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NOV 04

JUPITER IN SAGITTARIUS

It’s not drawing too long a bow to liken Sagittarian Jupiter to a lawman on a sweating stallion thundering to a gunfight at the nearest OK Corral. Justice must be served but this is going to be one hell of a shoot-out.

Sagittarius is Latin for archer, and the Sagittarii is what the Roman legions termed their horseback bowmen. While the modernist perceives Sagittarius as a futuristic, adventurous sign: the seeker of truth and travel: it also has the potential for political and/or religious extremism and trials of the century.

Jupiter, also known as Jove, the Roman god of justice rules Sagittarius. The Greek parallel was Zeus, the sky and thunder god of Mt Olympus, or the Nordic archetype Thor. When Jupiter aligns with Sagittarius, their thunderbolts come to earth, justice becomes front-page news, and exaggerated ideologies can elevate commoners to kings.

In a month where the Mueller investigation is expected to go reach a climax, where Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein could be walking on thin ice, where Trump may face the music and polarised mid-terms divide the US, and where the Khashoggi murder still looms large internationally, it's auspicious that Jupiter returns to Sagittarius.

‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.’
William Blake

The missionary zeal of this astro-signature was evident in Maximilian Robespierre the quintessential figure of the French Revolution. Or the Ayatollah Khomeini whose return to his homeland heralded a people’s revolution and the creation of the Iranian Islamic Republic. Both born with Jupiter in Sag.

The romantic visionary William Blake, himself born with a Sun/Jupiter conjunction in the sign, exposed the overkill of the amalgam when he wrote, ‘Prudence was a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity’, and ‘you never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough’.

And true to it’s judicial archetype Jupiter in Sag has accompanied many controversial court battles from the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the Azaria Chamberlain baby/dingo mystery, the Nuremburg ‘nazi doctors’ revelation, to Stalin’s public purge, and the trial that marked the rise of a fledgling Feuhrer.

‘Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.’
W.B. Yeats

This next section examines the more recent (last century) occurrences of Jupiter in Sagittarius, coupled with notable events and trends.

In 1924, a young political visionary imprisoned in Bavaria was dictating the pains of his patriotic struggle in ‘Mien Kampf’, following his arrest for high treason. The sentence appropriately handed down on April Fool’s Day, with Jupiter in Sag, meant Adolf Hitler would be free by Christmas.

On the other side of Europe the death of Russian Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin cleared the way toward Josef Stalin’s power surge. And in the USA J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the FBI. The events embodied the Yeats line; ‘The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.”
Abbe Hoffman

When Jupiter next returned to the sign of the archer, in 1936, Adolf Hitler would be leading an emerging industrial giant, Germany, then hosting the Olympic Games. In March of that year, the Fuehrer’s troops re-occupied the Rhineland breaking the Treaty of Versailles.

Mussolini added his support authorising the Pact of Steel, establishing a Rome/Berlin Axis. Then on November 25 Hitler signed ‘an agreement meant to protect European culture and civilisation from the Bolshevik menace’ with Japan.

The political polarity of Europe played out in the Spanish Civil War with the Communists and Fascists supplying assistance to the warring parties. In the Middle East the battle between Jewish settlers and nationalists began in earnest with the Arab Revolt. And in the midst of these extremities US activist Abbie Hoffman was born.

Abbie Hoffman was later to muse, “I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.” But Jupiter in Sagittarius had already drawn the bow.

“Those who seek Oneness will eventually find Twoness.”
Woody Allen

By the time Jupiter returned to home base in October 1947 the Cold War was beginning. The divisions were now mirrored in Berlin itself. A Russian blockade of surface transport led to Allied food drops, and the dissection of the German capital. In the USA, the House of Un-American Activities began their interrogation of suspected ‘reds’ in Hollywood.

The State of Israel was born with powerful allied support against fierce Arab resistance, and the Palestinian exodus began. On the subcontinent India’s partition spawned Pakistan, and North Korea’s charismatic leader Kim II Sung proclaimed the republic of North Korea dividing the peninsula. All of these countries predominate world news today, and possibly moreso over the year ahead.

A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue.
Truman Capote

The following sojourn of Jupiter in Sagittarius by 1959 brought East and West tantalisingly close as the British PM Harold McMillan visited the soviet snows, and USSR leader Nikoli Khrushchev touched down in the USA. But a planned Paris summit between President Eisenhower and Khrushchev was literally shot out of the skies along with a US U2 spy plane over Russian airspace.

In Transvaal police opened fire killing 56 protesting natives in what has become known as the ‘Sharpeville massacre’. It prompted Harold McMillan to say before the South African parliament, “the wind of change is blowing through this continent, and whether you like or not the growth of national consciousness is a political fact.”

Unamused was the South African PM Henrick Verwoerd, the victim of an attempted assassination that year. Perhaps he could relate to the Woody Allen aside, “I don't believe in the after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear.” Woody had Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Sag. Keeps his humour but has seen his share of courtrooms too.

Wisdom is oft times nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
William Wordsworth

Nothing exceeds like excess. Big budgetary blowouts caused by wasteful defence spending, encouraged a temporary meltdown of the Cold War. The superpowers were back to the negotiating tables. US President Richard Nixon made a groundbreaking trip to Communist China, and signed the Moscow Pact in 1972 with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

The division between Israel and Palestine dramatically deteriorated with terrorists executing 25 people at Tel Aviv airport and following up with the Munich Olympic massacre where 9 Israeli hostages were killed.

Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage which we did not take, towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden.
T. S. Eliot

The diplomatic gains between East and West became a distant memory by March 1983 as US President Ronald Reagan dubbed the Soviets the ‘Evil Empire’ and proposed a costly Star Wars missile defence system to protect the US from future nuclear attack. Polarity was back on the table.

Meanwhile the USSR shot down a Korean airline 747 Jumbo over Siberia with 269 civilian casualties. And the Middle East exploded again when Shi’ite rebels drove explosive laden trucks into American and French Beirut headquarters killing 241 US marines and 58 French paratroopers, hastening a US withdrawal.

Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
Leon Uris

As Jupiter re-entered Sagittarius in December 1994 the Russian Army attacked the Chechnya capital of Groznyy. This entire period coincided with ferocious with separatist state. Russia’s New Year’s Eve assault was repelled with losses of over 2,000 men. Chechen gunmen took 1,500 people hostage in a hospital. Terrorism was back with a bang.

The US experienced its worst homeland terrorist attack to date, with the Oklahoma City bombing. Thousands of commuters on five Tokyo subway trains were simultaneously gassed by the crazed Japanese religious cult, called Aum Supreme Truth, Jupiter in Sagittarius zeal. In the Middle-East Israel Prime Minister, Yitzak Rabin, was assassinated by a Jewish extremist for having signed the Oslo Accord with Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat.

‘Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose’
Kris Kristofferson

Each repetition of Jupiter through Sagittarius produces violent rebellions at perceived injustices, often with a charismatic leader predominant. Ideological extremities widen whether they are Communist/Capitalist, East/West, Arab/Jew or Christian/Muslim. Forgotten is the Buddha’s pearl that there is only one truth and that is there is no truth.

The last time Jupiter crossed this way was twelve years ago. Iraq was the country experiencing the greatest division, with a marked increase in insurgency, leading to a US troop surge. Neighbouring Iran held Royal Navy personnel prisoner for sailing in disputed waters. North Korea first agreed to nuclear inspections and in the US mid terms, Nancy Pelosi became Head of the House.

Does that last one give a clue to the upcoming US mid-term elections. I think so. Looking at the President's chart for that event shows Mars exactly squaring his birth Midheaven, whilst the SP Mars also hard angles to the same Midheaven. He's in 'battle mode' and something is fueling his anger. He has a fight on his hands.

As for Jupiter, Trump's chart shows his Progressed Sun is running semisquare to his birth Jupiter. Add to that, the transit of Jupiter will square his Progressed Sun by November 17 and transiting Mars will oppose his progressed Sun the following day. The transits exacerbate the progressions and it's centered Jupiter, the planet of judicial matters.

When you add that to the fact that Jupiter will transit in opposition to the President's birth Sun on March 11, May 11 and October 30 2019, it makes for an interesting year of legalese. Jupiter in Sagittarius. Certainly no time for booking a holiday at the OK Corral - that's for sure. More like the Constitutional Crisis on the doorstep.

And to round out on a positive. The last time Jupiter moved through Sagittarius, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change established that man made fossil fuels were a major contributor of climate change. Now, at the Jupiter return, a group of activists have been given the all clear to take government inactivity on this tragedy to the Supreme Court. Perhaps that's really the most important showdown of all for humanity's future.

OCT 28

It was 9 am on June 8 1974 in Blair House. It's used to accomodate visiting heads of state and is directly across the road from the White House. The US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, joked to visiting Prince Fahd, next in line for the Saudi throne. “Do I have to sign in Arabic now?” But this agreement was really no laughing matter.

Their signatures would rescue western capitalism. And pull the US economy out of a recession, with unemployment nearing ten per cent. The agreement would also lead to oil currency wars, a Middle East meltdown and a gradual spread of global terror.

The agreement between the US and the Saudis established two joint commissions. One devoted to economic cooperation and the other to supply Saudi Arabia's military requirements. The word oil was never mentioned. But it was really all about oil. This was the birth of the persuasive political power of the petrodollar. And the war planet of Mars was rising for the signing.


IT STARTED WITH WAR

Desperate times called for desperate measures. They came in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, between Egypt/Syria and Israel. The US unreservedly backed Israel. And when the going got tough, President Nixon asked Congress for $2 billion dollars to facilitate a weapons drop and air support for the Israeli forces.

It was a war that almost sparked a showdown between the superpowers – the USA and USSR. And one which would forever change the global economy. Saudi Arabia, with the largest oil reserves in the world, reacted to the US intervention with an oil embargo, starting October 19 1973.

The embargo would have a devastating effect on western economies across the globe. The shortage, following the natural law of supply and demand, ws a prelude for Arab states quadrupling in the price of oil. The US and it western allies were forced to ration supplies. And the increasing spike was making the Gulf kingdom wealthier than it had ever imagined.

By December of '73, the Saudis had covered the national budget for the following three years. Western capital was flowing into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. It had the potential to totally shift the balance of power, not only against Israel, but throughout the world.

In western nations inflation was running at double digits. The US Secretary of Defense, James R. Schlesinger, a former Director of the CIA, was advancing the idea of a Middle East invasion to take full control of the oilfields. The risk of that was World War Three.

With national budgets in free-fall and global capitalism facing its greatest threat since the Great Depression, there were fears that Italy, France and the UK could be heading for eventual bankruptcy. And the USSR, with a copious supply of its own oil, could potentially spread the seeds of communism even wider.

PLANNING THE NEW ECONOMY

One month after the historic deal had been signed, on July 9 1974, at 10.10 am the United States House Committee on International Finance Banking and Currency convened in Washington. The chief questions concerning that meeting are outlined below, exactly as they appeared on the Chairman's notes.

1 What oil producing countries will do with their new found wealth, as it would have an effect on our international policies and consequently domestic policies.

2 The potential damage to the International Monetary Federation, and to the world economy as a result of the petrodollar glut.

3 The viability of the proposals for recycling petrodollars.

The Managing Director of the IMF, Johannes Witteveen advised, “The world currently faces the most difficult combination of economic policy decisions since the reconstruction period following World War Two.” The consensus was that by 1980, oil producing Gulf kingdoms countries cculd control 70% of the world's total monetary reserves.

That kind of money would totally tip the power base. It had to be managed. The US objective was to increase the oil supply, reflexively lowering the price. And to sell oil exclusively in US dollars, which would stabilise it as the global reserve currency and consolidate the US Treasury.

Kissinger's offer to the Saudis, was one of national security and military support. The US would supply the latest weaponry technology, aircraft and missiles, plus assist in training the Royal National Guard. The House of Saud would be protected and maintained.

The US would also supply financial advice to diversify the kingdom's economy, plus aid with education and infrastructure projects. Western banks would establish a presence in the Gulf countries. Surplus Arab petrodollars could be invested in US business and financial markets. A co-dependency of clashing cultures was developing and channelling Saudi revenue westward ho.

The Sauds and their fellow Gulf fiefdoms, all staunchly anti-communist, were reinvesting much of their monetary reserves in the capitalist west. For the United States, this was a godsend. Any country that wanted to purchase oil had to first purchase American dollars to enable the transaction.

The biwheel of the petrodollar chart with the USA birthchart shows the strong connection to the USA's second house Pluto. Money is power. But the petrodollar Mars also opposes the USA Pluto. When Pluto came to semisquare itself and sesquisquare that Mars, the 911 attacks took place.

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THE NATIONAL DEBT GUARANTEED

The international demand for the US dollar became a virtual credit card for the US government. It allowed them to run enormous debt with low interest repayment. The two countries also negotiated a clandestine undersatnding, involving the Saudis investing in US bonds under exclusive conditions. It remained top secret for over forty years. Seventy per cent of the Saudis wealth was funnelling into the US Treasury.

Oil was now a fully fledged political weapon and was being exchanged for the same. The Saudis flooding the world oil markets in 1986 and the resultant collapse in the oil price was a major factor in the break up of the Soviet Union, with the Russian economy heavily reliant upon oil revenue. But there was also a price to pay. The petrodollar chart was highly active when the USA's Embassy in Beiruit was bombed.

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This financial co-dependency was pivotal to US global hegemony, economically and militarily. The US Fifth Fleet patrolled the Gulf. The dollar as the reserve currency allowed the US to place economic sanctions on any nation stepping out of line. When the US imposed sanctions on Russia, following their 2014 reclaimation of Crimea, the Saudis again flooded the oil markets, sending the Russian economy into a temporary tailspin.

It was crippling US sanctions that forced Iraq to decide, on September 25 2000 to abandon the dollar and appeal to the United Nations to conduct their oil transactions in Euros. On October 30 their wish was granted. Regime change would soon follow.

For many political observers, protection of the petrodollar was the real reason for the US sending their military into Iraq. By June 5 2003, less than two months after the March 19 invasion, Iraq had returned to trading oil in US dollars. Some nations were more resistant.

When the US blamed Syria for the assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister in 2006, Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad moved his country's trade to Euros to avoid a freeze on national assets. Iran, opened their own oil bourse on the island of Kish with the first transaction taking place at 09.30 hours on February 18 2008, despite undersea communication cables being famously cut prior to the opening.

Muammar Gaddafi, proposed a new currency (the dinar), when many African nations were dealing also in dollars and francs. It was France and the US who led the air raids over Libya, resulting in Gaddafi's assassination. But the use of the petrodollar as a political weapon was by now creating its own resistance.

Nigeria, the biggest oil exporter and largest African economy, moved to the Chinese yuan. China has now supplanted the USA as the world's biggest oil buyer. China opened their Shanghai oil exchange opening at 9 am on March 26 2018. This has provided an alternative oil market for futures traders. And if the 'customer is always right' then China will eventually have greater clout in the conditions of oil transactions.

Which brings me to the USA and the recent Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It's one of many incidents - not the least being the 911 terrorist attacks - where US leadership is compromised by this economic co-dependecy. Donald Trump was quick to use the impact of halting a lucrative Saudi arms deal on US jobs, as the first excuse to avoid directly confronting the Saudis.

THE UNTOUCHABLES

It's a familiar avoidance pattern. George Bush did it after the 911 attacks, when he chose Iraq and Iran as his axis of evil while leaving Saudi Arabia completely off the list. In 2016 President Obama tried to prevent the relatives of the 911 victims from suing the Saudi government for damages. Obama warned of 'consequences' amidst the Kingdom's threats of selling off US Treasury notes.

Recall that when Prince Fahd and Henry Kissinger signed the petrodollar pact, the war planet Mars was rising in Washington. On September 28 2016, under the exact Uranus opposition of the petrodollar deal, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act passed the US Senate and House of Representatives, overturning Obama's veto. On that day Mars was also at the same position it had held during the 911 attacks.

Now in October of 2018 the Secondary Progressed Sun of the petrodollar chart has come to meet its Mars. US economic sanctions against Iran come into full force from November 5. Is this about to spell further fireworks in the Middle East at a time when it is the Saudis who should be answering for another terrorist act? And is the war for the petrodollar escalating on another level? It looks that way.

OCT 21

THE 'OTHER' TRUMP TOWER MEETING

From 4 pm, on August 3 2016, one of those mysterious Trump Tower meetings took place. It was arranged by a former Navy Seal, Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater. They're the private security company assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan, with government contracts totalling hundreds of millions of dollars. Trump has toyed with privatising the Afghan War.

At the meeting was George Nader, an emissary of the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Nader conveyed that the royals were banking on Trump wining the 2016 presidential election. He offered his help in securing a victory. Nader, who was also pitching a plan of destabilisation in Iran, went on to becoming an adviser to the Trump campaign and later, administration.

There were valid reasons for the Saudi support of Trump. The war in Yemen had degenerated into a humanitarian disaster. It was proving an international embarrassment for the weapon enablers – the US and Great Britain. Following the Saudi's indiscriminate bombing of a civilian funeral service, claiming 155 lives, Barack Obama had withdrawn the supply of high precision weapons.

Trump overturned the weapons ban on March 9 2017. On May 20, the new President made Saudi Arabia his first international stop. As he landed, the war planet Mars was on the Gemini Midheaven. Mars was also conjunct America's Mars and Donald Trump's birth Sun. This was all going to be about war and weaponry. A big money deal. It only narrowly passed the Senate - 53 to 47.

SALMAN AT THE TOP

'The fish rots from the head down' is an old Turkish metaphor of things starting from the top. If the country is bad, it's because the ruler is so. Saudi Arabia obviously don't subscribe to that truism. Lately, they appear to find great trouble in subscribing to any kind of truth, obsessed instead with suppressing it. But then...what other country on this planet is named solely after one family?

Prince Mohammad bin Salman began pulling the political strings in Saudi Arabia from January 23 2015, upon the death of King Abdullah. With his father suffering from Alzheimer's, the young Prince took control of the army and intelligence forces. He leapfrogged his cousin to be appointed heir to kingdom on the 21st of June 2017.

Since coming to power Prince Salman has pressured the Palestinian leadership to accept a one sided Middle East peace plan proposed by political novice Jared Kushner, with whom he has cultivated a close friendship. Salman has cracked down on critics within his own borders and mobilised a coalition of Gulf monarchies against the free press – including the banning of Al-Jazeera – and the attempted isolation of Qatar.

He has held the Lebanese Prime Minister captive in Riyadh, forcing him to publicly announce his resignation on November 4 2017. The Prince also summoned his fellow royals to the Carlton Rex in Riyadh, turning it into a virtual prison, and demanding they hand over millions of dollars to the kingdom.

WHO LOVES A BULLY?

For all of this he received supportive tweets from Donald Trump, who claimed the other royals were fleecing the nation out of tax dollars. The irreconcilable irony being that Trump's tax returns are much harder to find that an Obama birth certificate and Kushner's returns reveal just how little he pays.

When their man in the Middle East's dictatorial ways were in need of an image makeover, Prince Salman was given a whistle stop tour of the USA talk shows. He was showcased as a youthful modernist, determined to bring his country into the 21st century. While needed change is happening, Salman is also centralising power and brutally crushing dissent.

THE WILD CARD

Prince Salman's birth chart – he was born August 31 1985 in Riyadh – reveals his Sun in square to 'wild card' Uranus. He has a propensity for unrestrained and 'off the cuff' actions. His Mercury is joined to fiery Mars, with both in a dominating square to responsible Saturn. Meaning that the impulse of Mars wins out and Salman is an assertive and aggressive communicator. Not surprisngly his Mars is conjunct Trump's Mars.

When the Lebanese Prime Minister announced his forced resignation live on Saudi television, officials in Washington and Paris were shocked. This wasn't a planned strategy and the move caught western diplomats off guard. But nothing could prepare them for the brutal murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a Saudi Embassy, on Turkish soil.

Khahsoggi was recorded entering the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul at precisely 13.14.38 hours on October 2. He had an appointment to collect papers for an impending marriage. His fiancee waited outside. A horoscope cast for that moment reveals Saturn rising at the Ascendant and unexpected Uranus exactly at the base of the chart. The Moon opposes Saturn and is at the midpoint of Saturn and Pluto.

What happened next was entirely unexpected – at least from Khahsoggi's perspective. His future had already been decided in the palaces of Riyadh. And had it not been for the evidence gathering of Turkish intelligence, his fate would have remained a mystery. The journalist, who had relocated to the USA, was cruelly mutilated by a Saudi hit team.

MARS AND PLUTO

Jamal Khashoggi was born in Medina, Saudi Arabia on October 13 1958. His Libran birth Sun runs semisquare to the powerbroker Pluto and sesquisquare militant Mars. In essence it points toward one who may walk a maze of dangerous situations. The well researched 'Combination of Stellar Influences' describes the Mars/Pluto aspect as 'putting a gun to one's head'.

For some that may mean a propensity for martial arts, a military or sporting career. Khashoggi didn't pursue any of those options. He was an intellectual, a campaigner within his own country for human rights and his connection with military extended to being one of the few journalists who had connections to Osama Bin Laden, during his mujaheddin days.

During 2018, the transit of underworld Pluto was regularly squaring Khashoggi's Sun and activating the Mars Pluto configuration. His Secondary Progressed Sun was closing on a conjunction with restrictive Saturn and his progressed Mars was squaring sudden shock Uranus. It all played out in the most gruesome manner.

The Saudis denied knowledge of the event and propaganda to that effect was screened throughout the kingdom. Donald Trump cast doubt on the Turkish investigators and downplayed Saudi sanctions pointing to a $110 billion dollar arms deal. IMPORTANT! At this moment Neptune is exactly in conjunction with the USA's Secondary Progressed Sun = deceptive leadership.

Meantime, Turkey is holding all the aces and playing the duplicity of Trump and deviousness of Saudi Arabia off a break for all the world to see. The narratives keep shifting with the latest Saudi excuse being that Khashoggi started a fist fight during which he was accidentally killed.

That doesn't hold sway with Turkey's evidence of at least fifteen Saudi operatives, many Prince Salman associates, who began arriving from 3.38 on the morning of the murder, headed straight to the Saudi consulate and mysteriously departed Istanbul the same evening. It has taken the Saudis eighteen days to admit involvement.

MSB is now an acronym for Mr Bone Saw. And it's cruelling the elaborate PR job that the Trump administration designed for their man in the Middle East. Trump's actions – or inaction – defines his leadership and the international faith in current American standards. He needs to get it right. Or as the Turkish proverb goes – 'the fish rots from the head down'.

OCT 14

RESPECTABLE ASTROLOGY - WHAT ELSE?


Last week rattled Wall St. The experts didn't see it coming. Time to revive the Ezra Solomon quote that, “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” Solomon actually was a Distinguished Professor of Finance, teaching at Stanford. Who didn't place a lot of faith in his colleagues.

But perhaps it's not not quite as good as the Forbes magazine headline that if, “God Invented Economists To Make Astrologers Look Good - So Why Do Economists Get All The Nobel Prizes?” Shucks...no nomination again...but last week's wild fluctuations were forecast a month back, in the September 16 weekly article specifically devoted to money and the markets, now archived at this link.

In fact the date of October 10 was mentioned as the one to watch due to the curious hard aspects of a debilitated and retrograde Venus in Scorpio (a sign she doesn't perform as well in economically) squaring Mars in Aquarius, coupled with a simultaneous face off, of mercantile Mercury with technological Uranus.

Last Wednesday the 10th, right on planetary time, the Dow shed 836 points, in its largest fall in eight months. The bleeding continued the next day shedding another 546. It pulled back slightly Friday, posting its worst week since March. For starters, I want to revisit markets and planets beginning with some classic historical examples and charts.

VIENNA CALLING

Another world – another time. It's late spring 1873 and the World Expo is taking place in the capital of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Twenty-six thousand exhibits from around the world. East met West in an exhibition of art, science and culture spread across a 233 hectare parkland in central Vienna.



The main Great Rotunda, designed by Scottish engineers, would attract over seven million visitors. It could have had many more, but for an unexpected reversal. On May 9, the Vienna Stock Exchange crashed, leading to multiple booking cancellations. And the ramifications that would echo right across the globe.

On September 18 1873, a leading US financial firm, Jay Cooke and Company, folded, preceding a string of further bank failures. The resulting panic closed the New York Stock Exchange for ten days from September 20. Within two months fifty five railroad companies had disappeared off the business registry.

It was the start of the Long Depression, the worst recession the US had experienced, extending over sixty five months and sending over eighteen thousand businesses into bankruptcy. It was through studying this crisis – and its planetary significance - that convinced me a similar recession would occur in 2008 and the time frames would be strangely similar.

On September 18 2008, the US Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson and the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Benanke, were busy devising a $700 million bailout plan for US financial institutions in the wake of the Lehman Bros collapse three days prior. It was the day that Bernanke allegedly advised, "If we don't do this, we may not have an economy on Monday." What are the signals of recession?

WHAT GOES UP...

The 1870's Long Recession had a major effect of the economies of Europe, Great Britain and the USA. It occurred during a time of triple expansion known as the Second Industrial Revolution. That featured the proliferation of railroads, steam shipping (opening of the Suez Canal) and the spread of the international telegraph network.

When such technical advances propel economies, trade and speculation boom. There is a frenzied rush to be in on the action. And while he who hesitates is lost seems to be the prevailing maxim, avarice becomes infectious and indeed is the dominant culture of unregulated capitalism.

The biggest global meltdown after the 1870's was the Great Depression of the 1930's. It too came on the back of technological change during a decade of growing economic inequality and extravagance celebrated as the Roaring Twenties.

Mass media communication, commercial radio networks, talking movies and the birth of international air travel led into the Great Depression. Investment fever was at a peak with the bubble just waiting to burst. Again the outer planetary formations would correlate with the crucial market moves.

Contracting Saturn was due to move into a testing square with unstable Uranus in the first quarter of 1930. Optimistic Jupiter would also oppose restrictive Saturn by the middle of the year, while also squaring Uranus.

By the middle of 1931, Pluto would join Jupiter in opposition to Saturn. All would be in square to Uranus. Plus Uranus and Pluto would be in a tight hard aspect pattern with Neptune. Getting dizzy? All of the outer planets so aligned, synchronised with the worst economic meltdown of the 20th century. It also correlated with massive social reformation.

The Great Depression and its shrinking of international trade, breakdown of treaties and increased nationalistic fervour delivered the perfect conditions for World War Two. Coming barely twenty years after the First World War, collective intelligence was not part of the equation. Uncertainty and populist leaders, guaranteed it wouldn't be.

A DIFFERENT WORLD

The 21st century began with a dotcom bubble bursting and a further market jolt with the cataclysm of 911. A world of uncertainty devolved, with accompanying political and religious polarisation ushering the rise of the strong-arm populists trying to turn back time.

The technology of the Internet was revolutionising business, banking, vocations and social networking, much the same way that railroads, telegraphs and electricity did to the 19th century. Or that mass media, movies, celebrity culture, credit cards and commercialisation did for the last one.

Dotcom bubbles aside the last meltdown of September 2008 came on the back of purely unscrupulous banking practises, predatory lending and mass irresponsibility, that to this day places national economies in deep debt. Planetary positioning revealed the coming financial storm. I'd written about it in my 2008 World Forecast and nominated the appropriate dates. This is why.

TIMING THE FORECAST

September was outstanding for several reasons, not the least a Full Moon with erratic Uranus on the 15th, the very day that Lehman Bros declared bankruptcy and the financial world went into meltdown. It had come from a First Quarter Moon squaring Saturn on the 7th and was leading into a three-quarter Moon tightly opposing Pluto by the 22nd. The Full Moon became the torchlight revelation, casting light on previous cover-ups.

However, it was the succession of Sun/Moon aspects from Saturn to Uranus and then to Pluto and all tightly aligned, that was the tale of the tape. There was more in the bigger picture. Something had to give. The North Node was moving through the low of its business cycle in Aquarius. Saturn and Uranus were about to perfect their opposition. And the bubble was showing signs of deflating.

Some additional considerations. It's important to look at dates approximately six months removed, as lunations to slow moving outer planets work to a pattern. On March 16 2008, Bear Sterns, under mountainous debt, merged with JP Morgan Chase. Shares going for $93 a month earlier were offered at $2.

The fall of a Madison Avenue financial icon, employing 15,000 people, gave ominous signals. The New Moon of March 7 2008 was conjunct Uranus and every planet on that day was hard angled to another. The Dow also dropped 7% the same week. Six months later, the Full Moon with Uranus pin pointed September as the crucial month to watch. It certainly delivered.

SHOCK FACTOR URANUS

Uranus is the shock planet, prominent at sudden reversals. Even the market crash of October 1929 occurred during a lunation cycle that began with a New Moon on Uranus. Factoring in the other outer planets reveals the longer term trend.

That's what makes this current lunation cycle interesting to say the least. Incidentally, we do not have a plethora of outer planets in difficult angles on the immediate horizon. That's not to say we're not going to have a bumpy ride though. The rodeo has begun.

The current lunation cycle began with New Moon of October 9, which was square Pluto, inconjunct Neptune and quindecile Uranus. That's the difficult technical aspects, meaning that we're bound to see abrupt reversals and surprises during the lunation's thirty day period.

The quindecile is an aspect of sudden shocks, similar to the planet attached, Uranus. The unexpected nature is reinforced as the November New Moon, by natural process, also forms another quindecile (or 165 degree) alignment to Uranus.

This in itself is not overly common but we did see a similar quindecile pattern with the New Moons and Uranus in October 2016. There were plenty of political shocks back then starting with Trump's embarrassing Access Hollywood tape expose and ending with Comey's reopening the email controversy dogging Hillary Clinton.
So expect surprising revelations this time around.

CYCLES GOVERN THE TREND

One of the reasons I wrote on the markets back in September, was not only the Lehman anniversary angle, but Donald Trump attributing the Dow's bull run purely to his own economic expertise and threatening a recession if he were impeached. They were fear tactics and bull is the operative word.

Trump himself knows that. Although he has hitched his wagon to Wall St and the rise of the Dow, tweeting sixty times on its rise in his first year, the silence is deafening and it's the Fed's fault when it nosedives and he decouples.

It was Trump who said, “The New York Stock Exchange happens to be the biggest casino in the world. The only thing that makes it different from the average casino is that the players dress in blue pinstripe suits and carry leather briefcases.”

In the Art Of The Deal he wrote, “The broker pushes a button on a computer and, presto, he’s got a huge commission. As soon as the stock market falls out – which it will, because it too runs in cycles – most of these guys will be out on the street looking for work.”

Yes, the Donald knows his nineteen year business highs and lows, for they impact property pricing. The same cycles were detected in the economist John Dewey's work, “Cycles – The Science of Prediction.” Or neatly encapsulated in Louis McWhirters 1938 classic, “Astrology and Stock Market Forecasting”. Both are fine starter manuals.

A LOSING TRIFECTA

A careful study of the government presiding over all of the major market crashes will reveal another reliable and repetitive pattern. Yes it was Republicans for the Long Recession of 1873, Republicans for the Great Depression of 1930, Republicans for the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.

Not a bad trifecta of mismanagement there! In fact you can throw in the banking collapse of 1907 as well or the October crash of 1987...but hey let's not get political. That could simply be a 'deregulated' coincidence of irrational exuberance.

The winner of the November 2016 election was bound to catch the high, just as the winner of the 2008 election was bound to land the low, as the cycles run. But we're facing far bigger issues now. Climate change and fossil fuels have now factored into economic futures. It's not all about winning.

The planet is more important than market fluctuations. And wild weather is eating up insurance premiums and national emergency funds. It's a challenge to capitalist thinking - that human existence doesn't forever revolve around an economic rationalisation policy. Energy powers the economy but newer, ecologically more feasible sources, desperately need development.

Again, we stand at the threshold of technical change. In the intermediate picture, planetwise, we are in the waning cyclic stages of both Jupiter and Saturn (law and order) both to themselves and their fellow outers. It's a time of shedding past patterns and old ways of governance and societal structures.

The coming conjunctions of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in administrative Capricorn by 2020 is setting a new platform that we can all be part of constructing. This hasn't happened in Capricorn since the days of the Reformation. Already we can see the revolution around religious attitudes, ethics and ideologies. More on that later. As for the immediate days.

Well there's still the upcoming Full Moon with 'jack in the box' Uranus arriving October 24. The bigger patterns are yet to play out but it seems that the longest bull run seems to be gradually losing its buck. And what makes that even more certain. The government economists are already denying it.

OCT 06

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS PART THREE

These last two weeks we've covered what I forsee as the looming Constitutional Crisis facing the US. For anyone just coming on board the earlier articles are available via this link. This week I want to concentrate on the chart of the Supreme Court itself, how it has worked in the past and parallels to today and tomorrow.

The United States Supreme Court was established on March 4 1789. This was the time – from midday – when the Congress met for the first time, at New York's Federal Hall, declaring the Constitution then in effect. And it's why even though SCOTUS is now based in Washington, that New York is the base chart.

The initial six justices were confirmed by the Senate on September 26 also in 1789. Some may see the irony in the nearness of that date, to the recent September 27 Ford v Kavanaugh Senate testimonies, precipitating possibly the most contentious confirmation hearing since the Court's inception.

The March 4 1789, SCOTUS birth horoscope reveals the usefulness of this chart, not only in reviewing of past events to ascertain its effectiveness, but also in projecting into the future. The chaotic events now afflicting the Court and Congress are clearly displayed further along, using the first chart.

The Piscean Sun with judgemental Saturn depicts the authority of this federal institution, which naturally trends toward the conservative side with that saturnine influence. Administrative Saturn also shows the court to be the rock of the 'establishment'.

The trine from the Sun/Saturn and Mercury to the more progressive Jupiter in Cancer, its sign of exaltation, helps in modifying this conservatism. And the trine from Venus to Neptune adds a touch of mercy to this birth horoscope.

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POLARITY – TELL ME ABOUT IT – IT'S NOTHING NEW

The first landmark case of the Supreme Court, which underpinned its authority and separation of powers, was the Marbury v Madison Case of 1803. The background involved the schism between the original Federalist Party, led by John Adams and the Democratic-Republicans, led by Thomas Jefferson.

The Federalist conservatives favoured big business and the banks, trade and relations with Great Britain and a highly centralised government. The Democrat-Republicans were more for state rights, considered the Federalists elitist and attached to the monarchy, and preferred the rule of French democracy following the Revolution.

When Federalist John Adams lost the 1800 presidential election to his political and ideological rival Thomas Jefferson, he realised that his party would be in the minority for the first time. He appointed sixteen new circuit court judges and forty two Justices of the Peace on March 2 1801, right on the eve of Jefferson's inauguration.

This political skulduggery was to stymie Jefferson's agenda, through stacking the courts with Federalists. The Senate duly approved the appointments. The man entrusted with the job of delivering the commissions was Thomas Marshall, who Adams had also designated to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

With only one day to carry out Adams order, not all of the commissions found their target. Jefferson upon assuming the Presidency, immediately instructed his new Secretary of State, James Madison, to withhold the undelivered commissions.

MARBURY V MADISON LANDMARK CASE

One of the Federalists affected, William Marbury, took the matter to the Supreme Court. The court first found Madison's refusal to deliver Marbury's commission was illegal. And secondly, that normally a court would order the delivery of the commission. But then they did a 180 degree about face.

Chief Justice Marshall found the law passed by Congress, under which Marbury was appealing, actually ran contrary the Constitution. The court unanimously ruled that Congress had expanded the court's jurisdiction beyond what was set down in the US Constitution, and refused to issue Marbury's writ. The landmark decision was handed down on February 24 1803.

Sound convoluted? It established the precedent of 'judicial review' and of the Supreme Court being the chief arbiter of the Constitution. The important takeaway being that the Supreme Court can limit the power of the President and/or Congress by declaring legislation unconstitutional.

The important transits accompanying the Marbury v Madison was a Sun/Pluto conjunction in testing sesquisquare to the Supreme Court's Jupiter. Power player Pluto was the key here. The Court had also reached its three quarter Progressed Moon phase and was undergoing its Saturn opposition, a test of limits and power.

One hundred and seventy three years later it would go head to head with a sitting President in another landmark case. This showdown would also feature the Jupiter/Pluto and Saturn combinations in testing angles and be a real test of checks and balances.

NIXON V USA

By 1974 the Secondary Progressed Jupiter (the planet of judicial matters) of the Supreme Court had moved to oppose its Pluto, portending a mighty power struggle unfolding. The Progressed Sun of the Supreme Court also opposed its birth Saturn and therefore also its birth Sun. This would be the ultimate test of its authority.

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The opposition came directly via Richard Milhouse Nixon, a Republican President under the threat of possible impeachment. Nixon had been ordered to hand over tape recordings of conversations with colleagues who had been indicted in the Watergate investigation.

Nixon offered a redacted transcript of the conversations and then challenged the District Court's subpoena for the tapes. He cited his executive privilege as the nation's leader, and took the matter to the Supreme Court. Nixon claimed the Constitution allowed the President to withhold information.

The point in question became – does executive privilege overrule judicial review? The court ruled unanimously against Nixon, establishing that a President cannot withhold information from a criminal trial and that executive privilege is a relative rather than absolute power. The ruling was handed down on July 24 1974.

This was as big as it gets with the SCOTUS SP Sun opposing its birth Sun and Saturn and this precedent will stand for future cases involving such executive privilege to delay or prevent the course of justice. The monumental court decision broke the Congressional impasse and sealed Nixon's fate.

The New York Times commented, “After the long delay in the impeachment process, there is in the air of Washington this week the sense that it is all coming together. The Republicans in Congress are slipping from the ties of loyalty to Mr. Nixon. And in the White House there is visibly taking hold the shattering realization that this President is going to be impeached.”

Two weeks later Nixon resigned, with even his partisan supporters now openly exposed, and forced, by sheer weight of evidence evidence, to vote for impeachment. Nixon's strident claim of 'I am not a crook', proved to be yet another lie in the shame that was Watergate. A Nxon pardon proved the political death knell for his successor, Gerald Ford. So what of the Supreme Court now?

THE KAVANAUGH CONUNDRUM

Last week's column dealt with the Ford-Kavanaugh testimony and the unholy haste of the Republicans to stack the chairs with a conservative majority, prior to the vulnerability of the November mid-term elections. Their are echoes of Adams political partisanship, along with the hopeful prevention of another Watergate outcome.

The Republican nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has revealed his lack of neutrality, globally on live TV via his carefully written vindictive statement targeting Democrats, the Clintons and the political Left. Finishing with the ominous threat of 'what goes around comes around'. He may be surprised at how it does.

The partisan outburst, already has a former Supreme Court Justice and more than 2,400 law professors signing a letter decrying his nomination to the Supreme Court. Neither does the public polling support his promotion. On Saturday the conformation came through the narrowest 50-48 count and Kavanaugh was sworn in around 4 pm Washington DC time.

The Supreme Court chart for the exact timing of Kavanaugh's Senate confimration vote , announced seconds prior to 16.01 hours (EST) on October 6 2018 is shown with progressions and transits in the two outer dials. It clearly shows the diminishing faith in the Supreme Court as the transit of dissipating Neptune has reached its birth Sun. Again the power struggle aspect between Pluto, this time opposing the SCOTUS Jupiter by transit is in play.

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There are multiple hits as may be expected as the Court experiences a Uranus square to itself, the transit of Mars opposes the Progressed Mars, similar to the Mars opposition to the natal Mars of Nixon's hearing. The Progressed chart is heading for a Mars Uranus conjunction, suggestive of high volatility, possibly even within the ranks. The aspect perfects in 2019.

So yes there are rocky times ahead for the Supreme Court typified by these numerous hard aspects. They are exacerbated in early December of 2018, as a Jupiter transit intensifies with already tense Pluto to Jupiter opposition. They continue next year in mid January as Jupiter squares the SCOTUS Sun.

A weakened or compliant court would be part of the Trump playbook. Conservative Republicans are planning to 'do an Adams' on the future administrations. Only that didn't quite work out the way Adam's expected. Jefferson's new party maintained power for the future generation.
The old time Federalists had faded from the scene within fifteen years. What goes around - comes around.

SEP 30

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER


November 28 1966 - a rainy night in New York - the most famous party of the 20th century unfolds in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Plaza. Truman Capote's Black & White Ball comprised 540 masked guests. The list is deliberately diverse, from the fabulously famous to relatively unknown.

