Saturday, 29 April 2017

Intimacy – and why it makes for better love and sex




Boötes-Virgo: The Divine Couple


Is there anything we still need to know about sex? Apparently, yes: and the missing ingredient is a gamechanger not just for individuals, but entire nations. Sex has been centre-stage in western culture for decades, but what has been absent, according to Adam Wilder, creator of the world’s first Festival of Togetherness, is the magic element that makes it all meaningful. “The holy grail,” he says, “is intimacy. Intimacy’s the real taboo in our society – it’s the thing we fear, because it’s about taking off the mask that so many of us hide behind. But it’s the key to being freer, happier and more alive and it could change not only our personal lives, but the political decisions we take as a society.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/29/intimacy-sex-better-relationships






The world’s first Festival of Togetherness will be held in central London on 20-21 May. To better understand the astrology behind this news, I take my readers back to the last solar eclipse of February 27. At London, the eclipse is placed in the 8th house of sex and intimacy. Traditional astrology  relates the eighth house to crisis, hidden matters, anguish of mind, poison and deadly fears…actually  inhibiting factors that stand in our way of intimacy [1]. We then notice that the eclipse makes hard aspects to the Jupiter-Uranus opposition placed significantly on the MC. Here Jupiter is conjunct the stars Archturus and Spica. About these stars Nick Fiorenza writes:

Boötes, who is of pure intent, is the Virgin's consort and protector. Boötes stands directly over this creative process exemplified by the Virgin giving birth. Archturus is the primary star of Boötes. Conjoining is Nekar, his head. Archturus lies directly over and conjoins Spica, the base chakra (Vesica Pisces) of the Virgin, the vessel of life. (a symbol of sexual union)

The Archturus-Spica (Boötes-Virgo) synthesis also exemplifies the masculine and feminine in their unadulterated Divine Union, able to express, birth, and manifest the purest expression of Unity Consciousness. The Archturus-Spica synthesis articulates the entwined masculine and feminine forces spiraling into their full potential. It impels these two forces to work in balance, wholeness, harmony and unity on Earth. Spica inspires intimacy in our relations and education regarding the gestation and formation of life, to be pro-active to ensure life's continuation and harmonious and bountiful fulfillment. http://www.lunarplanner.com/Bootes.html




Finally, if we progress the eclipse chart to May 20, the day the Festival of Togetherness begins we notice that the progressed horizon aligns with the Jupiter-Uranus opposition triggering the entire eclipse configuration. So what is the eclipse chart saying? It is emphasizing the need to overcome fears that prevent true intimacy as exemplified by the Divine couple Archturus and Spica.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Female clerics issue rare child marriage fatwa




Andromeda and Sea-Monster Cetus


Female clerics on Thursday issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage in Indonesia in a bid to stop young girls becoming brides in the world's most populous Muslim country. The fatwa - which is influential among Muslims but not legally binding - came at the end of an extraordinary three-day conference of female Islamic clerics: a rare example of women assuming a lead role in religious affairs in this mostly-Muslim country. Indonesia has one of the worst records for under-age marriage - its high number of child brides puts it among the top 10 countries worldwide - and it is common for girls to marry before they turn 18. Thursday's fatwa, or religious edict, called underage marriage "harmful" and said its prevention was mandatory. April 27 http://news.trust.org/item/20170427164406-x3knl/

This news is best understood if we start with the chart of the February 27 solar eclipse drawn for Cirebon, Indonesia where the first major gathering of female Muslim clerics took place on Thursday, April 27.




Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be and in what areas are affected  is a function of star alignments and house position of the eclipse.  They  bring emphasis to issues related to the chart area and planets involved. Here the eclipse is placed in the 5th house associated with children. It is conjunct the star Skat.  Skat which  marks the shinbone of the waterbearer is of philanthropic organizations focused on projects for the nourishment of an evolved human society. It  inspires action in support of a healthy and prosperous future, and brings hope for wishes fulfilled.

This South Node Aquarius Lunar Eclipse impels us to relinquish antiquated patterns of behavior, as a populous and as groups in that populous, about how to better the world, to think outside the box and to allow alternative paths to be realized. It brings emphasis to healing and nurturing the human condition in new, but practical and grounded ways, and it impels us to reset our focus upon these issues [1].

Since the eclipse aspects the Jupiter-Uranus opposition we need to factor in its influence. This combination is associated with advancements and breakthroughs from limiting situations.  Here Uranus is conjunct stars of  Cetus the sea-monster, the chained Princess Andromeda and her father King Cepheus. The sea-monster symbolizes the primitive chaos from which human civilization emerged. King Cepheus represents the cultural head of a primitive society whose archaic rules hold his daughter Princess Andromeda (the next generation)  in bondage.  Opposite Uranus is  Jupiter in tropical Libra – the sign associated with relationships and marriage so that here we are dealing with primitive rules of marriage that have kept young girls in a kind of bondage.  This South Node solar eclipse is therefore asking us to relinquish  antiquated patterns that limit the freedom of our children.




