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DEC 03

WELCOME TO THE SUPERMOON

The Full Moon due at 15.47 hours Universal Time on Sunday December 3 2017 will arrive as a SuperMoon. This term describes either a New or Full Moon coinciding with the approximate date that the Moon is also making its closest approach to Earth. Ready yourself for a rare trilogy of SuperMoons, they are also due January 2 and 31 of 2018.

At the Moons closest approach, technically termed its perigee, it increases around 14% in apparent size and its gravitational effect similarly increases. That's why SuperMoons, a name given by astrologer Richard Nolle, are linked with monster tides and wild weather. They also have a connection to an increased incidence of earthquakes.

The March 2011 Sendai tsunami that flooded the reactors of Fukushima occurred between two SuperMoons. Four days after the first of these, an earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand claiming 185 lives and extensively damaging properties.

SuperMoons also tend to heighten emotional responses bringing tense situations to a climax. The same period Feb-March 2011 saw the rapid expansion of the Arab Spring, with the resignation of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, the beginning of the Syrian Civil War and NATO bombing and enforced regime change of Libya.

All that happened, or began, between two consecutive SuperMoons. This time we're looking at three. Weather patterns and geological shifts aside, there'll be a whole lotta shaking going on across the geopolitical landscape leading into 2018 an onward. The one to look at here would be the second in the series (January 2) as it comes within two days of the Earth's closest approach to the Sun.

THE SUPERGIANT RED STARS

The December 3 SuperMoon is a starting point and notable for multiple stellar connections. Just before it forms a Full Moon, the lunar face will occult (move across and cut off the light) the orange super giant Aldebaran This important fixed star, placed in the eye of the Bull, was one of the four royal stars (seasonal markers) of Persia. It is over 400 times as bright as our Sun, but 65 million light years away.

A day before the SuperMoon, the Sun will inch past a second of the royal stars, the red giant Antares, positioned in the heart of the Scorpion. Antares is even more massive than Aldebaran, 10,000 times brighter than our Sun and 551 light years away. Both of these super giants have acquired a military reputation down through the ages, similar to the red planet Mars.

It will be important to keep an eye on military planning and engagements from here on, as this SuperMoon comes angled in a tight semisquare to Mars and square to the lord of the seas, Neptune. Already we're witnessing Israel firing missiles into Syria, Saudi Arabia fanning the flames of war with Iran and North Korea defiantly continuing down a provocative nuclear path. Must be time for an update on the birth chart of the USA.

WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING

The USA's Secondary Progressed Sun is in a testy square to the natal Ascendant and semisquare Pluto. It's indicative of the country's President being at cross purposes with established diplomatic relations. The Sun signifies leadership and the Ascendant represents the country's global projection.

The Sun semisquaring Pluto part is akin to a power struggle. The last Sun to Pluto major progressed aspect was back when Nixon was in office during the Watergate years. I doubt that needs any further explanation.

The SuperMoon will square the USA Sun and the actual Full Moon itself is falling right across the Ascendant/Descendant axis of the USA's chart. As it does so, the Supermoon also runs mundanely square to Neptune and semisquare to Mars.

Again this puts an emphasis on international affairs – both allies and enemies. The Mars Neptune may be related to the Pacific Pivot and control of the sea lanes and channels comprising the South China Seas and Korean peninsula.

The USA's Secondary Progressed Moon is opposing its birth Mars and squaring birth Neptune. The duplication of the same planets involved would tend to create and reinforce a theme, which again may be associated with naval power or even covert military operations.

The Mars Neptune aspect is often active at mass shootings such as Charleston, Orlando or even the assassination of JFK. The Neptune factor accounts for not only the losses involved but also the political spin and conspiracy theories that often accompany such incidents.

Another way of looking at Mars Neptune is the 'sacrifice' of battle and the mythology attached. When America's most decorated war hero, Smedley Butler, wrote his classic expose 'War Is A Racket' he was ably describing the Mars Neptune archetype.

MARS PLUTO – THE OBSESSIVE WARRIOR

Pluto is transiting square to the USA's Secondary Progressed Mars. EXACT! Pluto tends to intensify whatever it touches. Pluto to Mars is a ruthless combination. You see it in the birth horoscopes of people like JFK and Muhammad Ali. They are either the agents or receivers of brutality and often both.

Mars is transiting square to the USA Pluto, which further reinforces the pattern. The renowned cosmobiologist Reinhold Ebertin described Mars Pluto as , 'putting a gun to one's head'. The combination of aggressive Mars with intense Pluto can accompany exaggerated acts of violence or war.

Now before you start thinking that World War III is about to break out, quite often we can have a convincing line up of planets and nothing major transpires. Or more correctly nothing right at that time. In fact the beginning horoscopes of WWI and WWII are evidence of this. They looked quite innocuous by themselves. It was what was happening prior in the skies that could be attributed to the eventual conflicts.

THE BIG PICTURE

Nothing happens entirely of itself – everything is relative and situations build upon themselves over a period of time. Back in April 2014 dire things were expected as an ominous Grand Cross tied in with the birth Sun of the USA. It was what was building behind the scenes that counted.

April of 2014 came on the heels of Russia reclaiming Crimea. April was the month that the USA imposed economic sanctions on Russia. Such sanctions can be a prelude to war – they are doubtlessly a form of financial warfare – and things haven't been the same since. So this could be regarded as the revival of the Cold War.

Something else took place in the April of 2014. Thomas Picketty's 'Capitalism in the 21st Century' was translated from the French into English. One month later it was topping the New York Times best seller list. That describes a nation at a grand 'crossroads', the bastion of capitalism self reflecting on the changing face of economics in a rapidly changing world.

The Grand Cross is far from finished in its social effect. Such powerful aspect patterns are a starting point. They represent the original shift in consciousness. They play out in sometimes subtle and yet with the wisdom of hindsight, in blatantly obvious ways - forever true to the planetary signatures involved.

THE DRUMS ARE BEATING

Returning to the SuperMoon. On Friday, Hawaii sounded the nuclear alarm for the first time since the Cold War. The mentality and the mood is akin to Mars reigning happily in his battle castle of Scorpio. Mars and Neptune - Mars and Pluto. This can be true of US naval outposts or activities involving the Seventh Fleet, some which I have already written about in the weekly commentaries.

The SuperMoon trilogy, just like Star Wars is about to begin. The drums are beating. Mars Neptune is even happening on an internal level with retired General Michael Flynn's (Mars) admission of lying (Neptune) to the FBI, expanding on the Trump connections involved in the Russian probe. Or the Republican tax cuts, chiefly benefiting the rich, further deepening the political divide.

Remember, this Moon cycle is a repeat of 19 years ago in keeping with the Metonic Cycle. In December 1998 President Bill Clinton ordered war planes on a bombing raid over Iraq. And many thought cynically it was to divert attention away from his looming impeachment, which duly arrived December 19, the day after the New Moon. More next week.

NOV 26

Last week on November 19 we covered Saturn in Capricorn, especially in light of the Saturn Pluto cycle re igniting by 2020 and the enormous ramifications that has produced historically. If you missed it click here for the link. Right at the end of the article I advised keeping a close watch on Egypt during this lunation cycle.

On Friday November 24 2017, gunmen attacked worshippers at the al-Rawda mosque in the North Sinai. It was Egypt's worst ever terrorist attack claiming over 300 lives with approximately another 100 injured.

The mosque was associated with the mystical practise of Sufism, common to around 15% of Egyptian Muslims. Many of the hardline Sunni sects view Sufis as heretics and they have become an ISIS target. But most unusually, ISIS hasn't claimed any responsibility for this atrocity.

There is also another much more suspicious connection with the timing of the attack. The Rafah Gateway, the sole border crossing between the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Egypt was due to be opened (it had been closed since August) the very next day. This was as a result of Egyptian sponsored peace talks between the rival factions of Hamas and Fatah. A peace deal was reached at dawn, October 11, in Cairo.

It would appear that somebody, or even state actors clearly didn't want the Rafah Gate opened. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has put that on indefinite hold. Gaza has been isolated by a blockade on both its Israeli and Egyptian borders for 11 years. This week I show why I thought Egypt would be a November hotspot and analyse the planetary patterns that affect this ancient land.

POLITICAL FORECASTING AND THE LUNATION CYCLE

A lunation cycle is the 29 ½ day period from one New Moon to the next. The current cycle began at 11.42 am Universal Time on November 18 2017. The position of the Sun was 26 degrees of Scorpio. This degree area has a special connection with critical events and people in the history of modern Egypt.

The current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was born November 19 1954 with his Sun between 26 and 27 degrees of Scorpio and square lethal Pluto at 26 of Leo.

The Luxor Massacre, taking 62 lives, took place on the morning of November 17 1997 with the Sun positioned at 25 degrees of Scorpio.

The Suez Canal opened on November 17 1869 with the Sun at 25 degrees of Scorpio. The canal was owned and operated primarily by overseas interests, begun via forced local labor and for many years Egypt had no representation on the Suez Canal Company board and saw little of its profits.

Egyptian President Gabdel Nasser eventually paid out the investors and nationalised the Suez Canal on the evening of July 26 1956 with Saturn at 26 degrees of Scorpio. Three days later Israel invaded Egypt, followed by Great Britain and France.

Egypt successfully invaded and reclaimed the Sinai from the Arab/Israeli War beginning October 6 1973 with Venus at 26 degrees of Scorpio.

On November 19 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visited Tel Aviv and became the first Arab leader to officially recognise Israel. The Sun was between 26 and 27 degrees of Scorpio.

On October 6 1981, whilst viewing a military parade to commemorate the Yom Kippur War, President Sadat was assassinated. Venus and rebellious Uranus were in conjunction between 26 and 27 degrees of Scorpio.

I think you get the picture. These are some of the things I looked in deciding the importance of the November 18 New Moon at 26 degrees of Scorpio for Egypt. And so it played out.

A FAR BIGGER MASSACRE

As terrible as the attack on the Bir al-Abed mosque is, it is dwarfed by the death toll of the Raba massacre. That began from 7 am on August 14 2013. The Egyptian army violently dispersed a six week sit in at Raba Square Cairo, protesting against the military coup that ousted their democratically elected government. Over 800 were killed with another 4,000 plus injured.

General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi – now President - sanctioned that operation. Egypt today is a far cry from the rich kingdoms of the Pharaohs in the glorious Valley of the Nile. Tightly controlled by strong-arm military rule, the country stands as a stark example of 'deep state' bureaucracy with western puppeteers pulling the financial strings.

Foreign intervention was always on the cards from 16.29 hours June 24 2012, when Mohammed Morsi was announced as the winner of Egypt's first democratic presidential election. Morsi, representing the Freedom and Justice Party was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamists had gained control.

Morsi was unable to convince the International Monetary Federation to finance government loans. Egypt's foreign reserves fell from $36 billion to $13 billion. There was a flight of foreign capital as Standard and Poors downgraded Egypt's credit rating. Morsi meanwhile was rewriting the constitution as his populace was growing restless.

One year into his presidency Morsi was given an ultimatum by his newly appointed Defence Minister General Abdul al-Sisi – resign and call new elections. By 10 am July 4 2013, an interim leader was sworn in as the General, despite public denials, prepared his presidential bid.

There was no irony or accident about the date – July 4 – and the difficulty that western diplomats had in verbalising the word 'coup'. But the Arab Spring had been sprung and it was back to business as usual. Morsi was consigned to prison.

THE SATURN FACTOR

Egyptian government has evolved over thirty year periods coincident with the Saturn cycle and its transit of Libra. This period times a stronger nationalist sentiment and fight for autonomy. It is something that I had discussed with my astro friend (now deceased) Jeff Jawer and inspired an article for his website StarIq. Using this formula Hosni Mubarak's fall from grace was forecast before it happened. It goes like this.

The founding of modern Egypt dates to the self declared Khedive, Muhammad Ali. He took command on May 17 1805 and reformed the culture, economy and military thereafter. His dynasty continued with the approval of the Ottomans and later Great Britain, surviving until 1952. It began with Saturn at 10 degrees of Libra and would end with Saturn at the same Libran degree. Meantime in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Feb 28 1922 - Egypt granted independence by Great Britain. Egyptian Kingdom recognised at 10 am March 15. Saturn at 5 degrees of Libra

July 23 1952 - Monarchy overthrown in Egyptian Military Revolution. Saturn at 10 degrees Libra.

Oct 6 1981 - President Sadat assassinated at a military parade – His deputy Hosni Mubarak becomes leader. Saturn at 13 degrees Libra.

February 11 2011 – Cairo protests ignite the Arab Spring. President Hosni Mubarak resigns. Saturn at 17 degrees of Libra.

This doesn't mean we have to wait another thirty years for presidential change. But it does suggest a stronger nationalist sentiment and therefore a leadership change in the distant future from late 2039 onward. In the interim the struggle for autonomy goes on.

For now the Egyptian Army still receive their financial package from the US, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies are onside and the western banks are re supplying Egypt. So why isn't it working better and why does Al-Sisi still need to rule with an iron fist?

These are legitimate questions. Along with why Islamic State or ISIS have not claimed responsibility for the mosque attack? They are always quick to do so through their media networks. And why the attack was timed for the day before the Gaza's Rafah Gate was due for a three day opening allowing Palestinians right of passage?

The current lunation cycle arrived coincident with the 40th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Tel Aviv. Prophetically, Sadat said to Israel's parliament, “Even if peace between all the confrontation States and Israel were achieved, in the absence of a just solution to the Palestinian problem, never will there be that durable and just peace upon which the entire world insists today."

As the cycle returns to 26 degrees of Scorpio his words ring truer than ever. The burning question being, when will they be honoured? And what role will Egypt ultimately play, with Al-Sisi due to face fresh elections no later than next May. More next week.

NOV 19

SATURN IN CAPRICORN

From December 20 2017 until December 17 2020 – minus an Aquarian stopover between March 22 and July 2 2020 – stringent Saturn will be moving through customary Capricorn. Importantly it will also be meeting up with Pluto, the reformer, on its journey. This week we check out the ramifications, past and future.

Capricorn, in a worldly sense, is the sign of conscious ambition crystallised. It represents administration within corporations and governments alike. It's the sign of the CEO. Like its symbol the mountain goat negotiating towering mountain peaks, Capricorn views life from the top down.

Saturn symbolises the responsibility of command. It is both the administrator and critical judge. Saturn brings solidarity and form through contraction and elimination. It is the planet of austerity and thrift. It also delivers the lessons of time and experience and therefore extols the traditions of the past.

Both Saturn and Capricorn, by their very nature, identify with conservatism and the status quo. Yet when an old cycle concludes and a new cycle begins, change is the inevitable consequence. What we are looking at here is change within societal structure and conception of government. The next three years are vital for this.

Saturn's last sojourn in Capricorn – active from February of 1988 until February of 1991 - coincided with the collapse of the Soviet States and Eastern Bloc of Europe. That monumental shift in global power came as Saturn also met revolutionary Uranus and dissolving Neptune, also in Capricorn.

As the Saturn Neptune cycle also signaled the Russian Revolution, astute astrologers like Andre Barbault, forecast this breakup way ahead of time. This time around, Saturn will be meeting up with reformative Pluto in its Capricorn travels, although not until January of 2020. There are rare historical correlations to this union, that are useful to examine.

SATURN AND PLUTO IN CAPRICORN THROUGH THE AGES

Saturn and Pluto met in Capricorn when the famous Assyrian King Sennacherib razed Babylon, the 'big apple' of its day. This was his solution to the 'Babylon Problem' – the ongoing resistance to Assyrian rule. Sennacherib was a military leader, with little regard for Babylonian custom and religious ritual.

This event was big news in ancient Mesopotamia, but had its repercussions. Even Assyrians were concerned at Sennacherib's destruction of Babylon's temples and blatant disregard for the city's cultural tradition. Sennacherib was later assassinated by his eldest son and his death was celebrated as divine retribution by the Babylonians.

The next conjunction of Saturn to Pluto in Capricorn proved decisive for the Roman Empire. It marked the changeover from the Hellenistic Greek rule of the Near East to Roman control. Antiouchus the Great lost his four year battle against Roman domination and signed a peace deal – the Treaty of Apamea - ceding territory all the way to the Taurus mountains of Turkey.

The next conjunction of 47 AD is recognised in Christian tradition as the beginning year of St Paul's missionary work. He travels with Barnabas to Cyprus and Galatia. Paul would not only have a pivotal effect on the development of the new religion, (and the Roman Empire) but he also broke with Peter, arguing that Gentile Christians do not have to follow Jewish law.

ENDING EMPIRES

What we are getting out of all of this is that Saturn's conjunctions with Pluto, in Capricorn, are certainly about transforming the status quo in a major manner. Saturn's next union with purgative Pluto coincided with the Ostrogoths sacking Rome in 549 AD.

But let's jump ahead a millennium for brevity at this point. It has been written that Saturn was in Capricorn for the beginning of the Reformation. Well almost, it was at at 27 degrees of Sagittarius and about to enter Cap and form another conjunction with Pluto when Martin Luther's 95 thesis reportedly first appeared on a Wittenberg church door.

That was on October 31 1517, but the results of his actions created a cataclysmic religious shift and were certainly consistent with a dramatic Reformation of the Establishment. Are the capitalistic TV evangelicals of today due for another exposure? We shall see. The temptations of money and power have certainly revealed such hypocrisy.

Reformation aside, the November 1517 to November 1520 transit of Saturn through Capricorn ranks as one of the most ground breaking of all. During these years Magellan set sail on his world round trip and Hernan Cortes began his conquest of the Aztec Empire.

Remember that I am only examining the times here that Saturn has transited Capricorn and met Pluto during its travel. The significance of this being that it happens again on January 13 2020. But we can start to read the prevailing trends well before the future conjunction. Also we will have a repeat of groundbreaking Uranus in Taurus just as in that 1517 period.

One conclusion is obvious and already showing signs of tumultuous change. The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 2020 will be very close the Sun, Jupiter Saturn and Ascendant quadruple conjunction of the House of Saud conquering Riyadh horoscope. This alone will have enormous repercussions on the financial world.

CAPRICORN BANKING AND INVESTMENT

You'd imagine that Saturn in Capricorn would have to have some connection with the banks and the financial industry, being the literal pillars of the 'system'. And you'd be on the money. The Bank of England was given Royal sanction on April 25 1694 and took subscriptions from June 15 the same year with Saturn in Capricorn.

Ninety years later, on June 9 1784, under the same alignment, the Bank of New York opened in Lower Manhattan. These two cities have been at the hub of capital enterprise for the last two centuries. That's one reason why Pluto's entry into Capricorn in 2008 correlated with the global financial meltdown?

Saturn will surely test the solidarity of the recovery strategies. And as Saturn corresponds with long term investments, such as real-estate and blue stock chips, it's the established brands that feel the effects of the transit most. Note its last transit of the late 80's and early 90's coincided with western real-estate taking a tumble.

Last time around, tycoons, like Alan Bond and Donald Trump, were courting bankruptcies. The Australian Treasurer Paul Keating, a true Capricorn, had predicted it all as the recession we had to have. After all, the Australian Federal Government was sworn in at 13.36 hours in Centennial Park, Sydney on January 1 1901, with the Sun and Saturn both in Capricorn.

Saturn in Capricorn surely warns against excessive speculation, as both err on the side of caution and crave stability and surety. Saturn entering Capricorn in 1929 was one of the big wake up calls that heralded the Great Depression and led into its depths. It also provided the overture for the Long Recession sixty years prior.

THE US ECONOMY

The USA celebrates a national birthday from July 4 1776. That means the leadership Sun, value planet Venus and entrepreneurial Jupiter are all in Cancer. When restrictive Saturn enters the opposing sign of Capricorn and simultaneously transits their second house of wealth, the US economy gets a chill.

The last time Saturn was in Capricorn, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and the economy slowed. The first invasion of Iraq took place, meaning we're heading for the Saturn return of Middle East invasions. The end result was George Bush Snr becoming a one term president, ending the Republican run since 1981.

Wrapping up on the economy. The US Federal Reserve is also a Capricorn Sun chart, as the act was signed off on by Woodrow Wilson on December 23 1913 at 18.02 hours. The Sun is right at the start of Capricorn and opposite Pluto in Cancer. It's another reason that Pluto moving into Capricorn in 2008 was bound to deliver an equities earthquake with multiple aftershocks.

This year's Capricorn Ingress chart will have the Sun and Saturn sitting right on the Sun of the Federal Reserve horoscope and squaring its Midheaven. Pluto is closing in on the Federal Reserve Descendant and moving across in December. Let's hope Donald Trump learnt something valuable from reading Chapter Eleven.

Saturn in Capricorn can be a boon for some. It's not too hard to pick up a bargain from the anxious sellers who have over extended their boundaries. And that's the great lesson really. It reminds us to play within our limits for lasting gains. Responsibility is a Saturn keyword and a natural Capricorn progression.

The last word is on this week's New Moon at 26-27 of Scorpio. It's very close to the Egyptian President General al-Sisi's birth Sun. It also is close to the degree of the opening of the Suez Canal. Lots happening between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the moment and they are two countries that figure strongly in this new lunation cycle. Check below for its relevance to your sun sign.

NOV 12

A WAR OF WESTERN CREATION

It’s hardly a state secret that the ‘war on terror’ has become a war of our own creation. It’s a convenient tool allowing energy companies to exploit the oil and gas rich Middle East. It’s morphed into a means to justify expansive military budgets while simultaneously keeping closer civilian surveillance on homeland whistleblowers and dissidents.

As the needs of a burgeoning population swells, the need to create and control compliant governments in these energy rich areas expands. That’s why we are witnessing the dubious dichotomy of elitist monarchies being armed and supported by so-called western democracies. But how long can such duplicitous foreign policies suffice?

Surprise – surprise! After reigning thousands of bombs on the humanitarian crisis that is now Yemen, a lone missile lobs over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last week. It was a call for headlines in the Saudi and western press. The solitary missile was reportedly ‘made in Iran’.

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

A series of mighty ‘coincidences’ accompanied this event. The Lebanese Prime Minster strangely flew to Saudi Arabia to announce his resignation. On Saturday evening, November 4, a coup took place in Riyadh. It wasn’t a palace coup, it was a Carlton coup. Try the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The company is based in Washington.

Holed up in this luxurious prison, some of the most influential figures in the Saudi dynasty, including the richest man in the kingdom, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Behind the coup, publicly advertised as a crackdown on corruption, is Saudi’s 32-year-old Minister for Everything, Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Mohammad’s father, King Salman symbolically rules Saudi Arabia. But he is eighty-one years of age and suffering from Alzheimer's. Normally his brother, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former head of Saudi Intelligence, would be next in the line of succession.

But strange things are happening (and will continue to) as revolutionary Uranus squares the leadership Sun, royal Jupiter and Ascendant of the Saudi Arabian January 15 1902 sunrise horoscope. These changes have been building for some time.

THE CONSTANCY OF COINCIDENCE

Prince Muqrin was demoted by King Salman back on April 29 2015. Last Sunday, just after the coup, it was reported that Prince Muqrin’s son was killed in a helicopter crash. By fate or ‘coincidence’ all possible contenders to the aging King’s throne were being systematically eliminated.

Prince Muqrin was born on September 15 1945. An activist group called the ‘September 15 Movement’ had marches planned for the same date this year to protest youth unemployment, social inequality and repression. Days prior, the protestors, some of the most influential clerics and scholars in the kingdom, were arrested.

Donald Trump is well behind the coup. A week prior, son-in-law Jared Kushner was visiting Saudi Arabia, conducting late night meetings with the equally young power behind the Saudi throne. It was Kushner’s third visit this year. His previous was at the August 21 Solar Eclipse. All that awaits now is the elderly King Salman’s abdication.

His son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, born 31 August 1985 in Jeddah, currently has the firebrand and high risk combination of aggressive Mars progressed to square rebellious Uranus. It's not going away in a hurry and will be even more active in mid February and mid May of 2018.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY AND THE ARMS

At the heart if this is a carve up of the kingdom’s wealth with the eventual privatization of national assets. Already $100 billion dollars of frozen funds awaits the government’s coffers if alleged corruption claims are carried through.

At 13.24 hours on May 20 2017 King Salman, whose Tweets average a wider readership Donald Trump welcomed the US President to the Arab Summit at Riyadh. The horoscope of the moment could not have been more revealing. Mars in the Mercury ruled sign of Gemini was directly above Riyadh and at the Midheaven.

Mars and the Midheaven of the moment were joined to the USA’s July 4 1776 Gemini birth Mars. They were also joined to Donald Trump’s Gemini Sun. Later that day at 17.13 hours King Salman and Donald Trump signed off on the biggest arms deal in history. Trump, a constant critic of Iran, then urged the Gulf monarchies to unite against their Shi’ite neighbour.

DEMONISING THE ENEMY

The west have never forgiven Iran for their Islamic Revolution and the overthrow of the Shah. He had been a loyal servant when the CIA and M15 conspired to remove the Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, on August 19 1953. Mossadegh was forever consigned to house arrest for nationalizing his country's oil industry.

The 2017 Great American Eclipse of 2017, occurring on August 21 has reignited the Sun’s late Leo degree position of the overthrow of Mosaddegh. And the recent ‘biggest ever arms deal’ was signed at the Arab Summit held across May 20-22, with the Sun in an approaching square to the same August eclipse degree.

The 1979 Islamic Revolution again nationalized Iran’s oil industry. Since then Iran has proved one of the few Middle Eastern countries to successfully resist western political domination. On February 17 2008 they went one step further, creating the Iranian Oil Bourse.

The Iranian Oil Bourse is situated on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf and is an oil and petrochemicals exchange which trades in all currencies – except the US dollar. It offers a challenge to the hegemony of the US dollar (and the Saudi created ‘petrodollar’) as a global currency.

When Iran signaled the intention to launch the exchange via the Internet, underwater cables were mysteriously cut. For the last half century, the US dollar has been the global reserve currency. Oil dependent nations are forced to trade in and reinforce its strength.

PLUTO AND THE DOLLAR

Previous leaders that have bypassed the US dollar to trade oil are Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is the other. The remarkable coincidences here are all of military interventions. If the dollar is weakened, via fewer countries trading, it will force the US to raise interest rates to make it more attractive to investors but also increasing living costs and blowing out the budget.

Note Iran began their oil bourse in 2008, coincident with Pluto moving into Capricorn for the year of the global meltdown. Pluto, promising a transformation of the world's financial system, has yet to complete its cycle through this sign. It will hit the Saudi’s Sun in 2020 and by 2022 the US Pluto return will be underway.

Meantime, the planetary pattern of Saudi militancy and Trump’s impatience to scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal, seems tied to the original May 20 Riyadh Summit, the August 21 American eclipse (reviving the Sun position of the Mossadegh overthrow) and the upcoming Solar eclipse of February 16 2018 – occurring on the Sun position of the Iranian Oil Bourse.

The combination of those dates exhibits a strong emphasis of the Sun occupying the late degrees of a fixed sign. It’s heading that way now, making the period around November 20th and 21st also an important developmental window to watch. But whatever unfolds, you’re probably not going to read too much about the US dollar or the Iranian Oil Bourse from western media outlets.

November 5

LOCATION LOCATION

This morning, Sunday 4, Donald Trump will touch down in Japan. It is the first port of call on an Asian trip that will also take in South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. As the US aims to strengthen its influence and ties in the Pacific, the visit may be his most important undertaking yet.

Whenever you travel a significant distance, you also change the dynamics of your birth horoscope. You strengthen certain planets and lessen the influence of others. That’s one reason why you can totally resonate with some areas and others can be like having a holiday in hell. Location really makes a difference.

A planets potential is dramatically increased when it is rising, setting, culminating or at the base of your chart. And at the precise moment of your birth each of the planets were doing that at some location on the earth’s surface. It’s why some people find success by following their fate lines – literally.

The President of the USA is taken to be the most powerful position on the planet. The planetary lines of whoever occupies that office are going to tell us a lot about what impact they will make on the world and just as importantly – where and when. A study of past presidents shows how.

ROOSEVELT AND THE PANAMA PLAN

Theodore Roosevelt became President unexpectedly, at 3 pm on September 14 1901 in Buffalo. The sudden inauguration took place at the home of his close friend Ansley Wilcox, following the assassination of William McKinley. Roosevelt, born October 27 1858 @ 19.45 hours in New York, had the king planet Jupiter rising precisely through Buffalo at birth.

McKinley was not so fortunate. His Secondary Progressed Mars (the planet of guns and aggression) was rising within the proximity of Buffalo when, and where, he was shot. One man’s misfortune was another’s opportunity. Roosevelt is one of four Presidents carved into the rock face of Mt Rushmore.

Roosevelt was known for his macho image, hunting and military exploits. His Jupiter adjoined the US birth Mars. He was not averse to using force to advance US interests – most notably on one of his pet projects, the Panama Canal. It’s history now that when the Colombian Senate rejected the US proposal, Washington organized an uprising.

The planet of revolution is Uranus. Roosevelt’s Uranus ran right through the Panama Canal. Money was funneled to fund rebel forces under the leadership of a major investor, Philippe Bunau-Varilla. When the Colombian government moved to quell insurrection, US troops also moved in to ‘protect American interests’.

The end result was that the USA assumed sovereignty over the Panama Canal and Roosevelt boasted, “I took Panama”. Roosevelt’s Uranus (which was also angled powerfully to his Mars) had strongly impacted on the Panamanian independence movement, precisely at that location.

TRUMAN – ATOMIC BOMB AND KOREAN WAR

Harry S Truman was another who was sworn in suddenly due to the death of Franklin D Roosevelt. Truman’s unexpected inauguration took place at 7 pm April 12 1945, after he was hastily called to the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt had earlier informed him of her husband’s passing.

The story goes that Truman immediately asked the former first lady if there was anything he could do for her. Eleanor’s reply was: "Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now." The US and Japan were still locked into battle in the final stages of WWII.

Truman was born at 4 pm on May 8 1894 in Lamar, Missouri. At that time Pluto, the planet of death and destruction, was rising through the Korean peninsula and close to Nagasaki. Truman was faced with unleashing the most terrifying weapon ever used in war – the atomic bomb.

Hiroshima was the first target and three days later on August 9, Nagasaki became the second and last city to experience the holocaust. There is more to this. When the first atom bomb exploded in the deserts of New Mexico, Pluto was setting across Japan.

As for Truman, he couldn’t escape the Pluto. Not only was it rising through North and South Korea at his birth, but it was also placed at the nadir of the chart in North and South Korea at his sudden swearing in. Truman sent American troops into the equally destructive Korean War on June 27 1950, two days after the outbreak of hostilities.

VIETNAM AND THE MOVE TO ASIA

There are many other examples. LBJ was born with his Pluto line on the nadir over Hanoi. The Vietnam War undermined his presidency and led to Johnson declining to re nominate. The following President, Richard Nixon, (January 9 1913 @ 21.35 hours in Whittier CA) was born with foggy and deceptive Neptune, at the nadir over Vietnam.

Nixon fought what was ultimately a losing battle. Well before his resignation he had ordered a troop withdrawal. Neptune was also at the Midheaven over Washington at Nixon’s birth. The sea king eroded Nixon’s authority and public office (Midheaven) via the deception of Watergate.

One lasting legacy of Nixon’s tenure was the establishment of diplomatic relations with China. The planet of longevity, Saturn, was rising over Beijing at Nixon’s birth. In his natal chart Saturn falls in his ninth house of distant lands and exotic cultures.

As a Capricorn, Saturn was an important planet for Nixon and the China trip was conceived at his second Saturn return. Nixon met Mao Zedong at his Jupiter and Saturn returns. The transit of Saturn was moving over Nixon's relocated Ascendant in China when he touched down on February 21 1972.

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BUSH - NEW YORK AND AFGHANISTAN

George W Bush is another whose astro-geography matched his presidency. Here, the destructive Pluto was rising in New York at his birth. While he didn’t organize 911 – unless you believe the conspiracy theories – the carnage certainly defined his ‘watch’.

George W’s war planet Mars was at its highest point – the Midheaven – over Afghanistan, when he was born on July 6 1946 at 07.26 hours in New Haven, Connecticut. On September 11 2001 Bush’s Secondary Progressed Sun had advanced to the Midheaven above Afghanistan.

TRUMP AND THE ASIAN PIVOT

So as Donald Trump heads to Asia there are some vital clues his astromap can offer. And for my regular readers, apologies if you’ve read some of this before but its important to repeat at this point in time. The standout for Trump is his aggressive Mars setting right on Pyongyang, the home of his nemesis, North Korean leader, Kim Jong un.

If the planet is setting then it denotes a rivalry as the setting point delivers a seventh house, signaling the influence of others. Mars here is an extremely competitive placement. To further explain, Trump was born with the same planet rising above Washington. This sums up his military appointments and under his watch, connects Washington militarily, to the Korean peninsula.

As an aside to Mars setting in Pyongyang, his Mars is rising in Washington. That also describes the battles that the President fights with Congress and how he projects his agitation globally from the White House. Back to Korea and Trump’s Secondary Progressed Sun is also setting here, right across the 38th parallel.

Trump’s Progressed Sun is indicating the strong focus on the relationship with Korea and South Korea in particular. But either way there seems to be this weaponry connection via his birth Mars also setting across the peninsula. These placements also accurately describe Trump’s impulsive and unprecedented threats to destroy North Korea.