Counts and countesses, film stars, artists, writers. The literati and glitterati mixing with secretaries and hotel doormen. The party was thrown in honour of a woman - Washington Post owner, Katherine Graham. At midnight the masks would be taken off and all would be revealed.

November 28 1966 was also the day Christine Blasey Ford was born in Washington, DC. She wanted to go anonymous too. Instead Ford has gone from a relatively unknown psychology professor to the face and voice of the abused female. Her publicity was unsought; the result of attending a party gone wrong.

A party at which she claims she was the victim of an attempted rape by Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The greatest black and white here is the political prejudice on show. Kavanaugh's controversial confirmation hearing is further splintering an already polarised nation, this time also along gender lines.

Television ratings of the hearing soared above twenty million. The last time they were this high in a political setting was the Stormy Daniels interview. Both out rated Trump's first interview as President. Some people may be missing the gender message therein. Remember last week's column promising a constitutional crisis. If not I advise you check it out here. Meanwhile we're onto round two.

ONE SPECIAL MOMENT

At 10.34 am, Thursday September 27 2018, as an obviously distraught Christine Ford swore the oath and began her testimony on Capitol Hill, Americans watched, transfixed. Three minutes in she described the humiliation of her attack. Horoscopes cast for those moments could not be clearer in illustrating the discord and dysfunction taking place across the nation. Tears flowed - tension rose.

The male symbol of the Sun, in scales of justice Libra, was in an uncomfortable inconjunct to the feminine Moon. The Sun was also in a tight challenging square with conservative Saturn in establishment Capricorn. Men struggling with control. Serious deliberations. Hitting the wall on something.

The Moon is with liberating and rebellious Uranus. It squares assertive Mars. Emotional agitation, passionate expressions, hair trigger moments and tempers. Stormy scenes, female anger and independence. Unpredictable developments and scenes. All of this played out across the day.

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They are all contained in the horoscope of the moment. But moments are powerful sometimes far into the future. Ford realised that. And these scenes will have repercussions. One of the most descriptive aspects is the inconjunct (150 degree)between the Sun and Moon. They're in signs with nothing in common by element, quality, yin or yang. So let's look at the individuals.

WHAT MADE HER DO IT?

Christine Ford kept an attempted rape on her under wraps for over thirty years but as her Secondary Progressed Mercury moved to square her Progressed Mars, she began therapy in 2012 to confront her demons. Over the last couple of years her Secondary Progressed Sun has moved into a supportive trine to her SP Mars, making self (Sun) assertion (Mars) much easier.

This year was extra special. Mars would make three transits across her Progressed Sun and Mercury while also trining her birth Mars. It would station there in August. It was time to go public. With Brett Kavanaugh announced as Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee in July, Ford contacted both her local Representative Anne Eshoo and the Washington Post.

She submitted to a polygraph test on August 7, conducted by a former FBI agent to consolidate her authenticity. On September 4, at 09.36 hours, Kavanaugh's Senate Committee hearings began. Mars was at 29 degrees of Capricorn. Christine Ford's Secondary Progressed Mercury was also at 29 degrees of Capricorn, with her progressed Sun only minutes away.

Ford made not have wanted this to go public but astrologically that seemed an inevitability. For both her Progressed Sun and Mercury were also exactly opposed to her Progressed Jupiter – the planet of the judiciary and symbolised by judge Brett Kavanaugh. A lot going on planetwise, but synchronising perfectly with the heavenly signs.

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MARS & #ME TOO

Ford and Judge Kavanaugh have a direct Mars connection. Despite being born over twenty one months apart, their horoscopes show Mars almost identically positioned. Mars is between 26-27 of Virgo in both charts - mere minutes separating the two. Is battleground Mars, the symbol of impulsive and unbridled passions, joining the protagonist and the victim and possibly even now reversing the roles?

The Mars connection is made even more impressive by a third association. The red planet was moving across the same late Virgo degrees when the #MeToo movement went viral on October 15 2017, in the wake of Harvey Weinstein scandals. So Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Ford lock right into the global female fight against sexual harassment.

KAVANAUGH AND THE JUPITER NEPTUNE DOMINANCE

Brett Kavanaugh was born February 12 1965 in Washington DC. His socially minded Aquarian Sun and Mercury run square to judicial Jupiter and obfuscating Neptune. His time of birth is unpublished but he would also have a Cancerian Moon. The Sun/Moon combination a mixture of the universal, mirrored in his career, and the close family ties of the Cancer Moon.

Neptune is in a closing square to the Sun – astrologically giving Neptune the upper hand. At question, at least during his school days and in the event under examination, is the issue of alcohol. Neptune needs no introduction to astrologers, concerning its potential toward excess drinking or recreational drugs, but it cannot be judged in isolation.

It is also of interest that in his birth chart, Neptune opposes Kavanaugh's Jupiter, the planet most reflecting his legal career. Currently Jupiter is moving across his birth Neptune, which brings this matter into even greater focus and also where the truth becomes the most elusive component. Jupiter is also moving into square with his birth Sun, exact by October 9.

At 15.11 hours on Thursday when Brett Kavanaugh took the oath, intense and destructive Pluto was at the Ascendant in Washington. Venus was at the Midheaven. The Moon lay at the bottom of the chart. He mounted an impassioned but angry and embittered defence, taking political swipes at the Clintons, the Democrats and confirming the doubts about his political impartiality for the highest court in the land.

Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court, supported by the Republican majority, remains subject to an FBI investigation into Ford's claims. It brings the horoscopes of both Kavanaugh and Ford under difficult Jupiter aspects. But what is more important here? The truth or political expediency? Trump has already made his priorities obvious. But he may be underestimating female power.

ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Supreme Court nominees are not a responsibility of the legal profession, they are political appointments, with political being the operative word. Examine the opening statements, spoken by Republican Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell, when introduced at the Bill Passing ceremony of December 20 2017, finalising Donald Trump's first year in office.

“This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration. We've cemented the Supreme Court, right of centre for a generation. Mr President, thanks to your nominees, we've put twelve circuit court judges in place. The most since the circuit court system was put in place in 1891...you hold the record!”

McConnell's ideological achievement is conservative control of the courts for generations – pure political partisanship. Trump's desire for the same comes from an entirely different perspective. It's called self preservation. He learnt early on from underworld lawyer Roy Cohn, if you haven't got the right case, find the right judge.

Kavanaugh's views on absolute power for the President are a godsend for Trump. It's no secret on Capitol Hill and may come as a handy buffer for the Mueller investigation. This is the one thing that anyone, regardless of bias can see without the slightest shadow of doubt.

Keep an eye this week on Thursday October 4, as the transit of Mars comes to sesquisquare and embolden Trump's Sun, plus the transit of the Sun joins his progressed Mars. Hasty and impulsive actions will be on overload. Constitutional crisis round three! It certainly looks that way.

September 23

ASTROLOGY OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

There seems little doubt, with a President bent on a campaign warpath against his own Justice Department, that the US is heading down the road of a constitutional crisis. I'm basing that on the astrological evidence and future considerations, involving the July 4 1776 birth horoscope of the United States, plus the personal birthchart of Donald Trump. Timing will be crucial.

When analysing judicial matters, the go to planet is always Jupiter. It represents justice and associated words, such as jurisprudence, are all literal derivatives from the planet's name. The condition and movement of Jupiter, in relation to the horoscopes of the nation and its leader, both point to a legal showdown looming. I expect it to shortly after the mid-term elections and be ongoing well into 2019.

In the birth horoscope of the United States, the secondary progressed Jupiter in Cancer is moving retrograde and coming back into square with Saturn in Libra. This aspect is now within a half degree and therefore sensitive to further transits of outer planets. By mid-November this year, the added transit of Jupiter will provide the trigger. The same transit will also oppose the Secondary Progressed Midheaven of the US chart.

HIGH NOON COMING SOON

When judicial Jupiter is involved in multiple challenging angles to both itself and authoritative Saturn, the potential for a legal high noon ramps up exponentially. Saturn symbolises the establishment. And in the birth horoscope of the USA, Saturn is positioned in the governing tenth house and exalted in the sign representing legalese - the symbolic balancing scales of Libra.

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In the 90 degree cosmo dials used to illustrate these planetary relationships, the hard angled contacts between Jupiter and Saturn are easily identifiable and the timing looks to be crucial for mid-November. Mirroring this potential are current headlines of a bellicose President railing against his own Justice Department on the campaign trail. Add to that the virtual partisan deadlock in the President's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Further still are the claims that Trump's Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, considered evoking the 25th Amendment in wake of the chaos surrounding the sacking of FBI Director, James Comey. Although Rosenstein denies this, it would be no doubt feeding into the President's paranoia.

Factor in the ongoing Mueller Russia investigation and difficult aspects around Trump's immediate family charts and we have all the pieces in place for what is to follow. There are also additional scenarios, such as the Trump administrations dismissive criticisms of the International Criminal Court. It's all Jupiter stuff.

JUPITER AND DONALD TRUMP

Then there is the man himself, Donald Trump, and his ongoing legal battles with Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti among others, or the trails and tribulations of Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. But if the horoscope of the nation shows such testing Jupiter aspects, so too must Trump's birth chart when examined across the same time window of mid-November. And they do.

The Secondary Progressed Jupiter of Trump's chart is still within half a degree of a departing square from his own Saturn. This well describes his ongoing difficulty with the system and his frustration at working within saturnine limitations, as he would feel progress impeded. By the mid-November period the transit of Jupiter will also semisquare his birth Jupiter and by November 17-18, transiting Mars will add fuel to the fire.

What is crucial to note in Trump's case, is that his own Secondary Progressed Sun is also now in semisquare to Jupiter. It's virtually impossible for him to avoid legal entanglements with the plethora of Jupiter aspects soon to come into perfect aspect. This will continue into 2019 as Jupiter, by then moving into Sagittarius, will also oppose his Gemini birth Sun.

The obvious implications, considering the November dynamics, are of the Democrats polling well in the mid-term elections and furthering impeachment proceedings against the President. Considering the sheer number of testing Jupiter aspects though, it may not only be limited to his political opponents. There may be added opposition within Republican ranks. I expect this to bubble up in early October leading into these November high noon stand offs.

If you're a regular reader you're probably aware of my work on the simple synodic cycle of the Sun and Jupiter in relation to all of the above subject matters. And how accurately the same cycle timed the critical developments of the Watergate investigation. I've also posted a YouTube video on this which has since been vindicated by subsequent events and arrests.

The next Sun-Jupiter cycle is due to begin on November 26 2018. The importance here being that the last cycle timed the indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates within twenty four hours. It set the scene for what was to follow. While Gates took a plea bargain around the Sun Jupiter opposition, Manafort was subsequently found guilty jut after the closing square. The coming conjunction also falls very close to the November 27 birth date of Steve Bannon.

It will be a battle ahead. The history of Trump shows him involved him in multiple legal battles. He was schooled by Roy Cohn, a mobster lawyer, who reasoned that if you haven't got the evidence on your side, wait for the right judge. Therefore the challenges to the Justice Department will be great and I expect this to extend well into 2019. The coming months will set the scene.

When I began writing on the dictatorial nature and propaganda of the Trump campaign some years ago I showed how it was launched right at the Uranus return of the Third Reich. Astrologers took notice but there were also critics coming from the political perspective. It wasn't the only chart I took into consideration.

I'd had also looked at Adolf Hitler's Secondary Progressed Full Moon chart at the height of World War Two. It bore some fascinating correspondences that were impossible to overlook. So to finish this week's column. Here's what I saw. You be the judge.

September 16

APTITUDE FOR AVARICE - ECONOMIC CYCLES AND PREDICTION

In Douglas Adams classic sci-fi radio play – and subsequent book, series and movie – 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' the concept of quintessential capitalism is satirised via the legendary planet Magrathea and its laissez faire pioneers. Magrathea was the home of the richest beings of the universe – the human equivalent of today's one percenters.

Their all consuming success plunged the remainder of the cosmos into abject poverty. Having created a universal recession that destroyed an empire, and unwilling to suffer the consequences, these opulent occupants are placed on temporal life support, in unconscious hibernation, awaiting a galactic stock market recovery, to once again pillage and plunder.

Adams amusing portrayal of this undying aptitude for avarice has darker hint of underlying truth. The universe may have began with the Big Bang, but from the economic perspective, it's been boom and bust thereafter. Predicting when these periods are going to occur has kept economists and governments in constant suspense. This week's article looks at some of the more useful methods for relieving it.

LEHMAN BROS REMEMBERED

September 15 2018 marks a decade since the collapse of Lehman Bros and the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930's. In April 2008 I presented a lecture for the Federation of Australian Astrologers NSW branch in Sydney. My subject was financial astrology and the precise timing of the coming recession. The one and a half hour presentation was recorded on video and my reasoning is shown here. Click here to view the short video highlights.

One of the reasons I determined to deliver that April address was that at the beginning of the year I had been featured on national television forecasting the year ahead, in a five minute feature for Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair'. My calculation of the looming recession was cut from the broadcast. Deemed not suitable for New Years Day cheer. The economy, it seemed, must always be portrayed in a positive light. Whether, or not, it is.

Times have changed. Last week, J P Morgan Chase bank forecast that another recession is on the way. They've timed it for 2020 and anticipate that the US stocks market will slide around 20% with energy prices dropping almost double that and commodities by a similar margin. The good news – so they say – is that it won't be as steep as the last recession. What's the reality?

SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM

The irony of economics is that despite the different theories advanced across the years, historical records show that boom and bust is part of the rhythmic repetition of capital and not so easy to control. In order to study its timing and effects after the Great Depression hit, the US President Herbert Hoover, requested his Chief Economic Analyst, Edward R. Dewey, research its causes.

Dewey, who received conflicting information from his economists, instead studied cycles, from the biological to the financial. His initiatives resulted in the formation of the Foundation For The Study of Cycles by 1941 and a later book co-authored with Edwin Dakin entitled 'Cycles-The Science of Prediction' in 1947. Nevertheless, his work was considered pseudo-science by mainstream economists.

Dewey was not alone. Centuries prior, the English logician, Stanley Jevons, had proposed a sunspot theory on wheat prices that he'd gathered between the years of 1770-1808. He was repeating what the ancient Babylonian stargazers had done in the distant millennia, documenting agricultural commodity prices along with planetary positioning, in the earliest evidence of financial forecasting. The Amsterdam University has records dating from 365 to 61 BC.

Growth and decay are natural phenomena, as common as day and night, sunrise and sunset, yin and yang. They are also measurable phenomena. And although no moment ever repeats exactly, for each one is unique and new, there exists an underlying rhythm to life, from heartbeat to respiration, along with life spans of various species, breeding seasons, population fluctuations and so on.

COSMIC CLOCKS

The value of astrology in this sort of endeavour, is that it measures the multiple hands of the cosmic clock, from the Moon, through the inner planets and distant outer giants, to remote dwarfs such as Pluto.

There is a geometric aspect to consider in the harmonic division of any cycle. For example, a circle of 360 degrees can be broken down into the square of 90 degrees and both may be converted into years. This may work for invention (often the driver of economic growth) or financial forecasting.

Scientifically, 1609 was the landmark year of discovery in astronomy. It was the year that Johannes Kepler, revealed the formula for the elliptical orbits and precise measurement of planetary movement. It was also the year that the Galileo first turned his newly invented telescope toward the heavens. One complete cycle, 360 years later, equates to 1969, when Armstrong first set foot upon the Moon.

ECONOMIC CYCLES

The difference between the two major US stock market blowouts of the 19th and 20th centuries were 1842 and 1932, exactly 90 years apart. If the 90 year cycle were to again prove precise that would make 2022 the future year to watch. However, such longer cycles usually have a greater orb, meaning that this period may actually have a slight variance of years.

What Dewey, along with other researchers discovered, is that there are always multiple cycles simultaneously interacting. This is much more like an orchestrated symphony than a solo instrumental. One of Dewey's most important finds was a wholesale prices recurrence pattern of 54 years, also coinciding with periods of war.

The famous Russian economist, Nikolai Kondratiev, also proposed a 50-60 year cycle of western economic growth and decay averaging 54 years and now popularly known as the Kondratiev wave and reflecting technological innovation. The wave terminology was suggested by the Austrian born Harvard Professor, Joseph Schumpeter, himself a proponent of recurrence cycles.

Schumpeter with high ambitions to be the world's greatest economist, broke down the 54 year cycle into smaller harmonic components, being a business cycle of around 18 years, a 9 year cycle of fixed investments and a shorter 40 month cycle discovered in the 1920's by Joseph Kitchen. Almost all of these can be recognised by astrologers as representing planetary orbits, synodic cycles between two planets or bodies, or multiples of such.

The most obvious is the Moon's nodal cycle of 18.6 years, involving the opposing lunar nodes transits through the signs and their reversal every 9 years. They can be applied to political or economic forecasting, with the two often going hand in hand. For example the collapse of the Soviet Bloc occurred in 1989. One eclipse cycle later, in 2008, the western economic system also hovered on the brink of collapse. So what of 2025/6 and the Nodal recurrence?

Some might reason that the GFC, and its attendant debt, made way for a new age of nationalism, providing the prelude for the Brexits and Trumps, as an old global order breaks down. Professor Schumpter, who died over fifty years ago, reasoned that the eventual success of capitalism would lead to greater corporatism and then the decomposition of the capitalist structures toward a more socialist system. He insisted that he wasn't advocating this politically, merely analysing a trending pattern.

THE LUCK OF THE DRAW

All of these patterns fly in the face of politicians claiming sole responsibility for economic success. Schumpter pointed this out in the recovery of the USA and Germany, using completely different methods, yet coincident with Roosevelt's New Deal and Hitler's ascension, both in the first quarter of 1933, or Stalin's parallel growth of the Russian economy. He wrote of Roosevelt's inauguration and the New Deal.

"It would be contrary to all experience and common sense, though of course no logical impossibility, that a process which can be strictly proven to have been running its course since at least the 16th century and right to the end of 1932, should have come to a stop suddenly on March 4 1933"

They can either be in the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time. Barack Obama inherited a broken America with the North Node moving through Aquarius, a time of business contraction, illustrated by Louise McWhirter in her classic 'Astrology and Stock Market Forecasting', published way back in 1938 .

Obama also came in under a Saturn Uranus opposition, another of McWhirter's prime negative indicators, and rated by financial astrologer Ray Merriman as the most powerful planetary economic cycle of all. The change that Obama promised you could believe in, became small change in the wash up. The stock market bottomed out in the second month of Obama's first term.

The Dow Jones then entered a long bull run, sufficing today. Now the lunar nodes have reversed, one wonders just how long it can last. Obama's successor, Donald Trump, points to his economic record as a measure of his success and a bulwark against his critics. For most of Trump's term the North Node has been moving through Leo, a recognised time of business growth and confidence, again noted in McWhirter's classic work.

The last time it was here spelt the dotcom bubble building and bursting as it left. The North Node will remain in Leo until November this year. Mainstream experts praise the current economic indicators. But will the current rate of growth continue or soon show signs of fluctuating instability? October 2018 could prove an interesting testing ground. Here's a month that has hosted 50% of the Dow's top ten tumbles.

Values planet Venus will station and head retrograde in Scorpio around the 5th. It is due to oppose erratic Uranus by the end of the month. Earlier, on the 10th Venus will square Mars, whilst trading Mercury opposes Uranus at the same time. The Full Moon of October 24 (the Black Monday of 1929) will fall on Uranus. The prior Full Moon of September 24 would have squared contracting Saturn. These are all minor patterns in the big picture. But they can provide a future indicator and trigger, of changing fortunes.

The J P Morgan Chase forecast of 2020 has to be taken seriously. There are converging planetary cycles between 2020 and 2026 that support other objective cyclic research, which haven't even factored planets in at all. Professor Schumpter may be right on the money with his future worldview. The principle cycle of socialism, the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune, will form on the highly significant worldly axis, of zero Aries, in 2026. I'm guessing it won't go down so well in the avaricious world of Magrathea. More on this later.

September 9

It's rare! Since May 1 2016 through to January 7 2019, deceptive Neptune will complete a series of seven conjunctions to the United States Secondary Progressed Sun. This is the only time that this has happened in the history of the USA, from its birth of July 4 1776. It won't happen again until 2311, should the Union survive.

What is taking place could hardly be more metaphorical. Neptune lacks boundaries. It is ill-defined, symbolising the opposite of exactness and precision and instead representing obscurity and obfuscation. Neptune is the 'unknowing'. Even in accidental answers, it is not recognising the how or why. Yet it can also be our invaluable guide to the future.

DECIPHERING THE PIE IN THE SKY

Neptune breaks down, or dissolves the construct. This lack of definition is why the planet is connected to everything from snake oil salesmen and ethereal epiphanies to messianic religions; all the way out to the 'flying spaghetti monster', which poses the question that if such a deity doesn't exist, then why are all the planets shaped like meatballs?

In case you're wondering about this noodle nous, it originated as a protest letter and satirical spoof on the teaching of 'creationism and intelligent design', sent to the Kansas Board of Education. The author, self confessed hobo and hammock enthusiast, Bobby Henderson, receiving no reply, posted it on the Internet and it went viral.

There are now dedicated 'pasta-farians' across the globe and it is an official religion in New Zealand, the Netherlands and Poland. If you're interested in the alternative 'sauce of creation', I suggest a Google search. Just saying that Neptune is both the mystic and the misled and always defies rational explanation. But perfectly describes the irrational.

NEPTUNE WITH THE SUN

The Sun is what our solar system revolves around. Astrologically, it has always been connected to that which is central to all others, which is why it is personified as the leader or the king.

When Neptune joins the Sun, central purpose dissolves. The King may be seen as a messiah or a victim, the grand deceiver or the gullible believer. And of one thing you can be sure. The story, legend or fable will long be told.

It's interesting to note that during the time period that Neptune has contacted the USA's SP Sun, the position of the President of that country has been seen in a fuzzy Neptunian light...or fog.

The term 'fake news' is a White House buzzword and the position of the leader subject to relentless rumour. Official press briefings have offered up obvious untruths to the public and the authority of the presidency eroded.

When individuals experience the transit of Neptune across their Sun, it often accompanies a time-out period of unknowing and uncertainty, sometimes occasioned through an illness or ending that forces a retake on reality and tends to break down the ego.

Some elect to do this through drugs, alcohol or imagined alternate realities. There can be a genuine need to escape from regular schedules or environment. When it happens to a national chart, it creates a rime of inner reflection and loss of direction.

THE GIVEAWAY TIMELINE

It was on May of 2016, upon Neptune's first transit across the USA's progressed Sun, that the main contenders for the next president of the US, were revealed as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both had won enough primaries and delegates to virtually guarantee their party's nomination. To much of the public this choice alone was a great Neptunian disappointment. For Clinton, whose Secondary Progressed Sun would square Neptune in the election year, it certainly proved as much.

It was also May of 2016 when Trump campaign worker George Papadopoulos made contact with Russian operatives. He would later lie to the FBI about these contacts, severely hampering their election investigation. The second contact of Neptune with the USA's SP Sun was on July 17 2016. Five days later Wikileaks published hacked Democrats emails. A clandestine operation was well underway.

The next Neptune to Sun conjunction occurred in March 2017, when the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed an ongoing investigation into the Trump team and Russia. Three days before the fourth conjunction, on August 30 2017, the US ordered the closure of Russian consulates in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco.

The fifth conjunction took place on February 16 2018. The next day produced the indictment of thirteen Russian nationals and two Russian entities in the Mueller investigation of election interference. Two days prior the truth finally emerged on the Stormy Daniels cover up with Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitting he had paid hush money, as the lies and obfuscation of Neptune came to haunt.

All of this was chipping away and gradually eroding the public faith in the office of their leader, and displaying the deceptive character of Donald Trump and his modus operandi. As Neptune has two more passes across the US progressed Sun we can anticipate, in advance, the timing of the next major development in the Russian probe and Trump expose.

The next crucial date is October 21 2018, arriving in the lead up to the November mid-term elections. It comes as increasing revelations from two time Pulitzer prizewinner, Bob Woodward's book 'Fear' describing the dysfunctional Trump presidency.

The book preview appeared on a day that the transiting Sun opposed transiting Neptune. It was followed by an anonymous Republican insider painting a picture of Crazytown inside the White House.

Meanwhile Trump with his 'whatever it takes' strategies appeals to the preachers and the pulpit for a Republican victory, confounding the Founding Father's insistence on a clear separation of religion and state. His own imperial dreams having already been revealed, in March of 2018 when Neptune last met the progressed Sun, as a presidency in perpetuity, just like Xi Jinping...or Vladimir Putin. A dissolution of democracy.

But Neptune will not last forever as the sevenfold transit ceases following January 2019. The ruse will be up and the Nightmare of Fifth Avenue coming to an end. Donald Trump will not a run a second term. He may not even complete his first one, although it may take time to remove him. For the Republican 'deep state' establishment, he will have already served his purpose.

NEPTUNE HAS FORM AND HISTORY

In researching Neptune upon the progressed Sun, I also examined the one and only time when it opposed the USA's progressed Sun. That comprised another seven oppositions, between the years of June 18 1864 and February 14 1867. The oppositions covered the final days of the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the early years of the Reconstruction under Andrew Johnson.

Johnson was lacking in formal education, but a persuasive speaker, with populist appeal to the working class, and in particular the Deep South. He was also a lifelong Democrat, who failed to carry out the Republican's wishes, resulting in impeachment proceedings, after the seven oppositions. On his counsel's advice the President did not appear at the trial.

This bid failed in the Senate in the March of 1868 where a 35 to 19 majority, fell one short of the required two thirds needed. One of seven Republicans who voted against it, James Grimes of Iowa declared, “I cannot agree to destroy the harmonious working of the Constitution, for the sake of getting rid of an Unacceptable President.”

The trial was a national spectacle and a thousand tickets were distributed daily for the public galleries. It was the first great constitutional crisis, pitting an uncooperative President, against his Congress and Senate. And it was brought to a head when Johnson fired the Secretary of War, for political advantage.

A later inquiry revealed that some of Johnson's acquittal votes had been acquired by the promise of patronage jobs and cash incentives. Johnson is now recorded as one of the worst Presidents ever. A toss up with the vacillating James Buchanan, who failed to prevent the Civil War.

There were even petitions requesting the abolition of the presidential position, reasoning it held too much power, with Johnson being a prime example of abusing it. And although Neptune may have precipitated the crisis, it's no fairy tale.

It's part of American history and goes to prove that some things never change. A good reason to put the same kind of faith in political representation as you might the 'Flying Spaghetti Monster'. For the Neptune bubble is soon getting ready to burst, This time with a different actor in the central role.

Sep 2

TIME WARP - A STEP TO THE RIGHT

The political world is leaning precariously to the radical right. The last time I witnessed such a 'step to the right', it was part of a rocky horror show. Could we really be stuck in a time warp reminiscent of the nineteen thirties when partisan politics fractured fragile freedoms and led into a divided world.

It hasn't escaped some commentators that September 1 also witnessed the opening shots of World War Two. And as I've written in this column many times before, we're now experiencing the 79 year recurrence cycle of Mercury and Mars. It's been with us all year and it's happening now. The graphs below mirrror the movement of the two planets first in 1939 and then 2018.



VOSTOCK 2018 - MASSIVE MILITARY MANOUVRE

There are some curious correspondences. Russia is about to conduct its largest military exercise in forty years along the Eastern Front. Back in 1939 Russia really did invade the Baltics in the Winter War. The Vostock 2018 maneuvers will utilise more than 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft. Supporting them will be 3,000 Chinese and Mongolian troops.

Is it a sign that Operation Vostock 2018 will commence on September 11? That's probably more coincidence, but it was only weeks before September 11 2001 that Russia and China signed a Friendship Treaty, promising mutual assistance in trade and security. Still Russia conducted a similar operation last September, just not on the same scope.

Russia defends the immense size of this war game, the largest since the Cold War era, through NATO's eastern creep and an increased US and British military presence in the Baltic States, with over 7,000 troops now stationed on Russian borders.

MERCURY MARS AND THE TRADE WARS

Not so coincidental is the Mercury Mars synodic cycle, duplicating its movements of 1939, in this year of increased international tensions. Mercantile Mercury symbolises commercial interests, communication, treaties and trade. Combative Mars is the lord of conflict and war. Put the two together and you get 'trade war'. And trade wars often escalate onto battlefields.

It's no secret that the global politic has become more insular and nationalistic since the Trump inauguration. Talks of tariffs and trade wars have dominated the news cycle and the swing to the hard right in government policy has been surprising to many – astrologers excluded.

We're witnessing the escalation of a growing trend. It was happening on Bush's and Obama's watch; just less noticeable unless you lived in the Middle East, Egypt or Libya. The Pacific pivot didn't happen overnight either.

Countries like Australia have had more visits from US politicians and military chiefs in the last few years than at any other time LBJ, the first presidential visit to talk up the Vietnam War. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton have all marched through in an official capacity.

Obama arrived in 2011 to sign a military agreement. Clinton was here in 2010 and 2012 along with the U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta for talks on foreign policy and the armed forces. Biden gave an address aboard the newly commissioned HMAS Canberra in 2016.

VALERIAN ANYONE?

Across the globe military budgets are expanding with the US plans for 2019 estimated at over $716 billion. That would sure buy a lot of cups of coffee. But perhaps we need something much less stimulating. Anyone for a Valerian tonic? No? Can't say I blame you...it's absolutely atrocious.

There are further similarities in the authoritarian political caricatures. Donald Trump began his campaign on the Uranus return of the Third Reich. But surely that was an unrelated coincidence. So everybody thought until his great mate, Steve Bannon, began a speaking tour claiming fascism was an irresistible consequence. And Trump claimed that unlimited terms would be a great idea after Xi Jinping virtually became the new Emperor of China.

Leaders were even following the same script. Former KGB agent Vladimir Putin led his country out of economic disaster to restore nationalistic pride, reclaimed the former Russian territory of Crimea and is hellbent on forging powerful military alliances, even with the former enemy Communist China. He won Time's Person of the Year along the way.

You might recall an earlier mustachioed former military figure, who also brought his country out of financial ruin to reclaim the Rhineland and Sudetenland, negotiate a non-aggression pact with Communist Russia and then go on to invade Poland. He'd taken out Time's Person of the Year too, back in 1938. Not to say that any of this has to happen again, but just noting some similar trends.

The swing to the hard right side of politics accompanies dictators and the disintegration of democratic principle. People power is sacrificed for blind faith in perceived messiahs. It's an unfortunate human characteristic in times of uncertainty to offload responsibility onto strong-arm characters, under the dangerous delusion that they'll restore stability.

Instead their populist appeal is fueled by fear. Fear of change, fear of losing control, fear of tomorrow. Fanning that fear is the divide and conquer societal breakdown that dictators propagate to sustain their power. War comes from this self-perpetuating division, not unlike an atomic reaction. It's not as if people would vote for it in a referendum.

So perhaps it's time to take a breath. To feel the rays of sunshine and savour what we have. To pray that we never have to endure what our forebears suffered seventy nine years ago, when Mercury and Mars last star trekked together like this. To look at 1939 and wonder why we would even begin to stumble down such a path.

THE EAGLE AND UNCLE SAM

You may recall that in previous columns I wrote how the earliest stargazers also incorporated omens; unusual events upsetting the natural order. A future president suddenly cowering in fear during a photo shoot as an eagle attacks would fit the omen criteria. The eagle being the symbol of the USA and the bird in question named Uncle Sam – the character symbolic of the archetypal American patriot, military and government.

So how might this play out? Could it mean that sometime down the track Donald Trump would experience great fear when his 'patriotism' came under fire. The Mueller investigation is currently examining those issues.

Or could it be more literal? Like the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the New England Patriots to win the Superbowl. And Trump canceling their NFL day at the White House.

Those symbols seem to fit perfectly, but nothing has come of that – at least yet – from the NFL team or their supporters, even though the President is constantly critical of players who protest his presidency by refusing to stand for the anthem. Prefer to wait and see on this one

Is it the death of a Trump adversary in fellow Republican, John McCain, a former military hero who Trump demeaned for being a prisoner of war? McCain would certainly fit the Uncle Sam analogy. He was also an aviator in keeping with the eagle symbol and lived in Phoenix. The Phoenix legend is of a bird that regenerates by rising from the ashes after death. Will the Trump's crass criticism of McCain return to haunt?

I don't normally indulge in omens, but the eagle one may have some clout. For if we are to count the days from when the attack occurred and add them to the inauguration date of January 20 2017, it brings us to the end of June early July period when things began to go pear shaped for the President.

Firstly, Trump was criticised by both sides of politics, for siding with Vladimir Putin above his own intelligence agencies. He immediately arranged a White House press stop claiming he simply misspoke. But strangely the lights went out during his incredulous explanation. Another omen perhaps. And an obvious one at that.

Then the Mueller investigation was boosted by eight federal felony verdicts against Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort. On the same day Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, began spilling the beans on his client's cover ups.

The President then dismisses a White House tribute to McCain, before later allowing the flags to fly at half mast. McCain's dying wish that Trump be banned from his memorial tops it off and we get a president's disapproval rate hitting record levels at 60% per cent.

There is a simple explanation for all of this. And Trump has an original answer for all of it. It's just fake news. Well that explains everything. Why didn't I think of that before. Besides Trump's loyalists would never believe in omens. They are far too discriminating for such gullibility. Aren't they???

August 26

I haven't been writing about Australian politics for a while, apart from my regular seasonal contributions to the Australian Federation of Astrologers Journal. But the events of the past week deserve careful analysis and explanation.

From the morning of August 21 2018, until the early afternoon of the 24th, will be remembered as the days that the Australian Federal Liberal Party imploded. Extraordinary scenes shut down parliament and confounded the nation. To assist understanding, it helps to go back to October 16 1944, when the name Liberal was adopted by Sir Robert Menzies, birthing his new party.

Progressing the Liberal's horoscope, to the meltdown of September 2018, brings the leadership Sun in opposition to progressed Saturn as it simultaneously squares Neptune. The paralysis of polarity between the hard right (Saturn) and socially minded (Neptune) middle ground locked into battle mode.

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These excerpts from the FAA Journals 'Eye In The Sky' mundane articles of 2018 forecast a looming leadership crisis from within months in advance. It was easy enough to spot.

FAA JOURNAL ARIES INGRESS - MARCH EDITION
“Turnbull...will have Uranus impacting on his birth Sun. This time by opposition. But keep in mind that Uranus comes with Mars in square. And Malcolm Turnbull was born with a tight Sun to Mars square also involving Jupiter and Uranus. While these aspects are those of a battle, and impulsive reactions with little room for reason, they can also take one out of the picture. Therefore, Uranus is not a planet that any politician welcomes to their Sun. Just ask Barnaby Joyce."

FAA JOURNAL CANCER INGRESS – JUNE EDITION

“The Australian Federation swearing in horoscope of January 1 1901 13.35.42 in Centennial Park, has the transits of Uranus retrograding back and forth across its Ascendant of 29ARI36. Uranus will also square the Federation's Midheaven of 02AQU58, and Mars move across it multiple times. I had suggested in a prior column the possible change of leadership, something that seems remote at the time of writing.”

FROM REMOTE TO REALITY

The remoteness was removed during an unprecedented five by-elections held on July 28 2018. Dubbed Super Saturday, it proved not so super for the Liberals. Labor's slender margin on the Brisbane seat of Longman, unexpectedly won in the 2016 election, was the litmus test.

A defeat would strengthen the Liberal's numbers and spell the probable career end of the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, providing the springboard for an early election. But the best laid plans of mice and men? Shorten, born May 12 1967, has a lucky Earth Trine of Sun/Mercury to Uranus/Pluto and this year and next, fateful Pluto will be favouring it.

The newspapers were claiming polling favoured the seat moving back to the Liberals and writing of internal unrest within Labor. But was this simply more of the Murdoch owned media repeating its not so hidden agenda of robustly guiding public opinion?

On July 12, Turnbull reframed Longman as a leadership referendum boasting, “The head up contest is between me and Bill Shorten as the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader.” A solar eclipse took place the following day. As omens go...not a good one.

Eclipses are known for eclipsing leaders. The by-elections were to be held the day after the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. This landmark eclipse would appear at the Midheaven, representing the government, of Australia's Federation horoscope.

The eclipse at 04AQU44, would also materialise with Mars, making its closest approach for the next 269 years. The eclipse and Mars were conjunct Prime Minister Turnbull's Mars and squaring his Sun. Getting the picture? Astrologically it doesn't get much clearer than that. Turnbull could soon be toast.

Labor's Susan Lamb won Longmen easily with a swing of over 4.6%. Shorten, who had gone there to campaign, was photographed in the victory shots. Turnbull was nowhere to be seen. But he was right on one thing. It was about to prove a referendum on national leadership.

EMAILS AND ECLIPSES

I digress here to point out that Turnbull claims to not know his birth time. I exchanged emails with him in 2014, when Tony Abbott was Prime Minister, as I believed he would replace Abbott, coincident with coming eclipses. I asked for his birth time to verify that and he thanked me but claimed that he had no record of the time adding that with both of his parents having passed on, he had little way of finding out.

My reasoning was based partly on the fact that Abbott had a Solar Eclipse with Saturn on his birth Sun in 2013, the year he was elected Prime Minister. Turnbull would have a Solar Eclipse (with Venus accompanying) on his Sun the following year, which could very well swell his popularity and deliver him the leadership within twelve months. There was more to this, but the eclipses were pivotal.

As it played out Turnbull challenged for the Liberal leadership, the day after the September 13 2015 Solar Eclipse, defeating Tony Abbott in a party spilll. He was sworn in as Prime Minister at 13.34 hours on the 15th. But 2018 was now vastly different. Even without a birth time it was unmistakably obvious that there were storm clouds on the horizon.

Turnbull's birth Sun would be squared by multiple hits of Uranus in opposition, and Mars in square. Not so noticeable, but potently effective, was corrosive undermining Neptune, sesquisquaring his birth Sun. Add on the July 28 eclipse and Saturn transiting back and forth over his Secondary Progressed Sun and the astrological outlook was bleak.

SEND IN THE CLOWNS

August 2018 and chaotic Canberra was about to make global news. A government so polarised by their hard right factions, egged on by right wing media shock jocks and Murdoch talking heads, actually shut down parliament to settle old scores and scuttle their leader.

Once one of the most stable of western democracies would now witness six leadership changes in eight years. All over an obsessive resistance to climate change and a responsible and realistic energy policy.

The country watched in disbelief as three Scorpio's indulged the adage that revenge is a dish best served cold. But for Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton, it would be their opposite sign the Taurean Treasurer Scott Morrison, who would prevail, with fellow Taurean Bill Shorten rubbing his hands together in election anticipation.

THE PLAYERS

Protagonist Peter Dutton was born in Brisbane on November 18 1970. His Scorpio Sun is both conjunct Jupiter and also at the midpoint of Jupiter/Neptune. This is a highly idealistic combination but most importantly for what was about to transpire - his Jupiter also opposes his Saturn to the exact degree.

In January, May and also September 2018, Dutton would experience three Jupiter returns. They were made more significant by his Secondary Progressed Mars also joining his birth Jupiter around the July by-election period. His SP Venus was closing onto a conjunction with his SP Jupiter. This overload of unrestrained Jovian self-righteousness coincided with Dutton playing the lead role in a brazen leadership plot.

Turnbull met it head on. At 09.13 hours on August 21, he called a snap party spill and by 9.30 had easily defeated the challenger by 48 votes to 35. Dutton, undaunted and still egged on by hard right political and media connections, believed he could the reverse result by switching just 7 votes. In an unprecedented move, he refused to accept the result. Fellow party members were badgered to change their vote and call another spill.

On August 23, Turnbull reacted with a public address asking for a letter with 43 members signatures affixed and also requesting the Solicitor General to examine Dutton's eligibility to sit in parliament. At 13.34 hours he offered to call a party spill by noon next day on the receipt of the letter.

Saturn rose as he spoke those words. It was his curtain call but a master move, playing for time to provide an alternative result. Dutton's SP Mars was being handbraked as it now opposed his own Saturn.

This was also a telling example of Jupiter exuberance roadblocked by Saturnine experience. In a battle between the planetary heavyweights, the guile and patience of Saturn will always prove the bete noire for brickwalling Jupiter's naive enthusiasm. Solidarity and establishment won out. Dutton's SP Sun only just departing from a square to radical Uranus didn't help either.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Enter patient Taurean Scott Morrison, born May 13 1968 in Sydney. Like Shorten his birth Sun runs in opportune trine to fast acting Uranus and power broker Pluto. Morrison was riding on some very productive transits in 2018, coming into his Pluto trine by transit and experiencing the elongated stay of Mars in Aquarius in accommodating trine to his Gemini birth Mars throughout this critical time period.

