Sonja Francis/Astrologer Coach: New Moon in Scorpio, Oct./Nov. 2019 — True Intimacy

New Moon in Scorpio, Oct./Nov. 2019 — True Intimacy

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Join Sonja as she shares about several upcoming astrological events:
* New Moon in 4.5º of Scorpio (exact on Oct. 27th, 2019 at 11:39pm EDT)
* Mercury in Scorpio exalted (stationing), coming to a halt on Oct. 31st (starting its 3-week Retrograde phase) 1:47
* Shadow issues & Projections, connected to the Scorpio energy 6:27
* The New Moon opposes Uranus in Taurus 15:44
* Two Quincunxes: the first one involves the New Moon & Chiron in Aries 19:23
* The second Quincunx involves Mars (traditional ruler of Scorpio) in Libra & Neptune in Pisces 22:03
* Mars in Libra squares Saturn in Capricorn 25:57
* Pluto (modern ruler of Scorpio) currently in Capricorn, together with Saturn and the South Node, all sextile Neptune in Pisces, and Pluto also sextiles Venus in Scorpio 27:30
* To sum it all up for this New Moon 30:41
* Best and most potent time for setting Intentions 41:48 Do you have an Ascendant (or any personal planets) in 2-7 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo, or Aquarius? 39:17

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Sonja’s next MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM — which is a 90-minute webinar — will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 10am PST/1pm EST/6pm GMT (London-time).

PLEASE NOTE that we will look directly at our own birth charts to see how the yearly Jupiter transit through Capricorn (as well as the Neptune Station-direct phase in Nov./Dec.) will impact each of us. If you want to know how this planetary movement is going to impact you personally, SIGN UP to join the webinar LIVE, or register to receive an mp4/video presentation within 24 hours of the live event.

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Tony Samara: You Are Part of the Flow – Conscious Perspectives Meditation

You Are Part of the Flow – Conscious Perspectives Meditation

Meditation is all about being connected to what is going on without negativities and obsessive focuses. It is all about deep mindful attention and letting go of concerns and judgments. Tony Samara’s short meditation allows us to actively remember how to immerse ourselves in a profound state of awareness.



Aluna Ash- 9D: NEW MOON & G1/G2 SOLAR STORMS + + 10/25

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#NewMoon #SolarStorms #GAPdays


SOLAR ACTIVITY WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT WEEK AND A HALF… what’s coming in right now is just from one release rotation the new moon portal- is pulling on the magnetic field of the sun creating more of a release of energy from the Sun, I spoke about this in a video a couple weeks ago. Solar storms/solar flares


Please make sure that if you’re struggling with your mental health, emotional well-being or physical health in any way that you go within first & (if needed/wanted) seek guidance either w someone you feel comfortable with or by a professional & don’t just say “oh well, its the energy..” if you are experiencing rapid changes in your thoughts, emotions & energy, it is really important to seek guidance/support if needed. Mental health is extremely important during these times and will become something that is more focused on within the collective. You will get to a point where you feel positive & balanced during these waves/shifts without going too high energetically then going down after- meditation daily & constant awareness of your thoughts, is key💗staying present. Stay focused, aligned in your Heart, Soul Heart & don’t get caught up in BS, the blame game, victim roles, programs.  Hold steady to the Original Force/Spirit. Where your focus goes, your energy flows.


Kundalini energy can be moving all through your body & energy field.. maybe even more active at this time


**Correction, the October Energy Update was posted 2 weeks ago speaking about this Geomagnetic Storm & Portal

But I believe I spoke about it again in last weeks 12 day portal video as well.


**10 Galactic Activation Portal Days in a row within a 12 day Portal:
October 26th-November 4th are the 10 GAP days.
12 day portal: October 24th-Nov 4th


Re-activation of culminations/shifts of or from the Full Moon 25 degrees Sagittarius on June 17th & re-activation of energy of the Total Solar Eclipse at 10 degrees Cancer from July 2nd during this 12 day portal and during the 9 GAP days. And an activation begins with the Galactic Center following this New Moon, that will continue until December when Jupiter moves into Tropical Capricorn duting prior to the next larger Portal & the next Solar Eclipse that will be bringing in Geomagnetic Storms as well (my intuitive feeling)


This Portal is connected to those that transitioned & even more so to those that have crossed while the nodes have been in Cancer & Zodiac since last October. The veil is thin around this time & perfect for honoring Ancestors, healing, meditation, cleansing, relaxing, deprogramming, etc..