His Pluto, recall this is also potent on the destructive side, was setting just inside the North Korean/China border. Any plan to destabilize North Korea to the point of regime collapse would certainly have serious repercussions for China, the economic rival of the USA.

TIMING THE PROGRESSIONS

The timing of his trip for November 2017 places Trump’s secondary progressed Moon and Mercury, the planet of commerce, negotiation and information both setting near Beijing. This smacks of trade talks – a need for discussion, dialogue, contracts or treaties.

It is hard to see this visit being anything other than a more public display of the Asian pivot, initiated by the Obama administration and advanced by Trump’s accent on further funding the military. Mars and Pluto are his predominate birth planets in the Asian Pacific. Can he keep them under control?

The fact that they are setting gives that seventh house functioning via ‘allies and enemies’. His Mars line running right through Taipei, Taiwan, his Pluto close by Hong Kong are all potentially inflammatory. His Sun at the nadir across Tokyo and his Moon at the Midheaven gives a strong Japanese union.

At the heart of this is the battle for economic control as the financial flow moves from west to east. Old habits die hard. Many countries are caught between trading partners and military allegiances. What we do know is that astromapping works. And in a world of fake news it helps in keeping one step ahead of the war hawks and political spin.

October 29

JUPITER ADJUDICATES

When the leadership Sun and Jupiter meet up in the heavens its not simply about opportunity and growth. Jupiter is also related to high courts and the effect of legal judgements on leadership.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull found that out, right on time. The High Court disqualified his Deputy, Barnaby Joyce, right on the Sun Jupiter conjunction. Simultaneously, across the wide Pacific, the first results of Robert Mueller's 2016 election investigation finally dawned. We've only just begun.

JUPITER AND THE JUDICIARY

On Friday, October 27 2017, special prosecutor Robert Mueller filed the first charges of his investigation into Russian meddling to assist Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller took over the investigation after Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, back on May 9.

Trump gave conflicting accounts of the sacking, finally confessing that he was unhappy that Comey hadn't publicly cleared him of Russian collusion. Since then evidence has surfaced that Donald Jnr, had indeed convened a meeting with Russian collaboratives in the hope of digging dirt on his father's Democrat opponent.

This came after the President was forced to sack his national security advisor, Mike Flynn, for misleading information regarding Russian correspondence. And not before Trump had fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, after she had informed him that Flynn was a security risk.

WATERGATE TWO?

The multiple sackings, and Trump's constant denials, contrary to intelligence findings, bring to mind the Saturday Night Massacre of Richard Nixon. Parallels are growing between Nixon's Watergate cover up and the Trump's campaign's potential obfuscation.

Both involved illegal break ins and stolen information from political opponents. Nixon's was a physical break into the Democrat headquarters at Watergate. Trump's allegedly involves cybercrime - computer hacking and email thefts connected to Russian operatives.

There are also astrological parallels to both. The Watergate break in was discovered at 01.55 am June 17 1972 and the burglars arrested at 2:30 a.m, while setting up surveillance bugs in the Democratic National Committee offices. Trump's campaign was launched at 11.21 am on June 16 2016.

The Sun's in the horoscopes of the Watergate break in and Trump's campaign are conjunct to within a degree. Trump's original campaign manager was Roger Stone, the self proclaimed 'Dirty Trickster', who remains proud of his involvement with Nixon and Watergate to this day.

THE SUN JUPITER CYCLE OF JUSTICE

The first trial for the Watergate burglary began on January 8 1973 with the Sun closing on a conjunction with Jupiter. All five arrested pleaded guilty as charged. The Sun Jupiter cycle officially began on January 10, virtually timing the beginning of case.

The first charges of the Mueller investigation were also lodged as the Sun and Jupiter came together, initiating a fresh Sun Jupiter cycle which began 24 hours previous. The relevance of Jupiter here is that it represents judicial matters, jurisprudence and justice – all derivatives from the king planet's name.

The synodic Sun Jupiter cycle begins with the heavenly union of the two and advances toward their opposition, before eventually returning to start anew. It's much in the same way that a New Moon leads to a Full Moon and back to a New Moon. Factored in, like the First and Last Quarter Moons, are the Sun and Jupiter squares.

Using Watergate as the historical example, approximately two weeks after the first square the televised hearings of Watergate began. As the Sun and Jupiter moved toward opposition, when the giant planet shines brightest in the night skies, President Nixon refused to hand over vital tape recordings to the Senate Watergate Committee.

His refusal came July 23 1973 and the opposition (in orb of aspect), perfected by July 30. The opposition ultimately has a a revelatory effect and Nixon's reticence to submit incriminating evidence surely suggested he had something sinister to hide. Later findings would reveal the tapes had been partly erased.

SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE

The Sun Jupiter cycle reached its closing square on November 27 1973. The closing square often acts as the climax following the revelation of the opposition. Events by then are in free fall, like a wave reaching its maximum amplitude before crashing back down. On the night of October 23, Nixon carried out his infamous Saturday Night Massacre.

Nixon's carnage began by demanding the Attorney General sack the Watergate prosecutor. When his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General both resigned over this order, Nixon appointed a third who abolished the office of the special prosecutor. Nixon's repressive move set in motion impeachment proceedings.

Nixon fought on, into the next Sun Jupiter cycle. This one would prove decisive. By the opposition point on September 6 1974 Nixon was no longer in office. Instead, the opposition coincided with a presidential pardon, issued by his successor Gerald Ford on September 8 1974. The controversial pardon also sealed Ford's fate and he was beaten at the subsequent election.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

The current Sun Jupiter cycle began early afternoon Washington time on October 26 2017. The following day Robert Mueller's first charges were lodged. If we are to use the same cycle as a gauge of future timings then we can expect significant developments to accompany the first square of February 10 and the opposition point of May 8 2018.

How might that play out. Well it must be remembered that Nixon won the 1972 election in a landslide and the popular vote by 18 million votes or 61% of the voting public. He took 520 of the Electoral College votes. And it was his second term. That's why impeaching him took so long.

Trump lost the popular vote by 3 miilion and won via the Electoral College. He has hardly even broken 40% approval in his honeymoon year. So unless he is able to turn those figures around it will be a lot easier for his own Republican Party to remove him if enough evidence of collusion surfaces in Mueller's investigation.

That's why the first quarter of 2018 becomes so important. Not only does it represent the opposition point of the Sun Jupiter cycle and point to greater revelations coming forth. But also it locks in with other cycles prevalent in the birth horoscope of the USA.

The Sun Jupiter cycle is but one and must be analysed in the context of what it represents, which is why I have used the Nixon example when examining a leader (the Sun) and a legal process (Jupiter). There are other factors that help pinpoint time windows in the current situation. The erosion of office and clandestine activities can be also connected to Neptune and its effect on the national horoscope.

I have already written on the obfuscation and gaslighting concerning the presidency of the USA. It is revealed by the recurring transit of Neptune across the progressing US birth Sun. The Neptune transit also squares the Sagittarius Ascendant of the Sibly July 4 1776 17.10 hours Philadelphia horoscope, creating a cloud of confusion over international relations.

Neptune also shows strong activity in the February March period of 2018. So it's here that both cycles coincide. And that's the kind of overlap that is useful when timing the potential of future events. More on forecasting with this kind of cycle work in subsequent columns.

TURNBULL'S TURMOIL

On Friday October 27, at 14.15 hours, the Australian High Court ruled five parliamentary members ineligible under the citizenship laws of the Australian Constitution. Included was the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who had refused calls to step down until the matter was resolved. Now he has no choice.

The landmark ruling effectively left the nation with a hung parliament and forced an about face from Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who confidently predicted that the courts would rule in his favour. This is something I wrote about in the September Journal of the Federation of Australian Astrologers.

Turnbull's turmoil could be accurately forecast by examining the horoscope of his swearing in chart. I am reproducing the analysis below in the quotation marks. It gets a little technical but will be useful for any astrologers to note how precise astrology can be with these matters.

"Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia's Prime Minister, right on schedule, at 9 am July 19 2016 in Canberra. The horoscope of that moment should show the potential of his tenure henceforth, and timings, using standard astrological techniques of Solar Arc Directions, Secondary Progressions and Transits in relation to the swearing in chart should pick the dates.

The horoscope itself reveals the inherent prospectives. The mundane significators of the leader are the Sun and the Midheaven. These are examined in light of the aspects they are casting and/or receiving. The closest aspects will trigger first so time for some technicalities.

The Midheaven is 12GEM45 is and squared by the 'eclipsing nodal axis of 13VIR37 and obfuscating Neptune 11PIS43. Saturn positioned at 10SAG17 opposes the Midheaven. On August 13 2017, transiting Mercury would station retro at 11VIRG38, opposing Neptune and activating this entire pattern. Although the transit acts to trigger, the bigger picture is contained in the Solar Arc.

As the Nodes and the Neptune appear closely squared – just over one degree – we can anticipate by rule of thumb (one degree equals a year) that Turnbull is going to have some sort of Neptunian mix-up, mystery or confusion, which could potentially cloud or eclipse (Nodal Axis) his authority. And it will manifest roughly a year into his term, judging from the Midheaven aspects alone.

The 26CAN 43 Sun is positioned in semisquare to the Nodes and in exact sesquisquare (no orb) to Neptune. This exactness means that both bodies (Sun + Neptune) will receive aspects simultaneously. The Sun is also sesquisquare Saturn and at the focal point of a quadriform aspect pattern with the Saturn and Neptune.

The Sun squares the Midheaven by just over one degree, confirming the earlier timing estimate. The Sun is also separating from a semisquare from Uranus. At this point it is stating the obvious that overall this is a volatile swearing in horoscope that will deliver its promise of radical change sometime from August of 2017 based on the aspects below perfecting.

SP Moon sesquisquare Rx Node August 14
SA Neptune square Rx Midheaven August 19
SA Sun semisquare Rx Midheaven August 21
Tr Neptune square Rx Midheaven September 8
Tr Jupiter square Rx Sun September 25
Tr Uranus square Rx Sun November 15.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

The way it played out was Neptunian typical ambiguity. At 10.03 am on August 14, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, announced he held a New Zealand citizenship. Under the Article 44 of the Australian Constitution dual citizenship disqualifies one from holding parliamentary office. Joyce was in limbo. He was one of many now awaiting a High Court ruling.

As for Turnbull's swearing in horoscope, the transit of Neptune obscures the Midheaven through until February next year, unstable Uranus will square the Sun from October through to March and Solar Arc Saturn is heading to sesquisquare the Sun by January. Constitutional crisis or not the road is rocky and it shows that you don't necessarily need a leader's natal details when a timed swearing in chart is available."

Note too how well the ruling correlated with the two national horoscopes for Australia.


Oct 22

URANUS TURNING THE TABLES

The current New Moon cycle began opposite rebellious Uranus and is emphasizing insurrection and uncertainty around leaders and leadership. Donald Trump, born with his Sun combined with Uranus, is feeling the adverse effects of the Uranus reversal. And it's stemming from his own party.

The critiques began with Senator John McCain claiming that the US had abrogated international leadership in favour of a 'half baked spurious nationalism.' McCain, a decorated serviceman and prisoner of war was earlier ridiculed by Trump, who during his campaign claimed he preferred war heroes who don't get captured.

McCain let loose“...to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty...for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history."

Come Thursday it was former Republican President George W Bush's turn claiming, “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

He echoed McCain's thoughts, “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism — forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade — forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”

In a clear rebuke to the divisive national tone set by Trump, Bush added that, “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry and compromises the moral education of children.” A third critique came Thursday evening via the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

THE ENEMY WITHIN

In my weekly update of March 26 this year, archived by clicking this link and scrolling down to Chalk and Cheese, I analysed the relationship between Ryan and Trump astrologically. It concluded that the eventual removal of Trump may be an essential for Ryan in preserving his own political career.

If there was any further proof of the House Speaker building the bonfire under his President, they came as he addressed the 72nd annual Al Smith dinner in New York.

While it is standard to roast political opponents, the House Speaker, aimed most of his zingers at the Republican President instead. He systematically dismantled Trump, category by category.

Ego - “Cardinal Dolan gave a benediction at President Trump’s inaugural. There was just this one kind of awkward moment when the cardinal talked about the infallible, enlightened supreme being. The president stood up and took a bow.”

Disrespect - “I know last year that Donald Trump offended some people. I know his comments, according to critics, went too far. Some said it was unbecoming of a public figure, and they said that his comments were offensive. Well, thank God he’s learned his lesson.”

Draining the Swamp - "I don't think I've seen this many New York liberals, this many Wall Street CEOs in one room since my last visit to the White House."

Instability - “The press absolutely misunderstands and never records the big accomplishments of the White House ... Look at all the new jobs the president has created — just among the White House staff."

On Trump allegedly being called a moron by his own Secretary of State - “A Hollywood Republican. That is an oxymoron. Which is clearly the word that Rex Tillerson was searching for.”

Russian election probe - “Given the current investigation, I too can see Russia from the White House”.

Hyperbole - “The president will tweet 300,000 at Al Smith dinner cheer mention of my name,”

Trump's Tweets - “Every morning, I wake up in my office and I scroll Twitter to see which tweets that I’ll have to pretend that I did not see later on.”

Ryan gleefully took his opportunity to use the guise of humour to say what the majority are thinking of their Commander in Chief. The criticisms arrived in a week where Trump is embroiled in further controversy over his comments regarding Americans killed in the service of their country.

JUDGEMENTAL SATURN

The critics come as Saturn, the establishment planet, completes its year long opposition to Trump's Gemini Sun. The last vestiges of the opposition, which has been more focused from July this year, represents the climax and culmination of its purpose.

Saturn is the planet most aligned to responsibility, maturity and an ability to work within frameworks and limitations. The ringed planet represents organisation and administration. It relates to the lessons of experience, self discipline and the assumption of senior positions.

Saturn is the preserver of traditions and the planet of karmic judgement. It's not unusual that Trump would field the same from senior Republicans, although Ryan represents a direct opponent.

The height of Saturn's opposition came when it moved from retrograde to direction motion, coincident with the August 21 Solar Eclipse. This came in the wake of the Charlottesville riots, when the reality of Trump's philosophies hit home and his approval rating reached its lowest ebb.

What followed were natural disasters, starting in Texas and moving to Puerto Rico, where Trump's insensitive comments on the island's debt and death toll comparison with Hurricane Katrina went down like a lead balloon.

THE ART OF DIVISION

In between was sandwiched an inflammatory address to the United Nations, portraying Trump, along with Kim Jong un, as the man most likely to initiate World War III.

If Saturn was about restraint and responsibility in positions of seniority, then the clear 'reality' was that the President was flunking the test. As if he needed further negative publicity, it came uninvited through the back door, via the actions of Harvey Weinstein.

The publicity of the Hollywood producer, Weinstein, as a sexual predator, conjured memories of Trump's Hollywood Access recording. The Weinstein story broke practically on the first anniversary of the release of Trump's damning conversation that he casually dismissed as locker room talk.

Only the timely release of a trove of Democrat emails, within an hour of the Hollywood Access tapes, deflected the impact of an event with the potential to disqualify him from the presidential race.

THE PLUTO PATTERN

There is a clear astrological theme that runs through Trump's demeaning remarks of women, the exposure of that conversation with Billy Bush and the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

On September 16 2005 when Trump was recorded saying, "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything... grab them by the pussy" the male Sun was in square to Pluto. Think symbolically – Pluto's rape of Persephone, or as the Romans would have it – Proserpina.

On October 7 2016 as Trump's remarks were made public, with the video by the Washington Post, the Sun was in exact square to Pluto. And on October 5 2017, as the Harvey Weinstein accusations surfaced the Sun was back in the same degrees and squaring Pluto.

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October, and the last vestiges of Saturn in opposition to his birth Sun, has been a difficult month for the President. Fellow Republicans are beginning to distance themselves. If Trump is to be removed through official channels it has to be via accumulated evidence and effort.

One reason that he seemed immune to prior challenges sailing through controversies that would have derailed other candidates, was that his horoscope was not showing negativity at the time. But times have changed - and with it, the planets.

Trump's predictable reaction is to leap onto Twitter and change and control the narrative, often on the advice of Roger Stone or Steve Bannon. The latest red herring is to release the files of the 1963 Kennedy assassination. Anything to deflect from his own responsibilities. It won't wash over time.

There's more to come late this year. And as I have mentioned in prior columns, especially around March and through to May 2018. That is a critical time. We are witnessing an enigma with the big question being - how much longer can it last?

Wrapping up, one month ago I was asked on Facebook about Jacinda Ardern's chances in the New Zealand national election of September 23. My reply was that victory wouldn't happen immediately (on election night) but to have faith in her chances. Multiple Jupiter aspects were swinging her way - given time. And they will only get better.

On election night the sitting Prime Minister, Bill English, polled ten seats ahead of Jacinda, who nevertheless improved her parties previous performance. Last week Jacinda, at only 37, became the New Zealand Prime Minister through the support of the NZ First Party. It's been a meteoric rise and her best is yet to come.

October 15

JUPITER IN SCORPIO – GODS OR MONSTERS

When Howard Carter peered incredulously into the time capsule of Tutankhamen's tomb, death and life met as one. Three thousand years plus met in an eye blink. And from the artifacts of that ancient burial site we learnt much about humankind's deepest fears and greatest hopes. It's the sort of thing that happens when exploratory Jupiter penetrates the depths of Scorpio.

Jupiter in Scorpio will give new meaning, to once taboo subjects, as faith and understanding will grow out of superstition and fear. And we can all learn, like Carter, that it only takes an eye blink, just one single moment to change a life for eternity. Even death will yield its secrets -Andrew Stimpson, became first person to have been 'cured' of AIDS - the last time beneficial Jupiter transited transformative Scorpio.

Scorpio works at the subterranean level of survival, like a childhood fear of the dark. Jupiter, the planetary guru, reminds that whilst there is a certain wisdom in treating the unknown with respectful caution, only by shining a torch into our own abyss do we tap into and master our greater potential. Having Jupiter, expand our awareness beyond trepidation, spells the difference between the entrapment of sailing off the end of the world toward the confidence to circumnavigate it.

Yet nothing great comes easy. Fear, whether baseless or not, is a real thing. Moving beyond its limitations can be a scary journey. Courage is an essential part of the antidote. It has to be faced directly before it dissolves. Those born with Jupiter in Scorpio seem to make that confrontation part of their life's work.

TOTEM AND TABOO

Horror writer Stephen King is one, selling over 100 million books dealing with the supernatural - Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Pet Cemetery and the Dark Tower series. Alfred Hitchcock, the acknowledged master of film suspense, was another who utilised the fear factor in a string of mystery thrillers, culminating in the cult classic Psycho.

Jupiter in Scorpio's black humour was evidenced via Vincent Price, playing a collage of macabre characters ranging from undertakers to mad doctors. Then there was the poltergeist power of Linda Blair star of 'The Exorcist'. All intensely Scorpionic - conjuring our deepest anxieties, sucking us into the psychological black hole of vulnerability.

Jupiter in Scorpio wasn’t limited to celluloid psychos. Serial killer Ted Bundy, made the darkness of death a reality. Mass murderer Charles Manson was another caught in the base chakra of a Jupiter in Scorpio placement. One who varied between both worlds was the eccentric occultist Aliester Crowley.

Displaying a developed sense of Jupiterian humor, Crowley immodestly claimed to be the Devil incarnate, imbedding the numbers 666 across his forehead. But true to the spiritual mentor side of Jupiter, he rose to prominence as a leading esoteric teacher. Crowley was at one time head of the Golden Dawn, a gathering of occultists drawn from the European glitterati.

Like Crowley, the ‘guru’ quality of Jupiter, placed in hypnotic Scorpio, has the potential to produce magnetic cult leaders. Metaphysician Ron L. Hubbard was one. Hubbard’s seminal work ‘Dianetics’ became the ‘bible’ of the Scientology Church. His reprogramming became a worldwide fad. Deepak Chopra is another of the newage gurus assisted by a Jupiter in Scorpio placement.

ARTIFICIAL LIFE

With Jupiter transiting Scorpio, a young Mary Shelley conceived the idea of an artificial human and the legend of Frankenstein was born. By 1934, again with Jupiter in Scorpio, organs were kept alive outside the body for the first time, which led to Barney Clark being the first human to live on an artificial heart in 1982, again with Jupiter in Scorpio. Death, the greatest limitation of them all, was showing its vulnerability.

The last time Jupiter moved through Scorpio, French surgeons gave the first human face transplant to Isabelle Dinoire. Scientists declared that they had created mice with small amounts of human brain cells as they researched new models for combating neurological disorders.

One who was many years ahead was Jules Verne, the greatest science fiction writer of all. He stretched imagination to its farthest limits, with his prophetic writings of submarines, space travel, and time machines. Verne wasn't limited by the anxiety of sailing off the edge of the world. Quite the opposite. As Jupiter re-enters this domain we witness the beginnings of colonising Scorpio's traditional ruler – Mars.

GLOBAL TRENDS & NATIONAL HOROSCOPES

The First, Fourth and Fifth Republics of France were all formed with Jupiter in Scorpio. It's a placement that has a recurring effect on the nation's history and may see important legislative changes before the year is out. National breakaway movements are a global theme as the largest independence movements of the 20th century, the partition of India and Pakistan took place with Jupiter in Scorpio.

As Donald Trump isolates the US by dismantling agreements like the North American Free Trade, it's linking in with a Jupiter in Scorpio past cycle of November 1993, when NAFTA passed the legislative houses of the USA, Canada and Mexico. The same cycle saw the beginning of the first Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and dates back to when Nixon dismantled the Bretton-Woods agreement of WWII, by removing the US dollar from the gold standard.

Jupiter had just entered Scorpio back in December of 1898 when the Treaty of Paris ceded the former Spanish colonies of the Philippines, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rica to the United States. The focus is now on these locations and their US relationship, as Jupiter revisits old territories.

The importance of achieving a Middle East peace deal between Israel and Palestine increases in significance as Jupiter returns to the sign it occupied when international airliners were simultaneously hijacked and burnt at Dawson's field by Black September movement of 1970, something the press kept silent on following 911.

Jupiter was also in Scorpio during Israel's Sabra and Shatia massacres of 1982, or when Hamas was elected to government and the last Israel war with Lebanon took place in 2006 under the same auspices. In Scorpio, Jupiter eventually opposes the Israeli Sun, which may also have legal ramifications for its Prime Minister, or the ICC.

Jupiter was in Scorpio last for North Korea's April 2006 ballistic missile tests and its first nuclear bomb detonation of September 9 2006, as these issues are revisited. It was also here back in 1947, when Harry Truman signed the US National Security Act, creating the Dept of Defense, NSA, CIA, and Joint Chiefs of Staff, all of which may feature in expanded activities upon Jupiter's return.

Wikileaks was formed, and its founder Julian Assange born, with Jupiter under the sign of the dirt digging Scorpion. Judicial Jupiter may also have ramifications here and should at least bring Assange, his embassy rendezvous and political organisation increasingly into the news during its transit.

Much of the crucial action will take place from the first quarter of 2018 as Jupiter moves into the closing balsamic phase of its 20 year cycle with Saturn, begun back in the year 2000. Without going into further detail I have recently written extensively on this cycle and its relevance which can be accessed via this link - the political astrology page.

During the balsamic phase it will also move retrograde in March, concentrating its influence and not revisiting the retrograde degrees until September. Some of these situations will play out over that six month duration.

Two prominent US politicians with their Jupiter in Scorpio are Mike Pence and Paul Ryan. As for Donald Trump - his Jupiter return began December 2016 just after his victory and at the time of his Electoral College confirmation. It ended this past August with Charlottesville.

October 8

HOW MANY MORE TIMES

This week's column follows in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the recent history of the USA. It occurred between 22.05 and 22.15 hours October 1 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. That's when Stephen Paddock made himself even more infamous than father Patrick, one of the FBI's ten most wanted between 1969 and 1977.

Coincidentally, Paddock's birthday, April 9 1953 at 11.05 am in Clinton, Iowa, matches the calendar formation date of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) of April 9 2013. They have claimed responsibility for the attack but there is scant evidence for his conversion to their ideology.

If Stephen Paddock had been an Islamic radical, like Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub killer, whose massacre record he surpassed, outrage would have been even greater. There would be more than the paralytic parroting of prayers and wishes. Followed by the obligatory encore of this isn't the time to talk about guns.

Paddock was another angry white man with a gun. Or an arsenal of 47. It's not only the financial one per centers who own the country. Three percent own half of its guns. And the USA, representing just under 5% of the global population, own almost half its guns. Paddock was able to purchase 33 of them since last October – enough to arm a small militia. Here's his Astromap progressed to October 1 2017

Paddock was a passionate believer in the Second Amendment. It's the primary reason America stands alone, in the civilised world, with a reluctance to implement responsible gun laws that would limit the untold damage they inflict on its people. Mass killings are a unique social contagion.

The legend of the gun was spawned by the War of Independence and took firm roots with the settlement of the Wild West. Today, the Second Amendment is defended by an argument that an armed populace can displace a government, who happen to have the world's greatest military and a nuclear arsenal at their disposal.

But it's when you go digging into the USA horoscope and combine it with the Second Amendment that the cultural correspondence of gun worship becomes ominously clear.

THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE GUN

The mythology of the gun is embedded in the USA birth chart of July 4 1776. Military Mars in duplicitous Gemini is in a testing square to imaginary Neptune in Virgo. Virgo's rationale for carefully measured critique is obscured by the presence of illusory Neptune. The planet of believing what one wants to believe embodies invisible addiction.

The US chart acts as a blueprint for this dependence and is a perfect example of the fog of war. George W didn't have to go to Iraq searching for imaginary weapons of mass destruction. The real ones were in his own backyard.

If you compare charts of famous killers with the birth chart of the USA, the heavens mirror the reality and the Mars connection is outstanding.

Chris Kyle - American sniper with 150 victims, killed by one of his own, a crazy white man with a gun - Kyle's one – Mars and South Node conjunct USA Mars.
Mark Chapman – John Lennon assassin – Mars conjunct USA Mars.
David Berkowitz – Son of Sam - terrorised New Yorkers for over a year on his killing spree, leaving mysterious letters behind. Mars and Mercury conjunct USA Mars.
Ayman al-Zawahiri – Current leader of Al-Qaeda – Sun, Mercury, Mars conjunct USA Mars.

When it comes to Hollywood, remember a Terminator named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mars and Uranus conjunct USA Mars. Or the macabre 'cold dead hands' of the real life NRA spokesman Charlton Heston. His Mars at 21 degrees of Virgo was square the USA Mars and conjunct the USA Neptune – perfect for spin.

So where was Stephen Paddock's Secondary Progressed Sun on October 01 2017? Between 21 and 22 of Gemini – or precisely on the USA's Mars. And it's here where we come to the Second Amendment chart. Surely that must bear a relation to all of this. It can hardly be more obvious.



The Amendment's Mars sits right at the USA's Neptune, which not only reinforces the mythology of the musket, but also explains all the obfuscation around the laws implementation and the sacrifice that has followed.

The Second Amendment, adopted on December 15 1791, states “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Written eight years after the Revolutionary War it seems primarily for recruitment.

Opinions aside, the combination of the USA birth chart with the Second Amendment sets up a T-Square, like an energy grid stressing 21-22 degrees of mutable signs. People, or events that strongly resonate with this grid are more likely to effect change or bring the issues of gun violence more to the fore.

For example Dylan Roof's mass murder of black worshippers at the Charleston Baptist Church of June 17 2015 happened with the Sun and Mars conjunct the USA Mars. He had hoped to trigger a race war.

The Orlando nightclub shooting of June 12 2016 targeting the gay community was carried out with the Sun conjunct USA Mars. And as if the heavens are trying desperately to drum home a message for the hard of hearing, it happened again in 2017.

A Republican baseball practice became target practice from 07.09 hours June 14 this year in Alexandria, North Virginia. House Majority whip, Steve Scalise ended up in intensive care, one of six wounded. The Sun was at 23 Gemini and Saturn at 24 Sagittarius – close on this mutable axis. Shown below is the chart of this incident with the Second Amendment transposed on the outer wheel.

Republicans in particular are proponents of the freedom to own weapons, including assault style munitions. They have recently rolled back legislation aimed at preventing those with mental illness obtaining guns. Being in the pocket of powerful gun lobbies has prevented rational discussion on the gun debate.

The argument is not about the removal of guns as much as tightening the laws to prevent weapons of mass destruction and background checks to facilitate responsible ownership. Most Americans agree on these points. Yet the waters are constantly and deliberately muddied at this point by the gun lobby.

MONEY TALKS - WHERE'S THE VICTIM'S VOICE?

Even President Donald Trump has openly admitted to what being in somebody's pocket is. The NRA contributed more to the Trump campaign than ever before. Trump launched it with a triple conjunction of Sun, Moon and Mars all on the USA's Mars. Trump's Sun sits on the USA's Mars. He not only channels the anger but also the militancy.

Before the NRA convention, Trump openly stated “You came through for me and I am going to come through for you.” And, “You have a true friend and champion in the White House.” That's what's called being in each other's pocket. Weapon sales are a big part of the American economy, locally and global. Money talks. A pity that its victims cannot. But all is not lost.

A CALL FOR RESPONSIBILITY

Stephen Paddock, although being a great supporter of the right to bear arms and apparently massacre your countrymen and women with them, has done absolutely no favours for his cause. Looking at the horoscope of his moment of madness with the Second Amendment brings the limiting Saturn even more into play.



Looking at these multiple correspondences, year after year (Sandy Hook was December 14 2012 with its Sun opposite the USA Mars) is thumping out a clear message. And somehow Trump – by virtue of his campaign and birth chart locking right onto the US Mars, must play a pivotal role.

Perhaps by bringing the nation to crisis point, as he seems to be inadvertently doing. When something is not working, then surely to heaven it's time to try something different. At the moment people are arming themselves in fear. Responsible change is something not to be feared. It may begin to remove it.

Summing up, twice I had written that the period between the 7th and 10th of October should be critical for the USA. That was based on volatile transits to the US Mars. Did it come a little earlier than expected? Maybe so. But its energy is still around. Possibly Trump's cryptic 'calm before the storm comment' is about to play out?

THE MANDALY MASSACRE

According to his birth certificate, Stephen Paddock was born in Clinton, Iowa on April 9 1953 at 11.05 am. This gives him a Cancer Ascendant, with an eighth house Aquarian Moon. He worked initially as an accountant and auditor – think basic eighth house and other people's money here – before moving on to real-estate and gambling.


The Moon opposes obsessive, but powerful Pluto, in the second house of assets and earning power and personal values. The Moon also represents early home life and the mother. Its eighth house placement and opposition to Pluto, combined with a compromising inconjunct to the Ascendant and square to Jupiter suggests early emotional extremes.

Those who knew Paddock well, brother Eric and partner Marilou Danley describe him as a generous, kind and caring man. Others claim he was socially reclusive and a loner. Both are probably true. The independent loner would suit Paddock's independent Arian Sun in opposition to both Saturn and Neptune and squaring the relationship sensitive Ascendant and Descendant.

Sun and an even closer opposition from Venus to Saturn can produce feelings of judgment and a need to prove oneself through achievement. They may feel restricted by the responsibility of relationship. The added opposition to Neptune can indicate disappointment, when other fail to meet often improbable ideals. Usually these preconditions are established in the formative years and Saturn works in seven year blocks.

DEVELOPMENTAL YEARS

There is a record of a neighbour taking a young Paddock swimming on July 28 1960. The real reason was to remove the child from the home and spare the trauma of seeing his father removed by the authorities. Relatives think that this may have been a turning point. It adds up astrologically. At that time Paddock's progressed Mars (assertion and anger) was squaring Pluto (repressed issues).

On that day transiting Uranus was squaring the Mars and on the Pluto. It is interesting that relatives would point to this exact date, as if there is more to the story and child's reaction that may not be conveyed. His secondary progressed Venus was just departing from a conjunction with the Sun. The union could well have portrayed strong bonding with the father just prior to his sudden departure.

Either way it would be traumatic at seven, the year of the first Saturn square of personal responsibility, restrictions and limitations and when the morale sense of right and wrong is becoming evident. The father's abrupt absence would be critical here, reinforcing the Saturn alignment with shadowy Neptune. Who knows what he was told?

This may have contributed to the loner nature many claimed he exhibited, outside of relatives or partners. He was married and divorced twice. The first a relatively short affair spanning July 17 1977, as his progressed Venus squared Uranus. Divorce is listed at December 29 1980, as transiting Pluto was on his Saturn and opposing his Venus

The second marriage was on March 9 1985 when his SP Sun squared Pluto and was inconjunct his Saturn and Neptune. In 1986, he experienced a Secondary Progressed New Moon phase which fell close to his birth Jupiter.

This would have accompanied a more successful time and featured important employment changes where he worked for defense contractors. The New Moon, in acquisitive and patient Taurus, also saw him begin his real-estate investments.

Divorce came again in 1990, as his progressed Ascendant met Pluto and transiting Saturn squared his birth Sun and itself, as it moved into his seventh house of partnership. Paddock had no family of his own and had fallen out with two of his brothers, but acted like a surrogate father to the youngest, Eric.

