Nestle has extracted groundwater in bulk from multiple locations around the world for nothing or next-to-nothing, bottling it and then selling it back to the public at huge mark-ups.

In just one of those locations - Hope, British Columbia - Nestle was extracting hundreds of millions of litres of water per year without paying a cent. "Nestle Bottles Millions of Litres of Canadian Water - and Pays Nothing" by Dan Fumano

Amidst public pressure to crack down on this free corporate extraction of groundwater, the British Columbia provincial government now requires Nestle to pay.

Yes, Nestle extracts an estimated 319.5 million litres (71 million gallons) of water every single year from the Hope, B.C. area alone and is now required to pay the British Columbia government $265 per year to do so.

Two hundred and sixty five dollars per year.

Nestle then bottles that water and sells it back to us at $2 a pop for a 500 millilitre bottle.

Nestle even continued to extract water from a California native tribe's water basin as the state was crippled by the 500-year drought.

Kunkeltown, Pennsylvania is Nestle Corp.'s latest target for this morally criminal bulk water extraction. Residents of the town are fighting back after a 2014 zoning change left them open to Nestle pillaging their water supply.

The cattle need their (bottled) water, don't you know?

With the North Node of the Moon and Jupiter transiting Virgo (with Jupiter a major influencing placement as dispositor of Saturn in Sagittarius), there are fine distinctions that must be made, clarified, and hammered home as the corrupt Pluto in Capricorn-era corporate culture rolls out its grand pronouncements and shiny publicity stunts.

Truly eradicating the devastating contamination of our food supply by genetically modified organisms - grown without restriction for decades now - will take far more effort, far more diligence, and far more desire than these corporations are willing to put forth.

These are surface-level gimmicks designed to placate and fool the public.

To truly root out the evil of these nefarious corporations, we need to get out of the stream of corporate press releases and public relations spin.

And we need to eliminate processed foods from our diets altogether.

Instead of adding to corporate coffers, spend your money at Farmer's Markets or on locally-sourced foods in the supermarket that are produced ethically, without GMOs, excessive chemicals, or poisonous additives.

Bring the soul back into food - something of which mass-produced corporate food products are almost entirely devoid. 

Buy organic or "up to organic standards" whenever you can.

If you have the means and the physical ability, grow your own garden. Or buy a share in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) initiative.

Break the habit of eating convenience foods that are not good for us. Break the addiction to processed foods and refined sugar altogether.

And call these corporations dicks out for their lies and half-truths every chance you get. 

This is how we give the old "eff you" to corporations that do not give a damn about human health, safety, or wellness.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Grand Earth Trines and a Solid Dose of Bovinian Energy Provide Us With a Breather


 Moo.
 
There is currently a very strong grounding influence in the zodiac with the Sun, Mercury, and soon Venus (in its own sign as of April 29) transiting fixed earth sign Taurus. This is farmer-ly energy. Sensual energy. Earthy energy. It follows a natural and routine course. It's matter-of-fact and sturdy in a nurturing and comforting way. It is fairly unshakeable, fairly unflappable.

This Taurus energy, which will include Lesser Benefic Venus in its domicile, slows things down to real time in the physical world, and this is something most of us need in the days of constant technology and artificially sped-up nervous systems.

This Taurus has a nice feeling of putting one foot in front of the other in very basic and simple ways, anchoring us in the physical world and in the five senses.

Taurus doesn't get too worried about what lies beneath. It isn't all that interested in research or psychological context or the unseen realms. It's more than content to work with what's right in front of it, with what it can see, feel, taste, hear, and smell. It's more than happy to work with the magic of concrete, physical, Earthly reality.  

All this Taurus is highly welcome after a month of (potentially) frayed nerves, emotional breaking points, and/or Plutonic meltdowns, outlined in earlier articles.

We've been through some stuff, folks. The astrology shows it. A heavily karmic Pisces eclipse season, followed by the jingly-jangly, overloaded synapses of strong Uranus energy with multiple activations of the Uranus-Pluto square by the personal planets in Aries.


This is an excerpt from the article, "Grand Earth Trines and a Solid Dose of Bovinian Energy Provide Us With a Breather." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Frictional Growing Pains and Emotional Catharsis As the Moon Grows Full in Scorpio

I’ve written on the blog about the upheaval, sudden changes, and emotional shocks we may experience as we navigate the current lunar cycle, kicked off by the 18-degree Aries New Moon conjunct Uranus in Aries and square Pluto in Capricorn on April 7. 

The Moon is now in Cancer and will square the Sun in Aries, marking the First Quarter Moon phase of the lunar cycle on April 13 (10:00 p.m. CST). The Moon in Cancer also triggers the Uranus-Pluto square at this time, drawing those themes into the First Quarter Moon phase and into the surge of necessary action that this phase indicates. 

Suffice it to say, we have opened into a month of quite unstable energies and now head to another over-the-top point at the Full Moon. 

The April 7 Aries New Moon opened a 28-day lunar cycle characterized by a series of changes (some startling) and emotional shocks that must be metabolized and used as fuel to propel us beyond standard rhythms and patterns that will no longer get us where we need to go 

(Please see the April 5 article “New Moon in Aries Conjunct Uranus - Emotional Shocksand Experiences of Structural Bullshit Bust Things Loose” published on the blog or the March 29 article “Sun-Mercury in Aries Stirs the Uranus-Pluto Square:Calling Out the Nuclear Gatekeepers, Shills, and Establishment Schmucks” to pick up more on the themes we are experiencing now.) 

