Thursday, 31 October 2013

Is a wandering mind a creative mind?

Neptune – the god of dreams

It's a familiar scenario. You're in a meeting and realize you haven't heard a word of what your boss is saying because you were thinking about the dry cleaning.Or, you're reading a paper and realize you've been staring at the same paragraph for about 4 minutes. The phenomenon is known as mind wandering, and according to scientists you spend a large part of your life doing it. Mind wandering happens when your mind stops being present and thinks about concerns unrelated to what you are doing. For this reason, it has traditionally been viewed as a cognitive waste of time, or a lack of mental control or ability. But, that is a judgment scientists are now asking us to reconsider. "Mind wandering seems to be very useful for planning and creative thought," says Dr. Jonathan Schooler, from the University of Santa Barbara in California's department of psychological and brain sciences.

The author of this article Susanne Michi Gargiulo lives in Copenhagen Area, Denmark  and is ‎Founder, StoryLounge Myth & Media. Shown here is the chart for the upcoming solar eclipse at Copenhagen. This was discussed in a previous post which  readers might like to revisit[1]. The eclipse is in tropical Scorpio – a sign associated with probing the depths of the human psyche. It is conjunct the stars of the healing Serpent so that it is also concerned with whatever heals the human psyche.

The eclipse chart has a prominent Mars (Virgo) – Neptune (Pisces) opposition that squares the meridian axis. Pisces [4] and Neptune [2]  are  often connected to imagination, creativity and day dreaming while Virgo [3]  is connected with work and routine and even efficiency and effectiveness so that the opposition is telling us how efficiency at the workplace can be improved by allowing a bit of day dreaming!

[1] On why UN survey ranks Denmark as happiest country

[2] Neptune :

[3] Virgo:

[4] Pisces:



Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Eclipse highlights slavery in Melilla

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased
At the price of chains and slavery?

- Patrick Henry

They are known as the mule women of Melilla. Every day they carry heavy loads across the border between the Spanish enclave and Morocco. Melilla is an important entry point for goods in to North Africa - and if the women can carry them, they can be imported in to Morocco duty-free.

"These are women who are risking their lives - there have been deaths as a consequence of this physical labour. It's carried out in conditions of semi-slavery," says Emilio Guerra, from the Union Progreso y Democracia political party. "What we would like is that they work under a concrete set of rules in conditions that aren't precarious”.

In a previous post [1] we saw how the lunar eclipse of 19 Oct highlights slavery and human rights issues. The eclipse chart drawn for Melilla is similar to that at London [1] in that  Full Moon is on the meridian axis so that the interpretation is the same.

[1] Eclipse highlights slavery and human rights issues 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Mars-Neptune: Sleeping at the wheel

The body of a missing father has been found after he was trapped in the wreckage of his car for weeks and spent his last days writing emotional handwritten notes to his family. David Welch, 54, vanished without a trace from his home in Kansas on September 2 and police only found his body on October 18 more than 800 miles away in a remote part of Utah. It has now emerged that he likely fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road and was trapped in his overturned vehicle.

A Cardinal Ingress chart is a powerful tool for understanding mundane events. Shown above is the sidereal Libra Ingress of the Sun at Green River, Utah where the accident occurred. As regular readers are aware the two important axes to study in any mundane chart are the horizon and the meridian. If these are prominently aspected, the planets involved tell us a great deal about events. Here we notice a T-square comprising a Mars-Neptune opposition on the meridian axis squared by the TNP Admetus.

Handled  positively, Mars - Neptune gives the ability for one to use creative visualization to accomplish their goals and dreams, using the Mars energy to relentlessly follow their dreams. On the down side  Neptune, the planet of sleep can completely overpower Mars, the planet of action, rendering it ineffective. Falling asleep while driving would fall in the second category. Also Neptune at the MC is conjunct the Chinese asterism Wei, associated with death, demise and misfortunes.

Admetus is a TNP that is associated with rocky landscape and the bottom of an ocean or a ravine. In a physical and psychological sense Admetus is also about the feeling of being “stuck”  in life.

All these factors were  contributors to the “accident” whose physical manifestation is all that we see.

Added on 6 Nov.

The Mars opposite Neptune configuration appears on the meridian axis at Arlington, Virginia from where this PBS report is published.

Taming the Hidden Drowsiness Epidemic 

Castor-Pollux join Asia to Europe

A railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait is due to open in Turkey, creating a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul. The tunnel is the world's first connecting two continents, and is designed to withstand earthquakes. It is being opened on the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for years championed the undersea engineering project, first conceived by an Ottoman sultan in 1860.

