Friday, 30 June 2017

Iranian City Records One of the Hottest Temperatures in History

The Iranian city of Ahvaz shattered national regional temperatures records on Thursday (June 29) when the heat rose to 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest in Iran’s history. The temperature was also a record for June heat in the Asian mainland. Some reports put the temperature at 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit, which, if, true, would tie the record for hottest temperature recorded in modern times, outdone only by the 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded in Death Valley, California, in 1913. And some experts today doubt that reading, according to USA Today.

In astro-meteorology, charts for Moon phases are used routinely for understanding weather conditions. At Ahvaz, Iran the current New Moon is conjunct Mars and the star Sirius on the Ascendant.

Death Valley's Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reliably recorded air temperature in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913. On July 7, 2013, the Sun was conjunct the Dog Star Sirius and placed on the Ascendant as the Moon reached its Crescent Phase.

In both cases, the star Sirius is the common factor.

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun. When it put its torch to the earth and discharges its rays, the earth foresees its conflagration and tastes its ultimate fate [translator's note: the ecpyrosis of the Stoics, who held that the Universe would ultimately be engulfed in conflagration and all things would return to the condition of primeval fire." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.316-319].

Trump Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War

While one of Trump's recurring campaign promises was that he would "punish" China and other key US trade counterparties if elected, for taking advantage of free-trade by imposing steep tariffs and duties on foreign imports to "level the playing field", the President's stance changed drastically after the election, U-turning following his amicable meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in March, but mostly as a result of pressure by his ex-Goldman advisors to keep existing trade arrangements in place and not "rock the boat." Now, all that may be about to fall apart.  June 30

Donald Trump celebrated his birthday on June 14. However, this year the Sun returned to his natal position on June 13. His  current solar return chart is shown here. 

We can see the Jupiter-Pluto square aligned with the horizon and meridian axes and Mercury, Mars and the Sun in the 9th house moving towards the MC.  A Mars/Pluto opposition started on June 25 and is exact and separating on July 2. But Mars and Pluto are not alone in this volatile and pernicious interaction. From June 28 through July 3, Mercury conjuncts Mars and opposes Pluto, and beginning July 3, the Sun also conjuncts Mars and opposes Pluto.

On June 30, the date of the news, Trump’s Wynn Key Return has Mars on the MC as part of a T-square with Jupiter-Pluto.

Jupiter is often associated with various kinds of excess. In the case of Mars square Jupiter, this may manifest as overconfidence or excessive aggression. Mars Jupiter aspect suggests an “act first, think later” type of approach.   This can lead to rash actions that don’t contribute to overall success.
If the lower levels of the Mars-Pluto opposition is expressed, the individual seeks to force  his will upon others for the sheer sake of power OVER others. In such a case the result may vary from disappointment all the way to self destruction. When the higher aspects of the opposition is expressed, there will be a positive determination to follow the free will of the physical self, in recognition of the need for transformation of perspective especially with reference to social issues that require this transforming touch.

In her weekly blogpost for June 28 – July 4, Ralfee Finn writes:

The source of this week’s danger zone is an opposition between Mars, in Cancer, and Pluto, in Capricorn. Mars signifies the athlete, the warrior and the adventurer as it simultaneously represents ambition, the need to succeed and the impulse to move. Its passion has the power to escalate Cancer’s normal emotional hypersensitivity into hyperspace moodiness, which is likely to manifest as extreme impulsivity. Of course, being patient won’t be easy because Pluto, the Planet of death and rebirth, is in Capricorn opposing Mars, and that tense interaction tends to kill empathy and instead engender ruthless intent—it’s a get-the-job-done-at-any- cost attitude without concern for consequences.

Mars [17cn] is placed among the stars of  sidereal Gemini about which Nick Fiorenza  relates to trade and commerce:

Sidereal Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation, linking and uniting efforts through their daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind.

The Twins are depicted hugging each other (or even joined at the hip) suggesting the need for co-operation but notice that Pollux carries a club in his right hand while Castor has a bow and arrow in his left hand implying the Twins are often at loggerheads too!

Pluto[18cp] is conjunct the stars of Aquila, the Eagle sometimes depicted as a Vulture. About this area, Diana Rosenberg writes:

There is a dark side: the Eagle-Vulture was originally a lammergier, a bird that both hunts and scavenges. The worst here can become cynical opportunists, seeking only their own advantage, closing their minds and hearts, accepting, allowing (even abetting) the suffering of others. Fiercely absolutist in their beliefs. They are willing to put them into action, putting themselves in the line of fire, even when everyone’s against them.

