Saturday, 31 December 2016

Rohingya Myanmar: Nobel winners urge action over 'ethnic cleansing'

Eleven Nobel peace prize winners have urged the UN to "end the human crisis" of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims in a letter criticising Aung San Suu Kyi. In the open letter, the group said the government crackdown on the population amounted to "ethnic cleansing". More than 34,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee military operations in Rakhine state, according to the UN. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, is accused of failing to protect the minority group. 30 Dec.

The Rohingya are Muslim Indo-Aryan peoples from the Rakhine State, Myanmar. According to the Rohingyas and some scholars, they are indigenous to Rakhine State, while other historians claim that the group represents a mixture of precolonial and colonial immigrations. The official stance of the Myanmar government, however, has been that the Rohingyas are mainly illegal immigrants who migrated into Arakan following Burmese independence in 1948 or after the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971. International media and human rights organizations have often described Rohingyas as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. According to the United Nations, the human rights violations against Rohingyas could be termed as "crimes against humanity".

The news about Nobel peace prize winners  urging the UN to "end the human crisis" comes at the New Moon of December 29. A chart for the Moon phase at Maungdaw, Myanmar has the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square straddling the meridian.

Uranus-Pluto aspects have been linked to revolutions but they do not automatically signify forward change. Pluto's resisting patterns can include outright oppression and escalation of social control, for example, the Nazi takeover in Germany in 1933 (during a Uranus-Pluto square) is one such case. Here, suppression of minorities disguised the subtle control and coercion of majorities. The energy of revolutions can often turn to chaos, leading to the re-creation in new form of what was destroyed. Blessings and cruelties unite in the Uranus-Pluto hammer action, hitting masses of people, and conscripting those individuals who, by choice or mishap, are called to ride the wave of destiny or go through the mangle on everyone's behalf. The Chinese and Russian revolutions of 1911 and 1917 rode on the back of the 1901-02 Uranus-Pluto.

As we know, Uranus and Pluto have already passed beyond the peak of their square (it perfected seven times between June 2012 and March 2015). However, Jupiter in Libra is now moving into an opposition with Uranus in Aries, forming its first exact hit on Dec 26. Meanwhile, Jupiter is also creating a square to Pluto in Capricorn… an aspect that became exact for the first time on Nov 24. Because Jupiter will be traveling through the zodiac zone between these two aspects, it essentially serves as an emissary that's reconnecting Uranus and Pluto and reviving the energy of their square. This energetic revival is mirrored by the fact that Uranus and Pluto will regress back to within three degrees of a perfect square by February 2017.

What's different now is the participation of a third planetary player-Jupiter in Libra-adding a distinct voice to the ongoing discussion between Uranus and Pluto. Jupiter's additional voice presents us the possibility of opening up to new alternatives for how to concurrently address the difficult Uranus-Pluto square.  But,  Jupiter will not force us to embrace bigger-and-better solutions; it merely fosters a climate in which the efforts we intentionally make to actively create such alternatives will receive benefic support from Jupiter. At its best, Jupiter in Libra holds the promise of enhancing our capacity to advocate for fairness over domination. Nobel Peace Prize winners urging the UN to "end the human crisis" of Myanmar's Rohingya can be seen as a Jupiter in Libra attempt to resolve the crisis.

Friday, 30 December 2016

US slaps sanctions on Russia

The Obama administration announced sweeping new measures against Russia on Thursday in retaliation for what U.S. officials have characterized as interference in this fall’s presidential election, ordering the expulsion of Russian “intelligence operatives” and slapping new sanctions on state agencies and individuals suspected in the hacks of U.S. computer systems. The response, unveiled just weeks before President Obama leaves office, culminates months of internal debate over how to react to Russia’s election-year provocations. In recent months, the FBI and CIA have concluded that Russia intervened repeatedly in the 2016 election, leaking damaging information in an attempt to undermine the electoral process and help Donald Trump take the White House. Dec. 29

As  Obama takes retaliatory steps for alleged Russian interference in the US elections, we notice that transit Saturn [21sa] is making an exact opposition to radix Mars [21ge] in the US Sibly. Transits to national charts can bring out surprising details that can explain the reason behind events. Here Mars is conjunct the star Al Hecka and the asteroid Ophelia and placed in the 7th house which governs international relationships.

Al Hecka, Zeta Taurus, the south horn, is of stalemates, standoffs, and brick walls—fighting old and antiquated crusades—particularly of a religious-political nature—and blindly or automatically continuing the fight out of habitual pattern even though the original purpose behind what we were fighting for is long gone. Al Hecka can express as beating one’s head against the wall, a relentless and futile pursuit. This is the true bullhead few degrees of Taurus, which can produce one who is driven, insistent, contentious, even forceful.  Al Hecka brings attention to when the accomplishment pursued is of a time no longer applicable—the time to surrender the physical struggle and move onward into a field of mutual cooperation.

The asteroid Ophelia is defined by Martha Wescott as follows:

OPHELIA: A point of over-reaction and counterproductive reactions (linked to mistrust of one’s value to others and concern about deception.)

Therefore Mars with the asteroid Ophelia delineates as:
Overreaction and counterproductive anger.

