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Points of Interest(for astrologers):
Full Moon at at 13 degrees Scorpio on May 3rd,
Mew Moon at 26 degrees Taurus on May 17th,
Mercury is opposition Saturn on May 3rd, is
square Neptune on the 9th, is trine the North
Node on the 10th, and goes retrograde on the 19th
(going direct on June 11th), Mars is opposition
Saturn on the 15th and square Neptune on the 25th.
Jupiter is inconjunct Pluto on the 21st and Venus
is opposition Pluto on the 22nd and square Uranus
on the 25th.
The transiting North Node of the Moon continues to be
through the 18th.
Truth and the Pillar of Salt:
The Biblical story of
Lot's wife is worth examining today, as we watch so many
parts of our beloved planet being destroyed in so many ways.
When Lot and his family fled from the destruction of
God instructed them to look ahead and not backward as their homeland
Lot's wife disobeyed, looking back over her shoulder and
was immediately turned into a pillar of salt.
This ancient accounting would assume that we mere mortals are
incapable of looking directly at the truth and its consequences.
Another illustration of this
is the ancient myth of Perseus and his quest to find and capture the
head of the horrible Medusa, a former great beauty whom a jealous
goddess turned into a hideous gorgon whose head was covered with
snakes. Any person who
looked directly at her had the misfortune to be immediately turned
to stone. Perseus
succeeded where others had failed by viewing her reflection in his
polished shield and beheaded her backwards with his sword.
So the Greeks observed that you may observe evil indirectly
rather than "head on" so to speak and win the day.
The goal of this newsletter is
to look at what is really happening to us today without turning to
salt, stone, or losing our heads over the whole thing.
This month's movements of Mercury, the messenger planet, will
likely enchant us, confuse us, and try our sensibilities to the max
as different and exotic versions of "the truth" abound from the
mouths of politicians to the main stream media's paid advertising.
Somewhere, amid all this, we need to see what is really going
on and hope that humans have evolved far enough through the
centuries to be able to handle the hot mess we have created and
really, truly, heroically, come up with a polished shield, a sword
and some brilliant solutions.
The Economy and Lunations in
Taurus and Scorpio or what the Cartel will do for money:
On April 15th, Truthout
published an article by Ellen Cantarow entitled "Doing the
Unthinkable: Giant Gas
Pipeline to Flank a New York Nuclear Power Plant".
The article reports that federal agencies have permitted the
installation of a very large gas pipeline less than half a mile and,
at one point, only 105 feet from the Indian Point Nuclear complex
that stands in the town of Cortlandt
in Westchester County,
New York, just 30 miles north of
This is a plant whose infrastructure has been in trouble for
years and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has wanted to close down, but NRC
relicensing of the plant for another 40 years is underway.
The pipeline's owner, Spectra Energy is looking to pipe
fracked gas north from
Recent history has presented to us pipeline explosions in
East Harlem, NY, Edison, New Jersey, and San Bruno, California, to
mention a few. The
article quotes Paul Blanch, a professional engineer with nearly five
decades of experience in nuclear safety, engineering operations and
federal regulatory requirements.
He states: " I've had over 45 years of nuclear experience in
safety issues. I have
never seen a situation that essentially puts 20 million residents at
risk, plus the entire economics of the United States by making a large area
surrounding Indian Point uninhabitable for generations.
I'm not an alarmist, but the possibility of a gas line
interacting with a plant could easily cause a Fukushima type of release."
I would recommend reading the whole article and you be the
On April 24, an article was
published by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton entitled "Big Bank
'Crime of the Century' Results in Guess What?
No Jail Time for Anyone".
She reports that authorities announced that
Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank would pay
$2.5 billion in penalties for "interest rate fraud" which consisted
of manipulating the LIBOR ( the London interbank offered rate).
Regulators discovered "Pervasive fraudulent practices where
traders gave false information about rates at which they borrowed or
loaned money with other banks.... and that established false
benchmarks on which other rates were based."
Traders have served up to 10 years in jail for insider
trading in individual stocks, which is small potatoes by comparison.
The "too big to jail" banksters are getting away with fines
and doing no time, once again.
Similar illegal manipulations by Barcklays and JP Morgan
Chase were uncovered over the past two years with the accompanying
fines and no jail time.
Ellen Brown wrote on her Web
of Debt blog on April 8th the following observation:
"According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer
exists. Using data from
over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin
Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected
individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the
country, regardless of -- or even against -- the will of the
majority of voters. America's
political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy,
where power is wielded by wealthy elites."
The current planetary
configurations point to more banking scandals emerging this month
and just how far "down the tubes" we have gone exempting the rich
and powerful from the rule of law the rest of us must observe.
This includes the "fast tracking"of the disastrous TPP
Financial markets will likely
be subject to extreme fluctuations this month as Mars goes from
Taurus into Gemini and Mercury goes retrograde. Oil and gas prices
have been steadily rising again which will be likely to continue.
I think there will be a rise in gold prices in June when
Jupiter in Leo is trine Uranus in Aries.
Jupiter will go into Virgo
Aug. 12th this year and will be there until September 9th,
2016. This placement is
not traditionally great for the stock market, but favors investing
in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and "cleaning" technology such as
water filtration and desalination companies.
As I have stated in previous
newsletters, the challenge to our entire banking and financial
systems and its institutions will be in 2017.
