Thursday, 30 June 2016

Ultra-warmist German solar physicists now warning of a 'mini-ice age'

Ultra-warmist German solar physicists now warning of a 'mini-ice age'. The daily Berliner Kurier writes today that solar physicists at the ultra-warmist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are warning that Europe may be facing "a mini ice age" due to a possible protracted solar minimum.
For an institute that over the past 20 years has steadfastly insisted that man has been almost the sole factor in climate change over the past century and that the sun no longer plays a role, this is quite remarkable. June 29

A chart for the last lunar eclipse of March 23 will help explain this news. Notice that the eclipse was square the TNPs Kronos[8cn]-Hades[4cn] – a combination that put simply means “leaders or experts make mistakes”. But more significant is the fact that the combination is opposite the centaur Amycus [6cp]. About Amycus  Philip Sedgwick writes that this centaur recognizes that too much resolve can stand in the way of resiliency so that when new data or insights arrive, that improve the current point of view, it simply helps to integrate it [1].

So in other words, the eclipse holds the potential for a possible acknowledgement  of mistakes by leaders or experts who are then willing to change their opinions ( President Erdogan admitting Turkey’s mistake in shooting down a Russian fighter jet is another case in point).

Progressing the eclipse chart to June 29 brings the Uranus-Pluto square that was aligned with the meridian to an alignment with the horizon thereby triggering it. Among other things, this square stands for a collapse of an old way of being or thinking, a sort of prelude to a transformation.

[1] The Soul of the Sky; Philip Sedgwick (p.300)

Singapore Airlines plane catches fire

A plane carrying 241 people has caught fire as it made an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Passenger on Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 from Changi Airport to Milan said they clapped as the jet made what appeared to be a smooth emergency landing. But seconds later, the right engine and wing were ablaze, with flames engulfing the right side of the jet. The plane was about two hours into the flight when it turned back, touching down at 6:50am. In a statement, Singapore Airlines said the plane’s right engine caught fire following an engine oil warning message. June 27

Quite often events on earth can be seen through the lens of more than one cosmic indicator. To understand the Singapore Airlines fire we will first look at the chart for the Mars synod at Singapore. This occurred at the midpoint of the Mars retrograde cycle on May 22 when the Sun and Mars opposed each other. At Singapore both these planets were placed  significantly on the horizon axis making hard aspects to Pluto and the TNP Zeus in a complex configuration also involving the MC. Here Mars is in the travel sign Sagittarius.

 If we now progress the chart for the Mars synod to June 27, the date of the accident, we find that the TNP Zeus reaches a conjunction to the MC. The TNP Zeus rules fires as well as fuels and engines so that an engine fire is not surprising. But what is more interesting is the fact that Zeus is conjunct the star Kraz, beta Corvus, in the right wing of the Raven – apparently the fire took place in the right wing of the aircraft!

The second chart that we present here is that of the upcoming New Moon at Singapore. Notice that the New Moon is part of a T-square that straddles the angles and has the TNP Zeus on the MC once again indicating a fire (on the right wing of a “bird”!) The New Moon is conjunct Sirius and in the Arabic lunar mansion Al Hana’h which warns “do not travel”. To this Diana Rosenberg adds “travel disasters caused by fire”. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Huge Cache of Ancient Helium Discovered

A "huge" cache of helium discovered in East Africa could ease a decades-long shortage of the rare and valuable gas.  Researchers in the United Kingdom and Norway say the newly discovered helium gas field, found in the East African Rift Valley region of Tanzania, has the potential to ease a critical global shortage of helium, a gas that is vital to many high-tech applications, such as the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Helium accumulates inside rock in the Earth's crust over billions of years, from the radioactive decay of the elements uranium and thorium. But the gas remains trapped in the rock until it is freed by very intense volcanic heat, such as that found in geothermally active regions such as the East African Rift Valley, Gluyas said. June 27

The discovery of a "huge" cache of helium has taken place just after Neptune stationed on June 13. A chart for the station at Rukwa, Tanzania where the discovery was made is shown here. Neptune is on the Ascendant and opposite Jupiter and part of a  slightly skewed T-square with Saturn on the MC and Mercury-Admetus on the IC. Among other things, Neptune rules gases while a keyword for Jupiter is  “huge”. Also Neptune and the Ascendant are part of the Arabic Lunar Mansion Al Sa'd al Ahbiyah, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things so that the discovery of a huge gas reserve is easy to understand. But why a noble gas like helium?

Noble gases are typically highly unreactive.  The inertness of noble gases makes them very suitable in applications where reactions are not wanted. For example, argon is used in light bulbs to prevent the hot tungsten filament from oxidizing; also, helium is used in breathing gas by deep-sea divers to prevent oxygen and nitrogen toxicity. Here with the TNP Admetus in the T-square, the reason why a noble gas was discovered becomes obvious. Among the keyphrases for Admetus [1], Martha Wescott lists the following.

