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Argentina’s submarine disaster

The Argentine navy says it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago. "Despite the magnitude of the efforts made, it has not been possible to locate the submarine," navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Thursday. The sub, the ARA San Juan, last made contact on Wednesday 15 November. Hopes of finding survivors faded after a suspected explosion was reported near its last-known location. Dec.1

As per The Book of World Horoscopes by Nicholas Campion, the Mundane Horoscope of Argentina is set for May 25, 1810, 12:00 pm LMT ; Buenos Aires [1]. Using this data the progressed solar arc Ascendant [12sa] is square radix Saturn [12sa] part of the Saturn-Neptune conjunction square Pluto. Saturn-Neptune is a combination that relates to disasters (Saturn) at sea (Neptune).

The upcoming Full Moon (also a SuperMoon) of December 3 is not only aligned with Argentina’s radix Saturn bu…

North Korea’s Longest Missile Test Yet

North Korea has claimed its latest launch was a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong 15, which can hit all the US mainland. The announcement was made on North Korean state TV on Wednesday, following the launch on Tuesday (earlier Wednesday Pyongyang time). The missile flew some 1,000 kilometers eastward, according to the Pentagon, before falling in the Sea of Japan without causing any damage. Pyongyang's statement also declared that the North now has a full-fledged nuclear force. "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced that the country has realized the great historic cause of completing a state nuclear force," it said, as cited by Yonhap.
 After more than two months without a missile launch, North Korea did a middle-of-the-night test (3:17 am local time) today that appears to be its longest yet.

To understand this technological leap that North Korea has taken in the field of ICBMs, we g…

The Emergence of the Feminine

The Supreme Court (of India) will begin hearing a case on Monday that prosecutors say shows how Islamic State sympathisers are using "Love Jihad" — marrying Hindu women and converting them to Islam — to win recruits and spread their message. Over the past 28 months, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has picked up dozens of interfaith couples in the southern state of Kerala to question them about their marriages. The women - all Hindus who married Muslim men – were asked "extremely personal" questions during the interrogations, two police officers from the agency said: "Did you sleep with your husband before getting married? Did he suggest you visit Islamic shrines before marriage? Did he blackmail you before you converted to Islam?"  Nov.27

The case of a woman converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim man of her own volition has become about everyone else, ignoring the woman herself and what she wants. The state has denied Hadi…

Flies more germ-laden than suspected

Musca Australis
the Southern Fly

Most picnickers would brush away flies from food, thinking nothing of bugs briefly landing on their sandwiches. But a new study suggests the insects carry far more dangerous bacteria than previously thought, meaning sandwiches are best avoided if they have been contaminated by flies. Researchers at Penn State Eberly College of Science in the United States found that common houseflies carry salmonella, e-coli and even bacteria which lead to stomach ulcers and deadly sepsis.  Nov. 24

The new understanding of the role of flies in poisoning our food comes in the month when the New Moon fell amid stars of Musca – the Southern Fly [1].  At University Park, PA where  Penn State Eberly College of Science is located, the New Moon is conjunct the Ascendant and makes a quincunx aspect to Uranus in the 6th house which is linked to public health issues.
The planet Uranus…

Bali volcano alert raised to highest level


Fears of an imminent major eruption of Bali's Mount Agung have increased and the evacuation zone around the volcano has been widened. The Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert on the island to its highest level.

Mount Agung or Gunung Agung is a volcano in Bali, Indonesia. Gunung Agung last erupted on 26 November 2017. Its 1963–1964 eruption was one of the largest and most devastating in Indonesia's history. It is still active with a large and very deep crater which occasionally belches smoke and ash. A chart for the upcoming Full Moon (also a SuperMoon) at Mount Agung is shown here. Notice that the Full Moon aligns with the meridian and squares Neptune very sharply. Neptune  is conjunct stars in the  constellation of Pegasus.
Poseidon (Roman name Neptune) was the great Olympian god of the sea, rivers, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses. In the historical period, Poseidon was often referred to by the epi…

“Lupus” New Moon and the dog attack in Philadelphia

“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 man died after being attacked by several pit bulls on Thanksgiving night in North Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Police and media reports. Additionally, one of the attacking dogs was shot and killed by a police officer. Police said the incident occurred at about 9:06 p.m. on the 1300 block of West Pike Street in North Philadelphia. Police said a responding officer shot the dog, which died as a result of the shooting.  Nov. 24

The November New Moon [26sc] was conjunct the stars of Lupus  also referred to as “The Beast of Death.” At Philadelphia, the New Moon was very significantly placed on the Ascendant implying that its effect would be felt strongly at that place. Moreover it was in hard asp…

