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Written by Jude Cowell

April 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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Summer Solstice 2011: Sun Cancer-Moon Pisces

Well, it’s a Water-Water Sun-Moon blend coming up for Summer Solstice 2011 and further natural disasters cannot be ruled out and may definitely include more water-related concerns.

Click above to visit Stars Over Washington where I’ve just published the Summer Solstice 2011 Horoscope with its Political Astrology details. The chart shown is set for the White House; it’s an Hour of Jupiter, posited in 8th house of Shared Resources, Credit, Debt, and Transformation which points to our nation’s current deficit, debt limit, and budgetary issues as they continue into Summer 2011.

More details are included in the post.

A Water-Water combo may easily go misty with emotion and dissolve into tears (reminds me of John Boehner!) and is sentimental and nostalgic about the past. In Politics (which SO’W is all about), it indicates the wetness of compassion rather than the dry doctrinal purity we’re seeing in Washington from the Ayn Rand acolytes such as Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor (and Alan Greenspan, one of the primary architects of our financial misery.)

Water-Water blends also describe those of a ‘wet blanket’ temperament and I, for one, would prefer to see compassion for those in need finally take precedence in Washington over the cold-hearted ones now touting an increase of austerity for the poor and middle class while the rich get an easier ride than ever. Toss the wet blanket over the Ayn Rand-ers, I say! And yet you may disagree if you wish.

Summer Days, Watery Ways

Summer 2011 begins with Sun Cancer-Moon Pisces which is an interesting combo of energies having Moon/Jupiter and Moon/Neptune implications (for me, Pisces is ruled by Jupiter and backed by the higher octave influence of Neptune which adds to inflationary concerns.)

Yet this is an affable, kind-hearted, sensitive, romantic, and whimsical blend but with a tendency to ‘blow with the wind’ a little more than we may wish during these trying days. Yet it contains an uncanny (Cancer) insight into other people and a capacity for speaking encouraging words to those who need them.

The Arts may be on display more than usual this summer, plus, issues of adaptability and diplomacy take center stage. Negatively, there may be suspicion of other people’s motives, a wallowing in self-doubt, and a proneness toward putting people on pedestals (such as Ayn Rand?)

Relating successfully to others may be difficult due to a fear of being hurt or fooled, and daydreaming will be prevalent (most effectively channeled into art or music projects, and/or social services.)

The Sun Cancer-Moon Pisces blend’s “Images for Integration: An artist teaches recuperating patients to paint the images of their dreams in soft water colours…A lone sailboat offshore at sunset…Ol’ man river, he just keeps rolling along’…The musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein.”

(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey.)

The Sun Cancer-Moon Pisces combination appears in the natal chart of author Herman Hesse who instructively said, “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”

Now isn’t that a perfect reminder for us all – politicians and partisans definitely included – as Campaign 2012 heats up our Summer of 2011?

Paul Ryan collected SS benefits until age 18

Oh Ye of Massive Hypocrisy!

Speaking of gooses, ganders, and sauce, perhaps you’ve heard the news that entitlement-hating Paul Ryan collected Social Security benefits until age 18 due to his father’s death and saved them so he could pay for college.

Admirable!

And that seems perfectly fine to me except that now he’s using his education and slavish Ayn-Randiness in an attempt to toss seniors, the disabled, and ill Americans into the streets to fund future tax breaks for the rich class he now works for!

This reminds me of Reagan’s attitude toward the poor and ill yet it was FDR’s New Deal that gave Reagan’s father a job when the family needed help the most.

Well, FDR’s SS program works really well, doesn’t it? (And has nothing to do with the US deficit or debt load.)

So I guess Ryan’s Path to Prosperity can’t be taken but by the very few…just don’t ask too many questions about how they took their first steps because you might find FDR leading the way.

Written by Jude Cowell

April 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Yummy Blackcurrant Jam yarn!

Calling all fiberistas and knitters! My daughter Maya’s new hand-dyed yarn Blackcurrant Jam is marvelous even sans biscuits or toast! And it’s calorie-free.

Click to view a photo of the scrumptiousness now on display!

Written by Jude Cowell

April 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Have you seen Donald Trump’s birth certificate?

Well, I’ve seen it as can you, and all astrologers – especially those of the Mundane Astrology persuasion – are pleased I know that ‘presidential candidate’ and mogul-tycoon Donald Trump’s time of birth may be clearly seen listed on the form and viewable well in time for the 2012 campaign madness.

Trump was born in NYC on June 14, 1946 at…ah, now, you don’t want me to spoil the surprise, do you? ;p

UPDATE 4.19.11: while watching Thom Hartmann‘s broadcast on TV today the topic of Donald Trump’s birth certificate came up. In doing so, mention was made of something I had totally forgotten though now I remember hearing about it a lot back-in-the-day of Trump’s marriages, divorces, acquisitions, and bankruptcies when he was always in the news: that he was born in South Africa.