Putting the pieces helps explain Trump’s actions. The American Eagle(Vulture ?)  first no matter what the cost! 

For sale: India's loss-making national airline

India's struggling, debt-ridden national airline could soon be in private hands. The government has agreed "in principle" to sell its stake in Air India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced late Wednesday (June 28). A special committee headed by Jaitley will now work out the details, including who can bid for the airline and how big a stake the government wants to sell.  June 29

The news comes to us just as the Moon is about to enter its First Quarter phase on July 1. A chart for the Moon phase at Delhi is shown here. The Sun and Moon straddle the meridian. Notice that the Sun forms a stellium  with Hades-Kronos-Mars-Mercury and Ascendant all opposite Pluto. The delineation for the various combinations is given below:

Hades-Pluto: problems and decline through debt; to see that a decline now requires radical changes. (Combined with Kronos: Pressures through debt and general deterioration is felt by the government or leadership.)

The following extract from a previous post [1] delineates Hades-Kronos:

The TNP Kronos is linked to altitude and  flights and by association to aircrafts while  keywords for the TNP Hades are faults or deterioration so that  Hades-Kronos can be thought  of  “cracks in aircrafts”.

The TNP Kronos is linked to aircrafts (and by extension to airlines) while Hades is linked to deterioration so that here we have an entire airline that is in trouble.

The First Quarter Phase is often referred to the phase where action is now required on the theme of the New Moon. The primary star conjunct the New Moon is Tejat. In ancient China, Tejat and several other accompanying stars were part of an asterism Tsing, The Well. Under this asterism, the Chinese dug new wells and cleaned and reinforced the old ones to assure clean water. By extension, it refers  to the need to remove decay and deterioration in all its forms.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

US Aircraft Carriers Could Become Obsolete

Modern missiles make them vulnerable. A $13 billion price tag makes them expensive. New technology may make them unnecessary. June 28

In mundane astrology, the transits of the outermost five major bodies of the solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – are considered important when the bodies that make up these cycles arrive at significant angular relationships.  Jupiter-Pluto form a square [90 degrees] aspect in 2016-17. During this period, there are times when a third faster moving planet triggers the square. Between June 25 and July 2, Mercury and Mars are forming a T with Jupiter-Pluto. One June 25, Mars forms an exact square with Jupiter. A chart for this event at Washington, DC,  brings the T-square to an alignment with the meridian axis.   

On the IC, Mars [13cn] is conjunct the star Canopus, alpha Argo Navis – the Celestial Ship. It is opposite Pluto [18cp] which in turn is conjunct the stars of the Archer and the Eagle. These figures combine to produce the image depicted above. In a previous post [1] we have shown how the image is a perfect symbol for a military aircraft. Now if we combine the image of Argo, the Celestial Ship with the Archer and the Eagle do we not have the aircraft carrier!

Pluto rules death  and release of the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives. Its presence in the T-square is signaling the “death” of the aircraft carrier.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer charged with sex offences

The Vatican treasurer and Australia's most senior Catholic figure Cardinal George Pell has been charged with sex offences in Australia. The charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of Victoria said. The allegations were made by more than one person, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton. The cardinal would be required to face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 18 July, Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

A New Moon begins a cycle during which its central theme unfolds. It is especially significant for those places where it occurs on the horizon or meridian. The current New Moon [2cn47] took place on June 24 and was placed on the MC at Melbourne, Australia. It was conjunct the star Tejat [3cn40] in the foot of Castor of the Gemini Twins. About this star, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Tejat portends eminence and renown, and will make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, but destined to be seen.

We notice that the New Moon is part of a stellium on the MC which contains the TNPs Kronos-Hades trine the TNP Poseidon. Martha Wescott provides the following interpretations:

Hades-Poseidon: to be aware of religious personnel who are involved in ugly or criminal activities.

Kronos-Poseidon: Religious leaders.



In ancient China, Tejat and several other accompanying stars were part of an asterism Tsing, The Well. Under this asterism, the Chinese dug new wells and cleaned and reinforced the old ones to assure clean water.By extension it referred to the cleansing of crime, moral uprightness, law and order.

