Sunday, March 11, 2018

Juno in Pisces and Our Relationship With Illusion at the end of the Astrological Piscean Era

Soul mate asteroid Juno entered Pisces on February 24, 2018 for a transit that will last until April 28. Juno in Pisces adds a bit of a supernatural element to things - stronger spiritual, psychic, or etheric connections that are working away behind the scenes.

Juno in Pisces indicates a web of ethereal connections that transcend time, space, and location with certain threads being plucked at certain times throughout the transit. As particular threads are plucked, we start to see and sense connections to other people, times, locations, and eras that may have been invisible previously.

Part of the beauty of the human condition is that we are connected at the heart and soul to others who have experienced similar things as we have during their time on the planet. We're never truly alone. These shared experiences create a psychic imprint that is accessible and relatable no matter what era we're living in. It's perhaps the more painful and isolating experiences that create the deepest and most long-lived bonds, the strongest psychic connections that endure through time and space. 

Juno in Pisces connects us at our most vulnerable places, in the most poetically painful or bittersweet of human experiences.

From a previous article: 

"With Juno in Pisces, we are also working with "soul mates" where the connection we have is almost entirely unseen, etheric, and non-tangible. These are individuals we feel some connection to (desired or not) that cannot be fully explained logically. Juno is a complex and often frictional symbol, and this indicates we are working our way out of energetic entanglements we have with people that are almost purely psychic or etheric.  

Simultaneously, we are finding sometimes surprising moments of communion as we see evidence of the unbreakable love of the universe, and our spirits are shored up." 

Juno transiting Pisces indicates a period of time when we are working intricately with our relationship to illusion - a textbook Pisces theme.

With transiting Juno in Pisces, the soul mates in our lives may be helping us with these illusions in some way - perhaps drawing attention to areas where the rose-coloured glasses are a little thick or providing experiences that pop our Neptunian bubbles and bring us back to reality.

Under this transit, we may be bothered more than usual by people trying to portray "the perfect life" or "the perfect relationship" through media or social media. (Narcissistic tendencies are another Piscean/Neptunian theme, and we have more than enough of those going around these days...)

At the same time, we may have soul mates who are helping us to see through these carefully-curated lifestyles and immaculately-filtered images. Once we pop an illusion, once we disrupt the glossy surface sheen, once we see that there is no such thing as "the perfect life" or "the perfect relationship" or "the perfect Instagram filter," there's really no going back. There's no going back to a time when we were fooled by those things.

And at that point, we really have to ask: why are so many people putting so much time, effort, and money into portraying this false image of lifestyle-perfection? Why are people creating lifestyle illusions designed only to make other people covet their lives and what they have?

It's a little pathological, really, isn't it? 

We are now officially in the astrological Age of Aquarius, but there are still plenty of old, Piscean-era ghosts traipsing around and old, Piscean-era illusions left to dissipate.

The high romanticism of the standard Neptunian love story is one illusory element that may need to be put in tighter check under this Juno in Pisces transit. 

Within the pages of a classic English novel, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester find blissful union, at last, long last, as two halves of the same soul meet in holy matrimony. A fictional love to make your heart ache, feverish that you may never find its equivalent. And in real life, its author Charlotte Bronte marries a clergyman she is merely fond of - no great, melting love of her life - after watching her entire family perish one-by-one, only to die herself while pregnant soon after being wed. 

How's that for a sobering reality check?

How many of the great historical love stories, so implanted in the collective psyche and so sought after, have been myth, illusion, just a good story?

And how many of the great Facebook or Instagram love stories are cut from that same cloth?

We have now planted our flags on the Aquarian-era side of things and are looking to create a more rational and realistic version of romance and of life, in general. Even if we aren't looking to do that - that's the path to greater success, veering away from the highly-idealized and soft-lit versions of love, romance, and "lifestyle" that generally end in disappointment and bad feelings.

We're looking to maintain that beautiful Piscean love and connection, but we're doing it with our feet on the ground, with a keen eye toward egalitarian love, rather than a love that places anyone or anything on a pedestal. 

A 27-degree Pisces New Moon conjunct wounded healer Chiron on March 17 (Happy St. Pat's!) stirs the associated themes, and this continues through the following 28-day lunar cycle. 

