Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Uranian Mercury Retrograde: Grounding Electric Insights About the Way Forward

"A Uranian Mercury Retrograde: Grounding Electric Insights About the Way Forward" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

21 Questions for a 21st Century Tarot Reader

Deb and her best pal, Apple, see what the tarot has to say

Since she's a fan of Lifetime movies (sometimes heavy on the sap), I'm going to say here that Deb Steinberg, AKA TarotGoodness, is not only my go-to tarot reader but she's also someone I consider a solid friend and an overall wonderful human being, despite never having met her in person. (Hopefully, one day that will change!

Deb's tarot interpretations are clarifying, helpful, intuitive (even full-on psychic), supportive, uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging all at the same time. She has a down-to-earth, no b.s. style that I really appreciate (being of a similar nature myself). 

Oh, yeah - and she's hilarious.

Her tarot updates and reading information can be found at her site, Tarot Goodness, and she also has a simply fantastic Twitter feed, updated almost daily with her card-of-the-day interpretations and much more. (She is epic at Twitter's word play games, and her gifs are pretty fabulous, too...)

I have a little "getting to know you" project here called 21 Questions for a 21st Century Tarot Reader, and Deb has been kind enough to participate. I'm happy to introduce her to those of you who have not come across her tarot goodness in the past.

1. How and when did tarot first come into your life? 

I learned about tarot when I was maybe seven or eight-years-old, from visits to a little bookstore in the Bronx (where I grew up).  My mom and I would go there on Saturdays mostly.  She would easily get lost in the occult section, flipping through astrology and tarot books for hours.

One day I decided to explore her interests and, before I knew it, I became a fan of them! 

2. How did you start doing readings for people? 

I was about nineteen when I started reading for others, for fun really!  I started by drawing a card or two for close friends.  This quickly turned into readings at coffee shops throughout New York City and even over the phone for colleagues.  (Levi’s crew, I miss you!)

3. How would you describe your particular style of tarot?

Right now, I’d say it’s flowy… and funny (sometimes)… and comforting and empowering and compassionate… with sprinkles of possibilities.  I like to look deep into a card, really explore it, really focus on details as well as the feelings it stirs within me, and write down everything it could possibly mean to me or someone else.

This planet is full of possibilities.  No one should instantly freak out at the sight of, say, Death or the Tower.  Tarot isn’t black-and-white!

4. How do you think your upbringing or background colours the tarot you practice or your outlook as a tarot reader?

I grew up in an infested, eroding one-bedroom apartment in the ‘hood with my parents and two siblings.  I slept in a corner of our living room, privacy found only in our bathroom.  Our home was hostile and violent, with a few happy moments and fond memories mixed in.  I also helped take care of my mother and younger brother.

Encouragement and a social life were pretty much non-existent.  Friends never came over.  Relatives wouldn’t stay long.

School (and work) became my outlets.  I still remember writing reports for school at 3:00 AM because my dad was asleep, my brother was… somewhere, and it was finally just calm and quiet enough in the apartment to focus on my assignments.

I’m not sure how I managed to envision possibilities in life at that time, but I did.  Maybe because I needed to, had to… in order to keep going.  I also learned to appreciate my own company, to make the most of skills/resources-- and I guess all of this has influenced my outlook as a tarot reader.   It’s an honor to be able to remind people that they’re worthy of being appreciated by themselves, that possibilities can flood these cards (and their lives), and that their skills are fabulous.

5. Were family members of yours into tarot or similar practises?

My mom was into astrology and tarot.  She would watch Walter Mercado on TV every night; occasionally order tarot readings from a neighbor; and purchase washes, oils, saint statues, amulets, and more from a spiritual store (or bot├ínica) down the block.  Her grandmother was an herbalist.

My dad, older brother, and some of my religious relatives referred to these practices as acts of the devil, though.

6. Are there any other tarot readers out there whose style you particularly appreciate or who you enjoy as people?

I haven't explored others' material for a while now, probably a few years. I've wanted to continue to stay focused on how I feel and what I think about the cards.

