Saturday, 30 April 2016

Neptune Return and the Identity Crisis for the Republican Party

Only a year ago, Republicans were congratulating themselves on having the strongest field of presidential candidates in a generation — diverse, highly credentialed conservatives who might be the salvation of a party that had lost the popular vote in five of the past six elections. But now, the question is how close the Grand Old Party will come to annihilating itself and what it stands for. Donald Trump — dismissed by GOP elders for months as an entertaining fringe figure who would self-destruct — has staged a hostile takeover and rebranded the party in his own image. What is being left by the wayside is any sense of a Republican vision for the country or a set of shared principles that could carry the party forward.

A new horoscope for the  Republican Party  based on data provided in reference [1] is shown here. The most significant thing happening in this chart is a Neptune return to the radix Sun-Neptune conjunction in Pisces.

Neptune represents the ocean of consciousness that dissolves all boundaries between self and others so that when it transits over the radix Sun the identity begins to dissolve.

 This is nowhere more so than in the sign Pisces, the last stage of the Sun's zodiacal journey. Pisces is an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration. This is the stage when new blood is flowing into the old ruling classes, utterly transforming them. The proud "isolationists" are swept away when they refuse to link themselves up to the rising crest of the spring-to-be — as wintry icebergs are sent to liquid deaths by the equinoctial storms which rage through the Piscean period [2].

But going a step further, the T-square that the Sun-Neptune conjunction forms with Mars and the TNP Zeus defines the nature of these "isolationists" .  Mars is of course the “war god” and the TNP Zeus is linked with the military so that together they define the Republican party as a “war party” [3]. The 9/11 World Trade Center” false  flag” attack was fabricated by the Neocons to provide the excuse for the Afghanistan war and the Iraq  wars that followed. In 2001, a Saturn-Pluto opposition formed a T-square with the Sun-Neptune-Kronos conjunction  in the GOP chart.  One simple meaning of Kronos-Neptune is “leaders who deceive” . But to what purpose? To take the country to war (Mars-Zeus). Here Zeus is conjunct the stars of Hyades about which the ancient Roman astrologer Manilius  wrote:

"The Hyades are a stormy star group and was regarded as a separate constellation. Those born at this time take no pleasure in tranquillity and set no store by a life of inaction; rather they yearn for crowds and mobs and civil disorders. Sedition and uproar delight them; they long for the Gracchi to harangue from the platform, for a secession to the Sacred Mount, leaving but a handful of citizens at Rome; they welcome fights which break the peace and provide sustenance for fears. They herd their foul droves over untilled countryside, for this constellation also begot Ulysses' trusty swineherd (Eumaeus, or Eumaios, was Odysseus' swineherd ). Such are the qualities engendered by the Hyades at the rising of their stars". [Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 5, p.308-311].

Astrologically speaking, the Neptune return in the GOP chart is an event of the first magnitude.  The party’s identity is being eroded. And the interesting thing is that the dissolution is being carried out  by its front runner candidate Donald Trump.  His current solar arc Neptune squares the GOP’s  radix Sun-Neptune. The crisis has been brought to a crescendo by the last solar eclipse which fell on the Sun-Neptune-Kronos combination.  

Friday, 29 April 2016

Weasel causes outage of Large Hadron Collider

One of the physics world’s most complex machines, the Large Hadron Collider, has been temporarily immobilised – by a weasel.  Little remains of the unfortunate creature, who did not survive an encounter with a high-voltage transformer at the site near Geneva in Switzerland. Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier said the world's largest atom smasher, the LHC, has suspended operations because the animal invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage on Thursday night. April 29

The first beam was circulated through the collider on the morning of 10 September 2008  at 10:28 local time and this becomes the basis for its horoscope. The following extract from a previous post [1] on the LHC is reproduced below since it shows how meaningful the chart is:

We notice from the chart that Mercury-Mars were conjunct and rising at 15li along with Venus (13li10) and TNP Zeus (11li03) The Sabian symbol [1]  for this degree (15li) is CIRCULAR PATHS – an uncanny image of the actual collider which is essentially a circular path!