The underwater section runs for 0.8 miles (1.4 km), but in total the tunnel is 8.5 miles (13.6 km) long. It is scheduled to be inaugurated at 13:00 GMT. Japan invested $1bn of the $4bn (£3.4bn) total cost of the project, named Marmaray, which is a conflation of the nearby Sea of Marmara with "ray", the Turkish word for rail.

“In mid-August, Jupiter and Uranus, the dynamic duo renowned for scientific discovery and technical innovation, begin an alignment that lasts until April 2014. Add to that mix a third “dwarf” planet, Pluto, and you have an alignment that has only occurred three times last century, in 1903–04, 1930–31 and 1934.

Throughout history, different alignments of futuristic Jupiter and innovative Uranus have coincided with pivotal scientific and technical breakthroughs. Uranus supplies the instantaneous flash of ingenious ideas; Jupiter a divine and broad futuristic vision. Cosmobiologist Reinhold Ebertin describes the combination of Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto as “an unusual striving for knowledge and understanding, a strong awareness of purpose or of objective in life, a far-seeing creative activity”. [1]

Shown above is the  Sidereal Libra Ingress chart for Istanbul.  As the above reference indicates in August Jupiter had formed a T-square with Uranus-Pluto. In the diagram above while Jupiter is separating from the square the transiting Moon brings them all together through a phenomena known as the “translation of light” in astrology.

Translation of Light

Translation of light is where a planet separates from one significator - by conjunction or aspect - and immediately applies to another (whilst still within orb of the planet it is separating from). It carries the influence of the former to the latter and thereby creates a connection between them. [2]

But here is where it gets really interesting. In the Libra Ingress chart  Jupiter [19cn51] on the MC [22cn01] is conjunct the  star Wasat [18cn42].  Delta (δ) Gemini, Wasat, is a double star, pale white and purple that joins the twins together. In other words, it serves as a connecting link much like the underwater tunnel that will serve as a link between Asia and Europe.

Conjoining Castor is Wasat of Gemini. Wasat, the umbilical cord, embodies the essence of sidereal Gemini. Wasat is the link and liaison that unites and acts as a catalyst. Wasat brings the logistical pieces together. Wasat is of planning, coordination, assemblage of diversity into a workable functional model; the mechanics of creating the means in physical logistics. Castor / Wasat is the engineer, the technician, the artist, the constructor, and coordinator (whereas opposite Sagittarius is the architect, inspirationalist, and vision holder). [3] [4]

Today[29 Oct,20:48 UT]  as the tunnel is inaugurated we have a Mercury-Saturn conjunction . The Sabian symbol for this degree is:

Phase 224: Telephone linemen at work installing new connections
Keynote: The need to establish new channels of communication.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Castor-Pollux bring severe UK storm

Commuters are being warned of travel disruption on Monday as a storm bringing severe gale-force winds starts moving across England and Wales. Train companies have cancelled early-morning services, and flights into London have been reduced. Gusts of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted as the weather hits the South West then moves north and eastwards and there are fears of flooding and damage. Meanwhile the search for a missing 14-year-old boy who was swept away by the sea in East Sussex has been stood down.

Eclipses and lunar phases affect the weather especially if the meridian axis is affected by alignment with the eclipse or planets. In the chart of the lunar eclipse for London, notice that the Full Moon occurs on the meridian axis and is square Jupiter [19cn]. Jupiter is conjunct the star Castor [20cn] of the Gemini Twins long associated with hurricanes and storms.

An ancient  myth tells how Castor and Pollux sailed on the Argo and by their strength and ingenuity saved the lives of their fellow mariners during a terrifying storm. Classical sailors were particularly taken by these stars and prayed to them for protection at sea during storms.

Diana Rosenberg lists the following weather events linked to the Twins [1]:

July 1281 New Moon here at Kublai Khan’s second attempt to invade Japan: a vast armada  of 4,400 ships and 142,000 Mongol warriors set out in July were struck by a typhoon in August that destroyed about 4000 ships and more than 100,000 troops. This was the North Node at a July 1591 Solar Eclipse, the year four hurricanes sank more than 400 ships in the Western Hemisphere most of them part of the Grand Fleet of Spanish treasure ships; this was the 1886 Winter Solstice Saturn: 1886-87 vicious winter caused that caused the death of thousands of cattle buried by in  blizzards; Mars at the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the city was inundated and 8000 killed;  other events include with placements here include the 1935 Category 5 Labor Day Hurricane that hit Florida Keys; the 1946 Hilo Bay tsunami that killed 165; the massive cyclone winds that hit Bangladesh in 1991 killing 139,000 people and half a million cattle and many others.

