Makemake & The Bash Shellshock Disclosure

New astrological considerations for the Dwarf Planet Makemake
based on the Unix Bash Shellshock Vulnerability
and the Makemake New Moon of September 24, 2104.

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Makemake & The Bash Shellshock Vulnerability Disclosure

Within hours of the September 24, 2014 Makemake New Moon, a major software vulnerably was reported that if exploited could literally compromise over hundreds of millions of computer systems world wide, with effects propagating into peoples lives in ways that could be devastating on a mass scale.

One of the things that aid tremendously in apprehending the astrological nature of a newly discovered planet is to correlate world events with prominent placements of that planet. The September 24, 2014 Makemake New Moon conjoining the North Galactic Pole, the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, the Coma Cluster of Galaxies and the Laniakea Super Cluster, is one such placement, an extremely significant one. This location in the ecliptic, the ecliptical longitude of the North Galactic Pole, is also the current location of the anti-vernal point, one the two nodes in the ecliptic created by the moving vernal axis of Earth's Precessional Cross, also augmenting the effect of the Makemake New Moon.

Excerpt from the September 24, 2014 Lunar Planner Synopsis

...Makemake and our New Moon lie in a principle geometric location amongst the stars of the Virgin, conjoining the North Pole of our galaxy. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is a whirling disc suspending and providing nourishment for hundreds of billions of stars, of which our Sun is one. The Galactic Pole and the whirling plane of our Galaxy spinning around it create the primary cosmic environment and foundation in which our solar system and all life in it evolves. This New Moon and this lunar cycle invite us to align ourselves with the core strength and guidance the galactic pole represents, to participate in concert with and respect for all life and the creation process itself. Makemake brings emphasis to the administration of resources in our personal lives and more so for our entire planet. It impels extraordinary feats of achievement to demonstrate we are worthy to steward our beloved home, and to protect and care for all life.

The North Galactic Pole also conjoins a point in the heavens called Super Galactic Center, just 2° further in ecliptical longitude, a galaxy-rich area of the heavens. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of about 30 galaxies comprising a cluster of galaxies called our "Local Group." The galaxies in our Local Group gently revolve around each other much like organisms floating in a protective embryonic fluid.

Our Local Group is merely one galactic cluster of many that comprise yet a large group we call our "Local Super Cluster." All of these embryonic clusters, harboring many evolving galaxies, each with billions of stars, are like protective cocoons floating within the care of our Local Super Cluster.

The Virgo Cluster is one of the larger members of the Local Super Cluster, the closest to us, and has about 2000 member galaxies. "Sub-clusters of galaxies" are seen to be forming around the major galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, which have yet to coalesce into new galaxy clusters of their own, revealing the continuing creative unfoldment of the Virgo Cluster. The Virgo Cluster lies at the center of our Local Super Cluster—hence the location of our "Super Galactic Center"—or so we thought. However, we may now need to reconsider this name, and perhaps change it to our "Local Super Galactic Center," or simply the "Virgo Cluster Center."

For the last 50 years, until this year (2014), astronomers associated our Galaxy and its Local Group with the Virgo Cluster nesting within the Local Super Cluster, but thanks to new techniques that map the motion of galaxies lead by researcher R. Brent Tully, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, we can now see that what we thought was our Local Super Cluster may be a just tiny island nesting upon a mere filament in the outskirts of a unfathomably vast super galactic cluster, now named Laniakea. The Hawaiian name Laniakea means "immense heaven," a name that honors Polynesian sailors who navigated the vast Pacific Ocean from their knowledge of the stars in the heavens. The Laniakea Supercluster is believed to contain about 100,000 large galaxies. This model also reveals the relationship of Laniakea, our supercluster, with many other observable superclusters, like the Great Attractor.

The modeling of Laniakea is the cover story of the September 4, 2014 issue of the journal Nature, curiously published during the previous lunar cycle, which I entitled "Navigating New Directions." Nature has also published a 4-minute video about Laniakea. The research about Laniakea, with a film preview by Daniel Pomarède, who is responsible for the animations, can be found on National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO): Newly Identified Galactic Supercluster Is Home to the Milky Way.

