Saturday, 31 October 2015

Russian plane crashes in Egypt

A Russian plane carrying over 220 people from Egypt to Russia disappeared from radars, and crashed in central Sinai, according to Russian and Egyptian authorities. Kolavia Flight 7K9268, an Airbus A321, went off radar 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, Sergey Izvolskiy told the media citing preliminary data.  The plane was carrying 217 passengers and 7 crewmembers, he added. Seventeen of the passengers were children. The Russian embassy in Egypt initially said all on board were Russian citizens. Later, the Belorussian embassy said one of the passengers was Belorussian. Egyptian authorities said three of the victims were Ukrainian, but Kiev didn’t immediately confirm that. Oct 31;

It is well known that eclipses can lie dormant till they are triggered by planets moving over the eclipse point. Mars and Venus have just transited over 20 Virgo – the degree position of the Sept. solar eclipse. A chart for the solar eclipse at  Sharm El-Sheikh is shown here.  The eclipse is conjunct the star Beta (β) Leo, Denebola,  in the tail of the Lion and in a quincunx aspect to Uranus.

The 'Tail of the Lion' has a Uranian nature and it is supposed that, in mundane horoscopes, major catastrophes are triggered off by it. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.56.]

In the Ingress, Lunation and Eclipse charts an afflicted Uranus can bring upheavals, revolution, anarchy, plane crashes, train derailments, explosions, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tornadoes and severe lightning storms with high winds.[1]

But neither of the two references above tell us why the air crash happened at Sharm El-Sheikh. We must remember that it is angles of a chart that make an event specific for a place. Here we notice that the eclipse is in hard aspect to the meridian axis  implying that its energies would be felt at that place. In addition the last Full Moon of October 27 aligned with the horizon axis of the eclipse chart with the Sun [3sc] conjunct the Ascendant [2sc] and the stars Miaplacidus, beta (β) Carina in the Ship Argo Navis  and  89 Virginis in the wing of the Virgin. Together the two stars suggest long journeys by air.  Diana Rosenberg adds:

Two Arabic lunar mansions that meet here (Al Simak, Al Ghafr) were said to “hinder travel”: this was the Ascendant of a Boeing 727-Cessna 172 collision and crash at San Diego, due to inattention, in 1978: all 135 on the planes plus 9 on the ground were  killed; Jupiter when a lightning struck Boeing 747 crashed at Kenner, LA just after takeoff in 1982: all 145 on the plane and 4 on the ground were killed, and two weeks later at the “Twilight Zone” filming disaster: a helicopter, disabled by staged explosions, fell on and killed actor Vic Morrow and two children; Pluto in 1985 when a terrorist bomb brought down an Air India Boeing 747 into the Atlantic off Ireland, killing 329 and a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 crashed into Mt. Osutaka, killing 520 – the worst ever single plane aviation accident; Venus in 1994 at the crash of a US Air Boeing 737 at Aliquippa, PA and several others.

Finally, notice that the accident occurred just a day after the Waning Gibbous Moon [22ge] which at Sharm El-Sheikh forms a T-square with Mars and the Nodes on the meridian axis. Mars with the nodes is linked to “increased mechanical breakdowns and malfunctions” [2]. Also notice that the Moon [22ge] –Mars [22vi] activate the solar eclipse [20vi] and the Moon is in an area that the Liber Hermetis called “the Violence of Fire” . This was the MC at the 1977 Tenerife air crash/ catastrophe : 2 jumbo jets fully loaded with passengers and fuel collided and burst into flame while taxiing in fog, killing 582 – the worst air crash disaster in history; the Ascendant  when a huge experimental ICBM rocket missile being readied for a test exploded and burned at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, USSR etc. Completing the picture is the T-square of Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus straddling the horizon. This is a combination linked to accidents involving fire or explosions.


Additional note posted on Nov.1

Never fully fixed tailstrike in 2001 doomed Russian A321 plane over Egypt?
There have been claims by a jihadist group linked to ISIS that it brought down the flight, but the airplane's altitude put it well beyond the range of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, or MANPADS, the only relevant weapon fielded by such groups, and first pictures of the wreckage offer no evidence of a missile strike. Instead investigators will treat as much more credible the possibility of a sudden structural failure. The Airbus A321 was 18 years old, but with a modern airplane like this and regular maintenance that is not in itself a cause for concern. What does, however, jump out from this particular airplane's record is an accident that it suffered on November 16, 2001 while landing at Cairo (while owned and operated by Middle East Airlines). As it touched down the nose was pointing at too high an angle and the tail hit the tarmac - heavily enough to cause substantial damage. Tail strikes like this are not uncommon. The airplane was repaired and would have been rigorously inspected then and during subsequent maintenance checks. Nonetheless investigators who will soon have access to the Airbus's flight data recorder will take a hard look at what is called the rear pressure bulkhead, a critical seal in the cabin's pressurization system. Images from the wreckage in the Sinai show parts of the tail and rear fuselage near the site of this bulkhead lying clear of the rest of the debris, suggesting a possible break-up in flight.

