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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Cardinal T-Square Crisis - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Pluto: The Economy, Housing Markets, Plus > Unfavorable Travel, Mounting Violence & Deadly Floods, Top American General Outed by Rolling Stone, Australia's First Female Prime Minister, England's Austerity Cuts & Mundane World Forecast: 2010-2015

The Cardinal Crisis
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Opening Salvo Into The 2010s

The Economy, Wall Street & Housing Markets


Floods, Accidents & Violence

Top American General Outed By Rolling Stone?

England Unveils Deep Budget Cuts
Australia's First Female Prime Minister

Mundane World Forecast: 2010-2015

By Theodore White; mundane Astrolog.S

The opening series of the Cardinal T-Square World Transits has now begun, and, as we can see up to this point in time, global events continue to correlate to the powerful planetary configurations relative to the Earth.

I am often asked by people how this can happen. I remind everyone that astrological world transits are very real, and have been in effect since the dawn of time itself.

We have seen and confirmed repeatedly, time and again, through the lens of Mundane Astrology as it applies to world history and current global events.

The events of the past spring, from the BP Oil Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, to the continuing global economic crisis to the war in Afghanistan, along with the budding geopolitical tensions in countries around the world, from the Korean Peninsula to central Asia, to Europe, has clearly proved the world is indeed entering a new era, as forecasted.

I also continue to forecast that senseless violence, inclined by the configurations of the cardinal positions of the planets, should be guarded against with great caution, prudence and patience or things could get out of hand.

New leaders emerge on the scene as Australia wakes up to the news that it has its first female prime minister.

The economic crisis continues to make major news as England's new coalition government unveils its austerity package leading to calls from the opposition that it will destroy the social fabric of the nation. American Astrologer Jude Cowell presents her insights into England's deep economic cuts.

Meanwhile, giving in to haste and impulse of the cardinal inclinations, a top commander over the war in Afghanistan, which in June 2010 eclipsed Vietnam as the longest running war in American history, was suddenly ousted by President Barack Obama after disturbing reports about a general's comments were revealed by a rock-and-roll magazine.

As the world nears the first series of the Cardinal Crisis transits, I continue to forecast serious problems and accidents on the high seas, increasing flood events, and climate change leading to the arrival of La Nina during the second half of 2010 and into the first half of 2011.

The Cardinal Crisis
Weather, Climate, Floods & Inclinations of Violence
 In this photo taken Monday, June 21, 2010, a lightning bolt strikes the top of a building in south China's Guangdong province. On Tuesday, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao called for stepped-up rescue efforts after fierce torrential rains brought down a dike in southern China, forcing 68,000 people to flee. photo: AP

The transits of the outer planets can be sparked by transits of inner planets. In the case of the Cardinal Crisis transits, we see increasing signs of senseless acts of violence throughout the world.

My advanced climate and weather forecasts for 2010 called for increasing floods throughout the world. This is especially the case due to the conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus, and the position of Saturn in the late degrees of tropical Virgo.

I forecasted back in 2009 that expanding floods would increase in 2010:

Raging Global Floods: A destroyed railroad is seen after heavy rains in Rio Largo city, in the northeastern state of Alagoas, Brazil on June 23, 2010. Torrents of flood waters have devastated towns and villages in northeastern Brazil, killing at least 42 people and leaving more than 600 missing, emergency officials said. Days of heavy rains in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco flooded towns, burst a river dam, and left more than 40,000 people without shelter.
Credit: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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Floods Flatten Entire Town

150,000 People Marooned By Floods

Flash Floods Strike in France

Floods Hit Western Canada

Storms & Floods In American Midwest

Missouri River Floods Towns South of Omaha Metro 

Report on the May 2010 Tennessee Floods

Death Toll From Myanmar Floods Hits 63

30 People Die in Ghana Floods

Floods Strike in Romania

Downpours Triggered Floods in Oklahoma

Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Felt In Canada

The positions of the planets Jupiter and Uranus, both in opposition to Saturn in the late degrees of tropical Virgo, signal flood events as we have seen. The year 2010, as forecasted, is a powerful year of weather, climate and seismic events.

I continue to warn that the worst is not yet over as flood events will continue this year, and into the first half of 2011 under the planetary inclinations as they relate to the world's climate. Caution is urged.

Consider these recent events of Senseless Violence under the cardinal crisis transits:

A car sits overturned on a sidewalk in central Paris, France, June 23, 2010 following Algeria’s devastating loss to the United States in the World Cup, as 200 to 250 youths who had been watching the game on a giant screen at an inner-city stadium took to the streets. Shop windows were smashed and about 20 cars were incinerated or flipped over, among other incidents which spread to nearby neighborhoods.
Credit: Fred Dufour, AFP.

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Two Teens Stabbed To Death In The Bronx

Gang Members Burn Bus In El Salvador, Killing 14

Mass Violence in South Kyrgyzstan

Jamaican Government Extends Curfew After Drug Lord Captured

  Violence Spreads In Chicago, Leaving 10 dead, 60 Wounded

California Restaurant Gunman Bent on Domestic Violence

Family Man Arraigned In Brutal Slaying Of His Family

Seven Afghan Construction Workers Killed By Bomb Attack

Hooded Men Shoot & Hack Four Commuters To Death In Philippines

Gunman Fire On Mexican Town Hall, Kill 3 Police Officers

For over a year, I have continued to forecast that travel has been, and continues to be highly unfavorable under the planetary inclinations. Recent events prove why this is so:

Australian Tycoon's Plane Crashes in Congo, 10 Bodies Found

Plane Crash Kills 7 Near Quebec City

Chaos At Connecticut Airport With Passengers Stranded on Plane

Afghan Chopper Crash Kills 3 Aussies, 1 American

Death Toll Continues To Climb In Congo Train Disaster

Speeding Train Kills 13 Summer Solstice Revelers Crossing Tracks

15 Indonesians Missing In Boat Accident

The Cardinal Crisis
The Economy, Wall Street & Housing Market

The mysterious 1,000-point drop on the New York Stock Exchange May 6, 2010 continues to remain, well, a 'mystery.'

