Tuesday, 22 August 2017

America Is Out of Ideas in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump proved one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt in his Afghanistan strategy speech Monday night: After nearly 16 years of fighting America’s longest war, there are no new ideas. He called his plan “dramatically different.” It wasn’t. The only thing that seemed a striking change from his two presidential predecessors’ approach to the war launched after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was Trump’s escalatory rhetoric. He repeatedly vowed to “win” a conflict that his Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress recently “we are not winning” and sharply criticized Afghanistan’s neighbor Pakistan, a troublesome ally Trump excoriated for offering “safe haven” to terrorists.

But beyond the scathing language and an open-ended pledge to “fight to win,” Trump offered few details about a plan that administration sources have said involves the sending of a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan.
The Pentagon deems such a move necessary to avoid the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul but it would hardly be a force capable of dramatically changing facts on the ground a few years after a surge to some 100,000 American troops at the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency failed to do so.

On 7 October 2001, the US launched Operation Enduring Freedom with a bombing campaign that began at 12:30 pm EDT. A chart for this event at Washington DC can be used for the war in Afghanistan. Notice that the horizon axis is aligned with the Saturn-Pluto opposition. This combination has been associated by several astrologers to the 9/11 World Trade Center bombing and the war that followed primarily because in the US Sibly, the opposition was aligned with the Ascendant-Descendant axis. Fast forward 16 years and we now have Neptune squaring the Saturn-Pluto opposition of 2001. Neptune is linked to failures arising out of confusion, loss of vitality or weakening of effort.

Big Ben bongs sound for final time

Horologium Oscillatorium

the Pendulum Clock

The bongs of Big Ben have sounded for the final time before they are silenced for a four-year period of restoration workon the Elizabeth Tower. The tower is undergoing a £29m programme of renovation until 2021, but the prime minister and several MPs have raised concerns over the plan to silence the bell. Aug. 21 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/21/big-ben-bongs-to-sound-final-time-for-four-years

The worldview underlying astrology sees all of reality as symbolic in nature. To the symbolist, the heavenly bodies are threads within a great tapestry of affinities and correspondences. Thus even when an article is published, the symbolist can find important clues connecting the contents of the article with the planetary configurations at that time.

The major planetary alignment in 2015-16 was the Saturn-Neptune square. On September 10, 2016, Saturn-Neptune formed the last of three square transits. A chart for the mundane event at London has the square straddling the horizon axis suggesting that it is significant for the place.

On the IC are stars of  Horologium. This constellation, Horologium Oscillatorium, was added by La Caille in 1752 to honor Christiaan Huygens who invented the first pendulum clock in 1656. Horologium is from Latin horologium, from Greek orologion, literally 'that which tells the hour', from ora, 'hour', and -logion, that which tells, from legein to tell.

Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn, equated to the Greek Chronos.    In Greek mythology, Chronos in pre-Socratic philosophical works is said to be the personification of time. He emerged from the primordial Chaos and was  depicted in Greco-Roman mosaics as a man turning the zodiac wheel. Often the figure is named Aeon (Eternal Time), a common alternate name for the god. His name actually means "Time", and is alternatively spelled Khronos (transliteration of the Greek), Chronos, Chronus (Latin version). Some of the current English words which show a tie to khronos/chronos and the attachment to time are chronology, chronic, and chronicle.

Time, space and form are expressions of the fragments of existence, they represent the reality of separation. On the other hand, Neptune  has no notion of boundaries and structures. For Neptune, with its principle of interconnectedness of all fragments, time is a mirage.  So while Saturn rules time, Neptune tends to  end our perception of time.

Several mystery schools  believe that our Earth along with its inhabitants is now ready to move from the Third to the Fifth Dimension.

The most important difference between Third and Fifth Dimensional reality is a change in the nature of Time and Space and how they are perceived by you. Time and Space were fixed realities in the Third Dimension. In the Fifth Dimension they are fluid and are understood to be largely illusionary. Time in the Fifth Dimension is perceived as the Eternal NOW or present. http://lightparty.com/Spirituality/living-5-dimension.htm

If we progress the chart for the Saturn-Neptune square to August 21, 2017 the progressed meridian reaches a conjunction to Saturn triggering the square and silencing Big Ben!