Egypt terror attack

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with "the utmost force" after 235 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on "terrorist" targets in response. No group has yet claimed the attack, the deadliest in recent memory. Nov.25

The current New Moon of 18 Nov. at Bir al-Abed fell in the mundane 9th house linked to religion and by extension to a place of worship like the mosque here. It was amid the stars of Wild Beast Lupus, the Serpent, the Centaur and Draco, the dragon. Describing the influence of the stars that conjoin the November New Moon [26sc], Diana Rosenberg in her book Secrets of the Ancient Skies writes:
Given proximity to these wild sky-creatures, Libra’s  scales-of-the-law have a hard time keepi…

Is a cure for baldness just around the corner?

Coma Berenices
Berenice's Hair
   For many men, going bald is just about the worst thing they can imagine happening to them. So blokes worried about their failing follicles may want to take some solace from a new study which could pave the way for a cure for baldness. South Korean scientists have cooked up a chemical that's been shown to promote hair growth in mice. This game-changing substance has the snappy name 'CXXC-type zinc finger protein 5' and disrupts a process within cells which controls the development of hair follicles and also the healing of wounds. When tested on mice over a 28 day period, the CXXC protein promoted the growth of new follicles. Hair was also found to grow at a faster rate when applied to mice along with a chemical called valproic acid.
As in the previous news [1] this report on a cure for baldness comes from Seoul, Korea,  just days after the New Moon of Nov. 1…

Why economic outlook for UK is bleak

The economic headlines of the past 48 hours have been thoroughly miserable, if not apocalyptic. “Treasury forecaster delivers worst economic growth forecasts in its history”. “UK facing longest fall in living standards for over 60 years”. So what’s going on? Has the UK’s economic outlook really suddenly become very much worse – or has this reckoning been coming for some time? Below we explain what’s going on with the British economy behind the headlines. The key is something called productivity….The fundamental reason for those awful economic projections in the Budget is a severe downgrade in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s view of the UK’s potential productivity growth over the next five years. Productivity is the amount of output the UK workforce as a whole can produce per hour of work. It’s essentially a measure of the efficiency with which the British people are working. Nov. 24

The UK appears to have officially lost its coveted spot on the list of the …

Scientists ‘reclone’ world’s first cloned dog

Ever since scientists cloned the first animal, a sheep named Dolly, one important question on everyone’s mind was whether or not a clone can expect a poorer health. This is still an open question, one that South Korean researchers hope to settle in time. They’ve essentially cloned a clone, using cells from the world’s first cloned dog, an Afghan hound named Snuppy. Nov. 21

TThe  news report on the cloning comes to us just after the New Moon of Nov. 18.  The lead scientists involved in the work are from Seoul National University, Korea.

The New Moon [26sc] is conjunct the star mu Serpentis near Ophiuchus’ left hand.  Since time immemorial serpents have been associated with the capacity to regenerate themselves linked with their ability to shed their skins. The association of the serpent (Serpens) with this constellation, Ophiuchus, may indicate the miraculous powers of the medicine-man. Ophiuchus o…

Mladic punished for Srebrenica Massacre

Ratko Mladic, the former leader of Bosnian Serbs and a military commander was sentenced to life in prison after the UN war crimes tribunal found him guilty of the involvement in the Srebrenica massacre and committing crimes against humanity. On Wednesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia announced its verdict in the trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic. He has been charged with having committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. Mladic denied all accusations.  Nov.22

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or ICTY, is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the Yugoslav Wars, and to try their perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad hoc court which is located in The Hague, Netherlands. Shown here is the chart for the current New Moon at The Hague. Here the New Moon is conjunct the MC and is therefore extremely…

Crisis for Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel has hinted that another election might have to be held after the collapse of coalition talks put her fourth term as German chancellor in doubt — a political crisis that has caused consternation across Europe. Merkel said she was "very skeptical" about leading a minority government to run Europe's biggest economy and thinks another trip to the ballot box would be a better solution. The uncharacteristic disarray — Germany hasn’t had a post-election minority government since World War II — comes as Europe grapples with instability from Brexit, immigration and the rising threat from the far-right.  Nov.21

Angela Merkel’s horoscope based on the data provided at reference [1] is shown here. As always the most important transits are those of the outer planets in hard aspect to the angles or the luminaries. Here we have two of such transits. First, transit Pluto square t…

