Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Victory Day: History in the stars

The 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, is an upcoming parade that will take place in Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The annual parade marks the Allied victory in the Second World War at the Western front. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will also deliver his twelfth holiday address to the nation on this day. Being a landmark jubilee parade honoring the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in the European continent, this year's parade is also expected to be one of the biggest and largest to be held in Russian history.
The final battles of the European Theatre of World War II as well as the German surrender to the Western Allies and the Soviet Union took place in May 1945. Victory Day or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the part of the Second World War known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War where the Soviet Union fought against Nazi Germany. It was first inaugurated in the sixteen republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May, by Moscow Time). The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin.

The 70th anniversary of  Victory Day will be celebrated by the Russia on May 9, 2015. It may be interesting to look at the stars that brought the devastating war in Europe to an end. For this we will look at the chart for the lunar eclipse of December 29, 1944 drawn for Berlin. Notice that the eclipse luminaries are placed on the horizon axis forming a T-square with Saturn-Neptune-Mars – a combination that in itself implies undermining circumstances that lead to defeat in war. But as always the stars add details that cannot be seen clearly just through the planets.

Archer – the Conqueror

On the descendant are the stars of the Archer which the ancient Roman astrologer Manilius associates with war and conquerors:

"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]

Columba – the Dove of Peace

On the Ascendant [5cn] are Saturn and Moon [7cn] conjunct the stars Alhena gamma Gemini [8cn] and delta Columba [8cn]. Robson states that the 4th Arabic Moon Mansion Al Hanah is favorable for hunting, besieging towns, and the revenge of princes while Dr. Eric Morse concludes (possibly because of the influence of the Dove) that it gives the ability for a peaceful settlement of disputes. Taken together the two accounts describe perfectly the destruction and siege of Berlin and the surrender of Germany that followed.

But as always, the test for whether an eclipse energy influences a particular day can be confirmed if the progressed angles trigger the eclipse configuration. Shown here is the progressed eclipse chart for May 8, the date of the surrender. Notice that the eclipse along with the T-square is aligned with the meridian on that day putting a stamp of confirmation on our thesis.

Baltimore riots

Protestors began rioting in Baltimore, the largest city in the American state of Maryland, starting April 27, 2015, in reaction to the April 19 death of Freddie Gray. Gray, a 25-year-old African-American resident of the city, died in police custody a week after being arrested. Apparently in good health at the time of his arrest, Gray later sustained injuries to his spine and larynx. The cause and circumstances of his injuries have not been officially determined. Gray fell into a coma on April 12, and despite multiple surgical attempts, he never regained consciousness and died a week later. Six police officers have been suspended pending an investigation. Peaceful protests were organized after his death, and apparently spontaneous protests started after the funeral service, although they eventually became marred with civil unrest and violence. As of April 28, at least twenty police officers have been injured, at least 250 people have been arrested, thousands of police and National Guard troops have been deployed, and a state of emergency was declared in the city of Baltimore.

To understand this news we go back to the lunar eclipse of October 8, 2014. A chart drawn for the eclipse places the luminaries along with Uranus-Pluto-Venus in a significant T-square on the horizon axis. The Moon and Uranus are conjunct the star Alpheratz, alpha Andromeda in the Chained Woman – a symbol of slavery.

The Uranus-Pluto square can be interpreted as :

Sudden eruption (Uranus) of formerly hidden or repressed (Pluto) content.

Ray Merriman describing the potential of the  Uranus-Pluto square wrote:

The Civil Rights movement in the USA was conceived during the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the late 1960s. Now it is to go through a birthing process. Racial grievances and even racial riots are possible.   This  is painful, but it is a birthing process, so the prospects of getting it right for everyone are very good. Sometimes it takes this kind of conflict and awareness of abuses in order to make the changes needed to reach the goal that was originally intended.

In addition on the Ascendant are the stars of the justice seeking Virgin and the evil Hydra. About this area Diana Rosenberg writes:

There are both oppressions and struggles against them and transits to these stars often bring about major changes in laws, mores, governments and ways of thinking, often accompanied or followed by explosions of fanatic  vicious intolerance, cruelty and brutality.

