Deceptive Land Grab

When someone is actively deceiving us, we are never quite sure about what is actually happening or if we can believe our perceptions. Trust in our own sense of reality is often being subtly undermined by a conflicting explanation of the facts. “The Devil works with a grain of truth,” is an old saying that describes how this process works. Buried in the web of lies, there is usually one small kernel of truth, just enough to cause doubt in any alternative understanding of the facts and consequently hobble effective, focused opposition. Confusion and weakness are the result.

In astrological terms, Neptune is the planet of dishonesty, self-deception, and confusion. When it is active, it becomes difficult to discern fact from fiction and easy to get carried away with an unrealistic and sometimes grandiose understanding of events. Getting a clear grasp on the situation, a necessary prelude to determining appropriate action, becomes nearly impossible.russia

In today’s situation with a newly aggressive Russia, one piece of the puzzle is the extraordinary activation of Neptune in Russia’s chart. Not only is the progressed Russian Sun barely a month past the exact opposition to natal Neptune (13Capricorn48), but the four points in the emerging cardinal cross are all in a hard aspect or conjunction to this point. Specifically, Uranus is square to natal Neptune from April 6 through April 26; Jupiter is opposite natal Neptune from April 14 through April 22; Pluto has been close but not quite conjunct natal Neptune from mid-February to mid-April; and Mars will be square to natal Neptune from April 19 through April 22.

Many threads of the current crisis can be connected back to this overstimulated Neptune in Russia’s chart. Vladimir Putin’s repeated appeals to Russian patriotism and to a grandiose and aggrieved national identity can be traced to the 4th house Neptune in the national chart, which points to an idealized yearning for and an unrealistic understanding of Mother Russia.  In addition, the deceptive narrative Putin has been using to describe events in Ukraine – denying Russia’s participation, describing any Ukrainian response to insurrection as an attack on ethnic Russians, framing any Russian involvement as a humanitarian rescue operation – serves to cloak Russia’s active masterminding of the entire operation or at least confuse the issue enough to weaken critics.

And finally, the fog surrounding the unfolding drama makes it nearly impossible to discern what is exactly happening. Were the negotiations in Geneva a manipulative distraction or will Putin actually comply with the signed agreement? As Russia continues to deny it is seeking to absorb more of Ukraine, will it keep stoking events that will lead in that direction? Nothing is clear, rendering a coherent response difficult. As in Crimea, clarity may not come until it is too late and the deed is done.

The increased tension engendered by the planet Pluto is another important piece in understanding the currently building conflict that centers on Ukraine. From early springequinox14moscowFebruary through mid-May 2014, transiting Pluto is making a protracted opposition to the US Sun (13Cancer19). In the Spring chart drawn for Russia, Pluto is square the Ascendant (13Libra28) from March 20 through mid-May 2014. In addition, the Pluto station of mid-April reached just 22 minutes shy of a square to Putin’s Sun (13Libra56), thus also impacting him from late February through mid-April.  These configurations, taken together, suggest a building confrontation or struggle, where each side feels it must stay vigilant and strong or it will be overwhelmed, if not literally than measured by significant loss of respect and effectiveness on the world stage.

Pluto will continue to be in hard aspect to the US Sun and Putin’s Sun through October 2015, suggesting this struggle for dominance will continue to play out through that time. putinAt present, the transits of Uranus, Jupiter, and Mars may be seen as a huge stimulant to this underlying tension during most of the month of April. In particular, the combination of Jupiter and Uranus in hard aspect to Putin’s Sun point to significant confidence and success (Jupiter) through April 23, as well as a willingness to defy established norms (Uranus) through the month. Both of these planets are also in hard aspect to the Ascendant of the Moscow Spring chart, thereby reiterating these same themes. The addition of Mars to this combination from April 20 to April 24 only adds fuel to the fire and suggests a greater willingness for violence and aggression.

Jupiter and Uranus have also been impacting the US Sun in April, through the 19th and then dissipating. During the last days of this Jupiter/Uranus period there was someUSchart optimism (Jupiter) over an agreement made in Geneva to deescalate the situation. In addition, the US has increasingly exercised its power (Jupiter conjunct US Sun) through threats of progressively onerous sanctions against Russia should it continue on this course of aggression, while also moving to increase NATO’s military footprint along Russia’s East European borders. The addition of Mars from the 19th through the 24th seems likely to further escalate the anger and confrontational tone of the US in this conflict, as well as pointing to a greater potential for explosions, violence, and accidents in other areas.

With the dissipation of several of these planetary aspects after April 25, we may see some of the intensity of this situation drain away. However, it should be noted that the first of three transits of Uranus opposite US Saturn (14Libra48) begins on April 26 running through May 16, concurrent with the last part of the Pluto transit opposite US Sun.  The Uranus transit to US Saturn will return in September 2014 and February and March 2015. Moreover, transiting Pluto will move to square US Saturn during much of 2015. Using the Sagittarius rising chart for the US, Saturn sits in the 10th house, pointing to the focus on world power and the many painful lessons (Saturn) that come to the US in this area. With both Uranus and Pluto coming to hard aspects with US Saturn from late April 2014 through December 2015, it seems likely the US will experience a multi-pronged awakening (Uranus) of the limitations (Saturn) and difficulties inherent in its global influence. 

As mentioned, the Pluto transit opposite the US Sun and square to Putin’s Sun also continues through most of 2015, suggesting this conflict between Russia and the US in the global chess game will extend through next year, with the US finding it has less and ability to shape events than expected (Pluto and Uranus aspecting US Saturn).  Moreover, the Uranus and Pluto aspects to Russia’s Neptune through much of the same period, suggest Russia will continue with its uber-nationalism and its idealization of the Russian homeland and the grievances it has experienced.  In addition, Uranus will oppose Putin’s Sun again in October 2014 and from late December 2014 through much of February 2015, suggesting he will be willing to defy international norms and take a strong stand for his version of reality at that time. This latter period, from December 2014 through February 2015, will include the final crossings of the Uranus/Pluto square, with both planets aspecting the US Sun, Putin’s Sun and Russia’s Neptune almost simultaneously and likely bring about another dramatic confrontation at that time.


  1. Salemone says:

    Thank you. Your explanation of what we are seeing manifest is welcome information.

  2. Lorrie U says:

    On Facebook:
    “My prayer for today is for the grace of healing to pour abundantly upon the wounds of nature and all Her creatures. There was a time long ago when human beings knew that the forests were aware when humans set foot under the tapestry of the great arms of huge oaks and maples and elms and other forest dwellers. Humans walked with humility on the Earth. It would never occur to them to have plans to control weather and water and air and soil and seeds….My prayer today is to help heal the damage being done by the hubris of humanity.”

  3. Wennye' says:

    Wishing all a Loving, Celebratory renewal of your Spiritual beliefs! Blessings, Wennye’

  4. will says:


    Ominous but sobering. It will be interesting at the very least, to see how events unfold.

    Wishing you a splendid spring weekend.

  5. will says:

    Would be great if the Cuban people would rise up and demand to be assimilated by the U.S.; just the medicine for the Rootin-Tootin-Putin.

  6. Patty says:

    Thank you Nancy, fascinating Neptune study on Russia, may they find peace.
    Lorrie…Love your Prayer! Wishing you all a joyous Springtime, such a magical time of year!
    The coming Grand Cross looks so very eerie.
    Steve Judd’s interesting youtube video shows the long term build up to this grand gross with the four planets involved on solar fire. Starting from 2012, amazing to watch the wheel go round and round…it reminds me of a key turning in a lock.

  7. Suzy says:

    Starlight…thank you for this update. The Neptune Deception seems to be everywhere.

    Yet, there are “green shoots” of reality springing up.

    This article from the “Atlantic Magazine” seems to touch on some of the issues you are talking about with our interactions between USA and Russia and Neptune Dreaming or Deception.

    The best to you and yours …over this Spring Break..!


    How America Lost Vladimir Putin
    A rupture between Russia and the West, 14 years in the making

  8. Suzy says:


    Thank you for your post about your “Prayer for Today:” Well said and very encouraging and peaceful message we all need to hear. Those of us who love our creatures and natural spaces so threatened today…in these times…Let us WORK to HEAL.


    Lorried On Facebook:
    “My prayer for today is for the grace of healing to pour abundantly upon the wounds of nature and all Her creatures. There was a time long ago when human beings knew that the forests were aware when humans set foot under the tapestry of the great arms of huge oaks and maples and elms and other forest dwellers. Humans walked with humility on the Earth. It would never occur to them to have plans to control weather and water and air and soil and seeds….My prayer today is to help heal the damage being done by the hubris of humanity.”

  9. Suzy says:

    Sorry for typo…Lorrie on Facebook with out the “d” at end of Lorrie’s name.

  10. Sharon Katz says:

    Thank you for all the well wishes & beautiful prayers for this Easter weekend Lorrie, Wennye, Suzy and everyone else who posts here who I am sure contribute to the spirit. The words about the earth, the trees, the forest, the spirit of humility are so very beautiful & do make me sad for the troubles upon this earth…however, this, I suppose, is the cleansing time predicted by many cultures – and the Light is always there (and we don’t have to wait until we see it at the end of the tunnel but I am looking forward to that time). By the way, the article in the Atlanta about how the West lost Putin looks to be a good read – however, no matter what we did or the transits Putin is going through, it is his choice to move in the direction of hegemony, etc. Sending love to all…Namaste, Sharon

  11. will says:


    Thank you for sharing The Atlantic article; I found the seed of the present problems in the following paragraph:

    “The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, without UN authorization and over the objections of France, Germany, and Russia, was a turning point for Putin. He said the war made a mockery of American claims of promoting democracy abroad and upholding international law.”

  12. alex says:

    Midterm Election 2014 – Koch/GOP (Billionaires already own much of our economy. That, apparently, is not enough. Now, they want to own the United States government as well. ~ Senator Bernie Sanders)


    What is it you want Mr. Koch(s)
    – to defund/repeal Obamacare

    – to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!

    Koch Then & GOP Now

    – THEN: In 1980, Libertarian vice-presidential candidate David Koch ran on a platform that called for abolishing the minimum wage. Thirty-four years ago, that was an extreme view of a fringe party that had the support of 1 percent of the American people

    NOW: Today, not only does virtually every Republican in Congress oppose raising the $7.25 an hour minimum wage, many of them, including Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell and John McCain, are on record for abolishing the concept of the federal minimum wage.

    – THEN: In 1980, the platform of David Koch’s Libertarian Party favored “the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.

    NOW: Today, the mainstream view of the Republican Party, as seen in the recently passed Ryan budget, is to end Medicare as we know it, cut Medicaid by more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade, and repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Under the Ryan plan, at least 40 million people — 1 in 8 Americans — would lose health insurance or fail to obtain insurance by 2024. Most of them would be people with low or moderate incomes.”

    – THEN: In 1980, the platform of David Koch’s Libertarian Party called for “the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system.”

    NOW: Today, the mainstream view of the Republican Party is that “entitlement reform” is absolutely necessary. For some, this means major cuts in Social Security. For others who believe Social Security is unconstitutional or a Ponzi scheme this means the privatization of Social Security or abolishing this program completely for those who are under 60 years of age.

    -THEN: In 1980, David Koch’s Libertarian Party platform stated “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes … We support the eventual repeal of all taxation … As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”

    NOW: Today, 75 Republicans in the House have co-sponsored a bill that Paul Ryan has said “would eliminate taxes on wages, corporations, self-employment, capital gains, and gift and death taxes in favor of a personal-consumption tax.”

    Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.


    It is not widely known that David Koch was the Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate in 1980. He believed that Ronald Reagan was much too liberal. Despite Mr. Koch putting a substantial sum of money into the campaign, his ticket only received 1 percent of the vote.

    Most Americans thought the Libertarian Party platform of 1980 was extremist and way out of touch with what the American people wanted and needed.

    Fast-forward 34 years and the most significant reality of modern politics is how successful David Koch and like-minded billionaires have been in moving the Republican Party to the extreme right.

  13. alex says:

    Neptune in Pisces – era of mass delusion

    Political Astrology: Neptune in Pisces – Key Words
    (toxic level of un-reality, pre-text, pretense)

    Neptune corresponds to gradual and seamless changes in reality that work so subtly and slowly and with such hypnotic force that we are frequently not even aware of their effects until they have long passed.

    We underestimate the magnitude of these changes at our peril, just as a tsunami may pass almost unnoticed in the open ocean, but somewhere where it clashes with unyielding structures, it unleashes its chaotic fury. ~ Nick Owens

    arachne – entangled or entangling
    phaedra – depraved desires

  14. barbk says:


    Thank you for another close-up on the cardinal squaring of energies + Russia’s activated Neptunian influence. It looks certain that the U.S. (at least the more macho influences) will bow to a leveling of power on the world stage in the coming days.

    I just noticed that the MC of Russia’s chart is 24+ Gemini. Transiting Jupiter reached that degree on May 30th last year, and in your column titled “Uranus and Pluto: The Unfolding Drama” last May, Helen’s comment on May 30th at 4 PM was about an article regarding Russia’s disdain of the U.S.

    “The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regime’s continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Sygenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to war.”

    Since Mercury rules the Russian chart’s MC and is at 0+ Gemini and therefore conjunct Putin’s Moon at 2+ Gemini (and Obama’s Moon too), it might explain some suppressed feeling that could contribute to Putin’s un-Libra-like lack of cooperation.

    In November 2012 Neptune stationed direct at 0+ Pisces, squaring Russia’s Mercury (and Putin’s Moon by February 2013) which possibly could have affected some bee pollination businesses (Gemini MC) or foreign trade (9th house Mercury) close to Putin’s (and Russia’s) heart (trans. Neptune in Russia’s 5th house). Perhaps this is Putin’s further revenge on being rebuffed regarding any discussion of genetically altered seed.

    Transiting Chiron (wounding) in Russia’s 6th house of agriculture has been trining its natal Pluto on the cusp of the 3rd house (neighbors, talk) and sextiling its Venus (opposite Pluto) on the cusp of the 9th house (foreign relations). Transiting Chiron has also trined Russia’s 10th house conjunction of natal Jupiter/Chiron. I wonder if a little (well, a lot of) diplomacy regarding the dying bees and crappy seeds might help Kerry (and Obama) negotiate some peaceful resolution with Putin rather than a macho show-down that nobody wants or can afford.

  15. barbk says:

    P.S. Transiting Venus in Pisces is right now in a trine to Russia’s Pluto in Scorpio and Jupiter/Chiron in Cancer, and she sextiles Russia’s Venus in Taurus. Love has been known to conquer all.

  16. barbk says:

    P.P.S In May 2012, there was also that solar eclipse at 0 Gemini 21 which would have been conjunct the Russian Mercury, ruler of the 10th house.

  17. alex says:

    Minor Asteroids – extremes (arachne – entangled or entangling,
    phaedra – depraved desires)

    April 29, 2014 Solar Eclipse Chart (ECLIPSE SATURN @20 Scorpio)

    Chart for Eclipse – located Capitol Building DC

    Transiting Arachne @23 Pisces – 2ND House
    Transiting Venus @25 Pisces


    Transiting Phaedra @28 Taurus – 4TH House
    Transiting Hygeia @27 Taurus (Affordable Health Care, Obamacare)

    Political Astrology:
    Arachne and Phaedra minor asteroids are prominently placed in Natal Horoscope of Paul Ryan.

    Natal Mars @03 Aries 36
    Natal Chiron @03 Aries 20
    Phaedra @05 Aries 16 (passive-aggressive behavior, sacrifice for malice, devious revenge)

    Natal Arachne @05 Scorpio 53(entangled or entangling)
    Natal Jupiter @05 Scorpio 17
    Natal Pavlov @05 Scorpio 52 (predictable response)

    Paul Ryan wants House tax-writing gavel in 2015

    Ryan says that he isn’t interested in 2016 run for president but he is interested in replacing David Camp Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

  18. alex says:

    Solar Eclipse: April 29, 2014

    Focus on questions surrounding values highlighted during the eclipse taking place on April 29. This Taurus solar eclipse brings an old idea about what you value, or a few ideas, back into your life.

