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May 28 Horoscopes below.

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.

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Aries or Aries Rising: Telling it like it is also requires responsibility. You should check your facts thoroughly beforehand. This is a theme of the week wherever important communication, contracts or conversation crops up. A productive testing time for students in a week where expression, but also discipline of the mind is imperative. Close neighbours or siblings may be involved. 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 current solar cycle is throwing its spotlight on areas of security and finance for you. In can signal a time of 're-evaluation for you. This is not only on the material level, but also concerning friends and whatever you consider your 'priorities'. If you've been maxing the credit card. You'll get a wake up call here. The purpose is to reset your long term stability - what and who you can rely upon. 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 energising Sun and motivating Mars are moving through your sign. Hopefully you're taking full advantage of this dynamic duo. If not leading to greater fitness and physical awareness, it may well be providing a competitive edge. This week Mars and Saturn face off. It's where you may learn to work within limitation and is useful for well thought out projects. Just know that an accelerator without a brake can be dangerous. 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: Sometimes things work out better by sitting and waiting. You learn that you can't push time...the universe revolves at its own pace. Sit back and enjoy the ride. You do your best now behind the scenes. Take your time and rest up when needed. Give your body and mind time to recuperate if needed. Recharge the battery - it's time for a service. That may not only apply to your car. Your past is giving way to a new future cycle in this reflective period. 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: Get set for what can be a busy time. Things to do, places to be, people to meet. The universe has swept you up into its maelstrom of activities. Being around people can be a real assistance now - provided they're the right people. But somehow they can be popping into your life more than usual. Old friends, group reunions, invites, may come in out of the blue. Social occasions can buoy your spirits, so take in the 'people power'. 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 the Sun is at the zenith of your solar chart - and Mars moves through the same - it can herald a time of great expectation. You may tend to push yourself harder, or work demands grow, or you feel the pressure of performance. In effect, it's a time that asks you to be the captain of your ship, take the wheel, and don't expect easy answers from others. This is where you work your own solutions. The clue being -with Mars and Saturn in opposition - not to go overboard with authorities. 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: When the answer isn't immediately at hand, ask an expert. Chances are you're needing to step out of your boundaries to achieve something at this point. Although this can work out quite well in the long run, it may involve adopting a different approach, or dealing with a situation very differently than in the past. You are placed in a situation that becomes a new learning experience. For some, travel, will be part of the picture. Any change of scenery invites new and positive perspectives. 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 essence of Scorpio is reinvention - the transformative power of change coming from within. You may live many lifetimes in one. This week has you again accessing that creative source. As one wellspring dries up you move to another. Each time you add to your resourcefulness. A time of trade-offs, especially where you are looking for lasting bargains. Don't be talked into anything you're not sure of. 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: Realistic Saturn is playing a major role across the next week, especially if your birthday falls around the middle of December. You may have to hold your ground on something here. Maintain your control when others around you are losing theirs. Be discriminating in your choice of partners. Right now, life can seem to be coming at you faster than usual. Opportunities can also come through alliances etc. You don't want to rule that out, you just have to be selective. 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 satisfaction of a job well done - it's always a pleasure for the conscientious Capricorn. You admire quality in the world around you. Striving for the best in yourself and others is extra important across the week ahead. Perfection may always be one step away, but it will only ever come from doing your best. Pay attention to detail, get the little things right, and the big things will do themselves. 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 truism goes, if you love what you do then you'll never work a day in your life'. And this is certainly about loving what you do - but it doesn't have to be work orientated. It simply means following your heart and indulging your pleasures. Life has to be balanced with entertainment and your inner child is seeking that kind of stimulation. So give yourself that reward now, keep time for the people, places and projects that put a smile on your face. 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 planets are at the base of your chart. It's a time of inner renewal. The private side of life becomes important. If what you're doing isn't providing the security you desire, you'll start to examine other areas. Home makers can be busy on the domestic front. If you're into renovation, especially with an older home, you may be discovering the limitations of the work. Dealing with government or authorities can be important for birthdays around mid March. 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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