However, there has been a "flash crash analysis" done on the New York Stock Exchange event that shocked world markets amid the sovereign debt crisis in Greece which then led to the near crash of the Euro and fueled an ongoing American federal investigation into stock market manipulation.

~ Tyler Durden of reports June 23, 2010 ~

"Even as the idiots at the SEC mope about cluelessly; confirming they deserve not one cent of taxpayer money to fund their massively over bloated budget, and should all be summarily fired to collect tarballs in the Gulf of Mexico (and soon Maine.)

Our friends at Nanex have conducted an exhaustive analysis (must read for everybody concerned about market structure), in which they identify the various parties responsible for the market crash, and, drumroll please, High Frequency Trading stands at the pinnacle of culprits for the 1,000 point Dow drop.

From their findings: "While analyzing HFT (High Frequency Trading) quote counts, we were shocked to find cases where one exchange was sending an extremely high number of quotes for one stock in a single second: as high as 5,000 quotes in 1 second!

During May 6, there were hundreds of times that a single stock had over 1,000 quotes from one exchange in a single second. Even more disturbing, there doesn't seem to be any economic justification for this.

 In many of the cases, the bid/offer is well outside the National Best Bid/Offer (NBBO). We decided to analyze a handful of these cases in detail and graphed the sequential bid/offers to better understand them.

What we discovered was a manipulative device with destabilizing effect."

In other words: enough with all the bullshit about HFT as a liquidity provider mechanism: in reality this is just a facade for the most insidious, computerized market manipulative device ever created. 

Nanex' conclusion: "What benefit could there be to whomever is generating these extremely high quote rates? After thoughtful analysis, we can only think of one. Competition between HFT systems today has reached the point where microseconds matter. 

Any edge one has to process information faster than a competitor makes all the difference in this game.

If you could generate a large number of quotes that your competitors have to process, but you can ignore since you generated them, you gain valuable processing time.

This is an extremely disturbing development, because as more HFT systems start doing this, it is only a matter of time before quote-stuffing shuts down the entire market from congestion.

 We think it played an active role in the final drop on 5/6/2010, and urge everyone involved to take a look at what is going on.

Our recommendation for a simple 50ms quote expiration rule would eliminate quote-stuffing and level the playing field without impacting legitimate trading."

We present the Nanex' full report (please focus particularly on Part 4 and the provided evidence) and urge all readers, as we have many times before, to end all stock trading activities immediately (which at the macro level are nothing but a reflection of the EURJPY trade anyway) until such time as the SEC, CFTC, Finra, and every other corrupt and captured agency finally does something about the HFT menace.

Doing nothing is merely inviting certain disaster yet again, and a guaranteed market crash, which next time wipe out the entire market permanently and destroy all confidence in US capital markets in perpetuity."

Analysis of the May 6, 2010 "Flash Crash

"There are 9 exchanges that make markets in NYSE listed stocks: NYSE, Nasdaq, ISE, BATS, Boston, Cincinatti, CBOE, ARCA and Chicago.

Each exchange submits a bid and/or offer price for each stock they wish to make a market in. The highest bid price becomes the National Best Bid and the lowest offer price becomes the National Best Ask.

Exchanges compete, fiercely at times, to become the best bid or offer because that is where orders will be sent for execution.

Exchanges also go to great lengths to ensure they avoid crossing other exchanges (bidding higher than others are offering, or offering lower than others are bidding), because if they do, many High Frequency Trading (HFT) systems will immediately execute a buy/offer and capture an immediate profit equal to the difference. 

Today, it is very rare to see markets crossed in stocks for longer than a few milliseconds.

Beginning at 14:42:46, bids from the NYSE started crossing above the National Best Ask prices in about 100 NYSE listed stocks, expanding to over 250 stocks within 2 minutes (See Part 1, Chart 1-b). 

Detailed inspection indicates NYSE quote prices started lagging quotes from other markets; their bid prices were not dropping fast enough to keep below the other exchange's falling offer prices. 

The time stamp on NYSE quotes matched that of other exchange quotes, indicating they were valid and fresh.

With NYSE's bid above the offer price at other exchanges, HFT systems would attempt to profit from this difference by sending buy orders to other exchanges and sell orders to the NYSE. Hence the NYSE would bear the brunt of the selling pressure for those stocks that were crossed.

Seconds later, trade executions from the NYSE started coming through in many stocks at prices slightly below the National Best Bid, setting new lows for the day. (See Part 1, Chart 

2). This is unexpected, the execution prices from the NYSE should have been higher -- matching NYSE's higher bid price, unless the time stamps are not reflecting when quotes and trades actually occurred.

If the quotes sent from the NYSE were stuck in a queue for transmission and time stamped ONLY when exiting the queue, then all data inconsistencies disappear and things make sense. 

In fact, this very situation occurred on 2 separate occasions at October 30, 2009, and again on January 28, 2010. (See Part 2, Previous Occurrences).

Charting the bid/ask cross counts for those two days reveals the same pattern as 5/6! Looking at the details of the trade and quote data on those days shows the same time stamp/price inconsistencies. The NYSE stated that during the same intervals, they were experiencing delays in disseminating their quotes!

In summary, quotes from NYSE began to queue, but because they were time stamped after exiting the queue, the delay was undetectable to systems processing those quotes. 

On 05/06/2010 the delay was enough to cause the NYSE bid to be just slightly higher than the lowest offer price from competing exchanges, but small enough that is was difficult to detect (See Part 3, The Evidence)

This caused sell order flow to route to NYSE -- thus removing any buying power that existed on other exchanges. When these sell orders arrived at NYSE, the actual bid price was lower because new lower quotes were still waiting to exit a queue for dissemination.

This situation led to orders executing against whatever buy orders existed in the NYSE designated market maker (DMM) order book. 

When an order is executed, the trade is reported to a different system (CTS) than quotes (CQS). Since trade report traffic is much smaller than quote traffic, there is rarely any queuing or delay.

Because many of the stocks involved were high capitalization bellwether stocks and represented a wide range of industries, and because quotes and trades from the NYSE are given higher credibility in many HFT systems, when the results of these trades were published a few milliseconds later, the HFT systems detected the sudden price drop and automatically went short, betting on capturing the developing downward momentum. 