To test whether the eclipse is active on April 27, all we need to do is progress the eclipse chart to this date. When we do this we find that the Jupiter-Uranus opposition aligns with the meridian thereby triggering the eclipse to which it is anchored.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

US Government Shutdown Looms



The House of Representatives has made a move to avert a government shutdown with only days before Congress’s April 28 spending deadline. As it stands, Congress has until midnight on Friday to pass a spending bill, or the government will run out of money and shut down. But late Wednesday night Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-NJ), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, introduced a continuing resolution to provide one week of stop-gap funding, effectively extending the shutdown deadline to May 5, to buy Congress more time to negotiate a spending bill. http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/27/15436948/house-government-shut-down-cr





The looming US government bankruptcy can be seen if we examine the Sibly. The current Sibly solar return has (a) Saturn-Jupiter-Neptune T-square on the angles (b) a Sun-Venus-Pluto opposition in the 2nd-8th houses.

The combination Saturn-Jupiter-Neptune is linked to bankruptcy owing to profligacy or overextension of resources.

Second House
The nation's assets and financial status. The treasury, the exchequer.

Eighth House
The national debt. Bankruptcy.




Progressing the return chart to April 28 brings the Sun-Venus-Pluto opposition to an alignment with the meridian thereby triggering it and highlighting the issue of bankruptcy.









Also on April 28, Venus enters Aries after a long retrograde period. The entry of any planet into Aries is a momentous occasion in astrology. Notice that the ingress chart carries a Venus-Saturn square on the horizon axis. A simple delineation for this combination is financial (Venus) difficulties (Saturn). Saturn is a planet we associate with the need for realism and control while Venus is all about money so that it is easy to see what is required of the government whether or not the Congress comes to an agreement.

Monday, 24 April 2017

River Revives After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History






In August 2014, workers completed the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, as the final part of the 210-foot-high (64-meter-high) Glines Canyon Dam was dismantled on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington State. The multistage project began in 2011 with the blessing of the U.S. National Park Service, which administers the surrounding Olympic National Park. The goal was to remove unneeded, outdated dams and restore a natural river system, with presumed benefits for fish and other wildlife. Indeed, salmon have already returned to the Elwha after nearly a century of absence, and other fish and marine creatures are thriving.  June 2, 2016 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/largest-dam-removal-elwha-river-restoration-environment/





Here is the chart for the total solar eclipse of March 8, 2016  drawn for the location of the Glines Canyon Dam. Notice that the eclipse which is part of a powerful T-square is placed on the angles.
Solar Eclipses bring about endings and new beginnings. Placed in the stream of Aquarius  it is inspiring us to nourish all life. It is conjunct  Ceres – the dwarf planet astrologers link to  concern and caring for others as well as for the Earth. Ceres is  often prominent in charts associated with environmental changes or geophysical events.

The eclipse is conjunct Neptune and square Saturn. The tension between Saturn and Neptune can be thought of as a battle between walls (Saturn) and  forces that would dissolve or remove them (Neptune). Moreover, the eclipse is also conjunct the star alpha (α) Eridanus, Achernar, in the mouth of the River. So essentially here we have a dam (Saturn) on a river (Eridanus) whose removal (Neptune) has resulted in positive environmental changes (Ceres).

Finally we notice that the article was posted on June 2 when transit Sun [12ge] moved over the MC and triggered the eclipse.



Astrology of the French election

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer - and ran without the backing of an established party. After topping Sunday's vote, he is now favourite to win the run-off on 7 May. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39689385





I have consistently maintained at this website that the outcome of an election can never be predicted. However, the stars do give us an idea of the issues involved in an election if we carefully examine eclipse or ingress charts active on the day of the election. As in a previous post on the Turkish referendum [1], the chart for the September 1, 2016 solar eclipse holds a clue.  This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars Thuban of Draco, Alioth of the Great Bear and the stars of the Sextant, and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis and forms a T-square with Saturn-Neptune.

Writing about this eclipse in his blog post entitled New Directions [2], Nick Fiorenza states:

This area  dramatizes  the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.

Solar eclipses can bring about a new beginning or  way of life. The stars do not impose a choice. They simply highlight the issue at stake.

In general, a Saturn-Neptune cycle is about the structuring of, as well as constrictions about, society's ideologies and sociopolitical orders. When Saturn and Neptune conjoin and initiate a new synodic cycle, as occurred in 1989, two primary things occur. Neptune wants to dissolve Saturn's previous constructs and segregations into universality, and Saturn wants to solidify the visions and ideals inspired by Neptune into societal structure, ideals which had been gestating from the previous cycle, in essence wanting to birth a new sociopolitical order as the cycle begins. This energetic can also accentuate resistance from long-established sociopolitical structures to any new ideologies trying to emerge.

