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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Cardinal T-Square Crisis: North Korea Versus South Korea, Hillary Clinton, Astrological Guidance, Mundane World Forecast & Warnings For The High Seas

Earning Her Pay: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, greets American staff that worked on the Second Round of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue prior to departing Beijing to handle the budding crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Wednesday, May 26, 2010.
photo credit: Saul Loeb/AP

The Cardinal T-Square Crisis


North & South Korea, Hillary Clinton & General Forecast Warning For The High Seas

Astrological Guidance in Changing Times 
Long-Range Mundane World Forecast: 2010-2015

By Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

As we have seen in the month of May 2010, the inclinations of the Cardinal Crisis transits near as the world experiences increasing tensions stretching from global financial markets to geopolitical tensions among nations, and, within them.

This is the second phase of the opening salvo of the Cardinal Crisis transits. The first occurred back in late 2008 with the first Saturn-Uranus opposition.

We are about to enter into the third phase just as the cardinal inclinations of the outer planets form their configurations.

Jupiter and Uranus will conjoin at 0-Aries by June 8th, giving the world a preview of the coming global changes to come in 2011, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. 

The fifth, and last Saturn-Uranus opposition, is exact July 26, 2010 and is also a part of the Cardinal T-Square Cross Global Transits of summer in the northern hemisphere.

As we draw closer to the opening years of the Cardinal Crisis, I continue to forecast serious problems this year and next, which can only be resolved using practical common sense, prudence, and wise diplomacy to avoid the flare-ups, and violent conflicts common under such strong planetary inclinations.

The Cardinal Crisis Transits
Astrological Forecast Warnings... Problems on High Seas

I continue to urge caution on, and over the world's oceans this year and have done so for well over a year now.

World transits are unfavorable for vacationing, sailing, and travel on and over water. This goes for scientific, rescue and military operations on, over, and below the water. I have forecasted great accidents on the seas this year, and next due to the inclinations of the planets relative to the Earth.

It is essential for leaders, policy-makers, commanders and executive staff to exercise great caution, and to constantly drill all personnel on proper command structure guidelines, protocol, communications, and safety procedures.

The position of transiting Jupiter & Uranus conjoined to the fixed star Scheat signifies inclinations that can lead to accidents with great loss of life if great care is not exercised.

Regarding the Korean Crisis:

The astrological transits of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, are very sensitive, and directly impacted by the Cardinal transits, particularly the transits of Jupiter, Uranus, and Saturn, which are already within orb, and close to his natal and progressed lunar nodes.

Unpredictable, and erratic behavior from Kim Jong-il is more likely to take place from now through to 2011.

Extreme caution is urged to avoid the tensions inflaming into wide, and potentially deadly conflict under the planetary inclinations now in operation ~ gaining strength through the summer months of 2010.

~ Reuters reports May 27, 2010 ~

High-Alert Status on Korean Peninsula: South Korean soldiers stand guard at a guard post in Gangneung, about 240 km (150 miles) east of the city of Seoul May 27, 2010.  
Credit: REUTERS/Yoo Hyong-jae/Yonhap

"South Korea's navy staged anti-submarine drills on Thursday in tense waters bordering North Korea amid signs that China, under pressure from regional powers, is reviewing ties with the isolated communist state.

"The naval exercise is aimed at better detecting intrusions by North Korean submarines after a team of investigators, including experts from the United States and Sweden, accused the North of firing a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship, killing 46.

The drills, which also come after the South's military upgraded its alert level, are likely to further anger Pyongyang, which has already cuts most ties with Seoul after it sanctioned the hermit state for sinking the Cheonan corvette.

The North has threatened to shut the last road link with the South if Seoul resumes loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across their heavily armed border. It has warned of war if the South went ahead with sanctions announced this week.

Mounting antagonism between the two Koreas has unnerved investors, worried the bitter rivalry could spill over into conflict.

 North Korean soldiers guard the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 26, 2010.
Credit: REUTERS/Jacky Chen

Most analysts say that neither side is ready to go to war but warn that there could be more skirmishes, especially along their disputed sea border off the west coast.

Traders said the issue continue to hang over the market though it is no longer driving prices down as it did early in the week. The won looked set to end a five-day losing streak as investors saw its recent downturn as overdone.


Washington is looking for ways to avoid the issue collapsing into conflict, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pressing Beijing to coax its North Korean ally into changing course.

Clinton, who was in Seoul for talks on Wednesday, urged the North to stop threatening its neighbors, saying Washington would review measures to hold Pyongyang's leaders accountable for the sinking of the Cheonan.

Clinton also called on China, which almost single-handedly props up the North Korean government and its destitute economy, to join efforts to pressure the North to change its ways.

U.S. officials traveling with Clinton said China may be ready to discuss how the United Nations should respond to the sinking of the Cheonan, and had shown indications that it was rethinking its ties with Pyongyang.

South Korea will ask the U.N. Security Council as early as next week to take up the issue, its Yonhap news agency said.

Beijing has so far not endorsed the findings of the South Korean investigation, which concluded last week that there was overwhelming evidence the North torpedoed the ship.

But South Korean officials anticipate some form of progress in China's response when Premier Wen Jiabao visits Seoul on Friday for a summit with President Lee Myung-bak.

The two will travel to the South Korean resort island of Jeju on Saturday for a regional summit that also involves Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, where the issue is likely to overshadow discussions on boosting trade.

North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly is scheduled to meet on June 7, two months after the rubber stamp parliament passed constitutional amendments that strengthened leader Kim Jong-il's powers. Experts say a major announcement is likely."

~ 'US admiral warns over Beijing's 'assertiveness reports Kathrin Hille of The Financial Times May 26, 2010 ~

Beijing, China --"The commander of US forces in the Pacific has warned that China's military is more aggressively asserting its territorial claims in regional waters.

Admiral Robert Willard told the Financial Times: "There has been an assertiveness that has been growing over time, particularly in the South China Sea and in the East China Sea."

He said China's extensive claims to islands and waters in the region were "generating increasing concern broadly across the region and require address".

The admiral's remarks follow complaints by Japan in recent weeks about aggressive behaviour from a Chinese coastguard vessel in contested waters and a Chinese military helicopter in international waters.

Some of China's neighbors have been watching the People's Liberation Army's modernization and efforts at expanding the navy's reach with unease, and defense experts see this expansion as one factor behind a developing arms race in south-east Asia .

Adm Willard said the US viewed China's growing influence in Asia as positive. But Beijing needed to be more transparent, not only with the US but also with its neighbors.

Adm Willard was speaking ahead of talks with Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of general staff of the PLA, the first meeting between senior US and Chinese military officers since Beijing suspended bilateral military-to-military dialogue in January after US arms sales to Taiwan.

"US-China military dialogue is officially still in suspension," said Adm Willard, who visited Beijing at the invitation of Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, in the context of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the bilateral exchanges that concluded yesterday.

But he interpreted the fact that Beijing had agreed to his presence as a sign it viewed some high-level exchanges as beneficial.

"What was very striking yesterday was my impression of the very advanced, sophisticated and mature dialogue that's occurring across a wide range of subjects between China and the US," he said.

"That is in contrast with a very immature military-to-military relationship."

The transit of Uranus conjoined to Scheat will continue for several years between 2010-2013 and indicates great care should be taken when on and over the world's oceans.

I continue to advise prudence, and extreme caution.

 South Korean soldiers stand guard at a guard post in Gangneung, about 240 km (150 miles) east of Seoul May 26, 2010.
Credit: REUTERS/Yoo Hyong-jae/Yonhap

Everyone must be on the same page, or, accidents can easily occur under the strong cardinal planetary inclinations. Things can get out of hand. Caution is urged.

 Update on North & South Korea
 North Korean Leader Kim Jong-IL is pictured here in China early in May 2010 during the lead up to the current crisis over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

During a press availability, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated the Obama Administration's position on North Korea: 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 25, 2010. Credit: Brown/AP/Pool
Secretary Clinton said: "There is the immediate crisis caused by the sinking of the naval vessel, which requires as strong but measured response. 

"But there is the longer-term challenge of changing the direction of North Korea, making a convincing case to everyone in the region to work together to achieve that outcome, de-nuclearizing the Korean peninsula, and offering the opportunities for a better life for the people of the North."

~ Jack Kim, reporting for Reuters on May 27, 2010 says ~ 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- "North Korea warned it would close the last road link across the increasingly tense peninsula if the South goes ahead with a threat to broadcast anti-Pyongyang propaganda into its hermit neighbor.