💜With the energy coming in, it’s causing an acceleration with the synchronization with the planetary light body & planetary field through our consciousness, DNA, pineal gland- galactic antenna, and activating different spheres within the Brain through number codes/subliminal frequency transmissions from Higher Dimensional Mind impressing upon the individual Subconscious bringing the subliminal messages up to the conscious awareness into the objective reality to be impressed and creating a new program through repetition. This is part of a hive mind deprogramming from the higher dimensional mind/awareness. The Elements will be stirred up within the collective due to this 12 day Portal & energy coming in. It, the weather changes, are natural due to Cosmic energy, shifts with collective & the planetary field.



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Arcturian Group Message for OCTOBER 20, 2019 by Marilyn Raffaele | Oneness of All

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Arcturian Group Message for OCTOBER 20, 2019 by Marilyn Raffaele | Oneness of All

Dear readers, once again we come to you with great love and respect especially during these times when so many are experiencing chaos and seeming loss–the birth pains of bringing forth a new earth, new collective consciousness, and more evolved humans. Be not afraid or doubtful based on what you see but know that mankind is well into the evolutionary changes that have been unconsciously desired and sought throughout time.

Once an individual attains some measure of spiritual awareness, they are never forced to incarnate. You chose to be on earth at this time. Many wanted to be here during these times but were not permitted because their Light was not yet of a sufficient level to assist in earth’s ascension process.

You who read and understand these messages are here to serve the Light as examples and teachers. This does not mean that in order to do this you must first become a spiritual guru, channel, or teacher in the ordinary limited sense of these titles. You become these things and much more as you begin to secretly and silently align with Truth in each now moment while going about your ordinary daily activities.

The three dimensional belief system based in duality and separation has created gods, saints, and royalty. It has taught for eons and still teaches that some individuals, as well as a nebulous male god in the sky are better than you and must be looked up to and even worshipped. In reality, these designations simply represent facets of separation, the belief that those who have attained some “man ordained” qualification either by birth or experience are more valuable, wise, loveable, and “holy” than everyone else.

A “saint” is nothing more than a person who has fulfilled certain three dimensional concepts of spirituality. Many of those declared saints were not awake to real spiritual truth. Because you are creators, a person who spends 24/7 thinking about and concentrating on the stigmata, or some concept of a God experience will easily create it for themselves.

This is why it is important to let go of all concepts regarding what spirituality must look like in order to be authentic. Allow your personal evolutionary process to unfold, trusting that your Higher Self knows what is right for you and when, which may be totally different than someone else’s experience.

Three dimensional titles mean nothing in the larger scheme of things because even though there is individuality, all life is in and of the ONE and only life. This does not mean that you cannot give honor and respect where it is deserved, but to worship and seek to emulate some saint, famous person, or three dimensional concept of God at the expense of one’s own divine nature is idolatry.

Most souls do not incarnate for the purpose of becoming famous or to attain that which will make them valuable, loveable, or important to others according to three dimensional standards. However, most incarnating souls forget and lose sight of their purpose when entering into the denser energies of earth.

There is nothing un-spiritual about pursuing a career or activity that results in fame and glory. Often a person is drawn to some activity and is very good at it because they have done it in other lifetimes. Professional perfection or fame of some sort may well be the necessary component to one’s chosen Light work–a way to show others that a person can be famous, rich, or physically beautiful while living a high level of spiritual awareness.

Those in positions of authority or fame of some sort have great responsibility because they are looked to as examples by those who as of yet have not realized their own uniqueness and thus often imitate them. The only spiritual error of any life choice is in using it solely for service to self and in looking to it rather than within, for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual validation.

Make these times a time for rejoicing rather than suffering, for prison walls are coming down and allowing those inside to wake up and begin experiencing the realities of their already perfect consciousness while the prison masters scurry about pulling out all stops in a futile effort to maintain the status quo.