This caused a short term feed-back loop to develop and panic ensued.

Some trading firms have stated that they detected a problem with the accuracy of the data feed and decided to shut down which further reduced liquidity. We think the delay in NYSE quotes was at the root of this detection.

On the subject of HFT systems, we were shocked to find cases where one exchange was sending an extremely high number of quotes for one stock in a single second -- as high as 5,000 quotes in 1 second! 

During May 6, there were hundreds of times that a single stock had over 1,000 quotes from one exchange in a single second. 

Even more disturbing, there doesn't seem to be any economic justification for this. In many of the cases, the bid/offer is well outside the National Best Bid/Offer (NBBO). 

We decided to analyze a handful of these cases in detail and graphed the sequential bid/offers to better understand them. 

What we discovered was even more bizarre and can only be evidence of either faulty programming, a virus or a manipulative device aimed at overloading the quotation system. 

You can see our results in Part 4, Quote Stuffing.

  1. Quote and trade data must be time stamped by the exchanges at the time it is generated. This will ensure delays can be detected by everyone.

    Reasoning: Changing the procedure to time stamp at the time a quote or trade is generated is a near trivial exercise. It probably comes as a surprise to many that time stamping isn't done that way now.

  2. Quote-stuffing should be banned.

    Reasoning: It is a manipulative device designed to overload the quotation system. Quote and trade dissemination (data feed) is a finite resource, and should be treated as such.

  3. Add a simple 50 millisecond quote expiration rule: a quote must remain active until it is executed or 50ms elapses. If the quote is part of the NBBO, it may be improved (higher bid or lower offer price) at any time without waiting for the expiration period.

    Reasoning: The exchanges must protect the integrity of the National Best Bid/Offer system. What is the point of having a National Best Bid/Offer, if not everyone in your nation (apologies to Alaska/Hawaii) can reasonably execute a trade against it?
4) 50ms is approximately the time it takes light and electronic communication to travel from New York to California and back. 

It is impossible to transmit information any faster. This rule would not limit quote/trade rates. So long as trades are executing, quotes can update thousands of times a second.

Only a small percentage of quotes today would be affected and the potential for catastrophically high rates would be eliminated."

The Cardinal Crisis
Real Estate & Housing Markets
Worst Yet To Come?

My forecast on the real estate market has remained the same after forecasting years ago the crisis that is now underway.

The global transits continue to show a massively deflating market from years of rampant fraud, inflated prices, corruption, greed, and abuse of what used to be a calm, boring, and profitable housing market.

This was before the Baby Boomer generation as establishment turned the real estate market into a casino that has caused the giant mess the market is in now, and the outlook for the future is not positive according to the graphic below:

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~ The New York Times reports ~

"When the housing boom began to cool in 2006, an increasing number of homeowners began to fall into foreclosure; that is, lost ownership of their home or were threatened with it because of a failure to keep up with their mortgage payments.

That rise in foreclosure blew up the house of cards Wall Street had built around mortgages, leading eventually to the near-collapse of the financial system, the global recession and a drop in property values not seen since the Great Depression.

Four years later foreclosures were not only still wracking homeowners and communities, but actually continued to rise, despite several rounds of efforts by the federal government to break the cycle.

The waves of foreclosures have fed on themselves, since foreclosure sales can drive down the value of homes in the surrounding area, thereby making further foreclosures more likely.

And falling property values have sharply eroded the tax base of some areas, forcing spending cutbacks by state and local governments already hurting from the general economic slowdown.

In the first quarter of 2010, there were 930,000 foreclosure filings — an increase of 7 percent from the previous quarter and 16 percent from the first three months of 2009, according to recent data from RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed properties.

The surge seems to indicate that homes that were in the foreclosure pipeline are now being lost for good.

In March, the Treasury reported nearly 228,000 troubled loans qualified under President Obama's plan for long-term payment reductions; another 108,000 long-term modifications were pending.

Currently, some six million borrowers are more than 60 days delinquent.

Observers of the housing scene see three distinct waves in foreclosures:

The initial spike involved speculators who gave up property because of plunging real estate prices, and the secondary shock centered on borrowers whose introductory interest rates expired and were reset higher.

The third wave represents standard mortgages, known as prime, written to people who had decent credit ratings, but who have lost their jobs in the economic downturn and are facing the loss of homes they had considered safe.

Those sliding into foreclosure today are more likely to be modest borrowers whose loans fit their income than the consumers of exotically lenient mortgages that formerly typified the crisis.

It was said in 2009 that 60 percent of the mortgage defaults that year would be set off primarily by unemployment, up from 29 percent in 2008."

See Interactive Feature:
The Faces of Foreclosure

~ The reports June 23, 2010 ~
'The Housing Market Appears To Be In Trouble'

Property manager Paul Martinez kicks in a tenant's door after no one answered the knock during an eviction in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The tenant said he was laid off from his job in a retail store and had fallen behind on his payments.
Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

This just in from Bloomberg: -- Sales of new homes collapsed last month, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer get government incentives."

The housing market is in full collapse.

Of course, The Golden Truth has been explaining why the housing market is in trouble since the absurd taxpayer subsidy of the housing market ended April 30th.

The Mortgage Bankers Association weekly mortgage applications index showed another steep decline last week, falling seasonally adjusted 5.9% from the previous week.

On a nominally calculated unadjusted basis, the purchase index dropped 2.3% (vs. 1.2% as adjusted) and has plunged 36.8% from the same week a year ago.

Here's the MBAA press release:  OOPS.

And yesterday it was reported that existing home sales dropped 2.2% from April to May.

What is stunning about the nominal magnitude of the serial declines being reported for all aspects of the housing market is that this time of year is supposed to be the seasonally strong period for housing.

It can be argued with a high degree of credibility that Obama's taxpayer subsidy of the last year has served no purpose other than to "pull forward" home sales and prop up prices - both are unsustainable given the deteriorating underlying fundamentals.

The other big problem facing the housing market, and a problem which has had an incredible amount beauty salon treatment to the real numbers, is that the total inventory of homes building up in the system is massive.

