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Showing posts with label Ukraine. Show all posts
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Feb 13, 2024

Putin Threatens Poland and the World

by Jude Cowell, partisan for democracy

As most folks know, Ronald Reagan once described the Soviet Union in a 1983 speech as "the evil empire," a label which now, more than ever, conjures images of the Saturn-Pluto planetary pair. At least it does for most astrologers. A few details are available here: Ukraine Crisis, Putin, and Saturn-Pluto. We should note that 22/23Capricorn is considered a degree of governmental authority (N. DeVore) and is the spot in the Zodiac that the current Saturn-Pluto Cycle began on January 12, 2020 (@22:46) - conjunct Trump's natal Vertex of fated encounters.

Saturn-Pluto potentials include, but are not limited to:

Reactionaries; violent people (R. Ebertin); upsets in checks and balances; use of secret or military police; turmoil in older structures; secret preparation for future restrictions (Project 2025?); consideration of ways to remove or destroy (paraphrasing M. Munkasey's Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets #ad). Obviously, sinister motives are implied and bode ill for civilization, just as another world war would do.

Putin: World War III If US Sends Troops to Ukraine

Feeling his oats, Russian dictator, Putin, has made a not-so-veiled threat against Poland during his recent interview with his toady Mr. Carlson (and Effer's Sun-Taurus-Moon Taurus personality), so I'm sharing here the Poland--Democratic Horoscope found in Nicholas Campion's The Book of World Horoscopes (#ad) in case a reader might wish to check it out, or keep an eye on it, whatever. Plus, there are three other horoscopes for Poland in the book and their data is listed, below the chart:

Poland: #248 November 5, 1916 12:00 CET Warsaw - Independence; #249 November 11, 1918 12:00 EET Warsaw; #250 June 28, 1945 16:00 CED Lublin, Poland.

Related posts include:

Horoscope of Finland (Putin is reported to have amassed troops on Finland's border, Finland now a NATO member, all of Europe at risk);

NATO, which is actually a Treaty that Putin pal Trump if back in the WH can't pull the US out of without full Senate approval.

Putin-Ukraine vs Hitler-Poland (comparing 2022 invasion with the 1939 invasion that started WWII).

America's Initial Saturn-Pluto Cycle of 1750 - with 23Capricorn rising! This I must call a cosmic time link.

And if you wish for something different, here's an intriguing video, Eye of the Phoenix: Secrets of the Dollar Bill, contained in a post which lists the Solar and Lunar Eclipses of 1935.

Jun 19, 2023

October 2023 Solar Eclipse sweeps from Oregon to Texas

Handily, the Great American Eclipse website has all the astronomical information you might want concerning the annular Solar Eclipse of October 14, 2023 with its path of annularity sweeping from Oregon beginning at 9:13 am pdt and ending in Texas at 12:03 pm cdt - near the US-Mexico border. Central and South America will then be visited as well. Follow the link for a visual of the 2023 Eclipse path crossing with the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024, which, as you know, is the third of three Great American Eclipses.

On the astrological and political sides, mentions of the October 14, 2023 Solar Eclipse in the 7 South Saros Series may be found for the curious. One way to find such topics is to scroll down a bit and type "7 South" into the SO'W sidebar Search field for a sampling of posts to select from.

Meanwhile, here's a previously published set of horoscopes of the October 14, 2023 7 South Eclipse set for Washington DC along with the horoscope of a certain despot's Secondary Progressed New Moon (SP Moon makes an excellent timing device) for the real time event and the symbolic event will meet in October at the same degree in Libra, sign of The Scales of Justice:

Additionally, below is an excerpt from an October 2022 post in which we looked ahead to the 7 South manifestation of October 14, 2023 while noting that the creation of Stars Over Washington occurred on October 16, 2005 under the auspices of the 7 South Eclipse of October 3, 2005.

{And yes} the October 2005 manifestation of a 7 South Solar Eclipse is the Prenatal Solar Eclipse that inspired Stars Over Washington, meaning that under its themes, yours truly felt compelled to create the 'personal weblog' you're reading right now - because of my anger against "what politicians were doing to the place," aka, America (exs: preemptive war; "Homeland" Security; The "Patriot" Act). And so I can tell you, dear reader, that 7 South themes contain a deeper meaning for me now than in 2005. How could they not?

7 South Themes: "Immense power, anger, and force" of the intial 7 South's "Mars square Pluto is channeled into this family of eclipses" (via the Mars-Pluto square of June 22, 1248). {}"Huge obstacles will suddenly and easily clear or, on the negative side, a pending potential crisis will suddenly manifest and move through very rapidly; either way, things will seem to move at great speed" (paraphrasing B. Brady).

Now as you may or may not know, Mars-Pluto square energies are formidable and on a mundane (political) level suggest power struggles, jealousy, destructive anger, and the urge to take revenge. Well, we know who in the political realm this sounds like so his name shall not be mentioned in this post, not this time.

So in closing, mention should be made of the next manifestation of a 7 South Solar Eclipse for it is soon-coming and occurs @21Lib07:33 on October 14, 2023. It isn't a Total eclipse, only Annular so its potency will be somewhat muted, thankfully, since all 7 South eclipses carry the forcefulness of a Mars-Pluto square within them. However, the eclipse in October 2023 will fall between the planetary pair of strong political opinions, Mercury and Mars - and Jupiter @13Taurus during the eclipse conjuncts the North Node of destiny in the SR 2022 Horoscope...which suggests religious groups interfering in legal processes, and closed legal societies (M. Munkasey).

So perhaps we can agree that these potentials are already underway with America's tradition of separation of church and state underfire by bossy theocrats, ideologues, and mafia-esque criminal types determined to take total control of our country. Therefore, we must out-determine them and use the Mars-Pluto energies ourselves toward positive outcomes!

Eclipses: 'Wild Cards' of the Universe and Cosmic Blinks From Above

Well, there it is for your consideration, folks, two significant solar eclipses coming soon to a Cosmos near us all, and full of unpredictable possibilities for disruptive changes of course. We should add that the Mars-Pluto duo also relates to war and to people disabled in war (R. Ebertin) which suggests the US military and possible events involving the ongoing war in Ukraine, but hopefully to no other conflagrations.

May 22, 2023

Volatile times, Georgia & Federal indictments loom, Putin betrayal & UK Politics - Tarot reading

Here's a fresh reading from Mary Ann of Revealing Light Tarot concerning multiple topics in the news. Next to last she again reads on the potential for Vladimir Putin to be removed from power with betrayal necessarily involved. Now as you know, Aussie Mary Ann keeps up with US politics and global issues better than most Americans do, even as We the People totter on the brink of a fascist abyss while maga and other Republicans threaten to push.

Atmospherically, there's a highly engineered set of crisis conditions here in the US, not that politics as a practice isn't always rife with stagecraft. An "organized system of hatreds," politics has been called, and preparations for sabotage and sedition have been in motion for years, now accessible on a video screen near you. A clue? The Hm-hm-hm will rise again!

Also for you are 32 entertaining minutes of insights from Down Under as interpreted by a spot-on Mary Ann:

~:~

2023: A Summer of Kremlin Intrigue; Empires Do Fall

by Jude Cowell

With continuing potentials for political shifts in Russia, a peek at a SO'W post and horoscope from June 2021 may be instructive concerning Mr. Putin who looks quite a flop for indulging his territorial urges on a global scale. China may be the one to mop up from Russia's recklessly zealous overstep. Did Vlad's military officials lie to him about the country's level of preparedness? Was it all planned that way? Is there a rat in the woodpile? Perhaps an answer is a question: which ancient governmental entity thinks strategically and plans the farthest ahead, fueled primarily by noodles?

Meanwhile, let me know your on-topic insights here, or, as a comment in the Stars Over Washington Reports FB group where this post will be shared - once you check out Horoscopes: Putin Inauguration 2000 w/ Biden-Putin Rendezvous June 2021.

One current factor you'll note in the chart is that transit Jupiter in Taurus since May 16th faces a 10th house line-up of year 2000 planets then in Taurus including Jupiter @17Taurus which spotlights a soon-coming Jupiter Return for the Putin regime. That's mundane Jupiter, the boundary-breaking planet of freedom and expansion in the earthly territorial sign of possession and greed, *Taurus, the preservationist.

In Taurus Jupiter Closes A Cycle for the Putin Regime

An easily reached suspicion is that the Russian regime's Jupiter Return relates directly to Putin's ill-calculated invasion and occupation of Ukraine (since February 2021). Therefore, the world (10th house) will observe how usually beneficial Jupiter, Mr. Moneybags, rewards or greases-the-skids for Mr. Putin and his underlings because with Jupiter's orbit of nearly 12 years' duration, what may be the karmically negative side of things is that a project Putin and his comrades began about 12 years ago must now be either expanded, or must be thrown over, given up on, tossed out into the dark dustbin of history, with the karma of consequences having her natural affect. Or will Putin's irrational out-of-bounds behavior be allowed to continue?

