Friday, 31 October 2014

Lavish praise from teachers 'does not help pupils'

Teachers who give struggling pupils "lavish praise" could make them even less likely to succeed, research into classroom tactics has suggested. The Sutton Trust education charity has warned that many strategies used by teachers have no evidence to show that they really work. Too much praise for low achievers can "convey a message of low expectations". Robert Coe of Durham University said teachers needed to know what was "most likely to be effective".

Professor Rob Coe, author of the Sutton Trust report, and Professor Sonia Blandford, chief executive of Achievement for All, spoke to the Today programme about teaching methods and achievement. The study, What Makes Great Teaching, produced by Prof Coe for the Sutton Trust, drew on more than 200 pieces of research into what works in the classroom. BBC; Oct 31

In the previous post Apple CEO Tim Cook Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’, we looked at the First Quarter Moon phase. Shown here is the same Moon phase drawn for Sutton, UK.  Here too the Moon  lies opposite Juno, asteroid of relationships  creating a T-square with Pallas, the Sun and Venus.

Pallas: whether one is willing and/or able to do those things that will please another.
Venus: willingness to compromise and be nice and appreciative

Compliments are part of a strategy to please -and you'll  have to decide if integrity and truth are sacrificed because of "nice"  behaviors.

So the energies acting for Tim Cook and the teachers reported in the news above are the same. It is the reaction that is different. Tim’s case would be regarded as a positive expression since he did not compromise with his “truth” while  the teachers here are willing to lavish undeserving praise just to please their students!

This example brings out an important astrological principle. The planetary patterns are questions not answers. It is our response to those questions that produces answers and these answers can be very different. So different in fact that to a superficial observer, the underlying connecting principle may not be clear.

Having dealt with the “minute hand” of the cosmic clock let us look at the “hour hand”. Shown here is the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of April 15. Like the First Quarter Moon phase it was placed in the 5th mundane that is linked to children. The Moon is conjunct asteroids Ceres and Vesta. If Ceres is connected to nurturing and caring for children, Vesta is tough and impersonal so that the combination can refer to “tough love” or in other words it may be necessary to be cruel in order to be kind.

On the Ascendant [23ge] of the eclipse chart (as also on  the MC of the First Quarter phase)  is the star Capella, alpha Auriga [22ge], the nanny goat depicted with two kids in the arms of the Charioteer often shown holding a whip.  Auriga, has therefore been linked to teachers who need to look after children in their charge. Also here is Phact, alpha Columba [22ge] – the gentle dove, so that the dilemma presented can be seen to be connected with the news.

Progressing the eclipse chart to Oct.31, the date of the news, aligns the meridian axis with the radix eclipse luminaries, Ceres and Vesta triggering the issues mentioned above.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’

The CEO of Apple announced he’s gay Thursday, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world. “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Tim Cook, who took the reins of the world’s most valuable company from the late co-founder Steve Jobs, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek. The highly private Cook has never publicly acknowledged his sexuality, though it was widely rumored outside the company, and he writes that colleagues at Apple already knew.

Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook  was born November 1, 1960 in Mobile, Alabama. His radix Sun [9sc] is conjunct Neptune [9sc] and opposite Hades [9ta] – the TNP associated with secrets. About this conjunction in Tim’s chart Astropost [1] writes:

Kind of interesting that the CEO of Apple is a man with Sun conjunct Neptune in his natal chart. This aspect signals discretion, 'double lives', a romantic, fantastic or idealistic view of the world and being either a dreamer or a visionary person. It seems that his sexual orientation is a secret.

Well then, the obvious question is what happened for Tim Cook to reveal his sexual orientation? Shown here is the chart for the First Quarter Moon at Mobile, Alabama – Cook’s birthplace. Firstly, the Sun[17sc]; Venus [9sc] square Moon [7aq] form a T-square to his radix Sun-Neptune-Hades. The Moon is conjunct a Super Nova – SN1987A about which Philip Sedgwick writes in his The Soul of the Sky.