Now that isn’t what you’ll see on his BC linked above for it says ‘Queens NY’ so either someone was deceptive then (on many occasions) – or shenanigans are afoot.

As you know, if born in South Africa, Donald Trump cannot be US president in 2012 or in any other year in spite of his jumping on the ‘birther’ bandwagon against President Obama. So…maybe he can run for president of South Africa?

A quote on free men from Robert Heinlein

“Little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything – you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.” – Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

And here is a truism from Adlai E. Stevenson made current again by the partnership between lousy politics and uppercrust greedsters: “A hungry man is not a free man”.

Oh, and here’s another thought from Mr. Heinlein which I can’t resist posting since in the US our esteemed IRS awaits our funds (due on Monday April 18 this year, not April 15): “Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.”

Amen.

Plus, if you haven’t before you may be interested in visiting the website of the Heinlein Society.

~:~

First quote above compliments of the excellent Information Clearing House Newsletter – maybe you should sign up for yours! It would behoove you rather than depending for news on the echoing chorus of mainstream media that indoctrinates us daily, over and over and over.

Written by Jude Cowell

April 15, 2011 at 12:41 am

American Civil War: Sun Aries-Moon Taurus

Having just published a column on the Civil War, I thought you might be interested on this, the 150th anniversary, of its outbreak. The war’s midpoint pictures and information on Hidden Hands behind the war are included.

One astrological placement I neglected to add to the above post is that of the Moon which was at 15Tau36 in 2nd house. The horoscope used is set for Charleston, SC at 4:30 am LMT (first shot fired) on April 12, 1861 with military sign Pisces rising.

’15Tau’ is the Oxen Point of the Zodiac so I must mention the beastliness of what our men and women physically suffered through death, disease, deprivation, and the general misery of war as brother fought against brother, cousin v cousin.

Let’s take a peek at the war’s Sun-Moon combination for a few hints on the atmosphere of the day and thus of the war itself with the Sun in Mars-ruled Aries; this is a Fire-Earth blend that denotes ‘scorched earth’ – the policy used most effectively here in Georgia by Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Sun Ari-Moon Tau energies are intuitive yet pragmatic, diplomatic yet tactless, and energetic, ambitious, and confident. It knows how to get things done, is a blend of conservativism with radicalism, and it hates hypocrisy. (Though human nature means that one’s own hypocrisy is often given a pass.)

This is an entrepreneurial combo, a player of stock markets (Taurus the Bull), and a merchant adventurer with a natural understanding of finances. (Click above link to read of the war’s international financiers!)

This blend seems to wind up ‘running the show’ (or the war?) and is deeply possessive; it uses a mailed-fist-in-velvet-glove approach.

“Images for Integration: An explorer practices the violin in a jungle clearing…Having won an arduous race, the champion sits down to a gourmet meal.” (Sun Sign-Moon Sign. Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

The Sun Ari-Moon Tau blend is shared natally by author Washington Irving (1783 – 1859) who famously admonished us that, “A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”

Point taken! And yet it seems in 2011 that the weapons of war are kept sharp for constant use by war profiteers and their handmaidens at the Pentagon and in the US Congress.

Read the Journal of John Wesley in Georgia

Now it’s always a sneaky thing to read other people’s journals or diaries yet these excerpts from the Journal of John Wesley concerning my home state of Georgia – what became the 13th Colony – are interesting to those who like early American history or are curious about the Native American tribes in the area, circa 1730s.

Methodist minister John Wesley’s Wiki bio gives a good bit of info on what became his unsuccessful mission in Georgia, his escape back to England after a breach-of-promise suit, and his turn toward a pietous group of believers, the Moravians, whom he encountered on the voyage.

A Little Astrology Perchance?

When we look at the horoscope of the landing of John and Charles Wesley in Savannah, Georgia on February 8, 1736, a mission taken on at the request of Governor James Oglethorpe (disclosure: my Dad’s Georgia ancestors came to Oglethorpe County in 1821, a few miles from where I sit typing at you), some interesting factors come to light using the lens of Astrology.

Moon was in ambitious Capricorn throughout the 24-hour period so we find a Sun AQ-Moon Cap combo of energies. And since Sun-Moon = ‘partnerships and marriage’, we may glean a little belated info concerning John Wesley’s broken-off relationship with fellow traveler Sophia Hopkey, and his proselytizing mission to the New World.

The Sun AQ-Moon Cap (Air-Earth) blend indicates steadfastness, resourcefulness, independence, honesty, and shrewdness with a broad-minded, deep-thinking approach to life. A dedicated search for the truth is notable along with firmness of purpose and an interest in society’s needs – traits laudable in a religious minister’s character and objectives.