With Mars square Neptune in US Sibly, folks are angry because they suspect someone has done something behind their back. Besides their action is hopeless or comes too late to change things.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Putin Announces Syrian Ceasefire Deal

Yesterday we reported that, in what was the latest "PR fiasco" for the outgoing Obama administration, Turkey and Russia sat down, and appeared on the edge of hammering out a ceasefire plan for Syria between the two nations - something which the UN has been unable to achieve for years - in a deal which would not include the United States and be distinct from separate intermittent U.N.-brokered negotiations, which have so far failed to end the fighting in the proxy Syria war. Then moments ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed an agreement has been reached on ceasefire in Syria and the start of peace talks. Quoted by AP, Putin said that Russia and Turkey will guarantee the truce, which is set to begin at midnight. He says it will be followed by peace talks between Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition, and that the Syrian parties would take part in talks to be held in Kazakhstan, without specifying a date. Syria's military confirmed that it had agreed to a nationwide cease-fire starting at midnight. Dec.29

 ‘On 27 December 1943, under British and American pressure, the French finally agreed to transfer all the mandate powers to the Syrian Government on 1 January 1944.’ (The Book of World Horoscopes, Nicholas Campion, The Wessex Astrologer, 2004). Astrologer and author Nicholas Campion notes that a time of 00.00 hours would be consistent with the time for the transfer of mandate powers. Syria horoscope is therefore based on the following data: Jan. 1, 1944; 0:00 hrs EET, Damascus.

 In this horoscope we note that Pluto has been transiting conjunct the Sun and on the IC (4th cusp) for the last several years. In mundane astrology, while the 10th rules the government, the 4th house rules the opposition. With Pluto transiting over the IC, we can see why the opposition was attempting to grab power through creating an upheaval in the form of a civil war.

The  chart for Syria's solar return (December 30,2016)  is shown here. It has the  Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon axis.  Today, as the news of the ceasefire is announced, Uranus has stationed direct triggering the T and with Jupiter in the mix, the nature of the news is a sort of breakthrough. But perhaps more interesting is the star alpha Geminorum, Castor on the Ascendant. Castor and Pollux were the determinant stars of the Indian lunar mansion Punarvasu which translates to the Return of Prosperity or Peace or sometimes referred to as Brothers Reunited.Notice the brothers Castor and Pollux hugging each other but also notice the bow and arrows in Castor's hand and the club in Pollux's which indicates that they are often at loggerheads.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Couple Destroys 40yo Pond Because Govt Owns the Rainwater

Butte Falls, OR — An Oregon couple has been told they must destroy a 2-acre pond on their land — the property’s most attractive feature — because the government said so. Although Jon and Sabrina Carey purchased the 10-acre property near Butte Falls two and a half years ago, the pond has been in place for 40 years — but that fact doesn’t matter to the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office. “I basically bought a lemon,” said Jon, who became teary-eyed at the edge of the partially ice-covered body of water being targeted by government, in an interview with the Mail Tribune. “That’s how they explained it to me.”

But the couple desperately wants to keep the stunning longstanding feature in tact, so, as the Mail Tribune reports, the Careys have “pleaded with the Medford Water Commission to adopt the pond and treat it as a municipal water source, something Jackson County Watermaster Larry Menteer has opposed because of the precedent it would set.  Dec. 26

To understand this news in the light of astrology, let us go back to the March 9 Total Eclipse chart drawn for Butte Falls. Notice that the eclipse along with its T-square is placed on the angles. The following extracts from Nick Fiorenza describe the dynamics of the stars of the eclipse.  

Our New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs amongst the flowing waters dispensed from the Urn of Aquarius. It also conjoins Fum al Samakah, the mouth of the primordial fish. Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, a fortuitous star, lies in and guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor simply means water. Phi, Chi and Psi, and Omega Aquarius extend from Hydor, further dispersing the stream.

For the stars on the Ascendant, Nick Fiorenza writes that these describe controlling and manipulative powers  who wish to keep mankind is abject slavery.

North, above Denebola, the tail of the Lion, is the tail of the Bear, of the constellation of Ursa Major, although lying just across the cusp of sidereal Leo into Virgo. Benatnasch is the tip of the Bear's tail and is the administrative seat of the fallen lords directing the affairs of the Earth--this image articulating the essence of the old totalitarian and dictatorial paradigm on Earth. This mythical imagery is derived from the time when Earth's pole had fallen its furthest from the plane of galactic light in its 25,000-year precessional cycle, which occurred about 6000 years ago, and thus passing over this area of the zodiak--hence a fallen lord. Under the Benatnasch directive, the world powers have over and over again demonstrated the inability to ensure the safe ascension of Earth and Humanity by perpetuating the continual upheavals, wars, and destruction of the peoples of the Earth throughout the ages. Also conjoining Benatnasch, just into sidereal Virgo is Zavijava, which is of the innocent but naïve followers of the manipulative egoic figureheads, following the self-proclaimed political religious gurus of the world.

It is not uncommon for such beings to pretend they are doing that which supports the greater freedom by creating dramatic and glamorous humanitarian projects or stage shows performed in the name of spiritual growth, when what is hidden within these projections of smoke is that which is designed to maintain an egoic position of control and manipulation over the masses who are merely blind pawns in a game of who's following the biggest ego on Earth. Here we are asked to look behind the white garment these beings wear, and peer deeply into the dramatic facade of their projects to see the trap of diversion designed to mislead and control. We are asked to look at our own insecurities within to see why we would follow such antics to start with rather than to cultivate the purity and integrity to claim our own grail by following the truth in our hearts. These self-proclaimed often call themselves Masters and lead others to address them as such without question so that they may then dictate action for and direct their follows to do their bidding for their own manipulative purposes.

