Sunday, 30 July 2017

Jupiter-Uranus-Ceres: New food-making technology?

A team of researchers in Finland has successfully created food using electricity.  Well, calling it food is a bit of a stretch at this point-but it's a start. By mixing three ingredients into a coffee-cup-sized bioreactor and supplying an electric shock, they zapped a powder into being that's around 50% protein and 25% carbohydrates, with the rest being fat and nucleic acid.

In mundane astrology, the Sun’s ingress into cardinal signs are important events. Of these the Capricorn Ingress chart is often considered to be the most important. So important that the progression of the angles of this chart are used to identify significant events. Shown here is Capricorn ingress chart at Lappeenranta, Finland progressed to July 19, the date the University website announced the discovery [1]. Notice that the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto-Ceres T-square aligns with the horizon axis.

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).

Martha Wescott links the asteroid Ceres to food [2].

CERES: The need for nurturing; food; the relationship between mother & child; issues of “taking care of” people, plants and animals; growths/cysts; herbs and grains.

And of course, Uranus is well known for its connection to electricity [3] so that all the elements are there from which the news can be derived!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Russia sanctions and the US Sibly

There’s been a lot going on this week, so it’s unsurprising that an extremely important vote in Congress failed to get the attention it deserves. What I’m referring to is the recent Russia/Iran/North Korea sanctions bill passed by the House of Representatives in a frighteningly lopsided 419-3 vote.

The horoscope of a country is perhaps the most important mundane chart ….more important than all the planetary ingress or eclipse charts used routinely by astrologers. The Sibly is the chart for the US that has stood the test of time. To explain the news, I begin with the solar return for the Sibly.  I draw my readers’ attention to the Hades-Kronos-Sun-Mars-Jupiter-Zeus-Pluto T-square.

When war god Mars opposes Pluto, there is danger of an overkill. If the lower levels of this aspect are being expressed, i.e., the individual seeks to force the  will upon others for the sheer sake of power OVER others (out of integrity), the result may vary from disappointment all the way to self destruction.

 Jupiter is often associated with various kinds of excess. In the case of Mars conjunct, square or opposition Jupiter, this often manifests as overconfidence or excessive aggression.

Pluto is placed in the 11th house which in mundane astrology rules the Parliament [2]. Martha Wescott in her book The Orders of Light provides the following interpretation for the elements of the T-square.

Hades-Pluto: To achieve power over others by disenfranchising or demeaning them; decline through compulsive-obsessive behavior; to recognize that ugliness is rooted in resentment or a desire for revenge or power.
Kronos-Pluto: events show that legalities, rules or attempts to set procedures are actually power struggles or arise from resentments and a need to push others to their limits; to be aware of the power of people in charge – and to see abuses of power through misuse of office, position, laws or procedures.

But how do we know, that this combination was active on July 25, when the US Congress passed the sanction bill? In astrology, the angles are everything. Events occur when progressed angles move over important configurations in the chart. If we now progress the Sibly solar return to July 25, the meridian conjoins Pluto thereby triggering the T-square!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Sperm count drops among western men

Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear. The latest findings reveal that between 1973 and 2011, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen by an average of 1.4% a year, leading to an overall drop of just over 52%. “The results are quite shocking,” said Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist and lead author of the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The chart for the last solar eclipse of February 26, 2017 drawn for Jerusalem, where the study was carried out, will help explain the news. The eclipse is significant for the place as it falls on the descendant. It  also makes hard aspects to the Mars-Venus square Pluto combination placed in the 8th and 5th houses.

Skyscript provides the following  areas of rulership for 5th and 8th houses.

Fifth House Rulerships: Children, pregnancy, pregnant women. Love affairs, romance, lovemaking, sex, procreation and conception.

Eighth House Rulerships:  All matters relating to death, decay, fear, anxiety and loss. Transits through this house often show a need to consolidate and accept the loss of elements of life that are no longer fruitful or have served their purpose.

An aspect between the 5th and 8th house planets can therefore mean a decline in the power of conception and procreation.  In addition Mars represents male sexuality so that Mars-Pluto can point to the need to sublimate, redirect or transform the Mars aggression and sexual energy for higher purposes beyond just the procreative.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to July 25, the date of publication of the study, we find that the progressed meridian triggers the Venus-Mars-Pluto square on that date.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

London ‘honor killing’

An Indian Muslim teenager was allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered before her butchered body was stuffed in a freezer because she started a relationship with an Arab Muslim, a court has heard. The body of Celine Dookhran, 19, was found inside a £1.5 million (US$1.95 million) home in Kingston last Wednesday ( July 19) after a woman in her 20s who had her throat slit alerted police from hospital. The two women were said to have been Tasered, bound and gagged, and kidnapped by masked men. They were reportedly taken to a house in Coombe Lane West, where they were both raped and Dookhran was killed.