First and foremost, metaphorical interpretations to emerge from SN 1987A symbolize the necessary evolution of ego/psychology to soul/spirit. The pre-explosion mass loss symbolically represents the shedding of unnecessary defenses, attachments or "baggage." Now it's showtime! Suddenly, virtually instantly, in all one's splendor, everything about the core of one's being burst forth, displayed with peacock-like pride as soon as life’s unnecessary matter gets shed. The SN 1987A individual becomes a symbol of inner evolution. Striking results appear as a result of one's internal "journey." The before and after implications reflect brilliantly for everyone outside the self to see. One bursts through the shell of defensiveness, permitting a vista into the core of their being, with no harboring hesitation. The message is clear. Not evolving is destructive.

The Moon also lies opposite Juno, asteroid of relationships and partnerships of all types, thus creating a T-square with Pallas, the Sun and Venus. Martha Wescott provides the following key phrase for Pallas

Pallas: whether one is willing and/or able to do those things that will please another.

In other words with Juno square Pallas, the question is whether in matters connected with relationships one is ready to lead a “double life” just to please others.

Kronos-Hades: People in high places keep secrets.

Hades-Pluto: unacknowledged emotions bring an internal festering; to recognize that a catharsis demands return to the past and a confrontation with secrets or one’s history. (Note: Eros is conjunct Pluto so that some of these secrets are about sexuality)

Uranus-Pluto: sudden events connected with emergent (formerly repressed) psychological content.

The TNP Hades [4cn] on the Ascendant is conjunct the star Mu (μ) Gemini, Tejat Posterior,[5cn] in the right heel of the northern Twin, Castor, in the constellation of the Twins. About this star Nick Fiorenza [2] writes:

Alignments with the foot of Castor can indicate hiding in the closet or in one's own mental obscurations and illusions. Tejat indicates that it is time to come out of hiding, to become visible, to stand forth in the limelight to be seen, and to make self available or approachable. Tejat will bring forth that which has been suppressed to be seen and in doing so may draw experiences that are reflections of parts of our selves that seem rather dark and opposing to our unfoldment. Forces of the mortal world may indeed be out for our demise, but they are our worthy opponents, for they reflect the fears, hesitancies, and blockages within our selves to step through into our paths of fulfillment in the world. Tejat asks that us be willing to walk through the shadows of self to claim our power and place in the physical world.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal

BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed an accord clinched in Brussels barely 24 hours before he and the rest of his team make way for a new EU executive.

To understand this very positive development in a region torn by conflict we will  go back to the April 15, 2014 Lunar Eclipse which was culmination or fulfilment  stage of the New Moon of March 30. Given below is a summary extract from Nick Fiorenza’s blogpost Actualizing Revolutionary Change [1] on the New moon theme.

This New Moon catalyzes an unprecedented lunar cycle providing opportunity for revolutionary change in many facets of our personal lives and in the world. The main event occurring in this lunar month is the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Square. This Grand Square gateway is intense, challenging and deeply cathartic. The New-Moon conjoins Algenib of the Great Square of Pegasus, the wing tip of Pegasus, bringing inspiration to take decisive action to lift ourselves to greater heights, above the thrashing waters of psychic-emotional turmoil and binding limitations of an antiquated paradigm, both our personal paradigms and our global paradigm.

The April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse occurs just into sidereal Libra conjoining Ceres and Vesta opposite the Sun-Juno-Eris conjunction. Notice also the Vesta-Ceres-Moon conjunction nesting between Mars and the North Lunar Node, creating one entire energetic directly in opposition to the entire stellium of planets including the Sun-Juno-Eris conjunction and the Mercury-Uranus conjunction. Thus our Lunar Eclipse becomes another significant dynamic of the Grand Square.

The Full Moon conjoins Spica and Archturus, the same location as the Earth-Vesta and Earth-Ceres synods. Thus, it brings the essence of the synodic themes into the forefront, and to our Grand Square gateway, starting now. It, along with Pluto's station, invites an emotional relinquishment and a refocus of our energies and efforts toward that which is far more of issue than anything occurring on the global stage, ensuring the opportunity for the safe evolutionary continuance and fulfillment for all of humankind and for all of life on Earth. This obviously is major for this to occur in the area of global powers, politics and the global economy, yet it is up to the people of the world and especially those who are breaking trail into a new conscious awareness and new world paradigm—the cultural creatives. The Sun-Juno conjunction brings attention to partnership of all types, those personal and those of business and politics, and those between countries. The Lunar focus is Ceres and Vesta under the Archturian directive—focus, dedication and commitment to the fundamental nourishment required to support all life on Earth and for our evolutionary fulfillment.

