Sunday, 31 July 2016

Lovers Forced To Part Years Ago Finally Find Their Happily Ever After

"If it is meant to be, it will be," is something that you will often find as an over-abused meme on your feed, often with pictures of people looking away, pondering deeply while gazing into the sea or staring at stars. However, a Mumbai couple actually illustrates that in some love stories, fate has a bigger role than you perhaps give it credit for and to employ yet another cliche -- if you're meant to be with someone, the entire universe will conspire to make it happen. It's the story of a Hindu man and a Muslim woman, whose chance at love and life was taken away due to religious prejudice, but even getting married to different people couldn't keep them apart, and many years and three children later, the duo still managed to find a way into each other's hearts. July 27.

The  news comes to us just as Uranus stations retrograde. A chart for the mundane event drawn for Bombay carries a Grand Cross aligned with the horizon axis. Part of the Cross is one of the more important configurations in the current period - the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square. Contained in this T are the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year cycle and the last quarter of the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle.  These squares impel movement and expansion away from societal models and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth. 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. Defining the Cross further are the asteroids Atropos and Persephone on the Ascendant square Pandora on the North Node. Keyphrases for the asteroids are provided by Martha Wescott [1]. Readers will notice that the news story can be understood from the delineation of the various elements.

Saturn square Nodes: Authority and the rules they set were uncaring or unresponsive. In the past hard practical limits of Saturn were met with a feeling of futility or impossibility leading to time-serving self-sacrifice [2].
Neptune conjunct South Node: Neptune is the planet of non-attachment. On the South Node (past) it leads us to recognize a potentially negative Neptune quality – people may have unnecessarily given up something they actually really needed in a past life [2].
Saturn-Neptune: Did we allow our “dreams” (Neptune) to be throttled by our sense of “duty, responsibility and the keeping up with social rules or obeying authority”(Saturn)?
Atropos/Persephone:  Because of new circumstances people  are dealing with a passage in which their “separateness” is no longer required – in other words, it is “the end” (Atropos) of “feeling apart” (Persephone).
Atropos/Pandora: The “end” of one sequence opens the door to something that the person did not anticpate – a huge surprise.

[2] Yesterday’s Sky; Steven Forrest

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Hot air balloon crash near Lockhart

The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed 16 people are dead after a hot air balloon crash near Lockhart early Saturday morning. The accident occurred shortly after 7:40 a.m on the 700 block of Jolly Road. July 30

The accident took place just after Mercury and Mars formed an exact square on Friday July 29 at 3:48 pm. Just a few minutes later at 4:06 pm Uranus stationed retrograde. The map for the Mercury-Mars square -  a combination associated with travel accidents – has the planets very significantly straddling the horizon axis. The other notable combination is a Grand Cross straddling the MC. Here Saturn [9sa] is conjunct the star Antares. Antares which was Sin, the heart of ancient China’s huge sky-Dragon, was also called Ta-Ho, the Great Fire [1].  

On the MC [10vi55]  are the stars Al Suhail (11vi23) of the Celestial Ship Argo and epsilon Antlia (11vi11)  of  the Air Pump – an airship!

As 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 because of this that the images of the constellations shown above come together at  around 11 Virgo to produce an airship.

In previous posts we have delineated Jupiter-Neptune metaphorically  as “huge gas bubbles” and “bubble schemes” and Saturn as a “reality check” that can bring such gas bubbles down to earth. Here we see an event that depicts it literally.  

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.330) 

Norway Considers Giving Finland A Mountain As A Present

The asterism shows an upside down mountain top. The mountain is seen right-side up in the Southern Hemisphere around midnight in mid-July.

Thinking of giving a little summit to your neighbor for a 100th birthday present? What about a mountain? Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said this week her government was considering a proposal to move the country's border 40 meters (about 130 feet) -- gifting Finland a mountain for its 100 years of independence in 2017.

A chart for the Full Moon of the current lunar cycle drawn for Oslo, Norway is shown here. It is significant for the place since it aligns with the meridian axis and makes hard aspects to the Jupiter-Neptune opposition.

Astrologically, Jupiter, the planet of abundance and generosity, rules philanthropy. When combined with empathetic Neptune the urge to give to others is so magnified that at times it gives rise to unbelievable generosity.

But does the chart tell us what is being gifted? It sure does. The Moon is conjunct stars in the constellation Mensa – the Mountain!