 American middle-class anger over banking corruption, foreclosures and double-digit unemployment continues to build into the Cardinal Crisis of summer 2010

When I say "total," I am including not only MLA listings, but also bank REO (foreclosed homes owned by banks) and homes currently in the foreclosure process.

Foreclosures hit a new record high last month, climbing an astonishing 44% from May 2009. Foreclosures increased in every State.

Not only that, but Zillow reported that a full 25% of all homes with mortgages are now worth less than the amount of the outstanding mortgage on the home.

I would bet good money that the real number is higher, as it is likely that - on average - owner-perceived and appraised home values are higher than actual market values. I would bet the number is more like 30%.

I have seen estimates that use this "total" inventory calculation that show the true inventory of homes out there to be 8 years, based on trailing twelve month sales rates.

But as we go forward and the rate of sales decline, obviously the number of years worth of inventory climbs even higher.

There's not much I can opine about this beyond what I've suggested in previous blogs.

So I'll will summarize this situation with a quote from the great Austrian economist, Ludwig Von Mises:
"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion.
The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."
Obama and Larry Summers can throw as much taxpayer money as they want at the housing market in order to buy votes.

But ultimately all this does is create a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the banks, real estate brokers and sellers of the homes.

Just like water eventually finds its own level, the housing market will eventually settle at a sales rate and price level which is substantially lower than where it is today.

Rest assured that the Govt/Fed will attempt to fight this process by printing massive amounts of money and creating even larger fiscal deficits.

But the process is doomed. The ONLY way to protect yourself from this is with gold/silver/mining stocks. I can only lead a horse to water..."

The planetary transits which form the Cardinal T-Square impacts many areas of note in mundane astrology.

For months, I have been forecasting and warning against acts of impulse, haste, and impatience while at the same time urging calm, patience, and prudence. 

We can see in this next feature on Global Astrology how Afghanistan's top commander did not take this mundane advice, which then led to his disgrace and ultimate dismissal by President Barack Obama in a surprising, and sudden series of developments.

The Cardinal Crisis
Afghanistan & Rock-n-Roll
A General Dismissed With the Help of Rolling Stone?

 Rolling Stone Magazine Story Causes Changes In Top Command: U.S. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden Jr., Gen. David Petraeus & Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, announced the removal of General Stanley A. McChrystal as top commander in Afghanistan on June 23, 2010, and the appointment of General Petraeus as his replacement to lead the war effort there.
Credit: Doug Mills/New York Times

~ The New York Times reports June 23, 2010 ~
By Helene Cooper & Jack Healy

WASHINGTON — President Obama removed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of American forces in Afghanistan on Wednesday, and tapped as his replacement the general’s boss and the architect of the 2007 surge in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus.

Mr. Obama, standing with General Petraeus and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the White House Rose Garden to underline the continuity and solidity of his Afghan policy, said that he had accepted General McChrystal’s resignation “with considerable regret.”

Mr. Obama said he had done so not out of personal insult over a magazine article featuring contemptuous quotes from the general and his staff about senior administration officials, but because it showed the general had not met standards of behavior for a commander, which threatened to erode trust among administration and military officials, as well as undermine civilian control of the military.

“War is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general or president,” Mr. Obama said. “As difficult as it is to lose General McChrystal, I believe it is the right decision for our national security.”

“I welcome debate among my team,” he said, “but I won’t tolerate division.”

General Petraeus, who holds overarching responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the head of the United States Central Command, would be required to leave his current post to take on his new appointment, which must now be confirmed by the United States Senate.

Mr. Obama stressed that the change in leadership did not signal a shift in his overall war strategy in Afghanistan, where thousands of new American troops have been arriving in recent months among increasing casualties and growing questions about the progress of the war.

“This is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy,” Mr. Obama said.

The reshuffle injected new uncertainties into relations between the United States and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, who had urged American leaders to let General McChrystal remain in place.

“We are not opposing his successor, but we would prefer that General McChrystal come back,” Ahmed Wali Karzai, the influential half brother of Mr. Karzai, said earlier Wednesday, suggesting that the Afghan government was realistic about the possibility that General McChrystal would be replaced.

General McChrystal had proved to be one of the few Western leaders who could work well with President Karzai, building trust and traveling to tribal meetings with him, and personally apologizing when Western military actions resulted in major civilian casualties, which have been a source of deep anger for Afghans.

In a brief statement, General McChrystal said he supported the strategy in Afghanistan and had resigned out of a “desire to see the mission succeed.” His dismissal did not alter his rank, but it was unknown what role he would next play in the Pentagon, if any.

General McChrystal and Mr. Obama met for about 20 minutes earlier in the day, after the general flew from Afghanistan to Washington on Tuesday amid a growing furor over the article, which Rolling Stone magazine posted on its Web site on Tuesday after it had leaked to other news outlets.

The article quoted General McChrystal and his aides speaking critically of nearly every member of the president’s national security team, dismissing Vice President Biden as “Bite Me”; calling the national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, a “clown”; and disparaging other top officials.

 Former Afghanistan Top American Commander Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal
Credit: Luke Sharrett/New York Times

The firestorm over the article was fueled by increasing doubts — even in the military — that Afghanistan can be won and by crumbling public support for the nine-year war as American casualties rise.

The remarks also laid bare the disarray and enmity in a foreign policy team that is struggling with the war.

In replacing General McChrystal, Mr. Obama decisively showed that he remained the ultimate decision-maker on military matters and would not tolerate insubordinate behavior or internal rifts among his top officers.

But the decision also invited criticism that Mr. Obama was shaking up his military command at a crucial moment in the conflict, when coalition forces are preparing to try to take control of the country’s second-largest city, Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban.

Beyond that, Mr. Obama’s war strategy is in many ways a McChrystal strategy. The general devised the plan, which called for thousands of extra troops to fight the insurgency and, perhaps more important, create a sense of security for the Afghan people.

But Mr. Obama said the mission in Afghanistan, where the United States now has more than 90,000 troops, remained unchanged by General McChrystal’s removal. “We have a clear goal,” Mr. Obama said.