Eric seemed the totally stunned when told of the Mandalay massacre. But there was one story that didn't add up. Eric claimed that Stephen had fallen out with brother Bruce, because Bruce would beat him up as a kid. Stephen Paddock was six years older than Bruce.

What we do know is that from October 2016 he purchased 33 guns and that he'd made at least one trip to the Middle East in the past year. In October of 2016 Paddock's progressed Moon met Mars. It fits the increased gun purchases from that time.

THE NEW MOON OF 2016

In the March of 2016, Paddock had experienced his second Progressed New Moon at 20 degrees of Gemini. Coincidentally, this is within the degree of the USA Gemini birth Mars.

A progressed New Moon signifies a fresh emotional start. The union of the emotive Moon with the creative Sun is a once every 29 ½ years phenomena in the progressing horoscope.

The 2016 New Moon occurred in his reclusive twelfth house. It also arrived as his Midheaven linked to progressing Jupiter. This may have accompanied increased travel and a different philosophical approach from that time onward. Then came the Moon to Mars in October 2016, perfect for the sudden weapons purchase.


RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN

The Mandalay shooting happened as Paddock's SP Ascendant opposed Neptune – signals of a dissolving relationship and also a sense of unreality and loss in this area. It came as Saturn opposed his SP Sun. This reinforces the birth oppositions of the Sun and Venus to Saturn. It too fits with the closing down of a relationship.

What we do know is that Paddock was said to have paid for a trip back to the Philippines for his partner Marilou Danley. And that he later sent close to $100,000 to her. She claims the money was for a house and that she thought that it may have been Paddock's way of been breaking it off.

In April of 2017, the planet of abrupt realignment and independence, Uranus, was moving across Paddock's Venus and opposing his Saturn. Stability is shattered here and this combination of Uranus to Venus and Saturn is again common to a fractured relationship. That seems written all over his horoscope in 2017, along with the excesses of Jupiter.

With more information in the coming weeks hopefully more answers will come. Was he losing his mind, his money, his relationship? Did it create a Dr Jekyll from Mr Hyde? Or was this applying to his whole attitude to relationships and human contact.

The propensity for depressed thoughts is evident from July through to October as Saturn transited square to his Mercury. And the anger was triggered by SP Mars semisquaring his birth Mars – a critical progression. Anger and guns made it a lethal combination. The Astromapping below for October 1 2017 shows Paddock's Secondary Progressed Mars rising in Las Vegas.

October 1

Last week's column showed how the positioning of planetary heavyweights of Jupiter and Saturn defined the rise of the USA to supplant Great Britain as the premier power following WWII. And how the same planets have accurately timed the USA's greatest challenges of the 21st century – the 911 terrorist attacks, the Global Financial Crisis and the election of Donald Trump. Click here for the link

This week continues with planetary patterns, dating back even further. It shows how America adopted the concept of empire, which now stretches across the globe. And why from 2001 things would dramatically change leading to where we are right now. We can start in the now.

Noticed a pattern with countries concerning to the US lately? Diplomats are being withdrawn from Cuba, Hurricane Maria has left a trail of destruction in Puerto Rico, Guam has been threatened with a nuclear bomb. There is something all of these countries hold in common. All are territories captured as a result of the US/Spanish War of 1898.

THE FIRST IMPERIAL WAR

The US Spanish war doesn't get much publicity today. It was the first US imperial war. It led to critical overseas land acquisitions and military bases. 1898 was a year when empires changed hands. It has a peculiar, but undeniable link, to the attacks of 911. And the fulfillment of Manifest Destiny.

The term Manifest Destiny described a philosophy of entitlement. It was God's will that the USA conquer the mainland and venture forth into the world. It was used as the moral justification for westward expansion, driving the indigenous Americans from their tribal lands, reasoning the annexation of Texas and war with Mexico.

The early settlers were duplicating what the Spanish, British and French empires had done before them. The conflict with Spain was the first overseas war and the beginning of US imperialism on an international scale. It began with a controversial event that is debated right up until this day. The bombing of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor.

REMEMBER THE MAINE TO HELL WITH SPAIN

The Maine had been stationed in Havana Harbor to protect US trade interests during a period of insurrection on the island - a revolution against Spanish rule. Despite sending the largest contingent of troops across the Atlantic prior to WWII – over 220,000 – Spain was having trouble maintaining order, battling a guerilla insurgency.

At 21.40 hours on the 15th of February 1898, the Maine was blasted down to the waterline. Over 260 sailors – three quarters of the crew – lost their lives. Who was responsible was debated back then as much as 911 is today. A Spanish mine was claimed to be the cause. But subsequent studies have suggested that it was an on board explosion.

Whatever the reason the explosion galvanized the popular opinion against Spain. The Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer media empires - truly the fake press of their day - lapped it up. Suddenly the US had reason to go to war. And war sells newspapers. The truth was that the US Navy had prepared a battle plan as far back as 1894. “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain” became the war cry.

CRITICAL DATES

Feb 15 1898 USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor
April 20 1898 President McKinley asks Congress to declare war on Spain. The following day Spain cuts diplomatic ties with the USA.
May 01 1898 US navy sails into Manila, Philippines.
June 10 1898 647 US marines begin the invasion of Cuba at Guantanamo Bay.
June 20 1898 the US navy sails into Guam imprisoning the Governor the next day.
July 7 1898 Hawaii is formally annexed by the USA.
July 25 1898 the U.S. invades Puerto Rico, landing at Guánica.
August 12 1898 an armistice is signed with Spain.
August 13 1898 Manila falls to the USA.
December 10 1898 Treaty of Paris ends the US/Spanish War.

THE SATURN PLUTO CYCLE

The predominant planetary pattern evident throughout 1898 was a Saturn to Pluto opposition. The significance of this was that it fell right across the Ascendant and Descendant of the USA's July 4 1776 17.10 hours LMT Philadelphia birth chart.

This Ascendant Descendant axis is that of international relations. It shows allies and enemies and the Ascendant describes how the nation projects itself globally.

Capturing the Philippines played into the "Manifest Destiny" concept but also laid the perfect platform for the commercial opportunities of the Asian market and Pacific power.

The Filipinos falsely believing they were fighting for their independence, instead found a new master. Their fight would soon turn against the USA, resulting in brutal defeat.

Not everyone was impressed. The Philippines had been captured the day after an Armistice was signed. Back home the Anti-Imperialist League was formed, soon gathering over 100,000 members. To many Americans the idea of empire was repugnant.

Empires were an overhang of British colonialism and everything the Revolutionary War had fought against. They ran counter to the concept of democracy and were beneficial only to big business and military interests. They were a violation of people's rights to sovereignty and heritage. Manifest Destiny won out.

2001 - THE KARMIC SWAP

From late July 2001 Saturn and Pluto would do something very rare. They would swap their positions of 1898. Deep and dark Pluto was emerging from the shadowy twelfth house, often assigned to karmic debt, to cross the USA's Ascendant. They would soon be projecting a much more 'Plutonic' image to the world. Simultaneously traditional Saturn would enter the seventh house of allies and enemies.

In July the USA and Israel walked out of the United Nations forum on racism, when the subject of apartheid was raised against Israel. As a result, behind the scenes, Saudi Arabia threatened to withdraw US support, in private correspondence with President Bush.

Not so noticeable was a 20 year financial and military alliance of Russia and China, signed on July 16 2001. All could have serious ramifications. And as Pluto and Saturn maintained their positions through August and September, the inevitable happened. The explosion of the Maine merged into 911 and a new colonial war for resources and territory would begin.

THE PRETEXT FOR WAR

From September 11 2001 - a plot birthed at a high level Al Qeada meeting in Manila, Philippines - empire has been harder won and even harder to maintain. Operational command lies behind heavily fortified Green Zones. Resistance multiplies. The image of the generous benefactor is blurred by one of the military oppressor.

It's revealing that the current Saturn Pluto cycle began with the bombing of the US Middle East contingent at the Beirut Embassy. And that the opposition point brought 911. These events are obviously connected by intent and cycle. They help decipher its development.

As we near the cycle's end, the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, extends friendship with Russia and China. At the same time he is aware of his military's alliance with the US and talks candidly about his possible assassination by the CIA on Russian TV.

Donald Trump's imperious address to the United Nations was textbook Manifest Destiny stuff. But the cycle has turned and reversed. And the bombast just doesn't cut it - even to his own supporters who sense an about face. Making America great again isn't achieved by threats of subjugation.

The old ways will not work as well into the future. Even the public trust has tired of the stealthy pretexts for war. The now declassified Northwood Report should be essential reading for anyone who doubts.

Meantime, we have to wait until January 2020 before the Saturn Pluto fully plays out and renews. I have already alluded to October 7 to 9 being the next crucial period. But in the longer term it makes December the month to watch. More next week.

September 24

FACING THE INEVITABLE

It's as obvious as the nose on your face. The world is rapidly transforming. Rigid power structures are cracking. But not without a fight. An old way of being has to change for survival. That's the principle of evolution. Successful adaptation - not domination.

Law and order along with generational change are governed by the age old cycle of judicial Jupiter and structural Saturn. This week's column shows the power of the planetary heavyweights to define the change we are experiencing.

How they timed the US growing into the world's dominant superpower, under the triple conjunction of 1940/41, with closely matched events. And how the current cycle, beginning May 2000 is bringing inevitable reformation to that status. And most importantly how to read the direction.

It also offers irrefutable planetary proof that the events of 911, the Global Financial Crisis and the election of Donald Trump all synchronize perfectly into the Jupiter Saturn cycle and how they are again changing the world order in a manner not seen since the Second World War. And does so in a way never published before. I hope you like it. Let's begin with...

SWAPPING THE EMPIRES

Jupiter Saturn would meet three times in conjunction spanning, August 8, October 20 1940 and February 15 1941. The first of these unions would ultimately change the course of the WWII and then the entire direction of the 20th century via two significant shifts. On August 8 1940, Hitler's plan to invade the Soviet Union was hatched.

The primary motivation was to curb and counter anticipated British air attacks coming from the East. It would prove to be the undoing of Germany. Aerial battles were about to be escalated. On August 18th what is remembered as the 'Hardest Day', of the Battle of Britain, took place over England.

All three Jupiter Saturn conjunctions were aligned in Taurus with Uranus, the fabled sky god, associated with flight and technology. By August 20 Winston Churchill was addressing parliament with his signature phrase, 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much owed by so many to so few.' But it wasn't only Germany's dream of empire that was evaporating.

THE BIG SHIFT

Something even more significant was taking place at the time of first conjunction of the planetary heavyweights. On August 4, the famous US General Pershing – famous enough to have his head featured on a US postal stamp – made a nationwide evening radio address, usually only accorded the President.

Pershing claimed that the US should support the Allies war effort through offering 50 US destroyers from their huge fleet. In return Britain would be required to grant a 99 year lease on its military bases in the North Atlantic and the West Indies. By September 2 it was a done deal and empire was changing hands.

SECOND CONJUNCTION

The second conjunction came on October 20 1940; an election year for the USA. Maintaining the isolatinist approach, President Roosevelt campaigned on a 'no war' platform. Despite the political promise, a draft registration began on October the 16th, involving 16 million men.

Hollywood had got into the act, the day before. Charlie Chaplin's 'Great Dictator' a damning parody of Hitler and the war began its run. Roosevelt won the election and a third term, through the big city vote. The rural areas and small towns favoured his opponent.

THIRD TIME PROVES IT

The final union of Jupiter and Saturn reached exactness on February 15 1941. On the 9th of February the US House of Representatives voted on a greatly expanded 'Lend Lease' deal to aid the Allied effort financially and with any required equipment and supplies. It effectively ended the US pretence of neutrality.

This one had to be handled carefully, as the largest contingent of US ethnic population was German. It still is. But by February 1941, US polling was showing 54% of US respondents willing to support the Allied efforts.

These three conjunctions and the pivotal events that accompanied them are hardly coincidental. They changed the course of the war. They effectively timed the changeover of power from the British Empire to the USA. It would take another Jupiter Saturn conjunction sixty years later – again aligned with new order Uranus – to begin reforming the status quo.

WHAT THAT MEANS TODAY

Why this is so important – certainly from the astrological sense - is that Jupiter and Saturn have a longer cycle of sixty years, venerated in Oriental astrology as well as the western tradition. Over this timespan they appear again in a similar area of the sky and reformat the existing order. The one and only conjunction of May 2000 began that process.

From 1940 through to 2000, US power grew exponentially, to where they emerged the only true superpower, based on military and economic supremacy. From the original British bases the US gradually encircled the globe.

Today those bases number 800, monitoring and controlling the South and North Pacific, Middle East and throughout Europe. But this domination has also attracted opposition due to political meddling in sovereign nations, enforced regime changes, constant surveillance and an unpopular image as the world's self appointed policeman.

A NEW ORDER

The current Jupiter/Saturn conjunction would fall precisely over Washington and in square to rebellious Uranus. The 2000 conjunction began ushering in the changes, beginning with a disputed US election, which politically divided the country. The economic focus was shifting from West to East and opposition was about to grow.

In the month of the conjunction Russia swore in a new president – Vladimir Putin. From the millennium, China's economic growth exploded, leading to a July 16 2001 20 year Sino-Russia Friendship Treaty and military alliance. China needed access to Russian oil and military expertise and Russia could use China's economic support.

The Sino-Russian Treaty came with lethal Pluto and Mars reaching the Ascendant of the USA's birth horoscope and restrictive Saturn nearing the Descendant. Then came the Middle East blowback of the September 11 and life would never be the same again. The 60 year Jupiter Saturn cycle was kicking in.

The invasion of Iraq was undertaken in deference to the United Nations, on spurious evidence and against global protests totaling 36 million people on February 13 2003. Three million in Rome alone made it the biggest ever anti-war protest in history.

Judgmental Saturn had now reached the US Mars and Mars and Pluto opposed the US Mars. The nation was becoming bogged down in never ending wars stretching the budget and leading to further homeland cutbacks and domestic division. Faith in government was reaching an all time low.

It plummeted even further seven years later under the financial tsunami of the Lehman Bros collapse, drowning the global economy. And while the worst kind of PR like Guantanamo Bay remained open, those behind the financial crimes managed to evade retribution.

The market meltdown and buyback fueled even greater inequality. The rich got richer. All of which eventually led to a disconnect between people and governance and eventually to the third desperation shock of Trumpism.

Now for the corker! If you match up the horoscopes of 911, the Global Financial Crisis and Trump's Victory Speech you'll find that they are all linked by successive Jupiter and Saturn squares to each other. Building like a domino effect.

You simply can't make this stuff up. It's all there in front of your eyes with this ancient predictive cycle. One shock building upon the other. An ongoing call to change tack that is being constantly ignored.

Trump's bean counting and inflammatory militaristic address to the United Nations, while fully expected, was everything the organisation and the future does not stand for. It was undermining all the gains and trust built from the shadows of World War Two.

For those interested in astromapping, Trump's threat to destroy North Korea came seconds prior to 10.20 am September 19 in New York, as Mars reached the IC of the Korean peninsula. Knife edge stuff when a small earthquake could trigger something much more devastating.



UNDERBELLY EXPOSED

But perhaps the military-industrial complex veneer is there for all to see, under the one who surrounds himself with generals and puts another 10% into the Pentagon's coffers. The bigger picture is the economic one and the dogged resistance of the changing of the guard. Jupiter and Saturn see it differently. And they have proved to be the genuine guides and potent timers.

In closing I did write well ahead of time that September 6 would be a trigger date re the Trump presidency and Russian investigation. It's all archived by clicking here and scrolling down to the article dated July 23rd. It's now being revealed that it was on this day that Mark Zuckerberg after protesting the Dreamer's decision, gave Robert Meuller access to Russian profiles on Facebook and who paid for them. Stay posted
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September 17

FORECASTING WITH INGRESS CHARTS

The 'main event' for traditional astrologers is the upcoming Libra Ingress. It's due Friday next and is one of the four seasonal markers of the tropical zodiac. Ingress charts are part of the tools and techniques of the vast subject of mundane (meaning worldly) astrology.

Technically the looming Libran Ingress defines the precise moment that the Sun crosses the equator heading for the Southern Hemisphere. This will generally occur between the 22nd and 23rd of September annually, dependent upon leap years etc.

To give you an insight into how Ingress charts work before getting stuck into the current ones, here's the Libran Ingress of 1962 over Washington. It covered the Cuban Missile crisis, another nuclear showdown between the USA and Soviet Union, which was resolved diplomatically. Note warlord Mars at the Midheaven squaring negotiating Mercury, stationary at the Ascendant. It's a war of words.

This year, the Libran Ingress is exact at 08.01.44 hours Universal Time, September 22. However, as all Ingress charts are cast for an exact location, relating to the country of interest and set for their seat of government, time will vary in different zones.

The Ingress is powerful in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Location is the key to Ingress horoscopes, as area assigns different Ascendants and Midheavens, although the planet sign positions will stay the same. They 'increase their power' where they appear on the angles and become the dominant forces for the specific place involved.

CURRENT CANCER INGRESS

The current Ingress chart, preceding the upcoming Libran Ingress, is the Cancer Ingress, shown below for the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. It is evidencing the prevailing conditions. The leadership Sun is running uncomfortably semisquare to the Ascendant ruler Venus, affecting the national image. But volatile Mars is running the show.

MARS IN THE MIDHEAVEN

Note the appearance of warlord Mars as the most elevated planet, directly at the Midheaven and in the homeland sign of Cancer, under the same Ingress. Mars is predominant and represents the administration when linked to the Midheaven, but it is also in a sign of its traditional fall. Mars is showing an aggressive emotionally based patriotism, while working through Cancer.

Mars runs square to successful, but often excessive Jupiter, placed in the first house and representing the country's global image and projection. The combativeness of Mars in a testing angle to Jupiter creates an exaggerated or 'over the top' accent on conflict.

By also squaring the international relations axis of the Ascendant and Descendant, Mars is inflaming North Korea's diplomatic relations. It is also linked by semisquare and sesquisquare to the eclipsing Nodal Axis. North Korea's actions, from the Cancer Ingress time attach a lot of credibility to this age old predictive technique.

FROM ONE INGRESS TO THE NEXT

North Korea fired off an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28, with the potential of reaching mainland USA. This came appropriately upon a Sun Mars conjunction. As a result they incurred the heaviest yet sanction package from the United Nations. They replied with threats against Guam – an American military base in the Pacific.

On August 29, North Korea released another missile over Japan, further incurring the wrath of their neighbour. Note responsible Saturn lies in the neighbourly third house of the Cancer Ingress, and this would also describe the concern of their border neighbour in China. Belligerent Mars rules the Arian seventh house of international relations, while also testingly squaring it.

The second missile launch took place as the Sun and Mercury sesquisquared Pluto. Record sanctions immediately followed, imposed by the United Nations represented by extreme Pluto in the homeland fourth and opposing Mars. On September 3 North Korea detonated their biggest weapon yet – claimed to be a hydrogen bomb – ten times the size of the one that flattened Hiroshima.

The leadership Sun's conjunction to newsworthy Mercury in the distant lands and long journey's ninth house, sees Kim Jong-un as a global headline. Relocating this chart to Seoul, a distance of 121 miles moves the Mars from the governmental tenth to the ninth, but still keeps it close to the Midheaven.

The difference here is that South Korea has a long distance overseas connection with the USA. This too is Mars related, exemplified by the provocative war games indulged by ROK and US troops stationed in South Korea. So where is this immediately going? The Libra Ingress should show.

THE LIBRAN INGRESS

Libra, the symbolic scales of balance, is the sign of equilibrium. How fitting then that Kim Jong-un, should claim on the eve of this ingress, that the real goal of his nuclear program, “is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about a military option for the DPRK."

The Libran Ingress shows assertive Mars positioned right at the Ascendant in Pyongyang. The Ascendant, the point where the heavens and the earth meet on the eastern ecliptic, represents the projected national image. It is tightly opposed by Neptune at the seventh house of allies and enemies.

Neptune shows confusion, mistrust or deception through international relations. This seems related to increased sanctions involving oil – which Neptune rules.

Neptune in the relationship seventh undermines and can dissolve relationship due to an unrealistic perception or deliberate deception from either party. Neptune also describes countries with a socialist government.

The Mars Neptune can also indicate conflict at sea, and is descriptive of missiles passing over seas. The opposition also draws in excessive Jupiter and unpredictable and pre-emptive Uranus.

Uranus is the traditional sky-god, relating to aeronautics as well as technology. The Midheaven of the Libran Ingress at Pyongyang links with the birth Uranus of the USA.

Certainly cyber warfare would fall under this Hard Rectangle link up of Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, angled to the primary angles of Ascendant and Midheaven by aspect, along with the aerial and sudden unexpected nature of this combination.

Austere Saturn in the home base fourth house indicates the sacrifices of the people and restrictive domestic conditions placed upon the families of North Korea which could also somehow affect South Korea too.

TIMINGS

Assuming that the Ingress chart is sensitive to transits, then this Libran one should be active within the first week of its appearance. The North Korean crisis affords US President Donald Trump a perfect opportunity to deflect attention from internal investigation and connect with a military image, something generally favourable to presidential polling.

The Mars Neptune opposition, amplified in this Libran Ingress, squares the USA's birth chart Ascendant and Descendant. The Mars position also opposes the USA's Secondary Progressed Sun. In the days following the ingress, volatile aspects in the worldly sense dominate as Mars moves through challenging angles to the Jupiter Uranus position and Neptune.

MEANWHILE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Projecting the Libran Ingress elsewhere geopolitically, sees it impacting powerfully in the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Kurds are planning an independence referendum on September 25, right in the heart of this volatile planetary period. The lone public supporter of this northern oil rich area coming under Kurdistan's rule and dividing Iraq, is Israel Prime Minister Bin Netanyahu.

Back in 2003, when the US launched the invasion of Iraq, Netanyahu then Israel's finance minister, boasted to London investors of oil flowing from northern Iraq all the way to the Mediterranean. Control of Kirkuk and northern Iraq was the only way to that. The Kurds independence would have to play a role.

Netanyahu was censured by George W Bush and Tony Blair for these remarks, as both tried desperately to steer the narrative of the war away from oil and toward democratizing Iraq as part of their declared war on terror and prevention of weapons of mass destruction.

Some months ago in this column I mentioned the effect of the August 21 eclipse on the charts of Netanyahu and Israel falling near the Mars of both. Since then Israel have conducted bombing raids into Syria, moved to ban the Al-Jazeera media and are now actively supporting the break up of neighbouring Iraq.

The eclipse also fell on the Sun/Mercury combination of the first Iraq horoscope of Iraq dated August 23 1921 at 6 am Baghdad. The Kurds referendum has the potential of exploding into a regional war.


LIBRAN INGRESS FOR KURDISTAN

The Ingress when cast for Erbil, the current capital of the Kurdistan Region shows the leadership Sun in the homeland fourth house. It also places volatile Mars near the foundational IC, or base of the horoscope representing internal affairs and a homeland. Media Mercury is also here and as this can be a big breaking story. And what lies at the zenith of this horoscope but smokescreen Neptune, the planet of oil, gas.

So an ancient technique that was developed and refined from this same area of Mesopotamia may still hold a clue to its future. The astrological theory states that the locations where the main planets and aspect patterns of the ingress charts coincide with the primary angles of Ascendant/Descendant and Midheaven/Nadir is where the action manifests.

We shall soon find out how relevant that is. Reminding that the Libran Ingress sets the scenes and is due to activate within days. Again look for the period of the Ingress and across the final week of September. The 7th to 10th of October can be another important time window, especially regarding the United States.

September 10

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

It is known in the west as the 'Forgotten War' with good reason. There are few noble moments from the Korean War of the 50's. It was a war without a victor. A war that saw WWI icon, General Douglas Macarthur, relieved of his command. A war that reined more US bombs on one country than they'd dropped in their entire World War Two engagements.

In North Korea it is well remembered. Never before had such a percentage of a national population been so decimated. Twenty per cent fatalities, according to General Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command. Fifteen might be closer to the mark, but either way a massive civilian toll.

Six hundred and thirty five thousand tonnes of bombs. Thirty two thousand tonnes of napalm alone, ironically mostly produced in Japan, where the US had taken over military installations for their own use.
LeMay, nicknamed 'Bombs Away', wasn't overly concerned about civilian casualties.

Here was a man who'd delivered an Emergency War Plan, in March 1949, which detailed dropping 133 atomic bombs on 70 cities in the USSR within 30 days. He even pressed JFK to bomb Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a sure fire formula for World War Three.

LeMay eventually found himself in politics, as the running mate of the Southern segregationist George Wallace, in the presidential election of 1968. Part of LeMay's platform consisted of nuking the North Vietnamese. Remarkably, over 13% - roughly one in seven - of Americans voted for them.

TRUMAN V MACARTHUR

General Macarthur, the hero of the Pacific in WWII, was removed from his post in the Korean War. His plan was to use nuclear weapons against China, whose ground army supported the North Koreans, and eventually pushed the US back to the 38th parallel.

Macarthur wanted the final say on the nuclear option and made his views public. Truman relieved Macarthur of his duties for insubordination. World War Two had barely concluded and Truman was not enamored with starting another.

Meantime the carpet bombing destruction of North Korean dams, power plants and infrastructure meant they began rebuilding hospitals and essential services underground. It's something continued to this day. And a reason that provocative war games have led to a nuclear armed state devoting 25% of GDP to the 4th largest land army on earth.

THE NORTH KOREAN HOROSCOPE

The foundation date of North Korea is September 9 1948. The war planet Mars is powerfully placed in the national horoscope. Positioned in its home sign of vengeful Scorpio and on the eclipsing Nodal axis, it is also at the midpoint of the Sun and Jupiter. Perhaps there is some strange symbolic relevance with the scorpion being a creature that lives underground.

Currently North Korea's Mars has progressed to 22 degrees of Sagittarius. The significance of that being that over the past couple of years it has been running in opposition to the birth Mars of the USA at 21 degrees of Gemini. During this time North Korea's nuclear program has greatly expanded and the countries have edged closer to war.

The opposition point has a strong military connection with the USA. Mars was at 22 of Sagittarius for the formation of the US Marines on November 10 1775. It was in the same position for the dedication of the Pentagon, upon completion on January 15 1943. It also some unfortunate violent associations, such as the formation of the KKK or the assassination of JFK.

The same degree area is important for South Korea. Mars was here for their only nuclear accident of October 4 1999. Luckily, it was contained without fatalities. But for a country that relied on nuclear plants as a vital source of power, the game plan changed dramatically following Japan's Fukushima meltdown.

One of the biggest films in South Korea last year was Pandora - the story of a similar nuclear accident and the cover-up by a corrupt government. The threat of a nuclear armed North Korea is even more discomforting.

South Korea wanted to develop their own nuclear weapons with help from France, announcing so on June 14 1975. The US put pressure on France, who withdrew their support. Under present agreements, South Korea are reliant upon the US when it comes to nuclear support and military command.

THE CHINA CONNECTION

There is another incident with combative Mars in Sagittarius at 21 degrees and closely opposing the USA's Gemini Mars. The capture of a US spy plane by the Chinese on the morning of April 01 2001. It happened after a collision with a Chinese jet, resulting in the death of that pilot. The US plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Hainan Island.

The crew, who had destroyed confidential information from their reconnaissance mission, were held captive by the Chinese pending an apology. Although the US did not formally apologise, they did express regret at what had occurred and this was enough to end what had become the first international crisis of the Bush presidency.

China's relationship with modern North Korea extends back to the Korean War, when Chinese troops ensured North Korean sovereignty. China supplies 85% of North Korea's imports and buys roughly the same percentage of export. While North Korea are a military threat, it is China that represent the greatest challenge economically for US control of the Asian Pacific.

KEY TIMES

As the US continues its Asian pivot into the South China Sea with a plan of Chinese containment, Mars returning to 22 degrees of Sagittarius will be a time to watch. It happens in the first week of March next year. Mark it down, but it's another planet currently sitting in that position that holds the immediate key.

Restraining Saturn has been hovering around 22 degrees of Sagittarius since early August, initially in retrograde motion. On August 25, it turned stationary direct but won't really move away until the second week of October. Saturn has been putting a handbrake on hostilities between North Korea and the USA, despite the war of words and provocative irresponsible actions of either side.

China's secondary progressed Mars has now reached the 23rd degree of Virgo. It runs uncomfortably square to both the USA birth Mars and North Korea's progressed Mars. It is caught in the middle of both, just as China is. There are key dates coming up in this crisis.

One is around the three-quarter Moon of September 13, which has a strong connection to the USA birthchart. Another is the period of September 24-26 as Mars and Neptune oppose mudanely, also involving the wild card opposition of Jupiter and Uranus on the World Axis.

The other is the period between October 7 and 9, when Mars will trigger both the USA and People's Republic of China charts. Actions taken around here will tend to have long term ramifications. Expect some important announcements from the Trump administration as the Sun and Mercury also meet up with the US Saturn.

When assessing what is happening on the Korean peninsula today, the Forgotten War, has to be remembered. Only by understanding the history of one of the greatest population culls in the history of warfare, does North Korea's desire for nuclear weapons to safeguard sovereignty make sense.

September 03

A NUCLEAR CRISIS AND TALK OF WWIII – WHY?

Today the world hovers closer to the brink of nuclear war than any time since the 60's. If there was ever a need for wise heads and responsible negotiation, it is now. Instead we have provocative threats and missile launches from North Korea, relentless war games by South Korea and the USA along with a threat by Donald Trump that he can deliver, 'fire and the fury like the world has never seen'.

To a dispassionate observer from another galaxy, such mindless militarisation must seem like a collective insanity. Nationalism leading to mutually assured destruction. Already the globe has suffered two World Wars in barely a century. Yet what have we learned other than to waste more money on even more destructive weapons, now capable of wiping out the entire planet.

While populations starve, the manufacturers of war unconscionably foster conflicts across the globe. Political ideologists, who care more for their philosophy than humanity, divide to conquer. Once sacred religions devolve to pulpits of self-righteous sacrifice. And all the while, the pacifist who values life above it all, is portrayed as the weak link in the chain.

So why has it come to this? What planetary cycle bears relevance to the state of the world. And what may it tell us about the future potential of war and peace? And what strange relevance does it all have with both Hitler and Napoleon?



The planet of the battlefield was the red planet Mars. Its cycles with the Sun can tell us much about the patterns and timing of major conflict. But first some words on cycles and why history seems mirrored, and sometime mired, in them.

THE THEME IS THE SAME – THE LYRICS VARY

History never repeats exactly. To do so, at least from the astrological angle, would require all the planets to duplicate their positions simultaneously. That never happens. Planets have individual rates of motion and while some cycles are repeating, others are charting a whole new course. Yet often the hands of the cosmic clock get eerily close to those 'oh no not again' moments.

The more planets repeat simultaneously, the greater the likelihood of history repeating. Such was so in 2014 when four planets duplicated an alignment that had last formed in 1648. In that year there was revolution in the Ukraine as the Cossacks broke free of the Polish Commonwealth and joined the Russian fold. In 2014 the Ukraine revolted against Moscow's influence.

Sometimes a single cycle can be revealing enough, for the purpose that it serves. In the case of war and conflict, Mars is the 'go to' soldier. The most obvious cycle to study is the Sun/Mars cycle that has a recurrence rate of around two years. It also produces two longer cycles of 79 years and 205 years, where it appears in a similar position of the zodiac.

The shorter cycles can be like successive chapters building on a theme, often with the same characters and countries. The longer cycles outline the core of the theme. Combing the two enables specific years or periods of heightened conflict to be observed and/or expected well in advance.

CURRENT MARS CYCLE

On July 27 2017, fifty seven minutes into the day Universal Time, a new Sun Mars synodic cycle was born. That's when the two bodies unite, roughly every two years, in their heavenly journeys to once again renew their clockwork dance.

Congress approved a $54 billion increase for the Pentagon, the largest ever increase in military spending. One day before the conjunction the FBI raided the home of former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And just days before Trump had tweeted of the presidential power to pardon, a reference to ongoing investigations into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

As the campaign started synchronous with the birth of the previous Sun/Mars cycle, all of this is relevant. There was one other outstanding feature of the Sun/Mars cycle which was playing out along more international lines. The conjunction and new cycle had begun in the same Leo position that Mars and the North Node had occupied during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

That perilous stand-off, between the Soviets and the USA had put the world on nuclear alert for what could have been World War Three. Sanity prevailed. But what of the longer cycles of 79 and 205 years respectively. For Mars, Mercury and the Sun repeat an identical pattern every 79 years and the Sun/Mars at 205 year intervals. How did humanity respond?

THE 79 YEAR CYCLE AND WWII

The longer cycle of Sun Mars repeating in the close to the same zodiacal area, dates back to July 24 1938 when the conjunction began at 01LEO12. And the events of the time make fascinating reading.

July 24 1938 was as warlike as it gets, with the Sun and Mars conjunction appearing with foreboding Pluto. It began with the Sudetenland conflict. This was the area of the newly formed Czechoslovakia, occupied by Germans. And up until the end of World War One, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Adolf Hitler had determined to occupy this area, and used privations against German nationals living there as the pretext for his invasion. He played cat and mouse with Great Britain and France while informing the Regent of Hungary that an invasion of Czechoslovakia lay ahead and that "he who wants to sit at the table must at least help in the kitchen".

