Thursday, 31 March 2016

The healing power of poop

Last week at the inaugural Near Future Summit, (Wednesday, March 9) a leadership conference of forward-thinking professionals, tech entrepreneur Peter Diamandis asked members of the audience to raise their hands if they'd been born vaginally. He then asked them to keep their hands raised if they had also been breastfed and if, in more recent years, they'd avoided antibiotics, Z-Paks and major surgery. In the end, just a few dozen people in the audience of 250 or so still had their hands up.
This wasn't just an exercise in TMI: Diamandis was hoping to assess the microbiome status of his listeners. All of the aforementioned qualities suggest that a person's gut bacteria are healthy and undisturbed. Soon after Diamandis' straw poll, the medical philanthropist Lee Stein walked around handing out feces collection kits to the people who might be in possession of the perfect poop. It's unknown how many people at the summit chose to contribute data, so to speak. But any feces that were collected will become part of an in-depth analysis of how gut bacteria can have an effect on the entire body.
Our bodies are not just our own. In addition to the human cells we store, our gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of non-human cells — an environment known as a microbiome, or sometimes "the microbiome." These gut bacteria are so numerous that they can weigh up to seven pounds, says Knight, and scientists are investigating their influence on everything from our digestion to our brains.
Knight likes to tell the story of how he fell ill in Peru because it perfectly summarizes the promise and the idiosyncrasy of the gastrointestinal microbiome. On the one hand, research into our gut bacteria could one day lead to treatments for obesity, bowel disorders and mental health conditions.

The inaugural Near Future Summit took place in La Jolla, California on Wednesday, March 9 – the very day of the solar eclipse which was placed among the stars of in the cleansing waters of Aquarius and the ever regenerating Phoenix which offer renewal and healing.
At La Jolla, the eclipse was placed very prominently on the descendant forming a T-square with Jupiter-Saturn. Jupiter on the Ascendant is in tropical Virgo – a sign that rules the intestinal tract [1] and trine Pluto, the planet that governs the eliminative system and all that is rejected as useless, ugly, dirty or downright evil such as garbage, slag, feces etc.

In astrology, while Saturn has to do more with the death of things that stay dead, with Pluto what has been let go may resurrect itself and return in a glorified form.  So Knight’s research may very well be on track to find cures to a whole lot of physical and mental conditions.

Lunar Eclipse and the Kolkata Flyover Collapse

What makes astrology supremely relevant is that it discloses an unsuspected dimension of the world we think we know so well. It is as though we have become accustomed to see only the horizontal yarn of the weaving, the weft, and are largely unaware of the warp. We are accustomed to break down our world, in order to understand it, into certain categories, recognizing what belongs to this category, what belongs to that. That is ‘scientific’. However, astrology is about learning to think in new categories. It embodies a system of new categories that are as different from the ones to which we are habituated, as the warp is from the weft. In this system objects and events that at first sight appear to have nothing whatever to do with each other are shown to be intimately connected. Conversely, things we naturally tend to associate may be distributed otherwise in the astrological scheme. Understanding the world around us depends on our power to perceive patterns of meaning, to make the right connections, recognize what belongs with what. It is not easy. Unaided, it is as if we are looking at the weaving from the wrong side, and it seems a mess, but with the help of astrology we can see the design as it is meant to be. As the shuttle of the cosmic loom ceaselessly weaves its intricate design, astrologers have the responsibility, or rather the awesome privilege, to work towards restoring to humanity the sense of high meaning it has all but lost.”

Dennis Elwell, The Cosmic Loom

Kolkata had one of its worst days today when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in a busy north Kolkata neighbourhood, killing many people and leaving dozens injured and trapped under the debris. According to latest reports at least 17 people have been killed, and the casualties are expected to rise through the day. Several people were rescued from under the debris and were sent to different hospitals in the vicinity. The collapse occurred around noon at the busy Rabindra Sarani-KK Tagore Street crossing near Burrabazar, the trading hub and one of the most congested areas in the city. March 31

The lunar eclipse chart at Kolkata is shown here. Notice that it aligns with the horizon axis and is therefore significant for the place. It also forms a T-square with Mercury and the TNPs Kronos-Hades. 

The following definitions of TNPs are taken from

The Transeptunian Points (TNPs)

KRONOS :     This TNP is viewed as relating to government or parent figures. This  is true. However, Kronos can indicate tall structures, mountains, the   height reached by airplanes - generally, highly situated places.

HADES  Decomposition, defect, disintegration.