Tensions are mounting after the South blamed the North for torpedoing one of its warships, killing 46 sailors.

Following is a look at what may have motivated the North to raise the stakes by sinking the South Korean corvette Cheonan and how it may react to the hard line from the conservative South Korean government of President Lee Myung-bak:


One popularly ascribed motive for the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan was payback for a humiliating defeat in a naval clash in November near their disputed maritime border.

The South's navy was operating under new rules of engagement imposed after Lee took office, to strike fast and strike to win decisively.

The humiliation may have been all the greater because the North, and its self proclaimed "invincible" army, got pounded when it may not even have been looking for a fight in the first place. 

"It's a case of getting beaten up when they weren't even being very cocky," an expert on the North's propaganda said.

By most accounts, Kim Jong-il would have to have agreed to the torpedo attack. What may have come as a surprise was that the South was able to come up with evidence -- some remains of the torpedo -- to prove the North's involvement.


 August 4, 2009 Clinton Mercy Mission Accomplished: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Kim Jong-il to gain the release of two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea. Both women were "pardoned" by Kim Jong Il following Bill Clinton's unexpected visit to Pyongyang. At the time, North Korea’s official news agency reported that Mr Clinton & Mr Kim engaged in "sincere and exhaustive discussions" on a range of issues.
KNS/AFP/Getty Images

 August 2009: Mr Clinton greets Laura Ling (in green) and Euna Lee (red) as they board Clinton's plane at Pyongyang airport.
KNS/AFP/Getty Images
Some experts say that the attack seems to have been disproportionate to the North's losses in the November skirmish, especially as most North Koreans would have had no idea the clash had even taken place, and certainly not that it lost.

One explanation is that the reclusive Kim, known at home as the "Dear Leader," is struggling to secure the succession of his youngest son to head the family dynasty that has run the North since its founding after World War Two.

As a result, he needs to display his strength, especially to the military elite that he has nurtured and put at the top of society's hierarchy.

Kim himself looks in poor health after an apparent stroke nearly two years ago.

His government also reportedly faced rare public unrest after a disastrous change in the value of the currency late last year forced the closure of private markets, which help make up for the state's inability to supply its own people with enough food.

Dictatorships undergoing internal political turmoil tend to manifest disproportionately belligerent behaviour to the outside world, said Victor Cha, a U.S. expert who had been involved in negotiations with the North.


North Korea has often staged provocative incidents as a way to get back to the negotiating table with the South and regional powers to extract economic and political concessions.

If this was the motive, then it backfired. Whatever inclination there may have been to bring the six regional powers back together to formulate a massive package of aid to the North in return for Pyongyang's promise to dismantle its nuclear arms program all but disappeared with the sinking of the Cheonan.

Kim Jong-il's interest may have been more in separate talks with the United States to discuss a permanent peace treaty to replace the armistice that ended fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War, than with the group hosted by China and also involved South Korea, Japan and Russia.

Some analysts and defectors from the North say the leaders in Pyongyang have a genuine fear of an invasion by the United States launched from the soil of its ally, South Korea.

There is also huge mileage for domestic propaganda purposes in telling its public that it was negotiating with the United States on equal footing. 

Staging a deadly attack in the waters near a naval border it had disputed gives the North's military an excuse to demand talks on ending a truce.


The Cheonan sinking is the latest in a series of incidents along the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, including an exchange of artillery fire in January 2010.

Kim Jong-il may be hoping to goad the United States into taking more seriously his demands to agree finally a peace treaty to end formally the 1950-53 Korean War.

Washington has been reluctant to be lured into those talks, arguing the North must first give up its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Much of the justification for his iron rule, and extreme poverty that faces most of his population, is that it is the only way to keep a belligerent United States at bay. 

A peace treaty would not only allow him to stop raiding his depleted treasury to pay for one of the world's largest standing armies, some analysts say it would also open the way to international financial aid for his broken economy.

The peninsula remains in a technical state of war because the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. 

If Kim keeps making the Yellow Sea border -- drawn unilaterally by the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the end of the war -- a combat zone, maybe that would eventually lead to peace treaty talks. 

After all, previous instances of North Korean misbehaviour resulted in negotiations that led to benefits.


North Korea depended heavily on exports of missile and artillery parts for a large part of its income before U.N. sanctions last year for testing a nuclear device sharply cut off its trade. 

It may have wanted to demonstrate its capabilities in submarine and torpedo warfare."

~ Mathew Lee, Associated Press Reports May 26, 2010 ~

SEOUL, South Korea – "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday the world must respond to the sinking of a South Korean warship that has been blamed on North Korea.

"This was an unacceptable provocation by North Korea, and the international community has a responsibility and a duty to respond," Clinton told reporters after talks with South Korean leaders.

The [March 2010] ship sinking "requires a strong but measured response," she said at a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan, though she did not elaborate.

Clinton said the United States would be consulting with South Korea and members of the U.N. Security Council on what the appropriate action would be, but she declined to offer a time-line.

"We're very confident in the South Korean leadership, and their decision about how and when to move forward is one that we respect and will support," she said.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen sharply since a team of international investigators last week concluded that a torpedo from a North Korean submarine tore apart the corvette Cheonan on March 26.

It killed 46 South Korean sailors and was one of the South's worst military disasters since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Clinton spent just a few hours in Seoul discussing possible international responses with South Korean leaders.

North Korea denies it was to blame and has threatened any attempt to punish it could lead to war.

"I believe that the Chinese understand the seriousness of this issue and are willing to listen to the concerns expressed by both South Korea and the United States," she said.

"We expect to be working with China as we move forward in fashioning a response."

China, the North's biggest ally, says it is still weighing the evidence over the sinking.

Beijing regards the sinking as "extremely complicated" and has no firsthand information about the cause, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun told reporters in the Chinese capital.

"China is carefully and prudently studying and examining the information from all sides," he said.

South Korea's Yu, asked about the possibility of China or Russia blocking action by the U.N. Security Council, said they "will take time, I'm sure, but they will not be able to deny the facts."

Clinton called the investigation into the sinking "very thorough, highly professional" and "very convincing."

She said both the United States and South Korea had offered China "additional information and briefings about the underlying facts of that event."

"We hope that China will take us up on our offer to really understand the details of what happened and the objectivity of the investigation that led to the conclusions," she said.

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton met South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and discussed cooperation on the response to the ship sinking.

Lee thanked Clinton for Washington's backing, while the top U.S. diplomat replied that she came to South Korea to show her "clear and unmistakable" support for Lee and his government, according to Lee's office.

As Clinton visited Seoul, the two Koreas traded new threats amid rapidly deteriorating relations.

The North's military said it would block cross-border traffic heading to a joint industrial zone in North Korea if the South does not stop psychological warfare operations.

It also vowed to blow up any loudspeakers South Korea sets up to broadcast propaganda northward.

South Korea, meanwhile, accused Pyongyang of taking "menacing" measures and vowed to "deal with these North Korean threats unwaveringly and sternly," Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said."

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Some people have asked me to comment on the astrological transits of Hillary Clinton, however, as an American mundane astrologer, I have very strict rules on making public comments on the personal transits of leaders in positions of influence and power, so again, I decline.

What astrologers must understand about personal transits of leaders is that they are private, and only for the particular person to know in any detail as privy to astrologers able to read transits.

It is not wise to comment on the personal transits of current leaders except in the most exceptional of cases, even then, the astrologer should take great care in what is said, if anything at all, publicly, so as to not do harm.

  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan listens during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Credit: Saul Loeb/AP

What I can say is that the United States seems to have a very competent person serving as U.S. Secretary of State, and people are fortunate to have Hillary Rodham Clinton exactly where she is, which is the right place, at the right time in history.

Let's continue to hope that wise diplomacy and policy is able to navigate this first series of the global Cardinal Crisis transits.

Obama Tells Military: Prepare For North Korea 

Tells military to up readiness: US President Barack Obama addresses the 2010 graduating class at West Point, N.Y. on May 22. North & South Korea have been in a tense standoff over a disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea which was the scene of a torpedo attack that sank a South Korean navy ship in March. Credit/ Larry Downing/Reuters

 Reuters reports May 24-- "President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said.

The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. 