The current precession corrected solar return  is shown here.  On the Ascendant [0vi14] is the asteroid Diana [1vi] in hard aspect to the TNP Zeus [16li] which itself forms a T-square with Uranus-Pluto. The delineation for the elements are as below [2][3]:

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

DIANA: Attunement to animals and nature.

URANUS: Electricity.

URANUS-PLUTO: Accidents; sudden release of pent up energy.

Combining the underlined keywords for the elements in the configuaration, we can see the possibility of an accident caused by an animal resulting in an electrical outage. If we now progress the return chart to April 28, the date of the accident, notice that the Uranus-Zeus-Pluto T-square reaches the  horizon axis triggering the event!

Just 6% Americans trust the media

The Virgin and the Crow

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media.Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents.

The Sun crossed the equator on March 20, 2016 at 12:31 am EDT, marking the beginning of the Spring Season.  Some  astrologers  use the Aries Ingress as the chart for the year as it officially begins the growing season. Cast for Washington, D.C, the Aries chart is quite powerful with a Saturn-Jupiter-Neptune T-square straddling the meridian.

In his essay Saturn in Sagittarius: Finding Our Authenticity and the Transparency of the Soul,  Gahl Eden Sasson writes:

For the next three years, Saturn will demand the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the Truth. Saturn in Sagittarius is a polygraph, a cosmic lie detector. When we are not authentic, it will start beeping and when Saturn beeps, it sounds more like a deafening siren.

Since Saturn squares Neptune, the planet  associated with falsehoods and deception, we can see that the Aries Ingress at Washington is applying pressure that the truth be revealed. We can see that in the recent  efforts by Congressman Bob Graham seeking the release of the redacted 9/11 documents.  The 28-page chapter of the final report of a congressional investigation that  has been withheld from the American people for almost 13 years. This was not a cover-up. It was the result of aggressive deception. The US government has purposely used deceit to withhold the truth.

But coming back to the news report from the Associated Press about the results of a recent poll which reveal that most Americans are now  aware of the staggering dishonesty and reality twisting that the mainstream, corporate news media engages in on a daily basis. The AP news is dated April 18. If we now progress the Aries Ingress chart to April 18, the progressed meridian triggers the Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus T-square.  Conjunct  Zeus on the MC are stars of the Virgin and Corvus, the Raven:

Corvus is the Latin name for both the raven and the crow and these two birds are usually paired together in mythology. From the same family, their obvious intelligence and ingenuity, as well as their distinctive caw, has given them a widespread association with trickery, storytelling, the relaying of messages, and the serving of self-interest. But the colour of their plumage has also drawn a universal connection with malevolence, sinister forces, and ominous warnings. The stars of Corvus share this reputation and the classical myths that relate to the constellation speak of mistrust, shameful motives, insincerity, glorification in the misfortune of others, and the bearing of bad news [1].

The Crow  is a talking bird, and these are people in love with gossip, tidings, what’s happening, what’s new, what’s up – many journalists, newsmen and media people are born under these stars. The worst of them become greedy, scavenging and exploiting opportunists.  But also here are the stars of the Virgin which longs for “truth” and “purity”.  Few other skyscapes are so polarized between light and dark, clear air and suffocating darkness, with a tremendous conflict between the Virgin’s honest, upright will-to-do good and the Hydra’s dark lair of greed and arrogant self-interest [2].

Here the Uranus-Pluto square  represents a  clash: courageous/warrior-like actions of alternative media  working on behalf of the people's liberties (Uranus in Aries) vs. an intensification/consolidation of power by institutional structures like the established western MSM facing threats to their authority (Pluto in Capricorn). In the light of the dynamics of the stars involved it is not too difficult to see why the ‘lying’ Raven is being confronted by the ‘truth seeking ’ Virgin   and we can clearly see who is winning.