By the late August of 1938, Winston Churchill had suggested an international alliance as a counter to German aggression. Russia was willing to come on board, but the British parliament greatly underestimated Hitler. Instead, the world awaited the Fuehrer's address of September 12, at what would be the final Nuremberg Rally. It was broadcast as far afield as the USA.

WORDS OF WAR

Hitler's speech attacked the Czech nation and its leadership. Yet the mood in the US was not anti-Hitler. The Times had run a feature advising that Czechoslovakia should return the Sudentenland and made Hitler their 'Man of the Year'. Roosevelt made it clear that in the event of German aggression the US would remain neutral.

Unlike Russia, Britain and France were reluctant to go to war over the Sudenteland and conveyed this to Czechoslovakia. Under such auspices the Munich Agreement was signed off on in the early hours of September 30, minus Czech representation. British PM Neville Chamberlain triumphantly proclaimed, “Peace for our time!” How wrong he was.

What is similar today to 1938? For starters we have the Mars repeat cycle with the Sun in the same area of the heavens. Similarly Mercury will turn direct on September 5 – in 1938 it did so on September 7 – with both around 29 degrees Leo.

Mercury and Mars will continue to follow the same pattern, including their retrograde periods and stationary degrees, into and throughout 1939. And for us that represents 2018, the year that lies ahead.

What can be seen across the last cycle, is the laying of the foundations for war. Again the Mars cycle is decisive. The Second World War was unleashed once Mars finished its retrograde cycle and went direct in the 24th degree of Capricorn. That was August 24 1939. As it stationed in the preceding days, the final preparations were made.

THE REAL DEAL

On August 23 1939, Germany signed Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a neutrality agreement, with Russia. The British were alerted on the 24th and went straight onto a war footing with assurances to Poland. Hitler cut all phone contact with Europe on the 25th of August. At 1830 hours he postponed the invasion of Poland for 5 days. At 04.45 hours on September 1 WWII began.

You may be thinking – what happened 79 years before 1938? Surely the same pattern must have produced something. For America it did. The 1859 and 1860 years were preludes to the US Civil War. Lincoln's election in the November of 1860 assured it. And then there is the 205 years cycle bringing us to 1812.

Hounded by a hawkish Congress, US President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain on June 18 1812. Due to what could truly be called snail mail the British didn't find out until weeks later. It was also the year of Tecumseh’s Indian Wars. For Europe and Russia, it coincides with the Napoleonic Wars and the invasion of Russia.

The Sun, Mercury and Mars have a repetitive message. The theme is clear to see. Today the only differences are the actors in the play. Who are the modern Hitler's or Napoleons? What country is bent on world domination? If subjective egos keep stumbling unconsciously onward the answers should be evident. In a theatre of war hopefully not too close for comfort.

AUGUST 27

IT'S ONLY JUST BEGUN

If life is an opera the clear message of the August 21 Solar Eclipse is “it ain't over until the fat lady sings”. Blissfully unaware of astral implications, the US and South Korea decided that yet another war game exercise would begin August 21 eclipse time, regardless of rising tensions. And despite asking and receiving Russia and China's help with UN sanctions on North Korea.

Since the US Asian pivot began, with military build ups on their doorstep, Asian countries have been arming up like never before. The inflexibility continues. And defense budgets in the countries like the US and Australia have done the same at the expense of national services. The obvious question becomes, are we inviting and fast tracking for war?

Try reversing the situation. How would we feel if a military superpower were conducting the same provocative exercises on our borders every year since 1976? Is location so important. What role has that played in the militant isolationist nature and nuclear ambitions of North Korea? Eclipses that connect hold some answers.

The last eclipse of the recurring 19 year Metonic cycle shown below, occurred at 28LEO47 on August 22 1998. The current one of August 21 2017 is 28Leo52. This eclipse cast it shadow across mainland USA, the 1998 one fell across South East Asia. There is a prominent Mars on the Midheaven of the 1998 eclipse running up through the South China Sea. That Mars fell at the first degree of Leo. The current Sun/Mars cycle began in the first degree of Leo.

CHECKING THE CONNECTIONS

Eclipses occur in families and the developing story of eclipse cycles lies in studying those families. And to what measure does location count? The accident involving the John McCain, fell right on the path of totality of this older family eclipse.

It led to activities involving all of the overseas US Fleets being put on hold for 24 hours. That kind of command could only be if there is a suspicion of cyber interference involved with the increasing frequency of US naval accidents.

The eclipse of 1998 proved highly significant for international relations with North Korea. Ten days after the eclipse - August 31 - North Korea flew a Daepodong-1 ballistic missile over Japanese airspace landing in the ocean 200 miles further east.

It caught the international community completely off guard and came as a shock to US intelligence. The missile even changed course and eluded Moscow's tracking. And it all happened as a North Korean delegation were in New York debating the very nuclear issue.

On April 17 1998 the USA placed sanctions on North Korea for sharing nuclear technology with Pakistan. North Korea claimed that the sanctions violated a 1994 agreement with the US. Hence the the stateside talks. There were three meetings in all. As an offshoot - note too the recent US warning to Pakistan.

The Korean talks stalled by the October of 1998, square the eclipse date and perhaps that marks a month worth watching this year around the 19th. The sticking point was the issue of compensation for the abandonment of their nuclear program.

US budgetary restrictions meant they hadn't delivered promised light water reactors to replace reactors that North Korea had destroyed. Neither were some of the frozen assets returned within the agreed frame or restrictions fully lifted from the original 1994 agreement. For North Korea all bets were off.

FAT MEN SING A CHORUS OF CACOPHONY

Come 2017 and the stakes are much higher. We have a more bellicose and nuclear capable Kim Jong Un threatening nuclear strikes. Coupled with a hair trigger US President promising, “fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before”.

China and Russia are urging for cooler heads and a hold on the immediate war games. And US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is confirming that option is not on the negotiating table.

Regular readers will know that I have covered this build up in the weeklies, now available for reference on my political astrology page where they are archived. But to briefly recap, I did write up the looming problems of the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific, referring to the Sun of their progressed horoscope squaring Mercury, forecasting communication problems directly in this time period. That entry is under July 9 update on this page link.

Also covered in earlier columns was Trump's astromap and his combative birth Mars setting over Pyongyang at the time of his published birth certificate showing 10.54 am June 14 1946 in Queens, New York. This also places his progressing Sun currently setting across the Korean border.

Astromapping is a valuable tool for locating a leader's global influence. The same progressions show Trump's Mercury, the communicator and negotiator, setting and inching closer to Beijing. For this developing crisis there is already a special Washington hotline arranged with China.

If the astromapping continues to deliver such effective synchronicity, then it makes not only this eclipse period and its current lunar cycle vitally important, but also late December this year, when Trump's Progressing Moon and transiting Nodal Axis will reach Beijing.

That's why it isn't over while the fat men – Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump sing. Right now they're decidedly out of tune with most of humanities wishes. The nuclear option should be the real non negotiable item.

War games in an atmosphere of 'miscommunication' surrounding the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific, are like matches hovering over a petrol tank. The August eclipse fell on North Korea's Saturn, the current Saturn station falls on their Progressed Mars. This is all about restraint and responsibility under the duress of sanctions.

ECLIPSING THE PROMISES

Astrological connections are observable realities. Planets either cross paths in the heavens or they don't. It cannot be made up like a politician’s promise – it's a physical, measurable and timed event. Planets also have a traditional meaning. In the case of the visible ones descriptions date back across millennia and permeates cross cultural mythologies.

With that in mind, Donald Trump began his campaign with a New Moon on the war planet Mars. The same New Moon fell near the USA's July 4 1776 Gemini birth Mars. Donald Trump just happens to be born with his Sun and erratic Uranus positioned on the same USA birth Mars. No escaping it.

The day after Trump's campaign announcement, Dylann Roof entered a church to commit multiple murders in a race hate crime he hoped would ignite a racial war. Roof was an unrepentant white supremacist with a fondness for the Confederate flag.

Coincidence or sign of things to come? Either way this was full on Sun Mars stuff to kickoff the last cycle. We recently entered a new succeeding Sun Mars cycle from July 27. Look at how events have accelerated.

A White House in turmoil - sackings,resignations en masse - Charlottesville now replaces Charleston of last cycle - similar themes - it ain't no cosmic conspiracy.

PROMISES, PROMISES

Donald Trump repeatedly promised and tweeted to cut back on the wasteful loss of lives and spending on multiple overseas wars. It went down extremely well, especially against an opponent widely regarded as an establishment war hawk. And an American public tiring of constant war and budget deficits.

Despite this pacifist promise in regard to military engagements, the Trump campaign played out as the most combative and abusive in memory. Racial overtones, anger and insults featured. The recent eclipse has been even more revealing.

Trump has reversed his promise on Afghanistan, now committing more troops. But should this be any surprise. As early as February 23 this year, four days before another solar eclipse, he announced a budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history”.

Hasn't he surrounded his administration with military appointments – a cast of Generals to guide the White House. And don't we find internal conflict, extending even to the streets? It has to reflect back to leadership - and the multiple Mars connections.

Even the recently pardoned ex-Sherrif - Joe Arpaio - was born June 14 with his Sun on the USA Mars. Arpaio was facing possible jail time, although possibly not chain gang stuff with pink pajamas as prescribed on his watch. He was convicted for racial profiling. And gained national prominence for his Obama birther conspiracy theory investigations.

Planets don't lie but politicians can't seem to stop. Fake news is their specialty. Yet the promise of changing Washington can't be to make it more oppressive. America's greatness came through their diversity of ideas - not oligarchal power. It's easy to get lost in the personal idiosyncrasies of one man and lose the bigger picture of why he is here now.

Donald Trump is just a player - a catalyst in America's evolution. His connections with the horoscope of the USA are turning out to be right on the money. The timing of the last eclipse on his chart has unmasked uncritical preconceptions. Things simply won't be the same again. For when the thoughts of most Americans change - the country eventually follows.

US HURRICANES MIRROR LANDFALL DATES

Hurricane Harvey is reeking havoc in Texas. It has some eye catching correlations with Hurricane Katrina the costliest hurricane in US history, which also affected Texas. They wrought maximum destruction at the same time, exactly twelve years apart.

Both made initial landfall on the same date of August 25. On that day Katrina's top winds were 130 klm per hour and falling trees claimed two lives. But worse lay ahead. She would return again at Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana on the morning of the 29th at over 200 klm per hour claiming 1833 lives.

That was 12 years ago and one cycle of expansive Jupiter in airy Libra, the planet associated with events on a big scale. For the astro record here's the biwheel showing the two vital connections between Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. Are they just coincidental? Or is the cosmos repeating a profound message?


AUGUST 20

THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH

The most immediate picture formed by the Great American Eclipse of August 21 2017, is one of cutting the United States in half – literally dividing the North from the South. It comes as Americans revisit the most monumental separation in their history – the Civil War. All in light of the August 12 riots in Charlottesville, Virginia and a divisive presidency.

There have been two previous eclipses that emphasised the North v South polarity of continental USA – 1869 and 1918. And there is a discernible correlation to both, as in the one looming. The Ku Klux Klan and issues of white supremacy. Yet again, the eclipse of 2017 ensnares a President, whose grasp of historical 'context' seems tenuous at best and selective at worst.

1869 ULYSSES GRANT AND THE KU-KLUX KLAN

1869 was the year that Ulysses S Grant became US President. He succeeded Andrew Johnson, rated one of the worst ever. In fact if you examine the lowest ranked, among them are Johnson, James Buchanan and Ulysses S Grant. All are associated with the Civil War. The one notable exception and often rated the greatest of all – Abraham Lincoln - governed for the duration of the war.

Andrew Johnson became the leader at the end of the Civil War, upon Lincoln's assassination. Johnson's handling of America's 'Reconstruction' centered upon restoring former Confederate states into the Union, unfortunately without any assurance of African American civil rights

Under Johnson the Southern States re-elected many of their former leaders and introduced laws – called Black Codes – designed to restrict blacks from basic freedoms. Johnson even went so far as to veto the April 9 1866 Civil Rights Bill. However a two thirds majority in each chamber overturned his veto. Johnson was eventually impeached and narrowly escaped removal from office.

ULYSSES S GRANT VERUS KKK

Johnson did not attend his successor's inauguration. By this time the shadowy Ku Klux Klan - formed December 24 1865 – had established themselves as a covert political power. Historians consider them responsible for Grant's failure to secure Louisiana.

Between 200 to 300 blacks were killed or wounded in Louisiana, following the Opelousas massacre from September 28. Whites also lost 40 to 50 lives in what amounted to racial clashes over voter suppression, prior to the election of November 1868.

Ulysses S Grant began to zealously reel in the Klan. The organisation had taken to terror via murderous masked lynch mobs, operating under the cover of darkness. The Ku Klux Klan Act was introduced April 20 1871. Grant created a Department of Justice, enabling the government to declare martial law and use military force to suppress the terror groups activities and prosecute its members.

The 1869 Solar Eclipse, dividing the US North and South for Grant's swearing in, cuts through the Mason-Dixon line. It symbolically depicts the resistance of the die hard Southerners trying to maintain the status quo.

On February 27 1869, John Willis Menard became the first Afro-American to address Congress. His opponent had disputed Menard's electoral win. His speech illustrated the voter suppression and anomalies. Although he received greater support, neither were given the seat.

But things were changing. On February 25, the following year, Hiram Revels became the first black Senator. Grant's Enforcement Laws gradually led to the suppression of the KKK. Although they would resurface during WWI, with their activities exposed near another Solar Eclipse that similarly divided the continent on June 8 1918.

THE STATUES OF THE KKK REVIVAL

The Klan's rebirth saw them much more integrated into American society under the banner of “100% Americanism”. The rebirth was in opposition to immigration numbers increasing and increasing competition for jobs and changing the national demographics. A more restrictive US Immigration Act came into force on October 6 1918.

But it was another headline that would spotlight the KKK and shock the nation. The lynching and brutal murder of Mary Turner, eight months pregnant, at midday on May 19 1918 in Lowndes County, Georgia, made the New York Times. Her crime - speaking out against the lynching murder of her husband.

Although the Governor of Georgia was given names and witnesses, no arrests were made. Today, ' The Mary Turner Project' is dedicated to establishing a national database on more than 2,600 documented lynchings in the U.S.

At its peak, the Klan claim to have comprised of up to 15% of the eligible population – mostly white Protestants. The KKK Washington March, on August 8 1925, featured over 50,000 members. The Pennsylvania Avenue procession of men and women, some on horseback, and brandishing the names of their state wide chapters, continued for three hours.

During this revival period, statues, such as the controversial one of General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, (May 21 1924) were erected. Often situated outside government buildings and courthouses they were a stark reminder of the unjust Jim Crow segregation laws. President Donald Trump's incomplete and misleading grasp of American history overlooks this fact.

AUGUST 2017 - ECLIPSES AND CHARLOTTESVILLE

When members of white supremist organisations descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a Robert E Lee statue, it was days after the August 8 Lunar eclipse, leading into the August 21 Solar Eclipse that geographically divides the USA. The same eclipse is due to hone in on Trump's 29 degree Leo Ascendant close to his combative Mars. And it's already working.

The eclipse is reviving a racial theme and eclipsing the President's public image and relationships, starting with the abandonment of his business advisory panel and arts committee. Encompassing the sacking (or resignation) of his senior advisor and campaign manager, Steve Bannon. The President also has Saturn transiting conjunct to his Moon and opposing his Sun, a cold placement of emotional removal and isolation.

But the eclipse affects all of America and it seems more than coincidental that at another North/South divide, the old theme of racism and white supremacy has resurfaced. Along with the memories of the Civil War and a new reflection in the light of today.

It's not so unusual. The issue goes way back to the 1787 drafting of the Constitution. Back then, 43% of South Carolina's population were slaves, 36% of Virginia, 35% of Georgia. Yet Massachusetts was virtually slave free, Pennsylvania where they were meeting had around 1%, as did Connecticut. New York was down to 6%. So compromise was exercised - for a time.

SAROS CORRELATIONS

There is another way to examine eclipse cycles. Scientists use both the Saros method, grouping them into families, operating over 1300 years and repeating every of 18 years and 9 to 11 days.

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 belongs to Saros Series 145. This links back to 1963, a pivotal year for the Civil Rights movement in America. It began with the new Governor of Alabama George Wallace and his inaugural January 14 speech declaring, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!"

It continued with the marches of Birmingham, Alabama, the jailing of Martin Luther King and the showdown between Governor Wallace and the US President John F. Kennedy, who promised a new Civil Rights Bill.

It accelerated with the August 28 'March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom', the largest protest in US history and Martin Luther King's 'I Have Dream Speech'. The November 22 assassination of JFK was widely mourned by the civil rights supporters. And Malcolm X's Detroit speech for revolution wound out the year. 1963 was a major turning point.

The same Saros Series connects with 1945, another pivotal year for human rights, with the inaugural meeting of the United Nations on October 24. Again bringing presidential change in the US, as Roosevelt's passing introduced Harry Truman to office. And the July 16 detonation of the first Atomic Bomb, launching nuclear warfare on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, and ending World War Two.

NEVER ENDING STORY

Of course the conflict never really ended for Korea. On September 8 1945 American troops occupied the South, whilst Soviets occupied the North and the country was divided at the 38th parallel. The US has remained following the stalemate of the Korean Civil War, along with the 38th parallel. So there remains division on both sides and in between.

On August 13 1945, the Zionist World Congress discussed the founding of the country of Israel with the British government. This followed the assassination of Lord Moyne, the highest ranking British official in the Middle East. It sent shock waves around the world and produced a withering attack in the House of Commons from Winston Churchill fuming.

“If our dreams for Zionism are to end in the smoke of assassins' pistols and our labours for its future to produce only a new set of gangsters worthy of Nazi Germany, many like myself will have to reconsider the position we have maintained so consistently and so long in the past. If there is to be any hope of a peaceful and successful future for Zionism, these wicked activities must cease, and those responsible for them must be destroyed root and branch.”

CAPTURING THE THEMES

Analysing the Saros connection helps to pinpoint some of the global political themes playing out again in 2017. Much of this is also covered in the archived political astrology page which has a wealth of such comparisons. And I will be addressing it further here.

Ideally these cycles are better addressed the second or third time around. The opportunity for new and different steps is presented. History doesn't have to repeat like a broken record. The idea is to involve and resolve the theme, in an evolutionary manner.

In that endeavour, history, and more importantly the logical understanding of it, becomes essential to ensuring we are not ensnared in a robotic time warp. Awareness is the ultimate mechanism of change. To know how and why we got there. Understand where it is coming from, before you decide where it should be going.

Trump's presidency is thrust increasingly under the magnifying glass, courtesy of his own horoscope's multiple links to this August eclipse. So too is the division of Korea, Israel and the Middle East, including the Iraq/Iran connections and even Egypt, when one considers the assassination of Sadat came under Saros 145. It also historically stresses US influence on the politics of Middle and Latin America.

But on home soil Civil Rights will take precedence and Charlottesville was the catalyst. Be assured it won't end there. It's too important for that.

TURNBULL'S TURMOIL

Wrapping up elsewhere, there was turmoil in Australian politics this week with the Deputy PM potentially unqualified for his post due to dual citizenship and the Constitution.

Last year I addressed the instability of the Turnbull government for mid 2017 in the Federation of Astrologers 'Eye In The Sky' column based on his swearing in chart of last year. I will be elaborating on it here too, but space is limited this week, as for Barcelona and Finland.

Meantime to my stateside friends, pray for a cloudless day come August 21, enjoy the magnificence of this eclipse. It's a once in a lifetime experience. The link between the heavens and the earth is never more evident. Your sun sign synopsis is included below.

AUGUST 13

DON'T MENTION THE CRUSADES

When General Allenby walked through the Gates of Jerusalem to reclaim the Holy Lands for the Allies in WWI, the British press were put on notice. Don't mention the word crusade! It didn't stop the Punch from printing a provocative cartoon one week later.

The image titled 'The Last Crusade' depicted King Richard 'The Lionheart' looking back over his shoulder musing, 'My wish come true'. The establishment were not amused. War was enough and this was now about establishing peace with a new ally.

Richard was named by his French title - Couer-de-leon – a term also describing a legendary fixed star, positioned in the heart of the Leo constellation. Lions were the symbol of royalty from Mesopotamia and Egypt beyond. The Latin name is Regulus. And it has a compelling connection to Middle East history and the establishment of modern Israel.

REGULUS AND THE TRUE CROSS

Legend has it, on August 5 1099, only weeks after Jerusalem fell to the First Crusade, a relic of the True Cross was handed to crusader clergyman Arnulf, by one of the surviving inhabitants. On that day the Sun had come to meet Regulus in exact conjunction. A week later Godfrey of Bouillon, the new King of Jerusalem, led into a final battle with the Cross and considered the mission fully accomplished.

Regulus is a fixed star system, lying close to the ecliptic (path of the Sun across Earth), at a distance of approximately 79 light years. It's a number that the Sun also shares with Mars, the lord of the battlefield. Every 79 years the Sun and Mars return to similar placements in the heavens. And when Mars comes to meet Regulus, roughly every two years, it seems to set the scene for one.

WORLD WAR ONE

Mars and the Moon had only just began departing Regulus, on June 28 1914, when the Archduke Ferdinand and wife Duchess Sophie, were assassinated, a major trigger for World War One. Mars next return to Regulus was a station in January of 1916 finally departing by late May. It was pivotal for the Allied war effort and future planning, but began disastrously.

January 9 1916 – The failure and complete evacuation of Gallipoli campaign.
January 16 1916 - Ottoman Empire forces defeat the Allied British in what is modern day Iraq at the Battle of Wadi.
April 29 1916 - Siege of Kut - British forces surrender to the Ottoman Empire south of Baghdad. This has been dubbed,”the most abject capitulation in Britain’s military history.”

On top of thirty thousand deaths - thirteen thousand troops were captured. During the siege the British government offered today's equivalent of $122 million and a promise to cease fighting the Ottomans for the troops return. The offer was refused.

During this time Britain was also appealing to the Arab leadership for support. The promise was liberation and their own independent state. Correspondence heightened during the same Mars retrograde and triple pass across Regulus. The dream of Arab nationalism won out.

Unbeknown to the Arab leadership, Great Britain and France already had their own designs on the Middle East. The Sykes/Picot agreement, signed on May 16 1916 was an imperialist division of the Ottoman territories, should they win. The agreement horoscope shows Mars near Regulus and squared by the Sun.

The next, and final, Mars to Regulus of WWI, would coincide with a turning point that would reshape Palestine and divide the Middle East completely. It came not as a battle, though it would be the source of the most enduring ones across the 20th and now 21st century. It came as a letter posted November 2 1917 and known as the Balfour Declaration.

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

War is an expensive exercise. As it dragged on British coffers ran dry. The Lord of the Admiralty, Arthur Balfour, embarked for the USA in search of financial support. He found it in the form of the largest loan ever granted at the time - $500 million - on September 28 1915. The Bank of England records document the date of issue as October 15.

London, then the financial capital of the world, was ceding to New York. Mindful of the fact that the Rothschilds had financed Wellington's victory in the Napoleonic wars, exactly one hundred years earlier, the newly formed Zionist movement was also targeted. The family had already begun financially supporting a return to Palestine by 1914.

The idea was not new. But it wasn't until the Great War that the plan was presented to the parliament by another Jewish member, Herbert Samuels. He could have hardly guessed he would later become the first Jew to govern Jerusalem in 2000 years.

Samuels later circulated a memorandum, 'The Future of Palestine', discussed by Cabinet on March 13 1915. He proposed that although it is too soon for an independent Jewish state - 90% of the population were Palestinians - incorporating it into the British Empire “would be much the most welcome to the leaders and supporters of the Zionist movement throughout the world".

HOME RULE

The reaction of the Prime Minister Asquith was one of bemusement, but interestingly reveals the grander scope of the plan. Asquith recorded, "I have just received from Herbert Samuel a memorandum headed 'The Future of Palestine'. He thinks we might plant in this not very promising territory about three or four million European Jews, and that this would have a good effect on those left behind.”

"I think I have already referred to Herbert Samuel's dithyrambic memorandum, urging that in carving up the Turks' Asiatic dominions we should take Palestine, into which the scattered Jews would in time swarm back from all quarters of the globe, and in due course obtain Home Rule.”

“Curiously enough, the only other partisan of this proposal is Lloyd George, who I need not say, does not care a damn for the Jews or their past or their future, but thinks it will be an outrage to let the Holy Places pass into the possession or the protection of 'agnostic, atheistic France'"

ATTLEE RESIGNS

As fate would have it, between 7 and 7.30 pm on December 5 1916, Asquith suddenly tendered his resignation to the King, who would appoint Lloyd George, without an election. The deal was now firmly on the table and the matter was taken up with correspondence between the new British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and English Baron Walter Rothschild.

It was Balfour who requested Rothschild to draft what became the Balfour Declaration. On July 18 1917 Rothschild returned a draft to Balfour that opened. “1. His Majesty's Government accepts the principle that Palestine should be reconstituted as the National Home of the Jewish People.”

And so it was that on November 2 1917 – the last time that Mars would join Regulus for WWI – Balfour's famous declaration was returned to Lord Walter Rothschild in writing.

UNITED NATIONS PARTITION PLAN

In 1947/48, Mars would again turn retrograde in Leo. It would repeat its three conjunctions with the fixed star Regulus. And the shadow thrown by the events from World War One, would again hang over the Middle East. And again they would come in the form of war...and broken promises. The exactness and timing of these conjunctions would be nothing short of remarkable.

The first meeting of Mars exact to Regulus took place on November 29 1947 – the same day that the United Nations passed Resolution 181 as the Palestinian Partition Plan. It was the division of the Palestinian territory into separate Jewish and Arab territories, with Jerusalem under international control.

The Arabs wanted a democratic vote for self determination according to the UN Charter. They opposed the partitioning. The Zionist movement was in favour. The United Nations vote favoured the Zionist cause by 33 votes to 13 with 10 abstaining and 1 absentee. But not before some extraordinary lobbying took place.

Twenty-six US Senators signed a letter pressuring several UN member states to vote for the partition. Those in need of post war aid were targeted. President Truman later wrote, "The facts were that not only were there pressure movements around the United Nations unlike anything that had been seen there before, but that the White House, too, was subjected to a constant barrage."

Israel declared nationhood at 16.00 hours on May 14 1948 in Tel Aviv. The British Mandate expired at midnight leading into May 15 1948. What a time for Mars to be returning to meet Regulus. The conjunction was exact on the 16th with the Moon accompanying. War between the Arabs and Jews was immediate and expected.

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

The last retrograde cycle of Mars to make three conjunctions to Regulus occurred exact between Dec 11 1994 and May 25 1995. It started with promise and again right on time. On December 10 Israeli Prime Minister Yitshak Rabin and Palestinian leader, Yassar Arafat, were both awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was in the wake of the Oslo Accords, signed August 20 the year before as the Sun came to Regulus with Saturn opposed. It didn't last. Extremists on both sides continued to erode the process. The culmination came when a New York Jewish nationalist assassinated the Israel Prime Minister on November 4 1995, at a peace rally.

NEW MILLENNIUM – NEW HOPE

In the northern summer of 2000 President Clinton hoped his lasting legacy would be a final peace plan between the Israelis and Palestinians. Palestine's leader, Yassar Arafat, had already nominated the day for a new Palestine – September 13 2000 – to mark the seventh anniversary of the prior Oslo Accord White House signing and famous handshake with Yitzhak Rabin.

The talks between Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Arafat broke down over Jerusalem. September 13 2000 came and Mars was moving on Regulus – it was exact on the 17th. By the end of the month, the Second Intifada (Liberation War) had begun. By mid July 2006, with Mars again on Regulus, Israel would be at war with Lebanon.

RAID ON THE GAZA FLOTILLA

On May 31 2010 an international flotilla set out for Gaza, loaded with humanitarian aid and building supplies. Israeli commandos conducted an air-drop raid in international waters upon the Turkish ship MV Mavi Mamara. It resulted in the death of eight Turkish members and one Turkish American.

The deaths froze relations between Israel and Turkey. The plight of Gaza was widely debated and protests were held throughout Europe. Mars was returning to meet Regulus as the drama unfolded and escalated. But the publicity of the plight of the Gaza residents was worldwide news.

WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT 2017 + 2019

The upcoming Solar Eclipse will fall on Regulus. As the lunar cycle advances to the First Quarter Moon, messenger Mercury also join the royal star as Mars nears. The Full Moon period of September 5 and 6 brings Mars to Regulus, as negotiating Mercury begins to move direct. It may well be brewing a new development in this ongoing saga.

Keeping in mind that Israel, their Prime Minister Bin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump all have their Mars conjunct Regulus, it has to factor their own lives into the picture. The stalling and charade have polarised international opinion. Something has to be achieved.

In August 2019 Mars will again return to Regulus from the 18th which also fields the conjunctions of peacemaker Venus on he 21st and the Sun by the 23rd. This accentuated focus on a star that has been pivotal to the Middle East opens two time windows to watch.

It's impossible to turn back time. It is there to learn from. The Balfour Declaration was not only written proof of a promise, but consolidating Britain's attempt to hold empire and power in the oil rich Middle East. A hold and control that has fostered constant war and double dealing. For the one people who never got to decide their fate, were those who actually lived there

AUGUST 6

OMENS AND EAGLES

Operation Eagle Claw? It was the one chart in my database that duplicated the dominant quadriform aspect pattern with the same planets that began the 2016 Republican Convention. Planetary patterns ultimately offer a key to unveiling the mysteries of time, events and predictions.

Eagle Claw was President Carter's 1979 crash and burn rescue mission for US hostages held in the Tehran Embassy, following the Islamic Revolution. But how could the Republican Party possibly crash and burn their own convention? Well sometimes a picture...

GETTING DOWN TO SERIOUS BUSINESS

It was the beginning of 2016. I was working dual assignments. One - writing my annual World Prediction column. The other to finalise a shorter 2,500 word article on eclipses of for my editor Kelly Surtees of Well Being Astrology Guide 2017. The biggie was the August 21 2017 Great American eclipse.

There were obvious patterns. Eclipses in the same area of Leo had been a 20th century disaster for Presidents, as well as royalty. They fell on Regulus the Royal Star of Persia. They echoed the findings of British archaeologist R.C.. Thompson in his 1901 classic 'Reports of the Ancient Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon'. “When Regulus is dim the director of the palace will die.”

Carved in stone stuff reads grim and written in days when life was grim. Don't take it literally. Bill Clinton didn't expire at the 1998 eclipse nor Jimmy Carter in 1979. But their stars certainly dimmed with the Lewinsky exposure and the Iranian hostage crisis. And closer to the source of the omen, the Shah of Iran, fled his homeland in 1979 in genuine fear of his life. Suddenly, the Royal Star of Persia was sounding like an eerie omen.

REGULUS AND THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

The Shah's exit would replace a pro-western monarchy with an autocratic theocracy. But one thing stood out. The moment the Shah's plane departed Tehran's tarmac, at 13.24 hours January 16 1979, the Moon was 29LEO22, on the exact degree of Regulus. This was well ahead of the August eclipse.

But then eclipses, like sunspots, occur in opposite pairs on opposite months. February brought the Revolution. The exiled cleric Rohulla Khomeini flew into Tehran, to an outpouring welcome estimated at four million people. The new Islamic Republic was shifting political and economic control of Iran away from decades of western control.

Western hopes lay with insurrection through the Iranian Kurds, similar to today in Iraq. Intent of creating their own separate state, the Kurds provided the largest nationwide uprising against the new rulers. The August eclipse on Regulus would prove decisive.

On August 17 1979, Khomeini declared a jihad against Kurdish 'enemies of state'. The Iranian army began the Seige of Mahabad on August 20. The very symbolic August eclipse came on the 22nd, appearing exactly with the setting Sun in Tehran. The Kurds would be defeated and the Shah would never return.

Before the year was out Iranian students would storm the US Embassy, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Jimmy Carter's hopes of a second term as US President went with them in an failed rescue operation code named Operation Eagle Claw. It was aborted in the Iranian desert with military Mars conjunct Regulus.

1998 BIN LADEN AND THE FATWA

The 1998 Sunni fatwa of the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jew and Crusader, directly dictated by Osama bin Laden, was a declaration of war against America and Americans - international in scope. He delivered it on February 26 1998. A Solar Eclipse took place the very next day.

The February Solar Eclipse was particularly ominous with the Sun and Moon in square with a commanding and destructive Pluto. The Sun and Moon were also united to Mercury the messenger and Jupiter the planet of religion and self righteousness. Combative Mars was in semisquare to rebellious Uranus. It was all a perfect combination for a growing Al Qaeda network.

The Solar Eclipse landing with Regulus was due on August 21. It would prove telling. But the preceding Lunar Eclipse of August 8 showed just how lethal Bin Laden's jihad proclamation had become. In fact the uncannily close timing on these events proved even more precise than 1979.

Simultaneously, between 10.30 and 10.40 am. on August 7, 1998, the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were bombed. The attacks, linked to the earlier fatwa, killed 224 and injure over 4,500.

BOTCHED REVENGE

On the August 20, the day before the Solar Eclipse with Regulus, the Clinton administration announced a revenge attack. Operation Infinite Reach had been carried out at 1.30 pm Washington time on targets in Afghanistan and the Sudan. This was the first pre-emptive US strike against an aggressive non-state operator.

