Friday, 30 September 2016

Norwegians Teach Horses to Communicate

Horses were able to convey their preference for blanket-wearing in a study conducted in Norway. The researchers reported in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science that they successfully trained all 23 horses used in the study to convey their choice by pointing to symbols. The horse used were of various ages and breeds. They were able to signal whether they wanted their blanket put on, taken off, or left unchanged. All the horses were performing well in the experiment following two weeks of training. The study team, comprising Cecilie Mejdell, Turid Buvik, Grete Jørgensen and Knut Bøe, described how they taught the horses to communicate by touching one of three different visual symbols on white painted wooden display boards to tell the handler their blanketing preference. Sept.22

Horses seem to capture our imagination and are a symbol of strength and freedom but till now they have been generally thought to be dumb and unable to communicate. The new study in Norway indicates otherwise.

The Moon entered its Last Quarter Phase on September 23, just a day after the news of this study broke. Notice that a chart for the Moon phase at Oslo, the location of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, where the research was carried out has a prominent Mercury-Saturn-Neptune T-square straddling the meridian. 

Mercury-Saturn-Neptune: The dissolution (Neptune) of language (Mercury) barriers (Saturn).

Here Saturn is in Sagittarius – the sign linked to horses [1]!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Traffic Noise Hinders Owls' Hunting

Given a high enough level of traffic noise, owls lose nearly 90% of their hunting efficiency, according to researchers from Hokkaido University. In a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the university report their findings on the impact of noise on long- and short-eared owls. Owls are among those predators, like bats, that rely heavily on their sharp hearing in order to find food. The team's results highlight just how much that is the case. According to the researchers, theirs is the first study to back up the notion in the wild that traffic noise hinders owls' ability to forage.

Eclipses carry specific messages that can be more acutely felt in those places  where they occur on the horizon or the meridian. The report by the Hokkaido University researchers entitled  Traffic noise reduces foraging efficiency in wild owls was first published on August 18 coinciding with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse that fell on the horizon axis at Sapporo, the location of the University.
The eclipse chart  highlights a Mars-Saturn-Neptune T-square on the meridian.  Mars is linked to hectic activity while Neptune in Pisces raises concerns about the  detrimental impact of such activity on both ourselves [1] as well as  the environment. A square between planets presents a challenge of integration. Can we find a way in which our hectic human activity, which to an extent is unnatural, does not disturb the ecosystem?  Neptune is also linked to the need for sleep and rest.  The following extract from a previous post [2] explains how Mars-Neptune can interact.

Handled  positively, Mars – Neptune gives the ability for one to use creative visualization to accomplish their goals and dreams, using the Mars energy to relentlessly follow their dreams. On the down side  Neptune, the planet of sleep can completely overpower Mars, the planet of action, rendering it ineffective. Falling asleep while driving would fall in the second category.

So perhaps, the eclipse is telling us that night time sleep is as important as day time activity. Additionally, our noisy traffic on the highways is disturbing nocturnal birds like the owl. But the real clincher is the star Kitalpha, alpha Equueli, in the Colt’s  head conjunct the Moon on the Ascendant. Diana Rosenberg links this area to “hearing impairment”! And adding to the same theme are the stars conjunct Mars on the MC. Among issues in this area Diana Rosenberg includes “deafness”. And opposite the Ascendant is the asteroid Phaethon (cars!).

Train hits New Jersey Hoboken station

A commuter train crashed into the station at a major transit hub for Manhattan at the height of Thursday morning's rush hour, and mass casualties were reported by local media. The police chief told NBC New York there were "mass casualties" from the crash of the New Jersey Transit train. The cause of the crash at Hoboken, New Jersey's station was not immediately known. Mass casualties can include injuries or deaths.
The Federal Railroad Administration said investigators were en route to the scene. Two local law enforcement officials said there are no initial signs that the accident was terror related or a deliberate act, but they stressed it was very early in the investigation.  Sept.29

Charts for Moon phases often provide a good indicator of what we see in the news.   Shown here is the chart for the Waning Crescent Moon also referred to as Balsamic Moon. Notice that ir brings up the Mercury-Saturn-Neptune T-square to the horizon axis. Mercury-Saturn is a well known combination linked to travel (Mercury) related accidents (Saturn).

