Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Venus retrograde signals doom for reserves across US




The New York Teamsters Road Carriers Local 707 Pension Fund has won the unfortunate award for "First Pension to Officially Run Out of Money."  According to the New York Daily News, and a host of angry former truck drivers who've had their pension benefits slashed, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) has officially been forced to step in and take over payments to retirees of the Local 707, albeit at a much lower rate.  Feb. 28  https://goo.gl/1qrSpf




The many manifestations of the Jupiter-Uranus-Mars-Pluto T-square are beginning to bring about  political and social chaos; economic polarization; as well as panic, despair, confusion, anxiety, anger, and depression. With Venus stationing retrograde, the financial problem  which we always knew was there but managed to deny, consciously or unconsciously, self-medicating in as many ways as possible with the hope that it will just cure itself, can no longer be denied.

The chart for Venus station retrograde drawn for New York has the Jupiter-Uranus-Mars-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon. Not shown in the diagram, is the asteroid Phaethon [26ar] conjunct Mars [26ar], Uranus [22ar]  and Eris [23ar]. Let us recall that the asteroid Phaethon rules cars and other modes of transport which would include trucks and therefore point to truck drivers by association.

About this T-square Nick Fiorenza writes:

Mars conjoins Uranus and Eris opposite Jupiter and Haumea (now retrograde) just hours after the eclipse (Feb 27), triggering this long-standing and unprecedented planetary alignment. Eris, our warrior princess, uncovers, exposes and discloses our denials or what we are simply blind to see. She intercedes to open our eyes to a greater reality once hidden, forcing us to redefine our worldview, and to embark upon new paths accordingly. Uranus of course (teaming up with Eris), is the Great Awakener, impeller of radical and progressive change. Uranus breaks us from the conforming bounds of an antiquated past.

Going a step further, we notice that the Venus station [13ar] makes a square to the US Sibly Sun [13cn] in the 8th house serving to trigger the Sun [13cn] -Saturn[14li] aspect  which has been in the crosshairs of the current Uranus-Pluto square.

The 8th-house Cancer Sun squared to a 10th-house Libra Saturn in the USA’s July 4th, 1776 birth chart presents a revealing symbolic picture of many of the more disturbing paradoxes that reside at the heart of the American character. Basically, these boil down to conflicts between social justice, equality, and taking responsibility for one another’s welfare on the one hand, versus the ambition driven pursuit of wealth and power at any cost on the other. The near-simultaneous activation of the Sun-Saturn square by two outer planets is a momentous event in the astrological symbolism of America, signifying that whatever has been buried beneath our collective awareness will emerge into the clear light of day, and that this emergence will be eruptive, unexpected, and revolutionary in its repercussions. According to astrology, the status quo in America will be challenged, if not outright disrupted, forcing us to make changes in how we live. http://www.billherbst.com/Comm17.pdf



Monday, 27 February 2017

Solar Eclipse and the Oscar Award for “Moonlight”



The poetic coming-of-age story Moonlight took home the top prize of Best Picture at Sunday night's Academy Awards in dramatic fashion after La La Land was mistakenly initially declared the winner. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, the film beat out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion and Manchester by the Sea. Producers Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner accepted the award. https://goo.gl/zKVom6

From its fantastic opening shot, in which the camera pivots around a parked car at a drug corner, Moonlight acknowledges the destructive cycles—of poverty, of crime, of toxic self-image—that too many kids get sucked into. At the same time, the film sidesteps stereotypes. Chiron’s single mother, Paula, shatteringly portrayed by Naomie Harris, may be a junkie, but she’s no one-dimensional monster; creating her own devastating arc across just a handful of scenes, Harris shows glimmers of the better parent she’s trying to be. And then there’s Juan (a fantastic Mahershala Ali), the drug dealer who discovers young Chiron (Hibert) hiding in a vacant building and starts looking after the boy. A viewer might doubt the man’s motives (is he grooming another kid for the corner?) were it not for the great paternal warmth Ali conveys—especially during the deeply moving scene where Juan and his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe) talk to Chiron, with honesty and without judgment, about his sexuality. http://www.avclub.com/review/one-2016s-best-moonlight-unfolds-coming-age-story--244467






In extraordinary scenes, the La La Land team were halfway through their victory speeches when it was noticed that the wrong film name had been read out by Warren Beatty and that Moonlight was actually the winner. Remember that the  Oscar Award event was taking place on the very day of the powerful  solar eclipse. If we look at the chart for the eclipse drawn  for Hollywood we notice that it is placed in the 12th house conjunct Neptune in Pisces which is just rising.  As astrologers we say that the rational mind and Neptune are at odds as Neptune is the dissolver of the need for clarity - hence, Neptune’s association with mishaps, confusion or mistakes.

But the eclipse chart goes further and helps identify the winning film. How is that?

The film tells the story  about a poor, gay black young man named Chiron and guess what in the eclipse chart Neptune is conjunct Chiron  in Pisces on the Ascendant!


