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THE CRISIS OF YEMEN

It was March 25 2015 and 11 pm local time in Sanaa. While most of the world was engrossed in the mystery of a plane crash in the French Alps, Saudi Arabia had begun bombing Yemen. It wasn’t quite as big a story – but it would become bigger by the day.

Trying to figure out the political playing field of the Middle East and its multiplicity of covert allegiances can be harder than cracking the Rubik cube. The balance of power is constantly changing. Yemen is the latest country to experience revolution in the fast derailed Arab Spring.

Yemen lies to the south west of Saudi Arabia. With a population of just over 24 million, Yemen is an Islamic country operating under sharia law. The sectarian divide is approximately 55% Sunni and 45% Shia. Its capital, Sanaa, is one of the oldest cities in the world, supposedly founded by Shem, the son of Noah.

Yemen, racked by civil wars, was divided North and South. Both united into a single state – the Republic of Yemen - on May 22 1990. A new constitution was enforced, along with power sharing agreements. Fittingly this horoscope featured a Gemini – the sign of duality – Sun. Symbolically, the chart still represented two sides, and as Saturn opposed the Yemen Sun in January this year, an armed Houthi revolution replaced the government.

RAMPANT INSURGENCIES

You never got much of Yemen in the news, apart from the occasional US drone strike. It was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden’s father and the Al Qaeda leader also spent many years here. On October 12 2000, insurgents attacked the USS Cole in the port of Aden. A huge 36-foot hole was blown in the side of the ship and the attack claimed the lives of seventeen US sailors.

The Yemeni government have fought an ongoing war against Al-Qaeda with the help of Saudi Arabia and the USA. But it is not only the Sunni Al-Qaeda network that threatens the Yemen’s government. Since June 18 2004, there has also been a Shia revolution. That was the day the government cracked down on the rebel, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

Al-Houthi was a young religious leader and former parliamentarian. He led an anti-western movement. On June 18 2004, the Yemeni government arrested 640 of his followers. A bounty was put on al-Houthi’s head. On September 10 2004 he was killed by government forces. The movement grew stronger for his martyrdom.

It was the Shia Houthi insurgency that finally toppled the Yemen government forces. During 2015 on January 22, the rebels displaced the pro-western government. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah tendered their resignations to parliament. The President is now in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

THE GREAT DIVIDE

In their comparable numbers of both Islamic sects, Yemen represents a microcosm of the ideological battle for supremacy between Sunni and Shia. It’s a major concern for the border Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It's one reason they have been spending record amounts on US warplanes and armaments. Armed to the back teeth, the Saudis have entered the battle. But they have also gathered together a coalition of other Sunni Arab kingdoms in support.

‘Operation Decisive Storm’ began at 11 pm Wednesday March 25 local time, when the first Saudi bombs fell on the Yemen capital of Sanaa. Uranus, the planet of flight and also rebellion, was at the Sun Mars midpoint and square to lethal Pluto. The upcoming lunar eclipse of April 4 will also oppose Uranus and square Pluto.

The battle could have much wider ramifications. If Yemen becomes a totally failed state, it will be an even greater breeding ground for al-Qeada operatives and their offspring, the Islamic State. The Houthis have also vowed to begin suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia, in retaliation for the bombing raids. And there are other Middle East countries already being drawn into taking sides.

If a major sectarian war broke out it could easily threaten western energy supplies and derail dependent economies. The biggest problem, is that there are too many fingers in the pie. The Saudis are surrounded by a predominantly Shi-ite Iraq to the north and now a Shi-ite rebellion in the south. The USA in the midst of delicate nuclear negotiations with Iran, and also with budgetary limitations, can hardly afford another land war.

The Libran lunar eclipse of April 4 will fall upon the USA’s Saturn in the tenth house of government and square the US Sun. It re-activates the recurring Uranus Pluto square to the July 4 1776 USA Sun. It’s hard to see the USA, and her western allies, not being somehow drawn into this one. Astute observers view the core of the battle as the Saudis versus Iran. And that’s why it could be one of the biggest stories of 2015.