ADMETUS; issues with self-containment, shunning; literal and behavioral “cold.”

Do these keyphrases not tell us that the "huge" cache of gas discovered would literally be self-contained or inert? Finally we also note that helium remains trapped in the rock until it is freed by very intense volcanic heat. Admetus is also linked to rocks and stones [1] while Pluto rules volcanoes and by extension volcanic heat. Here Pluto is in hard aspect to Admetus so that it is helping to break up the rock and release the gas trapped inside.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled

EUROPEAN political chiefs are to take advantage of Brexit by unveiling their long-held plan to morph the continent’s countries into one GIANT SUPERSTATE, it has emerged yesterday. The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”.  Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.  June 28

The Total Solar Eclipse of March 9 is now beginning to create significant events in its wake. 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 ask us to address issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

A chart for the eclipse at Brussels has it straddling the horizon axis. The eclipse was part of a T-square. It was conjunct Ceres and opposite Jupiter. Ceres brings awareness to that which is truly nurturing to us. But Jupiter was amidst stars that form the hind of the Lion.  The King of the Jungle lives by preying on weak animals. And his hind is where toxic intestinal gases emanate. So this area can  be a part of the often diversionary tactics employed by leaders to mislead and distract the unsuspecting from the real issues or path at hand, a theme common to late Leo.

We then notice that a Uranus-Pluto square straddles the meridian. Uranus in Aries symbolizes those brave individuals who fight for their rights against powerful institutions that need to dismantled because they have become self-serving (Pluto in Capricorn). The Sabian symbol for Pluto (17cp04) represents this pictorially.

Phase 288: The Union Jack Flag Flies From a British Warship
Keynote: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order. Power is required to maintain social order and peaceful international relationships. But this power can be easily misused by privileged groups for selfish purposes.

Brexit is an excellent example of how the British population saw through the diversionary and self-serving tactics of the EU and chose to reclaim their power back from a bunch of unelected leaders in Brussels. But from the news above it would appear that the struggle is ongoing with the EU now attempting to form a superstate!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Expanded Panama Canal opens to giant ships

PANAMA CITY — A mammoth ship bearing 9,472 containers and the unwieldy name Cosco Shipping Panama completed on Sunday the first official voyage through the new expanded Panama Canal, a $5.25 billion project designed to modernize a 102-year-old landmark of human ambition, determination and engineering prowess. The Chinese vessel, which set sail from the Greek port of Piraeus on June 11, began its crossing of the isthmus from the northern Atlantic Ocean end of the 48-mile canal. On Sunday morning, it entered one of the new locks, on its way to the man-made Gatun Lake, the widened Culebra Cut through a verdant mountain ridge, and then the Pacific Ocean. Like the channel that opened in 1914, the enlarged Panama Canal is a feat of engineering, albeit one that ran over budget and two years behind schedule.

The monthly lunar cycle and its phases is a natural and dependable time piece for understanding the nature of world events in the light of ancient myths linked to the stars. The widened Panama Canal was opened to traffic on June 26, just a day before the last quarter Moon phase. A chart for the Moon phase at Panama is shown here.

On the MC is the star alpha (α) Gemini Castor [20cn] in the constellation of the Twins.  

"The Twins" are marked by the two principal stars: Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. Sidereal Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. Castor is the liaison in the world of daily human affairs, and is of partnerships and cooperation. Castor brings resources and people together that serve to get logistics accomplished in the world of business and commerce.[1]

On the descendant is Uranus conjunct Acamar.

Theta (θ) Eridanus, Acamar, is a star in the River often symbolized as a dam or restriction in the flow of the River [2]. Uranus which is conjunct Acamar on the descendant, is all about technological breakthroughs so that the removal of this obstacle comes very appropriately under the domain of Uranus.

Putting the pieces together, the widening of the Panama Canal or in other words the removal of what was perceived as an obstacles has led to the ease of commerce between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans (Castor and Pollux hugging each other!).

[1] Cooperation & Co-participation For Solution

Erdogan says “sorry” to Putin

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Erdogan "is sorry" and is willing to deal with the crisis in the relations between two countries. Vladimir Putin has received a letter from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressing readiness to resolve bilateral crisis caused by the downing of a Russian combat plane by the Turkish fighter jet last year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. June 27

The lunar return for the mundane horoscope of Turkey (October 29, 1923, 8:30 PM EET) is shown here. Notice that Mars on the Ascendant makes a hard aspect to the TNPs Kronos-Hades. Also a chart for the upcoming Mars station direct on June 30 at Ankara, Turkey  has it placed very significantly on the descendant in hard aspect to a triple conjunction of Hades-Sun-Kronos.

