Jul 31, 2008

Headed for China: the August 1 Solar Eclipse

Space Weather News for July 31, 2008

SOLAR ECLIPSE: On Friday, August 1st, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun producing a total solar eclipse. The narrow path of totality stretches from arctic Canada through Greenland, Siberia, and Mongolia, and comes to an end in China where millions of people will witness the event.

Even more people will see the partial eclipse, visible from almost all of Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia and a corner of North America.

The action begins at approximately 09:20 UT (5:20 am EDT) when the Moon's shadow first hits Earth in northern Canada and begins its rapid sweep toward China.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for photos, webcasts, timetables and full coverage of the eclipse. #


On August 17, 2007 I wrote a post about the NYSE's Pre-Natal Eclipse Series - which repeats tomorrow, Aug 1, 2008, along with a few notes from astrologer Sybil Leek concerning Neptune in Scorpio, sign of big business and marking the start of living beyond one's means bwo credit cards, plus some comments on Ben Bernanke. (Given today's financial mess the 'experts' have dumped us in, I want to type Stanky Bernanke but guess I'd better not. What then would I call the rest of 'em?)

Anyway, here's the post link if you'd like to peruse:

NYSE and its Solar Eclipse Series 2008

Obama and McCain enlist meltdown culprits

Obama and McCain Suck Up to the Bankers

By Robert Scheer

Both of our leading presidential candidates are scrambling to enlist not only the big-dollar contributions but, more frighteningly, the "expertise" of the very folks who advocated the financial industry deregulations at the heart of this meltdown.

Read Robert Scheer at Information Clearing House.

Jul 28, 2008

Why do you want to serve George W. Bush?

News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government

July 28, 2008

All items are here: Breaking News

"What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?"

Justice Officials Repeatedly Broke Law on Hiring, Report Says July 28, 2008

Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors, according to an inspector general's report released today.

Goodling passed over hundreds of qualified applicants and squashed the promotions of others after deeming candidates insufficiently loyal to the Republican party, said investigators, who interviewed 85 people and received information from 300 other job seekers at Justice.

Sampson developed a system to screen immigration judge candidates based on improper political considerations and routinely took recommendations from the White House Office of Political Affairs and Presidential Personnel, the report said. Goodling regularly asked candidates for career jobs, "What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?" the report said.#

Oh don't encourage me to answer that one! Heil? -jc

August 1 Eclipse scares up: The Mummy!

The Mummy is being released on August 1, the very day of the Solar Eclipse from the 10 South Series.

The Pluto-inspired The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor looks pretty good in the trailer so I've provided a link for viewing it in the above post along with Eclipse details in case you've missed them. Pluto, the Dragon is rising, it seems...along with China whose symbol is The Dragon.

Israeli radioactive cargo refused at Egyptian border

News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government

July 28, 2008

All items are here:

Breaking News

Egypt seizes Israeli radioactive cargo July 28, 2008

Egypt has refused to allow entry to an Israeli truck carrying 3.5 tone of ceramics after high radiation levels were detected in the shipment. Egyptian officials seized the goods at the Al-Oja border crossing after radiation detection equipment showed a high presence of radioactive material in the cargo, a security official told AFP. A special team from the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) was expected to inspect the shipment immediately, he added.#

NPR news at noon: Bush's deficit will be much higher than projected just 5 months ago. Guess he forgot to move a decimel point.

Jul 27, 2008

An Elegant Kitten Barack

A new political cat limerick has now been published at Lim's Limericks for I sense that you've been wondering when the bad poetry muse would show up concerning Obama's overseas presidentiness tour, right? ;p

2009's Jupiter/Neptune Conjunction

Sufferin' Speculators!

The whole of 2009 will be influenced by the idealistic combo of expansive Jupiter and inflationary Neptune hooking up for the first time since 1997, so you may wish to read a freshly published post with details on this 13-year cycle of Jupiter and Neptune, both of which relate to spirituality...Jupiter as codified religion and Neptune as spirituality.

And of course we know that there will be oil and gas to consider whenever Neptune is in the cauldron - while rich Jupiter simply loves the money these treasures provide!

