Mythic Prelude for October, 2009:
Trick or Treatment -- or,
The Sorceror's Intern
Hello, and welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for October, 2009. Where I live now in Peru, this is the warming month that follows planting time, and culminates in the leafing-out season. But in the North, this is the chilling month when the late harvest must be cut, weighed and stored in Libra month before the cold and dark of Scorpio month comes. This has always been the season of sorcery, sacred to Kali and Hecate, Sekhmet, Cerridwen, and all the holy ones whose severe, astringent medicine is only for those who are ready to face their fear and expel all the self-generated poisons that have weakened us and held us back from our highest possibilities of actualizing ourselves, and committing ourselves anew to powerful devotion in service to our planet and the Divine Source of our being.
There is no getting around this. The test of courage must come, and when it does, it happens in the dark. At night in the garden at Gethsemane. In the pitch black of the King's Chamber. In the descent into Hades, the night journey by water and the dive to the depths of the sea. In the Buddhist second Bardo of wrathful deities and other terrors that the soul faces between death and rebirth, until it realizes that all its fears are coming from the illusions of its own ego. And for all of us, ready and aware or not, it's in the time we'll traverse from now through the summer of 2010, until we come out the other side into the light and freedom we intended all along after we've exhausted every possible way of fighting against our own happiness.
We will cover on this page some matters that are truly terrifying to some, though we will not explore them in order to arouse fear in ourselves or others. The fear, as we know, is already there and grows daily now as the flu season comes. Our posture here is the detached one of the mature rider who sees that we will not purify the dark matter by pretending it isn't there. We will have to see it before we can burn it in the crucible of love. "Cast a cold eye on life, on death," wrote Yeats in Under Ben Bulben. "Horseman, pass by." That is how it will be when we ride under the Scorpion with "That pale, long-visaged company / That air in immortality / Completeness of their passions won."
Pins and Needles
As we know, the governments of the United States, the UK and other countries, and drug companies working in close corporatist arrangements with them, are racing far beyond all deliberate speed to prepare enough flu vaccine to inject all their "at risk" citizens at least twice, and then do the rest. Parents of tots and babies are in an agony of not knowing if inoculation is "an act of love," as we see in this poster from the latest flu season here in South America, or a crime that will poison their little ones, not protect them.
Their reluctance to trust either authorities or capitalists is more understandable now than it ever was, as this month's news of a $2.3 billion judgment against Pfizer -- the heaviest in history, for fraud in promoting unsafe products -- is only the latest disgrace in a calamitous year for Big Pharma. Czech newspapers revealed in April that vaccine material sent to 18 countries from a Baxter International research facility in Austria was contaminated with live H5N1 avian flu viruses. Half of the professional health workers in Hong Kong have refused to let themselves be injected with H1N1 swine flu vaccine, though it is unclear whether the Chinese government, with its usual solicitude for safety, will compel them to administer it to others anyway. Dr. Joseph Mercola is writing prolifically, in "The Swine Flu Pandemic: Fact or Fiction?" and elsewhere, about parallels between 2009 and 1976, when a massive swine flu vaccine campaign resulted a few months later in "claims totaling $1.3 billion . . . filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine." Hundreds more people "developed crippling Guillain-Barré Syndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine. . . . And the swine flu pandemic itself? It never materialized. More People Died From the Swine Flu Vaccine than Swine Flu!"
Mercola also asks, "Do Drug Companies Secretly Favor a World Flu Pandemic?" He is not the only doctor to smell more than one lab rat on the loose. Dr. Leonard Horowitz created a ten-minute video on The Swine Flu Scam. The author of The Medical Mafia, the Canadian physician formerly known as Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot but now simply as Ghis, attributes much darker motives to a political-pharmaceutical complex that has acted in tandem for decades to control their countries by making their people increasingly stupid and sick. From the Health Freedom Alliance comes an apocalyptic warning that "The Swine Flu Pandemic is Man-Made . . . and conspiracy to commit world genocide."
