NEWSLETTERS AND CURRENT EVENTS
MORE EARTHQUAKES IN 2018
The Earth’s rotation slows slightly every 32 years. The slowdown, which is measured in milliseconds, lasts for about five years. Magnitude-7 or higher earthquakes average 15-20 per year but are closer to 30 following the rotational slowing. Researchers speculate this rotation slowdown causes the planet to contract, increasing pressure along major fault lines in tectonic plates. 2018 marks the beginning of the five year slowdown and an increase in earth shaking events.
PROGRESSIVE POLICIES AND THE URANUS/PLUTO CYCLE
Progressive administrations have initiated major liberal policies during successive Uranus/Pluto conjunctions, squares, and oppositions. Uranus and Pluto are both planets of change – radical and revolutionary in the case of Uranus; totalitarian and transformative in the case of Pluto. Together they point to unstable times when sudden dramatic shifts in national policy take place. Old doctrines are dismantled replaced by innovative new ideas designed to correct social problems that in end dramatically redirect the nation.
Transiting Uranus opposite Pluto in the heavens (1899, 1901-02) corresponded with the Spanish-American War that turned America from isolationism and established it as a world power during the McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt administrations. The country’s industrialization and the growth of huge, powerful trusts in such fields as steel, railroads, banks, and financial institutions led a group of reformists, who call themselves Progressives, to demand control of the large trusts. Roosevelt works to curb the power of the trusts and to promote Federal regulation of private business. His devotion to natural resource preservation leads to the Reclamation Act and building of the Roosevelt Dam. Roosevelt also acts as mediator in a miner’s strike that put the nation in a coal shortage. The strikers demand an eight-hour day, a 20% wage increase, and union recognition. The conservative press disapproved of the Presidential initiative but the deal gains Roosevelt wide public support and considerable political leverage.
Uranus/Pluto square from 1932-34 marked another monumental rise of government programs under reform-minded Franklin D. Roosevelt who promises a “new deal” for all Americans. His election platform calls for a greatly expanded public works program. To address the Great Depression Roosevelt adds many new federal agencies to enable the executive branch to manipulate the economy. Many of these huge agencies are still in existence today: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the FHA and the TVA. In 1934, Congress passes a long list of legislation that almost rivals that of 1933. Additional agencies are created, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which greatly expands the authority of the federal government. The Social Security Act is passed in 1935.
L.B.J’s Great Society of welfare reform and passage of the Civil Rights Act take place during the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. The growth of the Vietnam War increases dissent and splits the country in open revolt at times. Massive government outlays to keep the war going and also pay for welfare commitments stimulate inflation, pushing prices and interest rates to record highs.
The long seven phase Uranus/Pluto square from June 2012 – March 2015 corresponds with Obama’s pledge to “fundamentally change America.” He does so by ending the Great Recession with a $787 billion economic stimulus plan, a bailout of the automobile industry, and passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Act to regulate banks and the financial industry. Business regulations are expanded and the Affordable Care Act mandates that everyone buy health insurance. The Iran nuclear agreement in July 2015 forestalls by 10 years the day when Iran can obtain a nuclear weapon. The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are two other efforts to reshape American industry to fit global standards that came about during this cycle. Lax immigration laws allow thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the country. Same-sex marriage becomes legal and sexual orientation acceptance more commonplace. A great polarization between Americans politically, religiously, and socially also develops at this time.
The next super surge of progressive liberalism in America is due during the Uranus opposition Pluto of 2046-48. This period is likely to be in response to widespread warfare and social unrest.
HISTORIC 2017 TOTAL ECLIPSE
28 Leo 52’
The August 21 Total Solar Eclipse is rare in that it will cross the midriff of the country, pointing to a historic event that focuses on America. The last two total eclipses to darken the United States took place in 1979 and 1918. Both of these years were very historic. The next total eclipse to come to America will be in 2045.
Eclipses have gotten a bad rap from astrology over the centuries. They are known to shadow or foretell the death of great leaders and the victory or defeat of an army. There is some precedence for viewing eclipses in a negative light from a Mundane Astrology or nation perspective. In Natal or individual astrology, eclipses provide an emphasis rather than particular harm.
The last time a total solar eclipse touched the U.S. was in 1979. The Iranian Revolution took place that year that sparked the U.S. embassy takeover and the hostage crisis. Iran today is a major threat to world peace with its radical views and expansionist philosophy. It is no secret that Iran wants to expand its influence in the Middle East and develop a nuclear capability – including weapons. The fragile agreement that we have with them, initiated and signed by Barack Obama, only delays but does not prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and fulfilling their religious prophesies.
A time before this takes us back to 1918. World War I was raging in Europe. The United States felt compelled to enter the war this year and help end the carnage. President Wilson’s Fourteen Points also provided a framework for governments to treat each other more fairly.
It is interesting to note that the August 1914 eclipse path extended from the Baltic Sea through Eastern Europe, the Asian subcontinent, Persia, Africa, and the North Atlantic states. This eclipse ushered in World War I! It took place in the last decan of Leo (the 2017 eclipse is also in the last decan of Leo). Here is what Raphael, a famous astrologer in the 1800s, said about an eclipse in the last decan of Leo:
“Captivity, the ransacking and besieging of towns, the sacking and profanation of holy places…the exile, imprisonment or murder of some king, notable person or great ruler. Much discontent among the people. Movements of armies, fighting, fires, fevers, pestilence and scarcity of the fruits of the earth.” Mundane Astrology by Raphael
Not all these possibilities will happen, of course, but fighting the last city-stronghold held by ISIS is imminent. The Confederate monument rioting and the growing bitter divide between liberals and conservatives in America threatens to tear the country apart. And talk about armies on the move – look to Korea. Perhaps Kim Yon Un will be dethroned or hostilities will break out or Trump’s firm stance with the North will pay off in the end. After all, the total eclipse falls on President Trump’s Ascendant and Mars; a significant precursor of anger, violence, physical confrontation, aggressive action, and even war. The eclipse is a direct threat to Trump from impulsive actions of his own doing. Lastly, the eclipse directly opposes the Moon in the US horoscope so we the people, our sustenance and emotional viability, are intimately connected with the outcome of this eclipse.