Still, I've befriended several tarot readers on Twitter since 2012, and, although we aren't close (and my opinion of them shouldn't matter), I find them interesting. Goddess Dix, for example, is a tarot reader with a great sense of humor. She has also shared her interests with us - from colorful yarns and bacon to her adorable cat. How cool is that?

7. Which deck (or decks) do you use?

I have used a Romany deck in the past but have remained with the Rider-Waite.

8. What is it about this deck (or decks) that you like?

As a “basic bitch”, I guess I like that the Rider-Waite is a no-frills deck.  A lot of people are familiarized with it, too.

9. If you had to choose one card that best represents your life, what would it be and why?

I wanted to pick a certain card, but the Magician kept popping into my head like a pushy asshole.  And all I could think was, “gee, how original”-- who wouldn’t pick the Magician?

But, the Magician is a realistic card to me (not about abracadabra-ing sh*t out of thin air), and a reflection of my life.  It can be about the face one puts forward and one’s attitude.  I serve as the face of a certain company, and I wind up convincing people that we’re the best.  Luckily, I believe in the company I work for!

I’m in the middle of collecting “tools”/data now for moves I’d like to make in the next year or so, too.  I need to work on a strategy and become better at planning, time-management, and the execution of ideas as well (which involves cojones-- I could go on and on about the Magician but will stop here!)

10. What is one thing you would like more people to understand about tarot or tarot readers (or one misconception you’d like to clear up)?

There isn’t a single set-in-stone interpretation or analysis for any card.  Images can come with numerous stories/interpretations—so can tarot images!

11. What advice would you give students of tarot who are just starting out?

I won’t say “journal” because it sounds like a daily obligation (ugh) but… write!  Write down (or type) thoughts that come to you as you look at cards from a deck you love.  Consider shuffling your deck and pulling a card every so often as well.  Stare at the card.  Study it.  Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings about it (especially the first thoughts and feelings that come up).

This will not only be entertaining/fun/interesting for you—it could serve as your practice for reading for others.

12. What is your favourite food?

Hmm, I don’t eat it often enough but I love a good plate of comfort food—fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, collard greens, and corn bread!

13. What are three of your favourite books?

I need to read more books!  I don’t have three favorites but am currently enjoying A Man Called Ove.

14.  What are three of your favourite films?

Coming to America, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.

15. What are three of your favourite TV shows?

Superstore, The Mindy Project, and Family Guy.

16.  Who are three of your favourite musical artists?

This is a tough question because I listen to music all the time but…  Missy Elliot, Rick Astley, and Carlos Vives.  Kind of a weird trio here, huh?

17. What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Veg out!  I work/tend to responsibilities a lot, so I appreciate spending spare time watching TV with our dog for a bit while sipping coffee or eating a snack. 

18. What is one thing you find intolerable about life on Planet Earth? 

Loud chewing and slurping, close talkers, the fact that Cheetos Hitler is our president… (Definitely that last part.)

I don’t care for *elitist* types/groups.  I understand that some people are green, vegan, vegetarian, yogis, fit, intellectual, religious, spiritual, super moms, awesome dads, and even activists in certain realms.  And it’s nice to encourage more socially (or otherwise) responsible behavior.  But, guilting and attacking people into behaving a certain way is just… bizarre.   It’s not informative.  I also think a lot of details and circumstances tend to be overlooked or ignored, and a sense of superiority winds up being the goal of these folks.  Ew.

19. Where is your favourite place on Earth that you’ve been to so far?

I really enjoyed Venice a few years ago, but I’m gonna stay committed to New York City.  I grew up in the Bronx, and have spent a lot of time in NYC.  Still, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.  It is a melting pot.  Yes, the train tunnels smell like pee in the summer.  But, I can eat almost anything I want in NYC, and so many neighborhoods are always ready to be explored.  I love wandering aimlessly in the city in any weather.