Friday, 29 July 2016

IMF’s calamitous misjudgments brought to light

The International Monetary Fund’s top staff misled their own board, made a series of calamitous misjudgments in Greece, became euphoric cheerleaders for the euro project, ignored warning signs of impending crisis, and collectively failed to grasp an elemental concept of currency theory.  This is the lacerating verdict of the IMF’s top watchdog on the fund’s tangled political role in the eurozone debt crisis, the most damaging episode in the history of the Bretton Woods institutions. The report by the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) goes above the head of the managing director, Christine Lagarde. It answers solely to the board of executive directors, and those from Asia and Latin America are clearly incensed at the way European Union insiders used the fund to rescue their own rich currency union and banking system. July 29

This news is best understood if we go back to the eclipses of September 2015.  In his post for the lunar month entitled Winds of Change & New Beginnings,  Nick Fiorenza [1] points out that the solar eclipse of September 13 which fell in the area of Lion’s tail was about the shenanigans of those in power intended to fool the masses -a theme common to late Leo - and that the eclipse cycle was about the masses becoming aware of the conspiracy of the authorities so that new beginnings could take place.

A Full Moon brings the New Moon theme to a culmination. What was dark at New Moon is brought to the light of consciousness at the Full Moon.  Here we look at the chart for the Full Moon eclipse of September 28 drawn for Washington, DC where IMF has its headquarters. We notice that the Full Moon is part of a slightly skewed Grand Cross with Pluto in the 8th opposite TNPs Hades and Kronos.

The eighth house rules “international finance” [2] so that institutions like the IMF are placed here. Martha Wescott gives us the following delineations for the relevant elements of the Grand Cross:

Hades-Kronos: Leaders, executives or experts make mistakes or discuss the past or investigations; expertise is questioned because a mistake was made or there are negative results; to see incidents where authorities have just made things worse.
Kronos-Pluto: experts in finance; changes of opinion.
Hades-Pluto: to hear of criminal activities in the world of finance or big business.

But how can we sure that the foregoing applies to the news coming from the IMF? Well as always there is a simple test. Let us progress the eclipse chart to July 29, the date of the news. Notice that the eclipse Grand Cross aligns with the horizon axis on that day confirming that our analysis and the conclusions drawn are correct.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Putin, Erdogan Mend Ties

Centaur kills Lupus before sacrificing on Altar

Turkey and Russia will seek to speed up the repair of frayed relations when Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Vladimir Putin for talks in St. Petersburg next month in the wake of the failed military coup against the Turkish president. Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a strategic partner,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, who announced the Aug. 9 visit, said at talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich on Tuesday. “Today, we are here to normalize the situation and our relations as soon as possible and at an accelerated pace since they were disrupted on November 24,” he said, referring to the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish fighter jets near the Syrian border.

Astrologers have discovered a remarkable correspondence between the cosmos and the human psyche. It is well known that the first observation of the modern planets (Uranus, Neptune and  Pluto) coincided with a period in history where the themes and characteristics associated with the corresponding archetypal principle were evident in the prevailing Zeitgeist. The most significant example is the discovery in 1781  of Uranus which we now associate with revolutions, technological inventions and progressive change coinciding with the American and French Revolutions and the beginning of the Industrial Age. With this understanding, what might  the recent announcement by NASA of the star CX330 [1] mean in a metaphorical sense?

Based on its celestial co-ordinates, the ecliptic longitude of this star is 25 Sagittarius. About this area Nick Fiorenza writes:

The mythical image here is of the Centaur placing Lupus the beast with conscious deliberation upon the Centaur's sacrificial altar. Here we impelled to place, with conscious deliberation, any long standing grief, guilt, anger, pain, and any other emotion (especially self-judgment related) that we are holding upon the altar to be consumed in the Centaur's Pyre for our transmutation. North from the sting of the scorpion drips the transmuting elixir (the often harsh lessons of life), upon the Altar. This act is essential to experience the actual neurological transmutation made possible that leads to illumination. If we are not ready to surrender and relinquish our crystallized emotional patterns, we are held back or sidetracked, and continue to experience upsets, diversions and even traumatic and catastrophic events in our lives because we are not truly ready to step into a greater level of self-realization.

So what does this long preamble have to do with the news? We know that Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin are finally mending fences after Turkey apologized for last year’s shooting down of a Russian jet.  It might surprise readers to know that the longitude of CX330 [25sa] is exactly the same as the composite mid-point of the radix Sun positions of Erdogan [6pi57] and Putin [14li03]. Can it be a coincidence that the dynamics described above applies perfectly to this situation?


The Loneliest Young Star

Alone on the cosmic road, far from any known celestial object, a young, independent star is going through a tremendous growth spurt. The unusual object, called CX330, was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009 by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory while it was surveying the bulge in the central region of the Milky Way. Further observations indicated that this object was emitting optical light as well. With only these clues, scientists had no idea what this object was.