Readiness Upped: American & South Korean Marines move into position during a battle drill at the US army's Rodriguez range in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul. The US announced May 24 that anti-submarine & other naval exercises with Seoul will take place in the "near future" as South Korea halted trade with the North in retaliation for the sinking of one of its warships

The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said.
"We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent and threatening behavior," Gibbs said.

"U.S. support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal, and the president has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their Republic of Korea counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression," he said.

Obama and Lee have agreed to meet at the G20 summit in Canada next month, he said.

Late last week, a team of international investigators accused North Korea of torpedoing the Cheonan corvette in March, killing 46 sailors in one of the deadliest clashes between the two since the 1950-53 Korean War.

 Lee said on May 24 that South Korea would bring the issue before the U.N., whose past sanctions have damaged the already ruined North Korean economy.

South Koreans evacuate out of a hotel during an anti-terrorism drill in Seoul May 24, 2010. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Monday that North Korea "would pay the price" for sinking a South Korean naval ship and that South Korea would invoke its right to defend itself if Pyongyang waged aggression again. credit: REUTERS/Han Sang-gyun/Yonhap

The United States still has about 28,500 troops in South Korea to provide military support.

The two Koreas, still technically at war, have more than 1 million troops near their border.

Anti-North Korea activists shout slogans as they burn a North Korean flag and a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il at a rally near the National Assembly in Seoul May 25, 2010.
Credit: Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters

"We will build on an already strong foundation of excellent cooperation between our militaries and explore further enhancements to our joint posture on the Peninsula as part of our ongoing dialogue," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said the United States supported Lee's plans to bring the issue to the United Nations Security Council and would work with allies to "reduce the threat that North Korea poses to regional stability."

Obama had also directed U.S. agencies to evaluate existing policies toward North Korea.

"This review is aimed at ensuring that we have adequate measures in place and to identify areas where adjustments would be appropriate," he said.


I continue to forecast there will be international conflicts under the cardinal inclinations of rash actions, haste, and impulse where major accidents can easily occur causing losses of life.

It is not wise to exercise military actions under such influences, yet policymakers and leaders will do just that, against the tide of common sense, and will then be so inclined by the cardinal transits.

The situations in several regions globally are of immediate concern, such as the Middle East, and the Korean Peninsula, where, situations can get very much out of hand should common sense and diplomacy not intervene.

~ The Voice of America Reports May 24 ~

Asia Heating Up? South Korean soldiers aim their weapons near the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea, in Yanggu, north of Seoul, South Korea, 24 May 2010

"South Korea's president has held a nationwide address to announce stern measures against North Korea. South Korea and the United States say Pyongyang is responsible for sinking a South Korean navy ship.

 President Lee Myung-bak on Monday said North Korean must pay for sinking one of South Korea's navy ships.

Mr. Lee says inter-Korean exchanges and trade are being halted. In addition, North Korean vessels will no longer be allowed to sail through South Korean waters.

Forty-six South Korean sailors died in March when an explosion ripped their patrol ship in half. A multinational team concluded a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo at it, a finding Pyongyang calls a "fabrication."

 South Korean navy guards stand guard next to wreckage of the salvaged naval vessel Cheonan, which sank on March 26, 2010 near the maritime border with North Korea. Global stocks plunged and the euro fell close to a four-year dollar low as investors fled in the face of concerns about the euro zone amid tensions between North Korea & South Korea
credit: Lee Jae-Won/AFP

President Lee says the military will defend South Korea if the North encroaches on its territory. However, he emphasizes the South does not seek armed conflict.

President Lee says minimal humanitarian aid to the impoverished North will continue.

In Beijing, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged China to work with Washington in responding to the sinking of the South Korean ship."

~ The BBC Reports May 25 ~
'North Korea Severs All Ties With South Korea'

May 25, 2010 -- "North Korea is to cut all relations with South Korea, Pyongyang's official news agency reports.

KCNA said the North was also expelling all South Korean workers from a jointly-run factory north of the border.

The move comes after an international report blamed North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship.

Key points from text of the report issued by North Korea's KCNA news agency:

[The incredible North Korean statement reads:]

"The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, accordingly, formally declares that from now on it will put into force the resolute measures to totally freeze the inter-Korean relations, totally abrogate the agreement on non-aggression between the north and the south and completely halt the inter-Korean cooperation.

"In this connection, the following measures will be taken at the first phase:

"1. All relations with the puppet authorities will be severed.

"2. There will be neither dialogue nor contact between the authorities during (South Korean President) Lee Myung Bak's tenure of office.

"3. The work of the Panmunjom Red Cross liaison representatives will be completely suspended.

"4. All communication links between the north and the south will be cut off.

"5. The Consultative Office for North-South Economic Cooperation in the Kaesong Industrial Zone will be frozen and dismantled and all the personnel concerned of the south side will be expelled without delay.

"6. We will start all-out counterattack against the puppet group's 'psychological warfare against the north.'

"7. The passage of south Korean ships and airliners through the territorial waters and air of our side will be totally banned.

"8. All the issues arising in the inter-Korean relations will be handled under a wartime law.

"There is no need to show any mercy or patience for such confrontation maniacs, sycophants and traitors and wicked warmongers as the (South Korean President) Lee Myung Bak group.'"


"Pyongyang denies it torpedoed the Cheonan near the inter-Korean maritime border on March 26, killing 46 South Korean sailors.

South Korea says it plans to refer North Korea to the UN Security Council, and is seeking a unified international response to the incident.

Seoul announced on Sunday it was ending trade relations with the North in response to the sinking.

It has also resumed propaganda broadcasts to the North, playing radio programs that will soon to be broadcast via border loudspeakers.

'Calls for Restraint'

Tuesday's KCNA reports announcing the severing of all ties - including communications - said the North was also banning South Korean ships and planes from its territorial waters and airspace.

Within a matter of days, relations between the two Koreas have returned to the freezer, says the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Jonathan Marcus.

South Korean soldiers conduct a military drill near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South Korea from North Korea in Yanggu, about 180 km (112 miles) northeast of Seoul, May 24, 2010. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said North Korea would "pay the price" for sinking a South Korean naval ship and that South Korea would invoke its right to defend itself if Pyongyang waged aggression again. Pyongyang said its 1.2 million-member military was bracing for war.
Photo: REUTERS/Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap

The diplomatic goal now will be to ensure that a renewed cold war on the Korean peninsula does not generate into a hot conflict, he adds.

The US, which has thousands of troops based in South Korea, has backed Seoul, condemning the incident and confirming late on Monday that it will hold joint anti-submarine naval exercises with the country.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Washington and Beijing must work together to "fashion an effective response" to the sinking of the Cheonan.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts during a press conference in Beijing, China, Monday, May 24, 2010. Clinton said North Korea's sinking of South Korean naval ship Cheonan has created a 'highly precarious' security situation in the region and that President Barack Obama's administration is working to prevent an escalation of tension that could lead to conflict. 
Photo: Saul Loeb/AP

Speaking in Beijing, Mrs Clinton said maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula was "a shared responsibility" between the countries.

China has called for all sides to show restraint, adding its voice to calls for international co-operation over the incident.

Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said Beijing was "ready to work together with the US and other parties and continue to stay in close touch on the situation on the Korean peninsula".

Analysts say China's attitude is key, because it holds a veto in the Security Council and has in the past been reluctant to impose tough measures on Pyongyang.


Amid the rising tensions, South Korea has said it will drop propaganda leaflets into the North to tell people about the Cheonan incident, as well as setting up giant electronic billboards to flash messages.

Pyongyang has meanwhile accused South Korea of trespassing in its waters.

It said Seoul had sent "dozens of warships" into its waters since 14 May in "a deliberate provocation aimed to spark off another military conflict", KCNA reported.

"Should the South side's intrusions into the territorial waters of our side continue, the [North] will put into force practical military measures to defend its waters," it said.

 South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young speaks besides Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan (C) and Unification Minister Hyun In-taek (L) during their joint news conference at the Integrated Government Complex in Seoul May 24, 2010.

On Tuesday Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean affairs, arrived in Seoul for talks with Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan.

Mrs Clinton is also due in Seoul for talks on Wednesday."

Cardinal Crisis in Korea: Anti-North Korea protesters chant slogans at a rally in Seoul May 25, 2010. North Korea said on Tuesday it would take military action if the South continued to violate its waters off the peninsula's west coast. The yellow signs read, "Denounce North Korea's atrocity! Strengthen the unity of people!" Credit: REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

 The situation is already well advanced, according to mundane transits, as the world is on the verge of the cardinal crisis transits. This all leads up to a very dangerous time just ahead in June through September.