“We are going to break the Taliban’s momentum. We are going to build Afghan capacity. We are going to relentlessly apply pressure on Al Qaeda and its leadership, strengthening the ability of both Afghanistan and Pakistan to do the same.”

The Afghanistan team has suffered many internal conflicts, including complaints from the American ambassador, Karl W. Eikenberry, about Richard C. Holbrooke, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In one episode that dramatized the building animosities, General Jones, the national security adviser, wrote to Ambassador Eikenberry in February, sympathizing with his complaints about a visit Mr. Holbrooke had recently made to Afghanistan.

In the note, which went out over channels that were not secure, officials said, General Jones soothed the ambassador by suggesting that Mr. Holbrooke would soon be removed from his job.

The Jones note prompted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to complain to Mr. Obama, and her support for Mr. Holbrooke has kept him in his job.

The infighting has been made more severe by the increasingly perilous situation on the ground. Violence in Afghanistan is on the rise.

The mission to pacify Marja and Kandahar is far off track. And the effort to create a viable Afghan government is increasingly in doubt because of widespread corruption.

Criticism is mounting on Capitol Hill, even among the president’s backers, and many allies have announced that they are looking for the exit, with others expected to do the same in the coming months.

There has been vigorous debate within the administration about how to proceed in Afghanistan, but in the article General McChrystal and his aides did not overtly criticize administration policy.

Rather, the differences revealed were personal. One administration official described Mr. Obama as being particularly furious at a characterization of him in the article as not seeming “very engaged” during that first White House meeting.

 A General's Nunchucks: General McChrystal carries a custom-made set of nunchucks in his convoy engraved with his name and four stars. His itinerary often bears a quote from the late Bruce Lee: "There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
Credit: Mikhail Galustov/Rolling Stone/Redux

Over all, the article depicted General McChrystal at the head of a small circle of aides engaged in what came close to locker-room trash talk as they discussed foreign policy, the French, their allegiance to one another and their own concerns about course of the war.

The civilian communications adviser who set up the interview, Duncan Boothby, has resigned."

 The Cardinal Crisis
A Volcano, Rolling Stone Magazine & A Blunt General?

 General McChrystal walks towards a helicopter at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in May 2010. 
Credit: Mikhail Galustov/Rolling Stone/Redux

By Jeremy W. Peters
New York Times

June 22, 2010 -- Of all the questions surrounding the Rolling Stone article that detailed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s surprisingly blunt criticisms of the Obama administration, few are as puzzling as this:

Why would a top military commander allow a journalist so much unfettered access to his inner circle?

The answer, it seems, is a volcano.

Michael Hastings, the freelance journalist who wrote the bombshell article about General McChrystal’s displeasure with the war effort in Afghanistan, was with the general and his staff in Paris in April as the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in Iceland, forcing the closing of airspace over most of Europe.

As a result, Mr. Hastings waited in Paris with the general and his staff as they tried to get to Berlin by bus.

Mr. Hastings traveled to Berlin separately. He later rejoined the general’s inner circle at the Ritz-Carlton hotel there, where they all spent the week waiting for the ash cloud to clear so they could fly to Afghanistan.

“I was so amazed by it myself,” Mr. Hastings said in a telephone interview from Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he is now reporting on another story for Men’s Journal.

“At times I asked myself that question: Why are they giving me all this access?”

Though Mr. Hastings said that most of the eyebrow-raising comments in the article came from the general during the first two days in Paris, he found him and his staff to be more welcoming as time went by.

Initially, Mr. Hastings was not scheduled to travel with General McChrystal to Afghanistan.

Only after he arrived in Europe did Mr. Hastings learn that the general’s staff was eager to take him with them. “They suggested the idea,” Mr. Hastings said.

Mr. Hastings ended up spending about a month on and off with the general and his staff while they were in Afghanistan — most of the time in settings and interviews that the general allowed to be on the record.

“The amazing thing to me was that no ground rules were set,” Mr. Hastings said.

Rolling Stone’s executive editor, Eric Bates, said he also found General McChrystal to be surprisingly willing to vent his grievances.

“I think there’s an enormous frustration there where they feel like people don’t get it,” Mr. Bates said.

“And that seeps through into a lot of those quotes. They feel that the people who are supposed to be working with them aren’t working with them or don’t understand what the strategy is.”

Asked whether he believed that General McChrystal let his guard down because it was Rolling Stone, a publication devoted primarily to pop culture and the music business, Mr. Bates said it would not be the first time a political figure opened up to the magazine.

 General Stanley McChrystal prepares his meal at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. The general become known for sleeping just four hours a night, running seven miles each morning and eating one meal a day.
Credit: Mikhail Galustov/Rolling Stone/Redux

“In their mind, I think people sometimes forget how much reporting is in the DNA of Rolling Stone,” he said.

“And there’s some glamour attached to the name. I don’t know at all if that was the case here. But in general, I’d say that sometimes people are excited to be in the magazine.”

Though word of the article began to trickle out on Monday night, Rolling Stone did not post it on its Web site until around 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

But that was not nearly fast enough for the lightning-speed needs of the 24-hour news cycle. Politico and the Web site of Time magazine posted PDF files of the article on their Web sites before Rolling Stone could get its own article up. Rolling Stone asked them to remove the PDFs.

Will Dana, the magazine’s managing editor, said that the magazine did not always post articles online because it could make more money at the newsstand and that when it did, the articles were typically not posted until Wednesday. But other news organizations made that decision for him."
Global transits continue to show the power of Jupiter and Uranus as they transit tropical Aries and oppose Saturn with the three planets squared by Pluto In Capricorn.

The sudden entry of new leaders emerging unexpectedly on the world scene after gaffes and internal strife leads to swift and immediate change.

Consider this event out of Australia:

The Cardinal Crisis
Australia's First Female Prime Minister Suddenly Emerges On World Stage
Kevin Rudd Dumped?

Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. She will lead Australia's government to fresh elections due within months
Credit: Parth Sanyal/Reuters

~ The British Telegraph reports June 24, 2010 ~

'Australia has its first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd stood down on Thursday, handing over leadership to his deputy Julia Gillard.'

