Friday, 20 October 2017

Sidereal Libra Ingress signals market correction

It has long been the custom in mundane astrology  to consider maps drawn for the time of the entry of the Sun into the cardinal signs: Aries,Cancer,Libra and Capricorn. Of these, the Aries Ingress was by tradition considered the most important and possibly to be thought of as “the map of the year”. Led by Carter astrologers have begun to consider the Capricorn as the prime ingress.

It was Carter who suggested that if the sidereal zodiac were valid, maps for the entry of the Sun into the constellations of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn would be of importance. This suggestion was followed up by Garth Allen, who in an extensive statistical investigation found that the sidereal ingresses were not only valid but of the highest significance. This opinion has been fully confirmed by other investigators in recent years. Garth eventually arrived at the conclusion that the Capricorn Sidereal Ingress was of primary importance followed in rank by that of Cancer; Aries and Libra, whilst having some significance, could be considered of lesser importance. - Primer of Sidereal Astrology; Cyril Fagan, Roy C. Firebrace

In my post [1]  on a possible market correction, I wrote:

“The effect of the New Moon lasts the entire lunar month so that Bill Blain may be right. The big crash may be just around the corner!!”

It is important to remember that astrology is about “wheels within wheels”. Events happen when a big wheel and a smaller wheel align as for example, the hour hand and minute hand in a clock. A clock does not strike the hour unless the two hands align. Much in the same way we have an hour hand (the cardinal ingresses of the Sun) and the minute hand (lunations and transits).

A much forgotten indicator in mundane astrology is the map for the entry of the Sun into the constellations of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Shown here is the chart for Sun’s entry into sidereal Libra drawn for New York. Notice the Sun opposite Uranus aligned with the meridian resonates with the New Moon which fell on the same axis a day later. And of course both these trigger the NYSE map.

So in essence the Libra ingress chart which holds for a quarter of a year has been primed by the New Moon and this effect could last for about a month. But does that mean that this is the only trigger in the Libra quarter? Well no. Here are the other triggers in early November and December.

Libra Ingress of The Sun - Solar Return
 Precession Corrected
 18 Oct 2017, 0:31:31 am (±0 secs), EDT +4:00
 New York NY, 40°N42'51'', 074°W00'23''
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Placidus Houses,  True Node

P1 (H)          Asp                P2 (H)          EXL                Type             Date             Pos1                               Pos2         

Ven (4)        Cnj                 Sun (4)        (X)                  Tr-Re            3 Nov 2017        24°Li59' D         24°Li59' D
Ven (4)        Opp               Ura (10)      (X)                  Tr-Re            4 Nov 2017         26°Li35' D          26°Ar35' R
Mar (4)        Cnj                 Sun (4)        (X)                 Tr-Re           1 Dec 2017         24°Li59' D          24°Li59' D
Ura (10)      Opp               Sun (4)        (X)                  Tr-Re            1 Dec 2017    24°Ar59' R               24°Li59' D
Mar (4)        Opp               Ura (10)      (X)                  Tr-Re            3 Dec 2017    26°Li35' D              26°Ar35' R

[1] Is a market correction around the corner?

PS: The precessed solar return of the NYSE chart progressed to October 23/24, 2017 gives another  likely date for the market correction. Here Jupiter is conjunct stars of Corvus which Diana Rosenberg links to financial collapses.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Feisty dove sees off strangers

To the magus, there exists no accidental happening…everything is established solidly by that law which the wise man discerns in happenings that appear accidental to the profane. The curve observed in the flight of birds, the barking of a dog, the shape of a cloud, are occult manifestations of that omnipresent, coordinator, the source of unity and harmony - Karl  Seligmann

Vicious dogs are often the biggest worry for postmen and women. But in one South Norfolk village it is a collared dove which poses the biggest threat. Known as “Ringo” or “Harry” to some, the bird has started harassing the local postman on St Michael’s Road in Long Stratton. And neighbours have since had to install mail boxes outside their homes to stop him from being “attacked” while delivering letters. “It is only in the past few weeks that he [Ringo] has made a nuisance of himself”, one 73-year-old woman said. Oct.16

To the contemporary mind, the notion that there might be messages or signs within random events seems strange, even absurd. Yet for millennia, such perceptions were common place in societies around the world. The ancients believed that the world reflects a greater regulating intelligence, or Divine Mind, that both permeates and transcends material reality.

 According to this outlook, all things are embedded within a larger symbolic field, in which each part exerts its own unique influence upon that greater continuum of meaning, less in quantitative than qualitative terms. Such qualities are not susceptible to measurement  since they can be apprehended only through a metaphoric mode of consciousness.

