Friday, 31 July 2015

Beautiful Karner Blue Butterfly on Brink of Revival

Karner blue butterfly

Formed nearly 12,000 years ago by a receding glacial lake, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in New York hosts a rare ecosystem, one of only 20 inland pine barrens in the world. Its sand dunes hold a unique variety of habitats, yet nutrient-poor soils, that support a diverse range of plants and animals that thrive in an environment too barren to support competing species. This unusual landscape, surrounded by development, also holds within it an equally rare species: the endangered Karner blue butterfly, named by lepidopterist (and "Lolita" author) Vladimir Nabokov in 1944. And yet this U.S. National Natural Landmark seems always on the brink of destruction. In the face of large-scale development in the area, grassroots organizations like Save the Pine Bush have had to repeatedly rescue the park — and the blue lupine flowers that feed the local community of Karner butterflies — from annihilation.  July 29;

This news is best explained if we go back to the chart for the lunar eclipse of October 8, 2014 at Pine Bush, NY . The eclipse lunar cycle began with the New Moon of 24 September 2014. In his post on the lunar cycle titled “Stewardship in the Tinyness of our Vastness” , Nick Fiorenza  [1] wrote:

This New Moon and this lunar cycle invite us to…participate in concert with and respect for all life and the creation process itself. Makemake …..impels extraordinary feats of achievement to demonstrate we are worthy to steward our beloved home, and to protect and care for all life.

The most prominent event is the Total Lunar Eclipse conjoining Uranus on the South Lunar Node occurring on October 8. The eclipse is placed powerfully on the horizon at Pine Bush,NY and is also part of a T-square with Uranus-Pluto. A Uranus Lunar Eclipse is significant and potent. It impels a radical departure from the patterns and conformity of the past.

On the Ascendant is Venus, the planet which symbolically represents beauty is placed amidst stars of the Virgin’s wing and the Crow’s wing. David McCann in his article “The Astrology of Colour”  [2] informs us that  the colour blue comes under the rulership of Venus.  So we are already homing in on “blue wings”.

But let us go one step further. The eclipse Moon along with Uranus is also part of a Grand Trine with Jupiter[17le]  and Mars [16sa]. Jupiter is conjunct  the star Dubhe, alpha (α) Ursa Major [15le]. Diana Rosenberg links this area with “issues relating to the destruction or protection of animals and the environment”. Here Mars is conjunct  V801 Arae, in the Altar’s flame. The Altar is part of a bigger picture that includes Centaurus and the Beast. Centaurus-the-Punisher and Lupus, the Beast of Death are together often prominent in acts of prejudice and cruelty. But the Centaur’s act of sacrificing the Beast in Ara’s flames symbolically represents lighting the way out of darkness towards loving forbearance and new hope for the future.

An Easter Sunrise

 As always Sabian symbols can be very illuminating. Here the symbol for Mars is “An Easter Sunrise” pointing  to a resurrection or rebirth.

Progressing the eclipse chart to July 29, the date of the news, once again aligns the eclipse with the horizon axis triggering its meaning.

MH370 search: Reunion debris 'very likely' part of plane

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island (CNN)When investigators get an in-person view of a wing component that likely came from a Boeing 777, they'll be looking for not only a serial number but clues as to why the part broke off the Boeing 777. One group of independent observers said Thursday that the damage to the component -- a right wing flaperon -- should give authorities a good indication that the piece came off while the plane was still in the air. Boeing and Australian officials are confident the debris -- found Wednesday (July 29) off the coast of a remote island in the west Indian Ocean -- came from a Boeing 777 -- and might be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a 777 that disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. Jul 31

The discovery of a wing component  that likely came from MH 370 took place on the shores of  Reunion Island, a remote island in the Indian Ocean.  A chart for the Full Moon of  July 31 has the luminaries in hard aspect to the Ascendant. The Sun [8le] is conjunct  Praesepe, M44 Cancri in the constellation of the Crab, a creature that lives on the border between the land and sea so that Diana Rosenberg links this area with “shoreline, harbor and riverside events”.  Neptune [9pi] on the IC is conjunct kappa Pegasi of the Flying Horse  and tau Cygni, in the southern wing of Cygnus the Swan. A wing piece (tau Cygni) from an aircraft (Flying Horse) discovered on the shoreline (Cancer) ?!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

