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Is a wandering mind a creative mind?

Neptune – the god of dreams

It's a familiar scenario. You're in a meeting and realize you haven't heard a word of what your boss is saying because you were thinking about the dry cleaning.Or, you're reading a paper and realize you've been staring at the same paragraph for about 4 minutes. The phenomenon is known as mind wandering, and according to scientists you spend a large part of your life doing it. Mind wandering happens when your mind stops being present and thinks about concerns unrelated to what you are doing. For this reason, it has traditionally been viewed as a cognitive waste of time, or a lack of mental control or ability. But, that is a judgment scientists are now asking us to reconsider. "Mind wandering seems to be very useful for planning and creative thought," says Dr. Jonathan Schooler, from the University of Santa Barbara in California's department of psychological and brain sciences.

The author of this article Su…

Eclipse highlights slavery in Melilla

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased At the price of chains and slavery?

- Patrick Henry

They are known as the mule women of Melilla. Every day they carry heavy loads across the border between the Spanish enclave and Morocco. Melilla is an important entry point for goods in to North Africa - and if the women can carry them, they can be imported in to Morocco duty-free.
"These are women who are risking their lives - there have been deaths as a consequence of this physical labour. It's carried out in conditions of semi-slavery," says Emilio Guerra, from the Union Progreso y Democracia political party. "What we would like is that they work under a concrete set of rules in conditions that aren't precarious”.

In a previous post [1] we saw how the lunar eclipse of 19 Oct highlights slavery and human rights issues. The eclipse chart drawn for Melilla is similar to that at London [1] in that  Full Moon is on the meri…

Mars-Neptune: Sleeping at the wheel

The body of a missing father has been found after he was trapped in the wreckage of his car for weeks and spent his last days writing emotional handwritten notes to his family. David Welch, 54, vanished without a trace from his home in Kansas on September 2 and police only found his body on October 18 more than 800 miles away in a remote part of Utah. It has now emerged that he likely fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road and was trapped in his overturned vehicle.

A Cardinal Ingress chart is a powerful tool for understanding mundane events. Shown above is the sidereal Libra Ingress of the Sun at Green River, Utah where the accident occurred. As regular readers are aware the two important axes to study in any mundane chart are the horizon and the meridian. If these are prominently aspected, the planets involved tell us a great deal about events. Here we notice a T-square comprising a Mars-Neptune opposition on the meridian axis squared by the TNP Admetus…

Castor-Pollux join Asia to Europe

A railway tunnel underneath the BosphorusStrait is due to open in Turkey, creating a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul. The tunnel is the world's first connecting two continents, and is designed to withstand earthquakes. It is being opened on the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for years championed the undersea engineering project, first conceived by an Ottoman sultan in 1860.
The underwater section runs for 0.8 miles (1.4 km), but in total the tunnel is 8.5 miles (13.6 km) long. It is scheduled to be inaugurated at 13:00 GMT. Japan invested $1bn of the $4bn (£3.4bn) total cost of the project, named Marmaray, which is a conflation of the nearby Sea of Marmara with "ray", the Turkish word for rail.

“In mid-August, Jupiter and Uranus, the dynamic duo renowned for scientific discovery and technical innovation, begin an alignment that lasts until April 2014. Add to that mix a third “dwarf” pla…

Castor-Pollux bring severe UK storm

Commuters are being warned of travel disruption on Monday as a storm bringing severe gale-force winds starts moving across England and Wales. Train companies have cancelled early-morning services, and flights into London have been reduced. Gusts of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted as the weather hits the South West then moves north and eastwards and there are fears of flooding and damage. Meanwhile the search for a missing 14-year-old boy who was swept away by the sea in East Sussex has been stood down.

Eclipses and lunar phases affect the weather especially if the meridian axis is affected by alignment with the eclipse or planets. In the chart of the lunar eclipse for London, notice that the Full Moon occurs on the meridian axis and is square Jupiter [19cn]. Jupiter is conjunct the star Castor [20cn] of the Gemini Twins long associated with hurricanes and storms.
An ancient  myth tells how Castor and Pollux sailed on the Argo and by their strength and ingenuity saved the lives of t…

Astrology of Mount Etna’s eruption

Europe's tallest volcano erupted on Saturday blasting smoke into the air and spewing hot lava. Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is in almost constant activity, although the last major eruption was in 1992. It is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, close to Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian  and is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps.

Earthquakes generally follow close on the heels of eclipses and especially in those countries where the eclipse falls on the meridian or nadir. Also if there be any planets in fixed signs at the moment of  eclipse, then earthquakes will occur in those parts of the world where such planets are either rising, setting, culminating or on the nadir. Earthquakes happen more frequently when there are planets especially Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the signs Taurus and Scorpio.
These rules from Raphael’s Mundane Astrology would apply to…

Corvus the Raven in Delhi

NEW DELHI: 8 Oct 2013: Only two species in nature have the ability to make hooks for use as tools - humans and the New Caledonian crows. But many thought that the crows' use of hooked twigs to take out insects from holes was just trial and error that they went through. But new research shows that's not the case. The crows pay close attention to the features of each tool, ensuring that the hooked end is oriented correctly for snagging prey.

