Thursday, 31 December 2015

Fire engulfs Dubai hotel ahead of New Year celebrations





Ara – the fiery altar



A huge fire has engulfed a 63-storey hotel in central Dubai ahead of a New Year's Eve firework display.Despite the blaze at the Address hotel, the display at the nearby Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, started as planned at midnight. Officials say the fire has been brought largely under control and 16 people suffered mostly minor injures. It is unclear what caused the blaze, which broke out as large crowds had gathered to ring in the new year. People were asked to leave the area around the Address Downtown Hotel, which was evacuated. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35207451


Astrologers have found that major events show up in several mundane events that resonate  to a common central theme.  To start with the current New Moon [19sa02] of December 11 was conjunct the star eta (η) Ara [19sa06].

The word Ara comes from the Indo-European root *as- 'To burn, glow'. It represents the heavenly Altar created by the gods of Mount Olympus to celebrate the defeat of the titans where the gods swore their allegiance to the supreme god Zeus (Jupiter). The smoke from the altar was said to pour out to create the Milky Way. According to another account Ara was the altar on which the Centaur (Centaurus) offered his sacrifice of Lupus. Centaurus is traditionally depicted as carrying Lupus, the Wolf, to sacrifice on Ara, the altar [1].





During the lunar month beginning December 11, and closer to the event, three mundane events carry the theme of the New Moon “Ara – fire”.  These are (a) Uranus station direct on Dec.26 (b) Mars square Mercury on Dec. 29 (c) the Disseminating Moon of Dec. 29. 






Notice that the charts for each of these carries the Uranus-Pluto-Zeus T-square prominently aspecting the angles at Dubai. In a previous post on the Christmas day Australia fire I wrote:

Readers will be aware that Uranus has just stationed direct in tropical Aries (a fire sign). Where should we most expect it to show its face? Well at least very prominently in places where the station is caught on the angles. Look at the chart for Uranus station at Wye River. Notice that it is placed on the Ascendant opposite Mars and the TNP Zeus on the descendant. Both Mars and Zeus are related to fires. Uranus is conjunct lambda Cephei, in the King’s head. Cepheus  was called  “inflammatus” by the Romans. Also here are stars of Fornax, the Furnace so that Diana Rosenberg lists this area as a place of fires. [2]






[2] Christmas Day blaze guts Australia homes


PS:

BBC reports “The fire broke out at about 21:30 local time (17:30 GMT) and appeared to engulf much of the building, a five-star hotel and apartment complex, within 10 minutes”. A chart for this exact time also carries the Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus in hard aspect to the Ascendant.


Why so many White American men are dying







In November 2015, two Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, published a report analyzing mortality rates among Americans from 1999 to 2013. Their findings violently overturned our fundamental expectations for life expectancy in 21st-century America.. When Case and Deaton’s study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in early November, the intelligentsia slipped into a kind of paranoid rapture. Journalists, pundits and op-ed potentates came out in droves to offer their takes on the dismaying statistics. There are some clear hints as to what was going on: The data show that the uptick in deaths was primarily from drug and alcohol poisonings and suicides, with liver disease a somewhat distant third culprit. But there was no clear explanation for why middle-age white Americans were overdosing and killing themselves at such unprecedented rates.








A chart  for  the first exact  Saturn-Neptune square on 26 November, drawn for Princeton is shown here.  The two planets are prominently placed  forming a T-square with the luminaries on the horizon axis.  Neptune represents the urge to transcend and escape from ordinary reality. And when manifesting negatively, it  may draw us  into denying the physical world: drugs, alcohol, lies, cheating and fantasies.  On the Ascendant with Saturn, a karmic planet associated with facing consequences, is the Sun and the  star delta (δ) Ophiuchus, Yed Prior, in the left hand of the healer struggling with the Serpent, a symbol of toxic poisons. In an ancient Euphratean tablet this star is referred to as “Man of Death” – an obvious reference to death and mortality. So when we combine the influences, we can see that this explains the  result of the study – increased mortality on account of indiscriminate use of drugs.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Ancient Ram Statue Unearthed On Christmas Eve




Israeli archaeologists on Christmas Eve unearthed an impressive marble statue of a ram they believe may have been meant to represent the faithful, or Jesus himself. Found in the ancient port city of Caesarea near a Byzantine church, the well-preserved statue represents a rather common image in Christian art. “In ancient Christianity Jesus was not portrayed as a person. Instead, symbols were used, one of which was the ram,” Peter Gendelman and Mohammad Hater, directors of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement.
In Christian imagery, the animal is often depicted carried on the shoulders of the “Good Shepherd,” that is, Jesus, and sometimes the animal is situated to the left or right of Jesus. “It may or may not be a coincidence, but the statue was uncovered on Christmas Eve,” Gendelman and Hater said.









