Monday, May 23, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
(A Mercury Rx Re-Post) The Elimination of Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC): Regressive Transportation Policy Under the Mercury-Pluto Square
The planet that rules transportation, connection, and communication (Mercury) is currently retrograde and will move back into the sign of Taurus (agriculture, food, tradition, rural areas) on May 22. Mercury will station direct at 26 degrees Taurus in a loose conjunction to the North Node of the Moon on June 3. The Sun is shining on 26 degrees Taurus today, and in light of this, I'm re-posting an article I wrote in 2017 about the elimination of Saskatchewan's public transportation system.
It's been five years since the Brad Wall Conservatives eliminated Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC), the public bus system that connected the small towns and cities of Saskatchewan for over 70 years. This was a mean-spirited and devastating decision made by vehicle drivers in power.
Only a year later, in 2018, Greyhound bus pulled up stakes, eliminating bus service all across Canada.
I saw this at the time (and see it now) as part of the ongoing efforts by those in power to de-populate rural areas by starving these areas of needed services and resources. With Uranus now transiting Taurus (2018 - 2026), these rural depopulation efforts are in full swing worldwide.
Since STC was eliminated, we have seen a chaotic disaster for public transportation and for the transportation of goods in the province, including needed medical supplies.
Anyone with a lick of sense could have told the Brad Wall government that this would be the result by eliminating an efficient and cost effective system of bus transport that had served the province for over 70 years. (And we did tell them...repeatedly.) The end result of the short-sighted actions of a handful of misguided politicians has been confusion; frustration; a massive waste of time, medical supplies, and taxpayers' dollars; the creation of dangerous and even potentially deadly conditions; shoddy, piecemeal service that serves only certain communities; and thousands of people in the province being left cut off and without transportation. The actions of this handful of misguided politicians has harmed a couple hundred thousand people in the province at least.
The ideology constantly promoted by neo-conservatives that private, corporate industry is so much more efficient and cost-effective than publicly-owned services has proven to be utterly false to a devastating degree in the case of STC. They are now paying almost as much per year to their cronies for one small part of the service STC provided, and it seems the cronies are doing a terrible job of it.
October 6, 2020: Saskatchewan Party Corporate Donor Received $60 Million Medical Contract After Crown Corporation Shut Down
What follows is an article I wrote on the subject that was originally published on March 24, 2017:
On March 22, 2017, as transportation planet Mercury in Aries formed a square to "illegitimate power and hierarchy" Pluto in Capricorn, the neo-conservative Brad Wall government in Saskatchewan, my home province, announced in its budget that it will be shutting down the province's bus system.
Yes, that's right. No public debate, no public consultation, no transportation alternatives offered. It's just over because Brad Wall and his buddies say it is.
This government, full of "one car per person" drivers, decided that it can unilaterally eliminate (Pluto) a mass transportation system (Mercury) that people throughout the province have relied on for over 70 years. ("'It's going to be quite a nightmare': Passengers outraged by STC closure" by Jason Warick of CBC News)
The Pluto in Capricorn bulldozer strikes again, creating a nightmarish and potentially deadly (Pluto) transportation scenario (Mercury) for many...
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Mercury Retrograde in Gemini/Taurus: Carving Out the Right Mental and Verbal Boundaries in Highly-Divided Times
Mercury will station direct at 26 degrees Taurus on June 3 in a conjunction to the North Node of the Moon at 22 degrees Taurus and in an opposition to the South Node of the Moon in Scorpio.
Mercury entered the retrograde shadow (the degrees to which it will return during the retrograde period) on April 26. This makes the period from April 26 to May 10 particularly juicy, as we will be going back over the conversations, communications, and connections we've experienced during that period of time.
The movement of the winged messenger indicates a period when we are gathering bits and pieces of information to shore up, support, and fortify our perspectives. This is a transit and retrograde where we're strengthening ourselves in our ways of thinking and our worldviews, connecting with others of like mind. But it is also a time when we're putting the right boundaries in place so that we can maintain congenial social relations with those who hold mindsets and views that are very different from our own.
We're backtracking now, working to put new mental and verbal boundaries in place in our societies and social relations that align with the shifts, changes, and upheavals we've experienced in these areas over the past couple years. We're learning how to more successfully "play to our crowd." We're learning about which topics we can discuss with which people and also which topics are better to just leave off the social docket altogether. Mercury retrograde is a more contemplative time when we're more careful and moderate about the words we put out into the world.
Gemini is a sign related to duality or even to multiplicity. Because Gemini is a sign related to the gathering of information, opinions, angles, and perspectives, it is a sign that can accept and operate within two or more realities at the same time.
The reality on Planet Earth at the moment is that we are very divided along lines of perspective, thought, and opinion, and these divisions (many being intentionally manufactured and inflamed) are having some nasty effects in our societies and societal interactions (Gemini).
There is an ongoing attempt to enforce certain top-down ideas, information, or ways of thinking on the whole of humanity, and of course, as Gemini knows, this will simply not work. We have never fully agreed on this planet - except maybe when we agree to disagree. Aside from the very basics, human beings have never come to a purely homogeneous way of thinking, and as long as we maintain biological human status, it's unlikely that we ever will come to this state.