India’s chart and the Yakub Memon hanging

Hercules battling the Hydra

India has executed Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings, the Maharashtra state government has confirmed. Memon was hanged at a prison in Nagpur at 6:35 am on July 30. As expected the execution has polarized India on communal lines.  Many commentators have linked the Mumbai bomb blasts to the Mumbai riots following the demolition of the Babri Masjid  by right wing political outfits. The action-reaction attacks and counterattacks have plagued India since its partition in 1947.

To analyze the event let us begin with the chart for the hanging of Yakub Memon [ July 30; 6:35 am IST; Nagpur].  On the Ascendant [16le] is Mercury [13le] which aligns perfectly with the Saturn-Pluto [13le] conjunction in India’s Independence Chart. 

What follows below is an abbreviated extract from Nick Fiorenza’s excellent article  “The Saturn-Pluto Synodic Cycles - A Historical Exploration 1851 – 2020” [1]. Here we are interested in the Saturn-Pluto synod that occurred on Aug 22, 1947, just a week after India’s independence. Moreover, since the synod[13le] is placed on the 4th house cusp of India’s chart. The 4th house is linked to “nationalism, cultural roots and history of a nation” [2].

A Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle  can also initiate a dismantling or destructive process of long-standing established systems of belief so that we can evolve our societal structures. In the process, this can articulate as power struggles, wars and the like; but Saturn and Pluto will ultimately demand we take responsibility for the discord and destruction we have created.

Aug 22, 1947 – Saturn-Pluto Synod
Geocentric conjunction: 1 trigger - Aug 10, 1947
Primary stars: Acubens of Cancer; Zeta Hydra, Dubhe of Ursa Major. This is also the exalted location in the ecliptic for Pluto.

Synodic Theme (abbreviated):
Acubens, Alpha Cancer, indicates entrapment in dogma. This can be the current political / religious beliefs of the times, as well as that created by our personal belief structures--the ideas we have about our lives and experiences we have in our lives. Acubens indicates a tenacious hold and stubborn resistance to release the patterns we hold that keep us entrapped in our limiting life scenarios.

Zeta Hydra lies immediately south of Acubens. Delta through Zeta Hydra and Pulsar CP0834 (which conjoins Gianfar of Draco, the poisoned place) create Hydra's head. Zeta Hydra and surrounding stars indicate a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). The conjunction of Acubens and Zeta Hydra reveals that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures.

Associated Quasar 3C206 of Hydra, one of the brightest & closest quasars, suggest that although our dogmatic beliefs can take rather strange and unexplainable forms, they are not outside the realm of our own creation. They are however laser-like in their power. Quasar 3C206 reminds us to not be naïve to the powerful momentum of our beliefs and the undermining behavioral patterns they can create. This quasar tells us to not turn our backs on that momentum, to know it may take more than one attempt to overcome our dogma's hideous tenacity. Dubhe asks us to emerge from the collective and our own personal dogmas (our belief structures) and our limiting life patterns that keep us bound in life scenarios that are less than those we truly want. Dubhe supports us to strive for a new and better future rather than merely staying reactive to the limitations we have already created and reinforce with our existing beliefs.

Having understood the basic issues that the Saturn-Pluto synod in India’s chart highlights, the question arises how the synod is activated right now.  Well, there is both a slow moving trigger in the form of transiting Pluto [14cp] in a quincunx aspect to the radix synod position [14le] and a fast moving trigger with Mercury [14le] moving over the synod on the very day of the execution!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

X-Ray Reveals Mysterious Component of Human Hair

Coma Berenices
Berenice's Hair

A new and surprising component of human hair has just been discovered, according to research that will be presented today at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, held in Philadelphia. Human hair has been extensively studied for decades, but until now, a complete understanding of its structure had proven elusive.
"Hair traditionally has been constituted of three regions: medulla (central part of the hair), cortex (biggest volume fraction of the hair) and the cuticle (external part of the hair)," project leader Vesna Stanic, a scientist working at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source, told Discovery News. July 29