    Solar eclipses can come with the sensation of fresh bursts of energy, and with this event taking place in Taurus there is a fresh perspective or approach to this old idea of what’s important to you. ~ Genevieve Hathaway

  19. alex says:

    “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” by Thomas Piketty

    Here’s one of its extraordinary insights: we are heading into a future dominated by inherited wealth as capital concentrates in fewer and fewer hands, giving the very rich ever greater power over politics, government, and society. “Patrimonial capitalism” is the name for it, and it has potentially terrifying consequences for democracy.

    For those who work for a living, the level of inequality in the US, writes Piketty, is “probably higher than in any other society, at any time in the past, anywhere in the world.” Over three decades, between 1977 and 2007, 60 percent of our national income went to the richest 1 percent of Americans.

  20. Michael from NYC says:

    In terms of Russia the other thing I know about Neptune is that it’s the planet of dreams: And part of what I see under the surface is the wish of Russia to go back to the glory of the USSR and the cold war. Right after WWII the Soviets were a true superpower, and there’s that hunger to go back to that some how. Of course that’s not the reality of the 21st Century with globalism and the rise of China. So what’s going on is grasping at the past — the invasion of Georgia was about this, and the next invasion (and there will be one) will be about this too. But even with the land grabs, Russia is shrinking in terms of population:

    It’s not just less people being born, but early deaths due to alcoholism: “Spirit linked to 35% of cases where a man dies before age 55, with study citing national sport of spectacular drunkenness”

  21. will says:

    Michael from NYC,

    Re; your comment on Neptune and Russia:

    If you happened to have watched the opening and closings of the Winter Olympics at Sochi, the over-arching narrative of the entire extravaganza was that of the ‘Russia as a land of dreamers.’

  22. Jerry says:

    Glancing through the various news reports, indications are it may be mid week (Wednesday) after US Vice president Joe Biden completes his visit to Kiev, that the US may impose additional economic sanctions on Russia if the status quo on the ground in East Ukraine does not reverse itself. Russia has made it clear this would be deemed unacceptable (see related article below).

    The morning of Thursday April 24th the Moon positions itself at another tense angle – 28 Aquarius, providing another potential catalyst to the Cardinal Grand Cross square.

    Russia Says US Sanctions Threat over Ukraine ‘Absolutely Unacceptable’

    April 19, 2014

    Russian warned against US sanctions over Ukraine crisis, saying Washington’s threats regarding this issue is unacceptable.

    A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was “absolutely unacceptable,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television. “Our Western colleagues are trying to push responsibility towards our side. But it must be underlined: it is a collective responsibility,” he said.

    He pointedly declared that “there are troops close to the Ukrainian border”. “Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine,” he added. The comments appeared to be a warning shot to Washington that the situation could quickly degrade if Moscow were punished for a failed implementation of the accord.


    What actions can Russia take in retaliation?

    Russia Threatens Complete “Crash for the Financial System of the United States” By Brittany Stepniak


    Americans tend to get stuck in the egocentric mentality that we’re the greatest nation in the world. Most of us never even consider the idea that another nation — or group of nations — could seriously threaten our coveted global position.

    This is a major fallacy — one that’s being put to the test as you read this.

    If you’ve been paying attention to the ongoing Ukrainian debacle, you may already know that Russia and the U.S. are at odds with one another in regards to their stance on Ukraine.


  23. TJ says:

    When first I read the title, I thought it referred to the deception of the Nevada rancher’s land grab, and the right-wing wool-over-the-eyes about what’s happening there. I know the government backed down in the face of armed people and potential violence, but I think that situation is far from over. Too many parties are involved now, and Limbaugh/Fox News have stoked the crazies. Plus, other ranchers are angry this freeloader gets off, and many folks are upset that people can point guns at government law officers, not be arrested and even be called patriots. Harry Reid called them terrorists, and the right-wing news chamber went ballistic. Not to mention the racial aspects; imagine if these armed people threatening law officers were anything other than white. I’m keeping fingers crossed that it doesn’t blow up during the remaining time of this transit.

  24. alex says:

    2015 Congress Swearing-In, 1/5/2015 Monday (date not yet determined)

    North Moon Node @14 Libra conjunct (USA Saturn @14 Libra)
    South Moon Node @14 Aries

    2015 USA Solar Arc Saturn @13 Gemini
    for purposes of hypothetic chart the Gemini ASC is at 13 degrees (2:37PM) and the MC @19 Aquarius

    Arachne (entangled, entangling i.e. quantum computers, world wide web, Arachne may connect to the concept of playing God)

    Cyllarus (possible racism, having motive, method & opportunity)

    Synastry 2014 November 4TH Election & 2015 Swearing-in Chart

    Uranus @12 Aries,
    South Node @14 Aries,
    (strong>Arachne @19 Aries – 2014 Election South Node @19 Aries</strong)
    Eris @22 Aries

    Hygeia @07 Cancer (Affordable Health Care, Obamacare)
    Phaedra @13 Cancer(passive-aggressive behavior, sacrifice for malice, devious revenge)
    USA Sun @13 Cancer
    Cyllarus @14 Cancer (possible racism, having motive, method & opportunity)
    Moon @22 Cancer

    Synastry T-Square Election & Swearing-In & USA Sun

    Swear-in Phaedra @13 Cancer(passive-aggressive behavior, sacrifice for malice, devious revenge)

    2014 Election N.Node @14 Libra
    2014 Election S. Node @14 Aries

  25. alex says:

    oops – should read

    Synastry 2014 November 4TH Election & 2015 Swearing-in Chart

    Uranus @12 Aries,
    South Node @14 Aries,
    Arachne @19 Aries – 2014 Election South Node @19 Aries</strong)
    Eris @22 Aries

  26. tetramorph says:

    TJ, it is a nice synchronicity that Russia’s deceptive land grab is happening coincident with an American outlaw’s own version of a land grab. I agree that the NV. incident is far from over — the article posted in the last thread regarding Justice Stevens’ misinterpretation of the 2nd amendment may point to a possible Federal response (or at least an attempt). Pondering Bill Herbst latest essay, in which he states, “there is a before the Grand Cross and a clearly defined after” would fit with a major change to the 2nd amendment, as well as his earlier assertion that the Uranus sq. Pluto aspect is about a confrontation with those aspects of ourselves that we need to wake up to and change. Gun violence and how we, as a nation, deal with that violence fits that bill nicely. Time for the darkness to end.

    And Tanklv, the idea that the Bundy Land Grab was associated with planned solar power plants being installed on BLM property was put into my head by a friend who lives in southern NV., making those claims based on local gossip the weekend of the standoff. I quit watching television in 1998.

  27. Kdez says:

    Pres Obama has been very “Jupiter” (confident, cheerful) lately over the success of the ACA – it is, after all, the signature legislation of his presidency. He’s been quite sober and sceptical about the deal with Russia, not “Neptune” at all -he sees that Putin is completely untrustworthy.

    The upcoming Saturn/Pluto emphasis is probably a power struggle caused by Putin’s dreams of glory, as Nancy says – Putin is Russia’s GWB, if you like, staring wars to prove…something-or-other.

    I’m really disappointed that the Grand Cross does not depict the masses of ordinary people actively resisting the oligarchies of Russia or of Wall Street, the only conflict that really matters. The rest is just “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” It’s too bad.

  28. starlight says:

    Just as Pluto is making a long station opposite US Sun from February through May, at the end of the year, Uranus will make a long station square to the US Sun from October through early February 2015. The turmoil, potential for awakening, and transformation are not yet over. It may no longer be the grand cross, but it wills till be the Uranus/Pluto square right on the US Sun. We are not done yet, by any means. And all this focus on our 10th house Saturn over the next 18 months may also make us more disciplined and more responsible in our role in the world, although we will also have to be aware of the limitations of our power.

  29. starlight says:

    No wonder the GOP think Putin is cool. They follow the same playbook. Set up a situation that makes it impossible for your opponent, and then blame him for the consequences. We have seen this countless times in their dealings with Obama and how they justify their outrageous attacks. We are seeing it now, in a more lethal form, in Russia’s dealings with Ukraine.

    Russia’s foreign ministry has expressed outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blamed on Ukrainian nationalists.

    Russia is “outraged” that their guys have been shot. Well what do you expect when you are armed thugs trying to foment insurrection? Daisies?

  30. Jackson says:

    Straw men with daisies, perhaps.

  31. starlight says:

    Yes, exactly.

  32. starlight says:

    Somewhere around mid-day today, EDT, Mars moves within a one-degree orb of the T-square making it officially a grand cross for the next few days. Around 8:30 tonight, the Moon will be close to its exact conjunction with Pluto, at 13 Capricorn34, and in tight aspect to all the rest of the cardinal square, also just about exact. We should be starting to feel that waxing lunar aspect from about mid-day EDT on, and it will build all day.

    On the micro level, be careful driving and working with any tools or electrical gadgets.

  33. starlight says:

    Around 6:20 tonight, everything is on the angles in DC. Something unexpected and explosive, either news wise or a local explosion/accident or who knows what.

  34. kiwi says:

    Anzac day is the 25th – (NZ & Aust veterans day) 99th anniversary
    From Wikipedia: The landing at Anzac Cove (25 April 1915), also known as the landing at Gaba Tepe, and to the Turks as the Ariburnu Battle, was part of the amphibious invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula by the forces of the British Empire, which began the land phase of the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. I wonder if it is astrologically significant with this grand cross?

  35. will says:

    You called it, Nancy. Spot on.

  36. Lorrie U says:

    The Cardinal Cross of Creation in the Eclipse Vortex – April 20-23, 2014
    by Carol Ann Ciocco via #constantcontact

  37. Lorrie U says:

    Supreme Court Justice (Scalia) Commits Sedition By Telling People to Revolt Over Income Taxes

  38. Jerry says:

    Pres. Obama’s visit to Japan from April 23rd to the 25th is still on. Most noticeable during this visit is the April 24th Moon (1:08 pm local time) at 28 ’21 Aquarius in exact sequiquadrate to both tr. Mars (13 ’21 Libra) and the US Sun (13 ’19 Cancer) AND in exact opposition to Pres. Obama’s progressed Uranus (28 ’27 Leo). See related chart:

    As mentioned earlier, the moon’s position at this sensitive degree could serve as a catalyst to the Grand Cross square.

    Will Russia seize the opportunity in Eastern Ukraine at this juncture? Just a wild guess but……. with potential electronic eavesdropping equipment in place off the coast of Japan (see related article below) presumably when the US Pres. will be in close consultation with its allies – this could make Russian strategic military calculations a whole lot easier……

    Japan Defence Chief Puzzled By Russian Warplanes

    Sunday Times
    Apr 20, 2014

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s defence minister said on Sunday there have been an “abnormal” number of flights by Russian military aircraft close to Japanese islands in recent days.

    The country’s air defence force scrambled fighter jets for seven days in a row through Saturday after spotting Russian military planes flying along the Japanese archipelago, according to the defence ministry.

    On Friday six Russian TU-95 bombers were seen flying two by two, with one pair moving around the Okinawan islands and then going north along Japan’s Pacific coast.

    The two other pairs flew over the Sea of Japan (East Sea). None of the flights intruded into Japanese airspace.

  39. alex says:

    Government – Oligarchy: Uranus (Pluto),(Neptune)

    NSA established Nov 4, 1952 Ft. Meade
    Uranus @18 Cancer
    Pluto @23 Leo

    The energy of the deciles is such that it conveys order and structure. Mental ingenuity is at work here. Deciles are power and career indicators. They often bring strong technical insights and abilities. Deciles indicate special gifts that may be wasted or unappreciated.

  40. alex says:

    Oligarchy continued

    1993 (Oct 25TH) Conjunction Uranus Rx & Neptune 18-19 Capricorn
    Extreme Government Oligarchy

    2014 Election Nov 4TH (UR-PL square)

    Uranus @13 Aries
    Pluto @11 Capricorn

  41. alex says:


    The Supreme Court will ponder the future of television on Tuesday when it hears arguments about the legality of Aereo, an Internet-television service.

    If the court says Aereo’s current operations are illegal, it’s curtains for the company. On the other hand, a ruling that Aereo is legal could tilt the balance of the TV industry in favor of the cord cutters, ushering in a revolution in the way we watch—and pay for—television service. Or not: Aereo may well convince the courts that it is legal and ultimately lead to little or no change in television.

    The legal issue at play is whether Aereo is violating broadcasters’ copyrights by setting up farms of tiny antennas and then renting access to each one to its subscribers.

  42. mary says:

    In Chicago yesterday 5 children under the age of 15 were shot in the Greater GRAND CROSSING neighborhood…

  43. starlight says:

    Also from yesterday:

    For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern Ukraine. Strenuous denials from the Kremlin have closely followed each accusation by Ukrainian officials that the world was witnessing a stealthy invasion by Russian forces.

    Now, photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February. Some of the men photographed in Ukraine have been identified in other photos clearly taken among Russian troops in other settings.

    And Ukraine’s state security service has identified one Russian reported to be active among the green men as Igor Ivanovich Strelkov, a Russian military intelligence operative in his mid- to late 50s. He is said to have a long résumé of undercover service with the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian general staff, most recently in Crimea in February and March and now in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.

  44. barbk says:

    Thanks Jerry, I hadn’t realized that the U.S. Sibly Moon (27 Aquarius 10) was sesquiquadrate the U.S. Sibly Sun (13 Cancer 19) until I read your response (3:34 AM).

  45. Jerry says:

    Hi Barbk,

    You raised an interesting point. That hadn’t occurred to me. There’s a one degree orb involved. Not exact mind you, but perhaps the American public (Moon) will be impacted as well.

  46. Lorrie U says:

    Evidence Of Chemical Attack In Syria This Month: State Department

  47. alex says:

    EXCERPT Email – DNC

    The Republicans have made it pretty clear that Paul Ryan’s budget is their platform for these midterm elections.

    Let’s be plain about this: This budget is fundamentally at odds with what we believe. It would directly hurt millions of hardworking Americans and their families. It turns Medicare into a voucher program. And it would repeal Obamacare.

    If Republicans hold on to their majority in the House and win back control of the Senate in November – and believe me, that’s a real possibility – then I can guarantee you that we’ll see more backwards proposals like this one coming out of a Republican Congress for the rest of this President’s time in office.

    The only way we can put a stop to Republicans’ bad ideas, like those in the Ryan budget, is to leave everything on the field every single day from now until Election Day.

    Stand with the Democrats who are going to fight Paul Ryan’s budget and all the other plans Republicans come up with that would harm the middle class.



  48. Todd Bennett says:

    I am writing this because most people here are misunderstanding the situation in Ukraine. The strife is almost done, and we can put it behind us soon. Actually the strife has been done for a while but the scum at CNN keeps posting propaganda-

    There will be no invasion. Russia does not need to take through force and damage to its economy what it can have through the electoral process. Why people can’t get that through their heads I don’t know, but onto the post-

    NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove Has a Blog, and Little Understanding

    Reading ABCNews, I came across an article about NATO Commander Philip Breedlove where they speak of his article, “Who Are The Men In The Masks?” This is in reference to the highly trained, but surreptitious forces that overtook government buildings in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

    General Breedlove goes into great detail about how the soldiers are trained Russian forces, and how there is a whole program in the Russian military designed to perform these tasks. This is in lieu, one would assume, of an actual invasion. Breedlove caws incessantly about the Russian buildup, within their own borders, and how that is destabilizing to Ukraine. Indeed it is, as would a civil war spilling into Russia be destabilizing to Russia.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is simply establishing leverage for ongoing negotiations that will eventually pull the industrial heart of Ukraine back into Russia’s geopolitical orbit. If he has to use some paramilitary to do it, and that is the extent of the incursion-so be it. Better that followed by arm twisting diplomacy than some ill-conceived, ham-handed attempt by the poorly prepared, directionless conglomeration of EU-NATO Inc to “control the situation on the ground.”

