Monday, 31 August 2015

Italian firm Eni makes huge gas discovery off Egyptian coast

ROME/MILAN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Italian energy group Eni said on Sunday it had discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, predicting the find could help meet Egypt's gas needs for decades to come. The Italian major said in a statement the offshore "Zohr" field could hold 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, covering an area of about 100 square kilometres (60 square miles).

We are now in the shadow of the total lunar eclipse of September 28. A chart for the eclipse at  Rome has the Jupiter-Neptune opposition on the horizon axis that was activated by yesterday’s Full Moon. In mundane astrology, Neptune rules  “natural gas”[1] while a keyword for Jupiter is “large”. In addition, Neptune is conjunct the star Gamma (γ) Aquarius, Sadalachbia.

Sadachbia, Gamma Aquarius, is the lucky star of hidden things and hiding places. Sadachbia is a part of the Urn of the waterbearer, from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow. Sadachbia is of serendipitous discovery, that is, being in the right place at the right time to discover, receive or bestow a physical gift of extreme value. It is a star of success in enterprises pursued  [2].

Putting the pieces together we can see how there has been  good luck (Sadalachbia) in the discovery of a large (Jupiter) natural gas (Neptune)  field. 

Health benefits of a daytime snooze

Researchers say taking forty winks in the middle of the day could reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks. The findings of the study were unveiled at a conference of the European Society of Cardiology. Aug 30

The upcoming total lunar eclipse of September 28 overshadows  major world events. A chart for the eclipse at London,  where the European Society of Cardiology  conference is being held, is shown here. Notice that it makes hard aspects to the meridian suggesting that it has an important message for the place. The salient  elements of the eclipse from which the news can be pieced are as follows.

Mars and Neptune align with the horizon axis. It is well known to astrologers that with a Mars-Neptune  combination, focus is compromised and physical energy depleted. Here Mars, the planet connected with energy and activity, is opposite Neptune, the planet linked with sleep, in a way suggesting a need for rest. Mars is also conjunct the asteroid Hygiea (medical and health issues) and the star Regulus, the heart of the Lion hinting at heart related ailments.

Mars is also in a hard aspect to the TNP Zeus which is conjunct the asteroids  Valentine and Aesculapia. Martha Wescott’s key phrases for these entities below when put together explain the news perfectly.

EROS & VALENTINE: Sexuality; reproductive organs; the heart & cardiac system; the history, experience and behavioral repertoire of eroticism; joie de vivre; what “turns you on;” the Will to Live (the “passion” for life.)

ZEUS: Restrained or creative fire/energy; enthusiasm; controlled & directed forces (thus both planning and controlling strong emotions;) guns, power tools, machines, motors, fireplaces, fuels; excitement; to incite; military; blood pressure; ability to harness energies for accomplishment.

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.”

HYGIEA: Medical concerns and health (especially issues related to FITNESS;) “hygiene” and cleanliness.

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

EU calls emergency talks on migrant crisis

The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc's escalating migration crisis.  The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached "unprecedented proportions". It follows a week that saw hundreds more people drown in the Mediterranean and 71 die in a lorry in Austria. A record number of 107,500 migrants reached the EU's borders last month. The UN says the continuing conflict in Syria is a major factor behind the rise in numbers. Border controls in Greece, Italy and Hungary have particularly struggled with the stem of migrants from not only Syria but the rest of the Middle East and Africa. Next month's extraordinary meeting was announced late on Sunday by Luxembourg, which holds the EU's rotating presidency. Aug. 31

A mundane horoscope indicates the state of the cosmos at that moment, the balance of moulding forces currently operating in entities of all kinds, animate and inanimate, according to their capacity as a vehicle. Through their existence a fresh permutation of the underlying cosmic themes will enter into the world-weaving.  The effectiveness or ineffectiveness with which they relay or represent these themes becomes the justification for their existence or the cause of their dissolution and death.

Shown here is the chart for the upcoming total lunar eclipse of Sept.28 at Luxembourg. Notice that the Full Moon of Aug.29 fell almost exactly on the horizon axis of the eclipse chart thereby activating it a month in advance.