Hades/Mars/Kronos: Haste (Mars) makes waste (Hades). Often going off “half cocked” or acting on impulse turns out to be unproductive. There may be occasions when leaders (Kronos) are sorry for what they have done and those negative feelings are a sign that their actions need to be examined and set on a more constructive path [1].

With Mars getting ready to station direct, the stage is set for Turkey to recognize how they fell victim to uncontrollable rage, made short-sighted decisions in impatience, overstepped their bounds, damaged relationships, and eventually exhausted or injured themselves… all because they weren't willing to respect the moment's reality when they shot down the Russian plane.

Finally, let us note that the Mars station [23sc] takes place conjunct Turkey’s radix Jupiter [24sc] for which Ebertin [2] gives us the following interpretation:

Mars/Jupiter: the settlement of conflicts, the stage of clearing the air after the termination of disputes and quarrels.

[1] Delineate V2; Martha Wescott Lang

[2] The Combination of Stellar Influences; Reinhold Ebertin (p. 154)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hot off Brexit, Vladimir Putin Goes to China

June 26, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - "RT" - As the whole planet attempts to digest the implications of Brexit, the real heart of 21st century action once again shifts to Beijing, where President Vladimir Putin on Saturday pays a visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Business will include clinching a $6.2 billion high-speed rail deal; increased supply of Russian wheat to China – by building a Trans-Baikal grain terminal; and steps towards deeper military cooperation. They are already cooperating on an engine that will power the new Russia-China airliner.

The Russia-China strategic partnership has taken one giant step forward just after the Cancer Ingress of the Sun. A chart for the Ingress at Beijing with only the elements relevant to our discussion is shown here. Notice that the Sun highlights a Vulcanus-Apollon-Uranus T-square straddling the horizon axis with fortunate Jupiter also anchored to the T. Keywords are provided by Martha Wescott[1]

Uranus-Apollon: to make changes towards business expansion; to have many simultaneous changes; businesses through innovation, aviation, computers or electronics.
Jupiter-Apollon: long distance business connections; fortunate opportunities in commerce.
Apollon-Vulcanus: to recognize the display of a “whatever it takes” attitude in connection with offered opportunities, expansion or business.

Finally, resonating with the theme of business and commerce is the star alpha (α) Gemini Castor [20cn] in the constellation of the Twins on the Ascendant.

"The Twins" are marked by the two principal stars: Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars, which mark the Twins' heads, lie in the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "Gate of Man". Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation, which inspires the expression of sol / soul purpose through the daily activity of humankind--the theme of the Gate of Man. Sidereal Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. Castor is the liaison in the world of daily human affairs, and is of partnerships and cooperation. Castor brings resources and people together that serve to get logistics accomplished in the world of business and commerce.[2]

[2] Cooperation & Co-participation For Solution

Why are American teens giving up on sex?

“Teenagers have sex. Deal with it.” That was a dismissive statement by a blogger in 2012 who taught at Yale University’s School of Public Health.Fortunately, teens did deal with it—by not having sex. They seemed to have missed this flippant blog and ignored this careless advice from adults who should know better.On June 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new 2015 data from the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which updates what we know about youth and their engagement in health risk behaviors.The results show that fewer teens are drinking than before, fewer are involved in physical fighting, and teen smoking hit its lowest level since the government began tracking it in 1991.But the big news is the dramatic increase in the percentage of teens who have never had sex. Since 1991 (the first year the CDC began tracking youth risk behaviors), the percent of high school students who have never had sex has increased 28 percent. In real numbers, that means that nearly six in 10 teens are making the healthiest choice by waiting for sex—the highest percent to date.

A chart for the current New Moon at Atlanta, Georgia, the location of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which carried out the survey,  is shown here. The New Moon is placed very appropriately in the 5th house that deals with children. It conjoins Venus and is part of a Cross with  Jupiter-Saturn and Neptune. Saturn opposes Venus in the 5th house. The 5th rules children as well as social attitudes towards sex  and promiscuity [1] so that a Saturn-Venus opposition works to create a mature attitude by denying or delaying sex while a Saturn-Neptune square overcomes all forms of indulgence and weakness.

