I’ve been thinking a lot about death over the past year. (Not mine, hopefully. But I am 60. So if it happens, it happens.) It started last year early when David Bowie and then Alan Rickman died. In a seemingly quick succession we saw many artists passing on. (Actors, singers, writers, musicians, people who lived life on their own terms- all artists to me.) Many had had a pretty full life. Leonard Cohen was 82. John Glenn was 95. Debbie Reynolds, 84. But some were young, too young. Prince was only 57. Gwen Ifill was 61. Carrie Fisher, 60.

Sixty.

In all 2016 was a pretty gruesome year, and 2017 is not shaping up to be any prettier.

But these things do tend to go in cycles. As a pagan I try to pay attention to cycles. Seasons of the year, seasons of life; Warrior, Father, Sage; Maiden, Mother, Crone. Rise and fall of civilizations: the Shang Dynasty, the Mycenaeans, the Hittites, Rome, the Incan Empire, and the Aztec Empire. The episodic nature of the Earth’s glacial and interglacial periods. Major mass extinctions; Earth has witnessed five, when more than 75% of species disappeared.

So where does America fit in these cycles?

I’ve been through similar times before. Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Bush again. I can even remember the “Duck and Cover” drills we had as kids in case of a nuclear war. (Because our little wood and tin desks were going to protect us from gamma, neutron, and ionizing radiation.) It got bad, and it got worse, and it got terrifying, until there did not seem any way back from the brink.

But eventually, things did get better. We came back from the edge of the abyss. Sensible minds brought us back, and we seemed to evolve a bit because of it. Death had become such a real possibility that life and art and science moved forward, becoming as essential as breathing. We stared down Darkness and were better humans for it.

Unfortunately, this time feels different.

I think the reason we have seen so many of our heroes die, why Death is heavy in the headlines, is that we need to be prepared. The world has to steel itself for horrors to come. Death is saying, “Yes, you may win for a little while, but in the end I always collect my due.”

This all goes back to a somewhat cryptic message I posted last week after Trump bombed Syria. But it also goes back to last October, before the election. As certain as Hillary’s win seemed, I had a sense of dread in my gut that I could not place.

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I should note that I’m not a 9/11 conspiracy guy. The level of coordination it would take for our government to attack its own people just does not exist. (THOUSANDS of people would have had to have remained silent all these years.) What IS more plausible is to create the conditions to let it happen. (Trump Makes Cuts to Coast Guard, T.S.A. and FEMA. Then, follow the money. Trump’s war budget, in this case. A $54 billion increase.) This administration has shown it is willing to use weapons of mass destruction. With Trump bombing Syria and now Afghanistan, and with Tillerson making open threats to North Korea, the provocation for an attack on our soil is an assured thing.

I’ve already shared this with a few friends. So, here is what I think is going to happen.
 
 A large city in the Pacific Northwest, probably Seattle, will be hit with a small yield nuclear device early in October.
 
 This is where Trump’s Reichstag fire will happen. They need something so horrifying, so devastating, that they will then try to suspend the Rule of Law. Martial Law may be declared. 
 
 I hope I am wrong. And if Trump is removed by August, it may not happen.
 
 I know this sounds somewhat defeatist and overly dramatic. But I needed to get it off my chest. There are some things that are going to happen soon and you, my friends, you need to be prepared. Those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest are on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Prepare for THAT. That, we know, is very overdue. We have seen the Indian Ocean Earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan Earthquake, the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, and others of recent times — these will pale for what is to come. And I think it is why we have seen so many of our heroes die: To get us used to the idea of death. We need to be prepared for a new level of destruction. 
 
 There’s not a lot anyone can do to stop it other than to be as prepared as you would be for any natural disaster. Just to say, keep your eyes open and your ear to the ground.

But look to the water. The attack will be by sea, not air.

Mick LaFlamme- April 14, 2017