North Korea+United States = War?

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Trump and North Korea share bad blood. If North Korea has it in for the US then equally, everything for which North Korea stands gets Trump’s metaphorical ‘goat’. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Although the US may be prone to making threats, it does not usually enjoy a taste for war. However, if ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable leader/dictator, it is now; with transiting Pluto making a seriously uncomfortable conjunction with his natal Sun, he is ‘enjoying’ a compulsive and self-destructive energy that will crescendo in late September/October 2017. Those  believing that North Korea is not ‘suicidal’, may wish to think again.

Details/Astrological Analysis:

  1. One generally accepted natal chart for North Korea is set for 9 September 1948 (noon chart) in Pyongyang. Because no time is known, the chart’s houses/angles cannot be used. Interestingly, NK’s Saturn is at 28 Leo 47 is not so very far from Mr Trump’s natal Mars at 26 Leo 47 (and Trump’s ascendant at 29 Leo 47). The combination of Mars/Saturn is ‘harmful’ and/or ‘destructive’ and accompanies a ‘tendency to get hurt or injured’. There definitely is bad blood between Trump and North Korea.North Korea.jpg
  2. The upcoming total solar eclipse (21 August 2017) will occur at 28 Leo 55. Eclipses shake things up, rearranging events already in play. With a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and just for a moment or two, irrationality (lunar) replaces rationality (solar).
  3. Worse, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) weighs in by trine. Uranus disrupts (lightning bolt) everything that it touches. The trine aspect is a ‘slippery slope’ – one step and you’re sliding – wee! The combination of Uranus, Mars, and Saturn equates to ‘sudden illness and/or sudden death’. This combination has also been associated with ‘the ability to give as well as to take under provocation’ although it is also ‘an inclination to brute force’ and ‘a test of nervous strength.’
  4. NK’s natal Uranus (0 Cancer 15) is widely conjunct Trump’s Mercury (8 Cancer 52). Let’s face it: Mr Trump is ‘hung up’ on communication and with this conjunction, NK’s very existence prompts Trump to communicate. Keywords include: eccentric actions, upset, and excitement. Trump natal.jpg
  5. NK’s natal Jupiter (19 Sagittarius 59) plugs into Trump’s natal Moon opposition Sun/Uranus (approx. 21-22 Sagittarius/Gemini) – suggesting that everything for which NK stands for gets Trump’s metaphorical goat (i.e. NK’s Jupiter = it’s national philosophy/religion). NK’s natal Pluto makes a trine (slippery slope) to NK’s Jupiter – keywords include: plutocracy, conflicts with authority, and pursuit of fanatical aims.
  6. NK/Trump configuration triggers the US natal Mars at 21 Gemini 23, and so we ought not to be surprised with the exchanged messages of war. Whether or not this manifests in an actual war, remains to be seen. But although Mars in Gemini may be quarrelsome – there nothing in the United States natal chart suggesting a fondness for war.
  7. Add in that Trump’s nodal axis straddles this entire combination suggesting some element of fate to the mix.
  8. Most interesting is that NK’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is currently undergoing a Pluto transit to his natal Sun at 17 Capricorn 15 (once in a life-time transit). Kim Jong-un’s Capricorn Sun is ruled by Saturn and Saturn and Pluto are mortal enemies. Pluto transits to one’s natal Sun suggests deep transformation of personal identity. Although this was never going to be an easy transit, for a Capricorn Sun, it is going to feel like decimation. If ever Kim Jong-un felt pressed to prove himself as a capable, it is now; Pluto/Sun is a compulsive and self-destructive energy. Worse, in late September/October 2017, transiting Pluto will station Kim Jong-un’s Sun (16 Capricorn 51) – just 24 minutes of arc – that is pretty close.[1] If transiting Pluto to his natal Sun is powerful, a stationing Pluto is even more so. The energy is so intense, so focused, it cannot (and will not) be ignored.

 

[1] This is based on the 1983 birth of Kim Jong-un – there is some suggestion he was born instead in 1984, which would put his Sun at 17 Capricorn hence the distance between Pluto’s station would be 46 minutes of arc – further, but still close.