    Putin is no fool; he knows the battle over Ukraine involves western oligarchs looking to ply Ukraine into debt slavery versus the less misanthropic, but still somewhat tyrannical paternalistic economic interests of the Russian Federation. Essentially, the people of Ukraine have a choice; they can trust the EU to have their backs, while servicing debt payments for generations to come, or they can keep the lights on and the oil flowing at less of a cost economically by aligning with Putin.

    These are not necessarily palatable choices, as while the industrial sector of Ukraine will likely flow towards the Russian sphere of influence, the price of federalization within that region will be a severe reduction of autonomy, paradoxically, lost through the illusion of democracy. In a sense, Putin is offering protection for a neighborhood he, and to a greater extent the west, have allowed to be exploited criminally for decades. Think The Sopranos, with Vlad the instigator playing the role of Tony.

    But even at that, Tony will throw block parties, and he will “take care” of the neighborhood. The eastern Ukrainians know this, and are under no illusions about the nature of western benevolence. They are not interested in trading the relative security of “street money”, or loan sharking, for the Bank of London. Americans know all too well what happens when you don’t pay back loans, but unlike your credit report, the broken bones heal.

    The west has lost this struggle from the standpoint of ideas, and while Breedlove has his spotlight seeking rant, he forgets two rules-one don’t let the enemy know what you know, and two, don’t fight battles with weapons you don’t know how to use. There is a reason, by and large, diplomats and military personnel are two different cuts of the gib entirely, and one of them is the word finesse. The media can be used to instigate, promote an agenda, or de-escalate, but the military is used only to intimidate or conquer. To conflate the two is foolhardy at best, and profoundly dangerous at worst.

    We do not need a cheerleader for war. We especially do not need a cheerleader for war who is in charge of the entire NATO force. And we especially do not need the cheerleader for war who is responsible for the entire NATO force turning to social media and undermining our diplomatic efforts. This man, through rancorous discourse and a distaste for discretion, most probably, like most warmongering males, has a high regard for his masculinity. Well let me state that if General Breedlove seeks to portray himself as a man, he must first put down his pom poms. The best way to do that, ironically, is to holster his weapon.

    Yes I know that was lengthy. But quite frankly, the persistent projection of comprehension when in reality possessing a complete misunderstanding has agitated me.

  49. starlight says:

    So with Mars now in the cardinal cross, are we simply seeing increasingly heated rhetoric taking us right to the edge, or will violence break out in the next two days that will transform everything? That is the question.

  50. Lorrie U says:

    Tomorrow, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new book will go on sale.

    She tells behind-the-scenes stories of her interactions with President Obama, top White House advisers, members of Congress, and Wall Street bankers.

    Warren also shares how her childhood in a poor Oklahoma home led to her strong principles today.

    We’re launching a national progressive book club, starting with Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance. The senator will join us for a national conversation after we’ve read her book!

    Together, we can help Elizabeth Warren’s new book rise to the top of the best seller list. That will help ensure that more members of the public read it — and help increase the national conversation around economic populism issues.

    Click here to get details and sign up. You can order the book right after joining the club!

    You can also pre-order directly from Powell’s Books (independent unionized book store, where Warren will stop on her book tour) or Amazon (less encouraged).

  51. Lorrie U says:

    I don’t like this…

    White House Debates ‘Game-Changer’ Weapon For Syria

  52. Lorrie U says:

    AstroCast: April 19 – May 2, 2014

    As the energy of the powerful, initiating grand cross signature begins to release, retrograde Mars pulls into Grand Central Station when he squares Jupiter on April 22nd, then opposes Uranus and squares Pluto on April 23rd. After holding back his penchant for direct action since he went retrograde in Libra at the beginning of March, Mars has a lot of pent up energy that may be triggered when he hooks up with the powerful slower moving planets. Although the Uranus/Pluto square is plenty explosive by itself, with Jupiter as the engine and Mars as the caboose on this train, there seems to be enough atomic fuel to blast us into a new dimension. Look for historic acts of creation as well as destruction. What is left standing when the smoke clears will be the new paradigm. – See more at:

  53. Lorrie U says:

    Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

    ‘Even those of you who talk about the 1%, you don’t really get what’s going on. You’re living in the past.’

  54. Lorrie U says:

    Not sure if this was posted…

    Cardinal Grand Cross: To the Edge and Beyond by Eric Francis

  55. Suzy says:

    Lorrie@ Your Post:

    Lorrie U
    April 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I don’t like this…

    White House Debates ‘Game-Changer’ Weapon For Syria


    I’ve been watching Bloomberg Business about all of this and they call it “Ukraine Crises.” They have all the big known Think Tank “experts on there” ….and what I hear them all saying is bottome line: “Putin is Enemy and we have to do something…”

    So…I’m figuring they are going to go for “Blow the Hell of It All Up”…then let’s set the rest of the Middle East on Fire and then sort it out with Russia down the road… because if we can get it all we will. That’s the USA Think Tanks and Business Community talking about how we have to Macho In …Once Again. Depressing to see this from our Business Community who let us down so badly that we had to go through this austerity along with Euro-Nations because the Deregulation policies of the 80’s and 90’s led us down this path with Wall Street and the Banks continuing to prosper after what they did to all of us out here just trying to get along with our 401-K’s that replaced pensions.

    I found it sad that we aren’t learning anything …

    But, who knows? Maybe the change underneath that’s quietly going on will some day prevail. But the push to War with Russia and Middle East is kind of hard to take and be proud of as American Democracy “spreading the world”.. given what is going on in Iraq these days the unwinding of Afghanistan (little better than it was before we invaded) and the new Drone War in Yemen where people are “taken out” as “Bug Splat” (and even innocent children and women) in the name of Endless War with No Rights to be Charged in a “Court of Law by your Peers.” Seems against our US Constitution/Bill of Rights to me…but, then…what do I know? I’m not a Constitutional Scholar or Lawyers who works in high circles or privileged to be invited to be a member of a respected Think Tank that has power in DC.

  56. clymela box says:

    Lorrie U-
    WOW! Thank you for all your right on shares today. I really felt the holy fire in your heart,the fire that this grand parade in the heavens can bring if we are only willing to let our hearts and minds open to the new age.

  57. Jerry says:

    My first impression upon reading the leading intro to this article (posted below) was that it was a shabby attempt at satire. But then glancing at the source: The Voice of Russia (Russia’s equivalent to Voice of America), there comes the realization that the author is quite serious. Who was it in this forum that said the Republican party may be a secret admirer of Russian/Putin policies and values? Well, here is the smoking gun…….

    Russia Is On God’s Side – Pat Buchanan

    The Voice of Russia
    April 22, 2014

    Analyzing Vladimir Putin’s speech on the day when Russia reunited with Crimea, Pat Buchanan made a conclusion that “Russia is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.” Pat Buchanan, Former Assistant to the President for Communications gave his assessment of the Putin’s actions. According to him, Russia is “planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity”, standing firmly in its position against reproductive choice and LGBT rights (*LGBT – acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). This, according to Buchanan is the evidence that God is on Putin’s side in his showdown with the West.

    In his column on April 4 Buchanan named Putin as the global leader against “a hedonistic secular and social revolution coming out of the West”. Previously, the West along with Western leaders and media compared Putin’s actions on Crimean issue to Hitler and Austrian Anschluss. Buchanan thinks that Vladimir Putin knows exactly what he is doing. As Buchanan puts it, “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.” He claims that Putin’s speeches go along with the speeches of John Paul II regarding the “culture of death.” The West firm position on easy divorce, pornography, homosexuality, euthanasia etc go against the fundamental Christian values, Buchanan thinks.


  58. arbo says:

    You may be referring to me, Jerry. But I didn’t say they were being secretive about it.

  59. alex says:


    you can’t be posting Pat Buchanan REALLY an American ‘Nazi’ – I don’t have time to re-read this now – it’s a great read – Buchanan’s role in CIA… should know better than to post Buchanan

    Great Britain had a tradition of using the ties of school and social class to forge a bond of trust, a secret brotherhood.
    “Intelligence is the business of gentlemen,” declared “C.” Donovan.


  60. alex says:

    continued – Buchanan ( the upthread post is about Donovan but Buchanan had a role in CIA and it is mentioned )

    Nixon delusional to the end: sorry but Old Pat is very much antisemite and racist…. he is twisted guy and it is common knowledge that he is a ‘hater’


    Nixon called Buchanan a confidant and said he was neither a racist nor an antisemite nor a bigot or “hater,” but a “decent, patriotic American.”

  61. Jerry says:

    My dear Alex,

    You may have misinterpreted the intention. I’m not promoting Buchanaan’s views in any way. On the contrary.

    As a political commentator, Buchanaan is part of the American political scene with considerable influence among his right-wing leaning peers. It’s a strange, archaic mind-set, but there you have it. It is frighteningly real. We just have to reconcile ourselves with the fact that not everyone in politics has the maturity of understanding that all human beings are created equal.

    I was simply drawing parallels, comparing some of our own politicians to that of the Russian mind-set that is currently in power in the Kremlin…. what is driving policy. Aren’t you even remotely curious?

  62. alex says:

    he only has public recognition these days if people distribute his stuff as you have done… he is has been and good that he is…
    he is discredited and I am not dear Alex I an very annoyed Alex…. you should not have posted Buchanan it is unwise to give him a ‘buzz’ that could be re-tweeted from here or facebooked etc… you don’t need to raise his profile whatever your reason for putting him out there; voice of russia – you have got to be kidding me!

  63. alex says:

    Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party: Domestic fascist networks and their effect on U.S. cold war politics
    by Russ Bellant

  64. Jerry says:

    Dear Annoyed Alex,

    We’re just having an amiable conversation. Nothing to get upset about. It’s important to keep the focus on what we are discussing.

    My contention is this – if you want to understand the undercurrent of tensions that are building in the Ukraine, a situation that could easily spin out of control, engendering a regional if not global conflict, it would be helpful to look at the factors involved. Putin is an ultra nationalist bent on restoring Soviet-style hegemony in Europe, not unlike some of our own politicians here in this country. Mixing religion (christianity) with politics is very dangerous business don’t you agree?

  65. will says:


    Pat Buchanan ism this day most definitely an influential force in the American body politic; he appears every week amongst a distinguished round-table discussion(including Eleanor Clift of The Daily Beast, Mort Zuckerman of New York Daily News and U.S. News and World Report and Clarence Page of The Chicago Tribune.

    I find this weekly broadcast on PBS to be one of the most balanced and intelligent political forums on television.

    Pat Buchanan has indeed openly praised Putin on this show over the last few weeks.

    Pat Buchanan is alive and well and still quite influential.
    As you may know, James Carville is married to his sister, Bay Buchanan.

    Your post is certainly relevant.

  66. will says:

    Erratum: “Pat Buchanan is to this day…”

  67. TJ says:

    Does anyone follow Biden’s chart? Should we be concerned about Biden being in Ukraine right now? Especially since the US warned Russia has days, not weeks to comply with Ukraine accord. What an international incident would erupt if something happened to our Vice President while he was there.

  68. Lorrie U says:

    Thank you for your kind words and valuing my posts, Clymela, it means a lot to me.

    Reading some of the above posts and comments, I feel like I must say that while I abhor war and want everyone to live in peace, I also recognize that not everyone has the same agenda. Yes, our country has made horrible decisions and done inexcusable acts, and we have had leaders who have deceived us and the world. That being said, while we may have blood on our hands and caused some of our own karma because of those actions, we are also a decent people who come together to help others when necessary and truly are a giving nation to those in need. So we’ve earned some good karma and some bad, just like most people.

    As we are evolving as a nation, more and more people are becoming conscious and waking up because of the events being shaped by current energies. And as much as we may have grown and want peace, there are those who do not want to let go of the past mistakes and wish us harm. If there are those who still want to harm the citizens of our country, we still must defend ourselves. And, if we are to be citizens of the world and care for all people, we also need to consider the suffering many are experiencing at the hands of those who hold power over them.

    It creates a conundrum for us. Do we sit on our hands and let whatever happens happen? Do we sit by and watch as people are being gassed with chemicals in Syria and tortured in prisons in No. Korea? And if we decide to intervene, even in the name of goodness, how much is too much or too little? Are drones which take out Al Qaida militants who want to do harm as awful as foot soldiers and airmen being killed in combat? These are difficult questions to ponder, and we have a President who does just that, a man of conscience who would like peace but has to make decisions to safeguard those he serves. God help him in the agonizing process he must have to go through every day, all the while being criticized, damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    This is a #7 year – a year for reflection and spiritual testing. It is not a year for pushing full steam ahead, kind of like a retrograde, but for waiting for the way to be shown. Those who push matters in a #7 year will usually suffer the consequences and have them fail.

    So let’s pray that we continue to keep a steady hand on the wheel and let the aggressors play out their hands, and I’m sure they will end up destroying themselves in the end. The Universe does not support them, but it will support those who defend what is of the higher good. It no longer matters what leaders in this country have done in the past, it is past karma. We declared a new course in the world in 2008 with the election of President Obama, an intention of what we want to manifest. We cannot and will not go back. We will see the results of our intent bear fruit and those who do not want to work for the higher good will self-destruct. How and when is not for us to know, it will happen in Divine Order, all that is asked of us is to hold the intent in light and keep the faith! That is what the #7 year requires of us.

  69. Jerry says:

    Hi Will,

    Thanks for that additional info. About the James Carville connection to Bay Buchanan…. perhaps you are confusing her with Mary Matalin?

    I’ve seen Mary Matalin and James Carville (married in Oct. 1993) in a number of taped interviews and marveled at how well they were able to manage their relationship and careers, with such diametrically opposing political views.

  70. Sharon Katz says:

    Yes, Carville is married to Mary Matalin and, in fact, they live in New Orleans and I saw Carville at the farmer’s market a few months ago, dressed really casually – he is very skinny. I said hello and he gave me a warm hello back. They wrote a book about their marriage last year I think, called Love and War. I looked up Bay Buchanan, Will, and can see why you confused the two – similar in appearance, both Conservatives – here’s a link with a photo of Bay on CNN arguing with Carville and someone else.

    Lorrie, you post was beautifully written, especially those last few sentences. Thank you.

  71. will says:

    So sorry – totally wrong information Re: Bay Buchanan. Wires crossed, visually.

  72. Jerry says:

    Just to get a sense on the gravity of the situation in Eastern Ukraine and what is at stake, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey issued a statement last month addressing the unfolding events in Crimea. With Crimea no longer relevant, we are now entering a critical phase…….

    General Dempsey: US Ready For Military Response To Russia If Crimean Conflict Escalates

    Kyiv Post
    March 12, 2014

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States General Martin Dempsey has claimed that in the case of an escalation of unrest in Crimea, the U.S. Army is ready to back up Ukraine and its allies in Europe with military actions. According to the Web site of the Atlantic Council, Dempsey said that “he’s been talking to his military counterparts in Russia, but he’s also sending a clear message to Ukraine and members of NATO that the U.S. military will respond militarily if necessary.” “We’re trying to tell [Russia] not to escalate this thing further into Eastern Ukraine, and allow the conditions to be set for some kind of resolution in Crimea. We do have treaty obligations with our NATO allies. And I have assured them that if that treaty obligation is triggered [in Europe], we would respond,” Dempsey said.

    According to the General, the incursion of Russian troops into the Crimea creates risks for all the countries of Europe and NATO allies. “If Russia is allowed to do this, which is to say move into a sovereign country under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians in Ukraine, it exposes Eastern Europe to some significant risk, because there are ethnic enclaves all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans,” Dempsey said.


    What is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s position and where does he fit into the chain of command?

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is, by U.S. law, the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces and is the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council,and the Secretary of Defense. While the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff outranks all other officers, he does not have operational command authority over the Armed Forces; however, the Chairman does assist the President and the Secretary of Defense in exercising their command functions.