Progressing the eclipse chart at Brussels to October 30, the date of the agreement aligns the radix luminaries, the Nodal axis, the  TNP Apollon linked to business and the asteroid Juno associated with partnerships with the meridian axis. Since as Nick Fiorenza explains the eclipse was  part of a powerful and transformative Grand Cross, we have a rather surprising agreement between adversaries that bodes well for the future.

Finally, if we regard eclipses and ingresses as the  “hour hand” of the cosmic clock, they are usually accompanied by lunations or planetary aspects that act as the “minute hand”. On 30 October, Venus formed an exact square with Juno that fell precisely in aspect to the horizon axis at Brussels. Keywords and phrases for Juno and Venus are:

JUNO: Partners; relationships; maintenance of one's rights or position with other; question of rights and fairness/compromise; enforcement of fairness; potential for score-keeping, jealousy, fears of abandonment & infidelity; tallying ($$$ & fairness).

VENUS: willingness to compromise.

Juno-Venus: compromise in a business partnership.

Japan needs to reassess alliance with US

Japan will today begin exercises with the U.S. Army on its northernmost island of Hokkaido, a day after it started naval maneuvers with Russia 500 miles (800 kilometers) away off the coast of Vladivostok. The drills illustrate the balance Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must strike between his attempts to mend relations with Russia and the need to bolster his country’s alliance with the U.S. as a backstop to a more assertive China in the region.

“What’s difficult for Japan is that the alliance with the U.S. is the centerpiece of its security policy,” said Taisuke Abiru, a research fellow specializing in Russia at research group The Tokyo Foundation. “How can they maintain this alongside relations with Russia? This is an extremely important problem for Prime Minister Abe now.”  Oct 27.

Shown here is the chart for Japan based on the postwar constitution going into effect.
May 03 1947; 12.00.00 AM JST (-09); Tokyo [1].

Japan’s current “peace” constitution was written in ten days February 1947 by two dozen American military and civilian personnel, supervised by Lieut. Col. Charles L. Kades, within Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur’s GHQ occupation command. It was obviously not in the best interest of Japan. Magosaki Ukeru’s best-selling book, The Truth about [Japan’s] Post-War History 1945-2012 presents an often shocking picture of opportunism and toadyism to U.S. hegemonic demands among Japan’s politicians and, particularly, its foreign affairs bureaucrats, during most of the post war period.  He describes a philosophical and psychological divide that has existed in Japan’s politics between those who would essentially be blind followers and supporters of U.S. policy, and those who would give primacy to Japan’s interests and seek an independent course. [2]

Does the Japan mundane chart bear this out? Here we find the Sun [11ta] is opposite the asteroid 1999 TD10 [11sc]. Juan Antonio Revilla [1] provides the following key phrases for TD10/Sun combinations.

<<Sun/TD10 must fight against oppression and death... TD10 doesn't want the Sun to exist, doesn't want it to have individuality, it wants to suppress it. The result is an inner division that is fundamental, stemming from the roots, part of the justification to exist.>>

>- violation and destruction of sovereignty.
>- fundamentalism, omnipotent authoritarianism
>- "playing God", or "playing daddy".

The current solar return chart for Japan has a Grand Cross straddling the meridian axis. The meaning of elements of the Cross  as provided by Martha Wescott are:

Uranus-Pluto: Power struggles with friends; to recognize that the threat of separation or demand for independence can bring vindictive reactions or is based on attempts to regain control.
Ceres-Vesta: emotional distancing from care-givers
Ceres-Pluto: A need  for a return to integrity ; to learn to be true to oneself and  not harbor or permit long  periods of unhealthy dependence on others.
Vesta-Pluto: Can you remain  detached, step back and see psychological  processes, motives and emotional ploys without being drawn in, without  being  "engaged" in the struggle or outcome?

Progressing the solar return chart to Oct.27, the date of the news, aligns the Grand Cross with the horizon axis bringing events in which the central issues mentioned above are highlighted.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The White House defended its commitment to Israel as it sought to tamp down controversy over an anonymous comment attributed to a top Obama administration official denigrating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu lashed out at the comment, contained in an article in The Atlantic magazine. An unidentified senior U.S. official is quoted by columnist Jeffrey Goldberg calling Netanyahu a “chickensh-t” who’s afraid to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or Sunni Arab states. The flap threatened to worsen already tense relations between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu, amid a deepening feud with the U.S. over Israeli construction in contested east Jerusalem. 