Monday, 21 August 2017

What is behind the US warships colliding?

Argo Navis – the Celestial Ship

Update: according to the latest US Navy 7th Fleet update, ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander says in emailed statement Monday. The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.
Two months (on June 17)after seven US sailors died after the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan, moments ago the US Navy said that in an near replica of that incident, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with another merchant vessel, the Alnic MC, an oil/chemical tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on August 21. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-20/uss-john-mccain-collides-merchant-ship-near-straits-malacca

Mundane Astrology is the application of astrology to world affairs and world events, taking its name from the Roman word Mundus, meaning "the World". Among the horoscopes used are those of exact planetary aspects primarily conjunctions and oppositions. Like in any other branch of astrology, the four angles created by the horizon and meridian are of paramount importance. The four important angles on a chart are the Ascendant (cusp of the 1st house) Descendant (cusp of the 7th house), Midheaven (cusp of the 10th house) and IC (cusp of the 4th house). Planets and star constellations aligned with these angles always leave their mark on events.

On August 24, 2016, a Mars-Saturn conjunction took place on the IC at Washington, DC. This conjunction is square Neptune on the descendant. On the Ascendant are stars of the celestial ship Argo Navis.

The Saturn-Neptune square is the last quarter square of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle. It impels us to relinquish antiquated ideologies and behavioral patterns within self and in society we had built around those ideologies. A Mars-Saturn combination can be controlling, wanting to own others and dictate behavior for them. It can be oppressive, righteous and jealous and ready to go to war at the slightest pretext. The influence of Neptune can paralyze Mars’ activity leading to failures and self-destruction. Since Mars-Saturn is often linked to the armed forces while Neptune rules the oceans, this combination has a direct reference to navies and warships.

Mundane charts can be progressed by either  the solar quotidian method or the PSSR method. Presented here  is the Mars-Saturn conjunction chart to June 17, 2017 (USS Fitzgerald incident) by the PSSR method and to August 20, 2017 by the solar quotidian method. Notice that in both cases the square arrives once again at the angles and is thereby triggered!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Leo eclipse helps detect cancer

Prometheus stealing fire from gods

Researchers say they have taken a big step towards developing a test that can tell people if they have cancer long before the first symptoms show up. The blood test detected the majority of cancers in people with four of the biggest cancer killers: breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancer, the team at Johns Hopkins University said.  Aug. 17 http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/blood-test-finds-cancer-symptoms-start-n793181

The news comes to us just before the powerful total solar eclipse in Leo. At Baltimore, where John Hopkins University is located the eclipse is placed very  significantly square the horizon axis. The eclipse is conjunct the star Regulus, alpha Leo, the Lion’s heart.

Leo : Distribution of vital forces and especially through the blood. http://www.homeoint.org/morrell/astrology/medical.htm

The eclipse is trine Uranus and opposite  the asteroids Handley [22aq] and Aesculapia[19aq].  The asteroid Aesculapia is associated with illness. And Martha Wescott links the asteroid Handley (2718)  to cancer [1].  Eclipses provide new beginnings.  The planet Uranus, is best be understood archetypally in terms of the Greek mythic figure of Prometheus [2], who stole fire from the heavens in rebellion against the gods to give humankind greater freedom. This act helped humanity to find solutions to a host of problems that afflicted mankind.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

India’s artillery gun fails in trials

NEW DELHI — India’s homegrown 155mm/45-caliber gun has taken a hit following a row of failed trials for over three months by the Indian Army, according a top source in the army. “The Dhanush 155mm/45-caliber artillery gun has failed on three occasions in a row in the last three months when the shell of the gun hit the muzzle brake in one of the six prototype guns currently undergoing user trials,” the Indian Army source said.  Analysts say the failed trials are not a major setback but can postpone the induction program of the gun. Aug. 11 https://www.defensenews.com/global/2017/08/10/indias-dhanush-artillery-gun-fails-in-trials/

The Independence (15th August, 1947;  0:00 IST;Delhi) of India from colonial rule is popularly used as the national chart. Currently transit TNP Admetus [0ge] which is conjunct India’s Ascendant forms sesquisquares aspect to TNP Zeus [17li] and Pluto [17cp] (see chart).