A day before the first spill Morrison had the Sun conjoining his birth Jupiter and during the heat of the battle it came to meet his SP Jupiter. This just so happened to be in a Grand Trine with sober Saturn with insurgent Uranus.

Grand Trines are like the parting of the Red Sea. Such is life when opportunity knocks. And it wasn't going away in a hurry. With the Sun, Mercury and Mars all coming to trine his natal Mars by the last week of September, after a Sun/Mercury trine to his Sun mid-month, Morrison's short term future was looking promising.

At 12.51 pm on Friday the numbers were up. Morrison was the last one standing, defeating Dutton and taking out the Deputy PM, Julia Bishop in the process. Australia would have a new leader, sworn in by 18.13.54 that evening in Canberra.

Morrison had become the accidental Prime Minister, almost without raising a glove. Something he'd planned for all along. But be careful of what you wish for as it may well come to pass. The real war is only just beginning.

AUGUST 19

URANUS PLUTO & NEW PERSPECTIVES

When planetary cycles are discussed the Uranus Pluto combination is up front and center concerning purposeful world change. The very meaning attached to this particular cycle – building anew upon the ruins of the old - amply describes its effect.

But perhaps the Jericho effect of its full implications are imperfectly understood. This article hopes to aid clarification, although it begins with the familiar, before moving to ancient Greece and Anatolia.

Comparing the recent Uranus Pluto square with the previous one, of the 1930's, has its uses. Back then the western world was mired in financial crisis. The breakdown in global trade was producing rising nationalism, dictatorial leaders and a growing political polarity between left and right extremes.

There are certain similarities, useful to observe, along with pitfalls to avoid. But such squares come along too frequently to further the foresight of the big historical picture. Or to make more meaningful projections. To look at the last time Uranus spent its entire transit of Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn it's necessary to step back over three thousand years to the Egyptian Empire of Ramesses III.

That will be covered here...but for now.

POT, FLOWER POWER & NEW WORLDS

The current Uranus Pluto birthed in the mid-60's. It was the day of the micro-computer, space travel and even spacier drugs, counter culture and pop art. You can throw in the civil rights and anti-war awareness, alternative lifestyles and a celebration of youth. Father, nor mother, didn't always know best. Life was never the same after the sixties.

The humanitarian promise of that era, and its anti-establishment ethos, faded to a following decade of bad fashion flairs, airplane collars and plastic disco, degenerating even further into an eighties age of rampant materialism, yuppies and coats with shoulders so wide it was safer to walk through doors sideways.

The new age of square was art was imitating life. The people power and communal movements of the sixties dissolved into corporate competition and a number crunching economic rationalisation of existence. The hopeful promise of a JFK was cut short, leading to the culpable shame of a Richard Nixon. Similar to a sage's beard morphing into a porno moustache, it was a case of opportunity lost.

But if you work with cycles, some of that is to be expected. There are some demanding aspects to deal with during the cycles growth stages. The groundbreaking challenges that the sixties presented to the establishment, were bound to incite robust retaliation. Respite came in the form of the Uranus Pluto sextile of the 1995/96.

MY KINGDOM FOR A WEB BROWSER AND A MOBILE PHONE

It seems a long way back to August 1995, when Windows 95 debuted offering the option of an inbuilt web-browser – Explorer 1. The home computer was now instigating the information age, coupling Uranian technology with Pluto mass media, with the two in friendly alignment. People got to communicate en masse, for a price.

Dotcom investments soon drove US markets to record levels. A week before Explorer's release, Uranus was passing across the wealth planet Pluto in the second house – or money zone - of the USA's July 4 1776 birthchart. As the Uranus Pluto cycle was at sextile, Pluto formed the same sixty degree angle to the US Pluto. When you get a moment, just check the Dow Jones levitating from 1995.

Then of course Uranus and Pluto came toward their square. It was bound to do what most squares do...spoil the party. Uranus was still eight degrees from perfecting the square when the power of a precise lunation cycle prematurely activated it. The Full Moon of September 15 2008 was conjunct Uranus. It was a day that Lehman Bros and global stock markets will never forget.

The following Sun Moon square brought the Moon at 29 degrees of Gemini into opposition to Pluto at 28 of Sagittarius with the Sun at 29 of Virgo. This wasn't a one off. There would be no immediate market bounce back. This was a recession for the long haul. And its one that had earthquake reactions on the establishment and the people's mistrust of it.


If the sixties generation thought that life was unfair and civil conditions needed an update, this square was going to show clearly the roots of change. And it delivered a politician who promised change.
The US elected their first black president in Barack Obama. Hope sprung eternal. But Obama hit a wall...or rather a Wall Street. Suddenly the establishment was 'too big to fail'. Instead Congress did.

Now at this point I should add that buzzwords like 'deep state' are telling us nothing we don't already know. Whether it's a military industrial complex or just corporate capitalism, the idiot's guide to conspiracy theories will always return to the one thing – it's simply the established system.

There's no great mystery here. It's been that way since the beginning of civilisation. When it works, it's great and nobody gives a cuss. When it's not working...and it hasn't been working for decades in the exploited countries...it sucks big time.

By the exactness of the Uranus Pluto square something was smelling suspiciously 'fishy'. It wasn't that anyone had suddenly discovered the (number 42) reason for existence answer. But they were identifying the inequalities. We saw 'Occupy Wall St', witnessed Tea Party rebellions, and a loss of faith in parts of the system. The one thing this political polarity was lacking though, was positive prophetic vision.

But let's return to the core meaning of Uranus and Pluto, building anew upon the ruins of the old. It first requires a breakdown of structures. Characters like Donald Trump, whose Sun lies with Uranus and semisquares Pluto, embody this Uranus and Pluto chaos even on a personal level. They are an inevitability in the news cycle, as the actual planetary cycle moves on from its square. But we can be more specific by bringing in more precise information.

A BIGGER PERSPECTIVE

In the last three millennia 'there has only been one period when 'Uranus has completed a full transit through Aries in square to Pluto in Capricorn'. It's something rarely acknowledged, with most discourse fixated purely on Pluto in Capricorn or simply the square aspect. So let's delve a little deeper here.

The period in question extends from 1173 BC to 1165 BC. Pluto had moved into Capricorn from January 1183 BC and Uranus entered Aries by the end of June 1173 BC. There it would remain until 1165 BC with the square reaching exactness during 1167-66 BC. This period is one of the most captivating of ancient history.

1173 BC is surprisingly close to the title of the non-fiction work, '1177 BC: The Year That Civilization Collapsed'. It was written by the Eric H Cline, a professor of ancient history and archaeology, and published by Princeton University. The book won numerous awards following its release in 2014, coincidentally at the height of the current Uranus/Pluto square.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...

Professor Cline admits that the year chosen is for dramatic effect and drawn from Ramesses III's Egyptian records, describing an attack of the 'Sea Peoples'. The real work examines the almost simultaneous fall of eight powerful interlocking states and the domino disruption of diversified cultures, occasioning the collapse of the late Bronze Age. For Cline, it remains the most exciting and pivotal period of ancient history.

Fellow historian, Professor Robert Drews, wrote of this overall period, “Within a period of forty to fifty years at the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the twelfth century almost every significant city in the eastern Mediterranean world was destroyed, many of them never to be occupied again.”

Civilisations affected were the Egyptian Empire, which never recovered its glory. The Hittite Kingdom, occupying ancient Turkey and the Levant. The Amorites and Kassite dynasty of Babylon fell along with the Mycenaeans, the first civilisation in mainland Greece.

With there demise went international trade and cultural diversification. Drews identified this societal breakdown as “the worst disaster in ancient history, even more calamitous than the collapse of the Western Roman Empire." It precipitated a dark age for intellectual and human development.

There are multiple reasons given for such synchronicity of systematic collapse. They are derived from ancient writings and archaeological finds. One is the ongoing attacks of warrior groups called the 'Sea Peoples', naval marauders, pirates and invaders patrolling the Mediterranean coastlines. They were certainly a big part of the problem, but hardly all of it.

Famine caused by a combination of accelerated climate change and natural disasters accompanied disease in the chronicles of the Hittites. Revolutions played a decisive role as the suffering populations lost faith in the direction and powers of their leaders. What was evidenced in those ancient times was the fragility of mighty empires when their global networks were cut off.

In watching Professor Cline lecture on this subject so close to his heart, I was taken by his summary where he then compared those times to now. He talked of the collapse of the Greek economy and the refugee and integration crises created by the Syrian Civil War and collapse of infrastructure in the Middle East.

He mentioned how climate change and drought is affecting even greater areas now. How world trade is suffering. He claimed that the headlines of today matched the collapse of the Bronze Age. But he did not compare today's western marauders with 'Sea Peoples', nor make mention of Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn. He would be blissfully unaware of any planetary correlations.

But there is a deeper message here, regardless of what measuring stick is being used. It concerns the fragility of civilisations when we fail to address change in a more committed and progressive manner than building walls or waging war. With three thousand years of accumulated knowledge, we surely know what those are causes of collapse are.

Working more productively to ride on and above the waves of change is the intelligent option. 2026 and the next promising aligment between Uranus and Pluto should then show the benefits and answers of responsibly rising to the challenge together. And together is the only way it's going to work. More next week.

AUGUST 12

SPACE FORCE IS GO

On Friday August 10, Vice President Mike Pence announced the intended creation of a sixth branch of the US military - the Space Force. Pence born June 7 1959, in Columbus, Indiana, fittingly has his Sun and Mercury conjunct the USA's birth Mars in Gemini. Trump's Sun is also right on the US Mars, plus there are echoes of a past Republican President involved in this one.

On February 11 1983 Ronald Reagan met with his Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He was shown a presentation by the naval chief Admiral John Watkins, promoting a contrary nuclear strategy to replace the Mutually Assured Destruction deterrent. It involved strategic missile defense. Something previously avoided by the scientific community, fearful that its success would inevitably lead to nuclear war.

Reagan ran with it. By March 23 he was addressing the world with an ambitious Star Wars plan. Earlier, in the year of his election, Reagan visited a space command center in a hollowed out mountain in Colorado. He was amazed that, ''They actually are tracking several thousand objects in space, meaning satellites of ours and everyone else's, even down to the point that they are tracking a glove lost by an astronaut.” But he was perplexed that there was no missile defense system.

One of the biggest lobbyists for the Strategic Defense Initiative was Edward Teller, known as the father of the hydrogen bomb. Unlike fellow scientists, Teller never advocated nuclear control and his character was parodied as the crazed scientist 'Dr Strangelove'. Teller met Reagan, reinforcing the fear that if the Soviets developed the technology first – world domination was inevitable.

Reagan held talks with a more moderate Soviet leader in Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the famous Reykjavík Summit starting from 10.40 am on October 11 1986 (as Mercury and Pluto rose at the Ascendant) and continuing the following day, in Iceland.

Their meetings eventually did much to reduce the global nuclear stockpile, but the sticking point was Reagan's Star Wars plan. Reagan held fast on this, offering to share the technology with the Soviets. Gorbachev, aware the US would not even share oil drilling technologies, remained unconvinced.

MARS IN EARLY AQUARIUS

The astro-relevance of the Reykjavík Summit was Mars moving through the start of the sign of Aquarius, as it is today, and the Moon joining Mars during the meeting. Recently we had a lunar eclipse bringing the Moon back into alignment with Mars, again at the beginning of Aquarius and so virtually at the same position. The timing is reasonably appropriate that America is reviving its militarisation of space.

Mike Pence's official Pentagon announcement on August 10 2018, of the new US Space Force – continued the Trump administration's duplication of the Ronald Reagan play book that began by mimicking Reagan's original campaign logo of 'Let's Make America Great Again'. Both rely on an evil adversary.

Back in the 1980's that foe was the Soviet Union, branded by Reagan as the Evil Empire in an obvious reference to Star Wars. Reagan managed to justify the largest ever peace time spending on a military budget by playing on the Cold War 'us and them' division. For Trump, the nemesis is China. But it could be any country providing they become a powerful economic force.

TRADE WARS

At 21.11 hours Beijing time, on December 14 2013, China became the third nation, after the USA and Russia to complete a soft landing of a spacecraft on the lunar surface. The coincidence here was that Mars was conjunct the same position of the last lunar landing of August 22 1976. The Nodes were also conjunct here. China and Russia are conducting joint robotic exploration of the Moon.

The current cycles of both Mars, as the planet of war, and Mercury, the planet of commerce, are a repeat of 1939, the beginning year of WWII. We are entering the late August/September period when that battle began. What we are currently witnessing is the amping up of Donald Trump's trade war, part of the dominance strategy.

Trade wars, like economic sanctions, often lead to real wars. What they are now producing, is a fracturing of once trusted alliances, a rise in aggressive nationalism and an unco-ordinated global division. International protocols are dropping by the wayside, witnessed by the belligerent attitudes of Saudi Arabia against Canada, withdrawing diplomats, for any criticism of their royal repression.

THE MARS URANUS SQUARE - CYBERWAR

The Space Force announcement also comes with Mars within two degrees, on the second of its three squares to the mythical sky god Uranus. Mars in square with technological and 'electric' Uranus is the perfect planetary formula for aerial or cyber warfare. The third and final square will occur on September 18.

The Mars Uranus square is also firing up unpredictability in equity and currency markets. The Dow Jones which returned a massive 24% plus gain last year has struggled in 2018, and barely registering one tenth of its 2018 gains. This erratic uncertainty is spooking investors, witnessed again last week with the nosediving Turkish lira.

Australia, caught between allegiances to its largest trading partner, China and military alliances to the US, will feel the effects of the trade battle acutely, by the next Mars Uranus conjunction which will appear on the Federation's Ascendant and the First Settlement horoscope's IC, or home and property area. It's due mid February next year.

Back in 1960 the USA accounted for around 40% of world gross domestic product. Today it contributes around half of that. Although the US remains the world's biggest overall consumer, China is now the world’s biggest market for cars and smartphones. To win a trade war with China, Trump would have to enlist the aid of Japan and South Korea, which brings us back to the 'Pacific Pivot' manouvering.

The Space Force announcement is sending obvious messages that the US intends to maintain its global military and economic domination. It's also playing on the old maxim that presidents garner greater support when playing on national security fears. And importantly it's providing a new narrative when the legitimacy of the administration is under threat. Ironically through co-ordinated cyber warfare.

AUG 5

THIS IS THE BIG ONE

No, the end of the world isn't around the corner. Instead it's about to turn a corner. The coming partial solar eclipse of August 11 2018 peaking at 09.46.17 am, Universal Time, begins over the North Atlantic, moving east toward Northern Europe and Iceland. It's shadow can be seen in Russia, before descending onto Mongolia and northern China.

China is one country whose national horoscope is targeted by this eclipse and the accompanying planetary formation. The eclipse falls in the seventh house of the People's Republic of China chart, declared at 15.02 hours China Coast Time, on October 1 1949.

A solar eclipse in the seventh house of alliance, is realigning China's international relations. This one falls precisely on the nation's Pluto and close to its competitive Mars. Having a volatile combination like Mars and Pluto, in their seventh house of allies and enemies, aptly describes China's relationship to the nuclear powers, the USA and Russia.

The August eclipse also squares China's Venus, representing its values and valuables, in the ninth house of overseas involvement. The eclipse Mercury, the planet representing commerce and merchants, is conjunct China's seventh house Mars, which neatly encapsulates a description of commercial conflict or 'trade war'.

From late June to late September 2018 (and again from April 2019) the planet of rapid realignment, Uranus, is squaring China's Ascendant/Descendant; the axis of relationship within the horoscope. China's Ascendant has been feeling competitive Mars in Aquarius, retrograding back and forth from late May, again around this eclipse time and further in late September.


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A WAR ON TRADE

The recent long lunar eclipse with Mars fell right on China's Moon and Ascendant combination. It is also affecting the mood of the people and has a further correlation to home boundaries, particularly in light of the containment strategies being adopted by the US and its Pacific allies.

Part of the US President Donald Trump's plan in buddying up to Vladimir Putin of Russia, would be to test and undermine Russian ties to China and North Korea. On July 16 2001, Russia and China signed a Friendship Treaty guaranteeing mutual economic and military support. The planetary aspects of that treaty to the USA's birth chart are similar to those of 911 – making them potentially very dangerous foes.

Russia, via its expanded Tran-Siberian pipeline (the eclipse falls over this area) is China's leading oil supplier. By financially isolating Russia and working to contain China's growth, both economically and militarily, the US and its allies can reinforce sanctions on 'rogue' countries that do not defer to their dialogue. This eclipse in China's relationship house is timing the differences.

Recall that 19 years ago, the year the last August 11 total solar eclipse, a stray CIA missile exploded on the Belgrade Chinese Embassy, during the Kosovo War, killing several nationals. It created an international incident. The lines of communication between Washington and Beijing were down for several days. China's President Jiang Zemin refused to receive US President Bill Clinton's calls of apology.

SQUARING TIME AND DATES

The Embassy incident occurred May 07 1999, as the Sun cast an approaching square to the August 11 eclipse degree. This year Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was inaugurated for a fourth term on May 7. Putin was originally catapulted to the position of Russian Prime Minister two days prior to the August 11 1999 eclipse. There's a connection as this eclipse returns.

The approaching square from the Sun to the eclipse degree yields valuable insight into key the themes of the eclipse. May 7 this year also marked a meeting between North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un and the Chinese leader Xi Jingping. On May 08 at 14.20 hours Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Two days later, Trump announced that he would be meeting Kim Jong for a June summit. These events, marry the relationship of North Korea, Vladimir Putin and Iran into this eclipse cycle. Iran is an obvious target due to the Israel/US relationship.

Some things never change. Iran and North Korea were named as an Axis of Evil back when Republican George W Bush was at the helm. There's no difference among Republicans today. But Russia and China don't march to that drum. And countries like North Korea, Iran and (also Venezuela) are dependent upon their financial support.

IRAN - REBEL WITHOUT A CLAUS

August 11 is the opposite calendar date of February 11 – the commemoration date of the Iranian Revolution. On this date, in 1979 at 14.00 hours, Iran radio declared their freedom from the powers loyal to the Shah. It marked the end of the Pahlavi dynasty. Today it's a national holiday as representing independence from imperialism.

The August 11 eclipse Sun and Moon are opposite the Sun and Mars of the Iranian Revolution. At the last August 1999 eclipse, the Prime Minister of Iran was a liberal reformer named Mohammad Khatami, elected with 70% of the popular vote. Khatami became famous for his theory 'Dialogue Among Civilisations' which was received international support when introduced to the United Nations.

Khatami argued for moralising the political system, advancing ideas where “culture, morality, and art must prevail on politics”. His work was considered a reply to the US author, Samuel P Huntington's 1993 article, “Clash Of Civilisations” (published at the Uranus Neptune conjunction) theorising that after the Cold War, Islam would become the next hurdle to western domination and precipitate the next war.

Khatami, a pacifist, served two terms, ending with the election of hardline conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by 2005 and a resumption of anti-western rhetoric. The western occupation of neighbouring Iraq helped harden Iran's political narrative, at a time when relations had been improving.

Trump's Saudi support, US embassy move to Jerusalem and ongoing criticism of the Iran nuclear deal have revived the enmity between the US and Iran. If we time travel back to the eclipse of August 11 1980 in the 19 year Metonic cycle it preceded the start of the Iraq and Iran War. The Reagan adminsitration backed Saddam Hussein, even supplying the components for chemical weapons.

August holds a special place in Iranian history. On August 19 1953 a joint coup of the CIA and M16 replaced and the imprisoned their Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh for nationalising Iran's oil industry. It led to the Islamic Revolution, considered the most important since Russia's, and established under an Aquarian Sun/Mars conjunction, squaring renegade Uranus.

The chart of the Revolution, will be fielding not only the opposition of the eclipse but also the ongoing Mars Uranus square of 2018. Trump's capitalised tweet against Iran threatening, “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE” came as Mercury, 'the messenger' in Leo, stationed opposite the Revolution's Sun.

The Secondary Progressed Sun of the Revolution is also moving to semisquare its natal Mars. This comes as Israel and Saudi Arabia, along with the US, seek to isolate Iran economically in order to force the country toward regime change. This power-keg meddling could easily escalate.

MARS AND THE CURRENT AYATOLLAH

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, born July 15 1939 in Mashad, is experiencing the 2018 Mars/Uranus repeating square as a 'Mars' return both now and on September 18. It's a combustible combination. Khamenei has already survived one assassination attempt, back on June 27 1981, when a bomb was placed inside a tape recorder he was using for his prayer session.

He still has a paralysed right hand from the explosion. His own Mars is hard aspected to both Saturn and Pluto, the triple Mars return bringing Uranus in square, could correlate with aggressive attempts to remove him from power. They could also point to health issues, along with the obvious volatility attached.

THE REBEL OF THE RESISTANCE

In neighbouring Iraq the rebel Shi'ite cleric and anti-corruption campaigner Muqtada al-Sadr, a staunch opponent of US occupation, was born August 12 1973. He experiences this eclipse on his birth Sun. His father, also an anti-corruption campaigner and leading Shi’ite cleric was assassinated by Saddam Hussein's secret service in 1999, the last year of an eclipse on August 11.

Al-Sadr's popularity grew significantly, following the 2003 US invasion. His Mahdi army provided the greatest resistance to foreign occupation. In 2016 he led a million man march on the Green Zone in Baghdad. Back in May as the Sun squared the eclipse degree, Al-Sadr's party dominated the Iraq elections. The looming August 11 2018 Solar Eclipse is a crucial one for his immediate initiatives and his Shi’ite movement in the Middle East.

THE TURNING POINTS

Why is this eclipse so important for the direction of civilisation? Solar eclipses recurring on this zodiacal degree have timed some of the most significant power shifts of the 20th century. The solar eclipse of August 11, 1942 fell only four days prior to the Battle for Guadalcanal. That crucial confrontation was considered the turning point for the Allies in the Pacific War against Japan.

A fortnight after the same eclipse, the Battle of Stalingrad pitted Russia's Red Army against the might of Nazi Germany. The five-month conflict became Hitler's first major defeat on the eastern front and changed the course of World War II. Two days after the same eclipse, civil disobedience rocked India, and was pivotal for India’s self-rule plus the creation of Pakistan again in the mid-August five years down the track.

This eclipse returned to the same degree on August 11, 1961 and two days later the construction of the Berlin Wall began. When the eclipse recurred in 1980, the Polish political activist Lech Walesa led a rolling strike in the shipyards of Gdansk. This movement, named “Solidarity”, became the first signs of a crack in the previously impregnable eastern bloc and led to the eventual disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Then along came August 11 1999, and that little known KGB operative named Vladimir. Clearly, this eclipse appears to be producing another major re-alignment for modern-day Russia and its international relations. And I haven't even mentioned Israel and Palestine, this eclipse is squaring their respective birth Suns. Don't be downplayed on the significance of the August 11 2018 eclipse. It has a history...a very impressive history. The next chapter is soon to be written.

July 29

WHEN IS IT TIME FOR THE FATMAN TO SING?

They say it's never over until the fat lady sings. The Trump cover ups have had plenty of other females singing and now his principal fixer, Michael Cohen, looks like joining the chorus. But the fat man remains silent. Instead the President assures, 'What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening.'

That's not the case for this astrology site, where the term 'gaslighting' has become commonplace in my analysis of the USA's and Trump's horoscopes. Yes it was written here months ago based on the Aries and Cancer Ingress charts with 'gaslighting' Neptune at the Midheaven, representing the administration. And the progressing USA chart, with Neptune around the progressing Sun.

Now it looks like the mainstream media have got hold of this descriptive Neptune term and in particular CNN's Anderson Cooper. The word scrolls below Anderson's reports on the President's frequent cover-ups and his misleading spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. The term refers to devious contradictions which make one doubt their own sanity. It helps to have a sense of humour.

The real insanity of course, stems from the White House. The Aries and Cancer Ingress charts may be reliably and progressively descriptive of the Trump presidency. And they can certainly be relied upon much more than his press secretary. They both have obfuscating Neptune at the administrative Midheaven. So the unreal - it's real alright.



When Donald Trump uses the phrase 'to be honest' you can bet he's covering for something. It's pretty much the way he answered interviewers from the NYT, when asked whether he knew the time or day that the contentious Trump Tower meeting took place.

The denial was “No, I didn't know anything about the meeting.” Followed by a Freudian slip “It must have been a very important meeting (immediately changing to)...must have been a very unimportant meeting, because I never even heard of that.”

Of course the meeting was unimportant enough to have Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on hand. Unimportant enough to add Trump's digital, social networking and media adviser, Jared Kushner. And son Donald Jnr, who was so initially enthused about the whole thing, enough that people flew in from interstate and overseas, just to be there.

What Don Jnr forgot to mention was the other visitors. The Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, with close Kremlin connections. The Soviet counter intelligence officer, Rinat Akhmetshin. The Georgian/US business entrepreneur Ike Kaveladze, In fact until the New York Times threatened to publish his emails, Trump Jnr denied having any contact with Russians at all.

HANNITY AIDS THE INSANITY

During an 'arranged' Sean Hannity interview, Trump's son denied any phone calls had taken place prior to, and associated with, the clandestine meeting. He later admitted there were three phone calls, one to a blocked number, which Don Jnr then failed to identify. And all of this time Donald Snr played dumb.

But he didn't play so dumb when dictating an alibi for his son to explain that the whole shebang was really about adoption. Obscuring the truth, would indicate an obstruction of justice. So the denials came thick and fast that the President had not dictated his son's response. A story that held until months later when Trump's lawyers finally admitted he was behind the whole misleading story.

When questioned about the meeting, Trump's former campaign manager claimed it was impossible for him to be at the meeting as they were both on their way to a Miami rally on June 9. But there was no rally in Miami. Another false alibi. That day Trump attended a lunch only two blocks from Trump Tower. He left at 1.02 pm and spent the rest of the day doing what? The meeting was at 4 pm.

At the beginning of 2016, as I surmised the planetary cycles of the year ahead, the standout aspect of the time was a June 4 Grand Cross. It was featuring the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune all in square and locked in by a triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Venus. It was a very powerful pattern.

The Grand Cross had major implications on the horoscope of the USA. But when it formed, it seemed to pass without incident. Of course, back in June 2016, nobody knew about a secret meeting that would eventually redefine, not only the US/Russia relationship, but faith in the integrity of the election that same year.

Did Trump know about this meeting. Here's what he said in a campaign speech in California on June 7 about an upcoming revelation. The Russian meeting took place two days after these words. You be the judge.

"I am going to be giving a major speech on (hesitates)...probably next Monday of next week. And we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. And you're going to find it very informative...and very, very interesting!"

Here's the New Moon chart of June 2016 (outer wheel) on the American chart.

Or if you want a larger version to examine..click here.

So you have to ask, why all the lying and cover-up? Why is it so difficult to actually just tell the truth? Because that's the way they operate. Cover all tracks and when they are revealed, downplay the importance, claim it was much ado about nothing. And if that doesn't work, question why it matters at all. Deviously deflect. Keep switching the narrative.

All the while Trump does this, he is watching the reactive polling, taking note of the media coverage and aiming to change the headlines via Twitter tweets. The strategy is blatantly obvious. But as P.T. Barnum supposedly said, 'there's one born every minute'. When Trump claimed he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, and people would still vote for him. He knew his targets well.

This would all be perfectly laughable, like a Simpson's sitcom...if it wasn't really happening in front of our eyes. Who would have thought that the highest office in the political world would be treated with such flippancy and self-indulgence. By one whose most successful prior experiences were in the business of media self-promotion?

But the veneer is starting to wear thin with the multiple hush money payments, buying silence, squashing the truth. Even proving that would take a raid on his lawyer, Michael Cohen to start spilling the beans. And then the gaslighting would return. Cohen was unimportant – he was one of many lawyers I use, says Trump. The reality is Cohen served as a Vice President of the Trump Organisation and was his principal fixer.

It's all unfolding gradually, in synch with a synodic planetary cycle involving the Sun, signifying leadership, and Jupiter, the planet representing the justice department and legal affairs. The significant turning points of the cycle are the conjunction, which corresponds to a starting point, the squares suggesting breakthrough developments and the opposition also indicating important revelations that tip the balance.

SUN JUPITER PICKS THE MOMENTS

It's coming up to August 6, when the Sun form the exact approaching square to Jupiter, the planet of law and judicial matters. If you're a first time reader, you'll like what follows. Regular readers will just see how descriptive these planetary alignments have proven so far in the Sun Jupiter Cycle.

September 26 2016 – Conjunction - The precise day of the first televised presidential debate, where Clinton brings up the subject of Russian interference and Trump deflects it to a 400 pounder sitting on a bed. This is the first time that the combatants had brought the Russian hacking issues to the attention of the wider global audience.

January 11 2017 – Opening Square - The President elect's first press conference. He angrily denies damning rumours stemming from an intelligence dossier partly funded by his opponent. An all out attack upon the press. Trump Tweets "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!" Same day that Michael Cohen tells Sean Hannity there is no relationship between Russia and the Trump team.

April 07 2017 – Opposition - The official day of conservative judge Neil Gorusch's appointment, giving a Republicans a numerical advantage in the Supreme Court. Trump considers this one of his greatest achievements of the year. On April 11 Trump calls FBI chief James Comey and asks him to 'get it out' that the President is not under investigation in the Russian election probe. Comey passes that one onto the Justice Department. It's the last time they talk.

July 5 2017 – Closing Square - The square falls just days before the revelation of the now infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives, an allegation consistently denied by the Trump camp. Trump secretly dictates an alibi for his son, but this his involvement is denied by the White House. On July 7, Trump conducts a private two hour meeting with Vladimir Putin, with no US aides in attendance. Articles of impeachment are formally filed in the House of Reps by July 12.

October 26 2017 - Conjunction - New Cycle - Prosecutor Robert Mueller, heading up the Russian probe into US election interference, makes his first indictments against former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates on the 27th. He obtains three of Manafort's bank accounts.

February 10 2018 – Opening Square – On the 16th Robert Mueller indicts thirteen Russian citizens and two other Russian entities in the largest catch yet from the ongoing investigation. The charges are accompanied by 37 page document for public consumption. Two days later Richard Gates, reverses his not guilty plea to guilty and agrees to testify for the prosecution.

May 08 2018 – Opposition – The Senate committee finally release a report that admits Russia was trying to undermine confidence in the US election. The House reports no advantage to Donald Trump. By the 16th the Senate Intelligence Committee disagrees, endorsing a report from US intelligence and confirming that Russia operated to help Trump win the 2016 election.

August 06 2018 Closing Square – The next significant development is upon us, especially now that Michael Cohen appears to be turning on his old master as confidential tapes and evidence cast further light on multiple cover-ups. This is the new plateau, with possibly more disclosure from the Trump Tower meeting, revealed initially at the previous cycle's closing square.

The above dates can hardly be so consistently coincidental. In a gaslighting world, they offer tangible hope, a reliable guidleine. The square may also push Trump toward precipitous acts. We're eventually moving toward the cycle repeating by November 26. These are the crucial dates to mark on the Trump 'witch hunt' calendar. Meanwhile on Fifth Avenue...

Next week I'll be tracking the August 11 Solar Eclipse and how it impacts upon the chart of Iran and its leadership. Hope you enjoyed watching the latest lunar eclipse, second in the current trilogy that will cast their shadows across the rest of the year.

July 22

JULY 27 2018 LUNAR ECLIPSE

At 20.20 hours Universal Time on July 27 2018, we will experience the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Australian east coast viewers will need to be up before sunrise to see this spectacular blood red moon at 6.20 am on the 28th. This is how it will look in the northern latitudes.

The last time a total lunar eclipse appeared at close to four degrees of Aquarius was back on July 26 1953, with the Moon at 03AQU12. The importance of that time period cannot be overestimated considering its relevance for today. It was the following day that an armistice was reached, bringing an end to the conflict of the three year Korean War.

At the moment of totality, the astromap of the 2018 eclipse shows the Sun rising and Moon setting right across North Korea and extending to southern Japan, near Hiroshima. The military planet of Mars also sets over the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and South Korean capital of Seoul. This eclipse focused on the importance of this year's Korean peace talks.

The 1953 July 26 total lunar eclipse showed destructive Pluto setting right across the 38th parallel that divides the Korean peninsula, north and south. The separated nation lay in ruins. However, at the base of that eclipse chart, sat the peace planet of Venus conjunct the hopeful energies of Jupiter. The armistice was signed at 10 am the following day at Panmunjom and came into effect twelve hours later.

Now, for the first time in sixty five years, a total lunar eclipse is returning to the same degree of the zodiac. It's happening in the same year that the two Koreas have made diplomatic overtures, agreeing to denuclearize the peninsula and officially ending the Korean War. The historic meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In, began with a handshake and embrace at 9.29 am on Friday April 27 in Panmunjom, exactly three months prior to the eclipse.

The three month timing is no cosmic accident. Eclipses are usually accompanied by a significant event around 90 days prior, when the Sun is positioned in an approaching square to the eclipse degree. This would have made the final week of April an important time to consider. It is also useful to note previous times when the Moon has moved past the position it will occupy at this eclipse.

One of particular note, was September 3 2017, when at 03.30 am Universal Time, North Korea detonated their first thermonuclear and most powerful weapon yet – a hydrogen bomb. The explosion, registered 6.3 on the Richter scale, setting off earthquake alarms and alerting the world that a powerful explosion had taken place at the nuclear testing site.

Radar satellite imaging showed that the blast had reshaped an area spanning 85 acres at the mountaintop area above the tunnels where the explosion had occurred. Using this evidence, the bomb was estimated to be around 250 kilotons or seventeen times as powerful as that which destroyed Hiroshima.

The hydrogen bomb was detonated as the Moon positioned at 03 degrees and 47 minutes of Aquarius, within a degree of the July 27 eclipse position. Locking into this is the fact that South Korean President Moon Jae-in was born January 24 1953, with his Sun positioned just after four degrees of Aquarius.

There are a lot of 'dots' connecting this eclipse to Korea. Used in the most positive ways, it is an apt time to 'eclipse' hostilities as the the public Moon comes to meet Mars. And the domino data gets even more interesting.

The Korean War was really a proxy war between the two superpowers, the USA and the USSR, with China also coming to the aid of North Korea. This was China's first major conflict since the declaration of the People's Republic by Mao Zedong on October 1 1949, just minutes past 3 pm. The proclamation time has the Moon rising over Beijing at just over three degrees of Aquarius.

The lunar eclipse will occur very close to China's Moon. This Moon has been sensitive to such transits in the past. At 17.45 hours on May 7 1999 a missile blasted through the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. during a NATO air-strike in the Kosovo War. It created an international incident with hundreds of protesters damaging the US Embassy in Beijing, after the government called the killing of their nationals an act of barbarism.

For days following a diplomatic freeze took place, with Chinese President Jiang Zemin refusing to take US President Bill Clinton's calls. By May 14 the leaders spoke as relations thawed, Clinton apologising for what he termed a tragic accident. So this zodiacal degree has a history. Not only for Korea, but the chief combatants of its proxy war.

BALANCING PACIFIC POWER

This July 27 lunar eclipse emphasises the growing importance, of the fluctuating Pacific power balance, in light of a US Asian pivot, China's expanding economic clout and the two Koreas reconnecting. The coming period will be the acid test of whether this diplomatic breakthrough is the real deal, or whether the expanding economic rivalry and trade war might spill over into a naval confrontation.

It doesn't have to escalate to that, as eclipses are an apt time to hit the reset button on history. But for those who may have missed some of my previous astro-analysis on the year 2018 and this eclipse with warrior Mars, clicking here this video will bring you quickly up to date with some of the remarkable correlations it presents.

Until they see evidence to the contrary, North Korea's nuclear ambitions remain a pressing concern for the USA. The 'this is not a drill' false nuclear attack alert in Hawaii in January of this year was ample proof of that. It caused panic throughout the island.

And strangely enough, this eclipse brings the Moon back to the same position it held shortly after 8 pm, on October 30 1938. It was way back then that Orson Welle's 'War Of The Worlds' realistic dramatisation had pretty much the same reaction on mainland USA.

CUBAN REVOLUTION

The 1953 previous total lunar eclipse in this same area of the zodiac, also coincided with another significant event. The beginning of a Cuban Revolution that overthrew the corrupt US supported dictatorship of Fulgencio Baptista. As rising economic disparity created a nouveau poor in Cuba, resentment against Baptista's iron hand rule grew exponentially.

The revolution began with a botched dawn raid on the Moncada Barracks of Santiago de Cuba on July 26 1953, the same day of the the eclipse. Many of the revolutionaries were killed and the leader, Fidel Castro was jailed. His now famous trial speech 'History Will Absolve Me', led to public pressure securing him an early release.

Castro then formed a resistance known as the 'July 26 Movement' with fellow revolutionary Che Guevara. Although it took another five and a half years, by January 7 1959, Castro and his rebel army marched into the capital of Havana. Baptista had flown the coup to the Dominican Republic. An unsuccessful CIA operation to retake power – known as the failed Bay of Pigs invasion – deteriorated US relations to the point that Castro proclaimed Cuba a communist state, which it remains today.

PAKISTAN ELECTIONS

The world's second largest Islamic population head for the polls on Wednesday, July 25, to elect the members of their National Assembly. Pakistan officially became a nation at midnight leading into the 15th of August 1948, the same time that India achieved their independence. The difference being that the Pakistan horoscope is cast for the then capital of Karachi, since shifted to Islamabad.

This is one of several charts that can be used for the nation, along with the previous day's swearing in chart and a later one one for the 1956 Republic. The August 15 midnight horoscope I feel relates more to the outside world's, or global, perception of the nation. The Midheaven of this chart, indicating the leadership, is 04AQU32 with the eclipse falling within minutes and the eclipse Mars also very close to the Midheaven.

As Mars represents the military, they may have a major bearing on this election. It could be that the eventual winner either represents them or is heavily dependent upon their support. Aggressive mars is also indicative of the violence preceding this election.

Of interest is Imran Khan's PTI Party, formed April 25 1996. That puts his party's formation date's Sun square to the coming lunar eclipse and the party's Uranus positioned right at the eclipse. Uranus is the planet of rebellion and revolution.

What is of interest too here is the eclipse occurring at the country's administrative Midheaven after the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, was actually eclipsed on corruption charges related to the Panama Papers exposure.

The date of his dismissal was July 28 2017 – only a calendar day away from this eclipse date. Sharif was quickly arrested when he landed in Pakistan on July 13 2018, the day of the recent partial solar eclipse. These eclipsing energies are bringing trials and tribulation to leaders. Which brings me to....

BELIEVE IT OR NOT

I realise there have been enough laughs about the Trump Putin misspeaking episode and the swallowing of Trump's excuse by his political comrades. That my friends is pure politics. But we are shortly coming up to the next Sun Jupiter square, so expect this Mueller investigation to ramp up further exposures as August begins. Meanwhile, for telling it like it isn't - a picture is worth a thousand words!




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July 15

TWIN ECLIPSES HIGHLIGHT RUSSIAN INFILTRATION

We've just had a Solar Eclipse in the 21st degree of Cancer. Over the last two centuries there has only been one solar eclipse to occur within a degree of that eclipse. That's quite rare. The other eclipse in question occurred on July 11 2010, in the 20th degree of Cancer.

Two days before the 2010 Cancer eclipse, the breaking news was a headline revival of the Cold War. Ten Russian spies had been uncovered and arrested in the United States. They had gone to great lengths over many years to blend into middle class society, posing as average American citizens and families.

An FBI operation, codenamed Ghost Stories, gradually exposed the 'sleepers' over years of surveillance gathering, wireless interceptions and monitoring. The spies had been issued with fake passports, names and identifications and were being financed by GRU, Russian intelligence.

Upon the agents arrests, evidence was presented revealing drop-offs, burial and reclamation of cash amounts and covert meetings between the various operatives. They would also use cryptographic software to disguise messages within digital images posted over the Internet. They were charged with not registering as foreign agents.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

On July 09 2010, the story broke in the Washington Post and New York Times and was covered by the BBC and Guardian in England. On the same day the ten spies were part of a secret agent swap that took place at Vienna airport. They were awarded Russia's highest honours by the Russian President President Dmitry Medvedev, on their return to the Kremlin.

