Saturday, 28 September 2013

Eclipse renews US – Iran relationship

Phoenix bird – a symbol of renewal

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Both sides declared their satisfaction with the meeting and agreed to hold substantive talks on the issue in Switzerland, beginning on 15 October. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from from the United Nations in New York. 

What is a Davison relationship chart? 

The Davison relationship chart [DRC] was named for Ronald C. Davison (1914-1985), author and president of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society of London.  The date and time can be determined by calculating the day that lies exactly between the natal charts of those involved. The same principle is also applied to the times of birth. If the individuals involved have different places of birth a combined "place of birth" is calculated by taking the average values of latitude and longitude.

Even if the combined place of birth is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the DRC is still a concrete horoscope for a specific time, place, and location which can, like any natal chart, be used as a basis to calculate solar return charts, progressions and the effect of transits. 

Having understood what a Davison relationship chart is,  here we will  look at  the Iran-US relationship . Shown above is the DRC for Iran [1 Feb 79; 9:00 am IT, Tehran] and the US Sibly [4 Jul 1776; 17:14 LMT, Philadelphia]. The following points come to attention immediately. 

The upcoming lunar eclipse [25ar] falls opposite the composite Sun [25li18]. The eclipse is conjunct the star Acamar, theta Eridani often shown as a dam in the river of life. Since eclipses are known to end old chapters  and begin new ones, it appears appropriate that this eclipse is hinting at the need for an end to the stalemate in the US-Iran relationship. The Sabian symbol for the composite Sun “An Eagle and white Dove quickly change into each other” says it all. 

The directed solar arc Sun [13pi] is forming a conjunction to Moon [13pi] and Saturn [14pi]. All these are conjunct the stars Achernar [14pi] and Phoenix [14pi]. Diana Rosenberg writing about these stars says:

Endings and new beginnings…pushing boundaries, solving problems and altering mankind’s view of the world, freeing humankind from outdated illusions and outmoded conventions of thought…the ever-regenerating Phoenix offers renewal and healing….history and paradigm altering events; peace treaties. 

The radix Sun [25li18] is in a sharp quincunx aspect to Pluto [25ta04] which is conjunct the star Algol [24ta28].  The star Algol [26ta22] that has been historically prominent in atomic explosions [1]

Finally, the lunar eclipse chart at the midpoint between Tehran and Washington completes the picture. In a strange coincidence the eclipse occurs on 18 October, which is the  composite radix date [18 Oct 1877]. Then we notice that the eclipse is placed prominently square the horizon axis with the Ascendant  conjunct Jupiter [19cn] which itself is conjunct Castor, alpha Gemini part of  the Indian lunar  mansion Punarvasu [“The two who are reunited or good again”]. This mansion is also called the “the star of renewal” and “the return of the light”.

India’s chart and the upcoming October eclipse

Pegasus freeing Andromeda

In this post we analyze the  current progressions and transits in the chart for the Republic of India [26 Jan 1950; 10:15 am,Delhi] . The most important  progression is the solar arc Sun [9ar] opposite radix Mars [9li]. The now familiar  transiting Uranus [9ar] – Pluto [9cp] square activates the progression in a big way.

Uranus serves to break us from the conformity of the past, propelling us into entirely new realms of consciousness. Uranus, in mid-sidereal Pisces, at the time of the synodic square, conjoins Algenib and  Erakis, the Garnet Star of Cepheus. Close by is 14 Andromeda, the chained hand of the princess.  Here the chained woman is an apt  symbol for the troubled  Indian masses. Algenib, a star in wing of Pegasus, the flying horse stands for the need to lift ourselves up and out of an entrapping situation. 

Erakis, the  Garnet Star lies on the crown  of King Cepheus forming a triangle with Alderamin and Zeta Cepheus.  Alderamin represents King Cepheus  as an indifferent monarch who has allowed a deterioration in circumstances which has led to the entrapment of Andromeda. Quite opposite of this, Erakis  exemplifies the role or crown of the King—to govern without being lost in the drama of that which he may need to govern thereby  bringing order to previously chaotic areas. It imparts a significant astrological influence along with fortuitous Algenib, especially regarding financial affairs and opportunities.