In this post we will see yet another example of how eclipses continue to create events on earth long after they are gone.  A chart for the lunar eclipse of October 8, 2014 at Philadelphia is shown here. Notice that the eclipse is placed powerfully on the horizon and is also part of a T-square with Uranus-Pluto – a combination that is associated with new understanding or scientific breakthroughs.  

the chained woman

Here the eclipse Moon is conjunct the star Alpheratz, alpha Andromeda. Alpheratz, Alpherat, and Sirrah derive from the Arabians' Al Surrat al Faras, "the Horse's Navel", as this star formerly was associated with Pegasus, whence it was transferred to the Woman's hair (the top of Andromeda's head).

On the Ascendant is the star Diadem.  Alpha (α) Coma Berenices, Diadem  refers to the wreath of jewels in Berenice's hair. The constellation, Coma Berenices, refers to a classical story concerning the hair of Berenice II, the wife of Ptolemy Soter III of Egypt [1].

If we now progress the eclipse chart by the PSSR method  to July 29, the date of the news, we find that the angles have returned to their radix position thereby triggering the eclipse and its T-square giving rise to a new scientific  understanding of  human hair!

Cecil the lion's killer revealed as American dentist

Hercules battling the Nemean Lion

Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks – was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph can reveal. Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park.
Conservation groups in Zimbabwe reacted angrily to the news that the 13-year-old animal had been killed: partly because the lion was known to visitors and seemingly enjoyed human contact, and partly because of the way in which he was killed. He was lured out of the national park and shot.

The incident occurred on July 1 in Hwange National Park which is close to the town of  Dete in Zimbabwe [1]. On July 1, there was a Venus-Jupiter [21le] conjunction in Leo which was prominently placed on the Ascendant at Dete. Venus-Jupiter aspects are known to be associated with popularity and social success [2]. 

Centaurus killing Lupus

So with this combination in Leo, conjunct stars in the constellation of the Lion, we are here talking about a “popular” lion.  But  Venus-Jupiter is also square Saturn [29sc] which is conjunct stars of the wild beast Lupus, the Centaur and the strong man Hercules.  Hercules is often depicted slaying a Lion while Lupus is  impaled on the Centaur’s spear.  Centaurus-the-Punisher and Lupus, the Beast of Death are together often prominent in acts of prejudice, cruelty and terror[3]. In medical astrology, Saturn rules teeth and bones so that the killer was appropriately a dentist!

[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.252-61)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Psychological well-being and empathy

Empathy is having its moment. The ability to feel what another person is feeling, from that person's perspective, generates lots of press as the ultimate positive value and the pathway to a kinder, less violent world. Schools across the country are teaching empathy to children, and myriad books explore it from every possible angle: how to get it, why it makes you a better person, how its absence can breed evil. Empathy is exalted by thinkers from Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhâ't Hąnh to British writer Roman Krznaric, who just launched an online Empathy Museum where you can virtually step into someone else's shoes. Established scientists like primatologist Frans de Waal and developmental psychiatrist Daniel Siegel explore the deep roots of empathy in animals and its essential nature in humans. Even the business world exalts empathy as a way to ensure the success of companies and their products, with design firm IDEO leading the charge. We are exhorted to examine our empathic capacity and instructed how to develop it in ourselves and in our children. July 7 Robin Stern and Diana Divecha;  University of California – Berkeley.

The Last Quarter Moon of July 8 took place just a day after the above news. At Berkeley, the luminaries are on the angles highlighting  the Uranus-Pluto square and the Mars-TNP Hades-Neptune trine.  Neptune in Pisces is about empathy for others reinforced by Mars  in Cancer, the sign linked to deep feelings. Since Neptune indicates a permeability of the ego,  there are indefinite boundaries between what is self and what is the “other” and the presence of  Hades can bring a further decline to an insecure sense of self as compassion interferes with discrimination.  So the combination represents a dilemma – should one care for others (Cancer) at the expense of one’s own self-interest (Mars).  And  this is exactly what the article points out:

Overly empathic people may even lose the ability to know what they want or need. They may have a diminished ability to make decisions in their own best interest, experience physical and psychological exhaustion from deflecting their own feelings, and may lack internal resources to give their best to key people in their life.