Being the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces  symbolizes an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration so that it stands for themes, like the one here, which highlight society breaking down under the weight of its crystallizations – poverty, drugs and crime eating away at the essence of what we like to think of as a healthy society. Conditioning and social cultural hierarchies have created deep grooves of habitual safe havens we dwell in to keep sanctions intact, fearing  and repressing the unknown and vying for the predictable.  But  when repressed energies can no longer be submerged, one typically finds the retreat to substances to numb the effects. In its role as boundary dissolver, Neptune is  also linked to confusion about gender identity in one’s sexual preferences. But it is also linked to genuine compassion when the boundary of the ego is transcended and one begins to  feel for others. All these are themes dealt by the movie. The role of Neptune is to allow one to feel these repressed or rejected themes so they may heal as most disease has its roots in the emotional realm before reaching the physical.

Putin Prepares to Take on the Globalists



To the casual observer, Putin's planned visits to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan over the next two days might seem like routine pit stops. But there's much more to this story. Eurasia is now sitting in the geopolitical driver's seat, and Putin is seizing the moment to accelerate his vision for regional economic integration based on consensus and respect for national sovereignty.  Feb. 27  http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/putin-rallies-troops-eurasia-prepares-take-globalists/ri19053






Ever since it entered Libra back in September, Jupiter has been progressing into a T-square formation with Uranus and Pluto, with all three now positioned in cardinal signs. A T-square consists of two planets opposing one another, with each simultaneously squaring a third planet.

The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square is now building toward a crescendo as Mars begins to trigger the combination. It begins by first squaring Pluto (Feb.22) and then conjoining Uranus and opposing Jupiter (Feb.27). A chart for the Mars-Uranus conjunction today drawn for Moscow has the T-square placed very significantly on the meridian.

Jupiter in Libra advocates for fairness over domination, and  gracefully negotiates win-win solutions for all parties concerned. These are some of Libra's finest qualities, and Jupiter's presence there beckons us to invest greater enthusiasm and broad-sweeping vision in such approaches, as a counterbalance to both impetuous one-sided action in the name of  'change' (Uranus in Aries) and covert authoritarian dealings which seek to strengthen and secure existing status-quos by any means necessary (Pluto in Capricorn).


Putin (DOB: Oct. 7, 1952) has a Sun-Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Libra over which Jupiter is currently transiting. It is, therefore, no surprise that his approach to Eurasian partnerships is being welcomed by all. In contrast,  the various trade deals that the US has been promoting- TTIP, CETA, TISA and the like, are all shadowy unaccountable acronyms designed to enrich the few via extreme neoliberal capitalism under the guise of free trade. In May 2016,  Wikileaks confirmed that TTIP amounted to “a huge transfer of power from people to big business.”

Sunday, 26 February 2017

London car accident at solar eclipse



A 25-year-old man is in a critical condition and four others are injured after a car crashed in to them in south-east London, police have said. The five pedestrians were hit by a Mercedes on Bromley Road in Bellingham just before 08:30 GMT. A 35-year-old woman and another 25-year-old man initially described as being in a critical condition are now stable, as are two men aged 36 and 45. Feb.26 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-39095841



The news of the accident comes at the Solar Eclipse. A chart for the eclipse at London has the now familiar Mars-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square on the meridian axis.
Mars-Uranus-Pluto is a violent combination. Ebertin includes the keywords “injury and accidents” under this combination

With Mars and Uranus is the asteroid Phaethon. Martha Wescott defines Phaethon as under:

PHAETHON: Instances that involve cars, transport, driving; other forms of recklessness—feeling out of control—as though you’ve taken on more than you can handle; having trouble keeping to the middle of the road!  https://marthalangwescott.com/basic-resources/

Finally we note that the Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree 9 pisces also resonates with the idea of speed.

8-9 deg Pisces A Jockey Spurs His Horse, Intent On Outdistancing His Rivals

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Solar Eclipse signals breakthrough in jet engines



Pegasus


Jet engines are some of the most complex technologies on the planet. They’re so difficult to make, in fact, the companies that build aircraft don’t make their own engines. They outsource the job to just a few businesses worldwide — mostly US-based General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, and UK-based Rolls-Royce Holdings. Inside their R&D labs, jet engine engineers are working to take the age-old science that makes a jet engine work and build designs that are more lightweight, more fuel efficient, and longer lasting.  Feb. 25 http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20170214-how-jet-engines-are-made





This report on new developments in jet engine technology appears on BBC London website just a day before the solar eclipse. A chart for the eclipse at London has it anchored through hard aspects to the now familiar Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto T-square on the meridian axis implying that it is significant for the place. The eclipse [8pi12] is conjunct the star kappa Pegasi [9pi] in the constellation Pegasus, the Flying Horse – here a metaphor for a modern commercial aircraft.  Among other things, Jupiter-Uranus is about technological breakthroughs while the TNP Zeus has been linked to engines [1] so that the eclipse chart is directly making a reference to technological breakthroughs in the manufacture of jet engines.


In addition, we note that Saturn (which is conjunct the Galactic Center) makes a trine to Uranus on the MC.  Philip Sedwick’s research has established that many advancements in aircraft technology have taken place under transits to the GC.

