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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.

DEC 24

THE UNWANTED CHRISTMAS GIFT?

Between 10.56 and 10.57 am December 22 2017, in Washington DC, US President Donald Trump signed a controversial Tax Reform Bill. Controversial, for in a time of rampant inequality, the Bill further fortifies the rich, whilst adding another $1.5 trillion to an already record national debt. The bill was hastily pushed through Congress in near record time before Christmas.

At the heart of the plan is a reduction in corporate tax from 35% to 21%, sure to stimulate business and benefit stock market investors. In defiance of progressive tax, where the rich pay a greater escalating percentage, the Republicans are reducing higher income rates more than the lower incomes.

Americans were against the cuts by a ratio of 55% against to 35% for, on average poll results. The 35% 'for' remains consistent with Donald Trump's voter base and his approval rating which hovers around 37% at the time of writing. In typical hyperbole, he claims they are the biggest tax cuts in US history.

Truth is the record cuts occurred under a multi-millionaire businessman at the helm of American finance; one much richer than Trump. His name was Andrew Mellon.

ANDREW MELLON ROARING 20's TO GREAT DEPRESSION

Andrew Mellon, was a Republican conservative Secretary of the Treasury, for a record 11 years and 10 months. It equates to one Jupiter growth cycle. Mellon, the son of a banker, was a phenomenally successful businessman. At the time of his appointment, he was the third richest man in the USA. Only Henry Ford and John Rockefeller were wealthier.

Mellon subscribed to trickle down economics. He lowered the highest individual tax rates from 73% to 24% between 1922 and 1929. His justification being that that fortunes would be put back into the economy, infrastructure would thrive and tax avoidance could be curbed. He also lowered real estate tax, greatly benefiting the elite, in a similar philosophy to the current tax reforms.

Mellon did have his measure of success initially. Lowering corporate tax rates encouraged industry and had major political ramifications during the ostentatious period known as the Roaring Twenties. It was an era born for the Donald Trumps of this world. Unfortunately, economies, like cars, need a brake as well as accelerator.

The over heated economy eventually bubbled into the Great Depression by the end of 1929, when Mellon headed overseas extracting payments on US loans from WWI. Back home the cries for his impeachment became louder, leading to his eventual resignation on February 12 1932. He then became Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Following the worst financial collapse of the 20th century, the Republicans, who had held the presidency for three consecutive terms, would not reside in the White House for another twenty years. By the mid 1930's the top US tax rate had ballooned to 80%. The product of a flawed trickle down economic theory which fostered an economic inequality rivaled only by today.

CYCLICAL BOOM AND BUST

American capitalism had been plagued by boom and bust cycles, since the country's formation. As the Depression deepened, President Hoover, frustrated by the variance of opinion among economic experts, commissioned Edward R Dewey to study the subject of cycles. Dewey continued this for years and the results of his findings is in the book, Cycles: The Science of Prediction, first published in 1947.

Cycles, of course, are the founding blocks of astrology. Before Dewey unveiled his discoveries, the financial astrologer Louise McWhirter had published her 1938 classic 'Astrology and Stock Market Forecasting'. The core of McWhirter's theory concerned the movement of the Lunar Nodes, specifically the North Node through the twelve signs of the zodiac and financial fluctuations.

She discovered that when the North Node moves through Leo, the business cycle tends to peak, descending to its cyclical low in the opposite sign of Aquarius. In more recent times this would equate to the rising stock markets of the late 90's with the North Node in Leo and the global recession of 2008, as the North Node was moving through Aquarius.

The bull run of the Dow in 2017 could be explained, at least according to McWhirter's ideas, by the North Node currently in Leo, where it will remain until November 6 2018. Trump's presidency comes at a fortuitous time in contrast to the ignominious exit of George W Bush or the ill timed entry of Barack Obama, inheriting a nation in economic chaos, while the Node moved through Aquarius.

Back in the days of Andrew Mellon, the North Node was moving backwards through Leo in 1924 and 1925, whereas by the time it reached Aquarius he had just resigned and the US was in the throes of the Great Depression. This may bode well for the immediate future, but descend into chaos by 2025/26 if not addressed earlier. But there are other factors involved.

THE SATURN FACTOR

The Tax Reform Act was signed as the Sun came to Saturn, both at the start of Capricorn. The last time this occurred was just prior to Christmas in 1957. This preceded a downturn in the economy, dubbed the Eisenhower recession of 1958, after the sitting president of the time. As mentioned in last week's article on the Capricorn Ingress (click here for the link), the previous Sun Saturn Ingress to that happened in December 1929 and the Great Depression followed.

Don't be fooled by Saturn's dignity in Capricorn. Saturn is the planet of austerity and contraction. While it would seem to suit the conservative approach of less government and less taxes, an 'objective' look at history across the last two centuries reveals that US government expenditure actually increases during Saturn in Capricorn periods.

So there are strong but conflicting signals when the North Node in Leo is weighed with Saturn in Capricorn. It invites the question of whether a government intervention to the tax system was really needed, as the economy and job market seemed to be growing stronger regardless.

Will this tend to overheat the economy, introducing short term gains for long term losses? Is pushing the national debt to even greater amounts potentially making that debt unmanageable? The irony being that national debt was always a Republican sore point.

Also in the past, approaching one Saturn cycle ago, Trump's expansive haste led to his first and worst Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Yes I know I go hard on Trump, but at least I am quoting fact, not hyperbole. The bankruptcy's began in Trump's progressed New Moon phase. He enters one again in September of 2019.

CHARTING THE COURSE

The comparison of the Tax Reform Act with the birth horoscope of the USA brings mercantile Mercury to the Ascendant, showing that they will be a subject of much debate, news and discussion for years to come. Mercury is also in square to the spin planet of Neptune.

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The same two charts show the opposition of the Sun and Saturn to the United States value planet of Venus and expansionary Jupiter and in a testing square to the US Midheaven. Saturn will eventually advance to oppose the USA's Sun, all of which helps explain the previous financial contractions common to its Capricorn placement.

The same Sun Saturn combination fall right on the Sun of the US Federal Reserve horoscope and opposite its Pluto and also square the Midheaven. Pluto is now opposing the Fed's Ascendant and Mars. And although the mercenary Mercury's are conjunct in both charts, the Reform is bringing dissipating Neptune to square the Mercury.

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One gets the impression from all of this that perhaps the reform was unnecessary. That in the longer term it could increase the inequality gap and undermine the Fed's fiscal control. The connection of Jupiter to the Federal Reserve Moon looks promising at first. But it was a Jupiter Moon connection that also precisely timed the 'excesses' of the last recession.

So was it really needed at this time or will it end up pushing interest rates up, expand a market bubble and recreate the loss of control and deregulation that fed into the 2008 global meltdown all over again. The North Node had only just moved out of Leo last time when we had the dotcom bubble crash.

They are all valid questions as 2017 winds down. There is a touch of irony in all of this. The reform is championed by a President whose wealth outstrips all the other prior Presidents combined. And it's tax act pushed through by a President, who has been consistently evasive when it comes to presenting his own tax returns before the American public.

As for the long passed Andrew Mellon, his family still remain among the richest in America. It was two and a half years ago, in July 2014, when an article appeared in Forbes magazine concerning Mark Mellon II. He is the Chairman of the New York Republican Party’s Finance Committee. He was putting money into fresh business concepts concerning a new crypto-currency which he said would eventually replace the US dollar. It was called Bitcoin.

PS - Trump's signing time was computed by comparing the official US White House statement and text of his speech (which had a starting time of 10.45 am and finsih time of 11.05 am posted) and a delayed broadcast on CNN beginning 11.13 which had 11.24 am as the signing time.

DEC 17

TRANSLATING THE CAPRICORN INGRESS

One of the traditional methods for judging the potential of the immediate future, is the use of seasonal ingress horoscopes, cast for the location of specific capitals. This year's Capricorn Ingress occurs December 21 at 16.27.52 Universal Time. It arrives with the Sun in combination with Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, and a tight orb of only ten minutes separation.

As it is a rare condition to have Saturn so prominent at the Capricorn Ingress, I did some research on when it has occurred (within approximately two and a half degrees) to analyse the correlations of the past with the potentials of today. The results revealed a consistent theme. They also followed a recurrence cycle averaging 59 years, similar to a double Saturn return covering 1811, 1870, 1929, 1958 and now 2017.

For starters, Saturn is the planet associated with preserving tradition and the status quo. It is the planet identified with Father Time, bearing the Greek name of Chronos. That makes it fitting indeed that the last time the Sun entered Capricorn in conjunction with Saturn – in December 1958 - the John Birch Society was born.

This far right political movement, of conspiracy-minded conservatives, have chapters spread throughout the USA. They vigorously opposed the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, believing it all part of a Communist plot. Progressives like John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King were prime targets of the Birch believers, who were avid opponents of desegregation and the US membership of the United Nations.

MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO

JBS advocate minimalist government and oppose any economic interventionism or wealth redistribution. That's hardly surprising, taking into account that the society was formed by eleven of the richest men in America including Fred Koch, father of the politically active billionaires, the Koch Bros. JBS conspiracy theories run parallel to today's Alex Jones or Fox News.

They do little to mask their 'WASP' ethnocentrism mixed with a Saturnian fear factor. Bob Dylan's sarcastic 'John Birch Society Blues' parodies this paranoia on his early classic Freewheeling album. Dylan sings about looking for reds beneath the bed and even under his toilet seat, whilst bemoaning the color red's presence in the US flag.

