*Originally written in June of 2014
They were 29 in all. Each spoke a language that was phonetically complex with no written form. Each dutifully served their country by doing near perfect, error free work, all while in the midst of some of the bloodiest Naval battles fought in the Pacific Ocean throughout the Second World War.
And each was forbidden to tell anyone of the heroic work they did after the War had ended.
In a country where they weren’t considered citizens, weren’t allowed to vote, and punished for speaking the very language that would strategically contribute to an Allied Victory, these 29 brave men put their lives at risk while fighting to defend the freedoms most Americans take for granted which they as individuals never had.
Today, our country has lost yet another member of a very select top secret group which during World War 2 was covertly called, “The Navajo Code Talkers“. George James, Sr. died on the morning of November 16th, 2016 at the age of 92. Mr. James’ death comes not too long following the passing of fellow Code Talkers, Joe Kellwood this past September 7th, and Chester Nez on June 4th, 2014
Mr. Nez died just two days prior to the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th, 2014. On that day commemorating the battle that was pivotal to the Allied Forces winning the War, two planets of our Solar System were significantly positioned in the sky in the following signs:
The planet which oversees communication, Mercury, was about to newly enter a cycle of Retrograde Motion in the sign of Cancer, and the ringed planet otherwise known as “The Lord of Karma”, Saturn was in the final stages of its own planetary cycle of Retrograde Motion in the sign of Scorpio.
In Astrology, a seemingly simple, yet powerful four word phrase is often used to summarize how the events which occur on Earth reflect what is written in the Heavens at any given point in time:
“As Above, Is Below.”
The week of early June in 2014 was certainly no exception to this cosmic rule.
A term describing a particular form of planetary motion mentioned earlier must be defined with the positions of two heavenly bodies during the first week of June in 2014:
Retrograde Motion – the actual or apparent motion of a heavenly body in a direction that is opposite to that of the motions of most members of the Solar System.
From our perspective on Earth, a planet moving in Retrograde Motion appears to be going “backwards” in its orbital path around the Sun. That same planetary dynamic is astrologically translated to mean that instead of currently looking ahead to the Future, we Earth Folk must now do a karmic 180 degree turn and look to what has already transpired in the Past.
With the potent force of the power of the Past in mind, the sign of the Zodiac most influenced by what has already come to pass and the most sentimental of the 12 is the Moon ruled sign of Cancer the Crab.
In early June of 2014 the planet Mercury was positioned in Cancer, the sign of the Past and was about to begin its planetary cycle of Retrograde Motion.
With the smallest and fastest moving planet orbiting our Sun having a double concentration on the Past in the sky at that time, there was a cosmic emphasis to review what had already taken place regarding the area of Life which Mercury rules over, namely – Communication.
When extracting that area of Life from the overall cosmic atmosphere, the Universe further elaborated what in particular it was about “Communication” from the Past which needed to be further analyzed, when considering the other planet that was in a dynamic of Retrograde Motion during the first week of June in 2014 was the planet known as the “Lord of Karma” otherwise called Saturn.
The ringed planet rules over the concept of “Structure”. Because Saturn is considered an “Earthy” planet, the concept of Structure can be interpreted in numerous ways but mainly from a tangible perspective. The Lord of Karma’s position in the sky for the first week of June in 2014 referred to a tangible structure but the ringed planet’s placement in the sign of Scorpio provided further elaboration for those in the modern day by painting a detailed canvas of the Past.
The areas of Life which the sign of the Scorpion oversees are the following:
That which is forbidden, That which lies beneath the surface, That which is taboo or secretive, That which is subliminal
When realizing Saturn’s rulership over “Structure” also applies to the concept of “Code” it was if the Universe was strongly stating that much more needed to be commemorated alongside the memory of thousands of Allied Forces invading the coast of Normandy in June of 1944.
During the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in the first week of June, 2014 the positioning of the planets Mercury and Saturn spoke of a Code of Communication from the Past that was subliminal, secretive, forbidden, and deep beneath the surface of things that needed to be remembered and not forgotten..
Said another way, the Universe was reminding us to not overlook nor forget The Navajo Code Talkers.
Saturn’s number is 29 and unto itself that number is considered highly mystical and karmicly significant. There were 29 Navajo Code Talkers in all. These men not only bore an immense responsibility to navigate American forces through some of the bloodiest naval battles of World War II, they paid a tremendous price for doing so.
