East versus West

An escalating insurgency in Ukraine is fighting to save the country’s fledgling democracy from the dictatorial and repressive regime of President Victor Yanakovych. While the opposition movement wants closer financial and other ties with Western Europe, Yanakovych is leaning on Vladimir Putin’s Russia for economic support and a building alliance. The Western half of the country, in particular, dreads being under the thumb of the autocratic Putin and his Machiavellian machinations.  The memory of decades of Soviet domination has not faded after only 23 years of independence. In the past few days, after weeks of relative quiet, a renewed and virulent wave of violence erupted when promised reforms were suddenly jettisoned and riot police attacked the protesters’ camp in Kiev. At the same time, the Russian noose seemed to tighten with Putin announcing billions in loan money slated for Ukraine.

The increasingly ferocious standoff between the two sides comes with the beginning of the two-month Jupiter/Uranus square, which points to a heightened push for freedom from repression (Uranus); a series of unpredictable, sudden and tense situations, possibly related to a prolonged standoff of some sort; and a rapidly escalating and transformative situation.  An analogous set of circumstances may also unfold in the worsening violence in Syria with the collapse of negotiations in that theater.

In Ukraine, the population is likely to remain enraged and rebellious at least through the first week in March, with progressed Moon square to natal Mars (25Virgo05) and transiting Jupiter (10Cancer26) not quite stationary opposite natal Uranus ukraine(10Capricorn06). Unfortunately, this will be followed by Saturn re-crossing the square to Ukraine’s Moon (22Aquarius09) from March 16 through April 9, pointing to heavy-handed repression of and sorrow among the people. With transiting Uranus opposite to Yanakovych’s Mars (12Libra04) during most of March, followed by Jupiter opposite his Mars from late March through April 7, it is likely he will be extremely aggressive and relentless during this period.

Moreover, transiting Pluto will be square to Yanakovych’s Mars in June and July, as well as late September through November 2014, suggesting he will be continuing his heavy-handed tactics through most of the year. With Ukrainian progressed Mars square to natal Uranus through December 2014 and transiting Uranus sesquiquadrate the natal Sun (00Virgo56) from late May through August 2014, it seems likely the Ukrainian president will still be dealing with some level of angry rebellion against his control. It is also possible that there will be some big changes and further rebellion against Yanokovych’s tyranny in the spring of 2015, when the Ukrainian progressed Moon crosses the natal Ascendant (8Capricorn41), followed by the crossing of natal and progressed Uranus (9 – 10 Capricorn).yanakovych

Although the current crisis may be seen as an insurgency against an autocratic ruler, it may also be understood as a barely concealed proxy standoff between Russia, on the one hand, and the US and its European allies, on the other. As the tense energy of the prolonged Jupiter/Uranus square builds through late April, merging ultimately into hard aspects with the powerful energies of Pluto and Mars, all of them coming together in a grand cross at 13 degrees of the cardinal signs, there is great danger of a wildly escalating conflict.

With the US Sun at 13Cancer19 and Putin’s Sun at 13Libra56, it seems likely that the US and Russia will be deeply involved in whatever events are transpiring at that time. As mentioned in previous posts, the Spring Equinox charts for both Russia and the US also point to powerful and transformative circumstances involving the US and Russia in April. It is a horrifying prospect to even consider the US and Russia facing off in April, but the building tensions of the Jupiter/Uranus square, aggravated exponentially in April with the addition of Pluto and Mars, could well bring us right to the water’s edge, much as the last prolonged Jupiter/Uranus opposition of late 1962 did in the Cuban Missile crisis.

The autocracy versus democracy theme, which underlies the East versus West theme in both the Ukrainian and the Syrian insurgencies (although also colored by religious and ethnic differences in Syria), is a hallmark of the multi-year Uranus/Pluto square, which  is reaching an important climax from now through April with the Jupiter/Uranus square culminating in the Grand Cross. Uranus demands freedom from perceived oppression and unjust limitations, while Pluto aggressively, albeit sometimes covertly, grasps and hordes overwhelming control. It is these two forces that are in dramatic conflict from 2011 through 2015, as the various manifestations of this dangerous clash play out on the world stage.

356 comments

  1. Francis says:

    Thank you Nancy. I think like many folks, I rely on your keen analysis and your broad perspectives especially in these times of heated transformation. I think there is another dimension that is playing out in the Ukraine and that is the economic health of the nation. I think there is reluctance in the EU to take on the financial burden of the Ukraine in addition to bolstering up the nations already in the EU that have deep financial problems. Also, from what I head the Ukranian people are more equally split on whether to align with Russia or the EU.

  2. Squallo says:

    Ok, this hotspots will be the center of the drama in April, but let’s not forget that Venezuela is in the same spot as Syria and Ukraine.

  3. barbk says:

    Thank you so much for this greater perspective on the Ukraine’s unrest Nancy. I’d been thinking that Yanakovych was a piece of work and now that I see his chart with it’s Mercury (13+ Cancer) square Neptune (13+ Libra), the roots of his wishy washy ways and double talk are understandable. That it triggers the square between the U.S. Sun (13+ Cancer) and Putin’s Sun (13+ Libra) isn’t just a coincidence is it? That Yanakovych’s Neptune is conjunct the U.S. Saturn (14+ Libra) and Putin’s Sun really intrigues me. Do you suppose there could be a positive outcome from this ménage a trois?

  4. Squallo says:

    I don’t want to be extremist, but we must realize that this could be the start of a great war, even world war III

  5. Squallo says:

    Russia will never allow Ukraine to fall at the hands of the west

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-20/ukraine-situation-explained-one-map

  6. Anne's Aunt says:

    Very interesting Nancy. Thank you.

    Trudy I very much enjoyed the link you provided at the end of the last thread. It seems that this too is within the democracy vs. autocracy energies. I sent that link to a niece of mine who will be interested too. Thanks!

  7. omphale says:

    Question…… When I put Ukraine data into Solar Fire….using local Eastern European Time, I get an ASC of 26 Cap 06. I notice that other sites on the net are using this chart also. So why is Astrodienst using the same time of event, but with Universal Time, to come up with an
    8 Cap 42 ASC? When I ask Solar Fire for Universal Time for this event, I get an ASC of 20 Pisces 19.
    What am I not seeing here?

  8. starlight says:

    omphale – According to my Nicholas Campion book, Ukraine declared independence at 14:31 UT. Campion then set the chart for Kiev. He gives 8Capricorn41 as the Ascendant.

    Squallo – As I have said for a while, I am concerned that Russia may bring in troops to quell the insurrection. Then what does the West do? Is it a game of chicken? No one wants to even think of getting involved with fighting the Russians. Although sanctions are being threatened now, it seems to me that would only push Ukraine further into Russia’s arms. It is hard to predict what exactly will happen beyond the continually reemerging themes that I mentioned in the article that relate essentially to the clash between Uranus and Pluto. Same themes are found domestically: voting rights, gay rights, battle with corporate power versus the rest of us.

    Remember when Russia cut off gas to Europe by way of Ukraine several years ago? Just sayin’.

    on edit: Just saw the map you posted of the gas export lines. Exactly!!

    barb – Note also that Yanakovych has Mars at 12 Libra and the Sun at 16Cancer. He is involved in the Uranus/Pluto aspects for several years. He may not leave power until the final Pluto crossing opposite his Sun, which will describe a big power struggle in 2016.

  9. alex says:

    27,000 pages of emails released yesterday in the Walker John Doe investigation

    http://johndoewalker.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDu3Uy6wAT0

    Governor Scott Walker R-WI

    Did he know it was illegal?

    As coverage of the Walker Joe Doe Investigations and scandal blanket Wisconsin airwaves, Scott Walker better have a good answer to that question.

  10. karen says:

    My, oh my! I can’t even describe the ache in my heart for Ukrainian people, for all those who bravely face — not an imagined threat — but a real and potent threat, one that promises absolute control using the weapons of fear and violence. Horrifying, Nancy. More, I am drawn back into history, the length of time it often took to overthrow repressive regimes. Around and around it goes…

  11. alex says:

    EXCERPT: North Carolina, Feb 10TH

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/10/why-tens-of-thousands-of-people-were-rallying-in-raleigh/

    The NAACP estimates that 80,000 to 100,000 people gathered outside the North Carolina State Capitol for the Moral March in Raleigh.

    The march was the culmination of a year of Moral Monday protests at the State Capitol organized by The Forward Together Movement, a “fusion movement” of over 150 groups fighting for mostly progressive causes in North Carolina.

    A year ago, only 15,000 turned out for the same march in Raleigh.

    The leap in turnout is a good indicator of the growing support for the movement’s agenda in the months before the 2014 midterms, and a show of how much more popular the movement has become since last February.

  12. will says:

    Starlight,

    “… there is great danger of a wildly escalating conflict.”

    “…It is a horrifying prospect to even consider the US and Russia facing off in April, but the building tensions of the Jupiter/Uranus square, aggravated exponentially in April with the addition of Pluto and Mars, could well bring us right to the water’s edge, much as the last prolonged Jupiter/Uranus opposition of late 1962 did in the Cuban Missile crisis.”

    These are deeply-disturbing observations and the events are likely to unfold as you have written up to a point. One can only imagine how the President is going to navigate this unholy mess. The “successful” resolution of the Cuban Missal Crisis was an enormous gamble and coup that not only served to defuse a crescendo of fear and paranoia between East and West but also galvanized the nation behind Kennedy. That stated, I do not believe however that the might of all of democratic Europe combined with a strong and resolute United States will stand for anything less than a Western victory. Obama’s much-vaunted brilliance as a strategist will be on the world’s stage in an unprecedented way.

  13. Lorrie U says:

    Starlight – Thanks for defining the building autocracy versus democracy theme with such clarity, making it easier to see the big picture. As I was reading your post, I was seeing the similarity between the struggles in our own country, which you subsequently pointed out very clearly. It is a worldwide battle…and let’s not forget the recent expose’ of the horrors going on in No. Korea which are even worse than we imagined. Hard to stay uninvolved, and I feel we are slowly being sucked into the fray, so April does look like a real possible sinkhole.

  14. Lorrie U says:

    Republican VW Union Busting Victory Turns Into a Major Defeat For The GOP

    By blocking the workforce’s efforts at creating a works council at the Chattanooga plant, Republicans also blocked VW expansion for Tennessee and the entire southern United States.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/20/republican-vw-union-busting-victory-turns-major-defeat-gop.html

  15. Lorrie U says:

    WATCH: Arizona’s Senate Passes Bill To Appease ‘Christians’ And Discriminate Against Gays

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/02/20/arizona-christian-senators-anti-gay-law/

  16. Lorrie U says:

    Officials: Obama drops budget cost-of-living trims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama’s upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a central component of his long-term debt-reduction strategy.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_BUDGET?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

  17. Francis says:

    Barbk, fascinating about Yanakovych! Fascinating! I love astrology! Don’t know a whole lot but it continually blows my mind.

  18. alex says:

    2014 Senate Election West Virginia – The Toxic Water-Spill State

    D-Candidate: WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant
    Natal Sun @20 Aquarius, DOB 12/25/1967, Fairmont W.VA

    http://www.wowktv.com/story/24781856/wv-women-launch-event-to-support-wv-secretary-of-state-natalie-tennant

    EXCERPT

    West Virginia women came together Thursday, Feb. 20 to launch an event in support of WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

  19. alex says:

    barbk

    I don’t comment much on the US State Department or US foreign affairs but the Synchronicity of Y’s chart to US …… hummmmmm

    if you have chance/interest in 2104 Senate Elections
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/senate-outlook/

    Senator Tammy Baldwin D-WI is New Chair of Democratic Women’s Senate Network:

    DOB 2/11/1962, Natal Sun 21 Aquarius, Solar Arc Sun 13 Aries

    Partial D-Senate Races

    Michelle Nunn, D-GA

    Mary Landrieu, D-LA

    Natalie Tennant, D-W.VA

  20. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Re. D-Candidate: WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, DOB 12/25/1967: This is a #8 year of success for her, so maybe she has a good chance of winning.

  21. Bob says:

    Charts for ukraine and birth data for

    http://www.astrologyweekly.com/countries/ukraine.php

    August 24, 1991, at 5:31 pm BGT (2:31 pm GMT), in Kiev, Ukraine (30e31, 50n26) – set for the moment of the Proclamation of independence from the USSR

    January 22, 1918, 9:58 am GMT, in Kharkov, Ukraine (36e15, 50n00) – set for the moment when Ukraine was proclaimed a free, independent and sovereign republic for the first time in tis history

    Viktor Yushchenko – current President of Ukraine – born on February 23, 1954 in Khoruzhivka (33e45, 50n53), Sumy Oblast, Ukraine at 9:30 am R2T (-3:00).

    Yulia Tymoshenko – current Prime Minister of Ukraine – born on November 27, 1960, time unknown, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

    Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion – April 26, 1986, 1:23:44 AM R2T (April 25, 1986, at 9:23:44 pm GMT), Chernobyl, Ukraine (30e15, 51n17) – lead to the radioactive contamination of the Eastern Europe

    Presidential elections fraud – The second round of elections between the Prime-Minister Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was frauded by Yanukovych’s supporters and the elections were cancelled – November 21, 2004

    Viktor Yushchenko inauguration – Presidential Oath of Office – January 23, 2005, 12:28:46 pm R1T (10:28:46 GMT), Kiev, Ukraine

  22. Bob says:

    I am working on 2 different charts for Ukraine and the one which seems to fit best seems mathematicaly correct but is not the one to be found at Aastrology Weekly. Perhaps more work will help me to make a final decision.

    Read this to get backround on Ukraine, view important maps and hear a beautiful symphony performed by the composer’s granddaughter.

    “9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/30/9-questions-about-u kraine-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/?tid=pm_world_pop

    By Max Fisher January 30 at 7:30 am

    “Ukrainians have been protesting since Nov. 21, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for closer integration with the European Union, instead drawing the country closer to Russia.”

  23. Lorrie U says:

    Disturbing if this is true…

    Ukraine Clashes Fueled by U.S. Meddling as Manifest Destiny’s Child Strikes Again

    The violent clashes unfolding in Kiev are directly linked to policy decisions and money flow from Washington DC.

    But don’t take my word for it. Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State, old the National Press Club last December that the US has “invested” $5 billion in organizing a network to achieve US goals in Ukraine in order to give “Ukraine the future it deserves.” What Nuland means by Ukraine’s future under EU overlordship is for Ukraine to be looted like Latvia and Greece and to be used by Washington as a staging ground for US missile bases against Russia.”

    http://www.nationofchange.org/ukraine-clashes-fueled-us-meddling-manifest-destiny-s-child-strikes-again-1392913375

  24. Bob says:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/24/this-is-the-one-map -you-need-to-understand-ukraines-crisis/?tid=pm_world_pop

    “This is the one map you need to understand Ukraineâ??s crisis” By Max Fisher January 24 at 1:45 pm

    “The current political conflict, which at its most basic level is over whether the country will lean toward Europe or toward Russia, is part of a long-running and unresolved national identity crisis. Yes, it’s also about Yanukovych’s failures to fix the economy and his draconian restrictions against basic freedoms. But there’s so much more to it than that, which helps make the crisis so intractable.”

  25. alex says:

    Lorrie

    good to know (8) it’s a strength/endurance degree for astrology analysis too;

    hopefully she’ll make convincing campaign message that Democrats should protect water sources and air from pollution but that GOP would not; these issues must matter now to residents – hopefully they come out/GOTV to vote for her;

    2014 Solar Arc Sun, Democracy for America (founded by Howard Dean) is eight degrees Aries; maybe they could get a contingent of trained supporters to focus on D-women candidates for the Senate 2014 elections as well as the whole D-caucus… they do good work;

    the Koch brothers are out to take-over North Carolina and want Kay Hagan’s head; she looks like she’s ‘can hold her own’ kind of woman it will be rough campaign she needs to win it; she’s the best person for the job;

    I don’t have the time/energy to look up the election histories of the contested states this important election year – I do my own astro-shorthand then it’s wait and see ( I ignore poll articles ) but the WP url I posted mostly factual elements for the field of candidates so I found it useful… I have to do more work-up from it when I can;

  26. alex says:

    Libertarians have a long long history of making political trouble in CA and/ or being outright trouble makers (many are anarchists by any other name) one example is cowboy libertarian former CA governor Ronald Reagan…. CA has long list of Libertarian ballot initiatives that are meant to destroy the functioning of CA government so it is ironic that this guy thinks CA is ungovernable… we are only slightly getting breathing room from the economic demise done to CA from the recent two terms of Gov. Arnold, the terminator, Schwarzenneger ( his economic team/policies are cut and paste ac·co·lades for the infamous Milton Friedman vultural ‘shock’ doctrine capitalist, neocon, economist) and the BFF to Gov. Reagan’s CA administration as well;

    he has a wiki page: (I can only post two url’s per comment)

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/12/tim-drapers-silicon-valley-partition-plan.html

    EXCERPT

    TechCrunch got hold of Draper’s plan, which it calls “secessionist.”

    It’s more of a “partitionist” scheme, really — under Draper’s vision, Silicon Valley wouldn’t drop out of the United States, but it would become its own semi-autonomous region, with its own regulations and governance.

    It’s a fantasy that Silicon Valley techno-utopians have probably been kicking around in their living rooms for years. But now, Draper is prepared to make it real.

    EXCERPT

    Draper hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment. In an e-mail to TechCrunch, Draper said that his plan would give greater representation to all Californians (“It is about time California was properly represented with Senators in Washington.”) But it’s fairly clear that the proposal is at heart an isolationist manifesto for the tech sector — a slightly more democratic take on Peter Thiel’s call for floating libertarian islands.

    Draper, and others like him, want Silicon Valley to make its own regulations, to allow companies to experiment with not-yet-legal technologies like commercial drones and self-driving cars, and they want the money that results from those technologies to flow back into the tech economy, not be used to subsidize farmers in Fresno.

    Libertarian Island:

    http://theweek.com/article/index/218393/libertarian-island-a-billionaires-utopia

    Plan to divide California into 6 states advances

    USA TODAY
    California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation’s most populous state into smaller pieces – six of them.

  27. Jerry says:

    A fascinating look at a popular opposition political leader involved in that “East-West” divide in the Ukraine.

    Ukraine Protests Profile: Is Heavyweight Boxing Champion Turned Politician Vitali Klitschko The Man To Rescue His Country’s Future?

    Independent
    Jan 24, 2014

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych would be less than mortal if he did not regard the most promising contender for his job with some apprehension. Standing 6ft 7in and weighing more than 17 stone, Vitali Klitschko has only one rival for the title “strongest man in Ukraine”, and that is his brother Vladimir, also a heavyweight boxing champion. Which is the more powerful we will never know, as long ago they promised their mother never to fight each other.

    Klitschko, as President Yanukovych is doubtless aware, won his first heavyweight title in 1999, his second in 2004, and remained unbeaten on his semi-retirement from the ring last year. He won more than 87 per cent of his fights by a knockout, and was never knocked out in a professional bout.

    These are not the typical qualifications of an aspiring president, but Klitschko is also the only world heavyweight boxing champion to have gained a PhD, and with it the nickname “Dr Ironfist”. And in case anyone imagined that his courage and determination were confined to the ring, in the past week he has been in the forefront of the increasingly dramatic protests against Yanukovych, which have so far cost the lives of at least three protesters.

    The champion boxer is a man of moderation, an MP in the Ukrainian parliament since 2012, with his own political party, and with friends and allies across the political spectrum. But as the Kiev protests elicited an ever-more violent response from the authorities, he made it clear that, for all his wealth and celebrity, his place was on the front line. “Tomorrow we will go forward together,” he said on Wednesday, after the first protesters were shot dead. “And if it’s a bullet in the forehead, then it’s a bullet in the forehead, but in an honest, fair and brave way.”

    Continued………

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/ukraine-protests-profile-is-heavyweight-boxing-champion-turned-politician-vitali-klitschko-the-man-to-rescue-his-countrys-future-9084069.html

  28. Jerry says:

    Hi Bob,

    That link you provided is inactive (copying and pasting the link doesn’t work either). Here is the same map with accompanying explanation from Zerohedge….

    The “Ukraine Situation” Explained In One Map/ A Map of Russian Gas Supplies To Europe via Ukraine

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-20/ukraine-situation-explained-one-map

  29. SarahG says:

    Thanks Starlight for pulling together all those threads and charts.
    Yikes! It is all so precisely connected that it has a feeling of fate about it – as though the planets got together to choreograph this Greek tragedy.
    When I think about all the irons the U.S. has in the fire right now (and I assume we are working overtime overtly and covertly to stoke all these fires) it’s either an intentional strategy or its over reach. I’m recalling on the Bush-team’s domestic strategies was to throw so many things at the public at once that it was nearly impossible to have a sustained response to any one thing or know exactly where to focus one’s efforts. Yes, of course we have a hand in creating the unrest in other countries – its in our budget as well as privately funded- ie Soros et al. Whether you agree with that strategy or not, let’s at least not be naive.
    I don’t know enough about Ukraine to have a clear sense of how oppressive it is, or how the population as a whole is feeling, but I don’t think our hand in this fight has anything to do with them or democracy particularly. It has to do primarily with geo-strategic territory, resources and who controls them. Europe should develop their own defense system and become as energy independent as possible but that takes time and money and right now it’s really on the U.S. to play protector. I wonder if we had played our hand differently after the collapse of the USSR if we might have done more to help integrate Russia into Europe. Just rambling thoughts.
    At any rate there are just so many hot spots around the globe and so many players with potential to go off that I don’t think any strategy is even vaguely predictable.

  30. SarahG says:

    I kind of left some words off that one sentence about the Bush-team strategies. Essentially they used a controlled chaos strategy to deflect any concentrated effort by the opposition to do battle on any one front. And I guess what I am wondering if all these areas of unrest (which I for one assume we have a hand in creating), is part of some similar strategy of controlled chaos. A “spring vortex”.

  31. alex says:

    SarahG

    great comment geopolitical strategic territory, resources

    ‘controlled chaos strategy’ phrase lead to googling this:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/33-strategies-of-war-you-should-apply-to-everyday-life-2012-5?op=1

    EXCERPT

    The 33 Strategies of War by best-selling author Robert Greene.
    Greene has studied countless battles throughout history and pulled together the need-to-know strategies that can also be used for “winning the subtle social game of everyday life.”

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143112783/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thebusiinsi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0143112783

  32. will says:

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you for the piece on Ukraine- very informative, straight-forward.

    SarahG

    “…..but I don’t think our hand in this fight has anything to do with them or democracy particularly. It has to do primarily with geo-strategic territory, resources and who controls them. Europe should develop their own defense system and become as energy independent as possible but that takes time and money and right now it’s really on the U.S. to play protector.”

    Right.

  33. Bob says:

    That is a different map. This TinyURL will take you to the right article.

    http://tinyurl.com/oje8p8a

    This link will yake you to my posts elsewhere showing the maps.

    page 26, replies 516 and 517

    http://forum.astro.com/cgi/forum.cgi?num=1347644209/517#517

  34. Jerry says:

    Ok. I see what happened. The URL address Bob posted is a broken link. A very different theme and map from the one Zerohedge published.

  35. SarahG says:

    Thanks for the link Alex. The one listed as controlled chaos is probably not a good description of what I was trying to describe. The one from that list that came closest is this one. So interesting that it is referred to as an act of terror!:

    Sow uncertainty and panic through acts of terror
    flikr/DVIDSHUB
    The Chain-Reaction Strategy

    Terror is the ultimate way to paralyze a people’s will to resist and destroy their ability to plan a strategic response. The goal in a terror campaign is not battlefield victory but causing maximum chaos and provoking the other side into desperate overreaction. To plot the most effective counter-strategy, victims of terror must stay balanced. One’s rationality is the last line of defense.

    —-
    I guess what I’m suggesting or what I experienced here in the good old USA was an attempt to undermine our collective reality by turning everything topsy turvey. And if, for instance, they wanted to accomplish a very unpopular task they would throw ten unpopular balls in the air at one time to dilute the response to the one they were wanting to achieve. It also led to what was commonly referred to as “outrage fatigue”.

  36. alex says:

    SarahG

    Re: chain reaction

    I share your interest in collective states: when Cheney/Bush couped the election I delineated a chart of their SCOTUS filing and the chart for the Scotus announcement of the opinion/finding… it was the image of US turned topsy turvey upside down;

    as far as I’m concerned that crew psychologically assaulted/undermined the us population every day they held onto government office; they inflicted collective mental abuse, subjecting/exposing all of us to psychological trauma, anxiety, chronic depression, and traumatic stress disorder. Their abuse of power is similar in some ways to the type associated with situations of power imbalance, and abusive relationships that include bullying and intimidation;

    I use to say we all had become parties in their domestic violence relationship with humankind;

    THE BUSH – Neocon manipulators who loved a crisis; where they could do their best/(worst)

  37. SarahG says:

    Ya know the puppeteers running the game, be it the financial world, politics, popular culture(marketing) or foreign policy seem to employ the same tactics, the goal of which is ultimately to bring peoples’ own values, one’s very reality into question and adopt the reality they are creating. How insidious is that? They can do it because we let them. We play.

  38. alex says:

    SarahG

    Cheney/Bush Neocon daily double bind:

    “Propaganda,” Goebbels once wrote, “has absolutely nothing to do with truth.”

    Double Bind

    A double bind is an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will automatically be wrong regardless of response. The double bind occurs when the person cannot confront the inherent dilemma, and therefore can neither resolve it nor opt out of the situation.

    DOUBLE BIND PROPAGANDA: A double bind is a trap, ‘damned if you do, and damned if you don’t’.

    The principle of the double bind is to offer a person a choice or putting them in a position where they are forced to choose, but where the outcomes of the choice leads to the same result.

    The double bind situation is disadvantageous to the person affected. They may or may not be aware of it.

    Goebbel’s Secretary:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031365/Goebbels-secretary-100-breaks-silence-cold-distant-monster-Germans-hate-Jews.html

  39. SarahG says:

    Alex, I don’t see this problem in political terms at all. It transcends that. And to get caught up in a red/blue divide, to me at least, is just part of the game. Sadly, at this point, politics seems like just another forum for manipulation. Divide and conquer. The 1% own government which is kind of like owning a sports franchise. They own the teams, make the rules. It’s all about ticket sales and keeping you coming back…keeping you distracted. Rollerball. Id say so far they have managed to define our reality pretty successfully. I just don’t think we need to be looking to government right now to save us or create our reality or inform us about our values or what’s important, etc.