To understand this tragic news, we go back to the last solar eclipse of February 26. At London, the eclipse was placed in the mundane 8th house and anchored through hard aspects to the Mars-Venus-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square straddling the meridian.  In astrology, the importance of the angles can never be overemphasized. A chart, natal or mundane, is not very significant if there are no aspects made by planets to the horizon or meridian.

Mars-Venus-Uranus-Jupiter: the impulse to love …with Jupiter, a happy sex relationship, perhaps with a foreigner,  and when combined with Uranus it can refer to love affairs that break traditions.

Mars-Venus-Pluto : Rape. (Ebertin)

Pluto is the archetype of primordial energy, the universal life force which impels all evolution and transformation. It rules upheaval, breakdown and decay, but also regeneration and the purifying fire of catharsis. It is  the archetypal Underworld--the dark, mysterious, and often terrifying reality which lurks beneath the surface of things, beneath our ego and societal conventions and the veneer of civilization, and which is periodically unleashed with great destructive and transformative force. Many of the problematic instincts that lie deep within the human psyche, such as murderous hatred, violent jealousy, compulsive greed and lust and so forth, reflect the activity of Pluto.

Potentially, the eclipse, at London, held the possibility of the foregoing manifesting as an event. On July 19, the progressed eclipse chart brought the T-square once again to an aspect with the meridian axis, thereby manifesting that potential in the form of a violent event.

Monday, 24 July 2017

New US Anti-Russian Sanctions Might Break G7 Unity

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is concerned over the new package of US anti-Russian sanctions as they might undermine transatlantic and G7 unity, media reported Monday.

Synastry is the art of relationship Astrology. It is a fascinating and illuminating study of how individuals or groups interact with one another. No matter how hard we try we cannot get away from the issues that our relationship charts bring up. At any point in time progressed interchart  aspects between two entities can illuminate the issues involved in the interaction. The table below  gives the forming aspects (within the next 2 years) for the European Union’s progressed solar arc  positions in aspect to US Sibly radix positions.


EU2 - Natal Chart
 1 Nov 1993, 0:00 am, CET -1:00
 Brussels Belgium, 50°N50', 004°E20'
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Placidus Houses,  True Node

Radix Positions Chart
 Sibly - Natal Chart
 4 Jul 1776 NS, 5:10 pm, LMT +5:00:39
 Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 39°N57'08'', 075°W09'51''
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Koch Houses,  True Node

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns planets

EU                  Asp      Sibly                                                              EU (solar arc)                  Sibly (radix)
Asc          Sqq   Plu    Sa-Na     15 Dec 2018           12°Vi32' D                  27°Cp32' R   
Adm        Sqq    Plu   Sa-Na     25 Dec 2019           12°Ge32' D                   27°Cp32' R    
Asc          Sqr    Asc   Sa-Na    5 Oct 2018              12°Vi21'                       12°Sg21' D     
Adm        Opp  Asc   Sa-Na     16 Oct 2019               12°Ge21'                      12°Sg21' D  

*** END REPORT ***

So how do we interpret this table.  Since the Sibly radix Pluto is involved we begin by listing its major aspects.

PLUTO [27cp] conj. CUPIDO [24cp]-KRONOS [21cp]; SQUARE HADES [1sc]; opp. MERCURY [24cn]

Kronos-Pluto-Cupido-Hades : differences of opinion (Kronos) are actually power struggles (Pluto) that lead to a decline (Hades) in group (Cupido) unity.  

Currently transit Uranus [28ar] is square Sibly Pluto [27cp].  Martha Wescott gives the following key phrases:

Uranus-Pluto:  aware of power struggles with friends or within groups; to recognize that  the threat of a separation or demand for independence is an attempt to regain control.

Next we notice that there is EU’s Admetus interacting with Sibly Pluto. Once again Martha Wescott’s key phrases are listed below:

Admetus-Pluto:  to have situations that have been endured for a long time begin to surface – problems that have been on simmer break into a full rolling boil;  to deal with pain, resentment and emotions that have been suppressed; to come to recognize what can no longer be endured – and to deal with the accrued consequences of having pushed the self too far; having delayed elimination of intolerable problems, one faces confrontation (with self/others) and experiences a need for return to integrity – a need to know where one stands (and then to decide if one is willing to stand there!)

Transit Uranus to Admetus is interpreted as:

 Admetus-Uranus: Eruption of long held tension or frustration; to metaphorically have to “break rocks” to effect a change. (Admetus is likened to a rock that endures no matter what.)[1][2].

The worldview underlying astrology sees all of reality as symbolic in nature. To the symbolist, the heavenly bodies are threads within a great tapestry of affinities and correspondences. In mid-July, a large block of ice broke off in Antartica.

On 12 July 2017, Project MIDAS announced that a large, 5,800-square-kilometre (2,200 sq mi) portion of Larsen C had broken from the mainland at some point between 10 and 12 July. The iceberg, designated A-68, weighs more than a trillion tons and is more than 200 m (700 ft) thick.

