Saturday, April 25, 2015

Introducing Hexagon Astrology Magazine: Smart. Sharp. Subversive.

 "Ladies of the Zodiac: It's Show Time (Astrology of the Feminine Asteroids)" by Willow in Hexagon Astrology Magazine

I'm happy to announce an exciting new astrology publication coming out this August called Hexagon Astrology Magazine. This is a high quality, cutting edge print publication being put out by editor, founder, and astrologer Matt Savinar from Sebastopol, California.

Your anarchist astro-reporter has three articles appearing in the premier issue, and there is a wealth of other rich content from a variety of writers.

There hasn't been a new astrology-based print publication on the market in North America in 30 years, so this is astrological history in the making, and I'm happy and excited to be part of it. Matt has done an incredible job. It's one smoking hot publication. Other astrology publications wouldn't touch my writing, so you know this magazine has some serious depth, integrity, and potency. Some cages are going to be rattled.

There is a Kickstarter campaign on now to help get this bad boy underway. You can pre-order copies of the magazine for a pledge of $10 (U.S.) or higher. (Delivery to Canada or the United States.) Copies will be sent out August 19, 2015 when the magazine launches, and I wouldn't doubt that the premier issue becomes an instant collector's item.

For higher Kickstarter pledges, there are all kinds of incentives including getting your name in the magazine under the acknowledgments section, receiving a steel "Founding Supporter/Patron/Financier" card, getting an advertisement in the magazine, and being invited to the official launch party.

If the Kickstarter campaign fails to reach its goal of $10,000, Matt will be taking orders for the magazine as of August 1. 

If you appreciate smart, courageous, cutting edge astrological writing, you won't want to miss this. Something this good only comes around once in a lifetime (or maybe every two or three):

Hexagon Kickstarter Campaign

 

 

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lord of the Underworld Pluto Creeps and Crawls to a Stop as it Stations Retrograde After the Final Uranus-Pluto Square

Photo: Willow

Pluto is currently just about stopped in the zodiac and will station retrograde (appear to shift into backward motion) at 15 degrees Capricorn on April 16 at 9:54 p.m. CST. The Lord of the Underworld is still in tight square to Uranus in Aries, though the retrograde motion starts to put more distance between these two bodies as Uranus continues direct.

Uranus (planet of revolution, upheaval, and breaks from the standard ways) and Pluto (dwarf planet of examination, excavation, and soul-deep transformation) are just getting some separation after making their seventh and final square aspect on March 16, 2015, completing the historic series of seven squares that began June 2012. We last saw a series of squares between these two bodies from 1932 - 1934, during the Great Depression and the lead-up to World War II, and you can certainly see correlations between those hideous conditions and the current conditions.

Nonetheless, we've made so much progress over the past three years, it's astounding. So much ground has been covered in a three-year span. And yet, there is still so very far to go...

Pluto stations can be a little exhausting, a little triggering, and a little nauseating - and that might be understatement, depending on what this body is doing in your natal chart. The word most commonly used to describe Pluto would be "intense," and the intensity can be almost intolerable at points during a station when Pluto is inky-potent and slowed to a crawl or stop in the zodiac.

Well, this Pluto station has even more intensity juice than usual, drawing the powerful revolutionary energies of the final Uranus-Pluto square into the proceedings. Things are not settled, not by a long shot.

Pluto will now go back over everything it has covered since December 26, 2014, working to pull us out of some deep, dark emotional and psychological hell-zones that have been with us for generations, if not millenia. Many of these hell-zones involve damaging and illegitimate hierarchical power structures - particularly in business, government, finance, economics, as well as family, marriage contracts, and the traditional nuclear family unit.

Illegitimate and outmoded structures are continuing to break down under the pressures of the changing times. The old structures are simply not sufficient to carry us into this new era of egalitarian brilliance. The trick is not to allow yourself (or those you love and value) to go down with the end-of-era ship...

Surviving these times, with Uranus in Aries at the helm, involves being true to ourselves in radical new ways. It means being true to who we really are even when that rocks the boat - and then leaning into that shit even further, stripping the facade even cleaner. It means breaking from the crowd when necessary, standing apart when necessary, and standing up for ourselves when necessary. Again, all this is a matter of survival.

We will feel the triggering and transformational effects of this deep, dark, slow-motion Pluto station from now through late May.

Pluto Rx will again trigger the exact point of the final Uranus-Pluto square on May 18, re-visiting this very sensitive point in order to bring certain hidden dynamics to light as it continues to dig for absolute core-level change, honesty, and legitimacy. Any turbulence experienced around the middle of May is necessary to bring about the required changes.

Pluto will make additional passes over this point on January 7, 2016 direct; August 17, 2016 retrograde; with a final pass direct on November 4, 2016.

You didn't think we were getting off that easily after that historical Uranus-Pluto square series, did you? Pluto takes time to work its transformational magic. Nothing but an absolute change in form will do for these times. No glossing over, no half-assed efforts. This is an all-in, nothing-left-to-lose attempt to shift the human condition, to shift the collective human psyche. It takes some time, some intensive awareness, and some genuine and sustained effort on our parts.   