In mundane astrology, the angles are of paramount importance. The reason for this is easy to understand. While a mundane event like a lunation is valid for the entire world, it is the planets or stars aspecting the angles that are specific for a place. 








Shown here is the Christmas Full Moon chart  at Hadera, a modern city close to ancient Caesarea. On the Ascendant [8ta02] of the chart is the star Hamal [7ta53]. Alpha (α) Aries, Hamal, is a yellow star on the forehead of the Ram. Meanwhile,the MC is square Mars [24li] which is conjunct the star alpha (α) Bootes, Arcturus,  a golden red star situated on the left knee of the Herdsman or Shepherd!

The Fracturing of the European Union



Charts are true. Utterly. With a precision that can stun. The task, then, is to learn and understand the factors and techniques that reveal the truth – Martha Wescott









Numerous recent comments in the media focus on the potential break-up of the EU under the pressure of growing contradictions and tensions. Reuters correspondent Paul Taylor writes under the headline “Europe’s year from hell may presage worse to come”: “The crises of 2015 have threatened to tear the Union apart and left it battered, bruised, despondent and littered with new barriers.” The EU is living proof that it is impossible to unite the continent on a capitalist basis. The defence of capitalist private property and the free movement of capital and profits, which are the focus of the EU treaties, inevitably have the consequence that the most powerful corporations in the EU set the tone and the strongest states impose their will on the weaker. Instead of alleviating national and social contradictions, the EU exacerbates them to the extreme.







A chart for the European Union  (November 1, 1993 ; 0:00 CET; Brussels) with only the elements relevant to our discussion is shown here. As readers are doubtless aware, the progression of the Sun, Ascendant and MC fall in a very important  category of their own.   Currently, the progressed MC [24ta] is conjunct the Moon[24ta] triggering the T-square which contains a Pluto-TNP Cupido conjunction square Saturn.

Pluto-Cupido: the sense of family and relationship goes through a radical change; power struggles and changes within organizations or groups; changes in membership within organizations.  (with Saturn): Family composition changed through separations [1].





[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott (p.94-95)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Thai king's favourite dog Tongdaeng dies





Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's favourite dog, Tongdaeng, who became a national celebrity, has died at the age of 17. The kind adopted Tongdaeng in 1998 as a puppy and wrote a book praising her loyalty and obedience. Last month, a man was charged with insulting Tongdaeng on social media and could face up to 37 years in jail under Thailand's lese-majeste laws. The strict laws protect the king and his family against defamation. As he has aged, King Bhumibol's public appearances have become more scarce - but until recently, when he did appear, it was often in the company of the reddish-brown dog Tongdaeng, says the BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok. Dec.29 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35195046







As shown in this chart above, the Christmas Full Moon fell on the horizon axis at  Thailand’s capital Bangkok. The Ascendant [7cn] conjoined the TNPs Kronos-Hades and the star Mirzam [7cn]. Beta (β), Mirzam, is a white 2nd magnitude star in Canis Major on the front left paw of the Greater Dog.

Murzim, generally but less correctly Mirzam, and occasionally Mirza, is from Al Murzim, the Announcer. This star Mirzam or beta (β) Canis Major, was often combined by the Arabs with the star beta (β) Canis Minor (Gomeisa), and these two beta stars together were titled "The Announcers", heralding the coming of Sirius, the biggest star in the sky, because they rose before Sirius in the night sky. In the plural they were Al Mirzamani, or as Al Mirzama al Shi'rayain, the two Sirian Announcers; Ideler's idea of the applicability of this title being that this star announced the immediate rising of the still brighter Sirius [1].

The TNPs Kronos-Hades on the Ascendant  form a quincunx aspect to Saturn in the 6th house. Among other things, the 6th house rules “pets” [2].

Kronos-Saturn: Events through the patriarch, elder statesman or  aging leader [3]

Hades-Kronos: A leader in decline [3].


Placed exactly opposite on the descendant is the asteroid Lacrimosa [7cp] that is associated with death so that putting the elements together, it should be no surprise that we hear about the death of an ailing King’s pet dog. 