But when Chris Britt, postdoctoral researcher at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and colleagues were examining infrared images of the same area taken with NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), they realized this object has a lot of warm dust around it, which must have been heated by an outburst. Comparing WISE data from 2010 with Spitzer Space Telescope data from 2007, researchers determined that CX330 is likely a young star that had been outbursting for several years. In fact, in that three-year period its brightness had increased by a few hundred times. July 27

The lead author Chris Britt , based at Texas Tech University in Lubbock,  submitted the research paper on May 17, 2016 [1] at the Gibbous Moon. A chart for the Moon phase at Lubbock is shown here. Stars conjoining the Moon are Vindemiatrix, Porrima and Auva of Virgo. The stars of sidereal Virgo are linked to alienation and isolation  so that the discovery under the Gibbous Moon  that CX330 is a lonely star is quite appropriate. In addition, the Sun is conjunct the TNP Admetus on the MC. Among others things, Admetus is linked to isolation so that this adds further confirmation to the theme of alienation.

The research paper was first published online by the Royal Astronomical Society on May 18 just a day after the Gibbous Moon when it opposed Uranus and Eris. The dwarf planet Eris was discovered in 2005 and led to the demotion of Pluto as a planet. Subsequently, astrologers have linked Eris to all manner discord leading to disruption and changes [2]. Here too astronomers may have to revise their ideas about how stars are formed.

[1] (submitted 17 May 2016)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Palestinians to sue Britain over 1917 Balfour act

Palestinian officials have said they are planning to sue Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration that laid out a vision for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Palestinian FM Riad Malki said the document led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine "at the expense of our Palestinian people". Mr Malki said the lawsuit would be filed in an international court.

The Balfour Declaration was a letter dated 2 November 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland promising His Majesty's government support for the formation of the nation of Israel.

  The news about the lawsuit to be filed by the Palestinian Authority takes places in the shadow of the upcoming Mars-Saturn conjunction. At Ramallah, the capital of Palestine, the conjunction is significantly placed on the Ascendant as apex of a T-square with Neptune and the Nodal axis.  Mars-Saturn represents anger against authority while the Neptune-Node connection is interpreted as the deceiving or cheating (Neptune) of a community (Node). Here Mars-Saturn are conjunct the star Antares which Diana Rosenberg links to “keynote events in human history including the founding of cities, nations, empires and issues of national sovereignty”.

Going back in time we present the chart for the  sidereal Libra Ingress chart of 1917 drawn for Ramallah and progressed to 2 November 1917, the date of the Balfour Declaration. Here Pluto on the Nodal axis aligns with the meridian on that date. Ebertin interprets this as “the common and tragic destiny of a mass of people”. Considering what happened this is a very appropriate delineation. Pluto is conjunct the star Mirzam about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Mirzam, Beta Canis Major, is the "Scout of Sirius" often called “The Announcer”. It  provides a message to redirect our focus and daily efforts to prepare and become ready for a greater change to come, for a greater action, involvement, or event, an arrival of global proportion (indicated by Sirius).

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Japan knife attack: 19 killed at care centre

Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. Such attacks are extremely rare in Japan - the incident is the worst mass killing in decades. Police have arrested a local man, said to be a former employee of the centre, who went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. He reportedly said he wanted people with disabilities to "disappear". The attack has shocked Japan, one of the safest countries in the world.

We will attempt to understand the news using two approaches (a) from the mundane chart of Japan [1] (b) from the chart of the Last Quarter Moon of July 27.

Presented here is the precession corrected current solar return chart for Japan. Note the T-square of TNP Zeus, Uranus and Pluto straddling the angles. On the Ascendant with the TNP Zeus are stars of Bootes, the armed herdsman, sometimes depicted with a spear rather than a shepherd’s crook. Here, therefore, is potential for aggression. Uranus, on the descendant, is conjunct the stars of in the belly of Cetus, the sea monster and in King Cepheus’ head. The sea monster represents psychotic storms that can threaten human sanity.

If we combine this with Martha Wescott’s delineation for Uranus-Pluto “unexpected reactions based on resentment” we can see the reason behind the knife attack.

Progressing the chart to the date of the attack brings the T-square to the meridian thereby triggering it.


Secondly, we present the chart for the Last Quarter Moon of July 27 anchored through hard aspects to planets on the horizon axis. Here the Sun is conjunct the TNP Vulcanus and the asteroids Psyche and Siva while Moon is conjunct Ceres. Martha Wescott delineates as follows:

Psyche/Siva : psychological breakdown; explosion of rage stemming from emotional wounds.
Psyche/Vulcanus: people are driven by their pain or emotional trauma.
Ceres/Siva: a caregiver’s rage.

