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A Message from White Arrow and Ann Walker – ‘The Light Within’

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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In 2001 we were introduced to Ann Walker through her Spiritualist Church in Hillingdon Middlesex. England. Little did we know then what we would be getting into and who we would be working for. It is our utmost pleasure to have worked for the duality of Ann Walker and White Arrow, Ann Walker passed in 2004. Ann Walker fought for over thirty years to bring the leaders and the peoples attention to saving the forests for she knew that without these trees around the equator we would have much to deal with in regards to earth changes. There is so much debate over climate change and global warming and many people do not want to be misled into believing something that might just be a scam by the government to get more money from us, but this is more than that, we have given nothing back to this earth and we have taken and we keep on taking her resources like there will be no consequences for us. It is difficult in a world where money is king and everyone, well the majority of us human beings just need enough to feed our families and have a comfortable existence and the big corporations and the money kings and powers that be at the moment have given us everything we ever wanted at any cost, yes they have gotten very, very rich off this and gained phenomenal power over the masses and we have been dazzled by the sparkles they provide for us so that we looked away from all  that we have done and are doing to each other and this magnificent planet each day.

We don’t know which way to turn as people tell us one thing and others tell us another, many left with fear not knowing what is going to happen to us and this planet. But no matter what happens in this world, what chaos is going on we have to remember our God given power of Spirit, we have an inner power no one can touch, by spending half an hour a day just meditating and looking within ourselves we can decide what is real, we have the truth within us all. People can tell us this and that but when are we going to learn that all the distractions in the world, the gossip, the banks, the politicians, the TV, the games, have  been there as a distraction, keeping us away from our true selves the Divine Spirit within us, the God within us, we all moan about our lives and how we wish it would be better but do we think ‘we can meditate and the answers will come to us,’ this is a guarantee, practice and you find the peace and the answers within. When we all start to connect to this and start to accept ourselves both the good and bad we can start to rule ourselves and we will not need to be controlled and led we can create our own reality. We have to love ourselves first and then we can love each other.

We will leave you with White Arrow’s words they are from the book, ‘The Messenger The Messiah’.  Many will say what a load of rubbish and this person Ann Walker is on an Ego trip and you have every right to question, but do not doubt that this earth needs our help. We must take responsibility for each action we take in our throw away culture, our oils consumption, the treatment of each other and the animals and this planet and what we are allowing the big corporations and the leaders to get away with, we have to demand that the trees be replanted, native to that region and we must stop destroying tress and land in our own countries for development, all this gives us oxygen, the trees create stability around the equator and separate the winds and the rains. We all of us have to act now, don’t let this moment pass, write your letters, do what you can and don’t leave it to others, read up on what the rainforests do for humans. We have nearly 7 billion people on this planet, many of you have children and they will have children, we know this sounds cheesy but what mess are you leaving them, how hard would it be to spend a few hours a week thinking about your contribution to this planet, what you can do to give back all you have taken. If you are rich there are many people after your money, what ultimate way to help the whole of humanity by planting trees, start up replanting projects in the equatorial regions, we can throw money at every charity but if this earth is not taken care of there is no point. People may say this planet will be here long after humans so who cares, and this may well be the case but for us and by working with Ann Walker and White Arrow we don’t believe this. Do these people really have in depth knowledge of the workings of the earth and the relationship we have with the universe, that each planet has a resonance, what effect does this have if by destroying the trees around the equator the planet is not resonating as it should, and the universe sounds like a badly tuned piano, do they know the effects of this, the outcome, no. Do they know what will happens if all the trees are destroyed around the equator? no, yet they can tell you its OK and dismiss the concerns to not take responsibility because its easy to just talk and walk.   Man knows little but says a lot.

We pray that we can all come together as one, because we are one no matter what the media or the TV tells you, we are all one and the same. There is a saying  ‘divide and conquer,’  this has worked for so long to create wars and hatred but now we must come together and wipe away these words, create new words of love and peace for they are not week words as you would have been made to believe, we must come together for the sake of ourselves. And we must take care of this Earth, because she is also us and what is happening to us is happening to her and visa-verse. Heal ourselves, heal the earth, heal the earth heal ourselves. Together we are free 🙂

White Arrow’s Prayer – the Light Within

I love you. you are my life, my soul, my very beginning. you breath the life of my Father within each of you. You are my Father. You are the beginning and the end. Each of you holds the candle of life. Each of you holds the Light which shows you the way. But the light within you is flickering and dying and I have come to show you the way. I have come to light the dying candle within you.

The Light within me has the power of Prayer. Prayers that ask my Father’s forgiveness. Of course He forgives, but first the Light must try to be bright and wishes to be seen and be touched by His very being. We have lost that prayer. We have turned our back on the very being of prayer. We have lost the way. Now I show you the way. I will go back to the ten commandments, each and every one being broken daily, have you forgotten that my Father sent the words to you? They are easy words, in each religion such words are used. Do you find them so hard to follow? Has my Father ever asked you to do anything that is impossible, but to follow His wisdom and love, yet we have turned our back on such words, and why?

For the Light of the candle that you carry within you is almost out and the Light is Faith. Where has the Faith of my Father gone? Is He so easy to forget? Has He not given you more than life itself? Look around at the wonders He has given you, the eyes that see the wonders, the mouth to speak of, then the smell of the beauty that lies around you. The hearing of the sounds that reach you, even the beauty of that has left you. You hands reaching out to be touched and when the touch is returned do you feel it? No, for now Man wants more than this and that is why Man has lost his way. The candle can only flicker, it can never die, for it is of my Father, but the flicker causes shadows and the shadows come from darkness and that is what Man sees now, darkness, and that is not what my Father wanted for His children. Take the shadows away and let the beauty of Love return. I have heard many times of my children calling and praying for my return. It is not the first time and each time I hear the prayers I return, because I am the Light. This time it is different, for my and your Earth is in trouble. Before, we had time. Time for you to deny the Son of God on Earth. I fear the same this time. Do not slowly let the candle burn, but look into your hearts now, and, know I have returned, listen to my words, for they come from your Father. Help me to light each candle and bring the people back as one and save the Beloved Planet. Search deep into your hearts for there you will find the answer that I speak the truth. To each religion I say come together as one, for that is my Father’s prayer, that Man stands together as one.

I am the Light within you. Let me burn and show you my Light. Let us take the shadows away and return the Light again. I am with you always, when you are sick, I am sick with you. When you cry, I cry with you. When you were born, so my Light shone brightly. When you are dying, so I’m with you to take you to my Father’s kingdom.

I am you, so allow me to enter and shine as one and bring back peace for Mankind again and when Man turns his back on the Light, so the Light burns more, for the Light is forever there with Man. I have never deserted Man, for Man is part of me, for I am Man, In a room that is of darkness, a Light will show and all Man will look for the Light and it will never go out. I will show the Light in the darkness that has covered the earth so Man can see and follow, not just on his earth, but Heaven. Help me, Man, to bring back the Love of my Father. Return to His arms, for He awaits.

Behold I am the Son

From the book ‘The Messenger The Messiah’

Ann Walker and White Arrow

11-17

Billy Bragg To Withold Tax In RBS Fat Cat Bonus Scandal -Join him and add comments on facebook

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

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Billy Bragg To Withold Tax In RBS Protest (since Billy was on BBC this morning we have not heard any more of this in the media, got them frightened that the people of this great nation will get together and end this outrage. He is on again on Sky news at, I believe 7.15pm, Wednesday 19th January)

12:50pm UK, Monday January 18, 2010  Musician Billy Bragg has announced he will refuse to pay income tax from January 31 in protest at bonus payments made at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Billy Bragg Rebel: Billy Bragg is famous for his political songs inspiring protest and direct action In a letter to Chancellor Alistair Darling, the musician and political activist declared he was no longer prepared to fund “the excessive bonuses of RBS investment bankers”. In a statement he said: “If you pay tax in the UK, you are a major shareholder in several banks – Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Northern Rock. “The Treasury spent £117bn of taxpayers’ cash bailing out Britain’s failing banks. “The estimated £1.5bn that RBS will pay to its investment bankers next month in the form of bonuses will ultimately be drawn from the taxes you and I are due to pay on January 31. Billy Bragg Letter Bragg has written to Mr Darling stating he will withold income tax from 31st Jan “Unless Mr Darling acts to limit bonues to £25,000, I shall be withholding my tax payment on January 31.” The Royal Bank of Scotland is 84% owned by UK taxpayers. It has announced £1.5bn in bonuses will be paid to staff this year, even though the RBS group is expected to make a loss. Mr Bragg has launched a Facebook group NoBonus4RBS urging others to withhold their income tax. I’m encouraging those that can to withhold their taxes and write to the chancellor and hopefully they’ll do something. Billy Bragg Visitors are encouraged to download and fill out a template letter expressing their outrage to send to the Chancellor. Mr Bragg told Sky News: “I’m a bit new to Facebook but I’m trying to act as a lightning rod for people frustrated about this issue. “I got my tax demand in the post last week and I thought, ‘I’m going to pay this and it’s going straight into some banker’s pocket’. “I’m encouraging those that can to withhold their taxes and write to the Chancellor and hopefully they’ll do something.” RBS has argued bonuses are needed to ensure the best staff are retained. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Office said anyone withholding income tax could be prosecuted. “When people owe a tax debt to the exchequer it has to be paid and if they’re refusing to pay, we’ll be hard on them,” a spokesman said. A Treasury spokesman said: “We can reassure Mr Bragg and anyone else that there will not be big bonuses paid with taxpayer’s money at RBS.”

