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Friday, August 6, 2010

The Cardinal T-Square Crisis - Accidents, Tragic Drownings & Violence > Pakistan Suffers Great Floods While Russians Choke On Toxic Smogs? Also > Astrologer Anne Whitaker On The Jupiter/Uranus Conjunction, Plus > Astromet Climate Forecast - > La Nina & Saturn In Libra: Bone-Chilling Winter Season Ahead, Also > Venus Transits Libra/Scorpio: Personal Relationships Under The Microscope & Wary Employers Keep Hiring Plans On Hold?

The Cardinal Crisis
Born Under New Gemini Moon & historic Jupiter/Uranus conjunction: An Egyptian farmer feeds milk to a two-headed calf born in northern Egypt in late June/early July 2010. The cow gave birth to the Janus-faced calf after two hours of strenuous labor. The farmer, Sobhy el-Ganzoury, called it a "divine miracle," and said the calf is a reminder that "God is able to do anything." A veterinarian reported the animal to be in stable condition despite having weak legs from a difficult birth. The calf, amazingly, is expected to survive.
Photo: AP

Accidents, Tragic Drownings & Violence

Pakistan Suffers Great Floods...

...While Russians Choke On Toxic Smogs?


Astrologer Anne Whitaker On Jupiter/Uranus Conjunctions


Venus Transits Libra/Scorpio:
Personal & Social Relationships Under The Microscope

Astromet Forecast:
Saturn In Libra & La Nina
Bone-Chilling Winter Ahead


Wary Employers Keep Hiring Plans On Hold?

By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S

In this edition of Global Astrology, we observe the effects of the Cardinal T-Square configurations of the planets and their shifting transits into the fall and winter months in the northern hemisphere.

As the transits of Venus and Mars meet up with the Cardinal positions of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto, we continue to witness how these powerful planetary inclinations impress themselves upon the globe.

In this month of August 2010, the Earth is about to arrive at the peak levels of the first phases of the Cardinal Crisis configurations which have been highlighted by astrologers worldwide.

Scottish Astrologer Anne Whitaker provides her insights into the historic conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus.

Meanwhile, my astrometeorological climate forecast sees bone-chilling winter conditions ahead for the northern hemisphere in 2011.

I advise populations living in the northern hemisphere - including Europe and the United States - to make preparations for a stormy, bone-chilling and powerful winter season just ahead. It's going to get colder, icy, and much snowier than normal, according to my astrological calculations.

From heavy rains and massive floods in Pakistan, China, India, and North Korea, to burning smog in Russia, to rising crime, the tight cardinal inclinations of the planets also continue to incline towards deadly accidents, drownings and violence.

In prior forecasts on Global Astrology, I warned parents and guardians not to allow their children to play in, or near bodies of water this summer season in the northern hemisphere.

I also warned of accidents from haste, carelessness and impulse.

If there is any summer to take on the role of over-protective parent and guardian - this is the year.

World transits are that powerful.

Watch and guard over your children.

Be strict, and keep your eyes and ears fixed for anything that sounds like it will involve water. Do not be complacent, or assume normalcy in anything.

Discipline, being sharp, on the ball, can and does save lives.

The position of transiting Jupiter and Uranus conjoined to the unfavorable star Scheat inclines towards danger in the water.

With Uranus also in the mix, things can get out of hand suddenly, very quickly and end badly before anyone has noticed fast enough to safely intervene.

Accidents at sea, massive floods, and drownings in bodies of water.

I have warned of this for over a year now, and continue to urge people not to take any chances under the highly unfavorable astronomical climate.

Consider these recent events:

The Cardinal Crisis
Accidents, Violence, Raging Floods & Tragic Drownings
 Family members mourn as rescue crews frantically scour a beach at the Charles & Marie Hamel Memorial Park in Shreveport, Louisiana, in search of the bodies of six teenagers who drowned in the Red River on August 2, 2010. A large group of family & friends, including 20 children, had gone out on a sandbar to barbecue. Though none of the group could swim, 7 teens from two families were playing in the shallow waters when one of them fell into deeper water. The first to fall was rescued, but six others who tried to help him drowned. They ranged from 13 to 18 years of age. The Red River is known to be treacherous even for experienced swimmers.
Photo: Douglas Collier/The Shreveport Times

Elba Torres (in black dress) at burial for her daughter, drowning victim Crystal Reyes

Crystal Reyes, one of two teens who tragically drowned in Bronx River, laid to rest Thursday

Two Killed, Dozens Hurt in School Bus Crash

North Korean Floods Destroy Thousands of Homes & Factories 

China Experiences Worst Floods In 10 Years

Floods in northern China Collapses Reservoirs

Half A Million People Flee As More Floods Sweep Through Pakistan

A man gathers mud-soaked belongings outside his flooded house in Nowshera, in north-west Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Credit: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

Pakistan Floods: Sindh Braces as Massive Flood waters Envelops Southern Punjab

Hundreds of Thousands of People evacuated as Floods Spread

Region branded a 'Giant Lake' as Water Rages Downstream

By Saeed Shad
The Guardian

August 5, 2010 -- Flood waters rushing down through Pakistan devastated new areas today, flooding parts of southern Punjab and forcing mass evacuations in Sindh.

The United Nations estimated that more than 4 million people are now affected by Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years, which has washed away homes, infrastructure and crops.

Parts of southern Punjab were described as "a giant lake."

In Sindh, 350,000 people were moved from their homes in low-lying areas near the river as the authorities issued a flood red alert.

The surging waters now threaten two key barrages, at Guddu, on the Punjab-Sindh boundary, and the huge Raj-era construction at Sukkar, just inside Sindh.

Yesterday, Kot Adu, a town in south Punjab, lay submerged, with almost its entire population of 300,000 evacuated.