By Bonnie Malkin

Sydney, Australia-- Mr Rudd was convinced to step aside after it became obvious during an emergency caucus meeting that he did not have the support of enough MPs to continue serving as prime minister.

The British-born Ms Gillard was reportedly backed by at least 75 of the Labour Party's 115 MPs, sending a clear and emphatic message to Mr Rudd that it was time to go.

The threat to Mr Rudd's leadership emerged on Wednesday night, after senior Labour power brokers told him that he had lost their support and Ms Gillard revealed that she would challenge him.

The prime minister was urged to step down, but a defiant Mr Rudd announced that he would go to a vote.

 Uranus In Aries Strikes Again: Former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd won a landslide election victory less than three years ago, but then suffered a recent plunge in opinion polls. On June 24, 2010 he is suddenly ousted by his own Party.
Credit: EPA

After a night of frantic phone calls to gauge support, Mr Rudd decided not to stand against Ms Gillard, handing her the prime ministership unopposed.

The move against Mr Rudd came amid fears that he could not win an election later this year, and hopes that Ms Gillard, who is seen as more voter-friendly than the rage-prone Mr Rudd, had a far better chance.

Ms Gillard is considered to be a consummate political performer, and is viewed by the public as warm and trustworthy.

Born in Barry, Wales, her family came to Australia as "Ten Pound Poms" in 1966. She became engaged in politics at university, while training to be a lawyer, and entered parliament in 1998.

However, there is no guarantee that Ms Gillard's move to take charge of the party will put and end to Labour's problems. Ms Gillard was part of Mr Rudd's "gang of four", a small group of MPs consulted by Mr Rudd over policy issues.

She had a hand in the scrapping of the emissions trading scheme, which infuriated the electorate and could leave her tarred with the same brush as Mr Rudd.

The political violence of the past 24 hours is also expected to badly damage and divide the party, and further anger voters just months from an election.

The leadership spill comes amid increasing public frustration with the government.

The Labour Party has a primary vote of just 35 per cent, with the Liberals polling 40 per cent.

The dire outlook for Labour was triggered a series of unpopular decisions made by Mr Rudd, including the announcement in April that the government was shelving its flagship emissions trading scheme.

Mr Rudd was also embroiled in a high profile fight with the mining industry over his planned 40 per cent super profits tax on resources."

As Saturn prepares to enter Libra for the first time in 30 years, we see a return to the days of conservative government in the United Kingdom, along with a return to the potential dark years of the early 1980s when England was mired in deep economic despair and social instability with austerity budgets ruling the era.

The Cardinal Crisis
Tax & Axe?
England Unveils Emergency Austerity Plan

London commuters woke up to grim economic news on June 22, 2010. Most government departments are said to be headed for a deep 25 percent cut across the board in England.
Credit: Andrew Testa for The New York Times

By John F. Burns & Landon Thomas Jr.

LONDON — June 22, 2010 -- Setting the scene for years of potential strife with the powerful public-sector unions and their allies in the Labour Party, Britain’s new coalition government on Tuesday unveiled the most severe package of spending cuts and tax increases since the early days of Margaret Thatcher’s era.

After only six weeks in office, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron took what his coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats acknowledged was a historic gamble: that austerity measures will help balance the government’s books without pitching the country into a double-dip recession.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

The cuts and tax increases, including average budget reductions of 25 percent for almost all government departments over the next five years, will make Britain a leader among European countries, including Ireland, Greece and Spain, competing to show they can slash spending and appease investors worried about surging debt.

But the sharp reductions defy conventional economic wisdom, which holds that governments should increase spending to stimulate growth when the private sector is weak.

The steps outlined to the House of Commons by George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, would cut the annual government deficit by nearly $180 billion over the next five years, shrinking Britain’s public sector and instituting tough reductions in public housing benefits, disability allowances and other previously sacrosanct aspects of the country’s $285 billion welfare budget.

Only health and international aid spending would be protected from the 25 percent cuts for government departments by 2015, the steepest fiscal spending reductions since the 1930s.

Mr. Osborne also announced a two-year wage freeze for all but the lowest paid among Britain’s six million public servants and a three-year freeze on benefits paid to parents for rearing children, in addition to new medical screening for people claiming disability benefits, part of a bid to cut $16 billion from the annual welfare budget.

George Osborne, British Chancellor of the Exchequer, holds England's emergency budget brief as he left 11 Downing Street for the House of Commons on June 22, 2010.

Mr. Osborne also announced a raft of tax increases, though he was at pains to say that the government’s plan to sharply reduce the country’s $1.4 trillion national debt would rest on making roughly four pounds in spending cuts for every pound in tax increases, a point of considerable political weight in a country that is already among the highest-taxed in Europe.

The new taxes include an increase next year to 20 percent from 17.5 percent in the value-added tax on most goods and services, and an increase in the capital gains tax, to a new high of 28 percent, to curb what Mr. Osborne described as rich people in Britain “paying less tax than the people who clean for them.”

At the same time, changes in income tax will remove nearly 900,000 of Britain’s poorest people from the income tax system altogether, and corporate taxes will also be reduced over a five-year period, to 24 percent from 28 percent.

“I am not going to hide the hard choices from the British people,” Mr. Osborne said in a speech in which he accused the former Labour government of understating the impact of its 13 years of deficit spending.

But he said the new coalition government, which should have little difficulty enacting the new measures with its Parliament majority, had striven to make the austerity fair.

“Over all, everyone will pay something,” he said, but the poor would pay less than the rich.

The concerns about the budget stringency seemed likely to reverberate well beyond Britain, pitching the Cameron government squarely into the political and economic dispute about the best way to navigate world economies out of the worst recession since the 1930s.

Last week, President Obama wrote to the leaders of the so-called Group of 20 nations, including Britain and other major economies, saying that while “credible plans” to cut national deficits were important, cutting them too quickly could lead to “renewed hardships and recession.”

 U.S. President Barack Obama

Obama's letter was seized upon by Cameron government’s opponents in Britain, who cited it on Tuesday in condemning the Osborne budget.