But there are some old attachments, sticking points, frictions, and fears that must be purged before we're free to go. 

There is a strong desire to move into new territory now. There is a desire for fresh energy and for re-invigoration along our paths. In fact, these things are full-on emotional needs at this point. 

The raw and blazing potential of the Aries New Moon builds to a potentially cacophonous crescendo at the Scorpio Full Moon (2 degrees) on April 21 (11:24 p.m.)


This is an excerpt from the article, "Frictional Growing Pains and Emotional Catharsis As the Moon Grows Full in Scorpio." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Moon in Aries Conjunct Uranus - Emotional Shocks and Experiences of Structural Bullshit Bust Things Loose

We have a strongly Uranian New Moon in Aries busting things loose on April 7 (5:24 a.m. CST), with a shake-up of standard rhythms and patterns continuing for the following 28-day lunar cycle.

This New Moon officially propels us out of winter 2016 in the northern hemisphere and beyond the sticky, clinging tendrils of the massive Pisces stellium we've been treading water through throughout March and early April.

Love, values, and relationship planet Venus has just moved into fresh-and-fiery Aries, as well (April 5), with Mercury setting up shop for a transit through earthy Taurus this evening.

So as the Sun and Moon come together at 18 degrees Aries in New Moon phase on April 7, all the personal planets have moved on from late Pisces and their conjunctions to Ceres, Chiron, and the South Node.

The transit of communication planet Mercury through Taurus is particularly protective now, indicating helpful mental grounding and reinforced mental boundaries as we move through the rollicking and up-and-down energies of the month ahead.

We actually get an extra dose of this pragmatic and mentally-grounding Mercury in Taurus energy, as we also experience our next Mercury retrograde in the sign (April 28 - May 22 from 23 degrees to 14 degrees Taurus). This transit works to insulate us from the raw and over-excited synapses associated with strong Uranus energy. Mercury enters its retrograde shadow on April 14 and will not exit the sign of the bull until June 12.

So as of April 7 and the New Moon, we've officially waded out of the swampy-swirly-weepy-dreamy mist of winter 2016, and the Arien blaze is drying us, warming us, and revving us up for whatever it is that comes next.

This New Moon indicates a string of emotional shocks and electric realizations throughout the following lunar month that must be metabolized as we move beyond old stepping stones and comfort zones in ways we may not have previously imagined.

We're initiating some pretty radical changes over the next 28 days that will rattle some cages and break down some old barriers - including our own. Surge onward! Forge ahead!

This Uranian New Moon in Aries is the official entrance into new life, new energy, and new vigour - and this may come from unexpected sources over the next 28 days.

The Uranian influence indicates the possibility of some radical growth, changes, and re-direction as we come into contact with structural deficits that simply cannot be tolerated or shouldered any longer. This Aries New Moon triggers the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square, just as Mercury in Aries did March 30 - 31, and the insights we gain as we move through the New Moon portal indicate that there's no going back to old forms, old structures, or old ways. These have simply had their day.

For those who do not know astrology (and even for many who do), the upcoming lunar month could kick off identity crises as well as a certain degree of anxiety as old forms, old desires, old directions, and old versions of self break down and start to shift. 

Change is required - quite radical change in many cases - and with the personal planets in Aries, it's coming from us personally. There is no pattern to follow or leader to emulate. We are the driving force, no one else. It is our personal direction and re-direction that spur the necessary changes within the collective scene.

The Aries New Moon is disposited (strongly influenced) by Mars, which is currently stationing retrograde at 8 degrees Sagittarius (April 17). You can read more about the Mars retrograde in this patron article: Mars Retrograde 2016: A Re-Direction of Passions

We are entering a fresh, new two-year goal cycle. A new personal direction is about to unfold - aligned more closely with our own personal truth - and this new direction strongly colours the next two years of our lives, at the very least.

This Aries New Moon is the very, very beginning of this new chapter, of these new goals and drives. It's the gateway, and we're about to take our first steps on new ground.

Take these new steps with courage and boldness. Put a little swagger in your step. Ooze a little machismo (sure, both men and women!). Don't look back, and don't second guess the need for change. It's right there in the astrology. This Uranus and Pluto-charged New Moon is dripping with potency and potential. Blaze on, friends!

There is an electric immediacy to the proceedings for the following 28-day lunar cycle. We're very much in the current moment, responding to any surprises, shocks, changes, or general upheavals with warrior-like focus and bravery.

It's time to forge into new territory on multiple fronts. The iron is hot, so strike away!

Look to the house where 18 Aries falls and the house where 8 Sagittarius falls in your natal chart to get a feel for this powerful "fresh start portal" that is opening in your life. The activities and themes of those two houses are connected now. You are looking to align those areas a little more closely with your own personal identity, with who you really are right now, right in this unfolding moment. You're looking to make those areas a little more "you."

The Sun in Aries forms a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius on April 5 (10:09 a.m.), as Venus ingresses Aries and Mercury ingresses Taurus.

The Sun will then square Pluto at 17 degrees Capricorn on April 6 (2:13 pm.), indicating the potential for experiences with hierarchical, structural hell that force us to make new moves.