Moral of the story: Care givers or nurturers may also have limits to how much they can give of themselves. Once those limits are crossed unexpected reactions can follow.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

A dangerous nuclear crisis looms

Astounding increases in the danger of nuclear weapons have paralleled provocative foreign policy decisions that needlessly incite tensions between Washington and Moscow. “Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War,” warns William Perry, “and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.” July 23

The Western pubic doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed his frustration with Washington’s reliance on force and coercion instead of diplomacy. It is reckless for Washington to convince Russia that diplomacy is a dead end without promise. When the Russians reach that conclusion, force will confront force [1]. Indeed astrologically speaking we may have reached a nuclear flashpoint. On August 24, Mars and Saturn will conjoin at [9sa52]. This conjunction will take place exactly on the IC at Washington,DC in a tense aspect to Uranus. At this time the meridian will align with what is known as the Nuclear Axis. The following extract from Eric Francis’  essay explains what astrologers have come to identify as the Nuclear Axis.

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

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

The Nuclear Axis
Repeated nuclear events over the past 58 years have led some astrologers to describe these degrees across early Gemini-Sagittarius as "the nuclear axis," which is highly sensitive to transits. One critical degree in this axis appears to be Saturn's location at the time of the first chain reaction, 8 degrees 56 minutes of Gemini.

This is not to say that August 24 is the only day on which one might expect to see a nuclear crisis. Let us understand that this chart like any mundane eclipse or ingress chart can be triggered subsequently when the progressed angles form aspects to the relevant elements. (Note that it also being triggered by the September 1 solar eclipse at 9 Virgo square the meridian axis of this chart.)

The Indonesian Genocide of 1965-66

A non-binding international tribunal at The Hague has ruled that Australia, the UK and the United States were complicit in 1965 mass killings and human rights atrocities in Indonesia. During that period, some 500,000 to one million people died in one of the bloodiest massacres of the 20th century. What began as a purge of communists after a failed coup attempt, went on to encompass ethnic Chinese and alleged leftists, which led to the massacre being referred to as "politicide." July 21

The Indonesian killings of 1965–1966 (sometimes referred to as the Indonesian Massacres, Indonesian Genocide, or Indonesian Politicide) were large-scale killings which occurred in Indonesia over many months, targeting communists, ethnic Chinese and alleged leftists, often at the instigation of the armed forces and government. Initially it began as an anti-communist purge following a controversial coup by the army (30 September Movement) in Indonesia. The most widely accepted estimates are that between 500,000 to more than one million people were killed, with some estimates as high as two to three million. The massacres began in October 1965, in the weeks following the coup attempt, and reached their peak over the remainder of the year before subsiding in the early months of 1966. They started in the capital, Jakarta.

Readers will recall that 1965-1966 was a period when there was a Uranus-Pluto conjunction – a combination that we associate with upheavals, revolutions and the collapse of old orders. But interestingly, Saturn also opposed this conjunction so that violence and brutality was to be expected. As part of this triple dance, Saturn opposed Uranus on April 1, 1965. At Jakarta, the opposition fell exactly on the horizon axis accompanied by Mars and Pluto with Uranus on the Ascendant. (In a strange coincidence, the opposition also aligned with the meridian axis of Indonesia’s national chart [1]). All this was virtually a powder keg waiting to be ignited. The ignition took place on 30 September when the progressed Ascendant reached a conjunction to Saturn thereby aligning the opposition once again with the horizon axis. Thereafter all hell broke loose.

Saturn in the April 1, 1965 chart above is amidst the stars of the Aquarian Water Bearer.  Diana Rosenberg links with “brutal attacks and expression of race and religious prejudice as well as responses to them”. With Neptune currently transiting over the radix Saturn, the judgement of the international tribunal at The Hague  comes as a healing response.  

Thursday, 21 July 2016

US Navy's newest $12.9bn supercarrier doesn't work

The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier isn’t ready for warfare. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford -- the most expensive warship ever built -- may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News. July 20.

A chart for the current New Moon of July 4 drawn for Washington DC will help explain this fiasco. Notice that the New Moon which forms a T-square with Pluto and the TNP Zeus (the military) [2] straddles the meridian. 