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Congress rejects Obama veto of Saudi 9/11 lawsuits bill

Congress has voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabian officials. In the first veto override of his presidency, the Senate voted 97-1 and the House of Representatives 348-77, meaning the bill becomes law. Mr Obama told CNN the lawmakers had made "a mistake". The president argued the bill could expose US companies, troops and officials to potential lawsuits abroad. CIA Director John Brennan said the vote carried "grave implications" for national security, adding: "The downside is potentially huge." The House and Senate unanimously passed the legislation, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA), this year despite the Obama administration's lobbying efforts. Sept. 28

This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and under the auspices of Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. It also conjoins the stars of the Sextant, and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis in the very southern heavens. In his post on the eclipse entitled New Directions, Nick Fiorenza explains that this eclipse is prompting us to move towards the truth and  away from authority figures who have so far controlled us. The eclipse forms a T with the third and final Saturn-Neptune waning  geocentric square.  With Saturn acting on Neptune, an opportunity is provided to get at the truth that has so far been  covered by a veil of lies.

Progressing the eclipse chart brings, the luminaries and the T to an alignment with the horizon axis on September 28, the date of the news.

Notice that a Uranus-Eris conjunction is also anchored to the eclipse.  Uranus and Eris now making their second geocentric conjunction are “upsetting the apple cart” so to speak. Radical, unexpected and unprecedented actions and disclosures that eventually lead to progressive rebirth is the hallmark.
Uranus-Eris are conjunct stars in the constellation of  the dictatorial King Cepheus and his daughter  Princess Andromeda depicted in chains. In the story of the Royal Family[1], Princess Andromeda has been condemned to be devoured by the sea-monster Cetus, sent by Poseidon. King Cepheus is in denial and turns his face away from his daughter’s plight. Much later in the story, the hero Perseus rescues Andromeda.  The presence of Uranus, the planet associated with freedom, is now moving the story towards its end.  Readers will recognize King Cepheus’ role being played out by Obama who has been in denial  about the plight of the victims of 9/11.

[1] The Lunar Planner: Andromeda, Perseus, and The Royal Family

How being alone may be the key to rest

How much rest do we think we need, who is getting the most, and what are the most restful activities? The results of the world's largest survey on rest indicate that to feel truly rested, a lot of us want to be alone, reports Claudia Hammond. Last November an online survey called The Rest Test was launched to investigate what rest means to different people, how they like to rest and whether there is a link between rest and well-being. The results are now in and the analysis has begun. The Rest Test is a collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and the Wellcome Collection's researchers in residence, Hubbub. Hubbub is an international collective led by Durham University, comprising scientists, artists, poets, humanities researchers, mental health experts and social scientists - among them the BBC's Claudia Hammond, presenter of All in the Mind  Sept.27

The defining planetary aspect of the year has been the potent Saturn and Neptune  square.  Alignments such as this, between the slow moving outer planets, impact the very core of our being, catalyzing irrevocable change. The two planets formed an exact square for the first time on  November 26th, 2015   and since then the square  has been affecting us individually and collectively. The third and last exact aspect took place on September 9, 2016. Among its several messages, Saturn-Neptune square is telling us that  “we need rest and space now for things to ‘get back to normal’”.

Presented here is the chart for November 26, 2015 square drawn for Durham when The Rest Test was launched. Notice that the square aspects the meridian and is therefore very significant for the place. If we now progress the chart to Sept. 27, 2016, the moving horizon axis touches the square once again thereby triggering it  and the results of the investigation are out!

The message is simple. Saturn is about work and responsibility. Sometimes we overburden ourselves. We must make certain that responsibilities are not violating our sensitivities, sensibilities or need for retreat and quiet (Neptune). 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Shimon Peres, architect of peace, dies

Shimon Peres, the former president and prime minister of Israel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Oslo accords with the Palestine Liberation Organization, has died at the age of 93, after being hospitalized two weeks prior due to a massive stroke, Israeli News Agency reported. Sept.28

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun are among the important tools used by mundane astrologer. The death of Shimon Peres comes less than a week after the Sun entered Libra. A chart for the ingress drawn for Tel-Aviv has Saturn on the MC as part of a prominent T-square.  Saturn and 10th house are both linked to prominent leaders. Here Saturn is conjunct the star Antares. Alpha (α) Scorpius, Antares, is a red binary star, fiery red and emerald green, near the center of the constellation Scorpius and was sometimes called "the Heart of the Scorpion".  Diana Rosenberg links  this star to “heart attacks”.  In addition, Neptune and the South Node (past) are conjunct the star Achernar, a great 1st magnitude star that marks the end of the river Eridanus.  Among events connected with this star Diana Rosenberg includes “history and paradigm altering people and events and peace treaties”.  Shimon Peres was  co-architect of the peace process in the mid-east.

Progressing the ingress chart to  September 27, aligns the T-square with the horizon, thereby triggering it on that date.