Finally, the Last Quarter Moon phase of 26 October highlights the Moon Wobble [2] phenomena and places the Sun-Moon in aspect to the meridian axis connected with weather.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg [v.1, p.430-31]

Astrology of Mount Etna’s eruption

Europe's tallest volcano erupted on Saturday blasting smoke into the air and spewing hot lava. Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is in almost constant activity, although the last major eruption was in 1992. It is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, close to Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian  and is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps.

Earthquakes generally follow close on the heels of eclipses and especially in those countries where the eclipse falls on the meridian or nadir. Also if there be any planets in fixed signs at the moment of  eclipse, then earthquakes will occur in those parts of the world where such planets are either rising, setting, culminating or on the nadir. Earthquakes happen more frequently when there are planets especially Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the signs Taurus and Scorpio.

These rules from Raphael’s Mundane Astrology would apply to a volcanic eruption should an eclipse  with the considerations listed above occur in an area close to an active volcano.   Shown above is the chart for the lunar eclipse of 18 October at Mount Etna. Notice the position of Saturn with the Moon’s Node in Scorpio on the nadir fulfilling the condition given by Raphael for seismic activity.

On Saturday, 26 Oct the Last Quarter Moon triggered a Moon Wobble. These occur when the transiting Sun makes contact with the Lunar Nodes. The powerful contact occurs when the Sun and either the North or South Lunar Nodes are in the same sign, which is the conjunction, or when the Sun is square, 90 degree angle to the Lunar Nodes. During a Moon Wobble the instability factor is high giving rise to seismic activity. [1]  

Friday, 25 October 2013

Corvus the Raven in Delhi

NEW DELHI: 8 Oct 2013: Only two species in nature have the ability to make hooks for use as tools - humans and the New Caledonian crows. But many thought that the crows' use of hooked twigs to take out insects from holes was just trial and error that they went through. But new research shows that's not the case. The crows pay close attention to the features of each tool, ensuring that the hooked end is oriented correctly for snagging prey.

Every month the New Moon falls amidst a group of stars that we call constellations. Several of these constellations have animal or bird names and astrologers have noticed that in a strange coincidence that particular animal or bird occurs significantly in the news in the lunar month that follows the New Moon.  For example the current New Moon took place on 5 October at 11li56 conjunct the star Gienah of Corvus the Raven [10li54]  [1] and at Delhi ,where the news item originated, it was on the Ascendant i.e. on the horizon and just rising – a point that is considered extremely significant in astrology.

Legend: Apollo gave a feast to Jupiter and requiring water sent the raven with a cup (Crater) to fetch some. On his way the raven noticed a fig tree, and, resting there until the figs became ripe, feasted himself upon them until, remembering his errand and fearing the anger of Apollo, he picked up a snake (Hydra) and on his return gave as an excuse that it had prevented him from filling the cup. Apollo ordained in punishment that the raven should never drink so long as figs were not ripe, and placed the raven (Corvus), cup (Crater) and snake (Hydra) in the heavens as a memorial. [Robson*, p.40.]

Influences: According to Ptolemy, Corvus is like Mars and Saturn. It is said to give craftiness, greediness, ingenuity, patience, revengefulness, passion, selfishness, lying, aggressiveness, and material instincts, and sometimes causes its natives to become agitators. [Robson*, p.41.]

Is it a coincidence that in the month of October we have seen instances of politicians, including the Prime Minister’s office,  in Delhi lying in the coal scam? [2]

We also note that the New Moon forms a powerful Grand Cross with Uranus-Pluto-Kronos-Hades on the angles and therefore extremely significant. This combination has been discussed in previous posts and reproduced below for easy reference [3]

Kronos-Hades: Humiliation of leaders; to be aware of criminal activity; leaders, executives or experts make mistakes or discuss the past or investigations; to be aware of laws that relate to criminals or criminal procedures

Pluto-Hades: To hear of criminal activities in the world of finance or big business

Pluto-Kronos: To see abuse of power through misuse of office, position, laws or procedures; to see leaders under substantial pressure

[3] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott [p. 96, 98, 106]

On why UN survey ranks Denmark as happiest country

The Humanitarian Waterbearer

The happiest people in the world apparently reside in northern Europe, according to a 156-nation survey published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Released Monday, the 2013 World Happiness Report ranks the happiest countries around the globe, with Denmark, Norway and Switzerland leading the pack. The report drew upon Gallup World Poll data from the past three years to rank the 156 countries on aspects such as healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and social support. Compared to last year, the 2013 World Happiness Report includes more detailed analysis in a bid to guide policymakers to take the well-being of citizens into account when making decisions.

Shown here is the chart for the upcoming solar eclipse at Copenhagen, Denmark. The eclipse is conjunct the stars in the Scales of Justice.  Notice also  that Neptune  squares the meridian axis.

