Tuesday, 30 June 2015

South Carolina church fire

(CNN)A fire broke out at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Up to 50 firefighters fought to extinguish the blaze, a fire official said. As yet, authorities do not know what caused it, said Williamsburg County Fire Chief Randy Swinton. The local sheriff, local police and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have also responded to the fire at the traditionally black church. July 1

We mentioned in the last post on the Indonesia air crash that, with the Sun squaring the nodal axis, we are currently going through a phenomenon known as “Moon Wobble” .

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 then is phenomenon is valid for the whole world.  Why was the small Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina chosen for the fire? Regular readers of this blogsite will know that it if a  Moon phase chart for a given place  brings a difficult combination to an aspect with the horizon or meridian, that place is so to speak chosen for an event symbolized by that combination.

Shown here is the chart for the current Gibbous Moon at  Greeleyville.  Notice the Sun and Mars squaring the nodal axis on the meridian.

For readers who are interested, the “hour hand” of the cosmic clock  here is the Capricorn Ingress chart and its progression to June 30, the date of the fire.  Notice that the Capingress chart has a powerful T-square containing Uranus-Pluto-Zeus aligned with meridian. Since the TNP Zeus is associated with “fires” this combination is linked to devastating fires. Progressing this chart to June 30 aligns the T-square with the horizon triggering the event.

‘Moon Wobble’ and the Indonesia aircrash

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN): The death toll in the Tuesday crash of a military transport plane in Medan, Indonesia, has risen to at least 86, according to an Indonesian Red Cross official. June 30

Shown here is the chart for the Gibbous Moon phase drawn for  Medan, Indonesia.  Sun (with Mars)  squares the Nodal axis which has been brought to the angles by the Moon phase  suggesting that this was one place where its effect would be felt. This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble”. In an earlier post[1]  we have seen this phenomena linked with plane crashes as this extract below explains:

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.[2]

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. [3] Remember, if you are not working through your subconscious issues you are more likely to fall prey to your emotions. [4]

Greek Debt Crisis Nears Decision Time

As tonight’s deadline approaches for Greece to pay €1.6bn to the IMF and agree a deal before its bailout extension runs out, there are hopes that the country and its creditors can still come to some sort of deal. Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said plainly that Greece will not pay the IMF - an event which ratings agencies would not consider as a default - but is still hopeful of an agreement. And there are reports that Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may be ready to agree a deal, and could even travel to Brussels tonight. Tsipras has also reportedly had telephone contact today with EU president Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi and European parliament president Martin Schultz.
Euro finance ministers conference call tonight: Newsflash: eurozone finance ministers are going to speak in three and a half hours to discuss Greece’s request for a third bailout. They are due to speak at 6pm BST, or 8pm Athens time. June 30

Of all cardinal ingress charts, the Capricorn Ingress of the Sun is regarded as the master chart of the year. Progressing this chart on a daily basis can give us insight into events. Shown here is the sidereal Capricorn Ingress chart progressed to midnight of June 30.  Notice that the highly disruptive Uranus-Pluto linked Grand Cross is on the angles.  Among events connected to the stars of Corvus and the Dragon  on the Ascendant , Diana Rosenberg lists “financial collapses”  writing:

“Dragons hoard riches and greedy Crows make off with gleaming treasures: Uranus was here at the peak and beginning of the collapse  of Holland’s  “Tulip mania” of 1634 (outrageously high prices were paid for bulbs with disastrous consequences;  and one cycle of Uranus later at a 1720 Solar Eclipse, one month before the collapse of the “South Sea Bubble” speculation mania that caused financial disaster and a multitude of suicides”.

The second chart we will consider here is the Wynn Key Return for the Euro (1 Jan 1999, 0:00 hr; Frankfurt).  This has Mars [4cn17] on the MC forming a T-square with the Nodal axis on the horizon.  Opposite Mars on the IC is the TNP Cupido. Key phrases are as follows:

Mars square Node: Quarrels and disputes within communities, organizations or associations, an interruption of associations [1].
Mars-Cupido: to be assertive, take the initiative, be independent  and advance one’s own best interests in a group or family situation [2].

The Sabian symbol for Mars seems to say it all.

