July 21 2009
The Astrology of Michael Jackson
Heart Warrior Chosa
For this interpretation I used M.J.'s birth data of August 29th 1958, at 10 AM in Gary Indiana; his Progressed chart to the October 20th 1958, a day for a year transits;and the time and place of death chart, June 25th 2009 at 12:30 PM in L.A. California.
Please note that it would take a book to cover all the aspects in this composite of these three charts. What I have done here is only a light handling of some of the major aspects. Jackson was a major developed personality and such a one is nearing the time to transcend the personality. Without a huge ego where is the test to transcend?
As an Astrologer one of the curious things about Michael Jacksons chart is how we share some astrological likeness's and some very similar viewpoints.
Hes an early Virgo and I'm a late Leo but our Suns are within orb of a conjunction. , both in the 11TH House of friends, group goals and objectives. His Sun enjoys awesome powerful aspects we will speak of later.
Both our Mercury's are at 25 degrees Leo and are both retrograde.
We were both born at 10 Am with Libra Rising and were full moon births. His is a waning opposition whilst mine is increasing. The polar opposite Moon to the Virgo Sun is in Pisces and mine is in Aquarius near where his natal Chiron and asteroid Diana are posted and where the Moon of several USA charts( the time is in question) are posted. His Chiron conjuncts the 18 degree USA moon in one chart and his Diana conjuncts the moon at 25 degrees Aquarius in the other USA chart. The later position also opposes his Mercury retrograde in Leo.
Usually a person famous with the American public will have a planet effecting the USA Moon. For him its the “ wounded healer '".Chiron which effects the public and is so apropos. But then Diana the protector of the innocent : children, creatures and nature , in opposition to Mercury, was conjoined by transiting Neptune Chiron and Jupiter and the time of his death, so with Chiron involved again , its still apropos and a toss up. Neptune/ Jupiter with Chiron could signify the wounded dancer.
In doing charts its best to know the level of evolution because two charts with exactly the same aspects between the same planets can have very different outcomes.
One case in point involves a person I know who was born the same day and year I was that has the 25 degree retrograde mercury in Leo that I and Micheal Jackson have. So both she and I experienced Mercury turning direct at age 11.She was born in a different place and time so would have a different ascendant. M.J.'s Mercury went direct when he was 5 and he started entertaining.
In her case the effects of a Retrograde mercury resulted in her being born with a cleft pallet which interfered with her speech., by 11 years old it was fixed with surgery.
In me it resulted in a powerful memory and so I remember everything about my birth and experiences as an infant . I remember thinking I had to learn a new language in order to communicate. After I learned to talk it always led to trouble with people because I was “reading” people innocently enough, but too direct , for their comfort .
Many times adults chased me and wanted to get me because of taking what I said the wrong way. Eventually I would NOT talk...just show them a symbol and if they didn't get it ,well I wasn't attached to it, if they got it or not and felt satisfied that I did my part.
A big factor was operating from the heart center and intuition and vowed to the Heart Center at age 6. If my intuitive feelings in the heart did not feel good about whatever it was,I would NOT do it or believe it no matter what. If my heart felt good about whatever ,than it was the right thing and that is what I did or accepted. The analytical mind was NOT involved and didn't start up until mercury went direct.
Then I looked around and saw and compared, studied and noticed that society was based on the concrete mind and way of doing things; intuitive Heart center knowing was not a factor here etc .This was painful because the mind separates and can lead one astray , the heart unites and is emphatic and is closer to the Creator and is always right.
About the Jupiter/ Neptune conjunction it seems it can relate to Dance, Intense emotional flights into higher realms of spiritual experience or can mean escapism into drugs or Music. The Arts can be tools for flights into higher realms of feeling. The Arts are also a great tool for healing, intuitive knowing and teaching.
Michael Jacksons Jupiter/ Neptune conjunction was in his 1st house of Self s persona in a mundane interpretation, and it was powerfully aspected by being parallel to his Sun in the 11th House. This operates like a conjunction to the Sun and so it was a strong part of who he was.
Esoterically being posted in the 1st house indicates it also points to his further evolution. Because Pluto was also conjunct his Sun he took this energy as low as it can go into self destruction but he also experienced the Heights of Creative ecstasy. This see saw from the heights to the depths is a Libra function and relates to his Rising sign in Libra ruling the first house where the out of sign Jupiter/ Neptune conjunction is. With extremist Pluto involved it would be a maximized experience indeed.
