Friday, December 30, 2016

Navigating the Dreamscape Under a Pisces Stellium

We're currently experiencing a large concentration of bodies and points in Pisces, which, among other things, indicates a period of time when dreams may be more vivid or intense.

There's a lot going on in the unseen, etheric realms when Pisces is strong, and our sleeping hours may involve an even more powerful release of the unconscious than usual.

With transiting Saturn in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces, our dreams may have something important to teach us or to tell us. We may experience prophetic or foreshadowing dreams, also, as our spirits inform us of the path ahead through future events - albeit through the strange imagery of the dream world, which may not be comprehensible until said future events are upon us...

We may be working things out via our dreams in a more intense or active way under these astro conditions, solving problems or releasing old traumas. 

This concentration of Pisces energy will continue throughout the month of January, with Venus (as of January 3), Pallas Athene, Mars, Neptune, Chiron, and the South Node of the Moon transiting Pisces.

The veil between the visible and the invisible, the material and the immaterial, becomes thinner when multiple bodies and points crowd the sign of the fishes. Things are watery, slippery, hard to pinpoint, hard to nail down. Even waking life takes on a sense of the surreal and dreamy with synchronicity and "cosmic winks" from the universe more common. 

With aggressive malefic planet Mars in the mix, there may also be an emphasis on nightmares or otherwise unpleasant dreams (letting up by January 27 when Mars enters Aries).

The Pisces concentration picks up some juice yet again in late February with the Sun and Mercury transiting Pisces, until Mercury enters Aries March 13 and the Sun enters Aries, marking equinox, March 20. 

So because the dream life is such a prominent arena at the moment, let's buck the common wisdom that no one cares about other people's dreams except therapists and that's only because therapists are paid to care about them!

I was considering this Mars in Pisces transit, in particular, and its potential correlation to edgy, intense dreams or nightmares.

What type of nightmare do you find most terrifying or disturbing?

I think the one I find most terrifying is when you wake up and for a couple seconds, you see a figure in the room with you. You're aware that you just woke up, so it seems certain that someone (or some thing) is right there with you. It takes a few seconds to realize that no one is there, that it was part of a dream, and those few seconds are truly petrifying.

Recurring dreams are also really interesting. (Again, maybe not other people's recurring dreams, but let's throw caution to the wind on this one!)

I have a few different recurring dreams. One that I've had throughout my life is a dream about tornadoes coming. Sometimes I can see the tornado on its way; sometimes I only know it's coming. Generally there is a panic to get everyone (including pets) into the basement in time. Sometimes, I'm considering what possessions I have time to collect. In some of the dreams, I have to call for help and can't seem to get the number to the ambulance/police right, having to dial again and again. This dream is not all that mysterious, as my mother was in a tornado while pregnant with me and barely escaped before the tornado hit the trailer home she was living in.

The recurring dream I have the most these days is about eating food! This isn't mysterious, either. Since being poisoned by Cipro, I have had to limit my diet to a very small list of items. Most foods are off limits. If I stray from my highly limited diet, even with basic, non-junk foods, there is the possibility that I will trigger a cellulitis infection on my face, which has (horrifyingly) happened three times before. So my dreams usually involve eating some sort of contraband foods, realizing with horror what I've done, and then feeling intense dread that I will wake up the next day with cellulitis. heh

What types of recurring dreams do you have? Can you pinpoint the reasons for them?

Feel free to share your own thoughts/dreams, or feel free to skip this boring post filled with someone else's boring dreams. ;-)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Uranus Stationing, a Plutonic Mercury Rx, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in a Pixie Cut

We're currently experiencing a highly Plutonic Mercury retrograde in Capricorn/late Sagittarius (December 19 to January 8).

Mercury retrogrades, in general, bring us newly-uncovered information and perspective to process. But this one, infused so greatly with Pluto energy from the Mercury retrograde station conjunct Pluto on December 19, is truly hell-bent on exposing certain things that have been hidden from view.

There is really no holding back the tenacity of this Mercury placement, infused with intense-and-otherworldy Plutonic drive. It will leave no stone unturned.  

The information Mercury is digging up now is molten lava. It gets right to the point. This information is potentially traumatic, potentially triggering, and potentially disgusting.

But it is also empowering. It's always empowering to finally have something exposed that has been going on beneath your nose. 

Mercury is digging things up, in particular, to expose illegitimacy, dishonesty, and nefarious practises (especially business/financial practises).