In her book “Secrets of the Ancient Skies”, Diana Rosenberg explains that the ancient astrologers Hipparchus and Manilius insisted that every detail of a constellation figure was meaningful and should not be neglected. Here we notice that the September solar eclipse fell on  beta (β) Leo, Denebola,  a blue star in the tail of the Lion. Can it be a coincidence that the news above talks about a problem with the aircraft’s tail that may have led to the accident?

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Shaker Aamer Is Released From Guantánamo Prison

WASHINGTON — Shaker Aamer, whose detention at the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba attracted the attention of human rights lawyers, political leaders and rock stars, was freed on Friday after more than 13 years in captivity, British officials announced. Mr. Aamer, a Saudi citizen and British resident, was en route to London. Oct.30

To understand the cosmic basis for this news we will go back to the April 4 Lunar Eclipse chart drawn for Guantánamo. Notice that the eclipse axis formed a T-square with Uranus-Pluto, linked to breakthroughs, with the Sun placed in the 12th house conjunct Uranus. In mundane astrology, the 12th house rules prisons [1].

12th House - hospitals, prisons, institutions and any place of confinement or detention.

The Sun [14ar24] is conjunct the stars Alpheratz [14ar30] and Alderamin [13ar]. Alpha (α) Andromeda, Alpheratz, [14ar30] is a star in the constellation Andromeda, the Chained Woman while Alpha (α) Cepheus, Alderamin [13ar] is in the constellation of King Cepheus. About the dynamics in this area of the stars, Nick Fiorenza [2] writes:

Alpheratz, the head (psyche) of the princess, is unadulterated, innocent, naive, uncorrupted by evil, wrong-doing or malice; and holds a position of extraordinary honor and advantage--this star often portending success and riches through social popularity and achievement. Andromeda represents the struggle for freedom from the collective and tormenting forces of the psycho-emotional human world. It is a fortuitous position and ultimately brings success and reward in this worthy pursuit.

Alignments with Alpheratz can also indicate being caught in the power plays unconsciously created by the arrogance or denials of others. Alderamin, the Alpha star of Cepheus, is the right shoulder of King Cepheus, father of the Royal Family, often portraying one in an authoritative position, and holds a quality of authoritative responsibility. With afflicted alignments, Alderamin can expresses as denial, avoidance, or turning one's head from dealing with the manipulative power plays causing our or other people's entrapment, and a flippant attitude to do anything about them.

It is easy to see that here Shaker Aamer is Andromeda while the US Government represents King Cepheus.  If we now progress the eclipse chart to Oct. 30, the date of Shaker Aamer’s release, we find that  the progressed meridian aligns with the eclipse axis triggering the release.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

China to end its decades-long one-child policy

All couples will now be allowed to have two children, the state-run news agency said, citing a statement from the Communist Party. The controversial policy was introduced nationally in 1979, to reduce the country's birth rate and slow the population growth rate. However, concerns at China's ageing population led to pressure for change. The one-child policy is estimated to have prevented about 400 million births since it began. Couples who violated the policy faced a variety of punishments, from fines and the loss of employment to forced abortions. Over time, the policy was relaxed in some provinces, as demographers and sociologists raised concerns about rising social costs and falling worker numbers. The Communist Party began formally relaxing national rules two years ago, allowing couples in which at least one of the pair is an only child to have a second child.

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important mundane events.  Among these the Capricorn ingress (Capsolar) is the “master chart” of the year.  The chart for the current Capricorn Ingress drawn for Beijing is shown here. Notice that a powerful Grand Cross straddles the meridian axis.  The five planets along with the TNP Cupido in the first house form a stellium that becomes one of the legs of the Grand Cross opposite the TNPs Kronos-Hades. Using key phrases provided by Martha Wescott  and Ebertin we have following interpretations:

Cupido-Kronos: Laws and regulations that apply to families
Hades-Kronos: Mistakes have been made in connection with laws or authoritative action; laws that  have caused a decline or just made things worse or are  felt as demeaning or humiliating.
Uranus-Pluto: Transformation; the collapse of an old order and the beginning of a new one.

