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Super Moons Of March & April:
Earthquakes And Storms Ahead
Algeria, Bahrain & Yemen
Libya's Civil War And Mu'ammar Gadhafi's Horoscope
John Paulson Makes $2.4 Million An Hour While 32 Million Americans Need Jobs?
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
Peace and Goodwill to All.
Welcome to the new astrological year.
In our rapidly changing times, let us offer our prayers to the souls who have been murdered by evil forces on their way to perdition.
Let us also offer our sincere condolences to those families who have lost loved ones in their struggle for freedom and justice throughout the world.
This March 4, 2011 edition of Global Astrology is extensive. We cover a lot of ground as we offer astrological advice on how to navigate and survive the new astrological year into the early Twenty-Tens.
I've made this edition one which extends past the month of April, so please feel free to visit often to digest the wealth of data, information and general astrological guidance offered here.
Students of astrology may find the horoscopes provided of interest for further study as we examine the inclinations of the cardinal planetary transits of 2011 and the impacts on the world.
In this edition of Global Astrology, we head back to the Middle East, where we find the Cardinal Crisis remains in serious play with revolts and uprisings reported throughout the region in the wake of the historic January 25th revolution in Egypt.
We take a look at the civil war raging in Libya, as well as the horoscope of Libya's leader Mu'ammar Gadhafi, and ask, "what is going on in the mind of this man?"
We peer deeper into the economic crisis as Rolling Stone Magazine asks, "Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?" with writer Matt Taibbi's series on the outrageous acts of Wall Street and the resulting global economic meltdown.
We also take a peek into just how it is possible to earn $2.5 million dollars an hour as hedge-fund player John Paulson seems to have accomplished, while 32 million Americans need jobs?
We offer personal astrological cures to the planetary transits in effect in 2011.
We also take an historical perspective on globalcrats, the oligarchy and baby boomer generation through the lens of Uranus' ending of a 42-year generational cycle.
Before we get to all that, let's take an in-depth astrological look at the various planetary transits of 2011, the 'super moon' lunar perigees of March & April, my mundane forecasts of earthquakes, and the views and interpretations of astrologers Jude Cowell and Lynn Hayes.
Mid-March officially opens the new astrological year of 2011. This new astrological year begins March 20, 2011 with the entry of the Sun into tropical Aries.
This begins a new 18-month cycle to late August 2012 and is a very important cycle for the world.
The lunar nodes, or the Dragon's Head and Tail, in the mutable Signs of Sagittarius and Gemini, have opened this new era where the transits of Jupiter and Mercury will be highlighted.
On March 11-12, Uranus officially re-enters tropical Aries and begins a new orbital cycle. We can always expect major world news as Uranus crosses over the 0-degree Aries vernal equinox point.
This is followed on March 28, 2011 by the first Jupiter-Saturn opposition since 1989-90, and opens up a Aries stellium in the month of April.
We also have two strong lunar perigees, or 'super moons,' taking place during the months of March and April.
Powerful Lunar Perigees
Moon at perigee (left) and Moon at apogee (right.)
The Super Moons Of March And April:
Large Magnitude Earthquakes & Storms Ahead
In March and April 2011, there will occur two strong lunar perigees, or ‘super moons’ that will see the Moon unusually large when viewed from the Earth’s surface. Both lunar perigees will be exact in full moon phases. This follows the previous full moon perigee of February 18.
Storms of heavy rains, gusting winds and surprise heavy snowfalls can ensue during lunar perigee months. Floods and sudden sinkholes can also occur. It is important to mind seismic activity and tsunamis during strong lunar perigees.
The closest perigee in 19 years will become exact with the March 19th Full Moon, where the Moon will be 356,577 kilometers from the Earth.
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Perigee and apogee distances are primarily calculated based on the distance between the centers of the Earth and Moon.
What the conventional scientific community needs to clearly understand is that serious astrologers over thousands of years have always known about lunar apogees and perigees, since it was astrologers who invented meteorology.
The poo pooing, and rolling of the eyes when the term 'astrology' is mentioned needs to come to an end. Most scientists who talk about astrology in demeaning terms have, at best, little to no knowledge of astrology other than the 'pop culture' version of Sun signs.
Hardly a credible depiction of the prescience of Astrology.
Many astrologers are scientists and well-versed in stellar cartography (astronomy) and weather forecasting (meteorology.) Both disciplines are sub-sections of Natural Astrology and were invented by astrologers.
I forecasted El Nino and La Nina for 2009-2011 several years before, applying the principles of astrometeorology. This is based on astrological principles, that the causes of all climate, weather and seismic events - come from space.
Astrophysical = causes
Geophysical = effects
These are the rules of physics which cannot be broken. The founder of the planetary laws of motion, Johannes Kepler, was himself a mundane astrologer and astrometeorologist.
So, it is well past time for conventional scientists who lack astrological knowledge to realize that the celestial bodies have direct influences, as we all know that the Sun and Moon - to name just two celestial bodies - clearly act on life on Earth.
It has taken conventional scientists far too long to escape the closed-minded ideology that rejects natural physical laws which regulate the Earth, its climate and resulting weather.
It is clear to anyone with a scientific ephemeris, a calculator and eyes to see, that celestial bodies have impact on Earth, which, by the way, is also a celestial body that lives in space.
Astrologers forecast. That is what we do. Astrology is the premier priori-based science.
We forecast to help, to warn in advance and to prepare people for the inclinations and effects from the configurations of planetary forces that influence the Earth.
Not wanting to 'believe' Astrology does not make it not so.
The Sun does not require your belief to rise, culminate and set. Nor does the Moon.
This is something conventional scientists must understand and get over if they are to be able to begin to forecast accurately into the future.
Science is about exploration and discovery. Science is observational.
Science is not about personal dispositions, nor 'ideology,' nor waiting to find a 'mechanism' until one can accept truths that have been already known for thousands of years.
If Astrology was good enough for Brahe, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton and Franklin - all astrologers themselves - then we say it should be good enough for today's conventional scientists, yes?
Those scientists who poo poo the power of lunar perigees and astrological forces should sit back and observe these truths - and the action - of the celestial facts this month and in April.
You will see (once again) for yourselves the power of astrology and what astrologers have been saying for centuries.
During March, as conventional scientists attempt to explain away the power of lunar perigees, you will see items such as this one from Popular Science:
'Biggest Full Moon In 19 Years Almost Certainly Won't Cause A Huge Natural Disaster'
Comments such as the one above 'is often typically touted' by those who talk the talk (typical drollness) but who do not walk the walk.
So, science is only for those - 'astronomers and scientists' - who show typical drollness?
Science is supposed to be boring, hence, 'droll,' hence = no life?
Just where do they come up with such bunk?
Explaining away forces that truly exist, as if they are silly because 'astrologists' warn about unfavorable celestial events, is common fare coming from those who show disdain and bias about the prescience of astrology, that is, without knowing what they are talking about.
Forecasting is applied in nearly every sector of human activity, yet when astrologers forecast, why are things instantly tagged with chuckles, then grunts of 'scaring people,' and 'doom and gloom?'
I have yet to meet one astronomer, geologist, scientist, etc., who rolls their eyes at the mention of astrology who is sufficiently knowledgeable about the forecasting science.
Forecasts are made to prepare people for the potentials of what planetary configurations indicate to professional astrologers. That is our job. That is what we do.
It is the astrologer's duty to report their findings, not to frighten, but to help others, to provide, by hard-earned astrological knowledge, the awareness of the forces of the universe around us that affect all our lives here in Earth.
You will see more of those kinds of so-called 'objective' scientific comments on astrology in the days, weeks, months (and God help us) years to come.
But, consider this:
Any scientist who practices physics knows that even the smallest causes have big effects.
It is one of the core principles of astrophysics and geophysics.
Yet, why do some of today's 'scientific community' choose to ignore this fact?
The effects of the Moon in raising the land, air and sea tides have been scientifically studied - and proven - over many decades. But why do conventional scientists ignore this when it comes to astrology?
Here is a scientific paper, written in 1965 mind you, which provides clear evidence that precipitation is directly related to Solar-Lunar-Earth tidal forces.
The results of this scientific investigation had been found to be consistent with mathematical models that clearly reveal how even small periodic influences are of major importance in the timing of events.
Now that is just one scientific study, among thousands of scientific studies, that proves, without a doubt, the effects of celestial forces on Earth's physical world.
In effect, a 'no-brainer.'
Can we surmise that perhaps the problem many conventional scientists have is that they cannot get past their own personal dispositions, opinions and biases when it comes to astrological forecasting?
But, if one has not studied astrology, then how can one presume to have a bias on the science of any kind without extensive knowledge and practice?
Saying that the Moon is 'unrelated,' to physical events is not enough. That's opinion, and that is exactly what you are going to hear about the effects of the lunar perigees.
So when something does happen, you will hear from most scientists that it was simply 'predestined,' - which by the way, is not a scientific comment one should ever hear coming from any 'scientist.'
I do not use a crystal ball. I never met an astrologer who did. I use complex variable mathematics, observations and common sense to formulate my own calculations and forecasts - it is called mundane astrology.
Moreover, these same conventional scientists, who are unable to forecast themselves complain when astrologers are able to accomplish what they cannot?
Until conventional scientists leave behind their biases, egos, personal dispositions, careerism, piss poor attitudes and learn to practice science with an interdisciplinary/holistic focus, as serious astrologers do, then nothing will be gleaned by those who behave as if the Earth is flat.
So, let's grow up, get real and earn that scientific paycheck, shall we?
To those who do complain, I say this - read your Claudius Ptolemy, observe the astrological transits, the weather and do your homework.
In March, look first to Asia for seismic action in the northern hemisphere - China and Japan, then to the Philippines, along to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, to British Columbia, Canada, then to California in the United States, stretching down to Mexico and into South America.
With the global transits at hand, there are sure to be powerful, large magnitude earthquakes in the months of March and April.
My astrological calculations show a 88.9% rating for significant seismic activity between 6.6 to 7.9+ in magnitude.
There are additional planetary configuration signals I've interpreted that show even stronger quakes by scale - 8.9 to 9.2 in magnitude. Some people will not believe me, but transits are well within astrological red-zone warning range.
The Ring of Fire
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The Moon is closer to the Earth, so along with the associated transits, especially those planetary bodies crossing over into tropical Aries, I expect frequent seismic activity with large magnitude earthquakes reported.
Lunar perigees bring land tides that spark large magnitude earthquakes, as well as volcanic eruptions.
There could also be a repeat of yet another seismic shock in the southern hemisphere, such as the 6.3-magnitude Feb. 21 earthquake which struck Christchurch, New Zealand.
That quake was forecasted, well in advance, by New Zealand astrometeorologist Ken Ring who has also warned of another seismic event there by March 20th, during the full moon perigee.
The lunation of April 17, 2011 over New York City occurs on a Sunday evening. The major feature of this full moon are the collection of planets in the Fourth House, featuring a direct opposition from Mercury-Mars in Aries to Saturn in Libra.
Lunar perigees are also well-known by astrometeorologists for being associated with powerful storms and earthquakes.
The months of March/April 2011 and their lunar perigees will affect California, where seismic activity is highlighted both months.
April is particularly highlighted for powerful quakes.
I warn those living along the west coast of North America - in Alaska, British Columbia, down through the states of Washington, Oregon, California and into Mexico - to take precautions for large magnitude earthquakes.
New Moon: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - California
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April is a celestially strong month.
The New Moon of Sunday, April 3, 2011, set here for Los Angeles, California, shows all the astrological signatures of an active seismic month.
The Sign on the Fourth House cusp is Cancer, ruled by the Moon, at 13-Aries of this new moon. Opposed to Saturn, retrograde at 13-Libra, the new moon is only 25' minutes from exact opposition. Jupiter in Aries is also opposed to Saturn.
The Signs of Aries and Libra are intercepted inside the 6th and 12th Houses of the New Moon chart with the powerful Aries stellium rising.
Mars and Uranus are conjoined in Aries, and within orb of square aspects to the North Lunar Node in Sagittarius.
Therefore, the entire month of April features unfavorable transits featuring accidents, injuries, fires, and violence. Caution is advised.
April 3 to April 11 and April 16 to 20 show increased seismic activity.
The dates of *April 7,8,9,10 are particularly highlighted in my earthquake forecast for southern California and the U.S. west coast.
I urge those living in California to make preparations in advance of powerful earthquakes.
Full Moon: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - Los Angeles, California
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Seismic events are highlighted for New Moon Week of April 3-11, preceding the following lunar perigee and Full Moon Week of April 18-25.
What makes April 17 noticeable, and seismically active, is a strong lunar perigee with the Moon in Libra, just after conjunction to Saturn, itself retrograde at 17-Libra and in the Fourth Mundane House, at this locale of California.
Leading up to the lunar perigee, the days of April 16, *17, *18, *19, and 20 are also highlighted for strong earthquakes.
This Moon, on Sunday, April 17, in the chart above, is nearly full at 22-Libra and opposes both Mercury and Jupiter in Aries, while Mars in Aries opposes Saturn.
Transiting Venus, at 25-Pisces, is in conjunction to Uranus, with an applying square to Pluto in Capricorn.
Venus is square to the North Lunar Node at 26-Sagittarius, bordering the Sixth House of the chart, signifying a 'sudden' event that pushes people into 'action.'
Mercury is retrograde at this time at 14-Aries, in the Tenth, as part of a stellium of planets in Aries opposed to Saturn in the Fourth.
These are powerful transits, associated with the lunar perigee, can easily spark shallow and large magnitude earthquakes.
It is therefore advised for anyone living in California and along the west coast, to use the month of March to prepare emergency supplies and use caution in the event of a powerful earthquake.
Emergency Preparedness professionals are urged to update their earthquake management procedures and closely monitor seismic activity.
Act and think ahead, talk to neighbors and gain a sense of who is prepared and who is not.
Update all communications/shelter equipment, first-aid and food/water supplies.
Have all families members involved and on the same page on what to do in the event of a strong seismic event.
Be safe and remember - be prepared - not scared.
All in all, a wild spring season is in store for the northern hemisphere.
Let's take a look at more of what is ahead.
Angry, Anxious & Aggressive
This is followed by astrologer Lynn Hayes' excellent advice on how to manage our personal lives in powerfully changing times.
Further down, you will also find astrologer Jude Cowell's mundane analysis of Washington D.C.'s Vernal Equinox Chart.
First, an overall mundane view.
We have seen the first phase of the Cardinal Crisis close in 2010, while a new chapter opens into another series of strong cardinal inclinations worldwide.