Uzma Shafi, an aid worker with the charity Plan International, speaking from close to Kot Adu, said camps are "being arranged but the government does not have the capacity to cope with all these people."

The raging waters are following the Indus river. The official death toll stands at more than 1,600 but the real figure is unknown.

In Punjab, Pakistan's bread basket, over 1 million acres of crops have been destroyed.

"The body of water going south is affecting a large highly densely populated area.

It is the food basket of Pakistan, so it will have long-term effects," said Oscar Butragueno of Unicef.

Punjab is the country's most populous area and its political nerve center. There are signs that the provincial government in Punjab, which has had more time to prepare, is handling the crisis better than the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which was overwhelmed.

The Punjab government is run by the main opposition party, led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which is using the crisis to score points, especially as President Asif Zardari is on a much-criticized trip to France and the UK.

In Punjab, authorities are using 30 boats to help the evacuation of some 500,000 people living along the river banks and have set up 400 relief camps.

 A man consoles his wife and daughter after they returned to find their home destroyed by the floods in Nowshera. 
Credit: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Conditions in "camps" usually set up in schools, are squalid, with a high risk of disease.

Across Punjab, the UN estimates 1.4 million people have been affected by the floods, with 74,000 homes badly damaged or destroyed.

 The global community is being called upon to help flood victims as Pakistan is overwhelmed by the crisis.

Across the flood zone, more than 250,000 homes have been lost or damaged.

Soldiers have taken up much of the relief work. The military said that it had rescued 75,000 stranded people so far, by boat and helicopter.

The U.S. military has also become involved, with four helicopters flying relief missions today in the north-west, picking up 800 people and distributing aid.

Zardari met British Prime Minister David Cameron tonight for dinner, their first meeting since Cameron accused Pakistan of the "export of terror."A further meeting at Chequers is scheduled for tomorrow.

Incessant Downpours of Rain Devastate India

Torrential rains have also triggered destructive floods in various regions of India. 

Floods come as a part and parcel of monsoon season and epicenters are the low-lying coastal areas. These floods not only play havoc on agriculture and land, but take a toll on human lives as well.

Statistics reveal more than 270 lives lost and millions of victims fleeing the affected areas. The recent calamity has claimed the lives of 192 people in Karnataka alone. 

Indian Secretary H.V. Parshwanath spoke of on-going relief work which involves more than 450,000 victims of flood being housed and 1,330 relief camps being set up. 

Being done away with rescue operations in most of the flooded zones, the authorities’ vigilance in on providing relief to the victims.

The commissioner of state’s disaster-monitoring department in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Dinesh Kumar summed up the death toll to 51. 

531,000 people have been evacuated safely and relief work is going on at the camps. 

Military forces have also lend a helping hand in evacuating victims. The state government also sought help from Indian Air Force which sent its planes and helicopters to reach the heavily flooded areas that cannot be navigated via roadways. 

These helicopters drop food packets in submerged areas. The relief work also includes naval divers who have been sent to worst affected areas to evacuate people.

I have forecasted floods in 2010 on Global Astrology. The conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus is responsible for much of the heavy rains and floods through the workings of warm and wet El Nino, which has peaked.

Soon we will see the opposite: cooler La Nina conditions in the Pacific which will affect nearly 50% of the planet later this year and into 2011.

The Sun, also forecasted to become active with solar cycle #24 in 2010 has recently ejected a magnetic storm towards the Earth.

We have entered a time of increasing climate change directly associated with these stellar and planetary configurations relative to the Earth. 

 Floods will continue as Jupiter and Uranus transit back into tropical Pisces and will sadly be a recurring theme in other countries.

 Consider this event out of Russia which proves trade winds are shifting in preparation for another round of global climate change:

The Cardinal Crisis

Russians Choke On Toxic Smogs As Record Heatwave Fuels Out Of Control Wildfires

Two women wear face masks as Moscow is blanketed in thick smog from hundreds of wildfires raging across Russia.

By Amie Ferris-Rotman and Michael Stott

August 6, 2010 -- Moscow, Russia -- Planes were diverted from Moscow airports on Friday after huge peat and forest fires blanketed the capital in acrid smoke, forcing some businesses to close and office workers to wear surgical masks at their desks.

Pollution surged to five times normal levels in the city of 10.5 million, the highest sustained contamination since Russia's worst heatwave in more than a century began a month ago.

Officials urged Muscovites to not venture outdoors.

 Tourists on Red Square amidst heavy smog in central Moscow, August 6, 2010.  
Credit: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

"Looking at the overall duration (of the pollution), today's smoke level is the worst yet," said Alexei Popikov, an expert on air quality at Moscow's state-run pollution monitoring agency.

The famous onion domes of St Basil's cathedral were not visible from the other end of Red Square on Friday morning because of the dense smoke.

NASA satellite images showed a 3,000 km-long (1,850 mile) smoke cloud covering European Russia.

The deadliest wildfires in nearly four decades have killed at least 50 people and left thousands homeless as entire villages of wooden houses burned down.

Russia has also announced a temporary ban on grain exports after crops were ravaged. 

Despite a huge effort involving 150,000 people fighting fires, authorities appeared to be losing the battle.

A Russian firefighter battles out of control flames near the village of Ryazanovskiy, which has already destroyed a military base and now threatens a nuclear research facility. Up to 2,000 homes have been destroyed and officials say that the 10,000 firefighters may not be enough to battle the blazes. Fifty people have been killed in the fires as Russia endures its most intense heatwave in 180 years.

The size of peat fires burning in the Moscow region almost doubled from 37.5 hectares on Thursday to 65.7 hectares on Friday, the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry said on its website.

