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With fears of a nuclear dirty bomb haunting Europe this week's column looks at the astrological history of the nuclear age.

SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME

It was during a regular morning walk on September 12 1933 in London that the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard first conceived the idea of a nuclear chain reaction. He patented the idea on March 30 1936 but asked the British government that it be kept secret, as he did not want the Germans to have access to knowledge that could create a nuclear weapon.

Leo Szilard was born February 11 1898 at 3 pm in Budapest and would become a key figure in the eventual manufacture of the first atomic bomb. Szilard’s birthchart shows intellectual Mercury conjunct military Mars and both on the cusp of his seventh house of – in his case – war. The same Mercury/Mars, using the technique of astromapping, would fall on the IC across Japan.

On December 17 1938, as the Sun transited the zodiacal degree of the massive black hole that is recognized as the Galactic Center, German biochemist Otto Hahn took another step along the nuclear road by achieving nuclear fission. Hahn’s discovery came in the looming shadows of World War Two. Just before the war began, Szilard then resident in America, paid a visit to the Long Island home of Albert Einstein.

THE INFLUENCE OF EINSTEIN

It was July 12 1939, upon a tight Grand Cross of Mars, Saturn, Pluto and the North Node. The purpose of Szilard’s pressing mission was to convince Einstein to sign a letter addressed to the US President Franklin Roosevelt, urging the development of a nuclear bomb. The planetary picture of the fateful day was appropriate. A Grand Cross of Mars, Saturn, Pluto and the Nodal Axis.

The definitive textbook CSI, defines Mars/Saturn/Pluto as “Brutality, the rage of fury of destruction. The intervening of Higher Power, bodily injury or harm, murder – the death of a great many people.” So it would be. The letter was finally put together on August 2 and given to the Jewish banker and Wall St economist Alfred Sachs, as Venus joined Pluto in the Grand Cross. Sachs had direct connections to the US President.

A meeting was convened with Sachs and Franklin Roosevelt for October 11 of 1939. By then Mars had moved to oppose the Pluto and Mercury had advanced to the Mars position of the original Szilard/Einstein meeting. This created another Grand Cross of Mars, Saturn and Pluto but with Mercury, the North Node and Venus together at one arm. Roosevelt went ahead with the idea, and it became known as the Manhattan Project.

The irony was that in July 1940 Einstein was denied a security clearance to work on the bomb. The reason? He was a judged to be a pacifist with leftist leanings. If protecting capitalism was the primary objective, then Einstein was a security risk on top-secret projects. Before the war was over the world’s greatest scientist would regret signing the letter. Leo Szilard had similar thoughts.

THE MANHATTEN PROJECT


The first meeting of scientists, in what was to become the Manhattan Project took place on December 18 1941, reportedly with ‘urgency and enthusiasm’. At 17.30 hours the same day F D Roosevelt signed in the War Powers Act. December 18 featured a New Moon conjunct Mercury, again at the degree of the Galactic Center, the Sun’s position when nuclear fission was first attained. Days before Japan had attacked Pearl Harbour and the US were officially at war.

The next big breakthrough came on December 2 1942 with the world’s first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago. The moment of ‘criticality’ is recorded as 15.25 on December 2 1942. The operation was guided by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi. Forty-nine scientists were present including Leo Szilard. It began at 9.54 am and when criticality was reached a coded message was sent to the President saying, “The Italian navigator has landed in the New World.”

The top secret Manhattan Project was accelerating. It would eventually consume $2 billion dollars of the national budget and involve over 120,000 Americans. An entire city was built for research at Oak Ridge Tennessee. In New Mexico the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory began operating under the stewardship of Robert Oppenheimer. He would gain the dubious title as the father of the nuclear bomb.

THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS

Oppenhemier was born May 22 1904 in New York. His Pluto – at 19 degrees of Gemini - was close to the US Mars of 21Gemini in the Independence horoscope of July 4 1776. When the first nuclear bomb was detonated at 05.29.51 on July 16 1945 (MWT) at the Trinity test site near Alomogordo, New Mexico, Oppenheimer quoted the Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu god of destruction Shiva - "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

The planetary equivalent of Shiva is Pluto. If one is to use astromapping on the horoscope of the Trinity bomb, Pluto sets across Japan, where the bomb would be soon deployed. The chart of the successful explosion places Mars at 25 of Taurus, the degree of Algol; a lethal fixed star likened to ‘piled up corpses’ in oriental astrology. Saturn in Cancer comes to the USA’s Sun and Neptune in early Libra sits at their Midheaven and Mars trines their Pluto.

As WWII drew to a close, with Germany defeated and having failed to develop a nuclear weapon, Einstein and Szilard urged the US government against using the bomb. Ignoring their advice, at 08.16 am August 6 1945 the first uranium based nuclear bomb exploded across Hiroshima. At 11.01.47 on August 9, a second plutonium based bomb blasted Nagaski.

The combined immediate death toll was over 129,000 lives. They remain the only occasions nuclear weaponry has been deployed in war.

