Apple has warned that future investment by multinationals in Europe could be hit after it was ordered to pay a record-breaking €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland. The world’s largest company was presented with the huge bill after the European commission ruled that a sweetheart tax deal between Apple and the Irish tax authorities amounted to illegal state aid. Aug. 30 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/30/apple-pay-back-taxes-eu-ruling-ireland-state-aid
Many ordinary, wage-poor Irish workers, unemployed youth, neglected hospital patients and impoverished pensioners are also infuriated by what they see as the Dublin government’s betrayal of their needs in order to suck up to the world’s richest corporation. The issue here is not merely an Irish domestic affair. It is about how servile governments choose to pander to capital and foreign investors while their own people are shafted. After three years of investigation, the EC – the EU’s executive branch – ruled last week that successive Irish governments had given the American multinational firm “unfair and illegal state aid” by grossly undertaxing it to the tune of €13 billion ($14.5 billion).
This news about a servile Irish government choosing to help a foreign investor make money while its own people suffer in poverty can best be explained if we go back to lunar eclipse of September 2015. The eclipse at Dublin took place in the 8th house that is linked to business and corporate profits .
And progressing it to Aug. 30, 2016, the date of the news, brings the eclipse and the associated Grand Cross to the angles thereby triggering it. A lunar eclipse is a Full Moon that brings the theme of the New Moon solar eclipse to a culmination. The following edited extract from Nick Fiorenza post on the September 2015 lunar cycle entitled “Winds of Change” explains the dynamics:
This solar eclipse brings winds of change that inspire new outward expressions in our lives. The Juno-Makemake North Lunar Node conjunction at this significant location in the ecliptic indicates this eclipse prominently effects relationships of all types along with emphasis on the administration of resources in relationships.
Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may also impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.
The Full Moon brings our Leo lunar theme to its culmination. It brings realization about our need to clear our selves from any psychic and emotional webs of entrapment and to redefine our focus, dedication and commitments from this resultant clarity. This is prerequisite to having the discernment to see through the diversionary commotion occurring in the world, and to function upon transcendent currents guiding our lives into newer progressive modalities of living and co-participating in our relations as we continue into our surely but slowly manifesting new world paradigm.
In addition, the eclipse axis forms a Cross with the TNPs Kronos-Hades opposite Pluto. Martha Wescott provides the following interpretations for the elements involved.
Pluto-Kronos: to see a testing of laws, compliance with regulations; manipulation through a defiance of laws; attention to the finances of big business and regulations concerning investments or royalty, interest rates and similar payments.
Hades-Pluto-Kronos : Criminal financial dealings in high places; to attempt to achieve power by disenfranchising others.