I never tire of watching the way that astrology operates in life. Before looking at the astrology of the present revelations, let me make a few comments on my thoughts about the revelations coming from WikiLeaks. Some have called this a ‘historians dream and a diplomats nightmare.’ Right now, when you Google WikiLeaks, you get zilch. Governments are doing all they can to stop this ‘terrible intrusion into diplomat’s private thoughts’ and of course, everyone is complaining about ‘damage to national security.’ What I find interesting is that what is coming out is, to me, a bit reassuring and sometimes just plain obvious. It’s like seeing that the emperor has no clothes. Is this the disaster it is being made out to be? It hasn’t revealed anything nefarious. It’s not like in the 60’s and 70’s when coups and assassinations were being planned by the U.S. government. In fact, what is coming out is that for the most part, the U.S. policies we are being told about are basically what is really happening. It is what a rational person would expect. Diplomats are being shown to be sharp, well-informed, lucid and astute. Maybe they are more aware and better than many of us thought?
The biggest news that is coming out is that the Arab leaders are very concerned about Iran and, in fact, are so concerned that they are telling the U.S. that they would support military action. No doubt they are embarrassed and don’t want their real feelings to be made public, but does it hurt the U.S.? In fact, it confirms the U.S. argument against Iran that they are a de-stabilizing force in the region, and that they are not acting on behalf of the whole Middle East which is the exact opposite of what Iran is contending. They have spouted all sorts of statements saying that they are representing the entire Middle East and that position cannot any longer be regarded as real. The one who is the angriest about all of this has to be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The world now knows that he and Iran are feared and hated by the Arab world. It seems like a good outcome to me. By the way, please feel free to comment on my view of this in the section below.
What is interesting astrologically about the timing of this is the transits that have brought it about. Mars entered Sagittarius in late October and was followed by Mercury on Nov. 9, 2010. They joined together on Nov. 20, which empowered and strengthened both. Mercury in Sag. is going to tell the truth as the particular person sees it. It can exaggerate and over-generalize, but it is mostly accused of a lack of discretion, not for overt lying. It does exaggerate its beliefs and can ignore those petty facts that ruin those wonderful belief systems that we all know and love, but in our hearts, we aren’t lying. When it is conjunct to Mars though, it becomes highly assertive and even combative. On top of that, when both square expansive Jupiter (Nov. 25) they become very eccentric and rebellious. This is just not a time for keeping secrets. Squares create stress and this is when it is next to impossible to hold back speaking ‘truth to power.’
Things seem to be exploding now and the founder is soon to be captured. The planets that have brought all this about will soon enter into the more discretionary sign of Capricorn so I imagine these events are about to end. They have already been reduced. Mercury is in Capricorn now and Mars joins it on Dec. 7, 2010, so we’ll see if this shuts down WikiLeaks for good. And yet, its effects will be significant for years, perhaps. We just are unlikely to know what they are. Too bad, is my view. Truth is a good thing and the severe reaction to truth makes me even more in favor of it. I wonder if it would be a good thing if the games played in diplomacy were a bit less and the truth was a bit more important. Most will disagree, but hey, I have Jupiter and my Ascendant in Sagittarius and it squares Mercury. Blabbing the truth is what I like to do, even if at times, I choose to be restrained in what I say. Yet, it is always hard to do.
New Moon in Sagittarius
We have just had a New Moon which occurred on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 9:36am PST at 12° of Sagittarius. A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle that affects a person in whatever area or house it occurs. It lasts for a month and goes through very definite phases. The house it is in is likely to really affect the affairs of that house most of all. But this month has a significant square in it which creates intense and surprising action. Mars is in square relationship with Jupiter and Uranus. Uranus brings surprises and upsets and includes things that are unexpected and shocking. Furthermore, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, that same Mars will conjunct Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn and accelerate even further whatever seed is being planted now. The key will be connected to balancing out speaking what you feel is truthful while knowing when to hold back for practical reasons. Under these transits this may be very difficult, but when we are dealing with the highly intense energies of Pluto, it is often highly advisable. In other words, the planets moving into Capricorn remind us of the importance of being strategic while being truthful when appropriate. Sometimes when change is in the offing, we must be careful and plan when we can. High tension between the two tendencies is to be expected now.
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Julian Assange’s chart was discovered:
I like your piece – very sensiible.
To me, what’s interesting about this story is its complexity. Every point seems to have at least two sides. It’s hard to say Wikileaks is entirely good or bad.
