Thursday, July 25, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Sun enters Leo Monday morning (10:56 a.m. CST), and we leave an emotional roller coaster of a Cancer season behind us.
Flooding, wind, hail, and other destructive weather have been almost constants this Cancer season under the Grand Water Trines and cardinal t-squares. But we've come to expect this wild and erratic weather - weather even the old folks haven't seen in their lifetimes - over the past few years, under the cardinal Grand Crosses and t-squares that have formed since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Most will continue to point to climate change. I would point to intentional weather modification and manipulation of the food supply as the real kickers...
Citizens in Cancer Sun nation the United States of America have come to understand this Cancer season just how deeply their Big Brother surveillance state has dug in. Purposefully-escalating global battles also continue to simmer, as we experience an energetic replay of the Dirty Thirties under the Uranus-Pluto square series.
The Sun leaves this Cancerian battleground and dips into the leonine sign just in time for the Full Moon at 1:16 p.m. CST on July 22. This Full Moon falls at 0 degrees Aquarius - the freshest degree in the sign of the fresh, new astrological era.
This Aquarius Full Moon is the first of two Full Moons in the sign of the water-bearer. A book-end Aquarius Full Moon will occur August 20 at 28 degrees Aquarius.
Emotionally, we're finding our bearings in the new astrological era. These double Aquarius Full Moons indicate a sort of coolly atmospheric and detached quality amidst a sea of hot and pressurized change, shifts, and upheaval. We're getting comfortable with new-era circumstances that may not be all that comforting, all things considered. With these Full Moons, we're gaining the emotional bird's eye view, taking stock, getting a lay of the Aquarian-era land. We're detaching from areas of previous emotional attachment that could now drag us under and re-investing emotional energy into our own grand future visions, into our own interesting roles within unfolding Aquarian-era communities.
These Full Moons illuminate the progress we've made so far, as we slip off the last tendrils of the astrological Piscean era and allow Aquarius to permeate our emotional bodies. We have new emotional anchors within this new era, and these Aquarius Full Moons show us where those anchors are grabbing hold. The Aquarius house or houses of your astrological birth chart are the most fertile ground for those anchors, illuminated by the Full Moons.
This Full Moon is called the Hay Moon, for obvious reasons. This is haying season, when farmers and ranchers are cutting and baling hay to feed their livestock over the long, cold winter.
This Hay Moon falls in Aquarius, the sign of technology, and this includes biotechnology.
The dispositor of the Aquarius Full Moons is Uranus in Aries, which has just stationed retrograde at 12 degrees. Uranus is the planet leading the way into the new era, and in Aries, we are in territory we have never been in before. Nowhere is this more the case than with biotechnology and the current genetic modification of our food sources.
True to the 'Hay Moon in Aquarius' theme, there is a battle going on right now in Canada for our alfalfa crop. In addition to edible alfalfa products for humans, alfalfa is cut, baled, and used as feed for livestock. It is also used as fertilizer in organic farming, and it is planted as the transitional crop when a farm is moving from conventional to organic.
In other words, alfalfa is a bedrock crop for livestock and for organic farming.
Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics has a plan to sell Monsanto's genetically modified RoundUp Ready alfalfa commercially in Ontario and Quebec as early as this year.
This would be the first feral, perennial (grows back year-after-year), genetically modified crop unleashed in Canada, and cross-contamination of our natural, non-GM alfalfa crop would be inevitable.
Farmers and citizens from all provinces and territories are currently protesting the planned release of GM alfalfa in Canada but are receiving very limited mainstream media coverage. This has been pigeon-holed by media as a "farm issue," when in reality, it is an issue that affects anyone who eats.
I've written a basic primer on genetically modified alfalfa that can be found here: GM Alfalfa Primer. I've also written a very simple breakdown on How GM Alfalfa Affects You. Please distribute these as you see fit.
Starting next week, I will have "Stop GM Alfalfa in Canada: say "no" to Franken-hay" bumper stickers available for purchase. I'll have pictures available soon. Please contact me at willowsweb [at] hushmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a bumper sticker.