Juno will form a conjunction to Neptune at 14 degrees Pisces on March 26, 2018, and the soul mate lessons here involve the differentiation between real Piscean love, spirituality, understanding, and communion...and the highly-illusory, highly glossed-up cardboard cutout versions we see portrayed so often through media and social media.

Chiron is very potent in late Pisces during this lunar month, traversing the final degrees of the zodiac. Big, collective karmic wallops possible. 

On a personal level, we may find ourselves a little haunted, a little hamstrung by all the psychic threads we're connected to, even beyond this Pisces season. But the fiery-potent 26-degree Aries New Moon conjunct Uranus and Eris on April 15 releases us from some of the old etheric webs. It burns up some of these webs, simultaneously lighting the way into new territory and fresher dynamics.

The Aries New Moon on April 15 also opens us into the Chiron in Aries transit (2018 - 2027), which begins on April 17. Mercury will station direct at 4 degrees Aries in a conjunction to Chiron on April 15, as well.

Juno enters Aries on April 28, 2018, following the Chiron ingress of Aries April 17. Juno and Chiron will form a conjunction at zero degrees Aries, the first degree of the zodiac, on April 29, indicating some refreshing movement out of the reach of old ghosts, old illusions, and old Neptunian bubbles. 

This Juno-Chiron conjunction at zero Aries - such a potent initiatory degree - provides the cosmic impetus to carve our way out of "Image Factory Hell" once and for all. Let's use it!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cardinal Clashes Force Movement While Retrogrades Simultaneously Slow External Development

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mars Square Chiron Marks the Seventh Anniversary of the (Ongoing) Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Mars in Sagittarius is closing in on a square to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces (exact March 14) at 28 degrees of the signs. 

With Chiron in the late degrees of water sign Pisces, entering Aries April 17, 2018, the painful (Chiron) truth (Sagittarius) about the state of the world's oceans (Pisces) is coming to an acute point (Mars), and nowhere is our attention more urgently required than with the state of the Fukushima-contaminated Pacific Ocean.

The Mars-Chiron square occurs as a marker of the seventh anniversary of the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan on March 11. 

The initial explosions at the nuclear power plant in March 2011 released large quantities of radioactive isotopes and particles into the atmosphere and jet stream. Many different isotopes were aerosolized and released at that time, including but not limited to Cesium, Strontium, Iodine, Uranium, Xenon, and Plutonium. The half-lives of the isotopes vary: Cesium 134 has a half-life of two years. Cesium 137 has a half-life of 30 years. Strontium 90 has a half-life of 28.8 years. Many Plutonium isotopes have half-lives in the thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. 

The radioactive isotopes and particles came down in precipitation all over North America and are most likely still coming down. Even with extremely spotty and under-funded testing, Fukushima-signature isotopes Cesium 134 and 137, along with others, have been found in fish, seaweed, water, sand, and produce along the West Coast of Canada and the United States since 2011 and continuing to recent times

Radioactive isotopes/particles are poisonous to ingest, in addition to releasing radiation. They bio-accumulate in the body, so contamination levels may seem relatively low, but continual ingestion over time accumulates into much bigger doses. In a process called bio-magnification, tiny fish are eaten by small fish; small fish are eaten by medium fish; medium fish are eaten by large fish; large fish are eaten by us, and at each stage, the radioactive contamination is magnified.

Despite what the nuclear industry and profiteering governments/scientists would like you to believe, there is no safe level of man-made radiation exposure.

Continual exposure to even low-dose radiation can cause catastrophic health damage. 

Being continually irradiated internally by ingested man-made radioactive isotopes is very different from the limited external radiation exposure that comes from things like X-Rays or airplane rides.

Naturally-occurring radioactivity in things like bananas and potatoes is also very different from man-made radioactive isotopes, which bombard the body in combinations and concentrations and with a constancy of exposure that we would not come into contact with naturally.

In addition to the releases into the jet stream, radioactively-contaminated water has been flowing into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima site on a continual basis. 

The whereabouts of the nuclear cores from three of the reactor units is unknown, and it is assumed that they have melted through their containments and into the ground (and groundwater) below.