Jul 24, 2008

Keep the terror pot boiling: attack Iran

Method In The Madness: Why They Want To Attack Iran

By Ed Kinane

Attacking Iran keeps the pot boiling. It perpetuates the phony war on terror. More war provides more enemies and so more pretext to erode civil liberties. Unscrupulous politicians and certain corporations thrive when fear keeps people dumb and dazed. With another invasion the Halliburtons and Blackwaters get to lap up more contracts.


Read Kinane's article here:

Information Clearing House


Additionally, here's a link to a previous post - one of my early ones here on Stars Over Washington - concerning an astrological signature of radical reformers in government who believe that chaos is not just useful for their purposes, but is the undergirding of their movement to create a one-world-government:

Chiron-Uranus Types in Government - and Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine theory is an extreme example of how these self-appointed social tinkerers work against society's good while pocketing all the cash and stacking up bricks of gold within their hidden Midas lairs.

Jul 23, 2008

McCain's Neverending war: video link

In his own words, folks!

Is it possible that POW McCain has never left war?

Now Barack Obama will almost certainly disappoint the American people on redeploying from Iraq soon enough to suit (like 5 years ago), withdrawing, etc, but I'll have to take my chances on that because look at the alternative with McCain...American children as cannon fodder for many years to come- that's what Maverick McCain is promising in spite of his recent equivocations.

And we know that the USA has some hard days ahead and has reached the limits of her power in the world (Progressed Full Moon in Virgo, December 2008; Mars now Rx by Progression...Mars = the military; police force - which will be used at home.)

But as the I Ching so wisely advises those who are willing to learn: there's no shame in regrouping forces to plan anew!

Jul 22, 2008

Look up! space junk descending

Space Weather News for July 22, 2008

DESCENDING SPACE JUNK: Almost exactly one year ago, on July 23, 2007, International Space Station astronauts threw an obsolete, refrigerator-sized ammonia reservoir overboard.

The 1400-lb piece of space junk has been circling Earth ever since and now, in July 2008, its orbit has decayed so much that it has become an easy naked-eye target for backyard sky watchers.

The "Early Ammonia Servicer" (EAS for short) is almost as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper and growing brighter as it descends.

Today's edition of SpaceWeather.com displays photos of the EAS, which is expected to burn up in Earth's atmosphere in late 2008 or early 2009.

Readers who wish to see the EAS with their own eyes should check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flyby times: flybys - Europeans are favored with flybys this week, North Americans next week.

Jul 21, 2008

Is Bush to stay on and on and on?

Bush at the helm: can a lifetime be enough? has been freshly published if you can stand a glop of George Bush's dictatorship possibilities, along with some FISA-related ranting on my part.

Perhaps it's cheeky monkey of me, but I relate the whole glop of political neocon high-handedness to a possible reason why John McCain has been "accepted" as the GOP's 2008 prez nominee - McCain the maverick who couldn't pass muster for them not so very long ago.

Anyway, it's all devil's food for thought!

Are Dems the problem? + Iraq war stats

Better late than never when it comes to Information Clearing House's NewsLetter:

Information Clearing House Newsletter: News You Won't Find On CNN

July 19, 2008


"One of the world's greatest problems is the impossibility of any person searching for the truth on any subject when they believe they already have it." Dave Wilbur


"It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true." Henry Kissinger

"Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false." Bertrand Russell


"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes not oppressive; the rational world is my friend because I am friend of its happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government." Thomas Paine


Read this newsletter online at tinyurl.com



Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,236,604

Iraqi deaths


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,125


The War And Occupation Of Iraq Costs $538,352,761,450

See the cost in your community at firstpriorities


Reality Check: The Democrats Are The Real Problem

By Mike Whitney

If the path to peace requires crushing the Democratic Party and its blood-thirsty candidates; so be it. The main thing is to stop the killing. If Obama won't do it, we'll find someone who will.

Read article at ICH


The Problem Of Patriotism

By James Rothenberg

Race, sex, and religion do not demand your loyalty but your country does. Your village or town doesn't. Your city doesn't. The state you live in doesn't. New York and California don't care if you are loyal to them.

What's the difference? Armed force. Uncle Sam needs you. To fight.



