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BAD MOON RISING

On April 10 2013 a New Moon appeared in the warrior sign Aries, conjunct the battle planet of Mars. It was something that I had noted in my annual World Predictions 2013 article, as representing an extremely volatile time window between the 10th and 15th. At 14.50 hours, on April the 15th, two terrorist bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. The Sun was still within the degree of Mars and the city was in lockdown for days.

Across the other side of the globe another terrorist movement was morphing into being. Leading into the New Moon on April 9 2013, an Al-Quaeda breakaway group renamed themselves. The Arian New Moon would culminate above their home base in Ar-Raqqah Syria. The group was the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Combative Mars in impulsive Aries and for the USA they were born close to a time of crisis.

ISIL

The original insurgency movement, leading to this formation, stemmed from the Iraqi rebellion following the US led 2003 invasion, and the dismantling of their Sunni dominated army. The ISIL (or ISIS) aim was to establish a new sharia state. On June 29 2014, after taking Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate. Military Mars was closely opposing insurgent Uranus. The Islamic State now controls much northern Iraq and Syria.

Regular readers may recall that I wrote here a few weeks back that the US would again be drawn into Iraq, as Jupiter moved through the early degrees of Leo. The historical evidence was overwhelming when you examine the following crucial Middle-East dates and their irrefutable Jupiter connection.

Jupiter 08Leo25 – 20th March 2003 – From 5.25 am the USA begins bombing Baghdad as an Iraq invasion and regime change is underway.

Jupiter 10Leo09 – January 17 1991 – Operation Desert Storm – the initial US invasion into Iraq.

Jupiter 08Leo24 – November 5 1978 - Rioters sack the British Embassy in Iran – the Iranian Revolution leads to regime change in Iran and the Islamic Revolution.

Or going back half a century earlier to what started the whole shebang.

Jupiter 08Leo45 – April 25 1920 - San Remo Conference – The Allied powers draw up the new boundaries for the Middle East following defeat of the Ottoman Empire. Also Arab Riots in Jerusalem following revelation of the Balfour Declaration promising a new homeland for the Zionists. By July 2 - Jupiter still in Leo - Iraq would revolt against British rule.

But where did the whole interventionist philosophy begin?

Jupiter 08Leo08 May 26 1908 – First ever Middle East Oil Strike in Masjed Soleyman, Persia – now Iran. From that discovery flowed British Petroleum, and a western addiction to Middle East oil.

There is a common theme. It's all about energy and resources. The wars and the national boundaries were all conceived with western control at the helm. Democracy, humanitarianism or self-determination were a distant second consideration. Ongoing intervention has led to national backlashes united by a common bond of religion. Only when it is seen purely from the mercenary interest, does each consistent development make perfect and obvious sense. Here’s an overlay of the two successive Iraq invasions as Jupiter returns again for a third time to these degrees.

THE JUPITER RETURN

As Jupiter now returns to 8 degrees of Leo, regime change returns to Iraq, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepping down. He has proven a thorn in the side of US oil giants Exxon and Chevron, and ruled the country along divisive sectarian lines. The US companies had already begun dealing with the Kurds for northern Iraqi oil.

The northern Sunnis have mounted a resistance. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant become the latest common enemy. And they are very much the enemy, determined to destroy anything or person aligned to western interests. This fanatical group of jihadists have grown from the disarray and plundering of Iraq’s potential wealth.

Almost twelve years after a promised liberation, much of the country remains without adequate electricity, clean running water or solid infrastructure. The disenfranchised Sunni militia are being funded from the Saudis to prevent a Shia dominated Iraq from merging with Iran.

Iraq was always an accident waiting to happen. The one political certainty, as soon as Saddam was toppled, was that the 65% Shia majority would dominate the country politically and militarily. Also that the previously Sunni run army, disbanded as part of the US restructuring, would turn into a destabilising rebel militia. Their dominance in northern Iraq have created a geographical battlefield. The invasion was an open invitation for al-Queda recruitment in a land that did not support them before.

TWO RESCUES GONE WRONG

Shortly after midnight on July 4 2014, US military blackhawk helicopters landed in Al-Raqqah, Syria, home to foreign prisoners held by ISIL. One of them was American freelance photojournalist James Foley, born October 18 1973 in Rochester, New Hampshire. He had been taken prisoner on November 23 2012 whilst covering the Syrian Civil War.

Foley had also covered NATO’s invasion of Libya. He was arrested during his stay, but later released. He returned for the capture and killing of Mahmoud Gaddaffi. But this time Foley’s luck ran out. The co-ordinated rescue attempt, involving special operations from all US military services, failed when the hostages were not at their expected destination.

The night of the aborted mission, the Sun was opposite Pluto and also emphasizing the dark Pluto opposition to the US birth Sun of July 4 1776. Mars, the planet of war was opposing Uranus, representing rebels and insurgents. The planets formed a difficult Grand Cross, which was adversely impacting on the horoscope of the USA. Click here for the USA horoscope and the rescue mission overlaid.

The failed operation brought back memories of another aerial rescue mission gone wrong, that I had written about only a couple of weeks back. This was codenamed ‘Operation Desert Claw’. It was undertaken on Jimmy Carter’s watch to free US hostages held in Iran. The failure of the mission contributed to his subsequent election defeat. Click here for the overlay of the two aborted missions and their planetary connections.

This complex political cobweb may yet entangle another presidency. The Islamic State have a large arsenal of weapons, financial backing from the rich gulf nations and are collecting millions on captured oil and gas fields in northern Iraq. Plus for the disenfranchised poor in Iraq, they offer a paying job.