We wish to speak of compassion and how it is not always seen in its truest form. Compassion is a state of consciousness able to understand, accept, and unconditionally love without becoming an enabler or doormat. Many still falsely believe that in order to be a loving or spiritual person they must just allow what another does to them physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Compassion never denies a situation but rather sees through it to its underlying components while at the same time taking whatever human steps are necessary and understandable for self and the other. No matter how well intended, giving words of truth to someone who has not yet attained a consciousness that is able to to align with them is folly.

This is why the practice of proselytizing or forcing one’s beliefs no matter how true on another represents a false sense of ego–the belief that only the proselytizer has the right answers and everyone else is wrong.

Proselytizing can be harmful in many ways. It creates guilt, false beliefs, and often the loss of a person’s already present spiritual foundation (frequently more evolved than what is being taught). Every evolving soul eventually attains a state of consciousness in which the beliefs of others no longer have the power to cause doubt or questioning.

Compassion does not align with another’s low resonating energy as sympathy does. It is very important for those who work professionally in medicine, psychology, law, social work etc. to understand the difference between compassion and sympathy. Those in these fields of work are exposed every day to dense frequencies of sadness, pain, suffering, and victim consciousness.

When you work with others from the level of sympathy–“I feel your pain” rather than from compassion– “I recognize your pain” you align with the other’s lower resonating energy which then feeds from yours leaving you feeling tired, drained, and unable to provide understandable but high level solutions that can help the person’s situation.

Even if this is not your professional work, most of you are finding others being increasingly drawn to you confiding their pain, problems, and sad stories. This is happening because as a person becomes more spiritually evolved their energy field broadcasts more Light and because everyone consciously and unconsciously seeks Light, those with little of their own are drawn to yours.

This happens for those in physical body as well as those on the other side which is why it is important to keep your energy levels high and filled with Light at all times. You can ask your Guides to help you with this and when you feel yourself slipping into density, stop and center while visualizing yourself in golden/white Light. Lower resonating energy cannot enter in to the higher, but the higher can allow itself to slip into the lower.

Allow your Lightwork to be wherever you are–to come to you. There is no need to seek it out. It may be as ordinary as someone in a grocery line that you intuitively know is in need silent spiritual recognition. A teacher may be intuitively guided to a troubled student needing someone to talk with. It could be a friend or relative that is receptive and desirous of learning more about the spiritual truth you know.

When you live from compassion, you live at a higher level of awareness in which others if ready and receptive, can be lifted higher. This is how true healing takes place but it is then up to the other to keep themselves in that state of higher awareness. Your job is never to carry another indefinitely out of a false sense of love, that is enabling not love and may be taking away their chosen lesson.

As earth energy becomes increasingly high and intense, more will find their way to you at work, home, in a crowd, or at a party–wherever– for help of some sort. This is why you chose to be on earth at this time and this is how concepts of duality and separation will dissolve into the nothingness that they are.

Be in the world as fully as you desire or are guided to be, but be not of it.

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your weekly guide to planetary influences October 21 to 27, 2019 by Pam Younghans

Aspects of Note This Week
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours. 
MON: Venus trine Neptune, Mars square Nodes
WED: Sun enters Scorpio
THU: Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune
FRI: Venus sextile Pluto, Jupiter conjunct Ceres, Sun quincunx Chiron
SUN: Mars square Saturn, New Moon 8:38 p.m. PDT (3:38 a.m. GMT on Monday)


OUR INTENDED COURSE may meet unexpected obstacles this week. The planet Mars is now square the Moon’s nodes (exact on Monday), and will exactly square Saturn next Sunday. Mars represents how we take action to manifest our desires–and with the Red Planet currently in peace-loving Libra, we of course wish for all to unfold with equanimity. But there are first some hurdles to overcome.

As Mars energizes the nodal axis early in the week, issues from the past may resurface, that have the capacity to reawaken old patterns of fear. The South Node in Capricorn tells us that we might once have dealt with similar issues by shutting down, by avoiding our emotions, and by stoically resisting support from others. And yet, the North Node in Cancer reveals that the way to successfully navigate current challenges is to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to trust that all is well (despite appearances), to spend time appreciating the positive manifestations in our lives, and to be flexible and creative in deciding our next course of action.

