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Eclipse renews US – Iran relationship

Phoenix bird – a symbol of renewal

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Both sides declared their satisfaction with the meeting and agreed to hold substantive talks on the issue in Switzerland, beginning on 15 October. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from from the United Nations in New York.

What is a Davison relationship chart?
The Davison relationship chart [DRC] was named for Ronald C. Davison (1914-1985), author and president of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society of London. The date and time can be determined by calculating the day that lies exactly between the natal charts of those involved. The same principle is also applied to the times of birth. If the individuals involved have different places of birth a combined "place of birth" is calculated by taking the average values of latitude and longitude.
Even if the combined place of birth is loca…

India’s chart and the upcoming October eclipse

Pegasus freeing Andromeda

In this post we analyze the  current progressions and transits in the chart for the Republic of India [26 Jan 1950; 10:15 am,Delhi] . The most important  progression is the solar arc Sun [9ar] opposite radix Mars [9li]. The now familiar  transiting Uranus [9ar] – Pluto [9cp] square activates the progression in a big way.
Uranus serves to break us from the conformity of the past, propelling us into entirely new realms of consciousness. Uranus, in mid-sidereal Pisces, at the time of the synodic square, conjoins Algenib and  Erakis, the Garnet Star of Cepheus. Close by is 14 Andromeda, the chained hand of the princess.  Here the chained woman is an apt  symbol for the troubled  Indian masses. Algenib, a star in wing of Pegasus, the flying horse stands for the need to lift ourselves up and out of an entrapping situation. 

Erakis, the  Garnet Star lies on the crown  of King Cepheus forming a triangle with Alderamin and Zeta Cepheus.  Alderamin represents King Cepheus…

Columba, the Dove of Peace, brings truce to Syria

Columba – the Dove of Peace

The UN Security Council has discussed a draft resolution on ridding Syria of chemical weapons after the US and Russia agreed the text. The vote in the 15-member Council could now take place later on Friday, diplomats at the UN in New York said. The agreement breaks a two-and-a-half year deadlock in the UN over Syria. It is seen as a key step in a US-Russia brokered plan earlier this month under which Syria agreed to disclose its arsenal and eliminate it by mid-2014.

The chart for the last quarter moon , 26 Sept 2013  at Damascus is shown above (*).  Notice the prominent Grand Cross that the moon phase highlights.  Conjunct the Moon [4cn] are the stars of Castor especially Tejat [5cn], mu Gemini, in Castor’s left foot. In ancient China, this was part of the asterism Tsing, which amongst other things stood for the cleansing of crime and law and order. It was also a kind of forum or meeting place. On the MC [10cn]  is the star Alhena, gamma Gemini [9cn16] in P…

Protection helps wildlife recover in Europe

Great Bear is a symbol of protection and nurturance

Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests. Conservationists say species such as bears, wolves, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers. They believe that protection, curbs on hunting and people moving away from rural areas and into cities have helped Europe's wildlife to recover. The analysis was carried out by the Zoological Society of London, Birdlife and the European Bird Census Council. BBC 26 Sept.

As regular readers are aware eclipses become active at least three months prior to their date of occurrence. We will see here that the chart for the  upcoming lunar eclipse of 18 October at London contains clues in the  star lore that tell us why this is happening now. Notice that the eclipse falls  prominently on the meridian axis. An exalted Jupiter in Cancer  in the twelfth house squares the eclipse axis. Jupiter is often associated with expansion or growth [1] whi…

Astrology of the Pakistan earthquake

The quake struck at 4:29 pm local time (1129 GMT)  on 24 Sept. around 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Balochistan province, at a depth of 15 kilometres.  The US Geological Survey originally gave the earthquake a 7.4 strength at 29 kilometres but later revised their figure. Pakistan's meteorological office gave the magnitude as 7.7.

“Earthquakes are often found to be associated with eclipses. An eclipse is always liable to cause seismic disturbances where it is visible, especially if it falls very close to the line of the horizon, i.e. the cusps of the first and seventh houses or of the meridian, i.e. the cusps of the tenth and fourth houses. In addition to this, certain of the zodiacal signs are more closely associated with earthquakes than are others. The four fixed signs are very important in this respect; and of these Taurus and Scorpio are more often related  to great shocks of earthquakes than are other signs, when eclipses or important conjuncti…

Pluto station direct changes US stance on Syria

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. "Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won't support a resolution under Chapter VII in the UN Security Council, then we will stop the work in the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Lavrov said in a Channel One interview, according to Russian agencies. He said the OPCW is "about to make a decision" on Syria but the process is threatened by the "arrogant position of some Western partners".

To understand the change in the US stance on Syria we look at the current solar return for the US Sibly. Notice the powerful T-square with Sun-Jupiter on the IC and Uranus-Pluto on the Ascendant and Midheaven respectively.  Martha Wescott describes Uranus-Pluto dynamics as follows:
To see attempts to for…

Pluto station direct hits Kenya and Pakistan

21 September 2013: Dozens of people have been killed in a gun battle inside a shopping mall in Nairobi, eyewitnesses have said. A senior police officer originally said it was an attempted robbery but later Somali militant group al-Shabab told the BBC it carried out the attack.
22 September  2013: A suicide bomb attack likely to have been carried out by Taliban militants on Sunday  targeted a church in Pakistan's northern city of Peshawar, killing at least 60 people while more than 120 were wounded, Pakistan's government officials and intelligence officials told CBS News. Many of the wounded were in critical condition, raising the possibility of the death toll rising further. According to a senior Pakistani government official who spoke to CBS News from Peshawar, all the victims appeared to be Christians.

