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Posted on January 9th, 2016 by Don Cerow

On the 12th of October last year, we published a column entitled, “On the World Stage” and described Neptune squaring the US Ascendant/Descendant axis, an alignment that would occur three times. That copy was specifically commenting on the second of the three alignments, exact on September 28th, 2015. In that same series we also mentioned the third and final alignment, exact on January 6th, 2016.

Here are the opening paragraphs from that column of the WEB.

“On the 27th and 28th of September, we were watching as we had the Full Moon on the former, and Neptune squaring the US Ascendant on the latter. Certainly, here was an issue worthy of note, celestially speaking. What would it be?”

“In a hard aspect, Neptune can deal with confusion, illusion, deception and uncertainty. It is the planet of loss and suffering, outcasts, and those confined to institutions, hospitals and prisons. They are confined, out-of-sight (unconscious) from the rest of society. The three alignments of our horizontal axis (the Ascendant/Descendant) are March 9th and September 28th, 2015, and January 6th, 2016. . .

“It was on the 28th, a Monday, that President Obama and Putin squared off at the UN, each providing their own vision of the world. Here is what Solar Fire had to say about this transit, having never met Obama or Putin:

      “This can be a time of confusion in your personal (or in a nation’s case, international) relationships. There is a lack of clarity in either your own or your partner’s intentions at the moment, and every time you try to sort things out the fog seems to thicken. It may be that one of you is involved in outright deception or it could just be that the communication lines are crossed. . . It is particularly important to avoid making decisions about business partnerships and legal situations until this transit is over.”

Interpretations involving Neptune often invoke the term ‘fog’ either as a noun or a verb as it describes what seem to be the conditions when Neptune is involved. “Neptune can deal with confusion, illusion, deception and uncertainty.” This is because the answer is not immediately obvious. Judgment is clouded, solutions elusive. We don’t know what it will be or how it will turn out. When we say Neptune rules the subconscious, we mean just that. Consciousness is what we can see, know, or is obvious. We’re looking right at it. Subconscious is what is below the level of awareness, what we don’t know or are ignorant of. Neptune is often what we cannot see, what is in the air and invisible, yet impacts our being.

Although the California gas leak began in late October (23rd), Gov. Brown declared the area around Porter Ranch to be in a state of emergency on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. From the New York Times on the 7th, invoking our foggy allusion:

“It’s like a fog in your brain — it feels like you’re having a stroke,” Ms. Mousavi-Dormani said of how she feels every time she returns to her home, as she did recently to help prepare for the heavy rainstorms that fell in the region last weekend as a consequence of El Niño. “Every time I go back, I get sicker and sicker.”

And if we take it from the start of that article:

LOS ANGELES — Natural gas has been spewing into the air in the Porter Ranch neighborhood here since late October, sickening residents, prompting thousands to evacuate their homes and pouring greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Gov. Jerry Brown, faced with mounting public anger and no end in sight to the leak, declared a state of emergency on Wednesday for the neighborhood of about 30,000 at the edge of the San Fernando Valley. And residents — who have been demanding to know why the Southern California Gas Company cannot fix the leak to its natural gas storage well, and whether the company will compensate them for their lost property values and health problems — want to know why it has taken so long.

“This is the equivalent of the BP oil spill, except it’s on land, in a populated community,” said Mitchell Englander, the Los Angeles city councilman who represents Porter Ranch. “This is one of the most disruptive, catastrophic environmental events that I’ve seen. It’s a truly chaotic crisis.”

    The good news is that this is the final of the series of three alignments. The bad news is that there is still work to be done. As far as the legal situations are concerned:

“Officials from the company declined to say how much has been spent addressing the leak or how they plan to address the lawsuits that will probably haunt them for years. At least two law firms representing residents have filed suit against the company, as has the Los Angeles city attorney.”

It’s not clear how big, how long or how much this is going to cost. The storage facility, located 8,000 feet below ground, is difficult to reach. There are no quick solutions. The company is saying that this will take months. This is what the governor is now having to deal with.
“Unlike some other wells, the leaking well did not have an subsurface safety valve.

“Though not required by state regulators, such a valve could have stopped the leak quickly, and calls for reform have followed.

“In his emergency declaration, Mr. Brown said he was ordering an investigation into the cause of the leak, as well as stepping up regulations for all gas storage facilities in the state.”

May you be born in interesting times.

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