One of the planets in the stellium is Venus isthe ruler of the 5th house, which in mundane astrology rules “children” [2] so that it is laws concerning children that are being transformed. If we now progress the Capricorn Ingress chart to October 29, the date of the news, we find that the progressed Ascendant conjoins Pluto, thereby triggering the Cross.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Temple dedicated to Asclepius, God of Healing, Excavated in Greece

Asclepius - God of Healing

2,400-Year-Old Healing Temple dedicated to Asclepius, God of Healing, Excavated in Greece
Archaeologists in Greece have excavated an ancient healing temple in the acropolis of Feneos dedicated to Asclepius, god of healing.   Along with the foundations of the sacred temple, researchers also found an enormous statue of Asclepius, and his daughter Hygeia; an elaborate mosaic floor, marble podiums, and offering tables.

International Business Times reports that the 2,400-year-old temple, known as Asclepion (a healing temple dedicated to the god Ascelpius) was first discovered in 1958. However, archaeologists have only recently carried out extensive excavations of the site and have been able to piece together the layout of the site, as well as unearth numerous important artifacts. Oct.25

The discovery of the ancient temple was made at Feneos, Greece. A chart for the waxing Gibbous Moon of October 24 drawn for Feneos is shown here. The most significant thing to notice about the chart is the T-square comprising Saturn-Neptune with the asteroid Hygiea [1] on the MC.

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

Here Saturn [3sa] is conjunct the star Yed Posterior. Epsilon (ε) Ophiuchus, Yed Posterior, is a red star in the left hand of the Serpent Bearer. Ophiuchus, or Serpentarius, the Serpent-holder, the Serpent Bearer, the Serpent Wrestler, or the Snake Charmer, is depicted holding a snake, the snake is represented by the constellation Serpens. The constellation is located around the celestial equator with the two legs of Ophiuchus protruding right into the zodiac and south of the ecliptic. Ophiuchus is identified with Aesculapius (Asklepios, Asclepius), an ancient physician who grew so skilled in the craft of healing that he was able to restore the dead to life.

On the IC is Neptune [7pi] conjunct gamma (γ) Aquarius, Sadalachbia, a 4th magnitude greenish star in the right arm of the Water Bearer. In India this was the area of Satabhisaj “A Hundred Physicians”.  Roebuck believes that the name may equate Aquarius with Dhanvantari, The Physician of the Gods  bearing the pot containing the nectar of immortality (this could relate it to Gula, the early Euphratean  goddess of medicine).  In addition, Diana Rosenberg links this area to archaeological finds so that the discovery of the 2,400-Year-Old Healing Temple dedicated to Asclepius, God of Healing, is not surprising.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

India man's journey to challenge borders

Theatre actor-director Mohammad Akram Feroze recently set off on foot to travel along India's 10,000km-long border, stopping to perform plays at villages with - and for - their inhabitants. Mr Feroze, who does not believe in borders, carries a world passport - as part of a global movement established under Article 13(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says "everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country". His journey, however, was cut short just a little over a month after he set off - at the India-Pakistan border, local police accused him of "breach of peace" and arrested him. Oct. 25

Eclipse are about relinquishing the past and engaging in a new path. There is however more emphasis on one or the other. South Lunar Node eclipses are more about relinquishment and North Lunar Node eclipses are more about engagement in a new future due to the magnetic flow from the south to north lunar nodes. The solar eclipse of Sept 13 was a North Node eclipse. This solar eclipse brings winds of change that inspire new outward expressions in our lives. With transit Mars moving over the eclipse and MC of the eclipse chart drawn for Amristar, India situated approximately on the Indo-Pakistan boundary, we have a trigger to the eclipse. More specifically, the eclipse places a Saturn-Neptune-Jupiter T-square on the horizon axis.  

Saturn—and the authority figures it represents—can be stern and forbidding. Saturn is about clear-cut rules and can come down hard on those who disobey those rules.  On the other hand, Neptune represents the capacity for empathy and compassion that helps us forgive ourselves and others. Neptune does not recognize or respect boundaries, seeing us as all one, while Saturn is about setting limits and boundaries—remember its rings! Saturn’s defenses can crystallize into walls that separate us from others; Neptune helps us be one with All That Is. Fear (Saturn) separates us forgiveness (Neptune) unites us. – Donna Cunningham

And finally the Ascendant [5sa] is in tropical Sagittarius in the Indian lunar mansion Anuradha, a mansion of wanderers, rules those extraordinary people who yearn for travel without boundaries. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

Hurricane Patricia hits Mexico

An "extraordinarily dangerous" category 5 hurricane slammed into southwestern Mexico Friday, bringing lashing winds and rainfall that has the potential to create life-threatening flash floods. Hurricane Patricia made landfall near Cuixmala, west-northwest of Manzanillo, carrying 165 mph winds at 6:15 p.m. local time (7:15 p.m. ET), according to the National Hurricane Center. Palm trees bent and rain whipped in sideways as the storm made its first appearance on land. "The winds are really strong. It's amazing, even the cars are moving," Laura Barajas, a 30-year-old hotel worker from the major cargo port of Manzanillo near where the storm hit, told Reuters.