With Saturn as the apex planet of the T on the IC we have a clear reference to property and property owners as well government rules. Saturn is amidst the stars of the strongman Hercules whose mission is “to ensure the evolutionary freedom for all souls on the Earth”. With Saturn squaring Neptune, folks are being asked to see through the lies and deception of their government and fight against it


If we now progress the eclipse chart , by the PSSR method, to the December 26, the date of the news, we find that the eclipse T-square is once again on the angles, thereby triggering the essence of the eclipse.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Ballerinas storm the streets of Cairo

The Ballerinas of Cairo are refusing to be intimidated by the recent terrorist attacks that shook the Egyptian capital. Instead, they're taking to the streets. The dancers' project to reclaim the streets for women went viral when they began twirling their way around the city, sharing photographs and videos online.  Dec. 21

A chart for the current New Moon of November 29 drawn for Cairo is shown here.  Notice that the New Moon  (a) forms a T-square with Neptune-Nodal Axis and (b) is anchored to a Venus-Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter T-square on the angles. The New Moon is placed in the 8th house.

The 8th house rules fear, anxiety and loss.  In psychological astrology it is the house of inner transformation and growth.  But It should be remembered that true transformation follows the burst of creativity that occurs after the lessons of this house have been properly digested. Only by facing our innermost fears are we able to overcome them and move on with the strength of experience and wisdom.

Here Neptune is conjunct kappa Pegasi in the forefoot of Pegasus. Symbolically, the Flying Horse Pegasus represents the freedom that the chained woman Andromeda can claim once she overcomes the fears  of Cetus, the Sea Monster sent to devour her. With the forefoot of Pegasus here, Diana Rosenberg links this area with dancers.

In addition, the Venus-Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter T-square on the angles is also confirming the regeneration of an art form. 

German evacuation for WW2 bomb disposal in Augsburg

More than 50,000 residents from the southern German city of Augsburg are being evacuated from their homes so that an operation to defuse a World War Two bomb can get under way on Sunday. It is the country's biggest evacuation for an unexploded bomb since the end of the war. The 1.8-tonne British explosive is thought to have come from a 1944 air raid, which destroyed the old town. It was uncovered during construction work.  Dec. 25

In mundane astrology charts drawn for exact aspects between planets  are considered significant especially if important configurations are highlighted by the angles.  A chart drawn for Mars sesquisquare Jupiter on December 26  at Augsburg brings the Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto T-square to the meridian. The exactness takes place just a few minutes before the first Jupiter-Uranus opposition  aligns with the meridian.The TNPs Hades-Kronos form an opposition to apex Pluto. In a previous post about unexploded munition [1], we dealt with this configuration. The following extract from that post is relevant here.

Uranus-Pluto is a combination that Ebertin associates with the possibility of sudden accidents including explosions.  Martha Wescott links the TNP Zeus to military hardware and ammunition while a keyword for the TNP Hades  is old. Putting these together we have the sense of  lurking danger from old, unexploded ammunition. However, we notice that  fortunate Jupiter conjoins Zeus  and makes a hard aspect to Mars-S.Node-Neptune all of which are contained in the Arabic lunar mansion Sa'd al-Akhbiyah 4-23 Pisces [1]. This lunar mansion often referred to as the Lucky Star of Hidden Things was associated with a lucky find.  Since the South Node also references the past, with Mars-Neptune we have reinforcement of the possibility of a weakened (Neptune) ammunition (Mars) being fortunately discovered.

Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea

A Russian military plane with 92 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea, Russia's defence ministry says. The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sochi at 05:20 (02:20 GMT). Fragments have now been found. The defence ministry said the Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the famed Alexandrov military band, and reporters. Dec. 25

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun are very important events in mundane astrology. Just a few days ago the Sun entered Capricorn and a chart for this event at Sochi is shown here. Notice that it has the current Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto-Mercury T square straddling the meridian axis.  On the MC with Pluto and retrograde Mercury is the asteroid Icarus that Martha Wescott associates with aircrafts. For the combination Icarus-Pluto, a possible delineation is “radical events connected with planes”.  The TNP Zeus is linked with the military as is the 6th house where it resides. With Zeus is the asteroid Siva, for which a keyword is death or destruction.

On the MC is the star Sheliak of Lyra about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Lyra, and prominent alignments with Lyra, indicate involvement with the music of the spheres, that is, the use of natural astronomically and resonant harmonics for healing, illumination, and for greater evolutionary purpose. Prominent alignments and aspects to Lyra are often found in musicians, artists and those involved with art-sciences and multi-media projects--those with intent to use harmonics of light, sound, and geometry for the expansion of consciousness.

Putting the pieces together  the Capricorn Ingress chart carries the possibility of the death of musicians on board a military aircraft.