What might you personally expect from the upcoming eclipse?

On 21 August 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun.

This will occur at 28 Leo 55.

Whilst these eclipses are not exactly rare, (most calendar years have four eclipses, two of which must be solar eclipses), they do tend to attract a good deal of attention. This upcoming solar eclipse has achieved fame because of its connections with the charts of the USA and its president, Mr Trump.

Astrologers view eclipses as a release of pent up energy that shakes us out of our everyday complacency so that we can get up and running again. As you also probably know, a total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and because it completely blocks our view of the Sun, the ‘lights go out’, so to speak.images

Because the Moon is associated with the unconscious and the Sun with the conscious, a total solar eclipse (when the conscious is completely blotted out by the unconscious), offers a perfect opportunity to undertake some personal housekeeping.

If you have any planets or sensitive points in your natal chart on or near to 28 Leo (and also 28 Sagittarius, 28 Aries, or 28 Aquarius), you might expect your daily (unconscious) routine to be shaken.

The following is a quick thumbnail sketch or what you might expect if the eclipse triggers one of the following in your chart:

Sun Expect issues with authority figures like parents or bosses – indeed anyone to whom you’ve abdicated your personal power.
Moon Possible changes in home situation or health – might leave you feeling vulnerable and/or exposed.
Mercury Expect changes in how you define yourself. It’s time to start writing your life story from a new view point/perspective.
Venus Be ready for financial and/or relationship challenges. Don’t let this ruin your self-esteem.
Mars Need to protect your home, reputation, and/or family. Take what is yours but make sure that no one gets hurt.
Jupiter Take a chance, a gamble, or a trip to someplace exotic you’ve never been to before. It’s time to do whatever is needed to get yourself back on track.
Saturn Feeling worn out and discouraged? Maybe you’ve outgrown your present life or are still playing by outdated rules? No sense blaming others. Take positive action. Get rid of blockages.
Uranus Feeling like a misfit or scapegoat? Ok, that hurts. Your challenge now, however, is to be true to who you really are. Identify only with groups allowing you to be yourself.
Neptune Now is the time to get in touch with your blind spots – dispute that which you’ve believed was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself, expect a wakeup call.
Pluto Power struggles are the order of the day. Get in touch with your dark side and embrace it but don’t use it to manipulate others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star lore confirms trouble for Mr Trump as the result of the up-coming total solar eclipse

Yesterday I blogged about the effects of the upcoming solar eclipse using the Leo ingress chart set for Washington, DC. I would like to add two points based on associated star lore. Might you recall that flashy, dramatic Mercury that was too close for comfort with Mr Trump’s natal Mars? Well, the fixed stars associated with that Mercury (and Mars) not only confirm trouble but also flesh out some details:

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  • Ingress Mercury is conjunct the fixed star, Alderamin – in the constellation Cepheus, The King. Because of this, the ingress Mercury is infused with Alderamin’s energy – which, at best, is out of step with the laws of nature. Bottom line – Alderamin is a destructive influence – a negative statement about the impact made when male sovereignty teams up with aggression.
  • Ingress Mercury is also conjunct the fixed star, Alpheratz, Alpherarzwhich is both the navel of Pegasus and head of Andromeda. According to star lore, Alpheratz is not at home in Andromeda. Instead, it sits more comfortably in the constellation of Pegasus, where it is associated with freedom and speed – i.e. the sheer joy of feeling the wind in your hair. When linked with the planet Mercury, Apheratz imparts free- thinking, novel ideas, and headstrong stubbornness. This fits nicely with what’s already been said about Mercury and the grand fire trine with Uranus and Saturn – i.e. think unique, ground-breaking, and earth-shattering. But it also adds the notion of rashly pushing forward without due consideration – a behaviour unfortunately oft associated with Mr Trump.

