Friday, 31 January 2014

Sex slave released from captivity

A 52-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to holding a female relative as a sex slave in his backyard shed for 14 years, beginning when she was barely a teenager, authorities said. Raul Ochoa was convicted on Wednesday. As part of a plea deal, he will be formally sentenced to 22 years in state prison next month.

Shown here is the Capricorn Ingress chart (Capsolar) progressed to Wednesday, 29 January. Notice that the progressed Ascendant [6ar17] conjoins Uranus [8ar36] opposite Mars [6li57] both forming a T-square to Pluto [10cp54]. Uranus is conjunct 12 Andromedae [9ar13] on the chained right hand of the captive Princess Andromeda and Algenib, gamma Pegasi, wing of the flying horse, Pegasus – a symbol of freedom from captivity. [1]

Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm

Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said. High levels of the gas had built up in the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf, then "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames," the force said in a statement. One cow was treated for burns, a police spokesman added. (Reuters)

The lunar eclipse of 25 April 2013 took place at Rasdorf in the mundane 12th house which, among other things, rules cattle [1]. The MC [11vi44] of the eclipse chart is conjunct the star Zosma [11vi30].

Zosma, Chort and Denebola [21vi47] are a triangle of stars that form the hind of the Lion. Denbola is the tail. Denebola is also of colon physiology and intestinal toxicity, along with earlier Zosma and Chort. [2]

Essentially this area of late Leo is of  toxic gases emanating from the intestines of the Lion. Denebola, beta Leonis was the Euphratean Lamassu, “The Flaming One” and Bildara , “White Fire”.

Progressing the chart by the solar quotidian method to 27 January, the date of the incident brings the Ascendant [20vi] to a conjunction with Denebola and sesqui to the eclipse Sun [6ta] triggering the accident. A second trigger was provided by  Saturn [22sc] transiting over the Ascendant [22sc] of the eclipse chart.

A chart drawn for the Waning Crescent Moon on the same day has the meridian axis [7ta-7sc] aligned with the April eclipse with the Sun [7aq] squaring both. For the stars on the Ascendant [20le] of this chart and for Saturn [22sc] which squares the Ascendant  Diana Rosenberg lists “poisoned or polluted gases” [3] and “gas, contaminated air” [4] respectively.

[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.543-45)

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

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone

Lupus – the Wolf

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Wolves were once the top predator in America’s world-famous Yellowstone National Park. But the population was eradicated in the 1920s, leaving the wilderness wolf-free for seven decades. In 1995, however, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone; this gave biologists a unique opportunity to study what happens when a top predator returns to an ecosystem. They were brought in to manage the rising elk population, which had been overgrazing much of the park, but their effect went far beyond that. In this film, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist Dr M Sanjayan, Dr Valerie Kapos of the UN Environment Programme and animal behaviourist Kirsty Peake describe how the returning wolves dramatically changed the park’s rivers, forests – and the landscape itself. BBC 28 January 2014

The Balsamic Moon (Waning Crescent) occured on January 27 conjoining  stars Ras Alhague and Theta of Ophiuchus; Lesath of Scorpio. Ras Alhague is the embodiment of physical health and vitality. It lies over and conjoins the stars forming the right leg and foot of Ophiuchus. Ophiuchus stands with his right foot (Theta Ophiuchus) over the sting of the Scorpion, Lesath. Ras Alhague, Theta Ophiuchus and Lesath all conjoin. Together, these stars articulate the capacity to transmute life’s difficult experiences into wisdom [1].  Notice how elegantly they reflect the lessons learnt at Yellowstone and the return  of the ecosystem to good health.  

The chart for the Balsamic Moon phase at Yellowstone is shown here. Notice Uranus (*) on the Ascendant in a sesqui aspect to Saturn [22sc21] which is conjunct the stars Men, alpha Lupi [23sc40] on the Wolf’s hind leg, epsilon Librae in the Scales [21sc31] and sigma Corona Borealis [21sc33].  The Scales represent an effort to balance inequities. Corona Borealis is often depicted as flowers. Manilius' [2] astrological influences for this constellation gives the cultivation of gardens, growing flowers, and arranging flowers into garlands.

“The child of the Crown will cultivate a garden budding with bright flowers and slopes”. [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.321.]

So here the balance of the Scales along with the  wildness of Lupus bring beauty to the gardens of Corona Borealis.

Moral: Do not kill the beast inside us. It is what gives health and vitality to the whole person.