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The Astrology of 2012 by Helen Sewell and an intro from us

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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I have decided to add Helen Sewell to my Blog as she seems to have a good  understanding of astrology, Helen’s web site is www.astrologicalinsights.co.uk. Here Helen talks about the approaching New Age of Aquarius, 2012 and what changes are in store for us at this time.

I have added a short piece of my own before you get to Helen.

The average person on the planet has been conditioned to believe that astrology is mumbo jumbo and that, which has no bearing on us mere mortals on this round sphere called Earth. The newspapers in the west print a couple of lines of your starsign which is general, has no bearing on an individuals time of conception, time and date of birth and so can cover a large amount of people so of course we will brush it off. But before you throw the baby out with the bath water you have to seriously consider what is it about astrology. We have all lost great knowledge of the planets, astrological signs, cycles of the sun and the moon, were we meant to forget or were we made too? There are images of astrology, astronomy, geometry and so called ‘mythological’ beings everywhere; countless churches, governmental buildings and temples around the world – and you have to ask yourself – Are we actually living in the Matrix as the film suggests, because to the majority we do not have a clue what these images mean. We have become drones working constantly to pay debts that will never be paid only to make the very rich richer, we are enslaved by this debt and we have forgotten our history our roots and where we have come from, the knowledge that has not been passed on from our ancestors because of what has happened in the past. All the knowledge that these very rich people have is all in the heavens – As above so below – everything is reflected and the people that run this world at the moment are relying on the simple fact that we do not know the true way of living and they do not want us to know. There is one thing which is correct, I believe that in the wrong hands this great knowledge can be used for great evil and due to this the knowledge will only be understood by initiation and by the grace of God – to prove yourself worthy of such knowledge. You see in many secret orders around the world initiates are sworn to secrecy most probably because of this reason. I do feel that there are people in the world that are using forces to acheive an outcome and this outcome unfortunately affects the many because we are not on the same playing field as these people, they have understanding and access to great knowledge which brings them their power and ultimate control, it keeps this power and control firmly in their hands. If you understand the true teachings you have the world at your feet. If we lived our lives according to a Spiritual path, which would mean great sacrifices for some,  we will have to look within ourselves and learn to control the forces therein. When we look at the philosophers stone we look externally to obtain this ‘stone’ which will reward us with riches, yet this is not the true philosophers stone for here is the secret and that those that seek and are worthy in body, mind and spirit will begin to climb the ladder to acheive real riches one cannot imagine on earth. These are not riches of the grossness material wealth but a far more important wealth.  No man or woman is free no matter what you think, we are all on the wheel of the Zodiac and its influences lifetime after lifetime until we learn what we are truly here to acheive. We have much to learn, much to share with each other but our ultimate aim is to acheive enlightenment to return to the source many call GOD – for we have that spark within us and when we acknowledge this we can begin our journey. Many will fail and this is not a bad thing it just means that in this lifetime you are learning and each lifetime you step further up the ladder to reach that golden temple. I believe people like the Mayans, Peruvians, peoples of Easter Islands and many other civilisations that just disappeared achieved this enlightened state, for those that can see will more than likely catch a glimpse of these beings and indeed all the other beings that reside around us from, sylphs, to nymphs, salamanders, fairies. For those of you that do not believe and criticize,  that’s OK but unless you go and seek  the truth not only by reading the manuscripts, rare and aged books and more importantly begin a spiritual pathway which incorporates meditation in a regular fashion how can you possible comment and criticize. But it may also be that one is not ready for this pathway in this lifetime – the best way in this case is to be of goodwill to yourself and others, accept death as a process which takes you on to the next adventure and do not fear it – we all see the films when people who are passing have a desperation to ask for forgiveness or share their love or to reveal secrets hidden. Whatever it is – express yourself, tell people you love them, share your hopes and dreams, don’t be afraid to let someone in that you trust or someone that can help you. Incorporate some of the Spiritual ways of life, respect your life for you have a job to do here on Earth and you are as important as the next person, don’t put your energy into believing money and material wealth is needed to be happy, look at the rich/ famous people in the media!!,  respect nature and animals, put love in all you do and all you say and what you think and try to live a more alkaline life, look at the impurities you put in your vessel/cup (body).  When you start on these things you flow with life and your fears are blown away and you start to live your life in a more positive way and you learn to just BE.

As the year 2012 approaches, the Internet, the media, books and the films industry will become awash with stories of great changes on the Earth bringing death and destruction – resulting in fear and sadness, desperation and and a feeling of  hopelessness. I remember the year 2000 and how we all read on the web how a comet would fall from the sky, some people believed that a space satellite called Cassini was going to crash, how we were obsessed with Nostradamus and how we would all lose electricity. How planes would fall from the sky because the clocks could not handle the 00 in that year – and what happened – yep, nothing. We have to laugh when we look back. Each time humanity is faced with something that is unknown, fear overcomes us and we grasp on to any piece of information without really digesting it ourselves. With the readily available access to information at a touch of a button we are filled with all sorts of scenarios when it comes to the unknown it is easy to follow the herd and be swept up in this frenzy. My feeling is that if we all connect with the divine source, call it what ever you want, by meditating we will find all the answers we need.

No matter what you believe we were all given a guide when we came here to this planet of learning. The light here in matter does not shine so bright and so these guides are literally that, when the dark, heavy matter of the earth gets to great, they can guide us and can be called upon for they are full of love for you, not the kind we have on earth but an unconditional, nonjudgmental love, a love we crave for since the moment we come into this world. With the help of our guides by meditating we can connect with the source and feel that love and light once more – we will also gain truths that we all have within us and this will stop the fear and we can be guided on our chosen pathway – the one which we agreed to before we came here. So if you are fearful of what the future holds for you – please join a good meditation group ( go to a few and see which one is right for you) as this will help you with any questions you have and you can have fun meeting like-minded people. Join a yoga class where their aim is to raise your kundalini but please bare in mind that this is a powerful untapped source capable of creating havoc, its not anything to fear it is just better that you are helped with a trained professional who can help you deal with emotions and energies that may arise.   We practice Kundalini yoga and try to do this at least three times a week, ours was from Maya, website is here www.mayaspace.com where you can buy the dvd and I believe she is sometimes on sky channel 275- body in balance. We were already aware of the power of the kunalini and were aware of Spirit so we practice this yoga at home but if this is your first time or are new to this teaching – start with the basic yoga to get supple and then move on to a group that can help you with raising the kundalini through yoga and meditation.  And above all believe in the power of prayer, whatever your beliefs there is only one Divine source where we call come from, the spark is within us all and by silently chanting our prayers we ‘WILL’ them – As in Heaven as on Earth.  Thank you and lets think positively and for a world we want, for the more we live in chaos and negativity the longer the problems on Earth. Denise Tansley and Mark Naughton

THE ASTROLOGY OF 2012 by Helen Sewell

The 2012 phenomenon was first brought to my attention when Geoff Stray asked if I could see any significance in the astrological chart of 21st December 2012.

Researching the astrology of 2012 has taken me on quite a journey and led me along many interesting and diverse paths, and I would like to share with you my discoveries on one of these tributaries that has proven to be of particular interest to me: the astrological significance of 2012 for the UK, England especially.  This ancient land and culture is very unique and special in many ways and it is regarded by many people as the ‘heart chakra’ of the world.  We are also blessed for some reason with the majority of the crop circles that appear in the world, as if our consciousness is somehow more tuned in to this type of symbolism, wherever it may come from.  I also think there is some significance to the fact that the English language is so widely used around the world.