  40. alex says:

    Ukraine likely to default, says S&P
    Country downgraded as raging political crisis leads ratings agency to warn that its government will not be able to pay its debts

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10653169/ukraine-default.html

    EXCERPT

    Standard & Poor’s ratings agency has lowered Ukraine’s long-term rating from ‘CCC+’ to ‘CCC’ saying the raging political crisis has put the government’s ability to service its debt at risk and raised uncertainty over Russia providing promised aid.

    “We now believe it is likely that Ukraine will default in the absence of significantly favorable changes in circumstances, which we do not anticipate,” the agency said in a note a day after the deadliest day in the ex-Soviet country’s three-month-old political crisis left more than 60 anti-government protesters shot dead.

  41. alex says:

    SarahG

    I don’t really agree that disengagement with government is any kind of answer….. 2010 mid-term election results are a good example;

    IMV and most people agree as far as I know, the purpose of participating is to move/advance conditions for the better or at least to keep them from deteriorating;

    did you ever see the movie “Broadcast News” the female character Jane Craig is a talented, producer who is challenged to exceed the ‘only boys’ can run the nightly news room standard; she is self-motivated and ambitious to succeed; one of the early scenes involves her using sad memories to clear the emotional air, have a good cry and get on with the tough assignments; as the film goes on she uses her catharsis method to get a grip and to stay in the here-and-now in order to overcome the chaos and daily grind of producing the prime time broadcast news;

    during the Cheney Bush Neocon years I would watch the film Shawshank Redeemtion again and again… get the sad out, have an emotional catharsis to deal with the awful reality that hung in air like a dark cloud over all of us under their regime

    it was my way to avoid having the chaos engulf me and a way to avoid outrage fatigue;

  42. alex says:

    EXCERPT

    http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/High-Speed-Traders-Lose-Direct-Access-to-5254424.php

    Business Wire, the distributor of press releases owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will stop letting high-speed trading firms purchase direct access to its service.

  43. tetramorph says:

    Hoping this is the higher octave of Sun applying to Neptune this coming Sunday:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/confusion-over-possible-deal-to-end-ukraine-violence/

    “European officials cautioned that it’s too early to declare a breakthrough in a standoff that has plunged this country into the deadliest violence it has seen since winning independence from the Soviet Union.”

  44. starlight says:

    It may be that the first part of the Jupiter/Uranus (February) is about Ukraine and second part, when Jupiter goes direct (March and April) is about Syria. In both cases, there is the feeling of major power players hovering in the background and sweating about how much to intervene.

  45. starlight says:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/21/ukraine-peace-deal-no-thanks-to-russia-us-vladimir-putin

    But as usual, Putin overplayed his hand. When many in Ukraine objected to the decision, the Kremlin exerted fierce pressure on Yanukovich not to make concessions and to face down the protests, with force if necessary. This week Russia threatened to withhold financial aid if Yanukovich behaved like a “doormat”, and complained exaggeratedly about what Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, called a western-backed coup attempt.

    The Russian tactics were all part of Putin’s familiar zero-sum approach to international relations, in which there are only winners or losers. Putin’s tough, unbending insistence on imposing his will on allies and foes alike has frequently resulted in massive overkill, notably in Chechnya, in Georgia (including Russia’s military intervention in 2008), and more recently in Syria. Now in Ukraine, his inflexibility – the product of a cold war mentality – has come close to spurring a disastrous descent into civil war.

    One explanation for Putin’s behaviour is that he is simply an authoritarian, a dictatorial autocrat in the Russian tradition. The conservative commentator George Will this week summed up this view of Putin from the American right: “Russia is ruled by a little, strutting Mussolini – the Duce, like Putin, enjoyed being photographed with his chest bare and his biceps flexed.

    “Putin is unreconciled to the ‘tragedy’, as he calls it, of the Soviet Union’s demise. It was within the Soviet apparatus of oppression that he honed the skills by which he governs – censorship, corruption, brutality, oppression, assassination … Ukrainians see in Putin’s ferret face the cold eyes of a prison warden.”

    I continue to think there is an underlying Russia versus US theme behind many of the world’s current crises. Pluto, now opposite the US Sun from February 1 through mid-May, returns to 13 Capricorn for a long period in 2015 (December 2014 and January 2015 and again from July through October 2015), so this increased tension between Putin and the US, however behind the scenes it remains, could continue for quite a while.

  46. will says:

    The New York Times BREAKING NEWS ALERT

    NYTimes.com
    BREAKING NEWS Friday, February 21, 2014 12:09 PM EST

    Ukrainian Parliament Votes to Allow Release of Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

    The embattled president of Ukraine and leaders of the opposition signed a political deal on Friday aimed at ending a spiral of lethal violence with early elections and a reduction in presidential powers, but Russia declined to endorse the accord, and many protesters said nothing short of the president’s resignation would get them off the street.
    In a further sign of President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s diminished influence, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to allow the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been imprisoned for more than two years. In a 310-54 vote, lawmakers decriminalized the count for which she was incarcerated.
    It was not immediately clear when Ms. Tymoshenko might be released from a penitentiary in the eastern city of Kharkiv where she has been serving her sentence. But she is still considered one of Mr. Yanukovych’s most potent adversaries.

    READ MORE
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/world/europe/ukraine.html?emc=edit_na_20140221

  47. Squallo says:

    The Polish foreign minister has been filmed telling a protest leader: “If you don’t support this [deal] you’ll have martial law, you’ll have the army. You will all be dead.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azjldwmIyOE

  48. Squallo says:

    18:49: The leader of the far-right group, Right Sector, tells protesters gathered in Kiev that action will be taken if President Yanukovych does not resign by 10:00 local (08:00 GMT) on Saturday.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26285352

  49. Wennye' says:

    Lorrie U, I too have received those calls several times usually using the tag line of calling from Microsoft Windows. The first time I was irate by the time caller connected and told them “If I had a friggin problem with my computer I would get someone who lived in the states, like my SON!” Several months later another call, ” If you call this number again I will notify our Secret Service”, I said in a strong threatening voice. It sounded good in my head and voice and so far have not been bothered. Glad you shared it.. sorry I did not. Blessings

  50. Sharon Katz says:

    “Hoping this is the higher octave of Sun applying to Neptune this coming Sunday:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/confusion-over-possible-deal-to-end-ukraine-violence/

    ‘European officials cautioned that it’s too early to declare a breakthrough in a standoff that has plunged this country into the deadliest violence it has seen since winning independence from the Soviet Union.'”

    Yes, Tetramorph, let’s hope this aspect will help, as well as the sun in Pisces and Venus going into Aquarius soon, if it already hasn’t as I haven’t checked, as well as the upcoming mars retrograde. It’s so amazing how the areas of the world in revolt in current times, in response to the Uranus/Pluto square, keep moving! The astrocartography of it has to be very interesting. It’s also interesting, vis a vis Nancy’s link above about Putin, how the signposts of the older generations that governed according to authoritarianism and control are still very much there. Yes, as someone said (Sarah G?), it does have a sense of fate as we watch the planets roil the forces of change (if that made sense :-). Control will always have a place in our lives; without control, there would be chaos & disorganization, but there has to be that balance of control vs. sharing power according to more spiritual values. It’s really interesting to see the breaking up of the old orders that has been occurring, unfortunately in a violent way. May needed change happen with love and peace and not with violence.

    And, by the way, bravo Wennye…I liked reading about how you handled those scam calls.

    Yesterday, Feb. 20, was my 63rd solar return…it was a great one and I am filled with all kinds of positive feelings, and am happy to send some of it over here!

  51. kiwi says:

    Best wishes for your new year Sharon!xx

  52. alex says:

    Bill Moyers Excerpt: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

    February 21, 2014

    Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex but have you heard of the “Deep State?”

    Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member with the powerful House and Senate Budget Committees, joins Bill to talk about what he calls the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.”

    In it, Lofgren says, elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. “It is … the red thread that runs through the history of the last three decades. It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war,” Lofgren tells Bill.

    Lofgren says the Deep State’s heart lies in Washington, DC, but its tentacles reach out to Wall Street, which Lofgren describes as “the ultimate backstop to the whole operation,” Silicon Valley and over 400,000 contractors, private citizens who have top-secret security clearances. Like any other bureaucracy, it’s groupthink that drives the Deep State.

    http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/21/anatomy-of-the-deep-state/

  53. Squallo says:

    Apocalypse soon: Ukrainian president reportedly flees Kiev

    Tomorrow President Viktor Yanukovych will take part in a Congress of the “Ukrainian Front” which is being organised by the Kharkiv governor, Mikhail Dobkin.

    Sources at Kharkiv airport told Hvilya that the aeroplane carrying Yanukovych will land in Kharkiv within half an hour.

    Furthermore, our sources in the Presidential Administration reported that all of the most combat ready of the Berkut and army forces have been transferred to Kharkiv and the southeast.

    John Schindler
    Make no mistake: if Yanukovych announces the succession of a Moscow-backed “Eastern Ukraine” – Europe has a war on its hands. A major one.
    4:30 PM – 21 Feb 2014

    John Schindler
    Professor, Naval War College; Chair, PfP CT Working Group; Senior Fellow, Boston University; former NSA & NAVSECGRU – talking intel & security,

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/21/apocalypse-soon-ukrainian-president-reportedly-flees-kiev/

  54. alex says:

    D-Candidate for TX governor, Wendy Davis:

    Wendy Davis said she and her Republican opponent Greg Abbott have different values. “His values allow him to embrace an admitted predator who takes advantage of young girls, calls successful women vulgar and disgusting names, and demeans and degrades not just the women of Texas, but anyone who disagrees with his narrow-minded, disrespectful point of view.

    If this is Greg Abbott’s idea of good Texas values, it’s simply repulsive. Campaigning with a vile character like Ted Nugent is a window into Greg Abbott’s character. And we need to show him that we won’t tolerate it.

  55. Squallo says:

    DefenceToday.com ?@DefenceToday 5 min
    Anyway third force is now active in Ukraine. Russia its time to act.

    DefenceToday.com ?@DefenceToday 10 min
    Exact same bullets that killed Ukrainian Police also killed protestors. What does that tell you? #euromaidan

    DefenceToday.com ?@DefenceToday 14 min
    Not long until Russian tanks equalize the corrupt situation

    DefenceToday.com ?@DefenceToday 17 min
    Ukraine should be prepared for the ‘end event’ as punishment for supporting corrupt EU

    https://twitter.com/DefenceToday

  56. Squallo says:

    Defence today twitts erased, hmmmm

  57. Squallo says:

    DefenceToday.com ?@DefenceToday 2 min
    DL just removing them for a reason to be seen soon

  58. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – The Bill Moyers post is a deep, intense and fascinating read. One thing that stands out to me is that perhaps in the scheme of things, we may very well end up thanking the Tea Party:

    “But when one house of Congress is taken over by tea party Wahhabites, life for the ruling class becomes more trying.

    “If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda. But recent congressional antics involving sequestration, the government shutdown and the threat of default over the debt ceiling extension have been disrupting that equilibrium. And an extreme gridlock dynamic has developed between the two parties such that continuing some level of sequestration is politically the least bad option for both parties, albeit for different reasons. As much as many Republicans might want to give budget relief to the organs of national security, they cannot fully reverse sequestration without the Democrats demanding revenue increases. And Democrats wanting to spend more on domestic discretionary programs cannot void sequestration on either domestic or defense programs without Republicans insisting on entitlement cuts.”

  59. Lorrie U says:

    Squallo – Your posts are interesting and disturbing, especially:
    “Exact same bullets that killed Ukrainian Police also killed protestors. What does that tell you?” Keep us informed…

  60. Squallo says:

    Lorrie: Indeed, it’s starting to appear that it was all staged.

  61. alex says:

    Lorrie

    The ‘Deep State’ is the military oligarchy that IMV is our real governing entity and the democracy is boutique institution that is more or less (almost entirely) the legislative branch of
    corporate america…. ( the corporate businesses that don’t have provide defense industry services that the ‘deep state’ has)

    in essence the nsa/dod/cia/state department ( & justice department another comment for another day!)are one big-big-big military oligarchy;

  62. Lorrie U says:

    Posted on FB by John Fugelsang?:
    We must close union offices, confiscate their money..reduce workers salaries & take away their right to strike. -Hitler’33

  63. Lorrie U says:

    Also on Twitter:

    Don’t be black in Florida.
    Don’t be female in Texas.
    Don’t be gay in Arizona.
    Don’t drive in New Jersey.
    Don’t drink water in West Virginia.

  64. starlight says:

    I had talked about possible terrorism during Sochi. Instead, Ukraine erupted right at the time I though might bring some kind of attack. (February 18) It just goes to show we can never really tell the specifics of any prediction, only the general outline.

    Frank Rich wrote a very interesting piece about the stain of Putin tarnishing the Olympics.

    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/22191-focus-nbc-fiddles-as-kiev-burns

    The Olympics have a history of turning a blind eye toward politics, with notorious instances like the Nazi-hosted 1936 Berlin Games and the 1968 Mexico City Games staged amid global protests and the bloody Tlateloco Massacre. This week, the streets of Kiev exploded as Ukraine’s Putin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych cracked down on his country’s anti-government, pro-Western protestors (presumably with the assent of Putin) setting off days of bloodshed. Did the IOC make a grave mistake in handing these games to Russia? And what, if any, should be the response of the IOC, athletes, and the Olympics media to this conflict?

    There’s no way to know now, but history could well end up judging the Sochi Games as harshly as it does the notorious Berlin Games. Already Garry Kasparov, the chess champion and anti-Putin dissident, is making the analogy. He notes that “Hitler in 1936 was seen as a thoroughly respectable and legitimate politician” and argues that the current IOC chairman, Thomas Bach, a German, should “have learned something from history.” If Putin’s authoritarian agenda of harsh and violent repression keeps metastasizing in Russia, Ukraine, Syria, and elsewhere – a likely prospect once the Games are over and he is liberated from acting within its spotlight – Sochi may be remembered, as the Berlin Games are, as a giant propaganda gift bestowed on him by dupes and quislings.

  65. Eliseo says:

    Is Yanukovych planning Civil War? I’m hoping the sources cited below are nuts and/or have gathered false information.

    CNN reports:
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/world/europe/ukraine-protests/
    paragraph # 10

    As the crisis brewed in Kiev, a senior U.S. State Department official — who talked to reporters on condition of not being identified and who had just been on the phone with Ukraine’s foreign minister — said that Yanukovych had gone to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second’s largest city, for a meeting. The same official characterized such travel to eastern Ukraine by the President as “not unusual.”

    This is from
    The Interpreter, an organ of the Institute of Modern Russia

    2328 GMT: While Yanukovych is reportedly fleeing from Kiev to Kharkiv, the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) is opening criminal cases against both the governor of Kharkiv Oblast and the mayor of Kharkiv city. The reason — separatism. Below is a translation:
    The Ukrainian Security Service has opened a criminal case nagainst the mayor of Kharkiv, Gennady Kernes, and the governor of the Kharkiv oblast, Mikhail Dobkin. This was announced by the former Interior Minister, Yuri Lutsenko, while conversing with protesters at the Maidan barricades, according to Segodnya.ua.
    “I spoke with high-ranking officals at the SBU [Security Service], and I was informed that, on account of separatist declarations, the SBU had opened a criminal case against Mayor Kernes of Kharkiv and Governor Dobkin of the Kharkiv oblast”, said Lutsenko.
    Let us recall that Gennady Kernes and Mikhail Dobkin have previously made statements regarding the federalisation of Ukraine. Dobkin has also stated that he has the right to impose a “special” regime in the Kharkiv oblast. Suggestions were already being heard in January that the officials could be brought to justice for such claims.

    and also this from The Interpreter
    2235 GMT: More information on what Yanukovych is reportedly doing tomorrow in Kharkiv now that he has fled Kiev:
    Tomorrow President Viktor Yanukovych will take part in a Congress of the “Ukrainian Front” which is being organised by the Kharkiv governor, Mikhail Dobkin.

    and from Interfax
    http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=477659

    February 01, 2014 16:45
    Ruling party meeting okays plan to set up “Ukrainian Front”

    KHARKIV, Ukraine. Feb 1 (Interfax) – A national conference on Saturday of leaders of bottom-tier organizations of the ruling Party of Regions passed a resolution to set up a “Ukrainian Front.”

    The plan to set up the group, whose full name would be the All-Ukraine Public Union Ukrainian Front, was based on an initiative put forward at the conference, held in Kharkiv, by the head of the local branch of the Union of Veterans of Afghanistan, Volodymyr Ryzhkov, an Interfax correspondent reported from the event, which gave unanimous approval to the proposal.

    “There is special symbolism about this name [Ukrainian Front],” said Kharkiv region governor Mykhailo Dobkin, head of the Party of Regions’ local branch.

    “Our front will defend and purge the Ukrainian land from those who have come here with invasive plans. This was the case in the past, and this is what is happening today. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers coped with this task, and today it is our turn. I think that we will be a credit to those who gave us birth, who brought us up, who laid the basis for our character, and who have put us on the right path by imbuing us with patriotism,” Dobkin said.

    and from Hot Air
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/21/apocalypse-soon-ukrainian-president-reportedly-flees-kiev/

    … sources in the Presidential Administration reported that all of the most combat ready of the Berkut and army forces have been transferred to Kharkiv and the southeast.

  66. alex says:

    Lorrie
    I know it’s not cute to cartoon about people who have lost their humankind but I get tired of seeing entitled souless people in the news;

  67. alex says:

    EXCERPT

    http://planetwaves.net/news/by-judith-gayle-2/on-the-see-saw/#more-74465

    Only the hard-core Dixiecrats are defending this [Ted Nugent] level of hate speech, but it strikes me as more than simply racist. It’s cloyingly dangerous, with crib notes straight out of Mein Kampf.

    After decades of scrutinizing the psychological mindset of mainstream Germans that allowed them justification for the Holocaust, I find most persuasive their insistence that the Jews were not quite human and therefore expendable, especially as der Führer pushed to make his dream of German purity and dominance a reality. Yes, a darkly racist zeitgeist in a deeply unquestioning, patriarchal society, and ultimately, lethal in the extreme.

    As Neptune conjuncts the Sun tomorrow, don’t let the shadows tug you down. Make time to daydream beautiful visions of an awakened tomorrow, a loving future. That’s the road map forward, written in your heart, aligned with your soul purpose, and mine.

    http://blog.uvm.edu/acmyers/files/2013/04/Propaganda-Techniques.pdf

  68. alex says:

    Michigan D-Candidate for Senate – 2014, Gary Peters

    Peter D-MI, DOB 12/1/1958
    Natal Sun @08 Scorpio, 2014 Solar Arc Sun @04 Capricorn

    Land R-MI, DOB 7/30/1958
    Natal Sun @07 Cancer, 2014 Solar Arc Sun @04 Virgo

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/michigan-senate-race-2014-on-the-ground-103704.html

    EXCERPT

    Gary Peters is campaigning like a man with nothing — or perhaps, everything — to lose.

    His dead-of-winter barnstorming in a region with a mere 3 percent of the state’s population shows how critical Michigan has become in the battle for control of the Senate — and the lengths to which Democrats will go to turn out voters without a presidential election to spur them to the polls.

    Democrats see a clear difference between a battle-tested campaigner like Peters and Land, who easily won two lower-profile secretary of state races and recently served as a member to the Republican National Committee. They believe Land — who in an interview dodged questions about her position on the minimum wage, Medicare reform and Michigan abortion legislation — will implode once the spotlight intensifies and her record as secretary of state is picked apart.

    But the race may end up coming down to numbers, something that could help the GOP in a nonpresidential year.

  69. karen says:

    Incredible posts again! Wonderful. Thank YOU, All!

    I have to comment on The Guardian excerpt Nancy posted above. And the George Will quote: “Russia is ruled by a little, strutting Mussolini – the Duce, like Putin, enjoyed being photographed with his chest bare and his biceps flexed.”

    Prior to the Olympics, my husband and I were comparing Putin to Mussolini, the similarities too blatant to ignore, the horrors Mussolini inflicted, and the likelihood that Putin will follow in his footsteps. Then, almost out of necessity since we felt contaminated by it, the conversation turned humorous — Putin leading opening ceremonies on a white horse shirtless, ski jumping without his shirt, then quickly donning leotards (shirtless, of course) to show his prowess on the ice.

    Sara G, your posts re: “chain reaction strategy” inspired another conversation last night, a comparison to football, and being piled on by 200+ pound brutes throwing punches. The realities we are now experiencing were created by a team of thugs intent on beating every ounce of humanity out of us.

  70. tetramorph says:

    Mercury Rx is serving up some craziness in Ukraine:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26302572

    Venezuela appears to have gone crazy, last night, too:

    http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/

  71. alex says:

    Hobby – Lobby: Influence Profession

    http://www.thenation.com/article/178460/shadow-lobbying-complex?page=full#

    EXCERPT

    The first lobbyist-registration system was drafted by Senator Hugo Black of Alabama, a pugnacious New Deal Democrat who later became a Supreme Court justice.

    Black’s probes as head of the Special Committee to Investigate Lobbying Activities, which existed from 1935 through 1938, revealed a wide array of shady practices, from paying off newspaper editors for positive publicity to the creation of fake citizens’ organizations to generate phony grassroots petitions to Congress.

    It wasn’t until 1946 that a wide-ranging lobbyist-registration act, based on Black’s proposed legislation from a decade earlier, was finally enacted.

  72. will says:

    The New York Times BREAKING NEWS ALERT

    NYTimes.com

    BREAKING NEWS Saturday, February 22, 2014 6:02 AM EST
    Ukraine’s President Flees Palace as Protesters Widen Control
    An opposition unit took control of the presidential palace outside Kiev on Saturday, as leaders in Parliament said Ukraine’s president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, had fled the capital a day after a deal was reached aimed at ending the country’s spiral of violence.
    Members of an opposition group from Lviv called the 31st Hundred — carrying clubs and some of them wearing masks — were in control of the entryways to the palace Saturday morning. And Vitali Klitschko, one of three opposition leaders who signed the deal to end the violence, said that Mr. Yanukovych had “left the capital” but his whereabouts were unknown, with members of the opposition speculating that he had gone to Kharkiv, in the northeast part of Ukraine.
    Protesters claimed to have established control over Kiev. By Saturday morning they had secured key intersections of the city and the government district of the capital, which police officers had fled, leaving behind burned military trucks, mattresses and heaps of garbage at the positions they had occupied for months.
    READ MORE »
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/world/europe/ukraine.html?emc=edit_na_20140222

  73. starlight says:

    Wow! Yanukovych has fled!! Thus ends the final crossing of Uranus square Uranus in the Ukraine chart. I remain concerned about Saturn square the Moon in that chart from 3/16 to 4/9. I am not sure what that means. The people (the Moon) are suffering for some reason, assuming we can even trust this chart. I hope they can calm things quickly so Putin has no excuses to intervene.

  74. Teresa Hill says:

    Hi all,
    I hope Russia backs down, but did you see the map showing why the Ukraine is critical to Russia? The oil pipelines that take Russia’s oil to Europe go through the Ukraine. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-20/ukraine-situation-explained-one-map
    This is about oil and tons of money.

  75. SarahG says:

    Ahhhh…I love the smell of “democracy” in the morning.

    Open Letter to President of Venezuela

    Soon, the Battle for Venezuela

    by ANDRE VLTCHEK

    They are already sewing your funeral gown, Venezuela. They are now ready to welcome you back to that world of the lobotomized, destroyed nations that are fully submissive to Western political and economic interests – Indonesia, Philippines, Paraguay, Uganda, Kenya, Qatar, Bahrain, and almost the entire Eastern Europe. There are so many places like that – it is impossible to list them all.

    They want you back in their deadly embrace; they want you to be corrupt and hopeless, as you were before the “Bolivarian Revolution”.

    They want you to be the top oil exporter, but with all those horrific slums hanging, like relentless nightmares, over your cities. They want your elites and your military top brass to speak English, to play golf, to drive luxury cars and to commit treason after treason, as they used to commit treason for decades, before your brave predecessor, President Hugo Chavez, began serving and literally saving the poor, in Venezuela and all over Latin America.

    read more:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/21/soon-the-battle-for-venezuela/

  76. Helen says:

    If you want to follow an interesting discussion about the Ukrainian situation, first read the article below, then click on the comments: views from both sides intelligently presented:

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Faces-of-the-Ukrainian-by-Meryl-Ann-Butler-Democracy_Independence_Ukrainian-Uprising_Yanukovych-140220-197.html?show=votes#allcomments

  77. SarahG says:

    Alex, nice post on Bill Moyers! Another quote from the transcript:

    Thanks to the journalist Lee Fang, we have another revelation into how the Deep State enterprise works. Writing for the Republic Report, a non-partisan, non-profit that investigates money in politics, he takes up that controversial trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Obama is trying to push through Congress with minimum debate and no amendments. Controversial because some of its provisions reportedly enable corporate power to trump representative government, even go around domestic courts and local laws. One is said to prevent governments from enacting safeguards against another bank crisis, another to empower corporations to sue governments for compensation if, say, environmental protections, or regulations on tobacco and drugs interfered with future profits.

  78. SarahG says:

    Oops wrong quote from Bill Moyers transcript. Here it is:

    According to Fang, many large corporations with a strong incentive to influence public policy give executives bonuses and other incentive pay if they take jobs within the government. Among them: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, the Blackstone Group, Fannie Mae, Northern Trust. Citigroup even provides an executive contract that awards additional retirement pay upon leaving to take a “full time high level position with the US government or regulatory body.” I’m not making this up. You get a bigger incentive if you leave Wall Street to go regulate Wall Street. So it is the fox is groomed for the chicken coop, and the Deep State grows fat on its prey.

  79. Wennye' says:

    Sharon K, just checked back on the blog and see I missed wishing you an extremely HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATON for the rest of your 63rd year. Enjoy and many Blessings, Wennye’

  80. Eliseo says:

    Sharon K,
    Happy Belated Birthday!
    May you have many more happy, healthy, and prosperous birthdays surrounded by friends and family who truly love and respect you.

  81. B.A. says:

    Victory: No Chained CPI in the president’s budget
    Dear Bob,

    Victory!
    News broke on Thursday that President Obama will not include Chained CPI in his new budget proposal.

    This is a big victory and CREDO members were a big part of it.