  73. alex says:


    Buchanan, who opposed virtually every civil rights law and court decision of the last 30 years, published FBI smears of Martin Luther King Jr. as his own editorials in the St. Louis Globe Democrat in the mid-1960s. “We were among Hoover’s conduits to the American people,” he boasted (Right from the Beginning, p. 283).

  74. alex says:


    The death notice, “Austin Goodrich, 87, Spy Posing as Reporter,” detailed seldom seen facts about the legendary “Operation Mockingbird.”

    The aptly named “Mockingbird” was a covert Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) campaign to create a mass media echo chamber during the Cold War. The Times’ lead is telling: “In the 1950s and ‘60s, Austin Goodrich was far from the only journalist doubling as a secret agent for the United States.”

    “The Times reported that at least 22 American news organizations, including CBS News and Time, Life and Newsweek magazines, as well as the Times itself, ‘had employed, though sometimes only a casual basis, American journalists who were also working for the CIA,” according to the New York Times.

  75. will says:

    Jerry, Sharon,

    You’re right – I had Bay Buchanan and Mary Matlin fused. But Carville’s and Matlin’s marriage is fascinating.

    Wishing you both one Crackin’ Cardinal Cross.

  76. Helen says:

    Liberal perspective – reconsidering Bundy:

    “What we’re really faced with, and what we’ll see more of before long, is a growing dissatisfaction with the government and its heavy-handed tactics by people who are tired of being used and abused and are ready to say “enough is enough.” And it won’t matter what the issue is–whether it’s a rancher standing his ground over grazing rights, a minister jailed for holding a Bible study in his own home, or a community outraged over police shootings of unarmed citizens–these are the building blocks of a political powder keg. Now all that remains is a spark, and it need not be a very big one, to set the whole powder keg aflame.”

    John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead’s aggressive, pioneering approach to civil liberties has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom. His concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization in Charlottesville, Va. Whitehead serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson. His thought-provoking commentaries call people to action and address a wide range of contemporary issues from faith to politics and television to constitutional rights. He is also a frequent commentator on a variety of issues in the national media, as well as the editor of the award-winning pop culture magazine, Gadfly. Whitehead’s book A Government of Wolves will be published in June 2013. Please visit On Target to view Whitehead’s weekly video commentaries. He also blogs daily about the emerging police state at

  77. alex says:

    2014 Midterm Issue – Opportunities to Advance Women’s Equal Pay


    A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio’s five elected statewide officials has grown to as much as almost $10 an hour, as it’s shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.

    Women working in Republican Gov. John Kasich’s office earn $9.81 an hour less, on average, than men, the Dayton Daily News analysis published Sunday showed.

    That’s the highest gender pay gap among statewide officeholders, according to the newspaper’s study of Ohio Department of Administrative Services data.

  78. B.A. says:

    Stephen Lynch, D, MA on ACA, & effect on midterms:

  79. alex says:

    The DNC Democrats have their message for midterms 2014: they are going to talk about who benefitted by medical expansion under AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE/Obamacare and who was denied the expansion and what they are missing that that the law allows them to have with that healthcare coverage but their GOP governors or GOP legislatures are withholding from them…

    it would be smart if they reqistered this voters and GOTV on Nov 4TH

  80. Fe says:

    Bundy is a fraud — From Daily Kos:

    Breaking news on Bundy Ranch

    by nachtwulfFollow

    One of our local news stations, the local CBS affiliate, is known for it’s investigative journalism and has won many awards for it. So they decided to check out everyone’s favorite traitor and his claims, and what they found was interesting… It seems that all of his claims are apparently lies. He claims that his family has been using the land since the 1870s, from which his erroneous claims derive. His family actually bought the ranch in 1948, provably, and didn’t get cattle until the 1950s. And they bought the water rights to their own property but no grazing rights to the Federal land. Imagine that. And kudos to channel 8, KLAS tv, for doing some good journalism. So good to see these days. I wonder if this will finally make the derps squatting in my state fantasizing about violence finally slink homeward?

    Oh, and here’s the link to the report:

  81. starlight says:

    I have erased a lot of the recent argument. Jerry and Alex, you can take it somewhere else, off the blog, if you need to continue.

  82. starlight says:

    Ukraine update:

    Ukraine’s acting president has relaunched military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two men, one a local politician, were found “tortured to death”.

    Oleksandr Turchynov said the politician, named as Vladimir Rybak, was found near rebel-held Sloviansk.

    “The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far,” he said.

  83. alex says:

    Five hundred light-years away, in the constellation Cygnus, a small star known as Kepler-186 hosts five planets, four of which orbit in the star’s uninhabitable hot zone. But one planet orbits in the star’s habitable zone — and is roughly the size of Earth.

    The data was first collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope but has now been confirmed by large ground-based telescopes. Kepler data suggest that about a fifth of all sunlike stars in our galaxy are accompanied by potentially habitable Earth-size planets. The Milky Way might be home to 25 billion rocky worlds with liquid water.

    The habitable zone,or “Goldilocks zone,” is the orbital distance from a star in which a planet’s atmosphere allows water to exist in liquid form at the planet’s surface.

  84. Helen says:

    Fe – I’m not buying these news reports. Someone has to explain WHY 52 other ranchers in the same area have been put out of business – THAT is the fact.

    Also, the heavy handed operation cost much more to taxpayers than putting a lien on the property, which they could do otherwise. People are objecting to excessive force. I knew a food and drug inspector in LA county….never ‘raided’ anyone for infractions. Also, being ‘jailed’ for misdemeanors is also a new development.

    This opinion piece in Forbes is about a raid on a vendor of natural foods who stocked raw milk:
    “Demand for all manner of raw foods has been growing, spurred by heightened interest in locally produced, unprocessed products.

    But government regulators contend such products can be dangerous; there is scientific evidence linking disease outbreaks to raw milk. The milk can transmit bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, dangerously high fevers and in some cases death.

    Alcohol has also been linked with deaths, even though it’s legal. We don’t bust down the doors of breweries with SWAT teams or go raid the offices of cigarette manufacturers. Why we need a SWAT team, guns drawn, to make arrests of people selling milk is just beyond me. ”

    Only four minutes:

    Also, youtube interview of BLM Whistleblower who knows the area:

    Fast forward to 19:50 – he says for the last 10 years the BLM have been evicting people from this area and he gives the possible reason.

    Have you read about the oppressive laws being passed? Illegal to collect rainwater, illegal to photograph or film a CAFO. We’ve had a corporate coup in this country and now with this rancher – the last one of 52 others that were ‘legally’ forced out – this time he’s not going! Liberals and progressives may soon realize there’s a reason for this….some of us already do: Activist Post is pro Bundy.

  85. tetramorph says:

    A big ruling today in the supreme court, upholding state’s rights to ban affirmative action. I know this is a complex issue with many side, but however one feels about affirmative action, this ruling is going to change a lot of things for a lot of people, esp. our young adults. Another expression of the Cardinal Cross!

  86. Fe says:


    I find the whole incident unintelligible, and the so-called “protagonist” a fraud. Afraid until the dust clears, we have to agree to disagree.

    I also find op-ed news unreliable.

  87. Fe says:

    “Bundy says his family has rights to the land dating back to the 19th century, a claim that even if it were rooted in reality wouldn’t change a damn thing about the fact that he’s a deadbeat rancher refusing to pay his fare share who doesn’t even have the support of his fellow ranchers in Nevada. But it turns out that not even that claim is true, as flagged by our very own nachtwulf and uncovered by the investigative reporting team at KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    As they report, despite Bundy’s ability to tell a good yarn…

    At the Bunkerville camp next to Cliven Bundy’s ranch, there are constant reminders of history.

    Revolutionary War flags, ancient Greek mottos and native American symbols, all mixing together to create a growing identity and narrative for protestors.

    …those symbols are just propaganda:

    Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy’s parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.

    Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn’t start grazing on that land until 1954.

    The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.

    On a substantive basis, it really wouldn’t matter if Bundy weren’t a fraud—even if his family had lived on his ranch since 1877, it wouldn’t change the fact that his cattle are grazing on Federal, not private, land and that he should play by the same rules as everybody else. But he is a fraud, and somehow that makes his story an even more fitting symbol for what America’s far right has become.”

    Complete article at this link (Kos):


    There are several complaints about the BLM, and probably deserved. However, this should not be one of them. Bundy has lied about his rights to use federal property, property whose use other ranchers HAVE paid for, and they consider it unfair that Bundy could use force as a form of extortion to slide out of multiple years of not paying the feds — meaning us as well as the government.

    What type of progressives use armed warfare as a means to justify their cause? As a progressive, do you think that’s what you need to do to fight government wrongdoing?

    I find the whole thing suspicious.

  88. Fe says:


    “Mainstream media coverage of the showdown in southern Nevada over Cliven Bundy’s cattle has so far been scrupulously balanced. Most outlets – including local TV stations from nearby Las Vegas, as well as cable news outlets CNN and MSNBC – have presented Bundy’s belief that the U.S. government has no jurisdiction over the land on which he grazes his cows as well as the government’s explanation of how it is enforcing land use rules fairly for everyone.

    The same cannot be said for right-wing media outlets, led by Fox News, which have steadily characterized the Bundy family as heroic patriots standing up to a tyrannical government. A number of far-right pundits have even been urging people to go to the scene in Clark County to make their presence known.

    Fox’s Sean Hannity led the parade of Bundy boosters on Fox, featuring a segment on Tuesday night that included an interview with Bundy and a narrative that presented his claims at face value. Indeed, Hannity himself repeated Bundy’s favorite question: “Why do they own all that land?” (Hannity reportedly plans to devote an entire show to the situation on Monday.)”

  89. Patty says:

    Lorrie, Wow…thank you for the link to Eric Francis’ GrandCross: To the Edge & Beyond.

    “Without the Sun in the Chiron discovery degree, this would be a frightening chart, indicative of all kinds of mayhem and violence with no way out. With a bold reminder of Chiron and what it represents, the scenario makes a lot more sense. We have a chart that reveals the problem, and it reveals the way to many potential solutions”.

  90. Lorrie U says:

    Meet The Press, Face The Nation, and This Week Went Pro-Republican and Now They Are Dying

  91. Lorrie U says:

    Science Proves That Nothing Will Ever Change Conservative and Republican Minds

    There are myriad examples of conservatives and evangelical fanatics disputing hard data, the Constitution, and the Christian bible because they are programmed by conservatives’ buzzwords, memes, and outright lies into believing their errant conclusions and faith are fact.
    Theory of mind explains the human quality fundamentalist Christians lack putting them in the same category as mindless, single-celled life forms and animals that lack the “ability to attribute mental states, beliefs, intents, desires, and knowledge to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and intentions that are different from one’s own.” Theory of mind deficits typically occur in people with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as neurotoxicity due to alcohol abuse. Coupled with motivated reasoning, Christian zealots suffering theory of mind defects pose a danger to America on par with the John Birch Koch brothers.
    The message for Americans still capable of objective analysis and reaching conclusions borne of facts is that it is a monumental waste of breath attempting to reason with evangelical fundamentalists and conservatives clinging to beliefs with absolutely no basis in facts.

    The only recourse for Americans mortified of living in a Christian theocracy funded by the Koch brothers is to exercise their right to vote, if they still have that right. But let us face facts; the Southern United States will always be a third world nation, Koch conservatives on the Supreme Court will pander to big money, and evangelical fanatics will continue decrying the phony war on religious liberty because they are all mired in “motivated reasoning” and “theory of mind” dysfunction that means as a nation, American democracy is all but finished.

  92. will says:

    I am not certain about calculating the time differential between Chicago and GMT, but I watched a palpably-dramatic shift in dynamics among doctors, nurses and patients as I sat in my physicians office today at approximately 3:45PM, Chicago time. – The energy felt like that of Mars because of the raw force and vitality. I sat somewhat slack-jawed, taking it all in, amazed at how the energy became super-charged; it was as if every molecule in the atmosphere began to move and bombard the space between people and things.

    Felt like Cardinal Cross to me.

  93. Salemone says:

    I think the “rub” for a lot of folks is the BLM goingafter a rancher with 900 cows with what I would call extreme force, yet when Wall street and the big banks screw up royally, they get bailed out by the Federal Government to the tune of billions. Two separate things…yet the American people end up footing the bill. Bundys lack of payment for grazing fees could have, and should have been handled a very long time ago.

  94. alex says:


    you might find this interesting: ‘logic of scarcity’

    (then when you factor in the apocalypse + Bibilical + conservative vision of the world…. their ‘scarcity’ default mode thinking gets put on steroids creating brain platform for HYPER-AGGRESSIVE build-up/&/triggers on/of ‘survival instincts’)


    Since it takes a long time for natural selection to shape our genetic material, scientists affirm that our brains are running on old and outdated software.

    The metaphor of seeing our brains as computers or iPhones is also prevalent in neuroscience, where recent research shows how most of our mental process are not conscious; in fact, like the evolutionary psychologists, the neuroscientists tend to see the mind as determined by specific inherited biological structures, and these structures or programs can be localized using new brain imaging technologies such as fMRIs, which not only tie a specific mental function to a specific part of the brain, but these functions are, in turn, connected to specialized neurotransmitters.

    In this new mapping of the mind, computer scientists and cognitive scientists translate neural networks into language processing machines.

    For example, a recent evolutionary psychology study purported to show that the reason why some people do not like social welfare programs is that we have inherited a biological app that helps us to detect cheaters.

    The way that this evolutionary software is tested is that people are given a survey online, and if they answer very quickly to particular questions, it is assumed that their responses are unconscious, automatic, and thus, biological.

    These findings are then reversed engineered and projected back onto the hunter-gatherer period, which evolutionary psychologists believe was dominated by a social environment of scarcity and uncertain resources.

    According to this logic, since the people in the hunter-gather society never knew when they would find their next prey, they needed to save their food and make sure that no one took too much.

    According to this theory, when people today think about welfare programs, they utilize their inherited cheater detector programs, and thus they base their support or rejection of welfare on their perceptions of whether the recipients of governmental programs are cheating the group.

    Underlying this entire theory is a logic of scarcity and a need to detect social cheaters — whether they are constructed as being “Welfare Queens” or “illegal immigrants.”

  95. alex says:


    CA – paper or plastic? (CA bans plastic grocery bags in San Fransicso)

    as a sidebar & background: in CA most cashiers and baggers in grocery stores are young people (I have noticed for years that the ‘plastic or paper’ query is accompanied by anxiety and judgment)

    several years ago I engaged in a conversation with young cashier at local store asking if they were aware that a teenage-scientist-prodigy had engineered bio-degradable plastic grocery bags that breakdown in land fill very quickly and were not toxic to the environment…. the young entrepreneur was at the first stage of getting venture captial to fund and scale up production of his new environmentally friendly product;

    on another occasion I asked the paper-plastic-scarcity oriented mind set cashier if they knew where the biggest source of pollution came from…. the answer was ‘people’ … the real answer is military fuel consumption…. and the military is also huge source of super-toxic waste dumps;

    (recently I posted an article about Navy Research Lab that has developed fuel for regular engines from salt water and they had gotten past the proof of concept phase and were ready to scale up to big production – reduce cost stage though the cost was proven already to be very reasonable;

    plus the military has been quietly going solar for years and using alternative sources of energy on their base/installations… the military is taking on responsibile sustainability as a national security priority.. and we should all be glad of that;

    in any case… the scarcity logic is a very real mind-set and I see it in mininformed and under-informed young people and adults all of the time; our local pizza delivery guys and store are very vigilant not to send out too much paper napkins/plates etc they ask when call in for delivery that they are environmental waste conscious and pass that onto their customers; another local grocery store has ‘please recycle’ stamped on their plastic bags;
    it is everywhere but good information about construction positive progress made on environmental sustainability is not everywhere

    we can thanks corporate media for that!

    since mid-1990’s from Science magazine I have known that there are plants that produce natural ‘plastic’ that is useable for replacing toxic plastic products…

    but that stuff is buried in science magazines;

  96. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Actually, I knew someone who has a PhD and is a polymer chemist who developed biodegradable plastics way back in the 90’s and was also affiliated with govt. They have known about advanced technology for decades, including Tesla and engines fueled by water, but they keep it for themselves. It’s all about the money and big corporations who own the govt.