“It’s back to the economics of the 1930s,” Ed Balls, a left-wing Labour figure who is one of five candidates running to succeed the former prime minister, Gordon Brown, as Labour leader, said in a BBC interview.

But the Conservatives believe they can repeat the Thatcher-era revival, when sharp budget cuts — even during a recession — restored market confidence in Britain’s future and helped spark a strong economic expansion through the decade.

Mr. Osborne, at 39 the youngest person in more than a century to preside over Britain’s public finances, said the cuts were made necessary by years of Labour profligacy. “We’ve had to pay the bills of past irresponsibility,” he said.

Savage Budget Cuts? George Osborne, British Chancellor of the Exchequer (standing) delivers his first Emergency Budget to Parliament as deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (yellow tie) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (light blue tie) sit behind him in the House of Commons June 22, 2010.

Calling the new measures “reckless,” Labour Party leaders, still nursing their wounds from their May defeat, appeared to be readying for a rerun of the bitter politics of the Thatcher years, when Britain was hit by widespread labor strife.

“Greece is no alibi,” Harriet Harman, acting leader of the Labour Party, said in her House of Commons reply to Mr. Osborne, referring to the financial meltdown there this spring that prompted a huge international bailout.

 Acting Labor Party Leader Harriet Harman gave a scathing rebuke on the austerity plan, saying it would throw more people out of work and England into economic & social chaos.

Over the weekend, Mr. Osborne said in a television interview that unless Britain took radical steps to reduce its $1.4 trillion debt it would be “on the road to ruin” like Greece.

Ms. Harman said the measures were not a necessity forced on the new government by Britain’s parlous national finances, but an ideological choice to promote the traditional right-wing interests of the Conservative Party.

Many details of the austerity plan will not be made public until the fall.

Here is what is known to date:

  • VAT to rise 2.5% to 20% from January 2011

  • Deficit reduced 77% by spending cuts, 23% by tax rises

  • Departments face cuts of 25% over the next five years

  • Two-year pay freeze for public sector workers earning over £21,000

  • Child benefit frozen for three years and tax credits cut

  • Disability benefit claimants face new medical checks

  • Corporation tax cut from 28% to 24% over four years

  • Capital Gains Tax hiked to 28% for top-rate taxpayers

  • Bank levy from 2011, raising £2bn a year

  • Income tax threshold raised £1,000 to £7,495

  • Pension link to earnings restored or 2.5% rise from next April

  • Civil list frozen at £7.9m as Queen also feels the pinch

    • VAT to rise 2.5% to 20% from January 2011
    • Deficit reduced 77% by spending cuts, 23% by tax rises
    • Departments face cuts of 25% over the next five years
    • Two-year pay freeze for public sector workers earning over £21,000
    • Child benefit frozen for three years & tax credits cut
    • Disability benefit claimants face new medical checks
    • Corporation tax cut from 28% to 24% over four years
    • Capital Gains Tax hiked to 28% for top-rate taxpayers
    • Bank levy from 2011, raising £2bn a year
    • Income tax threshold raised £1,000 to £7,495
    • Pension link to earnings restored or 2.5% rise from next April
    • Civil list frozen at £7.9m as Queen also feels the pinch

    • VAT to rise 2.5% to 20% from January 2011

    • Deficit reduced 77% by spending cuts, 23% by tax rises

    • Departments face cuts of 25% over the next five years

    • Two-year pay freeze for public sector workers earning over £21,000

    • Child benefit frozen for three years and tax credits cut

    • Disability benefit claimants face new medical checks

    • Corporation tax cut from 28% to 24% over four years

    • Capital Gains Tax hiked to 28% for top-rate taxpayers

    • Bank levy from 2011, raising £2bn a year

    • Income tax threshold raised £1,000 to £7,495

    • Pension link to earnings restored or 2.5% rise from next April

    • Civil list frozen at £7.9m as Queen also feels the pinch

    • VAT to rise 2.5% to 20% from January 2011

    • Deficit reduced 77% by spending cuts, 23% by tax rises

    • Departments face cuts of 25% over the next five years

    • Two-year pay freeze for public sector workers earning over £21,000

    • Child benefit frozen for three years and tax credits cut

    • Disability benefit claimants face new medical checks

    • Corporation tax cut from 28% to 24% over four years

    • Capital Gains Tax hiked to 28% for top-rate taxpayers

    • Bank levy from 2011, raising £2bn a year

    • Income tax threshold raised £1,000 to £7,495

    • Pension link to earnings restored or 2.5% rise from next April

    • Civil list frozen at £7.9m as Queen also feels the pinch

    • Click on Graphic To Enlarge

      But the most politically untouchable outlays, the $150 billion budget for the National Health Service, Britain’s 60-year-old nationalized medical care system, have been “ring-fenced,” in accordance with Conservative pledges in the election to make annual increases.

      Concern among the cuts’ opponents has centered on the annual budgets for schools, universities and defense, an $85 billion cost that is scheduled for sharp cuts despite Britain’s deep involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

      Financial markets have so far given a thumbs-up. The pound stayed steady against the dollar, closing on the currency markets in Britain and the United States at, or slightly above, the level at which it closed on Monday.

      Over the longer term, the main significance of the budget may be judged to be the signal it gave that the Cameron government is prepared to wage a political war to reduce the size of the public sector in Britain, which expanded rapidly under Labour.

      During that time, more than one million jobs were added to the public payroll, and the public sector accounted for roughly half of the economy.

      Mr. Osborne made no secret of the government’s intentions. “A genuine and long-lasting economic recovery must have its foundations in the private sector,” he said. “That is where the jobs will come from.”

      American Astrologer Jude Cowell, In Her Excellent 'Stars Over Washington' Site, Says Of England's Austerity Plan:

      Austerity Cuts A Huge Mistake: Pluto In Capricorn

      "This morning I awoke to BBC's reporting of a morning announcement in London of 'austerity cuts' against the good people of the UK and if some had their way in the U.S. we'd be - and probably will be - on the same 'make-things-worse road' as FDR set us on in 1937.

      Why, it's almost as if governments want things worse for the people and aren't trying to 'recover' financial systems at all!

