Saturday, 28 February 2015

Star Trek's Mr Spock dies

Argo Navis – Jason’s celestial ship

US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said. His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning in Bel-Air, California. Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director. However he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films. Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering chronic lung disease COPD, despite stopping smoking 30 years ago. BBC

Leonard Nimoy’s horoscope [1] is available at Astro DataBank. He was born at the last waning Uranus-Pluto square.  When the two planets went through a conjunction at [16vi] during 1965-67,  close to stars in the sail of the Celestial Ship Argo Navis,  he  became famous as the pointed-eared alien Spock in "Star Trek." And as if proving that his life was connected with the Uranus-Pluto cycle, he has died  at his Uranus return and the waxing Uranus-Pluto square.

Nimoy’s radix Sun [4ar56] is quincunx the Neptune [3vi37]. Neptune is a mysterious and fascinating planet closely connected with human inspiration. As a planet of illusions it rules photography, movies and cinema and by association actors too. In Nimoy’s chart, Neptune is conjunct alpha Sextant [3vi10] – a star in the constellation  of Argo Navis – the mythical ship which carried Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece.

Finally we look at the chart of the April 28, 2014 solar eclipse at  Bel-Air, California to explain the death of the legend. Notice that the eclipse was prominent for the place with a Grand Cross placed sharply on the meridian axis. The Mars leg of the Cross is conjunct the MC and stars of Corvus and the Virgin. Diana Rosenberg writes that this is an area connected with astronomy, navigation, aviation and space . She also adds that since these stars are in the chest of the Virgin, there can be susceptibility to tuberculosis and lung diseases [2]. How strange that Nimoy’s case is linked to both these! Progressing the eclipse chart to Feb. 27, the date of his death, aligns the Grand Cross with the horizon axis confirming our thesis.


[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.64-66)

Assassination of Boris Nemtsov

A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say. An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say. He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine. Feb.27 BBC

Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov ( 9 October 1959 – 27 February 2015) was a Russian statesman and liberal politician. He was a successful politician during the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin, and since 2000 he was an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. Yeltsin and his team is considered by many to be part of an American plot to loot and destabilize Russia after the break up of the USSR. If  Nemtsov wasn’t assassinated by the CIA in order to blame Putin, most likely he was killed by Russian nationalists who saw him as Washington’s agent [1].

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important mundane events.  Of these the Cancer Ingress is considered by many astrologers to be only second in importance to the Capricorn Ingress. Shown here is a chart for the Sun's entry  into sidereal Cancer  drawn for Moscow. Notice that the Sun is in the eighth house which in mundane astrology is interpreted as the death of a famous person. Also the Sun makes a hard aspect to the Ascendant [8sa] which is conjunct the star Antares. Alpha (α) Scorpius, Antares, is a red binary star, fiery red and emerald green, near the center of the constellation Scorpius and was sometimes called "the Heart of the Scorpion". It has been linked to leaders who oppose the existing order [2].

As the opposite house to the 10th, those who oppose the government, king, or recognised order are placed in the fourth [3]. On the cusp of the fourth house (IC), as part of a powerful Grand Cross is the Moon [6ar] conjunct a combination of stars of King Cepheus, Draco – the Dragon and the Sea-Monster Cetus. Apart from linking this area with “assassinations” , Diana Rosenberg writes:

The King’s stars offer leadership but shadowed by the doubts and dark dominion of the Sea-Monster. On the wild shore between terra firma of sanity and the ocean’s chaotic depths, these people are fanatic, obsessive, single-minded, high-strung, nervous, edgy, racked by an inner tension. They lack a sense of when to stop, and some step over boundaries becoming real or figurative outlaws.

Progressing the Cancer Ingress chart to Feb.27, the date of the assassination aligns the Uranus-Pluto linked Grand Cross with the angles triggering the event. Notice that Nemtsov’s radix Sun [15li] is part of the Grand Cross and conjunct  the TNP Zeus (firearms and shooting incidents).