As we have seen in the past few posts, the powerful eclipses of September are now making themselves visible in world events.  Hurricane Patricia  is another of those examples. Shown here is the chart for the solar eclipse of September 13 drawn for Manzanillo. Notice that the eclipse[20vi] is placed on the IC [17vi], the cusp of the 4th house that is connected to weather conditions in mundane astrology [1]. Yesterday, October 23, transit Mars conjoined the IC  and was within 2 degrees of the eclipse thereby triggering it into manifestation. Diana Rosenberg links the star Denebola  conjunct the eclipse with “storms and extreme barometric lows”.

Denebola’s manzil Al Sarfah, “The Changer” (of the weather) was associated with storms and hurricanes. This was the North Node in 1588 when the Spanish Armada sailed from Lisbon to invade England: after a pounding by English ships and terrible storms only a remnant  returned to Spain; Uranus at the 1715 Los Capitanas Disaster: 11 Spanish treasure laden ships out of Havana sailed into a massive hurricane; Mars at the Great Hurricane of 1780 that completely flattened the West Indies; the Sun when SS Central America, with 500 passengers and 21 tons of California gold, floundered in a terrible hurricane and sank in 1857; at the Sept. 1928 New Moon during the massive Lake Okeechobee, FL , second deadliest in US history; Mercury and Venus at the August 1935 New Moon 5 days before a Category 5 Labor Day Hurricane “the most intense and tight-knit ever to strike Florida” hit the Florida Keys, the barometer fell to the lowest ever observed in the US with wind estimated at 150-200 mph; Neptune at the map-altering Great New England Hurricane of 1938 that hit without warning: 186 mph winds wrecked Long Island; the South Node when Category 5 Hurricane Camille with the barometer at its 2nd lowest reading in US history hit the Gulf Coast in 1969 and several others [2].

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.648-656)

Baghdad Authorizes Russia to Strike ISIS in Iraq

Mars and Venus Caught in Vulcan's Invisible Net

The U.S. has told Iraq's leaders they must choose between ongoing American support in the battle against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and asking the Russians to intervene instead. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that the Iraqis had promised they would not request any Russian airstrikes or support for the fight against ISIS. Oct.21

The Iraqi government authorized Russia to target Daesh convoys coming from Syria, a senior Iraqi official said. The authorization for Russia to target Daesh inside Iraq comes amid security coordination between Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria. Hakem al-Zamli, chief of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, told Anadolu Agency on Friday that the measure contributed to weakening Daesh by cutting off its supply routes. Oct.23

The news above indicate that the Baghdad government is under pressure resulting from the rivalries between the US and Russia over increasing their regional presence. However,  Iraq  now appears to have made up its mind about replacing Washington with Moscow for joint war on terrorist groups.

To understand why this has occurred today let us go back to the solar eclipse of Sept. 13. But first an extract from Nick Fiorenza from his post of Sept. 13 entitled  “Winds of Change & New Beginnings - An Eclipse Lunar Cycle”.

Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave of experience. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be and in what areas of our lives is a function of star alignments and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse, and where they occur in our natal chart.

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

Notice that the eclipse was placed in the 11th house  (allies and friends) at Baghdad in aspect  Uranus and the TNP Cupido [1]. Opposite Cupido is the asteroid Hephaistos [1].

CUPIDO: Issues in the family history; group unity or dynamics; partner or family members.

HEPHAISTOS: Tendency for an unlikely match in relationship ; infidelity.  In mythology, Hephaistos (Vulcan), the smith and craftsman of the gods, was married to  Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. It was not a good  marriage because Aphrodite was as an unfaithful wife [2].

Cupido-Uranus- Hephaistos: Partners have  different ideas of commitment or fidelity.  Ruptures with partners because of a need for independence.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to Oct.23, the date of the news, notice that the progressed Ascendant conjoins the TNP Cupido triggering the entire combination.