[3] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott




Qatari ex-emir breaks leg at ski resort








Nine Qatari royal aircraft made consecutive landings over the weekend at Zurich Airport, after the former emir of Qatar reportedly broke his leg at a Moroccan ski resort. The planes were cleared to land despite a local ban on night flights. The first Airbus of Qatari royal fleet arrived at Zurich-Kloten shortly after midnight last Saturday, local newspaper Tages Anzeiger reports. It was cleared to land by the Swiss Air Force because the Civil Aviation Authority’s office was closed at the time. Under current regulations, overnight take-offs and landings are prohibited at Zurich Airport to avoid disturbing local residents with aircraft noise. The flight came directly from Marrakech, Morocco, where Qatar’s royal family was vacationing at Ifrane ski resort in the Atlas Mountains, and was reportedly carrying former ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who abdicated in 2013 due to poor health. Earlier on Thursday, the Qatari government’s communications office said the sheikh had suffered “a broken leg while on holiday” and was flown to Zurich on Saturday for surgery. Dec.29







The horoscope of Qatar is based on its independence from the British on September 1, 1971; 0:00 am; Doha [1]. The radix Sun [7vi] is square the Saturn-Kronos-Jupiter-Neptune axis with transiting Saturn [10sa] opposite the Saturn-Kronos end and transit Neptune opposite the Sun. Currently the progressed Sun [21li] is square the radix Saturn [6ge]. Keyphrases for the  relevant combinations from Martha Wescott are given below.

Kronos-Saturn: Events through the patriarch, elder statesman or  aging leader [2]

Saturn-Neptune: Weakness in the bones or joints [2]

The monarch broke his leg on Thursday, Dec. 24 when transit Mercury [21cp] acting as a fast moving trigger made hard aspects to the radix Saturn [6ge] and progressed Sun [21li]. Mercury [21cp] was conjunct the star iota Sagittarii [22cp] in the hind foot of the Archer – an area that Diana Rosenberg links to “leg ailments”.  







A chart for the Full Moon of December 25 at Marrakech has the Saturn-Neptune square on the angles.  Saturn is in tropical Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a sign that is linked with  a love of  outdoor sports like hiking, skiing etc. The planet Saturn rules the bones  in our body and here it is  conjunct the  royal star Antares and  a smaller star 45 Herculis.  A “Royal Star” is often a direct reference to royalty. Hercules provides courage, energy, physicality and a daring all-or-nothing  attitude that needs and seeks expression.  It is often linked to dancers, acrobats and sports champions (a Latin epithet for Hercules was saltator, “leaper”), but some lacking a sense of moderation, may “go for broke”, risking their health and/or their reputations in their headlong passion to win. Diana Rosenberg lists “sports injuries” under its star.

Finally, we notice that the Full Moon [3cn] is conjunct the star eta (η) Gemini, Propus [3cn]. The name, taken directly from the Greek, means "forward foot," appropriate to its position as the foot of the western twin Castor! Its conjunction with Kronos-Hades  here refers to an ex-emir.




[2] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott 

Monday, 28 December 2015

South Korean 'comfort women' recompensed at Uranus station




Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle the issue of "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War Two, in their first such deal since 1965. Japan has apologised and will pay 1bn yen ($8.3m, £5.6m) - the amount South Korea asked for - to fund victims. The issue has been the key cause for strained ties. South Korea has demanded stronger apologies and compensation. Only 46 former "comfort women" are still alive in South Korea. Dec. 28 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35188135





The myths encoded in the stars are experiential patterns containing a wealth of information that can help decipher events in our lives.  On December 26, Uranus stationed direct on the Ascendant at Seoul with Pluto square the horizon axis. Pluto is amidst the stars of the Archer – a constellation that the Roman astrologer Manilius  associates with “war” and “the conqueror”.  




"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]






Uranus is conjunct the star alpha (α) Andromeda, Alpheratz in the constellationof the Chained Woman – a perfect symbol for a slave.

Andromeda, the original "maiden in distress" is daughter of Cepheus, king of Ethiopia, and his wife Cassiopeia. When his  kingdom was in grave danger, Cepheus consulted the oracle of Ammon and  learned the only way to save his kingdom was to sacrifice his daughter, Andromeda, to the sea monster. Andromeda is chained to a rock and left to the mercy of the monster. Later in the story, the hero, Perseus, riding on the flying horse Pegasus rescues Andromeda.  

Alpha (α) Andromeda, Alpheratz, is a double star white and purplish on the Chained Woman's head. Alpheratz, Alpherat, and Sirrah derive from the Arabians' Al Surrat al Faras, "the Horse's Navel", as this star was also associated with Pegasus. Since this star is positioned on Pegasus's navel,  and also on the top of Andromeda's head it has been referred to strangely as Umbilicus Andromedae .  It represents the stage in the story where Andromeda is lifted up by Pegasus and thereby freed.


