Sao Paulo: harbinger of water wars

water warsOne of the world’s largest cities is in an unprecedented water crisis.  Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city and the twelfth largest city in the world, is expected to run out of water by June of 2015.  Much of the drought in Brazil is due to the deforestation of the Amazon which increases the levels of heat and reduces rainwater.

Aside from air, living things most need water to survive.  When water disappears, the wealthy are able to purchase water such as when billionaires paid millions of dollars to import water to their Montecito California estates.

California is in what is being called the worst drought in a millenium.  Climate change has reduced the amount of snowpack melt in the mountains which in the past has served to irrigate the farms that provide fresh produce to the rest of the world.  To stave off “desertification” from the ground at a faster pace than it can recharge.

A drought emergency has been declared in thirteen counties in Oregon.  California and Arizona are battling over access to water from the Colorado River.  Israel is cutting off access to water in its ongoing war against the Palestinians.  Unprecedented growth in both China and India is causing tensions over the damming of rivers that provide water to both countries.

over the past three millenia provide an interesting history of conflicts over water.  It’s interesting to note the acceleration of conflict over water beginning in 2002, just before Uranus entered Pisces, the sign associated with the ocean.  Uranus is dry by nature – it rules electricity and lightning storms as well as thunder and radical rebellious behavior.  Uranus remained in Pisces until 2011, and shortly thereafter Neptune entered Pisces.  Where Uranus is dry, Neptune as the modern ruler of Pisces has a wet and dreamy quality.  Under Neptune in Pisces it’s easy to ignore the alarm bells of drought and in fact, climate change is creating conditions that are conducive to flooding in some areas while others are drying up.

Pluto represents destruction and rebirth – it is often associated with experiences that devastate and require rebuilding such as the economic collapse that occurred when Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008.  Pluto will leave Capricorn for Aquarius in 2023 and will remain there until 2043.  Aquarius, like its modern ruler Uranus, is a dry sign.  It has to do with issues of fairness and social justice, but also is associated with unusual weather patterns and an increase in earthquake activity.  Pluto in Aquarius is almost certain to bring about destruction (Pluto) through drought (Aquarius) and associated acts of terror and rebellion.

In fact, global economists predict that by 2030 (right on astrological schedule) water shortages will be so dire that wars over water will become a major threat.  I expect that by the time Pluto enters Pisces in 2043 we will see major wars being fought over water.

My readers know that I try to always cushion the blow of an upcoming challenging event with a variety of things to help make a difficult period easier.  This kind of global warfare is not something that one individual can change and the more out of balance the world becomes the more intense the destruction period of Pluto will be in order to achieve the rebirth of a new and more fair order of things.

All we can do is begin with ourselves – clear our personal issues that keep us from being able to experience joy in our lives and be effective in achieving our goals.  Love our neighbors and our family too.  Share our bounty with others and take care of the poor and the sick.  These are all Christian (Piscean) principles that are too rarely seen in our modern society, but these are the keys to achieving both personal and global harmony in a world that has lost its way.

By | 2015-03-30T08:36:58+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Ecology, Politics|2 Comments

The Fifth Sacred Thing and upcoming Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  But in the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), Capricorn (2008-2023), Aquarius (2023-2043) and Pisces (2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts of California and Arizona.  Climate change has brought a shift in weather patterns that will create water shortages in many places (see for trouble spots).  In India and China, people are dying as they fight over the precious resource.

It’s not just the hot desert climates that are suffering from water shortage – is now facing shortages of fresh potable water that threaten its population.   Meanwhile rising seas are taking dominion over coastlines and heavy rainfall is causing floods, neither of which actually produce sufficient drinking water to support the planet’s population.

Neptune moved into Pisces in 2011, and since Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces this is an extremely strong influence of magic and imagination, but also illusion and deception.  Under Neptune’s influence we tend to be more prone to self-deception and prefer not to face the hard realities that stare us in the face.  Denying that the climate is changing will not change the problem.  It doesn’t matter how loud you speak a lie – it is still not true.

It is likely that corporate interests (Pluto in Capricorn) will continue to wage wars for domination utilizing this Sacred Thing, creating unsustainable conditions that will erupt when Pluto moves into Aquarius (revolution and technology).    The Aquarian influence will help to innovate new ways for managing water resources, but human nature being what it is, the precious resource will likely continue to be a source of conflict for generations to come.

However, all is not lost.  Every day, people are making small changes that can add up to big results.   for inspirational news that shows how we really can make a difference.

Starhawk was able to raise enough funds through a Kickstarter campaign to create a film based on the book.  You can see an excerpt below.

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By | 2013-09-06T07:30:49+00:00 September 6th, 2013|Ecology, Future Shock|0 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn and our decaying infrastructure

While I am on vacation I will try to do some posting but meanwhile I wanted to repost some articles that may still be of interest to my readers.  Here’s one from 2008 that is particularly relevant in light of the collapsing bridges that we have seen over the past couple of months in Washington, Ontario, Penang and Missouri.    

One of the things I believe we’ll be facing over the next few years as Pluto travels through Capricorn is the erosion of the structures that support our human lives on the planet. Bridges, tunnels, buildings – all are ruled by Capricorn and subject to transformation while in Pluto’s domain.