20.  Where is one place you hope to travel to in the future?

If overseas, Iceland.  If domestic, New Orleans, baby!

21. What is something that people may be surprised to learn about you?

I like my left eyebrow more than my right eyebrow.

Hmm, I don’t think anything I’ve done or been is surprising—I’m not even interesting now, to be honest!  But, I guess my relatives would be surprised to hear that I’m an atheist.  Can’t wait to mention that over a big family dinner someday.

Generally, I try to make the best of circumstances—not because I’m an optimist or happy person, but because I appreciate the challenge of it.  I actually need the challenge!  It fuels me, not to mention I suffer from certain things and don’t like to drown in the suffering all the time (shocking, I know).

Alas, sometimes I get pissy.  Yeah yeah, I’m human, and I get pissy just like everyone else.  And while this shouldn’t be a shocking development, some folks (colleagues) are surprised by this!  It’s as if they expect me to smile all day.  Isn’t that… creepy?

I’m never surprised by another person’s changing moods.  Humans are complex, not statues.  Bring it.  Bring it all!

Thank-you very much for your time!

Thank YOU for putting up with me! :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Full Moon in Virgo: Hold Yourself to Your Own High Standards...But Don't Expect Perfection Under This Mutable Lunar Madness

We're moving to a highly-mutable (changeable) Full Moon at 22 degrees Virgo on March 11/12 opposite a whole whack of Pisces placements (Sun, Mercury, Chiron, Pallas Athene, and Neptune) and square Saturn in Sagittarius.

These bodies form a mutable t-square configuration under the Full Moon rays, indicating that a transitional period is now coming to a head.

We have to put our best foot forward now in order to secure a desirable place within the new order that will form coming out of this Virgo Full Moon. Show your work ethic, your organizational skills, and your attention to detail (Virgo)...but also your compassion, your humanity, and your willingness to go with the flow when necessary (Pisces) in order to fully rock this.

The Moon reaches its fullest point in the sign of the virgin on March 12 at 7:54 a.m. PDT.

(Note to self: remember the change to Daylight Savings Time on March 12, as well!)

Keep working, keep pushing, and keep perfecting despite fatigue. It's ultimately your own standards that must be met here.

Our daily efforts are being pushed to a high point, a peak moment, and as we coast over the Full Moon hump, we should start to see some concrete results from systematic hard work. The refining and improving and streamlining we've done starts to come together into a fully-operational whole system, and we're relieved of some of the most painstaking detail work as things start to gel a little.

Conversely, if people have already been coasting and letting details slide, now is a time when daily operations could get very glitchy, becoming severe pains in their asses. IE. chaos prevails

Virgo is a sign that knows the benefits of maintenance as well as the pitfalls of letting that maintenance slide. It also knows how very much the small details matter in the operation of the whole system. If there are long-term flaws in the system or areas of neglect, full-on breakdowns could occur under the pressures indicated by these aspects.

The dispositor of the Virgo Full Moon is messenger planet Mercury in Pisces. Mercury is currently in the sign of its fall and will be in exact square to Saturn in Sagittarius at the time of the Virgo Full Moon on March 12.

The Sun-Mercury-Pallas Athene-Chiron in Pisces will be opposite the Virgo Moon, and all those bodies will be in square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius, forming a massive mutable t-square. Changeable, changeable, changeable. Things will be coming apart at the seams a little ahead of new order, so stay flexible under the lunar madness...

Damnnnnn, all the Pisces in the astro atmosphere at the moment can be draining.

This is especially the case with the communicator planet in the sign of its fall (not its preferred territory), and even more so the case with the communicator planet in the sign of its fall in tight square aspect to seeming slave-driver Saturn.

We're really being hammered on all those fine details at the moment, battling the slippery-slidey material reality that is prevalent under a strong Pisces contingent. But never fear: the job is done just as we hit our exhaustion point.