Finally, we notice that a chart for the Waning Crescent Moon of December 25 resonates with the Ingress chart since it carries the same T-square on the meridian axis.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Massive Explosion Rocks Chinese Fireworks Factory

Just days after a dramatic explosion at a Mexican fireworks market killed 29 people, on Saturday another powerful explosion rocked a fireworks factory in Tangshan, a city in the northeastern Chinese province of Hebei. According to China National Radio, at least two people died in the in the blast. According to People’s Daily, the firecracker factory was illegal. The explosion took place at 1 p.m. state media reported. Footage and photographs circulated on social media showed large plumes of smoke drifting over a cluster of houses, one of which had been reduced to rubble as a result of the blast. Rescue workers were at the scene.  December 24

The following extract from the previous post on the Mexico fireworks market explosion [1] is reproduced below:

The incident has occurred at the Last Quarter Moon of December 20. A chart for the Moon phase  drawn for Tultepec has the powerful  Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto-Mercury T-square on the meridian axis.  Mercury  was the ancient god of market places . Ebertin associates Uranus-Pluto with sudden accidents. Finally, we note that the  Uranus is in the firesign Aries and additionally that TNP Zeus is linked to explosives and fireworks so that it is not surprising that the energy contained in the T-square led to a serious blast caused by the ignition of the stored fireworks in a marketplace.

Now if we make the chart for the Waning Crescent Moon phase of December 25 at Tangshan, notice that we have the same T-square,  this  time straddling the horizon axis and therefore setting off another case of a fireworks explosion.

And confirming our analysis, the chart for the explosion has the same T-square straddling the meridian.

Boko Haram 'ousted from Sambisa forest bastion'

The Nigerian army has driven Boko Haram militants from the last camp in their Sambisa forest stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide," Mr Buhari said in a statement. The Islamists' camp fell at 13:35 local time (12:35 GMT) on Friday, he added. The army has been engaged for the last few weeks in a major offensive in the forest, a huge former colonial game reserve in north-eastern Borno state. Dec. 23

This wonderful piece of news is best explained by the lunar eclipse of March 23. A chart for the eclipse drawn for Maiduguri, Nigeria about 60 kms from militant forest stronghold is shown here. Notice that the Uranus-Pluto square straddles the angles and is therefore significant for the place.

The eclipse Moon is conjunct stars of the Virgin and Bootes. Theta Boötes, along with Iota and Kappa of Boötes, extending from Lambda Boötes, and which form his upraised left hand,  represent taking a stance against medaling powers that would like to suppress and control the creative process, the environment and the evolution of souls. Boötes is protector and consort of the Virgin, protector of the divine feminine principle.

On the IC is the starr Sirius.  In China this was the baleful Jackal or “Wolf Star”, associated with thievery and banditry.  On the Ascendant, Uranus, Eris and the asteroid Atropos are conjunct. Among other things, Philip Sedgwick links Eris with “fightings, lawlessness (attributed to her moon, Dysnomia”) while Martha Wescott  defines Atropos as endings.   Together these elements raise the hope of  the ending of lawlessness.

About the Uranus-Pluto square Bill Herbst writes:
People who are aware of at least some of the symbolic meanings of the Uranus-Pluto square need to understand that Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn are both double-sided. One isn’t “good” and the other “bad.” That’s far too simplistic. Each planet-sign pair has positive and negative meanings as judged by context and perspective. Uranus in Aries can mean standing up for individual freedom through the protection (and sometimes the reassertion) of personal rights against the draconian power of a collective — whether governmental, corporate, or social — that no longer considers the needs of individuals, which is the dark side of Pluto in Capricorn (rule by and for a privileged oligarchy). But the equations can work the other way, too. The power of the collective to force conformity against “outlaws” who harm society can be the cavalry riding to the rescue to defend the common good by preventing willful, insensitive, or even sociopathic depredations by individuals or companies whose actions harm  everyone’s safety and well-being. 

In summary,  we can see that the eclipse is setting up a situation for the possible end of lawlessness. If we now progress the eclipse chart to December 23, when the government made the announcement we have the angles once again triggering the Uranus-Pluto combination leading to the end of the Boko Haram curse that plagued Nigeria.

Finally, we may like to look at the chart for the exact time when Islamists' camp fell at 13:35 local time (12:35 GMT once again we have Uranus-Pluto straddling the meridian.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Chinese man survives 25 years unknowingly cracking nuts with hand grenade

A man in China has managed to cheat death for 25 years after only recently realizing a mysterious tool he was using to crack walnuts with was actually a hand grenade. The villager from Ankang, in China’s Shaanxi province only became aware of the dangerous item he possessed when he was handed a safety leaflet by police, advising locals on explosives that were illegal to possess. Amongst the items listed was one object that bore a striking resemblance to the man’s trusty nut cracking tool that he had been using for 25 years – a hand grenade.  Dec. 22

The news  from China comes just as the Sun enters Capricorn – an important  event in mundane astrology. A chart for the ingress drawn for Ankang, China has a skewed Grand Cross straddling the horizon axis. Uranus-Pluto is a combination that Ebertin associates with the possibility of sudden accidents including explosions.  Martha Wescott links the TNP Zeus to military hardware and ammunition while a keyword for the TNP Hades  is old. Putting these together we have the sense of  lurking danger from old, unexploded ammunition. However, we notice that  fortunate Jupiter conjoins Zeus  and makes a hard aspect to Mars-S.Node-Neptune all of which are contained in the Arabic lunar mansion Sa'd al-Akhbiyah 4-23 Pisces [1]. This lunar mansion often referred to as the Lucky Star of Hidden Things was associated with a lucky find.  Since the South Node also references the past, with Mars-Neptune we have reinforcement of the possibility of a weakened (Neptune) ammunition (Mars) being fortunately discovered.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

US returns land it's controlled since WWII to Japan

The US military will hand over 9,909 acres (4,000 hectares) of Okinawan land to Japan on Thursday in what's been lauded as the largest return of US-occupied land since 1972. But there's a catch.
As part of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the two countries, the United States is granted the right to certain defense facilities. In exchange for the land, the Japanese government built several new helipads for the US military to use on its southernmost island of Okinawa.
Yet the handover has done little to assuage the ire of activists, who've campaigned for decades, to remove US bases altogether from Okinawa.  Dec.22

The September 1 solar eclipse fell in the 7th house at the US military facility Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa. In mundane astrology the 7th house rules the following.