Modern day John Bircher and Baptist preacher Mark Collins, of the Central Texas chapter, is reportedly optimistic about the future. He believes there is a powerful reason to rejoice, a reason for renewed optimism: God has sent America a new, powerful leader. He’s a good man, a moral man. God has delivered Donald J. Trump to save the United States of America.

You be the judge of that? Trump's presidency is an amalgam of John Birch philosophies and it is interesting that on the eve of the Ingress, his Republican tax plan, substantially benefiting Wall St investors and his own businesses is set to become law. It's in keeping with the leadership Sun meeting establishment Saturn in corporatist Capricorn.

THE 1929 CAPRICORN INGRESS ALSO CAME WITH SATURN

Economic inequality is one of the greatest growing problems in western society and becoming entrenched in the USA. Despite this, the Republican planned tax cuts look to increase America's national debt, forcing cutbacks on social services. All of this has the potential of driving a widening societal divide toward revolution.

The prior Sun Saturn conjunction at the Capricorn Ingress came in December 1929. It fell two months after the Wall St collapse that triggered the Great Depression. If we examine this period from the social perspective, inequality had reached breaking point. It would pay today’s leaders to heed these signals before the austerity of Saturn returns.

CAPITALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY – THOMAS PICKETTY

It's not only the planets issuing such warnings. The French economics professor Thomas Piketty's revelatory 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' showed how economic inequality peaked in 1929. His book was translated into English in April of 2014 and by May 18 was number one on the New York Times best-seller list.

Regular readers would recall that April 2014 featured a mundane Grand Cross formation featuring Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto all around 13 degrees of cardinal. The astro-talk of the time was how this powerful aspect pattern would impact directly on the natal Sun of the USA. What happened was the renewal of a Cold War, as the US placed economic sanctions on old enemy Russia over their reclamation of Crimea.

But perhaps Piketty's book portended the real looming crisis of the Grand Cross, if we are to look deeper and longer at a message emanating. Inequality has worsened with the extended stock market bubble, as the rich get even richer in the home of capitalism. And last Thursday's draconian ruling on 'net neutrality' threatens to silence the dissenting voice.

Is it no accident that Trump's proposed tax cuts are being sold as a curious Christmas present – right on the Capricorn Ingress with Saturn? And by a billionaire President who refuses to release his tax returns. The President's own horoscope makes multiple connections to this Ingress, shown here on the cosmo dial. The day of reckoning looms.


RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Saturn was prominent during a prior Capricorn Ingress of 1811. This period featured a Jupiter Saturn opposition with the Moon tightly squaring the Ingress Sun, creating a T—Square formation. It was the period of the Luddite Uprisings. The term Luddite is now used to describe one unfamiliar and resistant to advancing technology.

The Luddite story began with the introduction of automation in the textile industry, threatening wage and worker security. Experienced artisans were being replaced by unskilled labour low wage operators. Lacking any kind of unionised power, the disenfranchised united to destroy the machines. It was a protest against industrialisation threatening livelihood.

Right at the Ingress a story appeared in The Nottingham review of December 20 1811. It concerned a weaver named Ned Ludd, who smashed two knitting machines in a fit of anger. The Luddites took their name from this character, claiming to be fighting for the cause of General or King Ludd. The government eventually called in the army.

Songwriter Robert Calvert revived the legend of Ned Ludd in verse,
They said Ned Ludd was an idiot boy
That all he could do was wreck and destroy, and
He turned to his workmates and said: Death to Machines
They tread on our future and they stamp on our dreams.

The Capricorn Ingress of 1811 featured Saturn and Jupiter tightly opposed. This is a classic future (Jupiter) versus the past (Saturn) dichotomy. The fact that the Moon also squared the Sun/Saturn and the Jupiter made this automation process a major public and emotional issue in the early days of the Industrial Revolution.

Today it is computer technologies, globalisation and the Internet revolutionising the workplace, sales and commerce. This Ingress also has futuristic Jupiter uncomfortably positioned to tradionalist Saturn.

TWO NATIONS TO WATCH - 2018 FIRST QUARTER

One country which will feel the effect of the upcoming Capricorn Ingress with Saturn very strongly, is Venezuela. Two reasons for that! One is location specific. The Ingress will occur on the Midheaven, directly above the capital of Caracas.

Secondly, their first constitution came into being right on the 1811 Capricorn Ingress with Saturn and Jupiter opposing. So look for a potential change of leader, turmoil or administrative shake up in Venezuela, which puts them in the headlines early in 2018.

Another country to watch is Germany. The 1870 Ingress fell prior to the German Empire, which came into being at midnight on the New Years Day of 1871 but was officially proclaimed January 18 (Astrodatabank gives an estimated time of 12.40 pm and the ceremony concluded at 1 pm) in Paris.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was born with her Sun opposite the old Empire chart, on July 17 1954 @ 1800 hours in Hamburg. Her difficult fight to retain office is shown via her SP Sun now squaring natal Mars, as German politics shifts further to the far right. Power shifts in Germany will further influence the Eurozone.

WHERE IT'S LEADING

Of the all Capricorn ingresses occurring with Saturn, the most powerful also featured Pluto. That last occurred in 1517, only two months after Martin Luther mailed off his 95 thesis to the Archbishop of Mainz and reportedly nailed the same to a Wittenberg church door.

The Reformation underpinned the biggest redistribution of wealth and power in Europe. The relevance of this being that Saturn will again meet with Pluto during its transit of Capricorn for the first time since those heady days. And this conjunction will also feature the Sun and Mercury on January 2020. Already, some signs are showing.

It may be no cosmic coincidence that a Royal Commission into child abuse within the Catholic Church has only just concluded. But perhaps the archetypal analogy here involves Luther's challenge and exposure of an inherently corrupt system of indulgences. Sin could be absolved for an exchange of money. Everyone, even the Lord apparently, had their price.

The days of the religious lobbyist and a corrupt priesthood are an inference of the political system of today. The system is broken. Christianity is being hijacked by corporate capitalism. Congress is in the hands of the lobbyist and it is spreading to other western governments. The hierarchy is due for a Reformation.

Saturn, at its worst, is about restriction and control through the application of fear and separatism. The Steve Bannon style racists - the John Birchers, who would impose the prejudice of yesterday on the potential of tomorrow. Conspiracy theories spread by the ones who are actually the real conspirators.

Last week Alabama delivered a powerful message to such imposters. Move over - the 'real' revolution is on the way.

DEC 10

Was Donald Trump thinking of the children of Gaza when he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel? Or of peace at Christmas? Or of his sliding evangelical voter base ahead of an Alabama election. Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem became official with the finish of his signature as the clock shifted from 1.18 pm to 1.19 pm on December 6 2017 in Washington.

Trump's announcement comes after his team requested 'more time' prior to the last United Nations meeting. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was getting anxious with the US ambiguity of not criticizing Israel's illegal settlements, nor mentioning the two-state solution. Now he has his answer.

On the heels of Trump's announcement came a strange statement from Israeli Prime Minister Bin Netanyahu. One which would surely fail the Pinocchio test. “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for over 3,000 years.” No doubt he was referring to the BC years of King David and Solomon. And conveniently eliminating, the last two millennia.

This week's column examines the global aftershock and future critical dates from the two planetary cycles involved.

JUST GIVE ME THE FACTS

First – some literal home truths. Jerusalem as Israel's capital for three thousand years. Here's the fact check. Only the uneducated are falling for Netanyahu's revisionist fallacy. Most of the Old City of Jerusalem was built during the Roman rule of Hadrian, the same Emperor responsible for Hadrian's Wall in the UK.

Hadrian also had a large temple built for Jupiter, on the site of the Temple Mount. He renamed Judeah as Syria Palaestina and Jews were only allowed to enter Jerusalem for one day a year. And so it remained during the Christian Byzantium rule through the 4th and 6th centuries.

In 638 AD Jerusalem became one of the early cities conquered during the Islamisation of the Middle East. By 691 AD the Islamic shrine Dome of the Rock was constructed on the site of the old Roman temple, Jupiter Capitolinus. Netanyahu's history book is missing all these chapters...and more.

The Crusades delivered Jerusalem to the Christians in 1099, with a slaughter of Muslims and Jews alike. It was left to the Islamic warrior Saladin to reclaim the Holy City in 1187. It remained under Islamic rule for over seven hundred and thirty years until falling to the British Empire on December 9 1917.

Just prior to the taking Jerusalem the British concluded the Balfour Declaration, originally drawn up by Lord Rothschild and officially declared on November 2 1917. This duplicitous document, drafted whilst enlisting the help of Arab forces to overthrow the Ottomans, promised a homeland the Jewish Zionist movement in the Palestinian territories.

As is common to colonialist custom, nobody asked the natives - 90% of whom were Palestinian. Now THAT is the TRUTH. Netanyahu's incredulous claim that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for over 3,000 years is not only blatantly dishonest, but shows scant respect for the last two millennia, its people and its customs. Now to the planetary cycles, so well describing these developments.


JUPITER AND SATURN CALLING THE SHOTS

Every entity has a birth-time, be they person, enterprise or country. That cosmic kernel contains the inherent potential, as surely as an oak seed will only grow to an oak and an elm to an elm. The birth horoscope is a schematic that will also interact with important planetary cycles promising fertile springs and/or harsh winters.