[1] Insignificant 'Putin critic' gunned down by someone who hates Putin 


“As we know, on March 1st, there will be another attempt by the pro-US forces and their liberal allies to launch a Russian "Spring", also called the 'Anti-Crisis March'. With this fresh murder just 36 hours before the march, we might expect to see the martyrdom of Nemtsov highlighted.

The biggest concern now is if there are more killings planned for Sunday. The US seems to be going ahead with all of its plans even if the necessary successes at each step before are not met”

Shown here is the chart for transit  Moon opposite Pluto (Feb.28, 17:53 UT) drawn for Moscow. Notice that it places the Moon-Uranus-Pluto T-square firmly on the angles suggesting that things could get really bad.

Friday, 27 February 2015

South African snatched baby found after 17 years

Aquila kidnapping Antinous

A South African woman has appeared in court over the kidnapping of a baby in a Cape Town hospital 17 years ago. The girl's biological parents, Celeste and Morne Nurse, were reunited with her after she was enrolled in the same school as her sister.  After seeing the pair's likeness, the biological family invited the girl for coffee and then contacted police. DNA tests have confirmed the identity of the girl, who has been placed in the care of social workers. Mr Nurse said his daughter was receiving extensive counselling. His wife said it was "like a dream" to see her daughter again.  "When she met Cassidy [her sister], there was just an incredible connection and it started from there," she told CapeTalk radio. BBC; Feb.27

To understand this new we will start with the chart for the Lunar Eclipse of Oct.8, 2014 at Cape Town. Notice that it is not only significantly placed on the meridian axis but also a part of a powerful Grand Cross. The eclipse Moon [15ar] and Uranus [14ar] were conjunct the star  Alpheratz. Alpha (α) Andromeda, Alpheratz is a star on the Chained Woman's head. By its other name Dirah, delta Pegasi, it is also considered to be part of the constellation Pegasus – the Flying Horse. The ancients regarded it as a very fortunate star  and believed that among other things it gives release from difficult circumstances.

If we now add the star  Tarazed, gamma Aquila which is on the Ascendant, we begin to understand what those difficult circumstances were. The story of Aquila, is  connected to Antinous[1], the youth who is depicted being kidnapped by the eagle. So already two important pieces of the story can be seen in the eclipse chart. All we  need to do now is to progress the chart to see if it is activated on Feb.27.  And sure enough we find that the progressed meridian having moved 180 degrees is once again aligned with the eclipse axis triggering the event perfectly described by the stars.

A third element of the story can be seen in the Grand Trine of Mars-Cupido-Jupiter-Uranus which is anchored to the eclipse leg of the Grand Cross. Cupido is a TNP that is associated with families and groups so that when linked with Jupiter-Uranus – that has been referred to by Ebertin as a “thank the Lord” configuration since it gives fortunate events we have a key phrase for Cupido-Jupiter-Uranus as a “happy reunion or occasion within a family.”

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet." The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

Shown here is the chart for the February 25, First Quarter Moon at Washington, DC where the Federal Communications Commission has its headquarters. The Sun is conjunct stars in the Urn of the humanitarian Water Bearer. The refreshing water flowing from the Urn is a symbol a commodity available for all who “thirst”. The Moon is conjunct stars of action oriented Taurus. The following passage from Nick Fiorenza [1] summarizes the challenge of the First Quarter Moon which the FCC appears to have met very successfully.

Our First Quarter Moon Grand Square brings stimulus to step forth as leaders while standing in the midst of chaos and the adverse conditions of human life. It impels us to take charge to create infrastructures and order in our lives that support our fundamental physical needs; to create nurturing and protective environments; and to take pioneering and constructive action to manifest the visions we hold for our lives. One of the most common things forgotten of Taurus is the need to take action, without it, our visions do not manifest and we remain entrapped in the chaos and confusion common to tempestuous Hyades. Physical action to respond to the current conditions of life is essential. The Asbolus-Moon separating from the Sun-Neptune conjunction brings a significant impetus to see through commotionary diversions and to act upon real and more embracing solutions that serve to free up that which may have heretofore been seen as unjustly impossible or doomed (Moon opp stationing Saturn at the Head of the Scorpion).