A Davison relationship chart drawn for Israel [14.05.1938;16:37 EET, Tel Aviv] and the US Sibly [4.07.1776; 17:14 LMT, Philadelphia] works out to [9.06.1862;18:26 GMT, 36°N00'34'', 020°W11'55''].

The current dynamics in the US-Israel Davison Relationship chart [DRC] was analyzed in  previous posts [1] [2]. Taking off from there, here are the transits for the present. The interpretations  from Solar Fire very accurately depict the diplomatic row  mentioned in the news. No commentary is required.

Dynamic Chart (19):
 sibley - Natal
 israel - Natal - Relationship - Davison
 9 Jun 1862 NS, 18:25:49, GMT +0:00
 Midpoint in Space, 36°N00'34'', 020°W11'55''
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Koch Houses,  True Node

Selection: Transits Only - Hard Aspects (1 Year)

Sat (1)    Cnj          Asc (1)   (X)           Tr-Co      19 Oct 2014                         22°Sc31' D            22°Sc31' D
Sat (1)    Sqq         Mer (8)  (X)           Tr-Co      29 Nov 2014                         27°Sc15' D            12°Cn15' D
Plu (2)    Opp        Mer (8)  (X)           Tr-Co      4 Dec 2014                           12°Cp15' D           12°Cn15' D

Transiting Saturn Conjunction Radix Ascendant
You may feel cut off from other people, isolated as you come to terms with yourself and your role in key relationships in your life. In some cases your relationship with your partner may end if adjustments can't be made. The benefit of this time is to give you a clearer idea of who you are in essence and how you want to relate to the world.

Transiting Saturn SesquiSquare Radix Mercury
The communication barriers just don't seem to be able to be pulled down at the moment. You are frustrated by either the spoken or written word.

Transiting Pluto Opposition Radix Mercury
You feel that the world is out to stop you communicating your true self and in fact, it is likely that news from external sources is particularly disturbing during this period. Someone else may be forcing their opinions on you or an unexpected crisis may arise stretching your communication skills to the limit.

Shown here is the DRC precessed solar return chart progressed to October 28, when the Atlantic Magazine first broke the news [3]. Notice the Grand Cross containing Uranus-Pluto-Mercury-Mars-Kronos-Hades on the angles.

To see links between “fame and shame” – vulgarity, coarseness or lack of taste through prominent persons or leadership.

To be aware of power struggles between friends or within groups; to encounter psychological volatility.

This gives rise to  "emphatic expression."  It may mean that people use words  to challenge or be combative and argumentative.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Antares Rocket Explodes at Lift-Off

(Reuters) - An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but officials said no one was hurt. The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT (Oct. 28) carrying a Cygnus cargo ship for the space station. It exploded in a huge fireball moments later.

In this case we will see how several cosmic factors working together have become the cause of the accident.  We  start with the most important factors which I term the “hour hand” of the clock. Here we have at least two (a) the sidereal Capricorn Ingress  also called the “Capsolar” (b) the current Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of October 8. But first let us  look at the Capsolar and progress it to the date of the event. Notice that the Capsolar has a powerful Grand Cross on the angles which appears once again on the angles in the progressed chart. 

The Cross contains Mars-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter-Kronos-Hades.  Martha Wescott provides the following delineations for the elements:

Hades-Uranus: Haste, impulsiveness or innovation invite mistakes; to see a sudden unexpected “turn for the worse”.
Hades-Zeus: to hear of damages through weapons, fires or explosions that cause a decline in conditions.
Uranus-Zeus: A good image for this  is "a bolt of lightning" -- There is a union here of fire with the principle of suddeness,  accidental or electricity. Perhaps electrical switches are hot or wires overloaded.  There may also be electrical problems with tools, motors,   appliances or heating systems.

We are still in the wake of the powerful Lunar Eclipse of Oct. 8, which serves as the second “hour hand”. Here the eclipse luminaries are aligned with the horizon and a Grand Cross with the same elements as the Capsolar aligns with the angles.

