Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Our major benefic planet is ready to turn and unload its cache of blessings on those who have been successfully and responsibly working two Yods and a square to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces over the past couple months.
There's a longer article on the station here:
From January 5, 2013: A Potentially Inflammatory Jupiter Direct Station: Awkward Yods, a Detrimental Sign, and Squares to Chiron and Neptune
The Jupiter in Gemini square to Chiron and Neptune has some major Piscean-era wishful (or deluded) thinking being kicked up, however.
This is a time when telemarketing scams can be potent, greased as they are by all the wounding Neptunian gloss and goo and pixie dust and blind spots. Scammers of all sorts can potentially slip by our bullshit detectors under these influences, particularly the entertaining big talkers (Jupiter in Gemini) and the people with Neptunian mind control techniques at their disposal. Be careful with the phone and internet. And the credit card.
Jupiter stationing in Gemini within these aspects has brought an increase (Jupiter) in mental and psychic energy (Gemini/Pisces). Telepathy. Brains that won't turn off. Ideas, thoughts, and conversations that keep spin, spin, spinning in our heads. These themes continue for the next couple months, but the direct station should bring a break in the intensity. Some relief for any mental and psychic overload.
With the Chiron-Neptune conjunction in Pisces in tense aspect, feelings of end-of-era futility have been bubbling to the surface over the past month, as well (including during that semi-nasty Capricorn stellium clustered around Pluto). We have to keep moving through these feelings and keep interacting, despite the weirdness and awkwardness we're experiencing now with the two Yods.
The tense Chiron-Neptune influence also indicates a time period when health can be glitchy. Our systems are quite sensitive now. Old injuries and weird pains can pop up. This can be quite unrelenting or even gruelling, in fact, with the current influence of Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Scorpio. This is a time to be careful with food, drink, drug, media consumption, who you're around, and general psychic environment.
Understand that Neptune in tough aspect is fucking with us a bit and has been for about a month now.
With Chiron in Pisces involved, we have the opportunity for great psychic and spiritual healing around this Jupiter station but also for "should have known better" wounding. We have to be smart (Gemini) about things in order to sidestep potential pitfalls and move beyond the entrapping Piscean-era karmic loops.
This Jupiter in Gemini station has blessings to bestow, fruitful connections to make, and awesome news to share, as long as we can navigate and avoid the pitfalls of its tricky positioning.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Agriculture-related Ceres goes direct at 19 degrees Gemini, conjunct Black Moon Lilith, on February 4, just after the Jupiter station January 30. With the influence of the dark, denied perspective of Black Moon Lilith in Gemini, the underlying manipulators and shapers of personal perspective and public mind are being drawn to the forefront.
With the Gemini-Pisces square highlighted now, this is a good time to deconstruct some of the mind/consciousness control agendas, especially ones with an underlying tone of pseudo-spiritual and an affiliation to agriculture or food.
From a previous post:
"The use of media to manipulate and shape public perception related to agriculture, food policy, and commodities prices has been a strong theme since a Ceres-Vesta-Jupiter conjunction on the Gemini South Node in July 2012."
The last decan of Gemini has been a very fruitful zone for Ceres. The results of the GM corn/glyphosate animal feeding trial results were published in September 2012, when Ceres was on 28/29 Gemini. Ceres will be back on those degrees March 30 - April 4, just as the 2013 growing season begins. The results of that trial need to be on the minds of every person on this planet this spring.
With Gemini, we're working with information, but information that could have a dual (or multi-layered) purpose. The squares between Jupiter in Gemini and Chiron and Neptune in Pisces increase the chance of deception, manipulation, illusion, and pseudo-spirituality being involved.
So here is some of the information disseminated by Freedom:
Ethanol can be produced quite easily from any plant source. It can even be made from household garbage, and there are companies doing just that.
It's so simple that people can make their own ethanol. Certainly, local areas could produce and distribute their own fuel.
Ethanol could quite easily replace oil and derivatives of oil (gasoline, diesel) in our transportation forms if the political will and the resources were there.
Ethanol is already mixed with most of the gasoline being sold today.
Ethanol can be mixed with regular gasoline in almost any percentage. Currently E10 (10% ethanol, 90% conventional gas) and E15 (15% ethanol, 85% conventional gas) are sold widely. E30 and even E85 are also available at some gas stations.
Vehicles can quite easily be converted to be ethanol-burning. You can buy a kit to convert your vehicle. Ethanol is easier on engines and does not build up in the system.