Hold yourself to your own high standards, but don't expect perfection under this glut of Pisces within mutable t-square. It's even more apparent than usual that the universe has a will of its own and is apt to throw a monkey wrench or two into the works for its own mysterious reasons. The concrete systems and processes and perfectionism of Virgo must also allow a crack or two to let in the magic and mystery and meandering workings of spirit.

So focus on making loving corrections when necessary rather than demanding perfection as we keep this train on track, and maintain a sense of humour and good will about the mysterious monkey wrenches that are beyond our control.

Most people are doing the best they can under aspects that indicate some level of struggle and challenge for everyone. Help people to do better if you are able. Let others suffer the inevitable consequences of their own shoddy work/efforts. But don't nitpick on every little detail, and don't demand utter perfection under the current astro conditions unless you are a big fan of disappointment!

Stay flexible, and make adjustments and corrections on your end whenever possible to flow through this mutable t-square Virgo Full Moon. 

Mercury enters Aries on March 13 (2:07 p.m. PDT), and that fiery placement starts to dry us out from some of the Piscean sog as we look actively toward spring in the northern hemisphere.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Six-Year Anniversary of the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the Collapse of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem

March 11, 2017 is the six-year anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster. This disaster is contaminating Japan and North America (indeed, the whole planet) with radioactive fallout, as well as creating a horrific collapse in the Pacific Ocean ecosystem. The wonderful sea creatures are in a state of intense duress at this time, and many species are experiencing mass sickness and die-offs that have been accelerating dramatically since 2011.

Let me be very clear about this: this is the worst nuclear disaster in human history. It is ongoing. And there is no end in sight.

I don't believe there is a single global issue as pertinent as this ongoing nuclear disaster. However, there is a worldwide media blackout underway on Fukushima, and it has been in effect since the beginning. Much of the public is waiting for "official reports" on the situation in order to take it seriously, but these reports will not be forthcoming. Government officials and establishment academics and scientists are staying silent on the issue, downplaying the issue, diverting from the issue, or are being muzzled if they do have any inkling toward the truth. 

Governments are doing no ongoing testing of food, water, milk, or air for radioactive contamination, although contamination from Fukushima fallout has been detected all over North America since 2011, continuing to this day.

Since the U.S. and Canada are both heavily invested in nuclear energy, there is a vested interest in keeping things quiet. In fact, Canada is the number two exporter of uranium worldwide and a major exporter of nuclear reactors.

Since 2011 when the Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster began hemorrhaging radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean and atmosphere via triple nuclear meltdown, there have been heartbreaking documented mass illnesses and die-offs in populations of: whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals, manatees, polar bears, walruses, sea birds, owls, pelicans, turtles, crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, oysters, scallops, abalone, sardines, anchovies, salmon, herring, jellyfish, coral, krill, plankton, and more all along the North American West Coast. 

As the research of Dana Durnford has shown along the British Columbia West Coast, sea life has disappeared dramatically in the tidal pools since 2011. Thousands of species are now missing.

Saturn is currently transiting Sagittarius, the sign of wild places, nature, and animals.

Throughout 2017, Saturn in Sagittarius is in a difficult square aspect to wounded healer Chiron in the sign of the oceans (Pisces).

The Pacific Ocean ecosystem (Pisces) is very sick (Chiron), as challenging (Saturn) as that truth (Sagittarius) is to digest, and this sickness reaches an acute phase under the Saturn-Chiron square this year. 

With Saturn in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces, nature is a guide. Animals are a guide. And everything is ultimately connected. One species cannot be suffering without other species being affected, as well.

The situation with the sea life in the Pacific Ocean is a prime instance where the sweet sea creatures are telling us that something truly horrifying is going on with their home. They are trying to make us understand that something is terribly wrong. The way they are being poisoned, sickened, and killed en masse is not occurring in a bubble and will certainly have ramifications for human health, as well. 

The most recent heartbreaking news reports tell us that there is a "mysterious cancer plague" affecting sea lions along the California coast. Nineteen percent of sea lions in the area are dying from cancer. Eighty to ninety percent of all sea lion pups have died over the past three years.

