Iraq Implodes

A whirlwind of violence is consuming the Middle East, voraciously devouring more and more territory in its insatiable maw. What began as a civil war in Syria has spilled over the border into Lebanon and now Iraq, with refugee camps and/or border incidents also impacting Turkey, Jordan and Israel. As of the past week, the US is sending military advisors to help Iraq’s government stave off the destructive and engulfing swarm of Sunni militants, while Iran is also sending help in the form of Republican Guard members to shore up the Shiite defenders. And, of course, Russia and Iran have been sending weapons to the Assad government of Syria for years.

One narrative of the worsening disaster is that it is really a regional Sunni/Shiite confrontation. Another description of the escalating conflict, only partially overlapping the first, focuses on the moderate versus extremist split. Related to the latter conception of the struggle is that the extremist Sunni side of the equation wants to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran. The goal of expanding across borders as an expression of fanatical religious or ideological fervor, coupled with a ruthless willingness to viciously slaughter any who are not a part of the exalted crusade, is reminiscent of the some of the most relentless and brutal movements in history.  The question that arises is how much bigger the consuming tornado will become before this wild force can be stopped.

As described in my previous article, The Red Planet,  we are currently in the most dangerous Mars translation of the entire multi-year Uranus/Pluto square. While this historical and transformative configuration, which runs roughly from 2011 through 2015, has been bringing a multitude of power struggles and clashes worldwide, the addition of a slow-moving Mars to the mix from June 10 through June 26 has essentially poured gasoline on the already-spreading flames.  Thus far, during this Mars transit, the extremist Sunni militant group ISIS has invaded and taken over the Sunni majority areas of Iraq and is now threatening Baghdad.  In response, the most dangerous Shiite militias in Iraq are reconstituting in order to oppose this threat. As of June 22, the last, increasingly potent phase of this Mars transit will begin, as Mars moves within a one-degree orb of its opposition to Uranus through June 25.  In other words, we can expect extremely explosive and dangerous events over the next few days.

The birth of the current government of Iraq is given as June 28, 2004, at 10:26 AM. iraq2004Although it seems likely that earlier charts for Iraq are still quite valid, this one, no doubt, is strongly linked to the Maliki leadership. In it, we find trouble building over the past few years for the Iraqi government and closing in on it during 2014. In this 2004 chart, the Sun (6Cancer54) and Mercury (17Cancer53) are conjunct Saturn (15Cancer29). By progression, the Sun moved inexorably into an exact conjunction with natal Saturn by June 2013, and is now reaching the culmination of its conjunction with progressed Saturn (16Cancer51) as of December 2014. Moreover, from June 8 through July 30, the transiting Uranus station is square to the progressed Sun/progressed Saturn aspect, and is about to be further inflamed by a square from Mars from June 22 through June 26.

These configurations point to the importance of Prime Minister Maliki learning the lessons of Saturn: discipline, compromise, respect for others, and self-restraint. In his purge of the Sunnis in his government and in the leadership of the military, he has failed in these Saturnian necessities, inflaming the entire Sunni population against his leadership and to some extent driving them into the arms of the militants. The Uranus transit in June and July is bringing a sudden and swift transformation of the status quo, and a painful awaking as to the depths of the problem created by a heedless and undisciplined Maliki. The Mars transit of the next few days is likely to further intensify the situation. It is not impossible to imagine Maliki thrust out of his position over the coming days or coming month, or perhaps between now and early 2015. Transiting Saturn and again transiting Uranus will activate the beginning-to-separate progressed Sun/progressed Saturn aspect between January and April 2015, suggesting another period of enormous strain for the Iraqi government.

Where all of this will go is not clear. The Uranus/Pluto square is fomenting tremendous upheaval throughout the world, in some cases rewriting boundaries between nations and shifting alliances in unexpected ways. April through June 2014 has seen this process amplified, both in the Ukraine and in Iraq. The final, protracted chapter of this Uranus/Pluto transit will come from November 2014 through March 2015 when the square reasserts its dominance.  Transiting Mars passing through a cardinal sign is likely to further exacerbate any tensions for a few days in November and again for a few days in March. But compared to the current slow-moving Mars escalation, the coming transits will be brief and less likely to cause such an incendiary mess. Nonetheless, we can expect the Uranus/Pluto square in its final phase to continue to intensify the multitude of confrontations in the world leading to significant transformation of the status quo.


  1. Sharon K says:

    Thank you for this clear explanation of the astrology behind this very disheartening and frightening situation, Nancy. The question I ask myself is when the transits pass, what will happen to these murderous extremists like ISIS and Boko Haran (not sure of the spelling)– what can we do about this very inflamatory and dangerous branch of Islam, and will it find a parallel in other religions? These are largely rhetorical questions that go back to the amygdala or very unevolved part of the human brain, the source of the fight or flight, primative, survivalist instincts (“the lizard brain?).

  2. will says:

    Terrifying and poignant reminder of Mars’ madness. One can only wonder why such evil, savage darkness seems have possessed this region of the world for thousands of years…and how it persists. It reminds me of the satanic powers found in the archeological digs in William Friedkin’s film, The Exorcist. Thank you for the powerful piece, Nancy.

  3. will says:

    The relics in The Exorcist were unearthed in Iraq.

  4. alex says:

    I’m reposting from the last comment on Red Planet … to the current page:

    Helen perhaps you would consider being angry with yourself first –

    I’d like to suggest the well-spring of your anger is the perception you have of your own helplessness to do anything to make the conditions that anger you BETTER

    if you get in touch with your anger over the perception of your helplessness I feel sure you will find your talent to do something about the things you are angry with

    just expressing revolving anger at this and that is very tiring I’m sure it must be tiring for you and it’s tiring to see anger posted ad infinitum;

    let loose your conscience from being held hostage by the feeling of helplessnes… and go with your re-born innate talent and make things better

  5. Patty says:

    Dear Nancy, Thank you. I remember you mentioned after PBO’s re-election, how important it was to have steady and wise guidance during this predicted tumultuous and dangerous period, rather than the hell-bent, gung-ho, destructive NeoCons running the show.
    We should be sending PBO our thoughts and prayers.

  6. barbk says:

    So glad to have the unvarnished truth Nancy, knowing what to expect – via astrology – better prepares us for future event in Iraq. It seems this chart reveals a lot of the divisiveness and the unsuccessfulness of attempts to bring stability to that region. It has the classic see-saw pattern; all the visible planets including Sun on one side and all the outer (invisible) planets plus Moon on the other. The Moon symbolizes the emotional leverage the outer planet side has going for it.

    Couple that with the grand water trine between Sun-Uranus-Moon serving up a constant, torrential, penetrating flood of emotion makes it all but impossible to negotiate with reason.

    The presence of the fixed star cluster, the Pleiades, on the MC adds to Iraq’s leader’s reputation for “blindness”, and I wonder too if the north node at 9+ Taurus, being a target for the April solar eclipse at 8+ Taurus, hasn’t signaled the end of this “life” and the beginning of a new one.

  7. Helen says:

    For heavens’s sake – this is a politcal blog, Alex.

  8. starlight says:

    Patty – While I was writing this, I was thinking how easily this mess could slip into another World War, if it hasn’t already. I am hoping Obama can forestall something like that, but I continue to be concerned about the long Saturn station now sesquiquadrate his Venus. He is feeling very burdened and stressed by this situation, and I think he worries, quite legitimately, over the safety of the few Americans he has sent there. And yes, his even-tempered and careful nature is exactly why I wanted him in control during these very tempestuous planets.

  9. kiwi says:

    Helen, first and foremost this is a mundane astrology blog, not just a political one.
    And with astrology comes an inherent understanding that there is always another dimension from which to view things.

  10. ox the cat says:

    Starlight I too am glad it is he and not Romney at the helm.
    What a gigantic mess that would have been. I have complete faith in the President and for some reason have no doubt that he will prevail in the end.

  11. Sharon K says:

    It may inflame the Mideast further, Starlight, but I think the Arab league as well as Iran will keep it in check…I pity the poor people of Iraq, though. I knew some Iraquis at graduate school in the UK (for 5 months) and I always thought of them during the war. I feel sure they emigrated to another country though. The people of Iraq have been through enough!

  12. Prabhata says:

    Nancy, it was last year, as I saw this coming and saved charts for Russia, Putin and Iran because the stars seemed to trigger major events for them. I figured that since Iran was in the mix, Israel, which will have Saturn conjunct its natal Sun was another piece. I’ve also noticed that China will be more belligerent later this year and 2015. Have you looked how China fits in the mix? Iraq impacts China more than any other country because it imports most (60%?) of Iraq’s oil and has invested heavily in Iraq’s oil development. I’m not predicting, but I could see China, Russia and Iran working towards a common goal, whatever that is.

