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jade-goodyJade Goody returns to the ultimate reality show.

Back on Februrary, 23rd, I wrote and published a piece on Jade Goody, the British, rags-to-riches, reality TV star, who captured the heart of a nation on her first stint on Big Brother. Goody’s combination of guilesss honesty and naivete earned her a place in the hearts of many a Brit. She was “the real” in “reality.” Her popularity did not go unnoticed by sponsors and advertisers. Even though she did not win on Big Brother, she was reewarded with her own fragrance and other commercial opportunities.

Things started going south for the young, single mother of two boys when she went back to the The Big Brother house for another go round, on Celebrity Big Brother. It was there that her honesty got her into trouble. She insulted the Indian actress, Shilpa Shetty and was accused of being a racist. The tabloids had a field day and soon, Goddy was not only out of the Big Brother house, but also out of any other kind of job, as her lines were pulled, her spokeswoman roles cut off. This would be the least of her problems.

Goody had acquired quite the reputation as a party girl. Her ample bust and carefree attitude netted many paparazi shots on beaches and nights out on the town.

Seems like Brits like a good comeback story as much as their American counterparts as Goody made a redemptive appearance on The Indian version of Big Brother. I believe it was around this time, that found out that she had cervical cancer. Jade Goody’s life became an entirely new reality series onto itself, a deathwatch, where people could live and feel through this woman, many of whom had already indentified with her as a common gal.

Back in that piece I looked at the role of Neptune in Aquarius and how it morphed into a sort of collective channel of grief, projection, emotion and reaction. I alos wrote abput how Goody’s life and now death, mirrored a film, Deathwatch” by Bertrand Travernier, a scathing look into the future of humanity’s inability to feel any sort of emotion, unless it was experienced vicariously through a reality show. I won’t recount the details of the movie here, but you can feel free to view the original post in order to do so.

Jade Goody has passed away, leaving two, young, sons, with a man that she had married just prior to her death. She did as much reality based programming during her illness as she could in order to provide for her sons. Ironically, her death almost coincides with that of Natasha Richardson, who has also left two boys behind. Goody and Richardson could not have come from any different backgrounds and yet, their respective deaths leave the lives of their boys in their wake.

A reader, Angela, had commented on my first post about the gardasil jab, though I believe that Goody had received the Cervarix jab. Angela postulated that the jab itself was responsible for Goody’s cancer. She is not alone in this assumption. There are others, whom believe that the amount of aluminum in the jab is beyond toxic, ironically though, the public furor isn’t about the safety of the jab itself, but that Goody had receiveed the supposedly inferior and less expensive, Cervarix. The thinking goes that if she had recived the “better” and more expensive Gardasil, that this would not have happened. Unfortunately, Goody’s death is potentially the biggest marketing coup that Merck could have ever imagined. In death, Goody will no doubt help Merck move millions of vials of the vaccine, cashing in on the fear that her rapid descent and ultimately death, was brought on by an inferior vaccine. Merck should pay Goody’s sons a hefty, annual, stipend for life.

When I looked at Morgellons and Uranus in Pisces, I noted that Morgellons swims in the blood and dwells, just beneath the skin. We looked at the watery connection between Morgellons and Darwin under Uranus in Pisces cycles, especially as it relates to the currnet opposition between Uranus in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo. Uranus in Pisces can be powerful transmitter of illusion, hope and promise but it can also occlude and veil. Saturn in Virgo (health and karma) tugs on the reality of Uranus in Pisces and demands information, data, analysis, results. In the realm of public opinion, we’ll be left to sift through the contradictions, contraindications and contrary stances of big pharma, more than willing to sell us yet another, often undertested vaccine to naively accept and introduce into the sanctity of our bodies.

If Jade Goody’s life can have long lasting meaning, far beyond the ephemeral instant gratification that her celebrity provided her with, it will be raising the dialog and debate around vaccines for cervical cancer and the debate shouldn’t be about the merits of Gardasil over Cervarix, but if we should even have them at all.

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goddy_deathWhat is real?

The last time I was in England, the country was all-a-twitter about a young woman named “Jade Goody.” Apparently, she was a real Walter Mitty story. Her star rose when she first appeared on the UK’s version of the reality show, Big Brother. It seems as though her lack of sophistication and naivete along with her simple, yet potent honesty captured the hearts of many Brits. They saw in her a vision of themselves, someone who was just plain folk, whose innocent and unpolished attitude towards life mirrored their own to greater or lesser extent. When she left Big Brother she was offered her own cosmetics line and other residuals that lifted her far out of her previous social and economic milieu. She had become a star.

But when I had arrived she was on Big Brother for her second go round and had gotten into a nasty cat fight with an attractive, young, Indian actress. Apparently, Jade’s “honesty” crossed over some tasteful lines regarding the other woman and Jade was quickly cast into being a racist and was first voted off the show, then had nearly all of her endorsements removed from her. It seemed quite sad actually that she could rise so fast and then fall so quickly. Well, Jade’s story just took another, decidedly more grim turn.

I was perusing The Guardian Online the other day and I found out that she has terminal cancer and is now back in the spotlight, loved again, celebrated for her courage as she basically bares her soul on TV and The Internet so that she can derive enough money from her long goodbye for her daughters two sons future. As I saw her bald-headed visage, I was really stunned. Then, I remembered a movie I had seen many years ago called “Deathwatch” by Bertrand Tavernier.

The basic premise of “Deathwatch” is that it takes place in the-not-too-distant future and in that future, people have lost the ability to feel and live vicariously through the experiences of others on television, particularly a show called “Deathwatch” where a person who has some form of terminal illness is befriended by someone and unbeknownst to them, they are capturing their every emotion, every thought, every move. Their experience is then broadcast so that the collective can experience what it’s like to feel.

Romy Schneider plays “Katherine” a woman who is told that she has terminal cancer and is befriended by Harvey Keitel, a producer of the show who replaces one of his eyes with a small camera, capturing every moment he can as she grapples with her oncoming demise. Trying to come to grips with her mortality, she ventures into the countryside with Keitel in tow. Her honesty and vulnerability are a ratings boon, but they also make Keitel question his role as a man who has sacrificed his vision for the reward of voyeuristic immediacy. Katherine eventually wanders into a grocery store where a clerk greets her with tears and this encounter forces Katherine to understand what is really taking place. The irony is that once she met Keitel, walked away from her life and confronted her mortality, she became more alive than ever. But then the betrayal kicks in and to make matters even worse, Keitel tells her that the doctor lied and told she had cancer because he was in on the production. Once Katherine hears this, she no longer wants to live and her her subliminally imposed condition kicks in. She dies.

The film is beyond prescient, especially in the light of Jade Goody’s very public demise.

This represents the shadow side of the cusp between Aquarius and Pisces, as well as the strange co-mingling of Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius where the real and unreal melt together in ways that bend reality. Reality TV becomes reality and reality becomes Reality TV. The Obama election was something similar, a self-generating prophecy where we saw a man reach deific heights, the illusion of Pisces/Neptune, fused with the cross-platform media saturation of Aquarius/Uranus. The veil between the two is so thin and permeable now.

When I saw Goody, I even had to wonder how much of her illness could have been caused by how people turned on her and the immense ill will she experienced at the hands of many who thought that she betrayed their trust, faith and love in her. Almost like sympathetic black magic, did the public’s toxic reaction to Goody hasten her demise? Did Goody’s system become overtaxed due to stress and living what seems to be an unhealthy and fairly debauched life as a reality star?

It’s all very strange and sad to me, yet par for the course in a world where the line between various realms gets thinner and thinner with each passing day.

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