To understand the Uranus sesqui aspect to Saturn better  in the context of the news we need to delve a bit into the story of the Royal Family

The earliest sources of the myth combining Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Perseus, Cetus and Pegasus are not known. A king symbolically represents leadership and responsibility to bring order to a chaotic mass here represented by the sea and the sea monster Cetus. Life and consciousness are struggling to emerge from the dangerous primal soup – the sea. [ Sabian 1 degree shows a woman emerging from the sea]. Such an emergence is fraught with danger and at first susceptible to failure. Here King Cepheus  and Queen Cassiopeia represent early attempts by the ego or the tribal laws to force an arbitrary order on this chaotic matrix.  Symbolically in the story this is shown by the  imprisonment of  the next  generation – Princess Andromeda – and  the possibility of her being devoured by the sea monster Cetus. This drama is played out primarily but not exclusively in the first ten degrees of tropical Aries. The Sabian symbol for 10 Aries is “A Teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images”. In this phase we find the capacity to restate the problem inherent in the first phase, i.e. the problem of focusing one’s energies emotional drives and cultural values which exclude more than they include. As a result there now arises in consciousness a desire to reformulate at a new level much that had been taken for granted because it indeed originally had been an evolutionary necessity. This is where Perseus and Pegasus are getting ready to rescue Andromeda from the jaws of Cetus.

Since the Sabian Symbol for Uranus is 10Ar we can now understand why the King  has felt a need to revise his attitude towards Cetus and Andromeda (the  wolf and Yellowstone)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Astrology of the proposed Afghan-US security pact

The 2001 bombing and invasion of Afghanistan has been presented to World public opinion as a “Just War”, a war directed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a war to eliminate “Islamic terrorism” and instate Western style democracy.The economic dimensions of  the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) are rarely mentioned. The post 9/11 “counter-terrorism campaign” has served to obfuscate the real objectives of the US-NATO war. The war on Afghanistan is part of a profit driven agenda: a war of economic conquest and plunder,  ”a resource war”. While Afghanistan is acknowledged as a strategic hub in Central Asia, bordering on the former Soviet Union, China and Iran, at the crossroads of pipeline routes and major oil and gas reserves, its huge mineral wealth as well as its untapped natural gas reserves have remained, until June 2010, totally unknown to the American public.

According to a joint report by the Pentagon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and USAID, Afghanistan is now said to possess “previously unknown” and untapped mineral reserves, estimated authoritatively to be of the order of one trillion dollars (New York Times, U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan –, June 14, 2010, See also BBC, 14 June 2010).

Under the proposed Afghan-US security pact,  which is an integral part of Obama’s Asian pivot, Washington and its NATO partners are preparing to ensure a permanent military presence in Afghanistan, with military facilities located in proximity of China’s Western frontier.  The pact would allow the US to maintain their nine permanent military bases, strategically located on the borders of  China, Pakistan and Iran as well as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Hamid Karzai has so far refused to sign the security pact. [1]

Hamid Karzai was sworn in as the President of Afghanistan on 22 December 2001 at 13:21; Kabul. A horoscope for the swearing in is shown above. Notice that the progressed Sun [12cp50] and transit Pluto [12cp11] conjoin  the MC of the chart opposite Jupiter [11cn].  Since currently Uranus squares Pluto on the MC the following key phrases from Martha Wescott  apply:

To face such pressures, events and individuals who are typical of disruptive ultimatums; to have sudden pressures force a change of plans; to alter goals as a result of insight regarding the need for autonomy. [2]

With Jupiter returning to its own position and opposite transit Pluto, Steven Forrest’s comment on Pluto-Jupiter applies here:

Under hard aspects between Pluto and Jupiter, faith is embattled. Perhaps someone has gone down a road for the wrong reasons. Under hard aspects illusions are challenged. The trick lies in realising that your life as you are living it is inadequate to meet your spiritual and emotional needs, and that half the reason that’s true is that you have believed far too many lies all your life. The other half of the reason is that you’ve grown and changed, and what used to be satisfying and believable is now barren and false. Comforting but phony elements of life must be released and new possibilities seized under less than auspicious circumstances. [3]

So it appears from the foregoing that Karzai would do well not to renew the security pact with the US and go his own way.