Neptune's more visionary and purer spiritual resonances are embodied only by more mature and older souls, self-aware individuals. For the masses however this generally is not the case, as many people experience Neptune's lesser expression, being impressionable, lost in following others, the glitter and glamour, and phenomenology of life. Thus, a Saturn-Neptune synthesis can still result in the formation of new religious or political dogmas, their rules and regulations, and their idealistic followings.

In the sociopolitical arena, Saturn-Neptune cycles are about the ebb and flow of more conservative, controlling and authoritarian ideals, although this specific cycle was also influenced by the Saturn-Uranus synthesis as well, adding a rebellious progressive element to create change in conservative currents and authoritarian political orders. [3]





That this choice is to be made on May 7 can be seen if we progress the eclipse chart to this date. Notice that the progressed angles trigger the eclipse T-square on this date.




PS
Serbian astrologer Smiljana Gavrancic’s great analysis on the French Presidential election [4]. She considers Le Pen the likely winner. This would agree with the “New Directions”  September 1, 2016 solar eclipse that we mention in the blog here. Moreover, Gavrancic  mentions that the eclipse  is significant in Le Pen’s chart as it falls on her radix Jupiter.



Friday, 21 April 2017

Blackouts hit LA, New York and San Francisco



Power outages hit Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leaving commuters stranded and traffic backed up Friday. About 90,000 customers were affected in San Francisco. While the outages occurred around the same time there is no evidence they were connected or coordinated. April 21

This news offers us an opportunity to understand  how an event occurring in two different and widely separated places can be explained  using mundane astrology. Those of us who jump to making a chart for the exact time that the outage occurred (7:20 am, NY) may be disappointed to find no clues. Think of this as trying to tell the time by looking at the “second hand” of the clock. The appropriate method is always to look at the “hour hand” which can be an ingress chart, an eclipse chart, a lunation chart , a planetary station chart etc. On April 20, just a day before the event Pluto stationed to go retrograde. This was the important event that connected the incidents of power outage in the three cities.



For New York we will look at the Mercury station retrograde chart of April 9. Notice that it has the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square on the angles. Here Jupiter is conjunct the stars of Corvus, the Raven which Diana Rosenberg links to “electricity” . In addition we know that Uranus rules electricity. On April 20, Pluto on the IC stationed retrograde giving this chart a kind of  kick start and thereby activating it.





For San Francisco we look at the sidereal Aries Ingress chart while for Los Angeles the tropical Aries Ingress chart is sufficient.  




Notice that both carry the same Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square on the angles. And as we said before, here too the trigger came from Pluto stationing retrograde on April 20 – a planetary event worldwide in its scope focused its energy through the relevant mundane charts.

How Mathematicians Are Stopping Water Leaks in Syracuse


It was a nightmare scenario: As thousands of Syracuse University basketball fans poured into town on February 1, 2014 for a big match against arch rival Duke, a water main break flooded Armory Square, surrounding the city’s iconic 24-second shot clock monument. Days before the game, there were 11 other water main breaks around the city. Mayor Stephanie Miner was desperate for help to get a handle on the problem; on average, water lines in the city were breaking 332 times a year, nearly once every day. But she couldn’t get the state to help foot the bill for the onerous costs of updating the city’s underground infrastructure. She even tried to shame state officials with a “Hunger Games”-style ad campaign that showed her wading in thigh-high water wielding a wrench. Miner says that when she started asking federal and state officials for help, she got a lot of eye rolling. “They would say, ‘Stephanie, you can’t cut a ribbon with it. Stephanie, it’s not sexy,’” she says. She had to get creative.  April 20  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/20/syracuse-infrastructure-water-system-pipe-breaks-215054





The sidereal Capricorn Ingress chart (Capsolar) is considered by many astrologers to be the master chart of the year. The progression of its angles has been found to trigger planetary combinations that can explain daily events. A chart for the Capsolar at Syracuse, NY is shown here. The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square straddles the meridian axis implying that it is significant for the place.  Richard Tarnas in his  epic Cosmos and Psyche writes that  the planetary alignment of Jupiter-Uranus consistently correlates with the achievement and sense of expansion (Jupiter) brought through new scientific/technological breakthroughs.  Here Jupiter is in the mundane 4th house square Pluto in Capricorn.

4th House
Supplies that feed the nation from beneath the earth - such as the pipes of the water or gas industry. http://www.skyscript.co.uk/temples/h4.html

In her article “Pluto in Capricorn and our decaying infrastructure,” Lynn Hayes writes [1]:

One of the things I believe we’ll be facing over the next few years as Pluto travels through Capricorn is the erosion of the structures that support our human lives on the planet. Bridges, tunnels, buildings – all are ruled by Capricorn and subject to transformation while in Pluto’s domain.