Padmavati controversy erupts at Mars-Pluto square

Pluto abducting Persephone

The anguish of Rajasthan’s Rajputs arises from a deep complex they have about their past, manifest in the movement to have Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati banned. The movement has already received a boost — the release of the film has been postponed. Their complex will only be reinforced further. The complex of Rajputs arises from Hindutva’s perspective on history — largely influenced by British colonial historians — which teaches people that India had a glorious past until the Muslims and the British conquered it. This has unwittingly turned the past into an undeniable saga of Rajput royal families failing in their duty to protect the interests of their subjects, a duty traditionally enjoined on them because of their Kshatriya status. The ensuing inferiority complex should have been of the erstwhile royalty alone, but such is the pull of caste identity that even ordinary Rajputs have embraced the psychological bruises of the elite as their very own. They nee…

The horoscope of Robert Mugabe

The Fall of Ixion by Cornelis van Haarlem

Zimbabwe's embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite mounting calls for him to stand down now. In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party's congress in December. Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader, and gave him less than 24 hours to resign as president or be impeached. His grip on power has weakened since the military intervened on Wednesday, in a row over who should succeed him. The crisis began when the 93-year-old president sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two weeks ago, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife as his successor. Nov. 20

The horoscope of Robert Mugabe based on data presented in reference [1] is reproduced here. At his current age of 93 years his progressed solar arc Ascendant [16vi] is now opposite Uranus [16pi] in the 10th house and square Jupiter [16sa]…

German Man's 20-Year-Long Search for Car Has Unexpected Ending

Back in 1997, the man reported to the police that his car went missing, but it turned out the vehicle was parked all this time where the driver left it. The German police discovered the car by accident and informed the owner about their find. A 76-year-old German man for unknown reasons drove his car into the garage of an industrial building in Frankfurt-am-Main in the late 1990s and left it there, Augsburger Allgemeine reported.
In mundane astrology, planetary stations are of great importance. Charts drawn for these stations can reveal the nature of events at a place. Neptune stations direct on Nov.22 and Mercury stations retrograde on Dec.3.
Mercury retrograde happens three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury slows down and appears to stop (station) and move backward (retrograde). Often during a Mercury retrograde things, people and ideas  return, for integration, resolution and more.
On November 14th, we enter the last Mercury Retrograde Loop o…

Penis in sky drawn by jet trail

The astrological glyph for Mars

Residents of Okanogan County, Washington woke up to some rather unusual cloud formations this morning courtesy of a couple of artistic Navy pilots stationed in nearby Whidbey Island.  Not surprisingly, the giant sky penis, which was described as the "most monumental thing to happen in Omak" by one Twitter user, sparked a wave of hilarious social media responses. Nov. 17

To understand this news, we need to go back to  September 28,  when Jupiter opposed Uranus for the last time.  A chart for the exact opposition at Omak, Washington is shown here. The Jupiter-Uranus opposition along with a complex configuration is anchored to the Ascendant through hard aspects making it particularly significant for the place.  
Astrologers associate the opposition both with creative brilliance as well as  a need for personal freedom and excitement. However, the danger is that an unorthodox style and rebellious streak can cause problems with …

Australians support same-sex marriage

Believe the Chart… Charts are true. Utterly. With a precision that can stun.

-Martha Wescott

Poet Sappho on the Isle of Lesbos

Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll.The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing. A bill to change the law was introduced into the Senate late on Wednesday. It will now be debated for amendments. Nov.15

A major change, as in Australia, legalising same-sex marriage should appear in the nation’s chart. The horoscope of Australia as provided by Nicholas Campion in his "The Book of World Horoscopes" (Second Edition), pp. 79-81 [1] is reproduced here with the TNPs added. We shall see, in this case,  how powerful and accurate  the Trans-Neptunian points can be. St…

Restored painting reveals Admiral Nelson's facial scarring

It is not uncommon for prominent figures to have their imperfections airbrushed out of history. But Admiral Lord Nelson's facial scarring and missing eyebrow will now be presented in all their glory, after the discovery and painstaking restoration of a "lost" painting, which included the removal of paint that had covered up to maritime hero's blemishes. 11 Nov.

The horoscope of Lord Nelson as provided by Astro-Databank [1] is reproduced here. For our purpose, the most significant feature is the Ascendant conjunct Mars (soldier) square Neptune (sea)- a perfect description of a naval commander. During a battle at Calvi in 1794, Nelson was injured in his right eye which was irreparably damaged and he eventually lost all sight in it. At this time his progressed Sun was conjunct Mars triggering the Mars-Neptune square.
Neptune [16le; decl: +15d59m] is parallel in declina…