The horoscope of the US Democratic Party

When I think of the Democratic Party these days, the image instantly comes to mind of little Linda Blair playing the demon-possessed child in the classic horror movie, The Exorcist (1973), most particularly the scene in which she spews a stream of pea soup-like projectile vomit into the face of kindly old Max von Sydow, as Father Merrin, the priest come to rescue her. The pea soup represents the sort of ideology that the Democratic Party has spewed out in recent years — a toxic mush of racial identity politics, contempt for men, infantile entitlement tantrums, corporate whoring, and a demonic quest for war with the Russian Federation. Father Merrin, the priest, stands for incorruptible American men, who have been, at last, killed off by this barrage of diabolical idiocy.
Our politics have become so thoroughly demonic, that the sort of exorcism America needs now can only come from outside politics. It’s coming, too. It’s on its way. It will turn our economic situation upside down and inside out. It’s a Technicolor swan, and you can see it coming from a thousand miles out. Wait for it. Wait for it.

A horoscope for the Democratic Party based on data provided by reference [1] is shown here. Notice that the Sun [28aq] and TNP Cupido [28aq] form the apex of a T-square which has Mars [29ta] and TNP Hades [28sc] as the base.  The most important progression is always that of the Sun and when it makes a hard aspect to any radix planet, it contains a clue to the central theme governing the period. Here the solar arc progressed Sun [28vi] is quincunx radix Sun [28aq]. In addition, the upcoming total solar eclipse [28le]  of August 21  will complete a Grand Cross with the T so that it is obviously activating it in a very big way. Also the  transiting TNP Admetus is currently conjunct radix Mars and opposite radix Hades.

 Let us, therefore, analyse the elements that make up the T-square to understand its dynamics. Listed below are delineations from Martha-Wescott.

Hades-Mars:  Haste makes waste – going off “half-cocked” or acting on impulse often won’t be productive. Some efforts will be in vain; some actions will be malicious, derogatory or behind another’s back. This is a time to take action to counteract the mistakes of the past. And watch for angers that can turn ugly or operate beneath the surface and aggressive behaviors that seek to undermine or denigrate another. Negative feelings are a “sign” that one’s actions or work need to be examined and set on a more constructive path.

Cupido-Hades: to see a decline in group unity or closeness.
Hades-Pluto: to see that changes are not for the better but that they bring a decline; to recognize that ugliness is rooted in resentment or a desire for revenge; to understand that debasement, degradation and destruction  of others, can in the twists and turns of mind, be used to feel powerful; problems and decline through loss of integrity.

How about transit Admetus opposite radix Hades?

Admetus-Hades: Think of Admetus as patience, determination and “hanging in there” in the face of difficulties and frustrations. Now think of Hades as HELL or perhaps a decline in conditions. What happens: people hang in there and pride themselves on being able to endure and survive – while some situations go right down the hopper.

And transit Admetus conjunct radix Mars.

Admetus-Mars: Teeth grinding frustration. Folks just can’t do what they want.

I guess this neatly sums up what is happening to the Democratic Party.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

CNN "Fake News" Scandal

Hermes, Athenian red-figure Panathenaic amphora C5th B.C.

Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates.  June 26

In mundane astrology, the transits of the outermost five major bodies of the solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – are considered important when the bodies that make up these cycles arrive at significant angular relationships.  Jupiter-Pluto form a square [90 degrees] aspect in 2016-17.

During this period, there are times when a third faster moving planet triggers the square. Between June 25 and July 2, Mercury and Mars are forming a T with Jupiter-Pluto. One June 27, Mercury forms an exact square with Jupiter. A chart for this event brings the T-square to an alignment with the horizon and meridian axes at Atlanta, Georgia, where CNN has its headquarters. In this configuration, the meaning of the Mercury-Pluto (forming) opposition is sufficient to explain the news story.

But first here is an extract from The Spiritual Dimension of Pluto Aspects by Moses Siregar in which he explains how Pluto works:

The bad guy is on the run, and the good guys are on his heels. The villain runs into a crowded room and grabs the first innocent victim that he can find, and holds the damsel close to himself, shouting, "don't shoot or the girl gets it!" The villain escapes out the back door, hoping to make it off with its hostage and survive.  This is what happens when Pluto aspects a planet in a birth chart. But the bad guy is probably not who you think he is.

The miscreant almost escapes, but then he slips, and the hero lunges in, knocking back the scoundrel, and setting the girl free. The bad guy swings at him, but the good guy dodges, and then lands a punch of his own, bringing the rogue to his knee. The villain, powerless before the police that now surround him, is captured, and must face defeat and full exposure of all wrongdoing. Justice is served. Order is restored to society.

This is what happens when Pluto aspects another planet in a birth chart, and when consciousness is victorious over illusion.