Completing the picture is the star Alpheratz, alpha Andromeda which conjoins the Moon. About this star Nick Fiorenza writes:

Alignments with Alpheratz can also express as being caught in the power plays created by the arrogance or denials of others. Alpheratz can also indicate our vulnerability to the emotional and psychic delusions of others, especially those in our genealogical line or karmic past—often manifesting as elaborate emotional dramatics. Alpheratz asks us to get un-entangled from the human psycho-emotional drama, or accept a sentence of bondage not rightfully ours.

Skeletons Of Napoleon's Soldiers Show Signs Of Starvation

Ary Scheffer, The Retreat of Napoleon’s Army from Russia in 1812

As snow lashed across their faces, archaeologists quickly excavated a mass grave in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The jumbled bones, haphazardly oriented, were punctuated with finds of shoes and clothing. Buttons revealed the identity of the dead: over 40 different regiments were represented, all from Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Archaeologists had found the final resting place of over three thousand men who perished during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812. Now, new chemical analyses of the bones are revealing where these soldiers hailed from and just how difficult it was to find enough to eat. Napoleon’s exploits are well-known from history. In an attempt to prevent invasion of Poland by Russian Czar Alexander I, Napoleon decided to invade Russia first. He started out with around 675,000 men who came from all over Europe; French, Germans, Polish, Lithuanians, Spanish, and Italians, however, made up the majority. This Grande Armée dwindled on its advance to Russia, then retreated when the czar refused to surrender and there were no supplies for the army in Moscow. By the time the army got to Smolensk, Russia, there were just 41,000 soldiers remaining.  July 25

The mass grave containing as many as 2,000 French soldiers who fought for Napoleon Bonaparte during the War of 1812 was unearthed in a Vilnius suburb. The news report from Forbes is dated July 25, just a day after the First Quarter Moon in the lunar cycle that began with the New Moon of July 16.

A New Moon chart for Vilnius, Lithuania has  Neptune [9pi] conjunct the MC and in hard aspect to the luminaries in the Ascendant.  A New Moon that highlights  a retrograde Neptune is referring to an event from the past when there was defeat, disillusionment, physical exhaustion, debilitation  and the ebbing away of life energy. Neptune is conjunct stars of the Chinese asterisms Hiu-Liang and Fan-Mou, which presided over graves, tombs, mausoleums and uninhabited places.  On the horizon axis is Mars-Pluto in hard aspect to Saturn and the TNP Admetus. For the combination, Mars-Saturn-Pluto, Ebertin’s keyphrase is “the death of a great many people”…when combined with the TNP Admetus that stands for “cold” we can see how well it describes the Grand Armee’s retreat.

The New Moon itself is conjunct the star Pollux, beta Geminorum which Diana Rosenberg associates with “great historic battles, invasions and invasion attempts”.

A chart for the July 24 First Quarter Moon adds further details. It aspects the asteroid Ceres, related to food and nourishment or the lack of it in the 6th house associated with armies as well as food [1]. The Moon phase at Vilnius, Lithuania has the Moon [0sc] very significantly placed on the 4th cusp. The 4th house is linked to the grave and conditions at the end of life. It is conjunct the stars Miaplacidus, beta Carinae of Argo and pi Bootis of the Herdsman.  About these stars Diana Rosenberg writes:

The gathering, organizing and shepherding instincts of the Herdsman combine with Argo’s second brightest star to bring about huge enterprises and mass movements: these stars were transited in 1519 when Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition left Spain to circumnavigate the world; in 1804 when the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the 1st overland exploration of unchartered territory of the western US started out; in 1835 at the start of the “Great Trek” of the Voortrekkers from Cape Colony in South Africa; at the 1846 “Miracle of the Quail” on the Mormon pioneer trek to Utah to escape murderous mobs, destitute refugees were visited by a great flock of quail, allaying the threat of starvation; in 1934 at the start of the 7,500 mile “Long March” of 100,000  communist Chinese troops through almost impassable terrain to escape extermination campaigns: only about 10,000 survived [2].