And if this cosmic circumstance represents the Kremlin (Jupiter in his corporate and political roles with a streak of codified orthodox religion donning a robe) - the Kremlin ridding their country of Vlad, the Great Miscalculator, so be it.

After all, Putin's Inauguration Horoscope of 2000 shows that his overlong regime's karmic Saturn also awaits the transit of Jupiter's wand so I expect that someone's burdens in the Putin regime will be lightened if not altogether removed! Later, we'll view the regime's Saturn Return Horoscope and its Jupiter Return Horoscope so stay tuned! jc

*Taurus: Dear reader, take no umbrage! Please note that all astrological comments herein are always on societal and political levels and do not apply to Taurus and/or Jupiter placements in natal horoscopes, nor do they apply to any other natal placements. Consult your horoscope or your personal astrologer for such info. SO'W is for Political Astrology observations only and is categorized as Entertainment - and study on your own is always recommended for drawing your own conclusions! jc

Apr 25, 2023

May 2023's Fixed Grand Square: Mars-Pluto-Jupiter

by Jude Cowell

For those who may wish to chance a reading of the following marked-up bi-wheel of DC Horoscopes, kudos! Be brave, because an influential Fixed Grand T-Square of rigid, forceful energies form via a Mars-Pluto opposition across the Leo-AQ self-will axis with transit Jupiter @00Taurus (May 17) becoming the apex planet of the dynamic T-Square of May.

A midpoint picture may be considered as well between the planetary trio with mixed potentials such as 'unusual success, enjoyment of freedom, organizing ability, using extreme measures, publicity, energy and resources to make things happen, and/or the big plan comes into focus' (N. Tyl, R. Ebertin, M. Munkasey). Results from this planetary pattern for the American people will depend on whose 'big plan' is implemented, yes? A kinder Democratic plan or the GOP's sadistic plan of loss of freedoms, barbarism, cruelty, and death.

Now it's true that the Mars-Pluto duo can relate to military and police actions (ex: police state), extreme efforts, and even brutality and primal violence in some cases, all of which now target, or have targeted, American society in a purposeful and violent campaign to destroy or diminish democracy in the US in order to implement the authoritarian agenda favored by seditious 'maga' Republicans - as they follow the instructions of their wealthy domestic and foreign backers, saboteurs all.

Better Call Jupiter, the Great Benefic!

Meanwhile, my personal hope is that apex Jupiter squaring the May 2023 opposition will expand protective functions and moderate the difficult situations, blocking them when necessary, which may be created by the transiting Mars-Pluto opposition, for my objectives via Political Astrology have always been on behalf of the common good and on the promotion of progressive improvements for America and for my fellow Americans - m'peops! And it's worth remembering that the Fixed T-Square's energies, both positive and negative, will pass.

So below is a bi-wheel showing the current Mars-Pluto Cycle (inner chart) which began March 23, 2020 (Covid time of "traumatic transformation" under Trump: his natal Neptune of deception, fraud, contagion at Midheaven, the Goal Point), and the upcoming Mars-Pluto opposition (outer chart) of May 20, 2023 at 11:11:15 pm edt Washington DC (00Leo/AQ16) with 8Cap20 conjunct transit Bacchus Rx rising along with starry Facies (ruthlessness or the victim):

One stand-out factor is that restrictive Saturn @00AQ04 in 2nd hou$e on March 23, 2020 is now affected by the Mars-Pluto opposition of May 20, 2023. Finances seem to be involved in May 2023 (2/8 axis) relating back to Trump 2020 events, and potentials are for 'frustrated goals, those with forceful personalities but limited influence, and/or hard work that usually pays off'. Obviously, mundane Saturn also represents the legal profession (lawyers, judges) along with lawsuits and other legal entanglements, plus, middle management workers.

In Aquarius in 2020, Saturn leaned toward extravagant expectations that led to disappointment, and/or ambitious plans with no real foundation. Positively, Saturn in Aquarius indicates reliable partners, and serious people such as policy wonks and intellectuals with a progressive Aquarian bent. Although we should note that Aquarian energy can be awfully quirky, erratic, and radical when it prefers to be. Plus, with 2023 Pluto conjunct 2020 Saturn, someone's refusal to accept limitations in the past may now be regretted. Is this a reference to Trump's current legal troubles and his recent arraignment in New York and with more charges to come? Lifestyles can be completely transformed under such a Pluto-to-Saturn transit.

But now in Pisces, Saturn conjunct 2020 Mercury in 3rd house, denotes 'struggles with opponents' (R. Ebertin), and conjunct Mercury suggests restrictions on relationships with young people such as students: loss of life in schools due to firearms follows Trump's 2017 inaugural-address threat of "American carnage." Plus, Saturn to Mercury also relates to the current book banning craze of the Republican Party along with their attempts to limit free speech and ideas in America despite the US Constitution.

Note: And if we're feeling quirky enough, we could consider the May 2023 Mars-Pluto opposition in similar fashion to "unbirthdays" which occur 6 months after a birth (or event) date, the halfway mark, when goals should be reassessed and courses changed in order to improve the odds that objectives can be reached going forward. Just a thought!

Significant to the May 2023 T-Square pattern is that 00AQ+ is the January 20th position of US Inaugural Sun (POTUS' Oath of Office, the presidency) and also the position of the current Jupiter-Saturn Cycle which began @00AQ29 on December 21, 2020 (also under Trump), a cosmic signal of a new order starting (a 20-year cycle), and the planetary pair signifying government officials. Then with transit Pluto hitting this degree (00AQ), there are potentials for 'immense efforts, restrictions, separation, and/or violent changes (R.E.). Noel Tyl adds, "major changes; fearlessness; tremendous perseverance; and/or control of the situation".

As for the Fixed Grand T-Square, its energies work out more easily than Fixed Grand Crosses which have a fourth planet involved which complicates matters.

May 2023 Fixed Grand T-Square Implications in Society

Determination to succeed at any cost relates directly to current conditions and actions of saboteurs and malcontents in US society, as you know, with democracy vs fascism, a constant stalemate between liberals and Democrats, and Republicans-turned-fascists, a turn-about no longer hidden beneath the GOP's "compassionate conservatism" slogan of their former political days.

Values are tested with Fixed Grand Squares, and a powerful urge exists to keep hold of possessions (the way the power elite and wealthy classes do - they don't like to share). Obsessions lead to stalemate situations as rigid demands tend to block the demands and needs of other people (debt ceiling stand-off?). Yes, the pattern's fixed energies provide enormous staying power (stubborness) and the emotional stamina to withstand setbacks without giving up. This refers, of course, to both sides of a stalemate. A singe-minded approach expresses within the Collective as goal-oriented folks use these energies for their particular purposes.

Meanwhile, as apex planet and catalyst of the Fixed Grand T-Square, Jupiter must use moderate pressure and common sense upon the Mars-Pluto opposition to effect best results in a variety of situations while taking baby steps of diplomacy toward resolution.

Now all or any of these indications may be cosmic descriptions of Russia's war in Ukraine, and/or other violent conflicts, but for the sake of this post's brevity, that would be another post for a different day.

Recommended for additional T-Square info, and more, is Bil Tierney's Dynamics of Aspect Analysis #ad.

Feb 22, 2023

Putin's War Turns One as His October New Moon Approaches

The Dark-of-the-Moon Phase When Things Go Bump in the Night

by Jude Cowell

Please note: With the accuracy of Putin's birth data being suspect, the following progressions may be off by a few days or months. This is often the case with the dates of progressions but doesn't change the fact that progressed lunations do occur. Original post begins here:

On February 25, 2022, the day after Putin invaded Ukraine and began his war of brutality, he had Russian troops recklessly take over the Chernobyl Reactor. Now the one-year anniversary of Putin's war arrives this Friday and bad vlad has been hinting once again at the use of nuclear weapons in a bid to force his authoritarian way and add Ukraine to Russian territory. No such thing as 'Ukraine,' he stubbornly asserts.

Well, in the following Secondary New Moon ('SP') Horoscope which issues from his natal horoscope shown, lower left (but with only speculative birth data so it's rated DD for dirty data), we find a man now enmeshed within a Moon-Pluto = ASC midpoint influence of 'inner ideals vs reality' and I suspect that reality is on the losing end with bad vlad, determined to have his way no matter how many people have to die. You'll note that two other SP midpoints conjunct his SP Ascendant, and are highlighted on the chart.

For example: SP Saturn-Neptune = ASC which is conjoined by transit South Node (see upper right) @24Lib52: 'use of drugs'? Perhaps Putin is more isolated and acting alone than we know since the South Node suggests neurotic behavior but also separation and a potential for unpopularity. Plus, there've been assertions of illness of some kind which is born out in the chart with Saturn-Neptune the 'illness axis' (R. Ebertin). It's even possible that his resolve may have weakened (SP Sun-Pluto = Neptune) as impediments have caused him much more trouble than expected (this war is not his dream of a three-day take-over after all!).