A chart for the New Moon of October 19 can help explain the strange behavior of a normally docile bird. Notice that the New Moon chart at Long Stratton has a Mars-Saturn square straddling the horizon axis. Mars-Saturn represents concentrated energy that can express itself as aggression or violence. But wait that’s not all. On the Ascendant [22ge21] is the star Phact [22ge25]. Alpha (α) Columba, Phact, is a star in the body of the Dove!

In the last few days, the big news in astronomy has been the detection of a “kilonova” in the galaxy NGC 4993 [1]. The celestial co-ordinates of NGC 4993 are Right ascension 13h 09m 47.2s; Declination −23° 23′ 4″. The ecliptic longitude is therefore 205° 06′ 35″ (25li06) activated by the New Moon.

The Sabian symbol [1] for this degree is:

An Eagle is known for its aggressiveness while a dove represents a peaceful and loving nature. Implied here is a kind of Yang-Yin interplay. When the circle encompassing both principles rotates fast, they appear to change into each other. In the Libra phase of the cycle, the seeker for fulfillment of a life of Relationship must operate beyond duality using the polarized energies to work for a single purpose.

It is only when we place the two events together that the strange behavior of the bird begins to acquire a deeper meaning. The event reveals a hidden level of information that can be easily overlooked in our contemporary preoccupation with literal meanings and surface interpretations.

[1] Sabian Symbols Degree Meanings | Cafe Astrology .com

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

'Ecological Armageddon' looms after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.  Oct.18

The station of outer planets are among the important mundane events that astrologers keep a track of. A chart for the recent Pluto station on September 28 drawn for Krefeld Germany, where the study was carried out is shown here. It highlights the Uranus-Neptune semi-square, part of a larger configuration that forms a T-square with the horizon axis.

Technology can (and already has) dramatically changed the way we live as human beings in modern civilization and the changes have been accelerating at a pace that is nothing short of breathtaking.
As a species, this is what we’re good at — inventing and building, essentially extracting resources from the earthly environment and recombining them in ingenious ways to manipulate our external world. We’ve always been good at this, we do a lot of it (literally, as much as we can), and the scale of such
operations has now reached gargantuan proportions.

In his essay Neptune in Pisces (2011–26): Beyond Thought, Beyond Beliefs, Maurice Fernandez

As Neptune moves into Pisces, humanity is possibly confronted with one of its most serious existential crises ever. Pisces represents everything in life that is beyond egocentric control — that which is not yet known. Through Pisces, what we discover is that we don’t know very much. Such an acknowledgmentis significant progress, evolutionarily speaking, because most of us possess little knowledge but think of it as complete. Accepting our limitations renders us humble and receptive. The passage of Neptune into Pisces will naturally affect our existential experience on our home planet; facing the unknown means that we will confront the limits of our science. Established notions will lose their credibility when completely unexpected occurrences and consequences mystify our mind. with Neptune, the unexpected means that life confronts us with new paradigms just when we thought we had it all figured out. The imbalance in Nature and our lifestyle is clearly a weakening factor, so restoring our immunity requires that we realign ourselves with a healthier lifestyle and environment [1].

There are several  examples of apparently stunning success leading to potentially catastrophic failure. Our recent ascendancy as a prolific and dominant species has provoked numerous very serious unintended consequences, including toxic pollution of the ground, atmosphere, and oceans, and losses of huge amounts of viable habitat for other earthly plant and animal life forms.

With Uranus-Neptune beginning their first semi-square aspect after their conjunction in 1993 a disillusionment (Neptune) with technology (Uranus) is setting in. What seemed to be  good and useful technology at one time has turned out later to produce unintended consequences and negative repercussions. The apparent solution to one problem has ended up creating other, much worse problems.

Uranus-Neptune cycle tends to correspond to developments that are subtle, surreptitious, and invisibly subversive to the status quo. On their surface, those developments seem to reinforce the existing narrative and support (or improve) continuity, but all the while they are actually undermining it, gradually dissolving the underpinnings of old structures, weakening the foundations.


