Monday, 29 February 2016

New life beckons for Bangladesh's 'Tree Man'




Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN)Not even in his wildest dreams did Abul Bajandra think he would live to see this day.  Lying on a hospital bed at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh's so-called "Tree Man" is just hours away from the first round of surgery that will hopefully change his life for the better. He is suffering from an extremely rare genetic condition known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, or "Tree Man" disease, which causes extreme wart-like lesions across the body. Feb.26 http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/26/asia/bangladesh-tree-man-surgery/index.html







Solar eclipses are linked to the beginning of new chapters in our lives. And they become active long before they are actually due.  We are now in the shadow of the upcoming solar eclipse of March 9. A chart for the eclipse at Dhaka has the powerful T-square of Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus on the angles. What cannot be seen in the chart is the asteroid Terpsichore [12li] on the descendant with the TNP Zeus [17li] and square Pluto [17cn].  Among other things Terpsichore rules “body image”. It is chiefly related to “the flexor muscles and the ability to move”.  When combined with Pluto one may experience “powerlessness through a loss of agility, co-ordination or movement”.   More positively, it can also give rise to “surgeries affecting co-ordination and/or body image” [1].





[1] Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids; Martha Wescott Lang (p.223-25)

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Upcoming solar eclipse offers opportunity for renewal and healing




Phoenix bird – a symbol of renewal


A total solar eclipse will take place on March 8-9, 2016. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. It will have a magnitude of 1.0450 visible across an area of Pacific Ocean, beginning in Indonesia, and ending in the northern Pacific Ocean.[1]

In general, 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.







More specifically, the upcoming eclipse [18pi] is conjunct the stars Achernar, alpha Eridanus [16pi] and Ankaa, alpha Phoenix [16pi]. Diana Rosenberg writing about these stars says:

Endings and new beginnings…pushing boundaries, solving problems and altering mankind’s view of the world, freeing humankind from outdated illusions and outmoded conventions of thought…the ever-regenerating Phoenix offers renewal and healing.

In addition, the eclipse forms a T-square with Jupiter-Saturn with Saturn at the apex. Here Saturn is conjunct the star Sabik[2]. About Sabik Nick Fiorenza writes:


Sabik of Ophiuchus, and surrounding entries, can stimulate involvements that lead to our greater biological well-being and illumination--especially regarding transmutation of our experience and our human condition from a lower-order to a more refined state of being. This level of transmutation in our lives requires full unconditional acceptance and integration of our past experience, so the bio-energetic patterning we hold within can be inverted to re-express its compliment--thus allowing a new expression that subsequently draws new fulfilling experience. This process in esoteric science and physics is called time-reversal or phase-conjugation. In advanced healing and meditative techniques, this is a means of producing the opposite but properly phased cellular pattern or signature within self that cancels (actually fulfills) the existing pattern we embody. Generally, this is an all-or-nothing deal requiring our unconditional willingness to embrace the healing / transmutational process. The choice is ours.

Sabik also can simply indicate a threshold to cross or transition to make, generally regarding a change in our neurology, how we act, or in our capacity to take action to change and evolve.


[2] http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Sabik.html

PS:

Could it be a coincidence that clouds in the shape of a phoenix are seen in Iceland?

The Phoenix Rises From the Ashes: Heavenly Symbols Announce the Coming Ascension and Transfiguration



Significance of the discovery of FRB 150418



For the first time a team of scientists has tracked down the location of a fast radio burst (FRB), confirming that these short but spectacular flashes of radio waves originate in the distant universe.The breakthrough, published today in the journal Nature , was made using CSIRO radio telescopes in eastern Australia and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s Subaru telescope in Hawaii. “Our discovery opens the way to working out what makes these bursts,” Dr Simon Johnston, Head of Astrophysics at CSIRO and a member of the research team said. FRBs emit as much energy in one millisecond as the sun emits in 10,000 years, but the physical phenomenon that causes them is unknown. Feb.25   http://goo.gl/K3kiuz






A fast radio burst (FRB) is a high-energy astrophysical phenomenon manifested as a transient radio pulse lasting only a few milliseconds. FRBs show a frequency-dependent dispersion consistent with propagation through an ionized plasma. As of February 2016 seventeen bursts have been detected,all but one by the Parkes radio telescope. The Parkes telescope detected the new FRB 150418 on 18 April 2015 at UT 04h29m [1].  A chart for the discovery at Parkes, Australia is shown here.  Notice that a Venus-Saturn-Neptune T-square straddles the meridian.