We know , of course, that Mercury is connected with roads. So that with Kronos, it becomes a flyover! Combine both with Hades and you have a flyover collapse because of defect or disintegration. At the time of the collapse Moon [7cp] was forming a Grand Cross and thus activating the eclipse.

But as we have seen in the past, there can more than one cosmic factor contributing to an event. On the night of March 30, Mercury and Pluto formed an exact square. A chart for this planetary event has Mercury (road) activating the Uranus-Pluto square (collapse)  and forming an aspect to the MC at Calcutta. (Ebertin's keywords for Uranus-Pluto are collapse or accidents.)

Finally, a chart drawn for the reported time of the collapse (12 noon) has the same square straddling the MC axis.

PS:  A few days back, Kolkata newspapers [1]reported a sting operation in which politicians of the ruling party were videotaped accepting bribes. Notice that another interpretation of Kronos-Hades is leaders who are corrupt and with Mercury (newsmedia) we can see how the same combination can refer to newsreports(Mercury)  about corruption (Hades)  in high places (Kronos)!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Why Smart People are Happier with Fewer Friends

If you believe the class genius is a loner because he’s an arrogant know-it-all, or because he’s socially awkward, that’s not (necessarily) the case. Instead, it might be because he or she is honestly happier without the incessant inane prattling of mere mortals like you, or I. New research published by the British Journal of Psychology in February, authored by evolutionary psychologists Norman Li from the Singapore Management University and Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics, suggests that smarter people may be happier going it alone. March 28

The eclipses of March are making themselves felt in all kinds of events. Shown here is the chart for the lunar eclipse at London where the new research was published. Notice that the  luminaries align with the meridian axis signifying that the eclipse is important for the place. So what might it be saying? Obviously, the message is symbolic and can apply in different ways to real life circumstances. Since the eclipse polarizes the Aries-Libra axis, here we are dealing with a story that talks about a loner (Aries) versus a group or crowd (Libra). Then we notice that the eclipse highlights a Mercury-Kronos square. The TNP Kronos is linked to “heights” and by association with “high”.  And since Mercury is  “intelligence” we are here talking about loners (Aries) with “high intelligence” and why they might prefer to keep away from the crowd (Libra). The desire to keep away from the crowd is shown in another way, if we factor in the TNPs Hades opposite Cupido.  Hades is “disgust/distaste; decline or deterioration” and Cupido is “groups” so that the combination can refer to a desire to keep away from groups [1].

Eclipse brings big changes in Myanmar

Myanmar's new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. Htin Kyaw from the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over from Thein Sein, who introduced wide-ranging reforms during his five years in power. Although NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency, she has said she will rule by proxy. The handover completes the transition that began after the NLD won a landslide win in elections in November. March 30

In the shadow of the powerful March 9 solar eclipse, changes are now perceptible in many places.  The eclipse was conjunct the star Achernar, alpha Eridanus and Ankaa, alpha Phoenix.

Aratus called Eridanus, “The River of Many Tears” and Diana Rosenberg links it to “history and paradigm altering events”. “Here the Phoenix-Firebird rises from its ashes renewed, Eridanus’ great River of Time and the flow of water from Aquarius’ Urn sweep away all past errors and regrets, while high flying Pegasus soars to heights of inspiration”.  The eclipse chart for Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital has it sextile Pluto on the MC and opposite  Jupiter i.e. activating the Jupiter-Pluto trine, the Uranus-Pluto and the Jupiter-Saturn squares.  The Jupiter-Pluto trine is an obvious reference to social/ political(Jupiter) regeneration (Pluto).

In its positive manifestation, the current Uranus-Pluto square is creating  important breakthroughs in politics. Let us recall that the French Revolution took place under a Uranus-Pluto opposition. That was violent. Here we notice a much more peaceful transition of power from the military to the people  possibly because Uranus is trine Saturn. The actions of a few courageous people (Uranus in Aries) bringing about a change in the government (Pluto in Capricorn).

About the Jupiter-Saturn square, Nick Fiorenza writes:
Jupiter-Saturn cycles, created by the two most massive planets in our solar system, are one of the most powerful and influential in our solar system dynamics. This last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square, occurring now, impels movement and expansion away from societal models, sociopolitical structures, and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth, an energetic set in motion throughout 2016, one that will continue throughout the last quarter of this 20-year cycle, into 2020.

Finally, on the IC is the star  Castor, alpha Geminorum. Alpha and beta Gemini were determinants of the Indian lunar mansion, Punarvasu “ Return of the Light ” or the return of good times.