Finally, the Sabian symbol for the Moon says it all.

An old well 

Phase 67 : An old fashioned well under the shade of majestic trees

The generosity of nature makes the bounteous rain  available to all living creatures as water.  The well makes no distinction among the thirsty that come to  drink this life giving fluid. This stands in sharp contrast to the previous symbol where greed motivates men to drill for oil. While there man proves his proud mastery over nature, conflicts and disruptive processes are also inevitably unleashed.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Kerry seeks budget to counteract RT

Citing RT’s influence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked US lawmakers for more money for propaganda and “democracy promotion” programs around the world. “Russia Today (sic) can be heard in English, do we have an equivalent that can be heard in Russian? It’s a pretty expensive proposition. They are spending huge amounts of money,” Kerry told the House Appropriations Subcommittee, apparently forgetting that Voice of America had been broadcasting in Russian since 1947. Feb. 26;                                   

This news is best understood if we start with the current directions in the US Sibly [1]. The solar arc Sun [9pi] is square Uranus [9ge] in the seventh house which in mundane national charts deals with enemies. This is especially relevant in our context since Uranus is in Gemini – the sign associated with news or news channels so that the enemy so to speak is a foreign news channel!

A solar arc direction is like the “hour hand” of the clock. So what is activating this “hour hand”? 

Shown here is the chart for the Feb. 25 First Quarter Moon [7ge] with the Sun [7pi] and Neptune [7pi] placed significantly on the meridian at Washington, DC. This serves as the primary activation of the solar arc direction. Also notice that the Sun and Neptune on the MC of the First Quarter Moon chart  receive a trine aspect from the TNPs Kronos-Hades.

Kronos-Hades-Neptune: authorities (Kronos)  have indulged in “dirty business” (Hades)  and are now trying to hide, cover or misrepresent (Neptune) facts.

But with evasive and deceitful Neptune in Pisces facing a square from truth seeking Saturn in Sagittarius, can Kerry’s propaganda machine get away with lies?

The girl who gets gifts from birds

Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return. Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection. "You may take a few close looks," she says, "but don't touch." It's a warning she's most likely practised on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience. Feb.25

We will use this story to  illustrate how the essence of the April 2014 lunar eclipse is brought out  through the kindness of a little girl. The eclipse along with a powerful Grand Cross was placed significantly on the meridian axis at Seattle.

The eclipse Moon [25li]  was conjunct the stars Spica, [24li] alpha Virgo, the Virgin and Arcturus, [24li] alpha Bootis, the herdsman or shepherd. To the Arabs, Arcturus  was Al Haris al Soma, Protector of Heaven  and Al Haris al Samak, Protector of the Defenceless One (Spica). Since the stellium Mars-Vesta-Ceres-Moon translates light, the eclipse should be considered to be anchored to the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter-Mars Grand Cross. The ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is a rough-and-tumble affair with neither planet characterized by any regard for sensitive emotional concerns. However, Jupiter, playing his exalted role in Cancer - the sign of archetypal nurturance, brings in  a new message -  which became more central in this Uranus-Pluto brawl: that difficult times  need not wholly overpower a caring-and-connected attitude.

Also notice that the Moon [25li] is conjunct the asteroid Ceres [25li] and the dwarf planet Haumea [20li]. Ceres is related to food while Haumea appears to motivate action to be  a nurturing force that supports and protects life  [1].