In the past few years since Neptune has been in Pisces, we are seeing a proliferation of images  unlike at any other time in history. With their mobile phones everyone now is a photographer. As the images flood in, how can we make sense of them? This is where Saturn in Sagittarius comes in. Among its many associations, Saturn as an archetype correlates with structure, particularly the structure of consciousness itself; Sagittarius is the sign of cosmology, philosophy, and meaning. On the one hand, this combination can be the careful and disciplined (Saturn) search for meaning.  
When Saturn in Sagittarius is engaged with consciously,there is a patient working through of the
images encountered on our adventures, inside and out. We become strong and well-boundaried travelers who can journey thoughtfully and groundedly with the figures of our dreams and screens. Less consciously, Saturn in Sagittarius can describe how rigid belief structures and cosmologies — truths with a capital “T” — gobble up images and convert them to predetermined meanings. In place of the explorer, we find the believer, the crusader, the consumer — guided by the heavy hand of narcissistic, capitalist, or fundamentalist logics, and threatened by the possibility of dissolution in the sea of images. This defensive approach to the image seeks to freeze-frame the image, determine exactly what it means and exactly where it belongs, and (where possible) to crop it to fit into existing structures of meaning, safe and secure. [2]

To understand the meaning of the T-square all we need to do is to simply think of the foregoing in connection with Venus – the planet of love and relationships. Have we allowed our concept of love to be defined by the fundamentalist logic of some religion or belief system or are we ready to let the dissolving power of Neptune work on those fossilized ideas?


[2] Saturn square Neptune Navigating an Ocean of Images by Jason Holley

Friday, 26 February 2016

Putin makes Syrian peace possible



Noah and rainbow


The Russians are working hard to consolidate their diplomatic gains following the US Russian Joint Statement on Syria. To get a sense of the furious pace of their diplomacy, consider that Putin spoke to Obama on the telephone on 22nd February 2016 and - according to his website - to Qatari Emir Tamim Al Thani on the same day, whilst today (24th February 2016) he has spoken on the telephone in rapid succession to Syrian President Assad, Saudi King Salman (who is due to visit Moscow in a few weeks), Iranian President Rouhani and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/putins-frenetic-day-syrian-diplomacy/ri13030







On 22nd February 2016 when Putin spoke to Obama about the peace plan in Syria,  the Sun was forming a sharp semi-square aspect to Uranus.  A chart for the mundane event at Damascus is shown here.  Notice that a Grand Cross straddles the meridian. The elements of the Grand Cross and the interaction between them are very revealing.

Mars [25sc] on the MC is conjunct the stars Al Rakis, mu Draconis, kappa Centauri, gamma Librae,  beta Lupi of the Wild Beast Lupus; kappa Herculis and mu Serpentis. About this area Diana Rosenberg writes:

Given their  proximity  to these wild sky-creatures, Libra’s scales-of-the-law have a hard time keeping order and balance, and sometimes they lose the struggle, reverting to their ancient role as the extended claws of the Scorpion: murderers, mass killers and criminals are found under these stars (Lupus was  “The Beast of Death” and Manilius associated strong man Hercules with possible craftiness, deceit, desertion, terrorism and street thuggery)..[ doesn’t this aptly describe the Syrian militia]. Serpents, however, because of their ability to shed their skins and grow new ones, are known for their power of regeneration and change and these stars offer great potential for reform, renewal, even beneficence [the news is that many of the Syrian militia are willing to come for the peace talks]. Here the healing Serpent, together with the celestial Scales of Justice, the right hand of Centaurus (which impales the Wild Beast) and strong right arm of Hercules offer strength, will power and a determination to seek justice and right wrongs. 

Sun [3pi] and Neptune [9pi] are conjunct stars of the humanitarian Water Pourer. Here the ever cleansing Waters of Aquarius, combine with his predecessor Gula, a goddess of medicine, heal and renew bodies, minds and souls troubled by conflict. As with the Russian peace plan, actions that promote peace are one of the outcomes.

The TNP Admetus [29ta] on the IC is conjunct the Pleaides cluster and stars of Eridanus. The Pleaides are linked to “sorrow and weeping” while Eridanus, the Great River, washes away the tears of the past, clearing the way for a bright new future.

The Sabian symbol of the Moon [26le]  is very apt in the present context.

Phase 146: After a heavy storm, as light breaks through the clouds, a perfect rainbow forms.