Goat Hangs By Its Horns From Power Line

Cats regularly get stuck up trees, but a goat on a power line?! That was the surreal sight that greeted a group of guys near the village of Sykourio in central Greece last Wednesday. Footage posted online shows them rescuing the silly billy, which was dangling from its horns dozens of feet above a steep hill.

In keeping with my recent Mountain Astrologer series "Astrology of the Weird," which looks at anomalous events in the news, this odd item caught my eye. (How the heck did it get up there?) The article says that this happened last Wednesday--March 23rd. My first reaction was to wonder if there wasn't some significant Saturn (or Capricorn) aspect happening then, since goats are ruled by the planet Saturn and the sign Capricorn.
Turns out that was the day of the most recent Jupiter-square-Saturn. Could the Jupiterian influence relate to the fact that the goat apparently overreached and jumped too high? (Or to the fact there was a happy ending? Rest assured, had this happened under a Saturn/Pluto square, that goat would be barbecue.) If so, then this may well symbolize something broader happening in the global zeitgeist--but what, exactly?
p.s. Since cultural events often reflect the influence of multiple astrological factors simultaneously, it's possible this event also relates to the ongoing Capricorn Pluto-square-Aries Uranus (which would explain the electrical/power line element).

The eclipses of March dominate the global zeitgeist. And since the solar eclipse activates the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square, the message is very clear. All “fantasy”or “dream” projects (Neptune) in which we have overreached (Jupiter) ourselves are going to fail (Saturn).

The Saturn element in fiery Sagittarius is conjunct  Ras Algethi, the alpha star of Hercules.  Also known by his Latin epithet,  Hercules was saltator, or “leaper”. Reckless “leaping” into any activity without a well thought of  “plan”,  “philosophy” or “worldview”(Jupiter in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius)  is going to leave us hanging like the silly billy.  On the world stage, the failure of the adventurism of US and its allies in Syria is a good example.
That  the goat was chosen by the cosmos to bring home this message can be seen from the solar eclipse progressed to March 23. On the Ascendant [7aq]  are the stars psi and omega Capricornus of the mountain goat. The MC activates Mars [1sa] which forms hard aspects to the Uranus-Pluto square. This configuration once again echoes reckless action and also bears out what Ray Grasse says about the electrical/power line element of the story.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Why some couples can't admit how they met

Young people in India have traditionally had their marriages arranged by their families but now, armed with smartphones and dating apps, some are taking control of their own love lives. Simon Maybin spoke to three couples who met online. March 29.

The lunar eclipse of March 23 occurred in Libra, the sign linked to marriage and partnerships.  In a previous post [1] we discussed how the eclipse was pointing out the need to find companions and partners outside one’s  ownkind/“family or tribe”. At London, where the news mentioned above was published, the eclipse was significantly placed on the meridian. ( And if we were to draw the eclipse for a longitudinal line going through central India, the eclipse would be placed on the horizon.)

A cursory look at the eclipse chart shows that it is part of a Grand Cross containing the TNPs Hades-Kronos and Cupido.  Keyphrases [2] and delineations  for the TNPs are taken from Martha Wescott and are summarized below:

KRONOS:  authority figures; laws; rules and regulations; authoritative opinion.
HADES:  Disgust/distaste; debilitation or deterioration; interest in the past (inc. past lives)—thus history and primitive origins; mistakes; research into root causes.
CUPIDO: Issues in the family history; partner or family members; marriage.

Hades-Kronos: Reactions to just plain “dumb” rules and regulations from the past; deterioration of authority; times when opinions, regardless of how authoritatively stated, are based on misapprehension, very little information, a key-hole view of a situation – or on an out and out fallacy. (combine this with Cupido and we are talking about authority figures in the family and issues connected with partnership and marriage.)[3]

[3] Delineate V2; Martha-Lang Wescott

Lahore Easter suicide explosion

LAHORE -- Pakistani authorities hunted on Monday for breakaway Taliban militants who once declared loyalty to Islamic State after the group claimed responsibility for an Easter suicide bomb targeting Christians, that killed at least 70 people. The attack on Sunday evening in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore, the powerbase of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, killed mostly women and children enjoying an Easter weekend outing. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than 2 million.