* Yes it’s good to tell the truth and be open, but is it good to have NATO’s entire plan for the defence of Poland and the Baltic in the event of attack by Russia revealed?
*Yes the state department seems to be on the ball – but how could they allow all this information to be so readily available.
* Yes Julian Assange is brave and performing something of a public service, but there’s something sinister about him too.
Keep up the good work.
This is great, the discussion and all.
I found myself not surprised at all by what was revealed. I would be very interested in what documents he has accessed regarding banks considering what has transpired during the last 3 years.
I stand corrected. It was 1971, not 1977.
U.S. Officials on Iraq War Logs leak: “No evidence to date that the documents led to anyone’s death.”
Astrology is ALIVE! Wow, and to know that Mars will be conjunct Mercury and
Pluto on Dec. 13th a day before Assange British court review, thanks to the stars it will be in Capricorn, this is better than any movie. Assange is the messenger “Mercury” and he will be in retrograde (jailed??) until the end of the month. I believe in the effect of Pluto in
Capricorn and I say, “Justice For Julian” and Justice for us all. And yes, I was born with Mercury in Sag. and Saturn in Libra! By the way does anyone have Julian’s chart?
We are going through a bigger cycle that not too many people are aware of: “Ethics” of The Mayan Calendar. It started January 4, 1999 and will end October 28, 2011. It is divided into 13 periods: 7 days and 6 nights. Each day and night is 360 calendar days. we started the 7th day on November 3, 2010.
In the last 11-12 years, we have been seeing all the lies about big corporations, banks, governments, and religions being exposed. The system that has been working for the last 400 years cannot continue.
On a personal level, we each are dealing with our own Shadows, dark side and mistakes, and karma, in order to move to the next level/step of evolution, which is becoming co-creators.
On another note: what we are doing to Mother Earth and each other is not acceptable.
Gee, how could leaking The Pentagon Papers in 1977 help to end a war that ended in 1975? Just curious.
Why might a Saudi King want US to attack Iran? Um, cause they don’t have the firepower and it’s all about oil.
The news reports I have heard (to death and beyond) have said “for rape and other sex crimes.” Every one of them. On every outlet. Well, I don’t know what Faux News is reporting; don’t watch that one.
I follow the adage from Sir Thomas More that every individual is ultimately free up to the point at which he voilates another’s freedom. These papers are not only violating the freedom of tens of thousand of those in the diplomatic corps, clean ops and black ops alike, they are endangering their very lives. THAT is crossing the line.
And always, always consider the source, not just for veracity but for motive. I find Assange’s motives specious, to say the least.
I’m not a very patriotic American. I don’t believe “my country, right or wrong” as our parents did. I do believe in keeping people safe.
I have been following this story since it first began breaking on Monday, November 29th. I watched Democracy Now every day as soon as it came out, watched the feed live while it was fast and furious, hundreds of Tweets every few seconds. I neglected my personal responsibilities throughout that time and saw a near complete picture of the way the underground, internet based outlets covered the story as compared to network television and the response from elected officials.
First came the death threats against Julian Assange, open calls for assassination by heads of state. Later we were told not to be concerned, because it was only gossip contained in the cables. And then it was announced that WikiLeaks was being criminally investigated by the Justice Department for possible violations of the Espionage Act. No charges, of course, have been filed since what WikiLeaks did is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution, and also considering that every cable is being simultaneously published, including redactions, by The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel.
The rest of the media was caught off guard, unsure of how to properly spin the story. The Economist ended up in the crossfire after publishing ‘WikiLeaks degenerates into gossip’ on Monday, which was revolted against in comments section and later that day published ‘In defence of WikiLeaks’.
The two clearest voices that have come through the static are: Jay Rosen, Professor of Journalism at NYU, and Glenn Greenwald, Constitutional Lawyer and Journalist for Salon.com.
I find it most surprising this general belief that there were no new revelations contained in the cables. Well, I must sternly disagree with that assertion. I do not believe it’s healthy for the national dialogue to presume the assumption of covert operations in Pakistan and Yemen, which the Pentagon has previously lied about the existence of, and during which civilians have gotten killed. This is headline news around the world every night, and a media blackout here in the U.S. If new cables are being released on a near-daily basis, and they are, how can we presume to be able to form a final opinion of the whole episode?
