Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Fire at Austria gas plant

A big blast has rocked a major natural gas hub in Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 18, police say. A fire followed the blast which happened around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) at the Baumgarten site, just east of the capital Vienna, near the Slovak border. On Twitter, Austrian police said the situation was under control and a technical fault had caused the blast. The flow of Russian gas to Europe has dropped, triggering price hikes. Italy declared a state of emergency. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42321217

Mercury retrogrades are known for accidents. That the blast at the natural gas hub Austria  is linked to Mercury retrograde can be seen clearly if we draw the chart for the retrograde station on December 3 at Vienna, Austria. Notice the Mars-Zeus conjunction on the MC is opposite Uranus square Pluto.This is deadly combination for explosions and accidents. In addition, Neptune the planet with rules oil and natural gas makes a hard aspect to Mars on the MC.

Recall that Uranus is conjunct the stars of Cepheus. About this area, Diana Rosenberg writes:

Cepheus was called  “inflammatus” by the Romans: these stars were transited at the 1838 Charleston, SC fire that destroyed more than half the city, the great 1872 Boston, MA fire that destroyed 930 buildings, killed 12 firefighters and featured a war between looters and police, at the stupendous Russian artillery bombardment starting the Battle of Berlin in 1945; the 1947 Texas City disaster: a burning ship loaded with ammonium nitrate exploded with colossal force, devastating the entire port; at the 1985 Bradford, England football stadium fire and several others.

On December 12, the date of the explosion, transit Moon is going over the Mars-Zeus conjunction on the MC triggering the combination causing an explosion in a gas facility.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Libra Ingress and the Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire is a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, in the cities of Ventura, Ojai, and Santa Paula, and one of multiple wildfires that started in early December 2017, in Southern California. The fire began north of Santa Paula, near Steckel Park and Thomas Aquinas College, on December 4, 2017. It has burned approximately 231,700 acres (938 km2), becoming the largest wildfire of the 2017 California wildfire season, and the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Fire

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 this post we shall see that in addition to the December 3 Full Moon [1] , the sidereal Libra ingress chart at Santa Paula also  explains the fire. Notice that the Sun [24li] is opposite Uranus [26ar] and sextile Saturn [23sa] – which form a trine in fire signs. Moreover, Uranus is conjunct the stars of Cepheus. About this area, Diana Rosenberg writes:

Cepheus was called  “inflammatus” by the Romans: these stars were transited at the 1838 Charleston, SC fire that destroyed more than half the city, the great 1872 Boston, MA fire that destroyed 930 buildings, killed 12 firefighters and featured a war between looters and police, at the stupendous Russian artillery bombardment starting the Battle of Berlin in 1945; the 1947 Texas City disaster: a burning ship loaded with ammonium nitrate exploded with colossal force, devastating the entire port; at the 1985 Bradford, England football stadium fire and several others.

Saturn is conjunct stars of Ara – the Fiery altar.
These stars were transited at the 1788 New Orleans fire; at the 1946 Atlanta GA Winecoff Hotel fire that killed 119; in 1986 when explosions and fire ravaged the Dumont Plaza Hotel, San Juan PR; at 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and meltdown in the Ukraine; at the 1988 Leningrad Library Fire: 400,000 valuable books destroyed; in the 1992 at the fiery crash of an El Al 747-200F cargo plane into an apartment building at Bijlmermeer, Netherlands that killed about 250; in 2003 when illegal pyrotechnics ignited the station nightclub, Warwick RI, killing 100, this was Chiron at the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when 343 New York firefighters died.

Let us now progress the ingress chart to December 4, the day the fire is reported to have started at Santa Paula. Notice that the progressed MC reaches a conjunction to Uranus triggering the configuration.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Pentagon starts first-ever financial audit

Department of Defense (DOD) officials announced Friday that the agency would undergo the first full-scale audit in its history. Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist said at a press conference that the audit would begin this month. "It is important that the Congress and the American people have confidence in DOD's management of every taxpayer dollar," Norquist said. Dec.8 http://thehill.com/policy/defense/364001-pentagon-starting-first-ever-financial-audit

The announcement comes just two days before the Last Quarter Moon. A chart for the Moon phase at Washington, DC is shown here. As a general rule what is brought up to (or aspects the angles) is significant for the place. Here we have the TNP Zeus on the Ascendant square  Pluto and the asteroid Juno on the IC in Capricorn. Martha Wescott interprets these as follows:

JUNO: Partners; marriage/relationship; maintenance of one's rights or position with other; question of “rights” and fairness/compromise; enforcement of fairness; potential for score-keeping, jealousy, fears of abandonment & infidelity; tallying ($$$ & fairness).
ZEUS: Restrained or creative fire/energy; enthusiasm; controlled & directed forces (thus both planning and controlling strong emotions;) guns, power tools, machines, motors, fireplaces, fuels; excitement; to incite; military; blood pressure; inflammation; ability to harness energies for accomplishment.