Let us recall that the most positive manifestation of Uranus-Pluto is a breakthrough from difficult circumstances. The mythologies associated with the Archer and the Chained Woman describe so elegantly the circumstances surrounding the breakthrough – the Korean “comfort women” of World War 2 have finally been recompensed.  

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Astrology of the Texas tornadoes







Eleven people have been killed in tornadoes in Texas, police say, with heavy rain and snow causing deaths and disruption in a number of other states. At least eight people died in Garland, near Dallas, five of them when their cars were blown off a motorway. In west Texas, snow combined with high winds to cause drifts that left a number of roads impassable. Heavy rains have caused flooding further north, leaving 12 people dead in Missouri and Illinois. Dec.28 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35184869




Cardinal ingresses of the Sun are routinely used in astro-meteorology for predicting the weather [1]. A chart for the recent  Capricorn Ingress  drawn for Dallas is shown here.  Notice that  Saturn occupies the IC and is square Neptune on the descendant. The ingress charts are interpreted using the 4th house as the main indicator. Here Saturn is conjunct the star Antares on the 4th cusp. This star is part of the Indian lunar mansion Jyestha whose ruler is Indra, King of the Gods, connected with the sky and rain. Among its manifestations, Diana Rosenberg lists “storms (extreme barometric lows)” and gives the following examples:

There was a solar eclipse here in Nov. 440 CE, the year the city of Ys in Brittany was “submerged in a great flood” and in 441 CE “the sea submerged great parts of Wales”; these stars were transited in 1530 when floodwaters driven by high winds smashed Holland dikes: 400,000 drowned; at the Winter Solstice of 1886: a vicious winter followed on the Great Plains: hundreds of thousands of cattle froze to death in blizzards; in 1881 in Haipong, China typhoon killed thousands; at the Great Galveston Hurricane of  1900 the city was totaled, 8000 killed; in 1969 when Hurricane Camille  hit the Gulf Coast (400 killed, 400,000 homeless); at the 1974 “Super Tornado Putbreak”: 148 tornadoes in 2 days swept through 12 states, killing 324; at the solar and lunar eclipses of May-June 1993 during continuous rain that led to a great Mississippi flood; in 1999 when tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Kansas and many others.

In addition we have Neptune on the descendant conjunct the star Fomalhaut.

Alpha (α) Piscis Austrinus, Fomalhaut, is a reddish star in the mouth of the Southern Fish. The Southern Fish is a separate constellation to Pisces, lying much further to the South, though in ancient legend it is often referred to as the parent of the zodiacal pair.  The area in which it lies has an heavy emphasis upon constellations with watery imagery, the goat-fish (Capricorn), the whale (Cetus), the water-pourer (Aquarius), the fishes (Pisces), and the dolphin (Delphinus) all located nearby, obviously earmarking this region as one that related to the rainy season of the ancient year, by which many of its stars are associated with floods or troubles at sea. The Southern Fish is usually depicted on star maps at the feet of Aquarius, where it swallows up the water poured from his urn [2].

Therefore, the severity of the Texas tornadoes and floods is essentially the  effect of the two stars Antares and Fomalhaut in the Capricorn Ingress chart.





Saturday, 26 December 2015

Christmas Day blaze guts Australia homes



A Christmas Day bushfire has destroyed more than 100 homes in Australia's Victoria state, officials say. Officials said 98 homes had been razed in Wye River and 18 at Separation Creek. No injuries are reported. Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blaze along the famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria's south-west, popular with holidaymakers.  Dec. 26  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35179209









Readers will be aware that Uranus has just stationed direct in tropical Aries (a fire sign). Where should we most expect it to show its face? Well at least very prominently in places where the station is caught on the angles. Look at the chart for Uranus station at Wye River. Notice that it is placed on the Ascendant opposite Mars and the TNP Zeus on the descendant. Both Mars and Zeus are related to fires.

Uranus is conjunct lambda Cephei, in the King’s head. Cepheus  was called  “inflammatus” by the Romans. Also here are stars of Fornax, the Furnace so that Diana Rosenberg lists this area as a place of fires.