Early in the month of April, there will be a collection, or 'stellium' of planets in tropical Aries. This makes the month of April unfavorable with inclinations prone to haste, impulse and violence.
Many of the signs of emotional instability, mental illness and violence can be seen in the month of March.
Consider these events:
February "hit murders" in Colorado
Colorado boy murders family
Two children killed by uncle, who then kills self
Twin Brother Kills Own Family
Murder-suicide in Oklahoma
Juarez, Mexico murder rate up 40%
The inclinations of the planets show that it is important to mind the mental health of others due to the strength of the cardinal transits, especially in Aries.
Worldwide, it continues to be my estimation we are living in historic times.
Extreme care and caution is advised for NATO and U.S. forces, as unstable transits in Aries indicate an unprecedented rise in violence in both countries.
Military planning taking place in March must include safety precautions which protect against carelessness rising from inclinations which affect the emotions of those heavily armed.
Unintended casualties can easily peak from haste, impulse and carelessness - furthering threatening stability in these regions.
Weapons, machinery and electronic gear are subject to malfunctions under the planetary inclinations. These malfunctions can seriously maim and impair those operating such weapons, caution and prudence is advised.
Injuries, especially to the head, shoulders and neck can be prevented by taking prior action before these transits set in by March 30, 2011.
The anger, anxiousness and aggression signified by planets transiting in tropical Aries calls for prudence and patience.
We, as human beings, cannot stop worldwide transits.
This global square features how coercion and power play tactics to promote one’s secularism and ideological entrenched beliefs onto others backfires.
Accidents and injuries are highlighted from April to mid-May 2011 due to the transits in tropical Aries.
Uranus enters tropical Aries officially on March 11-12. Worldwide, we can expect a diverse menu of events: from hostilities peaking in various nations, to the eruptions of volcanoes and continued seismic activity.
This inclination itself calls for thinking before acting as the sudden, electric and erratic inclinations of Uranus in Aries can alter lives for the worse if one is not careful.
Aries is also a very individualistic sign, so expect to observe immature behavior that leads to accidents.
Injuries to the head are likely from sudden accidents and violence. Again, caution is urged during the month of March and especially through the entire month of April and into May.
Jupiter-Saturn oppositions are mainly those which show that previous poor economic and financial decisions lead to very bad timing in professional and business affairs.
Economically, do not expect many job opportunities on a wide scale to become available in 2011 until we see significant changes in the status quo.
The financial crisis is still very much ongoing, and we continue to be well within the flow of the crisis that began in 2007, and which spiraled out of control in 2008.
Large investment banks as well as smaller banking institutions which participated heavily in doing business with Wall Street brokers are in serious trouble. This will continue to have deep ramifications for the business community and society at large.
The opposition along the Aries-Libra axis features conflicts between professional and family responsibilities, as well as selfish motives and competition among entrenched groups and individuals in corporate and government settings.
There is a severe lack of support from agencies and institutions because of ‘barrier bureaucracy’ and outworn establishment entrenchment.
A failure of the outgoing establishment to practice ethical and moral standards destroys important relationships and burns bridges that will have been important for the future.
The hegemony practiced by the boomer generation, along with the autocratic tendencies of their parents, the dying oligarchy, dismissed and rejected the motion of time. Both generations are rapidly aging and losing clout.
This has led to fragmentation.
Again - refusal to accept the passage of time and aging - has led to a dysfunctional generation that has damaged society at large.
The world transits clearly show it.
The failure of entrenched establishments and their status quo cannot expect to remain the same because the cardinal inclinations will simply not allow this to happen.
By refraining to do so – that is – by not wanting to see, nor admit any fault, one is only making things worse by continuing to resist that which is obvious.
Astrologers know this as a 'grand cross.'
This one will revolve around the world and is powerfully cardinal.
This cardinal 'grand cross' depicted in the mundane chart above is three (3) years away.
The world transits of 2014, in the form of a grand cardinal cross configuration, shows that the problems of the previous establishment and oligarchy are still with us - in the form of outright societal anger and revolt - at the massive theft of resources, secrecy, neglect and widespread corruption which ushered in a severe global economic crisis.
If you think people are pissed now, wait until 2014, when they absolutely lose it.
Jupiter opposes Pluto. Uranus opposes Mars. Jupiter squares Uranus. Mars squares Pluto. Uranus squares Pluto. All of this, from the cardinal Signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
This grand cardinal cross is serious business.
It shows people are simply in no mood to see those who perpetuated the biggest fraud in world economic history allowed to 'walk away' from taking full responsibility for their acts during the previous decade.
Many populations want 'heads to roll,' and will not stand for allowing those involved to skate free with untold billions of dollars in wealth taken from the resources of others.
So, in 2011, and over the next three years, I continue to urge investors to be prudent and to conduct due diligence when dealing with the likes of JP MorganChase, Goldman Sachs, CitiBank and other national and international bank holding companies - as they have serious internal capital problems on their books.
The years of widespread financial malfeasance, corruption, greed and lack of law enforcement and regulation on Wall Street and throughout the global financial community has directly led to the world economic depression.
The cardinal crisis in this respect is far from over according to my calculations.
Expect the years of 2011 to 2014 to be full of more shocking revelations about how the economic crisis came into being and those individuals, groups and organizations who have been behind all of it.
The great majority of these events are generational, as we will explore further in this edition; however, the cardinal crisis years clearly show that until those responsible for the widespread corruption are held directly responsible, are punished and removed from any contact with economics and finances - that the economic crisis will get worse, not better, in the years ahead.
Moreover, during the early to mid- Twenty-Tens, transiting Uranus will perform a world square, also to Pluto – clearly showing that those who participated in years of hegemony and corruption have a reckoning coming - with their own chosen destinies.
The effects of the dramatic changes about have had major impacts on the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
There are antidotes for the inclinations of the cardinal crisis transits for individuals who seek to offset the effects on them personally. I offer some remedies here for those who are interested.
Please consider if you will,
The transits of the Cardinal Crisis will affect a wide variety of people worldwide.
Let's take a 10-minute mundane overview so those who are unfamiliar with these cardinal planetary inclinations can gain a sense of the bigger picture.
People with planetary positions in the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn can effectively handle strong planetary inclinations in the cardinal signs if they remember a few simple things and practice them daily.
Any and all events which are attracted in lives also come from the activities of your own thought cells which comprise your astral, or stellar body, which is made of light.
The positions of the planets in your nativity show the outline of your own stellar aerials, those particular terminals of planetary positions, configurations, angles, and aspects between the bodies in the time cycle you were born.
These 'cycles' do progress in time, so knowing what your current and future secondary progressions are is important.
The stellar cells that comprise your whole physical and metaphysical bodies are seen in your own personal horoscope, the conditions of which determined where you were born, into what era, and the environment in which you were raised.
Each structure of a person's own stellar cell make-up is unique, however groups of people, family, friends, those of your generation, may share similar planetary alignments.
These are mainly 'transpersonal,' that is the positions of the outer, slower-moving planets over time.
Your own unique stellar cell makeup has an intelligence all its own.
It receives, by transit and secondary progression, 'contacts' from transiting planets that will 'tune in' to your particular frequencies, as depicted in your personal horoscope.
The effects are electromagnetic in nature and when these planetary contacts are made by aspect they work from your 'inner plane' to attract into your life events and conditions which will correspond to the way you feel.
This is why your thoughts are very important.
When your personal planets, by nativity or secondary progression do not receive any additional energies the will only retain the amount and type of activity that is shown in the birth chart.
But when your stellar cells do receive energy from transiting planets or your thoughts, then these vibrations receive additional energy that is greater than normal.
This is the case with the cardinal crisis world transits.
Those individuals, groups, and populations of people who may have planetary positions at certain degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, are receiving large amounts of energy to their particular stellar aerials.
Childhood conditioning, along with the current atmosphere of your present environment and locale play roles as well.
If you were born in conditions that you are now aware of how it shaped your outlook and personality, then it is imperative to understand how your own thoughts can produce events that are either positive or negative.
Certain groupings of stellar cells will receive more energy from the transits of planets in the cardinal signs.
How you 'react' to these vibrations depends mainly on your outlook and ability to transcend past conditioning in order to produce positive outcomes, rather than negative ones.
Without getting too technical for those who are not advanced in this level of astrology, the thing is this -
All astrological aspects show what I call 'time-velocity transits.'
These are planetary groupings by configuration and their mathematical aspects that release energies to a person's (or a nation's) particular stellar make-up - as outlined by the horoscope.
Contacts by planetary 'return' or aspect can bring about structural changes to the astral body that enable your stellar cells to receive more energy than normal from transits and secondary progressions.
These are electromagnetic energies and are tonal as well, for those who can hear, see and feel the changes of input/output. Usually, those who are able to do this are called 'sensitives.'
These energies 'tune in' to your particular Type, to your own stellar make-up and from your own terminal aerials.
You act as a 'radio receiver' of sorts, picking up increased signals that tune into your own natal and progressed positions, or your personal stellar frequencies.
The structural changes work to enable the planets to give impetus towards action and they work from within your own 'inner plane weather' - to being about events of certain kinds into the 'outer plane weather' - into the physical world.
Most people can find themselves unable to handle the increased energies to their own personal frequencies and therefore 'act out,' which is a sure sign that they have not resolved their own inner issues.
To accomplish this, it is essential to remove those things which have not been resolved within your own self. You can be supported in this by others, but no one can make it happen except you.
It is called 'owning your own personal issues.'
The sooner these issues are resolved, the better, because if it is not done by the time configurations of planetary transits tune in to your own planetary frequencies, as outlined by your horoscope, in the unique time cycle you were born, then transits will externalize your internal 'issues' into your physical reality. You can bet on it.
Your thoughts and words are essential to manage whatever energies are being picked up.
The problem with the Cardinal Crisis world transits is that the planetary configurations are quite strong - producing an inordinate amount of energy that revolves around the globe.
Anyone, including populations, who are ignorant of the power of their own thoughts and words will usually act out - primarily in negative ways.
Moreover, as the cardinal energies increase and contact the stellar makeup of people, they can, and do recycle anything left unresolved within themselves - into the physical environment.
This is why it is very important to be mature and to deal with, tackle, and face any unresolved issues within yourself.
If delayed, put off and/or never dealt with, then when strong planetary transits do come along - it forces anything within you to be faced - in the outer plane, this is, in the physical world via events.
Whenever I read any horoscope, I always see what kind of 'weather' exists, i.e., is it calm and clear, or cloudy and wet. Is it warm and dry, hot, cold, or stormy?
Reading personal horoscopes shows clearly what a person needs to deal with to effectively reduce the amount of events that can appear in any time cycle within their own physical environment.
This often means forcing the client to face and deal with the issues within themselves - before coming transits make them face by contact with their own stellar aerials.
The problem with the Cardinal Crisis transits is that they are as 'personal' as they are 'transpersonal,' in the sense that global issues which have remained 'unresolved,' either by neglect, or outright interference by others, can become problems for all.
So, what is 'global' becomes 'personal' and what is 'personal' can become 'global.'
The waning and waxing cycles of the outer planets are important in the cycles studied by mundane astrologers, and essential towards understanding the bigger picture, which is transpersonal, or global.
The difficulty is in resolving the 'global,' since most people do not have access to the corridors of power that are mainly inhabited by people with some serious 'personal problems' of their own, which they then make 'global' by their own ego, ignorance and failure to deal with their 'issues'' within themselves.
The Cardinal Crisis world transits will be with us for some time.
These cardinal energies are powerful and seek 'change by action,' but if change does not come, usually positive change, then frustrations build that then perverts the energies into malefic form, leading to accidents, estrangements, and death.
The transits of the outer planets over the decades have been studied by mundane astrologers who use a system called the 'cyclic index,' - a mundane index that shows the trends and effects of global transits on the mass psychology of populations.
The cures for the cardinal crisis transits are those that come from 'thoughts.' Most people are unaware of the power of their own thoughts, but, if you are able to clear away the past by resolving from within - then you effectively 'empower' yourself.
By clearing any baggage - resolved or not - and deleting it thoroughly, you remove those things transits work on to bring about as events in physical environment.
This is not some 'new age' kind of thinking. These are facts.
Every square foot of our world is filled with astrological electromagnetic forces of action. I forecast the weather - both 'inner plane' and 'outer plane' weather - by the fluctuations of magnetic forces.
Magnetic forces are all around you.
For instance, an Aries experiencing the Cardinal transits will feel the need to greatly individualize themselves by action.
This can be a positive thing or a negative thing, depending on what is within that person. If a person has fully dealt with their own inner plane issues, then they will be free to express themselves without the need for violence.
Anyone with position in Libra experiencing the Cardinal transits will feel the need to actualize themselves by way of others in action.
This can be positive or negative, depending on what is within that person. If they have dealt with the past and with their own inner plane issues, then they will be free to express themselves without the need for fear.
Our thoughts have power. This is one of the most important things to remember when we have any feeling that we express.
The world trends over the decade of the Twenty-Tens calls on everyone to be aware that we are living in historic times.
Gnosis is essential to save oneself from the forces that can bind a soul without its permission.
Therefore, when we are alive in the world, there is no more important matter than to achieve gnosis - for without it - all is lost.
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
These are things which require patience – the cure is calm and maternal Domestic Thoughts.
For most of April 2011, transiting Venus will be in tropical Pisces, so women are useful here in helping not to encourage strife – but to calm things down – as it will also work in the interest of others.
It forms a compound to the aggressive thoughts of the energies produced by Mars to effectively prevent violence.
So, the ideal way to avoid strife is to be prepared.
So it is essential to practice proper manners to keep good relations.
Take care with the things said and mind your words so as not to spark the discordant energies of Mars – especially in combination with Uranus.
Because of the problems of the overall economic climate in the world, most people are trying to discover ways to emerge out of the financial crisis that became serious worldwide in 2007-08.
Doing so converts these thought compounds into positive events.
The energies do not produce harmony and tend towards inflexibility. Therefore, it is necessary when under the influence of Saturn’s transits to cultivate happy thoughts and words towards others.
These mainly are of the positive octave of Venus, where being light, bright, happy and positive while being open-minded and friendly to others causes the Saturnian-heaviness to greatly dissipate and then dissolve.
Take part in expressing yourself in light-hearted ways: dance, laugh, be friendly and above all - avoid people who seek contention, or whom use social situations to act out as spoiled children. Work to immediately remove such individuals from the environment if they are unable to behave as mature and balanced individuals.
The negative energies of those who behave badly poisons any atmosphere where people need balance, lightheartedness, positivity and good feelings to predominate in the environment.
It is essential to spend more time with people who are of a positive outlook, no matter the overall social negativity.
