Monday, November 30, 2015

Turkey Prods Russia

Last week the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter plane which had purportedly flown over Turkish airspace for approximately 17 seconds.  The Russians claim that the plane had never left Syrian airspace, where the Russians are bombing ISIS under an invitation from Syria.  The plane itself crashed in Syria, suggesting that the Russians are probably telling the truth.  Astute observers opine that this is no accident but both a Turkish retaliation for Russia's moves against ISIS (which enjoys Turkish support) and a "shot across the bow" from NATO either to pressure Russia to leave US-funded ISIS alone, or to provoke a larger confrontation. 

When a person or collective entity (such as a nation) chooses to "pull the trigger" on violence or other irrevocable action, one astrological transit appears with stunning regularity.  It is, of course, the Pluto-to-Pallas transit.  In the astro-weather for the day of the shoot-down against Turkey's chart: 

time unknown / irrelevant

Here we have transiting Pluto conjunct Syria Pallas, semisextile progressed Pallas, and square solar arc Pallas.  Russia is currently experiencing a similar transit, but one not nearly as strong

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bitcoin Up

The price of Bitcoin is up approximately 10% from its recent plateau of 320USD to about 350USD. 
I suspect three possible factors for this:

1.  Transiting Venus at the Bitcoin IC (just peaked).
2.  Progressed Moon opposite Bitcoin Sun (peaked about a week or two ago).
3.  Transiting Jupiter conjoining Bitcoin Saturn, ruler of Bitcoin's Sun.  (peaks in about a week).

If Jupiter is the main driver (Venus' effects are noticeable but very short-lived), we may see a Bitcoin price peak in the first week or so of December. 

Happy T-day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Karma, Reincarnation, and Pallas

The doctrines of karma and reincarnation have been with humanity for millennia.  These concepts have been primarily dominant in the East but now also pervade modern Western cultures as well.  Together they posit that human life continues (more or less) forever, or until an individual human soul transcends this condition through wisdom and countless incarnations of spiritual practice.  A general accompanying assumption is that the reincarnating soul gains experience and wisdom over many eons of lives.  The soul here becomes "smarter" over time, learning through trial and error that some types of actions generate desirable results and others do not.

A logical conclusion to draw, then, would be that "older" souls will generally tend to behave better than "newer"souls.  Through the action of karma, they will have been "trained" by life to treat others with respect if not kindness and to avoid harming others.  Also, if the law of karma works as advertised, then "older" souls would tend to be less likely to fall into the age-old trap of "the end justifies the means".  The old soul would learn over time that to avoid the negative effects of karma which come from harming others, one must avoid harming others if at all possible, even if doing harm would ostensibly result in a net good.  In fact, the very idea karma itself suggests that harming others can never result in a net good (which calls for the question of whether believers in these doctrines who aren't libertarians are idiots, but this is beside the point).  The point is that "old souls" would tend towards libertarian ethics more than not.

As demonstrated by my published research ad nauseum, the disposition of the astrological Pallas on a chart reflects the libertarian or "Apollonian" character of the native.  Accordingly, if we accept the doctrines of karma and reincarnation, and the resulting assertions described above, then the natal disposition of Pallas can be seen as an indicator of the age of the soul.

If we accept all of this, then a number of conclusions follow:
  • If the population of Earth remains constant, its human inhabitants will become more libertarian with time as its souls learn the lessons of karma.  
  • If humanity is not becoming more libertarian with time, we can blame it on the growth of the population and the resulting influx of "new" ("stupid") souls.  
  • If humanity survives until the population decline projected (by population trends) for a few decades from now, it will from that point begin a long trend towards libertarianism.  
  • Therefore, if humanity does not destroy itself, the institution of the State will "wither away".  
  • Violent crime and fraud will disappear, as will war. 
  • The "Kali Yuga" (the current eon of corruption and destruction, in Eastern thought) will end even if the current world is not destroyed.  
  • Human births will start "clumping" around times when Pallas is well-placed, and/or the efficacy of Pallas as an indicator for libertarian temperament will slowly wane.  
  • Most of what we know of the political Left, and much of the political Right, will vanish... as will political parties as we know them.  Humans will increasingly join voluntary communities of like-minded persons rather than work to force those of unlike-mind to their own ideologies.  
  • The world will be predominantly capitalist.  Inequality of wealth will persist, but in this world the poorest will enjoy an acceptable standard of living because there will be no governments or criminals to destroy the economies they live in.   
All of these conclusions are moot, of course, if reincarnation is true but successive incarnations do not necessarily occur in serial chronological order and on the same Earth. Or if the doctrine of reincarnation is false. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ISIS Caliphate

Today's topic is the chart of the Islamic "Caliphate" declared last year by ISIS (the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIL, the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant".  It is the closest we can probably get to a chart for ISIS itself, which has its roots in the US-funded "Mujahedin" during the Cold War and later morphed itself into "Al-Qaeda" and most recently "ISIS" -- largely with covert US government backing in its post-Mujahedin years (articles with some of this background are linked at the bottom).