SITUATIONS that activate these old patterns will continue to unfold throughout this week, perhaps reaching a decision point next weekend when the Mars-Saturn square is at its strongest effect. And yet, that is not the end of the story, since Mars will then move on to square Pluto.

Major developments are likely around the time of that Mars-Pluto square, which perfects on November 5. Since that Tuesday is election day in the U.S., we will want to observe political events through eyes of wisdom instead of responding reactively. It will help to remind ourselves that things often need to fall apart before they can come together in a better way.

THE SUN’S ingress into Scorpio on Wednesday this week underscores that message. Scorpio rules the process of death and rebirth, exemplified by the seasonal cycle of deciduous trees. If we were not aware of this cycle, every autumn we would fear that the trees were dying. But, having lived through many years, we understand that this is a necessary part of the natural cycle of life–and that there are multiple benefits to this process.

When leaves fall to the ground, they create a blanket to protect smaller plants from the cold weather to come. The leafless limbs of the trees then can allow more rare sunlight to reach the ground during winter months, adding some precious warmth to the earth. And, in the spring, those decayed leaves provide fertile soil for the growth of new seedlings.

As Mars squares first Saturn and then Pluto over the next two weeks, it will provide more insights into the long-term effects of the Saturn-Pluto alignment that perfects in January 2020. Just as we in the Northern Hemisphere anticipate the spring about six months from now, we can all look forward to seeing what new growth will occur during the last half of 2020, fertilized by the decaying remains of whatever has fallen as the result of the Saturn-Pluto influence.

NEXT SUNDAY’S New Moon occurs at 8:38 p.m. PDT, when the Sun and the Moon align at 4°25′ Scorpio. This is a very excitable lunation, due to the involvement of rabble-rousing, revolutionary Uranus, which will be at 4°36′ Taurus.

Any time Uranus participates in a New Moon, we can “expect the unexpected” throughout the new lunar cycle. Uranus is known for bringing surprises that disrupt the status quo, requiring that we be flexible and innovative in how we manage our reality. With Uranus in Taurus, the most “earth-bound” of the signs, we may feel that the very ground beneath our feet is unstable. We can tend to be more nervous than usual, and more restless as well.

At its highest vibration, Uranus represents the Higher Mind. It usually requires that we use new and alternative means to interpret our world and to find solutions to problems. One of the higher purposes of any unforeseen circumstances that may arise over the next four weeks is to help us think outside the box. We are also being nudged to expand our consciousness, to be more open to intuitive knowing, and perhaps to work with the quantum field to effect change, rather than exerting purely physical or mental effort.

AT THE TIME of the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are aligned with two fixed stars: Syrma and Omega Boötis. These two stars are part of two different constellations, but from Earth’s perspective, they are both at the same degree in the heavens. Activation of these stellar energies brings another layer of potential to our new lunar cycle.

Astrologer Roderick Kidston, in his book The Magic of the Stars, provides these insights:

“With Syrma and Omega Boötis, we have a star each from a great lady (Virgo) and a brawny rustic (Boötis, the Herdsman), working together regardless of seeming paradoxes. There’s a lot of real power emanating from this double act. This duo is forceful, sometimes shocking. There is huge creativity here, which may tip towards the frenzied. These stars bring things to light, reveal anything which is damaged or unsatisfactory, and bring it up for the Herdsman’s vigorous workout and the Maiden’s healing transformation.”

To give us a sense of how Syrma and Omega Boötis can manifest their “forceful, sometimes shocking” influence, here are a few noted personages that have a planet conjunct the two stars: artist Pablo Picasso (Sun), dynamite-inventor Alfred Noble (Mars), storyteller Roald Dahl (Mars), reality TV personality Caitlin Jenner (Sun), and poet Sylvia Plath (Sun).


I SENSE a great deal of resonance with the overall Saturn-Pluto process in Kidston’s description of these two stars. Pluto is in the process of revealing uncomfortable truths, and showing us the dry rot that has undermined seemingly solid structures. At the same time, Saturn is requiring that we take responsibility for how each of us might be contributing–through thought, word, or deed–to the mass consciousness that has enabled the decay to occur.