The eclipse chart has Jupiter-Neptune on the horizon axis square Saturn on the IC. Neptune is the enemy of boundaries, of sharp definitions, of fixed forms and shapes. It  is the fluid, seeping through Saturnian walls of rules and regulations. Being  the great dissolver,  it has no respect  for international boundaries so that,  in our news here, it combines with Jupiter (long distance travelers) to send waves after waves of migrants across the borders of European countries.

Study identifies suicide-risk behaviour patterns

Depressed people who display "risky behaviour", agitation and impulsivity are at least 50% more likely to attempt suicide, a study has found. Research by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) concluded that the behaviour patterns "precede many suicide attempts". The study said effective prevention measures were "urgently needed". The World Health Organisation estimates that there were more than 800,000 suicides worldwide in 2012. Aug. 30

To understand this news we will go back to the lunar eclipse of April 4. This eclipse was discussed in two previous posts [1][2] connected to mental health and depression. We start with the chart for the eclipse drawn for Barcelona where the author of the study Dr. Dina Popovic  is based.

The eclipse axis coincides with the meridian and is part of a T-square with Uranus-Pluto 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] and Phaethon [9ar]. The combination Askalaphus-Psyche refers to mental illnesses including depression! Keywords and phrases for the asteroids as provided by Martha-Wescott [3]are reproduced below:

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.

PHAETHON: Instances that involve cars, transport, driving; other forms of recklessness—feeling out of control—as though you’ve taken on more than you can handle; having trouble keeping to the middle of the road!

The study found that if  a depressed patient (Aesculapia-Psyche) indulges in risky behaviour (e.g. reckless driving, promiscuous behaviour) or impulsivity (acting on a whim, displaying behaviour characterized by little or no forethought (Phaethon) the chances of attempting suicide increases substantially.  

Well, we can see that the eclipse says just that! But can we be sure? The final test as always is to progress the eclipse chart to see if it is triggered on the date in question. In this case when we progress the chart to Aug. 30, the date of the report, we find that the T-square reaches the angles once again!

“Jesus Was Black”, Reveals Newly Found Manuscript

A team of archeologists from the University of Tel Aviv have uncovered a collection of ancient scrolls in the West Bank region, near the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were originally uncovered in 1947, and which promise to shed a new light on the life and physical appearance of Jeomessus Christ. The newly found documents which are believed to have been written by a small Jewish sectarian group, called the Essenes, retraces different elements of the Old Testament and New Testament similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls, but scholars have turned their attention to a peculiar fragment which describes the birth of the Christ figure in a new light.

The manuscripts that have been dated between 408 BCE to 318 CE shed a new light on the physical appearance of Jesus Christ, admits professor Hans Schummer of the University of Tel Aviv

“It is quite revealing that the unknown author of the document notes with a certain sense of surprise that the infant’s skin tone is darker in color than his mother and father.  Aug.28

The news comes to us on the eve of a Full Moon which aligns with the Jupiter-Neptune opposition and makes a hard aspect to the meridian making it significant for the place. A Jupiter-Neptune combination is linked with religion and spirituality and by association with a religious teacher like Jesus Christ. With Jupiter (9th ruler) in hard aspect to Neptune (12th ruler) this is not just any religious teacher but someone whose message seeks to supersede or dissolve (Neptune, 12th ), the existing religious belief system (Jupiter, 9th).  

Now here comes the surprise. The Sabian symbol for Jupiter is:

Jupiter (3vi58): Phase 154: Black and White children play happily together
Keynote: The overcoming of social prejudices. Freedom from all kinds of biases.

Whether Jesus was black or not is not the central issue…what the Full Moon is telling us is the need to overcome social prejudices and this is exactly what Jesus taught [1].

Completing the picture is the Sabian symbol for the Moon [7pi] which refers to a Cross and by implication to Jesus and his teachings.

Phase 337:  Illumined by a shaft of light, a large Cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea mist.
Keynote: Men who do not depend on collective values but seek to be true to their individual self and destiny almost inevitably face some kind of crucifixion.