The emergency has prompted the country's enfeebled opposition to complain of poor fire safety readiness and a slow, inefficient government response.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has toured fire-stricken regions promising generous compensation to residents and ordering officials to step up efforts to extinguish the blazes.

The government has warned that the blazes could pose a nuclear threat by releasing into the atmosphere radioactive particles buried in trees and plants from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The smoke will not clear for at least three days, according to Fobos weather agency, which provides forecasts for some of Russia's largest media outlets.

The toxic levels of carbon monoxide is four times the average in Moscow

Moscow temperatures reached 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) on Friday and have touched the high 30s. 

A spokeswoman for Russia's biggest airport Domodedovo said 15 planes had been diverted to other airports in Russia after visibility fell to around 400 meters. She said it was up to the crews to decide whether to land.

Russia's aviation authority said at least 60 planes had been diverted to as far away as Ukraine from Moscow's busy airports.

Flights and trains out of Moscow were booked solid as residents tried to flee the smoke. 

Employees in offices across Moscow were being sent home as the oppressive, thick smoke filtered into buildings.

 The Kremlin Wall is seen here through acidic clouds of thick smog enveloping the city of Moscow, Russia on August 6, 2010.  
Credit: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

A spokesman for Russia's number #1 retailer X5 said all 1,500 staff were ordered home.

"I can smell smoke right here in the office," an employee at a mid-sized Russian bank, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

A trader in another medium-sized bank said smoke had entered the building and that staff had been given permission to leave.

Employees at several businesses which use couriers and on-foot delivery men told Reuters they were reluctant to process small orders on Friday as they did not want to step outside.

"My head aches, I feel nausea and I'm scared for my 83-year-old mother, who feels really bad," said 50-year-old businesswoman Marina Orlova.

 Townspeople and residents of dachas (summer cottages), walk as they try to protect themselves from the choking toxic smog emanating from raging forest fires which came very close to their village near the town of Elektrogorsk, Russia, about 88 km east of Moscow on August 3, 2010.
photo: AP

Many Muscovites sent their families out of the city to stay at summer residences in the countryside.

Although the smoke affected many of these, residents said air quality was still better because of the lack of vehicle pollution.


The rise in violence is also an inclination of the Cardinal T-Square transits.

It has been my contention that people who have allowed situations to transpire should not force confrontations under the unfavorable astrological transits.

Yet, the errors of doing so continues nonetheless.

The impulses of haste, and emotionally-charged violence continue through the month of August as the cardinal inclinations increase in strength.

Jupiter & Uranus In Conjunction
Amazing Events & Discoveries Continue

The conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces/Aries also brings news from the ancient past, and into our present - which then reflects on the potentials of the future. 

This conjunction between both planetary gas giants features correlating Earth events that signal a shift from one era into another - a common theme in our historically changing times.

As Jupiter and Uranus conjoin the fixed star Scheat in Pegasus, in accordance with the principles of mundane astrology, there have also been amazing discoveries that involve the high seas.

The historic conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus also reveals hidden secrets of the past that  appear through Uranus' sudden and shocking inclinations.

Whatever emerges is then turned into multiples through Jupiter's expansive vibrations.

This then is forced onto the world's consciousness, a form of "retro-future shock" - for instance, through the rediscovery of "Gorilla Glass", or, with shocking signs such as the birth of a two-headed calf in Egypt.

Consider these other mundane events of interest:

An Underwater Treasure Discovered

Underwater Ruins Give Glimpse of Cleopatra

Winter Storms Expose Colonial Merchant Ship Off Coast of North Carolina

British Team Discover Hundreds of Rare Roman Pots Off Italy's Coast

These events, and more, are common under Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions.

This particular conjunction, taking place at the end of tropical Pisces, and the beginning of tropical Aries, signifies multiple discoveries that will continue through 2010 and into 2011.

Scottish Astrologer Anne Whitaker gives her insights into Jupiter/Uranus Conjunctions:

 Astrologer Anne Whitaker

Jupiter & Uranus:
The Wild Wild Begins

By Anne Whitaker, Dipl. M.A. Psych. Astrolog.S
Writing From the Twelfth House

Astrological knowledge is indeed double-edged. 

I have discussed this duality in previous articles, which have generated considerable interest and provided me with a new ‘generation’ of 2010/11 Jupiter/Uranus researchees, following on my study of the lives of 17 subjects during the 1997 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Aquarius. 

But I feel it is more helpful than otherwise to have some advance warning of our movement into, and through, a tempestuous energy field which promises disruption collectively and individually – but also open us up to possibilities for growth as yet unknown….we need to be humble in the face of these great forces, recognizing that there is only so much we can do to prepare for them.

Uranus moved into Aries on 28th May 2010.

The Jupiter/Uranus in Aries ‘touchpaper’ of 8 June 2010 sets off the complex, resistant but explosive firework of  the Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus/Pluto energy field, with peaks in June and July 2010 as the inner planets move through, creating a Grand Cross pattern.

The lunar eclipse late in June at 5 degrees Capricorn, and Mars late in July crossing 0-Libra, powerfully trigger off the conjunction point again:

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It is probably a fair assumption to make that inner tensions are going to be high for us researchees, as the demands of the old order versus the new battle it out at an inner level, and at an outer level as far as our life circumstances and relationships with others are concerned.

I see the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction as the catalyst in the overall pattern, for breaking down resistance to change and releasing flows of entirely new energy.

It is also vital to remember that we are each tiny sparks in the overall light of our solar system.

So  – “as above, so below”.

We can learn a great deal about what to expect personally by observing the turbulence of the world around us geographically, politically, socially, spiritually and scientifically, realizing that we researchees will be manifesting tiny surges of that same overall energy field.

We can see this already. A small personal example will suffice. Ian and I have Mars at 1.5 Cancer/2.5 Capricorn respectively. 