In mundane realms the Galactic Center maintains its place. Most typically the Galactic Core carries strong influence in technological breakthroughs. When the Wright Brothers successfully flew their mechanized aircraft on the beaches of North Carolina in December 1903, the Galactic Center constituted the midpoint of the Sun/Uranus conjunction in late Sagittarius. So, the Galactic Center perpetually plays a part in aviation, especially where existing technology fails and new engineering must result. Consider that when Uranus, hand-in-hand with Saturn, crossed these degrees in the late 1980's commercial aircraft manufacturers toyed with new ways of engine propulsion. They went back to turboprop bearing Saturn’s link to the past. But now they put the engines in a new place, at the rear of the plane to honor Uranus. But to give the Uranus return of modern flight extra consideration, the propellers took residence on the rear of the engines. These ideas, though, never really got off the ground.

When Neptune slipped by these critical aviation degrees, two things occurred. First, new engines did arrive for the state of the art aircraft. Notably, these engines produced relatively little noise, minimizing the problems of noise pollution, a Neptune factor. Secondly, these engines implemented previously unknown levels of fuel efficiency, another Neptune push. http://www.philipsedgwick.com/


Friday, 24 February 2017

Olathe shooting: India shocked after national killed in US



India has expressed shock after the fatal shooting of an Indian national in the US, amid reports that the attack may have been racially motivated. Srinivas Kuchibhotla died shortly after Wednesday's (Feb.22) attack at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. His friend Alok Madasani, also from India, and an American were hurt. Adam Purinton has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder. The killing dominated news bulletins in India and social media, where some blamed Donald Trump's presidency. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39081698





To understand the cosmic reason behind this tragic event, we look at the chart for the upcoming solar eclipse(already active) at Olathe. Readers will be aware that transit Mars has been moving to trigger the ongoing Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square.  Fundamentally unstable, when Uranus unites with Mars, their combined influence more often than not manifests as an explosive force. From a negative perspective, that force can be violent. And this is exactly what has happened in Olathe. Notice that the eclipse is not only anchored to the T-square but that it also places the T on the angles at Olathe thereby suggesting that it has chosen this place for the release of its energy.

Astrologer Ralfee Finn describes the challenge of the current period thus:

I best understand the complexity of our current condition as a spiritual crisis, and while its material manifestations are many—political and social chaos; racial, gender, and economic polarization; as well as panic, despair, confusion, anxiety, anger, and depression. At its core, the madness that surrounds us is a manifestation of a spiritual emergency. The soul sickness, which we always knew was there but managed to deny, consciously or unconsciously, self-medicating in as many ways as possible with the hope that it will just cure itself, can no longer be denied. And the clarity of that realization—the glaring illumination and reality of a powerful, victimizing shadow—has the power to terrify but also the power to provoke tremendous healing. But it’s important to understand that as the structures of daily life dissolve and the safety nets disappear, we are being given a list of all the places where social justice—love at the level of the collective—needs to be more thoroughly applied. 


Those who have been paying attention to personal and planetary transformation through an astrological lens have known for quite some time that a crisis was coming. But not many were able to predict the current devastation, and very few predicted the awakening that would occur as a result. Millions of people are seizing this moment by taking personal responsibility and participating in a spiritual revolution that has as its core a genuine concern for all their fellow travelers, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or species. Our shared humanity is awakened by a shared threat to our survival, and we will not be numbed again despite all efforts to contain our reactions. https://aquariumage.com/Weekly_Frequency/

Sweden proposal to allow sex on government time






Venus and Mars by Sandro Botticelli (1485)



"It's just three little letters," said Per-Erik Muskos jovially, brushing off a suggestion that he is interfering in people's private lives. "S-e-x." Mr Muskos, a councillor in a small Swedish town, hit the headlines this week after proposing that municipal employees should be allowed a break from their working day to have sex. "We need to look after each other," he told the BBC. "If it can make relationships better it is worth it." Mr Muskos's lively idea is only the latest example of officials pushing procreation, as countries around the world find their birth rates in the doldrums. He is confident his proposal will be approved when put to his fellow councillors in a couple of months' time.  Feb. 24 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39077181





The current Moon phase is Balsamic which is also referred to the Waning Crescent phase. A chart for this phase at Overtornea, Sweden has the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus-Mars-Venus T-square straddling the horizon. The core of this T-square is the slow moving Uranus (Aries) square Pluto (Capricorn). Capricorn is an Earth sign that rules structure and tradition. Through association with its ruling planet Saturn it  commands us to get to work and to work hard. Pluto in Capricorn is serving to breakdown this tradition of working hard. Its square to Uranus in Aries is giving rise to individuals who protest against  the oppressive influence of such traditions. The Mars-Venus combination refers to sex so that specifically the protest here is about allowing more “sex” time to hard working employees.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Storm Doris hits UK



The Great Storm Bird


Parts of the UK are facing travel disruption as Storm Doris arrives with winds reaching 94mph.There are severe weather warnings for some of northern England, East Anglia, north Wales and the Midlands, and there is snow in higher areas in Scotland. Flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport and commuters have been warned to expect road and rail delays. About 7,000 homes and businesses are without power in Northern Ireland due to trees falling onto overhead lines. Snow is predicted to reach 20 to 30cm (8-12in) high in parts of Scotland, while a 94mph gust of wind was recorded in Capel Curig, north-west Wales. Feb 23 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39060095





In mundane astrology it is not unusual to have an event prior to an eclipse or a Moon phase that can be attributed to it. In such cases our common sense linear “cause and effect” principle is turned upside down. Shown here is the chart for the upcoming  solar eclipse drawn for  Capel Curig where the highest wind speed was recorded. Notice that the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto straddles the meridian. Richard Tarnas associates Uranus-Pluto with “the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses including  volcanoes and earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, tsunamis and floods, etc.”  

