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Sex slave released from captivity

A 52-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to holding a female relative as a sex slave in his backyard shed for 14 years, beginning when she was barely a teenager, authorities said. Raul Ochoa was convicted on Wednesday. As part of a plea deal, he will be formally sentenced to 22 years in state prison next month.






Shown here is the Capricorn Ingress chart (Capsolar) progressed to Wednesday, 29 January. Notice that the progressed Ascendant [6ar17] conjoins Uranus [8ar36] opposite Mars [6li57] both forming a T-square to Pluto [10cp54]. Uranus is conjunct 12 Andromedae [9ar13] on the chained right hand of the captive Princess Andromeda and Algenib, gamma Pegasi, wing of the flying horse, Pegasus – a symbol of freedom from captivity. [1]



[1] Freedom from captivity for Greek girl Maria

Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm

Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said. High levels of the gas had built up in the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf, then "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames," the force said in a statement. One cow was treated for burns, a police spokesman added. (Reuters)





The lunar eclipse of 25 April 2013 took place at Rasdorf in the mundane 12th house which, among other things, rules cattle [1]. The MC [11vi44] of the eclipse chart is conjunct the star Zosma [11vi30].
Zosma, Chort and Denebola [21vi47] are a triangle of stars that form the hind of the Lion. Denbola is the tail. Denebola is also of colon physiology and intestinal toxicity, along with earlier Zosma and Chort. [2]
Essentially this area of late Leo is of  toxic gases emanating from the intestines of the Lion. Denebola, beta Leonis was the Euphratean Lamassu, “The Flaming One…

Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone

Lupus – the Wolf


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Wolves were once the top predator in America’s world-famous YellowstoneNational Park. But the population was eradicated in the 1920s, leaving the wilderness wolf-free for seven decades. In 1995, however, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone; this gave biologists a unique opportunity to study what happens when a top predator returns to an ecosystem. They were brought in to manage the rising elk population, which had been overgrazing much of the park, but their effect went far beyond that. In this film, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist Dr M Sanjayan, Dr Valerie Kapos of the UN Environment Programme and animal behaviourist Kirsty Peake describe how the returning wolves dramatically changed the park’s rivers, forests – and the landscape itself. BBC 28 January 2014
The Balsamic Moon (Waning Crescent) occured on January 27 conjoining  stars Ras Alhague and Theta of Ophiu…

Astrology of the proposed Afghan-US security pact

The 2001 bombing and invasion of Afghanistan has been presented to World public opinion as a “Just War”, a war directed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a war to eliminate “Islamic terrorism” and instate Western style democracy.The economic dimensions of  the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) are rarely mentioned. The post 9/11 “counter-terrorism campaign” has served to obfuscate the real objectives of the US-NATO war. The war on Afghanistan is part of a profit driven agenda: a war of economic conquest and plunder,  ”a resource war”. While Afghanistan is acknowledged as a strategic hub in Central Asia, bordering on the former Soviet Union, China and Iran, at the crossroads of pipeline routes and major oil and gas reserves, its huge mineral wealth as well as its untapped natural gas reserves have remained, until June 2010, totally unknown to the American public.
According to a joint report by the Pentagon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and USAID, Afghanistan is now said to possess “pr…

Full Moon and the Quebec Old Age Home fire

Tchang-Jin – the Very Old People


Police say eight people are dead and another 24 are missing after a fire at a seniors’ residence (old age home)  in Quebec. Quebec Provincial Police Lt. Guy Lapointe at a Saturday news conference lowered the number of missing from about 30 to 24 based on more detailed information. All of the missing are presumed dead after a massive blaze swept through the three-story building in L’Isle-Verte northeast of Quebec City early Thursday.




Lunations (New Moons and Full Moons) that align with the meridian or horizon axis are significant for a place. If they also fall on stars that have a recorded history of fires those places are likely to have fire related events. The chart above shows the last Full Moon at L’Isle-Verte. Notice that it is not only aligned with the meridian axis but square Mars on the Ascendant – a planet associated with accidents and fires.