The spy swap was the biggest since the start of the Cold War. Yet the incident was played down between the governments of the USA and Russia, so not to derail impending talks between Barack Obama and Medvedev. One of the exchange spies returned to the west was Sergei Skripal, a former colonel for Russian military intelligence, who had supplied information on many KGB operatives.

Sergei Skripal and his visiting daughter, Yulei, became victims of the sensational novichok poisoning episode in Salisbury on March 4 this year. That created an international crisis leading to the expulsion of hundreds of Russian diplomats, with reciprocal action from Russia. On the eve of this eclipse July another two victims were treated for novichok poisoning with Dawn Sturgess becoming the first fatality.

HACKERS AND HUCKSTERS

If the only eclipse within the same degree in Cancer produced the largest spy swap since the Cold War, it's no surprise that the June 13 2018 solar eclipse has again brought Russian spying and intelligence operations back into the headline – right on eclipse day.

On Friday, US Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, indicted twelve Russian military intelligence offices, charged with hacking the Democrat's computers, data theft and subsequent distribution of the stolen information to disrupt the American elections.

The officers were each named in what is the most detailed evidence yet of implanting malicious malware and computer codes, distributing the stolen information via pseudonyms such as Guccifer 2.0, contacting those close to the Trump campaign, all in an attempt to sway voters opinion away from Hillary Clinton and toward Trump.

President Trump, was briefed on the charges earlier in the week. They come as he is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. The prosecution alleges the Russians also conspired with Wikileaks to publish the hacked material. Wikileaks published the hacks on the eve of the Democratic convention.

If the strange correlation between this eclipse and the one of eight years ago, concerning Russian spying, is cosmic coincidence, it's not the only one. The other 'coincidental' date match is that of the upcoming July 27 lunar eclipse and the events of July 27 2016.

On July 27 2016, with most of America in the dark re the Russian involvement, Donald Trump made an unusual request. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” The weird timing of Trump's comments suggests the possibility he had some knowledge of what was going on.

Friday's indictment alleges that in the identical time frame of Trump's ask, “the conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish, for the first time, email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign.”

Further timings casts further serious doubt re the Trump campaign's involvement . The Russian website of DC Leaks was set up in June 2016 to disseminate hacked information. The controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives took place at 1600 hours on June 9. That meeting came to light following earlier denials by Donald Trump Jnr over any connection with Russians.

Only after the threat of the New York Times publishing his emails did Trump Jnr come clean. It's a familiar theme for Trump's associates, from Mike Flynn to Paul Manafort to Roger Stone. Only when confronted with the irrefutable evidence do any admissions of 'forgetfulness' appear. Other than that the strategy is one of concealment, denial, cries of 'witch hunt' and denigration of the FBI.

There is a concerning factor to all of this. Despite the efforts of diligent investigators, it's in the court of public opinion that political changes take place. Even after President Richard Nixon had to get wife Pat to call the family dog, because it wouldn't believe him, half of the American public still did.

That partisan bias persisted until his resignation. A stunning fact when viewed in hindsight. Astrological technique has no such bias, even if interpretation can lean one way or the other. But repetitive signals are impossible to ignore.

THE INGRESS TELLS THE STORY

The traditional predictive technique of the Ingress (or seasonal) charts cast for the capital of the country have been used for centuries as an indicator of political trends. The horoscopes of the Aries and Cancer Ingress over Washington in 2018 plainly show with Neptune at the Midheaven – and a cloud of obfuscation hanging over the administration.

It's a pattern repeated also in the Solar Return or birthday horoscope of the USA in 2018. The last time that this occurred so repetitively, with Neptune at the Midheaven of both the Aries and Cancer Ingress charts plus also at the Midheaven of the USA's Solar Return was in 2001. That was the year of 911. Shown below is the Cancer Ingress prior to those attacks.


This controversy eroding the national leadership and credibility can be equally dangerous for the country. And the eclipse cycles are making that even more obvious. The next month is crucial. It's probably why the Deputy Attorney General added some advice following these detailed revelations.

“When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans.” Something that even the President would do well to follow. Because, as eclipses prove, you're never too big to fall.

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July 08

JULY 13 2018 SOLAR ECLIPSE

The major astronomical event this week is the partial solar eclipse occurring at 20Cancer41 from 02.27 hours Universal time on July 13. It hasn't attracted a lot of attention because it's not falling across a populated area; try the Antarctic Ocean; and it's barely visible as it moves across the top of the Sun.

If you live south, as far south as Hobart, you may catch a glimpse of the Moon's shadow through a solar lens telescope, around 12.47 pm, in time for a lunch break. But it will be only covering around 10% of the solar disc and most people won't notice the difference as far as their daylight is concerned. So why mention it at all? Astrologically this solar eclipse registers more powerfully.


CHANGING THE OLD ORDER

Eclipses were never welcome in the halls of power, as their tendency to reshuffle the natural order was considered a bad omen by commanders and kings. Not all eclipses are undermining. In 'Reports of the Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon', the British Museum Assyriologist, Reginald Campbell Thompson, deciphers the Jupiter ones as bringing success and elevation.

A short study of history reveals reasons for national leaders to be wary around this July 13 time of year. Events occurring either on this day, or a day either side, have shown it to be a time of changing the guard. The iconic cry 'Storm the Bastille' propelled the French Revolution on July 14 1789. The Prime Minster of France, Jacques Chirac was lucky to avoid an assassination attempt, by a Neo-Nazi, during the Bastille parade of 2002.

American presidents have not been immune, with the incriminating Nixon tapes being revealed on July 13 1973 by Alexander Butterfield to the special Senate committee investigating Watergate. On the same day in 1985, George H Bush became president for a day, while, Ronald Reagan underwent emergency surgery.

The British Prime Minster, David Cameron delivered his resignation on July 13 in 2016, confirming his unplanned Brexit exit, and handing the reins to Theresa May. So as this eclipse brings Pluto into the picture, via the opposition, it will put relentless pressure on some leaders. Angela Merkel is one whose birthday of July 17, is not too far removed from the eclipse date, plus Pluto will eventually oppose her Sun.

Queen Elizabeth 11, a bastion of the establishment, has the eclipse occurring on her seventh house (relationships) cusp. It occurs on the day that she is due to meet with an American President considered by many to be absolutely anti-establishment. Pluto, although retrograde, is soon to pss over her Ascendant, completely changing her worldview.

WHITE MAN SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE

This time frame also holds great relevance for the Middle East and the Israel/Arab schism. On July 14 1915, official communiques began between the British High Commissioner in Egypt, Henry McMahon and Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca. The objective was to secure an Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. It succeeded...at least for the Allies.

What irritated McMahon was the hitherto double dealing of the Sykes-Picot Agreement of a carve up of Arab lands to Imperial Powers and the clandestine Balfour Declaration promising a new homeland for Zionist Jews in Palestine. Later, on July 12 1948 David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of the newly declared state of Israel, ordered the expulsion of between 50-70,000 Arabs from the towns of Ramla and Lyddah.

This mass exodus, from territory designated as Arab land, by the United Nations 1947 partition plan, was the largest ethnic cleansing of the territorial war. On the same day, in 2006, the Israel/Lebanon War began. So it would seem important, that as an eclipse arrives, with regenerating Pluto in opposition, that such historical events are addressed.

Although there was no eclipse on July 14 1958, it was on that same date that the compliant Iraqi monarchy was overthrown by the military coup, led by Brigadier Abd al-Karim Qasim.

Whenever one is examining the potential of an eclipse, the same and adjoining dates of prior events are a useful guideline, regardless of whether or not they constituted eclipses. Just for the record on that date the commanding Sun was in a testing square to imperial Jupiter and inconjunct Saturn, both to the degree.

THE ALIENS ARE COMING

What is of real interest, considering the current political atmosphere in the US and western world, is that on July 14 1798, the Alien and Sedition Act was introduced, by the Federalist Congress, under President John Adams. These laws, justified as bolstering national security, made it harder for immigrants to gain citizenship. It allowed the president to deport or imprison non-citizens.

The Act also criminalised the making of false statements critical of the federal government. Three parts of the Act were repealed upon the election of Thomas Jefferson, who regarded them as an affront to the First Amendment, and the preservation of free speech. A similar debate prevails today with a wave of right wing populism and authoritarian rule crushing minorities.

On July 14 1933, Germany passed a law outlawing the formation of political parties. This made the ruling Nazis the only legal entity. It was part of the process of Nazification, dubbed the Gleichschaltung, that allowed Hitler and his supporters to undermine the democratic system and enforce totalitarian control.

On July 14 1933 the Sun was conjunct Pluto, this July eclipse it will be opposed to Pluto. Human rights and minority groups were not only suppressed, but anyone with opposing views became enemies of the state. Hitler's strategy, before the end of that year, would be to withdraw from the League of Nations. Today it is the United Nations coming under criticism.

On July 14 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the registration of the slogan 'Make America Great Again' for the Trump campaign. There are plenty of critics who see Trump's presidency working to erode American democracies by gaslighting the gullible. The President has one hurdle. Convincing the public and the judiciary that his campaign was conducted according to the rules.

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His immediate objective seems to also echo the power struggle inherent in the Sun-Pluto opposition of the eclipse. He is actively trying to derail the Justice Department's probe. In a relatively short time, Robert Mueller, has pried enough guilty pleas and indictments to have the president adopt avoidance tactics. Yet it's inconceivable that the highest office in the land should be above justice or transparency.

Some of you may remember that I wrote, back around last year's August 21 Great American eclipse, that things would not start seriously hitting the fan seriously until March 2018 re: Trump. The Aries Ingress, the Cancer Ingress and the December Capricorn Ingress over Washington, all have deceptive Neptune near the Midheaven.

The United States Solar Return for 2018 also has Neptune at the Midheaven and Saturn at the Descendant. It's the pattern of 2018. The falsehoods coming from the White House and cover ups of Congress are an ongoing problem. Since March 2018, the tweets of 'witch hunt' have increased exponentially.

FIRST OF THREE ECLIPSES ECHOING A THEME

The July 13 eclipse is one of a series of three, leading into the Lunar Eclipse of July 27 and the August 11 solar eclipse – the latter being a repetition of the 1999 one that coincided with Vladimir Putin's sudden elevation from relative obscurity to political leadership. And this is where the eclipses opposition to Pluto emphasises a developing aspect pattern.

Any Solar Eclipse has to be a New Moon. As this eclipse directly opposes Pluto it is part of a larger cosmic design, emanating from the June 13 New Moon inconjunct Pluto, leading into the July opposition to Pluto and the August 11 one again in an inconjunct to Pluto The inconjunct requires crucial adjustments – the opposition tends to bring together two alternatives in a kind of face off.

One way we could look at this would be to note that on June 11, two days prior to the New Moon, leaders from opposing camps, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met in Singapore, to diffuse what threatened to be a nuclear showdown. Keep in mind that Pluto is the lord of destruction, as well as regeneration. Certainly an 'adjustment' was needed to avert war.

On July 16, in Helsinki, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is due to meet US President Trump. The two military powers have occupied the opposite side of the political spectrum, during the Cold War years and again from the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014. They have also taken opposite sides in the Syrian proxy war. Here the Pluto opposition can either transform the relationship, or intensify the opposition.

The forthcoming August 11 solar eclipse, coincides with one complete 19-year Metonic cycle since Putin was catapulted to Russian Prime Minister, on his road to ascendancy. He assumed the presidential position on New Years Day 2000, as Boris Yeltsin handed in his resignation. Putin, hand picked by Yeltsin, has consolidated his rule over Russia ever since. The inconjunct with Pluto, at the August eclipse, suggests there are adjustments needed to maintain this control.

I'll have more in the coming columns along with eclipse vids expanding on this.

July 01

NEW WORLD DISORDER

This week revisits the larger planetary cycle of Uranus and Pluto in light of the breakdown of the old world order. The acceleration of this process began with the Uranus Pluto opening square exact between 2012 and 2014. It is only just moving out of square now.

We can start by analysing the history surrounding these two planets and the mythology associated with their naming. Uranus derives from the ancient Greek 'Ouranous' meaning “the heavens or sky”. It was the name of the original sky god. One of the primordial deities, Ouranos originated from Chaos, the formless universal state.

URANUS - CHAOS, PROGRESSION VIA INSURRECTION

The planet that eventually bore the name Uranus, was discovered around 10.30pm on Tuesday, March 13, 1781, by the English astrologer William Herschel. From all appearances, it was decidedly different. Uranus had an erratic orbit, rotating on its side and in the opposite direction to Earth.

The spirit of the times, when a planet comes into human consciousness, uncannily unveils its role. Uranus was discovered at the height of the European intellectual movement of the 18th century; the Age of Enlightenment. Uranus was similarly associated with progressive thought.

This dispersement of knowledge to the common populace coincided with sowing the seeds of the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolution. Uranus, in the purely mundane sense, represents the planet of rapid modernisation through rebellion and insurrection.

PLUTO - WEALTH AND HIDDEN POWER

Pluto was meticulously observed, on the photographic plates of the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, at 4 pm on February 18 1930, at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. The name, originally suggested by an eleven year old English girl, Venetia Burney, was adopted by astronomers.

In mythological terms, Pluto was the Roman ruler of the invisibility, the underworld and also associated with great wealth. The discovery came at a time when economic collapse threatened, and irrevocably changed, the old world order.

Pluto was officially announced to the world as Planet X on March 13, both the anniversary of Lowell's birth and also of Herschell's discovery of Uranus. The word plutocrat also signifies the planet's role of faceless forces that control political directions through immense wealth and covert power.

The leading German cosmobiologist, Reinhold Ebertin was short and succinct on the Uranus Pluto combination. In his defining work, 'The Combination of Stellar Influences' he considered it pertained to the 'collapse of an old order of things and the process of transformation'. A look at previous cycles involving the two planets, right through to the current one, supports his synopsis.

THE URANUS AND PLUTO CYCLE IN ACTION

I am using the starting conjunction and the following first square of the last two cycles to illustrate how this works.
The beginning of the 1850's birthed a new cycle of Uranus and Pluto, in the final degree of Aries. It pays to return to that time to review the political landscape – then and now.

For the USA, this was the year of the 'Compromise of 1850'. The compromise was to preserve the Union. It diffused a brewing Civil War for a further decade. Contested territories, in the aftermath of the Mexican War, had divided the nation, in a North/South schism, over the issue of slavery.

This period was pivotal to creating important American boundaries and states. It defined the reaches of Texas. It admitted California into the union and also settled it via the 1850's Gold Rush. It accompanied the growing Mormon settlements of Utah. Across the other side of the globe, the Taiping Rebellion would spark the Chinese Civil War.

From the English colonies that birthed Australia, the discovery of gold in 1851 would completely redefine the development of the fledgling nation, totally transforming its demographics via immigration - also with an influx of Asians. Even the houses of power and royalty across Europe were still dealing with the repercussions of the 1848 revolutions that swept across the continent.

THE CONNECTION WITH TODAY

The latter stages of the old cycle, leading into a fresh Uranus Pluto cycle inevitably times the breakdown of the old structures. Why this 1850's conjunction is vitally important today, is that Uranus has only just moved across the final degree of Aries and is due to backtrack over the same degree by November of 2018 and through to March of 2019.

Pluto is moving slowly towards the square, but that is four years off yet. Just before it does the USA will experience their Pluto return and so these late cardinal degrees are crucial in deciphering the current Uranus Pluto cycle. Recall that the 1850's conjunction came at the end of Aries.

The last time that Uranus moved across the final degree of Aries was back in 1934. In June 14 of that year Hitler and Mussolini met for the first time in Venice. June 30 1934 was the Night of the Long Knives, crushing any political opposition to the Fascist Nazi rule.

In 1934 that Japan renounced the Washington Treaty, signed in the aftermath of World War One, and designed to limit the construction of battleships and aircraft carriers. All of this occurred at the closing square of the 1850's cycle.

These years accompanied rising wave of nationalism, following the financial meltdown of the 1930's Great Depression. The economic crisis fractured political alliances and trust, fermenting the conditions of conflict.

The last time Pluto squared the final degree of Aries, was from 1937 through to, and including 1939, the starting year of WW11. That period has been well documented in previous articles, as correlating with the rise of authoritarian leaders, in a similar manner that we are witnessing today.

THE CURRENT CYCLE

The current Uranus Pluto cycle technically began in 1965. Those years have also been well documented as a time of youth revolution, counter culture, psychedelia and the breakdown of old conditions. The effect began in the final years of the cycle that birthed in 1850.

The last years of the old Uranus Pluto cycle brought the USA and USSR to the brink of nuclear war with the Cuban missile crisis, and saw the space race seriously accelerate. The birth of the cycle accompanied the escalation of the Cold War onto the battlefields of Vietnam.

The ideological conflicts of the Asian warzone spread to the streets of the USA, Australia, where the and divided the populace, eventually resulting in a withdrawal of troops and an aftermath of refugees. As in the 1850's, issues of race and inequality resurfaced via the Civil Rights movement and charismatic leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King emerged.

Across the wide Pacific, Mao's power play 'cultural revolution', would set Chinese national development back for decades and erode his legacy. Australia began to evolve from a White Australia policy into a multicultural society. Just as in the 1850's, increased immigration was changing the cultural landscape. Indigenous Australians were finally recognised.

The mid 60's laid the seeds for the developments of today, but factoring in the 1850's provides a much more comprehensive 'big picture' take on this. The same countries involved in this example, being the USA, China and Australia, displayed similar developmental tensions during the same time frame.

FROM CONJUNCTION TO SQUARE

The 1875/76 square of Uranus and Pluto brought political crisis in the USA. For the first and only time in the nations history a candidate, Samuel Tilden, won the majority of the popular vote, by more than 50%, and still lost the presidency. Tilden also won the first count of the Electoral College by 184 to 165, with 20 votes remaining undecided.

In what became a farce of American democracy, a deal was struck, dubbed the Compromise of 1877, awarding the remaining electoral votes, and subsequently the election, to his Republican opponent Rutherford Hayes. This compromise allowed the Southern Democrats to return to pre-war conditions including the disenfranchisement of black voters. The deal is also known as the Great Betrayal.

Perhaps it is not so unusual that on the morning of November 8 2016, with Uranus still departing from its square to Pluto that another presidential candidate would lose a presidential election after securing a similar winning percentage of the popular vote that Tilden tallied. And that the Trump victory would be viewed in a similar frame. But such are the peculiarities of recurrent planetary cycles.

The first square of 1876 would also witness the last great gathering of the Plains Indians under the stewardship of Sitting Bull at the Bighorn River. And despite their comprehensive victory described as General Custer's Last Stand, that year, the indigenous tribes were being rapidly displaced as Sitting Bull migrated to Canada and Crazy Horse was killed the following year.

REPERCUSSIONS OF THE RECENT SQUARE

The first square of the current Uranus and Pluto cycle reached exactness between 2012 and 2014. But the two planets had come within three degrees of the square from mind 2010 and didn't leave the three degree orb until 2017.

The most noticeable global changes have occurred with the Arab Spring of 2011 onward, that really became a western crusade of regime change to an old order. The resultant refugee crisis continues to divide Europe and threaten the stability on the EU. The US Supreme Court also declared an open chequebook on political donations, seriously eroding democracy. Economic inequality reached record levels.

The Gilded Age had began a year prior to the 1875 square. Although that was a time of flamboyant wealth and industrial barons, it was also a time of enormous disparity and contentious inequality. Perhaps it's not so unusual that Uranus Pluto coming into square by on September 17 2011, would time the protests of Occupy Wall St over the same conditions.

The larger cycles can put you in the ball park, when deciphering political trends. The Ukraine revolution and the gradual creep of NATO, preceded the reclamation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia and the renewal of the Cold War. The Middle East became the new Vietnam for the western allies. Under the square Brexit and Trumpism push nationalistic fervour above global co-operation and mutual support.

The old order is crumbling. The recent victory of rank outsider Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over establishment favourite Joseph Crowley, might be finally getting the message through to the Democrat old guard. Of course, they are the ones who would normally shoot the messenger. It's the most significant upset in over a decade and with Uranus still to move back over the final degree of Aries, it remains par for the course.

That's enough for this week, but what can we take from this. It's not that resistance is useless, but its imperative to know what to resist. True agents of change are not about sticking with the status quo, nor trying to resurrect yesteryear. Each cycle will make more progressive headway, cutting through the crisis, albeit in a plutonian cathartic manner.

Under the umbrella of uncertainty, the authoritarian is often elevated in the desperate but vain hope that strong-arm tactics will restore an old order. Remember the Third Reich. Dreams of supremacy; meant to last and always doomed to fail. Authoritarianism is an important stage, yet also a waste product of this defining Uranus Pluto cycle. More next week.

June 24

RETRO MARS

The predominant planetary phenomena occurring this week is the 'apparent' retrograde movement of Mars appearing stationary on the 26th, before backtracking through the heavens. Apparent, as this retrograde is viewed from an Earth centred perspective. The red planet is always moving forward around the Sun, but nobody reading this column is watching from the surface of Helios.

Over the coming month, the Earth will be making its closest approach to Mars before overtaking it. Due to our faster inner orbit, the red planet then appears to be going backwards against the background of the fixed stars. The middle of any Mars retrograde period is always marked by a Sun Mars opposition, as Earth aligns between the two.

These Mars retro periods occur about every 26 months, lasting for an average period of 72 days - but it varies. The important dates for 2018 are the retrograde from June 26; the opposition from the Sun on July 27 and the forward motion of Mars from August 28.The opposition period coincides with the July 27 Lunar Eclipse - the longest one of the 21st century.

It will move past its retrograde degree sometime late on October 8, Universal Time. This entire process, encompasses around three and a half months. Now you know all the technicalities, how does it play out? The past offers useful clues, through long term cyclic repetitions.

MARS MEMORIES

Mars has both a 79 year and also a 205 year recurrence cycle, where it traces a similar zig-zag shape through an identical section of the skies. In the shorter, Mars combines with Mercury and in the longer with the Sun. The first recurrence cycle takes us back to 1939 and the beginnings of WWII, whilst the second revives 1813. I have covered the Mars cycle in previous articles accessible here, but briefly recapping...

TRADE WARS AND CANADIAN CONNECTIONS

1813 brought the US into conflict with Canada, as they fought with the British Empire, along with the indigenous Shawnee of Tecumseh. The US had also placed trade embargoes on Great Britain and France, although this was not supported by the Federalists as much as the Deep South. It is interesting to note that Trump's trade wars with Canada and Europe are emulating similar economic conditions.

The embargoes damaged the US economy. A more recent historical work by a leading US historian, Eliot Cohen, gave Canada a points victory in the 1800's conflict, which did much to carve out national Canadian identity. Cohen writes, “Not only did the colony remain intact: It had acquired heroes, British and French, and a narrative of plucky defense against foreign invasion, that helped carry it to nationhood.”

THE RISE OF NATIONALISM

Conditions of the late 1930's have already been revived with the parallel of Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler and the 'peace in our time' comparisons to the Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un summit. Both events took place under the same Mars repeat cycle, although at different times.

A similar connection to Germany's military expansionism could be also applied to Trump himself with his burgeoning military budget and 'space force' plans. Global conditions are provocative with the world on tilt.
In previous columns I have pointed out that the Sun's opposition in this Mars cycle will be occurring coincident with the July 27 lunar eclipse.

This Full Moon can be a revelatory period where enmities become more pronounced. It's also where horoscopes, such as the formation of the USA's Seventh Fleet, the source of US Pacific Power on March 15 1943, are activated and may correlate with maritime incidents and accelerated activities around this period.

Mars was at 7 degrees of Aquarius on February 23 1945, when Joe Rosenthal captured one of the most iconic photos of World War Two. 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima', depicted six US marines hoisting their national flag onto Mount Suribachi. Three of them would never live to see it in print. The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the fiercest and deadliest of the Pacific War.

IRAN AND MARS IN AQUARIUS

The potential countries affected by the Mars retrograde will be those with significant planets (especially their Mars) right at the stationary retrograde and later direct degree areas. For example, when the Ayatollah Khomeini made his triumphant return to Iran, stepping from his aircraft at 09.33 hours on February 1 1979, Mars was positioned at 09 degrees of Aquarius, where it is now turning retrograde.

The largest US naval engagement outside of WWII was 'Operation Praying Mantis' conducted from April 18 1988, against the Iranian navy. Mars was then positioned at 7AQU34. While this doesn't automatically point to conflict, it is reviving old wounds and adversaries.

The beginning of the Saud dynasty controlling Arabia by force, occurred with a dawn raid on Riyadh on January 15 1902. Mars was at 10 degrees of Aquarius. So from all this we may see escalation of the Saudi/Iranian proxy wars.

CHANGING DIRECTION & TIMING CONDITIONS

A retrograde Mars does not necessarily portend to the cessation of a battle. It can time the start of hostilities. Mars moved retro on March 19 and five days later NATO bombing raids began the Kosovo War. The war came to a halt six days after Mars moved forward again on June 5, with the ceasefire secured by June 11 1999.

The opposite occurred in 1939. One week after the retrograde motion began, Poland issued a warning to Germany that it was willing to fight for Danzig. This was former German territory, declared a free city following the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Danzig was primarily populated by Germans. It became the location of the beginning of WWII at 04.45 hours on September 1. Mars had headed direct from August 25.

Sometimes the retro period can be the final reflection and preparation for action. Hitler had planned to begin his invasion of Poland coincident with the August 25 date, when Mars went direct. However, he delayed after receiving news of an Anglo/Polish Pact, signed the same day.On the morning of the 25th, Hitler had assured the British ambassador that the conflict would only involve Poland. The British didn't buy into that one.



THEN AND NOW

This is not 1939 and the world is a decidedly different place for that experience. What we have seen, preparatory to the current cycle, is the first ever direct summit meeting between a US President and the leader of North Korea. Countries and leaders are feeling each other out militarily, albiet in a similar manner.

Mars will be retrograding back to the final degrees of Capricorn. That also takes us to the powerderkeg May opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and widespread slaughter of Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border. Mars is moving back to old ground on this issue. Last week the US withdrew from the United Nations, Human Rights Commission, citing bias against Israel.

The US has been a constant supporter of Israel in the United nations, even lobbying smaller states such as the Marshall Islands and Nauru, to deny Palestine observer status in this global assembly. Palestine can now take Israel to the International Criminal Court, having been overwhelmingly supported by the UN vote of 138 for and only 9 against. The Gaza slaughter is a case in point.

What we are witnessing is a revelation of real positions aside from double dealing diplomacy, which has simply facilitated further colonialist expansion and illegal land grabs. Opposing sides are now showing their true colours and the myth of the interminable Middle East peace process is being gradually unmasked.

Simultaneously, Trump tariffs on traditional trading partners threaten to slow the global economy and isolate the nation that originally the championed globalisation. Across Europe the rise in nationalism is acting as a counter to enforced economic policies, worsened by the 2008 meltdown and a refugee crisis stemming from ongoing Middle East meddling.

This Mars retrograde period is forcing a re-assessment of national defence capabilities and alliances, as old agreements are breaking down. The world order is changing, although this also locks into the two larger cycles of the mid 60's Uranus/Pluto cycle and the Asian wars. Plus the 1990's Uranus/Neptune rise in religious fundamentalism, and initial attack on WTC, following Operation Desert Storm.

THE INGRESS HOROSCOPE

In Washington the Cancer Ingress for 2018, sums up the current domestic situation appropriately. Gaslighting Neptune is at the administration Midheaven, for the second ingress in a row. This time it accompanies flip-flopping on the emotional issue of children separated from parents during border detention. But there are bigger fish to fry.

Neptune aptly describes the Mueller investigation, hanging like a sword of Damocles over the Oval Office. With the President's former campaign manager now behind bars, Trump is still avoiding an interview with Mueller and his personal lawyer remains under investigation. Their roles are being downplayed as part of the 'witch hunt' spin.

Neptune has a subtle undermining effect, often attached to hidden affairs or secret dealings. At worst it can be deceptive through concealment, hence the 'gaslighting' effect. The one thing commonly missing with Neptune so placed is clarity.

The solstice horoscope also shows the opposition of diplomatic dealmaker Venus to aggressive Mars straddling the financial houses of the Washington Ingress. This face off is fortified via restrictive and judgmental Saturn on the seventh house of allies and enemies.

The danger to all of this? If there's one scenario that unites a people behind their leader, it's a war. However, in 2006, progressed Mars, turned retrograde in the US national horoscope, for the first time in history. The US mid-terms then told the story. War hawks lost their grip on power, as war was proving an expensive debt laden business.
Therein lies hope.

Of course that doesn't account for all the other crackpot dictators on the planet. Which reminds me that I need another coffee...the Sun is coming up. Again! It has a habit of doing that when I write weeklies. More next week...have a good one.

June 17

THE BIRTHDAY HOROSCOPE

Birthdays are extra special times of year. Astronomically, they mark the time that the Sun returns to approximately the same position it held in the heavens when you entered this world. A lot of cultural rituals have grown out of that day, with the bearing of gifts being the predominant western tradition. It's not only a celebration but a message of goodwill for your next orbit around the Sun.

June 14, last week was Donald Trump's birthday. Researching his chart, some time back, I noted a spike in the planetary placements corresponding with the calendar dates both on and opposite his birthday. That is, the planets seemed to emphasise 22 degrees of Gemini or Sagittarius. No surprise really as his Sun and Moon are positioned closely around the same degrees.

Taking this one step further, I examined the birthdays when he had a New Moon occurring on the same day, or right beside his birthday. The study yielded rich results, especially regarding his political trajectory. It was the New Moon of June 12 1980, falling at 21GEM59 that began the journey. The same year he met up with backroom political trickster, Roger Stone.

ESTABLISHING THE MEDIA CONNECTION

Trump's a Gemini. His Mercury is Antiscia to his Sun. He's a natural for the media and fascinated by it. It's 1980 and a thirty three year old Donald Trump, first appears on NBC as a young ambitious real-estate developer, interviewed about New York and urban investments. He highly recommends them, reasoning that rising transport and fuel costs made big city living more logical and affordable.

During the same year he appeared on another TV show, where the interviewer, Rona Barrett, strangely asked him whether he would one day like to be the president of the United States. Trump declines and when further pressed to why he wouldn't devote his life to public service answers...

“I see it that somebody with strong views, and somebody with the kind of views that are maybe a little unpopular, even though they may be right..but maybe unpopular...wouldn't necessarily have a chance at getting elected against somebody with no great brain, but a big smile."

WILL YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

The New Moon at 23GEM31, with newsworthy Mercury and popular Venus attached, appeared for his 42nd birthday of 1988. Two months later, he was interviewed by Larry King. This time, it's on the floor of the Republican Convention. Trump is riding high on the success of 'The Art Of The Deal' and has been invited as a guest of Vice President, George Bush.

He is introduced as 'handsome in the Robert Redford mould' by a blonde female announcer. Trump is making a serious effort of appealing to the 'ordinary folk'. He claims, “The wealthy people don't like me, the people that really like me are the taxi drivers and the workers. I like to win.” When questioned as to why he is a Republican, he claims he likes their principles.

Larry King enquires why he is now attached to politics. Trump claims he enjoys the 'system' but doubts that he will ever be involved beyond what he is doing – raising money for the Republican candidate. He then makes an interesting comment in that he finds this 'system a beautiful thing to watch'.

King pushes on regarding rumours of Trump running. Trump denies them. He is further interviewed by another network about 'flirting with running for President'. As he laughs it off, he is reminded of full page adds he has paid for, outlining his polices in major New York tabloids. Trump is now an outspoken critic on political issues.

Again in '88, on the David Letterman show, he claims that the US is being taken for a ride by Japan and Saudi Arabia, (re defence costs) and is a country being ripped off by its own allies. Letterman says, “it seems to me that you are dying to get to some public platform to superimpose those feelings upon the American awareness.”

Trump smilingly demurs whilst looking toward the audience and replying, 'Well, mabye so...but I'm not. I would like to have the feelings known but have somebody else do it.” Trump's habit of curling his index finger to his thumb when making an important point is shown three times while making this statement.

He fields the same presidential queries on Oprah in 1988, espousing the same beliefs. The country is being taken for a ride by Japanese imports and that allies should be paying the costs. The views haven't changed – just substitute China for Japan. The 1988 Gemini New Moon came with a political bug attached and he caught it.

THE ABORTED CAMPAIGN

Trump would revive his presidential ambitions when the next New Moon of June 13 1999 fell at 22GEM19, the day before his 53rd birthday. Roger Stone was managing the affair. The New York Times headlined it as “The Ego Behind the Ego in a Trump Gamble”. Trump announced his candidacy, again via the Larry King Show on October 7. The venture ended abruptly on February 14 2000, when he pulled out of the race, with little chance of victory.

The New Moon at 23GEM40 occurred on his 61st birthday in 2007. The Republicans had lost the House and the Senate on the back of George Dubya and the unpopular Iraq War. A major recession was on the way. Trump had switched sides, now a donor for the Democrats. Hillary Clinton seemed assured of the nomination. They forgot to tell Barack Obama.

Trump's battle was now a showbiz one, with wrestling promoter, Vince McMahon. But 2007, was also the year Trump formed his professional association with lawyer Michael Cohen. The year that his Solar Return placed the Sun opposite underworld Pluto.

According to Stormy Daniels, 2007 was the year of their alleged affair. Also of Trump's financial ties with Russian oligarchs. By December 19, 2007, he was being cross-examined, having taken an author to court. It was an unprepared Trump, who was forced to retract multiple false statements, resulting in him losing the case.

It would take the New Moon of 25GEM07 on June 16 2015 and its association with motivational Mars at 24GEM35, to make his most serious bid for national leadership. One which again began with Roger Stone as campaign chief and would succeed all expectations. The orb here is slightly wider at two degrees, all of the others being within one degree either way. But it certainly furthers the pattern.

IT'S DEVELOPING NOW

Now, in June 2018 the New Moon falls the day before Trump's birthday at 22GEM44. It is aspected to both the eclipsing nodal axis and again to battleground Mars. Trump is now aiming for a Nobel Prize. Again events have happened right around his birthday. But it is not only a contentious G7, where his protectionist policies rankled allies. Nor is it the historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Precisely on his birthday, Trump finds himself embroiled in a new legal affair. The New York Attorney General, Barbara Underwood has initiated charges against the Trump Foundation, for misusing funds and operating outside the guidelines of a registered charity. This New Moon is also reviving that of 2007, with a focus on people like Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen and investigations into Russian oligarchs.

Trump's Solar Return of 2018 places the New Moon in the house of relationship. It's a focus on allies and/or enemies. Endings and new beginnings predominate in these areas. Already we see some of this playing out with the arrest of campaign director Paul Manafort and now possibly his lawyer Michael Cohen.

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The Moon usually indicates females, which makes it interesting that the New York Attorney General is a female, and one of the best legal minds in the country. Her birthday of August 16 1944 means that her Sun falls on Trump's Mars. The 2018 Solar Return (and new Moon) has again put the spotlight on Trump's future presidential hopes, even though he is already in the White House.

This biwheel is for the time that the Attorney General posted on her Twitter account the charges against the Trump Foundation.



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OMENS AND EAGLES

The priests of ancient Nineveh did not rely solely on celestial phenomena. They also noted unusual events happening on a terrestrial level, along with dream divinations in their quest to understand interconnectedness. They bridged connections between the past and the future. Omens acted as prophecies of things to come.

A modern example of similar prescience may be John Brunner's Hugo Award winning 1969 sci-fi novel 'Stand on Zanzibar'. Set for the future year of 2010, there are seven billion people on the planet, the Soviet Union is no longer a threat, the main rival to the US is China and it features a world leader named President Obomi. Some people seem to slide between the slipstream of the future and the past.

So let's slide back to August 18 2015 in New York, the time of a 'Time' magazine photo shoot. An unusual event occurs. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is attacked by America's national symbol, a bald eagle. It's name is 'Uncle Sam' the identity of American patriotism. Trump is genuinely in fear as the eagle lunges toward at his hand as reaches for something on his desk.

Could this be interpreted as some sort of threat that temporarily rattles the future president? Is it the stuff omens are made of? One method of timing could be to count the days between the eagle attack and when Trump actually became President on January 20 2017. And then add the same amount of days into the future onto that date. It's not the sort of thing I normally indulge in. But...

It takes us to June 2018. The month that Donald Trump is due for a meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans, having defeated the New England Patriots in the Superbowl final. Trump cancels the meeting after a number of the Eagles players pull out of the event. For some that might indicate an uncanny connection between eagles, patriots and the president. But he certainly wasn't afraid of the consequences and nothing really happened.

All of that transpired on June 06. Counting the days between the attack and adding them to his swearing in date, produces a later date. So perhaps the symbols are just indicating we're in the ballpark, as the actual threat date would be closer to June 25 2018.

That's the day that both the government and Michael Cohen's lawyers have agreed to review the documents seized during the April 9 FBI raid on Trump's lawyer's office. We might have to wait until June 25 to discover whether such omens can be taken seriously, or not.

June 10

SINGAPORE SUMMIT

If somebody had said, back in 2015, that the potential of nuclear war would hang on a conference between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, with characters like Dennis Rodman and John Bolton on the sidelines in Singapore, you would have been entitled to advise them to put more water in the scotch next time around. But here we are.

It's all happening from 9 am June 12 2018. The horoscope of the summit between the leaders of the USA and North Korea, offers up valuable clues on it's own. But it is when it is put alongside charts of the USA, or the Cuban Missile Crisis, that the importance of this improbable scenario becomes far more probable and critically clear.

The horoscope for the start of the summit, from 9 am, shows lethal Pluto setting, in the seventh house, which signifies both allies and enemies. Pluto is exactly opposite the position that it held in 1932, when the Father of Nuclear Physics, Ernest Rutherford, began his nuclear experiments at Cambridge, with a particle accelerator. The same year saw Ernest Walton produce the first man-made fission.

The position of the Moon at 26TAU26 is also a standout. The Moon here is conjunct the malefic fixed star of Algol, likened to the severed head of Medusa. Obviously this is pretty heavy stuff, but it's what you might expect, considering the levity of their meeting. Explosive Mars was appropriately positioned with Algol, when the first atomic detonation took place in the deserts of New Mexico at 05.29 hours on July 16 1945.

THE MARTIAL US CONNECTION

The summit takes place on June 12, beginning when the Sun is positioned at 21GEM02. It is shining its light precisely upon the USA's Mars, positioned also at 21GEM22. This area of the zodiac is also known for being close by the Sun position at the foundation date of the US Army, formed on June 15 1775. So the military connection of this area of the zodiac to the US defense forces cannot be clearer.

It is also close to the Sun's position on Trump's birthday of June 14. Having his Sun right around here shows where how presidential role fits into the American story, with a martial Mars association. It's how and where Trump identifies, hence his constant preference toward the military, in speeches, budget allocations and promotion. It verifies why he surrounds himself with generals.

REMEMBER WHEN?

The other occasion, when the US faced off against a nuclear armed adversary, was the Cuban Missile Crisis of October of 1962. It began at 9 am on Tuesday October 16, when a young President John F Kennedy, received the confronting news that nuclear missiles were on their way to Cuba. Thus began a two week showdown between the two most powerful nations on earth.

On October 22 at 7 pm, in a nationwide televised address, Kennedy made the knowledge public. He warned, “It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.” The Cold War had suddenly reached 'criticality'.

It ended with a mutual backdown by October 28, although the western press didn't report it as such. Kruschev withdrew the missiles, which increased Kennedy's stature. But Kennedy had to also agree to remove US missiles from Turkey. That never made it to the headlines. The rest of us breathed a sigh of relief.

What is fascinating about this Cuban Crisis time frame, at least from the astrological perspective, is the positioning of the lunar nodes. The North Node is at 05LEO12, and for this Singapore Nuclear Summit, the North Node will be at 06LEO48, virtually the same position held at the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Shown below is the US chart with the Cuban Missile Crisis in the outer wheel. Note the positioning of Mars also with the North Node at the time of the showdown.




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Note here that the position of Mars is virtually identical to its starting position in the current Sun/Mars synodic cycle beginning July 27 last year. It was this cycle that timed North Korea launching a ICBM capable of reaching mainland USA. Its duplication of the positioning, with the time of the Cuban missile crisis, is why I considered it so important last year.

