Since this week is supposed to be a big week energetically, I thought I’d share two reports that came out yesterday that might give you some idea what is in store for us 🙂 ~J [emphasis added to both articles ~J]
New Moon opens the Curtains to the New Uranus in Taurus Era, from Karly Jackson at Alpha Life Trends.
This week, May 13th through May 19th, we begin on Sunday with preparation for the major shift into the new era. Sunday morning, Mercury connects with Uranus in the last degree of Aries, to bring information to the surface of the True Self that has been evolving since March 2011.
Within two hours of Mercury connecting to Uranus in the last degree of Aries, Mercury enters Taurus bringing in a new energy. Mercury accentuates the information related to Taurus, ruling love, money and well-being. We begin to notice new themes of information and communications that blow on the winds of Mercury. Shifting our focus to the Taurus themes, we move our True Self into directions that accentuate activities that support the notion of doing what we love to do. The new energy emerging plants the True Self and begins to grow the seeds into our new field of activities. Mercury in Taurus helps to create a very receptive mental attitude as the shift toward planting these seeds from 2011, creates the field that pulls us toward our new pursuits.
On Tuesday morning Sun connects with Moon signaling the New Moon at 24 Taurus. This energy ignites the new era as the atmosphere changes opening the floodgates to a new flow of energy. Uranus shifts into Taurus at 8:32 am PDT. Through raising the New Moon curtain, scenes appear that take us into the beginning of a new era. Dynamic changes blow in different circumstances as our focus connects to our values as reflected in love, money and well-being. The new Uranus in Taurus era will continue to emerge circumstances through 2025, as the seven year process continues to reveal our true values.
The additional shift happening at the same time is that Mars moves into humanitarian Aquarius. Mars activates our focus to interaction with others, and especially because at the end of June, Mars will turn retrograde to play a major part in shifting humanitarian directions. This focus will turn the gears of changing the concepts of people through this aspect of Mars in Aquarius. We will begin to see more emphasis on fairness and equality which will unfold as Mars ignites the purpose of changing the direction of international pursuits, negotiations and unity. Mars will be in Aquarius for the next five months, instead of the usual 6 weeks. During the five months Mars will square Uranus in Taurus turning the gears to bring our values to the surface. Values of equality, fairness and acceptance are rolled out as the requirement of this new era.
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Your Guide to Planetary Influences for
May 14 to 20, 2018
by Pam Younghans, via email
IN THE CLASSIC MOVIE All About Eve, actress Bette Davis famously says, “Fasten your seat belts, we’re in for a bumpy night.” That quote comes to mind as we look forward to the coming week, due to some major shifts that will be occurring.
We have a powerful New Moon on Tuesday, the same day that both Uranus and Mars change signs and form a challenging square aspect. Let’s break that mouthful down into smaller portions, because there’s a lot of substance packed into that short sentence.
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENT on the list is Uranus moving into Taurus. When an outer planet changes signs, it usually corresponds with important events in the world. Uranus, in particular, has the reputation for shaking up the status quo when it changes signs, which happens every seven to eight years.
Since Taurus rules nature and Uranus tends to cause instability, we would expect some natural events to manifest around now. We’ve already been seeing that effect in the past two weeks, with the earthquakes and eruptions in Hawaii. This volcanic event will continue to unfold in the coming week as Uranus steps into Taurus for the first time.
Taurus is also very security-minded, so we can also anticipate changes in financial matters and values in the years ahead. How we use money and what we find valuable will be revolutionized — perhaps foreshadowed by the advent of bitcoins and the expansion of other electronic forms of money.
It can be unnerving to dwell too much on what effects Uranus in Taurus might have — especially since Uranus values the element of surprise and refuses to be predicted! Instead of feeling overly nervous about what lies ahead, we need to keep in mind that the changes Uranus brings are in some way vital to our progress. They shake us up, propel us out of complacency, and shift mass consciousness as a way of accelerating our evolution.
MARS CHANGES SIGNS about every two months, so Mars moving into Aquarius would not normally be major news — but this year, the Red Planet will be spending about six months in the sign due to going retrograde in June. This long trek through socially-minded and often rebellious Aquarius — the sign that is ruled by Uranus — increases unpredictability and restlessness from now through mid November.