"War Sucks"

By Scott Ritter

"It Ain't what you see on TV."

Click to view at: ICH

Jul 19, 2008

White House email snafu favors Obama Iraq plan

Over at politico.com Jonathan Martin carries the tale of another email adventure from the White House.

Seems al Maliki favors Barack Obama's proposed 16-month withdrawal from Iraq and the 'endorsement' by the Iraqi politician, a neocon creation, was inadvertently sent out en masse rather than remaining for their eyes only.

And just when Bush has been making propagandistic noises about Iraq withdrawal in timely fashion for the November elections. Oops!

Now how inconvenient for John McCain is that?

Jul 18, 2008

Are Biden's marbles lost?

Senator Joseph Biden has introduced a bill to send more billions to Pakistan to fight terroism - since the billion dollar bribes have worked perfectly so far...

But what can you do with a Hill-full of irrepressible drunken sailors with major pocket-lining tendencies?

Send a decent one to join the Washington throng? It only ends up spoiling 'em as they are cautioned to vote as the party tells them if they want to keep their jobs, the little newbies, so wide-eyed and desperate to stay in sparkly Washington and rule the world alongside the (pompous) big dogs.

That's how it's done - maintain the elitist status quo while posing for the cameras, holding hearings, and 'serving' on committees whose main outcomes consist in making more noise than improvement.

Didn't I say here on SO'W that the November 2006 elections would show us the pudding's proof or be a song-and-dance wash out...or words to that effect? What would Dem control amount to?, I asked. Not much, as we see - but the mega-propagandized "WOT" has certainly been a terrific bottomless pit for pilfering taxpayers' money, hasn't it?

Oldie But Moldie:

Early in the Bush regime I proffered a Tar'n'Feather Fund with donations accepted...and it's still bubbling on the hob, m'peops!

Jul 17, 2008

Jupiter, the Moon, and ISS flybys

Space Weather News for July 16 and 17, 2008

PRETTY SKY ALERT: The brightest lights in the night sky are having a get-together. On July 16th and 17th, Jupiter and the nearly-full Moon will be side-by-side in the constellation Sagittarius. The pair rise in the southeast just after nightfall and remain visible all night long.

That's not all: The International Space Station is making a series of evening passes over Europe and North America and it will join Jupiter and the Moon over many towns and cities.

Check the Simple Satellite Tracker to find out when to look: Flybys!

COLLIDING STORM UPDATE: Earlier this month, Jupiter's Little Red Spot got caught between two larger storms (the Great Red Spot and Oval BA), and the Little Red Spot was destroyed. Or was it?

New amateur photos of Jupiter show that the Little Red Spot may be re-forming. Not only that, it seems to be drifting back toward the Great Red Spot for a second collision.

Updates will be posted on SpaceWeather.com as the storms converge anew.

Jul 16, 2008

IndyMac Bank run: day two

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government July 16, 2008

All items are here:

LegitGov Breaking News

Police to IndyMac customers: Remain calm or face arrest July 15, 2008:

Police ordered angry customers lined up outside an IndyMac Bank branch to remain calm or face arrest Tuesday as they tried to pull their money on the second day of the failed institution's federal takeover.

At least three police squad cars showed up early Tuesday as tensions rose outside the San Fernando Valley branch of Pasadena-based IndyMac. Federal regulators seized Pasadena-based IndyMac on Friday and reopened the bank Monday under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Jul 15, 2008

IndyMac Bank run of July 14, 2008

A previous post The Fed's Jupiter Return Dec 2008 has been updated concerning Monday's run on the IndyMac Bank of California and I thought you might be interested esp since there's been a major triggering by Saturn to the chart of Black Tuesday, Oct 29, 1929.

Jul 14, 2008

George Galloway on attacking Iran

British MP George Galloway Telling It Like It Is

This Is Must Listen - Audio

Listen to George Galloway talking about the consequences of an attack on Iran. #

(And we think things are bad now.)

Week of July 14 in Financial Astrology

Financial Astrology: Week of July 14 has been published with links to Ray Merriman's excellent articles if you're interested in tracking or learning more about financial cycles and the upcoming mash up.