Yet we should add to this, that his SP planets hint that the Russian dictator may feel it's his 'destiny to enjoy reckless activities' (SP Venus-Mars = SP North Node) along with SP New Moon @25Sag05 perfecting upon his natal Mars, warrior planet of aggression, violence, and martial arts. As a midpoint picture, we find Sun-Moon = Mars: 'the urge to bring to fruition ideals and wishes (R. Ebertin).

But you know what 'they' say: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

So! Below is a dual image with Putin's generally accepted natal horoscope (lower left) along with his Secondary Progressed New Moon Horoscope of October 30, 2023 (upper right). Not shown is a transit chart for the exact date, hour, and place of his SP New Moon but I can tell you that the day's transit Moon @2Gem43 is a significant timing device in relation to our topic for its rounded-up Sabian Symbol = "The Garden of the Tuileries", a reference to the brutal violence of the French Revolution; plus, the critical degree of "3 Gemini" also suggests nuclear potential which is how we began this post with the 1986 Chernobyl Meltdown and Putin's reckless February 25, 2022 take-over of the dangerous site:

If you wish, please enlarge the image to read a few study notes scribbled thereon for I'm certain you can locate several other interesting planetary factors.

May 17, 2022

April and May 2022 Eclipses Stir Up Nuclear Concerns

'Wild Cards of the Universe' and 'Cosmic Blinks' From Above

by Jude Cowell

Dear Reader, you know that eclipses are just that, right? Something tossed into earthly affairs from Above, with changes of direction implied: disruptively Uranian, and possibly shocking in nature. For instance, here's a shocking event of worldwide importance which occurred under the influence of a 6 North Solar Eclipse:

Horoscope: Chernobyl Explosion of April 26, 1986 (RR: A) with Uranus Rx rising @22Sag00, Sun @5Tau22, Moon @24Sco26 - just spotlighted by the May 16, 2022 Lunar Eclipse @25Scorpio - Saturn Rx @8Sag35 (within the 'Nuclear Axis' degrees of 8-10 Gem-Sag), and Pluto Rx @5Sco59 opposing the Sun. And of course, the 25-27-degree range of Taurus brings in the Medusa star of rage and hatred, Algol.

To make matters more disturbing, the April 30, 2022 Solar Eclipse @10Tau28 also echoes the Chernobyl Meltdown because the 2022 eclipse was a repeat of the Solar Eclipse Saros Series in which the Chernobyl Explosion and Meltdown occurred, the 6 North. Yet no one needs Astrology to tell them that evil doers are on the loose across the land, my friends, and threatening to run wild as they did under the 6 North eclipse that manifested in 1932 @17Pisces. Events of 1932 and beyond resonate with Putin's "justification" for waging war against Ukraine because of an alleged nest of "nazis." But the truth is more like this: Putin: Ukraine 2022 vs Hitler: Poland 1939 - meaning that Putin's invasion of Ukraine is like Hitler's invasion of Poland.

Then another cosmic synchronicity is that the 6 North Eclipse @10Tau28 of April 30, 2022 spotlights the city of Washington DC, certainly a participant in all Ukrainian and putin-esque proceedings of the day. Follow the link and you'll see why.

Meanwhile, you've probably noticed that Newsweek ran a story in tandem with the May 16th Lunar Eclipse that Russian State TV Suggests Deploying Nuclear Weapons Against Finland and Sweden if they join NATO for protection against Putin. Allegedly, this would be Russia's "only option" and would make the threat to the two countries more dire. Naturally, the world thinks of the nuclear threat to the entire globe and the spector of WWIII.

But then today came a report that Putin backs down over NATO expansion as Ukrainian troops reach his border. Now his reluctance may only be a question of timing for the Russian dictator, but if this is truly the case, I must say that I like that journey for Vladimir Putin, and for the entire world.

And yet before 2022 ends, we'll see how things in the region play out as the October 2022 Scorpio Solar Eclipse of Power and Control conjuncts the natal Ascendant of NATO.

Related: Horoscope of the First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction of December 2, 1942.

May 6, 2022

Cardinal World Points Through Year 2022

Zero-Degree Points of Manifestation Time Global Events and Important Energy Shifts within the Collective

by Jude Cowell

Back in November 2021 here on SO'W, we discussed the Spring Equinox 2022 Horoscope, aka, Aries Ingress 2022, a timed chart of a regularly occurring cosmic event that's always 'good for' an entire year. Transits to the horoscope and its planets are quite instructive for those who wish to follow along as the year proceeds. And due to Putin's war against neighboring Ukraine begun on February 24, 2022, we even considered a Spring Equinox 2022 Horoscope cast for Moscow, Russia with its sprinkle of 29-degree critical-crisis angles and planets, impulsively striving to enter their next signs, hoping for new conditions.

Here Again is the DC Horoscope of Spring Equinox 2022 (details linked, above):

Next on the cosmic calendar is Summer Solstice 2022 and I've yet to publish its DC Horoscope (mea culpa! too much going on) - wait! yes it's published!. Well, here's a post concerning 2022's June and July shifts of direction of societal planets Jupiter and Saturn. Note that Jupiter will remain retrograde @29Pisces (conjunct Scheat) until after the November 8th Midterm Elections. And for context, see the US Solar Return 2022 Horoscope set for Washington DC, suggesting that people and actions continue to be obscured by 'veils and fantasies'.

Then marching in the 2022 Cardinal World Point parade comes Autumn Equinox 2022 with an unaspected (disengaged, alienated?) Moon. Or perhaps this lunar condition reveals a public left out of consideration as the ruling elite class 'makes arrangements' to suit themselves. You know - like justice Alito determined that what a large majority of We The People want concerning Roe v Wade makes no never mind to radical reactionary justices on the SCOTUS bench such as his nibs, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, and handmaiden Barrett. Perhaps we can agree, dear reader, that morality cannot be legislated externally, and that bossily forcing one's religious views upon others leads to disaster. Yet We The People can do something about this for significantly, the 2022 Midterm Elections take place during the Autumn season. In fact, Blue Tsunami Waves of pro-democracy voters in November 2022 and again in November 2024 are required for America's karmic progress, no matter who the candidates turn out to be!

And of course, winding up Year 2022 is Winter Solstice 2022 with its DC location showing Cardinal World Points prominently on the chart's Ascendant-Descendant angles of Self and Others. This solar shift to 00Capricorn00:00 will take us from December 2022 and the holiday season into the early weeks of Year 2023 and will influence events until Spring Equinox 2023 takes over, and the seasonal cycle identified by the 'Sun to Cardinal Points of Manifestation' begins all over again.

Meanwhile, on an astrological level, the Summer, Autumn, and Winter Cardinal Point horoscopes (Sun to 00Cancer, 00Libra, 00Capricorn, all critical-crisis degrees as is the Aries Point) may be used as transit charts in comparison with the Spring Equinox Horoscope for timing and other purposes because, as noted, the March 2022 Aries Ingress Horoscope is 'good for' the entire year so therefore is the most prominent annual horoscope.

Apr 14, 2022

NATO Horoscope: Sweden and Finland may join NATO

April 14, 2022

Image: NATO (inner) surrounded by the 6 South Solar Eclipse of October 25, 2022 (outer) with themes of 'sudden events' and 'being forceful, taking control' (B. Brady); in the previous Nazi era, a 6 South Eclipse occurred on August 31, 1932 @8Virgo (pre-conjunct NATO's Moon-Saturn duo since NATO wasn't signed into law by President Truman until August 24, 1949), and of course NATO was formed for the purpose of protecting member nations against Russia's (USSR's) territorial aggression, so here we go again:

Perhaps you've seen the brief Morning Joe discussion concerning Sweden and Finland's possible joining of NATO citing changes in Europe's "security landscape." That would be because of Putin's territorial aggression against Ukraine, what Vlad and his comrades at the Kremlin refuse to call "war." It's only natural that many folks believe that further expansion plans are on (pipsqueak!) Putin's 'make USSR great again' agenda.

Meanwhile, readers may remember that previously we discussed the Republic of Finland on the occasion of D. Trump's humiliating meeting with V. Putin on July 16, 2018 (Finland horoscope shown: Campion #104, partial details, below). Notably, Finland's Midheaven @27Cap40 and Venus @00AQ58 are now transited by powerful Pluto in late Capricorn, a karmic condition long-time coming, and with America's natal Pluto (27Cap33) in tow. Then perhaps symbolically, Finland's 1917 Mercury-North-Node conjunction @1-2Capricorn, with Mercury out of bounds of the earthly plane, will come in to the earthly fold with the North Node of the Moon known in Western Astrology as a joining or meeting point of destiny and future direction!