This last point regarding financial affairs and opportunities is a key to the area of revolutionary change in human society that Uranus is now catalyzing. In fact from the ecliptical longitude of Algenib / Erakis through Revati of Pisces  is very much associated with financial wealth and its control and dissemination in the world. [1]

During this time, leading into the synodic square,  (Nov 2013) the Uranian stimulus is motivating humanity to change the human condition from being constantly thrashed around by the turbulent waters of existing techno-bureaucratic paradigm. [1]

The upcoming Full Moon lunar eclipse at Delhi places the solar progression [Sun opposite radix Mars] on the sensitive horizon axis with the T-square involving Kronos-Hades-Pluto-Uranus on the angles. The meaning of the elements of the T-square as given by Martha Wescott are reproduced below.

Kronos-Hades: to see disgust with government, with regulations or legislation or leadership; to see government or authorities indulge in “dirty business” or hidden activities.

Kronos-Pluto: to be aware that prominent persons are under substantial pressure; to see abuses of power through misuse of office, position, laws and procedures.

Uranus-Pluto-MC: Sudden pressures force a change of plan for the government

 The eclipse chart appears to confirm that a struggle is about to take place in which the masses will fight  against corruption in high places and successfully expose and bring down corrupt leaders.

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott

Friday, 27 September 2013

Columba, the Dove of Peace, brings truce to Syria

Columba – the Dove of Peace

The UN Security Council has discussed a draft resolution on ridding Syria of chemical weapons after the US and Russia agreed the text. The vote in the 15-member Council could now take place later on Friday, diplomats at the UN in New York said. The agreement breaks a two-and-a-half year deadlock in the UN over Syria. It is seen as a key step in a US-Russia brokered plan earlier this month under which Syria agreed to disclose its arsenal and eliminate it by mid-2014.

The chart for the last quarter moon , 26 Sept 2013  at Damascus is shown above (*).  Notice the prominent Grand Cross that the moon phase highlights.  Conjunct the Moon [4cn] are the stars of Castor especially Tejat [5cn], mu Gemini, in Castor’s left foot. In ancient China, this was part of the asterism Tsing, which amongst other things stood for the cleansing of crime and law and order. It was also a kind of forum or meeting place. On the MC [10cn]  is the star Alhena, gamma Gemini [9cn16] in Pollux’s left foot. The Twins Castor and Pollux were known to fight each other but here with delta Columba [8cn35] a  star of the peaceful dove Columba, Morse notes for the star Alhena “the ability to negotiate a peaceful solution to disputes” [1].

But as regular readers are aware, lunar phases are at best the minute or second hands of the cosmic clock. Lurking close by is usually a more important mundane event like an eclipse. Since a “peaceful solution” has been found between Moscow and Washington, let us study the chart for the upcoming 3 November solar eclipse at the midpoint between these two places.

The eclipse [11sc] at the MC [8sc] is among the stars of Corona Borealis (Northern Crown), Centaur, Virgin and the Cross. Conjunct the eclipse is Saturn [14sc] amidst the stars of Hercules. Writing about this area Diana Rosenberg  gives us the following general picture.

It never occurs to them to back off from a challenge…their beliefs form the core of their being and they may stand up for ideas that are considered outrageous or even “heresy”. Domineering, controlling, “quick on the trigger”, they often seem to be “spoiling for a fight”. An earlier Akkadian name for Hercules was Lugal, “King” which combined with the Northern Crown represented imperial ambition, but with danger of a misuse of power and influence. This was an area of persecutions, acts of grave injustice, manifestations of fanatic intolerance  and a tendency to think of terror, murder and extermination as a solution to problems. But  fortunately,  with the presence of the western Scales of Justice there is the possibility of universal, legal and political milestones and advancements. In consequence issues of intolerance , of the too-ready use of violence are pitted against issues of ethics, morality, honesty and justice so that healing and peace may ultimately result. [2]

Finally, conjoining the Ascendant of the chart is Pluto (9cp) opposite the star Alhena (9cn) that was mentioned earlier as giving  “the ability to negotiate a peaceful solution to disputes”.

