Friday, March 23, 2012

Mercury Rx Back Into Pisces: Mental Hauntings Ahoy!

Mercury has just retrograded from the first degree of the zodiac (zero Aries) into the last degree of the zodiac (29 Pisces), which means the zippy communication and intelligence planet is now dragging ass retrograde through the swampy, foggy morass of the sign of its fall. I wrote a bit about this previously: (Another) Mercury Retrograde Through Tough Territory March 12 - April 4

In a lot of ways, this Mercurial movement back into watery Pisces - where it will be until re-entering Aries April 16 - acts as a necessary, yet potentially confusing and most likely frustrating, reprieve. Mercury was a primary player in the blazingly potent Aries New Moon we're opening out of, and, coming out of its prolonged conjunction to Uranus, our mental circuitry needs some recovery time just floating in the Piscean abyss. This is one placement that lets us know in no uncertain terms that most of it is not in our control.

The thing about that is, it's just not all that relaxing floating in a tail-end Piscean abyss at this point. You really don't know what you're going to find floating around in there, you know? Corexit, tar balls, industrial waste, ghost sharks, old tires, broken records, Slurpee cups, dead bodies, fish with three eyes, old, lingering impressions that bring the creep factor, thoughts that haunt, a mirroring of communication patterns, terrifying blind spots. Oh, and don't forget the odd hot radioactive particle.

It's a mixed bag, that tail-end Pisces, and this mental floating over the next three weeks isn't always going to be comfortable. Often it'll be creepy. Grievous. At times, it'll be almost unbearable.

We've just been infused with a massive amount of Aries "blast off" energy, and blasting off is what we're primed to do. Ants are officially in pants, and the idea that we will now be delayed, confused, thwarted by Mercury retrograde in the sign of its fall is a hard one to swallow.

Uranus is currently closing in on the first of its seven squares to Pluto June 24 as we move from spring equinox to summer solstice, and the unsettling and unsettled energy is increasingly permeating our realities. The Sun in Aries conjuncts Uranus tomorrow at 12:20 p.m. Central, keeping the nerve-jangling New Moon effects up front and centre. The Aries Sun then squares Pluto for a little stomach-dropping horrification and "in light of the current circumstances" personality/ego purging March 29 at 1:56 p.m.

We know we have to go through it. Those Uranus-Pluto squares are right in front of us now. And the Sun in Aries keeps this in our conscious moment this week.

I appeared on a radio show yesterday when the transits were fairly dicey personally because the issues came to me to be spoken about. It was a toss-up, and I knew it, but I decided to talk. I got the information across, but it did come back on me in some unpleasant ways.

It has to be noted that often these days, communication is difficult. Sometimes it's dangerous. Many choose not to speak on certain issues, not to be bothered, not to risk it. But I was woken up at 3 a.m. on March 12 as Mercury stationed retrograde in Aries conjunct Uranus, completely wired, with this post thrumming through me, insisting it be written. So I followed its course. It led me to a letter-to-the-editor in the local paper, a Doonesbury comic strip, and 14 U.S. states bringing forced sonogram laws down on women seeking abortions. You see the connections that occur when fighting the same fights.

Mercury is about to retrograde over my South Node, and to tell the truth, I'm not looking forward to it. I'm tempted to stay silent. It might be easier.

For other people it would be. But for me, the only course to follow is to haul myself out of bed and write it down. Even when it seems it will do no good. Especially then, actually.

And oddly enough, my internet connection, which has been intermittent for three weeks and almost non-existent this past week, is back today. I'm taking that as a sign I can write this post - even though it's kind of all over the map - without any South Node nastiness foaming up on me like backwash.

We'll see.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Astrological New Year and Willow on Ask the Astrologer with Matt Savinar

Today is spring equinox, the Sun has entered Aries, and we're surging forward into a new astrological year.

There's a blazingly potent Aries New Moon coming up this Thursday, March 22 conjunct Mercury Rx and Uranus and trine the Sagittarius North Node, and things are getting mighty hot.

I'll be a guest on Matt Savinar's radio show, Ask the Astrologer, on Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon Pacific to talk about this Moon, the line-up of bodies in Aries led by Ceres, the corresponding attacks on women's reproductive rights, and the horrific forced sonogram laws in the United States being brought to public awareness this month through the Doonesbury comic strip.

Throughout 2011, forced sonogram laws were tabled in 14 U.S. states and were made law in four - Texas, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.

These sonogram laws, brought about by pro-life Republicans, force all women seeking an abortion to submit to a transvaginal sonogram of their fetuses - involving a probe that goes into their vaginas - as the characteristics of the fetus are described to them by their doctor. The woman is then asked if she would like to see the sonogram and hear an audio recording of the fetus' heart. She can refuse this, but she cannot refuse the procedure. And in North Carolina, any woman who refuses to look at the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat has her name marked and kept in a record for seven years. The doctor is also required to discuss alternatives to abortion. Under these sonogram laws, women are also forced to wait 24 hours after the sonogram before they are able to receive an abortion, unless they live more than 100 miles from the abortion facility.

These attacks against women's reproductive rights are real, and they're going on right now.

From March 12, 2012: Ceres in Aries and the Fight for Women's Reproductive Rights

Ask the Astrologer with Matt Savinar runs every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon Pacific on KOWS 107.3 FM. The station serves Occidental, California and West Sonoma county, so if you're in that area, please tune in. If not, a link to the show will be up a bit later on Matt's YouTube channel.