A significant detail comes from the stars of Corvus, the Crow, that are conjunct Mars on the MC of the eclipse chart. And now finally if we progress the chart to February 25, the date of the news, the Grand Cross aligns with the horizon axis triggering the event. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Dutch town faces rogue owl attacks at Hyades Moon


Residents in the northern Dutch town of Purmerend have been advised to take umbrellas out at night after a spate of attacks by an owl. Dozens of residents have suffered head injuries over the past three weeks at the claws of the rogue European eagle owl. Two runners were attacked on Tuesday, with one requiring stitches for five separate head wounds. Feb.25;

This news comes at the First Quarter Moon, a chart for which is shown here. Notice the very significant placement of the Moon on the MC as part of a T-square with the Sun-Neptune conjunction on the descendant and Saturn on the IC. The Moon [6ge] was conjunct the stars of Hyades in the constellation of Taurus.

Taurus, the Bull,  is a very ancient figure dating from the Magdalenian epoch (ca.19,000 to 10,000 BCE) or even earlier: the Lascaux cave paintings of southeastern France include a bull (actually, an aurochs, now extinct) with the tilted “V” shaped Hyades cluster in his muzzle. About the huge and highly aggressive aurochs bulls, Julius Caesar wrote in his Gallic War “those animals..are little below the elephant in size and of the appearance, color and shape of a bull. Their strength and speed are extraordinary; they spare neither man nor wild beast which they have espied.” That this constellation was originally a very belligerent animal is interesting because issues of aggression are constant themes under the Bull [1].

About the Hyades, Robson writes:
They give tears, sudden events, violence, fierceness, poisoning, blindness, wounds or injuries to the head by instruments, weapons or fevers, and contradictions of fortune. [Robson*, p.189.]

It, therefore, appears that the foregoing explains the owl’s strange behaviour. But why an owl?  The answer to that comes from the Sabian symbol [2] for Saturn [4sa41].

4-5 deg Sagittarius

An Old Owl Sits Alone On The Branch Of A Large Tree

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.219-20)

Mystery craters appear in Siberia

Respected Moscow scientist Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky has called for 'urgent' investigation of the new phenomenon amid safety fears. Until now, only three large craters were known about in northern Russia with several scientific sources speculating last year that heating from above the surface due to unusually warm climatic conditions, and from below, due to geological fault lines, led to a huge release of gas hydrates, so causing the formation of these craters in Arctic regions.

Two of the newly-discovered large craters - also known as funnels to scientists - have turned into lakes, revealed Professor Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Feb. 23

Shown here is the chart for the First Quarter Moon  of Feb.25 at Bovanenkovo close to the place where the craters appeared. Notice the Uranus-Pluto square placed significantly on the angles with both forming hard aspect to the TNP Admetus.

When Uranus acts on Pluto and its  principle of nature’s depths we can expect the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses including volcanoes, earthquakes or  shifts and depressions in land mass.

Additionally, Martha-Wescott gives us the following delineation for Admetus-Uranus:

Eruption of long held tension or frustration; accidents that deal with holes or depressions in the land. [1]

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha-Lang Wescott (p.85)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Warning over toxic fumes in plane cabins

Toxic fumes in cabin air pose a health risk to frequent fliers and aircrew, a coroner has said in a landmark report. Stanhope Payne, the senior coroner for Dorset, said people regularly exposed to fumes circulating in planes faced “consequential damage to their health”. Mr Payne, who is inquiring into the death of Richard Westgate, a British Airways pilot, called on BA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to take “urgent action to prevent future deaths”. Most airline passengers, who fly only occasionally, will not be affected by the problem, but some frequent travellers who are genetically susceptible to the toxins could fall ill. Feb.21;

To understand this news we will start with the chart for the Lunar Eclipse of October 8, 2014 drawn for London. The eclipse Moon [15ar] was conjunct the star Dirrah, delta Pegasus [14ar31]  in the constellation of the Flying Horse – a beautiful symbol for a modern aircraft. Notice that the eclipse highlights a prominent Grand Cross. One of the legs of the Cross is occupied by the asteroid Hygiea, related to cleanliness and health issues.  Here the Sun is the ruler of the 9th house, the Moon rules the 8th while Venus rules the 6th.  

Ninth House [1]
Airlines. Long distance journeys generally, whether connected with passengers or commerce.