[1] The Color of Christ: The Son of God & the Saga of Race in America

Friday, 28 August 2015

Hubble Reveals a Double Black Hole Powering Markarian 231

A binary black hole found in the center of  Markarian 231

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers discovered that Markarian 231 is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other. Markarian 231 is the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, located 581 million light-years away. The finding suggests that quasars—the brilliant cores of active galaxies – may commonly host two central supermassive black holes, which fall into orbit about one another as a result of the merger between two galaxies. Like a pair of whirling skaters, the black-hole duo generates tremendous amounts of energy that makes the core of the host galaxy outshine the glow of its population of billions of stars, which scientists then identify as quasars. Aug. 28

Astrologers have discovered a remarkable correspondence between the cosmos and the human psyche. It is well known that the first observation of the modern planets (Uranus, Neptune and  Pluto) coincided with a period in history where the themes and characteristics associated with the corresponding archetypal principle were evident in the prevailing Zeitgeist. The most significant example is the discovery in 1781  of Uranus which we now associate with revolutions, technological inventions and progressive change coinciding with the American and French Revolutions and the beginning of the Industrial Age.

With this understanding, what might  the latest  discovery of Makarian 231 mean. The main researcher is Youjun Lu of the National Astronomical Observatories of China, Beijing and the findings have been released just two days before the Full Moon of August 30. A chart for the Full Moon at Beijing has the luminaries aligned with Jupiter-Neptune (expansive imagination) and in hard aspect to Uranus (discoveries) on the MC. Here the Full Moon with Neptune is conjunct the stars of Pegasus, a Flying Horse which symbolizes a mind freed from slavery to lesser ideas so that Diana Rosenberg rightly links this area to “major technological and scientific discoveries”.

The celestial co-ordinates of Markarian 231 [1] indicate its ecliptic longitude to be [9vi24] [2]. The Sabian symbol for this degree is:

Phase 160 (Virgo 10): Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows.
Keynote: The growth of true understanding, born out of transcendence of duality even while immersed in the world of duality.

How interesting that the Sabian symbol refers to two heads and the discovery is about  two central black holes furiously whirling about each other in the Galaxy Makarian 231!  Look at two other Sabian symbols in the chart which also appear to emphasize  the need to reconcile conflicting opposites and look beyond the shadow that these conflicts generate.

Jupiter (3vi58): Phase 154: Black and White children play happily together
Keynote: The overcoming of social prejudices. Freedom from all kinds of biases.

MC (13ar58): Phase 14:  A Serpent coiling near a man and woman
Keynote: Alienated and immature minds often refuse relationship. Here the serpent represents the need for acceptance of relationship by the two polarized human beings.

In conclusion we might add that the meaning  of a cosmic event may be discovered and consciously articulated by a few creative individuals  but  might remain unconscious to the collective living at that time until it can be seen in retrospect by future generations.

Migrant crisis: 71 bodies found in Austria lorry

Police in Austria say the bodies of 71 people, thought to be migrants, were found in an abandoned lorry found on a motorway on Thursday (Aug.27). The bodies of 59 men, 8 women and four children are thought to have been dead for one-and-a-half to two days.

The incident occurred during the First Quarter Moon , a chart for which is shown here.  The Sun -Jupiter combination makes hard aspects to Uranus-Pluto on the angles. A key phrase from Martha Wescott is:

Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter: To feel restless in response to a cauldron of feelings that cry out for change or excitement.

The Sun -Jupiter combination is also opposite Neptune and square Moon-Saturn.   Saturn  acting on Jupiter – Neptune  combination is a reality check (Saturn) on unrealistic dreams (Neptune) of expansion or journeys to foreign lands (Jupiter).  Here Jupiter , ruler of the 9th (foreign lands) placed in the 6th house (working class) is opposite Neptune (dreams and illusions).  This is pointing to the false hopes of a better life  in a foreign land. But then notice that it is also square Moon and Saturn in 8th house (death). Put  together we can see how it is pointing to the death of the migrants who risked all to emigrate and lost their lives in the process.