Mundane astrology is primarily based on the analysis of eclipse and ingress charts at any given place. The  angles of the chart are of paramount importance especially if significant configurations align with them. Presented here is the chart for the lunar eclipse of March 23 that took place just four days before the event reported.  Notice that a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square is aligned with the angles. Jupiter[16vi]  on the Ascendant is conjunct the star Mizar[16vi].  Zeta (ζ) Ursa Major, Mizar, is a double star, possibly binary, brilliant white and pale emerald on the Tail of the Great Bear  The following extract from Ebertin illustrates the nature of this fiery star.

Supposedly, Mizar portends a Mars nature. The reputation of Mizar, if it is in maximal position in a mundane map, is that of being connected with fires of a catastrophic extent and mass calamities. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.55.]

On the IC, is Saturn [16sa] conjunct Ras Algethi, the alpha (α) star of  Hercules [16sa]. About this the Roman astrologer Manilius wrote:

"Hercules, the figure on bended knee and called by the Greek name of Engonasin, about whose origin no certainty prevails. Of this constellation is begotten the desertion, craftiness, and deceit characteristic of its children, and from it comes the thug who terrorizes the heart of the city". [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century, AD, p.353.]

This description would fit a modern day terrorist. 

But finally, the most amazing element of the chart is the Sabian symbol for Saturn [1] which is absolutely uncanny!


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Could There Be A Coup In Turkey?

The situation in Turkey is bad and getting worse. It’s not just the deterioration in security amidst a wave of terrorism. Public debt might be stable, but private debt is out-of-control, the tourism sector is in free-fall, and the decline in the currency has impacted every citizen’s buying power. There is a broad sense, election results notwithstanding, that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is out-of-control. He is imprisoning opponents, seizing newspapers left and right, and building palaces at the rate of a mad sultan or aspiring caliph. In recent weeks, he has once again threatened to dissolve the constitutional court. Corruption is rife. His son Bilal reportedly fled Italy on a forged Saudi diplomatic passport as the Italian police closed in on him in an alleged money laundering scandal. His outbursts are raising eyebrows both in Turkey and abroad. Even members of his ruling party whisper about his increasing paranoia which, according to some Turkish officials, has gotten so bad that he seeks to install anti-aircraft missiles at his palace to prevent airborne men-in-black from targeting him in a snatch-and-grab operation.

"The proclamation of the republic took place in the National Assembly in Ankara at exactly 8:30 p.m., and it is for this that the horoscope for modern Turkey should be set." Nicholas Campion, "The Book of World Horoscopes," p. 368. 

The mundane horoscope of Turkey based on Nicholas Campion’s data is shown here.

Turkey - Natal Chart
 29 Oct 1923, 8:30 pm, EET -2:00
 Ankara Turkey, 39°N56', 032°E52'
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Koch Houses,  True Node

Selection: Primary Mundane

Plu (10)      Opp               Mar (4)        Pm-Na         24 Mar 2016     
*** END REPORT ***

The current primary direction for this chart is “progressed Pluto opposite radix Mars” from the 10th (Pluto) to the 4th house (Mars). When the  lower levels of this opposition are being expressed,  the individual seeks to force his  will upon others for the sheer sake of power OVER them and the result may go from disappointment all the way to self destruction. In mundane astrology, the 10th house is the "ruler", president etc. while the 4th governs the masses.

In addition, the solar eclipse of March 9 at 18pisces has occurred conjunct the MC [16pi] and Uranus [13pi].  H.S. Green in his “Mundane or National Astrology” writes:

Eclipse in the 10th : Unfortunate for the monarch or Govevernment; unpopularity, discontent or discredit, dissensions or death. The trade and credit of the country suffer and the forces of law and authority are weakened. (With Uranus) There may be changes in the Government or some defeat. The Monarch may suffer personally or die.

Lunar eclipse message delivered through a hyena that lives with wolves

Striped hyenas (Hyaena hyaena) are solitary hunters. They forage alone but occasionally come together to munch on a kill. They are far less sociable than their better-known cousins, spotted hyenas. Both species are known to be highly intolerant of other large carnivores, and even of other members outside their immediate social group. They will also kill large aggressive dogs that get in their way.  That is why Vladimir Dinets of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, US, was surprised to find that a striped hyena had travelled with a pack of grey wolves – another hostile predator usually intolerant of other species.March 26

The essay by Melissa Hogenboom appeared on BBC Earth on March 26 just three days after a lunar eclipse that fell on the meridian at London.