Apart from the progression of the Capsolar, the Moon’s ingress into Capricorn served as the “minute hand” of the cosmic clock  that timed the event. This took place at 10:03UT on Oct.28 once again putting a skewed Grand Cross with the same elements  on the angles. Also notice that the Moon was just about 2 hrs. away from a conjunction to Mars that had entered Capricorn on Oct 26 - two days before.

Finally, let us conclude with a bit on the symbolic meaning of this accident. The event took place under the Crescent Moon phase of Oct.27. At the Wallops Flight Facility, the Ascendant for the moon phase was 15sa55 conjunct the star Antares [10sa]. Please remember that  the orb of conjunction for the angles is 7 degrees [1].

Mathematically inclined readers may like to work out the probability for a coincidence like this. It would certainly be very low. Even so, rationalists would reject the idea that even names can fall into surrealistic patterns. If, on the other hand, we accept such a possibility then we have to allow for a very different reality from the one to which we are accustomed. Might the coincidental naming of the rocket  after a famous star be pointing for a need to examine what the star stands for in classical astrology.

In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment. [2]

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline. The group said the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan failed to address key pressures on the reef including climate change and coastal development. Much bolder action was needed, said Academy Fellow Professor Terry Hughes. "The science is clear, the reef is degraded and its condition is worsening," said Prof Hughes. "This is a plan that won't restore the reef, it won't even maintain it in its already diminished state," he said in a statement released on Tuesday. BBC; Oct. 28

To understand this news I take readers back to the April 15 Lunar Eclipse. The chart for the eclipse is drawn for Canberra, where Australia's Academy of Science has its headquarters. Notice that the eclipse was very significant for the place since the luminaries were aligned with the horizon axis.

The following summary extract from Nick Fiorenza’s blogpost on the March 30, 2014 lunar theme Actualizing Revolutionary Change  [1] briefly explains the role of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014.

The  Total Lunar Eclipse occured at the same longitude as Archturus-Spica conjoining Ceres and Vesta opposite the Sun-Juno-Eris conjunction. Due to Ceres’ association with the land and the environment, Ceres is of particular interest in charts associated with environmental changes or events.

The Archturus-Spica longitude (24li) defines the overall directive of this area of the zodiak, specifically Archturus. It is about the ensuring the safe evolutionary experience of souls on Earth. The area just before this longitude (late sidereal Virgo) is about responsibility to ensure proper environmental conditions exist for the safe and harmonious gestation and formation of life. This is about both our geological environment as well as our internal biological terrain.

Lunar eclipses tend to be more emotionally palpable in nature, how we feel about things on the inner and how we respond to our life experience. They are about releasing the emotional bonds within ourselves that glue us to involvements that are less than we truly want or deserve. They are also about the emotional and experiential aspects of our relations with others and with the world. Lunar eclipses provide opportunity for an emotional resynchronization.

Pluto is on the MC of the eclipse chart as part of the change producing Grand Cross while eclipse luminaries form hard aspects to a Venus-Neptune conjunction.

Pluto indicates the ability of people to regenerate after a disaster, and rules our ecological conscience.  Neptune rules oceans and in an Ingress, Lunation and Eclipse chart  it is linked to  marine disasters [2]. 

Progressing the eclipse chart to October 28 brings the radix luminaries once again in alignment with the horizon axis bringing to our awareness all the issues mentioned above.


UK house prices in biggest monthly fall in a year

House prices in England and Wales fell by 0.2% in September - the biggest monthly fall in nearly a year, according to the Land Registry. Annual house price inflation also fell, from 8.4% in August, to 7.2% in September. That is the first time since May 2013 that the yearly rate has gone down, the Land Registry said. The largest monthly fall was in Yorkshire and Humberside, where prices declined by 2.2%. The average house price is now £177,299, well short of the peak of £181,324 in November 2007. BBC; 28 October 2014

It is well known that an eclipse creates major changes especially in areas ruled by the house it falls. Shown here is the chart for the solar eclipse of 23 October at London. Notice that it falls in the mundane fourth house.

Fourth House:
Land; buildings and the property market.

Therefore, the news about a steep fall in property prices should come as no surprise.

US used Nazis as Cold War spies

Declassified US records reveal the nation's intelligence chiefs used hundreds of Nazis as spies and informants after World War Two. Central Intelligence Agency officials are said to have turned to the country's former enemies to help beat the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Academics studying the documents say America used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis. BBC; Oct.28.