The Jupiter-Saturn cycle, relating to the politics of law and order, began on May 2000, right upon the Taurean Sun of Israel's foundation horoscope. Taurus is the first of the fixed earth signs. Think earth, land and security. Positioned in the eighth house of the horoscope – traditionally associated with death and other people's property.

The Jupiter-Saturn cycle runs twenty years, ending in December 2020. At its inception, in 2000, negotiations between Israel and Palestine, over the status of Jerusalem, broke down. These shattered hopes led to open hostilities, as a Palestinian uprising eventually erupted, setting the tone for what was to follow.

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The desire for a homeland for the Jewish diaspora was exacerbated by the Russian pogroms of 1881. The largest of these began in Kiev on April 26 1881. It came with a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction again in Taurus.

The Jupiter Saturn cycle is an outstanding guide to Middle East politics of the 21st century as the US/Israeli/Western combination asserts its dominance over the Middle East. Here's how well the cycle's aspects and timing works.

ACCURATE TIMING THROUGH ASPECTS

JUPITER SATURN – WAXING SEMISQUARE – Exact on October 13 2002, March 27 2003, July 9 2003.

These three dates correlate outstandingly with the planning and subsequent invasion of Iraq, removing renowned enemy Saddam Hussein. The military action was approved by the Senate at 12:50 a.m. EDT on October 11 and was signed into law by President Bush on October 16 2002. The invasion took place March 20 2003. On July 2 2003 President Bush announced that US troops would remain in Iraq and that month an interim government was formed.

JUPITER IN WAXING SQUARE TO SATURN – Exact on Dec 17 2005, June 22 2006, October 25 2006

A critical turning point beginning December as Israel's PM, Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke from which he never recovered. On June 25 an Israeli soldier was captured on the Gaza border (he would be returned at the Jupiter-Saturn opposition) leading to 'Operation Summer Rains', a brutal war on Gaza from June 28th. The Israel-Lebanon war in the same time period was even more lethal with over one thousand, mostly civilians, killed.

JUPITER AND SATURN IN OPPOSITION – Exact on May 23 2010, August 16 2010, March 28 2011.

This aspect, due to its polarity, brings matters to a 'face-off' as it concludes the waxing part of the cycle. Correlating remarkably close to the opposition's first appearance, on May 20 2010, Israeli commandos raid a 'Freedom Flotilla' bound for Gaza with humanitarian aid. They kill eight activists, a ninth dies later of injuries sustained in the raid.

In August of 2010 the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara is returned to Turkey after diplomatic relations were severed. Global criticism follows with the raid taking place in 'international waters' and all media confiscated. Regardless, the plight of the people in Gaza achieves international recognition.

The opposition finishes with the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, in March 2011. The same month sees NATO warplanes bombing Libya, with additional regime change planned for Colonel Gadaffi. Western governments and their gulf allies sponsor rebel groups and arm mercenaries in Syria and Libya.

JUPITER AND SATURN IN WANING SQUARE – Exact dates - August 3 2015, March 23 2016, May 26 2016.

Another critical turning point, as by September of 2015 Russia enters the Syrian War. Russian media will soon expose the 'fake news' reports, as they reveal aerial photos of oil tanker convoys stealing Iraqi oil for western consumption. Ordinary punters begin questioning, just who is 'really' behind ISIS?

On March 24 2016 – right on the second square – a video of an IDF member killing a prostate and wounded Palestinian rival goes viral. The soldier is court-marshalled and later jailed.

On May 25 2016 a New York Times headline leads, “A Split Over Israel Threatens The Democrats Hopes For Unity”. Bernie Sanders representatives are critical of constant US bias toward Israel. They intend to redress it as part of the party platform. Sanders, who is Jewish, and supports a Jewish homeland, is also an outspoken critic of disproportionate force.

One of Sanders team complains that, “because of the role of money and lobbies there is difficulty in a candid dialogue.” The same person, Dr Cornel West, once branded Bin Netanyahu as a war criminal. Sensitive to any change in political discourse, the story does the rounds of the American and Israeli media on the final square.

JUPITER AND SATURN WANING SEMISQUARE – Exact December 22 2017, March 14 2018, September 3 2018.

Trump's predictable declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, continues the pattern of this security conscious, land focussed Taurean cycle. It seems to set the scene for December and the first quarter of 2018.

Look to significant developments around the aforementioned dates. With one pivotal provision. The second semisquare of March 14 2018, brings Jupiter to 23 of Scorpio, opposing the degree where the whole cycle began. This makes mid-March a most important time.

If the Palestinians cannot achieve justice through diplomacy, they may seek it through the International Courts.

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I have written before that Israel's Mars, Netanyahu's Mars and Trump's Mars are all positioned in the late degrees of Leo. Mars is the militaristic planet. On February 15 2018 an Aquarian Solar Eclipse will oppose the Mars degree of all three. This reinforces the crucial time frame above.

SATURN AND URANUS - DEMOCRACY

There is one other critical cycle important to this matter. Perhaps even moreso that the one I have described above. It is the cycle that Athenian democracy was born under in 507 BC. The cycle operative in 1215 when the Magna Carta underpinning common law came into being. And the cycle that coincided with the beginning of the break up of the Soviet states.

Establishment Saturn and insurrectionist Uranus were coming together for the first Palestinian Intifada on December 9 1987 to begin their 45 year run. Trump has inadvertently made his announcement during the Saturn return of this cycle. There's always time for him to balance the bias and declare Jerusalem as also the capital of Palestine. Bet you are holding your breath..waiting for that one?

DEC 03

WELCOME TO THE SUPERMOON

The Full Moon due at 15.47 hours Universal Time on Sunday December 3 2017 will arrive as a SuperMoon. This term describes either a New or Full Moon coinciding with the approximate date that the Moon is also making its closest approach to Earth. Ready yourself for a rare trilogy of SuperMoons, they are also due January 2 and 31 of 2018.

At the Moons closest approach, technically termed its perigee, it increases around 14% in apparent size and its gravitational effect similarly increases. That's why SuperMoons, a name given by astrologer Richard Nolle, are linked with monster tides and wild weather. They also have a connection to an increased incidence of earthquakes.

The March 2011 Sendai tsunami that flooded the reactors of Fukushima occurred between two SuperMoons. Four days after the first of these, an earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand claiming 185 lives and extensively damaging properties.

SuperMoons also tend to heighten emotional responses bringing tense situations to a climax. The same period Feb-March 2011 saw the rapid expansion of the Arab Spring, with the resignation of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, the beginning of the Syrian Civil War and NATO bombing and enforced regime change of Libya.

All that happened, or began, between two consecutive SuperMoons. This time we're looking at three. Weather patterns and geological shifts aside, there'll be a whole lotta shaking going on across the geopolitical landscape leading into 2018 an onward. The one to look at here would be the second in the series (January 2) as it comes within two days of the Earth's closest approach to the Sun.

THE SUPERGIANT RED STARS

The December 3 SuperMoon is a starting point and notable for multiple stellar connections. Just before it forms a Full Moon, the lunar face will occult (move across and cut off the light) the orange super giant Aldebaran This important fixed star, placed in the eye of the Bull, was one of the four royal stars (seasonal markers) of Persia. It is over 400 times as bright as our Sun, but 65 million light years away.

A day before the SuperMoon, the Sun will inch past a second of the royal stars, the red giant Antares, positioned in the heart of the Scorpion. Antares is even more massive than Aldebaran, 10,000 times brighter than our Sun and 551 light years away. Both of these super giants have acquired a military reputation down through the ages, similar to the red planet Mars.

It will be important to keep an eye on military planning and engagements from here on, as this SuperMoon comes angled in a tight semisquare to Mars and square to the lord of the seas, Neptune. Already we're witnessing Israel firing missiles into Syria, Saudi Arabia fanning the flames of war with Iran and North Korea defiantly continuing down a provocative nuclear path. Must be time for an update on the birth chart of the USA.

WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING

The USA's Secondary Progressed Sun is in a testy square to the natal Ascendant and semisquare Pluto. It's indicative of the country's President being at cross purposes with established diplomatic relations. The Sun signifies leadership and the Ascendant represents the country's global projection.

The Sun semisquaring Pluto part is akin to a power struggle. The last Sun to Pluto major progressed aspect was back when Nixon was in office during the Watergate years. I doubt that needs any further explanation.

The SuperMoon will square the USA Sun and the actual Full Moon itself is falling right across the Ascendant/Descendant axis of the USA's chart. As it does so, the Supermoon also runs mundanely square to Neptune and semisquare to Mars.

Again this puts an emphasis on international affairs – both allies and enemies. The Mars Neptune may be related to the Pacific Pivot and control of the sea lanes and channels comprising the South China Seas and Korean peninsula.

The USA's Secondary Progressed Moon is opposing its birth Mars and squaring birth Neptune. The duplication of the same planets involved would tend to create and reinforce a theme, which again may be associated with naval power or even covert military operations.

The Mars Neptune aspect is often active at mass shootings such as Charleston, Orlando or even the assassination of JFK. The Neptune factor accounts for not only the losses involved but also the political spin and conspiracy theories that often accompany such incidents.

Another way of looking at Mars Neptune is the 'sacrifice' of battle and the mythology attached. When America's most decorated war hero, Smedley Butler, wrote his classic expose 'War Is A Racket' he was ably describing the Mars Neptune archetype.