It is never easy to convey astrological concepts to the layperson without using the jargon that astrologers bandy about like a foreign language.  However, I will endeavour to describe them in the most accessible terms.

The Astrological Chart of England
As a background, I will first give a brief description of the astrological chart that I use for England (and, by default, the UK) – the crowning of William the Conqueror at Midday on 25th December 1066 (I shall expand on my reasons for using this particular chart later).   Countries have horoscopes that can be interpreted just the same as one would for a person.  In fact, a chart can be cast for anything that has a ‘birth’, and it will embody the qualities of that moment in time.  As the planets continue on their cycles through the heavens, they form new aspects (astrologically meaningful positions) to the planets on the birth chart, and it is through the transits between them that astrologers glean clues and indications as to the type of energy that is around and the possible events that can then manifest as a result.  Astrology is therefore a very powerful tool, as the ancients knew only too well.  I cannot say that the transits of the planets actually cause things here on earth, but statistical analysis shows there is a clear correlation of transits with types of events and there is certainly something strangely synchronistic that happens.  As the old saying goes: ‘As above, so below’.

If I give you an interpretation of some of the planetary energies which were around when William the Conqueror was crowned (see Fig. 1), you may be able to recognise some of our more obvious national traits.  Countries do seem to have ‘personalities’, and it is quite fun to see how the national characteristics of a country can so easily be recognised from their horoscope.  This is why we as a nation are so different from, say, Italy.

Figure 1.  Coronation of William the Conqueror

England as we know it now was effectively ‘born’ when the Sun was in the stable earth sign of Capricorn.  The quality of earth is to move and change very slowly and it has a liking for things that have a lasting value.  We are conservative as a nation and therefore like to preserve our traditions, a good example being the monarchy.  Indeed, the character traits of Queen Victoria and our current Queen Elizabeth embody the qualities of loyalty and devoted service to duty that is reflected in our nation.  As a people, we are stoic and often like to be seen as respectable, responsible and reserved to the point of the ‘stiff upper lip’.  We like to grumble and moan (embodied by such characters as Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh, and Puddleglum in the Narnia books) and can be quite melancholic, sometimes taking life too seriously.  We err on the side of cynicism and it is difficult to pull the wool over our eyes.  However, this is wonderfully offset by our ironic and very dry sense of humour.  A personality such as characters played by John Cleese is indicative of the sort of caricatured Englishman that could be recognised around the world as someone typically British.

The chart some astrologers use for England and/or the United Kingdom is the Union of Great Britain with Ireland on 1 January 1801.  Fascinatingly enough, the Sun is in Capricorn at virtually the same degree as the 1066 chart and Pluto has also returned to the same position.  There are many similarities in these two charts and therefore the significant transits occurring in 2012 will have similar affects, whichever chart is used.  The reason I use the chart for 1066 is because England changed so dramatically after the invasion of William the Conqueror.  He brought with him the birth of a new and more cohesive nation, with Norman culture indelibly sweeping aside much of what had gone before, and since this time (not withstanding events such as the Civil War of the 1640s, in which Charles I was executed) there has been a virtually unbroken line of kings and queens.  It is also the date that most people remember as the birth of modern English history, far more so than the 1801 chart.  The fact that it is so entrenched in the national psyche automatically gives it psychological significance on a collective level.

I am sure that in the past astrologers would have been consulted about the best times for auspicious state occasions such as coronations, and it is probable that kings would be crowned at midday, because the Sun would then be at the zenith of the sky and therefore in the tenth ‘house’ of the horoscope.  This is the house associated with public standing and our status in the world, and it is therefore a very powerful placing in the chart, whether it be for a person or a nation.

The fiery sign of Aries was the sign coming up over the horizon at the moment of William’s coronation, and therefore this is known as the ‘Ascendant’, or rising sign.  Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war, who embodies the dynamic masculine principle of action and desire.  Aries rising likes to be a leader and is not content to sit back and be a spectator.  He is fearless and likes a conquest.  The spirit of Jason and the Argonauts would be typical of this sign.  So, with the combination of Capricorn’s urge to build something solid and lasting, together with the Aries urge to conquer, we created our Empire.

You will observe that the Moon in the chart is in the sensitive, watery sign of Pisces, and this helps to soften the harder aspects of Capricorn and Aries.  I see this reflected in our Welfare State and the NHS.  The Moon also resides in the twelfth house, which rules institutions and, more esoterically, spirituality, music, poetry and the arts, the collective unconscious and hidden enemies.  With Pisces being the last of the Zodiac signs, and the twelfth house being the last house, the position of the Moon signifies a greater connection with the numinous and our ultimate return to the source, before the whole cycle starts again with Aries.  Our caring and generous national spirit can also be glimpsed in the hosting of events such as Live Aid, and people often talk of how collectively caring we are for each other in crises, as was demonstrated in the Blitz.  However, just like a person, a nation has a shadowy side and this I see in the Moon, tucked away in the hidden twelfth house.   This side of our character can be witnessed in our desire to escape from our personal responsibilities and be looked after by the ‘Nanny State’.  This placement, I have to say, is also representative of our nation’s drinking habits, teenage pregnancies, and our recent appearance at the bottom of the UNICEF league table for child care!

There is a wealth of information in this chart, but as that is a whole essay on its own, the final observation I would like to make here about our nation’s chart is that the Moon is in a very dynamic aspect with the maverick of the solar system, Uranus, and also with Chiron (an astrologically important asteroid with an eccentric orbit), known in myth as the wounded healer.  This aspect is what gives us our slightly eccentric nature and produces the classic ‘mad inventor’ types.   We can sometimes unexpectedly act out of character and get to produce programmes like Monty Python, and tend to be at the forefront of contemporary music with our originality and trend setting.  It doesn’t, however, make for a very cuddly Moon, and this can be witnessed in our attitude towards children – the classic ‘children should be seen and not heard’, as illustrated by how unwelcoming we can be to families in pubs and restaurants.  There is definitely something rather detached about our emotional life.

The Chart of 2012
Moving on, then, to explore the chart of 2012, let us see what insights this chart can bring us.

The Chart of 21st December 2012

Figure 2. Winter Solstice 21st December 2012

I was very excited when I discovered that the time of the 2012 winter solstice was 11:11 Universal Time (see Fig. 2).  I have been following the 11:11 phenomenon since the early 90s, and am hoping very much that the evolution of consciousness promised by its devotees will indeed take place!  There is a wealth of information on the significance of the numbers 11:11 on the internet but, in a nutshell, much of the material comes from the channelled messages of the US medium Solara, and the underlying theme is that we are moving away from duality to oneness.  This development is a global phenomenon, which began in 1992.  The channellings state that eleven ‘doorways’ will open (the first one opened on 11th January 1992, and the last one will open on 11th November 2011), and with each opening there will be a shift in our consciousness.

At this moment of 11:11 on 21st December 2012, the Sun will have just entered Capricorn and the tenth house and this, I feel, is particularly significant.  Capricorn is the last of the earth signs, and if we think of the evolution through the signs, arrival here is when we should have reached the greatest understanding of this earthly plane and physical reality.  In Geoff Stray’s book, Beyond 2012, he writes extensively about the possible spiritual and esoteric changes that could take place at this time, so if there is one astrological sign in which to have an actual manifestation of an event, it would be very fitting for it to take place in Capricorn.  It is entirely appropriate, for instance, that – symbolically (i.e. given the date we choose to celebrate it) – Jesus was born under this sign.  This speaks to me of the actual physical incarnation of the godhead.  It is worth contemplating the meaning of the glyph for Capricorn, a creature half-goat, half-fish, as the coming together of spirit and matter.

Capricorn is an earth sign and therefore all things associated with the earth will automatically come into focus, and issues with an ‘earth theme’ will assume greater importance.  Therefore an increase in earth changes and natural disasters may very well manifest, not just while the Sun is in Capricorn, but especially with Pluto, the planet of death and transformation, transiting through Capricorn from 2008-2024.   We are also likely to see the whole ‘green’ movement escalate dramatically over this period, with the politicisation of issues such as climate change and global food production.

We can see that Neptune has just moved back into its own sign of Pisces in 2012 (each sign has a ‘ruling planet’, and Neptune rules Pisces), after its 165-year cycle.  Neptune is associated with the numinous – all those intangible things, such as the arts and music.  Neptune signifies how we seek redemption, and gives a deep longing to return to that pre-birth experience of being merged with ‘the source’.

All planets have a dark and a light side, and the problem with sensitive Neptune is when it finds it too difficult to cope with the harsh reality of life and all its mundane responsibilities; then it often becomes victim-like or wants to escape into fantasy or altered states of consciousness, to get back to the feeling of that pre-incarnated state.  We also have to be very careful of delusion, deception and confusion when it is so powerfully placed on the Ascendant of the chart.

