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Conservationists Seek Protection for Monarch Butterflies

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds. August 26, 2014

In this post we will go back to the lunar Full Moon eclipse of April 15, 2014 to see how it influences the news above. But first let us remember that the Full Moon brings to culmination in the lunar cycle  a theme that starts at the New Moon of March 30.

For this I refer my readers to Nick Fiorenza’s excellent post [1]  on the March 30 luna…

S.S. Central America’s shipwreck yields gold

More than 2,900 gold coins and 45 gold ingots have been recovered from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America since an archaeological excavation began in mid-April, Odyssey Marine Exploration, (Tampa,Fl)  the company contracted to dive to the site, revealed on a report published Tuesday (Aug.26).

SS Central America, known as the Ship of Gold, was a 280-foot (85 m) sidewheel steamer that operated between Central America and the eastern coast of the United States during the 1850s. The ship sank in a hurricane on 11 September 1857, along with more than 550 passengers and crew and 30,000 pounds (14,000 kg) of gold, contributing to the Panic of 1857.
In several previous posts we have seen how long after eclipses are over and gone, they continue to affect events in our lives. This is especially true in places where eclipses or major configurations accompanying them aspect the angles. Shown here is the chart for the last solar eclipse of April 29, 2014 at Tampa, Florida wh…

Astrology of the Ice Water Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July-August 2014.
How did the craze start? In the States, when Chris Kennedy, a golfer from Sarasota in Florida, was nominated by a friend to participate in an ice bucket challenge similar to the one screened live on-air by programme Golf Channel Morning. Kennedy was the first to associate the challenge with ALS because he has a relative suffering from the disease and his video was posted back on July 15.

Shown here are two mundane charts drawn for Sarasota, Florida. The first is the Capricorn return chart progressed to July 15, 2014 while the second is the chart for the Full Moon of July 12.
In the first chart we have Admetus on the descendant and Neptune on the IC in w…

DNA test on cow settles ownership

A court in Kollam (Quilon) on Wednesday (August 27) settled a two-year-long legal battle between two women over the ownership of a cow after conducting a DNA test. This is perhaps the first time a DNA test on a cow was done to settle its ownership right. Two years ago, Geetha complained that she left her cow to graze in a nearby area but it did not return. She claimed that the cow and its calf were found in a nearby village after a few days but the alleged owner Sasilekha refused to part with the cow. Later Geetha filed a police complaint, refusing to settle the case as both women insisted on being the cow's owners. Subsequently a case of theft was registered against Sasilekha and her son. Both of them later got bail from Kerala high court. On further inquiry, police found that the mother of the disputed cow was alive. Soon the court ordered a DNA test on both cows. The report concluded that blood samples of disputed cow and its mother were not matching, hence, giving Sasilekha th…

Fermilab: Do we live in a 2-D hologram?

A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe – including whether we live in a hologram. Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions. Fermilab, Press Release; August 26. Batavia, Il

Modern science is turning our notion of what constitutes the Universe on its ear, and nowhere is this more evident than the theory that the Universe itself is a hologram.  Beginning with quantum physics and particle/wave theory, which suggested in the early part of the 20th century that the Universe is operating on many different levels than our three-dimensional reality would suggest. Ly…

IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

French authorities have formally opened a negligence investigation into Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She has been questioned about her role in awarding 400m euro (£318m; $527m) in compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. She denies wrongdoing. Ms Lagarde, 58, was finance minister in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government at the time of the award. BBC, Aug.27

Christine Lagarde [1]  was born on 1 January 1956 at 13:40 CET, Paris. With a  Rodden Rating AA, the chart is a delight for astrologers since it allows for an accurate progression of the angles. The table below shows that her solar arc Ascendant is in hard aspect to Saturn-Pluto-Moon-Kronos. Also her radix Sun [10cp] which is currently transited by Pluto [11cp] is in hard aspect to to Saturn-Pluto-Moon-Kronos.
Christine Lagarde - Natal Chart  1 Jan 1956, 13:40, CET -1:00 ParisFrance, 48°N52', 002°E20'  Geocentric T…

Indian woman kills leopard

An Indian woman armed only with farm tools is stable in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her. Kamla Devi, 56, sustained multiple bites, cuts and fractures during the half-hour battle. She had been fetching water in northern Uttarakhand state when the leopard pounced on her from nearby bushes - she fought back with a sickle and spade. "I thought I was dead but I did not lose patience and courage," she told reporters after her lucky escape. Ms Devi was carrying water from a canal to her field near the village of Sem Nauti in Rudraprayag district when she was attacked on Sunday (August 24) . She said she managed to smash some of the animal's teeth during the struggle."I fought head on with it for almost half an hour. Then I came to know it was dead," she told reporters from hospital in the nearby town of Srinagar Garhwal. BBC