How mysterious!

No, not mysterious at all. 

But can you blame cancer plagues on climate change, too?

On March 11, 2011, as planet of sudden shocks and upheaval Uranus moved from the last degree of the zodiac (29 Pisces) to the first degree (0 Aries), it was reported that a massive earthquake created a tsunami that washed over the Daiichi nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan. Almost 20,000 Japanese people were killed by the tsunami.

This caused explosions at nuclear power plant Units 1 and 3. The explosion at Unit 3, complete with mushroom cloud, very likely aerosolized a large amount of Plutonium, which was released as miniscule particles into the atmosphere and jet stream, along with Cesium, Uranium, Strontium, Tritium, Neptunium, Radioactive Iodine, and many other radioactive isotopes.

The northern hemisphere was contaminated with these aerosolized "hot particles" soon after the March 2011 explosions, with particular concentrations along the West Coast of Canada and the United States. These particles will not necessarily show up as particularly elevated levels of radioactivity on Geiger counters, which test general background radioactivity.

That release of radioactivity initially started coming down in precipitation along the West Coast of Canada and the United States. It has continued to come down in precipitation all over the northern hemisphere ever since.

Levels of background radiation were detected by a citizen in his Tokyo back yard in late 2011 that were higher than the mandatory evacuation levels at Chernobyl. No evacuation orders have been given for Tokyo.

Radioactivity in rain water has been widely reported, including in this video from Edmonton, Canada in 2012.

Our bodies, our cells, our DNA are under constant attack, continual bombardment, from the radioactivity from Fukushima and from radioactive hot particles that are being ingested in food and water and breathed in through the air.

The radioactive particles that were produced in the initial explosions are like aerosol. They move around via wind and water, similar to depleted uranium munitions dust. Again, the tiny particles may not show particularly elevated levels of radiation, but the ingestion of them can cause serious health problems or even eventual death. 

Even tiny amounts of radioactive contamination ingested or breathed into our bodies can be highly poisonous and toxic to the system. Contrary to the official line being repeated ad nauseum, there is no "safe level" of radioactive contamination that can be taken into our bodies. After ingestion, the radioactivity can be taken into our bones, our organs, and our tissues, and the "hot particles" continue irradiating and toxifying the system over the course of time. Small dose after small dose after small dose bio-accumulates, gathering in strength and toxicity over time.

So no, ingesting hot particles is not the equivalent of getting an X-Ray, taking an airplane ride, or eating a banana, despite what the nuclear shills and gatekeepers would like you to believe.

In the case of an X-Ray or an airplane ride: that is external radiation that we are exposed to for a limited amount of time only. Ingesting radioactive particles that have been released from Fukushima, bringing them into our bodies (internal toxification and irradiation), is a different scenario, as the toxicity and radioactivity will stay in our bodies, causing damage over time, especially via bio-accumulation.

Even external levels of radioactivity from Fukushima fallout are a different case from short-term X-Rays or airplane rides, as these continue to irradiate us over the course of time once in the environment. Low-level radiation has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, auto-immune disorders, thyroid disorders, genetic mutations, and cancer.

In the case commonly given of bananas or potatoes, which contain natural forms of radioactivity - these are natural forms of radioactivity that our bodies can get rid of, not man-made isotopes that are foreign to our systems, like the ones released by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Again, this is like comparing apples and...bananas.

Contrary to media reports that the "radioactive plumes" have just recently reached the North American coastline, radioactive contamination from Fukushima has been found all along the West Coast of Canada and the United States since 2011, and it has not stopped coming in the six years hence. It will not stop coming until the reactions have been contained and until contaminated water is no longer being released into the Pacific.

Fukushima signature radioactive fallout (Cesium 134 and Cesium 137), as well as other radioactive isotopes released by the Daiichi plant, have been found in milk, tuna, salmon, kelp, strawberries, kale, mushrooms, spinach, arugula, prunes, almonds, water, pollen, grass, and sand in Canada and the United States beginning in the months after the initial explosions and continuing to this day. This is all documented and can be researched at Ongoing reports on international food contamination by radioactivity are also available at The Food Lab.