This process of exposure, of bringing certain (potentially gross) information to light, is working its magic layer-by-layer but will not be complete until the exact Mercury-Pluto conjunction on January 29 (17 degrees Capricorn), the exact Mercury-Uranus square January 31 (21 degrees Capricorn/Aries), and finally the Mercury ingress of Aquarius (February 7).

In addition to this Plutonic Mercury retrograde digging around in the muck, Uranus is currently stationing direct at 20 degrees Aries (December 28), which indicates the potential for shocks (Uranus) related to our identities (Aries).

And boy, did I just get one of those.

Yesterday, I discovered that a patron of my site has been ripping me off on her own site. I would go so far as to say that she is patterning herself after me in many ways.

She has lifted obscure astrological information, concepts, article ideas, and even biographical information without a lick of acknowledgement.

It's more than just ripping off my ideas and concepts, though. She is going so far as to rip off my entire style and identity. This is some straight-up Single White Female shit.

As far as I know, I'm the only astrology blogger out there who publicly characterizes herself in certain ways - until Jennifer Jason Leigh in a pixie cut showed up. Her biographical information and information on readings reads like a fleshed-out cut and paste.

Finding out that a years-long patron to your site has been siphoning from you without due credit or acknowledgment, that she has built an entire astrology practise as a watered down imitation of you, is a pretty big shock to digest.

A fairly healthy group of article subjects and analysis has a strong whiff of "Willow's Web Astrology" about it. Even her "opinions" about astrology and the practise of astrology are often regurgitated versions of my own. Hell, she even uses the same obscure email service I use!

As a writer, to see your words and ideas being passed off by another person is a truly surreal and horrifying experience.

But to then realize that the person has adopted your very style and identity? Creepy doesn't begin to describe it. I hope I never experience something like this again. 

This isn't flattering. This isn't "being influential." This is theft. It's a version of identity theft and a form of fraud.

Just one example of many: in February 2016, I sent out two patron videos talking about how I would be writing an article on a particular subject matter for Hexagon Astrology Magazine. I had been assigned this brilliant article topic by the editor, and as with much of the content in Hexagon, I have never seen it covered by another astrology blogger or publication.

Mere days after the second patron video was sent out, guess who had slapped up an article on her site on the exact same topic?

All I can say is, it must be sad to be a pale imitation of an original...

This woman is skipping steps. She is passing off my observations as her own and coming across as a "seasoned pro" when she is far from it.

She has built her astrology blog and practise on the energy, work, and talent of another astrologer without giving a lick of acknowledgment or due credit. This a false foundation, not something that has been painstakingly earned every step of the way like Willow's Web Astrology.

So I've done what I know to do. I cancelled her patronage, of course. I called her out in multiple places on her blog, though she has since deleted my comments. And I've compiled a list of instances where she has ripped me off for my own records.

I really do feel sickened by this heap of Plutonic-molten information I uncovered. But I also feel that it has helped me get rid of some rot that desperately needed to go.

This woman (and any of her fans and cohorts) are not welcome at my site.

I would love to name this broad publicly. She deserves to be shamed for what she has tried to pass off as her own original style, identity, and work.

But I will leave it up to the universe to deal with her.

Obscure reference alert (which may subsequently be lifted): You can't pass fake Willow off any more than you can pass fake Sassy Magazine off to discerning teens circa 1994! I remember being so crushed, bewildered, and angry when I received that first watered-down version of Sassy in my mailbox, the one now owned and published by the makers of superficial and brainless Teen Magazine.

Just know that there are people out there desperate for an astrological platform who will do some pretty messed up things to get some attention and play.

But whatever Mercury is working on uncovering and exposing in your own life at the moment, be grateful for it, even if it feels like a sucker punch to the gut (like this does). It's ultimately making you smarter about something. It's changing dynamics that need to be changed. It's making you more protective and wily and cunning. It's making you more successful.

But under this Uranus direct station in Aries, you may have to stand up and fight for what's rightfully yours in order to get there.

The Sun and Mercury form their interior conjunction at 7 degrees Capricorn tomorrow, as Uranus stations direct. We have come to a moment of clarification in the Mercury retrograde process.

This is followed by a New Moon conjunct Mercury at 7 degrees Capricorn later tomorrow night (10:53 p.m. PST).