Radioactively-contaminated water has been leaking from containment vessels on site that are holding wastewater originally used to (temporarily) cool the nuclear cores. The displacement of water from these leaks is pushing the contaminated groundwater beneath Fukushima out to sea. The official numbers (which certainly can't be trusted to tell the whole story) estimate that 400 tons of contaminated water is being released into the Pacific every day and has been since 2012. Other sources claim that 1,000 tons of radioactively contaminated groundwater is being diverted by Tokyo Electric Power Company out to sea each day.

Measured radiation spikes on site, the appearance of smoke and flashes on camera footage, as well as the detection of new fission products Xenon, Krypton-85, Tellurium-132, and Iodine-131 indicate that criticalities are still taking place sporadically, which would mean that radioactive isotopes are still being produced and released.

No governments or establishment scientists are doing any ongoing, comprehensive testing of food, drinking water, or milk for radioactive contamination. 

The health - and lack thereof - of the Pacific Ocean must come into stronger collective focus under this late-degree square of Mars in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces, and we must take action (Mars) based on what we know (Sagittarius). 

What we know, however, is continually being clouded, confused, and downplayed by the propaganda and misinformation spread by a paid army of mainstream media, establishment gatekeepers, and online trolls.

(Seriously, is someone paying these fool trolls, or are they providing their idiocy free-of-charge? I recently had one try to get me to watch someone eating Plutonium in a YouTube video to prove that Fukushima fallout is not of concern. Wow.) 

A common theme throughout the Fukushima nuclear disaster - again, ongoing with no real containment or remediation solutions in sight - has been the blaming of Fukushima-related effects on that big, bad, beast "climate change."

Now, the climate change issue is very thorny, very inflammatory, and very divisive. One particular take on climate change has been embedded in the educational system, teaching a generation of children to vehemently take up this issue while, unfortunately, maintaining blinders with other critically-pertinent issues. 

I don't believe the Fukushima nuclear disaster is being taught or covered in any meaningful way in the educational curricula of the day, certainly to nowhere near the extent that climate change is. So this Mars in Sagittarius square to Chiron in Pisces also highlights gaping holes, blind spots (Pisces), and even the intentional obscuring (Pisces) of truth (Sagittarius) within the educational system (Sagittarius).

A recent story from the BBC is a perfect example of the "climate change as blanket demon" theme:

February 1, 2018: "Polar bears are 'running out of food,'"  by Victoria Gill

The story outlines the truly heart-wrenching plight of polar bears, many in the process of starving.

As usual, the devastation being caused by Fukushima fallout is the pink elephant in the room. Most people choose to ignore or downplay this pink elephant, and "climate change" becomes the easy patsy...

We're told by the mainstream media: polar bears can't find enough seals to eat because the polar ice is melting due to climate change, making it harder for them to find food.

But back to that pink elephant (pink polar bear?):

Polar bears eat seals.

Seals eat fish.

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began in 2011, there has been a dramatic and documented decline in both fish and seal populations in the Pacific Ocean (as well as thousands of other species). This goes so far as to link many of the deaths and diseases to Fukushima fallout:

From December 2011: "Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska — Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss"

From January 2014: "Scientists present links between unusual Alaska seal deaths and Fukushima fallout — Skin lesions, hair loss, lethargy — ‘Pulsed release’ when built-up radionuclides were set free as ice melted — “Wildlife health implications” due to radiation exposure discussed"

From February 2014: "Former Japan Prime Minister: Seals, polar bears dying after Fukushima radiation exposure"

From May 2014: "Over 50 dead seals, sea lions, whales, walrus recently stranded in Alaska — Dozens of seals suffering from baldness, skin sores — Experts: “Marine transported Fukushima radionuclides… may represent a new stressor to ecosystem”"

From March 2015: "Mysterious affliction in Alaska polar bears suffering baldness and lesions; Rate spiked nearly 1,000% after Fukushima began — Gov’t: Ongoing reports of unusual number of ‘hairless seals’ with sores — “Seals continue to be reported with hair loss… it makes us nervous”"

From August 2015: "US Gov’t: “We don’t know what’s going on” in Pacific — Many ill baby seals being abandoned; Dozens of walruses found dead; Dying whales, birds, fish — “Unprecedented things happening” — Experts: “It’s been a very unusual marine mammal year… I’m really worried, very concerned”"

