At a moment in History when the widespread moral corruption and downright criminality of the United States could not be more evident, the pathetic Obama administration of this United States Government has decided to imprison and torture a young (23 year old) American Soldier for telling the truth. The reason this government is taking such action is, of course, evident; the USA has totally and definitively committed itself and its obedient citizens to the path of darkness, secrecy, and destruction that is the well-known Path of the Lie. America has sealed its own Self-destructive Fate. Nemesis awaits us: the inevitable and ultimate retribution invoked by our own unrelentingly extreme and darkly selfish arrogance.
The United States and its obedient citizens are, through the person of Bradley Manning, attempting to torture themselves into submission to the pain of their own traitorous lies. This is an act of pathological and collective suicide. It's another carefully orchestrated attempt to murder the soul of a Nation and a People. It marks the final death throes of the Corporate American Empire.
The birth chart of Bradley Manning reveals him to be exactly what America is not, -a Truthseeker, with Moral Courage and a strong grasp of Ethics.
Mister Manning is born with his Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Uranus all working together within the same sign of Sagittarius and even within the same span of four degrees of that sign. This is what astrologers call a Stellium Conjunction, a kind of super-duper intensity of Being focused within the Sagittarian energy field of Vision, Prophecy, Morality, and the passionate search for Truth. Bradley Manning, in other words, is a young man on a fiery Vision Quest. A person deeply concerned with ethics and judgments. An idealistic soldier doing his Sagittarian Walkabout. An Archetypal and blithely innocent Sacred Fool (Uranus) who instinctively knows that "The Gods Must Be Crazy". In this instance, the "Gods" are America. He is a thinking man caught up in the mindless politics of a Nation of drones. Killer drones.
Mercury conjunct Saturn in the last decanate of Sagittarius indicates a mind seriously concerned with logical rules of judgment, a mind committed to the daily search for truth, honesty, and meaning. Manning's core being, the Sun, is part of this conjunction and so is the radical, revolutionary planet Uranus. With Uranus conjunct Saturn Bradley is as unconventional as he is serious; he not only respects traditional moral and ethical laws but he also has the courage to defy and break such laws when he judges them to be unethical, immoral, and just plain wrong. In popular parlance, we call this integrity or "the courage to act on one's convictions".
Opposing (180 degrees) this stellium/conjunction of Mercury, Saturn, Sun, Uranus in Sagittarius is the planet Chiron retrograde in Gemini. Significantly, Chiron is the only planet retrograde at Manning's birth. It tells us his Wound as well as his potential Healing Gift (meant to be shared with others) is his pronounced involvement with Gemini data, information, and communications. It accounts for Manning's interest in the "information highway" called the internet. The Retrograde movement of Chiron in the Gemini sign of information (gathering and sharing information, facts, data) refers to his need to question and re question all the data and information he discovers. Its opposition to his stellium of planets intensely combined in Sagittarius indicates a life-long need to explore the meaning and purpose, the Ultimate Significance of all such information in the light of his Sagittarian quest for Ethical Truth.
I will assume the reader's familiarity with the Government's statements that Manning leaked "top secret" documents revealing truths of an unpleasant and largely criminal nature about the illegal US invasions and ongoing wars in areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan by way of the internet website known as Wiki-leaks. For the record, let me state that I fully support the idea of open information behind both Wiki-leaks and Bradley Manning's supposed "leaking" activities. Access to information is essential to anyone seeking to live a life in truth. JFK, our assassinated President, stood for such truth and openness in Government and spoke out (magic bullet) fearlessly about it saying:
"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. "Unfortunately, the Kennedy days of striving for governmental integrity and transparency are long gone as are our free elections, and we now have in the White House the Corporately installed Obama administration blatantly flaunting its lies, crimes, corruption and superficial rhetoric. Together with this abomination we have a jingoistic mainstream media totally devoid of integrity, a media spewing forth Gemini information and data which is highly selective, screened, and "spun" (propaganda, the action of negative Sagittarius) to support the very Corporate Government that assassinated our last honest President. In light of these facts, Bradley Manning's alleged disclosures of documents such as the Wiki-leaks titled video footage, "Collateral Murder", can only be seen as a healthy disclosure constituting a generous and much needed gift of potential insight to the American People and the Global Public.
President John F. Kennedy; address to newspaper publishers April 27, 1961.
But the fact is that the US Government has offered no proof to the Public that Bradley Manning disclosed anything to anybody at all. They may have such proof but they sure as hell haven't shared it. Instead, they've imprisoned Manning in solitary confinement for over 10 months and running. They've declared him to be in need of extra restrictions under the "Prevention Of Injury" games they play. He's confined "under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture." See here: Salon/Greenwald. The results are that he is forced to take Government-Military issued "anti-depressant" drugs among many other things.
Now, let's get real, shall we: why place someone in Solitary Confinement if you don't want him to be depressed? You do it because you obviously do want him to be depressed! So, then, why force-feed him "anti-depressants"? Anyone at all familiar with USA-CIA-NSA games knows such drugs are most often NOT what our lying government proclaims them to be but are used to destroy the health and especially the brain functions of prisoners. Bradley Manning is being tortured systematically and daily with the passive consent of the American People and with the self-evident intent of degrading and "brainwashing" him.