A chart for the Full Moon of July 9 at the location of Larsen C has the MC aligned with the Full Moon and activating the Admetus-Pluto configuration. And now we have the news of the EU threatening to break off from alliance with US. Coincidence?!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Brilliant mathematician Mirzakhani dies

Andromeda about to be devoured by Cetus

Most of Tehran’s newspapers put a remarkable photo on their front page last Sunday. It showed an Iranian woman with short hair, her head uncovered. Officials allowed editors to ignore Iran’s strict dress code for female pictures, to mark the death of the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. Although she left Iran for the US in 1999, Mirzakhani, who was 40, remained a heroine for many in her home country, including President Hassan Rouhani who released a condolence message about her “unique brilliance” and her contribution to the scientific progress of Iranian women.

Stanford mathematics Professor Maryam Mirzakhani (b. 3 May, 1977), the first and to-date only female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died Friday, July 14. She had been battling breast cancer since 2013; the disease spread to her liver and bones in 2016. Mirzakhani was 40 years old. She died at Stanford Hospital.

Presented here is the noon chart for Mirzakhani. Notice the powerful T-square involving Sun-Mercury-Saturn-Moon-Uranus. Mercury-Uranus is the aspect of an intellectually gifted person.. Mercury-Saturn aspects indicate intellectual discipline, a serious outlook, good powers of concentration, and a knack for logical reasoning. With Saturn’s rulership over form and structure, this combination gives both brilliance and discipline in mathematics in general and geometry in particular. So it is not surprising that Mirzakhani’s work focused on  topics in algebraic geometry. She specialised in the geometry and dynamics of complex curved surfaces — a theoretical field that reads like an obscure foreign language to non-mathematicians.

Mirzakhani was born close to a Full Moon that formed a T-square with Saturn-Uranus. Although her time of birth is not known, it is quite likely that both the Sun and Moon were seriously afflicted. In traditional astrology, this is one of the most important factors that indicate a short life. Her radix Sun [12ta47] is conjunct the star Almach [13ta54] and Menkar[13ta59]  while Mercury [8ta30] aligns with Schedir [7ta27].

Alpha (α) Cassiopeia, Schedir, is star on the left breast of the  Queen while Almach is the foot of the princess Andromeda about to be devoured by Menkar in the jaw of the sea-monster Cetus (see image). Symbolically,  Cetus refers to all kinds of troubles including illnesses that can suddenly erupt from the unconscious. Recall that Mirzakhani suffered from breast cancer (Schedir)! The cancer was diagnosed in 2013 when Saturn transited opposite her Sun-Mercury and over Moon-Uranus. And since March 2017, Saturn has been in an upper quincunx (often called the ‘death quincuncx’ because of its 8th house connection)  to her Sun-Mercury.

In a video to mark her Fields Medal award, Mirzakhani gave an example of the sort of problem on which she worked: calculating the trajectory of billiard balls on pool tables as their geometry is deformed into increasingly complex shapes. In astrology we link Saturn with rules as well as with shapes and boundaries. When Uranus acts on Saturn (Mirzakhani has Saturn square Uranus), those boundaries can no longer be rigid. At best they become flexible and at worst they simply shatter.  

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

John McCain diagnosed with cancer

Just days after John McCain had a blood clot removed above his left eye, late on Wednesday his office announced that McCain has a brain tumor associated with the removed blood clot. In a statement doctors revealed that McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer. The statement says the 80-year-old senator and his family are reviewing further treatment, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. July 19

An accurate horoscope of John McCain as  provided by Astro-databank [1] is reproduced here. Notice the T-square aspect formed by the Sun-Neptune conjunction opposite Saturn with Jupiter at the apex. Astrologers recognize that natal placements may lie quietly for a long time till activated by a major progression. In the current period McCain’s solar arc progressed Neptune [6sa] forms a square to the Sun [6vi] (the leading edge of the T), thereby triggering the entire configuration.
Eileen Nauman in her book Medical Astrology writes:

If Jupiter is in hard aspect with Neptune, accompanied by a hard aspect from Saturn, the
body is prone to infection in general, and there may be serious ailments. For example,
there may be problems with the white blood cells, such as anemia, leukemia or
leukopenia, or problems with the red blood cells in the form of polycythemia—all
disorders related to an imbalance of zinc or manganese. There is also the potential for
zinc or manganese poisoning. Cancer is another possibility with Jupiter in hard aspect to Neptune. Tumors may develop.

Martha Wescott Lang [2] associates the asteroid Virchow (MPC No. 13084) with cancer. In fact the asteroid derives its name from Rudolph Virchow (1821-1902), the famous German cancer researcher. John McCain  has his radix Virchow [18vi] conjunct radix Neptune [16vi] so that apart from the big picture Jupiter-Neptune’s relation to cancer, the presence of this asteroid in the mix is a further confirmation of the disease.

Many ancient tales speak about how solar eclipses are unfortunate for kings and leaders. Readers may recall that September 1, 2016 solar eclipse fell at [9vi] within just three degrees of McCain’s radix Sun [6vi]. Nick Fiorenza is his essay on the eclipse entitled New Directions [3] explains that this eclipse is supporting a  change in leadership away from  the influence of dictatorial and authoritarian types towards those who are truly caring and nurturing.

