Friday, 23 September 2016

Russia's Grain May Soon Bring in More Gold Than Oil

Moscow's ban on the import of food products from the EU and the ensuing ruble crisis have added significantly to the resurrection of Russian farming; now the country makes more money from the export of agricultural products than from the international sale of military equipment, according to Spiegel Online. 6 Sept.

The solar eclipse of September 1 fell in tropical Virgo, a sign often depicted as a Virgin holding a sheaf of corn in her hand – a direct reference to food and agriculture. A chart for the eclipse at Moscow has it placed significantly in the 10th house making a T-square with Saturn in the 2nd and Neptune in the 4th.

At her website Skyscript, Deborah Houlding gives us the meaning of the 2nd and 4th houses in mundane astrology.

The 2nd house “ influences the status and value of the nation's crops, produce, and essential supplies” [1].
The 4th house rules “farming, agriculture and any occupation that is concerned with tending the land” [2]. 
In his delineation 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.

In other words, the Saturn-Neptune square is here  referring to overcoming of a fundamental weakness in agriculture.

Progressing the chart to September 6, the date of the news, brings the eclipse T-square to an alignment with the meridian thereby triggering it.

Saturn-Neptune and the Ig Nobel prizes

What makes astrology supremely relevant is that it discloses an unsuspected dimension of the world we think we know so well. It is as though we have become accustomed to see only the horizontal yarn of the weaving, the weft, and are largely unaware of the warp. We are accustomed to break down our world, in order to understand it, into certain categories, recognizing what belongs to this category, what belongs to that. That is ‘scientific’. However, astrology is about learning to think in new categories. It embodies a system of new categories that are as different from the ones to which we are habituated, as the warp is from the weft. In this system objects and events that at first sight appear to have nothing whatever to do with each other are shown to be intimately connected. Conversely, things we naturally tend to associate may be distributed otherwise in the astrological scheme. Understanding the world around us depends on our power to perceive patterns of meaning, to make the right connections, recognize what belongs with what. It is not easy. Unaided, it is as if we are looking at the weaving from the wrong side, and it seems a mess, but with the help of astrology we can see the design as it is meant to be. As the shuttle of the cosmic loom ceaselessly weaves its intricate design, astrologers have the responsibility, or rather the awesome privilege, to work towards restoring to humanity the sense of high meaning it has all but lost.”

Dennis Elwell, The Cosmic Loom

The Trickster

Investigations into rats wearing pants, the personalities of rocks and the truthfulness of 1,000 liars won Ig Nobel prizes on Thursday night (Sept.22)  at Harvard, where Nobel-winning scientists gathered to honor the strangest research of the year. As in past years, the tone of the awards show vacillated from gleeful absurdism to satire to genuine wonder at the lengths to which scientists will let their curiosity lead them. The peace prize went to a gang of philosophers from Canada and the US who published a paper titled On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.

 A chart for the Sept. 1 New Moon solar eclipse at Boston progressed to Sept. 22 brings the eclipse to an alignment with the Ascendant, thereby triggering it. About the stars that form the backdrop to the eclipse, Diana Rosenberg writes:

Here the audacious Lion and Argo’s restless wanderlust lend an inner wildness to tropical Virgo’s quieter nature (normally analytical and research oriented). Most here are idealistic , with a will to discover life’s deeper meaning  through religion or philosophy.  With the courage of the Lion, they attempt to go beyond accepted ideas and behavior , sometimes shocking people, then using their notoriety to advantage. Tough, pragmatic and versatile, they may bring about sudden breakthroughs, realizations and discoveries contributing to the fields of ecology, religion, philosophy, literature, education, communications and science. They are imaginative – even the most scientific and fact-oriented among them allow a tinge of the wild and weird to edge into their psyches.

The event  took place just as Mercury stationed to go direct on Sept.22. forming hard aspect to Saturn-Neptune and the angles at Boston.  Mercury is the Trickster. In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a character in a story (god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphisation), which exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, and uses it to play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules and conventional behaviour.

Mercury-Neptune is linked to lies and deceit (bullshit?) while Saturn is a planet that separates fact from fiction so that is it at all surprising that  the  peace prize was awarded to a paper titled On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit?