PS: The current Libra Ingress chart at Krefeld, Germany also highlights the Uranus-Neptune semi-square.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Symbolic Meaning of the Collision of Neutron Stars

Alchemist by Arturas Slapsy

Four times in the past 2 years, physicists working with mammoth gravitational wave detectors have sensed something go bump in the night, sending invisible ripples through spacetime. Today, (Oct.16) they announced the detection of a fifth such disturbance—but this time astronomers saw it, too, at every wavelength of light from gamma radiation to radio waves. Just as physicists had predicted, the unprecedented view of the cosmic cataclysm—in which two superdense neutron stars spiraled into each other—brought with it a cornucopia of insights, each of which by itself would count as a major scientific advance. Oct.16

Astronomers have identified the source of the gravitational wave as coming from the galaxy NGC 4993. NGC 4993 (also catalogued as NGC 4994) is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Hydra, discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. It is said that the event reveals a hypothesized object called a kilonova, because it briefly shines thousands of times brighter than an ordinary nova. The word nova means “new”. A new star is being born and metaphorically it implies that one must endure a transitional phase in one’s evolution. A kilonova would contain the same principles of agenda as a nova but with a stronger spiritual emphasis. A nova may be content to adjust psychology and behavior on a relatively superficial level compared to a kilonova which insists on taking a major step in spiritual evolution.

The celestial co-ordinates of NGC 4993 are Right ascension 13h 09m 47.2s; Declination −23° 23′ 4″. The ecliptic longitude is therefore 205° 06′ 35″ (25li). The most prominent stars close to this longitude are Spica, alpha Virgo and Arcturus, alpha Bootes (24li).

Boötes, who is of pure intent, is the Virgin's consort and protector. Boötes stands directly over this creative process exemplified by the Virgin giving birth. In our stellar image, Boötes stands against the fallen (corrupt) religious-political authoritarian global powers (articulated by nearby Benetnash of Ursa Major) who claim to be the intermediaries between God and man, who wish to manipulate evolutionary affairs, and who have demonstrated over and again the inability to ensure such evolutionary fulfillment with the continual destruction of the peoples of the Earth, along with typical catastrophic outcomes. The body of Boötes stands over and protects the pure lucida of the Virgin (Spica) while blocking the manipulations of corrupt totalitarian powers and their diversionary tactics, the latter articulated by Canes Venatici, the barking dogs, which lies immediately south of Benetnash. Boötes ensures proper environmental conditions for the safe pure birth and subsequent capacity for ascension of souls. Boötes defends the Northern Crown, which lies just east of his staff and above the feet of the Virgin and the Chelae of the Scorpion. The Northern Crown embodies the ideal of this attainment; i.e., claiming freedom from perpetuated reincarnational entrapment in the clutches of the Scorpion—from the karmic-dharmic path of soul growth in the world of duality.

Over the past few years, especially after the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, several mediums have been telling us that the Earth/Terra and all its people are about to go through major changes, a major stage of growth, a  shift-up  in  vibration, called “upliftment”.   It is a completely new vibration, new higher consciousness & awareness, a new existence… for  the first time in our planet’s history it is becoming possible to overcome the slavery to alien races often referred to as the Annunaki. The transformation is expected to occur along with significant cosmic  events. It is quite likely that the celestial event (collision of two neutron stars) reported here is one major indicator of this change.

Finally we notice  that the announcement  (Oct.16) by the astronomers comes just before a New Moon at 26 Libra within a degree of the celestial event. This is also within two degrees of the Ascendant of the Solar Eclipse of August 21 (at Hanford: location of LIGO)  in Leo – a sign astrologers associate with the royalty and the noble  metal gold. At a deeper psychological level, Leo is connected with integrity i.e. a life lived according to one’s own inner soul impulses and not in subservience  to outer social conventions which would be more appropriate for a slave (lead) and not a king (gold).

Astronomers have long suspected that explosions of neutron stars produced many of the heavier elements in the universe, including precious metals like gold and silver. It is widely believed that ancient alchemists were looking for ways  to transform "base metals" (e.g., lead) into "noble metals" (particularly gold). Modern discussions of alchemy are generally split into an examination of its exoteric practical applications and its esoteric spiritual aspects. Jung reminds us of the dual nature of alchemy, comprising both the chemical process and a parallel mystical component - the raising of man’s base nature (lead) to a godlike nature (gold).

Monday, 16 October 2017

Ancient German Monastery Closes

Vestal Virgins

An ancient monastery in western Germany in operation for almost 900 years will close its doors permanently by January 2018, citing a shortage of monks and the excessive financial burden of maintaining its property.
As the Catholic church sees significant declines in its faithful, so too are the numbers declining of those who dedicate their lives to the religious vocation as defined by the Holy See, resulting in the abandonment of communities, historic structures and a way of life.