Eighth House [2]
Public mortality, the death rate.

Sixth House [3]
Public health is shown by the 1st house but this house highlighted will indicate periods of national vulnerability to epidemics and widespread diseases.

Combing keyphrases for  the 9th, 8th and 6th houses we have:

Death from  diseases acquired during long distance air travel.

Finally, here is a stunning detail. Venus, the ruler of the sixth house, is conjunct the stars in the breast or lung area of the Virgin so that Diana Rosenberg links this area to lung related problems.

Progressing the eclipse chart to Feb.21, the date of the news, brings the Cross to an alignment with the horizon axis triggering an event in which all the issues mentioned above find a place.              

Debt Fraud: Greece actually owes nothing!

Feb. 18, 2015 (EIRNS)—What Americans need to know about Greece and “its debt,” is that the new Greek government is asking the European Union to shut down a huge Wall Street-London bank swindle and make economic growth possible again in Europe. If that doesn’t happen, the worsening bankruptcy of the whole trans-Atlantic banking system will continue to generate desperate confrontations with major powers Russia and China, with the threat of world war.

The Greek debt swindle was classic. In 2009 Greece’s debt was $300 billion. It then “got” two huge bailouts in 2010 and 2012, of about $140 billion each. Less than 10% of that $275 billion stayed in Greece and was spent by the Greek government; more than 90% went directly and immediately to Deutschebank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, and their fellow sharks, with small amounts crumbling to the hedge funds swimming alongside. Former Greek Economics Minister Louka Katseli has given documentation that the Greek government actually got to spend or invest just 3% of that $275 billion. The only banks which had to write off their “Greek debt” were Greek banks; all of Wall Street and the London-centered banks got their toxic debt “assets” guaranteed 100% by this European bailout swindle. This made the Greek banks so bankrupt that the Greek government then had to borrow more to bail them out with $50 billion—so Greece’s debt was increased when supposedly being reduced! A total swindle!

We are now in the last quarter phase of the Saturn-Neptune cycle. The dominant tendency of this cycle is about setting up dichotomies and tensions in the Neptune archetype bringing out its problematic qualities, opposing and negating them or disciplining, structuring, grounding, forging and maturing them, thus giving the Neptunian dimension concrete embodiment. The same archetypal complex tends to energize the desire to unmask deception, to reveal illusions and to confront the dark reality behind the surface image. The sharply increased public recognition during the 2004-08 Saturn-Neptune opposition   of the Bush administration’s systematic deception in beginning the Iraq War is a case in point. The central theme here is one of disenchantment and disillusionment but also of empowerment that can emerge from confronting an illusion. [1]

The last quarter phase of the Saturn-Neptune cycle in 2015 carries a similar message of disillusionment followed by empowerment. This becomes possible during lunations which align the Saturn-Neptune square with the angles. Shown here is chart for the current New Moon at Athens, Greece. The New Moon is not only conjunct Neptune but also places Saturn on the Ascendant so that the square becomes prominent for the place. This then is the reason for the news. Can Greece confront the illusion and recognize the EU bailout to be the swindle that it is?

[1] Cosmos and Psyche; Richard Tarnas

Monday, 23 February 2015

Congestion at America's busiest ports about to be eased

A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal late on Friday (Fe. 20) after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia.  The agreement, confirmed in a joint statement by the two sides, was reached three days after U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a deal with the help of a federal mediator who had joined the talks six weeks earlier.

This news is best understood if we start with the October 23, 2014 solar eclipse. Shown here is the eclipse chart drawn for San Francisco. Notice that the eclipse is not only placed in the 9th house that is linked with shipping [1] but also conjunct the star Mia Placidus, the beta star of the celestial ship Argo Navis. Three other entities define the eclipse. It is conjunct the asteroid Pallas, quincunx TNP Admetus and square the asteroid Juno.  Martha Wescott provides the following delineations:

ADMETUS: Facing blockages; biding your time; encountering delays, frustrations, complications or the need for something else to happen BEFORE success or progress.
PALLAS: strategies of relating.
JUNO: Partners; maintenance of one's rights or position with other; question of rights and fairness/compromise.