Neptune conjoins Al Sadalmulk of Aquarius, Enif of Pegasus, and Fomalhaut of Pisces Australis. Aquarius is the most civilized, developed, humanitarian and mature of the air signs. It concerns social structures and organizations and political systems whose goal is to help society advance and improve the condition of ordinary people. This is, therefore, considered a very fortuitous location in the Humanitarian Waterbearer, one that nourishes the body of humanity. Fomalhaut, one of the Four Royal stars of the zodiak, is the voice of humanity as a whole and brings attention to humanity's fundamental needs. Fomalhaut and associated stars impel us to seek ways to create an evolved humanitarian-based and flourishing society, one free from segregations and inequalities. They inspire new ideas and pursuits  in social issues of the world. They are of the human populous and the flow of resources within that populous that creates a wholesome human condition. [1]

The IC [9ge40] of the chart is conjunct Aldebaran,[9ge59] classically the Eye of the Bull, one of the "Four Royal Architects" [2] bringing order to the heavens.  Sidereal Taurus is the primogenitor of the zodiak, the Earth sign from which the bounty of life springs. Aldebaran, Light of the Bull, embodies the principle theme of Taurus.

Aldebaran holds the vision for global leaders and world servers inspiring the administrative planning of world affairs, specifically for physical logistics and a global infrastructure. It is  a star of pioneering leadership. It imparts the virtue of social morality and integrity and challenges us to uphold it. 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. [3]

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Godel’s proof of God’s existence at Solar Eclipse

Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. When Gödel died in 1978, he left behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic -- that a higher being must exist.  Christoph Benzmüller of Berlin's Free University and his colleague, Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo of the Technical University in Vienna, have shown using an ordinary MacBook computer, that Gödel's proof was correct -- at least on a mathematical level -- by way of higher modal logic. Their initial submission on the research article server (Cornell University Library) is called "Formalization, Mechanization and Automation of Gödel's Proof of God's Existence."

Shown here is the upcoming solar eclipse at Ithaca, New York, the location of Cornell University. Eclipses become active at least three months prior to their actual occurrence. The eclipse [11sc16] of 3 Nov is placed in the 12th house conjunct the star Acrux, alpha Crucis [12sc] which is connected with religion. It is also conjunct the TNP Poseidon [11sc] also connected with religion and spirituality.

That Jung's theories constitute a religion can be seen in his view of God as the collective unconscious and thereby present in each person's unconscious.

In astrology, the collective unconscious is assigned to the 12th house as the following references indicate:

The 12th house is the ending and beginning of the horoscope wheel… If everything is indeed a connected circle – the 12th house is the ending and beginning of all things…The 12th house then is like the sum total of everything else. It is the collective unconscious.

The 12th house represents our connection with the collective unconscious, by means of which we are linked to everything and everybody, in a dimension outside of time and space.

The above references indicate that the 12th house in astrology is connected with God and spirituality. Finally we note that the planets Mercury [7sc] and  Saturn [13sc] associated with proof and logic are conjunct the eclipse so that it is not at all surprising that we now have a mathematical proof of God’s existence!

Solar Eclipse offers hope for corruption free India

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a status report on coal probe to the Supreme Court. The CBI says it will stand by its FIR filed against Aditya Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh, according to a report. CBI says it has strong documentary evidence to support its FIR against KM Birla. The Competent Authority mentioned in the FIR is the PMO (Prime Minister's Office). Letters of recommendation went from PMO to the coal minster.

Shown above is the current solar return for  the horoscope of India [15 Aug 1947; 0:00 IST, Delhi]. Notice a Grand Cross straddling the horizon axis with Saturn [5sc53], Moon [11sc42], North Node [11sc13] and the TNO Deucalion [11sc10] all conjunct on the 7th cusp and asteroid Juno associated with fairness in relationships square the horizon.

There is an interesting alignment here of the western Scales of Justice with China’s Houng-Sing, an Imperial Treasury Balance and Lifting Mechanism where standard weights and measures were kept; therefore both traditions emphasize the need for equilibrium, balance, fairness and honesty.  There are here  issues of greed, corruption and criminality, of ethics, morality, honesty and justice vs dishonesty and with these a longing for purification. Under the renewing, healing Serpent, the punishing, redeeming and purifying Centaur, Scales of Justice and Southern Cross efforts to achieve healing may ultimately be rewarded. Hence there are also  universal, legal and political milestones and advancements here. [1]

With a  Capricorn perihelion and Taurus node,  the TNO Deucalion is about economic justice and  brings to light any situation of economic exploitation. In the months preceding the naming of Deucalion, many corporations and executives went under (a water term) for their financial manipulations. [2]

With this background on the stars and the TNO Deucalion on the significant 7th cusp of the Solar Return chart one can expect that any activation by  transits or by progression of the angles is likely to create a push towards justice and punishment of the corrupt. A powerful solar eclipse [11sc13] of 3 Nov on the 7th cusp of the solar return chart activates the stars and TNO Deucalion mentioned above (and also falls square the meridian axis in the eclipse chart).  So there is hope for a corruption free India!