MARS PLUTO – THE OBSESSIVE WARRIOR

Pluto is transiting square to the USA's Secondary Progressed Mars. EXACT! Pluto tends to intensify whatever it touches. Pluto to Mars is a ruthless combination. You see it in the birth horoscopes of people like JFK and Muhammad Ali. They are either the agents or receivers of brutality and often both.

Mars is transiting square to the USA Pluto, which further reinforces the pattern. The renowned cosmobiologist Reinhold Ebertin described Mars Pluto as , 'putting a gun to one's head'. The combination of aggressive Mars with intense Pluto can accompany exaggerated acts of violence or war.

Now before you start thinking that World War III is about to break out, quite often we can have a convincing line up of planets and nothing major transpires. Or more correctly nothing right at that time. In fact the beginning horoscopes of WWI and WWII are evidence of this. They looked quite innocuous by themselves. It was what was happening prior in the skies that could be attributed to the eventual conflicts.

THE BIG PICTURE

Nothing happens entirely of itself – everything is relative and situations build upon themselves over a period of time. Back in April 2014 dire things were expected as an ominous Grand Cross tied in with the birth Sun of the USA. It was what was building behind the scenes that counted.

April of 2014 came on the heels of Russia reclaiming Crimea. April was the month that the USA imposed economic sanctions on Russia. Such sanctions can be a prelude to war – they are doubtlessly a form of financial warfare – and things haven't been the same since. So this could be regarded as the revival of the Cold War.

Something else took place in the April of 2014. Thomas Picketty's 'Capitalism in the 21st Century' was translated from the French into English. One month later it was topping the New York Times best seller list. That describes a nation at a grand 'crossroads', the bastion of capitalism self reflecting on the changing face of economics in a rapidly changing world.

The Grand Cross is far from finished in its social effect. Such powerful aspect patterns are a starting point. They represent the original shift in consciousness. They play out in sometimes subtle and yet with the wisdom of hindsight, in blatantly obvious ways - forever true to the planetary signatures involved.

THE DRUMS ARE BEATING

Returning to the SuperMoon. On Friday, Hawaii sounded the nuclear alarm for the first time since the Cold War. The mentality and the mood is akin to Mars reigning happily in his battle castle of Scorpio. Mars and Neptune - Mars and Pluto. This can be true of US naval outposts or activities involving the Seventh Fleet, some which I have already written about in the weekly commentaries.

The SuperMoon trilogy, just like Star Wars is about to begin. The drums are beating. Mars Neptune is even happening on an internal level with retired General Michael Flynn's (Mars) admission of lying (Neptune) to the FBI, expanding on the Trump connections involved in the Russian probe. Or the Republican tax cuts, chiefly benefiting the rich, further deepening the political divide.

Remember, this Moon cycle is a repeat of 19 years ago in keeping with the Metonic Cycle. In December 1998 President Bill Clinton ordered war planes on a bombing raid over Iraq. And many thought cynically it was to divert attention away from his looming impeachment, which duly arrived December 19, the day after the New Moon. More next week.

NOV 26

Last week on November 19 we covered Saturn in Capricorn, especially in light of the Saturn Pluto cycle re igniting by 2020 and the enormous ramifications that has produced historically. If you missed it click here for the link. Right at the end of the article I advised keeping a close watch on Egypt during this lunation cycle.

On Friday November 24 2017, gunmen attacked worshippers at the al-Rawda mosque in the North Sinai. It was Egypt's worst ever terrorist attack claiming over 300 lives with approximately another 100 injured.

The mosque was associated with the mystical practise of Sufism, common to around 15% of Egyptian Muslims. Many of the hardline Sunni sects view Sufis as heretics and they have become an ISIS target. But most unusually, ISIS hasn't claimed any responsibility for this atrocity.

There is also another much more suspicious connection with the timing of the attack. The Rafah Gateway, the sole border crossing between the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Egypt was due to be opened (it had been closed since August) the very next day. This was as a result of Egyptian sponsored peace talks between the rival factions of Hamas and Fatah. A peace deal was reached at dawn, October 11, in Cairo.

It would appear that somebody, or even state actors clearly didn't want the Rafah Gate opened. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has put that on indefinite hold. Gaza has been isolated by a blockade on both its Israeli and Egyptian borders for 11 years. This week I show why I thought Egypt would be a November hotspot and analyse the planetary patterns that affect this ancient land.

POLITICAL FORECASTING AND THE LUNATION CYCLE

A lunation cycle is the 29 ½ day period from one New Moon to the next. The current cycle began at 11.42 am Universal Time on November 18 2017. The position of the Sun was 26 degrees of Scorpio. This degree area has a special connection with critical events and people in the history of modern Egypt.

The current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was born November 19 1954 with his Sun between 26 and 27 degrees of Scorpio and square lethal Pluto at 26 of Leo.

The Luxor Massacre, taking 62 lives, took place on the morning of November 17 1997 with the Sun positioned at 25 degrees of Scorpio.

The Suez Canal opened on November 17 1869 with the Sun at 25 degrees of Scorpio. The canal was owned and operated primarily by overseas interests, begun via forced local labor and for many years Egypt had no representation on the Suez Canal Company board and saw little of its profits.

Egyptian President Gabdel Nasser eventually paid out the investors and nationalised the Suez Canal on the evening of July 26 1956 with Saturn at 26 degrees of Scorpio. Three days later Israel invaded Egypt, followed by Great Britain and France.

Egypt successfully invaded and reclaimed the Sinai from the Arab/Israeli War beginning October 6 1973 with Venus at 26 degrees of Scorpio.

On November 19 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visited Tel Aviv and became the first Arab leader to officially recognise Israel. The Sun was between 26 and 27 degrees of Scorpio.

On October 6 1981, whilst viewing a military parade to commemorate the Yom Kippur War, President Sadat was assassinated. Venus and rebellious Uranus were in conjunction between 26 and 27 degrees of Scorpio.

I think you get the picture. These are some of the things I looked in deciding the importance of the November 18 New Moon at 26 degrees of Scorpio for Egypt. And so it played out.

A FAR BIGGER MASSACRE

As terrible as the attack on the Bir al-Abed mosque is, it is dwarfed by the death toll of the Raba massacre. That began from 7 am on August 14 2013. The Egyptian army violently dispersed a six week sit in at Raba Square Cairo, protesting against the military coup that ousted their democratically elected government. Over 800 were killed with another 4,000 plus injured.

General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi – now President - sanctioned that operation. Egypt today is a far cry from the rich kingdoms of the Pharaohs in the glorious Valley of the Nile. Tightly controlled by strong-arm military rule, the country stands as a stark example of 'deep state' bureaucracy with western puppeteers pulling the financial strings.

Foreign intervention was always on the cards from 16.29 hours June 24 2012, when Mohammed Morsi was announced as the winner of Egypt's first democratic presidential election. Morsi, representing the Freedom and Justice Party was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamists had gained control.

Morsi was unable to convince the International Monetary Federation to finance government loans. Egypt's foreign reserves fell from $36 billion to $13 billion. There was a flight of foreign capital as Standard and Poors downgraded Egypt's credit rating. Morsi meanwhile was rewriting the constitution as his populace was growing restless.

One year into his presidency Morsi was given an ultimatum by his newly appointed Defence Minister General Abdul al-Sisi – resign and call new elections. By 10 am July 4 2013, an interim leader was sworn in as the General, despite public denials, prepared his presidential bid.

There was no irony or accident about the date – July 4 – and the difficulty that western diplomats had in verbalising the word 'coup'. But the Arab Spring had been sprung and it was back to business as usual. Morsi was consigned to prison.

THE SATURN FACTOR

Egyptian government has evolved over thirty year periods coincident with the Saturn cycle and its transit of Libra. This period times a stronger nationalist sentiment and fight for autonomy. It is something that I had discussed with my astro friend (now deceased) Jeff Jawer and inspired an article for his website StarIq. Using this formula Hosni Mubarak's fall from grace was forecast before it happened. It goes like this.

The founding of modern Egypt dates to the self declared Khedive, Muhammad Ali. He took command on May 17 1805 and reformed the culture, economy and military thereafter. His dynasty continued with the approval of the Ottomans and later Great Britain, surviving until 1952. It began with Saturn at 10 degrees of Libra and would end with Saturn at the same Libran degree. Meantime in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Feb 28 1922 - Egypt granted independence by Great Britain. Egyptian Kingdom recognised at 10 am March 15. Saturn at 5 degrees of Libra

July 23 1952 - Monarchy overthrown in Egyptian Military Revolution. Saturn at 10 degrees Libra.

Oct 6 1981 - President Sadat assassinated at a military parade – His deputy Hosni Mubarak becomes leader. Saturn at 13 degrees Libra.

February 11 2011 – Cairo protests ignite the Arab Spring. President Hosni Mubarak resigns. Saturn at 17 degrees of Libra.

This doesn't mean we have to wait another thirty years for presidential change. But it does suggest a stronger nationalist sentiment and therefore a leadership change in the distant future from late 2039 onward. In the interim the struggle for autonomy goes on.

For now the Egyptian Army still receive their financial package from the US, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies are onside and the western banks are re supplying Egypt. So why isn't it working better and why does Al-Sisi still need to rule with an iron fist?

These are legitimate questions. Along with why Islamic State or ISIS have not claimed responsibility for the mosque attack? They are always quick to do so through their media networks. And why the attack was timed for the day before the Gaza's Rafah Gate was due for a three day opening allowing Palestinians right of passage?