And as if confirming its role in McCain’s troubles, if we progress the eclipse chart  drawn for his birth place, to July 19, the date of the news, we find that the eclipse and its accompanying T align with the horizon and meridian axes and is thereby triggered.

Monday, 17 July 2017

US-Russia synastry explains property spat

Charts are true. Utterly. With a precision that can stun. The task, then, is to learn and understand the factors and techniques that reveal the truth – Martha Wescott

The disagreement between Washington and Moscow about the return of Russia's diplomatic property in the US will be difficult to resolve since both sides look to be digging their heels in, political scientist Grigory Dobromelov told Radio Sputnik. Killenworth, an estate built in 1913 for George du Pont Pratt and purchased by the former Soviet Union in 1951, is seen in Glen Cove, New York, on December 30, 2016. Killenworth is one of two Russian compounds on the North Shore of Long Island with Norwich House, in Upper Brookville, being closed to Russian officials as part of the sanctions ordered by US President Barack Obama in retaliation for suspected Russian hacking during the US elections. The US is willing to give back Russia's diplomatic properties in the US under the condition that it will receive something in return from Moscow, a senior official from the White House told Sputnik on Monday. July 17

Synastry is the art of relationship Astrology. It is a fascinating and illuminating study of how individuals or groups interact with one another. No matter how hard we try we cannot get away from the issues that our relationship charts bring up. At any point in time progressed interchart  aspects between two entities can illuminate the issues involved in the interaction.  The spat between Russia and the US over property is easily explained if we superimpose Russia’s progressed Sun on the US Sibly planets. Russia’s mundane chart data is 25 December 1991; 5:20 pm GMT, Moscow. Based on this, Russia’s solar arc progressed Sun [29cp] is conjunct US Sibly Pluto [27cp] triggering the entire complex pattern connected to Pluto. Also transit Uranus [28ar] is square Sibly Pluto:
Uranus-Pluto: disregard  for rules and role expectations is based on resentments. The US completely disregards the rules of diplomacy by seizing Russian property.

PLUTO [27cp] conj. CUPIDO [24cp]-KRONOS [21cp]; SQUARE HADES [1sc]; opp. MERCURY [24cn]

Mercury-Kronos-Cupido : discussion or news (Mercury) about laws, rules or procedures (Kronos) connected with real estate (Cupido).

Cupido-Kronos-Pluto : differences of opinion (Kronos) regarding housing or real estate (Cupido) are actually power struggles or arise from resentment and a need to push others to their limits (Pluto).

Hades-Pluto: to recognize that ugliness is rooted in resentment or a desire for revenge or power; to achieve power or position over others through demeaning them.

The chart for the Last Quarter Moon of July 16 drawn for the midpoint between Moscow and Washington is very significant since it forms a T-square with Mars-Uranus-Pluto that not only straddles the meridian but also activates the US Sibly configuration involving Pluto discussed above.

PS: Definitions for the TNPs mentioned in this post can be found at:

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Koreas set to negotiate peace?

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with its northern neighbor, the first such talks since 2014. "We request military talks with the North on July 21 at Tongilgak to stop all hostile activities that raise military tension at the military demarcation line," Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing Monday. 17 July

Eclipses are especially significant for a place if they are placed on the angles or if they aspect them. The September 1, 2016 solar eclipse chart at Tongilgak has the eclipse T-square straddling the meridian. In his essay on the solar eclipse entitled New Directions [1], Nick Fiorenza explains that this eclipse is asking us to make a choice between continuing our old ways of control and domination vs taking a new direction which would require a caring attitude towards all.  Diana Rosenberg is more specific and states that the stars conjunct the eclipse ask for choices must be made between waging war and working for unity and peace.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to July 21, the proposed date of the meeting, we find the eclipse T-square once again makes hard aspects to the meridian and is thereby triggered on that date. Do we know for sure that the two Koreas will take a new tack? Not at all. This simply means that the cosmos offers an opportunity. Taking this opportunity or rejecting it depends entirely on the free will of the leaders.

Nawaz Sharif’s Fate Hangs on ‘Fontgate’

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)The Microsoft font Calibri could be an unlikely smoking gun in a corruption scandal which has mired Pakistan's ruling family and captivated the country. The scandal centers around allegations that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family owns properties in London through offshore companies. And while owning property in itself is not illegal, opposition parties have questioned if the money to buy them came from public funds. Last November, the Prime Minister's daughter, Maryam, tweeted images of a disclosure form claiming she wasn't the real owner of the apartments. She said the documents proved she was a "trustee and not the owner" of the properties. Investigators looking into the scandal noticed an odd thing. The document is dated 2006. But it was typed using Calibri. And, as the investigators noted in their report, that font was not commercially available until the following year.

