Tuesday, December 29, 2015

George Lucas

George Lucas, creator of the "Star Wars" universe, has clearly harbored an obsession with good and evil.  In particular, he was concerned with the process by which "good" individuals and entire societies turn "to the dark side".  His overall "Star Wars" narrative was in fact a story of the corruption of one individual (Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader) and one society (The Galactic Republic / Empire).  A study of Lucas' astrological chart with a focus on Pallas shows both a deep inborn concern with ethics ("good and evil") and with the dangers of ethical corruption.

ApollonianSun at the midpoint of Pallas and Mercury.
DionysianPallas sextile Pluto and trine South Node; Pluto conjunct North Node and square Mercury, ruler of Pallas.
This is a "reverse whistleblower" configuration, which suggests strong ethical/libertarian tendencies to start with but which over time (thanks to the Nodes) slowly erode.  The "karma" of this chart is to become increasingly with age more and more subject to the Dionysian "dark side".  Lucas's career reflects this tendency very clearly:  with time his films gradually go "darker" and eventually he sells the entire franchise to parties who don't seem particularly concerned with the workings of good and evil at all. 

New Star Wars helmsman JJ Abrams is clearly a more consistently skillful entertainer than the world-building Lucas, but he does not share Lucas' deep concern with what makes us "good" or drives us to "the dark side".  Abrams' heroes and villains (looking at his pre-"Star Wars" work) actually switch sides seemingly at random and without much provocation.  With Lucas no longer in control, his "Star Wars" universe may yield superior entertainments but run the risk of losing their ethical core.  We already see this in "The Force Awakens" in which the new evil empire appears essentially from nowhere and blithely eradicates the new Republic without a second thought.  This shows us that the new owners of "Star Wars" don't understand Lucas's message (which reflects real-world politics through history) that the Empire IS the Republic.

"Star Wars" itself may have just given in to the dark side. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ISIS Bombs Syrian Girls' School

Nine children have been killed following a rocket attack by (US-funded) Islamic State terrorists on a girls' school in Deir Ezzor, a region in the east of Syria. A further 15 children were injured. 

The Bloodbath Formula on the chart for this event:
1.  Pallas conjunct Pluto, mitigated by Mercury. 
2.  Neptune and the South Node in the Second House.
3.  Venus ruled by Pluto.
4.  Moon trine Pluto.
5.  Sun ruled by Saturn which is parallel Pluto.

This is moderately strong -- I believe we'd have seen more concurrent violence were Mercury not conjunct Pallas. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Bitcoin Up More

In this post I suggested the possibility that the Bitcoin price would peak in the first two weeks of this month, due to Jupiter conjoining the Bitcoin Saturn.  It did in fact do this, four days after the perfection of the transit... but then quickly rebounded and kept creeping upward.  So while Jupiter may have been a factor in the recent rise, it was apparently not the only factor.  So here are more upcoming astrological "inflection points" that may mark a potential peak (give or take five days or so). 

January 8 2016:  transiting Neptune conjunct Bitcoin's progressed Venus.  I normally think of Neptune/Venus as a negative for price but it might also represent illusory value or unrealistic evaluation.  Also there is a Jupiter retrograde station very close to Bitcoin's Saturn the day before.  Maybe we're looking at a peak-and-crash. 

February 8 2016:  transiting Jupiter conjoins Bitcoin's Saturn again.  Saturn rules a few of Bitcoin's planets including the Sun

February 23 2016:  transiting North Node conjunct Bitcoin's Saturn.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Paris Climate Deal

This is about the "Climate Deal" just signed in Paris by nearly 200 nations.

First, what should be obvious:  any deal that doesn't immediately enact the stand-down of all active US military forces abroad is bullshit.  The US military is the planet's biggest polluter, by far, even in peacetime.  Such a deal was, of course, not passed.  Therefore this past summit was basically just an excuse for world "leaders" to jet around the world, eat caviar together, snarl traffic in Paris with their security motorcades, and boast of their environmental compassion.  Anything of impact in the deal will do what all government environmental regulation does:  empower the oligarchs, squeeze the working class, stifle innovation, protect major corporations from competition by lean upstart competitors, and move natural resources from the ever-improving private sector to the ever-worsening government sector.  If this were about the Earth, the US military would be the item of discussion.

And that's all assuming that Anthropogenic Global Warming theory is correct.  I do not share this assumption, but acknowledge (as our overlords do not) that many theories of climate exist and that there is as yet no true consensus.

time is approximate

Neptune conjunct/parallel MC:  a big delusion/deception

Neptune trine Venus in Scorpio in the Fifth House:   said deception leading to a payoff in investments by the oligarchs. 