Once we have dealt with the core issues that have been at the heart of the dry rot–in other words, removed the water source so that the fungus cannot continue to grow–Saturn will show us what parts of the foundation are still viable, and which must be completely torn down (Pluto). Then, going forward into the later months of 2020, Saturn and Jupiter will help us build a new, stronger foundation that will carry us forward from here.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are in the process of redefining yourself as you navigate new and perhaps unexpected life changes. If you were born in the first half of the coming week, you are in the final phases of this process; if you were born in the last half of the week, you are just beginning this important stage. This is a time of restlessness and an eagerness for new experiences. Allow yourself to try on different hats, and not to fully define your new self as yet. It is through experimentation that you discover the real you, as compared to the persona that you may have embraced for various reasons. You may be dealing with pressure from others to conform to their way of thinking, or you might find yourself at odds with people who you thought were deeply compatible. If relationship issues arise, a primary purpose is to help you know your truth and claim your unique and authentic self. (Solar Return Sun quincunx Chiron, opposite Uranus, sesquiquadrate Neptune)


In Gratitude and Light,


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Jamye Price: Feeling the Love

Feeling the Love

Blessed Being, you are presented with an opportunity of supporting the freedom within the self, or the surrender of the self to the freedom of others. It is a point of choice in your moments that calls you to work your inner realm or offer your focus to another.

As with all in your duality experience, it is both. One gets “chosen” and becomes obvious to the senses, the other silently, invisible surrenders to the flow. The passive and active forces of creation in action, inner action.

Love is the binding force of Life. It is the passive, invisible magnetic connection. It does not dominate, it resonates. That which is resonant is compelled. Where then is choice if the compelling creates?

Choice is the stillpoint of creation, the moment of awareness (or lack thereof) which life receives and responds. It is your inner awareness of the opportunity and action of decision.

To Feel the Love when the active force strongly shows its opposite is the opportunity. How one tunes into that opposite [opportuniting?] in the midst of an active force is the work of stillness.

Love is the quieter force in those moments, yet it is there.

As you become a highly sensitive instrument into the opportunity of Love, you amplify the availability of the passive force of Love on Earth. Like a bountiful harvest, there is greater opportunity for the consumption and fulfillment, though temporary it currently is in the physical realm.

When you are feeling Love’s opposite, tune the self into any flow of Love through the energy of surrender. Not to give up the power of the self, to surrender the unhealthy control of fear and open to the power of the infinite Self.

In essence, you meet the energy of the opposite of Love with your passive force of Love. This is the internal choice, the internal stillpoint of connection of opposites within resonance.

As we sit to Blast Feeling the Love, we are finding our power of mercy to sustain a powerful Love within. We are freeing our heart from the constriction of fear into the opening of divine grace, discovering our infinite wellspring of potential. We are leading humanity to more Love by the simplicity of honoring our sacred space within, offering the opportunity for Love to propagate within. Blast on!

Recent Praying Medic posts and Q/8chan/8kun – related updates

Follow links to Praying Medic website to read brief articles. ~PB

8kun Update October 22, 2019

8kun Update October 22, 2019

In yesterday’s post, I said that I suspected the owners of 8kun might be developing a long-term solution to their internet hosting problems that we aren’t aware of. Since it’s clear that powerful people would like to keep 8kun offline, it would make sense to develop a…

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8kun Update October 20, 2019

8kun Update October 20, 2019

8Kun is live but the website is under attack. Operational security (OPSEC) is necessary. Jim is providing information but not information that will help the enemy. Jim acts corny because corny people don’t get censored. OIG FISA report and Declass are coming… is…

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How the Whistleblower Complaint Helps the Great Awakening

How the Whistleblower Complaint Helps the Great Awakening

The 2016 election of Donald Trump wasn’t just another 4-year election. Ever since he announced he was running for the White House, the world has become increasingly polarized around him. I know many people who have lost friends or who have become alienated from family…

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Monday Observations on 8kun, Jim Watkins and Q