How serious and even sinister is all of this? Are we looking only at the danger that our well-meaning but bozotic, bumbling species is about to drop the medicine ball in the most horrific accident in history? Or could it be much worse? Are we facing a critical decision we shall have to make soon between two mighty mythic themes that point us toward either extinction or renewal? It's time to meet two major players:
Dying from Scarcity -- or Living in Abundance?
In this corner, wearing black trunks that seem to be unraveling by the minute because so many people want them, is Thomas Malthus (1766 - 1834), creator of the Principle of Population. His idea was that societal improvements always lead to bigger populations, but population growth must be limited either by nature, through famine and disease, or by war and other means that some human beings may perceive as necessary to prevent population from expanding beyond Earth's capacity to feed it. Malthus influenced Darwin and Alfred Wallace in developing the theory of natural selection. He never advocated inhumane measures for population control -- he was an Anglican divine imbued with 18th-century optimism -- but it was only a matter of time before "Malthus" would be used to justify genocide.
The word did not exist until it was coined by Raphael Lemkin in 1944 -- though Spartans routinely murdered helots to "cull" the slave population and blood their young men for war, and pogrom was a fact of life before the Romans dispersed the Jews. Genocide has been with us for millennia, but it wasn't until the 19th century that imperialists and racists first imagined what a splendid idea it would be to use the marvels of modern science and industry to wipe out the surging, incorrectly-dressed hordes who will eat and foul everything our civilization has built if we don't do something to reduce their numbers. Perhaps the first true biological weapons -- not counting carcasses catapulted over castle walls -- were the smallpox-tainted blankets that were used by British general Jeffrey Amherst against the native American allies of colonialist rebels, and later by white Americans against the tribal peoples of the plains.
Many other chemical and biological agents have been used since, from Nazi poison gas to Agent Orange. We won't visit the whole nightmare gallery. It's enough to view only two exhibits that show how human beings have planned genocide on a very big scale, and could do so again. Everyone knows the Third Reich murdered millions of Jews and all the Roma (aka gypsy) people they could find. It is not as well known that the Germans aimed at nothing less than exterminating the Slavs of Europe, all hundreds of millions of them. The Japanese had similar designs in China, as the late, heroic Hal Gold proved in his book Unit 731, about the secret base in Manchuria where Japanese military scientists experimented with airborne poison gases that might have been used on the Chinese if not for one small problem: an easterly wind that could blow them across the sea and wipe out Japan.
We're almost through the horror. The only question that remains now is whether any designs as big and bad as these are in the works today. What suggests they are? By their own words shall you know them. "War, so far," wrote Bertrand Russell in The Impact of Science on Society (1953), "has had no very great effect on [population] increase, which continued through each of the world wars. . . . War . . . has hitherto been disappointing in this respect . . . but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could spread throughout the world once in every generation, survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full. . . . The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of it? Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's."
Even if unhappy Lord Russell assumed all "high-minded" people were as miserable as he was, what about active, outdoor types who enjoy hunting more than science, such as one of the world's most rugged sportsmen, Prince Philip of England? When asked by a German interviewer in 1988 who he'd like to be if he were reborn into another life, he was happy to oblige. "In the event that I am reincarnated," he replied with a stone upper lip, "I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation."
Yes, there's a flaw in my line of logic, and it's false enough to star in right-wing radio. The fact that two icy aristocrats want to do something doesn't prove that anyone is actually planning to do it. So whether there is any cause for alarm is, as always, your call -- though it is no wonder that so many people are very agitated. What, after all, do those who want to go on living, and see others do it too, have to bet against the terrific alliance of corporatists, bank buccaneers, reptilian politicians and other Illuminati who seem determined to steal whatever doesn't move -- unless it's water -- and kill everything that does?
We see him here, in the green trunks and foliage. That's right, it's R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983), hero of the scientists, visionaries, artists and celebrants of community who see the world as a garden of abundance, not as a bloody arena in which a scarcity of resources forces us to compete to the death. "There is no shortage of anything," he famously said. "There is only an abundance of ignorance." In 1980, when Prince Philip was still only aspiring but not yet talking about evolving into a bacillus, Fuller wrote, "For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the ‘more with less’ technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option to become enduringly successful."