But more specifically on IC of the chart are stars of Corvus, the Raven.

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 governed wind. Records show that they were transited at the 1864 Bay of Bengal  cyclone that killed 50,000, the 1881 typhoon that hit Haipong, China, killing thousands;  at the Winter Solstice of 1886, the beginning of a terrible North American winter that caused “The Great Die-up”, hundreds of thousands of cattle, buried in blizzards froze to death; at New York city’s record snow of 1947; in 1970 when a huge cyclone hit Ganges delta with winds upto 150 kmph and a 50-ft high sea wave : about 300,000 to 500,000 were killed, thousands more died later of typhoid and cholera; in 1977 when after 4 snowstorms in 2 months, Buffalo, NY was hit by the the 17-hour “Great Blizzard of 77;  in 1979 when 3 twisters combined into one giant tornado and hit Wichita Falls; in 1991 when “Tornado Alley” was hit by several twisters some with winds clocking 450 kmph and many others [1].


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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tennessee Could Start A Constitutional Crisis



The State Senate of Tennessee has laid the legislative groundwork for something that hasn't been done in the United States of America since the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia.  With a vote of 27-3, the Tennessee Senate has voted to call a "convention of the states" in order to draft and pass an amendment to the Constitution that would require balanced budgets to be passed every year.  Feb.22







On Feb. 22, transit Mars squares Pluto triggering the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square. At Nashville, capital of Tennessee, the T-square straddles the meridian in a mundane chart drawn for the exact Mars-Pluto square. Since Pluto rules debt and Capricorn rules institutions like a nation state we are here clearly referring  to the national debt. Uranus, the Great Disruptor is throwing a  curved ball and insisting on a balanced budget.

The following key phrase for Uranus-Pluto summarizes the problem:

Uranus-Pluto: to be aware of disruption with friends or in a group over debt or shared resources.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Causes of “Clinical Depression” among American Girls




Andromeda & Cetus


This morning I listened, with a lot of frustration, to the usually very informative and usually quite balanced morning radio interview program “On Point Radio with Tom Ashbrook”

The program “revealed” supposedly new information about the high incidence of so-called “clinical depression” among American girls. The two guests on the program were actually academic psychiatrists who had recently had their research published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The high incidence of long-lasting sadness and behavioral dysfunction among girls is actually very old news and the fact that it is getting worse should come as no surprise. 99% of our celebrity-worshipping and excessively fashion-conscious American girls are trying to survive in a junk culture while simultaneously being mal-nourished, sleep-deprived, over-stressed, over-drugged, over-vaccinated, sexually-harassed, sexually-abused, and screen time- and pornography-toxified all the while trying to pretend to be happy and not emotional distressed! Impossible!  Dr. Gary G. Kohls; Feb. 22





In the last few posts, I have  dealt with the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square  which is building toward a crescendo as Mars begins to trigger the combination. Let us recall that Mars entered Aries, on January 28, and for the last couple of weeks has been marching toward a conjunction with Uranus, and as it nears Uranus, Mars also forms an opposition to Jupiter and along the way, a square to Pluto.

The central or core aspect here is still the Uranus-Pluto square for which a key phrase is “breakdown”. Dr. Gary G. Kohls resides in Duluth, Minnesota and posted the article on Feb. 22, the very day the Moon entered  its Balsamic phase. A chart for the Moon phase brings the Mars- Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square  to the meridian.


On the MC with Mars and Uranus  we have stars in the belly of Cetus, the sea monster and some others in the head of King Cepheus and in the chains of Princess Andromeda. The sea is linked to the unconscious and the sea monster is symbolically the chaos that the unconscious can produce when it destabilizes the conscious mind (Cepheus’ head). Symbolically Princess Andromeda, daughter of King Cepheus, is chained and a potential victim of the sea-monster (depression or psychic disturbances) because of problems created (and unaddressed) by the older generation.  Old beliefs, outmoded ways of being, or constricted limits are now being ruthlessly destroyed through unexpected shocks that provoke us to awaken from unconscious, compulsively-driven, or fantasy-based states of belief or routine.

David Cassidy says he has dementia



Former Partridge Family singer and actor David Cassidy has said he is suffering from dementia. The revelation comes after performances in California in which he forgot his words and appeared physically unstable. The 66-year-old star, a teen idol in the 1970s with hits like How Can I Be Sure?, has told People magazine that he will stop touring as a musician to focus on his health. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," he said. Feb.21 http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39035720



Mental health in astrology can be attributed to many different combinations of planetary aspects, house rulerships  and so on. The relationship between the 3rd house and mental health, for example depression or  dementia,  doesn’t seem to be as common knowledge as some of the other astrological influences. In David Cassidy’s chart [1] we notice that a Mars-Uranus conjunction is taking place on his radix Sun which is the ruler of his 3rd house. The Sun is conjunct the asteroid Psyche (mental health) and opposite Neptune (confusion, disintegration) so that the Uranus transit reinforced by the Mars conjunction is bringing about dementia for the singer.

