FDA Warns Pregnant Women, Children, and People with Pre-Existing Conditions May Be Harmed by Mercury Dental Fillings

(B.N. Frank) The FDA is supposed to protect Americans from harmful products before they are made available to the public AND recall harmful products quickly when there is evidence that they are unsafe. They have a long history of failing to do so. Some examples include opioids, countless other medications, medical devices (see 1, 2, 3) and even hand sanitizers.

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Large Study Concludes Mercury Can Now Be Listed “As A Cause of Autism”

(Arjun Walia) A new study published in Pediatric Health Medicine and Therapeutics has concluded that there is “as significant relationship between mercury concentration and autism. Thus, the concentration of mercury can be listed as a pathogenic cause (disease-causing) for autism.” The study also found significant amounts of lead exist within the brains of people with autism.

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Lunar Eclipse In Cancer: Navigating Heaviness

We are having a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on January 10th  peaking at 7:10pm Universal Time which will be on the 11th in the East. It will be visible (weather permitting) wherever it will be night time when it is occuring. This includes all of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and parts of New Zealand.

Most of the American continents will not be able to see it with the exception of Greenland, the Maritimes, parts of Quebec, parts of Maine, Northern Canada, Alaska, the Eastern tip of Brazil. However, this is a penumbral eclipse which is the least noticeable type as the Moon will have a slight shade which will subtly dim its brightness.

As mentioned in my previous articles, the current series of Eclipses are in the Cancer-Capricorn axis as we are experiencing evolutionary changes associated with these signs. This series slightly began in mid-2018 as the eclipses were beginning to transition out of Leo-Aquarius, however they became exclusive to Cancer/Capricorn in early 2019 and will conclude later this year.

This one follows a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn at the previous New Moon that occurred on December 25th/26th. You can read more about it here. The energies of these specific back to back lunation’s will have influence over the following 6 months which may have begun in the 6 weeks leading up to them

Lunar Eclipse In Cancer

This eclipse is a Full Moon in Cancer near the North Node. This indicates changes and developments associated with this sign that have an increasing effect on how its energies are expressed. It opposes the Sun in Capricorn near the South Node which reflects shifts that have a decreasing effect on how that sign is expressing itself.

Cancer belongs to the water element which is associated with emotion, intuition, instinct, and feeling. Ruled by the Moon, this sign specifically is associated with the home, family, caring, nurturing, motherly energy, security, vulnerability, and bonding. It is sentimental, comfort seeking, protective and nostalgic. Negatively, it can be overly emotional, smothering, clingy, too subjective, insecure, and attached to the past.

Capricorn belongs to the earth element which is practical, sensual, enduring, and physically oriented. It is associated with ambitions, career, achievement, orderliness, productivity, authority, governance, duty, and business. Capricorn is structured, disciplined, prudent, and responsible. Negatively, it can be too serious, stubborn, material focused, callous, overly concerned with social status, and highly controlling.

Having the lunar nodes and eclipses highlighting these signs could reflect adjustments in how we incorporate their themes in our lives. Circumstances that have been playing out in the last year and into this year can push us towards some sort of re-orientation between the polarity of Cancer and Capricorn. Shifts in work-life balance, emotional matters over material matters, security over status, wellbeing over productivity, are some examples of how this can be playing out.

Lunar Eclipse Opposing Saturn-Pluto Conjunction Joined By Sun, Mercury

The Sun and Mercury are joining the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn which are all opposing the eclipsed Moon. On its own, the meeting of Saturn and Pluto is the most significant planetary aspect of 2020 and in recent years. This current conjunction has been gradually building up in the previous months and it peaks in the weeks before and after this eclipse with the exact alignment happening on January 12th.

The combined energy of Saturn and Pluto can be heavy, serious, and can bring about some major challenges depending on how it is interacting with your natal chart. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn and this aspect can reinforce some of the eclipse related shifts connected to that sign.