URGENT UPDATE, MARCH 5, 2011
A Nation Stripped Bare: Fascism Has Come to America
Here is the New York Times report on Manning's treatment -- a small, brief story which did not make the front page of the print edition and within a few hours disappeared from the dozens of stories on the front page of the on-line edition:
A lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, [David E. Coombs], the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking secret government files to WikiLeaks, has complained that his client was stripped and left naked in his cell for seven hours on Wednesday. ... The soldier’s clothing was returned to him Thursday morning, after he was required to stand naked outside his cell during an inspection, Mr. Coombs said in a posting on his Web site.
“This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification,” Mr. Coombs wrote. “It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. Pfc. Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.”
First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said a brig duty supervisor had ordered Private Manning’s clothing taken from him. He said that the step was “not punitive” and that it was in accordance with brig rules, but he said that he was not allowed to say more. “It would be inappropriate for me to explain it,” Lieutenant Villiard said. “I can confirm that it did happen, but I can’t explain it to you without violating the detainee’s privacy.”
This is rich; this shows a devilish irony at work in the PR boiler rooms of our fascist state. Yes, we tortured Manning, but we can't tell you why -- because we want to protect his privacy! We are very concerned about his sacred right to privacy! "I'm sorry," said Sgt. Heinrich Schultz, spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau detention facility. "I can confirm that Mr Shlomo Stern, formerly of Krakow, was indeed stripped naked by guards here, but it would be inappropriate for me to explain why, because it would violate the detainee's privacy."
(Note: Barack Hussein Obama is the "Commandedr-In-Chief" of these vile American Armed Forces. It is Obama who should be stripped naked and made to stand that way before a MIRROR -without being allowed to touch himself, given "anti-depressants", and tried for Treason! He is a war criminal and a grinning Sadist. -So Says Francis D. Grabau.)
So, what does the specifically American public think of these events? Nothing much. Our citizenry is itself drugged, escapist, and overwhelmingly apathetic -even regarding its own well-being! I have already commented astrologically and "ad nauseam" on this issue (see here and here) so I won't repeat all that over again except to reiterate that Neptune, planet of escapism and drugs, is still deeply affecting the Collective Mood of the Moon-Public in America. But we can obtain some insight as to Bradley Mannning's own personal relationship with the Public by taking a look at his Lunar Nodes in his birth chart as they are indicators of one's personal "public relations".
Manning's Lunar Nodes are respectively located at 27+degrees of Pisces (North Node) and Virgo (South Node) in his natal first and seventh houses which houses specifically deal with the Relationships between Self (1st House) and Others (7th House). The Pisces Lunar North Node speaks of his need to develop his Intuition, Faith, and Trust in himself (First House). The Virgo Lunar South Node speaks of his innate gifts for analysis and careful attention to details as he relates to Others (Seventh House).
Both his Lunar Nodes form challenging and highly restless square aspects to his Sagittarius Stellium in opposition aspect to his polarized Gemini Chiron. This combination forms a Grand Square Dynamic dominating his chart. It's pivotal to anyone trying to understand Manning's nature. It makes of him a person critically involved in all four (Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, Virgo) "flavors" of communication, in all aspects of communication. It's the indicator of a man whose entire Life hinges on his ability to constantly adjust to continuously changing uses of language, media, and propaganda as they unfold. His job is to address all these changes because he is unwittingly singled out or "forced by circumstances" to perform as a Sagittarian-Teacher-Prophet in a Public 10th House manner.
What I'm saying here, is that whether or not he likes it or feels up to the task, Bradley Manning is called upon by the "Forces That Be" to act as a kind of avenue or transpersonal "vessel" meant to publicly question and openly challenge his culture's fashions, mores, laws and business practices. To confront us profoundly in the light of Spirit. To question the way we all think, act and talk. Powerfully. Totally. He is a "Truth Sayer", a "Fool", a shocking Uranus Awakener.
That is his essential nature. But, the Dull Masses do not like to be shocked or awakened, and as the old saying attributed to the Christ figure in the Gospel of Luke goes: "Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country."
Therefore, if indeed Manning is the source for the Wiki-leaks documents including the video "Collateral Murder", he is doing precisely what his astrological "destiny" asks of him: using his intuition to devise ways of sharing in all his relationships the details of data and information that his Sagittarius Stellium determines to be of ethical and moral importance. By following such a course of action Manning furthers his own spiritual growth and contributes to the potential spiritual evolution of others who may (and evidently do) possess less moral-ethical wisdom than he so courageously displays and puts into action.
Unfortunately, it cannot be said that most people in the USA value ethics or morality given our mass (passive) consent to the immoral and illegal wars this nation has instigated against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and yes, even Palestine (to name just a few). Careful review of the plain facts of history reveals that America-Americans have been at War with other nations since the very founding of the country in its/our genocidal attacks against Native Americans. Bradley Manning is a Political Prisoner just as is Leonard Peltier.
No, America-Americans do not regard ethical behaviour as important. We regard Money as our God, -In God We Trust, says our Almighty Dollar Bill. And this youngster, Bradley Manning, is truly a fool if he thinks his fellow Americans will rally to his defense. But we must never forget he's a Uranus Fool, -which means a special kind of Fool, a Sacred Fool. He's the contemporary counterpart of the Native American "Heyoka" or "Contrary" whose job it is (I must repeat) to call into question all the customs (be they mundane or sacred) of his "tribe's" collective behaviour. And in that sense, Bradley Manning is holding up a mirror to the American People showing us just who we are.