The information coming to light now may change our entire emotional stance on something. It may force us to take control in certain ways. And take control we certainly will during the following lunar cycle and the rest of Capricorn season - or we will surely suffer the consequences.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ceres in Aries Triggering the Uranus-Pluto Square: the Goddess of Grains in a Gluten-Free World

Earth Mama dwarf planet Ceres is currently in late Aries in tight conjunction to stationing Uranus and in loose square to Pluto in Capricorn. In other words, the Goddess of grains, agriculture, and the fertility of the Earth is triggering the Uranus-Pluto square.

Ceres moved retrograde into late Aries in mid-October, and it stationed direct, tightly conjunct Uranus, on December 8, 2016.

Ceres and Uranus are still in that tight conjunction as Uranus now prepares to station direct at 20 degrees Aries on December 28.

This is an indicator that food, agriculture, and nourishment themes - especially those that are new in human history - are being electrified and shaken up. This is also an indicator that an immediate and perhaps radical change in course may be required in these areas, and it likely needs to be self-directed.

Ceres in Aries in general indicates a battle (Aries) regarding our nourishment (Ceres) that may also involve human rights and genetics.

Uranus is an indicator of technology, including biotechnology, and the insidious introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods into the general food supply is one area being lit up by this Ceres-Uranus conjunction.

The results of yet another animal feeding trial were recently released (under this Ceres-Uranus conjunction) that indicate health damage in lab rats fed a diet of GM Bt corn. This is corn that has been genetically modified to have insecticide built right into the plants, and it is grown widely in Canada and the United States.

The Egyptian study showed that after only 90 days, the intestines of the lab rats were damaged by diets of this corn:

"In the GM-fed rats, some areas of the villi – finger-like structures in the intestine that absorb nutrients from food – were damaged. They were distorted and flattened, with some cells joined together. The damage can clearly be seen in the images included in the study. The crypts (mucosal glands) were disrupted and blood vessels were congested. Signs of inflammation – white blood cell infiltration – were seen around areas of damage. In addition, the cells of the intestinal lining were abnormal in structure.

Other signs of damage included increased shedding of mucosal cells, increased numbers of mucous-secreting goblet cells, and higher rates of division of cells lining the crypts."

(Source: Claire Robinson,

This was the third Egyptian feeding trial study that showed health damage in rats fed GM Bt corn. The first study showed changes in organs, blood biochemistry, and body weights. The second study showed toxic effects on the liver and kidneys, as well as damage to the intestines.

Now, none of this should come as a surprise, as the Bt technology was designed to literally blow up the digestive systems of insects that eat the plants!

Damage to the intestines will have adverse effects throughout the biological system, as anyone with Leaky Gut Syndrome or any number of other digestive disorders will tell you. "Health begins in the gut" is a common natural health motto, and gut/intestinal issues are considered the roots of many ailments including digestive and auto-immune disorders, allergies, candida overgrowth, arthritis, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and many more.

Much of the population is unaware that the big GMO corporations are turning us into the biggest science experiment in human history, that our very DNA is being altered without our consent and against our will via genetically modified organisms and chemical pesticides and herbicides that have been implanted in our foods and in the foods of our livestock.

Ceres transiting Aries and triggering the Uranus-Pluto square with Uranus stationing direct indicates a time for action, a battle to nourish ourselves while also battling to eliminate those things that are not nourishing to us.

The areas where GMOs are most prevalent are in processed foods and in animal products. Processed food products on supermarket shelves currently made with conventional corn, soy, or canola are very likely to contain at least some GM material. Genetically modified corn, alfalfa, and soy are also common livestock feeds.

Eliminating processed foods and eliminating conventionally-produced supermarket animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.) are the most direct and front-line ways to use the Earth Mama warrior energy of Ceres in Aries to protect yourselves and your loved ones. Buy organic animal products and produce whenever your budget will allow - just buy less of it, if necessary. Sourcing food that is up to organic standards directly from farmers and ranchers is often the most affordable (if less convenient) way to go. Even independent farmers and ranchers may feed their livestock GM feed, though, so ask questions and go with a producer with a good reputation whom you feel you can trust.

Another area of nourishment that is often overlooked is our water sources.

Due to the increasingly toxic environments around us, our water sources are becoming less trustworthy.

A recent investigation done by Reuters reporters M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer found that there are almost 3,000 communities in the United States that have water with lead levels that are at least double that of Flint, Michigan. You may recall last year's media storm over Flint's water crisis - but as usual, all the media attention in the world does little to illuminate the true depth and breadth of the problem.