France bus crash: Pensioners killed in truck collision

At least 42 people, most of them pensioners on a day trip, have been killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in south-west France. The crash happened on a country road near Puisseguin in the Gironde wine region, east of Bordeaux. Both vehicles then caught fire. France's president said he had been "plunged into sadness by the tragedy". PM Manuel Valls is at the scene. It is the worst French road disaster since 1982, when 52 people died. The bus collided with the timber truck at 07:30 local time (05:30 GMT), at what local residents described as a notoriously dangerous bend in the road. Both vehicles quickly caught fire. The French government said 42 people had died and nine people were injured, four seriously. Oct.23

Yesterday, Mercury, the planet that rules travel, communication and vehicles, was exactly square Pluto. A chart for the planetary square at Libourne which is just 15 kms from  Puisseguin is shown here. Notice that the Mercury-TNP Zeus-Uranus-Pluto T-square straddles the horizon suggesting that its energy was going to be felt at that place. Among other things, Uranus-Pluto is linked to accidents [1] and TNP Zeus to fires [2] so putting the elements together we have a vehicle (Mercury) involved in an accident (Uranus-Pluto) catches fire (Zeus).

And now, if we draw a chart for the time of the accident (07:30 local time) notice that Mercury conjunct Zeus is on the Ascendant and the T-square straddles the horizon and is thereby triggered.

Finally, before ending, let us note that Saturn, the  planet which rules old people and pensioners, is conjunct the asteroid Orpheus [2], linked to death, and anchored to the T-square through hard aspects. In the Mercury-Pluto square chart, Saturn is placed in the 5th house which in mundane astrology is associated with all activities connected with recreation and enjoyment [3] and would, therefore, include the outing that the unfortunate pensioners were on.

[1] The Combination of Stellar Influences; Reinhold Ebertin, p.198

Thursday, 22 October 2015

High level Syria talks in Vienna on Friday

The heads of the foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia and Turkey will join the meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry on the situation in Syria, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a telephone conversation on the situation in Syria and will meet October 23 in Vienna, Austria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

The powerful eclipses of September are now shaping world events. A chart for the solar eclipse of Sept. 13 drawn for Vienna  places a Grand Cross on the angles. Mercury and the TNP Zeus along with the asteroid Requiem are on the Ascendant as part of a configuration containing the Uranus-Pluto square. In his essay Uranus-Pluto: War and Violence, Bill Herbst [1] connects this combination both with war as well as with efforts for peace.

Aries “governs” war and violence in general. When Aries is activated as the provocateur in the Uranus-Pluto square in the dynamic tension of juxtaposition to the institutions of society associated with Capricorn, the symbolic possibilities dramatically increase that we would see increased war and violence. That’s a given. The other side of the coin, however, is that war and violence may become the target of various movements to change the status quo of what is considered acceptable in civilization…Anti-war movements have always existed — they ebb and flow from  time to time — and non-violence as a way of life is always embraced by some, but both of these have remained in the minority and are generally disenfranchised, mocked, or otherwise given short shrift by the mainstream culture. This decade represents a possible exception to that marginalizing.

The TNP Zeus is connected to the military and by association to war while “Requiem stands for a place of acceptance, a cessation of struggle” [2]. So that we can begin to see why the Grand Cross is pointing towards the possibility of peace.

In addition, the Ascendant, Mercury and TNP Zeus are amidst the stars of the Virgin and Bootes. Bootes was an armed herdsman, sometimes depicted with a spear rather than a shepherd’s crook, and in China Lambda Bootis [7li] was part of Tchao-Yao, “The Brandishing of Arms” so that sometimes the potential for aggression and desire for domination here can overwhelm the Virgin’s love of peace.  Many here are drawn to the exciting prospect of military glory, authority and service; but the overlay of Libra causes the mature amongst them to hear the Virgin’s call and become peacemakers. 

So what has triggered the eclipse? Notice that Mercury transit on October 23 conjoins the Ascendant.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

New Canada PM to withdraw from Syria, Iraq

Mere hours after defeating Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has told US President Obama that he will withdraw Canadian jets from Syria and Iraq. According to Reuters, the pledge was made as President Obama called to congratulate Trudeau on his election win. The Liberal leader ran on a promise to withdraw Canada's CF-18 bombers from the US-led coalition's military campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group. Earlier this year, Canada's Liberal Party fought against the Conservative government's proposal to extend combat missions from Iraq into Syria.

Mundane astrology, the study of heavenly cycles upon groups and nations is the most ancient branch of astrology. The affairs of a nation can be judged from the horoscope set up at the time of its official inauguration, the birth chart of its leader, and various phenomena such as eclipses, lunations, great conjunctions, stations, comets and ingresses.