Just a few examples:

Radioactive Iodine was found in kelp beds along the California coast in 2012. The findings were published in Scientific American magazine. Radioactive Iodine is a fairly short-lived isotope. Scientists did not test for any of the longer-lasting and more deadly isotopes such as Cesium, Tritium, Strontium, Plutonium, etc.

Bluefin tuna caught off the California coast in 2012 were found to be contaminated with Fukushima signature fallout. All 15 samples tested showed contamination.

Radioactive Tritium was found in water samples along the British Columbia West Coast in 2012.

Dolly Varden and Irish Lord fish, as well as rockweed, were found to be contaminated with Fukushima signature fallout in Alaska in 2013.

Fukushima signature fallout was found in a British Columbia sand sample in 2014.

Salmon caught in the Columbia River in British Columbia tested positive for Cesium 134 (Fukushima signature fallout) in 2016.

For six years now, night-and-day with no cessation, nuclear reactor Units 1 through 3 have been in total meltdown, releasing radioactivity into the atmosphere and into the groundwater, which then moves out to the Pacific Ocean.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) does not know where the nuclear fuel from Units 1 through 3 actually is. It's most likely that the highly radioactive fuel has melted through the concrete containments and into the ground (and groundwater) beneath the reactors. The Daiichi reactors were built over an aquifer. Water filters down from the mountains into the groundwater beneath the Daiichi plant, and then out to sea.

Units 1 through 3 are too radioactive for any human to get near. In fact, they are too radioactive for robots to get near. Robots have been sent in to try to locate the nuclear fuel. Each time, the robot has stopped working due to the intense levels of radioactivity. One of the more recent stories coming out of Fukushima was the "record-high" radiation levels that were detected in early 2017 - 530 sieverts per hour, when a dose of 6 or 7 sieverts per hour is considered lethal.

Remember: these are readings being recorded when they can't even get near the nuclear cores.

Unit 4 is filled with thousands of highly-radioactive spent fuel rods, which could create another catastrophe, especially in the high likelihood of another major earthquake.

In a temporary, stop-gap effort to keep the reactors cooler and under some semblance of control, workers (often homeless men) doused them with seawater. The contaminated water has been stored in containment vessels at the site. Since 2012, radioactively-contaminated water has been leaking from those containment vessels into the groundwater and then into the ocean.

For six years now, we have had an out-of-control nuclear disaster - a global emergency since Day One - being kept quiet by the powers-that-be - or as quiet as possible, anyway.

Again, you will not read much of any of this in the mainstream media, as for six years now, there has been a media blackout underway, enforced by your governments and by your media sources.

For six years now, the United States government and the Canadian government have refused to do ongoing testing for radioactive contamination in water, milk, air, earth, or seafood. (In fact, the response from the U.S. government was to turn off radiation detectors, raise allowable limits for radioactivity in food, water, and soil, and then sign a trade deal continuing food imports from Japan.)

For six years now, these governments and their media have been complicit in a slow motion mass murder, refusing to educate people on how to protect themselves from radioactivity, refusing to put new water and food infrastructures in place, refusing to apply themselves to coming up with a solution to the crisis from an international level.

For six years, we have had false, placating, "old news" information being released by government via gatekeepers and establishment scientists and journalists. We have had a parade of "perplexed," and "befuddled" and "stumped" scientists who refuse to utter the F-word in relation to the ecosystem collapse going on in the Pacific Ocean.

Well, refuse to waste your precious time on this planet with your head buried in the (radioactive) sand. Refuse to let those you love remain dupes. We're coming to a point when the powers-that-be will no longer be able to cover this situation up to the same extent. Things at Fukushima and in the Pacific Ocean are too dire.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is real. The radioactivity being released into the Pacific is real. The collapse of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem is real. The continued contamination by Fukushima fallout via air, precipitation, and ocean water is real. The danger to our food and water supplies is real. The implications for human and animal health are real.