The US is a business-run huckster society, and its primary value is deceit. -- Noam Chomsky
I don't see any American dream; I see an American nightmare. -- Malcolm X
I believe the United States is a truly monstrous force in the world. -- Harold Pinter
Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism, and a battle hymn for the people's unity
against the great enemy of mankind: the United States of America. -- Che Guevara
America, a Nation born with Sagittarius as its Rising Sign, presents itself to the World as the Sagittarian Truthseeker of freedom, democracy, liberty for all ... witness Mister Obama's belated and hypocritical calls for "democracy" for all Egyptians, Libyans, Palestinians etc. while, in fact, funding, training and sustaining the very regimes which the Peoples of these Corporate American Dictatorships are attempting to topple. But the ugly truth is that America is a Corporate Bank State, the corrupt Praetorian Guard for a Global Business Dictatorship well on its way to bloody success against the freedoms of all Peoples everywhere around the Earth.
What astounding courage this young man displays against such overwhelming odds. If there is anyone left who is an honest person in the Biblical Sodom-Gomorrah that is the United States, Bradley Manning is that man. Truthful. Virtuous. Frighteningly naive in his Boy Scout desire to join the Army and fight for Freedom.
That's what a Sacred Fool is, an Innocent, a breath of fresh air. So utterly unlike the foul smelling liar we call President these days. Obama exudes from his every pore the contagion of corruption .... or, as Mister Shakespeare so tellingly put it ..." meet it is, I set it down, That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain".
I say to you, America, keep your bloody rotting hands off this man. Set him free. A Sagittarian is a person who must be free to roam. His realm is the tops of Mountains, the High Plains and Valleys, the open air of Nature. Confining this man while you try to break his free will, destroy his spirit, and hide from yourselves the clear mirror he holds up to you revealing your own Portrait of Corruption merely makes the stench of your lousy hypocrisy all the more evident. The Betrayal, the Crimes, the Lies are yours, America. Don't try to use this freedom loving youngster as your Scapegoat. He's not the coward, the traitor, the killer. You are. As Chalmers Johnson so meticulously pointed out, -You, America-Americans- stand defenseless in the cross-hairs of Nemesis and your "fate" is sealed by your actions. (or lack thereof)
The fact that Brad Manning is born with the intensity of the triple conjunction of Moon+Mars+Pluto all in the holding power of the energy-field of Scorpio tells us he's a guy with powerful, deep, and committed feelings. A guy who does not easily let go of those feelings but, instead, is determined to share them with others. This is a sign of enormous personal stamina. Scorpio, we must never forget, is not only the sign of in-depth Sharing but the sign of Secrecy, sign of the hidden and occult. Brad Manning is a fellow who pierces through secrets intent on revealing them as the root source of Hidden Power. No doubt at all that he scares the Scorpio Shit out of the Secret Shadow Government running America.
Note that all three of these planets, Mars+Moon+Pluto are in easy, flowing relationship (Trine Aspect) to Manning's personal Rising Sign of Pisces (this is his Public Birth Chart as I do not know the exact hour/minute of his birth). These Triple Trine aspects call our attention to Neptune, ruling Force informing that energy-field of Pisces, found in the status-quo-craving sign of Capricorn, sign of Government and Business! What's it doing there? Well, let's see ...could it, by any chance, be revealing to Mister Manning the ESCAPISM TECHNIQUES of the Federal-Corporate-War Machine?
Let's take a gander at Brad's birth chart in the context of the founding document of America, it's Declaration Of Independence:
Well, here you have it! Bradley Manning's Chiron in Gemini in opposition to his Stellium Conjunction of Mercury, Saturn, Sun and Uranus in Sagittarius highlights and activates America's natal Mars in Gemini to Neptune in Virgo square aspect which aspect is the tell-tale and perpetual indicator of America's Military/Aggressive (Mars) lying (Neptune) through distortion of the Virgo details of Gemini information.
Mars in waning square aspect to Neptune from Gemini to Virgo is indicative of a pronounced tendency to use Neptunian Mystification to hide Mars Aggression by way of telling lies and obscuring the facts. (see here.)
Note that Manning's strongly emphasized Stellium falls in the first house of America's preferred Self-Image, the house of its hilarious pretense at being a Nation of Sagittarian Truth-Seekers! Manning's very Being gives the lie to that Self-Image, reveals the truth about America as a Nation always inclined to LIE in order to mask its Mars square Neptune brand of violent aggression, it's hidden lust for mayhem and murder. No wonder they want to lock this kid up and throw away the key! In America, where pathological LYING is a twenty-four hour a day way of life, anyone speaking and acting from considerations of moral or ethical truth is a severe threat! Can't have our lying way of life exposed now, can we? What would Jesus think?
The American Mars Military, please observe, is centered in Gemini communication of data/information. This "explains" our "embedded" media, doesn't it? The willingness of American Media to mouth the proven LIES of Saddam Hussein's supposed possession of "Weapons Of Mass Destruction".