Some deep structural shifts are coming as Pluto moves back and forth over this final Uranus-Pluto square point. Some major shifts in power are coming. Some potent shifts in awareness are coming. And it's all coloured by the square contact to Uranus in Aries, leading the charge into the new astrological era and the new rulebook governing the energetics on Planet Earth.

Things need to change. Certain power dynamics need to be broken and reconfigured. Certain unpleasant truths need to come to surface awareness, individually and collectively.

To keep the true reality of the situation on this planet hidden now is just too painful.

We can't hold back these deep undercurrents that Pluto is bringing (forcing) to the surface. We can't hold back the true emotional and psychological realities. They're too powerful. To try to hold this back would be exhausting, shredding, and energetically dangerous - like trying to hold back the flow of wet concrete coming out of a concrete mixer. Just don't even attempt it.

So the transformational power of Pluto, coming out of the seventh square to Uranus in Aries, is at a high point this April and May. Work with this flow of transformational energy. Work with the powerful impetus for change. Assist in bringing hidden or suppressed things to light - gently, gradually, with right timing. Work with the Lord of the Underworld rather than against him (for good and beneficial ends only, of course), and you have a much better chance of avoiding the unpleasant aspects related to this body.

The good news is, it seems to me that Pluto's natural motion is retrograde. Because it is a planet that unearths hidden things, secret things, suppressed things, it seems to be most at home (and more effective) in retrograde motion. This brings a certain ease to the proceedings that is not experienced when Pluto is moving direct. 

Expect Pluto to ask for your assistance over the next couple months - and beyond. Expect Pluto to drop some X-Ray awareness of the real energetic web on your lap. Ask yourself how things (desperately) need to change and then ask yourself how you can catalyze or assist in this process.

Again, working with the Plutonic process, no matter how uncomfortable it may be, is always preferable to avoidance, denial, or shirking the responsibility of awareness.

Pluto truly does hate a coward. So stick your neck out for the change you wish to see, for the change that absolutely must come about. Facilitate the Plutonic birthing process, allow it to work through you, allow the truth to surface through you, and this Bad Boy of the zodiac will have your back.

Pluto stations direct again September 25, 2015.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Twenty GM Alfalfa "Demonstration Plots" to be Planted in Eastern Canada in 2015, "Co-existence" Plan Moving Full Speed Ahead

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Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics is moving full speed ahead with its "co-existence plan" for genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Canada, despite the fact that co-existence with a feral, perennial crop like alfalfa is impossible.

Twenty "demonstration plots" of genetically modified alfalfa are scheduled to be planted in Eastern Canada during the 2015 growing season, and 12 of these plots were planted in 2014.

The media is releasing information designed to placate the public and GMO opponents under this false headline:

No Roundup Ready Alfalfa Production for 2015

In fact, Roundup Ready alfalfa will be produced in Canada in 2015, just as it was produced in 2014. GM alfalfa will not be released commercially this year, but Forage Genetics has plans to do so in the near future.

Stop GM Alfalfa in Canada and Worldwide 


Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa has now become the first genetically modified (GM) perennial planted in Canadian history.

Twenty “demonstration plots” of genetically modified alfalfa are to be planted in Eastern Canada in spring 2015, and 12 of these plots were planted in 2014.  

Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics is also moving full speed ahead on a “co-existence plan” for GM alfalfa, which farmers and citizens know is impossible.  

Forage Genetics has plans for the wide-scale selling of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seeds in Ontario and Quebec because GM alfalfa has already been rejected wholeheartedly by Western Canadian farmers and ranchers.

Monsanto's alfalfa strains have been genetically modified to withstand its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. Genes that are not naturally found in alfalfa have been implanted by scientists into the seeds so the plants will withstand major doses of the herbicide.

GM alfalfa was unconditionally approved amidst much controversy in the United States in 2011, and genetically modified alfalfa has been planted there for the past four seasons. It now accounts for 70% of the alfalfa crop in some states and has contaminated the natural crop. Lawsuits are ongoing.

A Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Genetically Modified Alfalfa in Canada


The introduction of genetically modified alfalfa has the ability to wipe out the entire foundation of organic/non-genetically modified agriculture. 

Alfalfa is a staple livestock feed. It is a crop often used during the three-year field transition from conventional to organic farming. Alfalfa is also essential in crop rotations as a nitrogen-fixer and natural fertilizer of the soil.

As alfalfa is embedded in the entire organic agriculture system, contamination by GM alfalfa would be devastating. Alfalfa is also used widely in non-GM agriculture.

As a staple livestock feed, alfalfa is made into bales of hay that are fed to animals. What we feed our animals, we end up eating ourselves if we eat meat or animal products. Contamination by GMOs would particularly affect organic/non-GM meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. Because GM alfalfa would have an effect on soil quality, however, vegetables, fruits, and grains could also be affected.

The first genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were released in the mid-1990s. GMOs have spread faster than anyone could have imagined, and due to the lack of labelling and segregation within the agricultural system, GM crops grown widely in Canada, especially soybeans, corn, and canola, have contaminated natural versions. If you are eating a non-organic product that contains a derivative of those three crops (soybeans, corn, or canola), you are almost guaranteed to be eating some genetically modified material. 