If people from other countries would like to purchase the bumper stickers, I can have a "Stop GM Alfalfa: say "no" to Franken-hay" version printed, as well. I can also have a plain "Stop GM Alfalfa" version printed, as this certainly affects more than the hay crop.
Genetically modified alfalfa has been planted in the United States for the past three seasons. This is the very beginning for this feral, perennial, GM crop. Pressure from citizens can stop it from proliferating, but we have to be vocal, vigilant, and diligent. The future of the food supply is at stake.
Use these double Aquarius Full Moons to hone in on your own vision for the Aquarian-era future. Feel it out and get excited about what's ahead, despite the considerable challenges. We're living through mind-boggling times. Focus on the possibilities. Move yourself emotionally into Aquarius. Plant you feet on the water-bearer side. And join with those of like mind to accomplish more than you could accomplish on your own.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mercury Direct Within Cardinal T-Square July 20: Watch the 'Hurtful Rebellion' Urges in Your Conversations
Mercury in Cancer goes direct at 1:22 p.m. CST on July 20, and just a little warning: this could be somewhat of a miserable station.
Mercury is tightly square Uranus, smoking hot coming out of its July 17 retrograde station in Aries, and this creates an erratic and manic effect on our minds. Ideas bop around in our brains relentlessly like exploding popcorn kernels. Our minds can race from one subject to another, to another, to another, seemingly with little continuity. We catch glimpses of lightning-flash insight (Uranus) that can be very challenging to translate into our everyday conversations (Mercury). The urges toward sweet tones and emotional closeness (Cancer) butt up against urges for freedom, independence, and shock value at all cost (Uranus). The desire for the familiar (Cancer) is coming into frictional contact with a body that basically likes to destroy familiarity (Uranus). This is a mental overload/emotional burnout combination.
Warning: people will be crying more easily than usual under this station.
Mercury is also opposing bad boy Pluto in Capricorn, kicking up the possibility of rage, paranoia, verbal triggers, mental pressure, detrimental thinking, and general anxiety. We can fixate on certain subjects now - especially subjects that make us feel bad. The general state of "hell in a handbasket" is preying on our minds - personally, collectively, or both.
"Mentally and emotionally difficult" sums up the positioning of our messenger planet Mercury right now, stationing within cardinal t-square. We've been thinking about how we really feel and what that means during the retrograde period (June 26 to July 20), and, as Mercury drags its heels to a stop in the zodiac and turns direct, uncomfortable conversations and challenging realizations related to that could be on the docket.
From a previous post, Mercury in Cancer Retrograde Within Cardinal T-Square: On Alert, Breaking Out of Mental Comfort Zones:
"People are more sensitive to conversations, tones, and opinions when Mercury is in a water sign, as it is now. We're very aware of our words and how our words can hurt the feelings of others, and this can keep us from having conversations we know we need to have. We may find we have to withdraw from interaction and discourse at times during the Mercury transit of Cancer, drawing our heads back into our crab shells to deal with the sensitivity and maintain emotional stability...
During the Mercury in Cancer transit, we'll be required to have conversations that unnerve us and to participate in interactions that make us or others uncomfortable. There is initiatory movement required here (cardinal energy), and we have to talk about it in order to keep things moving in the right direction...
Cancer involves emotional conditioning, especially from the early upbringing. With Mercury retrograding in Cancer within cardinal t-square, we are breaking out of communication patterns that involve manipulation, emotional blackmail, or guilt - all possible Cancer territory. We are intellectually coming to understand how our emotions can be used against us, how our fear can be used against us, how our desire for comfort can be used against us, and we're working to disengage from those sources of manipulation - personally and on a societal level."
Communicating honestly now without those layers of emotional manipulation - even the subtle ones - is our challenge.