    According to an article in Business Insider:

    A lot of the credit, people on and off [Capitol Hill] say, goes to outside progressive groups who began the momentum against the ‘Chained CPI’ cost-of-living adjustment.1

    CREDO members have submitted more than 1,350,000 petition signatures and reported an astounding 51,000 phone calls to Congress and the White House in protest of cuts to Social Security benefits. And recently, over 115,000 CREDO members signed our petitions that we delivered to President Obama specifically asking him not to include Chained CPI or any other cut to Social Security benefits in his budget.

    Chained CPI was always a horrible idea that would have pushed more seniors into poverty. We’ve stopped it for now and will use our momentum to be sure it’s not reinserted in future negotiations.

    President Obama embraced Chained CPI last year in a preemptive cave to Republicans – all part of the president’s deeply wrongheaded quest to strike a grand bargain on taxes and the debt.

    While it’s unfortunate that we had to fight to stop the president from making the same mistake again this year, it’s still a big deal for the president to reverse course on this issue.

    It reflects the reality that massive amounts of grassroots work to stop a grand bargain is paying off. Your activism is absolutely making a difference.

  82. Eliseo says:

    Starlight,
    RE: Saturn square Moon – 3/16 to 4/9
    This “Ukrainian Front” business is very disturbing. The UF appears to be not only a political movement but also a military group. It is named after the six Ukrainian Fronts of the past, all part of the Soviet army; the UF of 1919 at Kursk, the UF of 1939 of the Polish September Campaign, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts all formed October 20, 1943, and the 4th Ukrainian Front, formed later in 1943.

    We now know the Russian sources were telling the truth, at least about Yanukovych having fled to Kharkiv. The question is whether or not there might be some back-up plan. Kharkiv is the epicenter of the Russian oriented Ukrainian Front. Gennady Kernes, mayor of Kharkiv, and Mikhail Dobkin, governor of Kharkiv oblast (an oblast is a state) are solid UF advocates and supporters.

    Some observers are concerned the UF might start an Eastern Ukraine secession. I’m wondering if the Saturn square Moon in the chart from 3/16 to 4/9 might be reflective of this. Sadly, I think such events would give Putin the perfect excuse to intervene militarily.

  83. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Re: East vs. West/ Ukraine

    Yulia Tymoshenko returns from prison
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UKRAINE_PROTESTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-22-14-41-32

    Oil. Corruption. Global Elite Team Wealth.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Tymoshenko
    Also, check wikipedia Pavlo Lazarenko

    Throughout the processes in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, South America, Central America, US Confederate Southern State regressive resurgence, etc. in mind’s eye i can only see Delacroix’s “La Liberte Guidant le Peuple” and wonder for how many more centuries the corpses will gather upon this earth in the name of Liberty, in the hands of corruption.

    E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua. And blessed solar returns to Sharon K! Warm aloha all. Blessings all!

  84. will says:

    Happy,Happy Birthday,Sharon! May this year be one of the best ever!!

  85. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,
    Meanwhile, been pouring over US natal Chart (various versions)…evolving Pluto/Capricorn opposite Sun…Pluto redux…Mars Prog/Rx in mind

    Continually, seeing inundations of current culture: machismo, sex, sports, meanness, militarization, gun deaths, war-cry violence in media … keep wondering where all that nuturant natal Cancerian energy is (Sun; Jupiter conjunct Venus; Mercury)? The State of Liberty instead of AK47s, rape, pillage and plunder of socio-economic masters?

    An event in Miami arose from the cultural morass. Depth of Cancerian love, compassion, kindness. A tearful, hopeful photographic reminder of what a higher destiny of this nation can be, imv.:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/baby-rescued-on-miami-expressway_n_4829306.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
    E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua.

  86. alex says:

    SarahG

    yeah … Citibank’s seem to be entitled to run the country however it wants;(this is true story) Robert Rubin was two term Sec of Treasury ( Clinton ) I was watching the broadcast of Clinton about to give SOTU speech when tv camera panned over the cabinet members walking into the chamber it held on Robert Rubin ( who I hadn’t given a thought to before ) and as I watched his demeanor I burst into tears …. nothing like that had ever happened to me before;

    since I pay attention to intuition reactions I began to look at Rubin who he was, what he did and thereafter to survey or research his decisions as Sec of Treasury and thereafter; I got familar with Citibank and their ‘supreme independent authority’ over the executive branch which they wear on their sleeve;

    wiki excerpt

    Robert Rubin served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during both the first and second Clinton administrations. Before his government service, he spent 26 years at Goldman Sachs, eventually serving as a member of the board and co-chairman from 1990 to 1992; Rubin oversaw the loosening of financial industry underwriting guidelines which had been intact since the 1930s.

    His most prominent post-government role was as director and senior counselor of Citigroup, where he performed ongoing advisory and representational roles for the firm. From November to December 2007, he served temporarily as chairman of Citigroup[3][4] and resigned from the company on January 9, 2009. He received more than $126 million in cash and stock during his tenure at Citigroup, up through and including Citigroup’s bailout by the U.S. Treasury.

    AND – Robert Rubin CFR
    http://www.cfr.org/experts/world/robert-e-rubin/b292

    in another instance of ‘reality tv’ (don’t recall the context other than he was in the Congressional buiding) Former Senator (what an idiot) Joe Lieberman was asked by reporter a question and he ignored the question but replied this way – “He who ownes the gold rules”

    you recall how the public became disgusted with him after they got to know him…his public profile was raised in failed attempt as V.P. candidate, as the media followed him around the ‘book’ on him was written in his own words and by his actions…

    “he who ownes the gold rules” was a hallmark day in ‘reality tv’ he wasn’t a Senator he was a ‘wallet’ for financial industry and corporate lobby money… he was their ‘made’ man;

  87. alex says:

    http://www.thenation.com/article/178460/shadow-lobbying-complex?page=full#

    Lobby Influence Profession
    EXCERPT

    American League of Lobbyists—a professional association for the industry—changed its name in November to the Association of Government Relations Professionals. And while lobbyists must report their payments from clients, those ducking the system quietly bring in the biggest paydays.

    Apple’s former vice president of “worldwide government affairs,” Catherine Novelli, earned over $7.5 million last year while helping the company deal with congressional inquiries about its alleged tax-dodging strategies, without registering as a lobbyist. Deborah Lee James, until recently the vice president for government affairs at SAIC, a major defense contractor, earned nearly $1 million in 2013 despite also being unregistered.

    Luxury magazines such as The Washingtonian and Washington Life are filled with the latest displays of affluence by the district’s nonlobbying lobbyists. BP’s head of public affairs—another euphemism for influence peddling popular among unregistered lobbyists—recently spent $1.7 million for a six-bedroom house in the tony neighborhood of Spring Valley.

    Earlier this year, an executive from the Albright Stonebridge Group, a government-relations firm that influences policy on behalf of corporate interests without being registered under the LDA, shelled out $4.2 million for a home in Georgetown.

    The London-based WPP Group has been on a buying spree and now owns prominent lobbying and political-communication businesses like the Glover Park Group, Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, Dewey Square Group, Public Strategies Inc., Prime Policy Group, and Quinn Gillespie & Associates. The company’s global earnings surged to $15.6 billion in 2012, thanks in part to the expansion of “lobbying and funding of lobbying” in America, according to a speech by WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell.

    Qorvis Communications, an international lobbying firm based in Washington, was recently purchased by the Paris-based Publicis Groupe, which is in talks to merge with the Omnicom Group, another conglomerate that owns many government-affairs firms. Fleishman-Hillard, one of the dozens of Beltway public relations firms that work to influence policy without registering under the LDA, is an Omnicom Group company.

    A November report from McKinsey & Company estimated that the “business value at stake from government and regulatory intervention” is about 30 percent of earnings for companies in most sectors.

    Simply put, government policies can mean the difference of billions of dollars for major companies, and spending on politics offers a superb payoff. A study from the University of Kansas found that companies lobbying for a tax holiday received a 22,000 percent return on the money they spent to influence the legislation.

  88. alex says:

    oops: I should have put this in BOLD too…

    A November report from McKinsey & Company estimated that the “business value at stake from government and regulatory intervention” is about 30 percent of earnings for companies in most sectors.

    Simply put, government policies can mean the difference of billions of dollars for major companies, and spending on politics offers a superb payoff. A study from the University of Kansas found that companies lobbying for a tax holiday received a 22,000 percent return on the money they spent to influence the legislation.

  89. alex says:

    Globalization (excerpt Robert Gover)

    The World Trade Organization established the rules of today’s international trade. The WTO was officially signed into creation on January 1, 1995, replacing GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) which had been in existence since the end of World War II.

    When combined with the USA’s natal chart for July 4, 1776 there are some difficult aspects formed which speak to the impact globalization is having on the USA.

    Neptune and Uranus are conjunct the US Pluto, opposite the US Mercury, ruler of trade.

    The US Uranus is caught in a T-square formed by Saturn and Jupiter.

    http://www.stariq.com/Main/Articles/P0006993.HTM

  90. alex says:

    Globalization USA & WTO continued

    T-Square by Synastry

    APEX T-Square
    WTO Saturn @08 Pisces (conjunct USA CERES @08 Pisces)

    square

    USA Uranus @08 Gemini

    WTO Jupiter @04 Sagitarius
    WTO JUNO @10 Sagittarius

    JUNO (committment of any kind, irresponsible selfish behavior including broken promises, the dishonoring of commitments and responsibilities)

  91. alex says:

    November 4, 2014 Mid-Term Elections: North Moon Node @19 Libra

    2014 Election, Mystic Rectangle Aspect by Synastry (influential lobby groups focused on 2014 Election)

    The mystic rectangle it is a combination of 4 planets linked by 2 trines and 2 sextiles, and therefore, 2 oppositions, which brings about opposing tensions and complementarity cohesion.

    The figure represents a stability of a much wider and dynamic kind than that of the grand trine. The sextiles indicate focused communication, whilst the oppositions integrate complementary and antagonistic values, expressed as events unfold/ripen/mature.

    http://www.sarahsastrology.com/userimages/Mystic%20Rectangle.JPG

    2014 Election N.Node @19 Libra
    (April 29, 2014 Transiting VESTA @19 Libra)

    VESTA (Vesta is charged with keeping secret important documents such as political treaties. Vesta represents devotion to something – i.e. a cause, project, person, belief. Vesta indicates focus with a single aim)

    sextile

    December 14, 2014 Transiting CERES @19 Sagittarius

    trine

    2014 Election South Node @19 Aries

    sextile

    WTO ASTRAEA @19 Gemini(feminine principle of work, order, integration and work, order, integration and disintegration)

  92. alex says:

    excuse please – typo clarified …

    WTO ASTRAEA @19 Gemini(feminine principle of work, order, integration and disintegration)

  93. Sharon Katz says:

    Thank you, friends, for the happy birthday wishes – you are some of my favorite people!!!

  94. alex says:

    one more clarification – globalization & USA

    WTO JUNO @10 Sagittarius

    JUNO positively and negatively expressed

    JUNO (pos. Juno, committment of any kind – neg. Juno, irresponsible selfish behavior including broken promises, the dishonoring of commitments and responsibilities)

  95. Bob says:

    Hey Sharon! Please accept my belated birthday wishes.

    Take a spin around the floor to this oldie’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfy18ynhWNU

    P.S. Did you leave NJ because you knew the GWB mess was coming up?

  96. Lorrie U says:

    Sharon, belated birthday wishes & blessings from me, too!!

  97. Lorrie U says:

    Emails Suggest Walker Aides Ran Illegal Vote-Purging Scheme

    Voter caging is an illegal campaign practice used to purge voters from the rolls. Neighborhoods with large minority concentrations are most typically targeted by caging operations.

    On page 15,037 of WalkerDocs 1, an email exchange between Walker staffers Kelly Rindfleisch and Nicole Simmons spells it out pretty plainly.

    http://www.progressive.org/emails-suggest-walker-aides-ran-illegal-vote-rigging-scheme

  98. Lorrie U says:

    Solar Shingles Made from Common Metals Offer Cheaper Energy Option

    U.S. scientists say that emerging photovoltaic technologies will enable the production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements rather than rare-earth metals, an innovation that would make solar energy cheaper and more sustainable.

    http://bit.ly/Px7bv7

  99. alex says:

    Sharon

    Happy Birthdy… these urls examples of various and many interesting personal reports

    http://artcharts.com/catalog/personal_reports.html

    http://www.cafeastrology.com/sampleirisasteroidreport.html

    Personal Reports

  100. SarahG says:

    Another Aquarian celebration! Happy Birthday Sharon.

  101. alex says:

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/meet-billionaires-using-their-immense-wealth-make-life-miserable-ordinary-americans

    Meet the Billionaires Using Their Immense Wealth to Make Life Miserable for Ordinary Americans

    EXCERPT

    Natal Chart Pete Peterson
    Asteroid Analysis, by – Mark Andrew Holmes
    http://markandrewholmes.com/asteroid.html

    Mercury @15 Gemini
    sextile
    Nessus (problems respecting boundaries) @17 Aries

    Venus @03 Taurus
    sextile
    Mony (money,insurance) @04 Cancer

    square
    Dallas (elitist, conservative) @02 Aquarius

    Mars @23 Pisces
    trine
    Hidalgo (assertion, promoting self or others, ambition) @24 Scorpio

    Jupiter @26 Aquarius
    conjunct
    Ouro Preto (the dark side of money) @27 Aquarius

    sextile
    Pholus (pervasive, invasive, foolish) @26 Sagittarius

    Pluto @13 Cancer
    sextile
    Phaethon (out of control, being in driver’s seat, out of one’s depth) @15 Taurus

    Eris @01 Aries
    semisquare
    Midas (making money) @10 Taurus

    sextile
    Goldfinger (greed) @02 Gemini

    quincunx
    Gold (gold, money in general) @00 Virgo

  102. alex says:

    Natal Sun@14 Gemini – Peter Peterson
    DOB 6/5/1926 Kerney NE

    JUPITER@26 Aquarius 59
    Separating Wan Square
    SATURN@21 Scorpio 10 rx

    Challenging, discriminating, questioning, severing connections with any collective cultural values, beliefs, ideas if considers those things obsolete; identifies with utopian vision for future; destructive to whatever not contributing to that vision

    Invariably critical, unsatisfied with amount of influence and control, means or mechanisms over limiting, restricting, structuring growth determinants

    http://littlesis.org/person/33849/Peter_G_Peterson

  103. karen says:

    Well, well, it’s another glorious BIRTHDAY! And it’s yours, Sharon! Hope this year (and those that follow) is expansive and generous for you, and those you love. Dance away!

  104. Jerry says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Have you gotten around to looking at Russia’s progressed chart yet? Quite dramatic in view of the upcoming Cardinal Grand Cross square. Set for mid to late April (2014) there’s a fairly exact progr. Sun-Neptune opposition (13 Cancer-Capricorn). Russia also has progressed Mars at 25 Aries which will be directly hit by that April 15th lunar eclipse. Here’s the progressed chart for quick reference……

    http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/q791/babajani2/RussiaProgr_zps2dabfe66.gif

    The Collapse of Ukraine’s Brief Hope for Peace?

    President Yanukovych flees Kiev as protesters take control of his palace. How far will Putin go to regain his grip? And will Obama try to stop him?

    Slate
    Feb 22, 2014

    As of Saturday morning, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has fled the capital, a day after signing an accord with opposition leaders. In this article, originally published Friday evening and since updated, Fred Kaplan examines the importance of Obama’s and Putin’s next moves.

    What’s happening in Ukraine is a very big deal, for reasons that are obvious and inspiring; but also for reasons that are knotty and frightening.

    It started last fall, with protests in Kiev’s Independence Square, which swelled and turned violent after the government cracked down. A familiar pattern, but things have taken a twist in just the past 24 hours. President Viktor Yanukovych waved the white flag and, alongside the three main protest leaders, signed a deal that meets nearly all their demands, including the restoration of the 2004 constitution (which he had repealed to give himself more power) and the holding of elections at the end of the year.

    Almost at once, the Ukrainian parliament assumed its restored powers and passed laws firing the interior minister, granting amnesty to protesters, and freeing Yulia Tymoshenko, a reform politician who, after just barely losing to Yanukovych in the 2010 election, was sentenced to prison for seven years on dubious corruption charges

    But the crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The day’s events mark not its resolution but the start of its political phase. And what’s going on isn’t a clash of democracy versus dictatorship; it’s not only that. It is, fundamentally, a struggle for power; not only within Ukraine but also between Russia and the West.

    Continued……

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2014/02/ukraine_s_crisis_is_a_struggle_between_russia_and_the_west_vladimir_putin.html?wpisrc=burger_bar

  105. tetramorph says:

    “Exxon CEO Comes Out Against Fracking Project Because It Will Affect His Property Values”

    (Exxon CEO) Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.

    Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) has formally extended a welcome to Tillerson to the fracking critic club, with this statement Friday:

    “I would like to officially welcome Rex to the ‘Society of Citizens Really Enraged When Encircled by Drilling’ (SCREWED). This select group of everyday citizens has been fighting for years to protect their property values, the health of their local communities, and the environment. We are thrilled to have the CEO of a major international oil and gas corporation join our quickly multiplying ranks.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/02/21/3316881/exxon-ceo-protests-fracking/#

  106. Jerry says:

    Nancy,

    A quick follow-up to my comments on Russia’s progressed Sun-Neptune opp. for April 2014. A quick google search on it shows that you did in fact briefly allude to it 2 years ago. It’s in your thread entitled Freedom Versus Dominance dated Feb 23, 2012. Here’s the pertinent excerpt……….

    “…..What this indicates is a period during which Russia will become far more aggressive and prone to sudden, possibly military acts, potentially inspired by grandiose and expansionist ideas. This will be most apparent between the spring of 2013 and the late summer of 2014 when converse progressed Mars will be square to Russia’s Sun (21Gemini10), transiting Uranus will be conjunct natal Mars, and the progressed Sun will be opposite Neptune. It should also be noted that President Vladimir Putin will have both transiting Uranus and transiting Pluto in hard aspect to his Sun (13Libra55) at various times from April 2014 through November 2015, suggesting he will be in a huge struggle at that time either against internal foes, a grass roots rebellion within his country, and/or against some element of the international community.”

  107. starlight says:

    Jerry – Thanks for finding my previous Russian predictions. I would really appreciate a link to that article posted here, if you wouldn’t mind. That Slate article sums things up quite well.

    I am grateful to everyone who goes back to dig up previous predictions of mine that are germane to current situations. I know many of you have done this from time to time, and I am very appreciative.

  108. Jerry says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Happy to oblige.

    Freedom versus Dominance

    February 23, 2012 …..

    http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2012/02/freedom-versus-dominance/

  109. starlight says:

    Thanks!!

  110. Lorrie U says:

    Jerry – Thanks for finding that link to Nancy’s previous post, and for confirming once again what a treasure we have in her! The guidance we receive here from you, Starlight, and your allowing this forum for your posters is truly a gift to the world that is immeasurable and priceless!

  111. Sharon says:

    Thanks again everyone for the beautiful heartfelt wishes, thoughts, images, music & links…can’t wait to try them, and Sarah G, as much as Aquarius is one of my favorite sun signs,and I have mercury there opp moon in leo conj pluto & uranus conj my asc, I have 6 placements in Pisces if I include the nn & mc. I have a 1 degree Pisces sun :-) Having all that pisces has not been so easy :-) but it has its wonderful, beautiful aspects

  112. Lorrie U says:

    Perhaps why we have a need for domestic spying?…

    Another “Patriot” Terrorist Plot Results in Multiple Arrests

    (…)
    Unfortunately, there’s really no sign that attacks and terrorist plots from these dangerous extremist right-wing militia groups will soon subside. In fact, there were 1,360 anti-government and radical militia groups identified in the United States in 2012. In 2008, there were only 149 of these groups identified. That’s an increase of eightfold. I do wonder what could have happened in 2009 that led to so many more anti-government groups. A black president was elected, but that couldn’t have anything to do with it. Right?

    It’s a dangerous world that we live in, and it gets even more dangerous when we look at extremism and don’t call it out for what it is. Every time we ignore an individual saying that our president should be killed or claiming that they’re part of a “patriot” group, we run the risk of innocent lives being lost. “Patriot” militia groups, terrorism, and terrorism plots in America aren’t anything new, but with the consistent increase in these groups’ numbers, it’s likely only a matter of time before everyone knows someone touched by one of these anti-government plots.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/02/23/ga-right-wing-terrorist-plot-foiled/

  113. Lorrie U says:

    With the current SCOTUS, this should be interesting!…

    Supreme Court Climate Case Looks At EPA’s Power

    As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn’t, or won’t, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cast the rule as a power grab of historic proportions.

    The court is hearing arguments Monday about a small but important piece of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut the emissions — a requirement that companies expanding industrial facilities or building new ones that would increase overall pollution must also evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014736158

  114. Squallo says:

    I don’t like the sound of this, this guy always has good intel.

    #Russia|ns prepare for invasion!!.. Different sources confirm #Ukraine neighboring countries upping their intel/military alerts.. #EU #US

    https://twitter.com/RamiAlLolah

  115. Squallo says:

    They know whats coming. Sochi is almost over, so Russia will be unblocked.

    William Hague warns Russia not to intervene in Ukraine

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/23/william-hague-warns-russia-ukraine-relations-west

    U.K. warns Russia: Don’t intervene in Ukraine crisis

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.575886

    U.S. warns Russia that sending troops to Ukraine would be ‘a grave mistake’

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/23/ukraine-united-states-russia/

    Obama Official Warns on Russia Sending Troops to Ukraine

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/02/23/obama-official-warns-on-russia-sending-troops-to-ukraine/

  116. Lisa L. Robinson says:

    Sharon, hope you enjoyed your birthday. Having an Piscean ascendant myself I have always easily connected with Piscean energy. Your natal chart seems like the mother-lode of Pisces and that is all good.

    I always enjoy your thoughts and posts. You go you compassionate, warm and caring watery women! All the best.

  117. Suzy says:

    MMA Comments for the Week Beginning February 24, 2014 Written by Raymond Merriman
    http://www.mmacycles.com/weekly-preview/mma-comments-for-the-week/mma-comments-for-the-week-beginning-february-24,-2014/
    Short-Term Geocosmics
    I have a theory about long-term planetary aspects like Uranus and Pluto that may be of interest to Financial and Mundane Astrologers. It may shed light on what has happened in the past 50 years (since Uranus and Pluto were in conjunction), and what might unfold in the next 30+ years (when Uranus and Pluto are in opposition). It goes like this: when two planets are in conjunction, the more dominant planet is the faster moving one. When they reach opposition, the most dominant is the slower moving planet. At the waxing and waning square, they are about equal in their expression. At the waxing square, they are equal, but the dominance is shifting from the faster moving planet’s dynamics to the slower moving planet’s dynamics, which then peak at the opposition. At the waning square, they are also equal, but the dominance is shifting to the faster moving planet’s principles and areas of rulership.

    Applying this theory to the present-day Uranus-Pluto aspect, it would mean that in the mid- 1960’s, Uranus was the more dominant expression of Uranus and Pluto in conjunction. It was a revolutionary time, but behind it all, was the future menace of debt creation and power grabbing, or Pluto. Now we see both of these principles (Uranus and Pluto) about equal. However, that balance is about to shift from revolution, invention, and progressivity (Uranus), to powerful efforts to centralize control and authority in the hands of the few (Pluto), and in the process, the debt explosion continues to get worse, not better. Of course, there is always the possibility that Pluto will manifest in a very positive and constructive way, such as in “reform” that empowers the masses, and not just a few individuals who seek power over… everybody and everything.

    With Mercury (communication and news), Mars (combative new efforts), and Saturn (authority and government) all changing directions this week, isn’t it interesting that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission – an agency of the USA government) wants to launch a new initiative whereby government officials can enter into the newsrooms of the nation, and “monitor” how they gather and disseminate news. This is sure to provide a sense of security and assurance of openness in unbiased reporting by the nation’s news organizations. On a larger scale, this may be an example of how Pluto in Capricorn is gaining dominance over Uranus in Aries, a trend that may escalate into the middle of this century, unless the collective reclaims its own power before it is too late.

  118. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much, Lisa…I attribute a lot of who I am to the aquarius & leo influences too & a cancer ascendant (conj uranus) :-) :-) :-) What about you? What are your primary influences?

  119. Squallo says:

    Dashcam allegedly shows Russian tanks being transported near Novorossiysk (east of Ukraine border)

    https://twitter.com/oplatsen/status/437654172968943617/photo/1

  120. alex says:

    In 1993, Uranus and Neptune formed an exact conjunction at 18-19 degrees of Capricorn. This conjunction occurs every 170 years.

    http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/UrNeCycle.html

    EXCERPT

    Uranus and Neptune, 22 Degrees Later

    We’re now 13 years past the conjunctions of Uranus and Neptune back in 1993. What is the significance of this influence for us today? Or a question that’s even more misleading, what did this conjunction mean (in the past tense)?

    If you remember that the conjunction was only the opening act of a cycle that lasts until the year 2165, the immensity of this cycle starts to sink in. This is a story that none of us will read the final chapter of, unless we plan on living over two centuries. The conjunction is only the first chapter, the statement of the theme, but without much awareness of what that entails and how it will unfold.

    And considering that we are dealing with planets that normally work fairly unconsciously, the glaring blind spot is even larger. In a sense, the fact that this cycle is still a mystery is an indication that it’s unfolding just the way it should. After all, we are only 22 degrees into this story.

    http://cura.free.fr/xx/20palden.html

    Astrological Cycles in History
    by Palden Jenkins

    History and the cycles of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

  121. alex says:

    http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/lists/posts/post.aspx?ID=1101

    EXCERPT

    4/9/2013
    DARPA Building Robots With ‘Real’ Brains

    EXCERPT

    The next frontier for the robotics industry is to build machines that think like humans. Scientists have pursued that elusive goal for decades, and they believe they are now just inches away from the finish line.

    A Pentagon-funded team of researchers has constructed a tiny machine that would allow robots to act independently. Unlike traditional artificial intelligence systems that rely on conventional computer programming, this one “looks and ‘thinks’ like a human brain,” said James K. Gimzewski, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Gimsewski is a member of the team that has been working under sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on a program called “physical intelligence.” This technology could be the secret to making robots that are truly autonomous, Gimzewski said during a conference call hosted by Technolink, a Los Angeles-based industry group.

    This project does not use standard robot hardware with integrated circuitry, he said. The device that his team constructed is capable, without being programmed like a traditional robot, of performing actions similar to humans, Gimzewski said.