The bad guy is an overly dramatic representation of ego, defined here as the jumble of unconscious tendencies trapping us in ignorance and suffering. The planet aspected by Pluto represents the kidnapped victim, which is the aspect of our psychology that becomes captured by ego. The hero and the police are Pluto, the power of Truth emerging in our awareness, encouraged by the presence of enlightened beings.

In our case,  the “kidnapped victim” is the planet Mercury known as Hermes to the Greeks.

 Hermes was the personal herald of Zeus, the king of the Gods, and the patron-god of all heralds. His kadukeios (the herald's staff) was the device of office held by official messengers in ancient Greece. Hermes was also the god of guile in its many aspects: including deception, crafty words, persuasion, and the wiles of thieves and merchants.

From this reference, we understand how, in its negative expression, the “kidnapped” Mercury-Hermes can be associated  with the news media which has become deeply invested in lies and deception. However, in its positive expression, (which we are seeing here too),  Mercury-Pluto aspects are related to investigative reporting. It relates to a detective like mentality and a powerful need to know secrets.  The hero in our story is the investigative reporter who carried out the “sting” to arrive at the truth. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Italian Banking – Domino’s Just Started Falling

Last November the mainstream media wrote headlines of impending doom in the Italian banking industry – it made good reading and they weren’t wrong. But now it’s actually arrived there’s something of a media ‘blackout’. The European Central Bank quietly released the information which, has largely gone unreported. The ECB’s press release was entitled “ECB deemed Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza failing or likely to fail” when really it should have read “ECB deemed Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza bankrupt as they are in law unable to pay their debts.” The decision by the ECB came about as a result of lack of capital. The Single Resolution Board (SRB) concluded that conditions for a resolution action were not fulfilled and that the two banks are to be wound up under Italian insolvency procedures.  June 26

In mundane astrology, the active transits among the ten cycles that occur between the outermost five major bodies of the solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – are considered important when the bodies that make up these cycles arrive at significant angular relationships. The table below gives the dates on which Jupiter-Pluto form an exact square in 2016-17.

Jup (12)      Sqr                 Plu (3)                    25 Nov 2016             15°Li46' D                15°Cp46' D
Jup (1)        Sqr                 Plu (3)                   30 Mar 2017              19°Li17' R                19°Cp17' D
Jup (12)      Sqr                 Plu (3)                      4 Aug 2017             17°Li31' D                17°Cp31' R

During the period identified, there are times when a third faster moving planet triggers the square. Right now, between June 25 and July 2, Mercury and Mars are forming a T with Jupiter-Pluto setting of its meaning. The three references below explain how Jupiter (overextension) interacting with Pluto (finance) can lead to bankruptcy.

Shown here are two charts drawn for Montebelluna Italy, where Veneto Banca has its headquarters. The first chart is for the exact Mars-Jupiter square and the second for Mars opposite Pluto. Notice that both these charts bring the T-square to an alignment with the meridian implying that this is one place where their effect is likely to felt strongly.

The Astrology of CNN

Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898, London); 
Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy at the peak of her insanity.

The Cable News Network was launched at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 1, 1980 [1]. This data provides the basis for CNN’s horoscope which is shown here. The Sun is in Gemini, the sign ruled by Mercury which is linked to news and the media. It is placed in the 8th house. In traditional astrology, this the house of  “death”. Essentially, it is the house of crisis and shows a need to consolidate and accept the loss of elements of life that are no longer fruitful or have served their purpose. 

 Those familiar with astrology will know that the planets rising on the eastern horizon referred to as the Ascendant describe an important aspect of nature of the entity whose chart it is. Here we notice that a Pluto-Poseidon conjunction is just rising over the horizon. The reference below gives us the meaning of the TNP Poseidon.

On a mundane level, Poseidon, to Uranian astrologers, has to do with propaganda, advertising, television and media [2]. For a Pluto-Poseidon interaction, Martha-Wescott [3] gives  the following delineation:

To recognize the pervasive and invasive power of the media, advertising or ideologic propaganda.

If we now progress the radix Sun we find that at [17cn] it opposes radix Moon [17cp] which is square Pluto [19li] – Poseidon [23li].  This is like a Full Moon. Since ancient times this has been linked to erratic behavior that can be counterproductive and sometimes leads to a major breakdown. The term “lunacy” is derived from lunar! [4]

Here Moon [17cp] is conjunct the asteroid Kassandra [17cp]. Pluto which was square Moon-Kassandra is now transiting over it.  For this asteroid, Martha Wescott writes:

Kassandra shows gifts of insight but hard aspects indicate that one’s advice is not heeded or not believed. With Pluto, there is a perception that advice is an attempt to manipulate others.

