Friday, 2 December 2016

China shelves plans to dam 'angry river'

Environmentalists in China are celebrating after controversial plans to build a series of giant hydroelectric dams on the country’s last free-flowing river were shelved. Activists have spent more than a decade campaigning to protect the Nujiang, or “angry river”, from a cascade of dams, fearing they would displace tens of thousands of people and irreparably damage one of China’s most spectacular and bio-diverse regions. On Friday, campaigners said that appears to have happened after China’s State Energy Administration published a policy roadmap for the next five years that contained no mention of building any hydroelectric dams on the Nu.  Dec. 1

In his post on the September 1, 2016 solar eclipse entitled New Directions, Nick Fiorenza writes:

This New Moon eclipse and lunar cycle is about personal and global leadership, transcendent evolutionary currents, and the use of personal will to direct our evolutionary course with impetus to reassess changing conditions and to change our tack in life accordingly to reach our desired destinations, or it can propel us in new directions.

In the chart for the eclipse drawn for Beijing we find Uranus [24ar] in hard aspect to the eclipse as well as to the MC. Planets that aspect the angles are always the ones which contain a clue  to how a mundane chart is specific for a place. Here Uranus [24ar] is conjunct the star Acamar [23ar30]. Theta (θ) Eridanus, Acamar, is a star in the Celestial River Eridanus.  Acamar is often likened to a dam on the river [1]holding back the forces of life and through which a breakthrough is required [2].  Also here are stars in the constellation  of the Fishes , King Cepheus and his chained daughter Andromeda. Diana Rosenberg writes: “Here the brilliance of King Cepheus and sensitivity of the Fishes work their magic to alleviate the frustrations imposed by Andromeda’s chains….there are questions of acceptance of new ideas vs rigid adherence to traditions”.  With Uranus conjoining the star Acamar, the possibility of the acceptance of the modern view of how harmful dams can be to the environment has won. This is certainly a breakthrough that will allow life to flow!

Going back to the eclipse chart, we notice that Uranus is in hard aspect to Saturn-Mars, at the apex of a T  with Neptune and the nodes.  Neptune and the south node in Pisces is a reference to how we have treated our virgin environments (Neptune) in the past (south node). Uranus in hard aspect to both Saturn and Neptune is coming up with new realizations that go counter to traditional ways (Saturn) of dealing with the environment (Neptune). Progressing the eclipse chart ,which carries Fiorenza’s tag of New Directions, to November 29, when Beijing decided to shelve the project brings  apex Saturn of the T to the descendant thereby triggering it.

Massive Fire Engulfs One Of Italy's Largest Oil Refineries

Update: Eni, commenting in statement on accident that occurred earlier today, says the fire is now under full control, being extinguished. Affected facility “EST” closed, isolated from rest of plant. Company reiterates no staff injured at refinery. Causes of incident being investigated, information to be passed on to authorities.

According to local press, a massive explosion has rocked one of Italy’s biggest oil refineries in Sannazzaro de' Burgondi, near Pavia, about 40km south of Milan. Local authorities have ordered residents to stay indoors while an emergency plan is activated.  Dec.1

Eclipses  are among the primary “culprits” that cause major events like the refinery fire here. Shown here is the chart for the August 18 lunar eclipse at Milan. Notice that the MC receives hard aspects from Mars-Saturn which form the apex of a T-square with Neptune and the Nodes, as well as Uranus on the descendant. Uranus is in the fire sign Aries conjunct stars of Cepheus who was referred to Inflammatus by the Romans indicating his connection to fires.  Mars and Saturn are conjunct alpha Scorpio - Antares. In ancient China Antares was referred to as the Great Fire.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to December 1, notice that Mars-Saturn with Antares reaches the MC  and therefore not surprisingly gives rise to a great fire. Moreover, the fire takes place in an oil refinery which can be attributed to Mars-Saturn being square Neptune (oil).