Jackson was a complex person with Asteroids Toro and Juno also conjunct his Sun and Ceres near enough to be within the Suns orb of influence to be counted as a conjunction. Pluto the Sun and the Asteroids make a running stellium in Virgo.
An orb of influence is usually 6 degrees but 10 is used for the Sun and Moon. Jacksons Mercury at 25 Leo is 7 degrees from Pluto and 10 from the Sun, plus Mercury parallels the Sun along with Jupiter and Neptune. Parallels tend to act like conjunctions. The Leo Mercury conjuncts Pallas and both would be considered part of his stellium .That would be a total of 9 planets and asteroids acting in conjunction.
This was an extremely developed Personality and the next step in the evolutionary experience is to “ let go” and Transcend the personality altogether. One can always use the developed personality to play a role but eventually the soul of things must be the dominant and controlling factor. He did pass away, trying to send a message to humanity in general with the last stage performance to take place in London,. It was reported in the news just after he died that what he worked on he felt was for the higher good and was a message to his fans. It was reported the rehearsal was taped and it would go on sale in the future.
The death chart gives clue to how this will play out and the nature of the next incarnation. This is why ones Elder hood is so important after age 68 and the 7th age of man begins. Its a time of reflection and a refinement of lessons learned with a forward looking approach to the next time when we can do it better.
The Case for Peter Pan
Further evidence of the Jupiter/ Neptune conjunction and his attraction to Peter Pan
is that Jackson loved children and preferred the pure unconditional love children are born with. He did not like to see children suffer.
Michael Jackson started out his career as a 5 year old child and if you see his picture and performances back then, he has that unconditional love for the audience in his eyes. He loved performing and he loved his audience and making them happy .He probably remembered that time as his best experience because what audience could not respond in like kind.
If you have checked out my My space profile page you can see I too love Peter Pan and have since my early childhood. My chart enjoys a Jupiter/ Neptune/ Chiron conjunction in different signs and 12th house. One of my wounds is from a past life as a dancer.
I made a Peter Pan “hands on” workshops for children which consists of 52 handmade dolls and 11 stage sets for them to play with. This has toured around to different schools in several states. Its a very effective learning tool for almost any subject or direction you want to take it in.
If you read my Blog on the Mother/ Child Hurricane Katrina painting ( seen down the left side of my profile page) you will read about how deeply I feel the pure love , which is at once infant/ mother love but also Love between Earth and Spirit in its purest form to be experienced while we are on earth. I think Jackson was well aware of this kind of love and it was part of the attraction to Peter Pan in Never never land. I too have the Jupiter/ Neptune conjunction and surmise this aspect has to do with Peter Pan.
One had to escape to Never Never land, because in this society and according to statistics , men are most likely to beat up a woman during pregnancy than at any other time!
This kind of benighted brutality was unknown in Native North American Indian culture. Indeed women and children were the crowning achievement of any society and the men knew their place was to protect the sacred circle of Mother and Child.
They knew the moments of childhood's unconditional love was from the Creator and was MOST SACRED. Dark forces would seek to crush this moment and this force must be fought from the beginning if humanity is to make real progress. Children must be allowed to be children and be protected and respected. Children were treated as adults in the making.
Indeed Native Americans cannot in number ,adapt to the dominant culture because its inherent values are opposite in almost every single way! It is extremely painful to attempt because one must go against every instinct to do so .It takes seven generations of practicing certain values for it to be inborn
Our Ancestors could see the invading culture was undeveloped or “ dumbed down by their ruler; , even as they think and act “ as if” they are the cats meow. More like the cats food actually! How easily Evil spreads itself like a contaminant disease with use of innocent young soldiers sent to foreign shores to ravage its inhabitants and pollute them with brutal activities ....things its children suffer.
Not one child can be left out ,nor one woman abused, nor one mans sacred duty to the mother and child, be perverted for big business, if the world village is to thrive!
Peter Pan was a savior of neglected children. What I loved about Peter Pan and Tinker bell was that part of their community in Never never land included an Indian Village.
It was a palatable way to be included .
It gave me an idea for children from the 7 major Races, represented by children, male and female from different cultures within those Races. Each child brings a ceremonial gift from their people they share with other children in Never never land.