Friday, 25 December 2015

A new element discovered at Uranus station direct




Japanese researchers from the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science (RNC) will most likely be given credit for discovering a new chemical element (number 113 in the periodic table), the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reports. – Both Japanese scientists led by Kosuke Morita at the RIKEN research center and a team of Russian and American researchers have worked on finding evidence of the element. Their discoveries need to be evaluated by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Sankei Shimbun said on Saturday that an official announcement regarding the authorship of the discovery will be made at the end of January, 2016. http://sputniknews.com/art_living/20151226/1032325418/japan-chemical-element-discovery.html









The following extract from Ray Grasse’s essay “The Uranus/Pluto Square: Breakdown or Breakthrough” explains that this square is not only about negative manifestations but also provides the energy for scientific breakthroughs.

Beginning in 2012 and triggering several times up through the year 2015, the slow-moving planets Uranus and Pluto will be forming a close relationship to one another, a 90-degree angle (or what astrologers call a "square"). This is an enormously significant pattern, involving two powerhouse planets. But if you were to go by some of the comments being made about it online these days, you'd almost get the feeling that we're entering a new dark age of sorts, characterized by economic collapse, social upheaval, and environmental disasters. Yowzer.  But is that the whole story? After all, history shows that even the most difficult planetary patterns have a silver lining of some sort. With that in mind I'd like to share a few thoughts about a few of the more positive outcomes that could attend this planetary combo in the period ahead….  it's likely that the next phase in the relationship between these planets could also witness important breakthroughs or experimentations in the arts, technology, religion, the arts, and astronomy. http://www.allthingshealing.com/Astrology/The-Uranus-Pluto-Square-Breakdown-or-Breakthrough/9710#.Vn45wcZ97IU

More specifically, about Uranus-Pluto Richard Tarnas notes:

With Pluto acting on Uranus, we can see what could be called the intensification on a massive scale (Pluto) of technology (Uranus) or the empowerment (Pluto) of revolutionary breakthroughs (Uranus) and awakenings”.  He gives as an example the  tremendous scientific discovery and revolutions in science at  turn of the Twentieth Century when a Pluto-Uranus opposition [1896-1905]  took place. “Epochal breakthroughs” in technology occurred, such as the discovery of radioactivity and the electron, the invention of the automobile, Zeppelin, and the airplane. The number of automobiles in America rose a thousand-fold from 25 in 1896 to 25,000 in 1905.

It is important to remember that such long duration aspects like the present Uranus-Pluto square are brought into manifestation when triggered by transits of faster planets, lunations or even when either of them station to go direct or retrograde. On December 26, Uranus which was moving retrograde stationed and began moving forward. A chart for this event at Tokyo has the Uranus-Pluto square placed prominently on the meridian (along with Mercury)  signifying that this was one likely place for a scientific breakthrough.


India PM Modi in surprise Pakistan visit




Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after landing in the Pakistani city of Lahore on a surprise visit. Mr Modi was on his way back to India from Afghanistan when he stopped off. The visit coincides with the Pakistani prime minister's birthday. Mr Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Pakistan since 2004. Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours have been high in recent years but relations have begun to warm. Dec. 25 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35178594





The surprise meeting between the two prime ministers comes at today’s Full Moon. All lunar phases need to be referred back to the New Moon stars. In the dark of the New Moon, a seed is planted which,  if everything goes right, is completely illuminated at the Full Moon.  The current New Moon  was conjunct the star alpha (α) Ophiuchus, Ras Alhague, in the head of the Snake Charmer or healer. Ophiuchus is also referred to as the medicine man. Its stars are connected with healing, mending, restoring or revivifying  people or situations that have declined or deteriorated in any way.


The Full Moon[3cn] is conjunct the star  Tejat, mu Geminorum [5cn] of the Twins who are often shown fighting  (notice the bow and arrows in Castor's hand and the club in Pollux's)  but hugging each other too!  Also here is  theta Columbae [3cn] of the peaceful dove. With Columba here, there are “hawks and doves” issues – whether to fight or back down and make peace. Obviously it appears that in this case the PMs have chosen peace!
In addition Uranus stations direct a few hours  after Full Moon, contributing to the Full Moon realizations, impelling progressive innovative change and a break  from the conformity of the past.







Finally, we notice that the Full Moon trines Neptune on the MC which itself squares Saturn.  A positive manifestation of  Saturn-Neptune is the softening (Neptune) of rigid (Saturn) positions.  Notice that India’s progressed solar return chart ( Jan 26, 2015) for December 25 also  brings the Saturn-Neptune  square prominently to the meridian axis. Let us remember that the cosmos is a vast clock – wheels within wheels within wheels. Any event is essentially a point in time where several wheels meet.  