I continue to urge calm, and prudence, rather than hasty, and impulsive acts that can lead to turning molehills into mountains.

South Korean activists burn a North Korean flag with a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as North Korean defectors shout slogans during a rally against the North near the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

Advice & Tips

Jupiter-Saturn oppositions affect the overall Business Cycle.

This particular opposition comes at bad time for college graduates because of the Saturn, Uranus, Pluto T-Square - a signature of deep economic and systemic dysfunction worldwide.

I fully expect to hear of increasing austerity measures, and deep budget cuts by governments, states, and municipalities around the world.

These measures will undoubtedly cause more social upset, and exacerbate the world economic crisis into a global depression.

Economically, socially, and geopolitically, things are going to be rough for a while until financial systems and markets are able to get clear of the hedge fund manipulators and wolf speculators who caused the damage to begin.

Personally, for those impacted by the world changes, it is important to understand yourself, your own inherent talents, skills, and gifts, and to trust your instincts.

Think medium and long-range, and be open to making the most out of positive opportunities.

The ride is going to be rough for many people, but there are ways to make things less bumpy, and to even thrive in the times ahead.

Don't be rushed, allowing daily inclinations to suddenly change patient plans. At the same time, be prepared for action by knowing what your positive goals are.

Cardinal transits are nearly always active, so, using caution before giving in to haste & impulse is wise and prudent.

Summer and autumn 2010 are not the best seasons to take chances, nor to engage in hasty behavior, though the cardinal inclinations will surely be felt, and experienced in the world, it is important to be patient, prudent and practical.

For the individual impacted by the Cardinal inclinations, I continue to urge patience, safety, and caution.

Do your best to avoid haste, and impulse, while at the same time recognizing the opportunities that new situations can bring, while lowering risk from hasty behavior, or immature impulse.

The idea behind being able to handle and apply the Cardinal Transits of 2010-2015, more or less, is to adapt gradually into the new astrological times.

This is also a time of generational transition, so, as is often common, it is best to adapt as things go along while at the same time building up a new lifestyle without giving way to those things that are outworn and that have outlived usefulness.

Undoubtedly, world events will be inclined because of the ignorance of global transits for the most part, and the foolishness of people, groups, states and governments.

Nevertheless, I continue to warn all that the cardinal global transits have long-term ramifications and unintended consequences for the hasty decisions and impulsive actions taken this year, and next.

Dates of Cardinal T-Square Transits
Mundane planetary configurations & dates 2010-2011
Compiled by Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

  • April 6-7 - Pluto stations retrograde at 5-Capricorn
  • April 7, 2010 - Saturn re-enters tropical Virgo
  • April 26, 2010 - Saturn opposes Uranus (4th opposition)
  • May 23, 2010 - Jupiter opposes Saturn (first time since 1990-91)
  • May 27-28, 2010 - Uranus enters tropical Aries
  • May 30th, 2010 - Saturn stations direct motion at 27-Virgo
  • June 5-6, 2010 - Jupiter enters tropical Aries
  • June 6-7, 2010 - Mars enters tropical Virgo
  • June 8, 2010 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus at 0-Aries
  • July 5, 2010 - Uranus stations retrograde at 0-Aries
  • July 8, 2010 - Jupiter turns North in declination
  • July 11, 2010 - New Moon total eclipse at 19-Cancer (not seen in N. America)
  • July 21, 2010 - Saturn re-enters tropical Libra for good
  • July 23, 2010 - Jupiter stations retrograde
  • July 25, 2010 - Jupiter Squares Pluto
  • July 26, 2010 - Fifth Saturn/Uranus opposition
  • July 31, 2010 - Mars & Jupiter turn S in Declination
  • July 31 - Mars conjoins Saturn at 0-Libra
  • August 3, 2010 - Jupiter, retrograde, Squares Pluto again
  • August 6, 2010 - Venus turns South in Declination
  • August 13-14, 2010 - Uranus re-enters tropical Pisces
  • August 16, 2010 - Jupiter Opposes Saturn
  • August 20, 2010 - Mercury retrogrades in Virgo
  • August 21, 2010 - Saturn Squares Pluto
  • September 8, 2010 - Saturn turns South in declination
  • September 8, 2010 - New Moon at 15-Virgo
  • September 8, 2010 - Venus enters Scorpio
  • September 8-9, 2010 - Jupiter re-enters tropical Pisces
  • September 12, 2010 - Mercury stations direct
  • September 14, 2010 - Pluto stations direct
  • September 14, 2010 - Mars enters Scorpio
  • September 19, 2010 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus for first time in Pisces

  • October 8, 2010 - Venus retrograde in Scorpio
  • October 29-30 - Venus turns to "morning star" phase for ten months
  • November 6, 7, 2010 - Neptune direct in motion
  • November 18 - Venus stations direct
  • November 18 - Jupiter stations direct
  • December 5, 6- Uranus stations direct motion
  • December 10-30 - Mercury retrograde
  • January 4, 2011 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus a third time
  • January 22, 2011 - Jupiter enters Aries
  • Jan. 25, 26 - Saturn stations retrograde 17-Libra
  • February 25, 2011 - Jupiter Squares Pluto

  • March 3, 2011 - Transiting Lunar Nodes shift to Mutable Quality of Sagittarius & Gemini
  • March 11-12, 2011 - Uranus enters Aries (first time in 84 years)
  • March 28, 2011 - Jupiter opposes Saturn

~ World Transits: 2010-2015 ~
Forecast By Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S
There are six (6) major transits of the Cardinal Crisis Years - signified by the planets involved & their inclinations:

- Saturn oppose Uranus -
Frustrating attempts to change existing conditions
The new versus the old
Virgo/Pisces - Aries/Libra

Negative attitudes within personal areas of responsibility against those of personal freedom. People generally demand strict obedience to their authority but will rebel against authority at the same time.

Much cooperation is needed to avoid falling into the unfavorable inclinations of Saturn's opposition to Uranus.

A sustained cycle where much insight, honesty, and awareness is needed to offset the powerful tendency to be rigid and unforgiving in personal and professional affairs.

Extreme viewpoints expressed by the ignorant and mentally ill fall under this influence. Loud public pronouncements shouted with wild mannerisms expressing inconsistent attitudes can be observed.

Common sights are: bugged-eye pundits uttering unsubstantiated personal opinions as facts; personal attacks, insults, and acerbic comments designed to bring attention to oneself.

Impulse, haste, snap judgments, immaturity, poor communication skills lacking any sign of social grace and basic manners can be observed.

Negative emotional attitudes bordering on signs of stress and mental illness is also quite common.

There is widespread conflict between the old order and the new emerging order. This is generational.

Groups and individuals battle against corruption of the old establishment, while the old establishment denies losing their clout, and remain fixated on old methods, rejecting anything "new" that threatens their established order.

Concepts and ideas in economic, business and political affairs tend to be impractical, unreliable, and eccentric. Economic life continues to run at a low ebb.

See - Part 3 Of Spain Is Dying

These conflicts play out with professional and personal relationships in a pre-revolutionary manner - pushing relationships to breaking points.

Saturn's opposition to Uranus is unfavorable when dealing with joint accounts, finances, corporate business affairs, inheritances, insurance, and all economic matters important to organizations, groups, and individuals.

The economic climate is highly stressed, with conflicts between the "old" and the "new" at extremes and waiting for the breaking points to arrive.

Selfish motives within organizations, and groups tend to be those where others try to take credit for the work of others in order to advance their own careers leading to estrangements between associates, colleagues and friends.

Ulterior motives abound, as do negative emotions, rampant cynicism; along with personal and professional betrayals. The feelings are quite intense, as oppositions tend to be.

Saturn's inflexibility grinds against Uranus' desire for significant change. The events that have taken place in the world since 2001 is now moving into the "release" phase and into the second decade of the 2010s.

As the fifth and last Saturn/Uranus opposition peaks by July/August 2010, we should observe strong emotions worldwide; seeking a "release" from the pent up energies, anger, and recriminations that have built up over the recent decade of the 2000s.

- Saturn Square Pluto -
Power Plays, Plots, Cold, Evil & Unsympathetic People

General signs of paranoia exists within groups and organizations is one feature of a Saturn/Pluto Square. The large-scale implications of actions taken in government, business, and political groups often force people to face dangerous situations of a sinister nature.

