Hundreds of tons of waste that Americans believed they were recycling is now piling up in processing plants or being dumped into landfills, as China’s decision to stop buying garbage for environmental reasons begins to bite. Beijing’s 2017 decision to ban imports of 24 varieties of trash brought to light the real destination of most Western recyclables: They were shipped to Chinese factories, where they would be cleaned up and repurposed into raw materials. China bought half of all US scrap last year, and has recycled 72 percent of all the world’s plastic since 1992, according to a study in the journal Science Advances. July 13 https://www.rt.com/business/432912-us-waste-recycling-landfills-china/
How can we as astrologers make sense of this news? Well, using the Davison relationship chart is one way.
What is a Davison relationship chart?
The Davison relationship chart [DRC] was named for Ronald C. Davison (1914-1985), author and president of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society of London. The date and time can be determined by calculating the day that lies exactly between the natal charts of those involved. The same principle is also applied to the times of birth. If the individuals involved have different places of birth a combined "place of birth" is calculated by taking the average values of latitude and longitude.Even if the combined place of birth is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the DRC is still a concrete horoscope for a specific time, place, and location which can, like any natal chart, be used as a basis to calculate solar return charts, progressions and the effect of transits. http://wiki.astro.com/astrowiki/en/Davison_Relationship_Chart
The data for the national charts are (a) US Sibly; 4 July 1776; 5:10 pm LMT; Philadelphia (b) China; 1 Oct. 1949; 3:02 pm AWST, Beijing. Based on this data the Davison Relationship Chart (DRC) is shown here. Our attention is immediately drawn to the Apollon-Hades-Jupiter T-square aligned with the meridian.
Modern astrologers use the keywords “deterioration and decline” for Hades. In 1959, Alfred Witte originally linked the TNP Hades to “junk and waste material”. The TNP Apollon is associated with “business, trade and commerce”. Put together we are looking at the “business of waste” or more broadly speaking a “decline in commerce” (result of a trade war?!) The involvement of Jupiter hints at the massive scale of the business and commerce between the US and China.Notice that the solar eclipse of July 13, falls on the radix Apollon activating the entire combination. About the role of eclipses in our lives, Nick Fiorenza writes:
Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be and in what areas of our lives is a function of star alignments and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse, and where they occur in our natal chart. They can have a far greater effect in our lives when they conjoin other natal planets and personal points by ±6° .
Additionally, solar arc progressed TNP Admetus is currently [0le56] just separating from an opposition to radix Hades [0aq19] so that the eclipse has served as a trigger bringing a “termination” (Admetus)  to the waste trade or more generally “obstruction” (Admetus)  to commerce.