Then Sweden's Constitution horoscope of December 7, 1865 (Campion #318) shows a prominent placement of Pluto @12Tau40 in 11th house now activated by transiting Uranus in Taurus while Sweden's Saturn @8Sco00 (6th house) has recently been opposed by transit Uranus. These cosmic contacts suggest uncontrollable events challenging established traditions and methods (flexibility required) while the Uranus-to-Pluto contact describes circumstances that make abrupt changes necessary due to increased levels of anxiety - paranoia which may include nuclear issues, or simply Uranus-Pluto upheavals and upsets within the community; a 'new order' is suggested by this planetary pair.

Partial Horoscope Details:

Finland (December 6, 1917 3:00 pm -1:39:52 Helsinki) ASC 18Gem19; MC 27Cap40; Sun 13Sag52 6th house; Moon 13Vir28 5th house widely conjunct Mars 17Vir07; Mercury 1Cap14 7th house.

Sweden (December 7, 1865 15:30 LMT Stockholm) ASC 26Gem05 with Uranus Rx 2Can33 rising; MC 6AQ28; Sun 15Sag33 6th house conjunct Mars 7Sag42; Moon 17Leo55 4th house.; Mercury 6Cap20 conjunct Jupiter 4Cap42 7th house.

Apr 11, 2022

Guest Post: Does Putin Own An iPhone?

April 11, 2022

Today, by his permission, Stars Over Washington is pleased to present a Guest Post authored by Azmmet S. Warich. Included are historical details concerning Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia, plus, the various treaties, accords, and pacts influencing (or not influencing) the region. So in his own words, here's Azmmet to fill us in:

“Hey Siri!”

By Azmmet S. Warich © 2022

“Hey Siri… Does Vladimir Putin own an iPhone?”

I didn’t ask Siri that question, but if I ventured a guess the answer would be “Yes” mostly because those antique beige phones one always sees on Putin’s presidential desk look like dusty old props put there for show. Then again, the chances of anyone wanting to FaceTime with Vlad (other than maybe one particular former US President) are quite low, making said dusty props a reasonable alternative to owning an iPhone.

Another reason Putin might shy away from all things Apple relates to CEO Tim Cook who came out as gay in 2014; a public admission which conflicted directly with Vlad’s 2013 homophobic law against the spread of “gay propaganda” amongst youth resulting in the prompt removal of an iPhone-shaped memorial to Steve Jobs in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. For the record, Steve Jobs was not gay, so removing his memorial did pretty much nothing except delete a piece of public art from view (I wonder where that 6-foot metal iPhone is now and what they put in its place).

There are other three other questions I would like to ask - not Siri mind you but - Apple’s CEO Tim Cook:

1) “Was it illegal for Russia to annex Crimea in 2014?”

and,

2) “Why did Apple (despite presumably knowing the illegality of said annexation per international law) choose to amend their Map and Weather Apps in 2019 to show Crimea as being part of Russia?”

and most importantly,

3) “Will Apple amend their Map and Weather Apps to show ALL of Ukraine as being part of Russia now that it’s been invaded in a fashion similar to Crimea?”

Given that Tim Cook isn’t on my speed dial, I’ll attempt a brief answer to Question #1 which is quite simply “Yes, the annexation of Crimea was illegal AF”. One needn’t be an international attorney, political scientist, or historian to make that determination and as luck has it, I’m none of those things*. What I am, however, is someone who’s keenly interested in trying to reverse engineer Apple’s blatant (not to mention politically and morally incorrect) decision to amend their apps in an effort to appease someone or something in Russia. Given Putin’s open dislike for Tim Cook’s sexual orientation and the collateral damage to the Steve Jobs memorial, it’s unlikely there’s enough bruh love between Apple and Vlad to inspire the app amendments. For now, let’s just say it’s not likely, but not impossible that the App changes were made solely for Putin’s sake.

If I were to speculate on answering Questions #2 and #3, my initial thought goes to money as in - How much annual revenue does Russia represent to Apple? The answer is… very little. Despite the fact that Apple sold 32 million iPhones in Russia last year equaling $2.5 billion dollars (less than 1% of Apple’s global revenue); they are only the third most popular phone in the country at 15% market share far behind Samsung (34%) and Xiaomi (26%). Another possibility is the growing value of Apple Pay as a competitor to Visa and MasterCard in Russia, but there’s no viable way for me to quantify the monetary value it represents to Apple.

Perhaps there are some clues to be found by looking at the recent history between Russia and Ukraine.

The 2014 Russian invasion and subsequent occupation of the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine’s sovereign territory has been widely condemned by the global community of nations as being a violation of extant international law. Despite Russia’s referendum to validate their illegal annexation of Crimea, the United Nations General Assembly immediately adopted a resolution to affirm the "territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders" and which "underscores that the referendum having no validity, cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of [Crimea]" and further called upon all member states and international organizations (yes Apple, I’m looking at you) to NOT recognize or even imply the recognition of Russia's annexation.

Well, somebody in Apple’s legal department obviously didn’t get the UN memo on Ukraine because they (international organization if ever there was one) went ahead and recognized Crimea as being Russian territory when they amended their Map and Weather Apps to show it that way. Granted, these changes only appear when one is using an Apple device in Russia, but nevertheless it demonstrates the Kremlin’s sway over at least one American megacorporation. This is a good time to point out that purchasing a cell phone in Russia is verboten unless it comes with pre-installed mandatory government software which is put there ostensibly to help users interface with their devices. You can go ahead and guess what else that mandatory software might be used for. But I’ve digressed…

In addition to violating accepted international law, Russia’s annexation of Crimea breached numerous agreements which it signed over the years safeguarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine including,

The 1975 Helsinki Accords – for those who know the name but don’t recall exactly what it is; the accords were a non-binding agreement between 35 signatory nations to recognize the inviolability of the post-World War II boundaries in Europe and which pledged said nations to mutual respect of human rights, fundamental freedoms and further to cooperate in economic, scientific, humanitarian, and other areas of common interest.

The 1991 Belovezh Accords – also known as the Belavezh Accords, Belovezha Accords, Belavezha Agreement, Belovezhskaya Accord, Belaya Vezha Accord, etc, due to numerous translations and transliterations. So, what exactly did this multi-monikered agreement do and more importantly who agreed to it?

If you were lucky enough to be taking an elementary school geography test before 1991, you’d have identified the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) as a large amorphous blob east of Poland and Finland shaped somewhat like the port wine stain on Mikhail Gorbachev’s forehead (needs substantiation but just go with me on this).

However, what appeared to be a single nation was actually a country composed of numerous smaller republics which were homes to distinct ethnic groups including: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Molodova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, Gagauzia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Nakhchivan, Tatarstan and Transnistria. From 1988-91 the U.S.S.R. was in a political and economic SNAFU with Estonia declaring sovereignty in ’88 followed by Lithuania declaring independence in 1990.

Other ethnic republics began to fall like dominoes to the point where the Soviet military brass attempted a failed coup and U.S.S.R. President Gorbachev tendered his resignation in December 1991 at which time he was replaced by Boris Yeltsin who became the first President of the “Russian Federation”. Finally, at long last it was…

Hammer-Time!

As in the Hammer and Sickle communist flag was lowered for the final time and replaced by the tricolor that we all know as Russia’s current day flag. The Belovezh Agreement basically formalized the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States which previously collectively comprised the forehead mark. But who signed that agreement? The agreement was signed by President Boris Yeltsin (Russia), President Leonid Kravchuck (Ukraine) and Parliament Chairmen Stanislav Shushkevich (Belarus). In 2013, The Daily Telegraph reported that the original Belovezh Accord document had disappeared which isn’t surprising given the multiple names it was known by. Clerical filing error or nefarious machination? I’m still split 50/50 on that bit.

Onwards!

The 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances which stated that neither Russia, the United States of America or United Kingdom could use military force or economic coercion against Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan except in “self-defense” or otherwise in accordance with the United Nations charter. The end result of this and other agreements was that Ukraine (which at the time had the world’s third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons – albeit ones with launch codes controlled by Moscow), Belarus and Kazakhstan surrendered all their nukes. Sounds good… so good that another agreement was made…

The 1997 Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Honestly, I’ll take that treaty at face value and assume it means something like friendly soccer matches and sharing nana baboushka’s famous Sharlotka recipe (it’s a Russian Apple sponge cake for those who don’t know).

Then there came…

The Kharkiv Pact of 2010 which is (or at least was) a Treaty allowing Russia to lease Ukrainian naval facilities on the Black Sea coastline of Crimea beyond 2017 with optional 5-year extensions until 2042 in exchange for reduced cost natural gas from Russia. This treaty, though controversial in Ukraine, was ratified by the Parliaments of both nations but was unilaterally terminated by Russia less than a month after their annexation of Crimea in 2014 which was (as previously noted) illegal AF. I’ll skip delving into the Minsk Protocol of 2014 because Russia failed to honor parts of the agreement and because we’re currently witnessing the endgame of said protocol in the Donbas region and southern Ukraine.