[2] Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott (p.81)
[3] The Book of Pluto; Steven Forrest (p.270)

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Full Moon and the Quebec Old Age Home fire

Tchang-Jin – the Very Old People

Police say eight people are dead and another 24 are missing after a fire at a seniors’ residence (old age home)  in Quebec. Quebec Provincial Police Lt. Guy Lapointe at a Saturday news conference lowered the number of missing from about 30 to 24 based on more detailed information. All of the missing are presumed dead after a massive blaze swept through the three-story building in L’Isle-Verte northeast of Quebec City early Thursday.

Lunations (New Moons and Full Moons) that align with the meridian or horizon axis are significant for a place. If they also fall on stars that have a recorded history of fires those places are likely to have fire related events. The chart above shows the last Full Moon at L’Isle-Verte. Notice that it is not only aligned with the meridian axis but square Mars on the Ascendant – a planet associated with accidents and fires.

Diana Rosenberg [1] lists the following fires associated with Procyon [25cn51] and other stars conjunct the Moon [25cn].

In 1935 the passenger liner Morro Castle, running in a fog and gale caught fire off Atlantic City, NJ, 134 passengers burned to death; in 1942 the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston, MA killed 492; in 1944 at Port Chicago, CA munitions ships exploded with a force of 5000 tons of TNT vaporising 320 men; in 1960 a Guatemala City insane asylum fire killed 225; in 1992 Windsor Castle was severely damaged by fire; in 1993 the Branch Davidian Cult fire in Waco TX killed 88. This was the 1987 Aries Ingress Ascendant at Mohe, Manchuria preceding the Great Black Dragon Fire, an accidental spill of gasoline caused the worst forest fire in 300 years destroying vast stretches of prime timber land in China and Russia.

If we care to look at Full Moon chart in the Draconic zodiac we find the Sun [22ge]
conjunct alpha Phact [22ge23] which was part of an ancient Chinese asterism Tchang-Jin, [2] the Very Old People – the retired servants of the state – a clear reference to the Old Age Home where the fire broke out!

Finally, at 12:35 am on Thu, 23 Jan – the time reported for the fire – Moon [21li] and Mars [20li] are conjunct the Ascendant of the Full moon chart!!

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 439-47)

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p. 700)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Explosion at Spokane blows hand off

An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep blew off the driver’s hand early Saturday and scattered debris over half a block, prompting initial fears over the man’s intent, police and neighbors said. Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street in north Spokane, police said. [1]

One of the most important charts for  predictions during the year is the Capsolar – the chart for the Sun’s entry into Capricorn. This chart can be progressed by the solar quotidian method as well as the PSSR method. Here is the Capsolar at Spokane progressed to  Saturday, 25 January by the PSSR method. Notice the progressed Ascendant [7a531] has arrived to the conjunction of Uranus [8ar36] which is part of  violent  Grand Cross with Mars and Pluto.  A Mars-Uranus combination is typical of accidents and explosions [2]. But more interesting is the conjunction of Uranus and the Ascendant to omicron Andromedae, in the chained right hand of the Princess!


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Ceres spews plumes of water vapour

Observations of the Solar System's biggest asteroid suggest it is spewing plumes of water vapour into space. Ceres has long been thought to contain substantial quantities of ice within its body, but this is the first time such releases have been detected.The discovery was made by Europe's infrared Herschel space telescope, and is reported in the journal Nature on 22 January.

The journal Nature is published from London so that we begin our enquiry with the current annual Capricorn Ingress chart at London. Notice Jupiter [17cn] prominently placed on the Ascendant making a sesquisquare aspect to Neptune [2pi59] and a square to Ceres [16cn35] and Zeus[18cn42]. Since Zeus is a TNP associated with heat  and energy sources [1] while Neptune links to water, Martha Wescott gives the following interpretation.

Zeus-Neptune : Appliances or objects that emit water, steam or vapour (thus steamers, pressure cookers and vaporizers) [2]

Progressing the ingress chart to 22 January aligns the meridian axis with Ceres-Zeus triggering it into manifestation while transit Moon conjoins both.

Conclusion: Every event or phenomena has an underlying symbolic meaning. The asteroid Ceres is associated with food as a symbol for caring and nurturance while Zeus is controlled and directed creative fire or heat. Neptune is compassion for the weak and dependent or  emotionally fragile. Putting all this together this combination may be referring to the need to apply controlled and directed creative fire to helping people in trouble. This may not be easy as Neptune plays the victim and is not comfortable with creative-destructive Zeus fire.