Elwell has defined the term multicongruence as  the tendency for certain things and conditions to co-occur because they belong together at a higher, unmanifest level.  In recent posts (see list below)  we have several examples of news connected to the Saturn-Neptune square.  Many are straightforward cases  of the detection of fraud. But the Saturn-Neptune combination can work in two ways. With Saturn acting on Neptune we have cases where lies and deceit are uncovered but when Neptune acts on Saturn it  infiltrates, weakens, dismantles, or dissolves a rational structure or even crippling laws or social  paradigms that we had internalized (Alabama pipeline leak; Florida sinkhole; Canada legalizing heroin ).

In which category would we put the present news item on the “strangest research”?  To my mind this falls in both categories. Since the prize went to the paper on the detection of “bullshit” that is clearly Saturn operating on Neptune. But what of the bigger picture here….the fact that the establishment (Nobel Committee) recognizes weird and strange (Neptune) research to be valid  is in itself  a victory for Neptune in the closed world of Saturn.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Puerto Rico Blackout Enters Second Day

The 3.5 million people of Puerto Rico are entering their second day with no power after a substation fire knocked out service to the entire island.   The power outage has left schools scrambling to cancel classes and public hospitals forced to cancel surgeries. Perhaps even worse, the outage caused numerous fires across the island as a result of malfunctioning generators, including at the upscale Vanderbilt hotel in the popular tourist area of Condado and at the mayor’s office in the northern coastal town of Catano. Sept.22

The solar eclipse of September 1 fell in the first house at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first house in mundane astrology rules the general condition of the populace.  For our purpose here let us note that the eclipse makes hard aspects to Mars and Uranus – a combination linked to electrical black outs [1].  On September 21, the progressed Ascendant reaches a conjunction to the eclipse triggering the entire configuration.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Militants attack Indian army base in Kashmir

Uri (Jammu & Kashmir), Sept 18 (PTI) — In the worst attack on the army in many years, heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir killing 17 jawans early today, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assert that those responsible "will not go" unpunished. Located barely a few kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) and some 70 km from Srinagar, the base was subjected to the brazen attack by four terrorists at around 5.30 AM, causing heavy casualties in the Dogra regiment which lost 17 of its men.

The attack on the army base comes at the lunar eclipse of Sept. 17.  A chart for the eclipse has it placed very significantly on the meridian at Uri. The eclipse is square Mars which is conjunct the stars Lesath and Shaula. The two stars; upsilon (υ) Scorpius, Lesath, along with Shaula, lambda (λ) Scorpius; are at the tip of the tail of the Scorpion and right on the sting. About the Scorpion, the ancient Roman astrologer Manilius wrote:

"By virtue of his tail armed with its powerful sting, wherewith, when conducting the Sun's chariot through his sign, he cleaves the soil and sows seed in the furrow, the Scorpion creates natures ardent for war and active service, and a spirit which rejoices in plenteous bloodshed and in carnage more than in plunder. Why, these men spend even peace under arms; they fill the glades and scour the woods; they wage fierce warfare now against man, now against beast, and now they sell their persons to provide the spectacle of death and to perish in the arena, when, warfare in abeyance, they each find themselves foes to attack. There are those, too, who enjoy mock-fights and jousts in arms (such is their love of fighting) and devote their leisure to the study of war and every pursuit which arises from the art of war." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, p.239-240]

Saturn-Neptune and multi-congruence

Sinkhole opens up in Florida
A massive sinkhole that opened underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry may have dumped at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer over the past three weeks, company officials say. And it could be months before the hole is plugged, the officials acknowledge.  Sept.16

Canada Just Legalized Heroin for Medical Use
Much like in the United States, Canada has seen a spike in the rates of opiate use among its populace. Over a four-month period early this year, 256 Canadians died after overdosing on fentanyl, the same substance tied to “bad batches” of heroin that have been killing Americans. In order to respond to what Canadian officials see as a growing threat, Health Canada launched new proposals in May to “allow doctors to prescribe heroin to some opioid addicts who do not respond to treatments such as methadone.” 

On September 8, Canada enacted these new rules as a response to the country’s “opioid overdose crisis.” But despite the changes, drug war laws remain mostly in place, meaning the only change regulators made was to the health code, allowing healthcare providers to prescribe the substance only to individuals who have an addiction problem. Also, these prescriptions may only happen “under a special-access program in cases where traditional treatment has failed.”