When reporters are in bed with soldiers they're either sleeping or having sex. What else do any of us do in bed. Embedded, indeed. Given the dominance of Men both in American Media and in the American Military, there is a blatantly Homoerotic flavor to such an arrangement. Ah, shades of Anderson Cooper, but "don't ask, don't tell"! Tee-hee, I call to your mind that revealing French phrase referring to the orgasm as "la petite mort" ....the Little Death! The sigh of release. Americans, as a collective group, seem to really "get off" on the (hidden-Neptune) sexual thrill of bloody wars. American Gladiators. Orgiastic "Superbowls". Iron Man and Captain America. Superman and Sex And The City.
Here we see another "problem" Bradley Manning faces with the American Public as indicated by his own Lunar Nodes squaring his solitary Chiron and his Sagittarian Stellium. He's declared himself to be "Gay" or Homosexual. Ouch, that stings! I give you now the (Mars square Neptune) voice of the collective unconscious in America's Psyche:
"Holy shit! We got a Queer giving away our Military Secrets to the Enemy! Burn the Fagot! Hang him. Shoot him. Lock him up and throw away the key. Sissy-boy, what's he got to complain about ... Solitary Confinement ain't no kinda torture, a Real Man wouldn't complain. It's those "bleeding heart" Liberals, fagots themselves, who bitch about his treatment at the hands of our hired killers. The same ones who protest our President's ongoing torture and rendition programs. Queers, weaklings, all of 'em!"Courage is a gift of Mars, Bradley Manning possesses Courage in Spades. Full of it. What else is Mars when reinforced by Pluto in Scorpio? And when we toss in the symbol of daily feeling behaviour, the Moon, all this Courage is bound up with the feelings of the Scorpio-Sexual Realm. The Scorpio Death Realm. This is the Realm most hidden from and feared by Americans as it controls the Gates to America's Twelfth House, -our Subconscious, our " Secret Closet Self, " that which we are called upon as a People to Transform. Manning's Mars function at 15+ degrees of Scorpio aligns exactly with these Gates, applies Mars+Pluto+Moon pressure to open them up and expose to the healthy light of day the Scorpio Hell-Realm of America's 12th House Secrets!
O yeah, Mister Astrologer, and what does this chorus of planets say? What's behind these Gates? Well folks, we all know planets don't talk, right? So I'll have to speak for them, along with Bradley Manning whose presence I'm honored to be in, and together all of us will first ask: Hey, what do you really know about the Scorpio secrets of your Nation's Federal Reserve? Where does your money come from? Who controls it? What is the relationship between your Private Bankers and all the Scorpio deaths you simultaneously suffer from and inflict in financially profitable wars? We demand you ask yourselves these questions. And then, and only then, do we say to you: Straighten out your violently repressed sexuality, America, and you'll stop all these Wars you initiate on the flimsiest of trumped-up evidence and because you like to LIE.
Hell, you don't just "like to lie", you Lie without even thinking about it. You keep your lying to yourself. You lie to yourselves and call it "positive, upbeat optimism". Call it "sharing". It's your tortured, cockeyed, "happy" Secret. You're all feeling just "fine and dandy", right? Cuz you're "Yankee Doodle Dandys"!
Yeah, well check out this 12th House news flash: you're either flat broke already or you're going broke as we speak. You're not happy, you're losing your homes if you have one, you're jobs have been sent overseas to cheap labor camps, and most of you are deeply unhappy. Furthermore, things are getting worse. It's only the top 25 per cent of you who are (in varying degrees) rolling in the dough, and more than half of you are marked as fodder for the coming Federally Declared Austerity of yet another enforced and carefully engineered "Great Depression". Get it?
You're really depressed, and you dam well should be. You should also be fighting mad. There is, after all, such a thing as "Righteous Anger"! It's natural, spiritual, and healthy. Fess up, folks. Face the truth. The Huckster Feds think they own you, they are sure they own you and they really want you to suffer. They want at least half of you to die as soon as possible. They've stolen your jobs and your money, and their poisoning your air and water, too. And if you think you can buck their system they offer you examples, of what will happen if you protest; they offer you public scapegoats, show you their tortured victims. Buck-up, soldiers, and follow your orders. If not, we'll throw you in the Quantico Brigg, too. Naked. Shackled. We call it "The Audacity Of Change".
"A person incapable of spontaneous anger when confronted
by acts of premeditated evil or rank corruption
possesses a void where their sense of righteousness should be."
In Praise Of Anger by Charles Marowitz
Your job is to be afraid, to keep your mouth shut. Your job is to Lie. To wrap yourself in a bubble of "white light" and swoon in denial while you "meditate", do your Tai Chi, your Zazen and Yoga. That shouldn't be too hard for you to do. The Dalai Lama, or Miss Happy Rich Corporate Oprah can help you cheer up, and Jesus will bless you for your humble meekness. Besides, your World is over. You're headed for Enlightenment. The Rapture. The Wizard of Oz himself is coming to take you away in his big saviour balloon over the rainbow to your very own Log Cabin in the Sky! O how happy you'll be then. Perfectly Dead.