Governors meeting the other day with President Bush pushed for him to include funding for various infrastructure repair projects for their states, which were turned down by the President. Bush said that he would rather wait to see the results of his stimulus package, which consists mostly of tax cuts, rather than fund infrastructure projects which would put Americans back to work.

The American Society for Civil Engineers estimates that $1.6 trillion dollars is needed to restore the aging and unsafe infrastructure in the United States. The areas that need rebuilding include toxic waste sites, sewage treatment systems, dams, water treatment facilities as well as roadways.

Janet Kavinoky, director of transportation at the US Chamber of Commerce, stated last year:

America’s infrastructure is not only showing its age, but showing that it lacks capacity to handle the volume of people and goods moving today. From exploding steam pipes under New York streets, to record level flight delays in the skies across the country, it is evident that now is the time to move on a robust, thoughtful, and comprehensive plan to build, maintain, and fund a world-class 21st century infrastructure. There can be no more delay.

Washington’s Governor Grigoire said, “”In order for us to be able to avoid a Minnesota situation across America, we need a dramatic infusion of federal dollars throughout this country to rebuild our basic infrastructure.” The Canadian government added $2 billion a year into that country’s budget to repair their infrastructure, and the Indian government has funded infrastructure projects as well.

The billions of dollars we are pouring into the war in Iraq in a vain attempt to rebuild the infrastructure there before it is torn down again is robbing us from the opportunity to rebuild our own country. There’s nothing like a good swipe of Pluto through Capricorn to collapse a few dams and power grids to demonstrate where our priorities should lie.

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By | 2013-06-11T03:04:46+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Ecology|1 Comment

Richard Nolle predicted the earthquake in Turkey

If you don’t already subscribe to Richard’s planetary forecast, I strongly recommend it. In his October forecast he notes that the Scorpio New Moon on October 26th is a SuperMoon with potential for significant geocosmic effects:

The likelihood of destructive storms, seismic events (including magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) as well as extreme tidal surges associated with the October 23-30 SuperMoon shock window is planet-wide in potential. If there are signs of particular target zones, they may be suggested by the astro-locality map for this alignment. This includes a longitudinal zone running from Iran up through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia; and along the middle Pacific coast of North America (including Alaska, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest as well as California in the US). There’s also a horizon arc sweeping northeasterly through Australia and across Papua New Guinea, on through the Pacific to Kamchatka, crossing the Bering Strait and running along northern Canada before turning southward to pass through the Atlantic just off the eastern tip of Brazil. When the headlines of the day are written, they’re bound to include some extreme storm, tide and seismic activity along one or more of these zones. (Note that some of the same target zones are emphasized in both the full and new moon astro-locality maps.)

 Richard Nolle is the originator of the term Supermoon to describe a moon that is closest to the Earth and therefore has a more powerful geocosmic effect.

Richard also suggests that this Supermoon period will bring about some economic improvement, saying “ it should be good for bonds, stocks and good strong currencies. Increased production and hiring look like part of this SuperMoon.” European markets are up today so we’ll see over the next few weeks whether Richard’s economic projections hold water.  The Sun is moving towards an opposition to Jupiter (expansion and confidence) that will peak right at the end of Richard’s Supermoon window on October 30th, so I suspect that this period will indeed be a strong one as consumer confidence expands along with the Sun and Jupiter.

Richard is also talking more about the Mars Max period, and I’ll be covering that more over the next couple of weeks.

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By | 2011-10-24T05:21:28+00:00 October 24th, 2011|Ecology|4 Comments

Fires and floods

wildfireFires are burning in North Carolina, New Mexico and Arizona, floods are raging in North Dakota and the Phillipines.  Earlier this spring  record numbers of tornadoes ripped through areas of the country not known for them.

Earlier this spring we had a heavy preponderance of fire which is no longer the case, but we do have Uranus in Aries, which is extremely electrical, set off against the Sun and Pluto as I’ve been writing for the past week.  Transformative events which kill off the status quo are to be expected  now.  Uranus is slowing down in preparation for its retrograde turn in July so its influence is more powerful than usual.

It’s interesting to me that two of the current disasters – the New Mexico wildfire and the flood in North Dakota – are threatening nuclear power plants just as Uranus is at its tightest square to Pluto this year.  Pluto rules the kind of explosions and meltdowns that occur in power plants, and Uranus rules electricity and technology as well as radiation.  I think it’s likely that we will have further challenges to nuclear plants over the next few years as Uranus and Pluto  rages on.

A reader left me a voicemail today asking if I could write about the New Mexico fires and offer some meaning and comfort to the people affected, and unfortunately that is really outside the realm of astrological counseling.  The only comfort that I can offer is that there is a powerful energy shift that is moving across the planet – a shift that requires the complete repatterning (Uranus in Aries) of much of our society and the structures upon which we rely (Pluto in Capricorn) and the creation of new ones.  Sometimes the destruction of these structures occurs quite literally, and we must pick up the pieces and create something totally new in our lives.

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By | 2011-06-29T17:39:04+00:00 June 29th, 2011|Ecology|3 Comments
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