Thursday, 24 December 2015

California’s worst gas leak cannot be stopped



A massive natural gas leak in California is still releasing huge amounts of methane into the environment almost two months after it began, driving over a thousand families from their homes and prompting the FAA to create a no-fly zone over the area. The Aliso Canyon gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles started leaking massive amounts of methane into the San Fernando Valley area on Oct. 23. The leak occurred in a pipe casing hundreds of feet below the ground, in a storage facility owned by the Southern California Gas Co. that reaches over 8,500 feet below the surface. The gas is leaking into the earth and seeping up through the ground, according to the Los Angeles Times. Dec.15  http://time.com/4149170/california-natural-gas-methane-leak/





A chart for the last solar eclipse of Sept.12 drawn for Los Angeles is shown here. There are at least two reasons why the eclipse is significant for the place. First, it is placed square the horizon axis and second, a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square straddles the meridian.

Neptune rules oceans, natural gas, oil and oil refineries, petroleum, synthetics, kerosene, platinum, alcohol, tobacco, photography, the film industry, pharmaceuticals and drugs which produces unconsciousness. In the Ingress, Lunation and Eclipse charts an afflicted Neptune indicates marine disasters, dam breaks, tidal waves, gas leaks, vermin infestations, contagion, political instability, fraud, corruption and other elements of distortion. http://www.aquasoul.com/Mundane_Astrology.html







Progressing the chart to Dec.15 brings the Jupiter-Neptune opposition to the horizon triggering the news item.

Full Moon exposes US Syria secrets



Earlier this week, we recounted Seymour Hersh’s latest investigative report in which we learn that apparently, the Joint Chiefs of Staff worked to undermine the efforts of the White House and the CIA in Syria. According to Hersh, the Joint Chiefs passed intelligence to Bashar al-Assad through a network of intermediaries starting in 2013 in an effort to assist the Syrian leader in the fight against extremists backed by Washington’s regional allies in Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha. Hersh even goes so far as to contend that the CIA was tricked into providing inferior weapons to jihadists after the Joints Chiefs suggested that shipping arms from Turkey would be cheaper than going through Libya.  If Hersh’s story is even partially accurate, it suggests that not everyone in Washington was (or is) on board with a “strategy” that involves isolating the Assad regime and implicitly (or, in a worst case scenario, “explicitly”) supporting terrorists.  Dec.24






The Full Moon chart for Washington, DC has the luminaries square the meridian axis. A lunation occurring in aspect to the angles at any place always carries a significant message. The Full Moon is conjunct the TNPs Hades-Kronos which Martha Wescott interprets as follows.

Hades-Kronos: Secret activities of a government or leader.

Writing about the Full Moon in his monthly lunar planner, Nick Fiorenza  states:
                      
The Full Moon occurs on December 25 amongst the stars of the Gemini Twins, upon the foot of Castor. The foot of Castor is composed of Tejat, Eta Gemini, IC 444—a large emission nebula, and Dirah (Tejat Posterior) Mu Gemini. Tejat, Dirah and IC 444 portend eminence and renown, and will make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, but destined to be seen [1].

Putting the pieces together we can see why the US government secrets are being exposed.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

China moves a big step closer to ‘Star Wars’ laser weapons



Mainland scientists are developing the world’s most powerful supercapacitor that could make Star Wars weapons a reality. Prototypes of directed-energy weapons such as laser cannons and railguns have been developed in many countries, but few have made it out of their laboratories due to their size and weight.
The type of storage devices that can provide very large bursts of energy in a short time are called capacitors. Smaller versions are used widely, from starter motors of vehicles to medical implants. Large, or supercapacitors have been used in lasers and other forms of electrically powered weapons as to store energy and boost power. Traditionally, such capacitors have been heavy and bulky – some are bigger than shipping containers.
Now, a research team from Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences led by professor Huang Fuqiang has reported a breakthrough in capacitor technology. In a paper published in the latest issue of the journal Science, they describe how the power density of their supercapacitor can reach 26 kilowatts per kilogram, or 130 times that of lithium-ion batteries. Dec. 22  http://goo.gl/MR6rSb








Cardinal ingresses have been used to predict public events at least since the time of Ptolemy. Of the four cardinal ingresses, the Capricorn ingress  of the Sun is considered by many astrologers to be the most important. Shown here is the current Capricorn ingress chart drawn for Peking with only the elements relevant to our discussion. Notice the powerful  Uranus-Zeus-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon with Admetus anchored to it  by hard aspects. Among other things, the Uranus-Pluto square is an indicator of scientific or technological breakthroughs.  If we add to this the fact that Uranus is about electricity, Admetus [1] is about inventory or storage while Zeus [1] is about guns, is it too difficult to see that a breakthrough in capacitor technology has allowed the storage of electricity for laser guns.