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.78-80)

Crowds protest Trump’s stand on immigration

Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night ( April 28; 8:32 pm)outside a Donald Trump campaign event in Costa Mesa, California, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and on horseback who sought to disperse the crowd. The crowd, which originally gathered outside the OC Fair & Event Center, poured into the streets following the rally. Protesters blocked a main intersection and were impeding traffic, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office worked to disperse the crowd, Lt. Mark Stichter said.
Stichter was unable to provide an official estimate on the number of protesters, but demonstrators could be seen filling the intersection of Fairview Road and Fair Drive. Stichter also said he wasn't aware of any injuries, but several scuffles broke out between Trump supporters who were leaving the rally and people in the streets who accused them of being racist. One Trump supporter was visibly bloodied after being punched in the face.

The CNN video of the event is marked 8:32pm on April 28 at Costa Mesa, California. A chart for the event  has Mercury [23ta] which has just stationed retrograde setting exactly on the descendant – a perfect symbol for traffic impediment , road blocks along with confusion on the streets. But more importantly, Mercury retrogrades are an opportunity to revise one’s attitudes.

But a Mercury retrograde is at best the “minute hand” of the cosmic clock. To understand in what context the attitudes need a change we need to look at the big picture or the “hour hand” of clock. For that we go back to the March 8 solar eclipse chart.  An eclipse always means that some amount of change is due, or sometimes overdue. An eclipse on the South Node may cause a sort of crisis in order to turn things around and bring things back into a healthier balance. The last solar eclipse fell on the South Node. Trump has been asking for the removal of immigrants and the building of a wall to prevent Mexicans from coming into the US. We shall see in this post that the stars of this South Nodal eclipse are asking for an end to racial discrimination.

Notice that the eclipse along with its T-square was positioned  very significantly on the horizon axis.  Diana Rosenberg links the stars of the eclipse with  “acts of violent intolerance”  and gives the following examples:

These stars were transited in 1524 when Franciscan priests brutally suppressed the Aztec clergy, killing their priests, burning their sacred codices; at the same time, in Germany, a peasant revolt against feudal oppression was defeated; in 1930 when the US Congress passed the Indian Removal Act to force all tribes into “Indian Territory” west of the Mississippi River; at the US Supreme Court’s notorious 1857 Dred Scott decision that slaves were merely property; in 1994 when a fanatic Jewish settler slaughtered Muslims at  prayer in the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, Israel and several others.

Having established that the stars of eclipse are linked to racial intolerance, we now progress the eclipse chart to April 28 to check if it is triggered on that date. And sure enough we find that the progressed MC makes hard aspects to the eclipse on that day. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Pluto's 'Little Sister' Makemake Has a Moon

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found a tiny, dark moon circling the dwarf planet Makemake, a Pluto sibling in the solar system’s distant Kuiper Belt.It is the first satellite to be discovered circling Makemake, an 870-mile wide dwarf planet discovered in 2005.Makemake, which is named for a creation deity of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, is the second brightest object in the Kuiper Belt after Pluto. The dwarf planet’s newly found moon, spotted in an April Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image, is more than 1,300 fainter than Makemake, NASA said in a press release issued Tuesday,(April 26) the same day the discovery was announced in a Minor Planet Electronic Circular.

Very little is known about Makemake. Nick Fiorenza gives the following delineation of the dwarf planet:

Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - “e” is pronounced “ay” in Polynesian) is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005. Based upon an exploration of Makemake’s orbital parameters and its recent role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may also impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.[1]

So what happened astrologically for Makemake to be mentioned in the Minor Planet Electronic Circular on April 26. As we have seen in the eclipses tend to become activated when progressed angles pass over them. Shown here is the chart for the Lunar Eclipse of September 28, 2015 drawn for Cambridge, Ma, where the Minor Planet Center is located. Notice that the eclipse is significantly placed forming a Grand Cross with the horizon axis. Here Makemake[1li26] is conjunct  the North Node [1li] and the Sun [4li40] so that the eclipse is in a sense pushing Makemake into prominence.