The current lunation cycle arrived coincident with the 40th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Tel Aviv. Prophetically, Sadat said to Israel's parliament, “Even if peace between all the confrontation States and Israel were achieved, in the absence of a just solution to the Palestinian problem, never will there be that durable and just peace upon which the entire world insists today."

As the cycle returns to 26 degrees of Scorpio his words ring truer than ever. The burning question being, when will they be honoured? And what role will Egypt ultimately play, with Al-Sisi due to face fresh elections no later than next May. More next week.

NOV 19

SATURN IN CAPRICORN

From December 20 2017 until December 17 2020 – minus an Aquarian stopover between March 22 and July 2 2020 – stringent Saturn will be moving through customary Capricorn. Importantly it will also be meeting up with Pluto, the reformer, on its journey. This week we check out the ramifications, past and future.

Capricorn, in a worldly sense, is the sign of conscious ambition crystallised. It represents administration within corporations and governments alike. It's the sign of the CEO. Like its symbol the mountain goat negotiating towering mountain peaks, Capricorn views life from the top down.

Saturn symbolises the responsibility of command. It is both the administrator and critical judge. Saturn brings solidarity and form through contraction and elimination. It is the planet of austerity and thrift. It also delivers the lessons of time and experience and therefore extols the traditions of the past.

Both Saturn and Capricorn, by their very nature, identify with conservatism and the status quo. Yet when an old cycle concludes and a new cycle begins, change is the inevitable consequence. What we are looking at here is change within societal structure and conception of government. The next three years are vital for this.

Saturn's last sojourn in Capricorn – active from February of 1988 until February of 1991 - coincided with the collapse of the Soviet States and Eastern Bloc of Europe. That monumental shift in global power came as Saturn also met revolutionary Uranus and dissolving Neptune, also in Capricorn.

As the Saturn Neptune cycle also signaled the Russian Revolution, astute astrologers like Andre Barbault, forecast this breakup way ahead of time. This time around, Saturn will be meeting up with reformative Pluto in its Capricorn travels, although not until January of 2020. There are rare historical correlations to this union, that are useful to examine.

SATURN AND PLUTO IN CAPRICORN THROUGH THE AGES

Saturn and Pluto met in Capricorn when the famous Assyrian King Sennacherib razed Babylon, the 'big apple' of its day. This was his solution to the 'Babylon Problem' – the ongoing resistance to Assyrian rule. Sennacherib was a military leader, with little regard for Babylonian custom and religious ritual.

This event was big news in ancient Mesopotamia, but had its repercussions. Even Assyrians were concerned at Sennacherib's destruction of Babylon's temples and blatant disregard for the city's cultural tradition. Sennacherib was later assassinated by his eldest son and his death was celebrated as divine retribution by the Babylonians.

The next conjunction of Saturn to Pluto in Capricorn proved decisive for the Roman Empire. It marked the changeover from the Hellenistic Greek rule of the Near East to Roman control. Antiouchus the Great lost his four year battle against Roman domination and signed a peace deal – the Treaty of Apamea - ceding territory all the way to the Taurus mountains of Turkey.

The next conjunction of 47 AD is recognised in Christian tradition as the beginning year of St Paul's missionary work. He travels with Barnabas to Cyprus and Galatia. Paul would not only have a pivotal effect on the development of the new religion, (and the Roman Empire) but he also broke with Peter, arguing that Gentile Christians do not have to follow Jewish law.

ENDING EMPIRES

What we are getting out of all of this is that Saturn's conjunctions with Pluto, in Capricorn, are certainly about transforming the status quo in a major manner. Saturn's next union with purgative Pluto coincided with the Ostrogoths sacking Rome in 549 AD.

But let's jump ahead a millennium for brevity at this point. It has been written that Saturn was in Capricorn for the beginning of the Reformation. Well almost, it was at at 27 degrees of Sagittarius and about to enter Cap and form another conjunction with Pluto when Martin Luther's 95 thesis reportedly first appeared on a Wittenberg church door.

That was on October 31 1517, but the results of his actions created a cataclysmic religious shift and were certainly consistent with a dramatic Reformation of the Establishment. Are the capitalistic TV evangelicals of today due for another exposure? We shall see. The temptations of money and power have certainly revealed such hypocrisy.

Reformation aside, the November 1517 to November 1520 transit of Saturn through Capricorn ranks as one of the most ground breaking of all. During these years Magellan set sail on his world round trip and Hernan Cortes began his conquest of the Aztec Empire.

Remember that I am only examining the times here that Saturn has transited Capricorn and met Pluto during its travel. The significance of this being that it happens again on January 13 2020. But we can start to read the prevailing trends well before the future conjunction. Also we will have a repeat of groundbreaking Uranus in Taurus just as in that 1517 period.

One conclusion is obvious and already showing signs of tumultuous change. The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 2020 will be very close the Sun, Jupiter Saturn and Ascendant quadruple conjunction of the House of Saud conquering Riyadh horoscope. This alone will have enormous repercussions on the financial world.

CAPRICORN BANKING AND INVESTMENT

You'd imagine that Saturn in Capricorn would have to have some connection with the banks and the financial industry, being the literal pillars of the 'system'. And you'd be on the money. The Bank of England was given Royal sanction on April 25 1694 and took subscriptions from June 15 the same year with Saturn in Capricorn.

Ninety years later, on June 9 1784, under the same alignment, the Bank of New York opened in Lower Manhattan. These two cities have been at the hub of capital enterprise for the last two centuries. That's one reason why Pluto's entry into Capricorn in 2008 correlated with the global financial meltdown?

Saturn will surely test the solidarity of the recovery strategies. And as Saturn corresponds with long term investments, such as real-estate and blue stock chips, it's the established brands that feel the effects of the transit most. Note its last transit of the late 80's and early 90's coincided with western real-estate taking a tumble.

Last time around, tycoons, like Alan Bond and Donald Trump, were courting bankruptcies. The Australian Treasurer Paul Keating, a true Capricorn, had predicted it all as the recession we had to have. After all, the Australian Federal Government was sworn in at 13.36 hours in Centennial Park, Sydney on January 1 1901, with the Sun and Saturn both in Capricorn.

Saturn in Capricorn surely warns against excessive speculation, as both err on the side of caution and crave stability and surety. Saturn entering Capricorn in 1929 was one of the big wake up calls that heralded the Great Depression and led into its depths. It also provided the overture for the Long Recession sixty years prior.

THE US ECONOMY

The USA celebrates a national birthday from July 4 1776. That means the leadership Sun, value planet Venus and entrepreneurial Jupiter are all in Cancer. When restrictive Saturn enters the opposing sign of Capricorn and simultaneously transits their second house of wealth, the US economy gets a chill.

The last time Saturn was in Capricorn, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and the economy slowed. The first invasion of Iraq took place, meaning we're heading for the Saturn return of Middle East invasions. The end result was George Bush Snr becoming a one term president, ending the Republican run since 1981.

Wrapping up on the economy. The US Federal Reserve is also a Capricorn Sun chart, as the act was signed off on by Woodrow Wilson on December 23 1913 at 18.02 hours. The Sun is right at the start of Capricorn and opposite Pluto in Cancer. It's another reason that Pluto moving into Capricorn in 2008 was bound to deliver an equities earthquake with multiple aftershocks.

This year's Capricorn Ingress chart will have the Sun and Saturn sitting right on the Sun of the Federal Reserve horoscope and squaring its Midheaven. Pluto is closing in on the Federal Reserve Descendant and moving across in December. Let's hope Donald Trump learnt something valuable from reading Chapter Eleven.

Saturn in Capricorn can be a boon for some. It's not too hard to pick up a bargain from the anxious sellers who have over extended their boundaries. And that's the great lesson really. It reminds us to play within our limits for lasting gains. Responsibility is a Saturn keyword and a natural Capricorn progression.

The last word is on this week's New Moon at 26-27 of Scorpio. It's very close to the Egyptian President General al-Sisi's birth Sun. It also is close to the degree of the opening of the Suez Canal. Lots happening between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the moment and they are two countries that figure strongly in this new lunation cycle. Check below for its relevance to your sun sign.

NOV 12

A WAR OF WESTERN CREATION

It’s hardly a state secret that the ‘war on terror’ has become a war of our own creation. It’s a convenient tool allowing energy companies to exploit the oil and gas rich Middle East. It’s morphed into a means to justify expansive military budgets while simultaneously keeping closer civilian surveillance on homeland whistleblowers and dissidents.

As the needs of a burgeoning population swells, the need to create and control compliant governments in these energy rich areas expands. That’s why we are witnessing the dubious dichotomy of elitist monarchies being armed and supported by so-called western democracies. But how long can such duplicitous foreign policies suffice?

Surprise – surprise! After reigning thousands of bombs on the humanitarian crisis that is now Yemen, a lone missile lobs over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last week. It was a call for headlines in the Saudi and western press. The solitary missile was reportedly ‘made in Iran’.

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

A series of mighty ‘coincidences’ accompanied this event. The Lebanese Prime Minster strangely flew to Saudi Arabia to announce his resignation. On Saturday evening, November 4, a coup took place in Riyadh. It wasn’t a palace coup, it was a Carlton coup. Try the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The company is based in Washington.

Holed up in this luxurious prison, some of the most influential figures in the Saudi dynasty, including the richest man in the kingdom, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Behind the coup, publicly advertised as a crackdown on corruption, is Saudi’s 32-year-old Minister for Everything, Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Mohammad’s father, King Salman symbolically rules Saudi Arabia. But he is eighty-one years of age and suffering from Alzheimer's. Normally his brother, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former head of Saudi Intelligence, would be next in the line of succession.