The US Sibly and the Deir Ezzor airbase “sneak attack”

Obviously the most damning evidence indicating that the US never intended to honor the ceasefire agreement came when US led coalition jets attacked a Syrian Arab Army position near Deir Ezzor airbase on Saturday September 17th that the US feebly claimed was "an accident." The Russians had to call the Americans twice for the hour long airstrikes to finally be called off. The incident that killed at least 70 Syrian soldiers and wounded over 100 allowed sufficient air cover for nearby ISIS terrorists to wage a successful assault within seven minutes after the airstrikes began to advance forward to overtake the attacked Syrian high ground. The Damasus government intercepted a conversation between the US military and ISIS just prior to the airstrikes, confirming they were premeditated, well-coordinated, and deliberate acts of aggression that violate international law and more than anything else expose US Empire's true intentions all along in the Middle East to protect its terrorist ally.
The UN convoy attack two days later was mere camouflage in a vain attempt to disguise US criminality for the Saturday airstrikes involving US, Australian and UK warplanes. Because the Syrian government forces were clearly winning the war against the terrorists and closing in on the final ISIS strongholds of East Aleppo and Raqqa, the Washington neocons were deceitfully using the ceasefire and months of Vienna talks as opportunity for its proxy terrorist allies to regroup and then launch its latest volley in the propaganda war to smear both Assad and Putin with this most recent barrage of verbal attacks.

The attack on  the Syrian Arab Army position near Deir Ezzor airbase took place on Saturday September 17th almost exactly at the Full Moon lunar eclipse which fell on the Sibly Neptune. The following extract from a previous post [1] explains the dynamics:

Last year on September 13, a partial solar eclipse fell at [20 Virgo] conjunct the US Sibly Neptune [22Virgo]. And since Neptune was square Mars in the Sibly, it referred to the possibility of duplicity (Neptune) in war (Mars) apart from a weakening and disintegration (Neptune) of the war effort (Mars). The eclipse was conjunct the star  Denbola in the hind of the Lion.

This area of late Leo is of foul breezes and smoke screens. It is also of those behind the scenes, of political-religious figureheads manipulating the affairs of the world for personal motive while offering salvation from the human struggle.  It is also of global-level grand spectacle, often time of a diversionary nature created by world powers with hidden agenda .

Very simply Mars-Neptune square is a sneak (Neptune) attack (Mars).

In addition the current solar return chart for the US Sibly has the Saturn-Neptune square aspecting the horizon axis.  Progressing the solar return to September  17 brings the Saturn-Neptune square to the meridian thereby triggering it.

The ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune has been and continues to be about knowing the difference between fact and fiction. At worst, under the influence of this solar eclipse those already committed to veiling the truth will be spreading even more stories intended to distract, bamboozle and manipulate already agitated emotional bodies. Consider it an extended, endless episode of Wag the Dog. At best, this eclipse could reveal previously hidden information with the power to clarify muddy waters and provide vital details. And this is not just in the political arena. The power of this T-square is sure to be felt in individual lives. So if you’ve been telling tales to yourself or others or living a lie, get ready for a reckoning. Ralfee Finn

Gurmeet Singh – Patna’s Good Samaritan

Every night, Gurmeet Singh arrives at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to serve food and provide medicines to patients at the so-called abandoned or lawaaris ward. On his way to the hospital, he stops at a small eatery where he picks up food for the patients who have been discarded at the lawaaris ward. Once he reaches the hospital ward -- a cesspool of infection rife with a putrid smell, where rodents run amok -- Singh washes his hands and begins serving food to the patients. When done serving food, he goes to every patient again, writes down the names of medicines that they have been prescribed and buys them with his own money, as this report in The Hindu says. He has been doing this every day for more than 20 years now. Sept. 26

Eclipses have a long term effect and their message is brought out in events as and when the progressed angles trigger the eclipse chart. Shown here is a chart for the March 9 solar eclipse at Patna.  The eclipse is placed in 12th house which rules:

Hospitals, asylums, institutions governing those who are weak, infirm, or in need of support, and as a result, the welfare state. Homeless people, the wounded and infirm.

In his essay on the eclipse entitled Altruistic Nick Fiorenza wrote:

Our New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs amongst the flowing waters dispensed from the Urn of Aquarius. It also conjoins Fum al Samakah, the mouth of the primordial fish, and it lies under the auspices of Pegasus, between Homam and Markab, and over the Phoenix, a sign of renewal, rising from the ashes.

Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, a fortuitous star, lies in and guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor simply means water. Phi, Chi and Psi, and Omega Aquarius extend from Hydor, further dispersing the stream.