That is how we see it when we are moved by love and wisdom rather than fear and folly. The choice between false scarcity and true abundance that Fuller gave us, though it is hidden now under relentless lies and fear, is at the very core of today's flu vaccine crisis. If we think we live in scarcity, then everything is a competitor out to eliminate us, and we see a world full of "germs" and other threats that we have to take counter-poisons to kill. If we know we live in abundance, the world is a much safer place.

"The vaccine approach to disease prevention," according to Mike Adams the Health Ranger, "implies that health cannot be experienced from within and must be achieved solely through intervention that just happens to involve paying money to drug companies. . . . To question vaccines is to question the very foundation of western medicine, which paints people as victims requiring heroic intervention with synthetic chemicals (but only the ones that have been patented). The real harm in this medical philosophy is not merely all those people who are harmed or killed by the vaccines themselves, but in how many people are dis-empowered and taught to abandon any hope that their own bodies might be able to attain health through innate physiological wisdom."
So -- Voila! There it is, right? We can now give up this foolishness and be healthy and responsible. When do we start pitching away the Tamiflu?
The Sorceror's Intern
As soon as human beings would rather live bravely in truth than be scared and deceived. And we know how it goes when experts play in haste with things they haven't mastered, as we see in Goethe's Der Zauberlehrling (1797), better known to us as The Sorceror's Apprentice, starring Mickey Mouse. Am I saying that doctors and nurses who administer the H1N1 vaccine are cartoon characters flirting with disaster? No. Several are not. The point is that when the health of our people hangs in the balance, then all deliberate speed is preferable to panic for obscene profit. Let us hope that others besides the health workers in Hong Kong will consider The Treatment that Worked in 1918.
Why did those who treated the 1918 flu with conventional drugs lose a third of their patients, while Dr. John Harvey Kellogg saved 100% of his? Because his regimen at the Battle Creek Health Restorium used enemas, water and fruit juices, high-fiber foods, hot baths and blanket packs, and other natural remedies.
The bottom line? We recognize the Flu Panic scenario for what it is, and we face the truth of the matter as it was bluntly stated last month by the Hathors through Tom Kenyon: "As we view it, the H1N1 Virus, commonly called the 'swine flu' has been genetically engineered and created. It is not a natural mutation. It is a conscious attempt by the hidden forces behind your governments to control and manipulate you. . . . The lies, half-truths and manipulations of information concerning this virus are very convoluted. But whatever the outcome, it is clear to us that this was initiated by human consciousness. And it is also clear to us that it can only be undone by human consciousness. Fear of survival is one of the greatest tactics used to manipulate, and these dark forces shall use every means at their disposal to ensure that fear increases over the next several months (much less years). As spiritual masters, your task is to transcend this collective mind control and find your own personal pathway through the chaos that will ensue. There are no specific guidelines on how to manage this. It is up to you and your own capacity for discernment."
How might we build our capacity for discernment? We might start with a simple question. Whom am I going to believe: Donald Rumsfeld, who as CEO of Searle brought us the death sweetener aspartame and now comes with Gilead Sciences to sell us flu vaccines? Or am I going to believe the ancient ministers of love, birth, music and healing, the Hathors?
I'll go with the Hathors. I'm not letting anyone near me with a needle unless she's a lover out to tickle my skin, not pierce it. Singing with her may be medicinal too. Keep Holding That Frequency.
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The Chiron - Neptune Conjunction of 2009 - 2011:
For Prelude (November, 2008) and Acts 1 and 2 (April - August, 2009), see UFC Index
Act 3: Turning Point: The Exact Chiron-Neptune Conjunction of Feb. 16 - 17, 2010
Act 4: Crisis and Climax: The Crosses of Summer, 2010
Act 5: Denouement: The Near Chiron-Neptune Conjunction of Nov. 2 - 3, 2010
2012: The End of . . . What?
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