7th House - foreign relations, treaties and/or disputes, business relationships, agreements.  This house rules our relations with other societies or nations or organizations.

The following is an edited summary of Nick Fiorenza’s blog post  on the solar eclipse entitled New Directions which  sums up the energy of this eclipse.

This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and under the auspices of Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. Thuban of Draco refers to tyrannical leaders. Alignments with Alioth teach us that responsible use of free will can alter our destiny. Alioth stimulates the use of personal will and our need to initiate personal action to free ourselves from authoritarian rulers. This area is about the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.

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

In order to compare how this eclipse energy has been working in world events, readers may like to refer to two previous posts [1][2] to see the essential  similarity.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to Dec.22, the date of the handover, the progressed MC conjoins Uranus triggering the eclipse to which it is anchored. Uranus at 24 Aries is in area where  chained Andromeda’s patience help her triumph over her adversities.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Explosion in Mexico’s fireworks market

An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 29 people, officials say.  Dozens of other people were injured as the blast hit the San Pablito fireworks market, about 20 miles (32km) outside the city. Video from the scene showed a large number of fireworks rocketing into the air as they caught fire. Dozens of paramedics and police attended the scene. The cause of the explosions is not yet known. Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep roads clear. Officials said a number of children were among those who were badly burned, on up to 90% of their bodies. Fireworks continued to explode after the initial blast, as smoke billowed from the area in thick black clouds.Dec.20

The incident has occurred at the Last Quarter Moon of December 20. A chart for the Moon phase  drawn for Tultepec has the powerful  Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto-Mercury T-square on the meridian axis.  Mercury  was the ancient god of market places [1]. Ebertin associates Uranus-Pluto with sudden accidents. Finally, we note that the  Uranus is in the firesign Aries and additionally that TNP Zeus is linked to explosives and fireworks so that it is not surprising that the energy contained in the T-square led to a serious blast caused by the ignition of the stored fireworks in a marketplace.


Brace Yourself For Italy's Bankruptcy

Matteo Renzi has joined a long line of Italian prime ministers who failed to “reform” their country. This is another way of saying that he could not wave a magic wand and make Italy competitive with Germany. The grim reality is that no Italian leader stood a chance of changing their country once the fateful decision was made to peg its currency to Germany’s. At the time of the euro’s launch in 1999, I argued that the risk profile of Italy would change from being an economy where there was a high probability of many currency devaluations to the certain probability of eventual bankruptcy. Sadly, that moment is not so far away. Dec. 21

Italy’s  horoscope is presented here. Notice that Saturn is transiting over the South Node in the 2nd and  beginning an opposition to radix Sun and Uranus in the 8th house. The 8th rules debt and a country’s financial solvency [1] so that a crisis of bankruptcy is indeed very much on the horizon.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Gay youngsters are being forced from the family home

Growing numbers of young gay people are being forced from their homes because their parents refuse to accept their sexuality, two leading LGBT charities have warned.

Despite the apparent progress suggested by equality legislation and gay marriage, the Albert Kennedy Trust and Stonewall Housing have reported a “dramatic increase” in young LGBT people being forced into homelessness by parental hostility.

Some young LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people are being “beaten out of their homes” by physically violent parents; others report being sent abroad in an attempt to “cure” them of their homosexuality.  December 19

The current New Moon of Nov. 29 fell on the MC at London highlighting the Last Quarter Saturn-Neptune square as the two planets begin the completion of their journey from one conjunction to the next. The Last Quarter square is possibly the most challenging of all astrological aspects. Dane Rudhyar called it the crisis in consciousness. In his work and in evolutionary astrology, it is seen as the requirement of complete reorientation, a massive deconditioning of what has been taken on in the first three quarters of development. The familiar narratives and paradigms  must dissolve so that aspects of consciousness hitherto unrecognized can emerge.

In its less conscious expression, Saturn in Sagittarius faced with Neptune in Pisces can describe rigid belief structures or fundamentalist logics, threatened by the possibility of dissolution in a sea of images. Working consciously with Saturn–Neptune means that we must accept the loss of the concretized and idealized images of the past and the meanings we have given them, and face our grief as other unbidden or forgotten images arise.

At one end, unconscious Saturn would have us rigidify in denial; at the other, unconscious Neptune would have us accept, and even forgive, prematurely — ironically, also a form of denial. But these planets together mean that we also have to face the stormy seas of anger, sadness, and despair that lie between denial and acceptance. In addition, Neptune is conjunct stars in the Urn of Aquarius. Ptolemy associated the Urn with “moral depravity”.

If we go one step further and pepper the  Saturn-Neptune square with asteroids we have Eros-Child-Toro also in the mix. Eros is an  asteroid that rules sexuality, Child is an obvious reference to young people while Toro translates to bullying or physical intimidation.