    Participants in this project include Malibu-based HRL (formerly Hughes Research Laborary) and the University of California at Berkeley’s Freeman Laboratory for Nonlinear Neurodynamics. The latter is named after Walter J. Freeman, who has been working for 50 years on a mathematical model of the brain that is based on electroencephalography data. EEG is the recording of electrical activity in the brain.

    What sets this new device apart from any others is that it has nano-scale interconnected wires that perform billions of connections like a human brain, and is capable of remembering information, Gimzewski said. Each connection is a synthetic synapse. A synapse is what allows a neuron to pass an electric or chemical signal to another cell. Because its structure is so complex, most artificial intelligence projects so far have been unable to replicate it.

    A “physical intelligence” device would not require a human controller the way a robot does, said Gimzewski. The applications of this technology for the military would be far reaching, he said. An aircraft, for example, would be able to learn and explore the terrain and work its way through the environment without human intervention, he said. These machines would be able to process information in ways that would be unimaginable with current computers.

  122. alex says:

    EXCERPTS

    Uranus conjunct Neptune

    Uranus square Neptune

    Uranus Opposite Neptune

    http://www.astropro.com/features/tables/geo/ur-ne/ur-000-ne/ur000ne.html

    DEC 03, 1821 | 03:57 PM | 000 | 01CP59 | 01CP59 |

    | FEB 02, 1993 | 12:50 PM | 000 | 19CP34 | 19CP34 |
    | AUG 19, 1993 | 08:27 PM | 000 | 18CP49R | 18CP49R |
    | OCT 25, 1993 | 06:39 AM | 000 | 18CP33 | 18CP33

    http://www.astropro.com/features/tables/geo/ur-ne/ur-sqr-ne/URsqrNE3.html

    OCT 03, 2039 | 04:38 AM | 090 | 02LE49 | 02TA49R |

    | JAN 31, 2040 | 09:53 PM | 090 | 00LE56R | 00TA56 |
    | AUG 29, 2040 | 03:54 PM | 090 | 05LE45 | 05TA45R |
    | MAR 18, 2041 | 10:52 AM | 090 | 04LE11R | 04TA11 |
    | JUL 26, 2041 | 01:35 AM | 090 | 08LE03 | 08TA03

  123. alex says:

    Uranus & Neptune continued

    http://www.astropro.com/features/tables/geo/ur-ne/ur-180-ne/ur180ne.html

    MAR 07, 2078 | 00:22 AM | 180 | 26CP15 | 26CA15R |

    | JUN 06, 2078 | 06:58 AM | 180 | 26CP59R | 26CA59 |
    | FEB 11, 2079 | 02:28 PM | 180 | 29CP01 | 29CA01R |
    | JUL 08, 2079 | 11:34 AM | 180 | 00AQ12R | 00LE12

  124. alex says:

    http://dictionary.die.net/synapse

    synapse
    n : the junction between two neurons (axon-to-dendrite) or
    between a neuron and a muscle; “nerve impulses cross a
    synapse through the action of neurotransmitters”

    Uranus – Neptune: (artificial) Synapse

  125. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – That’s some scary stuff!!

  126. alex says:

    1821 URANUS cnj NEPTUNE

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1821_in_science

    EXCERPT

    Astronomy

    Alexis Bouvard detects irregularities in the orbit of Uranus.

    Medicine

    Charles Bell presents a paper to the Royal Society, “On the Nerves, Giving an Account of some Experiments on their Structure and Functions, which lead to a New Arrangement of the System”, identifying Bell’s palsy;

    Physics

    Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic rotation.

    Thomas Johann Seebeck discovers the thermoelectric effect.

    Augustin Fresnel shows that light is made up of a traverse wave motion.

    John Herapath publishes a kinetic theory of gases.

  127. alex says:

    Lorrie
    – consider this

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Driesch

    EXCERPT

    Hans Adolf Eduard Driesch (28 October 1867 – 16 April 1941) was a German biologist and philosopher from Bad Kreuznach.

    He is credited with performing the first ‘cloning’ of an animal in the 1880s.

    http://library.thinkquest.org/20830/Frameless/Manipulating/Experimentation/Cloning/longdoc.htm

    History of Cloning

  128. alex says:

    http://library.thinkquest.org/24355/data/light/details/1885.html

    First Clone:
    1885 sea urchins cloned by Hans Dreisch, his work leads to

    http://library.thinkquest.org/24355/data/details/profiles/spemann.html

    In 1902 Spemann, ingeniously using a stand of hair as a noose, successfully split apart the cells of a two-celled salamander embryo, and obtained a normal salamander from each individual cell.

  129. alex says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1855_in_science

    1855 in Science

    EXCERPT

    James Clerk Maxwell unifies electricity and magnetism into a single theory, classical electromagnetism, thereby showing that light is an electromagnetic wave.

    http://markandrewholmes.com/circe.html

    Minor Asteroid CIRCE:

    Circe is the 34th asteroid to be discovered, on April 6, 1855.

    In astrology, Circe represents where one facilitates and assists others, as well as where one seeks help.

  130. alex says:

    for less known minor asteroids I can draw the discover chart for the discovery longitude degree or find the info but I usually depend on those astrologer/astronomers who practice to identify the Nodes… but I might do some checking around myself for more about CIRCE

  131. Todd Bennett says:

    A Long Time Coming

    I feel this site has degenerated into factions of well meaning subject driven posters, and a group of delusional, paranoid schizophrenics who want to make this yet another tin foil hat site. For the latter here is a much needed dose of reality..

    WWIII is NOT a very strong possibility. Astrology aside, one has to ask themselves a simple question, what fosters war? Religion and resources. No country with any meaningful military is interested in a Holy war, so that leaves resources. But what mitigates resources is fiat currency. The real reason Bretton Woods happened was to equalize the world using a fake monetary system, rather than value the world by finite resources, which inevitably leads to war.

    Much more likely is a series of civil wars, as the currencies consolidate and middle classes shrink. Now why is WWIII not likely right now? Putin is reasonable, for one, and won’t fight unless he can win, and he can’t. China has to come online first for that to happen and they are not there yet and won’t be for some time. Second, exposure in the Ukraine opens himself up to the south, and he is not wanting a nuclear exchange with NATO when all he has to do is buy off the new puppet government to get his oil deal done. Much less messy, and much more profitable.

    Third, he is not dumb enough to STOP Obama from focusing on Syria, entangling the foolish President in yet more middle eastern flypaper. This result is good for Putin, because as the U.S. contends with $5 or more gallon gas his patience in dealing with the Ukraine and EU and continuing the flow of the northern pipeline will pay off handsomely. Obama is proving to be a caricature of a smart person, and at this point I don’t know if he is a moron, inexperienced, misanthropic, or just naive, but after we get in Syria, our economy will suffer and restrict growth. None of this is anything other than rhetorical leverage to Putin.

    Oh he will make a show, for sure, in the Ukraine, and make it seem like backchannel bluster made the West back down, and maybe it would have to some extent, but he has much more to gain through benevolent cooperation than he does invasion and he knows it. And most importantly, if he does send troops, it won’t be before the new government “requests” them, thus covering his butt with NATO and keeping escalation down to a minimum. The west can hardly argue with the fledgling government but nor can the new leadership refuse demands by Putin when he is paying their bills. They will call it a peacekeeping force and call it a day.

    No the long term concern is Syria, because we may reach a tipping point of weakness in our military that will embolden Iran to formally take Iraq and back us into a corner forever altering our economy in terms of higher fuel costs. Eventually a big war will be fought, possibly for oil, more likely for water. If it happens, blame President Blackbush.

    Obama is an astounding failure of unfathomable proportions, from his unwillingness to protect the weak with food stamps, to his inability to control his own Pentagon, to his utter lack of leadership on what may be the concern of our time, climate change. Don’t like my opinion? Tough. Pucker up Buttercup. I am far too tired of war, increasing national poverty, the growing police state, and devastating weather to be concerned with your feelings. To show you my willingness to help though, I will offer a piece of advice; the next time you decide to reform the country by electing a Democrat, start by nominating one.

    As far the rest of you, determined there will be cataclysmic war, I could go into why even if there was a limited nuclear exchange it would likely not even cause you to lose power, or how reasonable military people in Russia would not start a war for lack of even the arsenal to hit the majority of our silos, but I won’t. All I will instead say is asteroids, any day now, there could be an announcement of impending doom, and those chances are no greater or less than it has ever been, but it COULD happen. So worry about that, something humans have no control over, that could end life as we know it. K thanks bunch!

    -T

  132. alex says:

    The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C72ISMF_D0#t=793

    Don’t forget to be awesome!

  133. alex says:

    Minor Asteroid NESSUS Ingress 00 Pisces (UT time converted to Capitol Building DC) 9:49 AM 4/1/2014

    First Impression – Midpoint Moon/Saturn @25 Cancer

    Venus (10TH House) @25 Aquarius (cnj Nessus @00Pisces)
    opposite
    Pallas @25 Leo (4TH House)

    Politics of Persistent Bad/Poor/Abusive Conditions/Problems

    venus (money) pallas (politics)

    YOD AND BOOMERANG

    Venus (apex) @25 AQ
    inconjunct
    Midpoint MO/SA @25 Cancer (decisions)
    25 Degrees VIRGO (as yet unassigned)

    Boomerang Aspect

    opposite

    Pallas @25 Leo

    http://www.lunarliving.org/astrology/yod-boomerang-aspects.html

    According to Joan, the fourth planet in the Boomerang typically added an important element that seemed missing in the Yod; a sense of understanding what the goal will be.

    The danger of this configuration is that it can become too self-contained, seeming to control the individual/entity rather than the other way around.

    Chart Aspect: QUAD-NOVILE (160)

    planets Moon – Saturn , houses 12TH House, 6TH House
    WAN ASPECT – the take away lesson with most utility/usefulness

    Applying Wan Quad-Novile: Moon @04 Taurus (162) Saturn @22 Scorpio
    (faster moving – Moon)

    I think that the quad-novile (160°) can be an indication of a very testing initiation connected to the planets and houses involved.

    http://aliceportman.com/noviles/

  134. alex says:

    Lorrie
    – consider this too

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220141719.htm

    EXCERPT

    An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles.

    The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine.

    In a paper published Feb. 21 in the journal Science, researchers explain that the powerful muscles are produced by twisting and coiling high-strength polymer fishing line and sewing thread.

    Scientists at UT Dallas’s Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute teamed with scientists from universities in Australia, South Korea, Canada, Turkey and China to accomplish the advances.

  135. alex says:

    Automation, Drones and Robots Lead to Guaranteeing Incomes for Humans

    http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/12/automation-drones-robots-lead-guaranteeing-incomes-humans/

    EXCERPT

    In this column, Hazel Henderson, president of Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil), author of Building A Win-Win World and other books, and advisor to the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering from 1974–1980, writes that new answers are needed in the debate over jobless economic growth and guaranteed incomes.

    Dec 17 2013 – The debate over structural unemployment, automation and jobless economic growth began in the 1960s as car factories replaced workers with robots.

    Futurists like myself saw these technologies taking over sectors of industrial economies as opportunities for a transition to “post-industrial” information and services-based “leisure societies,” and to develop human potential, lifelong learning, research, preventive healthcare, the arts, entertainment, sports and tourism.

    Some parts of our vision have materialised: tourism and entertainment are major global industries. Research has produced medical breakthroughs, new sectors based on IT, the internet, 3-D printing and drones as well as democratising education electronically in massive open online courses (MOOCs).

    Alas, missing today are our futurist visions which included a key corollary to this IT takeover of work: unconditional guaranteed incomes to provide the needed purchasing power to keep up aggregate demand for this new cornucopia of goods and services. We also held that if workers were replaced by machines, they would need to own a piece of those machines.

  136. karen says:

    I usually tried to avoid commenting to a rant, but in this case I will because, Todd, for an inordinately smart and savvy guy, your post was highly offensive for this reason…

    Each expresses his or her energy in complex ways. One day, we may feel particularly angry about the unnecessary and abjectly cruel abuses heaped upon an already hurting world. This anger may express itself by posting evidence or opinion about something currently reflected in our own lives. Other times…you get the point.

    So what is it that YOU are angry about that you would cast the posters and this site in such a light?

  137. Todd Bennett says:

    Naivete.

  138. Jerry says:

    Naivete . . . .

    I like E. Tolle’s insightful comments on that. . . .

    Don’t Take Your Thoughts Too Seriously

    “…..How easy it is for people to become trapped in their conceptual prisons.

    The human mind, in its desire to know, understand, and control, mistakes its opinions and viewpoints for the truth. It says: this is how it is. You have to be larger than thought to realize that however you interpret “your life” or someone else’s life or behavior, however you judge any situation, it is no more than a viewpoint, one of many possible perspectives. It is no more than a bundle of thoughts. But reality is one unified whole, in which all things are interwoven, where nothing exists in and by itself.

    Thinking fragments reality — it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.

    The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don’t realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are.”

    Excerpt from the book The Power of Now

    http://www.mindpowernews.com/BeyondThinking.htm

  139. Matt M says:

    Thanks Todd. Usually I just scroll the comments looking for ones from Starlight, yours just happened to catch my eye. To me the yards of comments mostly seem like a couple of well-meaning people with nothing better to do clipping from other sites, with little to no regard for the topic of the current post. I feel it is a form of trolling, and look, both you and now me have posted comments in response! I guess I’m not immune to trolling either. But in regards to your comments about President Obama, I think it is very difficult being non-white in the US. He is a smart man, and a survivor. He is treading a very narrow path. Any more forceful and he would be treated as an “angry Black man” by the press. So he is going along to get along to a great extent. He also is in a bit of a bubble. He has never wanted for a meal, he went to the best schools when he was young in Hawaii, thanks to his grandparents. He is well-meaning, but his psyche was damaged by his surroundings. But I enjoyed your thoughts on global power and WWIII. Thanks again.

  140. Squallo says:

    We humans have several defects that are englove in what is called ego.

    Sometimes there are some issues that arises that corresponds to our field of expertise, and that we have a very unique ability to comprehend. But that’s when we need to be extra vigilant in order not to be extremely conceited and deplore others way of thinking, because, even with an enormous amount of knowledge, humans tend to make errors due to arrogance.

  141. Anne's Aunt says:

    Todd, I also was very interested to read your views on global power, Putin, and civil wars.

    I think commenters here want so much to believe in the success of a young, handsome, energetic black man that he is given many passes. He did have experience organizing communities, but NOT the ‘community’ of congress. He is also conciliatory and this country functions thru adversarial (oppositional) energies and he is not a fighter for a cause and did not know how to go into a negotiation and bargain hard. Most likely he is a very smart man, but simply did not have the experience needed. He is a conservative democrat and I think still has done some good things. I think Obamacare may work out fairly well. Getting elected and being personally popular are accomplishments in themselves. But most voters, D or R are identity voters, don’t look at records. People like emotional slogans and issues and promises. But that is the norm for people. Nevertheless it is good to have a reality check from time to time. So I appreciate your comment, even tho I don’t agree 100%. Food for thought.

  142. barbk says:

    Starlight’s expertise in forecasting through the use of astrological tools is what brings most of us to this site and, for those, like me, who are fascinated in how astrology works, here is this:

    The birth chart for Ukraine (8/24/91, 5:31 PM local time, Kiev) has Neptune at 14 Capricorn 16 retrograde. Yesterday’s transiting conjunction of Sun and Neptune at 5+ Pisces is 51+ degrees ahead of the Ukraine Neptune, producing a septile aspect which has been recently discussed on this website. It is an aspect dividing the circle by 7, a number that can’t be divided equally, which is considered irrational.

    The first consideration of a septile then is that it is irrational and not subject to rational, logical thought and action.

    Because this particular example of the septile involves a birth chart Neptune and a transiting Neptune, we should look for a more spiritual energy producing the effects associated with this aspect. Robert Wilkinson (AquariusPapers.com) insists that the septile marks a fork in the road of destiny, and provides an opportunity to change that path or road by taking the newly presented fork. It DOES require conscious thought as well as emotional and/or intuitional gifts to make wise decisions.

    Since the transiting Sun represents consciousness (or the acquiring of such) and was conjunct transiting Neptune who had just moved to the degree they both occupied, I “logically” wanted to see what the illogical (or irrational) Sabian Symbol was for that new degree of Pisces:
    “A PARADE OF ARMY OFFICERS IN FULL DRESS Keynote: The dedication of human beings to the service of their community, and the assurance that it will be EMOTIONALLY (my caps) sustained by the people at large.” Dane Rudhyar (from his book An Astrological Mandala) notes this symbol implies “the support that the socialized person can expect from the collectivity if he is ready to act and to sacrifice himself for the nation or the group.”

    Yesterday (and for weeks to come as Neptune moves slowly) the transiting planets occupying the Sabian symbol degree described above were septile (irrational decision regarding fork in the road) the degree where the Ukraine’s natal Capricorn Neptune resides and whose Sabian Symbol is this:
    “IN A HOSPITAL, THE CHIRDREN’S WARD IS FILLED WITH TOYS. Keynote: The responsibility of society to ensure the welfare and total health of the new generation.” Here is what Rudhyar writes: “The sociocultural process must look to the future as well as to the past. It has created conditions which may harm the children who will carry forward its WORK (my caps), and it must try to repair these negative conditions through love as well as through physical care.”

    Today transiting asteroid Child is at 7+ Cancer conjunct Kronos (Time) and they are conjunct the Ukraine chart’s Nemesis (punishment) at 8+ Cancer. Nemesis in the Ukraine chart conjuncts the descendent or 7th house cusp (the other, partner or open enemies).

    In the Ukraine chart, Child (19+ Taurus) in the 4th house (home) conjuncts Chaos (chaos) and Hephaistos (Fire god, treated cruelly as a child, creator of beautiful works) and is opposed by Pluto (17+ Scorpio) in the 10th house (government). Transiting retrograde Saturn (actualize) will oppose the Ukraine Child and conjunct the Ukraine Pluto in May and June, and again in direct motion in August and September.

    Transiting Uranus (truth) will square the Ukraine Neptune (faith) from April 14 through May 20 and again in retrograde motion from September 26 through October 20, and finally again in February-March 2015. During part of that time transiting Pluto (expose) will be conjunct the Ukraine Neptune, with the last (7th) square in the series between Uranus and Pluto happening on March 17, 2015 at 15 Aries-Capricorn 17.

    Transiting Chiron (the Healer) will reach 19 Pisces in April 2015 to begin his healing as he sextiles the Ukraine Child at 19 Taurus. In the meantime, transiting Saturn’s conjunction to Ukraine Pluto, opposition to Ukraine’s Child, Chaos and Hephaistos this year will also square the (moon’s) nodes (from the south bending) in the Ukraine chart and bring about a release (Ukraine south node) of toxic (natal Pluto) feeling (Scorpio) so as to enable the creative (Chaos) abilities of the children (Child) to forge (Hephaistos) new values (north node) based on new visions of the future provided by the crossroad choices made (Saturn T-square the nodes and yesterday’s Fork-In-Road aspect) available.

    So how was your Neptune-Sun conjunction day?

  143. Lorrie U says:

    Maybe some of us may be too educated to find “cut and paste” news items of much interest, but many of us are lucky enough if we can find an hour or two in our busy days to get educated on national and local events and therefore may appreciate getting some quick updates on trending events. I am one of the latter, who enjoys sharing some tidbits I find and love to share those tidbits others’ find which I might not have otherwise come across myself. So if that’s offensive to someone, well, good on you that you have all that time on your hands to not need anyone else’s input.

  144. alex says:

    barbk

    great comment, interesting,

    April 2015 Chiron @19 Pisces – Mutable Grand Cross by Synastry

    square

    December 2014 Ceres @19 Sagittarius

    square

    19 Degrees Virgo ( as yet unassigned )

    square

    January 1995 WTO Astraea @19 Gemini (feminie principle, work, order, disintegration, integration)

    square

    (prior notation barbk – April 2015 Chiron @19 Pisces)

  145. Lorrie U says:

    A feel good animal story…

    Second Chance at Life
    Read More Here: http://www.jgalaxy.us/2ndLifeMegan

  146. Anne's Aunt says:

    Matt M, yes being AA in a power position is difficult in this country. But more that that, IMO, was that he was basically unknown and did not run on his record – just his speeches and ideas. So easy to project one’s “hope” and “change” and “post-partisanship” and “yes we can” energies onto. Most did not look into what little record he had and didn’t question whether he usually followed thru on his promises. He did not take the time to become known and to learn how to deal with congress. His FP creds were weak. Its what happens when voters just want to “look forward” without checking in with the past.

  147. Lorrie U says:

    Anne’s Aunt – While I understand what you’re saying, and not wanting to sound like an apologist for our president, I would like to ask if you know of anyone who might have been elected instead who could have overcome the challenges of a Republican/TP conference decision on Day One of a new presidency to obstruct and block all efforts any better than he? I’m quite amazed, and frankly, impressed by how much has been accomplished under the circumstances. And I’m also thankful we are not rushing nilly-willy into every conflict that heats up throughout the world. So I guess what I’m saying is, it might have been a whole lot worse…

  148. kiwi says:

    It seems to me that so many people still expect ‘big daddy’ president to take care of ‘everything.’ And actions that they like or dislike in relation to ‘big daddy’ are based on each individual’s particular political point of view.

    I tend to think of the job of president as a ‘chairman of the board’ – some chairmen think they need to act as dictator to get things done ‘efficiently’, not realizing only the rare ones are able to avoid enormous factions and cliques with that outlook. I think the best types of chairmen are facilitators, but when factions are historically entrenched, that is one tough task to accomplish. You cannot negotiate with someone that does not want to negotiate. Sadly, that’s where the office of the US presidency is currently.

    So, going forward will the country become grown up and thoughtful enough to look at consensus type solutions? Or will it be more of the same, ‘my daddy is better than your daddy’ – requiring a dictator daddy going forward? I still remember HW saying that his job would be so much easier if he was a dictator. My team/your team; black/white; good/bad; – all polarized, absolutist, old-age think mindsets.

    To continually criticize is to diminish the energy. The voters were given a choice, and even if it was the best of the worst, it was still a choice point within the constraints of the governing system. Deal with it and make the best of it. Does anyone really believe that the world would be better today with Romney as chairman?

    I am under no illusions of what PBO can and cannot do, but I still fervently think that PBO is/was the best man available to handle these crucial age changing energies, so that things can pivot to a new way of politics going into the next era. When the cosmos is done with slapping everyone up-side the head may we all look back at these times with a long sigh of relief.
    Nature dictates, evolve or die.

  149. Sharon Katz says:

    Yes, Kiwi, everyone has different kinds of strengths and, as the i ching indicates, it is wiser to go around an obstacle than to confront it and run smack into it. PBO has encountered a lot of obstacles, and he may have known that would be the case if he concentrated on universal health care – which was the main instigator for him being labelled a socialist, I believe – but he took a risk and focused on it anyway. I agree that he was the best person for the job.

  150. alex says:

    Lorrie
    your posts are invaluable as you said people (I don’t ) have the time to look around for all the immediate news, I don’t watch broadcast or local teevee news I mostly get informed from the web… you have posted some great things which I forwarded to others who have even less time than me to keep informed;

    you are doing a favor to us and I appreciate it… not knowing in a democracy is the same or worse than not participating in it …

    for pete’s sake: you are insightful and most generous with your time – thank you

    I realize I was included in the fly-by/scroll-by critic’s in·nu·en·dos as well yikes I’m all what can I say going to have to reexamine my life I feel my existential cloud bursting it’s like dream-scape from star trek episode where the parallel universie bubble is collapsing on Dr. Crusher…. should I smoke and pout, should I drink myself into oblivion oops I don’t do either of thsoe nasty things, in what way can I self-censor myself after the critic mowed my poor ego down…

    I must shout at myself or have a primal scream the critic dislikes me he really dislikes me……………. oh oh oh poor me ( did I sound like a teenager after being cyber-bullied? ) sniff sniff I’ve been throughly chastened I really really have …

  151. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie good point. And Kiwi too. After the 2008 primaries there was no real choice. I looked at Nader who ran on the Peace Party ticket in my state, but decided that even tho I liked his rhetoric, I did not think he could build a broad coalition. Of course ALL the republicans Obama ran against were terrible, horrible choices.

    I understand the idea of just being positive and sending good vibes, but I don’t think it works well in politics and leadership. I’m not talking about sending negative vibes just keeping an emotional distance from political leaders. Obama has suffered from a bunch of adoring yes men constituents who refuse to put pressure on him for not following the democratic party platform. Real respect of him would better come from treating him as a political leader and not a victim. He is actually not a victim – tho he has had to deal with racism – and has played hardball very well against political opponents – he is a very skilled politician. As president he has approached negotiations by -first- making major concessions and bargaining from there, and that may reflect his rather conservative ideals but it has meant 5 years of tactical mistakes from a progressive view. I think he is getting over the post-partisan dream and rhetoric and starting to play hard ball which is great, but it may be rather too late for that.

    Republicans respect hardball and to go into a negotiation all nice and poetic does not earn respect from them and congressional Rs did not really know him or have a real track record of working with him. He lost position with them in his first year and I think he has not been able to earn it since. Criticizing Rs and trying to guilt trip them is simply ineffective, and one may emotionally feel superior to Rs (and it may be absolutely true) it is not going to move things forward. Yes, some R’s are racist! And they’re sexist. By focusing on how bad “they” are and how we are relatively “better” seems too much like the other side of the TeaParty coin. I think both the right and left ‘better than thou” lines are an avoidance, and not a productive one.

    Dante wrote about ‘right livelihood’ in the Inferno and for the life of me I can’t find the quote. But the gist of it was a poet will not make a good warrior and a good warrior will not make a good poet, and while I know that there are many exceptions to that, the idea that a president avoiding conflict in the USA and now, is inviting disappointment., squeezing the wrong foot into the shoe. Being “chairman of the board” is a real position and an effective chairperson has to be able to ‘go to bat’ for their organization. It is much more than herding cats. Some chairpersons get good boards and can play nice and some get contentious boards where members have dramatically different views of where the institution needs to go. That cannot be “avoided” or ignored.

    After all that, I want to say that I like his persona and his family persona (we cannot know the realities of their intimate relationship) and am glad he was elected – twice. His presidency has, and maybe will, produced some good domestic actions IMO. He is much more hawkish in FP than I would like but I’m glad he backed down on Syria.