A tiger makes friends with a billy goat – no kidding!











And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.
Isaiah 11:6



The case has stunned keepers at a Russian safari park where normally big cats don't think twice about eating the live prey placed helplessly in their enclosures. But this goat showed no inkling of fear, eyeballed the tiger, and took over his shelter. Pictures show the obedient big cat reduced to resting on the roof of the shelter while the goat languishes inside on the tiger's bed.  'Our tigers get live prey twice every week,' said a keeper. 'Tiger Amur knows very well how to hunt goats and rabbits. But recently he came across a goat that he refused to hunt.' Nov.26







This news item serve as an excellent example of how cosmic energies can reflect in events connected with animals.  A chart for the Full Moon of November 26 drawn for Shkotovo, the location of the safari park, is shown here. Notice  that the Full Moon aligns with the horizon axis and forms a T-square with Saturn-Neptune. Here the Ascendant, Sun and Saturn are conjunct stars of the Wild Beast Lupus and the Centaur. About this area, Nick Fiorenza writes:

In the mythical image, the Centaur is firmly clutching Lupus the beast, or is shown in mythical images of the 1700-1800s (Uranographia of Johann Bode; et. al.) as holding impaled Lupus upon a long spear. Either way, the Centaur is bringing Lupus with conscious deliberation to Ara, the sacrificial Altar of the Centaur, to be consumed in the Centaur's pyre. This articulates the slaying or sacrificing of lower-self personality desires / egoic self and related patterns of behavior.


Neptune is  also in a sense a planet  of sacrifice.  In Pisces, it supports non-violence and  urges  us to rise above our primitive physical desires. Moreover, with a quincunx aspect to Mars, it is specifically pointing  to the need to overcome aggressive instincts.

On the MC with Jupiter is the star beta (β) Leo, Denebola, in the constellation of the Lion. With the Full Moon on the horizon highlighting the Saturn-Neptune square, isn’t amazing that we are shown an example of a predatory animal overcoming his urge to kill the goat. 

Monday, 21 December 2015

Pentagon is undermining official US policy on Syria









December 21, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - "MOA" - The latest Seymour Hersh piece alleges that the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) under General Dempsey undermined the official White House policy on Syria. Their impetus to do so came after a Defense Intelligence Agency analysis found in 2012 that there were hardly any "moderate rebels" in Syria but only Islamists fighting against the Syrian state. The CIA was at least since early 2012 delivering weapons from Libya to Turkey as well as through other routes. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed on September 11 2012 in Benghazi over some issues with the weapon transfers. Once in Turkey those weapons, as well as plane loads of others purchased by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were given to "moderate rebels" who took them into Syria. There they sold off at least part of every weapon and ammunition haul to the Islamists terror gangs which were and are financed by the Wahhabi Gulf states. A new BBCRadio4 report by Peter Oborne explains in detail how that scheme works. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43788.htm








Mundane astrology, the study of heavenly cycles upon groups and nations is the most ancient branch of astrology. The affairs of a nation can be judged from the horoscope set up at the time of its official inauguration, the birth chart of its leader, and various phenomena such as eclipses, lunations, planetary aspects, stations and ingresses. In all mundane charts angles (i.e. Ascendant, Descendant, IC and MC) are of paramount importance.

To illustrate the importance of the angles, we will look at the current big aspect – the Saturn-Neptune square. Since this square moves slowly it is often brought into manifestation when triggered by lunations or fast moving transits. Shown here is the chart  at Washington DC for transit Mars making a sesquisquare aspect  to Neptune on December 21.   Notice that this exact aspect  does two things. First it places the Saturn-Neptune square on the meridian axis and second it  brings to focus the Sun on the descendant as part of a T-square with the nodal axis – a phenomena astrologers refer to as the “Moon Wobble” and link it to, among other things, instability and political upheavals.

A simple interpretation of  Saturn-Neptune-Mars  is the undermining (Neptune) of the administration (Saturn) by the military (Mars).