The parents of the young gay people are facing anger and despair as their old paradigms about sexuality are being dissolved and the new paradigms have not yet taken shape in society.

Fraudster embezzled millions from a bank

IT was the ultimate bank error in a customer’s favour. Instead of serving two years in jail for spending $2 million wrongly credited to his account, Luke Moore is now a free man. The 29-year-old former bank teller took to Facebook to declare not guilty after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal overturned his conviction for fraud. December 1, 2016

The news comes just after the New Moon of November 29.  A chart for the New Moon at Golburn, Australia, where Luke Moore lives is shown here.  It is placed in the 5th house square Neptune in the 8th. The 5th house is about extravagance and high living while the 8th rules debt or borrowed money. The presence of Neptune implies a lack of clarity or a mistake by the bank is what led to the problem. But there are other indicators too.  The New Moon is also  in hard aspect to a Venus-Pluto conjunction that forms the apex of a T-square with Uranus-Jupiter placed on the angles. Ebertin gives the following interpretation for Venus-Jupiter and  Jupiter-Pluto.

Venus-Jupiter: Disadvantages through wastefulness or through too rich living.

Jupiter-Pluto: Squanderers and speculators; loss of social standing and of one’s wealth, conflicts with authorities and the executors of governmental power (arrest); the misfortune to lose everything.

Finally, let us not miss the Saturn-Neptune square highlighted by the New Moon. Saturn is the taskmaster that catches the fraudster and removes all illusions.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

New York Times Will Vacate 8 Floors In Its HQ

Remember when The NYT reported that its ad hoc campaign to boost revenue by selling subscriptions in response to the vicious back and forth with Donald Trump, was said to be a smashing success? Perhaps it was subscriptions for the crossword puzzle because it appears the monetary success was not smashing enough, and according to a just released note from executives Arthur Sulzberger and Mark Thompson, the newspaper will vacate at least eight floors in its iconic building, allowing it to "generate significant rental income" because it is "frankly, too expensive to occupy this many floors when we don’t truly need them."
Maybe the lesson here is that when the newspaper business model no longer works, one can just pivot into a REIT?  Dec.17

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important  mundane events.  Shown here is the chart for the  Libra Ingress of the Sun drawn for New York. Notice that it carries a Mercury-Saturn-Neptune  T-square. The dynamics of the Saturn-Neptune square was discussed in a previous post from which the passage below has been extracted.

The ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune has been and continues to be about knowing the difference between fact and fiction. At worst, under the influence of this square those already committed to veiling the truth will be spreading even more stories intended to distract, bamboozle and manipulate already agitated emotional bodies. Consider it an extended, endless episode of Wag the Dog. At best, this square could reveal previously hidden information with the power to clarify muddy waters and provide vital details. And this is not just in the political arena. The power of this T-square is sure to be felt in individual lives. So if you’ve been telling tales to yourself or others or living a lie, get ready for a reckoning.

In other words, the time has come for a reality check  if a person or a newspaper as in this story has been living a lie. Apart from the fact that Mercury rules newspapers, here Mercury is the ruler of the 8th while Saturn rules the 3rd and 4th houses.

3rd house rules “newspapers” [1].
4th house rules “buildings” [2].
8th house rules  “financial obligations, debts, loans, losses, money owed to others” [3].

Now if we progress the ingress chart to December 17, the date of the news, we find that apex Saturn is on the MC triggering the T-square. So is it at all a surprise if the New York Times has fallen on bad days and needs to rent out property!

Friday, 16 December 2016

Ancient footprints suggest early man was polygamous

Three has become five. Laetoli in northern Tanzania is the site of iconic ancient footprints, capturing the moment – 3.66 million years ago – when three members of Lucy’s species (Australopithecus afarensis) strode out across the landscape. Now something quite unexpected has come to light: the footprints of two other individuals. “Our discovery left us without words,” says Marco Cherin at the University of Perugia, Italy. The find looks set to transform our understanding of the Laetoli site and the social dynamics of australopiths, as well as their style of walking.  Dec. 14

The November 29, 2016 New Moon conjoins Juno, the  asteroid of covenant partnerships. A chart for the New Moon drawn for the Laetoli site is shown here. Notice that the New Moon is anchored to a powerful Venus-Pluto-Jupiter-Uranus T-square placed on the angles.

Pluto is the archetype of primordial sexual energy, the universal life force which impels all evolution. It represents the primal libido that lies hidden in the  unconscious of modern man. Its conjunction to Venus, the planet of love and relationships, and aspects to Jupiter and Uranus  can here describe how ancient man handled this energy.

In mythology Jupiter or Zeus  was  a polygamous god with several wives. With Uranus’ association with freedom , the Venus-Uranus aspect also resonates with the idea of  many partners.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Peace deal between Russia and Japan is possible

Russian President Vladimir Putin goes to Japan to meet PM Shinzo Abe for talks on the volcanic islands that have stood in the way of a peace deal since World War Two. After Japan's WW2 surrender but before any deal was signed, the Soviet Union invaded the Southern Kuril islands. Known as the Northern Territories in Japan, they lie between Hokkaido island and Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. Tokyo has long demanded their return, so a peace deal has never been agreed. The USSR did not sign the 1951 peace treaty between Japan and the Allied Powers, but did sign a joint declaration ending hostilities and restoring diplomatic relations with Japan in 1956. With the Kurils standing in the way of a permanent peace, Mr Putin will meet PM Abe at the hot spring resort of Nagato and in Tokyo to continue a conversation that has been going for decades.  Dec. 15

The Russian President Putin arrives in Nagato just a day after a powerful Full Moon which falls square the meridian axis at the midpoint between Tokyo and Moscow, the capitals of the two countries.  In his blogpost for the current  New Moon of November 29 entitled  The Neurology of Our Relationships, Nick Fiorenza writes:

The Full Moon occurs on December 14  in late sidereal Taurus in the horns of the Bull, producing the last of three successive Supermoons. The Moon primarily conjoins El Nath, the north horn.