You can also listen live online here: KOWS 107.3 FM

Friday, March 16, 2012

Canada's Uranus-Sun in Cancer in T-Square Lock Down within the Uranus-Pluto Square Series - Part Two

I’ve written about the importance of the upcoming Uranus in Aries – Pluto in Capricorn square series in relation to Canada's corporate chart, as well as this June's Venus Transit in Gemini falling exactly on Canada’s Venus placement:

From March 8, 2012: Canada's Uranus-Sun in Cancer in T-Square Lock Down within the Uranus-Pluto Square Series

Transiting Uranus and Pluto acting intensively on the Uranus-Sun in Cancer in Canada's astrological chart are forging deep, fractious changes in this country while the astrological transits are used by those in positions of power to continue toward a vision that I do not wish to see become a reality in this country. The agenda of the current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and his government, merged within broader global agenda, lead in a direction that, despite the government's claimed majority, most Canadians do not wish to follow.

Harper-Style Restructuring and Global Governance

In October, 2011, Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz introduced a bill that would strip the Canadian Wheat Board of much of its power, making it a voluntary institution for farmers. Though the bill was challenged in court as illegal, it was passed in December, 2011.

The Canadian Wheat Board was established by Canadian Parliament in 1935 to help offset the devastation of Canada’s farmers by the Great Depression. Since then, the Wheat Board has marketed and sold all the wheat and barley in Canada for Canadian farmers, providing a stable and guaranteed price from year-to-year.

Harper sold the bill as an increase in individual choice for farmers, who can now choose to market and sell their own grain rather than going through the Wheat Board, and it's true that some farmers welcome this - at this point.

In effect, though, what Harper and his government have done is bust the union. Without the collective power the Wheat Board had on the global market with the pool of Canadian wheat and barley, it will likely not be able to secure the same level of prices. The Harper Conservatives’ hog-tying of the Wheat Board at this time leaves both the Board and individual farmers open to the wild fluctuations of price within the global grain market.

Canada’s grain industry has just been served up on a silver platter to multi-national agribusiness.

The global grain market is currently destabilized. From August 8, 2010: Ceres Direct in Sagittarius on Its Way to Pluto in Capricorn and Benefitting Financially From the Starvation of the People After the U.S. mortgage collapse in 2008, investors were looking for a place to move their money. What they found was the relatively stable grain market, and soon grain prices were on the roller coaster that is the derivatives market. Investors were betting on the rise in the price of grain, and as speculation grew, prices rose. As the price of basic grain staples skyrocketed worldwide, people could no longer afford food and began to starve and riot.

Coincidentally, flooding of the world breadbaskets over the past three years, including in the Canadian prairie provinces two years running, has ensured dips in supply (or at least the appearance of dips in supply) in order to further push grain prices up. This year, it will likely be drought creating grain shortages after Canada experienced a surreal winter of record-breaking high temperatures and little snowfall.


- Flooding of farmland near Estevan, Saskatchewan in the spring of 2011 (Photo used with permission) -

For the short-sighted, a single farmer selling his wheat for the inflated prices created by a speculation bubble sounds great - for a year or two. But without the stabilized prices and collective power provided by the Wheat Board, that same farmer will have no protection from the “free” market once prices take a nose dive.

As we are now officially entering a Uranus in Aries square series to Pluto that we last experienced during the Great Depression - complete with wildly destabilized and deregulated markets - now is probably the worst time to reduce the stabilizing clout of the Canadian Wheat Board. Well, it’s the worst time for the country and its farmers. It’s a great time for agribusiness corporations who now find the Canadian grain industry ripe for the plucking and for the manipulating.

Swiss-based commodities trader Glencore PLC and U.S.-based agribusiness corporation Cargill have already been sniffing around Canadian grain handler Viterra in potential takeover position. This follows the hostile takeover bid of the Saskatchewan Potash Corporation (used to make fertilizer) by English-Australian mining corporation BHP Billiton. That takeover bid was blocked by the Feds, though Saskatchewan Liberal MP Ralph Goodale recently called the Harper government negligent for not fulfilling a promise to clarify foreign investment rules after that potash battle. From November 13, 2010: Ceres and Pluto in the Headlines: You Only Want Me For My Potash

Cooperation has always been a major aspect of the survival and success of independent farmers. Now, Harper and his government have set up individual farmers, many blinded by the dollar signs of an inflated, derivatives-fuelled grain market, against huge multi-national corporations. Guess whose interests prevail over the long run in that set-up?

But these prices are going to last forever, right? Just like the housing bubble.

The Canadian housing industry is currently experiencing inflationary real estate prices with most Canadians in urban centres paying more than 50% of their incomes to maintain their mortgages and related costs. Interest rates are being kept unnaturally low to entice new buyers with rates that will often increase after three to five years (sound familiar?). As was the case in the U.S. housing market, which was intentionally set up to collapse and pay off in hedge fund insurance policies, inflated Canadian mortgages are also now being hedged to the teeth.

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, a Canadian Crown corporation, is currently hedging $541 billion in mortgages, nearing its ceiling of $600 billion. This ceiling was only recently raised from $450 billion in 2008 in response to the mortgage crisis and economic collapses worldwide. The Canadian banks handing out loans for mortgages have now moved en masse to buy CMHC insurance so they can then bundle and sell the mortgages to investors – a practise that was common in the United States in the lead-up to the housing collapse but relatively rare in Canada up to this point.

The Harper Conservatives have floated the idea that, with the release of its upcoming budget March 29, Canadians should get ready for sweeping, transformative changes. We all know what “sweeping, transformative changes” the Global Governor set bring, particularly the neo-conservative branch.

The upcoming budget is being likened to a Brian Mulroney-style vision. Mulroney is the ex-Progressive Conservative Prime Minister who signed the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, one of the first steps in carving up the country, its resources, and its people in offering to One World Government.

Canadians can expect the slash-and-burn erosion of social programs, which has up until now been kept somewhat in check via minority governments, to move into high gear with this budget. From erosion, we move to grand-scale, undemocratic, semi-legal dismantling, as has been seen with the Canadian Wheat Board.

The two-tiered health care system Harper has ushered in will be cemented into place with more privatized care creating one system for the rich and one (underfunded) system for the not-so-rich.