On the MC is the combination Hades-Kronos which basically means that laws or authoritative actions (Kronos) are just making things worse (Hades).

To confirm that this configuration is indeed influencing events in Baltimore, all we need to do is progress the eclipse chart to April 28 to see that the Grand Cross realigns with horizon axis setting off its potential.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Executions near for Indonesian prisoners

(CILICAP, Indonesia) — Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.  Among the condemned are two Australians — Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31 — whose emotional families made what could be their last visit to Besi prison on Nusakambangan island, where the prisoners are scheduled to die. Sukumaran’s sister, Brintha, wailed in agony and had to be carried through a crowd of media waiting at the ferry port to the island. April 28

This news is best understood if we start with the chart for the recent Lunar Eclipse of April 4. Notice that at Cilicap the eclipse is placed in the 12th house associated with prisoners and condemned criminals. The eclipse Moon opposes Mercury, the ruler of the 8th house linked with deaths so that the combination describes perfectly convicts on death row.

On the Ascendant [7sc] is the Centaurus A and eta Corona Borealis. Centaurus carries a speared beast as in the image above – a symbol of punishment of evil. Resonating with the same theme eta Corona Borealis was part of the Chinese asterism Tíen Lao, the Celestial Prison [1]. Mars [2ta] is conjunct the descendant and forms a quincunx with Saturn [4sa] that is conjunct the star Yed Posterior [4sa] also referred to as the “Man of Death” [2]. Forming the backdrop to Mars are stars in the Sea-Monster’s heart. These combine with the influence of Cepheus and Cassiopeia to give a strong, arrogant, coldly royal nature with personal severity. Also here is the star Mirach, beta Andromeda of the Chained Woman and Alsafi, sigma Draconis. The death penalty for a drug related offence is considered by many to be draconian.  The word draconian is an adjective meaning great severity, that derives from Draco. The combination of the Chained Woman and Draco refers to the perpetrators and victims of the arbitrary use of force as is the case here [2].

Progressing the eclipse chart to April 28 brings the Ascendant to a conjunction with Saturn quincunx Mars triggering the preparation for the brutal event described above. Also relevant is the square to Saturn from Neptune [8pi]  conjunct the star epsilon Pegasi [7pi] which was part of the Chinese asterism Wei. This asterism had a close connection with funeral ceremonies. Above Wei was the asterism Khi, the Soft Cries, presiding over cries and lamentations by women of those who were condemned to death for crimes [4].

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.726-7)
[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.129-131)
[4] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.756)

New York state to dim lights to save migrating birds

The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings. The phenomenon, known as "fatal light attraction", is estimated to kill up to one billion birds a year in the US. Millions of birds migrate through New York along the Atlantic Flyway route. Now those passing over the city by night will stand a better chance of making it further north. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn. April 28;

This news comes to us at the First Quarter Moon phase a chart for which is shown here. The Moon [5le] is conjunct M44 Cancri [7le] SW of Beehive Cluster, Praesepe. The following extract from Nick Fiorenza [1] tells that Praesepe is about migration to new places so that it fits in perfectly with the theme of migrating birds:

Alignments with Praesepe may indicate a new dwelling place is at hand or that one is in order to find. As with the migration of bees from an old hive, before identifying their new direction, there can be frenetic confusion at first, a scattered sense and lack of direction before moving toward their new home. This is temporary and is part of intuiting the feeling for the right direction, much like turning in a complete circle to identify the way that feels right. Praesepe asks us to trust in our magnetic sense, on our inner compass, and to hone in on our new direction while honoring the inherent confusion of the emergence process.

The Moon is conjunct Jupiter [13le] on the MC [15le]. Here we have the stars Dubhe, alpha Ursa Major and Kochab, beta Ursa Minor in the constellation of the protective Mother Bear and her Little Cub. Diana Rosenberg links these stars to “issues relating to the destruction or protection of children, animals and the environment” [2].

Finally, the Sun [5ta] is conjunct the star Alphirk, beta Cepheus [3].