(*) Readers who prefer to make the chart for the UN (New York) will find the same pattern on the horizon axis.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 356-381)
[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p. 178-193)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Protection helps wildlife recover in Europe

Great Bear is a symbol of protection and nurturance

Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests. Conservationists say species such as bears, wolves, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers. They believe that protection, curbs on hunting and people moving away from rural areas and into cities have helped Europe's wildlife to recover. The analysis was carried out by the Zoological Society of London, Birdlife and the European Bird Census Council. BBC 26 Sept.

As regular readers are aware eclipses become active at least three months prior to their date of occurrence. We will see here that the chart for the  upcoming lunar eclipse of 18 October at London contains clues in the  star lore that tell us why this is happening now. Notice that the eclipse falls  prominently on the meridian axis. An exalted Jupiter in Cancer  in the twelfth house squares the eclipse axis. Jupiter is often associated with expansion or growth [1] while Cancer as a sign is associated with protection and caring.[2] The twelfth house is associated with wild animals [3].  So essentially, the eclipse is telling us that we are seeing the expansion or growth in wild animal numbers because of the protection that has been provided. The theme of the eclipse is always supported by  the stars that appear on the angles or form the backdrop to important planets.

The Ascendant [12le32] is conjunct Kochab [13le30]  of the Little Bear (Ursa Minor) and Dubhe [15le22], of the Great Mother Bear (Ursa Major).  Diana Rosenberg associates this area with issues relating to the protection of children, animals and the environment [4].

[4] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 515-17)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Astrology of the Pakistan earthquake

The quake struck at 4:29 pm local time (1129 GMT)  on 24 Sept. around 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Balochistan province, at a depth of 15 kilometres.  The US Geological Survey originally gave the earthquake a 7.4 strength at 29 kilometres but later revised their figure. Pakistan's meteorological office gave the magnitude as 7.7.

“Earthquakes are often found to be associated with eclipses. An eclipse is always liable to cause seismic disturbances where it is visible, especially if it falls very close to the line of the horizon, i.e. the cusps of the first and seventh houses or of the meridian, i.e. the cusps of the tenth and fourth houses. In addition to this, certain of the zodiacal signs are more closely associated with earthquakes than are others. The four fixed signs are very important in this respect; and of these Taurus and Scorpio are more often related  to great shocks of earthquakes than are other signs, when eclipses or important conjunctions occur therein, or when oppositions or squares are thrown to major planets therein”. H.S. Green

The upcoming solar eclipse of 3 Nov 2013 is placed in Scorpio conjunct Saturn and exactly on the descendant (7th cusp) fulfilling all the conditions laid down by H.S. Green in his book “Mundane or National Astrology”. It is well known in astrology that eclipses can be  triggered by transits  or  moon phases before their actual occurrence. Yesterday, 23 September 2013 , the Waning Gibbous Moon (15ta) fell on the Ascendant (13ta) opposite Saturn and the eclipse  activating it before its time.

The horoscope for the exact time of the earthquake (which should be treated as the “second hand of the clock”) has Neptune square the meridian axis with the Moon at the IC. In classical mythology, Neptune was called the earthshaker, in his capacity as bringer of  earthquakes.[1]

In a previous post [2] on the 22 September,  suicide bomb attack by Taliban militants  targeting  a church in Peshawar we had used Pluto station in the solar return of the Pakistan’s national chart  to explain the event . Readers will see that the following extract from the post  about the Uranus-Pluto archetype  is  almost prescient and connects the two incidents – the earthquake and the  violence – through  Carl Jung’s synchronicity. Synchronistic events reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework that encompasses, but is larger than, any of the systems that display the synchronicity.