Remaining protection of national industries will be gradually dismantled, opening Canada to more foreign ownership. Resources will be divvied up to the highest international bidder with no view of conservation or stewardship, and water will probably now officially be put on the table.

And of course, the war machine will roll on, mostly unhindered.

Already, Harper is angering the provinces by making unilateral decisions that affect them without consultation. His "tough on crime" bill has dumped billions of dollars in extra costs on the provinces with, of course, little focus on addressing the actual roots and cycles of criminal behaviour.

Harper is also currently working to raise the age of retirement from 65 to 67 to reduce costs - but don't worry, Baby Boomers! This doesn't take effect until 2020 when most of you will be safely on the Old Age Security rolls, so you can keep voting for old Steve. The passing of bucks to the younger generations continues.

The conditions stemming from the orchestrated economic collapses worldwide will be used to implement the vision.

This has been the trajectory for decades, though Bilderberg-approved Harper was unable to fully bring about his part of the Grand Vision within the minority governments he won in 2006 and 2008, and it has been simmering, simmering, biding its time. Now, Harper gets to work the Uranus-Pluto squares to push full speed ahead in choreographed lock-step with the plans being unfurled worldwide. The majority government Harper and his Conservatives won in May, 2011 ensures that Harper is now free to do exactly as he sees fit. The inconvenience of Parliament and the democratic process can officially be shaken off his pant leg, and he can implement the Grand Vision like a good middle manager of the Global Government would.

The hatred and contempt Harper holds for both the Canadian people and Canadian institutions, apparent throughout his stymied run as leader of minority governments, can now come out full force. This is a man used to making unilateral decisions, following the buck, following the global leaders. The will of the people is a quaint concept to “leaders” like him.

Oh, but about that majority.

The Harper Conservatives have one little problem on their hands, one little hitch.

It seems that their majority win is suspect. A scandal is a-brewing. There are calls coming from all corners of Canada for an independent inquiry into the possibility of election fraud.

Tens of thousands of complaints have come in to Elections Canada related to robocalls – automated telephone calls – made on behalf of the Conservative party around the time of last May’s election. The calls gave voters misleading information, telling them their polling stations had been changed.

The Conservatives have pleaded ignorance. Ex-Reform Party leader Preston Manning has spoken out publicly in indignance, too, about this type of fraud - which leads to an interesting connection. Preston Manning was once leader of the uber right-wing Reform Party, which morphed into the uber right-wing Canadian Alliance. Harper became leader of the Canadian Alliance in 2002, forming the Official Opposition in Canadian Parliament. The Canadian Alliance and the slightly more right-of-centre Progressive Conservative parties then merged, and that merger spawned the current Conservative Party, of which Harper is now leader.

On March 5, as Mercury and Uranus formed the initial conjunction in Aries that will be repeated March 18 and April 22, one of Canada’s national newspapers, The Globe and Mail, published a letter from John Fryer, adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration, talking about a campaign school he attended in 2010 at the (Preston Manning-founded) Manning Centre for Building Democracy:

“Intrigued, I signed up for the three-day event. Topics covered included voter identification. Discussion ensued about suppression techniques. Instructors explained voter suppression tactics were borrowed from those used by the U.S. Republican Party. Many kinds of suppression calls were canvassed. Another instructor gave detailed explanations of how robocalls worked, techniques for recording messages, plus costs… He distributed his business card upon request.

Instructors made it clear that robocalling and voter suppression were an acceptable and normal part of winning election campaigns.”

During the cardinal Grand Cross of June 2011, Brigette DePape, a young woman participating in the Canadian Senate Page Program, held up a sign during the throne speech that read, “Stop Harper!” In a later interview with CTV, DePape said, "Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation."

DePape spoke for the majority of Canadians with this action.

Canada is set up under a form of democracy that is not truly representative of the people's political will. This form of democracy is referred to as “first past the post,” meaning whatever candidate wins the most votes in a riding wins that seat in Parliament. If the Conservatives win 40 percent of votes in a riding, the New Democrats win 35 percent, the Liberals win 20 percent, and the Green Party wins 5 percent, the winner takes all, and it is a Conservative seat, despite the fact that only a minority of people voted Conservative.

A truer form of democracy, proportional representation, uses the total percentages of popular vote to determine the make-up of seats within Canadian Parliament. If you win 40% of the popular vote, you receive 40% of the seats in Parliament.

Considering the merger of the ultra right-wing Canadian Alliance with the generally more moderate Progressive Conservatives, my guess is that even some conservative-minded people within that party do not support the current Harper agenda. What this man, what this government, what all the lock-step governments worldwide are steamrolling ahead with is disastrous. It’s happening at both warp-speed (Uranus in Aries), before Canadians can really get their minds wrapped around what is going on, and also as a slow motion train wreck unfolding before our eyes (Pluto in Capricorn).

And again, the awareness and sustained action of the people who oppose these agenda is required and will be required acutely throughout the Uranus-Pluto square series.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ceres in Aries and the Fight for Women’s Reproductive Rights

Feminine dwarf planet Ceres, related to fertility and particularly women’s control over fertility, is currently transiting Aries, the sign of, among other things, the war, the battle, the fight.

With the current Mercury-Uranus conjunction in Aries square Pluto infusing the atmosphere, the Ceres in Aries themes are quite apparent within media (Mercury) channels. Case in point: the verbal attack (Mercury in Aries) from Rush Limbaugh of law student Sandra Fluke.

As many are probably aware by now, Fluke spoke at a congressional hearing in favour of the Obama health plan covering the cost of contraceptives. Her support for this was based primarily on health reasons – a friend of hers lost one of her ovaries due to a condition that could have been controlled had she been able to afford birth control pills. Limbaugh, one of those right-wing, privileged, white males who seem to be so oppressed by women having control of anything these days, called her a slut and a Feminazi on his radio show, prompting a storm of controversy and the pulling of multiple advertisers from his show.