While not explicitly stated, the above extract from Skyscript also tells us that the chart of a new leader can help us understand the aspirations of the people and the direction in which they wish to go. Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau’s horoscope is available at Astrodienst [1]. For our discussion, I have shown the chart with only the elements needed here. Notice that his Ascendant [3vi] forms a T-square with a Saturn-Neptune opposition. Transit Saturn is now conjunct his radix Neptune triggering the T-square. The following extract from Nick Fiorenza describes the dynamics of the stars conjunct the Ascendant.

Phecda and Megrez of the Great Bear; the stars of the Sextant, Gamma and Alpha; and the Vela Pulsar upon the sail of Argo Navis. South of the Lion is the Sextant, a navigational instrument used to determine the "vertical" position of the sun, moon or stars from the horizon. The sextant reveals the need to reorient self so we know our position so we can plot our course, and take a new tack on our journeys in life. On a greater scale, this can be in regard to changing allegiance of our energies from the outer world, self-sacrificing to diversionary forces or currents in the world around us, to the vertical integrity of our inner directive and truth. On a mundane level this can be in regard to changing our fundamental approach or path in life, to establish our position so we can plot or take a new tack toward our goals.

North of the Lion lies Ursa Major which extends west over sidereal Cancer as well as east through Leo and just into the cusp of sidereal Virgo. The variety of the Bear's stellar qualities fall into the ecliptic throughout these two signs, Cancer and Leo. The Stars of the Great Bear are associated with the global scene and world powers and of where we place our allegiance. The over-seeing stars of Ursa Major west of Regulus (Early Leo and Cancer) are those of the integrous side of the Bear--that which is oriented toward a Greater Vision: to be a caring and nurturing force for ourselves and for the peoples of the Earth, and they also imply this responsibility. Those to the east, which lie over the later “hind of the Lion” toward Benatnasch, the tail of the Bear, at the Leo-Virgo cusp, are of those focused in controlling and perpetuating the suppression of people through manipulation--indeed the Bear is torn.

Megrez and Phecda mark this transition point. Megrez invites us to look at things from a different or askew perspective so we may see what is otherwise obscured from our current position and perspective. Megrez invites us to gain a more embracing perspective as to where we ally our energies, with whom we have allegiance and participate with; and to reconsider our allegiances, our paths and approaches in life. Phecda provides support to due so, and it is this Megrez -Phecda line, almost parallel to the Regulus ecliptical meridian (vertical integrity to self), that asks for a decision.

Does this extract not explain the change in direction being taken by Canada under the leadership of the new Prime Minister?

Canada election: Liberals sweep to power

Canada's Liberal Party has decisively won a general election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule. The centrist Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, started the campaign in third place but in a stunning turnaround now command a majority. Mr Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said Canadians had voted for real change. Incumbent Conservative PM Stephen Harper accepted defeat and his party said he will step down as leader. Oct.20

We are now beginning to see some of the results of the powerful eclipses that took place in September. Nick Fiorenza very appropriately entitled his  monthly post  for the September 13, 2015 New Moon “Winds of Change & New Beginnings” [1]. This New Moon began an eclipse lunar cycle.  Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings.

Shown here is the chart for the Full Moon lunar eclipse of September 27 drawn for Ottawa. The Moon is in 10th house that rules the government or the party in power while the 4th house rules the opposition. Here the Moon is conjunct the South Node. South Lunar Node eclipses are more about relinquishment and North Lunar Node eclipses are more about engagement in a new future.  So we can already see that the eclipse favours the opposition.

Also notice that the eclipse Sun [4li] is conjunct North Node [0li] and the dwarf planet Makemake [1li] which Nick Fiorenza explains is about worthy leaders:

Based upon an exploration of Makemake’s orbital parameters and its recent role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.

If indeed the eclipse is sorting out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not, then its progression to October 20, the date of the news, should reflect it. Shown below is the progressed eclipse chart. Notice that the eclipse axis aligns with the meridian on that date and is thereby triggered.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Nudes Are Old News at Playboy

Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion. In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion: the magazine, a leader of the revolution that helped take sex in America from furtive to ubiquitous, should stop publishing images of naked women. Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude.  Oct. 12

Playboy magazine will stop publishing pictures of fully nude women because the ubiquity of internet pornography has made such images “passé”, the company’s chief executive has revealed. So can we  detect this change in the stars? We certainly can. But let us start first with Hugh Hefner’s horoscope. The data for the horoscope is available at Astro-Databank with an AA Rodden Rating suggesting that the timing is perfect and can be relied upon. 