Saudi Arabia Reports a Surge in MERS Deaths

A rash of fatalities from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been reported in Saudi Arabia, where 19 people have died after contracting the disease this week alone. Including the recent spate, the kingdom’s Health Ministry has recorded 502 fatalities and 1,171 reported cases since June 2012 when the virus first appeared, reports Agence France-Presse. The surge in infections comes as Saudi Arabia prepares to host about 2 million Muslims who will travel to the country for the annual hajj pilgrimage next month. Aug. 27

In the last several posts we have seen one manifestation of Jupiter-Neptune as “ponzi schemes” in which masses are deceived.   Here we will see another way this combination manifests as “respiratory diseases”.

Jupiter-Neptune: Respiratory illness and allergies [1]

We often think of Neptune as the lord of the sea and therefore ruling water. But if we remember that Neptune also rules the sense of connectedness with all life we begin to understand why it also rules the air which we all breathe.

So what is the link?  A ponzi scheme is like a cloud, fog of illusion or deceit (Neptune) that  the unsuspecting masses  lacking proper discrimination (Saturn) fall victim to. Metaphorically speaking it is similar to a respiratory disease that spreads rapidly through the air (Neptune) like an epidemic bringing down people who lack strong boundaries (Saturn).

Shown here is the chart for the Gibbous Moon phase of Aug. 26  at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Sun and Moon make hard aspects to the meridian making the phase important for the place. They also activate Saturn and the Jupiter-Neptune opposition.

Finally  we see that Moon [17cp] conjoins Pluto [13cp] which is conjunct the star Ascella. Zeta (ζ) Sagittarius, Ascella, is a star in the Archer’s chest . Diana Rosenberg links this star to “lung ailments”.  Uranus-Pluto square straddles the meridian” – the “sudden outbreak” (Uranus)  of  hidden diseases (Pluto) [2].

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott; p.65

Thursday, 27 August 2015

So is this market crash the big one?

The economy is collapsing and the stock market is crashing... again. Is this crash the big one, or is it just another hiccup on the slow road to certain doom? Should we stampede, or should we continue to graze? For those who've shouldered the responsibility of understanding how our government and economy truly work, this new, latest economic collapse, is not in any way unexpected, but rather a predictable certainty in a long train of abuses by government and Wall Street. You see, the economic system is designed to fail. Collapse is in its DNA.  At its core, our fiat-based, reserve-currency, derivates-driven, interest rate-manipulated economy is a criminal enterprise that is explicitly designed to fail at offering human kind an equitable, just and common-sensical way to facilitate exchange. However, it is very well designed to transfer wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest of the world's elite in crisis after financial crisis until the whole thing collapses. It is engineered to implode. To most, it may appear to be failing, but in reality, the crash of the stock market and the instant vaporization of trillions of fiat dollars of wealth is a built-in feature of the greatest heist in human history. The economy is a Ponzi scheme; a well-known, very calculated method of extracting wealth from others. It can be done on a small scale, or it can be scaled up to rob entire nations, entire civilizations even, or, as we see developing right now, perhaps even an entire planet's worth of wealth.

So, is this crash the big one? It could be. The stars seem to suggest that it might be. In  previous posts [1][2] we explained the build up of the Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn T-square is pointing to a reality check (Saturn) on unrealistic “bubble” schemes (Jupiter-Neptune) or gigantic (Jupiter) frauds (Neptune).While the T-square may not be exact, it becomes operative when brought to the angles during a Moon phase or an eclipse. Shown here are the charts for some of the upcoming phases at NY. Notice that in all of these charts, Jupiter-Neptune is brought to the angles or squares it.

