Monday, 20 May 2013

Astro-meteorology of the Oklahoma tornado


The Great Storm Bird and the Sun God

At least 51 people have been killed after a huge tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, with the death toll likely to rise. Worst hit was Moore, south of the city, where neighbourhoods were flattened and schools were destroyed by winds of up to 200mph (321km/h). About 120 people, including 70 children, are being treated in hospitals for their injuries.

Meteorological astrology or astrometeorology (from Greek ἄστρον, astron, "constellation, star"; μετέωρος, metéōros, "high in the sky"; and -λογία, -logia) is the practice of applying the astrological/astronomical placements of the Sun, Moon, and planets to forecast the weather.[1] The rules of astro-meteorology are summed up by Kim Farnell.

A Basic Guide to Astro-meteorology

Cast a chart for the Sun's ingress into each of the four cardinal signs, i.e. 00 deg of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.

The charts are interpreted using the 4th house as the main indicator followed by the first house. 50% of the overall prevailing conditions are described by the planets in the 4th house, their sign and the aspects they make to other planets, followed by the sign on the cusp and its ruler. 25% is from the 1st house - using the same formula. The remaining 25% is from the rest of the chart and in particular any planet in a close approaching aspect to the MC.

Pay close attention to planets (and stars too!)  which are conjunct angles. These are very important and may override much of the sign descriptions. If these angular planets make hard aspects they too need to be noted.

There is growing tendency amongst modern astrologers to  explain an event from  a chart for the moment the event takes place. This is contrary to the practice followed by the ancient masters. As mentioned in previous posts, this is like giving more importance to the ‘second hand’ of a clock when we should be concentrating on the ‘hour hand’. It should be easy to understand that a clock is not going to strike the hour till the ‘hand hour’ is in place. Once that happens, the ‘minute and second hands’ will follow in due course.

Shown here is the chart for the entry of the Sun into sidereal Aries. Pluto is on the MC with Uranus square it so that both aspect the 4th cusp (IC) – the house most associated with weather. (see rules above). For those who follow TNPs, Zeus which represents intense and focussed energy is on the cusp of the 4th house  But more interesting are the stars of the constellation Corvus, the Crow [3] [4] on the IC .  The stars of Corvus formed an archaic Euphratean lunar mansion whose patron god was Im-dugud-khu, “The Great Storm Bird” or the “Storm Bird of the Evil Wind”.

Continuing the analogy of the clock, the minute hand would be the entry of the Sun into Gemini, the chart for which shows once again Uranus-Pluto on the angles with  the stars of Corvus on the Ascendant!

[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.60)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Perceiving patterns of meaning

Cassiopeia - the Ethiopian Queen

New Era of Fisheries Policy Needed to Secure Nutrition for Millions
May 17, 2013 — A new study published in PNAS argues that for fisheries policies to be effective they must take in to account not just fish stock conservation and environmental issues, but also research data on the patterns and dynamics of fish trade, markets and user consumption. Securing the critical contribution of wild fish stocks to food and nutrition security in the developing world depends on better governance and management of the fisheries sector. Fish is a key source of animal protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and micronutrients like iron and zinc that contribute to a balanced diet, and is a particularly important food source in many developing countries..

May 14, 2013  - Ms. Jolie wrote on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times that she had tested positive for a genetic mutation known as BRCA1, which left her with an exceedingly high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died at 56 after nearly a decade with cancer.

Understanding the world around us depends on our power to perceive patterns of meaning, to make the right connections,  recognize what belongs with what. And we must be prepared for surprises. By linking things which do not at first sight seem to be linked, astrology reveals that happenings we accept at face value  are fraught with deeper significance. [1]

The two new items above appear to be totally unconnected and yet astrology reveals a connection that may come as a surprise to readers. The eclipse Sun [5ta49] is conjunct Schedar. Alpha (α) Cassiopeia, Schedir, is a multiple and slightly variable star, 2.2 to 2.8 magnitude, pale rose, on the left breast of the beautiful Ethiopian Queen.  The progressed eclipse chart for both the cases shows the T-square comprising Ceres-Kronos-Hades -Pluto-Uranus on the angles.  In addition Ceres-Kronos-Hades forms a Grand Trine with Saturn and Neptune.

Uranus-Pluto ,on the one hand, brings attention to radical and self-destructive patterns  rippling through generations. On the other, it can motivate  mind-expanding change in the very foundation of consciousness that breaks us from very deep-seated and long-standing genetic, cultural and social behavioral patterns. [2]

First Case
A need to change (Pluto-Uranus)  environmental and fishing (Neptune) policies  (Kronos)  so that the poor and impoverished (Hades)  get proper nutrition (Ceres).