The data for the mundane horoscopes of Kenya and Pakistan are based on their independence from Great Britain. (a) Kenya, Nairobi 12 Dec 1963; 0:00 hrs, TZ: -3 hrs (b) Pakistan…

Draco vs Argo Navis: Stories of how honesty pays

Draco – the greedy dragon with his treasure

News item No.1  from Boston,USA Donations of more than $110,000 (£67,000) have poured in from across the US for a Boston homeless man who returned a lost bag with $42,000 in it. Glen James alerted police after he found the backpack containing cash and traveller's cheques last weekend, and the bag's owner was then tracked down. After reading about Mr James's good deed Ethan Whittington, started a donation page on Monday afternoon. The accounts manager had initially intended to raise $50,000 but that goal was achieved within a day of the site going live.  As more people heard of Mr James's story, more money rolled in, with a further $15,000 being raised in just a few hours on Wednesday.

News item No.2  from La Coruna, Spain This story of honesty is almost too incredible to believe. This week, a man in Spain found a winning lottery ticket sold in June 2012 but he decided not to claim the prize for himself. Eu…

Restoration of Emperor Humayun’s tomb

Humayun's tomb  is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum (Haji Begum) in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort), that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.  The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work.  It was officially unveiled on Wednesday, 18 Sept, after a six-year refit that has seen it restored to its original form.
To understand the astrology behind the restoration of the tomb we start by looking at the Cancer Ingress chart at Delhi.

On the MC [4ge] is kappa Cephei, in the constellation of King Cepheus while on the descendant [6pi07] conjunct Neptune is the Chines…

Hidden connections: Costa Concordia and US Navy Yard shooting

What makes astrology supremely relevant is that it discloses an unsuspected dimension of the world we think we know so well. It is as though we have become accustomed to see only the horizontal yarn of the weaving, the weft, and are largely unaware of the warp. We are accustomed to break down our world, in order to understand it, into certain categories, recognizing what belongs to this category, what belongs to that. That is ‘scientific’. However, astrology is about learning to think in new categories. It embodies a system of new categories that are as different from the ones to which we are habituated, as the warp is from the weft. In this system objects and events that at first sight appear to have nothing whatever to do with each other are shown to be intimately connected. Conversely, things we naturally tend to associate may be distributed otherwise in the astrological scheme. Understanding the world around us depends on our power to perceive patterns of meaning, to make the righ…

Neptune and the Colorado floods

Colorado residents kept a wary eye on the sky as more rain is forecast for Sunday, and with it more fears of gushing rivers and cascading mudslides. Boulder County officials said up to 4 inches of rain could fall by afternoon, an amount Sheriff Joe Pelle described as "devastating." Authorities are worried that any additional water on a ground already soaked by up to 15 inches of rain will cause more flooding, and dislodge mud and debris.CNN

The rules for judging weather using solar ingress charts are given by Kim Farnell in her “A Basic Guide to Astro-Meteorology” [1] . Regular readers will be aware that these rules have been used in several previous posts [2] [3] [4] [5] to successfully explain recent freak weather conditions. In each case, as in this one, Neptune in Pisces appeared to be the culprit!
The cardinal  solar ingress charts are interpreted using the 4th house as the main indicator followed by the first house…planets which are conjunct  (or in hard aspects to) angl…

Ceres and farmer oriented market policy changes in Bengal

Ceres – the goddess of grain

Clearing the decks to open up state's back-end retail sector to private players, West Bengal government has decided to come up with a scheme allowing companies to procure farm produce directly from farmers. West Bengal state cabinet yesterday [9 Sep 2013] has approved the scheme called -- Brihat Krishak Bazar Yojana, which would allow private developers to set up terminal markets under the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act.

Here we will attempt to see whether this policy change can be been seen in the stars. Shown above is the Capricorn Ingress chart  which we  have mentioned before is treated as an annual chart by many astrologers. The  Ascendant [27ge] of the chart at Calcutta is conjunct the star Betelgeuze [29ge] ,alpha Orion which along with Rigel, beta Orion [17ge] was in China the asterism T’ien-Chi, the mid-autumn Celestial Market Place, a harvest market and bartering place. [1]

Progressing this chart to 9 Se…

Air pollution shuts down school in Beibaixiang

Officials in eastern China’s LeqingCity were forced to temporarily shutter a primary school in Beibaixiang township after 20 students at the facility suffered from spontaneous nosebleeds that were likely caused by air pollution. Students were reportedly relocated to another facility on Monday as officials monitored the air quality near the school.

Eclipses lie quiet till such time that they are triggered by directions or transits. Quite often, as we will see in this case, a New Moon or Full Moon with a similar theme as the eclipse will also trigger its effects.

Shown above is the chart for the solar eclipse of 13 Nov 2012 at Beibaixiang. Notice that the eclipse [21sc57]  is powerfully placed on the Ascendant implying that this was one place where its effect would be felt. The eclipse was conjunct the star Unukalhai, alpha Serpentis [22sc14]. For this area Diana Rosenberg writes:
Danger from poisons or toxic substances (Serpens), lung ailments and respiratory problems (..allergies, smoke,…