 

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The eclipse chart itself involves two significant fixed stars – both of which confirm that the energy released with the eclipse will have a negative impact on Trump and America:

  • The eclipse point (23 Leo 55) is conjunct the fixed star Regulus, one of the four Royal Stars of Persia, and heart of the lion in the constellation Leo. Regulus is linked to King Feridun, who, according to Persian mythology, was a great and good king. Hence Regulus imparts success but only to those who avoid taking revenge. If under the influence of Regulus, one gives in to temptations of retribution and reprisal, he/she will fall from grace and all that which he/she has gained will be lost. Keeping in mind that (a) Trump’s natal Mars (26 Leo 47) and Ascendant (29 Leo 58) are energised by the eclipse and (b) Trump is, by and large, prone to taking revenge, then might we not expect the proverbial Humpy Dumpty to have a great fall (off the wall)? I won’t say that I’m hopeful, but I will say that because Regulus is involved it would only serve him right. For what it’s worth, I’m still putting my money on some frenzied, ego-driven ‘communication’ causing oodles of trouble not just for Trump but for Americans in general.hydra_figure_st_sbkiqd
  • The eclipse point is also conjunct the fixed star, Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra. When considering the impact that this ‘difficult star’ might make, keep in mind that Trump’s natal Mars and Ascendant are also linked with Alphard. Symbolism associated with this star include death by poisoning, hatred of women, perpetrators of violent crimes, and untamed, and emotional outbursts. The good news is that Alphard has associations with religious fervour which, given all its negative potential, might be a good way to use it. The bad news is that because religious passion is generally not Trump’s thing, we can expect Alphard to contribute mightily to the overall unpleasantness of the situation.

Leo Ingress spells ‘communication’ problems for the USA?

Summary – During the next few weeks expect a flashy, hostile communication involving (or instigated by) Mr Trump which will cause serious concern to the US court system and/or Congress. Could this mean war?

ingress into LeoAstrologers love making predictions about how the upcoming total solar eclipse will affect the USA. There are many ways to look at this but today I’ll do something different – taking a look at the Leo ingress chart (i.e. prediction technique involving chart drawn for the moment that the Sun will enter 0 Leo) set for Washington, DC. This forecast should be good from 22 July until after the eclipse, when the Sun moves into Virgo (22 August).

Because Libra is rising, Venus is the chart ruler and its position and aspects are key to the situation.  Each planet in this chart symbolises a function that binds Americans into a nation-state and with Venus, that function relates to all that is pleasantly shared –  i.e. art, culture, and entertainment.

Because this Venus is in Gemini, there is emphasis on the media – communication(s) of all sorts are highlighted. Given all the controversy regarding ‘fake-news’ and the way in which the president and his administration are presented by the media, might we not expect combative issues arising as the result of this? Because Venus is applying for an opposition to Saturn (social order, regulations, and controls) – I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that someone gets sanctioned regarding a combative communication.

Further, because Venus is leaving a T Square (difficult aspect) involving both Neptune and Jupiter, we might surmise that someone (prominent) has already been duped (or otherwise taken advantage of) and that this subterfuge might form the basis of some controversy that is still yet to blossom.

Another reason to suspect that communication will be a key issue for the US during this period is that Mercury – the Lord of Communication –  is in the same degree as the nodal axis. Because of this, some might suggest that whatever transpires regarding this ‘communicaton’ was fated. Maybe, maybe not! But I will point out that this Mercury is involved in a grand fire trine with Uranus and Saturn and so I’ll suggest that whatever happens, it will not be conventional – think unique, ground-breaking, and/or earth-shattering.

At this point, it’s not too much of a leap of faith to further suggest that this ‘communication’ is likely to be highly aggressive and, as the result, could be seen by others as an act of war. This is because Venus at 19 Gemini 42 is close to the US natal chart’s Mars (fighting/military action) at 21 Gemini 23.trump-tweet-sources-said.png

Finally, it is more likely than not that Mr Trump will be implicated in all this. The flashy, dramatic Mercury (at 25 Leo 58  – Leo is always dramatic) is awfully close to Trump’s natal mars at 26 Leo 47. If that weren’t enough, consider that the total solar eclipse at the end of August will occur at 28 Leo 55 – again too close for comfort. Might it not be too unreasonable to suggest that some flashy, dramatic communication by Mr Trump will land him in big trouble (eclipses are like a power surge – for good or evil!) and that this will require congressional/court sanctions (Mercury is in this ingress 11th house which is associated with legislature and parliament)?