Second Case
When  radical health circumstances (Pluto-Hygiea)  like cancer  affects the breasts the message is that we need to recognize that the way we nurture  (Ceres) ourselves or others  needs to go through a radical change (Pluto-Uranus).

[1] Cosmic Loom; Dennis Elwell
[3] Keywords for TNPs and Asteroids; Martha Lang-Wescott

Friday, 17 May 2013

Cassiopeia eclipse and the Cannes jewel heist

More than $1 million worth of jewels by Chopard were stolen from a Cannes hotel room Thursday after the safe was removed and taken, according to Nice police. The jewels were meant to worn by celebrities in town for the annual Cannes Film Festival, which is known to attract thieves, but Deadline reports the Chopard heist is one of the biggest in recent history.

Regular readers will by now be aware of the importance of angles (i.e. Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven (MC) and Nadir (IC) in mundane astrology. A chart for an eclipse becomes extremely significant for a place if the angles are strongly aspected.  Shown here is the chart of the May 10 solar eclipse at Cannes. Notice that the eclipse Sun-Moon along with Mercury, Mars and Saturn make a  Grand Cross with horizon axis so that judging by the rules of mundane astrology it is definitely important for the place. But what is it saying?

First, as we have mentioned in a previous post, the eclipse [19ta31] is conjunct the star  Rucha [18ta07]. Delta (δ) Cassiopeia, Rucha, is a star on the knee of the Ethiopian Queen often shown bedecked in jewellery [1].

"From Cassiope come the enhancement of beauty and devices for adorning the body: from gold has been sought the means to give grace to the appearance; precious stones have been spread over head, neck, and hands and golden chains have shone on snow-white feet". [Manilius, Astronomica, book 5, 1st century AD, p.343.]

 Amongst other things, ancient astrologers associated Mercury, Mars and Saturn combinations with theft as the two references below indicate [2] [3].

The eclipse offers  additional clues.

Mercury is the ruler of 5th house while Saturn rules the 12th since Gemini and Capricorn are on the cusp of these houses.  Looking up reference [4].

5th  House: theatre, fashion, social functions.
12th  House: crimes and criminals

Need one say anything more. The Cannes Film Festival falls under the rulership of the 5th house and the 12th house is obviously pointing towards a theft.

Finally why did this happen on May 16 ? It is well known in astrology that a planet transiting an eclipse triggers it off. On Thursday, Mars was transiting exactly over the eclipse point!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Eclipse brings new era in art market

Constellation Pictor – the Painter’s Easel

A contemporary art sale at Christie's in New York has made $495m (£325m), the highest total in auction history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The sale established 16 new world auction records, with nine works selling for more than $10m (£6.6m) and 23 for more than $5m (£3.2m). Christie's said the records reflected "a new era in the art market".

The May 9 eclipse [19ta31] is conjunct the Cupido/Zeus midpoint [18ta33]. Readers unfamiliar with TNPs may refer to Arlene Kramer’s definitions [1] . Cupido is about art and Zeus is compulsion  amongst other things so that this eclipse is likely to make people feel a compulsion about art. Cupido is opposite Jupiter and the stars of Pictor, the Painter’s easel. [2]

Neptune is square Venus and  forms a biseptile to Jupiter. With Neptune-Venus we become sensitive and  extremely responsive to music, poetry or art.  The septile series is associated with inexplicable, irrational or compulsive  behaviour. [3]

On May 15, the date of the auction,  the progressed eclipse map brings Neptune-Venus to the IC and descendant respectively while the meridian axis is square to the Jupiter-Cupido opposition. With the description of the combinations triggered is it any surprise that art auction records were broken.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Astrology of the French recession

France has entered its second recession in four years after the economy shrank by 0.2% in the first quarter of the year, official figures show. Its economy shrank by the same amount in the last quarter of 2012. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. France has record unemployment and low business and consumer confidence. BBC

The  lay public is usually unaware that since ancient times a branch of astrology devoted to the fate of nations was used by kings and rulers to understand what the stars foretold for their nations .  In the course of history, the individual became the focus of attention in the western world and this development has led to the general decline of mundane astrology; its influence on the development of society has almost completely disappeared [1]. One of the accepted mundane horoscopes for France is that of the formation of the First Republic [2]. From the tables [3] below and their standard interpretations let readers decide whether it gives a correct picture of the French situation.