Anyone who is self-absorbed, egotistical, spoiled, prone to negativity, pettiness and rudeness should be isolated and kept from the environment to prevent their negative inclinations from poisoning the atmosphere.
The inclinations of Uranus will be very active during the decade of the Twenty-Tens, therefore it is essential to think before taking action, and to avoid impulsive persons as to protect oneself from becoming hurt by the actions of others.
Ideology - be they class divisions, cliques, political or religious - should be seen as poison to those seeking to achieve balance.
In this way, know who your friends are and leave behind those people who are not friends, or who exhibit emotional and mental problems that they do not own themselves, but project onto others.
Uranus in Aries is mainly individualistic, so expect to feel and observe in others expressions which are unique and that can open the door to new possibilities and exciting ideas which can change the life.
Be aware that Uranus' inclinations can be 'sudden' and 'electric' and which can drain one's energy, so it is important to pace oneself so you are not drained of energy by force of expression.
Also, be disciplined, patient, and resist the urge towards impulse and too much spontaneity all in one setting. Uranus' inclinations can easily cause people to expend too much energy, leaving one drained by the experience.
These antidotes will be helpful for those who apply them, as we now look at the planetary transits of Spring through Autumn 2011.
The Cardinal Crisis
Forecast By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
These transits, though strong, incline, but they do not compel. Those who fall under these inclinations will be those who are immature and unable to control themselves and their emotions, leading to impulsive acts that can maim and kill.
Strong emotional feelings that can erupt, mainly due to frustrations along with the failure to resolve inner emotional problems. Conflicts can occur within the domestic sphere with arguments based on attempts to emotional force and dominate others. Sometimes the home is disrupted by larger-scale forces close by, and/or by violence to and from family members. The Moon-Pluto square is cardinal and because it occurs during the dark of the moon phase, patience is required to avoid falling under its inclinations.
Desires for independence and action at all costs. impulsiveness is at high levels. Strong desires to change and alter the status quo with rebelliousness and disruptive events that could lead to serious injury and death. This stellium of Mars-Lilith-Uranus is more than likely to coincide with the death of acquaintances and friends. Weapons and sharp objects are used to settle 'scores' while vehicles are driven recklessly leading to serious accidents causing injury and death.
There are more economic shocks ahead. Many former job positions will not return due to the outgoing establishments’ total neglect and rampant mismanagement of the economy-at-large over the last 19 years.
Until policymakers clearly understand this and turn their full attention to Generation X, and Generation Y – the overall economy and society will continue its slide right into the toilet.
Both Moon-Saturn oppose Mercury and Jupiter in Aries, in the Eighth House, another financial house.
What the month of March offers to those willing to get a head start are opportunities to avoid the coming Mercury retrograde of March 30th.
This retrograde will act to slow the month of April significantly enough as to cause further disruptions along with the Aries transits.
March is best used to get most of your travel and work done ahead of April's unfavorable transits. Relocation, prepping for the spring and early summer are best accomplished in March, rather than from April to mid-May.
This means making deadlines and avoiding any tendency to procrastination. March is a month to work and get things done to avoid the Mercury retrograde and unfavorable transits of April.
Significant Transits Of March 2011
- March 2 - Venus enters Aquarius
- March 3 – Lunar Nodes change quality to mutable Sagittarius-Gemini axis
- March 4 – New Moon at 13-degrees Pisces
- March 9 - Mercury enters Aries
- March 11-12 – Uranus officially tropical Aries
- March 13 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
- March 20 - Sun enters Aries - vernal equinox
- March 26-27 - Venus enters Pisces
- March 28 – Jupiter opposes Saturn, exact opposition
- March 30 – Mercury stations retrograde at 24 degrees Aries
- March 31 - Jupiter semi-square Neptune
The month of March can be applied well by those who have spent the winter season in the northern hemisphere, or the summer season in the southern hemisphere to act on their goals and aspirations.
Watch and mind weather conditions, as March will be a wet and somewhat stormy month with conditions ranging from temperature variations that can bring about thunderstorms, heavy rains, gusting winds and tornado activity.
I recommend March be used to get the equivalent of two (2) months work, done since the entire month of April is unfavorable.
The ingress, or entry of Uranus into Aries by March 11-12 reflects the ending of a 42-year cycle that began in 1969.
This is another major astrological turning point that takes place in the month of March.
The Aries Stellium of April contain strong, fiery and aggressive inclinations by planetary transit and aspect. These will work by conjunction, square and opposition to the Signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
The Earth, as it transits the constellation Libra, will conjoin Saturn during the first week of April. The rest of the planets are on the other side of the Sun, in opposition to the Earth, so the Saturnian inclinations will be strong.
The month of April requires patience, prudence and calm in order to easily navigate and maneuver through the planetary inclinations well enough unscathed.
Moreover, it is well-known among mundane astrologers that the days and weeks prior to and after the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, that some people have a hard time adjusting to the shift of seasons and the equalization of the Earth's tilt.
This often results in accidents on the road, along with aggressive tendencies as people attempt to re-balance themselves after the winter season.
Acts of frustration, impulse and haste work in combination with the Aries stellium of transits.
Some of the planets, like Mars, head towards an opposition to Saturn in Libra by the third week of April - compounding the impulsive and aggressiveness in the air, and at times, leading to the violent inclinations associated with Aries.
Therefore, use the month of April to mid-May to rest, review and relax. It is not a month to be in crowds, or to engage in physical activity that could lad to injury.
Though many people will surely find it difficult to rest and relax after the unusually active winter season, this is exactly what they should do in April according to the planetary inclinations.
- April 2 – Mars enters tropical Aries
- April 2 – Mars conjoins Uranus in Aries
- April 3 – New Moon in Aries
- April 3 – Saturn conjoins Earth
- April 6 – Jupiter conjoins Sun in Aries
- April 9 – Mercury, inferior conjunction with Sun
- April 4 – Mars heads north by declination
- April 4 - Neptune previews with entry into Pisces
- April 9 – Uranus heads north by declination
- April 9 – Pluto stations retrograde at 7-Capricorn
- April 11 – Mercury conjoins Jupiter
- April 20 - Sun enters tropical Taurus
- April 23 – Mercury stations direct at 12-Aries
The month is not good for travel nor for taking chances in long-distance relocation. It is best to do this in March, or, to wait until mid-May.
The configurations of planets incline people towards hurrying and rushing about – which under the Aries can lead to unintended serious accidents, especially to the head, shoulders and neck.
Again, caution is urged.
May is a heady month. People want immediate change, but frustrations abound coming out of April's transits and Mercury's retrograde. Avoid trying to do too much too fast as expectations are high after several years of delay.
There will be no way to 'fix everything' in a short period of time, rather pace yourself and do only those things which can be done in the present while planning patiently for the future.
- May 3 – New Moon in Taurus
- May 11 – Mars enters Taurus
- May 11-12 – Mercury passes 24-Aries
- May 15 – Mercury enters Taurus
- May 15 – Venus enters Taurus
- May 19-20 – Venus conjoins Mars in Taurus
- May 21 - Sun enters Gemini
The transits of Spring 2011 also show a worsening of the employment picture, particularly for the west coast and the state of California. Much of the economic damage done over the years begins to come to a head in 2011.
So, if you want to get ahead of all the traffic, then the month of March is better used than is June to make those changes.
The inclinations are strong enough and continue the pressures affecting people by way of the economic crisis.
- June 1 – New Moon in Gemini
- June 2 – Mercury enters Gemini
- June 3 – Neptune stations retrograde at 0-Pisces
- June 4 – Jupiter enters Taurus
- June 9- Venus enters Gemini
- June 12-13 – Saturn turns direct at 10-Libra
- June 15 – Full Moon at 24-Sagittarius
- June 21 – Sun enters tropical Cancer: Summer Solstice in northern hemisphere
- June 21 - Mars enters Gemini
People who did not take advantage of March's transits are attempting to catch up during late May into June.
This causes problems for many as gaps appear due to the lack of practicality and underestimation of the amount of work to accomplish during the spring months.
A tiny portion of this partial eclipse will be observed from regions in northern Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland and regions of northeastern Asia.
However, two weeks later there will be a strong lunar eclipse.
The full moon of June 15 at 24-Sagittarius will feature one of the darkest total lunar eclipses for 11-years. The lunar eclipse will be visible in Africa, southern Asia, and Australia.
The best place to view the Moon’s eclipse will be in the northernmost regions of central Asia, then Eastern Europe and northeastern Africa.
According to my calculations, the June 15 total lunar eclipse phase at 24-Sagittarius will for about 100 minutes.
The penumbral eclipse will begin at 17:24:37 Universal Time (UT.)
The partial eclipse will begin at 18:22:57 UT.
Total eclipse will start at 19:22:29 UT with point of greatest lunar eclipse happening at 20:12:36 UT.
The umbral phase of magnitude will reach 1.71 at instant of greatest eclipse. This will make it the second darkest lunar eclipse in recorded astronomical history.
Regions in South America, Western Africa and Europe will see the June 15 eclipse at moon-rise. Eastern Asia and Australia will view the eclipse at moon set.
Western Europe will see the moon already totally eclipsed when it rises.
People in southern Africa and Australia will see the Moon glide past the cluster untouched.
The unusual thing about this seasonal chart is that it has the same angles as the vernal equinox chart of March 21, 2011.
This signifies that at the state level, there is understanding and compassion for the suffering the people of California are experiencing - but here is simply no let up in the economic pain.
This position clearly shows that the public at large is very unhappy with the progress of the economy and will demand – in widening protests – for change of the status quo.
Transits of July 2011
- July 1 – New Moon at 9-Cancer
- July 7 – Jupiter trine Pluto
- July 10 – Uranus stations retrograde
- July 14- Full Moon at 22-Cancer
- July 30 – New Moon at 7-Leo
Employment is still difficult to find as Mars at 7-Gemini sits on the Second House cusp with Venus and the South Lunar Node also in the Second House of Finances.
All three bodies are squared by transiting Uranus in Aries, which is opposed to Saturn in Libra.
Aries and Libra are intercepted in the Sixth and Twelfth Houses at this new moon. This shows contenting forces, both liberal and conservative, opposed to one another, but offering no new solutions. They continue to be stuck in the status quo.
Saturn's position at 10-Libra is the most advanced among the celestial bodies at this time.
Situated, intercepted, in the Sixth Mundane House, the unemployment picture worsens. People are stuck, frustrated and pissed off mightily.
There are opposing forces, resentments, crime and increasing levels of social dismay at the inability of leaders to dig up out of the depressed economic climate.
The Full Moon of July 14 is exact at 11:38 p.m., PDT, and shows the cardinality in play with Uranus, Pluto and Saturn – all angular on the Ascendant, Mid-heaven and Descendant.
Seismic activity is also highlighted for this region with these planets angular just as the full lunar phase sets.
There is stress at this time. The domestic and real estate market sphere is highlighted.
What has been several years of declining values along with rampant corruption in real estate has led to unusually high levels of unsold properties on the books of banks. The pressure to relieve this has led to increased foreclosures and housing stress throughout the region.
The summer season does not ease up on the tension according to these planetary configurations, yet again, it is advised to practice prudence and patience rather than to allow the inclinations and strong cardinality to take hold.
There are two new moons in the month of July 2011.
This will be the second new moon to take place in the month of July 2011. This new moon, at 7-Leo squares Jupiter at 8-Taurus.
The extravagance shown at this time is littered by with shoddiness and poor taste.
Transits of August 2011
*The sesquiquadrate aspect between Saturn in Libra and Neptune at 29-Aquarius continues the stresses of the summer. This aspect – sesquiquadrate – is 135 degrees of arc, the combination of the power of a square and semi-square. The aspect produces agitation, tension, and irritations.
This particular retrograde signifies a need to review the coming autumn season, while at the same time slows the progress of matters during the month of August.
The previous retrograde of Mercury in August has taken the planet back into tropical Leo, where it will be found direct already by September 1.
The summer days continue into September as people try to make the best out of what has been another difficult summer.
September 11 - 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks
The autumnal equinox chart of 2011 show that impulses are strong. It is advised that during the end of summer into the start of the fall season, that people continue to show patience and restraint.
Therefore, the autumn equinox of 2011 shows economic matters until Dec. 14, 2011 will continue to be challenging at best.
The autumn season of 2011 continues the theme of 'change' and 'adjustment' to made in the lives of many people.
Those who pace themselves and who exercise patience and prudence through to this time will feel that they are better off than last year.
Jupiter remains retrograde in tropical Taurus during the autumn, as Saturn transits direct.
Both planets will gradually resume an opposition by December 2011, when on Christmas Day, Jupiter stations direct at 0-Taurus, and will begin to pull away once again from opposition to Saturn in the late degrees of Libra during the winter of 2012.
Therefore, the business climate from the autumn of 2011 to Christmas Day is, at best, anemic once again, as people continue to cut back spending until lower rates of unemployment are to be found.
There will be a lengthy economic outlook on the second half of 2011 in another edition of Global Astrology.
The Cardinal Crisis
Astrologer Jude Cowell
On Washington D.C. and The Vernal Equinox Chart of 2011
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Also known as the Aries Ingress 2011 horoscope.
Sun in Aries and Saturn in Libra are Exalted; there is a 'Grand Cross' pattern which includes MC/IC angles, and, if the Nodal axis is included, is dissociate with the Nodal axis in Sag/Gemini; ASC/DSC, Sun and Uranus are in Cardinal signs.
Legal Affairs, and Open Enemies; near Midheaven.
1.) A Moon-Venus trine indicates optimism, harmony, and honorable intentions and perhaps will bring improvement to America's status in the world (natal MC), something we sorely need.
2.) Chart-ruler Venus' second applying aspect is a dreamy, illusory conjunction with Neptune, bringer of inspiration and spirituality, but also of fraud, deception, disillusion, dissolution, and loss.
Venus-Neptune indicates an inflated treasury (Neptune here is in a crisis-ridden 29th degree) and their conjunction brings more nebulous Piscean energy into the chart.
In addition, this aspect shows signs of impractical dreaming, deception, or of being a burden to others.
Venus/Neptune = natal U.S. Moon - being easily influenced or led by others; a dreamy nature; chaotic emotional lives; comforting those who delight in deceit; negative escapism (moderation in all things!); self-delusion; romantic notions; impracticality.
As you see, the Sun enters Aries with progressive Uranus in close conjunction, the Sun's only planetary aspect for Spring 2011.
With Sun and Uranus combining at Aries Point, much unpredictable energy, restlessness, and disruption are evident; for America we may glean a midpoint since their conjunction lies opposite US natal MC.