Neptune spends approximately fourteen years in each sign, and at the moment it is in the airy sign of Aquarius.  To give an example of Neptune’s influence on the world during this current period, it is interesting to observe how we have been seeking that feeling of oneness with others through the cool detachment of Aquarian technology – the internet and mobile phones in particular.  We can be in the remotest parts of the world and yet still feel connected to others.

In 2012, when Neptune enters Pisces, we will then be seeking redemption through the arts, spirituality, victim/saviour situations, relationship, and selfless service.  There may well also be the strong urge to transcend our physical reality.  In fact I have a fantasy that we will no longer need to use Aquarian technology to feel connected to each other (that is too rational and emotionally removed for watery Pisces), but rather we will just naturally develop our psychic abilities.  Pisces needs to feel really merged with another, and because Neptune is associated with telepathy this could well be a faculty we all develop strongly over the subsequent fourteen years.  The last time Neptune was in Pisces there was a huge resurgence in spiritualism, hypnotism, and the occult in general.

The next interesting point I would like to draw attention to is the Yod, or ‘Finger of God’, which is quite a rare configuration and is marked by the green triangle between Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter.  This again emphasises the spiritual side of this chart.  At the apex is Jupiter, which is associated with spiritual growth and the expansion of our boundaries.  (Perhaps what is also worth pointing out here is that Jupiter is more frequently found to be prominently placed in death charts than Pluto, which is normally associated with death, hinting at expansion literally out of our physical bodies.)  Jupiter is the big gas giant of the solar system and whatever it touches it expands that principle.  Astrologically, Jupiter the god imbues hope and optimism and the desire to become more than what we are.  He gives meaning to our lives and a vision of the potential for a better future.  Jupiter is in the sign of Gemini in the third house and both are associated with communication, the acquisition of knowledge and broadening of our minds.  Although I believe the 2012 effects may be more gradual than some are anticipating, Jupiter is nonetheless very appropriately placed if, as some people believe, we are to witness a dramatic shift in consciousness taking place on this actual day.

The aspects to Jupiter from the two heavyweights in the Zodiac – Saturn and Pluto – give the whole thing gravitas.  Pluto contributes a feeling of deep and permanent transformation, and Saturn brings a seriousness and reality to it.  However, because of the nature of these planets, it does not suggest the transition will be easy.

So far I have been quite positive about the potentials in this chart, given the fact that there are some of the most advantageous positions and aspects of the planets for the possible and much-anticipated shift in consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.  However, there is also something far more sinister gathering momentum, which peaks in 2012, and it is this that potentially paints quite a different picture.  In fact, I consider this particular aspect could well be the overriding feature of the year and it will without a doubt be difficult to navigate.

Throughout the whole of 2012 there will be a very volatile 90 degree configuration in the heavens between the planets Uranus and Pluto.  These two planets aren’t like the personal inner planets, the energies of which are much easier to integrate and deal with.  Instead, they weald the powerful archetypal forces of the transpersonal planets, which bring about massive and permanent changes in the collective, and sometimes manifest as catastrophic natural disasters.  It might be helpful to look into the meaning of these two planets, and what was happening in the world at the time they were each discovered – always a key feature of the astrological significance applied to them.

Uranus
Uranus, the planet which rules Aquarius, is the idealistic sky god, always trying to create the Utopian dream – the perfect system that exists on a mind level – and if that means shattering the status quo to obtain it, it will do so whatever the cost.  He wants the perfect Universe, with all things equal – but his actions are often unpredictable, unconventional and shocking.

Uranus was accidentally discovered by William Herschel in 1781.  Two revolutions occurred in the late 1700s – the American and the French – and the French battle cry of ‘Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death!’ totally encapsulates the Uranian spirit coming through into our consciousness at this time.  Uranus brings sudden enlightenment, a bit like when we suddenly get those ‘Eureka’ moments, so you can perhaps see how it is also connected to electricity, which was first being properly researched around this time.

In myth, Uranus mated with the great earth goddess, Gaia, and because his offspring did not meet with his vision of perfection, he could not bear to set eyes on them, and buried them deep in the earth.  Uranian ideals often come at a high price because, though fair and humanitarian, he is a sky god and detached from human emotion.  Think how many people throughout history have perished in the name of an ideal.

Currently, airy Uranus is transiting through the watery sign of Pisces and this ordered god is, I think, struggling with the Piscean lack of clear-cut boundaries, facts and a logical systems.  Uranus constantly seeks answers through the clear intellect of the mind, and emotional Pisces rules mystery and illusion.  It is a bit like driving a car along in thick fog – if we put on the full beam (Uranian light) in the hope of seeing better, we find it makes things even more unclear!  We can see it everywhere at the moment, especially in the conspiracy theory world, which has mushroomed all the while Uranus has been in Pisces.  The urge is so strong in us under this transit to try and seek that ‘Uranian truth’ that we are sure must be there, but I doubt that is entirely possible in this current Piscean world of smoke and mirrors, with its propensity for deception and lies, fantasy and self-delusion.  [This aspect is made doubly strong, as Neptune (the planet which rules the sign of Pisces) is in Aquarius (the sign normally ruled by Uranus) – a phenomenon known as Mutual Reception.  Neptune has been in Aquarius since 1998 and enters Pisces in 2011]  When Uranus moves out of Pisces into Aries in 2010, the fog will lift and there will be much more clarity and action.

Pluto
Pluto is regarded astrologically as the most powerful planet in the solar system.  He rules such fundamental themes as birth, death, sex, and transformation.  He is also the planet of evolution and the bigger cycles in history, and if pushing those cycles means the annihilation of a species then, in Pluto’s eyes, so be it.  In our psyche, he rules our dark primitive instinctual nature – our raw unsophisticated emotions that lurk in the shadow.  When they erupt they threaten to overpower us.  Pluto also rules the occult and all things hidden and shadowy in society.  I think the reason we fear Pluto so much is because its potential for creation, death and destruction is very great.  It requires an incredible degree of consciousness to use this kind of power constructively for good and not evil.

When Pluto was discovered in 1930, the world was in crisis.  The Pluto energy can best be seen in the rise of the Third Reich.  This sadly, but graphically, shows how the abuse of this kind of energy can be used in its most destructive and devastating form.  Also at that time, however, we saw a much more positive manifestation of its potential through the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and the birth of depth psychology with the understanding of the complexities of the unconscious mind.

In myth, when Jupiter had overthrown his father, Saturn, and was dividing up the spoils, he gave Neptune the rivers and seas and he gave Pluto the Underworld.  This was not, however, the lesser inheritance, because Pluto’s laws were final and nobody (not even a god) was allowed into his kingdom without irreversible change through death and without paying his due to Charon, the boatman who ferried souls across the River Styx.  In the Underworld lay the greatest treasure, and this is symbolic of the therapeutic process of transforming our darkest sides into something constructive and creative.  Shining the light of consciousness onto those shadowy areas is like finding the ‘treasure’ of freedom from our complexes, ultimately gaining enlightenment.

Pluto has been transiting through the sign of Sagittarius since 1995 and will not leave entirely until the end of 2008.  Sagittarius is the sign associated with religion, philosophy, higher learning and the ‘bigger picture’.  It is a fiery sign, full of potential and the desire to make an optimistic journey into the future.  However, with Pluto, the dark lord of the Underworld, passing through it the future no longer looks so bright.  The ‘devil’, in whatever guise, now seems even bigger, scarier and darker, and holds more potential to overpower and control us.

This placement could be interpreted as the death of religion in its current form, and has certainly contributed to the chaos and strife we are now experiencing.  Archetypally, death has always been seen as something to be feared and the religious fundamentalists do not want to face any prospect of change which might threaten their power.  They are literally fighting to the death to preserve their own particular faith.

This theme is also accentuated by the fact that we are currently in a transition seeing the death of the Age of Pisces and the birth of the Age of Aquarius.  Each Age has gods and religions which reflect the symbolism of that particular sign of the Zodiac, and maybe the Piscean religions of the past 2000 years are now in their death throes.  However, until they are replaced, there is a certain amount of collective fear and trepidation in not knowing what is coming next.  (Part One of the highly recommended film Zeitgeist makes further reference to this.)

With Sagittarius, everything is exaggerated and of epic proportions, and is reflected in the films of this time, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Narnia movies, which pick up on the theme of the Age: the large-scale battle of good against evil.