Monday Observations on 8kun, Jim Watkins and Q

As we prepare for the return of 8chan/8kun and Q, I’d like to thank those who have not given up hope for a return of justice and liberty. Your prayers and encouragement to others are critical to the success of this mission.  Some people have expressed concern that the…

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8kun Update October 19, 2019

8kun Update October 19, 2019

This is an update on the battle to get 8chan back online which would provide an opportunity for Qanon to post again. I’d like to start this off with a dream that may be relevant. In the dream that I had last night, an unknown person was trying to send messages. It…

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FISA Report, Declass, 8kun Update

FISA Report, Declass, 8kun Update

The latest on the DOJ IG report, the declassification of Spygate documents and the return of 8chan. Related: Jim Watkins: 8chan Will be Back Online in a Few Days

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October 6, 2019 Update

October 6, 2019 Update

I’m currently adding information to past Q posts on this website. When available, the thread of posts from Twitter will appear under each Q video. (A few threads were destroyed by Twitter and will not be available). In addition to twitter threads, links will also…

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Ruptly: UK: *EXCLUSIVE* footage of Assange in prison van after extradition hearing

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UK: *EXCLUSIVE* footage of Assange in prison van after extradition hearing

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WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange was filmed inside a prison van in London after he appeared in court for an extradition hearing. Assange completed his sentence for skipping bail, to avoid extradition to Sweden due to sexual assault allegations, on September 22, but remained in jail as a judge believed he could flee before his US extradition hearing. He is facing the extradition request on espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

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Patrick Henningsen: Governments Waging War on Whistleblowers, Journalists

Excellent overview of the alarming clampdown that is transpiring! ~ PB


Patrick Henningsen: Governments Waging War on Whistleblowers, Journalists

Oct 21, 2019
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Regarding today’s case hearing for #JulianAssange at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, a grave injustice is taking place. This is an important message for supporters of the free press, free speech and the right due process. 21st century society has now reached a critical impasse.
Governments, corporations are waging war on whistleblowers and journalists. It’s happening everywhere, and if left unchecked, it will undermine society and the last vestiges of democracy. That’s no exaggeration…


Craig Murray: Assange in Court

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I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening.

Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian’s condition. I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

But his physical appearance was not as shocking as his mental deterioration. When asked to give his name and date of birth, he struggled visibly over several seconds to recall both. I will come to the important content of his statement at the end of proceedings in due course, but his difficulty in making it was very evident; it was a real struggle for him to articulate the words and focus his train of thought.

Until yesterday I had always been quietly sceptical of those who claimed that Julian’s treatment amounted to torture – even of Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – and sceptical of those who suggested he may be subject to debilitating drug treatments. But having attended the trials in Uzbekistan of several victims of extreme torture, and having worked with survivors from Sierra Leone and elsewhere, I can tell you that yesterday changed my mind entirely and Julian exhibited exactly the symptoms of a torture victim brought blinking into the light, particularly in terms of disorientation, confusion, and the real struggle to assert free will through the fog of learned helplessness.

I had been even more sceptical of those who claimed, as a senior member of his legal team did to me on Sunday night, that they were worried that Julian might not live to the end of the extradition process. I now find myself not only believing it, but haunted by the thought. Everybody in that court yesterday saw that one of the greatest journalists and most important dissidents of our times is being tortured to death by the state, before our eyes. To see my friend, the most articulate man, the fastest thinker, I have ever known, reduced to that shambling and incoherent wreck, was unbearable. Yet the agents of the state, particularly the callous magistrate Vanessa Baraitser, were not just prepared but eager to be a part of this bloodsport. She actually told him that if he were incapable of following proceedings, then his lawyers could explain what had happened to him later. The question of why a man who, by the very charges against him, was acknowledged to be highly intelligent and competent, had been reduced by the state to somebody incapable of following court proceedings, gave her not a millisecond of concern.

The charge against Julian is very specific; conspiring with Chelsea Manning to publish the Iraq War logs, the Afghanistan war logs and the State Department cables. The charges are nothing to do with Sweden, nothing to do with sex, and nothing to do with the 2016 US election; a simple clarification the mainstream media appears incapable of understanding.