Now if we progress the eclipse chart to April 26, we notice that the Sun-Makemake conjunction aligns with the meridian so that it is no surprise that the dwarf planet and its Moon are in the news.  Of course the deeper message is still connected to Makemake’s role of impelling leaders to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general.

Europe’s Energy Wars: Tankers Against Pipelines

Today Russia’s pipeline gas supplies to Europe face no competition, but the situation may change soon with the US, Qatar and Australia exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Old Continent. The shale gas extraction has significantly grown in the United States. This fact has been hyped in the media. A tanker carrying liquefied natural gas from Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass export facility in Louisiana is en route to Portugal. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the event marks the first shipment in a trade relationship that could shake up the European market currently dominated by Russia. The ship is estimated to arrive at the Port of Sines in Portugal on April 26.

In mundane astrology an event can have more than one planetary indicator. Most often these indicators will bring the same configuration to the angles as we shall see here. The first chart is the Waning Gibbous Moon of April 26 at Sines. 

 The second is a chart for the exact Venus sesquisquare Neptune a day later on April 27. Notice that both carry the Mars-Saturn-Jupiter-Neptune T-square on the angles.

In a previous post [1]we saw that  the chart for the current waning  Jupiter-Saturn square drawn for Washington DC, has  a T square- involving Neptune – the planet we associate with “dreams and wishful thinking” as well as with “oil and gas”.  Here the Saturn square is a “reality check” on the unrealistic or impractical  “oil and gas” dreams in foreign lands (Sagittarius).

We now have the same T-square highlighted at Sines, with an additional Mars conjunct Saturn. Under Mars-Saturn aspects people often feel weak. When that happens they overcompensate and try to act strong.  Mars-Saturn aspects’ reputation for bullying or controlling behavior could actually be originating from a deep feeling of powerlessness.
So once again we are seeing the possibility of failure of the US move to ship LNG to Europe to replace Russian gas.

Donald Trump’s Historic Speech on His New Foreign Policy

Unfortunately, after the Cold War our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which led to one foreign policy disaster after another.
They just kept coming and coming. We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy. 
Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy.

This is the most important speech an American politician has made. What Donald Trump essentially admits is that the hegemonic foreign policy of the USA has made no sense since the end of the Cold War.  He made his speech in Washington, DC on April 27 just a day after the Waning Gibbous Moon. The Moon is conjunct stars of Ara,  the Altar of the Centaur. The mythical image here is of the Centaur placing Lupus the beast with conscious deliberation upon the Centaur's sacrificial altar. In our context, it would be referring to the need to give up a way of being where the US has been behaving like a beast on a rampage!

The Centaur takes the beast to Ara which is on the extreme right

 A chart for the Moon phase at Washington DC has Mars [8sa25] on the MC as part of a T-square also containing Saturn-Neptune-Jupiter. The last quarter or waning Jupiter-Saturn square  is about  “endgames…recognizing failure as part of the cycle”. Neptune is the planet we associate with “dreams and wishful thinking”.   Its square to Saturn implies a defeat or end of wishful thinking. Saturn on the MC in  Sagittarius linked to adventures in foreign lands is deflating the buoyancy of this enthusiastic sign and is the reason behind Trump’s admission that  the US foreign policy is a “complete and total disaster”.

Finally, on the MC with Mars is the star Antares, alpha Scorpio, Heart of the Scorpion about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with a tenacious willingness to fight and even destroy. Antares demands we take responsibility for our reality, for the lives we create, and "take a stand" for our truth, live it, and especially to take 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 greatest fulfillment.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Saudi Arabia’s $2 Trillion Gamble for Reform

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 30, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia laid out his vision for Saudi Arabia on Monday in a plan called “Vision 2030.” He wants to get Saudi Arabia off its oil dependence in only 4 years, by 2020, and wants to diversify the economy into manufacturing and mining.