The Uranus-Pluto archetype manifests as the unleashing of the  primal and elemental forces in various senses . In  nature  it can show up as  volcanoes, earthquakes,  hurricanes, tsunamis while in man  the same forces can erupt as unpredictable violence as the suppressed animal breaks free. This can result in racial and religious intolerance leading to brutality and massacres

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Pluto station direct changes US stance on Syria

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country.
"Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won't support a resolution under Chapter VII in the UN Security Council, then we will stop the work in the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Lavrov said in a Channel One interview, according to Russian agencies. He said the OPCW is "about to make a decision" on Syria but the process is threatened by the "arrogant position of some Western partners".

To understand the change in the US stance on Syria we look at the current solar return for the US Sibly. Notice the powerful T-square with Sun-Jupiter on the IC and Uranus-Pluto on the Ascendant and Midheaven respectively.  Martha Wescott describes Uranus-Pluto dynamics as follows:

To see attempts to force change or rupture; change or unexpected reactions based on resentments, compulsion, ultimatums or threats to control; power struggles within groups; individuals can distance themselves from others as a form of control (of events/others) or out of fear of being powerless of and giving others “an edge” over them. [1]

Next we examine the stars that are conjunct the Ascendant [8ar] and Uranus [12ar].

King Cepheus

Here we have the stars  of Andromeda, the sea monster Cetus  and King Cepheus. The chained woman Andromeda represents the helpless masses about to be devoured by  Cetus, the Sea Monster which represents primal forces that erupt from the collective unconscious while the King represents  strong minded people in authority  who use strong arm tactics to bully others “for their own good”  and dominate them in the chaos that the sea monster brings. With their considerable leadership ability they are often in positions of influence and authority, but they brook no opposition and refuse to listen to suggestions or criticism; thus there is a possibility of a loss of power and position because of obstinacy and rigidity; some may be cut off, shut out or exiled. They must choose between intelligent, patient receptivity and a tendency to be arrogant, intolerant and bullying. [2]

Andromeda and the sea monster Cetus

Two things are happening to trigger the T-square.

(a)   Pluto has just stationed direct triggering the complex

(b)   The progressed solar  MC of  the Sibly solar return  for Sunday, 22 September, conjoins Uranus implying that this is one period when the issues mentioned above are brought to the fore as mentioned in the Russian foreign minister, Lavrov’s statement to the press.

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott (p.81)
[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 68-80)

Pluto station direct hits Kenya and Pakistan

21 September 2013: Dozens of people have been killed in a gun battle inside a shopping mall in Nairobi, eyewitnesses have said. A senior police officer originally said it was an attempted robbery but later Somali militant group al-Shabab told the BBC it carried out the attack.

22 September  2013: A suicide bomb attack likely to have been carried out by Taliban militants on Sunday  targeted a church in Pakistan's northern city of Peshawar, killing at least 60 people while more than 120 were wounded, Pakistan's government officials and intelligence officials told CBS News. Many of the wounded were in critical condition, raising the possibility of the death toll rising further. According to a senior Pakistani government official who spoke to CBS News from Peshawar, all the victims appeared to be Christians.

The data for the mundane horoscopes of Kenya and Pakistan are based on their independence from Great Britain. (a) Kenya, Nairobi 12 Dec 1963; 0:00 hrs, TZ: -3 hrs (b) Pakistan, Karachi 15 Aug 1947; 0:00 hrs TZ-5:30 hrs. Shown here are current precessed solar return charts for Kenya and Pakistan.  Notice that in each case the Uranus is on the  Ascendant and Pluto on the Midheaven in the now familiar Uranus-Pluto square.

The Uranus-Pluto archetype manifests as the unleashing of the  primal and elemental forces in various senses . In  nature  it can show up as  volcanoes, earthquakes,  hurricanes, tsunamis while in man  the same forces can erupt as unpredictable violence as the suppressed animal breaks free. This can result in racial and religious intolerance leading to brutality and massacres.