The purpose of yesterday’s hearing was case management; to determine the timetable for the extradition proceedings. The key points at issue were that Julian’s defence was requesting more time to prepare their evidence; and arguing that political offences were specifically excluded from the extradition treaty. There should, they argued, therefore be a preliminary hearing to determine whether the extradition treaty applied at all.

The reasons given by Assange’s defence team for more time to prepare were both compelling and startling. They had very limited access to their client in jail and had not been permitted to hand him any documents about the case until one week ago. He had also only just been given limited computer access, and all his relevant records and materials had been seized from the Ecuadorean Embassy by the US Government; he had no access to his own materials for the purpose of preparing his defence.

Furthermore, the defence argued, they were in touch with the Spanish courts about a very important and relevant legal case in Madrid which would provide vital evidence. It showed that the CIA had been directly ordering spying on Julian in the Embassy through a Spanish company, UC Global, contracted to provide security there. Crucially this included spying on privileged conversations between Assange and his lawyers discussing his defence against these extradition proceedings, which had been in train in the USA since 2010. In any normal process, that fact would in itself be sufficient to have the extradition proceedings dismissed. Incidentally I learnt on Sunday that the Spanish material produced in court, which had been commissioned by the CIA, specifically includes high resolution video coverage of Julian and I discussing various matters.

The evidence to the Spanish court also included a CIA plot to kidnap Assange, which went to the US authorities’ attitude to lawfulness in his case and the treatment he might expect in the United States. Julian’s team explained that the Spanish legal process was happening now and the evidence from it would be extremely important, but it might not be finished and thus the evidence not fully validated and available in time for the current proposed timetable for the Assange extradition hearings.

For the prosecution, James Lewis QC stated that the government strongly opposed any delay being given for the defence to prepare, and strongly opposed any separate consideration of the question of whether the charge was a political offence excluded by the extradition treaty. Baraitser took her cue from Lewis and stated categorically that the date for the extradition hearing, 25 February, could not be changed. She was open to changes in dates for submission of evidence and responses before this, and called a ten minute recess for the prosecution and defence to agree these steps.

What happened next was very instructive. There were five representatives of the US government present (initially three, and two more arrived in the course of the hearing), seated at desks behind the lawyers in court. The prosecution lawyers immediately went into huddle with the US representatives, then went outside the courtroom with them, to decide how to respond on the dates.

After the recess the defence team stated they could not, in their professional opinion, adequately prepare if the hearing date were kept to February, but within Baraitser’s instruction to do so they nevertheless outlined a proposed timetable on delivery of evidence. In responding to this, Lewis’ junior counsel scurried to the back of the court to consult the Americans again while Lewis actually told the judge he was “taking instructions from those behind”. It is important to note that as he said this, it was not the UK Attorney-General’s office who were being consulted but the US Embassy. Lewis received his American instructions and agreed that the defence might have two months to prepare their evidence (they had said they needed an absolute minimum of three) but the February hearing date may not be moved. Baraitser gave a ruling agreeing everything Lewis had said.

At this stage it was unclear why we were sitting through this farce. The US government was dictating its instructions to Lewis, who was relaying those instructions to Baraitser, who was ruling them as her legal decision. The charade might as well have been cut and the US government simply sat on the bench to control the whole process. Nobody could sit there and believe they were in any part of a genuine legal process or that Baraitser was giving a moment’s consideration to the arguments of the defence. Her facial expressions on the few occasions she looked at the defence ranged from contempt through boredom to sarcasm. When she looked at Lewis she was attentive, open and warm.

The extradition is plainly being rushed through in accordance with a Washington dictated timetable. Apart from a desire to pre-empt the Spanish court providing evidence on CIA activity in sabotaging the defence, what makes the February date so important to the USA? I would welcome any thoughts.

Baraitser dismissed the defence’s request for a separate prior hearing to consider whether the extradition treaty applied at all, without bothering to give any reason why (possibly she had not properly memorised what Lewis had been instructing her to agree with). Yet this is Article 4 of the UK/US Extradition Treaty 2007 in full:

On the face of it, what Assange is accused of is the very definition of a political offence – if this is not, then what is? It is not covered by any of the exceptions from that listed. There is every reason to consider whether this charge is excluded by the extradition treaty, and to do so before the long and very costly process of considering all the evidence should the treaty apply. But Baraitser simply dismissed the argument out of hand.