This is the astrology if we limit ourselves only to the planets and asteroids. However, if we now turn to the stars that form the backdrop to Cassidy’s radix Sun, the images offer a greater depth to our analysis. Here we have stars in the belly of Cetus, the sea monster and some others in the head of King Cepheus. The sea is linked to the unconscious and the sea monster is symbolically the chaos that the unconscious can produce when it destabilizes the conscious mind (Cepheus’ head).



In mundane astrology we can draw charts for the exact aspects that Mars makes with Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto as it triggers the T-square. If any one of these charts carry the T-square in aspect to the horizon or meridian, those places will feel its full effect. Shown here is the chart for Mars opposite Jupiter drawn for Agoura, CA where Cassidy was performing last weekend when the incident reported occurred. Notice that the  Mars-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto  T-square is anchored to the horizon axis. Since Mars-Uranus conjoin Cassidy’s radix Sun [22ar] this becomes one place where his mental issues become manifest.

Finally, we notice that transit Sun is conjunct the South Node on the Ascendant. This is a phenomena known as “Moon Wobble” which research has shown to be linked to mental instability.

Moon Wobbles were discovered in the 1930's, when research by astrologer Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), the original editor of Astrology Magazine, revealed that disasters occur in cycles associated with the conjunction (0°), opposition (180°) and square (90°) from the Sun to the Moon's Node. These powerful contacts occur when the Sun and the Node are in the same sign, or the opposing sign, or when the Sun is in a square aspect to the nodal axis.

During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, Terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting. Remember, if you are not working through your subconscious issues you are more likely to fall prey to your emotions. [2][3][4].


Monday, 20 February 2017

Meteora: Greece's spectacular monasteries in the sky



High above the Meteora landscape in Greece's central region, 60 monks and nuns live in fabled monasteries perched on the edge of sandstone peaks. In centuries past, their place of worship brought them solitude and protection from unwanted trespassers. Feb. 20 http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/20/travel/meteora-greece/index.html



CNN is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  The article  on Meteora was published on Feb. 20, in the last quarter Moon phase. In the chart for the Moon phase at Atlanta, notice that the Sun which has just entered Pisces is placed in the 9th house linked to religious orders. Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac is associated with hermitages or monasteries to which men and women from the world withdraw  in order to meditate, pray, and pursue a mystical and introverted direction.


Next we notice that the Sun-Moon complete a Grand Cross with the nodes and the TNP Admetus which itself aspects the Ascendant-TNP Kronos conjunction. The delineation for the TNP combination provided by Martha Wescott is as below:

Kronos-Admetus: isolated locations; mountain retreats [1].



[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang Wescott; p.115

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mars ensures justice is served in Delhi




NEW DELHI -- Their search for justice began almost simultaneously, over 11 years ago - when one mother lost her son and his family in a Delhi bombing, while the other's son was arrested for the deadly terror act. At the end, only one of the two women walked happily out of the court when her son was exonerated. https://goo.gl/j0pzZZ







We are beginning to see several events that embody the principles contained in the Mars-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square now taking shape. This news is one of the positive manifestations of the principles. Shown here is the chart for the Mars-Pluto square at Delhi. Notice that it the Mars-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square forms a Grand Cross with the horizon axis.


 As a planet-sign pair, Uranus in Aries is a potent symbol for individual freedom. In Capricorn, Pluto symbolizes the overwhelming power of large institutions, including that of governments. The fact that Uranus and Pluto are perpendicular during the 2010s (meaning 90° of zodiacal arc apart, called a “square”) — not just once, but seven times, starting in June 2012 and culminating in March 2015 — implies that these two planetary symbols and the realities they represent within the respective signs through which they’re currently passing reveal to astrologers that during this decade all the myriad facets of individual freedom as a human experience are pitted  against the many varieties of institutional power and control. Each is provoking and stimulating the other in mutual exclusivity.

In this particular case we have the underdog (Uranus), standing bravely (Aries) against the drastic and oppressive power (Pluto) of the state (Capricorn) used in a heavy-handed manner by its law enforcement agencies.  Uranus and Pluto are symbolically relevant to all facets of  social events like the one reported in the news starting with the causes of such tragedies in the first place, through the rebellious uprisings that bring them to light and awaken our attention, to the reforms necessary to correct transgressions and prevent further affronts to our cherished principles of justice and equality under the law.


Jupiter in Libra advocates for fairness over domination so that its current T-square with Uranus-Pluto adds the potential for justice being served. To this mix, transit Mars conjunct Uranus provides the catalyst  for a breakthrough in a matter that has been dormant for 11 years.

Mars ignites situation in Donbas



The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, a breakaway region of Ukraine founded three years ago, has started taking steps towards creating a sense of nationhood. Separatist leaders have drawn up a constitution for the DPR and the school curriculum was changed from Ukrainian to Russian last year. https://goo.gl/4gS3L4

The heads of self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko announced their readiness to take Kiev-controlled areas of the Donbas region by military means.
"We have always said that the liberation of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is our collective task, and we have always said that one should do it by political means. If they do not understand, then let me remind them that we can do it by force," Zakharchenko said, Interfax reports. https://goo.gl/AlsIVb



Continuing our series on world events “created”  by Mars transit over the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square we have yet another example of how the configuration is showing itself in Ukraine. Readers will easily recognize that the T-square can manifest as a rebellion or a desire for freedom (Uranus in Aries) from control (Pluto in Capricorn). With Mars triggering the T, the separatists are now willing to use military means if political means don’t succeed. Now why would statements like these be coming out right now? 