Here's Rush at his finest:

“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

Limbaugh's language has an undertone of sexual violence and is a broadcasted voicing of the hatred, rage, and fear within the societies at large related to women's control of their own sexuality and reproduction.

The thread of hatred toward women, particularly strong women and particularly feminists, is out with teeth bared these days, not least of which in the race to become the next leader of the United States Republican party.

“The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”

- Scary, scary Rick Santorum from Khamenei or Santorum? You Be the Judge by Reza Aslan

Incidentally, radical feminism does not mean “extreme, over-the-top feminism,” the way most anti-feminist people, like Rick here, use it. Radical feminism is a branch of feminism that pertains, coincidentally, to the idea that the primary force of male oppression and dominance over women is in the control of their reproduction process. This control could be literal physical control – as in continually impregnating them and limiting the access to abortions and birth control – or coercive control through social mores and constructs.

The thread of underlying hatred toward feminists is prevalent on certain astrology blogs, also, and the Team Rush commentary following this incident involved an almost inexplicable rush (no pun intended) to dissect Sandra Fluke’s natal chart.

I understand there are problems with feminism - it is an institution at this point with multiple flaws and areas of bloat, requiring the same Pluto in Capricorn integrity-checks and metamorphosis that other institutions require at this time.

But this isn't really about feminism as an institution - it's about women's rights and the virulent rage and attempt at domination that comes about when women exert those rights. It seems that nowhere does this exertion strike a stronger chord than in the area of women's reproductive rights. There is a continued attempt at the erosion of these rights, including systemic attacks both legislatively and in the arenas of public opinion by people who would like to use Pluto's transit of Capricorn to cement a nice, no-rocking-of-the-boat old school patriarchy.

As usual, "women's issues" are actually everyone's issues, and last time I checked, accessible birth control benefited men, too. Men want to have sex without unwanted pregnancy, too.

Astrologers talk a lot about the revolutionary, future-oriented energy of the Uranus in Aries transit, and that drive is certainly there. We just have to remember that not all visions of the future are versions we would like to see come to realization.

An extreme regressive tendency can also be expected throughout the square series between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn with a move back to a "good, old days" 1950s male-female ideal that never really existed. I've written about this before - a type of nostalgia for the "angel-of-the-home woman/breadwinning-bringer-home-of-bacon man." Gender roles where the man controlled the money and made all the decisions and the woman was happy to birth and rear kids, cook, and clean.

Along with this regression will come the continued attempt to erode access to abortion, the morning after pill, and contraceptives. Nostalgia for back alley abortions, coat hangers, and women dying of infection and hemorrhaging, I guess. Might as well paint that shit into a Norman Rockwell painting.

Feminine Ceres has been reclassified as a dwarf planet and is now on equal astronomical footing with masculine Pluto. These two have always had equal power for growth and regeneration as well as death and destruction. The battles along the male-female, masculine-feminine lines will be intense, sometimes heated, and often in-your-face over the next years on this planet as the equalization and sharing of power is ground out one battle at a time.

These are our fights. Right now, right here. This is where we take a stand. The current feminine force including Vesta, Black Moon Lilith, and Ceres in warrior sign Aries is showing us the battleground, and every woman and man who does not want to see a regression in the areas of reproductive rights, women's rights, and the equalizing of power between men and women must take up the battle now.

Signed,

Willow, defender to her death of women’s reproductive rights

(If that makes me a Feminazi – seriously, that term needs to go – so be it. Anyone who doesn’t like it can mosey on over to the aforementioned Team Rush astrology blogs. Check out some inspirational reading in Michelle Duggar's 7 Rules For Being a Good Wife while you're at it.)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stationing Mercury Conjunct Uranus in Aries on the One-Year Anniversary of Fukushima and a Retrograde Over the Zero Aries/29 Pisces Point

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster - a disaster that is ongoing just as the industry, government, and media cover-ups of it are ongoing.

It's as difficult today to extract any real information or context as it was a year ago, though a picture is slowly forming.

Eighty percent of the people tested who lived in the Fukushima area at the time of the initial radioactive releases have been found to have excessive levels of radioactive iodine in their thyroids - something that could have been mitigated or prevented had the Japanese government distributed potassium iodide to the residents and instructed them on its use immediately.

Documents released March 9 revealed that immediately following the disaster, the Japanese government feared it could be worse than Chernobyl. Because of the intentional lack of action from a government that "didn't want to create panic in the population," hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people may now face a shortened lifespan with increased incidences of radiation-related health problems, including cancer. Two hundred eighty thousand people lived in the city of Fukushima at the time of the disaster with many more in the surrounding areas, including 100,000 people evacuated from the 20-kilometre no-go zone surrounding the reactors.

One year in, official-level denial continues to run rampant. According to an article by Yuri Kageyama, the health adviser for Fukushima prefecture, Shunichi Yamashita, continues to insist exposure to 100 millisieverts of radiation per year will have no ill health effects on people. Before the disaster, the Japanese people were exposed to 1 millisievert of background radiation per year. Background exposure, of course, also does not address the ingestion of radioactive particles via food, water, or air.

You might remember Yamashita as the guy who whipped out the New Age memes to placate the citizenry, telling people, "The effects of radiation do not come to people that are happy and laughing. They come to people that are weak-spirited, that brood and fret." From June 14, 2011: The Law of Attraction Fukushima-Style

People are showing up in doctor's offices with unexplained rashes all over their bodies. Women's hair and teeth are falling out, and doctors are diagnosing them with autoimmune disorders.

These are the same types of diagnoses people received (and are likely still receiving) in the U.S. Gulf states after being poisoned with Corexit and oil following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010.

The position of communication planet Mercury in Aries at this time as well as its upcoming retrograde movement (March 12 - April 4) are highly significant.