But strange things are happening (and will continue to) as revolutionary Uranus squares the leadership Sun, royal Jupiter and Ascendant of the Saudi Arabian January 15 1902 sunrise horoscope. These changes have been building for some time.

THE CONSTANCY OF COINCIDENCE

Prince Muqrin was demoted by King Salman back on April 29 2015. Last Sunday, just after the coup, it was reported that Prince Muqrin’s son was killed in a helicopter crash. By fate or ‘coincidence’ all possible contenders to the aging King’s throne were being systematically eliminated.

Prince Muqrin was born on September 15 1945. An activist group called the ‘September 15 Movement’ had marches planned for the same date this year to protest youth unemployment, social inequality and repression. Days prior, the protestors, some of the most influential clerics and scholars in the kingdom, were arrested.

Donald Trump is well behind the coup. A week prior, son-in-law Jared Kushner was visiting Saudi Arabia, conducting late night meetings with the equally young power behind the Saudi throne. It was Kushner’s third visit this year. His previous was at the August 21 Solar Eclipse. All that awaits now is the elderly King Salman’s abdication.

His son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, born 31 August 1985 in Jeddah, currently has the firebrand and high risk combination of aggressive Mars progressed to square rebellious Uranus. It's not going away in a hurry and will be even more active in mid February and mid May of 2018.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY AND THE ARMS

At the heart if this is a carve up of the kingdom’s wealth with the eventual privatization of national assets. Already $100 billion dollars of frozen funds awaits the government’s coffers if alleged corruption claims are carried through.

At 13.24 hours on May 20 2017 King Salman, whose Tweets average a wider readership Donald Trump welcomed the US President to the Arab Summit at Riyadh. The horoscope of the moment could not have been more revealing. Mars in the Mercury ruled sign of Gemini was directly above Riyadh and at the Midheaven.

Mars and the Midheaven of the moment were joined to the USA’s July 4 1776 Gemini birth Mars. They were also joined to Donald Trump’s Gemini Sun. Later that day at 17.13 hours King Salman and Donald Trump signed off on the biggest arms deal in history. Trump, a constant critic of Iran, then urged the Gulf monarchies to unite against their Shi’ite neighbour.

DEMONISING THE ENEMY

The west have never forgiven Iran for their Islamic Revolution and the overthrow of the Shah. He had been a loyal servant when the CIA and M15 conspired to remove the Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, on August 19 1953. Mossadegh was forever consigned to house arrest for nationalizing his country's oil industry.

The 2017 Great American Eclipse of 2017, occurring on August 21 has reignited the Sun’s late Leo degree position of the overthrow of Mosaddegh. And the recent ‘biggest ever arms deal’ was signed at the Arab Summit held across May 20-22, with the Sun in an approaching square to the same August eclipse degree.

The 1979 Islamic Revolution again nationalized Iran’s oil industry. Since then Iran has proved one of the few Middle Eastern countries to successfully resist western political domination. On February 17 2008 they went one step further, creating the Iranian Oil Bourse.

The Iranian Oil Bourse is situated on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf and is an oil and petrochemicals exchange which trades in all currencies – except the US dollar. It offers a challenge to the hegemony of the US dollar (and the Saudi created ‘petrodollar’) as a global currency.

When Iran signaled the intention to launch the exchange via the Internet, underwater cables were mysteriously cut. For the last half century, the US dollar has been the global reserve currency. Oil dependent nations are forced to trade in and reinforce its strength.

PLUTO AND THE DOLLAR

Previous leaders that have bypassed the US dollar to trade oil are Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is the other. The remarkable coincidences here are all of military interventions. If the dollar is weakened, via fewer countries trading, it will force the US to raise interest rates to make it more attractive to investors but also increasing living costs and blowing out the budget.

Note Iran began their oil bourse in 2008, coincident with Pluto moving into Capricorn for the year of the global meltdown. Pluto, promising a transformation of the world's financial system, has yet to complete its cycle through this sign. It will hit the Saudi’s Sun in 2020 and by 2022 the US Pluto return will be underway.

Meantime, the planetary pattern of Saudi militancy and Trump’s impatience to scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal, seems tied to the original May 20 Riyadh Summit, the August 21 American eclipse (reviving the Sun position of the Mossadegh overthrow) and the upcoming Solar eclipse of February 16 2018 – occurring on the Sun position of the Iranian Oil Bourse.

The combination of those dates exhibits a strong emphasis of the Sun occupying the late degrees of a fixed sign. It’s heading that way now, making the period around November 20th and 21st also an important developmental window to watch. But whatever unfolds, you’re probably not going to read too much about the US dollar or the Iranian Oil Bourse from western media outlets.

November 5

LOCATION LOCATION

This morning, Sunday 4, Donald Trump will touch down in Japan. It is the first port of call on an Asian trip that will also take in South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. As the US aims to strengthen its influence and ties in the Pacific, the visit may be his most important undertaking yet.

Whenever you travel a significant distance, you also change the dynamics of your birth horoscope. You strengthen certain planets and lessen the influence of others. That’s one reason why you can totally resonate with some areas and others can be like having a holiday in hell. Location really makes a difference.

A planets potential is dramatically increased when it is rising, setting, culminating or at the base of your chart. And at the precise moment of your birth each of the planets were doing that at some location on the earth’s surface. It’s why some people find success by following their fate lines – literally.

The President of the USA is taken to be the most powerful position on the planet. The planetary lines of whoever occupies that office are going to tell us a lot about what impact they will make on the world and just as importantly – where and when. A study of past presidents shows how.

ROOSEVELT AND THE PANAMA PLAN

Theodore Roosevelt became President unexpectedly, at 3 pm on September 14 1901 in Buffalo. The sudden inauguration took place at the home of his close friend Ansley Wilcox, following the assassination of William McKinley. Roosevelt, born October 27 1858 @ 19.45 hours in New York, had the king planet Jupiter rising precisely through Buffalo at birth.

McKinley was not so fortunate. His Secondary Progressed Mars (the planet of guns and aggression) was rising within the proximity of Buffalo when, and where, he was shot. One man’s misfortune was another’s opportunity. Roosevelt is one of four Presidents carved into the rock face of Mt Rushmore.

Roosevelt was known for his macho image, hunting and military exploits. His Jupiter adjoined the US birth Mars. He was not averse to using force to advance US interests – most notably on one of his pet projects, the Panama Canal. It’s history now that when the Colombian Senate rejected the US proposal, Washington organized an uprising.

The planet of revolution is Uranus. Roosevelt’s Uranus ran right through the Panama Canal. Money was funneled to fund rebel forces under the leadership of a major investor, Philippe Bunau-Varilla. When the Colombian government moved to quell insurrection, US troops also moved in to ‘protect American interests’.

The end result was that the USA assumed sovereignty over the Panama Canal and Roosevelt boasted, “I took Panama”. Roosevelt’s Uranus (which was also angled powerfully to his Mars) had strongly impacted on the Panamanian independence movement, precisely at that location.

TRUMAN – ATOMIC BOMB AND KOREAN WAR

Harry S Truman was another who was sworn in suddenly due to the death of Franklin D Roosevelt. Truman’s unexpected inauguration took place at 7 pm April 12 1945, after he was hastily called to the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt had earlier informed him of her husband’s passing.

The story goes that Truman immediately asked the former first lady if there was anything he could do for her. Eleanor’s reply was: "Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now." The US and Japan were still locked into battle in the final stages of WWII.

Truman was born at 4 pm on May 8 1894 in Lamar, Missouri. At that time Pluto, the planet of death and destruction, was rising through the Korean peninsula and close to Nagasaki. Truman was faced with unleashing the most terrifying weapon ever used in war – the atomic bomb.

Hiroshima was the first target and three days later on August 9, Nagasaki became the second and last city to experience the holocaust. There is more to this. When the first atom bomb exploded in the deserts of New Mexico, Pluto was setting across Japan.

As for Truman, he couldn’t escape the Pluto. Not only was it rising through North and South Korea at his birth, but it was also placed at the nadir of the chart in North and South Korea at his sudden swearing in. Truman sent American troops into the equally destructive Korean War on June 27 1950, two days after the outbreak of hostilities.

VIETNAM AND THE MOVE TO ASIA

There are many other examples. LBJ was born with his Pluto line on the nadir over Hanoi. The Vietnam War undermined his presidency and led to Johnson declining to re nominate. The following President, Richard Nixon, (January 9 1913 @ 21.35 hours in Whittier CA) was born with foggy and deceptive Neptune, at the nadir over Vietnam.

Nixon fought what was ultimately a losing battle. Well before his resignation he had ordered a troop withdrawal. Neptune was also at the Midheaven over Washington at Nixon’s birth. The sea king eroded Nixon’s authority and public office (Midheaven) via the deception of Watergate.

One lasting legacy of Nixon’s tenure was the establishment of diplomatic relations with China. The planet of longevity, Saturn, was rising over Beijing at Nixon’s birth. In his natal chart Saturn falls in his ninth house of distant lands and exotic cultures.

As a Capricorn, Saturn was an important planet for Nixon and the China trip was conceived at his second Saturn return. Nixon met Mao Zedong at his Jupiter and Saturn returns. The transit of Saturn was moving over Nixon's relocated Ascendant in China when he touched down on February 21 1972.