Notice that Hefner has a prominent Sun-Pluto square with Pluto in the 10th house.  This link suggests that his identity (Sun) is inherently Plutonian.  The Sun is about “vitality” so that if such a person is true to the Sun-impulse he will be full of life and verve deriving his energy from everything Plutonian. And in his case, that energy is a fascination with the taboo subject of sex. With the Sun also trine Neptune, we can see why he chose to titillate his readers sexual fantasy with pornographic images. Hefner started Playboy magazine in 1953 when his progressed Ascendant [18li] was within a 1 degree orb  to an opposition to his radix Sun [19ar] so that, astrologically speaking,  the timing is perfectly understandable. Now 62 years later, transiting Uranus-Pluto  forms a perfect T-square with his radix Sun-Pluto.  Ebertin’s key phrases for Uranus-Pluto : “The process of transformation.  The collapses of the old order of things, the construction of the new” are completely applicable here and explain the change that has occurred. 

If we are still in doubt that it is the Uranus-Pluto square that has contributed to this change, all we need to do is look at  his current solar return chart progressed to October 12, the date of the news. Sure enough, the Uranus-Pluto square is caught exactly on the angles suggesting that it is the “prime mover” in this radical change that has occurred.

Finally, a chart for the October 12 New Moon  shows not only that it is placed exactly opposite Hefner’s  radix Sun but  also that it anchors the configuration Venus-Mars (sex and porn) to the transformative Uranus-Pluto square.

Caffeinated Bees: What's the Buzz About?

M44 Beehive Cluster

For many people, the best start to the day is a nice, fresh cup of joe. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 15 find that honey bees find caffeinated beverages--er, nectar--irresistible too. In fact, it appears that bees may select caffeinated nectar over an uncaffeinated but otherwise equal-quality alternative. As a result, the researchers say, plants may be lacing their nectar with caffeine as a way to pass off cheaper goods.

Shown here is the chart for the current New Moon of October 12 at Cambridge, Ma from where the Cell Press journal Current Biology is published. Notice the Venus-Mars-Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square  straddling the horizon.

Among other things the Venus-Mars combination is associated with reproduction exactly what the plants have in mind when they attract bees to their nectar. Neptune is linked both to “deceit” as well as  “addictive substances”. Ken Johnson and Ariel Gutman, in their book Mythic Astrology, make a strong case that the astrological Neptune’s secondary archetype is Dionysus. Dionysus was god of wine and ecstasy and by extension anything that is addictive. Here the asteroid Dionysus [14le] is on the IC [9le] conjunct Praesepe , M44 Cancri, the “Beehive Cluster” which Diana Rosenberg links to “studies and events related to bees” [1]. So essentially the New Moon chart has all the elements of the news!

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg  (v.1, p.488-90)

Ex-BBC journalist found hanged in Turkish airport

A former BBC journalist found hanged in a toilet cubicle at a Turkish airport had spoken about suffering from post-traumatic stress after being arrested for being an alleged spy in Africa.

Jacky Sutton was found dead at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after missing a connecting flight to Erbil in Iraq from London Heathrow. She then appeared distressed after being told by airline staff that she would have to buy a new ticket and was later found in the toilets by three Russian passengers, according to local media. The 50-year-old held various positions over the years with humanitarian organisations and the United Nations as well as working as a producer for the BBC, often in war-torn countries. She had also spoken in June of her fears that she may be targeted by the Islamic State while working in the Iraqi city of Erbil, reportedly as acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Her death cames just five months after her predecessor at the organisation was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad.  Paying tribute to Ms Sutton, friend Amanda Whitely, posted a blog today on the website Her Canberra which included an autobiographical account of the former United Nations worker's life. Oct.19

Exactly a week back, the Sun and Uranus formed an exact opposition which loosely aligned with the horizon axis at Istanbul. On Oct. 19, the date of the news, the alignment with the progressed horizon  became exact. So  how does this configuration explain the news?

On the Ascendant are the stars of the Crow, the Virgin and Bootes. Bootes was an armed herdsman, sometimes depicted with a spear rather than a shepherd’s crook, and in China Lambda Bootis [7li] was part of Tchao-Yao, “The Brandishing of Arms”.  The Crow  is a talking bird, and many journalists, newsmen and media people are born under these stars.  Here the stars of the Virgin which longs for peace  are in conflict with the stars of Bootes which draw many towards war.  Reportedly  she was  acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

And as we have seen before the Uranus-Pluto square represents the actions of courageous individuals  working on behalf of the people's liberties (Uranus in Aries) against institutional structures facing threats to their authority (Pluto in Capricorn).  Finally,  Saturn [2sa]which  forms hard aspects to the Sun-Uranus opposition is conjunct the asteroid Orpheus that is linked to death so that we have all elements which point to the tragic death of a journalist or media person.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Astrology of the Drone Papers

Washington, D.C. - An anonymous whistleblower within the U.S. intelligence community provided a cache of classified intelligence documents to The Intercept, which revealed the extremely dysfunctional nature of the American drone warfare/targeted assassination program.  The eight-part investigation, which included documents, analysis, slides, and visuals, was released on Thursday as "The Drone Papers," by The Intercept.  The insightful reporting by The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill and fellow investigative journalists analyzed and explored the manner in which drone strikes have been carried out by the U.S. in Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan; ultimately questioning the legitimacy and legality of these extrajudicial killings. The stunning array of classified information revealed an extreme lack of precision in the drone assassination campaign, with one document reporting that "nearly 90 percent of people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets" over one five-month period.

