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Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent

Candice Kashani graduated from law school debt-free this spring, thanks to a modern twist on an age-old arrangement. During her first year, she faced tuition and expenses that ran nearly $50,000, even after a scholarship. So she decided to check out a dating website that connected women looking for financial help with men willing to provide it, in exchange for companionship and sex — a "sugar daddy" relationship as they are known. Now, almost three years and several sugar daddies later, Kashani is set to graduate from Villanova University free and clear, while some of her peers are burdened with six-digit debts. Kashani believes such sites are a "great resource" for young women, but others say these arrangements smack of prostitution and take advantage of women in a vulnerable situation. May 29
This story was published by Associated Press, New York. For our purpose here, we begin with the current Aries Ingress …

Eclipse highlights a holistic way to treat liver diseases

High levels of a digestive hormone called secretin may play an important role in the management of certain chronic liver diseases, according to new research published in the journal Hepatology. These findings could result in new ways to treat cholestatic liver diseases, a condition that impairs the movement of bile, the fluid produced by the liver to digest fats. May 17

The research on the new treatment for liver diseases was carried out by a team of scientists at the Texas A&M Health Science Center at Bryan,Tx. Notice that the last solar eclipse of March 8 fell in the mundane 6th house connected with health issues. It was a part of a T-square with Jupiter and Saturn and conjunct stars of Gula, the ancient goddess of healing. The central organ of assimilation in the human body is the liver, over which Jupiter rules in astrology. For Jupiter in Virgo, Eileen Nauman in her book Medical Astrology writes:
Jupiter in Virgo may…

Archaeologists discover 14,500-year-old paintings in Spanish cave

Archaeologists have discovered a hidden gallery of ancient paintings deep within the Atxurra cave in northern Spain. At least 70 cave paintings have been found at the site, which reveals the ‘final moments’ of the Upper Paleolithic, dating as far back as 14,500 years ago. Images of animals cover the walls of the sanctuary, including one which shows a bison impaled by the many spears of ancient hunters. May 24

The news of the Atxurra cave discovery comes just two days after Mars reaches its opposition to the Sun in its retrograde cycle (April 18 – June 29). Mars is the energy we use to get what we need. The classic expression of Mars archetype is that of a hunter. This is further reinforced by the fact that it is conjunct the star omega (ω) Hercules, Kajam, in the Club of Hercules. And in retrograde motion here, …

World War II-era plane crashes into the Hudson River

A World War II-era fighter plane crashed into the Hudson River on Friday (May 27) night, killing the pilot, according to New York authorities. Officials said William Gordon, the 56-year-old pilot from Key West, Fla., died in the crash, the Associated Press reported. The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed into the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge about 7:30 p.m., according to the New York Police Department. The vintage aircraft was scheduled to participate in the Jones Beach Air Show on Long Island this weekend, and it had already flown twice Friday before the crash, ABC News reported.

 The Sun in travel related Gemini completes a semi-square aspect to Uranus on May 28. According to Rex E. Bills’ The Rulership Book, the planet Uranus represents airplanes so that an aircraft accident becomes a possibility. 

A chart drawn for the exact aspect ( as well as for the time of the accident) at New York has a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square aligned with the meridian. A…

Archaeologists discover the lost tomb of Aristotle

A group of archaeologists in Greece say they have found the lost tomb of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and likely world's first true scientist. The Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reported Thursday (May 26) that the finding will be announced at a press conference, as a capstone to a Aristotle-themed conference in Thessaloniki (May 23 – 28). The archaeologists had been digging for 20 years at a site in the ancient northern Greece city of Stageira, where Aristotle was born in 384 B.C. Aristotle died 62 years later in Chalcis, about 50 miles north of Athens. Ahead of the official announcement, the Greek Reporter has some more details on the tomb, saying that "literary sources" say that Aristotle's ashes were transferred there after his death. It is located near the ancient city's agora, apparently intended to be viewed by the public.
To understand the astrology behind …