With Ceres in Aries conjunct stationing Uranus, triggering the Uranus-Pluto square, independent leadership in the area of our nourishment is primary, as is the elimination (or at least reduction) of multiple layers of poison assaulting our biological systems every day.

Many of you may be aware that I was debilitated by a fluoroquinolone antibiotic called Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) that was prescribed to me for a minor infection in 2009, and this has left me (and hundreds of thousands of others) with a crazy mix of health ailments and symptoms ever since.

Six months ago, I moved to a new province, and in the chaos of the big move, I neglected to pay close enough attention to my water source. The water here is not fluoridated - I made sure of that. But it is chlorinated, and I sort of put it to the back of my mind in favour of other pressing concerns. (I had been vigilant about drinking filtered or natural water in the years prior to this move, but that just goes to show you the mind-fogging effects of the South Node in Pisces with Saturn square Neptune...)

Sure enough, for the past six months, I have experienced a terrible flare of symptoms that has been quite debilitating.

I refined and refined my diet to the point that I could refine it no more, and still the symptoms persisted.

Finally, I asked myself what was different in my life in this new province and considered that it may be the water causing the problems.

After doing my research and weighing my options carefully, I decided on a Big Berkey water filtration system. I had heard about these systems from various "prepper" sites over the years, as well as from an astrologer I had worked with a bit in the past. But I had always shied away from the price tag.

After weighing it out, though, I decided to bite the bullet and make an investment. I also ordered a chlorine-removing shower head system, as I learned that breathing in steamed chlorine during a hot shower was quite terrible for you, as well.

Now, I had always sort of (erroneously) believed that fluoride was the main toxin to avoid in water and that chlorine was one of those "less bad" toxins that our bodies could put up with.

Not this body. Not after being poisoned by Cipro.

So I took the plunge and ordered my Big Berkey.

Assembly was fairly simple (after watching a how-to video on YouTube in preparation), though I did have to prime the filters twice due to not pressing them against the faucet firmly enough the first time.

The system looks like a big coffee urn. You pour the water in the top half, and it trickles down to the bottom half, where you access it from the spigot.

Immediately, immediately, I noticed a decrease in the severity of my symptoms.

I could not smell any chlorine in the filtered water or in the water coming through my shower head filter.

And it was quite delicious-tasting, to boot. 

I'm not saying it was a miracle cure - I don't think there is such thing with moderately severe fluoroquinolone toxicity syndrome like I have. But the symptoms were back to being manageable, which is just fabulously great.

This taught me that, no, chlorine is not just a "necessary evil" that we can tolerate because we have to. Chlorine toxifies the system just like fluoride or lead or pharmaceuticals do. Chlorine also kills bacteria, which includes the good bacteria in the gut.

This also taught me that, yes, a system like this is worth the investment. These systems run with either two or four filters. Each filter is good for 11,000 Litres of water before replacement is necessary. Mine has two filters, so that is 22,000 Litres (5,811 Gallons) of water. It is estimated that an adult human being should drink two to three Litres of water per day. If you add some extra water for cooking, these filters are still going to last many, many years before needing to be replaced.

After seeing what a big difference clean water made for my health, I am also reminded - painfully - that we are not going to receive even the most basic of common sense leadership and guidance from our governments or from our institutions on this issue.

Lead is one of the heavy metals that the Berkey filters will take out of the water almost completely, along with aluminum and barium (being dumped into our air, water, and soil continually and in massive amounts via chemtrail spraying), mercury, and many more. These filters will remove chlorine almost entirely. They will remove pharmaceuticals (removal of Ciprofloxacin is even listed on the label). They will remove pathogenic bacteria, pesticides, arsenic, petroleum products. You can also add extra filters to remove fluoride, which I subsequently purchased.

Also high on the list these days - Berkeys have been shown to remove most radioactivity from the water

In other words, there is quite a simple and immediate solution to the problem of contaminated water, a solution that, again, is not being activated or made accessible to the people by our so-called leaders. This solution could be employed while more long-term solutions and upgrades are made to water-related infrastructures. This solution could save lives and it could head off the suffering and expense of ill health. This solution also gives some power back to the people over the quality of their water.

Again, we have to ask ourselves why governments, said to govern for the people, are not providing education, assistance, and guidance to purchase one of these systems, making them available to people of all income levels?

There is no legitimate reason for this. 

Just as with the homelessness and affordable housing crisis, we see that we are on our own with this. Communities are on their own.

Politicians are not our leaders.

Corporations are not our leaders.

Celebrities are not our leaders.