The rapidly increasing rate of discovery of new planets in our solar system and of other astronomical objects in our universe is a direct statement of humanity's rapidly expanding consciousness occurring on Earth. The discovery of new planetary bodies in the far reaches of our solar system is a recognition of more transcendent facets of ourselves becoming consciously available for us to acknowledge, explore, work with, and be responsible for. Life on any planet uniquely evolves in a harmonic environment created by the planets and their interacting orbital cycles occurring in the star system they nest within. Thus we are not separate from these planetary resonances or from their cycles, no more than we are separate from the environment of Earth herself. These resonances drive the cycles of our Sun, the climate and weather on Earth, and our biological rhythms. They express through the very nature of our entire mental, emotional and physical lives. To explore the astrological nature of the astronomical reality in which we live is to explore our very own consciousness—and this is the nature of astrology. The modeling of Laniakea is profound. Its discovery alone is a statement inviting us to shed our limiting perceptual bubbles of our own lives and the universe in which we live, to look at and see things in new ways. It invites us to expand our awareness to a much greater reality as the veils lift before our eyes to reveal the unbounded potential we can become. This too becomes part of this lunar month's theme.

Several significant events occur in this lunar cycle, which continue to expound upon our need to stand centered in core spiritual principles in the midst of the whirling tempest around us, and to take heroic action in the outer world that serves to protect and nourish.

What is Bash?

Bash is short for "Bourne Again Shell," a software component in the open source UNIX software. Bash is used in many Unix-based operating systems. It is used by hundreds of millions of web servers, in telecommunication services, industrial control systems, etc., and in many internet devices, like computers, cell phones, routers, and modems.

Bash is a "command processor," which basically means it allows users, applications, and other system utilities to make commands through the shell into the core (kernel) of the operating system where they are then executed.

Bash was released in 1989 by Brain Fox* as a new and improved version of the original Bourne Shell, released in 1980 by and named after Stephen Bourne of Bell Labs. Since then, Bash has become widely implemented as the default shell on Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. It has been ported to Microsoft Windows and distributed to DOS, Novell NetWare and to the Android operating system.

* Brian Fox worked with Richard Stallman at Stallman's Free Software Foundation, where he authored GNU Bash.

What is Shellshock?

This Bash vulnerability has been dubbed "Shellshock." This vulnerability allows hackers an opportunity to gain unauthorized administrative access to a Unix-based device. This means they can issue commands directly to an operating system, which allows them the ability to corrupt, control or steal information on the device, such as account, identity and credit card information, images, files, etc. This vulnerability has existed and has been unnoticed since the early 1990s.

Sources report that this vulnerability is very simple to hack and take advantage of. However, the likelihood of this occurring on a personal home computer is very small, and one would need to be connected to a public network with a hacker specifically targeting computers on that network to start with. It is far more likely that hackers would target server-level systems; e.g., web-hosting and internet service providers, and other large internet-related systems.

The Bash vulnerability, Shellshock, was discovered in the middle of September 2014 by Stephane Chazelas, a Unix/Linux and Telecom Specialist living in Britain. This was during the previous lunar cycle, at the time of the Juno-Lunar Nodes T-square, with Uranus and Eris conjoining the South Lunar Node opposite the Mercury-Pallas conjunction on the North Lunar Node. Emphasis: Uranus and Mercury (technology) on the Lunar Nodes.

Ref: Excerpt from the August 25, Lunar Planner: The Juno-Lunar Nodes T-square.

Handling a discovery of this magnitude with the potential of massive devastating effects in a way that would minimize the impact, and without tipping off hackers to exploit it at the same time, was Stephane's immediate challenge following his discovery. He contacted a few select Linux distribution security firms, like Redhat, and the Bash maintainer, Chet Ramey, who took over maintenance from the original Bash author Brian Fox in 1989. Together they worked to make a patch available to address the vulnerability on as many systems as possible along with contacting select internet infrastructure providers before making a public disclosure at an agreed upon time, which curiously happened to coincide with the Makemake New Moon.

The vulnerability advisory was disclosed on seclists.org on September 24, 2014 at 16:05:51 UT, about 10 hours after the Makemake New Moon, which occurred on September 24, 2014 at 06:13:44 UT.

Ref: Alert Advisory: http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2014/q3/649

Moai at Rano Raraku, Easter Island

The Moai at Rano Raraku, Easter Island
Image by Aurbina / January 2004


Makemake

Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - “e” is pronounced “ay” in Polynesian) is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake was recently discovered on March 31, 2005, and thus its astrological influence is exploratory. Based upon an exploration of Makemake’s orbital parameters and its recent role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may also impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.
More about Makemake.

New Makemake Considerations

So what can we deduce about Makemake from this announcement occurring on the Makemake New Moon? Some of my observations:

Stephane Chazelas' discovery and subsequent actions have been considered heroic by the internet security community. The Rapi Nu contest certainly was about heroic actions. In addition, Stephane's heroic action was effecting the underlying infrastructure supporting and providing protection for the greater well being of a large group of people, in this case the entire IT driven world. This corresponds to the clan leader of the Rapi Nu winner being given the responsibly to provide for and protect the island's populous. This may suggest that Makemake's placement may indicate, in part, where a personal and heroic deed of extraordinary proportion can make a difference for a greater whole. This is something astrologers may consider as well when researching Makemake's influence.