On a very literal level, another example of Pluto (ruling sex and hidden things) passing through Sagittarius (ruling religion) is that we have had the whole issue come to light in the Catholic church of children being sexually abused, with cover-ups now being exposed.

Uranus and Pluto – An Explosive Combination
Bearing in mind the nature of Uranus and Pluto, you can imagine the cocktail when these two planets get together in a dynamic aspect.  If we look back in history at the Uranus/Pluto cycle, this particular one started with a conjunction of the two in Virgo in the mid 1960s.  The conjunction of two planets is like seed-planting time, when their conglomerate energies collide like nuclear fusion and new things are born.   Looking at what was going on at this time gives us clues as to the potential of these seeds for both good and ill as the cycle matures.  In the mid 1960s there was huge rebellion against the establishment, seen in such examples as the American student riots against the Vietnam war, and the Cultural Revolution in China.  It was a time of experimentation with psychedelic drugs, the ‘sexual revolution’ (Pluto ruling sex and Uranus ruling revolution), and various rebellions against the social norms of the time as an attempt to ‘break out’ of restricting, outmoded ways of being.

In 2012, Uranus and Pluto are going to come into their first really challenging aspect to each other since the 1960s and this will create a build up of an incredible pressure – of volcanic proportions.  The tension between the two forces could detonate revolution and rebellion (even earthquakes, on a physical level), and could bring crashing down what we thought were established political structures.  This will be especially so, because Uranus will be in the war-like sign of Aries, and Pluto will be in Capricorn, which represents authority, the establishment, political structures and governments.

My vision of one of the possible outcomes of the ‘clash of the Titans’ is this:  Our freedoms are gradually and perniciously being eroded away at the moment and, with Pluto having just moved into Capricorn in January 2008, governmental control may well become more extreme.  Uranus, particularly when it moves into Aries in 2010, will no longer be able to tolerate its freedoms being curtailed and will revolt in a possibly very sudden and violent way.

Figure 3.  England and the Transits of the 21st December 2012

The Charts of England and 2012 Combined
In Fig. 3 we see the chart of the England on the inside and the chart of 21st December 2012 on the outside.  This then allows us to see if the transits of the planets in 2012 are making any significant angles or conjunctions to any of the important points in England’s chart.  (This technique is exactly the same as when a person comes to an astrologer for a reading to see which planetary influences are reflecting what is going on in their lives.)

From this combination, I notice – with some trepidation – that Pluto is, extremely significantly, exactly on England’s Midheaven and Sun, while also squaring Uranus in the twelfth house of the collective.  So all that energy for revolutionary change will be focusing on our national identity in the world.  The twelfth house is also about hidden enemies and the ‘rebel’ could well emerge suddenly from quite an unexpected source to rise up against Pluto’s power and control, with very serious consequences indeed.

The reason for the rebellion, of course, may also come from different groups (Uranus rules groups and societies) with their own particular agendas, as it seems to me people on the whole are often quite reluctant to act unless they are affected personally.  Interestingly, the Uranus/Pluto cycle is also connected to the slave trade, and in lots of ways we have a new kind of slavery today – debt, which begins as soon as a student leaves school and takes out a loan for their further education, and is then gradually replaced or added to by high-payment mortgages and other loans, which ensure we are kept enslaved to the financial system.

The whole religious issue, which has effectively dominated global politics and the ‘War on Terror’ for the last decade, is also not going to go away overnight and may well escalate to an Armageddon-type situation.  When planets transit through Sagittarius, as Pluto has been doing, it tends to be in the realm of philosophical thought and the potential of something – it is only when it enters the sign of Capricorn that those ideas are then materialised.  There is currently quite a bit in the media about believers in ‘End Times’, highlighting how an awful lot of people are trying their hardest to make this rather frightening day-of-judgment scenario a reality.

Pluto on the Midheaven of England’s chart will certainly bring power to our nation, and seeing this makes me understand why England, in a strangely fated way, won the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games when it seemed so against the odds.  When a person has a Pluto transit like this, they often come into their power and are thrust into the limelight; a good example of this was when Margaret Thatcher came to power.  So it is interesting that all the world’s eyes will be on England in the summer of 2012.

Mentioning Prime Ministers, I believe that David Cameron could well be the person in power in 2012, because he was born under the conjunction of Uranus/Pluto in 1966 and will be so very familiar with these energies.  Potentially, he could be the one to best steer the nation through its transition.

9/11: An Example of Pluto in Action
To demonstrate the sort of effects a Pluto transit can have when it hits a sensitive spot on a country’s chart, I refer you to Fig. 4, the chart of the USA (shown on the inside) seen with the transits of the planets at the moment of the first attack on the World Trade Centre on 9/11 (shown on the outside).  At this time Pluto had arrived right on the Ascendant of America’s chart and this can literally be interpreted as the dark lord of the Underworld,  bringing death and destruction to the face of America.  Astrology can sometimes be incredibly literal in its symbolism, as is demonstrated by the fact that Pluto was opposite Saturn in Gemini in the heavens at this time: Saturn represents physical structures (think of the World Trade Centre buildings themselves) and rules such things as financial institutions, status and authority; and Mercurial Gemini (just look at the glyph for Gemini!) represents commerce and trade.  Indeed, the World Trade Centre was the centre for world capitalism.  Pluto opposite Saturn does not necessarily have to wreak such catastrophic havoc, but, as I indicated earlier, it does require an enormous amount of consciousness to deal with this type of energy.

Figure 4.  The USA and the First Attack on the World Trade Centre

Pluto transits are all about the use and abuse of power and control, often through fear (whether we own that power and use it well, or whether we feel utterly powerless and at the mercy of our fears, or controlled by others).  9/11 could have been a wonderful opportunity for America to look at its own dark side and how it wields its power and control over other nations.  The interpretation would work exactly the same if this were a person; if we do not recognise our own dark side we can be quite sure we’ll meet it (often rather unpleasantly) in an external form.  America projected its own darkness out onto Al Qaeda rather than battling its own demons much closer to home.  And, of course with Pluto being representative of hidden things, the growing numbers of people who believe the attacks could not have happened without inside US help may also have something to say about this.  The amount of  control the US government has now been able to exert over its people – with knock-on effects around the world – in the name of ‘fighting terror’ and securing the nation leaves an uncomfortable taste in the mouths of some.

We can use Pluto’s potency for powerful transformation and to change ourselves for the better, or we can choose to only see the ‘bad’ in others and demonise them.  America wants us to believe it is the ‘Land of the Free’ – democratic and fair – and that all the opposite traits reside in the enemy ‘out there’.  Sadly, we can only use our imaginations to picture a different and more consciousness-raising scenario than the one that actually did occur in the wake of 9/11, perhaps one with America taking a brutal look at its own foreign policy, seeing where there could be fundamental changes made for the good of the world, and implementing them.  This is perhaps a naïve hope, considering where we are in reality in the evolution of consciousness.  Sometimes, therefore, maybe we do unfortunately have to suffer catastrophic and painful events as a wake-up call and to force the creation of a new consciousness.  Sometimes in our own personal lives we experience challenging crises, but it is those who do not take the stance of being just an innocent victim and instead look at the situation as an opportunity for self-awareness and growth through examining their own part that are the ones who become more enlightened, wiser and mature.

2012 Hotspot
I decided to scan the whole year of 2012 astrologically to see when would be the most dangerous hotspots, and it would appear that June is the most tension-ridden month of the year (see Fig. 5).  Here I have put the June Full Moon chart around the chart of the UK, because Full Moons and New Moons heighten whatever tensions are in the air, and often cause a physical manifestation of an event.  What makes it so potentially explosive is that Mars, the god of war, is now thrown into the equation by landing exactly on the nation’s Saturn, representing our stability, structure, and also our defences, and being at the apex of the T-square (90 degrees) with the Sun/Moon opposition.  Incidentally, the London bombings on 7 July 2005 were on the New Moon, which was similarly in a square (90 degrees) aspect to Mars.  So this is again a graphic example of the type of aggressive act that can be perpetrated under such an aspect.

Figure 5. The UK and the June Full Moon 2012

Opportunities for Growth
With the Uranus/Pluto square in 2012 there will again be another opportunity for growth.  How painful or traumatic this process will prove to be depends so much on what happens between now and 2012.  In lots of ways we are already experiencing the affects associated with the whole 2012 phenomenon.  When I look around me, I see people struggling enormously with difficult issues that seem to be coming up thick and fast for them, as if on some level we are tuning into the urgency of having to wake up to a new way of being.  It is up to us how we embrace those challenges, but I do not believe there are any fast-track methods to enlightenment.  It may be easier for some, but for most of us it is a long and painful process involving deep inner work and soul searching.   I would like to think we could reach the consciousness necessary for a positive change, but that could be a tall order for people to gain the kind of self-awareness necessary before 2012.