When the Icelandic volcano erupted – fire surging through ice! - we were two of the many thousands of air travelers sitting at home gazing mournfully at our luggage instead of flying off on holiday.

On 15th April 2010 we were under the impression we were flying to Devon, England, UK.

On 17th April 2010, we set out in the opposite direction by car to the island of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides.

This total change of goal was not accomplished without a great deal of disappointment, stress, tension and anger (Aries.) 

 But in the end we let go of all that, and had a really good, refreshing time in a place of great spiritual peace (Pisces.) And drank some very nice wine!

So – watch your anger levels, try not to take it out on those around you (also my advice to myself!), realize that certain circumstances are going to arise which will be outwith your control.  

Adapt – fast.

Get used to feeling dazed and somewhat shocked.

Try to free yourself from bonds you know are destructive – if you don’t, life is liable to provide that impetus from the left field…

Observational Orbs

For my 1997 research, I set a tight observational orb of 4 -7 degrees Aquarius (the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction fell at 5 deg 55 mins Aquarius) – only taking on researchees who had relevant planets, Angles or Nodes between 4-7 degrees, and only noting world events during times when Jupiter, Uranus, Mars, Saturn, Pluto – and, between early April 1999 and January 2002, Neptune – moved through that band.

However, informal contacts subsequently with people whose relevant planets etc had been anywhere from 0 deg to 10 deg Aquarius, but who had still had a disruptive and changeful year, suggested to me that I should set a wider observational orb for the 2010/11 conjunctions.

I have done this: starting watching closely from the end of March 2010, when Jupiter was applying 10 degrees away from Uranus (17 and 27 Pisces respectively), I will declare the project closed in mid-March 2011, when Jupiter will be separating from Uranus by 10 degrees (11 and 0 degrees Aries respectively).

At that point, I will probably have had more than enough of it all – and want to retire from watching Jupiter/Uranus forever!

I am very much aware that the powerfully disruptive Uranus/Pluto square will only be getting into its stride by then.

But there is a specific quality to Jupiter/Uranus times, which I have already defined in earlier articles on this topic, which makes the year from March 2010 - 2011 very much worth watching.

Using this wide orbital range, there have been a string of world events already fitting the Jupiter/Uranus template in combination with Saturn and Pluto since the end of March 2010.

World Events
To name a few:
  • The death of 96 members of the Polish ruling class in a plane crash
  • Political upheavals in Burma
  • President Obama’s Health Bill signed into law
  • Nuclear missiles reduction treaty between Russia and USA
  • Major Chinese earthquake
  • Icelandic volcano eruption disrupting world flight traffic at a level never known before
  • Huge undersea oil leak after rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Large Hadron Collider worked this time!
  • NASA has unveiled stunning images of our Sun from a new satellite designed to predict disruptive solar storms. 
  • On 27 April there was an announcement that the biggest ever telescope was going to be built in the Atacama Desert to enable us to see farther into the cosmos than we have ever seen before.
  • Oh yes, and our greatest living scientist UK’s Stephen Hawking is about to present a TV series advising us on how to go about communicating with aliens….in a word, don’t!…
Going by my and Ian’s recent experiences, all you researchees out there have probably begun to have life disruptions of an unforeseen and novel kind.

Keep those seat belts buckled.

The wild ride has just begun!

The Cardinal Crisis
Venus Transits Libra & Scorpio
August 2010 - January 2011
Social & Personal Relationships Under The Microscope

By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
Global Astrology

As the world winds down from the first phase of the Cardinal T-Square Transits, a time is just ahead from September 2010 through March 2011 which opens the decade of the 2010s officially.

One of the most important planetary transits over this cycle is that of Venus.

The sister planet of the Earth will enter tropical Scorpio on September 8, 2010 - the same day Saturn turns south in declination in the early degrees of Libra.

Venus will transit Scorpio through September, October, November, December, and into January 2011. Venus will leave tropical Scorpio and enter Sagittarius by January 7th. 

These months feature a time of strong emotions, recriminations of the recent past, periods of sadness, and reviews of one life's purpose. All this after the difficult and negative events over the summer of the Cardinal Crisis world transits.

The transit of Venus will also feature a retrograde (Oct. 7-8, 2010 to Nov. 18, 2010) in Scorpio/Libra. This retrograde cycle ends the last 10 months, and opens new doors before the arrival of the new astrological year of March 2011.

Venus will shift from evening star phase, setting after the Sun, to a new phase - morning star - rising ahead of the Sun.

Look for Venus to shine brilliantly in the predawn skies during the late autumn months, and through the winter months of 2011 in the northern hemisphere.

This new 10-month morning star phase will begin on October 29, 2010 and last to August 13, 2011.

Venus As Morning Star
Late October 2010 To August 2011

Venus as "morning star" reconfirms that a new era is on the horizon.

Jupiter and Uranus will have re-entered tropical Aries officially between January-March 2011 - opening up the new decade under a waning Saturn/Pluto cycle which extends through to January 2020.

Venus' retrograde period begins October 7-8, 2010 at 13-degrees Scorpio.

The planet will appear to move backward across the tropical zodiac from views on the Earth.

After several weeks of retrograde motion, Venus will station direct on November 18, 2010 at 27-Libra, and then resume its motion forward, and back into tropical Scorpio.

The planet will re-enter Scorpio on November 29-30, 2010, and will proceed to pass over the same degrees of Scorpio during its retrograde. This will occur in December 2010.

Venus' retrograde in Scorpio, back into the last three degrees of Libra can be a time of emotional readjustments which deeply affects lives.

Personal Relationships are highlighted - especially after the events over the first phase of the cardinal crisis world transits.