Jupiter at Critical Degree of '12Aries' is a crisis-critical degree with financial implications (moneybags Jupiter's natural sign Sagittarius is intercepted in 3rd house, and also rules mystic Pisces on the Sixth House cusp.
The fated Nodal axis lies near the MC/IC axis of Career and Home (Security); with North Node near the IC one hopes that homelessness and foreclosure in America will be addressed more fully and that conditions will improve.
Disturbingly, powerful and sneaky Pluto is 'in the house' - the Fourth House, the Basis of the Matter and place of endings.
Now this is a Full Moon chart (Sun 197 degrees to Moon) so something may have peaked or been fulfilled just prior to March 20 - the Sygyzy Moon (last lunation) is at 28Virgo48, here in 12th house of Karma, Politics, Large Institutions, and the Collective Unconscious.
The traditional implication of natal Saturn in Tenth House as America has (Chart for July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT, Philadelphia, PA) is a 'fall from grace' - and we feel this occurring if we stay on the current path of trying to act as the world's global police force while spreading
'democracy' at gunpoint.
Moon 17Libra26 is thankfully past depressive Saturn in the First House and parallels the fixed star Spica (potential for brilliance, but also The Spike) which hopefully shows more improvement in consumer confidence and our emotional state.
Yes, Saturn retrograde in First House shows delays and loss yet Moon in the First House is fortuitous - mixed portents.
However, one of the bigger factors of note is the opposition between societal planets Jupiter and Saturn, a 20-year cycle which influences the world's financial cycles.
Messenger, orator, and trader Mercury 18Aries17 in Seventh House of Partnerships, Legal Affairs, and Open Enemies, is ready for action in Aries and parallel (like a strong conjunction.)
Testosterone-driven Mars, god of war, is in Sixth Mundane House and rules both 7th and 8th houses.
Debt (Eighth House) and imprisonment concerns continue with Mars affecting Twelfth House, the polarity of its actual placement in Sixth House. Mars rules the money planet – and The General - Jupiter.
Uprisings and riots continue into the summer as the Ninth House cusp of Foreign Lands in the Spring Equinox chart highlights the passionate rage and warrior energy of two fixed stars closely associated with the Middle East, Capulus and Algol.
Plus, with the Saturnian South Node in the Ninth house, past behaviors of the US government will continue to play a major role in stimulating Middle Eastern turmoil against the West.
All in all, when set for Washington DC, the chart has many planets (actors) in the northern hemisphere showing many private issues of note to be addressed for Spring 2011.
To close, here is a round-up of seven prominent midpoint pictures in the chart which will flavor Spring 2011.
inflexibility replaces adaptation.
to defend one's explanations of reality.
So we see that the vernal equinox raises the stakes of the Cardinal Crisis in 2011.
In these times, there is much tension in the world. Rapid changes, transitions, being unprepared and uncertain about what the future may bring tends to raise stress levels - leading to anxiety and depression in the world.
Another of my favorite astrologers who I read to briefly escape the travails of my intense mundane work is American astrologer Lynn Hayes.
Like her, I believe actualization, or personal transformation, is a form of gnosis and key to using astrological knowledge to build and maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
What we often need, Lynn says, is to look within ourselves for the answers we seek.
Let's hear more of what this professional astrologer has to say on how to tackle the stresses and tensions in these historic and challenging times.
The Cardinal Crisis
Astrologer Lynn Hayes:
In the United States, frustrated workers are taking to the streets in protest against a political structure that favors banks and corporations and strips individuals of their economic rights.
Pluto’s passage through Sagittarius brought us not only the September 11th tragedy (death by airplane and religion, both Sagittarian motifs) but also a relentless optimism that resulted in “bubbles” in the stock market and in housing.
Where Sagittarius encourages us to seek worlds that lie beyond the boundaries of our imagination, Capricorn requires that we restrict our scope and attend to the details at hand.
The economic debacle that followed Pluto’s entry into Capricorn has been most difficult for those of us who were the most optimistic during the Sagittarian period – those of us who took out large mortgages in anticipation of employment success or who were living beyond our means.
Occasionally this results in actual illness that must then be attended to.
Until that point, the planetary gods work tirelessly to encourage personal and global transformation to bring balance into our earthly lives.
Black Power, Women’s Liberation, the domino of independent states across Africa as colonialism fell – but there was also a great Plutonic cost in terms of human lives that were lost as the old order was broken down (Pluto) in order for change (Uranus) to take place.
- Those born between 1919 and 1928 with Pluto in Cancer
- Those born between 1929 and 1932 with Uranus in Aries
- Those born between 1951 and 1953 with Uranus in Cancer
- Those born between 1969 and 1972 with Uranus in Libra
- Those born between 1974 and 1978 with Pluto in Libra
- Those born between 1989 and 1992 with Uranus in Capricorn
Saturn Trine Neptune - May 2013
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And finally, a harmonious sextile from Saturn to Pluto during this same period will provide us with a solid container (Saturn) within which this tremendous metamorphosis can take place.
September 2013 - Saturn Sextile Pluto
Because every human being is interconnected through an energetic grid, the personal work that each of us does to accelerate our personal transformation will have an affect on every other person on the planet.
Waves of fear and distress can be internalized in ways that are not helpful.
This will not be effective and will only create additional distress.
You may be plagued with anxieties, as you attempt to hold back submerged thoughts and memories which clamor for attention and release.
Or, you may find yourself engaging with these planetary energies by allowing yourself to be led by them in a mode that is completely reactive and without thought or planning.
Under this pressure, psychotherapy may be helpful, although most psychotherapists are not trained to look at life through the lens of a spiritual awakening.
Turning inwards - in meditation, ecstatic dance, yoga, chi gong – all of these classic modalities teach us how to work with the energy of life to find the quiet center within.
And most of all - learn to trust the planets.
By learning to take this excellent astrological advice, we begin to see that many of the adjustments we can make are within ourselves, as Lynn Hayes reminds us.
Individuals all have the power to turn inwards and to seek to remove from within those issues that become externalized into our immediate environment.
On the bigger picture, the transpersonal world of planetary inclinations and the effects on whole populations, we are able to clearly understand how, as individuals, we can have a more positive impact on global affairs with our personal issues now resolved, then we can tackle - effectively - the forces which seek to cause contention in the world.
Coming in the wake of the January 25, 2011 revolution in Egypt that forced out the 29-year regime of Hosni Mubarak's government - the nations of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen are also in crisis mode with uprisings in Iran and Iraq as well.
What people must understand is that the entire geopolitical and social landscape of the Middle East is being reshaped, in part by the inclinations of planetary transits, but also by 'hidden' groups and organizations, intent on pushing change, prematurely before their time.
Again, it continues to be my mundane view that we are living in historic times.
The years ahead, challenging as they may be, must be faced, so the world can become a better place in which to live as we enter this new decade of the Twenty-Tens.
The Cardinal Crisis
Image: Hassan Ammar/AP
By Hadeel AL-Shalchi
MANAMA, Bahrain - Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of protesters defying a government ban and streaming toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising to break the political grip of the Gulf nation's leaders.
Officials at the main Salmaniya hospital said at least 50 people were injured, some with gunshot wounds.
Some doctors and medics on emergency medical teams were in tears as they tended to the wounded. X-rays showed bullets still lodged inside victims.
"This is a war," said Dr. Bassem Deif, an orthopedic surgeon examining people with bullet-shattered bones.
Surgeons treat a woman shot by Bahraini security forces in Manama, Bahrain
image: Joseph Eid/AFP
Protesters described a chaotic scene of tear gas clouds, bullets coming from many directions and people slipping in pools of blood as they sought cover.
Some claimed the gunfire came from either helicopters or sniper nests, a day after riot police swept through the protest encampment in Pearl Square, killing at least five people and razing the tents and makeshift shelters that were inspired by the demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
An Associated Press cameraman saw army units shooting anti-aircraft weapons, fitted on top of armored personnel carriers, above the protesters, in apparent warning shots and attempts to drive them back from security cordons about 200 yards (200 meters) from the square.
Then the soldiers turned firearms on the crowd, one marcher said.
"People started running in all directions and bullets were flying," said Ali al-Haji, a 27-year-old bank clerk.
"I saw people getting shot in the legs, chest, and one man was bleeding from his head."
"My eyes were full of tear gas, there was shooting and there was a lot of panic," said Mohammed Abdullah, a 37-year-old businessman taking part in the protest.
The clash came hours after funeral mourners and worshipers at Friday prayers called for the toppling of the Western-allied monarchy in the tiny island nation that is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, the centerpiece of the Pentagon's efforts to confront Iranian military influence.
Some members of Bahrain's Sunni ruling system worry that Shiite powerhouse Iran could use Bahrain's majority Shiites as a further foothold in the region.
U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the reports of violence against the protesters in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, urging government restraint.
U.S. President Barack Obama
image: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
"I am deeply concerned about reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen," Obama said. "The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur.
"The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests and to respect the rights of their people."
Day by day, the crisis in Bahrain has deepened.
image: Joseph Eid/AFP
The cries against the king and his inner circle - at a main Shiite mosque and at burials for those killed in Thursday's crushing attack, reflect a sharp escalation of the political uprising, which began with calls to weaken the Sunni monarchy's power and address claims of discrimination against the Shiite majority.
The mood, however, has turned toward defiance of the entire ruling system after the brutal crackdown on a protest encampment in Bahrain's capital, Manama, which put the nation under emergency-style footing with military forces in key areas and checkpoints on main roads.
"The regime has broken something inside of me. All of these people gathered today have had something broken in them," said Ahmed Makki Abu Taki at the funeral for his 23-year-old brother, Mahmoud - killed in the pre-dawn sweep through Pearl Square.
"We used to demand for the prime minister to step down, but now our demand is for the ruling family to get out."
At a Shiite mosque in the village of Diraz, an anti-government hotbed, imam Isa Qassim called the Pearl Square assault a "massacre" and thousands of worshipers chanted:
"The regime must go!"
In a sign of Bahrain's deep divisions, government loyalists filled Manama's Grand Mosque to hear words of support for the monarchy and take part in a post-sermon march protected by security forces.
Many arrived with Bahraini flags draped over the traditional white robes worn by Gulf men.
Portraits of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa were distributed.
"We must protect our country," said Adnan al-Qattan, the cleric leading prayers. "We are living in dangerous times."
He denounced attempts to "open the doors to evil and foreign influences" - an apparent reference to suspicions that Shiite powerhouse Iran could take advantages of any gains by Bahrain's Shiites, who account for about 70 percent of the population.
The pro-government gathering had many nonnative Bahrainis, including South Asians and Sunni Arabs from around the region.
Shiite have long complained of policies giving Sunnis citizenship and jobs, including posts in security forces, to offset the Shiite majority.
Outside a Shiite village mosque, several thousand mourners gathered to bury three of the men killed in the crackdown.
The first body, covered in black velvet, was passed hand to hand toward a grave as it was being dug.
Amid the Shiite funeral rites, many chanted for the removal of the king and the entire Sunni dynasty that has ruled for more than two centuries in Bahrain - the first nation in the Gulf to feel the pressure for changes sweeping the Arab world.
"Our demands were peaceful and simple at first. We wanted the prime minister to step down,' Mohamed Ali, a 40-year-old civil servant, said as he choked back tears.
"Now the demands are harsher and have reached the pinnacle of the pyramid. We want the whole government to fall."
In Manama, soldiers placed roadblocks and barbed wire around Pearl Square and other potential gathering sites. Work crews tried to cover up protest graffiti.
In another funeral in the Shiite village of Karzkan, opposition leaders urged protesters to keep up their fight but not to seek revenge.
"We know they have weapons and they are trying to drag us into violence," said Sheik Ali Salman, the leader of the largest Shiite party, Al Wefaq, whose 18 lawmakers have resigned in protest from the 40-seat parliament.
On Thursday, Bahrain's leaders banned public gatherings.
But the underlying tensions in Bahrain run even deeper than the rebellions for democracy that began two months ago in Tunisia and later swept away Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and are challenging old-guard regimes in Libya and Yemen.
Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa said the crackdown was necessary because the demonstrators were "polarizing the country" and pushing it to the "brink of the sectarian abyss."
Speaking to reporters after an emergency meeting with his Gulf counterparts in Manama, he called the violence "regrettable," said the deaths would be investigated and added that authorities chose to clear the square by force at 3 a.m., when the fewest number of people would be in the square - "to minimize any possibility of casualties."
Many protesters were sleeping and said they received little warning of the assault. More than 230 people were injured, some seriously.
In Geneva, Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said the response of some governments in the Middle East and Africa to the demands of their people was "illegal and excessively heavy-handed," and she condemned the use of military-grade shotguns by security forces in Bahrain.
The European Union and Human Rights Watch urged Bahrain to order security forces to stop attacks on peaceful protesters.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Washington must expand efforts for political and economic reforms in places such as Bahrain. "There is an urgency to this," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WikiLeaks, the secret-sharing website, has released new State Department cables detailing basic Bahraini foreign policy and concerns about regional powerhouse Iran.
One intriguing cable consists of questions sent by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, asking the embassy to evaluate the leadership potential of the country's top princes.
The cable includes questions about relationships between the princes, their influence on government, views of the United States and whether any of them have histories of drug or alcohol use.
There is no record of any answers.
The protesters had called for the monarchy to give up control over top government posts and all critical decisions and address deep grievances by Shiites, who claim they face systematic discrimination and poverty and are blocked from key roles in public service and the military.
Shiites have clashed with police before over their complaints, including in the 1990s. But the growing numbers of Sunnis joining the latest demonstrations surprised authorities, said Simon Henderson, a Gulf specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
"The Sunnis seem to increasingly dislike what is a very paternalistic government," he said.
"As far as the Gulf rulers are concerned, there's only one proper way with this and that is: be tough and be tough early."
The Bahrain violence forced the cancellation of a lower-tier open-wheel race in Bahrain for Friday and Saturday, and leaves in doubt the March 13 season-opening Formula One race at the same track.
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone told the BBC he will decide next week whether to proceed with the race. He said he hoped the event can be run as scheduled.
[*Editor's note: a smuggled message sent in English out of Libya reads -> "This is an appeal to world. Libya is on fire at the moment. Police and thugs are killing our people in many cities throughout the state... people here are suffering shortage of medicine and food... Communications and internet are blocked ...electricity been cut as well... Libya is in trouble and in desperate need for communication and media to tell and show the whole world what is going on here... More focus on the issue via media is terribly and urgently needed...help us."}
By Kareem Fahim & David D. Kirkpatrick
New York Times
March 1, 2011 - Benghazi, Libya - Mu'ammar Gadhafi's forces struck back on three fronts yesterday, using fighter jets, special forces units, and regular army troops in an escalation of hostilities that brought Libya closer to civil war.