Pallas conjunct Pluto:  "do what thou wilt" -- might makes right.  Ethics are for peasants.

Pallas parallel North Node:  the deal may slowly self-destruct as its illogic becomes obvious.

T-Square -- Uranus in Aries in the 10th opposite Mars in Libra in the Fourth, both square Pluto in Capricorn in the Seventh:  innovation in business besieged by populist environmental action and plutocratic power-grab from foreign national powers. 

Jupiter conjunct North Node in the Fourth square Sun in Virgo in the Sixth:  a hyped-up environmental lobby (probably) overwhelms the needs of the workforce. 

Saturn at the Sixth square Neptune at the MC:  worker infrastructure overruled by dreaming/delusion/deception. 

Moon conjunct Mercury in the Sixth:  emotional language to soothe the masses about an economy-stunting measure that will inevitably kill many of their poor. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The second chapter "Intellectuals" by Paul Johnson is about Percy Shelley.  Most of us know the romantic poet and political dreamer as the gentlest of souls, wishing nothing but love and peace to all.  I was therefore surprised a few years ago when I analyzed Shelley's chart, finding it to be much less "ethical" than mainstream history would portray him.  Johnson's book solved the puzzle for me.  It reveals that Shelley was, in reality, a human wrecking ball who spewed hatred and discord to everyone unfortunate enough to love him even as he radiated peace and goodwill to his audience.

Apollonian:   Pallas ruled by and conjunct Sun.
DionysianPallas opposite Pluto.
This puts Shelley in the "Statist"quadrant of "the Axis of Good and Evil".  Usually this results in the native espousing a philosophy of authoritarian government and usually war.  In this case Shelley seems to have compartmentalized his ethics, reserving peace and wisdom for the public and unleashing war in his private life.

Capitalist: none.
CollectivistVenus quintile Neptune (via Jupiter).
Shelley remarked, like a true Leftist, that private property should be abolished.  In his personal life he acknowledged no private property but his own, ruthlessly cheating and extorting friends, family, and creditors.

Conservative:  nothing.
LiberalMoon conjunct South Node, ruled by Neptune.

Shelley treated virtually everyone around him as objects to be used and discarded.  He was also arguably a murderer, having left one of his own children to die by refusing to raise it.  This prompts us to look for the Bloodbath Formula, which we easily find:
1.  Pallas opposite Pluto
2.  Venus quintile Neptune (via Jupiter).
3.  Venus opposite Pluto.
4.  Pluto trine both co-rulers of Moon
5.  Sun opposite Pluto.

Statist + Collectivist + Cultural Liberal + Bloodbath Formula --> hard authoritarian leftist.
Had Shelley not lived in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution, I think he would have been a supporter of "public-minded" authoritarianism a la Rousseau.  Had he been born after Marx, I think he would have been a Marxist. 

Stationary South Node in Pisces in the Twelfth House:  extreme mystical/spiritual/artistic inclinations in youth.

Neptune/Jupiter/Mars at Descendant opposite Saturn rising:  reflects both his ability to work to give solid form to dreams and ideals, and also his tendency to first hyper-idealize and then eventually attack his friends and lovers.

Fifth House concentration:  strong emphasis on self-expression, creativity, and romance.

Chiron in Cancer in the Fourth House:  permanently wounded family relations.

Sun/Venus/Pallas/Uranus stellium:  a rebellious bringer of beauty who (publicly) personified an ethic.  Venus/Pallas often represents charisma and may explain what must have been considerable charm. 

Pallas parallel North Node:  had Shelley grown to be older, I suspect he would have gradually realized the error of his ways become a more ethical person.  Perhaps this configuration reflects also the fact that long after his death, he is remembered as a sort of ethical paragon and not as he actually was in life. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

San Bernadino Shooting

At least 14 people dead and 14 more injured in mass shooting inside a California learning disability center.  I suggested in this post that we might see more bloodshed before the current Pallas-Pluto conjunction was up.  I see no reports of concurrent violent events, so the Bloodbath Formula in the event chart should be relatively weak.

Bloodbath Formula:

1.  Pallas conjunct Pluto.
2.  South Node at Second House cusp. 
3.  Pluto square Mars (Second House ruler) 
4.  Pluto trine Moon.
5.  Pluto parallel Sun

The expression of the formula here is weak, but transiting Pluto is currently novile California's Pallas and quincunx California's solar arc Pallas, making the state a bigger target than normal.  There's probably something similar going on with the charts for San Bernadino and the afflicted enterprise.

Obama is no doubt calling for population disarmament again, reminding me of why I'm sorry I was ever a left-liberal.  "Gun control" measures can only be a public good in a society where police response times are instantaneous and police never experience lapses in judgement or commit crimes.  Ha.