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.191-3)

[2] The Soul of the Sky, Philip Sedgwick (p.320-1)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Astrology of a Chinese wheelchair man’s violent protest

When a man in a wheelchair detonated a small home-made bomb in Beijing's international airport in July, he momentarily captured the world's attention. Ji Zhongxing, 34, was being prevented by police from handing out leaflets at the airport which described the desperate story of his life. Witnesses said that Ji then shouted out: "I have a bomb, stay away from me!" And then he set off the device.
On 28 June 2005, Ji Zhongxing was allegedly beaten by security officials during a chase after they demanded to see his licence. On 20 July 2013, he carried an explosive device into Beijing International Airport. The explosion blew off his own hand and one policeman was slightly injured. On 15 October 2013, a court in Beijing found him guilty and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Here is the chart for the 25 May 2013 lunar eclipse at Beijing. Since it is placed on the meridian axis by the rules of mundane astrology it should be very important for the place. H.S. Green interprets the meaning of a fourth house eclipse thus:

“Unfortunate for Government; the people suffer in some way; ill feeling between the people and the upper classes”

The Sun [4ge] is part of the Chinese asterism T’ien-Tsan, the Celestial Slanderer which had much to do with slander, gossip and accusations.  This asterism was associated with a time of strictness, punishment and flogging. In western astrology this is where we have the right leg and foot of Perseus. Mercury[19ge]  and Venus [19ge] are conjunct the stars of the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, which Diana Rosenberg shows as a “Man in a Wheelchair”. According to legend Erichthonius invented the chariot because being half serpent he could not walk!

Progressing the chart to 15 Oct 2013, the date of his conviction, the progressed IC reaches the conjunction to the eclipse Sun. The Sabian symbol of the eclipse Sun is very relevant here.

Sabian 5Gemini

A Revolutionary Magazine asking for action

Keynote: The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions

Monday, 21 October 2013

Titanic violin auction and the Lyra eclipse

The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for £900,000 in just 10 minutes at auction in Wiltshire. It was played by band leader Wallace Hartley, who died along with 1,517 others as the ship went down. It had a guide price of £300,000. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy said the buyer was believed to be British. Auctioneer Alan Aldridge said the violin was the "rarest and most iconic" piece of Titanic memorabilia.

Shown here is the chart for the Full Moon eclipse of 18 Oct.  Since it is so strongly placed on the meridian axis, its message would  be felt at Devizes, Wiltshire. A previous post gives the details of the stars aligned with the Sun and Moon. The MC [21ar41]  is conjunct the star Baten Kaitos, zeta Ceti, [22ar07]  in the Sea Monster’s belly. Baten Kaiotos is one of the most frequently found stars involved in shipwrecks [1].  In the eclipse chart Jupiter [19cn54] is conjunct  lambda Gemini [19cn08], Pollux’s right hand. In Greek mythology, the Twins were musicians and Pollux’s skilled right hand is here so that very appropriately we have here  the chart elements of famous composers like Brahms, Respighi, Mahler, Stravinsky, Villa Lobos, Vangelis, Richard Strauss and Scott Joplin amongst others.  There is also an interest in the past, in myths, folk tales, ancient mores and artifacts, psychology and a love of art and music so that we also have here 18th - 19th century philologist Jacob Grimm,  collector of folk songs and folk tales. But more significant in the context of the news item here is also the Mars position of Titanic’s band leader Wallace Hartley, who kept his group playing to calm the passengers and went down with the ship. [2]

Opposite Jupiter is the star Sheliak of Lyra.  

The lyre was originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, its tuning and voice are not merely for pleasure, but specifically to harmonically translate divine information into vibration that supports healing and our evolutionary unfoldment.