Alphirk is sometimes indicative of a male in an authoritative position offering aid  or altering conditions in a way that otherwise would be impossible through our own power alone.

In our case here, this would be a reference to the New York Governor who has made it possible for the birds to fly safely on their ancient migration routes. 

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.515-17)

PS: The TNP Poseidon [11sc] is conjunct the Ascendant [8sc] and refers to “light” among other things.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Two brothers injured by bears in India

The Little Bear

Two persons were allegedly attacked by bears in the foothills of Poigai Malai in Aralvoimozhi on Thursday morning. S. Seelan (34) and his brother S. Jegan (32) were on a visit to their agricultural land along with their father Selvaraj when they noticed the bears in close proximity. Even as they tried to run to safety, Seelan sustained injuries in the attack by the bears and Jegan escaped with minor injuries. Their father escaped unhurt. April 17.

Shown here is the chart for the lunar eclipse of April 4 drawn for Aralvoimozhi. This powerful lunar eclipse aligned with the Uranus-Pluto square wrecked havoc in the form of an earthquake in Nepal and northern India. It is also significant here since it is placed in the angles.

Richard Tarnas associates Uranus-Pluto with “the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses”. These elemental forces of nature are not only  volcanoes and earthquakes etc. but the primordial or primitive  forces inside animals and human beings too!  If now we look carefully at the MC [2cn] the chart give us a hint where those primitive are likely to come from. On the MC is  Yildun,[1] delta Ursae Minoris [1cn] a star in the constellation of the Little Bear! The MC forms a quincunx with Saturn [4sa] which itself is conjunct the star chi Lupi in the constellation of the wild beast Lupus.

Finally if we progress the chart to Thursday, April 16, the reported date of the attack we find that the eclipse luminaries along with the Uranus-Pluto square align perfectly with the horizon.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lunar Eclipse and the Nepal Earthquake

Massive tremors that lasted between 30 seconds and nearly a couple of minutes were felt throughout North India after a huge 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. In Delhi and parts of the National Capital Region, people were seen running out of their houses after buildings shook for well over a minute. There are reports of tremors from Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and other cities. "Epicenter was 83 kilometres North West of Kathmandu, Nepal, measured 7.4 on Richter scale," said European Mediterranean Seismological Center.

Earthquakes are found to be associated with eclipses and with important planetary conjunctions and oppositions. An eclipse is always liable to cause seismic disturbances especially if it falls very close to the line of the horizon or of the meridian. The probability of earthquakes is much increased if at the time of eclipse, there is a close conjunction, opposition or square of the luminaries with any of the planets and especially if two or more planets are involved [1].  Shown here is the chart for the Lunar Eclipse of April 4 at Kathmandu, Nepal. Notice that it is placed not only on the horizon axis but forms a stressful T-square with Uranus-Pluto.

Richard Tarnas links Uranus-Pluto with “the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses (the tangible increase in signs of extreme climate change, volcanoes and earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, tsunamis and floods, undersea oil eruptions, mining disasters).”

[1] Mundane or National Astrology; H.S. Green (p.105-06)

Friday, 24 April 2015

Star of US show 'takes own life'

Actor Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role in US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has taken his own life, according to a statement released by his manager. He was 19. “This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” the family said in a statement, published on the Hollywood Reporter. “We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.” April 24

A chart for the lunar eclipse of April 4 drawn for Brownwood, Texas is shown here. The eclipse luminaries are placed significantly on the horizon axis and part of the Uranus-Pluto square which among other things is associated with a breakdown. So what is the nature of the breakdown? The medical asteroid Askalaphus [14li] is conjunct the Moon [14li] and opposite the asteroid Psyche[14ar]. The combination Askalaphus-Psyche refers to mental illnesses including depression! [1]

AESCULAPIA: Contact with physicians (including the internal healer) and belief-systems about the health, symptoms and medical conditions. See aspects of “in need of or contributing to Healing.” Use also: Asclepius and Askalaphus.
PSYCHE: Recognition of childhood trauma; raw wounds psychologically; vulnerability; memories; insight; psychic impressionability; psychological recovery; the state of your “mental health;” head wounds; brain states.