According to sources in this film, the oil lobby created the backlash against ethanol via mainstream media in the early 2000s. The big claim was that using corn for ethanol would starve people in countries like Africa who counted on those corn imports. According to the sources in this film, that information is incorrect. Only 1% of the corn produced in the United States is meant to be human food, and ethanol production would not divert that variety of corn, they say. To create the ethanol backlash, the oil lobby latched onto one article by one man that said starvation would result from corn-based ethanol production and ran with it. This is how the oil lobby turned public opinion, even environmentalists and green energy proponents, against ethanol.
The truth according to this film is, ethanol from plant sources is a viable option for transportation.
Most countries could grow their own plants and manufacture their own ethanol. Brazil already does.
One of the major problems with the current ethanol quotas is the concept of globalization. Instead of producing enough ethanol for their own countries, Canada and the United States attempt to create a surplus that is sold around the world.
And instead of creating a model for energy self-sufficient countries in other areas of the world, things are set up to create dependence on Canadian or U.S. crops for ethanol.
The primary crop used in the current production of ethanol is corn (though it wouldn't have to be). Within the narrative of Freedom, the push is certainly on for corn-based ethanol as the primary source. It is the most developed ethanol industry at this time. Of the companies currently producing ethanol, corn is by far the most commonly used plant.
In the film Freedom, we see very clearly the hijacked green energy agenda. We see the control of alternative energy sources by the same old cast of corporate/monied characters.
The makers of Freedom interviewed Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. Vilsack is very pro-ethanol. This might seem a refreshing or surprising perspective coming out of the United States' government these days. Until we look a little deeper.
Tom Vilsack is the ex-Governor of Iowa. Iowa is a U.S. corn belt state. It grows a whole lot of corn. Corn is big business.
As might be expected, Vilsack is a major supporter of Monsanto and their genetically modified corn varieties. Recall that these are the same corn varieties that were found, in the feeding trial results published last September, to cause organ damage, tumours, and premature death in lab rats.
Vilsack has made life very easy for Monsanto and for other GMO corporations at both a state level and now a federal level.
Vilsack was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization in 2001.
Vilsack, as Secretary of the USDA, announced the unconditional approval of GM alfalfa in January 2011. His agenda is the furthering of agricultural biotechnology. There can be no doubt about that.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Mercury in Aquarius trines Jupiter in Gemini January 22, and the Sun in Aquarius trines Jupiter in Gemini January 25.
There is a very nice social and communicative flow for this week, though, anchored by Saturn in Scorpio, it is perhaps not quite as flowing as we might expect. Things remain conceptual, and maybe more conceptual than Saturn would like. The issues we'd really like to see some movement on may remain stubbornly still. You can't force Saturn, and you can't force Scorpio. It unfolds when it unfolds.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Please note: it is likely Aaron Swartz's death was not a suicide as reported. Regardless of the cause of death, the themes outlined in this article remain true, so I will leave it up.
Twenty-six-year-old internet prodigy-turned-activist Aaron Swartz, of the "information should be shared" hacker school, was found hanged in his New York City apartment on January 11, 2013. An apparent suicide.
Swartz helped develop RSS feeds when he was 14 years old and was a major player behind Reddit, a site for the online sharing of articles and information. Swartz was also politically active, helping to block the "Stop Online Piracy Act" which would have given the United States government new powers to interfere in legitimate internet communication on the basis of copyright infringement. (Remember when they took all those blogs down with no warning for that reason?)
Swartz had been accused of breaking into the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) network in November 2010 and downloading nearly five million academic articles from JSTOR (Journal Storage), a digital library of articles. This was likely an effort toward redistributing privileged academic information from an institution that employed some of the "big American minds."
JSTOR refused to press charges against Swartz, but MIT was unclear about whether they wanted to pursue legal action.
As a result, the Massachussetts' Attorney's office laid charges that, if Swartz were convicted, could have resulted in a 30-year jail sentence and a $1 million fine.
The trial was scheduled to start in February.
A statement released by Swartz's family places blame squarely on the shoulders of MIT and the Attorney's office:
"Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles."
After Swartz's death, some academics published their articles on Twitter for free in tribute to him.
For anyone still unaware, we're embedded in the long, hard Pluto in Capricorn years at this point (until 2024), and these years involve a theme of death (Pluto) by institution (Capricorn).
A 26-year-old computer prodigy - more than likely of prodigy-level sensitivity - facing 30 years in prison with a $1 million fine for sharing academic work from one of the brain trusts of U.S. academia. You see the overwhelming weight of the situation.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
When the overall energetic atmosphere really makes you want to puke, you know some big things are unfolding from the depths...
So we're under pressure now. Coal to diamond stuff. Things have an edge to them that may leave us emotionally or psychologically shell-shocked. A little shredded.
Going to the other end of the spectrum, Cancer, will give us some balance with this stellium, and this involves extreme care - self-care and care for others who are getting it rough at this time. This is a time to baby ourselves, no guilt.