Diana Rosenberg [1] lists the following fires associated with Procyon [25cn51] and other stars conjunct th…

Explosion at Spokane blows hand off

An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep blew off the driver’s hand early Saturday and scattered debris over half a block, prompting initial fears over the man’s intent, police and neighbors said. Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street in north Spokane, police said. [1]






One of the most important charts for  predictions during the year is the Capsolar – the chart for the Sun’s entry into Capricorn. This chart can be progressed by the solar quotidian method as well as the PSSR method. Here is the Capsolar at Spokane progressed to  Saturday, 25 January by the PSSR method. Notice the progressed Ascendant [7a531] has arrived to the conjunction of Uranus [8ar36] which is part of  violent  Grand Cross with Mars and Pluto.  A Mars-Uranus combination is typical of accidents and explosions [2]. But more interesting is the conjunction of Uranus and the Ascendant to omicron Andromedae, in the chained rig…

Ceres spews plumes of water vapour

Observations of the Solar System's biggest asteroid suggest it is spewing plumes of water vapour into space. Ceres has long been thought to contain substantial quantities of ice within its body, but this is the first time such releases have been detected.The discovery was made by Europe's infrared Herschel space telescope, and is reported in the journal Nature on 22 January.


The journal Nature is published from London so that we begin our enquiry with the current annual Capricorn Ingress chart at London. Notice Jupiter [17cn] prominently placed on the Ascendant making a sesquisquare aspect to Neptune [2pi59] and a square to Ceres [16cn35] and Zeus[18cn42]. Since Zeus is a TNP associated with heat  and energy sources [1] while Neptune links to water, Martha Wescott gives the following interpretation.
Zeus-Neptune : Appliances or objects that emit water, steam or vapour (thus steamers, pressure cookers and vaporizers) [2]
Progressing the ingress chart to 22 January aligns the merid…

The bogus mathematics of happiness

A couple of years Nick Brown was taking a postgraduate course in applied positive psychology. There was a slide showing a butterfly graph – the branch of mathematical modelling most often associated with chaos theory. On the graph was a tipping point that claimed to identify the precise emotional co-ordinates that divide those people who "flourish" from those who "languish". According to the graph, it all came down to a specific ratio of positive emotions to negative emotions. If your ratio was greater than 2.9013 positive emotions to 1 negative emotion you were flourishing in life. If your ratio was less than that number you were languishing.
Brown, an amateur, who  was suspicious of the research paper was along with Sokal able to prove that the theory  was a hoax, a deliberate pastiche of the sorts of nonsensical postmodern appropriations of maths and physics. http://bit.ly/1bneUHp

The original research paper was published by the authoritative  journal American Ps…

Death of Corvus, the Raven, signals the end of Facebook

Facebook’s growth will eventually come to a quick end, much like an infectious disease that spreads rapidly and suddenly dies, say Princeton researchers who are using diseases to model the life-cycles of social media. Disease models can be used to understand the mass adoption and subsequent flight from online social networks, researchers at Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering say in a study released Jan. 17.






To understand this news we will look at it through the lens of  the current sidereal Capricorn Ingress (Capsolar) at Princeton. Notice the powerful Grand Cross on the angles. Regular readers by now know that Uranus-Pluto square in the Cross is associated with endings and new beginnings. But the more relevant placement here is the star Algorab, delta Corvi [13li37] conjunct  the Ascendant [14li10] and Mars [17li].
The Crow-Raven is a talking bird hence its association with message bearing. According to one version of a myth, Apollo – the Sun God – was so fu…

On Kejriwal’s victory against the Centre

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his protest after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung appealed that the stir be ended keeping in mind the issue of national security ahead of Republic Day celebrations. The L-G partially agreed to the demands raised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kejriwal told his supporters.