In the Bible, the rainbow is a sign of the Covenant established by God with Noah guaranteeing that no longer shall the destructive power of the Spirit be used to destroy life on earth.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

'River of trash' chokes Beirut suburb



Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)A river of stinking garbage bags snakes its way through the suburbs of Beirut, a surreal and unhygienic blight on Lebanon's cosmopolitan capital.This overflowing landfill, stretching for hundreds of meters through Jdeideh in the city's suburbs, is the consequence of the city's months-long garbage crisis -- both a symbol and a byproduct of the country's dysfunctional politics.
"This used to be such a beautiful place, but look at it now. We can't even walk by it," Jawanah, a local resident who didn't want to give the rest of her name, told CNN. Feb. 25





The first of the Saturn-Neptune squares took place on November 26. One of the lessons of the square is the need to  take responsibility (Saturn)  for the environment (Neptune).  The imbalance in Nature and our lifestyle is clearly  creating a serious problem. If ecological matters are not adequately addressed, the health of the entire planet is at risk under this transit. Up to now, the Earth has been able to absorb and deal with our ogreish consumption relatively well, but we must consider that this may not always be so.






A chart for the mundane event at Beirut is shown here.  Notice that it carries the Uranus-Pluto square on the meridian axis. When Uranus squares Pluto, problems are pushed to the surface. Uranus' clarity shines down on the caverns that Pluto has opened, and what's revealed is not pretty. In Beirut people are discovering just that . They need to deal with  the garbage Pluto has unearthed.  That this is so is confirmed if we progress the chart to Feb. 25, the date of news, when the square realigns with the angles.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

What gives Donald Trump his strange hair style








Astrologer Barry Goddard has an excellent article “Why Donald Trump will be the next US President”  where he discusses the possible outcome of the upcoming US elections.

If Donald Trump becomes President of the USA, he will be the first to do so who has neither held political office nor been in the military. BUT he has been the star of a long-running reality TV show (The Apprentice), which nowadays gives the necessary gravitas. This as Saturn (reality, political leaders) squares Neptune (show business). And, as they say, politics is show business for ugly people - or at least, for people with strange hair styles.








Here in this post  I will look at why Donald Trump has a hairstyle that everyone is talking about. From his chart above notice that his Ascendant [29le] which rules a person’s appearance is conjunct his radix Mars [26le]. Both the Ascendant and Mars are conjunct the stars Adhafera, Algieba and Al Jabhah in the Lion’s mane!

Nepal passenger plane crash


A small passenger plane has crashed in mountainous western Nepal, killing all 23 people on board. The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was travelling from Pokhara to Jomsom and lost contact with the control tower shortly after taking off. Most of those on board were Nepalis. It is not clear what caused the crash. The plane was carrying three crew and 20 passengers, one of them Chinese and one Kuwaiti. Nepal's aviation industry has a poor safety record. Feb.24  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35647929






In yesterday’s post we linked the accident to the recent transit Sun’s activation of Uranus via a semi-square aspect. Since the Uranus-Pluto square is just a degree separated, the  transiting  Sun  essentially bisected the square forming a semi-square to both ends.  Charts  for (a) Sun semi-square Pluto (b) Sun semi-square Uranus at Kathmandu, Nepal are shown here. Notice that both  have the Uranus-Pluto-Zeus T-square straddling the angles implying that this was one place where the  “accident producing destructive energies” of the Uranus-Pluto square could be discharged.




Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Didcot A Power Station collapse



One person is feared dead and a major incident has been declared following the collapse of a building at Didcot A Power Station. South Central Ambulance Service said it has sent its hazardous areas response team to the site, as well as three ambulances and the air ambulance. A spokesman said: "We are describing it as a major incident." Oxfordshire County Council deputy leader Rodney Rose said the fire service confirmed one person had died. Feb.23 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-35641766





The Sun formed a sharp semi-square aspect to Uranus on the very day the above news. A chart for the mundane event at Didcot is shown here. Notice the significant  placement of the powerful Uranus-Pluto-Zeus T-square on the meridian axis. Some keywords [1] for the elements are:

ZEUS: Restrained or creative fire/energy; controlled & directed forces (guns, power tools, machines, motors, fireplaces, fuels…power plants)

URANUS: Electricity (with Zeus …thermal power plants)

URANUS-PLUTO : accidents

Solitude of Ravens







To the magus there exists no accidental happening …everything is established solidly by that law which the wise man discerns in happenings that appear to be accidental to the profane. The curve observed in the flight of birds, the barking of  dog, the shape of a cloud, are occult manifestations of that omnipotent coordinator, the source of unity and harmony.
-          Kurt Seligmann.