There have been multiple proposed charts for the caliphate published on the internet.  I defer to authority here and will refer to the chart proposed by Geoffrey Cornelius and published on the Oxford Astrologer blog. In any event, the more original techniques I use here often do not require a precise time of day.

Apollonian/LibertarianPallas ruler Mercury trine North Node.
Dionysian/AuthoritarianPallas trine Pluto.
This combination puts us solidly in the "Criminal" quadrant of the Axis of Good and Evil, with the (decidedly non-guaranteed) potential of ending up somewhere in the "Statist" or even the "Libertarian" quadrant over time.  If this potential manifests, this could either mean a "mellowing out" of the terrorist group (as has occurred with various parties in the Israel/Palestine region) over time, or a dissolution of the group entirely.

CapitalistVenus ruler Mercury trine North Node.
Collectivist:   Venus square Neptune, in the Second houseSecond House co-ruler Uranus conjunct South Node.
The Leftist economic factors have it on this chart.  This Caliphate probably won't be an entrepreneur's paradise.

Conservative?:  Moon in Leo conjunct Jupiter in Cancer which is square the Nodes.
LiberalSouth Node conjunct IC; Moon quincunx NeptuneMoon ruler Sun trine Neptune.
On one hand, we have an over-the-top strong tendency to identify with and promote a particular idea of culture.  On the other, we have multiple very strong impulses to destroy/dissolve culture.  This, I think, reflects the ISIS mission of promoting its own extremist Islam by destroying every other culture.  In most entities, this configuration would actually indicate a strong "liberal" leaning. 

Bloodbath Formula 
1.  Pallas trine Pluto.
2.  Venus square Neptune, in the Second house.
3.  Venus contraparallel Pluto and ruled by Mercury which is quindecile Pluto.
4.  Moon biquintile Pluto and ruled by Sun (opposite Pluto); Fourth House ruler Mars square Pluto.
5.  Sun opposite Pluto.
As we might expect from the extraordinarily bloody activities of this group, the Bloodbath Formula is unusually strong here.

criminal ethics + collectivism + hyped-up cultural-revolutionism + homicidal tendencies? 
These folks are "Social Justice Warriors" on steroids, with guns. If we bear in mind that SJW's primarily attack liberal white Westerners who already believe in liberal "social justice", and ignore the truly unjust/sexist/racist cultures (Saudi Arabia, much of Islam, "hip-hop" culture, etc.) then we can more easily see the connection.  Both ISIS and SJW's knowingly or unknowingly serve to weaken modern liberal civilization in favor of authoritarian control.

Pluto in Capricorn Rising:  interacting with the world by destroying its structure.

Sun in Cancer on the Descendant:  making its culture (Cancer) "shine" (Sun) in foreign lands.

Saturn in Scorpio quincunx Uranus in Aries:  disrupting power structures and institutionalizing disruption.

North Node parallel Neptune:  ISIS' destiny may lie in dissolution, or genuine spirituality, or in drug trafficking...  only time will tell.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Terror in Paris

Reports of massive, multiple simultaneous incidents of violence in Paris, France -- apparently by one or more Islamic terror groups.  There are, however, no simultaneous reports of violence in other parts of the world (at least on Drudge, the best general news source I've encountered yet).  So it should be no surprise for those familiar with this blog that we should find a weak Bloodbath Formula (a stronger one would result in more cases of simultaneous violence around the world), and a strong Pluto-to-Pallas transit against the national chart for France (accounting for the localization of the violence). 

exact time unknown -- "late Friday"

Bloodbath Formula
1.  Pallas conjunct Pluto (just forming -- more trouble coming soon!)
2.  Venus quincunx Neptune.
3.  Venus widely square Pluto.
4.  Moon semisextile Pluto.
5.  Sun ruled by Pluto.

Again, this is not very strong.  We will almost certainly see stronger expressions of the formula in the next month or so.  Nevertheless, this pattern was enough to set off the violent potential inherent in Pluto's current transit against the chart for France: 

Transiting Pluto at the France MC, trine France Pallas, square progressed Pallas, and sextile solar arc Pallas.  An extremely strong message that the ethics which keep the peace and comprise civilization are to be sorely tested. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is a common trope in popular science fiction that the best thing one can do for humanity if one owns a time machine is to travel back to the early 20th century and kill Hitler.  If I had a time machine, however, (and the hubris to think I could single-handedly change history for the better) I would not kill Hitler.  I would instead kill Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was the popular 18th-century novelist and political theorist who originated many of the concepts which underlie today's extremely dysfunctional political systems, including but not limited to:

1.  Totalitarian government as replacement for the family.
2.  "The Social Contract".
3.  Private property and civilization itself as an alienation from nature.
4.  The superiority of sudden (violent) revolution over gradual progress.

Without these ideas?  No French Revolution, no Karl Marx, no Lenin, no Stalin, no Mussolini, no Hitler, no Mao, no Pol Pot, no Castro, no Trotsky and therefore no American Neoconservative movement.  No welfare state, but the private charities the State displaced.  No Leftist revolutionary movements and therefore no reactionary Right-wing movements.  No State-worshiping hyper-nationalism and therefore no world wars.  No hypocritical "watermelon" environmental movement: just market incentives to preserve resources and natural diversity. 