The four seasons set of the Indian village plays a big role in teaching how to live in harmony with the food gathering cycles and seasons of life.
After all the teachings from each of the 11 sets then the children play with each set and dolls , eventually each child shares their imaginary play with their favorite set and we create a story or theatrical play out of the combined individual stories into a group story. The imagination is harnessed in a creative way.
Interestingly the only adults able to play were writers. Most other adults forgot how to play and were too stiff and controlled to be imaginative or let their imagination free.
Jackson did his own version of Never never land at his estate , as a fun place for children to play and especially for sick or dying children. He enjoyed these children and treated them as siblings and as part of his family.
News reports say Jackson contributed to more charities than any other entertainer and made the Ginnis Book of World Records in this regard.
The moment Mercury turns direct is momentous in a persons life if they are born during its retrograde period. Michaels went direct when he was 5 and its well away from the Sun and in conjunction with asteroid Pallas which depicts the start into his entertainment career.
Asteroid Pallas is described as Wisdom incarnate and young Jackson was considered wise beyond his years as a child entertainer.
This was a word I knew as the biggest word in the whole world when I vowed to my Heart Center at age 6.
Freedom from negative impulses!Freedom which catapults you into universal brotherhood with all life.
It was also a concept I knew in infant hood when I screamed against entrapment in a small helpless body. Lo, did I appreciate the time previous when a small desire put me where I wanted to be at speed faster than the speed of light,.... earth forms are incredibly slow. This memory only served to make entrapment tougher. Freedom loomed large in my memory and is tied to the planet Uranus.
So another feature of similarity with M.J. Is the fact that he was intensely guarded about his personal freedom as a sovereign entity. This can be seen in his birth chart and natal Venus/ Uranus conjunction in Leo in his 10th house of the Public Career and responsibilities towards the public.
I have Mars conjunct Uranus and knew I would never marry when I was 16 and never have. The popular held notion of marriage and its astral form or emotional illusion totally repulsed me and was a yoke to be vehemently dismissed. Why? , because there is absolutely no understanding regarding woman or respect for woman or the earth. Besides this no one can own another , it was considered “ sick”, as in mental/ emotional illness in Traditional Indian culture and a fitting grounds for separation. The question from an associate “ Where were you, when will you be back or where are you going etc?” implies such ownership and cannot be tolerated by a person who is sovereign. There must be respect and trust in the mystery of another person. For me the “ marriage” word ended more than one close relationship over the years.
Jackson would not tolerate his family or friends interfering with his right to choose to take prescription drugs, even though they eventually contributed to his early death. We can see such attempted interference ended his friendships with Depok Chopra, Uri Giller and his marriage to Lisa Presley.
An interesting thing about Micheal Jackson fathering three Caucasian children is its juxtaposition to two other well known celebrities; Angelina Jolie and Madonna who have splashed the headlines with their fighting for and adopting African Children.
I suspect by astrological indications that Jackson never meant to come off as white, anymore than Jolie or Madonna mean to come off as black. Through happenstance Michael did things that innocent as they were, came off as” just NOT done”.Just like me in my childhood innocence saying things that were, “ just NOT said” and catching hell for it. My Mars/ Uranus are in Gemini, sextile mercury.
M.J.'s karmic life lessons orchestrated this situation in a big way because his Venus/ Uranus conjunction is part of a Grand Fixed Cross. This is the Cross that TESTS big time and Its time to show your metal. Every possible scenario is thrown in your path and your immediate response shows your real stuff. It goes on and on and on for the duration of your life. It will kill you or you will transcend it until it becomes second nature to handle your tests with dispatch and spiritual accuracy.
In Alice Baily's Esoteric Astrology the Fixed Cross is called the Crucified Christ. Of the three Crosses on the Mount. Four arms on each cross marking the 12 houses on the 360 degree astrological wheel of life. The Mutable Cross is called the unrepentant thief and the Cardinal Cross can be the most brute or the most refined Repentant thief.
Each of us must pass this way, so take note.
Remember, Earth is much more than just our stage set.
Jacksons Venus/ Uranus conjunction inhabits the 10th house with another pair also conjunct in Leo, namely Pallas conjunct his Retrograde Mercury and the midpoint of Venus Uranus and Pallas Mercury opposes his Chiron in Aquarius in the 4th House. This is squared by the Taurus Scorpio opposition consisting of Mars in Taurus in the 8th house and Psyche in Scorpio in process of straddling the 2nd house cusp.