There is an element about impending time for heroic action. Addressing the Shellshock issue was time critical, with the need to at least patch the vulnerability before hackers become aware of it and had time to exploit it. This corresponds to the contestants in the Rapi Nu contest needing to be the first to find and return with an egg before any one else. This "element of impending time for heroic action" appears to be something significant to consider regarding Makemake placements, both natal placements as well as with transits. This element of impending time, or having something of significance to accomplish in a finite period of time, is also something new to explore with Makemake placements.

The Bourn Again Shell is a deliberate play on the phrase "Born Again" which means a spiritual rebirth or a rebirth in consciousness. This is interesting when considering the Makemake-Haumea relationship (similar orbits, near the same location in their orbits, discovered near the same time), with Haumea supporting a new birth or rebirth in consciousness, and with Makemake having to do with searching for an egg, which subsequently led to the annual rebirth in leadership.

"Open Source" and "Free Software" is another point to consider. This may be a bit more abstract to consider and I feel it has more to do with the Makemake New Moon's stellar alignments more so than being a part of Makemake's inherent nature. It comes to my mind by observing the history of the Unix system software and where it is leading, along with the recently revealed model of the Lanialea Supercluster of Galaxies, which the Makemake New Moon conjoins. This new model dissolves the bounds of our previous perceptual model that segregated and isolated our placement in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and opens our perceptual bubble to the unbounded limitless freedom of movement that the Lanialea model visually articulates. This is analogous to moving from the concept of a flat Earth to a spherical Earth, and from Earth is the center around which the Sun, Moon and planets revolve to a solar system of planets revolving around our Sun. This also occurs in an area of the heavens (this specific area of the constellation of Virgo and associated conjoining stars) that has to do with ensuring freedom to evolve by taking a stance against authoritarian powers that attempt to manipulate and control for self-focused desires of wealth, power and dominion over others. It is an area associated with health and wellbeing, intellectual and detailed work, spiritual and intellectual awareness, personal growth and education. This progression of awareness and expansion of consciousness in the astronomical world reflects the progression of privately owned software for profit (bounded) to the free software model (unbounded) that is becoming more and more popular today.

Unix, originally developed in the early 1970's, became the prominent software system used and evolved by many Universities, private and government research centers, and emerging computer companies. This led to its application in computer aided manufacturing, laboratory research as well as in the formation of the Internet. It also motivated the movement toward Open Source software. Open Source is a development model in which a project is initiated (which does not have to be limited to software) that promotes public access to a product's design, blueprint or software source code to be further developed and improved upon in a collaborative manner. Open Source software does not mean that it is free software, which it is sometimes confused to mean. Software developed and maintained under the Open Source model can still be proprietary and sold for profit. In contrast, GPL (General Public Licence) software is free. GPL is based more on a philosophy than being a development model. The GPL ensures that software, no matter how it was developed, and which may or may not be Open Source, remains free and cannot be proprietarized for profit by an individual, group or company. See http://www.gnu.org/gnu/thegnuproject.html to learn more about the origin of GPL and this subject.

So, the question becomes: Does Makemake impel "selfless" heroic acts that serve the wellbeing of the greater whole, or is Makemake's impulse independent of personal motive (again this may be unique to Makemake's current placement rather than being inherent to Makemake). However, this, or variants of this concept, is perhaps another element for the astrological community to consider or watch for when exploring Makemake's astrological influence. There are many influences as to how a planet's energetic expresses, from the backdrop of the stellar influences in which it resides to the nature of the aspects with other planets, and based upon the diverse levels of awareness and maturity of individuals articulating a planet's quality. In the case articulated on the global stage regrading Shellshock, its disclosure, and what was being done about it initiated by Stephane Chazelas, this was demonstrating a selfless motive for humanity's greater wellbeing.


Additional Shellshock References & Links

Info about Shellshock and Shellshock updates can be found on Redhat's Security Blog, regarded as a definitive source of information about the BASH vulnerability by several sources including US-CERT (U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team / Division of Homeland Security).
https://securityblog.redhat.com/2014/09/24/bash-specially-crafted-environment-variables-code-injection-attack/

Original Advisory and continuing thread is at Seclists Technical Alert Advisory
http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2014/q3/649

SCIP Security Report in Zurich: http://www.scip.ch/?vuldb.67685

By now, you can easily find a plethora of information about Bash and Shellshock on the internet, especially in more layman's non-technical terms. Here is a reputable synopsis on bit-tech.net.