Mr. Merriman relates the now forming Saturn/Uranus opposition to financial cycles which are highly unstable now, to the Fed, and to the possible presidencies of a D or an R president so check out the work of an excellent financial astrologer who has his finger in the pulse of our falling dollar.

There's still a pulse? you say...barely!

Jul 13, 2008

Declaration of Independence: fates of its signers

Do you know what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence who put themselves - their lives, futures, fortunes, loved ones - on the line to create this nation?

Jul 12, 2008

Cheney's heart tune-up 7.12.08

Here are Dick Cheney's natal chart (center) and the transits for this morning when Cheney was reported to have a check-up or, as I'm calling it, a heart tune-up.

Time is set for 9:30:10 am edt, Washington DC, when the transiting cusps are same as his natal cusps since I don't know what time he arrived or the hour of treatment or procedure. It's a Mars Hour (fevers; attacks; surgical procedures; sharp instruments.)

What I do know is that the secretive vp was on board Nov 26, 2007 for what was reported as a 'heart shock'...and if you click to enlarge the current chart, you'll see my notation for Uranus to natal Moon (physical body; emotions - marked in green) as possible emotional changes - or a 'shock' of some kind.

Anxiety is present which may be in part from the threat of legal walls closing in on his political and world domination activities for even Mr. Darkside must have some emotions and feelings rumbling around inside that barrel chest.

Yet our congressional overseers' legal efforts have so far yielded little fair justice for Cheney's actions and duplicities that I can see. But perhaps legal threats are enough to stress a man with a weak heart (but a man with state-of-the-art medical care, as we know.) Or perhaps it's nearing time for the piper's paying.

~:~The outstanding signature between today's chart and his natal ASC ('physical body' as well) is marked in green - and from this we get a midpoint picture with Mars (energy) and Saturn (restriction)...in full it's...

Mars/ASC = Saturn: anxiety comes from feeling controlled somehow; defeat or dispute; sharing of worries; frustration and rebellion; others don't cooperate as they should; inhibitions; suffering; mourning with others (Tyl; Ebertin.)

You see I've marked his natal Pluto/Chiron in Leo with "wounded heart?" by which I mean the possibility of an inherited heart condition. Venus has recently plowed through this conj and she is today at a crisis/critical 29th degree (clarification: Pluto in Leo, Chiron in Cancer.)

Two asteroids (besides Chiron) which relate to health, Aesculapia and Hygeia, are near Midheaven (The Goal or Objective) and the Aquarian trio of North Node (meetings; encounters; destiny), Chiron (the wound or blindspot), and nebulous Neptune are in his natal 6th house of Health, Work, Service, and Daily Rounds, so Neptune has been causing dissolution in these areas of Cheney's life for some time.

Neptune traveling through 6th house also indicates secretive work and activities which cause people to wonder just what it is you do for a living - which is one expression of this transit. However, healthwise, diagnoses and treatment may be difficult when Neptune is in 6th house.

Also mysterious Neptune is in orb of natal Mercury, a time of confusion, deception, and lack of clear thinking. Higher inspirations are possible but more likely Neptune to Mercury inspires misunderstandings, obsessiveness, paranoia, and a fuzzy grasp of reality.

Pluto, also at a 29th degree, is focal planet in a T-square formed by Cheney's natal Moon/Neptune/NN opposition so we have a few pictures to consider...

Moon/Neptune = Pluto: high sensitivity; an emotional shock (physical shock?) or upheaval.

Moon/NN = Pluto: separation through a higher power; powerful forces affect interpersonal relationships.

And replacing natal Moon with transiting Uranus...

Uranus/Neptune = Pluto: abandonment of resistance; remaining at the mercy of external conditions and circumstances; the necessity to give in; losses; calamities; the big picture demands a certain course of action which must be followed- very little option to do otherwise.

Uranus/NN = Pluto: the need to be influential; rocking the boat and people approving the motion; coming under the spell of other people (like doctors or surgeons?); upsetting experiences shared with others.

Well, Blogger is about to poop out on me so I'll mosey while the moseying's good.

Perhaps this astrological blurb spotlights Dick Cheney's current health climate for you - in case you should care a fig about this mountebank/scalliwag/varmint/wheeler dealer of a political thespian.