      Well, they do if all the sky-falling voices are correct (like mine) and the entire 'collapse' is an orchestrated charade that's intended to collapse the global economy so that totalitarianism can have its way with us and a long-planned one-world-government can be instituted.

      Such is transformative Pluto traversing governmental Capricorn as in 1776 when America was founded as the 'new world government' on the block - and now Mr. Hades is destructuring governments again.

      That nationalist governments must fail is a priority for the power elite's New World Order movers and shakers and if individuals fail in the process, too bad - you're merely collateral damage in the class warfare now being waged.

      What's also too bad is that so few citizens of the U.S. and elsewhere have taken seriously the warnings about class warfare putting targets on their backs which have been given to anyone who would listen since (at least) the 90s. 

      Successful propaganda campaigns against such heralds of doom have been used to make 'conspiracy theorists' appear to be wacky and off the mark.

      Yet in most cases, we, dear reader, are not. Plus, even wacky folk can be right part of the time. I proudly count myself among their number.

      Well, perhaps you caught Paul Krugman's June 19 article That 30s Feeling which agrees that austerity cuts will do more harm than good so here's its link for you, just in case.

      And though it's true that Mr. Krugman won't mention anything to you about Pluto, Capricorn, or the tearing down of current forms and institutions to make way for a much-promoted yet already-lamented-by-the-people NWO, it's okay because I just did.

      We must remember that that's why the power elite has worked for decades to knit all financial systems into a world network in the first place - so that the financial collapse with its subsequent governmental failures would be global when they get ready to pull the final plug."
      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 

      Mundane Survey Of Global Events: 2010-2012
       The Cardinal Cross of August 2010: This chart, set for London, England, shows the Cardinal Cross in action for most of the world as global transits rotate. August 2010 is a powerful month of conflicts, clashes, and global stresses according to my mundane forecasts.
      World events are strongly highlighted. From the crisis in the Middle East, to crisis in Thailand, Greece, Europe, Asia, Korea, and North & South America.

      The Cardinal Crisis is basically forcing long-standing, unresolved issues to the surface, demanding change, betterment, and, as a result, evolution, from how people live and work, to how public and private institutions serve their wider communities.

      The events of the world from now to the mid-2010s are reflective of the decisions and actions of the 1990s and 2000s that are now being exposed by the global transits.

      Geopolitical stresses will force leaders to tackle a host of challenging issues worldwide that require vision and a new way of looking at the world to promote peace and advance healthy progress into the new decade.
      U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with her diplomatic team in China in May 2010.
      Credit: AP

      The oil leak crisis in the Gulf of Mexico will become a epic disaster, casting British Petroleum into financial ruin, and threatening the future existence of the company. 

      By summer 2010, a hurricane will sweep through the Gulf, with hopes it will clear out much of the tens of millions of gallons of oil that has spread along the U.S. southern coasts.

      May 2010 satellite image of BP's oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico.
      Credit: NASA

      The internal battles in Greece because of heavy sovereign debt and deep austerity will re-ignite over the summer months of 2010.
      Groups battling severe economic austerity measures in Greece urge Europeans to "rise up" during the late spring and summer of 2010.

       The crisis in the Middle East beckons between Israel, Gaza, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the Arab states highlighted threatening war over international aid to Palestine.

       The crisis on the Korean Peninsula will also continue to be tense, threatening to re-ignite a war between both those nations.

       Thailand's crisis is far from over. The coalition government is due to fall from the repression of groups intent on ending what they see as a illegal killer government.

       The economic crisis is also far from over. The pressures on Wall Street, bankers and hedge fund moguls will increase in 2010 and 2011 with calls for major, and sweeping financial reforms across the board, pitting the status quo against a very angry American middle class:

      The climate & weather will become major news again with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, climate extremes of hot and colder than normal temperatures, La Nina, droughts, and most of all floods, as world transits strengthen into 2010-2011:

       Nature Erupts: Volcanic activity as Uranus enters Aries.

      Criminal underworlds undergo vicious struggles: As Pluto transits Capricorn, and forms a T-square to Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, the drug wars raging in Mexico will expand, forcing ever more soldiers onto Mexican streets and pitting the average person against killer drug gangs.

       Mexican Drug Wars: Mexican federal police & forensic experts inspect the scene after two men were shot dead by unknown gunmen in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on May 26, 2010. Ciudad Juarez has been hit by waves of very brutal drug-related violence, making it one of the deadliest cities in the world.
      Credit: AP

      The Markets

        That 1,000 point drop: May 6, 2010 proved to be one of the strangest days in the history of the Dow Jones. A mysterious "1,000-point" plunge in the afternoon hours, blamed on a "fat finger," lost money for tens of thousands of traders and nearly collapsed the stock market. Federal authorities investigate, but the "glitch" still has not been explained nearly a month later.

      So, in my mundane perspective, the world is, in effect, dealing with the outworn views and methods of the past, while seeking to forge a new way forward into this new century.

      The year 2010 is a transition year, and will be historic in my view. In 2010, we are in the predawn of a new age, and some are in the sunset of a old age, mainly that of the late 20th century.

      The year 2011 is the start of a new cycle, mainly brought on by the official entry of Uranus into Aries, the first time in 84 years.

      This cycle opens up the decade of the 2010s, and practically dominates it with a long-running square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn.

      The year 2012 is a strong year. It is dominated by Gemini for the most part, as well as the popular-culture fears of the Mayan Calendar system and the "end of the world." 

      According to my calculations, the world will not end, but those who continue to press on with such foolishness will cause enough worry and concern among that some people will go about very upset through 2012, that is, until the year 2013 arrives on time.

      Below, is my mundane forecasts on the major planetary configurations of the Cardinal Crisis Years:

      ~ Mundane Review: 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.

      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.

      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.


      Anonymous said...

      Hi Theo,
      Brilliant, just brilliant article

      regards, your friend from Mpls.

      Anonymous said...

      I surely agree with the tensions building in 2010-2011, going down around 2012, then growing to a major peak by late 2013 and early 2014 which will be violent, destructive and transformative. By 2018-2028 there is much Capricorn and then Aquarius, pointing to a great change for the world order, social order and finally revolutions.