And, anytime Mars and Uranus are in hard aspect, the air becomes highly charged, activating sudden and often unexpected events. The Mars-Uranus square that perfects just after midnight on Wednesday morning (12:03 a.m. PDT, 7:03 a.m. GMT) is particularly energized, since it occurs so soon after the planets move into their new signs.
AND THEN there’s the New Moon that occurs on Tuesday at 4:47 a.m. PDT (11:47 a.m. GMT) at 24°36′ Taurus. The New Moon is aligned with the fixed star Capulus, which has been linked with meteorological events affecting a large number of people.
According to many sources, this star also represents “primitive male energy, forceful action; someone who is ruthless, adventurous, dishonest.” But, as the Astrology King website explains, “If a person lives life with an honest sense of purpose, or at least tries to live up to a philosophy, religion, or ideal, then all will go well.” (Political note: This New Moon is conjunct Donald Trump’s Midheaven, which is aligned with Capulus.)
The Sun and Moon are in supportive trine aspect with both Pluto and Mars for the New Moon. These aspects increase the transformational potentials of the lunation, and tell us that the entire lunar cycle will be quite active and life-changing for many.
CLEARLY, it will be vital to find ways to stay in balance and centered over the coming week, and throughout the four weeks of the new lunar cycle. Ways to do this include keeping life as simple as possible, spending time in nature, tending the garden, listening to uplifting music, keeping a gratitude journal, walking barefoot outside, lying on your back on the ground, and hugging a tree. Friday provides the most support in these stabilizing activities, with Mercury in trine aspect to Saturn on that day.
Also highly beneficial is Thursday’s alignment between Venus and the asteroid Pallas Athene in Gemini. This collaboration inspires insights and ideas that can be easily communicated to others. It also enhances our ability to be direct and to powerfully share what we know, especially with respect to women’s issues.
AS URANUS ENTERS TAURUS and we embark on this new phase of our collective experience, we must remember that Uranus is a transpersonal planet, and therefore is dedicated to assisting us in our evolutionary development. In particular, Uranus moves us beyond limited thinking, compelling us to access our intuitive awareness and the Divine Mind.
Its means of accomplishing this goal can feel challenging because we tend to resist change. We often choose to maintain a status quo that is familiar, even if it is no longer in our best interests. But we will benefit if we make an ally of Uranus, rather than resisting the changes that it brings. By staying flexible in our expectations and opening our minds, we can begin to perceive life from a higher perspective, which will enable us to find the solutions we need and insights we seek.
ON A HISTORICAL NOTE: The last time Uranus traveled through Taurus was from June 1934 to May 1942. Here are some of the events that occurred in the United States during those years that are related to the Uranus-in-Taurus effect:
- President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Banking Act and the Social Security Act, both of which significantly altered how Americans handle their money and savings.
- The game Monopoly, which encourages players to build financial independence by engaging in buying and selling properties, was first published by Parker Brothers.
- The “Black Sunday” dust storm forced hundreds of thousands to flee their land and caused great agricultural and economic damage. This event occurred due to over-farming and overuse of the land by cattle and sheep ranchers, damage that was compounded by record-breaking heat waves and massive drought.
- As a result of Black Sunday, Congress passed the Soil Conservation Act, establishing the Soil Conservation Service to provide guidance on reducing soil erosion, improving forest and field lands, and conserving and developing natural resources.
- Two category five hurricanes known as the Labor Day (1935) and Great New England hurricanes (1938) made landfall.
- The term “greenhouse effect” was coined.
- The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded for environmental reporting.
Looking at this list, it’s clear that there were challenges, especially in the relationship between humans and nature. But we can also see advancements that were made in the aftermath of the difficulties, improvements that most likely would not have occurred otherwise. The disruptions to our security and resources made us pay attention, compelling us to realize that we need to work in harmony with the natural world rather than blindly depleting its reserves.
Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, threatens to begin a series of explosive eruptions within days or weeks that could form huge clouds of volcanic smog, or vog, and hurl boulders as big as small cars.
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This is only the beginning: Israeli Jerusalem Day, the US embassy ceremonial opening, and then comes Palestinian ‘Nakba’ or catastrophe.