However, many people do believe we could get a helping hand in this regard.  The Sun will be exactly positioned  at ‘Galactic Centre’ in 2012 and some believe we will then be more open to the energies of pulsing galactic super-waves (see other articles on the Diagnosis 2012 website, and in Geoff Stray’s Beyond 2012).  This may activate our pineal gland, which could, in turn, raise our vibrational frequencies to much higher levels – and possibly take us into new dimensions altogether.

Uranus is associated with the myth of Prometheus, who had a special affinity with mankind because he made them from the dirt under his fingernails and his own tears.  Zeus did not want mankind to become enlightened through having fire, because then they would achieve a godlike status and that was threatening to him.  However, Prometheus disobeyed Zeus and though he knew the price would be high, he stole fire from the smith-god Hephaistos and gave it to mankind, thus bringing them the light of consciousness.  Zeus severely punished Prometheus by chaining him up in the Caucasus mountains.  Each day an eagle came down and pecked out his liver, and each night it grew back in an endless suffering.  To me this is analogous with how those people who try to tear down the veils of hypocrisy, deception and lies in search of the truth, in the hope of illuminating mankind, are being ‘punished’.  But sometimes this is the sort of sacrifice that has to be undertaken for the good of mankind.  At least after thirty years (though some say 30,000 years!) Prometheus was finally released from his suffering.

The best thing we can do is to work on ourselves to improve our own personal integrity, honesty, discernment and, most of all with Uranus in Pisces, compassion for each other in this struggle.  Then, and only then, can we gain the wisdom necessary to be an example to the rest of society, and especially to our children.  The more people who can do this, the more it will become mainstream, eventually creating a radical shift in the collective consciousness of mankind.

Conclusions and Solutions
Lastly, I would like to draw on myth again to try and help give us some clues for a way forward in all this.  When Gaia (Mother Earth) wearied of Uranus being repulsed by their offspring and consequently burying them, she employed her son, Saturn, to castrate him as he slept.  When he carried Uranus’ severed bleeding genitals down to the shore and cast them into the sea, he inadvertently fertilised the ocean.  Thus, up rose Venus (or Aphrodite) – the goddess of love – out of the foaming brine.

This would suggest to me that we have to accept we live in an imperfect world and that the Uranian vision of perfection, as seen through the cool unfeeling eyes of masculine logic, has to be balanced by Gaia’s earth wisdom – otherwise the darker side of the feminine will rise up and brutally retaliate.  It is interesting to me that it is Venus who is the end product of this story, insinuating that it is indeed love that offers the resolution in the end.  It is worth noting how there could be dire consequences by neglecting the feminine archetype in all our hopes and fears for what 2012 might bring, and both men and women would do well to heed this.

It is said that there were only two things the gods required from mankind – and these are inscribed above the temple at Delphi.  The first is ‘Man know thyself’, and the second is ‘Nothing in excess’.  I leave it to you to contemplate how well you think we have fared in this regard since those ancient times!

Helen Sewell
May 2008

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Be A Vegetarian and Help Animals and Combat Climate Change

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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This information comes courtesy of Doctor Art-Ong Jumasai Na Ayudhya –  Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Thailand
Chief Administrator of the Sathya Sai School, Thailand.  Official Trainer of Teachers for the Ministry of Education in Human Values Education. A former memeber of the Thai Parliament and former NASA scientist. He is also a vegetarian.  For details please see his blog – http://ssgi-biografi.blogspot.com/2008/04/dr-art-ong-jumsai-na-ayudhya.html

The following talk is by Dr Art-Ong Jumasai Na Ayudhya,  On why humans are not meat eaters

Vegetarianism is the right way

You can see very famous people in the past who were vegetarians Sir Isaac Newton, Aristotle, Mark Twain, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Plato, Pythagoras, Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. When you look at carnivores you can see their skeleton and you can see their big fangs that they use to kill other animals and the teeth behind they are all sharp, they don’t chew their food they swallow everything. The vegetarian eating animals’ teeth are quite different, humans do not have the same teeth as the meat eaters. We as humans are vegetarian, we have to chew the food just as the cows do, they chew their food to make sure that it becomes digestible. Our digestion starts in the mouth and then we look at the intestines we find that for vegetarians we have very long intestines, in fact it is about nine times the length of our body. The meat eaters they only have three times the length of the body and the reason is because if you have a plate of meat and a plate of vegetables after three to four hours the meat will start to rot, will go bad, but the vegetables will last until the next day and will not go bad. So in that case we can out all the nutrients from our intestines because we have a very long one, our own intestines are more suitable for vegetables not for meat. You can see the lifespan of the Eskimo people they don’t have vegetables, their lifespan is 27.5 years, whereas the Hunzas Tribe in Pakistan and the Otomi Tribe in Mexico have a lifespan of 110 years. A medical doctor called Sir Robert Mc Carrison studied these tribes and concluded, “I never saw a case of appendicitis or colic or cancer amongst these people.” In another study a group of Harvard doctors and scientists went to a village in Ecuador, the villagers there were pure vegetarians and again they found most of them reached the age of over 100 years. A study in America of 50,000 vegetarians found that they lived longer, they had significantly lower rates of heart disease and lower rates of cancer compared to meat eaters. Dr Kellogg a famous theologian once remarked, “It’s nice to eat a meal and not worry about what your food may have died of.”  You can see Chicken flu, mad cow disease, nipah virus and all kinds of problems with animals. When you look at the protein you can see soy milk powder contains 41.8% protein, whereas chiken and lamb only has 18 or 16% protein – you get more protein from soy bean. This is one of the problems that is causing global warming, you need seventeen more times more land to get the same amount of protein when you compare the livestock to soy bean, you need eight times more water to raise animals verses growing vegetables and grains and when you feed grains to animals as in America you only get back 10% of the calories and protein of livestock when you eat meat so a lot of good food is being wasted.

So this is the solution to world starvation, many people are dying, everyday children are dying because they lack food, 80-90% of all the grain grown in America is used to feed meat animals. So when you reduce meat production by 10% only, you would release enough grain to feed 60 million people just by a reduction of 10%. If people would consume only 50% they would release enough food to feed the entire developing world. So become a  vegetarian and we can save the lives of so many people. We will have enough food for the whole world. Former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, (21 December 1918 – 14 June 2007)  said, “The food consumption of the rich countries is the key cause of hunger around the world.”  Let’s do whatever we can to reduce global warming.

In ‘The Celestine Prophecy’  James Redfield wrote something along the lines of, When man stops eating flesh they will then stop killing each other.

Must Read Books

Not On The Label by Felicity Lawrence Synopsis – A shocking and highly readable expose of the state of the food production industry in Britain today. Felicity Lawrence will take some of the most popular foods we eat at home to show how the food industry in Britain causes ill health, environmental damage, urban blight, starving smallholders in Africa and Asia, and illegal labourers smuggled and exploited in Britain.

comments: I thought I had some idea about how supermarkets operate and how our food is produced, but I didn’t know the half of it. Read this book (then lend it to everyone you know), ponder its contents for a while and I am sure you will change your shopping habits. Too many of us are shopping in supermarkets and giving them the power to dictate their own terms. It is clear that they do not have consumers or food producers interests at heart. I’ve gone right off chicken (only organic and free range from now on), I’ve eaten my last ready meal, I think I’m going to try baking my own bread, definitely Fair Trade bananas and coffee from now on and I’ve just taken over an allotment to grow some of my own fruit and veg. Its time to start enjoying good locally produced and carefully reared/grown food again.

This is the book the confirms all the sneaky suspicions you have always had when shopping in big supermarkets. Why is nothing ever out of season anymore? Why is everything packed in plastic? Why do we pay the same price for chicken today that our Grandparents did? If everything is so clean and perfect now-a-days why do we still have outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and bird-flu and E-coli, not to mention CJD?

I live in Spain and it just happens that after having read the chapter on salad and the greenhouse of Europe (southern Spain, Almeria(Andalucia)) we went to Roquetas de Mar for a weekend break. This had been booked long before I read the book! When we were there we couldn’t stop thinking about everything the author had commented on during her stay in Roquetas, about the soil being used for 3 harvests a year, the pesticides needed to support this, water brought down from the north. In the meantime we, the tourist, were stuffing our faces at buffets and wasting water in an area that is a man-made oasis in the dessert. How long can this go on? I looked out of my hotel room window and saw the sea, the beach and a beautiful swimming pool. Then I went for a walk and could see all the plastic covering the greenhouses shimmering in the sun light and I thought of all the immigrants living in the rubble with no clean drinking water and little food, who wait by the road at sunrise to get selected to go to work or not. That lettuce is then sent by lorry to UK or other EU supermarkets.