If there were no Jean-Jacques Rousseau, perhaps there would have been another to codify and popularize these ideas.  Or maybe we would have had centuries of relatively peaceful and boring human progress through technology and slow trial-and-error rather than centuries of exciting but horrifying bloodshed and violent revolution.

ApollonianPallas quintile North Node; Pallas co-ruler Jupiter quincunx Sun and indirectly connected to Mercury; Pallas co-ruler Neptune sextile Sun and indirectly connected to Mercury.
DionysianPallas and Pallas co-ruler Jupiter quincunx Pluto; Pallas co-ruler Neptune trine Pluto and square Jupiter.
The Dionysian side is quite a bit stronger than the Apollonian side here, putting Rousseau somewhere between "Criminal" and "Statist" on "the Axis of Good and Evil". The chart suggests a fundamentally unethical person, albeit one with enough logical faculties to make him potentially much more dangerous than a completely Dionysian personality.  This is a typical strong-authoritarian chart. 

CapitalistVenus/ruler quincunx North Node.
CollectivistVenus semisquare Neptune.
This signature is unclear to me.  Mixed signatures like this often end up on the "capitalist" side of the line, but perhaps the Venus/Node connection would need to be a hair stronger to nudge it there in my opinion.

ConservativeNorth Node quincunx Venus (ruler of Moon) too weak to count?
LiberalMoon conjunct Neptune, Moon ruler Venus semisquare Neptune, Fourth House ruler Jupiter square Neptune, South Node in Cancer.
We might call Rousseau a "hyper-liberal" in the cultural sense.  The urge to "kill the culture" indicated here is extremely strong.

Strong authoritarian + economically vague + extreme cultural liberal = the man who would remake his culture in his own image?

Rousseau likely murdered most of his five children: he condemned them all to the state orphanage wherein the survival rate was horrifically low, rather than raise them or see to their upbringing.  Also, his ideas have inspired the political systems responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions over the past two centuries.  So we find the astrological Bloodbath Formula:

1.  Pallas and Pallas co-ruler Jupiter quincunx Pluto; Pallas co-ruler Neptune trine Pluto and square Jupiter.
2.  Venus semisquare Neptune.
3.  Venus parallel Pluto.
4.  Moon trine Pluto.
5.  Sun parallel/sextile Pluto.

"The Dark Side of the Force is strong in this one." 

Jupiter/Moon-Neptune/Saturn T-square:  the solidification/codification (Saturn) of a philosophy (Jupiter) of social change (Moon/Neptune).

The Saturn-Pallas sesquiquadrate reflects someone who has the potential ability to codify his particular form of ethics/logic, as compromised as they may be. 

Saturn in Leo square the Moon seems to reflect his extremely poor treatment of women (Moon) as a reflection of his own authoritarian egotism (Saturn in Leo).

Jupiter in Aquarius in the Fifth House in aspect to virtually everything:  Rousseau promoted himself to all as the greatest humanitarian who ever existed.

Chiron on the Sixth, and Mars in aspect to North Node, Venus, and Mercury:  I've seen these connections in the chart of a person with hypospadias, from which Rousseau also suffered.  I haven't researched this condition, but the astrological configuration is striking.

Sun conjunct South Node; Pluto quincunx Jupiter in the Fifth:  Killed.  His.  Own.  Children.

Part of Fortune conjunct South Node in Cancer:  fortune through misfortune, or by leeching wealth from women?

In the book "Intellectuals" by Paul Johnson, one can read about the horrible man behind the horrible ideas.

Somebody invent the goddamn time machine already.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

US Ground Troops Invade Syria

This Halloween, the embattled nation of Syria faced a new horror.  In the latest move of the deadly  ongoing chess match between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, the US has just moved ground troops into Syria.  This is ostensibly to fight ISIS but educated observers tend to know that this is a move to destabilize Assad, in contravention to Russia's recent move to protect his regime.  Russia is in Syria by invitation -- the US presence there is unwelcome, illegal, conveniently strengthens ISIS, and is responsible for the the "migrant crisis" and accompanying Swedish rape epidemic

Syria's chart currently suffers from:

Solar arc Pluto conjunct Syria Ascendant, Syria Jupiter, progressed Mars:  change and death.

Transiting Chiron and Uranus in aspect to Syria Ascendant: injury and shock.

Transiting Pluto opposite US Sun: crisis/death.

Solar arc Saturn conjunct US descendant: bringing difficulty to others.

Transiting Mars/Venus conjunct US Neptune in the Ninth House and square US Mars:  covert (Neptune) action (Mars) in the international sphere (Ninth House) probably involving money (Venus).  Note that transiting Mars happens to aspect the natal Mars of both Obama and Putin.

Progressed Moon square US Pallas:  warriors/soldiers/fighting. 

Solar arc Uranus in Aquarius conjunct US South Node in the Second House:  perhaps representing USgov's illogically lashing out at the world (Uranus in Aquarius) in an idiotic attempt to stem the results of its own failed economic policy (South Node in the Second).

I am ashamed that I pay taxes.  Ashamed.