Well we have two charts which offer an explanation. The first chart is the upcoming Mars-Uranus conjunction and the second is today’s Last Quarter Moon phase both drawn for Donetsk. Notice that both carry  the T-square on the angles suggesting that Mars transit is building up pressure for a possible “explosion” in the coming days.


Mars and the Bhiwandi Fire



BHIWANDI: Four people died and two persons were injured in a major fire that took place in a factory in Bhiwandi on Sunday afternoon. Fire official Rajesh Pawar said fire is under control now and cooling work is on. Pawar confirmed about four workers' death who were inside, adding the two injured were shifted to the hospital. The incident took place in Dapoda village in Bhiwandi, which is known for warehouses in Bhiwandi. https://goo.gl/7OKJya





In our last post entitled “Mars triggers world events,” in which we identified several world events being “caused”  by Mars transiting over the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square, we wrote:

In mundane astrology we can make charts for the exact aspects that Mars makes with Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto. If any one or more of these charts carry the T-square in aspect to the horizon or meridian, those places will feel the full effect of the T that we have described above. But this is not the only way, the energy of the powerful T-square is released. Should a Moon phase bring the T-square to an alignment with the angles at any place that too can serve as a trigger.

The Bhiwandi fire serves as one case where today’s last quarter Moon phase not only activates the T but anchors it to the angles. Notice that on the descendant opposite the quarter Moon is the TNP Admetus:

ADMETUS: dealing with raw materials , packaging, inventory and storage  https://marthalangwescott.com/basic-resources/

The news adds that the fire took place in a warehouse!


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Mars triggers world events



Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.  Feb. 13 https://goo.gl/RjtB2



On Thursday night a suicide attack was made on a shrine at Sehwan, Pakistan, killing at least 75 people.The shrine site in the south west of the country is a place of worship for followers of Sufi Islam. Isis carried out a suicide attack, detonating explosives in the crowded area filled with many women and children. More than 250 were injured in the blast, responsibility for which was claimed by Isis shortly after. Built in 1356, the shrine is also located near to the tomb of the philosopher poet Syed Muhammad Usman Marwandi, better known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. Sufiism is a form of Islam, rather than a sect, and Sufi orders can be found in both Sunni and Shia groups. Feb. 17   https://goo.gl/4tWZ5e



India's only active volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is erupting once again. The Barren Island volcano, located about 140km northeast of Port Blair, started erupting in 1991 after a dormant phase of over 150 years and has shown intermittent activity since then. Feb. 17  https://goo.gl/MNvXiX



At least 19 people were killed and about 20 other people were injured after a bus overturned on its way from Argentina to Chile. Chilean bus company Turbus shared a statement on its Facebook page stating the crash likely occurred on Route 7 near Los Horcones in the province of Mendoza. Feb. 18  https://goo.gl/msscbj




One person has died and at least 19 people are injured after a passenger train in Belgium derailed Saturday east of Brussels, police in the town of Leuven said. The emergency services at the scene have evacuated about 50 passengers, according to the national railway operator Infrabel. Some of them are seriously injured. Feb. 18 https://goo.gl/GUK3bj




We shall see in this post that the news items listed above are joined by a common thread. Readers are aware that the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square is building toward a crescendo as Mars begins to trigger the combination. Let us recall that Mars entered Aries, on January 28, and for the last couple of weeks has been marching toward a conjunction with Uranus, and as it nears Uranus, Mars also forms an opposition to Jupiter and along the way, a square to Pluto. Uranus represents change, and one of the ways it fosters change is through sudden and startling plot twists. Fundamentally unstable, when Uranus unites with Mars, their combined influence more often than not manifests as an explosive force. From a negative perspective, that force can be violent. From a positive perspective, that force can be a concentrated determination and effort to bring about changes. The unexpected breaks through into sudden manifestation.

Expanding on the Mars-Pluto square, astrologer, Adam Elenbaas writes:

Mars' application to Pluto is a powerful force to be reckoned with in the next week. Where Mars drives through, slices, divides, penetrates, heats, and intensifies, Pluto dredges the depths, brings to the surface what is hidden, dying, sick, or festering, and transforms or transfigures. When the two come together the potential for revelation and transformation through forceful, aggressive, and penetrating actions is high. At the same time, Mars and Pluto together represent the power play, the violent, ruthless, dark, hidden, and coercive display of force, aggression, and self-centered ambition. This combination can drive us to transform ourselves in amazing ways, but it can also penetrate through facades and superficiality with an almost vengeful disregard for personal feelings or sensitivities.
* The Mars/Pluto transit is great for working on anger, hostility, and aggression issues in all areas of life. Working to reveal or illuminate the unconscious material related to unchecked displays of rage, lust, frustration, and constant agitation, Mars/Pluto lights up the unseen depths and provides us with an opportunity to either use those forces more constructively or to understand their nature and what triggers their less constructive expressions.
* Mars/Pluto is also about the desire to blow something apart, to desecrate, or to divide something that appears beautiful but is actually ugly, immoral, or deceitful below the surface. However, the same energy is sometimes used to express vengeance, jealousy, and lust...it's a good moment to be extra mindful of how we are acting and reacting, and why.  http://www.nightlightastrology.com/