Lyra, and prominent alignments with Lyra, indicate involvement with the music of the spheres, that is, the use of natural astronomically and resonant harmonics for healing, illumination, and for greater evolutionary purpose. Prominent alignments and aspects to Lyra are often found in musicians, artists and those involved with art-sciences and multi-media projects--those with intent to use harmonics of light, sound, and geometry for the expansion of consciousness. Lyra is not just of the mathematical artsciences of natural harmonics in light and sound, but also of their application unfolding in geometry and time--all working intelligently together. [3] 

Jupiter is in tropical Cancer – a sign associated with nurturance, compassion and empathy. So that the essential message of the eclipse is as follows:

Chained Andromeda (Moon position) can be freed  from her fears, healed and helped to take steps towards her evolutionary unfoldment by the strong man Bootes (Sun position) not so much by crude force but by  developing empathy and compassion perhaps  using Lyra and all that it symbolically stands for. [4]

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg [ v.1, p.98]
[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg [ v.1, p.409-421]

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Freedom from captivity for Greek girl Maria

Greek police are trying to discover the identity of a young blonde girl who was found living on a Roma settlement with a family she did not resemble. DNA tests revealed the child, called Maria and aged about four, was not related to the couple she lived with. The little girl is now being looked after by a charity. Her photo has been released to help find her family. Officials believe she may have been a victim of abduction or child trafficking. [1]

In a previous post [1] we saw how the current lunar eclipse is highlighting issues of slavery and human bondage. Here we will see how the Sun’s Ingress into sidereal Libra at Farsala resonates to the eclipse theme. The chart of the Ingress is prominent since the current Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square is highlighted by being placed on the angles with the Moon additionally conjunct Uranus. Jupiter-Uranus is a combination known to be associated with freedom and release from bondage. In addition Jupiter [19cn51] is conjunct the asteroid Child [18cn43] !

The Moon [14ar53] and Uranus [9ar57] are conjunct  stars in the chord of the Fish along with those of King Cepheus  and his daughter, the chained princess Andromeda. The chord that binds the fishes together represents situations of bondage and victimization. But Alpheratz [14ar31], alpha Andromeda is a star that also connects Andromeda to the flying horse Pegasus – a symbol of freedom and independence. It is because of this that Alpheratz is considered a very fortunate star that  offers liberation from captivity.

But this incident needs to be understood symbolically too. Nick Fiorenza explains:

Alignments with Alpheratz can also indicate being caught in the power plays unconsciously created by the arrogance or denials of others. Alpheratz can also indicate our vulnerability to the emotional and psychic delusions of others, especially those in our genealogical line or karmic past—often manifesting as elaborate emotional dramatics. Alpheratz asks us to get un-entangled from the human psycho-emotional drama, or accept a sentence of bondage not rightfully ours.

Beliefs are formulated from past experience. When we adhere to beliefs as facts rather than use them as stepping stones, we place limits upon ourselves that keep us from becoming something greater than we can currently conceive.

Belgian Plane Crashes at Mercury Station Retrograde

Mercury winging his way thru  clouds

(BRUSSELS) — A plane carrying parachutists for a skydiving trip crashed in southern Belgium on Saturday, killing all 11 people aboard, officials said.
Minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield near the city of Namur, witnesses saw part of a wing break off, sending the plane into a spiraling nosedive and crash in a field close to Fernelmont town, said its mayor, Jean-Claude Nihoul.

When the planet Mercury goes retrograde, it changes direction in our sky. All planets do this and Mercury does it three or four times a year for three weeks at a time. The current mercury retrograde period runs from Oct 21 through Nov 11 with problems extending a few days before and after.

“The basic nature of all the planets can be determined by the Greek gods and goddesses after whom they are named. Mercury is messenger of the gods, entertaining, cunning, mischievous, resourceful. God of commerce and the market, he appears more frequently in mythology than any other god. His winged sandals and hat indicate that his movements are quicker than thought. Hence, Mercury rules communication, travel and the thinking process. During the retrograde period Mercury mischievously walks backwards and all matters related to communication and travel can experience frustrating delays and problems. Mechanical breakdowns of all sorts take place unexpectedly and frequently. This will especially affect motorized vehicles like automobiles and electronic or communication devices, including telephones and computers”.  [1]

“Some examples of history's three worst travel accidents  — jumbo jet crash (345 dead in 1974), worst single plane disaster (520 dead in 1985), China's worst air disaster (1992) and the Titanic sinking   all occurred during Mercury retrograde”. [1]

10:28:46 UT - Mercury stations retrograde (18 sc 23'39")

Here is the chart for the SR at Namur, Belgium. Note the Pluto-Uranus square – a combination strongly associated with accidents – aspecting the meridian axis and, therefore, significant for the place. But as always the stars on the angles complete the picture.

The descendant is [13ge32] . The North Node of Uranus and omicron Columba [13ge42], in the Dove’s wing supply an interest in flight and epsilon Leporis of the Hare [12ge13] was associated with speed. Under possible manifestations of these stars Diana Rosenberg notes “things falling from the skies e.g. meteorites, planes etc.” [2]

The plane is reported to have crashed at 3:45 pm which would place the IC of the crash chart at 15ge close enough to the stars mentioned above.