Martha Wescott [1] provides the following key phrases for the TNPs. If we put the highlighted portion together we can construct the news.

ADMETUS: Facing blockages; biding your time; encountering delays, frustrations, complications or the need for something else to happen BEFORE success or progress.

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.

 [1] https://marthalangwescott.com/basic-resources/

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bees understand the concept of zero

Praesepe Star, M44 Beehive Cluster

Bees seem to grasp the numerical concept of zero - the first invertebrate we have found that can do so. When the insects were encouraged to fly towards a platform carrying fewer shapes than another one, they apparently recognised "no shapes" as a smaller numerical value than "some shapes". Zero is not an easy concept to comprehend, even for us. Young children learn the number zero later than other numbers, and often have trouble deciding whether it is less than or more than 1. To see whether honeybees are able to understand zero, Scarlett Howard at RMIT University in Melbourne and her colleagues first trained bees to differentiate between two numbers. Howard shared the findings at the Behaviour conference in Estoril, Portugal, last week. Aug.9 https://www.sott.net/article/359048-Zeroing-in-Bees-are-the-first-insects-shown-to-understand-the-concept-of-zero

The 2017 Behaviour conference  was  held from July 30 to August 4, 2017, in Estoril, Portugal. This coincides with Uranus station retrograde on August 3. Among other things, Uranus rules creative genius and brilliant mental insight. Moreover at 28 Aries it is conjunct stars in the head of King Cepheus known for his intelligence.  At Estoril, Portugal the Uranus station takes place on the MC just as Mars and the Sun rise on the Ascendant.

What is a Paran?
Paranatellonta are stars or star groups that fall upon angles at the same time that a significant constellation or planet is also upon the angles. In modern astrology the term Paran (short for Paranatellonta) is generally used to describe stars or planets that are angular as a planet hits the ascendant, MC, Descendant or IC. http://www.skyscript.co.uk/gl/paran.html

Rising with Mars on the Ascendant are the stars of  Cancer. In itself Cancer is not a brilliant constellation, however, at its heart is a lovely star cluster, a mysterious glow M44 (NGC 2632) or epsilon (ε), a cluster of stars better known by the name the "Beehive Cluster", or the Latin equivalent, Praesepe, Praesaepe, which not only means a "hive" but also a "Manger", or "Crib".  This nebula has been linked to events connected with bees. So is it at all surprising that with brilliant Uranus on the MC and bees on the Ascendant, we have discovered the genius of bees!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Burgeoning EU-Iran relations signal US adrift

Draco – the fierce dragon

The phalanx of European leaders, ministers, and dignitaries, attending the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last weekend (Aug. 5) was a stunning snub to Washington. It was also a clear signal the US is losing its thrall over Europe. Think about it. According to US President Donald Trump and the American Congress, Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism. And yet here we saw European leaders respectfully attending the swearing-in of the country’s re-elected president. A rather big contradiction, don’t you think? https://www.rt.com/op-edge/399225-iran-sanctions-europe-economy-us/

Eclipses continue to affect events on earth long after they have gone. Here we present one more example of this. To understand the news we present the chart for the September 1, 2016 solar eclipse at Tehran, Iran.  Notice that the eclipse and its accompanying T-square straddles the horizon and is therefore significant for the place.

The following is a summarized extract from Nick Fiorenza’s post [1] on the September 1, 2016  eclipse entitled New Directions.

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

The  eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and under the auspices of Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. It also conjoins the stars of the Sextant, and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis in the very southern heavens.

This area  dramatizes  the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.

Essentially, the eclipse 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.

Eclipses can be activated by the progression of the angles or by the transit of planets over the eclipse degree. On August 5, 2017, transit Mercury [9vi] was moving over the eclipse degree just two degrees away from its station at [11vi] on August 11. In addition the Wynn Key Return MC is [9sa] so that  eclipse T-square straddles the progressed meridian.