US holds Jerusalem Embassy opening ceremony while Israel massacres dozens of Palestinian protesters (VIDEO)
– All people can live in peace,’ says Jared Kushner as Israel kills dozens of Palestinians
– US media focuses on embassy opening in Jerusalem amid bloodbath in Gaza
– Ivanka and Jared meet Rabbi who called blacks ‘monkeys,’ reportedly get blessed
– Like ‘Nazis who died in WWII’: Israeli minister dismisses victims of Gaza protests
–US ‘totally unconcerned about loss of Palestinian lives’ – ex-UNHRC official to RT
– Israeli warplane strikes Hamas positions in N Gaza
– Syrian Army is One of the Strongest Forces in Middle East, Will Retaliate Against Israel – Iranian Official
New rules of engagement: Syrians succeeded in striking Israeli military targets in Golan – Israeli censorship won’t let the truth out, by Sayed Hasan at The Saker
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Related [previously published]: The EU will ditch Iran and the JCPOA, here’s why… please don’t miss this article. . . ~J
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Prediction of new false-flag chemical attack in US controlled territory in Syria fits escalation plans
[…] a recent article, published in early May by Russian news agency RIA Novosti, should raise concern, as it exposes alleged plans for another gas-attack provocation in Syria. According to the report, preparations for a staged chemical weapons attack began late last month as civilians were relocated to a territory near Jafra oil field in Eastern Syria, where they will participate in a staged filming of a chemical-weapons attack scene. According to South Front, a U.S. military garrison was recently established in this area. The report, based on the testimony of an anonymous member of the Syrian security services, claimed that an attack was being planned by U.S. security services and would employ “prohibited substances” against a group of civilians.
If a chemical weapons attack is again being planned, as reports suggest, this provocation would likely be more significant than previous such attacks and would likely result in a more drastic response from Western powers. This is because Jafra oil field, where the staged attack is allegedly being planned/staged, lies within the portion of the Deir Ez Zor governorate that is under the control of the United States and its armed proxy group, the SDF. Past chemical weapons attacks that have been blamed on the Syrian government, have all occurred in areas held by Syrian rebel groups, such as Idlib province and Eastern Ghouta. If such an attack comes to pass, it would be the first such provocation blamed on Assad to take place in territory occupied by a foreign power.
This is significant, as it would open the door to a greater show of American military force as retaliation. While past U.S. interventions that have followed alleged chemical weapons attacks have been justified out of concern for Syrian civilians, a subsequent intervention would instead be justified as having endangered U.S. military assets and allies, warranting a larger response. Indeed, U.S. special forces have been shown to be embedded with SDF forces in some areas.
Setup for two-front U.S.-Israeli attack? . . . Click article title to continue reading.
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Have Iran and Israël declared a new war? by Thierry Meyssan . . . if you have a real interest in this situation, I suggest you read Thierry’s important analysis . . . ~J
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White House national security adviser John Bolton says “regime change” in Iran is not currently part of the administration’s policy, despite his past suggestions that the United States should push for a new government in Tehran.
“That’s not the policy of the administration. The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons,” Bolton told ABC television’s This Week program on May 13.
On CNN’s State of the Union program, Bolton played down his previous remarks, made before he joined the administration.
“I’ve written and said a lot of things over the years when I was a complete free agent,” Bolton told CNN.
With less than a month left before the hugely-anticipated talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, the US top diplomat has indicated that any deal paving the way for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula will have to include certain US safeguards allowing Kim to stay in power.
“We will have to provide security assurances to be sure. This has been the trade-off that has been pending for 25 years,”Pompeo told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ Pompeo was speaking to Fox’s Chris Wallace just a few days after he returned to the US from his second meeting with Kim, during which they were supposed to thrash out the details of the Trump-Kim summit on June, 12.
The upcoming talks are being hailed as a monumental personal success by Donald Trump, who, just months ago, berated Kim as a “mad man” and as a “rocket man on a suicide mission,” threatened him with “fire and fury” and boasted about having a bigger nuclear button. Now, the Trump administration is using the negotiations as a way of saying it’s better than the previous ones.
“No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible that the Americans would actually do this, would lead to the place where America was no longer held at risk by the North Korean regime,”Pompeo said.
As for Kim being a “dictator” and “oppressor” with a poor human rights record – apparently, the safety of the US eclipses that.
