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February 15, 2010

Jupiter in Pisces

No Mercy for our Four-Legged Friends!?

Jupiter rules horses. Just think of Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter), which is half man and half horse. Both Jupiter and Sagittarius relate to optimism, generosity, expansion, law, foreigners and international conditions, higher principles, higher education, long distance travel, and all forms of long distance communication (including all forms of the media and the internet). Before the discovery of Neptune in the mid-1800s, Pisces was ruled by Jupiter. Thus there is an ancient link between the big gassy planet and the sign of the fishes. Jupiter spends about a year in each sign, usually bringing attention to the areas associated with that sign.

So, you’d think that Jupiter entering Pisces would bring good times for whatever Jupiter rules. Not so for America’s wild horses! The US government is conducting illegal and immoral wild horse stampedes, leading to slaughter and contributing toward their extinction. What a hideous reminder that Pisces is also a sign of suffering, the downtrodden, martyrdom and victimization as well as secrets and deception. Though this horrendous practice has been going on for years, it’s been getting a little more mainstream press recently since Jupiter’s entry into Pisces.

Here is what I said in my 2010 Janet’s Plan-its Celestial Planner:

Jan. 17, 2010 Jupiter enters Pisces [until 6/5; again 9/9 - 1/22/11] Jupiter speeds through Pisces the first half of 2010, returning to this sign for the last third of the year. The time has come to act on our beliefs in big ways and to expand our spirituality. A sense of generosity prevails and we want to help our fellow inhabitants of planet earth. Creativity in the arts is likely to soar and perhaps there will be new developments in music. Many people may notice an increase in their psychic receptivity and feel a greater empathy for those in hardship. If we’re lucky, international relations will soften. On the other hand, there could be more deception between nations.

I had seen one story on tv news about illegal stampedes conducted from helicopters before my friend, Maureen VanDerStad, an astrologer and horsewoman from Connecticut, called me, distraught about the situation. She told me how at a recent round up, they literally ran the feet off a young foal – he was stampeded with the herd over volcanic lava beds and then had a 4-hour trailer ride to the temporary holding facility. Two of his hooves fell off during the trailer ride and at the facility he was unloaded and shot. Another horse died in the trailer and another died shortly after arrival. They are not allowing the public to witness any more of the round ups at the present location.

She can tell the story better than I can, so here is what she wrote me:

Horse and man have been intrinsically connected since the beginning. The wild horse has always been the symbol of freedom. America would not exist today if not for the help of the wild horses. We built our country on the backs of these horses. They moved our loads, carried soldiers into battle and bridged the gap of a vast country. The vastness still exists but suddenly there is no room for the wild horse.

At this time there is an unprecedented rush by the government to remove the wild horses from their rightful homes on the public lands that were mandated to them by Congress in 1971. In addition to rounding them up by use of cruel and illegal helicopter driven stampedes over frozen terrain and dangerous territory, they are also reducing the herd numbers by means of castration of stallions and birth control for mares. They are “managing” what remains of the heritage horse herds to the point that they are not genetically viable and will become extinct in a short amount of time.

The government is conducting secret round-ups of the free horses and bringing them to join the 34,000 other horses who have been captured over the past five years and now live in small pens in the Midwest in holding facilities at a cost of over $100,000 per day. All this is in violation of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971. At present there are more wild horses in holding facilities in the Mid West than are free on the range. The government violates it own laws saying it is “for their own good.” The only gain that is evident is the gain for private business interests who develop the land that the government seizes from the wild horses and the public - at the tax payer’s expense to the tune of many millions of dollars. The government removes the horses from their own mandated land saying the land cannot support them and then gives double the amount of grazing rights to cattle ranchers, which is also in direct violation of the law enacted to protect them from this very thing.

The slaughter of horses is illegal in the US but even the “protected” horses cannot escape it. The government agency, the Bureau of Land Management (who is entrusted with protecting them) actively pursues buyers known as “kill buyers.” Horse meat is a very lucrative business and many numbers of wild horses captured are unaccounted for. On any given day in the west, semi trailer trucks loaded with horses cross borders into Mexico or Canada. The government creates new laws for itself to enable this to happen. Hundreds of previously closed slaughter plants are scrambling to reopen and legislature is on the table to bring horse slaughter back - against the will of the people. The vultures are circling for the newly captured horses. A very sad note is that present slaughter houses are equipped to deal with only cows and our iconic American mustangs suffer unspeakable horrors being “processed” through a system not suited for them.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of land mysteriously are missing from deeds as herd management areas are “reassigned.” Public lands are being taken and silently sold off to private interests.

Wild horse herds live in an incredibly beautiful family/band structure. Their social order is highly developed and the bonds they share are magnetic. The suffering of the tearing apart of family units is enormous. They call agonizingly to each other at their separation and many succumb just from the stress of separation.

I cannot help but think of Gregg Bradden’s theory of fractal time and the patterns of history repeating itself and presenting us with the opportunity to make a better choice and ultimately saving ourselves from destruction. In the many complex layers of this situation lie all the atrocities of man in human existence happening again in one giant tableau played out with our lifelong partner, the horse. With the wild horses as our partners in building America, how poignant that at this critical juncture in our history, they are showing us all the things that are really wrong in the present state of our country.