Venus has rulership over Libra, the Mundane Seventh House. This house highlights the greater social climate, the arts, aesthetics, what is just and fair. Libra seeks balance. Its nature is cardinal, of the quality of Air, and has power over the mental emotional nature.

The transit of Venus in the Eighth Mundane House of Scorpio highlights shared finances, marriages, sex, passion, and aesthetics as well. Its nature is fixed, its quality that of Water, and has power over the heart's emotional nature.

During its retrograde cycle, Venus ends one phase in relation to the Sun-Venus-Earth alignment, and opens up a fresh new phase.

A Venus morning star cycle looks forward. It prepares for a new time in life.

This retrograde and phase change of Venus to the Earth, from Venus evening to morning star, places personal relationships directly under the microscope.

Personal Relationships Tested?

Venus in Libra/Scorpio reflects a time to closely examine all relationships to test just how reliable they truly are.

Personal & social relationships of all types will take center stage beginning in August 2010 through to January 2011.

Transiting Mars enters tropical Scorpio on September 14, 2010, and in early October, aspects Venus by conjunction. This leads directly to the day of Venus' stationary retrograde at 13-degrees Scorpio on October 8th.

The conjunction of Venus & Mars in Scorpio signifies a testing time of personal bonds.

Those relationships that do not pass the test will come to an end. Relationships which do pass will go forward into the new astrological year of 2011.

Mars' position in Scorpio is highly passionate, and mysterious, but can also be immature and deficient in reading between the lines as Venus turns retrograde in Scorpio.

What started out as "commitment" within relationships is now put off. Temporary separations are common during Venus' retrograde cycle. It's time to think things over.

Yet, Mars will continue its transit through Scorpio as Venus lags behind.

October 2010 matures into November. 

Frustrations are bound to build as one partner asks for the space and time to think while the other partner demands they make a decision. They are ready now.

But the retrograde of Venus between early October and mid-November will win out in the end.

The demands of Mars in Scorpio prior to Venus' retrograde is the start of a emotional purging process that is required to go forward.

It must take place. Any attempt to stall, or to stop it will lead to failure.

So, what may have once seemed like a "sure thing" is now turned on its head.

Everything appears to be put on hold. That is the way things sometimes go in personal human relations.

Moreover, coming immediately after the tense months of the Cardinal crisis transits, it is best to allow matters to cool down rather than to harp, dwell, or push matters.

Sometimes the best strategy is none at all. Simply allow nature to take its course.

Venus' time in Scorpio/Libra during retrograde may feel and sound a bit like this: 

The phrase, "you won't know if you're coming or going," basically describes this long Venus transit in Scorpio.

The climate is not a total Indian summer per se. By October, and into November it turns wet, windy, and colder, with dense fogs at times.

A classic "London fog" autumn season with rich foliage of colors is just ahead.

Meanwhile, the social atmosphere during fall is unsure of itself, as the times continue to change.

The Venus retrograde from 13-degrees Scorpio to 27-Libra asks those with personal planetary positions and/or angles near these degrees to closely examine what it is that they truly aspire to in their lives.

The economic crisis has caused a serious disruption in the relationship scheme of things.

Marriages have been delayed since 2008, because of a lack of resources and uncertainty about the economic future.

Couples who are remain together at this time may find the months from August 2010- January 2011 to be emotionally challenging if they are not aware of the astrological inclinations.

Women are bound to seek time and space alone to think about commitments during the retrograde, as Mars in Scorpio demands answers, Venus lags behind, waiting, thinking, brooding matters over.

This can create a suspicious attitude in the other potential partner, in most cases, the male, who may falsely attribute the lack of an immediate response to another suitor. This is jealousy, as inclined by Scorpio.

Mars in Scorpio has a bad habit of seeing things that are not real, of finding suspicion where there is none.

The insight and penetration of Mars in Scorpio into many matters is excellent; however, the down side to this natural detective is to view most things from its own lens of suspicion - not realizing that it is their own behavior being observed and judged.

This will determine the outcome of many relationships in the months ahead.

What resolves problems is taking care of one's own inner issues during the Venus retrograde cycle so by the time the 40 days have passed, the proposed relationship can resume with a clearer sense of what is required of both partners, false suspicions aside.

During the months of October & November 2010 the emotional passions and sexual inclinations are bound to conflict - causing some relationships to come to an abrupt end, while other relationships may have to wait things out.

Individuals who have proven unreliable are apt to be replaced as partners. Some friendships which may have been important in the past also end as well.

It is just that time to move on. It happens.

What these transits show over this particular cycle is a need for safety and greater stability in any desired relationship - a reliable partner - perhaps a husband, or a wife.

It is here that Saturn's position in Libra plays a strong role. 

Coming off a long transit in Virgo, Saturn, now in Venus-ruled Libra, cools the heart strings - exuding an objective but more distant emotional response from, and towards others. Think relationships of the early 1980s, the last time Saturn transited Libra.

It is here that the answer of the Venus retrograde can be found.

By taking a mentally emotional approach to that which is felt passionately, one is able to then create the desired outcome. If it is natural, and not forced.

In this way, the Venus retrograde can be used as a transcendental cycle. Change is certainly in the air, but mental and emotional adjustments must be made to succeed and go forward.

It is important to communicate honestly with one's potential partner. Their responses and behaviors will say more about the success or failure of the proposed commitment to come.

On a wider mundane level, Saturn's transit in Libra inclines society in general towards seeking greater stability and safety within all personal and professional relationships.

Venus' transit through Libra, and then Scorpio, also calls into question who is "safe" and who is not. There are a lot of bad people out there, so, it is important to screen out the immature and unreliables who negatively choose to project their own inner failures onto others.

Saturn's presence in Libra forces outmoded relationships either to come to an end, or demands change by crystallization of transcendence. Libra is a powerful Air sign, so one's thoughts are essential to future success.