All of these stars articulate and impel the dispersion or distribution of humanitarian or altruistic resources. The stream of Aquarius is of nourishment, of giving and bestowal. These stars bring inspiration to facilitate for others the ability to move into a greater flow or involvement in life, to make it possible for others to sculpt or cultivate lives that lead to the fulfillment of their pursuits. They impel the dissolution of limitations to achieve dreams and higher ideals.

Progressing the eclipse to September 26 aligns, the eclipse T-square with the meridian thereby triggering it on that day so that we have a news item about a kind and compassionate man. That this eclipse is associated with generosity was also shown in an earlier post [1].

Monday, 26 September 2016

Saudi Women File Historic Petition to Abolish Male Guardianship

More than 14,000 Saudi women signed a petition to the kingdom's Royal Court in an effort to end the internationally criticized system.  Rights Watch reported Saturday that women's rights activists in the kingdom initiated a Twitter campaign to support the move, trending such hashtags as #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen, #IAmMyOwnGuardian and #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship. Additionally, activists used social media to spread instructions on how to submit a telegram calling on the king to comply with their demands. Sept.27

The solar eclipse of September 1 synchronizes  with the Lunar Perigee  making this lunar cycle more impactive.  Moreover at Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia it falls on the meridian as part of a powerful T-square.

 In his blogpost on the eclipse entitled New Directions, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and under the auspices of Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. It also conjoins the stars of the Sextant, and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis in the very southern heavens

Thuban of Draco, in the far northern heavens, just north of Alioth of the Great Bear, was Earth’s pole star circa 2800 BCE, a point in Earth’s ~25,000-year “evolutionary cycle of the soul” at which time a turning and fractioning occurred in the hierarchical powers governing Earth. This dramatized the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.

Alioth of Ursa Major, star of personal free will, conjoins Thuban. Alignments with Alioth teach us responsible use of free will and that our personal actions can alter the evolutionary currents that create our souls’ evolutionary destiny. Alioth stimulates the use of personal will and our need to initiate personal action. Alioth is one of the classical seven rays of the Great Bear teaching incarnating souls the ramifications of the use of personal power and how it effects more than self and extends far beyond the punctual moment.

In connection with the news, the above extract needs no commentary. The women of Saudi Arabia who have long suffered under a patriarchal and authoritarian male dominated society are asking for their freedom. Notice that Uranus [24ar] aspects the eclipse. Here it is conjunct  stars in constellation of the dictatorial King Cepheus and his daughter  Princess Andromeda depicted in chains. Since a keyword for Uranus is freedom, it is no surprise that the women in Saudi Arabia are now approaching the King demanding their freedom.

The symbolic meaning of the Nova in Lupus

On September 20, a particular spot in the constellation Lupus the Wolf was blank of any stars brighter than 17.5 magnitude. Four nights later, as if by some magic trick, a star bright enough to be seen in binoculars popped into view. While we await official confirmation, the star’s spectrum, its tattle-tale rainbow of light, indicates it’s a nova, a sun in the throes of a thermonuclear explosion.

The celestial co-ordinates for the Nova ASASSN-16kt
RA 15:29:01.82, DEC -44:49:40.89 (J2000.0)
The ecliptic longitude of ASASSN-16kt is 241.4 degrees

The Novae (or nova, which means “new”) notes the death of a star. Such a death symbolizes the
period of grief and mourning for the previous psychology, now deleted. A needed time of
sanction is required before the death spawns the next life form. What we know is that the
previous way of being is gone. The new form is not yet  .  So we endure a transitional phase in our evolution.

A Nova exploding in Lupus essentially means that the time has come for Lupus to die. Nick Fiorenza and Diana Rosenberg  give their interpretation of the area of the heavens in which the Nova was detected:

In the stellar image, the Centaur  is slaying the wild beast (Thēríon, now the Latin Lupus) with conscious deliberation in preparation for a ceremony upon Ara, the sacrificial altar. This image articulates the conscious decision and demonstrable action to sacrifice lower-order bestial or hedonist self, the egoic part of self that fights to survive. The term sacrifice, as used here, means to give up a lower office for one higher, and in this case, for a higher stage of evolution. This is about slaying that which we at one time protected, egoic self, to gain a greater freedom, illumined self. Nick Fiorenza