 The last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square impels movement and expansion away from societal models and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth. The last quarter of a cycle is about pruning, plowing under the crops and preparing the soil so new growth can emerge in the upcoming cycle. The existing constructs in our lives simply cannot support any further growth, thus we either modify those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth and expansion, or we dismantle those constructs all together. In addition, Neptune is placed among stars in the waters flowing from Aquarius’ Urn sweeping away all past errors   and the Phoenix Firebird rising from its ashes promises a new life with a changed paradigm.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Bees learn while they sleep

For all our obvious differences, humans and honeybees share some common threads within the fabric of life. Similar to our circadian rhythm, honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day. And, in the case of forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, with more rest at night when darkness prevents their excursions for pollen and nectar. But, given that a hive's primary purpose is productivity and yield, why should a large portion of the population seemingly waste up to a third of the day resting? What are the benefits of sleep?
“The proof seems to align with this concept that sleep is shared throughout all animals,” says Barrett Klein, a sleep biologist from the College of Wisconsin Wisconsin–La Crosse. “There isn’t any universally-accepted exception.”

The astrology behind how the lovable little critter that has given us the expression “as busy as a bee” is also conveying to us the importance of sleep is quite interesting. As readers may be aware Mars, the planet we link with activity, is stationing to go direct on June 29 at [23sc03] conjunct the star gamma Musca [24sc] in the constellation Musca, originally known as Apis, the bee! A chart for the station at La Crosse, Wisconsin where the lead author of the research is based has the current Saturn-Neptune square straddling the horizon axis.

Saturn represents discipline, hard work, labour and commitment [1].Neptune rules sleep, dreams, imagination, and the deep layers of the individual and collective subconscious [2]. When they aspect each other as they do now, there is a need to understand the balance between work and rest.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Polyamorous relationships may be the future of love

As a child Franklin Vieux recalls hearing his school teacher read a story about a princess who had a tantalising dilemma. Two male suitors had been wooing her and she had to choose between them. Franklin wondered why she could not choose both.  June 23

This article is part of a series on sexual revolutions published at BBC Earth. It offers an opportunity to see how symbols in astrology with their wide meanings can be interpreted in different ways and give rise to several closely connected events. In the last two posts we have discussed the combination of TNPs Cupido-Hades. In the first post [1] we saw that the combination was leading to Brexit because of a decline (Hades) in sense of family unity (Cupido). Whereas in the second post [2] it was about depressions (Hades) linked to family history (Cupido). In both these posts since Makemake was also involved we saw that the root cause of the problem was “our psycho-emotional fog  that was perpetuating confused life scenarios, antiquated involvements, or entrapments that are no longer in our highest interest nor serving our well-being, especially regarding our fundamental physical needs and emotional desires”.

Going back to the lunar eclipse of March 23 at London we remind ourselves that it was part of a Grand Cross. Additionally, the TNP Apollon formed a trine to Hades and was therefore anchored to the opposition axis of Hades-Kronos-Cupido. Among other things, the TNP Kronos is about “rules or laws” so that this combination can be interpreted as outdated (Hades) marriage (Cupido) laws (Kronos) or even a decline (Hades) in laws (Kronos) connected with marriage (Cupido). When an opposition of two planets receives a harmonious aspect from a third planet, that planet offers a way out of the dilemma. Here the TNP Apollon which means “more than one” is essentially saying that the old rules of exclusivity in marriage are no longer working. It is time to try out polyamorous relationships!

If we progress the eclipse chart to June 23, the date of the article, (same date as Brexit referendum) we find that the eclipse is now aligned with the horizon axis and therefore triggered.

Not only trauma but also the reversal of trauma is inherited

Behaviors caused by traumatic experiences in early life are reversible. Researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich could demonstrate that environmental enrichment allows trauma-related symptoms in mice to be reversed. This is the first evidence that positive environmental factors can correct behavioral alterations which would otherwise be transmitted to the offspring. The symptoms and their reversal are associated with epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene. Traumatic experiences in childhood increase the risk of developing behavioral and psychiatric disorders later in life. It is also known that the consequences of a trauma can likewise be observed in the children of people affected even if those children have themselves not experienced any trauma. However, childhood trauma in some conditions can also help individuals deal better with difficult situations later in life. This ability, too, is passed onto following generations. These findings have recently been uncovered by Isabelle Mansuy, Professor of Neuroepigenetics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, during investigations carried out in mice. June 23

Lunations have an interesting way of highlighting major issues that take place under their influence. A chart for the current Full Moon at Zurich not only symbolically contains the issues mentioned but also tells us the root cause behind it. The Full Moon fell on the meridian axis along with the TNPs Cupido-Hades and square the dwarf planet Makemake placed on the Ascendant. Putting together keyphrases for the TNPs from Martha Wescott we can see why one of issues being highlighted by the Full Moon is “depression linked to family history”.

CUPIDO: Issues in the family history; group unity or dynamics; comments on the home, residence or household themes; decor; artistry; sense for art; partner or family members.