Already, there can be no guarantee that a food product labelled organic is completely free of genetically modified material. However, because the effort is made to keep organic crops separate from genetically modified crops, organic crops remain the best bet for non-GM food choices.

(Source: Manitoba organic inspector Priscilla Reimer)

Co-existence is Impossible


Currently, the plan touted by GM proponents is a “co-existence policy” where genetically modified alfalfa can be grown, harvested, and used alongside non-genetically modified alfalfa. This is the plan Forage Genetics is moving ahead on in Canada, despite widespread opposition. 

What organic and non-GM farmers know is that this co-existence is actually impossible, particularly with a feral perennial crop (grows back year-after-year) like alfalfa that cross-pollinates widely, including by wind and insects.

The first official case of alfalfa contamination by a genetically modified variety was reported by a farmer in Washington state in September 2013. The farmer’s natural alfalfa crop was rejected for export because, without his knowledge or intention, it was found to contain genetically modified material from Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GM alfalfa variety.

The Washington farmer complained to the United States Department of Agriculture, which responded with an “it’s not our problem” stance on the issue. The USDA claimed that the unintentional contamination of the natural alfalfa crop, as well as the resulting loss of markets and non-GM food security, were a “commercial issue” that must be dealt with in the marketplace.

Because many countries worldwide have banned genetically modified seeds, crops, and foods, including the European Union, any crop found to contain GM material will be rejected for export. 

In October 2014, for example, China slammed the door to U.S. hay imports after unintentional GM alfalfa contamination was found.

PhD work done in Manitoba on the spread of genetically modified canola between 2004 and 2007 found unintentional GMO contamination as well as cross-breeding between GM strains. Escape populations of canola were studied - plants growing outside fields where they had not been planted - and widespread contamination by genetically modified organisms was found among them. 

The study found that the transportation and containment systems were most often the cause of the spread of the seeds (spilling from trucks, trains, and elevators), making the standard solution of "buffer fields" between GM and non-GM crops almost useless to stop contamination. Unless the growing, transportation, and containment of genetically modified seeds/crops is kept separate from non-genetically modified versions, contamination is inevitable. In particular, it would be impossible to contain a feral perennial plant like alfalfa to stop GM versions from contaminating the natural crop.

The same PhD work found something else the GMO companies had not intended: some of the GM canola plants studied had cross-pollinated with each other in the wild, forming a hybrid of Monsanto's Roundup Ready variety and Bayer's LibertyLink variety.

(Source: Alexis KnispelKanu)

Major GM and Glyphosate Safety Concerns Uncovered


An unprecedented animal feeding trial published in 2012 found that lab rats fed genetically modified corn as well as glyphosate residue - the primary ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup - developed high incidences of tumours, multiple organ damage, and premature death.

The results of the GM feeding trial were published September 19, 2012 in the scientific journal "Food and Chemical Toxicology." The
peer-reviewed study was conducted by a team of scientists led by biologist and endocrinologist Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen in France.

The study was attacked vociferously as flawed by other scientists and biotechnology groups. Despite the uproar, the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal, a major journal on toxicology, refused to retract the study (until, that is, the journal hired ex-Monsanto scientist, Richard E. Goodman, on its editorial staff).

The trial studied the long-term effects of exposure to NK603 GM corn (Monsanto's Roundup Ready variety) and glyphosate - individually and combined - on the health of rats over two years.

The study found that even exposure to levels considered "safe" resulted in severe negative health effects in the animals:

- Of the rats fed GM corn or glyphosate residue, 50% of males and 70% of females died prematurely. This was compared to 30% and 20% respectively in the control group.
- Female rats developed fatal mammary tumours and pituitary disorders. Males developed liver damage, kidney and skin tumours and had problems with their digestive systems.
- Rats fed GM corn or Roundup residues developed two to three times more tumours than the control group.

The study found that ingestion of GM corn and glyphosate caused similar damage in the rats whether consumed separately or together. Even the lowest doses of GM corn and glyphosate, touted as safe by industry, were associated with severe health problems.

Previous studies have produced similar findings, but this was the first ever feeding trial done over the course of the entire lifespan of a laboratory rat - two years.

Despite the fact that lab rats live only two years, no genetically modified animal feeding trials have been done up to this point for longer than 90 days. Genetically modified seeds/foods have been rushed onto the market in Canada and the United States without any longer-term studies on potential effects. The majority of the tumours and devastating health effects that developed with the rats were detected after 18 months, which means that prior GM testing done over 90 days would not have discovered them.

- In 2013, the results of a five-month feeding study done on just-weaned pigs were released in the "Organic Systems Journal." The study, conducted by lead researcher Judy Carman of Flinders University in Australia, found that a diet of genetically modified corn and soy produced severe stomach inflammation in the pigs, as well as enlargement of the uteruses in female pigs, indicating both digestive and reproductive damage from GM diets.

Carman said that pigs were used in the feeding study because their digestive systems are similar to those of human beings. 