  13. alex says:


    well it’s an Astrology blog and you can’t seem to acknowledge my good point – Vous êtes ennuyeux

  14. starlight says:

    Prabhata – Both Russia and China have some very strong planets over the next year, while the US is encumbered by the dysfunctional Congress where everything goes to die. It would be nice to see nations working together to deal with global problems without it always being a zero sum game: if you win, I lose or if I win,you lose.

  15. thrasybulus says:

    As bad as things are in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Seas I still believe the key to long term stability is the Israel/Iran nuclear issue. If Israel withholds from bombing Iran a new power alignment might emerge that recognizes regional power centers allowing the tensions in all disputes to ease somewhat (perhaps dual exploitation of resources in disputed areas).

    If Israel bombs Iran then Iran may find common cause with Russia, but seems unlikely to find that common ground with China against West as China has more to gain by being neutral.

    And Israel cannot bomb Iran without USA acquiescence as long as Obama holds the purse strings on Israel’s economy.

  16. alex says:

    At any rate, the continuing flow of bad news out of New Jersey and Wisconsin has to terrify GOP donors and the rumored “establishment.” It’s increasingly unlikely that either governor can emerge as a “pragmatic,” pro-business 2016 alternative to Tea Party zealots like Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. This ups the pressure on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run – and may even swell the ranks of Republicans reassuring two-time loser Mitt Romney that the third time’s the charm.

    Don’t laugh: Romney is the runaway front-runner in a New Hampshire primary poll released Thursday night, crushing Christie and Paul and the rest of the field. OK, it’s one of Romney’s many “home states,” but that’s got to have Romney admirers thinking “what if?” The Romney-convened summit that hosted Christie last week also featured lots of wistful thinking about what a President Romney might be doing now – as well as what President Romney could do in 2017.

    FRIDAY, JUN 20, 2014

    2017 Solar Arc Sun @01 Sagittarius

    2015 Transiting Saturn @01 Sagittarius – Jan & Oct

    2016 November 8TH Election:

    Election Chiron @20 Pisces
    Natal Mitt Romney’s Sun @21 Pisces

    Fig 2.The visual astrology for the forthcoming US Presidential elections, 8 November 2016. Venus is a bright evening star and shines her light on Saturn. According to Mesopotamian texts, this foretells of victory to the king or the king’s house. Thus Obama’s house will win the presidency in 2016, which implies a democratic victory.

  17. Helen says:

    Exactly right, Kiwi – that’s why I’m Starlight’s blog.

    Quel gentillesse, Monsieur ‘donner des lecons’…..

  18. Prabhata says:

    Nancy, thanks for your reply. I keep looking at the big power brokers (China, Russia, US). I only see difficult times ahead. For the big power brokers the end of 2015 seems like one big fight, but it may be on the economic level, e.g. sanctions.

  19. Helen says:

    This article states that Cheney’s Halliburton made nearly 40 BILLION off the Iraq war:

    So it continues:

    “In 1935, US General Smedley Butler detailed in his “War is a Racket” the World War I racket he had served. It is now much, much worse.”

    “In between insurrectionist explosions, a Shiite majority was elected to the Iraqi Parliament and Iraq’s current Shiite Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was put in office in 2006. He was the US’s approved selection. But he has since been much too friendly with Iran and so defiantly independent of US policy as to dare to publicly blame US ally, Saudi Arabia, for funding the radical Sunni jihadist organizations they accused of carrying out genocide.”

  20. Anne's Aunt says:

    Helen, Ah french. Such a beautiful language. I can’t help but think that in the French revolution you would be the one saying “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS”!! Not unlike the queen of hearts.

    Unfortunately the revolutionaries so very often (can I say always?) turn out to be as much despots as the ones they oppose and depose. Is that a ‘lesson’?? So Obama did not turn out to be your or other’s dream of ‘savior’ or ‘light bringer’? Get real. The guy is a politician and a leader and is not perfect. He could have been better, but he could have been a whole lot worse. Baby steps are the best for real change.

    Of course there are always opposing points of view, but to take them to the point of being past debate is as dangerous as accepting the status quo.

  21. alex says:

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    With billionaires like the Koch Brothers opening up the floodgates in the aftermath of these rulings, Republicans are going all out this year to take control of the U.S. Senate — which would be a catastrophe for our country.

    One of the GOP’s top targets is South Dakota, where they hope to elect the far-right Mike Rounds to a seat currently in Democratic hands. But there’s hope. Democrat Rick Weiland is running a people-powered campaign for this critical seat. Weiland, a populist progressive, is barnstorming diners, living rooms, and businesses across South Dakota with a simple message: It’s time to take our country back from the billionaires.

    If elected, Rick Weiland has vowed to introduce a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United and McCutcheon, restoring government to the people. It’s an amendment that Mike Rounds and his Republican allies would vehemently oppose.

    Mike Rounds has made a name for himself as a far-right governor. For example, he signed the clearly unconstitutional law banning all abortions except those necessary to save a woman’s life. It was too extreme for South Dakota, as voters repealed that law.

    It’s a sign of what we can expect in the Senate if Mike Rounds wins — and that’s why Republicans and their billionaire funders want to flip this seat from the Democrats. If they succeed, Mike Rounds will help implement a Tea Party agenda that attacks women’s rights while undermining the battle against income inequality.

    Rick Weiland has spent his life fighting for working people. Now he wants to take the fight to the Senate, where he will work to expand Social Security, raise the minimum wage, and allow Medicare for All.

    This is a stark choice in one of the most important campaigns of 2014. Will you donate $3 today to help DFA and Rick Weiland stop the billionaires from buying a Senate seat and a Republican majority?

    Thank you for joining me in standing up for our democracy,

    – Howard

    Gov. Howard Dean, Founder
    Democracy for America

  22. starlight says:

    Israel bombs Syria in retaliation:,7340,L-4533314,00.html

    Prabhata – I am not looking at the charts right now, but I remember that China has a very strong progressed Jupiter over the next few years (conjunct Asc. and/or Moon?) and Russia has some serious Mars action, while Putin has Pluto square the Sun. The US has another 16 months of Pluto opposite the Sun with Uranus coming in to agitate and both hitting US Saturn. I think the US will be struggling to keep up with things (Pluto/Sun; activation of Saturn), while China expands its power base (Jupiter) and Russia is just ornery (Mars), as we have already seen.

  23. alex says:


    Rick Weiland D-SD

    DOB 7/26/1958

  24. Trudy says:

    Another view–
    Many years ago-it was predicted that eventually corporations would realize they would make more money when people are healthy and abundant–It would appear that we are at the point of the fall before they make that realization–May it be quick and easy!!

  25. Nick says:

    Thanks for the headsup Nancy. ISIL have been supported materially and financially by the Saudi’s, The USA + UK and Qatar. It is this “Syrian” based group which is taking over much of northern Iraq.
    By the way..
    ExxonMobil are profiting by this “insurgency” Apparently they negotiated with the Kurds of Northern Iraq for 6 oil fields in late 2011.
    Over a million barrels of oil were piped into turkey last week. That oil was then on sold to Israel.
    It sort of begs the question why Iraq is being partitioned. As it appears to be Kurdish in the north. The ISIL (Islamic state in Syria and the Levant) appears to be getting the middle earth including Baghdad.. assuming current Prime Minister Al Maliki departs and his successor moves the head of the Shia Govt to Basra in the south of the country. Who does that benefit? I mean all that oil is sold in USD right.
    Anyways here is the chart for ExxonMobil

    By the way there is an old 8 inch pipeline from the oil refinery in Mosul to Haifa in Israel. It was built in 1927 and de-commissioned in 1948-9 when Israel came into existence. There is potential to update this infrastructure and pipe it directly to Israel.

    Oil, who’s selling it, whose transporting it and who’s buying it may explain a lot of what is happening in Iraq right now.

  26. will says:

    Was awakened by a vivid, colorful dream of two massive,fiery explosions in tandem visible on a horizon not very distant. Was it a few lingering frames from a Stratham flick or something to come. Dunno. But I don’t recall ever having had an incendiary dream before this one.

  27. Prabhata says:

    From the Atlantic:

    Obama’s Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

    Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is infuriating.

    But sooner or later, honest liberals will have to admit that Obama’s Iraq policy has been a disaster. Since the president took office, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has grown ever more tyrannical and ever more sectarian, driving his country’s Sunnis toward revolt. Since Obama took office, Iraq watchers—including those within his own administration—have warned that unless the United States pushed hard for inclusive government, the country would slide back into civil war. Yet the White House has been so eager to put Iraq in America’s rearview mirror that, publicly at least, it has given Maliki an almost-free pass. Until now, when it may be too late.