On a more mundane level the combination Ceres-Zeus can also refer to thermogenic foods. Thermogenic foods help increase metabolism and calorie burning by enhancing thermogenesis, a process in which the body burns calories to utilize the foods you have just eaten, converting those calories to heat. [3]

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott (p.90)

The bogus mathematics of happiness

A couple of years Nick Brown was taking a postgraduate course in applied positive psychology. There was a slide showing a butterfly graph – the branch of mathematical modelling most often associated with chaos theory. On the graph was a tipping point that claimed to identify the precise emotional co-ordinates that divide those people who "flourish" from those who "languish". According to the graph, it all came down to a specific ratio of positive emotions to negative emotions. If your ratio was greater than 2.9013 positive emotions to 1 negative emotion you were flourishing in life. If your ratio was less than that number you were languishing.

Brown, an amateur, who  was suspicious of the research paper was along with Sokal able to prove that the theory  was a hoax, a deliberate pastiche of the sorts of nonsensical postmodern appropriations of maths and physics.

The original research paper was published by the authoritative  journal American Psychologist – the pre-eminent publication in the world of psychology. This journal is a product of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC. The news item above was published by the Guardian on 19 Jan 2014. Shown here  is the current Capricorn Ingress chart (Capsolar) at Washington. Notice the powerful Grand Cross on the angles. Jupiter along with the TNPs Kronos-Hades is conjunct the MC.

The sign Cancer and by association its ruler the Moon corresponds to one's feelings and those pervasive but largely unconscious psychological patterns that were established deep in one's past.  Jupiter stands for the academia. The TNP Hades is related to research among other things so that a keyphrase for Hades in Cancer would be psychological research. Kronos is authorities or experts in any field so Kronos-Hades in Cancer can be a reference to experts in the field of psychological research. Martha Wescott also gives the following interpretations for Kronos-Hades.

Kronos/Hades :  to see experts (Kronos)  make mistakes (Hades) ; to see a link between “fame” (Kronos) and “shame” (Hades).

On the Ascendant is the star Algorab [13li37]. Delta (δ) Corvus, Algorab, is a double star, 3.1 and 8.5 magnitude, pale yellow and purple, on the right wing of the Raven. Astrologically the Raven is linked to lies, fraud and deceit.

The astrological influences of the star Algorab
It gives destructiveness, malevolence, fiendishness, repulsiveness and lying, and is connected with scavenging [Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923]

A Mars-Saturn star that can show up the more troublesome side of Libra, a variation on the truth when an excuse looks to be safer. [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.175.]

To complete the picture we have the Uranus-Pluto square …courageous/ actions of individuals (Uranus in Aries) vs. institutional structures facing threats to their authority (Pluto in Capricorn) [1]

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Death of Corvus, the Raven, signals the end of Facebook

Facebook’s growth will eventually come to a quick end, much like an infectious disease that spreads rapidly and suddenly dies, say Princeton researchers who are using diseases to model the life-cycles of social media. Disease models can be used to understand the mass adoption and subsequent flight from online social networks, researchers at Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering say in a study released Jan. 17.

To understand this news we will look at it through the lens of  the current sidereal Capricorn Ingress (Capsolar) at Princeton. Notice the powerful Grand Cross on the angles. Regular readers by now know that Uranus-Pluto square in the Cross is associated with endings and new beginnings. But the more relevant placement here is the star Algorab, delta Corvi [13li37] conjunct  the Ascendant [14li10] and Mars [17li].

The Crow-Raven is a talking bird hence its association with message bearing. According to one version of a myth, Apollo – the Sun God – was so furious with the crow’s chattering and tale bearing that he shot an arrow into the crow, killing it but then rewarded the faithful bird by placing it among the stars.

In a modern version wouldn’t the online social networks (OSN) with their incessant chatter come under Corvus – the Raven? And if so the Uranus-Pluto signals the end of OSNs as identified by the Princeton study.

On Kejriwal’s victory against the Centre

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his protest after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung appealed that the stir be ended keeping in mind the issue of national security ahead of Republic Day celebrations. The L-G partially agreed to the demands raised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kejriwal told his supporters.

Arvind Kejriwal’s [16 Aug 1968; 23:46; Hisar] radix Sun [24le] is conjunct the star Subra [24le] about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Subra, marking the end of sidereal Cancer, is the paw of the Lion. Subra asks that we dig, explore, uncover, and find a new way to navigate the passage that leads to living from the integrity and passion of out hearts, which Regulus embodies.