The 9.0 earthquake that caused the damage to the nuclear reactors and the initial explosions (Uranus) was unleashed as Uranus moved from 29 Pisces to zero Aries - the symbolic end degree and beginning degree of the zodiac.

The washboard ripples of HAARP clouds were visible, blanketing the sky, soon after.

Now, on the one-year anniversary of the initial disastrous events, Mercury has just moved past the 29 Pisces/zero Aries point and is stationing retrograde at 6 degrees Aries conjunct Uranus and square Pluto in Capricorn. Due to the retrograde station, Mercury stays tightly locked in this conjunction to Uranus for three weeks, infusing the mental environment with the themes.

Mercury will retrograde back over the powerful and highly symbolic zero Aries/29 Pisces point March 22/23, making for a blisteringly potent Aries New Moon at 2 degrees conjunct Mercury and Uranus on March 22, following the spring equinox March 20.

Mercury will make its final pass over the 29 Pisces/zero Aries point direct on April 15/16, just after the Pluto retrograde station in Capricorn. It forms its final conjunction to Uranus in Aries April 22.

A poll conducted March 3-4, as Mercury (media, opinion, information, communication) initially moved over the 29 Pisces/zero Aries point, found 73% of Japanese people are worried, either greatly or somewhat, about health effects from the radioactive releases. A vast majority of those also believe the government is hiding information related to the disaster.

Also released during the Mercury-Uranus conjunction (on March 5) was data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency related to samples taken and tested recently from around California's Santa Susana Field Laboratory located between Chatworth and Simi Valley.

While run by U.S. aviation company Rocketdyne, a portion of that area called Area IV was used for the very early testing and development of nuclear reactors. Area IV was also the site of the country's first operational nuclear reactors, which ran from 1953 to 1980. The areas surrounding the site were radioactively contaminated throughout the years via various fires and the improper containment of radioactive materials. The largest radioactive release and contamination, however, came from a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor in 1959.

Residents of the area, including children and former employees of the Laboratory, have suffered increased incidences of cancer for decades. Famously, the daughter of former resident Vince Neil, lead singer of the band Motley Crue, died of cancer at the age of 4 in 1995.

Of the 437 samples taken recently, 75 exceeded acceptable standards for radioactivity. More than 50 years after the meltdown, cesium-137 along with seven other radioactive isotopes were measured at levels between 100 to 1,000 times higher than the standards. Plutonium and strontium were also detected.

Residents, activists, and public officials have long fought for a clean-up of the area, now owned by Boeing, and this data proves what they have been saying all along.

The Rocketdyne site is just one more tip of a very large radioactive iceberg being drawn into the collective psyche via the current disaster in Fukushima. The extent of the radioactive contamination worldwide from nuclear testing, accidents at nuclear facilities past and present, and the use of depleted uranium munitions has been thus far sealed. But as we head to that potentially explosive Aries New Moon March 22 conjunct Mercury Rx and Uranus (uranium), the continued battle to get the information out has the potential to blow the lid right off.

There's an immediacy and a courage available to people here - the kind brought on when facing down the extinction of our kind. The relevant information and broader context entering the scene at this time have the ability to draw people fully into their present moments, right to the most vital and cutting edge points in their lives at this time on this planet. The concept of time breaks down even further now and throughout the 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto square series, and the obsession (Pluto) with stock portfolios, RRSPs, what the banks are going to do next (Capricorn) can be understood in a different light - in the light of a Uranian lightning-strike - as long as people have the courage to look and then act on what they see.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Canada's Uranus-Sun in Cancer in T-Square Lock Down within the Uranus-Pluto Square Series

Uranus is picking up steam in Aries, and the global scenario is taut to say the least as it closes in on its first exact square to Pluto.

The first of the seven exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn occurs June 24, 2012 and locks the Cancer Sun-Uranus conjunction in Canada's official (corporate) chart into an exact cardinal t-square at 8 degrees of the signs.

Uranus will station retrograde at 8 degrees Aries July 13 exactly square the Sun-Uranus in Cancer in Canada's chart, and the cardinal t-square lock down remains strongly in effect through June, July, and August of 2012.

To say Canadians can expect a highly-charged, potentially fractious summer of 2012 would be an understatement. More unnatural disasters, manipulation of weather and crops, globally-integrated war/police state activity, and the fallout from those things are themes, based on cardinal t-square and Grand Cross formations in the past two years. After two years of weather-manipulated flooding of the Canadian breadbasket, we can expect dry conditions and areas of drought after a surreal winter of record-breaking high temperatures and little snowfall.

The second exact Uranus-Pluto square at 6 degrees follows soon after the first on September 18, 2012, not allowing a reprieve from the tension.

The remaining squares (into March 2015) all fall within range of the Canadian Sun-Uranus in Cancer, and we can be certain the government (Capricorn) and military (Aries) of the fair Kanata - a country rich in oil and uranium - will play primary roles in the global proceedings.

From May 8, 2011: "Canada's benign, peacekeeper image, so strategically useful on the world stage, is in the process of being stripped bit-by-bit by a Pluto in Capricorn opposition to its Cancer Sun. Squared by transiting Uranus in Aries, the shocking extent of Canada's role within the global war machine emerges as the facade is stripped. The fundamental understanding of Canada's identity on the world stage - past, present and future - shifts rapidly and repeatedly over the next four years."

Just as the cardinal t-square formation becomes exact (making for one hell of a Canada Day July 1), the Venus Transit in Gemini occurs June 5 exactly conjunct Canada's natal Venus in Gemini at 15 degrees. The Venus Transit - an eclipse of the Sun by Venus - indicates a major relational backdrop change, so suffice it to say Canada's Venus return marks a dramatic re-orientation within its global relations. Canada's dual identity - always in existence, not often prominent - becomes undeniable. The ambitious, strategizing, cunning twin that has mostly stayed in the background, behind the glad-handing, people-pleasing diplomat, comes screaming to the forefront as the stage continues to be set and booby trapped for more global war. Slick manipulation of media and the slippery shifting of perspectives (Gemini) become primary aces in the hole for the elitist interests holding the people of this country - and the world - hostage.