Loyal, Liberal, Spiritual, Conservative and Obedient Americans, you are embedded like well-behaved victims in your 12th house Corporate (Federal Reserve) Government. Lying (to yourself and others) is your Second Nature as Noam Chomsky so astutely observed, and it deserves repeating:
Now, suddenly, along comes the wide-open young innocent named Bradley Manning, an unusual American blessed (cursed?) with an unrelenting drive to investigate and pursue the Truth, with a Capital T. A seeker philosopher from Crescent City, Oklahoma concerning whom his childhood friends have declared:"The US is a business-run huckster society, and its primary value is deceit."
"Bring up Bradley Manning in Crescent, and you’re likely to hear that he was, “too smart for his own good.” He was a promising saxophonist in the middle school band, always excelled in the science fair, and starred on the quiz bowl team. On bus trips to quiz bowl competitions around Oklahoma, he and a small group of friends passed the time talking about ideas and big picture questions of right and wrong.Hi Brenda,
“We’d talk about stuff that, for that age, was pretty deep,” said Shanée Watson, who recently graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We discussed morality and philosophy a lot—I know that sounds weird, but that’s what we did.”
"He was polite and obedient in class, with no disciplinary record at all from his elementary and middle school years. He did not, however, shy away from confrontation."
While Brad was in middle school, Brian Manning came home one day and announced he was leaving Susan. He moved out abruptly. Eventually, Susan and Brad moved into town, to a small rental house near the Baptist church. Brad’s grades dropped. Amidst the disintegration of his family, pubescent Brad was coming to terms with his own sexuality. Shanée Watson recalls Brad gathering she and Jordan Davis near a tree at Jordan’s grandmother’s house to give them important news. Brad told them that he would very shortly be moving with his mom to Wales for high school. He also told his two best friends he was gay.
This moment warrants pause. Bradley Manning, still effectively a boy, had few friends, and his family had all but fallen apart. In a time before Facebook and sustained long-distance friendships, he was leaving his two best friends for what could easily have been the last time (for Shanée Watson, it was). He didn’t need to tell them he was gay in order to confess a hidden affection, to explain a behavior or even to allow his friends to know him better–in a short time he would be gone. And yet, presumably for no other reason than that he was who he was and wanted to live honestly in his own skin, he felt compelled, in a conservative, religious town, to confide in his friends that he was a homosexual. Not only must it have taken tremendous courage for such a young man, it displays a crucial aspect of Brad’s personality. As his Facebook profile still says today, “Take me for who I am, or face the consequences!”From the excellent article, Private Manning And The Making Of Wiki-leaks.
Please observe that Manning is born with Jupiter, ruling planet of his Sagittarius Stellium, in Aries tightly conjunct with the USA Chiron/Wound in that same sign while his own Chiron in Gemini also conjuncts the USA Mars in Gemini. Once again we see how Bradley Manning's very Being activates America's essential Woundedness while stimulating the Nation's Mars to Neptune predisposition to conduct covert Military Actions which it seeks to hide from the public.
Brad's Jupiter, the principle of enthusiastic expansion, contacting America's Chiron Wound magnifies it, makes it blatantly evident. It also makes Manning an easy target for America's Mars in Gemini Militant Speech, it's War Propaganda bathed in the Glamour of Neptunian Fog. He's highly attuned/responsive in a very personal way to American Deceit and Virgo/Neptune Duplicity. "Fate" itself (Nemesis) placed him directly in the path of documents proving the fraudulency, the LYING so innate to the American Military (Mars) and the American Press (Gemini). He blew the whistle as any honest man would. But America knows nothing at all of honesty and seeks to defame and imprison or even execute him as a traitor!
"Truth is a tyrant - the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance.
The service of truth is a matter of heroism."
(JFK, Letter to Monsignor Schieder regarding Catholic Youth Week)
This soldier, Bradley Manning, has performed a highly meritorious act of outstanding courage in exposing (if it's ever proven that he did) the Sick Wound at the heart of a Nation. A National Wound, ironically enough, which speaks of Cowardice.
Yes, America, born with it's Chiron Wound in Aries is a Nation of Isolated Aries Individuals deeply insecure about their real feelings and afraid of giving voice to them. The National Security State might be (and is) listening. America's Chiron in Aries is being challenged (square aspect) by its own Speech and Conscience (Mercury in Cancer, Retrograde) on a daily basis. Americans dare not speak the truth:
The American Wound in Aries (ruled by Militant Mars) addresses the Genocide upon which this Nation is founded. Each isolated Aries Individual in the USA is impacted by this stressful challenge All Americans share, the challenge to Act like real Individuals, to speak their true Cancer Feelings openly and honestly. (But hey, as any American schlep will tell you: "You gotta go along to get along!" Yeah, right. Sure. Cowards. In America, only money talks; money and "success". It's "God's Work".)Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
* Hamlet, scene i
The Retrograde condition of this Mercury function in the USA demands that we reflect, go back and REMEMBER the Truth. Redress it. Make reparations. Otherwise, we are nothing but a Fake Nation, a loose aggregate of isolated people lacking real Individuation and behaving collectively as the herd of "Sheeple" all the World witnesses. The TV-Hollywood make-believe People duped by clever public relations, taught to substitute advertising jargon and commercial propaganda for human speech and true talk. The United States Of Amnesia, -thank you again, Gore Vidal.