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Aries or Aries Rising: Who hasn't imagined what a difference winning the lottery would make to their lives? Venus, your finance ruler, has just moved into your money zone. Mindful Mercury is already there too, along with the Sun. Seems like you'll be doing plenty of thinking about money, and how it influences your life. Of course you can change all of that without getting insanely rich. You just revise your life values and work toward your more essential needs. Self worth then becomes a matter of perspective and that's something that money simply can't buy. To look at your own personal chart, organise a personal and/or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top 

Taurus or Taurus Rising: When the creative Taurean Sun positively aligns with expansive Jupiter, it's time to think big. That counts for double if your birthday falls around the 3rd of May. You may be sitting on a goldmine of opportunity and not realizing it. Something stemming from last October can now be moving toward fruition. Venus, now in Taurus, says it's time for a new image. And the love planet will be working overtime for the late May born this coming Friday. To look at your own personal chart, organise a Skype and/or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Gemini or Gemini Rising: It's written that forbidden fruit tastes sweeter and hidden pleasures are the finest indulgences. They can even prove a tempting diversion that actually helps you on the journey. There are times when you can feel over exposed or vulnerable. That's when confidentiality becomes your intelligent choice. You're not everyone's possession and entitled to your privacy. This week consider carefully what you wish to share and who to place your confidence in. Adopt the James Bond approach. To look at your own personal chart, organise a Skype and or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Cancer or Cancer Rising: Last week's column mentioned release and unexpected freefall as inevitabilities finally - and rapidly - played out. This week's planets suggest a much softer landing. Your psychic sense is right on the money, so trust your intuition early this week. You simultaneously see through any superfluous insincerity and gravitate instead toward the genuine warmth that now surrounds you. Things can get plenty busy midweek providing a sudden career boost. Friday brings special connections and/or support for the June born.To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Leo or Leo Rising: Not every Leo wants to be king of the jungle, and not everyone wants to rule the world. But this is your time of grand ambitions, when making career related decisions works in your favour. You may elect to use the same commanding energies in a different setting. Each of us play some role within the larger collective, immediate peer group or family. Your ruler, the Sun, productively aligned to expansive Jupiter and the power planet Pluto, brings a concentration toward that role. Show them how it's done! To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Virgo or Virgo Rising: When you are standing up for something that you know is absolutely right, then the power of one can also give strength to the many. It starts with standing up for your rights. And sometimes it also forces others to swallow an unpalatable truth. This week the authoritative Sun nicely aligns with judicial Jupiter in your sign. Your sense of justice is enhanced. You may benefit through legal concerns, with one proviso. That you don't go overboard with that righteousness. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Libra or Libra Rising: Your ruling planet, vivacious Venus, has just entered your house of taboo. Sounds seriously sexy, but it doesn't mean you're going to break all the rules. Venus, the planet of attraction, is all about bonding. It describes what you love and truly value. Chances are you have something coming your way. Something that is your legacy, or that you have earned. But you may also have to face your fears, or walk over hot coals to get it. Desire will trump trepidation if you want it badly enough. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: When loving Venus enters your house house of allies and enemies, conciliation and co-operation take precedence. There are benefits derived, even after battle. You don't have to love your enemies, but at least appreciate where they have made you stronger. As for your closer relations, well they can step up a notch too. It is now time for others to play a more important role. You have put in your best effort and now it's time for another to step up to the plate. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or Skype consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details. Top

Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: Had to put the brakes on something pretty fast lately? Please feel obliged at this point to wipe yourself gently off the windscreen. Believe it or not, what you think is a roadblock can instead be a fortunate detour that leads to better places. You know that you can often rush in where angles fear to tread. Or stir up the elephant in the room that everybody else is politely and obsequiously ignoring. But backtracking now may be the best strategy. Think about it. A car would be pretty useless without reverse gear, wouldn't it. To look at your own personal chart, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin. Click here for details.  Top

Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: Wherever you are at right now, just be yourself. It's the best advice you can get. Think for a moment about those who lose touch with their authenticity by bending over backwards to please others. Life is not a circus act and this is no time to play the tortured contortionist. Let go of your inner politician and relax. You already have the gifts to handle your situation. The planets are shining through the most creative area of your solar chart. Time to trust your abilities - and wildly succeed. But definitely not by playing someone else's tune or dancing in their shoes. Look at your own future prospects astrologically for the years ahead, organize a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin Click here for details. Top

Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: Venus, the planet of beauty and aesthetics has just landed in your home zone. It might help you to relate to those who compulsively clean the living room or re-arrange the furniture every fortnight. On that outer level they're trying to get their inner world into balance. This is a time of creating your comfort zone too. But you don't have to be a clean freak to do that. It's more a matter of putting real meaning into the phrase 'home sweet home', or improving a family or domestic situation. To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2016 -2016, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed. Click here for details. Top

Pisces or Pisces Rising: You may have heard the phrase that it is not what you know, it’s ‘who’ you know. To some extent that is true. Contacts help you get your foot in the door. But if you don’t actually know anything, then that door quickly becomes a closed one. So this week you can use a bit of both. Information is important but communication is the key. So talk it over once or talk it over twice. People have to be aware of what you know (and think) and you also require their acknowledgement or co-operation. Reaching out is all it takes, as meetings and appointments now take on greater meaning. To look at your own personal horoscope, organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed Tamplin click here for details. Top

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