This is an area of night: the Serpent and Scorpion, both denizens of the dark, hidden places, together with prowling Lupus dominate these longitudes, barely held in check by struggling Ophiuchus…the worst among those here are treasonous, treacherous  and with Lupus’ wild, animal energies raging underneath the surface, jealous, malevolent, brutal, evil-minded, murderous and insane (truly representative of the head and claws of a scorpion and a hand struggling with a serpent…  Ethics, morality and temperance are the primary challenges of these stars . If in the military, they are likely to employ “lure and pounce ambushes and surprise attacks (recall the coalition air strike on Syrian army). There is a very dark side to this part of the zodiac. People often have “skeletons (or arsenals!)  in the closet”and  are frequently embroiled in conflict and controversy. Fond of power (“control freaks”) they may blame others for their problems, feeling aggrieved, even paranoid, working hard to make sure that they are victorious over their enemies. (does this remind readers of Samantha Power’s drama queen performance at the UN).
Diana Rosenberg

Symbolically, the centaur; half man, half horse represents the complete domination by baser influences, instincts, the unconscious uncontrolled by the spirit. The man-beast combination illustrates the conflict between man’s lower animal nature merged with his higher nature of human virtue and judgement, the struggle between the savage and the benign. Lupus, the wolf, is a despoiler of flocks, rapacious, cruel, crafty and bloodthirsty. In Christian art,  (as in image) animals impaled on lances often allude to vices that must be overcome. A lance exemplifies valor, virtue, war, power, strength and victory over evil. The explosion of the Nova is symbolically telling us that Lupus must die. This is occurring not only in international news but also in our personal lives.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The death of a “white dwarf” star and what it means

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released a colorful image of a demise of a Sun-like star.
The picture, posted Friday (23 Sept.) , shows the "last hurrah" of the white dwarf star. When dying, it casts off its outer layers of gas forming a cocoon around the remaining core. Glowing is caused by ultraviolet light. Sept.25

The planetary nebula in this image is called NGC 2440. The white dwarf at the center of NGC 2440 lies about 4,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Puppis.

In his book The Soul of the Sky, Philip Sedgwick explains the deeper meaning of a White Dwarf.

White Dwarfs represent the collapse of the little ego, the attenuation of one's faulty psychology.
In many Eastern Mysticisms initiates must relinquish the ego for the sake of the soul. The
galactic analogue for this sacrifice comes from the White Dwarf. On a more western level, the
process consists of going through the ego, exploiting it fully, to learn its exasperating limits. At
that point, collapse to a predefined level - that of the soul - results. Here, a person realizes
material limits, merits of the "real world" and pragmatic concerns.

The White Dwarf remains extremely dense, full of gravitational emphasis - a Saturn-like
essence. The alleged containment of rings of the Saturn quality is contradicted by the lack of
fusion. This fusion-denial image adds a latent Pluto characteristic - that of apparent involuntary
bonding. The explosion to the Super Nova only occurs when another (star) yields its matter
(resources) and adds to what matters in the White Dwarf. Then, full active potential results. But
first and foremost, the failure of the ego to support the person in the physical realm must precede
the Super Nova evolutionary step. Once ego has been fully utilized and fails, the individual
listens to urges of spirit. The soul urge now speaking makes little sense in the pragmatic realm.
The person now contradicts most of what was once infinitely important. The luxury vehicle is
traded in for a utility vehicle (at least now most luxury car companies make one, despite negative
environmental impact - it’s so complicated). The good job falls to the creative urges once latent
in the being. Relationships of object affection give way to relationships of soulful urges.

The white dwarf at the center of NGC 2440 was in the constellation Puppis, in the Stern of the Celestial Ship Argo Navis. The demise of the star has taken place in the lunar month that began with the New Moon  solar eclipse of September 1. The New Moon  was conjunct stars Thuban of Draco, Alioth of the Great Bear and  Sextant, and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis in the very southern heavens.

 In his September blogpost on the eclipse, entitled New Directions, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

This is a potent and catalytic lunar cycle. It impels self-expression driven from an intensely focused inner purpose. It may bring about  a reorganization of those in leadership roles and the use of power in the world, as well as how we lead our own lives or give our power away to the illusory reasons we create to justify disempowerment. It impels a turning or redirection of the affairs in our personal lives and those occurring in the world.

Positive influences of the eclipse can prod a person or even a nation to take a  “spiritual” journey into the unknown (Argo)  after the failure of the ego to support the person /nation in the physical realm (white dwarf).

Shown here is a chart for the solar eclipse at Washington DC progressed to September 23, the date NASA published the picture of the death of the star. Notice that eclipse along with the Saturn-Neptune square aligns with the horizon and is thereby triggered.

That  this eclipse is also  active on election day November 8 was discussed in a previous post [1]. It appears  that the death of the white dwarf star is signaling the end of the current establishment in power.