“Look, we’ll have to see how the negotiations proceed. But make no mistake about it: America’s interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into L.A. or Denver or to the very place we are sitting here this morning, Chris,” Pompeo said. ClicK article title to continue reading.
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Warhawk Bolton sabotaged a deal with North Korea before, now he’s trying to do it again, by Moon of Alabama
On the face of it, one should not be overly concerned with the events in Armenia on the grounds that “immutable structural factors” prevent Armenia from breaking off its relations with Russia and embracing the EU and even NATO. For starters, Armenia lacks its own equivalent of Galician nationalism. There were no Armenian Waffen-SS divisions, there is no Armenian Stepan Bandera. The memory of the Armenian Genocide, whose existence Turkey still denies, is a major barrier to moving toward the West because in practical terms it would mean moving toward Turkey, and into its neo-Ottoman, pan-Turkic sphere of influence where there is plainly no room for it. The conflict with Azerbaijan is still unresolved, as is the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, with periodic exchanges of fire between Armenian and Azeri troops making this the hottest post-Soviet frontier. Since Azeri authorities seem unwilling to compromise, any pro-West Armenian movement which comes to power in an Armenia weakened by civil strife and riven by internal conflicts, would have to offer what amounts to a unilateral surrender to Azeri interests. These factors make Armenia quite unlike Ukraine which is a large economy bordering multiple EU and NATO members and, even sans Crimea, boasts a respectable coastline with a still-respectable seaport like Odessa. Armenia, by contrast, is small and landlocked. Armenia’s trade must by necessity cross the border of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, or Iran, so the loss of Russian protection would cost Armenia very dearly indeed.
The history of Armenia-Turkey and Armenia-Azerbaijan conflicts in which Russia invariably acted as the rescuer of Armenia and Armenians also means that analogies with Georgia are weaker than they appear. Georgia has a longer history of independent existence, has an ongoing territorial dispute with Russia and, crucially, has a sizable Black Sea coastline with sea-ports, which give it considerably more geopolitical flexibility than the land-locked Armenia can afford. Abandoning the process of Eurasian integration which already is far more advanced in Armenia than it was in the case of Ukraine would therefore result in Armenia’s encirclement by countries which are either beholden to the US, like Georgia and Azerbaijan, or seeking to re-establish their own imperial influence over the region, namely Turkey. In the absence of Russian protection, Armenia would find itself in a very disadvantageous position relative to its own neighbors.
“Cadres Decide Everything”
At the same time, the pre-Maidan Kremlin estimates as to the future course of Ukraine were largely predicated on similar structural factors. It did not matter whether Ukraine was ruled by Yushchenko, Yanukovych, or Poroshenko. “Objective factors” meant that, irrespective of what the ostensibly “pro-Western” candidate said on the campaign trail, in the end Ukraine continue the slow process of post-Soviet economic re-integration simply because it was “the only game in town.” Whatever the EU could offer, Russia could easily outbid. Even the transit of natural gas through Ukraine was seen by the Kremlin as a tie binding the two countries’ economies.
What the Kremlin clearly did not anticipate, and that lack of foresight was evident in that it had no “plan B” in the event of the post-Maidan strident turn toward Ukrainian nationalism and Western integration even at the cost of destroying Ukraine’s economy and setting the country back several decades, that a small well-organized clique can override the country’s objective interests. If that is one lesson that can be drawn from the “color revolutions”, it’s that a small, well-organized minority enjoying Western covert and overt support can easily defeat a poorly organized majority, in spite of the evident disparity of forces. The Kremlin likewise underestimated the extent to which the threat of sanctions, national and personal, could demoralize a corrupt ruling elite of a post-Soviet state like Ukraine whose top politicians have all squirreled away considerable fortunes in off-shore accounts in the West.