    (BTW I skim Starlight, and always enjoy her readings and also enjoy the commenters’ sense of community and sharing of links!)

  152. will says:

    Israeli warplanes ‘strike eastern Lebanon’
    Source: BBC

    Israeli jets have carried out air strikes in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, Lebanon’s state news agency says.

    Israel’s military has not commented although an Israeli security source quoted by Reuters said there had been “air force activity in the north”.

    Lebanon’s national news agency said the air raids took place near the village of Nabi Sheet in the Bekaa Valley.

    The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group has a strong presence in the valley.

    Continued at Link

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26332089
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  153. will says:

    Anne’s Aunt, you wrote:

    “Obama has suffered from a bunch of adoring yes men constituents who refuse to put pressure on him for not following the democratic party platform. Real respect of him would better come from treating him as a political leader and not a victim. He is actually not a victim – tho he has had to deal with racism – and has played hardball very well against political opponents – he is a very skilled politician. As president he has approached negotiations by -first- making major concessions and bargaining from there, and that may reflect his rather conservative ideals but it has meant 5 years of tactical mistakes from a progressive view. I think he is getting over the post-partisan dream and rhetoric and starting to play hard ball which is great, but it may be rather too late for that.”

    Yep – a strange mutation of enabling.

  154. kiwi says:

    “a poet will not make a good warrior and a good warrior will not make a good poet”
    exactly right Anne’s Aunt ……. the bigger question is, has the country developed enough to where it is no longer necessary to engage the playground bully with warrior energy, but rather instead, using more poetic energy to inspire mankind to perform towards their highest potential?

  155. Anne's Aunt says:

    Kiwi, no offense, but have you ever served on a board? Where you were personally financially responsible for the organization? The chairperson is not in a passive position. H/She needs to know the entire operations and $$ of the institution and the potentials involved. H/she needs to know the volunteers (in a non-profit) and the lowest paid positions and where the $$ goes and how the organization presents itself to the community. H//she needs to know the agendas of the other board members and their visions for the organization.H/she needs to run meetings, get and present data, oversee the CEO or director. Negotiations happen all the time.

    Your larger question is very interesting. What is the proper energy to meet today’s challenges?

  156. alex says:

    19 Degrees Moon Nodes ( 2014 Election Chart ) continued

    Mutable Grand Cross by Synastry

    April 2015 Chiron @19 Pisces

    square

    December 2014 Ceres @19 Sagittarius

    square

    2014 September 22ND, TRANSITING VENUS @19 VIRGO (this completes the Synastry from analysis of the 2014 Election Node Chart @19LI-@19AR, because Pluto goes SD on the same day the weight of Venus @19 Virgo among the 2014 points of interest has priority)

    TRANSITING PLUTO GOES STATION DIRECT 9/22/2014
    which brings trajectory attention to USA PLUTO FIRST RETURN 2022)

    relationship of venus/pluto in mundane astrology always
    significant as it can indicate obsessive compulsive behaviors/policies/politics/attitudes about power and influence

    square

    January 1995 WTO Astraea @19 Gemini (feminine principle, work, order, disintegration, integration)

    square

    (notation barbk – April 2015 Chiron @19 Pisces)

    Dates: for Synastry Mutable Grand Cross
    01/1995 – WTO Astraea
    09/22/2014 – PL SD, Venus @19 Virgo
    11/04/2014 – Election 2014 Node Chart (9 months from now)
    12/2014 – Ceres
    04/2015 – Chiron

  157. Lorrie U says:

    Personally, I have never viewed President Obama as a “victim,” nor do I think does he. I see a savvy politician who knows the lay of the land and is good at head-faking his opponents into thinking he’s an easy target, but IMO he usually ends up with the winning hand. Adoring yes men? I don’t see too many of those, even in his own party. A president not having to think about facing reelection can play hardball a lot easier than one who is not, and since when is a concilliatory approach an evil or weak one? We all in our own lives try the nice approach until we get sand kicked in our face enough times that we stop trying. This country isn’t a corporation to be run with a ruthless CEO, it is made up of human beings whose lives must be considered when making decisions which have consequences. And, finally, I don’t “emotionally feel superior to Rs”–but they in no way represent my ideals or intellectual and spiritual outlooks, and as a former republican, I can honestly say I’m ashamed of what the republican party has become and have lost all respect for their “values.” I know the world I envision and I will support those who come closest to bringing that about, while at the same time knowing they are human and subject to operating in a broken-down system that is corrupt for the most part, but who in their hearts hope for a better future and will try their best.

    Kiwi, you stated things very well: “I think the best types of chairmen are facilitators, but when factions are historically entrenched, that is one tough task to accomplish. You cannot negotiate with someone that does not want to negotiate.

  158. Lorrie U says:

    Lone Star Luna as ‘Obama=Hitler’ Candidate Leads Democratic Senate Primary

    If the poll is accurate, Texas Democrats are setting up a runoff between a Lyndon LaRouche disciple and a wealthy dental chain mogul who once helped bankroll the campaigns of Mitch McConnell, Rick Perry and several other Republicans.

    Kesha Rogers leads while comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. David Alameel is running in second, despite having contributed heavily to Texas and national Republican leaders. Democrats in Texas are in grave danger of nominating an embarrassing Senate candidate who will undermine the Democratic ticket throughout the state.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/24/lone-star-lunacy-obamahitler-candidate-leads-democratic-senate-primary.html

  159. alex says:

    WWII saint and her wisdom:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/oldest-holocaust-survivor-dies-aged-110

    EXCERPT

    If a 38-minute documentary, The Lady in Number 6, wins an Oscar next weekend, it will stand as a fitting memorial to its subject, Alice Herz-Sommer. The oldest known survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, who has died aged 110, preferred all her long life to speak of the joy music brought her rather than the horrors she had witnessed in Theresienstadt.

    The executive producer of the film, Fredric Bohbot, told Radio 4: “She is the most incredible person I have ever met. I think she had no material desires, she was very curious about everyone and she had no hatred in her. She loved everyone in so many ways.”

    Interviewed for the film – in which one of her neighbours describes the bliss of sharing the block of flats in north London and hearing classical music beautifully played every morning and afternoon – Herz-Sommer described her life as full of joy.

    “I think I am in my last days but it doesn’t really matter because I have had such a beautiful life. And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.”

  160. kiwi says:

    Anne’s Aunt, since you ask, I have been involved in several different organizations in both leadership, financial, and supporting roles during my life. A good multi-tasker, I understand very well the business/financial side.
    However, now older, I am aware that, in hindsight, the softer esoteric side is often as important in subtle unseen ways.

  161. arbo says:

    Hi, Lorrie. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of being told how I see the president, no matter how couched with concern this diagnosis is. Not to mention off-base. Perhaps some of us need to remember that this is an astrology site and not a purely political one. Neptune and all that, y’know. It’s always a good idea to try to keep in mind the effect Neptune has on the way people see the president. Those who glibly fall back on bringing up schizophrenia oughta reacquaint themselves with the concept of “projection” as well. Or am I just doing a head fake myself? :)

  162. Todd Bennett says:

    Its just you. I don’t sleep well. You know why? http://www.alternet.org/hard-times-usa/americas-greatest-shame-child-poverty-rises-and-food-stamps-cut-while-billionaires

    Now answer that. What is remarkable about that leadership? What is so stunning about that record, what exactly amazes you? Answer me. Since I was 15 I have worked in campaigns, and for one reason above ALL else. Not gay marriage, not abortion rights, but to eliminate poverty as much as possible. Under this President, we see a record that makes Bush look like FDR. Now that is what we call an inconvenient fact. So what are we going to do about it? Apologize for him some more, blame his enemies, admonish others to consider the magnitude of his merely being elected? I AM NOT SANGUINE.

    And here is another question for all of you older but wiser types? Have any of you figured out who the admin’s real Consigliere is?

    John McCain. Now good luck sleeping yourself.

  163. barbk says:

    Wonder how much of this can be attributed to the sextile between transiting Pluto to Chiron that forms a yod to the President’s Sun. . . . . .

  164. karen says:

    Add water to your list, Todd…http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/22002-the-march-of-anthropogenic-climate-disruption

    The warp and stretch of earth affairs are thematic. Humans insist on proving that individuality trumps cohesiveness. This lack of balance results in the expression of extremes. One leg of the axis results in a type of megalomania, blindness to the “other,” insistence on acquiring power no holds barred, and aligning with familiars to create supporting structures.

    In the now, we are returned to an extreme imbalance, a repeat in many ways of past events. This time, however, it is not confined. Our “mad” power drunks needed the world.

    All species (ourselves included) determined to be inferior by those mad hatters are now subject to extinction. But…when our drunken egoists wake up, how severe will their hangovers be? Will they go to through their fine homes and find there is no food? No water? And where are the servants, the children, and “God, where’s the little woman!”

    After decades of debauchery, will it be understood that all species actually DO need one another?

  165. Todd Bennett says:

    The most likely scenario to provoke WWIII is a persistent corporo-fascist recalcitrance on the part of the United States to make efforts to fight climate change.

    The U.S. as bad guy, you read that correctly.

  166. lunagardener says:

    Our opinions have likely been manufactured…Neptune? I often call Obama hate, manufactured hatred.

    More Snowden docs.

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

  167. Squallo says:

    Flee or Resign, Turkey Opposition Tells Erdogan Over Tape

    Turkey’s biggest opposition party urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to quit after the release of an audio tape purportedly of him discussing hidden funds. The premier said the tape was faked and an attempted coup.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-24/erdogan-resignation-demanded-by-turkish-opposition-over-tape.html

    Today Jupiter Uranus square exact tomorrow 26 at 9:29 for Ukraine and Ankara could exacerbate rebellious feelings.

  168. Squallo says:

    exact tomorrow 26 at 9:29 AM for Ukraine and Ankara

  169. Squallo says:

    Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said the Turkish government has lost its legitimacy and called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an to resign immediately after the leak of prime minister’s voice recording.

    CHP Deputy Chairman Haluk Koç said in a press conference on Monday that the government has lost its entire legitimacy from “this hour” and that Turkey cannot move forward with this “dirt.”

    http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=340365

  170. Jerry says:

    Hi Todd,

    As in the last series of Uranus-Pluto squares that took place in cardinal signs back in the early 1930’s I suspect the economy will be the deciding factor in whether or not there will be a world wide conflagration. The amount of debt accrued in various countries is staggering, at unprecedented levels. But nowhere is this more evident then in China. China’s economy, the second largest in the world is currently at a critical stage. According to some economists it is in the danger zone of imploding within the next few months. When things start unraveling over there, we could witness a dramatic world-wide economic meltdown.

    To give you some idea of the sheer magnitude of China’s problems, I would suggest viewing the recent excellent BBC News hour long documentary special……

    How China Fooled The World
    (narrated by Robert Peston)

    Brief Synopsis

    Robert Peston travels to China to investigate how this mighty economic giant could actually be in serious trouble. Here’s the URL link reproduced by Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW3h4wv8_ko

  171. Jerry says:

    If interested, the following are two additional video documentaries on that perplexing economic dilemma China is facing…….

    China’s Empty Cities

    Why are so many uninhabited cities still being built in China? Dateline returns to update one of its most watched stories, China’s Ghost Cities.

    Video 14 min. 49 sec.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3XfpYxHKCo

    China’s Ghost Cities – 60 Minutes Australia

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1ZsVUB_-qg

  172. arbo says:

    Todd, in case you were addressing me: I don’t believe I’ve ever said anything about Obama’s leadership being “remarkable” or that his record is “stunning.” What I find amazing is that he’s able to get anything done in the face of such concentrated opposition. And this demonstrates the point I was making, which is that disappointed Obama supporters often think that those of us — who are not so quick to criticize him for not having a magic wand to wave over the Congress so that he can get what he wants — who don’t agree with them think he walks on water. The benefit of not expecting miracles is not being as disappointed as many have been. Maybe having a few more years under our belts has something to do with cautios expectations.

    I never thought he was anything other than a conservative Democrat, so I tend to be less easily disappointed. He never said that HE was the change that people were looking for, he pointed out that THEY were the change. He wasn’t using the royal “We” when he said “We are the change.” But Neptune has this way of confusing things.

  173. Lorrie U says:

    Thanks, Arbo, well said. Seems like we’ve had this discussion many times in the past, very deja vu…

  174. Anne's Aunt says:

    Arbo, I can understand having realistic expectations and I know people all over the world get very emotionally invested in politics and governments and leaders. Some invest their personal identity in those. That level of emotional enmeshment makes it very difficult to see beyond identity politics.

    ALL presidents have to deal with opposition. Bill Clinton was impeached. LBJ was able to get civil rights legislation and medicare legislation passed. He also waged an immoral war. Political opposition is nothing new. It is part of the job as it is an administrative position.

    I don’t think many dems have been quick to criticize – its been 5 years after all. Obama was very inexperienced in dealing with congress when he came into office. He has more experience now and is getting better results. I don’t think he is, psychologically, incapable of dealing with opposition or forming political alliances in order to fight for legislation. He managed to get the ACA passed and many progressives were not happy that he pushed Romney care and not anything progressive, but this was the law he believed in. Dems certainly re-elected him with wide margins.

  175. Lorrie U says:

    This correlates with Jerry’s post re. China…

    China’s Shadow Banking System

    As we head into April’s Grand Cross, mass anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand have had no negative influence on the financial markets. However, a developing crisis in China could change all that. China’s shadow banking system* provides loans to projects that have been rejected by traditional banking institutions, but the system is unregulated and too much cash goes into risky ventures.

    Also covers the Ukraine situation.

    http://www.neptunecafe.com/NewsScope.html

  176. Todd Bennett says:

    I am encouraged, certainly, that Putin, and to my understanding Russia does not have a Pluto aspect like the U.S. does, which leads me to a fairly certain conclusion that whatever is going on DOES NOT directly involve the U.S. and Russia.

    Also in reading other astrologers, the cardinal cross is not necessarily instantly transformative, indeed most view it as transitional, even a milestone marker, as much as an indicator of instability. However that said, the most likely scenario involves the Strait of Hormuz being held hostage, probably in regards to some American overreach in Syria, with Kim Jong Dun Lost His Mind a possibility as well. My read on Putin both geopolitically and astrologically is he has his hands full to the south with separatists, and at any rate, this from a senior Russian official is rather comforting, if not disorienting in the context of a hyperbolic trolling headline,

    In Russia, meanwhile, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against putting the Ukrainian people in a position of choosing between Moscow and the West.

    “It is dangerous and counter-productive to try to force upon Ukraine a choice on the principle: ‘You are either with us or against us,'” he said. “We are interested in Ukraine being a part of a common European family in all meanings of this word.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ukraine-interim-leader-delays-new-govt-warns-of-dangerous-signs-of-separatism-post-yanukovich/

    Keep faith. As for Obama, maybe he will learn after the political support he loses from Syria. Or not. Hopefully we at least will.

  177. arbo says:

    Annie’s Aunt — LBJ was a master of the Senate and accomplished things that JFK wouldn’t have been able to. It can be argued that civil rights legislation was passed with a combination of his untimely death and LBJ’s mastery. And yes, LBJ got caught up in an immoral (read: macho) war, but refused to run again — probably because he saw his mistake, finally — and then had the decency to allow his guilt kill him. Times were complicated then, just as they are now.

    But no president — not even Roosevelt or Jefferson — faced the widespread, free and exaggerated criticism that Obama has faced thanks to the internet. I’ve said before and I still believe that, like Truman, Obama won’t be fully appreciated until he’s been out of office for a while. We are a spoiled country populated by impatient children.

    The ACA, like Medicare and Social Security, will be improved if the right doesn’t manage to kill it. It could happen that the example of the right’s reaction to it could pave the way to including a public option or even the expansion of Medicare. It’s up to the American public to elect a Congress that will try to improve things rather than trying to destroy them. We are responsible for creating the change that we need.

  178. arbo says:

    Thanks, Lorrie. I expect the discussion will keep coming up until the lesson sinks in. I like Obama’s method of showing rather than telling, but supplimental Cliff’s Notes can be useful. :)

  179. Todd Bennett says:

    A few more things, 90 percent of astrologers I run into are nutcases. Nancy is not among them. Many are also prone to doom porn. The Grand Cross we fear, has already happened four times recently, and if it seems like nothing happened, that is because the Cross represents competing energies, not focused ones. Sure bursts of chaos pop out, but actually, if we focus our positivity, we might be able to come out of it more energized and optimistic.

    You might die. The asteroid might hit. (If you noticed I said THE asteroid, instead of an asteroid, you are a doom porner) but most likely the patterns this series of crosses has established will continue-weather, Syria, and gridlock. Frustrating, but not probably devastating. Unless it is your time, then sorry, but remember, at the exact moment someone drowns, another person gets his dream job. We call it life. Keep living it.

  180. alex says:

    Kind-of OT: do you know any curious to learn four year olds?

    http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/06/dragonbox/all/

  181. alex says:

    EXCERPT EMAIl : Courage Campaign

    With Democrats holding a supermajority in the Legislature and every statewide office, why isn’t California doing more to provide economic opportunity and basic human rights for all?

    California’s unemployment rate is still the 5th highest in the nation, so why is the Governor pushing to stash away billions in a rainy-day fund when the economic storm is still raging?

    One answer: Big Oil. Specifically, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) — the oil industry’s infamous lobby groups and the largest corrupting influences on California politics.

    Tomorrow is Big Oil’s “lobby day” in Sacramento. That means they’ll be in the Capitol to meet with every legislator — making promises to those they’ve got in their pocket and making veiled threats to those who try to defy them. The WSPA spent $4.67 million to have their way in the Capitol last year — more than any other interest group. Since 2009, Big Oil has spent $45 million to lobby in Sacramento, and they’ll be sure to shower legislators with cash again this year.

    We’re publicly demanding that our representatives in Sacramento refuse to accept money or gifts from Big Oil. Tell your legislators show some courage!

    Big Oil lobbyists won’t technically break any laws. They’re too smart for that. But they’ll use all their power to try and stop California from funding childcare, preschool, higher education and parks by passing an oil extraction tax — a tax so popular that even red states like Texas and Alaska have one.

    From gutting anti-fracking legislation last year to striking down previous attempts to pass an oil extraction tax, the results of Big Oil’s spending in Sacramento are plain to see. Leaders in our State Capitol continue to complain that California’s tax revenue is too unpredictable to spend money on vital services for their constituents, but in the same breath, they hesitate to support an oil extraction tax that would provide $2 billion in stable revenue each year. It makes no sense, unless you realize who’s pulling the strings — Big Oil.

    We must have the courage to push this corruption out into the light. That’s why we’ve also joined forces with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) to deliver your message. We’ll be visiting representatives and putting them on notice that they can either stand with the people of California or Big Oil, but not both.

    http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/BigOilLobbyDay/?rd=1&t=2&referring_akid=883.458946.qmAtU5

    Yours in the fight for a California that works for everyone,

  182. Lisa L. Robinson says:

    Todd Bennett: We haven’t yet “met” but I must say that I initially took great umbrage to your post ‘A long time coming’. But then I thought long and hard about it as I usually do. And I came to the realization that you had valid and salient points. You are very intelligent and most passionate about people and children being hungry and in poverty. And for that passion you have my undying admiration.

    That post has elicited quite a few thoughtful comments on this blog and that is a good thing. Todd Bennett, in my mind you fall into the category of the “mean tough teacher”, (I am actually envisioning a very stern nun who is ready to rap some knuckles big time). In short you piss us off and then make us think deeply.

    Well played sir!

    But in the end Todd Bennett, you have to realize as some have pointed out that starlight’s incredible site is just not a political site but an astrological site as well. And if you are a student of astrology you would have to agree that those of us who frequent this blog are drawn inexplicably for one reason. The IC (the Imum coeli) in an astrology chart. Our security, our need for family and that is what brings all of the posters here together, including yourself. Our deep-seeded need to be around people who are like-minded, in our tribe our clan so to speak. It is very comforting feeling, as least it is for me.

    Our love and intrigue of astrology, our caring for humanity and this planet (politics) brings us all together. Whether good, bad, or happy or sad. Every poster here brings a different flavor but the ONE ingredient that binds us together is a love and compassion for this diverse sea of humanity.

    I like that, I like that a lot. Todd Bennett, thanks again for making me think deeply and critically. And to all who have responded in kind.

    Warm regards and all the best to everyone. Lisa.

  183. Anne's Aunt says:

    Arbo, interesting comment about the internet. LBJ certainly faced criticism tho – massive anti-war demonstrations for one. True the internet was not a force at the time, but there was just as much or more opposition to his policies. Opposition to his war policies by both hawks and doves (both dems and repubs) became overwhelming and ruined his legacy, and maybe rightly so.

    Still he did manage to pass civil rights laws, voting rights act, proposed war on poverty policies and made progress with that, gun control laws, opened immigration to non-europeans more, medicare, supported left democratically elected foreign leaders, started National Endowment for the Arts and Public Broadcasting, introduced and pushed for federal funding of public schools, created Head Start, food stamps, medicaid, had KKK criminals arrested, appointed first AA to supreme court, appointed the first AA cabinet secretary, fair housing act and urban renewal policies. All because he was a very hard working hands on president. He also said this “the Democratic party at its worst, is still better than the Republican party at its best”.

  184. alex says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/abortion-alabama_n_4855150.html

    I think there needs to established an underground railroad to get all women out of Alabama then re-settled somewhere else until the states only residents are men

  185. lisam says:

    OT, but there is a sort of loophole in Medicare that everyone who is of that age, should be aware of. It’s the second time that it’s been brought to the attention of the public on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. He talked about it again tonight. If you feel ill, and are having symptoms of a stroke, heart attack, or some other form of emergency, and you go to the hospital, make sure you are not admitted as a patient “under observation”, because if you really do suffer some debilitating illness, and need rehab, Medicare will not pay for it, and you will be stuck with the bill that runs into the twenty to thirty thousand dollar range, or more, so make sure you are registered as an “in-patient” to get all your re-hab costs paid. In case you missed it, here’s the link to that part of the NBC Nightly News. Hope it works.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/54026469#54026469

  186. lisam says:

    Actually, this is the one I saw tonight. Both are good examples of how differently things can turn out if you are aware/unaware of this hidden Medicare technicality.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/how-avoid-two-words-cost-thousands-medicare-bills-n38281

  187. arbo says:

    Todd Bennett — a little food for thought: one man’s nutcase is another’s political martyr. Sleep well on the thought.

  188. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lisam, good to know. I have power of attorney for both my parent’s health care and very much appreciate that info.

    Arbo, I doubt that Todd really meant that bit about being mentally ill. It was hyperbolic and meant to get a non-complacent reaction. Just my view tho, maybe he/she meant that people have multiple personalities in the arena of politics.

  189. Bob says:

    Let’s balance the scales:

    President Obama became President without much in the way of political experience and then working with the least productive Congress in our entire history and against a Party who admitted their main goal was to make him a one term President, defeated that Party by getting elected to a second term, successfully passed legislation which administrations had been unsuccessful at for more than half a century, and, despite unprecedented opposition (opposition that is not a sometime thing but present 24/7 every single day of his Presidency), is overseeing one of the fastest deficit reductions in the country’s history of a deficit he largely inherited, and is overseeing massive military involvment which he also inherited. But those accomplishments are not enough to get him even a passing grade by some armchair politicians. Talk is cheap but none of us has walked a mile in his shoes.

    When grading, all facets, including outright declared and practiced unequaled opposition, must be considered. I believe that in the next 2 elections voter backlash against the Republican points of view which began with the 2012 election will continue to grow resulting in a greatly diminished Republican Party’s presence and influence in governing the country. I also believe that situation will last for decades.

  190. Bob says:

    “and is overseeing massive military involvment which he also inherited.”

    should read “and is overseeing the reduction of a massive military

    involvement which he also inherited.”

  191. arbo says:

    Let Todd speak for himself, Annie’s Aunt. He’s articulate but occasionally given to hyperbolic rhetoric, which those of us who follow astrology certainly hear enough of from people whose knowledge of it extends no farther than their daily paper’s horoscope column. I think we’d all do well to not try to interpret for others what the rest of us have to say. We might get it wrong, after all. :)

  192. arbo says:

    Well put, Bob. Your keyboard to the electorate’s ears.

  193. alex says:

    Bob
    well said: having had chance to grow old :-) I noticed a theraputic remedy for obsessive compulsive political over focus and it comes from various avenues a) graditude journaling b) daily reset i.e. acknowledge the rose of the day and the thorn of the day c) meditative attention to what is important what is enduring d) respect for the natural length of humankind memory which is three generations, grandparents, parents, ourselves that is invaluable resource e) collective utility for mankind’s diligence at preserving knowledge f) sense of wonder for the unknown and the vision to quest for incredible new accomplishments and and and and

    thanks for sharing your take on domestic politics;

  194. alex says:

    APRIL 15, 2014 LUNAR ECLIPSE: It will be visible over east Australia, the Pacific and North and South America.

    2014 (excerpt) The best days include the brilliant April Lunar Eclipse on Spica conjunct Ceres, the Jupiter trine Uranus in September and a Grand fire trine which turns into a kite for the first two weeks of October. The October Lunar eclipse is also an exciting one conjunct Uranus in the grand fire trine/Kite.

    http://darkstarastrology.com/2014-horoscope/

    EXCERPT

    http://www.astrology-source.com/lunar.html

    A total Lunar Eclipse will take place on April 15, 2014 fhe first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014. This LE will occur as the Moon passes in front of the constellation of Libra @25 LI 16 exactly 3:42AM and is in exact alignment with the Earth moving opposite the Moon in front of the constellation of Aries at 25AR16.

    A Lunar Eclipse emphasizes the completion of something. This LE in Libra – the natural ruler of the 7TH house of parnerships, relationships business and personal are prevalent and an area of focus for all.

    As an eclipse involves three bodies, the Sun, the Moon and the Earth, this may represent a ‘triangle’ situation in your life.

    Keep in mind: all LE are powerful Full Moons that are ‘course correctors’ and are meant to change your life often in a way that could be unexpected.

    This LE emphasizes the need to work with others and demand some degree of compromise.

  195. alex says:

    http://northbayastrology.com/?p=27287#respond

    EXCERPT

    North Bay Astrology

    Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Widow Maker

    EXCERPT

    Using its incorporation date as its date of birth, the insurance company American International Group (AIG) is a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon whose financial super-soldiering (Sagittarius) nearly doomed the entire economy to a Death Wish (Scorpio).