Mercury will be slow in the zodiac for the remainder of this month, re-gaining full speed direct and leaving the retrograde shadow degrees by August 3. This keeps the squiggly-squirmy pressure on us for the rest of July. Any necessary conversations or connections previously avoided will be coming up now.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
One Giant Step Backward for Humankind: Anti-Abortion Crusader Rick Perry Signs Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill in Texas
Despite Wendy Davis' 11-hour filibuster on June 25 as Jupiter ingressed Cancer conjunct Black Moon Lilith, a sweeping anti-abortion bill has been passed in Texas.
Texas Governor and rabid anti-abortion crusader (yet also, rabid death penalty advocate) Rick Perry called a special session of the Texas Senate specifically to pass the bill.
Unless lawsuits stop it, this bill will close 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state, severely limiting access to abortions, especially for women outside major urban areas.
The bill requires that all abortion procedures be performed at a surgical centre. It also requires that all doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48km) of the clinic.
Only a handful of Texas abortion clinics fall within those parameters, and all are in urban centres.
Under the new bill, women will be required to travel hundreds of miles to receive an abortion. This brings up issues of transportation, time off work, and the cost of overnight stays, which will be a particular deterrent for women in lower income brackets. When you're low income, taking time off work often means losing your job.
This bill is a direct attack against the poor.
Logically, it will increase the number of low-income babies being born, and the Republicans just love those freeloaders, don't they?
They become cannon fodder or poisoned consumers at 18 years of age, but for some reason, those fetuses are just oh-so-precious to the anti-abortion Republican crowd.
Often, women must obtain abortions in secret. This bill makes it almost impossible for women to exercise their free will on this issue in a discreet and private manner.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This is the planet Mars (war, aggression, action, will, direction, assertion, instinct, sexuality, desire, masculine/yang energy) taking a more roundabout tack through Cancer, the sign of its fall.
At first glance, Mars seems to be at odds with Cancer in almost every way. Mars is direct, identifying and moving toward goals in an immediate way. Cancer is indirect, taking a shuffling sideways stance as it sidles up to each new scenario. Mars is about desire and what we ultimately want. Cancer isn't always so sure what it wants, having to feel it out for some time before action can be taken. Mars is the warrior and (often) the taker of life. Cancer is the mother and the giver of life. Mars is masculine, hot, hard, demanding. Cancer is feminine, soft, sweet, and food and home-loving more than pure action-loving.
This illustrates the trickier expression of Mars through the sign of Cancer, and you can understand why Cancer is considered the sign of Mars' fall. By contrast, Mars is considered exalted in earth sign Capricorn, a more direct, concrete, and goal-driven sign.
There's one thing to keep in mind during the transit of Mars through Cancer, however: the crab has claws, and it's not afraid to use them. Rather, it might be afraid to use them, but it will use them if pushed to do so, if no option is available for retreat.
With Mars transiting Cancer, people can be more emotionally triggered than usual. They can be less rational and more easily drawn into conflicts that play on their emotions. People's actions will be rooted to how they feel in an immediate way during this transit. This creates emotionally-based behaviours that can be extremely ineffective, diffusing physical energy. And this can be capitalized on by the state to advance its agenda.
Security of home and of loved ones are generally of utmost importance to Cancer, and it will fight - hard and viciously - if it feels that security is threatened. True to its indirect nature, Cancer will also allow others to do the fighting for it so long as it can keep its head in its crabshell. You can see, for example, how Cancer Sun nation the U.S. of A. convinced citizens that Iraq was to blame for the attacks on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. Despite no links to the group that claimed responsibility and no proof of "weapons of mass destruction," many U.S. citizens still believe the abomination that was brought down on the cradle of civilization was just.
You can also see how people in that Cancer Sun nation continue to be triggered and manipulated to accept deadly force and war against anyone labeled "terrorist" by the state. (I would be considered a terrorist under the currently accepted definition, and possibly, you would, too.)
We can expect continued emotional manipulation this summer (mostly through media propaganda) as clashes between the people and the "Global Governance" state are ramped up. Watch the sociological dynamics closely and make sure you are not being drawn in emotionally (Cancer) against your ultimate will (Mars).
