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Iranian City Records One of the Hottest Temperatures in History

The Iranian city of Ahvaz shattered national regional temperatures records on Thursday (June 29) when the heat rose to 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest in Iran’s history. The temperature was also a record for June heat in the Asian mainland. Some reports put the temperature at 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit, which, if, true, would tie the record for hottest temperature recorded in modern times, outdone only by the 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded in Death Valley, California, in 1913. And some experts today doubt that reading, according to USA Today.
In astro-meteorology, charts for Moon phases are used routinely for understanding weather conditions. At Ahvaz, Iran the current New Moon is conjunct Mars and the star Sirius on the Ascendant.

Death Valley's Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reliably recorded air temperature in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913. On July 7, 2013, the Sun was conjunct the Dog Star Sirius and placed on the As…

Trump Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War

While one of Trump's recurring campaign promises was that he would "punish" China and other key US trade counterparties if elected, for taking advantage of free-trade by imposing steep tariffs and duties on foreign imports to "level the playing field", the President's stance changed drastically after the election, U-turning following his amicable meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in March, but mostly as a result of pressure by his ex-Goldman advisors to keep existing trade arrangements in place and not "rock the boat." Now, all that may be about to fall apart.  June 30

Donald Trump celebrated his birthday on June 14. However, this year the Sun returned to his natal position on June 13. His  current solar return chart is shown here. 

We can see the Jupiter-Pluto square aligned with the horizon and meridian axes and Mercury, Mars and the Su…

For sale: India's loss-making national airline

India's struggling, debt-ridden national airline could soon be in private hands. The government has agreed "in principle" to sell its stake in Air India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced late Wednesday (June 28). A special committee headed by Jaitley will now work out the details, including who can bid for the airline and how big a stake the government wants to sell.  June 29

The news comes to us just as the Moon is about to enter its First Quarter phase on July 1. A chart for the Moon phase at Delhi is shown here. The Sun and Moon straddle the meridian. Notice that the Sun forms a stellium  with Hades-Kronos-Mars-Mercury and Ascendant all opposite Pluto. The delineation for the various combinations is given below:
Hades-Pluto: problems and decline through debt; to see that a decline now requires radical changes. (Combined with Kronos: Pressures through debt and general deterioration…

US Aircraft Carriers Could Become Obsolete

Modern missiles make them vulnerable. A $13 billion price tag makes them expensive. New technology may make them unnecessary. June 28

In mundane astrology, the transits of the outermost five major bodies of the solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – are considered important when the bodies that make up these cycles arrive at significant angular relationships.  Jupiter-Pluto form a square [90 degrees] aspect in 2016-17. During this period, there are times when a third faster moving planet triggers the square. Between June 25 and July 2, Mercury and Mars are forming a T with Jupiter-Pluto. One June 25, Mars forms an exact square with Jupiter. A chart for this event at Washington, DC,  brings the T-square to an alignment with the meridian axis.   

On the IC, Mars [13cn] is conjunct the star Canopus, alpha Argo Navis – the Celestial Ship. It is opposite Pluto [18c…

Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer charged with sex offences

The Vatican treasurer and Australia's most senior Catholic figure Cardinal George Pell has been charged with sex offences in Australia. The charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of Victoria said. The allegations were made by more than one person, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton. The cardinal would be required to face the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 18 July, Deputy Commissioner Patton said.

A New Moon begins a cycle during which its central theme unfolds. It is especially significant for those places where it occurs on the horizon or meridian. The current New Moon [2cn47] took place on June 24 and was placed on the MC at Melbourne, Australia. It was conjunct the star Tejat [3cn40] in the foot of Castor of the Gemini Twins. About this star, Nick Fiorenza writes:
Tejat portends eminence and renown, and will make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, bu…

The horoscope of the US Democratic Party

When I think of the Democratic Party these days, the image instantly comes to mind of little Linda Blair playing the demon-possessed child in the classic horror movie, The Exorcist (1973), most particularly the scene in which she spews a stream of pea soup-like projectile vomit into the face of kindly old Max von Sydow, as Father Merrin, the priest come to rescue her. The pea soup represents the sort of ideology that the Democratic Party has spewed out in recent years — a toxic mush of racial identity politics, contempt for men, infantile entitlement tantrums, corporate whoring, and a demonic quest for war with the Russian Federation. Father Merrin, the priest, stands for incorruptible American men, who have been, at last, killed off by this barrage of diabolical idiocy. Our politics have become so thoroughly demonic, that the sort of exorcism America needs now can only come from outside politics. It’s coming, too. It’s on its way. It will turn our economic situation upside down and in…

CNN "Fake News" Scandal

Hermes, Athenian red-figure Panathenaic amphora C5th B.C.

Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates.  June 26
In mundane astrology, the transits of the outermost five major bodies of the solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – are considered important when the bodies that make up these cycles arrive at significant angular relationships.  Jupiter-Pluto form a square [90 degrees] aspect in 2016-17.