The Sun and Moon come together in conjunction at 18 degrees Aries on April 7, marking the New Moon at 5:24 a.m., which triggers the Uranus-Pluto square. Shake, rattle, and roll!

The Sun forms the exact conjunction to Uranus at 20 degrees Aries on April 9 (3:27 p.m.).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sun-Mercury in Aries Stirs the Uranus-Pluto Square: Calling Out the Nuclear Gatekeepers, Shills, and Establishment Schmucks

I recently came across a great video from Dana Durnford, the Fukushima researcher who has been documenting the collapse of sea life along the British Columbia, Canada coastline for years now.

Dana has been put through the ringer for his good work, including being hauled into Canada's courts by establishment scientists whose faulty research is being promoted in mainstream media to assure the public that Fukushima fallout is really no big deal. 

I wrote about this, along with Canada's ties to the nuclear/uranium industry, in a November 11, 2015 article titled: Canada's Vested Interest in the Protection of the Nuclear Industry Via Continued Lies About Fukushima

The article was my own personal anti-war effort, published on Remembrance Day, the day of the year set aside for Canadians to remember the war dead and wounded.

The wars against humanity and against all life on this planet continue unabated, of course, and uranium is a major resource for all those who desire to continue war and depopulation on Earth.

Our bodies, our cells, our DNA are under attack due to the continuation of nuclear energy and nuclear weaponry, including depleted uranium munitions and bombs.

In his March 4, 2016 video, Dana calls out establishment scientist David Suzuki - a "science star" on Canada's state news channel, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - for downplaying the real situation as far as the triple nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan. You can view Dana's YouTube video here: Fukushima: David Suzuki Fall From Grace

You may recall that your anarchist astro-reporter called Suzuki out for very similar reasons in December 2013! 

As Mercury and the Sun in bold and blazing Aries activate the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square (March 30 - 31) in a trine aspect to Saturn in truth-telling Sagittarius, it is imperative that we fight, fight, fight for the full truth and for non-manipulated information.

It is imperative that we expose the dirty roots of these establishment figureheads who lie and deceive while millions of lives are at stake. 

It is imperative that we fight (Aries) for non-polluted mental space (Mercury), free from the lies and the watered-down official lines coming from the Pluto in Capricorn oligarchy. 

You won't get any of that non-manipulated information from establishment channels or establishment figureheads. We're on our own. Uranus in Aries. And it's better that way.

What follows is a re-post of my article from December 31, 2013 titled: New Moon in Capricorn: Fukushima, Gatekeepers, and the Big Responsibility of Thinking For Yourself

Stay on the trail...
Photos: Willow

"We open into 2014 with a Plutonic-Mercurial New Moon in Capricorn on January 1.
The Sun and Moon come together in New Moon conjunction at 10 degrees Capricorn at 5:14 a.m. CST, taking us on a trip through the deep, dark, thorny underworld as we start the new year.

This New Moon falls closely conjunct both Mercury (mind, communication, information) and Pluto (hidden, power, poison), indicating that a major theme for the new year involves breaking the hold of mainstream media and its "official sources" in order to get to a clearer understanding of our reality on the planet.
As we start the new year, information (Mercury) is power (Pluto), and we have to take a much closer look at the power dynamics hidden amongst the messages coming to the populace through media and corporate communications. 
With the planet in its current state of ongoing orchestrated collapse, many people are looking to "authority figures" to tell them what to think. A good, old, strong and stern and responsible Daddy Dearest to tell them what to do and what to pay attention to.
And this practice could not be more dangerous to the future of life on this planet.
The problem is, the "authority figures" are playing the game within rotten-to-the-core Pluto in Capricorn hierarchies. The "official sources" are mostly bought and paid for at this point, looking to cover their own asses and protect their own  positions within the rotten power hierarchies. These authority figures are passing bad information around on heavy rotation, looking to further their own interests while manipulating and placating the public. 
This practice is deadly (Pluto), make no bones about it, and nowhere is this more so the case than with the information, analysis, and discourse surrounding the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster
In Canada, we have a go-to scientist for the masses by the name of David Suzuki. Suzuki travels around Canada and the world via carbon-spewing airplane to paid speaking gigs (usually on climate change) where he pockets up to $40,000 a pop.

You'll see him in a photo to the left (Holger Motzkau 2010, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons) accepting his "Right Livelihood Award" in 2009. (barf) In 2004, a poll taken by the state broadcaster here named him the Greatest Living Canadian. (barf again)
I noticed some previously uninterested ears started perking up in late 2013 when Suzuki released information on Fukushima. All of a sudden, with David Suzuki weighing in, people started to take a bit of notice.
Suzuki really got people's attention when he said that we could potentially be facing the evacuation of the West Coast of Canada and the United States due to the radioactive fallout from the Daiichi nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan.
The problem there is that we've known what Suzuki was stating - and much more - for almost three years now. He was not producing any new information or analysis (though it may have been news to most of the mainstream public). He was not producing any crucial research of his own - though he has the means and resources to produce it.

Instead, he was using an "old news," sensationalized angle on Fukushima to get the public's attention - and to hold it.
And here we have an illustration of the "gatekeeper" effect.