As the Nodes regress backward through the zodiac, the North Node will move across the exact position of the Cuban crisis in the coming months, not moving off until early September. It's why the coming negotiations and face off could be protracted across this time period. Or the enforcement of any agreement will take time to manifest.

But we can go one step further here, which makes these nodal connection even more 'fateful'. Recalling that the North Node for the Cuban missile crisis and the Singapore summit are conjunct, so are both with the North Node position for the birth of the USA. In fact if we look across the years at when the North Node moves around these degrees an interesting pattern develops.

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THE USA AND THE NODAL CYCLIC PATTERNS

The first Nodal return, for the US, occurred during the US-Great Britain War that had begun in 1812. The return occurred when the native leader Tecumsah was killed in battle. This was the time, shortly after the Battle of Lake Erie, that the British took Fort Niagara and burnt the town of Buffaloe in upstate New York. It may be of interest (in light of the current G7) that this war revolved around 'trade restrictions'.

The second return signaled the Black Hawk Indian Wars, which ended with the surrender of Black Hawk. There followed the operations to remove the indigenous population from the East Coast in what is today remembered as the Trail of Tears.

If you're getting the notion that this return concerns colonial expansion, the driving of the "golden spike" celebrating the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in Promontory, Utah a few months prior to a later nodal return. The indigenous population referred to the this as the tracks of the 'Iron Horse'

One thing we can determine is that these upcoming negotiations are essential to the US Asian pivot and its commercial connections. The first Nodal return of the 20th century correlated with the first overseas trip for a US President. Theodore Roosevelt inspected the progress of the Panama Canal and the imperialist theme continued. During the same return, Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a truce in the Russo-Japanese War.

The importance of the return, especially in times of conflict, was further amplified during World War Two. As the North Node came back to its birth position in the horoscope of the US, the Teheran Conference took place. It brought together the Allied powerbrokers, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, planning Operation Overlord, later manifesting as the D-Day invasion.

Equally important, at least from the US perspective, was the arrival of fifteen of Great Britain’s top atomic scientists to join the Manhattan Project. The following Nodal return coincided exactly with the Cuban Missile Crisis. The last return occurred in 1999, just as the US Senate rejected joining the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

The treaty was drawn up to end all nuclear explosions, whether they be for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996, and was a major objective (and defeat) for President Clinton. The vote went along party lines with Republicans opposing and delivering with a 51 to 48 result, well short of the two thirds majority needed. The other nuclear states then followed the US lead.

THE NODAL AXIS WITH MARS AND NEPTUNE

So what is it about the Nodal Axis in the US chart and why does it frequently involve war or military planning? The USA's Mars lies in square to its Neptune. This aspect typifies the 'fog of war' meaning the misinformation accompanying it. Mars square Neptune is the embodiment that the first victim of war is the truth. Mars Neptune also represents the battle on the high seas, or even overseas. And it definitely describes the victimis of violence.

The North Node lies right at the midpoint of the Mars Neptune square and therefore runs semisquare to both. Each time the Node returns, it sucks in the combined forces of the Mars and the Neptune as it aspects them. This time that is even more important, as the unfolding Mars cycle is emphasising the Nodal Axis.

The current Sun/Mars cycle began at 04Leo12, very close to the position of the USA's North Node. Mars is now opposite this point and due to turn retrograde on the 26th of this month. That means that Mars will be hovering opposite the North Node more than once as it moves backwards and forwards across the axis.

Factor in the July 27 lunar eclipse spotlighting volatile Mars with the Nodal Axis – comprehensively covered in my earlier articles – click here for the link – and you get the idea that this isn't about to be over in a hurry.

And we haven't even begun to factor in the ego's of Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump and the propaganda potential of both. As the Chinese proverb goes – may we live in interesting times. Sometimes there's little choice about that one.

June 03

KENNEDY KING AND THE 60's

It's said that if you can remember the 60's then you didn't really live them. I can and did. 1968 was a very special year. It was the time that Macarthur Park melted in the dark, that a young Benjamin Braddock came of age thanks to Mrs Robinson. The year that Stanley Kubrick glimpsed the future with '2001 a Space Odyssey'. And when we were about to be reminded that we hadn't really come that far from being a 'Planet Of The Apes'.


'Planet of the Apes' was a confronting movie. It closed with an iconic scene of the Statue Of Liberty having fallen into the sea. An omen of what was to come? The day after the film's release, the black civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated. For a country with a history of a racial divide, it put the nation on tenterhooks.

One of King's greatest political supporters would soon follow. Robert Kennedy was gunned down after addressing his supporters during the California primaries. Kennedy was making a late run for the Democratic nomination. Fresh in the memory of most Americans, indeed the world, was his brother's assassination.

Kennedy's ambitions were brave, but fatal. Any astute astrologer would have been alert to the powderkeg potential of 1968 in the USA. The national birth chart by itself clearly showed such potential. These were revolutionary times, in the wake of the fresh Uranus Pluto cycle that beginning from the mid '60's.

By 1968, lethal Pluto was moving across sacrificial Neptune and squaring the USA's Mars for the entire year. Guns and war were the headlines. And the dates of the two political assassinations correlated with Mars and Pluto extra active on the planetary ephemerides of the nation.

They are highlighted here. The static straight dotted lines represent the birth planet positions of the USA. The full and advancing ones are the moving planets of the time. The months are in top. Take particular note of the beginning of April and June.

At the beginning of April Saturn squares the USA's Sun and opposes itself. Mercury joins and triggers the Pluto, impacting on the US Mars and Neptune. Beginning June marks the USA's Mars return, with Pluto still in square.

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THE PROMISED LAND

King's final address, the evening before his death, was eerily prophetic. 'I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will...I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.'

At 19.05 on April 04 King's life had passed. He had been assassinated. Upon the death of JFK, King had also seen his own life ending the same way. He had confided to his wife Coretta, “This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society.” It was. And it had to change. But there were still enough bigots to go around.

Two days prior to King's death, black singing star Harry Belafonte had recorded a TV show, with English pop star Petula Clark. During the session, Clark put her arm on Harry's. The chief sponsor of the show was a decorated US air force pilot, Doyle Lott of Plymouth Motors, a division of Chrysler. He was also a racist. He stormed out of the green room and demanded the section be cut.

The station stood firm, despite Lott threatening the director, “you will never work in this town again.” Belfonte, the calypso king, was also a staunch supporter of civil rights and had appeared with King only days before the taping. Harry was also against the Vietnam War, which would have further aggravated Lott. The incident went public, forcing a groveling apology.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

These were the attitudes that a young Robert Kennedy faced, and challenged, fifty years ago this week. His horoscope showed both his relentless judicial fights, the enemies attracted and danger that would ultimately put him in.

Robert Kennedy was born November 20 1925 @ 15.11 hours in Brookline, Massachusetts. His birth chart shows judicial Jupiter as the most elevated planet. It is positioned on Kennedy's Midheaven, the indicator of status and profession. Kennedy followed Jupiter choosing a career in law.

Jupiter is in ambitious Capricorn and well angled to the ruler of that sign, Saturn. A conventional Capricorn career suited Kennedy, especially within a governmental role. Jupiter is also well angled to rebellious and freedom loving Uranus. Kennedy rose quickly through the ranks and was a controversially appointed to Attorney General during his brother's presidency.

AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT

Kennedy saw the biggest internal issue of the USA, not as a threat from communism but the granting of Civil Rights. Kennedy was relentless for this cause. In May of 1961, he forecast an African/American president for the USA within the next thirty to forty years. It would take forty eight – but it eventually happened.

Kennedy was highly ambitious - a man in a hurry. He made many powerful enemies, the most notorious being the Teamster's boss Jimmy Hoffa. But even his relationship with the veteran FBI chief, J.Edgar Hoover, was at best strained. Mars positioned on his seventh house of relationships, clearly indicates the potential of the dangerous nemesis. Mars was to play a pivotal role in his life and death.

On March 16 1968, Kennedy announced he was entering the presidential race. He was a late starter and his decision proved the last straw for the incumbent President Lyndon Johnson, who pulled out. It was Johnson who had overlooked Kennedy as a possible VP. Now the young Senator was running on an anti-Vietnam War platform, and the Democrats were divided.

The war had also split the country and widened the generational gap. The sixties were living up to everything that Uranus and Pluto had promised. The breakdown of an old way of being, plus building anew upon the ruins of the old. Kennedy represented the future arriving fast. But he wouldn't be around to see it.

At fifteen minutes past midnight on June 5, he had just finished addressing supporters after securing the Californian primary. Shots rang out in the kitchen of the Embassy Hotel. Kennedy was hit and down. Pandemonium ensued. The gunman, Palestinian activist Sirhan Sirhan, was wrestled to the ground. Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1.44 am the following day. The dream run was over.

The dangerous time window that Kennedy was experiencing was showing in both his Solar Arc directions and the transits to his natal and directed charts. The transit of Mars and Pluto were hard angled to both his birth Mars and Ascendant.

The planet of shock and surprise, Uranus had come to 'exactly' oppose his birth Mars from his Solar Arcing chart. The transit of Pluto was tightly squaring his birth Sun. In all the work I do I have hardly witnesses a more convincingly dangerous combination.

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FATED CONNECTIONS TO THE USA BIRTH CHART AND EACH OTHER

There's an ongoing debate in astrology regarding fate and freewill. Maybe one needs the other. Are they both the opposite sides of the same coin? Both men lived their fate, making the best use of their freewill. King and Kennedy have multiple connections to the birth horoscope of the United States. That's to be expected when both played such an important role in the nation's history.

King's Mars (remember this is the planet of war and weaponry) was positioned conjunct America's Mars. His Capricorn Sun was right on the USA's Pluto – planet of death and transformation. He died reforming a nation. His Nodal Axis is square to the USA's Moon.



The karmic relationship between King and Kennedy can be seen from noting that King's South Node meets Kennedy's Sun, whilst Kennedy's South Node is on King's Sun. The South Node is often referred to as a 'past life' connector, the soul brother stuff.

Lastly, the horoscope of Robert Kennedy, below with that of the USA, is shown in the cosmobiology dial. This design easily illustrates the multiple aspects between the man and the country, noting again the Mars, Uranus and Pluto connections.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. It pays to reflect on those chaotic times and what has come from them. Looking back at the planetary movements of the days, it's no surprise that 1968 was one of the standout years of the 20th century, in politics and in film.

The number one song, in the week that Kennedy died, was Simon and Garfunkle's 'Mrs Robinson'. Two years later the same duo would have an even bigger hit singing 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters'. It's 2018 now...and that bridge is still being built.

May 27

MARS - COMING SOON TO A PLANET NEAR YOU

Sometimes astrological clues are written so clearly in the cosmos that they are impossible to dismiss. Take the location of the USA's Mars. It's positioned between 21 and 22 degrees of Gemini in the tropical zodiac. Mars is universally recognised, in mythology and astrology, as the planet of war.

Each year the Sun moves through the 21st and 22nd degree of Gemini, either around or on the date of June 14. A year before the Declaration of Independence, the US Continental Army was formed on June 14 1775. The year after Independence, June 14 1777, saw the adoption of the national flag.

The full establishment of Flag Day as June 14 was passed by Congress in 1946. It just so happens to be the birth year of Donald Trump, and yes he was also born on June 14. Which should give a reasonably clear connection of why there is a record Pentagon budget increase, new planned military parades and a whole revived narrative about respecting the flag under this President.

Factor in that the whole Trump campaign began under a New Moon with Mars, right on the USA's Mars and the Sun position of the US army and it's easy to see that Mars is pointing us clearly to where all of this hyped up nationalistic and militaristic fervour is emanating from. But what's even more important, is where it is potentially going to.

LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF-ON

It's also what makes the on again-off again US talks with North Korea, originally planned for June 12 in Singapore, so vital. Note the date of June 12 here, as the Gemini Sun will again be reaching onto the US birth Mars. And it makes the future movement of Mars, rather critical.

I've been banging on before regarding the recurrence cycle of Mars, because it is so important. Mars is now closely matching its movements of 1939, the beginning year of World War Two. Meaning it's moving through identical signs, turning retro on roughly the same dates and degrees and then heading back forward on similar degrees and dates.

Additionally, from the middle of May, continuing through June, July, August and September, Mars is also locked in a cosmic feedback loop with highly unstable Uranus. That's different to 1939 and adds another layer again to the interpretation.

Both are in traditionally fixed signs, being Aquarius and Taurus, a signal of intransigence. The square became technically exact on May 16, and is due to repeat on August 2 and September 19. It's an ongoing phenomena, due to Mars moving retrograde and then forward again.

It's kind of like a third time proves it loop regarding the square to Uranus! And it's only natural that, coincident to this volatile transit, simmering sparks of unresolved global tensions could suddenly ignite into larger conflagrations. Certain dates must be closely watched for their developments.

After heading retrograde on June 26, Mars will be caught up in a Lunar Eclipse on July 27. Mars links in with the Moon and South Node, whilst opposing the Sun and retrograding back onto the square with Uranus. It then heads direct on August 27, in its exaltation degree. This final direct movement, late August back in 1939, precisely timed Hitler's mobilisation to the Polish border and invasion the following week.

CLOSEST FOR 60,000 YEARS NEAR ECLIPSE TIME

On July 31 2018 @ 07.51 hours, Mars will be at its closest approach to Earth since August 27 2003, the year of the US led invasion of Iraq. It will be the best viewing time for professional and amateur astronomers alike.

The two approaches are the closest that the Earth and Mars have been for 60,000 years. According to palaeontologists, that was when early humans began first migrating out of Africa southward to Australia and northward into Europe. It will be 2287 before Mars again looms so near.

At its closest approach the red planet will be positioned at 03AQU01. We could start by analysing that degree area and its solar opposition. For it is this time period when international diplomacy will need to be at its most delicate and skilful. The leading characters now are different to 1939 but the stakes are much higher.

If we compare this Mars cycle with the last time it transveresed a similar stellar trip and timing, via signs, degree areas and retro periods, it was the July period that led directly into war. Right on the opposition, was when Gandhi posted a letter to Hitler, pleading for world peace. The letter never arrived. It was intercepted by M16 – British intelligence. They'd already geared up for the battle.

The correspondence that did find its target was sent days after, on August 2 1939. It was the Einstein–Szilárd letter – urging Roosevelt to develop an Atomic Bomb. That letter was read and eventually acted upon. By September 1 1939 World War Two had begun. One important difference here. The 1939 period saw the Sun Mars opposition linking in with destructive Pluto. This time it is squaring erratic Uranus.

THE SPARKS OF REVOLUTION

The Mars Uranus triple squares and oppositions, across the last century, have coincided with conflict connected to revolutionary movements. The October 1915 to June 1916 opposition occurred during the escalation of WWI, but was also coinciding with the Mexican Revolution of Pancho Villa and the Easter Uprising in Ireland.

The oppositions of July to December 1973 brought the Yom Kippur War and subsequent western oil embargo from OPEC. The October 1992 to February 1993 opposition exposed the Latin American assassination program, known as Operation Condor, involving the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations. It also saw the first bombing of the World Trade Centre.

The last time Mars moved through its retrograde cycle, whilst making multiple hard aspects to Uranus, was from the December of 2013 to the July of 2014. It correlated to the violent Ukrainian breakaway from Russia, the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the renewal of Cold War rivalry between the USA and Russia.

CURRENT SUN MARS CYCLE CULMINATING

The July period of 2018 brings us to the opposition point of the current Sun Mars synodic cycle. The current cycle began on July 27 last year, with the conjunction of the Sun with Mars at 04LEO12. North Korea launched an ICBM the very next day, that was considered could potentially reach mainland America. So began the 'fire and fury' of this current cycle.

Trump's bellicose threats, Kim Jong-Un's retaliatory put downs and the escalating military tensions of the South China Sea, (already a concern for US hegemony), are what is making this a tinderbox. The opposition point, coincident with the July 27 Lunar Eclipse, brings Mars to 04AQU08. It is directly opposite the starting degree. And that's very rare.

Synodic cycles between the Sun and Mars usually end up with the opposition phase, having a much wider orb when compared back to the starting conjunction. Twenty or more degrees is not uncommon. This cycle is a repeat of 1938 conjunction and 1939 close opposition that led into war and ended with the 1940 conjunction that fanned the flames of battle even more. The degree area of this coming opposition is important to consider.

THE SEVENTH FLEET

One chart that fits precisely across these degrees is the formation of the USA's Seventh Fleet. It was an amalgam of the US Pacific Fleet, combined with Australia's warships, formed to fight the Pacific War against the Japanese. The date was March 13 1943 in Brisbane. The Fleet's Mars was positioned at 04AQU52 opposite Pluto at 05LEO12.

The Seventh Fleet will field the July 27 2018 Lunar Eclipse (with Mars) as a Mars return, with the Sun transiting to the their birth Pluto.
In light of the international disputes of the South China Sea plus the Korean situation, this Mars return of the Seventh Fleet, in square to Uranus, is a potent signal.

The Seventh Fleet made news last year, for a series of mysterious accidents and fatalities, including one on the USS John McCain. It happened right on an eclipse on August 21 2017. The Great American Eclipse that covered the entire continental USA. An omen? We will soon find out.

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The Sun Mars opposition also falls upon the Mars degree for the formation of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil, the offshoots of which comprise the leading oil companies of modern America. It is also the degree of the formation of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, the forerunner of British Petroleum. And has history has shown, leading multinational companies; British East India was a classic example; can also be the catalyst of capital wars.

It's why this year is so important to work towards peaceful solutions. As you read this, the South Korean President seems to be doing exactly that. He's not the worry. The concern is those who think they have bigger fish to fry, when perhaps they should be dealing with their egos instead.

Yes, 1939 was a different time with other figures playing the leading roles. But if there are similarities eventuating, there's a reasonable chance they will surface in the time frame outlined above by Mars. The difference between the Pluto involvement of 1939 and the Uranus of today, may well involve technology. Cyber warfare is already underway and intelligence proved a decisive factor in WWII.

Mars in Aquarius would square Uranus in Taurus twice during the Second World War. On the first occasion of November 04 1939, the greatest 'single security leak' of the entire conflict occurred with the delivery of the Oslo report to British intelligence, detailing Germany's weapons technology and radar advancements.

The second time around – May 09 1941 - the Royal Navy captured the U-110 a German submarine. On board was the Enigma cryptography machine, allowing the Allies information to decode German messages during the war. Rudolf Hess also parachuted into Scotland on a peace mission precisely on the square. These two intelligence gems proved crucial in swinging the balance of the war toward the Allies.



Uranus cannot be ruled out when it comes to nuclear weaponry either. It was a Mars Uranus conjunction in effect when the air crew of Enola Gay launched the first atomic weapon upon Hiroshima. This Mars cycle can be best used eliminating such possibilities. The next few months are vital and the cyle is already unfolding.

May 20

WHEN MARS SQUARES URANUS

As the red planet Mars squared surprise packet Uranus, Bishop Michael Curry gave a history of fire from the Bronze Age to the present, for the assembled guests at the royal wedding. A surprise for the Queen, as unconventional Uranus moved over her Sun? She wasn't the only one.

Uranus is difference, with a difference. That's why we notice its effects. It's not just another brick in the wall. You sit up and take notice. With fiery Mars it's spontaneous combustion and even if they are in square...his address definitely wasn't.

“Fire was one of the great technological discoveries of humanity...if human beings ever harness the energies of love, then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. Love is the very fire and energy of real life!”

Perhaps the bishop's words were meant to resonate around the world, at the dawn of this this highly combustible time. For his was a positive message - a higher vibration of passionate Mars and Uranus, walking the road less traveled.

Negatively, Mars Uranus transits emphasise impulsive actions, accidents, people losing it and jumping the gun. Events like the shooting at Sante Fe, Israeli snipers taking 62 protesters lives in one day or the ominous rumblings of Hawaii's Mount Kilauea, the most active volcano on earth.

The Mars Uranus square has history. It was around for the beheading of King Charles, the Great Fire of London and the start of the Korean War, which still awaits finality. And it's why, during the next four months, it's important to keep a lid on some things, while finding the motivation to act swiftly on others.

ECHOES OF 1939

For Mars is treading the same celestial path it did in 1939, the starting year of World War Two. It's moving through the same signs, heading retro and direct at similar degrees - and making the second of its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years. The first was in 2003 - year of the Iraq War. The end of July 2018 will be crucial, but the cycle has already begun.

Note the global mood has changed - and fast. Peace talks scheduled for June 12 between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump have hit an inevitable hurdle, as North Korea protest ongoing military exercises. The proposed June 12 summit, will put the Sun right on the USA's birth Mars in Gemini – all highly inflammatory.

On May 08 2018 @ 14.20 hours Washington, Donald Trump officially pulled the USA out of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Mars was 26CAP55 in square to Uranus at 29ARI37. Back on December 6, when he declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, scuttling any chance of peace negotiations, Mars was at 29 of Libra opposing Uranus at 25 of Aries. It's a hair trigger combination.

Trump's horoscope is heavily weighted toward Mars and Uranus. He was born with assertive Mars rising at his Ascendant. His Sun is conjoined with Uranus, his Moon opposite. It fits the instant actions, temper tantrums and aggressive demeanor. And it's going to make the next four months extremely interesting. Because Uranus has just Solar Arced to Trump's Mars. See the biwheel below.

Somebody who is over the Moon with Trump's aggression, is Israeli Prime Minister Bin Netanyahu. Both were born with Mars in late Leo, at a position that just happens to coincide with Israel’s Mars. In fact the composite chart of Netanyahu and Trump is volatility amped up. It has the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Pluto all bunched together in fiery Leo.

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As Mars came to perfect the square with Uranus, the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem took place, at 4 pm on May 14 - Israel's 70th anniversary. World leaders, even Trump and Pence, were missing. Instead daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner were despatched. Kushner's the US peace negotiator in the Middle East. The results of Kushner's efforts were simultaneously evident.

Even more telling was US United Nations representative, Nikki Haley, exiting stage right from the assembly discussing the violence of May 14, just as the Palestinian speaker was about to make his address. That said it all really. The press may be worried about Russian influence on US politics but why are they so deft at always overlooking the elephant in the room.

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted overwhelmingly (29 for to 2 against) to despatch an independent team to investigate the shootings of May 14, during which 62 were killed and over 2,000 others wounded. The only dissenters were the USA and Australia. How times change.

During the global meltdown of World War Two, the United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt spearheaded the establishment of the United Nations. An Australian, Herbert 'Doc' Evatt, became their third President in 1948/49. Evatt helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If either could see the role reversals of today?

HAIR-TRIGGER TIME

So as Mars renegotiates a path it took back in 1939, it is a time to discard the belligerent and bellicose attitudes. Intransigent global leaders stuck in immovable ideologies are a greater danger to humanity in a weaponised world. A world balancing on a precipice, like an accident waiting to happen. The thinking person can clearly see what their political leaders refuse to.

A headline like a royal wedding was, for many, a romantic and welcome escapism. And for others, it was just an expensive yawn. Regardless, it rated well, being broadcast across the globe. And a big talking point was Bishop Michael Curry's sermon.

Unusual as the Piscean preacher's address might have seemed, to those expecting the usual traditional fair, there may have been a deeper message. He has had Uranus on his Mars recently and it is now on his Venus. For in his words of love lay our real hope. The alternative, that some would have us believe, is a polarised apocalyptic world awaiting Armageddon...and blindly creating their own reality.

But the true power of Uranus lies in refreshing and honest renewal. It comes to remind us that nothing is set in stone. It is never, and will never be, just another brick in the wall.

MAY 13



Two major celestial events call the shots this coming week. One is this week's New Moon in the 25th degree of Taurus, right on the status changing Midheaven of Donald Trump, near Prince Harry's Moon and bang on the birth Sun of Mark Zuckerberg. The other is a once in eighty four year event, the entry of rebel-rousing Uranus into staid, implacable Taurus. I'll be writing plenty more on it...but for now...

Rock solid Taurus is the only sign of the earth element cemented into a fixed modality. From May 16 2018, it's about to be gatecrashed, by the irresistible force of ground-breaking Uranus. This transit works with all the subtlety of dynamite on a cliff face or the big bang theory. Taurus likes to maintain the status quo. Uranus is difference with a 'difference'. Things change fast!

Uranus is the only planet bearing a Greek, rather than Roman name. It rotates with an axial tilt of 98 degrees; side on and almost perpendicular to the Sun. And revolves (on its own axis) in the opposite direction of all the other planets, apart from Venus. Uranus stands out for its individuality, in both essence and character. If Saturn is a wake – Uranus is the wake up.

FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

We all know there is a royal wedding planned for midday May 19 2018. It's when Prince Harry is due to tie the knot with Meghan Markle. With a planned two mile procession through Windsor, it will be one of the biggest 'security' operations in British history. On the wedding day, the planet of royalty, Jupiter, transits exact to Harry's Midheaven. But there's much more to the royal story.

Sudden shock Uranus, moving into stable and secure Taurus, on May 15 2018 at 16.41 hours Universal Time, can be likened to the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. With apologies to Queen Elizabeth 11, she embodies the latter. Perhaps because she is a fixed earth Taurean, with her birth Sun in the opening degree.

The enduring qualities of Taurus are encapsulated in Shakespeare's line from Henry V, 'though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod'. On February 6 this year, QEII completed 66 years as Queen of the Commonwealth. She is the longest serving monarch in British history.

Nobody is more aware of this ongoing achievement than her son and perennial heir in waiting, Prince Charles. His perception of his mother is aptly summarised via his Moon, also occupying the opening degree of Taurus and positioned in his worldly tenth house of status and reputation. This sol-lunar swap is a family trait.

FAMILY TIES

Elizabeth also shared the same condition with her own mother, who carried the title of Queen and then Queen Mother. QEII's Moon is 12LEO07 and her mother's Sun was positioned at 11LEO09. Even Meghan Markle's Sun is 11LEO59. The Queen Mother continued active duty until shortly before her death at 101 years of age. Queen Elizabeth is now 91 years of age.

The entry of Uranus into Taurus will simultaneously meet the Queen's Sun and the Prince's Moon. Uranus will arrive in company with a transit of fast acting Mars in square. The mid-May Mars to Uranus square is the first of three in 2018. All are repeating close to the Sun and Moon positions of the Queen and Prince respectively on August 2 and September 19.


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SHAKING UP THE 'SYSTEM'

Most royal pundits expect the Queen to remain so. Duty and obligation are amply displayed in QEII's responsible Saturn sitting right at her Scorpio Midheaven. Sober Saturn rules her conventional Capricorn Ascendant. All of which explains her longevity in astrological terminology and makes the May period even more interesting.

The Uranus Ingress into Taurus comes coincident with a New Moon, also in Taurus, and occurring on the Midheaven over London. This New Moon will highlight the 25th degree of Taurus, putting it on the IC of QEII's birth horoscope and opposing her Saturn/Midheaven conjunction. Further, her Midheaven/Saturn forms the apex of a fixed T-Square featuring Mars/Jupiter on one arm, opposite Neptune on the other.

There are multiple royal charts with important connections to the Queen's T-Square. Prince Charles' Sun is positioned in the 23rd degree of Scorpio and opposite the May 15 lunation. The next in line, Prince William's Venus is at the lunation point of 25 of Taurus. Princess Anne's Sun is at 22 of Leo.

AND THERE'S MORE - THE PLUTO REGENERATION

There are further technical considerations. The Prince's SP Moon will be at 25 degrees of Scorpio – opposite the May New Moon. Queen Elizabeth will also have Uranus squaring her progressed Sun and reforming Pluto looming close to stationing at her natal Capricorn Ascendant. The New Moon of July 13 this year opposes Pluto. All of which brings us back to immovable objects and irresistible forces.

Are these astral portents timing a sudden change within the royal family and rapid repositioning within the monarchy? It's a question that has been posed many times before, without a definitive outcome. But every time we have seen such significant transits to mother and son's horoscopes, the royal responsibilities of Charles have increased with Queen Elizabeth reducing her royal schedule. Uranus may be the 'unpredictable' clincher.

The time window around this Royal Marriage makes for further analysis. If you're right into astrology and can do the charts, be my guest to check them out using the natal details below.

Queen Elizabeth - 21st of April 1926 @ 02.40 hours GMT London.
Prince Charles - 14th of November 1948 @ 21.14 hours GMT London.
Prince William - 21st of June 1982 @ 21.03 hours BST London.
Prince Harry - 15th of September 1984 @ 16.20 hours GMT London.
Princess Anne - 15th of August 1950 @ 11.50 hours BST London.
Meghan Markle - 4th of August 1981 @ 04.46 hours PDT Canoga Park, CA.

TIMES CHANGE – OR DO THEY?

The last time Uranus entered Taurus was June 1934 – the year that Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson became lovers. Their affair, kept under wraps by the establishment, led to Wallis' husband filing for divorce and Edward's abdication as King, to marry 'the woman that I love'. Edward's marriage request, to the twice divorced Simpson, was forbidden by the governments of the UK and the Dominions of the Commonwealth.

His subsequent abdication created a constitutional crisis. King Edward's renunciation of the throne brought the coronation of brother George and the ten year old Princess Elizabeth was suddenly next in line. Uranus had arrived at her Sun. We are now looking at the Uranus return of those dramatic days.

Pluto then was conjunct the Queen's Descendant and about to transit her upper hemisphere, totally changing her public life. In May it will be stationing at her Ascendant. Is it time for the passing of the baton – something inconceivable to royal watchers, writers and pundits.

Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle marks the only time, since Edward VIII, that a royal family member will marry a divorcee, who happens to be a citizen of the USA. Harry may not be the reigning monarch – and times and attitudes have changed since the greatest crisis facing the Crown. Yet this is a further indication of an imminent reshuffle to the pecking order of the 'Firm'.

Not enough room for the Iran situation this week but will be publishing that soon. Meantime check out your sun-sign below for the Taurean New Moon.

MAY 06

THE SUN JUPITER OPPOSITION - LAWYERS AT TEN PACES

The Sun is now opposing judicial, self-righteous Jupiter. You're going to be hearing a lot about litigation and lawyers. That's how the Sun Jupiter opposition factors into earthly affairs. There will be philosophical differences with each side claiming the morale high ground. It pits leaders against the justice department. And you're getting a lot more of it now.

This opposition is just part of what is a thirteen month synodic cycle between the two largest bodies in the solar system. The cycle began at the conjunction point of October 26 2017 when the Sun and Jupiter united in the third degree of penetrating Scorpio.

The following day, brought the initial charges from the federal investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 US election. The charges were lodged against the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates. But October 26 2017 was important for another anniversary – and not Hillary Clinton's birthday.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABY

The Sun Jupiter conjunction, of October 26 2017, fell on the first anniversary of a crucial email sent at 16.15 hours to mcohen@trumporg.com. It was from the First Republic Bank confirming that "the funds have been deposited into your checking account.” Cohen forwarded the same email onto two other recipients at 16.49 hours. That was under a newsworthy Sun Mercury combination in the third degree of secretive Scorpio.

It was all done with Venus in square to cloak-and-dagger Neptune, the astro formula of a clandestine affair, or a shady financial transaction. Venus was also conjunct Saturn and all three were in aspect to Donald Trump's Venus Saturn birth combination. The transaction was later questioned and reported to the Treasury. The whole deal would return to haunt.

The money, $130,000, was transferred from a shell company, set up by Michael Cohen in Delaware, where it is not required to name managers. The recipient was former porn star, Stormy Daniels. And the fix was a non-disclosure agreement, regarding an alleged affair with David Dennison, better known as presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Shell companies and contractual pseudonyms, are among the operational norms of extremely powerful people and their lawyers doing secret business. Uncovering the extent of concealment is painstaking work. But with the litigation focussed Sun/Jupiter cycle occurring on the anniversary date – the deal was blown up. What followed has been one denial after another. All eventually exposed.

The whole affair was put under astro-analysis here on March 25 in the weekly column. Click here and scroll down to the article for that date for details. The relevant charts suggested that, the only person telling the truth was Stormy Daniels. Since then, the cover stories of Michael Cohen and the denials of Donald Trump have all fallen by the wayside. And the timing fits perfectly with the Sun Jupiter cycle.

JUPITER SQUARES THE DEAL

Only three days after the square of the Sun to Jupiter, on February 13, 2018: Cohen made public his payment of $130,000 to Daniels, claiming it was from his own pocket. And that he was not reimbursed by Trump. This disclosure left the door open for Daniel's lawyer to claim that Cohen was in breach of a non-disclosure agreement and Stormy could go public with the story. It proved Sixty Minutes highest rating show.

On the same day as Cohen's admission, under the same Sun to Jupiter square, Robert Mueller's investigation pressed extensive charges against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, along with thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian entities. Those two events occurring together, can hardly be a coincidence. If anything, the planetary cycle was giving consistent and reliable signals.

We're also heading toward the first anniversary of Mueller's appointment, on the 17th of this month. The chart of the announcment, placed around the horoscope of Donald Trump, reveals just why this investigation, and its lead prosecutor, represent such a threat.

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OPPOSING FORCES FACING OFF

We're now at the Sun Jupiter opposition point, bringing further revelations and developments to the mix. At 21.39 hours on Wednesday May 2, Trump's latest legal recruit, Rudy Giuliani, admitted on national television that the President, fully aware of the hush money payment, had reimbursed Michael Cohen.

Worse was to come, when Giuliani later asked viewers to imagine the fallout if the Stormy Daniel's revelations had been made public, "in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton." He then praised Michael Cohen for making it all go away.

Giuliani's comments were magnifying Trump's legal liabilities. He then walked back those comments, claiming the reason the payment was made was to protect Melania and the family. But there's a clear reason that days out from an election, a candidate would want to kill a story like Stormy's.

Trump throughout has flip flopped between denying knowledge of the agreement, to not paying Cohen, to downplaying his involvement with Cohen, to admitting that Cohen represented him in this matter, to tweeting that this is the way celebrities handle such agreements. The truth has surfaced with the climaxing Sun opposite Jupiter, exact on May 8.

YOU WANT HIM TO SING

A further twist arrived on Friday May 4, with the Virginian federal judge, T.S. Ellis III, questioning the Mueller team's motives for indicting Paul Manafort. “You don’t really care about Mr Manafort’s bank fraud”, he admonished, “You really care about getting information Mr Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment.”

Ellis, like Trump, was born with the Sun and Uranus together. He is going to surprise. His comment, wading into the political opinion, was unexpected. But it's not so unsual at this point.
Sun Jupiter oppositions can signal a reversal of a trend.

It was at the last Sun Jupiter opposition that the conservative judge, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. That was one of Trump's Republican victories - control of the courts. But this aspect is also known for pitting the leader, being the Sun, against the judiciary, being Jupiter.

In the comparison to the Watergate case, each opposition of Sun Jupiter correlated with the president obstructing the investigation. The first opposition occurred shortly after the Watergate break in where Nixon conspired with his Chief of Staff, Harry Haldeman, to throw the FBI off track.

The second Sun Jupiter opposition, thirteen months later, saw Nixon refuse to hand over recordings from the oval office, until he was served with a subpoena to produce them. By the third Sun to Jupiter opposition, Nixon had only just resigned and was granted a pardon by his successor, Gerald Ford.

With the USA polarised politically, the office of President in some quarters is seen as too big to fail. Draining the swamp will surely leave a lot of people covered in the mud. If Wall Street can escape incarceration for their role in a global financial crisis, what chance the president's cohorts? Let's start with Paul Manafort. Somehow this may be different.

THE MANAFORT HOROSCOPE

Paul Manafort Jnr was born April 1 1949, in New Britain Connecticut. He is a Washington lobbyist, advising and representing foreign leaders, from Philippines dictator, Ferdinand Marcos to the deposed Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych. Manfort, along with the fellow Trump campaign manager, Roger Stone were pioneer partners in Washington lobbying, dating back to the Reagan era.

Manfort is defending charges of conspiracy, money laundering of multiple millions through a network of shell companies and offshore accounts, bank fraud and tax avoidance. Born with his feisty Aries Sun closely attached to combative Mars, he was always going to fight them. He also has Mercury and Venus in Aries, the mythological Greek god of war.

Manafort's Sun is in close opposition to covert Neptune. It throws a cloud of mystery around his relationships. Perfect for the political lobbyist. But also susceptible to shady associations, secret deals and deception. As he was born with Neptune retrograde, it has gradually regressed (by secondary motion) to now appear within one degree of the opposition to his birth Sun.

The Neptune Sun opposition also implies that he can be sacrificed by associates. One example may be the testimony of business partner, Richard Gates, who has agreed to co-operate with the Mueller investigation, after being caught out lying to the federal investigators. Manafort's business interests have a Ukrainian link with Russian connections.

NEPTUNE AND THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION

Some countries respond to specific planets. The famous French mundane astrologer, Andre Barbault, associated Neptune with Russia. He predicted Russian war involvement by noting Neptune moving from retro to direct in June 1941. Germany attacked Russia on June 22 1941. Neptune went direct of the 5th and fielded an opposition from military Mars on June 23. Mars Neptune brought Russia into the war.

It's doubtful that Manafort will escape the Russian probe unscathed, despite Trump's pardon power. Saturn is the judgement of the establishment and Manafort's secondary progressed Mars is now in an exact challenging square to restrictive Saturn. Going on the offensive (Mars) may result in hitting the proverbial brick wall (Saturn). This aspect dominates the second half of 2018 and well into 2019 for him.

In early 2019, the transit of Saturn will move to both square Manafort's Sun, in January and then re-activate the Mars-Saturn progressed square in early February. Also judicial Jupiter is opposing his progressed Sun in early February 2019. All of that does not augur well, as eventually the additional transit of Neptune will square his progressed Sun the following June.

Even if Manfort were to have some relief, with such a proliferation of awkward aspects to both his birth and progressed chartit is unlikely he would escape the ramifications, considering the many charges brought against him. Seems like his Sun opposite Neptune, planet of the undisclosed, is about to be unveiled.

Wrapping up, I'd originally planned this week's column around Iran, as the February 2018 Sun Jupiter square occurred the day before the anniversary date of the Iranian Revolution and this opposition will come close to squaring it. Plus the August 11 eclipse will fall opposite the Sun of the Iranian Revolution. More on Iran in the columns to come, as there'll be plenty to write on.

APRIL 28

LOVELY DAY FOR A WAR

In the pre-dawn hours on June 25 1950, on the Korean peninsula, civil war erupted as North Korean forces stormed over the 38th parallel. If ever there was a day made for war it was this one. The patriotic Cancer Sun was joining revolutionary Uranus, with both in a challenging square to military Mars in dualistic Libra.

Celestially and terrestrially it was a dark time. Venus, Libra's ruling planet and normally a symbol of peace, was just leaving the degree of the most malefic fixed star in the skies, Algol. In Oriental legend, Algol is linked to piled up corpses.

The Sun was also semisquare manipulative Pluto and squaring the Lunar Nodes. Even the planets of law and tradition, Jupiter and Saturn were opposed to each other. Under those auspices, the Korean War began, politically and militarily dividing the peninsula thereafter.

COSMIC CORRELATIONS

Interesting that the very next day, the South African parliament passed the Suppression of Communism Act. In reality this law branded anyone guilty of fomenting social change or challenging the establishment order as a communist to be dealt with. It was primarily used to silence critics of apartheid.

The blowback of such suppression, was that it forced civil rights activists, like Nelson Mandela, to seek financial assistance and support, from communists. Mandela, after a lengthy period of incarceration, emerged victorious to become the inspirational leader of his country in 1994. Would there also be hope for change in North Korea that year?

Late on the morning of July 8 1994, the Father of the Nation, Kim Il-sung died. He had been the people's spiritual and military leader since the defeat of Japan, marking the end of the Second World War. He founded the nation on September 9 1948 and was the second longest serving (non-royal) head of state of the 20th century.

On the surface it appeared that 1994 held little change for what had by then become the Hermit Kingdom. Son Kim Jong il, would succeed for the next seventeen and a half years. His death, on December 17 2011, then led to the succession of the current leader Kim Jong-Un. But Korea was changing on another level.

The change would strangely synchronise with the ruling planetary deity of ancient Babylon, the god of thunder and lightning known as Marduk. As ominous as that may sound, Marduk was also revered for fighting and defeating Tiamat, the god of Chaos, and thus restoring order on Earth. We know Marduk as the giant planet Jupiter.

1994 – THE JUPITER CYCLE

1994 was a special year for astronomers. The Levy Shoemaker Comet 9 was due to penetrate the gas giant, Jupiter's surface, at a speed approaching 134, 000 miles per hour. It was the first observable extraterrestrial smash up of solar system bodies. The explosive event arrived around a week after Kim Il-sung's death.