The Sun [25ar] which is conjunct Pluto is also semisquare Neptune, a planet we associate with “leaks”. In the water sign Pisces we have leaks in water mains.




Now let us progress the Capsolar to April 20, the date of the news. Notice that the progressed angles trigger the T-square and Neptune once again!


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Venus-Saturn: Judge faces moral dilemma



A judge who sentenced a “fragile and vulnerable” woman to prison for begging has blasted the legal system after the defendant was unable to access a lawyer. Marie Baker, 38 and unable to read or write, was sentenced without legal representation to five and a half months for repeatedly breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction aimed at preventing her accosting people in the streets of Worcester and in nearby Malvern.  April 20 https://goo.gl/ai0WjD





The incident reported in the news occurred just a day after the Last Quarter Moon. A chart for the Moon phase at Malvern has the Venus-Saturn square placed prominently on the meridian.  Among other things, Venus-Saturn refers to a poor (Saturn) woman (Venus).  The planets involved in a square are acting at cross purposes. They can produce a crisis if we remain complacent. Here Saturn is in Sagittarius while Venus is in Pisces.

Sagittarius is quintessentially the sign of politics and ideology. Sagittarius is the archetypal realm of our laws, constitutions, judges, courts and also the politicians and law makers who bring these things into being.


Pisces is a sign that we link to compassion so that a square between Sagittarius and Pisces can create an internal conflict. Both signs are associated with beliefs.  Here we see the conflict between the judge’s political and religious convictions.  He holds diametrically opposite beliefs and ideologies at the same time, and finds difficulty in following through with anything approaching objectivity or rationality. The laws (Saturn in Sagittarius) require him to rule against the defendant and yet he is torn by his belief that he needs to be compassionate (Venus in Pisces)  towards the poor and downtrodden.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Dental fillings discovered in ancient skeleton





You might wince at the sight of your dentist holding an electric drill over your mouth. But, you can be thankful she's not using a stone tool instead.  That is what the most advanced dental care looked like thousands of years ago. By studying teeth at archaeological sites, scientists think that prehistoric humans came up with a variety of resourceful solutions to dental problems: people drilled out cavities, sealed crown fractures with beeswax, used toothpicks to relieve inflamed gums and extracted rotten teeth. Now, researchers report that they've discovered what is perhaps the oldest known example of tooth-filling at an ice age site in Italy.  Archaeologists unearthed the skeletal remains of a person who lived about 13,000 years ago at Riparo Fredian, near Lucca in northern Italy. The person's two front teeth (or upper central incisors) both had big holes in the surface that reach down to the tooth's pulp chamber. https://www.sott.net/article/348571-Dental-fillings-discovered-in-13000-year-old-skeleton




The sidereal Capricorn Ingress chart drawn for Lucca, Italy can help explain the news. At Lucca the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square straddles the horizon axis implying that it is significant for the place.

Jupiter’s () archetypal significance relates to expansion, exploration, optimism, elation, higher education, and the bigger picture, with a tendency to crown or bring out the best of whichever planetary archetype it touches. Uranus’s () archetypal significance relates to the revolutionary spirit of the scientific and innovative, the sudden and unexpected, or the rebellious and eccentric. Explored in depth in Richard Tarnas’ epic Cosmos and Psyche, the planetary alignment of Jupiter-Uranus consistently correlates with the achievement and sense of expansion (Jupiter) brought through new scientific/technological breakthroughs (Uranus). http://www.cartographyofsynchronicity.com/single-post/914A4CE4-F992-4313-9515-BECC491EE14E

Does the chart suggest in which area  the scientific/technological breakthrough could come? Indeed it does. On the MC is the star Sirius, alpha Canis Major  in the Greater Dog’s jaw!  Diana Rosenberg links this star to “dental problems” [1].



If we now progress the ingress chart to March 27 when the  study was first published online  in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the progressed meridian triggers the T-square while at the same time the Ascendant conjoins Saturn [22sa]. Here Saturn is conjunct the star Ras Alhague.
Alpha (α) Ophiuchus, Ras Alhague, is a sapphire star on the head of the Snake Charmer. 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.





So essentially the progressed chart has brought to life the skills of an ancient physician who could cure dental ailments.


[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1; p.398-401)

Miscommunication causes US armada to go off course



WASHINGTON  — A US supercarrier deployed by President Donald Trump to deter North Korea did not reach the Sea of Japan because White House and Department of Defense officials failed to communicate effectively, media reported. https://sptnkne.ws/egDK




It was  reported on 8 April that the US Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group was headed towards the Korean peninsula, as a deterrence measure [1]. This was just as Mercury was stationing to go retrograde. 