Just in case anybody was left in any doubt as to what was happening here, Lewis then stood up and suggested that the defence should not be allowed to waste the court’s time with a lot of arguments. All arguments for the substantive hearing should be given in writing in advance and a “guillotine should be applied” (his exact words) to arguments and witnesses in court, perhaps of five hours for the defence. The defence had suggested they would need more than the scheduled five days to present their case. Lewis countered that the entire hearing should be over in two days. Baraitser said this was not procedurally the correct moment to agree this but she will consider it once she had received the evidence bundles.

(SPOILER: Baraitser is going to do as Lewis instructs and cut the substantive hearing short).

Baraitser then capped it all by saying the February hearing will be held, not at the comparatively open and accessible Westminster Magistrates Court where we were, but at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, the grim high security facility used for preliminary legal processing of terrorists, attached to the maximum security prison where Assange is being held. There are only six seats for the public in even the largest court at Belmarsh, and the object is plainly to evade public scrutiny and make sure that Baraitser is not exposed in public again to a genuine account of her proceedings, like this one you are reading. I will probably be unable to get in to the substantive hearing at Belmarsh.

Plainly the authorities were disconcerted by the hundreds of good people who had turned up to support Julian. They hope that far fewer will get to the much less accessible Belmarsh. I am fairly certain (and recall I had a long career as a diplomat) that the two extra American government officials who arrived halfway through proceedings were armed security personnel, brought in because of alarm at the number of protestors around a hearing in which were present senior US officials. The move to Belmarsh may be an American initiative.

Assange’s defence team objected strenuously to the move to Belmarsh, in particular on the grounds that there are no conference rooms available there to consult their client and they have very inadequate access to him in the jail. Baraitser dismissed their objection offhand and with a very definite smirk.

Finally, Baraitser turned to Julian and ordered him to stand, and asked him if he had understood the proceedings. He replied in the negative, said that he could not think, and gave every appearance of disorientation. Then he seemed to find an inner strength, drew himself up a little, and said:

“I do not understand how this process is equitable. This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case and I can’t even access my writings. It is very difficult, where I am, to do anything. These people have unlimited resources.”

The effort then seemed to become too much, his voice dropped and he became increasingly confused and incoherent. He spoke of whistleblowers and publishers being labeled enemies of the people, then spoke about his children’s DNA being stolen and of being spied on in his meetings with his psychologist. I am not suggesting at all that Julian was wrong about these points, but he could not properly frame nor articulate them. He was plainly not himself, very ill and it was just horribly painful to watch. Baraitser showed neither sympathy nor the least concern. She tartly observed that if he could not understand what had happened, his lawyers could explain it to him, and she swept out of court.

The whole experience was profoundly upsetting. It was very plain that there was no genuine process of legal consideration happening here. What we had was a naked demonstration of the power of the state, and a naked dictation of proceedings by the Americans. Julian was in a box behind bulletproof glass, and I and the thirty odd other members of the public who had squeezed in were in a different box behind more bulletproof glass. I do not know if he could see me or his other friends in the court, or if he was capable of recognising anybody. He gave no indication that he did.

In Belmarsh he is kept in complete isolation for 23 hours a day. He is permitted 45 minutes exercise. If he has to be moved, they clear the corridors before he walks down them and they lock all cell doors to ensure he has no contact with any other prisoner outside the short and strictly supervised exercise period. There is no possible justification for this inhuman regime, used on major terrorists, being imposed on a publisher who is a remand prisoner.

I have been both cataloguing and protesting for years the increasingly authoritarian powers of the UK state, but that the most gross abuse could be so open and undisguised is still a shock. The campaign of demonisation and dehumanisation against Julian, based on government and media lie after government and media lie, has led to a situation where he can be slowly killed in public sight, and arraigned on a charge of publishing the truth about government wrongdoing, while receiving no assistance from “liberal” society.

Unless Julian is released shortly he will be destroyed. If the state can do this, then who is next?


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