The will power of those involved in personal and professional intrigues is heightened to the point of very negative inclinations with some people using coercive methods to achieve what they perceive as success.

Under Saturn/Pluto this can feature acts of blackmail, threats, and plots at the highest levels of government, within political groups, and corporations.

Paranoid individuals with extreme opinions, and viewpoints is also common under  A Saturn/Pluto square. 

The emotions can be deep, but the insights are often clouded by dishonorable associations and emotions to individuals and groups who do not have the best interests of others at heart.

Some individuals will find themselves battling against corruption and rampant dishonesty within organizations, or within associations, be they professional or personal with attacks on their reputation coming as a result of fighting dishonest persons and groups.

The coming revelations of widespread corruption in global financial markets, on Wall Street, and other stock markets will be under the Saturn/Pluto square.

Forcing major players to fight for their freedom because of accusations of the theft of tens of billions of dollars leading to a worldwide global recession.

Corporate power plays take center stage under the cardinal crisis transits with increasing political pressure and regulatory scrutiny on major banks, insurance companies, and those implicated in widespread financial malfeasance over the last decade.

The focus on these areas: unemployment, insurance, housing, stock markets, hedge funds, secret bank accounts, general economics, political and government affairs, alimony, and inheritances - is all common under the influences of Saturn's square from Libra to Pluto in Capricorn.

It is also common under these inclinations for opposing groups and individuals to use negative, dishonest, and evil means to obtain personal/profession advantages over others; or attempts to hide past acts of malfeasance to avoid implicating others involved in acts of corruption.

This often backfires under the Saturn/Pluto square and results in public scandal along with damage to the reputation and the careers of those who used negative means to gain what they "perceive" to be an advantage.

Nowhere does "do unto others as you would have them do unto you' applies more than under a Saturn/Pluto world square.

The effect on personal and professional connections can be long-lasting with people completely breaking off any further association with friends, family and colleagues.

Power struggles - both internal and external - is a main theme of a Saturn/Pluto Square.

The will-power is increased, but the personal judgment is often very poor. This gives way to intense emotions that are not clearly understood enough to make valuable judgment calls on all levels of decisions.

Often, decisions are based on perceived "associations" with others who are not one's friends, nor who share one's common interests, except to advance their own personal interests while using others as a means to and end. Very common under Saturn's square to Pluto.

After the square aspect passes, the events which have taken place under its influences are fully revealed, leading to permanent estrangements from those once trusted and valued as friends, associates, or lovers.

Saturn's continued transit through Libra (2010-2012) then features a full distrust and estrangement from those who used dishonest means during the Saturn/Pluto inclinations. 

These estrangements will last a very long time and trust will never be restored after the world square aspect has moved out of orb.

- Jupiter Square Pluto -

Coercions, False Promotions, Litigation & Dishonesty
Aries/Capricorn - 2010-2011
Opposition from Jupiter in Cancer to Pluto in Capricorn arrives 2013-2014

The Jupiter/Pluto Square acts much like that of Saturn's square to Pluto. Jupiter's motion into Aries in mid-2010, and then again in February 2011, will square Pluto in tropical Capricorn.

The same kinds of conflicts under Saturn's influence by square to Pluto comes into action with hasty, impulsive and headstrong promotion of one's opinions as facts to gain a perceived advantage over others.

Temptation is strong with inclinations to use dishonest means to get what one thinks they want.

Rampant litigation under Jupiter's inclinations lead to a rush toward legal wars without first seeing the bigger picture. With the Jupiter square to Pluto: it is the forest first, the trees second, but do make sure you count each tree.

The contradictions of this is simple:

Jupiter's square to Pluto, in combination to its conjunction to Uranus in opposition to Saturn, and by square to Pluto, and back, fully complicates matters, so as to act as a powerful feedback loop with amplifiers about to blow loudly if the volume of intensity is not turned down.

The energies of the Cardinal Cross transits are simply too strong. Patience, slowing down, and reposing are the keys to effectively neutralizing these powerful cardinal inclinations.

Under the Jupiter/Pluto square, serious mistakes are often made preparing legal cases without first laying down the proper practical groundwork.

Often, this comes about because of ego, and headstrong acts featuring arrogance and pride; but wholly failing to take into account the small, but very important details.

The majority of litigation made under these influences will collapse like a house of cards after months of what seemed like a iron-clad case.

The only way to neutralize this transit, as with all the others of the Cardinal Crisis transits is to slow down, and to be strictly honest at all times in all personal and business affairs.

Also, the need to remain detached and practical while plodding step-by-step without ego, impulse, and haste. This is the antidote to the impulsive inclinations of cardinal transits.

Power-plays, and forced acts of coercion, with promotions of extreme expressions of personal, political and religious viewpoints is quite common under this global square.

Often, one's aspirations to remake others comes with neglecting one's own house while confused attitudes about ethics and morality are cast aside in favor of haste and impulse - rushing to judgment.

Struggles with corrupted individuals and groups is also common under a Jupiter/Pluto Square. 

Criminal underworld groups, and their associates often war against one another in the perceived struggle for "power," without understanding the dire future implications of their violent acts which, in time, will return upon the very people involved in these evil affairs.

There can be dubious spiritual practices featuring over-optimistic false spiritual, religious and political beliefs shaped by the realization that there are large-scale forces at work that the individual (s) have been forced to see as a result of changes in lifestyles.

The square aspect in this respect can be positive if the individual (s) remember to not act in haste or impulse in accepting too easily that which is being realized.

Under the cardinal crisis transits, there are efforts by others to remake or coerce others to partake in evil behaviors - effectively using people to do the things which "appear" to advance the interests of those who agree to take part in actions, or groups. 

After the 2010 Jupiter/Pluto Square comes another one by mid-2013 into the year 2014.

This will be part of the Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014 showing powerful cardinal inclinations of haste, and impulse that feeds into the coming Uranus-Pluto Squares of the 2010s.

Again, there is a sense that things are not changing as quickly as people would like them to, and the ramifications of the decade of the 2000s continue to persist into the early years of the 2010s.

Unless the problems of rampant past corruption - especially in the financial sector - then this world Grand Cross, with Jupiter now in Cancer, as part of another series of cardinal crisis configurations - will return to bite back with a vengeance in 2014.

- Jupiter Oppose Saturn -

Bad Business Timing, Questionable Tactics &  Promised Favors Undone
Pisces/Aries - Virgo/Libra
Jupiter at 0-10 degrees Taurus

Jupiter/Saturn oppositions arrive every 20 years. The last one took place in 1990-91. They usually always feature an economic recession, usually deep ones, which can take several years to emerge out of before conditions gradually improve.

Such will be the case with the 2010-2012 opposition of Jupiter/Saturn. During these oppositions expect business to suffer as the generational transition continues over the course of Jupiter's opposition to Saturn.

Because of the poor economic climate some people may resort towards using questionable tactics to get ahead and make money.

With the business climate contracted, some will seek shortcuts and dubious actions to get ahead while others continue to face competition with limited resources.

The desired expansion of business is fraught with frustration after frustration, red-tape, barriers, blocks, delays, and legal problems. Rising defaults & bankruptcies increase as a result of past mismanagement of resources and corruption with credit conditions tighter than normal.

See - Professor Warren Warns About 2011-2014

It is an unfavorable time to expand business concerns, or to take chances because of the uncertainty of finances, contracts and commitments from others, who tend to be unreliable due to limited resources, confusion, lack of planning, procrastination, and a general lack of honesty and fair play.

The crush of competition, fighting for a limited amount of customers, with resources lacking can further cause disruptions in professional and personal lives to the point of some leaving entire industries for good.

This will continue under the inclinations of Jupiter's opposition to Saturn.

It is a poor time to seek favors from others, as the business climate of 2010-2012 will continue to suffer from immense commercial & residential real estate losses, double-digit unemployment, and a general sense of malaise from an aging generational establishment.

Those seeing support from official institutions, such as federal, state, and local agencies, may find themselves frustrated with the lack of help usually expected from these offices.

This is because those in positions of power are either on their way out the door themselves, or have become cold and unsympathetic to those in need; preferring instead to look out only for themselves.

While this takes place, many people will see their own personal and professional responsibilities increase; while wages continue to stagnate from the lack of resources, which will be limited because of prior economic corruption and waste.