So what was it that caused these two events to occur in quick succession on 21st and 22nd September? The trigger was the Pluto Station direct on 20September.  Since the return Pluto occupied an angle (Midheaven) in each case, the direct station was especially disruptive. 

Taking Control ~ Pluto Stations Direct.

When Time Stands Still.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Draco vs Argo Navis: Stories of how honesty pays

Draco – the greedy dragon with his treasure

News item No.1  from Boston,USA
Donations of more than $110,000 (£67,000) have poured in from across the US for a Boston homeless man who returned a lost bag with $42,000 in it. Glen James alerted police after he found the backpack containing cash and traveller's cheques last weekend, and the bag's owner was then tracked down. After reading about Mr James's good deed Ethan Whittington, started a donation page on Monday afternoon.
The accounts manager had initially intended to raise $50,000 but that goal was achieved within a day of the site going live.  As more people heard of Mr James's story, more money rolled in, with a further $15,000 being raised in just a few hours on Wednesday.

News item No.2  from La Coruna, Spain
This story of honesty is almost too incredible to believe. This week, a man in Spain found a winning lottery ticket sold in June 2012 but he decided not to claim the prize for himself. Euronews reports that in the Spanish coastal city of La Coruna, Manuel Reija Gonzalez, a lottery ticket seller, was cleaning out a lost property box when he came across an old ticket. Gonzalez ran the ticket through the system and found out it had an unclaimed prize of $6.27 million, according to the Spanish daily La Voz de Galicia. Gonzalez immediately turned the ticket in to local authorities in hopes of finding the actual winner. Fortunately though, there's still a chance that Gonzalez will be rewarded for his honesty. If the prize remains unclaimed after two years, all the winnings will go to him.

In this post we will attempt to see how two unconnected news stories of incredible honesty  and good luck that took place early this week are connected by the stars. For this we present  the  charts of the Waxing Gibbous Moon phase (16 Sep.) for Boston and La Coruna. As regular readers are aware a Moon phase is significant for a place if it falls on the angles (meridian or horizon axis). In Boston, the Gibbous Moon fell on the MC while in La Coruna it fell on the descendant so that it was likely to discharge its potential in these places. To understand what that potential is we take a look at the stars that form the backdrop to the planets.

Argo Navis – the celestial ship of the spirit

In the first case the Moon on the MC is opposite Mars [12le] and the IC [11le]. In the second case the Moon on the descendant is opposite Mars. In each case Mars is conjunct the stars Gianfar [10le] of Draco the greedy dragon and Rho Puppis [11le34] of Argo Navis [1], the Celestial ship, said to “give strength of mind and spirit”.

 In this area spiritual and material impulses vie for the souls of men  so that there can be high ethical standards, honesty to themselves and others versus expediency, profiteering and greed. Here heaven’s great ship Argo Navis can help to voyage away from dark shorelines into the bright cleansing light of the Sun [2].

Finally we find Neptune [3pi26] is active in both cases. In the first case it is square the Ascendant and in the second case it is semi-square the MC.  Neptune is conjunct the star Alpha (α) Aquarius, Sadalmelik, [3pi56]  a third magnitude pale yellow star on the right shoulder of the Water-pourer, 1° south of the celestial equator. Robson includes this star in the 23rd manzil, or Arabic Lunar Mansion Al Sa'd al Ahbiyah, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things or Hiding Places [3]. In horary it indicates the ability to discover that which is hidden or lost.

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 500-01)

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Restoration of Emperor Humayun’s tomb

Humayun's tomb  is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum (Haji Begum) in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort), that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.  The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work.  It was officially unveiled on Wednesday, 18 Sept, after a six-year refit that has seen it restored to its original form.

To understand the astrology behind the restoration of the tomb we start by looking at the Cancer Ingress chart at Delhi.