Key: The tragic results which are likely to occur when the individual’s will pits itself carelessly against the power of the collective will of society.

So what does it look like?   It is true that nothing …just nothing in any event chart can ever be used to predict the outcome of any planetary combination. And this is because we have a free will and can therefore decide not to go along with what might appear to be the right choice to make in a given situation. But despite the latest newsflash about eurozone finance ministers meeting to discuss Greece’s request for a third bailout, it looks  more and more like a  no agreement to me…but then I could be completely wrong!

[1] The Combination of Stellar Influences; Reinhold Ebertin (p.164)

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha-Lang Wescott (p.59-60)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Putin Gobsmacks Uncle Sam … Again

Here’s the scoop: Two days before the swaggering Sec-Def touched down in Germany, Gazprom announced that it was putting the finishing touches on a massive deal that would double the amount of Russian gas flowing to Germany via a second Nord Stream pipeline. The shocking announcement made it look like the clueless Carter had no idea what was going on and that his efforts to isolate Russia were a complete flop. And, make no mistake; the deal is huge, big enough to change the geopolitical calculus of the entire region. Robert Morley explains what’s going on in a recent article at The Trumpet:
“Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom signed a deal June 18 to double the capacity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that delivers Russian gas directly to Germany. The deal is a precursor to war”.
“Once this pipeline is finished, almost all of Eastern Europe can be completely cut out of the gas picture. There will be no need for any gas to transit through Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Hungary or Slovakia.” (Gazprom’s Dangerous New Nord Stream Gas Pipeline to Germany, The Trumpet)
Yep, Ukraine is out and Germany’s in, which means that Washington’s plan to extend US hegemony by driving a wedge between Russia and Europe is down the plughole. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42275.htm

The deal was signed on June 18 just two days after  the New Moon of June 16. A chart for the New Moon drawn for the midpoint between Moscow and Berlin is shown here. What strikes us immediately is a Jupiter-Uranus-TNP Cupido  fire Grand Trine anchored to the MC. The Mars New Moon is opposite Cupido, centaurs Pholus, Ixion and TNO Quaoar.  

Jupiter-Uranus: to experience a release from tension and to feel optimistic or fortunate  due to a change or sudden event; a shift in attitudes towards life; to see a change for the better.
Jupiter-Cupido-Uranus: a sudden happy or unexpected event in a family or group.

A fire Grand Trine emphasizes the sense of personal significance . The individual may appear very fortunate  in that he is able to wholeheartedly engage himself in exciting and somewhat daring activities with little fear, insecurity or frustration.Mars stimulates our capacity to respond in assertive action. It is of leadership, self reliance, and victorious. It is audacious, brave, instinctual, passionate and willful. The following passage from Nick Fiorenza's essay on the  current New Moon  sums up the dynamics of the cosmic energy working behind the Russia-Germany deal:

The Mars-New Moon alignment with Pallas, Pholus, Ixion and Quaoar adds a significant complexity to our lunar month's theme. In part, it brings emphasis to the use of creative power in response to tyrannical behavior. There is also strong impetus to use our creative power in a leadership capacity that establishes a greater social justice via a harmonious revolution. Mysterious elements or shrouded events in a whirlwind of confusion occurring in this lunar cycle can act as a catalyzing agent for profound change. This can trigger an avalanche of events that leads to a transformation of a long-standing condition that makes possible a transition or passage that otherwise would not occur[1].

PS: Notice that the chart for the New Moon at Athens [23E43] is virtually the same as at the Moscow-Berlin midpoint [25E30]. Is it a coincidence that dynamics of the New Moon as described above can also be applied to the situation in Greece where the leadership is trying to get out of the control of the Troika?