Dynamic Chart (84):
 France - Natal Chart
 22 Sep 1792 NS, 09:18, LMT -0:09:20
 Paris France, 48°N52', 002°E20'
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Koch Houses,  True Node

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns (Current)

Asc         Qnx         Had        (X)           Sa-Na    25 Feb 2013                         17°Ge28' D           17°Sc28' D
Asc         Sqq         Jup         (X)           Sa-Na    20 Aug 2013                         17°Ge56' D           02°Sc56' D
Asc         Qnx         Adm       (X)           Sa-Na    2 Sep 2013                           17°Ge58' D           17°Cp58' R
*** END REPORT ***

Selection: Transits

Sat          Cnj          Jup         (X)           Tr-Na      30 Oct 2012                          02°Sc56' D            02°Sc56' D
Sat          Cnj          Asc         (X)           Tr-Na      11 May 2013                        07°Sc15' R            07°Sc15' D
Sat          Cnj          Asc         (X)           Tr-Na      2 Sep 2013                           07°Sc15' D            07°Sc15' D
Sat          Cnj          Had        (X)           Tr-Na      4 Dec 2013                           17°Sc28' D            17°Sc28' D

*** END REPORT ***

Solar Arc Directions [4]

Hades/Jupiter: To worry about dwindling resources; to see some decline of confidence and optimism in the face of adversity
Hades/Saturn: to feel oppressed or negative through unemployment, poverty or other debilitation of long duration
Admetus/Jupiter: To see that waiting - hanging in there  and overcoming frustration pays off and brings good results

Transiting Saturn Conjunction Radix Ascendant [5]
It is time to take responsibility for yourself and to consolidate your life's ambitions. Extra responsibilities are on your shoulders during this time. It would be wise to shoulder them with a good grace otherwise you will feel over-burdened and resentful. You may feel cut off from other people, isolated as you come to terms with yourself and your role in key relationships in your life. You may enjoy the isolation or it may feel burdensome. Either way it is best to accept the circumstances and work within the limitations. In some cases your relationship with your partner may end if adjustments can't be made. The benefit of this time is to give you a clearer idea of who you are in essence and how you want to relate to the world.

Transiting Saturn Conjunct Jupiter [6]
You are being forced, whether you like it not, to reassess your goals in life. This can be a painstaking process. Your usual resources may not be readily available, forcing you to delve deeper for ways to get things done. Your usual buoyancy and optimism are overshadowed by an awareness of life’s hardships. Whereas once you could see light at the end of the tunnel, now you see only the obstacles along the way. Doors that once seemed to swing open, now ominously stay shut. You would do best to recognize that this is a passing phase, and circumstances will change and life will not always be seen through such a pessimistic lens. On a more positive note this can also be a time of wise decisions and increased commitment.

[3] Solar Fire – Astro-software
[4] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The wild beast Lupus in Syria

A video which appears to show a Syrian rebel taking a bite from the heart of a dead soldier has brought strong condemnation. US-based Human Rights Watch identified the rebel as Abu Sakkar, a well-known insurgent from the city of Homs, and said his actions were a war crime.The main Syrian opposition coalition said he would be put on trial. The video, which cannot be independently authenticated, seems to show him cutting out the heart. [BBC May 14, 2013]

To understand a natal or mundane map in depth , it is important to use the correct orb of influence for planets and stars on the angles. In the Lunar Planner Nick Fiorenza gives us an important clue:

“A ±7° orb is used around the angles (ASC / DSC / MC / IC). Theses areas are where planets and stars are especially active” [1].

With the question of orbs cleared,  we look at the  chart of the Solar Eclipse of November 14, 2012 at Damascus. Notice that the Ascendant is 6Vi. On the Ascendant is Regulus [0vi01], the heart of the Lion. And the eclipse itself [21sc57] is conjunct the star Unukalhai, alpha Serpentis, heart of the serpent. Progressing the chart to May 14, the date of the news item,  brings the Ascendant  [21ar26 ]  to the conjunction of delta Andromeda [22ar] on her left breast just above her heart  (see figure above) and quincunx the eclipse Sun [21sc57]. In addition, the eclipse of May 10, 2013 at 19ta31 fell within two and a half  degrees of the opposition to the November eclipse and thus activating it.

Manilius  in his Astronomica [1st century AD, p.237.] describing the constellation Leo calls it the “monstrous Lion” who “devises fresh fights and fresh warfare on animals” and  whose sons love to  “adorn their proud portals with pelts” and display their prey’s  “mangled limbs”.