"The Waiting Game"--patience becomes not only a virtue but a tactic!  Delays are "part of the strategy, part of the plan"--as is the attempt  to endure. 

Question of rights and fairness/compromise have blocked or frustrated relationships.

Progressing the eclipse chart to Friday, February 20 when the deal was reached we find that  powerful Grand Cross now straddles the horizon axis. The Uranus-Pluto element is associated with a breakdown or a breakthrough…and with Uranus aspecting Admetus matters that are long delayed.

More significantly on the progressed Ascendant [14cn] is the magnificent star Canopus [15cn]. Alpha (α) Carina, Canopus, is a white binary star in the Keel of the ship Argo Navis, the brightest star in the constellation of Argo Navis, the Great Ship!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Homeless Britons turn to the Sikh community for food

Homeless people in the UK are getting free meals thanks to a centuries-old Sikh tradition. Why, asks Rajeev Gupta. "We come here because we get food... A hot meal. It's a luxury for me." John Davidson is 55 and homeless. He is one of 250 people who have just received a hand-out of hot soup, drinks, chocolate bars and other supplies from the Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team van parked up on the Strand in central London on a cold Sunday evening. The Swat team, as they're known, park at the same spot every week so a group of volunteers from the Sikh community can hand out vital supplies. Homeless people, who overwhelmingly are not Sikh, patiently wait in line to be served. Feb.22;

To understand this news we go back to the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse which occurred in the lunar cycle of March 30, 2014 New Moon on the 25 Aries-Libra axis. Presented below is a summary of Nick Fiorenza’s [1] account on the lunar cycle.

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 beccomes another significant dynamic of the Grand Square.

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 to Feb.22, the date of the news, aligns the powerful Grand Cross with the horizon axis. The Uranus-Pluto square is associated with the “collapse of an old order” and therefore by association the hardships that it entails. While Jupiter exalted in Cancer is about caring and nourishing others as we all pass through the Uranus-Pluto crisis. Notice also that Jupiter is part of a Grand Trine with the TNP Poseidon and a Venus-Neptune conjunction on the MC. Here Neptune is conjunct stars in the humanitarian Water Pourer’s urn.

Finally, the current New Moon at London resonates with the same message by  emphasizing  a Grand Trine that contains Neptune, Hades and Poseidon.

Hades-Neptune: to feel great compassion for the melancholia or poverty of others.
Poseidon: Religion or spirituality

Embracing Stone Age Couple Found in Greek Cave

Venus and Mars

Strange and surprising findings have been reported from ongoing excavations at Alepotrypa Cave, a site in the Peloponnesus that one archaeologist called "a Neolithic Pompeii," the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education, and Religious Affairs announced. The most striking discovery was a burial from roughly 5,800 years ago containing two well-preserved adult human skeletons, one male and one female, with arms and legs interlocked in an embrace. National Geographic; Feb.20.

Shown here is chart for the current New Moon at the Alepotrypa Cave, Mani, GreeceThe New Moon [0pi] is conjunct Neptune [6pi] and square Saturn [4sa] on the Ascendant making it significant for the place.  The New Moon and Neptune are conjunct stars of the Chinese Wei which presided over tombs and graves [1].

The fourth house is linked to the beginning and end of life so by association it has been referred to as “the womb and the tomb”. The presence of a Venus-Mars conjunction in the fourth house is symbolically a man and woman in embrace inside a tomb!

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies (v.1, p.756-57)

Ancient Shrines Used for Predicting the Future Discovered

Apollo and the Raven

Three shrines, dating back about 3,300 years, have been discovered within a hilltop fortress at Gegharot, in Armenia.  Local rulers at the time likely used the shrines for divination, a practice aimed at predicting the future, the archaeologists involved in the discovery say. Each of the three shrines consists of a single room holding a clay basin filled with ash and ceramic vessels. A wide variety of artifacts were discovered including clay idols with horns, stamp seals, censers used to burn substances and a vast amount of animal bones with markings on them. During divination practices, the rulers and diviners may have burnt some form of substances and drank wine, allowing them to experience "altered" states of mind, the archaeologists say.