  28. alex says:

    the Atlantic is owned by Libertarians and staffed by Libertarian writers:

    Iraq is Cheney/Bush creation

  29. kiwi says:

    Iraq’s current chaos is a good example of ‘you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink’

    It’s very hard to impose changes on people from the outside – people who have been governed in an authoritarian manner for centuries, and centuries old grudges carried forward. The problem with many in the US – we want our version of an authoritarian – not someone else’s.

    Upheavals/revolutions in that neck of the woods usually just replace one form of authoritarianism for another. And as long as there remains a heavy religious component where top down orders are demanded and collaborative, free thinking is discouraged I don’t see things changing no matter who is the official ‘leader.’

    This outcome was predicted from the outset.

  30. thrasybulus says:

    alex, I think your pointing out the Libertarian source of the Atlantic is important. I have heard FOX news radio ads for a new tv program called the “Independents.”

    To me this indicates the right-wing attempt to contiually pump out the “Democrats are as bad as the Republicans” theme to distract from Repub failures. Since Repubs themselves have no credibility they use seemingly neutral media front groups subsidized by Repub big money to keep as many people as possible disgusted and therefore apathetic.

    As for Cheney, he makes me ashamed of my Aquarian Sun. The Democrats should start replying to Cheney’s Iraq analysis that Obama is to blame with;

    “That’s like the doctor who failed to save the gunshot victim being blamed for killing him by the man who originally shot him.”

    I hope I wasn’t too subtle in playing on Cheney’s shooting accident. Maybe if Iraq apologized for our invasion it would help matters.

  31. alex says:


    FOX news radio ads for a new tv program called the “Independents.




    it’s always something buried in not so subtle ways to influence
    voters in the run up years to presidential election

    INDEPENDENTS a new teevee program

    Pavlov is alive and well on NBC,ABC,CBS,FOX

  32. alex says:


    I pulled the plug on TV… I stream netflix etc only

  33. TJ says:

    Prahabta, in all fairness, The Atlantic also published this article on the same date as the one you posted:

    No, President Obama Did Not Break the Middle East: A short response to an unfair charge by a former Bush administration official

    Alex, I’m really surprised The Atlantic is owned and staffed by Libertarians. Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of my favorite, thought-provoking writers there. He’s well-respected, and I would be hard-pressed to identify him as Libertarian. His recent Atlantic cover story, The Case for Reparations,
    prompted widespread commentary and engagement from multiple corners of the media, talk shows and blogsphere.

  34. alex says:

    T.J. wiki the Atlantic

    the first owners were Libertarians…. it’s been awhile but if you
    go to their website go to staff then take the names and run it through wiki….that is where I got the information

    in the corporate and holding company steps away from the first owners/Libertarians who went onto board members, if I recall, and you have to dig a bit like I did a few years ago but with a bit of keyboard work you’ll connect the Libertarian dots…. for yourself

  35. Lorrie U says:

    Thanks for your insights, Kiwi. It’s so sad that religion has become so extreme that anyone different, even within the same religion, cannot have a place at the table. It’s becoming just as bad in this country where one sect of Christianity disparages other sects, not to mention other religions. Greed and religion are destroying our world.

    I guess inclusiveness will become the norm in the Age of Aquarius, but the Piscean Age is not going out quietly.

  36. kiwi says:

    Yes Lorrie, the religious nuts in all stripes make it difficult for the rest.
    Heck, just look how the religious right has hijacked the political discussion and maintained a no compromise position in the good old USA! Yet they still love to spout off that Iraq would have been a milk and honey cake walk, if only Obama hadn’t screwed it up!
    Can’t wait for the Piscean age to end!

  37. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, it is my understanding that one age does not simply stop or go away. In the age of Taurus agriculture was developed and it has not stopped. Nor from the age of Aries, the large scale war/exploration has not stopped. Nor age of Gemini when language and communication was highlighted. In Pisces emotions and religion, service and martyrdom were developed. Unfortunately religion is here to stay IMO. I am a bit afraid of what Aquarius will bring. Inclusiveness yes, maybe forced inclusion and connection. Many individuals linked in huge electronic networks by their own will, or not. The individual is now part of a larger ‘community’ – or network. Already crowd sourcing and surveillance is in evidence. There are a huge number of facebook users. Facebook is almost necessary for business networking – and linkedin.

    I understand the evolution of humans thru the zodiac as further developments in skills and emotions. I was hoping that religion would simply fade away, but I now think that its influence is here to stay, and that aquarius will add a new layer to all the previous layers. Aquarius is one reason i’m so interested in surveillance.

  38. Prabhata says:

    An interesting insight into ISIS:

    Records show how Iraqi extremists withstood U.S. anti-terror efforts
    WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria sprang from a largely self-funded, corporation-style prototype whose resilience to counterterrorism operations was proven by the time Abu Bakr al Baghdadi assumed command in 2010.

    The militant group Baghdadi inherited had in place a sophisticated bureaucracy that was almost obsessive about record-keeping. Its middle-managers detailed, for example, the number of wives and children each fighter had, to gauge compensation rates upon death or capture, and listed expenditures in neat Excel spreadsheets that noted payments to an “assassination platoon” and “Al Mustafa Explosives Company.” Income from the Sunni Muslim militants’ looting of Shiite Muslim-owned property was recorded as “spoils.”

    By the time Baghdadi took charge, the group even had begun siphoning a share of Iraq’s oil wealth, opening gas stations in the north, smuggling oil and extorting money from industry contractors _ enterprises that Baghdadi would build on and replicate as he expanded operations across the border into Syria, ultimately breaking from his al Qaida roots and declaring himself emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

    Now Baghdadi’s ISIS has seized control of much of Iraq’s Sunni provinces, is consolidating its hold on two provinces in eastern Syria and is circling the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, as 300 newly dispatched American military advisers arrive in Iraq to assess what the United States can do to stop its advance.

    Insurgent records suggest that the United States will find it difficult to rout an organization whose structure and attention to detail allowed it to prosper even during the toughest U.S. counterterrorism efforts of the last decade. U.S. officials believed, incorrectly, that the group had been vanquished.

    Read more here:

  39. alex says:

    “You have 60,000 Latinos turning 18 each month and they are a huge part of the millennial generation, which happens to be the largest generation in our country’s history,” Rock the Vote President Ashley Spillane told BuzzFeed.

    She said the connection with Voto Latino is about leveraging the strengths of each organization to reach this oft-targeted group of young Hispanics.

    Organizers are hoping to have the most impact in states that have enacted restrictive voter identification laws that make it difficult for new immigrants to vote and states that have sizable populations of unregistered voters whose participation could sway election results.

    The efforts are part of a larger campaign intended to enlist up to 1.5 million new voters for November.

  40. alex says:

    Iowa November 4, 2014 Election for Governor

    Democratic candidate Jack Hatch v Koch GOP Terry Branstad

  41. barbk says:

    I notice that Dick Cheney’s Saturn (8+ Taurus) which is conjunct his Jupiter (7+ Taurus) received a hit from the April Taurus solar eclipse at 8 degrees and 51 minutes, which might explain his resurgence into the political news of today.

  42. alex says:

    Dick Cheney Natal Chart – ASC @02 Virgo, Midheaven @27 Taurus (IC @27 Scorpio)

    Pease Porridge Hot Pease Porridege Cold

  43. Jerry says:

    Baghdad Bomb Blitz Feared as Next Stage of ISIS Offensive
    By Robert Windrem and Richard Engel

    NBC News

    With ISIS forces nearing Baghdad’s city limits, U.S. officials don’t believe the relatively small, ill-equipped army of Islamic militants will be able to take the city by a frontal assault. Instead, they fear that ISIS will terrorize Baghdad by launching a wave of suicide bombings and possibly cutting off water and electricity to the city of 7.5 million.

    The strategy, according to the officials, appears aimed at demoralizing residents of the city and inciting a new wave of sectarian violence that could further undermine the ruling Shia-led Iraqi government.

    Asked if the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni terrorist group, has a significant cadre of suicide bombers willing to carry out such attacks, a senior U.S. counter terrorism official said that recruitment is not a problem for the group.


  44. B.A. says:

    This is from Bill Black, the former bank examiner:

    One amazing thing, this is being done in secret, and is supposed to stay secret for 5 years after implementation.

    Obama’s Latest Betrayal of America and Americans in Favor of the Big Banks: TISA

  45. will says:

    A little humor for the astrologically-afflicted.

    Mercury Retrograde Body Mitten
    by Alan Annand

    Feeling wobbly, forgetful, and introverted during this Mercury retrograde cycle? This can be a great time for renewal and self-reflection. The Mercury Retrograde Body Mitten (TM) is designed specifically to contain and counteract the powerful negative mental and energetic effects of Mercury retrograde.