Armenia unfortunately so far has followed Ukraine’s Maidan scenario, as its ruling elites proved to be as complacent and vulnerable to pressure as those in Ukraine. The outgoing Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan moreover had failed to adequately react to the worsening of relations between Russia and the West, which are Armenia’s key trading partners. The outcome of that failure was a rapid growth of Armenia’s national debt and the rapid increase of economic migration.It meant that Armenia’s economy was hit by many of the same problems as Ukraine’s even without going through a Maidan-style revolution of its own. It did not help that Sargsyan’s reputation was undermined by the Armenian military’s weakness shown during the “four-day war” in April 2016, caused by widespread corruption in the armed forces. Sargsyan had moreover failed to deliver on some of his key election promises, like the construction of a nuclear power plant and of a railroad linking Armenia with Turkey which would greatly relieve its de-facto encirclement by its pro-Western neighbors. Had Sargsyan and his team proved sufficiently competent to implement own campaign promises, crack down on corruption, and find themselves in the newly polarized international system, they might have had the credibility to offer an alternative to Pashinyan’s most likely empty promises.
Sargsyan’s weakness meant he was unable to stand up to Western pressure which, yet again, included well-organized street demonstrations. As in the case of Ukraine, they benefited from extensive financing from pro-Western oligarchs like the billionaire Gagik Tsatsukyan, and/or Western “pro-democracy” state and non-state agencies. Brought into power by these protests in spite of failing to secure the necessary number of votes in the Parliament, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan promptly declared the need for a “new impulse” in US-Armenia relations, which in practical terms would likely mean the end of Russian military presence in Armenia and the beginning of a US one. The hitherto ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has lost several of its ministers to defections and found itself in opposition, a state that will continue at least until the next round of elections which may be either delayed with Western blessing, or suitably rigged to ensure the pro-Western candidates “win”. While one might be tempted to think that Pashinyan would not deviate from Sargsyan’s pro-Eurasian integration, one cannot dismiss the example of Ukraine where a handful of oligarchs and corrupt politicians were able to destroy an entire country in their quest for personal power and wealth. It could happen to Armenia, too.
The Little Great Game
Just as the future of Ukraine will be determined by the relative power of the major actors on its borders, so will Armenia’s. In the case of Ukraine, these power centers are Moscow, Berlin, Brussels, and Washington. In the case of Armenia, it’s Moscow, Beijing, Brussels, Ankara, and Washington. Given the proximity and heightened interest of Moscow and Ankara, and the relative disinterest and distance of the rest, a lot depends on Turkey’s future national strategy. Here, it has three choices. It can resume its path toward Euro-Atlantic integration which would entail the loss of its sovereignty and regional power status, penetration by foreign capital and intelligence services, and adoption of Washington’s and Brussels’ foreign policy preferences. At the moment, there does not appear to be a major constituency in Turkey willing to re-embark on this process. The second strategy is Erdogan neo-Ottomanism/pan-Turkism, for which Turkey clearly lacks the hard- and soft-power critical mass that would be necessary to bind even a small neighbor like Azerbaijan to itself. The third strategy is for Turkey to integrate itself into the growing web of Eurasian political and economic institutions which, due to the absence of a single predatory hegemon like the United States, are safer for its member states to participate in.
Of the three strategies, only the third one promises to solve the problem of Armenia’s encirclement and Nagorno-Karabakh. These problems are very much the outcome of the multi-vector tug of war over the region between the US, EU, Russia, and Turkey, with neither of these actors able to force out the others. The uneasy balance of power has led to a stalemate which not even the occasional “color revolution” can change. The Russia-Turkey rapprochement therefore offers not only the only plausible option of ending the war in Syria, but also the great power rivalry that is tearing apart the Caucasus. Russian diplomatic efforts in the region indicate the Kremlin is aware the solution to Armenia’s crisis is not to be found in Yerevan.
“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!“
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China and Japan Make Breakthrough in Cooperation Amid Trade War With the US . . . hmmm. . . we generally don’t hear about such nice bits of news. . .
As a result of the long-awaited visit of the Japanese PM to China, the two countries have reached several milestone agreements in financial cooperation, opening the way for better economic stability for themselves and the region in general.
Thundering into action: China’s petro-yuan takes off as Iran ditches US dollar for yuan in oil trade
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It’s been announced Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North is to become President of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). The advocacy group’s new chief has already made headlines due to incendiary comments about gun control campaigners – although reference to his leading role in one of America’s biggest political scandals has been scant.
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George has ‘Flipped on Flynn’ and describes the complicated thought process in seven videos he worked through to that conclusion. Trump is being set up for his ‘interview’, and no matter what he says, with a blank 302, they’ll fill it in after the interview — and they’ll get him. The last two videos gives us an idea where George finally stands: