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Neptune & Checkpoint Charlie

Trayvon Martin had his 17th birthday on February 5, 2012. Neptune made its second, and final, ingress to Pisces on 03-Feb-2012 (1st Ingress: 04-Apr-2011) — at that time astrologer Eric Francis noted an exact conjunction between Saturn and Neptune when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 (i worked the dates in Swetest here). Saturn and Neptune were conjunct on 24-Sep-1846 (Neptune's discovery date) at the New Berlin Observatory. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on 26-Feb-2012. Francis has posted further on the shooting: Slow Rising Smoke: Trayvon Martin (28-Mar-2012), and Mercury Direct, Sun in Leo, Full Moon & Trayvon (17-Jul-2013).

Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War… located at the junction of Friedrichstraße with Zimmerstraße and Mauerstraße ("Wall Street"; "Mauerstrasse, Berlin's grim Wall Street")… The name Charlie came from the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet; similarly for other Allied checkpoints on the Autobahn from the West: Checkpoint Alpha at Helmstedt and its counterpart Checkpoint Bravo at Dreilinden.
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Eastern Bloc emigration and defection
Inner German border
Berlin Wall » The Berlin emigration loophole
In 1962 the Berlin Wall was erected to close the last loophole for emigration
Erich Honecker, Mastermind of Berlin Wall, Dies
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On 17 August 1962, a teenaged East German, Peter Fechter [List of deaths at the Berlin Wall], was shot in the pelvis by East German guards while trying to escape from East Berlin. His body lay tangled in a barbed wire fence, bleeding to death, in full view of the world’s media.

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Note: There are four "generations" of construction of the Berlin Wall: 1961 (Berlin Crisis of 1961), 1962 (second parallel fence, 100 yards into East Germany), 1965 (concrete wall added) and 1975 (‘Stutzwandelement UL 12.11’, aka Grenzmauer 75 (Border Wall ’75) begins) [+][+][+]

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Construction of the Berlin Wall started 13-Aug-1961, the Berlin Wall fell on 09-Nov-1989. Mary Elise Sarotte's 2009 article and permeability of the Wall (and how the German people saw daylight at "the exact hour"): How an accident caused the Berlin Wall to come down.

Note: The construction and fall of the Berlin Wall are bracketed by two interesting press conferences: the second one, by Günter Schabowski on 09-Nov-1989, has already been noted. The key question was asked by Italian ANSA correspondent Riccardo Ehrman: You have mentioned some mistakes. Don’t you think it was a big mistake to make this draft of the travelling regulations which you had presented some days ago?.

The first press conference was by Walter Ulbricht on 15-Jun-1961 (who wasn't specifically asked about a "wall"):

"Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten!" (No one has the intention of erecting a wall!). It was the first time the colloquial term Mauer (wall) had been used in this context. {Travel Berlin, Germany for Smartphones and Mobile Devices}

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That same day, Walter Ulbricht gave a press conference in East Berlin during which he made a curious comment, later often quoted in accounts of the creation of the Berlin wall. A journalist for West Germany's Frankfurter Rundschau, Annamarie Doherr, asked the East German Party Chief: Doherr: Mr. Chairman. Does the formation of a Free City mean, in your opinion, that a state border will be erected at the Bradenburg Gate? And are you determined to treat it as such, with all its consequences? «No one has the intention of constructing a wall.» To this day, it is difficult to sort out Ulbricht's intention with this remark. The question might have been planted, as Western journalists had been explicitly invited to this press conference. Ulbricht's remark might well not have been a Freudian slip but an intended signal. Historians have largely avoided attempts to put the remark into its context and instead have mostly written it off as some sort of error. {Kennedy, Adenauer and the Making of the Berlin Wall, 1958-1961, Fabian Rueger}

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8 Creative Ways People Went Over the Berlin Wall
Escape From East Germany
Wall of Shame (Other uses: Mexico–US barrier)

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The Bornholmer Straße border crossing played the historic role of being the first border crossing to be breached during the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.