The innate response of a powerfully built personality who is beginning to sense MORE asks , “ Who am I really”?His disfiguration transfiguration brought this question out so it could not be avoided ,.....unless by drugs.
Without intense research into the timing and facts we can still surmise that in 1984 his hair and scalp were badly burnt during the filming of a Pepsi commercial ;which seemed to lead to his skin condition getting worse.
He reportedly had white blotches on his back in childhood and it was a skin condition inherited from his fathers side of the family. Finally the condition spread to cover most of his body leaving blotches on his face which he filled in with makeup.
In viewing photographs of Jackson you can see heavy scaring on his scalp and hair transplants on the fount hairline. This must have been a very painful time; both physically and psychologically.
Couple this to the botched nose jobs which is said he got to make singing higher notes possible and we have the remarkable public transformation from a handsome man of color into an ethereal looking white Peter Pan with black hair and large soulful eyes.
He definitely didn't look like the usual white man and lost his machismo in the process. Macho and ethereal are unlikely in the same person but not impossible as we saw in the Elf men in the Tolkien” Ring of Power” movies. Peter Pan received his power from the Elf world remember. But make no mistake ,with that Mars in Taurus the Bull, M.J. had plenty of male hormones. The twist was that it conflicted with his urge to Freedom and transferred itself into the singing cellular explosion of his dancing. How he loved Dance..
Then his masculinity was in question in the press and this gave the cover for skulduggery moves to snatch some of his fortune .
I know children can be forced to lie by their parents because this happened to me when I ran for Governor back in 1990. No sooner was I a registered candidate than unknown to me at the time , a man and his teenage daughter followed me back to Ely in a rented truck.
They then proceeded to register as tourists in a local resort and then went to a local restaurant and called the police on me. Their story was that the teenage daughter saw me stagger out of a bar drunk and back into their truck. They were going to use the “ drunken Indian “ image on me! Just like the perpetrators used the “ Gay pedophile ” image on Jackson.
It just so happened I was at a mechanics hangout with with a lot of old guys for 5 hours during the time said incident happened. Plus the locals knew I never went to Bars and I never Drank at any time in any place. So the teenage liar and her father were sent out of town post haste. I later tracked them to a suburb in St. Paul by telephone and reprimanded the man for teaching his daughter to lie, especially against a candidate for public office. I'm certain of who put them up to it.
Now I see I should have made an example of them because towards the end of the campaign this same tactic was used on the Republican candidate who dropped out after taking a consistent beating in the media for supposedly pinching a teen age girl in a swimming pool . The final threat to him was the death of his only child if he didn't drop out. But thats another story. The point is that some people will do anything for power or money and they do not care who they hurt. And some people are for hire.
I am also a Scientific palm Reader. Michael Jackson had a strong development at the base of his palm as evidenced in photographs, which is a common formation amongst most people and is indicative of a healthy physical/ emotional love nature. There is a love of physical sensations and this is part of that which seduces people into drugs in the first place.
He would have become acquainted with such drugs during his scalp surgeries caused by pyrotechnics during the Pepsi commercial filming. The drugs would make him forget the imperfections in his physical body he then was forced to experience. As a Super Virgo his desire for perfection in all things was well known. Such a desire for perfection is a great spiritual imperfection itself.
Thats why Indians always put mistakes in their bead work; to humble themselves and acknowledge no one or anything is ever perfect except the Great Mystery. My bead work was never that good that I had to stop and put a mistake in!
Because he lost his perfections of the physical apparatus and could not have the perfections he strove after ,he began his addiction, spurred on no doubt by many Dr. type enablers who destined themselves to make big bucks off an entertainer who was psychologically floundering. His world began to crumble though he continued to be active in entertainment and in the charities. This implys ,he tried to fight back.
Natal Uranus / Venus
His Uranus / Venus conjunction at the top and public part of his chart is squared by Mars in Taurus in the 8th house of death. Mars also rules surgeries, especially so since the Leo planets also oppose Chiron” the wounded healer” in Aquarius in the 4th house of home; a Dr. at home. Transit Jupiter/ Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius conjunct his natal Diana and shows the Wounded Dancer and too much drugs. Chiron the Healer or Dr. shows up again.