In mundane astrology we can make charts for the exact aspects that Mars makes with Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto. If any one or more of these charts carry the T-square in aspect to the horizon or meridian, those places will feel the full effect of the T that we have described above. But this is not the only way, the energy of the powerful T-square is released. Should a Moon phase bring the T-square to an alignment with the angles at any place that too can serve as a trigger. Under each item of the news, the relevant mundane chart  has been shown.

Friday, 17 February 2017

EU to Change Amid Growing Euroskepticism






Two of the largest groups in the European Parliament have unveiled drastic plans to reorganize the EU - its institutions and constitution - amid rising anti-EU sentiment following the Brexit vote and upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany ahead of which polls show growing support for nationalism.Feb. 17  http://sptnkne.ws/d9mH





The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square is building toward a crescendo as Mars begins to trigger the combination. Let us recall that Mars entered Aries, on January 28, and for the last couple of weeks has been marching toward a conjunction with Uranus, and as it nears Uranus, Mars also forms an opposition to Jupiter and along the way, a square to Pluto.

The central or core aspect here is still the Uranus-Pluto square. The alignment indicates a breakdown in our largest institutions (Capricorn) that starts from within the institutions themselves as they overplaying  their power in ways that are clearly self-serving rather than for the greater good (Pluto), which is then furthered by an unexpected rebellion (Uranus) against institutional malfeasance, a seemingly spontaneous insurrection that occurs from the ground level up, fomented by individuals (Aries) who stand up in protest against the oppressive influence of such institutions.


Uranus represents change, and one of the ways it fosters change is through sudden and startling plot twists. Fundamentally unstable, when Uranus unites with Mars, their combined influence more often than not manifests as an explosive force. From a negative perspective, that force can be violent. From a positive perspective, that force can be a concentrated determination and effort to bring about changes. The unexpected breaks through into sudden manifestation. Old beliefs, outmoded ways of being, or constricted limits are ruthlessly destroyed through unexpected shocks that provoke us to awaken from unconscious, compulsively-driven, or fantasy-based states of belief or routine.




In mundane astrology we can make charts for the exact aspects that Mars makes with Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto. If any one or more of these charts carry the T-square in aspect to the horizon or meridian, those places will feel the full effect of the T that we have described above.  Shown below are the charts for Mars square Pluto and Mars opposite Jupiter drawn for Brussels, EU headquarters. Notice that both of them have the T-square aligned with the meridian.  So the changes being mooted by the two groups reported in the news is not a surprise at all!

Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection




The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant. The creature, sometimes referred to as a “mammophant”, would be partly elephant, but with features such as small ears, subcutaneous fat, long shaggy hair and cold-adapted blood. The mammoth genes for these traits are spliced into the elephant DNA using the powerful gene-editing tool, Crispr. Feb 16 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/16/woolly-mammoth-resurrection-scientists




The conjunction of planets is an important event that mundane astrologers pay close attention to. A map for the conjunction of Mars-Saturn  on Aug. 24, 2016 at Cambridge, MA has it placed on the 4th cusp amid the stars of the medicine man Ophiuchus. The conjunction is square Neptune and the nodal axis.

Ophiuchus, or Serpentarius, the Serpent-holder, the Serpent Bearer, the Serpent Wrestler, or the Snake Charmer, is depicted holding a snake, the snake is represented by the constellation Serpens.

 In his book The Cosmic Serpent , Jeremy Narby explains how inside the nucleus, DNA coils and uncoils, writhes and wriggles so that scientists often compare the form and movements of this long molecule to those of a snake. His comparison of the ancient cosmic serpent myths to the genetic situation in every living cell reveals the immortal bio-molecular wizard behind the curtain of everyday life.

Ophiuchus is identified with Aesculapius (Asklepios, Asclepius), an ancient physician who grew so skilled in the craft of healing that he was able to restore the dead to life. However, because this was a crime against the natural order, Zeus destroyed him with a thunderbolt. According to one version (Pindar's) he offended Zeus by accepting a fee in exchange for raising the dead. Ophiuchus is identified with the Euphratean Sagimu (Sa-gi-mu), the God of Invocation [1].




The fourth house with its connection to the beginning of things rules the past so that in this case here the Mars-Saturn conjunction on the 4th cusp is referring to an attempt by  the magician Ophiuchus to bring back the Woolly Mammoth, a creature from the distant past. Confirming this analysis, is the position of Neptune and the South Node conjunct the stars of Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from its ashes!