MALCOLM FRASER

On Friday March 27, Australians said their final farewell to the country’s fourth longest serving Prime Minister. Malcolm Fraser was born during the Depression years on May 21 1930 @ 07.45 in Melbourne. He is best known for being part of the most discordant political event in the nation’s history – the November 11 1975 dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. It bitterly divided the country. But as a mark of character, the one-time combatants became firm friends in later years.

Fraser was a staid Taurean, born with Saturn rising and ruling his ambitious Capricorn Ascendant. He grew up on the land and was educated initially at rural Moss vale in NSW, before heading for Melbourne Grammar and finally gaining degrees at Oxford. He became the youngest Liberal sitting Member for Wannon at just twenty-five years of age. By 1975 he was the party leader and set for an ideological showdown with the reformatory Whitlam.

That came as transiting Pluto – often indicative of a power struggle – squared his Ascendant/Saturn during 1975. In the acrimonious lead up to the December 13 1975 vote, Fraser was sent a letter bomb, which was intercepted and diffused.

With his progressed Mercury conjunct the opportune progressed Jupiter and his Midheaven supportively trining the public Moon, he won the election in a landslide, on an economic platform. He remained Prime Minister for over seven years. Like Whitlam, Fraser too had trouble managing the economy, allowing Labor’s Bob Hawke to sweep to power on March 11 1983.

Post politics, Fraser, who had a compassionate Pisces Moon, became more interested in humanitarian works. As his party moved increasingly to the right, he eventually quit the Liberal party in 2009, claiming they had become more conservative than liberal. In recent years, as Pluto reached his Ascendant, Fraser transformed into the spokesperson for a stronger national voice and critic of Australia’s fawning dependence on the US.

He left this world in the early hours of March 20, as Mars rejoined his Mars, Uranus had returned to its birth position and his progressed Moon also was exactly on his birth Uranus. After a short illness his passing came as a surprise, despite his advancing years.

BBC AT IT AGAIN

I want to finish this weeks column by providing a link to an article I wrote years ago explaining how sun signs are measured. It is in response to another misleading claim by the BBC on your sun-sign. As usual they have dragged out Orphiucus, forgotten that western astrologers use a tropical zodiac of symmetrical time divisions and that the precession was well known by the time of the first horoscope. Click here for the truth about sun signs.

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Aries or Aries Rising: The Fire Moon to start the week unites with joyous Jupiter in your house of fun. It is putting a positive spin on situations and you easily see and utilise the growth potential inherent. There may even be some speculative luck involved over the first two days. Do what you truly enjoy and don't apologise for it. Value planet Venus in your money zone is supportively angled to Pluto, and can also be delivering some work related rewards. The end of week lunar eclipse will bring relationships right into the picture. For more..why not..Click here for the whole story in the monthlies. To look at your own 2015 -2016 personal chart, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top 