Inauguration Day 2017, the day the winner of the 2016 presidential election will assume the role of chief executive of the United States, is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The nation's 45th president will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at noon, when the term of President Barack Obama expires. Notice  that the September 1 eclipse is once again active on Jan. 20, 2017, straddling the horizon. With Saturn conjunct the anti-establishment star Antares on the Ascendant we get a further hint that the “New Directions”  impetus that Nick Fiorenza attributes to this eclipse will come through a candidate who recognizes that the present structure does not serve the masses.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Russia's Grain May Soon Bring in More Gold Than Oil

Moscow's ban on the import of food products from the EU and the ensuing ruble crisis have added significantly to the resurrection of Russian farming; now the country makes more money from the export of agricultural products than from the international sale of military equipment, according to Spiegel Online. 6 Sept.

The solar eclipse of September 1 fell in tropical Virgo, a sign often depicted as a Virgin holding a sheaf of corn in her hand – a direct reference to food and agriculture. A chart for the eclipse at Moscow has it placed significantly in the 10th house making a T-square with Saturn in the 2nd and Neptune in the 4th.

At her website Skyscript, Deborah Houlding gives us the meaning of the 2nd and 4th houses in mundane astrology.

The 2nd house “ influences the status and value of the nation's crops, produce, and essential supplies” [1].
The 4th house rules “farming, agriculture and any occupation that is concerned with tending the land” [2]. 
In his delineation for the positive manifestation of Saturn-Neptune, Ebertin writes:

The methodical execution of plans, the slow attainment of success through intense activity and great painstaking effort.

In other words, the Saturn-Neptune square is here  referring to overcoming of a fundamental weakness in agriculture.

Progressing the chart to September 6, the date of the news, brings the eclipse T-square to an alignment with the meridian thereby triggering it.

Saturn-Neptune and the Ig Nobel prizes

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

Dennis Elwell, The Cosmic Loom

The Trickster

Investigations into rats wearing pants, the personalities of rocks and the truthfulness of 1,000 liars won Ig Nobel prizes on Thursday night (Sept.22)  at Harvard, where Nobel-winning scientists gathered to honor the strangest research of the year. As in past years, the tone of the awards show vacillated from gleeful absurdism to satire to genuine wonder at the lengths to which scientists will let their curiosity lead them. The peace prize went to a gang of philosophers from Canada and the US who published a paper titled On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.

 A chart for the Sept. 1 New Moon solar eclipse at Boston progressed to Sept. 22 brings the eclipse to an alignment with the Ascendant, thereby triggering it. About the stars that form the backdrop to the eclipse, Diana Rosenberg writes:

Here the audacious Lion and Argo’s restless wanderlust lend an inner wildness to tropical Virgo’s quieter nature (normally analytical and research oriented). Most here are idealistic , with a will to discover life’s deeper meaning  through religion or philosophy.  With the courage of the Lion, they attempt to go beyond accepted ideas and behavior , sometimes shocking people, then using their notoriety to advantage. Tough, pragmatic and versatile, they may bring about sudden breakthroughs, realizations and discoveries contributing to the fields of ecology, religion, philosophy, literature, education, communications and science. They are imaginative – even the most scientific and fact-oriented among them allow a tinge of the wild and weird to edge into their psyches.

The event  took place just as Mercury stationed to go direct on Sept.22. forming hard aspect to Saturn-Neptune and the angles at Boston.  Mercury is the Trickster. In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a character in a story (god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphisation), which exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, and uses it to play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules and conventional behaviour.

Mercury-Neptune is linked to lies and deceit (bullshit?) while Saturn is a planet that separates fact from fiction so that is it at all surprising that  the  peace prize was awarded to a paper titled On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit?

Elwell has defined the term multicongruence as  the tendency for certain things and conditions to co-occur because they belong together at a higher, unmanifest level.  In recent posts (see list below)  we have several examples of news connected to the Saturn-Neptune square.  Many are straightforward cases  of the detection of fraud. But the Saturn-Neptune combination can work in two ways. With Saturn acting on Neptune we have cases where lies and deceit are uncovered but when Neptune acts on Saturn it  infiltrates, weakens, dismantles, or dissolves a rational structure or even crippling laws or social  paradigms that we had internalized (Alabama pipeline leak; Florida sinkhole; Canada legalizing heroin ).