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The Yalta Conference [WWII Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West » The Conferences | Maps: Berlin Divided Post-WWII, Germany Divided Post-WWII] established Germany and Berlin would be divided into four zones of occupation by the Allies: France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Berlin located entirely within Soviet zone.

Another key post-WWII activity involved activities like Operation Paperclip: the relocation/rehabilitation of Nazi rocket scientists by the Allies. See: Peenemünde.

Eastern Bloc: Soviet Union, Eastern Germany, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania, Yugoslavia.

Physically, the Iron Curtain took the form of border defenses between the countries of Europe in the middle of the continent. The most notable border was marked by the Berlin Wall and its Checkpoint Charlie which served as a symbol of the Curtain as a whole. The events that demolished the Iron Curtain started in discontent in Poland, and continued in Hungary, German Democratic Republic (East Germany), Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania. Romania was the only country in Europe to violently overthrow its communist regime.

The Revolutions of 1989 (also known as the Fall of Communism, the Collapse of Communism, the Revolutions of Eastern Europe and the Autumn of Nations) were the revolutions which overthrew the communist states in various Central and Eastern European countries… The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 failed to stimulate major political changes in China… The Soviet Union was dissolved by the end of 1991.

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Removal of Hungary's border fence
Hungary's Peaceful Revolution: Cutting the Fence and Changing History
Prague Communists Called for Wall to Open on November 8, 1989
Can research on Romanian orphans be ethical? (h/t)

Hopefully, the above provides a quick, useful synopsis of a Wall that became very sophisticated and high-tech during successive generations of construction. The other day I was struck by this thought: It's not "freedom" but Independence. NYT's op-ed columnist Charles Blow (23-Jul-2013, Race and Justice in America II) provides a critical segue: From slavery, to systematic widespread social and cultural violence, to Jim Crow, to mass incarceration, war on drugs, which is basically just a war on black and brown peopleVoter ID laws in the United States | Stand-your-ground law. Also contrast emigration with immigration, and Mexico–US barrier as "a wall of shame" — the US-Mexico relationship involves a Saturn/Neptune conjunction in April 1846 (more below).

Today is Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Neptune enters Pisces today at 2:03 pm EST. After fourteen years in what may be the least comfortable sign it could travel through (Aquarius), Neptune is finally coming home for a long spell. The sky is strong and favorable with Pisces energy, rolling out a welcome mat for this transition.

Neptune in Pisces, unfortunately, doesn't quite appear like much of a welcome mat for some people.

This post explores American Slavery in the 1840s (specifically 1846); Neptune's geocentric return in 2009, and its barycentric and heliocentric returns in 2011; and what Francis calls "the markers of Neptune in Pisces" that our Spidey-senses are picking up but aren't exactly registering in consciousness at the moment, in order to complete (if possible) "the final puzzle picture" of Neptune in Pisces.

Before I do that: Wikipedia does a great job of tracking events by date, here's February 2012. Syria stands out. Hopefully, by investigating a specific event I can (dis/un)cover general characteristics of Neptune in Pisces.

Mexican–American War

April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848

 • Saturn-Neptune Conjunctions • Slavery and the Making of America • 

The war was one of the most decisive events for the U.S. in the first half of the 19th century. While it marked a significant waypoint for the nation as a growing military power, it also served as a milestone especially within the U.S. narrative of Manifest Destiny. The resultant territorial gains set in motion many of the defining trends in American 19th-century history, particularly for the American West. The war did not resolve the issue of slavery in the U.S. but rather in many ways inflamed it, as potential westward expansion of the institution took an increasingly central and heated theme in national debates preceding the American Civil War. Furthermore, in doing much to extend the nation from coast to coast, the Mexican–American War was one step in the massive migrations to the West of Americans, which culminated in transcontinental railroads and the Indian wars later in the same century. {Wikipedia}

The American-Mexican War had barely begun in 1846 when the question of slavery in the territories became an issue. The introduction of the Wilmot Proviso, a bill that prohibited slavery from all lands acquired from Mexico, enraged many Mississippians. Although the bill was not passed, it was simply the first in a series of events that moved Mississippi closer to secession. {The Road to War (1846-1860), Clay Williams}