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

About Makemake’s primary influence in our lives, Nick Fiorenza writes [1]:

Makemake points towards “psycho-emotional life scenarios by which we may seem helplessly trapped. and can “indicate initiatory lessons to claim our own power regarding this theme, to stand in our soul integrity rather than turning our heads in arrogant denial and falling into a sense of perpetual helplessness”. “Here we are asked to become attentive to the fact that our intent of purpose can be diverted and dispersed by psycho-emotional forces that congest us when toxic physical conditions exist, when we are naive to such forces, or simply in mental-emotional denial. Our psycho-emotional fog can then perpetuate confused life scenarios, antiquated involvements, or entrapments that are no longer in our highest interest nor serving our well-being, especially regarding our fundamental physical needs and emotional desires”.

In other words, Makemake at the apex of the Full Moon T-square is telling us that depressions linked to family history can be overcome if we stand in integrity to ourselves and not allow toxic and antiquated involvement, or entrapments to stop us from claiming our own power. (Observant readers will see a connection to today’s decision by Britain to leave the EU, thereby claiming their own power and identify it as a way out of "family inherited  depression.")

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Astrology of Brexit

Britain is to leave the European Union after a nearly half a century of membership plunging the country into unchartered political and economic territory and almost certainly spelling the end of David Cameron’s political career. At just after 4.40am in the morning the BBC declared the result for Brexit after a surge in support for leaving the EU confounded predictions and led the pound to fall to its lowest level for 31 years. June 24

I have explained in an earlier post [1] why the result could not have been predicted astrologically. Whether the Brits would decide to stay or leave was entirely up to the free will of the nation. However, we shall see here that the cosmic energies swirling up there in the stars were coaxing Britain to leave. To understand the cosmic energies at work, I urge readers to go first go through Nick Fiorenza post [2] on the March eclipses and more specifically, the lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipses tend to be more emotionally palpable in nature, how we feel about and respond to our life experience. They are about releasing the emotional bonds within ourselves that glue us to involvements that are less than we truly want or deserve. They are also about the emotional and experiential aspects of our relations with others and with the world. Lunar eclipses provide opportunity for an emotional resynchronization.

The eclipse was conjunct the star Zaniah of Virgo and the newly discovered dwarf planet Makemake about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Zaniah, Eta Virgo, is an ecliptical star, less than 2° north in ecliptical latitude. Zaniah is also the Chinese "Left-hand Maintainer of Law" (Allen). Zaniah inspires the "right use of will" directed by soul-level impulses and unadulterated by personality or egoic-level influences. Zaniah impels right action and participation in the here and now, moment-by-moment. Zaniah embodies the essence of the Virgin’s purity—to become a clear vessel and to know right action. Zaniah imparts a feminine quality.

Our Makemake Lunar Eclipse brings our Aquarius New Moon lunar cycle to its culmination. It brings us to examine if we are attuning to and living from our greater spiritual/soul guidance though demonstrable action with consideration for the long-term ramifications for all life. It asks us if we are taking responsibility for the effects of our moment-by-moment actions upon the durative timestream guiding our evolutionary course. Leadership regarding the administration of physical and financial resources, if not the entire global economy, becomes of issue over the several months ahead. Uranus now approaching its conjunction with Revati of Pisces (and on its way to conjoin Eris) may also contribute to unexpected, perhaps radical, changes regarding money and the economy over the months ahead.

Let us now turn our attention to the chart for the Lunar Eclipse at London which was placed very significantly on the meridian axis implying that its message was very specifically intended for this place. The eclipse formed a Grand Cross with the TNPs Kronos, Hades and Cupido. The TNP Cupido rules families or groups like the EU here. Hades is disgust or decline and Kronos is leadership so that we have a decline in the sense of bonding with EU as a result of disgust with the leadership.

But as always, the test of whether an eclipse is affecting the events on a particular day can be known when we progress the chart to see if it is triggered by the angles and sure enough the eclipse which was aligned with the meridian reaches a conjunction with the horizon axis on June 24!

Colombia Farc: Ceasefire signed to end five decades of war

The Colombian government and the Farc rebels have signed a historic ceasefire deal, bringing them closer to ending more than five decades of conflict. The announcement is seen as one of the last steps before a full peace deal is signed, which is expected within weeks. Colombia's president and the Farc leader shook hands in celebration. The longest-running insurgency in the Western Hemisphere has killed an estimated 220,000 people and displaced almost seven million. The announcement in Havana caps formal peace talks that started three years ago in the Cuban capital.  June 24

The ceasefire deal was signed in Havana, Cuba just a few days after the Sun’s entry into Cancer. A chart for the ingress at Havana is shown here. Notice that it carries a powerful Grand Cross on the angles. Contained in the Cross is the Jupiter-Saturn square. This last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square 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.

