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The Iodine Solution:
How one email saved me a a lot of misery (and a trip to the ER)
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USA Pluto Return

First, a story.

Imagine with me for a moment …

Imagine you are the parent of a teen son. He wants to serve his country and enters the Navy at 17. You have that first picture of him in his military uniform, looking young, fit, and willing. Imagine how proud you feel looking at that picture. And you aren’t worried because he’s serving stateside.

Now imagine getting a call telling you he’d been burned over most of his body. You can’t believe what you’re hearing. Imagine seeing him in pain and disfigured that way for the first time. He’d been here, supposedly safe from all the risks of battle. What happened? You could never seem to get a satisfactory explanation.

Now imagine waking up decades later to the news that your son and thousands of his fellow soldiers had been guinea pigs in an experiment with chemical and/or biological weapons.

I’ll never forget Peter Jennings on ABC Nightly News delivering the horrifying story (24 May 2002) of the Pentagon’s admission to those chemical/biological weapons experiments on our own soldiers.

The sailor in the picture above was then 17-year-old Glenn Jennings when he joined the Navy in 1943. In 1991, upon hearing of soldiers suffering from Gulf War Syndrome, he broke his decades long silence to testify to Congress. As a young sailor he had been locked into a gas chamber at the Naval Research Laboratory within sight of the US Capitol for mustard gas experiments. He never regained his good health; he suffered from ongoing medical problems from the poison gas. The Navy’s threat to him was, “Tell no one or face life in prison” —because they knew what they’d done was wrong.

Whatever mistakes of judgment caused it, whoever was responsible, it still took a multi-agency conspiracy of many complicit individuals to cover it up for decades. And you know that those responsible were all dead by the time the Pentagon made its confession.

I write this article to address both the socio-psychologic intricacies of the US Pluto return and some associated matters of free speech lately given the pejorative “conspiracy theories.” People who crave power and control conspire to get it and to cover up their misdeeds. The US is no exception. Conspiracies are not the exclusive territory of dictators and attempts at coup de’tat.

The astrology of Pluto and its return transit

In astrology Pluto is the planet of power and its unconscious (concealed) use. It represents any concentration of wealth or power, any amassing of resources (banks, etc).

The US Pluto return (which began in 2019) triggers all these aspects and their issues that involve power, abuses of it, domination, war-making, ends-justifies-the-means, and other issues of ethical boundaries and restraint of force.

The USA’s Pluto-related challenges

Just look at the number of major inharmonious aspects the US has with Pluto in its birth chart. All but two (trines to MC-Neptune) are challenging: Pluto opposite Mercury, contra-parallel Sun-Venus-Mars-Jupiter. These are all highlighted and triggered anew by Pluto’s transit to its natal position (give or take several degrees).

  • Pluto rising in the second house shows a core tendency for greed, the hoarding of money and resources. The opposition to Mercury in the 8th shows tendencies for lying and various forms of manipulative deception, especially when there is the potential for financial gain. Mercury opposite Pluto itself is an aspect that further indicates a tendency of the powerful to conspire, but the opposition aspect makes it harder to keep it hidden.
  • Pluto contra-parallel Sun-Venus-Mars-Jupiter completes the picture of an underlying tendency to revert to adversarial uses of power against the better nature of the nation (benefics Sun, Venus, and Jupiter) and to stir up trouble among those who would vigorously opposite it (Mars). That means the US Pluto position shows that those wanting power have a consistent tendency to work in a way that is at odds with the more benevolent and assertive qualities of the nation.

Pluto opposite Mercury: natal and transit

This aspect in the US birth chart shows thought and communication are in tension with power. Common thinking and communication, freedom of speech (Mercury) may be suspicious of, but not entirely attuned to power and how it works. Mercury in Cancer operates more instinctively, emotionally, intuitively than logically. Its retrograde motion shows there is a tendency to go back over the past and re-examine what happened.

The transit renews these tendencies and highlights them for the next few years. Pluto’s return while in transit opposite natal Mercury shows that thinking, journalism, and free speech are very much tied to how US power will be redefined for the next 240+ years.