If any event in American history can be singled out as the beginning of a path which led almost inevitably to sectional controversy and civil war, it was the introduction of the Wilmot Proviso. The proposal of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Congressman David Wilmot, that slavery be excluded from any territory the nation acquired from Mexico, threw the issue of slavery into the center of the political arena—a place it would retain for twenty years. Although historians have concurred on the importance of the Proviso, they have disagreed about the motivation and even the identity of its author. Such controversy surrounded the Proviso from the beginning. {PDF: The Wilmot Proviso Revisited, Eric Foner}

If Saturn-Neptune conjunctions provides the first clue, are there any events related to American Slavery occurring when ♄☌♆? Yes, in 1846 (Neptune's discovery year), Saturn-Neptune had a triple conjunction: 04-Apr-1846, 05-Sep-1846 and 11-Dec-1846. During the first conjunction, asteroid (10806) Mexico was 0°47'36" from Saturn☌Neptune and

April 4, 1846, Mexico's war minister, José Maria Tornel y Mendivil, appoints major general and former president Mariano Arista to organize an "Army of the North" to confront Taylor's incursion. Shortly thereafter, Arista sets out from Monterrey (Nuevo León) with diverse bodies of troops, marching for Matamoros. {Wars of the Americas: A Chronology of Armed Conflict in the Western Hemisphere, David F. Marley}

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While the American command group shook down, events along the frontier moved inexorably toward confrontation. Although the Mexican officials at Matamoros insisted that war existed by American action, they had no authorization to initiate action until April 4. That day the Mexican government directed Major General Mariano Arista, who was en route to Matamoros to assume command, to attack the American invaders.[9] Meanwhile, construction of Fort Texas began on April 6, with each brigade in succession furnishing working parties.

[9] Tornel to Arista, April 4, 1846, XI, 224–25, in Justin H. Smith Papers, Latin American Collection, University of Texas, Austin. The formal declaration of war did not occur until April 23 when President Mariano Paredes y Arriaga declared defensive war. Paredes Manifesto, April 23, 1846, in Nile's Weekly Register, LXX (1846), 199. Paredes' odd terminology resulted from the Mexican constitutional provision that only the congress could declare war. The legislature was not in session and Parades did not wish to bring it together. Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest, K. Jack Bauer, p. 148

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Padres Manifesto of April 23, 1846 (55, 56, 57, 58) and Polk's War Message of May 11, 1846 (58, 59, 60, 61) are available in The U.S.-Mexican War, by Christopher Conway, pp. 54–61.

During the second conjunction asteroid (35352) Texas was 2°11'58" from Saturn☌Neptune and Mexico {03Pi45Rx} was at Fomalhaut's 20th century position; during the third 1846 conjunction Mexico {04Pi05} was at Fomalhaut's 21st century position.


The Mexican-American war provided a training ground for West Point junior officers who became the generals of the American Civil War — both North and South (see Ulysses Grant's comments here). Slavery was abolished in the United States 19 years after Neptune's discovery (btw, Pluto discovered 18-Feb-1930). The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 re-opened Germany's boundaries to the west. The Mexican-American War dealt with how far west, how far south — and maintaining the political balance between Free and Slave States as new territories joined the Union. Ironically, the Mexican-American War began and the Civil War ended in Brownsville, Texas (Official Record of the Civil War considers Battle of Columbus last battle of the Civil War) [+][+][+][+].

Calling this section Interregnum [started 5:46 AM 7/28/2013] because this post made me make some updates, and I may add a conclusion to weave threads. I was working out a Neptune Timeline from 2000 to the present when starting this post. Primarily focusing on Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron triple conjunction of 2009-10 & Neptune's first orbit in 2009 or 2011 (depending on geocentric, heliocentric or barycentric longitude [this might help; Phil Plait explains barycentric; and a more detailed discussion by Juan Revilla]) to add to this section. Lots of technical info to grok, so threw this post up to keep focus on Saturn☌Neptune during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 — part of the 1989 Saturn-Neptune triple conjunction (notice a theme?).