On the IC with Neptune is 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. This was the Moon and South Node when an Egypt-Israel Peace Accord was signed in Washington, 1979; Jupiter at the Belfast Irish Peace Accord of 1998 and the international appeal to “Pray for Peace” in 1986; the South Node when John F. Kennedy first proposed the Peace Corps in 1960.

Next we look at the chart for the Full Moon of June 20 at Bogota, the capital of Columbia. Here we find Full Moon placed very significantly on the horizon axis. On the Ascendant with the Sun and Venus are the stars of Columba, the peace loving dove.With Columba there are hawk and dove issues – whether to fight or back down and make peace and “turn swords into ploughshares”. For this area, Morse notes “the ability to negotiate a peaceful settlement to disputes”.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Lightning in Indian states 'kills 79'

At least 79 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, officials say. Fifty three people died in Bihar. Ten people were killed in the eastern state of Jharkhand, and at least 16 died in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the people who died were working on farms during torrential rains on Tuesday, reports said. Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains. In Bihar, the deaths occurred in Nalanda, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Purnea, Munger, Gaya, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Banka and Kaimur. June 22, 2016

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important  mundane events. Of these the Capricorn Ingress has a special place and is considered by many to be the  annual chart. Shown here is the Capricorn Ingress chart for Gaya, India. Notice that a T-square involving Uranus-Pluto-Zeus-Mars makes hard aspects to the horizon axis. Uranus-Pluto has been linked to a sudden release of elemental forces. With Uranus, Mars and TNP Zeus involved, the T-square contains within it a powerful potential for discharging an electrical bolt.  Here Pluto is conjunct the asteroid Orpheus (death) so that the activation of the T-square can become the cause of lightning related death.

If we progress the Capricorn Ingress chart to June 21, the progressed angles trigger the T-square.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Germany’s Rheinmetall unveils ‘anti-Armata’ tank gun

A new 130mm smoothbore tank gun was revealed by the German military giant Rheinmetall at the Eurosatory 2016 arms expo in Paris. The weapon is expected to be able to deal with Russia’s latest main battle tanks, based on the Armata platform. June 13

The New Moon [15ge] fell amidst the stars of Auriga the Charioteer and those in the lion skin shield of Orion, the Warrior. A modern day battle tank is perfectly symbolized by the ancient war chariot with an added shield or armor. 

The New Moon chart at Paris has Admetus on the Ascendant in hard aspect to TNP Zeus and Pluto. Admetus rules obstacles so that here it signifies armor, Pluto is a disintegrating force while Zeus is guns. Finally, let us note that in the Uranus-Pluto-Zeus T-square, Uranus stands for scientific or technological developments. So we have a gun that can pierce the armor of a modern tank.

Rare bronze wing from Roman sculpture discovered in Gloucester

Aquila Imperiale

Archaeologists have unearthed a greenish-colored bronze wing in England that dates to the Roman period, an archaeology company reports.  The 5.5-inch-long (14 centimeters) wing is small enough to fit in a person's hand, the archaeologists said. It's meticulously covered with detailed plumage, and was likely part of a Roman bronze sculpture of a god or goddess, they said. The archaeologists cleaned and X-rayed the specimen, which revealed the wing's finely cast detail. The wing looks similar to those seen on eagle statuettes and other eagle imagery from the Roman world, they said in a statement. Details on the small, bronze wing suggest that it comes from a winged victory statuette of Victoria, they said. However, it's possible that it was part of a statue representing Mercury, a messenger god with wings on his helmet or heels, the archaeologists told Culture24. It's rare to find a Roman bronze statue, and there are few known depictions of Victoria or eagles in the province, they said. The new specimen was uncovered on an earthen bank located just behind the Roman city wall, the archaeologists said. June 17

This news is most elegantly explained if we begin with the chart for the last solar eclipse at Gloucester, England. Notice that (a) the eclipse is part of a T-square that straddles the horizon axis (b) Pluto is sextile the eclipse and square the meridian. Among events connected to the stars that form the backdrop to the eclipse Diana Rosenberg includes “hidden things brought to light”.Also since Pluto is square Uranus in the 4th house (things underground) we have  something hidden underground brought to light!!

 And then we notice that Pluto [17cp] is conjunct lambda Aquilae, a star in the Eagle’s lower wing! 

And just to confirm that we are on right track, if we progress the eclipse chart to June 17, the date of the news,  we find that the progressed angles once again trigger the eclipse.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Why North Korea is a safe haven for birds

Columba - Noah's Dove

Photos from inside North Korea reveal how the ecology of the secretive Asian country is preventing the extinction of several once plentiful species of migratory birds. Despite being closed to most foreigner visitors, North Korea may ironically be the saviour of one of the world's greatest international migration routes - the avian East Asian Australasian Flyway. Fifty million birds, from cranes to song birds, journey along the Flyway twice a year. Eight million of those are shorebirds - or waders. And for many thousands of those, North Korea's west coast - on the Yellow Sea - is their sole stop-off point. June 20;

This heartening news comes on the Full Moon day. A chart for the Moon phase at Pyongyang has it placed exactly on the horizon axis conjunct a recently discovered TNO named Quaoar [1]. Not much is known about this TNO, but the following extract from Nick Fiorenza is an initial assessment which appears to quite appropriate in our present context.