The Horns of the Bull, marked by the stars El Nath and Al Hecka, the latter on the cusp of sidereal Taurus / Gemini, lie over the head and belt of Orion, and south of Auriga, the charioteer. The Horns of the Bull articulate the pursuit, struggle, and engagement in the physical world.

Al Hecka, Zeta Taurus, the south horn, is of stalemates, standoffs, and brick walls—fighting old and antiquated crusades—particularly of a religious-political nature—and blindly or automatically continuing the fight out of habitual pattern even though the original purpose behind what we were fighting for is long gone. Al Hecka can express as beating one's head against the wall, a relentless and futile pursuit. Al Hecka brings attention to when the accomplishment pursued is of a time no longer applicable—the time to surrender the physical struggle and move onward into a field of mutual cooperation. El Nath, Beta Taurus, is the north horn the Bull. El Nath motivates tenacious perseverance for accomplishment. It inspires the drive to achieve a breakthrough. El Nath is of a worthy pursuit for our future freedom.

Alignments with the Horns ask us to discern the difference between causes of worthy pursuit verses those driven from antiquated motive. They can produce either type of experience depending on the exactness of the alignments to one horn or the other, as well as a blend of both qualities—thus the need to discern whether tenacious perseverance is required or if is time to simply let the struggle go. This is the true bullhead few degrees of Taurus, which can produce one who is driven, insistent, contentious, even forceful—for either the North Horn or South Horn theme.

The reader will notice that the above passage applies perfectly to the problem faced by Japanese and Russian negotiating teams. An old problem could be resolved if each side takes a flexible stand as symbolized by the star El Nath, the northern horn of the Bull.  Jupiter-Uranus making harmonious aspects to the luminaries suggest that a breakthrough is possible.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Radioactive Fish With “Disturbing Fingerprint of Fukushima”

The entire Pacific Coast of the United States, Canada and Mexico has been contaminated with radioactive particles from Fukushima. And finally, it is being officially acknowledged. This is really happening…It is a stark reminder that the effects from Fukushima radiation continually spilling into the ocean have not been abated. The site continues to leak highly toxic radioactive material to this day. Nothing has stopped.  Dec. 9

The source in this story, as well as most of the other “big” stories on Fukushima over the past several years, is Ken Buesseler, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Presented here is (a)  the chart for the Mars-Saturn conjunction of Aug. 2016 drawn for Woods Hole MA (b) an extract from a previous post [1] wherein I indicated that a crisis involving nuclear energy (or by extension radioactivity)  was likely to occur when this chart was activated.

Notice that Mars-Saturn  on the IC  form a T-square with the nodal axis and Neptune on the horizon.  Pisces, the sign which Neptune occupies, is symbolized by Fishes and the Mars-Saturn conjunction is linked to radioactivity as explained below.

On August 24, Mars and Saturn will conjoin at [9sa52]. This conjunction will take place exactly on the IC at Washington,DC in a tense aspect to Uranus. At this time the meridian will align with what is known as the Nuclear Axis. The following extract from Eric Francis’  essay explains what astrologers have come to identify as the Nuclear Axis.

 When the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurred, in a makeshift laboratory on a squash court in Chicago (December 2, 1942, at 3:25 pm CWT), a rare conjunction of Saturn and Uranus in Gemini  was rising. This was closely opposed by a conjunction in Sagittarius, including the Sun and Mercury.

Saturn represents structure; in the chain-reaction chart, it was conjunct Uranus (the planet after which man-made Uranium was named), which represents energy and the breaking of structure. With this stressful conjunction, humanity experienced the irreversible breaking of matter, the release of the nuclear force and the beginnings of a long-term relationship with atomic energy and nuclear crisis.

The Nuclear Axis

Repeated nuclear events over the past 58 years have led some astrologers to describe these degrees across early Gemini-Sagittarius as "the nuclear axis," which is highly sensitive to transits. One critical degree in this axis appears to be Saturn's location at the time of the first chain reaction, 8 degrees 56 minutes of Gemini.
Let us understand that this chart like any mundane eclipse or ingress chart can be triggered subsequently when the progressed angles form aspects to the relevant elements.

Exactly as we had anticipated, when the progressed Ascendant reached a conjunction to Mars-Saturn on December 9, we have a story on  radioactivity in fishes caught on the West Coast which is linked  to the Fukushima disaster .

