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Sao Paulo: harbinger of water wars

water warsOne of the world’s largest cities is in an unprecedented water crisis.  Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city and the twelfth largest city in the world, is expected to run out of water by June of 2015.  Much of the drought in Brazil is due to the deforestation of the Amazon which increases the levels of heat and reduces rainwater.

Aside from air, living things most need water to survive.  When water disappears, the wealthy are able to purchase water such as when billionaires paid millions of dollars to import water to their Montecito California estates.

California is in what is being called the worst drought in a millenium.  Climate change has reduced the amount of snowpack melt in the mountains which in the past has served to irrigate the farms that provide fresh produce to the rest of the world.  To stave off “desertification” from the ground at a faster pace than it can recharge.

A drought emergency has been declared in thirteen counties in Oregon.  California and Arizona are battling over access to water from the Colorado River.  Israel is cutting off access to water in its ongoing war against the Palestinians.  Unprecedented growth in both China and India is causing tensions over the damming of rivers that provide water to both countries.

over the past three millenia provide an interesting history of conflicts over water.  It’s interesting to note the acceleration of conflict over water beginning in 2002, just before Uranus entered Pisces, the sign associated with the ocean.  Uranus is dry by nature – it rules electricity and lightning storms as well as thunder and radical rebellious […]

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By |2015-03-30T08:36:58-04:00March 30th, 2015|Ecology, Politics|2 Comments

Revisiting Eris in the face of the Islamic State

Eris

There is an incredible synchronicity between the events around a planet’s discovery and world events that occur around that time.  Uranus, planet of revolution, was discovered in 1781, concurrent with revolutionary activity in the fledgling United States, in Haiti, in France, and the Industrial revolution in Britain.  Neptune’s discovery in 1846 witnessed the rise of spiritualism, seances and a more spiritual approach to religion (all aspects of Neptune).

The planet Eris was discovered in 2006 and named after the Goddess of Discord.  In mythology Eris, hurt because she wasn’t invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, tossed a golden apple inscribed “to the fairest” into the wedding party, sparking a battle of egos that resulted in the Trojan War.

At the time I wrote a few articles about it at the time, including this one:

The tenth planet is aptly named, because her discovery led to a great deal of discord and turned the world of astronomy on its ears and led to the declassification of Pluto. Now Eris, Pluto and Ceres all rule jointly in their new classification as “dwarf planets.” has a great assortment of stories from the myths about the nature of Eris from which the stories below have been taken.

Eris is a sister of Ares, the god of war, and as a nurse to dying soldiers she has been known to fill their hearts with hate and the desire for revenge. Aeschylus says, “discord is the last of the gods to close an argument.” Eris is likely to rule over the domain of revenge which has previously fallen under Pluto’s realm. The role of Eris in the Trojan War did not begin from spite but from wounded feelings since Eris was not invited to […]

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By |2016-09-09T09:42:28-04:00February 16th, 2015|Politics|3 Comments

The astrology of recent violence in France

Photo source: Yahoo News

With Uranus, planet of radical behavior and revolution, in Aries, the sign that’s ruled by the God of War (Mars), it is not surprising that there has been an increase in global violence since Uranus entered that sign in 2010.  The square from Pluto (death and destruction) in Capricorn (political and financial structures) exacerbates this even more, and we are heading into the final phase of that cycle (see the sidebar for more information if this is new to you).

In France over the past week there have been several attacks of religious extremists using terror tactics that have shaken the nation to its core.  Astrologers can explain these attacks by citing the fact that both Uranus and Pluto are in stressful aspects to the Libra Sun in France’s universally accepted  and certainly this is true, but it is also true of the Cancer Sun in the US chart.  What is perhaps more significant is that as Saturn entered Sagittarius it triggered Mars (planet of warfare and defense) in the France chart.

With Mars in Gemini, the sign of communication, the style of the French has been to fight a war using words rather than armaments, often to the despair of other nations.   In Sagittarius, Saturn challenges all of our belief systems and this will be particularly challenging for France and other countries which attempt to hold onto their cultural identity in an age of globalization.

Pluto’s trip through Sagittarius, sign of foreign culture and travel, witnessed the relocation of millions of immigrants into France, many from north African former french colonies.  This migration helped strengthen the French economy, but also meant a growing percentage of French residents held beliefs that […]

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By |2015-01-10T13:16:58-04:00January 10th, 2015|Politics|0 Comments

Election Day Politics and the Uranus/Pluto square

voteI was watching Morning Joe this morning while exercising because there was nothing on the DVD.  Today is election day in the US so it was interesting hearing the discussion about which party will make the difference if they win the Senate.  What most of the panelists agree on is that there will be no difference – no matter which party wins tonight gridlock will continue.  If the Democrats retain the majority the two parties will fail to compromise, and if the Republicans win a majority there will be gridlock between the establishment Republicans and the more conservative challengers of their own party.

If they read the astrology news along with the Wall Street Journal they would understand that this is because of the square aspect between Uranus in Aries – the challenger, the innovator, the harbinger for change and individual rights – and Pluto in Capricorn – the holder and consolidator of power, the dominating force.  Ever since these two planets began their dance in 2010 (and before that really, since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008) there has been this kind of tug and pull between conservative notions of reality (Capricorn Pluto) and the pressure to burst out of old paradigms and try something new (Aries Uranus).

The square aspect continues into 2015 so the pundits are correct when they say that this battle between the old and the new will continue until the 2016 elections.  In the meantime, the old structures are failing and the two party political system in the US may be falling with it.

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By |2018-06-11T11:58:55-04:00November 4th, 2014|Politics|6 Comments

Happy Birthday USA 2014: Challenges ahead

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(Note:  There are many different astrological charts for the United States and lots of arguments among astrologers about which ones is correct.  I use the Sibley chart with Sagittarius rising, and here’s why. )

The Solar Return chart is a chart that is cast for the exact moment the Sun in the sky returns to the same degree as the natal chart.  Many astrologers use the Solar Return chart to forecast the details of the next twelve months in an individual’s life – I don’t care to use it for that purpose because I believe that we have a great deal of free choice and I prefer to encourage my clients to learn to trust their inner voice and not depend on what they are told by astrologers.  If there is a chance of a hurricane you will probably not cancel your vacation – you will hope for the best and go on your vacation, and then if that hurricane does come you can always change your plans.  But it’s helpful to know that there is a chance of a storm so you can make a contingency plan.

The chart for the USA Solar Return is a challenging one with a Grand Cross in cardinal planets lining up the Moon in Libra in opposition to Uranus in Aries,  squaring the Sun in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn.  A Grand Cross creates tremendous tension that culminates in a crisis of release and ultimate transformation, and the presence of a Grand Cross in a Solar Return chart suggests that there will almost certainly be a major shift in governmental forces and political alignments in 2014.

The Sun in the US chart […]

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By |2014-07-04T12:55:07-04:00July 4th, 2014|Politics|4 Comments
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