The attacks by the colonel’s troops on an oil refinery in central Libya and on cities on either side of the country unsettled rebel leaders - who earlier had claimed they were close to liberating the country - and showed that despite defections by the military, the government still possessed powerful assets, including fighter pilots willing to bomb Libyan cities.
But the ease with which at least one assault, on the western city of Zawiya, was repelled by anti-government forces raised questions about the ability of the government to muster a serious challenge.
An international campaign to force Gadhafi from power gathered pace yesterday as the Obama administration announced it had seized $30 billion in Libyan assets and the European Union adopted an arms embargo and other sanctions.
As the Pentagon began repositioning Navy warships to support a possible humanitarian or military intervention, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bluntly told the Libyan leader to surrender power "now, without further violence or delay."
In some of the harshest language yet from a U.S. official, the United Nations envoy, Susan Rice, accused Gadhafi of "slaughtering his own people," and being "disconnected from reality."
Gadhafi, who in the past two weeks has launched the most brutal crackdown of any Arab regime facing anti-government protests, laughed off a question from ABC News yesterday about whether he would step down as the Obama administration demands.
“My people love me. They would die for me,’’ he said. Street battles raged in Misrata and Zawiya, two important breakaway cities near Tripoli, the nation’s capital and principal Gadhafi stronghold.
Gadhafi supporters said they were in control of the city of Sabratha, west of Tripoli, which has seemed to go back and forth between the two camps in the past week.
In Zawiya, a city with important oil resources just 30 miles from the capital, residents said they rebuffed a series of attacks, suffering no casualties but killing about 10 soldiers and capturing about a dozen others.
A government spokesman confirmed the death toll.
"It is perfect news,’" said A.K. Nasrat, 51, an engineer who is among the rebels, before adding: "There is no way they are going to take this city out of our hands unless we all die first."
The first attack took place shortly after midnight, when some pro-Gadhafi soldiers in pickup trucks tried to pass through the city’s eastern gate, Nasrat said.
But they were spotted by rebel sentries, who defeated them with help from defected army and police personnel defending the city.
Four soldiers were killed and several captured, with some of the captives readily surrendering their arms and switching sides, he said.
Three pickup trucks tried to enter the narrow city gates from the west, but a rebel-held artillery unit struck one, blowing it up and overturning a second truck, Nasrat said.
Six more pickup trucks tried to breach the eastern gate, he said, but after an exchange of fire the rebels captured two of the trucks and several of the soldiers.
"So about 12 or 14 soldiers were hostages," he said, “and eight of them turned over their arms and joined the people. They are on our side now."
At about 11 p.m., residents of Zawiya reported in telephone interviews that they heard a renewed outbreak of gunfire from the west lasting from 5 to 15 minutes, suggesting that sporadic attacks might continue through the night.
In a direct challenge to claims by rebel military leaders, who have asserted that Libyan Air Force pilots were no longer taking orders from Gadhafi, two Libyan jets conducted bombing raids yesterday.
One was to an unspecified site south of Benghazi and was repulsed by antiaircraft units, senior military officers in Benghazi said.
Another raid, near the eastern city of Ajdabiya, may have aimed at an ammunition depot or a military base. The fighting at the oil refinery, which rebels said was retaken, was at Ras Lanuf, along the coast in the east.
Still, the rebels spoke of tapping revenue from the vast Libyan oil resources now under their control, estimated by some oil company officials to be about 80 percent of the country’s total.
Seeking to increase pressure on the Libyan ruler, the prime ministers of France and Britain echoed Clinton’s call for Gadhafi to go.
Germany proposed a 60-day ban on financial transactions and a spokeswoman for Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said that contacts were being established with the opposition.
Italy’s foreign minister on Sunday suspended a nonaggression treaty with Libya on the grounds that the Libyan state "no longer exists," while Clinton said the United States was reaching out to the rebels to "offer any kind of assistance."
France said it was sending medical aid. Prime Minister Francois Fillon said planes loaded with doctors, nurses, and supplies were heading to the rebel-controlled eastern city of Benghazi, calling the airlift "the beginning of a massive operation of humanitarian support for the populations of liberated territories."
The international diplomatic campaign focused on Libya was offset by mounting worries of a building humanitarian crisis, as tens of thousands of mainly poor contract workers stood in lines to leave Libya for its neighbors, Tunisia to the west and Egypt to the east.
The United Nations' refugee agency called the situation a humanitarian emergency, as workers hefting suitcases of possessions stood in long lines to leave Libya, many of them uncertain how they would finally get home.
Fillon told the RTL broadcaster that the French government was studying "all solutions to make it so that Colonel Gadhafi understands that he should go, that he should leave power.’’
British Prime Minister David Cameron declared: "It’s time for Colonel Gadhafi to go."
In the face of such calls, the Libyan authorities blamed Islamic radicals and the West yesterday for a conspiracy to cause chaos and take over the country.
At a news conference for foreign journalists invited to Tripoli, the government spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, denied reports that Gadhafi's loyalists had turned their guns on hundreds of civilians.
"No massacres, no bombardments, no reckless violence against civilians," he said, comparing Libya’s situation to that of Iraq before the US-led invasion in 2003.
But Ibrahim insisted that Libya still sought some kind of gradual political opening as suggested by the colonel’s son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi.
"We are not like Egypt or Tunisia," the spokesman said. "We are a very Bedouin tribal society. People know that and want gradual change."
Reporters told him that, on Sunday, they had visited Zawiya and had seen no evidence of Islamist forces. "They knew you were coming," the spokesman said. "They were hiding those with an obvious Al Qaeda look."
The visit came a day after defecting officers in the east of the vast desert nation took steps to establish a unified command, while their followers in the rebel-held city of Zawiya, just outside the leader’s stronghold in the capital, displayed tanks, Kalashnikov rifles, and antiaircraft guns.
Ibrahim said reports of massacres by government troops were analogous to those suggesting that Saddam Hussein had developed unconventional weapons in Iraq, suggesting that they were designed as a reason for military attack.
The Cardinal Crisis
Clashes In Libya Unnerves Middle East
By Maggie Michael
Libya – Protesters and security forces battled in the center of Tripoli as anti-government unrest spread to the Libyan capital as Mu'ammar Gadhafi's son went on state television to proclaim that his father remained in charge with the army's backing and would "fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet."
Even as Seif al-Islam Gadhafi spoke on Sunday, Feb. 20, clashes were raging in and around Tripoli's central Green Square, lasting until dawn the next day, witnesses said.
They reported snipers opening fire on crowds trying to seize the square, and Gadhafi supporters speeding through in vehicles, shooting and running over protesters.
Early Monday, protesters took over the office of two of the multiple state-run satellite news channels, witnesses said.
The protests and violence were the heaviest yet in the capital, a sign of the spread of unrest after six days of demonstrations in eastern cities demanding the end of the elder Gadhafi's rule.
In Libya's second biggest city, Benghazi, protesters were in control of the streets Feb. 21, 2011 after days of bloody clashes and were swarming over the main security headquarters, looting weapons, several residents said.
A Turkish Airlines flight trying to land in Benghazi on Monday was forced to circle over the airport then return to Istanbul.
Protesters in Benghazi took down the Libyan flag from above the city's main courthouse and in its place raised the flag of the country's old monarchy, toppled in 1969 in the military coup that brought Mu'ammar Gadhafi to power, one witness said.
Libya has seen the bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country on the wave of protests sweeping the region that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.
Since the six days of unrest began, more than 200 people have been killed, according to medical officials, human rights groups and exiled dissidents.
Gadhafi's son said his father would prevail.
"We are not Tunisia and Egypt," he said. "Mu'ammar Gadhafi, our leader, is leading the battle in Tripoli, and we are with him."
"The armed forces are with him. Tens of thousands are heading here to be with him. We will fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet," he said in a rambling and sometimes confused speech of nearly 40 minutes.
He warned the protesters that they risked igniting a civil war in which Libya's oil wealth "will be burned." He also promised "historic" reforms in Libya if protests stop.
Seif has often been put forward as the regime's face of reform.
Several of the elder Gadhafi's sons have powerful positions in the regime and in past years have competed for influence.
Seif's younger brother Mutassim is the national security adviser, with a strong role in the military and security forces, and another brother Khamis heads the army's 32nd Brigade, which according to U.S. diplomats is the best trained and best equipped force in the military.
The clashes in Tripoli began Sunday afternoon, when protesters from various parts of the city began to stream toward central Green Square, chanting "God is great," said one 28-year-old man who was among the marchers.
In the square, they found groups of Gadhafi supporters, but the larger number of protesters appeared to be taking over the square and surrounding streets, he and two other witnesses said.
That was when the backlash began, with snipers firing down from rooftops and militiamen attacking the crowds, shooting and chasing people down side streets. they said.
"We saw civilian cars with Gadhafi pictures, they started to look for the protesters, to either run over them or open fire with automatic weapons," said the 28-year-old, reached by telephone.
"They were driving like mad men searching for someone to kill. ... It was total chaos, shooting and shouting."
The witnesses reported seeing casualties, but the number could not be confirmed. One, who spoke on condition he be identified only by his first name Fathi, said he saw at least two he believed were dead and many more wounded.
"I could still hear gunfire after 5 a.m. this morning," he said.
After midnight, protesters took over the main Tripoli offices of two state-run satellite stations, Al-Jamahiriya-1 and Al-Shebabiya, one witness said.
All the witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of retaliation.
After daybreak Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, Green Square and surrounding streets were empty.
Schools, government offices and most stores were shut down across the city of 2 million, the witnesses said.
State TV sought to give an air of normalcy, reporting that Mu'ammar Gadhafi received telephone calls of support from the presidents of Nicaragua and Mali.
It showed footage of a crowd of Libyans said to be from the town of Zeltein chanting their support for Gadhafi in a conference hall.
Gadhafi, in flowing black and brown robes, waved to the crowd with both hands. It was not clear when the scene was taking place.
Western countries have expressed concern at the rising violence against demonstrators in Libya. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he spoke to Seif al-Islam by phone and told him that the country must embark on "dialogue and implement reforms," the Foreign Office said.
In his speech, the younger Gadhafi conceded the army made some mistakes during the protests because the troops were not trained to deal with demonstrators, but he added that the number of dead had been exaggerated, giving a death toll of 84.
He offered to put forward reforms within days that he described as a "historic national initiative" and said the regime was willing to remove some restrictions and begin discussions for a constitution.
He offered to change a number of laws, including those covering the media and the penal code.
He threatened to "eradicate the pockets of sedition" and said the army will play a main role in restoring order. He blamed Islamists, thugs, drunks and drug abusers and foreigners of being behind the unrest.
The rebellion by Libyans frustrated with Gadhafi's more than 40 years of authoritarian rule has spread to more than a half-dozen eastern cities.
In other setbacks for Gadhafi's regime, a major tribe in Libya - the Warfla - was reported to have turned against him and announced it was joining the protests against him, said Switzerland-based Libyan exile Fathi al-Warfali.
Although it had long-standing animosity toward the Libyan leader, it had been neutral for most of the past two decades.
Libya's representative to the Arab League said he resigned his post to protest the government's decision to fire on defiant demonstrators in Benghazi.
The Internet has been largely shut down, residents can no longer make international calls from land lines and journalists cannot work freely, but eyewitness reports trickling out of the country suggested that protesters were fighting back more forcefully against the Middle East's longest-serving leader.
Video footage posted on the Internet on Monday showed cars in Benghazi honking their horns in celebrations while protesters chanted, "Long live Libya" and "Libya is all one."
Several witnesses said police and security forces had disappeared from the streets and protesters were in control after heavy clashes the day before.
Youth volunteers were directing traffic and guarding homes and public facilities, said Najla, a lawyer and university lecturer in Benghazi, who spoke on condition she be identified only by her first name.
Protesters also took over the Katiba, the city's main security headquarters, and some had looted weapons, a female resident said.
"Now there is no sight of government officials, police or any presence of the government in the streets," she said.
Inside the large Katiba compound, protesters found the bodies of 13 uniformed security officers who had been handcuffed and shot in the head, then set on fire, said Ahmed Hassan, a doctor at Al Jalaa hospital who was among those who found the bodies.
He said protesters believed the 13 had been executed by fellow security forces for refusing to attack protesters.
Fighting erupted Sunday in the city following funeral ceremonies for protesters killed the day before.
Crowds marched down the city's highway running along the Mediterranean coast, then protesters began to attack the Katiba and police station as security forces opened fire.
In some cases, army units reportedly turned against security forces and pro-Gadhafi militias to side with the protesters.
Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, a 42-year-old Benghazi merchant, said he say an army battalion chasing militiamen from a security compound. Najla, the university lecturer, said a local unit of commandos joined the protesters.
Khaled Abu Bakr, a resident of Sabratha, an ancient Roman city to the west of Tripoli, said protesters besieged the local security headquarters, driving out police and setting it on fire. Abu Bakr said residents are in charge, have set up neighborhood committees to secure their city.
Tripoli -- Libya's veteran ruler, Mu'ammar Gaddafi, faces one of his severest challenges amid protests by thousands in the second city of Benghazi and reports that more than 2,000+ people have been killed by security forces.
Libya could descend into civil war unless Gadhafi quits, the United States said Tuesday, March 1, its demand for his departure, intensifying pressure on the longtime leader after news of Western military preparations.
But Gadhafi remained defiant, dispatching forces to a western border area amid fears that the most violent Arab revolt may grow bloodier and spark a humanitarian crisis.
The demonstrations against his four decades in power were unprecedented with Amnesty International saying hundreds of people had been killed in the crackdown.
Any new funerals of dead protesters would likely act as further flash-points for demonstrators emboldened by uprisings in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt that toppled long-ruling presidents.
His son, Saif al-Islam, warned the West against launching any military action to topple Gadhafi, and said the veteran ruler would not step down or go into exile.
"Using force against Libya is not acceptable. There's no reason, but if they want ... we are ready, we are not afraid," he told Sky television, adding:
"We live here, we die here."
In Moscow, a Kremlin source suggested Gadhafi, whose authority has unraveled in much of the vast desert country, should step down, calling him a "living political corpse."
While the unrest has not previously been seen before in the oil exporter, Libya-watchers say the situation is different from Egypt, because Gadhafi has oil cash to smooth over social problems.
Gadhafi is also respected in much of the country, though less so in the Cyrenaica region around Benghazi.
"For sure there is no national uprising," according to Noman Benotman, a former opposition Libyan Islamist who is based in Britain but is currently in Tripoli.