Anyways, with all those previous accords, agreements and treaties (including some I haven’t even sleuthed out yet) it’s useful to know exactly why the Kharkiv Pact was necessary. In 1997, both Russia and Ukraine signed a Partition Treaty which established two independent maritime fleets with a division of armaments and a lease of Ukraine’s naval bases in Sevasatopol on the Black Sea for use by the Russian fleet.

This is an appropriate place to note that the origin of the name “Russia” comes directly from the three parties currently involved in President Putin’s “Special Operation” to “de-nazify Ukraine”, the ancestors of those leaders who signed the Belovezh Accords namely, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus who were known historically as “Kevian Rus”. The etymology of “Rus” hearkens back to an old Norse word meaning “the men who row” (a reference to some badass sword wielding Vikings who paddled down rivers and streams all the way from the Baltic down to the Black Sea) and a later iteration from the Greeks which eventually morphed into “Rossiya” and later “Russkaya Zemlya” which translates roughly to… “the land of those guys who row”; all which goes some infinitesimally small distance to explaining why the current bloodshed and wanton destruction in Ukraine may simply be about Alpha Males, Boats, Water, Weapons and Access to the Black Sea. Unfortunately, this tidbit provides us with absolutely no clue as to why Apple decided to change their apps to show Crimea as being Russian territory.

So, it’s obvious that descendants of the rowers signed and breached many agreements but exactly who or what signed all those agreements, and does it even matter now?

Back in 1975 it was the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) which signed the Helsinki Accord and not the post-glastnost, post-perestroika, post-Pizza Hut nation of Russia which formed upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. As such, modern day Russia may not feel an obligation to honor any agreement from their prior Soviet incarnation.

But what about the Geneva Conventions? Doesn’t Russia adhere to the agreement of four treaties and three protocols which they ratified back in 1954? The answer is YES and NO. But mostly NO if one can judge based on daily television coverage of Russian atrocities (basically everything in Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions) currently being committed against the people of Ukraine. It makes me wonder why Russia isn’t adhering to the agreement. As it turns out, back in 2019 President Putin officially revoked Russia’s ratification of the Geneva Convention’s - Protocol I, regarding the formation of international commissions to investigate war crimes against civilians. Basic inference allows us to see Putin’s logic in Russia’s revocation of the ratification of Protocol I – if we don’t recognize it, then it most certainly doesn’t apply to us.

Unfortunately, I have yet to determine the exact rationale behind Apple changing how their Map and Weather Apps function in Russia. What I have determined, however, is that the old map of Russia looks like Gorbachev’s forehead, nana baboushka makes a killer Apple sponge cake, and “Russia” means “the land of those guys who row,” and the longer Vladimir Putin goes on with his unprovoked war on Ukraine, the more he’ll find himself trying to row up a shit creek without a paddle. The one unanswered question then remains, Will Apple change their apps to show ALL of Ukraine as being part of Russia? If it does, we’ll all know because Apple will likely find themselves rowing up a shit creek of their own making but on the plus side of things at least they’ll have some company when they get there.

* mea culpa on any errors and omissions contained in this article. A.S.W.

Select List of References:

(The Guardian) Phones World Leaders Use

(NBC) Steve Jobs Memorial Removed

(BBC) Apple apps show Crimea as part of Russia

(9to5Mac) Apple's Response to app criticism

(Apple Insider) Apple Revenue in Russia

(Statista) Smartphone Market Share in Russia

(Library of Congress) UN Declares Crimea Referendum Invalid

(History.com) History of Geneva Convention

(Cornell University) Geneva Conventions and Protocols

(Reuters) Putin revokes Geneva Convention Protocol

(Curious Cuisinere) The history of Russian Apple Cake

(Culture Trip) Why Russia Is Called Russia.

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Mar 28, 2022

America, Jupiter-Saturn, Pluto, 00AQ00

Is The Great Eye of Horus Still Watching Over America?

by Jude Cowell

Perhaps you've noticed that America's July 4, 1776 Jupiter-Saturn Square from Cancer to Libra is a major cosmic condition established during our nation's founding era. So when societal planets Jupiter and Saturn form a prominent aspect by transit, our country's Jupiter-Saturn Square tends to mitigate such temporary transiting influences, positively or negatively.

Clues are contained within the square between the two planets for they indicate potentials for:

Beginning new endeavors before completing previous ones; fluctuation between consolidation (Saturn) of previous achievements and the expansion (Jupiter) of energy into new areas; restlessness. On the intellectual plane, their square implies inner moral conflicts (A. Oken) or a clashing of Jupiterian ideals and ideologies with Saturnian principles and laws which should be an attempt to find balance (expansion vs restriction).

Other possibilities of the square include financial, business, and professional difficulties due to unfortunate circumstances, faulty planning, poor judgment, or through a lack of opportunity. Plus, bad timing and feelings of oppression may occur, especially during times when the square, US Jupiter @6Cancer, or US Saturn @15Libra, are activated by transit and/or progression.

Yet since astrological Jupiter, acting so often in his role as the Great Benefic, can sometimes 'grease the skids' toward negative outcomes, perhaps it isn't always such a negative cosmic condition that Americans have had to deal with since our nation's founding, for the square's blocking function can apply much needed brakes to an overly optimistic proposal or situation!

Jupiter-Saturn Cycle: A New Societal Order

Now as you know, the current (appr 20-year) Jupiter-Saturn Cycle began on December 21, 2020 with their Conjunction @00AQ29 and happened to conjunct US Inaugural Sun, therefore, a midpoint picture formed, as we've previously discussed. This cosmic synchronicity directly 'ties in' the US Presidency to the beginning of this particular new societal order until the next Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction on October 31, 2040 @17Lib56.

Coming Soon: April 4, 2022 Mars-Saturn Conjunct in Aquarius

So on April 4, 2022 (in a few days), comes a Mars-Saturn Conjunction @22AQ24. Round up for "23AQ" and we have "A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws," a cosmic word picture for Russia, and Mars-Saturn noted for its connection to the 'death axis' of destruction (R. Ebertin) - obviously a reflection of Putin's war against Ukraine. Curiously, the previous Mars-Saturn Conjunction perfected on March 31, 2020 - @00AQ39. This is yet another cosmic condition during Year 2020 which was chocked full of great difficulties for America and the world, not the least of which is the fact that the year began with the Great Conjunction of the harsh, compressive, warmongering, health-destroying duo of Saturn-Pluto, a meeting which occurs approximately every 33 years.

The Jupiter-Saturn Duo in Government

Checks and balances; changes in governmental religious, or social orders; repression based on morality instituted by law or religion; the serious side of law and justice; too many restrictions on the operation of justice; a judicial system at its breaking point; leniency and harshness vie for balance within the overall social and economic systems; and/or pessimism about the ability of the police to control lawbreakers' (Unleashing the Power of the Planets, Michael Munkasey #ad).

The Tower Tarot Card #16; Enchanted Tarot Deck

Meanwhile, if we look toward a past Solar Eclipse, the one I've termed The Tower Eclipse of 2018 for its 'collapse and rebuild' theme, what do we find but activist malcontent planet Mars, the warrior, @00AQ19! So that's a Mars-to-POTUS-Sun transit with you-know-who, the 'builder of towers', in the Oval Office at that time. This transit represents a surge of machismo along with increased anger and possibly feverish conditions. Temper temper, little man!

Then looking forward, we have little if any option to avoid considering a major Universal shift of energies when transit Pluto Conjuncts 00AQ00 in 2023 and 2024 and the tranformative effects of such a shift, having last occurred in 1777, and possibly relating to the ending of 'The New Order of the Ages' that America's founders set up. However, there's a Caution: The midpoint picture shown in the post contains difficult potentials so only the bravest of daring readers should follow the link.

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From Back in the Olden Days Comes a Previously Published Historical Horoscope of The Founding of the Federal City 1791.

Mar 16, 2022

Zelenskyy to US Congress: Midpoint Pix

March 16, 2022

As you know, and perhaps watched, this morning at 9:00 am edt (began @9:06 am edt), Ukraine's President Zelenskyy virtually addressed the US Congress and the Ameircan people from an undisclosed location in Kiev, Ukraine. He mentioned, as previously reported, that Ukraine will not be joining NATO but asked that a no-fly zone over Ukraine be established (President Biden says, no, this would mean all-out war between Russia and the US), and for more weapnonry and aide. More military and humanitarian aide he is and will be receiving, and President Biden will speak shortly before noon today, last I heard.

Now today my real life environment is busy but I felt compelled to prepare a page displaying the midpoint pictures and a few astro-notes for you of 9:06 am edt and 9:23 am edt on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Hopefully, you will be able to read them, below. If not, please enlarge the image or print it.