This news is best understood if we plot the chart for the last solar eclipse of October 23, 2014 at Washington,DC. The 7th house in mundane astrology deals with enemies of the nation [1]. With the eclipse here placed in tropical Scorpio – the sign linked to spies and spying – is at all surprising that we are hearing news about the use of ex-Nazis for spying? The eclipse forms a Grand Trine with Hades-Kronos and Neptune. Martha Wescott [2] provides the following delineations.

Kronos-Hades: Government or authority figures have indulged in “dirty business” or hidden activities.

Neptune-Kronos: to recognize deception in high places or bureaucracies; authorities are able to fool people.

Hades-Neptune: disillusionment with or secrecies of the past.

The eclipse puts a Grand Cross on the meridian axis. In this case  Pluto in Capricorn on the MC refers to a Government spy agency like the CIA. A retrograde Mercury refers to the past while Hades-Kronos is spy chief like Edgar Hoover. Uranus is in the 12th house about which Deborah Houlding [3] writes:

The 12th house represents matters that are hidden, restrained, secret… I have often noted transits to Uranus in this house denote a time when guilty secrets and hidden vices are exposed.

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha-Lang Wescott

Monday, 27 October 2014

History in the stars – Emperor Constantine

The Battle of the Milvian Bridge took place between the Roman Emperors Constantine I and Maxentius on 28 October 312. It takes its name from the Milvian Bridge, an important route over the Tiber. Constantine won the battle and started on the path that led him to end the Tetrarchy and become the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. Maxentius drowned in the Tiber during the battle. According to chroniclers such as Eusebius of Caesarea and Lactantius, the battle marked the beginning of Constantine's conversion to Christianity. It is commonly stated that on the evening of 27 October with the armies preparing for battle, Constantine had a vision which led him to fight under the protection of the Christian God. The details of that vision, however, differ between the sources reporting it. According to one version, Constantine with his army was marching when he looked up to the sun and saw a cross of light above it, and with it the Greek words "Εν Τούτ Νίκα", En toutō níka, usually translated into Latin as "in hoc signo vinces," both phrases have the literal meaning "In this sign,[you shall] conquer.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of this battle  which brought Christianity to Rome. It is without doubt  one among other great battles that changed the course of history. In this blogsite we have seen how significant historical events are indicated by eclipses. This one is no different. Shown here is the chart for the solar eclipse of September 17, 312 just about a month before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Notice that the Ascendant [18cp21] is square Neptune [13li51] which is conjunct Gacrux [13li19], gamma Crux of the Cross and even more precisely square Acrux [18li36]; alpha Crux.

The eclipse [24vi51] is conjunct the star Kraz, [23vi56] beta Corvus of the Raven – the bearer of prophetic messages. About Corvus Nick Fiorenza writes:

Corvus is of high intelligence, ingenuity, imagination, insight and adaptability. The brains of Ravens are among the largest of any bird species. They are problem solvers, inventors and are highly opportunistic. Corvus is the keeper of secrets and a knowledge holder, but is also a prophetic revealer--the "raven messenger bird" to those who are spiritually and physically attuned, and who ask and listen. Corvus reminds us to pay attention to the signs or messages naturally expressing through the world around us moment-by-moment. The signs found in the simplest of life experience can have meaning if we are willing to be attentive to them. In fact, we can even ask to receive guidance simply by briefly holding the intent to inquire and then letting it go.

The eclipse was square Mars[21sa17] and Uranus [23sa13]. These were conjunct Rukbat [23sa] and Arkab [22sa] of the constellation of the Archer about which the Roman astrologer Manilius wrote:

As for the Archer, when the foremost portion of his cloak rises, he will give birth to hearts renowned in war and will conduct the conqueror, celebrating great triumphs in the sight of all, to his country's citadels. [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 4, p.267]

Progressing the eclipse chart to 28 October 312, the date of the battle, brings Mars-Uranus to the MC signalling the battle.

Death of sportsmen at Crescent Moon

News item 1
The goalkeeper and captain of South Africa's national football team has been shot dead by gunmen who broke into the house of his girlfriend. Senzo Meyiwa, 27, was killed after two armed men entered the house in the Vosloorus township near Johannesburg on Sunday evening while an accomplice waited outside, police said. Seven people were believed to have been inside the house, including Meyiwa, when the suspects forced their way into the property.