Every month the New Moon falls amidst a group of stars that we call constellations. Several of these constellations have animal or bird names and astrologers have noticed that in a strange coincidence that particular animal or bird occurs significantly in the news in the lunar month that follows the New Moon.  For example the current New Moon took place on 5 October at 11li56 conjunct the star Gienah of Corvus the Raven [10li54]  [1] and at Delhi ,where the news item originated, it was on the Ascendant i.e. on the horizo…

On why UN survey ranks Denmark as happiest country

The Humanitarian Waterbearer

The happiest people in the world apparently reside in northern Europe, according to a 156-nation survey published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Released Monday, the 2013 World Happiness Report ranks the happiest countries around the globe, with Denmark, Norway and Switzerland leading the pack. The report drew upon Gallup World Poll data from the past three years to rank the 156 countries on aspects such as healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and social support. Compared to last year, the 2013 World Happiness Report includes more detailed analysis in a bid to guide policymakers to take the well-being of citizens into account when making decisions.

Shown here is the chart for the upcoming solar eclipse at Copenhagen, Denmark. The eclipse is conjunct the stars in the Scales of Justice.  Notice also  that Neptune  squares the meridian axis.

Neptune conjoins Al Sadalmulk of Aquarius, Enif of Pegasus, and Fomalh…

Godel’s proof of God’s existence at Solar Eclipse

Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. When Gödel died in 1978, he left behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic -- that a higher being must exist.  Christoph Benzmüller of Berlin's Free University and his colleague, Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo of the Technical University in Vienna, have shown using an ordinary MacBook computer, that Gödel's proof was correct -- at least on a mathematical level -- by way of higher modal logic. Their initial submission on the research article server (CornellUniversity Library) is called "Formalization, Mechanization and Automation of Gödel's Proof of God's Existence."

Shown here is the upcoming solar eclipse at Ithaca, New York, the location of CornellUniversity. Eclipses become active at least three months prior to their actual occurrence. The eclipse [11sc16] of 3 Nov is placed in the 12…

Solar Eclipse offers hope for corruption free India

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a status report on coal probe to the Supreme Court. The CBI says it will stand by its FIR filed against Aditya Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh, according to a report. CBI says it has strong documentary evidence to support its FIR against KM Birla. The Competent Authority mentioned in the FIR is the PMO (Prime Minister's Office). Letters of recommendation went from PMO to the coal minster.

Shown above is the current solar return for  the horoscope of India [15 Aug 1947; 0:00 IST, Delhi]. Notice a Grand Cross straddling the horizon axis with Saturn [5sc53], Moon [11sc42], North Node [11sc13] and the TNO Deucalion [11sc10] all conjunct on the 7th cusp and asteroid Juno associated with fairness in relationships square the horizon.
There is an interesting alignment here of the western Scales of Justice with China’s Houng-Sing, an Imperial Treasury Balance and Lifting Mechanism where standard wei…

Astrology of a Chinese wheelchair man’s violent protest

When a man in a wheelchair detonated a small home-made bomb in Beijing's international airport in July, he momentarily captured the world's attention. Ji Zhongxing, 34, was being prevented by police from handing out leaflets at the airport which described the desperate story of his life. Witnesses said that Ji then shouted out: "I have a bomb, stay away from me!" And then he set off the device. On 28 June 2005, Ji Zhongxing was allegedly beaten by security officials during a chase after they demanded to see his licence. On 20 July 2013, he carried an explosive device into BeijingInternationalAirport. The explosion blew off his own hand and one policeman was slightly injured. On 15 October 2013, a court in Beijing found him guilty and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Here is the chart for the 25 May 2013 lunar eclipse at Beijing. Since it is placed on the meridian axis by the rules of mundane astrology it should be…

Titanic violin auction and the Lyra eclipse

The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for £900,000 in just 10 minutes at auction in Wiltshire. It was played by band leader Wallace Hartley, who died along with 1,517 others as the ship went down. It had a guide price of £300,000. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy said the buyer was believed to be British. Auctioneer Alan Aldridge said the violin was the "rarest and most iconic" piece of Titanic memorabilia.

Shown here is the chart for the Full Moon eclipse of 18 Oct.  Since it is so strongly placed on the meridian axis, its message would  be felt at Devizes, Wiltshire. A previous post gives the details of the stars aligned with the Sun and Moon. The MC [21ar41]  is conjunct the star Baten Kaitos, zeta Ceti, [22ar07]  in the Sea Monster’s belly. Baten Kaiotos is one of the most frequently found stars involved in shipwrecks [1].  In the eclipse chart Jupiter [19cn54] is conjunct  lambda Gemini [19cn08], Pollux’s right hand. In G…

Freedom from captivity for Greek girl Maria

Greek police are trying to discover the identity of a young blonde girl who was found living on a Roma settlement with a family she did not resemble. DNA tests revealed the child, called Maria and aged about four, was not related to the couple she lived with. The little girl is now being looked after by a charity. Her photo has been released to help find her family. Officials believe she may have been a victim of abduction or child trafficking. [1]