A stand-out is a midpoint picture with Neptune, planet of the masses and of mass media, which veils the incendiary Mars-Uranus midpoint and suggests potentials for "pushing for change" (M. Munkasey), and "people with bad intentions; overtaxed strength" (R. Ebertin). Sounds correct to me.

Another midpoint picture listed on the chart (apex Jupiter highlighted in green) is Mercury-Neptune = Jupiter: 'harboring great hopes; an actor or poet' (Ebertin). Perhaps we can agree that Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the speaker, is playing the role of thespian Jupiter on such a level. Meanwhile, planet of oration and negotiation, Mercury @10Pis33/37, remains in the 11th house and happily, Mercury is Direct - as is the money bags planet of politicians, corporatists, and broadcasters, generous Jupiter in compassionate Pisces. Thus we see the outpouring of aide and support for the Ukrainain people.

Now as you see, while President Zelenskyy spoke, radical Uranus, planet of war, revolt, and upheaval, arose as the Ascendant morphed from 7Tau35 to 13Tau37, and to me this suggests the Mars-Uranus Conjunction @6Tau44 on US Inauguration Day 2021. Conjunct US Inauguration Ascendant (@14Taurus = Oath of Office), unpredictable, upsetting, inflammatory, and/or unusual or erratic events are and have been the case for the Biden presidency. And with starry Menkar rising, we find that all presidents are expected to 'say what needs to be said'. And yet with Uranus rising, there's a potential for great coping ability!

As for House changes, there are two: Sun in Pisces moved from the hidden 12th house to the 11th house of Groups and Wishes, and Saturn - conjunct Nemesis - moved from 11th house to the more visible 10th house of Public Status and the World Stage. At this moment, I'll venture no speculation on what this entails.

But I will add that the rising position of Uranus in Taurus opposes what is generally considered to be the natal Venus in Scorpio of Mr. Putin and this transit at least partially describes the unexpected reactions and criticisms Putin garnered for his cruel invasion of Ukraine. This transit marks a period when agreements made are broken, and joint ventures are subject to change and separation. Vlad thought a take-over would be easy but the Ukrainian people proved him wrong!

Okay, so I'll hush for now with the hope that the following information may be useful to you, or that it is at least somewhat interesting:

Mar 15, 2022

How China Can & Will Use NAFTA Against America - Thom Hartmann

March 15, 2022

Here is a brief Thom Hartmann segment from about two weeks ago in which Thom discusses with a caller America's "biggest foreign blunder," NAFTA, and the harm that China can do to our country and the world, especially now that China is said to be in favor of Putin's aggressive invasion of Ukraine:

And for astrologers who can use the information, here's an excerpt from a previous post:

"Chart data from Campion's The Book of World Horoscopes (#ad) which gives its own sources: NAFTA took effect January 1, 1994 at 12:00 am est Washington DC." Set up the horoscope (ASC 6Lib57; MC 7Can54, 6 planets in Saturn-ruled Capricorn) and you'll find an Earth-Fire blend of Sun Capricorn-Moon Leo which happens to be shared natally by China's revolutionary leader Chairman Mao Zedong.

This combination of conscious (Sun) and unconscious (Moon) energies denotes the dictatorial leanings of a volcanic temperament, plus, visionary ability, and the utilization of dogmatism (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, The Harveys #ad).

Mar 6, 2022

Ukraine Crisis, Putin, Saturn-Pluto 2022

March 6, 2022

Now That We See the GOP Is "The Evil Empire" Party

by Jude Cowell

Saturn; Voyager 2, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As always, there are both positive and negative transits upcoming for us all and given the dire state of conditions in Ukraine, a look at 2022 planetary transits to the country's Independence Horoscope of December 1, 1991 6:00 pm EET Kiev, UKR (Campion #342) may be revealing, with an emphasis on the harsh, destructive Saturn-Pluto duo in particular.

And naturally, we know that the duo's recent Conjunction @22Cap46 on January 12, 2020 started a new 33-year cycle of their difficult, compressive energies, the first since November 8, 1982 (@27Lib36: under Reagan). Check out the transcript of Reagan's March 8, 1983 speech that soon became known as his Evil Empire Speech as the 'good vs evil' planetary duo of Saturn and Pluto aligned in late Libra, years after their three-fer conjunctions during World War I (Horoscope shown). In 1982, the US Congress was in process of debating (they used to debate) a resolution in support of a "nuclear freeze" which the Reagan administration was against.

Was Mr. Reagan projecting evil on to the Soviet Union, a case of the devil slyly calling out the devil? Well, as you see, Tuesday March 8, 2022 marks his speech's 39th anniversary - and now the world suffers through Putin's dream of world domination, beginning with his take-over efforts in Ukraine. If Putin is successful (or seen as successful), other grabby dictators will follow suit. Could Putin's warmongering be a form of payback for Reagan's label for the Soviet Union as "evil"? Well, it is the Soviet Union that Putin wants to reassemble. So if you've missed it so far, I highly recommend Frontline's documentary Putin's Way (53 mins).

Pluto; NASA; Hubble false-color image July 2015

Why, the January 12, 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction @22Cap46 even hit disruptive Uranus in the Fed's 1910 New Moon chart (Jekyll Island, GA) resulting in a midpoint picture of "brutal efforts to start a new order" which is a perfect example of the turmoil and cruelty the evil duo of Saturn and Pluto can instigate (their oposition on 9/11/01 another tragic example). Obviously, large amounts of money are involved (exs: Putin's and his oligarchs' hidden wealth, currency devalued, stock markets at risk, etc). Follow the link to view a bi-wheel of the Fed New Moon with the 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction chart, outer.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's recent news commentary from MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Why Putin Didn't Invade Ukraine During Trump's Presidency.

So as noted above, mitigating transits and progressions will aid matters, or can possibly worsen them, but here is a list of some of the more challenging planetary transits of 2022 that will hit the December 1, 1991 Horoscope of Ukraine, the more worrying ones involving aspects from karmic Saturn and Pluto and Ukraine's 5th house Pluto @21Sco01, 4th house Jupiter @13Vir17, and 8th house Saturn @2AQ49:

Putin invades Ukraine February 24, 2022

February 26, 2022 Jupiter opposes 1991 Jupiter once: Jupiter the General is discontent with his achievements, yet no one is impressed with overblown, overly optimistic efforts at territorial expansion; impulsive overstepping of boundaries = not cool.

2022 Saturn square 1991 Pluto 3x exact on March 21, August 26, December 16, 2022: refugee crisis continues as frightened populations are forced to step into unknown territories; manipulation, contrived actions, frustration, as more power and control are sought and harsh challenges are met; structures continue to be destroyed; children under threat (parents struggle to protect them); nuclear risks incurred.

July 4, 2022: by transit the 'Tail of the Dragon', the separative South Node of the Moon @21Sco01, will swipe across 1991 Pluto suggesting a time of large social events beyond personal control, large-scale changes initiated without regard to their effects on the lives of others; war and violence; personal security destroyed; victims of circumstance; resentment, misunderstandings. Positively, Pluto-SN provides resourcefulness, self-reliance, and the stamina to survive hardships. Now that the transiting South Node is in intense Scorpio, these potentials are already being felt and exercised.

Then once transit Pluto enters Aquarius, the subversive one will be on-track toward conjunction with Ukraine's 1991 Saturn @2AQ49 in 8th house thus creating a double measure of Saturn-Pluto influences. But let's consider that particular cosmic bridge when the world comes to it.

Muchly related posts include: Putin: Ukraine 2022 vs Hitler: Poland 1939

Mar 1, 2022

Putin: Ukraine 2022 vs Hitler: Poland 1939

February 2022 Invasion Echoes Poland 1939

by Jude Cowell

Recently, comparisons have been made by talking heads between Herr Hitler's brutal invasion, bombing, and take-over of Poland from September 1, 1939 to October 6, 1939, his 'September Campaign', and the February 24, 2022 invasion and bombing of Ukraine by Russian 'president' Vladimir Putin, a man with dreams of global dictatorship - just as Hitler had.

So naturally, worries about a world war starting are now on steroids thanks to Putin's power-grab of Ukraine and his nuclear threats, for as you know, Hitler's action against Poland sparked World War II. And synchronistically, the take-over of Poland and WWII (September 1, 1939 Danzig, Poland) both fall under the influences of the same Solar Eclipse, the 13 South Eclipse of April 19, 1939 @28Ari43 which is displayed, below, with astro-notes penned on including the fact that the Eclipse hit very near Herr Hitler's natal Sun (00Taurus), his 'trigger point of violence', and death-dealer Pluto at a critical-crisis 29th degree of Capricorn (conjunct America's current progressed position of Pluto) squares the Solar Eclipse indicating ruthless behavior, torture, and other criminal offences.