Isn’t this exactly what the public’s perception of the MSM in general is right now? [5]

[3] The Orders of Light; Martha-Wescott Lang (p.101)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Mechanism for Erasing Memories Was Just Discovered

Mnemosyne  Greco-Roman mosaic from Antioch C2nd A.D.

If you had the chance to erase your worst, most painful memories, would you do it? New research published in the journal Current Biology by neuroscientists from the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and McGill University suggests that this may someday be possible, bringing us closer to the reality of manipulating the recollection of our pasts. June 23

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important  mundane events.  Shown here is the chart for the  Cancer Ingress of the Sun drawn for New York, the location of the Columbia University Medical Center. The research findings were published on the very day of the ingress. Notice that it carries a Sun-Mercury-Saturn opposition on the meridian. On the IC, conjunct the Sun and Mercury, is the asteroid Mnemosyne.  Mnemosyne is the source of the word mnemonic, the personification of memory in Greek mythology. A Titanide, or Titaness, she was the daughter of the Titans Uranus and Gaia.

On the MC, conjunct Saturn is the Galactic Center. About the GC, Philip Sedgwick [1] writes:

The Galactic Center recently received verification that it contains a black hole as its center. The resulting energy squeeze emits a wide array of powerful radiation, most notably infrared (IFR) in this instance. This Infrared energy pressures the subconscious mind, providing the release of learned behavior and memories, both negative and positive, all in the interest of moving forward. The energetic crowding process pushes out mentally/emotionally stored data to clear space for new information to enter both the conscious and subconscious minds.

The opposition is therefore referring to the need to release memories that are inhibiting growth.

[1] The Galactic Center - Philip Sedgwick

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pakistan oil tanker fire 'kills scores'

Oil Tanker burns

At least 100 people were on Sunday charred to death and 75 others severely injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded on a highway in Bahawalpur district of Pakistan's Punjab Province, according to media reports. The tanker caught fire and exploded apparently after fuel leakage from its damaged containers. At least 100 people were killed and 75 others severely injured in the blaze, local media reported. People had gathered around the tanker after it overturned to collect oil that had leaked out. June 25

Among other cosmic phenomena,  exact planetary aspects are considered important in astrology. In the week following June 25, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto will be forming a T-square. During this period Mercury and Mars will take turns to form exact aspects to other planets in the T. Places where these aspects occupy the angles become especially vulnerable to their influence.

Shown here is the chart for the Mercury-Mars conjunction at Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Notice that the conjunction occurs exactly on the IC and the T-square straddles the meridian.  Mercury-Mars and the IC are conjunct alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius, a binary, brilliant white and yellow star in the Greater dog. It is the brightest star in the night sky.

Sirius’reputation of being linked to fires has been known since ancient times:

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun. When it put its torch to the earth and discharges its rays, the earth foresees its conflagration and tastes its ultimate fate [translator's note: the ecpyrosis of the Stoics, who held that the Universe would ultimately be engulfed in conflagration and all things would return to the condition of primeval fire]." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.316-319].

Here Mercury, the planet associated with travel, and therefore to cars and trucks is conjunct Mars linked to rashness and carelessness and both are  trine Neptune, which is associated with oil, so that it is not surprising that an oil tanker was involved in the accident. 

China landslide

More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday). Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks. June 24

Transit Mars is moving to form a T-square with Jupiter and Pluto. On June 25, it forms an exact square with Jupiter. A chart for this mundane event places the T sharply on the horizon and meridian axis at Maoxian, China.

With Pluto activated  we can expect the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses. This would include volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, landslides, cave-ins, tornadoes and hurricanes, tsunamis and floods etc.  Here Pluto is conjunct the 4th house cusp (IC) – a point invariably linked to earthquakes and landslides. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Fitness blogger killed by exploding whipped cream dispenser

A French fitness blogger died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting her in the chest and causing her to go into cardiac arrest. Instagram star Rebecca Burger was fatally injured following an “an accident in the home” on June 18, according to her family.

To think that one can predict the future using a horoscope is at best naïve and at worst arrogant. Symbols by nature elude language. However, analyzing an event in retrospect can be very rewarding as it offers an opportunity to understand how the symbols came together in that particular instance.