Quaoar would seem to have character supporting a "harmonious revolution"— to help us release and surrender to the natural order of the creative forces governing life and death. in addition, Quaoar would inspire our return to the "sacredness of life"; to realize all things in life are sacred and that it is our responsibility to have respect for natural order and to live in harmony with nature; without this we do not have respect for ourselves.

In addition we notice that the Full Moon is conjunct the TNP Cupido and quincunx the TNP Admetus. The TNP Cupido is about a family or a group of people while Admetus is about alienation or isolation or even rural, lonely or isolated places. Wouldn’t  a country like North Korea qualify to be called an “isolated group”?  Are the birds visiting North Korea because it is cut off  from the activity that we call “modern civilization” elsewhere which has no respect for the "sacredness of life"?

To complete the picture our avian friends show up represented by the stars of Columba, the Dove, conjunct the Sun on the descendant.

US Senate rejects all gun bills

The Senate voted down four separate gun measures Monday in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — showing the partisan paralysis over gun control has barely moved on Capitol Hill despite the stream of continued gun violence across the country. Lawmakers took up two separate issues involving gun regulations: how to improve the nation’s background check system for those who want to purchase firearms, and how to ensure those with terrorist ties do not obtain a gun. But those questions remained unresolved by lawmakers as of Monday night.

Lunations are among the important tools available to astrologers to understand where the cosmos is focusing its energies. A chart for Monday’s Full Moon at Washington, DC contains a clue as to why the Senate voted down the gun measures. As always our attention should first be focused on the angles. Here we find the Kronos-Zeus-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon. Martha Wescott [1] provides the  delineations below:

Kronos-Zeus-Pluto: laws (Kronos) pertaining to radical events (Pluto) perpetrated by the use of guns (Zeus).

Kronos-Pluto: Events show that differences of opinion, legalities, rules or attempt to set procedures (Kronos)  are actually power struggles or arise from resentment and a need to push others to their limits (Pluto).

Admetus-Pluto-Zeus -Kronos: to attempt to resist (Admetus) change (Pluto) in gun (Zeus) laws (Kronos).

5,000 pigs killed in Saskatchewan barn fire

A massive blaze killed 5,000 pigs after two pig barns caught fire in Canada's Saskatchewan - a west-central province known for its prairies and boreal forests. Footage from the scene shows heavy gray smoke rising from the barns, which are located near the town of Leroy in Saskatchewan about 160 kilometers east of Saskatoon, the largest city in the province. The fire was first reported at 4 pm local time on Saturday. Several fire, police and ambulance units were dispatched to the site soon after.

In an orchestra, symphonic band or other musical ensemble all the members play in complete harmony with what the conductor wants. So too the planets seem to work in perfect unison  to produce events on earth that a Great Conductor appears to want.

To illustrate this principle let us look at the chart for the exact Mars quincunx Uranus aspect (known for accidents and fires) that took place on Saturday, June 18 drawn for Leroy. Notice that it puts a powerful Grand Cross on the meridian. Jupiter in the Cross is conjunct the star Mizar which is associated with catastrophic fires.

Also for the location of Mars [23sc] Diana Rosenberg gives “fires (some huge conflagrations)” and notes the following:

Fire god Agni claims shared dominion over Visakha: this was Mars at the Great Fire of London of 1666; Jupiter at the 1947 Texas City Disaster when a burning freighter went up in a titanic explosion and inferno; at the 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire in Chicago that killed 602; at the 1946 Atlanta GA, Winecoff Hotel Fire that killed 119 and the MGM Grand Hotel Fire of 1980; at the 1985 Bradford, England stadium fire; the Dumont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan that killed 95; at the 1992 Windsor Castle fire and many others.

The theme of fires is further strengthened by the position of Uranus [23ar] amidst the stars of Cepheus who was also known as “inflammatus” by the Romans. Diana Rosenberg gives many examples of fires under these stars.

So in summary, we have several elements of the chart pointing to a huge conflagration and unfortunately for Leroy it was caught in the cross-hairs of the Grand Cross on the sensitive meridian axis when Mars-Uranus aspect was exact.

Why India's central bank governor is a hero?

