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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. Grant's Enforcement Laws gradually led to the suppression of the KKK, although they would resurface during WWI and 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 during and after World War One ended in 1918, increasing competition for jobs and changing the national demographics.


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. 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 Series method, grouping them into families, operating over 1300 years and repeating every of 18 years and 9 to 11 days.

The other is the Metonic where the eclipse repeats in the same degree area of the tropical zodiac at 19 years intervals in synch with the soli-lunar cycle. The Saros link repeats the Civil Rights theme strongly in the important year of 1963.

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 is 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 delivered a new Civil Rights address promising a new 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 and particularly 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 it 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 is 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 political themes playing out again in 2017. We can go further with that, along with the Metonic lines, but much of this is also covered in the archived political astrology page which has a wealth of such comparisons. And I will be writing further on it.

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, allowing it to evolve.

In that endeavour, history, and more importantly the logical understanding of it, becomes essential to ensuring we are not ensnared in some 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 the Egyptian when one considers the assassination of Sadat came under Saris 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. 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. And remember your sun sign synopsis is included below.

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Aries or Aries Rising: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) and 22nd (AUST) further spotlights the creative, inspirational and romantic areas for you. It's important not to over think something that you heart is giving the green light on. Birthdays around April 18 may get a sudden breakthrough here and especially benefit by taking new and different approaches. It may be necessary to act, or react, fast to take advantage of sudden changes to circumstance. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) falls in the home and hearth area of your chart. Ideally it is where you are building firm foundations for something. Establishing new contacts and working relationships may be important. Something that you're only just beginning,or in the planning stages at this point, can reap rewards in the first quarter of next year. Home changes and property dealings can become a focus coincident with the eclipse. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) concentrates its focus on the educational and intellectual areas fostering and supporting new interests, studies and ideas. In a relationship setting it may parallel a meeting of the minds. Use this time to update your mental map, access and exchange new information and network fresh contacts. The eclipse is the second of two New Moons emphasizing communications and its associated equipment for you. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) and 22nd (AEST) concentrates on your resources, personal security and possessions. It is the clarion call to get your financial affairs in order and attend to all of those practical and mundane affairs. It may not sound overly exciting, unless you're planning some important sales or purchases. Can be a reward coming. You may also be tapping into important new business ideas or reliable sources of income for the future. Important now to stick at something to feel the real benefits. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) and 22nd (AUST) is of particular interest if your birthday or Ascendant degree falls close by. It has a powerful initiatory and also subjective feel. You can be inclined to see, or do, things purely from your own perspective. Works well if your motives are pure but backfires on ego and can change relationships big time. Check 1979 and/or 1998. A lot of what you do near the eclipse time will be revisited, or reviewed around September 3 to 6. If you already have something planned for then, this month should light the spark. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) can find you tying up the loose ends and putting metaphorically something to bed. Positively it can coincide with the finalisation of a concern. Or the realisation that you have put enough time and effort into something and there is little else you can do to change the outcome. This eclipse has a feeling of ego release and inner reflection. Perfect for relaxing downtime and/or spiritual retreats. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) functions best more on a collective and humanitarian, than purely personal, level. It's emphasising strength in numbers, particularly when engaging in progressive movements or finding the right supportive group environment. Birthdays on, or close to, October 22 are picking up on the strong relationship energies accompanying the eclipse period. Increased contacts with unusual and/or highly original individuals. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) occurs at the apex of your chart. There is a high visibility and accountability attached. You may be required to assume the controls on something here, as it activates high command. This can also time significant professional moves, especially if you're cut from more ambitious cloth. This eclipse is more effective if your birthday falls near the end of the sign. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) and 22nd (AEST) falls in a fortuitous aspect for your sign and opens a window of opportunity for those willing to explore the roads less traveled. Doing things differently is an over riding message, as well as acting more in the immediacy of the moment. Just as August encourages 'big picture' thinking, the eclipse hones in, and helps define, your objectives. Your potential is furthered now through further studies, eye-opening travel or adopting a broader and more inclusive approach. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AEST) hones in on the values and valuables you share with others. It can also concentrate on shared living expenses or conditions, or extend for some into shared property investments and/or domestic purchases. Ultimately this is where you can establish, or restore, a comfortable sense of balance and mutual understanding. It may help to look back to 1998 or thereabouts for any commitments or contractual arrangements. 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: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) is the culmination of the Sun opposing your sign throughout most of August. This has a very objective feel, where you're called to look outward, rather than internalise. The need to connect, exchange and relate can lead to new and important associations forming, or older existing ones being reformed. Birthdays around February 18 may feel this more acutely. To look at your own future prospects astrologically for 2017 -2017 , organise a phone or personal consultation with Ed. Click here for details. Top

Pisces or Pisces Rising: The Solar Eclipse of the 21st (UT) or 22nd (AUST) lasers in on those dutiful areas of work and regular routine. It helps change the areas of your life that are mostly taken for granted, along with the people who do the same. Any relationships ended now have more likely become too robotic. But the main issue is to revitalise those rusty routines. Some areas of your life could do with a good 'service'. At the very least it will produce attendant health benefits – physical and mental. 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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