On the MC [4ge] is kappa Cephei, in the constellation of King Cepheus while on the descendant [6pi07] conjunct Neptune is the Chinese asterism Wei consisting of theta and epsilon Pegasi with alpha Aquari (7pi0, 2pi03, 3pi31). This asterism presided over tombs and  graves. Another name for it was Kia-Ou, “The Last House of the Master”. [1]

The rules of mundane astrology are fairly simple. Planets that aspect the angles are of utmost importance. If these planets are a part of a configuration, a study of that configuration will always add meaning. Here we see that Neptune on the descendant is in trine aspect to the TNP Kronos which is part of a stellium comprising Sun, Hades, Jupiter.  The stellium itself is opposite Cupido and Pluto. The TNPs  and planets have the following meaning:

Hades: Old; dilapidated; historical
Cupido: Buildings
Kronos: Famous; authority
Pluto: repair or regeneration

Historical personage

A famous monument in disrepair

Something old  is fixed better than new


Repair or renewal of a building or monument

Finally progressing the chart to 18 Sept brings the meridian axis square to Cupido, thereby activating the entire configuration.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 756-77)

Monday, 16 September 2013

Hidden connections: Costa Concordia and US Navy Yard shooting

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

Twelve people killed at Washington Navy Yard

At least 12 people have been killed and at least four injured in a shooting at a naval installation in Washington DC (on 16 Sep) . A gunman was killed at the scene. Police were initially searching for two additional "potential" gunman but one has since been ruled out. Shots were reported at 08:20 local time (12:20 GMT), and authorities have sealed off a swathe of south-east Washington DC.

Chart for the Building 197 (Navy yard) incident

Stricken Costa Concordia ship set upright
Engineers in Italy have succeeded in setting the cruise ship Costa Concordia upright, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio. They said that the unprecedented salvage effort "reached degree zero (vertical), which was our target". In the operation that took all of Monday (16 Sep.) and most of the night, they used cables and metal boxes filled with water to roll the ship onto a platform. The Costa Concordia capsized on 13 January 2012, at 21:10 GMT killing 32 people.

The two news items appear to be completely unrelated and yet we will see that they represent the same archetype working in two different ways. Both events occurred on 16 Sep. when Mercury was opposing Uranus triggering the Uranus-Pluto square. The  Mercury-Uranus opposition [16 Sep; 6:41 UT] took place on the horizon axis at Giglio Porto and was on the horizon axis at Washington when the  sailor went on rampage. Fast moving Mercury served to trigger the potential contained in the powerful Uranus-Pluto archetype.

The Uranus-Pluto archetype manifests as the unleashing of the  primal and elemental forces in various senses . In man they can erupt as unpredictable violence as the suppressed animal breaks free …in nature as  volcanoes, earthquakes,  hurricanes, tsunamis etc.  Uranus acting on Pluto, with the Promethean principle  can awaken, liberate or regenerate, in sudden, unexpected ways, often  through technology, the Plutonic-Dionysian principle of nature’s depths [1].  In the first news item we have a breakdown as the animal in man breaks down  the thin crust of civilized behaviour and rages in violence while in the second we have a technological breakthrough that brings a sunken ship out from the ocean’s depths.

While opposing Uranus (11ar) Mercury  at 11li was conjunct the star mu Velorum, in the sail of the ship Argo Navis so that both the incidents involve ships or ship yards in some way.

 In addition the upcoming Full Moon [27pi] of 19 Sep is conjunct the star Scheat, beta Pegasus, the Flying Horse.  In Washington DC, the Full Moon straddles the horizon while at Giglio, Italy it is on the meridian axis making it significant for both places.  The star  Scheat has been associated with ships and shipwrecks, accidents and catastrophes  but also with mental creativity that can inspire some people to “uplift”  themselves from difficult circumstances [2]. So that in the first news item we see an accident while in the second the Flying Horse, Pegasus provides the necessary mental creativity to the engineers to help 'lift' the Costa Concordia out from the depths.