In a previous post [1] we saw how the current lunar eclipse is highlighting issues of slavery and human bondage. Here we will see how the Sun’s Ingress into sidereal Libra at Farsala resonates to the eclipse theme. The chart of the Ingress is prominent since the current Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square is highlighted by being placed on the angles with the Moon additionally conjunct Uranus. Jupiter-Uranus is a combination known to be associated with freedom and release from bondage. In addition Jupiter [19cn51] is conjunct the asteroid Child [1…

Belgian Plane Crashes at Mercury Station Retrograde

Mercury winging his way thru  clouds
(BRUSSELS) — A plane carrying parachutists for a skydiving trip crashed in southern Belgium on Saturday, killing all 11 people aboard, officials said. Minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield near the city of Namur, witnesses saw part of a wing break off, sending the plane into a spiraling nosedive and crash in a field close to Fernelmont town, said its mayor, Jean-Claude Nihoul.

When the planet Mercury goes retrograde, it changes direction in our sky. All planets do this and Mercury does it three or four times a year for three weeks at a time. The current mercury retrograde period runs from Oct 21 through Nov 11 with problems extending a few days before and after.

“The basic nature of all the planets can be determined by the Greek gods and goddesses after whom they are named. Mercury is messenger of the gods, entertaining, cunning, mischievous, resourceful. God of commerce and the market, he appears more frequently in mythology than a…

Eclipse and the Australian wildfires

One person has died and hundreds of homes are feared lost in Australia as firefighters battle to contain nearly 100 bushfires blazing in the state of New South Wales. Emergency services estimate that the fires — the worst to hit Australia’s most populous state in a decade — razed as many as 200 houses. Most were in the World Heritage area of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
It is ancient knowledge in astrology that eclipses in fires signs give rise to fires. The Full Moon eclipse of 19 Oct took place in the fire sign Aries. At Sydney and the surrounding area it places Pluto [9cp12]  on the Ascendant [9cp06] with Uranus [9ar55] square it.

Conjunct Uranus is  Erakis,mu Cephei, [9ar52], Garnet Star in the King’s head. Cepheus wears a Crown of Fire! (Romans called him inflammatus). Ibn Ezra, an 11th century astrologer listed in place of Cepheus, “The Lady of the Flame”. In India, the two Bhadrapadha nakshtras (this is Uttarabhadrapadha) were known as “the Scorching Pair” connected with …

Hidden meaning in the toppling of an ancient rock in Utah

US Scout leaders topple ancient rock formation, trigger outrage

Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:29pm BST Oct 18 (Reuters) - An online video of two Boy Scouts of America leaders knocking over a 170-million-year-old rock formation in a Utah State Park has touched off worldwide outrage, state officials said on Friday, and the two men may face charges.

The ingress of the Sun into sidereal Libra on 17 October is a major astrological event from which we will attempt to understand the above news. The chart for the ingress shows a prominent T-square  [Mars-Admetus-Neptune] straddling the meridian axis. Regular readers are by now  aware that when an ingress chart brings planets to the meridian or horizon axis it is important for that place. The Admetus-Neptune square is bisected by a Moon-Uranus conjunction which is square Pluto. A key phrase for Pluto-Uranus provided by Ebertin is “the collapse of an old order” . The TNP Admetus has often been described as a “rock” [1].

Solid and steady as a rock, Admetos i…

Eclipse and the Brazil warehouse fire

A fire in Brazil's largest port has burnt some 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, damaging six warehouses and pushing international prices to a one-year high. The authorities in the port of Santos said it took six hours to bring the fire under control. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated. Brazil is the world's main sugar exporter, accounting for nearly half of international sales. Port authorities added that the fire began at around 06:00 local time  on a conveyor belt taking raw sugar into one of the warehouses.

The Full Moon eclipse at Santos has Neptune [2pi46] on the MC [3pi47]  opposite Mars [2vi06] on the IC. Since Mars is the ruler of the eclipse that occurred in  the fire sign Aries and Neptune is associated with the sea it is not surprising that the fire took place at a ware house on a port. But more interesting are the stars  on the MC which was transited at several great fires.
At the 64 CE Great Fire of Rome during Nero’s reign; in 1812 when three-quarters …

The fighting eagles as symbol of US Congress

Sometimes, birds of a feather don't exactly flock together! At least that was the case for two bald eagles found stuck together in LoudounCounty late last week. LoudounCounty Animal Services says the eagles had been fighting and their talons became entangled. The birds were found attached to each other in a parking lot last Friday [11 Oct] . Officers were able to untangle the eagles, but both had to be treated for serious injuries.

In several past posts [1][2][3] we have seen how animals appearing in the news show up in relevant star maps for the place. Here we have another such example. Shown above is the chart for the First Quarter Moon phase [11 Oct ] the very day  the bald eagles were found. 

Aquila –the constellation of the Eagle

Notice that the quarter moon is significant for Loudoun County being placed on the MC and forming a T-square with Jupiter on the IC.  The Moon [19cp] is conjunct the star Dheneb, zeta Aquila of the Eagle  [19cp] while the IC and Jupiter [19cn] are conju…