Alexis Tsipras’ dilemma

One day before Greece’s bailout ends and the country’s financial lifeline melts away, Europe’s big guns have lined up one after another to tell the Greeks unequivocally that voting no in Sunday’s referendum means saying goodbye to the euro. There was no mistaking the gravity of the situation now facing both Greece and Europe on Monday. Leaders were by turns ashen-faced, resigned, desperate and pleading with Athens to think again and pull back from the abyss. There were also bitter attacks on Alexis Tsipras, the young Greek prime minister whose brinkmanship has gone further than anyone believed possible and left the eurozone’s leaders reeling. http://goo.gl/kTtNs8

Alexis Tsipras was born on July 28, 1974 at 1:30 am; Athens [1].  The most important current solar arc direction is Sun [14vi] conjunct Haumea[12vi] and TNP Zeus[13vi]. As we can see from his natal chart that these are part of a Grand Cross straddling the horizon axis.  Haumea is a newly discovered dwarf planet about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Haumea’s propensity is to intercede with dynamic motion from a state of equilibrium and poise to support a new birth in consciousness, especially the use of the fundamental primordial forces of life. Haumea also appears to motivate action to reorient world powers’ militaristic destructive use of power and resources into a nurturing force that supports and protects life, home and family; and that aids humanity’s emergence into a spiritually and primordial aware state of being.[2]

The TNP Zeus is square TNP Kronos and Neptune. Martha Wescott gives us following delineations:

Neptune-Kronos: idealistic or unrealistic leadership; to sustain losses through perfidy of authorities – or through ignoring laws or regulations.

Kronos-Zeus: to be angry at leaders, laws – or people “over you”; to present opinions with an undercurrent of strong feelings (so that disagreement or questioning can “set one off”;) leaders or governments on the edge of restraint; events that trigger independent or authoritative reactions.

Neptune-Zeus: to face a dampener on enthusiasm – and to recognize the need to be realistic (and yet to retain vision and creativity;) to be aware of attempts to incite, arouse or excite by appealing  to perception of victim status or idealism.

The progressed Sun conjoins the star Mizar. About this star Nick Fiorenza writes:

Mizar, an overseeing predominant star of the Great Bear, embodies raw fiery energy that must express one way or another. Mizar must have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply it with creative vision. Mizar brings attention to use of our creative energies; creative and destructive tendencies, and the fear to create lest it may result in destruction.

No commentary is needed. The foregoing summarizes Tsipras’ dilemma quite elegantly.

The Sikhs who saved Parmesan

What do Punjab and Italy's Po Valley have in common? More than you might imagine, which explains why immigrant Sikhs from the Indian state became the backbone of Italy's most famous cheese-making industry. June 25; http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33149580

The news comes to us just as Mars enters Cancer on June 24. A chart for the Mars Ingress at Novellara, Italy is shown here.  For a start we notice that the Moon is placed in the 12th house linked to cattle [1] square the Sun and Mars is in the 9th house associated with foreigners[2] giving us a hint that somehow foreigners may be linked to cattle.

The Ascendant [28li] is conjunct  TNP Apollon [29li] and square TNP Vulcanus [28cn].

Apollon-Vulcanus : to recognize the display of a “whatever it takes” attitude in connection with offered opportunities, expansion or business; to influence and have a powerful effect on customers or through one’s many talents. [3]

The MC [4le] is conjunct the star Praesepe [7le] which Nick Fiorenza informs us is about migration, leaving  familiar places etc. [4] Resonating with this theme is the planet Uranus with the asteroid Persephone on the Descendant.

Uranus-Persephone : To leave to seek change; the “Go West, Young Man” aspect [5]

The asteroids Diana and Hebe conjoin Vulcanus . Diana refers to animals and Hebe to service personnel so that the combination can refer to those who look after animals.  Finally on the IC is Ceres, the asteroid connected with food  so that  we are getting pretty close…the chart is speaking about immigrants looking after animals connected to the food industry.

[3] The Orders of Light; Martha-Lang Wescott (p.119)

[5] Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids; Martha-Lang Wescott (p.208)

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Kim Phuc's journey from war to forgiveness

Ajax, Ontario, Canada (CNN)Even without the benefit of context, the image of a naked 9-year-old girl running for her life is as searing and indelible today as it was 43 years ago. That image jolted people around the world. Some say it hastened the end of the Vietnam War. "I always remember that horrible day that we ran from life to death," says Kim Phuc, the girl in that iconic photo. Now 52, she lives just outside Toronto.
In addition to her work with the U.N., Phuc has started the Kim Foundation International, a charity that helps children suffering from war, just as she did so many years ago. Its mission is to help the most underprivileged children suffering from war -- building hospitals, schools and homes for children who have been orphaned. Phuc says she plans to live out her life in service of that mission. June 25

Kim Phúc and her family were residents of the village of Trang Bang, South Vietnam. On June 8, 1972, South Vietnamese planes dropped a napalm bomb on Trang Bang, The bombing killed two of Kim Phúc's cousins and two other villagers. Kim Phúc was badly burned and tore off her burning clothes. The iconic photo taken in Trang Bang by AP photographer Nick Ut shows her at nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back.