For the area surrounding the eclipse  we have the stars Unukalhai [22sc14] alpha Serpentis; alpha Lupus [23sc40], the wild beast; Agena, beta Centauri [23sc58] . Diana Rosenberg [2] writes:

Those born under the Serpent, Centaur and wild beast Lupus , for all their refinement, sense the feral savage level that lies beneath the veneer of civilization, the primal drive for survival and dominance. They have an inner sense of kinship with cruelty and savagery of wild beasts.

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2)


Alexander Chizhevsky  a Soviet-era interdisciplinary scientist  proposed that not only did geomagnetic storms resulting from sunspot-related solar flares affect electrical usage, plane crashes, epidemics and grasshopper infestations, but human mental life and activity as well. Increased negative ionization in the atmosphere increased human mass excitability. Chizhevsky proposed that human history is influenced by the eleven-year peaks in sunspot activity, triggering humans en masse to act upon existing grievances and complaints through revolts, revolutions, civil wars and wars between nations. Wikipedia

NASA reports that the Sun has unleashed its most powerful eruption of 2013 so far on May 13 at 17:05 BST. A chart drawn  for the solar flare at Damascus has Ascendant [19sc27] so that the horizon axis  coincides with both the May 10, 2013 [19ta31] and 11 November 2012 [21sc57] solar eclipses giving us another reason to pin the outrageous event on these two as explained in the text of this post.

More powerful images emerge if we  notice that on the Ascendant is Unukalhai, the heart of the Serpent while on the descendant is the Sun [23ta] conjunct the star Capulus. M34 Perseus, Capulus, is a star cluster in the sword hand of Perseus, who undertook a mission to kill the Medusa by cutting off her head. About this area Diana Rosenberg says:

Militant and imperious, with a dogged Taurean determination to strive and succeed and a dedication to the chosen field of endeavour, they are activists for any cause that they feel represents the good; sadly, the more extreme and unstable among them feel they have a right to destroy any individuals, groups or causes they perceive as enemies or evil. Capulus, a nebulous double cluster in Perseus’ sword hilt, has been associated with blindness or defective sight; here it more likely represents the spiritual blindness that fails to realize that we have a discerning, purifying power to triumph over melancholy and evil (sword) that is in our own hands (hilt).

Monday, 13 May 2013

Cassiopeia eclipse and China’s anti-corruption drive

Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into the deputy head of the economic planning agency, the latest high-level official to become ensnared in the new leadership's anti-corruption drive. The ruling Communist party's disciplinary agency said in a one-sentence statement on its website that Liu Tienan, deputy head of the cabinet's National Development and Reform Commission, was being investigated for "suspected serious disciplinary violations".

The solar eclipse [19ta31] of May 10, 2013 is conjunct the star Rucha [18ta07].

Delta (δ) Cassiopeia, Rucha, is a star on the knee of the Ethiopian Queen. Cassiopeia, is the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda.  

“The son of Cassiope will  count greedily the yellow sands, and drench a dripping beach with a new flood… she bids men look for gold beneath the ground, uproot all which nature stealthily conceals, and turn earth upside down in search of gain” [Manilius, Astronomica, book 5, 1st century AD, p.343.]

From Manilius’ description of the constellation we can see that it has been associated with  a desire for material wealth so that it raises issues of moderation versus greed.

On the horizon axis at Beijing we have a T-square formed by the TNPs Kronos-Hades-Uranus-Pluto. This combination has been discussed in several previous posts  but  the interpretation [1] is repeated here for new readers.

Kronos: Authorities, people in high places; government
Pluto:  Power and urge for dominance; elimination of the unnecessary; major change
Hades: Investigation into the root cause of problems.
Uranus: sudden events; reforms

Kronos/Pluto: To be aware of the power of people in charge – and to see abuses of power through misuse of office or position

Criminal investigations, investigations in  government circles

Uranus-Pluto: To be aware of sudden events (reforms) associated with large scale changes

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.[2]

Another point to consider is that this particular solar eclipse has fallen on the IC of China’s mundane map [ Oct 1,1949; 15:02 AWST, Beijing] square Pluto [17le39] conjunct Kronos [23ta24] so that the theme of Kronos-Pluto is once again repeated.

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott
[2] The Lunar Planner; Nick Fiorenza

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Pakistan: Through a glass darkly

Nawaz Sharif [born 25 December 1949] is a Pakistani politician and industrialist whose party, Pakistan Muslim League-N, has won a majority in the recent elections. He has previously served as Prime Minister  of Pakistan for two non-consecutive terms from November 1990 to July 1993 and from February 1997 to October 1999. In 1990 the conservative forces for the first time in the country's history, came into the power under a democratic system, under the leadership of the Nawaz Sharif. Sharif took steps to initiate Islamization and conservatism ,a policy started by Zia ul Haq. So it would be reasonable to assume that Sharif’s new term will see a continuation of his Islamization policy with renewed vigor.