Fundamentally, beginning to think of 1989 as boundaries, borders and perimeters: Therefore, adding section to Checkpoint box above indicating Germany's four zones of occupation, the Iron Curtain, and Eastern Bloc countries. Should also note that another American president spoke at the Brandenburg Gate on 19-Jul-2013, and I just back-dated a post. The metal associated with Saturn is Lead, Mars is Iron. [Interesting observation: They don’t hide behind an Iron Curtain, but they do hide behind a lead one.] Nick Kollerstrom (The Metal-Planet Affinities) says "Lead exists as a boundary or limit of heaviness" and that age is measured by lead. The oldest rock is from Yellowknife: Acasta Gneiss, discovered in… 1989. Yellowknife is related to Regulus: What is the port of call you leave from to go on the great missions of geological mapping to the oldest rocks in North America? — it's Yellowknife. Expanding Regulus post to include that information.

Parallel to understanding the 1989 Iron Curtain map, I think, is a map of 1846. Wikipedia is a good resource for maps and other info: order of statehood and territorial evolution of the United States (Manifest Destiny). PBS provides an excellent resource: Interactive Timeline of the U.S.-Mexican War.

The War of 1812 is interesting because it ended Status quo ante bellum (no boundary changes); however, that war was significant in not only stopping U.S. annexation of Canda, but also put to rest any ideas of an Indian nation in the American Northwest Territory (Ohio to Wisconsin). "[M]any First Nations groups lost all of their land in the war, as they sided with the British but their land was within the American boundary" [+]. Leading to another interesting set of maps about the American Indian Wars (1622–1924). We can map out changes in Eastern Europe, we can see how U.S. state boundaries evolved, but are we able to see the changes to Native Americans and Tribes? Keep in mind that Yellowknife (located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake) is the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories, where Aboriginal peoples constitute a majority of the population. Numerous asteroids are named for Native American and Aboriginal peoples, I did a survey of those asteroids several years ago [+][+] and I'm updating Neptune's 1846 asteroid list to include those asteroids.

Note: Asteroids (8837) London {23Aq34Rx} 2°19'13" and (1915) Quetzalcoatl {28Aq46Rx} 2°52'52" from Neptune's {25Aq53Rx} 1846 discovery degree.

Surprise! 1846 is also related to Queen Victoria and the discovery of Antares companion star. Additionally, Cambridge Baby has been named George Alexander Louis. That looks like a projection: signalling, perhaps, which George of today stands on the cusp of history. Updated 19th & 21st centuries sections in the Royal Stars post. Whereas the Royal Stars, during 1938-1945, aligned with WWII during the 20th century, looks like the Royals in the 21st century are aligning with "mass movements" like Arab Springs, Occupy Movements, and Wendy Davis (who deserves her own page because of asteroid Texas). I'll look at that a little closer and expand that section. Plus, I'm looking at interpretive tips as we move into the changing Aldebaran-Antares axis.

Because They Look Like Me

During Race and Justice in America II, Anderson Cooper asked: "And there are a lot of people who are no doubt listening to Charles and rolling their eyes, saying, why is this guy talking about slavery and stuff that happened so long ago? You know, this is 2013. There's an African-American president. It's time to move on. There are going to be some viewers who say that. To them, you say what?"

I don't remember if I was six, or eight or twelve when I first saw a picture of a slave ship.

Some interesting topics came up while writing this post, worth mentioning. Gerrymandering Is Eating Democracy. It's helpful visualizing this stuff: The ReDistricting Game describes the challenging process of redistricting. District Mojo has some wacky examples of district drawing.