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.272-73)

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Eclipse and the Australian wildfires

One person has died and hundreds of homes are feared lost in Australia as firefighters battle to contain nearly 100 bushfires blazing in the state of New South Wales. Emergency services estimate that the fires — the worst to hit Australia’s most populous state in a decade — razed as many as 200 houses. Most were in the World Heritage area of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

It is ancient knowledge in astrology that eclipses in fires signs give rise to fires. The Full Moon eclipse of 19 Oct took place in the fire sign Aries. At Sydney and the surrounding area it places Pluto [9cp12]  on the Ascendant [9cp06] with Uranus [9ar55] square it.

Conjunct Uranus is  Erakis,mu Cephei, [9ar52], Garnet Star in the King’s head. Cepheus wears a Crown of Fire! (Romans called him inflammatus). Ibn Ezra, an 11th century astrologer listed in place of Cepheus, “The Lady of the Flame”. In India, the two Bhadrapadha nakshtras (this is Uttarabhadrapadha) were known as “the Scorching Pair” connected with all things hot and burning. Research has proved this to be one of two areas with the highest number of fires in the zodiac among them.

Moon, Exeter Theatre Fire, 1887, England: 200 died, many suffocated by smoke; Mercury: Triangle Clothing Factory Fire, 1911, New York City: 146 dead; Saturn, L’Innovation Department Store Fire 1967,Brussels: 322 killed; Venus, start of fire bombing of Dresden 1945, 35,000 civilians killed, architectural  treasures destroyed; Bradford, England football stadium fire, 1985 (53 killed) and the “Move” cult bombing by Philadelphia police causing a fire that gutted an entire city block (11 dead, 200 homeless); Mars, a 10-hr fire destroyed Lisbon’s Chiado shopping district, 1988; Mars SR 1988, start of Yellowstone Fires and the 1988 Ramstein, Germany Air Show disaster when three planes collided and crashed in flames, parts hitting spectators (70 killed, 500 injured); Uranus at the 1257 Winter Solstice just before Genghis Khan’s grandson Hulagu with 200,000 Tartars pillaged and burned Baghdad, a centre of learning and culture and many others. [1]

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.78)

Hidden meaning in the toppling of an ancient rock in Utah

US Scout leaders topple ancient rock formation, trigger outrage

Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:29pm BST
Oct 18 (Reuters) - An online video of two Boy Scouts of America leaders knocking over a 170-million-year-old rock formation in a Utah State Park has touched off worldwide outrage, state officials said on Friday, and the two men may face charges.

The ingress of the Sun into sidereal Libra on 17 October is a major astrological event from which we will attempt to understand the above news. The chart for the ingress shows a prominent T-square  [Mars-Admetus-Neptune] straddling the meridian axis. Regular readers are by now  aware that when an ingress chart brings planets to the meridian or horizon axis it is important for that place. The Admetus-Neptune square is bisected by a Moon-Uranus conjunction which is square Pluto. A key phrase for Pluto-Uranus provided by Ebertin is “the collapse of an old order” . The TNP Admetus has often been described as a “rock” [1].

Solid and steady as a rock, Admetos is related to all that is stable, enduring, and unyielding, as well as to anything that has stopped or otherwise come to an end. [2]

Martha Wescott provides us with a broader definition of Admetus and also gives us an interpretation for  the dynamics of Admetus-Pluto.

ADMETUS: Facing blockages; biding your time; encountering delays, frustrations, complications or the need for something else to happen BEFORE success or progress; dealing with raw materials (including stone, lumber, etc.,) packaging, inventory and storage; having cramps or other indications that reveal a tightening to endure/persevere/hang in there; issues with self-containment, shunning; literal and behavioral cold.

I want you to draw a picture in your mind of the biggest rock (boulder)  you can imagine; pretend that it has an ego and a personality.  It's a  little proud of its size and sure nothing (and nobody) can move or  disturb it.  It's just a-settin' there, content. Solid.  Not a worry in  the world.  As you think about this mass of stone, remember that the  gods abhor both a stasis and a vacuum, and they too see this rock.   Their beady little minds begin to grind, and they call Pluto, the  Transformer, in from the last outpost at the outer banks of our solar  system.  "Look at that," they say, "Yon rock thinks it will last  forever."  Had they directly issued a challenge to Pluto, he'd have  never accepted, but they didn't...and he does.  You'll have some Hard or  Hard-headed boulders, people, situations and attitudes in your  experience, and here's how Pluto will respond:  Having set up camp some  distance from the boulder, he is "tunneling underground;" you or others  won't know about it for a while, but big things are happening.  Pluto  also chips away at the surface "here and there" so one doesn't realize  that, on the North Face, Pluto is drilling a dynamite hole right into  his core.