Things are coming up from the depths now, things that can no longer be contained by those who carry them.
The energy has to move, and it has to move responsibly. Old constructs cannot contain us.
We're at the points where feminine-directed change, soul-directed change cannot be denied. These points have been uncovered - for the time being. We can see them, but we have to work quickly before the soil is kicked over and they are again obscured.
We're setting things up and being set up within the next echelon of things as we move through January 2013. This is a tricky process. But there are long-term frameworks being set up now, particularly through relationships, partnerships, and people on similar soul trips, that have to sustain us for the long haul. This is serious. We have to build it right. Every step has to be sound. These frameworks build on the past but also advance well beyond the constructs of the past toward a mind's eye vision for a desirable (livable? tolerable?) future on this planet. A future we'd actually choose to take part in, if it were up to us.
This is some gut-lurching Plutonic progress toward the future...
Dreadful and bird-flipping exhilarating at the same time.
Love, money, and relationship planet Venus in Capricorn triggers the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Yod formation January 14 through 17. It will quincunx Jupiter in Gemini January 14, conjunct Pluto in Capricorn January 16, and sextile Saturn in Scorpio January 17.
This kicks up awkwardness, a feeling of being alien, some loneliness and anomie - but also the possibility for major breakthroughs in communication, connection, and understanding. We're interacting from very odd angles here, but the interactions are meaningful, as long as enough restraint and mutual respect can be mustered.
Keep your eye on the big picture during the second half of January. Push through the odd Yods. Forgive yourself and others for awkwardness or for being weird. Understand that this is a time when we can feel disconnected, isolated, and depressed. It's in the air. It's in the transits. There's not much we can do but work with it.
We feel Venus in applying conjunction to Pluto all this week, and this is not comfortable territory for our lovely and lovey aesthete Venus. Everything is under bleak, institutional Pluto in Capricorn lighting for the next couple weeks. Relationships can make us want to die a little. No worries. It goes with the territory. This is a temporary increase in pressure that starts to be alleviated after the Venus-Pluto conjunction is exact January 17.
Soul mate asteroid Juno is also conjunct Pluto at this time, making things extra spicy, and this forms a Venus-Juno-Pluto conjunction. I've written in detail about that in a paid article for 2013: Venus, Juno, and Pluto: the Reconfiguring and Renegotiation of Marriage and Commitment in 2013
Venus will be in Capricorn at both the beginning of 2013 and at the end of 2013, which includes the next Venus retrograde period (December 21, 2013 to January 30, 2014).
As we open into Gregorian 2013, initial frameworks are being set up with an eye toward the relational soil-turning and shifts indicated by the Venus retrograde at the end of 2013. Some first steps are being taken. Some decisions are being made as far as how to build upon initial foundations. The people and relationship themes in our lives now simmer throughout the year and come back into full focus during the Venus retrograde in Capricorn at the end of 2013.
Venus in Capricorn comes out of the conjunction to Pluto January 17 and moves into the degrees of its next retrograde period January 19 - 30 (13 to 29 degrees Capricorn). These are important degrees. Taking stock of relationships and partnerships - both personal and professional - at this time and making solid, strategic goals and moves related to where you want to go can provide stronger positioning for what is to come at the end of the year.
Commitments that are made and solidified during the last 10 days of January have a longer-term feel. Make your decisions wisely for mutually successful partnerships (and partners), and only take the steps you are sure of. Going too fast is never a good thing when Capricorn is involved, especially not when the dispositing planet is Saturn in Scorpio. Potentially nasty missteps from rushing or caving under pressure, when we'd so desperately like to put something else in place.
You can be sure that whatever is coming up naturally and organically in your life relationship-wise now has some legs. It has some roots. It is complex beyond what is currently visible. And for the most part, it has no easy answers.
We're past the easy part of the examination, if you hadn't noticed.
This involves love, relationship, marriage, money, business, career, and frameworks for collective progress.
With Pluto involved, it also involves the macro level.
The Idle No More movement, spurred by Canada's native people and gaining support worldwide, is one example of this macro-level context. It seems that some things will get done through meetings between native chiefs and the federal government. But the problems, the corruption, and the power imbalances run throughout the structures and institutions of native government, failing the people, just as in non-native. There is a whole reconfiguring necessary here, too. Nothing that is fixed overnight.
The Idle No More movement originated in my home province of Saskatchewan, a place with a history of grassroots movements. This is where Canada's universal health care system was born. This is where labour rights have been battled out for decades upon decades. This is a province where shit gets real.
And let me tell you, though its advances are inspiring, the Idle No More movement has barely scratched the surface.
It isn't just the native folks who are at an "enough's enough" point.