 Pakistan - Natal Chart
 23 Mar 1956, 07:05, USZ4 -5:00
 Karachi Pakistan, 24°N52', 067°E03'

Solar Arc Dirns (Current)

Sun (2)    SSq         Asc (1)    (X)          Sa-Na      11 Apr 2012         27°Ta01' D              12°Ar01' D
Sun (2)    Sqq          Pos (7)    (X)          Sa-Na      8 Mar 2013           27°Ta53' D              12°Li53' R
Sun (2)    Sqr          Zeu (5)    (X)          Sa-Na      13 Feb 2014           28°Ta47' D              28°Le47' R

From the chart  of Pakistan we can see that the Ascendant forms a T-square with Mars-Poseidon, a combination that stands for religious fundamentalism or zealots (Mars) who propagate their beliefs (Poseidon). The table  above is a summary of the solar arc progressions for Pakistan and it shows that the progressed Sun will activate the T-square in the next two years. In addition, Uranus will transit over the Ascendant with Pluto square it.  A Uranus-Pluto combination is usually about the collapse of an old order. In the coming years we will see people  use ideas and intellect to create disruption, to accent differences, or  simply for the sake of instigating change.  Theology (Poseidon) may become a  basis for "revolution" (Uranus)  And this idea of change (Uranus)  relative to one's thinking, beliefs, faith or  principles (Poseidon)  will be HUGE; it is a time for a true CHANGE OF MIND. And this may not occur without serious confrontation between the old conservative forces and the forces of change. Uranus-Pluto can be expected to bring an  intensified cultural ferment in Pakistan  and accelerate  the pace of change. It will empower emancipatory and revolutionary movements so that new ideas (Uranus) can bring a change in belief systems (Poseidon). As transit Jupiter crosses 12cancer (Aug 2013 – Feb 2014) completing a T-square with Ascendant-Poseidon some of these changes may make themselves visible.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Haumea intercedes with world powers

Goddess Haumea – Protector of the Environment

In some ways, it's just a number, but it's a big number with enormous implications.
For the first time, scientists measured an average concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide of 400 parts per million in Mauna Loa, Hawaii, where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observatory is located, on Thursday.
"Most experts that really study CO2 amounts estimate that we haven't seen that amount of CO2 in our atmosphere in about 3 million years," said J. Marshall Shepherd, climate change expert and professor at the University of Georgia. In other words, modern humans have never seen carbon dioxide in these proportions before.

Shown here is the map of eclipse of May 21,2012 at Mauna Loa progressed to 10th/11th May 2013, the date of the above report. Notice that the eclipse is triggered by the progressed descendant with Neptune on progressed IC and Mars just past the MC. In other words, the T-square of Mars-Sun/Moon-Neptune is triggered on this date. Mars [10vi] is conjunct the star Zosma [11vi]  which (along with other stars) Nick Fiorenza [1] associates with hot toxic gases emanating from the hind of the lion. Reading this along with the following references about Neptune in Pisces and the newly discovered planet Haumea,  it  should becomes clear why the warning about carbon dioxide is being raised now.

Neptune rules everything that is atmospherically powerful but physically invisible or intangible.[2]

The idea of climate change takes over from global warming, other critical factors affecting our climate will be discovered.[3]

What is missing from the map above is the newly discovered dwarf planet Haumea [17li] placed in a sesquiquadrate aspect to the Sun [1ge].

Haumea’s propensity is to intercede with dynamic motion from a state of equilibrium and poise to support a new birth in consciousness, especially the use of the fundamental primordial forces of life. Haumea also appears to motivate action to reorient world powers’ militaristic destructive use of power and resources into a nurturing force that supports and protects life, home and family; and that aids humanity’s emergence into a spiritually and primordial aware state of being.[4]

Friday, 10 May 2013

Syria: Orion battles the Hydra

The Syrian civil war is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba'ath Party government and those seeking to oust it. The conflict began on 15 March 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011. These demonstrations were part of the wider Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end to over four decades of Ba'ath Party rule. Opposition forces are mainly composed of defected soldiers and civilian volunteers, who became increasingly armed and organized as they unified into larger groups. However, the rebels remained fractured, without organized leadership. The Syrian government characterizes the insurgency as an uprising of "armed terrorist groups and foreign mercenaries". The conflict has no clear fronts, with clashes taking place in many towns and cities across the country.