As individuals, we tend to communicate differently during Mercury Retrograde and Mercury Direct cycles. The natural state of Mercury during those Retrograde cycles is inverted, which means that our energetic tendency can be to communicate (Mercury) less directly with our outer world, and to focus on considerations of the inner reflective (Retrograde) world. The well-known tendency toward miscommunication during Mercury Retrograde periods, and the inevitable frustrations that can bring, is the result of our pull toward introspection during that ‘exhale’ part of the information and learning cycle. Energetically speaking, Mercury Retrograde is a time to process information, not gather it, so communicating (in both directions) can be a challenge during these times. That is, unless we acknowledge the opportunity of new perspectives we are being presented [2].

 A chart for the station at Washington DC  has a Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto T-square on the angles. Bill Herbst has linked the Uranus-Pluto square  to “War and Violence” [3].




Moreover, Pluto on the IC  is amidst stars of the Archer and  the Eagle. The image above depicts symbolically how the ancients saw this area.   The Archer’s bow takes aim at a target and shoots off his arrow.  The Eagle associated with the military in general but more specifically with the air force combines with the Archer to produce a perfect symbol for a military aircraft firing its missiles.





On the MC is the star Canopus and nu Puppis of Argo, the Celestial Ship. When we combine the two images here is it too difficult to see an aircraft carrier headed for war?


[3] Uranus-Pluto: War and Violence  http://www.billherbst.com/Comm16.pdf

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK PM calls for snap election



LONDON — Clearly anxious about her thin majority in Parliament before complicated negotiations on the British exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for a snap election for June 8, a vote that her opponents will bill as a verdict on her tough brand of “Brexit.” In breaking her often-repeated vow not to call an early election before 2020, Mrs. May stressed the need for unity in Parliament before undertaking what promises to be complex and tortuous negotiations on Britain’s exit from the bloc, known as Brexit.  April 18 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/europe/uk-theresa-may-general-election.html





The biggest astrological headline of 2017 is the T-square configuration between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. At the sidereal Aries Ingress , the Sun conjoins Uranus thereby triggering the T which falls very significantly on the angles at London.


Pluto in Capricorn is the calculating politician  (Theresa May) who seeks  to preserve and/or strengthen the grip of the government  using the Uranus in Aries energy  to take a wild and sudden decision for a snap election. Let us also remember that both Sun and Uranus are conjunct stars of King Cepheus, a perfect symbol for a Prime Minister. Here Jupiter is simply magnifying  the Uranus in Aries  gambling or risk taking capacity. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

The car loan bubble is on its way



After nearly a decade of being able to borrow money for next to nothing, interest rates are finally beginning to creep higher. Even the relatively small increases seen so far have caused problems in the previously booming automobile industry. The size of the auto loan market has ballooned to a historic 1.1 trillion dollars, and subprime lending has once again become the norm. Teaser offers that allow people to get cars with zero money down and 84-month financing have fueled a wave of irresponsible spending. Americans' tendency to associate success with having nice things has driven many people who can't afford to buy a house to get the next best thing — a brand new car. April 13






This report comes to us just after Mercury stationed retrograde on April 9. A chart for the mundane event at Washington DC has the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus T-square on the angles. Uranus-Pluto is about all kinds of collapses while Jupiter narrows it down to  financial bankruptcies mostly due to overextension. As it stations to go retrograde Mercury [4ta]  is conjunct the asteroid Phaethon [9ta] (1) so that our attention is drawn to cars and we think of bankruptcies linked to car loans!



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Kazakhstan to Ditch Cyrillic for a Latin-Based Alphabet







From a political perspective, while some embrace Latinization as a way of distancing Kazakhstan from Russia, others view it as a threat to the nation’s cultural heritage. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has set a target date of 2025 for completing a transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet for publications in the Kazakh language, official daily Egemen Kazakhstan reported Wednesday. April 15 http://russia-insider.com/en/kazakhstan-sets-timetable-ditch-cyrillic-switch-latin-based-alphabet/ri19606








The news comes to us just a day after the Sun-Uranus conjunction of April 14. A chart for the mundane event has the Sun-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The Sun is also conjunct a retrograde Mercury – the planet that rules languages, both the written and spoken words. We also note the Sun and Uranus are conjunct  mu Piscium in the cord of the west fish and Kurdah, xi Cephei in the constellation of King Cepheus. Cepheus is a monarch whose daughter (symbolizing the future)  is held in bondage by the past. He must make decision whether to keep his daughter forever chained to the past from which he comes or to release her to the future.





The constellation Pisces is composed of the western fish, which swims westward horizontally along the ecliptic plane back toward Aquarius. The western fish symbolizes  our priori inherited ideologies that we are born into. The eastern fish leaps upward, vertically from the ecliptic plane, seeking a greater freedom on the shores of sidereal Aries. The eastern fish articulates our desire to ascend from our primordial origins and priori ideologies, and our capacity to awaken from submersion in the tumultuous psychic emotional human world articulated by southern Cetus.