Shown here is the chart for the First Quarter Moon of June 24 at Ajax.  A  T-square of Uranus-Pluto-Zeus straddles the horizon axis and is  therefore brought to prominence.  The TNP Zeus is associated with military action and together with Uranus-Pluto here it  refers to upheaval and devastating fires brought about  by military action. With Pluto and Zeus retrograde and Pluto conjunct the asteroid Memoria , the chart is hinting at an incident in the past.

Pluto [14sa] is conjunct stars of Sagittarius, the Archer and Aquila, the Eagle. The constellation  of the Eagle is associated with the military in general but more specifically with the air force. Here it  combines with stars of the Archer to produce a perfect symbol for a military aircraft (image above).

The  Sun and Mars are conjunct the star Betelgeuse of Orion.  The constellation Orion is depicted as a mighty Warrior so that by association Diana Rosenberg links this star to “great historical battles and events”.  She gives the following examples:

This was Jupiter at the 597 BCE Fall of Jerusalem; and at the 9 CE solar eclipse the year Germanic tribes wiped out  3 Roman legions at the Battle of Teutoburger Wald, shocking Rome and forcing Augustus to accept the Rhine as the northern limit of his rule; the Oct 732 CE  New Moon’s Ascendant: 60,000  Moslem cavalry had invaded France; Charles (“The Hammer”) Martel hastily assembled Frankish infantry and decisively  defeated them at the Battle of Tours; Pluto at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt, one of the great victories of military history; at the May 1453 lunar eclipse, 7 days before Constantinople fell to the Turks; the Sun at the start of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo; Jupiter at the 1942 Battle of Midway; Saturn at  D-Day, the 1944  Allied invasion of Normandy, the beginning of the end of the Third Reich.

Betelgeuse  is also the determinant star for the Indian Lunar Mansion Ardra. The god that belongs to this constellation is Rudra, the thunder god. Rudra destroys everything that does not belong to a particular person. The symbol for Ardra is a tear drop linked to the suffering that the thunder god Rudra brings, but Ardra translates to moistness and green  and freshness of a new beginning after the elimination of the old.  So while Ardra brings suffering, many Ardra natives also work in helping professions alleviating the suffering of others [1][2].

Finally, the Sabian symbol [3]  for the Moon [2li38] on the IC says it all:

Keynote: The ever-present possibility of beginning again on a new foundation of values.

[2] The Nakshatras; Dennis M. Harness

SpaceX Falcon Rocket Explodes After Launch

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke up on Sunday just minutes after its launch with a robotic Dragon cargo capsule headed for the International Space Station, NASA said. The Falcon took off right on time, rising into the sunny skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florda at 10:21 a.m. ET. But shortly afterward, NASA spokesman George Diller reported that the rocket was lost. The last readings from the vehicle were received two minutes and 19 seconds after launch, he said. Debris from the breakup fell into the Atlantic Ocean. NASA and SpaceX were gathering information about the failure, and details are to be provided at a 12:30 p.m. ET NASA news conference. June 28. http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/watch-spacex-launch-nasa-cargo-try-land-falcon-9-rocket-n383166

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important mundane events. On June 21, the Sun entered Cancer, the second of the four cardinal signs. A chart for the ingress drawn for Cape Canaveral, Florida is shown here.

Our attention is drawn to the Sun-Mars conjunction quincunx Saturn. Mars-Saturn hard aspects are always an indicator of accidents. And this is precisely what happened  today June 28, when the progressed MC [27ge] reached a conjunction to Mars [28ge].  For stars in this area, Diana Rosenberg writes [1]:

This is not an auspicious placement for launches and maiden voyages! These stars were transited…..at doomed space shuttle Challenger’s maiden flight in 1983; she exploded just after launch in 1986; when doomed shuttle Columbia was launched on its final flight  (and many others).