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BUSH - NEW YORK AND AFGHANISTAN

George W Bush is another whose astro-geography matched his presidency. Here, the destructive Pluto was rising in New York at his birth. While he didn’t organize 911 – unless you believe the conspiracy theories – the carnage certainly defined his ‘watch’.

George W’s war planet Mars was at its highest point – the Midheaven – over Afghanistan, when he was born on July 6 1946 at 07.26 hours in New Haven, Connecticut. On September 11 2001 Bush’s Secondary Progressed Sun had advanced to the Midheaven above Afghanistan.

TRUMP AND THE ASIAN PIVOT

So as Donald Trump heads to Asia there are some vital clues his astromap can offer. And for my regular readers, apologies if you’ve read some of this before but its important to repeat at this point in time. The standout for Trump is his aggressive Mars setting right on Pyongyang, the home of his nemesis, North Korean leader, Kim Jong un.

If the planet is setting then it denotes a rivalry as the setting point delivers a seventh house, signaling the influence of others. Mars here is an extremely competitive placement. To further explain, Trump was born with the same planet rising above Washington. This sums up his military appointments and under his watch, connects Washington militarily, to the Korean peninsula.

As an aside to Mars setting in Pyongyang, his Mars is rising in Washington. That also describes the battles that the President fights with Congress and how he projects his agitation globally from the White House. Back to Korea and Trump’s Secondary Progressed Sun is also setting here, right across the 38th parallel.

Trump’s Progressed Sun is indicating the strong focus on the relationship with Korea and South Korea in particular. But either way there seems to be this weaponry connection via his birth Mars also setting across the peninsula. These placements also accurately describe Trump’s impulsive and unprecedented threats to destroy North Korea.

His Pluto, recall this is also potent on the destructive side, was setting just inside the North Korean/China border. Any plan to destabilize North Korea to the point of regime collapse would certainly have serious repercussions for China, the economic rival of the USA.

TIMING THE PROGRESSIONS

The timing of his trip for November 2017 places Trump’s secondary progressed Moon and Mercury, the planet of commerce, negotiation and information both setting near Beijing. This smacks of trade talks – a need for discussion, dialogue, contracts or treaties.

It is hard to see this visit being anything other than a more public display of the Asian pivot, initiated by the Obama administration and advanced by Trump’s accent on further funding the military. Mars and Pluto are his predominate birth planets in the Asian Pacific. Can he keep them under control?

The fact that they are setting gives that seventh house functioning via ‘allies and enemies’. His Mars line running right through Taipei, Taiwan, his Pluto close by Hong Kong are all potentially inflammatory. His Sun at the nadir across Tokyo and his Moon at the Midheaven gives a strong Japanese union.

At the heart of this is the battle for economic control as the financial flow moves from west to east. Old habits die hard. Many countries are caught between trading partners and military allegiances. What we do know is that astromapping works. And in a world of fake news it helps in keeping one step ahead of the war hawks and political spin.

October 29

JUPITER ADJUDICATES

When the leadership Sun and Jupiter meet up in the heavens its not simply about opportunity and growth. Jupiter is also related to high courts and the effect of legal judgements on leadership.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull found that out, right on time. The High Court disqualified his Deputy, Barnaby Joyce, right on the Sun Jupiter conjunction. Simultaneously, across the wide Pacific, the first results of Robert Mueller's 2016 election investigation finally dawned. We've only just begun.

JUPITER AND THE JUDICIARY

On Friday, October 27 2017, special prosecutor Robert Mueller filed the first charges of his investigation into Russian meddling to assist Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller took over the investigation after Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, back on May 9.

Trump gave conflicting accounts of the sacking, finally confessing that he was unhappy that Comey hadn't publicly cleared him of Russian collusion. Since then evidence has surfaced that Donald Jnr, had indeed convened a meeting with Russian collaboratives in the hope of digging dirt on his father's Democrat opponent.

This came after the President was forced to sack his national security advisor, Mike Flynn, for misleading information regarding Russian correspondence. And not before Trump had fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, after she had informed him that Flynn was a security risk.

WATERGATE TWO?

The multiple sackings, and Trump's constant denials, contrary to intelligence findings, bring to mind the Saturday Night Massacre of Richard Nixon. Parallels are growing between Nixon's Watergate cover up and the Trump's campaign's potential obfuscation.

Both involved illegal break ins and stolen information from political opponents. Nixon's was a physical break into the Democrat headquarters at Watergate. Trump's allegedly involves cybercrime - computer hacking and email thefts connected to Russian operatives.

There are also astrological parallels to both. The Watergate break in was discovered at 01.55 am June 17 1972 and the burglars arrested at 2:30 a.m, while setting up surveillance bugs in the Democratic National Committee offices. Trump's campaign was launched at 11.21 am on June 16 2016.

The Sun's in the horoscopes of the Watergate break in and Trump's campaign are conjunct to within a degree. Trump's original campaign manager was Roger Stone, the self proclaimed 'Dirty Trickster', who remains proud of his involvement with Nixon and Watergate to this day.

THE SUN JUPITER CYCLE OF JUSTICE

The first trial for the Watergate burglary began on January 8 1973 with the Sun closing on a conjunction with Jupiter. All five arrested pleaded guilty as charged. The Sun Jupiter cycle officially began on January 10, virtually timing the beginning of case.

The first charges of the Mueller investigation were also lodged as the Sun and Jupiter came together, initiating a fresh Sun Jupiter cycle which began 24 hours previous. The relevance of Jupiter here is that it represents judicial matters, jurisprudence and justice – all derivatives from the king planet's name.

The synodic Sun Jupiter cycle begins with the heavenly union of the two and advances toward their opposition, before eventually returning to start anew. It's much in the same way that a New Moon leads to a Full Moon and back to a New Moon. Factored in, like the First and Last Quarter Moons, are the Sun and Jupiter squares.

Using Watergate as the historical example, approximately two weeks after the first square the televised hearings of Watergate began. As the Sun and Jupiter moved toward opposition, when the giant planet shines brightest in the night skies, President Nixon refused to hand over vital tape recordings to the Senate Watergate Committee.

His refusal came July 23 1973 and the opposition (in orb of aspect), perfected by July 30. The opposition ultimately has a a revelatory effect and Nixon's reticence to submit incriminating evidence surely suggested he had something sinister to hide. Later findings would reveal the tapes had been partly erased.

SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE

The Sun Jupiter cycle reached its closing square on November 27 1973. The closing square often acts as the climax following the revelation of the opposition. Events by then are in free fall, like a wave reaching its maximum amplitude before crashing back down. On the night of October 23, Nixon carried out his infamous Saturday Night Massacre.

Nixon's carnage began by demanding the Attorney General sack the Watergate prosecutor. When his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General both resigned over this order, Nixon appointed a third who abolished the office of the special prosecutor. Nixon's repressive move set in motion impeachment proceedings.

Nixon fought on, into the next Sun Jupiter cycle. This one would prove decisive. By the opposition point on September 6 1974 Nixon was no longer in office. Instead, the opposition coincided with a presidential pardon, issued by his successor Gerald Ford on September 8 1974. The controversial pardon also sealed Ford's fate and he was beaten at the subsequent election.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

The current Sun Jupiter cycle began early afternoon Washington time on October 26 2017. The following day Robert Mueller's first charges were lodged. If we are to use the same cycle as a gauge of future timings then we can expect significant developments to accompany the first square of February 10 and the opposition point of May 8 2018.

How might that play out. Well it must be remembered that Nixon won the 1972 election in a landslide and the popular vote by 18 million votes or 61% of the voting public. He took 520 of the Electoral College votes. And it was his second term. That's why impeaching him took so long.

Trump lost the popular vote by 3 miilion and won via the Electoral College. He has hardly even broken 40% approval in his honeymoon year. So unless he is able to turn those figures around it will be a lot easier for his own Republican Party to remove him if enough evidence of collusion surfaces in Mueller's investigation.

That's why the first quarter of 2018 becomes so important. Not only does it represent the opposition point of the Sun Jupiter cycle and point to greater revelations coming forth. But also it locks in with other cycles prevalent in the birth horoscope of the USA.

The Sun Jupiter cycle is but one and must be analysed in the context of what it represents, which is why I have used the Nixon example when examining a leader (the Sun) and a legal process (Jupiter). There are other factors that help pinpoint time windows in the current situation. The erosion of office and clandestine activities can be also connected to Neptune and its effect on the national horoscope.

I have already written on the obfuscation and gaslighting concerning the presidency of the USA. It is revealed by the recurring transit of Neptune across the progressing US birth Sun. The Neptune transit also squares the Sagittarius Ascendant of the Sibly July 4 1776 17.10 hours Philadelphia horoscope, creating a cloud of confusion over international relations.

Neptune also shows strong activity in the February March period of 2018. So it's here that both cycles coincide. And that's the kind of overlap that is useful when timing the potential of future events. More on forecasting with this kind of cycle work in subsequent columns.

TURNBULL'S TURMOIL

On Friday October 27, at 14.15 hours, the Australian High Court ruled five parliamentary members ineligible under the citizenship laws of the Australian Constitution. Included was the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who had refused calls to step down until the matter was resolved. Now he has no choice.

The landmark ruling effectively left the nation with a hung parliament and forced an about face from Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who confidently predicted that the courts would rule in his favour. This is something I wrote about in the September Journal of the Federation of Australian Astrologers.