This is part of what we must accept and successfully work with during this Mercury retrograde in Gemini/Taurus and beyond.
We're looking to create rock-solid boundaries that will withstand and contain the contentious and hyper-charged energies of the times. Maintaining respectful mental and verbal boundaries is our challenge, but we are being tested mightily on this front during the Mercury retrograde process.
We are in the midst of a quite-unsettled eclipse season, which began with a New Moon at 10 degrees Taurus conjunct Uranus on April 30. We're now moving to the peak point of the lunar cycle - a Full Moon total lunar eclipse at 25 degrees Scorpio on May 15 that will occur conjunct the South Node of the Moon at 22 degrees Scorpio. (This lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of Canada.)
The South Node of the Moon in Scorpio is an astrological indicator of the highly-charged emotional and psychological subtext of the times. It contains all the molten lava, the trigger points, the battle lines, the places where things can get very ugly if we aren't oh-so-careful and respectful of the "enough's enough" points.
There is also a caution, however, about attempting to eliminate (Scorpio) certain information, perspectives, or awareness simply because it is uncomfortable. The Scorpio terrain exists, and it is important. Attempting to amputate, sever, bury, deny, or censor the underlying Scorpionic realities will simply not work. The strong influence of the Scorpio South Node indicates that these attempts will backfire. With the South Node of the Moon in Scorpio activated under a Full Moon total lunar eclipse, karma is an even bigger bitch than usual...
We're creating the right social boundaries with a full awareness of societal reality, including the differences and divisions. Pretending these differences and divisions do not exist will create a very weak and shoddy social foundation, indeed - one that will not support successful societal relations over time.
So we're looking to create the right boundaries while acknowledging and respecting the points of contention and division. With the Sun, North Node, and soon Mercury in Taurus, there is social value beyond the sticking points. People, relationships, and society are valuable, and this must stay at the forefront. We're looking to preserve and reinforce the social fabric that supports us all while respectfully acknowledging the points where we are very much on different sides of the fence.
Mercury stationed retrograde at 4 degrees Gemini this morning, and the Sabian Symbol for this degree is:
A Radical Magazine or Publication, Asking for Action, Displays a Sensational Front Page
This symbol speaks of a charged mental environment, along with the necessity for potent information that spurs action. Information is flying around fast and furious within this charged environment. The Mercury retrograde station activates this degree of Gemini for an extended period of time, and the energy and themes indicated by the Sabian Symbol are then drawn into the entire Mercury retrograde process.
The Sun and Mercury Rx form a conjunction at zero degrees Gemini on May 21.
Mercury then re-enters earthy Taurus on May 22 where it will remain until June 13. The movement back into slow-and-steady, security-conscious Taurus indicates a requirement to properly ground the charged energy so that we can continue to re-build (Taurus) rather than destroy (Scorpio) our social contacts and social lives.
Mercury will station direct at 26 degrees Taurus on June 3, and the Sabian Symbol for that degree is:
An Old Indian Woman Selling Beads and Trinkets
This is a much more mellow symbol, a more grounded symbol. It indicates the congenial relationships of local commerce and their importance in creating stability, regularity, and routine. It also indicates the ability to carve out our own terrain, our own niche, within the broader society and marketplace.
We don't all agree. This is plainly obvious. But we've never all agreed. Our divisions have been intensely inflamed over the past two years, but they are nothing new.
We've found a way to get along in the past despite our wildly different ways of thinking, and this has most often involved respecting the rights of human beings to hold their own thoughts, perspectives, and opinions and to live by their own worldviews. You don't infringe on me. I don't infringe on you.
Carving out and reinforcing this respect might be a more challenging process than usual under current conditions, but this is some of the work being laid before us during this very charged Mercury retrograde and eclipse season.
You might disagree with the way I think. I might disagree with the way you think. This is OK. This is the way it's always been on this planet. The problem comes only when one group of people feels it can force its views and ways on another group of people.
That's where the boundaries and respect come in, and these are things we must very carefully tend as we navigate highly-charged and highly-divided social scenarios. With the North Node in Taurus as our guiding North Star, we're attempting to find the points where people can be comfortable in each other's company, despite differing views.
Again, finding the societal comfort zone within the current conditions is a challenge - a bigger challenge than usual - but it is also the most successful path through.
If we cannot achieve the right boundaries, the right space, and the mutual respect for differing views, some of our social contacts could be coming to their natural conclusions at this time, but the primary goal is to build successful, mutually-supportive, and boundaries-conscious social frameworks if this is at all within our power.
We will defend the right to hold and to live by our own views if necessary, but in general, we're moving away from a state of constant battling (South Node in Scorpio) and into a state of easier social stability and comfort (North Node in Taurus). This is necessary for our mental and emotional health.
Mercury will re-enter its own sign of Gemini on June 13, leaving the retrograde shadow and moving into new mental territory and more grounded mindsets on June 18.