On July 27th, responding to criticism about the Black community (criticism extending from the Trayvon Martin murder case relating to, for example, black-on-black crime), CNN anchor Don Lemon made suggestions to the Black community: Stop having babies out of wedlock; Finish school; Respect where you live; Stop using the N-word; Pull up your pants. Creating a disturbance in the #blacktwitter sphere. I'm juxtaposing this with a post by Tom Levenson a few days later: Good Times on the Intertubes: Sports and Genes (D.E.W.), interviewing author David Epstein about his new book The Sports Gene. Levenson also noted Epstein's discussion on Gladwell's 10,000-Hour Rule, and a comment made by John Maynard Smith: "the environment begins at the chromosome." Levenson also mentioned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's role in eugenics (James Watson served as CSHL director and president) [+][+], linking to its Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement. Bringing up other types of mapping: The Human Genome, and the Genealogical DNA test.

Some believe James Watson told an inconvenient truth about racial differences in intelligence that got him fired. That The Powers That Be are gatekeepers of the politically correct, controlling what can be said, keeping unfortunate truths from being discussed openly. Contrast this with another gatekeeper in 1971:

For IVF opponents, there were a number of reasons not to proceed. Many of these reasons were prominent in the years before the first test tube baby was born, when no one knew if the science would actually work. Critics feared deformed babies rife with terminal illnesses; DNA co-discoverer James Watson, though not invariably opposed to the process, told IVF pioneer Robert Edwards, “You can only go ahead with your work if you accept the necessity of infanticide. There are going to be a lot of mistakes. What are we going to do with the mistakes?”

Today, we have Octomom.

Upworthy: A Journalist Went Near Mount Rushmore To Take Some Photos. What He Found Changed His Life Forever (h/t). Living in Palm Springs since 2012, I've learned more about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. One of the things, I've been told, about buying a house out here is whether the land was leased from the Agua Caliente Band, since these leasing agreements eventually revert back. It's also the first time I saw a Bureau of Indian Affairs. I learned about blood testing to determine tribal membership at a conference in New York several years ago. So, here, there's another type of DNA mapping related specifically to Native Americans. The Mexican-American War also impacted Native Americans, see: Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873, by Brendan Lindsay (note: gold discovered at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848, the start of the California Gold Rush); and, It's Time to Remember the Role of Indians in the Mexican-American War, by Brian DeLay.

Great Law of Peace. In October 1988, the U.S. Congress passed Concurrent Resolution 331 to recognize the influence of the Iroquois Constitution upon the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. [+]

Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal [+][+][+][+][+][+]

1989. Abramoff produces the movie RED SCORPION, a critically-panned, anti-communist potboiler, reportedly made with the support of the apartheid South African Government and its military forces.

I need to clarify one important point about 09-Nov-1989 and 04-Apr-1846, which is the main takeaway of this post: Mexico as a new nation. There's the United States (asteroid #916 America) executing its Manifest Destiny. There's Canada (which became a nation July 1, 1867; asteroid #24899 Dominiona) stopping an American invasion during the War of 1812 (the 200th anniversary of the war was widely celebrated in Canada). Before leaving the Canadian border however: Polk was elected on a platform of expansionism: specificially Oregon's boundary dispute (culminating in the Oregon Treaty of 1846 with the United Kingdom) [+][+], and Texas annexation.

Territorial evolution of Mexico. Mexico achieved independence from Spain 27-Sep-1821. (Canada able to maintain its border because of Great Britain. An inner maelstrom was created after Mexico's independence from Spain making it more likely Mexico could lose territory to the United States.) In 1821 Mexico included: Las Californias, México, Nuevo México, Texas, Nueva Vizcaya, Coahuila, Nuevo Reino de León, Nuevo Santander, Sonora, Zacatecas, San Luis de Potosí, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Puebla, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Mérida de Yucatán, Valladolid, Veracruz, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica. On July 1, 1823, the Federal Republic of Central America was created consisting of the present-day states of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Note: the Maya civilization was located in Central Mexico. Mexico officially became the United Mexican States in 1824.

Maya civilization extended from what is currently southern Mexico (Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Chiapas) to what is currently northern Central America. All of which, at one time, were controlled by Spain. Mexico also controlled these areas once they achieved independence from Spain. Approximately six million Maya currently live in the area.

The Maya, and other civilizations in Mexico, rose and fell prior to the arrival of Europeans. Could the 2012 Phenomenon simply point to the resurgence of native peoples in the Americas? Certainly would be viewed as cataclysmic in some quarters.