The Labour Government, and Opposition for that matter, should be locked in a windowless room until they have all read this book. Once read, you will walk through the likes of Tescos and Sainsburys, Asda and Sommerfield with a heavy heart. Macdonalds is not quite the be all and end all of ogres portrayed by Fast Food Nation because in the end we all have a choice not to eat there. Increasingly, however, we do not have the choice as to where we buy our food. I for one am digging up the lawn and growing my own.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – Synopsis – Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser’s disturbing and timely exploration of one of the world’s most controversial industries, has become a massive bestseller in America and rightly deserves to be so this side of the pond. On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its cheapness a second thought. Fast food is so ubiquitous that it now seems harmless. But the industry’s drive for consolidation, homogenisation and speediness has radically transformed the West’s diet, landscape, economy and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways. Schlosser’s investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of regulation. His searing portrayal of the industry is disturbingly similar to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, written in 1906: nightmare working conditions, union busting and unsanitary practices that introduced E.coli and other pathogens into restaurants, schools and homes. Almost as disturbing is his description of how the industry “both feeds and feeds off the young”, insinuating itself into all aspects of children’s lives, even the pages of their school books, while leaving them prone to obesity and disease. Fortunately, Schlosser offers some eminently practical remedies. “Eating in the United States should no longer be a form of high-risk behaviour”, he writes. Where to begin? Ask yourself, is the true cost of having it “your way” really worth it? —Lesley Reed –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

comments: It’s no use closing your eyes and pretending it doesn’t effect you, because every time to put meat in your mouth you are eating chemicals, anti biotic and crap….by the ton and some from human waste. He tells how dead cats and dogs are collected from vets and converted into food for the cows, and if you think he is exaggerating
THINK AGAIN

FAST FOOD NATION is one of those true life tales that’s as hard to put down as an edge-of-your-seat thriller. It’s Eric Schlosser’s detailed and eminently readable portrait of the American fast food industry: its founders (most notably Ray Kroc and Carl Karcher), its Southern California evolution, marketing strategy (especially as it targets kids), corporate alliances (e.g. McDonald’s with Disney Corporation), hiring and employment practices, franchising structure, food product design, flavor and color additives, food growers and processors, meat packers, food contamination, job-related injuries, union relations, regulatory agencies, and overseas operations. Everything you’re drooling to know – and then some. It sounds dry, but isn’t.

Did you know that Ray Kroc was so fastidious that he cleaned the holes in his mop wringer with a toothbrush? That the “smell” of strawberry results from the interaction of at least 350 different chemicals? That perfectly sliced french fries are formed by shooting the skinned spud from a high pressure water hose at 117 feet per second through a grid of blades? That none of the workers in McDonald’s roughly 15,000 North American stores is represented by a union? Or that every day in the U.S. roughly 200,000 people are sickened by a foodborne disease, of which 900 are hospitalized and 14 die?

My Poetry

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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A Moose Loose

by

Denise Tansley

Over materialism gluttony and greed

You think that on these things the world will succeed!

The money the drugs and alcohol too

An escape from this world

To me it’s a zoo

As another whip cracks

We learn our new tricks

What a life, in a cage

No wonder such rage

As the ringmaster shouts for us to perform

I’m sick to my stomach, to see such forlorn

Wake up and smell them, the roses you see

The bitter illusion that money’s the key

Spent lives trying hard just to make an end meet

I’m out of it now, ‘tis not me you’ll mistreat

It’s my life and my reality I have to take responsibility

And seize the day it’s not so hard

Follow your dreams and you’ll see

And when you’ve achieved them send me a card

Signed

A moose on the loose

c/o London Zoo

@Copyright Denise Tansley

17/12/2001

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Mother Earth

By

Denise Tansley

Will no one stand up for me,
I am all things can’t you see.
I give you air to breath, the life that feeds
I nourished you from birth.
Never once have I ask for anything, always a silent friend.
We are as one and one we are when will you ever learn,
to know when you are lonely that you are never alone.
For I walk with you in the shadows, through the dark and dim lit roads,
when the wind is light and the sun is bright, my beauty in you shines through.
How could you forsake and turn away from me when I still see,
my gardens burnt and taken away for the price of luxury.
My children starved and diseased in the name of a gene,
what price would it be to feed to love and keep clean?
My heart of fire taken like a thief in the night, and you, you took it too,
to feed machines that take you around so fast and they say to the moon.
You will see in time to come the damage that has been done,
as you try and breathe the air once clean, if only you ‘believe’ you would have won.
To bring out love from hearts of rock, would that be so hard to do?
The seeds that grow I do not create, the leaders and powers that should not dictate.
And so my tears will flow with pain and sorrow, for the friend I had.
When the light that is slowly diminishing from the sadness and anger in you,
we are one and one we are and so for me it will too.


@ Copyright Denise Tansley

23/01/2002

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Ode to John Lennon

By

Denise Tansley

Peace and love were free to all

He went against that mighty wall

Bringing love to our hearts

he opened our minds

How could it be, he so gentle and kind

And now the revolution gone

Just memories and second hand songs

The smell of Utopia was a second away

The day John Lennon died was a very sad day.

@ Copyright Denise Tansley

23/01/2002

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St Peter’s Square

By
Denise Tansley

I Sleep no more by that door

Of hands that rocked the world

Her house that sits on shores will be no more

The pain and anger of those sleeping children awakening with misty eyes

Can now see clearly

While all around is chaos

She will not come out like a mother tending to her young

Nay she sits and counts the blood stained gold

In the name of God! In the name of God!

Copyright@ Denise Tansley

23/01/2002

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Summer, Summer Love

By

Denise Tansley

The sun shone down like a river filling once dried,

Jumping flees and honey bees where do you go when winter thrives.

The smell of Rose petals, Hyacinths and Lavender too

The sweet long days of summer sun help us see the cold days through.

Summer, how I love you don’t go,

the wise ones fell and worshiped you,

how I can see just what they knew

You bring us harvest you bring us fun

Oh summer, summer love when will you come.

Copyright@ Denise Tansley

23/01/2002

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Winter

By

Denise Tansley

I hear the sound of deep sigh’s coming from the north

It’s voice loud and course rushing to my door

I try to block it out with the warmth of the hearth

Chilling me to my bones as the last leaves fall

I wait for this creature to leave that has starved me

And left me to die.

I know when it has gone, not for long though

It’s claws scratching at my door like a well-fed cat

But now it is far from my mind as the feathers of the south,

Brush my face with delight and feed my belly

Copyright@  Denise Tansley 1999

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Angel

By

Denise Tansley

and guide

Maria

Take me slowly by the hand and lead me the way

for I would love to see a brighter day

I walked alone or so I thought believing things were bad

now you’ve shown me goodness I can see a brighter land

So I walk along with you, you’ve opened up my eyes

and when I saw what I had seen

I just broke down and cried

For all the lives we have lived and all the things we’ve seen

Why has it taken us so long to listen to our dreams?

All the messages along the way we didn’t see the clues

But come with me and hold my hand for you have an angel too.

Copyright@ Denise Tansley and Maria 2000

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Dad

By

Denise Tansley

Dad, you were a friend of mine

Although I didn’t know it

I look at all the talent that you had I never know

I seemed to take it all for granted, I should have said I loved you from the start

But how could I know that you’d be gone so soon and leave me a broken heart

So now I’ve leaned my lesson to give all the love I’ve got to give

And I’ll remember the good times, the fun we shared and not regret a thing

Whispering voices are calling my name giving me their glory

And I can tell their stories for them now

I opened my heart and let good things come from bad

And I hear you telling me these words

Don’t cry for me for I can still see, I am the wind, the air you breath

When you are down and feeling blue, I’ll bring sunshine to your door

Don’t cry for me for I can still see, I will guide you forever more

And I will live a thousand years with you

Copyright@Denise Tansley 17/08/2002

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Balance of Female Energy

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Balance of Female Energy

Energies must be brought back into balance, there is little respect for the female energies. In my home of Native America women had their place just as man had his but we respected women. Many white men raped our women and men still continue to rape women around the world today, just like the Earth is being raped. Man must accept women as equal, without women there is no man and without man there is no woman. Each time you come to this Earth you change many times from man to woman and woman to man, it is yourselves you are not respecting.