In her essay Lunar Eclipse In Libra: Making Changes In How We Relate, Carmen Di Luccio writes:

We have been experiencing Lunar Eclipses in the Libra-Aries axis since October 2013, and this will be the final one of this series. Like Full Moons, this is a time when we feel a bit torn between both polarities, and need to learn to integrate them. Libra is about relating, diplomacy, and fairness. Seeing both sides of something, considering others, and taking a balanced approach is what this sign stands for. Libra is relationships, especially partnerships and marriage.
Mercury is also in Aries applying a conjunction to the Sun. This planet rules the mind, intellect, and communication. In this position, it is like Mercury is on the verge of being reborn. We may be working towards new ideas or a new way of thinking or even communicating. Or we may be completely thinking about ourselves and our own initiatives.
Whatever it is we are doing in our lives, wherever it is we are trying to lead or take independant action on, we will have circumstances that come up which bring up the need for some sort of consideration. For some people it can manifest as bringing their personal ideas into a relationship or partnership.

So if this is what the eclipse is essentially saying, these ideas are particularly significant for London where the eclipse falls on the meridian axis. Readers familiar with mundane astrology also know that elements on the angles interact with each other. Here on the descendant [27cp] we have stars of  Capricornus about which Nick Fiorenza quoting Andrés Takra writes:

“Capricornus has also been related to wolves, coyotes, hyenas, crocodiles and prehistoric beasts, especially the most cruel and ugly ones. Fossils also fall under its sway. Persons strongly influenced by Capricorn tend to stay alone quite a lot. They are often people who are awkward socially and shy away from the company of others even though deep down they crave their attention and support. Others may find them cold, distant, uncaring and nasty, but this is usually a way of hiding painful feelings of insecurity and fear of rejection." I have to say I see this relating most to early sidereal Capricorn.

Aries is the sign of the ‘self.’ It is independent, leading,  strong willed and a bit of a loner. While Libra is about relationships, especially partnerships and marriage. An eclipse on this axis is asking us to balance these two polarities. It would, therefore, appear that the eclipse has even chosen the characters of wolves and hyenas (Capricornus) to bring home the message of the need to interact and form relationships (Libra) with those one would normally avoid.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Fiery Explosion as Train Collides With Tanker


The Altar

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Residents of a northwestern Minnesota town are returning to their homes after a freight train collides with a propane truck Thursday. Crews in Callaway have been on the scene of a collision between the train and truck for more than 17 hours. More than 15 different departments have responded. The incident prompted an evacuation of the town. First, they were fighting flames from when the train hit the propane truck. Then around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the large propane tanker exploded. It was carrying 10,000 gallons of propane when it was hit by the train.

Astrologers practicing mundane astrology are aware that eclipse or ingresses affect a place according to the position of planets in houses. For example the current solar eclipse chart at Callaway has Saturn placed in the third house as part of a stressful T-square. For this position, H.S. Green writes in his  Mundane or National Astrology:

Saturn in the Third House: If afflicted, there are railway and other accidents connected with locomotion.

While the eclipse took place on March 8, the immediate cause was  Saturn turning  station retrograde on March 25.

The next question is “Why the fire?” Well  here Saturn [16sa] in the third house is conjunct V801 Arae [16sa] in the constellation of Ara, the Altar. Diana Rosenberg writes:

Ara is a fiery altar: these stars were transited at the terrible 1876 Brooklyn Theatre fire (293 died), in 1918 when a forest fire overwhelmed Brookston,MN killing 800; in 1937 at Zeppelin Hindenburg’s final voyage and fiery explosion; at the 1944 Port Chicago, CA massive explosion that blew up two munitions ships and wharves; at the 1961 Gran Circo Norte/Americano Circus fire in Brazil; at a 1966 New York City 5-alarm fire that killed 12 firemen; in 1978 at an Abadan, Iran theatre fire deliberately set by Muslim extremists; at the 1985 Bradford, England football stadium fire that killed 53 and several others.

Readers who may also like to progress the eclipse chart to the date of the accident will notice that the progressed descendant conjoins Uranus in fiery Aries which is part of a configuration containing Uranus-Pluto-Mars in hard aspects – a combination that stands for accidents.

JK Rowling shares Robert Galbraith rejection letters

JK Rowling has shared two rejection letters she received for her first novel writing as Robert Galbraith. The author was trying to find a publisher for The Cuckoo's Calling, which was eventually released in 2013. Rowling posted the rejections on Twitter, saying she was doing so to encourage other aspiring writers. One of the letters, from publishing house Constable & Robinson, says it "could not publish [The Cuckoo's Calling] with commercial success". March 25;

JK Rowling  is the  writer of the immensely popular series of "Harry Potter" books. In three short years from her first book in 1997 about an 11-year-old schoolboy wizard, Rowlings has had a fantastic success. Her first three books have sold an amazing 30 million copies and have been translated into 31 languages. She has gone from being a penniless single mom to a famous author worth more than $20 million.