Carman is calling for further long-term animal feeding studies on GM foods before they continue to be commercially planted and ingested by humans.

- Also in 2013, the results of a study on glyphosate excretion in the urine of Danish dairy cattle were released. The study, led by Dr. Monica Kruger, looked at 240 dairy cattle from eight different dairy farms in Denmark. It found that glyphosate was being excreted in varying amounts by all the cattle. Blood tests showed toxicity, with a particular effect on liver and muscle cells. The conclusion of this study was that glyphosate is toxic to the metabolism of dairy cattle.

- In 2015, Italian scientists found that a diet of GM soybeans caused DNA changes in the milk of mother goats, specifically decreasing immunoglobulin substances which could affect the immune systems of the offspring. Baby goats who fed from the mothers on GM soybean diets were also found to have significantly lower weights.

Roundup is currently the world's most popular and widely-used herbicide. Its global usage is set to double by 2017, according to Global Industry Analysts of San Jose, California.

The Battle As it Stands 

 

The sale and growth of genetically modified alfalfa was initially stopped by a lawsuit in the United States in 2007, but that lawsuit was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. A compromise that would have limited the growth of GM alfalfa, potentially protecting organic and non-GM farmers, was scrapped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when it announced approval of unrestricted commercial cultivation on January 27, 2011.


This decision is highly opposed by organic farmers, who stand to lose the most money (and their entire livelihoods) from contamination by genetically modified alfalfa or even the belief that their products are contaminated. It is also opposed by many non-GM farmers and by all who wish to eat GMO-free food.

Genetically modified alfalfa was approved under Tom Vilsack as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Vilsack is the ex-Governor of Iowa, a corn belt state. Genetically modified corn is big business in Iowa. As might be expected, Vilsack is a major supporter of Monsanto and their genetically modified seed varieties. Vilsack was even named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization in 2001.

In March 2011, a motion on the moratorium on the planting and growing of genetically modified alfalfa in Canada was tabled in Canadian Parliament by Liberal members of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee.

That motion was left unaddressed as pro-GM Stephen Harper dissolved Parliament ahead of the federal election in May 2011.

Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics International is now selling the seeds for "demonstration plots" of GM alfalfa being grown in Ontario and Quebec. It is also moving full speed ahead with its "co-existence plan," which would pave the way for the the wide-scale commercial sale and growth of GM alfalfa in Canada.

Ontario and Quebec have been chosen as the introduction points for genetically modified alfalfa because farmers in Western Canada have already rejected GM alfalfa.

National Farmers Union protests against GM alfalfa are ongoing in Canada.

On April 9, 2013, protests were held outside MP offices across the country opposing the commercial sale and growth of GM alfalfa in Canada. A photo gallery can be seen here: http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Tools/Photos-and-Graphics/Day-of-Action-to-Stop-GM-Alfalfa-April-9-2013

Forage Seed Canada, an umbrella group representing provincial forage seed associations, is seeking allies to help block Roundup Ready alfalfa from commercial Canadian production. 

A Moratorium on GM Alfalfa in Canada


We, as concerned citizens, are calling on our elected officials to do the responsible thing with untested, unproven GM alfalfa. We are calling for an immediate moratorium on the sale, planting, and growth of genetically modified alfalfa in Canada. We are asking for its sale and growth to be blocked in Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the rest of Canada. 

We are also calling for additional long-term animal feeding trials to be conducted on genetically modified alfalfa and glyphosate exposure by independent scientific bodies unaffiliated with and unfunded by GM corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, and DuPont.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Honky Tonk Beer Slingin' and the Detrimental Dating Habits of the Pluto in Scorpios

I recently started working casually at the little honky tonk bar in town.

(It's the only bar in town.)

Beer slingin' is just in my blood, I guess.

I worked off and on as a waitress and cocktail server for 10 years, but those years were many moons ago, and when I got poisoned by Cipro and my tendons started breaking down, I thought my service industry days were over.

But it's all about that Scorpionic regeneration and resurrection, don't you know? Through excruciating focus on my diet and overall health, I was able to recover from the worst of the Cipro effects, so back in the bar I am.

I wondered if I would still be able to do it, but it turns out that slinging beer and cocktails is kind of like riding a bike. It comes back to you pretty quickly.

Being back in the bar has brought me into contact with people a bit younger than I am, and I have to tell you, this has opened my eyes to some of the absolute nastiest aspects of the sign of Scorpio via the heinous mess that is the Pluto in Scorpio dating world. (The members of the Pluto in Scorpio generation were born roughly from November 1983 to November 1995.)

Seriously, mouth agape. Shocked.

Now, the redneck version of the Pluto in Scorpio dating world (which I'm privy to) is quite likely
worse than standard - probably much worse. But the word "sociopathic" would not be too strong a descriptor for the dating behaviour of much of this generation, from what I see.

My Libra/Pluto in Libra social sensibilities and consideration for others are in a constant state of wounded shock. 

(Just so I don't piss people off (it's likely impossible not to), I'm not saying all members of the Pluto in Scorpio generation are manipulative messes. Just the majority. Ha. I would say the majority of any generation does not have its Plutonic shit together, but because Scorpio as a sign is so damned extreme, this is extra detrimental.)

