The Chinese government is investing tens of billions of dollars as part of an ambitious economic plan to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks. China's President Xi Jinping has pledged $124bn (£96bn) for the scheme, known as the Belt and Road initiative. "Trade is the important engine of economic development," Mr Xi said at a summit of world leaders in Beijing. "In advancing the Belt and Road, we will not re-tread the old path of games between foes. Instead we will create a new model of co-operation and mutual benefit," Mr Xi said at the opening of the two-day summit. "We should build an open platform of co-operation and uphold and grow an open world economy," he added. But neighbours Japan and India have stayed away from the summit, suspicious that China's development agenda masks a bid for strategic assets and geopolitical ambitions. And some economists are cautious about the viability of projects in areas of political instability and poor governance. May 14 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39912671
Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life. The solar eclipse of September 1 fell in the 8th house at Beijing. The 8th house in mundane astrology is associated with “commerce and business” between countries. In his essay on the eclipse entitled “New Directions” Nick Fiorenza explains that the stars that form the backdrop to the eclipse challenge us to move away from the older model of dominating or controlling others towards co-operation and caring for others.
If we progress the eclipse chart to May 13, the date of the Beijing summit, the eclipse along with its T-square aligns with the horizon axis and this thereby triggered.
We also note that on the progressed MC [3li] is the newly discovered dwarf planet Makemake about which Nick Fiorenza writes:
I am tending to think of Makemake as supporting the discovery of or uncovering that which is nourishing in the material / physical realm of life, of that which provides our fundamental physical sustenance, of economics; and involving the politics governing the "fundamental provisions for the people."
The motivating (aphelion) force behind Makemake's perihelion influence (Revati, etc) is that of a protector and provider, with clear intent to create the environmental conditions supportive of a healthy, prosperous and abundant life.
Makemake's aphelion to perihelion axis suggest Makemake reveals our need to get clear on the use and application of resources. Clearly finding the golden egg is not about greed and lust, trapped in the fear-based technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, but is about the proper use of the land and its resources in providing for our nourishment and wellbeing, the use of resources to free those entrapped (Andromeda) from the Jaws of ole Cetus.
The Chinese Belt and Road initiative is clearly about moving in a new direction compared to the older model of exploitation.