People start looking to Suzuki as "the authority figure" on this issue. They look to him for information, analysis, and guidance. They look to what he is saying in order to determine what to think about the situation themselves. They put their trust in this nationally-known scientist who has been given a large public platform via his long-term role with the state broadcaster (Canadian Broadcast Corporation or CBC).
Suzuki is paid by the state broadcaster, has been made a "science star" by the state broadcaster, in a country that is the number two exporter of uranium worldwide. He is the national, mainstream scientific voice in a country that exports Candu nuclear reactors around the globe.

He is not going to threaten that position.
The information this gatekeeper is releasing is partial, watered-down, incorrect, manipulative, dangerous, and deadly.
From the beginning, Suzuki has downplayed the severe threat the radioactive fallout from Fukushima poses to life on this planet.
In a written column released in October 2013 (way past the point when he should know better), Suzuki makes various false claims that are also being spread by other "official sources" through the mainstream media. His column reads like a propaganda press release from the federal government or United Nations. (Link: http://www.straight.com/news/499616/david-suzuki-despite-fukushima-scientists-say-eating-west-coast-fish-safe)
- Suzuki declares Pacific Ocean seafood safe to eat. The arrogance of this statement alone is astonishing, considering we are experiencing an unprecedented nuclear disaster involving the ongoing contamination of the Pacific Ocean. Suzuki makes this declaration despite thousands of reports over the past three years of heightened radioactivity in foods along the West Coast - produce and seafood. California prunes and almonds have been found to contain Cesium-134, a signature of the Fukushima disaster. Cesium was found in topsoil along the West Coast. Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California was tested and all samples tested showed radioactive Cesium present. Reports of starfish being wiped out, turning to mush, all along the West Coast don't bother Suzuki. Reports of sea life crowding around the shores along the coast in ways no one has ever seen before don't bother Suzuki. There are unprecedented declines in king salmon in Alaska this year (also referred to as Chinook salmon). Unlike other varieties of salmon, these fish like cold, deep waters and will travel further into the ocean to find them. They also eat other fish. These characteristics make this breed of salmon more likely to come into contact with radioactive fallout from the Daiichi nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan. But none of this impresses Suzuki.
 

- Suzuki, like many other scientists, claims the ocean has "diluted" much of the radioactivity released (and still being released day-and-night) by the spewing Daiichi nuclear reactors. The truth is: it's impossible to dilute radioactively-charged isotopes. The ocean is simply spreading them around, not diluting them. This is an unprecedented situation, and scientists simply do not know how the ocean will distribute the radioactivity. There is no decrease in the overall level of radioactivity by spreading the particles around. Radioactively contaminated water is being released into the Pacific Ocean regularly and has been since the disaster began.
- Suzuki likens the radioactive risk from eating Pacific Ocean seafood to the amount of radioactivity you would be exposed to in an airplane ride or two. This is false. The major threat now is with ingestible radioactive particles. These particles can register a relatively low background radiation level, but ingesting even one particle could be deadly. These radioactive particles attach to the human body, especially to the lungs, irradiating the tissues surrounding them. Background radiation levels have very little to do with it.
- Suzuki doesn't once mention the Plutonium that was released from the explosion at the Unit 3 reactor or any of the other radioactive isotopes released. Like most nuclear shills, he focuses on Cesium-134 - a radioactive isotope that decays fairly rapidly - so as to assuage public concerns.
You will see this tactic yet again in a Scientific American article on radioactivity found in kelp off the coast of California in March 2011. The article focuses on the elevated levels of radioactive iodine that were found in kelp after the initial nuclear disaster, in some cases, 250 times the usual levels. 
But again, the article downplays the radioactive threat by focusing on something that will quickly be removed from the environment (radioactive iodine). Additional tests would have to have been done for each radioactive isotope (Uranium, Plutonium, Strontium, Cesium, etc.) in order to determine contamination by them. Instead, the scientists tested only for radioactive iodine.
The Scientific American article falsely claims there is no public health threat from the radioactivity from Fukushima. It also downplays Fukushima, claiming that Chernobyl was worse (wrong again). And again, just like with Suzuki, we have meaningless comparisons to "natural" background radiation that exists in the ocean so as to assure us that everything is just hunky dory.
Nowhere do Suzuki or the Scientific American article mention the other isotopes such as Uranium-234, Uranium-235, or Plutonium-239 which have half-lives in the thousands, tens of thousands, or millions of years. All these isotopes and more have been released - are still being released - from the Daiichi reactors. The fuel from the reactors has been aerosolized by the explosions and is now circling the globe in the atmosphere, coming down via precipitation. The isotopes are contaminating the Pacific Ocean, more every day, producing radioactivity levels that cannot sustain life.
- Suzuki touts the World Health Organization and the United Nations as reliable sources - yet more illegitimate "authorities" on the subject. The WHO claims radioactive particles that make their way to North America’s waters will have a limited effect on human health. It also predicts concentrations to be below its own declared safety levels. Again, there is absolutely no way the World Health Organization can make such outlandish claims with an unprecedented disaster like this.
- Suzuki also mentions radioactivity testing of food by Health Canada, which has been criminally lax since the disaster occurred. Health Canada, like most of the world governments, is not testing food, milk, or water for radioactive contamination in any meaningful or ongoing way. In May 2011, Health Canada reluctantly tested 24 samples of milk from British Columbia. It did not release the levels it was using as "allowable amounts," and it also did not release the exact amounts of radioactivity found, making the tests almost meaningless. Despite the fact that radioactive Strontium 90 was found in small amounts in nine of the milk samples, Canada's milk was declared completely safe and within normal range by Health Canada in 2011.
Independent tests ordered and paid for by private citizens ($400 per milk sample) were required to uncover the Strontium contamination. (This independent testing of milk also ripped the lid off Strontium contamination in Canadian milk that has been present since United States nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s.)