I always had a feeling I might have to help straighten this generation out one day. I have a Scorpio stellium in my natal chart with Pluto conjunct the Sun. I grew up through the transiting Pluto in Scorpio years with Pluto forming conjunctions to all my Scorpio placements, which was a little harsh, to say the least.

So I always had a feeling that my hard labour in the Scorpy under-realms would not go to waste. I had a feeling I could help other people whose experiences had them wishing for sweet, sweet death due to the almost impossible difficulty of Scorpio/Pluto themes. I mean, I've been doing it on this blog for the past seven years, right?

But the task at hand with these redneck Pluto in Scorpios seems too big for even your anarchist astro-reporter, I tell you. Too big.

I can honestly say I've never witnessed more using, manipulating, lying, cheating, and lowdown dirty tricks than when coming into contact with these Pluto in Scorpios. Their festering and emotionally toxic dating scene is your classic Plutonic hell-world. And I'm not exactly dealing with the most mature or emotionally/psychologically-sophisticated people on Earth here, either.

As I say, too big.

As a person who has done my best to be responsible with my own Scorpio stellium and the nasty potential dynamics within it, it disgusts and saddens me to see what's going on. It disgusts and saddens me to see people hurting each other, often intentionally. It disgusts and saddens me to see the wicked lack of regard for others' emotions and inner states. It seems that for many of these young Pluto in Scorpios, as long as they're not left holding the "hot potato" of terrible, roiling emotions, they're happy to pass it on down the road to someone else. Scorpio, in its immature state, is known for being vindictive and cruel.

Now, I'm not blaming this generation for these dynamics. They've been with us for millenia, and they're just concentrated in this particular generation of people. I'm holding this generation responsible for how it's dealing (or not dealing) with these dynamics. I'm holding the members responsible for what they're furthering via their behaviour.

One of the main problems I see with this generation as a whole (and yes, I understand I'm speaking in generalizations and that there are individual exceptions to this) is an almost complete lack of awareness of energetic and emotional responsibility. These are two areas that it really would have behooved everyone, especially the Pluto in Scorpios, to get up to speed on as Saturn transited Scorpio in the first pass (October 2012 - December 2014).

Scorpio/Pluto energy is like a figure 8 dynamic. When you're connected intimately to someone - emotionally, psychologically, sexually, psychically - you're also intimately connected to the energy dynamics that pass back and forth between the two of you. This is the case whether you like it or not. You're affected by the energy passed between you, both pleasant and not-so-pleasant.

Taking full responsibility for your end of the figure 8 energy dynamics (what you pass to the other) is a true act of love toward that person. Even if you come to hate that person at some point (another common Scorpio/Pluto theme), maintaining that responsibility is an act of general human decency, ethics, and integrity.

From what I see, though, taking full responsibility for these energy exchanges is not exactly how it's going down with many in this generation.

What we have is the classic detrimental Scorpio themes, that nasty, nasty shit, being passed along and passed along and passed along in some sort of fucked up game of Hot Potato.

Get screwed over; screw someone else over; get screwed over; screw someone else over. Get stung; sting someone else.

We have people being burned, used, manipulated, and lied to - and then passing that same treatment on down the line, rather than doing the more difficult (and more mature) thing to process, resolve, and ground that nasty charge so it can't be passed along to some other poor sap.

So what are some of these nasty Scorpio dynamics being passed around like a bad case of V.D.?

- obsessions, particularly obsessions with an individual in a love or sexual relationship, which are then used to justify any and all bad behaviour
- dating someone or sleeping with someone just to get back at someone else. This includes the classic "sleeping with all your ex-boyfriend's/girlfriend's friends" thing.
- dating someone or sleeping with someone just to get your mind off someone else
- manipulating someone who has fallen for you, misusing that power and the "upper hand" it gives you
- faking feelings for someone
- using people as a means to your ends
- saying all the right things and pretending to be interested in a real relationship to get someone into bed
- keeping a relationship "unlabeled" so as to keep your options open
- playing games like making plans and then breaking them, getting close and then withdrawing, using your social crowd as a power play over the other person
- lying, deceit, and omission of necessary information
- cheating, emotional or sexual
- taking advantage of the emotional vulnerability created in intimate relationships
- taking no responsibility for how your behaviour or words badly affect another person
- having multiple men/women on the go at once without their knowledge. This is absolutely chronic in the days of constant cell phone and social media usage. The texting games alone are enough to fill entire social psychology textbooks.
- having sex with people just to compete with your friends
- dropping someone out of the blue, discontinuing contact, and ignoring messages from that person
- refusing to end or resolve a relationship maturely and face-to-face
- leaving someone "hung up" on you
- getting satisfaction, glee, or a sense of personal empowerment from the pain and upset you've caused others

These are just a few of the nasty figure 8 Scorpio dynamics being passed around, and they all create emotional and psychological damage. They create wounds that may not be visible to the naked eye but that are often much more difficult to heal than physical wounds.