And with leaking, aging nuclear power plants spread throughout the world, all this is just one domino that has been flicked in a series of dominoes.

End Nuclear Power and Ban Nuclear Weapons on Earth!

 What You Can Do to Reduce Exposure to Fukushima Fallout

- eliminate foods from the Pacific Ocean - or from any ocean if you want to be very careful
- eliminate foods imported from Japan
- limit dairy and meat intake, where radioactivity bio-accumulates
- eat foods from greenhouses
- stay out of the rain, snow, and dirt whenever possible, as fallout is coming down in precipitation
- buy a personal Geiger counter to monitor background levels. Stay indoors when levels are high. Keep in mind that radioactive particles can still be harmful even when background levels are "low," and isotopes like Plutonium cannot be detected in this way.
- look into air filtration systems for your home
- have "outside clothes" and "inside clothes." Don't bring outside clothes or shoes into your home. Leave them in a porch or in a sealed plastic bag.
- take baths in water with baking soda
- bentonite clay and activated charcoal have been suggested as de-toxifiers
- boost your immune system naturally with things like turmeric, garlic, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, dandelion, curry powder, vitamins and minerals. Raw honey, oil of oregano, and colloidal silver all have natural antibiotic properties. Research natural remedies first and use your intuition, as they are not "one size fits all" and can cause unwanted side effects. Use a variety of immune system boosters.
- Vitamin C has been found to reverse damage from radiation exposure, with liposomal Vitamin C being particularly effective (though expensive).
- eat a clean diet - no GMOs, additives, chemicals, preservatives, or processed food. This helps your system, as there is less crap to process.
- eat more raw vegetables and fruits
- eliminate or limit sugar, which feeds cancer cells
- alkalize your system to protect against cancer. Eat more alkalizing foods (veggies and some fruits) and less acidic ones (bread, flour, meat, dairy, sugar, processed foods).
- drink lots of clean, non-chemically treated water. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
- remember that many recommended remedies for radiation exposure come from the sea (kelp, seaweed, etc.). Go to the sources before purchase. Certain mushroom varieties are said to be protective for radiation, but mushrooms also soak radioactivity up like crazy. Some definite Catch-22s.


By Willow of Willow's Web Astrology

- a 32-page pocket-sized zine published on the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

- describes the situation at the nuclear power plant and its ramification for North America in layperson's terms

- describes the vested interest both the United States and Canadian governments have in continuing nuclear power and the uranium industry

-  a distillation of WWA research and articles compiled since March 2011

$6 plus shipping 
 (approx. $2.00 in Canada or $3.00 in the U.S. for single issues, more for multiple issues or for international)
Please contact me at willowsweb [at] to order.

Back cover:

Buy a Zine and Willow Will Release it Into the Wild!

This is an option for people who would like to sponsor the releasing of a zine into the wild but who do not have the time or inclination to do it themselves. (I know most people are stretched for time and energy these days.) You can purchase a zine along with the basic postage cost, and I will send that little zine on its way to an effective landing spot. You can select the location where you would like the zine to be sent, or you can leave it up to me. You can also add a bumper sticker to the Stop GM Alfalfa zine, if you're feelin' it. 

If interested, please contact me at willowsweb [at]

Some possibilities for sponsoring the release of a zine:

- sending the zine to a media outlet, a politician, a public figure, a friend, a journalism school, a community group, an activist group, etc.

- donation of a zine to a zine library: this gets the zine out into the zine-reading public and ensures that it is available to people to read for free

- donation of a zine to an anarchist/community bookstore that sells zines: this provides a little cash for the bookstore - many of which are struggling to survive - when the zine sells and also gets the zine out into the public

- distributing it in some public place at random: in a park, at a bus shelter, at a Farmers Market. This adds the exciting element of chance! Who knows who might come across it?

- or come up with your own idea for distribution