When the flaming comet smashed through the cloud layers, penetrating to the core of Jupiter, it left a spot the size of the Earth's radius. Fireballs reaching 43,000 degrees Fahrenheit extended 3,000 miles from the planet's rim as the blazing rocks met Jupiter's frozen clouds. The largest fragment hit on July 18, unleashing an energy equivalent to 600 times entire Earth's accrued nuclear arsenal. A heavenly message perhaps?

1994 brought welcome breakthroughs in nuclear disarmament. In January, President Clinton and his Russian counterpart, Boris Yeltsin, had negotiated a deal to dismantle the nuclear stockpile of the Ukraine. They'd also agreed to stop pre-programming nuclear missiles aimed at their own countries major cities. The last Russian and US occupation troops left Berlin.

1994 also brought one important change involving North Korea. Their threat to go nuclear had brought them to the very brink of war with the USA. North Korea had developed weapons grade plutonium and were on the verge of constructing five or six nuclear bombs. The US had concocted a secret plan for a pre-emptive strike on the Yongbyon reactor.

The risk of an escalated Korean war, with horrific consequences, was taking a huge gamble. In June 1994, almost on the eve of the operational orders going ahead, former President Jimmy Carter secured an agreement with Kim Il-sung, which he presented to President Bill Clinton. The two countries, with the help of South Korea and Japan, configured a denuclearization deal, named the 'Agreed Framework'.

In exchange for North Korea abandoning it's nuclear ambitions and to replace any depleted electricity supplies, the US, South Korea and Japan would supply alternative energy options and gradually normalise economic relations to the struggling nation. It was North Korea's first international treaty and was signed off in Geneva, on October 21 1994.

THE PREDICTIVE JUPITER CYCLE

The important planet in this deal and subsequent developments is Jupiter - planet of hope springing eternal. It holds the key timing for North Korea, negotiations and the nuclear program. When the two countries reached their historic, albeit short lived, agreement; Jupiter was positioned at 19 degrees and 15 minutes of Scorpio. It was in combination with Venus, usually considered the planet of peace.

On November 8 1994, the US mid-term elections were held. The Republicans won control of both the Senate and House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. They immediately dismantled the Agreed Framework. It was at this election that George W Bush, who would years later declare North Korea, part of an Axis of Evil, was also elected Texas Governor.

Jupiter has an orbital cycle just short of 12 years, during which it completes one circuit of the Sun. It was due to return to the position it held at the treaty signing, by October 5 2006. On October 3 2006, North Korea announced to the world that they would soon detonate their first atomic bomb.

Six days later China urgently contacted the US. They'd received a twenty minute warning from North Korea that a nuclear test was imminent. On October 9 at 11.36 am (South Korean time) the US geological monitoring detected a 4.2 quake on the peninsula, correlating with a small nuclear explosion.

The timing coincided with the first visit of newly elected nationalistic Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to South Korea. Abe was pushing nuclear weaponry for their old nemesis, Japan. Instead North Korea had just become the world's ninth and newest nuclear power. Jupiter was 20 degrees and 5 minutes into Scorpio.

THE JUPITER RETURN AND 2018

In 2018 Jupiter was due to return to the position it held at both the 1994 Agreed Framework and the 2006 entry of North Korea into the nuclear club. There would be three Jupiter returns in all, encompassing mid to late January, late April to early May (as the planet backtracked through the skies) and mid to late September. On past evidence, the nuclear issue would be back on the table.

On Wednesday January 17, with Jupiter at 19 degrees and 28 minutes of Scorpio, the two Koreas agreed to march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, on February 9. It marked the beginning of a rapid thawing of tensions, leading to the historic handshake of the two leaders at 09.29 am according to the live broadcast by Bloomberg, (South Korean time) on April 27.

As Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In smiled and shook hands symbolically on both sides of the 38th parallel, the world breathed a sigh of relief. At 18.00 hours on April 27, from the same demilitarised zone, Moon Jae In announced a new peace deal was being negotiated, hopefully ending the Korean War. Jupiter was 19 degrees and 46 minutes Scorpio and retrograde. Time for sorting through the details.

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GREAT HOPES FOR GIANT STEPS

Jupiter is Optimus Maximus, or as aforementioned the epitome of 'hope springs eternal'. This peace process has only just begun. And the old adage rules - it ain't over until the fat lady sings. The human rotundas are yet to meet, and the pressure now is on Donald Trump to finalise the art of the deal.

The current peace deal proposal horoscope has a unwelcome combination of combative Mars with intensive Pluto, normally associated with descriptions like 'putting a gun to one's head.' It may be symbolically true. Only after the nuclear situation reached breaking point did the parties react more positively.

Only when Kim Jong-Un showed the advancement of his nuclear program, with the US in his sights, did Trump react with fire and fury threats. The inflammatory rhetoric pushed neighbouring countries, like China and Russia, to step in and de-escalate. And South Korea reduced their military 'exercises' with the US.

There is more to be written on this than Jupiter alone. The current Mars cycle also ties in beautifully with what is going down. As does the chart of the first negotiated armistice, from 10 am local time on July 27 1953. It came into force from 10 pm that evening. I'll explain more, in an article soon to come, why the end of July is crucial to this deal.

Before I leave Jupiter for now, the current Sun Jupiter cycle is now approaching opposition point - a climax period due by May 8. The beginning of this cycle took place on October 26 last year, the day before the first indictments in the Mueller investigation. That's why this looming opposition is so important for the US. A lot of that is described in the video link immediately below.

April 22

OIL - THE MOTHER OF INTERVENTION

From 2.30 am, March 30 1949, all communication lines between Syria and the outside world were cut. Government officials were arrested, including the President Quwatli from his hospital bed. At dawn the radio stations were under army control and announcing the new leadership.

The freshly formed CIA had conducted their first successful overthrow of a democratically elected government. Husni al-Za'im, the Army Chief of Staff became the new President of Syria, sworn in on April 11 that year.

The story of the coup and of the August 19 1953 Operation Ajax, the CIA coup that deposed Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected Prime Minister in Iran, are well documented by former CIA operative Miles Copeland in his memoirs, 'The Game of Nations: The Amorality of Power Politics'.


THE PUPPET SHOW

Rather than bringing democracy to the Middle East, western powers have frequently fought vigorously to deny it. The last organised coup of the Middle East, took place on July 3 2013, in Egypt, with around one thousand protesters murdered by the military and the elected President incarcerated.

Unlike the recent bombing of Syria, there was no humanitarian intervention by the west to stop the slaughter in Cairo. Instead the leaders found great difficulty in acknowledging the word coup and the new President remains with western support. The hypocrisy was mind boggling then and remains so.

Not a lot has changed since 1949, except the CIA has grown even more powerful and the collapse of the Soviet Union has made Middle Eastern regime change now carte blanche for western alliances. Syria and Iran are in the US cross-hairs again today.

The 1949 Syrian coup began with an Aries New Moon joined to military Mars. Sounds martial enough! And certainly suits an army chief taking the reins. Coups involve infiltrating the armed forces and setting up media networks. And following the money trail reveals the objectives. Back in 1949 it was all about the refusal of the President to befriend Israel and an oil pipeline. Who would have thought?

This one was the Tran-Arabian Pipeline, built by Bechtel, the largest construction company in the United States. It was conceived in 1947, and would stretch from Saudi Arabia, through Iraq and Syria, all the way to Lebanon and the Mediterranean There was one problem. The Syrian government weren't playing ball.

So the coup was arranged with an exceedingly ambitious and compliant Army Chief. The pipeline went ahead and diplomatic relations with Israel were established. Iran was slightly different. Prime Minister Mossaddegh had the audacity to nationalise the Iranian oilfields. Soon the same guy who had touched the Liberty Bell and was courted by Truman, was ousted by Eisenhower.

ONLY THE GOOD GUYS WEAR THE CROWNS

Strangely, the countries receiving most western support are not necessarily democracies. Many are the furthest remove from it. Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are absolute monarchies, where power is hereditary and wealth is concentrated solely amongst family members.

It's this kind of petro-dollar power that sees the Saudi Prince and Defence Chief now doing the TV circuit, talking up his country's investment ties with the west, while his relentless bombing of Yemen overtakes the Syrian crisis as the leading global catastrophe. But back to Syria, Iran and the black hat guys, who are not playing ball.

Syria has already experienced the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century, effectively destabilising European politics, as a result of the refugee crisis. Iran is the next target of the USA. And as much as this is obviously about Israel...it's also very much about energy, oil and dealing in petro-dollars.

A TALE OF TWO PIPELINES

In 2009 the Qatar to Turkey pipeline was a project proposal, to transport gas from the Persian Gulf through Syria to Turkey. From there it could be further exported to the European market. This would break the Russian stranglehold on European energy supplies, weaken their economy and was naturally supported by the US and much of Europe.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied access for the pipeline. He had a better idea for his country. In 2011 he proposed an alternative; an Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline, with a refinery in Damascus. They could supply Turkey and Europe. On March 15 2011, protests began against the Assad government and rapidly gained momentum.

On July 25 2011, reports surfaced that the oil ministers of the Iraq, Iran and Syria had signed the Iran pipeline deal, with an estimated cost of up to$10 billion dollars. Meanwhile, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were already funding a revolution in Syria, with western support. Both pipelines remain pipe dreams, while these proxy wars play out. There is an obvious astrological connection.

MARS ATTACKS

US military involvement relates to their Gemini Mars in the July 4 1776 birth chart of the USA. Both the coming to power of Bashar al-Assad's and the Iran pipeline deal signing, activate the US Mars. Assad became leader upon the death of his father on June 10 2000. Mars was 25GEM51. The Iran pipeline deal signing of July 25 2011 brought Mars to 23GEM52.

Barack Obama, had no planets close to the USA Mars at 21GEM22, and did not fit the Syrian battle pattern being reluctant to commit to war, despite his red line being crossed on August 21 2015. Donald Trump, born with his Sun at 22GEM53 fits right in. Trump has now given the green light on the two separate missile attacks on Syria.

Last week's column displayed how the missile launches from 4 am April 14, occurred as Jupiter and Pluto formed a fateful and exact Yod to the USA's Mars. Yet unlike Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi, Assad's government have not fallen, due to Russian and Iranian support.

CALAMITOUS COMBINATION

The attacks currently being investigated in Douma occurred from 4 pm on April 7 2018. The feature of this chart is a quadruple combination of Mars, Saturn and Pluto, with the Moon. The astrological meaning of such, from the text 'Combination of Stellar Influences', is "force majeure, the death of a great many people." Grim words from a book written in the Second World War.

Virtually the same combination – a triple conjunction of Mars, Saturn and Pluto - appeared on the morning of February 3 1982. That was when Bashar's father, Hafez al-Assad oversaw the Homs Massacre, claiming between 17,000-40,000 lives, including those of the Syrian Army, in putting down a political revolt.

Bashar al-Assad took the reins of power on June 10 2000. It was shortly after the important conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. As these two planets reached their first square in 2006, Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia began plans for regime change in Syria. The Jupiter to Saturn opposition came in March 2011, precisely when the Syrian protests began, leading into to the current Civil War.

During the period of the closing square of Jupiter to Saturn, Russia entered the fray, turning the war in the government’s favour. If we take this cycle to be the determinant of Assad's rule and how it all plays out then we can expect it to fully end somewhere around the next conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in December 2020.

MEANWHILE IN WASHINGTON

Last week I finished with the swearing in charts of Rod Rosentein and Robert Mueller. They were hit by the current lunar cycle joined to erratic Uranus. Leading into it brought dramatic developments with the FBI seizure of Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen's client files and recordings.

Meanwhile, anticipating the President derailing the probe, the Democrats pushed forward with their own court case on Friday. Trump needs Cohen not to flip and he has just none too subtlety tweeted that he is considering a full pardon.

While the pardon is being claimed for the now deceased heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, it comes at an interesting timing. Meantime, rumours of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions quitting should his assistant Rosenstein be fired are doing the rounds.

This chaotic lunation cycle reaches its square on April the 23rd, full phase on the 30th and very importantly, third quarter phase bringing in judical Jupiter by May 8. If you haven't listened to or watched the vid below...now might be a good time to.

APRIL 15

ARE WE WALKING INTO WAR?

It's been quite a week. And we still haven't got to the Sun Uranus conjunction, which by past evidence, has been so important in the life of President Trump. It was certainly close enough for him to announce the bombing of Syria. But there may be more to come, regarding a high noon with Mueller, on the domestic front.

If you read this column frequently, you'll be familiar with the fact that the newsworthy Mercury and military Mars cycles for 2018, are actually a repeat of 1939, the beginning year of World War Two. So it's no surprise to hear similar media hype, this time beating the drums of a World War Three scenario.

Astrologically the likelihood of global confrontation is increased, although the stakes are now far higher and have been ever since 1949, when Russia developed a nuclear bomb and the Cold War rivalry began. So what does the July 4 1776 horoscope of the USA show in relation to this? For now - the answer is plenty.

THE FINGER OF GOD

At 9.01 pm on April 13 2018 in Washington, as President Trump announced another bombing raid on Syria, the aspect pattern known as the Yod or 'Finger of God' perfected between the transits of Jupiter and Pluto and the USA's natal Mars. The fateful Yod is an aspect of rising tension, usually requiring an uncomfortable adjustment.

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With the US war planet of Mars as the fulcrum, and positioned in the seventh house of allies and enemies, the adjustment concerned the severity of the military strike. It was as if something had to be done, following the political rhetoric, but the actions would be restrained or compromised, due to mitigating circumstances.

THE LOCO-MOTIVES

The 'mitigating circumstances' involve Russia for starters. They also involve a lack of definitive proof as to the source of the chemical attacks in Ghouta on April 7. And why Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, would do so immediately after the US announced they were pulling out of Syria.

Like the British spy scandal, just prior to Putin's re-election, the motives made little sense. The worrying part is the urgency to jump to conclusions, particularly by British PM Theresa May, before credible evidence can be established and without giving parliament a chance to deliberate.

Last week's tweet by the BBC's foreign affairs producer Riam Dalati claiming, "Sick and tired of activists and rebels using corpses of dead children to stage emotive scenes for Western consumption. Then they wonder why some serious journos are questioning part of the narrative," was deleted, but not before a screenshot was taken.

It wouldn't be the first time that the BBC have swapped truth for propaganda. In May 2012 they posted a photo of a child jumping over body bags. They claimed the victims were children awaiting burial from the Syrian war. The photo was taken back on March 27 2003 in Iraq. Exposed by the original photographer, and other news sources, they retracted their error.

The Mercury Mars cycle repeating 1939 suggest there will be some repercussions from these military actions. In spearheading the allied bombing of Syrian targets, President Trump selected an April time frame which has a recurrent pattern of violent acts connected to the USA.

In fact Trump's announcement came on the anniversary date of dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb produced by the USA, last year, on eastern Afghanistan. Astrologically, it coincides with the annual squaring of the Sun to the US Pluto and this time unpredictable Uranus is right there in the frame.

THE LETHAL THIRD WEEK OF APRIL

The six day period from the 15th to the 20th of April encompasses some of the most eruptive events in US history. Sandwiched in the same week as the shooting massacres of Columbine High and Virginia Tech, lie an uncanny amount of inflammatory events, involving explosives, weaponry and the military.

The Texas City Fire, of April 16 1947, remains to this day America's worst industrial accident. A ship, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, bound for war torn Europe, exploded in the harbour, killing around 600 people and injuring another 2000.

The third week of April marks the USA's biggest naval battle since World War Two. Operation Praying Mantis was fought against Iran in the Persian Gulf from April 18 1988. The following year on April 19 in a tragic naval accident, a gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

April 19 1993 was the day of the Branch Davidian Massacre near Waco, Texas, resulting in 76 fatalities. Two years later it inspired the even deadlier Oklahoma City Bombing. That attack on a government building, by the Gulf War veteran, Timothy McVeigh, remains the USA's most lethal homeland terrorist act, claiming 168 lives.

Catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon explosion or the San Francisco Earthquake occurred during the third week of April, along with military disasters such as JFK's failed Bay of Pigs invasion or the April 19 1983 bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut. April 19 represents Patriot's Day.

The battles of Lexington and Concord, triggering the Revolutionary War, began on April 19 1775. The US Civil War also began only a couple of days short, on April 12 1861. And the US/Spanish War fits neatly into the time frame with President McKinley receiving the go-ahead from Congress on April 20 1898.

Some events, such as the bombing of the Boston Marathon or the Columbine High shootings, can be symbolically and directly connected to Patriot's Day. The others have no possible connection, bar the Sun annually forming its departing square to the USA's Pluto, a planet often associated with death and destruction.

Trump elected to bomb Syria as both the Sun and Uranus squared the USA's Pluto. And he has followed it up with a Tweet, citing 'Mission Accomplished'. But is it really...and where is it leading? We all recall another President standing behind those two words, Mission Accomplished.

WATCH THIS NEW MOON

The April New Moon, with jack in the box Uranus, is sure to offer up startle and surprise over the next 30 days. I'll elaborate more next week. But here's a teaser. The US Assistant Attorney General, Rob Rosenstein, was sworn in at 18.34 hours on April 26 2017. Thank you astrologer and former history teacher, Gary Lorentzen for that info.

Add to that, Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller was announced to the White House at 17.30 hours on May 17 2017 by Rosenstein. The horoscopes of both of these appointments will be re-activated by the fresh New Moon 30 day cyle beginning April 15, Washington time. And the key planet is Uranus.

Here's a biwheel of the two appointments and the blue arrow is focussing on the New Moon degree of 26 of Aries, right on the Mercury/Uranus of Mueller's appointment and on the Uranus of Rosensteins.

April 8

FAKE NEWS + UNICORNS ON THE MOON

Like beauty, reality lies in the eye of the beholder. That's the way it was on the morning of August 25 1835, for the readers of the New York Sun', a fledgling broadsheet poised to break its circulation records. An age old rumour had proven to be true. There was life on the Moon after all.

A giant new telescope had enabled astronomers to observe flying humanoids with enormous bat wings, primitive bison and even the fabled unicorns. All were living in world, not unlike our own – with oceans, beaches, forests and mountains. The incredulous discoveries by leading astronomer John Herschel attracted worldwide attention.

These fantastic observations ceased when the telescope lens magnified the Sun's rays setting fire to observatory and abruptly ending the Sun's six amazing instalments. There was only one problem with this fantastic scoop. It was all 'fake news'. Herschel, for one, was not amused. But the New York Sun sold like never before.

The perhaps not so surprising aftermath, was that the newspaper continued its successful sales, even after admitting the story was total bollocks. People believed what they wanted to believe. The thin line between truth and sensationalism in reporting was something not lost on subsequent media barons. Shock factor headlines are the sure fire attention grabbers.

UNCOVENTIONAL URANUS

On the publication day of the 'Great Moon Hoax', the position of Mercury, the planetary conveyor of news and information was in the 27th degree of Leo. It was directly opposite Uranus, the ancient sky god, in the 29th degree of Aquarius. And these planetary positions have great relevance for our world today.

From August 2017 to February 2018, two solar eclipses fell extremely close to the same positions Mercury and Uranus held at the Great Moon Hoax. The eclipses came at a time when fake news was back into the vernacular. And these two eclipses crossed the Ascendant Descendant axis in the horoscope of Donald Trump, who has made the term fake news a political mantra.

Just like Trump, the real author of the 'Great Moon Hoax', Richard Locke, was born with his Sun closely conjunct Uranus, but on September 21 1800. And on April 16 2018 at 01.57 hours, Universal Time, we will have a New Moon occurring, conjunct the same planet of shock and surprise – Uranus.

The days surrounding Sun Uranus conjunctions have coincided with major events in Trump's life. For example, Trump Tower was officially opened on November 30 1983, when the Sun was in union with Uranus. And there's more, but you get the idea. I'll come back to Trump later...but first the New Moon Uranus pattern... and its relevance with upsetting the status quo.

IT CAN BE THE REAL DEAL

New Moons with Uranus work in a pattern. Once you get one, they will tend to repeat every two years, before the lunation cycle eventually moves clear of the blue gas giant. These stun factor conjunctions often accompany a major headline that shocks the establishment...even if the astronomical timing is entirely predictable.

The last one, during April 2016, coincided with the public release of the Panama Papers, uncovering eleven and half million records. They involved elaborate tax evasion schemes, shelf companies, money laundering and sanction avoidance, involving leading political figures, drug barons, international celebrities and sports stars.

The New Moon with Uranus, in late March 2014, spotlighted the annexation of Crimea and timed the international reaction. This one seems to be timing further fallout with Russia. But there are plenty of unaswered questions regarding the motive and 'reality' of the circumstances.

The March 2008 New Moon and the associated September 15 2008 Full Moon – both with Uranus – timed the global financial crisis to the day. Firstly with the J.P. Morgan buyout of the failing Bear Sterns and then six months later the complete collapse of Lehman Bros right on the Full Moon.

That's the pattern of any New Moon occuring closely conjunct Uranus. Six months and two weeks later, a Full Moon with Uranus follows and often the two will neatly time the pivotal developmental periods of an important global, or national, event. So this one bears watching. Especially as the following Full Moon with Uranus, come October 24 this year, will form a Grand Cross with the Lunar Nodes.

BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE

I mentioned earlier the prevalence of Sun Uranus conjunctions with important events in the life of Donald Trump. This is not unusual. Most people respond when a strong planetary alignment contained within their own chart repeats in the heavens. It's as if they are sensitively attuned to it.

Last year's Sun Uranus conjunction accompanied thousands of people involved in protest marches across the USA demanding the President release his tax returns. Shades of Panama Papers? Perhaps. So could the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign financing be set for sudden interesting turns?

One of the central characters may be a well know purveyor of conspiracy theories, fake news and psychic forecaster of Wikileaks releases, the satorial satyr, Roger Stone. His birthday lies close to that of the Great Moon Hoax and even the foundation date (August 29) of the obviously satirical publication 'The Onion'.



GUESS WHO'S NOT COMING TO DINNER

Roger Stone, born August 27 1952 in Norwalk, Connecticut, is now a person of interest to Robert Mueller. Stone's horoscope is also highly active across the coming weeks. His perverse pursuit of publicity and one-upmanship is coming to haunt. Stone's newsworthy planet of Mercury has progressed to join his birth Mars. It is also in a challenging semisquare to his progressed Mars.

Technicalities aside, this is a highly volatile and aggressive set of aspects. Mercury Mars combinations often indicate arguments and intellectual battles, difficulties or troubles with communication and general agitation. The propensity for such is increased over this coming week. It comes as Mueller's interest in Stone's declared association with Julian Assange grows.

Stone, once enthusiastically sprouting his insider's knowledge of upcoming Wikileaks revelations, is now publicly downplaying that role. Yet it would seem that there is enough circumstantial evidence to arouse more than a modicum of suspicion. How did his preamble to Wikileaks releases prove so accurate?

Stone's former business partner, Paul Manafort, is already fighting charges of money laundering and counter challenging Mueller's probe. Stone and Manafort are long time Trump associates dating back a full Saturn cycle.

Stone was pivotal to the launch of the Trump campaign and played a prominent media role throughout. Manafort was essential as the political insider, essential to guarantee the Republican nomination numbers.

Something fascinating occurs when you put up a composite chart of Manafort and Stone and then overlay it with Trump's birth horoscope. The Suns occupy the same position. But the composite chart also shows a Jupiter Saturn opposition, suggesting possible legal ramifications. The dynamic duo, a key to his election success, may also represent the President’s Achilles Heel.

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APRIL 01

WHEN COLUMBUS SAILED THE SEAS

Around the time Christopher Columbus first charted the Americas, China with India slightly behind, had the largest economies in the world. This dominance was the general rule for the last two millennia, interrupted for a brief period by the Roman Empire.

That all changed in the 1890's, when the USA overtook a troubled China, hamstrung by internal division caused by opium and civil wars. The USA's economic supremacy grew even greater by the Great Depression of 1930. And it continued right through until 2015, when China again took the mantle.

But the economic flow from West to East is creating major geopolitical waves as China expands its military capability in line with its economic muscle. The big shifts accelerated as the current Jupiter Saturn cycle – arbiter of caliphs and kings – began. Not all that long ago.

DAWNINING OF A NEW AGE

In May 2000, a plethora of planets passed through the first fixed earth sign of stability – Taurus. The dawning Sun at London, on May 3, saw all the visible planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, along with the Sun and Moon closely bunched in just one tropical sign of the Bull.

You can look back through the last two thousand years and you won't find that ever happening in Taurus. It's as rare as hen's teeth. But you will find a Jupiter Saturn conjunction in approximately the same position of 23 Taurus. That happened in 1206 AD. For the entire Jupiter Saturn cycle of conjunctions, encompassing all the signs, has a recurrence period of 'approximately' 795 years.

1206 AD was quite a year for empires. It signaled the coronation of Genghis Khan, who would lead his Mongolian warriors to forming the largest contiguous empire of world history. And despite their barbarous conquests, they opened the legendary Silk Road where copious trade flowed between East and West. Marco Polo was witness to that. They also formed a kingdom in ancient Russia.

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THE NEW SILK ROAD

History never repeats exactly but sometimes the patterns are eerily familiar. China's economic rise of the new millennia has taken place under the same repeat Jupiter Saturn cycle. China's leader, Xi Jinping, is championing a 21st century Silk Road, called One Belt, One Road. It is a highway to the dominance of global trade.

One Belt One Road contains land corridors connecting China to Russia, Eurasia and Europe. It also has its maritime lanes through the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and Africa. The Belt and Road Initiative is one of the largest global infrastructures ever conceived, encompassing 40% of the worlds GDP and 68 countries.

In 2015 as the current Jupiter Saturn cycle entered its closing square China overtook the USA as the world's largest economy. They are the largest exporter and now the largest importer of crude oil. And last Monday March 26 2018, on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, floated the new oil based currency the 'petro-yuan'.

RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRES

Has the 2000 Jupiter Saturn conjunction got anything to do with the growth and fall of empires? The duplicate cycle of 1206 did. The full cycle through all the signs prior to that, takes us back to 411 and 412 AD. It is highly significant! For the year before on August 24 410 AD Alaric, the King of the Visigoths broke down the Salarian Gates and his armies sacked Rome.

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The day of the Sack of Rome, featured a triple conjunction of Saturn, Neptune and Pluto all around the starting degree of the current Jupiter Saturn cycle. And all were square rebellious Uranus. The May 2000 Jupiter Saturn conjunction was also square Uranus. So was the 1206 one. It pays to look closer at these correlations when considering future possibilities.

The world order is changing incredibly quickly, since the May conjunction of 2000. Back then Russia was bankrupt and in political disarray. In May 2000 they swore in a new president, Vladimir Putin. He'd been promoted from relative obscurity at an auspicious time, the Grand Cross Eclipse of August 1999, that blacked out Europe from Paris to Bucharest. The month of the Jupiter Saturn conjunction of 2000 marked his inauguration.

During this cycle Putin has endured to become one of the most influential of global leaders, changing the course of history. At the next significant major planetary alignment, the Grand Cross of April 2014, he had annexed Crimea and openly defied the westward movement of NATO. The following year Putin would swing the tide of the Syrian Civil War.

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH

The current cycle has also brought great changes to the USA. They began with the 2000 election, where the loser of the popular vote won the election via a Supreme Court ruling. It was a decision that propelled the partisan polarity of what is now a bitterly divided US political system.

The following years attacks on New York and the Pentagon, may not have been equal to the Sacking of Rome, but they still had a monumental effect on the national psyche, security measures worldwide and drew the US and western allies into the ongoing morale sapping Middle East cauldron.

There were other unnoticed events of 2001, that would eventually challenge western dominance. On July 16 2001 Russia and China drew up a friendship treaty, promising each other's back in foreign trade and military support. Russian military expertise, gas and oil for Chinese monetary muscle and manufacturing. On December 11 2001, three months after 911, China joined the World Trade Organisation.

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SUMMING UP

When you add up all of this, it paints a clearer picture on the rapidly rising and organised animosity between the western nations and Putin, over the recent spy poisoning scandal in Britain. It shows the urgency of the western containment policy of China in the trade routes of the South China Sea. And it even adds another angle to the North Korean nuclear crisis and oil rich countries like Iran.

As China is now the world's leading crude oil consumer the 'petro-yuan' was a natural progression. China waited until Trump launched his tariff trade war to make their move. The expansion of the 'petro-yuan' could conceivably challenge the hegemony of the US dollar as the global reserve currency. It could bypass US led economic sanctions.

Like the words of the Dylan classic, of the times they are a changing, the present now, will later be past, and the order is rapidly fading. But, as the economic history of the last two millennia plainly shows...it's really nothing new.

MARCH 25

MARCH MADNESS

March madness has overtaken Washington, with political backstabbings and resignations in the month named after the warlord Mars. A female, appropriately named Stormy, is firing up the President. And hundreds of thousands of protesters are marching against a lethal gun culture, urging 21st century rethinking of 18th century laws.

The March Against Guns Washington crowd alone crowd was around 800,000, far exceeding the inauguration; its size a signal of its importance to the American people. All of this coming at a critical time in the Mars cycle.

There's more to come, with the Trump administration taking one almighty step to the right. If you're a regular reader you'll know that right from his campaign launch, I've written that a Trump presidency would be built on conflict and a military agenda. The biggest beneficiaries of his policies so far, have been the military.

True to the horoscope of that moment, he has adopted an aggressive divide and conquer plan, based on channelling anger and trading personal insults. And while America's youth march for gun control, Trump is planning a new military march of his own. For first time readers the astrological correspondences are overwhelmingly obvious. You can accurately time this stuff, virtually to the day.

HARD FACTS

Not only was Trump born with the fiery red planet rising, evident in both his appearance and persona, but his Gemini birth Sun sits right on the USA's Mars. Add to that, he launched his campaign under a New Moon conjunct Mars. And even this triple conjunction was on America's Mars. Trump's own Mars opposes the USA's Moon. Every which way you look at Trump and the USA, you're going to get Mars – the battle planet of storm and tempests.

To unravel the precise timings of these conflagrations, it's necessary to follow the Mars cycle. By beginning his campaign on a New Moon with Mars, Trump has inescapably locked himself into a predictable Sun/Mars cycle. Everything flows from that pivotal launch moment and will respond to the relative positioning of the Sun and Mars, and the timings attuned to their ongoing angular relationship.

OUTLINING THE CRITICAL DAYS

It begins with the conjunction of June 14 2015, Trump's 69th birthday and solar return. The Sun and Mars union signified him gearing up for battle and declaring his presidential run two days later, at the extremely martial New Moon. It's why, when the Sun made is first cyclic square to Mars, on February 7 2016, Trump turned the Republican debate into a barnhouse brawl, to gain some traction.

The brazen tactic worked. Personal insults were a magnet for television ratings. The public could identify with career politicians being put to the sword, above boring political debate. By the make or break time of the Sun Mars opposition of May 22, Trump's roastings had achieved his first objective; enough primary victories to make him the clear Republican front-runner and a serious contender for the presidency.

At the closing Sun Mars square, exact by September 16 2016, timely outside events conspired helping Trump claw back Hillary Clinton's, previously unassailable, polling figures. His surge began with a typical Sun Mars phenomena. Clinton 'over-heated' and fell faint at the September 11 memorial. Mars rules infections. Questions were asked as to whether Clinton was strong enough for the strains of leadership, unlike the 'macho man' Trump.

Events that could only be described as Mars related then fell into Trump's 'law and order' lap. A series of pipe bombings at New Jersey and Manhattan, between September 11 and 17, left 31 people wounded, putting homeland security uppermost in voter's minds.

When the bomber was identified as a follower of radical Islam, inspired by the Boston marathon bombing, it fell increasingly into the Trump playbook. A state of emergency declared in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the police killing three blacks in one week, further emboldened his supporters. All this transpired at the Sun Mars departing square.

THE CURRENT CYCLE

The Sun Mars cycle began anew on July 26 2017. Again it brought typical mayhem with martial connections and characters, to Washington. On the day of the conjunction, Trump tweeted that transgender people could not serve in any military capacity. That followed his communications director Sean Spicer resigning in protest, at the hiring of the firebrand publicist Anthony Scaramucci.

In the week of the conjunction, Trump created his own fire-storm, by politicising a Boy Scouts address and taunting the special counsel's Russian probe, by tweeting about his presidential 'power to pardon'.

It was revealed that he had dictated an alibi for his son, Donald Jnr, on a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russian's. On the morning of the conjunction, the FBI raided former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort's residence, leading to later indictments.

True to Mars military affiliations, Trump ramped up the military budget. He sacked his Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus, and appointed General John Kelly to the post. He railed against Russian sanctions, imposed by Congress, and his mission to dismantle Obamacare was defeated by dissenting Republicans.

Tempers were fraying in the oval office as the new cycle birthed. Newly appointed Scaramucci rapidly found himself on the other side of the White House revolving door. But perhaps the greatest global event of the Sun Mars conjunction, occurred thousands of miles away from the chaos of Washington.

It came in the form of an intercontinental ballistic missile, launched from the Korean peninsula on July 28, with the potential of reaching the American mainland. The day prior, Iran, had launched a 550 lb satellite into space. Suddenly Trump's security agenda could change the mainstream narrative from a wildly dysfunctional White House...to national security, potential war and traditional enemies.

All this was happening at the beginning of the current Sun Mars cycle. What is transpiring now, as the Sun and Mars come into the square of late March 2018, is all related to those events. For we have now reached the next major alignment of the Sun Mars cycle.

IT'S JUST A STEP TO THE RIGHT

That's why, in the lead up to this Sun to Mars square, exact this weekend, there have been multiple administrative reshuffles, and a hard step to the militant right, with the appointment of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State and veteran Washington war hawk John Bolton, as National Security Advisor.

In concert with Trump's Middle East military plans, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is making a public relations tour of the USA. Concern about confrontation with North Korea or Iran increases with Trump's recent appointments.

Since its revolution of 1979, Iran has defied US power. Ronald Reagan supported Iraq in its 1980-88 war with Iran. Trump would be willing to utilise the Saudi's enmity to the Shi’ite theocracy, for a similar battle plan. And there is much more to the Mars.

Recall, at the beginning of the cycle, Manafort's home was raided and Trump was tweeting presidential pardons. He has constantly sought to publicly counteract the judicial probe into his election with the mantra of 'no collusion'. At the previous opening square Trump went on all out attack against Republican opponents. This square will intensify his attack strategies, with Mueller in the firing line.

Already in March we have witnessed an unprecedented number of pre-emptive sackings, undertaken in an imperious and impersonal manner via Twitter. Some of the sackings, such as Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI, were accompanied by a tirade of Twitter insults. Others by incredulous Tweets, thanking the person for their services without further explanation.


At this square we are now at a crisis point, and it is backed up by a coming sesquisquare of the Sun to judicial Jupiter, due on March 28. It's why we're seeing people like John Dowd, Trump's lead lawyer in the Mueller probe resigning. It's why there are elevated levels of opposition against the President, from the youth inspired march against guns, to the Stormy Daniels scandal.

It's also why we will witness Trump at his belligerent best. The coming week and early April are upping the ante. I'll have further dates and outcomes in the articles to come but an obvious one is the April 15 New Moon with unpredictable Uranus and the next Sun Mars aspect is the sesquisquare on Trump's birthday.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

The February 15 Solar Eclipse opposed Trump's birth Mars. The following day the Mueller probe indicted thirteen Russians on conspiracy charges for defrauding the 2016 presidential election. It set the ball rolling for what has followed. But nobody really thought that someone born the day after the eclipse date could prove to be a major nemesis for the president.

The nemesis is lawyer, Michael Avenatti, born February 16 1971, in Sacramento, CA. His client, porn star Stormy Daniels. Astrologer Stefanie Iris Weiss scooped the birth time of Daniels, who now has it publicly posted on her Twitter account. Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, is due to spill the beans on an alleged affair with Donald Trump, this Sunday night on '60 Minutes'.

Their encounter is said to have occurred on July 13 2006. The White House denies that it ever took place. The results of a lie detector test, taken by Daniels in 2011, returned a 99% probability that she is telling the truth. And for someone merely making it up, Trump's lawyers have gone to extreme lengths, via hush money, and legal threats to keep that story from being told.

HOROSCOPIC CONNECTIONS

Stormy Daniels was born on March 17 1979 @ 01.10 hours Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Donald Trump was born in Queens, New York @ 10.54 hours on June 14 1946. Their horoscopes have interesting connections, involving the planet of opportunity, Jupiter, with the planet of attraction in Venus. Daniel's Jupiter is on Trump's Venus and Daniel's Venus closely trines Trump's Jupiter. Enough for a raised eyebrow.

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There's also some very challenging alignments in that Daniel's deceptive Neptune sitting on Trump's Moon and opposing his Sun. Her Piscean Sun squares both his Sun and Moon. Whilst that may indicate a secret tryst, it also implies deceit and double dealings. And it augurs badly for Trump's Moon, which signifies female attachments, emotional connections and his family life.

TRANSIT TIMINGS

Daniels claims they met on a Thursday morning, July 13 2006, at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf event, also featuring several actresses from Wicked Pictures. The timing of the alleged meeting, when analysed with Trump's birth chart could hardly have been better timed.

Amorous Venus had arrived at his Sun with intense Pluto in opposition. Venus was also in sextile – a connective angle of 60 degrees - to impulsive and passionate Mars. Indeed, Trump was about to experience his impulsive Mars return. Conversational Mercury had reached his Venus. They were ideal aspects for a pleasurable weekend ahead.

The planetary relationship alignments were even more obvious for Stormy Daniels. Magnetic Venus about to enter her seventh house of partnership, with life changing Pluto near her Ascendant. Unrestrained Uranus on her spontaneous Mars. And Mercury, her relationship ruler moving across generous Jupiter in her partnership house.

None of this guarantees that a relationship took place. But the planets are backing up the narrative, implying that there could hardly have been a better time. As for Daniel's current transits, retrograde Mercury, the planet of news and chewing the fat is making three passes over her birth Mercury beginning March 11, and again on April 6 and 24.

Add to that her Secondary Progressed Mercury is also retrograde and moving back over her birth Mercury. It appears that Daniels will be making headlines for a large part of the year ahead. '60 Minutes' might have its largest audience of the year. The Donald Trump interview drew 20 million. But in these days of Mars rivalry, even that figure may be broken.

MARCH 18

WHODUNIT?

If you were to pick an appropriate date to publish a whodunit classic, replete with red herrings and an ending that still leaves the reader 'wondering' – a Sun Neptune day would be ideal. Confusion reigns when the clear light of the Sun is filtered through the fog and smokescreen of Neptune. It is truly the planetary combination that mysteries and clandestine deceptions, abound under.

The Sun and Neptune were together, when George W Bush gave his now infamous Axis of Evil Speech, on January 29 2002, making the case for illegally invading Iraq. It was lauded at the time. Bush talked of babies killed by an evil dictator, impervious to the fact that his own economic sanctions were directly attributable to Iraq's infant death toll.

On January 27 2003, UN Weapons inspector Hans Blix declared no evidence of nuclear or chemical weapons in Iraq. But on the 31st, the exact day of the next Sun Neptune conjunction, eight nations, Great Britain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain declared support for the US war plans. They were in defiance of the UN Security Council members, Russia, China, France and Germany.

On February 5, the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, delivered an impassioned United Nations address, advancing the cause for an immediate attack. Powell later confessed he regretted ever giving that speech. He admitted that George W. Bush had already made the decision to go to war. They were deceptive Sun Neptune times, with the real destruction coming from the west.

CONFESSING THE CON

The Sun and Neptune were united again on February 3 2004, when the CIA admitted that there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq. It was, what many thought at the time, a front for an energy war, fought on false premises. Although this didn't reflect well on the intelligence sources, most people had woken to the ruse that the information was cherry picked for an agenda of Middle East regime change.

Naturally, the Sun was with Neptune when Donald Trump made his first address to Congress on February 28 2017. As noted by fact check, Trump's speech contained multiple inaccuracies on immigration, crime and economics and was again used to promote a massive increase in military spending, despite the US arms budget equaling the next ten countries combined.

So when the Sun comes to Neptune it is often a sign that leaders (the Sun) are deliberately gaslighting (Neptune) the public. And at best, it is wise to keep an open mind, use your discrimination and question the political or media spin on any event taking place during the tricky Sun Neptune periods.