The New Moon [13cn] is conjunct the star Canopus, alpha Argo Navis – the Celestial Ship. It is opposite Pluto [16cp] which in turn is conjunct the stars of the Archer and the Eagle. These figures combine to produce the image depicted above. In a previous post [1] we have shown how the image is a perfect symbol for a military aircraft. Now if we combine Canopus with the Archer and the Eagle do we not have the aircraft carrier! The TNP Kronos [2] is linked to fame and the TNP Hades [2] to mistakes and messy situations. Since these are conjunct the Canopus New Moon we have the suggestion that a top of the line aircraft carrier has a whole lot of mistakes in its design.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

How Japan came to believe in depression

Depression was not widely recognised in Japan until the late 1990s. July 20

So how do we explain this new realization about depression in Japan? As most readers are aware, eclipses carry  specific messages which are felt most acutely in those places where the angles aspect important planetary configurations. Most astrologers recognize that eclipses become active at least 3 months prior to their actual occurrence. Shown here is a chart for the upcoming September 1 solar eclipse, drawn for Kyushu, Japan from where the story was filed on July 20 when the transit Sun (27cn) formed hard aspects to Saturn and Neptune. Notice that the eclipse luminaries with Saturn-Neptune form a T-square that straddles the meridian. That Saturn-Neptune squares are linked to depression is well known as the following extract from the article Averting the Great Depression – The Saturn/Neptune square 2015-16 [1] explains.

This square subtly ushers in a growing pressure by the hard-ass Saturn to confront any dreamy delusions or escapist tendencies, fanciful notions that simply don’t align with what is expected of us in this structured and physically quantifiable world.

Neptune strikes back with the subtle weaving of fantastic abstractions that seem to challenge our perceived reality, undermining its core foundations and adherence to solid facts as if they were mere superstitions. Like the sea’s crashing waves upon the side of a cliff, Neptune works away earnestly to erode its stony structure, eventually enfeebling its solid stability.

Since both planets are in signs that seek a higher truth (Sagittarius and Pisces), there will be a considerable struggle to present one definitive version that Saturn will accept as satisfactory enough to work with. The difference here is that Sagittarius is concerned with external, scientific truths whilst Pisces is largely esoteric. Worlds collide, in the most religious sense possible. What to believe?

So a gradual process of elimination, a dissolution of values we hold sacred about our world, the things we believe in, often without any evidence becomes the crux of this clash. It is the deep submersion of our trusted standards into the ridiculous and sublime currents that are now trending, and the resulting scenario could prove disastrous if either side refuses to yield from their cherished perspective.

Neptune, dignified in Pisces, will eventually erode away any outworn foundations, finally collapsing our proverbial cliff to its untimely demise into the sea. Things could go either way, but it is external structure – exterior reality that will either stand firmly against the test of time, or crumble hopelessly into the dissolving elements. In this case the element is water. Infinite amounts of it.

The aspect plays out most intensely over three distinct periods where these two planets are at least within 4-5° orbs by square. These will be periods where the process of confusion, renunciation, withdrawal and dissolution will prevail, often with difficult, disappointing and even depressing times.

[1] Averting the Great Depression – The Saturn/Neptune square 2015-16

Why the Turkish coup failed

The failed coup attempt against Erdogan provoked a flurry of excited polemics in the alternative informational space, leading to the emergence of two competing hypotheses. The author already published his own analysis on how this was actually a sloppy, last-ditch move by the US to frantically offset the game-changing geopolitical consequences of the surprise Russian-Turkish detente, but the other main theory that's going around is that this was all a false flag attempt by Erdogan to seize more power.

Presented here is Turkey’s national chart. A simple analysis will show why the coup was a sloppy event with little or no chance of success.

In mundane astrology, the 6th house represents the armed forces [1]. Here Jupiter, the ruler of the 6th, is square Neptune in the radix. Currently "the hour hand", solar arc Neptune is conjunct radix Jupiter. (exact 2 Aug. 2016). Transit Mars ( "the minute hand") which stationed direct on June 30, has been moving over radix Jupiter at the end of last week when the attempted coup took place. Ebertin interprets the combination as below:

Jupiter-Neptune-Mars: A poor speculation. The desire to realize plans without prospect.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Sirius New Moon and the Hyde Park violence

A police officer was stabbed when a "spontaneous water fight" on the hottest day of the year so far turned violent, the Met has said. Bottles and other items were thrown at officers in London's Hyde Park after the "increasingly large crowd became hostile to police" at about 20:40 BST. Another officer was hit with a bottle, Scotland Yard said, while two members of the public suffered stab wounds. 20 July

To understand the astrology behind the news, let us go back to the chart for the current New Moon at London. Notice that the New Moon [12cn53] is significantly placed in the 10th house as part of an angular T-square. The elements of the T-square are delineated by Martha Wescott as below:

Kronos-Hades: to see incidents where laws or authoritative action “just make things worse”; to  note disgust with laws or authority figures who enforce them.