"The logic of divination presumes that variable pathways articulate the past, present and future, opening the possibility that the link between a current situation and an eventual outcome might be altered," write Adam Smith and Jeffrey Leon, in an article published recently in the American Journal of Archaeology. Feb. 19;

Long after eclipses are over and gone, they continue to affect events in our lives. This is especially true in places where eclipses or major configurations accompanying them aspect the angles. Shown here is the chart for the last solar eclipse of April 29, 2014 at Gegharot  in Armenia. Notice that the eclipse [9ta]  is conjunct the star Azha, eta Eridanus [9ta]. Eridanus was an ancient celestial river. As a symbol, a river relates to the creative power of nature and time and everything transitory: the flux of the world and the irreversible passage of time.  Unlike earthly rivers, Eridanus is depicted flowing upstream symbolizing a return to the past. The discovery  of  ancient artifacts is, therefore, quite appropriate under stars of Eridanus.

With a Grand Cross straddling the horizon axis, the eclipse is very significant for the place. It also makes a quincunx aspect to the Mars leg of the Cross which is conjunct the stars of Corvus the Raven.

Corvus, the Raven, is allied with Apollo.  It is Apollo whose chariot provides daily passage across the sky for the sun and it is under Apollo’s influence that life was illuminated by truth and excellence. Perhaps it is this association with illumination that made prophecy one of Apollo’s most important attributes. Corvus was a servant to, and messenger for, Apollo.  It was through the raven that Apollo made known his prophecies.  The raven was Apollo’s “talisman.” [1]

A second connection to divination comes from the Centaur Okyrhoe [13cp] exactly conjunct Pluto [13cp] in the Grand Cross. In Greek, Okyrhoe means "swift running" or "fast flowing." Her father was Chiron, wisest of all Centaurs, while her mother was the water nymph Chariklo. Okyrhoe had the gift of prophecy. But she was also entrusted not to reveal some things the gods wanted kept hidden, and when she broke the rules, she suffered for it. [2]

If we now progress the eclipse chart to Feb.19, the date of the news we find that the Grand Cross now straddles the meridian axis. The eclipse is, therefore, triggered and the images discussed above find concrete expression in an event.

Friday, 20 February 2015

CIA’s Nuke Sting Prompts Review of Iran Nuclear Program

Evidence emerging from a CIA leak case could change the outcome of United Nations’ assessments of Iran’s nuclear program, Bloomberg reported Friday (Feb.20). The revelations emerged from the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent convicted of leaking details of a 2000 plot wherein the agency fed faulty blueprints for nuclear weapons to Iran in an effort to derail any weapons development efforts. The International Atomic Energy Agency is the UN agency tasked with determining whether or not Iran has been pursuing a weapons program, and a judgement that they had not been could mean the lifting of sanctions against Iran. This new information will likely mean a reassessment of their intelligence reports if evidence for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons rested on planted blueprints supplied by the CIA, two diplomats told Bloomberg on condition of anonymity.

The Capricorn Ingress chart is considered the “master” chart for the year so that its progression can be very reliably used to understand national events. Shown here is Capricorn Ingress for Tehran, Iran progressed to February 20, 2015, the date of the report. Notice that the leading edge of a skewed Grand Cross has just reached the Ascendant. The elements of the Grand Cross (with Neptune aspects)  are delineated below [1]:

Hades-Kronos: to see that government agencies indulge in “dirty business”.
Mercury-Hades: to be aware of slander or lies.
Hades-Neptune: mistakes may have been made because of intentional misrepresentation.
Uranus-Pluto: sudden revelation of things that were formerly hidden….when combined with TNP Zeus…these revelations are connected with armaments and other military equipment.