At the core of the T-square is the decade defining Uranus-Pluto square for which a keyphrase is “the end of an old order and the beginning of a new one”. So if we combine this understanding with the foregoing we can see why Kazakhstan is moving from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Turkish referendum



Millions of Turks will head to the polls on Sunday to vote in a tight referendum race that could transform the country into a presidential republic, in what could be one of the most significant developments in the nation’s history since its founding after the collapse of the Ottoman empire.  April 15, 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/15/turkey-prepares-for-tight-vote-that-could-strengthen-erdogans-grip-on-power




The  Turkish referendum is best understood if we begin with the chart for the September 1, 2016 solar eclipse at Ankara.  Notice that the eclipse is placed in the 10th leaders that rules government leaders like the PM or President of a country.  It forms a T-square with Saturn-Neptune. 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.
Writing about this eclipse in his blog post entitled New Directions [1], Nick Fiorenza states:

This area  dramatizes  the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.

Solar eclipses can invite a new beginning or  way of life. But whether Turks will choose a dictator like Erdogan or reject him in the referendum is entirely up to their collective will. The stars do not impose a choice. They simply highlight the issue at stake.





That this choice is to be made on Sunday, April 16 can be seen if we progress the eclipse chart to this date. Notice that the progressed angles trigger the eclipse T-square on this date.

In general, a Saturn-Neptune cycle is about the structuring of our ideologies into concretized form, whether those structures are beliefs that uphold and defend those ideologies, or physical constructs we build in our lives. It is also about the structuring of, as well as constrictions about, society's ideologies and sociopolitical orders. When Saturn and Neptune conjoin and initiate a new synodic cycle, as occurred in 1989, two primary things occur. Neptune wants to dissolve Saturn's previous constructs and segregations into universality, and Saturn wants to solidify the visions and ideals inspired by Neptune into societal structure, ideals which had been gestating from the previous cycle, in essence wanting to birth a new sociopolitical order as the cycle begins. This energetic can also accentuate resistance from long-established sociopolitical structures to any new ideologies trying to emerge.

Neptune's more visionary and purer spiritual resonances are embodied only by more mature and older souls, self-aware individuals. For the masses however this generally is not the case, as many people experience Neptune's lesser expression, being impressionable, lost in following others, the glitter and glamour, and phenomenology of life. Thus, a Saturn-Neptune synthesis can still result in the formation of new religious or political dogmas, their rules and regulations, and their idealistic followings.

In the sociopolitical arena, Saturn-Neptune cycles are about the ebb and flow of more conservative, controlling and authoritarian ideals, although this specific cycle was also influenced by the Saturn-Uranus synthesis as well, adding a rebellious progressive element to create change in conservative currents and authoritarian political orders. [2]


Friday, 14 April 2017

Sexual abuse at elite US school


Ganymede abducted by Zeus



Students at an elite boarding school in the US were sexually abused by at least 12 members of staff over a period of four decades, according to a report. Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, which includes former President John F Kennedy among its alumni, published the findings following an investigation. Allegations of abuse dating from the 1960s were handled internally at the school, the report said. The school acknowledged the findings, adding: "We profoundly apologise." April 15 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39604353





This incident is best understood through the lens of the sidereal Capricorn Ingress chart drawn for Wallingford, CT, where Choate Rosemary Hall is located. Not only is  the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto-Sun T-square aligned with the meridian but additionally  we have a square from Saturn in the 5th to a Mars-Venus in the 8th.  The 5th house rules young people as well as schools and educational institutions [1]. Venus-Mars is a combination associated with sexual activity. When combined with Saturn which represents older authority figures we get the picture of sexual abuse of children by those in charge. Venus  is also conjunct stars of Aquarius. Aquarius was Ganymede – a naked youth kidnapped by Zeus. Diana Rosenberg links this area with “sexual pedophilia”.





If we now progress the ingress chart to April 15, the date of the news, the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto-Sun T-square aligned with the meridian now reaches the horizon axis and is thereby triggered. Uranus [20ar] is placed among the stars of King Cepheus and the chained Princess Andromeda. This is an area that Diana Rosenberg links to father-daughter issues including possible incest. But more generally, the King can stand for any authority figure to whom a younger person has to submit. With Jupiter opposite Uranus, there arises the possibility of a lucky break or the opportunity (Jupiter) to bring to light (Uranus) what was scandalous or hidden (Pluto). Here we may also recall that Pluto was the mythological god who had abducted Persephone.