"I don't think Libya is comparable to Egypt or Tunisia. Gadhafi would fight to the very last moment," he said by telephone from the Libyan capital.
Nonetheless, tight government control and media restrictions have limited the amount of information emerging about the unrest.
Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera said its signal was being jammed on several frequencies and its website had been blocked in Libya.
On March 1, 2011, in prepared testimony to lawmakers in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:
"Libya could become a peaceful democracy or it could face protracted civil war."
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Washington would apply pressure on Gadhafi until he bows out, working to stabilize oil prices and avert a humanitarian crisis.
Rice stopped short of saying the Obama administration was ready to impose a no-fly zone over Libya that would prevent Gadhafi using aircraft against rebels fighting against him.
On Feb. 28, 2011 the United States said it was moving ships and planes closer to the oil-producing North African state.
The destroyer USS Barry moved through the Suez Canal on Monday and into the Mediterranean.
Two amphibious assault ships, the USS Kearsarge, which can carry 2,000 Marines, and the USS Ponce, are in the Red Sea and are expected to go through the canal early on Wednesday.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe sounded a note of caution, saying foreign military intervention in Libya would not happen without a clear United Nations mandate.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said it was unacceptable that "Colonel Gadhafi can be murdering his own people using airplanes and helicopter gunships."
Amnesty quoted sources at a hospital in Benghazi, the focus for the violence, as saying the most common injuries were gunshot wounds to the head, chest and neck.
Officials have given no death toll, or commented directly on the unrest.
"This alarming rise in the death toll, and the reported nature of the victims' injuries, strongly suggests that security forces are permitted lethal use of force against unarmed protesters calling for political change," Amnesty said.
The privately owned Quryna newspaper said that in Benghazi thousands of residents had gathered on Friday for the funeral processions of 14 protesters killed in clashes there.
Thousands more had demonstrated in front of Benghazi court building.
Opposition activists said protesters fought troops for control of the nearby town of Al Bayda, scene of some of the worst violence, where townspeople said they were burying 14 people who were killed in earlier clashes.
Residents said the streets were calm but there were conflicting accounts about whether opposition activists or security forces were in control of the town.
Ashour Shamis, a London-based Libyan journalist, said protesters had stormed Benghazi's Kuwafiyah prison and freed dozens of political prisoners. Quryna said 1,000 prisoners had escaped and 150 had been recaptured.
BREAD LINES FORMING
Tripoli is a clear Gadhafi stronghold, but even in the capital, loyalties are divided.
Many on the streets on Tuesday expressed loyalty but one man who described himself as a military pilot said: "One hundred percent of Libyans don't like him."
There were queues outside bread shops on Tuesday morning. Some residents said many shops were limiting the number of loaves customers could buy.
In Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on world powers to fully implement a U.N. Security Council resolution on Libya.
The text, adopted on Saturday, includes a freeze on Mu'ammar Gadhafi's assets and travel ban and refers his regime's brutal crackdown to the International Criminal Court.
Libya's National Oil Corporation said output had halved because of the departure of foreign workers.
Brent crude prices pushed above $115 a barrel as supply disruptions and the potential for more unrest in the Middle East and North Africa kept investors on edge.
At Ras Jdir on the border with Tunisia, border guards fired into the air to try to control a crowd of people clamoring to get through a frontier crossing to escape the violence.
About 70,000 people have passed through the Ras Jdir frontier crossing in the past two weeks, and in the last few days the rate has increased to up to 15,000 per day, said Ayman Gharaibeh, an officer with the U.N. refugee agency.
Revolutions in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt have helped to ignite resentment of four decades of often bloody political repression under Gadhafi as well as his failure to use Libyan oil wealth to tackle widespread poverty and lack of opportunity.
REBELS CLAIM THEIR STRENGTH IS GROWING
Libyan militiamen who say they oppose Mu'ammar Gadhafi, organized and loaded heavy weapon ammunition at a captured military base in Benghazi, Libya on March 1, 2011
image: Kevin Frayer/AP
Rebel fighters claimed the balance of the conflict was swinging their way.
"Our strength is growing and we are getting more weapons. We are attacking checkpoints," said Yousef Shagan, a spokesman in Zawiyah, only 50 km (30 miles) from Tripoli.
A rebel army officer in the eastern city of Ajdabiyah said rebel units were becoming more organized.
"All the military councils of Free Libya are meeting to form a unified military council to plan an attack on Gadhafi security units, militias and mercenaries," Captain Faris Zwei said.
Rebels guarding a munitions store near Ajdabiyah said they feared a direct hit by Gadhafi's warplanes could cause destruction for miles around.
But despite the widespread collapse of Gadhafi's writ, his forces were fighting back in some regions.
A reporter on the Tunisian border saw Libyan troops reassert control at a crossing that was abandoned on February 28, 2011 and residents of Nalut, about 60 km (35 miles) from the border, said pro-Gadhafi forces deployed to retake control there.
Mohamed, a resident of rebel-held Misrata, told Reuters by phone:
"Symbols of Gadhafi's regime have been swept away from the city. Only a (pro-Gadhafi) battalion remains at the city's air base but they appear to be willing to negotiate safe exit out of the air base.
We are not sure if this is genuine or just a trick to attack the city again."
Across the country, tribal leaders, officials, military officers and army units have defected to the rebels. Sanctions will squeeze his access to funds.
CALM IN TRIPOLI?
Quryna newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying the General People's Congress, or parliament, would adopt a "major shift" in government policy including appointing new people to senior positions.
It gave no details and the sources could not be clarified.
At sermons during Friday prayers in Tripoli, broadcast on state television, urged people to ignore reports in foreign media "which doesn't want our country to be peaceful, which ... is the aim of Zionism and imperialism, to divide our country."
Text messages sent to mobile phone subscribers thanked people who ignored calls to join protests:
"We congratulate our towns which understood that interfering with national unity threatens the future of generations," it said.
Two people in Benghazi, which is about 1,000 km (600 miles) east of Tripoli, told Reuters early in the day that Saadi Gadafi, a son of the Libyan leader and ex-professional soccer player in Italy, had taken over command of the city.
General James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, told a Senate hearing that imposing a no-fly zone would be a "challenging" operation that would mean actual attack.
"You would have to remove air defense capability in order to establish a no-fly zone, so no illusions here," he said. "It would be a military operation - it wouldn't be just telling people not to fly airplanes."
Analysts said Western leaders are in no mood to rush into conflict after the troubled, drawn-out involvements in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"They will be desperate not to place themselves in that situation, unless not doing so would result in even worse massacres," said Shashank Joshi of London's Royal United Services Institute.
Suspicions grew that Gadafi, a survivor of past coup attempts, did not grasp the scale of the forces against him.
"All my people love me," he told the ABC network and the BBC on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, dismissing the significance of a rebellion that has ended his control over much of oil-rich eastern Libya.
Globalcrats, Libya, Oil & Mu'ammar Gadhafi:
Uranus In Play
Colonel Mu'ammar Gadhafi
By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
The most dangerous times over the annals of world history are usually those years after a 'revolution' has taken place. Napoleon rose to power seven years after the French Revolution.
Stalin was ushered into power in the years following the Russian Revolution.
Hitler entered the halls of power in the wake of the collapse of the democratic Wiemar Republic in Germany.
The one difference was the American Revolution. This was because the Founding Fathers, well aware of this fact, instituted separation of powers and a Constitution that bars the rise of dictators.
It also helped that two of the main framers of the U.S. Constitution, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, were well versed in mundane astrology.
Much of behind-the-scenes intervention in the Middle East begs the question:
Just what is going on here?
From one end of the spectrum, we have autocratic leaders who have been running rich nation-oil states - Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen - for decades, with the express approval of western governments who now claim 'democracy' must come to the Middle East.
What happened to 'democracy' in these nations in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s?
The complexity of forces vying to alter the geopolitical map does not bode well for the future. Much of what is happening would have occurred naturally according to astrological transits.
However, the dying oligarchy and the outgoing establishment of baby boomers seem to think they can alter the future by forcing geopolitical matters prematurely.
What they are unaware of is the fact that their actions have serious world consequences down the road - and unintended ones at that - which Generation X will have to deal.
Though no one is asking the soon-to-be establishment what they think about the diverse list of messes not created by them, but about to be dumped on their generational laps - you can bet that the dying oligarchy and their spawn of boomers in the establishment probably don't give a shit.
And that should worry anyone under the age of 50.
So, here's a geopolitical view that Generation X may be interested in knowing about, because when all is said and done, it will be Gen X whom will have inherited this 'wonderful geopolitical gift' from a dead oligarchy and elderly baby boomers.
The not so "unarmed" rebels consolidating their gains and preparing to
storm Tripoli. Hopefully the US government will be as understanding
toward US protesters during their own besieging as they are now for
the Libyan rebels.
Credit: Tony Cartalucci
By Tony Cartalucci
The Anglo-American "globocrat" establishment is no longer hiding its support for the now admittedly armed rebellion spreading across Libya.
By the corporate media's own admissions then, Qaddafi is not battling unarmed civilians, but heavily armed, foreign backed militants who may yet have their efforts augmented with US air cover and additional arms deliveries.
Senator Lieberman during a joint CNN interview with Senator McCain, went as far as repeatedly and openly calling for additional arms to be sent to rebel groups on the ground, recognizing them as the legitimate government, as well as repeating the call for the no-fly zone already on the table.
With characters like Lieberman already calling for the recognition of the "revolutionary government," Ibrahim Sahad's NCLO and the various groups that fall under it will undoubtedly constitute Libya's new government should Qaddafi fall.
Libya consists of various tribes, Berbers and Arabs, African refugees, as well as expatriate work forces from China and South Asia, all combined under Qaddafi and his localized revolutionary committees.
While the West points the finger of blame at Qaddafi, they are the ones who triggered and are fueling the unrest.
The British Telegraph reports March 1, 2011 that,
More than 75,000 people – mostly Egyptian migrant workers – have so far poured into Tunisia, and tens of thousands more are still trapped in Libya and struggling to get out.
Few of those who have arrived in Tunisia can afford the fare home, and Egypt has so far been unable to make arrangements for them to repatriate them.
"It looks like it's going to get worse," said Ayman Gharaibeh, an officer with the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.
Most of the new arrivals are still sleeping rough, though aid workers are racing to erect transit camp to cope with 10,000 people. Some 500 tents have so far sprung up in the desert.
Even that, however, will house only a small fraction of the refugees. "Water and sanitation is a major issue, toilets are our next big headache," Mr Etyemezian said at the camp.
Let's take a look at world transits over Libya, and generally, the Middle East:
New Aries Moon Over Libya - April 3, 2011
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The New Moon at 13-Aries on April 3, 2011 basically is a violent one. The lunation is in the Eighth Mundane House over the region in direct opposition to Saturn at 13-Libra, located in the Second Mundane House.
Jupiter is in opposition to Saturn, which is bad for business no doubt, as the contending forces continue their chess moves amid more bloodshed for the Libyan people.
We see Mercury retrograde at 23-Aries, also in the Eighth House, which muddies the waters with moves and counter-moves - back and forth - as entrenched forces battle it out for control over resources (Saturn in the Second House.)
Mars and Uranus, conjoined at 1-Aries, work towards an applying square to Pluto in Capricorn as a separating square to the North Lunar Node at 27-Sagittarius continues to indicate tension everywhere in the country, and the region.
The Full Moon, two weeks later exacerbates the situation.
Full Moon Over Libya - April 18, 2011
This lunation has transiting Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter in direct opposition to Saturn in Libra.
Opposing forces are still at it and the battles are more grievous, as a general state of civil war is clearly shown here.
The cardinality is powerful in that this is the beginning of the battles, even if the international media may want this conflict to come to a quick sitcom-end - this is not what is happening n the ground.
There's a lot at stake here, mainly oil reserves.
The situation includes 'outside forces' - in the shape of mercenaries and 'insiders' playing key roles.
Gadhafi sees this not as a 'civil war,' but as a coup against him, which would be natural, considering that he led one himself when he took power on September 1, 1969.
Over 38 years, I've read hundreds of thousands of horoscopes. I've lost count and don't even bother to keep track of how many I've charts I've cast, read and interpreted.
Yet, in all the many horoscopes I've read of historical figures and personalities, from Napoleon, to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, I've got to say that Mu'ammar Gadhafi's nativity is on my list as one of the strangest.
Hitler was an all-out paranoid megalomaniac. Uranus sat on his Ascendant and one of his favorite words he used all the time was 'annihilate.'
But, contrary to popular opinion, Hitler did not 'take power,' but was rather, believe it or not, 'hired' as Germany's Chancellor, by those who thought they could 'manage' and 'hem Hitler in.'
Obviously, that strategy didn't work out too well.
Stalin was horribly abused by his own father from early childhood, and mainly his transits were those of a paranoid schizophrenic with homicidal tendencies.
Stalin once said, "Death is the solution to all problems - no man, no problem."
This basically sums up Stalin when you read his personal nativity. Another nut who had state power.
Nativities show where a person will come from when you deal with them. When I read nativities, I always see the 'weather' of the time cycle they were born into, and then progress their positions over time.
I've done the same with the horoscope of Mu'ammar Gadhafi.
There are several different spellings of his first and last name, by a wide variety of media sources, The British spell his name one way, Americans another, some use a "K" and others start his last name off with a "Q," while others use a "G."
I didn't even bother trying to go through the spellings of his first name.
If I decided to spend more time trying to discover just how this man's name is truly spelled, I would have never had the time to read his horoscope, yet another reminder to us of the wackiness of the times we observe in the world.
Nativity of Mu'ammar Gadhafi (sic)
This is a sunrise chart for the birthday of Gadhafi.
The month June 1942 in which he was born was a very violent month.
Of course, this was at the height of the Second War World.
We can see this in the chart of the day of June 7, 1942 above, mainly with the entry of the Moon into violent Aries and the conjunction of Saturn and Uranus, both in tropical Gemini.
June 4 – WWII: Reinhard Heydrich succumbs to wounds sustained on May 27 from Czechoslovakian paratroopers acting in Operation Anthropoid.
June 4–June 7: WWII – The Battle of Midway: The Japanese naval advance in the Pacific is halted.
June 7 – WWII: Japanese forces invade the Aleutian Islands, the first invasion of American soil in 128 years. Mu'ammar Gadhafi is born.
June 8 – WWII: Attack on Sydney Harbor: The Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle are shelled by Japanese submarines. The eastern suburbs of both cities are damaged and the east coast is blacked out.
June 9 – WWII: Nazis burn the entire Czech village of Lidice in reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.