    Most people think of AIG as simply the large insurance company whose failed derivative schemes put the livelihood of the entire world economy at risk during the collapse of 2008. The reality is that the company’s back story is far darker than anything that can be represented on actuarial tables or argued on the floor of Congress.

    For starters, AIG has been heavily involved in covert military operations since its inception. A year 2000 Los Angeles Times article entitled “The Secret Agent (Insurance) Man” traced the company’s involvement with “shadow wars” all the way back to at least World War II.

  196. Anne's Aunt says:

    Ha! yes, true Arbo. I have a distinct disadvantage here having the work “aunt” in my handle so I need to be extra extra careful to not sound school marmish. (hope that is a word). I do enjoy the astrology. I tend to see the huge major changes, like age of aquarius ushering in the age of the internet and new ways of connecting individuals (leos) into communities, and the 2008 alignments were pretty interesting. I read several sites and always keep in mind the bias of that site and how that mitigates the astrology. I very much like astrology for help in psychological readings of people. Otherwise my jury is still out about mundane readings of current events. I used to think such readings might be unbiased and impartial. Not sure that is possible. Thanks so much for the smily face! :)

  197. Bob says:

    Quote from Alex: ” . . . having had chance to grow old I noticed a theraputic remedy for obsessive compulsive political over focus . . .”

    My response: Alex, look before you leap. I do more charts for people and events than for politics. Here is my listing for Photobucket albums. Some are for politics, others for history, natural disasters, crime, examples, and individuals.

    775 images in 75 albums

    1 Set up and Betancourt, 911, ADIENST, AF447, AHP, ARMSTRONG, Aug06, BHUTTO, BIN LADEN, BOsEclipses, BP Oil Rig, BREIVIK, Bull Run and Sibly, CARRINGTON, CHIFIRE, CHO, COMPARE, Congress Picks Romney, DC2007, DIANE, ECLIPSES, EXAMPLES, for transfer, FTHOOD, GARDNER, GBNOV09, GIBSON, GIFFORDS, HAND PARANS, Hasan-SPEC, HILLARY, INAUGURATIONS, Madeleine, MCCAIN, McChrystal, MJackson, MJREED, Money, MOORE, MYJFK, NAPPER, New Madrid, New Sibly Events, Nix Prog SR Rsgn, NOSTRADAMUS, NOV09US, NOV9WORLD, Obama 12 and 13, OLD, Pakistan Flood 2010, PERRY, PLTXT, PREZELECT, PSSR and SQ,
    P_L, SIBELEC08, SIBLY EVENTS, SIBWW2, SMCRASH, SPECULUM, STATES, STEPH, SUMATRAQUAKE, TALESIN, TONGAQUAKE, Unsorted, WEBSLEUTHS, Wm and Kate.

    Then there are the 30,000+ on my computer of which the vast majority are not related to politics but for individuals, and the 10s of thousands I have deleted or lost from lost hard drives.

    Bye the bye – have you hacked into my computer?

  198. Anne's Aunt says:

    Bob, I also think Obama’s legacy will be good, tho not terribly liberal. But he got elected, twice. In a way he defines the parties and has moved the overton window to the right for dems. He will be the first AA president who leans towards Reagan (who he has said he admires greatly). Being an “aunt” (which I am, proudly) I wonder how that will pan out over time for the parties. In so very many ways the parties are meshed. The differences are being reduced to some domestic and social policies — still very important tho. Happy to make you sound like a dem loyalist! :)

  199. Todd Bennett says:

    Fiat currency was invented so inconvenient episodes of depression would not happen, so long as you played the game they wanted you to play. It gives a hint as to why we police the world. If you are clever, you will figure it out. In other words a currency collapse can’t happen, only devaluation, granted in some cases it could be massive, but not when there is huge GDP to back it up. China’s economy is not going to crash. It may retract, or get hit by inflation, but like any monetary manipulator, it will simply print some inflation and keep chugging.

    The U.S. gets the Petrodollar, and all it costs us are some kids who wanted to pay for college who get caught up in some IED’s or taken out by a sniper. How you feel about that goes a long way to determining the state, or even existence, of your conscience.

  200. Todd Bennett says:

    LBJ was one of the best Presidents of the 20th century. Some forget how the right wing CIA ensured the demise of the inner cities.

  201. Bob says:

    AA – When it comes to Presidents I have always voted Democrat and have never been ashamed to admit it.

    Alex – I was working charts for April 15 last night too but mine were for the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. 18 charts in all covering the departure, the collision, and the sinking, for Southampton and the location of the sinking with all 3 aligned with eclipse charts from the previous year.

    1912 was also the birth year of a dear departed friend with whom I shared a birth date 29 years later.

  202. alex says:

    Bob

    what a vast resource you have created, hope you safeguard it and what a vast amount of experience you have ;

    Anne’s Aunt

    – one thing to keep in mind modern astrology (not ancient astrology which was astronomy/astrology based) could roughly be thought of the as exclusively used for political/military purposes….. monarchs,soverigns etc used astrologer’s analysis to determine favorable or unfavorable conditions to conduct battles, wars; those modern astrologers were astronomer-astrologers and nascent metorologists…

    astronomy separated from astrology around the time (roughtly) that religion disagreed with their findings that earth was not the center of the solar system/universe but that the solar system was heliocenter Sun centered; and further astronomy separated from the practice of astrology as religion condemned astrology and discredited and banished it….

    astronomy and astrology are slowly slowly merging because some astrologers train themselves in astronomy; early NASA at one time utilized astrologers who were also computer software programmers that developed effective ephemeris they wanted the ephemeris computer skills from them… early Bell Laboratories utilized astrolgy and astro-weather correlations to explore ways to lessen interference with radio signals; and there are more examples;

    natal astrology and humanistic psychological astrology is more or less the newest form of popular astrology…

    Natal astrology is actually quite difficult but because of availablity of computer programs and the resulting proliferation of practicing astrolgers there is so much available that many many people can train themselves in astrology at their own pace in their own ways….

    Modern Mundane astrology was available to monarchs and soverigns because the wealthy/elite/ patronized astrology for their own purposes… ordinary people did not have access to astrology analysis and ordinary people were not the subject of interest for astrologers at that time…. the one exception of how ancient astrology developed into astrology evenutally practiced in India sough after by everybody focused on selecting individuals for arranged marriages; Vedic and other forms of astrology practiced in Inida was sought after by every family to help them determine the only kind of marriage India recognixed and those were arranged marriages… love marriages in India are only something 20C (but I’ll let someone with VEDIC etc practice give history on that soemone who would know better the cultural detail notations )

    Political astrology/mundane astrology has to set aside personal bias as anything based on hypothesis/theory analysis must do and that is difficult as you mentioned….

    the quickest way to overcome bias from political astrology articles is to find various forecasts that are of interest to you and use a personal take-away system, collecting only what NARROWLY interests you not the entire narrative-argument and then form your own opinion…

    the problem as I see it with mundane astrology is that there are very few really good predictive astrologers – Nancy is one of them; but in actuality that may be because many astrologers strive to predict by confusing what is PROBABLITY hypothesis by calling it prediction;

    mundane astrology is really about POTENTIALS & PROBABLITY not about prediction (in other words) it is about what is more likely or less liekly to happens under the circumstances and conditions they are analyzed… astrology can not consider all the vast vast sets of data to one chart/forecast… it is not meant to in any case…. what natal astrologers and mundane astrologers share in common is using language that say their findings are favorable or not favorable….

    mundane astrology/political astrology is about the trajectory and momentum from fields and forces of power/influence/economy networks….

    natal astrology could be said to consider ‘nature and nurture’ issues balanced with what experiences the person is having or is likely to have compared to natural/normal life path… being born, being a child, becoming an adult, becoming independent self sufficient, working, forming relationships, having children, aging etc;

  203. Jerry says:

    Todd,

    Your remarks regarding fiat currency are rather strange. You’re suggesting that fiat money has inherent support levels. Since there are no hard assets serving as collateral (similar to taking out a loan on an unsecured credit card. Any given customer can easily walk away from its obligations if he or she chooses, suffering no lasting repercussions from it save for a possible downgrade in the individual’s credit rating).

    The only glue holding up this colossal house of cards (fiat currency) is trust. Once that trust is undermined or questioned, lending will inevitably freeze up. This happened in Sept. 2008. In a last minute hurculean effort to avoid a complete collapse of the system US congress allocated 700 billion dollars in emergency spending to the banks. We are now beginning to feel the effects of that reckless ‘spending our way out of debt’ activity. We simply kicked the can down the road. The trend is unsustainable. We are now in a much more precarious state then we were in 2008 because we’ve run out of options; the ability to borrow as we have in the past is simply no longer there.

    For a full story of just what happened in 2008, Frontline reviews those events in a remarkable documentary……

    FRONTLINE/ Inside the Meltdown (Part 1 of 5)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK5MYfGzInE

    Parts 2 to 5 can be accessed on the right hand column of the youtube website.

  204. Todd Bennett says:

    Nope Jerry that is not how it works. In reality we are not even in that serious of debt, nor is China. The reason this myth is perpetuated is to subjugate and disarm the welfare state. This is the reality: governments don’t buy each other’s debt because of some far flung notion of trust, but trade. This is why so long as each partner has the GDP to back it up inflation is moved along post haste as needed. Greece collapsed because it no longer offered much to trade nor did it have any kind of military, so it was not viewed as worth saving beyond what it took to stave off civil war.

    Yes I know economics professors teach differently, and they are wrong.

    Yes they lie on purpose.

    Fiat currency is nothing more than a representation of trading power, that is it. That is the lie they won’t admit to, because guess why Jerry? Because that empowers the producers, the proletariat, not the bourgeoisie. And this is a tremendous lie, a historic and maddening falsehood, because in theory, AND IT WAS, fiat currency is an economic creation designed to ensure a standard of living, not just inflate one for the few. Currencies are infinitely sustainable, they just inflate. Sure a few go down because they have nothing to offer. In the event of a global economic crisis as doomster nutbags like to say, the banksters will just form a currency basket, value it, and move on. Worrying about the collapse of currency is as silly as being upset of the plot of a soap opera.

  205. alex says:

    Bob
    – PS what I focus on is political/economy astrology… I work natal for friends and family…. my experience is political astrology;

  206. barbk says:

    Thank you Lisa. I like your powers of observation combined with your understanding of the nature of humanity. Your summation is very appreciated.

  207. Todd Bennett says:

    Jerry we bailed out rich people, all we had to do was transfer the assets of the account holders into stable financial institutions. There was no imminent collapse, it was armed robbery that would make Jimmy Burke himself blush.

  208. Todd Bennett says:

    Of all the people my wildest fondest dreams involve bashing with a ball peen hammer, gold bugs are near the top of the list. You know the type, overgrown douchebag Gen Xers in cheap suits talking about guns and gold, and how to survive. Well let me ask you this, were there to be a currency collapse, and there will not be, why would your gold alone keep the lights on? What life would you live? No ballgames, movies, stocked shelves or readily available transportation, so what exactly would your gold buy? Commodity pushers are not backing a strong currency, but a return to feudalism, or in our case, the robber baron days.

    The lie gold bugs tell is currency collapse, when the reality is they push for it. But not before they have used the so called worthless currency to buy up island property in tropical locations waiting for the day they alone will be the power brokers of the planet. You want to know if there will be a true global economic crisis? See if Belize and Costa Rica reach build out. Maybe then they attempt to pull the pin, maybe. But I doubt it.

    Greed mongers would love nothing better than to return to the days when wealth was inherited, hoarded, and encapsulated. In other words, in a society where the only value is gold, and only certain people have gold, what does that relegate the rest of the populace to?

    Slaves.

  209. clymela box says:

    Todd Benett

  210. clymela box says:

    Forgive the typo-can’t type one handed this AM.

  211. kdez says:

    Paul Krugman (Nobel-prize-winning, liberal economist) says today:

    “Uh-oh. Chinese equivalents of the TED spread and other gauges of financial stress in the US have widened sharply. The widening in the TED spread was one of the key reasons I was already very scared in late 2007. If past is prologue, we should be very worried about China now.”

    This is not about our debt held by China — it’s their own internal economy that appears to be endangered somehow.

  212. Jerry says:

    Todd,

    No serious debt? And your line of reasoning is……

    “The reason this myth is perpetuated is to subjugate and disarm the welfare state.”

    Your buttressing your observations with that kind of intellectual rationale leaves me with the impression that you seem to enjoy weaving elaborate conspiratorial theories over and above substantive, meaningful discussion.

    You initially began your posts with the following opening statement:

    “I feel this site has degenerated into factions of well meaning subject driven posters, and a group of delusional, paranoid schizophrenics who want to make this yet another tin foil hat site.”

    Not trying to put you on the spot mind you but your subsequent posts reveals something of a dissatisfaction with the establishment and dare I say, a kind of despondency. Has the contradictions and weariness in your approach not occurred to you? If you desire genuine thought-provoking honest discussion with other posters here, you may need to be a tad more introspective on this.

    Anyway, about the world’s current ills (“Doom Porn” as you like to phrase it)….. I’d prefer to look upon it as growing pains. Here’s an excellent article. Well worth reading.

    Awakening and Transformation: The Uranus/Pluto Square

    http://michellegregg.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/awakening-and-transformation-the-uranuspluto-square/

  213. Todd Bennett says:

    This upcoming Grand Cross is not unique, it is the fifth in a series. It is representative of a slow transition, it carries none of the hallmarks of doom or rapid escalation of violence. As far as the currency debate, this is pointless, you continue to view the situation mathematically, and until you view it strategically will never get it. Math is only tangentially associated with the modern economy, in so far as it has to be manipulated.

    In general not despondent, just tired of pulling wool off of people’s eyes who are determined sleep buried under sheep.

  214. Jerry says:

    Todd, I don’t know what sources you are relying on. Mathematically AND strategically, the debt is unsustainable. In the US alone – 17 trillion dollars and rapidly accelerating. The sheer interest required to keep things functioning is choking off capital growth. It’s debt orient society. Logically speaking, you simply can’t grow your way out of debt. Sooner or later the system will collapse under it’s own weight. It’s a logical, mathematical certainty.

  215. Jerry says:

    Typo/ Read instead: “It’s a debt oriented society.”

  216. Noelle says:

    Jerry, thanks for that wonderful article. The Catholic Church came to mind. I anticipate some big changes there.

    This square puts Pluto on my 4th house cusp and Uranus on my 7th house cusp. I’m happy to say that sudden changes on my 4th have been positive ones. I know the power of Pluto. When it squared my natal Pluto in Leo and was conjunct my natal Sun in Scorpio I felt as though I had been dragged into the underworld. My life is very different than it was prior to that transit but I think I’m a better person and certainly a more spiritual one.

    The article gives us a lot to think about especially as it concerns our reactions to these transits.

    Thank you,again.

  217. alex says:

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-02-26/hedge-funds-betting-on-danish-crisis-face-losses-banks-say-1

    EXCERPT

    Speculation on how Denmark will manage its private debt load has intensified since Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman said last month the level of indebtedness was grounds for concern.

    The biggest banks in Denmark’s $550 billion mortgage market say hedge funds looking for ways to bet against the industry are setting themselves up for losses.

    Europe’s largest issuer of mortgage-backed covered bonds, Nykredit Realkredit A/S, says speculation the AAA-rated Danish economy may be headed for a debt crisis ignores some basic facts. Near record-low yields at mortgage bond auctions that started last week are proof that most investors agree, according to the bank.

    “Funds can speculate on whatever they want,” Soeren Holm, chief financial officer at Nykredit, said in a telephone interview. “But I don’t think it’s good business to speculate against Denmark.”

    STORY: The Incredible Shrinking Credit-Default Swap Market

    The comments follow reports earlier this month that Owl Creek Asset Management LP, a $3.2 billion New York-based hedge fund, was betting against Danish government debt and buying credit default swaps on Danske Bank A/S (DANSKE), the country’s biggest bank and owner of its second-largest mortgage lender. It’s not possible to purchase default swaps on closely held Nykredit, Denmark’s biggest mortgage bank.

    Owl Creek

    According to a Bloomberg Ranking of the top 100 hedge funds with assets of $1 billion or more, Owl Creek was sixth-best, delivering its investors 38.1 percent in the first 10 months of 2013.

    Founder and investment chief Jeffrey Altman revealed his fund’s position on Denmark during a panel discussion in Florida last month, according to two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Owl Creek declined to comment for this article.

    Danes indulged in “excessive debt-taking” in the years leading up to 2008, when the nation’s property bubble burst, the financial regulator said last month. Household debt is 321 percent of disposable incomes, a world record that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in November demands a policy response.

    STORY: In Denmark, Goldman Sachs Deal Ignites Political Crisis

    Most of the debt is in mortgages, of which about two-thirds are financed using short-term bonds. That’s made households vulnerable to interest rate swings and created “special demands” on fiscal policy, the government said last month.

    Krugman’s Question

    Denmark’s FSA is now working with the government on plans to cap bank sales of interest-only loans and mortgages that need to be refinanced annually to help the economy deleverage. Legislation is pending that will extend bond maturities if markets freeze or if rates climb more than 5 percentage points between auctions.

  218. Anne's Aunt says:

    Alex, thanks for the long very interesting reply.

  219. Squallo says:

    I don’t know if i’m a troll but this, to my thinking, it’s very important considering the astrological forecast for the next two months.

    President Vladimir Putin put Russian combat troops on high alert for a drill on Wednesday, the Kremlin’s most powerful gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president of Ukraine.

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/26/alarm-in-ukraine-as-vladimir-putin-orders-russian-combat-troops-on-high-alert/

    US’s Kerry: It would be grave mistake if Russia intervenes militarily in Ukraine; US considering $1bn loan guarantee for Ukraine

    http://inagist.com/all/438769885393731585/

  220. Squallo says:

    Russia to expand its worldwide military presence

    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday in remarks carried by Russian news agencies the military was conducting talks with Algeria, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.

    http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expand-worldwide-military-presence-194113119.html?soc_src=mediacontentsharebuttons

  221. Lorrie U says:

    lisam – Thank you for the informative posts! Have shared the info.

  222. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Your response to AA re. astrology was superb!!!! Excellent!! Will save this and share it with others to give a better understanding of what astrology is or is not.

  223. Lorrie U says:

    Squallo – You are not a troll, you are posting factual info rather than opinions that create a reaction to another’s beliefs.

  224. alex says:

    Lorrie

    I got my past and present tense words and grammar wrong in first paragraph and it sounds confusing as I read it again…

    there are great resources for history of ancient science, mathematics, astronomy, astrology in every culture… I’ll post a few … Chinese ancient astronomy astrology is a great study too

    my point was that astrology is an ANCIENT practice/study of ASTRONOMY/ASTROLOGY developed and practiced together in many cultures;

    The Science of Astronomy
    http://casswww.ucsd.edu/archive/physics/ph7/lecture/lecture02.pdf

    The Mystery of Chaoco Canyon
    http://documentarystorm.com/the-mystery-of-chaco-canyon/

    Unveiling the ancient astronomy of southwestern Pueblo Indians

    Directed by Anna Sofaer and Albert Ihde
    Produced by The Solstice Project
    Narrated by Robert Redford

    This classic, timeless film documents the extraordinary celestial calendar created by ancient North American Indians, and rediscovered by artist Anna Sofaer, high on a butte in New Mexico.

    The “dagger” is presently the only known site in the world that marks the extreme positions of both the sun and moon.

    The film explores the complex culture of the Anasazi Indians who constructed the calendar, and thrived both spiritually and materially in the harsh environment of Chaco Canyon a thousand years ago.

  225. alex says:

    Lorrie

    Ancient Astronomy/Astrology – continued

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeoastronomy

    Archaeoastronomy

    http://www.solsticeproject.org/films.html

  226. alex says:

    Lorrie

    final post – Astronomy/Astrology

    Astrology, an Ancient Greek term, has been studied in one form or another almost as long as civilization has existed. The history of astrology can be traced back to the ancient Babylonian Empire. The Babylonian civilization existed around 2000 BC. This means that the true roots of astrology are almost four thousand years old. In ancient Babylonia, the study of stars and constellations was used to predict times of famine and war as well as times of plenty and peace.

    http://www.lifescript.com/soul/horoscope/astrology/the_history_of_astrology.aspx

    EXCERPTS

    With primitive science and mathematics, the Druids were able to create massive monuments of religion that correlated with the movements of the stars. Many of the ancient Druidic monoliths and caverns had very specific relationships to the constellations, the moon and the sun.

    Pythagoras’s belief that all events are cyclic stems from the philosophy that the constellations are predictive and all things are written in the stars.

    Pythagoras was not simply a mathematician, although much about this ancient Greek philosopher focuses on his mathematical achievements. He was also a renowned astrologist who studied the movements of constellations and their impact on the nature of life. While little is known about Pythagoras, he did develop a school based on natural philosophy and mysticism which revolved highly around the paths of constellations as well as lunar and solar cycles.

  227. alex says:

    Bob

    I just read the final notation in your comment directed to me asking if I hacked into your computer… I describe myself as a computer neophyte or computer illiterate… I’ve never had interest or skill with computers & software… I am strictly point & click computer user…

    I love to learn … but computer science is low or lowest on my to – do list; in recent years I’ve included, physics and chemistry in my learning past times;

    did you see my post upthread about a great application for 4-5 year olds to teach the fundamentals of algebra as fun concepts and games…. it’s fabulous stuff even adults could luv;

  228. will says:

    Oh Cardinal Cross, Where Art Thou?

    The New York Times BREAKING NEWS ALERT

    NYTimes.com
    BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:32 PM EST
    Despite Rifts, G.O.P. Has Election Edge, Poll Finds
    Republicans are in a stronger position for this year’s midterm elections, benefiting from the support of self-described independents, even though the party itself is deeply divided and most Americans agree more with Democratic policy positions, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows.
    The independents in the poll — a majority of whom were white men under age 45 — continued to sour on President Obama’s job performance. Republicans hold their edge despite the fissures within their party over whether it is too conservative, and many are discouraged about the party’s future.
    READ MORE »
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us/politics/despite-rifts-gop-has-election-edge-poll-finds.html?emc=edit_na_20140226

  229. arbo says:

    Annie’s Aunt — I also use it more as psychology, but if anyone is going to win you over to the accuracy of mundane astrology it’s going to be Nancy.

  230. alex says:

    There is a difference: Wax & Wan – Applying & Separating

    http://www.skyscript.co.uk/aspects2.html

    APPLYING & SEPARATING ASPECTS

    When two planets are moving together to an exact aspect they are applying.

    When they are moving apart from the exact aspect they are separating.

    Applying aspects are uually stronger psychologically than separating aspects.

    In event and horary horoscopes separating aspects refer to past events and applying aspects refer to future events.

    http://www.currentplanetarypositions.com/moonphases.shtml

    Wax & Wan

    A waxing aspect is one that occurs during the first half of a cycle, as the cycle is moving from conjunction to opposition.

    A waning aspect is one that occurs during the second half of a cycle, as the cycle is moving from opposition back to conjunction.

    The waxing aspect is in the “growth” portion of the cycle, while the waning aspect is in the “fulfillment” portion of the cycle

  231. starlight says:

    I was looking for a post I once wrote about Russia but couldn’t find it. I know I have said that they will be increasingly aggressive from late 2013 through 2014. And here we are.

  232. Todd Bennett says:

    Russia does not have the military to even take the whole of Ukraine conventionally. So I ask again Starlight, are you worried about WWIII in the immediate future? I mean nukes.

  233. starlight says:

    I have never said anything about WW3 or nukes. Not sure where you got that. I am worried Russia may send in some troops to Ukraine. I doubt anyone will oppose them. Maybe there will be talk of sanctions but Russia controls the gas to Western Europe. So I don’t know there is much anyone can do if Putin decides to act. The entire Jupiter/Uranus square seems to be about an ongoing crisis/standoff/tension in Ukraine. I also think it may additionally become about an escalating Syrian conflict, perhaps bringing in the Israel/Hezbollah clash more. Please don’t attribute things to me I have not said.

  234. Todd Bennett says:

    Well here http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2011/10/the-once-and-future-king/#comments

    But to be direct, what in the world do you think people are going to consider when you bring up the possibility of a U.S. Russia conflict and make comparisons to the Cuban Missile problem, Rainbow Brite?

  235. Todd Bennett says:

    We have known each other a long time, but consider the context of your post.

  236. starlight says:

    I think the US will bluster a lot when Jupiter is crossing the US Sun in April and then realize we are very limited in what we can actually do by May when Saturn becomes strong in the various charts. I also wonder if there are parallel events rather than a US/Russian event in April. I can only talk about whose charts are affected and how much tension is in each of them. I don’t know how it will unfold. It is not impossible to see the US and Russia getting close to the edge but not acting on it. That is what happened in 1962. But there is turmoil and ongoing tension that is stretching for a prolonged period with the US behind one side and Russia behind the other, and Russia now putting troops along the border. The tensions are likely to build further, through April, before they dissipate. Beyond that, I can’t say.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/russia-fighter-jets-ukraine-border

    and from Squallo’s post:

    http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expand-worldwide-military-presence-194113119.html?soc_src=mediacontentsharebuttons

  237. clymela box says:

    WOW! Todd Bennett-your recent posts sound mean almost troll like. Are you angry because of the success of this site?

  238. Todd Bennett says:

    Facepalm.

  239. Squallo says:

    Todd Bennett:

    You are taking Nancy out of context.

  240. Todd Bennett says:

    Directed to Chymela, not you. My Grandpa, he said one of the hardest things he had to do was prepare his family for a perhaps imminent nuclear strike, and the other day, I did the same thing with my Wife. I had to explain the targets, primary and secondary, the likely buildups, the contingencies the whole bit, not based on this site, but based on my on concerns of the situation militarily.

    Obama I like as a man, but he has learned nothing from JFK. He continues to surround himself with virulent hawks mired in a cold war mentality and then wonders why it is so hard to extricate himself from that paradigm. I personally think his poll numbers are going to fall because of gas prices, but also, there is the possibility he just says to Putin “you want it take it, I’m done”, which while good for us would rattle the pride of the egocentric right wing.

    I don’t think Putin would engage in a suicidal war, and I doubt the U.S. would risk a major war over Crimea. My Grandfather was quick to point out that his kids were never the same after that conversation, and likewise, my Wife turned ashen and I think a part of her matured, but also lost some inner light. There is no greater threat to the planet, save for global warming, than nuclear weapons, and the only “strategic objective” should be peace. On this we agree I am rather sure.