Juno-Zeus: Score keeping; tallying ($$$) of military accounts.

Pluto’s stripping away process is programmed to destroy Capricorn’s false walls. The transit serves to expose the corrupt workings of the system - both the rationalizations that perpetuate the reality base, and the corrupt individuals, organizations, corporations, etc., who have learned to use the system to their self-serving advantage. When Pluto transits Capricorn, both those who are ruled and those who rule must learn new lessons in accountability to the whole. In order to make the shift into the paradigms of the coming age, all unfinished business must be resurrected in order for it to be exposed and evolved. Exposure and experience serves to generate the necessary awareness. Pluto’s transit through Capricorn will serve to draw back the curtain until the flaws, failings, and destructiveness of the system become so obvious, they can no longer be ignored [1].

[1] https://keplercollege.org/index.php/articles/using-astrology/item/535-pluto-capricorn-ending-era

CNN Russiagate Debacle Causes Media Embarrassment

CNN on Friday issued a correction of a story detailing an email sent to top Trump world officials about hacked documents from WikiLeaks. Earlier Friday, CNN published a story saying that then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., and other Trump Organization staffers received a September 4, 2016, email. The email offered a decryption key and web address for a cache of hacked documents WikiLeaks possessed. But the email was actually sent on September 14, CNN said. Dec.9 https://goo.gl/McFhNE

Is there a simple astrological reason for this blunder by CNN? Yes, there is, if we start with US Sibly, where transit Neptune [11pi] is currently placed in the 3rd house. Let us recall that the luminaries  of the Full Moon of Dec. 3 aligned with the Sibly horizon axis  square transit Neptune in the Sibly 3rd house.  Neptune rules lies and deception while the 3rd house in mundane astrology rules the media.

Third House In Mundane Astrology:

National rumours, propaganda. The press. All means of disseminating news and information such as the post office, communication networks, computers, telephones, faxes, newspapers, magazines, emails, publications, literature, periodicals and television. http://www.skyscript.co.uk/temples/h3.html

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Trump rejects Libyan PM’s request for protection

The Prime Minister of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj has requested that The US President Donald Trump to provide a more active US role, including a guarantee of personal security for himself and his government, The Guardian reported on Wednesday. The Guardian reported a US source familiar with the talks between Trump and Al-Serraj that the requests of the Libyan PM were rebuffed. “They wanted a military guarantee from the United States that we would basically defend their block in Tripoli,” the source added. He added that there were deep misgivings about corruption in the Libyan unity government “GNA” and the human rights record of the militias protecting it. Dec. 7 http://www.libyanexpress.com/libyan-prime-minister-al-serraj-asked-the-us-for-protection-trump-rejected/

In a previous post [1] we have explained the meaning of  the December 3 Full Moon falling on the horizon axis of the US Sibley chart.

In mundane astrology, the First House refers to  “the country and its inhabitants as a whole”  while the Seventh House shows how that nation deals with other nations especially, those it considers its enemies. It is because of this that “treaties and agreements with other nations” comes under the 7th. The article above was published on December 3, when a Full Moon aligns with the  Sibly horizon axis highlighting the 1 -7 houses. Neptune, the planet associated with duplicity and deception, is square the Full Moon and the Sibly horizon so that it is no wonder that the news article discusses the disastrous effect of a long term policy of deception pursued by the US. Moreover, the Full Moon [12ge] illuminates radix Sibly Uranus [9ge] in the 7th. Uranus, in its negative manifestation, is a planet we associate with an inability to be consistent or reliable – in other words a lack of commitment.

Now look at the Full Moon chart at Tripoli, Libya. Here too it aligns with the horizon with the Sibly Ascendant forming the Descendant of this chart. In other words, the US is the one letting the Libyan leader down with their erratic behavior – now on (with Hillary Clinton) now off (with Trump).