Thursday, 13 April 2017

US drops ‘Mother of all Bombs’ on ISIS



The US has dropped “the mother of all bombs” on ISIS fighters and hideouts in Afghanistan — the largest non-nuclear explosive ever used in wartime, the Pentagon said Thursday. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, military sources told CNN. A MOAB — nicknamed the mother of all bombs — is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb. April 13 http://nypost.com/2017/04/13/us-drops-its-largest-non-nuclear-bomb-ever-in-afghanistan/




America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb has been dropped on Achin, Afghanistan just two days after the Full Moon. A chart for the Full Moon has the luminaries aligned with Jupiter-Uranus-TNP Zeus-Pluto T-square that straddles the horizon.  Uranus is in Aries. Aries “governs” war and violence in general [1]. In addition one of Ebertin’s keyphrases for Uranus-Pluto is  “acts of violence”. The TNP Zeus rules munitions while Jupiter is about all things that are large or massive. All together, the Full Moon is providing the energy for the dropping of a large bomb as an act of war.



[1] Uranus-Pluto: War and Violence  http://www.billherbst.com/Comm16.pdf

Monday, 10 April 2017

Shooting at San Bernardino school



A gunman fatally shot his wife and one of her young students at a San Bernardino, Calif., school Monday, before turning the gun on himself, officials said. The slain boy, Jonathan Martinez, 8, was an innocent bystander struck by bullets meant for his teacher Karen Smith. Smith’s husband opened fire with a concealed handgun he snuck into the special needs classroom at North Park Elementary School, cops said at a press conference. Anderson, who police said may have been recently estranged from Smith after a brief marriage, reloaded at least once before shooting himself in the head with a revolver, authorities said.






This tragic incident can be clearly understood from the Full Moon chart for San Bernardino. Notice that the Full Moon of April 10 is placed in the 5th house  and aligns with the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square. In mundane astrology, the 5th house rules children and schools [1].

Pluto is the power of emotion—deep, unconscious, primal, and often compulsive emotions. Acting on Uranus it  dredges the depths, bringing to the surface what is hidden,  sick, or festering in the psyche often resulting in a violent incident like this one here.

We can also see that a Venus-Saturn square straddles the meridian. This is a combination that we associate with estrangement in marriage.




Passenger Dragged From Overbooked US Jet



United Airlines, a major American airline headquartered in Chicago, sold too many tickets on one of its flights, and after it failed to find volunteers to leave the aircraft, the company decided to force random passengers off the plane with the help of police. On April 9, a faultless passenger was forcibly removed from United Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville. Videos of the incident were shared through social media and have caused a massive uproar among users. https://sptnkne.ws/ecrE





The sidereal Capricorn Ingress chart also referred to as the “Capsolar” is considered by many astrologers to the master chart of the year. Shown here is the current Capsolar for Chicago. Notice that the Sun and Pluto (along with asteroid Icarus) form  the apex of a T-square with Jupiter-Uranus that straddles the horizon axis.  The asteroid Icarus rules aircrafts and flights.

But  at the core of this configuration is the Uranus-Pluto square. It is important to understand that Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn are both double-sided. One isn’t “good” and the other “bad.” That’s far too simplistic. Each planet-sign pair has positive and negative meanings as judged by context and perspective. Uranus in Aries can mean standing up for individual freedom through the reassertion of personal rights against the draconian power of a collective — whether governmental, corporate, or social — that no longer considers the needs of individuals. But the equations can work the other way, too.  At times it may become necessary for  the collective to take away the rights of an individual say as in drafting the citizenry for war to defend the common good. According to the news, the Airline accepted the fact that it had overbooked and  looked  for volunteers to leave the plane in exchange for a paid night at a hotel, monetary compensation upto $800 and a ticket for the next day. After all not everybody on the flight needed to go the same day.  The Airline offer was reasonable and could easily have been taken by volunteers who did not have an emergency to attend to. This is where Uranus in Aries was taking the rights of the individual passenger too far. In the absence of volunteers there was nothing else that the Airline could have done excepting choose randomly those passengers to offload.




Now if we progress the Capsolar to April 9, the date of the new, the angles once again align with the T-square triggering its meaning.





Finally, we look at the chart for the Full Moon of April 11. Notice that here too we have the Full moon on the meridian aligned with  the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square.

G7 meeting seeks new sanctions on Russia






The UK is pushing G7 countries to collectively impose new sanctions on Russia if it does not cut ties with Bashar al-Assad amid the ongoing conflict in Syria. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wants “very punitive sanctions” for the chemical attack. A paper on sanctions has been prepared for a G7 meeting which begins in Italy on Monday. April 10 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/britain-new-sanctions-vladimir-putin-bashar-al-assad-boris-johnson-donald-trump-a7675761.html




Quite often it is possible to understand the essential principle driving a major event if we can identify a mundane chart that is active on the day of the event. The G7 meeting at Lucca, Italy is best understood through the lens of the  solar eclipse of September 2016. A chart for the eclipse has the prominent T-square anchored through hard aspects to the horizon axis at Lucca.