On the weekend of March 3-4, with Mercury (media) conjunct Uranus in Aries, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Ottawa, exerting himself through the mainstream media as a "staunch ally" of the Israeli regime. This was a strategic verbal (Mercury) act of aggression (Aries) - toward the ghettoized and brutalized Palestinians as much as the Iranians - and, with its connection to Uranus, there will be many more of its kind.

The lean, mean, Global Governing machine is utilizing mainstream media coverage and strategic meetings of its members in the ongoing attempt to create public consent for the bombing of Iran, supposedly over Iran's move to make nuclear weapons under the guise of a nuclear energy programme.

In reality, neighbouring Iraq was bombed into submission during the eight-year Uranus in Pisces cycle using a fake connection to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center bombings and false reports of Sadaam's weapons of mass destruction. Now, Uranus in Aries heralds the next phase of violent domination of that oil-rich area to secure monied interests.

In front of cameras and reporters in Ottawa, good buddies Stevie and Benji acted out their portions of the script while bosom pal Barry did the same south of the border, reinforcing "his" stance that the U.S. will bomb in order to get its way in Iran.

This is nuclear-armed-to-the-teeth U.S. of A. and Israel acting as self-appointed global nuclear watchdogs, with the second largest exporter of uranium in the world (Canada) lending it's diplomatic facade to the proceedings, in case anyone wasn't aware of the context.

The "don't make us bomb you, Iran" script has been played out extensively throughout Obama's stint as President, often with Harper's loyal assistance. From April 13, 2010: Harper to World: We'll Take Your Nukes...and Give Them to the Only Country Ever to Attack with a Nuke

At the same time, Harper was careful during the recent meeting to reinforce the current U.S. stance: simmer down a little, Netanyahu. Now's not quite the time.

Oh, and keep that Persian Gulf oil flowing while you're at it, eh, guys? We'll occupy if you don't.

From a previous post January 11, 2012:

"It doesn't take much to hear (Mercury) the Pluto in Capricorn (corpo-governmental oligarchy) undertone coming through loud and clear these days as we head to the first exact square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn this June. The global war profiteers are just itching to get things started, and oil and nuclear take centre stage.

Verbal aggression is ramping up (again) through the media from Western governments toward Iran over its nuclear facilities and enrichment of uranium. As always, the Plutonic insanity is only understood by a minority, as the media-fed mainstream accepts a scenario in which the only country that has ever actually used nuclear bombs in an attack against another country (the U.S. of A.) is instated as armed-to-the-teeth global nuclear watchdog, determining who can and can't have nukes.

U.S. and U.S. Allies: Yes. U.S.-declared Bad Guys: No.

The hypocrisy is amazing, and still relatively very few will openly admit the Emperor's naked as a jaybird.

The aggression is not limited to the verbal this time, though. The United States (through the United Nations) has brought sanctions against Iran, attempting to force it to discontinue its uranium enrichment program. The sanctions have made it impossible for Iran to continue its international oil exports, leading to the plunge of the Iranian currency to an historic low. Devastation (Pluto) of currency and business infrastructure (Capricorn).

(Incidentally, don't bother trying to use PayPal or to buy books from Amazon in Syria, either. Both these activities have been blocked as part of the broader and more destructive U.S./EU economic sanctions against that country. People with Syrian IP addresses are told they are in a "forbidden country." A further Pluto in Cap crackdown on the flow of money.)

It might be useful for those in Cancer Sun nations United States and Canada to imagine a role reversal here. One can only imagine the outrage that would ensue if the U.S. economy and the flow of oil in and out were disrupted and interfered with to this extent by a foreign country. After all, the United States enriches uranium for weapons and munitions (and uses them), does it not?

Iran is the fourth largest oil producer in the world with a large percentage of its exports (500,000 barrels per day of its 2.6 million barrels per day output) going to the European Union. This adds an interesting element to the dick-swinging global dynamics. Pluto relates to one's underlying interests and the overwhelming impetus of those underlying interests. The European Union is now forced to implement sanctions that are in the best interests of the United States which, in effect, starve its nations of oil.

Iran is now threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf that carries about 1/6 of the world's oil supply from the Gulf nations. The closure of the Strait of Hormuz would be met with military aggression from the U.S. and its allies, aggression that would, again, have the seal of approval from the media-fed masses. Transportation routes are Mercurial, and the corpo-governmental steamroller being allowed to progress at all costs is Pluto in Capricorn.

This appears to be a primary Uranus square Pluto hot spot. Like clockwork, it is."

Canada is a Mars in Virgo nation with the North Node conjunct Juno also in Virgo. This means Canada is experiencing a powerful Mars return during the current Mars in Virgo retrograde, as well as a back-and-forth conjunction to its North Node-Juno.

Canada is a details (Virgo) nation as far as war and aggression (Mars). It has primarily been a 'fight smarter, not harder' country, and its soldiers are, relatively speaking, highly trained. They're specialists (Virgo). Though the government of Canada did not commit a large number of troops to the invasion of Iraq, for example, a Canadian General helped to plan the invasion up the to highest level of command. With a Mars return falling at the time of the retrograde in Virgo, the precise skills of Canada's war machine will, unfortunately, be fully utilized within the global scene over the next two years.

At the same time, a Saturn return in Scorpio is looming for this country (December 2013), and Harper is already bristling under the constraints of Canada's ties to the United States. It looks as if the accelerated merger and integration (Scorpio) of Canada with the U.S. has its down sides after all, even to the Global Governor set. The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have moved oil from the ecological and humanitarian catastrophe that is the Athabasca Tar Sands in northern Alberta all the way to Texas, has Harper seeing red, and he is looking to diversify Canada's oil exports (Asia) at the same time as he is re-pledging allegiance to the British Empire.