And it's all a bunch of crap. It's all a bunch of nasty, disgusting, inconsiderate, uncivilized crap. Yes, Libra speaking there again. The North Node (our successful path) is driving us right through Libra right now, remember?

I predicted this a few years back: the shining stars of the Pluto in Scorpio generation will have their work cut out for them rising above this mess. There will be members of this generation who work hard and move beyond the generational mindfucks, achieving a point of true legitimacy, honesty, and emotional integrity in their lives and in their conduct with others - but these individuals will be in the minority. I wrote about some of these themes in this post from 2011: Don't Believe Your Own Astrological Press. (Pluto in Scorpios, This Especially Relates To You Right Now.)

The thing it would benefit us all to keep firmly in mind is this: Scorpio is a very, very karmic sign. (And we all have Scorpio somewhere in our natal charts.)

In very basic terms, this means, what goes around comes around. Again. And again. And again.

If you burn someone, you'll get burned - until you change your ways and make up for the damage you've done.

There are natural consequences for your actions. And there are basic spiritual principles that govern life on this planet and the human relations here.

The universe doesn't allow people to get away with this bullshit indefinitely. It doesn't allow people to be base and low and damaging to others forever.

The Plutonic karmic comeuppance coming for the irresponsible members of the Pluto in Scorpio generation is mighty, let me tell you.

The hammer will come down. It's a matter of when, not if.

Transiting Saturn has just stationed retrograde in early Sagittarius. The planet of karmic challenges and necessary maturation will dip back into Scorpio from June 14 to September 17, 2015, colouring the new relationship cycle that gets underway during the Venus in Leo retrograde this summer. You can read more about that in this patron article: Saturn Retrograde Sets its Steely Gaze on Late Scorpio: the Final Resolution of Old Heartbreaks, Hurts, and Unfinished Business

Saturn taking one last dip into late Scorpio marks the hammer coming down. Some shit will officially be hitting some fans this summer. And we will all be wise to deal expeditiously with anything Saturn puts on our plates. "Yes, sir. Yes, Saturn, sir. Absolutely, sir. Let me take care of that immediately."

Saturn dipping back into Scorpio from June to September 2015 will be one final chance for anyone living out of honesty and integrity to get his or her act together.

But if people squiggle and squirm out of Saturn's grip, if they avoid their responsibilities, if they knowingly make the wrong decisions, they'll carry the consequences of that forward with them for the next 26 years until Saturn makes its way back to the sign in 2041.

Pretty heavy load of bullshit to carry until then, eh?

Sounds like, if you don't dig in this time, you're pretty well screwed.

And that goes double for anyone playing nasty Scorpio tricks from the Pluto in Scorpio generation. You guys are old enough to know better now.

If you're behaving badly, get to the root of it. Figure out why. Change your ways.

If you're hurting and damaging others with your behaviour, stop doing what you're doing. 

If you have wronged someone, make amends. Apologize honestly and from the heart (if the person wants to hear it). Correct your behaviour. Make it up to that person, if possible. And make sure it never happens again.

That goes for everyone.

If you can't handle that load of Saturn-delivered humility, you'd better just get used to things being a big old headache of a mess in your life. You'd better get used to life out of alignment with what's right and good.

Strong words, but this is not kid's stuff. Scorpio is life-or-death. And Saturn in Scorpio most certainly means business.

As Saturn Rx slides through early Sagittarius and back into the heart of the beast in late Scorpio, I'll just be slinging some beers, mixing some cocktails, listening to some jukebox tunes, and looking for any opportunity to help Saturn with his work, particularly with the Pluto in Scorpio generation.

Come in for a cold one if you ever find yourself on this lonely stretch of prairie highway...

Photos: Willow

Monday, March 23, 2015

Equinox-ing, Tipping Toward the Sun, and Watching Each Others' Backs For Dirty Piscean Tricks

Happy Equinox!
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We are now coming out of the 29-degree Pisces New Moon total solar eclipse March 20 that kicked off spring with a bang in the northern hemisphere. The "backdrop change" themes of that eclipse are now carried through Aries season (March 20 - April 20).

We're opening into an all-encompassing new expression of Pisces over the next 28 days - an expression that will carry us successfully into the astrological Aquarian era. We've been putting these "new-era Pisces" themes into practise for quite some time now, but this is final exam time.

Communication planet Mercury is closing in on a conjunction to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces on March 24, and the wounded and wounding themes of the astrological Piscean era are very much on our minds. Under the influence of this aspect, our troubles may seem more overwhelming than usual. Our damage may seem more unmanageable than usual. But take heart. We pretty much all feel this way at the moment.

If Pisces teaches us anything, it's that individual struggles are actually shared struggles. Individual problems almost always connect to a common root, shared by many through time and space, and we certainly share many very large issues amongst us on Planet Earth at the moment.

(The ongoing nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan and the oil/Corexit contamination of the Gulf of Mexico are two of the larger open Chiron in Pisces wounds, pertaining to the oceans (Pisces)).

The Mercury-Chiron aspect is past exact as most of us wake up on Tuesday (7:15 a.m. CST), though the themes will be colouring our experiences for the rest of the week.