The opposition of Jupiter to Saturn can test what the true balance really is between being optimistic, and being pessimistic. Much will depend on the ability of the individual to be creative, and patient, while the opposition is underway.

It will not last forever, so those who are looking for opportunities during this time should be aware to remain cautiously optimistic, while clearly seeing what the true barriers to success will be during 2010 to 2012.

Most, if not all of the barriers are those held by people with cold, conservative and uncompromising attitudes. Hypocrisy and distorted moral values is also common under a Jupiter/Saturn opposition.

What used to make sense, and would be expected as normal modes of operation and procedures is perverted by the unyielding attitudes of uncompromising people.

Many of these people will be older, and due to the transit of Saturn, will exhibit rigid views without realizing that in a short period of time after the opposition has waned and passed; that they themselves will receive similar treatment from the very people whom they denied opportunities and relief.

The conflicts which come about during 2010-2012 under the Jupiter/Saturn opposition will tend towards ethics; morals; joint finances, family responsibilities, friendships, associations, romantic relationships, partnerships and corporate struggles that will test the reliability and strength of relationships in general.

The Jupiter/Saturn opposition will begin to weaken in February 2012, and by the end of March 2012, will move out of orb.

By this time, those who were frustrated, or blocked from advancement will find an easier go of things gradually in 2012 as Saturn moves out of opposition to the outer planets, and brings a sense of relief by 2013.

However, memories will be still fresh from the red tape, delays, and barriers put up by those with unyielding attitudes. This will come back to haunt those who denied others the potential for advancement during the 2010s, and leads into the coming Uranus/Pluto squares of the 2010s.

The relief in 2013 doesn't last long due to Jupiter's motion out of tropical Gemini, and into tropical Cancer where Jupiter will transit to oppose Pluto in Capricorn - initiating yet another chapter of the Cardinal Crisis Years.

- Jupiter Oppose Pluto -
August 2013 - June 2014
Part of the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

Forced Reforms, Business Clash, Coercions, International Tensions &  Revolts

By the end of June 2013, transiting Jupiter will have moved out of tropical Gemini, and enter Cancer. Making a nice trine to transiting Saturn in Scorpio by early July, it would appear that the struggles, and tensions of the previous two-and-a-half years are over.

However, this is not so according to the world transits. This is simply a breather with more to come by the following month of August, when transiting Mars conjoins Jupiter in Cancer and oppose Pluto in Capricorn.

Jupiter's opposition to Pluto is a time of what appears to be continued stresses around finances, economics, and what policies should be enacted, and which should not.

There can be tendencies to push things too quickly, to overreach with big plans, and grandiose ideas without firming up foundations.

During the period of the Jupiter-Pluto opposition, it is important to take time to make certain that the practical matters of business and personal life are attended to by balancing one's sense of organization against one's desire to push out and expand.

Under this influence come attempts to force, to coerce, or to remake others - claiming one's desires to reform other while not paying attention to one's own need for it personally. This is also extended internationally.

A fine balance must be taken under a Jupiter-Pluto opposition before initiating wide reforms carelessly without prior deep thought, insight, and understanding of the long-term consequences.

Jupiter is in Cancer - the home sign of the United States - so in 2013 and 2014, the opposition to Pluto can indicate tensions from the people towards government, or, to an administration in power at the time as well as international tensions abroad.

The areas highlighted are those around political policies, philosophical ideology, education, religion, and cultural beliefs and norms clashing against anything that appears to be autocratic in nature.

The strongest date of the opposition is in the year 2014, when transiting Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto form a Grand Cross in the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn. The peak of this grand cross is in April 2014.

Jupiter will oppose Pluto, while in square aspect to both Uranus in Aries, and Mars, retrograde in Libra by April 2014. Tensions are high and this grand cross speaks of both international and national tensions at a peak under yet another Cardinal Crisis.

Mixed with a sense of over-optimism, underneath the public feelings at this time is also impatience, and a strong lack of practical common sense that allows many to jump to conclusions - which is part of the cardinal inclinations of haste and impulse once again coming to the fore.

The sense of adventure and grandiose idealism at this time is marked by a hesitancy seen by the retrograde of Mars in Libra at this time.

There are unexpected hostile dealings with foreigners for those outside their home countries, and those overseas tend towards being unpredictable and unreliable.

Spring 2014 into summer 2014 is not a good time for overseas travel. Moreover, the diplomatic tensions are high, so diplomats may come into contact with those in foreign states those who may be difficult to contend with at this time.

Prudence, tact, and foresight is strong advised among all parties, be they individuals, groups, companies, organizations or nations.

The Grand Cross of 2014 signals a sort of "peaking" of the previous cardinal transits of 2010 and 2011 with inclinations of demanding freedom at all cost without taking on the mantle of patience, and responsibility that comes along with demands.

Before 2014, the sense of optimism fueled by the coming and going of the year 2012 when the world did not come to an end, and the inclinations of the year 2013 with a sense of new-found, but cautious optimism, is met by April 2014 with a sense that rebellion and revolt is once again on the horizon.

The international tensions at this time in 2014 will stem from former disagreements and beliefs among nations which appear to have undermined future matters by ignoring principles with empty words - saying one thing, but doing another.

This obviously leads to international clashes when trust appears to be broken between some nations. This shows in world transits of 2014. It is the year of the diplomat.

Mars' retrograde in Libra (March 1, 2014 to May 19, 2014) plays a strong role in the Cardinal Grand Cross of that year.

Wise decision-making is at a premium; so heads of state, and their diplomats should be careful not to overreach, nor to promise more than they can deliver, but to balance threats with peaceful acts, and with careful solutions via prudent diplomacy and tact.

Mars' opposition to Uranus in Aries in 2014 speaks of conflicts, and clashes among states, organizations, friends, and family who take sides on the broader issues of the times. The transit of Mars in Libra (December 7, 2013 to July 25, 2014) is a long one. 

The retrograde of Mars from March to May 19, 2014 takes part during the strongest months of the Cardinal Grand Cross in April & May.

Decision-making is important here, and, with Mars declining in Libra, it is essential to have the right players in position during this time of global transits. The wrong personalities involved as "diplomats" are apt to make things that much worse simply because of their personal and political ideologies.

It is wise to remove ideological hotheads in critical positions at this time in 2014 and to replace them with calm, cool, and smart diplomats who can be trusted and relied upon to create atmospheres for leaders where positive progress can be made.

Compounding this will be a total Lunar eclipse at 25-Libra during the early morning hours of April 15, 2014 that will be visible over the Americas, the Pacific, and east Australia. 

The degrees indicated by Sabian symbols say ~
  • 25º Libra - "The sign of an autumn leaf brings to a pilgrim the sudden revelation of the mystery of life and death."
  • 26º Libra - "An Eagle and a large White Dove Turning into each other."
 My forecast is for an international conflict at this time of the Grand Cross, that continues into July 2014, before either being resolved fully, or which escalates into warfare.

The choices indicated here by Jupiter's opposition to Pluto show that successful advance diplomacy must be made prior to spring 2014, and that signs of the coming conflicts will be seen in late 2012, and early 2013.

Spring 2014 in the northern hemisphere is a tense time of international tension that should be resolved by carefully handling the energies with proper decision-making, diplomacy, and a fine balance between leadership and international cooperation. 

In this way, President Theodore Roosevelt's advice to "speak softly but carry a big stick" applies very well at this time in the world. The energies of the solar year of 2014 are about the promotion of peace, calm, and wise diplomacy. 

Though the ignorant may propound immediate military action; the consequences are far-reaching into the future - so leaders at this time in 2014 will need to exercise wise restraint while carefully balancing the advice of doves and hawks to come to a solution that will satisfy everyone.

Compounding the problem at this time is the fifth exact square between Uranus and Pluto which occurs in April 2014. This is part of the Global Grand Cardinal Cross that year. We will now take a look at the roles these two outer planets will play, along with their powerful inclinations.

 - Uranus Square Pluto -
2011-2020 overall
Rebellions, Revolts & Revolutionary Sentiments
early Taurus/Capricorn

If anything defines some of the more tense cardinal energies of the 2010s, it will be the Uranus transit of Aries in global square to transiting Pluto in Capricorn. 

Handling this world square will not be an easy matter after the failures of the past generation to resolve many of the outstanding issues of the end of the 20th century, and the decade of the 2000s.

By July 2011, transiting Uranus will come very close to performing a near-exact square to Pluto in Capricorn, but Uranus will station retrograde on July 9, 2011 - delaying the first exact square with Pluto for 11 more months.