Saturn turns whatever thought-forms it touches into reality. Therefore, any personal commitment, for it to gain significant currency and materialize into physical form, must be balanced, fair, pleasing and just. Libra demands this, and Venus rules Libra.

Venus' retrograde in Scorpio, then back into the last three degrees of Libra by mid-November 2010, may include having to let go of individuals, friends, and/or social groups whom one feels has outlived their usefulness.

Passionate Emotions & Review of Life Purpose

This particular Venus retrograde in Scorpio can also indicate the need to resolve outstanding issues of passive-aggressiveness, both individually, and within all personal relationships, be they with spouses, lovers, friends, family and associates.

At times, feelings of personal possession of others, envy and jealousy is common under the negative octave of Venus' transit in Scorpio. 

The positive octave gives way to intense introspection of feelings, is patient, and tends towards non-judgmental stances, of the quality of Libra, as the mental spiritual self works through all the pros and cons of commitments highlighted by the Eighth House fixed waters of Scorpio.

The retrograde phase of Venus is therefore a time of review, and keen evaluation of one's personal and emotional needs.

The unfavorable inclinations of Venus retrograde in Scorpio can indicate females who lie, cheat and steal in order to manipulate situations in their favor. This usually emanates from envy or jealousy.

Manipulation has always been a part of Scorpio's nature.

But, there is positive manipulation and negative manipulation, this is naturally part of Scorpio's octaves that it operates on.

If one chooses to manipulate dishonestly to cut corners, and take shortcuts, under the inclinations of the additional planetary influences, know that things will not turned out as planned.

Matters will be made worse.

Cheating, lying, negative manipulations, dramas, gossip, etc., easily backfire because the retrograde cycle ends in Libra, and Saturn in Libra will crystallize any of the negative acts into the physical reality of the situation.

This then becomes exposed by Venus' direct motion in Libra, and re-entry back into tropical Scorpio.

Remember that Jupiter turns direct on November 18. Venus, the Lesser Benefic, turns direct the same day as Jupiter, the Greater Benefic.

Maladaptive behaviors, intrigues, and acts prior to this - under the Venus retrograde period - will fail miserably going forward.

So honesty is the best policy.

Any negative manipulations under Scorpio's passions to possess something, or someone, or to cause problems via dramas, gossip, envy, jealousies, desires, anger, etc., among individuals who are involved with one another, will only burn bridges one will later wish were not burned. So, leave well enough alone.

Forewarned is foretold.

The emotional nature, in the fixed waters of Scorpio, can also become distorted and confused, forcing situations too fast when prudence would have easily been the best and safest course.
The retrograde is not a time to make significant changes. Rather, it is simply a time for reflection, review and quiet observation of one's own thoughts and feelings and those of others.

In this way Venus, especially in Scorpio, can be used to purge oneself of outmoded thoughts, attitudes, bad habits, etc., while simultaneously allowing for time to pass to determine if any potential relationship will be reliable and strong enough to withstand the challenges of the times.

More often than not, the actions and behaviors of the potential partner as observed during the Venus retrograde cycle will determine if the relationship gets a green light or not.

Should the person pass the test of patience, and honesty, then the relationship can resume and grow into a serious commitment, and in some cases, marriage.

The spring of 2011 shows a rush to wedding ceremonies. Many couples who tie the knot in May & June 2011 will be those who have waited three years to marry because of the severe economic downturn.

The Venus transit, and retrograde in Scorpio/Libra will be the final test of committed relationships which have the potential to lead to the altar.

If the potential partner fails the test of patience over this time, then one should be careful when, where, and how to break the news to them. 

As Mars transits Scorpio and enters fiery Sagittarius by October 28th, there is the potential for immature, and in extreme cases, violent reactions from those have failed the emotional test of Venus' retrograde.

The transits of the autumn season in the northern hemisphere may be a little weird. Keen observers may notice irrational emotional behaviors in society-at-large during the retrograde cycle of Venus in Scorpio.

It is best to remain cool, objective, and to keep distance away from strange characters who appear to mental and emotionally unbalanced.

Along with the transit of Mars in Scorpio and through Sagittarius from September through December, irrational behaviors mixed with intense passions can get out of hand if not carefully balanced with patience and prudence.

During the Venus retrograde, it is best to avoid confrontations with emotionally unstable individuals. Again, calmly observe any signs of irrational behavior. Caution is advised.

In making decisions that affect the future of serious relationships, it is advised to wait until Venus turns direct in Libra, and transits back over the same degrees of Scorpio that Venus passed during her retrograde cycle.

The dates are - November 18, 2010 to December 21, 2010.

This forward motion of Venus will take place into the busy holiday season. 

Therefore, consider, by that time of year, you should have made your decision about relationships in general with friends and groups, and in particular, with a potential mate.

The air will clear by then, and you should feel much more comfortable in announcing your intentions just as the Sun enters Capricorn, about four days before Christmas.

All this will arrive two months before another round of world transits ushers in a further changing of the times in March 2011 - the official opening of the decade of the 2010s.

Then, you will be on your way.

The Cardinal Crisis
Saturn In Libra
Astrometeorological Forecast:
Bone-Chilling Winter On The Way

By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
Global Astrology

It may surprise some to hear that the fall and winter seasons just ahead will be colder than normal. After all, the heatwave taking place throughout the northern hemispheric summer of 2010 has been and continues to be deadly but most people are not thinking about winter.

As a astrometeorologist who forecasts long-range weather and climate, I often must scan months and years in advance to determine the planetary configurations as they relate to the world's weather.

My general outlook for the 2011 winter season is for colder-than-normal temperatures which will rival the warmer-than-normal temperatures experienced in summer 2010 over the northern hemisphere.