In his blogpost on the current New Moon lunar cycle, entitled Totalitarian Powers & Blind Followers - Self Authority & the Suprahuman Grail, Nick Fiorenza wrote:

This September 20, 2017 (Sept 19 MST) New Moon occurs just into sidereal Virgo. It conjoins Benetnash of the Great Bear and the Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51, Javijava of Virgo, the M100 Sprial Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster, and Labrum, Theta (θ), Epsilon (ε) and Beta (β) of Crater, the Grail. The stars of Virgo support the preparation and purity of self for our greatest wellbeing and highest evolutionary attainment. The Leo-Virgo cusp is however also of political-religious figureheads along with their grand diversionary dramatics, thus bringing a strong emphasis to the need for discernment, from blindly following the propaganda of elitist totalitarian world powers designed to maintain ignorance in the illusion of separation, to the discovery of a deeper hidden truth that leads to personal enlightenment, the awakening of suprahuman potential [1].

A chart for the New Moon at the Himmerod Abbey, has the Moon placed very significantly on the Ascendant in hard aspect to Saturn and the TNPs, Poseidon and Cupido. The TNP Cupido is about families or groups (and includes any real estate that houses them)  while TNP Poseidon refers to religion and spirituality so that together they can refer to the monks in the monastery.
Moreover, the New Moon is conjunct the asteroid Vesta on the Ascendant. About Vesta, Martha Wescott writes:

The Roman goddess Vesta was the goddess of sacrificial fire. The mythos of Vesta is largely linked to the six Vestal Virgins who lived in the temple to maintain the “eternal flame”.  Brought to the temple between the ages of 6 and 10, the virgins served for a period of thirty years. With the asteroid Vesta, there are experiences of “sacrifice of the self”, denial of personality or the desires and fulfillment of the self…for a greater goal.

In the last few days transit Mars formed its last quarter square with Saturn and is now conjunct the New Moon on the Ascendant. Dane Rudhyar termed the last quarter phase of any cycle as a “crisis in consciousness”. In order to understand the nature of the crisis we look at the original conjunction of Mars and Saturn. The conjunction formed a T-square with Neptune and the nodal axis. Explaining this conjunction Nick Fiorenza wrote:

Mars conjoined Saturn and Antares on August 24, 2016. This  conjunction acts as a stimulus to action as we enter the last quarters of the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year cycle and the last quarter of the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle, a time to initiate change in those cycles—in the sociopolitical structures in the world and in the modalities of our personal lives that are based upon antiquated ideologies.
The  transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to relinquish antiquated ideologies and the solidifications, constructs and behavioral patterns within self and in society we had built around those ideologies, those which we may have come to identify ourselves with, but that have now served their purpose and limit the manifestation of not only our greater dreams and visions, but limit awakening as illumined self-aware and self-empowered souls beyond the veils of illusion we have acquiesced to. Saturn-Antares teaches us about the limits we have placed upon our own power, and here it tells us the power is within to change our own self imposed limits.

With all the pieces in place we can now begin to understand why the ancient monastery needs to close.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Insanely Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Our Prosperity

Draco – the dragon guarding treasure

Remember Smaug the dragon, in The Hobbit? He hoarded up a vast pile of wealth, and then he just hung out in his cave, sitting on it (with occasional forays to further pillage and immolate the local populace). That’s what you should think of when you consider the mind-boggling hoards of wealth that the very rich have amassed in America over the last forty years. Sept. 18

A pair of solar eclipses every year  support our evolutionary progression in consciousness.  The February 26, 2017  New Moon eclipse in Aquarius conjoined the stars forming the Urn of Aquarius. The stars of the Urn articulate natural resources and the flow of those resources to humanity. The eclipse, therefore, brings emphasis to humanity's fundamental needs, to resources that fulfill those needs, and to the unimpeded flow of those resources to all of humanity. It raises issues regarding the restrictive control and exploitation of resources that lead to an unhealthy and frail human populous, and our need to address those issues [1].

The author of the article, Steve Roth,  is a Seattle-based  entrepreneur. A chart for the solar eclipse at Seattle has it placed very prominently on the Ascendant opposite the star Thuban. On September 18, the date of the article, transit Mars [8vi] conjoined Thuban [8vi] and opposed the eclipse degree [8pi] triggering the entire configuration.

Alpha (α) Draco, Thuban, is a pale yellow star in the Dragon. The constellation Draco often refers to greed for money and power and in mythology, Dragons are shown sitting on a pile of wealth.
Furthermore, the eclipse is anchored to the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square, suggesting that the evolutionary process require the satisfactory resolution of the energies of the T. A short list of the Uranus-Pluto conflicts that we’re feeling and seeing during this decade include the poor against the rich, the powerless against the powerful, the disenfranchised against the privileged, plus social institutions and massive corporations against the individuals they are chartered to serve.