It is no "accident" that Free Speech (Mercury) is under attack in the USA via the phony "Patriot Act", the NSA spying on all American citizens, and the ever growing restrictions via "Homeland Security" on personal liberty and travel. But most Americans are too busy being frantically distracted to notice all that. (Sexual harrasment in Airports; Psychological intimidation.) And now, our Killer Drones are coming home, too!
Mars, (the "ruler" of Aries, hence of America's Chiron Wound in Aries) itself located in Gemini square to Neptune in Virgo inclines Americans to be confused into thinking that speedy proliferation of Mercury data is actual communication. It disinclines us from practicing Virgo Discrimination, attention to Virgo Differences whether we are speaking or listening. "Tweeting" each other on cell phones and posting "Facebook" pages seeking "friends" and "followers" is not deep communication. It's game playing, flirting with Gemini information and data. It is, at best, only one aspect of real communication which requires direct, one on one eye contact in the physical presence of each other. Contacting another person with an electronic signal from something called "My Space" is not at all the same thing as the warmth of physical touching. Nor are electronically transmitted ("tin ear") replications of the human voice the same as that voice itself. We are not cartoon "Tweety Birds"!
These cell phones, blogs and web pages are Simulacra, simulated and artificial substitutes for direct communication. Yes, they are a quick and often helpful means of exchanging information within the "Matrix" but they bring with them this "distance" factor wherein tweeted "slogans" and quick "jargon" are forced to attempt to carry real feelings. They can't. They can only convey generic "instructions" or vague feelings of a stereotypical nature. Emoticons. They leave Chiron in Aries Americans isolated as "My Space" + "Facebook" Aries Individuals wounded by their personal insecurities, afraid of sharing their real retrograde Mercury in Cancer feelings.
And that helps both the Military and the Government to polarize them into "red" and "blue" Americans, into Republican and Democrat Americans, into Tweetle-dum and Tweetle-dee. Hey, Americans, we are all One People. One People in union with All People on planet Earth. All for One; One for All. Individuals, hopefully, YES! But One Human Race.
We human beings urgently need to know just how thoroughly and deeply our "Governments" Lie to us, manipulate us, use us one against the other to fatten their own wallets and feed their own peculiar pathologies. We need to act like Bradley Manning and expose the Lies told us everyday.
THE PEOPLE, UNITED, CAN NEVER BE DEFEATED
WE ARE ALL BRADLEY MANNING
That's why everybody, especially his fellow Americans, must work to FREE BRADLEY MANNING, a man whose Jupiter in Aries, sign of Self-confidence and Courage, benefits every man, woman, and child needing and wanting the Truth.
Uranus, these days, is entering ARIES; -Yes, REVOLUTION IS IN THE AIR! It's WAKING UP Aries Individuals to their collective, social, LIBRA responsibilities, each one to the other. Support the Unions, support the protesting People of Wisconsin. Support All the Peoples now awakening to throw off the global repression and fear-based control of the International CORPORATE AMERICAN EMPIRE! Down with the Corrupt Corporations and World Banksters. Life in American Disneyland is Hell on Earth.
Thank you, Bradley Manning, and thank you People of Yugoslavia, Greece, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya, Oman, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Belarus, Nigeria, Venezuela, Yemen, Croatia ....all you freedom loving and awakening friends everywhere around the Globe of Mother Earth.
PS: Hey, you True Revolutionaries, don't let American Psy-Ops steal, co-opt and control your efforts. We know their games with tweets and facebook...steer as clear of the lying bastards as you can! Never blindly believe a word out of the mouths of comfortable media shills like Anderson Cooper and Company etc. see here, here and here. Question, question, question.
Talk about "embedded" and you're talking Corporate American Media. They don't even practice "safe sex". Greed is a socially transmitted disease as ugly and damaging as syphilis. Wall Street, the White House, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol should all be cordoned off from the general population by a gigantic condom. It should be colored red, white and blue. It should be star-spangled.
Actually, if you think about it for a moment, you'll realize it already is.
PPS: I wrote this article in Corporately Occupied America from a cordoned-off "Free Speech Zone". Impeach Barack Obama.
I can see them now, all the incoming tear-gas cannisters hurled by righteous bureaucrats robed in their black "riot gear" just doing their jobs! Who needs armed tanks when we have a well paid, nation-wide web of "Homeland Security" traitors and paper-pushing snitches. "Ah, what can I do say a powerless few..." Listen here, Buffy Sainte-Marie sang it in the 1960s, "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying."
Office Drones. Spying and lying. "Patriots" killing us "softly", acting the "American" Way!!! O, well, we'd do anything for a buck. Praise the Lord, and pass the freedom fries.
Letter From A Reader Of This Article
together with my response:
(note; my response in RED, reader's letter in black)
You wrote... "So, Francis Douglas Gnostic, how are you taking care of yourself w/your natal stellium in Sagitarrius and Manning's natal stellium in Sagitarrius so close in conjunction or 'near aspect' to each other? Is his situation incredible!
Well, Brenda, it's Francis Donald Gnostic! But I have a nephew named Douglas and he's a Gnostic too.
Yes, you and I both know Manning's situation is incredible! Not to be believed! Very difficult. And we don't even have his EXACT birth chart!!! All the planets, but especially transiting Jupiter in Aries for a few months still (trining 120 degrees Bradley's Stellium of 4 planets in Sagittarius), is/are helping him cope with the TORTURE he's enduring, but.... if we take his Public Chart as I've given it... he's got Pluto in Scorpio in his 8th house and its at the APEX of his "Finger Of The World" configuration = Chiron square North Lunar Node, both sesquisquare to PLUTO!!!