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

Neptune New Moon awakens past life memories

CINCINNATI, OH – Do you believe in past lives? An Ohio boy’s family says they didn’t until the child started sharing specific details. He spoke about living another life, in a different city,  as a woman who suffered a horrific death.  Feb.16

This news can be understood if we look at the chart for the current New Moon at Cincinnati. The New Moon is placed significantly on the descendant. Here the Sun which is the ruler of the twelfth house is conjunct Neptune. The Twelfth house and its ruler have a strong connection to past life memories [1]. Neptune itself is associated with the spirit world so that the combination of Sun and Neptune speaks of  the capacity to get in touch with residual past life memories. In addition the Sun is trine the TNP Hades (past or past lives) and semi-sextile the asteroid Memoria (memories). The TNP Zeus (fires) makes hard aspects to the MC, IC  and the New Moon. On the IC are the asteroids Lacrimosa (death) and Child (young person) opposite Hopi (minority group member) on MC. So we see that almost every element of the story is contained in the New Moon chart. 

Villa Owned by Ben-Hur's Rival Identified

Archaeologists investigating the Tuscan island of Elba have identified the remains of the villa belonging to the real-life individual that inspired one of the principal characters in the epic tale of Ben-Hur. Overlooking Portoferraio’s bay, the once magnificent 1st-century B.C. estate, known as Villa Le Grotte (the Caves) because of the shape of its vaulted facades facing the sea, has long been believed to have been owned by Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, portrayed racing his rival Ben-Hur in the Hollywood blockbuster starring Charlton Heston as Ben Hur. Feb.13;

A chart drawn for the New Moon of Feb.19  at Portoferraio fleshes out the details of this news item. The New Moon [0pi] is conjunct Neptune [7pi] on the cusp of the 4th house and trine the TNPs Hades [3cn] and Kronos [8cn]. The 4th house, in general,  is linked to land, houses or buildings [1]. More specifically Neptune[7pi]  and IC [3pi] are part of  the Chinese asterism Kia-Ou meaning The Masonry of the House. According to Schlegel, it was also The Last House of the Master. Notice also that the TNPs Hades-Kronos  together refer to a “famous historical personage”[2]. And now this is where things get really interesting. Among the stars that form the back drop to the TNPs  is kappa Aurigae [3cn] on the whip in the right hand of the Charioteer [3]! How strange that even though the character of Ben Hur was a fiction, historical Messalla’s name has become connected  with the chariot race, one of  cinema’s most famous sequences and that shows up in the stars!!

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha-Lang Wescott (p.106)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Saturn-Neptune and the call for compassion

Sometimes when I read about the suffering of others, especially the suffering of children, my stomach turns ever so slightly. Emotions begin to creep in -- sadness, discomfort, guilt, frustration, fear. My heart palpitates and my mind wanders. So, I take a deep breath and try to focus on the people right in front of me. I try to live in a state of positivity. I believe that in my lifetime, I have extended much love and support to others. I believe I have demonstrated through small actions my dedication to being there for others. I have advocated, donated, volunteered and simply showed up for friends and loved ones when it counted most. But, I have done all of this without sacrificing much of anything. I have done all of this while sitting at my laptop in my safe and comfortable single family home. And I wonder... how is this enough? Am I a fraud? Does my desire to be compassionate to others actually match my willingness and ability to make a difference? Is it even worth my time and energy? Feb.20

We saw in the previous post [1] that the New Moon highlights the Saturn-Neptune square and an important theme of this square is about the need to show compassion for those who are suffering.

We also know that places where the configuration is made significant by the square falling on the angles are the ones where news events will illustrate the Saturn-Neptune most dramatically.  Shown here is the chart for the New Moon at Washington, DC where Nicole Dash the  author of the article lives. Notice that here too the square straddles the horizon axis as in Athens, Greece.

The author is certainly voicing the energy in the Saturn-Neptune square but are the politicians in Washington DC listening?