During this period, there are times when a third faster moving planet triggers the square. Between June 25 and July 2, Mercury and Mars are forming a T with Jupiter-Pluto. One June 27, Mercury forms an exact square with Jupiter. A chart for this event brings the T-square to an alignment with the horizon and meridian axes at Atlanta, Georgia,…

Italian Banking – Domino’s Just Started Falling

Last November the mainstream media wrote headlines of impending doom in the Italian banking industry – it made good reading and they weren’t wrong. But now it’s actually arrived there’s something of a media ‘blackout’. The European Central Bank quietly released the information which, has largely gone unreported. The ECB’s press release was entitled “ECB deemed Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza failing or likely to fail” when really it should have read “ECB deemed Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza bankrupt as they are in law unable to pay their debts.” The decision by the ECB came about as a result of lack of capital. The Single Resolution Board (SRB) concluded that conditions for a resolution action were not fulfilled and that the two banks are to be wound up under Italian insolvency procedures.  June 26

In mundane astrology, the active transits among the ten cycles that occur betw…

The Astrology of CNN

Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898, London);  Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy at the peak of her insanity.

The Cable News Network was launched at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 1, 1980 [1]. This data provides the basis for CNN’s horoscope which is shown here. The Sun is in Gemini, the sign ruled by Mercury which is linked to news and the media. It is placed in the 8th house. In traditional astrology, this the house of  “death”. Essentially, it is the house of crisis and shows a need to consolidate and accept the loss of elements of life that are no longer fruitful or have served their purpose. 

 Those familiar with astrology will know that the planets rising on the eastern horizon referred to as the Ascendant describe an important aspect of nature of the entity whose chart it is. Here we notice that a Pluto-Poseidon conjunction is just rising over the horizon. The reference below gives us the meaning of the TNP Poseidon.
On a mundane level, Poseidon, to Uranian astrolog…

A Mechanism for Erasing Memories Was Just Discovered

Mnemosyne Greco-Roman mosaic from Antioch C2nd A.D.
If you had the chance to erase your worst, most painful memories, would you do it? New research published in the journal Current Biology by neuroscientists from the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and McGill University suggests that this may someday be possible, bringing us closer to the reality of manipulating the recollection of our pasts. June 23

The cardinal ingresses of the Sun have a traditional reputation as  important  mundane events.  Shown here is the chart for the  Cancer Ingress of the Sun drawn for New York, the location of the Columbia University Medical Center. The research findings were published on the very day of the ingress. Notice that it carries a Sun-Mercury-Saturn opposition on the meridian. On the IC, conjunct the Sun and Mercury, is the asteroid Mnemosyne.  Mnemosyne is the source of the word mnemonic,…

Pakistan oil tanker fire 'kills scores'

Oil Tanker burns

At least 100 people were on Sunday charred to death and 75 others severely injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded on a highway in Bahawalpur district of Pakistan's Punjab Province, according to media reports. The tanker caught fire and exploded apparently after fuel leakage from its damaged containers. At least 100 people were killed and 75 others severely injured in the blaze, local media reported. People had gathered around the tanker after it overturned to collect oil that had leaked out. June 25

Among other cosmic phenomena,  exact planetary aspects are considered important in astrology. In the week following June 25, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto will be forming a T-square. During this period Mercury and Mars will take turns to form exact aspects to other planets in the T. Places where these a…

China landslide

More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday). Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks. June 24

Transit Mars is moving to form a T-square with Jupiter and Pluto. On June 25, it forms an exact square with Jupiter. A chart for this mundane event places the T sharply on the horizon and meridian axis at Maoxian, China.

With Pluto activated  we can expect the unleashing of the elemental forces of nature in various senses. This would include volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, landslides, cave-ins, tornadoes and hurricanes, tsunamis and floods etc.  Here Pluto is conjunct the 4th house cusp (IC) – a point invariably linked to earthquakes and landslides.

Fitness blogger killed by exploding whipped cream dispenser

A French fitness blogger died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting her in the chest and causing her to go into cardiac arrest. Instagram star Rebecca Burger was fatally injured following an “an accident in the home” on June 18, according to her family.

To think that one can predict the future using a horoscope is at best naïve and at worst arrogant. Symbols by nature elude language. However, analyzing an event in retrospect can be very rewarding as it offers an opportunity to understand how the symbols came together in that particular instance.
The unfortunate event reported here occurred just after the Last Quarter Moon of June 17. A chart for the Moon phase at Mulhouse, France has the LQ Moon forming a T-square with Mercury-Saturn on the angles. Here Saturn is placed among the stars in  the constellation Hercules. Hercules is figure that in modern times would be associated with athletes, acrobats, sports c…

France moves towards sanity in Syria

Only Nixon could go to China, and only Macron could have taken France out of the "Assad must go" camp without anyone batting an eyelash -- and he has.