News item 2
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

Both news items are about the death of sportsmen that coincidentally occurred on Sunday, Oct. 26 on the eve of the Crescent Moon. Is there anything in the stars that explain these two similar incidents so far apart? Shown here are the charts of the Crescent Moon phase for the two places. The Moon activates the Mercury-Uranus-Pluto T-square which is prominently placed on the angles in both cases. Under probable manifestation for Uranus-Pluto Ebertin lists:

Acts of violence; upsets; putting a gun to someone’s head; an accident.

Also with Mercury [17li] is the asteroid Toro [18li] while with Pluto [11cp] is Orpheus [18cp]. The meaning of the two asteroids provided by Martha Wescott [1] are:

Toro: muscle flexing-psychologically or physically; football; prizefighting; toughness.
Orpheus: contact with death.

Toro-Orpheus: The death of sportsmen


The Crescent Moon [19sa] is conjunct  Lambda (λ) Hercules, Maasym,  a deep yellow star on the left arm of the Kneeling Man. Hercules is figure that in modern times would be associated with sportsmen.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Giant gold 'Butte Nugget’ sells to secret Bay Area buyer

Just one day after it was unveiled to awed crowds in San Francisco, the whopping 'Butte Nugget’ of gold sold Friday (Oct.24) to a “prominent Bay Area collector” for an undisclosed amount of money, according to the company brokering the deal. “The new owner wants to be secretive, so we can’t name him,” said Don Kagin of Tiburon, the coin dealer who acted as middle-man between the buyer and the prospector who found the 6.07-pound gold lump — the biggest nugget of its kind found in modern times in Gold Rush country.

The Full Moon lunar eclipse of April 14, 2014 at San Francisco had the Sun [25ar] placed in the fourth house and part of a Grand Cross that straddled the meridian axis. About the fourth house Deborah Houlding writes:

This house also rules hidden treasure and the treasures of the earth, such as mines and minerals, gems, oil, wells and water supplies; Lilly notes: "profit out of the bowels of the Earth".

The Sun [25ar] is conjunct  dim stars of the gold bedecked Queen Cassiopeia. About this constellation  Manilius wrote:

"From Cassiope come the enhancement of beauty and devices for adorning the body: from gold has been sought the means to give grace to the appearance; precious stones have been spread over head, neck, and hands and golden chains have shone on snow-white feet. What products would a grand lady like Cassiope prefer her sons to handle rather than those she could turn to her own employments? And that material for such employment should not be lacking, she bids men look for gold beneath the ground, uproot all which nature stealthily conceals, and turn earth upside down in search of gain; she bids them detect the treasure in lumps of ore and finally, for all its reluctance, expose it to a sky it has never seen". [Manilius, Astronomica, book 5, 1st century AD, p.343.]

Progressing the eclipse chart to Oct. 24 brings the eclipse Sun and South Node to the MC triggering the event.

Analysis of the US-Russia Relationship Chart

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.

Shown here is the Davison Relationship Chart (DRC) for Russia and the US. The data for the two charts are available at references [1] and [2]. The table below gives the current solar arc directions in the DRC.


 Sibley - Natal
 Russia - Natal - Relationship - Davison
 30 Mar 1884 NS, 19:45:19, GMT +0:00
 Midpoint in Space, 47°N51'04'', 018°W47'25''
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Koch Houses,  True Node

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns (Current)

Sat (12)  Opp        Sun (6)   (X)           Sa-Co     6 Jan 2014            10°Li31' D             10°Ar31' D
Sat (1)    Cnj          Asc (1)   (X)           Sa-Co     12 Jun 2015          11°Li53' D             11°Li53' D 

These directions are well known to produce adversities of all kinds and a breakdown in relationships.Events in the last one year appear to support these delineations.

A further confirmation comes from the current Uranus-Pluto square which falls on the DRC angles. Pluto transit to the IC square the horizon axis is interpreted as follows:

Others are forcing upheaval or crisis; they are “coming on too strong”; to see group members “swing their weight around” and establish power [3].

To see attempts to force change or rupture; change or unexpected reactions based on resentments, compulsion, ultimatums or threats to control; power struggle with friends or within groups; to encounter psychological volatility; aware of sudden events associated with large scale changes [3] 

[3] The Orders of Light;  Martha-Lang Wescott