The unfortunate event reported here occurred just after the Last Quarter Moon of June 17. A chart for the Moon phase at Mulhouse, France has the LQ Moon forming a T-square with Mercury-Saturn on the angles. Here Saturn is placed among the stars in  the constellation Hercules. Hercules is figure that in modern times would be associated with athletes, acrobats, sports champions and fitness freaks. With Mercury and Venus in hard aspect to Hercules-Saturn, this is a special kind of a fitness freak…possibly a woman (Venus) who is also a blogger (Mercury).  Venus is placed in the 8th house (death), conjunct the asteroid Lacrimosa (death) and square Eros (heart; passion for life). Eros-Lacrimosa would be death through  cardiac arrest.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

France moves towards sanity in Syria

Only Nixon could go to China, and only Macron could have taken France out of the "Assad must go" camp without anyone batting an eyelash -- and he has.

The mundane horoscope of France is provided by Astro-Databank [1].  Notice that the recent Jupiter station direct on June 8, took place conjunct France’s radix Sun [12li] and Mercury [13] on the 7th house cusp (also the degree of Syria’s Ascendant [13li] [2] and Russian President Putin’s radix Sun [14li]). Jupiter’s entry into the 7th . This is interpreted by H.S. Green in his Mundane or National Astrology as: “friendly relations are established and maintained with other nations; in time of war peace is established.”

Planetary Synodic Cycles start when two planets align in their orbits, looking from the Sun.  Any Earth-planet synodic cycle begins during a planet's retrograde more exactly when the Sun opposes the retrograde planet. The Earth-planet star alignments (looking from the Sun / heliocentric view) reveal the nature of the specific synodic cycle theme. The station direct is an important turning point when the message of the synod stars begin to be felt. That theme then unfolds until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.

The current Earth-Jupiter synod occurred on April 7, 2017 at 18li15. The stars in this area are those of the Virgin, and  Bootes, the Herdsman.  Bootes was an armed herdsman, sometimes depicted with a spear rather than a shepherd’s crook. This indicates the potential for aggression that can overwhelm the Virgin’s love of peace. About these stars, Diana Rosenberg writes:

As always with the combination of Virgin and Herdsman, there are issues of violence, murder and mayhem vs peacemaking and peacekeeping. The peace seeking Virgin combined with the overlay of tropical Libra, can bring calm and balance to the passions and burdens of everyday life.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Two Separate Dog Attacks Send Children To Hospital

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
― C.G. Jung
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

― Gospel of Thomas

Investigators in Farmersville say a family's pitbull suddenly attacked their 4-year-old daughter early Sunday afternoon. She was bitten in the face and rushed to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. The incident happened at the home on Windom Street near Highway 78 and 380. The dog was taken by animal control officers to the pound. About 4 hours later, a 5-year-old boy was attacked by another pit bull less than a mile away. This time it was a neighbor's dog that broke its leash and bit the boy on the arm. The boy was sent to a hospital in Mckinney. The owner of that dog brought it to the Farmersville animal shelter. As of Monday morning, there has been no update on the condition of each child.

The chart of the upcoming New Moon of June 23 drawn for Farmersville. Lunations become active several days before their actual occurrence. This New Moon is placed in the 6th house which rules “pets and small animals” [1]. Aligned with the horizon axis is the Mars-Pluto opposition as part of a T-square with Jupiter.

Mars represents the anger and animal urge inside us. Pluto is associated with repressions. When Mars-Pluto form hard aspects the animal urge starts boiling inside like a volcano waiting to erupt. If we do not consciously recognize this happening inside ourselves and express it, it will be brought to our notice through someone else or an outer event  that may not be very pleasant.

Here Mars [13cn] is conjunct the star alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius- the Dog star [14cn] [2]. Diana Rosenberg links this star to “attacks and bites of canids (dogs, wolves and jackals etc)”.

The very fact that two incidents related to dog bites occurred within 4 hrs of each other in the same area would alert astrologers to the possibility that the same astronomical configuration was at the heart of the similar events.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Brazil President faces corruption charges

Almost exactly one month after Brazil's stock market crashed, and the Real plunged after the country's never-ending political drama made a triumphal return following accusations that president Michel Temer had encouraged a "hush money" bribe to former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha in return for not getting dragged into the Carwash scandal, on Tuesday afternoon, Brazil’s federal police force said it has found evidence that the embattled president received bribes to help businesses, Brazil's O Globo reported. June 20