M.J. Would have been very demanding of this Dr. because not only does Mars square Venus/ Uranus conjunction but by declination it parallels it too, acting like a conjunction. This shows danger from sharp objects, explosives and a tendency to take precipitous action or dangerous risks.
Greater blows to his self esteem and a cherished heart felt goal was his work with children. The one place he could step away from himself. His personal suffering with botched surgeries and surreal physical transformation must have sensitized him to the suffering of sick children which he tried to help.
Just today I saw a video of one woman go between who helped the child dying of Cancer get to Never never land and who later testified at Jacksons court hearing.
She was very upset with the parents of that child who experienced a healing from Jacksons efforts. That they would make a move on Jacksons money with little regard for the happiness and healing he had brought to the child was extremely upsetting for her.
Actually people know in their hearts how sad this really is but actually this country was founded by those kinds of greedy people and the country is still rift with that mentality. It seems media likes smut and to program the sheep to love it as well.
The pen is mightier than the sword they say and this is a case in point.
Usually the media doesn't do hatchet jobs unless the victim has stepped on some BIG TOES or took too big a share of booty or threatens that booty in some way.
Its always good to read the news behind the news. It would be interesting to check out the families who brought ruin to Jacksons reputation and see how they are living and who really paid them ? But then often such people are themselves neutralized so they cant talk. Time will tell.
Jackson appears to have taken a “ hit” to heart for his reputation and the smear of Never never land from which he could not recover. Tons of money appears as a trap that often leaves its victim helpless and alone. It seems once Never never land was smeared he cut the ties to earthly life. All the altruistic love of children and his work with them was tarnished beyond repair in his mind. I believe this was a contributing factor in his early death.
When he passed into the spirit world he died with a Grand Water Tine in his charts because the London response from fans vindicated and validated him and he was emotionally at peace with his reputation. He intended a message to humanity with his performances he died working on; so I hope fans listen in and watch.
Astrologically there are indications he was not eating or if he was, it did not get to his body. Transit Saturn in Virgo conjunct natal Ceres the food and nurture asteroid; which was part of a Grand Mutable Cross.
The later conjunction in Virgo opposes the midpoint of his natal moon and transit Uranus in Pisces in the house of health and work implying a sudden electrolyte shutdown from overwork.
The Virgo/ Pisces opposition square the Gemini transiting Mercury which opposes his natal Icarus/ Pandora asteroids and natal Saturn in Sagittarius. This opposition and Mutable Grand Cross shows risk taking and consciousness when he was in the coma. He thought of his family ; parents siblings and children , plus friends at his passing. They should feel the Love he had for them .
About his natal Icarus Pandora conjunction to natal Saturn. Three asteroids are in the 2nd house of personal resources; Sappho 7 degrees, Icarus 14 degrees and Pandora 16 degrees. Saturn is in the 3rd house at 19 degrees and they are all in Sagittarius.
Sappho is too far from Icarus to consider but an interesting thing about this asteroid is that it parallels Diana and Psyche. One is in the house of home and the other is in the 1st near the 2nd house cusp implying his great empathy and love of Never land as his greatest personal resource. Its what he really valued.
Pandora operating with Icarus is a recipe for stirring up controversy which causes change in personal values and resources with Icarus it means freedom by the most direct and dangerous route. Without caution and discipline the wings can burn.
Icarus can also mean freedom from earthbound values but it must be mindful to avoid extremes. With Natal Saturn involved Jackson had the discipline but chose not to use it to save himself.
According to the aspects its likely a needle to the neck performed the“ coup de grace”.
The Fixed Cross was in full operation during his lifetime and beefed up by transits at the time of death..
Natal 21 degree Mars in Taurus ruled the needle to the neck in the house of death and a transiting Venus made an exact conjunction to transit Mars at 18 degrees Taurus near his natal Mars. It opposed natal Psyche , the intense emphatic lover in Scorpio at 16 degrees and the end of the 1st house entering the 2nd house cusp.
In my opinion It is unlikely any Dr. would kill the golden goose and it has been said often druggies do not tell doctors what other medications they may have taken or have access to.