[1] Cosmos and Psyche; Richard Tarnas

[2] Fixed Stars and their interpretation; Ebertin- Hoffmann

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Neptune and the Colorado floods

Colorado residents kept a wary eye on the sky as more rain is forecast for Sunday, and with it more fears of gushing rivers and cascading mudslides. Boulder County officials said up to 4 inches of rain could fall by afternoon, an amount Sheriff Joe Pelle described as "devastating." Authorities are worried that any additional water on a ground already soaked by up to 15 inches of rain will cause more flooding, and dislodge mud and debris.CNN

The rules for judging weather using solar ingress charts are given by Kim Farnell in her “A Basic Guide to Astro-Meteorology” [1] . Regular readers will be aware that these rules have been used in several previous posts [2] [3] [4] [5] to successfully explain recent freak weather conditions. In each case, as in this one, Neptune in Pisces appeared to be the culprit!

The cardinal  solar ingress charts are interpreted using the 4th house as the main indicator followed by the first house…planets which are conjunct  (or in hard aspects to) angles also need to be noted.

The Cancer Ingress chart has Neptune square the fourth house cusp and the current New Moon chart (and the upcoming Full Moon)  has Neptune on the descendant

But that is not all with Neptune conjunct the IC, the Winter Solstice or Capricorn Ingress chart (considered by many astrologers to be the year chart) also carries an indicator for the Colorado floods.

Progressing the winter ingress chart to 13th September when the rains started brings the descendant to the conjunction of Neptune serving as a trigger for the Neptunian deluge!

Kim Farnell adds:

Neptune's power lies in its ability to lower the barometer and provoke torrential downpours and flooding conditions.

Astrologer Eric Hughes writing on Neptune in Pisces  reminds us that climate change and not some local phenomena is the real reason behind the current freak weather conditions [6] [7]:

Neptune in Pisces can also bring critical crises to the forefront regarding our oceans and how the human species has neglected to take responsibility for the pollution it has caused. In addition, there could also be serious issues revolving around water shortages in some parts of the world and flooding in other parts. Global warming issues will be a glaringly obvious challenge that humanity must face as the polar ice caps continue to melt at an alarming rate.


Neptune is conjunct the star Fomalhaut [4pi03] in the constellation of the Southern Fish. This is an important, first magnitude star, the 17th brightest star in the sky and the most southerly star visible at 50°N. Fomalhaut, (from the Arabic Fum al Hut, 'the Fish's mouth'). The area in which it lies has an heavy emphasis upon constellations with watery imagery, the goat-fish (Capricorn), the whale (Cetus), the water-pourer (Aquarius), the fishes (Pisces), and the dolphin (Delphinus) all located nearby, obviously earmarking this region as one that related to the rainy season of the ancient year, by which many of its stars are associated with floods or troubles at sea. The Southern Fish is usually depicted on star maps at the feet of Aquarius, where it swallows up the water poured from his urn .

15 Sept 2013; 09:54:13 UT - Mars (11 le 36'21") square Deucalion (11 sc 36'21)

A chart drawn for Mars square Deucalion at Boulder, Colorado has its IC  (10sc10) conjunct Deucalion (11sc36) with Mars square.

In Greek mythology, Deucalion (Greek: Δευκαλίων) was a son of Prometheus; ancient sources name his mother as Clymene, Hesione, or Pronoia. The anger of Zeus was ignited by the hubris of the Pelasgians, so he decided to put an end to the Bronze Age. Lycaon, the king of Arcadia, had sacrificed a boy to Zeus, who was appalled by this savage offering. Zeus unleashed a deluge, so that the rivers ran in torrents and the sea flooded the coastal plain, engulfed the foothills with spray, and washed everything clean. Deucalion, with the aid of his father Prometheus, was saved from this deluge by building a chest (that is, a "box"). Like the Biblical Noah and the Mesopotamian counterpart Utnapishtim, he uses his device to survive the deluge with his wife, Pyrrha. Wiki

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Ceres and farmer oriented market policy changes in Bengal

Ceres – the goddess of grain

Clearing the decks to open up state's back-end retail sector to private players, West Bengal government has decided to come up with a scheme allowing companies to procure farm produce directly from farmers. West Bengal state cabinet yesterday [9 Sep 2013] has approved the scheme called -- Brihat Krishak Bazar Yojana, which would allow private developers to set up terminal markets under the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act.