We are our leaders.

And we are our own leaders with relatively few resources at our disposal. Most of the resources have been tied up in Band-Aid solutions and bureaucracy and destructive practises. Most of the resources are not being allocated to the immediate, common sense solutions. 

With Ceres in Aries conjunct stationing Uranus, there is nowhere that our independent leadership is more crucial than with the things that nourish our bodies.

We are in uncharted territory when it comes to food, water, and basic nourishment on this planet. Ceres is in uncharted territory. The Goddess of grains is navigating a gluten-free world, a world where we have to battle, every day, for food and water that nourish rather than poison. This is a world where we have to battle, every day, to eliminate invisible toxins that we are erroneously taught are perfectly safe.

I would encourage anyone - especially those with health ailments - to research Berkey systems. They also make a truly meaningful gift for the people in your life. If you know of families or communities struggling with water quality issues, please spread the word. Berkey - U.S. or Berkey - Canada

Ceres in Aries, infused with the revolutionary, rabble-rousing energy of Uranus, is asking us to take on the leadership through uncharted territory as we move into 2017, making the changes for ourselves, for our fellow humans, and for our communities.

It's in our own hands, no one else.

Ceres continues through late Aries, conjunct Uranus, until entering Taurus February 5, 2017.

Happy Solstice and Happy 2017!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Fringe-Dweller Associations, Survival-Based Subcultures, and the Tiny Home Community Movement

I was recently a guest on Matt Savinar's community radio show to talk about Jupiter in Libra activating the Uranus-Pluto square. I see these aspects as an indicator of the emergence/catalyzing of fringe-dweller associations and survival-based subcultures in the face of increasing fascist controls and abuses. You can read more on the subject in this patron article.

You can listen to the recent radio segment here:

Jupiter in Libra Activating the Uranus-Pluto Square: Fringe-Dwellers and Survival-Based Subcultures

I was speaking about the necessary emergence of alternative housing, including tiny homes, to solve the homelessness and affordable housing crises and also about the need for people and communities to take these matters into their own hands, as the current power structures will not be solving these desperate problems. The lack of effective action up to this point tells the tale, with billions of dollars wasted on inadequate Band-Aid solutions that only keep the nasty cycles going.

Today, that evil data-mining site we all use nowadays told me of a tiny home community in Oregon that has been created for the homeless. Another community is being planned for people who have jobs but can't afford a place to live due to the prohibitive cost of rents.

Upon further research, these tiny home communities are popping up all over the place because, quite simply, they are a common sense solution to the problem. Facebook Page: Tiny Communities

The creative potential of these communities to solve housing and social problems is huge. The possibilities are truly exciting.

A tiny home community has been developed in Los Angeles, California specifically for homeless teens. Each tiny home costs just $1,200 to build.

So let's just put this on the record: there is no legitimate reason why our governments are not spearheading major initiatives like this, as well as tackling more long-term solutions to the affordable housing crisis. At the very least, governments should be fully supporting the people behind these initiatives as well as training and supporting people to build their own alternative shelters.

The fact that this is not happening en masse, that people are on their own with this stuff, is a blatant sign of the corruption and inhumanity of the power structures on this planet. It is a blatant sign that our governments are failing us miserably. It is a blatant sign that - especially in the astrological Aquarian Age - politicians are not our leaders.

We are our leaders.

Luckily, the corrupt and control-based power structures of Planet Earth are no match - have never been any match - for human ingenuity, adaptability, and the desire to end needless suffering.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Happily Uranian Holiday Season

 Santa's Beach House!

This appears to be a very Uranian holiday season, as we experience yet another era-shift shake-up in our relations with others (particularly family).

We generally come into closer contact with the people in our lives during the holidays, and this close contact illuminates the path we need to take in order to get out of some classic karmic emotional pits related to this time of year.

The holidays aren't necessarily warm and cozy and wonderful for everyone, and this strong Uranian energy suggests that we can make some changes to address that fact this year.

The astrological Aquarian era is about creating fluid, common sense rules and structures that work for the individuals involved, rather than forcing people to fit within rigid, pre-set ways of doing things.

As we move through the holidays and close out the year 2016, the planet leading the way into the new astrological era, Uranus, is stationing direct at 20 degrees Aries (exact station December 28), and this body's erratic, up-and-down, off-and-on energy permeates the holiday scene. 

There is a little agitation here, and for good reason.

This is an excerpt from the article, "A Happily Uranian Holiday Season." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.