1. Full Moon of August 29

2. Waxing Gibbous Moon of Sept. 1

3. Waxing Square Moon of Sept. 5

4. Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of Sept.27 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wolf pack sighting could signal comeback in California

A pack of wolves has been spotted in Northern California for the first time in nearly 100 years. The appearance of the five grey wolf pups and two adults could signal a return of the animals, which have not been found in the state since 1924. California Department of Fish and Wildlife first discovered the pack this month in Siskiyou County near the Oregon border using a remote camera. The wolves have been named the "Shasta Pack" after a nearby mountain. "This news is exciting for California," Charlton Bonham of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Thursday. "We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state and it appears now is the time." Aug. 21

Cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a special place in mundane astrology. Of these the Capricorn ingress is considered by many astrologers to be the “master chart” of the year. Shown here is the current sidereal Capricorn ingress at Shasta,Ca. Here a Saturn-Mars-Neptune square straddles the meridian axis.  Saturn  is conjunct the stars of Lupus, the Wolf while Mars-Neptune are placed amidst stars in the eternally- flowing, all-forgiving  and healing waters of heaven pouring from the Urn of Aquarius implying a need to end the persecution of this magnificent wild animal.

Progressing  the chart to Aug.21 brings the Uranus-Pluto square in alignment with  the meridian. Uranus-Pluto in its positive manifestation represents a regeneration or rebirth after destruction and deep transformation. Here Pluto[13cp41] is opposite the star Sirius, alpha Canis Major [14cn17] . In China, this was the “Wolf Star”.  And at least two other Amerind tribes, the Pawnee and Osage, called Sirius either the “Wolf Star”or “Coyote Star”. 

PS: All events have a deeper symbolic meaning. Here this story may be pointing to the need to get beyond a simplistic understanding of good and evil. What we consider evil may be a necessary and important part of evolution. This understanding is elegantly depicted in the ancient Indian story of Samudra Manthan [1] where the gods and demons were both essential participants to get at the “nectar of life” [1]

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Former Debt Collectors Buy Up Medical Debt and Forgive It

Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people's debts. When Paola Gonzalez received a phone call from RIP Medical Debt, she was certain what she heard was a mistake. A prank, maybe. The caller said a $950 hospital bill had been paid for in full: It would not affect her credit and she wouldn't have to worry about it again. "They wanted to pay a bill for me," she said. "I was just speechless." The 24-year-old student from Roselle Park, New Jersey, has lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that in 2011 put her in and out of hospitals for a year. Even with insurance she faces a barrage of medical bills that often get pushed aside. "I can't always work," Gonzalez said. "I'll be fine today and sick tomorrow. It's really amazing that people would help out like this. Aug. 17

 Eclipses become active at least three months prior to their actual occurrence. We are now in the shadow of the lunar eclipse of Sept. 27 a chart for which is shown here drawn for New York. The eclipse aligns a Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn T-square  with the meridian axis. In its positive manifestation, a Jupiter-Neptune combination can express as good Samaritans (Jupiter) who help out the weak, the sick, the underdog or victims (Neptune). Here Saturn is placed very appropriately in the 6th house connected with illness and health related issues. But more significantly, it is conjunct the star Toliman, alpha Centauri.

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 the picture above notice that 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.  Here, the centaur is shown carrying the wolf to an altar for sacrifice, in other words giving up its old “wolfish”ways,  so that among other things,  Diana Rosenberg associates this act with “redemption”.[1] (Notice the Centaur, Lupus and the Altar together in the image above).

The word “redemption”  is defined as “the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt”. Redemption is the buying back of something. You might try for redemption by attempting to buy back a bike you sold, or you might attempt to buy back your soul after you steal someone else's bike. Redemption comes from the Latin word redimere, a combination of re(d)-, meaning “back,” and emere, meaning “buy.”

As always, there is a “minute hand” of the cosmic clock that occurs closer to the event and resonates with the “hour hand” – the eclipse, in this case. A chart for the Waxing Crescent Moon of August 18 has Saturn with the star Toliman on the Ascendant and  Jupiter-Neptune combination aligned with the meridian.  

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg

Monday, 24 August 2015

On why Shanghai became the epicenter of the global market carnage

Having seen the nation’s benchmark Shanghai Composite stock index get slammed by 4.21% on Friday (Aug.21), taking its weekly loss to 11.54%, Chinese authorities wheeled out their latest attempt to underpin shaky investor confidence over the weekend, announcing that China’s giant pension fund will be able to increase its allocation in domestic shares to as much as 30%.