Masahisa Fukase's Solitude of Ravens is at first glance a tough set of pictures to look at. The stark black and white frames pull you into a filmic world of nightmares and never-ending gloom. Yet stick with it, and though you will find the collection packs a powerful emotional punch, it also shows how a photograph can speak about far more than what it depicts. The work was created between 1976 and 1982 following Fukase's divorce, and it is perhaps that little fact that can change how you read these images. They are dark and mysterious, yet this is a personal statement of loss. Akira Hasegawa wrote the afterword to the book of the work and captures this well. "In the case of Masahisa Fukase, the subject of his gaze became the raven. For him, the 'raven' was both a tangible creature and a fitting symbol of his own solitude." Prints of the work from the private collection of Masahisa Fukase are on show at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery from 23 February to 23 April 2016. http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-35541661

In the Chinese geomantic philosophy of feng-shui, it is thought that a mountain or rocky outgroup bearing the features of a particular animal can affect the destinies of nearby inhabitants in accord with the symbolic properties of that animal. To comprehend examples like these we must turn to notions of symbolism and the belief that forms and phenomenon affect one another in terms of their deeper archetypal meaning. According to this outlook, all things are embedded within a larger symbolic field, in which each part exerts its own unique influence upon that greater continuum of meaning, less in quantitative than qualitative terms. Such qualities are not susceptible to measurement  since they can be apprehended only through a metaphoric mode of consciousness. [1]





Masahisa Fukase’s collection on the raven will be on display at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery from 23 February to 23 April 2016.  This period covers 9 March when a solar eclipse takes place. A chart for the eclipse at London has the star Kraz of Corvus, the Raven on the MC!

Corvus is the Latin name for both the raven and the crow and these two birds are usually paired together in mythology. The colour of their plumage has  drawn a universal connection with sinister forces and ominous warnings. The stars of Corvus share this reputation and the classical myths that relate to the constellation speak of the bearing of bad news.

 Notice that the MC which is conjunct the stars of the Raven forms a T-square with Uranus-Pluto.  As  we saw in a previous post [2]  a key phrase for this combination is  “the threat of a separation or demand for independence is based on an attempt to regain control”.

If we accept that there is a deeper metaphorical meaning here, perhaps the words divorce, loss and solitude (mentioned above) may also apply to the possible result of  Britain leaving the European Union.



[1] The Waking Dream; Ray Grasse

Monday, 22 February 2016

Protestors shut off water supply to Delhi



More than 10 million people in India's capital are without water despite the army regaining control of its key water source after protests, officials say. Keshav Chandra, head of Delhi's water board, told the BBC it would take "three to four days" before normal supplies resumed to affected areas. Jat community protesters demanding more government jobs seized the Munak canal, the city's main water source on Friday (Feb.19). Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds hurt in three days of riots. Defiant India protesters stand ground in Haryana. The Munak canal supplies around three-fifths of water to Delhi's 16 million residents. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35627819






Charts for  lunar phases always serve as an excellent starting point for understanding events that occur at a particular place. Shown here is the chart for the waxing Gibbous Phase of the Moon of Feb. 19 at Delhi. Notice that it is very significant for the place since the Moon is part of a T-square  with Uranus-Pluto that straddles the meridian.
The following extract from Bill Herbst about the Uranus-Pluto square  explains why the Jat community has risen up in rebellion.


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

In addition, the Moon [14cn] in water sign Cancer is conjunct the star eta Geminorum [15cn] which was part of the Chinese asterism, Tsing: The Well [1] – a clear reference to potable water which we can see has become a tool for the protestors who have shut off the drinking water supply to Delhi.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.702)



Sunday, 21 February 2016

On why UK may leave the EU



The UK will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday 23 June, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. The prime minister made his historic announcement in Downing Street after briefing the cabinet. He said he would be campaigning to remain in a reformed EU - and described the vote as one of the biggest decisions "in our lifetimes". http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-35621079





The referendum on  whether or not to remain in the EU takes place on June 23.  Charts for  (a) the Full Moon phase of June 20 (b) Waning Gibbous phase of June 24  at London are shown here. Notice that in both cases a Grand Cross straddles the angles with Mercury-Saturn opposition square the nodal axis.






 Ebertin gives us the following delineation:

Mercury-Saturn-Node:  Thoughts of separation; estrangements or alienation.


This appears to suggest that UK’s exit from the EU is more likely than not.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee Dies



American novelist Harper Lee, famous for her masterpiece “To Kill a Mockingbird” and for shunning the fame it brought her, has died aged 89, officials in her hometown said Friday (Feb.19). A spokeswoman for Monroeville, Ala., where Lee was born and spent her final years living in seclusion, confirmed local media reports of her death, saying: “She did pass away.” Lee’s 1960 novel, which earned her a Pulitzer Prize, came to define racial injustice in the Depression-era South and became standard reading in classrooms across the world.
As a Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman, the primary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird involve racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. Scholars have noted that Lee also addresses issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. The book is widely taught in schools in the United States with lessons that emphasize tolerance and decry prejudice.