The following extract from a previous post [1] is relevant to our discussion.

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.

The highlighted sentences tell us that the stars require Saudi Arabia to go through a reform to regenerate itself.  Shown below is the progressed solar return for April 25, when the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia laid out his vision for Saudi Arabia on Monday in a plan called “Vision 2030.” Notice that the progressed Ascendant touches the Uranus-Pluto  square – a combination that we know is associated with a need for reform. That an incident that fits the big picture can be seen operating to the very day is a testimony to the correctness of the principles on which astrology is based.

Full Moon brings closure to the Hillsborough disaster

The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush that caused the deaths of 96 people and injured 766 others at a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989. The interim report in the 1989–90 official inquiry into the disaster by Lord Taylor concluded that "the main reason for the disaster was the failure of police control." A new inquest which, on 26 April 2016, returned a verdict that the supporters were unlawfully killed due to deficiencies in policing and ambulance response on the day, as well as the stadium's design, and reiterated that supporters were not to blame for the deaths.

According to reports, the crush happened at around 3:00 pm at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989. Shown here is the chart for the event.  On the meridian axis we have the TNP Admetus opposite Pluto and TNP Cupido. Martha Wescott provides the following interpretations:

Cupido-Admetus : claustrophobic reaction to proximity with others in a group.
Admetus-Pluto: to attempt to “hold back the tides”; to see that things have reached a critical mass – in other words although one has been able to stand up under increasing pressure, the burden finally becomes too great and there must be some release.

In his essay, Pluto and the experience of depth, Dane Rudhyar explains why Pluto rules crowd behavior and all that follows from it.

All rituals, bringing together a relatively large number of people to a state of mass-feeling and behavior in which they act as an emotional undifferentiated crowd, seek to arouse the power of man's common humanity. They are Plutonian instrumentalities, especially whenever they operate in a nation which otherwise seeks to foster and takes pride in the individualism of its citizens; for in such cases there is no deeply effective Saturnian power to set traditional limits to the behavior of what has become a totally irrational and uncontrollable mob.

But why has this chart been activated now? The first reason is that Mercury is stationing to go retrograde on April 30 at 24 Taurus on the chart MC. Retrogrades often refer to the past so that Mercury is bringing back the Hillsborough disaster to the front pages of the news!

A second reason comes from the chart of the last Full Moon of April 22. Notice that at Sheffield, the Uranus-Pluto square straddles the meridian. The asteroids Memoria and Orpheus conjoin Uranus while Pluto is with the asteroid Requiem.

REQUIEM: As well as a connection to the ceremonies of death (and the formalization of grief,) Requiem stands for a place of acceptance, a cessation of struggle. Whether one should be AT PEACE with the people, actions and events shown by aspecting points is the issue!
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.
MEMORIA: memories

Uranus acting on Pluto has the effect of releasing what was buried.Putting the elements together we can see why the Full Moon has brought a sense of closure to memories of grief and death from the past. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Big Ben 'bongs' to be silenced for refurbishment

Horologium Oscillatorium

the Pendulum Clock

Britain's most famous clock tower is to fall silent so that urgent repair work can be carried out at a cost of £29m. Parliament says it has no choice but to stop the chimes of Big Ben, after 157 years of nearly unbroken service, to prevent its mechanism from failing. The Elizabeth Tower, which houses it, will also be repaired during the three year project, which starts next year.

Eclipses effect events  long after they have occurred. A chart for the last lunar eclipse of March 23 at London will help explain the news about Big Ben. Notice that the eclipse axis aligns perfectly with the meridian.  On the MC with Sun and Mercury are the stars zeta [2ar40] and eta [4ar50] Horologium.