    Each body mitten is hand-knitted by celibate Virgos using hypo-allergenic squirrel wool inter-woven with strands of unicorn hair that were marinated in lavender oil infused with emerald powder. This energetic matrix provides a comfortable and fashionable garment to create an aware and stable personal environment before, during, and after Mercury retrograde.

  46. Jill R. says:

    Sure could use one of those body mittens now. Pluto conjuncting my ascendant…

  47. alex says:

    ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

    announced itself on Oct 15, 2006

  48. alex says:

    continued ISIS chart: 10/15/2006

    Midpoint Chiron/Pluto @14 Capricorn
    Venus @18 Libra

    Marjorie Orr – Forum Excerpt

    Iraq versus ISIS – a clash of faiths

    Iraq looks like heading towards civil war with the Kurds now seizing the oil town of Kirkuk and the militant insurgent group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) holding Mosul and three other cities.

    ISIS after a series of changing leaders and titles announced its existence on 15 Oct 2006. This gives a Saturn in Leo trine Pluto, sextile Sun Mars Venus in Libra – which gives a snapshot of a passionately enthusiastic and brutal organisation, even more extreme than Al Quaeda.

    There’s also a Saturn opposition Neptune square Jupiter Mercury in Scorpio – such a Fixed focal point Jupiter suggests long range objectives, dogmatic, intolerant, self righteous, and probably good at attracting funding.

    It’s a slightly different chart to that of Al Quaeda, 11 Aug 1988, which had a Leo Sun square Pluto with Pluto inconjunct Mars in Aries; Mars on the point of a T Square to a Neptune Venus opposition.

    Certainly there’s the Mars Pluto, Sun Pluto, Mars Venus connection and a very aggressive Mars in both. Both also have North Node in Pisces pointing to faith as a driving force. But the Al Quaeda chart had a more scattered feel. ISIS is more together which is worrisome.

    The relationship charts between ISIS and Iraq 1921 and Iraq 2004 charts don’t look remotely cheerful with heavy pressures and hostility between them for several years to come.

    Guardian: The recent capture of flash sticks containing ISIS accounts and other admin documents indicate that Isis has ‘grown from a ragtag band of extremists to perhaps the most cash-rich and capable terror group in the world.’

    And isn’t that just Jupiter in Scorpio on the point of a T square for you. “Before Mosul, their total cash and assets were $875m [£515m]. Afterwards, with the money they robbed from banks and the value of the military supplies they looted, they could add another $1.5bn to that.”

    “The strategic acumen of Isis was impressive – so too its attention to detail. “They had itemised everything,” the source said. “Down to the smallest detail.”

    That 2006 chart has Saturn square a focal point Mercury which certainly would indicate a meticulous approach.

  49. will says:

    Jill R,

    Looks like s big, deep, thorough transformation for you. When Pluto traveled through my first house, I felt fearless and strong.

  50. Jill R. says:

    Thanks, Will, for your comment. I suppose that “fearless and strong” definition of the transit is not getting along well with my timid, anxious Virgo moon.

  51. Prabhata says:

    Austria defies US, EU over South Stream during Putin visit

    Austria’s OMV and Russia’s Gazprom have signed a deal for the Austrian section of the controversial South Stream gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine. Austria’s president, Heinz Fischer, has rejected US and EU criticism.

  52. Prabhata says:

    Contract of pipeline was appx 10:57 UTC in Vienna Austria (I think Austria local time is one hour ahead of UTC, but not sure)

  53. Lorrie U says:

    Jill R. – I feel your pain, but echo Will that you will feel fearless and strong once the transit starts to ebb. And I have a Virgo Moon as well as Sun/Venus/Neptune, and it also was opposite my Uranus. I survived and lived to tell about it, although at the time it didn’t seem possible. Hang in there, it’s all for the higher good, it’s like overcoming a death threatening disease which makes you appreciate your life like never before.

  54. Lorrie U says:

    With all this Iraq/impeachment/etc. negativity floating in the atmosphere, I am somewhat disengaging and pulling the covers over my head. Thankful for all of the insightful posts to help keep me in the loop somewhat.

  55. Sharon K says:

    This ISIS group is very troublesome – and I would think that the entire Mideast feels threatened by the instability it is creating in Iraq that will spread, most of all, Iran, a Shiite country.

  56. alex says:

    Region Map


    Isis swept through much of northern and central Iraq over three stunning days, seizing control of Mosul and Tikrit and threatening Kirkuk as three divisions of the Iraqi army shed their uniforms and fled.

    The capitulation of the military and the rapid advances of the insurgents have dramatically changed the balance of power in Iraq.

  57. alex says:

    Daily News Roundup: Before the start of business, a curated summary of the most current national security developments.

    Just Security is an online forum for the rigorous analysis of U.S. national security law and policy. We aim to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to national security problems that decision-makers face. Our Board of Editors include individuals with significant government experience, civil society attorneys, academics, and other leading voices. Just Security is based at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law.

  58. alex says:

    CA District 21 – November 4, 2014 Election

    Democratic Candidate Amanda Renteria
    GOP Congressman David Valadao

    dailykos diary WED JUN 25, 2014

    CA-21: A Juicy Plum Within Reach in California’s Central Valley
    by LeftOfYou

  59. alex says:


    The city of Mosul, population 1.5 million, fell to ISIS insurgents because two divisions of Iraq’s army (30,000 soldiers) shed their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and fled from 800 Sunni religious extremists in pickup trucks.

  60. Teresa Hill says:

    My AC is at 5:52 Capricorn, so I’ve been there, very recently. Let’s see, became an empty nester (which I’m loving in many ways, but also found very difficult). Went through some serious hell with my daughter, which is still not over, but is easier because she lives all the way across the country from us. Both my kids got married. My career underwent big, big changes, but I’m loving them. Had to put one cat and one dog to sleep, and 2nd dog is really old for his breed, so trying to prepare for that. But we also have two new fabulous dogs. Did a huge home renovation/addiction, stressful but also wonderful new space that I love. And my father died. Whew.
    Try hard to believe that change can be good, because it’s true. It can.

  61. Teresa Hill says:

    You felt fearless with Pluto on top of you?! Jeez, how did you manage that? I felt like it was this huge weight looming overheard with no idea what it would do to me.

  62. will says:

    Teresa Hill,

    I did indeed – although I was much younger and was a rough-and-tumble political activist on campus – lots of very heavy, high-profile legal encounters. I suppose I would have to figure in some of that wonderful 20-something invincibility as well. I was not one to back down from a confrontation. I was outspoken and wildly iconoclastic.

  63. Anne's Aunt says:

    I’ve always experienced a great transformative growth when Pluto transits houses. Pluto aspects on the other hand…. much more difficult.

  64. Prabhata says:

    If I were to put a face on a Pluto aspect, it would be Bruce Lee, or a boxer, standing his ground, with hand gesturing: “Come on, bring it on”. It doesn’t mean that the fighter is fully prepared to rumble, but at that moment it doesn’t matter. It’s the ground that he/she stands that matters. Not an inch will be given without a fight. I’ve seen two individuals experiencing transiting Pluto conjunct natal Saturn that got freaked out. I think it’s that they don’t know what is happening to them. The energy is so strong, that for some, it’s scary. And of course, the stars will send all sort of situations that force the individuals to use the energy. I have tight Saturn/Pluto conjunction. I had to learn (still learning, really) to give ground to others when it’s not necessary to make a stand. I needed that courage in my life, but got used to always standing my ground, even when not necessary.

    I have tremendous love for Pluto. For me, Pluto is a she, the Indian goddess, Kali.

  65. Prabhata says:

    We've just gotten word that a car bomb exploded in a #Kurdish area of #Kirkuk. We are in the city, trying to confirm— Lucy Kafanov (@LucyKafanov) June 25, 2014

  66. Prabhata says:

    #Iraq: stunned #Kirkuk residents survey aftermath of suicide blast, the 1st since Kurdish forces took control of area

  67. Lorrie U says:

    Prabhata – Beautifully said! Once we understand that Pluto empowers the good and slays the decay in our lives, we come to love her! Thanks.

  68. barbk says:

    Perfect. Thx alex, Cheney’s asc/desc exactly opposite Obama’s. Also their natal Suns are opposite.

  69. Lorrie U says:

    This is one of the main reasons it is imperative for dems to get out the vote in 2014–if the GOP controls the House/Senate, they will impeach just to taint Pres. Obama’s legacy even if they can’t convict!