  97. Fe says:


    I get what you’re saying, and our government is so very dysfunctional and has been for a long time. Starting with the military industrial complex, prison industrial complex, the genuflection to the oligarchy and the war on drugs — all of whom depend on each other like drug addicts looking for a fix.

    our perception as well as the reality of government is skewed, stretched even more so by this cardinal sign grand cross, which is pulling to the extreme in reaction and perception.of current events. Look at the SCOTUS ruling today and you can see how trends are moving. This is the cooperative government of the Gilded Age before the bottom fell out. Not a democracy.

    But again, in the case of Bundy, who started what in the range war? And why? Shouldn’t both stand down? or are we about to (pardon my turning a noun into a verb) “Branch Dravidying” again? I don’t think so.

  98. Jerry says:

    Speculation in financial circles have been rife with rumors for some time now that China will most likely release information on the sum total of their gold reserves on April 24th. China has been secretly buying up gold for the past 5 years as a safe haven against their vast holdings of the US dollar (US treasuries). But this marks the first time since the hoarding began after soon after the September 2008 financial crisis that they are planning to make a full disclosure of those holdings.

    Financial markets could be unsettled because it is anticipated the Chinese government are also planning to announce a public goal of creating a new gold backed currency. If this plan were to be implemented, it would seriously undermine the value of the US dollar.

    A quick glance at China’s chart reveals a Neptune/Mercury conj. in the 8th house at 13/14 Libra right in the midst of that current Cardinal Grand Cross square. The announcement is consistent with the April 24th chart I posted the other day with the Moon at 28 Aq. triggering the Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto Gr. Cross Sq.

    Here’s a few articles on the subject. First, a brief mention of the anticipated announcement…..

    Excerpt from Mineweb March 10, 2014

    Will China announce its new gold reserve position on April 24th?

    “……The Yuan remains steady at lower levels today, confirming the management of the exchange rate by the monetary authorities in China. There is speculation that April 24th will see the announcement of the current level of Chinese gold reserves. Five years ago at this time China released information that it had increased its reserves by 600 tonnes. This was confirmation of the amount purchased by an outside agency on behalf of the People’s Bank of China over the previous five years. In the past we have stated that China will release these numbers then provided they are considered in the interest of China to do so.”

    And here are two in-depth analysis’s on what that could portend…..

    On April 24th, 2014, China will unveil a secret new financial weapon, built to bankrupt millions of Americans

    Stansberry Research

    A decade in the works, this unique weapon will disrupt nearly every aspect of normal American life, with potentially devastating results. Learn what you absolutely must do now to prepare and protect your family…

    Hi, my name is Matt Badiali. I’m a Senior Analyst at Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, the largest independent financial research firm in America. I’ve put together this presentation today because I want to show you a startling development, out of China.

    In short: I have found an overwhelming amount of evidence that China is putting the final touches on a brand new type of secret financial “weapon,” with the capability of upending the world’s monetary system.

    How and why is this happening? Well, it’s no secret that the United States is stuck with an enormous debt we can never realistically repay and that China (by far our largest creditor, now holding nearly $1.5 TRILLION worth of loans to our federal government) is stuck with an outstanding loan they can neither get rid of, nor collect.

    The Chinese realize we are both trapped. So the Chinese government is now taking a secretive and somewhat radical approach. And that’s exactly what I want to tell you about today. We believe that they have recently put into place a covert plan to get back as much of their money as possible. This plan will extract enormous sums from both the United States government, and ordinary citizens like you and me. How do I know this? Well, over the past five years, my firm has sent more than two dozen of our analysts and researchers all over Asia… from mainland China to Hong Kong… Vietnam… Korea… the Philippines… and most recently Singapore, gathering bits of information along the way. And now, I believe we have figured out exactly what the Chinese are going to do, and when they’re going to do it.


    China To Report Gold Reserves of 5,000 Tonnes Next Year Says Jim Rickards

    Arabian Money
    27 July 2013

    China will shock the world with an announcement that it has accumulated 5,000 tonnes of gold next April, according to Jim Rickards, the author and hedge fund manager who addressed the last-ever Agora Financial Investment Symposium in Vancouver this week.

    He told Agora’s flagship publication The Daily Reckoning: ‘I’ve spoken to a number of people who are very close to the physical market, I’ve done my own investigations, etc. Every time I have an estimate and try to verify it, what I get back is that I’m wrong on the low side.’


  99. alex says:


    I agree and it’s all about MONOPOLY

  100. Helen says:

    Fe – I agree with 90% of what you are posting: but when one finds out that ALL the other ranches in the area were put out of business by new land fees and penalties….WHY would you think that 52 other ranches were put out of business legitimately? Statisically it’s not possible, the numbers are so out of whack.

    Sorry, but this is how civil disobedience gets started…..unfair governance. And viewing the recent rulings by the Supreme Court, we no longer have the country we thought we had.

  101. Fe says:


    Please post links to your statements because I find most pro-Bundy articles are coming straight out of the right wing.

    Sometimes right now I feel as though we’re are about the same as the Ukraine and Crimea.

  102. Eliseo says:

    Lorrie U,
    RE: Science Proves That Nothing Will Ever Change Conservative and Republican Minds
    Thanks for the link to the article. I found it very interesting and consistent with my experience.

    I note the article also stated in paragraph 5 “…conservative (and some liberal) brains automatically reject facts because they refute their personal beliefs.”

    Yes, I see it in some liberals as well in recent years but today not as prevalent as in so called conservatives. But I think there is a major salient difference: Liberals usually have no intention to harm. Therein lies the pathology amongst modern conservatives; there is often an underlying profound anger and hatred, often a strong desire even if not acted upon to do harm.

    My observation is that usually “Liberals” possess the virtue of compassion but often unfortunately are lacking in wisdom. Our so called “Conservatives” on the other hand seem to have neither wisdom or compassion.

    The author of the article seems to think our democracy is done for. He or she may be right, but I don’t think we’ll truly know until we are done with the coming Pluto return of the late 2020’s.

  103. will says:


    “Our so called “Conservatives” on the other hand seem to have neither wisdom or compassion.”


  104. tetramorph says:

    “Fears grow over safety of North Korean reactor”

    Shut-down of the reactor at Yongbyon indicates that Pyongyang is having trouble cooling the plutonium production plant and that a failure in the cooling system could trigger ‘the release of radioactivity.’

    Drought in Brazil has hit the coffee crop very hard, with a loss of close to 1.5 billion lbs. over last year’s harvest. A preview of coming attractions, no doubt.

    And the threat for severe weather across the mid-section of the US begins this weekend with a very unstable set-up lasting into early May — the NOAA is showing much above average tempts. for the West/SW, and much below average for the entire mid-section of the nation, resulting in a very unstable atmosphere. Severe weather threats this coming weekend for TX., OK., KS., into LA., MS., AL. — and then further north for a 5 to 6 day period late April into early May. Models are showing a blocking high that will hold the unstable conditions in place for days all the way to the east coast. Eric Francis stated that we might see the effects of the Cardinal Cross esp. on and around 4/29 — right in the middle of the predicted severe weather. Hope the computer models are wrong….

  105. starlight says:

    As always, when Jupiter hits the US Sun (and now Mars is square), there is some expansion of our military footprint:

    The Pentagon said U.S. troops would be sent for exercises in Eastern Europe to reassure allies on Russia’s border, after Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of killing two people and shooting at a military plane. Julian Barnes reports. Photo: AP.

    Hundreds of U.S. troops are headed for maneuvers in Eastern Europe through year’s end, the Pentagon announced, new deployments intended to reassure allies on Russia’s borders as violence took a sinister turn Tuesday in embattled Ukraine.

  106. starlight says:

    Really right up to the water’s edge.

    The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea. The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.

    I am so glad this Mars transit will start to separate today and the last trigger will be the Moon at 28 Aquarius, aspecting the newly waning cardinal cross, late tonight through around 1 AM on the 24th EDT.

    As far as I am concerned, getting through this mess without starting WW3 is a big success. A more testosterone-addled president would have us already in the trenches (e.g., McCain, Romney, GWB).

  107. Sharon Katz says:

    Thanks for the “10 foods not to eat” post, Lorrie, it was very informative, even though most of us already know these particular things are very bad for us.

  108. Lorrie U says:

    Yes, Starlight, thank God our President has a “manhood problem” as the right-wing calls his measured, thoughtful responses. Those testosterone-addled men associate their manhood with violence and guns.

  109. Lorrie U says:

    Eliseo – Spot on! “…there is a major salient difference: Liberals usually have no intention to harm. Therein lies the pathology amongst modern conservatives; there is often an underlying profound anger and hatred, often a strong desire even if not acted upon to do harm.”

    I think what the author was trying to say was that the conservative culture is so pervasive in many parts of the country and they are easily manipulated because of their fears, which makes it even more difficult to get around their entrenched mindset. He is emphasizing the importance of liberals overcoming their lack of a sense of urgency and getting out to VOTE as if their lives depended on it, which it does!

  110. Lorrie U says:

    Sharon Katz – I know the majority of us here are aware of the 10 foods not to eat post. However, we all know someone who does not or who ignores it if it comes from us. That includes my son, who thinks I’m a little kooky. Sometimes hearing it from a doctor makes more of an impact, so it doesn’t hurt to send it out there.

  111. Emmy says:

    I am so glad this Mars transit will start to separate today and the last trigger will be the Moon at 28 Aquarius, aspecting the newly waning cardinal cross, late tonight through around 1 AM on the 24th EDT.

    As far as I am concerned, getting through this mess without starting WW3 is a big success. A more testosterone-addled president would have us already in the trenches (e.g., McCain, Romney, GWB).

    So…we somewhat “survived” this Grand Cross – so to speak. Or the masses are still asleep – Our weather is about to get severe this weekend….maybe I’ll just go back to lurking. I love everyone’s insights. Best blog around. Thank you and be safe weather wise.

  112. Lorrie U says:

    New Documents Shred Darrell Issa Claims…

    New Records: IRS Targeted Progressive Groups More Extensively Than Tea Party

  113. Bob says:


    Greenwich 0 degrees west. Chicago 87w39. Nearest number of 15 degree segments is 6 (6 x 15 = 90). Chicago is 6 hours behind GMT or UT but only 5 hours if Chicago clock is on CDT. Remember GMT is different than British Summer Time. GMT is standard time, BST is daylight savings time. So Chicago DST is 5 hours behind GMT but 6 hours behind BST.

    3:45 pm, CDT in Chicago means it was 8:45 pm, GMT but 9:45 pm, BST.

  114. Francis says:

    Today Mars conjuncts my 12 H Sun pulling me into the Cardinal Cross. I didn’t know what to expect but so far I am having a beautiful day. Bigger picture; relieved and grateful Obama is our President. If we have to enter into a WW3 I know he has done everything he could to avoid it. Blessings to all on this day of days!

  115. Sharon Katz says:

    Glad you are having a beautiful day, Francis! My cardinal cross experience has been mixed thus far. I have 10 Cancer rising and that was enough to cause me to trip over my 8 degree sun-in-Aries husband’s foot that he put smack in front of me during a fast walk around the track in the park yesterday (he also has mercury in 12 degrees 45 minutes of Pisces, conjunct my Jupiter) leading to a moderately hard fall as I smacked the pavement, and lots of shaky, raw feelings,lacerations on my face, palms & legs, and bruises that ache today, plus I feel a little misaligned (especially in the jaw) and weak but, thank God/Goddess, nothing is broken or sprained. We also had been organizing/cleaning a bedroom that had become a chaotic storage room, so a guest can stay there during the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest that begins this weekend (Springstein, Clapton)and that room now looks great; however, while cleaning it, something heavy felt on my forehead, drawing blood. Not to worry, I should be fine – just sharing a cardinal cross story.

  116. Marcia says:

    Uranus conjunct my Asc (today, I think), opposite my desc/Neptune, and Jupiter about conjunct Venus. Other things happening too, maybe, but don’t know. I’m pretty ok myself, but my daughter–(who left a sober living program to live with new boyfriend, but he just got arrested for dealing, and she is in a shelter–all this 2000 miles from me). Wish I could send her blue light, because cannot do anything else, but how do you do that when you’re worried? Sorry I always get personal here, instead of political, altho I’m very political.

  117. lunagardener says:

    Sharon Katz, Thank you for posting the above poll. I listened to the NC Republican contenders this morning, talking about repealing Obama care and ending the EPA, Educational System, etc…
    After the Dan River spill, and Duke Energy’s response to the situation, along with the federal investigation of the Governor and his relationship with Duke, Kaye Hagan should have a pretty good chance of keeping her seat.

  118. Apple says:

    NYT Retracts Ukraine/Russian-Photo Scoop

  119. tanklv says:

    I find it very interesting that you spoke of this time at least over a year ago, much to our dismay. It looks like we are in for a very difficult next few years. I don’t like it at all that things don’t seem to improve for everyone until almost the end of Obama’s term in office.

    This crisis in the Ukraine was not even on anyone’s radar a year ago. I sure hope things don’t get worse for the Ukrainian people, and I hope the Russians will end their persecution of the Ukrainian People.

  120. tanklv says:

    Will: James Carville is married to Mary Matalin, not Bay Buchanan – it’s easy to mix up all the wackos on the right, tho…

  121. Helen says:

    Fe – look at recent articles on Activist Post which is a progressive site and doesn’t automatically cast the Bundy Ranch protesters as right wing extremists:

  122. Eliseo says:

    “As far as I am concerned, getting through this mess without starting WW3 is a big success. A more testosterone-addled president would have us already in the trenches (e.g., McCain, Romney, GWB).”

    So far, so good, but we’re not done with these 2014-2015 aspects yet. More and more I think your analogy in an earlier post of the Cuban Missile Crisis of ’62 may be remarkably correct. Whatever else we may think about the man, I believe we will likely be grateful to Obama in 2016 for our being alive and not in a WWIII.

  123. Eliseo says:

    Glad you enjoyed!

  124. alex says:

    the local transformer was repaired today… candlelight/flashlight and pre-cooked ready foods for the day… lights are back on; the
    experience reminded me I need a handcrank solar assist emergency radio/flashlight/cell charger (there are lots of combinations of them on the market) every once in awhile winter storms take out the nearest substation so I need to update for those occasions…except for charting by candlelight otherwise bored… but it was nice/peaceful not to have the electric wall wires radiating energy … I made few decisions that had been going this way and that for long while;

  125. Fe says:


    The activist post cites a Breitbart link. Andrew Breitbart was a conspiracy theorist for the Republican Party.

    I said this on Planet Waves on Judith Gayle’s Saturday blog called “Easter – The Week”:

    I understand from other local news reports that the Bundy’s claim of ownership of the land for 140 years is false. They purchased the land in the 1940s, not 1880s.

    Link is here:

    About the use of weaponry as a means to stand up against armed government agents. I think about all those people getting evicted through Ellis Act loopholes in San Francisco by developers and wonder if those same tenants could use weaponry to make a statement against those who are evicting them after many decades of tenancy, in order for them to be recognized and fairly treated, not evicted or even offered the same level of news coverage and “heroism” that the Bundy Ranch standoff has created for Cliven Bundy and his followers.

    This is a very bad precedent on both sides. And, as Judith said, alot could have been avoided through competency and mediation. Not showdowns and pissing matches with guns.”

    But then maybe again, our country hasn’t evolved from worshipping gun toting sociopaths as heroes.

  126. alex says:

    Excerpt Email – Democracy For America

    Representatives Steve King and Erik Paulsen are everything that’s wrong with the Republicans in Congress. And we’re going to make sure this term is their last.

    Steve King is the Iowa Republican who said in 2008 that “al-Qaida will be dancing in the streets” if Barack Obama was elected president.