This is an excerpt from the article, "Equinox-ing, Tipping Toward the Sun, and Watching Each Other's Backs For Dirty Piscean Tricks." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $4.75 by PayPal or email money transfer.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Intensity Buffers

Communication planet Mercury has just nicely settled into Pisces (late on March 12) after an extended stay in highly-cerebral Aquarius since January 4, including a retrograde period from January 21 to February 11. That extended stay in Aquarius pretty much blistered our brains with an overload of flash-bang Uranian insights since the beginning of the year.

Whether you found the Mercury in Aquarius transit of 2015 simply intense or downright traumatic, it was definitely one for the history books. The house or houses where Aquarius lies in your natal chart was the fertile territory for mental rewiring, information downloads, and the intense "new era" crossover being experienced throughout the first months of 2015.

We are required to change our thinking in certain ways in order to be successful moving forward into the new era. The at-times overbearing challenges of the Mercury transit and retrograde through Aquarius pertained directly to that process.

Now, Mercury has glided into surreal-and-dreamy Pisces, where it will stay until breaking new ground in Aries March 30 (7:44 p.m. CST). This transit of Mercury through Pisces gives us a much-needed mental rest, allowing our minds to just drift for a while. We're bobbing along in a more passive and surrendered mental state (what else can we do but surrender at this point?) with the universe bringing us information and bits of necessary perspective in oddly serendipitous ways.

During the Mercury in Pisces transit, we will start to see the spiritual connections and the threads that link us to others through time and space, in struggle and in love, but the universe has a mind (and a timing) of its own. We're in a more transcendant mental space now, surrendering certain worries and concerns that dogged us relentlessly during Mercury in Aquarius, and this is a sweet relief.

Pisces is considered a sign of Mercury's detriment, being a sign opposite one it naturally rules (Virgo), and this is generally considered a challenging placement. It can be difficult to communicate our perceptions clearly or in a concise way with Mercury in Pisces. It can be difficult to know what our perceptions even are, exactly. Pisces is a sign of dreams, ghosts, illusions, going-with-the-flow, spiritual guidance, and otherworldly connections - all things that are diffuse, boundary-less, and hard to define in Mercurial terms. There can be some confusion, forgetfulness, and brain fog associated with Mercury in Pisces, attuned as it is to the otherworldly as much (or more so) than to the concrete, physical world.

However, the softened definitions and rosy hues of Pisces are just what our over-taxed synapses need following the Mercury in Aquarius transit. Even the more challenging aspects of Mercury in Pisces should be fairly welcome at this point.

With Mercury transiting Pisces until the end of the month, our dreams and "the other side" will be communicating with us more vividly than usual. We may need more unconscious processing time (ie. sleep) than usual. Drifting away from intensive conversation or social media connection could be just what our tired brains require. Allow for more unstructured time, less scheduling, fewer details, and a lighter mental load until the end of the month.

Mercury in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius tomorrow morning (3:41 a.m.) before forming conjunctions to Neptune (March 18 at 2:49 a.m.) and then wounded healer Chiron in Pisces (March 24 at 7:15 a.m.). These Mercury aspects all occur in the morning, indicating again that there is a lot going on, a lot being processed, as we slumber. Some disrupted sleep patterns can be expected over the next couple weeks as we move through a roller coaster of an eclipse season...

We have a second intensity buffer on its way this week with Venus entering home-sweet-home Taurus on March 17 (4:15 a.m.) for a transit that lasts until April 11. This adds some much-needed Earth Mama energy and loveliness to the proceedings. Basic, simple, natural, healing, nourishing.

Venus has been transiting the sign of its detriment, warrior-esque Aries, while triggering the Uranus-Pluto square, so coming home to Taurus provides some much needed calm, grounding, and relaxation. It has been quite a triggered and sometimes-hostile transit of Venus through hot-blooded Aries (February 20 - March 17) as we battled our way into new relationship territory, and the ingress into earth sign Taurus allows us to move out of "high alert," particularly in relationships and with money matters. Things start to settle out a little on the other side of the Uranus-Pluto square March 16, and Venus in Taurus leads the way.

Venus and Mars came together in a conjunction at 1 degree Aries on February 21, 2015, propelling relationships into white-hot "new era" territory, like it or not. This was then taken up a few notches as both Venus and Mars in Aries activated the Uranus-Pluto square, creating relationship turmoil, upheaval, and re-positioning particularly between March 4 and March 11. More can be read on those aspects here: Just a Little "Intensity Heads Up"

We can expect further upheaval, changes, and developments along "new-era relationship re-positioning" lines as we move to the Libra Full Moon total lunar eclipse on April 4, followed by both the Sun and Mercury in Aries triggering the Uranus-Pluto square April 5 - 7. More will be shaken out there, new directions will be taken, and much of the current positioning in relationships and social scenes will likely be temporary. Expect things to be rocking and rolling on the relationship/social fronts during the first 10 days of April.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Main Event

The Moon is currently transiting Scorpio (until it surfaces in Sagittarius at 5:30 p.m. CST on March 11), which means the general emotional climate is coloured strongly by dispositor bad boys Mars in Aries tightly square Pluto in Capricorn. You can cut the tension with a knife.