 Years of bailouts and monetary expansion have created one of the most inflated and artificial economic booms in history, and now it appears that this global economic bubble is deflating. Markets across the board are melting down and the financial crash that supposedly “fringe” analysts have been predicting since 2008, is finally upon us.

In this post we will look at why Shanghai became the epicenter of the global market carnage. Shown here is the chart for Saturn station direct drawn for Shanghai. Notice that Saturn is placed on the Ascendant as the apex of a T-square that has Venus-Jupiter opposite Neptune.  This combination  is all about unrealistic (Neptune) expansion (Jupiter) in money matters (Venus). Saturn is a hard nosed practical planet that acts as a reality check on “inflated bubbles”  but being a slow moving planet it requires a trigger from a fast moving planet. And this arrived in the shape of the Sun  conjoining Venus-Jupiter and squaring Saturn on August 21 triggering the market meltdown.

Wreckage of Confederate warship CSS Georgia is raised

SAVANNAH, Ga. –  The armored skeleton of a Confederate warship that spent 150 years at the bottom of the Savanah River in Georgia is being raised to the surface one 5-ton chunk at a time. Navy divers began work midweek retrieving an estimated 250,000 pounds of armored siding from the wreckage of the CSS Georgia. Confederate troops scuttled the ironclad gunship in December 1864 to prevent its capture by Union troops taking Savannah. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Potts says his crew began Wednesday breaking down three large sections of armored siding into 20 smaller chunks and raising them to the surface. The team has already recovered four cannons, the ship's propeller and other artifacts. The CSS Georgia is being recovered as part of a $703 million deepening of the Savannah harbor. August 16

The salvage operation of the Confederate warship began just around the New Moon of Aug. 14. A chart for the New Moon at Savannah is shown here. The luminaries [21le] are conjunct a retrograde Venus[23le] and the star Malus in the mast of the Celestial Ship Argo.

Among Argo Navis’ themes  are voyages, storms, shipwrecks and drowning. These stars were transited at a Nov, 440 CE Solar Eclipse when the city of Ys in Brittany was “submerged in great flood”; at a December 1703  solar eclipse at the peak of a savage hurricane that devastated  south England and its fleet: more than 300 ships, 30,000 sailors lost their lives; in 1707 when Sir Clowdisley Shovell, commanding an English fleet, miscalculated their position: in heavy fog driven by gales they crashed into Western Rocks of the Scilly Isles; when the US Navy was founded in 1775; in 1857 when the SS Central America  sank east of Carolinas; at the discovery of two famous shipwrecks in 1985: the 363 year old Atocha and the legendary Titanic among many others. [1]

To the Mesoamericans Venus was the Goddess of War [2] and since a retrograde planet also refers to the past, we have here an old  warship in the news. On the MC [13cn] is the star Canopus, alpha Argo Navis – once again a reference to a ship. The MC is the reaction point of a T-square with Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus aligned with the angles.  The TNP Zeus is linked to the military while Uranus-Pluto is a combination which refers to revolutions  so that we have a clear reference to a ship from the American Civil War.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.543-9)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Huge Sinkhole Snarls Traffic in Lynn, MA

An extremely large sinkhole in Lynn, Massachusetts, has tied up traffic for the Friday afternoon and evening commutes. The sinkhole is located at Shepard and South Common Streets. It is about 12 feet in diameter. The problems are mounting after a sewer line broke Friday afternoon. Crews on the scene Friday night were working to shut off the water. The concern is if the water line breaks, and it’s already leaking, it could cause a gas main to rupture, which could then lead to an explosion. Aug. 21

Readers may like to refer to a previous pos t[1] on a similar incident at St.Louis,Mo on April 3. Here in this case a chart for the First Quarter Moon at Lynn,Ma can help explain the sudden appearance of a sinkhole. The  luminaries make hard aspects to meridian suggesting that the energies of the New Moon are going to appear in significant events at the place. Note also that the Moon phase aligns the Uranus-Pluto square with the meridian axis which is part of a complex pattern that includes the TNP Admetus.  Richard Tarnas associates Uranus-Pluto with “the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses”. This would include volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, landslides, cave-ins, tornadoes and hurricanes, tsunamis and floods etc. 