The "official sources" claim the people of Japan are safe from radioactivity. But we have private citizens taking their own Geiger counter readings in Tokyo that are twice the level at which Chernobyl was evacuated.
We have a "state secrets" law forced through Japanese Parliament designed to criminalize journalists, activists, doctors, scientists, and citizens speaking out about the effects of the nuclear disaster. Any health effects or deaths related to the disaster will be swiftly covered up and hushed up.
The "official sources" claim that the West Coast of Canada and the United States is safe from radioactive fallout. But we have private citizens taking Geiger counter readings on the beach outside San Francisco, California that are reaching alert levels multiple times without even touching the sand. 
Medical officials are stumped when it comes to a jump in babies being born with anencephaly in Washington state.
Anencephaly is a terrible birth defect affecting the brain and skull where babies are born blind, deaf, and unable to feel pain. The prognosis for these babies is death.
The usual rate of anencephaly is 1 or 2 per 10,000 births. In three Washington counties, Yakima, Benton, and Franklin, the rate for anencephaly is now 8 in 10,000 births.
Not one "official" can seem to pinpoint a cause. But A Green Road blog pointed us in the right direction.
Benton county in Washington state is the home of the Hanford nuclear site, declared the most contaminated nuclear site in America. Residents of Hanford, Washington were given 30-day eviction notices in 1943 so that the area could be set up as part of the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project brought together some of the brightest scientific minds with the intention of developing the atomic bomb for its abilities of mass destruction.
Hanford was a plutonium-producing site, producing the most deadly substance on Earth.
Nuclear waste products from the Hanford site were disposed of by burial in the surrounding desert. Leaks from the containment vessels have been a problem for decades.
With radioactive fallout now coming from Fukushima, blanketing the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada as well as the entire northern hemisphere, we are reaching radioactive tipping points where the layered contamination is too much for biological organisms such as ourselves to withstand, and symptoms and birth defects are starting to show.

A study released in 2013 found a 28% increase in infant hyperthyroidism in babies born in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska in the months following Fukushima. Around 40% of children examined in the Fukushima area were found to have thyroid abnormalities. Thyroid problems are associated with exposure to radioactive iodine following a nuclear release.
Yet, nary an "official" can come up with any of these connections.

Gatekeepers like Suzuki are complicit in mass murder. Harsh words, but these are harsh times.

Japanese-Canadian Suzuki is also complicit in the mass murder of his own countrymen and women. He's complicit in the mass murder and destruction of the children of his home country, all while soaking up the awards and accolades in this country, shilling for the propaganda-pushers at the state broadcaster, funded by the federal government, which is funded in part by massive worldwide uranium and nuclear reactor sales.  
Place the responsibility for this complicity firmly with the scientists, the journalists, the government officials, the financiers, and the nuclear industry who are lying to the public, who are diverting the public, who are keeping crucially necessary information and education from the public.
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This Plutonic-Mercurial New Moon opening the year is a prime and shining portal into: thinking for yourself. Doing your own research. Putting two and two together on your own. Making the connections that are intentionally being hidden from you. Proving the case to yourself in an irrefutable way. Debunking the puffed-up authorities and official sources who are diverting and manipulating and lying. Using your whip-smart intuition to tell you the real story, to help you read between the official lines.
Pluto involves a process of unceremoniously ripping off the blinders. With Mercury in Capricorn conjunct Pluto, we're penetrating the influence on our minds and on consensus reality of illegitimate and fibbing "official sources."
One very potent layer of ongoing information warfare involves the use of gatekeepers. And one very potent layer of this New Moon in Capricorn involves bringing our personal minds out from under the influence of these gatekeepers and of the corporate communications agenda, in general.
The term gatekeeper refers to an "official source" who works to control the information and public discourse on a particular issue. Gatekeepers are often insiders of sorts and, as a result, have insider information at their disposal that is not readily available to the public. Gatekeepers carefully craft, shape, and release this information according to an overall message conducive to the official line coming from the establishment. A tone is set via the gatekeeper.
Often this tone involves a "carry on, no big deal, nothing to see here" theme. This would be the case with Mr. Suzuki.
Other times, the gatekeeper is releasing information that would be damaging to the establishment if it were allowed to spread freely through the populace. When the informational levy will no longer hold, so to speak, and the public is catching on in a big way (as is the case with Fukushima), these individuals are put in place to mind the gate and to shape the public discourse.
Gatekeepers release information at strategic times in order to hold and mould the public's attention on a certain issue. Because the information released is often insider information, it can be very provocative to the public.
Gatekeepers always have some real information to work with, some insider information, and this keeps people on the hook, feeling that the individual has to be legitimate. ("If he's telling us about x, y, and z, he MUST be for real.")
The problem here isn't necessarily that the information is false (though it certainly can be). The problem is with the gatekeeper dynamic itself. This dynamic keeps people looking to a gatekeeper for information and guidance as the "authority" rather than thinking for themselves and doing their own research.
Information released by a gatekeeper is often important to include in our research, but it does not tell the whole story. This is also the case with the stories coming out of mainstream media.
People need to be digging, researching, following leads, and sourcing information on their own, sussing out the real deal sources from the manipulations and joining with others who are doing the same. But the gatekeeper framework keeps people in passive "following" mode, looking to be spoon fed information rather than getting anywhere on their own.
Gatekeepers will never get to the roots. They will never go as deeply as they need to go. They will never finger the parties truly responsible. To do so would be to threaten their own positions, and this is particularly the case for anyone who has been allowed a large public platform from which to operate. 
Arnie Gundersen is (in my mind) a nuclear gatekeeper of the latter variety speaking out on Fukushima and consistently pointing the finger at the Tokyo Electric Power Company. His information is good, but again, he is controlling the public discourse.