Prior to the outbreak of war, the Navajo Code Talkers were educated at Indian reservation government boarding schools in New Mexico. As teenagers if they or any of the other “native” students were caught speaking their indigenous language of Navajo, their tongues were either coated with a bitter soap, or worse, literally smacked with a ruler.
In the spring of 1942, representatives from the Marine Corps showed up at the Navajos’ high school looking for native Navajo speakers. Up until that time, the Japanese had broken through every secret code of American military communication and the Pentagon was in quite a quandary on how to proceed. America’s top brass decided to take a risk by utilizing the Navajo language, since it had no written form, involved complicated syntax, and was spoken with unusual tonalities and inflections.
Thirty native Navajo speakers were chosen to devise a new secret code of communication. One of the 30 mysteriously dropped out and the grand total suddenly became reduced to the number attributed to the Lord of Karma, Saturnine 29.
For 13 weeks the 29 were instructed to come up with Navajo words which represented the English letters A through Z. Since the Navajo language had no words for modern military warfare, the Navajo word for “eggs”, “a-ye-shi”, meant “bombs” and the Navajo word for “potatoes”, “ni-ma-si”, translated to “grenades”, etc. Once the code was finalized, messages that had taken 30 minutes to code and decrypt with other systems now took 20 seconds for the Navajo Code Talkers to translate and decipher.
The newly devised Navajo Code was put to immediate use in the Pacific military campaign. Despite never having seen the ocean before enlisting, the Code Talkers’ first assignment of duty was being thrown into the thick of naval warfare on the open seas at Guadalcanal in November of 1942. Mr. Nez remembered his first transmitted message as the following:
“Enemy machine gun nest on your right flank. Destroy.”
The Navajo Code Talkers participated in every Pacific Marine assault between 1942 and 1945. During the battle of Iwo Jima, they relayed more than 800 messages in the first two days of fighting – all without a single error. Because of their crucial importance, none of the Navajos were given leave time. Even with that being the case, according to Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima.”
A group photo of the Marine Corp’s 382nd Platoon of which the 29 Navajo Code Talkers were enlisted under. It was taken in the autumn of 1942 following the creation of the Navajo secret communication code and just prior to the platoon being sent directly into naval combat beginning with the Battle of Guadalcanal in November of that same year. Chester Nez is standing in the 2nd row from the bottom, furthest to the left.
As if their duties weren’t already immensely difficult, everything the Navajos did was top secret and kept classified with not even their own shipmates being informed of their mission.
Each native American was put in danger’s way countless numbers of times throughout their time of duty. With their ship mates being unaware of their assignment, many a Code Talker’s life was threatened often due to the other men on board mistaking them to be Japanese spies by overhearing a foreign language never before encountered being spoken at their ship’s control board.
The key contributions made by the Navajo Code Talkers for the War effort were kept classified until 1968. After the War, all 29 were forbidden to discuss their work with anyone, not even their families. This in turn made it exceptionally hard to find work, given the Navajos couldn’t tell employers their whereabouts during the War years. This resulted in many of the Code Talkers being jobless more often than not in the years following World War 2.
Chester Nez’s son, Michael said his father was often criticized for defending the nation that had done his people so much wrong but “was very proud of what he did.”. Mr Nez later revealed to his son the reasoning behind his heroic efforts:
“Dad said, ‘Well I did it for my family, I did it for the people of the United States and Mother Earth.”
In 2001, George James, Joe Kellwood, Chester Nez and surviving Code Talker David Patterson who currently is 94 years old were finally given recognition for their efforts that was long overdue when these American heroes were bestowed The Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush. In 2014, Governor Jan Brewer officially made August 14th, the date which in 1945 marked the Second World War being brought to a close when Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces, “Navajo Code Talker Day” in the state of Arizona.
The first week of June in 2014 was a time for all of us to look to the Past in grateful appreciation of those who fought for our country against the forces of oppression. Not only for the overt displays of bravery which occurred on the bloody beaches of Normandy but for the covert lives of 29 overlooked American heroes who gave so much and were given so little back.
Heartfelt thanks to each of these incredible men and their immense sacrifice to preserve the many freedoms we as Americans enjoy today. May Perpetual Light shine upon each of their heroic souls.
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