But more specifically, the following key phrases from Martha Wescott [2] for Uranus-Admetus identifies the issue perfectly:

Uranus-Admetus: Changes and tensions “at the core” (of the earth, of the foundation, of the person;) internal shaking and sudden cramping; eruption of long held tension; accidents that deal with falls, holes or depressions in the land.

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott, p.85

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune: Realization of dreams or end of speculation mania

Ship in Storm by Buttersworth

A message in a bottle thrown into the sea 108 years ago by British scientists has been discovered washed up on a beach in Germany.It is believed to be the oldest message-in-a-bottle ever found. Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker, found the message from the past while on holiday with her husband on the North Sea island of Amrum.Mrs Winkler found the bottle in April, but was shy of publicity and the full story has only now emerged.  "It's always a joy when some one finds a message-in-a-bottle on the beach," she told the Amrum News, a local website."Where does it come from, who wrote it, and how long has it been travelling on the winds, waves and currents?"But when Mrs Winkler stumbled on her message-in-a-bottle, she had no idea quite how old it would turn out to be. Written on a piece of paper inside were the words "Break the bottle"."My husband, Horst, carefully tried to get the message out of the bottle, but there was no chance, so we had to do as it said," Mrs Winkler said.Inside they found a postcard with no date but a message promising a reward of a shilling to anyone who returned it.The message, in English, German and Dutch, asked anyone who discovered the bottle to fill in some information on where and how they found it. Aug 20

The news comes to us on August 20, just two days before Sun-Saturn form an exact square. At Amrum, this is  part of a T-square with a Jupiter-Neptune opposition that straddles the meridian. The combination Jupiter-Neptune is linked not only to long voyages by sea but symbolically speaking also to  unrealistic projects that have little hope of realization.

Jupiter[2vi] is conjunct the stars  theta Pyxidis [3vi], the Compass of the Celestial Ship Argo and alpha Sextant [3vi].  Compass and sextants are used by mariners as  navigation or location guides. They exemplify  the imposition of order on the sea’s chaos and the location of the soul within the turbulence of the world. A ship (Jupiter) plowing the dangerous seas (Neptune) embodies the necessity of learning to sail the sea of passions in order to reach the island (Saturn) of salvation. Saturn is always a reality check on Jupiter-Neptune  (dreams or speculative bubbles) . It is linked to failures as well as fulfillment.  This story was about the fulfillment of George Bidder’s dream project which he conceived in early 1900s. But what about failures of “speculative bubbles”?  In the next story we have that too.

A worldwide sell-off pushed U.S. stocks to their worst week since 2011 as spooked investors scattered amid worries of an economic slowdown in China and the potential for higher interest rates at home. The Dow Jones industrial average capped a four-day losing streak by dropping more than 500 points to close at 16,459.75, sinking 10 percent from its May peak and following even steeper market declines in Asia and Europe. Widely held stocks such as Wells Fargo, Google and Facebook have lost tens of billions of dollars in market value in two days. Apple, one of the world’s most-traded stocks, was up 20 percent for the year as recently as July but has lost all of its gains — and ended the week down 9 percent. Aug 21

The chart for transit Sun[28le35] square Saturn [28sc35] on August 21 at New York has it straddling the horizon axis that is aligned with the “speculative bubble” Jupiter-Neptune opposition. Here the Saturn aspect denotes the failures of the ill-conceived plans driving the stock markets since they had no connection to market fundamentals. 