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Marijuana cures Parkinson’s disease

Larry Smith is a former cop who lives in South Dakota. He’s had Parkinson’s for 20 years, which gives him symptoms including severe dyskinesia (uncontrolled movements), loss of voice and tremors. This clip from Ride With Larry, a documentary about him and his extraordinary efforts to address his illness and raise awareness, has gone viral on social media—and it’s easy to see why. This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter. Smith is shown taking medical marijuana for the first time—it is still not legally available in South Dakota. After he puts a drop of cannabis oil under his tongue, the unedited, sped-up film shows the rapid change he undergoes. His involuntary movements end, his hands are steady and he can speak normally. December 9

This  news is most elegantly explained if we begin with the chart for the  total solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 drawn for Vermillion, South Dakota where Larry Smith lives [1]. The eclipse was placed in the 6th house conjunct Neptune as part of a T-square.

6th House - public health, sanitation, food, national service, army, navy, police, civil service, trade unions, working class.

In  the post entitled Neptune - Cosmic Cannabis  Astrocherry writes “Neptune rules all forms of intoxicants, substances, toxins, poisons, anesthetics, and alcohol”.

Saturn which forms the apex of the eclipse T-square is conjunct stars of Ophiuchus, the healer or medicine man.

Putting these elements together we have the possibility that a policeman is cured of an illness through the use of a drug like cannabis ordinarily considered a poison (the serpent of Ophiuchus).
The eclipse chart is so complete that it even points to the nature of illness. How so? Well on the Ascendant is the asteroid Terpsichore square the TNP Hades on the MC.  Martha Wescott gives us the following definitions and interpretation.

HADES: Disgust/distaste; debilitation or deterioration; interest in the past (inc. past lives)—thus history and primitive origins; handling highly detailed work, chores or drudgery; “messy” situations; depressing emotions; research; investigation into the root cause of problems; bowels; vermin or toxins.

TERPSICHORE: Dance, aerobics, exercise that increases flexibility; coordination, agility, grace and mobility; flexion muscles; body image/ego; gestures; body language.

Hades-Terpsichore: The “deterioration” of Hades can affect the musculature here; muscle tissue erodes; possibility of multiple sclerosis or other forms of chronic debilitation.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to December 9, the date of the news, the progressed angles trigger the eclipse T-square.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The plague of red fire ants in Australia

Time is running out to eradicate the deadly red fire ant that is plaguing south-east Queensland and could potentially spread across Australia, a report has found.
An independent review of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program found there was "only a small window of opportunity left" to wipe out an insect that has the potential to be the worst invasive species to ever cross Australia's borders.
The report, obtained by the ABC, recommended the Federal Government double its efforts and spend $380 million over the next decade on treatment and surveillance to stop the march of the ants.

As in the previous post [1]  we look at the First Quarter Moon chart of December 8. This time we draw it for Canberra, Australia. And sure enough here too with the First Quarter Moon straddling the horizon it is significant for the place. The following extract from the previous post is relevant here:

Meanwhile, the Moon is in the Indian lunar mansion, Shatabhisha  “Requiring a hundred physicians” referring to illnesses that may require a tremendous medical effort. This is also the area connected with Gula, the ancient goddess of healing so that once again resonating with the Ophiuchus  Sun, the quarter Moon is linked to diseases that need to be addressed.

The disease in this case is the spread of the fire ants that threatens to go out of control unless something drastic is done now. Among events linked to stars in the area occupied by Neptune and the quarter Moon, Diana Rosenberg lists “public health threats and responses to them”.  The square from Saturn emphasizes  the crisis and implies that  concrete and practical steps are necessary now.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

India doctor to operate on '500kg' Egyptian woman

An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world's heaviest woman at 500kg (1,102lb), will soon be flown to India for weight reduction surgery. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, will be flown on a chartered plane to Mumbai where bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala plans to operate. The Indian embassy in Cairo initially denied her visa request as she was unable to travel there in person. After the surgeon tweeted to India's foreign minister that changed. India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is herself in hospital awaiting a kidney transplant, was quick to respond with an offer of help.

Ms Abd El Aty's family says she hasn't been able to leave home for 25 years now and claims she weighs 500kg. If the claim about her weight is true, then that would make her the world's heaviest woman alive as the current Guinness record holder is Pauline Potter of the United States who weighed 292kg (643lb) in 2010. Dec. 7

The news comes to us at the First Quarter Moon of December 7. A chart for the Moon phase at Bombay is shown here. We immediately notice that the luminaries are anchored to the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square on the angles.

Pluto often involves a purification or catharsis, in which old, dead, toxic matter, both psychic and physical, is dredged up to the surface to be released.  In bodily terms, this can often manifest as a boil, eruption or abcess.  But whatever form it takes, the purification  has a karmic, fated, inevitable character. Together Uranus-Pluto  can refer to drastic steps using advanced technology  as in bariatric surgery to help remove excess body weight. In astrology Jupiter is the planet we associate with being overweight and here we find Jupiter on the descendant in a T-square with Uranus-Pluto. In addition Jupiter is in a quincunx aspect to the First Quarter Moon. A quincunx aspect is related to health issues so that Moon-Jupiter can refer to an overweight woman.

The Sun [15sa] – Saturn [18sa] conjunction which also aspects the Jupiter-Uranus opposition on the horizon axis, is placed among the stars of Ophiuchus, the healer.

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.

Meanwhile, the Moon is in the Indian lunar mansion, Shatabhisha  “Requiring a hundred physicians” referring to illnesses that may require a tremendous medical effort. This is also the area connected with Gula, the ancient goddess of healing so that once again resonating with the Ophiuchus  Sun, the quarter Moon is linked to diseases that need to be addressed