Monday, May 9, 2022
Cell Tower and 5G Dangers - Please Oppose Residential Cell Tower Installations and the 5G Rollout in Your Community
Graphic: Valerie Jacquemet
We’ve known for decades that people experience ill health when living and working around cell towers, but this knowledge is being ignored in the rush to roll out 5G (fifth generation) technology worldwide.
Disturbingly, most politicians and representatives of the telecommunications industry paint a picture where the aesthetic ugliness of cell towers and resulting lowered property values could be the only objections from the public. This is very far from the truth. People all over the world are fighting to have cell towers removed or blocked, and they are opposing the rollout of dangerous 5G technology.
What follows is some of the information showing health damage caused by cell towers and wireless
““Four students and three teachers at Weston have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer since 2016. In addition, two preschool-age children living near the school have been treated for a malignant tumor and leukemia, and a Modesto family says a 22-year-old former student of Weston underwent surgery last year for a brain tumor.”
Ripon California School District officially asked Sprint, the wireless company to remove the cell tower from the elementary school after four students and three staff developed cancers. As of March 28, 2019 the antennas have been turned off.
Families have been calling for the removal of a cell phone tower at Weston Elementary School since 2017 when several students and staff developed cancers. Now that yet another student has developed cancer in 2019, parents demanded the tower be removed. The March 2019 school board meeting was packed in opposition to the cell tower and the meeting was widely covered by press. Parents stated they are holding the school board accountable.
On March 15 2019 Ripon Unified placed a revised statement on their website formally asking Sprint Communications to remove the cell tower from the Weston Elementary campus. They are asking Sprint “to relocate or decommission the tower as soon as possible.””
Fire fighters won the right not to have cell towers affixed to their fire stations due to the adverse health effects. So why are 5G cell towers being placed near schools, daycares, libraries, churches, businesses, and residences?
In 2004, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) passed a resolution opposing the installation of cell towers on fire stations. This resolution was passed after increasing complaints from fire fighters about the adverse health effects they experienced from cell towers affixed to the fire stations. The complaints included experiences of sleeplessness, headaches, memory problems, and cognitive impairment. A 2004 brain study of California fire fighters exposed to cell tower radiation over the previous five years showed brain abnormalities, cognitive impairment, delayed reaction time, and lack of impulse control. The resolution eventually included a moratorium on cell towers being placed on fire stations in the United States and Canada.
The IAFF resolution: “The IAFF opposes the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.”
Lewis Currier, 29-year L.A. county fire captain, speaking in 2016 about the dangers of cell towers
and the antiquated and inadequate government safety standards on electromagnetic radiation.
Currier: “I’m speaking today against the cell towers that are being installed at our fire stations for the health and safety of the residents and the fire fighters who live there. The problem we have in this country today is the absence of adequate recommendation standards, and as a consequence, the corresponding standards that are being used are not applicable to the world we live in today. The FCC safety benchmarks…are antiquated and industry-controlled. We’ve all seen in the past how industry-controlled standards has worked in other industries in the examples given today such as tobacco, chemical fire retardants, etcetera. This is a classic case of the fox watching the henhouse.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Fluoride exposure has been linked to health damage and to the exacerbation of underlying health conditions including: arthritis and joint pain, kidney dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular damage, softening and de-mineralizing of the bones (osteomalacia), increase in bone fractures, skeletal and dental fluorosis, neurotoxicity and cognitive effects, lowered IQ in children, gastrointestinal disorders, calcification of the pineal gland, diabetes and blood glucose regulation problems, cancer, oxidative stress, and male reproductive damage, among others.
It's important to note that there is no conclusive evidence of the universal safety of water fluoridation.
Fluoride accumulates in the body over time. This means that even tiny doses can accumulate and cause health damage over time, especially if people are exposed daily via fluoridated water. People with kidney or liver dysfunction or other detoxification problems are at an increased risk for toxic fluoride accumulation in the body.
People at greater risk of health damage from water fluoridation include:
- fetuses and babies
- people with arthritis, joint problems, or skeletal or dental fluorosis
- people with thyroid dysfunction
- people with chemical sensitivities
- people who have been injured by fluorine-infused pharmaceuticals or have a family history of these types of injuries
- people with ADHD, autism, or other cognitive issues linked to chemical toxicity
- people with cognitive decline
- people with diabetes or blood sugar regulation problems
- people with sensitive kidneys or kidney dysfunction
- people with hindered detoxification
- people with a personal or family history of heart disease
- people with a personal or family history of cancer
This is a sampling of studies and links showing health damage from fluoride exposure:
OVERVIEW OF TOXICITY
Monday, May 2, 2022
Jupiter in Aries: Creating a ‘Good Energy’ Forcefield Around Us to Naturally Repel Schemes and Scams and Spiritual Attacks Afoot on Planet Earth
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"Jupiter in Aries: Creating a ‘Good Energy’ Forcefield Around Us to Naturally Repel Schemes and Scams and Spiritual Attacks Afoot on Planet Earth," is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.
This article covers the Jupiter in Aries transit, the Mars in Gemini transit and retrograde, and certain key times when we might expect further orchestrated events or attacks.