What about the entire worldwide nuclear scam? This goes far beyond Tepco, far beyond Japan as a nation. What about the nuclear programme the government of his country, the U.S.A., has participated in and furthered for decades? What about the continued use of depleted uranium munitions by his country's military? What about the store of atomic weapons in the United States, also allowed to its allies? What about the governmental officials and nuclear industry proponents that have made Canada the number two exporter of uranium worldwide? What about the glut of uranium mines held by the Queen of England? What about all the people benefitting financially from the nuclear industry via stock markets? What about the journalists, media, and public relations firms lying to people, omitting crucial information, and perpetrating the massive media blackout?
Tepco is the tip of the nuclear criminal iceberg! But you will rarely see someone like Arnie Gundersen getting any deeper, touching any of the real threads.

You have to be able to sense what these gatekeepers aren't telling you because it's generally more important than what they are telling you.

You have to be willing to go the extra mile yourself - none of the so-called official sources is going to take you.
Gatekeepers will not go to the roots, and this is, in fact, what they are designed for - to keep people away from the real Plutonic roots, the real power structures that are doing damage on this planet. It's a smoke and mirrors show that uses real information to divert from the bigger picture. It diverts from the extent of the problem, from the extent of the responsibility, and from the extent of the criminality.
If you really unravel Fukushima and follow the threads right down to the roots, the entire power structure of this planet is proven corrupt - governments, industry, financiers, media, everything. But gatekeepers don't encourage the public to unravel those threads. They don't encourage people to hold responsible the parties who are truly responsible.
The false claim that "humanity brought this on itself" is also making the rounds regarding Fukushima. The truth is, it's a very small group of people that has put nuclear in place, that has allowed it to take root. We hold them responsible. Most people on this planet don't want nuclear energy or nuclear weapons, and they never did.
In order to get to the real story, we have to dig through information, find sources, and pour through bits and pieces in order to scrap together an irrefutable case. We have to be proving things to ourselves and doing the independent, critical thinking required, rather than blindly accepting the analysis of official sources. 
It is private, independent citizens who are doing the real work, who are creating the real resistance to the worldwide media blackouts.

And it is we who hold the real power.

From the beginning, we have had every official source lying to us, manipulating information, omitting information, and making outlandishly false claims from positions on high.

And from the very beginning, we have spit that back in their faces.

People, we are truly awesome! The power of loving, thinking, feeling human beings coming together in a common cause is awesome. The power of truth and legitimacy always towers over lies and illegitimacy, no matter how much firepower and might they may have. Don't lose sight of that.

It's members of the public - private citizens with no special training - who have been on top of this event since the beginning, who are still covering this event, who are educating people about this event, who are hitting the tipping points.

We knew every step of the way what was really going on. Every false angle was debunked, chewed up, spat back as garbage. We knew we were being lied to. We know we are still being lied to. And we refuse to swallow the false, watered-down information being produced and spread about by these "official sources."

Understand that we are the most powerful substance on this planet - more powerful that Plutonium because we have Pluto on our side. It's the people still willing to think who have the power with this one. It's the people still willing to trust their intuitive hunches and to follow those intuitive hunches to the sources.

And if you are reading this blog, this is you.

It's very easy to debunk the official lines. It's very easy to prove the official sources liars or, at best, ignorant, misguided, and manipulative. I could discredit Mr. Suzuki's bland pablum columns on Fukushima in my sleep.

What it's not easy to debunk is the truth, the reality being scrapped together, bit-by-bit, by thinking, feeling, loving human beings who do not wish to see the continuation of the current course on this planet.

Understand the power we hold now. Understand the power of the freely operating human mind, coming to its own conclusions, making it's own connections, compiling its own valid sources.

Release the jumble of confusing, contradicting "official information" at this Capricorn New Moon and come up with something better. Liberate your mind into its full power this January 1. We need you.