Cruise missiles breached Pakistan's air space, with a sparse ten minutes warning. A necessary precaution in case Pakistan thought they were under attack from India, triggering an all out Asian war.

The US were careful not to reveal the plan in advance to Pakistani intelligence, nor the Afghanistan government and Taliban leadership. It was to no avail as Bin Laden was not in their target area. To compound that failure, stray missiles had killed Pakistani villagers.

The simultaneous strike ordered on a Sudanese chemical factory proved to have no current connection to Al Qaeda. After $750,000,000 of weapons were unleashed, the collateral damage was costly. Clinton's pre-emptive failed mission had fractured trust with critical intelligence sources and emboldened Bin Laden's supporters.

The Republicans went on the attack. Only three days before Bill Clinton had testified in the Monica Lewinsky inquiry. Was his judgement clouded? Was the attack prepared as a premature change of media narrative. Either way the President would be impeached by December 19...three days after he okayed a new bombing raid on Iraq.

A MILTANT PRESIDENCY

The coming Lunar Eclipse of August 7 in Washington will fall again on the degree it occupied during the simultaneous US Embassy bombings. The August 21 2017 Eclipse remains within the bounds of Regulus – one degree and sixteen minutes away. Regulus sits on the current President's own Ascendant. Trump has packed the White House with Generals.

The first Solar Eclipse of 2017 took place on February 27 in Washington. On the 28th Donald Trump gave his first gave his first public address before Congress. He announced the creation of the Homeland State Security for counter terrorism. He declared sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile progress.

The address had a heavy military emphasis reaffirming an unbreakable alliance with the state of Israel and a ten percent increase in military spending. It followed a botched operation in Yemen which took out more civilians than enemies, including the loss of navy seal Roy Owens.

Trump made Owen's grieving wife the emotional show-piece of his speech. Owen's father refused to attend. The upcoming eclipse is related to all of this, just as the previous cycle proved. The February eclipse occurred with clandestine Neptune. It featured a sudden strike Mars to Uranus conjunction.

While all eyes are on North Korea – they should not divert from the Middle East. If there's one thing Trump, Netanyahu and his Republican idealogues follow it is scuttling the Iran deal. He has even assembled a team to look into how it can be done.

I have written countless times that the war planet of Mars in the horoscopes of Trump, Netanyahu and Israel are all conjunct in Leo and uncomfortably close to Regulus. It's not only the eclipse that's heading there but Mars follows.

Next week I will explain multiple other Regulus historical and future connections which help explain the Middle East conundrum. Meantime the connection of Operation Eagle Claw, the Republican Convention and Trump's cantankerous Eagle photoshoot may be a peculiar omen. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

30 July

THE SUN MARS CYCLE

Mars as many of you know occupies the mantle of the 'God of War' in the planetary pantheon. It's not a recent honour. In the far millennia of Babylonian times, when cuneiform symbols were carved into clay tablets, the red planet (then known as Nergal), was also represented as a lord of storms, pestilence and war in the land.

The Romans rated Mars as their second most important god after Jupiter. The red planet was associated with warriors and wolves. Augustus dedicated a temple to Mars on the heliacal setting of the constellation Scorpio, the sign of war. It was to be used by the Senate, whenever decisions of war were taken.

The Sun is now with Mars and the US Senate have been at war, with themselves and the President over the repeal and replacement of the Healthcare Act. Ironically, it was a former war hero, John McCain, who cast the deciding No vote.

The Trump administration have been in freefall at the White House since the decision to appoint firebrand Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, with multiple resignations and internal dissension.

Plus there has been controversy over the President's transgender ban on military personnel. He claims to have consulted the generals and they have fired back, 'tweets are not policy', and that this was not a directive from the Defense Department.

And this is happening at the conclusion of one Sun to Mars cycle, and the beginning of a fresh one. The one just finishing was the one that propelled Trump into the White House. Here is the last cycle from beginning to end, with its crucial turning points.

THE SUN MARS CYCLE FOUR TURNING POINTS.

JUNE 14 2015 SUN CONJUNCT MARS
Donald Trump's 69th birthday arrives with combative Mars conjunct his Sun. Two days later, coinciding with a Gemini New Moon on Mars, he announces his presidential candidacy at 11.21 am in New York. It will become the most volatile campaign of all.

FEB 7 2016 SUN DEPARTING SQUARE FROM MARS
On February 6 Republican debate Trump is booed by the audience, who he accuses of being filled by paid Bush supporters. On the 13th,with the square still in aspect, Trump turned the next televised Republican debate into what one reporter called “a cage match”. It was a free-for-all, and Trump was dictating the chaos. He went on all out attack and no-one was spared the barbs, insults and ridicule. Ratings soared.

MAY 22 2016 SUN OPPOSITE MARS
The opposition is a culmination point, revealing the cycle's full potential. Two days following this opposition, world headlines read that for the first time since the announcing his campaign, Donald Trump was polling better than Hillary Clinton. The possibility of a Trump presidency is revealed with the cycle in full swing.

SEP 13 2016 SUN SQUARE BACK TO TO MARS
After Clinton had cleared to an 8 point poll lead during August, her margin began to rapidly evaporate. By the mid-September date above, Trump had cut it down to a mere one per-cent. States that she had held, like Florida were slipping away. Trump was now rated a better than 40% chance of victory.

JULY 26 2017 SUN CONJUNCT MARS
Interesting from the outset as this Mars opposes the position of Trump's November 2016 election victory.

July 21- With the conjunction in orb, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns in a vehement protest at the appointment of financier Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director.
July 23 - With the Sun and Mars on the Midheaven over Washington Scaramucci incredibly tweets “Full transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters”. He has deleted all of his previous anti-Trump tweets for transperancy?
July 26 - Trump uses Twitter to announce a transgender ban on the military. Claims it was after consultation with the military.The army chiefs, taken by surprise, deny involvement.
New attack dog Scaramucci launches a foul mouthed attack on White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. It is a prelude to making Priebus, the shortest serving Chief of Staff in history.
July 29 - Trump via Twitter again “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him.” Replaces him with General John Kelly, keeping with the Mars military connection.

This dissension is all occurring at the conclusion of a Sun Mars synodic transit cycle and setting the scene for the new one, which it is also the beginning of.

The next Sun to Mars square is due March 25 2018. It is in following with a similar time frame that I wrote about last week re the USA's SP Sun fielding the transit of Neptune which also coincided with major turning points. Here's the link on that article.

This Sun Mars cycle seems more attached to Trump's natural aggression and discord within his Republican Party. The next square will be critical. But outside of that chaos there are other far more fascinating and important connections to the current Mars position that starts this cycle and its correspondence to historical events.

THE BIG PICTURE

The current Sun Mars conjunction is reactivating the Leo Mars position held at the height the Cuban Missile Crisis between October 22-24 1962. This showdown between Russia, Cuba and the USA brought the world the closest it has has been to nuclear war. US forces were ordered to DEFCON 2, the highest level in US history. Luckily, back then, Mars was also in opposition to restraining Saturn.

North Korea launched another ballistic missile on Friday July 28 at 11.41 pm South Korean time. The Sun and Mars were concentrated on the Mars position of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And Mars has an explosive track record in this degree. Mars was also at 5 degrees of Leo when dynamite was first patented. It's not so great for Trump either – it was at 5 degrees of Leo when Comey was sworn in.

Right now, with the US President battling an historical ratings low, thanks to a undermining Russian probe, ongoing failed legislation and White House back stabbing, any change of national narrative would be a blessing. And the most successful presidential cure for dismal polling has been historically been via conflict. Or at least the threat of one.

North Korea is perfect media for Trump. His own horoscope shows the Sun to meet his birth Mars a day prior to the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse and his Mars return is due on the 31st. So, depending upon the way you look at it, that missile launch, could have occurred at a most opportune time.

This is where some extra cycle work is needed. The more parallels that can be drawn the better chance of any reliable picture forming. It's not as anything is written in stone, as some like to fantasize.

But there are discernible patterns to history, that underline the axiom that history repeats. It may never be exactly the same, but the repeat periods uncannily align with the cosmic planetary clocks, and replicate the symbolism.

THE CURRENT CYCLE AND ITS HISTORICAL RELEVANCE

The current cycle got underway with the Sun and Mars conjunction at 04Leo12 on July 26. This cycle will reach culmination exactly a year onward on July 27 2018 the Sun opposes Mars at 04Aqua08. Just like the last Sun/Mars cycle I exampled above, the opposition point brings out the full potential. But there's more.

Some may recall that Mars made its closest approach to Earth for 60,000 years in late August 2003. It shone brighter than Jupiter in the night sky. Well immediately following the Sun Mars opposition of July 27 2018, it will come the closest again. Very similar to 2003 - the year of the invasion of Iraq. But a boon for all astronomers, professional and amateur.

This 2018 opposition – the culmination of this cycle - is falling in the fifth degree of Aquarius. It's precisely on the Mars position of the formation of the Seventh Fleet that won the Pacific War and still patrol that domain. Plus Mars will repeat the exact degree of sinking of the USS Maine, the catalyst that sparked the Spanish American War.

THE EVEN BIGGER PICTURE

The next key in the cycle is by asking do the Sun and Mars repeat their placements of 2017 and 2018? Can this cycle be matched with the same or similar phenomena in the past? The answer is yes – they have a 79 year recurrence cycle that runs very close to the mark.

On the 24th of July 1938 the Sun and Mars came together in early Leo and the following year of 1939 formed the opposition exiting Capricorn and entering Aquarius. The opposition preceded WWII. This current cycle bears close watching in terms of history. And if you want to go back further it will bring you into 1859/60, the preceding years of the US Civil War.

BACK TO THE NOW

Lastly any Sun Mars conjunction usually brings tribulations to leaders, as the Sun represents them. At this conjunction, Pakistan's billionaire President Sharif Nawaz has been removed by the courts, courtesy of the Panama Papers revelations. And its hardly the time for Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, to be holding elections this Sunday. But he is. And it's already looking like civil war.

The conjunction functions on so many levels they far exceed my weekly column, which I advise you read twice to get the detail. This conjunction was also the Mars return of Central Station, Sydney. At the conjunction a man was shot and killed by police after he had threatened civilians with a weapon at Central. In the Sydney CBD a Iranian set himself alight with petrol. You can hardly get more Mars than that fiery example. Luckily, he was saved with superficial burns.

As the Sun/Mars conjunction lands on the Australian First Settlement's Descendant and precisely opposes the same January 26 1788 Sydney Aquarian Sun, police conducted a co-ordinated terrorist cell raid from 1 pm July 29. This would seem highly significant as Mars was conjunct the same Sun for the 2014 Martin Place seige.

That's why it's essential that we keep our cool when flames of passions dictate sensibility. The assertive Sun Mars may be great for getting something happening but it has its downside on the aggressive side. And its been something recognised and written on from Babylonian days. Time to take extra care this week as the Sun and Mars still ride shotgun together.

JULY 23

ALL IN THE TIMING

It was early Wednesday morning, precisely 02.49 am November 9 2016, in New York, when Donald Trump proclaimed victory in the US presidential election. I noted the time, watching from my hotel room in upstate Buffalo. Angry Mars had just entered collective Aquarius and was tied to a tight and testy semisquare to governmental Saturn. Trouble ahead...yes...given time!

It's over eight months later and antagonistic Mars is entering Leo. It's opposing the position it held when Trump casually uttered, “Sorry to keep you waiting complicated business; complicated.” Perhaps he never envisioned just how complicated it could get. A transiting New Moon is magnifying Mars, pouring fuel on the fire. It's due July 23.

There's another way to time the same troubles using secondary progressions. The Progressed Moon of the early morning Trump victory speech chart has just now reached Saturn, and is reflexively hard angled to the Mars. The orbs are virtually exact. And look at what's going down.

Congress pass Russian sanctions setting up a potential showdown with the White House. Media spokesperson Sean Spicer abandons ship and jumps for his sanity – or what remains of it. Wall Streeter Anthony Scaramucci becomes the new spin doctor for a President in constant chaos.

For a besieged Donald Trump, born with aggressive Mars rising, attack is the best form of defense. Already he has engaged the 'fake press', to publicly ridicule his Attorney General, and advised FBI director Robert Mueller to keep Trump finances out of the Russian probe. But what's the big picture saying?

SIGNS AND SEASONS

Last week I explained how Neptune timed turning points in the Trump phenomena. The first weeks of September and December 2017 and especially the third week of February 2018 should present enormous challenges to the President and administration. The last two look especially critical. Multiple astrological techniques support this Neptunian theme.

Astrologers of yore, cast localised horoscopes for the precise moment of the equinoxes and solstices. The charts offered a larger overview of the year's promise. Many traditionalists still work this way. The horoscopes are called ingresses (entry points) as they signify the beginning of the four seasons in a given location.

The 2017 Washington ingresses repeat an extremely rare pattern. Three of the four ingress charts have Neptune rising at the Ascendant and Saturn in the administrative Midheaven. Even the USA's solar return (Sibly chart) for 2017 duplicates this design. You can't make this stuff up! It simply is. Click here for the three Ingress charts

As Neptune rises in the three Ingress charts, a spectre hovers over Washington. A beguiling and deceptive atmosphere that is paralyzing progress. Partly because Neptune is moving retrograde and has been since mid June and is so positioned in the Cancer Ingress. And administrative Saturn is retrograde in the tenth house of government.

ANYTHING GOES

When it comes to dreamtime Neptune, people believe what they want to believe. Trump encapsulated this with his memorable – and highly revealing - quote, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” For his opposition, it is in the high hopes of his imminent impeachment or impending resignation.

The one clear phenomena - is the confusion. However, there are ways to demystify this whole Neptune cloud. They involve another repeating conjunction. The transit of Neptune arriving precisely at the USA's Secondary Progressed Sun (Sibly chart).

The conjunctions - that began April 30 last year - can hardly be coincidental considering the events. These are the times its happened and the times it will happen again.

NEPTUNE TO USA SP SUN CONJUNCTION DATES

APRIL 30 2016 - On April 26, Super Tuesday, Trump wins all five states in the Republican Primaries. April 27 Jared Kushner meets with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. On May 3 Ted Cruz withdraws his nomination and John Kasich follows on May 4, leaving Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee.

JULY 17 2016 – On July 16 Trump announces Mike Pence as his running mate. Trump is declared the Republican nominee by Jeff Sessions at 17.57 hours July 19 and officially accepts at 22.19 hours on July 21. The following morning, at 7.52 am July 22 2016 Wikileaks releases 19,252 emails hacked from the Democrats.

MARCH 20 2017 – On March 20 2017 the Congressional House Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, questions the FBI Director James Comey, on alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign. This follows explosive tweets by Donald Trump on March 4 - “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Comey answers that he “has no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.”

SEPTEMBER 6 2017 – Coming soon! This is the next time Neptune reaches exactness to the USA's progressed Sun. Notably the US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has his own progressed Sun extremely close to the USA's SP Sun and he may be an important player in this forthcoming development. Connecting the dots will be crucial around this time.

FEBRUARY 15-17 2018 – It all hits the fan. I anticipate major drama around the leadership and that includes family connections such as Jared Kushner and Donald Jnr. Some of this will be a follow on from developments from early December. Feb 15 2018 will also coincide with a Solar Eclipse in opposition to the upcoming August 21 2016 eclipse and will be opposing Trump's Mars.

OCTOBER 22 2018 – Leading into the US mid-term elections and obviously a long way into the future. But somehow the events that have characterised the previous dates will factor into the election result. As with Neptune there can also be a pre election 'red herring' designed to hoodwink the unsuspecting.

JANUARY 08 2019 – The final transit of Neptune across the US Sibly Secondary Progressed Sun. It is followed, within the week, by a square from Jupiter – the eternal optimist. The one thing that we can assume from all of this is that the days of chaos and confusion are finally coming to an end.

That's my big picture from the national perspective. I'll be going into more detail in coming weeks.

THE PLUTO FACTOR

One swallow doesn't make a spring. Neptune, the gaslighting planet ticks all the boxes when it comes to the Trump lack of transparency and the diversionary Twitter spin. But there's also another very important planet involved and it's power player Pluto.

The last aspect of the USA's progressed Sun to Pluto was the conjunction of April 1973. That month Richard Nixon fired White House Counsel John Dean and the Attorney General Richard Kleindienst resigned. Nixon would eventually be forced to do the same.

The first aspect that the Secondary Progressed Sun has made to Pluto since that time, is the semisquare of May 2017. That's the month the US President sacked the head of the FBI.

JULY 16

TRUMP AND THE ECLIPSE PATTERN

The Solar Eclipse of August 21 at 28Leo53 falls across the Ascendant of Donald Trump's horoscope. This point, where the ecliptic crosses the horizon at his birth time, portrays his self-image.

It's both how he sees the world and how others view him. And it's popularly known as the relationship axis. We can expect profound changes in Trump's relationships, connecting back 19 years.

Eclipses are a product of the soli-lunar cycle, repeating every 19 years. When examining how an eclipse might effect, it's crucial to backtrack. This August 21 eclipse at 28Leo52 was preceded by one at 28Leo48 on August 22 1998 and again at 29Leo01 on August 22 1979.

HEART OF STONE

In 1979 Donald Trump was introduced to Roger Stone, who would have a fundamental effect on his future. Stone was a leading political lobbyist in the Republican Party. He was associated with Watergate and is uniquely proud of his involvement to this day.

Roger Stone's office walls are covered in images of the only US President to resign in disgrace. He boasts one of the largest Nixon memorabilia collections in the world. In 2007 he had a tattoo of Nixon embedded into his back. The 'whatever it takes' backroom mover envisioned Trump as a future President.

In 1980, Stone formed a lobbying firm Black, Manafort & Stone during the Reagan years. They became pioneers of today's Superpacs. By 1980,Trump was a client of Stone and in the ensuing years hired Paul Manafort as a lawyer, to handle his real estate and gambling interests.

THE GOOD OLD BOYS

The upcoming August 21 eclipse revives Trump's relationship with Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. Both played a pivotal role in the presidential race.

Stone was Trump's original campaign manager, until August 8 2015. Trump claimed Stone was taking up too much spotlight – Stone claims he resigned. Yet he remained close to the action, thereafter acting as Trump's media mouthpiece.

In late March of 2016, Trump appointed Paul Manafort as his campaign manager. Stone's cryptic comment on that move was, 'back in the saddle!' Manafort – a Republican insider – was recruited to secure party delegates and prevent a challenge to Trump's nomination. Manafort resigned on August 19 2016.

Manafort's sudden skadoodle was 'coincidentally' received the same day as Ukrainian investigators unveiled millions of dollars payments he allegedly received from Kiev's former Russian-backed leaders. Manafort was a senior advisor to the Russian aligned Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, ousted in the 2014 revolution.

RUSSIAN MONEY – NEW YORK BOUND

The 1998 eclipse correlates with the collapse of the Russian economy. Russia defaulted on over $40 billion dollars of national debt and devalued the ruble on August 17 1998 – five days before the eclipse. Moscow money deserted for greener pastures. New York real estate was a safe alternative.

The demolition for the beginning of Trump World Tower, began in October 1998. For its time it was the tallest residential building in the world. It attracted oligarchs from Russia and the Ukraine. They were a godsend for Trump, then heavily leveraged to German banks.

Vladimir Putin, destined to become the most influential politician of the 21st century, was about to come to power. Elevated at the 1999 Grand Cross eclipse in imperial Leo, sworn in as all the visible planets moved through enduring Taurus in the month of the pivotal Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, and reclaiming Crimea preceding the Cardinal Grand Cross of 2014.

PUT IT THERE PAL

By 2013, Trump's Miss Universe show was headed to Moscow. Four days after his birthday with expansive Jupiter transiting over his birth Sun, Trump took to Twitter, “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?”

But possibly the real 'best friend' was the Trump of Moscow, developer Aras Agalarov, who paid $20 million to bring Miss Universe to Russia. After the contest Trump tweeted. “@AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!
3:39 AM UT - 12 Nov 2013”

Those plans were scuttled around the 2014 Cardinal Grand Cross, which reset world politics. The USA had backed a revolution in the Ukraine, Russia had reclaimed Crimea and Cold War politics were back in vogue. It all happened with game changing Pluto in precise opposition to the USA's leadership Sun.

Come the 2016 US election and it was obvious who Russia would be supporting. Then came another planetary Grand Cross, with the New Moon of June 5 2016. This one placed deceptive Neptune conjunct the USA's secondary progressed Sun. It would eventually have severe repercussions for Donald Trump Jnr.

The conjunction of subterfuge Neptune to the USA's SP Sun reached exactness by mid July 2016. It neatly correlated with alleged Russian hacking, a Wikileaks release damning the Democrats on July 22 and the US intelligence services beginning to investigate Russian links to the Trump campaign.

NEPTUNE SMOKESCREEN

Trump continually denied any collusion, contrary to the facts that all roads led to Russia. The US Senate opened an investigation. Mike Flynn fast became the shortest serving US National Security Advisor. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions had a memory lapse when it came to meeting Russian officials and recused himself from the inquiry.

A worried President tested the waters with a claim that Trump Towers were bugged. On March 20 2017 FBI director James Comey publicly refuted Trump's claim, adding that the intelligence organisation had been investigating Russian interference in the US election since July 2016. Significantly, on March 20 Neptune had again returned exact to the minute on USA's SP Sun.

Trump later sacked Comey, warning he “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” It was a hollow threat, again testing the waters to see what Comey really did have and to make it appear that he had something on the former FB chief. Trump later admitted he made no recordings.

Then followed last week's bombshell of Donald Trump Jnr, meeting with Russian connections at 4 pm June 9 2016 in Trump Towers. Little wonder his father was paranoid about the building being bugged.

Trump Jnr elected to release email details before the New York Times published them. The most damning email came through at 10.36 am June 3 2016 – coincident with the Grand Cross of Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Click here for the larger chart.

The beauty of these revelations is that they are all timed to an astrological pattern, inevitably involving Neptune. I have much more to write on this, as I promised earlier, it will not go away. The eclipse is reviving the connections of Manafort, Russian influence and the players behind the Trump campaign. Even more important will be the Full Moon of September 5/6 2017 when the next Neptune crisis will arrive for the President. More next week.

July 9

PUT UP YA NUKES

July 2017 began with a Mars Pluto opposition. A duo that the perceptive cosmobiologist Reinhold Ebertin described as, 'having a gun put to one's head'. Enter Kim Jong-Un. In line with cosmic design the North Korean President oversaw the launching off an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Blast off was 9.40 am on July 4 – US Independence Day - and one man's success proved another's alarm. Next morning, with contentious Mars still opposing extremist Pluto, the US and South Korea proved they are not immune to celestial or terrestrial influence, with two retaliatory missile launches.

The big bang theory might be how our world began but surely it is not how it ends. Presuming there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, they must bear concerns for the alpha males currently vying for global dominance. Koreans didn't ask to be divided. Those who knew 'better' decided their fate.

THE SEEDS OF SERVITUDE

The attitude of North Korea has its earliest roots in the Treaty of Ganghwa Island, concluded on February 26 1876, with Japan. The document was a one sided trade agreement, following a military defeat of September 20 1875. Japan, who had trade enforced on them via Admiral Perry's gunboat diplomacy of 1854, were now enacting their own imperialist polices.

A further enforced treaty, of November 9 1905, established Korea as a protectorate of the Japanese Empire, before the peninsula was completely annexed in 1910. Japan's capitulation in WWII held the promise of Korean independence. Instead it delivered an ideological division at the 38th parallel courtesy of the USSR and USA, and the first battle of the Cold War.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

From September 8 1945, the South was governed for three years by the US military, and then a succession of strong arm dictators. The North became subservient to a communist family dynasty. The Korean Civil War, which began pre-dawn on June 25 1950, claimed over four million civilian lives and never officially ended, despite an armistice signed July 27 1953.

Today the US maintains a military presence of over 28,000 servicemen, permanently stationed in South Korea. The US and Republic of Korea armies regularly stage military exercises in a public show of force.

North Korea has amassed the world's fourth largest army, despite a population of only 25 million. The people contribute 25% of taxation to the military and spend ten years in the services. And since the 'Axis of Evil' speech of GWB, North Korea have accelerated a nuclear weapons program to underpin national sovereignty.

THE FUTURE

Kim Jong Un's July 4 ICBM launch established a new benchmark. It comes as the leadership Sun begins to move into a conjunction with the war planet Mars. This conjunction should be considered highly active from July 17, as the Mars moves into square with rebel rouser Uranus, all highlighted by a Moon to Sun square.

Following that a New Moon will unite with the combative red planet as all enter fiery Leo by July 23. Technically they will still be in a departing square to unpredictable Uranus. The fast moving bellicose Mars travels close to the Sun for the Full Moon Eclipse of August 9. It hardly bodes well for a United Nations solution.

The significance of the ongoing Sun Mars transits is that the Sun involves leaders and Mars the military. It's implying more aggressive leadership or even threats to leaders, along this time frame. At a time when cooler heads may prevail, they may be noticeable by their absence. People like Donald Trump, a Sun/Uranus with Mars rising, look to be right in the thick of it.

The US has put military action on the table, whilst also urging China to pressure North Korea. Russia and China have similarly requested a cessation of provocative military exercises before they act. The timing of this comes as the People's Republic of China are due for their own Mars return by August 13.

All are leading into the Solar Eclipse of August 21, prominent for the US and Donald Trump's chart. Back in February I wrote on Trump's astromapping. His birth Mars sets Pyongyang and his Secondary Progressed Sun also sets across North Korea. How he handles this crisis may define his presidency.


All of this has a 'put on your hard hat, we are in for a bumpy ride', feel about it as global hotpsots ignite. But the bigger fish to fry is the US/China relationship. For this column I am looking at this from an entirely new angle. Instead of national horoscopes - the formation of the USA's Seventh Fleet and its planetary history.

PATROLLING THE PACIFIC

Why examine the birth chart of the US Seventh Fleet? It's because the Seventh Fleet patrols forty eight million square miles of critical sea lanes of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Seventh Fleet is historically connected to victory over Japan in WWII, and naval command in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In the early sixties it was referred to as the 'Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club'.

The Seventh Fleet is the naval barometer of US supremacy in the Pacific, from its military exercises with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, to the colonisation of Guam, a key military base. The Fleet was formed in Brisbane, Australia on March 15 1943 during WWII. Back then it was colloquially known as Macarthur's Navy, after the famous WWII General.

The formation took place under a tight Mars/Pluto opposition, with the combative red planet also in a productive trine to a Saturn/Uranus conjunction. The Fleet's birth Sun lies in watery Pisces and opposing the sea-king of Neptune, placed at an equinox point – the beginning degree of Libra. Importantly, the chart of the Seventh Fleet has proved sensitive to historical developments.

A CHART THAT WORKS

The Korean War erupted just before sunrise on June 25 1950, as the Secondary Progressing Sun of the Seventh Fleet chart directly opposed Neptune. Three months prior a Solar Eclipse at 27 Pisces occurred close to the Seventh Fleet's birth Sun and opposite their Neptune - at the direct midpoint of both. As an armistice was signed in 1953, as the Secondary Progressed Mercury (signifying treaty's and contracts), joined the Seventh Fleet's birth Sun.

The Vietnam War began as the Secondary Progressed Sun moved into a testing square with expansive Jupiter, indicating not only an escalation, but also the President's legal justification for a declaration of war. The difficult square aspect describes the dubious Gulf of Tonkin incident - overblown propaganda designed to propel the nation into an Asian war. LBJ’s televised address even came as the leadership Sun squared deceptive Neptune.

By 1968/69, as the Vietnam War bogged down against a relentless foe, homeland protests grew. It correlated with ominous Pluto opposing the Seventh Fleet's Sun. By the time the US withdrew in 1973, SP Mercury was uncomfortably squaring military Mars and SP Venus (peace) was doing the same to SP Mars. And the SP Sun about to enter a semisquare with limiting and sobering Saturn.

THE TAIWAN STRAIT CRISIS

Potential conflict in the South China Seas loomed in 1996. The People's Republic of China was conducting provocative missile tests close to Taiwan, all in the lead up to that island's election. The US offered support, sending its battleships toward Taiwan. Saturn was transiting over the Seventh Fleet's Sun and its SP Sun was in sesquisquare to smoke and mirrors Neptune. Nothing eventuated. But what of today and tomorrow?

Communication wires can easily get crossed as the Seventh Fleet's Sun moves into square with Mercury for the second half of 2017. The Fleet's progressing Mars has just entered warlike Aries, and will soon find itself in opposition to the sea king Neptune. Add to that the SP Sun soon to run into a testing semisquare to peacemaker Venus and headlong toward a conjunction with Saturn early next year.

If the Fleet's chart continues to work efficiently, it seems that their 'authority' will be tested in 2018, coincident with their Secondary Progressed Sun joining Saturn. Simultaneously Saturn will move into an ongoing transiting square to the Sun of the People's Republic of China.

At its best the ringed planet suggests responsibility, restriction and restraint. But there may be a few shots over the proverbial bow before that becomes a reality. From mid July and onto the Full Moon of September 6, direct action Mars transit through Leo is about to up the ante.

July 02

THE GREAT ECLIPSE OF 1918

It was bugle call at Camp Funston on March 11 1918. Private Albert Gitchell, a company cook called in sick with a temperature of 39.5. He was the first recorded case of what was to be become known as Spanish Flu.

By lunchtime, 107 other soldiers had joined him at the infirmary. It was the beginning of a pandemic that would travel around the world claiming between 3 to 5% of the global population.

1918 was the final year of World War One. America had joined the battle. Camp Funston was part of the large army installation known as Fort Riley, where overseas postings were trained. They departed for New York and the UK, before serving in France.

It wasn't long before the virus had spread across the USA and onto the European battlefields. Over the next year only a small remote island in the Amazon would be free of its effects.

Wartime censorship and a fear of public panic led to the severity of the virus being suppressed in Allied countries. There was no hiding the facts in neutral Spain. This media exposure led to the erroneous term - Spanish Flu. It would claim more victims that the Great War.

From United States perspective Spanish Flu claimed more than the entire Civil War and decreased average life expectancy by 12 years. Unlike normal flu the peak mortality ages were between 25 to 29 - healthy adults in the prime of their lives.

Spanish Flu coincided with the year that a total eclipse moved right across the continent of the United States. It was the last one to do so prior to August 21 2017.

THE GREAT ECLIPSE OF 1878

The biggest eclipse affecting the US, prior to 1918, came on July 29 1878. This one bissected the country East/West. Its direct line swept down from the north-western border of Washington and Montana, through Wyoming and Colorado before heading down through Texas. It still maintained 75% visibility in San Diego, right across to Chicago. And it was also associated with a disease.

On the day of the eclipse, the Memphis health board discussed setting up a quarantine station at Presidents Island, to prevent a recurrence of yellow fever. It was not uncommon in the south. The mosquito born disease had been carried across the seas from Africa, on the slave ships. A mild winter followed by a hot summer provided the ideal conditions for its return.

On August 13 1878, the lunar eclipse following, the Chicago Tribune reported restaurant owner Kate Biondi as the first fatality of what became known as Memphis Yellow Fever. A week later in Memphis the number had grown to fifty-six and people began to vacate the city.

The source? Two days after the July 29 solar eclipse, a steamboat worker name of William Warren, had slipped into Biondi's restaurant. He was a carrier, was quarantined on President's Island and also died.

Memphis Yellow Fever spread onto New Orleans, and as far north as New York and Philadelphia. It was contained by natural means - the October winter frosts culling the mosquitos. But not before it had claimed 20,000 lives.

The eclipses of 1878 and 1918 coincided with health crises. But individual eclipses must also be interpreted from the angular formations, or aspects, they make to the other planets of the solar system. And both are quite different to the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

ANALYZING THE ASPECTS

The 1878 Solar Eclipse both opposed Jupiter and squared Neptune. The latter is often connected to health scares, particularly where the cause is unseen and unknown. Just as the oceans cover the earth, so too does Neptune the king of the seas disperse. Jupiter has a further tendency to inflate and expand.

This limitless combination can represent anything from religious hysteria to great hoaxes - or, it seems, something going viral. The following Lunar Eclipse of August 1878 was squaring Pluto and delivering the promise of its solar brother.

The 1918 June 8 Solar Eclipse occurred in conjunction with expansive Jupiter and square to Mars, a planet that is associated with infections and the military. This eclipse in the 18th degree of Gemini, fell close to the USA's July 4 1776 birth Mars. In fact the Jupiter of the eclipse was right on the US Mars.

The 1918 Solar Eclipse was followed by a Lunar Eclipse a fortnight later that brought the Sun into conjunction with lethal Pluto, with the Moon opposite. The eclipse coincided with the beginning of a Saturn/Neptune cycle, associated with the breakdown of structures, lack of faith in authority and pandemics.

The 1918 eclipse was also the Saturn return of the years 1889/1890. During that period a flu pandemic had spread globally, claiming over a million lives. So its clear, at least from the astrological evidence, that the 1918 eclipse season held a very malefic potential to begin with.

2017 AUGUST 21 ECLIPSE

So what of 2017? This eclipse falls close to the Royal Star of Regulus. In the past it has brought changes to the British royals, always within the year. And it is obviously set to affect the horoscope of US President Donald Trump, connecting to his relationship orientated Ascendant and close to his rumbustious Mars. More on that next week.