The second trigger comes from the current New Moon [8sa] of Nov. 29 which fell on the eclipse Mars-Saturn and Antares. The New Moon was square the nodal axis – a phenomenon referred to as Moon-Wobble that has been linked to freak accidents. A chart for the New Moon at Milan has Neptune (oil) on the Ascendant as part of a T-square with the luminaries and the nodes.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Saturn-Neptune: The unveiling of lies

CODEPINK cofounder Jodie Evans and attorney Inder Comar say Bush administration officials to be held accountable for the deaths, costs, and violations of international law due to the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation.  December 1

The dubious, anonymous "PropOrNot" site listed us as one among 200 or so such websites - witting or unwitting dupes of the Kremlin's propagandists. Thankfully, we're in mostly good company. It's hard to know whether to take them seriously or not. The site gives the impression of perhaps being a too-clever hoax, which would be hilarious given that the Washington Post among others actually takes them seriously. I mean, come on, the first thing you see on their website is a fake interview, conducted by a comedian, with two actors pretending to be Russian propagandists!) Nov.29

The two news items above, appearing just within a few days of each other,  may appear unconnected, but when viewed through the lens of the prevailing Saturn-Neptune, they can be shown to be deeply related.  But first let us answer the question as to why we are looking at the Saturn-Neptune square.  Well, notice that the current  US Sibly solar return chart cast for Washington DC has Saturn-Neptune straddling the horizon axis. Now if we progress it to November 29 -December 1, we find that progressed horizon axis once again triggers the same square.

In astrology, Saturn represents the physical realm, what is often called the “real world” — not theoretical, not philosophical, not poetic, and not intangible, but instead, the nuts-and-bolts construction of reality at its most dense level.  Saturn is about limitations and the hard work of building something over time, through sustained efforts that accrue, step-by-step, or brick-by-brick. From Saturn’s specific point of view, Neptune is crazy — lost in dreams, seduced by unrealistic fantasies, and wishing to escape from life’s responsibilities. Saturn teaches us the importance of the passage of time, and about both the fulfillments possible in life and the harsh realities that life sometimes imposes.[1]

The ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune has been and continues to be about knowing the difference between fact and fiction. At worst, under the influence of this square  those already committed to veiling the truth will be spreading even more stories intended to distract, and manipulate others . At best, this square could reveal previously hidden information with the power to clarify muddy waters and provide vital details. [2]

Plastic Island

Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean (CNN) -- The distance from humanity yawns out in front of you when you stand on the pale sands of this tiny Pacific island. Midway Atoll is just about the furthest piece of land from civilization and its constant engine whir, data and jostle. Standing on the island's remote shoreline brings a calm and humility -- until you look down at your feet. On the beach lies a motorcycle helmet, a mannequin's head, an umbrella handle, and a flip-flop. They didn't fall from a plane or off a ship, and there aren't any civilians living here who could have left them behind. They were washed in with the tide, most likely from China or the US, thousands of miles away -- part of an enormous plastic garbage patch, spinning in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which you probably contribute to. And these are just the bits of it we can see. Dec.1,

Eclipses play a very important role in mundane astrology. They appear to pinpoint issues that need our special attention and they can effective for months after they have taken place.  A solar eclipse (a New Moon) is always accompanied by a lunar eclipse (a Full Moon).  If the lunar eclipse follows  a solar eclipse, it brings the message of the solar eclipse to a culmination.

The March 9 Total Solar eclipse was conjunct the dwarf planet Ceres.  

This South Node Solar Eclipse T-Square, and this lunar cycle, creates a powerful force to let go of constructs in our lives that no longer provide room for growth, movement and expansion. In other words, we have grown as far as the limits imposed by those constructs have permitted. It is now time to either begin to change those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth, expansion and fulfillment, or to dismantle those constructs all together.

Ceres brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, agriculture, the environment and the seasons. Due to Ceres association with the land and the environment, Ceres is often prominent in charts associated with environmental changes or geophysical events. Ceres reveals our ability to be in universal flow—the unification of giving and receiving as one flow of energy through ourselves. Ceres asks for acknowledgment of our inner needs, to have self love and self worth. Ceres is of concern and caring for others as well as for the Earth.[1]

A chart for the lunar eclipse of March 23 drawn for Midway Atoll has the Full Moon aligned very significantly with meridian. But more important for our discussion  here is the T-square containing Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune-Ceres  straddling the horizon axis.  Both the Jupiter-Saturn and the Saturn-Neptune squares are waning squares which therefore create a crisis of consciousness asking us  to let go of constructs in our lives that no longer provide room for growth, movement and expansion.  If we now progress the eclipse chart to December 1, the date of the news, the T-square arrives on the horizon axis confirming the foregoing analysis.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Colombia Chapecoense plane crash