To drive economic growth since corporations and legislators
have nearly destroyed the middle class and the
decent jobs that would pay taxes into our infrastructure,
policy makers have used systemic debt and tricky monetary tools to
create economic activity.
This has resulted in excessive borrowing to support the
buildup of social entitlement programs while exempting the rich (who
hold most of the nation's wealth) from taxation.
Last month, the House of Representatives voted to end the
estate tax on millionaires and billionaires, putting another "nail
in the coffin" of this nation's ability to pay its debts.
Our government (in partnership with the big central banks)
has refused to inform the public about the magnitude of these
The police shootings of young
unarmed black men and boys from Ferguson
to Baltimore has unleashed
demonstrations not seen since the 1960s (which I predicted long ago
in my books and on this newsletter).
This is not only about racism, it is about growing poverty,
unfunded education in poor neighborhoods, and the massive and
growing economic inequality in this nation. Apparently, Freddie Gray
who was shot in police custody in Baltimore, suffered from severe lead poisoning
- a frequent occurrence in impoverished inter-city neighborhoods.
I sincerely hope these massive demonstrations will wake us
up. I also hope people
will understand what is behind it.
This is our only hope to stave off catastrophe.
Good news has arrived.
Bernie Sanders has announced he will run for the Democratic
nomination for the presidency.
He will bring all these these issues to the forefront in the
coming debates. He has
been outspoken in the past and will likely force Hillary Clinton to
address them. She is
coming around in that she recently suggested a constitutional
amendment to take private money out of political campaigns.
Meanwhile, she and all the Republican candidates are forced
to take massive amounts of money from the Cartel in order to even be
in the game.
The Environment and Natural Events:
Last month, referring to the March and
April eclipses, I predicted a possible major earthquake of
consequence. We now all
know of the devastating 7.8 earthquake in
Kathmandu, Nepal that was felt as far away as India and China
killing around 4000 people and triggering a giant avalanche that ran
A 6.3 earthquake hit Wellington, New Zealand,
the nation's capitol.
The Chilean volcano, Calbuco erupted twice forcing major evacuations
from the area.
Neptune's inconjunction to the North Node of the Moon is
symbolic of this kind of instability and continues through the
middle of this month.
For the past five years, I have warned of a significant increase in
tectonic instabilities throughout the world in areas that tend to be
most at risk.
This month's afflictions to
Mercury in Gemini suggests high winds and extreme release of pollens
into the air. This also
points to drought and fires in the Western U.S. as the consequences of climate change present
themselves in ways we can no longer ignore.
In my last book, Fast Forward,
I described my experience in October 2012 in Lexington, MA with
regard to a lecture given by a "geo-engineer" employed by our
government who described to a room full of people from Harvard, MIT,
and all the surrounding great universities that they planned to load
up 747s with material resembling volcanic matter (which contain a
variety of toxic metals) and dump this mix into the upper atmosphere
in order to control weather brought on by global climate change.
Up to that point, I was of the opinion that all the lore
around "chem-trails" was questionable, at best.
The audience at this lecture was filled with scientists and
scholars who were overtly horrified at what they heard that night.
One man in the audience stood up and asked the lecturer if
they realized they could destroy crops in
India and Africa and could cause
serious droughts and other deadly consequences to unfold. The
geo-engineer replied that this was to prevent worse outcomes that
would arise out of global warming.
Since then, I read an article online entitled "Chemtrail
Pilot Blows the Lid off Operation Indigo Skyfold" that contains
testimony, pictures, and a detailed accounting of a military pilot
stepping forward and blowing the lid off the unlawful and
exceedingly destructive global chemtrail program.
He reports that that these toxic substances are being sprayed
around the globe 24/7 with terrible consequences.
He also reports that the pilots who do this are told this
activity is being conducted in the interests of "national security",
which this person does not believe and thinks there are more
sinister motives behind it. I would encourage my readers to do their
own research with regard to these reports and come to their own
conclusions. We must
remember that "absolute power corrupts absolutely".
Last month, I predicted that Israel
would likely engage directly in combat between April and May.
They actually bombed the border regions of Syria last
month. There is a strong
and the Saudis that is part of the story around the development of
various terror groups and ISIS.
There is more military activity there indicated in May
through the middle of the month.
As Mercury and Mars go over
the Uranus and Mars in the chart of the
U.S., there will likely be an
increase in war activities for us.
We may engage ourselves not only with ISIS, but in the civil
war in Syria.
It will be difficult to resolve the problems with our
proposed nuclear agreement with Iran this month, but there may be
some progress by June after Mercury goes direct. In
Iraq, it has been reported that much of the
success of ISIS
is because Saddam's old military forces have joined up with them and
lent their know-how to their efforts.
The U.S. will likely beef up its military involvement
between now and June.
As I ponder the fates that seem to
surround us, I truly wonder what we, as a species, will choose.
When faced with the ancient destructive powers that seem to
control us, magnified with technological advancements that, if
unleashed, could destroy
life on earth, will we simply turn to stone?
Will we look at ourselves "through the mirror darkly, and
then face to face"? Or will we back off as just we reach the edge of
the cliff, coming to a grand realization that, together, we can
I ponder this as the sun rises over the
mountains and the birds sing.
What we choose
is up to us. The future
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