The solar eclipse fell on the stars Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. Draco, the Dragon is a fierce creature that links to authoritarian control while the Great Bear (*) is a caring and nurturing force. In his blogpost on the eclipse lunar cycle entitled “New Directions”  Nick Fiorenza writes:

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. Alignments with Thuban can imply responsibility for having directed the evolutionary affairs of life on Earth during that period with repercussions incurred at soul level, and with responsibility to ensure evolutionary fulfillment now.

This New Moon eclipse and lunar cycle is about personal and global leadership, transcendent evolutionary currents, and the use of personal will to direct our evolutionary course with impetus to reassess changing conditions and to change our tack in life accordingly to reach our desired destinations.

This New Moon, on the North Lunar Node, lies opposite retrograde Neptune on the South Lunar Node, creating a potent T-square to Saturn, which still conjoins the red supergiant star Antares. This creates a strong resonance not only to the theme of the Saturn-Neptune square, but also creates a strong stimulus for Saturn to express, which can manifest as the overt expression of established authoritarian power, especially in the big-business of politics. It also impels movement from the south to north node energetics, which means movement from antiquated ideals, veils of illusion and unfulfilled dreams of the past to the new directions and opportunities the eclipse inspires.


There are several standard ways of progressing mundane  charts. Among these are the solar quotidian method, the PSSR method and the Wynn Key method. For our purposes here we will use the Wynn Key Method. The progressed Ascendant of the eclipse chart on April 10, 2017 using this method is 8sa17  conjunct Saturn [10sa] and square the eclipse luminaries [9vi]. In other words the eclipse is triggered on this day so that the essence of the eclipse discussed here is the hidden backdrop to the G7 meeting.


* Incidentally, Russia’s national symbol is the Bear

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Uranus-Pluto: Attacks on Christians in Egypt



Rattling a country already wrestling with a faltering economy and deepening political malaise, two suicide bombings that killed 44 people at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday raised the specter of increased sectarian bloodshed led by Islamic State militants. The attacks constituted one of the deadliest days of violence against Christians in Egypt in decades and presented a challenge to the authority of the country’s leader, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who promptly declared a three-month state of emergency. April 9 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/09/world/middleeast/explosion-egypt-coptic-christian-church.html


The square between  Uranus, and Pluto remains our biggest astrological influence in this decade.  From previous post  readers will be aware that its energies are discharged rapidly in violent events when mundane charts bring the square to the angles. Jupiter in the T-square brings in the issue of violence connected to religion or belief systems.


 As in an orchestra, symphonic band or other musical ensemble all the members play in complete harmony with what the conductor wants. So too the planets seem to work in perfect unison  to produce events on earth that a Great Conductor appears to want. We present charts for three important mundane events at Tanta, Egypt,  all of which seem to point to the tragic event.





The first chart is the Capricorn Ingress chart. Notice the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T- square on the angles triggered on April 9 as the Sun moved over Uranus on the Ascendant.





The second chart is for the current Moon phase – the Gibbous Moon of April 7.  Once again, we have the same square straddling the horizon.




The third chart is for Mercury station retrograde on April 10, just a few hours after the incident. Here too the same T-square straddles the horizon with transit Sun also triggering it.



The interesting connection that is relevant here are the stars opposite the apex Pluto, at what is commonly known as the “reaction point” of a T-square. These are stars of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. The Twins are siblings who are often at loggerheads so  that issues of hatred, intolerance and racial bigotry are major concerns under the Twins (notice Castor’s bow and arrows and Pollux’s club). The Twins represent the brotherhood-sisterhood of all humankind, their Alpha star marks the struggles between the polarities of cold hatred and intolerance vs  crusades for human rights.  When the former dominates there are persecutions, massacres  and similar events.

US Carrier moves to North Korea






The US navy has deployed a strike group towards the western Pacific Ocean to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula, a US official said on Saturday. Trump tells Japan 'all options on the table' in face of North Korea provocation. The Carl Vinson strike group, which includes an aircraft carrier, was originally scheduled to make port calls in Australia, but is now on its way from Singapore to the western Pacific ocean. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/09/us-navy-strike-group-north-korea-peninsula-syria-missile-strike





Mercury begins its retrograde on April 9 in early sidereal Aries conjoining stars of the Ram, King, Queen and the Sea-Monster. These stars are linked to somewhat vain  leaders  (Cassiopeia) with the “butting” energy of the Ram that will not be kept down.  The blunt assertive drive that underlies their ambition can get the upper hand and misuse of power is one of their most frequent failings.


A chart for the Mercury station at Washington DC has the Jupiter-Zeus-Uranus-Pluto T-square  on the angles.  The Sun in Aries has now entered a period where it is activating the T-square.  The TNP Zeus stands for the military and the danger is that Pluto acting on Uranus  can dredge the depths and  bring to the surface what is hidden,  sick, or festering in the collective psyche resulting in a violent incident.





A chart for the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter at Pyongyang, brings the same T-square to the meridian making North Korea one of the hotspots in the cross hairs of the T.