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.338-9)

Does Our Brain Really Create Consciousness?

Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella's "Passive Frame Theory" suggests that the conscious mind is like an interpreter helping speakers of different languages communicate.  "The interpreter presents the information but is not the one making any arguments or acting upon the knowledge that is shared," Morsella said. "Similarly, the information we perceive in our consciousness is not created by conscious processes, nor is it reacted to by conscious processes. Consciousness is the middle-man, and it doesn't do as much work as you think."  Morsella and his coauthors' groundbreaking theory, published online on June 22 by the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, contradicts intuitive beliefs about human consciousness and the notion of self.

The  ground breaking  theory  was published online  on the eve of the Mercury-Neptune square of June 23. A chart for the square at San Francisco,CA is shown here. Mercury is in  Gemini, the sign linked to the rational intellect while Neptune is in Pisces, the sign associated with the unconscious . Notice that the square  straddles the horizon axis and is therefore brought into prominence at San Francisco.

But more interesting is the placement of the newly discovered TNO Orcus [5vi] [1] on the Ascendant [6vi]  completing a T-square with Mercury-Neptune.

A newly discovered planet can be known through its orbital parameters. The Descending (south) Node stars reveal the nature of that which we must bring forth and express through the theme revealed by the Ascending (north) Node stars—how to apply the south node theme through the north node theme. We can consider the south node as providing the momentum to take action through the north node.

Orcus' south node is conjunct  The Machine of Columba. The Machine, is a high-energy dynamic x-ray source; a BL Lacertae type object, which emit through a wide band of electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to gamma-rays but with an almost complete absence of emissions in the optical band. Appropriately named, the Machine articulates the essence of the human cognitive mind, the intellect, which processes logistical related matters for humankind, the bio-logical process itself—in contrast to Galactic Center's essence, that of cosmic mind.

The north node of Orcus is aligned  with our Galactic Core. The GC  re-assembles the data produced by the Machine of Columba  to give rise to a new paradigm.  In other words, this is where new consciousness is born.

In summary, we can say that the T-square of Mercury-Neptune-Orcus  symbolically contains the gist of Ezequiel Morsella’s research.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

America as Dangerous Flailing Beast

When I think of America’s place in the world today, the image that comes to mind is of a very large animal, perhaps a huge bull elephant or even prehistoric mammoth, which long roamed as the unchallenged king of its domain but has become trapped by its own missteps, as caught in a tar pit or some quicksand, and it is violently flailing about, making a terrifying noises in its effort to free itself and re-establish its authority. Any observer immediately knows the animal ultimately cannot succeed but certainly is frightened by the noise and crashing that it can sustain for a considerable time.
I think that is the pretty accurate metaphor for the situation of the United States today, still a terribly large and powerful society but one finding itself trapped after a long series of its own blunders and errors, a society certain ultimately to become diminished in its prestige and relative power with all the difficulties which that will entail for an arrogant people having a blind faith in their own rightness. America simply cannot accept its mistakes or that it was ever wrong, for Americanism much resembles a fundamentalist religion whose members are incapable of recognizing or admitting they ever followed anything but the divine plan.

The US Sibly is shown here. The current direction is  solar arc Sun [11pi] square the Ascendant [12sa] and the Hades/Kronos midpoint [11sa]. The delineation for the TNP midpoint is as below [1]:

Hades-Kronos: Mistakes made by leaders or government; humiliation through loss of position or authority.

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott Lang

Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide

WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” June 26; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage.html?_r=0

The US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriages can be seen both in the US Sibly as well as in the current lunations. The progressed Sun [11pi]  in the Sibly is separating from  a square to Uranus [9ge]. The other elements of the chart that are activated are  Orcus [9vi], Sappho [3vi]; Hephaistos [7ge].  The  asteroid Sappho stands for same sex relationships while Hephaistos is about unlikely marriage couples. Orcus is a newly discovered TNO. Newly discovered bodies  can be understood through a reference to their orbital parameters.