The constellation, Horologium Oscillatorium, was added by La Caille in 1752 to honor Christiaan Huygens who invented the first pendulum clock in 1656, based on the pendulum introduced by Galileo Galilei. Horologium is from Latin horologium, from Greek orologion, literally 'that which tells the hour', from ora, 'hour', and -logion, that which tells, from legein to tell. Greek ora, hour, comes from the Indo-European root *yér- 'Year, season'. In Greek mythology, the Horae ('the Hours'), were goddesses of time, variously the year, seasons and the hours of the day; "Horae, those embodiments of the right moment— the rightness of Order unfolding in Time". [1]

In addition, we note that the eclipse axis forms a Grand Cross with the TNPs Cupido and  Kronos-Hades.

The Transeptunian Points (TNPs)

KRONOS :     Superiority: the highest quality attainable; the ultimate in authority; standard of excellence; undisputed expert. However, Kronos can also indicate tall structures, mountains, the   height reached by airplanes - generally, highly situated places.
HADES  Decomposition, defect, disintegration; things from the distant past.
CUPIDO: Groups and families but also buildings or houses.

Combining  the three TNPs we get  “an old and disintegrating tower. A tall building in need of repair”.  When we add the stars of Horologium to the mix, we get a clock tower that is in need of repair!

Monday, 25 April 2016

History in the Stars – the Armenian Genocide

The Sword of Orion

The Armenian Genocide also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern (Armenian: Մեծ Եղեռն, "Great Crime"), was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects inside their historic homeland, which lies within the present-day Republic of Turkey. The number of victims is estimated at between 800,000 and 1.5 million.The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered.

Major events in history like this one are rarely without an astrological signature. On Feb 27, 1915 Saturn-Pluto began a new synod with three geocentric conjunctions between October 4, 1914 through May 19, 1915.

Pluto embodies the primordial forces of destruction and regeneration, the violent and the demonic, the fiery and volcanic, the elemental energies of nature. When Saturn aspects Pluto there is a  feeling of being caught helplessly in the grip of overwhelming, powerful, and often dark forces, of being the victim of large ruthless impersonal forces of nature or of history that are both destructive and imprisoning. The powerlessness of the entrapped and suffering victim is usually matched by an obsessive drive for control, power, and domination by the perpetrator.

The Lunar Eclipse of September 4, 1914 had the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in hard aspect to the MC at Istanbul. The descendant  of the chart  was conjunct Castor, alpha Geminorum. The Twins represent the brotherhood-sisterhood of all humankind, their Alpha star marks the struggles between the polarities of cold hatred and intolerance vs  crusades for human rights.  When the former dominates there are persecutions, massacres  and similar events.

This was Pluto of religious cult leader Jim Jones perpetrator of the Guyana Massacre. These stars were transited in 1099 CE when Crusaders took Jerusalem in a ghastly massacre of Muslims and Jews; in 1844 when Mormon prophet was murdered by a mob; in 1933 at the opening of  Dachau, the first Nazi concentration that killed millions of Jews; in 1935 when Hitler announced the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Racial Laws “for the protection of German blood and honour”; at the US Supreme Court’s 1954 decision outlawing school segregation; at the adoption in 1948 by the UN General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many others. [1]

If we now progress the eclipse chart to 24 April 1915, when the Ottoman authorities began the arrests that led to the massacre, we have Saturn-Pluto conjunct the progressed MC. Let us also note that here Pluto is conjunct stars in the sword of Orion – an appropriate position indicating the genocide.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1, p.422-433)

Hybrid War Hyenas Are Tearing Brazil Apart

The gloomy and repulsive night when the female president of the 7th largest economy in the world was the prey of choice fed to a lynch mob of hyenas in a drab, provincial Circus Maximus will forever live in infamy. By 367 votes for and 137 against, the impeachment/coup/regime change-light drive against Dilma Rousseff cleared the Brazilian Congressional circus and will now go to the Senate, where a “special commission” will be set up. If approved, Rousseff will then be sidelined for 180 days and a low-rent tropical Brutus, Vice-President Michel Temer, will ascend to power until the Senate’s final verdict.