As Mars enters Cancer, it forms a conjunction to Jupiter, which is at lunar apogee, conjunct the astrological symbol Black Moon Lilith. Mars adds some juice to the Jupiter-Black Moon Lilith conjunction, requiring action and assertion in relation to the dark, denied feminine experience on this planet.
If you are already skilled in the navigation of Black Moon Lilith territory, you could advance quite effortlessly under this conjunction. If you are currently unaware of Black Moon Lilith issues or energy, you may find July and August - and the entire year-long transit of Jupiter through Cancer - challenging.
The Mars-Jupiter-Black Moon Lilith conjunction in Cancer, strongly in effect into early August, indicates fights (Mars) related to beliefs (Jupiter), particularly those beliefs that have an underlying edge of misogyny and rage against women (Black Moon Lilith).
With Jupiter involved, there is a religious element to the proceedings. This particularly relates to the denied female experience (Black Moon Lilith) within religious/belief constructs. We have to keep an eye on the religious and cultural stories/beliefs coming up and playing out now with a particular emphasis on the downplaying, whitewashing, and suppression of women.
Jupiter relates to myth, story, truth, and wisdom. As the religious and cultural stories have been written mostly by men within patriarchal constructs, the portrayals of females within those stories and the archetypes we've been persuaded to swallow stemming from them are woefully inadequate.
From a previous post on the Sagittarius New Moon (ruled by Jupiter) last December:
"Unfortunately, the men who created and furthered the myths missed about 50% of the story. They missed the herstory of the history, as they say. This is the case with Greek and Roman mythology as well as with much of the standard religious and spiritual imagery of the day. We're working with partial archetypal truth at best and straight up patriarchy-approved fabrication at worst, and we have to understand how detrimental these power-imbalanced units of cultural transmission can be...
[I]t's time to re-write many of the stories one woman at a time, with the female/feminine voices - the real ones, not just the easily swallowed and non-threatening versions - equally strong, equally prevalent, equally important. It's time to bust out of the word-woven chrysalises of these old men and into our own stories. The real stories...
The feminine wisdom and knowledge that needs to be integrated is white hot and will shake things up considerably. It requires something of people. It makes people uncomfortable at times. It's not about being pretty or demure or seductive. It demands its rightful place - nothing more, nothing less."
With Mars lighting up a Grand Water Trine and a cardinal t-square this July, things are going to get hot, triggered, and feisty. These aspects are an indicator that we can expect continued attacks against women's reproductive rights by the Old Boys Club pseudo-religious version of reality trying desperately to cement itself during transiting Pluto in Capricorn. We can expect moves to be made by the patriarchal hierarchies to increase control on all fronts. The nuclear family unit, keeping people neatly tied up, occupied, and under control, will continue to be promoted as the only truly acceptable way to go...
All this requires that women in particular stand up, speak out, and exert themselves on the issues that really matter to them, rather than allowing others to fight in their stead.
As Mars, Jupiter, and Black Moon Lilith transit the first decan of Cancer, they form both a highly flowing and easy configuration - a Grand Water Trine - and a more challenging, clashing, frictional configuration - a cardinal t-square.
The Grand Water Trine involving Mars, Jupiter, and Black Moon Lilith in Cancer has the summer ease and good vibes flowing from July 17 to 22. Our actions pick up support, movement, and even a transcendent quality from beneficial contacts to Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Progress toward our goals can fall almost magically into place. Things long-desired, especially related to family, those who feel like family, home, and emotional foundation, are now within reach in many cases. New directions dig in under these trines, as long as we've earned the advancement.
A new sense of family is emerging for the astrological Aquarian era, and this Grand Water Trine gives us an understanding of the ways in which family can expand beneficially to include non-blood and non-marriage ties.
Don't get too hooked on the ease of the Grand Water Trines, however. We're going to need all their good vibes, faith, and momentum in order to get through the more challenging cardinal t-square configurations immediately following - not to mention the series of cardinal Grand Crosses forming between August 2013 and April 2014.
Mars conjuncts Jupiter on July 22, bringing to an official close the spring/summer of 2013 Grand Water Trines. (The good times are fleeting, y'all.) Mars will then zip ahead of the Greater Benefic in the zodiac and move headlong into cardinal t-square territory.