    John Boehner’s Lawsuit Is The First Step In A Republican Plot to Impeach Obama

  70. Lorrie U says:

    A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work

  71. Prabhata says:

    Pluto energies are neither good or bad. But when wrongly used, it’s a big boomerang. Here is an example:

    “We came, we saw, he died.” Hillary Clinton on hearing that Gaddafi had been killed.

    Next, she gets Benghazi.


  72. starlight says:

    All this talk of impeachment and suing the president is coming during this Saturn station hitting his Venus.

  73. Helen says:

    ACLU highlights abuses of militarized police:

    “As the ACLU notes: “if the federal government gives the police a huge cache of military-style weaponry, they are highly likely to use it, even if they do not really need to.”

    “Swat teams were a late 1960s invention that emerged out of the Los Angeles police department. Initially, they were designed to help officers react to perilous situations such as riots, hostage taking and where an active shooter was barricaded into a house.

    But they have developed into something entirely different. The ACLU survey found that 62% of Swat team call-outs were for drug searches. Some 79% involved raids on private homes, and a similar proportion were done on the back of warrants authorizing searches. By contrast, only about 7% fell into those categories for which the technique was originally intended, such as hostage situations or barricades.”

  74. Anne's Aunt says:

    TPers have talked Obama impeachment since day 1. They have always been ravenous to get him out of office. They keep looking for a reason, and not getting one.

  75. Anne's Aunt says:

    Now that marriage equality is sweeping the country maybe it is time for a national ERA for women’s rights. Shamefully it was never been passed on a national level. And the way Hillary Clinton is already been bashed by the right and the left there seems to still be a huge amount of sexism alive. My mother always said that sexism was stronger than any racism, and that ALL men come first before women. She said a vote for Obama would open doors for women to come next since black men got the vote before any women did. Perhaps she’s right. Maybe LGBT will lead the way for more equal rights for women. Women’s rights are a global issue, and rights are being lost globally. Women in the US are now afraid of being labeled as – or coming out as – “feminist”, and there are so many issues of women’s rights not being addressed even in our privileged bubble. Apparently many think that men will not like “feminists”.

  76. alex says:

    Mid-Term Elections November 4, 2016

    Does anyone think otherwise that Putin/Russia, Iran, N. Korea, Syria, Iraq, ISISetc etc (and on the other hand so called allies) don’t know the US is having important elections in November…. in the otherwise preoccupied lives of concerned citzens do you think they think about or care that there are strategies developed by foreign nation states who do what they can to INFLUENCE the outcomes that they prefer in our US national elections?

    It’s another good reason to vote – think about the various foreign governments that would like to be choosing our Congressmen, Senators, and Governors directly if THEY could…. you can be certain there are strategies deployed by other governments to INFLUENCE indirectly the outcome of US elections;

  77. alex says:

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is planning to headline a fundraiser for at least four Republican Senate candidates, seeking to make an impact on the 2014 election while exploring the possibility of his own presidential bid in 2016.

    The fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 23 in Tampa, Fl.

    Cory Gardner in Colorado,
    Joni Ernst in Iowa,
    Monica Wehby in Oregon
    Tom Cotton in Arkansas

    The event may also benefit the winner of the Aug. 26 Republican primary in Alaska.

  78. alex says:

    Colorado Mid-Term Elections

    Koch GOP Cory Gardner v Senator Mark Udall-D

    GOP Congressman Cory Gardner voted for the Paul Ryan budget.

  79. alex says:

    Oregon Senate Elections – November 4, 2014

    Senator Jeff Merkle-D v GOP Monica Wehby

    MONICA WEHBY – Romney’s Tax Cuts

    The aggressive high-end tax cuts from Mitt Romney’s much-derided 2012 tax plan appear to be enjoying an unlikely renaissance thanks to GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby.

    Webhy, who is running against Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), released a set of tax proposals in late April calling for aggressive corporate and individual tax cuts for the wealthy.

    The plan has only vague suggestions about how to prevent such an overhaul from ballooning the federal budget deficit.

    Like Romney, she suggested reducing the top corporate income tax rate to 25 percent, and she goes further than Romney in calling for a top personal rate of 25 percent.

  80. alex says:

    November 4, 2014 Senate Elections in Iowa & Arkansas

    Koch GOP IOWA Senate Candidate Joni Ernst v Democrat Bruce Braley

    GOP Joni Ernst believes women should have no choice and wishes to criminalize abortions under any circumstance, while also opposing in-vitro fertilization and some forms of birth control. Ernst wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act (affecting Medicaid), and only provide vouchers for Medicare while privatizing Social Security.

    Koch Arkansas GOP Senate Candidate Tom Cotton

    GOP Rep. Cotton v Senator Mark Pryor-D

    Congressman Cotton was the only Arkansan in Congress, Democrat or Republican, to vote against disaster relief five times, against recovery for victims of natural disasters.”

    In August 2013, Cotton voted against student loan legislation in Congress. It was subsequently reported, and Cotton acknowledged, that Cotton himself had been the recipient of federally-backed Stafford loans while attending Harvard Law School.

  81. Connie says:

    Saturn, hefty transits & progressions has kept my nose to the grind stone. I haven’t been able to keep up with comments for more than a year but do read Nancy’s articles which gives insight to the current energy.

    I wonder if any of you can shed light on Florida’s 2014 governor race. It’s not just Scott or Crist, there’s also progressive candidate Nan Rich! Her birth data from wiki is February 9, 1942 New York City. thanks

  82. Anne's Aunt says:

    Alex, in Oregon Wehby is crashing and burning currently. She refuses to debate and messes up with polity questions. She has gotten this far on personal testimonials (she is a doctor) and a compelling personal story, but Merkely is popular (I am a supporter and have already donated) and I hope by election he will be a certainly. He is on the banking committee and is great.

  83. alex says:

    Anne’s Aunt

    Thanks for that info: Merkely is great you have to keep the great ones

  84. Lorrie U says:

    AA – “Apparently many think that men will not like “feminists”.”

    Women need to like/love themselves first and not care whether a man likes them or not as they are. Women enable men to think they can decide who and what they should be, so until women empower themselves, men will call the shots. A confident man loves an empowered woman, a weak man wants to dominate.

  85. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt
    ” She said a vote for Obama would open doors for women to come next since black men got the vote before any women did.”

    My old mentor, a political science and history professor and Theosophist who dabbled in astrology used to say we would get a black man as president before we had a woman president. The 14th and 15th amendments gave black men the vote but it was 50 more years before we got the women’s vote. I was struck in November 2008 that Obama’s election fits the pattern he described.

    Let us hope it is considerably less than 50 years before we elect a woman president. And By-God-Yes, we DO need that ERA passed!

  86. Eliseo says:

    Lorrie U,
    If those nutjobs DO impeach our president, I would hope they would do it very soon, so as to guarantee GOP heavy losses in the Nov. 2014 election. It might even be the final nail in their coffin.

  87. Prabhata says:

    Frustrated, hard-to-figure centrist voters could be key to ‘14 election

    “Most Americans do not view politics through uniformly liberal or conservative lenses,” Pew said, “and more tend to stand apart from partisan antipathy than engage in it.”

    The problem for political strategists is that the center is hard to find and harder to figure. Pew called it “a combination of groups each with their own mix of political values” with “many distinct voices…often with as little in common with each other as with those who are on the left and right.”

    Read more here:

  88. Eliseo says:

    As Pluto transits my 7th and my wife’s 1st we again have a pair of Good News/Bad News.

    (A) My wife’s terminal (hereditary) illness is suddenly inactive, probably extending her life considerably, perhaps decades. For us this is a welcome miracle. We are ecstatic!

    (B) She lost her job here in SE Texas. She will soon be interviewing in Oregon and Washington state where she can make considerably more money and enjoy far better working conditions.

    Meanwhile, I’m about to be stuck here alone in Podunk for the next 2 to 2&1/2 years, as contractually I have to finish a teaching gig, and more importantly, graduate work pertaining to a literary, historical, socio-political project I’ve created.

  89. Anne's Aunt says:

    Elisio, altho parts of TX are great, Oregon and WA are wonderful places, especially urban areas. Of course I’m very partial to OR and neither OR or WA are perfect. If you can handle rain (which I actually love and much prefer to cold temps, sizzling temps or wind) then you will love it here. Everything is SOOOOO green now, with flowers and flowering trees simply bursting. Portland has the largest within-city-limits park/green space in the country. Mountains, volcanos, fertile fields, orchards, and the ocean close by – Portland is the City of Roses and Eugene is very cool.

  90. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, I completely agree that women should empower themselves, but there are many obstacles. Cultural prejudice for one – a big one. There are too many parts of this to even get started.