Elwell has defined the term multicongruence as  the tendency for certain things and conditions to co-occur because they belong together at a higher, unmanifest level. He points out that we are conditioned not to attach too much significance to coincidences that occur. However, anybody who follows the news carefully will not fail to notice that sometimes there is a run of “similar” events. We can understand the symbolic connection of the two events above if we look at the progressed Cancer Ingress charts for the two places. Notice that in both the cases a T containing the Saturn-Neptune square straddles the meridian. In the first case the stable ground (Saturn) suddenly collapses (Neptune) while  in the second  the structure of the law (Saturn)  is weakened or becomes more flexible (Neptune).

Saturn/Neptune infiltrates, weakens, dismantles, or dissolves a rational structure or stronghold. Deflation, recessionary periods, and sinkholes are examples of Saturn/Neptune. The best way to navigate through Saturn/Neptune is to stay flexible and to allow what is naturally developing to shape up and to prove itself.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Saturn-Neptune square: Alabama pipeline ruptures

At least 250,000 gallons of gasoline have spilled following a pipeline rupture in central Alabama. Emergency responders are working to repair the spill, while Alabama and Georgia have declared a state of emergency due to possible fuel shortages. The spill, equivalent to 6,000 barrels, took place in a rural area southwest of Helena, Alabama, and was first noticed Friday. A spokesman for Colonial Pipeline said the spill has affected an area about two acres in size, Birmingham’s WBRC-TV reported. According to local media, the spill is located near Lindsey’s Crossing in Shelby County, about 28 miles southwest of Birmingham. Sept. 17

Regular readers of this blogsite will by now  be fully familiar with the methods used here.  Significant world events can be understood through use a variety of mundane astrology tools. Prominent among these are eclipses, planetary cardinal ingresses and lunations etc. Among these the cardinal ingresses of the Sun are routinely used to spot events. Shown here is the chart for the Cancer Ingress of the Sun at Helena, Alabama. With a Grand Cross straddling the meridian, it is clearly important for the place. The Saturn-Neptune square contained in the T is well known to be connected with oil (Neptune) related disasters (Saturn) [1][2]. Progressing the chart to Friday, September 16 brings the square once again to an alignment with the meridian triggering the event.

[2] Saturn/Neptune 2006

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Duterte’s Power Play: Rocking the US-Philippines Alliance

The frictions excited by the antics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have caused even greater heat over the last few days, with calls for the departure of US special forces operating in Mindanao. Having already made it clear to Washington that he intends pursuing “an independent foreign policy,” he has now insisted that the general root of ills in instability lie in the troublesome, headache-causing alliance with the United States. A continuing problem of that alliance remained US forces in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao, ostensibly engaged in advising local troops on counter-terrorism operations.  “For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land [Mindanao].  We might as well give it up.”  It was therefore imperative that “those [American] special forces, they have to go.”  He did not want “a rift with the US, but they have to go.” September 14th, 2016

To understand why Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is breaking away from the US we will look at the chart for the September 1 solar eclipse at Manila, Philippines. A Mars-Saturn conjunction in the 10th house shows a leader who is being defiant. Incidentally, Duterte is an Aries (born 28 March 1945) and therefore ruled by Mars. The sign Aries  is known for aggression and plain speaking.  Here Mars [14sa] is conjunct the star delta (δ) Hercules, Sarin in the constellation of Hercules, the strong man (see image) while Saturn [10sa] is conjunct the star Antares, alpha (α) Scorpius.  About Antares Nick Fiorenza writes:

Antares is the heart of the Scorpion. In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.

So it should be no surprise that “strongman” Duterte is no longer willing to toe the US line. The eclipse has fallen on Philippines’ radix Mars [7vi] in its first house [1]. Does the US deserve this? The answer can be seen in the US Sibly. The eclipse [9vi] squares Sibly Uranus [8ge] in the 7th house of allies and treaties. Uranus is the planet of the rebel so former allies are rebelling…remember Turkey did that too!

Now here comes the interesting part. We can actually spot the very day (Sept.13)  President Rodrigo Duterte’s makes this announcement . If we progress the chart to September 13, the MC conjoins Saturn and the star Antares on that day.