Mars forms an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn July 27 and a square to Uranus in Aries July 31. If you had forgotten the hardcore, do-or-die undertone on this planet currently, this cardinal t-square will remind you.
The influence of Mars in Cancer indicates a protective desire. We are acting all over this globe to protect our families, our communities, our regions, and our countries from the stranglehold of fascism and from another planned World War. With Cancer, there is a particular focus on the fight for our food supply against chemically-treated and genetically-modified corporate food production.
Corruption within our institutions (Pluto in Capricorn) is reaching the surface, triggering rage, movement, and action (Mars) among the people. All over this planet, people are in revolt - externally, internally, or both.
The Mars-Uranus square July 31 indicates further hot spots and uprisings percolating throughout this month, but you have to remember that, despite the Uranian influence, this is pretty much expected - and planned - by the powers that be (Pluto in Capricorn). The ongoing battles, protests, and uprisings between the people and the state may seem spontaneous, but they aren't. We're being intentionally squeezed and squeezed and squeezed under transiting Pluto in Capricorn and the series of squares to Uranus in Aries. There is only so much people will tolerate, can tolerate, and this is clearly understood by the forces doing the squeezing.
It's inspiring and wonderful to see people standing up to fascism and to deadly state control all over this planet. Human beings are proving their intelligence and genius despite horrifying and ongoing campaigns of mind control. Despite the erosion of their health and biological systems via radioactivity, GMO contamination, toxins in the water and air, electromagnetic pollution, chemtrails, and a variety of other methods. Just understand that, to a great extent, this is being managed and controlled on a macro level, so don't take your eyes off what you're doing and what you can do in the future on the micro level...
Jupiter in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn August 7 and squares Uranus in Aries August 21, creating a slow burn cardinal t-square in effect for most of August. This brings beliefs, religion, myths, stories, cultural knowledge, and wisdom - particularly with a dark feminine bent - strongly into the fray. Women's wisdom, feminine wisdom, wisdom from the soul - especially the kinds that threaten the current establishment - are our guiding lights.
The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto cardinal t-square becomes a cardinal Grand Cross at the end of August, and this kicks off an eight-month period when the Grand Cross is the dominant configuration. Spicy, dicey, and potentially very challenging.
There will be waves of acute pressure and stress under these Grand Crosses during which we will be forced to make moves, to make decisions, and to take charge while things are coming apart at the seams all around us.
The lesser benefic and relationship planet Venus enters Libra on August 16, forming the first cardinal Grand Cross August 23 - 27. This is four 90-degree square aspects (frictional, clashing, dynamic) from bodies in all four cardinal signs (leadership, initiative, new direction).
Mercury in Libra forms the second cardinal Grand Cross September 13 - 19.
The Sun in Libra forms the third October 1 - 12.
Mars enters Libra December 7, 2013 until July 26, 2014 for an almost eight-month stay in the sign of the scales (its detriment), including a retrograde period from March 1 to May 19, 2014.
This transit activates the Uranus in Libra, Neptune in Libra, and Pluto in Libra generations in new ways for the astrological Aquarian era, as well as anyone with a strong contingent of personal planets in Libra.
Mars will form its first cardinal Grand Cross moving direct between December 23, 2013 and January 8, 2014.
The second cardinal Grand Cross will be an exact formation, blisteringly potent, forming April 21 - 24, 2014 with Mars Rx in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn all on 13 degrees of the signs.
So things are getting tight by the end of July on the cardinal square front, and this tension squeezes us and keeps on squeezing right through April of 2014.
Our personal circumstances are being shaken up and transformed via pressures from the macro level. Structures are morphing on every possible front over the next two years. We are in a state of change, shift, flux, and we're trying to position ourselves well within it. We will be required to make major, life-altering decisions within this state of flux, or those decisions will be made for us. Understand this and make whatever proactive moves you can to stay out of the cardinal Grand Cross chaos and crossfire.