Taurus or Taurus Rising: There's still a lot happening behind the scenes. Better to be sure than premature. Trying to start something new, without positively finishing something old, will just not cut it. If you're still juggling your options, then take the time to do that. Relationships can be a reason for transformation, with your ruling planet Venus nicely mixing with the intensity of Pluto. Nothing is done by half measure here. If you're looking for a change of image, it may be total and there can be no turning back. To further explore these options...Click here for much more in the monthlies. To look at your own 2015 -2016 personal horoscope, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Gemini or Gemini Rising: You're about to discover why Woody Allen claimed that 90% of success consists of simply turning up. It's because you've got to be in it to win it. And you'll be surprised how far confidence can take you now. This week you are your best advertisement, so make sure you've got some winning copy. If your old crowd is no longer doing it for you, there are plenty of others who will. New associations can be your inspiration. But there's more....Click here and get the full bottle on this To look at your own 2015 -2016 personal horoscope, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Cancer or Cancer Rising: If you're going to make an impression be sure to do it 'your way'. Keep in mind the story of the Decca executive who knocked back the Beatles. You're not going to succeed by following the crowd - it's your unique approach that will get you across the line. Hang it on your fridge door, 'nobody knows it better'. You'll need that as there are plenty of well meaning advisers, who can't see the wood for the trees. This can be an important career month..but for more...Click here for the monthly outlook To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2015 -2016, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Leo or Leo Rising: Your driving instructor probably told you to keep your eye on the traffic well ahead - not simply the next car space. Are you doing that with your own life? Does your timeline extend well into the future, or is it a day by day thing? Right now some big picture thinking can come in nice and handy. It may get you past the temporary inanities and occasional insanities. Everybody has to have a vision. But if you want to take it much further..you know that.. You can click here for the monthlies To look at your own personal horoscope for 2015 -2016, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Virgo or Virgo Rising: The authoritative Sun, business like Mercury and individualistic Uranus are all now in the house of other people’s values. You’re able to clearly see where you gel and also contrast with those around you. If the benefits outweigh the negatives, you can take things to another level here. It can be a time when you decide to pool resources, or take another into confidence, or even partnership. The lunar eclipse by the weeks end will open your eyes on all of this. But....to get the fuller picture click here your monthly horoscope. To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2015 -2016, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Libra or Libra Rising: When planets oppose your sign, as Mercury and Uranus do now, along with the Sun - they're really extending your boundaries. You are also operating under the principle that opposites attract. No use twiddling your thumbs alone - you need the input of others. This is a time to redefine yourself through association and even realign your ongoing relationships. A lot of what you want will be reflected through the eyes of others. The lunar eclipse in your sign invites these productive changes. And for a deeper understanding... Click here and the monthly explains it fuller. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2015 -2016, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: Perfection is a direction, not a destination. You know that, but there are some things that it is worth obsessing about. That's fine - just make sure you're not driving everyone else crazy with your mania for getting it right. Not exactly the best time to be reading medical dictionaries either. But a good time to be working out, or shedding some kilos in a healthy fashion. You probably sense there's a lunar eclipse to end this week. It happens in your house of secrets. That makes it really worthwhile to...Click here for your monthly update To look at your own personal horoscope for 2015 -2016, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: Usually it's not so great a feeling to be a square peg in a round hole. But you can be proud of your unique difference. It's actually others that are the squares at the moment. You're ahead of the game. There's a catch of course - there usually is. Van Gogh was unique too and way ahead of his game. But he was perenially broke. Somehow you've got to marry some practicality with your originality. It can be a matter of finding the right crew. Your getting closer...Click here for more in the monthlies. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2015 -2016, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details.  Top

Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: Do you occasionally feel the earth move from under your feet, or are you simply a bad dancer? Metaphorically you can be trying some new manouvers now that can temporarily upset your sense of balance. But one of the lessons you've been mastering across the past few years is learning how to bend like the bamboo. How well you do that, how brilliantly you adapt is the key to your success, personally or professionally. There's an end of week eclipse in your house of status and profession. How does it work...You'll get the full bottlle here in the monthlies. To look at your own future prospects astrologically in 2015 -2016, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: You know the saying, 'if he's so smart, why ain't he rich'. Maybe the dolphins can answer that one, as they seem to be having a good time without a credit card. You've probably figured too that material wealth and happiness are not always good bedfellows. Right now the Aquarian accent is toward education and information. The right knowledge can get you to the right people. Your relationships can excel on the mental level when you take the time to truly communicate. Social networking is on a high. But for the broader synopsis...Click here for the monthlies To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2015 -2016, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed. Click here for details. Top

Pisces or Pisces Rising: Fiesty Mars, moving into your communication house midweek means getting your point across more directly and telling it like it is. Around the same time the Moon will be opposing your sign and bringing emotional relationships to the forefront. There can be good outcomes to honest communication as congenial Venus is the next to receive the lunar light. The end of week April 4 lunar eclipse is bringing shared resources and values right into the picture. For a fuller picture....Click here for the monthlies. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2015 -2016, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

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