Yipes! This configuration implies that the "World" itself (his sense of the collective public) DEMANDS that he reach out (sesquisquare) and share (8th house) his knowledge of Plutonian-Scorpio themes like DEATH-TORTURE with this "World". But you point out how transiting PLUTO is repeatedly conjuncting his NEPTUNE function in political Capricorn and I'm afraid that's his enforced imprisonment and torture....given Neptune as archetypal ruler of the 12th house of Prisons! They've whisked him away in secrecy to Torture him behind bars in Secret .... so I think invading that attempt at secrecy, broadcasting it to the world... is precisely what we ALL need to do as best we can in hopes that Public Awareness of his mistreatment (Hell, his abuse and TORTURE) will DEMAND he be set free. He is reaching out to the World on behalf of the World so the least we can do is reach back out to help him!
I've looked at his natal and hope/pray his natal strengths can get him through this patch in his life. I'm seeing a transiting pluto is crossing over and now retro-grading conjunct his natal neptune.
What is the healthiest or safest remedy we can get to him in his solitary confinement with that kind of an aspect backing up over him again like that?!
Public protests... risking personal arrest...confronting the Obscene Power holding him prisoner and torturing him. And given Pluto's rulership of the Occult, the Power of Psychic Force, each of us can individually create in our shared Collective Unconscious (Pluto) the image of Bradley Manning set FREE. Then activate it, SPEAK it to all our friends and to the Public in a non-stop fashion. Repeatedly. Relentlessly. Using ourselves the POWER OF PLUTO rather than yielding it to the Military-Political Authority figures who claim they alone wield such Power.
This is a PUBLIC SHOWDOWN kind of thing. WE must be resolute and unyielding: BRADLEY MANNING MUST BE SET FREE. ALL OUR FREEDOMS DEPEND ON THAT!!!
How come no one is writing about (how) his natal sun conjunct uranus is a sign of genius?
I think it is because "genius" is such an individual thing and looks different to each one of us. Uranus, after all, symbolizes each and every Individual person's unique Genius. But we live in a World which denies each individual's genius and claims only "special" people are "geniuses"! That's Corporate Capitalism for you! Academy Awards!
In my brief article I tried to point out that Manning's unique genius is his Fool-Heyoka-Contrary gift to us all of QUESTIONING/DEFYING our collective social laws, customs, "political correctness". His genius is his truth-saying courage which he tries to SHARE with all of us! He's only interested in the Truth getting out believing as he does that "The Truth shall set you Free". There can be no public expression of "genius" without FREEDOM.
If we let them find him guilty of promulgating the Truth, if we let our government put him on trial for "illegally" releasing "their" documents then we are saying they have a right to hide their own self-incriminating facts from us .... but they are merely "employees" of the People and we must not let them claim that "war crime secrets" are theirs to own...it is us, WE THE PEOPLE, who are waging these WARS and by way of them creating these CRIMES! These documents and records are OWNED BY THE PEOPLE and we must make it clear we want them ALL released!
Bradley Manning must NOT be tried for our crimes. That's just despicable Scapegoating. America and all Americans are guilty for both committing these crimes and trying to keep them secret.
I'm NOT looking for free astrology for myself, I'm just looking for constructive astro-spiritual roles we can play for a hero we can't get to.
Mario Savio, the reluctant leader of the 1964 Free Speech Movement in Berkley, California put it all together in these very direct words:
"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
I'm sending money to his attorney and to courage to resist and am getting others to sign petitions etc
Thanks. That's GREAT WORK!
I have a leo sun, libra moon w/a cap rising. So these planets in Aries this next month....I hope, pray and meditate will be helpful to Manning. Post some suggestions as to ways we can help Manning, spiritually, What do you see in his pending transits?
I think that if Bradley Manning is left, abandoned by Americans, to the machinations of Military Courts and Military Laws his case is hopeless. There is no "Justice" in Military trials because the rules and VALUES in such trials are predetermined by Military Custom. They will, at the very least, find him "guilty" of "aiding the enemy" -which can be defined as ANYBODY not yielding to Military Rules- and imprison him for long years or even try to execute him.
I think we can't afford to pretend to ourselves that Military Tribunals aren't the very "MACHINE" Mario Savio is talking about. The Military are simply the brutes used to enforce the will of our morally inept and completely corrupt Politicians and Judges.
I think that the games will continue to play out as they have till now: delays, bureaucratic obfuscations, ongoing avoidance ..... it is clear that the Government's abuse of Manning by way of the Military is intended to break him down, to make him physically and mentally sick and these same delay games are meant to wear down Public Protest ...the Public is notoriously fickle and distracted and the Government is sure they'll "forget" about Manning as bad news keeps coming our way ...radiation poisoning from Japan's reactors, collapsing economy, no workers rights...a litany of increasingly bad news. They're counting on all that to wear down the Public, to make them forget about Private Manning!