  241. Todd Bennett says:

    Squallo, if you can not draw an inference that a cataclysm is possible from comparisons to the Cuban event and her directly mentioning a non proxy confrontation between global superpowers, you have no business whatsoever judging appropriate context.

  242. Squallo says:

    Let´s hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

  243. Squallo says:

    Todd:

    First, you need to calm down a lot.

    Second, Nancy never said that we would have a second Cuban missiles crisis, but that the prolonged Jupiter Uranus square was last seen during that time.

  244. Todd Bennett says:

    Squallo peace and love to you. I hope the U.S. takes this opportunity to dial back its intervention and work as an ally to democracy and not an enforcer of it. The time has come to retrench and return to focusing on our own infrastructure, failings, and look to where we can improve. The problem with this has always been a right wing insistent that we are near perfect and everyone else is wrong or needs to change. Indeed the whole platform of neocons is sociopathic when one delves into its details.

    We have to rationally self assess our own shortcomings, and this has nothing to do with treason or self loathing at all. But even though I am at times not enamored with the direction of the Democrats, the political correctness, the overreach, the intellectual inconsistency, the Republicans have labeled themselves as hate, and they have to go politically. In fact perhaps no greater measure toward peace can be taken than the extinction of an ideology based upon a superiority whose mortal enemy is empathy.

  245. Todd Bennett says:

    Leaving site take care

  246. Squallo says:

    Todd:

    I had previously mentioned to Nancy that The 1962 prolonged square wasn’t followed by a grand cross alignment, so we can expect things to heat up more this time, and I even mentioned the possibility of a big war to start, or even a world war. Although Nancy mentions that she doesn’t see a world war erupting, I´m still not sure that we can discard that scenario, especially with the extremist people involved.

    Peace and love to you too.

  247. kdez says:

    Starlight, you did a pretty thorough report on Putin and Russia October 1, 2011. Includes the statement “The 1990 Russian chart strongly suggests an increasingly bold and dangerous Russia from January 2012 through at least August 2014″ and “2014 would seem to be the crucial year that changes Russia’s aggressive trajectory.”

    http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2011/10/the-once-and-future-king/

  248. will says:

    Todd,

    I’ve been hanging back a bit while you pen your invective. It was funny for a spell and I share your frustration about a few rabid posters who have essentially co-opted Starlight News as their very own with a suffocating, compulsive barrage of daily posts. But you now blaming and attacking the host of the site – with outright aggression and sarcasm. And I’ve read the links you have referenced and think your assertions are quite off-the-mark.

    You are a very fine, gifted writer Todd; but right now, you seem to be holding the pen with your asshole – and it stinks.

    It would be a loss if you left this site – certainly for me as I truly enjoy your normally thoughtful and provocative posts. And I don’t think you really want to leave.

    Maybe leave the door open and think about a time-out to regroup and come back to your center – where your best self lives and writes from.

  249. Todd Bennett says:

    If it makes you feel better Squallo, it did me-From wiki-A cardinal Grand Cross is said to cause a particular difficulty in accomplishing goals because the individual wants to accomplish everything at the same time: he/she usually ends up accomplishing very little (if anything at all)

    A box with no present, a cone with no ice cream, body but no engine, (A hawk but no wings?) threats but no war this is probably why Nancy thinks tension is the worst of it.

  250. Squallo says:

    Ukraine crisis: Kerry warns Putin ‘This is not Rocky IV’ as Russian fighter jets put on combat alert

    http://www.onenewspage.com/n/World/750azcjcw/Ukraine-crisis-Kerry-warns-Putin-This-is-not.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAR4OfwZbbE

  251. Helen says:

    According to this scathing assessment of the Ukrainian situation, we’ve opened up Pandora’s Box:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/27/352453/can-putin-stop-the-inevitable-in-ukraine/

  252. Helen says:

    Some of you might notice that the author of the above article on the Ukraine,Dr Paul Craig Roberts, was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under Reagan. However, his articles are featured on OPEDNEWS, a leftwing/progressive alternative news site.

    This new Glenn Greenwald article is getting a lot of play:

    “How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations”

    900+ comments to this!

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

  253. will says:

    Nancy, fellow Starlighters,

    I have been watching CNN this morning; world-wide tensions and saber-rattling seem to be coming from all over the globe. Ukraine is and escalating powder-keg, Syria, Egypt and Israel are all tense. A very large, mysterious Russian warship has been discovered just off the coast of Cuba. North Korea is acting up. Its fairly clear to me that Starlight’s astrological skills and political insights are spot-on as many of her predictions are rolling out almost on-queue.

  254. Squallo says:

    TA-DA!!

    A Russian spy ship turned up at a Havana port Wednesday, without any explanation from Cuba, as Moscow announced plans to expand its worldwide military presence.

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/27/why-did-russia-send-spy-ship-to-cuba-no-word-from-communist-nation-as-armed-vessel-docks-in-havana/

  255. SarahG says:

    I’m a bit confused about you message Todd. On the one hand you take Starlight and blog members to task for suggesting the current and rising tensions could get out of hand and yet you have apparently and recently been preparing your family for a nuclear exchange or attack on the U.S.????? I wouldn’t believe anyone who felt they could predict with any accuracy how things might unfold. As I stated in a previous post, there are far too many hot spots erupting at once and too many wild cards in play. Perhaps you are letting off steam from your own rising tensions. The ‘news’ feed is NOT our reality and I think those who get too caught up in it lose that perspective. Breathe…

  256. karen says:

    Wow! Tremors, shakes, rattles and rolls, almost as if we’re mirroring the worldwide tensions. Interesting! And…I’m going to participate too. First I’m going to block that “facepalm” Clymela received, and swat the air clean of the bully name spewed at Nancy. Then, I’m going to give a swift swack to a disrespectful arse.

    There, I feel better.

  257. kiwi says:

    With mercury still retro when the Russian ship arrived in Cuba, do you suppose that any ‘action’ will come to naught?
    Feels to me like a tit-for-tat; you put your nose into our neighbourhood, and we’ll put our nose in your neighbourhood. Everyone is feeling angst at the moment and Putin strikes me as an unevolved soul acting out on cue an old cold war mentality. He is reported to have said that the worst day of his life was when the USSR collapsed.
    And for the rest of us, our job is to project a light vision into the situation – your thoughts really do send out energy….. make them loving ones – there are enough war and fearmongers already.

  258. SarahG says:

    Kiwi – I think the tit-for-tat is what set off the Cuban Missile Crisis. Again we were encroaching on their neighborhood with nuclear warheads and they thought they would give us a taste of just what that was like. I’m guessing that if the U.S.A. had fallen apart as the USSR did, that there would be a large contingent of Americans who felt the kind of sorrow that Putin does re: USSR and would actively be trying to put humpty-dumpty back together again. I’m also fairly certain that we would also find any encroachment of out territories from any direction as a threat and interference. I have to say that Putin may have acted very wisely from the perspective of a leader to have reclaimed his country’s resources from another type of encroachment…oligarchs (many too connected to Western interests for comfort) who wanted to take control of Russia’s oil and gas reserves through open markets. It’s the same thing that Chavez was fighting when he nationalized his oil. It’s so easy to demonize and our media dishes it out in spades. Most often there are hidden agendas behind that propaganda that has nothing to do with any moral stance and to accept those cartoonish characterizations seems an acceptance black & white reality…good guys, bad guys…nationalism to a fault. Maybe we are hardwired to resist nuance and complexity. We have relationships in order to see ourselves more clearly if we only have the awareness to get past our projections. I’m not giving Putin or Russia a pass so much as questioning the whole premise from which we participate and ‘see’ the rest of the world. And I’m suggesting that Putin’s behavior and response to unfolding events is not at all surprising or particularly different than what our own response might be were the tables turned. It’s still all about power and resources and I hope we are seeing the death throes of a corrupt and dysfunctional system and way of being that the planet and its people can no longer accept or live with.

  259. barbk says:

    I agree will, the prevailing astrology has the proverbial “foot bone connected to the ankle bone” pattern; impossible to pick a single starting place and without Nancy’s level-headed perspective we would be lost in Neptunian chaos.

    New Moons being a “starting place” of sorts, this one drops us into the middle of that chaos at 10+ Pisces. This Sun-Moon conjunction semi-sextiles Uranus who squares Jupiter who opposes Pluto who sextiles Chiron and also septiles (51+ deg. separates them and is irrational in nature) Neptune who opposes Pallas who sextiles Ceres who is conjunct Vesta, the north node and Mars who quincunx’s Juno and squares Venus who sextiles Saturn.

    Two things stand out as special in my way of starting out with this March 1 lunation. First, the nodes begin their trip in new cardinal (action) signs, having left the old fixed (unmovable) signs. Right off the bat the north node (path forward) at 29 Libra is conjoined by Vesta stationing retro (what is invested in and dedicated toward), Mars stationing retro (action taken, defense of) and Ceres retrograde (life sustaining, symbol of life-death-rebirth cycle). Only Ceres is briefly in Scorpio and she will join the others in Libra by the end of March.

    Libra seeks peace, a balanced relationship and is ruled by Venus. Venus is leaving Capricorn for Aquarius and in this NM chart is square Mars in Libra and sextile Saturn in Scorpio. Venus in Saturn’s sign says to Mars (in her sign) who is stationing retro, “Think (Libra) about this before taking any action”, something Saturn (also stationing retrograde) stresses to her via his sextile with her and she still being in his sign for the moment.

    The second thing is Neptune’s (almost) obvious powerful influence this lunation. Only 5 degrees away from the Sun-Moon and opposite Pallas (the Strategist)in Virgo, Neptune is also host to Chiron and Juno in his sign. Each has a part to play in the Pisces drama this month; particularly Juno (demands equality) as the point (apex) goddess for the sextiling goddesses Juno-conjunct-Vesta and Pallas. Juno is the only one moving forward and she will reach the Aries Point (0 Aries) on March 3; where the political becomes personal.

    However, it is Neptune’s less obvious aspects to Uranus (a decile, having a fixed purpose; an aspect that transcends the physical) and Pluto (a septile, subtle and repetitive, utilizes irrational methods and mystical (incomprehensible) forces) who is wheeling and dealing with mankind, and eludes us all until we surrender our puny wills to his his. (nothing personal :) )

    From this, these two things that stand out (the nodes in Libra-Aries, and Neptune’s powerful position), it appears we are entering a period of catharsis, we human beings. We must examine what we value, and would fight for and be dedicated to, and must grant equality to others doing/wanting the same, and then find a way to balance those areas between us that conflict.

    The outer planets provide the means to rise above the level where the problems/differences were created if we are willing. This New Moon semi-sextiles Uranus, sextiles Pluto, conjuncts Neptune and trines Jupiter stationing direct. Let’s start there.

    Jupiter must rise above the levels of conflict with Uranus (square) and Pluto (opposition) and Jupiter can provide understanding, the big picture, see past ethnic and cultural differences, and foster networking when used positively. Next month Jupiter will trine Saturn (the 3rd and last in this series) and they both will trine Chiron in Pisces. What could be more perfect than that?

  260. Squallo says:

    I´m really sorry to bring some rumors but they seem serious.

    According to some sources “rumors”, the Russian Ship in Cuba has a Nuclear weapon to challenge the US resolve in the matter, because the Russians are about to make their move.

    Sevastopol Airport Under Military Occupation
    http://ukrainianpolicy.com/sevastopol-airport-under-military-occupation/

  261. Squallo says:

    The participants of the meeting also unveiled the date for the beginning of Third World War. The new war is said to begin in March of 2014, during the Olympic Games in Sochi. It is also possible that the war may start five days after the Games end. Globa did not say in which country exactly the war would begin. He only said that the African revolutions would slowly be moving towards Russia. Massive protests will eventually spark in Central Asia, the astrologist said. According to Globa, such events are happening because of the Black Moon. NATO attacked Libya the day when the Black Moon allied itself with the sun. When the Black Moon allied itself with Uranus, the Japanese earthquake occurred.

    http://english.pravda.ru/society/anomal/25-03-2011/117328-third_world_war-0/

  262. Squallo says:

    was from 2011

  263. alex says:

    making a correction from my comment of: (think I was having brainfreeze…. here is the correct aspect)

    February 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Nessus ingress to 00 Pisces
    Chart Capitol Building DC

    Chart Aspect: (correction is – QUINDECILE ASPECT)

    planets Moon – Saturn , houses 12TH House, 6TH House
    WAX ASPECT – growth phase also known as crisis in action phase

    APPLYING WAXING QUINDECILE: Moon @04 Taurus (162) Saturn @22 Scorpio ( I used wide orb because Moon is fast object voing/transiting toward an exact 165 degree Quindecile to Saturn)

    Quindecile Aspect(intense)

    further down in comments I posted url at:
    February 27, 2014 at 1:08 am wax & wan – apply & separate

    Moon, Saturn aspects involve – DECISIONS

    in the April Chart, Capitol Building when Nessus ingresses/enters @00 Pisces (long term bad or abusive conditions) you can image
    how that will go when D’s try to reason with the R’s to pass bills to a·me·lio·rate to make some conditions that are bad or unsatisfactory better;

    it’s kind of like when the Super Committee (Super Congress) couldn’t agree on a budget so the sequester idea was offered and in the news at least it was reported that it would never pass into law… and you know it DID ….. the GOP played ‘where’s the pea shell game’ and the D’s fell for it; they said they didn’t want the sequester but they had agreed on these super committee rules that said if they couldn’t agree on budget then they would have to sequester and it was in order to put equal pressure on both sides to avoid the toxic sequester cuts voila… it was a GOP/TEA/Libertarian head fake they loved the sequester they only performed their kabuki congressional theater ‘sad’ face to make it seem otherwise…

    well Moon QD Saturn in April when Nessus will enter the sign of Pisces we have the D-R Nessus battles over deciding on remedies for various ‘bad persistent conditions’ spoiler alert – Kabuki Congress coming right up again;

    Nessus @00 Pisces
    (early April then again early July 2014 – early Feb 2015 , again mid-Sept 2015 to early January 2016)

  264. Duchess of Gadsden says:

    One of the things I like best about Nancy is that she never goes out on a limb with predictions. She will talk about stresses, or prolonged sadness, or say something about the mood of the country. She has never once predicted WWIII or nuclear attacks, even when she is expressing strong concern about a situation.

    She has almost always correctly noted sadness and anger in the wake of various mass shootings, without ever predicting those things specifically. Because, I’m guessing, that’s not really possible and it’s certainly not what she ever does. Her insights into personality and behavior, and the general tenor of events is amazing. That’s why I visit this site. I feel as if I understand what’s going on in a much better way because of her analyses of everything.

  265. Lisa L. Robinson says:

    barbk: As always so look forward to your astute astrological analysis. You are pretty good! No re-check that, you are really good. Between starlight, you, alex, and Bob, I feel that I have hit the astrological lottery! barbk, thanks for all you do, I really appreciate it. Also thank you for your kind comment.

    will: Good to hear your words today. I have missed you! You are right, Todd is a very gifted writer but he seems angry and upset right now. Hard to say as we don’t know him personally of what and/or everything that is bothering him. Just wish him some peace.

    Squallo: Keep posting, don’t stop. I along with many other’s here are listening.

    Sharon: You asked me about my primary influences, well here goes. Lots of fire. 4 planets and 2 asteroids in Sagittarius, Juno, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Pallas all in the 9th. With Pallas and Jupiter practically kissing my MC in Sagittarius. 10th house Sun in Sagittarius. Not to mention my Leo moon and Uranus in Leo in my 6th. My husband describes me as spicy. (I don’t know why?) Then add in my Neptune Venus conjunction in Scorpio in my 8th and the very naughty Pluto sitting very tightly on my descendant. I have concluded that even on a deserted island, somehow someone would find me, even though I love to be alone. Pluto has basically said, ‘that would be a huge no! Not gonna happen. So my Piscean ascendant just has to deal. Mr. Pluto sitting on my descendant and all that Sagittarius says no way. Alas. So I recharge when time allows and find solitude when I can. But I really do enjoy helping people by serving and giving. Love cooking in our local soup kitchen. I think I am bi-introvert/extrovert but I don’t think that is a word or definition. I am a hot mess!

    Eliseo: You once asked me if I was from Texas, no I live in North Carolina. I have participated in Moral Mondays in Raleigh hoping to get arrested for civil disobedience. No such luck as yet as I am trying very hard to be peaceful while protesting. Note: I really want to hit someone of authority while I am there, I truly really do. But I remember to breathe and say peaceful mantra’s to myself.

    All the best to everyone. Lisa.

  266. Sharon Katz says:

    Lisa, Whew…all I can say is that you must be irrepressible and hard to resist with a large dose of honesty and integrity. I know I’m generalizing (and by the way, I have sun & jupiter in Pisces in the 9th and the rest of my Pisces in the 10th, and some Leo as well) so sorry about that – my astrology knowledge is fairly simplistic. I just met someone recently who has a large Sag concentration…he is a college professor who teaches languages and writes books, translates them into other languages for sale in other countries, writes about psychoanalytical themes and the Beatles (he’s from Britain)…stuff like that. He is really passionate and disciplined about what he does. I also feel like he could always be trusted to be honest and reliable :-) Anyway, I think this explains the very upbeat, positive and spirited nature of your posts.

  267. Jerry says:

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is expected to hold a press conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don at 5 pm on Friday. That’s according to a source close to Ukraine’s ousted president. Presumably, with Russia’s backing he will spell out his declared intentions in the next phase of this contentious political stand-off drama. Todays press conference happens to coincide with Mercury stationing direct (18 Aq) right on Pres. Obama’s ascendant in quincunx to Russian President Putin’s natal Uranus (18 Cancer) an indication to me at least that Russia will be taking an intransigent strong stand on the Crimean/Ukranian issue placing Obama in a very awkward position diplomatically.

    The political differences between Russia and the west reminiscent of the cold war seems to be intensifying just as tr. Mars stations at 27 ’31 Libra (exact March 1st) forms a precise t square to the US Pluto. The March 2nd Saturn retrograde station at 23 Scorpio activates Russia’s Mars-Uranus square (8 Aires-Capr.) at harsh 45/135 degree angles. The following article explains the dangers involved…….

    Crimea: Where Ukraine Could Explode
    CNN
    Feb 27, 2014

    Early Thursday, masked gunmen took over government buildings in the most contentious region of Ukraine — the Crimea. They raised the Russian flag over the regional parliament, in a defiant sign that the battle for Ukraine is far from over.

    In Kiev, the pro-European activists who succeeded in bringing an end to the Russian-backed government of now-former President Viktor Yanukovych are making progress choosing a new government with a well-qualified prime minister. But in the Crimea, on the Black Sea, tensions are building.

    The situation is serious and the risks are enormous. Crimea is the flashpoint. If Ukraine unravels, it will begin there, in the small peninsula that has played an outsize role throughout history. If Russia decides to launch a military intervention, its justification and its target will be the Crimea.

    Continued…….

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/27/opinion/ghitis-crimea/

  268. Lorrie U says:

    Wow! Been away from the computer for the greater part of two days, and my head is spinning just from skimming. Couldn’t possibly try to absorb all that is being posted, and the energy of the posts is unnerving (and some very draining).

    Alex – I’m familiar with the Mystery of Chaco Canyon, and find it very fascinating and thought-provoking! Thanks for that great post!

  269. Lisa L. Robinson says:

    Sharon: You are so on the mark with the adjective ‘irrepressible’. My poor dear late mother, looking back, I was a piece of work. So inquisitive, always asking a million and one questions. God love her, while trying to raise five children, working full-time and was probably pretty tired in the evenings. Like she needed me talking, talking and more talking. She used to say to me ‘Lisa, your mouth moves faster than a duck’s walking behind’. I was always asking questions then and nothing has changed today. The odds of controlling me were slim to none then which means I got a boat-load of butt-whippings. My momma did not spare the rod to spoil the child.

    It is pretty much agreed laughingly amongst my five siblings now that I got the most spankings whilst growing up. Because if you told me not to do something, I was just too curious to not TRY it.

    Oh well, in my mind it was all worth it. I enjoyed being a rebel without a cause. Just because it felt good to be rebellious back then and even more now.

    Childhood! What was I thinking? Hope I can bring that rebellion back now to help those who can’t speak up for themselves. Why not?

  270. Squallo says:

    Lisa thanks, so nice to read your words filled with positive energy.

  271. barbk says:

    So glad David Sampson is finally getting the attention he so richly deserves in the Bridgegate scandal.

    It was Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, who brought him into it when she reported on the extortion attempt by the Christie team. Zimmer had to throw her support for development $$ going to a client of Sampson’s, the Rockefeller group, in order to get Sandy $$ for Hoboken. After that info came out the Rockefeller group dumped Sampson’s legal firm but he was, and still is, in a powerful position at the Port Authority where Christie got him appointed.

    At the time the Ft. Lee GW bridge lane closures started, Saturn (control, restrict) was at 7 Scorpio conjunct the north node at 8 Scorpio (and the Moon was also in early Scorpio). The south node (the path that takes you no where) at 8 Taurus was conjunct the Port Authority’s Sun (awareness, consciousness) at 9 Taurus and David Sampson’s Vesta (investment) at 7 Taurus.

    Christie’s natal nodes (of the Moon) are square (north node 8 Leo, south node 8 Aquarius) the Port Authority Sun and Sampson’s Vesta, or put another way, at the time of the bridge lane closures the transiting nodes and Saturn were square Christie’s natal nodes, indicating he was at a crossroad.

    At the time of the bridge closings, transiting Mars was at 7 Leo square the transiting nodes and conjunct Christie’s north node.

    The Ft. Lee G.W. bridge lane closures (Bridgegate) looks to be the tip of the iceberg and, if the investigations continue as well as the media coverage, the undoing of New Jersey’s corrupt governing practices. Believe in change.

  272. alex says:

    Lisa L. Robinson

    thanks for kind words…

  273. alex says:

    Lorrie

    Octagonal Earthworks: 18.6-year – Moon Node Cycle

    EXCERPT

    http://apps.ohiohistory.org/ohioarchaeology/octagon-earthworks-alignment-with-moon-likely-is-no-accident/

    The Octagon Earthworks in Newark is one remnant of the Newark Earthworks, recently listed by The Dispatch as one of the Seven Wonders of Ohio.

    Earlham College professors Ray Hively and Robert Horn demonstrated in 1982 that the walls of this 2,000-year-old circle and octagon were aligned to the points on the horizon, marking the limits of the rising and setting of the moon during an 18.6-year cycle.

  274. alex says:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Regular_Octagon_Inscribed_in_a_Circle.gif

    Octagon inscribed in a Circle: remarkable isn’t it

    2,000-year-old circle & octagon – aligned to points on horizon,

    marking the limits of the rising and setting of the moon

    during an 18.6-year cycle;

    FIVE ALIGNMENTS – the main axis of the site points toward

    the maximum northerly rise point of the moon:

    THE ORIENTATION of four of the octagon’s eight walls,

    align variously with

    the moon’s maximum southern rise point,

    the minimum northern rise point,

    the maximum northern set point and,

    the minimum southern set point.

  275. alex says:

    Lunar Nodes – continued

    http://ktwop.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/the-lunar-nodal-cycle-and-its-effects-on-climate/

    EXCERPT

    The effects of the 18.6 year lunar nodal cycle on climate on tides and geological sediments and on weather and climate have long been of interest

    The lunar node cycle, which is presently 18.6 years, affects the rainfall on a 9.3 year cycle and this shows up as varying thickness layers of deposits, or varves, in geological formations.

    The cycle of the lunar node is important in affecting the weather because it plays a part in determining tides in the atmosphere, oceans and solid body of the earth. The atmospheric tides affect rainfall which in turn affects river flows and hence the deposition of geological varves, or annual deposits in geological layers. …..

    At the present time, with a nodal cycle of 9.3 years, successive nodal cycles begin 0.3 years later in the seasons each cycle.

    http://www.waldorflibrary.org/journals/24-waldorf-journal-project/933-waldorf-journal-project-2-the-effect-of-lunar-nodes-on-human-biography

    EXCERPT

    The Effect of Lunar Nodes on Human Biography: Our Hidden Plan

    In a lecture in Dornach, Switzerland, on April 16, 1920, Rudolf Steiner explained how the macrocosmic breathing process in the heavens is connected to the microcosmic breathing process in the human world and comes to expression through a rhythmic time cycle of 18.6 years.

    In human biography, we find this rhythmic cycle in the lunar nodes rhythm or moon nodes. According to Steiner, important things are happening with the human soul at these points in time. The nights that a person lives through at these points in time are the most important nights of a person’s life.

    There it is, where the macro cosmos completes its 18 breaths, completes one minute. And it is there where the human being, in a way, opens a window to a wholly different world.

  276. Jerry says:

    More developments on the Ukrainian situation. The April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse at 25 Libra will be activating tomorrows Mars station (27 Libra). One can expect whatever is occurring now will culminate in mid April…..

    Russian Servicemen Seize Crimea Airports

    World Bulletin
    Feb 28, 2014

    Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine’s government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, stoking tension between Moscow and the West.

    Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Russian naval forces had taken over a military airport near the port of Sevastopol, where the Russian Black Sea fleet has a base, and other Russian forces had taken over Simferopol international airport.

    Continued……

    http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/129848/russian-servicemen-seize-crimea-airports-updated-3

  277. Eliseo says:

    Lisa L. Robinson,
    Interesting…I lived in the Raleigh area for about 5 years. A very good Buddhist friend of mine lives in Raleigh and works in Cary. Glad you participated in the Moral Monday. Were I there, I certainly would be part of that.

    I’m working on a project which I believe will empower Progressives to take the moral high ground more easily, efficiently and consistently. It will also open up several new avenues for academic research in literature and all of the social sciences.

    Meanwhile, I’m pretty busy grading papers…so I’m posting less of late. Thanks for your message!

  278. lunagardener says:

    ‘I share your frustration about a few rabid posters who have essentially co-opted Starlight News as their very own with a suffocating, compulsive barrage of daily posts.’ Will.

    I have been a longtime reader of Nancey’s articles, but rarely comment anymore. I have to wade through so many long off topic posts by a few folks, that I feel defeated before I can even comment on anything current.

  279. tetramorph says:

    Upsetting headlines to wake up to today!

    Peeling it back a bit, it is important to remember the Russians have a major naval base in Sevastopol, Ukraine — they are already there and won’t be leaving.

    One of the airports “seized” is a military airfield. At the other, current reports indicate business as normal inside. The armed gunmen have unloaded magazines.