Turnbull's turmoil could be accurately forecast by examining the horoscope of his swearing in chart. I am reproducing the analysis below in the quotation marks. It gets a little technical but will be useful for any astrologers to note how precise astrology can be with these matters.

"Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia's Prime Minister, right on schedule, at 9 am July 19 2016 in Canberra. The horoscope of that moment should show the potential of his tenure henceforth, and timings, using standard astrological techniques of Solar Arc Directions, Secondary Progressions and Transits in relation to the swearing in chart should pick the dates.

The horoscope itself reveals the inherent prospectives. The mundane significators of the leader are the Sun and the Midheaven. These are examined in light of the aspects they are casting and/or receiving. The closest aspects will trigger first so time for some technicalities.

The Midheaven is 12GEM45 is and squared by the 'eclipsing nodal axis of 13VIR37 and obfuscating Neptune 11PIS43. Saturn positioned at 10SAG17 opposes the Midheaven. On August 13 2017, transiting Mercury would station retro at 11VIRG38, opposing Neptune and activating this entire pattern. Although the transit acts to trigger, the bigger picture is contained in the Solar Arc.

As the Nodes and the Neptune appear closely squared – just over one degree – we can anticipate by rule of thumb (one degree equals a year) that Turnbull is going to have some sort of Neptunian mix-up, mystery or confusion, which could potentially cloud or eclipse (Nodal Axis) his authority. And it will manifest roughly a year into his term, judging from the Midheaven aspects alone.

The 26CAN 43 Sun is positioned in semisquare to the Nodes and in exact sesquisquare (no orb) to Neptune. This exactness means that both bodies (Sun + Neptune) will receive aspects simultaneously. The Sun is also sesquisquare Saturn and at the focal point of a quadriform aspect pattern with the Saturn and Neptune.

The Sun squares the Midheaven by just over one degree, confirming the earlier timing estimate. The Sun is also separating from a semisquare from Uranus. At this point it is stating the obvious that overall this is a volatile swearing in horoscope that will deliver its promise of radical change sometime from August of 2017 based on the aspects below perfecting.

SP Moon sesquisquare Rx Node August 14
SA Neptune square Rx Midheaven August 19
SA Sun semisquare Rx Midheaven August 21
Tr Neptune square Rx Midheaven September 8
Tr Jupiter square Rx Sun September 25
Tr Uranus square Rx Sun November 15.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

The way it played out was Neptunian typical ambiguity. At 10.03 am on August 14, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, announced he held a New Zealand citizenship. Under the Article 44 of the Australian Constitution dual citizenship disqualifies one from holding parliamentary office. Joyce was in limbo. He was one of many now awaiting a High Court ruling.

As for Turnbull's swearing in horoscope, the transit of Neptune obscures the Midheaven through until February next year, unstable Uranus will square the Sun from October through to March and Solar Arc Saturn is heading to sesquisquare the Sun by January. Constitutional crisis or not the road is rocky and it shows that you don't necessarily need a leader's natal details when a timed swearing in chart is available."

Note too how well the ruling correlated with the two national horoscopes for Australia.


Oct 22

URANUS TURNING THE TABLES

The current New Moon cycle began opposite rebellious Uranus and is emphasizing insurrection and uncertainty around leaders and leadership. Donald Trump, born with his Sun combined with Uranus, is feeling the adverse effects of the Uranus reversal. And it's stemming from his own party.

The critiques began with Senator John McCain claiming that the US had abrogated international leadership in favour of a 'half baked spurious nationalism.' McCain, a decorated serviceman and prisoner of war was earlier ridiculed by Trump, who during his campaign claimed he preferred war heroes who don't get captured.

McCain let loose“...to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty...for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history."

Come Thursday it was former Republican President George W Bush's turn claiming, “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

He echoed McCain's thoughts, “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism — forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade — forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”

In a clear rebuke to the divisive national tone set by Trump, Bush added that, “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry and compromises the moral education of children.” A third critique came Thursday evening via the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

THE ENEMY WITHIN

In my weekly update of March 26 this year, archived by clicking this link and scrolling down to Chalk and Cheese, I analysed the relationship between Ryan and Trump astrologically. It concluded that the eventual removal of Trump may be an essential for Ryan in preserving his own political career.

If there was any further proof of the House Speaker building the bonfire under his President, they came as he addressed the 72nd annual Al Smith dinner in New York.

While it is standard to roast political opponents, the House Speaker, aimed most of his zingers at the Republican President instead. He systematically dismantled Trump, category by category.

Ego - “Cardinal Dolan gave a benediction at President Trump’s inaugural. There was just this one kind of awkward moment when the cardinal talked about the infallible, enlightened supreme being. The president stood up and took a bow.”

Disrespect - “I know last year that Donald Trump offended some people. I know his comments, according to critics, went too far. Some said it was unbecoming of a public figure, and they said that his comments were offensive. Well, thank God he’s learned his lesson.”

Draining the Swamp - "I don't think I've seen this many New York liberals, this many Wall Street CEOs in one room since my last visit to the White House."

Instability - “The press absolutely misunderstands and never records the big accomplishments of the White House ... Look at all the new jobs the president has created — just among the White House staff."

On Trump allegedly being called a moron by his own Secretary of State - “A Hollywood Republican. That is an oxymoron. Which is clearly the word that Rex Tillerson was searching for.”

Russian election probe - “Given the current investigation, I too can see Russia from the White House”.

Hyperbole - “The president will tweet 300,000 at Al Smith dinner cheer mention of my name,”

Trump's Tweets - “Every morning, I wake up in my office and I scroll Twitter to see which tweets that I’ll have to pretend that I did not see later on.”

Ryan gleefully took his opportunity to use the guise of humour to say what the majority are thinking of their Commander in Chief. The criticisms arrived in a week where Trump is embroiled in further controversy over his comments regarding Americans killed in the service of their country.

JUDGEMENTAL SATURN

The critics come as Saturn, the establishment planet, completes its year long opposition to Trump's Gemini Sun. The last vestiges of the opposition, which has been more focused from July this year, represents the climax and culmination of its purpose.

Saturn is the planet most aligned to responsibility, maturity and an ability to work within frameworks and limitations. The ringed planet represents organisation and administration. It relates to the lessons of experience, self discipline and the assumption of senior positions.

Saturn is the preserver of traditions and the planet of karmic judgement. It's not unusual that Trump would field the same from senior Republicans, although Ryan represents a direct opponent.

The height of Saturn's opposition came when it moved from retrograde to direction motion, coincident with the August 21 Solar Eclipse. This came in the wake of the Charlottesville riots, when the reality of Trump's philosophies hit home and his approval rating reached its lowest ebb.

What followed were natural disasters, starting in Texas and moving to Puerto Rico, where Trump's insensitive comments on the island's debt and death toll comparison with Hurricane Katrina went down like a lead balloon.

THE ART OF DIVISION

In between was sandwiched an inflammatory address to the United Nations, portraying Trump, along with Kim Jong un, as the man most likely to initiate World War III.

If Saturn was about restraint and responsibility in positions of seniority, then the clear 'reality' was that the President was flunking the test. As if he needed further negative publicity, it came uninvited through the back door, via the actions of Harvey Weinstein.

The publicity of the Hollywood producer, Weinstein, as a sexual predator, conjured memories of Trump's Hollywood Access recording. The Weinstein story broke practically on the first anniversary of the release of Trump's damning conversation that he casually dismissed as locker room talk.

Only the timely release of a trove of Democrat emails, within an hour of the Hollywood Access tapes, deflected the impact of an event with the potential to disqualify him from the presidential race.

THE PLUTO PATTERN

There is a clear astrological theme that runs through Trump's demeaning remarks of women, the exposure of that conversation with Billy Bush and the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

On September 16 2005 when Trump was recorded saying, "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything... grab them by the pussy" the male Sun was in square to Pluto. Think symbolically – Pluto's rape of Persephone, or as the Romans would have it – Proserpina.

On October 7 2016 as Trump's remarks were made public, with the video by the Washington Post, the Sun was in exact square to Pluto. And on October 5 2017, as the Harvey Weinstein accusations surfaced the Sun was back in the same degrees and squaring Pluto.

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October, and the last vestiges of Saturn in opposition to his birth Sun, has been a difficult month for the President. Fellow Republicans are beginning to distance themselves. If Trump is to be removed through official channels it has to be via accumulated evidence and effort.

One reason that he seemed immune to prior challenges sailing through controversies that would have derailed other candidates, was that his horoscope was not showing negativity at the time. But times have changed - and with it, the planets.

Trump's predictable reaction is to leap onto Twitter and change and control the narrative, often on the advice of Roger Stone or Steve Bannon. The latest red herring is to release the files of the 1963 Kennedy assassination. Anything to deflect from his own responsibilities. It won't wash over time.

There's more to come late this year. And as I have mentioned in prior columns, especially around March and through to May 2018. That is a critical time. We are witnessing an enigma with the big question being - how much longer can it last?

Wrapping up, one month ago I was asked on Facebook about Jacinda Ardern's chances in the New Zealand national election of September 23. My reply was that victory wouldn't happen immediately (on election night) but to have faith in her chances. Multiple Jupiter aspects were swinging her way - given time. And they will only get better.

On election night the sitting Prime Minister, Bill English, polled ten seats ahead of Jacinda, who nevertheless improved her parties previous performance. Last week Jacinda, at only 37, became the New Zealand Prime Minister through the support of the NZ First Party. It's been a meteoric rise and her best is yet to come.

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