Even the greatest purveyor of fake news from questionable sources across the Internet – Facebook – was launched on February 4 2004 under a Sun Neptune conjunction. Its seamless invasion of individual privacy has also duped most of us into availing the same company of invaluable personal information, to be used for commercial purposes.

SPY VERSUS SPY

That's why it is interesting that at 16.15 hours, on March 4 2018, with the Sun and Neptune within five minutes of precise conjunction, a former Russian spy turned double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury. For Neptune is not only associated with a mystery but also chemicals, spying and covert activities.

The bold assassination attempt, with all the earmarks of a James Bond thriller, has kept Britain, indeed the world, interested in the developments. The western political narrative has centred on Russia's involvement, renewed Cold War rivalries and amounted to a co-ordinated attack, on the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It may be no coincidence that the 2018 presidential election takes place this weekend in Russia. Would Putin brazenly time such an operation to increase his vote, when he already has this in the bag. Or are there other players afoot?

CROSSING THE RED LINE

This is the sort of enigma that Sun Neptune periods present. Why would Russia wait until now to kill a double agent that they could have simply disposed off during his years in a Russian prison? Chemical attacks are international incidents that cross a red line. Such were seized upon by David Cameron to push the case for a proposed aerial invasion of Syria.

Cameron was outvoted in the House of Commons and reluctantly had to advise President Barack Obama that his country could not support the US request. In military and security operations both nations are usually joined at the hip. So it was no surprise that the US weighed into Britain's claim of Putin's assumed culpability in this spy scandal.

For Vladimir Putin has long been a thorn in the global agendas of both countries. It was Putin who campaigned against the Iraq War, winning the support of France and Germany. Russia's entry in the Syrian Civil War also turned the tide of battle and stifled another attempt at regime change, via outside players. Putin, widely considered a dictator of his own land, frequently exposes the hypocrisy of the western political and military agendas.

THE LAST ASSASSINATION

But like any mystery, such doesn't exclude the possibility that the Russian government could have been complicit in the assassination attempt on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. It's not the only time that the mysterious death of a prominent Russian has occurred at the union of the Sun with Neptune.

On the 27th of February 2015 at 23.31 hours in Moscow, Boris Nemstov, was gunned down as he crossed a bridge within walking distance of the Kremlin. The Sun was one degree from Neptune. Nemstov was an outspoken political opponent of Putin. At the time of his death Nemstov was only two days away from leading a public rally protesting Russian military involvement in the Ukraine.

THE FOG OF WAR

The key is not to jump to convenient conclusions when the Sun and Neptune are in conjunction. It is much to easy to succumb to prior prejudice or political persuasion. Let time play its clarifying role in waiting for the Neptunian fog to lift. Especially in these times when the other cycles of media Mercury and military Mars are duplicating their cycles of 1939 – the beginning year of WWII.

It was on March 17 of 1939, that Neville Chamberlain was also delivering provocative speeches before the British parliament against world domination by Adolf Hitler. Theresa May is making similar claims against cyber attacks on western democracies and noting that this is the first use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.

The bigger picture on this is to question whether, or not, we are inadvertently, or deliberately, walking into war. The western objectives on Syria and the Ukraine have not been achieved. The stumbling block on both has been Putin. It's little wonder that the west are working toward his removal and yet potentially prodding him into further conflict.

The astrologers reading this may like to note an important correspondence. This is the second diplomatic crisis involving assassination attempts on rogue Russian agents on British soil. On November 1 2006 the same happened to Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko.

Back then Jupiter was 24.59 of Scorpio and for this incident Jupiter was very close by at 23.11 of Scorpio. Jupiter relates to foreign countries and nationals as well as the judicial system. Each incident has resulted in the expulsion of embassy officials and will naturally have legal implications and follow up.

LASTLY

I have endeavoured to keep this a Trump free zone this week, even though this is one of the most critical periods of his presidency. We are now approaching key moments in the Sun Jupiter (judicial proceedings) and Sun Mars (military madness and gun craze) cycles. The period from the 24th of March onward (Sun Mars square) is bringing these matters to a crescendo. Expect some dramatic developments, Trump will stop at nothing to derail the Russian probe, but more on that next week.

March 11

THE WEEK THAT WAS IN THE WORLD THAT IS


Global protagonists, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, are proposing a face to face meeting. Having them both in the same place, at once, presents the world with a golden opportunity. But I'm not going there. And neither is any self-respecting hairdresser.

The Kim Jong Un versus Donald Trump showdown/lovefest is scheduled to take place before May, in a venue yet to be announced. It involves two combatants who have already shown they are less than worthy members of the mutual admiration society.

According to Trump, Kim is the short, fat, rocketman, while Kim praises the President as a deranged mental dotard. Trump evokes fire and fury, the likes of which this world has never seen and has threatened to totally destroy North Korea. Kim says that sound dialogue is not possible with a guy so bereft of reason.

The truth is that they are both under great pressure now to hold their positions and this sudden backflip is also acting as a timely attempt to deflect negative homeland publicity. Any potential nuclear war is of their own making, as is the more rational prevention of the same.

 

Seems that the real peacemaker is the South Korean President, Moon Jae In. And as diplomatic Venus meets communicative Mercury, right at the beginning of the zodiac, South Korea, he has brokered a deal. Moon Jare In has been working on it, since New Years Day.

REBRANDING THEIR IMAGE

But will North Korea really sacrifice their weapons of mass destruction, after the fates suffered by Saddam Hussein and Muhammad Gaddafi? And will the US call a halt to their provocative military exercises and occupation of the Korean peninsula?

This week, the Sun's fortunate trine to jubilant Jupiter holds out hope for the future. Last week's union of the Sun to delusory Neptune invited deception. And Mercury, the emissary, has been tied to diplomatic Venus since March 5 and they are due to meet again on the 20th.

Sanctions are biting in North Korea and China's cutbacks are starting to adversely affect the Hermit Kingdom. In the US, Trump is besieged by ongoing staff resignations, with Comunications Director Hope Hicks and National Economics Director, Gary Cohn, the latest to bail.

The Storm in the D-cup just won't go away and neither will Mueller's investigation, with Sam Nunberg the latest to front the Grand Jury.So it pays both Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump to take desperate measures to boost their domestic standing.

What better way to grab some much needed kudos, than offer the promise that they won't press the Armageddon button. In view of the volatile Mars cycle, squared by the Sun toward the end of March – a peace deal sounds welcome news.

The on again - off again – promises of war and peace still has another conjunction of conversational Mercury and peacemaker Venus, due March 20. After that Mercury will turn retrograde on the 23rd, which entails seriously thinking things over.

There are still strong historical correspondences with the deceptive peace talks of 1939 here, as exhibited in last week's article. Click here to read that one. The real test comes as the Sun moves to square Mars around the March Equinox.

Certainly the current emphasis on diplomacy is imperative, to counter the recurrence cycle of the red planet. Nobody wants another war, including a trade one. But can the words of these guys be trusted and do they trust one another?

NEPTUNE AND THE SOUTH NODE

The Lunar Nodes are the points on the ecliptic (the path of the Sun) that the Moon intersects, as it orbits the Earth. A complete Nodal cycle of the zodiac covers 18.6 years. But once every 17 years the South Node will join up with Neptune. It's always a time of mass deception. Why?

The South Node functions like the old brain, preconditioned from a primeval past. Modern western astrologers consider it what we are evolving from. The Vedic astrologers of India named the South Node, Ketu, and associated it with accumulated karma; both good and bad.

Ketu represented spiritual refinement but would often be associated with a material loss or sorrow that had the effect of awakening the individual toward a more spiritual life. As this process involved loss, Ketu was often considered a 'malefic' in the corporeal sense.

Neptune is the grand illusionist of the planets. It rules the domain of unbridled imagination. The ethereal qualities of Neptune make it ideal for subjects that are not of this world. And it's lack of boundaries means that Neptune is associated with the psychic realms. It is also connected to selfless sacrifice.

Clearly there are positive uses for both Ketu and Neptune, even if lying outside the mainstream. Combine the South Node and Neptune and you can easily arrive at collective disappointment. Mundanely, it can be the perfect medium for hypnotic political propaganda.

THE DUPING OF THE MASSES

Back in 1916, when the South Node and Neptune joined, the people of the Middle East were promised self government, as a reward for supporting the Allied war effort. Instead the Great Powers were signing off on the deceptive 'Sykes Picot Agreement', secretly subdividing the oil rich lands into colonial fiefdoms. The Middle East problems of today can be traced back directly to this great deception.

Come 1933 and the South Node and Neptune remained closely attached for virtually the first half of the year. During this time Adolf Hitler rose to become the German Chancellor and introduced the Enabling Act, banning all opposition on his way to a dictatorship. Hitler's plan to make Germany great again on the back of military expansion, descended into WWII and the destruction of his homeland.

With the South Node conjunct Neptune, in October 1949, the Soviets detonated their first atomic bomb. This sent a wave of fear through the capitalist world, leading to the incredibly wasteful Cold War. This global extravagance, pursuing mutually assured destruction at the expense of social advances, also spawned the 'reds under the bed' propaganda campaigns as 'McCarthysim' paranoia swept America.

CULTURAL DEVOLUTION

Mao and the Cultural Revolution proved the political con job of 1966, when the South Node and Neptune met again. The Great Leap Forward instead locked the country into reverse gear. Progress and the economy went backwards in China, with the political anarchy and cultural devolution that followed. Mao's attempts to destroy and rewrite China's rich history, proved an abject failure.

In March 1983 President Reagan used zealous Hollywood hard sell, to promote a space based missile shield to the public – the ill fated Star Wars campaign. Reagan regaling about American planes falling out of the sky is laughable now. Back then, as the South Node met Neptune, it was used to justify the largest military peacetime expenditure in US history. This wastage was later dubbed the great 'Lie In The Sky'.

With the South Node due to meet Neptune again for the start of 2000, religious millennial cults were bound to be the first disappointed. But it was on the physical plane, that the dotcom bubble crash provided a classic 'now you see it – now you don't' disappearing act. That fell on the heels of the 2YK scare. Later came the disputed Bush election, when the popular vote lost. Politics in the USA hasn't been the same since.

The last time the South Node and Neptune met was November 2016. I'll leave that to you to decipher what great con job might have transpired that month. But like all of the others it will become increasingly obvious over time. It seems that when the South Node meets Neptune, the true believers are destined to meet the great deceivers. It's when true wisdom only comes through 'hindsight'.

March 04

MARS – THE MYTH AND THE MATHS

Mars is the Roman lord of the battle. It's been that way since Babylonian times when under the name of Nergal, the red planet was associated with tempests and storms, weaponry and war. So when we look to competition and conflict, Mars is the go to warrior.

Mars has a recurrence cycle of 79 years, during which it duplicates sign placements, transit movements and retrograde periods, virtually to the degree. It has a longer cycle of 205 years that mirrors the same movements even closer.

What this means is that certain years repeat similar martial themes – 1938 will correspond with 2017, 1939 will mirror 2018. Hold the phone...wasn't 1939 the year that WWII began? And the longer cycle takes us back to 1812, 1813 and the Napoleonic Wars.

Luckily it's mainly Mars Mercury and the Sun that duplicate and the rest of the planetary pantheon have differing cyclic timings. Armed with these guidelines were going to head back through history and look for some correspondences. We'll start with the 79 year recurrence cycle.

WAR HANGS OVER EUROPE

It's 1938. The spectre of war haunts Europe. Hitler is demanding self-determination for all Germans living in Czechoslovakia, a country created twenty years earlier, as a result of World War One. The Nazi Party did well in the Czech elections and a revolution was brewing.

The British Ambassador to Berlin, Nevile Henderson proposes a four powers summit on the Czechoslovakian crisis involving Great Britain, France, Germany and the USSR. On July 22, his own country refute the suggestion. They will not recognise the Soviets at the negotiating table. Not a wise decision. The Sun joins warlord Mars on July 24 1938.

Henderson was later to write on this and subsequent diplomatic disorders in his book, “Failure Of A Mission: Berlin, 1937- 1939”. The square of the Sun to Mars perfects on March 21 1939. Hitler summons the Czech President Emil Hácha at 1.30 am March 15. He informs him that the Germans were invading and to secede control of the country. Hacha suffers an immediate heart attack and is kept alive by injections during the meeting.

On March 17, the British Prime Minister delivers a speech pledging that Britain will oppose German attempts at world domination. Hitler ploughs ahead annexing the Port of Meme in Lithuania. The Slovakia-Hungary War begins on March 23. Headlines in the USA and Great Britain on March 24 declare 'Judea Declare War on Germany', supporting a worldwide boycott of German exports.

SUN MARS OPPOSITION – GHANDI AND HITLER

Upon the Sun Mars square the chessboard of Europe is dramatically changing. General Franco takes control of Spain by March 28th. As the square dissipates Adolf Hitler gives the preparatory order for planning the invasion of Poland.

The Sun Mars opposition, the next major aspect, will take place July 23. Right on that day Mahatma Ghandi sends a letter to Hitler, addressing him as 'My Friend.” It is a plea for peace.

Unknown to Ghandi, the letter never arrives. It is intercepted by British intelligence. Ghandi will later post another. And again it will be end up in the files of M16.

As the opposition eases, another letter will be sent to Franklin D Roosevelt. It will be signed by Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard, urging the US to develop nuclear weapons. The Sun Mars opposition will lead to the Manhattan Project, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Mars is in retrograde motion, as it must be, during the opposition phase. It is due to turn direct on August 23 1939. On that day Germany and the Soviet Union sign off on the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, promising neutrality between the two powers. Hitler is free to invade Poland. Mars forward motion from the 23rd coincides with the military go-head.

THE BATTLE BEGINS

On August 24, the British PM Neville Chamberlain gets word of the pact. Parliament pass the War Powers Act, canceling naval leave and readying Great Britain for war. The following day Germany cut all communications with Europe. Hitler delays the invasion of Poland for five days, but some units exchange cross border shots.

At 4.45 on September 1 1939 the German invasion of Poland begins in earnest, as the German WWI battleship SMS Schleswig-Holstein fires on a Polish military base. It's the moment most historians attribute to officially starting World War Two. The next hard aspect of Sun Mars will be the sesquisquare, exact on September 3 1939 but in play for beginning of the war.

On September 3 at 9 am, Berlin's British Ambassador Nevile Henderson rushes to offer Hitler an ultimatum. Withdraw from Poland or Great Britain will declare war on Germany. There is no answer. At 11 am on September 3 the adversaries of WWI are once again locked in what will be a monumental battle.

The departing square is due November 29 1939. The following day the Soviet Union invade Finland and what is now known as the Winter War begins. By now I think you're getting the picture. Each major turning point, meaning each successive Sun Mars aspect, is correlating with a critical development of World War Two. That's the way it happened.

THE CYCLE RENEWS

The cycle will both end and begin anew on August 30 1940. Five days prior the British Air Force began their first Berlin bombing raids. Seven days after the Sun Mars conjunction, Hitler begins the London Blitz – 57 consecutive nights of bombing raids. The importance of the entire cycle just mentioned and the escalation of conflict is relevant today.

The 79 year Sun Mars recurrence cycle of 1938, 1939 and 1940 is already underway, spanning 2017 into 2018 and 2019. It began last year with the conjunction of July 27 2017.

On July 28 North Korea blasted a ballistic missile 3,000 kilometers into the stratosphere. Its 45 minute journey finished in the Sea of Japan. Experts concluded that it had a potential range of 10,000 kilometers, possibly reaching Chicago.

The square of the Sun to Mars is timed for March 24 2018. It's the same day that the 'March Against Guns', is scheduled to take place in Washington. It shows that the preceding 79 years have taught us something. Guns are a very 'martian' affair. But there is more to March than just a march.

The previous cycle saw the coming square correlate with escalating tensions that laid the groundwork for extensive battles. The old world stumbled stupidly and inevitably into war. Henderson's diplomatic mission was doomed due to the ambitions of Hitler and Great Britain rejecting assistance from the Soviet communists.

North Korea's missile launch has set off a chain of incitory threats between North Korea and the USA. It has drawn in China and Russia and South Korea, who are looking for a more diplomatic solution. The economic rivalry between the US and China, and the western 'Pacific Pivot' acts as a backdrop for these tensions.

A similar stand-off is taking place in the Middle East. The economic boycott of Iran is pushing them back to prior nuclear ambitions. Saudi Arabia are using their oil riches to build up their armoury as the pressure between the two rivals mounts. On the sidelines sit the USA, Russia and possibly China.

The coming square should present us with the emerging global protagonists, the countries most likely, who are multiplying their military budgets in the quest for domination. If we see such signals we'll have an idea where they are heading, and when, with the Sun Mars cycle mapping the moments.

JUST IN CASE

If you missed last week's column, featuring Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and the Mueller developments and their chart commentary, you'll find it by clicking on this link, where all the archived weekly articles are stored.

February 25

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN – AND PROBABLY WILL!

The signature phrase of legendary pro-wrestling commentator, Jack Little was that 'anything can happen....and probably will!' Astrologers would liken this to the characteristics of Uranus, and sagely advise to expect the unexpected. A sudden acceleration of pre-emptive events may seem out of control. Probably because they are. And it pays to know the timing of uncertainty.

It's no surprise that Donald Trump was born with this voluble Gemini Sun and Uranus tied together, with his none too subtle Sagittarian Moon opposing. He too has a liking for pro-wrestling and the showmanship attached. He even appointed Linda McMahon as his Administrator of Small Business. So far he has avoided making Vince McMahon the Secretary of Defence. That won't happen.

But things are about to get very Uranian on Capitol Hill and around the halls of the White House. Even more Uranian than they have been. It comes as erratic Uranus moves into trine with the President's 'me first' Mars. It first did so in May 2017 – when he impulsively fired FBI director James Comey. Enter straight man - Robert Mueller.

Mueller is making Trump even more uncomfortable. Will the President testify before him? He said he'd welcome it? One thing we do know for sure is that Mueller would welcome the co-operation.

DO YOU SWEAR AND SOLEMNLY SWEAR?

Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor of the Russian election probe, was born on August 7 1944, in New York. Apart from the Moon, all of his planets fall within a concentrated area, encompassing less than one third of the zodiac. His Leo Sun is united to obsessive Pluto, which adds to his intense focus.

Mueller's early career involved investigating areas of money laundering, financial fraud, narcotics and political corruption. That's Pluto at its undercover best. On July 5 2001, he was recommended to head the FBI, by George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate on August 2 2001.

Mueller's twelve year tenure, as FBI director, ranks second only to J. Edgar Hoover. He made headlines during a March 12 2004 stand-off with the Bush administration for opposing warrantless wiretapping plans on US civilians. Come May 17 2017, Mueller was appointed to his current post, as special prosecutor, by Acting Attorney General, Rod Rosentsein.

UNVEILING THE PATTERN

The Sun was sesquisquare Jupiter that day. It fits a pattern between the leadership Sun and judicial Jupiter that neatly times legal affairs and the Trump presidency. For the full bottle please check the February 11 article link here and scroll down, or watch this comprehensive video. The next important Sun Jupiter date is around March 28. Now that's for certain. But we may not have to wait that long.

Successive hard angles between the Sun and Jupiter, have timed significant developments in Mueller's investigation. The day after the last Sun Jupiter conjunction, beginning the current cycle, Mueller pressed his first charges, against the Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy, Richard Gates.

At the February square of the Sun to Jupiter, Mueller pressed further charges against thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian organisations. He presented detailed evidence of how Russian sources had attempted to sway the US presidential election in favour of the antagonistic Donald Trump, with the assumed aim of promoting greater political division in the country.

Mueller's investigation is snowballing. The square also produced a confession from Richard Gates, the assistant to Trump's former campaign manager. Gates has reversed his not guilty plea and agreed to co-operate with the special prosecutor. He is the third member of the Trump team to backflip. And he may be one of the most important.

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE

As Mueller inches closer to the President himself, something has to give. Trump, heavily influenced in his younger years by McCarthyist and Mafia lawyer, Roy Cohn, knows only one form of defense - all out attack. Deny and discredit is the Trump mantra!

If Mueller gets too close, either to implicating Trump's family, or the President himself, will he re-enter his reality TV persona and order the firing of the special prosecutor? Trump has already removed former FBI chief, James Comey.

Trying the same on Mueller, is playing with fire. Yet it's not beyond Trump who would simply sell it to his base as a plot from the globalist cabal, the 'deep state' out to get him. And there are enough conspiracy crazies out there in the media who will jump on board.

We're talking the same sort of eccentrics that thought Sandy Hook was a set up to remove the Second Amendment. Trump plays to the conspiracy buffs who follow him like a Pied Piper. Constitutional crisis could collapse the political system in America. And for once Trump might actually be telling a truth. Russia would surely be laughing.

A WILD RIDE AHEAD

Unpredictable Uranus is certainly active in Mueller's horoscope. His secondary progressed Sun is now sesquisquare the blue gas giant. When his progressing Sun squared the same planet, back in 1973, Mueller graduated from from the University of Virginia School of Law. Now, as it comes into sesquisquare, he is working on his biggest case ever. But there's more.

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The transit of Uranus through Aries, now opposes Mueller's Progressed Libran Sun. This introduces an atmosphere of unpredictability around his associates and relationships in general. It's about to make this ongoing saga even more intriguing over the next few weeks. As for Trump's family the planetary aspects only add to the drama.

SENIOR ADVISERS?

Son in law, Jared Kushner, born January 10 1981 in New York, has investigative Pluto passing across his Capricorn Sun, continuing intermittently until December. On July 12 he will have a Solar Eclipse oppose the same birth Sun, suggesting strong confrontation or resistance. By the end of this year his Secondary Progressed Sun will be in square to Uranus, further adding to the uncertainty, or re-alignments, regarding his future.

Ivanka Trump, born October 30 1981 in Manhattan, is under considerable mental pressure as relentless Pluto squares her birth Mercury and sombre Saturn progresses onto the same Mercury. Negotiation and communication are a hard slog right now. Enter Uranus again, which sesquisquares her progressed Mercury. A surprise around the corner, which modifies her thinking looks likely.

Add to that, dissipating Neptune transiting square to her secondary Progressed Sun and dissolving former realities. It does suit travel, which is exactly what she is doing at this point, but can also accompany disappointments through a lack of discrimination, self-deception or regret as an ignored reality hits home. The need for cool objectivity, or even a complete break, is vital at this point.

ON THE SURFACE

All we are seeing at the moment is Ivanka in South Korea on a diplomatic mission to keep pressure on the North. Or we read about Kushner having difficulty obtaining his security clearance as Trump senior prompts his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to do the right thing. Kushner has produced multiple omissions on his previous applications. Again there's more than meets the eye.

As for the President, transiting Uranus is moving into opposition with his Secondary Progressed Ascendant and Mars is about to oppose his birth Sun by March 6. This precedes stern Saturn opposing his Mercury by late March and Mars joining it, to wrap up the month.

It all segues neatly with the aforementioned Sun Jupiter cycle. Therefore, get set for a month of drama and jack-in-the-box surprise emanating from Washington DC. It's going to be just like the man said – “anything can happen and probably will!” Of that you can be assured. And it's something plenty have been waiting for.

February 18

DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING

On February 14 2018, Mars was moving through Sagittarius. This time it was bound for the Ascendant of the horoscope of the Declaration of Independence. And when combative Mars, the planet of weapons and war, lands on the perceptual filter of the nation, such issues take precedence. A Valentine's Day massacre would unfold – with no mention of Al Capone.

Instead, the familiar profile of an angry young white male, (always a male) with a military assault weapon. Another potential member of the mythical well armed militia. At 14.19 hours on February 14, he arrives at Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. At 14.21 he begins a killing spree claiming seventeen students lives.


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School massacres are a feature of 21st century life in the US, where the gun is a curious object of adoration – and campuses have rapidly become killing grounds. The usual aftermath is hopes and prayers, guns don't kill people and let's not politicise the tragedy. Yet killing is exactly what military assault weapons are designed to do.

Money talks and Congress are proof of corruption. There is a joke going around the Net that the only thing easier to buy in America than a gun, is a Republican Senator. And you can include a couple of Democrats in there too. Sadly, that is no joke - it's a fact.

When Eisenhower warned of a military industrial complex infiltrating all levels of government, he was talking more than just the Pentagon. But the tide of public opinion is building to tsunami levels, as the February Solar Eclipse hits the US Moon of public feeling and squares the Sun position of the birth of the National Rifle Association.

This powerful lobby group, that holds American lives in it's rifle scopes, were granted their charter in New York on November 17 1871, according to their official website. To clarify, the New York Times archives also mentions an initial September 16 1871 meeting but the NRA homepage uses the charter of November 17 as their foundation date.

They're now having a Saturn return – where reality hits hard. They were initiated with Mars and Saturn together in Capricorn. Potentially they could exercise gun (Mars) control (Saturn) through government (Capricorn) if they tried.

But the NRA have elected to maximise profit for weapons manufacturers. They want more guns in schools. The NRA's progressing birth Sun is moving through a conjunction with Neptune. That may explain the delay and deceit. And it's this kind of advertising that they quickly eliminated from their social network in the wake of the Valentine's Day massacre.


ECLIPSING SAFETY MEASURES

At 11.02 February 15 2017, the US Senate rescinded restrictions designed to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The Sun was at 27 degrees of Aquarius. The Sun returned to 27 Aquarius for this February 15 Solar Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse opposed Donald Trump's Mars. It was Trump and the Republicans who killed off that gun control legislation.

When a Solar Eclipse opposes your Mars, it brings aggressive opposition. And this is a Mars issue. It's the planet of weaponry and war. Schools in the USA are rapidly becoming war zones. True to his sponsors, Trump took particular precaution not to mention the word 'gun' in his national address. He immediately brought up mental illness instead. A year too late.

At 15.33 hours February 15 – right on the Solar Eclipse – an angry mother, her child now a victim of this insanity, screamed to the president for action. Will he act to prevent further school shootings? Or will he propose more armed guards turning US educational institutions into fortresses resembling a Baghdad Green Zone. And generate even more finance for the weapons industry.

The Florida gunman was wearing a 'Let's make America Great Again' cap. Trump is feeling the effects of this eclipse, just as he felt the August one and the events of Charlottesville. The President is again caught in the eye of the storm and this one doesn't have a surname of Daniels. It's how eclipses work.

BARNABY JOYCE ECLIPSED

A fellow student of astrology and FAA member, wrote to me the Australian Deputy Prime Minister's, Barnaby Joyce's, birth details, of 04.20 am April 17 1967 at Tamworth, NSW. The source was claimed to be 'from the horse's mouth', Joyce mentioning the details on regional television when interviewed about the Australian parliamentary citizenship fiasco.

The Deputy PM, has been all over the news over the past six months. First through his intransigence to step aside, while the High Court adjudicated on his eligibility as a member of parliament. Joyce was subsequently found ineligible and forced to re-contest his seat of New England, which he easily retained. But there were details his electorate didn't know.

Joyce is back in the headlines following revelations of an extra marital affair, which led to the breakdown of his marriage following his victory. Now it has become public that he was conducting an affair with an ex-staffer, with the birth of a son expected sometime in April. Barnaby was sworn in as Deputy PM on February 18 2016, close to the recent Solar Eclipse date.

A feature of Joyce's horoscope is a testing T-Square, between his impulsive Aries Sun, unrestrained Jupiter and pugnacious Mars opposing his Sun. It suits his rambunctious approach. He twice worked as a bouncer at a Armidale and then Moree. He enjoys the political bull-pit. But as roller coaster Uranus has joined his Arian birth Sun, his life has gone off the rails.

After an extraordinary criticism from the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Joyce is on leave from this Monday as he attends to his personal affairs. Turnbull berated, "Ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with a staff member". Joyce returned fire, fracturing the bonds between the Australian leaders.



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WHERE IT IS HEADED

I don't expect that Joyce will return as Deputy Prime Minister. It's not simply unpredictable Uranus that is stirring up his volatile T-Square. It is also Neptune that will transit square to Joyce's Secondary Progressed Sun, impacting early April and into May. Plus there are other current considerations, such as judgemental Saturn squaring both his birth Mercury and Saturn.

In early April the same Saturn will oppose Joyce's progressed Mercury. These kind of transits can produce resignation, detachment, serious reconsiderations and the saying of goodbye. All of which may not be without serious consequences for the Australian Prime Minister. Malcolm Turnbull's swearing in chart, and birth horoscope would both suggest that April-May 2018 presents a critical hurdle to overcome.

On December 31, looking ahead on 2018, I wrote this in the weekly commentary. “Undermining Neptune also enters the mix by late April/May. Turnbull will be under attack and his problem has always been that the predators have usually been members of his own party. Expect either a significant challenge which may unseat him around this period or a present enormous leadership difficulty.” Who would have thought it could be related to his deputy.

SUN JUPITER CYCLE TIMING THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Last week's column covered the turning points in the Mueller Russian investigation, promising a new development coincident with the Sun squaring Jupiter. At 1.30 pm on Friday the 16th, Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities for their efforts to derail the 2016 US election.

Look to the last week in March for another major development from this investigation. Trump was quick to claim no collusion and Rosenstein looked under pressure to say the same. But he stopped short of fielding further questions and quickly terminated the media appearance, when pressed further.

The February Solar Eclipse of 27 Aquarius was also on the Secondary Progressed Sun of Trump's son in law and White House adviser Jared Kushner. Although we have heard little of Kushner lately, something significant would be occurring behind the scenes from this eclipse, as Kushner also has Pluto transiting his birth Sun.

If you'd like to see a comprehensive video of the entire Sun Jupiter - Watergate/Russiagate presentation, with all of the charts included and described please click on this video link.

February 11

THE SMOKING GUN

It was a secret conversation being taped. The smoking gun that two years later would bring down a President. On June 23rd 1972, Richard Nixon and his Chief of Staff Harry Haldeman devised a plan to derail an FBI investigation into the Watergate burglary. Inform the FBI Director, Patrick Gray, that the CIA were already involved and that a public investigation would endanger national security.

At 2.30 am on June 17 that year, the five men who broke into the Democratic headquarters at Watergate, weren't CIA operatives, although one of their bosses was former CIA. They were all members of a political dirt digging team known as the plumbers.

Nixon had cobbled them together to defame journalist, Daniel Elsberg, after he had leaked the Pentagon Papers, explaining how the Johnson administration had lied to Congress and the public. Watergate was another plumbing job.

As Nixon and Haldeman conspired, the Sun, signifying the leader, was in tight opposition to the planet of justice, Jupiter. Challenging geocentric angles between the Sun and Jupiter would correlate with the pivotal events of Watergate. It became the judicial inquiry that simply wouldn't go away, despite Nixon's best efforts to kill it.

THE CYCLE OF JUSTICE

On January 08 1973, a new Sun and Jupiter cycle was commencing (exact on the 10th), uniting the two at the 20th degree of Capricorn. It was right on Nixon's Capricorn birth Sun. Normally this is an extremely fortunate combination to have. But Nixon's Sun also ran opposite to deceptive Neptune. The Watergate trial began that day and five of the accused soon entered guilty pleas.

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The testing angle, semisquare, of the Sun and Jupiter arrived on March 8 1973 and delivered the next chapter. The plumbers fix was coming unstuck. The day before the semisquare, five Nixon aides were charged. This time for the burglary of Daniel Elsberg's psychiatrists office. One, Charles Colson, would reach a plea bargain and agree act as a witness for the prosecution.

Right on the eve of the Sun Jupiter square, April 30 1973, Nixon appears on national television. He explains the dismissed of White House Counsel, John Dean. He also announces the resignations of Harry Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. The Attorney General Richard Kleindienst also resigns and is replaced by Elliot Richardson. The square was exact for the morning headline.

INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE

By late July 1973 seventy percent of the public are think Nixon is doing a dismal job of explaining Watergate. Yet only half of those polled believe he has inside knowledge. To clarify matters the special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, requests recorded tapes from the White House. Nixon has always bugged the Oval Office. On July 25 1973 he refuses to hand over the tapes.

The next day the Senate committee subpoenas the White House tapes. Nixon still stalls as the stand-off deepens. The Sun is now opposing Jupiter. Recall - the Sun was opposing Jupiter when Nixon concocted his initial plan to throw the FBI off the case. He is continuing his avoidance strategy under the repeat aspect.

Prior to the Sun's closing square to Jupiter, on the evening of October 20, Nixon enacts his infamous Saturday Night Massacre. He orders his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire special prosecutor Cox, only to have Richardson resign on the spot. He tries it on with the Deputy AG, William Ruckelshaus, who also resigns. Finally Nixon's Solicitor General, Robert Bork, fires Cox.

But Nixon has gone way beyond the principles of a President. On October 23, under increasing pressure, Nixon releases further tapes. The Sun and Jupiter are coming to the square. A good eighteen and a half minutes of conversation, including Nixon and Haldeman, will be found to be mysteriously missing from the recordings. The secretary is blamed for the error. Nixon will later utter the famous denial, 'I am not a crook!'

IMPEACHMENT AHEAD

As the cycle winds down, Nixon is still POTUS. In his State of the Union address he asks the nation to put all the intrigue and division behind them now. It's wishful thinking. A week prior to a new Sun Jupiter cycle, on February 6 1974, the House agrees to appoint a Judiciary Committee to investigate grounds for impeachment.

The Sun Jupiter square forms on June 7, and the following week the expose 'All The President's Men' is released. It is a collaborative work of Washington Post investigative reporters, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing Watergate. A rival publication, the New York Times, reviews the journalists as delivering 'maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time'.

Woodward has a secret informant, known as Deep Throat. It will take another thirty years, before he is revealed as the FBI Associate Director, Mark Felt. The Jupiter symbolism all of these developments can be seen through the planets's association with justice, publishing and the spread of knowledge.

The day before the exact sesquisquare (135 degrees) of the Sun to Jupiter, on July 24 1974, Nixon is ordered to hand over all of the White House tapes in a landmark Supreme Court decision. Between the 27th and 30th the Judiciary Committee votes to impeach the president. On August 3 the 'smoking gun' recording appears entailing Nixon and Halderman's incriminating conversation.

The next Sun Jupiter opposition is due September 5 1974. Three days after, on a churchgoing Sunday morning of September 8, President Gerald Ford issues a full and unconditional pardon to the former President of the USA, Richard Nixon. Watergate is over. The disgraced Nixon has gone. And so have all hopes of Ford's re-election.

THE JUPITER BOOMERANG

The Sun and Jupiter, representing the leader (Sun), publishing and the legal system (Jupiter) were potent timers in the development of Watergate. How about now? How have they timed developments in the presidency of Donald Trump?

September 26 2016 – A new cycle of the Sun and Jupiter begins with the two conjoint at 3 degrees of Libra – sign of judgement – and on the governmental Midheaven of the USA July 4 1776 national horoscope. The first presidential debate is televised the same day. Having the traditional kingmakers here at the ruling apex of the national chart could not be more appropriate.

January 11 2017 – The Sun Jupiter Square – On January 11 Trump, having taken the Electoral College, gives his first public press conference as President-elect. It turns into a free for all as he selectively criticises sections of the media.

April 07 2017 – The Sun Jupiter Opposition - On April 6 the US Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes recuses himself from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and is replaced by Republican Mike Conaway.
On April 07, right on the opposition, conservative Neil Gorsuch is controversially announced as the new justice of the Supreme Court by a 54–45 Senate majority after the "nuclear option" was invoked. He is sworn in on the 10th.

July 06 2017 – The Sun Jupiter Square – Coinciding with the drama around the revelation of Donald Trump Jnr email exchanges with Russian representatives in Trump Towers. With the New York Times in possession of the information, Trump Jnr releases them on Twitter on the morning of July 11.

October 26 2017 – New Cycle – The Sun Jupiter Conjunction – On Friday, October 27, special prosecutor Robert Mueller issues his first charges in relation to the Russian investigation. This new cycle begins with Jupiter squaring Trump's birth Jupiter.

The 2018 Sun Jupiter, further developmental dates are as follows. The Sun squares Jupiter on February 10, it will oppose Jupiter on May 8, reach the closing square on August 6 and renew the cycle from November 26. Presuming the cycle replicates in behavioral patterns we may see this kind of activity.

The February square brings an adversarial approach from Trump's administration, just as his first press conference did. Here the Republicans would aggressively challenging the investigations and selectively assert their own authority. Similar to how Trump handled his first press conference.

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Jupiter here is opposing Trump's Midheaven and the Sun opposing his Ascendant. In terms of Russiagate their may be more of a concentration on family members and associates during the square period.

The next challenging aspect of Sun to Jupiter will occur March 28, Washington time as the opening sesquisquare. It also involves combative Mars and hard line Saturn and has the potential of ratcheting up the pressure. I expect late March to offer crucial information and developments.

The May 8 opposition may even deliver some kind of victory to Trump – recalling this is where the Republicans gained control of the Supreme Court balance. But it will have a major polarising effect, played out in the public arena. Any favouritism will be shown as such.

If that pattern plays out then it is hard to see how the closing square of August 6, the day before Robert Mueller's birthday would not produce another embarrassing revelation that would undermine the credibility of Trump's defence or dramatically turn the tables.

And so it goes until the cycle renews on November 26. The day before Steve Bannon's birthday. Even then the Sun Jupiter cycle is hard angled to Trump's birth Jupiter.

Of course these are just celestial cycles. So regardless of political partisanship, should the public be concerned at this time? I'll leave that judgement up to you...and the heavens.

The big difference of course from Watergate to Russiagate is that the Democrats had the numbers back then. This time the Republicans dominate both houses. Justice and prejudice may be competing forces but either way, the crucial dates ahead remain.

If you'd like to see a comprehensive video of the entire Sun Jupiter - Watergate/Russiagate presentation, with all of the charts included and described please click on this video link.

February 4

WATERGATE REVISITED?

Republican Intelligence rep, Devin Nunes was born in October 1973. The same month Nixon's Saturday Night massacre took place. The same month that Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace. Those were in the dark days of Watergate when a corrupt President sought to undermine his justice department.

Devin Nunes seems equally determined to derail the investigation into the current President's Russian connections, even though the American public are already aware of them. Or at least some of them. There have been four arrests so far. Thanks to the patient investigations of the FBI.

This is where you just have to love astrology. Watergate and the Trump campaign definitely have something in common. That should be obvious without looking at horoscopes. Both involve stolen data from Democrat opponents to influence an election. Sometimes the heavens have none too subtle ways of providing hints.

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SUPERMOON SHINES A LIGHT

In the wake of the January 31 2018 SuperMoon, highlighting his cloak-and-dagger twelfth house Pluto, Donald Trump is revealing his hand. Following Robert Meuller's request for an interview, Trump is attempting to sabotage the FBI investigation into his campaign's Russian links.

Trump's secondary progressed Moon is also now passing his Pluto and will be meeting his progressed Pluto in March. The last time Trump's secondary progressed Moon met his natal and progressed Pluto was back in September and October of 1990.

On September 19 1990, Trump told bankers he would not make a $1.1 million interest payment on his loan for the Trump Shuttle Service. It led to Citibank and twenty-two others, foreclosing on his $365 million dollar loan. It timed his introduction to bankruptcy courts.

At that time Trump was at his business peak; the 19th richest man in America. His profile was such that a public fall would have made the banking crisis of the time even worse than it loomed. As it was federal regulators from the US Treasury and Federal Reserve took charge of Citibank, to avert a full blown banking meltdown.

Trump had amassed more than $5 billion of debt. New York banks financed around 70% of that. They reacted by farming out the loans to more than 70 other banks, including overseas. After that Trump became a client of Deutsche Bank.

TOO BIG TO FAIL

This time it's bankruptcy of a different kind. Trump's Republicans are ultimately responsible for a new moral vacuum. Like the banks in the 1990's they are concerned that the now President is 'too big to fail' just as the banks did in the 90's recession. And so they are attempting to turn Meuller's investigation into partisan politics.

And just as the banks did in 1990, it's the Republicans that have the numbers deciding Trump's fate. A fate that forces him into doing their bidding. All of that saw a much subdued President deliver a self-congratulatory State of the Union address before an audience of virtual performing seals last week.

Already 'wild mannered reporters' like Alex Jones and his cohort Roger Stone are touting that Trump will fire his Attorney general Rob Rosenstein or demand the resignation of FBI chief Christopher Wray. And they're pushing for Republican 'Perry Mason', Trey Gowdy who missed out on the justice posting, first time around.