June 10 – WWII: The Gestapo massacres 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official.
June 29 – The German Eleventh Army under Erich von Manstein takes Sevastopol, although fighting rages until July 9.
So, we see that the month of June 1942 was a particularly violent and chaotic month, and it is under these transits Mu'ammar Gadhafi was born.
The problem with this nativity is that it is steeped in deception, delusions, violence and outright aggression.
Gadafi's nativity, with his Moon just entering Aries, is in direct opposition to his natal Neptune, retrograde in Virgo.
This opposition has been one that has operated all his life, as a person with it will entertain impractical ideas in many sectors:
Religion, culture, in education and business affairs, as well as applying confusing and deceptive tactics and reasoning to either distort facts, or to be distorted by them.
The era he was born into - that of World War Two - was one of the application of deception and violence to achieve objectives. This is common in warfare. Competing sides use whatever means they can to obtain the overwhelming advantage and will do so with deadly force.
Mu'ammar Gadhafi was born into this era, where violence was used to oppress, threaten and suppress others by any means necessary.
He was also born into an era that used deceptive means to gain the advantage using a singularly 'revolutionary' philosophy as the basis for the use of force to achieve objectives.
This nativity also shows the mismanagement of resources by the Moon-Neptune opposition (oil, gas and water) along with a diversity of financial problems due to fluctuations from poor decision-making.
This was the same problem that occurred in 1942 for Adolf Hitler, who allowed his own perverted political philosophy to take his mind off of the problems of energy resources to fuel the Wehrmacht.
Gadhafi's secondary progressions show that his Progressed Mars has conjoined his North Lunar Node in Virgo, so he is going to fight it out, as he has stated to the international media.
He believes he has staying power and will resist calls for him to step down.
Moreover, his progressed Moon is now in Virgo, conjoined to his natal Neptune, which increases his resolve as 'brother leader,' which he truly believes he is and always has been since he took power on September 1, 1969.
A revolutionary of the times, Gadhafi took power at the time Uranus made a key turn at the autumnal equinox point.
What is unusual about this is that Uranus had just entered Libra in 1969, which by September 1, 2011, means that 42 years will have passed since he took hold of the reins of power in Libya as a 'revolutionary' leader.
Uranus will reach its opposition to Libya's 1969 revolution this month and will remain in opposition throughout all of 2011.
Transiting Uranus in Aries will conjoin Gadhafi's natal Aries Moon all of 2011. This conjunction can incline a person towards impulsive, sudden and radical behavior. Up one day and down the other.
The conjunction is hostile, electric, and rebellious, to say the least.
Gadhafi's progressed Moon is heading towards Libra, where it will oppose his natal Aries Moon as well as transiting Uranus in Aries.
Gadhafi's nativity and his secondary progressions, clearly show he will not give up state power without a prolonged fight.
There are avenues out of the quandary, however the illusory combination of progressed Moon to Neptune to natal Aries Moon with Uranus in play, serves to confuse situations amid deceptive and highly impulsive energies which are violent.
To prove this point, on March 2, 2011, Gadhafi was quoted by the Associated Press,
This is consistent with Gadhafi's nativity. He sees himself in the manner of a modern-day 'Che Guvera,' fighting what he considers to be the 'forces of evil' ranged against him.
The situation, should it continue to be stretched out, could easily lead to western forces looking to intervene with military strength in this important region of the world.
Transiting Uranus, now in Aries, signals that as prolonged as the battle for Libya may turn out to be, the complexity and determination of all interests and forces involved, will yield even more bloodshed in the days, weeks and months ahead.
The Cardinal Crisis
Security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in Yemen calling for the ouster of the president. Police have shot and killed two protesters in the Yemeni city of Aden as unrest in the capital Sanaa against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The fatalities were among three people taken to Naqib hospital in Aden. Medics said both fatalities died of their wounds.
By Ahmed AL-Haj
SANAA, Yemen – On what was billed by protest organizers as a "Friday of Rage" across Yemen, anti-government demonstrators clashed with supporters of the country's longtime ruler and riot police, who fired tear gas and gunshots.
Four people were killed by police in the port of Aden and 48 were wounded in the southern city of Taiz when someone threw what appeared to be a hand grenade into a crowd, witnesses said.
It was the ninth straight day of protests in Yemen inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Demonstrators are calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh - who has ruled the country for 32 years.
U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the reported violence in response to protests in Yemen, as well as Bahrain and Libya.
Obama urged those governments to respect the rights of peacefully demonstrating citizens, and he expressed condolences to the families of those killed.
The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa said it has seen "a disturbing rise in the number and violence of attacks against Yemeni citizens" at peaceful protests.
It added that diplomats also saw reports of Yemen government officials "present during these attacks," which it called "contrary to the commitments that President Saleh has made to protect the right of Yemeni citizens to gather peacefully to express their views."
Saleh is already facing a restless population, with threats from al-Qaida militants who want to oust him, a southern secessionist movement and a sporadic armed rebellion in the north.
To try to quell the new outbursts of dissent, Saleh pledged to meet some of the protesters' demands and has reached out to tribal chiefs, who are a major base of support for him.
But a key chief from Saleh's own tribe was critical of his policies and threatened to join the protesters - an apparent attempt to pressure the embattled leader of the world's poorest Arab country.
For now, most of the protesters are students, educated professionals and activists who used social media sites Facebook and Twitter in summoning people to the streets for the 'Friday of Rage' following noon prayers.
Tens of thousands responded in the capital of Sanaa, the southern port of Aden and the political hotbed of Taiz. Some websites also referred to the day as "Friday of the Beginning."
In a change, many mosque preachers took a critical tone toward the government.
A preacher at the Sanaa University mosque spoke out against violence against demonstrators, telling many protesters who had gathered there:
"We have been living for 30 years without purpose or hope."
Another Sanaa preacher, Imam Abdel Raqib Obad, urged people to join the protests and criticized security forces for "battling" youths.
Imam Jabri Al Yamani admonished the crowd that "protests must be peaceful and not scare and harm the people," but as demonstrators marched toward the presidential palace afterward, the scene descended into violence.
The crowd, chanting anti-government slogans, was met by a heavy deployment of riot police and hundreds of Saleh supporters, similar to confrontations earlier this week.
image: Hani Mohammed/AP
The pro-and anti-government sides attacked each other with rocks, and the riot police began firing in the air and launching tear gas canisters.
At least four people were hurt seriously enough to be taken away by ambulances.
The demonstrators dispersed to other streets, some of which were blocked by police.
Journalists also came under attack by government supporters.
An Associated Press reporter saw men with sticks attack a TV crew, smashing their camera.
Other journalists and photographers took refuge in a building to avoid the mob.
In Taiz, about 270 miles (435 kilometers) south of Sanaa, the call for demonstrations brought out thousands of people.
Witnesses said men in a speeding civilian car threw what appeared to be a grenade into a crowd of demonstrators, causing a stampede when it exploded.
At least 48 protesters were seriously wounded, and many others were hurt as they fell in the stampede and chaos, according to medical officials and Ghazi al-Samie, a lawyer and activist in Taiz, Yemen's second-largest city.
In Aden, protesters burned four government cars and a local council building. The clashes continued well after sundown, when protesters set a police storage area ablaze and burned tires.
The police fired into the crowd, using tear gas, rubber bullets and what some witnesses said was live ammunition.
Four protesters were killed - including two in their 20s who were shot - according to witnesses and medical officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.
At a meeting between Aden officials and Vice President Abd-Rabo Mansour Hadi, officials called for the resignation of the police chief, whom they held responsible for the violence, according to an official at the session speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details.
A large demonstration also was reported in eastern Hadramawt province, where police fired in the air to disperse protesters.
The violence forced international soccer officials to postpone Yemen's Feb. 23 home qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics against Singapore. The match, in Sanaa, was put off until March 2.
Saleh, a weak but important partner for Washington, had pledged not to seek re-election in 2013 or pass power to his son.
The promise was seen as an attempt to defuse calls for his ouster. Opposition groups said they are suspicious of Saleh's offer and want concrete proposals for change.
Tribal chief Hussein al-Ahmar, a member of Saleh's tribe, told a crowd in his home province Thursday that if violence against protesters continued, his tribesmen may come in to the defense of the demonstrators.
The threat, apparently aimed to get more concessions from Saleh, could turn the protests more violent. Al-Ahmar's tribe, Hashed, is one of the largest and best-armed in Yemen.
"It is not the armed forces, nor Saleh and his army that protect Sanaa, but the tribes of Hashed," Al-Ahmar told the crowd in Amran province.
"If the authorities continue to scare the protesters with their thugs, we will have to interfere," he said.
Nearly half of Yemen's population lives below the poverty line of $2 a day and its government is riddled with corruption.
The country also is plagued by shrinking water and oil resources and an inability to feed its people. Poverty and malnutrition are rampant in the country's rugged hinterlands.
I continue to state that the Cardinal Crisis years are historic and require serious minding.
These are years for grown-ups, not the immature. These are not years for surface-feeders who prefer not to think for themselves, nor is it for the 'political correct,' or for those who depend on 'books for dummies.'
The decade of the Twenty-Tens are for serious, mature people.
We've already had a taste of this in 2008 and 2010. There is more to come. Watch and see for yourself if you do not believe me.
Those who take these world transits lightly, or not at all, surely they are ignorant of the world as it is, and, the world as it will come to be.
They tell leaders anything to stay in favor and when their 'forecasts' do not occur, they blame the leader.
For years, during the so-called "great" economy of the late 1990s and 2000s, I would tell anyone who would listen that there was so much corruption going down that it was mind-boggling.
We astrologers get that sometimes from people who are so clueless as to the facts of the inclinations of planetary transits and their signs.
The Egyptian people did that, and more - in just two weeks.
Their names by now are familiar to even the most casual Middle American news consumer:
From left, Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, John J. Mack of Morgan Stanley and Brian T. Moynihan of Bank of America.
Most of these firms were directly involved in elaborate fraud and theft.
Lehman Brothers hid billions in loans from its investors.
The SEC watches for violations like insider trading, and also deals with so-called 'disclosure violations' - i.e., making sure that all the financial information that publicly traded companies are required to make public actually jibes with reality.
And since the vast majority of crimes in the financial services industry take place in Lower Manhattan, cases referred by the SEC often end up in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
But instead of moving swiftly to crack down on such scams, the SEC shoved the case into the "deal with it later" file.
Barf Bag Time
We don't know for sure what Mack learned on his Swiss trip; years later, Mack would claim that he had thrown away his notes about the meetings.
But in the summer of 2005, when Aguirre told his boss he planned to interview Mack, things started getting weird.
(The investment banker had been a fund-raising "Ranger" for George Bush in 2004, and would go on to be a key backer of Hillary Clinton in 2008.)
Former New York U.S. Attorney General Mary Jo White, left, watches a commercial during a press conference 10 years ago, seen here on June 14, 2000, in New York City. The commercial, which is no longer aired, was for a company involved in the largest FBI securities fraud case ever at the time.
White, incidentally, was herself the former U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York - one of the top cops on Wall Street.
He was summarily fired, without notice.
The case against Mack was immediately dropped.
All depositions canceled. No further subpoenas issued.
"It all happened so fast, I needed a seat belt," recalls Aguirre, who had just received a stellar performance review from his bosses.
Over and over, even the most obvious cases of fraud and insider dealing got gummed up in the works, and high-ranking executives were almost never prosecuted for their crimes.
All of this behavior set the stage for the crash of 2008, when Wall Street exploded in a raging Dresden of fraud and criminality.
Former Lehman Brothers CEO Dick 'The Gorilla' Fuld
(The law firm that helped craft the fine print, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, would later receive a lucrative federal contract to serve as legal adviser to the TARP bailout.)
In April 2008, he wrote a detailed memo to the SEC about Lehman's history of hidden stocks.
"Look," he told regulators. "I gave you huge stuff. You really want to take a look at this."
A young staff attorney contacted Budde, who once more provided the SEC with copies of all his memos.
He never heard from the agency again.
"They had six solid months of warnings. They could have done something."
"I got no severance, no golden parachute," Fuld moaned.
The most amazing non-case in the entire crash - the one that truly defies the most basic notion of justice when it comes to Wall Street super villains - is the one involving AIG and Joe Cassano - the nebbishy Patient Zero of the financial crisis.
Who you lookin at?
AIG's Joe Cassano
"God couldn't manage a $60 billion real estate portfolio without a single dollar of loss," says Turner, the agency's former chief accountant.
After St. Denis finished a conference call with the executive, Cassano suddenly burst into the room and began screaming at him for talking to the New York office.
During the call, AIGFP failed to disclose that it had posted $2 billion to Goldman Sachs following the collateral calls.
Virtually every one of the major players on Wall Street was similarly embroiled in scandal, yet their executives skated off into the sunset, uncharged and un-fined.
Not even Fabrice 'Fabulous Fab' Tourre - Goldman's outrageous Euro-douche who gleefully e-mailed a pal about the "surreal" transactions in the middle of a meeting with the firm's victims.
Last July, the SEC settled with Citi for $75 million.
Mary Jo White
He also saw Linda Thomsen, the former SEC director of enforcement who had been so helpful to White.
Over the past decade, more than a dozen high-ranking SEC officials have gone on to lucrative jobs at Wall Street banks or white-shoe law firms, where partnerships are worth millions.
That makes SEC officials like Paul Berger and Linda Thomsen the equivalent of college basketball stars waiting for their first NBA contract.
Are you really going to give up a shot at the Knicks or the Lakers just to find out whether a Wall Street big shot like John Mack was guilty of insider trading?
"You take one of these jobs," says Turner, the former chief accountant for the SEC, "and you're fit for life."
Fit - and happy.
The banter between the speakers at the New York conference says everything you need to know about the level of chumminess and mutual admiration that exists between these supposed adversaries of the justice system.
At one point in the conference, Mary Jo White introduced Bharara, her old pal from the U.S. attorney's office.
"I want to first say how pleased I am to be here," Bharara responded.
Then, addressing White, he added, "You've spawned all of us.
"It's almost 11 years ago to the day that Mary Jo White called me and asked me if I would become an assistant U.S. attorney. So thank you, Dr. Frankenstein."
Next, addressing the crowd of high-priced lawyers from Wall Street, Bharara made an interesting joke.
"I also want to take a moment to applaud the entire staff of the SEC for the really amazing things they have done over the past year," he said.
"They've done a real service to the country, to the financial community, and not to mention a lot of your law practices."
The line drew snickers from the conference of millionaire lawyers.
But the real fireworks came when Khuzami, the SEC's director of enforcement, talked about a new "cooperation initiative" the agency had recently unveiled, in which executives are being offered incentives to report fraud they have witnessed or committed.