In mundane astrology primary importance is given to the chart of a country. Here we will use the Jan 1, 1944 map for Syria to understand the reason behind the civil war. The radix Sun is on the cusp of the fourth house. Pluto has been transiting conjunct the Sun and opposite the MC. In a mundane map the MC or the tenth house represents the government or ruling party while the fourth represents the opposition.

Transiting Pluto Period of major transformation in the life-pattern. Often the end of a 'chapter of experience' for the start of another, due to eruptive developments that have been 'brewing up' under the surface for some time. Fateful encounters, power urges, power struggles . Old issues from past come to surface. Pluto exposes these issues so that their nature may be understood and the subject work to change them.[1]


syria - Natal Chart
 1 Jan 1944, 00:00, EET -2:00
 Damascus Syria, 33°N30', 036°E18'

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns (Current)

Asc (3)   Opp        Sat (9)    (X)          Sa-Na     13 Nov 2011                        21°Sg52' D            21°Ge52' R
Asc (3)   Sqq         Plu (10)  (X)          Sa-Na     18 Mar 2013                        23°Sg12' D            08°Le12' R
MC (12) Sqr          Sat (9)    (X)          Sa-Na     5 Sep 2010                            21°Vi52' D            21°Ge52' R
MC (12) SSq         Plu (10)  (X)          Sa-Na     8 Jan 2012                            23°Vi12' D            08°Le12' R

Here  are characteristic manifestations when Saturn and Pluto come into major hard alignment [2]:

1) The empowerment of forces of hatred, murderous aggression, of evil and the demonic, of the secretive and subversive, of the underworld—elemental, instinctual, criminal—with consequences that are punitive, defeating, traumatic, contracting, tragic. More generally, the simultaneous experience in extreme form of both violence and contraction.

2) The feeling of being caught helplessly in the grip of overwhelming, powerful, and often dark forces, of being the victim of large ruthless impersonal forces of nature or of history that are both destructive and imprisoning. More generally, a sense of larger powers of any kind—social, historical, elemental, biological, archetypal—being in control of one’s life. The powerlessness of the entrapped and suffering victim is usually matched by an obsessive drive for control, power, and domination, the two sides of the experience mirroring each other, sometimes occurring in alternation in the same person or community.

[2] Richard Tarnas


The table above shows progressed Ascendant and MC aspecting Saturn-Pluto. Saturn is the conjunct the stars of the Warrior Orion (a symbol for war) while Pluto is conjunct Gianfar of Draco and the stars of Hydra. [3]

Conjoining Hydra's head is northern Gianfar, Lambda Draco, on the tail of the Dragon. Gianfar, the poisoned place, is of neurological currents, specifically those emanating from "poisons of the heart" that manifest cellular patterns within ourselves that relentlessly destroy that which we touch through endless battering of our courage, optimism, and strength—destroying us through sheer exhaustion. Here we are asked to realize how unresolved bitterness or resentments of the heart can perpetually avert us from the fulfillment we seek.

Quasar 1133+704 of Draco inspires us to look at our undermining behavioral patterns from alternative viewpoints that we might not normally consider. It and Gianfar invite us to explore any inner fears that may tie us to the past and that keep us from living our heart's truth in the present, so we can emerge from antiquated and ingrained neural-net patterns in our brains and establish new and alternative neural pathways.

The two paragraphs describe perfectly the reason behind the war – “poisons of the heart”  that is at the root of the current conflict between the Shias and the Sunnis fuelled by the US and Israel who are using this opportunity to remove Assad motivated by poisons of their hearts.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Astrology of the Indian Coalgate scam

Coal allocation scam or Coalgate, as referred by the media, is a political scandal concerning the Indian government's allocation of the nation's coal deposits to public sector entities (PSEs) and private companies by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In a draft report issued in March 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) office accused the Government of India of allocating coal blocks in an inefficient manner during the period 2004–2009. The essence of the CAG's argument is that the Government had the authority to allocate coal blocks by a process of competitive bidding, but chose not to. As a result both public sector enterprises (PSEs) and private firms paid less than they might have otherwise. In its draft report in March the CAG estimated that the "windfall gain" to the allocatees was 10673.03 billion (US$200 billion). On 8 May, the court made observations regarding a need for the independence of the investigating agency from the clutches of the government which in this case in an accused in the matter of corruption. 