Sawyer Sweeten was born May 12, 1995, Brownwood, Texas, United States. A  birthchart drawn for noon is shown here. His Sun [21ta30] is opposite Pluto [29sc26] and square Mars [24le29]. From December 2014 upto August 2015, Saturn transits over his Pluto. This is a very difficult transit when we need to deal with hidden or self-destructive weaknesses or fears. Depression and suicides are common under this transit.

Clinton Foundation Took Money For Russian Uranium Deal

An exhaustive report published Thursday in The New York Times links undisclosed contributions to the Clinton Foundation by investors linked to Russian uranium interests, potentially complicating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. According to the report, a deal spearheaded by leaders of the Canadian mining industry gave the Russian government control of one-fifth of the uranium production capacity in the US.  April 23

Hillary Diane Rodham was born on 26 October 1947 at 08:02 (= 08:02 AM ) at  Chicago, Illinois [1]. Her progressed solar return chart for April 23, 2015, the date of the news, is shown here. Notice a Grand Cross aligned with the angles. The elements of the Grand Cross are interpreted by Martha Wescott as below:

Hades-Kronos: the humiliation of leaders; secret activities of a leader or prominent person.
Hades-Pluto-Kronos: to hear of criminal financial dealings in high places.

Battle of Gallipoli Centenary

Relatives of veterans who fought in Gallipoli - one of World War One's bloodiest campaigns - have met the Prince of Wales to mark its centenary. Prince Charles and Prince Harry met the relatives on HMS Bulwark, ahead of services on the Turkish peninsula. Leaders from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey - which all lost thousands of troops - will also attend memorials.

The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign, the Battle of Gallipoli or the Battle of Çanakkale (Turkish: Çanakkale Savaşı) was a campaign of World War I that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu in modern Turkey) in the Ottoman Empire between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. The peninsula forms the northern bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provided a sea route to the Russian Empire, one of the Allied powers during the war. Intending to secure it, Russia's allies Britain and France launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula, with the aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The naval attack was repelled and after eight months' fighting, with many casualties on both sides, the land campaign was abandoned and the invasion force was withdrawn to Egypt.

To understand this historical event through the lens of mundane astrology, we start with the applicable  Capricorn Ingress chart drawn for Gallipoli. Notice that the Ingress Sun activates the Mars-Saturn-Pluto opposition which is a combination that one would associate with a titanic struggle or battle. Ebertin’s key phrases for this combination are:

Tenacity and toughness, endurance, the capability to make record efforts of the highest possible order, the ability to perform the most difficult work with extreme discipline. Brutality, assault and violence; the necessity to fight for one’s existence or life.

What makes this combination specially significant for Gallipoli is the T-square to the meridian axis. But also notice that Neptune not only forms aspects to both ends of the Mars-Sun-Saturn-Pluto opposition but is carried to the MC on  25 April 1915 in the progressed chart. Mars-Neptune is not only referring to a naval invasion but Neptune brings about weakness,  indecisiveness and lack of clarity in any battle plan that Mars may have.

Finally, it is relevant to add here that the star Betelgeuse of Orion the Hunter or Warrior is conjunct Saturn-Pluto in the T-square mentioned above. Diana Rosenberg associates this star with great historical battles and events which Gallipoli certainly was.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Cow 'starts eating sheep' on Nakuru farm

A farmer in Kenya says one of his cows has given up its usual vegetarian diet and started eating sheep. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, the Daily Nation website reports. Fresh food and water couldn't tempt the cow, and another sheep met its end the following day, the report says. "After the first incident, we thought the cow was starving, so we increased the supply of fodder and water, but it still continued chasing after sheep," says Mr Mamboleo. While cows are herbivores, developing a taste for meat could be a sign of a nutrient deficiency, according to a local agricultural officer. "The dry season, which has just ended, has seen most animals lack minerals found in green grass," Albert Kabugi tells the site. April 23