Perhaps this week as we reflect on Iraq, it's worthwhile remembering that Mars was at 17 degrees of Scorpio when George W Bush was originally sworn into office at 12.02 pm on January 20 2001. This week both Mars and also sober Saturn will be conjunct that 2001 Mars in Scorpio. Bush left Iraq amidst unforgettable scenes of flying shoes. The current conflict has a long way to go. And with Jupiter returning to Leo, the US involvement may have to be escalated again. December will be a critical time.


 

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Aries or Aries Rising: Life can be tough, so sometimes you have to allow yourself some gratification. This week pleasures, like children, can be expensive. Your taste for what is special to you should lead to the right purchase, package, or devious delight – but gratification ultimately has a price tag. Be on the lookout for good value and it will find its way toward you too. What’s money if you can’t spend it? Click here for more in the monthlies. To look at your own 2014 -2015 personal chart, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top 

Taurus or Taurus Rising: Being creative requires originality. That’s where a million and one Elvis impersonators may be missing the point. When you start looking, thinking, behaving like everybody else, you’re already going out of fashion. Think outside the square before you become one. Trust your ingenuity. Toss the textbook and stop worrying about what everybody else is expecting. Remember, the first Elvis was ‘different’. To get the recognition, respect or relationship re-alignment – trust yourself. Click here for more in the monthlies. To look at your own 2014 -2015 personal horoscope, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Gemini or Gemini Rising: A week for cultivating a sense of family, belonging, or home comforts. Find the place where you can put your feet up, and the people you can kick your heels up with. For now, it’s what grounds you in life that counts. It benefits to recognize that sense of sentiment, emotional attachment, or connection to the past. Finding your own private space allows valuable reflections and restful rejuvenation. It’s not all about work you know. Click here and read some more To look at your own 2014 -2015 personal horoscope, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Cancer or Cancer Rising: There is an art to communication. Even intellects like Einstein wrote that if you couldn’t explain it to a six year old you don’t understand it yourself. The answer you’re looking for is probably staring you in the face. But possibly you’re looking too hard around the edges and missing out on the obvious. Life is simple when you let it be. New insights and understandings make learning a pleasure. Also, dropping a line finds plenty of takers. Click here for more To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2014-2015, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Leo or Leo Rising: When pleasurable Venus hooks in with unique Uranus, gratification comes from doing something different – very different! Creating spaces, going to different places is one excellent way to the routine. The inner planets are crowding the self-sufficient section of your solarscope. Time to be doing things for yourself and following your own star. Money does matter, but you can leave that until next week. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2014-2015, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Virgo or Virgo Rising: A New Moon in Virgo can spell releasing the brakes on something. For a while you may have felt held back but this is a sign of fresh initiative and the imminent birth of new plans. Take note especially if your birthday is around August 26. For a while the planets have been spotlighting reflections of yesterday. You’ve been learning more about what goes on behind the scenes, and how all of that helps explain prevailing events. But unraveling the past, even in itself can have a liberating effect, providing you’re living in the now. To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2014-2015, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Libra or Libra Rising: Old pals, new contacts and moving on. If you’re planning a clean out, having a friend involved can make all the difference. For starters, they’re generally coming at it from a more objective headspace. What you’re hanging onto, they can see as ballast. What you think are milestones, they may see as millstones. Your social contacts can also be changing now. New alliances will be sparking fresh interests. Birthdays around October 8 are noticing the change. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2014-2015, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: Sacrifice has to be worth it. You’re putting your case out there for change to a situation that could use a rebalance. Sometimes to move attitudes you have to exercise some controlled aggression, or show some authority. If you feel strongly about something then you need to show that you really mean business. The same goes for any overhanging jobs – it’s time for the real elbow grease. But getting down and dirty can deliver the change you’re after. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2014-2015, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: This week’s New Moon is at the zenith of your chart and it’s putting you at the top of your game. This is a ‘take charge’ time. You’re ruling planet, Jupiter, now back in fire can be literally firing you up. Benefits accrue through travel, education, legal matters or overseas connections. Gaining greater control over a situation entails exercising a long-term vision, or looking beyond the immediate evidence. Keep your eye on the potential and you’ll see past the problems. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2014-2015, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details.  Top

Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: Finding people who are on the same page, share similar interests or concerns and pooling resources may have been a theme of late. Imagine embarking on a journey, packing the essentials and knowing who you’re traveling with. Your relationships now have an objective outlook attached. This week should deliver the itinerary you’ve been after. December born Capricorns may get the go-ahead, or take the plunge. Important news for the mid January birthdays. To look at your own future prospects astrologically in 2014-2015, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: Knowing who to trust can make all the difference. Some people have their own interests more in mind than yours. But you’re beginning to sort the real from the imagined. You’re also seeing who has truly offered a benefit – acknowledging those who have truly helped your growth process. There is genuine people support around you, some of it may even surprise you. It’s in the financial areas where you have to exercise discrimination and careful judgment. To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2014-2015, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed. Click here for details. Top

Pisces or Pisces Rising: This week’s New Moon is emphasizing the relating and partnership areas of your life. It may take relationships to another level. New initiatives involving others, and a fresh take on your existing alliances will ultimately flow from this. You may be doing some serious reconnecting here. Some practical advice? Neptune, the planet of sacrifice, idealism, and sometimes impracticality is also in Pisces. Ensure relationships also represent equality! You're nobody's bunny. For more click here for the monthlies. To look at your own personal horoscope for 2014-2015, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

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