Regular readers are by now aware that the effect of an eclipse  can last for a long time. Eclipses can lie quiescent till activated by progressions or transits. Shown above is the 14 November eclipse  at 21sc57 in the mundane second house. H.S. Green notes:

Eclipses in the Second House: The Exchequer suffers; national finance is disturbed

The eclipse aspects Kronos-Hades in the Tenth House so that forces of law and authority (Kronos) are weakened and corruption (Hades-Pluto)  in high places (Kronos) affects the treasury (second house).

Progressing the chart to 8 May brings the Pluto-Kronos-Hades-Uranus T-square on the angles virtually identifying this period as one time when developments would take place in  the corruption case. But perhaps the most interesting detail comes from the TNP Zeus on the Ascendant  square Pluto on the IC of the eclipse chart. Zeus is a TNP that is connected with “fuels”.   The IC or the fourth house rules mines and minerals found under the earth so that the combination is a reference to coal mines !

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Andromeda regains freedom from captivity

Cleveland (CNN) -- Three women freed from a decade of captivity inside a Cleveland home celebrated in the arms of their families Tuesday, as police and the FBI worked to unravel the details of their abductions. Amanda Berry, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus and Michele Knight were freed Monday night after Berry attracted the attention of a neighbor who helped her escape. A 6-year-old girl that police said is believed to be Berry's daughter was also freed. "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," the young woman told police in a frantic 911 call from the neighbor's house. "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now."

The May 9 solar eclipse [19ta31] is very significant for Cleveland, Ohio  since it is placed exactly on the Descendant. Here is the left foot of the “chained woman” Andromeda who in ancient texts is described as "the pregnant woman".   In India this was the star Bharani, ‘Bearing’ or ‘She who bears’ associated with “destruction, disgrace, deceit and imprisonment. Here was also  the Chinese Wei linked with “imprisonment, punishment and execution”. The eclipse is conjunct the stars Botein and Rana which Nick Fiorenza aptly describes as “lost sheep”. On the IC of the chart we have Neptune in Pisces associated with captivity and places of confinement square Venus which signifies young women. In addition Venus is the ruler of the 12th house once again associated with slavery, human rights issues, confinement etc. [2]

On Monday, May 6, the day the women were freed, the waning Crescent Moon [0ar44] on the IC was conjunct the star Scheat of Pegasus part of the 24th Arabic Moon Mansion.

Influences of the 24th Arabic Moon Mansion Al Fargh al Mukdim: Causes union, health of captives, and destroys buildings and prisons.[2]

But we must remember that all Moon phases must be referred back to the New Moon theme for meaning. The  New Moon of April 10, 2013  was conjunct the star Baten Kaitos of Cetus, and the stars forming the outstretched bound arms of Princess Andromeda.

Baten Kaitos is one of the most frequently found stars involved in shipwrecks and these people may at sometime find themselves left “high and dry”, broken on the rocks of life, yet this is an area of great breakthroughs and transformations. There are issues here of Andromeda’s themes of imprisonment vs liberty. [3] [4]


I have shown here a map of  20 May 2012, solar eclipse in Gemini. It is square the meridian axis and, therefore,  significant for the place. It is now being revealed that the culprits were siblings and at least one of them was a school bus driver. Both these are under the rulership of Gemini. The eclipse is square the Mars-Neptune opposition – a combination that is associated with victims of violence. On May 6, 2013, the Wynn Key Return progressed IC conjoins the eclipse thereby  triggering it. In addition, the upcoming May 9 eclipse falls on the descendant of the 20 May 2012 eclipse chart providing another trigger.

The stars of the eclipse provide more astounding details. At 0 ge 21 we have Mirfak, alpha star of Perseus the “rescuer” of Andromeda. This area is conjunct the stars of Pleaides – also called the “weeping sisters”. Jupiter is conjunct Algol – Medusa, the violated woman.

[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana Rosenberg (v.1,p.98)

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Solar Eclipse and the high US suicide rate

The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans rose 28% in a decade, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Altlanta Georgia has found. Among adults 35-64, white people and American Indians saw the sharpest increases from 1999 to 2010. The CDC did not investigate causes behind the trend, but noted many suicide prevention programmes were geared towards youths and the elderly. The report found no significant change among other age groups. Since 2009, suicide has claimed more Americans than motor vehicle crashes. There were 38,350 suicides in 2010, making it the nation's 10th leading cause of death, the CDC said.

The upcoming  Solar Eclipse of May 9 is significant for Atlanta since it is  placed on one of the angles, in this case  the descendant. The table below gives the stars in aspect to the eclipse Moon and Ascendant. 