From September 2015: "“Countless” dead birds reported in Pacific off US coast, nothing will eat the bodies — “There are no seals present” — Expert: “The fish are not there… all of them are starving” — Animals “acting weird, sick and weak, too weak to fly, too weak to run” — Resident: We want to know if it’s from Fukushima"

From January 2017: "Massive die-off of sea creatures from California to Alaska — Animals starving as food chains continue to collapse — Mass starvation events plague West Coast — Scientist: “Felt like I was doing nothing but counting dead animals” — TV: Deaths really quite troubling"

So the pink elephant is this: there's quite overwhelming evidence that sea life, including seals and many species of fish, has declined dramatically - and is suffering dramatically - since Fukushima fallout began contaminating the Pacific Ocean in 2011. 

There were certainly well-documented problems with ocean pollution before Fukushima, but the problems have accelerated since March 2011.

The earthquake and tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011 were timed to coincide with transiting Uranus moving from the 29th degree of Pisces to the zero degree of Aries. Chiron was in the early stages of its transit of Pisces at the time at 2 degrees. The North Node of the Moon had just entered truth-telling Sagittarius and was at 28 degrees when the disaster began. This 28th degree is now being activated by transiting Mars in Sagittarius and the square to Chiron in Pisces.   

The astrology of the Fukushima nuclear disaster - March 11, 2011
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In 2018, we have two major shifts - Chiron enters Aries on April 17 (retrograding back into late Pisces from September 26, 2018 to February 17, 2019), and Uranus enters Taurus on May 15 (retrograding back into Aries November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019).

These ingresses indicate new chapters opening with a push to move on, to move forward, to leave the problems of the past behind us. 

These urgings toward new energy and new themes create a climate where it is unfortunately easy to push unresolved issues to the back of our minds. It's easy to get caught up in "what's next?" without grasping fully how an unresolved issue the size of Fukushima will continue to cause problems in whatever new chapters are unfolding.

If transiting Chiron in Pisces taught us one thing, it's this: what affects one will eventually affect all. Due to the shared energy field that life exists within on this planet, we cannot separate ourselves from the collective problems faced by humanity. Attempting to do so simply means a greater karmic wallop later on. If that karmic wallop doesn't come in the current generation, it is passed on to the next. Those who choose to bury their heads in the (radioactive) sand now will see the consequences of their willful ignorance visited on those who come after them.

This sounds ominous, but it's the reality of the situation. The karmic come-around of late Pisces is no joke. A sick or dying Pacific Ocean does not exist in a vacuum. It has effects and repercussions for all life on this planet.

Transiting Mars is about to cross 28 degrees Sagittarius, very close to the Galactic Centre, which is, again, the point where the North Node of the Moon (successful, soul-driven path forward) was located at the time that the Fukushima nuclear disaster began on March 11, 2011. 

This point - and its corresponding drive for truth - is being stirred up, inflamed, and activated by transiting Mars in Sagittarius, and the square aspect to Chiron at 28 degrees Pisces keeps the focus (uncomfortably) on collective issues like Fukushima. Under these aspects, we're dealing with painful situations and symptoms that have (potentially invisible) roots to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. We're dealing with an invisibility factor (Pisces), as well as the intentional confusion, diversion, and misinformation generated by an establishment effort to keep people from the truth.

Under these conditions, we have to fight (Mars) to get to the truth (Sagittarius) and to stay there. This doesn't only relate to Fukushima, of course - there's a system of mind control operating through entertainment and media that is diverting people from many of the critical issues faced by humanity at this time. 

It's just that this system of mind control and gatekeeperly-diversion is oh-so-obvious when you look at the worldwide media blackout and downplaying of Fukushima!

The personal planets are currently transiting ethereal Pisces as the Mars-Chiron square tightens, and this is an indicator of more pressure on these issues. As transiting Mercury and Venus activate the Mars-Chiron square, we're working for greater collective understanding of the invisible threads, the obscured roots, and the clouded reasons for the problems we are experiencing.

Elements of foggy mind control, illusion, and diversion may be particularly prevalent with communication/media planet Mercury transiting the sign of its fall, Pisces, until March 5.

Mercury and Venus form a beautiful and potentially-healing conjunction at 26 degrees Pisces on March 4 (10:05 a.m. PST), which is the same degree as the New Moon in Pisces (conjunct Chiron) that we will experience on March 17.