Arvind Kejriwal’s [16 Aug 1968; 23:46; Hisar] radix Sun [24le] is conjunct the star Subra [24le] about which Nick Fiorenza writes:
Subra, marking the end of sidereal Cancer, is the paw of the Lion. Subra asks that we dig, explore, uncover, and find a new way to navigate the passage that leads to living from the integrity and passion of out hearts, which Regulus embodies.
Synthesizing with Subra is the primary star of the very southern constellation Pictoris, the Painter's Easel. Alpha Pictoris [25le]  indicates a picture or scenario is emerging from the æthers. This is a picture assembling itself as we break trail in our discovery process. Alpha Pictoris asks…

The falling eagle at Wellington

People in the city of Wellington have described the moment a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's NorthIsland. The quake struck 38km (24 miles) north-east of Masterton at 15:52 local time (02:52 GMT) with no reports of major damage or serious injury. Passengers at WellingtonAirport had a lucky escape when a large eagle sculpture - one of two used to promote the Hobbit films - fell from its position suspended from the airport roof. BBC, Jan 20,2014




20 Jan [07:34:09 UT] - Waning Gibbous Moon - Sun (0 aq 9'27") sesquiquadrate Moon (15 vi 9'27")

A chart drawn for the Waning Gibbous Moon on 20 January at Wellington has the Sun [0aq] on the descendant conjunct the star Altair [2aq] in the constellation of the Eagle! [1]



[1] http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Altair.html

Fire in Omaha animal feed plant

A fire chief in Omaha, Nebraska, says an explosion and partial building collapse at an animal feed processing plant has claimed lives.The fire that followed the explosion around 10:00 local time (16:00 GMT) has been extinguished, but firefighters were carefully searching the structure, wary of falling debris.

The chart for the Sun’s entry into Capricorn (Annual Chart) at Omaha is shown above. On the Ascendant [29aq] with Neptune is Diana [22aq] – the asteroid linked to animals. [1] Throwing a sesqui aspect to this combination in the TNP Zeus (fire)  [17li] and asteroid Ceres [19li]  associated with food so that all the essential elements that describe the incident are in place for Omaha. Progressing the chart by the solar quotidian method brings Ceres-Zeus to the descendant along with its complex while the Uranus-Pluto square linked to accidents is activated by the progressed meridian axis. Also recall that Uranus [8ar] is on the garnet star Erakis, mu Cephei which in earlier posts we …

Castor inaugurates World Economic Forum

Business leaders, heads of government, entrepreneurs and even the odd celebrity will be rubbing fur and down-quilted shoulders at Europe's highest altitude town, Davos, for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week [January 20 to January 25]. As is traditional, the theme of its annual meeting in Davos is sweeping and, at first glance, somewhat opaque: "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, politics and Business." The WEF says the theme "reflects on the disruptions that societies face on a global scale driven by rapid technological and scientific innovation, accelerating social change and a shifting global economic order."

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse [25ar45] of 19 October formed a T-square with Jupiter [19cn] which was conjunct the star Castor [20cn] of the Gemini Twins ruled by the god of business and trade Mercury. [1]
Global commerce is the essence of Castor and Pollux--the Twins. While Jupiter is associated with global resources …

On why Geneva II talks on Syria are promising

The Syrian National Coalition, the main umbrella opposition body in exile, has agreed to participate in long-awaited peace talks planned for January 22 in Geneva. In August 2013 , the UN envoy Brahimi had said  that the main problem was getting the different groups in Syria and their different international supporters to accept the "very principle of a political solution". He said that this has been the UN approach to the Syrian civil war since the war began.

Readers are referred to the excellent  2014 General Forecast [1]  by Bill Attride from which the following extracts have been summarized for help in understanding the above news.
The dynamics of a Grand Cross are such that we are being presented with Four Ways of Being/Doing and it would appear at first that you can  deny, suppress or project at least two of these and assume or live out the other two. Of course this is not possible or true. Instead we must find a way that integrates all the Four Ways.  