At best, this configuration can have a purging, transformative, or deepening effect on structures, responsibilities, and duties. It can also be a time to address fears, obsession, jealousy, compulsiveness, trauma, or shadows. Issues around power, control, limitations, boundaries, debt, sexuality, abuse, hidden matters, death, or manipulation may also play out.

Circumstances, developments, and thoughts that come up may be calling upon us to get real about an area of our life. For those into personal development, this can help to push us towards a necessary evolutionary change or perhaps an ending to something to help us in future growth.

This eclipse highlights these Saturn-Pluto themes into first 3-6 months of 2020. However it will likely be experienced the strongest from January 9th-14th when it is exact and also joined by the Sun and Mercury.

The Saturn-Pluto Effect on Geopolitical and Collective Matters

On a geopolitical and collective level, whenever outer planets like Saturn and Pluto meet there is the potential for major developments and events in which important things are established, seeded, or concluded. It can also reflect conflicts that can contribute to a collective evolutionary process. The reason for this significance is because it is a transition of one long term cycle to another.

The last time Saturn and Pluto aligned was in November 1982 in Libra and this current period we are in now marks the ending of a Saturn-Pluto cycle that began then. Therefore there is a transition in what areas this combination of energies is being expressed. That cycle that is closing up now had a collective impact on how we approach relationships, marriage, equality, diplomacy, and other Libra related areas over a span of 37+ years. The challenges reflected by these planets contributed (directly or indirectly) to that process during the different phases of the cycle.

The transition period into the new cycle began in late 2014 and it is directly affecting Capricorn areas of ambitions, career, productivity, business, government/governance, banking structures, and a redefinining of how power and status is expressed.

A great recent example of how this is playing out is the changing dynamics of the British Royal family on how that can affect their role as head of state (for Commonwealth countries) in the decades to come. The current political landscape in the US and around the world is also seeding a process that will play out throughout this cycle.

Also in recent news, this Saturn-Pluto energy (combined with Uranus stationary, mentioned below) reflects the assassination of a major Iranian political figure a week prior to this eclipse. This conflict (whether or not it escalates) will contribute to the changes reflected in this new cycle but also can be closing up certain themes pertaining Middle Eastern tension of the previous decades.

Uranus Going Direct

During this Eclipse, Uranus is stopped in the sky as it is in the process of changing motion from our perspective here on Earth. It is ending its retrograde literally hours later. At this time, and in the weeks before and after, Uranus themes can be coming up strongly. It’s possible that some of the themes coming up now may be connected to thoughts, feelings, or circumstances that were happening last August or in April/May 2019.

There can be some surprises, liberating actions, or beginning to move forward in a freeing, innovative, unique, or unconventional way. This can also manifest as shake ups, disruptions, separation, accidents, or rebellion. Important developments pertaining to new technology or innovation can also play out. It is common to see more disasters in the news during these stationary periods, whether they are naturally occurring or man made.

Mercury Superior Conjunction

Mercury is joining the Sun on the day of this Eclipse in what is called a ‘Superior Conjunction’. This aspect will also be aligned with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction (mentioned above) which accentuates the significance of this overall planetary configuration.

This is a period in which we may experience more clarity and potential developments connected some of the themes that have been playing out in the last 1.5 months since Mercury’s previous retrograde has ended.

Ideas, situations, or other things that were seeded in November may have further developments or circumstances come up. We may experience a change or some sort of progress. It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around a situation..

In comparison to these last few months, our minds can become more aligned with our true needs and self-expression from this period forward until mid-late February. We can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction. However, due to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, this energy can also have longer term implications in connection to the themes of the combined energy of those planets.

Jupiter Conjunct The Lunar South Node

Jupiter is aligned with the South Node of the Moon which highlights some of the themes of the previous Solar Eclipse. This can reflect changes and shedding connected to negative expressions of Jupiter which can include excessiveness, overconfidence, extremism,  dogmatic opinions/behavior, provocation, blind optimism, extravagance, wastefulness, judging others, gambling and speculative pursuits, inflationary actions, or behavior that disregards consequences.