Some Things You Can Do to Avoid Radiation:


- eliminate foods from the Pacific Ocean - or from any ocean if you want to be very careful
- eliminate foods imported from Japan
- limit dairy and meat intake, where radioactivity bio-accumulates
- eat foods from greenhouses
- eliminate or limit West Coast produce, if possible
- stay out of the rain, snow, and dirt whenever possible, as fallout is coming down in precipitation
- buy a personal Geiger counter to monitor background levels. Stay indoors when levels are high. Keep in mind that radioactive particles can still be harmful even when background levels are low.
- look into air filtration systems for your home
- have "outside clothes" and "inside clothes." Don't bring outside clothes or shoes into your home. Leave them in a porch, mudroom, or in a sealed plastic bag.
- take baths in water with baking soda
- bentonite clay and activated charcoal have been suggested as de-toxifiers
- boost your immune system naturally with things like turmeric, garlic, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, dandelion, curry powder, vitamins and minerals. Raw honey, oil of oregano, and colloidal silver all have natural antibiotic properties. Research natural remedies first and use your intuition, as they are not "one size fits all" and can cause unwanted side effects. Use a variety of immune system boosters.
- Vitamin C has been found to reverse damage from radiation exposure, with liposomal Vitamin C being particularly effective (though expensive).
- eat a clean diet - no GMOs, additives, chemicals, preservatives, or processed food. This helps your immune system, as there is less crap to process.
- eat more raw vegetables and fruits
- eliminate or limit sugar, which feeds cancer cells
- alkalize your system to protect against cancer. Eat more alkalizing foods (veggies & some fruits) & less acidic ones (bread, flour, meat, dairy, sugar).
- research the use of baking soda to alkalize your body.
- drink lots of clean, non-chemically treated water. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
- remember that many recommended remedies for radiation exposure come from the sea (kelp, seaweed, etc.). Go to the sources before purchase. Certain mushroom varieties are said to be protective for radiation, but mushrooms also soak radioactivity up like crazy. Some definite Catch-22s.


For information and analysis on Fukushima:

Other Willow's Web articles on Fukushima
Energy News
BeautifulGirlByDana on YouTube
The Food Lab - scroll down to your country"

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Entering a Period of Beneficial and Inspirational Re-Structuring

** Happy Equinox, and Happy Astrological New Year! **

We're now entering a period of time when both malefic planets - Mars and Saturn – will put on the brakes and turn retrograde within a loose conjunction to each other.

Saturn (structure, long-term progress, delays) stations retrograde at 16 degrees Sagittarius on March 25 for a retrograde period that lasts until the direct station August 13 at 9 degrees Sagittarius.

Mars (action planet) stations retrograde on April 17 at 8 degrees Sagittarius for a retrograde period that lasts until the direct station June 29 at 23 degrees Scorpio.

As stated, Mars and Saturn will station retrograde within a loose conjunction to each other, and this fusion of energy and themes colours the next few months.

Mars is not too happy about this traveling companion through the zodiac, however. Saturn often brings with it blocks, delays, and obstacles - albeit necessary ones - while Mars likes quick, unfettered movement and direct action toward goals. Saturn can be a bit of a damper on the blazing will and activity of Mars, and because of the potential frustration associated with this, we may be looking for any sort of movement that we feel will bring temporary relief.  


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Warning: Way Too Much Pisces Up Ahead

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We have a massive Pisces stellium forming in the skies at the moment, which will cluster around the karmic-as-hell Pisces South Node.

At its peak, this stellium will involve the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Ceres, Chiron, and Neptune, along with the South Node of the Moon, all transiting the sign of the fishes.

Wounded healer Chiron is tightly conjunct the South Node at the moment, and this positioning continues through early May. 

We are also heading into eclipse season and will experience a New Moon at 18 degrees Pisces, closely conjunct Chiron and the South Node, on March 8. This New Moon is a total solar eclipse, and we can expect the associated events that are spun up to be particularly powerful.

We need a new chapter quite desperately as far as the sign of Pisces and its associated themes go, and this New Moon total solar eclipse provides a strong opportunity for that.

Unfortunately, with Chiron conjunct the South Node in Pisces so strongly involved, it also provides the opportunity for wrong turns, blind spots, weaknesses, naivete, and general confusion that we then have to work our way out of (Virgo North Node)... 

This Pisces New Moon total solar eclipse sets the tone and the trajectory for the 28-day lunar cycle that follows, and suffice it to say, this is one karmically-loaded lunar month on Planet Earth. Expect some chaos, some overwhelm, and some screwiness - but also expect the tools and the support you need to navigate it.

I know many astrologers will be waxing poetic about how spiritual and dreamy and transcendent all this Pisces is, but I'm here as the cautionary astrologer to tell you that this far into the end-of-Piscean-era, a large amount of Pisces energy like this can be dangerous. This far into the end-of-Piscean-era, a large amount of Pisces energy like this can be nasty as fuck, to be entirely honest.

You see, there's a version of reality that is in the process of going down the drain. The plug has been pulled. And as things start to swirl, we have to make sure that we (and the ones we love) don't go down the drain with it. 

We're beginning the astrological Aquarian era with the utter destruction of the Piscean era constructs. This destruction is intentional, diabolical, and has been intricately planned and executed by the powers-that-be for their own benefit and profit.

Mass unemployment, homelessness, money woes, poisonings, health problems, mental health problems, extreme stress - all these things and much more have been built right into the current systems.

And when we're identifying ourselves too closely with structures and systems that are in the process of disintegrating and going down the tubes, we can get taken down by it, too.

We may feel we have a handle on things, but this degree of collective psychic pain (Chiron-South Node in Pisces) can potentially take us under very quickly.

Pisces and its ruling planet Neptune are known for some fairly funky emotional and psychic states involving punctured illusions, feelings of extreme isolation, delusions, disappointment, depression, devastation, hopelessness, listlessness, inaction, despair.