A chart for the lunar eclipse of March 23  will help explain this news. Notice that the eclipse is placed very significantly on the meridian axis at London. It is conjunct Mercury and square the TNPs Kronos-Hades. Some keyphrases for the elements are:

MERCURY: author; writer; books.
KRONOS: Authoritative positions; questioning of competency; having differences of opinion; dealing with “red tape,” timing or jumping bureaucratic hoops; laws; police; legislators; the father; executives; governmental leaders; events through people in the public eye; measurements (especially of height;) rising, altitude, flights; overhead/above. Assessment of your own competency.
HADES: mistakes;interest in the past—thus history and primitive origins; handling highly detailed work, chores or drudgery; “messy” situations; depressing emotions; research.

Combining the keyphrases we have such statements as:

Mercury-Hades: A writer’s past.
Hades-Kronos: mistakes made about the judgement of competency; depressing situations on account of dealing with “red tape” or jumping through bureaucratic hoops.

Here the TNP Hades [3cn50] is conjunct the star Tejat Prior, eta Geminorum in Castor’s left  foot.  The Gemini twins Castor and Pollux are linked to writers and for this area Diana Rosenberg adds “they are intensely energetic with deeply inquiring minds, driving themselves relentlessly in the pursuit of personal or worldly success; most are hard workers, indeed superachievers with a conscientious need to make a contribution to mankind.” In particular for Tejat, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Tejat, the foot of Castor, is composed of Eta Gemini, IC 444, a bright refection nebula, and Dirah (Tejat Posterior) Mu Gemini. Tejat & IC 444 portend eminence and renown, and will make that which they align with stand out in a unique fashion. Tejat will bring out to be seen that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden, in the closet, but destined to be. Alignments with the foot of Castor can indicate hiding in the closet or in one's own mental obscurations and illusions. Tejat indicates that it is time to come out of hiding, to become visible, to stand forth in the limelight to be seen, and to make self available or approachable. Tejat indicates it is time to claim one's role in the physical world, and to take the steps required for physical unfoldment and participation in the physical world. It is time to do what is required. Tejat will bring forth that which has been suppressed to be seen and in doing so may draw experiences that are reflections of parts of our selves that seem rather dark and opposing to our unfoldment. Forces of the mortal world may indeed be out for our demise, but they are our worthy opponents, for they reflect the fears, hesitancies, and blockages within our selves to step through into our paths of fulfillment in the world. Tejat asks that us be willing to walk through the shadows of self to claim our power and place in the physical world.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Congratulations to Kerry and Lavrov!

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and the US’ John Kerry agreed to push for a political transition in Syria by having a new draft constitution ready by August. The Kremlin-hosted talks revealed a softer, more cooperative tone on Syria, as well as Ukraine. The discussions lasted over four hours and involved Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and US Ambassador to Russia John F. Tefft. “We agreed on a target schedule for establishing a framework for a political transition [in Syria] and also a draft constitution, both of which we targeted by August,” Kerry told journalists at a joint news conference with Lavrov following the meeting. Lavrov also said that both parties had agreed to use their influence to push the Syrian government to engage in “direct talks” with the opposition in order to accelerate discussions on a political transition that could help end Syria’s civil war.

It quite often happens that we do not have the exact birth details of major actors on the international scene. Even then it is interesting that some meaningful information can be gleaned from their individual and composite dates of birth.

The birth dates of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and  US Secretary of State John Kerry are March 21, 1950 and December 11, 1943 respectively so that their Davison Composite date of birth is January 30, 1947. Using this composite data we find that the composite progressed Sun [18ar] is conjunct radix Admetus [18ar] which in turn is close to Hades [24ar] so that for all practical purposes it is triggering the Admetus-Hades conjunction. A look at the composite chart gives an immediate picture of the complete configuration triggered which is essentially a Grand Trine involving Admetus-Hades; Zeus and Venus. Martha Wescott in her “The Orders of Light” provides the following delineations:

Hades-Zeus: to see ugly incidents connected with guns, explosions or fires (war?); to set priorities in a logical sequence.
Admetus-Hades: to have the patience to break things into components, to endure “first stages” and preliminaries – i.e. to be able to “hold on” even through frustration in connection with menial, tedious, highly detailed and sequential tasks.
Admetus-Zeus: to be inured to arousal, anger or excitement; to see enthusiasm, focus and resolve tested by delays, obstacles, frustrations, dependence on others or problems with timing.
Venus: Diplomacy, peace or compromise.