Jupiter also rules beliefs, morals, education, aspirations, travel, foreign countries, publishing, as well as media and marketing and perhaps it can affect those things as well. Jupiter is naturally expansive and idealistic, however, considering it is aligned with the South Node in Saturn ruled Capricorn as well as the occurrence of the Mercury-Sun-Saturn-Pluto conjunction configured with the Cancerian Lunar Eclipse, this is a time to be realistic, cautious, take things more seriously, and focus on what is important in consideration of your emotional well being.

Things To Consider

What has transpired for you in recent weeks in regards to your feelings and circumstances that have been playing out? What has the Universe shown you to help you in decisions that you need to make? What area of your life requires you to take a more serious approach? What do you need to do to achieve a more fulfilling work-life balance? Do you need to reconsider your ambitions? What is important for your emotional well-being? Do you need address anything pertaining to personal shadows, power dynamics, trauma, fears, debt, sexuality, or boundaries? In what areas of your life have you been too excessive?

These are just some examples of the themes that can be playing out for you. It is best to try to tune into this energy and pay attention to your feelings to help you in decisions you need to make. The two weeks following this eclipse can be a good time to initiate any sort of releasing process. The eclipse begins at 5:08pm Universal Time on January 10th with it peaking at 7:10pm and finishing at 9:12pm. The Moon begins to wane after 7:21pm. You can click here to see when the peak will be in your time zone.

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Mercury of the Gods

(Robert Sepehr) Mercury is a god in Roman mythology, the equivalent of Hermes in Greek mythology, Thoth in ancient Egypt, and one of the 12 deities within the ancient Roman pantheon. Mercury is also a shiny, silvery, metal, sometimes called quicksilver, and the only metal that is a liquid at standard room temperature.

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Full Moon In Gemini: Expanding The Way We Think

We are having a Full Moon in Gemini on November 22nd or 23rd, depending on where you are located in the world. This marks the peak of the Lunar Cycle that began on November 7th with a New Moon in Scorpio. The energies of a Full Moon gradually build up earlier in the Moon cycle and become more noticeable on the day of and days surrounding it. It is also a part of the backdrop of the other astrological energies over the following 2 weeks.

At every Full Moon we feel a push-pull between the two opposite signs where the Sun and Moon are located, this case being Gemini and Sagittarius. The Sun has just entered Sagittarius, just under a day prior to peak of the Full Moon and will be there for the coming month.  The rulers of Gemini and Sagittarius, which are Mercury and Jupiter, are also in Sagittarius with Mercury in its retrograde phase.

All of these factors really amplify the Sagittarian themes playing out at this time as well changes and shifts connected to the energy of this sign. Sagittarius is the sign of expanding horizons which can be done through travel, education, exploration, and experience. It is about perspectives, beliefs, religion, philosophy, idealism, and optimism.

Sagittarius is the teacher, visionary and is ‘big picture’ oriented. It also rules things like marketing, sales, publishing, and media. As a fire sign, it is passionate and instinctual. Expressed negatively, it can be judgemental, excessive, blunt, egotistical, argumentative, preachy, unrealistic, and have a ‘know-it-all’ complex.

The Full Moon brings in the energies of the opposite sign Gemini into the equation. It rules over communication, articulation, and writing. Gemini is a clever sign with a trickster energy. It has multiple personalities and different sides. As an Air sign, it is more mentally and socially oriented. Ruled by Mercury, Gemini is curious and loves consuming different types of information.

It is strongly oriented around communication as well as moving around and not staying in one spot.  It gets bored easily if it isn’t doing any of this and if variety is lacking. Gemini also rules the local and immediate environment, as well as commuting. The negative qualities of Gemini include superficiality, gossip, and being two faced. Like Sagittarius, it can also be scattered and lack focus.