    Erik Paulsen is the Minnesota Republican who is so extreme that he voted against the bill to fund medical treatment for 9/11 victims and first responders. He has a 0% rating from NARAL and wants to make it dangerous and illegal for a woman to exercise her right to choose.

    We can beat them both this fall. A poll from our friends at MoveOn last fall found that voters would rather elect a Democrat than re-elect King. Paulsen is vulnerable too. And we’ve got two great progressive candidates ready to replace these extremists.

    DFA is supporting new progressive leaders like Jim Mowrer, running against King in Iowa’s 4th District, and Sharon Sund, running against Paulsen in Minnesota’s 3rd District. Their people-powered campaigns are focused on the middle class. They believe in old school Midwestern values and speak for them as Paul Wellstone and George McGovern once did.

    Seat by seat, we will reclaim America from right-wing extremists like Steve King and Erik Paulsen and replace them with progressives.

    An Iraq War veteran, Jim Mowrer is running to stand up for middle class Iowa families like the one he grew up in. Sharon Sund is a businesswoman who has led innovations in renewable energy. They’re focused on providing economic security for all Americans, rather than giving more money and power to the rich.

    Both campaigns are taking place in the Midwest, a key battleground for control of Congress this year. The Tea Party did well there in 2010.

    Together, we’re going to win these seats back from King and Paulsen with a strong focus on economic populism and common sense.

  127. Sharon Katz says:

    Let’s all send love, healing energy & light to Marcia and her daughter! Marcia, what is her name?

  128. Salemone says:

    Fe, Sorry I have had to deal with a lot today, you are correct in that they should all ‘stand down’.
    My gut feeling is this could have and will be worked out in a court of law. If my rough math is correct the rancher owes about 450k for the actual grazing rights; the rest are penalties and interest. The IRS could have annually charged it back to him on his yearly tax filing. They collect back child support, I am sure they could do that too. The whole thing is over the top.

  129. Kdez says:

    Sharon Katz – I have 9’22” Cancer rising. Last Friday, 4/18, I fell in the street on my way home – sprained an ankle, banged up my knee etc. – plus the shock. I’m too old for this!
    I’m guessing mid-Cancer rising is not the luckiest configuration right now? Take care!

  130. will says:


    Yes, you are correct re:James Carville and Mary Matalin being married vs Bay Buchanan. My error. Thanks for the correction.

  131. will says:

    You are too kind to do those Chicago calculations for me.

    Mille grazi!

  132. Jerry says:

    The mainstream news media doesn’t seem to be carrying anything on the purported imminent Chinese release of data on their Gold Reserve holdings (timed to coincide with the five year plan anniversary of April 24, 2009) leading me to believe that there may not be any merit to these ‘sensation seeking’ reports.

    Here is one news item explaining their take on it…..

    Chinese Gold Reserve Update?
    Author : Andrew Hoffman
    Published: April 17th, 2014

    “…..And finally, the inexorable movement out of dollars by dozens of nations, led by the emerging BRICS economies – which are in the process of creating their own trading blocs, central banks, and settlement systems; led, of course, by the Russians – who based on Putin’s speech this morning, will stop at nothing to destroy U.S. hegemony and the dollar’s “reserve currency” status and, of course, the world’s wealthiest, most powerful nation – China.

    Which brings me to today’s topic, that of the People’s Bank of China’s “official” gold reserves, and whether or not they’ll update the public as to what they really are. Or better yet, what they want the public to think they are. The reason I’m writing of this topic are persistent “rumors” that, since April 24th marks the five-year anniversary of the last such update, the PBOC is planning to give an update imminently. As you can see below, there is no precedent for specific time intervals between announcements and given that the legal structure of the Chinese gold market was radically liberalized in 2002, it makes historical comparisons even less relevant – particularly given that before 2002, not only was China a non-entity in the global economy, but said dollar hegemony wasn’t even questioned.

    PBOC Official Gold Reserve Announcements

    First off, I once again need to emphasize that the Miles Franklin Blog deals solely in the realm of fact, not “conspiracy theory.” Secondly, I have not heard – or read of – any such rumors personally other than readers emailing that they “heard” such rumors. And finally, if such an event were imminent, how would anyone know beforehand; unless, of course, they were a Chinese insider with an agenda to “leak” such news – which in my view, makes no logical sense.


  133. Fe says:


    Exactly. The grand cross has had a magnifying effect on everything, including perception and response. This is another reason why we need as many reasonable heads and hearts focused on events as possible.

    You hit it squarely on the head.

  134. Lorrie U says:

    Marcia – I’m sorry for your worry about your daughter! Will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us informed, and know that you have our support.

  135. Sharon Katz says:

    Kdez, what a strange “coincidence!” I would think that we might have the same propensity for an accident but to both have a fall? Well, the ascendant IS the physical body. My friend tells me that arnica works wonders on these things….what are you doing for your sprain? Does ice help? Yes, it’s a rude reminder that we are getting more fragile as we age…I’m glad that you, too, had no broken bones. Let’s all tread carefully and watch our step.

  136. Jerry says:

    Another flashpoint to consider arrives on Sunday the 27th. Moon conjoins Uranus (13 ’51 Aries) in opposition to Mars (12 ’22 Libra) forming a grand cross sq. to Pluto (13 ’32 Capr.) and Jupiter (14 ’26 Cancer). Although the intensity of the grand cross square will be waning, the momentum and lead-up to the potentially troubling Tuesday April 29th solar eclipse makes sense, at least when looking at it from the broader picture.

    The solar eclipse at 8 ’51 Taurus will be activating Russia’s Uranus-Mars square (8 Capr.-Aries) by trine and semi-sextile AND will t square Russia’s nodes (8 Aq-Leo). Perhaps the Russian-Ukraine stand-off intensifies on the 27th (some provocative incident?) and then explodes on the 29th?

    Susan Miller in an interview with the British tabloid The Guardian had alluded to this solar eclipse but without providing any detailed info. Here’s the pertinent excerpt…..

    “April’s so scary that I’m giving classes on it,” she says, tracing a series of points on her impossibly complicated astrology chart. “Look, we have a perfect square on 15 April – 15 April! You’ve got Jupiter at 12, and Uranus at 13, and Pluto at 13, and Mars at 16 – but wait! It’s going to get a little bit worse.” She furrows her brow while she studies the chart. “Look at 29 April!” I look. “Some people feel the stock market is…” She pauses for such a long beat that I offer to complete her sentence: “…going to crash?” She shakes her head. “This is even worse – we’ve not had this since the American Revolution.”

    What aspects is she seeing that could precipitate a stock market crash? I decided to consult google for clues and came up with the following explanation from Louis Acker’s blog ……

    “…..The Annular Solar eclipse of April 29, 2014 is at 8 degrees and 52 minutes of Taurus. This eclipse includes the Cardinal Grand square of Late April, 2014. The eclipse chart cast for Washington DC places Saturn at 20 degrees and 52 minutes of Scorpio in the 10th, conjunct the 26 degree Scorpio Midheaven. This indicates a government bogged down by massive debt Mars in Libra in the 8th house is in opposition to Uranus in the 2nd house, square Jupiter in the 6th house, and square Pluto in the 12th house. This suggests sudden financial crisis with lots of secretive covert government, banking, and big corporate financial manipulation going on. Obama Care designed by corrupt big pharma and insurance companies will be enormously expensive and inefficient. Excessive taxation and outright theft of funds from private bank accounts will increasingly fuel public anger. Government financial abuse of the citizenry will build a massive black market as the people get increasingly fed up with corporate-government fascist abuse of the economic system.”

    It’s important to remember, Saturn at 20 Scorpio will be activating the 2013 US Inaugural Chart’s Moon-Mars sq (with Uranus at the midpoint) at this juncture; an aspect that has been discussed in great detail in this blog.

  137. alex says:

    EXCERPT Amanda Painter (planetwaves)

    Chances are we won’t really know what this week’s astrology ‘means’ until at least after the April 29 Taurus New Moon and solar eclipse — and possibly much later.

    When slow-moving planets are involved (Uranus and Pluto in this case), the ripples can take a long time to spread out and develop fully.

    Jupiter’s involvement emphasizes that potential for expansion.

    Mars, retrograde in Libra, was the faster-moving, every-day-life factor that may have brought everything front and center in your personal life.

    Then again, maybe not? It’s retrograde, after all; it’s possible it’s flying somewhat under the radar of your awareness.

  138. alex says:

    Partial rewind:

    April 29, 2014 Solar Eclipse Chart (ECLIPSE SATURN @20 Scorpio)

    Solar Eclipse 10TH Harmonic: Decile

    Solar Eclipse Saturn in Scorpio (Most Elevated Planet, Capitol Building DC)


    Solar Eclipse Jupiter @14 Libra (6TH House, Capitol Building DC)
    USA Saturn @14 Libra (appointed government officials unelected government career employee authorities)

    Political Astrology

    My work chart for Solar Eclipse – located Capitol Building DC

    Solar Eclipse Arachne @23 Pisces – 2ND House (entangled or entangling i.e. quantum computers, world wide web, Arachne may connect to the concept of playing God)


    Solar Eclipse Venus @25 Pisces


    Solar Eclipse Phaedra @28 Taurus – 4TH House (passive-aggressive behavior, sacrifice for malice, devious revenge)


    SE Hygeia @27 Taurus (Affordable Health Care, Obamacare)

    Natal Astrology: Child Development 10-11 years opens up 10TH harmonic – DECILE

  139. tetramorph says:

    Not really a break-through advancement, but fusion is in the news for the Cardinal G. Cross (ala: minor asteroid 895 Helio conj. Mars in Libra) —

    As well as dumb, dumber, dumbest, and just plain stupid:

  140. alex says:

    Solar Eclipse 4/29/2014 – Congress

    House of Representatives Schedule

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (long list hearings)

  141. alex says:

    tetramorph: thxs for fusion

    continued – Fusion is the process that powers active or “main sequence” stars.

  142. alex says:

    April 23, 2014 by Common Dreams

    Brazil’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ a Victory for Web Freedom

    Tim Berners-Lee, Father of the Internet, says law will ‘unleash a new era—in which the rights of citizens in all countries are protected by a Digital Rights Charter’

  143. Jerry says:

    Implicit in the April 29th solar eclipse chart is that later that evening we have an exact Moon-Saturn opposition at 20 Taurus – Scorpio which would certainly activate that Mars-Moon sq in the US Inaugural chart (19 Taurus – 20 Aquarius) as discussed earlier. As a refresher, here is the Jan 20, ’13 Inaug chart with analysis……

    The Political Astrology Blog

    Ominous Indications in the January 20 Chart

    One of the things that we noted back in September when we recorded a podcast episode on the presidential election was that, regardless of who won the election, the alignment of the planets at the time of the official inauguration on January 20, 2013 looked kind of ominous. We made this observation for two reasons:

    First, due to the prominence of the planet Mars in the 10th whole sign house in a day chart. Mars was traditionally viewed by ancient astrologers as the planet of war, strife, and bloodshed, especially in day charts. The presence of Mars in an angular house in the inauguration chart raises the potential that some of the themes associated with Mars will become more prominent during this presidential term.

    Second, because not only is Mars prominent in the 10th house in the chart, but the Moon, which is in the 1st house at 19° Taurus, is applying to a square with Mars at 20° Aquarius within a degree of orb, which is a specific condition of affliction. This emphasizes the role of Mars in the chart even more, and makes it so that whatever negative event is signified by Mars is likely to emerge at some point in the not-too-distant future, under the conventional premise that applying aspects indicate developments in the future while separating aspects indicate the past.


  144. alex says:

    Digital Culture:

    Internet Bill of Rights
    Signed 4/23/2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Chiron – Juno Chart – by Synastry USA

    Iconic/Symbolic representation of ‘Internet Bill of Rights’, Brazil impacts USA Chiron – Juno, Aries-Libra Axis

    FURTHERMORE: Internet Bill of Rights SUN @03 Taurus (conjunct discovery degree CHIRON 1977)

    Internet Bill of Rights Eris @22 Aries

    conjuct USA Chiron @20 Aries


    Internet Bill of Rights Vesta @21 Libra


    USA JUNO @20 Aries

  145. Kdez says:

    Sharon – I took arnica, strapped it up, iced, elevated etc – back at work doing fine.

    A long time ago I read that people with Uranus conjunct Ascendant are prone to spraining their ankles. True of me — Uranus 5′, Ascendant 9′ – perhaps there is something to it – I haven’t studied medical astrology at all.

  146. Fe says:

    This is Cliven Bundy:

    He’s planning on having a press conference on a regular basis to share his views. He’s the newest iteration of Joe the Plumber.

  147. Sharon Katz says:

    Kdez, that explains it! I, too, have uranus conjunction my ascendant (Uranus 6, Ascendant 10) – Is astrology not amazing?!!! Glad you took charge of your injury and are doing fine.

  148. Marcia says:

    Sharon and Lorrie, Thanks so much about the healing light. I bet you’re both good at sending it. My daughter’s name is Jeanna.

    There was a period 2 or 3 years ago when I fell about every 6 months while walking outside. Doctor said there wasn’t anything wrong with me. Most of the time I seemed to be tripping when there was just a slight difference in the height of blocks of sidewalk. Very strange. Everything is normal and then–boom, you are on the ground. I got repeated skinned knees just like a 9-year-old. So when walking I started saying to myself, “pick your feet up, pick your feet up” and haven’t fallen in a good while.

  149. Francis says:

    I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I’ve been expecting dramatic transformative events catalyzing fundamental paradigm shifts with the Cardinal Cross. No earthquakes, tidal waves, storms; no assassinations, no new outbreaks of war, no new revelations… Perhaps the energies from the Cross will play out more like a landslide. Often landslides happen well after storms, after the rain works it’s way through the soil, thoroughly drenching it. Then with gravity it comes tumbling down.

  150. Anita in DC says:

    Cliven Bundy has opened a nasty can of worms! IMO this isn’t going to end well.

  151. Sharon Katz says:

    Not to excuse the government as I’m not keeping up with this saga, but, apparently, Bundy is quite the racist!

  152. will says:


    Uranus (Aquarius)rules the ankles, doesn’t it? Sag-thigh, Capricorn knee and shin, Aquarius ankle and Pisces feet. Not sure but it could be.

  153. Sharon Katz says:

    Marcia, please let us know how Jeanna is doing.

  154. Sergey says:

    Putin is now calling the Internet a CIA project: Truly his desire to use Neptune for controlling his people has no bounds.

  155. Lorrie U says:

    Obama’s Last Shot

    REPORT: Obama Has ‘All But Decided’ To Nix Keystone Pipeline

  156. Lorrie U says:

    Not news to us…

    Dogs (and Cats) Can Love

    Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.

  157. starlight says:

    Attack by Ukrainian military against rebels this morning around when the Moon was 28-29 Aquarius.

    Today Mars is on Putin’s Sun, while Uranus is opposed. I will be very happy when these two have separated from him. Uranus won’t be off until the 29th.

  158. Suzy says:

    Putin to file complaint to the WTO if Obama institutes more sanctions

    GENEVA Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:26am EDT

    (Reuters) – Russia has told the United States that its Ukraine-related sanctions on a Russian bank and Russian citizens are illegal under World Trade Organization rules and must be scrapped.

    Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said last week that Russia could launch a dispute at the world trade body to challenge U.S. sanctions.

    The latest warning, set out in a confidential document circulated at the WTO on Wednesday, explained what grounds Russia would have for doing so and made clear that Moscow believes it would win a trade dispute if it launched one.

    Member countries can claim some exemptions from WTO rules, however, including on grounds of national security.

    Although it would be unusual to rely on those grounds to deflect a WTO dispute, the United States invoked the national security argument as a member of the trade body’s predecessor organization to justify its economic embargo on Cuba.

    The United States and European Union have so far imposed visa bans and asset freezes on a few Russians in protest at Moscow’s annexation last month of Crimea from Ukraine.

    But U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was poised to impose more sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine’s east, where pro-Russian separatists are defying Kiev’s authority.

    The document also fired a warning shot at other countries that may be thinking of bringing sanctions against Russia.