Orcus has its perihelion at [11pi]. The location of Orcus's Perihelion reveals the area in our lives that Orcus is most influential.  It is conjunct stars of Aquarius , the humanitarian waterbearer who nourishes the body of humanity, articulated by Pisces Australis and the star Fomalhaut (which conjoins Deneb of Cygnus). Fomalhaut, one of the four Royal Stars, embodies the essence of a humanitarian-based society, one in which basic human needs are met for all people. Deneb embodies our unadulterated androgynous pure soul essence before fragmentation into race, sex, or creed. Deneb inspires us to stand in the awareness of our pure soul essence, in this wholeness and to participate from the maturity of unity consciousness, unbiased and beyond the segregations and categorizations common to modern-day mass-consciousness. Deneb provides the overseeing energetic to Orcus's Perihelion[1].

The above extract from Nick Fiorenza read along with the meaning of the asteroids Sappho and Hephaistos should make it clear why the cosmic energies at work are forcing a revision in the US  attitude  towards gay sexuality.

In passing let us look at US Sibly solar return and its progression to June 26 as a kind of confirmatory test to what we have said above. Notice the solar return places the radix Sun in a prominent Grand Cross with Uranus-Pluto (transformation) and Kronos-Hades (outdated laws) in a significant alignment with the horizon.

Progressing the chart to June 26 brings the alignment back to the horizon triggering the Supreme Court verdict on that date.

Next we look at  the chart of the current First Quarter Moon drawn for Washington, DC.  Notice that quarter Moon straddles the meridian axis suggesting that it has an important message for the place.  Here the Sun is conjunct the TNPs Kronos-Hades  representing outdated (Hades) laws (Kronos). It is also conjunct the asteroids Eros and  Sappho. Sappho, as we mentioned before, is about same sex relationships while Eros has to do with sexuality so that the combination is referring to outdated same sex related laws. Meanwhile, the Moon on the IC  is conjunct the star Zaniah, eta Virginis which was for the ancient Chinese, “the Left-Hand Maintainer of the Law”. How beautifully appropriate!

Finally, the other significant combination is the Uranus-Pluto square as part of the Grand Cross straddling the horizon.  Ebertin’s key phrases for this combination are appropriate here,  “transformation; the end of an old order”.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Greece likely to leave the Euro

“Game over”, said senior EU officials engaged in back-to-back meetings and negotiations for the past 10 days, as the brinkmanship in the Greek negotiations reached breaking point. If no deal is agreed at the weekend, Greece will miss a €1.6bn payment due to the International Monetary Fund next Tuesday, along with access to emergency support from the European Central Bank that is keeping the Greek banking system afloat.
As a two-day EU leaders’ summit ended in Brussels on Friday, several senior officials said Tsipras had to make a choice between accepting the creditors’ ultimatum or embarking on a road that could take Greece out of the euro. The chances of saving Greece were put at 50-50. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who talked privately with the Greek leader in Brussels on Friday morning, urged him to go the “extra step” and accept what she described as “a very generous offer”. June 26 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/26/creditors-ringfence-greece-economy-alexis-tsipras

The birth data for  (a) Angela Merkel; 17 July 1954; 6:00pm, Hamburg (b) Alexis Tsipras;  28 July 1974; 1:30 pm, Athens is from Astrodienst [1][2]. Based on this data, the current precessed solar return  for the Davison Relationship chart  is shown here. Not surprisingly it carries, a powerful Grand Cross containing the Uranus-Pluto square which we have discussed extensively before. The following extract from Bill Herbst summarizes the dynamics of the square.

The alignment indicates a breakdown in our largest institutions (Capricorn) that starts from within the institutions themselves as an egregious overplaying of their power in ways that are clearly self-serving rather than for the greater good (Pluto), which is then furthered by an unexpected rebellion (Uranus) against institutional malfeasance, a seemingly spontaneous insurrection that occurs from the ground level up, fomented by individuals (Aries) who stand up in protest against the oppressive influence of such institutions. Actually, these insurrections aren’t spontaneous; they’ve been brewing invisibly under the surface, slowly heating up as discontent with the status quo grows. Such rebellions manifest as potent and disruptive forces in the collective, however, only after critical mass is reached at the boiling point, so that they appear to arise full-blown and without precedent, as if out of nowhere.