The third player in the T-square, Jupiter in Libra welcomes us to openly engage in dialogue about what's broken, with the various stakeholders whose needs currently aren't being effectively met and/or who might have some novel suggestions for how to improve or refine the governing master-plan so it better addresses the divergent concerns of a wider audience. Jupiter's additional voice presents us the possibility of opening up to new alternatives for how to concurrently address both Uranus-in-Aries's liberatory impulses and Pluto-in-Capricorn's repressive institutional structures. But this is not going to happen automatically;  Jupiter merely fosters a climate in which the efforts we intentionally make to actively create such alternatives will receive benefic support from Jupiter. But it just as likely that, without our mindful directional steering of its energy toward particular aims, Jupiter will instead simply magnify the Uranus-Pluto dynamics leading to rebellion against corrupt institutions that have outlived their usefulness. The status quo cannot hold together much longer. It’s already coming apart at the seams as institutions break down. Over the coming decade, the old status quo will be replaced by a different or at least modified structure, either for better or worse.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mogadishu truck bomb kills 20

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” ― Gospel of Thomas

A huge explosion from a truck bomb has killed at least 20 people in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they had heard in years. The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district and the death toll could rise, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. Security forces had been trailing the truck after it raised suspicions, he said. Oct 14

In mundane astrology, the entry of a planet into a new sign is considered an important event. Steven Forrest explains the meaning of Jupiter’s recent entry into Scorpio.

When Jupiter, the reigning heavyweight champion of the solar system, enters a new sign, stand back – the “gravity” of the symbolism is going to pull a lot of events into its synchronistic orbit. Jupiter crossing such a line is the main event this month, as it enters Scorpio. Jupiter takes about twelve years to orbit the Sun, spending an average of one year in each sign. It entered Libra on September 9, 2016. Jupiter’s principle effect is to expand anything it touches. It symbolizes abundance – hence, its historical reputation as the “Greater Benefic.” But before we leap into paroxysms of ecstasy here, let’s reflect on exactly what Lord Jupiter is going to be expanding. Scorpio embraces all of the “strong energies” in the human psyche – instincts, mammal reflexes, appetites, rage, fear, the wounded places in us all. Jupiter entering Scorpio is a complex event, with potentially high, positive meanings, along with darker ones. Everything in the human unconscious is lit up. As individuals, we will respond to this stimulus well or poorly. But collectively on the stage of history, we will probably see the expression of the full spectrum of possibilities. In all cases, the presence of the unconscious mind (Scorpio) will be vividly, even spectacularly, demonstrated (Jupiter). When Jupiter-in-Scorpio operates unconsciously, the dark and tangled complexes that animate human madness find extravagant outward expression, both individually and collectively. We see our fears crystalized and expressed on the stage of history or the stages of our individual lives. Nightmarish massacres such as the Rwandan genocide of 1994 occur with Jupiter in Scorpio.

Since Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio is a worldwide event, to understand what energies it may be lighting up at a particular place we need to draw the event chart for that place. Shown here is the chart for Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Notice the powerful Mars-Saturn square aligned with the angles.  

In his October forecast, Richard Nolle wrote:

Like any other strong Mars aspect, the October 6-17 Mars-Saturn square significantly ups the "fires, crashes, clashes and explosions" factor in human experience. People acting rashly, out of haste and anger: not a safe situation.
 OCT 11, 2017 Mars-Saturn Square Look out for the usual Mars manifestations during this period: a rise in recklessness, anger, conflict, and violence both personal and social. You’ll see it in the headlines: murder, mass murder (school and workplace shootings); riots, terror attacks and military provocations. Yes, these things happen all the time. They just come thicker and faster when the Red Planet is configured with the Ringed One. Slow down, stay alert, be safe.

So there we have it. Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio has expanded the Mars-Saturn energy at Mogadishu. But let’s go a step further and examine how this event illustrates a deeper astrological principle.
Astrologers often notice two different charts highlighting the same event. As in an orchestra, symphonic band or other musical ensemble all the members play in complete harmony with what the conductor wants. So too the planets seem to work in perfect unison  to produce events on earth that a Great Conductor appears to want.

Let us go back to the now forgotten February 26, 2017 Annular Solar Eclipse. It fell on the descendant   at Mogadishu implying that it was significant for the place.  For its position at 8 Pisces, Diana Rosenberg writes “brutal attacks, expressions of race and religious prejudice”. The eclipse forms hard aspects to a Mars-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square, a combination that is explosive in nature and  capable of  producing violent events.

If now we progress the eclipse chart to October 14, the date of the news, the T-square aligns with the meridian triggering the event.