"In August, 2011, under a Cardinal Grand Cross that will form again throughout the fall of 2013 and in April 2014, it was announced by the "Harper Government" that the Canadian Armed Forces would be rebranded the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy. From a previous post: "The Canadian Armed Forces shed the "Royal" stamp in 1968, but in a wave of propagandistic nostalgia, the Global Government-aligned Harper Conservatives have brought the "Royal" back with a vengeance, complete with masses of Canadians all too happy to re-pledge allegiance to the Queen and British monarchy. Wartime patriotism and pride are being stirred in preparation and hope that the people will gladly repeat the old cycle, hands on hearts."

Harper continues to do his mightiest to stir the militaristic patriotism of Canadian citizens as he does his part to create consensus for more global war. He's even adding a commemoration of the War of 1812 to this year's Canada Day celebrations in the country's capital city, Ottawa. "Hey, kids! Forget about ice cream. Look at this cool musket!"

(You may recall that during Canada Day 2011, again under the Cardinal Grand Cross, the citizens of this country had their Stockholm Syndrome worked into a frothy lather as Wills and Kate came for a visit, also reinforcing the dominion over Kanata of Mummy Dearest in jolly old.)"

The deadly and deadened trajectory of Canada's current political leadership, so outmoded and antiquated in its ridiculous male pissing matches, its pre-written scripts, its corruption, its imbalance, its favouritism, its endless settling of old scores, provides great contrast to the growing Uranian urge for freedom, egalitarianism, and a radical break from the same old pyramid scheme power hierarchies.

This contrast, ever-deepening throughout the Uranus-Pluto square series, will inevitably have a freeing effect on many people in this nation as they shake themselves loose and take on their own soul-driven authority as supreme. Those who see and understand the illegitimacy of the so-called leaders and their so-called institutions of leadership will have the opportunity to get very clear, breaking out of the complacency and denial common in Cancer Sun nations and drawing out the full power and growth potential of the Uranus-Pluto squares.

Cancer craves protection, comfort, and security often at almost any cost. Uranus forces independence, individuation, rebellion from hierarchical external authority, and breaks from tradition. These are the duelling forces forging this country and the people within it, with Cancer Sun and Uranus locked in exact conjunction.

When the desires for freedom and soul-driven autonomy trump the desires for status quo stasis and (false) security, we're hitting the mark.

The current pressures and forces at play are very apparent as Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn apply intense friction and pressure on the identity and soul of this country. A radical break from the past, from the insidious control of past "protectors," and from ideas of what this country is that no longer fit reality (and in many cases never did) is underway. At the same time, parallel, the same old war and profit and war-for-profit trajectory is taken by those in positions of stolen power.

The power structures of the country itself are in for a shake-up with divisions into stronger regions with stronger regional identities, shedding the idea that what is in the best interests of one province is in the best interests of all others, some thousands of kilometres distant. In a vast country such as this, the regional interests of provinces and territories and of groups within those provinces and territories are often vastly different. Canada is fracturing under the pressure of an outdated Piscean era ideal of umbrella unity and a "one size fits all" way of dealing with distinct concerns, issues, and problems.

There have always been divisions between north and south, east and west, and among the people within those regions. The only way we ever get to be one big, happy, Aquarian family is by acknowledging and working with the ways in which we aren't. This goes beyond the overly simplistic Piscean era paradigm of dominant culture versus special interests group, white versus native, white versus immigrant, English versus French. The true divisions, grievances, and power dynamics are much more complex than that.

Money, class, and social privilege, in particular - still kept so invisible within the populace at large - are elements that require a thorough exposure, unearthing, and collective examination as Pluto transits Capricorn. Intricate dissections and assessments are required of who and what the oppressors really are, of what it is that erodes the dignity and decency of human life, past and present.

Many of the "whites" in Canada are here because they had no other choice. They were starving to death in their home countries as the "royalty" and imperialists and upper crust watched, so it was emigrate or die - in many cases, both. Many of these people were also forced off land that had been held by their ancestors for many generations, their own roots also torn violently from the soil, they, too, set adrift in destitution. Rules were abruptly changed or rents were raised to levels they could not pay. People were forced into urban ghettos or onto fringe land that could not sustain life, or they were simply left to starve to death. They were exterminated by epidemics that ran rampant due to the overcrowding and the susceptibility that comes with malnutrition and damp, cold, miserable living conditions. Those who chose to emigrate - some choice - were packed into stinking, filthy, rotting ships like sardines with double the sane, let alone safe, capacity. They lay on planks nailed to the walls three feet wide by six feet long with two feet of clearance above, and they shared that space with a bed mate. These people often endured two months of abject hell on the open seas. Adequate food and water were overlooked by the ships' owners, and many people starved or died of dysentery or various other illnesses en route. Once they got to this country, conditions were not much better. The farms they were promised did not materialize, and they were left to fend for themselves through Canadian winters with almost nothing. Many starved or died from related illness or exposure. Indentured servitude or back-breaking labour on the land, scratching daily subsistence from the dirt, were the choices. Many of those who speak English today had mother tongues of their own. And many who came straight from England suffered a level of poverty and oppression equal to the suffering of any group.

At this point in human history, it is a rare culture that has not experienced, at a certain class level, hatred of its kind, extermination, intentional starvation, sickening oppression and injustice. There are few groups that have not experienced an upper class that hoarded resources, using them for entertainment, satiation, and frivolity, and watched as they struggled and starved to death. These power dynamics continue today.