Harper Lee’s chart is available from Astro-Databank [1] and is reproduced here.  The table below gives the solar progressions for the period  around 1960 when the book was published and received the Pulitzer prize.

Dynamic Chart:
 Harper Lee - Natal Chart
 28 Apr 1926, 5:25 pm, CST +6:00
 Monroeville Alabama, 31°N31'40'', 087°W19'29''
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Placidus Houses,  True Node

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns planets

Asc (2)     Sqq          Plu (9)     (X)           Sa-Na      7 Jul 1959                27°Sc47' D               12°Cn47' D
Vus (9)    Cnj           Plu (9)     (X)           Sa-Na      12 Jul 1960              12°Cn47' D              12°Cn47' D

*** END REPORT ***

Notice that natal Pluto in the 9th (in Cancer) is the focus of the progressions. The following  edited extract from Steven Forrest [2]explains the meaning of this position.

The ninth house is often referred to the as the “House of Long Journeys”.  Nothing will so challenge our beliefs as an encounter with their alternatives. Generally throughout history such encounters have been hard to come by. Multiculturalism has been a rare phenomenon: cultures have tended to be monolithic  with a particular set of commonly held values binding them into unity. To experience the reality of alternative perspectives travelling and living among foreigners provided an “ education” that was unavailable elsewhere….at least until “education” became widely available and that is another meaning of the traditional ninth house: universities, learning, scholarship. Closely linked to those notions was the idea of the dissemination of knowledge. Hence, the association of the ninth house with the publishing industry…and who hasn’t  ever been taken on a “Long Journey” by a book?  So what does it mean when Pluto lies here? The dissemination of knowledge requires spokespeople. Call them Teachers, Writers, Preachers…whatever. They speak to us about the moral or metaphysical framework of life.   The best of them recognize the limitations of the wounds tied to the “religion of their people” or the collective attitude of their ethnic group (Pluto in Cancer) and commit themselves zealously to the formidable task  of stretching the boundaries of consciousness beyond the narrow framework of their culture.

In addition Pluto is conjunct the asteroid Hopi. Martha Wescott’s delineations below deepen our understanding of Lee’s radix Pluto and explain why she wrote To Kill a Mocking Bird.

HOPI shows up as incidents with minorities (including Afro-Americans) and reactions to what is perceived as discrimination or prejudice.
 HOPI/PLUTO: to see power struggles, fears of domination or concerns about inhibitions and ruthlessness in dealing with prejudice and/or minority individuals; to understand the impact of generational poverty and powerlessness in minority cultures.

Currently her progressed Sun [4le] opposite the asteroid Orpheus [3aq]  has become the reason for her death. The immediate cause was transit Mars [23sc] conjunct natal Saturn [23sc] (natal square).

ORPHEUS: sense of mourning and loss; grief (for what you don't have—what has gone out of your life--  “might have been” or what was); contact with death. 

[2] The Book of Pluto; Steven Forrest

Friday, 19 February 2016

Cameron faces stiff opposition at Brexit talks




UK Prime Minister David Cameron has faced a long night trying to broker a deal that would allow him to return to Britain with a new deal ahead of a crucial In-Out referendum on its membership of the European Union. Feb. 19 http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160219/1035021359/cameron-opposition-brexit-talks.html





The horoscope of the European Union is based on 1st November 1993; 0:00 hrs CET, Brussels.  Shown here is the progressed  solar return for February 19. Notice that a Grand Cross containing Uranus, Pluto, Moon and Juno straddles the meridian.  Martha Wescott provides the following delineations [1]:

JUNO: Partners; marriage/relationship; maintenance of one's rights or position with other; question of “rights” and fairness/compromise; enforcement of fairness; potential for score/keeping, jealousy, fears of abandonment & infidelity.


URANUS-PLUTO: to see attempts to “force” change or rupture; change or unexpected reactions based on resentments, compulsion, ultimatums or threats to control; aware of power struggles with friends or within groups; to recognize that the threat of a separation or demand for independence is based on an attempt to regain control.

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

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Oil Prices: What’s Behind the Drop?

The oil industry, with its history of booms and busts, is in its deepest downturn since the 1990s, if not earlier. Earnings are down for companies that made record profits in recent years, leading them to decommission more than two-thirds of their rigs and sharply cut investment in exploration and production. Scores of companies have gone bankrupt and an estimated 250,000 oil workers have lost their jobs. The cause is the plunging price of a barrel of oil, which has fallen more than 70 percent since June 2014.Prices recovered a few times last year, but a barrel of oil has already sunk this year to its lowest level since 2004. Executives think it will be years before oil returns to $90 or $100 a barrel, a price that was pretty much the norm over the last decade. http://goo.gl/jGihzv









The first commercial oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania by an innovative pioneer named Colonel Edwin Drake in 1859. The horoscope for this event is rectified to 7:56 am; August 28, 1859; Titusville, PA. Major transits and progressions to the Drake horoscope correspond to major developments in the oil business.  In more recent times, the Drake chart remains an accurate lens to view the oil business and its effect on the U.S. and global economy.