These are epic transits, these are epic times, and we are being placed in epic roles within them. We will be required to stand up, to take the lead, and to make courageous decisions that affect many people under these Grand Crosses. With the strong influence of Black Moon Lilith, this will particularly be required of women and men with a marginalized perspective.
With Mars in the sign of its fall until the end of August, we can expect thwarted wills and frustrated desires to be a part of the scene. Things will not necessarily go according to plan, as our personal actions (Mars) are tied inextricably to broader sociological and political forces (Uranus/Pluto). What we want may not be what is wanted for us, from us, or through us by the universe. Or it may not be time to get what we want. This is going to make a lot of people very pissy and short-tempered, especially if they don't have the astrology as a navigational map.
Cancer has an innocence about it, but people can use this innocence (or pseudo-innocence) to fight or to avoid things that need to be dealt with during Mars in Cancer. Passive aggressiveness, denial, emotional manipulation, avoidance, and the use of family connections can all be fighting tactics during this transit, as can an aggressive desire to be seen as the most caring, the most loving, the most nurturing, the most motherly.
Mars in Cancer is a slippery placement at times and can be difficult to deal with. Understand the different pacing toward goals, accept the roundabout way, and know that the big picture is much bigger than we can even grasp at this point in time.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
It's the last gasp of the Dark of the Moon in Gemini, heading to Monday morning's New Moon in Cancer. The Moon was conjunct female warrior Pallas Athene and male warrior Mars in Gemini early this morning, and there is a definite edge to communications now and through the weekend.
There is hate, aggression, and verbal violence surfacing during this Dark of the Moon in Gemini.
And rising from the dank recesses of the interwebs this morning was our pal, ravenise.
His comment on my Wendy Davis post pretty much said it all:
"Politicizing the defense of the murder of unborn children by whores too promiscuous and careless to prevent pregnancy... a new low... great work willow, your tribe would defend any outrage in the name of protecting your "rights" and "Freedom.""
This morning, I had yet another comment from this dude. (There have been many.) I didn't have the inclination to read it in full or to publish it on my site, so it has been rejected.
But what I'd like to illustrate now is just how fucking good Willow's Web Astrology is.
Apparently, the rage burns like a blazing inferno in this guy's soul that careless and promiscuous whores get to have abortions.
He's is also a feminism/gay rights hater who believes feminism and gay rights are a Zionist conspiracy to destroy the nuclear family unit. I have quite a few of those people surfacing and commenting on the blog of late. Makow groupies, I assume.
This guy is a really great combo of insane, hateful, misogynistic, and miguided views, in my opinion. And he's also an illustration of my point:
Even the people who oppose my views 100% can't stay away from Willow's Web Astrology blog!
Yes, folks. This site is just that fucking fabulous...
The Moon enters Cancer at 5:14 p.m. this afternoon, and it will conjunct Jupiter and the lunar apogee, Black Moon Lilith, tonight, keeping the dark feminine issues up front and centre.
There's a potentially nasty emotional-alchemical mix churning about this weekend with Mercury retrograde in Cancer and the Moon in Balsamic phase, and this mix isn't really going anywhere. The conjunction between Jupiter and Black Moon Lilith at the time of Jupiter's ingress of Cancer colours the entire year-long transit, keeping dark issues related to women and femininity in our faces. You can read more about that here: Jupiter Enters Cancer at Lunar Apogee: The Wisdom of Our Pitch Blackest Emotional Experiences
Saturn stations direct just after midnight on July 8. The New Moon in Cancer follows close behind at 2:14 a.m. Monday morning, kicking off the workweek.
Let's use this New Moon in Cancer to open into new authority (Saturn) for women (Moon/Cancer) over their own sexuality issues (Scorpio). Let's take power away from the mostly rich, white males who feel they are crusading for the unborn chillins - within positions of elected power or not.
Keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible.
Let's not backslide into a society where women are forced to carry and give birth to babies against their wills. Let's not go back to the days of coat hangers, back alleys, infections, and hemorrhages.
That sounds a lot like hell on Earth to me.