Uranus in  Aries …

Astrology of the lightning strike on Christ’s statue in Rio

A lightning strike has damaged a thumb of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue. The thumb on the right hand of the 38m (125ft) statue was hit during a storm on Thursday night, officials said. [1]



Shown above is the chart for the 3 Nov 2013 solar eclipse at Rio. Conjunct the MC [13li] is the star Kraz [17li] of Corvus . Among manifestations connected to this area Diana Rosenberg lists “lightning and electrical events”. [2] Uranus is conjunct 12 Andromedae – a star on the right hand of the Princess. 






Progressing the chart to 16 Jan brings the Descendant to a conjunction with Kraz – the star associated with lightning and the Ascendant to a conjunction with Uranus (electricity) and a quincunx aspect to the Sun. The Sun is conjunct Acrux, alpha Crux – a star in the Cross which by association is linked to Christ. [3]
"Crux is said to give perseverance, but many burdens, trials and responsibilities, together with much suffering and many hardships. In connection with ruler…

Pluto transit and Sunanda Pushkar’s death

Sunanda Pushkar (January 1, 1962 – January 17, 2014) was a businessperson and spouse of the Indian Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor (born 9 March 1956). On 17 January 2014, a day after the Twitter controversy, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in room number 345 of The Leela Palace Hotel in the Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi.

There are several pieces of the astrological jigsaw that we  try and piece together in this post. Firstly, Sunanda has her radix Sun [10cp] conjunct Venus [4cp] and Mars [5cp]. Shashi’s Mars [6cp] is also here. The New Moon on her birthday fell on Pluto [11cp] and her radix Sun activating the entire Sun-Venus-Mars complex. Pluto began transiting over this complex about 3 years ago when Sunanda and Shashi met and married in a fairy tale wedding.
Whatever part of our lives and of our psyches that Pluto touches, especially by hard transit, is an area that Pluto compels us to explore more deeply. Superficiality is not acceptable for Pl…

Full Moon curtails NSA's spying

Corvus – the “black tongued” messenger
President Barack Obama is expected to order the National Security Agency (NSA) to stop storing data from Americans' phones, after a series of leaks about intelligence operations. Reports suggest Mr Obama will ask Congress to arrange how the data is stored, and how agencies can access it. The president is due to announce a number of changes to the spying system. BBC (17 Jan)




The chart for the current Full Moon at Washington shows it placed significantly on the meridian axis. In the Full Moon the Sun opposes the Moon, and here we see the Capricorn Sun representing the leaders  with their  focus on the  need to establish structures that protect the state  in opposition to the Cancerian Moon’s need  to allow the people their freedom to express their feelings. An opposition always reflects a need to find a new balance. Mars at the apex of the T-square on the Ascendant is conjunct the stars of  the black tongued  messenger Corvus, the Raven, the Virg…

Suchitra Sen – An Astro-obituary

Suchitra Sen

Suchitra Sen (6 April 1931 – 17 January 2014), was an Indian actress who acted in several Bengali films that mainly concentrated in the regions of Bengal and Bangladesh. In particular, the movies in which she paired opposite another legend in Bengali films, Uttam Kumar, became classics in the history of Bengali cinema. Known as the Greta Garbo of India for leading a reclusive life after she left films, Sen was an iconic star of regional Bengali cinema.




A chart drawn for the Sun’s entry into Capricorn at any location is considered by many astrologers as the Annual Chart for that place. In this chart drawn for Calcutta we see Venus station retrograde in the mundane 5th house. This is a house associated with theatres, films and entertainment so that by association it is linked to actors. Venus refers to actresses and beauty queens while retrogrades refer to the past. [1]. It was conjunct the star 46 Draconis of Draco [29cp52]. Draco presides over theatre and films so that we h…