Pluto-Zeus: to recognize psychological “triggers” – the way people and events can set off strong defenses and buried emotions; events associated with general tension.

Next we notice that the New Moon was conjunct alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius – brightest star in the sky about which the ancient Roman astrologer Manilius wrote.

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.316-319].

To see whether this star did really cause July 19 to be the hottest day in London all we need to do is progress the New Moon chart to that date and sure enough we find that the MC reaches an exact conjunction to the New Moon and Sirius!

Will Turkey-US rift destroy alliance?

A standoff between the United States and Turkey, two largest NATO powers, over extradition of Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen to his homeland, could shake to the ground the military alliance, experts suggest. Despite the United States denying all allegations of being involved in the Turkish coup, the Gulen issue keeps the relations between Washington and Ankara extremely tense.

The US has expressed displeasure regarding the Turkish allegations of an American hand in the failed coup. Indeed, Turkish allegation has no precedent in NATO’s 67-year old history – of one member plotting regime change in another member country through violent means. Clearly, US and Turkey are on a collision course. It would be interesting to see whether we can spot this trouble in the charts of the two countries. The US Sibly Sun [13cn19] is conjunct Turkey’s radix Pluto [12cn20] on the Ascendant.

 The chart of the current New Moon [12cn53] of July 4 drawn for Washington,DC formed a Grand Cross with the meridian and the explosive  Pluto-Zeus combination. Additionally, it activated the Sibly Sun to Turkey’s Pluto conjunction. This on its own would not have been so earth shattering were it not for the fact that Turkey’s progressed solar arc Ascendant [12li] is square radix Pluto [12cn].  To understand what this means, given below is an extract from astrologer Hiroki [1].

Pluto is the god of underworld. As the governor of hidden depth in all things, Pluto represents hidden potentials, extreme passions (which are often repressed by society), and a perception that penetrates the darkness in all things – solving mysteries and unlocking new powers (think psychology and molecular physics). Ascendant is your persona – the mask your wear and show to the world. Your name and all that it represents to you. Because it always opposes the Descendant (the 7th house cusp), Ascendant represents what others (your partner, friends, the public) will see and identify as your unique personality.

Transit or Natal Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant can suggest the need for the mask to break at one point, so that a different identity can emerge, perhaps one that reflects more of your inner truth.

Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant: Emergence of the Hidden Self
Natal Pluto in aspect with Ascendant can suggest hidden depth within your personality. At a certain point in life, you might startle everyone by going against the flow to become someone almost unrecognizable from your former self. In relation to the Pluto archetype, such change is often called transformation or empowerment of the personality.

To this if we add, the asteroids Kassandra [11cp] and Hebe [26aq] in Turkey’s radix chart which make hard aspects to its Pluto, the reason why Turkey is responding the way it is becomes clear.

Hebe-Pluto-Kassandra: personal control (Pluto) needs now prevent one from enabling others(Hebe)  or listening to their advice (Kassandra) but this occurs only after one recognizes how controlled they have been in a co-dependent role.

To wrap things up, let us go back to the New Moon chart at Washington, DC and note the Sabian symbol [2] for the MC [12ar03] which incidentally is also the apex of the New Moon T-square:

Phase 13 (Aries 13): An unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest.

A perfect symbol for a failed coup undertaken by the US!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Coup in Turkey

Hours after an attempted military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dawn is breaking in Turkey. While Mehmet Simsek, the Deputy Prime Minister, tells CNN the military coup has failed and that "the government is still in control", reports of explosions and gunfire are still coming in from Istanbul. 42 people, including police officer, have reportedly been killed in Ankara. It is unclear who is really in control of Istanbul and Ankara at this point in time. July 16

The attempted coup in Turkey comes at the Gibbous Moon of July 16. A chart for the Moon phase at Ankara has the Sun on the Ascendant and both the luminaries in hard aspect to Saturn-Uranus (which are themselves in a sesquisquare aspect). Saturn-Uranus is a combination we associate with revolution (Uranus) against the government or ruling authority (Saturn). Incidentally the Gibbous Moon and Saturn are also conjunct the star Antares. About this star 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 tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.

Massacre in Nice

A lorry has ploughed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice. At least 84 people are dead, including many children, the interior ministry says.