"Brazil proclaimed its independence from Portugal [...] on 7 September 1822. The event ... took place between 4:00 and 5:00 P.M. LMT ..." Campion, "The Book of World Horoscopes," (Second Edition, 1996), p. 99.
There is a strong movement among Brazilian astrologers in favor of a 4:47 P.M. time for this chart. This is based on historic accounts of the whereabouts of the emperor on that particular day, the time he arrived at Ipiranga river, etc., and is supported by the feeling shared by many local astrologers that Brazil is more likely to be portrayed by a Pisces ascendant rather than by an Aquarius ascendant.

The solar eclipse[18pi] of March 9 formed a T-square with Brazil’s radix Sun [14vi34] and TNP Hades [17sa33] in the 10th house. In a national chart both the Sun and the 10th house refer to the leader in power. Therefore, an eclipse affecting the Sun or 10th house invariably brings trouble for the leader.  Can it be a coincidence that the current president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff  (born 14 December 1947)  has her radix Sun [21sa46] conjunct the Brazil’s radix TNP Hades [17sa33]  in the 10th over which transit Saturn has stationed retrograde in March.

Saturn-Hades: to be aware of enmity (or attempts to debase the reputation or credibility).[1]

Using the Uranian Astrology method we find additionally that in the Brazil chart, the radix Sun [14vi34] is in a sesquisquare aspect to the Uranus/Kronos [28cp26] midpoint.

Uranus/Kronos: to be aware of rebellion against leadership or governments.[1]

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

Saturday, 23 April 2016

US suicide rate surges

Cetus about to devour Andromeda

The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report. The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not offer an explanation for the steep rise. However, other experts have pointed to increased abuse of prescription opiates and the financial downturn that began in 2008 as likely factors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report  was published on April 22 by the National Center for Health Statistics at Hyattsville, MD. We begin by looking at the chart for the last solar eclipse of March 8 drawn for Hyattsville. With the eclipse on the cusp of the 6th house we know immediately that it has something to say about “public health” [1].  The eclipse is in Pisces – a sign linked to “an era of storms and wholesale disintegration”.  For stars in this area, Diana Rosenberg adds “struggle for mental stability; a few are prone to despair and either put up a tremendous determined fight against it, or give in to the point of addiction or even suicide”.

Contributing to the eclipse theme is the Uranus-Pluto square straddling the horizon. Uranus-Pluto is linked to the collapse of an existing order so that the financial downturn that began in 2008 is a likely factor. Moreover, the stars of Cetus, the Sea Monster and Andromeda, the Chained Woman are conjunct Uranus. The sea is a perfect symbol for the human psyche so that Cetus represents the storm that can erupt in the human psyche and threaten the life of chained woman Andromeda. It is for this reason that Diana Rosenberg lists “depression, addiction and suicide” under these stars.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to April 22, the date of the report, Neptune and the asteroid Orpheus which are conjunct the eclipse reach the IC triggering the entire configuration. The asteroid Orpheus is connected with death and Neptune with depression and psychic disintegration so that the timing of the report and its conclusions are perfectly in line with the stars.  

Nature’s Wrath: Angry Beaver Savages Latvian Man

A man in Latvia was taken hostage by an angry beaver during a late night stroll. The incident occurred during the early hours of April 14 in the Latvian city of Daugavpils, as a man named Sergei returning home after partying with his friends was suddenly beset by a very aggressive beaver.

This strange incident occurred on the very day of the First Quarter Moon of April 14. A chart for the Moon phase at  Daugavpils is shown here. Notice that the luminaries are setting off the Uranus-Pluto square which aligns with the meridian.