The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism

I’ve been talking with a lot of my friends recently—in private where they felt comfortable letting their guard down—about the dirty little secret no one is supposed to talk about. The shame people feel when they can’t find a job…We are supposed to pretend, in this stupendously individualist culture, that it is our fault. The buck stops here. I am responsible for my failings in life. Of course this is demonstrably not true. We are merely living through late-stage capitalism and our parents lacked the foresight to warn us about it. The mental disease of late-stage capitalism is shame, the devastating feeling that we failed ourselves in the Land of Opportunity. This great lie that we whisper to ourselves is how they control us. Our fear that other impoverished people (which is most of us now) will look down on us for being impoverished too. This is how we give them the power to keep humiliating us. I say no more of this emotional racket. If I am going to be responsible for my fate in life,…

The Death of the ‘American Eagle’.

Harriet’s life’s work began after she lost use of her wings. For years, the bald eagle flew freely in the Wisconsin wild, over sprawling valleys and snaking rivers. That easy existence ended abruptly in 2000, when she was struck by a passing vehicle and left injured on the side of the road, unable to move.

This news is best understood if we draw a chart for the last Full Moon at Wabasha, Minnesota where the National Eagle Center is located. The Full Moon and Mars are conjunct delta (δ) Ophiuchus, Yed Prior [2sa], a deep yellow star in the left hand of Ophiuchus holding the serpent, also called the hand of death. In addition both these are in a semi-square aspect to Pluto which in its turn is conjunct the asteroid Requiem (death) [1] and the star lambda Aquila[17cp] – in the constellation of the Eagle! And as if surprises thrown up by the chart were not enough, we find that the star lambda Aquila [2] is in the Eagle’s lower wing, reminding us that every detail is r…

Mobile phones linked to cancer in groundbreaking study

A major study has suggested there is a link between mobile phones and cancer. The report is an in-depth peer reviewed study conducted by the US government and represents a significant development in long-running controversy over how mobile phones impact on users' health. Researchers from the National Toxicology Program exposed male rats to the type of radio frequencies which are commonly emitted by mobile phones. Following this exposure, "low incidences" of two types of tumours were found in the animals in both the brain and the heart. Tumours were not found in rats not exposed to the frequencies. May 27

Eclipses have a long term effect that manifest as and when the progressed angles move over significant points in the eclipse chart. To understand the news of the study we begin with a chart for the March 28 lunar eclipse at Research …

IMF acknowledges “neoliberalism” was a mistake

In a stunning reversal for an organization that rests at the bedrock of the modern "neoliberal" (a term the IMF itself uses generously), aka capitalist system, overnight IMF authors Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri issued a research paper titled "Neoliberalism: Oversold?" whose theme is a stunning one: it accuses neoliberalism, and its immediate offshoot, globalization and "financial openness", for causing not only inequality, but also making capital markets unstable. May 27

The Aries Ingress chart (“hour hand”)  that governs the current period as well as the May 28 smaller but nonetheless significant Sun-Uranus semi-square chart (“minute hand”)  carry the Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn T-square on the angles.

Roger Shitag, in his essays on the Jupiter Neptune T- Square Saturn,  writes:
The collapse: Right now it is all…

Neanderthals structures could change understanding of humanity’s origins

Strange ring-shaped structures that were made about 176,000 years ago could change our understanding of our closest extinct relatives. The strange structures, fashioned out of broken stalagmites deep inside a cave in southwestern France, appear to show that Neanderthals were far more adept than had previously been thought. The mysterious arrangements, deep in a dark cave, could be an indication that they were used for “ritual social behaviour”. And there may have been many similar examples of Neanderthal culture that have since been lost, according to experts. May 26

This news will serve as a good example of how the slower and faster transits synchronize to create events. What I am saying can be illustrated by how a clock works. Think of an old grandfather’s clock which chimes the hour. Now for that to happen, the hour hand must exactly conjoin one of the numbers on the clock face. But since its movement is so slow, it is difficult to say when that happens exactly …

Obama's Visit to Hiroshima Stirs Mixed Emotions

President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima is stirring conflicting emotions on both sides of the Atlantic. Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945. Countless others suffered after-effects that endure to this day. The White House has stressed Obama will not apologize for America's use of the bombs when he visits the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday  (May 27) — the first sitting president to do so. An apology would please some in Japan.