In mundane astrology, the importance of the Capricorn Ingress chart is univer…

New Moon draws attention to the Madagascar pochard

The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home. This is according to a study revealing that 96% of the chicks are dying at two to three weeks old. Conservationists say that human activity has driven the birds to one remaining wetland, but that that site has insufficient food for the ducks. The research is published in the journal Bird Conservation International. Human activity, including deforestation, farming and fishing, has destroyed their habitat to the point that this last population is now restricted to one wetland in north-east Madagascar - a complex of lakes near Bemanevika. BBC; August 25

Once again  we will see how the images in the sky map of a lunation can be very relevant for events on earth. Shown here is the chart for the New Moon of August 25 drawn for Bemanevika, Madagascar. Notice that it is very prominent for the place since it falls on the horizon axis opposite Neptune. Neptune in the water sign  Pisces br…

Boy finds 10,000-year-old arrowhead on NJ beach

A boy playing on a New Jersey beach has unearthed a 10,000-year-old arrowhead possibly used by ancient Native Americans to spear fish or hunt mastodon. Ten-year-old Noah Cordle and his family were vacationing on the Long BeachIsland last week when he found it at the edge of the surf in the community of Beach Haven. AP; Aug. 24

Long after eclipses are over and gone, they continue to affect events in our lives. This is especially true in places where eclipses or major configurations accompanying them aspect the angles. Shown here is the chart for the last solar eclipse of April 29, 2014 at Beach Haven, New Jersey. Notice that the eclipse [9ta]  is sharply square the horizon axis and conjunct the star Azha, eta Eridanus [9ta]. Eridanus was an ancient celestial river. As a symbol, a river relates to the creative power of nature and time and everything transitory: the flux of the world and the irreversible passage of time.  Unlike earthly rivers, Eridanus is depicted flowing upstream symbol…

French PM resigns amid economy row

French PM Manuel Valls has submitted the government's resignation to President Francois Hollande and has been asked to form a new cabinet. The government was badly shaken on Sunday by criticism over its handling of the economy by economy minister Arnaud Montebourg. BBC; August 25.

Along with the Capricorn Ingress chart, the chart for the entry of the Sun into Cancer is considered to be extremely important in Mundane Astrology. Shown here is the chart for the Sun’s entry into sidereal Cancer at Paris.  What strikes us immediately is that New Moon of August 25 falls on the meridian axis activating this chart. Here we have Saturn on the Ascendant and Neptune on the IC in an aspect known as a paran.

Planets in paran are important indicators of combined planetary energy. All astrologers will agree that when planets are on angles they are "strong." And when you have two (or more) planets on two angles simultaneously, then, not only a…

Earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay area at New Moon

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 has shaken northern California, reports the US Geological Survey. The USGS said it struck at 03:20 local time (10:20 GMT) four miles (6km) north-west of AmericanCanyon, at a depth of 6.7 miles. The site is 51 miles from Sacramento and about 30 miles north-east of San Francisco, where many Twitter users say it woke them up. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. BBC, August 24

In his book “Mundane or National Astrology”, H.S. Green gives us the following rules:
“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.”
Shown here is the chart for the Lunar Eclipse of  April 15 at American Canyon, California. Notice that it …

Chinese man acquitted of murder in rare move

Chained Andromeda freed by Pegasus

A Chinese court on Friday (August 22) acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.
Citing insufficient evidence, the high court of the southeastern province of Fujian overturned the guilty verdict against Nian Bin, a grocery shop owner accused of fatally poisoning a fellow villager's two children in 2006. The case attracted some of China's most prominent lawyers and wide attention in social media.
"As far as we can tell, this is an isolated case, but we hope this will help China move forward — even with a small step — in building rule of law," Beijing-based legal scholar Xu Xin said. "We should thank his lawyers and their unrelenting efforts for the acquittal. The social media also have played a role, having put pressure on the court to hear the case fairly." Yahoo News; A…

Low-cost electrical energy device developed at Stanford

Dragon – symbol of power, electricity and lightning

Now scientists at StanfordUniversity have developed a low-cost, emissions-free device that uses an ordinary AAA battery to produce hydrogen by water electrolysis. The battery sends an electric current through two electrodes that split liquid water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Unlike other water splitters that use precious-metal catalysts, the electrodes in the Stanford device are made of inexpensive and abundant nickel and iron. Stanford Report, August 22, 2014.

To understand the astrological basis for this news I take my readers back to the New Moon lunar cycle of March 30 to April 29. In his overview for this lunar month Nick Fiorenza wrote [1]:
The New Moon catalyzes an unprecedented lunar cycle providing opportunity for revolutionary change in many facets of our personal lives and in the world. The main event occurring in this lunar month is the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Square. This Grand Square gateway …