    “The Russian Federation also notes debates among the political elite of certain WTO Members calling for imposition of trade restrictive measures in respect of Russian goods and services, exports to Russia and transfers of payments,” it said.

    “In response to these debates we call upon all WTO Members to refrain from being misled by such political motives and neglecting the WTO Agreement.”

  159. Sharon Katz says:

    More good news! Crist leads Scott in guv of FL poll, 45 to 39!!!

  160. will says:

    Watching CNN Heads are talking a lot about how “hot” and “dangerous” the situation has become just within the last few hours.

    Yes, they rehash ad ad-nauseum, but the latest big news is Russia, Ukraine and the extreme danger of the recent droning of al Qada training camps.

  161. Patty says:

    B.A. Thank you for the amazing Elizabeth Warren Video link…It took my breath away.
    “We Need To Pay It Forward” This should be our rallying cry!

  162. B.A. says:

    Patty, you are welcome.

    Based on my current knowledge of her, I would support her if she ran for Pres. However, I know little if anything about her positions on international issues or her views on our current money system and the Fed… and especially spying on the populous… all of which are important to me.

    I am pretty confident she is not corrupt, and as a debate champion, I am sure she could more than hold her own… look how she managed that interview with CNN.

  163. B.A. says:

    It would be a shame if Udal lost here in CO… it is a close run thing right now… he is a champion of outdoor recreation and the national parks and the environment, all popular here.

    His vote on ACA is going to hurt him.

    I have met Gardner and one of his minions, and my impression is quite sleezy (especially his stand in)… However, he did vote against spying on the populous… something also popular here.

    Obamas position on NSA and Hillary’s non position going to hurt them both.

  164. Jackson says:

    Putin and the Russians are making a big mistake. You don’t mess with the Scythians.

  165. Helen says:

    Is Protesting Federal Power an Act of Domestic Terrorism?

    When Edward Snowden came on the scene with Glenn Greenwald’s help exposing the NSA’s data collection, I remember the discussions I had with people parroting members of Congress and the MSM; that both should be sent to Guantanamo or locked up via the NDAA.

    And now? Glenn Greenwald just won a Pulizer Prize and Edward Snowden has just been installed as a Glasgow University rector.

  166. Jerry says:

    One quick glance at the April 29th solar eclipse set for Kiev, Ukraine: . . . . . and it’s hard to ignore the implications.

    Mars at 11 ’48 Libra t squares the ascendant/descendant degrees (11 ’03 Cancer-Capricorn) with Ukraine’s natal Uranus right on the desc. (10 ‘ 06 Capr.). Russia’s natal Uranus and NATO’s natal Pluto are not too far behind – two degrees away at 8 Capr.

    What makes this moment potentially significant is that the 8 ’51 Taurus S. Eclipse degree will be quincunxing those descendant degree aspects mentioned above. As he wraps up his Asian Tour, President Obama’s Air Force One will depart from Manila for its homeward return back to the US about the same hour as the eclipse. I find that quite remarkable.

  167. Jerry says:

    My mistake. The 8 Taurus s. eclipse will be in close quincunx to tr. Mars (11 Libra) and in TRINE to Russia’s n. Uranus and NATO’s n. Pluto (8 Capr.) on the descendant of the chart.

  168. Jerry says:

    Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War

    Voice of America
    April 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON — On the day Crimeans voted in a referendum in March on secession from Ukraine, hackers from a group calling itself the “Cyber Berkut” pelted NATO websites with online nuisance attacks designed to knock the pages offline. While not technically sophisticated, the DDoS, or “denial of service” attacks, were enough to send several websites – including a cyber-security site in Estonia – into darkness for several hours.

    NATO quickly recovered: the sites came back online, the hack attack ebbed, and no serious damage was done. But it sent a clear message – a warning shot of sorts of things to come. As tensions have escalated between Kyiv and Moscow, so too has the frequency of online attacks targeting a variety of government, news, and financial sites located across Ukraine and several in Russia. So far, these attacks have amounted to mere skirmishes rather than all out cyber war. However, with the possibility of further Russian military incursions into eastern Ukraine, a full-blown cyber war may be looming on the European continent. And that, in turn, could draw in many more nations into the Ukrainian crisis.


  169. starlight says:

    Jerry – check out the spring chart for Ukraine, drawn for Kiev. The May Mars station is right on the Ascendant. Could be a very volatile conflict-laden month.

  170. alex says:

    Not politics: I’ve always been impressed how the Obama family genuinely relates so well with people:

    It’s a little private
    She’s doing something to help her Dad
    Right, Got it.

  171. Marcia says:

    Sharon and Lorrie, thank you for being so supportive! My daughter’s boyfriend bailed out of jail and she is back in the apartment with him, so at least not on the street or in a shelter. Still, doesn’t seem, from this distance, the best thing to be doing if she really wants to be sober and build her life back. She has a late Sag Sun and Ascendant, and the Capricorn stellium that people her age have (Uranus, Saturn, Mercury, Neptune—Neptune is the last one, at 9 degrees), and node in Pisces. I keep reading about people her age overdosing. Plus Mars and Moon in Aries (so–plan ahead? delay gratification? fugedaboutdit). But we’ve had years of this, and need to get some distance just to hang on to sanity. Thanks again, what you both said was so nice to hear.

  172. B.A. says:

    Ellen Miller ?@EllnMllr 14m

    A petition on the WH petition page demanding net neutrality is gaining signatures at rate of 1000+ per hour.

    Consider signing it.

  173. Sharon K says:

    Marcia, I’m not a mom (I’m a step-mom of sorts), but I can imagine that you must be so worried. I will keep praying and holding Jeanna in light when I can (maybe one’s soul does it when the intent is there), but please keep us posted as to her well being. I would think that people with a Cap stellium, although affected by Pluto and having a rough ride in these years, are ultimately sensible. When I was young, I was pretty rebellious (in the late ’60s, early ’70s) and knowing my parents were there for me, reaching out to me, was my anchor.

    Also sending love & light to the Ukraine-Russia…feel like that is a difficult one to stabilize right now and, as Starlight’s and other posts have shown, ongoing conflict seems inevitable at this time.

    Alex, thank you for posting that lovely story & photo regarding Michelle Obama hugging the girl who brought her her father’s resume – I’ll bet something good comes from that.

  174. Jerry says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Yes. That is certainly interesting. I see you had posted that chart in your March 19th thread.

    Not to discount the Mars station mind you, but I’m wondering if all the war rhetoric and sabre rattling just within the past 48 hours has taken a more ominous and dangerous tone. May 19th is a long way off – three and a half weeks away. It appears as though Russia’s threatened military “intervention” is more imminent. The Geneva accord is dead in the water. No ones talking about reconciliation. The west is coordinating a measured response, an imposition of a wide range of economic sanctions if Russia invades, and Russia in turn has threatened retaliation. The financial markets will be the first to suffer. There’s a risk this thing could spin out of control very rapidly.

  175. will says:


    Re: your passionate stance about the airlines being “too cheap” to install the right pingers:

    “My facts stand. The airlines ARE too cheep to pay for the latest tech regarding “pingers” and “blackboxs”. Sorry if you don’t like FACTS.

    This IS very much the fault of the “pingers” used on the planes. The newest technology – that has been available for over a DECADE now, is a magnitude greater in power, distance, and longevity. The existing “pingers” are only lucky they were found at all. Period. Read up on the latest information concerning the issue.”

    Evidently not so. A team of CNN aviation specialists have been discussing now how the black-boxes used uniformly on airliners today are not designed to work under-water – and that even upon impact, they often get damaged to the point of dysfunction. So there there isn’t a technology developed yet to protect anything from the damage of catastrophic impact and/or to be heard through the depths of the ocean’s waters.

    There is an on-going discussion about this if you tune into CNN.

  176. starlight says:

    Jerry – Mars is conjunct that Spring Ascendant pretty much all of May.

  177. alex says:

    Sharon K

    Michelle Obama is an exceptional and remarkable person; I think the role of first lady is way too small a role for her :-)though she is great at it isn’t she!

  178. Todd Bennett says:

    It’s over. Moon Slapped Ukraine and told them to follow the Geneva protocols. For those that don’t understand this means the West ordered him, not Russia, back to its corner. Crisis averted, and yes I am sure..

    If Russia wants a war they would invade Poland. Not one drop of American blood should, or will be spilled to protect the extremist puppet government in Ukraine. If there is, I will sign on to impeachment myself.

  179. Todd Bennett says:

    I just want to know for the nutbags on this site, that has now essentially thrown Nancy’s project into Godlike Productions territory, if nothing becomes of this cross, are you going to off yourselves from depression, when you realize your fondest dreams of doom and destruction once again went up in smoke? Not saying you should. Not saying it would make me lose sleep either.

  180. Todd Bennett says:

    And with that, a not so fond adieu.

  181. alex says:

    this post is about culture and the notation from the article (business invest info secondary)


    For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians – whose activity has dropped off since the unrest in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia by the United States.

    The brokers say that many Chinese buyers are also investing abroad so they can own property near major educational institutions. Some are buying homes near top colleges — even though their children are so little they can’t walk yet.

    More than 80 percent of wealthy Chinese want to send their children overseas to school, according to the Hurun Report, a Shanghai-based publication.

    Wealthy investors from East Indian culture often use the same investment strategy: they purchase real estate properties, as their children are born, in anticipation or expectation that those children will attend college in that location/city/educational center (one/or/all of the properties will be dedicated as child’s place of residence for college; the growth of equity over the years might be the used for college loans or purchases of other properties… depending on their holdings;

    another strategy by parents from other cultures, as they raise their children, is to instruct them that the oldest child will be put through college funded by the parents savings/earnings and then the oldest child, upon securing employment, will fund the college education of the next oldest child (one element/basis of child birth spacing)and so forth; in turn when the children are grown they collectively contribute to the retirement of their parents;

  182. Apple says:

    Todd – I hope you’re right that it’s over (at Apr 25; 2:51 pm). A piece I read at Truthdig suggested that some of the neocons left in the administration are working behind Obama’s back. There seems to be a lot of secret money in the budget for work that even Congress is in the dark about. Do you have an opinion on that?

    During a budget fight 2-3 years ago, Obama said something to the effect that if there wasn’t some change to the stalemate he would tell the public what really goes on in the background. Do you know what he might have meant?

  183. Todd Bennett says:

    See JFK-McLoy-Dulles.

  184. Todd Bennett says:

    Nancy please get some more modern wordpress posting ability. Editable comments, rtc.

  185. Todd Bennett says:

    Democrats have not had control of the military side of things in a long time, since what might be well termed the coup of 1963.

  186. Todd Bennett says:

    What some fail to understand is the big push out of this time frame is not a reduction of U.S. power, but a reassertion of Oval Office control over the Pentagon. This is actually a very good time to be President Obama, or will prove to be IMO that is.

  187. Todd Bennett says:

    It is neocons losing the battle, not the West.

  188. alex says:


    The Democratic ticket featuring two women at the top — Davis and Van de Putte – is a stark contrast to the all-male Republican ticket for the other statewide races this election year.

    Garcia said women in the Democratic Party are re-energized since Davis’ filibuster, momentum that could carry into Election Day in November, she said.

    “There’s a great opportunity for both Leticia and Wendy to have a very important conversation with women in Texas.”

  189. barbk says:

    If we consider the differences between wild horses (or any wild animal) and domesticated horses (or any domesticated animal) we might be able to understand where Cliven Bundy is coming from. I believe he is just an undomesticated American which translates in our society as being crazy as a loon.

    Loons are birds of course but it seems oddly coincidental that the term lunatics (or loony birds) comes from the Moon (Luna) and probably refers to certain species known to howl at a full moon. If that full moon happens to be a lunar eclipse it would be a howling moon for sure. If we add to that, a full moon eclipse happening 6 months after another lunar eclipse in the opposite degree – meaning that the Sun in the 1st lunar eclipse was in the same degree of the 2nd lunar eclipse Moon – we have something more than a coincidence. Such is the case with this month’s eclipsed full Moon at 25+ Libra.

    In October 2013, the lunar eclipse was at 25+ Aries, putting the Sun at 25+ Libra. If Sun = Yang energy and Moon = Yin energy then this 6 month period – late October 2013 through late April 2014 – has given us the opportunity to experience something (symbolized by the degree of 25+ Libra) from both sides of the polarized spectrum of yin and yang. As it happens the Sabian symbol for this degree is of an eagle and a large white dove changing into each other. Eagles by reputation symbolize masculine/yang energy while doves connote a gentleness associated with the feminine/yin energy. Without pushing this too far, imagine a weathervane spinning rapidly in the wind, on one side a dove and on the other an eagle, which almost appear to dissolve from one bird to the other bird in their rapid spinning. Birds always symbolize spirituality.

    In October 2013 the U.S. District Court of Nevada reaffirmed that Bundy had no legal right to graze his cattle on federal land, ordering him to not interfere with an impounding of his cattle left on that land. There was a lunar eclipse at 25+ Aries with the Sun at 25+ Libra that month, and this was a very yang approach (Sun at 25+ Libra) to the issue of Bundy’s rights.

    In April 2014 the Bundy cattle found grazing on federal land were rounded up and then later released in order to avoid violence; a very yin approach (Moon at 25+ Libra) to Bundy’s issue of rights. The lunar eclipse this month was at 25+ Libra and was conjunct the minor planet Ceres, a symbol of mother earth.

    Both lunar eclipses were followed by cardinal squares between transiting Uranus and Pluto, seen as an imperative for humanity to increase consciousness and evolve. In this series of 7 squares between Uranus and Pluto, October 2013 was #4 and April was #5. In between the two sets of eclipses (one solar and one lunar in each set) the cardinal cross has brought many kinds of situations to an impasse where the only way out is up.

    Mr. Bundy has served as an agent of change in one such situation. He appears to be crazy as a loon which is backed up by transiting Neptune (ruler of the crazies) in a decile (36 degrees) aspect with Uranus (the great awakener), an aspect that suggests determination of fixity of purpose and relates to the use of will, so say Frances Sakoian and Louis Acker in their book The Minor Aspects.

    Supporting the crazy or madness theory is asteroid Ophelia – whose namesake lost her mind in Shakespeare’s Hamlet – who is transiting through Aries and has made a recent conjunction to Uranus, an opposition to Mars and squares to Pluto and Jupiter.

    In this case it appears to be a matter of perspective in a climate of polarization. To those of us who have been domesticated for generations, Bundy and his admirers are mad as hatters, but to the undomesticated wild ones whose perspective sees no way out of the trap but violence, no amount of Fair-Is-Fair logic (Mars in Libra) will sway them from their fear (Pluto in Cap) of captivity. They see their freedom (Uranus) worth fighting for (in Aries), and in in no uncertain terms, they symbolize the level of consciousness that would benefit most from understanding (Jupiter) that we are all one (in Cancer).

    Therefore, it behooves us to consider the fear a trapped animal feels when cornered. Never mind that the animal was trespassing, it is too ignorant to understand boundaries and man’s laws. The cardinal cross is bringing to the surface this level of ignorance and naivete’ in our species and it will be up to the grand water trine between Neptune-Chiron in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer to find a way to bring about a peaceful solution. The opportunity is there.

    The imbalance between yin and yang must be corrected and we need a more encompassing view of problems if we are to evolve from the morass of war and ignorance. We need to understand the meaning of the birds in our symbols with our hearts and not just our minds. Bundy’s birthday is April 29 and the solar eclipse in 5 days will conjunct his natal Taurus Sun. This article has a timeline on Bundy, including his birthdate.

  190. alex says:

    I listened (first time) to Bundy interview on ‘Early Start’ he sounds like he has some kind of brain damage… apparently no one challenged him in all these 20 years he hasn’t paid grazing fees ( maybe he is big gun nut and people are afraid he will go-off on them) but he is also clever when the news guy challenged his statements he changes the subject uses more provocative statements; he didn’t get away with it this morning on CNN interview… simple really every other rancher pays the grazing fees and he will not… they may or may not share opinion about government but they pay the fees;

  191. Todd Bennett says:

    Bundy is proof talent for sophistry is innate, not taught.

