Friday, 17 March 2017

A Russian-German thaw? Merkel heads for Moscow

As crises build up around her, Angela Merkel sends Putin "particularly warm greetings" and prepares a trip to Moscow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing a possibly difficult election in Germany later this year, is traveling to Moscow on 2nd May 2017. Merkel has been a regular visitor to Moscow, and speaks with Russian President Putin on the telephone more often than any other EU leader. However their relationship hit rock bottom when the Ukrainian crisis exploded in 2014, and has been fraught ever since.  Suffice to say that the last occasion when Merkel visited Moscow was in the fraught run-up to the Minsk Agreement in February 2015. When German SPD leader and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Bavarian Minister-President and CSU leader Horst Seehofer, visited Moscow in October 2015 and February 2016, she made little attempt to hide her disapproval. This time the mood is completely different. Not only is Merkel herself going to Moscow, but her journey there has been well prepared in advance by the same duo of Gabriel and Seehofer who earned her displeasure by going to Moscow in October 2015 and February 2016. March 17,

Venus retrograde is an ideal time for introspection, to reassess our values and desires. The area of sidereal Pisces that Venus retrogrades through is about psychic, emotional and genetic energetic currents we carry from  the past, those inherited or assumed. Thus, this retrograde period provides opportunity to reassess those that are of value and those that keep us bound, entrapped and in turbulence and therefore those we need to relinquish.

Erin Sullivan adds that the station-retrograde begins a time of global review. We can see how it manifests in the collective by watching the news in regard to diplomatic and international relations. This news comes to us as we head towards the midpoint of the Venus retrograde cycle which began on March 4. At the midpoint of the cycle  retrograde Venus conjoins the Sun. A chart for this mundane event can give us clues about the essence of this cycle for any particular place. Notice that at Berlin, the chart has the now familiar Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon axis. This T-square promises a change in the old order if we are willing to meet others half-way (Jupiter in Libra) [1].  But perhaps adding greater clarity is the star Castor, alpha Geminorum on the Ascendant. Castor and Pollux were the determinant stars of the Indian Lunar Mansion Punarvasu “The two who are Good (or Prosperous) Again”. Volguine has “Brothers Returned” (reunited?).  The image above of the two brothers hugging each other sums up this area.

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