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History in the stars: German invasion of Russia

The German dictator had advocated the conquest of the USSR as early as 1924 in his book, Mein Kampf. Operation Barbarossa was the German codename for the invasion of the USSR which took place on 22 June 1941. Launched by Hitler in violation of the existing non-aggression treaty with Stalin, it was designed to provide the Reich with 'living space in the East'. Following Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Lebensraum (“living space”) became an ideological principle of Nazism and provided justification for the German territorial expansion into East-Central Europe. The Nazi government aimed at repopulating these lands with Germanic colonists in the name of Lebensraum during World War II and thereafter. The entire indigenous populations were to be decimated by starvation, allowing for their own agricultural surplus to feed Germany.

The question that we are asking ourselves in this blogpost is whether we can see Hitler’s plan through the lens of his chart and that of the USSR. Let us …

Full Moon highlights problem of migrant children

Following a blitz of federal lawsuits filed yesterday by a group of Democratic attorneys general from 17 states and Washington, DC, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that US immigration agents can no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing over the US-Mexico border, and also that the US government is responsible for reuniting families split up in custody, according to Reuters. June 27, 2018

The lunar cycle is a powerful tool that can help us understand the deeper reasons behind terrestrial events. The news about immigrant families comes to us just before the Full Moon of June 28, that aligns perfectly with the meridian axis at Washington, DC. The Full Moon with the Sun in Cancer opposite the Moon in Capricorn emphasizes the conflict between the “family” (Cancer) and the “state” (Capricorn). The outcome can never be predicted but can only be seen as a potential among…

Possible Trump-Putin meeting at Solar Eclipse

With his first meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un behind him, President Donald Trump is turning his attention to the possibility of another marquee summit: with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moscow and Washington are "exploring" the possibility of a meeting between the two leaders, according to US officials and a Russian media report. CNN
In this blogpost we will study the progressed synastry between the charts of Putin [7 Oct. 1952; 12:39 pm; St. Petersburg] and Trump [14 Jun 1946; 10:54 am; Jamaica; NY].
The first and most important progression is Putin’s solar arc Sun [21sa] conjunct Trump’s radix Moon [21sa].
To provide meaning for this powerful conjunction we look at the stars that form the backdrop. The primary star here is Rasalhague. Alpha (α) Ophiuchus, Ras Alhague, is a sapphire star on the head of the Snake Charmer or Healer.
Ophiuchus is shown standing over the Scorpion. Healing, mending, revivifying and fixing the ills of society are the grea…

Eclipse gives Dr. Mahathir Mohamad a second term

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad born 10 July 1925 is a Malaysian politician currently serving as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time. Mahathir is now the oldest currently serving state leader in the world (Age: 92 years, 347 days), with Queen Elizabeth II (92 years, 62 days) being second. He is also the 10th oldest ever serving state leader in the world. Mahathir has been a highly controversial figure, and a subject of harsh attacks by his critics. Former de facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim writes in his memoirs: "In my heart, I cannot accept allegations that Dr Mahathir personally was a corrupt man. Corrupt people are never brave enough to speak as loudly as Dr Mahathir. Wealth is not a major motivation for him. He only craves power". Rising living standards, together with Dr. Mahathir's showpiece buildings and outspoken defence of Malaysia's interests, contributed to a sense of national identity, pride and confidence that had not existed before. He put Ma…

China’s horoscope and the trade war

The start of a trade war between the United States and China comes at an inconvenient time for the Chinese economy. In recent weeks, concerns have been mounting that growth in the world's second-biggest economy is cooling faster than previously expected. Weaker Chinese growth will have repercussions for big trading partners, such as the United States and Europe, and for global companies who do business there.
Now, an intensifying clash with the United States is adding to the difficulties. Both sides announced tariffs on $50 billion of each other's products last week, and President Donald Trump upped the ante further on Monday with a threat to impose duties on at least another $200 billion of Chinese goods.

In this blogpost, I intend to show how China’s national chart contains a clue to the decline resulting from a trade war. But first let us begin with the stellium of planets and TNPs in the 8t…

Is Merkel’s reign nearing a frustrated end?