There is an egalitarian quality within a natural sense of authority added to an ambition to perform one’s true vocation and hopefully to help others along the way. This blend presents an enormous appeal for all types of people whether superiors, inferiors, royals, strangers, or the down-and-outs, and is shared natally by some interesting people such as:

Abraham Lincoln, John Barrymore, Betty Friedan, Rosa Parks, Franco Zefferelli, Mia Farrow, and….often in the news of late…Ayn Rand, author of the distopian novel Atlas Shrugged and idol of Paul Ryan and Alan Greenspan, among other political figures.

Two quotes from Lincoln and Barrymore seem to apply to our topic – one primarily for Wesley’s mission in Georgia, the other for his relationship problems with Sophia (who married William Williamson):

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God give us to see the right…” – Abraham Lincoln, 2nd Inaugural Address March 4, 1865

“In Genesis it says that it is not good for a man to be alone, but sometimes it’s a great relief.” – John Barrymore

Yet Sun AQ-Moon Cap can exhibit an over-strict adherence to principles and a no-frills approach to social life which gives an uptight Spartan vibe and a tendency to remain aloof and self-contained. That, along with stubborn pride, may have been at the base of Wesley’s lack of follow-through with Miss Sophia who, upon reflection these 275 years later, may have been well-out of such a marriage. One hopes she soon came to the same conclusion and enjoyed wedded bliss with Mr. Williamson.

Sun AQ-Moon Cap’s ‘Images for Integration: A revolutionary is elected president…An alien civilization comes to Earth to rescue man from imminent destruction.” (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

The ‘rescue’ must refer to Wesley’s desire to ‘rescue’ Native Americans from their religious errors, something he wasn’t able to do – perhaps because many tribes had their own relationship with our Creator before he arrived on the New World scene – he was the alien!

(Read the excerpts from Wesley’s Journal linked above for more details on the Native American conditions in Georgia and Wesley’s opinions on them.)

Interestingly, religious propagator Jupiter was posited at 00AQ33 upon Wesley’s arrival in the New World 1736 which is the zodiacal position of the Sun each January 20th when we hold presidential inaugurations with the Sun being the significator of The Leader (president.) And the Sabian Symbol for ’1AQ’ = “An Old Adobe Mission”, a reference to the Utopian corporatists whose vision of the New World included, as they now assert, a ‘New World Order.’

The influence of Moravian pietists upon Wesley’s religious principles (which famously began during the voyage to Savannah) may have had a hand in his fleeing back to England and opting out of the grand scheme of which James Oglethorpe was a part. (We’re currently dealing with long term effects of such a mission of Manifest Destiny as the America as we’ve known it is being collapsed and dismantled before our very eyes.)

Another general factor which affected Wesley’s 1736 mission in Savannah is the Solar Eclipse Saros Series in which his arrival fell, the 8 North @22Lib14. To me, its influence describes details of Wesley’s religious mission and his relationship troubles! See what you think in this paraphrase from Brady’s Predictive Astrology:

‘Flashes of genius, inventiveness, intuitive leaps, good ideas, vivid dreams, visions, and new-found inspirations (new-found – the Moravian influence which began aboard ship?) which pull us away from social life and relationships and cause strain in personal lives – freedom is needed’ (!)

The 8N Series began with an eclipse on May 17, 1501 with Sun/Moon @4Gem51. Two midpoint pictures from the initial eclipse may apply to Wesley’s situation in Savannah with manipulative, transformative Pluto at apex of both:

Venus/Saturn = Pluto (26Sco12 Rx): unusually strong tension in love relationships; passing states of chaos.

Moon/NN = Pluto: separation through a higher power or providence; fateful associations. (Ebertin; any, all, or none may apply.)

(Astro-Note: if you’re familar with your own Pre-Natal Eclipse Series, perhaps you’ve looked at the horoscope of the initial eclipse of that Series for further clues concerning its effects upon your life! My own is quite telling.)

Well, there’s an astro-snapshot of John Wesley’s experiences in America and hopefully some insights have been gained on the Methodist-movemnt-founding minister known for his preaching of personal salvation through Jesus Christ and justification through faith.

7.4 magn earthquake hits Japan 4.7.11

NPR BREAKING NEWS: Earthquake Hits Northeastern Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan; tsunami alert issued for ravaged northeastern coast.

More at NPR.

~:~

A link of interest: NWO 2012.

Written by Jude Cowell

April 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

A Weekend of Deep Sky Auroras in US April 2011

Space Weather News for April 3, 2011

DEEP SKY AURORAS: A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field over the weekend, sending a wave of “deep sky auroras” over northern-tier US states. The lights were pale-white or even invisible to the naked eye, but digital cameras revealed spectacular colors and luminous shapes above Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and elsewhere.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for images and more information about this phenomenon.

Written by Jude Cowell

April 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

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