Eclipses are tied to changing circumstances. Since ancient times, they  have been feared  by rulers of nations because they often brought about a crisis of sorts that lead to a significant event or change. The chart for the upcoming solar eclipse of August 21 (which is already active) drawn for Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has Neptune in the 10th house opposite Mercury in the 4th making a T-square with the horizon axis.

Mercury-Neptune is indicative of unrealistic thinking, being out of touch with reality, as well as smoke and mirrors, lies and deception, some of which can be unearthed under stressful transits.

About Neptune in the mundane 10th house, H.S. Green in his book Mundane or National Astrology writes:

If afflicted, the Monarch, the Government lose power or popularity. Some scandal or disgrace is likely to be incurred by prominent people.

Nawaz Sharif (b. 25 Dec. 1949) has a natal Mercury [20cp]-Neptune [17li] square. Currently transit Pluto squares Neptune and  is moving to a conjunction with Mercury. About Pluto's  transit in the sidereal zodiac, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Pluto is a deconstructor and deprogrammer of long-standing behavioral and inherited patterns, and in the Zen Archer, a revealer of and opener to a greater truth.

Since Mercury rules the written or spoken word, language and documents by extension it is also linked to fonts which in this case became the source of Pluto’s revelation.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies

Liu Xiaobo ( 28 December 1955 – 13 July 2017) was a Chinese literary critic, writer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and was involved in campaigns to end communist single-party rule. He was incarcerated as a political prisoner in Jinzhou, Liaoning. On 26 June 2017, he was granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and he died at the hospital on 13 July 2017.

A chart for the current Full Moon at Shenyang, China where Xiaobo died is shown here. Notice that the Full Moon aligns with the Mars-Pluto opposition on the meridian and forms a T with Jupiter on the Ascendant.

When the higher aspects of the Mars-Pluto opposition is expressed, there is  a determination to fight for social issues.  When positive, this energy has the driving force of the unencumbered higher self that moves mountains from inspired passion based on a sense of duty, purpose, and necessity. Courage is differentiated from simple ego aggression by the fact that an integral concept is the motivating factor, not personal self-serving control. The good of the whole is the end result of this transforming energy.

Also we notice that the Full Moon conjoins Pluto in sidereal Sagittarius (also Xiaobo’s radix sidereal Sun sign). The Sagittarian Zen Archer is one who is willing to live, fight, and die for a Greater Truth. Steely courage and a searing, relentless conscience are the keys; they learn to become heroes of their own lives, patiently doing what is before them  to do, facing down heavy odds, yet theirs may be a “destiny of fire”.  Fiercely absolutist in their beliefs, they are willing to put them into action, putting themselves in the line of fire and suffering on account of it.

Additional details can be gleaned from the chart. The Sabian symbol of the Ascendant [17li32] is:

Phase 198: Two men under arrest
When individuals try to reform an established order they may be punished by that order.  For individuals the challenge is how to make their transforming vision acceptable to society. The fact that two men are under arrest suggests a polarization and a purpose transcending a mere fit of recklessness. Negative as the image may seem, one may see implied in it the power in every individual to assume social risks in order to express his convictions even if he has to face the consequences. (edited from Dane Rudhyar)

Finally we note that the asteroid Orpheus [13ar] which rules “death” is on the descendant. It is opposite Jupiter which in medical astrology rules the liver [1] and square Pluto that stands for diseases like cancer[2].

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Wine nearly as old as the United States discovered

Neptune (Dionysus) – the wine maker

A restoration project at a New Jersey museum unearthed cases of wine nearly as old as the United States.  The Liberty Hall Museum in Union says it discovered almost three full cases of Madeira wine, a fortified wine, dating to 1796 while restoring its wine cellar. ( ) reports the museum also found 42 demijohns — large glass jugs sometimes used for holding spirits — dating to the 1820s.  The museum said the monetary value of the wine cannot be made public.  The original 13 colonies imported about 95 percent of the wine produced on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, according to historical accounts. Bill Schroh, Liberty Hall's director of operations, said Madeira was the best wine to ship during the 18th century because it almost never spoils — even centuries later if stored properly. July 12

Understanding the world around us depends on our power to perceive patterns of meaning, to make the right connections,  recognize what belongs with what. And we must be prepared for surprises. By linking things which do not at first sight seem to be linked, astrology reveals that happenings we accept at face value  are fraught with deeper significance.

To understand the news and its deeper implication, we begin with the chart for the Solar Eclipse of September 1, 2016. This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and  Alioth of Ursa Major. Ursa Major represents the Great Mother Bear, and the adjacent constellation, Ursa Minor, represents her cub so that it emphasizes the nurturing quality of this constellation. On the other hand, Leo the Lion is linked to warfare.

"Who can doubt the nature of the monstrous Lion, and the pursuits he prescribes for those born beneath his sign? The lion ever devises fresh fights and fresh warfare on animals, and lives on spoil and pillaging of flocks. " [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, p.237.]