 New Moon 9 May 2013 – Annular Solar Eclipse

Aspects to Mon             19°Ta31                      +17°22'
 Cnj      21°Ta02            BOTEIN
 Cnj      21°Ta03            RANA             
Aspects to Asc             20°Sc39                        -17°55'
Pll       -17°55'              DENEB KAITOS

Aspects to Mar             14°Ta29                        +16°02'
 Cnj      14°Ta24            ALMACH
Cnj      14°Ta07            CIH     
Cnj      14°Ta30            MENKAR                                

Nick Fiorenza writing about Rana and Botein says:

Botein, although meaning the belly (of the Ram) actually marks the hind foot. Botein can indicate those either lost and stranded, or simply left behind (the lost or following sheep), and thus can create a sense of frustration; but this is also a place of an energetic potential about to erupt. Rana of Eridanus, conjoining Botein, marks another stopping point along the river of life and articulates the theme of those lost or tired through their initiations stopping either in need of aid or for regeneration in preparation for what is yet to come.[1]

Diana Rosenberg [2] associates the  stars  Rana and Botein with “mental and/or emotional instability” and the star Deneb Kaitos, beta Cetus  with “cruelty, violence, mental or emotional instability; self-destructiveness”.   Mars, the ruler of the sixth house of public health is conjunct the stars Almach, gamma Andromeda, the foot of the chained Princess in the jaws of the sea monster- Menkar (alpha Cetus).  Cetus represents the sub conscious fears, rage and anguish of the chained Andromeda. “Cih or Tish, Gamma Cassiopeia, often snaps back to scar our own hand …. leading us  to our own demise”.[3]

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies (v.1, p.186) 

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Eclipse brings wildfires to Los Angeles

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The strong winds that fueled a raging wildfire in the Los Angeles-area are expected to die down some Saturday, a welcome change for the army of firefighters battling the blaze. The fire, which began Thursday morning, has damaged 15 homes,15 outbuildings and five commercial properties while torching 28,000 acres in the Ventura County area, fire authorities said. "Onshore winds have begun to diminish this evening allowing for the expiration of all red flag warnings," the National Weather Service said late Friday.The winds gusted to 45 mph the past two days, fueling the roaring flames.

Shown above is the map for the Lunar Eclipse of April 25, at Los Angeles, CA. Notice the eclipse along with  the Mars-Saturn opposition straddles the meridian axis making it one place where its message would be clearly seen and heard. While Mars-Saturn opposition on its own is connected with ‘fire accidents’ [1] we will see in this post how the stars “conspired” to create the massive fire. I like to think of the stars as  far away electric power stations beaming their energy to earth. The planets act more like local electric substations that step down the high voltage and zap us with the energy .

The MC [7ta22] of the eclipse chart along with  Mars [4ta00] , the Sun [5ta46] is conjunct Al Sharratain [4ta08] which was said to produce ‘whirlwinds’  and  Alphirk, beta Cepheus [5ta43]. Cepheus was called “inflammatus”. There are devastating fires recorded here – among them the Great Fire of Rome, 64 CE, the Charleston SC fire of 1838 that destroyed more than half the city, the 1865 boiler explosion – fire that wrecked the Sultana, an old over loaded Mississippi River paddle-wheeler carrying Union soldiers, the October 1993 fires fanned by Santa Ana winds that devastated Southern California, the 1999 Mont Blanc tunnel disaster  when a fire trapped 32 vehicles, the huge 1842 Hamburg, Germany fire, the Lake View School fire in Collingwood,Ohio, 1908 when 172 children and 2 teachers died; the infamous Ring Theatre fire in Vienna, 1881 where 850 people died; the L’Innovation Department store fire in Brussels, 1967 that killed 322, the Halloween disco fire in Goteborg, Sweden in 1998 and many others [2].

So why did this happen on May 2. The answer lies  in the Last Quarter Moon chart for LA.  The Quarter Moon aligns once again with Mars-Saturn but more significantly notice that the star psi Phoenicis in Phoenix, [1the Firebird is on the Ascendant [1ar16]. On the descendant is Yi, in the Wing of China’s great Red Bird that governed the element of fire;  which the colour red symbolizes  but the bird symbolises high winds too! These stars were represented  at a 50 BCE Solar Eclipse (path through Egypt) before invading Romans set the Egyptian fleet afire, at the 1871 Chicago Il and Peshtigo, WI fires on the same night that killed 1432; at the start of Vienna’s Ring Theatre of Fire of 1881 (850 killed, hundreds injured); in 1943 when a hurricane force firestorm ravaged Hamburg after incendiaries were dropped by US aircraft and several others [3]

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K.Rosenberg (v.1; p.155)
[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K.Rosenberg (v.2; p.30)