In his July forecast, Richard Nolle wrote:

July continues two major themes from June: an intensified Mars Max, and an unrelenting Saturn-Neptune square. In that sense, this month is cut from the same cloth as last: full of murder and mayhem, “fires, crashes, clashes and explosions” (the Mars Max component), and socio-political-economic disintegration and deception (the Saturn-Neptune square). Into the mix there are some geophysical shock windows, harbingers of storms solar, seismic and atmospheric. Time being of the essence – the last several weeks have been very busy here – here’s the nub of it.

Mars remains within a degree of its June 29 direct station all the way into mid-July, with an emphatic kicker tacked on by the Moon-Mars alignment on the 14th. The Mars Max as a whole continues in force into September, but the first half of July marks the end of the last major turbulence associated with this cycle. Anger, haste, recklessness and belligerence are the keynotes of this cycle, so be careful out there. Dangers range from accidental mishaps to criminal misdeeds to terrorist atrocities. Most of us will only experience these things secondhand, via the news. That’s plenty bad enough. You’ll know it when you see it: a rash of murders and mass murders, a clutch of big fires, crashes and explosions . . . the all too familiar same old same old. Thank heaven it’s nearing an end now. Be especially vigilant around the 14th (when the Moon aligns with Mars and Saturn) and the 29th (Mercury squares Mars and Uranus stations retrograde).

In a previous post [1], I used the concept of gear wheels to explain how the slowest moving wheel is of utmost importance to understand what is about to happen and I would add even where. In this case here, while the Mars Max and the Moon alignment is important, it can still be looked upon as the “minute” and “second” hand of the clock. For the more important  “hour” hand we will need to go back to the Capsolar (sidereal Capricorn Ingress chart) for Nice, France. Notice that it has a powerful T-square containing Uranus-Pluto-Zeus-Mercury straddling the meridian – a very significant warning for the place. Among other things, Uranus-Pluto governs terrorist events, Mercury is a truck while TNP Zeus is guns and ammunition. In addition, the asteroid Lacrimosa (death) and Siwa (destructive anger) conjoin and oppose apex Pluto.

So we can see that all the elements of the Capsolar T-square were primed and waiting for a trigger which of course was provided indirectly by the Mars Max and the Moon alignment with Mars and Saturn. But the “hour” hand too had its own trigger. Progressing the Capsolar to July 14, brings the T-square once again to an alignment with the meridian, thereby triggering it!

To complete the picture, we notice that on July 14, Mars which had stationed direct on June 30 forms an exact quincunx aspect with Uranus. A chart for the event once again has the Uranus-Pluto-Zeus T-square on the meridian at Nice. Here Mars is conjunct the stars of the Serpent and wild-beast Lupus – the feral savage level that lies beneath the veneer of civilization. Diana Rosenberg links this area with “terrorist attacks”.

[1] Racial tensions flaring across US may mark the “beginning of the end”


The progressed solar return  for the national chart of France[1] drawn for July 14, 2016 is shown below. Notice that once again, the Uranus-Pluto-TNP Zeus T-square straddles the meridian on that date.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Understanding Boris Johnson

Yvette Cooper, the former Labour Cabinet minister, has suggested that Boris Johnson has been sent to the Foreign Office so that Theresa May will have “someone to blame” if the Brexit negotiations hit the rocks. That is one explanation for the new Prime Minister’s decision to hand this sensitive job to such an unsafe choice.

Of Johnson’s many indiscretions, the worst arguably, was deliberate and gratuitous. When The Spectator ran a competition inviting readers to write poems insulting Turkey’s President Recip Erdogan, the then Mayor of London could not resist submitting a contribution which included a made up word beginning with ‘w’ that rhymed with the Turkish capital, Ankara.

And official reaction from the USA was restrained, considering that Johnson has in the past described Barack Obama as ‘half Kenyan’, Hillary Clinton as having “a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”, Donald Trump of showing “stupifying ignorance", and George W. Bush as “a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomizes the arrogance of American foreign policy.”

Johnson is a controversial figure in British politics and journalism. He has been described  as "the most unconventional, yet compelling politician of the post-Blair era" capable of  "polarising opinions to the extreme". Critics view him as "variously evil, a clown, a racist and a bigot".