I don't think the 2017 solar eclipse will play out the same way as those of 1878 or 1918. Health can still be an issue. But is this more connected to the Republican's new healthcare proposals and how they may impact directly upon the population. Virus has a whole new meaning in 2017.

It's connected to cyber-warfare. And those viruses engineered by state entities have a mysterious way of turning up in places originally unintended. Like Stuxnet – they can return to infiltrate and contaminate the Internet. And infiltration has been increasingly in American headlines with the probe into Russian cyber meddling.

Will the Great American eclipse bring cyber warfare further into the headlines? Time will tell. More on the 2017 eclipse next week.

QATAR

I did promise to mention the stand-off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States this week. From the astrological angle, challenges for Qatar are connected to its initial independence from the UK, which happened directly at midnight leading into September 1 1971.

The Qatar independence horoscope is blessed with a Sun/Venus conjunction in the fourth house of home and Qatar has the richest GDP per-capita in the world. Unlike big brother Saudi Arabia, Qatar's population is a mixture of Indians, Pakistanis and foreign nationals, with the country dependent upon workers from abroad.

Qatar also hosts the Arab news network Al-Jazeera and its western outlets. It's this divergent voice on Arab issues that worries the authoritarian monarchies and dictatorships of the Middle East.

Qatar offerred a voice to Arab resistance movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and was supportive of elements of the Arab Spring. Qatar's middle ground relationship with Iran was another thorn for Iranian enemies such as Saudi Arabia.

But the real trouble began on the evening of May 24 when a news report claimed the Qatar leadership was critical of Donald Trump, praiseworthy of Iran and willing to work with Israel. Qatar claimed this was a false media report and that their news service had been hacked.

The May 24 date means that this event is running square to the August 21 eclipse. Any event occurring three months before an eclipse (and therefore squaring the eclipse degree) is significant and usually ties into events culminating around the eclipse. Qatar were further accused by the Gulf States of sponsoring terrorism. Pot calling kettle black stuff.

Qatar's September 1 1971 independence horoscope is now semi-squaring itself by solar arc. The semisquare is exact from mid-July through to mid-August. It's the country's 'independence' that is under the hammer here and it's leading to something bigger. And again it seems to feed into the upcoming August eclipse timing.

June 25

It's only been a few short weeks but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since I last updated my weekly commentary. Back then, the Manchester bombing had just occurred. It has been followed by a succession of catastrophes including the London Bridge terrorist attack, a disastrous election for the government, the Grenfell Tower Fire and a revenge terrorist attack near Finsbury mosque.

The timeline of these events covered May 22 to June 19. The national horoscope currently in use for Great Britain is that timed for midnight commencing New Years Day 1801. It represents the legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland.

And it's extremely active, as one might expect with ongoing Brexit saga, along with this succession of events. And perhaps slightly ironic that Theresa May has only retained power with support from an Irish party.

THE MARS CONNECTION

Fires and acts of violence have their astrological connection with Mars, the planet of war, tempests and impulsive aggression. Since the Brexit vote, the progressing Sun of the January 1 1801 British chart has been squaring its Mars.

As that square dissipates, the solar arcing Midheaven is moving into square with Mars. The natal placement of Mars lies in the 8th house of the British chart. It's an area that represents international trade and investment. All that is undergoing deep change.

From the time the progressing Sun moved into the more challenging square to incendiary Mars, the public went cold on the EU and life hasn't been quite the same since. The 8th also represents death and regeneration.

The Midheaven squaring Mars spells ongoing trouble for the administration. It's something to be expected after Theresa May's ill timed election call. If the Midheaven squares Mars then it follows that the IC, or home base, of the chart must do likewise.

What we usually get from this is social agitation and opposition to established authority. Mars represents the anger and frustration also emanating from the public. It also correlates with an opposition that prove more antagonistic then usual.

These progressions and solar arcs are not the only Mars connection. Using an oft neglected but powerful technique of parallels, the declination of transiting Mars has been moving across the UK Midheaven since May 10. It remains there with the Sun also joining in at the Midheaven by declination on June 11, closely following the election. The two are not moving off until well into July.

PLUTO OPPOSING THE MOON

The declinations and progressions are supported by the transit of purgative Pluto in opposition to the Moon of the 1801 British horoscope. The Moon symbolises the public 'mood'. In the 1801 chart the Moon is positioned in the patriotic Cancer Midheaven, which is also rules. This is the most important outer transit affecting the chart.

The transiting Pluto opposition intensifies the emotional response of the Moon. Although the public have been deeply moved by the gravity of these recent events – Pluto also represents death and the underworld – they have reacted powerfully to the challenge.

The people have shown enormous emotional strength, cohesion and connection in their collective response to the terrorist attacks for example. At the same time they would feel that life is irrevocably changing. Pluto brings the problems out of the shadows.

The Moon also rules the home and housing. The opposition aspect is bringing hidden issues to the surface, which have become evident in a very Plutonian manner, through death and destruction. Pluto is rebuilding on the ruins of the old.

As the Moon is placed in the governmental tenth, the transit of regenerative Pluto also affects heads of state. It is changing the status quo. Currently Pluto is in retro motion and moving off the opposition but will be exact by January 2018. It's an ongoing process. Click here for the biwheel.

THAT SAUDI TRIP

My last column concentrated on the shadowy relationship between the USA and Saudi Arabia. It was written in the wake of Donald Trump making the gulf monarchy his first overseas port of call the gulf monarchy. That speaks loudly re his administration's priorities.

The US President Donald Trump bowed to accept a gold medal, the country's highest civilian honour, presented by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. All of this ran counter to the carefully cultivated political image Trump had previously projected.

On July 30 2012 Trump tweeted, “Barack Obama bowed to the Saudi king in public yet the Dems are questioning Mitt Romney's diplomatic skills”.

But now, as President and boasting about increased Saudi investment and a $110 billion weapons deal creating 'jobs, jobs, jobs!' there was no hint of criticism. Saudi Arabia and the gulf monarchies had become priority number one.

Trump's about face on Saudi Arabia coincided with the USA's latest Mars return. It also links neatly back to the previous US Mars return that timed the launch of the Trump campaign.

Two days prior to that launch he had Tweeted, “Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries.”

My point is not to expose the shameless hypocrisy. That should be blindingly obvious. Trump is but one in a long line. It is an unstated policy of the west to support compliant Kings, Shahs or military dictators, whilst preaching greater democracy for any Middle East countries that are not doing their bidding. The blowback has been terrorism, all of which feeds into increased arms deals.

TIMING THE GIVEAWAY TWEETS

Sometimes it pays to erect horoscopes for the Tweets that accompany such events. The planetary positioning and angles usually clearly show the real motives. The Tweet of Saudi King Salman, posted at 10.23 UT on May 20 2017 is below. The matching horoscope says it all.

“We welcome POTUS Trump to KSA. Mr President, your visit will strengthen our strategic co-operation, lead to global security and stability.” But will it? Click here for the larger version of this revealing chart.

You be the judge. This all occurred with the Midheaven of the Royal Riyadh Tweet conjunct the USA's Mars. It occurred immediately prior to the USA's Mars return. It came as Trump did a total about face on a history of criticism about Saudi Arabia.

Doesn't this multiple Mars connection reveal is it purely about weapons, military and war. And the agreement has already fractured the gulf alliances with the Saudis demands on Qatar. More about Qatar next column

May 28

THE SAUD IS MIGHTIER THAN THE PEN

When the US President Donald Trump did his symbolic sword dance with the Saudi royals last week, it was all about oil and war. Fittingly the new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, a former CEO of Exxon was part of the action. And, after the ceremony, a new $110 billion weaponry purchase for Saudi Arabia became a done deal.

What was notable was that the first country the President chose to visit since assuming office was Saudi Arabia. This symbiotic relationship, between countries whose political philosophy could hardly be more different, finds a common value in dominance and power.

The Gulf monarchies are the anathema of democracy. Power is shared among a small coterie of oil rich sheiks. And while the barbaric beheadings of ISIL are roundly condemned, in Saudi Arabia they are a common practice and public spectacle. In the gulf monarchy of Bahrain, where the almighty US 5th fleet docks to patrol the Persian Gulf, the same Prime Minister has been in office since 1971.

So as Trump addressed the royalty of Rhidyah and beyond in stamping out terrorism, the words would hardly match the actions. The same gulf monarchies have armed mercenary rebel groups, some of which have migrated to ISIL. And it is this duplicitous diplomacy that has also brought terrorism increasingly into the cities of the western world.

Immediately following, at around 10.30 pm Monday May 22, the Manchester terrorist bombing took place. Twenty two lives were lost with another one hundred and sixteen injured. There is no connection here bar the timing and the curious relationship that western nations have with nations whose core beliefs are far removed from their own. This week's column draws on a previous one, which explored the connection between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

OIL AND WAR

The US/Saudi oil and war alliance was built in the final year of WWII. On February 24 1945, US President, Franklin Roosevelt, invited the Arabian King Ibn Saud aboard the U.S.S. Quincy in the Suez Canal. The US was at war in the Pacific and war required lots of oil. It still does. And the world's largest oil fields are in Saudi Arabia.

May 29 2017 represents 84 years since the formation of what grew into the world's largest oil company - Saudi Aramco. Eighty four years also marks the Uranus return of this energy behemoth and Uranus is known for a sudden change to the set up. The return period has just begun and will continue through to February of 2018.

The big change is the partial privatisation of Saudi Aramco, partially separating the oil enterprise from the state. Saudi budgets have been running in the red for years and they are looking to diversify their economy via other energy sources and biotechnology. That's what has also brought the Saudi/Qatar gas pipeline into competition with the Iran/Syrian project and propelled the Syrian civil war largely funded by the gulf monarchies. But back to the US-Saudi marriage.

MARRIED FOR THE MONEY

The Saudis have provided the lifeblood to the US military and the US provided riches and security to a royal family. In the 1970's when Nixon took the US off the gold standard, it was the Saudis promise to trade oil solely for US dollars that created the petrodollar and strengthened the US greenback as the global currency. It was a marriage of convenience, which was to survive immense ideological differences. And encounter many political challenges.

When you compare the horoscopes of the two nations, Saudi Arabia dates back to January 15 1902 and the US to July 4 1776, the Saudi's expansive Sun/Jupiter combination falls right on the USA's money planet of Pluto, in their second house of resources. Without Saudi co-operation the US would not be able to wield so much power, not only in the Middle East, but globally.

Back in 1956 a Pan-Arab movement was powered by Egyptian President Abdul Nasser. Nasser wanted to utilise Saudi oil and that's when Saudi Prince Faisal was invited to Washington to meet with President Dwight Eisenhower. These were Cold War days and Eisenhower did not want Arab autonomy disrupting the status quo. On February 9 1957 a military alliance was formally signed.

The Saudis would suspend aid to Egypt and the Pan-Arab movement. The US would provide military equipment and training for the royal army. For the day of the meeting Saturn was in the 12th degree of Sagittarius and right at the Ascendant of the USA's July 4 1776, 17.10 hours, Sibly birthchart. Spooky! Well planets tend to be reliable timers of such events. But it's not the only occasion that around 12 degrees of Sagittarius has been a game changer in US/Saudi relations.

THE FIRST SATURN RETURN

The Saturn return of the original Eisenhower/Faisal contract occurred in 1986 - a catastrophic year for oil in America. The Saudis opened the spigots, triggering a price war and plunging the price of crude to just under $11 a barrel. It put many US firms out of business. The industry laid off 100,000 workers and the price collapse forced the US back to importing oil.

The second Saturn return produced a similar scenario. Saturn came back to 12 degrees of Sagittarius from January 2016. Brent crude was selling at under $29 a barrel - down from the June 2014 high of $115. The Saturn position isn't just useful for tracking oil fluctuations. On September 11 2001 Pluto moved across 12 degrees of Sagittarius with Saturn opposing it. That's when all hell broke loose and the Saudi US relationship propelled global terrorism. The many headed hydra emerged that clear New York morning. But it had a precedent.

THE SATURN OPPOSITION

On August 27 2001, Saturn was opposing its position of the Eisenhower/Saudi agreement. The Saudi Ambassador to the US told George W Bush, "the Crown Prince will not communicate in any form, type or shape with you, and Saudi Arabia will take all its political, economic and security decisions based on how it sees its own interest in the region without taking into account American interests anymore because it is obvious that the United States has taken a strategic decision adopting (Israeli President) Sharon's policy."

This came a month after both the US and Israel had walked out of the United Nations meeting on Racism after the Israel Palestine issue was brought up and labelled apartheid policy. President Bush went into immediate damage control following the Saudi communique. He tabled an official reply in the form of a two-page letter to Prince Abdullah.

Bush wrote, "Let me make one thing clear up front: nothing should ever break the relationship between us. There has been no change in the strategic equation. I firmly believe the Palestinian people have a right to self-determination and to live peacefully and securely in their own state, in their own homeland, just as the Israelis have the right to live peacefully and safely in their own state."

Bush had gone further than any other President in actually suggesting a homeland for the Palestinians. But before the differences could be resolved, with Pluto moving across the Saturn of the US/Saudi Military Agreement chart and the USA's Ascendant, 911 happened. That 12 degrees of Sagittarius proved a fateful degree.

THE GAME CHANGER

When 15 of 19 hijackers, carrying out the 911 attacks, were of Saudi Arabian nationality, questions had to be asked. They were never appropriately addressed. George W ensured that the full details of the 911 investigations were kept under the covers. Even President Obama vetoed a bill allowing families of 911 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Obama felt this would also open the USA to charges for their own military interventions. The relationship had come to haunt.

Today the Secondary Progressed Sun of the USA has reached the 12th degree of Pisces. It is in square to the fateful 12 degree Sagittarius position. It makes this an important time for a shift in the relationship between the two nations. As mentioned earlier the privatisation of Saudi Aramco is a starting point. But as long as the gulf monarchies are supported in their suppression of human rights and enriched by western capital and weapons, talk of eradicating global terrorism will remain the empty rhetoric that is has become.

May 21

THE PLUTO RETURN OF THE USA

The year 1776 is best remembered for the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the USA. The Declaration was written, signed and proclaimed by the forefathers of the new nation. Most of whom were wealthy businessmen. Since then United States has progressed to become the wealthiest nation of all and the home of modern capitalism.

Something else happened in 1776, but not on July 4. On March 9 a work appeared that would influence financial thinking for centuries after - Adam Smith's classic 'Wealth Of Nations'. Smith was a Scottish philosopher and economist. His magnum opus, appeared at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Thomas Jefferson considered it the best book on economics ever written.

The book traces history from the Fall of Rome to the feudal societies to the mercantile age. Smith argued successfully that wealth was not created by hoarding precious metals, but rather through increasing production and expanding trade. His ideas made gross domestic product, a measure of a country's productive output, part of the fiscal vernacular. Smith also contended that an economy and markets were naturally self-regulating.

At the birth of the 'Wealth of Nations' and the 'Declaration of Independence' Pluto was positioned in the 28th degree of Capricorn. Pluto is the ancient Roman wealth ruler. In the earliest horoscope of the USA, timed for 17.10 hours July 4 1776, Pluto falls in the second house of assets and earning capacity. It also semisquares their ambitions Sagittarian Ascendant, tying it into the national narrative. The US will project their wealth internationally.

Wealth also equates to power – especially where Pluto is involved - and in today’s world the US dollar has a global hegemony. Whenever that power has been threatened – by Muammar Gaddafi wanting to create the 'dinar' a new currency for African trade – or Saddam Hussein refusing to trade Iraqi oil in US dollars – regime change follows.

So when I am asked what do I think will happen when the US has its Pluto return, I think not only in terms of a nation transforming itself, but also factor in changes to capitalism via this Pluto connection to Smith's seminal work. If you research deeper, to when Pluto formed hard aspects, such as squares or oppositions to the 27-28 Capricorn the reasoning becomes even clearer.

DECIPHERING THE PLUTO PATTERNS

Pluto's first square came at 28 Aries in 1848. It was a tumultuous year bringing revolutions throughout Europe, affecting fifty countries from Sicily, through Germany, Italy, and the Austrian Empire. It even forced the French King Louis Philippe I, into exile and ushered in the Second Republic. There was also brutal repression of these multiple uprisings but they were the prelude for a more democratic society and the eventual fall of many European monarchies.

Karl Marx's 'Communist Manifesto' was released in London on February 21 1848. It was another book that would influence economic and social thinking in a powerful but different way. Although the revolutions were not directly caused by the book, it was a reflection of the time, and just as revolutionary as 1776. Unions and organised labor movements would evolve from this. Curiously it also represented gold rushes in the USA and Australia.

KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS

The opposition point of Pluto occurred in 1936/37 as the world geared for a war that would again throw Europe into turmoil. It was a war that would change the balance of power, not only in the western world, bit also Russia, Japan, China and precede the breakup of the British Empire. What came out of this was a polarity of capitalism and communism, a divided Europe and Asia, and Cold War – a face-off between the ideas of Smith and Marx.

Indeed it was in February of 1936 that a book was released that challenged classical economic theory. It was “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”, written by the English economist John Maynard Keynes. It is the work that is the acknowledged source of the terminology of modern macroeconomics. So confident was Keynes of his work that he wrote to his good friend, George Bernard Shaw.

"I believe myself to be writing a book on economic theory which will largely revolutionize—not I suppose, at once but in the course of the next ten years—the way the world thinks about its economic problems. I can't expect you, or anyone else, to believe this at the present stage. But for myself I don't merely hope what I say,--in my own mind, I'm quite sure."

Keynes work was well received during the Great Depression – the US slipped back into recession in 1937 with the Dow losing around 50%. These years also represented government intervention into the economy with Roosevelt’s New Deal legislations. After the war years the western economies were reformed following the Bretton Woods agreement and the formation of the World Bank and associated International Monetary Federation.

The last square of Pluto to itself came in the years 1982/83 at 28 of Libra. These were important years in laissez-faire economics, privatisation and deregulation, often referred to as Reaganomics and Thatcherism. It heralded a period of selling off of national assets and essential services. These were also the years of the 'yuppie', obsessed with material success. The devolution of the Soviet states started with their first independent trade union 'Solidarity'. In 1983, the Polish leader of that movement, Lech Walesa, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Each time that Pluto heads into a hard aspect with the 1776 position of 28 Capricorn there are new revolutions, political unrest and a change in economic values and philosophy. It's as if the ideas prevalent at the turning points are useful, until the crunch comes at the next evolutionary point. This pattern should continue at the Pluto return. We are not simply looking at a Pluto return for the USA, but a total transformation of the global economy. And the unrest we are currently witnessing in the developed economies, is a sure sign of that inevitability.

May 14

YOU'RE FIRED

On Tuesday afternoon May 9 2017, reality TV hit the White House. Donald Trump sacked James Comey. The President claimed Comey wasn't doing his job all that well and the FBI were in chaos. It was a claim the FBI quickly refuted, adding that Comey was extremely well thought of by the organisation and his colleagues within.

For Trump, always anxious to appear before the press when he needs them, it was yet another justification of an autocratic act by an impetuous man. Sacking the man who'd virtually leapfrogged him into the White House was nothing new. Trump's allegiances are purely to himself and family, something that even to his most gullible followers must be blindingly obvious.

His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, found that one out. Trump not only removed Bannon from a top security role. He also claimed to hardly have known Bannon prior to July last year. That claim, like so many others, was a barefaced lie. The kind Trump is becoming globally famous for. So what is happening in his horoscope that elicits such a removal from reality?

MARS AND URANUS - ERRATIC IMPULSIVENESS

Well for one, the planet of impulse and agitation, Mars is moving through Trump's career focussed tenth house. It's moving closer to erratic Uranus and will be getting right there this week. Expect the fireworks to continue from Monday May 15. The pattern will continue right through the next fortnight, with Mars due to join Trump's SP Sun around May 23 and 24. His progressed Uranus is already conjunct his birth sun.

Trump will soon begin to learn that what goes around comes around. Transiting Uranus is also opposing his Secondary Progressed Ascendant. He'll find some of his own allies dropping off fast too. In fact carrying out his 'Art Of The Deal' will become increasingly difficult. Over the past week Mercury and Uranus have been together in opposition to Trump's SP Ascendant. It's one reason why allegiances are suddenly shifting.

The sacking of an FBI chief by a US President is a test of Trump's power. The timing of it is perfect for what's coming up by August this year. It's then that a total Solar Eclipse, which blacks out mainland USA, will do the same to Trump's Ascendant. It's one of the many difficult transits he faces from the July/August period. That's when the man who thought that being the President of the USA wasn't as hard as running a real estate business will experience the ultimate wake up call.

ECLIPSE PRE-WARNING

Usually eclipses show their hand three months prior to the event. In Trump's case, that makes May the month to watch. Comey, for his part was just doing his job. He is a patriot who inadvertently gave Trump the inside running for the White House. Comey's confession, that his act of possibly swinging an election made him nauseous, signalled his immediate demise. Trump would have none of that. He sacked Comey.

Then the Trump PR team went into damage control. They got the White House to say that it was an action taken on the advice of his administration. They organised his television interview. Trump then contradicted that statement claiming he'd always wanted Comey gone. Trump branded Comey a grandstander. But the truth with Trump is always in the timing. Comey's honesty couldn't be tolerated.

The waning international influence of Trump was witnessed with the recent French election. His endorsement of Marine Le pen, proved the ultimate kiss of death. I thought as much and wrote about it in my election summary. I considered Trump her greatest liability. He is fast becoming the same for his homeland.

May 7

There is no more awe-inspiring event in nature than the majesty of a total solar eclipse. In those brief enchanting minutes, the natural becomes the supernatural. Day shifts to night, the temperature dramatically drops and stars magically glow in a rapidly darkened sky. The ancients marvelled at this miracle of the Sun being swallowed in the heavens. Its mystery and appeal are timeless.

Some are calling 2017 the year of the great American eclipse. On August 21 at 18.30 UT (Universal Time), a total solar eclipse will move right across the US, from west to east. It will attract as much publicity as the great eclipse of August 1999, which it is related to. Earlier in the year, on February 26 at 14.58 UT, an annular solar eclipse, when the Moon moves across the Sun yet the rim of the solar disk is still visible, will cross the southern tips of South America and move into central Africa.

Historically, the recording of eclipses is a cross-cultural phenomenon. They were feared not only by the ordinary people but by kings nd emperors too. The triple alignment of the two celestial lights, the Sun and Moon, with the plane of the earth was deemed a harbinger of potent change. In Babylon, the stargazing capital of the arcane world, a commoner was appointed king prior to an eclipse. But the honour was short lived, with both the individual and his title sacrificed to appease the celestial gods and protect the king.

Astrologers who failed to predict an eclipse could expect a similar fate. Such is recorded in the annals of Chinese astronomers, who kept meticulous records dating back to 2400BCE. The Sun represented the emperor and the earliest Chinese word for an eclipse was shih, meaning to eat or consume. The Sun being devoured by Rahu, the famed dragon’s head of Hindu mythology, or the Sun Dogs of Viking and Korean legends, are part of cultural eclipse traditions.

A change to the order

Eclipses upset the natural order. They interrupt the regularity of the two most important hands on the celestial clock. In earlier times, the Sun and Moon determined the annual calendar of hunting and harvest, both of which were essential for early survival. This disturbance to the cycle was, not surprisingly, interpreted as a heavenly sign of change or displeasure. Any change to the established order was the last thing a power-obsessed ruler would want. More recently, in Australia, folklore became fact with eclipses literally eclipsing leaders.

Eclipses have long been known to change the political order.

England’s foremost royal historian, William of Malmesbury, wrote on the death of Henry I: “The elements manifested their sorrow at this great man’s departure from England. For the Sun on that day at the sixth hour shrouded his glorious face, in hideous darkness, agitating the hearts of men by an eclipse; and on the sixth day of the week early in the morning there was so great an earthquake that the ground appeared absolutely to sink down.” The legendary eclipse of Henry’s passing plunged England into a civil war of 19 years, equating to one full eclipse cycle.

Eclipses and royalty

To the ancients, eclipse visibility was considered a vital factor in its power. This is evident in RC Thompson’s translations of The Reports of the Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon, written on tablets which are stored in the British Museum. He writes, “The great gods wherein the king dwells have obscured the heavens and will not show the eclipse; so let the king know that this eclipse is not directed against the king, my lord or his country. Let the king rejoice.”

Some eclipses were actually beneficial. Thompson writes of an eclipse occurring with Jupiter, which would grant the king great honour and further exalt his status.

Astrologically, Jupiter is recognised as the royal planet of good fortune. The kingmaker planet Jupiter helped the British astrologer Charles Harvey successfully predict the birth time of Prince William for around 9pm on June 21, 1982. William was born at 9.03pm, as Jupiter reached the top of the skies on the day of a solar eclipse.

The Columbus eclipse

Eclipses have also coincided with saving lives. Christopher Columbus, credited with opening the gateway of trade to the New World of the Americas, owes his life to one. It happened when Columbus was forced to beach his ships in Jamaica in February 1504. As he and his crew awaited rescue, they lived off the generosity and food supply of the indigenous people.

In 2017, scientists, eclipse hunters and amateur astronomers will, like Columbus, head for the Americas. Location is essential for viewing the totality of a solar eclipse, which occurs in a relatively narrow path or band approximately 100 kilometres wide. Cities such as Idaho Falls, Lincoln, Nashville, Columbia and Charleston will all experience eclipse totality on August 21, 2017, with Kansas City and St Louis at the edge.

The August 21, 2017, solar eclipse is associated with Saros series number 145. This extremely important family of eclipses started in 1639, but this family didn’t produce a total eclipse until 1927. Since then, each one has been associated with breakthroughs in aeronautics, television and satellite communications and the political division known as the Cold War.

Saros series 145 accompanied some of the biggest news stories of the 20th century. Expect it to do so again in 2017.

It last appeared on August 11, 1999, producing a frenzy of eclipse watchers from the UK, right across Europe, the Middle East and into India. The 1999 Saros series 145 eclipse was widely regarded as being the one that Nostradamus was referring to when he wrote the controversial quatrain 72 in Century 10 of The Prophecies:

“The year 1999 and seven month,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
To bring back to life the great King of Angolmois (the Mongols),
Before after Mars to reign by good fortune”

Earlier in 1999, NATO’s aerial bombardment of Serbia had brought war to Europe for the first time since WWII. But perhaps it was a little-known event two days prior to the eclipse that holds more importance for today. Vladimir Putin was appointed the new Prime Minister of Russia and, by the end of that year, would be president.

Therefore this eclipse is important to President Putin and the fragile US-Russia relationship, especially regarding nuclear matters. The Caucus area of Europe could also be a key one to watch for political unrest. Based on past evidence, the August 2017 eclipse should present significant achievement in the field of aeronautics and space flight. Also expect technological breakthroughs affecting television and global communications.

Geographically, the August 2017 eclipse will be the first total eclipse that moves across the entire continent of the US since June 8, 1918. It will stress the importance of quickly containing any contagious outbreaks, as this was also the time that the Spanish Flu pandemic was first detected at Fort Riley in Texas. But, with cyber warfare ever present, we must look at a new kind of bug: the computer virus.

Last, this eclipse occurs near the fixed star Regulus, one of the four royal ancient stars of Persia. The fall of important leaders or statesmen must be factored in with this star near the eclipse. For Australia, it will oppose the Venus (vales) and Saturn (land) of our First Settlement horoscope, and have a downward effect on mining and property values. As this is the only total solar eclipse of the year, it holds dominance over all others.

April 30

BREAKING THE MOULD

Emanuel Macron is an unlikely candidate for the French presidency. He will not turn 40 until December 21 this year, is married to a woman 24 years his senior and heads a party barely a year old. Macron's transpartisan En March! movement is breaking with the traditional left and right political polarity that characterises western democracies.

Originally a Socialist from 2006, he went independent in 2009, forming En March on April 6 2016. The organisation was born with the Sun in a testing tight square to Pluto, representing the plutocracy, and conjunct revolutionary Uranus. It rode the anti-establishment wave prevalent during the Uranus Pluto square.

These planets lock in with the national psyche. The First French Republic birthed at 15.30 hours on September 21 1792, under the auspices of an exact Uranus opposition to Pluto. At the April launch of En March!, Macron promised to totally transform the political system via a 'democratic revolution'. He even released a book titled 'Revolution' timed to the month of his candidacy.

CONNECTIONS TO THE REPUBLIC CHART

Macron's birth chart has an uncanny connection with the First Republic of France. His Sun and Mercury, in the final degree of visionary Sagittarius, neatly square the Virgo Sun of the Republic. It's the kind of synastry suited to promote change (or appear to) as it locks in with probably the most defining moment of national history.

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Macron's law and order planets of Jupiter and Saturn blend promisingly with the same in the First Republic horoscope. His Jupiter in early Cancer is almost in exact trine to the Republic's early Scorpio Jupiter. His Saturn at the start if Virgo runs a positive trine to the Republic Saturn at the beginning of Taurus. His Nodal axis falls across the Republic's Venus – planet of popularity.

It's these planetary connections that explain what has suddenly propelled a man, considered by some colleagues as a political lightweight, to victory in the first round of voting. There is also a standout pattern in his birth horoscope that shows why he is a fast achiever. It's attached to the successful combination of expansive Jupiter with innovative Uranus.

JUPITER + URANUS THE DYNAMIC DUO

Macron's Sun/Mercury and Moon are each configured in opposition to Jupiter and Uranus respectively. The Moon positions helps explain the age disparity of his marriage partner. Uranus walks it own path and the Moon relates to emotions, family and females. His Sun/Mercury to Jupiter opposition describes his eminent father, Jean-Michel, a professor of neurology.

Macron's wife, Brigette, born April 13 1953 @ 15.00 hours in Amiens, is an Aries with Sun opposite Saturn. Macron has the ruling planet of Aries, Mars, in his seventh house of marriage partner, along with Saturn. The latter often signifies an older or senior partner. His horoscope is a good fit, suggesting the AA rated time is on the money.

The Sun/Mercury and Moon, both configured with Jupiter and Uranus, form an aspect pattern known as the Hard Rectangle. Don't let the name confuse here. When Jupiter and Uranus are involved in this planetary picture, it usually brings enormous luck. That's why cosmobiologists call this this dynamic duo the 'thank the lord' combo. Click here to see this pattern in his birth chart.

So, not only is Macron's Sun and Mercury locking in with the First French Republic horoscope, but also his Moon, Jupiter and Uranus are aspected to that same Republic Sun. That serendipitous sequence helps explain his rapid rise in the political arena. He is seen as a fresh hope of systematic change. But how real is that perception?

INEVITABLE COMPARISONS

Comparisons being made between Macron and Barack Obama, whilst his opponent Marine Le Pen is likened to Donald Trump. Considering Trump elicited only 15% of support in France at election time, whereas Obama's popularity in France exceeded 80%, Macron is in no hurry to dispute this analogy.

There are similarities. Le Pen plays upon the us and them fear factor and past glories, whereas Macron looks to systematic change with an uncertain future. Macron's globalist thinking can also be an Achilles heel as Le Pen hones in on voter dissatisfaction and a yearning for yesteryear.

Macron announced his run for the French presidency on November 16 2016. The Jupiter return of this campaign launch takes place on May 14 2017, the anticipated inauguration date of the new president. It will also be the Sun's opposition to his campaign launch.

While a Jupiter return is generally be a timely signal for success, bear in mind that Jupiter will be returning in retrograde motion. It may still deliver its promise, but with conditions attached. Judicial Jupiter also represents legislature and there is another round of legislative elections due on the 11th and 18th of June to elect the 577 members of the 15th National Assembly.

HOW'S IT ALL STACKING UP

Political pundits predicting a Le Pen upset, point to the Brexit and Trump. Certainly the French election will come down to popular vote, as did Brexit. The Trump comparison belies the fact that in referendums or French elections, where popular vote decides the winner – Trump would have finished runner up.

Last week I examined Marine Le Pen's promising planetary dynamics coming together at the right time. Here's that link. It explains how fortunate Jupiter lies stationary at her Ascendant. How rebellious Uranus favourably trines her Venus, delivering unexpected support. How Mercury joins it on election day. And how even a close run race would exceed her personal best and be grounds for a future victory.

MAY 7 2017

It's a day that favours upsets as Mercury and Uranus unite in feisty Aries. Both are semisquared by agitating Mars. The mood is one of impulse. There's a volatile energy around the election, with potential high for anger, danger and disputes.

Macron's prominence has hinged on opportune Jupiter solar arcing to meet his Scorpio Midheaven ruler Mars, active from January this year. An accommodating trine between his secondary progressed Moon and Sun in February followed, before the Moon trined his progressed Venus in April. All this guaranteed a dream run.

But the golden egg aspect of solar arc Jupiter uniting with his career ruler Mars, is now moving away. It remains within a half degree and therefore still imparts an effect but the influence is waning. The presidency may soon turn to a hollow victory. Assuming Le Pen is beaten here, there will be a bounce back in the June legislative elections. She has a very strong chart at this time.

This reminds me of a horse race where the young colt has opened up a sizable break on the opposition. But coming into the straight the experienced and battle hardy mare is closing. Can the colt can hold off the fast finishing challenger before the line. And does her improving form make her a good bet next start? One would think so. That's my take. Macron.