There are many, many people of particular energetic make-ups that are hanging on by the skin of their teeth at this point, attempting to survive the sheer insanity and toxicity of the Pluto in Capricorn, early Aquarian era versions of "progress" and "success."
We all have some highly legitimate beefs here.
Once the people and the issues start dove-tailing in true, organic, and necessary fashion (IF they do), we'll start to see the real momentum behind the force for deep, systemic and structural change. The joined forces of the Plutonic emissaries. The ones who don't quit till it's quitting time.
And it's not even close to quitting time.
Juno will be welded to Pluto's side into early February, keeping the often harsh Plutonic themes humming. We're working with our soul mates here - with those of like mind, but also those we're frictional with. We're the motivating thorns in their sides, and they're ours.
The Sun and Mercury form an exterior conjunction at 28 degrees Capricorn on January 18. Both bodies enter Aquarius January 19, and from there, the Capricorn stellium starts to break up.
The bleak, institutional lighting starts to lift a little.
Venus enters Aquarius February 1, and this should also be an official breath of fresh Aquarian air relieving the compacted, stale, and pressurized Plutonic energy we've been working with during the start of 2013.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
A Potentially Inflammatory Jupiter Direct Station: Awkward Yods, a Detrimental Sign, and Squares to Chiron and Neptune
Jupiter, the planet of luck, expansion, blessings, and all things "big," stations direct at 6 degrees Gemini on January 30, 2013. It starts slowing for this direct station next week.
The station at 6 Gemini occurs on the degree of the most recent Full Moon eclipse (November 28). The eclipse occurred at lunar apogee, or conjunct Black Moon Lilith, and this definitely adds some sass to the Jupiter station.
Jupiter is heavily aspected and under pressure at the moment, quincunxed by Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn, sextiled by Uranus in Aries, and squared by Chiron and Neptune in Pisces.
As it stations, Jupiter is a focal point in the zodiac, playing a primary role in two Yod formations strongly in effect into late April. From December 3, 2012: Yods, Oddness, and Awkward Social Angles Create Breakthroughs in Understanding Through April 2013
We're working with the requirements and themes of two Yods involving two very different focal/release points as we move through the first third of 2013.
"[W]e have one finger of God pointing to Jupiter in Gemini and one finger of God pointing to Saturn in Scorpio.
One finger points to expansion, broadening of horizons, interaction, movement, inspiration, enthusiasm, and activity. The other points to restriction, withdrawal, sober second thought, grounding, conservatism, and seriousness.
Jupiter wants to make a big splash with a boisterous expenditure of energy while Saturn wants to stay firmly on the downlow, conserving every last iota. Each placement horrifies the other, to a certain extent.
We're working with two different layers of energy dynamics here.
In Yod A, the base of the Yod - the sextile between Saturn and Pluto - could create a real Debbie Downer effect. Though this is a supportive aspect, things can become too concentrated here, too serious, too severe, too dark. Things could get downright miserly. We could become too much of a closed circuit, finding ourselves in a state of deep, dark, 'cabin fever' stale. If we're too strongly confined by this Saturn-Pluto vortex, the relieving point becomes Jupiter in Gemini: Get some fresh air flowing. Get out there in the world. Talk to people. Enjoy yourself. Move around in your neighbourhood. Search for some new stimulation, some new ideas, some new conversations. Talk about mundane daily affairs. Keep things light. Find out what people are talking about. Discover a new interest.
On the other hand, in Yod B, the base of the Yod - the sextile between Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Gemini - could create way too much stimulation. This one can put our brains on overdrive. New ideas could be bouncing around and popping in our heads like popcorn kernels heated by a lightning strike. Over-the-top excitement about the future and an overwhelming drive to move forward could be coursing through our systems, making wheels spin. If we're being charged up with too much Jupiter-Uranus energy, the relieving point then becomes Saturn in Scorpio: Slow down. Wait. Get your feet back on the ground. Get serious about everything that has to be resolved before you go bounding forward. Understand that your big ideas are going to take time to develop and that a lot of them will burn out before they even get off the ground. Adopt more of a "show me the money" stance before you go off half-cocked."
The Yod involving Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Gemini as the base with Saturn in Scorpio as the apex or "finger of God" is the more prominent configuration as we move through the Jupiter direct station. This means, we're challenged to temper the excessive mental stimulation and excitement kicked up by a stationing Jupiter sextile to Uranus with good, old-fashioned Saturnine restraint. Holding our hot little tongues and waiting to see how things settle out first.
With Saturn in Scorpio as the release point/finger of God, we're looking for a better position from which to share our perspectives. If we make interjections out of fear or compulsion now, we risk damaging reputations, public standing, and hard-won positions.
Saturn is holding the fort.
And it's holding the fort against a massive psychic and mental tide that threatens to overwhelm us.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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