The chart for the Waxing Crescent Moon of April 22 drawn for Nakuru is shown here. On the Ascendant [17ta] with Mars [16ta] and Mercury [15ta] are the stars nu [14ta] and mu Aries[14ta] of the Ram along with beta 1178 Tauri [20ta]  among the early stars of the raging Bull. Also here is Menkar, alpha Ceti [15ta] in the Sea-Monster’s jaw. Here with Cetus representing the ravening primordial monster inside all living beings combining with the stars of the belligerent and murderous Bull acting on the stars of the Ram (sheep?) we have an elegant explanation for the cow’s behaviour.  As if confirming this  we have on the descendant HD125007 Lupi [17sc] in the constellation of Lupus – the Wolf!

Chilean volcano erupts for first time in 40 years

A volcano in Chile that has laid dormant for more than 40 years has suddenly erupted, causing a thick plume of ash to cloud the sky while thousands of people living in its shadow were forced to flee. Volcano Calbuco, in the country's south, is believed to be among the three most dangerous of Chile's 90 active volcanoes, but was not under any special observation before it suddenly sprung into life at around 6pm local time. An estimated 1,500 people were forced to flee the nearby town of Ensenada after the eruption, while several smaller townships were also cleared. April 23

An eclipse is always liable to cause volcanic eruptions and seismic disturbances especially where planets on the angles conjoin certain stars. A chart for the last solar eclipse at Calbuco is shown here. The Ascendant in Pisces is conjunct Mercury and Neptune while Saturn conjoins the MC.  Neptune [8pi] is conjunct kappa Pegasi [9pi] in the Flying Horse’s forefoot.

Poseidon (Roman name Neptune) was the great Olympian god of the sea, rivers, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses. Legend has it that when his creation Pegasus, the Flying Horse,  stomped its feet there were earthquakes. For stars in this area, Diana Rosenberg mentions “unusually powerful earthquakes” and gives the following examples:

Besides the 75CE SolEcl path over Pompeii and Vesuvius, these stars were transited at the Great Alexandria Earthquake of 365 CE; at the Great China Earthquake of 1556 that killed 830,000, one of the most devastating earthquakes in history; in 1812 at the last and strongest (about 8.7 Richter) of the Great New Madrid, MO quakes and many others.

Progressing the eclipse chart to April 23, the date of the eruption, brings the Uranus-Pluto square to the horizon axis. Pluto rules the forces of the underworld while Uranus brings to the surface all that is held down. On an elemental level, we can see the sudden awakening of the Plutonic underworld in volcanic eruptions.

Why Are Oil & Gas Workers Mysteriously Dying Across America?

In July of 2012, the mother of 21-year old Dustin Bergsing filed a wrongful-death suit in Yellowstone County District Court. Bergsing died on January 7 of that year — his first child was born just six weeks prior. The cause of death was hydrocarbon poisoning. More specifically, Bergsing died from inhaling fatal amounts of petroleum vapors after gauging a crude oil tank on a Marathon Oil site in Mandaree, North Dakota. April 22

So why are oil & gas workers mysteriously dying across America? A total solar eclipse like the one that took place on March 20 is so powerful that it can help us understand events like the one reported here. A chart for the eclipse at Washington, DC has Saturn on the MC square Neptune. This is a combination that refers, among other things, to the oil and gas (Neptune) industry (Saturn). In addition, Saturn [4sa] is conjunct sigma Serpentis [4sa] in the constellation of the Serpent often depicted emitting poisonous vapors so that among events in this area, Diana Rosenberg lists “gas poisoning, lung damage and asphyxiation”.  Also here is the star Yed Posterior, epsilon Ophiuchus [4sa] which in a Euphratean tablet is referred to as a star of Mulu-bat, “Man of Death”.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mediterranean migrants crisis

Cetus – the Sea Monster

A Greek minister has said the "great powers" of Europe need to take more responsibility for the unfolding crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. Deputy Defence Minister Kostas Isichos told the BBC northern Europe must do more to rescue and shelter migrants. He said that Greece, Italy and Spain were working on a common position ahead of an emergency EU summit on Thursday. April 22, 2015