An invasion plan that has been disappointing….a long march….dwindling food and resources...all the elements of Napolean’s retreat are here!

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.147-150)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Abdul Kalam, India’s “Missile Man”, Dies

SHILLONG:  India's 11th President APJ Abdul Kalam died on Monday evening at a hospital in Meghalaya, where he had gone to deliver a lecture. He was 83. The former President, who was in office from 2002 to 2007, had collapsed during the lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, around 6.30 pm. He was taken to the Bethany hospital. Doctors said he had suffered from a massive cardiac arrest. July 27

Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was an Indian scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

Abdul Kalam had a powerful Grand Cross in which his radix Sun aspected Uranus-Pluto and Saturn. The association of the Uranus-Pluto square to scientific breakthroughs (Uranus) in the field of nuclear energy (Pluto) is well documented[1]. Here Saturn is conjunct the star Rukbat,  alpha (α) Sagittarius [2] in the constellation of the Archer about which Manilius wrote: 

"As for the Archer, when the foremost portion of his cloak rises, he will give birth to hearts renowned in war and will conduct the conqueror, celebrating great triumphs in the sight of all, to his country's citadels….Indeed, in the stars of this constellation the human form is blended with a beast's and placed above it; wherefore it has lordship over beasts. And because it carries a shaft poised on drawn bow, it imparts strength to limb and keenness to the intellect, swiftness of movement, and an indefatigable spirit." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 4]

The  ancient Archer’s bow and arrow is a perfect symbol for a modern day missile  so that Abdul Kalam came to be known, very appropriately,  as India’s   “Missile Man”.  

While delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong on 27 July 2015, Kalam suffered a massive heart attack at around 6:30 p.m IST. He was rushed to the Bethany Hospital in critical condition, and subsequently died of cardiac arrest. His current progressed Sun [15cp] is conjunct his radix Saturn [17cp] and square Uranus [17ar]. Abdul Kalam was going through his Uranus return. Transit Uranus [20ar] stationed retrograde yesterday triggering the radix Cross.  A chart for the Uranus station has it placed on the IC at Shillong square Mars[21cn]. Since his radix Pluto [22cn] and the asteroid Requiem [21cn], linked to death,  are part of the Cross, this retro station became the trigger for his death. (Also notice that the current New Moon [23cn] fell on Pluto).  

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Largest (balloon) dog structure created

Canis Minor
The Lesser Dog

LEHI — Records are made to be broken. Thanksgiving Point has been celebrating its 20th anniversary all summer long with special events, like its "Wonders of the World" exhibit. There, Jeremy Telford and several other balloon artists have assembled massive balloon structures which resemble the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. In a week, Telford and the team will assemble the Modern Wonders of the World, but before that, Telford had a record to break. Since Monday, (July 20) Telford has been assembling about 9,000 bright pink balloons into a massive balloon animal in an attempt to break the world record for largest balloon structure created by an individual. July 25

A chart for the current New Moon of July 15 will help explain this news. At Lehi, Utah the New Moon is  significant  since it is square the meridian. It is also in hard aspect to Neptune (gases). The New Moon [23cn] is conjunct the star Procyon [26cn]. Alpha (α Canis Minor), Procyon, is a binary yellowish white and yellow star on the body of the Lesser Dog. Mars and Mercury [14cn] which are conjunct Sirius, alpha (α) Canis Major, the Greater Dog are opposite Pluto [13cp].

The Sculptor

Neptune [9pi] which forms hard aspects to the MC and the New Moon is itself conjunct the star beta (β) Sculptoris [8pi] in the constellation of the Sculptor. Since  Neptune’s has  rulership over all fluids including gases, should we be surprised to see a gas ‘sculpture’  of a dog (Procyon)?