Let us progress the return chart to June 26 when the crisis seems to have come to a boil as is reported in the news. Sure enough the Grand Cross which was aligned with the meridian now straddles the horizon axis triggering the issues mentioned above.  While we cannot predict the outcome of the talks, it appears more and more that  "critical mass" has been reached and that  a breakup is just around the corner.

Astrology of the US-Saudi relationship

It is reported that Saudi Arabia has sent a delegation to Moscow for the purpose of once again attempting to lure Russia away from its current interests in the Middle East, and into line behind Riyadh. Indeed, if on Earth there is one nation that needs Russia the most, it might be Saudi Arabia. Conversely, however, if ever there was a nation Russia would be wise enough never to do business with, it would also be Saudi Arabia. A client-state of the British and then American empire, it has of late allowed itself to be used as an intermediary in an increasingly dangerous proxy war involving Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and to a certain extent, Lebanon, Egypt, and even Libya.

To say that Saudi Arabia is a nation in need of friends is an understatement, and Riyadh might finally have realized that Washington sees its “favorite” autocracy as it does all other client-states, expendable.  However, so sociopolitically, economically and geopolitically disfigured from its role as chief regional facilitator for Washington and London’s agenda, it may have left itself with no alternatives.

How can we as astrologers figure out which way the Saudi-US relationship is headed? Well, using the Davison relationship chart is one way to find out.  The data for the national charts are (a) Saudi Arabia; Jan 15, 1902; 3:45 am GMT; Riyadh (b) US Sibly July 4, 1776; 5:10 pm LMT; Philadelphia. Based on this data the  Davison Relationship Chart (DRC) is shown here.

What strikes us immediately is that transit Uranus is currently over the conjunction of Sun-Pluto-TNP Cupido on the IC. Key phrases[1] for the relevant combinations  seem to suggest  that the relationship is headed for a major overhaul possibly a break up.

Uranus-Pluto:  disruption in friendships.

Cupido-Pluto: the sense of  group unity and relationship goes through a radical change. 

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott Lang

France attack: 'Man decapitated' near Lyon

A man has been decapitated and several others injured at a factory in France in what President Francois Hollande has called a terrorist attack. Two men drove into the Air Products gas factory factory near Lyon, officials said, before several explosions were heard. One of the suspects, a 30-year-old who was known to police, has been arrested. The dead man was found with Arabic inscriptions on him and an Islamist flag was found near the site. June 26 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33284937

The ingress of the Sun into the four cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are considered among the most important events in mundane astrology. The Sun has just moved into Cancer on June 21 and  the chart for the ingress drawn for Lyon, France is shown here. Since planets on the angles always deserve our attention we notice that Saturn is on the Ascendant  in a quincunx aspect to Sun-Mars in the 8th house. Mars-Saturn aspects are linked to violence and terrorist attacks. This is further compounded by Mars being  in conjunction with the star Bellatrix, alpha Orion in the constellation of the Hunter or Warrior. On the descendant  [25ta] is the evil star Algol [26ta], the decapitated head of Medusa!

On the MC [13vi] is the star Mizar, zeta (ζ) Ursa Major. Mizar [16vi] is known for  devastating explosions. [1]

Quite often it is worthwhile to also look at a well timed national chart to explain events. France has many birth charts, each reflecting the dynamic political and social changes which have occurred in this country over the centuries. The current horoscope for France is that of the Fifth Republic, born in 1958; France 6 October 1958; 6:30 pm, Paris [2]. The most significant transit in this chart is Uranus [20ar] conjunct the Ascendant [20ar]. Martha Wescott gives us the following key phrases for this transit:

To have others be restless-reckless-disruptive in a way that affects the routine of the day; to have to adjust to the independence needs of another; environment feels tense and unpredictable.

A good test for the validity of the French national would be to progress its solar return to the  June 26, the date of the event, to see if the configuration highlighted represents the event.  Notice that the progressed precessed return brings the  Uranus-Pluto square to the angles.
This  square impels individuals  to initiate action (Aries)  to create radical change (Uranus)  in the existing paradigm held in place by corrupt and decaying institutions (Pluto in Capricorn).