In his essay on the eclipse entitled, New Directions, Nick Fiorenza explains that this eclipse is asking us to choose between being nurturing or warlike to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.
The eclipse forms a T-square with Mars-Saturn-Neptune and when progressed to July 12, the date of the news, the T aligns perfectly with the horizon axis and is thereby triggered.  Neptune is placed amid stars of the Arabic Lunar Mansion "The Lucky Star of Hidden Things or Hiding Places"; which is  good for finding things that have been lost. Here of course, the casks of wine!

Johnson and Ariel Gutman, in their book Mythic Astrology, make a strong case that the astrological Neptune’s secondary archetype is Dionysus.  Historically, Dionysus or Bacchus, the god of wine,  is portrayed as a multifaceted god. He represents extreme violence and possession but is also a charming god and a giver of intoxicated joy to his believers. So a simple interpretation for Mars-Neptune in this  combination can be an intoxication (Neptune) with war (Mars). When Saturn acts on  this combination, it is a good time to sober up. A more responsible approach to our inner landscape can clear up foggy, unclear behavior. Discerning Saturn energy can help reveal delusions we’ve bought into, cutting through our mental haze to reveal what’s real.

The cases of Madeira wine that have been discovered date back to  1796. This was the year George Washington, the first President of the United States, in his Farewell Address to the nation, warned his countrymen to avoid the creation of an overgrown military, which he saw as a great threat to liberty, especially the republican liberty that the United States had created. In 1796, transit Saturn conjoined the Sibly Mars placed amid the stars of the Hunter-Warrior Orion.  As mentioned before, Mars is square Neptune in the radix implying an intoxication (Neptune-Dionysus) with war (Mars).  Saturn which also stands for the leader or President was trying to put the brakes on military adventurism.

As Saturn is stationing to go direct in August at [22sa] , it is opposite Sibly Mars [22ge] and square Neptune [22vi]. In other words, the discovery of the old wine under a Saturn transit is symbolic and warns of the need to get out of the addiction to war. Neptune’s weakness is its passion for mind-numbing illusion. It does not want to listen to Saturn, but it must. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Beetle art wins hearts online

Pictor – the Painter’s Easel

Spike, who lives in Japan's Nagano prefecture with his human a teacher named Mandy Bryant, is a stag beetle. Found in many parts of Asia, stag beetles are listed as a globally threatened species. Spike is "sweet and curious," Ms Bryant told the BBC. "He is very special. For a little bug, he has a lot of personality," she said.  11 July,

In mundane astrology, charts for exact planetary aspects are considered important. On July 10, the Sun formed an exact opposition to Pluto. A chart for this event drawn for Nagano has Mercury conjunct the MC.

Mercury [7le]  conjoins Praesepe, the Beehive Star Cluster (M44) in Cancer commonly referred to as the Crab, but also the Egyptian Scarabaeus.  The Scarabaeus is more specifically a dung beetle but a beetle nonetheless which is quite similar to a female Stag Beetle [1][2][3]. Unlike the male,  the female Stag beetle does not have antlers.

Mercury makes a hard aspect to a Saturn-TNP Cupido conjunction. Among keywords for Cupido, Martha Wescott includes “sense for art”.

CUPIDO: Issues in the family history; group unity or dynamics; comments on the home, residence or household themes; decor; artistry; sense for art; partner or family members.

Also we have Saturn [22sa] opposite the stars  beta [23ge] and gamma Pictoris [22ge]. Pictoris is the name of this constellation 'The Painter's Easel'. The word Pictor comes from the Indo-European root *peig-1 'To cut, mark (by incision)'. Derivatives are paint, Pictor, picture, picturesque etc.
So what so we have if we put the pieces together?  A beetle with a sense for art!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Cosco Shipping purchases Orient Overseas

Cosco Shipping's purchase of Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas makes the Chinese state-owned firm the world’s third-largest bulk shipping company, and the largest servicing the lucrative Asia to North America route, beating out Copenhagen-based A.P. Moller-Maersk and France’s CMA CGM.

In mundane astrology, the horoscopes drawn for the phases of the Moon at any place can help explain important events. This is especially so when important planetary configurations align with the horizon or meridian axes.  

The news of Cosco’s purchase of Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas comes just a day after the Full Moon. At Hongkong, the luminaries align with the meridian forming a T-square with Jupiter-Pluto. The reference below explains the meaning of this combination.

Pluto, representing power and control, is often involved by transiting aspect in buyouts and takeovers of corporations.  Jupiter-Pluto an aspect representing optimism, expansion, change and a thrust toward power and success is often very favorable.

In addition, we note that the Sun [17cn] and the MC [12cn] are conjunct the star Canopus. Alpha (α) Carina, Canopus, is a white binary star in the Keel of the ship Argo Navis, the brightest star in the constellation of Argo Navis, the Great Ship, and the second biggest star in the sky [1]. So we can see that the map also contains a clue that the buyout or takeover could be that of a shipping line!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

India’s riots and Saturn-Pluto

Last month Prime Minister Narendra Modi said murder in the name of cow protection is "not acceptable". Hours after his comments, a Muslim man was reportedly killed by a mob who accused him of transporting beef in his car. Under Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP, the cow has become a polarising animal and religious divisions are widening. Restrictions on the sale and slaughter of cows are fanning confusion and vigilantism.
The recent spate of lynchings in India have disturbed many. Muslim men have been murdered by Hindu mobs, mostly in BJP-ruled states, for allegedly storing beef and, in one case for helping a mixed-faith couple elope.