China to take over strategic US military base in Djibouti

The tiny African state of Djibouti has reportedly ordered the US to vacate its secondary Obock military base in the nation in a bid to turn over the installation to the Chinese military and its contingent of 10,000 troops, raising major concerns in Washington, which holds the largest military base in Djibouti, Camp Lemonnier. August 18

To understand this news we will begin with the Lunar Eclipse of April 4 drawn for Djibouti. Notice that the eclipse axis makes a hard aspect to the MC suggesting that it is important for the place. Here Uranus which is the ruler of the 7th is placed in the 8th house. In mundane astrology, the 7th house governs “treaties and agreements with other nations” [1] while the 8th is   issues connected with “death and decay”  [2] or by association all manners of  termination or endings. The ruler of the 7th placed in the 8th points to the possibility of the ending of agreements with other nations.  Uranus and the Sun are opposite the TNP Zeus and the Moon which are conjunct stars of the “evil” bird Corvus, the Raven,  in tropical air sign Libra. This area is linked to flights and aviation. When combined with the TNP Zeus, we can see that these flights are connected with the military. With Uranus-Pluto square we have another hint that an old order is collapsing.  When we put all the elements together, we begin to see why the agreement with the US for the use of the military airbase is coming to an end.

But as always, the question remains, why now. Well there are at least two triggers to the eclipse chart. First, if we progress the eclipse chart to August 18, the eclipse T-square aligns with the meridian. Second, in the last few days, transit Jupiter and Saturn have formed a square that aligns with the Ascendant and IC of the chart. A keyphrase for Jupiter-Saturn is “separation from difficult circumstances”.

Finally, we look at the chart for the current New Moon. It is placed in the 7th house (agreements or partnerships) along with a retrograde Venus (change of values) square separative Saturn in the 10th house. So once again the lunation chart also points to an ending.

Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

Aztec Sacrifice

Archaeologists have unearthed gruesome evidence of brutal rituals as they excavated what could be the largest ceremonial skull rack built by the Aztecs more than 500 years ago. Found on the western side of what was once the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, the partially unearthed skull rack was likely built between 1485 and 1502 and may have been about 112 feet (34 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Mostly belonging to young adult men, but also to women and children, several of the unearthed skulls feature holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a rack on which the skulls of sacrificed people were arranged on wooden poles and displayed to inspire fear and awe. According to Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, one of the INAH archaeologists involved in the ongoing excavation, the skulls would belong to the Huey Tzompantli, the Great Tzompantli of Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City) which is estimated to have contained approximately 60,000 skulls. “We believe we have found the Huey Tzompantli. Many of these skulls could be enemies of the Aztecs who were captured, killed and beheaded in a show of might,” Matos Moctezuma said in a statement. Aug. 21

A chart for the First Quarter Moon of Aug. 22 at Mexico City  is shown here. The Ascendant [8sa] is conjunct the Moon [29sc] and Saturn [28sc] and  square Neptune [8pi].

Centaurus is depicted as stabbing Lupus the Wolf with a spear in preparation for sacrificing the beast on Ara the Altar

 The Moon and Saturn conjoin the star Toliman, alpha Centauri. The Centaur represents a conflict between man’s lower and higher nature, the struggle between primitive untamed passions and humane compassion and is often portrayed carrying Lupus, the “beast of death” to the sacrificial altar. Centaurus-the-Punisher and Lupus, Beast of Death, take part in acts of prejudice, cruelty and terror  so that Diana Rosenberg links this area to “murder, persecutions and acts of rabid intolerance” giving the following examples:

These stars were transited at the November 1793 New Moon, the month the “noyades”, mass drowning of citizens suspected of opposition to the Revolution began at Nantes; in 1876 when the US 7th Cavalry under Major General Custer rode out of Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory to hunt down and kill Indians; in 1935 when Hitler announced the anti-semitic  Nuremberg Racial Laws; at the 1968 My Lai Massacre when a US Marine platoon butchered 567 Vietnamese civilians; at the 1994 Hebron massacre when a fanatic Jewish settler slaughtered Muslim worshippers at prayer in the Cave of the Patriarchs; in April 1994 at the start of the Ruanda Genocide when ruling majority ethnic Hutu deliberately set out to kill off minority Tutsi and Hutu moderates: hundreds of thousands were hunted down like animals and slaughtered; the Sun when US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and many others.

Neptune [8pi] forms part  of the Chinese asterism Hiu-Liang, The Funeral Mound Bridge, ruling burial places, graves and tombs so that it is quite appropriate that a mass grave of  victims has been discovered. On the MC [13vi] are stars of Leo that were part of China’s  Tchang-Houan, a Long Wall for display  (skull racks ?).