The mundane horoscope of France is provided by Astro-Databank [1].  Notice that the recent Jupiter station direct on June 8, took place conjunct France’s radix Sun [12li] and Mercury [13] on the 7th house cusp (also the degree of Syria’s Ascendant [13li] [2] and Russian President Putin’s radix Sun [14li]). Jupiter’s entry into the 7th . This is interpreted by H.S. Green in his Mundane or National Astrology as: “friendly relations are established and maintained with other nations; in time of war peace is established.”

Planetary Synodic Cycles start when two planets align in their orbits, looking from the Sun.  Any Earth-planet synodic cycle begins during a planet's retrograde more exactly when the Sun opposes the retrograde pl…

Two Separate Dog Attacks Send Children To Hospital

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
― Gospel of Thomas

Investigators in Farmersville say a family's pitbull suddenly attacked their 4-year-old daughter early Sunday afternoon. She was bitten in the face and rushed to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. The incident happened at the home on Windom Street near Highway 78 and 380. The dog was taken by animal control officers to the pound. About 4 hours later, a 5-year-old boy was attacked by another pit bull less than a mile away. This time it was a neighbor's dog that broke its leash and bit the boy on the arm. The boy was sent to a hospital in Mckinney. The owner of that dog brought it to the Farmersville animal shelter. As of Monday morning, there has been no update on the condition of each…

Brazil President faces corruption charges

Almost exactly one month after Brazil's stock market crashed, and the Real plunged after the country's never-ending political drama made a triumphal return following accusations that president Michel Temer had encouraged a "hush money" bribe to former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha in return for not getting dragged into the Carwash scandal, on Tuesday afternoon, Brazil’s federal police force said it has found evidence that the embattled president received bribes to help businesses, Brazil's O Globo reported. June 20

Mundane astrology, the study of heavenly cycles upon groups and nations is the most ancient branch of astrology. The affairs of a nation can be judged from the horoscope set up at the time of its official inauguration, the birth chart of its leader, and various phenomena such as eclipses, lunations, great conjunctions, stations, come…

Phoenix flights cancelled because it's too hot for planes

As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled - because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes. American Airlines announced it was cancelling dozens of flights scheduled to take off from Sky Harbor airport during the hottest part of the day.  June 20
Astronomical Myth is a "picture language," imagery that articulates the qualities of cosmic intelligence expressing throughout the greater heavens and through our lives. We are not separate from the greater heavens, from the stars and planets around us.

The news comes just a couple of days after a Mercury-Saturn opposition that aligned with the meridian in Phoenix. When a mundane aspect aligns with the horizon or meridian it is considered very significant for the place.
 Mercury [24ge] was of…

Man killed by speeding van

Auriga The Charioteer

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. The van struck people after mounting the pavement just after midnight BST outside Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque. A 48-year-old man has been arrested. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police were treating it as a "terrorist incident". Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to "kill all Muslims". June 19

In the previous post [1]  on the matador’s death in France, we used the chart for the Last Quarter Moon. The same chart drawn for London also has Sun-Mercury-Moon-Saturn straddling the angles will help explain this incident. The star El Nath, beta Tauri, “butting or goring one” in the horn of the charging Bull was also gamma Aurigae, in the constellation of the Charioteer. This is depicted as a man in a chariot (an ancient symbol for a fast moving veh…

Matador killed in France bullfight

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” ― Gospel of Thomas

A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France.Ivan Fandino, 36, caught his feet in his cloak and fell to the floor, where he was gored by the bull. He suffered a lung injury and died on his way to hospital from a heart attack on Saturday (June 17), French media say. Fandino, who was taking part in the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival near Pau, is reportedly the first matador to die in France in a century.

The ancients believed that the whole heavens is the ultimate or "overall" pattern in the concept of "cosmic order". And that each constellation has its own unique clusters of symbolically  related concepts that express themselves through events on earth. Cosmic order relates to the Her…

Portugal Fire

A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 57 lives, officials say. Many died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Several firefighters are among the 59 people injured. "Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires," said Prime Minister Antonio Costa.  June 18

The mundane horoscope of Portugal provided by Nick Campion and based on the  Proclamation of the Republic[1]  is reproduced here. The June lunar return chart for Portugal has a powerful Pluto-Mars-Zeus-Jupiter T-square on the meridian. This is a combination that is linked to devastating fires.

On the IC and  conjunct Mars is the star alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius. The association of Sirius with fire has been known since ancient times:

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, ra…

Yellowstone Quake

Poseidon (Neptune) – God of Earthquakes

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismology reports conclude that a massive swarm of earthquakes swept through the park on Friday triggering more than 60 separate events in which seismographs spiked to magnitudes of up to 5.0. Experts fear that the supervolcano is long overdue for an eruption capable of wiping out a vast amount of human, animal, and plant life in the Continental United States.

Earthquakes are found to be associated with eclipses, lunations and with important planetary conjunctions and oppositions. These mundane events are liable to cause seismic disturbances especially if  they fall very close to the line of the horizon or of the meridian.

The first mundane event we look at here is the chart for the Full Moon at Yellowstone. Notice that the Full Moon axis forms a T with Neptune on the MC. Neptune or Poseidon was in Gre…