A chart for the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima is available at Astro-Databank [1]. Two significant planetary configurations draw our attention (a) the Mars-Uranus conjunction aligns with the “nuclear axis” [2] (b) the Sun is contained by Pluto-Zeus square Kronos
Pluto-Zeus: Events in connection with weapons of mass destruction (when combined with Kronos we have a connecti…

Fifth of UK couples close to break-up

Eris – Goddess of Strife

Almost one in five (18%) couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests. The report, carried out by charity Relate and based on a survey of 20,980 people in relationships from 2013-15, suggested 2.87 million people were in "distressed" relationships. Dr David Marjoribanks, from Relate, said constant bickering could have a "far-reaching" impact on children. On average they did worse in school and could even fall into crime, he said. May 25

The May 6, 2016 New Moon fell amongst the stars of the butting Ram and conjunct Ruchbah in the constellation of the arrogant Queen Cassiopeia.  These stars indicate obstacles, often created by our righteous attitudes of arrogance or greed. They can create painful and repetitive lessons in the fires of life, lessons that ultimately produce the alchemical honing of self. The lessons of Aries awaken us from our denial and naiveté regarding how arro…

The beautiful flower with an ugly past

It looks simple - a pretty blue cornflower - but this plant is causing controversy in Austria. It's the chosen flower of the far-right Freedom Party, even though it was once associated with the Nazis. Dieter Dorner takes a long sip of his Gemischtes, a mix of dark beer and lager, and smiles. We are sitting in an inn in Untersiebenbrunn, a little town east of Vienna, where he is a councillor for the far-right Freedom Party. Over a meal of sausage, chips and locally grown white asparagus, he tells me about a planned dance. May 22

The news comes just a day before the Full Moon of May 22. The Moon is conjunct a retrograde Mars and placed amidst the stars Kornephoros, beta Herculis and gamma Lupi of the Beast.
About the constellation Hercules, ancient Roman astrologer Manilius writes, “from it comes the thug who terrorizes the heart of the city.” When we combine this with Lupus, the Beast  and a retrograde Mars do we not have the picture of the …

India Rethinks Rules Over Sale of GM Cotton Seeds

The Indian government has passed legislation capping royalties for new genetically-modified (GM) cotton varieties to be introduced by Monsanto, striking a blow at the company’s pricing structure in the heavily-populated country. Monsanto has come under fire from critics of farming that is reliant on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Earlier in March, in response to complaints that Monsanto's Indian subsidiary Mahyaco Monsanto Biotech India Ltd (MMBL) was overcharging for a crop that produces its own pesticide, the agriculture ministry cut royalties paid by local seed firms by nearly 70 percent, substantially affecting MMBL's revenue.

To understand the cosmic reasons behind this development, I urge readers to first go through Nick Fiorenza’s post for the eclipse lunar cycle of September 2015 entitled “Winds of Change & New Beginnings” [1]. This was an eclipse lunar cycle, with a Partial Solar E…

Lessons of Mars retrograde

Back in November, when the world-record crude inventory glut was still in its early innings, we showed what we then thought was a disturbing image of dozens of oil tankers on anchor near the US oil hub of Galveston, TX, unwilling to unload their cargo at what the owners of the oil thought was too low prices. Little did we know that just a few months later this seemingly unprecedented sight of clustered VLCCs would be a daily occurrence as oil producers, concerned by Cushing hitting its operating capacity, would take advantage of oil curve contango to store their oil offshore indefinitely. However, while the "parking lot" off Galveston has since normalized, something shocking has emerged and continued to grow half way around the world, just off the coat of Singapore. May 20
In the cluttered backyard of an unassuming stilted house just down the road from the Killing Fields on the outskirts of…