Meanwhile, karmic Saturn @22Aries separates from the Eclipse (6S42) and denotes those with the responsibility to carry out 13 South's themes which are penned at the top of the horoscope, and include sinister energy and an urge to expand as they 'strive toward group endeavors' (B. Brady). Of course, these two planets aspecting the 1939 Eclipse make up the evil pair of Saturn-Pluto which had last met in Conjunction three times from October 1914 to May 19, 1915 (@00Cancer, a Cardinal World Point of Manifestation: World War - not so now). Yet there are Saturn and Pluto again at the Foundation of this Eclipse chart conjunct the IC (22Cap30) which weirdly enough, conjuncts the January 12, 2020 Saturn-Pluto Conjunction which happened to hit the natal Vertex ('VX') of Herr Trump with its 'fated encounters' implications. Now these, plus, other cosmic synchronicities are listed, below, and are not comforting, I know, but there it is.

So see what you can make of the eclipse chart and leave an on-topic comment with this post, if you wish:

Image: World War II 13 South Solar Eclipse @28Ari43; April 19, 1939 5:35:02 pm CET Danzig, Poland

One recent event notated on the horoscope is the 1939 Eclipse's 7th house Vertex of fated encounters @6Tau44 pointing directly at the US Inauguration Day 2021 Mars-Uranus Conjunction - also @6Tau44 (!). Either Universal synchronicity is full of irony, or someone devious plans ahead using astrological principles and placements as timing devices for their activities in the here and now, inspired by, or in tribute to, similar brutalities perpetrated by a long-gone dictator following the voices in his head (as do Putin and Trump). Now I know that many folks realize the similarities without the aid of Astrology, even without seeing white "supremacists" marching on TV and in streets with tiki torches burning as they yell hateful slogans - a global movement toward strong-armed authoritarianism. The recent banning and burning of books is a major clue as well - oh, and add the Moon's position (29Aries) during the Mars-Uranus Conjunction of 2021 for Luna conjoined the 13 South Solar Eclipse degree of 1939, a cosmic picture of completion and/or fulfillment of some sort. Apparently, current-day neo-nazis are simply preening with pride at how hateful, racist, and brutal they are.

Of course, basic factors that all solar eclipses in Mars-ruled Aries indicate are potentials for militancy, belligerence, boldness, and leadership, but when the energies are negatively expressed, these turn to arrogance, aggression, self-willedness, and a headstrong attitude that bodes ill for other people. In fact, the foolhardiness implied tends to cause more problems than it solves. Add to this Eclipse-ruler Mars in Capricorn ('the warrior') leading the planets in a Locomotive shape and we see an indication of a 'ruthlessness executive determined to achieve success at any cost' (whether in Poland or in Ukraine). The Eclipse falling in the 7th house in Danzig denotes pacts and karmic alliances or partnerships.

So do you think that history is rhyming from 1939 to 2022? Or is someone devious purposefully causing current events to 'rhyme' with past events in order to 'complete' a certain psychopath's malevolent agenda? See November 2022 Eclipse hits Austrian Psychopath's Chart which shows yet another example from the 1939 Eclipse horoscope - radical planet of anarchy and zealotry, Uranus @16Tau42 will conjunct the Lunar Eclipse in Taurus conjunct Uranus on the very day of America's 2022 Midterms - with reactionary Uranus conjunct Herr Hitler's natal Venus-Mars Conjunction, a passionate pair that recently met on February 16, 2022 @16Capricorn - the conjunction a repetition or an echoing of Adolf's unhinged energies from the past - when we take current events into consideration. As you know, the Venus-Mars pairing is super-passionate and can at times make quite a spectacle of themselves.

Cosmic Time Links: 1939 to 2022

And of course, comrade Putin's current actions are intended on a sinister level to undermine and collapse America, as you know, in revenge for the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

So! If you can manage it, do check out Astrology King's insightful analysis of Herr Hitler with his Sun conjunct fixed star Mirach in Andromeda and the star's 'chained woman' implications which, to me, relate to the 'strong-armed paternalism' that again threatens the world, no less so than in American politics via Republicans determined to control women's health choices.

And note that this area of the Zodiac will be lit up once again by a Solar Eclipse in April 2023 (30Aries) so as I've asked before in a previous post, Are we once again being haunted by Mirach's Ghost?

Feb 25, 2022

Feb 2022: Putin Takes Over the Chernobyl Reactor

Very few if any people are behind Vladimir Putin for sending soldiers into Ukraine on February 24, 2022 with a mission to - unbeknowst to the troops until they arrived there - kill their cousins. As part of mobster Putin's illegal war efforts, it has been reported that Russian troops have grabbed control of the non-operative Chernobyl reactor and this has caused a spike of radioactivity. See Radiation Spike at Chernobyl Site Seized by Russia for details.

Yet the accuracy of various news reports concerning this deranged nuclear situation will be difficult to sort out from false reports over the next days, weeks, months, but accuracy does appear in the dual horoscope image of the original Chernobyl Meltdown (upper right; April 26, 1986 1:23 am BADT; ASC 22Sag49 with accident-prone Uranus rising) and a Horoscope of the 6 North Solar Eclipse which perfected on April 9, 1986 @19Ari06 (lower left), its thematic energies running in the background of society as the Chernobyl reactor melted down. 6 North themes are listed below the image:

6 North themes: 'relationship to authority figures; the need to take responsibility and control; commitments are presented due to someone becoming unreliable or ill' (paraphrasing B. Brady's Predictive Astrology #ad).

Now let's fast forward to 2022 in relation to Putin's ill-considered war against Ukraine (which has something like 15 other nuclear reactors around the country). A cosmic echo of historical events may be heard by sensitive ears because a 6 North Eclipse manifests once again on April 30, 2022 @10Taurus. If this suggests that similar events of 1986 may be 'spiked' by the repetition of 6 North themes in April 2022 and over the next few months, then unfortunately, this may be so. However, we should note that (KGB) Putin didn't take over Russia until May 2000.

Yet consideration must be given to the fact that as a cosmic blink from above, an eclipse is able to disrupt earthly events and cause changes of direction, as we know. And as a Universal wild card, an eclipse can have shocking effects similar to those of planet Uranus (with its link to Uranium), and with sudden accidents being one of the more prominent expressions, for as we see in the Meltdown Horoscope, unpredictable Uranus rises - and is also apex planet of the 'death axis' pair of Mars-Saturn, thus forming a midpoint picture which reveals potentials that we know were expressed: 'death; sudden accidents; a test of nervous strength; application of brute force' (R. Ebertin).

History Rhymes while Eclipses Repeat

Then if we look for guidance at past occurrences of 6 North solar eclipses (in order to be forewarned), we find that 6 North is the prenatal eclipse series ('PE') in which World War One began (horoscope shown) by a purposeful act of aggression, as is Putin's war against Ukraine. That Chernobyl radioactivity can threaten Europe and the world probably doesn't ruffle Putin's feathers in the least. For like his useful idiot Tr*mp, malevolent Vlad seems to be mad at the world.

Subsequently, we might also include the fact that a 6N eclipse manifested during the troubling times of the 1930s - specifically on March 7, 1932 @17Pisces. As it happened, the next solar eclipse to occur was in the 6 South Saros Series as what I have regretfully termed the Nazis Rise to Power Eclipse, termed as such due to historical events and conditions of the era. Curiously, Putin has cited Nazis in Ukraine as one of his justifications for aggression but from what I hear that's only a limited number of people with that persuasion. Tragically, America has them, too, they control most members of the GOP, and have infiltrated the US military and joined many if not all of US police forces.

So let us face the fact, dear reader, that evil, destructive forces have risen again and are precisely what the world now struggles against - and at this very moment, Ukraine and Russia are 'on the front lines' as authoritarianism brazenly attacks democracy.

Feb 22, 2022

That Time a GOP Gaggle Spent July 4th in Moscow

February 22, 2022

Republicans, Moscow, Neptune, & Furry Foxes Yapping

by Jude Cowell

Image: 'Journey to Neptune'; pencil on paper; by Jude Cowell

Mystical Neptune is the planet closely associated with Russia (its 'totem planet' as Uranus is America's 'totem planet'), and perhaps you remember how a group of Republican Congressmen Skulked over to Moscow for the 4th of July, 2018, but they weren't in Russia to complain about Putin aiding Tr*mp in the November 2016 Election, oh no. They were there to say, no criticism for You, comrades. What else they divulged, I don't know. Intel? A financial pay-off? Uncertain. Perhaps a scandal will reveal some secrets left over from the July 2018 Jupiter-Neptune square on or around April 12, 2022 when a new cycle of the frothy pair begins (see the Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction link, below).