After reading the above delineations in the composite chart of Kerry and Lavrov shouldn’t we be congratulating them for having done a great job to keep the Syria peace process going!

Solar Eclipse resurrects Airships

(CNN)It's hard to imagine keeping secrets about an aircraft so spectacularly huge that the Guinness Book of Records is believed to be just days away from rubber-stamping its entry. But until the vast new Airlander 10 airship was unveiled fully assembled in a giant hangar north of London on March 21, it still had a few to reveal. March 23

The Airlander, is a hybrid airship.  An airship or dirigible is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can navigate through the air under its own power. Airships were the first aircraft capable of controlled powered flight, and were most commonly used before the 1940s, but their use decreased over time as their capabilities were surpassed by those of aeroplanes. Their decline was accelerated by a series of high-profile accidents, including the 1930 crash and burning of British R101 in France, the 1933 storm-related crash of the USS Akron and the 1937 burning of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg. The Airlander 10 is a modern airship that uses helium instead of the flammable hydrogen.  

That airships are making a comeback at the current solar eclipse which is conjunct the star Ankaa, alpha Phoenix should be no surprise. Let us recall that the Phoenix is a mythical bird that rises from its ashes. A chart for the eclipse at London has its prominent T-square straddling the horizon axis. In our previous post today we explained how  a negative manifestation of Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square could be the death of a large fantasy project like US-Qatari pipeline. Here we see a positive manifestation of the same combination.  In its most positive form Saturn gives the ability to realize a large project (Jupiter-Neptune). And it is not coincidental, that just like in the Qatar pipeline project, here too we are dealing with “gases”(Neptune).

Two other points need to be mentioned. First Jupiter [18vi] is conjunct delta Vela of the celestial ship Argo and alpha Antlia, the Air Pump.

 Robert Hand points out:

The actual images of the constellations made up by the stars are not equal 30-degree segments. They can vary from about 15 degrees to over 45 degrees. And not only that, but they do not have distinct boundaries (except for arbitrary ones created by modern astronomers). They can overlap, and there can be gaps between them.

It is for this reason, the two images combine here to produce an airship!

The second point to note in the chart is the Uranus-Pluto  square aligned with the meridian. Among other things Uranus-Pluto is about scientific or technological breakthroughs which of course the Airlander certainly is! Notice that Uranus in Aries, a combination that produces pioneering new ideas, is trine Saturn on the Ascendant.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Why the US-Qatari pipeline dream ended in a fiasco

Why the Arabs Don’t Want Us in Syria. They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries—for oil. By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., February 22, 2016

In this comprehensive essay, Robert Kennedy, among other things, explains that the dream of a Qatar pipeline through Syria was proposed in 2000. When Syria refused transit permission, in 2011, the U.S. joined France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UK to form the Friends of Syria Coalition, which formally demanded the removal of Assad. Now in 2015-16, after the Russian intervention in Syria, we have entered a phase where we are seeing the end of the dream by the US and its allies.

These developments can be understood using outer planet aspects. In May 2000, a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Taurus took place on the MC at Washington.  The following keywords for the phases of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle are provided by Steven Forrest. Notice how relevant they are in our current context.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn (2000)
Big dreams. Utopianism. Ideas ahead of their time for which “the technology does not yet exist”.

Jupiter opposite Saturn (2010-11)
Joint  efforts. Team work. Manifesting a vision.

Jupiter waning square Saturn (2015-16)
Endgames; anticlimax. Recognizing failure to be part of the cycle.

Let us remember that during the waning part of a cycle, if a negative pastward direction has been taken, devolution and disintegration prevail especially starting with the waning square.

In the chart for the current waning  Jupiter-Saturn square drawn for Washington DC, notice that it is part of a T- involving Neptune – the planet we associate with “dreams and wishful thinking” as well as with “oil and gas”.  Along with its square to Neptune (end of wishful thinking) Saturn on the MC in  Sagittarius linked to adventures in foreign lands is deflating the buoyancy of this enthusiastic sign.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Uranus-Pluto and the Brussels explosion

Many people have been killed or seriously injured in explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station. Twin blasts struck the departures area of Zaventem international airport, in the north-east of the city.Another explosion hit the Maelbeek metro station in the city centre, close to several European Union institutions. The attacks come four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the jihadist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015. There were two explosions in the check-in area of the airport at about 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT) on Tuesday. The Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said one of the blasts was "likely" to have been a suicide bomb. March 22, 2016

A chart for the current Gibbous Moon phase at Brussels has the powerful Uranus-Pluto square straddling the horizon axis.In his article, “The Uranus/Pluto Square: Breakdown or Breakthrough,”  Ray Grasse  explains  the potential contained in the enormously significant pattern, involving two powerhouse planets.