This follows my prior forecasts of "extremes of weather" that sees the climate stretch from one extreme of the weather spectrum to the other.

Four years ago, in 2006, I forecasted the arrival of El Nino in the Pacific Ocean to dominate the latter half of 2009, and first half of 2010.

Then El Nino would quickly fade during the second half of 2010, and be immediately followed by cooler waters in the Pacific.

This is called La Nina. I have forecasted this climate event to dominate late 2010 and the first half of 2011.

Climatologists and meteorologists are now seeing La Nina conditions build, as forecasted astrologically several years ago for this year and next.

The Sun, Moon, and planets of the solar system cause the climate conditions on Earth to change by their mathematical and electromagnetic configurations.

Saturn's role as its transits configure relative to the Earth, bring moist and cold conditions. Libra, as an air sign will see Saturn's effect here through very cold temperatures.

It will be the freezing air that will be the main problem, and along with it, Saturn's penchant to bring along with it moist conditions that indicate heavier than normal amounts of snow and ice.

We can see Saturn's role already impacting parts of the globe in July & August 2010 throughout the southern hemisphere. Consider the deadly colder-than-normal temperatures which has plagued this region of the world.

See - Peru Declares State Of Emergency With Coldest Temperatures On Record.

Also - Cold Temperatures Cause Death, Damage In South America.

According to my calculations, I expect a colder-than-normal winter season, which will arrive later than normal for most of the United States and Europe at the end of January/early February 2011.

I would advise those reading this to prepare early for the winter of 2011. The air will be very cold, and the conditions lean towards heavy snows, and ice.

In the Pacific Northwest, I expect La Nina to make an earlier impact than for the rest of the U.S., bringing with it windy, wet, snowy, icy and freezing winter conditions, according to my astronomical calculations.

Residents who live in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, stretching to cities like San Fransisco and regions of northern California, would be wise to get a head start on their fall 2010 and winter 2011 preparations.

My astrological climate forecast says it's going to get wetter, windier, and colder than normal in the months to come.

Consider this:

La Nina On Deck:
Snowy, Wet & Colder Winter Ahead?
KOMO-TV Seattle

It's the news rain fans, snow fans and skiers love to hear: La Nina conditions have officially formed, meaning perhaps a cool and wet/snowy winter is in the offing around here.

NOAA made the announcement Thursday in regards to its forecast update to the Atlantic Hurricane season, but for the Pacific Northwest, where hurricanes might as well be Bigfoot, we pay attention for different reasons.

La Nina is the term for the phenomenon where ocean waters cool in the equatorial region of Pacific Ocean. It's part of an oscillation with El Nino, which is when the waters warm.

Both have great, but opposite, effects on worldwide climate.

For the Pacific Northwest, La Ninas tend to bring cooler and wetter than normal conditions for autumn and winter.

It doesn't necessarily mean a big, snowy winter (although 2008-09 was a La Nina winter) just that the odds of bringing cold and wet together at the same time are higher.

But La Nina winters are typically big mountain snow-pack winters, so ski resorts should fare pretty well if climate standards hold.

On the other hand, this does present greater risks for the Green River Valley and other river flood-prone areas. Last winter's El Nino played true to form of being warm and dry (remember our warm January?), and thus we never really had any kind of flooding.

That could change this winter. So those who live in the flood plains, don't let your guard down.

Scientists still aren't really sure yet what causes this back-and-forth tug of war between La Nina and El Nino, officially known as the "El Nino-Southern Oscillation" or ENSO, only that it repeats every 3-7 years, but rarely in the same way.

An average ENSO will probably see an El Nino winter, then perhaps 1-2 years of "neutral conditions" before a drift into La Nina for a winter, then reverse to El Nino over another few years.

However, this year's shift was quite rapid. In fact, we blew right through the neutral stage, radically shifting from El Nino to La Nina in just the course of a few months this summer.

You can take a peek at this ENSO chart that shows El Nino and La Nina conditions since 1950.

If the three-month running average temperature in the part of the Pacific where this happens is 0.5C degrees or warmer than normal, then it's considered El Nino conditions. 0.5C or colder is La Nina.

Anything in between is neutral. This chart has not yet been updated for August, but I'm guessing that number came out today at -0.5C or so and thus the La Nina declaration.

The chart shows there have been some years with quick turn-rounds -- 1973 (very wet Nov-Jan, cool Nov and Jan), 1988 (quite wet / avg temps) and 1998 (*very* wet Nov-Feb) come to mind.

Most quick turn-arounds seemed to usher in a long La Nina pattern so we'll see how this goes.

The Cardinal Crisis
Wary Employers Keep Their Hiring Plans On Hold?

By James B. Kelleher & Nick Carey

August 5, 2010 -- Lexington, Kentucky - Anyone puzzled by the reluctance of U.S. companies to hire workers in the midst of what looks like a business-led recovery needs to talk to Robert Harvell.

With more than 30 years in the excavator-making business and six recessions under his belt, Harvell, the chief executive of LBX Company, thought he knew what to expect when he saw signs in late 2006 that another downturn was coming.

That means the companies can handle the return of demand for their products, and post fat profits, without having to hire a lot of permanent workers.

He was wrong. 

So now, like a lot of manufacturing executives surprised by the downturn's speed and severity, he is being extra cautious, especially when it comes to expanding his pared-down payroll.

Signs of how wary U.S. employers are to hire again are expected with Friday's release of payroll figures for July.

Like Harvell, many executives worry the current recovery will prove as unpredictable as the recession that preceded it.

"I am embarrassed to say that we anticipated a softer landing and a speedier recovery than what we've seen," he told Reuters this week. "But then everything began to implode."

The U.S. economy has posted four consecutive quarters of growth. 

Yet the unemployment rate remains close to 10 percent, in part, because companies are holding the line on hiring.