Uranus and Pluto, as slow moving outer planets, will remain in orb for most of the decade of the 2010s. Their most powerful inclinations occur from 2011 to the year 2018.

The first of seven (7) exact squares begins officially on June 24, 2012 with Uranus and Pluto square at 8-Capricorn. This is the first in a series of very powerful world square aspects between both planets relative to the Earth.

The Uranus/Pluto Cardinal squares lasts, overall, from 2011 to 2020.

An unprecedented Seven (7) exact squares occur in just three (3) years: 2012 to 2015
(*) = significant dates

1. June 24, 2012 – first global square at 8-degrees Aries/Capricorn
2. *September 18-19, 2012 second square at 6-degrees Aries/Capricorn
3. May 20, 2013 – third square at 11-degrees Aries/Capricorn
4. November 1, 2013 – fourth square at 9-degrees Aries/Capricorn
5. *April 21, 2014fifth square at 13-degrees Aries/Capricorn
6. December 14-15, 2014 – sixth square at 12-degrees Aries/Capricorn
7. *March 16-17, 2015seventh global square at 15-degrees Aries/Capricorn

The last time Uranus and Pluto met in global square aspect was during the 1930s. This was a decade of reactionary, extreme right-wing politics, revolutionary socialism, rising crime, rebellions, revolts, and restrictive laws gradually reducing freedoms throughout Europe and the then-Soviet Union.

The Bank Crisis and Stock Market Crash of 1929-33 fueled the early years of the Great Depression with rising waves of petty crime and bank robberies. The resulting foreclosures of homes, businesses and family farms amid a depressed global economic system cast a dark shadow over the world.

The NYSE reaching its lowest trading point in history. Weather anomalies under the influence of Uranus in Aries led to the hottest year in U.S. history in 1933-34 with drought and dust storms raging across the American Midwest.

Meanwhile, political extremism ensued with the rise of tyrants, as Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany while in Japan, radical forms of militarism spread so much that it was being openly taught in elementary and high schools.

The revolts, rebellions and revolutionary sentiments under the Uranus/Pluto squares thus paved the way for the Second World War that followed by the end of the 1930s.

Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn revolve their squares worldwide for much of the 2010s, but the most powerful periods are between 2012 through 2015.

This is a time of great upsets within nations which have now experienced at least four to seven years in the wake of the global economic crisis.

Uranus' penchant for sudden change against Pluto's desire structure in Capricorn for a kind of transformational war that butt heads over the "kinds" of new changes to be realized and those not to be supported.

While this is happening, populations around the world seem to have had it to their chins with the constant disruptions of their lives; the losses of lifestyles over the years. 

They react powerfully by demanding immediate changes without question while the forces of the status quo and old establishment refuse to yield - deciding to procrastinate even more.

Groups, organizations and individuals have become radicalized by the events since 2008. So much so, that by the time (June 2012) of the first of seven exact Uranus/Pluto square social unrest is a certainty in regions around the world.

There are increasing signs of rebellions, revolts and foreboding examples of revolutionary sentiments expressed in various nations upset with the status quo, represented by Pluto in Capricorn.

It seems everything is on the table here: economic, social, political and religious structures are be challenged from all sides. People want change, and intend on getting it.

The headstrong inclinations of Aries, with Uranus in it's 7-year transit in this sign, squaring Pluto can indicate sudden deaths coming about unexpectedly; usually through acts of violence, and from common accidents, and unexpected large-scale disasters related to weather extremes.

Past associations, friendships and relationships can become radically changed under Uranus and Pluto's cardinal squares. It is at this time, between 2012-2015 that companies that were hanging on by a thread financially - can suddenly break and fall into bankruptcy.

The entry of Neptune into tropical Pisces in February 2012 will impress dissolution on failing companies afterward, with a slow, but gradual death into the mid-to-late 2010s.

The sudden losses associated with Uranus' transit in Aries can bring about greater financial losses than expected while corporations continue to witness power struggles as the generational transition picks up speed in the early to mid-2010s.

The revolutionary sentiments inclined by Uranus/Pluto come about as a result of the frustrations of the decade of the 2000s.

The global economic crisis, and the resulting societal effects have angered many populations who feel that their governments and representatives were not representing them, but corporate monied-interests that pilfered society's resources.

The resulting backlash featured under the Uranus/Pluto squares of the 2010s will be widespread, and quite unsettling for those involved in the mismanagement of trillions of dollars and euros over the previous decade.

Rising crime can be a problem; also fueled by the lack of resources because of the Banking Crisis of 2008-2012. 

Hasty and impulsive actions to acquire money through illegal acts become more public as law and order seems to be failing to take hold of the rising tide of criminal acts perpetuated by career criminals let out on the streets after being released from prison, but not reformed.

State officials, under pressure financially, are forced to release thousands of prisoners in the early 2010s to relieve the system from overcrowding.

State lawmakers all over the U.S., who say they need to save money from the devastating losses in state revenues say must release tens of thousands of convicts from prison in the 2010s, including drug addicts, thieves and violent criminals.

If there has been little reform of the system during the time of incarcerations, then obviously the lingering effects of the economic crisis that awaits convicts on the street can be a threat to public safety under the Uranus/Pluto squares.

By the spring of 2014, things become quite tense again globally with another Cardinal Cross - this time a Grand Cross configuration featuring Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto in the Signs of Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn.

Grand Cross configurations in cardinal signs seek immediate release of strong, emotional pent-up energies.

By April 2014, there is a sense among populations that they have had enough. They eject the usual explainations behind the causes of the economic crisis, which, by this time, will have persisted at various levels significantly enough to cause outright revolts in some nations.

At the same time, international tensions are sure to be high as well. There is a strong need for calm, but strong diplomacy as the Cardinal Grand Cross energies peak by April & May 2014.

Resolution of conflicts between nations can occur by utilizing cooperative stances, as well as using the carrot and stick method to bring unwilling parties to the bargaining tables to resolve differences.

The energies of Uranus Square Pluto can be violent. Accidents, and deaths are caused by haste, impulse, and the refusal to be patient, and tolerant.

Aries is the Sign of haste/impulse, while Pluto seeks general transformation, but through a gradual and steady use of the authority, forms, disciplines and structures of Capricorn.

The clashes between pre-revolutionary forces and those managing the old systems of structure can meet in the middle, but this can only be accomplished through diplomacy, understanding with all sides being flexible.

Uranus' transit in square to Pluto will undoubtedly shape much of the international climate of the 2010s to the point that presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, national leaders, CEOs, managers, and all those in executive positions will have to carefully determine how best to handle their respective leadership roles over the next 10-12 years.

It will not be easy. Those who make the effort to plan ahead, and who are flexible in their thinking, and their attitudes, will do much better than those who are not.

Nonetheless, expect the global square of Uranus to Pluto to be the prime cardinal inclinational force that will make world news time and again through the decade of the 2010s, and into the mid-2020s.

Personal Guidance: 2010-2011
Try to see the next decade of the 2010s as a road. Right now, in this solar year between 2010 and 2011 - the world is at a historic crossroads. The same will be for many people worldwide.

People who have planetary positions at the end of the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces; as well as those who have positions, either natally, or by progression, in the early degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn ~ will feel the transpersonal inclinations of the Cardinal T-square transits.

Those with angles allow the late degrees of mutable signs, or the early degrees of cardinal signs will also feel the cardinal transits of the outer planets.

The best way to deal with them is to use the transits in creative work, and personal work to reshape your own personal expressions, and looks, while knowing that a global transition is underway.

People who will fall under the inclinations will be those who project their problems into the lives of others rather than to face them honestly and resolve that which is within themselves. 

Because the cardinal transits seek action, anyone so inclined in this way, failing to resolve their own inner issues, will be "reactionary" in their attitudes and expressions.

From June to late 2010 global transits are in the red zone+ with heavy doses of squares (challenges, use of power) and oppositions (ideologies/violent conflicts.)

Not a great summer. Too many egos and ideological heads butting all against one another at the same time. Travel totally sucks. Unfavorable transits all around. A mess.

My mundane advice would be to allow this summer and autumn to go by resting, relaxing, and not pushing anything at all, and for everyone to calm down. But, I'm just an astrologer, what do I know?

After mid-September to mid-November 2010,  a time to reassess, review, and deal with the emotional consequences of it all. Venus transits Scorpio from September 2010 to January 2011, and is retrograde in Scorpio from October to November.