Delhi polluted air claims 80 lives a day

NEW DELHI:  Government has said it was not right to believe an international report which claimed that air pollution kills 80 people in Delhi everyday and added that it will come out with a detailed correction of the answer on Monday. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had yesterday (July 24) said that an international study released recently has claimed that foul air is killing up to 80 people a day in Delhi and the numbers of premature deaths given in the study are based on the constructive estimates and extrapolations of data. July 25

The news comes to us on the First Quarter Moon of July 24. A chart for the Moon phase at Delhi is shown here. The Sun [1le] is  conjunct the  Rotten Egg Nebula (Calabash Nebula) [1le] [1]. Dim stars of Hydra’s poisonous breath are here so that Diana Rosenberg lists “air contamination and bad odors” among events in this area.

The primary stars on the Ascendant are  Denebola, Beta Leo and  Alpha Antilia, of the air pump. Nick Fiorenza [2] explains that this is a place of foul intestinal gases emanating from the hind of the Lion – a great symbol for industrial  effluent gases. And sure enough Diana Rosenberg’s list for these stars includes “lung ailments”.

On the IC is zeta Arae [20sa] in the Altar’s  fire and smoke [3]. Ara represents the heavenly Altar created by the gods of Mount Olympus to celebrate the defeat of the titans where the gods swore their allegiance to the supreme god Zeus (Jupiter). The smoke from the altar was said to pour out to create the Milky Way. Among events connected with this area, Diana Rosenberg includes “lung ailments”.

Confirming this, the placement of Neptune in the mundane  6th house connected with public health issues, once again  links to air contamination. But Neptune [9pi] is among stars in the ever cleansing Waters of Aquarius and those of his predecessor Gula, the ancient goddess of medicine and healing so that  while there are public health threats there are also responses to them.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Chinese toddler recovering after "brain-shrinking" surgery

Chinese surgeons have successfully replaced a 3-year-old girl's skull with a 3D-printed titanium alloy substitute in a 17-hour-long operation. The girl had suffered from hydrocephalus, which had swelled her head up to 4 times the normal size. The surgery was performed at the Second People's Hospital in Hunan province. The doctors used 3D data and a computed tomography scanner to print three pieces of titanium mesh to replace the entire top portion of the child's skull. The first stage of the surgery was to detach the girl's scalp from her head. Then the surgeons inserted drainage tubes and pumped out the brain fluid before putting in the transplants. The girl, named Han Han, suffered from hydrocephalus, also known as "water on the brain." People with this illness have cerebrospinal fluid accumulating in their brain cavities. July 17

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, the operation was performed on July 15 [1].  A chart for the Mars-Pluto opposition that took place on the same day is shown here. According to the news the 3-year-old girl's skull was replaced with a 3D-printed titanium alloy substitute in a 17-hour-long operation.

In medicine, a prosthesis (plural: prostheses; from Ancient Greek prósthesis, "addition, application, attachment") is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part, which may be lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. Pluto is linked to regeneration and medical astrology has long recognized Mars-Pluto to be associated with prosthesis. [2][3]

The MARS/PLUTO midpoint often can be found in connection with the replacement of natural organs or functions by artificial substitutes, such as arms, legs, joints, dentures etc.[2]

So Mars in hard aspect to Pluto and Saturn explains the operation but why on a little girl’s skull  that was filled with water? Notice that Mars is in the 5th house connected with children. Along with Moon, Mars conjoins  the Sun [22cn] which in turn is conjunct the star Pollux, beta (β) Gemini, in the head of the immortal Twin. The Sun makes a hard aspect to Neptune on the Ascendant. Neptune rules water and fluids in general.  Carrying, it one step further, we find Neptune is in the Indian lunar mansion Satabhisaj, “Requiring a Hundred Physicians” – a reference to a disease very difficult to cure. In addition on the MC are stars of Ophiuchus, the great Physician-Healer.

[3] Dictionary of Medical astrology, Diane L. Cramer pg 5

Most Kissing Is Non-Sexual, Killjoy Researchers Discover

In life as in movies, a good kiss is indelible. It’s love and desire and unfettered happiness: wives and girlfriends embracing soldiers returned from war; Ingrid Bergman crying out to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, “Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time!” At least that’s what we’ve been taught.But a new study published in American Anthropologist has found that kissing isn’t the universal expression of romantic love we all thought it was.