The emotional state is deep, dark, and compacted with some simmering rage possible. No one, and I mean no one, is in the mood to be messed with over the next few days.

Things are moving in and out of "crisis state." But most of us are used to this by now. Some of us were born used to it.

Mars in Aries will trigger the applying Uranus-Pluto square exactly on March 11, forming a conjunction to Uranus (10:06 a.m.) and a square to Pluto (4:41 p.m.). Something's about to blow - unless we can ease the pressure somehow.

All this is going on as Saturn slows to station retrograde March 14 (9:02 a.m.) and Uranus and Pluto form their seventh and final exact square aspect March 16 (8:54 p.m.). The state of things is weighing heavily upon us. Keep breathing; keep moving.

This is the final event of the Uranus-Pluto square series (2012 - 2015). The Big Show. The one we've been working toward. Capitalize wherever you can.

We have the momentum to move mountains now, to change detrimental patterns that have been with us for generations - so long as we find the courage to make the necessary changes and then stick with them.

Where do you dearly desire to create change in your life? The universe is supporting this now in a way that we will likely never experience again. So don't hold back. Don't settle for less. It's do-or-die, now-or-never.

Clinging to the way things have always been is the best way to get walloped by this square aspect between the planet of upheaval and shock, Uranus, and the planet of transformation and endings, Pluto.

Be ready to move. Be ready to change. Be ready to grow in unexpected (yet required) ways. Be ready to have your heart dropped into the dirt a few times, but we're moving too fast to spend much time dwelling on it. This is the big surge and the big purge all in one.

We are absolutely hurtling into the 29-degree New Moon total solar eclipse in Pisces on March 20 (3:36 a.m.). This is the New Moon to end all New Moons. Or rather, it's the New Moon that begins all Aquarian Age New Moons. This is a New Moon on the very last degree of the zodiac, and it's a full, total eclipse backdrop change.

This is the end of the astrological Piscean era. It's sad and devastating and exciting and exhilarating all at the same time.

From a previous post:

"We're blowing some major Piscean-era karma - personal and/or collective - out of the way here, and it may be a bit of a bumpy ride. We're advancing beyond old siren songs, mirages, illusions, disappointments, and old-era traps, and only Uranus and Pluto moving full speed direct into this final square in the cardinal signs could provide the energy and catalytic forward-ho we need to get this job done."

The psychic cacophony of pain and jubilance and chaos and sweetness and disappointment and love will be pushed to a head at the Full Moon total lunar eclipse at 14 degrees Libra on April 3/4.

The Libra Full Moon triggers the Uranus-Pluto square directly, as well, so the emotional edge we're experiencing now is really not going anywhere for the next few weeks. Enjoy any moments of reprieve while they last. The Moon in Libra will form a square to Pluto in Capricorn and an opposition to Uranus in Aries just after the opposition to the Aries Sun marks the Full Moon on April 4 (2:31 a.m.).

We are officially operating within "new era" relationship themes as of that Libra eclipse, so expect some relational detritus to be flying off at a pretty rapid rate around that time. Things will be "getting real," as they say, during the first week of April, particularly in interpersonal relationships and social settings.

The emotional backdrop change we're moving through involves dropping the love and relational ideals of an era now past while embracing the exhilarating current moment that we are experiencing together - the only moment that exists. 

Both the Sun and Mercury in Aries will trigger the Uranus-Pluto square yet again following the Libra Full Moon, and we have officially arrived. The changes are right in front of us now, permeating our minds and our current moments. We can't look away, and we can't go back again.  

The Sun in Aries will move from Full Moon position into a square to Pluto in Capricorn April 5 (9:08 a.m.) and a conjunction to Uranus in Aries April 6 (8:08 a.m.). Messenger planet Mercury in Aries will follow shortly after, forming a square to Pluto in Capricorn April 7 (6:07 p.m.) and a conjunction to Uranus in Aries April 8 (6:20 a.m.). We can expect more turbulence here as people upset apple carts by moving in new and unexpected directions. During the first week of April, we are gaining the full awareness and perspective we need to continue breaking new era trail, but this is not without its challenges and difficulty.

The Sun and Mercury will follow all that intensity up with their own exterior conjunction at 19 degrees Aries on April 9 (10:00 p.m.).

These are some amazing times we're living through. Intense, difficult, painful but with immense potential that is only just beginning to unfold.

I'll see you all on the other side of it. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Patrons Not Receving Articles in their Email Inbox

I've received word that a couple patrons are not receiving their articles in their email inbox.

Patrons, would you please check to make sure that you are receiving the articles from me?

The last article that was sent out was titled: "Saturn Retrograde Sets its Steely Gaze on Late Scorpio: the Final Resolution of Old Heartbreaks, Hurts, and Unfinished Business," and I believe it was sent out on February 23, 2015.

My email address is also sometimes put into the Spam folder, so please check there, also.

If you have not been receiving your articles, please let me know. I will start a second mass mailout list and see if that solves the problem.

Thank-you.

Willow