I continue to forecast also on the months of October through December 2010, which is a strong emotional time full of drama because of the Venus retrograde, along with Mars' transit of Scorpio and Sagittarius during those months.

People who have left unresolved matters around foreclosures, businesses, professional jobs, careers, relationships, etc., will have to face these months which show that the end is near for their respective lifestyles.

Anyone who has people in their lives who refuse to see that times are changing had best take a look at themselves and get a grip.

Time to start saying "no" to the outworn methods and people who have been causing a lot of grief in society over the past several years of the economic, and now, social crisis. 

The months of July through mid-November 2010 is generally a time to chill out, but to work with oneself and others to improve conditions heading into next year. This is a good time to take a closer look at the things going on in the world.

Do not be misled, there's a ton of evil crap that's being going on for a long time that needs attending to by the people. 

The Cardinal transits of 2010 is simply the beginning 4-5 years of the public's reckoning. 

Remember the end of the movie Frankenstein?

However, if anyone has a late start, then new projects will have to wait to get going until after mid-November 2010.

From that time onwards, to the late summer of 2011, excellent transits exist for those working with proper positive and healthy aspirations & goals.

There is still time from late May 2010 to mid-July 2010 to make adjustments, but people who are lag behind must see what is outworn, and no longer useful, so you can progress into the new decade on much better footing.

Don't wait to make changes, as you should be already doing so now. By mid-July 2010, transits are not favorable through to mid-November, so, patience will be needed if you miss your deadlines by July, or, put them off until late autumn. 

Venus' direct motion November 18, 2010 is joined by Jupiter's direct motion the same day.

This features a time of renewal for early birds who are looking to jump start their engines for the years ahead. A wise time to do so is after mid-November 2010 through to August 2011.

This ten-month cycle is excellent for people with positive plans, and who are starting new careers, lives, relationships, projects, businesses, etc. 

I would be planning right now, work through summer, keeping things low profile and not giving in to the cardinal inclinations of haste and impulse, but continue to progress without personal "dramas" through September, October, and into mid-November 2010.

That Venus retrograde in Scorpio (Oct. 7-8 to Nov. 18, 2010) is strong. It also features a time of phase change of Venus from "evening star" to morning star by October 29, 2010.

Evening to Morning Star Venus: By late October 2010, Venus will begin to rise ahead of the Sun rather than after it, shifting from 'evening' to 'morning star.' The morning star cycle lasts from late October 2010 to August 2011.

By the way, the Japanese just launched two new Venus probes on May 21.

If you look to the western skies at this time of writing (May 2010) as the sun sets on clear days towards night, you will see Venus shining as evening star.

Dynamic Japanese 2010 Probe Of Venus Gets Started: Soon after blasting off from southern Japan, the rocket deployed a satellite called Akatsuki, or 'Dawn' in English, which will reach orbit around Venus in six months. The same rocket also unloaded Ikaros, a probe propelled by a solar sail that will accelerate as it passes Venus towards the far side of the Sun.

The current Venus "evening star" cycle will end by October 29, 2010, when Venus is at 5-6 degrees of tropical Scorpio, just a day or two before Halloween.

During the second half of September, and into October, both Venus and Mars will transit tropical Scorpio.

Relationships are highlighted with endings and new beginnings during the autumn months in the northern hemisphere, and spring in the southern.

This is a time of personal emotional change, of transitions, and the choices you make will determine how you will live over the next 10-12 years.

So, make wise decisions during the summer and autumn months of 2010, and into the winter of 2011.

One doesn't have to make perfect decisions all the time, that's not what I mean. Under the inclinations of the mundane world transits, the important thing is to know when your opportunities to progress are, and to also know when risks are too much at any particular time.

Relationships of all kinds are now going through change, so people and associates you may have been around for some years will tend to wind down, endings, or will have already ended.

This is okay, for if the times call for change, and for progressing, then so be it. Inside yourself, it is going to have to sound something like this: 

The thing is to remember to take a chance on developing new healthy relationships that will form the lifestyles and people you will come to know better in the new decade just ahead.

Knowing that times in the world are changing, why not form some new, positive, and exciting associations, and make things better?

The transitional year of 2010 will lead into a new era in 2011 that will last through the 2010s and 2020s.

The cardinal planetary inclinations, for the most part, signify significant changes in all areas of life: professional & personal. 

How you handle this internally will have long lasting consequences; so be prudent about what is your fault, and what is not your fault.

The key thing to know about transpersonal effects of the causes which have been at play in the world is that it isn't your fault.

That is why it is "transpersonal," ~ meaning causes that affect large populations, and the general climate of the times.

This is important because there are many people out there who are depressed about matters they had nothing personally to do with, but somehow are convinced that it is their fault. 

Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to your average Earthling  just making their way through life.

We all know that the so-called forces of the bad guys who are to blame for much of the mess is the reason why the economic and social breakdowns occur. Those bad guys have something else coming their way...

My advice to anyone who hangs around any such bad people is to casually back yourself out of the room, and say, thanks, but no thanks. The world transits ahead, over the coming years, will not be kind to people such as that.

And, you don't want to be around people, who, because of their evil acts, have their names being written on the tips of lightning bolts, would you?

Knowing the distinction between what is personal and transpersonal frees up those who may have been depressed about losing homes to foreclosures, careers, jobs, and associates in challenging economic times.

This is what is the start of the cardinal transits is really about from now into the mid-2010s.

The personal effects from the cardinal crisis are transpersonal, and will appear as unresolved inner issues, which are best put aside and resolved.

This is because transits can force anything that is left unresolved within a person to appear, by force of the inclinations of the transits, into the outer, material world.

Regressing into old habits, because of unresolved personal issues, will allow the transpersonal transits of the planets to then materialize into your personal world.

However, be letting go, and giving up any regressive thought patterns, you can easily free up your mind and emotions for the more important matters of the future.

Positive thoughts go a long way into the 2010s, and no better time to start than right now. Those people who use their thoughts to form clear, positive images, and who do not allow themselves to be distracted by outworn, unresolved matters of the past will do best in this new decade.

Knowing that your own personal issues are resolved within; you will also be able to clearly see how transpersonal forces in the world affect you socially, professionally and personally. 

Knowing the clear difference between what is your fault and what is not your fault in the current and future climate of how things are going in the world decreases emotional depression.

Once you wake up to this fact, then you are better equipped, and able, to make sense, and proper use out of the cardinal crisis transits the world is just beginning to enter into this spring of 2010.

Jupiter's transits for the world are interesting. The historic conjunction to Uranus in June &, September 2010, and again in early January 2011 signifies unique opportunities for people who seek positive climates and willing to work for these goals.

The three Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions, one in Aries (June 8, 2010) and two conjunctions in Pisces (September 2010 & January 2011) is clearly a sign of the changing times astronomically.

Touching up the seasonal point of 0-Aries the conjunction is both a help, and a hearken of coming global changes. I continue to forecast that this is an historic time, and will be seen as one in the years ahead.

The Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions gives the world a chance to take an important step in consciousness, which, along with the social breakdowns, and worries of the future, comes at a time of transitional generational change.

The causes, the inclinations, are transpersonal in nature and affect the entire world.

Knowing these differences frees a person up from being depressed about things that they had no say, or control over in the first place.

Here's a nine-year protesting at JP Morgan Chase in New York.

Think he's depressed?

No, even a child knows things aren't as they should be, and he, like others who know this, are speaking out, and are loud about it. Positive action does yield positive results ~ especially with favorable transits.

Depends on how a person looks at things in the world, doesn't it?

The idea behind handling and navigating the Cardinal Crisis is to speak up, and speak out, but to also pace yourself about solutions as well as the problems in the world ~ transpersonally ~ as well as how you want to handle them personally in your own life.

It really is how you see that there are two different points of view that are connected, that of oneself, and that of other places in the world.

We are all connected to one another, and share common values (we hope) as human beings, so, the cardinal crisis is about a collective human progression that is now beginning to take place, and we call this mundane history.

A new astrological global era is beginning in this new decade; have no doubt about it; so it is a time of historic change, adapting, and seeking out new positive possibilities amid the confusion, corruption and chaos of the recent past, and, sadly, the current present.

How you choose to enter this new decade personally, with all its transpersonal causes, challenges, and exciting possibilities ~ between now and March 2011 ~ will determine the tone and course of the entire decade of the 2010s.

So, choose well.

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