In which category would we put the present news item on the “strangest research”?  To my mind this falls in both categories. Since the prize went to the paper on the detection of “bullshit” that is clearly Saturn operating on Neptune. But what of the bigger picture here….the fact that the establishment (Nobel Committee) recognizes weird and strange (Neptune) research to be valid  is in itself  a victory for Neptune in the closed world of Saturn.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Puerto Rico Blackout Enters Second Day

The 3.5 million people of Puerto Rico are entering their second day with no power after a substation fire knocked out service to the entire island.   The power outage has left schools scrambling to cancel classes and public hospitals forced to cancel surgeries. Perhaps even worse, the outage caused numerous fires across the island as a result of malfunctioning generators, including at the upscale Vanderbilt hotel in the popular tourist area of Condado and at the mayor’s office in the northern coastal town of Catano. Sept.22

The solar eclipse of September 1 fell in the first house at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first house in mundane astrology rules the general condition of the populace.  For our purpose here let us note that the eclipse makes hard aspects to Mars and Uranus – a combination linked to electrical black outs [1].  On September 21, the progressed Ascendant reaches a conjunction to the eclipse triggering the entire configuration.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Militants attack Indian army base in Kashmir

Uri (Jammu & Kashmir), Sept 18 (PTI) — In the worst attack on the army in many years, heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir killing 17 jawans early today, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assert that those responsible "will not go" unpunished. Located barely a few kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) and some 70 km from Srinagar, the base was subjected to the brazen attack by four terrorists at around 5.30 AM, causing heavy casualties in the Dogra regiment which lost 17 of its men.

The attack on the army base comes at the lunar eclipse of Sept. 17.  A chart for the eclipse has it placed very significantly on the meridian at Uri. The eclipse is square Mars which is conjunct the stars Lesath and Shaula. The two stars; upsilon (υ) Scorpius, Lesath, along with Shaula, lambda (λ) Scorpius; are at the tip of the tail of the Scorpion and right on the sting. About the Scorpion, the ancient Roman astrologer Manilius wrote:

"By virtue of his tail armed with its powerful sting, wherewith, when conducting the Sun's chariot through his sign, he cleaves the soil and sows seed in the furrow, the Scorpion creates natures ardent for war and active service, and a spirit which rejoices in plenteous bloodshed and in carnage more than in plunder. Why, these men spend even peace under arms; they fill the glades and scour the woods; they wage fierce warfare now against man, now against beast, and now they sell their persons to provide the spectacle of death and to perish in the arena, when, warfare in abeyance, they each find themselves foes to attack. There are those, too, who enjoy mock-fights and jousts in arms (such is their love of fighting) and devote their leisure to the study of war and every pursuit which arises from the art of war." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, p.239-240]

Saturn-Neptune and multi-congruence

Sinkhole opens up in Florida
A massive sinkhole that opened underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry may have dumped at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer over the past three weeks, company officials say. And it could be months before the hole is plugged, the officials acknowledge.  Sept.16

Canada Just Legalized Heroin for Medical Use
Much like in the United States, Canada has seen a spike in the rates of opiate use among its populace. Over a four-month period early this year, 256 Canadians died after overdosing on fentanyl, the same substance tied to “bad batches” of heroin that have been killing Americans. In order to respond to what Canadian officials see as a growing threat, Health Canada launched new proposals in May to “allow doctors to prescribe heroin to some opioid addicts who do not respond to treatments such as methadone.” 

On September 8, Canada enacted these new rules as a response to the country’s “opioid overdose crisis.” But despite the changes, drug war laws remain mostly in place, meaning the only change regulators made was to the health code, allowing healthcare providers to prescribe the substance only to individuals who have an addiction problem. Also, these prescriptions may only happen “under a special-access program in cases where traditional treatment has failed.”

Elwell has defined the term multicongruence as  the tendency for certain things and conditions to co-occur because they belong together at a higher, unmanifest level. He points out that we are conditioned not to attach too much significance to coincidences that occur. However, anybody who follows the news carefully will not fail to notice that sometimes there is a run of “similar” events. We can understand the symbolic connection of the two events above if we look at the progressed Cancer Ingress charts for the two places. Notice that in both the cases a T containing the Saturn-Neptune square straddles the meridian. In the first case the stable ground (Saturn) suddenly collapses (Neptune) while  in the second  the structure of the law (Saturn)  is weakened or becomes more flexible (Neptune).