Synthesizing with Subra is the primary star of the very southern constellation Pictoris, the Painter's Easel. Alpha Pictoris [25le]  indicates a picture or scenario is emerging from the æthers. This is a picture assembling itself as we break trail in our discovery process. Alpha Pictoris asks us to see the pathway or entryway emerging out of the mist covering an abyss, in the rock of a mountain side, in the billowing clouds blown by the wind, in the leaves fallen upon the ground, or simply in our mind's inner eye. Alpha Pictoris asks us to creatively assemble the signs, to read the message, to see the coalescing spirit substance yet to become, to paint a new picture, a new life. [1]

Shown above is Arvind’s progressed solar return for 20/21 Jan – the date of the dharna in Delhi. Notice the  powerful  Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus T-square on the angles. The essential meaning of the T-square is summarized  from a previous post [2] as below.

Uranus is stoking the "Fires of Freedom", but of course what is held as "freedom" for one group may often be feared or experienced as anarchy by another.  The breaking down of  institutions is feared by many , and they will try to maintain their power, position and the status quo (Pluto in Capricorn) for they see no other way. While others have set their intentions and efforts against "the system", and they are carrying the torch of Creation by Destruction, rebelling, revolting and challenging the old order in an attempt to bring down what they see as a more or less wholly corrupt and unredeemable regime. With Jupiter in Cancer – the sign of empathy – throwing its weight into the T-square the winners will be those who bring into the equation the understanding that we are all part of one "Great Family", all brothers and sisters on a journey and that we need to deeply care for each other.

Since the Aam Admi Party’s agitation was about the need for the police to be more sensitive to the problems of the ordinary man it has come out a winner!

The falling eagle at Wellington

People in the city of Wellington have described the moment a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island. The quake struck 38km (24 miles) north-east of Masterton at 15:52 local time (02:52 GMT) with no reports of major damage or serious injury. Passengers at Wellington Airport had a lucky escape when a large eagle sculpture - one of two used to promote the Hobbit films - fell from its position suspended from the airport roof. BBC, Jan 20,2014

20 Jan [07:34:09 UT] - Waning Gibbous Moon - Sun (0 aq 9'27") sesquiquadrate Moon (15 vi 9'27")

A chart drawn for the Waning Gibbous Moon on 20 January at Wellington has the Sun [0aq] on the descendant conjunct the star Altair [2aq] in the constellation of the Eagle! [1]

Fire in Omaha animal feed plant

A fire chief in Omaha, Nebraska, says an explosion and partial building collapse at an animal feed processing plant has claimed lives.The fire that followed the explosion around 10:00 local time (16:00 GMT) has been extinguished, but firefighters were carefully searching the structure, wary of falling debris.

The chart for the Sun’s entry into Capricorn (Annual Chart) at Omaha is shown above. On the Ascendant [29aq] with Neptune is Diana [22aq] – the asteroid linked to animals. [1] Throwing a sesqui aspect to this combination in the TNP Zeus (fire)  [17li] and asteroid Ceres [19li]  associated with food so that all the essential elements that describe the incident are in place for Omaha. Progressing the chart by the solar quotidian method brings Ceres-Zeus to the descendant along with its complex while the Uranus-Pluto square linked to accidents is activated by the progressed meridian axis. Also recall that Uranus [8ar] is on the garnet star Erakis, mu Cephei which in earlier posts we have seen linked to fires. [2]

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Castor inaugurates World Economic Forum

Business leaders, heads of government, entrepreneurs and even the odd celebrity will be rubbing fur and down-quilted shoulders at Europe's highest altitude town, Davos, for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week [January 20 to January 25]. As is traditional, the theme of its annual meeting in Davos is sweeping and, at first glance, somewhat opaque: "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, politics and Business." The WEF says the theme "reflects on the disruptions that societies face on a global scale driven by rapid technological and scientific innovation, accelerating social change and a shifting global economic order."

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse [25ar45] of 19 October formed a T-square with Jupiter [19cn] which was conjunct the star Castor [20cn] of the Gemini Twins ruled by the god of business and trade Mercury. [1] 

Global commerce is the essence of Castor and Pollux--the Twins. While Jupiter is associated with global resources because money is a mobilizing agent, and Jupiter's quality mobilizes and expands. [2]

Progressing the chart to 20 January, the start of the WEF meeting brings the Ascendant in line with the eclipse axis which in astrological terms means that this is one important date when the meaning of the eclipse is triggered. With Jupiter conjunct Castor the message is related to global commerce.

