"Don't make me a goddess. I am an ordinary woman with ordinary desires," Irom Sharmila, seen as the world's longest hunger striker, once told an associate.
"I want to eat good food, get married, want to have children. Please don't put me on a pedestal. I am just an ordinary person engaged in an extraordinary struggle."
Her struggle has been against India's notorious Armed Forces Special Powers Act, a draconian law which gives the security forces sweeping powers to arrest people without warrants and even shoot to kill in certain situations. Aug. 9 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36983424
Irom Chanu Sharmila (born 14 March 1972), also known as the "Iron Lady of Manipur" is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. On 2 November 2000, she began a hunger strike which she has ended on 9 August 2016, after 16 years of fasting. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks, she has been called "the world's longest hunger striker".
In her natal chart, the Sun [24pi] makes a hard aspect to a Ceres [9le]-S.Node[4le] conjunction. Her progressed Sun [8ta] is beginning a square to radix Ceres. The current New Moon [10le] fell conjunct Irom Sharmila’s Ceres-S.Node. In the excerpt below, Nick Fiorenza explains the dynamics of the New Moon stars in his post entitled Darkness & Delusion to Light & Illumination:
This August 2, 2016 New Moon lies amongst the stars of the Egyptian Scarabaeus (our modern Crab), between Acubens and Asellus Aus of Cancer. It nests over the head of Hydra. North are Alpha Lyncis and Gianfar of Draco. South is Tureis on the Puppis of Argo Navis.
Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from suppression, darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure here because the beetle emerges from its snuggle in its own dung, where it matures. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest of the collective consciousness that we acquiesce to and uphold. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself—hence humanity's association with the beetle’s emergence. Cancer, or the Scarab, imparts a nurturing, protective and cultivating quality, ultimately to support this emergence. This lunar cycle impels us to hold onto that which is of value and is truly nurturing but it also impels us to relinquish crustaceans or calcifications in consciousness that limit our emergence into light and illumination.
The need for nurturing; food; the relationship between mother & child; issues of “taking care of” people, plants and animals; growths/cysts; herbs and grains.