Women are not pieces of meat to be traded with. The balance needs to be brought back of the female energies, turning your backs away from love has done this. Man thinks he can create and bargain with lives when he is not the Creator merely a spark of the Great Divine. Women must also know that to be a woman is a beautiful thing, although you will have many lives to live as men and women and again you are the closest to the Mother as woman, her cycles, her sways, her seasons, her cries, her joy. Learn to love the Mother, learn to love yourselves, you are so beautiful as you are and by accepting your beauty you will bloom like a flower, open your heart as a flower opens its leaves, show your beauty through your soul. Do not degrade yourselves into man’s lusts and greed. Look into your heart and listen to you, by doing what your heart wants you can show man how to bring balance back, do not try to be man for there is too much of this energy. Be gentle, be kind to all things, show man he can cry. Do not change who you are but open up your heart, learn to respect yourselves and be proud to be of Mother Nature.

A Woman.

Denise Tansley and Guides, Red Feather and Ann. 2002

Lawful Rebellion. Magna Carta – You have sovereignty – by tpuc.org

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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What does Article 61 (Lawful Rebellion) stand for? You have Sovereignty, realize it, and use it.

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(Info from the tpuc.org website. For more info go to www.tpuc.org)

Lawful Rebellion.

Some one recently asked me the question; what is Lawful Rebellion?

Rebellion in itself has a number of different meanings and is in fact quite close to another word that seems to be on everyone’s lips; Revolution. Defined meaning of Rebellion;

  1. Refusal to accept some authority or code or convention.
  2. An act or show of defiance toward an authority or established government.

Defined meaning of Lawful;

  1. Being within the law; allowed by law: lawful methods of dissent. (The lawful refusal to conform to the authority that is unjust)

Under article 61 of Magna Carta 1215 (the founding document of our Constitution) we have a right to enter into lawful rebellion if we feel we are being governed unjustly. Contrary to common belief our Sovereign and her government are only there to govern us and not to rule us and this must be done within the constraint of our Common Law and the freedoms asserted to us by such Law, nothing can become law in this country if it falls outside of this simple constraint.

Article 61 shows quite clearly who really holds the power in this country, that being quite simply us the people; we have Sovereignty not any Parliament and nor can this be taken from us by any Parliament who claim to have taken the people’s Sovereignty. As defined above any act passed by a Parliament to remove the power the people possess, or to remove the power from the point of constraint we invested the power in, is invalid as it falls outside of the constraint laid down by Common/Constitutional Law.

This is a simple safeguard put in place to protect our freedoms under said law and to never allow such freedoms to be removed or diminished. So in reality any Act, Statute and subsequent law or legislation formed by these actions, that effects our freedoms asserted to us, is quite evidently unjust, invalid and most certainly illegal.

By invoking article 61 we are quite clearly stating that we feel we are being governed unjustly and after giving the head of state (Her Majesty) 40 day’s to correct this, if this is not corrected, then we can simply enter into lawful rebellion and we do this under the full protection of our Constitutional Law.

Lawful rebellion allows quite simply for the following recourse;

  1. Full refusal to pay any forms of Tax, Fines and any other forms of monies to support and/or benefit said unlawful governance of this country.
  2. Full refusal to abide by any Law, Legislation or Statutory Instrument invalidly put in place by said unlawful governance that is in breech of the Constitutional safeguard.
  3. To hinder in any way possible all actions of the treasonous government of this land, who have breeched the Constitutional safeguard; defined with no form of violence in anyway, just lawful hindrance under freedom asserted by Constitutional Law and Article 61.

Above are listed the three main ways we can as a people rely upon article 61 and what this allows for. The British people were given over 700 years ago a Law to use as there recourse when faced with either a Parliamentary dictatorship, or a Sovereign trying to rule by Divine Right, which amounts to the same thing. We have a right, and a birth right at that, to be governed properly under our birth right law and no other and certainly not by laws introduced on the pretence of being British Law, when in fact all laws passed since 1973 have been European laws in the guise of British law. We have a right to freedom within our true law and no Parliament can remove this for they were not present in its implementation nor did it need any Parliament, or any Parliament involvement, this was quite simply a deal struck between the people and a Sovereign, a deal which can never be broken.

The traitors that reside in the Parliament of this country only fear one thing and that quite simply is us the people and they know that they can never defend themselves, or defend their treasonous actions, lies and deceit against the power of the people, asserted by and given by, the founding document of our Constitution Magna Carta 1215. They realize, as many others do, that once the British public grasps the power of Magna Carta in both hands and start to use it in their defense; their game is quite simply up.

What does Magna Carta stand for?

In stands for freedom, that the people have Sovereignty that cannot be removed by anyone and it stands for the only real true rule of law; that no one, without exception, is above the law.

What does Article 61 (Lawful Rebellion) stand for? You have Sovereignty, realize it, and use it.

A story by Denise Tansley and guides Sister Ann and ‘Red Feather’ 13th July 2002

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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A Promise

A conversation took place between two people;

A Man was asked;

Will you tender to my gardens, for even though I am around there will be times when, the rain stops and the land needs to be cared for and harvested.

I need you to love the land as I love it.

The man was then asked;

Will you tender to my animals, for even though I am around, there will be days so cold and times so hard that they will need feeding and will require your love and care.

I need you to love them all as I love them.

The man was then asked;

Will you tender for my children for even though I am around they too will need your love and comfort when I cannot be found?

I need you to love them all as I love them.

Finally the man was asked;

Will you tender to each other for even though I am around you may not find me and lose the love and understanding that I have shown you.

I need you to love each other as I love you now.

The man made a promise that he would;

Tender to the land, look after the animals, care for the children and care for one another.

And so the land flourished and the crops grew regularly as the soil was fertile and produced much harvest. The animals grazed and fertilized the land and were well, as the birds sang from the harvests the horses stayed fit, the chickens produced healthy eggs and the chain of nature flourished. The children grew strong and healthy, were clean and comforted, love was in abundance as all was shared. But as time went by with many good harvests the man became wealthy and his finances grew along with his overindulgent waistband, he grew tired of his responsibilities with no time to tender to his land he became so greedy that he forgot how to love and be loved. The animals became idle and as the source of food from the land dried as the soil lost it’s minerals, the animals were eaten one by one by the man and the chain of nature stopped and animals died. The children became weak and so as a result got sick with many diseases, there was no love for them as the man hardly noticed they were even there. He didn’t need his loved ones and his old friends, now he could afford new ones that appreciated him and his wealth and gave him compliments.

The man died not long after this with all his bad living, slumped in his chair penniless and lonely with no one at his side, his body breathed its last breath. He then opened his eyes to see a form in the shape of a man standing before him, he felt overwhelming love yet a fear was in his heart as he bent his knees and fell to the floor.

The person spoke to the man and showed him his life. “Do you remember me?” asked the person, “When we last spoke I asked you to do something for me and you promised me that you would!” The man looked stunned and could not think what he had promised this person.

The person looked at the man. “I asked that you to tender to the land and I said even though I be around there would be times when I needed you to care for the land, yet your greed and gluttony got the better of you and you became idle and lazy and you did not give back what you took, the land tried to tell you it was dying but you did not listen!”

“As a result the animals also became idle, you took of their flesh and made it yours because you had no crops, the animals and insects then suffered”.

“The children became unclean, diseased and empty in love and hunger because you were too busy counting your money and living a life of luxury.”

“Lastly I asked you that you tender to each other, that you would give to others in need of your help with love and understanding, yet you ignored your true friends and pushed away your loved ones because you found wealthy friends who spat fancy words to you and you them!”

The man hung his head in shame and asked the figure what he could do to make up for all the things that went wrong.

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Just then the alarm clock buzzed, the man awoke, stunned with the memory of the dream vivid in his mind. He looked at the clock and it was 06.00, he got up and went downstairs to be greeted by his wife and children and there he kissed them all and gave a longing look at each one of them.

“Do you know what?” he said to his family.

“God has given us one beautiful world to take care of, we are only borrowing it for a while and then we hand it over to the next generation of keepers until it is their turn to pass it on. We have an easy job to do, if we all stick to our parts of the bargain, but if one of those generations refuses to fulfil his end of the deal, the rest will suffer.”

“Let us be humble, let us have understanding, let us always have love for the land, the animals, the children and each other”.

He then smiled warmly and left the table to tender to his land as the children followed.

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Denise Tansley

with her guides

Ann and Red Feather 13th July 2002

Love

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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” What is love ? ”

” The total absence of fear,” said the Master.

” What is it we fear ? ”

“Love,” said the Master.