Mercury is a major Roman god, being one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travellers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to the underworld. He was considered the son of Maia and Jupiter in Roman mythology. His name is possibly related to the Latin word merx ("merchandise"; compare merchant, commerce, etc.), mercari (to trade), and merces (wages).

On why Geneva II talks on Syria are promising

The Syrian National Coalition, the main umbrella opposition body in exile, has agreed to participate in long-awaited peace talks planned for January 22 in Geneva. In August 2013 , the UN envoy Brahimi had said  that the main problem was getting the different groups in Syria and their different international supporters to accept the "very principle of a political solution". He said that this has been the UN approach to the Syrian civil war since the war began.

Readers are referred to the excellent  2014 General Forecast [1]  by Bill Attride from which the following extracts have been summarized for help in understanding the above news.

The dynamics of a Grand Cross are such that we are being presented with Four Ways of Being/Doing and it would appear at first that you can  deny, suppress or project at least two of these and assume or live out the other two. Of course this is not possible or true. Instead we must find a way that integrates all the Four Ways.  

Uranus in  Aries  square Pluto in Capricorn

 The release of new Seed-Ideas is accelerating the tempo of Social and  Political changes. Uranus is stoking the "Fires of Freedom", but of course what is held as "freedom" for one group may often be feared and/or experienced as tyranny and exploitation by another, and vice versa.  The breaking down of  institutions has been met by individuals and groups in a wide range of expectable and not so expectable responses. Some individuals and institutions have "doubled-down" on the exercise (and oftentimes the abuse) of their power, for they have fears about change and what they might lose, and they will try to maintain their power, position and the status quo for they see no other way. While others have set their intentions and efforts against "the system", and they are carrying the torch of Creation by Destruction, rebelling, revolting and challenging the old order in an attempt to bring down what they see as a more or less wholly corrupt and unredeemable regime.

Jupiter in Cancer

There is the Guidance, Hope and a Challenge being proffered by the planet which stands opposite to Pluto at this time, and it is here that you may find part of your answer. Jupiter is moving through Cancer and offers you the gift of Water that will help you reconnect to your Foundations. Here you will find a refreshing renewal of the deeper connections to the Root-Truth of any person, group, institution or society. Deeper Understanding that it brings is that we are all part of one "Great Family", all brothers and sisters on a journey. Yet negatively Jupiter in Cancer can stoke prejudices that make us identify with Tribal, Ethnic, Religious, Social or Political Identities.

Since the T-square comprising the big three Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto has been active since  mid last year when the Syrian opposition refused to join the Geneva I peace talks we must try and understand what the new entrant Mars in Libra brings to the table. We can see from the Capsolar and Full Moon chart at Geneva why the Mars leg of the Grand Cross placed on the MC is relevant now. That is not to say that the participants in the peace talks will rise to the highest potential that it represents.

Mars in Libra is about the need to  guide actions (Mars) by an enlightened social sensibility  and  mutual respect for one another (Libra).  

Since Mars will remain in Libra   till the end of July 2014 and complete the Grand Cross several times between now and then  (owing to retrograde motion) there is hope for peace in Syria. Can it also bring peace in the Mid-East ? Let us hope it can.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Astrology of the lightning strike on Christ’s statue in Rio

A lightning strike has damaged a thumb of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue. The thumb on the right hand of the 38m (125ft) statue was hit during a storm on Thursday night, officials said. [1]

Shown above is the chart for the 3 Nov 2013 solar eclipse at Rio. Conjunct the MC [13li] is the star Kraz [17li] of Corvus .  Among manifestations connected to this area Diana Rosenberg lists “lightning and electrical events”. [2] Uranus is conjunct 12 Andromedae – a star on the right hand of the Princess. 

Progressing the chart to 16 Jan brings  the Descendant to a conjunction with Kraz – the star associated with lightning and the Ascendant  to a conjunction with Uranus (electricity) and a quincunx aspect to the Sun. The Sun is conjunct Acrux, alpha Crux – a star in the Cross which by association is linked to Christ. [3]

"Crux is said to give perseverance, but many burdens, trials and responsibilities, together with much suffering and many hardships. In connection with rulerships of countries it may be noted that Brazil was named the Land of the Holy Cross by the discoverer Cabral on May 1st 1500, and that the constellation Crux has been represented on the postage stamps of that country".  [Robson, p.41.] [4]

[2]  Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.88-90)

[4] Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923

Friday, 17 January 2014

Pluto transit and Sunanda Pushkar’s death

Sunanda Pushkar (January 1, 1962 – January 17, 2014) was a businessperson and spouse of the Indian Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor (born 9 March 1956). On 17 January 2014, a day after the Twitter controversy, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in room number 345 of The Leela Palace Hotel in the Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi.