    NATO is downplaying any potential for confrontation — and honestly, a big international incident, it just doesn’t make sense. Which is not to say there won’t be a civil war in Ukraine/Crimea, just not a flash point for WWIII.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/02/armed-men-seize-crimea-airport-ukraine-201422844451836650.html

    Mars was on 26 Libra for 7 days — Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, the ramp-up to the current crisis. Mars returns Rx to 26 Libra, again, for 7 days, March 11 through 17, and then again, Direct, for 2 days, July 19 & 20.

    The Station Direct focuses in 2 Libra, well out of orb for the 2014 April theatrics.

    Obviously, there are many other factors involved, and the March degree transit will no doubt be intense, but this may all be over by August.

  280. tetramorph says:

    The Mars Station Direct is on May 20th

  281. tetramorph says:

    Just for the fun of it, the Sabian Symbols for the highlighted Libra degrees, above:

    1-2 deg Libra
    The Transmutation Of The Fruits Of Past Experiences Into The Seed-Realizations Of The Forever Creative Spirit

    2-3 deg Libra
    The Dawn Of A New Day Reveals Everything Changed

    25-26 deg Libra
    An Eagle And A Large White Dove Change Into Each Other

    26-27 deg Libra
    An Airplane Sails, High In The Clear Sky

  282. alex says:

    Excerpt Email: Democracy For America, Robert Reich

    “Inequality for All” [documentary by Robert Reich] revealed how the size and scope of the wealth gap in America is shocking, immoral, and unsustainable. We learned what we are up against, and that’s a big first step towards leveling the playing field for working families.

    We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines any longer. The wealth gap in America is widening by the day, and the threat to our economy and our democracy couldn’t be more real or more immediate.

    With the Tea Party grinding Washington into gridlock, we can’t wait for Congress. Every state can set its own minimum wage and every city can choose to pay its workers more fairly — if we put on the pressure and make them.

    By winning state and local victories in the backyards of Tea Party Republicans and moderate Democrats we can build momentum from the ground up and prove to Washington that this is not an issue that can wait — it’s an issue that can and will decide elections now.

    Our fantastic call last night with Sen. Warren was just the first step. Now, let’s get to work fighting for fairer wages together.

  283. starlight says:

    Fareed Zakaria describes very clearly one of the reasons I so wanted Obama as president during all these wild planetary configurations.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fareed-zakaria-america-plays-its-role-in-a-changing-world-right/2014/02/27/b1bb0c40-9fee-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

  284. arbo says:

    As far as anyone “co-opting” this website goes, the complaints remind me of when people write letters to the editor about comic strips they don’t like in their newspaper. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that someone could find a strip funny when they themselves don’t, nor do they seem to realize that all they have to do is let their eyes move on down to the next strip. Why they think they should control what everyone else reads, or finds funny, is beyond me — even with all my natal Scorpio stuff…

    No one’s holding you by the ears and forcing you to look at your computer screens. We haven’t become Clockwork Orange quite yet. Try to control your anal tendencies and move on down to the next post. If you don’t like that one, move on down again and let the others read what they want to read. Think of it as just pushing the broccoli — or meat — aside and minding your manners. Nancy’s the one who decides what should be removed. And she’s an excellent host.

  285. Todd Bennett says:

    Nancy do you think it is possible that Obama just backs off? That he just lets it go (implicit challenge to U.S. standing in the world) and perhaps his Saturn is right wing fostered embarrassment? I have looked at the aspects to as I am learning, but just don’t find anything to suggest a drawn out conflict. And as you said you don’t foresee a huge national tragedy because of lack of Saturn, I wonder if the trend of this square/cross is weather. That seems to be how it has manifested itself to this point.

  286. Lorrie U says:

    Starlight – Great article by Fareed Zakaria! I feel the same as you in this regard.

  287. Lorrie U says:

    Bill Clinton and the Democrats Are Fighting Back Against GOP Election Stealing Efforts

    Clinton went on to announce that he is spearheading a new Democratic Party project that is designed to protect and expand voting rights through legislation, education, and grassroots advocacy.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/27/bill-clinton-democratic-party-fighting-republican-election-stealing-efforts.html

  288. Lorrie U says:

    Another example of police corruption and overreach!!!

    On February 26th, 2014, six police officers from King City California were arrested. The officers are accused of targeting low income Hispanic residents, illegally seizing and impounding vehicles. The vehicles were then taken to a tow yard, owned by the brother of the city’s chief of police, where they were either sold or given away. Monterey County District Attorney, Dean Flippo, said that Police Sargent Carrillo is thought to be one of the ‘ring leaders,’ in the scam. “For every 10-15 vehicles impounded by Sgt. Carrillo, he would receive a free vehicle for himself, or whatever he wanted to do with it,” Fippo told KSBW.

    King City’s police force is made up of only 17 officers. The arrests of six of those officers resulted in the police department closing, due to a lack of man power. Police from the surrounding areas will be assisting King City until a long term solution is achieved.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/02/27/fbi-arrests-king-city-police/

  289. Noelle says:

    Starlight, thanks for posting the article above. It’s so good to hear someone rationally defend our president. It’s so easy for others to sit on the sidelines and say “You go get them, Obama.” And when it doesn’t work out to their satisfaction, they will be the first to criticize him.

  290. VENUS says:

    Lorrie,

    Great article re ‘Apocalypse Everywhere’…we are certainly into a Revolution per the long List of
    countries worldwide, never mentioned by our corporate propaganda ‘news free’ media,of course, People are passionately marching and protesting worldwide for Truth, Equality, Justice, Freedom, Peace, Prosperity, Health, Wealth, Education and Well Being.

    Recently, 100,000 people marched for clean water in W. Virginia, US media never mentioned it.

    http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-world-stands-and-says-no-more.html

    Please especially note, under USA, that This April 4th brings a NYC kickoff (or b4) — and on May 16th — not yet mentioned on the above site,
    * a USA Peaceful Protest is organizing nationwide.* The Goddess is alive, magic and miracles are afoot:)

  291. VENUS says:

    PS…wasn’t the original meaning of Apocalypse: ‘All Truth Revealed’ (?)

    Hoping so:)

  292. kiwi says:

    Venus, indeed it is!
    “revelation, disclosure,” from Church Latin apocalypsis “revelation,”
    from Greek apokalyptein “uncover, disclose, reveal,”

  293. VENUS says:

    From the Oxford Dictionary: ‘Apocalypse’

    ‘Origin

    Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein ‘uncover, reveal’, from apo- ‘un-‘ + kaluptein ‘to cover’.

    Possibly our current negative definition of the word came from Revelation (there’s that word again): ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’. Am counting on the original definition.

  294. VENUS says:

    kiwi,
    Thanks for looking it up also:) Phew!!!

  295. kiwi says:

    forgot to add, apocalypse meaning cataclysm is very much a modern invention.

  296. barbk says:

    alex. . thanks for the excerpt from Waldorf library on the nodes. . want to read the whole thing, and several other links too, like Lorrie’s Apocalypses. Who needs a library when we have starlight news!

  297. starlight says:

    Todd – It could easily be weather, or an earthquake, or who knows what. I don’t see a war for the US, though there might be some saber rattling (Jupiter conjunct US Sun, Uranus square US Sun, Mars square US Sun in the short term in April). Remember we are in a prolonged Pluto opposition to US Sun which describes a protracted feeling of power struggle. We want to act but are afraid of pushing too far, or not acting and letting something bad take over (i.e. Pluto). Could describe how we feel about Russia, especially in Ukraine, right now.

    There are big, big, big events in April, but I don’t know what they are. And i don’t know if what is impacting Putin and Russia is a parallel set of circumstances or a related set of issues. From today’s vantage point, it is easy to think it will be Ukraine. I don’t rule that out, but, really, with Uranus so active, it could be anything.

  298. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha all and respectful gasho to everyone…

    Mahalos to Starlight for creating this brilliant & informative platform and for everyone offering your astro/cultural/psychological/link/soul wisdoms here. Much appreciated.

    Squares and oppositions create tension…stressssss….

    Been thinking about the symbolisms/myths of the Pluto story and concluding the following:
    * For there to be phoenix rising, there must first be flames and ashes
    * For there to be the wise vision of soaring eagle, there must first be courageous flight
    * For there to be the warmth and color of Spring, there must first be the dark cold of Winter’s desolation

    We are each, all being challenged, tested in various ways amid a time of transformation, souls in turmoil/evolution, minds being stretched,imv. Came upon a wonderful neuroscience/mindfulness article by Brent Atkinson that may prove useful as we each/all face our challenges in our personal, familial, professional, community, national, global lives. Page 10 is pure gold:
    http://www.alternet.org/why-people-behave-self-defeating-irrational-ways-and-how-really-change?page=0%2C0

    Blessings all! E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua. May Peace Prevail on Earth…and in all our hearts! With warm aloha :-)

  299. alex says:

    2014 Elections : Joe Biden

    Win back the House
    Keep the Senate
    Go for Obama/Biden policies to advance agenda to make things better

    “I’m still one of these guys who believes money can’t buy an election when you’re selling a bad set of goods.” ~ V.P. Joe Biden

    Michigan: Koch out of state money trying to buy the election [ as in other states]

    D-candidate for Senate Michigan, Gary Peters

    “The Medicaid expansion is going to help well over 400,00 people here, while the Koch brothers’ agenda is to stop these folks from getting health care.”

    “On this issue, you have to make a choice. Terri Land’s support comes from the far right and the Tea Party. Her strident stand that we must repeal the ACA alone would mean hundreds of thousands would no longer have access to critical coverage.”

    Asked if the ACA was a problem for him, Peters defended the law, suggesting he won’t let attacks drive a wedge. “There are problems with implementation, and we need to make sure it’s fixed and working right,” Peters said. “But the ACA takes us in the direction we need to go. It’s a core belief of mine that everybody, no matter who you are, should have access to affordable health care.”

  300. Todd Bennett says:

    Strictly as a student, what aspects are typical of war, Mars sqare moon, stuff like that? Not in relation to this situation of course, just for future reference.

  301. alex says:

    2014 Re-election of Senator Mark Pryor

    DOB 1/10/1963, Fayetteville AR
    Natal Sun @19 Capricorn
    2014 Solar Arc Sun @10 Pisces
    2008 (79.53% win)

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/25871332-452/defeating-dems-not-obamacare-is-goal-of-ads.html

    EXCERPT

    In Arkansas, virtually every news program features an ad with a pretty, AFP-sponsored actress plaintively begging viewers to remind Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor that health care is about “people,” and that “the law just doesn’t work.” More in sorrow than anger, it seems, because Pryor remains personally popular.

    Pryor’s opponent, Koch-financed Rep. Tom Cotton, tells a touching tale about one “Elizabeth, from Pulaski County” whose premiums have allegedly risen 85 percent under the new law “simply because Washington politicians and bureaucrats think they know what’s best for her and her family.”

    Supposedly factual AFP ads have proven even less persuasive to skeptical journalists. In Michigan, 49-year-old leukemia patient Julie Boonstra earnestly explained to viewers that her existing health care policy had been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act, implying that she’d also lost her doctor and been broadsided by ruinous costs.

    Fact checks by the Washington Post and Detroit News, however, determined that Boonstra hadn’t lost her doctor at all. What’s more, her monthly premiums under the Affordable Care Act cost roughly half what she’d been paying ($571 to $1,100). Her out-of-pocket expenses almost precisely matched those savings — overall, a wash.

    A determined opponent of the law, apart from her understandable anxiety about changing insurance carriers while fighting cancer, Boonstra turned out to have suffered no real losses. Not to mention she now has a policy that can’t be rescinded because of to a “previously existing condition.”

    And so it goes.

  302. VENUS says:

    Alex,
    Always learn so much from your posts..
    .
    thank you x a zillion for Chaco Canyon reveal. Have fortunately been there … but learned much more…even though deep mysteries prevail. WOW!

  303. alex says:

    2014 relelection US Senator – Mark Begich
    DOB 3/30/1962
    Natal Sun @08 Aries
    2014 Solar Arc Sun @00 Gemini
    2008 (47.77% win)

    Koch Brothers-Backed Group Distorts Mark Begich Stance

  304. alex says:

    Venus

    glad you found something of interest in them;

    first saw Chaco Canyon documentary fascinating hadn’t seen anything like it [ancient Egyptian cosmology and astronomy sources that I've found are not as functionally clear to me as the 'New World' in Americas ancient astronomy] – archeoastronomy in Ohio these things brought me closer to 21C radio astronomy;

  305. will says:

    arbo

    Your “comic-section” analogy would make sense if this was a big, global news site where everything from headlines to sports to travel and obits were on the page and the formatting was such that one could click on a headline and not have to weed-through. That isn’t what this forum is. Its much more select and boutique in nature. Yes, you are right – one can spend lots of extra time scrolling and weeding through the yards of self-serving blather and other one-on-ones which would probably be taking place in a chat room or in a personal e-mail exchange; it just gets tiresome and boring weeding through the endless cuts and pastes – especially now that so many use their phones to read the blogs and it not only limits scrolling but drains the batteries. And I so agree with Lunagardner’s comment up-thread – that other people do eventually feel drowned out or crowded-out. To just let things go on without saying something is akin to enabling – almost like the folly of Alan Greenspan who ruined the whole economy because he adopted the position that “the markets will adjust themselves and do not need any oversight or regulation.” And we all know what happened with that posture. Unfortunately, not everybody on this blog is good at self-regulation when it comes to posting. And so the site becomes a place for them to clutter and hoard and dominate with their excessive and maniacal number of posts.

  306. rc says:

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( LUNAGARDENER))))))))))))))))))))))

    Lost our Mojo we did here

  307. Michael from NYC says:

    If you want to read something amazing history that echoes to today check out the wikipedia entry on the Crimean War. As an American I wasn’t well aware of how pivotal that region of the world was, and that war was a classic east/west conflict of its day. One of the interesting results of that war was that Russia was so badly in debt that it sold Alaska to the United States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War

    “For over 200 years, Russia had been expanding in a southerly direction toward the warm water ports of the Black Sea. Warm water ports that did not freeze over in the winter were essential for the development of Russian year-round trade and development of a strong navy.”

    …the irony with the above statement of course is that with global warming that will no longer be an issue. But it does give one an insight as to why this is so important to Putin.

  308. kiwi says:

    ACP – great article via AlterNet – thanks for sharing, xxx

  309. starlight says:

    I am hoping to get time to work on something tomorrow. This thread is getting awfully long.

    Todd – Aspects for war: I would think strong Mars activations in both the country chart and the president’s chart. The first decade of this century during Bush, we had both Uranus and Pluto in hard aspect to US Mars, and Uranus square Bush’s Mars. There was, of course, a lot more. Strong Pluto aspects come to mind: the feeling of a power struggle with an enemy that you must stay vigilant in opposition to or the enemy will win. That is the big aspect now: tr Pluto opposite US Sun through much of May and returning a couple more times through October 2015.

  310. lunagardener says:

    Hey rc….great to see you still here. Enjoy Spring, when it finally arrives for you! It is happening any second now where I am!

    Starlight I read the Fareed Zakaria op ed earlier today and inwardly said ‘right on’. His voice is as welcome as yours is right about now.

  311. Sharon Katz says:

    NICE to see RC & Lunagardener! And, Michael from NYC, if I had time right now I’d read that entry that you posted about the Crimean as it sounds very interesting.

  312. Squallo says:

    http://censor.net.ua/news/273368/rossiyiskiyi_vitseadmiral_obyavil_o_nachale_voyiny_s_ukrainoyi_djemilev

    28/02/14 16:49 Russian Vice-Admiral announced the beginning of the war with Ukraine – Cemil

  313. Squallo says:

    Obama warns Russia against Ukraine intervention, says ‘there will be costs’

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/28/world/europe/ukraine-politics/index.html

  314. Squallo says:

    KIEV. February 28. UNN. All command of the Naval Forces of Ukraine wrote a report on the dismissal. This UNN said one of the agency staff.

    http://www.unn.com.ua/ru/news/1310733-use-komanduvannya-vms-napisalo-raporti-na-zvilnennya

    They don’t want to fight the Russians.

  315. will says:

    Michael from NYC re: Crimean War- fascinating. Thank you for the prompt.
    And I second Sharon Katz- good to see Michael from NYC, RC and Lunagardner back.

  316. Squallo says:

    @MiddleEast_BRK: #BREAKINGNEWS The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said at 0:01am: Russian attack on Ukrainian bases on #Crimea to begin 5AM: #We_will_defend!

    It´s 3:50 in Ukraine and 5:50 in Russia

  317. Squallo says:

    @DanielAdams86: A source says: According to Ukrainian TV news, Russian troops have given Ukrainian troops a deadline of 2am to evacuate Crimea. #Ukraine

  318. Squallo says:

    Anderson Cooper 360°@AC360·34 mins
    .@DiMagnaycnn reports The state media in #Crimea is surrounded by Russian Marines. #AC360

  319. arbo says:

    Hi, Will. As I recall, Greenspan was shocked to learn that when given their heads, Wall Street didn’t automatically behave in the best interests of the public. A little policing couldn’t hurt. It’s Nancy’s call, after all, and I think maybe — as she said — it’s time for a new thread. As for me, I wouldn’t want to have to decide which posts are self-serving and which might be useful to someone. :)

  320. barbk says:

    It seems likely that the present tension in Ukraine will ease next week as transiting Uranus moves off of the square to Ukraine’s natal Uranus (10+ Cap) and transiting Jupiter, exactly opposite natal Uranus, will station direct on Thursday the 6th.

    Transiting Venus will conjunct the Ukraine natal Saturn on Friday the 7th and transiting Mercury will conjunct the Ukraine Moon about that time or a few days later. Also, transiting Pallas (strategist, planner) will retrograde back to conjunct the Ukraine Sun (0+ Virgo), Venus (28+ Leo), Mercury (26+ Leo) and Jupiter (25+ Leo) starting March 3rd through the rest of the month.

    Transiting Pluto will station retrograde in April at 13 Cap 35 before making a conjunction to Ukraine’s Neptune at 14 Cap 16 retrograde. Most of the sabers will return to their shields for a lengthy time-out I hope.

  321. rc says:

    Thank you Very Much ^ Luna, Sharon and Will .

  322. will says:

    Thank you for the hopeful forecast, barbk.

  323. Squallo says:

    JUST IN –Russian artillery tanks enter Ukraine

    https://twitter.com/earththreats/status/439579118603358208/photo/1

  324. Squallo says:

    BEAUTIFUL

  325. Lorrie U says:

    Venus – Thanks for the interesting website! Look forward to exploring it further.

  326. Lorrie U says:

    A Synchronistic Month of March

    The trauma of these times is indeed closely related to Uranus and Pluto coming down, in their storied square, to wrest us from our complacency and get us to ask the difficult questions of ourselves such as where do we need to be learning and growing, as we shuck off behavior that has no real utility for us any longer in our more evolved understanding of ourselves. In this way, we are all going through some degree of future shock, based on our own continuing evolution, to the point where we no longer even recognize our former selves.

    https://www.astrograph.com/horoscopes/overviews/2014/March?mc_cid=10b68e6c79&mc_eid=82c7573b8c

  327. will says:

    Squallo,

    Fantastic presentation of Francis Key’s masterpiece. Many thanks.

  328. alex says:

    http://planetwaves.net/news/astrology-with-len-wallick/look-here-the-alice-pisces-new-moon/

    Len Wallick 3/1/2014

    New Moon @10 Pisces
    conjunct
    Alice @10 Pisces, minor asteroid (look no further than yourself)

    opposite

    Askalaphus @10 Virgo

    (Mark Andrew Holmes describes Askalaphus, the mythological warrior, as having a second alter-ego with issues keeping secrets; in modern times this translates to privacy issues like confidential papers or medical records and everything in-between gathered/vacuumed up by NSA, or business intelligence analytics that makes commericial profits from the details of your life; in legal terms this would be gag orders or, in the recent prison news, CALIF “code of silence” among prison guards; all of it is covered by Askalaplus, its scope being big as it is a Trojan asteroid linked to Jupiter;

    https://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/T/Trojan+Asteroids

    EXCERPT

    Asteroids sharing an orbit with a planet, but which are located at the leading (L4) and trailing (L5) Lagrangian points, are known as Trojan asteroids.

    Although Trojan asteroids have been discovered for Mars (4 to date, 1 at L4 and 3 at L5) and Neptune (8 Trojans, 6 at L4 and 2 at L5) and even Earth (1 Trojan at L4), the term ‘Trojan asteroid’ generally refers to the asteroids accompanying Jupiter.

    This Pisces New Moon (cnj Alice #291) is a symbolical representation for balance issues with privacy and confidentiality matters, as astro-narrated by its Virgo opposition to Askalaphus.

    As far as we know, this encompasses the scope of 21C overt (above ground) privacy matters as well as the covert kind.

  329. alex says:

    privacy issues – continued (with correction, strike the word second before ‘alter-ego; because that would be like saying the words very very twice)

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/28/seven-people-keys-worldwide-internet-security-web

    EXCERPT

    Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security

    It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web.

  330. barbk says:

    You are such a font of information alex; thanks so much for the link regarding Askalaphus. I’ve been fascinated with this asteroid and his mythology for several years and have found him linked to people and events in positive ways too; any situation where information is revealed to people for the first time. Wish I could think of an example right now but it’s too early for my mental gears to accommodate that! The fact that Askalaphus is linked to Jupiter adds “understanding” to the reason Asky reveals what he reveals. Does your natal Askalaphus make any aspects in your chart you’d care to reveal?

  331. alex says:

    barbk

    I haven’t checked mine yet… because I’ve had the feeling it has more to do with iconic people on the world stage not so much natal influence for individual charts… I look forward to your notation on positive Asky;

  332. barbk says:

    In the meantime, today’s New Moon in Pisces holds an interesting setup among the minors; both Narcissus and Sisyphus at 15+ Capricorn square Osiris and Itokawa at 15+ Aries. I say “interesting because these are the degrees where the final square between Pluto and Uranus takes place a year from now.

    Narcissus (self adoration) and Sisyphus (repeated failed attempts) square Osiris (torn to pieces) and Itokawa (rocket science, Japan) bring several images to mind which I will be mulling over this month. For example, Putin’s Saturn at 17 Libra conjuncts his Sun at almost 14 Libra, or the Fukushima disaster’s Saturn at 15 Libra square the Vertex (turning point of fate) at 15 Capricorn.

    Also fun to mull, this new moon chart has Borasisi (misguided worship) at 16 Pisces square Chaos (without form or direction) at 16 Gemini.

  333. will says:

    U.K.’s Astrologer Leigh Oswald March Overview

    A perfect storm is brewing of extreme climatic conditions becoming more frequent and widespread, coinciding with the increasingly exposed corruptions of a global financial system that has shown itself to be largely beyond the law, let alone regulation. The trillions of dollars stashed away in offshore tax avoidance schemes by the inordinately wealthy few have been now fully exposed.

    There is no economic trickle down. The taxpayers rescued the banks and those taxpayers (the average Joe) are now being punished financially for so doing, with not so much as an IOU. Socialising their losses suited many banks perfectly when in trouble, provided they can continue to privatise their subsequent gains, whilst presiding over a world where unemployment, poverty and hunger will grow.

    The populace will eventually explode with rage and frustration at the seemingly wilful impotence of politicians and a dramatic revolutionary moment is a very real likelihood in many European countries. The same will happen in the US in a year or so if, the prevailing economic model keeps promoting extreme inequalities. This clash of the people (Uranus in Aries) versus the masters of the universe (Pluto in Capricorn) will be around for at least another 6 years.”

    more: http://www.astroanalysis.co.uk/html/overview.html

  334. alex says:

    barbk

    let me know what you found about askalaphus I haven’t worked with it much at all;

    I might paint the trim on the windows today if it doesn’t rain; had windows changed out for energy efficient type I’d reccommend it as a to-do goal when can – the energy bills are 1/2 what they were;

    sisyphus – I’ve come to think of it as an important key in political officials charts; in the guys you’d call the best example of public representatives it’s their stick-to-it-ness and in the worst example of pocketbook/agents for corporate lobbyist then it seems to help identify something! about them as well;

  335. alex says:

    Uranus – Pluto (final square March 17, 2015)

    http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01391

    http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/06/

    Elaine Kalantarian’s astronomy notations by astrologer who describes astrology as:

    An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, based on the Doctrine of Unity, or belief in a universal interconnection of matter — the macrocosm within the microcosm.

    Uranus – Pluto Dates
    coming up:

    Uranus square Pluto April 21 2014
    Uranus square Pluto December 15 2014
    Uranus square Pluto March 17 2015 – Final

    barbk – horoscope, composite chart USA & March 17, 2015

    http://debraclementastrologer.com/2012/06/uranus-square-pluto-clash-of-the-titans.html

  336. alex says:

    Elaine Kalantarian describes astrology as:

    An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, based on the Doctrine of Unity, or belief in a universal interconnection of matter — the macrocosm within the microcosm.

    Uranus – Pluto Dates, coming up:

    Uranus square Pluto April 21 2014
    Uranus square Pluto December 15 2014
    Uranus square Pluto March 17 2015 – Final

    barbk – horoscope, composite chart USA & March 17, 2015

    http://debraclementastrologer.com/2012/06/uranus-square-pluto-clash-of-the-titans.html

  337. starlight says:

    New post up:

    http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2014/03/the-bear-growls-2/

    I am also going to request again that people use links more and don’t make super long posts. A link and a few lines or even one short paragraph is enough.

  338. alex says:

    barbk – final UR-PL continued

    astronomy & astrology:

    25143 Itokawa is a relatively small near-Earth asteroid that was visited by the Japanese Habayusa spacecraft in 2005.

    It has also been monitored by Stephen Lowry of the University of Kent and his colleagues over a twelve year span with the 3.58 meter New Technology Telescope in La Silla, Chile.

    In that time span, Itokawa has made five near approaches to Earth. And what did they find? The asteroid is composed of two lobes of different densities, suggesting that Itokawa is in fact a merged binary.”

    https://esotericembers.wordpress.com/tag/osiris-asteroid/

    Osiris was discovered on September 24, 1960 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California.

    At this time, Pluto was conjunct the North Node of the Moon in the sign of Virgo.

    The Virgo Pluto and North Node was also trine Saturn in Capricorn and sextile Neptune in Scorpio. Uranus was in Leo in a balsamic phase with Pluto in Virgo- within five years they would be conjunct.