Now, let's move this little allegory into real life; what are ya' gonna'  see?  Long term situations that "haven't budged an inch" are headed for  explosive situations that will "expose them to the core" (but a lot of  defensive layers have to be "ground down" and "chipped at" in the  meantime.)  People who have stood--apparently rock solid--are gonna' get  "ground down," are gonna' wear themselves out, are gonna' reach a point  where "they can't take it anymore."  Even rocks dissolve in the presence  of water or enough heat!  Pluto is an Alchemist and he knows just what  it takes to "get to" a person.  People have become "hardened;" it's like  they've spent years constantly adding layers of clothes and coats.   Pluto will "strip search" them so he can get them down to "naked" (where  they can rejoin their souls, their integrity, and the reality that isn't  pushed by money, greed, power games, compulsions, emotional self-defense  or constant attempts to manipulate people and situations.) 

 As we have seen so often in the past the "minute" hand of the clock that triggers an event is quite often a moon phase. The chart for the Waxing Gibbous Moon phase brings the Mars-Admetus-Neptune (with the attendant Uranus-Pluto) to the angles thereby providing a trigger to the Libra Ingress chart.

[3] Delineate V2; Martha Wescott Lang

Friday, 18 October 2013

Eclipse and the Brazil warehouse fire

A fire in Brazil's largest port has burnt some 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, damaging six warehouses and pushing international prices to a one-year high. The authorities in the port of Santos said it took six hours to bring the fire under control. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated. Brazil is the world's main sugar exporter, accounting for nearly half of international sales. Port authorities added that the fire began at around 06:00 local time  on a conveyor belt taking raw sugar into one of the warehouses.

The Full Moon eclipse at Santos has Neptune [2pi46] on the MC [3pi47]  opposite Mars [2vi06] on the IC. Since Mars is the ruler of the eclipse that occurred in  the fire sign Aries and Neptune is associated with the sea it is not surprising that the fire took place at a ware house on a port. But more interesting are the stars  on the MC which was transited at several great fires.

At the 64 CE Great Fire of Rome during Nero’s reign; in 1812 when three-quarters of Moscow was burned during Napolean’s invasion; at the start of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; at the Brooklyn Theatre Fire of 1876; at the 1906 San Francisco quake  fires that ravaged the city; at the 1919 Mayaguez movie theatre fire, San Juan PR that killed 150; at the 1947 Texas City disaster: a ship loading ammonium nitrate fertilizer, on fire, went up in a titanic explosion that wrecked the city, knocked two planes out of the sky and obliterated a 50-acre chemical plant, a second ship exploded the next day: 552 were killed, 3000 injured, 200 were missing; at the first alarm of a 1966 New York City Fire that killed 12 firefighters (the worst loss of NY firefighters before 9/11); at the 1987 Aries Ingress preceding the Great Black Dragon Fire accidentally spilled gasoline started the worst forest fire in 300 years in vast areas of China and Soviet Union destroying prime timber land and many more [1].

The MC (meridian) of a  chart drawn for the 06:00 local time, when the fire is reported to have occurred, is 24 cn forming a T-square with the eclipse axis confirming the role of the eclipse in the fire.

Finally, in passing,  we note that the eclipse forms a hard aspect to Venus – the planet associated with all things sweet and sugary!

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg [v.2, p. 681] 

The fighting eagles as symbol of US Congress

Sometimes, birds of a feather don't exactly flock together! At least that was the case for two bald eagles found stuck together in Loudoun County late last week. Loudoun County Animal Services says the eagles had been fighting and their talons became entangled. The birds were found attached to each other in a parking lot last Friday [11 Oct] . Officers were able to untangle the eagles, but both had to be treated for serious injuries.

In several past posts [1][2][3] we have seen how animals appearing in the news show up in relevant star maps for the place. Here we have another such example. Shown above is the chart for the First Quarter Moon phase [11 Oct ] the very day  the bald eagles were found. 

Aquila –the constellation of the Eagle

Notice that the quarter moon is significant for Loudoun County being placed on the MC and forming a T-square with Jupiter on the IC.  The Moon [19cp] is conjunct the star Dheneb, zeta Aquila of the Eagle  [19cp] while the IC and Jupiter [19cn] are conjunct Castor, alpha Gemini of the Twins [20cn] and more specifically the star Wasat [19cn] . In mythology the Twins often fight but as depicted in the  picture they  are joined at their chests at the star Wasat much like the fighting eagles.

Readers who are interested in synchronicity may like to see this post as a symbol for the battle between the Republicans and the Democrats in the  US Congress that was discussed in a previous post.