Saturn/Neptune infiltrates, weakens, dismantles, or dissolves a rational structure or stronghold. Deflation, recessionary periods, and sinkholes are examples of Saturn/Neptune. The best way to navigate through Saturn/Neptune is to stay flexible and to allow what is naturally developing to shape up and to prove itself.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Saturn-Neptune square: Alabama pipeline ruptures

At least 250,000 gallons of gasoline have spilled following a pipeline rupture in central Alabama. Emergency responders are working to repair the spill, while Alabama and Georgia have declared a state of emergency due to possible fuel shortages. The spill, equivalent to 6,000 barrels, took place in a rural area southwest of Helena, Alabama, and was first noticed Friday. A spokesman for Colonial Pipeline said the spill has affected an area about two acres in size, Birmingham’s WBRC-TV reported. According to local media, the spill is located near Lindsey’s Crossing in Shelby County, about 28 miles southwest of Birmingham. Sept. 17

Regular readers of this blogsite will by now  be fully familiar with the methods used here.  Significant world events can be understood through use a variety of mundane astrology tools. Prominent among these are eclipses, planetary cardinal ingresses and lunations etc. Among these the cardinal ingresses of the Sun are routinely used to spot events. Shown here is the chart for the Cancer Ingress of the Sun at Helena, Alabama. With a Grand Cross straddling the meridian, it is clearly important for the place. The Saturn-Neptune square contained in the T is well known to be connected with oil (Neptune) related disasters (Saturn) [1][2]. Progressing the chart to Friday, September 16 brings the square once again to an alignment with the meridian triggering the event.

[2] Saturn/Neptune 2006

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Duterte’s Power Play: Rocking the US-Philippines Alliance

The frictions excited by the antics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have caused even greater heat over the last few days, with calls for the departure of US special forces operating in Mindanao. Having already made it clear to Washington that he intends pursuing “an independent foreign policy,” he has now insisted that the general root of ills in instability lie in the troublesome, headache-causing alliance with the United States. A continuing problem of that alliance remained US forces in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao, ostensibly engaged in advising local troops on counter-terrorism operations.  “For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land [Mindanao].  We might as well give it up.”  It was therefore imperative that “those [American] special forces, they have to go.”  He did not want “a rift with the US, but they have to go.” September 14th, 2016

To understand why Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is breaking away from the US we will look at the chart for the September 1 solar eclipse at Manila, Philippines. A Mars-Saturn conjunction in the 10th house shows a leader who is being defiant. Incidentally, Duterte is an Aries (born 28 March 1945) and therefore ruled by Mars. The sign Aries  is known for aggression and plain speaking.  Here Mars [14sa] is conjunct the star delta (δ) Hercules, Sarin in the constellation of Hercules, the strong man (see image) while Saturn [10sa] is conjunct the star Antares, alpha (α) Scorpius.  About Antares Nick Fiorenza writes:

Antares is the heart of the Scorpion. 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.

So it should be no surprise that “strongman” Duterte is no longer willing to toe the US line. The eclipse has fallen on Philippines’ radix Mars [7vi] in its first house [1]. Does the US deserve this? The answer can be seen in the US Sibly. The eclipse [9vi] squares Sibly Uranus [8ge] in the 7th house of allies and treaties. Uranus is the planet of the rebel so former allies are rebelling…remember Turkey did that too!

Now here comes the interesting part. We can actually spot the very day (Sept.13)  President Rodrigo Duterte’s makes this announcement . If we progress the chart to September 13, the MC conjoins Saturn and the star Antares on that day.

Cameron slammed over Libya in new report

LONDON -- Former British Prime Minister David Cameron launched a bombing campaign in Libya based on "erroneous assumptions" and failed to adequately plan for the aftermath, according to a damning parliamentary report released on Wednesday. The Foreign Affairs Committee analyzed Britain's decision-making in the run up to its intervention alongside France in 2011, which the government said at the time was aimed at protecting civilians under fire from dictator Moamer Kadhafi. "It (the government) could not verify the actual threat to civilians posed by the Gaddafi (Kadhafi) regime; it selectively took elements of Muammar Gaddafi's rhetoric at face value; and it failed to identify the militant Islamist extremist element in the rebellion," lawmakers said in their report. "UK strategy was founded on erroneous assumptions and an incomplete understanding of the evidence," the report added. Nearly five years after Kadhafi was ousted and killed, chaos continues to reign in Libya with two rival governments vying for power and fierce battles over the country's valuable oil assets. Sept.15

Regular readers will by now be familiar with many instances discussed at this blogsite where the truth is being revealed. This is primarily because the solar eclipse of September 1 is highlighting the Saturn-Neptune square.  The ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune has been and continues to be about knowing the difference between fact and fiction.  At best, this eclipse can reveal previously hidden information with the power to clarify muddy waters and provide vital details. So those of us who have  been telling tales to ourselves or others or living a lie, need to get ready for a reckoning.

Look at what is happening in David Cameron’s chart [Oct. 9, 1966; 6:00 am London]. His current lunar return places the Saturn-Neptune square significantly on the horizon axis implying that full power of the combination is being felt by him. Can he continue to hide his lies on Libya?