THE CYCLES OF DIVISION

There are two cycles reminding me of a division between the President and the government. One is the Saturn cycle in Sagittarius. Last time it transited this sign Frances Mitterand had to cohabit with Jacques Chirac – meaning that the party of the President and Prime Minister were different.

Secondly there is the Metonic Eclipse cycle which also correlated with different parties cohabiting via the President Jacques Chirac's conservative Rally For the Republic Party and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's Socialists. It may be another reason why the country is again divided.

THE LAST TIME

The last time I forecast a French presidential race was back in 2012, in my World Predictions article. That was when Frances Hollande narrowly won over Nicolas Sarozy. I utilised the same techniques as here in the last fortnight, including the First Republic horoscope comparisons. I have found that the synastry of long term Presidents such as Charles De Gaulle or Jacques Chirac for example, resonate very powerfully with this original horoscope of France.



APRIL 23

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

The adage that timing is everything isn’t reserved solely for comedy. It works just as effectively for tragedy - especially on the eve of an election. The killing of a French policeman and the wounding of two of his colleagues happened three days prior to the first round of the first French presidential vote. A timing that could be crucial.

The terrorist bombings on the Madrid rail network, on the 912th day after 911, swung the voters away from their US aligned Prime Minister. It handed the 2004 election to the opposition, who opposed the Iraq war. Yet the government was comfortably polling 5% ahead before the tragedy occurred.

The US Republicans didn’t make the same mistake. A coincidental video of Osama bin Laden, urging Americans not to re-elect George W Bush, surfaced in late October 2004. It effectively demolished John Kerry’s presidential dream. No surprise then that George W never did get around to capturing the Al Qaeda mastermind.

James Comey’s revelation that the FBI was considering re-opening the Clinton email probe was another timely intervention. And most Australians remember the ‘children overboard’ affair’, when PM John Howard, trailing in the polls, falsely claimed asylum seekers threw their own children into the sea. It put the navy offside but swung an election. So how about France?

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

A glance at the leading French candidates indicates this is one of the most open of all elections. Eleven candidates and four rated a chance of winning. If the old battle maxim ‘ divide and conquer’ applies to politics, then France is currently a very divided country.

The date of the final run off, May 7, falls exactly between Europe Day celebrated on May 5 and European Union Day of May 9. These dates are symbolic of peace, integration and co-operation in Europe.

European Union day was inspired a Frenchman, foreign minister Robert Schumann. On May 9 1950 the Schumann deal placed French and German steel and coal production under one higher authority. It was the original seedling of today’s European Union.

This strong amalgamation, with a common currency, matches the trading power and financial clout of the USA. But some of France’s presidential candidates are threatening to leave. One is Marine Le Pen – Donald Trump’s choice as the strongest candidate. His endorsement could be her biggest liability.

MARINE LE PEN

According to AstroDatabank, Marine Le Pen was born at 5 August 1968 at 11:20 am (CET) August 5 1968 in Neuilly sur Seine, France. This places her career orientated Midheaven in nationalistic Cancer. Combative Mars lies in the final degree of this sign and she also has a flamboyantly communicative Sun Mercury Leo conjunction posited in the ambitious tenth house.

Marine has spent much of her life in the public spotlight, initially as the daughter of Jean Le Pen, the founder of the far right National Front Party. Jean’s divisive policies ensured he never became president. Her practical Capricorn Moon compliments her tenth house focus and runs trine to a supportive seventh house Saturn in late Aries. She has worked to soften her party's public image.

IF HER TIME IS RIGHT - A PROMISING CHART

The first round of the French Presidential Election commences Sunday April 23. Providing there is no clear majority, a run-off election will take place on May 7. Assuming Le Pen’s birth time is correct, this time frame would place opportune Jupiter stationary and turning direct on her Libran Ascendant by June 10.

Le Pen will also benefit from transiting Saturn trine her natal Saturn and Uranus joining her birth Saturn. As she has an exact Venus Saturn trine in her birth chart, this double up indicates rapid changes around her alliances, personal and professional support. Venus is her Ascendant ruler and posited in her eleventh house of institutional support.

Back in August 2016, Marine progressed into her New Moon phase, favoring fresh enterprises that will shape her life direction for years into the future. Her Secondary Progressed New Moon occurred conjunct radical and right wing Uranus, emphasizing the independence of her political views, and encouraging a more radical approach.

FIRST FRENCH REPUBLIC CONNECTIONS

Le Pen's New Moon with Uranus formed a triple conjunction at 29 degrees of Virgo. This degree has an extremely powerful connection with the horoscope of the First French Republic.

The defining moment in the nation’s history came at 15.30 hours on September 21 1792. The Sun position of the First Republic is 29 degrees of Virgo. Le Pen’s New Moon resonates deeply with this revolutionary energy.

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It's also interesting that the man rated her main rival, odds on favourite Emmanuel Macron, was born December 21 1977 @ 10.40 am in Amiens, France. His Sun and Mercury - at 29 of Sagittarius - precisely square the Sun of France's First Republic.

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The other radical hard left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon's, Ascendant and Saturn are conjunct the First Republic's Sun. He was born August 19 1951 @ 8 20 in Tanger, Morroco. A victory for any of these politicians, outside the mainstream parties, would bring radical change to the established French political system.

In February 2017 Le Pen’s progressed Sun moved into Libra. That sign change is crucial, coming so soon after her SP New Moon. Libra’s dual nature may indicate a need to conciliate or power sharing arrangements ahead.

Marine’s SP Midheaven (Naibod in RA) is approaching her natal Jupiter, although that is still another year off; and unfortunately regarding reliable prediction; is entirely dependent upon the accuracy of her birth time.

The Paris shooting comes at an opportune time for Le Pen’s policies of expelling foreign nationals on the watch list. The problem being that the perpetrator of the shooting, which occurred during a live televised election debate, was locally born, had recently spent twelve years in jail, bore a history of violent crime, had made recent threats to kill police and had previously shot at two officers way back in 2001.

That didn’t stop Islamic State, via their propaganda media outlets, from immediately issuing a statement that he was acting on their behalf. They wrongly claimed he came from Belgium and gave his name as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki. It was actually Karim Cheurfi and he was not on France’s terror watchlist. But a handwritten note praising ISIL group was found near his body.

A WILD RIDE AHEAD

The shooting occurred as retrograde Jupiter was reaching Le Pen’s Libran Ascendant. It has the obvious potential to buoy her support. And – again assuming her birth time is correct – it has the potential to influence the outcome of the election.

For the immediate future, Mercury’s current retro motion and stationary conjunction with surprise packet Uranus, will promote a much more radical mood across the coming weeks. It suggests that someone outside the traditional parties must win.

The combination of high tech Uranus with media Mercury was uniquely represented by the hard left candidate - Jean-Luc Mélenchon - appearing in multiple areas as a hologram. You can hardly get more Uranian than that!

Le Pen's candidacy was announced on April 8 2016, appropriately with the Sun conjunct rebel rouser Uranus. Macron's new political party , En Marche' was formed two days before - again with the Sun and Uranus aligned. And Uranus is the most elevated planet in Melenchon's chart. What is always guaranteed with Uranus, is a wild ride ahead. More to come.

 

APRIL 16

Last week we revisited the Solar Eclipse of February the 26th, conjunct smoke and mirrors Neptune and re-igniting the horoscope of the contentious Reichstag Fire. The implication being that we might expect similar events to act as a pretext for military action in the months to follow that eclipse.

I published those observations earlier in the year for a valid reason. The Reichstag Fire is a lesson for all, to be alert and ready. And not to fall, hook line and sinker, for the official version of events. Examine the motivations behind the rhetoric. So continuing from last week…

On April 4 2017, at sometime between 6 and 7 am, a chemical attack took place at Khan Sheykun, Syria. The official White House report claimed a time of 6.55 am, and BBC witnesses reported it as 6.30 am. But the 6.55 am is interesting anyway, as it clearly shows Mars rising at the location of the attack.

We all know the national narratives. The White House and western allies immediately held the Syrian government forces accountable. The Syrian government blamed the jihadist mercenaries. And the Russians claimed it was all a frame up to encourage the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. Then Donald Trump gave the okay to bomb Syria.

The incongruity of the chemical attack, two days after the US declared no intention of overthrowing al-Assad – and during a war that he was obviously winning – didn’t add up. What did was an overlay of the chemical attack chart with the Reichstag Fire. The connections are eye-catching. Here's the overlaid charts below.

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IRAN/IRAQ/SYRIA PIPELINE

There is another side to the Syrian civil war that rarely features in the western media or government accounts. It concerns money and pipelines. It’s the reason that Gulf allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are throwing millions upon millions, funding jihadist groups to overthrow the Syrian government. And creating a human catastrophe.

It’s why the Saudis biggest trading partner, the United States, was supplying support to the rebels. Bashar Al-Assad refused a gas pipeline proposal from Qatar, through Syria and into Turkey. Instead he chose to support a competitor’s offer and signed up for the Iran/Iraq/Syria deal. The multi-billion dollar gas sales would enrich these nations, and serve Russian interests.

There’s a problem there. A stronger Syria would pose a threat to Israel and they could also increase their influence in Lebanon. Iran and Iraq are growing closer and are strongholds of the Shia Muslim sect. They are the only sect to depose a puppet dictator – the Shah - and create a people’s revolution. It’s something the Gulf monarchies fear, yet may curiously be creating the conditions for.

Then there’s equally big fish to fry. Russia, a supporter of Syria and Iran, are playing hard ball with the west. Putin’s satellite exposure of ISIL’s oil convoys, onselling to G20 countries, proved an embarrassment for the war on terror. Further, Wikileaks documents revealed the US awareness of the Saudis funding to Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda in Syria.

Despite imposing sanctions upon any country supporting terrorism – George W. used this as a reason for the 2003 Iraq invasion – Saudi Arabia are supplied with extra weapons instead. This isn’t politic opinion incidentally. It’s an established fact! The rules for one, do not apply to the other.

It’s why Donald Trump – against all his electoral promises – got involved with Syria. Foget Ivanka’s anguish. The US military also has bigger fish to fry. And they’re saying the bombing of Syria may be a one off. But here's another astrological hook up. Bashar Al-Assad signed his pipeline deal with Iran, the year that his civil war began, on June 15 2011.

A comparison of the horoscope of Donald Trump with that of the Syrian pipeline deal makes multiple challenging correlations.

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Trump is drawn into this situation like a moth to the flame. For all his bluster and blunder re the quagmire of wasteful Middle East wars – some things stay remarkably the same.

THE UNIVERSE HAS A DARK SENSE OF HUMOUR

It may be cruel irony, but Donald Trump was born on June 14 1946, the same day that the Baruch plan was presented to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.

Named after its author, the Baruch plan was drawn up to prevent nuclear technology from being used to perpetuate weapons of war. It never got off the ground. Now a man transfixed by such technology, and born the same day, has the nuclear codes at his fingertips.

Trump - “It's so incredible. It's brilliant. It's genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five…nobody can even come close to competing. . . . So what happens is, I said we've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq and I wanted you to know this. And he was eating his cake. And he was silent.”

The interviewer interrupts what may be a Freudian slip re Iraq. She corrects, "Heading to Syria?"

Describing his dinner with the silent man – Chinese President Xi Jigping - Trump adds, “you know, the guy you just had dinner with just attacked a country.”

He seemed content to boast about it. The next day a new foreign policy statement was released...via Twitter.

@realDonaldTrump - North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A. 11 Apr 2017 12.03.43 UT

BOMBS AWAY

On April 13 at 19.32 hours the USA drops the largest bomb since WWII – a massive ordinance air blast – over Achin, Afghanistan. Small wonder then, that the cracking sound a Taser sent commuters stampeding at Penn St Station in New York on Easter Friday. The nation is on edge. And they're not the only nation feeling that way.

But for the USA, it’s not without reason – even without the erratic Trump factor. This time of year has been notorious for hostilities, since the first shots of the Revolutionary War rang out on April 19 1775. The Baltimore Riots of April 19 1861 culminated in an even more lethal Civil War. And so it goes in the third week of April.

1906 April 18 San Francisco earthquake
1947 April 16 Texas City Explosion
1961 April 16 Bay of Pigs failure
1983 April 18 Beirut US Embassy bombed
1993 April 19 Branch Davidian Compound torched Waco
1995 April 19 Oklahoma City Bombing
1999 April 20 Columbine High shootings
2007 April 16 Virginia Tech Massacre
2010 April 20 Deepwater Horizon disaster
2015 April 15 Boston Marathon bombing

At this time every year, the transiting Sun is moving through the late degrees of Aries and squaring lethal Pluto in the July 4 1776 horoscope of the USA. Adding to that, currently the USA’s Secondary Progressing Sun is also closing on a square to Pluto and the Moon is moving to square progressing Pluto.

What does all of that astro-jargon mean? Well it’s probably not the best time of year to be issuing deadly threats or playing with weapons of war. Not when when the planet of destruction - deep and dark Pluto - is so highly active.

And it might be a good idea for Twitter to block some overworked accounts...even if only for a week or two. Maybe then we could all breathe a little easier. For one can hardly fight a war on terror, when one is so intent on creating it.

APRIL 9

At 3.40 am EEDT on April 7 2017, 59 US Tomahawk missiles were launched at the Syrian Shayrat air base in the rebel held city of Homs. So what’s new? It was the first US direct intervention against Bashar Al-Assad’s government, enmeshed in a civil war that has made this ancient land a modern apocalypse.

Trump ordered this pre-emptive strike on his Jupiter return, as the authoritative Sun moved within a minute of opposition and with extreme Pluto also in square. He did so as the emotional Moon moved across his birth Mars, and the same planet of war came to his Ascendant.

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Trump was feeling anxious, angry and agitated – compelled to act fast. Reports of a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun filled the headlines. The US military and western press blamed the Syria air force. Russia blamed the western backed rebels for the atrocity. What was missing was any serious investigation.

On the surface, it made no sense. Why would the Syrian government risk the wrath of the world in a war they were now clearly winning? Why bomb civilians instead of the actual enemy? Were they convinced he had no interest in the Syrian war? Or is the US embarking on a much wider conflict?

CONSISTENT INCONSISTENCY?

Trump's campaign repeatedly emphasized wasteful spending on intractable Middle East conflicts. On Syrian refugees, Trump promised, “If I win they’re going back.” He often referred to them as a Trojan horse, adding that Americans needed to build a big beautiful wall. And he cut no extra favours for children.

This is the guy when questioned, at the New Hampshire primary, on whether he could "look children aged five, eight, ten, in the face and tell them they can't go to school here", replies. "I can look in their faces and say 'You can't come'. I'll look them in the face.”

Trump’s Twitter feeds were persistently advising President Obama to stay out of Syria even after the controversial Ghouta chemical attacks of 2013. Here’s just a few of the many.

@realDonaldTrump
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the "rebels" are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
00.33.43 UT 16 Jun 2013

@realDonaldTrump
The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!
23.02.31 UT 30 Aug 2013

@realDonaldTrump
The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria, fix U.S.A.
11.13 51 UT 5 Sep 2013

Trump wasted no time in refuting his own advice when he fronted the American media last week. Perfectly defining the word hypocrisy he declared, “I think the Obama administration had a great opportunity to solve this crisis a long time ago, when he said ‘the red line in the sand.”

But perhaps it was this Tweet that gave an insight into who is the ‘real’ Donald Trump.

@realDonaldTrump
If we are going to continue to be stupid and go into Syria (watch Russia), as they say in the movies, SHOOT FIRST AND TALK LATER! 10:19 PM - 29 Aug 2013 12.19.42

A SUDDEN U-TURN

In the week that was, Donald Trump did a military about face. Simultaneously, his chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council. These events have many of Trump’s supporters now suspicious that he’s actually just another puppet of the deep state's military industrial complex.

A little over six weeks ago I wrote on the Solar Eclipse of February 26 2017. It occurred with Neptune, the planet of spin, subterfuge and bingo…chemicals. Add to that the horoscope of the 2017 Aries Ingress over Washington. It also had ambiguous Neptune rising.

My article on the eclipse concentrated on the uncanny similarity between it and the horoscope of the Reichstag Fire in Germany. This was the pretext of Hitler’s Enabling Act and a Nazi police state. The subsequent military build up led into WWII. The Reichstag Fire became famous for the term false flag attack.

The Reichstag Fire was as real as the Syrian chemical incident. The real debate lay in who was behind it. And what agenda the fire was used to advance. Many thinking people will be asking these very questions in the coming weeks. We will also have predictable knee jerk reactions from ‘debriefed’ allies.

Has Trump truly had an epiphany regarding as he emphasized, 'children of God?' If so, it is a selective conscience. He exhibited no signs of compassion when told of the senseless slaughter of Yemeni children carried out in a botched operation by his own army mere weeks before.

Instead, Trump made the tribute to a fallen Navy Seal the emotional centerpiece of his State of the Union address. Would he be willing to accomodate the increasing tide of refugees that escalated war would most certainly produce?

CAN'T HIDE THAT MARS

My astro-analysis on Trump is well known. He is part of the military machine. His fast acting Sun/Uranus at birth is aligned to the USA’s birth Mars and square the country’s spin planet of Neptune. Trump’s campaign began on a New Moon with Mars, also bang on America’s Mars. Nothing could be more obvious. Click here for the biwheel

His style is, and will continue to be, consistently confrontational. His upping of the military budget by a whopping $54 billion – almost 10% increase - made no financial, but perfect astrological, sense. He will involve the country in war. There are political pay-offs.

When American presidents fire off the first salvo, regrettably, up goes their polling. Coincidentally, in an eye blink the Russian investigations are now off front page. And the patriotic cold war rivalry is revived. At what cost and where to from here? With a Mars transit heading for Trump's Midheaven this week, don’t expect the rhetoric to soften.

On August 21 2017, a Solar Eclipse will reactivate the Sun degree of the 2013 Ghouta chemical bombing in Syria. It will mark the fourth anniversary of an act that killed over ten times the number of the recent incident. That was the one Trump was so insistent that Obama not act upon.

The same August eclipse will occur on Trump’s Ascendant, perilously near his Mars and just prior to his Mars return. This will also be Israel’s Mars return and Netanyahu’s Mars return. The eclipse will not miss either. They are all on the same page. Need I say more. But I will because there is plenty more. Next week.

April 2

LOOK...UP IN THE SKY...IT'S A BIRD...

Two important events happened in 1938. Both would have an enduring effect on American media. This week we can have some fun with both. On April 18, a new comic book hero appeared on the morning news-stands. One whose appeal would surpass all other. One who would lock in with the American psyche and become a cultural icon of the 20th century.

Superman was selling over a million comics each edition as early as 1940. The concept was years in the planning. He was the brainchild Jerry Siegel. Superman was true to the psychological axiom that every writer's character contains something of themselves. Siegel was the son of Russian Jew immigrants.

Siegel’s character first appeared via a story published in January 1933, entitled 'The Reign of Superman'. The first Superman was a far cry from the one Siegel later recast as a hero. Bill Dunn was a vagrant, granted telepathic powers by drinking a scientific potion, who planned to rule the entire world.

In a perhaps a not so strange case of life imitating art, Adolf Hitler also became the German Vice-Chancellor on January 30 1933. Hitler would thereafter wield a trance like control over the minds of the German populace, embarking on his own plan of global dominance. Hitler too had spent his twentieth year a vagrant on the streets of Vienna.

SUPERMAN COMES GOOD

The new Superman was to resurface April 18 1938 on the cover of the June edition of Action Comics. He was now a character of impeccable moral code and super strength. His original mission, exposing corrupt political lobbyists and senators in Washington DC. His second saw him confronting arms dealers and stopping a war by making the leaders of both countries fight it out between themselves.

Little wonder that the appeal of Superman has faded into today's world where arms sales and promoting wars are a mainstay of the national budget. But those were the days of 'truth, justice and the American way'. And Superman was about to become the archetypal national hero. The astrological aspects and his synastry with the American Independence horoscope reveals why.

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RELIVING THE MYTH

Superman arrived as a refugee from Krypton. His rapid evacuation from a planet about to explode mirrored the theme of the alien escapees from the old world, finding their fortune in a new land. For a country grown through immigration, it held great appeal. Under the looming shadow of war in Europe, even greater.

Placed in a rocket as a baby, with his fate literally in the winds has parallels to the legend of Sargon the Great, master of the Akkadian Empire, or in a later millennium Moses in the bulrushes of the Nile. The hero's motif of the abandoned baby links to mythical characters such as Hercules or Achilles. Not all end up as basket cases.

Kal-El adapts to his Kansas home in Smallville and the customs of his locale. As an adult he moves to Metropolis, or Bigville. Here he scores a job as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent. He works in a newspaper building known as the Daily Planet. A multi-story skyscraper on the outside, we only ever see one floor on the inside.

MYSTIQUE AND MERRIMENT

The lone floor contains an Perry White's editorial office, three other rooms for reporters Kent and his sidekicks Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. And a mysterious fourth storeroom with a window constantly open, probably to prevent frequently broken glass. You're familiar with the sign – in case of an emergency...break the glass.

Although Clark Kent and Superman look remarkably similar, the donning of a pair of glasses renders such resemblance irreconcilable to those who work with him the most – namely Lane, Olsen and White. Kent doesn't really require glasses as he his own eyes are more powerful than any telescope or microscope.

He even has X-ray vision. But his strict moral code means that nobody has to worry about wearing lead underwear. Superman's x-rays and super hearing are exclusively for seeing through the walls of his criminal foes or the contents of their briefcase.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about Superman. How he matured without ever growing a a beard or needing a haircut? How he manages to fit his Clark Kent suit into his cape and both remain uncrumpled? Indeed how his Krypton baby blanket expanded to an adult costume. And we won't even ask how or why the S was put on the front.

FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA

More important was his choice of employment. An investigative journalist solving all the cases and landing all the scoops. The American Revolution was born from the writings of Samuel Adams and the publications of Benjamin Franklin. Nowhere is the power of the press more evident. And this is where the truth justice and the American way comes in. No fake news or opinion pieces in the Daily Planet. Just the facts.

The other major media event of 1938 also came out of the skies. It was fake news. From 8 pm on October 30 it was transmitted into the radio sets of unsuspecting Americans. The radio adaptation of 'War Of The World's' was so realistically presented by Orson Wells that it was headlined as causing mass panic in newspapers across the nation.

Welles arranged his radio drama as a series of breaking news bulletins, relayed from various locations as an attack by invaders from Mars. In some areas it created hysteria, although probably not to the degree that was later reported. But enough for the police to raid the CBS studios and sufficient for network stations to assure callers this was just a radio play.

TRUST ME...I'M A RADIO ANNOUNCER?

The station announcer on WGAR, Jack Paar, pleaded with his listeners, "The world is not coming to an end. Trust me. When have I ever lied to you?" But in the shadows of a looming war the audience wasn't buying into Paar's narrative. A Princeton study found 'War Of The Worlds' had an audience of around 6 million. Out of that 1.7 million bought the hoax. That's better than one in very four.

So w hat was really happening skywards when terror struck the radio waves? The emotional public Moon was closely opposed to lethal Pluto with the Sun in close square to both. The mock invasion,when compared with the horoscope of the USA, shows Mars at the Midheaven and illusory Neptune within three minutes of its return.

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Wrapping up, I could only find two charts that repeated the Sun/Moon/Pluto arrangement of War of The Worlds. They were rather ironic. One was the Affordable Care Act an ongoing battle since its launch date. The other was Wayne LaPierre - head of the National Rifle Association.


March 26

GASLIGHTING

A fortnight ago I penned a piece on the Aries Ingress - the true astrological New Year. The moment that the Sun crosses the equator and the day and night are equal in time becomes the tipping point for a new revolution around the Sun.

My article analyzed the ingress over Washington, the political capital of the western world. Neptune was at the Ascendant. The simple significance is that things are never as they seem. Neptune is the symbolic smokescreen in the planetary pantheon. Washington politics is entering the Twilight Zone.

A few minutes past the exact moment of the ingress a message permeated the Twittersphere. How fitting a Donald Trump tweet would coincide with this celestial signal. Was the universe offering up a cryptic clue to its camouflage or simply revealing the grand illusionists?

Trump stated, “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” Fake news has become a catchphrase of this President! Dependent upon whether its for him or against him. Click here for the charts.

All week long Donald Trump had posted how Barack Obama had “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the election campaign. Was he throwing out yet another red herring? Was he trying to deflect the national narrative from the genuine intelligence investigations?

MASTERING THE ART OF THE REAL

Three and a half hours past the ingress, FBI Director James Comey and NSA director, Admiral Mike Rogers, appeared before a Congressional hearing. At 11.02 am Monday March 20, Comey was quizzed “Was the President's claim that Obama had his wire tapped in Trump Tower a true statement?”

Comey carefully replied, "With respect to the President's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets." It came as the public Moon squared the leadership Sun. But Comey did have some relevant facts to deliver.

The FBI was conducting an investigation into alleged Russian interference with the 2016 election. The Aries Ingress wasn’t a good day for presidential credibility. And it would set the tone for the week to come. And probably – as ingresses go - the months to follow.

The FBI was also investigating possible links between the Russians and the Trump campaign. But Trump clearly is no fan of the intelligence community.

Back on February 15 this year he tweeted, “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia”.

Well dreamtime Neptune is definitely associated with inexplicable phenomena such as telepathy and knowing something without knowing exactly how or why.

So government leaks are a formality. A bit like a twelve year old Trump tax return mysteriously appearing as a convenient diversion. Although Neptune can be even more attached to the concealment of the more current ones.

MUTINY IN THE PARTY?

There were plenty of clues in the Ingress horoscope pertaining to difficulties at the White House. The Moon and Saturn together in the governmental tenth house indicated administrative obstacles, frustrations arising from blockages, delays and unpopularity with the public. All were clearly evident by the Friday March 24.

Shortly after 3 pm the Republicans pulled their much-publicized and long promised health care act. It was a major defeat for a President who has already seen legislation rejected by the courts and watched personal appointees resign or stand down.

Trump reflexively blamed the Democrats, despite having a majority in both houses. It was avoiding the obvious – a Republican mutiny - and the clearest signs of a schism. By late Friday afternoon Trump was claiming he’d personally pulled the health care bill. Instead, he'd tried to bulldoze it through.

Simultaneously the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, was saying the President acted instead on 'his' advice. As the finger pointing began, each were incongruously praising the other. Penetrating this propaganda reveals a power struggle taking place deeper within the party.

Days before the health care plan deservedly went down in flames, the Breitbart website, formerly run by senior Trump strategist Steve Bannon– ran a disparaging article on Paul Ryan. It released a recording from October 10 2016 in which the Speaker refuses to support Trump’s candidacy. The timing was hardly accidental.

CHALK AND CHEESE

The horoscopes of the Republican President, Donald Trump and the Republican House Speaker, Paul Ryan are chalk and cheese different. Ryan has shape-shifting Neptune sitting right at his Ascendant. It’s one stellar reason why the Trump supporters view Ryan as a crafty career ‘politician’ and poster boy for the establishment.

Donald Trump’s Pluto opposes Paul Ryan’s Sun with an orb of only one degree. Trump was like Darth Vader manifesting out of the darkness to extinguish Ryan’s light. The two struggle for dominance. Trump’s Pluto opposes Paul Ryan’s Venus within an orb of only four minutes. Ditto to Ryan’s values and popularity.

Donald Trump’s Saturn squares Paul Ryan’s Moon. The orb is down to twenty two minutes. Talk about an emotional dampener. Here’s cold and calculating Saturn sabotaging the public Moon. This is also a dominant square from Saturn, meaning the ringed planet binds up the Moon big time.

Donald Trump’s Uranus squares Paul Ryan’s Midheaven. Uranus is the unpredictable agitator. The Midheaven represents status and ambition. Recognition and reputation change in a blinding eye blink when these two square off. Both will tend to rain on each other's parade.

Donald Trump’s Mars and Ascendant squares Paul Ryan’s Ascendant. Think two predators vying for identical territory. They want the same prize but someone’s going to get hurt with this uncompromising angle. Mars means war! If it’s not public yet it may eventually be heading that way.

Trump’s Sun and Moon are in hard aspect to Ryan’s Sun and Venus. If you’re thinking that these two guys come from different sides of the track…that would be a colossal understatement. With all of these challenging aspects the Hatfields and McCoys would stand a better chance of working in harmony.

Only the supreme optimist would spin these planetary combinations as opportunity for growth. They're more akin to inventing a fish milkshake laced with curry and ketchup. Some things just simply don’t go together.

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And so was the week that was. An Aries Ingress that repeats a pattern - Neptune at the Ascendant - Moon and Saturn at the Midheaven - last seen in 1945. That's when the two people filled the Presidential post.

After an inauspicious beginning, it’s something that Donald Trump is working hard to avoid. But for Ryan, the eventual removal of Trump may be essential in preserving his own political career.

 

March 19

Last week's column, click here for the link, explained the Aries Ingress over Washington. And how the influence of Neptune rising would throw a cloud of secrecy, confusion and possible deception over international relations. This week looks further into the history of the US, China and the Korean peninsula.

THE CHINESE CONNECTION

As the Chinese economy and influence grows so does the threat to US power in the Asian Pacific. Countries like South Korea and Japan are being encouraged to ramp up their military budgets. And during the week the new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been meeting the leaders of both, before jetting into China.

The timing of Tillerson's visit is highly auspicious. It's a far cry from the days when Richard Nixon was hailed as a visionary for becoming the first US President to visit the People's Republic.

Nixon's ambitious venture was given extensive media coverage. It culminated in the Shanghai Communique, stating that neither power should "seek hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region”. Nixon's trip proved a political master-stroke. The President played on divisions between China and the USSR, prior to negotiating the SALT Treaty with the Soviets.

Normalising relations with Communist China paved the way for economic liberalisation programs that would support global growth well into the following millennium. That was forty five years ago.

Astrologically that means that the horoscope of the US and China coming together, has now reached a forty five degree semisquare by solar arc direction. This challenging angle puts the whole relationship under a crisis point of necessary change. Tillerson's trip is potentially the most important made since Nixon's historic landing on February 21 1972.

The US China economic co-dependency has grown to where the US is China's biggest export market, outside the European Union. China, along with being the biggest holder of US securities, is the third biggest export market for the US. But there are some elephants in the room. They lie on China's northern border at the Korean peninsula.

TWO TRIBES – ONE PEOPLE

The ancient kingdom of Korea has been a land divided since the end of World War Two. Emancipated from Japanese governance, dating back to annexation of August 22 1910, Korea ceded control of the south to the USA, whilst the Soviets took the north above the 38th parallel. The two sides became the geopolitical embodiment of the Cold War.

The North and South went to war at dawn on June 25 1950. That day featured a volatile Sun/Uranus conjunction in a tight square to the battle planet Mars. In effect it was a proxy war with China and the USSR backing the North and the USA and United Nations supporting the South. On the latest estimates it claimed over a million lives.

The conflict had no official end. Instead, after three years of fighting, an armistice was agreed upon at 10 am on July 27 1953 at Panmunjom and signed with no words spoken. In the South, they call the conflict the '625 Upheaval'. In the North it is referred to as the 'Fatherland Liberation War'. And China branded those years as 'the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea'.

OCCUPIED TERRITORY

Today those narratives have hardly changed. The two sides are provocatively divided by border guards and a barbed wire demilitarised zone, four kilometers wide and two hundred and fifty kilometers long. The US has never left. In January of 1958 they introduced nuclear weapons to the peninsula. They were withdrawn in December of 1991, with the hopes of reunification.

Over 28,000 US troops remain stationed in the South and joint military exercises are regularly undertaken. Meantime, the North maintains the fourth largest army in the world and have developed their own nuclear weapons program. They are believed to have between fifteen to twenty nuclear bombs.

South Korea, as one of the world's richest and technologically advanced nations, had similar plans. They were dissuaded from developing their own weapons and instead rely upon a US nuclear umbrella. South Korea have an agreement with Washington, that if the nation were attacked the US would assume military control of the peninsula.

NORTH KOREA

On September 9 1948 the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea was formed, under the leadership of Kim II Sung. The title of Supreme Leader was his for almost half a century, until his death on July 8 1994. Today his birthday is commemorated as the Day of the Sun.

During the decades of the 60's and 70's, with Soviet support, the economy of the North easily outperformed the South. Today the opposite is the case. North Korea's fierce nationalism has isolated them from the generous living conditions enjoyed by their southern counterparts.

Since the formation of the DPRK, leadership has remained a one family affair. Kim Jong-il led the country through 1994 to 2011. Under his rule North Korea withdrew from the nuclear proliferation treaty and pursued nuclear weaponry. Today the baton has passed to his second son Kim Jong-un.

Despite crippling economic sanctions, North Korea maintains the world's fourth largest standing army. Kim Jong-un has accelerated his missile program and boasted about reaching the west coast of the US. The US have pressured China to act. But China fears the fallout of a possible collapse of the North Korean state.

TRUMP AND THE ASTROMAPPING OF MARS

This is where the birth horoscope of Donald Trump, the US commander in chief, becomes vitally important. The dominant planet in his horoscope is Mars, rising at his birth.

And as described in previous columns, all of his campaign successes featured the red planet prominent. Already Trump's connection to the US military is proving more than just an astrological reality.