For nearly 14 years as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel has defined and personified Europe’s middle ground: pragmatic, consensual, mercantilist, petit-bourgeois, above all stable. It is little wonder the leader of Mitteleuropa’s major economic power has dominated the political centre for so long. But what if Merkel falls? Can the centre hold? These are increasingly urgent questions as the once unassailable “Mutti” struggles to hold together a fractious coalition. The immediate issue, which is likely to come to a head on Monday, is a furious row over EU immigration policy. But other problems are piling up, with unpredictable consequences for Europe’s future cohesion. Merkel’s political obituary has been written many times, but now the final draft is nearing completion.

Shown here is Angela Merkel’s chart as provided by Astro-Databank [1].  Our attention is immediately drawn to the upcoming sol…

Hikikomori: Japan’s lost generation

In Japan, hikikomori (lit. "pulling inward, being confined", i.e., "acute social withdrawal"; colloquially/adaptive translation: shutter) are reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. Hikikomori refers to both the phenomenon in general and the recluses themselves. Hikikomori have been described as loners or "modern-day hermits". Estimates suggest that nearly half a million Japanese youth have become social recluses. According to Michael Zielenziger's book, Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation, the syndrome is more closely related to posttraumatic stress disorder. The author claimed that the hikikomori interviewed for the book had discovered independent thinking and a sense of self that the current Japanese environment could not accommodate.

The problem termed “hikikomori” can actually be seen in Japan’s na…

Korea chart & the successful Trump-Kim summit

Scads of analysts and pundits have weighed in on the Trump-Kim summit talks in Singapore, parsing the brief agreement and presidential tweets for signs of just how strongly it actually commits North Korea to total, verifiable “denuclearization.” Most of them are missing the point. The real threat to U.S., Korean, and Japanese security of late has come not from North Korean nukes, but from threats by President Donald Trump and his closest advisers to launch a regional war to preempt any further North Korean progress on warhead and missile technology. Some experts were giving even odds of a U.S.-initiated war as recently as a few months ago. So even if the spectacle in Singapore was more theater than substance, even if the president’s effusive praise for a totalitarian leader was hard to swallow, we should applaud Trump for belatedly making good on his 2016 campaign promise to sit down with Kim Jong-un over a hamburger in search of peace.…

Einstein's diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia

The publication of Albert Einstein's private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon's racist attitudes to the people he met on his travels, particularly the Chinese. Written between October 1922 and March 1923, the diaries see the scientist musing on his travels, science, philosophy and art. In China, the man who famously once described racism as "a disease of white people" describes the "industrious, filthy, obtuse people" he observes. He notes how the "Chinese don't sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse." After earlier writing of the "abundance of offspring" and the "fecundity" of the Chinese, he goes on to say: "It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us the …

Yemen - The Starvation Siege Has Begun

Last night the Saudi coalition launched its attack on the city of Hodeidah in Yemen. Hodeidah is the only Yemeni harbor on the Red Sea coast that can take large vessels. It is ruled by the Houthi who in 2014 took over the capital Sanaa and disposed of the Saudi installed Hadi government. 90% of the food for the 18 million people living in Houthi controlled areas comes through Hodeidah. The port is now classified as a zone of active military conflict. Prolonged fighting may well destroy the port infrastructurer. Even if the Saudi coalition forces take and reopen it they will continue to block food supplies for the central highlands of Yemen.They want to starve the Houthis into submission.Jun 13

Since ancient times eclipses have been regarded as omens. They were considered very significant for a place if they occurred on the horizon or meridian axis. The upcoming solar eclipse of July 13, falls exactly on the horizon at Hodeidah in Yemen. Let us look at the…

Synchronicity:Trump-Kim summit at Hotel Capella

A luxurious island resort known for its colonial façade and contemporary Asian design, Capella Singapore will set the stage and tone for historic negotiations between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. The meeting place's location was announced on June 5, after weeks of speculation that it might occur in Sweden or the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. Singapore was also a likely choice: It has hosted past international summits with tight security concerns, like the 2015 summit between China and Taiwan, and it has ties with both the U.S. and North Korea.
In 1952 Swiss psychologist Carl Jung published Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle, one of the most controversial works of his career. In this book, Jung summarized decades of research on the subject of coincidence, concluding that such phenomena hold importa…

Iranians Rage At Nike After Team Forced To Switch Shoes

It's not merely that the Iranian national team for the 2018 World Cup will no longer have access to Nike shoes or equipment, it's that their current shoes are actually being taken away from them. The announcement set Iranian social media ablaze with anger over the weekend, with many Iranians declaring they would never again buy Nike products: “The sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, we cannot provide shoes to players in the Iran national team at this time,” Nike told NBC News in a statement. June 11

Wouldn’t it be a surprise if a news item as mundane as this one can be seen through Iran’s national chart [1]? Notice that the Iran chart has the Moon [7ar] square the TNP Vulcanus [8cn]. Let us now draw the lunar return chart for the current month. 

