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Georgia vs South Ossetia: 100-year conflict

UPDATE Aug 12: listening now to NPR’s MarketPlace and they’re talking about Russia’s motives concerning Georgia – that Putin wants to control other resources besides oil and gas – he also wants control of GRAINS. See notes on Ceres and Demeter at the end of this post!

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Like most bellybutton-gazing Americans I’m way behind on the history of the region now ignited.

So far, the best background info I’ve found is Russia Today’s August 11 article, ‘Georgia vs South Ossetia: roots of a 100-year conflict’ here:


NPR is reporting at noon that Russia has opened a second front. Saakashvili is saying that ethnic cleansing is going on, Wake Up, World. McCain is urging Bush to dispatch Condi Rice to the region ~like Bush couldn’t think of it himself in this macabre political farce in which innocent people pay with their lives.~ And the DOW is up, btw.)

Bush is flying back to the US now from what was “likely his last trip to Asia while in office.” That Bush would think to open his gob about anyone else using force to impose ‘peace’ has to be a clue that this is political theater, dahlink – hiding the real deal made behind the scenes. 

Perhaps it’s more instructive to listen to what they DO and not to what they say.

So last evening (just for curiosity’s sake) I consulted my set of The Century Cyclopedia, 1898 edition, and looked up ‘Abkhazia’ in the Book of Proper Names finding this entry from 110 years years ago:

“Abkhasia: A region, not an administrative division, on the southern slope of the Caucasus, having an area of about 3,000 miles. It was permanently subjugated by Russia in 1864. Population: about 80,000.”

No entry for Ossetia, South or North in 1898.

The entry for ‘Georgia’ says that the area is “almost identical to the ancient Iberia” and that it was conquered by Alexander the Great (who may be understandably rolling over in his tomb with the current goings-on) but that Georgia “soon after his death became an independent kingdom. It was at its height about 1200, and had a flourishing literature. It was sub-divided in the beginning of the fifteenth century, and was annexed by Russia in *1801. The Georgians are a very handsome race, of the purest Caucasian type.”

Well, that’s a time capsule from 1898 for you, antique racial comments and all!


*1801: asteroid Ceres was discovered Jan 1, 1801 – notably the date that Ireland was united with Great Britain thus creating a useable natal chart for the UK. Ceres, Roman goddess of the grain and Earth Mother, is now considered in Mundane Astrology to be a significator of national security, ecology, food resources, and of course, as The Mother archetype, of nurturing and safety.

Ceres’ Greek counterpart is Demeter whose origin is Indo-European. Demeter has been associated more with the Earth Mother, and Ceres primarily with grain. The ‘Cerealia’ on April 19 was the chief festival of Ceres. (‘New Insights into Astrology,’ Nona Gwynn Press.)

Ceres and the Mighty Mississippi

It was during NPR’s 5 pm News program that a fuller picture was revealed to me concerning the effects on our markets and food supply from the tragic midwest flooding of the Mississippi River, the Mighty Mississippi.

Yes, I knew it was bad but didn’t realize that there are currently 100 or so barges stranded, rail lines washed out or closed, and other gathering storms of depletion and loss on the clouded horizon for America, and eventually for other parts of the world which receive from our nation’s agricultural largesse.

That the asteroid Ceres is associated with nurturing, nutrition, grains, and security issues is well-known so perhaps you may wish to peruse a brief article on my Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington:


where you’ll find a second publish of today’s US Venus Return chart which you may also view here in the post just below along with Venus Return details.

Farmers, agricultural workers, transit companies, grocers, and anyone who likes to chow down will be adversely affected by this natural disaster made worse by man’s lack of levee maintenance and other neglectful causes. As we know, Congress just handed Bush more millions for Iraq, but provides precious little for America’s infrastructure needs ad nauseum–and we see yet another result of their sorriness.

(And while I’m thinking about food supply dearth: has anyone considered that the mysterious honey bee disappearances–hive collapse disorder–may be related somehow to genetically engineered crops? I’m no scientist, but I was just wondering. What do you think?)

For Old Times’ Sake:

If you’re an American perhaps you learned to spell the river’s name the same way I did:

M-i-crooked letter crooked letter-i-crooked letter crooked letter i-humpback humpback i…and it just keeps rollin’ along…Old Man River, that is. But it seems now that Old Man Saturn’s times, they are a-changin’…and how.

Certainly the current Neptune (water; flood damage; dissolution)-Chiron (the wounding)-North Node (destiny of the masses; the public) trio is making itself deeply felt in America while traveling in the collective sign of Aquarius–the Waterbearer, and my prayers are with the good people of the midwest during this difficult time.

Atlantis launches after 2 month delay

Coming here just now I saw a headline that the Atlantis crew is short on space experience. Well…how encouraging.

Especially after writing my semi-grumpy post on today’s Atlantis launch, Cape Canaveral, FL, 2:45 pm est.

Read post here:


It’s not that I try to be a grumpy grumpiola–it simply comes naturally, and we should all be glad when feisty Mars is finished his out-of-bounds stint. It’s been a doozy.

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