Saturn in Libra will be opposing Manning's Natal Jupiter in Aries on October 10th later this year as the Pluto transits repeat (finally ending in October of 2012) ...and those transits, well....PLUTO over NEPTUNE is the penultimate image of the SCAPEGOAT. We Americans all participate in the Declaration's opposition aspect between Retrograde Mercury in Cancer and Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn ...what's that if not "Out of sight, out of Mind" ?
It's not about the Military rules at all ...it's about America's Pluto in Capricorn 2nd House of Corporate-Political-Money! They can't let Manning get away with revealing their secrets. It will cost them too much. They must SILENCE him, put him out of the Nation's Mind, either murder him or lock him up for the rest of his life (or 52 years -whichever comes first!). He must be made an example of ... in America, there is no place for dissent, honesty, or the courage of whistle blowing!
If they can break Manning's WILL, they shall have broken ours, too.
NOTE: Here is a copy of Bradley Manning's birth chart replete with tables identifying all the astrological symbols for those unfamiliar with such things.
Important Additional Data Links
Bradley Manning's forced nudity to occur daily...
by Glen Greenwald (excerpt)
"Let's review Manning's detention over the last nine straight months: 23-hour/day solitary confinement; barred even from exercising in his cell;
one hour total outside his cell per day where he's allowed to walk around in circles in a room alone while shackled, and is returned to his cell the minute he stops walking;
forced to respond to guards' inquiries literally every 5 minutes, all day, everyday; and awakened at night each time he is curled up in the corner of his bed or otherwise outside the guards' full view.
Is there anyone who doubts that these measures -- and especially this prolonged forced nudity -- are punitive and designed to further erode his mental health, physical health and will? As The Guardian reported last year, forced nudity is almost certainly a breach of the Geneva Conventions; the Conventions do not technically apply to Manning, as he is not a prisoner of war, but they certainly establish the minimal protections to which all detainees -- let alone citizens convicted of nothing -- are entitled.
The treatment of Manning is now so repulsive that it even lies beyond what at least some of the most devoted Obama admirers are willing to defend. For instance, UCLA Professor Mark Kleiman -- who last year hailed Barack Obama as, and I quote, "the greatest moral leader of our lifetime" -- wrote last night:
The United States Army is so concerned about Bradley Manning’s health that it is subjecting him to a regime designed to drive him insane. . . . This is a total disgrace. It shouldn't be happening in this country. You can't be unaware of this, Mr. President. Silence gives consent.
The entire Manning controversy has received substantial media attention. It's being carried out by the military of which Barack Obama is the Commander-in-Chief. Yes, the Greatest Moral Leader of Our Lifetime and Nobel Peace Prize winner is well aware of what's being done and obviously has been for quite some time. It is his administration which is obsessed with destroying and deterring any remnants of whistle-blowing and breaches of the secrecy regime behind which the National Security and Surveillance States function.
This is all perfectly consistent with his actions in office, as painful as that might be for some to accept (The American Prospect, which has fairly consistently criticized Obama's civil liberties abuses, yesterday called the treatment of Manning "torture" and denounced it as a "disgrace"). As former Army officer James Joyner (and emphatic critic of WikiLeaks and Manning) writes:
Obama promised to close Gitmo because he was embarrassed that we were doing this kind of thing to accused terrorists. But he's allowing it to happen to an American soldier under his command? "
Glen Greenwald Salon
Here is an excellent article by Dr. Lawrence Davidson dealing with the psychology of the punishment/torture of Manning and others: CRIMINALIZING THE TRUTH TELLERS
And for burning truth you can't find a writer better than Arthur Silber:
March 05, 2011 Kingdom of Evil
".....these cruelties and the purported "justifications" offered by the military, all in a notably high profile case, definitively put the lie to the propaganda spewed by the U.S. government in response to the torture, including sexual humiliation, revealed at Abu Ghraib: that such incidents were an "aberration" perpetrated by a few "bad apples." (I emphasize that similar torture and humiliation occurred in other locations as well; Abu Ghraib is probably the best-known instance.) They also definitively put the lie to Obama's patently false claim that he has "ended torture," a point I have made repeatedly."
Bradley Manning and the Rule of Law
Kevin Zeese (excerpt)
"The case of Private Bradley Manning raises legal issues about his pre-trial detention, freedom of speech and the press, as well as proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Putting aside Manning's guilt or innocence, if Bradley Manning saw the Afghan and Iraq war diaries as well as the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, what should he have done? And, what should be the proper response of government to their publication?
A high point in the application of the rule of law to war came in the Nuremberg trials, where leaders in Germany were held accountable for World War II atrocities. Justice Robert Jackson, who served as the chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials while on leave from the U.S. Supreme Court, said "If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us."
One of the key outcomes of the Nuremberg trials was that people who commit war crimes or crimes against humanity will be held accountable even if they were following orders. This is known as Nuremberg Principle IV which states: "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him." The Nuremberg principles were enshrined in a series of treaties.
... Manning is suffering a fate Thomas Jefferson warned about: "Most codes extend their definitions of treason to acts not really against one's country. They do not distinguish between acts against the government and acts against the oppressions of the government." Manning has been sitting in solitary confinement for seven months awaiting trial. He is suffering this fate for the betterment of the nation. People who care about the United States and our impact on the world should stand with Bradley and work to transform American foreign policy away from militarism and toward one where we work cooperatively with nations for the advancement of all.