There are several pieces of the astrological jigsaw that we  try and piece together in this post. Firstly, Sunanda has her radix Sun [10cp] conjunct Venus [4cp] and Mars [5cp]. Shashi’s Mars [6cp] is also here. The New Moon on her birthday fell on Pluto [11cp] and her radix Sun activating the entire Sun-Venus-Mars complex. Pluto began transiting over this complex about 3 years ago when Sunanda and Shashi met and married in a fairy tale wedding.

Whatever part of our lives and of our psyches that Pluto touches, especially by hard transit, is an area that Pluto compels us to explore more deeply. Superficiality is not acceptable for Pluto. Pluto transits insist that we get in touch with our core purpose and our deep sense of power. New levels of intimacy, not only with others but also with ourselves, are discovered and uncovered.

Fear—sometimes intense fear—can reveal itself at the beginning of a challenging Pluto transit. We confront our "dark" side—those parts of us that are raw, primal, and instinctive. Resisting this process can cause us to externalize or project these parts of ourselves. If we do this, Pluto's energy has to go somewhere, so we end up meeting Pluto in our lives in the guise of events and people. If we are attracting jealous, manipulative, and controlling people or situations, we can ask ourselves why this is happening. Is there something in ourselves that is provoking this kind of behavior or circumstance?

Although transiting Pluto is often associated with such things as separation and deaths, it is important to note that Pluto's action is to revolutionize parts of ourselves, and events that take place at this time can just as easily be new relationships, births, and new beginnings in general.

With Pluto transit over Venus  relationships in general  become more intense, but especially those involving love and sex. You will experience emotional extremes and, if a relationship is in a rut, you are likely to decide to break it off. "All or nothing" may become your motto, and the "all" includes a depth and intensity of emotional response. [1]

The next piece of the jigsaw is the Davison Relationship Chart (DRC) for Sunanda and Shashi shown here. Notice a Venus-Mars-Pluto T-square.  Transit Neptune [3pi] and Sunanda’s progressed Sun [3pi]  conjoin Venus [4pi] of the T-square setting it off.  

I’ve noticed Venus square Pluto people often get entangled in love triangles. I find that this is common among people who have affairs on their partners, as well as people who end up being the “other woman/man”. This aspect is known for fatalistic tendencies in love. Venus-Pluto people are known for getting into addictive relationships, even if they’re toxic, because unavailable people are so attractive to them. Even in a painful situation, it’s still hard for Venus-Pluto people to let go because the feelings are so intense. [2]



A traditional Kerala Hindu wedding was solemnised at 8.30 am, on 22.08.2010 at the MP's ancestral home in Elevanchry, a village near Palakkad.

A chart drawn for the marriage is shown here. Notice the ominous presence of Saturn-Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter on the angles. The interpretation of the elements of the T-square are given below:

Saturn-Pluto-Uranus : the fear (Saturn)  of being overpowered, manipulated or being emotionally out of control (Pluto) because of  friends or group participation (Uranus); stress/tension creates an uncompromising situation that forces a disruption or break.

Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter: difficulties bring contact with experts in the medical field.

The composite Sun [28le] is conjunct the star Alpha (α) Hydra, Alfard,[27le] an orange star in the neck of the Watersnake.  Ebertin gives its influence as follows:

Of a Saturn nature, however, there is a measure of influence of Venus and Neptune. This combination is of a disadvantage in most cases…poisoned hatred in women, A 'poisoning' is also possible in a relationship between man and woman in marriage. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.50, under the name Alphard.]