 Cardinal Ingresses of the Sun are important mundane events. Of these the Ingress of the Sun into Capricorn is considered by many to be the most important and has been elevated to the position of an Annual Chart. Shown here is sidereal Capricorn Ingress at Athens, Greece. On the Ascendant [15ta] of the chart is the star Menkar, alpha Cetus in the crushing jaws of the Sea-Monster. The news comes to us on the very day Mercury conjoins Mars at [16ta] on the Ascendant of the Ingress chart.  Diana Rosenberg links stars in this area to shipwrecks and drowning and gives the following examples:

These stars were transited when Titanic was launched from Belfast in 1911, when submarine HMS Thetis was lost on a trial dive in 1939, at the start of the 1793 “noyades”- mass drowning at Nantes (thousands of opponents of the French Revolution were shipped into the Loire and their boats scuttled), at the 1715 Los Capitanas disaster, when a Spanish fleet left Havana with one of the greatest treasures shipped from the New World and sailed into a massive hurricane; 10 of the 11 ships were lost, 1000 drowned on rocks; in 1994 when ferry Estonia sank near Utoe, Finland: between 900-1000 died; at the 1944 WWII Bombay disaster: a burning explosive laden ship detonated, completely wrecking the port, killing 1,376, destroying 100,000 tons of supplies, leaving the port unusable for the rest of the war  and many others.

Progressing the Ingress chart to April 22 brings the Mars-Saturn-Neptune square that can be associated with accidents at sea to the angles. Saturn[2sa] is conjunct the star Yed Posterior [3sa31] which was part of the ancient Euphratean Mulu-bat, “Man of Death”.  This is placed in tropical Sagittarius (and Anuradha, a mansion of wanderers), Diana Rosenberg notes that these extraordinary people yearn to visit exotic places and strange lands and would like to be anywhere but their home countries [1]. Under possible manifestation of these stars she lists “transportation events including accidents”.

And finally, Neptune is conjunct the stars of the humanitarian Water Bearer Aquarius (as well as healing goddess Gula, his ancient predecessor). Here we see the rise of social conscience and the impulse to help and save. In other words, the Greek minister is exhibiting an evolved expression of Mars-Saturn-Neptune when he states that Europe must take more responsibility for the unfolding crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. After all it was the actions of NATO against Libya a few years ago that has now resulted in this deluge of migrants.  

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p. 288)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Why do we murder the beautiful friendships of boys?

An epidemic of loneliness is killing millions of American men. Here's why. On a cold February night a few weeks ago, Professor and researcher Niobe Way presented findings from her book Deep Secrets here in New York. (Her book is available on Amazon.) She was hosted by Partnership With Children, a groundbreaking organization doing powerful interventions with at risk children in the New York's Public Schools. Both Way and Partnership With Children's work have produced reams of hard statistical data proving that emotional support directly impacts every metric of academic performance. And, as it turns out, every other part of our lives as well. That night, as my wife Saliha and I made our way down the snow-blown streets towards Fifth Avenue, I was feeling the somber weight of the third month of dark Northeast winter, wondering how many days remained until Spring would come. "It's February. Don't kid yourself," the answer came back. My charming and lovely wife was to take me to dinner after Way's presentation. It was my birthday. Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University and director of the Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology. A number of years ago, she started asking teenage boys what their closest friendships meant to them and documenting what they had to say. Feb.26;

In this post we shall see how an eclipse can hammer home its essential message in related events in more than one way. In a previous post [1] on the lunar eclipse and how it was influencing depression in the US we had written:

The eclipse Moon is placed in the 6th house of public health and is part of the Uranus-Pluto square which among other things is associated with a breakdown. So what is the nature of the breakdown? The medical asteroid Askalaphus [14li] is conjunct the Moon[14li] and opposite the asteroid Psyche[14ar]. The combination Askalaphus-Psyche refers to mental illnesses including depression!
AESCULAPIA: Contact with physicians (including the internal healer) and belief-systems about the health, symptoms and medical conditions. See aspects of “in need of or contributing to Healing.” Use also: Asclepius and Askalaphus.
PSYCHE: Recognition of childhood trauma; raw wounds psychologically; vulnerability; memories; insight; psychic impressionability; psychological recovery; the state of your “mental health;” head wounds; brain states.