This Full Moon brings up both challenges or potential integration of the energies of both these signs. Some examples of this energy could manifest as challenges/integrations between facts and ideas, student and teacher, or between local and international matters. However, any of the other themes and qualities mentioned can also play a factor as well.

Full Moon In Aspect With Mars, Jupiter, and Mercury

This Full Moon is in a square with Mars in Pisces, forming a T-square when we factor in the Sun and Mercury. This can make this Full Moon more lively and action-packed, however, this can also reflect potential conflict, competitiveness, or clashing. It may be between different ideas and viewpoints or perhaps connected to other themes relative to Gemini and Sagittarius.

Mars is in Pisces is a sign that shares similar themes to Sagittarius in which they are both idealistic and driven by faith. However, it is a less driven sign for Mars to express itself in. Some of this energy is strong from November 25th-26th.

The Sun is moving towards a conjunction with Jupiter with the Full Moon triggering an opposition to it. This emphasizes many of the themes mentioned, but combined with the square to Mars, we can easily overextend ourselves, however, it can also indicate applying ourselves towards something that is expansive in some way.

Mars is also in a sextile with Saturn in Capricorn which is strongest from November 27th to 28th, a period in which I cover more in detail below. This energy is not as strong as some of the other things mentioned, however, it can bring some stability or focus in how we apply ourselves, as well developments around responsibilities, commitments, or even career.

Mercury Approaching Inferior Conjunction With Jupiter in The Mix

At the halfway point of every Mercury Retrograde, Mercury is aligned with the Sun in what is known as the ‘inferior conjunction’. This is a period that can be a very insightful time, it occurs on November 26th-27th, but the days surrounding it can also have similar energy. However, common Mercury Retrograde problems and complications can also be very strong, depending on what you are doing and how this retrograde connects to your personal astrology chart.

It’s good to pay extra attention to what comes up in your life, conversations you have, as well any intuitions, information, or any other signs/messages from the universe that feel important for you at this time. New ideas and thoughts can be seeded which could play a role as to how certain things develop over the coming months, and in some cases, they can have long-term significance. Keep in mind that Mercury will still be retrograde until December 6th/7th, and in the period after that, developments connected to this retrograde will get clearer.

The Sun and Mercury will both be in a conjunction with Jupiter as well,  in a period lasting from November 25th-28th when the above mentioned ‘inferior conjunction’ is occuring. This can manifest as developments that can be expansive, fortunate, lucky, or perhaps connected to some of the Sagittarius themes mentioned. We may learn something significant at this time, expand our minds, or perhaps have stimulating conversations with others.

Venus In Post Retrograde Opposing Uranus and Square Lunar Nodes

Venus ended its retrograde recently on November 16th and we are still in what is called the ‘post retrograde shadow period’.  The developments that have occurred over the last few months regarding Venus themes have set the stage for how things move forward in the coming month.

During the Full Moon, Venus will be in ‘antiscia’ with Mars, which is when two planets are the same distance from the beginning of Cancer or Capricorn. This combined with the fact that Venus is picking up speed after being retrograde could reflect forward developments around Venus matters.

Venus is moving towards a square with the Lunar Nodes and a final opposition to Uranus which peaks from November 27th-December 2nd. At that time, we can expect to see further changes, shifts, or perhaps turning points around Venus ruled areas such as love, social lives, values, pleasures, or money in some cases. This energy can also be disruptive to anything that needs to change or be released and ultimately could finalize something that has already been playing out in recent weeks or months.

Things To Consider

Has anything come up for you recently connected to your beliefs, perspectives, travel, education, or media/marketing? What do you need to revise or change? Keep in mind that Mercury is still retrograde until December 6th/7th and we might still lack clarity around these issues until after then.

Do you need to pay more attention to certain facts or details in order to fulfill your aspirations? Are you being called to learn something you have overlooked in the past or put on the ‘back burner’? Has anything major changed around Venus issues over the last 6 weeks? If so, how do you now need to approach that part of your life?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period, however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on October 23rd at 5:39am Universal Time. You can click here for your time zone.

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