Dead blue whale washes ashore near Mumbai

A 40-feet dead whale washed ashore near the coast of Revas in Raigad district in Maharashtra. Forest department officials claim that the whale may have got stranded in shallow water and later died; the carcass was later buried near the coast.  Another dead whale was found at the Uran coast around two months ago. Several marine creatures including dolphins have been found dead around the Mumbai coast in the recent past.  The female Blue Whale, the world's largest animal, washed up on the beach on Wednesday morning and despite efforts to move the 20-tonne marine mammal by locals and authorities, the whale died ashore around on Thursday morning.  Recently, blue whales were spotted by researchers along the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra in the first such sighting in 100 years. June 25 http://www.mid-day.com/articles/40-foot-dead-whale-washes-ashore-near-mumbai-coast/16319176

The incident occurred on  June 24, the very day of the First Quarter Moon. A chart for the Moon phase at  Mumbai is shown here. The Sun and Mars are conjunct in the 8th house which rules all matters connected with death. Mars is the ruler of the 12th house which in mundane astrology rules large animals like the whale in our story so that we are looking at the possible death of a large animal. But what kind of animal is this?  Both Sun and Mars are in a quincunx aspect to Saturn on the Ascendant.  Saturn [-17d57] is sharply parallel in declination to the star Deneb Kaitos [-17d54]. Beta (β) Cetus, Deneb Kaitos, is a star in the tail of the Whale, or Sea Monster[1].

Also relevant here is  Venus [16le] conjunct the star Dubhe of Ursa Major. Diana Rosenberg links this area of stars to “issues relating to the destruction or protection of animals and the environment”. This may be  a hint in the chart that the death for the magnificent creature may be because we have not been looking after the environment.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Kiev's top brass ‘defects’ to anti-govt forces

A man claiming to be a Ukrainian major general and former assistant to the country's defense minister has announced he is now working with the forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. "I am Ukrainian Armed Forces Major General Aleksandr Kolomiyets. My latest posts are chief analyst of the Ukrainian armed forces, assistant to the Ukrainian defense minister," the man said at a news conference at the Donetsk news agency loyal to the self-proclaimed republic. Kolomiyets had also spent 19 years as the chief enlistment officer in the Donetsk region. "I am going to work for the good of the Donetsk People's Republic," Kolomiyets (not to be confused with oligarch Igor Kolomoysky) announced. The defector says he took his family out of the Ukrainian capital, fearing repercussions from officials. June 22; http://rt.com/news/268828-kiev-officer-defects-dpr/

The Sun’s ingress into the four cardinal signs are important  events in mundane astrology. On June 21, the Sun entered Cancer. A chart for the ingress at Kiev, Ukraine is shown here. The following points are significant in the chart (a) the Sun and Mars square the nodal axis which is aligned with the meridian  (b) Mars is conjunct the star Betelgeuze, alpha Orionis, the Warrior,  part of the Chinese asterism Tsan, “The Supreme Commander” (c) on the Ascendant is the star Antares, alpha Scorpii.

The Sun square the nodal axis is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble”.  Here is an extract from a previous post [1] on Moon Wobble which is relevant here:

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.

 Moon Wobbles are potent archetypal gifts to identify experiential and existential tension. Use this jolt of joy wisely for accelerated evolution, participation in Cosmic Intention, and transcendance of the endless lunar cycle.

Thane Walker, metaphysician and astrologer, taught an ontological meditation wherein the Sun symbolizes the essential self ("figuratively speaking") and the Moon reflects an endlessly changing principle. An endlessly cycling wheel of fortune of temporal, mortal flesh, birth, fruition and decay. The Moon goes out into the lifeworld and soaks up its little taste of experience, then offers this chunk of sense testimony to the Sun for processing. The nodal axis crystallizes the relationship between Sun and Moon to reflect that sphere of life in which the coniunctio - the inner blending of the two principles - is most likely to manifest. An androgynous coitus between a changing, receptive principle and a constant, radiant principle. Remember, if you are not working through your subconscious issues you are more likely to fall prey to your emotions.

What Walker did not add was that if we have been working on ourselves then this is an opportunity for “spiritual release” from patterns of behaviour that we have now outgrown as in the example of Pope Benedict’s resignation.

For Antares, the star on the Ascendant, Nick Fiorenza writes that this star is about  “taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and greatest fulfillment”.

With all the elements in place we can see why a high ranking military commander has taken a decision to defect.