The timing of the release on Thursday  of "The Drone Papers," by The Intercept  can be understood from the Sibly progressed solar return. Notice that on Oct.15, Thursday the Uranus-Pluto square which is anchored to the Sibly Sun arrives on the horizon axis. Right on time, the era-defining square between Uranus and Pluto again discharges its tension into the collective consciousness. The story: A series of intelligence leaks reveal the extremely dysfunctional nature of the American drone warfare/targeted assassination program. Essentially the Uranus-Pluto square represents the archetypal clash: courageous/warrior-like actions of individuals on behalf of the people's liberties (Uranus in Aries) vs. an intensification/consolidation of power by institutional structures facing threats to their authority (Pluto in Capricorn).

But note in addition, the Uranus-Pluto linked Grand Cross has the TNP Zeus conjunct stars of Corvus, the Raven. The American Indians call the raven 'the messenger of death' as it has a very strong sense of smell being able to detect death from a distance.  The TNP Zeus is linked to guns, the military and machines [1]. Here its conjunction to Corvus is a perfect reference to a drone.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Palestinian rioters torch Jewish holy site Joseph's Tomb

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream

Palestinians have torched a Jewish holy site in the West Bank city of Nablus, amid soaring tensions with Israel. Rioters set fire to a tomb revered as that of the biblical figure Joseph. The site, where Jews go to pray, was badly damaged. Oct 16.

The  current New Moon [19li]  is conjunct TNP Zeus and opposite Uranus and is in an area  which Diana Rosenberg connects with “religion and fires”. Uranus [18ar] is in tropical Aries and conjunct stars of Cepheus and Fornax , the Furnace, making this a place of fires. In addition, the TNP Zeus  (fire) is conjunct stars in degrees that the Liber Hermetis called “the Violence of Fire”.

The New Moon makes hard aspects to the horizon axis which carries a T-square  containing Venus-Mars-Jupiter –Saturn-Neptune. The Jupiter-Neptune combination is here clearly linked to a prophet (Jupiter) who was known for his strange and vivid dreams (Neptune)  [1]. In addition, Neptune [8pi] is conjunct stars of the Chinese asterism Wei linked to tombs and graves. 

And finally, for stars conjunct  Saturn [2sa]  on the IC, Diana Rosenberg writes:

This is an area of night: the Serpent and Scorpion, both denizens of the dark, hidden places, together with prowling Lupus dominate these longitudes, barely held in check by struggling Ophiuchus…the worst among those here are treasonous, treacherous  and with Lupus’ wild, animal energies raging underneath the surface, jealous, malevolent, brutal, evil-minded, murderous and insane (truly representative of the head and claws of a scorpion and a hand struggling with a serpent!). If the high road is taken,  there is great power and potential for bringing light to darkness.  Shaman Ophiuchus  has the power to summon up alternate worlds of omens, portents and prophecies.

It would appear that this extract from Diana Rosenberg  applies to the life of the Prophet Joseph. He was beloved of his father Jacob but hated by his step brothers who sold him off to captivity as a slave in Egypt where he acquired fame as a prophet  who could forsee the future through  dreams. It is said that he was called by the Pharaoh to interpret two disturbing dreams which Joseph interpreted as seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Joseph advised the Pharaoh  to begin the construction of  canals. Archaeological evidence points to the fact that between 1850 and 1650 BC (the period associated with Joseph)  a canal was built to keep the branches of the Nile permanently open, enabling water to fill Lake Quaran and keep the land fertile. This canal was so effective that it still successfully functions today.

Let us see if we can spot two other elements of the story  in the stars, i.e. “famine and drought” and “lakes and canals”.

Neptune  was definitely a god of springs, lakes and rivers before becoming also a god of the sea, as is testified by the numerous findings of inscriptions mentioning him in the proximity of such locations. Servius the grammarian also explicitly states Neptune is in charge of all the rivers, springs and waters [2].

If we remember that Saturn as a symbol represents “scarcity” or “lack” while Neptune is “water” we can also see a reference to a drought or famine in the chart.