From now on, Khuzami said, when corporate lawyers like the ones he was addressing want to know if their Wall Street clients are going to be charged by the Justice Department before deciding whether to come forward, all they have to do is ask the SEC.
"We are going to try to get those individuals answers," Khuzami announced, as to "whether or not there is criminal interest in the case - so that defense counsel can have as much information as possible in deciding whether or not to choose to sign up their client."
Aguirre, listening in the crowd, couldn't believe Khuzami's brazenness.
The SEC's enforcement director was saying, in essence, that firms like Goldman Sachs and AIG and Lehman Brothers will henceforth be able to get the SEC to act as a middleman between them and the Justice Department, negotiating fines as a way out of jail time.
Khuzami was basically outlining a four-step system for banks and their executives to buy their way out of prison.
"First, the SEC and Wall Street player make an agreement on a fine that the player will pay to the SEC," Aguirre says.
"Then the Justice Department commits itself to pass, so that the player knows he's 'safe.'
Third, the player pays the SEC.
And fourth, the player gets a pass from the Justice Department."
When I ask a former federal prosecutor about the propriety of a sitting SEC director of enforcement talking out loud about helping corporate defendants "get answers" regarding the status of their criminal cases, he initially doesn't believe it.
Then I send him a transcript of the comment.
"I am very, very surprised by Khuzami's statement, which does seem to me to be contrary to past practice - and not a good thing," the former prosecutor says.
Earlier this month, when Sen. Chuck Grassley found out about Khuzami's comments, he sent the SEC a letter noting that the agency's own enforcement manual not only prohibits such "answer getting," it even bars the SEC from giving defendants the Justice Department's phone number.
"Should counsel or the individual ask which criminal authorities they should contact," the manual reads, "staff should decline to answer, unless authorized by the relevant criminal authorities."
Both the SEC and the Justice Department deny there is anything improper in their new policy of cooperation:
"We collaborate with the SEC, but they do not consult with us when they resolve their cases," Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer assured Congress in January.
"They do that independently."
Around the same time that Breuer was testifying, however, a story broke that prior to the pathetically small settlement of $75 million that the SEC had arranged with Citigroup, Khuzami had ordered his staff to pursue lighter charges against the mega-bank's executives.
According to a letter that was sent to Sen. Grassley's office, Khuzami had a "secret conversation, without telling the staff, with a prominent defense lawyer who is a good friend" of his and "who was counsel for the company."
The unsigned letter, which appears to have come from an SEC investigator on the case, prompted the inspector general to launch an investigation into the charge.
All of this paints a disturbing picture of a closed and corrupt system, a timeless circle of friends that virtually guarantees a collegial approach to the policing of high finance.
Even before the corruption starts, the state is crippled by economic reality:
Since law enforcement on Wall Street requires serious intellectual firepower, the banks seize a huge advantage from the start by hiring away the top talent.
Budde, the former Lehman lawyer, says it's well known that all the best legal minds go to the big corporate law firms, while the "bottom 20 percent go to the SEC."
Which makes it tough for the agency to track devious legal machinations, like the scheme to hide $263 million of Dick Fuld's compensation.
"It's such a mismatch, it's not even funny," Budde says.
But even beyond that, the system is skewed by the irrepressible pull of riches and power.
If talent rises in the SEC or the Justice Department, it sooner or later jumps ship for those fat NBA contracts.
Or, conversely, graduates of the big corporate firms take sabbaticals from their rich lifestyles to slum it in government service for a year or two.
Many of those appointments are inevitably hand-picked by lifelong stooges for Wall Street like Chuck Schumer, who has accepted $14.6 million in campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and other major players in the finance industry, along with their corporate lawyers.
As for President Obama, what is there to be said? Goldman Sachs was his number-one private campaign contributor.
He put a Citigroup executive in charge of his economic transition team, and he just named an executive of JP Morgan Chase, the proud owner of $7.7 million in Chase stock, his new chief of staff.
"The betrayal that this represents by Obama to everybody is just - we're not ready to believe it," says Budde, a classmate of the president from their Columbia days.
"He's really fucking us over like that? Really? That's really a JP Morgan guy, really?"
Which is not to say that the Obama era has meant an end to law enforcement.
On the contrary: In the past few years, the administration has allocated massive amounts of federal resources to catching wrongdoers - of a certain type.
Last year, the government deported 393,000 people, at a cost of $5 billion.
Since 2007, felony immigration prosecutions along the Mexican border have surged 77 percent; non-felony prosecutions by 259 percent.
In Ohio last month, a single mother was caught lying about where she lived to put her kids into a better school district.
The judge in the case tried to sentence her to 10 days in jail for fraud, declaring that letting her go free would "demean the seriousness" of the offenses.
So there you have it.
Illegal immigrants: 393,000.
Lying moms: One.
The math makes sense only because the politics are so obvious.
You want to win elections, you bang on the jailable class.
You build prisons and fill them with people for selling dime bags and stealing CD players.
But for stealing a billion dollars?
For fraud that puts a million people into foreclosure?
It's not a crime. Prison is too harsh.
Get them to say they're sorry, and move on.
Oh, wait - let's not even make them say they're sorry.
That's too mean; let's just give them a piece of paper with a government stamp on it, officially clearing them of the need to apologize, and make them pay a fine instead.
But don't make them pay it out of their own pockets, and don't ask them to give back the money they stole.
In fact, let them profit from their collective crimes, to the tune of a record $135 billion in pay and benefits last year.
billion+ in cash
What's next? Taxpayer-funded massages for every Wall Street executive guilty of fraud?
The mental stumbling block, for most Americans, is that financial crimes don't feel real; you don't see the culprits waving guns in liquor stores or dragging co-eds into bushes.
But these frauds are worse than common robberies.
They're crimes of intellectual choice, made by people who are already rich and who have every conceivable social advantage, acting on a simple, cynical calculation:
Let's steal whatever we can, then dare the victims to find the juice to reclaim their money through a captive bureaucracy.
They're attacking the very definition of property - which, after all, depends in part on a legal system that defends everyone's claims of ownership equally.
When that definition becomes tenuous or conditional - when the state simply gives up on the notion of justice - this whole American Dream thing recedes even further from reality.
So there you have it.
Which makes our next barf section even easier to believe, since truth these days is surely stranger than any fiction one could ever conjure up.
That's the kind of city I was raised up in Philadelphia, where we all know that that is exactly how we won the American Revolutionary War.
This is also the point many Americans are nearly at today. We Philadelphians can surely relate.
Recently, it become known that John Paulson, manager of the hedge fund Paulson & Co., had a personal income of $5 billion dollars in 2010.
Now, with a true unemployment rate at near 23%, and as a result, tens of millions of Americans have been forced to survive on the basics, Paulson, according to the math, makes $155.55 per second.
How is that even possible?
It was reported that 25 of the top hedge fund managers collected an average of $1 billion dollars in the fiscal year of 2009.
The last name of this esteemed group made only $325 million.
And, from the content of Matt Taibbi's report for Rolling Stone, we know that via their "special relationships" with Washington insiders the path to ever more "earnings" comes by favor of a highly-greased track to ever more wealth that the average American could never even dream to make in several lifetimes.
When I see such things and look at the astrological transits, such as John Paulson's horoscope, I wonder - just how is this possible in times where the majority of people have lost money, but a few gain more than they will ever need in one lifetime?
Yes, America is a great country where one can make their wealth. But $5 billion? And remember, John Paulson is not Bill Gates, who actually lived on pizza while he and his group struggled to make Microsoft into what it is today.
Some of us know the history of Robber Barons. These are people who consume more than they produce and who make their money off the demise of others.
But it's been said that even the robber barons of 19th century America at least had the creativity to earn through their industry, building new railroads and steel plants for instance.
Here's what writer Ken Moyle says about this:
"They (robber barons) use highly leveraged speculation (a euphemism for gambling) on commodities, currencies and markets to manipulate and distort the original intent of the hedging process.
All of these activities are designed to extract short-term profits at the expense of individuals and companies who are staying the course hoping for long-term investment growth.
Since hedge fund managers take 20 percent of the profits that their funds generate, the top 25 funds produced profits of at least $125 billion in 2009, and you can bet the booty will be much higher in 2010.
We are a collective bunch of saps if we allow this pillage to continue.
Overall, I'm in favor of reducing taxes and regulations, especially on small businesses. However, I'd like us to move in the opposite direction with respect to Wall Street firms.
But we need to go much further than that. We should be heavily regulating the financial sector to curb high-leverage risk taking and high-speed algorithmic trading.
Reining in the financial sector should be something that appeals to people across a wide political spectrum, and yet there seems to be a collective passive response to these excesses.
It's time to pick up our pitchforks and torches.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is focusing on a wide circle of expert network firms which feed inside information to financial management companies, matching various company insiders to stock traders.
By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
Or that no matter how negative things are, that there is always some kind of positive gain.
This is the nature of this ‘electric’ and ‘maverick’ planet.
In astrology, Uranus is known as an ‘octave’ of the planet Mercury with direct access to the electromagnetic forms of the nerve currents.
This is associated with its ‘unstable’ quality that can ‘disrupt’ and cause ‘imbalance’ to those who are under its inclinations.
The transits of Uranus can also open the doors to undo influences from others who may not have the best intentions at heart for others and who gain influence through shady means.
Under Uranus, it is important not to immediately place confidence in those too quickly and to exercise prudence and patience before totally trusting.
The tendency to rush or too quickly accept anything without first exercising patience and thought can lead to sudden accidents and harm, especially to the head with Uranus transiting Aries.
Uranus, in effect, has come ‘full circle’ as it is now ready to enter the opposite Sign to Libra and that is the Sign of Aries.
It played out throughout the world in diverse ways, but always at odds with one another in black and white terms, with both generations choosing to ignore the many gray shades in between.
The Baby Boomers returned to cultural life in the United States after 7.5 years of ‘dropping out’ – but the ideological war picked up again in the 1980s and then ended by the early 1990s when the boomers became the new establishment in that decade.
It continued through the latter half of the 20th century - but is now over, reflected by Uranus’ entry into Aries.
More like a 'new world odor.'
If you want to look for any kind of ‘order’ – look at the celestial bodies, for that is where you will find it.
They are living in the past, yet believe in their hearts of hearts that they can continue their outmoded ways of the late 20th century where the enemies were China and Russia - two nations that have experienced and continue to experience their own natural changes.
Old, tired and fearful, they are determined to see their oligarchic-dream happen now.
That is - to force destabilizations on nations and societies so they can experience and see in their own lifetimes – the fulfillment of tired dreams based on outdated glory of globalist domination?
“Everyone wants to rule the world.”
One cannot stop the Sun from rising, from culminating, or setting anymore than one can stop the planets from performing their functions, or to make the Earth cease revolving around the Sun.
This guy, who, after playing alongside the oligarchs of his era - rejected his ‘globalist’ paymasters - and went on a massive killing spree to achieve global domination – all for himself.
Hitler was egomaniacal paranoid with deep pathological/psychological issues.
But, remember, he was spawned by ‘globalists’ seeking ‘a new world order.’
The world was never really ‘ordered’ to begin with pal.
"A new world order?"
A regular Joe, okay?
This comes several months before a new Jupiter-Saturn conjunction that occurs at 0-Aquarius, on the day of the winter solstice, December 21, 2020
This is how we can tell the difference between the truth and lies. This is how we can confirm that which is natural and that which is unnatural.
This is why the children born in the 1960s and '70s were given the factor ‘X,’ as it represents the unknown in mathematics.
Generation X as children, checking out the news - July 1969
It shows just how out of touch the oligarchy and boomer generation has been and how dismissive they have been to a generation that has survived on bare resources stolen and while being wholly neglected by a dying oligarchy and their children of boomers.
All countries should be aware that the Lord watches all the time and has the best interests of humanity well at hand.
Want to see some real 'new world order?'
Hundreds of thousands of asteroids are currently known, but the total number of asteroids ranges in the millions or more, depending on size. A survey of infrared wavelengths shows that the main Asteroid Belt has between 700,000 to 1.7 million asteroids with diameters of 1 kilometer to asteroids the size of Texas.
Fear the Immortal God.
Simply because they are old and are scared of death, of passing on, so, at this juncture in time, they feel it is time for them to ‘do something.’
You see, because when one does possess spirituality – then one fears the Immortal God - for the simple reason of having to deal with the consequences of one’s action while on Earth.
That kind of celestial order just does not happen on its own.
It is a reality.
But there are parts of the afterlife not pleasant at all for those who hold views which have allowed them to go on building a so-called ‘new world order.’
Seek and achieve Gnosis to save yourselves from what is ahead:
"If the time of such a one is completed through the sphere, the receivers of Ariēl come after him and lead out his soul out of the body and spend three days traveling round in the world with it and instructing it concerning the creatures of the world.
Thereafter they lead it down into the Amente before Ariēl; and he takes vengeance on it with his chastisements twenty months.
Thereafter they lead it into the chaos before Yaldabaōth and his forty-and-nine demons; and he and his demons, one by one, take vengeance on it another twenty months.
Thereafter they carry it on to the way of the Midst; and every one of the rulers of the way of the midst takes vengeance on it another twenty months.
And thereafter they lead it unto the Virgin of Light, that she may judge it.
And when the sphere turns itself, she hands it over to her receivers, that they may cast it into the æons of the sphere.
And the servitors of the sphere lead it into a water which is below the sphere; and it becomes a seething fire and eats into it until it purifies it.
And Yaluham, the receiver of Sabaōth, the Adamas, comes and brings the cup with the water of forgetfulness and hands it to the soul; and it drinks and forgets all things and all the regions to which it had gone.
And they cast it up into a lame and deformed body, so that all despise it persistently.
This is the chastisement of the arrogant and overweening man."
Thomas asked: "A persistent blasphemer, what is his chastisement?"
"If the time of such a one is completed through the sphere, the receivers of Yaldabaōth come after him and bind him by his tongue to a great Demon with a horse's face.
They spend three days traveling round with him in the world and take vengeance on him.
Thereafter, they lead him into the region of the cold and of the snow and take vengeance on him there 11 years.
Thereafter they lead him down into the chaos before Yaldabaōth and his forty-and-nine demons, and every one of his demons takes vengeance on him another eleven years.
Thereafter they lead him into the outer darkness, until the day when the great ruler with the dragon's face who encircles the darkness, shall be judged.
And that soul becomes frozen up, destroyed and then dissolved.
This is the judgment of the blasphemer."
- Jesus Christ, chapter 146, Sixth Book, Portions of Books of the Saviour,