"Mexicans are by far the largest Hispanic-origin population in the U.S., accounting for nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2012" (A Demographic Portrait of Mexican-Origin Hispanics in the United States).

The report on the racial and ethnic breakdown of voters in 2012 released Wednesday by the Census Bureau attracted lots of well-deserved attention. But for readers of political tea-leaves, a report the bureau issued last December tells an even more compelling story. That report projected the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population through 2060. (Politics and race: looking ahead to 2060).

Saturn☌Neptune on 07-Jun-2061 @ 04:08UT.

Perhaps today or certainly sometime very soon, another baby will be born or a new immigrant will arrive and the number of Latinos in California will equal the state's non-Hispanic white population, according to official state population projections. (Latinos poised to catch up with whites in state's population).

Sacramento Leaders Join The LDC In A Press Conference Marking the Historic Moment When Latinos Achieve Parity With The Non-Hispanic white population in California on July 1, 2013

The Republic of Texas [+] gained independence from Mexico — which Mexico refused to recognize — becoming a sovereign nation from 1836 to 1845. All of this land was in dispute. Mexico's borders in 1846 are aligned with Germany's borders in 1989.* One of the triggers to independence was Mexico abolishing slavery in 1829, leaving "a conviction in the minds of many Texas colonists that their interests were not safe under Mexican rule". Several events provoked the Mexican-American War: the United States' annexation of Texas in 1845 highlighting the Rio Grande border dispute between Mexico and the Republic of Texas. Polk ordered Taylor into the disputed lands July 1845, leading to the Siege of Fort Texas (May 3-9, 1846, near Brownsville). See note above: U.S. activity within Mexico's border was viewed by Mexico as an invasion; Arista was ordered, on April 4, 1846, to confront that American force.

* Revolutions of 1989 added to Checkpoint box. 1846 set off a chain reaction ultimately contracting Mexico's borders while expanding America's. Some of the ceded Mexican territory became U.S. states prior to the Civil War (slave/free; Oregon joined as a free state): Texas (slave), California (free), Kansas (free; see: Bleeding Kansas). 1989 set off a chain reaction in the Eastern Bloc countries, ultimately leading to the Fall of Communism and the Iron Curtain.

In a sense, 1989 was the contraction of Communism and the "triumph" of Capitalism. This was revisited during Occupy Wall Street which began 17-Sep-2011: I use Astrodienst where Regulus enters Virgo on 26-Nov-2011 and corresponds with the launch of Mars Curiosity, but astrologer Jonathan Pearl says that Solar Fire gives a date of 16-Sep-2011 corresponding with Occupy. (See: Palestine 194 that's also close to this date).

Polk's communication to Congress stated Mexico passed the U.S. boundary at the Rio Grande (based on the Treaties of Velasco of 1836 , technically not "treaties" because they were never ratified or recognized by Mexico). The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended hostilities, establishing the Rio Grande as Mexico's boundary with Texas, and ceding over half of Mexico's territory including what would become California (1850), New Mexico (1912) and Arizona (1912). Part of the Compromise of 1850 established Texas' state boundary, with Texas dropping claims to territory that would eventually become (order of statehood): Kansas (1861), Colorado (1876), Wyoming (1890), Oklahoma (1907), and New Mexico (1912). Gadsen Purchase of 1853 would ultimately complete the Mexico-United States border with New Mexico and Arizona. Mexican states along the border are: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.

The Saturn/Neptune conjunction of 1989 eventually led to the reunification of Germany and the end of the Cold War (that's a lot of dominoes). The Saturn/Neptune conjunction of 1846 would eventually cut half of Mexico's land mass, strengthened Canada's borders, put to rest any ideas of an Indian homeland, and set the stage for America's unimpeded expansion toward the Pacific, further clarifying the lead up to the American Civil War.

On June 5, 1989 a man stood in front of a tank. On February 26, 2012 a boy finally reached a checkpoint.

In 1989 a wall fell down. Saturn and Neptune were not in conjunction on February 26, 2012.

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