As Saturn enters Scorpio and Canada heads to its Saturn return, the mistreatment and murderous abuse the people have endured, whatever its particular cultural flavour and however dormant, will be stirred in their souls. It has not really gone anywhere. The distance between what people feel in their souls to be true, the remembrances they carry, and the facade reality, the overly simplistic versions of history they are led to accept, become increasingly intolerable.

As we head further into astrological Aquarius, a new ideal of unity emerges based in how we differ as much as in how we are the same. This Aquarian unity takes into consideration fully the different identities, roots, and interests of the individuals, groups, and regions involved and makes them equally important. I matter as much as you do - no more, no less. You matter as much as I do - no more, no less. And we put put this into practise.

Aquarius is about individuality within the group and the requirements and responsibilities of that individuality, and here we have forces that will make crystal clear how one region differs from another, how the people in the regions differ from each other, and how, clear on all that, we can work with the threads of commonality that connect us still as human beings who want to make things better on this planet.

A nation with a Sun-Uranus conjunction like Canada has the potential for true sovereignty, independence, innovation, vision, egalitarianism, and freedom for its citizens. As individuals take on their own autonomy during the Uranus in Aries transit (either willingly or because they are forced by circumstance), answering to a higher authority than the corrupt and deadly pyramid scheme power structures, this nation has the potential to truly become itself, beyond the control and direction of Mummy Dearest in jolly, old England, of Big Daddy U.S.A., or of any other group.

Under the Uranus-Pluto pressure and dynamism, this country can shake free of the false (or at least overly simplistic) ideas of it as neutral diplomat, as backwater, easy resource haven, as younger, kinder, gentler version of the United States, as protectorate underling.

The potential is here. The energy of the Uranus-Pluto square series can be directed in other ways, re-directed, wrestled away from those who would use it for more violence, destruction, and domination, even as they do their dirty deeds. The emerging fires of identity and self-sovereignty in the people, stoked to a roaring blaze by Uranus in Aries, can stir strong and effective opposition to those who erroneously claim to speak and act for us. We can reformulate - outside the version of history written about in the textbooks, beyond even the currently held alternative versions - and become what we really are, as individuals and as a group of people forming a nation on this land.

March 8 has been designated International Women's Day. Mercury is stationing retrograde in Aries, the sign of the warrior, conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. Feminine asteroids Vesta and Ceres, along with Black Moon Lilith, also transit Aries. The hatred and attempted domination of women - subtle and not so - is apparent in many forms around the globe on this day, and the trashing of those evil feminists is currently rampant.

Regardless of this scene, with the feminine energy in Aries, women - and men who know the score on the feminine front - need to exert themselves. We need to match the aggression with an even louder rattling of our sabres to alter the trajectory that has been set.

Stop the war.
Stop the war.
Stop your fucking war.


Background:

Canada Day Cardinal Grand Cross Eclipse: Well, Golly Gee Whiz. Look Who's Fuelling the Global Nuclear Industry from May 6, 2011

Pluto in Capricorn Opposite Canada's Sun in Cancer in Cardinal Grand Cross Formation: And So it Begins from May 15, 2011

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Gorgeous Grand Earth Trine with Benefics Venus and Jupiter Conjunct March 12 to 14

After navigating the grease fires, irritations, and provocations of Aries, culminating in a trying opposition to Saturn Rx in Libra March 4, Venus will exit the feisty sign of its detriment for almost a month of home sweet home in earthy Taurus starting March 5.

Venus is a very comfortable Earth Mama in Taurus, all soft curves, bare feet, baby slung on broad hip, bread baking. As Venus slides into this home turf, it moves to a conjunction to Jupiter in Taurus March 13, and the two benefic planets collude to shower us in pleasantness.

Not only do we experience a conjunction of the benefics, but the conjunction also happens within an exact Grand Earth Trine, increasing its influence considerably.

Efforts made in the right directions (and there's the key) are rewarded handsomely as Venus and Jupiter form this exact Grand Earth Trine along with Mars Rx in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn at 9 degrees of the earth signs.

If you've been digging and working and getting your hands dirty, major gears can turn here both personally and collectively. Things come together. Increased efficacy, precision, craftsmanship, practicality, and attention to detail, being honed through the Mars retrograde in Virgo, start to pay off, and our yokes are seemingly lifted off us for a time, made light as a feather.

Gorgeous.

At the very least, outside any gorgeousness, the influence of the benefic conjunction offsets most of the difficulty associated with retrograde Mars (malefic planet) and Pluto (potential dirty bugger).

This formation is exact between March 12 and 14, influential through most of the month.

Trines are 120-degree aspects usually between bodies in signs of the same element - in this case earth - and the themes work together almost effortlessly. Grand Trines generally involve bodies in all three signs of that element (fire, water, earth, or air) forming a triangle and creating ease on multiple fronts. An exact Grand Trine like this one is something special, made even more so by the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus with Venus in its own sign.

Mars in Virgo first formed a Grand Earth Trine with Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn in mid-to-late November, 2011, though it was not exact. Progress made at that time gets a major boost here as Mars backtracks and picks up where it left off, triggering new developments.

This isn't just the goal, the dream, the far-off vision. This is real life, here and now, right in front of us.

The final Grand Earth Trine formation involving Mars in Virgo happens May 13 to 16. It is very close to exact, also, as Mars in Virgo moves direct into a Grand Trine with Mercury in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn at 8/9 degrees. At that time, benefic Jupiter will have moved into late Taurus and will be out of orb. The formation in May finalizes the details, solidifies the earthy progress made earlier, and grounds us fully within the new two-year goal cycle initiated by the Mars retrograde in Virgo.

The only caution with the upcoming Grand Earth Trine with Venus and Jupiter conjunct would be taking this energy for granted. It won't last long at its height, so be sure to enjoy it and use it to your benefit by building on the events, themes, and progress of November, 2011 during this time of grace in the earth signs.

Background: Mars in Virgo Retrograde: Precise Re-direction Within Grand Earth Trines