The inertia and passivity and "just roll over until it goes away" characteristics of Pisces can take us into extremely low (and ultimately karmically dangerous) places, and this can happen almost without us being aware of it.

Sensitivity and vulnerability are heightened under these transits.  

Drugs, alcohol, junk food, shopping, gambling, romantic fantasizing, or any form of escapism may be used to numb the pain of a disappointing and dissatisfying reality, but this only increases the danger of getting too far out there, too far out into the abyss to return.

Rolling over and playing dead - no matter how tempting Pisces makes that seem - will simply not do the trick. Living in a world composed of dreams and ideals will also not do the trick. We have to be working actively and diligently (North Node in Virgo) right where we stand to build our preferred reality.

The last time we experienced something of this magnitude was in March 2013, as the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Chiron (along with the Moon) formed an extended stellium in Pisces. Mercury was also retrograde in Pisces (the sign of its detriment) at the time, which dragged the themes out even further.

That Pisces stellium took a dear friend of mine, and I don't want it happening again.

Pisces energy has a great way of convincing us to let things slide.

But March is not a month to let things slide.

With Jupiter conjunct the North Node of the Moon in Virgo, participation is not optional.

March is a month to reach out, to connect, to stay in touch, and to cheer people up, even when they seem to be closing you out or choosing isolation.

March is a month to stay active and to plan healthy activities that involve others.

March is a month to work hard and to work diligently - at even the smallest of tasks.  

March is a month when we have to actively bring people back into the loving fold, especially if they've forgotten they're loved at all. The Piscean/Neptunian fog will do that to a soul. It can make us forget who and what we really are. It can overwhelm us, swallowing us up in self-pity. It can make the void appear oh-so-tempting.

We can be fooled under these transits and fooled badly. Fooled in a way that takes a lot of time and work to correct.

Wishful thinking is at a high this month, especially during the transit of Mercury through Pisces (March 5 - 21), and especially as Mercury crosses Chiron and the South Node in Pisces March 17/18.

Again, with the influence of wounded healer Chiron conjunct the South Node, March is not a month to let things slide.

If you've been thinking about someone, let that person know. If you can lift the spirits of someone you come into contact with, do it. If you have a chance to be kind, any chance, take it. This is a month to appreciate the kindness of strangers and also to be that kind stranger when an organic opportunity for loving kindness presents itself.

Now, the currently forming stellium in Pisces does not appear to be quite as mean or as drawn out as the one in 2013. The current Pisces stellium is in effect now and will be at its peak March 12 - 21. At that point, the Sun and Mercury will move into Aries, marking spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and a return to the light. We also do not have a Mercury retrograde in Pisces this time around to extend the agony, and for that we can be grateful.

There is a powerful new expression of Pisces emerging during this lunar cycle - a successful expression of Pisces for the astrological Aquarian era.

But we have to make our way out of the muck and mire, beyond the siren songs and karmic loops and self-sacrificial tendencies, in order to get there. We have to puncture our own illusions and update our own energetic flow. We have to break the grip of it. And we have to help each other with all this, as well.

This March, we all have to do our part to hold the love and to hold people in that love when they've forgotten it's there at all. That's beautiful Pisces. We all have to do our part to make this a profoundly healing lunar cycle, rather than a devastating one.

And Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo will not tolerate any slacking on that front!

Uranus in Aries is here to lead the way, breaking the identification of precious human beings with dissolving structures that have been set up to fail.

Uranus in Aries tells those dissolving structures - the ones teaching people that they are redundant, unimportant, unnecessary - to just plain fuck off.

Listen to Uranus in Aries. It won't lead you astray.

Mercury transits sign-of-its-detriment Pisces from March 5 - 21, indicating some potential for brain fuzz and confused or deluded thinking. Plans may be difficult to nail down or solidify during this transit.

Venus transits Pisces, the sign of its exaltation, and spreads some of that pure, unconditional Pisces love, from March 12 - April 5. Because this Pisces stellium involves benefic planet Venus (rather that malefic planet Mars as in 2013), we can expect some softened edges with this one. The people who most need to catch some breaks may catch some under the influence of lovely Venus in exaltation.

As stated, the 18-degree Pisces New Moon total solar eclipse activates the Chiron-South Node conjunction in Pisces on March 8. The Sun in Pisces will conjunct Chiron and the South Node exactly March 10/11. Mercury will activate this karmic point March 17/18. And Venus will come behind, spreading some healing love balm on some old wounds, on March 29/30.

The Sun exits Pisces and enters Aries, marking equinox, on March 19.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, WWA blog!

Today, my blog is eight years old. One full Venus cycle is behind us. And when I think of all the amazingly brilliant, interesting, and kick-butt people I've come to know because of this blog, I'm a little mind-boggled.

I always had a feeling there were others inhabiting the far reaches. I had a feeling there were others working and living from their own outskirt outposts. And now I know it's true.

I couldn't have imagined, growing up as a square peg in a rural, conservative round hole, that I would one day be able to communicate with other people who saw what I saw and understood what I understood. The internet age is almost like a dream, something truly fantastical. But it's real. I'm real. This blog is real. And you are real.

What a bizarre and fabulous time to be alive.

Happiest of Birthdays, WWA blog! You have provided love, sustenance, information, and guidance through some very treacherous times. Please keep on keeping on.