A Week of Profound Remembrance:
Losing the Last of the 29 Navajo Code Talkers
By: Brad Kronen
On the day commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6th, 2014, 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 esoterically 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.”
This week of profound remembrance in early June of 2014 is certainly no exception to this cosmic rule.
To fully absorb the karmic profundity of this week’s “As Above, Is Below” message from the Universe, a bit more astronomical extrapolation must be provided.
For starters, a term of planetary motion mentioned earlier with the real time positions of two heavenly bodies is pertinent to our world’s current astrological state of being and must be defined, since it infers that those who reside in the Present must now look to the Past:
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 one sign of the Zodiac that’s most influenced by the Past and by far, is the most sentimental of the 12, is the Moon ruled sign of Cancer, The Crab.
Currently, the planet Mercury is positioned in Cancer, the sign of the Past, and is 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 current skies above, there is a cosmic emphasis at this present time to review what has already taken place regarding the area of Life which Mercury rules over, namely – Communication.
When extracting that area of Life from today’s overall cosmic atmosphere, the Universe further elaborates what in particular it is about “Communication” from the Past which needs to be further analyzed, when considering the other planet currently in a dynamic of Retrograde Motion, 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 all of them must be tangible.
For example, on September 11th, 2001, the planet of structure was positioned in the sign of Gemini, The Twins, on that particularly fated day. When put in formulaic terms:
Structure + Twins = Twin Towers
The Lord of Karma’s position in the sky for the first week of June, 2014, once again speaks of a tangible structure, but the ringed planet’s placement in the sign of Scorpio provides 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, That which is subliminal
At first glance it would seem as if the extra elaboration provided by Saturn’s current position in the sign of Scorpio actually negates the core concept of Communication that’s based in the Past rather than accentuates it, but things get put into much clearer perspective with the realization that Saturn’s rulership over Structure can also be applied to the concept of “Code”.
A Code of Communication from the Past that was subliminal, taboo, forbidden, and deep beneath the surface of things.
Said another way, The Navajo Code Talkers.
Saturn’s number is 29. On June 4th, 2012, the last of the 29 Navajo Code Talkers, Chester Nez, left this world, and it is to Chester’s life in particular where our canvas of the past is fully brought to life.
Chester Nez was born on January 23rd, 1921, on a Navajo Reservation in Two Wells, New Mexico. Educated at a government boarding school, if Chester or any of the other “native” students were caught speaking their indigenous language, their tongues were either coated with a bitter soap, or worse, literally smacked with a ruler.
In the spring of 1942, Marines showed up at Chester’s 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.
Chester Nez was one of 30 native Navajo speakers chosen to devise a new secret code of communication. One of the 30 mysteriously dropped out, and the grand total was 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, 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. For a kid who had never even seen the ocean and herded sheep with a slingshot before enlisting, Chester Nez was thrown into the thick of naval warfare on the open seas at Guadalcanal in November of 1942. His first transmitted message was:
“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, the Navajos 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 allowed 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."
As if their duties weren’t already immensely difficult, everything the Navajos did was secret and kept classified, not even their own shipmates were informed about their actions.
With his work taking place at some of the heaviest fighting zones during the War, Chester Nez was put in danger’s way countless numbers of times. However, the Navajo’s life was threatened most when a sharp shooter was put to his head by one of his own ship mates. A GI mistakenly assumed Nez was a Japanese spy, based on Chester’s Navajo ethnicity and by the strange language he was heard speaking at the control board.
The Navajo Talkers and the immense contributions they made for the War effort were kept classified until 1968. They were forbidden to discuss their work with anyone, not even their own families. This in turn, made it exceptionally hard to find work, given the Navajos couldn’t tell employers their whereabouts during the War years.
Chester Nez was considered one of the luckiest of the 29, given he landed a job as a janitor at a VA hospital. He would go on to once again serve his country during the Korean War. Mr. Nez had six children, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Nez’s son, Michael, said his father was often criticized for defending the nation that had done his people wrong, but “was very proud of what he did.” Born beneath the sign associated with Humanitarianism and Friendship, Michael Nez relays this statement said by his father, which reveals the soul of a truly evolved Aquarian:
“Dad said, ‘Well I did it for my family, I did it for the people of the United States and Mother Earth.”
Chester Nez and three other living Navajo Code Talkers were bestowed The Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush in 2001.
Mr. Nez was 93 when he died of kidney failure this past Wednesday.
The Heavens are telling that the first week of June in the year 2014 is a time for all of us to look to the Past in grateful appreciation. Not only for the overt displays of bravery which occurred on the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago this week, but for the covert lives of 29 American heroes, the last of which left this world during this week of profound remembrance, as well.
Heartfelt thanks to you and to all 29 Navajo Code Talkers, Mr. Nez. May Perpetual Light shine upon each of your heroic souls.