If we now progress the Mars-Saturn conjunction chart to Feb. 16, the date of the news, we find that the progressed MC reaches the conjunction thereby triggering the T-square



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Hanjin Shipping files for bankruptcy




Hanjin Shipping used to be one of the world's top 10 shipping companies. But now it faces the final curtain. Friday is the deadline for the firm to be declared bankrupt by a South Korean court after months of uncertainty. Hanjin's collapse is the largest to hit the shipping sector and it sent shockwaves through the industry.  Feb.17 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38953144





Nicholas Campion,  in his "The Book of World Horoscopes," provides the mundane horoscope of South Korea [1]. The current solar arc progressions for the chart are as below:


Dynamic Chart (2):
 South Korea - Natal Chart
 15 Aug 1948, 12:00 pm, JST -9:00
 Seoul South Korea, 37°N33', 126°E58'
Selection: Solar Arc Dirns planets

P1 (H)    Asp        P2 (H)                              Type      Date         Pos1                        Pos2   

Jup (10)    Opp       Sat (4)   (X)          Sa-Na    Aug 2016     25°Aq33' D          25°Le33' D
Jup (10)    Sqq        Nep (5) (X)          Sa-Na    Jan 2017      25°Aq58' D          10°Li58' D

*** END REPORT ***

A Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune combination is linked to financial disasters and bankruptcy most often because of overextension. But solar arc progressions can be looked upon as the “hour-hand” of the cosmic clock. On February 12, the Full Moon eclipse [22le] fell on the radix Sun [22le] – Saturn [25le] conjunction. In addition the Disseminating Moon[11li] occurring on February 15 conjoined radix Neptune [11li] amid the stars Minkar and Gienah of Corvus. Diana Rosenberg links these stars to “financial collapses”. But why did this collapse affect a shipping company? Well for one thing Jupiter and  Neptune are linked to the sea and shipping.

Finally we add a point from Uranian Astrology in which we also look at transits of midpoints as they affect charts. The Disseminating Moon [11li] was opposite the current Pluto-Hades midpoint [11ar]. Martha Wescott interprets Pluto-Hades as “problems and decline through debt, reliance on credit and loss of integrity”.



Rex Tillerson meets Russian counterpart at G20 summit



The new US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, will meet his Russian counterpart on the margins of a G20 foreign ministers summit in Bonn on Thursday for the most senior Washington-Moscow talks since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Feb.16 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/rex-tillerson-to-meet-russian-counterpart-at-g20-summit




To understand this news we will go back to the solar eclipse of March 9, 2016. At Bonn the eclipse along with its T-square straddles the horizon axis  which makes it significant for the place. Moreover it is placed in the third house which deals with all matters of communication which would include a meeting to discuss ideas. The following extract from Nick Fiorenza explains the energy driving this eclipse:

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.

The 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.

This South Node Solar Eclipse T-Square, and this lunar cycle, creates a powerful force to let go of constructs in our lives that no longer provide room for growth, movement and expansion. In other words, we have grown as far as the limits imposed by those constructs have permitted. It is now time to either begin to change those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth, expansion and fulfillment, or to dismantle those constructs all together.





If we now progress the eclipse chart to Feb. 16, the date of the meeting between Lavrov and Tillerson we notice that the progressed Ascendant reaches a conjunction to the eclipse triggering its potential. The extract above makes it clear that the solar eclipse is offering an opportunity for renewal or healing of the relationship between Russia and US which has  worsened in the last several years.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong-nam killed



The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, has been killed in an attack in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police say he was waiting at the airport for a flight to Macau on Monday when a woman covered his face with a cloth which burnt his eyes. He was using a passport in a different name at the time. The late Kim Jong-il's eldest son is thought to have fled North Korea after being passed over for the leadership. Kim Jong-nam was attacked at about 09:00 (01:00 GMT) on Monday while waiting at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport for a 10:00 flight to Macau, Malaysia's Star newspaper reports, quoting police. Feb. 14 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38971655





This incident is best understood if we begin with the chart for the September 17, 2016 Lunar Eclipse at Kuala Lumpur. Here the Sun [24vi] is conjunct the star Alkaid or Benatnasch. Nick Fiorenza’s delineation of Alkaid would appear to describe the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un quite well.

Alkaid means the leader. This star expresses the old dictatorial and totalitarian stream of consciousness. Benetnasch is of this long-established totalitarian governing paradigm--generally of a patriarchal nature. In its old form and when expressing with influence of the stars of late Leo (the tail of the Lion, the racket of Canes Venatici and the hot air of Antilia), Benetnasch articulates those who tend to act as manipulating and controlling godheads, which perpetuates a dogmatic societal structure that keeps individuals from becoming self-responsible, and from evolving into their own self-mastery.

The eclipse Moon [24pi] is in Pisces – a sign that longs to get away from worldly concerns. Escapism and self-indulgence comes easily to those at the lower end of Pisces. The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam is described perfectly by the sign Pisces.




Now notice that the two luminaries form aspects to the star beta (β) Gemini, Pollux on the Ascendant. Castor and Pollux of Gemini are two brothers who are often at loggerheads. The story of Cain and Abel or Romulus and Remus where one brother kills another is often linked to the stars Castor and Pollux.

In addition the luminaries are square Mars [23sa] which is conjunct  upsilon (υ) Scorpius, Lesath in the sting of the Scorpion. Diana Rosenberg links this star to assassinations as well as with poisons.
If we now progress the eclipse chart to Jan 14, the date of the news, we find that the progressed Ascendant reaches a conjunction to Mars and Lesath triggering the event.