Sunday Update: the story they've put out is that all went well, Cheney is simply peachy keen, so it seems I fretted for no good reason. And yet, as they say, every puppy has his day - no matter how snarly he may be!

Jul 11, 2008

Carol Shepp McCain's Wedding Day 1965

A Wedding Day Astrology article is now published if you've been wondering about the starry portents of the McCain - Shepp Wedding Day of July 3, 1965.

Using the Sun (male) and Moon (female) positions for the day, we may finagle a few details concerning this marriage which was so rudely interrupted by...McCain's next marriage to Cindy Hensley - his current wife, if you're counting!

Rove the no-show

As you know, Karl Rove defied Congress yesterday and failed to show up for testifying purposes concerning his role in the politicization of the Justice Department and other such unsavory things. They say he left the country!

Should we have taken Congress' subpoena to Rove seriously? Puh! Capitol Hill Theater, dahlink! 'Twas meant to keep the unwashed masses at bay.

Now this unsurprising lack of occurrance has inspired a brief poem if you'd care to mosey over to Lim's Limericks so say Hi to Lim for me...his lovely snoot is to be seen there - but Karl Rove's lovely snoot isn't to be seen anywhere which, when you think about it, isn't such a bad deal after all.


A sheepishly admitted Update 7.11.08: above link is now repaired--apologies!

Jul 10, 2008

Jupiter's closest approach to Earth now!

Heads up, skywatchers!

Space Weather News for July 9, 2008

JUPITER AT ITS BRIGHTEST: Jupiter reaches maximum brilliance this week, on July 9th, when it makes its closest approach to Earth for all of 2008.

At sunset, look low and southeast for a beacon of light brighter than any star. That is Jupiter rising for an all-night transit across the southern sky. During this time of closest approach, Jupiter makes a wonderful target for backyard telescopes.

Even small telescopes reveal the planet's cloud belts, its four largest moons, and the Great Red Spot, an anti-cyclone twice as wide as Earth. Just a few days ago, the Great Red Spot ran over a sibling, the Little Red Spot, and may have destroyed the smaller storm.

Amateur images of the collision are featured on today's edition of SpaceWeather News!


With Jupiter now Rx in Capricorn (sign of law, business, and politics), I thought you'd like to know that now's the best time of 2008 to see the big fella!

Jul 9, 2008

Astrology of the 2008 Democratic National Convention

An article on the Democratic National Convention is now published at Jude's Threshold with images of the horoscopes for August 25 (sunrise) and August 28 (midnight) to represent the beginning and completion of the 2008 Dem Convention.

You may wish to check it out esp since I will be updating the Page with astrologically-based observations as August comes upon us and the Democrats switch into high gear.

~And this in from NPR: the Senate passed the bill for telecom immunity and other Orwellian progress for Washington politicians...it passed 60 to 28 to increase political spying on innocent Americans.

Jul 8, 2008

Obama's plane landing and Nemesis

Today is the first day of my new isp so this week's plan is to play catch up here and at Jude's Threshold so please stay tuned for some posts, charts, and blurbings about Politics and its political thespians bwo Astrological comments!

You know I was chomping to write up Barack Obama's emergency plane landing in St. Louis yesterday but was prevented by tech troubles.

And with Uranus (air travel) 22Pis37 Rx opposing Obama's natal Mars, there is danger in the environment, as previously stated, sudden unexpected danger.

Well, we know that's a given considering, and 'Uranus opposite Mars' is the astrological picture or description--Mars is the energy or action principle. Was yesterday's airplane mechanical problem a message to Obama?

Now Jupiter 17Cap43 Rx is conjunct the New World Order degree (18Cap = "The Union Jack Flies from a British Warship"...which Rudhyar gives the keynote as: "The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order. POLITICAL POWER.)

18Cap is where the Great Conjunction of Uranus and Neptune took place. (Conjunction #3: Oct 24, 1993.)

But I digress...or do I?

So with Nemesis, the unbeatable foe, still conjoined transiting North Node, a path of conflict is opened now which we will witness as the 2008 campaign continues, and I'll be blogging about several such issues now that my pc is quicker and more spritely.