Here we will attempt to see whether this policy change can be been seen in the stars. Shown above is the Capricorn Ingress chart  which we  have mentioned before is treated as an annual chart by many astrologers. The  Ascendant [27ge] of the chart at Calcutta is conjunct the star Betelgeuze [29ge] ,alpha Orion which along with Rigel, beta Orion [17ge] was in China the asterism T’ien-Chi, the mid-autumn Celestial Market Place, a harvest market and bartering place. [1]

Progressing this chart to 9 September, when the scheme Brihat Krishak Bazar Yojana which loosely translated is the Great Farmer’s Market  Scheme was approved by the cabinet brings Jupiter in the Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto Yod to the IC triggering its potential.

As the apex planet of this Yod, Jupiter impels wide-sweeping visionary action that establishes a socially sustainable and protective infrastructure for all people and all life. It impels the practical and well-grounded application of wealth and resources in an enterprising capacity to support the fundamental well-being of all life. Jupiter, on the Aldebaran-Antares axis, also impels expansive and mobilizing leadership in business and politics…Venus-Antares also impels the application of resources in a way that challenges the existing political-business arena and that supports mobilizing Jupiter's expansive new vision. [2]
In addition, the Sun, Earth and Ceres align on December 18, initiating the new  Earth-Ceres synodic cycle just into early sidereal Gemini, close to the Ascendant.  Amongst other things Ceres [3] is associated  with food, land and agriculture so that the Yod in Solstice chart is bringing policies that create a turning point in these areas.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.699)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Air pollution shuts down school in Beibaixiang

Officials in eastern China’s Leqing City were forced to temporarily shutter a primary school in Beibaixiang township after 20 students at the facility suffered from spontaneous nosebleeds that were likely caused by air pollution. Students were reportedly relocated to another facility on Monday as officials monitored the air quality near the school.

Eclipses lie quiet till such time that they are triggered by directions or transits. Quite often, as we will see in this case, a New Moon or Full Moon with a similar theme as the eclipse will also trigger its effects.

Shown above is the chart for the solar eclipse of 13 Nov 2012 at Beibaixiang. Notice that the eclipse [21sc57]  is powerfully placed on the Ascendant implying that this was one place where its effect would be felt. The eclipse was conjunct the star Unukalhai, alpha Serpentis [22sc14]. For this area Diana Rosenberg writes:

Danger from poisons or toxic substances (Serpens), lung ailments and respiratory problems (..allergies, smoke, smog or gas (inhalation)…contaminated air). [1]

Progressing the eclipse chart to Monday, 9 Sept, brings the eclipse along with the North Node to the Ascendant once again triggering the event.

It is also interesting to note how significant the chart for the Virgo New Moon is for the place. Pluto-Uranus square associated with a need for change is on the angles and  the New Moon [13vi] is in the 6th house of public health conjunct the stars Zosma [11vi29] and Chort [13vi35].

“Zosma, Chort and Denebola are a triangle of stars that form the hind of the Lion. Denbola is the tail. Zosma and Chort can indicate …. toxic congestion. This area of late Leo is of foul breezes”. Nick Fiorenza

And once again for these stars Diana Rosenberg adds:

Lung ailments, asthma, allergies, danger from environmental contaminations, smoke, pollution, fog, poison, air contamination that causes trouble breathing; Purvaphalguni had to do with “cleansing” – perhaps that should be “in need of cleansing”. [2]

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.232)

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.619)