  192. Todd Bennett says:

    This is hard to post from phone.

  193. Todd Bennett says:

    What I am saying is that Bundy may not know what he is doing, but the wretched among us that are born to do it do so without need for education as to how.

  194. Todd Bennett says:

    Reading ABCNews, I came across an article about NATO Commander Philip Breedlove where they speak of his article, “Who Are The Men In The Masks?” This is in reference to the highly trained, but surreptitious forces that overtook government buildings in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

    General Breedlove goes into great detail about how the soldiers are trained Russian forces, and how there is a whole program in the Russian military designed to perform these tasks. This is in lieu, one would assume, of an actual invasion. Breedlove caws incessantly about the Russian buildup, within their own borders, and how that is destabilizing to Ukraine. Indeed it is, as would a civil war spilling into Russia be destabilizing to Russia.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is simply establishing leverage for ongoing negotiations that will eventually pull the industrial heart of Ukraine back into Russia’s geopolitical orbit. If he has to use some paramilitary to do it, and that is the extent of the incursion-so be it. Better that followed by arm twisting diplomacy than some ill-conceived, ham-handed attempt by the poorly prepared, directionless conglomeration of EU-NATO Inc to “control the situation on the ground.”

    Putin is no fool; he knows the battle over Ukraine involves western oligarchs looking to ply Ukraine into debt slavery versus the less misanthropic, but still somewhat tyrannical paternalistic economic interests of the Russian Federation. Essentially, the people of Ukraine have a choice; they can trust the EU to have their backs, while servicing debt payments for generations to come, or they can keep the lights on and the oil flowing at less of a cost economically by aligning with Putin.

    These are not necessarily palatable choices, as while the industrial sector of Ukraine will likely flow towards the Russian sphere of influence, the price of federalization within that region will be a severe reduction of autonomy, paradoxically, lost through the illusion of democracy. In a sense, Putin is offering protection for a neighborhood he, and to a greater extent the west, have allowed to be exploited criminally for decades. Think The Sopranos, with Vlad the instigator playing the role of Tony.

    But even at that, Tony will throw block parties, and he will “take care” of the neighborhood. The eastern Ukrainians know this, and are under no illusions about the nature of western benevolence. They are not interested in trading the relative security of “street money”, or loan sharking, for the Bank of London. Americans know all too well what happens when you don’t pay back loans, but unlike your credit report, the broken bones heal.

    The west has lost this struggle from the standpoint of ideas, and while Breedlove has his spotlight seeking rant, he forgets two rules-one don’t let the enemy know what you know, and two, don’t fight battles with weapons you don’t know how to use. There is a reason, by and large, diplomats and military personnel are two different cuts of the gib entirely, and one of them is the word finesse. The media can be used to instigate, promote an agenda, or de-escalate, but the military is used only to intimidate or conquer. To conflate the two is foolhardy at best, and profoundly dangerous at worst.

    We do not need a cheerleader for war. We especially do not need a cheerleader for war who is in charge of the entire NATO force. And we especially do not need the cheerleader for war who is responsible for the entire NATO force turning to social media and undermining our diplomatic efforts. This man, through rancorous discourse and a distaste for discretion, most probably, like most warmongering males, has a high regard for his masculinity. Well let me state that if General Breedlove seeks to portray himself as a man, he must first put down his pom poms. The best way to do that, ironically, is to holster his weapon.

  195. Todd Bennett says:

    Just go to my page and you can read there.

  196. alex says:

    what happened to goodbye!

  197. alex says:

    Our stories give shape to our fleeting impressions of everyday life: bringing together the past and the future into the present providing structures to work towards our goals and a sense of identity to serve to integrate the feelings of our right brain with the language of our left.

    I worry though about what might happen to our minds if most of the stories we hear are about greed, war and atrocity.

    ~ The School of Life

  198. cimbalok says:

    Here is my yearly post (I’m just a stalker, I rarely comment). Lynn Hayes, another excellent astrologer, has just written a post on Elizabeth Warren. You may find it interesting. Here is the link:

  199. Apple says:

    Thanks for your replies to my questions. And, thank you for the background on Ukraine as you see it. I have been trying to follow the situation with an open mind.

  200. B.A. says:

    Udal and Gardner are 1% apart in the polls, and a new independent has just declared, a neurosurgeon from Denver who looks like he could take votes from Udall.

    Here is a link to the article and a quote from it on Colorado’s view of the ACA (which also matches the newcomers view.

    Colorado voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 59 percent to 37 percent, the poll found. Udall voted for the measure and has been hit with two ads — one unveiled Wednesday after the poll was conducted — from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity over his support for Obamacare.

  201. B.A. says:

    This is one ad that is being run against Udall:

    Based on conversations with folks at the Sr. Lunch here in my town, I think it will be effective. They tell me of their children and relatives that cannot afford to purchase the ACA insurance, and even when they do, the deductibles are so high, they get no benefit.

    Folks tend to vote their pocket books… and when you take stuff away from them, they tend not to like it.

    I will vote for Udall in spite of this, and because I know Gardner and some of his folk, but this could have been avoided. Someone will get whacked for this, then what happens to Medicare and Social Security?

  202. Prabhata says:

    Mars retrograde in Libra

    On March 4 (Bear Growls) I posted a comment for Squallo, and I said not to worry about the grand cross, it would fizzle and turn out to be nothing. The transit of Mars retrograde in Libra has given the best display of what it means Mars retrograde in Libra. Mars, a soldier, will fight, stand down, and retreat, but don’t ask Mars to haggle (Libra/diplomacy) to settle a dispute. Russia, US, EU and NATO have been shouting (Mars attempt at diplomacy) at each other. The display of Ukrainian soldiers during the Crimea and missions into the East of Ukraine has been almost laughable.

  203. Sharon K says:

    Alex, yes, Michelle Obama is quite the lady and evolved human being – let’s see what the future brings for both Obamas and their children…and I love what you wrote about above about “Our stories,” from “The School of Life”—is that original? I am busy with a lot of work right now and can’t read many of the longer posts or links, but they look interesting, and I’m happy to see some of the long-time posters (and lurkers) postings.

  204. Sharon K says:

    Sorry about the typos – I am a bit stressed right now!

  205. alex says:

    not original Sharon K…

    it’s from ‘The School of Life’

  206. barbk says:

    I think Mars has been hypnotized by the goddesses Ceres, Vesta and Pallas directly, and Venus and Juno indirectly. I don’t expect him to be free of their spell (especially Ceres and Vesta) until the end of summer if then.

  207. alex says:

    Excerpt Email: Courage Campaign

    We did it. Our oil extraction tax passed the Senate Education Committee!

    Honestly, when I woke up yesterday at 5am to take the long train ride to Sacramento, I thought we were going to lose. But thanks to fierce activism and thousands of Courage members — including college students and community members from across California — five State Senators on the Senate Education Committee knew we had their backs.

    That helped give them the COURAGE to stand up to Big Oil and pass Senate Bill 1017, an oil extraction tax that would provide $2 billion per year for higher education and vital services.

    Courage members emailed, called, shared posts on Facebook and Twitter, and even showed up at the hearing to testify. Our partners were critical too.

    This could not have happened without the remarkable work from our allies at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, California Partnership, the California Federation of Teachers, student groups and others.

    Yesterday’s victory clearly shows that grassroots activism has the potential to overcome the power of money in politics. And we’re going to need to keep fighting. This was a huge hurdle.

    Next up is the Governance & Finance Committee hearing on May 7th.

    We’ve got a lot of work to do, not only to pass an oil extraction tax, but to pass a progressive budget for California that refunds billions to education and safety net services that have been decimated by the Great Recession.

    Exposes how much Big Oil has contributed to individual legislators and compares that with the desperate human need in their districts.

  208. CaseyM says:

    Todd – I guess I missed where you gave the address to your page. Can you post it again please? I love your ability to use words and would certainly enjoy reading more of your information.

    And to every one on this thread, I’m another lurker on this site. Not being an astrologer myself I find the discussions interesting but I can’t really add relevant content. I will say the bickering that seems to come up is not a positive addition to the pages. You are all very knowledgeable interesting people presenting different views on these subjects. It’s ok if you disagree sometimes. There’s nothing personal in that – or there shouldn’t be in my opinion. I, for one, love the different interpretations and discussion. And, if I find that there is someone I frequently disagree with, I just don’t read their posts.

    Please keep the great information and commentary coming. I have learned so much from you all, I’d hate to see anyone go away in a huff.

    Enough from me. Thank you for being here.

  209. Sharon K says:

    CaseyM :-)

  210. Jerry says:


    Ok I see what you are saying. The Mars station is within one degree of its station all month long. I hadn’t considered that. All the more poignant when looking at the current Ukranian progressed chart. Progr. Mars (9 ’25 Libra) in square to progr. Uranus (9 ’50 Capr.). Here’s the chart:

  211. Jerry says:


    We’re just looking at the fundamentals. The US is ardently trying to place a lid on Russia’s actions and in reaction, Russia’s position is becoming increasingly intractable (re: Lavrov’s recent statements). Both sides are hardening. The least little provocation can set the whole thing off. The outcome has an unerring self-fulfilling momentum about it. The April 29th solar eclipse could be a catalyst. But then, maybe not. It’s all speculative of course. Nevertheless, it’s an important development that warrants discussion, especially in relation to the current astrological aspects.

  212. Sharon K says:

    Jerry, I think it’s posturing. I’m not sure if Russia’s plan is to slowly erode “ownership” of the Ukraine, but I don’t think there will be a sudden land grab…as the title says, it will be more “deceptive” over time.

  213. Jerry says:

    Hi Sharon,

    The posturing element is understood I suppose that’s what the Obama administration is banking on. But there’s a lot of room for miscalculation on both sides in Russia’s game of ‘intimidation’. None of the US officials including Pres. Obama are optimistic that the Geneva accords would create an atmosphere of trust. And now the scales are tipping in the wrong direction. There’s nothing left except an escalation of tensions with the new sanctions expected on Monday designed to put more pressure on Russia to de-escalate. Russia does not respond well to pressure……

    New U.S. Sanctions On Russia Start As Early As Monday

    NBC News
    April 26, 2014

    The U.S. said it will impose new sanctions against Russia as early as Monday over the Ukraine crisis after President Barack Obama pushed European leaders for action as the Kremlin’s troops performed maneuvers at the border and its jets flew into Ukrainian airspace.


  214. will says:

    I must be perverse or very bored. I was so looking forward to some really tense drama and dangerous excitement from this particular pass of the Cardinal Cross. I feel like I’ve been in a long queue for a spectacular roller-coaster. Just when I was going to get my turn, the gears in the works seized up and I didn’t get the thrill.

    Selfish but true.

  215. alex says:

    lovely Len from planet waves: EXCERPT Len Wallick

    It will be necessary to approach next Tuesday with a clear eye and a steady hand and to make your own happy landing.

    If there ever was a time to see the world as it is and not as you are, it’s now. Neither will wishful thinking serve you now. Nor will fear contribute to the quality of your life, the expansion of your liberty, or the happiness of a landing you can walk away from.

    Instead, proceed with the sure and certain knowledge that a happy landing is available, because it is. Then, beginning right now, use all that your life’s experience has given you to locate (not envision this time, but actually locate) where you want to be when you walk away from next Tuesday. In all probability, you are already very close.

    Finally, go there. Point your life towards the destination you have located and go there. This is not landing on a distant, unexplored planet. This is your life on the only planet you have ever known. Trust yourself. So long as you are not intoxicated or distracted, trust yourself to know good and well what to do, and how to get it done.

    In all probability a happy landing will mean taking care of what are almost certainly a few simple and straightforward (but nonetheless urgent) pieces of business that you know very well you can handle with dispatch. If you can discern and manage just a few down-to-earth tasks, a happy landing onto a new patch of your life will most likely be yours. You will know you have made it by how good it will feel to still be here in one piece.

  216. tetramorph says:

    Sometimes things begin in quiet, sometimes with a bang — either way, the foundations we stand on have shifted. Surely, something has begun. Seems to me like we’ve entered a different quality of ‘space.’

    “I wanna sing to my sisters and my brothers, keep the faith,
    when the storm flies and the wind blows, go on at a steady pace.”

  217. alex says:

    Partial Survey – History Measurement of Time (this is fun stuff)

    Einstein’s Laws: Time passes more slowly near a gravitational field and much more quickly when farther away.

    Clocks will run faster the farther they are from a large gravitational source and run slower they closer they are to it.

    The US Naval Observatory puts and atomic clock in orbit – the seed of GPS

  218. alex says:

    continued – Time

    NRL’s third TIMATION satellite was renamed Navigation Technology Satellite 1 at its launch in July 1974, one year after the start of the GPS Program. It was the first satellite to fly atomic clocks, and examined two experimental rubidium frequency standards operating in space.

  219. alex says:

    continued – Time, GPS, navigation

    On July 14, 1974 the first prototype Navstar GPS satellite was put into orbit, but its clocks failed shortly after launch. The Navigational Technology Satellite 2, redesigned with caesium clocks, started to go into orbit on June 23, 1977. By 1985, the first 11-satellite GPS Block I constellation was in orbit.

  220. alex says:


    “It’s time to launch the largest protest the FCC has ever seen.”

    Under [the new FCC] rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And the FCC has the nerve to call this “Net Neutrality.”

    You might wonder why the FCC would move forward with such an ill-advised plan. But such is the political calculus of Washington, where our policymakers tie themselves in knots to soothe corporate interests while obscuring their plans with technical jargon, hoping the public will be too confused to notice.

    Well, we noticed.

    Free Press and some its allies are now planning a day of direct action for May 15th where they plan to go beyond petition drives and phones calls by “rising up” against the FCC proposal with street protests in Washington, DC.

    In addition to Free Press, groups like Demand Progress, Common Cause, RootsAction, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, Public Knowledge, and others have swung into action mode to fight what they fear will be the death of “net neutrality” — the key principle that has guided the web since its inception and stipulates that all online content should receive equal treatment free of corporate or government interference

  221. starlight says:

    Jerry – Exactly. I don’t remember at this point how much I have written about it, but the Mars station sits on the Ascendant of Ukraine’s Spring chart while simultaneously activating the progressed Mars square to Uranus all of May. If the fighting increases, that is when it will be. But from the US side, there is little we can do: Uranus square US Saturn and Saturn square Inaugural mars (see the article I will be posting later today).

  222. will says:


    This might be interpreted as a manifestation of the diminished power and influence of the United States you have been writing about with respect to the current transits on U.S., Inaugural and PBO chart.

    European Firms Seek to Minimize Russia Sanctions


    “With the showdown over Ukraine escalating and President Obama warning Moscow of a tough new round of sanctions, Russia and its allies in the European private sector are conducting a separate campaign to ensure that they can maintain their deep and longstanding economic ties even if the Kremlin orders further military action.

    European banks and businesses are far more exposed to the Russian economy than are their American counterparts. Trade between the European Union and Russia amounted to almost $370 billion in 2012, while United States trade with Russia was about $26 billion that year.

    As a result, they have lobbied energetically to head off or at least dilute any sanctions, making it hard for American and European political leaders to come up with a package of measures with enough bite to influence Moscow’s behavior in Ukraine.”


  223. starlight says:

    will – Would you please repost that in the new thread? Thanks. It is exactly what I am talking about. Under Jupiter we have been confidently wielding the sanctions knife. Now with Uranus square to our Saturn and Saturn square Inaugural Mars, my guess is that the sanctions will go pfffft and then the criticism of Obama’s ineffectiveness will grow (Saturn sesquiquadrate his Venus).

  224. tanklv says:

    Will: Thanks for the info – I have the same recollections, also – as I have listened to the same reports. The fact does remain that the plane in question had only ONE of these technologies installed, when in fact there were a least two more that were infinetly more powerful and could last longer. However, they would still have problems at that depth, altho not as much as the one that was installed on this plane…