In some ways, we could liken the effect of a planetary pattern like this to the build-up of subterranean lava domes associated with volcanoes. It's already starting to feel like that around the world, in terms of a growing sense that impending eruptions might be about to transform the global landscape (perhaps even literally, in the form of geological eruptions!). There are enormously powerful energies released by such patterns, but they're volatile and unpredictable. On the one hand they could trigger fiery conflicts between individuals, countries, religious groups, or competing social classes; but on the other hand, I'm reminded of the way some countries have learned to harness steam energy from volcanic vents towards peaceful ends--a useful analogy for how these planetary energies might likewise be channeled towards constructive outcomes, whether that be artistic and/literary creations, spiritual teachings, social reforms, or new inventions and discoveries.

In addition a chart for the reported time of the blast 8 am (CET) on March 22 once again has the fiery Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus T-square straddling the meridian confirming that it has a major role in the explosion. 

Lunar Eclipse highlights Zaniah – the prostitute

A doctor who paid for sex with a prostitute while on emergency duty at a maternity hospital has been told he can keep his job. Trainee anaesthetist Dr Rupert Pemsel, 32, had a 40-minute sexual encounter with an escort in an on-call room on a locked corridor, having texted her to say: "This is naughty on my part so discretion would really be appreciated." The father-of-two, whose wife is a GP, said he had met the woman after experiencing stressful episodes in his life, including being involved in two road accidents and witnessing neonatal deaths in a visit to Uganda - "stressors" which he said had led him to view internet pornography. At a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester, Dr Pemsel was suspended from the medical register for ten months, after which he will be free to resume his NHS post.  Tribunal chairwoman Lisa Smith said the medic had not been struck off because "it would not benefit the public to be deprived of the services of a clinically good doctor."March 21

News about Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester comes just two days before the lunar eclipse of March 23 that fell on the meridian axis conjunct the star eta Virgo, Zaniah [1].

Zaniah comes from Zanijah, “harlot”. It is also the Chinese "Left-hand Maintainer of Law" (Allen). Quite often laws are blindly restrictive and sometimes outdated. There is often a need for such laws to more flexible,  realistic and in keeping with the times. 
Diana Rosenberg gives the following examples:

Saturn was here when the Magna Carter , foundation of English law was signed;  the Sun and Jupiter of US Supreme Court Chief Justice  John Marshall, principal founder of US Constitutional  law; other people with placements here include  crusading politician/ Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black; pioneering feminist Susan B. Anthony, who devoted her life to gaining the right to vote for women; seamstress Rosa Parks who in 1955 defied the Alabama law that said she had to give up her seat on a bus to a white man; her arrest triggered the US Civil Rights Movement ; Mars was here at the 1839 Amistad Rebellion when starving, desperate slaves took over a ship during a storm: captured and put on trial  in the US, they were eventually freed and returned to Africa.

An extract from a research project [2] on why men use prostitutes is relevant in the present context.

One of the most interesting findings was that many believed men would "need" to rape if they could not pay for sex on demand. One told me, "Sometimes you might rape someone: you can go to a prostitute instead." Another put it like this: "A desperate man who wants sex so bad, he needs sex to be relieved. He might rape."

That the tribunal came to a conclusion that favored Dr Rupert Pemsel is an indication that the star Zaniah- the Left Hand Maintainer of the law was actually active here.

But to complete the picture let us remember that a Full Moon eclipse is always linked to the seed  ideas contained in the preceding New Moon solar eclipse bringing them to a kind of fulfillment. About this eclipse Nick Fiorenza writes:

This South Node Solar Eclipse T-Square, and this lunar cycle, creates a powerful force to let go of constructs in our lives that no longer provide room for growth, movement and expansion. In other words, we have grown as far as the limits imposed by those constructs have permitted. It is now time to either begin to change those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth, expansion and fulfillment, or to dismantle those constructs all together.
This last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square, occurring now, impels movement and expansion away from societal models, sociopolitical structures, and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth, an energetic set in motion throughout 2016, one that will continue throughout the last quarter of this 20-year cycle, into 2020.