And it must be noted, before this propaganda meme can continue to take hold, that the opinion of Arab leaders, including those in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that Iran poses a great threat, is of sharp contrast to the beliefs of the actual Arab population that they represent, as evidenced by this graph and story in The Atlantic: ‘The Arabs vs Iran? Please.'(http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/12/the-arabs-vs-iran-please.html)
As far as the slander of Mr. Assange is concerned, I would like to suggest a primer: ‘Julian Assange and the sex crime Trojan horse’ by Salon.com(http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/12/01/wikileaks_assange_legal_dangers/index.html)
I am disheartened to read your characterization of Mr. Assange, and can only infer that you are unaware of the contents and revelations contained in the cables. Firstly, “the accused rapist” is wanted for “sex without a condom”, charges that had already been dropped BEFORE the cables were released, which is clear evidence of pressure from a foreign entity asking them to re-open the case. 21 children were murdered in Yemen one day as collateral damage, part of a covert attack that the Yemeni Government agreed to cover up and take the blame for. Without the release of these cables, we never would have found out about this.
I am dismayed at your conclusions regarding Iran. I would recommend watching The Real News episode: ‘Why Might a Saudi King Want the US to Attack Iran?’
Daniel Ellsberg, famous leaker of the Pentagon Papers in 1977 which helped to end the war in Vietnam, said that Bradley Manning should be given a Medal of Honor. Mr. Ellsburg is clearly familiar with the kind of courage that it takes to speak out when you see injustice, even at the highest levels, and has recently gone so far as to issue a public letter encouraging a boycott of Amazon.com after the company bowed to pressure by Senator Joe Lieberman to shut down WikiLeaks. (http://www.ellsberg.net/archive/open-letter-to-amazon)
I will never be allied with the belief system that covering up a crime makes the crime go away. And I will never be convinced that the U.S. Government is beyond reproach in its actions. Everything else is a gray area that I believe deserves discussion, and that dialogue continues to play out around the world under the hashtags #cablegate and #wikileaks which are currently censored from appearing on Trending Topics.
The documents revealed thus far are heavily encrypted. The accused rapist who runs WikiLeaks and is running away from being arrested, who isn’t even a U.S. citizen, is threatening to release the code if he is arrested. THIS IS NOT SOMEBODY I WANT TO FOLLOW IN ANY WAY OR GIVE ANY VALIDITY TO.
I’m a professional journalist of over 40 years standing. There is very little more sacred to me than freedom of the press. However, I believe that your (anybody’s) freedom ends at the point where somebody else is endangered.
I have one friend in counterintel in the midddle East. He and his family are under WitSec at the moment due to this WikiLeaks flap. I have another whose area of expertise was all things Russian. He has been placed under heavy restrictions for his own safety — and he is retired.
Tens of thousands of individual lives in the US and 186 other countries will be in peril should these documents be unencrypted. Classified material is that way for a good reason. If there is no longer a valid reason, ALL materials are then available under the Freedom of Information Act. If something remains partially classified, you will receive a redacted copy — the classified parts will be blacked out. The general public does NOT have the right to know everything — it would broadcast that “everything” to our enemies. Use some common sense here, people!
The army subordinate who stole 250,000 documents is guilty of treason and will be so treated. Treason is punishable by death. Being held in the brig…don’t think he’ll even last to the trial without extraordinary precautions taken to save his life.
Re: Cosmic Counselor
I agree with you 100 percent! The whole Wikileaks thing is government staged and choreographed, and will be used as their excuse to shut down internet freedom. Notice nothing truly significant was divulged, as in coups and assassinations being planned — which actions weren’t confined to the ’60’s and ’70’s but continue to this day.
You’re right, right, right: Don’t believe ANYTHING they tell you!
This transit is really afecting me I am a capy rising with gemini sun. I am looking at moving from sunny phoenix to up to the Tahoe area to go to school. My son’s dad will get the letter about my move this week and he will be very upset – Sag Moon, Tauras with virgo rising. Should be interesting for him. That new moon aspecting his moon is creating the change.
I agree Astrology is very interesting how it affects things in the public and in our personal lives.
Does anyone think that the government allows such documents to be leaked unless they want them to be leaked. It furthers their agenda of keeping wars going and control the Internet and people.
Don’t believe anything they tell you. They are playing us. wake up people.
hi Jim—great article. i did not receive a newsletter. thank you.Ann.
I love your point that “In fact, what is coming out is that for the most part, the U.S. policies we are being told about are basically what is really happening.” It can be very hard to get a rational discussion these days because so many people are influenced by conspiracy thinking. A breath of fresh air!
Jim, thanks for your insights on the WikiLeaks episode. As always, I learn a tremendous amount from your newsletters.