Trump and this summer’s Solar Eclipse

eclipseOn 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse (28 Leo 52) darkens the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.unknown

What might we expect to happen?

Star lore associated with Leo offers interesting clues:

  • Heroes (Gilgamesh, Oedipus, Orion) wrestling with lions,
  • Courage, invincibility, command and power,
  • Kings and leaders,
  • Fire – hot/dry – fingers get burnt,
  • Dramatic, craves attention,
  • Quick anger, spare diplomacy.

It that’s not enough, transiting Uranus (28 Aries 23 – retrograde) is also closely tied in with this. Uranus disrupts everything that it touches. It is a lightening bolt from the blue. Serious change in any direction and on a major scale.

Both the eclipse and transiting Uranus will make close aspects to Mr Trump’s natal Mars (26 Leo 47). This will be a power surge – provoking a crisis of some sort. Whether for good or evil, we can’t know in advance. But we do know that the effect of the eclipse can be felt for as long as six months prior and one year afterwards.trump

We also know that with his natal Mars in Leo, Trump’s ego is tied up with action such that anything he undertakes becomes a source of great personal pride; when all goes well with such undertakings, the world is bright. When all does not go well….  let’s just say things might get difficult.

Mars operates like a personal guard dog – protecting Trump’s home, reputation, family, defining his personal boundaries. When an eclipse makes an aspect to natal Mars, the watchdog is stirred up and straining at his leash; advice for Trump, take what’s yours, but just make sure no one gets hurt.

Will anyone get hurt?

Both this eclipse and transiting Uranus will also closely aspect the Moon (27 Aquarius 10) in the natal chart of the United States of America.us-natal-chart

For a national chart, the Moon denotes the common people, women generally, crowds, and all matters of a common or public nature. The position of the Moon in a mundane chart will show where the public’s attention falls.

For the United States, this will be the 3rd house –effects inland transit, communication, such as railways, road and river traffic, cars, etc. All means of disseminating news and information – i.e. communication networks, Internet, newspapers. The 3rd house also rules neighboring nations.

No one can tell in advance what will happen. This is the nature of both eclipses and Uranus transits. But for what it’s worth, I’m putting my money on some sort of frenzied, angry, ego-driven communication made by Trump that will seriously disrupt /alter the position of the United States re: its neighbours, Mexico and/or Canada.

Spare the diplomacy.

Public attention guaranteed.

Eclipse of the Day

imagesThis morning, at 9:04 GMT, we experienced a powerful solar eclipse.

It occurred at 9 Virgo 21.

Unless an eclipse triggers a sensitive natal aspect (i.e. between 5-13 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces, or Gemini), or falls on your angles (i.e. cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th houses), you are likely not to feel it too much.

But if it does, then it will function like a power surge, provoking a crisis of some sort, something with which you’ll be forced to deal. For clues, look back to your life experiences during the previous eclipse season 19 years ago in regards to any one or all of the following:

  • Natal Sun: You were born to be the hero of your life story – but sometimes from fear or false modesty, you delegate this role to another. When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Sun, you can no longer avoid assuming the starring role in your life. Expect issues with authority figures like parents or bosses, all those to whom in the past, you’ve abdicated your personal power.
  • Natal Moon – Throughout your life, you seek to reclaim the security and safety that you enjoyed in your mother’s womb. You feather your nest, stock the pantry with yummy foods, and surround yourself with all that which makes you feel comfortable. But when an eclipse makes aspects your natal Moon, something – a new living situation, a change in health – will leave you feeling exposed.
  • Natal Mercury: You define yourself through your names, rank , and serial number – your position in the pecking order at home,school, or in the workplace. When eclipses aspect natal Mercury, prepare for a changes  in the way in which you define yourself.  Mercury is the storyteller. It’s time start writing your life story from a different point of view or perspective.
  • Natal Venus: Wouldn’t you just love it if you’d been born with self-confidence, great relationships, fabulous looks – not to mention oodles of cash?! Eclipse aspects to Venus remind you that you don’t always get that which you might think that you deserve. This realisation usually comes through financial challenges, relationship transitions, or flagging self-esteem.
  • Natal Mars: Mars operates as your personal guard dog – protecting your home, your reputation, your family, defining your boundaries. When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Mars, the watch dog is stirred up and straining at his leash; take what’s yours, but just make sure no one gets hurt.
  • Natal Jupiter: Do you love an adventure? Taking a chance, making a gamble, an exotic trip to somewhere you’ve never before been? When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Jupiter, you’re revved up to have a go, take that chance, do whatever you think is needed to get your life back on track.
  • Natal Saturn: When an eclipse makes an aspect to your Saturn, you may feel worn out and/or discouraged. Maybe you’ve your outgrown your present life  it or maybe you’re still playing by outdated rules? Just remember that you’ll never get anywhere by blaming others for your difficult situation. Regardless of how things got this way, only you can take the positive action needed to make your life better.
  • Natal Uranus: When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Uranus, you may feel like a misfit, a clown, a scapegoat – and, well…let’s be honest –  that hurts. Recognising who are and are not your friends, is a key challenge now. Identify only with groups that allow you be yourself.
  • Natal Neptune: Now’s the time to examine your blind spots, examine your faith, and dispute that which you’ve always believed was indisputable. If you’ve been fooling yourself  – hiding away from reality, then expect a wakeup call.
  • Natal Pluto: We all have a darker side; feelings of rage, jealousy, and/or fear. These make us weaker, slaves to our emotions, not to mention allowing those who are self-possessed to further manipulate us. When an eclipse makes an aspect to your natal Pluto, expect to confront the dark side – either in yourself or in those you’ve allowed to embody it for you. Power struggles are the order of the day.

Making the most of tomorrow’s lunar eclipse

Tomorrow, 23 March 2016, at 11:48 AM GMT (London), there is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon.

What?

As you probably know, this means that the (full) Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. A penumbral eclipse is where the Moon enters only the penumbral shadow of the earth and because it’s difficult to see, doesn’t often gather too much attention.

However, astrologers view every eclipse as a dramatic ‘wild card’ playing out someplace in our natal charts. Wherever this occurs, events will transpire in order to shake us out of our compliancy. With every eclipse something ends and something begins. But whilst solar eclipses tend to offer new opportunities, lunar eclipses tend to bring final endings.

Because tomorrow’s lunar eclipse occurs at 3 Libra 17, those with planets or sensitive areas of their charts at this degree (and/or also around 4 Aries, 4 Capricorn or 4 Cancer) might expect their lives to be shaken up, perhaps by memories and dreams, both good and bad, resurfacing. Because eclipses come in pairs (solar/lunar) and repeat in nearly exact degree and sign every 19 years, if this eclipse has special significance for you, then look back 19 years to get some sense of how it might again, manifest.

Who?

Everyone can make good use of the energy released with this eclipse and using the Sabian symbol (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Dr Marc Edmund Jones) for 4 Libra, I offer you the following:

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  • Group experience,Spiritual-Communion-Around-The-Campfire-1920-300x153
  • Realities broader than simple self-concern originate in common functions,
  • Every responsibility undertaken should become the expression of identity rather than one of divergence in interest,
  • Importance of building everyday morale in order to create social structures that further life objectives,
  • AVOID letting opportunities lazily drift away and idly depending on others.

Memories and dreams cloud judgment. Our path becomes more treacherous when succumbing to our fears. Yet even in the darkest hour, dawn is implicit and in order to fully take this on-board, we must learn to separate illusions from reality. This becomes much easier when we team up with like-minded others in order to accomplish common goals. Even the scariest and darkest of paths becomes more navigable when tread in the company of another.

How?

During this lunar eclipse, prepare a cup of rose-hip tea and sit back in a comfy chair. Sip your tea whilst thinking about people with whom you’d do well to team up with; feel a surge of warm feelings going out to them knowing that this is a legitimate method of communication. Amiability (the quality of having a friendly, pleasant manner) is the name of this eclipse’s game. Contemplate how you can develop and express it.