Friday, 8 December 2017

Wildfires Rage in California

Strong winds brought more terror to residents in California's San Diego and Riverside counties as quick-moving wildfires closed in on their communities on Friday, causing thousands more to evacuate.
Burning in San Diego is the churning Lilac fire, which has consumed roughly 4,100 acres in the span of 12 hours. Already 60 percent contained is the much smaller Liberty fire, the second-newest fire to ignite, estimated to have burned a mere 300 acres in Riverside, according to Cal Fire. Dec. 9 https://sptnkne.ws/gjsM

We shall see in this post how the December 3, Full Moon (also a SuperMoon) is a major culprit for this fire. A chart for the Full Moon at San Diego is shown here. The Moon is square Neptune [11pi] conjunct the stars of Phoenix, the Firebird so that Diana Rosenberg links this area to “major city-wide fires”.  

The stars were transited at the 64 CE Great Fire of Rome that destroyed ¾ of the city; at the 1838 Charleston SC fire that destroyed more than half the city; at the 1908 Lake View School fire; at the Great Boston Fire of 1872 that gutted the business districts and several others.

At Tianjin, China where the Full Moon aligned with the meridian and had Neptune on descendant a major fire in a skyscraper took place just two days before the Full Moon. However, neither the luminaries nor Neptune make any hard aspects to the angles at San Diego so the question remains why at San Diego. And the answer is fairly simple. The Full Moon chart at San Diego has a Mercury-Saturn conjunction on the Ascendant amid stars of Ara – the burning altar. The theme of “fire” resonates with the Full Moon theme.  About these stars, Diana Rosenberg writes:

Ara’s flames are here, and Sargas was part of Sar-ur, “Director-of-Fire” in the Euphratean starlist: this was Sun at the great New York City financial district fire of 1835; 650 buildings destroyed; the $ 22 million damage bankrupted insurance companies; these stars were transited when Sherman’s troops burned Atlanta in the US Civil War; at the 1871 Great Chicago and Peshtigo, WI fires whipped by high winds; at Chicago’s 1958 Our Lady of Angels Grade School fire; in 1960 the Guatemala City insane asylum fire; at the 1961 Gran Circo Norte-Americano Circus fire in Brazil; at the 1974 Sao Paulo, Brazil Jolema Bank fire; at the 1987 Aries Ingress just before Manchuria’s Great Black Dragon fire  and many others.

[1] Chinese police detain 11 over deadly Tianjin skyscraper fire - Reuters

Brexit: 'Breakthrough' deal

If the EU referendum was the moment the British electorate clashed with the establishment, 8 December 2017 was the day that the legal and economic consequences collided with its political promises. The joint divorce agreement hammered out in the intervening 528 days makes clear that little remains of the many red lines set out by Theresa May in her Lancaster House speech or party conference address of 2016. Dec.8 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/08/not-much-remain-theresa-may-red-lines-brexit-deal

The news article from the Guardian goes on to explain the several concessions that Theresa May has had to make to get the deal through. Now if we just look at the chart for the current Full Moon at London, we find that it aligns very significantly with the horizon axis and squares Neptune. Neptune itself makes hard aspects to a Mars-Uranus opposition. This combination can be interpreted as changes or separations (Mars-Uranus) in which one party feels weak or victimized (Neptune). Compare this with the  Full Moon chart at Jerusalem [1] where a sudden change (Uranus) has left one party (the Palestinians) feeling victimized (Neptune).

As always, stars on the angles contribute to our understanding of the mundane event. Here on the IC is  Praesepe, M44, the beehive star cluster.

Praesepe is of new beginnings, migration, shedding old skins, skeletons, and cocoons. It is of emerging out of the frenetic confusion of mass consciousness; finding our new path and direction; leaving behind old dwellings and the structures of consciousness they represent; and getting out of our personal or collective dogma and the darkness it creates. Alignments with Praesepe may indicate a new dwelling place is at hand or that one is in order to find. As with the migration of bees from an old hive, before identifying their new direction, there can be frenetic confusion at first, a scattered sense and lack of direction before moving toward their new home. This is temporary and is part of intuiting the feeling for the right direction, much like turning in a complete circle to identify the way that feels right. Praesepe asks us to trust in our magnetic sense, on our inner compass, and to hone in on our new direction while honoring the inherent confusion of the emergence process. Praesepe asks us to step out of our limiting environments and structures of consciousness and to find new places fitting to our emerging new awareness. http://www.lunarplanner.com/LunarMonths2003/lunarmonth.03.07.28.html

 The paragraph above from Nick Fiorenza  describes the essence of  Brexit – Britain leaving the EU.

Finally, we look at the chart for the EU. Notice that only has do we have a Mercury return with transit Mercury station retrograde on the IC, it is also conjunct Saturn – a combination that is linked to estrangements and separations.