 Boris was born on 19 June 1964 at 2:00 pm EDT NY. His natal Sun is conjunct the stars Betelgeuse and Menkalinan about which Nick Fiorenza writes:

Betelgeuse marks Orion's right shoulder, from which he holds the upraised sword just under the gate of Man. Betelgeuse embodies the theme of a male warrior, is of a kingly nature, authoritative and is of human resourcefulness in action. Betelgeuse inspires a sense of responsibility to dynamically response to whatever is occurring in the moment. Betelgeuse will challenge existing systems or authorities to cut through whatever is in the way of solution. Menkalinan, the right shoulder of Auriga the Charioteer, conjoins Betelgeuse, the right shoulder of Orion, and the "Gate of Man." Menkalinan is also a polarizer that will show indecision by bringing experience of the opposite side of an issue to make clear the choices and to reveal one's hesitancy to respond to life in the moment. Menkalinan can dramatize through graphic illustration to elucidate one's hesitancies for those not abiding to the more subtle messages within. Menkalinan's helps to cut through the confusion, to make things plain and clear. Menkalinan is associate to Capella, Auriga's lucida, the Starseed Messenger of Light [1].

The second thing to note is his Mars at the apex of a T-square with Saturn-Uranus-Pluto – a combination that would indicate violence or ruthlessness but  Mars in Gemini would more appropriately describe a man of letters whose forcefulness is reflected in his acerbic style of speaking and writing.

In summary, therefore, even though his critics may find him disgusting this would appear to describe his behavior perfectly. After all this is what he was here to do and we must admit that he is doing it very well!

Moscow Hit by Epic Thunderstorm, Hurricane Winds

Im-dugud-khu, “The Great Storm Bird”

An enormous thunderstorm struck Moscow Wednesday night, with heavy rain and flooding. The storm began shortly before midnight. Russia's Emergencies Ministry issued a thunderstorm warning, reporting wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. Dozens of flights were suspended at city airports, including 15 at Sheremetyevo International Airport. July 14

The incident occurred just a day after the Moon completed its First Quarter phase. A chart for the Moon phase at Moscow forming a skewed Grand Cross with Uranus-Pluto and TNP Zeus aligned with the horizon axis. Uranus-Pluto is linked with the “sudden release of elemental forces”.

Here the TNP Zeus 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. Diana Rosenberg links this area with “high winds, lightning and electrical events”. Also Neptune on the MC is placed among the stars of Aquarius, the Water Pourer. This is an  area related to the rainy season of the ancient year, so that  many of its stars are associated with floods. Hence a lightning storm that deposited huge quantities of rain in Moscow is quite understandable.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Japanese Emperor Akihito 'plans to abdicate'

Japan's Emperor Akihito has announced his intention to abdicate in the coming years, public broadcaster NHK reports.The 82-year-old, who has had health problems in recent years, reportedly does not wish to remain emperor if he has to reduce his official duties. He has been head of state for 27 years and his abdication would be an unprecedented move in modern Japan. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 56, is next in line to succeed him to the Chrysanthemum Throne.  July 13, 2016

The Lunar Eclipse of March 23 drawn for Tokyo elegantly explains the monarch’s decision to abdicate. In the previous post we showed how this eclipse was active in David Cameron’s resignation. We attributed it to the fact the eclipse squares the TNPs Kronos-Hades which translates to the decline of a leader. Here too, in Tokyo, the eclipse makes hard aspects to the meridian axis and if we progress the chart to July 13, once again we find that TNPs Kronos-Hades are on the IC with the eclipse once again aspecting the meridian. 

David Cameron bows out

David Cameron has been given a standing ovation by Conservative MPs after his final Prime Minister's Questions. The prime minister, who will go to Buckingham Palace later to tender his resignation to the Queen, told MPs he would "miss the roar of the crowd". Defending his achievements in office, he said there had been many "amazing moments" during his six years in power. Home Secretary Theresa May is preparing to succeed Mr Cameron later after her own audience with the Queen. July 13, 2016

David Cameron announced his resignation as PM on June 24, when the result of the Brexit referendum became known. His horoscope is available at Astro-Databank [1]. Let us recall that the Full Moon eclipse [3li] of March 23 shown here fell on his radix Ascendant [1li33]. The eclipse aligned with the meridian axis at London and formed a T-square with the TNPs Kronos-Hades which, among other things, stands for the decline (Hades) of a leader (Kronos). The Moon was conjunct the newly discovered Dwarf Planet Makemake. About Makemake Nick Fiorenza [2] writes  that it impels leaders to  ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for the people in general. It  may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.

If we progress the eclipse chart to June 24, the progressed horizon aligns with Makemake and the eclipse axis so that a leader who was not worthy of being in the leadership role resigned.

And finally, before wrapping up, here is Cameron’s progressed precession corrected solar return for July 13, when he actually bows out. Notice Pluto on the MC, Uranus on the Ascendant opposite his Sun and TNPs Kronos-Hades on the IC. Uranus-Pluto is about the end of an order. And not surprisingly, the Sabian symbol for the Sun[16li53] is “a retired sea captain”.