Their wariness is impacting the U.S. economy, weighing on consumer confidence and making President Barack Obama's economic stewardship a top issue in November's mid-term elections that could tip the balance of power in Washington.


If that sounds like a lot of responsibility to lay at the feet of the folks who run America's factories.

Consider this: while manufacturers account for only about 12 percent of U.S. GDP, they handed out 25 percent of the 8 million pink slips generated during the downturn.

Last year alone, the sector shed 11.4 percent of its workforce -- the largest one-year percentage drop in manufacturing employment since the Great Depression, dwarfing even the 10.4 percent drop seen in 1945, when America's victorious industrial war machine throttled back production.

Manufacturers are now moving far more slowly to bring workers back. As of June, industrial firms had hired back fewer than 10 percent of more than 2 million workers they laid off during the downturn, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

Another contributing factor to the paralysis in payrolls: Many manufacturers used the downturn to speed up efforts to restructure, streamline operations and slash costs.

"We looked at the P&L and said 'How do we attack each line, and make it more robust, more productive and cut the waste out of it?'" said Chuck Evans, a top executive at Henkel Corp's U.S. automotive business.

"Painstakingly and line by line, we made the organization reinvent itself."

This recovery, in other words, could be as different from past pickups as the recent downturn was from recessions past.


In the early stages of what turned out to the deepest U.S. downturn since the 1930s, LBX did what it usually did: reduce headcount through attrition and cutting back inventory.

A 17 percent fall in business in 2007 was followed by a 28 percent slump in 2008 and a 48 percent crash in 2009.

In December 2008, LBX -- which co-designs its Link-Belt brand excavators with parent company Sumitomo Heavy Industries and adapts them for North America -- decided on a one-time layoff that cut staff to a core team of 80 from 100.

"We could not let any of that core team go because everyone here performs multiple functions," Harvell said. "Also, most of our people have 20 years or more experience and replacing them would not be easy. We couldn't let those people go."

LBX figured its core team could handle up to a 30 percent increase in demand before it needed to expand its workforce.

So far, LBX's sector is only up about 5 percent this year. Harvell expects demand could rise 15 percent next year but even then he may not start hiring before the end of 2011.

"This is not like any recovery we've ever seen," he said. "And the credit markets are still constrained. We are seeing some bright spots out there and it's going to get better, but we're not ready yet to expand."


It's not that manufacturers aren't hiring. Employment in the sector is up for six straight months now, the BLS says.

But U.S. factories have only brought back 136,000 of the 2.2 million workers they laid off between December 2007, when the recession officially began, and December 2009, when they stopped cutting and started cautiously hiring again.

That pattern shows up across the economy. The jobless rate peaked in October 2009, just a couple of months after economic growth resumed.

That was a much quicker turnaround than the so-called "jobless recoveries" following the 1991 and 2001 recession, when unemployment finally peaked more than a year after the downturn ended.

But private hiring has been so tepid -- averaging slightly more than 100,000 a month so far this year -- that at this rate it would take more than six years to replace the jobs lost during the recession.

Caterpillar Inc, the Peoria, Illinois-based maker of construction and mining equipment, provides a particularly dramatic example of the manufacturing sector's wary response to the rebound.

When its sales took their largest one-year tumble since the 1930s, dropping 37 percent to $32.4 billion in 2009, it laid off nearly 30,000 workers worldwide, 19,000 of them full-time.

In 2010, sales have rebounded smartly and are expected to end the year somewhere between $39 billion and $42 billion -- roughly halfway back to 2008's all-time record sales levels.

Yet Caterpillar has rehired fewer than 20 percent of the full-time workers it laid off -- just 3,600 people worldwide in all. And only a third of those have been in the United States.

That brings the company's total headcount to 97,000, right about where it was back in 2006 when it had sales of $41 billion.

Caterpillar has said it hopes to rehire a total of 9,000 workers this year.

But again, only a third of the promised jobs will be inside the United States as the company continues to align its manufacturing footprint and headcount with its sales, 62 percent of which now come from overseas.


Smaller manufacturers are doing much the same thing.

According to Sageworks, which compiles data on the finances of privately held businesses, they are working hard to lower their break-even points by trimming costs and holding back hiring because they are unsure the recovery has legs.

"They're being defensive," said Sageworks executive Drew White, pointing to payrolls-to-sales ratios.

In 2007, manufacturers, on average, paid out $13.26 in salaries, wages and benefits for every $100 of sales, according to Sageworks.

Since then, the number has fallen -- a function of both shrinking payrolls and reduced compensation -- and so far in 2010, it has dropped to about $9.29 for every $100 in sales, a 30 percent decline in just three years.

White said some of that is due to strategic under staffing by smaller manufacturers, which tend to experience the rebound later than their larger industrial peers.

"The good news is if manufacturing is growing at the bigger companies, it will eventually hit the smaller firms," he said. "And when they do see a comeback in revenue, I think they'll be very quick to hire back."

But much of what's going on is permanent. 

Since peaking in 1973 at 18.8 million, U.S. manufacturing employment has fallen pretty steadily, a function of industry's effort to stay competitive by effectively replacing people with machines.

Most economists think less than half the U.S. manufacturing jobs lost over the past two years will ever return -- even if the current recovery gains traction and strength.

Adam Fleck, an industrial analyst at Morningstar, is more optimistic. He doesn't see the sector recreating the nearly 7 million jobs lost over the last 37 years but he thinks it could eventually go back to levels seen before the recession.

"But whether it's next year or the year after that or at the top of the next cycle," he said, "it's hard to say."



Willow said...

Dear God. :-( So many people suffering.

Theodore, you nailed the dangerous water trends for the summer way back in March! I sort of wish you hadn't. haha But great job.

Anonymous said...

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