The fairy-tale rise of Brazil's Chapecoense -- from small football club to national heroes -- has been cut tragically short, leaving the country mourning the loss of one of its most endearing sports teams. The plane carrying the Brazilian team to the biggest game in its history was en route Monday night from Bolivia to Colombia when it crashed in Rionegro, near Medellin, killing 71 people. Nov.29

To understand the astrology behind this tragic news, we will go back to the August 18 lunar eclipse chart drawn for Rionegro, the site of the accident. Here we notice that a Mars-Saturn conjunction is placed in the 5th house in hard aspect to Uranus in the 9th.  One of Ebertin’s key phrase for Mars-Saturn-Uranus is “a sudden accident”.

The 9th house is linked to long distance travels and by association to airlines and aircrafts [1]. Meanwhile the 5th house is  connected with all manner of enjoyment and recreation including sports [2].

Putting it all together, the eclipse contains the potential for an aircraft accident that is also linked to a sports team.  On November 29, the progressed Ascendant reached a conjunction to Mars-Saturn (also the apex of a Grand Cross) triggering the Mars-Saturn-Uranus combination culminating in the accident.

Finally, we note that the New Moon of November 29 formed a T-square with the Nodal axis. This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble” linked in our previous posts to air accidents [3] [4].

Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis.

During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, Terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting. Remember, if you are not working through your subconscious issues you are more likely to fall prey to your emotions.

Astrology of the Italian referendum

Investors reeling from democratic shocks in Britain and the U.S. are worried about Italy’s future in Europe’s monetary union. They’re concerned that a defeat for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Dec. 4 constitutional-reform referendum would undermine the nation’s fragile political stability.
A defeat for Renzi, who proposed the vote and initially pledged to resign if the result didn’t go his way, could lead to early elections and a rise in support for the populist Five Star Movement. This party has pledged to carry out a referendum on whether Italy should stay in the euro area. Some investors are already predicting the end of the European Union, let alone the single currency.

"The horoscope for the Italian Republic is set for 10 June 1946. . . . On 2 June a referendum was held on the future of the monarchy which produced a majority in favour of abolition. The announcement of the referendum results at between 6:00 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. on 10 June was taken as a de facto proclamation of the Republic,and Chart 168 is set for 6:10 p.m." Campion, "The Book of World Horoscopes" (Second Edition), pp. 211-213 [1]. Some authors use 6 pm and I believe that is a better fit. Shown here is Italy’s chart based on this data. Notice that Saturn transit is about to oppose radix Sun-Uranus square TNP Cupido. Martha Wescott links Cupido-Uranus as desire for freedom from families or groups of which one is a member. We would, therefore, expect that there are good chances for Italy to move away from EU membership.

Also presented here is the precession corrected solar return chart of Italy progressed to December 4. Notice that a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T aligns with the meridian on the  crucial date. Once again this square can be associated with a desire to separate from too close an association to a group.

Aleppo Fully Liberated From Terrorists

The territory of east Aleppo where 90,000 residents live was liberated from terrorists on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Some 90,000 residents live in east Aleppo freed from militants, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said.  Nov. 29

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important  mundane events. We are currently in the Libra Ingress quarter. A chart for the Ingress at Aleppo, Syria is shown here. Notice the Saturn-Neptune square straddling the meridian.  If we now progress the chart to November 29, the Saturn-Neptune-Mercury T-square is triggered with Saturn conjunct the descendant.

For the positive manifestation of Saturn-Neptune, Ebertin writes:

The methodical execution of plans, the slow attainment of success through intense activity and great  painstaking effort.

Neptune [10pi] is positioned in the Arabic lunar mansion Sadal-Akhbiyah.  According to the 11th – century astrologer Abenragel, the lunar mansion Sadal-Akhbiyah was favorable for besieging and  destroying enemies.

Saturn is conjunct alpha (α) Scorpius, Antares.

Diana Rosenberg links the royal-and-war- star Antares with “keynote events in human history,  wars and great battles and issues of national sovereignty”.

Together the Saturn-Neptune stars are pointing towards  slow attainment of victory in a great battle,  methodically executed, that resolves issues of national sovereignty.