What do we have?The Moon is very significantly placed on the descendant as the apex of a T-square with Saturn and the TNP Hades. …

‘My life is not your porn’

Lilith (1892) by John Collier

In the biggest women’s rights march in the country’s history, thousands of female activists swarmed the streets of Seoul, venting their anger at a ‘hidden cam’ porn industry and police bias in investigating sex crimes by men. Some 30,000 women, many of them wearing masks for fear of exposure, marched from Hyehwa Station in South Korean capital of Seoul, to protest what they say is a lackluster response of law enforcement to men spying on unsuspecting female victims in public bathrooms, on crowded trains, buses and in other public places with hidden cameras. June 10

At this blogsite, I always urge readers to make horoscopes for all exact planetary aspects. If these charts then bring important planetary configurations to the angles, please pay attention to the meaning of those combinations for they will most likely figure in events at the place for which the chart is drawn. Shown here is the c…

Hades-Saturn and the feeling of isolation

The US is now experiencing an "epidemic" of loneliness, according to a study released by Cigna last month. Perhaps not surprising given that their cohort is the first to grow up with smartphones in hand, those in Generation Z are the worst off.
Humans are biologically wired for social connection. Until just recently, historically-speaking, humans typically existed in small tribal groups of 30-60 people, where the degree of unity and cohesiveness of the group directly determined its odds of survival. Facing constant adversity from the weather, predators, other tribes, etc -- every member of the group had a role and a duty to perform. We've delved into this topic deeply in the past, particularly in our podcast with Peabody Award-winning author Sebastian Junger. In his book Tribe, Junger observes how far modern life is from the conditions our distant ancestors evolved from. We are so dis-connected from each other now that the lack of community is manifesting in alarming ways…

U.S.-Saudi Pressure On Jordan Opens The Way For Iran

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has traditionally been in the 'western' camp. It is politically attached to the United Kingdom and the United States as well as to Saudi Arabia and other Sunni majority Gulf states. The Jordanian King Abdullah II has in the past been hostile to Iran. He was to first to publicly stoke fear of a 'Shia crescent'.But the new Saudi and U.S. plans for 'peace' with Israel are a threat to Jordan and to King Abdullah's personal legitimacy. He needs to change his position. Provided with the right incentives Jordan could, eventually, join the 'resistance' side with Iran, Syria and Hizbullah.

Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. The upcoming solar eclipse of July 13, 2018 at Amman, Jordan is very significantly placed on the Ascendant opposite…

World leaders to confront Trump at G-7 summit

President Donald Trump plans to confront other world leaders at a summit in Quebec on Friday over what he believes is a global economic system tilted against the United States, several people briefed on the plan said, escalating tensions with U.S. allies who have expressed outrage at his pivot toward protectionism. The summit will put Trump face to face with leaders he has antagonized on a variety of issues, including the environment and the U.S. withdrawal last month from the international nuclear accord with Iran. June 7

The G7 summit on June 8 and 9, 2018, in La Malbaie, Canada is being held at the Last Quarter Moon. A chart for Moon phase at La Malbaie is shown here. On the meridian axis we have Kronos-Hades opposite Cupido-Saturn. Any configuration appearing on the meridian or the horizon axis is always significant for the place.A simple interpretation of this…

Is there a method to Trump’s madness?

Orion and the Bull

It would be an understatement to suggest that Trump's decision to slap higher tariffs on practically everybody - has outraged almost everyone: most of the business community, foreign governments, media and experts from all fields. President Donald Trump, it is said, is unleashing a global trade war, which is already beginning with promised retaliatory measures from our closest trading partners. Trump justified his action by claiming that steel and aluminum are strategic materials essential for national defense. In all likelihood national defense had little to do with his action. Rather, it is a ploy to put a "national security" halo around a measure being taken for economic reasons.
That doesn't mean it's the wrong move, however. It's important to put these measures into the context of long-term US trade policy. US trade policy since World War II could almost have been designed to undermine the economic interests of American workers and Amer…