The mainstream media is beholden to power and outer appearances so it tends to belittle ‘conspiracy thinking’ as if it doesn’t happen. As if it isn’t sustained for decades. As if people don’t conspire or it is truly rare that they do. However, such nascent collaborations and hierarchical abuses of power are as old as humanity its institutions themselves.

Some people just don’t want to believe there is such a complex of ongoing manipulation and deceit, especially at institutions purportedly founded on good intentions. I understand. It is not a pleasant realization to come to. It was not pleasant for me when I began experiencing the effects of it in mainstream medicine and pharmaceutical drugs before I was 20 years old (1990). My outlook towards mainstream medicine and big pharma has been that of a watchdogger ever since. Often the conspiracy is simply one of incompetence, low standards defined by basic greed hiding behind a curtain of shiny PR minded by reputable professionals.

The best thing that we can do to counter behind-the-scenes powermongering and corruption is to point out, talk about, and expose it. Former US Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis:

http://aroberts.us/2015/03/01/where-brandeis-got-sunlight-is-the-best-disinfectant/

People who crave power or wealth, but shun accountability do conspire — all the time

So talk of such things isn’t going away. Nor should it.

Americans need to be better at uncovering collaborations of greed and corruption and strewing them out in the light as much as possible during this Pluto return. The more specific and prosecutable the better. In fact, it is our democratic duty to talk about these things and uncover every such conspiracy at all levels of power-mongering and greed. But we need … Less: speculation, jumping to conclusions, or demonizing individuals. More: reason and documented evidence of conflicting interests, greed, corruption, etc. And to expose the lies and hate of the anti-semitism behind right-wing conspiracy paranoia.

That means we will have to deal with governmental institutions of perpetual power. I mean especially those agencies of the federal executive branch that are able to set policies equivalent to law without any Congressional or democratic public process (FDA, FCC, CDC, etc); agencies that have militaristic powers of any kind (CIA, NSA, DOD, DHS, Border Patrol, even state and local law enforcement). A society cannot remain democratic and free if it allows so many agencies unreachable by the electorate to exercise power unchecked and expand those powers over generations.

This is very crucial to how the US handles the Pluto return. How do we deal with agencies of perpetual power? Hierarchies? Authoritarianism? We must use our First Amendment rights to do so — and unite in doing so. Journalists and the press must remain free to question, promote skepticism, and mount public evidence against the corrupt.

This is not easy work. The truth won’t fall out in perfect alignment with our precious partisan biases. The deeper truth cannot be uncovered (or debunked) by quick checks of facts. Those are easier than ever to warp since the internet (especially wiki tools) are accessible by anyone and can be manipulated by those who have something to hide or who are simply trying to establish an orthodox dogma that substantiates their institutional associations and power. Thus, there is confusion between what ‘official’ sources of ‘facts’ say and what those that are observing directly and have nothing to hide say (generally citizen journalists).

This work does not depend on external ‘facts’ but on the internal integrity of individuals, their instincts for truth and justice.

The USA is a very, very powerful nation. It is the furthest reaching empire in the known history of our planet. It is extremely important that its citizens guide and limit its use of power to what is constructive and what keeps the nation true to its ideals of Liberty and Justice for all.

In some ways, Americans have been failing at that and it has taken outsiders like Wikileaks and Julian Assange to wake us up. One of our brightest citizens, Ed Snowden, had to give up all the benefits of being an American, hold on to his ideals and integrity and warn us about some of what is happening behind the scenes.

Footnotes and links:

The story of Glenn Jenkins: https://donmooreswartales.com/2013/02/25/glenn-jenkins-2/ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/us-navy-tested-mustard-gas-on-its-own-sailors-in-1943-the-americans-used-humans-in-secret-experiments-patrick-cockburn-in-washington-reports-on-the-survivors-who-bear-the-scars-1497508.html

Pentagon’s confessions: http://dissidentvoice.org/Articles/DVNS_CBW.htm

1990: Soldiers used as guinea pigs break their silence: https://ahrp.org/1990-fda-approves-waiver-from-informed-consent-soldiers-break-silence/

Former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern’s talk, Russia-gate: Can you handle the truth? //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIKjpucQh8

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Transit of Pluto conjunct/parallel natal Uranus

Pluto’s a pushy character. You’ll never know he’s there until he makes direct contact with you. He’s an underworld (unconscious) character who only comes out in the light of day with great purpose.