Full Moon curtails NSA's spying

Corvus – the “black tongued” messenger

President Barack Obama is expected to order the National Security Agency (NSA) to stop storing data from Americans' phones, after a series of leaks about intelligence operations. Reports suggest Mr Obama will ask Congress to arrange how the data is stored, and how agencies can access it. The president is due to announce a number of changes to the spying system. BBC (17 Jan)

The chart for the current Full Moon at Washington shows it placed significantly on the meridian axis. In the Full Moon the Sun opposes the Moon, and here we see the Capricorn Sun representing the leaders  with their  focus on the  need to establish structures that protect the state  in opposition to the Cancerian Moon’s need  to allow the people their freedom to express their feelings. An opposition always reflects a need to find a new balance. Mars at the apex of the T-square on the Ascendant is conjunct the stars of  the black tongued  messenger Corvus, the Raven, the Virgin concerned with truth and justice and Bootes, the protector. The extract below from “Corvus – the Crow; Star Lore of Constellations” from Skyscript [1] describes how  Corvus – the pitiless informer of the dark deeds of others – was cursed by Apollo and removed from its position as a Messenger. Is it too difficult to see a similar re- arrangement taking place here with Obama deciding to announce changes in the spying system? 

Most universal crow-myths speak of the bird being originally white or silver, and cursed black on account of its dark deeds. Such is the case in the myth of Apollo and the Raven, for as the 1st century poet Ovid narrates:

"The bird was once of a silvery hue, with such snowy feathers it could rival any dove."

According to his tale, Corvus was tasked with keeping a watchful eye over Apollo's pregnant wife Coronis, and spied her with a lover:

"the bird of Phoebus detected her in wrongdoing and, a pitiless informer, determined to reveal her guilt".

In a fit of fury and despair Apollo killed his wife. The unborn child was rescued and raised as Aesculapius (aka Ophiuchus) under the care of the centaur Cheiron. This did not spare Apollo's hated of the bird who was the bearer of such a malicious report. He cursed it to the darkness of hell for taking pleasure in informing him of his wife's betrayal, as eloquently expressed by the 19th century American poet, J. C. Saxe:

Then he turned upon the Raven,
"Wanton babbler! see thy fate!
Messenger of mine no longer,
Go to Hades with thy prate!
Weary Pluto with thy tattle!
Hither, monster, come not back;
And - to match thy disposition -
Henceforth be thy plumage black"

Suchitra Sen – An Astro-obituary

Suchitra Sen

Suchitra Sen (6 April 1931 – 17 January 2014), was an Indian actress who acted in several Bengali films that mainly concentrated in the regions of Bengal and Bangladesh. In particular, the movies in which she paired opposite another legend in Bengali films, Uttam Kumar, became classics in the history of Bengali cinema. Known as the Greta Garbo of India for leading a reclusive life after she left films, Sen was an iconic star of regional Bengali cinema.

A chart drawn for the Sun’s entry into Capricorn at any location is considered by many astrologers as the Annual Chart for that place. In this chart drawn for Calcutta we see Venus station retrograde in the mundane 5th house. This is a house associated with theatres, films and entertainment so that by association it is linked to actors. Venus refers to actresses and beauty queens while retrogrades refer to the past. [1]. It was conjunct the star 46 Draconis of Draco [29cp52]. Draco presides over theatre and films so that we have actors Lon Chaney, James Dean, Basil Rathbone, Walter Slezak, James Earl Jones, Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Deborah Kerr, De Forrest Kelly and several others with placements here.

On 17th January, the transiting Sun [27cp] conjoins Venus [28cp] in the mundane 5th while the angles of the progressed Capsolar align with the Uranus-Pluto square – a combination associated with the end of an old order. Coincidentally, Suchitra Sen has her  radix  Uranus[15ar] square Pluto [18cn] with Sun [15ar] conjunct Uranus [15ar] and the star Altais, delta Draco. She also has a Venus opposite Neptune.  

Neptune dissolves the boundaries between illusion and “ordinary” common sense reality. Film-makers, actors and novelists are ruled by Neptune, since their work is of an illusionary nature. The ability to discern and appreciate subtlety is one of the main gifts of the Neptunian principle. This is one of the reasons why those whose charts are strongly touched by this planet are often very creative or artistic since Neptune heightens perception. [3]

Venus-Neptune yearns for an ethereal beauty and has a difficult  time accepting reality. In doing so they feel  they will fall short of some kind of a vision they or others have of them. This may be one of the reasons why Suchitra Sen had become a recluse shunning public gaze towards the end of her life and even in death the public was not allowed to see her. 

So it was only appropriate that a chart drawn for  Jan 17,2014; 8:25 am IST, Calcutta, the date and time of death has Neptune exactly rising on the horizon [3pi] at Calcutta opposite the actor’s radix Neptune [3vi].

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.527)