    Then there is the media prejudice and distain for powerful women in general, tho there is the token woman here and there who seems to be somehow acceptable – in ALL fields. Just look at the computer engineer and programming fields to see acute sexism. It’s accepted as simply OK and part of the landscape. A friend’s daughter is going into programming and she is very tough and a great athlete, yet, even tho she is still in school, she is already hitting glass ceilings.

    Clinton was treated horribly in the media in 2008. This was not just by the Rs either – “liberal” media was just as bad and sometimes worse. She was repeatedly called ‘B!tch’ (Rs and Ds,) ‘F-ing whore’ (Ds), her hair and ankles discussed at nauseating length, negatively compared to a “scolding” mother (guess mothers were bad) and to an ex-wife. The D’s posted photos of a cardboard cutout of her being felt up frat boy style. She was vilified for crying and for being a hawk (even tho she and Obama completely agreed on foreign policy which is why she was appointed SOS and not, for example, in charge of health care reform). Now she is either too weak and womanish (she cried on camera once) or being too strong (she is too hawkish). She is using becoming a grandmother simply for political gain (Rs) and is pretending to be happy for points.

    Even Palin (who I absolutely detest, personally and politically) was accused of not being pregnant and called a ‘C@unt’ repeatedly.

    Given our culture it may well be 50 years before we get a woman president or anywhere near equal representation in congress which would be reflective of the inclusion of women at power positions in business etc. Great that Obama named two women to supreme court!

  91. Anne's Aunt says:

    Eliso, do you have any part of history as your particular interest?

  92. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt,
    Thanks for the encouragement!

    We lived in the Redmond/Seattle area for about 20 years while my wife worked at Microsoft, and we loved it. We also LOVE the rain! Although I grew up in SE Texas, and my wife in Santa Fe NM, we consider the PNW our real home. (Even though the astrocartography doesn’t seem to support)

    Some of our Texas friends of many decades and my wife and I have for several years now intended on eventually establishing our own “village” in western Oregon or Washington. Where exactly depends on how much land we can buy and at what universities we can continue teaching, researching and writing.

    Right now we are leaning toward the Eugene or Portland area, but time, money and unforeseen circumstances may change that. Who knows?

    Whereabouts might you be in Oregon?

  93. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt,
    I’ve done many things in my life. Mental Health Counseling for quite a long time and later criminal investigation. I am and always have been a writer, actor, singer and musician. Currently, I teach English, especially college readiness writing, but am working on transitioning into teaching history. Comparative Religion (therefore history of religions) has been my central intellectual passion since I was 15, but I’m also fascinated by history of science and technology.

    Essentially I am a cultural historian always interested in the history of consciousness. So I tend to look at pre-history and history as a whole.
    I am better versed in the histories of Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism, as opposed to other religions, my interest in them directly related to the fact those three despite their many faults, have done much over the centuries to promote compassion.

    My “favorite” areas or epochs of history have changed over time, i.e. ancient history, early European and African settlement of the Americas, American Civil War & Reconstruction, etc., all relative to respective levels of compassion vs. its antithesis.

  94. Anne's Aunt says:

    Elisio, very interesting stuff re history. My mother was a developmental psychologist and I was raised hearing about Piaget and Montessori. She taught Montessori for a while and I assisted in the classroom. It was great fun and interesting too. Both my parents studied multiple religions and are quakers now. Good thing since my mother is very hard of hearing. I’ve studied history thru the lens of art and pigment development.

    I live in Portland and have for around 25 years. Raised my daughter here and simply love it. I found Portland a bit difficult to break into, socially, but after I did it has been very rewarding. And it is very progressive.

  95. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt,
    In July my wife will probably be interviewing in Hillsboro and in Beaverton, not far from you. Wherever she lands a good job, I’ll probably be visiting during the Christmas holidays in-between semesters. As I mentioned in previous post, I’m stuck down here in SE Texas for a while longer.

    Studying history through the lens of art and pigment development is of course another way to look at the progression of consciousness.

    Are there any good astrology societies in the Portland area?

  96. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt,
    RE: developmental psychology, Piaget, Montessori, etc.
    It will be a while before I can get to it, but I have plans to do a correlative study of Kohlberg’s levels of ethical maturity relative to astrology. That would be individual as well as national charts.

  97. Lorrie U says:

    This sounds good, and with Pres. Obama being a Leo, it’s supposed to be a good year for him…

    Jupiter in Leo

  98. thrasybulus says:

    Wouldn’t that send a shudder down Wall Street’s spine if Sherrod Brown became Banking Committee Chair simultaneously with the Dems taking the House back and putting ranking member of Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters into its chairmanship.

    For the girls, a quote from her wikipedia entry;

    “On July 29, 1994 Waters was challenged for remarks made during the House Banking Committee’s Whitewater hearings denouncing Rep. Peter King, with whom she had argued the night before. She said, “Men and women, the day is over when men can badger and intimidate women!”

  99. Lorrie U says:

    Eliseo – That’s great news about your wife!! I’m so happy for you both. Maybe with extra income, your ability for trips back and forth will make the time go by faster! And you are a most interesting and fascinating man…

  100. Lorrie U says:

    Obama’s Weakness, or Ours?

    Blowing things up is often satisfying, and Obama’s penchant for muddling along instead, with restraint, is hurting him politically. But that’s our weakness more than his. Obama’s foreign policy is far more deft — and less dangerous — than the public thinks, and he doesn’t deserve the harsh assessments. If there’s one thing we should have learned in the Bush/Cheney years, it’s that swagger and invasion are overrated as foreign policy instruments.

  101. Anne's Aunt says:

    Elisio I don’t know about astrology societies in Portland but I’m sure there are some. there is, however, an excellent and very well known astrologer (can’t remember her name off hand) who has very similar interests as you and has studied history. I’ll look up Kohlberg.

    As far as art and pigment development the oldest known human artifacts are for pigment making and their tools and methods are surprisingly sophisticated. Body painting and painting on other surfaces way proceeded cave painting, by at least 100,000 years.

    About the maturing of ethics the ages seems interesting to me. Each position on the zodiac has its own ethics. I would think the ethics of the age of Aries would be very different than from the age of Taurus for example. We are in a very interesting time where we are evolving into a new age of aquarius. Also, I don’t think ethics of previous ages would simply discontinue but are added as a new layer.

  102. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, I agree that swagger does not work most of the time, tho Obama has done it several times (military action in Syria threats) but peace is not always good either. Don’t know if you have read this, but “Guns Germs and Steel” written by Jared Diamond, shows very clearly that completely peaceful societies simply get conquered and wiped out. A bit of posturing can be good. It’s when to follow thru that is tricky.

  103. Anne's Aunt says:

    Mr. T, that was in 1994? How sad that it has been so long and actually not much has changed since then. You still don’t find many as tough as Waters.

  104. Anne's Aunt says:

    Elisio, I just looked up Kohlberg and find that he has further developed Piaget and I totally misunderstood what you mean by “ages”. I thought you meant ages progressed thru the zodiac and not individual ages. Looks like a very interesting study.

  105. barbk says:

    alex. . . .many thanks for the HuffPost piece on Alice-in-Wonderland!

  106. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt,
    Your misunderstanding has its own interesting validity. When you wrote of each astrological age having its own ethical values, that of course is true; and you made the excellent point of how each overlaps and continues. (This is a truth many miss as though we are done with the lessons of each of those zodiacal ages.) This is of course worthy of study.

    Lawrence Kohlberg discovered there are six basic levels within three categories of what he called “ethical maturity.” (This essentially is scientific validation of what many would call levels of consciousness.) These levels are demonstrable cross culturally, worldwide in child development and in adults. His work was later augmented and improved by feminist psychologists who included not only styles of reasoning but also styles of empathy.

    I was referring to a possible project I might undertake in looking to see if there are any astrological signatures in individual charts reflective of those progressive levels. Most adults reach level 3 and some reach level 4. But some get stuck at lower levels and a few go on to level 5 and 6. (The Constitution of the United States is written at level 5, which is why most Americans have so much difficulty in understanding or applying it.)

    The Ed.Psych community applies Kohlberg to individual development, but using the “politically incorrect” premise that some cultures are more ethically advanced than others, I see it as a useful tool with which to understand national cultures and their leaders. A level 2 person or nation absolutely CAN – NOT understand or comprehend the thinking of levels 4 and above. They might possibly make a mental jump to temporarily understand level 3. They are bound to misunderstand and misinterpret the thought and behavior of levels 4 and above. I personally believe this would be useful in foreign relations, but the PolySci folks don’t know much of EdPsych.

    Looking at national astro-charts and of their leaders relative to Kohlberg’s concepts is a project I may possibly take on some time later. But right now I’m too busy with another major project which will take me at least another couple of years. Besides, in the meantime I have some histories and novels to write.