For more information, visit American Herd Blog They have a great chronology of occurrences, as well as dates of law violations. If you wish to join the letter writing campaign or for more details, please see The Cloud Foundation for talking points and details, or visit Wild Horse Preservation Campaign for further information or to sign a petition.

So if you’re a Jupiterian, Piscean, Sagittarian or even an Aquarian protesting, freedom-loving type, speak up on behalf of innocent creatures who have no voice. If you are in the district of one of the members of the Congressional Subcommittee that oversees the Bureau of Land Management (see below), please contact him or her directly. Otherwise, contact the Subcommittee Chairman, Raul M. Grijalva, Arizona:

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
1333 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 226-7736 Fax: (202) 226-2301
Raúl M. Grijalva, Arizona, Chairman

Rob Bishop, Utah, Ranking Republican Member
Dale E. Kildee, Michigan
Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii
Grace F. Napolitano, California
Rush D. Holt, New Jersey
Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam
Dan Boren, Oklahoma
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico
Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon
Maurice D. Hinchey, New York
Donna M. Christensen, Virgin Islands
Diana DeGette, Colorado
Ron Kind, Wisconsin
Lois Capps, California
Jay Inslee, Washington
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, South Dakota
John P. Sarbanes, Maryland
Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire
Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts
Pedro R. Pierluisi, Puerto Rico
Nick J. Rahall, II, West Virginia (ex officio)
Don Young, Alaska
Elton Gallegly, California
John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee
Jeff Flake, Arizona
Henry E. Brown, Jr., South Carolina
Louie Gohmert, Texas
Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania
Robert J. Wittman, Virginia
Paul C. Broun, Georgia
Mike Coffman, Colorado
Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming
Tom McClintock, California
Doc Hastings, Washington (ex officio)

(Isn't it something that the major states where the horse travesty is being perpetrated - Nevada and Montana - are not even represented in this Subcommittee!)

January 9, 2010

The NEW Part of the New Year


Yes, Mercury Retrograde has been wreaking havoc with the new year thus far. So much whako stuff in the news prompted MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to admit on her show Thursday, January 7 that she’s starting to become a believer. Of course, I emailed her right away to share my article on Mercury Retrograde!

Relief is in sight! Mercury Retrograde ends January 15 at 11:53 am (EST), just a few hours after the New Moon at 2:12 am (EST). It takes a few days for Mercury to get rolling in forward motion again, but at least we’ll know the worst of the crazy mix-ups are behind us and the rest is clean up. The New Moon is a very powerful one, an Eclipse, bringing a strong push to go in a better direction. New Year’s Resolutions will have a better chance for success if you make them (or re-affirm them) following this New Moon and Mercury’s return to Direct motion.

Here’s an excerpt from my Janet’s Plan-its 2010 Celestial Planner about this Eclipse [with additional notations in brackets]:

An ordinary New Moon signals a time for new activities. A Solar Eclipse New Moon marks a period for major undertakings. If the degree where it occurs [25 Capricorn] touches your chart, you’re in for a big event in your life. The influences featured at a Solar Eclipse are felt strongly over the coming four weeks (the lunar cycle that the eclipse begins) and to a lesser degree until the next Solar Eclipse, in this case on July 11, 2010. The Sun and Moon are conjunct to Venus at this eclipse, highlighting the importance of finances and relationships. Because they are in Capricorn, commitment and contracts are key issues, as are boundaries and budgets, all of which are made more important by the current mutual reception between Venus and Saturn [meaning they’re in the signs each other rules, sharing their energies back and forth]. The Sun, Moon and Venus are semisextile Neptune, which weakens the glue that binds people unless the bonds are spiritual or helping in nature, and might indicate a drain on bank accounts. The Capricorn threesome is sextile Uranus, leaning us away from the conformity that Capricorn favors, making us want breathing room in relationships. Uranus and Neptune aren’t exactly semisextile, but close to it [exact April 13 – a time around which some people will have inspired visions or unusual dreams, and most of us will be more psychically attuned than ordinarily] and their mutual reception continues [since 2003, ending in 2011]. These five heavenly bodies are interwoven in a mostly positive blend of fantasy and reality about love or money matters. This eclipse occurs near the North Node, giving us a boost to work toward achieving positive Capricorn qualities like ambition, accountability and proficiency.

If many of these terms are foreign to you, you can just focus on the English interpretations. Or to understand the astrology better, see my Astrologer’s Apprentice Cheat Sheet, which is a free download from my website. This is a great, compact tool to have handy when reading about astrology. You can also do some studying in my free Study Booth.

Readers of my calendar are invited to participate in my conference call classes to learn how to use the planner in conjunction with their personal astrological charts. Charting A Heavenly Year is offered twice this month, on Saturday January 16 and Saturday January 30, each at 10:00 am (EST). When you register for $25, you’ll receive handouts and your personal transit list. Some clients prefer an individual reading with Janet for their 2010 forecast. Either way, here’s to a great 2010 for YOU!