Shown here is the chart for the eclipse drawn for New York where author Niobe Way presented her findings. The eclipse Moon is once again in the 6th house so that the above extract from the previous post applies. But in addition, here we find the asteroids Sappho and Orpheus on the Ascendant. Sappho is an asteroid that rules same sex friendships while Orpheus is all about depression, sorrow, grief and even death so that the combination is perfectly in alignment with the news story.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

300 year old clock design stuns experts

Saturn as Father Time

A clock based on a design from 300 years ago has stunned experts by keeping accurate to a second for 100 days. The modern-day Martin Burgess Clock B is based on John Harrison's 18th century clock, which he thought up to solve the problem of determining longitude at sea. It has been part of a 100-day trial at the Royal Observatory, in Greenwich, to see if the claim - that the clock would neither lose nor gain more than a second in 100 days - was true. April 19;

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun are considered important in mundane astrology and can be usefully employed to predict events especially in the quarter that they rule. A chart for the Sun’s entry into sidereal Aries on April 15 drawn for Greenwich is shown here. Notice that the Uranus-Pluto-Saturn combination aspects the meridian. To understand this news we first need to combine the influence of Uranus-Pluto acting on Saturn.  About Uranus-Pluto Tarnas writes:

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”. 

If Uranus-Pluto is about technological and scientific breakthroughs and Saturn or Chronos is Father Time [1], we can expect at least one breakthrough to be connected with measuring time. But remember that Saturn is retrograde and retrogression is often a reference to the past so that this is about a historical discovery.

A further confirmation comes from the fact that the Ascendant [16ta21] is conjunct the star alpha Horologium [16ta02] – the  Pendulum Clock! [2]

Horologium Oscillatorium
the Pendulum Clock

Epidemic depression as a wake up call to humanity

Depression has been described as a modern epidemic. An army of highly trained theoreticians have postulated all sorts of approaches and created a vast enterprise pushing pills to cure this disease of our modern, so-called 'civilized', society. This is not going to be a discussion of psychology and trite self-help materials from ignorant people whimsically pontificating from their ivory towers. Today, we're going to go down into the trenches to cut through all of the BS and investigate the incidence and role of depression from an existential, non-materialist perspective. In doing so, we might just discover the 'meaning of life'.
How and why do relatively well-adjusted people with normal lives come to carry this monster inside of them, this feeling of a shattered soul that refuses to be cured with drugs or the latest counseling theories? I think the answer to that question is that the being of such people has, at some level of awareness, been forced to realize that the world "out there" is not right in some fundamental way; that it has in fact become a playground for nihilistic personalities who have no plan whatsoever other than to gorge on their own thirst for darkness and destruction.
So what is to be done about disillusionment/depression? Why are so many people subjected to this horrible emotional state? I believe that this type of depression is the voice of the soul crying out against the entropic principles that dominate on our planet, and yearning to live in a manner that is more in accordance with life's principles. The morphogenic field of Non-being has enveloped the planet and by trying to ignore it or suppress it, we are in fact aligning ourselves with that field, which may be against our very nature to strive for the light to rise, to grow. April 15

Neil Maves, the author of the article, lives in Lecanto, Fl. A chart for the lunar eclipse of April 4 is shown here. The eclipse Moon is placed in the 6th house of public health and is part of the Uranus-Pluto square which among other things is associated with a breakdown. So what is the nature of the breakdown? The medical asteroid Askalaphus [14li] is conjunct the Moon[14li] and opposite the asteroid Psyche[19ar]. The combination Askalaphus-Psyche refers to mental illnesses including depression!

AESCULAPIA: Contact with physicians (including the internal healer) and belief-systems about the health, symptoms and medical conditions. See aspects of “in need of or contributing to Healing.” Use also: Asclepius and Askalaphus. [1]
PSYCHE: Recognition of childhood trauma; raw wounds psychologically; vulnerability; memories; insight; psychic impressionability; psychological recovery; the state of your “mental health;” head wounds; brain states. [1]

Why are so many volcanoes erupting?

Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing? Yes. During the 20th century, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions globally. That works out to approximately 35 eruptions per year. That may sound like a lot, but according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now. In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century's yearly average. And all of this is part of a larger trend. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we had ever seen in a single year, and 2015 is already threatening to be another one for the record books. All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists. April 16.

For anyone familiar with astrology, this news should come as no surprise.  Between June 2012 and March 2015, Uranus-Pluto squared each other 7 times. Pluto rules the forces of the underworld while Uranus brings about a sudden eruption of all that is held down. On a elemental level, we can see the sudden eruption and awakening of the Plutonic underworld in the increase in global climatic disturbances, and in the extraordinary wave of catastrophic earthquakes (Haiti, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Tibet, Sichuan China), volcanoes (Iceland),monsoons (Pakistan), mudslides with mass fatalities (China), and unusually destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms (Louisiana,Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Massachusetts), destructively rising sea levels and glacier melting, as well as the catastrophic deep-water oil-rig explosion with its long-unstoppable gushing of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. [1]

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The rise and fall of the Russian oligarchy

Fifteen years after the then unknown Vladimir Putin took over the Russian presidency, analysts still puzzle over how he arrived in the position. Newly declassified documents from President Bill Clinton’s administration, released to bne IntelliNews, show how Putin's candidacy was a compromise after a fierce battle for power in Russia between pro-US oligarchs and pro-state conservatives. At stake was not just power in Russia, but the crucial question of Russia's relationship with the West. Russia's 'oligarchy' took power during Yeltsin’s re-election in 1996, when they used his reliance on funding from Russia's leading seven bankers to acquire the cream of the country's resource-producing assets. April 14;

Shown here is the chart for the current lunar eclipse of April 4 at Moscow. The Ascendant  conjoins the Sextant; the Vela X-1 Neutron Star and the Vela Pulsar of Argo Navis; Thuban of Draco; and the hind leg of the Great Bear.

The essence of these stars is about defining and steering our evolutionary course with conscious consideration for the long-term ramifications of the direction we set now in our lives. They impel us to assert our creative force to ensure our evolutionary safety, nurturing, and fulfillment. They also impel the distribution or delegation of power and authority to and for the people.

Thuban of Draco, in the far northern heavens, just north of Alioth, was Earth’s pole star circa 2600 BC, near the “tear of the Bear,” a point in Earth’s ~25,000-year “evolutionary cycle of the soul” at which time a turning and fractioning occurred in the hierarchical powers governing Earth. This dramatized the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth. [1]

Saturn [4sa] is conjunct stars of Wild Beast Lupus. Lupus or the wolf is a symbol of evil, greed and cruelty.  The upper square from Neptune [8pi] in compassionate Pisces brings to conscious  awareness what can be  referred to as a  "Crisis in Consciousness"  revealing through events the inappropriateness of old forms of behavior represented by the image of the greedy wolf.

Progressing the angles of the eclipse chart brings the Saturn-Neptune square which was aligned with the horizon to an alignment with the meridian on April 14, the date of the news. This is always a good test of whether the star images apply to a situation.  

In simple terms,here  the Russian oligarchy represents the greed of the wolf that the Saturn transit is expecting Russia to overcome. Lupus the wolf is always depicted along with the centaur. Symbolically, the centaur; half man, half horse represents the complete domination by baser influences, instincts, the unconscious uncontrolled by the spirit. The man-beast combination illustrates the conflict between man’s lower animal nature merged with his higher nature of human virtue and judgement, the struggle between the savage and the benign. In star images  the centaur is shown carrying a spear that impales a wolf. The wolf – a despoiler of flocks, rapacious, cruel, crafty and bloodthirsty – has long been a symbol of evil. In Christian art, animals impaled on lances often allude to vices that must be overcome. A lance exemplifies valor, virtue, war, power, strength and victory over evil.