  107. Eliseo says:

    Lorrie U,
    Thanks for the personal compliment and even more thanks for your empathic enthusiasm. BTW, your comments and links are almost always useful. I frequently go to the links you provide.

    My wife and I are thrilled with the medical news. We think that maybe indeed with the extra income, trips back and forth will be quite do-able. And she is looking for work in Oregon and/or Washington where we prefer to live and work after we’ve eventually sold our property in Texas and Louisiana.

    My wife had to take a 40% salary cut to work down here, and it was a bad work environment. The bosses at the top frequently talked of how they “should fire all their Democrats” and of how great it would be if someone assassinated Obama. They didn’t like it when she oft humbly quoted the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” But the straw on the proverbial camels’s back was when they recently asked her to take an additional 40% pay cut on top of the one she took to take the job in the first place!

    A few days before we got the good and the bad news, I had a very powerful and lucid dream/message. I was shown how it would be if my wife’s disease progressed to its logical conclusion, how miserable she would be in her suffering; but was also told it didn’t have to be that way. I was told there was a way for us both to have far better health, happiness and prosperity and achieve our spiritual goals, to “Seek and Ye shall find.” The dream/message woke me up with a start. I told my wife almost immediately.

    We are hoping and praying she can find a good position in the Pacific Northwest very soon after Mercury goes direct. We do have bills and taxes to pay, and I’m stuck contractually here in Texas for a couple of more years.

  108. Anne's Aunt says:

    Elisio, do you have any theories about people who have NO conscience – usually termed ‘sociopaths’? I personally think some issues with sociopaths is a very early infant (or even before birth) traumatic brain damage. I have personally known two sociopaths. They are actually very rare.

  109. Eliseo says:

    Krystal Ball tells it like it is. She eviscerates the GOP & ravages corporate Dems in this amazing, eloquent, & succinct commentary.
    If you want to feel good, view this short video.

  110. Lorrie U says:

    Eliseo – Texas is very toxic and probably did not help your wife’s health. Getting relocated to a more positive and healthful atmosphere, both geographically and workplace, will help her heal even more! Looking forward to hearing more about your work, histories and novels.

  111. Lorrie U says:

    I LOVE this!…

    Big Apple Coffee Party is launching the Declare Your Independence from the Koch Brothers! campaign that asks people not to buy Koch products for their Fourth of July celebrations.

    We’re aiming to have flyering events across the country around the weekend of June 28th to remind people that the supplies they buy for their Fourth of July parties shouldn’t profit the Koch Brothers. We’ll tell people that their Dixie cups dilute the value of their vote—so they should use something else to celebrate their freedom.

    We’ve created a Don’t Do Koch website to promote the “Declare Your Independence” campaign and to support our on-going Don’t Do Koch actions. There’s a toolkit with a pdf of our supermarket flyer and other materials useful in organizing flyering events.

  112. Lorrie U says:

    Sam Brownback, in deep red Kansas, is in dire shape for re-election

    Whoa! We knew GOP Gov. Sam Brownback was unpopular, but this unpopular? A new SurveyUSA poll finds Democrat Paul Davis, the state House minority leader, beating Brownback 47-41 (with Libertarian Keen Umbehr at 5), an improvement from Davis’ already-remarkable 43-39 edge last October.

  113. alex says:

    Anne’s Aunt, geeze I’d have to disagree I think there are loads of sociopaths among the regular peeps

    Barbk, not to jinx it but are you gearing up for a possible celebration on election night… if it unfolds that way it will be one to remember!

    Lorrie, what a find thanks for posting this

  114. Eliseo says:

    Anne’s Aunt,
    Having worked for a number of years in the mental health system in Texas, New Mexico and Washington state, and the criminal justice system in Washington, I’ve known hundreds of diagnosed sociopaths. But I have no startling or original theories astrological or psychological about them.

    I began that work believing their condition was due entirely to environmental factors, but left the field almost 2 decades later with an entirely different point of view. I now strongly suspect there are frequently major genetic components and/or as you suggested traumatic brain damage issues, probably also triggered or exacerbated by environmental circumstances and events.

    But my opinions here are NOT scientific, but merely what I can infer from observation and knowledge of case histories. And I strongly suspect we have more sociopaths than we realize. Some are just better at avoiding that diagnosis and at blending in.

    Example: A family I am well acquainted with. 5 children – 2 relatively “normal” – 1 bipolar – 2 sociopaths. The less brighter sociopath went to prison. But the brighter one had some troubles as an adolescent and young adult but went to Wall Street and today is considered “quite successful.”

    I suspect that thousands of years ago, it may have been evolutionarily advantageous to have a percentage of sociopaths among us. But we are no longer hunter-gatherers, and if we are lucky enough to not do ourselves in will evolve (in the next several centuries) into a spacefaring species, eventually to leave this earth we are so close to having outgrown.

    In the meantime our mental health system is woefully inadequate. We really don’t know what to do with sociopaths and people with other various disorders. And a number of our social problems, gun violence, addictions, etc. cannot truly be “fixed” until we “fix” the MHS and forge a different economic system. In our society the perfect consumer is an addict. That’s a society in which sociopaths thrive.

  115. Eliseo says:

    RE: Open Source Revolution
    Brilliant! Thank-You!

  116. barbk says:

    “The perfect consumer is an addict”, well said and much appreciated Eliseo!

    alex. . . if wishes made it so. I remain optimistic; she’s our best chance in YEARS!

  117. Anne's Aunt says:

    Elisio and Alex, I have known a number of people with personality disorders, but a true sociopath has No conscience whatsoever – towards anything or anyone. I still think that extreme a personality disorder is rare and too often is a diagnosis for people with slightly less severe personality disorders. Sociopaths are serial killers and really rather insane people. They are also sort of charismatic and compelling in their confidence.

    I have birth info for one tho I’m not sure of the exact time of birth. It was a home birth, as was the custom, so I use this time as an approximation. May 31, 1908, male, Illinois 40n22, 91w26. 6:00pm. He was a serial killer, not a mass murderer, but murdered many times until he was caught. I think he also suffered possible traumatic brain injury as a newborn infant.

    It is fascinating that you suggested that the development of having no conscience may have been actually developed in response to an astrological age. Maybe in the age of Aries where wars of conquering swept the globe and thus mingled and mixed huge populations. War and commerce tend to be the things that mix people since they bring people into contact, then, well, sex takes over to mingle further.

  118. alex says:

    Anne’s Aunt

    sociopaths who HURT other people without conscience are called ‘malignant’ psychopaths

    SOCIOPATH – BERNIE MADOFF example (read up on him perfect sociopath)

    VIOLENT MURDERERS…. well there are plenty of forensic astrology sites have the data base for those types for you to study up on

  119. Lorrie U says:

    As a reminder, some of the common everyday products we see in the grocery stores by Koch Bros. and need to boycott:

    Toilet Paper: Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, Soft & Gentle
    Paper Towels: Brawny
    Napkins: Sparkle, Vanity Fair, Zee, Mardi Gras
    Dixie cups, plates, napkins

  120. Lorrie U says:

    Bee-Killing Pesticides in 51 Percent of ‘Bee-Friendly’ Plants Sold in U.S. and Canada

    Garden plants advertised at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart as harmless to bees have been shown to kill them, a study released by the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth and allies reports.

  121. Anne's Aunt says:

    Alex, thanks for that info – ‘malignant’ sociopaths makes sense. Madoff is certainly a sociopath. Do you know a good site for forensic astrology?

  122. Lorrie U says:

    Obama’s Strategy Against Putin Worked As Ukraine Signs Trade Agreement With EU

    Ukraine has elected a new President, Petro Poroshenko, who is not in the pocket of the Russians. Putin’s actions have led to Russia’s economy dipping into a recession. And Ukraine got what it wanted in the first place — a trade pact with the EU and the reduction of Russia’s influence on its economy.

    In the end, this is why President Obama does not need to listen to the likes of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), two-time loser Mitt Romney and Mr. 9/11 Rudy Giuliani. By sticking with sanctions and a generally hands off approach, Obama allowed Putin to hang himself. In just a matter of months, Putin has done long-term damage to his country and his own reputation.

  123. lisam says:

    Lorrie U, thanks for that grocery list of Koch Bros. that we need to boycott. I will stop buying Brawny paper towels as of today. Thanks also for the bee-killing info, and all the other useful info that you provide on this site.