Mundane astrology, the study of heavenly cycles upon groups and nations is the most ancient branch of astrology. The affairs of a nation can be judged from the horoscope set up at the time of its official inauguration, the birth chart of its leader, and various phenomena such as eclipses, lunations, great conjunctions, stations, comets and ingresses. Among these, ingresses have a traditional reputation as the most important mundane event. The Sun has just entered Cancer. A chart for this event also referred to as the solstice, is routinely cast for the capital city to understand how it affects a nation.  Shown here is the solstice chart for Brasilia, Brazil. Let us recall that a mundane chart is generally considered very significant if there are major planetary configurations on the angles and more specifically if they touch the horizon or meridian axes.  For Brasilia, we find the Mars-Jupiter-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon and meridian axes. The core of this T-square is slower moving Jupiter-Pluto square triggered by the faster moving Mars.  Astrologer Jamie Partridge’s  delineation of Jupiter-Pluto sums up the news from Brazil.

Jupiter Square Pluto
Transiting Jupiter square Pluto makes you want to succeed, and succeed big-time. It could be a pet project or in your career that you feel this intense drive to reach the top. Success, power and influence are all possible but without some care there will be a price to pay. Ruthless determination, greed and corruption may get you there quicker or make you more money but at what cost? Your personal life is the most likely area to suffer, especially your closest relationships. Obsessive and compulsive behavior will not only cause relationship problems at home but can also earn you powerful enemies. As you gain a bigger share of the pie, your competitors start to lose out and will retaliate. If you cut corners by breaking the law then the detectives and other authorities will be on your trail.

Phoenix flights cancelled because it's too hot for planes

As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled - because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes. American Airlines announced it was cancelling dozens of flights scheduled to take off from Sky Harbor airport during the hottest part of the day.  June 20

Astronomical Myth is a "picture language," imagery that articulates the qualities of cosmic intelligence expressing throughout the greater heavens and through our lives. We are not separate from the greater heavens, from the stars and planets around us.

The news comes just a couple of days after a Mercury-Saturn opposition that aligned with the meridian in Phoenix. When a mundane aspect aligns with the horizon or meridian it is considered very significant for the place.

 Mercury [24ge] was often depicted as a god with winged sandals flying through clouds. In addition here it is conjunct the MC[22ge] and the star alpha (α) Columba, Phact [22ge] in the Dove's wing. Recall that Saturn is the dark god of obstructions and  delays so that the grounding flights is a perfect manifestation of a Mercury-Saturn opposition.

The news article explains why higher temperature is a problem for aircrafts.

“At higher temperatures, air has a lower density - it is thinner. That lower air density reduces how much lift is generated on an aircraft's wings - a core principle in aeronautics. That, in turn, means the aircraft's engines need to generate more thrust to get airborne”.

On the Ascendant [23vi] is the star alpha Antilia [23vi], the hot-air pump,[1]. Nick Fiorenza explains that this area is linked to “hot air”.  So we have Columba, the Dove’s wing, unable (Saturn)  to generate enough lift for take off  because of the hot air!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Man killed by speeding van

Auriga The Charioteer

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. The van struck people after mounting the pavement just after midnight BST outside Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque. A 48-year-old man has been arrested. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police were treating it as a "terrorist incident". Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to "kill all Muslims". June 19

In the previous post [1]  on the matador’s death in France, we used the chart for the Last Quarter Moon. The same chart drawn for London also has Sun-Mercury-Moon-Saturn straddling the angles will help explain this incident. The star El Nath, beta Tauri, “butting or goring one” in the horn of the charging Bull was also gamma Aurigae, in the constellation of the Charioteer. This is depicted as a man in a chariot (an ancient symbol for a fast moving vehicle) whipping his horses to high speed and in the process  "goring" someone to death! As we saw in the previous post, Saturn is conjunct Lesath, the sting of the Scorpion suggesting a desire for revenge.

Finally notice that the Last Quarter Moon is placed in Pisces. Pisces is an era of storms and of wholesale disintegration. Here  society is  breaking down under the weight of its crystallizations. This often takes place through violent repolarization. Fanatic followers of dying religions often murdering members of other religions.  The Pisces-Sagittarius square, at one level, demands the dissolution of older religions and belief systems that have served their purpose and tragic incidents like these are  wake-up calls to move towards tolerance and a new paradigm.

[1] Matador killed in France bullfight

PS: It is reported that the event occurred at 12:20 am (BST) on June 19.  A chart for the event has the Sun-Mercury-Saturn opposition aligned with the meridian confirming its role in the event.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Matador killed in France bullfight

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
― Gospel of Thomas

A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France.Ivan Fandino, 36, caught his feet in his cloak and fell to the floor, where he was gored by the bull. He suffered a lung injury and died on his way to hospital from a heart attack on Saturday (June 17), French media say. Fandino, who was taking part in the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival near Pau, is reportedly the first matador to die in France in a century.