If you relocate Trump's horoscope to Washington, DC, then Mars comes precisely to his Ascendant degree. In short he brings his Mars – the planet of military aggression and competition – right to the White House. Then if you look at where his Mars was setting at is birth, you'll find it precisely over the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and northern Chinese border.

Having a planet on an angle maximises its power in that specific location. It's what makes the ramifications of Tillerson's mission, ahead of Xi Jinping's imminent visit to the USA, so important. Potentially the most important time since 1972 for the two nations.

March 12

Before I begin this weeks analysis of the 2017 Aries Ingress keep in mind that the late February Solar Eclipse is climaxing its energies at this weekend's Full Moon. Remember it is 'dissolving' power structures and undermining leaders.

In South Korea the impeachment of deposed President Park Geun-hye was upheld by the courts. She may even face incarceration on corruption charges. In Australia the long term Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett was swept out of power in a landslide defeat.


On New Years eve on Sydney radio station 2GB I forecast that the Australian Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull may not see out 2017 as Prime Minister. This monumental swing away from the Liberal Party must surely have Turnbull nervous for the future.

This week's column examines an ancient astrological technique for analyzing the year ahead. It is the location specific Aries Ingress and this week we look at some important ones of the past and check out this years Aries Ingress over Washington.


THE ASTROLOGICAL NEW YEAR

One of the core beliefs of astrology lies in assigning the potential of any given entity or project, to the precise moment of its beginning. Astrologers work with birth charts, preferably timed down to the minute. It works the same when examining global trends.

The annual astrological Big Bang happens the moment that the Sun crosses the equator in a northerly direction. It marks a fresh solar cycle around the zodiac. The birth moment is known as the Aries Ingress, and is traditionally considered the most important of the four seasonal ingress charts used to describe the annual trend.

All ingress charts are location specific. That's because the most significant factors are planets that are rising, setting, culminating or at the base of the ingress chart. In short those that are on the angles or aspected to those angles. Further considerations are given to the outstanding aspects between planets, especially those involving the Sun.

THE INGRESS IN PRACTISE

A good example of an Aries Ingress horoscope forecasting future directions involves that cast for London on March 21 1939 – the year that brought World War Two. The 1939 Aries Ingress shows a New Moon in a close and challenging square to the war planet Mars. Destructive Pluto is rising at the Ascendant. Clearly this was a war horoscope and so it proved.

Another prime illustration is the Aries Ingress, set for the location of New York for 2001, the year of the 911 attacks. This horoscope shows the natural malefic, Saturn, rising. Saturn is also in the degree of the most violent and dangerous fixed star in the heavens, Algol. The Ascendant of this chart maligned by Saturn and Algol is as bad as it gets from a worldly perspective. Click here for the larger chart.

As the Ascendant describes the outlook of the country and its people, the Saturn/Algol connection describes the public sorrow and restrictions that accompanied 911. A volatile Mars/Pluto union lies ominously in the seventh house of allies and enemies. The same patterns replicated in the following Cancer seasonal ingress.

There is a case for examining succeeding ingress charts. The logic of this involves scanning for repetitive patterns. The 2001 Cancer Ingress, for New York, also placed Neptune at the Midheaven and the aggressive Mars Pluto conjunction repeating in the seventh house, whilst Saturn remained in the first house. It reinforced the Aries pattern.

HINDSIGHT WISDOM

2001 changed the way Americans thought about the world. It made them more fearful and judgmental– Saturn at the Ascendant. It brought new restrictions on the public such as the Patriot Act and changed travel forever. The negativity of Saturn was exacerbated by the Algol connection. The fixed star likened to the severed head of Medusa symbolizes the multiplying terrorist threat.

Neptune in the administrative tenth house represented the government being caught asleep at the wheel, or living in a bubble. It indicates that the people believe the government may be smoke-screening some of the facts here and supports conspiracy theories. Neptune may reflect an ineffective or deceptive leadership and even the influence of 'big oil' on the administration.

Mars and Pluto in the seventh house of allies and enemies is self-explanatory. This brings military extremists or radical terrorists. There is a danger of war or acts of war inflicted. Here the anger of, Mars combines with the demolition of Pluto. Of course in hindsight this is easily interpreted. But regardless these ingress charts are obviously challenging.

A further annual forecasting technique is to cast a chart for the exact time that the Sun returns to its birth position. In the example of the USA, the original Sibly birth chart of 17.10 hours July 4 1776 Philadelphia is used. The 2001 solar return can be recast for New York or Washington. Both repeat the pattern of the ingress charts. Saturn is at the Ascendant, Neptune at the Midheaven and Mars and Pluto are in the seventh.

REPETITIVE PATTERN OF 2017

As in 2001, there is a replication of the Aries Ingress and the Cancer Ingress and additionally in the birth horoscope of the USA recast for 2017. This time Neptune will be at the Ascendant and Saturn in the 10th house or conjunct the Midheaven. The same two planets swapping places. Fortunately Algol is not involved and neither is there a Mars Pluto conjunction.

The Aries Ingress horoscope for Washington in 2017 occurs at 06.08.34 hours on March 20. Saturn in the governmental tenth house conjunct the public Moon is indicative of a more rigid and conservative rule. Saturn represents the establishment and the old way of doing things. The authority factor of Saturn implies greater restrictions or control.

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Saturn is not about winning popularity contests and the public Moon's conjunction with Saturn supports this. It represents authoritarianism. It can also indicate administrative obstacles to be overcome, delays and difficulties in the White House. Neptune prominent at the Ascendant casts a cloud of uncertainty around international relationships and the national projection.

Any planet conjunct the Ascendant describes the country's immediate outlook. Neptune conjures ambiguity and uncertainty. Under these auspices conspiracy theories, concepts like fake news and deliberately misleading statements prevail. Again the influence of big oil can be playing a pivotal role. Naval power and control of water or waterways are issues central to Neptune.

SIFTING THROUGH THE SMOKE-SCREENS

There is a need for greater logic and discrimination when the planet of spin is prominent. For example, Neptune was rising in the Aries Ingress of 2003 cast for Baghdad. Iraqi's expecting a rapid liberation from dictatorial rule instead got US occupation. It can manifest as disappointment from being misled. Whenever you find Neptune at the Ascendant things are not as they seem on the surface.

Neptune's association with water and oil is already bringing environmental issues like the North Dakota pipeline increasingly to the fore. They will not go away in a hurry. Meantime Saturn in the tenth suggests government crackdowns and the adoption of a more austere approach to Neptunian concerns such as social welfare programs.

Shape shifting Neptune also correlates with covert and hidden activities. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, was born with Neptune right on his Ascendant. Assanges's latest revelation about CIA spying techniques has brought surveillance technology back into the national narrative. But it works both ways. Government leaks should be a feature of the year.

The last time Neptune appeared at the Ascendant and the Moon was conjunct Saturn at the Midheaven was the 1945 Aries Ingress at Washington. It was the final year of WWII, which also saw a change of Presidents.

Wrapping up - do ingress charts consistently work? Personally, I don't find them infallible. I prefer eclipses and synodic cycle work. They are but one technique of many. However, when they do work, they can be incredibly effective. Which is why they have survived the millennia.

March 5

Last week I wrote about the Solar Eclipse of February 26 2017, click here for the link, and how the last time a solar eclipse had appeared in this Piscean degree, Bill Clinton had publicly lied about his affair with Monica Lewinsky and was fighting impeachment proceedings.

FAILING THE PINOCCHIO TEST

Within days of the current eclipse the newly appointed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was caught lying under oath to the US Congress. As a result of that, and under increasing pressure, he recused himself from the investigation that Russian state hackers played a leading role in influencing the US election.

 

A feature of the February Solar Eclipse is its proximity to Neptune, the smokescreen planet of deception. As it is the Sun being eclipsed – and the Sun traditionally represents leadership – it’s casting doubts around the authenticity of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The rulers of the ancient world were very superstitious about eclipses. Eclipses represented potential change to the order. It was something that emperors and kings took very seriously. Serious enough to swear in a temporary and substitute king, often later be sacrificed to preserve the life of the leader.

Trump reacted to the threats to his command as his Mars rising chart suggests. He went on all out attack. And he does so in a way that his horoscope has a propensity for - obfuscation and aversion. Trump’s birth Mercury squares illusory Neptune. He instinctively knows how to deflect and divert.

It’s the kind of thinking that propelled his undermining the previous president with relentless birth certificate propaganda. Again Trump instinctively turned to Twitter, firing off a new counter-attack against his old nemesis. It's all happening under a current triple conjunction of Sun, Mercury and Neptune.

TWITTER TO THE RESCUE

Trump loves Twitter for a quick and easy headline. This time Trump is accusing Obama of tapping his phone during the election. It’s deviously designed to create a different narrative and paint Trump as the Neptunian victim.

But while this eclipse persists, those headlines of covert Russian influence on the US election simply won’t go away. The undeniable fact, in this Neptunian scenario, is that Trump’s justice advocate was caught out lying under oath.

As he is the second Trump appointee to fail the Pinocchio test, after the National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn, the President needs a different headline. A headline that matches similar conspiracy strategies put out by his chief advisor, Steve Bannon

THE PUPPETEER

Bannon is the puppeteer of the Trump administration. Born November 27 1953 in Norfolk, Virginia, Bannon's Gemini Jupiter sits right on Trump's Gemini Sun. It means that Bannon plays the Guru role for his president.

This is a 'success' combination - particularly as their birth Jupiters also run in a supportive trine. The difficulty comes via their lack of restraint - or excess.

It was Bannon who re branded Trump as rebel fighting the system. When financial inequality was a major election issue, Trump could hardly be portrayed as a billionaire living in a gilded tower.

Bannon sold Trump as an enemy of a so called deep state. The propagation of an evil entity shadow government is a Bannon ideology. Both Trump and Bannon ascribe to a virtual 'dystopian' view of the USA, evident in the President's conspiracy laced inaugural address.

THE REAL DEEP STATE

Back on January 17 1961, then President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell message, warned the American public about a genuine threat to its democracy. He termed it the military industrial complex. Eisenhower claimed that the weapons industry influenced politicians at every level of government.

To maintain its power the military industrial complex must exacerbate the public's fears and insecurities. The created enemy, conspiracy theories and covert operations are all part of Neptunian subterfuge. The world must remain a dangerous place. Eternal vigilance then justifies exorbitant expenditure.

Pre-election Donald Trump made a lot of noise about cutting spending on expensive military hardware like the F-35. Last week he raised the military budget by over fifty billion, in a time of record debt. It was no suprise. When Trump announced his candidacy with a New Moon on Mars I wrote in this column that he would be militaristic President.

There was further astro-evidence obvious in Trump's Sun and Uranus merging with the USA's July 4 1776 birth Mars. Even when Trump won Wisconsin, and secured the presidency, the Midheaven over Washington was passing over the USA's birth Mars. As Bannon's Jupiter also falls on the US Mars, theirs is a war combination.

The military budget of the USA dwarfs the next ten countries combined. It's natural to question why the country needs to spend even more on destructive weaponry, rather than improving quality of life.

The answer may again lie with Neptune - the planet that represents the petroleum industry - and Trump's colonialist mantra, 'I always said, take the oil'. But under the current eclipse, trust in Trump and governments overall, is at a dangerous low. It's not so much what they're telling us, as what they're not.

FEB 26 SOLAR ECLIPSE

The February Annular Solar Eclipse falls on the 26th at 14.54.33 Universal Time. It casts a similar global shadow to a solar eclipse of March 24 1933, the year that Adolf Hitler came to power. And we'll get to that soon.

Eclipses can also be read as part of a repetitive 19 year Metonic pattern. That's because the soli-lunar cycle repeats over that time period. New Moons, essential for any solar eclipse, reappear in virtually the identical area of the zodiac.

The February 2017 eclipse occurs at 8 degrees of Pisces, as did the solar eclipse of March 26 1998. One month earlier, US President Bill Clinton released his erroneous claim, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." Throughout March Clinton was front page news - battling impeachment.

The solar eclipse nineteen years prior occurred on February 26 at 7Pisces29. At the beginning of that month, the spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, returned from exile, empowering the Iranian Revolution and torpedoing Jimmy Carter's only presidential term. Both events have something in common with today?

Talk of impeaching the US President has resurfaced in America and the US/Iran relations are again at straining point. Often the eclipse series illustrate similar scenarios. However, there's much more to this February eclipse than the two subjects mentioned.

THE ECLIPSE, NEPTUNE & THE REICHSTAG FIRE

The February eclipse reactivates the zodiacal degree of the February 27 1933 Reichstag Fire. The burning of the German Houses of Parliament occurred three days after a solar eclipse opposing Neptune. True to Neptune's illusory nature, Hitler proclaimed the inferno to be a sign from God.

The Reichstag fire was the literal spark for the dictatorial Enabling Act. This allowed Adolf Hitler to bypass parliament in enacting new laws; essential to his absolute power. As the current eclipse also spotlights Neptune, history may hold some clues as to its effect.

The blaze, blamed on the Communists, provided a pretext for the future Fuehrer to ban opposition parties and jail political dissidents. Neptune, which politically relates to socialist political movements was effectively 'eclipsed'.

Controversy still reigns today over the opportune timing of the fire, which happened less than a month after Hitler's appointment to Chancellor. Evidence uncovered in recent years suggests it was a 'false flag' event, designed to discredit his political opponents.

The February 24 1933 eclipse was preceded by another solar eclipse on Neptune, six months prior. Between these eclipses a clandestine meeting took place involving Hitler and the politically powerful German General Kurt von Schleicher.

The General sought Hitler's support in a secret scheme to overthrow the government. Hitler's autocratic plans were emboldened by such military subterfuge.

NEPTUNE REPEATS

Last September also witnessed a solar eclipse opposing Neptune. It may be why subversive Neptunian elements predominate today’s political narrative. Astute historians and social commentators are noting the current parallels of populism and propaganda.

Right wing nationalism is rising, eerily similar to the personality driven politics of the 1930's. Marginalization of minorities has resurfaced. Not only is the eclipse Sun in the same zodiacal degree as the Reichstag Fire. It is also very close to the Uranus return of the same event and at both the Nodal and Neptune opposition. Check the charts below or click here for larger resolution.

The current eclipse's close connection with deceptive Neptune may throw a cloud of 'unknowing' around any major political events across the next nine months. It would be wise to look beyond the surface appearances and instead toward the hidden agendas with this smoke and mirrors planet in such high focus.

THE ECLIPSE AND THE 1993 WTC ATTACK

The Reichstag fire is not the only major event that locks in with the March 26 eclipse. It was on February 26, back in 1993 that the first bombing attack occurred on the World Trade Center.

Like the Reichstag Fire, a chart comparison of the World Trade Center bombing of 1993 and the eclipse reveals a further Uranus connection. This time the Mars/Uranus conjunction of the eclipse runs square to the Uranus/Neptune conjunction of the WTC attack. Check the charts below or click here for a larger graphic.

We are seeing a prospective theme emerging of potential danger to a notable building or landmark. The implication, especially in today's world of western terrorist paranoia, being that a real or false flag event could be used to justify escalated military action or further erosion of civil rights and independence.

ISIL AND OPERATION NEPTUNE SPEAR

The February 26 eclipse occurs simultaneous with a volatile Mars and Uranus conjunction, between 21 and 22 degrees of fiery Aries. On the morning of April 9 2013, the ISIL organisation was publicly announced via YouTube. Mars was as 21 degrees of Aries. This eclipse is effectively a warlike Mars return for ISIL.

Mars was similarly placed for the execution of Osama bin Laden - dubbed Operation Neptune Spear - in the early hours of May 2 2011. In fact Mars and Jupiter were together - around 22/23 Aries - for this assassination.

The February eclipse, as well as spotlighting these degrees, places Mars and Jupiter currently in opposition. A clear motif connected to the shadowy world of international terrorism is being highlighted via these planetary placements associated with the eclipse.

THE META MODEL

At a meta level, the eclipse is emphasizing polarity – us and them – white hat and black hat stuff. It also mirrors the downside of subversive US engagement in Middle East politics. The Iranian Revolution and the first WTC bombing were inspired by prior CIA and military operations. So too, the rise of Bin Laden and Islamic State.

At the heart of all of these operations were energy wars, from the overthrow of Iranian PM Mohammad Mossedegh to the modern gulf states funding ISIS to destabilize Iraq's oilfields. Always with Neptune one must look beyond the veil, look for ulterior motives and follow the money trail.

And sometimes it's the wars that are conspicuously absent from the western media - such as Yemen - where the real inhumanities are effected. Media support for government propaganda in all of these excursions has made 'fake news' an unfortunate reality. The key to this eclipse may sometimes lie in reversing the roles of perpetrator and the victim.

FEB 19

THE DAILY IDIOSYNCRACY

Ask any astrologer to put a planet to the words radical, rebellious revolutionary and eccentric and you’ll get one answer – Uranus. So it’s no surprise that Donald Trump – born under a lunar eclipse with his Sun on Uranus with the Moon opposing - should elicit a similar description. Shock and surprise are delivered on a daily basis.

Uranus in a concentrated form is eccentricity personified. Trump’s offbeat style is witnessed via his whimsical and reactionary techno Twitter rants. Political pundits are already predicting he won’t last the distance. As the USA divides under this unconventional governance it pays to examine the July 4 1776 17.10 hours Philadelphia birth chart.

From February 2017, the Secondary Progressed Sun of the Sibly horoscope, representing the leader, is running square to the Ascendant. This Ascending point, where the ecliptic intercepts the horizon, depicts how the nation projects into the international community. It is an angle of image and association. Currently the leadership and the national image are running at cross-purposes.

As March begins, the SP Moon will join the Ascendant and also run square to the progressing Sun. This is putting the public (Moon) further at odds with the administration. The US Ascendant is also fielding a testing square from the transit of Neptune through Pisces, exact around the Aries Equinox in March and prevalent again from September onward.

Neptune’s smoke and mirrors will not dissipate until well into 2018. Casting the 2017 horoscopes of the Aries and Cancer Ingresses for the location of the White House places Neptune directly at the Ascendant for both. Hence the confusion, government leaks and mystery that surrounds Capitol Hill.

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME

A New York Times article recently referred to Trump’s advisor and publicity aide Kelley Anne Conway as ‘sleepwalking her way…through increasingly embarrassing interviews.” Dreamtime Neptune connects with Conway’s, “alternative reality” or the Donald’s fervent claims of “fake news”. It matters little that both perpetuate the same.

The President’s exaggeration of his inauguration numbers and fallacy that he enjoyed the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan is typical Neptune grandiose delusions. When challenged that Barack Obama and Bill Clinton posted a higher electoral count, Trump retorted that he was only referring to a Republican presidents. A detail he conveniently omitted.

That ‘get out of jail’ card failed when he was confronted with the fact that George Bush took the 1988 presidency with 426 Electoral College votes compared to his 304. As Trump’s disregard for facts and self-obsession is unprecedented, so is Neptune transiting across the Secondary Progressed USA Sun whilst squaring the US Ascendant. It’s a first.

THE REPEAT PATTERN

Neptune was last in departing square to the US Ascendant on January 4 1854, when Senator Stephen Douglas introduced the bill for the formation of Nebraska. It was the beginning of the Kansas-Nebraska Act that led the US down the path of civil war. It also led to the formation of the Republican Party that same year.

The war did not eventuate until 1861 when Neptune reached the very foundation of the US birth chart and dissolved national cohesion. This current period is equally important when it comes to disunity. The signs of similar political polarity are blindingly obvious.

History does not repeat absolutely, just as the solar system doesn’t fully duplicate its complex multiple patterns. Yet there are thematic similarities that would be foolish to overlook. Neptune will again reach the IC, or base of the USA chart in 2025. This ‘second coming’ will be part of a Saturn Neptune conjunction.

SYSTEMATIC CHANGE

The study of the Saturn/Neptune planetary cycle correlates with developments in the socialistic politics. At the 1846 conjunction – the year that Neptune was discovered - Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels met. That union led to the publication of the Communist Manifesto on February 21 1848, with the Sun conjunct Neptune. It was a year of sweeping revolutions throughout Europe.

At the heart of these uprisings, which abolished the French monarchy, were basic rights such as freedom of assembly, freedom of the press. European unrest was triggered via an oppressed majority living under the authoritarian rule of a privileged minority. These days we call them the ‘one-percenters’.

Since then, the Saturn Neptune conjunction has been at the forefront of two Russian Revolutions in the 20th century. As power became concentrated so their empire imploded. A similar class struggle is resurrected today, courtesy of widening economic inequality.

If the Sibly horoscope runs true to form the USA will experience a ‘fresh start’ SP New Moon in 2024 in empathetic Pisces and later that year the SP Midheaven will join revolutionary Uranus. It will mark a time of social upheaval directly related to the degree of societal imbalance. This is reinforced in 2025 as a political middle ground is cultivated.

HONEST JOHN?

What role does Donald Trump have in this? It may be easier to remove his name for anonymity and just call him Honest John. Now Honest is acutely aware that the big issue is economic inequality. He ran for President on it. But shucks - he’s a billionaire. Somehow he had to continually associate his opponent with the big end of town.

While it’s not a lie, it’s a tactic deflecting the fact that Honest John is the virtual embodiment of big end of town and always has been. So much so that he refuses to release his tax returns for fear they might torpedo his campaign. He claims the public are not interested. What they are really not interested in is the election. Over 90 million people won’t be voting in 2016.

Honest John wears a cap, similar to the political activists Michael Moore and Bernie Sanders. It’s an effective marketing ploy associating him with the worker. The cap works a treat. Somehow fellow cap wearers fail to hear that he is against raising the minimum wage and considers American workers overpaid. And that he plans further tax cuts for the rich.

He’s running for the most important political post in the world but Honest John hasn’t served a day in public office. He’ll use this inexperience to his advantage. He’ll call the whole system corrupt – including his Republican associates. It’s what most people believe anyway. He will disassociate himself from the politicians that he’s cultivated most of his life, then get the same people to nominate him.

After his victory John will pay his opponent, that one he vowed to jail, effusive praise for her contribution to America society. He will appoint the very people he used to denigrate his opponent – Goldman Sachs execs – to his highest financial positions. He will rail against regulations introduced after the 2008 Wall St scandals, claiming they’re hamstringing fiscal growth.

He will challenge environmental policy in the name of profit. Honest John swears to uphold the constitution and immediately introduces legislation that defies it. When his attorney general defends the law he dismisses her. Reverts to the oldest political line in the book. Says he inherited a mess.

Points to Brexit as evidence of the political tide turning. One problem here. Brexit was decided by majority vote – Honest John lost the majority by three million. And as for change, he only received 10,000 more votes than mainstream Republican Mitt Romney did in 2012. I’m sure you get the picture by now. This is all fantastic Neptune stuff.

THE TRUTH

It'll probably get revolution rolling. But not the one he expects. There is another side to Neptune. It relates to avoidance and complacence. 42% of the American electorate was unaccounted for in 2016. That’s something that changes remarkably when real revolutionary times escalate. Like a sleeping giant waiting to awake from a comatose Neptunian state.

If the election is to be correctly analyzed, via the people who voted for neither Clinton nor Trump, the disassociated would have won 490 Electoral College votes as against 32 for Clinton and 16 for Trump. Disinterest won the 2016 election by an incredible margin. When that changes, via believable candidates, real change will follow.

Next week's column examines the upcoming February 26 Solar Eclipse. It's chart that links in with both the Reichstag Fire and the first World Trade Centre bombing and Islamic State. And that's only for starters. It's a must read. Meantime here's the US election below and the states where the non voters outnumbered the candidate's support. Overwhelmingly so.


FEB 12

TRUMP HITTING THE WALL

Donald Trump's controversial travel ban being ruled unconstitutional is part of a pattern. It will be one of many initiatives to hit 'the wall' during his tenure. Trump was elected during an astrological period that for over a century has proved the undoing of US presidents.

The primary astrological cycle governing law and order is the twenty year generational meeting of Jupiter and Saturn. The current presidential term falls into the closing stages of the Jupiter Saturn cycle.

It's a sure sign that things will not go as planned. Instead it will be the 2020 election that sets the tone for the future. There is a clear reason for this. I wrote on this directly after his election win. This article explains in greater detail.

The next four years represents an ending of an old order, not the beginning of a new one. Such will be increasingly obvious from the latter stages of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. There is ample evidence to support presidential plans going awry from then. It was a recurring theme throughout the last century.

GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME?

Woodrow Wilson's second and final term covered the closing 'balsamic' stage of Jupiter and Saturn. 1917 saw the Dow drop 22%. Wilson's grand plan of the US heading up the League of Nation's, post WWI, was scuttled in Congress.

Wilson suffered a stroke whilst seeking US support for the Treaty of Versailles, leaving him incapacitated during the latter stages of his presidency. He wanted to run for a record third term, but his party thought otherwise.

Franklin D Roosevelt won a second term in a landslide victory, heading into the closing Jupiter Saturn stage. It began with the US slipping back into Depression as the Dow dropped 33% in 1937. WWII began two years later.

But Roosevelt's personal war was with the US Supreme Court. Several of his New Deal initiatives were ruled unconstitutional. Sounding familiar? Roosevelt then attempted to stack the Supreme Court by adding six new judges.

It was a move that brought him undone with Congress and fellow Democrats. His Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 was held up in the Senate for 165 days before being defeated. Real change for America – and the world - came via the new Jupiter/Saturn cycle and US entry into WWII from 1941.

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING

Dwight Eisenhower was elected for a second term in 1957. Again the Dow Jones tanked in the second half of the year. But his biggest shock arrived when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into space on October 4 1957.

The world's first artificial space satellite sparked fears of growing Communist powers and potential surveillance of US installations. Eisenhower implemented his own covert U-2 spy program. During his final year a US reconnaissance plane was shot down in Soviet airspace.

Pilot, Gary Powers, was secretly held captive by the Russians. Eisenhower's administration, unaware of Power's survival, released a false statement, claiming that a weather research craft that had accidentally strayed into Soviet territory before being destroyed.

The truth – now famously dubbed the U-2 incident - became a major diplomatic victory for Nikita Kruschev, ahead of crucial summit talks. Eisenhower witnessed the Soviets take the lead in the space race. He was against what would become America’s crowning technological achievement of the 20th century – man walking on the Moon.

Eisenhower argued, “Anyone who would spend $40 billion in a race to the moon for national prestige is nuts.” The president also suffered a stroke in November 1957, the first year of his second term. It would be left to the following Kennedy administration to set the tone for the future.

CARTER AND THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION

Jimmy Carter's first year of 1977 saw the Dow tumble 17%. By the time Jupiter and Saturn had entered their final balsamic phase, American influence in the Middle East would greatly diminish with the overthrow of the Shah and the Iranian Revolution.

Carter's troubles culminated with the American Embassy hostage crisis, as US citizens were held captive for 444 days in Teheran. Carter's rescue attempt – Operation Eagle Claw – crashed and burned in the Iranian desert, along with his re-election prospects.

Carter also witnessed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and delivered the order for the US to support Osama bin Laden; a resistance movement that would come back to haunt as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It was left to Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan, to propel the US, and the economic world, in a different direction.

THE ORAL OFFICE

The last President governing during the closing stages of the Jupiter Saturn cycle was Bill Clinton. His first year delivered the Dow mini-crash. On October 27 1997 all trading stopped after a 7% dive, triggered by an Asian meltdown, activated the NYSE circuit breaker.

The economy recovered and boomed. Yet Clinton's second term is best remembered by his impeachment proceedings as the truth of his affair with Monica Lewinsky became front page scandal. Clinton was further proof that the balsamic phase of Jupiter and Saturn is the undoing of US administrations.

Might we expect the same again? Will it be the lack of Congressional, or party, support that plagued Wilson or the legal challenges that confronted Roosevelt? Will growing Russian influence and diminishing global status, play a role as with Eisenhower and Carter. Is there a scandal or even impeachment attempt ahead ala Clinton?

The predominant theme is clearly of events not going as planned – the proverbial spanner in the works presidency, usually with a financial shock thrown in for good measure. That's the cycle that Donald Trump finds himself elected into. The signs are already showing. Things are not going as planned in a cycle of endings. And those plans that do not eventuate may well be the enduring legacy of the current administration.

January 22

DONALD TRUMP 2017 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Astrology purports that the start of an enterprise contains the kernel of its future. Therefore the inauguration of Donald Trump holds the keys to the potential of his presidency. The proof of that hypothesis can be found via the swearing in charts of prior presidents.

INAUGURATION CHARTS WORK

George W Bush was sworn in at 12.00.24 pm on January 20 2001, with the Ascendant opposing the war planet Mars in vengeful Scorpio. The orb was two degrees. Two years into his presidency, with Ascendant progressing to complete the opposition, the US was invading Iraq on Bush's command.

When Bill Clinton was sworn in for a second time, Neptune, the planet of scandal and deception was exactly on the Midheaven. Clinton narrowly avoided impeachment following his attempted cover up of his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

JFK had a more difficult Neptune. It was squaring the Midheaven by around three degrees, when he took the oath at 12.51 pm. Kennedy lasted slightly less than three years in office. His assassination remains a Neptunian enigma to most Americans. And one planet stands out in his swearing in chart – a way out of bounds Mars.

Richard Nixon had Mars opposite Saturn for January 20 1973 @ 12.15 pm, when he swore the oath. The exact time brought the Midheaven in a precise semisquare to Mars and sesquisquare to the Saturn, a decidedly difficult combination. The Midheaven was also in the final degree of Capricorn and about to change signs. As it did, the US changed presidents.

TRUMP AND LINCOLN - IT'S NOT JUST THE SAME BIBLE

Before I begin to analyze the primary features of the Trump inauguration chart from the historical perspective, let me make one point perfectly clear. The chart would have been the same regardless of who was sworn in as the US President for 2017.

The predominant outer planetary aspects, for Trump's swearing in, are a tight Jupiter to Uranus opposition, with a close trine from Saturn to Uranus. This has only happened once before at Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration, on March 4 1865.

Lincoln’s second term was cruelly shortened to 42 days. His VP Andrew Johnson was sworn in at 11 am April 15 as Saturn retrograded back toward the trine with Uranus and the Sun came to oppose Saturn.

Does the expansive nature of Jupiter magnify the surprise factor of Uranus? On average appearances it would seem so. There have been three occasions when Jupiter has been in close square to Uranus at swearing in time, which back this up.

The first was James Madison who completed a full second term although his Vice President didn't. The next was William Harrison, the shortest presidency of them all, lasting only one month. The last was Richard Nixon's second term, which lasted eight months, finishing with his resignation.

THE MOON WITH MARS AND SATURN

Another prominent aspect of Trump’s inauguration is the tight square between the traditional malefics, Mars and Saturn, with both connected to the Moon. The Moon is public mood, populace and specifically females. The Moon in debility clearly shows the spirited opposition to this presidency.

Richard Nixon's second inauguration had the two malefics in tight opposition. The only other presidency, featuring a Mars Saturn square, was that of James Buchanan, the one most historians rate as the worst of all.

Buchanan’s term preceded the Civil War. His inaugural address failed to address the glaring polarity of the nation. Instead he deflected to the economy and bolstering the military. It received great media attention, as the first presidential inauguration to be photographed.

URANUS AND NEPTUNE

As Trump took the presidential oath the Midheaven came into a confronting semisquare to Neptune, planet of smokescreen and scandal. In the last quarter of the year the solar arc of Neptune to this Midheaven will be virtually exact.

As Neptune tends to dissipate and dissolve, rather than solidify, it’s highly likely that this period brings a high degree of uncertainty or controversy around the leadership.

Adding to this, the transit of Neptune will also semisquare the swearing in Midheaven from mid-February. It will come close to repeating the same across the October period. All of this is further triggered by a transiting New Moon squaring the administrative Midheaven on October 19.

It's not only Neptune at play here. Three transits of unpredictable Uranus will square the Midheaven from the middle of May and late October 2017, onto early March 2018.

Neptune and Uranus will repeat their challenging angles to the leadership Sun of the inauguration horoscope in April and June 2018 respectively. All of this points to further instability and the real possibility that Trump will not complete his term.

THE UNASPECTED SUN

The Sun of the swearing in chart makes no traditional major aspects to other planets or angles. Theoretically this means that the leader acts more independently, free of the influence of his circumstances or surrounds. The unaspected point or planet, tends to function in 'wild card' manner.

Although there are no traditional aspects from, or too, the Sun; it is in a powerful ninth harmonic alignment to Neptune. The Sun is positioned forty degrees away (one ninth of the zodiac) known as the novile aspect. This has a universal feel. Importantly, it further emphasizes the Neptunian correlation.

The Sun is also positioned at the direct midpoint of Saturn and Neptune. The sole inauguration with the Sun at this midpoint was that of Zachary Taylor, another who through illness, did not finish his tenure.

REALITY OR MASQUERADE?

As Trump came to the presidency under the controversy of subversive covert interference, Neptune is certainly appropriate. Neptune also connects with big oil, with his most contentious appointment to date being Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State.

The predominance of Neptune adds a sense of unreality to the swearing in horoscope. A billionaire president, claiming to serve the working class, who has stacked his administration with capitalist elites. Collective cognitive dissonance or disappointment with their final presidential choices?

The next few years may be a social experiment of just how far unregulated capitalism can extend. The big question now being - how long will its run last? On the study of past inaugurations there has to be some real doubts hanging over the longevity and/or covert activities of this one. For Neptune dictates that things may not be as they seem.

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