The research paper by anthrpologists  from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was published on July 6. On the very same day Sun was opposite Pluto and a chart drawn for the event at Las Vegas had the combination in aspect to the meridian with Pluto in the mundane 5th house that is associated with romance, lovemaking and sex [1].  Sexual taboos or that which is shunned or forbidden by a culture come under the domain of Pluto. On those days that the Sun transits Pluto such taboos are brought to light.  In addition, on July 6, the Sun [14cn] was conjunct the asteroid Eros [16cn] and the centaur Cyllarus [16cn]. All these were conjunct the star Sirius [14cn]. Alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius, is a brilliant white and yellow star in the Greater dog’s mouth (lips?).Cyllarus represents positive tactile sensual expression [2] so that along with Eros (sexual love) its position opposite Pluto is all about taboos in this area.

Cyllarus: A handsome, devoted centaur, he represents positive sensual expression, willingness to fully embrace life in the physical plane. Positive - artistic, soothing, tactile, healing, comforting. Negative - shut down, defensive, protected, lack of creative outlet.

Roosters Crow in Pecking Order by Seniority

Roosters crow in order of seniority, the top cock announcing daybreak while juniors patiently wait their turn, said a study Thursday which revealed a long-guarded secret of chickendom. We are all familiar with that first pre-dawn "cock-a-doodle-doo", quickly followed by others within hearing distance. But how do cockerels decide who goes first?They pull rank, according to a set of experiments with captive birds reported in the journal Scientific Reports (July 23). "The top-ranking rooster always started to crow first, followed by its subordinates, in descending order of social rank," wrote the Japanese authors of the study. July 23

The journal Scientific Reports is published from London. Shown here is the chart for the First Quarter Moon of July 24 at London. The Sun is conjunct the Ascendant and forms a Grand Trine with the MC and Saturn. It is also conjunct Mercury and the asteroid Diana which rules animals. Saturn [-17°49'] that rules seniority is parallel in declination to the star Mirzam [-17°57'].

Beta (β), Mirzam, is a white 2nd magnitude star in Canis Major on the front left paw of the Greater Dog. Murzim, generally but less correctly Mirzam, and occasionally Mirza, is from Al Murzim, the Announcer. This star Mirzam or beta (β) Canis Major, was often combined by the Arabs with the star beta (β) Canis Minor (Gomeisa), and these two beta stars together were titled "The Announcers", heralding the coming of Sirius, the biggest star in the sky, because they rose before Sirius in the night sky.

In other words First Quarter Moon chart highlights an animal who is an Announcer….and also tells us that seniority counts!

Friday, 24 July 2015

The surprising danger of becoming an expert in your field

Here's a trick you can try at the next party you attend: Come up with a completely bogus money term and then ask your financial expert friend to explain it to you. Chances are he'll make a fool of himself when he assumes it's a real concept and claims to know all about it. That's according to new research, which suggests that self-proclaimed experts are more susceptible to the "illusion of knowledge." In other words, people who believe they know a lot about a particular topic are more likely to claim they know about fake concepts related to that topic. This phenomenon, called "overclaiming," could easily undermine you and work, making you look like an arrogant idiot or leading you to offer bad advice to others seeking your expertise. The study, led by Stav Atir, a graduate student at Cornell University, tested this phenomenon among self-proclaimed experts in fields like personal finance, biology, and literature.

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 moved into Cancer on June 21 and  the chart for the ingress drawn for Ithaca, NY , where the research was carried out, is shown here. Here the Sun is in the 10th house conjunct the TNPs Kronos and Hades.  Kronos  rules leaders or experts while Hades stands for mistakes or humiliation.  Kronos is opposite Pluto which is about confronting  or testing  (Pluto) the knowledge, competency or mastery of experts (Kronos) [1].

On the Ascendant [24vi] of the ingress chart is the star Benetnash [27vi], Eta (η) Ursa Major. The Arabic name for Benetnash is Alkaid, which means "the leader," perhaps alluding to its tendency to produce self-proclaimed leaders. Conjoining Benetnash is Zavijava, beta (β) Virgo. Zavijava is of a passive and submissive character, articulating the blind and naïve followers of the leader. These are most often innocent naive unquestioning people who get swayed by the diversionary dramatics of their manipulative leaders and believe in the miss-information they are being fed [2].