Invariably there are stars in a mundane chart  whose themes resonate with the planetary aspects. Here on the Ascendant is the star Betelgeuze , alpha (α) Orion.  In China this was part of Tsan, the Supreme Commander of the Army (General Dempsey ?).  We then find Saturn which squares the meridian is conjunct the star Antares, alpha (α) Scorpius, a red binary star, fiery red and emerald green, near the center of the constellation Scorpius sometimes called "the Heart of the Scorpion" about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Antares demands we take responsibility for our reality, for the lives we create, and "take a stand" for our truth, live it, and especially to take 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 greatest fulfillment.



“Moon Wobble” and the FIFA suspensions



Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation. They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011. The Fifa ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an "abusive execution" of their positions. Dec 21. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/35144652








Another example of  an event triggered by the current “Moon Wobble”. 

What to expect from the upcoming Moon Wobble?
The Dec. 18 quarter Moo n straddles the Nodal axis.  This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble”. Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis. During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting.


A chart for the First Quarter Moon at Zurich where FIFA is based has the Sun on the descendant square the nodal axis and in this case has become the cause of the “political and personal upheaval”  mentioned above.

“Moon Wobble” and the California plane crash


Rescuers pulled five bodies from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into an orchard in central California after vanishing from radar, local and federal authorities said Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration was looking for what caused the crash that killed five people, Kern County sheriff's Sgt. Mark King said. He expected the names of the victims to be released Monday.  Air traffic controllers lost contact with the single-engine Piper PA32 around 4 p.m. Saturday as it headed from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose to Henderson Executive Airport in a Las Vegas suburb, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.  The plane sent a mayday call. Searchers spotted the wreckage southwest of Bakersfield about three hours after receiving an alert from the FAA about a missing plane that was last detected an estimated 10 miles south of the city, the Kern County sheriff's office said. Dec.20









Once again we see another example of  an event triggered by the current “Moon Wobble”.  An extract from a previous post is reproduced below for easy reference.

What to expect from the upcoming Moon Wobble?
The Dec. 18 quarter Moo n straddles the Nodal axis.  This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble”. Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis. During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting.


A chart for the First Quarter Moon at Bakersfield has the Sun on the Ascendant square the nodal axis. In addition, the meridian carries the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square, also  linked to accidents, straddling the meridian axis.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

“Moon Wobble” and the China mudslide




Hundreds of rescue workers are looking for survivors after a landslide hit 33 buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Seven people were pulled from the rubble with minor injuries but 91 people are still missing, according to Shenzhen authorities. About 900 people were evacuated from the industrial park as the landslide struck on Sunday. The city is one of China's biggest and is a major industrial centre. It is situated in the southern province of Guangdong, across the mainland border from Hong Kong.   Dec.21 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35148909






In at least two previous posts we have seen examples of events triggered by the current “Moon Wobble”.  An extract is reproduced below for easy reference.

What to expect from the upcoming Moon Wobble?
The Dec. 18 quarter Moo n straddles the Nodal axis.  This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble”.
Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis. During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, Terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting.

Shown here is a chart for the exact  Mars-Neptune sesquisquare  transit on Dec 21. Two things are noticeable in the chart.

First that the T-square comprising the Sun and Nodal axis (Moon Wobble) straddles the meridian.  The North Node [26vi] is conjunct the star eta (η) Ursa Major, Alkaid also called Benetnash.

Benetnash will claim human lives in calamities such as mine accidents, collapse of houses and bridges, mountain slides, earth tremors and catastrophes caused by weather. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, no.46, p.57, under the name Benetnash]


Second that the Saturn-Neptune square is on the horizon axis.  If symbolically Saturn represents solidity and Neptune fluidity, a Saturn-Neptune square  when activated can easily undermine a pile of mud and cause a mudslide.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Ship Sinks off Indonesian Coast




Ship with more than 100 passengers on board sank off the coast of Indonesia, according to local media. The ship is known to have left from Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi, for South Sulawesi. According to Kompas.com, 122 people were on board. Reuters reports of 100 people on board. The reasons of the shipwreck are still unknown.





The following extract from a previous post explains the reason for the ship wreck.

What to expect from the upcoming Moon Wobble?
The Dec. 18 quarter Moo straddles the Nodal axis.  This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble”. Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis.
During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, Terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting.





But as always there is invariably more than one cosmic factor at work that explains an important event. Shown here is the chart for the upcoming Capricorn Ingress of the Sun on Dec.22 drawn for Kolaka. Notice that the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square occupies the angles. A keyword for this combination is “an accident”. And if we look carefully at the MC we find that with Pluto is the star sigma (σ) Sagittarius, Nunki. This star also known as Pelagus (“open sea”) is linked to “shipwrecks” [1].



[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.452-53)