Yesterday, I had a really nice time talking with Robert Phoenix on his Free Association Radio show. Check it out in his archives if you missed it yesterday. We talked a lot about what is going down in Toronto this weekend - the G20 Summit involving $1.2 billion spent on security complete with sound/energy weaponry to be used against citizens.
I live in a country of about 30 million people. A $1.2 billion show of force around a 72-hour meeting of the "Global Governors" paid for by tax dollars? Pretty insane. Extremely insane.
While Robert and I were on the air yesterday, there was a 5.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Ontario and Quebec, including Toronto.
(Canadian humour aside: the best post-earthquake quote I heard was: "In Toronto, the aftershock was that Toronto wasn't the epicentre.")
Then later last night, a tornado hit Midland, Ontario destroying more than 70 homes, several businesses and throwing them into an emergency state.
There were some injuries, but thankfully no one was killed in either the earthquake or the tornado.
Midland is about 80 kilometres southwest of Huntsville, Ontario - Ontario cottage country where the major player Global Governors will be meeting this weekend for the G8.
I have a hard time believing the timing and location of these events could be purely coincidental.
During this past week, heavy rainfall caused major flooding in widespread areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Basements are flooded, crops are drowned and a major highway has been washed out. In the area where I'm from in Saskatchewan, they got between four and seven inches of rain in one day. Even the old timers can't remember that happening before.
This is following an abnormally wet spring where farmers couldn't even get their crops in in many cases. Now, many of the the crops that were seeded have been drowned or hailed out after this storm.
This is the breadbasket of Canada - and elsewhere. Over five million hectares could not be seeded, and this does not count the number of hectares that are now drowned or hailed out. Rural areas have declared themselves agricultural disaster zones. This means farmers and their families are now facing the loss of an entire year's income. In an industry of insanely high input costs, if they can't somehow stay afloat, it will more than likely mean the loss of their farms and their ways of life - not to mention the loss of farmers, which we can't afford to lose.
The primary industries, people. They're our backbone. I know people have become completely disconnected from where food comes from. (The supermarket?) But it's the toil of these farm families that keeps food on our plates.
Like fishing, another primary industry that has just been horrifically attacked, these are vocations that are often handed down from generation to generation. The wisdom comes through the lineage. Sons and daughters learn from their parents and grandparents who learned from their parents and grandparents before them. This knowledge is gleaned and refined over generations, always changing and adapting to the prevailing conditions. Far from the stereotype of the dumb farmer, anyone who is successful in this way of life these days is highly skilled, intelligent, adaptive and resilient.
I cannot overstate the importance of continuing the family farming heritage - for all of us.
Farmers have been played big time over the years, worn down by the constant ups and downs of the market. High input costs. Low commodity prices. The effects of the manipulations on weather. Ineffective government program after ineffective government program, designed to get them caught up in bureaucratic red tape, often putting more of their own money into complying with the terms than they ever see in return.
Basic, staple goods should not be being toyed with in the highly manipulated rollercoaster stock market. Number-shifting suits in office buildings should not be lining their pockets by intentionally screwing with the lives and work of farm families. If family farmers are crushed, that leaves our food supply wide open for agri-business corporations with their genetically modified, highly chemicalized "food" production. All part of that plan.
So it's important.
The Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn tomorrow (12:55 p.m. Mountain), locking us into full-on cardinal t-square/eclipse energy. Mercury enters Cancer early tomorrow morning (4:32 a.m.), bringing our minds and what we're talking about fully into it, as well.
The Moon enters Capricorn tomorrow evening (8:21 p.m.), and the Full Moon eclipse is in full swing tomorrow night. The Moon will be exactly full at 5:32 a.m. Saturday morning, just a little over an hour after it conjuncts Pluto Rx at 4 degrees Capricorn.
The police and military take their positions.
The G8 leaders start to nestle into Ontario cottage country. And the G20 players hide away behind those fences in Toronto, driven in in a fleet of black luxury vehicles complete with high security police escorts. The cavalcade.
And we're the alternative cavalcade - working in the spaces between those squares. Rocking, shifting, doing anything to stop the lightning-fast fusing. Wiggling, wiggling and working within the confined Virgo spaces we have to work with. Reaching together for the alternative to the plan that has been laid out for us by the Global Governors.
I've written an extensive post on the astrology of this weekend:
Summer 2010 Eclipse Season: G8, G20 and Martial Law A-Plenty
I've also written quite a lot about the LRADs, including a post on how to stay safe in Toronto this weekend:
Staying Safe in Toronto During the G20 Summit
Stay safe, all in Toronto. Stay safe this weekend wherever you are.