Now with Midterms 2022 arriving later this year on the very same day as a revealing Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, I freely admit to my culpability in 'renaming' the Republican Party with labels such as The Conspiracy Party, and worse. Well, to tell you the truth, it's been super easy to do because of their sorry behavior toward America, their disrespect for democracy and the US Constitution, their disdain for the American people, their neglect of the common good, their slavish adherence to figurehead Tr*mp - plus the fact that the political party of 1854 has now experienced its first-ever Neptune Return which has actually been a drawn-out five-fer of returns due to slow-moving planet Neptune's retrogradation periods. Follow the link to view the fifth of five returns which occurred on December 29, 2018 for it bookends the party's entire Return period begun in 2017, and includes the July 4th 2018 visit of the Republicans to Moscow (Senators Shelby, Johnson, Kennedy, Daines, Hoeven, Moran, and Thune, plus, Representative Kay Granger of Texas).

Cycle of Neptune = 164 Years: 1854 + 164 = 2018

Of course, the exact dates of the party's Neptune Return/s depend upon which founding data is used to calculate the party's horoscope. For this, I've used the March 20, 1854 chart set for Ripon, Wisconsin with Neptune @14Pis01, a degree that evokes the symbol of "A Lady In Fox Fur," an appropriate word picture for the Murdoch-supported GOP, imho, with "foxy" being another word for cunning and seductive.

Talking Points: 'The Neptune Party' Parrots Putin

So of course, urge-to-merge Neptune, positively representing the Divine Source and humanity's higher inspiration faculty, negatively tends to be associated in this old world with deception, the Big Lie, fraud, corruption, rottenness, malicious schemes, loss, conspiracies, gaslighting, scandals, unreality, fakery, propaganda, photography/film, camera ops and special effects, spiritualism, poisons, toxins, all liquids, gas, oil, fumes, heists and thefts, speculation, inflation, bubbles, disguises, illusions and delusions, instability, dissolution, disappointment, and undermining activities of subversion such as sabotage and treason. Of course, contagious infections are Neptunian as well - as transit Neptune floating through its own sign of Pisces has tragically demonstrated.

And even now, with Putin's threat against Ukraine in the news and on the authoritarian's to-do list, Republicans and their talking heads in the far-right media are propagandizing that Putin can "smell" President Biden's "weakness," two more words inspired by Neptunian energies attempting to create instability and mistrust in society, in order to promote the GOP's ultimate goal of 'taking back' the House and Senate in November 2022, by all means necessary. A 'talking points' link between Putin and the GOP isn't difficult to imagine.

Now astrologically, you'll notice in the December 29, 2018 Horoscope linked, above, that the Sagittarian ASC is ruled by expansive boundary-breaker Jupiter, with 2018 Jupiter squaring Neptune - the Republican Party's Neptune. Astro-Notes concerning this transit are penned in the center of the chart and intended for the curious to read, if need be. Victimized by illusions is a pretty good description of the Jupiter-square-Neptune transit and of its results upon the party and its voters who believe - or pretend to believe - whatever conspiracy they like, no matter how outrageous. They imagine that there's a 'higher purpose' to all the deception and corruption they engage with and pass along, as if 'the ends justify the means'. But I say, this is fallacious.

So if you suspect that the April 12, 2022 Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction in secretive Pisces will be signficant for the Republican Party in its current Neptunian condition (and thus for America) as the new planetary cycle of the gaseous duo begins, then I'm glad to say we're on the same page, dear reader.

A Related Post: An American Tragedy of Mass Delusion which will be egged on by April's Jupiter-Neptune combination of expansive, misguided energies.

Aug 6, 2021

Astro-Notes: The 2004 Transit of Venus and Trump

Astro-Notes on The 2004 Transit of Venus and an Unfaithful Donald Trump

by Jude Cowell

The last Transit of Venus (passing across the Sun from Earth's vantage point) occurred on June 5 and 6, 2012 and is the last Venus Transit of the 21st century. For as you know, Venus Transits occur in pairs every 243 years, 8 years apart and separated by gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. Follow the above Wikipedia link for more details about this rare, scientifically significant, cosmic occultation.

Yet the focus of this post is the 'partner' of the 2012 Transit which occurred on June 8, 2004 so if we check out 2004 in US Politics, we find war criminals Dubya Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House overseeing America's oil-and-poppy grabbing Middle Eastern adventurism in which no WMDs were found - but ancient artifacts were looted from the Iraq Museum. However, the good news is that apparently, 17,000 of the looted artifacts have been returned to where they belong. We might also note that Bush and Cheney were "re-elected" on November 2, 2004 - and that the Venus Cycle (4 and 8 years) forms a background of cosmic influences upon the US Presidential Election Cycle. Not the only one or the only influence on elections, of course, but there it is.

Now to calculate the 2004 Transit of Venus Horoscope, below, my astrology software and I can only manage an exact conjunction of Sun and Venus which, as you see, occurred at 17Gem53:34 at 4:43 am edt (Washington DC: ASC 00Gem13 conjunct Alcyone (keyphrase: something to cry about). Please note that the bi-wheel image shows the 2004 chart surrounding the natal chart of Herr Tr*mp:

Meanwhile, various events in the US during 2004 are listed here. June 2004 events include the resignation of CIA Director George Tenet on June 3rd, the passing of Ronald Reagan, age 93, on June 5th (funeral June 11th, a beloved fellow to many), and the Sea Island, Georgia G-8 Summit ('8' one of Venus' numbers) which then included Russia but as you know, Putin and the Kremlin were kicked out of the group in 2014 due to aggression against Ukraine.

Now since Tr*mp's ambitious dreams of power and control were simmering in the background of 2004 with his alleged foreign connections well underway by then, it seems significant to me that the 2004 Transit of Venus perfected directly upon his natal 10th house Uranus (17Gem53) which happens to be his oriental or guiding planet, with Uranian chaos and disruption being his favored way to do business, as we know. Plus, because erratic Uranus suggests reactionary politics, radical reforms, abrupt changes, unusual contacts or associations, or even zealotry and anarchy - if We The People didn't realize the radical political nature of Tr*mp in 2004, we certainly have seen and experienced such 'wild' and disruptive behavior demonstrated in the last few years, culminating with his terrorist attack on the Legislative branch of government on January 6, 2021 (with more to come).

Yet let's not spotlight only Russia and, by extension, Ukraine, in the Trump saga because two references to China appear in his natal chart, as perhaps you've previously noticed: the Sabian Symbols for his Uranus (18Gemini) and for his natal Moon (22Sagittarius) which are penned on the left of the chart, highlighted in orange. Curiously, one symbol (word picture) sounds like foreign spies having a cozy chat together ('unusual contacts and associations'), and the other = "A Chinese Laundry". He's said to be a dedicated money launderer, you know, and the global criminal underworld surrounds and supports him.

So as you see, transit Pluto in the chart conjuncts his natal Sag Moon so we know 2004 was a time of intense emotional turmoil and fear, being manipulated and controlled, and even overpowered (see lower left corner), plus, potentials of the period included trouble in personal relationships, difficult family matters, and issues of financial empowerment or theft.

Simultaneously, Pluto opposed his Gemini Sun suggesting a time of no-compromise situations (an offer he could't refuse?), threats of devastating consequences made, plus, his ego could have been defeated in a contest of wills against more powerful Plutonian forces. Of course, that's spymaster Pluto of the hidden hand, the manipulative planet of extreme wealth and perhaps ringleader of a criminal syndicate.

Plus, transit Pluto to South Node, a Saturnian point indicating the past, supports the idea of threats to his or his family's personal security, and possibly that he had met with these or other Plutonian figures before (SN).

Then if we view the 2004 Venus Transit Horoscope as one of simple planetary contacts for Tr*mp, Venus conjunct his natal Uranus hints that unusual or nontraditional contacts and alliances occurred along with relationship break-ups, while any threats to his ego probably dissipated rather quickly (as they would have if he accepted 'the offer'). His fabled lack of loyalty was activated (or utilized) and he received attention that made him feel 'special' (bwo Venusian flattery and financial promises) although group participation would have been a bit more difficult than usual for this odd Uranian loner and dictator-wanna-be.

Additionally, a general mention should be made of potentials within the Venus-Uranus pair and the associated tendencies toward extravagance, love of luxury, wastefulness, eccentricity, unfaithfulness, self-willedness in love, temporary liaisons, and sudden separations. And of course, he was born a rebellious, quirky Sun-Uranus kind of guy, an original, tendencies which were spotlighted or enhanced by the transiting Sun @17Gem53 and suggesting public contacts and meetings via his Gemini North Node.

Now in closing, here's a vintage SO'W post concerning this Venusian topic from way back in 2012: Horrocks First Views a Venus Transit in 1639 which provided more accuracy to measurements of our Solar System than observations had ever provided before. And the next Transits of Venus? December 10-11, 2117 and December 8, 2125, both in Sagittarius.

And for daring readers with strong stomachs, here's a clip or two of what 'thespian' Tr*mp was up to in 2004.