Raghuram Rajan, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), announced on Saturday evening that he would not serve a second term, and instead return to his teaching job at the University of Chicago. Economic analyst Vivek Kaul explains why Mr Rajan may have been under pressure to quit.

Raghuram Govind Rajan (born 3 February 1963) is currently serving as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He was chief economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2007, the youngest to occupy the position. He was a professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 1991 to 2013, when he went on public service leave. At the Federal Reserve annual Jackson Hole conference in 2005, Rajan warned about the growing risks in the financial system and proposed policies that would reduce such risks. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers called the warnings “misguided” and Rajan himself a "luddite". However, following the 2008 economic crisis, Rajan's views came to be seen as prescient and he was extensively interviewed for the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job (2010)

In this post we will see how Rajan has fulfilled the challenges presented by his stars. A noon horoscope for his date of birth is shown here. It carries a powerful T-square containing Sun-Saturn-Neptune-Mars. The Sun-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius, a sign ruled by Saturn, makes him a realist. The square to Neptune became the reason why the practical, level headed Saturnian was constantly warning against bubble schemes, fancy ideas and delusions that Neptune is famous for. The 2008 economic crisis came after a long Saturn-Neptunian opposition in 2006-07.

But here we will focus on the star Dubhe [15le] conjunct his radix Mars [15le] which is part of the T-square.  The following extract from Nick Fiorenza explains the challenge presented by this star which Rajan appears to have lived out complelety.

There are times to unconditionally accept what has become and there are times to creatively act to manifest the beauty destined to become.

Dubhe, Alpha Ursa Major, and Merak, Beta Ursa Major, are the two brightest stars of the Big Bear (Big Dipper). The stars of the Great Bear represent primary forces in the world that are articulated by the governing world powers. The theme of the great Bear is torn. Part of the Bear is of the fallen world powers, those of a totalitarian, controlling oppressive rule. Dubhe and Merak are of the integrous part of the Great Bear, of that which is oriented toward a greater vision, for that which is truly nourishing for humanity.

Dubhe embodies the "willingness to fight for a greater vision" beyond the accepted political-religious dogmas of the human world that keep humanity in darkness and delusion, and against the controlling global forces perpetuating that dogmatic rule.

Interestingly, Rajan’s resignation takes place exactly on the second of the Saturn-Neptune squares on June 18. A chart for the exact square at Delhi, has Rajan’s radix Mars on the Ascendant and his Sun-Saturn on the descendant as if singling him for having lived out the challenge of the star Dubhe. Mercury is forming an opposition to Saturn, a combination we have in the past associated with the phrase “saying (Mercury) goodbye (Saturn)”.

Finally, the meaning of the star Antares which is conjunct Saturn [11sa] explains the reason for Rajan’s departure.

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.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Russia Lake Syamozero: Children die in a storm

Im-dugud-khu, “The Great Storm Bird”

Thirteen children and an adult died when a storm caught a boating party on Lake Syamozero in northern Russia's Karelia region. Most of the survivors reached an island in the lake while others were found in a village, some of them washed ashore. The children were on holiday from Moscow, and Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has sent doctors and psychologists. Three people have been arrested on suspicion of safety violations. Rescue services say they received an alert at 11:15 (08:15 GMT) on Sunday that a tour group was missing on Lake Syamozero after a storm. June 19

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important  mundane events. Of these the Capricorn Ingress has a special place and is considered by many to be the  annual chart. Shown here is the Capricorn Ingress chart for Lake Syamozero. Notice that a T-square involving Uranus-Pluto-Zeus-Mars straddles the meridian. Here Pluto is conjunct the asteroids Child and Orpheus (death) hinting that in this radical T-square children had been “chosen” for death. The TNP Zeus on the MC is conjunct stars of Corvus. These stars were part of an archaic Chaldean lunar mansion whose patron god was Im-dugud-khu, “The Great Storm Bird” or “Storm Bird of the Evil Wind”  and China’s  Celestial Chariot T’ien-Tche which governed wind. [1]

All that this chart needed was a trigger and that came on June 19 when the progressed angles once again aligned with the T-square thereby triggering it.

But as often happens, there is usually a “minute hand” that accompanies the “hour hand” of the cosmic clock. Just a day after the incident there is a sharp Mercury-Saturn (death of young people) opposition that falls square the meridian as part of a Grand Cross containing Neptune in Pisces, a water sign that connects up to drowning. Further reinforcing the theme of drowning is the star Menkar in the jaws of Cetus, the Sea Monster on the descendant.

That this Cross was in fact connected to the incident can be seen  also from a chart drawn for the exact time that the rescue services received an alert. With Mercury on the MC the Grand Cross occupies the meridian axis. Also to be noted is that the MC is amidst the stars of Hyades considered to be a “stormy star group”.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.82)