The Cornell University study was published online in the journal Psychological Science on July 14.  Progressing the Cancer ingress to July 14 brings the combination Kronos-Hades-Pluto to the meridian triggering the study report.

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott (p.97-98)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Ottawa, the city fun forgot, tops on infidelity website

Canada's prim capital is suddenly focused more on the state of people's affairs than the affairs of the state. One in five Ottawa residents allegedly subscribed to adulterers' website Ashley Madison, making one of the world's coldest capitals among the hottest for extra-marital hookups - and the most vulnerable to a breach of privacy after hackers targeted the site. Hackers threatened to leak details including the credit card information, nude photos, sexual fantasies and real names of as many as 37 million customers worldwide of Ashley Madison, which uses the slogan: "Life is short. Have an affair." The one bright spot for millions of Ashley Madison's nervous clients is that the hack appears to be an inside job, according to police and intelligence sources. Avid Life has also said it is convinced the hackers were formerly connected to the company. That means, for now at least, the perpetrators are driven by ideological and not commercial motives. The hackers, who referred to customers as "cheating dirtbags who deserve no discretion," appear uninterested in blackmailing individual clients, unlike an organized crime outfit. July 21;

An interesting news item for checking whether the methods adopted at this blogsite actually work. Regular readers are familiar with the importance of the cardinal ingresses of the Sun. Shown here is the chart for the Sun’s entry into Cancer.

 On the Ascendant are stars of the Virgin who is dedicated to purity, faithfulness to principles and abstinence while on the IC are stars in the sting of the Scorpion. About  this area Diana Rosenberg writes, “they are resourceful…and good at uncovering hidden secrets that can either bring enlightenment or prove embarrassing to others. Combined with the influence of tropical Sagittarius…they are often at war, without and within, with rigid dogmas of religion, science or politics…they are quite capable  of making themselves unpopular by being abrasive, opinionated, critical and argumentative….they are willing to go head-to-head with the “powers-that-be” over social injustices”.

Saturn, the ruler of the 5th house (love affairs) is in a hard aspect with Mars on the MC. Among other things, Mars represents our sexual urges while Saturn stands for the laws of society so that a hard aspect between the two brings about a conflict.  Although many readers may go along with the hackers and condemn the adulterers, this is where Sabian symbols can come to our aid in understanding what a situation requires.  The Sabian symbol for Saturn [29sc34] is:

Keynote: The periodic outlet society furnishes within traditional limits to still immature energies.

The Saturn symbol recognizes the modern man’s need for a release from tension and elegantly explains why it is necessary to allow the primitive animal instincts in man a safe outlet.

Progressing the ingress chart to July 21, brings the angles to the now separating Uranus-Pluto square. Among other things we know that Uranus-Pluto is about “social disruption (Uranus) in connection with sex (Pluto)” but also notice that Uranus trines a Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo (enjoyment) and more specifically Venus at [15le] whose Sabian symbol once again refers to a need for a release from tension.

Keynote: The more or less sensational release of energies in a form dramatizing the unconscious aspirations of man’s primitive and instinctual nature.

If we now read the foregoing in conjunction with the Sabian for the New Moon [24cn] we begin to see how a compounding or resonance of several cosmic factors creates events on earth.

Here the symbol is literally referring to an “affair”. The “south” always refers symbolically  to the strong and passionate impulses of human nature. And what is required here is for the three to come to a working relationship. 

The chart for the New Moon at Ottawa has the meridian conjunct Saturn square Venus-Jupiter. This clearly represents the dilemma of love (Venus) caught between restrictions of duty, commitment and following the law (Saturn) versus a bit of self indulgence (Jupiter in Leo). Placed opposite Venus-Jupiter is the centaur Nessus [2pi]. About Nessus, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Melanie Reinhart relates Nessus to issues surrounding sexuality, death, revenge and jealousy. Although Nessus may appear to have a disrespect for morality, a bit on the wild side, it also seems to teach us about embracing our sensual and sexual nature, to enjoy this abundance in life, rather than denying it or shutting ourselves down to it due to righteous or erroneous beliefs of wrongfulness or emotions of unworthiness.