Furthermore when a persons time is up there is nothing that can be done to stop it and when a suicide fails its because it was not destined to be. Those that are successful suicides or who tamper with their body usually pay by an early loss of body in the next lifetime. I have seen this happen to someone I knew in my childhood who died young taking all kinds of pills as preparation for a sex change. His spirit came back a year later and told me it was his mind he should have been changing and not his body and so he was going to incarnate as a soldier and die young again ,to drive the lesson home.
Ones lifetime and its three dominant effects always conditions the next lifetime, it has been said.
If you spread malicious lies and illusionary tales that harm others, then in the next life you will suffer under them. Not all who suffer have been perpetrators so you cannot brush off crimes as OK because you helped the victim pay off a karmic debt! It doesn't work that way! You cant fool the Spirit, only yourself!
So its always good to do your best under any and all circumstances. Rejoice in ill fortune , you just might have paid off a karmic debt or not! What does it matter, positive energies usually bring back positive energies to you.
Jackson had Pluto conjunct the Sun and Pluto was parallel Saturn, and acted like a conjunction . This configuration Saturn/ Pluto is called the master magicians aspect and he “knew” how to transfer his feelings to an audience and influence the masses on subliminal levels.
His Jupiter Neptune also paralleled his Sun bringing both Jupiter and Pluto into relationship with each other and this is always in the charts of those was amass great fortunes. Saturn's involvement from the 3rd house would make him very careful in handling said wealth, so I would NOT believe media reports that his finances are in a tangled mess.
BIG DADDY JACKSON
The Father of Michael is reputed in gossip rags to have been brutal to his children but larger than life is the fact he never deserted them! He had a nine to five job and still found time to work with his large brood to guarantee them a creative future, and he was successful at that.
Can you appreciate a man of color in the 1950's, who is the butt of social discrimination; the last one hired and the first fired , that is if he can find a job at all?
This is a damaging blow to the male supporter persona all cultures expect from their father figures. Jackson Sr. hung in there against all odds.
I went to the first Black Power meetings in the 60's, I heard the testimonies of police breaking in their homes at any time they felt the urge and beating the occupants who could not call the police because it was the police doing it! I felt their helpless rage.
Consider the scenario before slinging mud. Its still going on only now men are turning on their families and beating them. There are all kinds of safe houses all over northern Minnesota because men are out of work .This is epidemic amongst the poor, white Indian, black and what have you! That doesn't make it right, but its a fact of life. Peoples self image, egos and stomachs get in the way of proper behavior!
Jackson not only worked but had the time to teach his children music and performance- his temper was short and I'm sure thats where Michael got his perfectionism tendencies satisfied even if it was rough. Not only was the Sr. Jackson stressed from work but he was anxious his children get it right. I'd guess it meant life or death to him that his children succeed where he could not. He could like many others, just desert a brood that large to the welfare roles.
M.J. Often said he wished he could understand his father but he never grew up in the 50's; he came in on the cusp of the 60's change and swivel hips Elvis was rocking the entertainment field. His childhood was not one his father ever had. I would guess universal love and compassion did not translate to “understanding” but was viscerally and intuitivly felt and he forgave his father any hurts he might have suffered. M.J. said many times publicly that he did love and forgive his father.
Because Jackson was a Super Virgo he loved uniforms. Virgo rules the working man, the foot soldiers and their uniforms , health care and food. His dance with the Detroit Police force and his military styled jackets testify to that.
On the battlefield of life one cannot stop to express a maudlin sentimentality and over done emotional response to fallen companions. One must keep moving towards the group goal ( Sun in the 11th house) towards the objectives.
When Michael fell in the trenches he represented the American public who are strung out on prescription drugs and an ailing health care system where money and greed are the bottom line. Elvis himself died behind prescription drugs and so have untold others.
Obama is in the news trying to get a word in edgewise and needs PUBLIC outcry to revamp the Health Care system. Soon a bill will be in Congress. The public should demand a House cleaning and demand “Single Payer” which will shear off a lot of blood suckers.
This was part of Jacksons last lyrical message during the L.A. rehearsal performance, ” They don't care about us”.
The only ones to care about us will be us,
Obama will act only with your backing otherwise his hands are tied. An active public is the ONLY protection a politician has in this climate.
Perhaps Michaels death scene was his “ real” last performance and the staged L.A. Rehearsal video footage was an artistic last statement and he was into political gorilla theater which strives to awaken a watching public to social political realities.