A chart for the first commercial oil well,  with only the elements relevant to our present discussion, is shown here. Jupiter conjoins the TNP Apollon with both trine Neptune.  Among other things Apollon rules “business” while Neptune governs  “oil” so that the combination along with Jupiter is referring to large or successful business involving oil [1]. The following table lists the solar arc progression of Saturn in the recent past.

DYNAMIC REPORT

Oil - Natal Chart
 28 Aug 1859 NS, 7:56 am, LMT +5:18:42
 Titusville PA, 41°N37'37'', 079°W40'26''

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns planets

Sat (4)     Opp         Apo (10)  (X)  Sa-Na              2 Jun 2014             23°Cp23' D  23°Cn23' D
Sat (4)     Cnj           Had (4)    (X)  Sa-Na           22  Jul 2016              25°Cp33' D  25°Cp33' R

*** END REPORT ***


Notice that Saturn opposes Apollon/Jupiter and conjoins the TNP Hades. Martha Wescott [2] interprets the combination as under:

Hades-Apollon:  There is a decline or lack of business opportunities.
Saturn-Jupiter : financial restrictions; limitation on large projects

Jupiter  is trine Neptune.  About Jupiter-Neptune Martha Wescott writes:

Having instances of  "false hope" or seeing the self-confidence undermined..this is a period when "all that glitters  definitely isn't gold." People who built their castles on sand are  discovering that the tide has changed (and that piddly little bump is  where their fortress used to be.)

Finally we notice that transit Pluto is now beginning to oppose Jupiter. 

Steven Forrest describes Jupiter-Pluto hard aspects thus:

Under hard aspects between Pluto and Jupiter, faith is embattled. Perhaps someone has gone down a road for the wrong reasons…Comforting but phony elements of your life must be released and new possibilities seized under less than auspicious circumstances.

This applies perfectly to the sudden expansion of oil rigs in the US over the last few years made possible  by the US Federal Reserve’s “easy money” (zero percent interest). With the drop in oil prices, oil rigs are closing down and owners going bankrupt.

[2] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott Lang



Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Pope John Paul letters reveal 'intense' friendship with woman



Hundreds of letters and photographs that tell the story of Pope John Paul II's close relationship with a married woman, which lasted more than 30 years, have been shown to the BBC. The letters to Polish-born American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years. The documents reveal a rarely seen side of the pontiff, who died in 2005. Feb.15  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35542708

Pope John Paul II's horoscope is available at Astrodienst [1]. The Sabian symbol of his radix Sun [27ta21] is “A mature woman past her change of life awakened to a new romance”  sums up quite appropriately his involvement with Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. The friendship began in 1973 when Ms Tymieniecka contacted the future Pope. In the Pope’s chart, solar arc Venus was conjunct Pluto in the 9th  trine Uranus in the 5th house.

The passionate heat of total emotional engagement: that is a basic human need , symbolized  by Pluto. Much of this Plutonian truth is held in check by social programming. That programming takes two forms, each equally potent. The first is our internalized often unconscious, training in “goodness” or “normalcy”. The second is the present  web of interpersonal or communal constraints that bind us. When Uranus enters the picture, the power of that social programming  diminishes.  Plutonian truths begin to surface quickly. It is a season of rapid personal evolution and sudden circumstantial changes driven by a rising realizations of one’s actual desires and emotions. With Venus  involved, relationships “cross lines of taboo” [2].





But that was in 1973 in the Pope’s chart, why has this news come up now.The chart for the upcoming solar eclipse of March 9 at London will help explain this news. Notice three significant features of the chart (a)  the eclipse is conjunct the star Achernar (b) the eclipse makes a T-square with Jupiter-Saturn that straddles the horizon (b)  Uranus-Pluto and the meridian form another T-square that is anchored to the eclipse T-square.

The eclipse is placed in the 3rd house which rules “the press” [3] while Jupiter is in the  9th which rules “religion and clergy of any kind and affairs of the church”[4]. With the meridian in aspect to Uranus-Pluto, the news is further narrowed down to the expression of desires and emotions that  cross taboo lines.

Alpha (α) Eridanus, Achernar, is a white star situated in the mouth of the River.  “Achernar is credited with bestowing high offices in the church”. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.80.]