TRUMP VERSUS THE FBI

Trump has a problem with FBI chiefs. He fired the last one. James Comey was born December 14 1960 with a Sagittarian Sun opposing Trump's Gemini Sun – to the precise degree. Comey's sense of duty Saturn ran opposite Trump's Saturn. Ensuring he further agitated the President, Comey's independent Uranus sat right on Trump's Mars.

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In astrological synastry (the comparison of two birth horoscopes) the Trump-Comey marriage may well be a leading candidate for the divorce courts. It quickly headed that way. Trump's opening statement to the FBI chief was to question whether he wanted to remain in the job. And it went downhill from there.

When Trump sacked Comey, the former FBI chief found out via a news broadcast. The White House issued a misleading statement claiming, “President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

Trump admitted, “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”

Steve Bannon called the Comey sacking, the biggest mistake in modern political history. Comey wouldn't do Trump's bidding. Eventually Trump chose Christopher Wray as the new FBI chief. He may regret that choice.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

When it comes to FBI chiefs and Trump - opposites attract. Christopher Wray was born December 17 1967. His straight-shooting Sagittarian Sun and Mercury are in direct opposition to Trump's Sun. Wray's Pluto squares Trump's Sun to the degree, adding a potential power struggle to the face-off.

Wray's dissipating Neptune is in close opposition to Trump's authoritative Midheaven. He is potentially someone who can bring Trump undone! Especially as Trump's Moon is now progressing through his twelfth house, popularly known as the house of self-undoing.

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In the Twitter wars, Comey has texted his support for Wray and the FBI. “take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy.”

THE RUSSIAN LINKS - NO GOLFING CONNECTION

The United States Solar Return for 2018 (based on the 17.10 hours July 4 1776 Philadelphia Sibly chart) shows dubious Neptune at the administrative Midheaven. The same goes for the Aries and Cancer Ingress charts. All are political forecasting techniques for the year ahead. All reveal a 'shroud of secrecy, deception or unknowing', surrounding the leadership.

When Donald Trump Jnr was asked, last March, about Russian involvement he answered, “Did I meet with people that were Russian? I’m sure, I’m sure I did...But none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form.”

When questioned whether he had discussed government policies concerning Russia, Trump Jnr replied, “A hundred percent no.” From the revelations of his infamous Trump Tower meeting, neither answer was factual. Trump's former national security advisor, Mike Flynn's admission of guilt, reinforces what can only be determined as deliberate obfuscation.

Steve Bannon branded the Trump Tower meeting treasonous. But Meuller's investigation will want to know whether Trump senior concocted a story about adoption, to cover for his son. Trump's Communications Director, Hope Hicks, may hold the key to this.

This all comes as the February 15 2018 Solar Eclipse approaches - opposing Trump's volatile Mars. And as he ups the ante on North Korea (where his Mars sets) to deflect the national narrative.

It's easy to envisage - by Trump's chart - a battle ahead. We all witnessed the events accompanying the last August Solar Eclipse and his reaction to the events of Charlottesville. February 15 is the companion eclipse opposing August 2017.

The astrological chess pieces are set and ready. We know how Trump has behaved when he cannot get his own way. The two word tactic is - 'You're fired!' Let the battle begin. More next week.

JAN 28

SUPERMOON - SHEDDING LIGHT IN DARK SPACES

This week at 08.27 hours Universal time on January 31, (00.27 Feb 01 in Eastern Australia) the dual occurrence of a SuperMoon with a Lunar Eclipse will unfold, with the Moon position at 11Leo37. The SuperMoon spotlights Barack Obama's birth Sun, which may bring him back into the news. But it's Donald Trump who will be feeling the eclipse effects strongly over the next few weeks as the SuperMoon hits his Pluto.

This Eclipse positions the Sun back into the same degree it held when Trump sacked the US Acting Attorney General last year. It also comes amidst rebirthed revelations that he tried have Meuller sacked last June, only to back down when faced with the potential resignation of White House counsel Don McGahan.

The SuperMoon falling on Trump's secret dealing twelfth house Pluto, means revelations and power plays are in the air. It arrives as Trump's lawyers grapple with a request from special prosecutor Robert Meuller, for an interview with the President. Trump says bring it on, but will his actions match his verbal bravado?

The Trump strategy from day one has been to discredit any government body or figure that he may be accountable to and undermine the press. Attack is his instinctive defense. Trump's progressing Moon is also meeting up with his birth and progressed Pluto.

Be assured that this is a scenario like the Titanic. There's a lot more going on beneath the surface and behind the scenes than we are witness to. It shapes to be quite an interesting week in Washington. All leading nicely into the mid-February Solar Eclipse.

AUSTRALIA – THE NATIONAL HOROSCOPE

January 26 - Australia Day - evokes mixed emotions. It celebrates the arrival of European culture on the Australian continent. For the indigenous population it is mourned as Invasion Day. The horoscope of that new beginning, when north met south, rings remarkably true for the history that followed.

European settlement in Australia is something I keenly researched, consulting the First Fleet diaries, before delivering talks and writing articles on the subject for the Sydney Astrological Research Society in the millennium year. I was unconvinced by the late afternoon time then published in Nick Campion's World Horoscopes collection.

Nick's time has since been revised, thanks to correspondence from a fellow member of the Astrology Association of NSW, present at one of my talks. She didn't give the exact time, which I had initially put between 5.20 and 5.25 am, finally settling on 5.23 after examining around 60 pivotal events. Here's the full bottle on the subject.

On August 18 1786 Lord Sydney penned a letter requesting provision for a convict settlement at Botany Bay NSW. It was agreed to the following day. A new colony was planned to replace those lost in the US War of Independence. The decision would pioneer one of the epic maritime adventures of all time. Eleven tall ships and over 1100 people sailed halfway around the world to forever change the face of the Great Southern land.

SATURN TIMES BOTH DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL

It was Sunday morning May 13 1787 and a good breeze was up. From the captain’s log. "At 4.00 am fired gun and made the signal to weigh, weigh'd and made sail, in company with the Hyaena frigate, Supply armed tender, six transports and three store ships, at 9 fired a gun and made the signal for the convoy to make more sail".

Not long after the convoy set sail, Saturn (the planet representing terra firma), turned retrograde on June 8 1787. It virtually coincided with their first port of call at Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands. Saturn would not turn direct again until October 26 correlating with the last leg of the arduous journey rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

In what seems a remarkable astrological coincidence Saturn would eventually return to the original position it held as the ships set sail, within twenty four hours of the christening of the First Settlement at Sydney Cove.

FIRST FLEET DIARIES

From the dairy of Phillip Gidley King of HMS Supply,"at Daylight the English colours were displayed on shore and possession was taken for His Majesty whose health with the Queens, Prince of Wales and Success to the Colony was drank, a feu de joie was fired by the Party of Marines and the whole gave 3 Cheers which was returned by the Supply."

A further testimony is that of Sergeant James Scott, who wrote that he landed at ‘half past six to the New town that had been christened this day and four volleys of small arms fired’. This confirms the ceremonial taking of possession, appearing to have been enacted in the morning.

Although visual sunrise was 5.15 am., allowing the fact that the rowboat would have to get to the shore, and reasoning it might safer to guarantee some security surrounding a public ceremony in an alien land, I found 5.23 am a 'best fit', justified by over 60 pivotal national events studied thereafter.

THE SETTLEMENT HOROSCOPE

The Settlement horoscope depicts Australia with a multinational Aquarian Sun rising on the Ascendant. Initially this was reflected in the egalitarian nature of the society, far removed from the English class system. Today it effects through its multicultural policies. The rising Sun is also a military insignia adopted by the first Australian imperial troops.

Apart from Australia Day, the other day of national remembrance for Australians is ANZAC day, April 25. It is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice of its youth, following the pre-dawn Gallipoli landing of 1915. ANZAC Day marks Australia’s coming of age internationally, albeit through the horrors of war. The Sun's position on Anzac Day is in square to the Sun of the Settlement horoscope.

TESTING THE ANGLES

Progressing the Settlement chart, using secondary progressions (Naiboid in RA) to Anzac Day, the Midheaven arrives at natal Saturn and Venus, depicting the potential loss of loved ones and the enormous financial cost of war on the relatively young sparsely populated nation. The secondary progressed Moon reaches the natal nadir locked into a testing T-square with a sixth house (armed forces) Uranus.

The secondary progressed Sun for Australia’s involvement in this First World War is conjunct progressed Mercury at 12 degrees of Gemini. The War triggered volatile national debate and was the subject of constant propaganda. Two controversial referendums on conscription were defeated during the battle period. War is a definitive event for effective rectification.

At 9.58 am, on February 19 1942, Japanese warplanes bombed Darwin. The nations sovereignty was seriously threatened for the first time since Captain Phillip’s landing. Here the progressed Ascendant had made its way to where the same degree of Gemini that the progressing Sun held for the First World War.

Typical of an ominous nemesis, transiting Pluto was hovering at the Descendant and opposing the Australian birth Sun coincident with the Japanese attacks. Powerbroker Pluto would also coincide with the presence of an allied superpower, as around 500,000 US troops landed on Australian shores.

The American Supreme Commander of the Pacific General Douglas Macarthur was coincidentally also born on Australia Day. From WWII Australia would identify increasingly with the US, and this military connection is obvious when matching the July 4 1776 USA horoscope with First Settlement. The leadership Suns and military Mars of both countries interlink in close aspect with each other.

GOLD RUSH AND POPULATION EXPLOSION

The most significant event cementing Australia's early growth and future, was the discovery of gold, on the 12th of February 1851 by Edmund Hargreaves. The discovery synchronised with an exact conjunction of transiting Uranus and Pluto at the foundational IC (home area) of the national horoscope, just as lucky Jupiter was opposing it from to the Midheaven.

The renowned cosmobiologist Reinhold Ebertin's description of Uranus and Pluto as 'the collapse of the old order of things and the process of transformation', could not be more apt for what followed. Hamstrung by the solitude of distance, in an age of risky and arduous travel, immigration up until the Gold Rush was negligible. The promise of instant riches changed that in an eye-blink. The immediate years following the gold strike saw the population more than double.

FEDERATION – ONE NATION

The amalgamation of six colonial states into one nation, and the adoption of a Federal Parliament, began with an inspirational speech delivered by Sir Henry Parkes on the evening of October 24 1889, dubbed the Tenterfield Oration. A series of conferences during the late 1890’s led to Queen Victoria’s assent to Federation on July 9 1900 and the swearing in of a national government on New Year’s Day 1901 at approximately 13.35 hours in Sydney.

Parke's pivotal speech was delivered in the year that the First Settlement horoscope experienced a Progressed New Moon, bringing the Sun and Moon square to reformative Pluto and bound to usher in new beginnings. The Ascendant of that New Moon chart would mirror the First Settlement Midheaven and be very close to the Aries degree of the eventual Ascendant of Federation on January 1 1901.

The meticulous research of Australian astrologer Gwen Stoney, with assistance from Ted Cox, timed Australian Federation as 1.35.42 pm January 01 1901, in Sydney’s Centennial Park. This ceremony represented the swearing in of the office bearers of a national government. Gwen's horoscope works very well as a barometer of government business and affairs. She was inspired to research Federation following a constitutional crisis.

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

Fresh national identity was forged during the mid 1970's, via the visionary leader Gough Whitlam. The nation cast off its cultural cringe, yet Whitlam's 'buy back the farm' philosophies would quickly put him in the firing line of the financial establishment. His eventual dismissal, at 1.30 pm on November 11 1975, was the climax of whirlwind years of rapid change and growing maturity, culminating in a constitutional crisis.

The progressed Midheaven of the times had been squaring progressed Uranus, as Australia fought for greater autonomy from the Mother Country and also Big Brother USA. Whitlam's first act was to order a complete withdrawal of Australian soldiers from Vietnam. Transiting Uranus (planet of independence) was also opposing the progressing Midheaven. The insurgent Uranus energies dominated the nation's psyche.

The national anthem of God Save the Queen was replaced with Advance Australia Fair. Old Imperial Awards were superseded by Australian honours. The film industry was supported along with local artists and writers who embodied the Australian story. Whitlam’s three year revolutionary tenure had begun under an opposition of the secondary progressed Sun to it’s natal position as the country reflected upon itself. The Sun was also progressing into the upper, and more worldly, hemisphere of the horoscope.

AUSTRALIAN AUTONOMY

Greater independence was finally achieved via the Australia Act, signed by Queen Elizabeth II and effective from 4 pm March 3 1986 (AEDT) Canberra. The Midheaven of this chart appropriately reverses that of the moment that First Settlement officers fired off their cannons in allegiance to King George III.

As symbolic as you can get, from June 24 2010, Australia got its first female Prime Minister with the First Settlement's leadership Sun progressing to meet the natal Moon and the progressing Moon squaring the natal Sun. The chart spoke clearly and it was partly on these connections that I thought Julia Gillard would prevail, albeit after a nail-biting delay, in the elections that followed.

True to the accuracy of the Midheaven, and the transit of wild card Uranus over it in in 2017 another constitutional crisis loomed. The Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, was one of several representatives found to be unconstitutionally elected, forcing by-elections and furthering government instability.

KEY INDICATORS

Turbulent Uranus returns to square the national Midheaven from the late March, April and May periods of 2018. Leadership instability and a changing of the guard, combines with Australia finding itself wedged between a military alliance with America and containment of Australia's major trading partner China – a no win situation.

Surveillance patrols of the South China Sea and expenditure on naval equipment are represented by Australia's progressing Mars meeting oceanic Neptune in the chart of First Settlement. The fog of war? We may be much clearer on this by July 2018. Another of the major dynamic aspects is the progressing square of Mercury to Jupiter, as progressed Jupiter is simultaneously opposing Mercury.

These two planets cover a lot of ground, but we can align their mutual aspects to legislation and expansion of media interests, a battle for control of the news narrative, plus transport and educational challenges along with cultural or religious differences. Dialogue becomes essential to solving these philosophical debates in what should be a landmark legal year ahead.

JANUARY 21

THE PLUTO RETURN OF THE USA

The year 1776 is best remembered for the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the USA. The Declaration was written, signed and proclaimed by the forefathers of the new nation. Most of whom were wealthy businessmen. Since then United States has progressed to become the wealthiest nation of all and the home of modern capitalism.

Something else happened in 1776, but not on July 4. On March 9 a work appeared that would influence financial thinking for centuries after - Adam Smith's classic 'Wealth Of Nations'. Smith was a Scottish philosopher and economist. His magnum opus, appeared at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Thomas Jefferson considered it the best book on economics ever written.

The book traces history from the Fall of Rome to the feudal societies, to the mercantile age. Smith argued successfully that wealth was not created by hoarding precious metals, but rather through increasing production and expanding trade. His ideas made gross domestic product, a measure of a country's productive output, part of the fiscal vernacular. Smith also contended that an economy and markets were naturally self-regulating.

At the birth of the 'Wealth of Nations' and the 'Declaration of Independence' Pluto was positioned in the 28th degree of Capricorn. Pluto is the ancient Roman wealth ruler. In the earliest horoscope of the USA, timed for 17.10 hours July 4 1776, Pluto falls in the second house of assets and earning capacity. It also semisquares their expansive Sagittarian Ascendant, tying it into the national narrative. The US will project their wealth internationally.

Wealth also equates to power – especially where Pluto is involved - and in today’s world the US dollar has a global hegemony. Whenever that power has been threatened – by Muammar Gaddafi wanting to create the 'dinar' a new currency for African trade – or Saddam Hussein refusing to trade Iraqi oil in US dollars – regime change follows.

So when I am asked what do I think will happen when the US has its Pluto return, I think not only in terms of a nation transforming itself, but also factor in changes to capitalism via this Pluto connection to Smith's seminal work. If you research deeper, to when Pluto formed hard aspects, such as squares or oppositions to the 27-28 Capricorn the reasoning becomes even clearer.

DECIPHERING THE PLUTO PATTERNS

Pluto's first square came at 28 Aries in 1848. It was a tumultuous year bringing revolutions throughout Europe, affecting fifty countries from Sicily, through Germany, Italy, and the Austrian Empire. It even forced the French King Louis Philippe I, into exile and ushered in the Second Republic. There was also brutal repression of these multiple uprisings but they were the prelude for a more democratic society and the eventual fall of many European monarchies.

Karl Marx's 'Communist Manifesto' was released in London on February 21 1848. It was another book that would influence economic and social thinking in a powerful but different way. Although the revolutions were not directly caused by the book, it was a reflection of the time, and just as revolutionary as 1776. Unions and organised labor movements would evolve from this.

Curiously it also represented gold rushes in the USA and Australia. California Gold was first discovered on January 24 that year, while in Australia the first significant discoveries were made in Western Australia. Within three years, with the Saturn Pluto conjunction at the end of Aries, the Rush would be totally changing the national demographics.

KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS

The opposition point of Pluto occurred in 1936/37 as the world geared for a war that would again throw Europe into turmoil. It was a war that would change the balance of power, not only in the western world, bit also Russia, Japan, China and precede the breakup of the British Empire. What came out of this was a polarity of capitalism and communism, a divided Europe and Asia, and Cold War – a face-off between the ideas of Smith and Marx.

Indeed it was in February of 1936 that a book was released that challenged classical economic theory. It was “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”, written by the English economist John Maynard Keynes. It is the work that is the acknowledged source of the terminology of modern macroeconomics. So confident was Keynes of his work that he wrote to his good friend, George Bernard Shaw.

"I believe myself to be writing a book on economic theory which will largely revolutionize—not I suppose, at once but in the course of the next ten years—the way the world thinks about its economic problems. I can't expect you, or anyone else, to believe this at the present stage. But for myself I don't merely hope what I say,--in my own mind, I'm quite sure."

Keynes work was well received during the Great Depression – the US slipped back into recession in 1937 with the Dow losing around 50%. These years also represented government intervention into the economy with Roosevelt’s New Deal. After the war years the western economies were reformed following the Bretton Woods agreement and the formation of the World Bank and International Monetary Federation.

DEREGULATION

The last square of Pluto to itself came in the years 1982/83 at 28 of Libra. These were important years in laissez-faire economics, privatisation and deregulation, often referred to as Reaganomics and Thatcherism. It heralded a period of selling off of national assets and essential services.

These were also the years of the 'yuppie', obsessed with material success. The devolution of the Soviet states started with their first independent trade union 'Solidarity'. In 1983, the Polish leader of that movement, Lech Walesa, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Each time that Pluto heads into a hard aspect with the 1776 position The Illuminati also birthed May 1 1776) of 28 degrees Capricorn, there are new revolutions, political unrest and a change in economic values and philosophy. It's as if the ideas prevalent at the turning points are useful, until the crunch comes at the next evolutionary point.

On the available evidence, this pattern should continue at the Pluto return. We are not simply looking at a Pluto return for the USA, but a total transformation of the global economy. And the unrest we are currently witnessing in the developed economies, is a sure sign of that inevitability.

JANUARY 14

THE YEAR AHEAD THROUGH SEASONAL CHARTS

One of the oldest forecasting techniques in the astrology of nations and their leaders, is the ingress horoscope. Ingress simply means entry. The four ingress charts are cast for the moment of the Suns entry into the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, which mark the true start of the seasons.

Ingress charts depict genuine celestial phenomena. The Sun is immediately above the equator, either heading north (Aries) or south (Libra) or tracing the Tropics of Cancer or Capricorn for their casting. Think of them as the moment of seasonal change. They were important to the Babylonians, Hellenistic and Roman astrologers, and have filtered down to modern times.

My experience deems them useful, chiefly when they exhibit a consistent and unmistakable theme. A good example of that might be the Aries Ingress of 1939 over London. A New Moon in challenging square to the war lord Mars and Pluto on the Ascendant paints an obvious and ominous scenario. WWII followed.

A similar case can be made for the 2001 Aries Ingress above New York. Somber Saturn sat rising at the Ascendant, in the degree of the most malefic fixed star in the heavens Algol – yep it's where the word ghoul emanates from. Deceptive and sacrificial Neptune was right above, on the Midheaven. Aggressive Mars and extremist Pluto were together in the seventh house of allies and enemies. Say no more.

PERVASIVE PATTERNS

Often Ingress charts say a lot. They did last year when cast for Washington. Location makes a difference. It will either bring planets onto the vital angles of the Ascendant and Midheaven, assailing them greater prominence, or take them away lessening their role.

In 2017 three of the four seasonal charts repeated the same angular pattern. Indistinct and undefined Neptune was rising with restrictive, critical Saturn in the administrative Midheaven. Whenever you spot a repetitive pattern across the year, in three of four ingress horoscopes, it is predominate in assessing that year. It's also accurate to the unfolding of 2017, from the Washington perspective.

The Ascendant describes the national projection in an ingress chart. Diplomatic relations were eroded (Neptune) and ambiguous under the new and very different Trump presidency. Other nations knew neither where they stood, nor what was coming next.

Saturn as the most elevated planet described the conservative and isolationist approach. Normally associated with the yoke of responsibility, Saturn was not helped by being in what its 'mundane square' to hazy Neptune. Authority was undermined by White House spin. Staff turnover was high. Porous Neptune corresponded with inevitable 'leaks'. Keep in mind that these planets had swapped the positions they held in 2001.

WHERE IT'S AT

In the final seasonal chart of 2017, December's Capricorn Ingress, the Sun met up with Saturn, which had also just entered Capricorn. This is still in effect. Since then President Donald Trump’s suitability for this administrative role has come under increasing scrutiny. His emotional maturity is under question. Saturn in the governmental tenth house has put leadership accountability under high focus.

Averse to change Saturn also immediately evoked the conservative agenda. Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell's comments said it all during the budget announcement speeches. He praised the Trump administration for assuring the 'centre' right' now had control of the highest court in the land. It wasn't necessarily about justice as much as his traditionalist ideology.

This is pure Saturn control stuff. At the time of the Capricorn Ingress judicial Jupiter was in a semisquare to Saturn. But Saturn was taking the ribbons being powerfully placed in its own sign of Capricorn and accidentally dignified in the ruling tenth house. Astro techniques aside, Saturn was and is, dominant leading through to March. Accountability rules.

2018 - THREE OUT OF FOUR REPEAT A PATTERN

What is fascinating about the year ahead, is that again, three out of four of the Ingress horoscopes feature the same two planets on the angles. This is extremely rare stuff. This time their positioning changes. Starting March 20 2018, from 12.15 pm Washington time, Neptune will be right on the Midheaven and Saturn setting – this time with battleground Mars.

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Neptune will re-appear at the big-top Midheaven for the Cancer seasonal ingress chart, again with Saturn setting. Similar placements repeat to round out 2018 with the December Capricorn Ingress. We are already getting a feel of this future theme with the Neptunian doubts about the leadership, It will be much of an issue come March – at least according to the Ingress technique.

These aspects will be operational 'regardless of who is sitting in the Oval office'. Even VP Mike Pence has Neptune squaring his birth Sun most of the year, specifically through May, June and July. Doubts, deception, dissipation connected to administration and governmental process. A lack of definitive direction. Rumour, mystery and obfuscation.

All of this is reinforced by Neptune's constant contacts with the USA's secondary progressed Sun through 2018. This is coming to exactness by the mid February, which is why I anticipate the whole issue of leadership, and the controversy surrounding it, to go to another level. There could be a big breaking story or announcement round the 16th or 17th. But back to the Ingress techniques.

Saturn setting may indicate a more isolationist approach, judgemental of international partners and a resetting of boundaries. It can suggest less support, other than through traditional rock solid alliances. Trump's criticisms of selective immigrants, other countries and the United Nations is typical of the Saturnian negativity and boundary setting.

MUDDY WATERS

In many ways the President's own behaviour has been a catalyst of the illusory Neptune atmosphere. Fake news, alternative facts, catering to conspiracy theories, sometimes bald faced outright lies or uniformed opinion, all undermining national unity and confidence. The media are also guilty of resorting too often to opinion rather than reporting straightforward fact.

Trump's insecurity at falling three million short in the popular vote, while still claiming the presidency, may be one cause for his compensatory and constant self-appraisal. But a quick synopsis of his birth chart also shows his 'my way or the highway' constant competitor projection, ignited by combustible Mars at his Ascendant in fiery Leo.

Trump's changeable Gemini Sun is partnered with erratic and eccentric Uranus. Highly independent, fast acting but intermittent attention span, constantly diverting to other subjects. His solar ruler, Mercury, squares Neptune, which helps explain the self perpetuated mythology of Trump. Mercury is also antiscion his Sun - a fascination, addiction and adroit use of the media. He is the 'mercurial' salesman.

THE WARNING OF REGULUS

As Trump came to the presidency his Sun was progressing across the royal star of Regulus. His style was much more monarchical than democratic. In kingly style, White House appointments became an elaborate exercise in nepotism. He was born with Regulus rising. Research astrologer Bernadette Brady, has an interesting take on this influential fixed star.

She relates it to the mythical Persian King Feridum who lost his entire kingdom through revenge – a trait Bernadette recommends assiduously avoiding should this star be strong in a horoscope. Trump has a real problem with that. His antagonistic Mars near Regulus seeks out arch-rivals.

He is still fighting Clinton and Obama. His Regulus was eclipsed last August following Charlottesville. We all saw how that played out. The counter eclipse comes February 15 2018. It all adds to the evaporative Neptune effect. Are some Republicans sharpening their knives for the Ides of March now Caesar has done their bidding, whilst others develop selective amnesia?

To cast an analogy - the presidential craft now sails stormy seas, heading into uncharted waters. The once trusty lighthouse beam is lost in a Neptunian fog. A captain unable to navigate or one who has steered the ship way off course. A mutiny in the making? The sacrifice of a leader? If Ingress charts are to be trusted, such analogies will play out in 2018.

HAWAII FALSE NUCLEAR ALERT

At 8.07 am Saturday January 13 Hawaii time, a nuclear warning was issued that a missile was heading for the island. It proved a false alarm. The warning was retracted a full 40 minutes later after sending people into panic. The fault was blamed on human error.

A missile would take just over 38 minutes to reach the island from the Korean peninsula. And the retraction came 40 minutes after the warning. Was it human error or does the missile defense system have a dangerous problem? Surely they wouldn't try a test run on the populace, unless they were planning for a future military operation.

Here's the chart for that warning, showing military Mars and over the top Jupiter on the Midheaven and the Sun in square to surprise packet Uranus. Again it stresses the power of planets on angles like the Ingress ones already analysed. And below that an astromap of the Korean peninsula for the same moment showing Mars and Jupiter rising above North and South Korea.

JANUARY 7

WHO'S AFRAID OF MICHAEL WOLFF?

Until last week nobody was talking about Michael Wolff. Now everyone knows his name. He's surpassed J. K. Rowling as Amazon's number one author. And it's all happened in an eye blink, due to his 'Fire and Fury' expose of the chaotic Trump presidency.

At 11.53 am on January 3 2018 a comprehensive coverage of his work was published online at nymag.com. It would set the tongues wagging and electronic media into overdrive. A chart drawn for this moment is totally descriptive of what followed.

Communications hub Mercury in unrestrained Sagittarius was in the 9th house of publication. It was trine to chaotic Uranus about to rise. Venus sat right at the Midheaven. The book would be extremely popular and there was money is those words. The Mars and Jupiter in vengeful Scorpio would extol the title.

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Wolff's book has already fractured friendships – the Bannon-Trump one for starters. It is packed with sensational quotes, from Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and White House insiders. It's been branded lies by Trump, with others vouching for its veracity. And mobile phones are now off limits in the West Wing!

What is it about Wolff's horoscope that would indicate, this sudden career explosion? Or might describe his penchant for digging out information about powerful people, and placing it in the public domain? Wolff was born August 27, 1953, in Paterson, NJ according to wikipedia. No time is available, but there's enough to his horoscope to obviate the need for one.

READ IT ALL IN THE MERCURY

Mercury is the mythological newsmaker. It's the planet that relates to the gathering and conveyance of information. It's a reason why a lot of newspapers are called the Mercury, even to this day. Wolff's Mercury is married to Pluto – they both occupy the same Leo degree of his horoscope.

Pluto is the mythological lord of the underworld. The world that most of us never see. The dark forces that represent the powers behind the throne. When Pluto ventured above ground, he wore a cap of invisibility that enabled him to move around secretly and unseen.

This was the way that Wolff originally chronicled Rupert Murdoch in his 2010 biography, 'The Man Who Owns The News'. He was allowed access to the daily life and the family connections of the most powerful media figure in the world. The power behind many thrones. It was the way he moved around the White House.

When you combine cerebral Mercury with probing and penetrating Pluto you get the investigative reporter. A keen understanding of manipulation and propaganda. Someone who will work relentlessly on an idea or an objective. This is Wolff's mindset – he's obsessed with the shocking revelation.

MERCURY PLUTO - DEALING WITH DEVILS

The French poet Charles Baudelaire, whose seminal work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) dealt with taboo subjects such as eroticism and death in 19th century France, had the close conjunction of Mercury and Pluto. Many of his works were banned during his own lifetime but posthumous fame made him on of the most influential European poets.

Sylvester Stallone is often parodied in intellectual circles, but he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the original Rocky. It had a Plutonian theme of the 'reborn' boxer who transforms himself into a genuine contender and continues to pick himself up off the canvas in the ultimate showdown.

Like Wolff, Stallone's Mercury Pluto conjunction lies in showbiz Leo. In writing on Trump and Murdoch, Wolff's Mercury is a conduit for the lives of the rich and powerful. All in keeping with Pluto's other significant role as the ancient Roman ruler of wealth. It is also the planet of mass media. And Wolff believes that his book has the power to bring down the President.

Wolff's Mercury is also positioned in an accommodating and exact sextile to successful Jupiter, which lies in Mercury's home sign of Gemini. It is also in an exact sextile to Saturn and Neptune – the former being in its exaltation sign of Libra. Having his Mercury at the midpoint of Jupiter and Saturn, and in a fortunate angle to both is extremely auspicious. But why the sudden fame?

This biwheel is using the 9 am general release time for January 5 2018, although some Washington book stores released the book at midnight. I've gone with the majority of bookstores, also taking into account that much of the material was publicised and in the media well before the book release. For those interested a first sale chart is also included at the end of the article and also the chart for the New York Mag's comprehensive pre-release coverage which set the tongues wagging.

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SPOTLIGHT AND STARDOM

When things happen totally out of the blue, with a stunning immediacy, Uranus is guaranteed to be right in the picture. Currently the planet of fast change is placed at 24 degrees of Aries and in an opportune trine (120 degree angle) to Wolff's Mercury Pluto combination. When you consider how potently his Mercury is placed by birth – Uranus activates all the other triggers too. But there's more.

The current position of transiting Mercury is 24 of Sagittarius. Therefore it is also trine to his Mercury and Pluto. Transiting Mercury here is acting as the trigger and completing a Grand Trine in combination with Uranus, impacting on his birth Mercury and Pluto. Again when you consider how his birth Mercury already has fortunate sextiles to Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune – it all adds up.

Having the world's most talked about subject – Donald Trump – as the centerpiece of his book certainly helped Wolff's transits play out with massive media exposure. Trump's lawyers cease and desist orders were ignored and it's the worst possible publicity for the President to kick off 2018.

Wolff has turned the media tables on Trump. He has taken total control of the narrative. Trump's Twitter feed now advertises Wolff's work. Trump's supporters are defending the President and promoting Wolff's book. For the moment Wolff, or at least his words, are more in greater demand and getting more attention than Trump's agendas.

DON'T DISCOUNT THE SUPERMOON

Keep in mind – we've just had a SuperMoon at 11 degrees of Cancer – very close to the USA's birth Sun and representing the leadership. The Sun and Venus have been locked together in Capricorn, both opposing the USA Sun. And the transit of media Mercury in Sagittarius has been running opposite and counter to Trump's Gemini Sun.

Wolff's claims that his work will end the Trump presidency may be taking it to the extreme. There are explosive claims and quotes, which the anti-Trump brigade are salivating over, but political realities are hardly decided by one book alone.

More to the point is that Trump in signing his Tax Reform into law has already fulfilled the primary Republican agenda. In declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel he has sanctioned their ideals, as well as fulfilling a mission of Breitbart news, the alt.right outlet originally formed to further increase Israeli influence in American politics.

So Trump, who continues to poll miserably, may soon become disposable to a Republican party that never really welcomed his nomination. For Trump, survival may entail a war. But he already seems to be embroiled in one. Watch that mid February period. It will bring a major turning point.

Dec 31 2017

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

As 2017 concludes I'm taking a preliminary look at 2018 over the next few weeks. First off, Europe's most powerful leader and a rock of stability over the last twelve years, Angela Merkel, Australia's leader Malcolm Turnbull and the inevitable Trump are subjects of this week's column.

Angela Merkel was sworn in as German Chancellor at 14.05 hours on November 22 2005 in Berlin. This horoscope now has restrictive Saturn arriving at the Midheaven. The Chancellor has remained in office for twelve years – one full Jupiter cycle of the zodiac. The planetary king maker completing its cycle can be a sign of removal from power.

A fitting example of the Jupiter cycle in action, is former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard. His leadership stretched from March 11 1996 to December 3 2007, just two months short of a Jupiter orbit of the Sun. His inglorious exit included losing his own seat. Merkel's Jupiter cycle completed in November 2017. Since then she has struggled to form a government.

Merkel's birth horoscope of July 17 1954 @ 1800 hours in Hamburg, repeats the same theme. Rebellious Uranus is now in forward motion and heading to square her Cancerian birth Sun. The Sun, now in Capricorn, is also due to oppose her birth Sun by January 9. Will Merkel be the first major political casualty of 2018? It's a changing of the guard.

MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull's political career resembles a roller coaster. Incredible career successes are interspersed with soul searching defeats and rapid repositioning.

He championed the Republican movement only to see it jettisoned at the final count. He narrowly won the Liberal leadership after a first time defeat, lost it by the narrowest of margins and then launched a successful challenge that unseated a Prime Minister.

Turnbull was born October 24 1954 (time unknown) in Sydney Australia. His sudden shifts correspond with his regenerative Scorpio Sun in a dynamic T-Square with bountiful Jupiter, fast changing Uranus and aggressive Mars.

Those who know him well recognise these qualities of the quick temper, wanting to get things done in a hurry and a fascination with technology, courtesy of the Jupiter Uranus connection.

In 2018, that same planet of disruption and rapid re-alignment, Uranus, will be opposing his Sun, suggesting that his support base may get increasingly unstable and unpredictable.

Progressing Mars – implying aggressive competition – will also come into a testing angle to his Sun and Mars square in 2018. If it's not the national broadband network coming to haunt, it's opponents out of left (or should I say right) field.

Undermining Neptune also enters the mix by late April/May. Turnbull will be under attack and his problem has always been that the predators have usually been members of his own party. Expect either a significant challenge which may unseat him around this period or a present enormous leadership difficulty.

TRUMP – WHEN VISION MEANS DIVISION

Donald Trump seems determined to set the US on a path of greater conflict in 2018. It's something that I have always thought of Trump since his campaign launch. It's impossible to overlook the multiple Mars connections that his Gemini Sun and Moon have with the USA's Mars. Or discard his Mars opposition to the USA's birth Moon.

Consider too that his campaign was launched on a fiery Sun Mars conjunction, again on the US Mars and coincided with the first Uranus return of the Third Reich. It makes it difficult to arrive at any other conclusion other than a Trump presidency sets all the astrological alarm bells ringing for the USA and even Trump himself.

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A year after those considerations it's blatantly obvious that he acts as a channel, and catalyst, for US anger and aggression – both internally and externally. The Solar Eclipse of February 15th 2018 is set to oppose Trump's birth Mars. This is the companion eclipse – it is happening opposite – to the Great American Eclipse of August 2017. It's extremely important.

DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE

You may recall the events around the August eclipse that polarised the USA. The eclipse cut a North/South swathe across the land, tracing geographical Civil War divisions and correlating with similar racial hate propaganda. The flash point was Charlottesville, Virginia and an ugly Unite The Right rally that quickly turned deadly.

The riots took place August 12, with the aftermath broadcast across the globe for weeks to follow. Most of the hullabaloo was centred on the President's handling of the crisis. Trump waded into the debate as the August 22 Solar Eclipse loomed toward his Ascendant and Mars.

Eclipses change perceptions and if anyone doubted Trump's racist undertones, or old world beliefs, Charlottesville laid them bare for all to see. Trump reacted aggressively, elevating his war with the media to new heights. As a result, his Gallup Poll approval rating dropped to a record low of 35% with disapproval peaking at 60% and 5% undecided.

Recent threats to the United Nations, a defiant declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (with no recognition of Palestine) and tax cuts favouring the rich have returned dismal poll ratings around 35% to round out the year 2017.

GET SET FOR ROUND TWO

Expect the upcoming February Solar Eclipse opposing Trump's Mars to find him embroiled in a battle. In this same time frame, the leadership Sun in the progressed horoscope of the USA will also be under severe challenge. This pressure will gradually increase into the April.

One of the immediate possibilities is the progress of Robert Mueller’s Russian interference probe becoming a real threat to his administration. Doubts about the legitimacy of the 2016 election will continue throughout the year ahead. From April 2018 Trump will face mounting opposition from within the conservative establishment.

The President's counter to this has been to undermine intelligence institutions, like the FBI and any findings contrary to his worldview. Trump's supporters will work to white ant Mueller's credibility. This insecurity can be connected to him losing the popular vote by close to three million.

Trump initially complained that electorates were rigged, boasting that his inauguration attendance was the largest ever and that his electoral college win exceeded previous Republicans victories. His defence is invariably a counter attack, with the truth a sacrificial victim.

These obvious fantasies suit 'gaslighting Neptune' meeting up with the Secondary Progressed US leadership Sun. It's a feature of the 2017 that is recurring through 2018. Never before have we seen a national leader so parodied, nor White House press briefings so subject ridicule for presenting 'alternative facts'.

The dissipating Neptune effect is strong mid February and also comes back around late October and early December. Neptune wears away like lapping water on sandstone. The results are more obvious over time. As this is purely affecting the national chart, it would effect no matter who was occupying head office.

NO SECOND SERVE

What Trump's personal horoscope does show is that he will not serve a second term and will even have great difficulty completing a first term. Around the time that the Republican nomination is announced – July 2020 – Trump's progressing Midheaven will hit the brick wall of Saturn. It will also semisquare his birth Uranus. This combination spells separations and fractured alliances.

Trump also came to the presidency in the balsamic, or closing stages of his Sun/Moon progression cycle. This usually marks a time of endings. And while he has forgone his business career, he assumed the leadership during this 'release' period, with his New Moon due in September 2019.

Much earlier than that, the triple transit of erratic Uranus will square Trump's progressing administrative Midheaven from the middle of June 2018 through April 2019, returning again at the end of that year. Each of these transits chips away at his authority and the cumulative effect incrementally increases the odds of professional change.

THE BOUNCE OF BATTLE

The Republicans are between a rock and hard place with a Greek tragedy of their own creation. Despite great reticence they finally backed Trump who delivered an election win. With a few notable but rare exceptions they have staunchly defended him.

His unpopularity makes him an electoral liability. Stacking the White House with Pentagon pals, Goldman Sachs and Exxon execs makes mockery of his deep state conspiracy theories and drain the swamp promises. But one thing that usually gives a President a decent popularity bounce is a security scare or declaration of war.

Trump's military Mars setting over North Korea has played out exactly as expected. He has it rising over Venezuela, another country in his sights, if only for their vast oil deposits. Iran is another oil rich nation and his first overseas visit was to immediately gather a Saudi led coalition against them.

These agendas are nothing new. Trump has long harboured the same worldview. The February eclipse also opposes Israel's Mars and Netanyahu's Mars. In consideration of Trump's championing of Zionist expansion in the face global opposition, he would have little hesitation in lighting another spark in the Middle East, let alone the South China sea or Korean peninsula.

It's this kind of ideological belligerence that defies diplomatic solutions and leans more toward pre-emptive strikes. It's easy to see how the Trump presidency has upended global order and further polarised his homeland. And it's why the generational markers of Jupiter and Saturn show his election win as being just as momentuous and jarring as 911 and the Global Financial Crisis.

Winding up, there is a SuperMoon happening this week - the second in a trilogy - and due at 02.24 am Universal Time January 2. It's occurring at 11CAN37, close to the US birth Sun and also locking in with the July 3 2013 Egyptian coup of General Sisi. It may be place an important focus on the US/Egyptian military alliance.

More next week. Meantime thanks for your support throughout 2017 and wishing a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Roll on 2018.

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