Perhaps the most significant feature in the mundane horoscope of India is a Saturn-Pluto conjunction on the IC square Jupiter.   Nick Fiorenza in his excellent article entitled The Saturn-Pluto Synodic Cycles:  A Historical Exploration writes:

Synodic cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.

A Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle, in general, will be about societal structures of consciousness and how we learn about responsible use of power. It will be about our administrative systems governing the use of power. These cycles can also initiate a dismantling or destructive process of long-standing established administrative constructs and systems of belief so that we can evolve our societal structures. In the process, this can articulate as power struggles, wars and the like; but Saturn and Pluto will ultimately demand we take responsibility for the discord and destruction we have created.

India received its independence at the start of a new Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle of August 22, 1947. At this time Saturn-Pluto synod was aligned with Acubens and Zetta Hydra, among other stars.

Acubens, Alpha Cancer, indicates entrapment in dogma. This can be the current political / religious beliefs of the times, as well as that created by our personal belief structures—the ideas we have about our lives and experiences we have in our lives. Acubens indicates a tenacious hold and stubborn resistance to release the patterns we hold that keep us entrapped in our limiting life scenarios.
Zeta Hydra lies immediately south of Acubens. Delta through Zeta Hydra and Pulsar CP0834 (which conjoins Gianfar of Draco, the poisoned place) create Hydra's head. Zeta Hydra and surrounding stars indicate a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). The conjunction of Acubens and Zeta Hydra reveals that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures. These conjoining stars reveal that any experiences that repetitively undermine our greater fulfillment are due to the very dogmatic beliefs we hold crystallized within.

The table below gives the activation of the radix Saturn-Pluto (within orb of about 10 degrees) by outers and the connected riots that ensued.

Moradabad Riots
Uranus square radix Saturn-Pluto
Sikh Riots
Saturn square radix Saturn-Pluto
Babri Masjid related riots
Saturn opp. radix Saturn-Pluto
Pluto square radix Saturn-Pluto
Gujarat Riots
Uranus opp. radix Saturn-Pluto
Saturn square radix Saturn-Pluto
Vadodara Riots
Saturn conj. radix Saturn-Pluto

Since 2014, since the Modi Government came to power, Pluto has been transiting quincunx the radix Saturn-Pluto conjunction so that the news of lynching and communal polarization are to be expected. But the surprising element here is that the chart also reveals that the polarization could be over an animal – a cow in this case! And how does it do that? Well, the asteroid Diana which, according to Martha Wescott,  rules animals is conjunct Saturn-Pluto and is also activated by the Pluto transit.

Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

Botticelli – Venus and Mars

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics. Experts said the situation was "fairly grim" with few new drugs on the horizon. July 7;

The World Health Organization has its headquarters in Geneva. Presented here is the chart for the Full Moon of July 9 drawn for Geneva. The Full Moon not only aligns with the horizon axis but is also anchored through hard aspects to Venus-Admetus-Mars-Pluto. The extract from the reference below shows how Venus-Pluto are linked to venereal diseases.

Diseases: Blood impurities that poison the system, tonsillitis, measles, smallpox,
kidney disease. Venus rules venereal diseases along with Pluto. (p.16)
Diseases/health: Tumors, hemophilia, piles, cancer, rheumatism, venereal
diseases, diseases and disorders of the genitals, and metabolic disorders. (p.27)

The origin of the word venereal meaning "of or pertaining to sexual desire or intercourse," is from Latin venereus, from Venus (genitive veneris) "sexual love, sexual desire".  The word has been used for sexually transmitted diseases from 1650s.

The TNP Admetus is associated with something that is difficult to deal with since it perseveres or is resistant to change so that in our context it quite appropriately referring to sexual diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Trump and Putin can begin a new era of peace

President Donald Trump flew off for his first meeting with Vladimir Putin — with instructions from our foreign policy elite that he get into the Russian president’s face over his hacking in the election of 2016.

The Synastry Chart is the combination of two individuals Birth (or Natal) Charts overlayed on one another to give insight into the dynamics of their relationship. More information about the interaction between the individuals  can be obtained for a given period by comparing how the progressed planets of one person interact with the radix of the other. Table I gives Putin’s progressed planets to Trump’s natal while Table II gives Trump’s progressed to Putin’s natal planets.