Pluto is the raw, unmitigated energy that pulses vitality into the veins of every living thing. It manifests as the need for survival and the will to power. When configured with Uranus, there can be events when there is a sudden release of this energy.  With the Sun and Uranus in the 12th house, the angry release of the energy by a wild animal is perfectly understandable [1].

However, what is more interesting is the fact that the chart shows the possibility of a beaver being involved! How is that?  Well look carefully at the stars conjunct the Sun and Moon. The Sun [24ar] is conjunct  theta (θ) Eridanus, Acamar,  a star in the river  Eridanus which Nick Fiorenza likens to a “dam” [2]. While the Moon [24cn] is part of the Chinese asterism Tsi-Choui, The Accumulated Waters. If we put these elements together, we have by association, nature’s “dam builder” – the beaver - angry at a trespassing human!

Friday, 22 April 2016

US losing out to Russian wheat exports

The United States was once the world's leading wheat exporter, but now is losing its position to Russia and Canada due a stronger dollar, stagnant yields, rising competition and climate change. According to analysts, exports of wheat may drop 9.3 percent to 21.1 million metric tons in the season ending May 31, the lowest since 1972.  “We’re no longer going to lead in volume every year,” said Alan Tracy, president of US Wheat Associates told Bloomberg, adding that an increase in global wheat trade was the only hope for the country. April 22

As  readers are aware we are going through a long term Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square  in 2015-16. Neptune, the slowest moving  and therefore the defining planet in the T, is in Pisces. Pisces is an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration. Those, individuals or nations, who refuse a confrontation with their past and stubbornly resist change are not likely to survive. This is the essential message that the T-square conveys.

 As the elements of the T-square aspect each other, its message is conveyed at various places on earth, more significantly at those places where it aligns with angles. The last Jupiter-Saturn square took place on March 23, 2016. A chart for the square at Arlington where US Wheat Associates has its headquarters is shown here. Notice that Neptune is on the Ascendant and Jupiter on the descendant while apex Saturn is on the MC. In mundane astrology, the Ascendant or First House reflects the “general state of the nation”[1] while the Seventh House has to do with its “enemies”[2]. So the health of the nation is troubled by the disintegrating action of Neptune while the enemy (Russia) appears to prosper.

Jupiter is now in Virgo and is  offering growth potential to all things under the archetype. The Greeks and Romans associated Virgo with their goddess of wheat/agriculture. She is often portrayed carrying two sheaves of wheat. So is it all surprising that the Russians are beating the Americans in wheat production and export!

However, Jupiter in Virgo opposed to Pisces is not entirely negative. It can offer some valuable insights into the unconscious habits and drives that lead to our undoing and failure (Pisces). But who is listening!!

Why so many celebrities have died in 2016

"When beggars die there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."

Julius Caesar (II, ii, 30-31)

We are only four months in, but it's already been a dark, dark 2016. It now seems rare for a week to pass without a significant celebrity death being reported - from David Bowie in the second week of January, to actor Alan Rickman a week later, to comedian Victoria Wood and Prince this week. "Enough, 2016" and a more vulgar alternative are phrases people are uttering more and more regularly. So is this wave of celebrity deaths the new normal? The answer is yes, according to the BBC's obituary editor Nick Serpell, who ought to know about such things. He says the number of significant deaths this year has been "phenomenal".

Not that everything important happens during Solar and Lunar eclipses, but many major events in our lives do. Numerous important people have died during the eclipse times. Shakespeare in Julius Caesar reminds us of just that.

However, the most recent solar eclipse of March 9, was even more special in this regard since it was conjunct Neptune and the asteroid Orpheus and formed a T-square with Jupiter-Saturn.  Martha Wescott  links Orpheus [1] with death as well as with music and since Neptune rules films among other things many of these deaths are related to the music or film industry.

ORPHEUS: Sad, sweet or haunting music, lyrics or poetry; dirges; 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.