The ancients believed that the whole heavens is the ultimate or "overall" pattern in the concept of "cosmic order". And that each constellation has its own unique clusters of symbolically  related concepts that express themselves through events on earth. Cosmic order relates to the Hermes Trismegistus' axiom "as above, so below"; the harmony between the heavens and the earth, the earthly order corresponding to the cosmic order.

For example, shown here is the chart for the Last Quarter Moon of June 17 drawn for Aire-sur-l'Adour, France where the tragic incident occurred.  Notice that the Sun-Mercury-Moon-Saturn form a T-square that straddles the meridian and the horizon axes making it very significant for the place.
The Sun and Mercury are conjunct the stars Al-Hecka, zeta Tauri and El Nath, beta Tauri, the Southern and Northern Horns of the Bull.  El Nath was referred to as the “butting or goring one”. Diana Rosenberg [1]  adds that there is also  a tradition that El Nath is called “Wounded” or “Slain”.
Opposite Sun and Mercury is Saturn which in turn is conjunct the star Lesath upsilon (υ) Scorpius, Lesath, along with Shaula, lambda (λ) Scorpius; are at the tip of the tail of the Scorpion and right on the sting. For this star Ebertin writes, “assaults from rabid or infuriated animals”.

The moral of this tragic story is summarized in the quotation above from the Gospel of Thomas. There is an animal inside us which we must take out as gently as possible, failing which we fall prey to animals outside.

The  ancient Chinese story [2] of the ox and oxherd, aims to help understand the dilemma better.  The ox symbolizes the ultimate, undivided reality, the Buddha-nature, which is the ground of all existence. The oxherd symbolizes the self, who initially identifies with the individuated ego, separate from the ox, and who intially fights it but who, with progressive enlightenment, comes to realize the fundamental identity with the ultimate reality which transcends all distinctions.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg; (v.1, p.315-17)

Portugal Fire

A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 57 lives, officials say. Many died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Several firefighters are among the 59 people injured. "Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires," said Prime Minister Antonio Costa.  June 18

The mundane horoscope of Portugal provided by Nick Campion and based on the  Proclamation of the Republic[1]  is reproduced here. The June lunar return chart for Portugal has a powerful Pluto-Mars-Zeus-Jupiter T-square on the meridian. This is a combination that is linked to devastating fires.

On the IC and  conjunct Mars is the star alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius. The association of Sirius with fire has been known since ancient times:

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun. When it put its torch to the earth and discharges its rays, the earth foresees its conflagration and tastes its ultimate fate [translator's note: the ecpyrosis of the Stoics, who held that the Universe would ultimately be engulfed in conflagration and all things would return to the condition of primeval fire]”. [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.316-319].

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Yellowstone Quake

Poseidon (Neptune) – God of Earthquakes

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismology reports conclude that a massive swarm of earthquakes swept through the park on Friday triggering more than 60 separate events in which seismographs spiked to magnitudes of up to 5.0. Experts fear that the supervolcano is long overdue for an eruption capable of wiping out a vast amount of human, animal, and plant life in the Continental United States.

Earthquakes are found to be associated with eclipses, lunations and with important planetary conjunctions and oppositions. These mundane events are liable to cause seismic disturbances especially if  they fall very close to the line of the horizon or of the meridian.

The first mundane event we look at here is the chart for the Full Moon at Yellowstone. Notice that the Full Moon axis forms a T with Neptune on the MC. Neptune or Poseidon was in Greek mythology connected with earthquakes [1].

The second event is the chart for the Last Quarter Moon on June 17, which also forms a T-square with the Mercury-Saturn (forming) opposition aligned with the horizon.

Finally, we have the chart for the exact Mercury-Saturn opposition on June 19, which aligns with the meridian.

Each of these is a contributor to the Yellowstone quakes. And we must not fail to notice that on Friday, June 16, the transit Moon (the  fast moving "second hand" of the cosmic clock) conjoined Neptune – the lord of earthquakes – on the MC in the Full Moon chart!


PS: Neptune stationed to go retrograde on June 16. Those new to astrology can read about this phenomena here.

All charts that have a prominent Neptune placement get a strong “kick” from Neptune at this time.  Our Full Moon chart for Yellowstone has Neptune on the MC – a very significant position – and was therefore affected.