Putin - Natal Chart
 7 Oct 1952, 12:39 pm, BAT -3:00
 St.Petersburg Russia, 59°N55', 030°E15'
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Koch Houses,  True Node

Donald Trump - Natal Chart
 14 Jun 1946, 10:54 am, EDT +4:00
 Jamaica NY, 40°N41'29'', 073°W48'22''
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Placidus Houses,  True Node

Table I

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns All

P1 (H)      Asp          P2 (H)                      Date                        Pos1        Pos2                        Prog.          Natal

Sat (4)     Cnj           Mon (4)   Sa-Na      10 Apr 2016      21°Sg12' D     21°Sg12' D              Putin       Donald Trump
Sun (4)    Opp         Ura (10)   Sa-Na     17 May 2016     17°Sg53' D    17°Ge53' D              Putin       Donald Trump
Sat (4)     Opp         Sun (10)  Sa-Na      20 Dec 2017      22°Sg55' D    22°Ge55' D              Putin       Donald Trump
Sun (4)    Cnj           Mon (4)    Sa-Na     19 Aug 2019      21°Sg12' D    21°Sg12' D              Putin       Donald Trump

*** END REPORT ***

Table II

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns All

Plu (10)   Cnj           Sat (10)    Sa-Na     20 Dec 2016        17°Li28' D    17°Li28' D                Donald Trump         Putin
Plu (10)   Sqr           Ura (8)    Sa-Na      5 Dec 2017           18°Li23' D   18°Cn23' D              Donald Trump         Putin
*** END REPORT ***

Putin’s solar arc Sun and Saturn conjoin Trump’s natal Moon and opposite his Sun

 The stars that form the backdrop to Trump’s  Moon are those of Ophiuchus, Ara and the Scorpion. Here shaman-magician Ophiuchus, together with the positive energies of Ara, the Altar and outgoing tropical Sagittarius work to dispel anxieties and fears, promising a return to joy and light. The Serpent Bearer is filled with ageless wisdom  that can be used for healing and indeed, mending, restoring and revivifying , people and relationships. The Scorpion’s sting is also here and the healer may have to wade through the destructiveness of those around him.

Trump’s Sun is placed amid the stars of Columba, the Peace loving dove, the belt stars of Orion and the horns of the Bull. The sharp horn-tips of the head-down charging  Bull can produce combative, eccentric “cranks”, heedless, rude, irritable, ill-tempered and surly. The juxtaposition of the hunter-warrior Orion, the aggressive charging Bull can be held in check by  the peace-loving dove. About the stars in this area Nick Fiorenza writes:

The Horns of the Bull are marked by El Nath and Al Hecka.  The Horns embody the pursuit, struggle, and engagement in the physical world.

El Nath, Beta Taurus, is the north horn the Bull. El Nath brings the capacity for tenacious perseverance for accomplishment, and inspires the drive to continue to persevere to achieve a breakthrough. El Nath is of worthy pursuit for our future freedom.

Al Hecka, Zeta Taurus, the south horn, is of stalemates, standoffs, and brick walls--fighting old and antiquated crusades--particularly of a religious-political nature--and blindly or automatically continuing the fight out of habitual pattern even though the original purpose behind what we were fighting for is long gone.

Alignments with the Horns ask us to discern the difference between causes of worthy pursuit verses those driven from antiquated motive. They can produce either type of experience depending on the exactness of the alignments to one horn or the other, as well as a blend of both qualities--thus the need to discern whether tenacious perseverance is required or if is time to simply let the struggle go. This is the true bullhead few degrees of Taurus, which can produce one who is driven, insistent, contentious, even forceful--for either the North Horn or South Horn theme.

Alnilam, eye of the belt, longitudinally entering the ecliptic between El Nath and Al Hecka, marks the middle ground for the theme of the horns. Alnilam is arbitrator to split or opposing forces. The theme here is one of negotiation and arbitration.

Applying this to Trump’s situation we have a President having to fight against members of the unelected “deep state” who intend to  continue the Cold War against Russia despite the USSR having disintegrated long ago. The outdated policies of NATO must now end for better relations with Russia and world peace. Trump and Putin are well placed to mend and restore a healthy relationship between USA and Russia.

Finally, let us look at Trump’s solar arc Pluto conjunct Putin’s Saturn. Pluto evokes Saturn’s capacity to apply the dogged persistence to stay focused on any difficult task. Saturn reinforces Pluto’s talent to remaining committed to an objective no matter how grueling or unsupported by others. The Sabian symbol of Putin’s radix Saturn adds some detail.

Phase 198: Two men under arrest
When individuals try to reform an established order they may be punished by that order.  For individuals the challenge is how to make their transforming vision acceptable to society. The fact that two men are under arrest suggests a polarization and a purpose transcending a mere fit of recklessness. Negative as the image may seem, one may see implied in it the power in every individual to assume social risks in order to express his convictions even if he has to face the consequences. (edited from Dane Rudhyar)

The Sabian symbol appears to depict perfectly  Trump and Putin’s dilemma. The US Deep State is working hard to ensure that Trump does not fulfill his election promise and negotiates peace with Russia. The symbol is actually asking a question…do Tump and Putin have it within them to take risks and go against the established order.... to negotiate peace (Columba-the Dove) or continue the antiquated wars (Orion and the Bull).