In this case, it’s for the cause of your liberation to bigger things and further reach. That’s because Uranus is a sky god, known as Father Sky, husband of Gaia. How much Father Sky has developed in your soul? Here’s a change to find out. Take a risk and trust that Father Sky’s broader perspective and higher knowledge are within you.

Transiting Pluto: process of deep change, psychological transformation, unconscious becoming conscious passions.

Conjunction/parallel: temporary fusion of the planetary energies in which the transiting planet emphasizes, awakens, or ‘teaches’ the potentials inherent in the natal one.

Natal Uranus: innate tendencies and potentials for higher intelligence, transcendent knowing, liberation.

The conjunction’s duration varies from person-to-person. It lasts 4-6 years, from Pluto’s first to last move within 5.5° of natal Uranus. The duration of the parallel generally lasts a few years, but exceptions are when the transit takes place at the extremes of declination (22°> north/south). Those cases can last many years.

What to understand about the transit

Pluto employs the innate Uranian tendencies to accomplish its ends: personal transformation.

This is a transit of potentiall profound change in your process of soul growth — possibly even a personal revolution. You may feel like rebelling against whatever (or whoever) you feel has held you back. (It could be mostly your own patterns of stagnation from playing it safe.) However, it is not about circumstances but consciousness.

New passions may produce stronger drives to experience more of the world by making decisive change. Everyone must come to their own liberation from the mundane to greater things in their own way. It is important to believe in yourself without believing you have all the answers. So don’t negate the wisdom of those who have already been through this process.

It is important that you get in touch with your higher mind and with how collective energies work. It is also important that you feel and enact your own agency for change — first with yourself and secondly in the world around you. Your understanding of technology and how you utilize it will need revising. That may mean being more involved or less involved with the use of technology as it is appropriate for your life moving forward. Yes, in many ways technology is power. Just don’t see it as the sum of all power (or the vehicle of all connection to others). Likewise, don’t allow yourself to become convinced that your notion of freedom is the very definition of personal empowerment. There are nuances to be considered. Venturing into the unknown means activating aspects of reality you have not yet encountered. So your notion of freedom will also be revised.

Just be open to a new understanding of your freedom to act decisively without fear that you’ll make such a wrong move you can’t steer back on course. You can gain a lot of valuable learning and experience during this time. It could be the time for some some drastic changes. If you don’t control those changes, then do your best to observe objectively and learn from it. Above all, try to keep the big picture in mind — or learn to think in those terms. The worst way to handle this transit is to live in fear of the unknown or the next shoe dropping. You will certainly discover previously unknown things about yourself during this experience.

Note: for some, this transit may intensify latent or minor physical issues of the nervous system. That means the body electricity (Uranus), nerves, brain function, etc. If any such condition shows, don’t procrastinate dealing with it. The tremendous force of Pluto and the rather erratic nature of Uranus make such imbalances less predictable and more difficult to control if allowed to progress.

If you were born in 1980, this transit occurred in the couple of years before and after 1994 (ages 11-16 or so). The parallel transit would have followed long after, 2010 (2 years before/after).

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Announcing HEALTH POSITIVE!

My new newsletter focusing on empowering and inspiring you to health abundance. An opening excerpt from my first post:

Now more than ever it is time for health-positive news. Not the typical news-of-the-day, but fresh perspectives, inspiration, and useful information. A perspective that cuts through the confusion of conflicting information to remind you where the power lies in your decisions and health — with you. We were created to be well, not to suffer or live in fear.

Yet it can be a confusing time of conflicting interests and opinions, even from experts.

With HEALTH POSITIVE! I pledge to give you very relevant information and perspective that supports a healthy life. I pledge my best efforts to get to the truth necessary for us to make our best health decisions, keep our health autonomy, and have the healthiest society possible.

I aim for roughly 70-80% practical information and inspiration to support your health at the personal level. That leaves 20-30% of the content for more in-depth reporting and investigation. Those in-depth reports may start out relatively brief. Over time they will get more in-depth.

Read the rest of this brief, introductory post:

https://healthpositive.substack.com/p/health-positive-no1

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