  124. alex says:

    Anne’s Aunt

    it is not area that interests me – – google ‘forensic astrology’

  125. Lorrie U says:

    Iraq and Detroit: Both Plundered by the Same Bandits

    The ugly face of empire and disaster capitalism is visible all over the world. Detroit, Michigan, was once a thriving city but was sent into a tailspin by the deindustrialization of the United States, white flight, and institutional racism which blamed black people who were in fact the victims of catastrophe. The coup de grace was delivered by big banks like UBS, Bank of America and Barclays, which sold risky derivatives schemes to corrupt Detroit politicians. When the financial deal inevitably headed south, the banks were the creditors first in line for a payout.
    Just as Iraq’s infrastructure has been destroyed, Detroit residents now live without basic services which ought to be regarded as the right of every human being. In the United States, a country which boasts of its high level of advancement, residents of a major city must plead to the international community for the right to access water.

    In a city already on the brink, the powers that be chose to pressure struggling people to pay increased fees for water. They have also used harsh and sometimes improper methods to deprive even those who have paid their bills. No one can survive at all without water to drink, and one cannot survive very well without water for cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Very powerful people in boardrooms and government offices made decisions that turned Detroit into an Iraq in America’s midst and now sneer at pleas for mercy.

  126. Lorrie U says:

    Lisam – Thank you! I’m happy that you find my posts useful.

  127. Salemone says:

    Head of Mississippi Tea Party suicide. Things just get stranger and stranger.

  128. alex says:

    I was going to add in an earlier post re: sociopaths

    that the Koch/GOP/Tea/Libertarian/Neocon party is clearly having mental abnormal delusional states which manifest in various ways – bats#*#& crazy


    FRI JUN 27, 2014

    Republican candidate is convinced his opponent is dead and using a body double as a stand-in

    by FaithGardner – dailykos diary

  129. alex says:


    give it a year and they’ll (koch/gop/tea/libertarian/tea) say that some Democrat (probably Obama) is a zoombie

  130. Anne's Aunt says:

    The “Weekly World News” (sort of like the Onion) used to regularly say that this or that congressperson was an alien.

  131. alex says:

    2014 Texas Governor’s Election – November 4TH

    Sen. Wendy Davis: said that Greg Abbott, her GOP opponent for governor, is “just another insider” with out-of-touch ideas.

    Abbott, Davis said, “has proven that he’s not fit to be your governor.”


    Wendy Davis said she would fight for hardworking Texans by pushing to invest in the educational opportunity that was her way out of a difficult life, in the infrastructure necessary to a growing state and in an economy where everyday Texans have a place.

    “Here’s the truth about Greg Abbott’s values: Greg Abbott is a career insider. As a judge and as Attorney General, Greg Abbott has proven over and over again that he is another insider, protecting and defending insiders who just aren’t working for you,” Davis said.

  132. Jerry says:

    As mentioned, we may be approaching a very challenging period starting July 16th when tr. Mars conjuncts Vests in square to tr. Sun (25 Libra-Cancer) triggering the April 15th lunar eclipse (in square to Pres. Obama’s natal Saturn). The momentum continues right up to the 21st during the peak of the Saturn-Uranus quincunx simultaneous stations.

    On the 21st, tr. Jupiter at 1 ’07 Leo – located at the epicenter, the far midpoint of the Saturn-Uranus quincunx (16 Scorpio-Aries) forms an opposition to President Obama’s natal Jupiter (0 ’52 Aq.) and the 2013 US Inaugural chart’s natal Sun (0 ’49 Aq.) at the Saturn-Uranus quincunx near midpoint (1 ’34 Aq.). Also at this point in time, tr. Mars at 27 Libra t squares tr Sun and the US Pluto. Lots of celestial activity going on mid to late July. Regarding tr. Jupiter in opposition to Obama’s natal Jupiter, the following is a synopsis……


    A Transiting Opposition to a Natal Planet placement is when two Planets are opposite each other and within 1-3 Degree Orb of each other 180 degrees apart. This is a polarized energy which brings challenges and confrontational influence. One Planet versus the other. Brings issues to peak and culmination. Also brings circumstances beyond your control.

    Jupiter Opposition Natal Jupiter

    A transit of expecting more than what you will receive. Not a good time to remain passive. Make every effort to advance your plans even if you must make some compromises. Difficult to impress others. Others may win your sought after rewards, honors or goals. Gullible. Don’t take too much for granted in relationships. Liabilities occur through excesses. Over estimation. Experiences of burdens from previous extravagances. Expensive travel. Avoid over indulging, excess eating and drinking as well as any extravagant spending.

  133. Jerry says:

    CORRECTION: Read instead “when tr. Mars conjuncts VESTA”

  134. Helen says:

    Independent media:

    “The concept of net neutrality is now on the chopping block as the Federal Communications Commission continues to cow tow to corporate media interests.

    By the way, the US is currently ranked 46th in the world in terms of media/press freedom by Reporters Without Borders… The corporate control of US media has resulted in less investigative journalism. (

    It is incumbent upon us all to support and promote independent media sources. Tell your friends and family! Host a listening/viewing party. Donate to the folks who are working for

  135. Helen says:

    Interesting read:

    “As new horrors unfold in Iraq, top U.S. policymakers continue to ignore or disparage the warnings of dissenters and whistleblowers.

    Three former State Department officials — Ann Wright, Matthew Hoh and Peter Van Buren — are among those who continue to speak out against ongoing U.S. policies in Iraq. All three are on the advisory board of a new organization for whistleblowing and independent journalism,, part of the Institute for Public Accuracy.”

  136. alex says:


    PSR J2222-0137

    Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars, the superdense remains of massive stars that have exploded as supernovae.

    As a neutron star spins, lighthouse-like beams of radio waves streaming from the poles of its powerful magnetic field sweep through space. When one of these beams sweeps across Earth, radio telescopes can capture the pulse of radio waves.

  137. alex says:

    Tuesday November 4, 2014


    QUINTILE – Seventy Two Degree Aspect

    Pres. Obama Natal Sun @12 Leo


    Quintile aspect: trajectory/vector between the opportunity to develop a talent (sextile) and action taken to resolve creative crisis (square)

    ELECTION MERCURY @24 Libra (the VOTE)

    Wan Quintile

    ELECTION Mars @07 Capricorn


    collective (mass, shared, aggregate)
    spiritual (will to manifest – manifest the will)
    mental (competitive, opinionated, contentious)
    emotional (aggressive, martial, quarrelsome)
    physical (energize instinct to survive; fight, flight, or freeze)

  138. alex says:


    June 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    Tuesday November 4, 2014


    I want to make a distinction-amend:

    Quintile aspect: trajectory/vector between the opportunity to develop a talent (sextile) and inner tension that spurs action taken to resolve creative crisis (square)

  139. lisam says:

    On selling the Iraq war – they are all criminals, and should be treated as such. As for Cheney, he has a lot of nerve showing his face, or speaking out, in public again. He should just go quietly into the night. Talk about acquiring the face you deserve when you arrive at a certain age, well his face is a classic example of that saying, and in his case, it ain’t pretty to look at.

  140. alex says:

    Mystic Rectangle by Synastry – Election 2014, Swearing-In Congress 2015, President Obama

    I don’t know if you recall but during the 2012 campaign Pres. Obama spoke about Republican ‘Social Darwinism'; if you google search term Obama + social darwinism you can pick up a few articles and quotes… I can’t recall which campaign speech included ‘social darwinism’ but at the time I filed away the url but it’s harder to search my files :-) than google files I’ll leave it to google to be the resource for the topic;

    many astrologers assign the key word ‘plutocracy’ to the midpoint of chiron/pluto in political charts;

    I use key words (plutocracy, social darwinism) to denote political

    114TH CONGRESS January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017

    MYSTIC RECTANGLE BY SYNASTRY: 114TH Congressional issues-debate-legislation that will clearly involve Social Darwinism/Plutocracy

    Pres. Obama Natal Sun @12 Leo


    2015 Swear-In Congress North Node @14 Libra


    2014 Election Midpoint Chiron/Pluto @12 Aquarius


    2015 Swear-In Congress Uranus @12 Aries
    2015 Swear-In Congress South Node @14 Libra

    ‘Liz Greene’ & ‘chiron-pluto’ ( google search terms

    beyond political astrology in individual natal charts the midpoint of chiron/pluto (negative narrative, deep mistrust, bitterness, disillusionment and on the positive side, healing hard realism with profound compassion)

  141. alex says:

    continued: chiron/pluto midpoint

    Pluto reflects the instinctive survival mechanism of the collective, and of nature itself ~ Liz Greene

    unconscious Pluto (offense is the best defense in survival)
    conscience Pluto (hard realism reconciled with profound compassion)

  142. alex says:

    continued: chiron-pluto

    culture (chiron-pluto)

    chiron-pluto – film premise

    available on netflex – Demi Moore, Michael Caine in little known gem :-)