Finally, notice that  if we converse progress the eclipse chart to Feb.15, the date of the news, the eclipse T-square aligns with the meridian triggering the event.

[2] The Book of Pluto; Steven Forrest



Sunday, 14 February 2016

Netanyahu plans fence around Israel










Binyamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to “surround all of Israel with a fence” to protect the country from infiltration by both Palestinians and the citizens of surrounding Arab states, whom he described as “wild beasts”. Feb.10 http://goo.gl/pwGQJg






On November 18, the planet Neptune stationed direct while squaring Saturn. A chart for the event at Tel-aviv, Israel has Neptune placed very significantly on the MC.

Neptune rules the basic human drive or thirst for transcendence: the yearning for an invisible ideal, the longing to dissolve one's boundaries into the cosmic unity, to melt into a dream, to transcend this world of separation and limit, to experience the flow of love and compassion and a transcendence of the boundaries of the personal ego.
Saturn , on the other hand, makes us stand alone and know solitude; it separates us from others. It can limit our compassion for others and negate our dreams. In one word it is the planet of boundaries. 

When Saturn overpowers Neptune we begin to build fences in order to protect ourselves.





But how can we sure that Binyamin Netanyahu’s announcement on Feb.10 is linked to this  Saturn-Neptune square?  Well all we have to do is to progress the chart  to find out. When we do that we find that Neptune reaches the progressed descendant  while Saturn conjoins the progressed IC on that very date triggering an event that resonates to the Saturn-Neptune theme.


Saturday, 13 February 2016

Saudi Arabia prepares for war




Mars – War God




 Russia and Hezbollah are closing in on Aleppo, the country’s largest city and a key urban center where rebels are dug in for what amounts to a last stand. If the city is liberated by the government (and yes, “liberated” is more accurate than “falls” because occupied territory belongs to the Syrian government, not to Sunni extremists), Assad will have regained control of the country’s backbone in the west. That would effectively mean the end of the rebellion and the Gulf monarchies, not to mention Turkey, are not happy about it. “The main battle is about cutting the road between Aleppo and Turkey, for Turkey is the main conduit of supplies for the terrorists,” Assad said in an interview with AFP on Friday. That supply line has been severed and now, it’s do or die time for the rebels’ Sunni benefactors in Ankara, Riyadh, and Doha. Either intervene or watch as Hezbollah rolls up the opposition under cover of Russian airstrikes, restoring the Assad government and securing the Shiite crescent for the Iranians.
As we documented extensively this week, the Saudis and the Turks are now set to invade. Assad has promised to “confront them”, which of course means that the IRGC and Hassan Nasrallah's army are set to come into direct contact with Turkish and Saudi troops, setting the stage for an all-out sectarian war that will almost invariably end up pitting NATO against the Russians. Note that this is different from Yemen, where Tehran fights via proxies rather than directly against the Saudi military.









In this post we shall see how the chart for the New Moon at Riyadh confirms the Saudi  decision to invade Syria. Presented here is the New Moon chart for Riyadh. Notice that it is not only significantly placed on the descendant but also square the “war god” Mars. So not surprisingly, Riyadh is beating the war drums and sending its military to Syria. However, on the MC is the star Ruchbah. Nick Fiorenza tells us what this star really requires the Saudis to do.



Ruchbah, Delta Cassiopeia, the knee of Queen Cassiopeia, is a star of transformation— a process often occurring in a bit of initiatory fire. Ruchbah imparts the need for transformation of our attitudes. We may feel or even know that something is rightfully ours, but any righteous attitudes that we deserve it, energetically keep away the very thing we want. Our righteous attitudes keep us naive to, and thus entrapped in a diversionary lower-order resonance that trips us up, perpetuates repetitive scenarios, and keeps us from claiming our greater fulfillment in life. Ruchbah imparts the need to surrender the righteous attitudes we hold in order to have that which we truly deserve. Conjoining Quasar 3C66A in Andromeda can manifest scenarios that reflect these issues. http://lunarplanner.com/LunarMonths2015/lunarmonth.15.03.20.html

Saudi Arabia intervening in Syria could spell its doom







The suggestion by Saudi Arabia that it send ground troops to Syria might mean the limited deployment of Saudi special forces alongside their US counterpart or a more ambitious intervention, probably in combination with the Turkish army. It might also be a desperate last throw of the dice to rescue a bankrupt policy as it becomes clear that a five-year effort by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the Gulf monarchies to overthrow Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, has failed. The Syrian army is advancing on all fronts, backed by Russian air strikes, and has cut off opposition forces in Aleppo. Feb.12 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-intervening-in-the-syrian-civil-war-would-risk-russian-wrath-a6868166.html







Reproduced below is an extract from a previous post [1] [2] where we looked at the current transits  in the chart for Saudi Arabia:

Astro-Databank gives the chart of Saudi Arabia  which is reproduced here. Notice the potentially violent T-square in the chart. Some keyphrases for the T-square are as under:

Saturn-Uranus-Pluto-Mars:  Autocratic leadership leads to a rebellion; brutal efforts to start a new order; challenges leading to a fight; toppled from position.