This is followed by a powerhouse Mercury-Venus-Chiron conjunction at 27 degrees Pisces later that day, before Mercury and Venus enter Aries on March 5/6. Mercury and Venus will be activating the symbolic "end of the zodiac" 29th degree of Pisces and "beginning of the zodiac" zero degree of Aries. Again, this is the area of the zodiac where Uranus (uranium/upheaval/shocks/sudden events) was located when the Fukushima nuclear disaster began. 

Wounded healer Chiron will activate this area of the zodiac in April 2018, as it ingresses Aries.

Mercury-Venus-Chiron conjunction at 27 degrees Pisces - March 4, 2018
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The Mercury-Venus-Chiron conjunction at 27 degrees Pisces on March 4 indicates a pinnacle moment as the wounded healer comes to the end of the sign of the fishes.

In many respects, the Fukushima nuclear disaster is the primary symbol of the Chiron in Pisces transit. 

The Mercury-Venus-Chiron conjunction is an indicator of beautiful, healing support from the divine amidst these difficult Earthly conditions. We may uncover some invisible threads, some previously-obscured information, or some form of connection to others that heals us at the heart. Greater understanding is possible under these skies, as necessary puzzle pieces of information fall into place, and with that understanding comes a greater sense of communion and peace, a stronger sense of continuity, flow, and grace, even during these quite disjointed times.

Though Fukushima has been a highly-obscured and messed-with issue from the get-go, though most people on Earth are still looking to the establishment to provide information and guidance, there are many, many people around the world who know the real score. They know the real score because they feel it, and no amount of manipulation will change that. This goes for Fukushima but also for many obscured, suppressed, and hidden issues we're dealing with on Earth.

As we mark the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, transiting Jupiter is stationing retrograde at 23 degrees Scorpio (March 8), the sign of the researcher. Our intuition, our inner knowing, our instincts, and our guts provide the wisdom we need to successfully navigate this dark and murky territory.

We're making the healing connections, connecting the necessary dots, and we're doing it together.

Though it can be very isolating to understand things that the mainstream of society does not, we may get a stronger sense under this Mercury-Venus-Chiron conjunction that we are not alone with any of it. We never really were. 

The themes are continued with a 26-degree Pisces New Moon on March 17 that falls tightly conjunct Chiron. This indicates a highly-sensitized lunar month (March 17 to April 15) characterized by wounding/healing themes. These themes have a particular emphasis on the interplay between personal and collective issues. 

There is a very karmic lunar cycle ahead of us with that intense, late-Pisces come-around that was previously mentioned. The following lunar month draws attention to those who are being energetically/emotionally/psychically shredded by "the way things are" and by "the things left unsaid." (That's pretty much everyone who is a non-oligarch at this point, but the sensitives are particularly affected, as are animals.) 

During this Chirotic lunar cycle, we are provided with a level of divine guidance, protection, and insulation from harm as we battle to find (or to free) the solutions to our problems, both personal and collective.

Our bodies are mostly made of water. Water is crucial for life. And the sad state of our industry-polluted water on Earth cannot help but affect us emotionally, psychically, and physically.

There is no escaping (Pisces) from this truth (Sagittarius).

Ex-diver and Fukushima researcher/citizen journalist Dana Durnford first uncovered widespread death and collapse in the Pacific Ocean ecosystem in exploratory voyages along the British Columbia coast in 2014 and 2015.

You can see the Before and After photos at Dana's website (scroll down on the first page) which show rich, healthy marine life before well as the desolation after Fukushima: The Nuclear Proctologist 

As we (mind-bogglingly) mark the seventh anniversary of this ongoing global disaster, Dana is preparing for a follow-up voyage to determine whether any of the missing species have recovered in the past few years since the first explorations and documentation. 

There is a button to donate to this voyage, if you have extra cash for such things. I'm not soliciting donations by any means, but Dana is one of the people doing the work that should be being done by elected leaders, by establishment science, and by mainstream media, but that is not being done by any of those institutions.

We all have to pick up the slack for the sham leadership of Planet Earth, currently driving us to extinction with anti-human policies. Not an easy task! But we can't let up. The wonderful sea creatures are counting on us, and so is every living thing on Earth, present and future. 

Thanks so much for sticking with it.  

It's always about the love, even while we're battling...