With Uranus returning to its own place after 84 years, the T-square is primed for a violent release. The House of Saud is likely to go through a severe crisis. Will it reform and regenerate or will it die? No one can give a clear answer to that but it is likely that the struggle may end the monarchy as we know it.

If transits are the “minute hand” of the cosmic clock, solar progressions are its “hour hand”.  Presently the progressed Sun [23sa] makes a sharp quincunx aspect to radix Pluto [23cn]. The Sun conjoins the star Lesath while Pluto is conjunct Procyon.  The following references for the action of these stars should tell us why the Saudi military action is likely to be doomed to failure.

The two stars; upsilon (υ) Scorpius, Lesath, along with Shaula, lambda (λ) Scorpius; are at the tip of the tail of the Scorpion and right on the sting. Lesos is Greek for sting, Latin has punctura scorpionis, "the sting of the scorpion"….If not well aspected, they can be inclined to strike first and ask afterwards, with an embarrassing loss of face. [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.85-86.]

Procyon has a Mars-Mercury nature and therefore makes people hasty, jealous, pig-headed. But it also confers will-power and ability to put thoughts and plans into action. According to tradition there is also a tendency to a hot temper and impudence. Rise and success are found with it, but fall from high position later, is indicated. Enterprises created in haste therefore do not last. People who "want to go through the wall with their head" only cause injury to themselves. Procyon gives drive and a good sharp mind. Linked with positive stellar bodies, success is made greater, but the native, in order to avoid a fiasco, has always to take care not to be imprudent. Especially dangerous is Procyon  configured with Mars and Pluto. With the Sun, a valiant demeanor is indicated. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.43.]


Friday, 12 February 2016

Meet The Elephant That Can Play A Mouth Organ








Not to toot her own trumpet, but temple elephant Lakshmi has a special musical gift that might make other elephants feel a little, irrelephant: This 14-year-old has been attracting a lot of attention at a 48-day elephant rejuvenation camp by elegantly playing a mouth organ. What’s more, she can also break into a pretty groove to her own tunes, at the drop of a command from her mahout. This musical elephant has won the hearts of visitors at the camp. A footage of her playing the mouth organ and boogieing to it has gone viral on social media. Feb. 12 http://goo.gl/MpncdB







The news appeared on Feb.12 when Venus formed a sharp semi-square aspect with Neptune. Venus-Neptune aspects are, among other things, related to musical talent. In addition, a chart for the mundane event at Thoothukudi, India has Venus on the MC conjunct  gamma (γ) Lyra, Sulaphat,  a bright yellow star in the Lyre – a constellation associated with music and musicians.

The Neptune leg of the semi-square is trine the asteroid Diana [7sc] and the TNP Poseidon [12sc] on the descendant. Diana is also semi-square Jupiter (religion) which in turn trines Venus.  If we combine the keywords [1] for Diana (animal) and Poseidon (religion) we begin to see why a temple elephant with a special musical gift is in the news.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Buildings Torn Down in Central Moscow



MOSCOW (AP) — Russian activists and political commentators are criticizing Moscow authorities over the late-night destruction of small businesses when a number of buildings were flattened around the city on orders from city mayor's office. "We didn't believe this would happen up until we saw them destroying our buildings," Alexei Voronin, the manager for a property rental company, said Wednesday.Voronin told The Associated Press that his client was notified in December that five buildings located near the central Shabolovskaya metro station would be torn down because his client lacked valid documents proving he owned the land. The claim, Voronin said, was preposterous. Feb.10 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3440248/Destruction-Moscow-kiosks-sparks-anger-activists.html





Astrologers recognize that eclipses become active at least three months prior to their  occurrence. The news from Moscow will serve to illustrate this fact. Shown here is the chart for the upcoming solar eclipse of  9th March drawn for Moscow.  Notice that the Uranus-Pluto square that straddles the horizon axis is anchored to a T-square containing the eclipse and Jupiter-Saturn. Ebertin [1] gives us the following delineations:

Uranus-Pluto: Collapse of the old order of things.
Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus: Damage to buildings.

Progressing the chart (using converse progressions) to February 10, brings the Jupiter-Saturn-Eclipse T-square to the Ascendant triggering the event reported [2].


[1] The Combination of Stellar Influences; Reinhold Ebertin