Month: March 2011


The entry of Uranus into Aries may have manifested itself most dramatically with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but there have been a rapid unfoldment of events elsewhere… specifically in the Arab world.

Just when it seemed that there was no alternative to repressive or unstable Western-back Arab governments on the one hand, and Muslim fundamentalism and Al Qaeda on the other, a completely unpredictable groundswell of popular discontent has shaken governments In Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.

Astrologically, two factors are at play. Firstly Uranus moving into Aries brings popular unrest which is met by the repressive tendencies of Pluto in Capricorn. Secondly Neptune’s imminent entry into Pisces brings a transition from the awareness afforded by technology afforded by mobile phones and social media (Aquarius) to a profound sense of suffering and lack of privilege (Pisces). This combination gives a violent need to right wrongs.

At the time of writing, one week after Uranus’s arrival in Aries, the western governments (primarily France, the United Kingdom and USA) have responded to calls from the UN – backed by the Arab League – to establish a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent President Gadhafi’s forces from crushing revolutionaries who want to overthrow him. It’s the usual story of course – the West only wants to selectively remove dictators (they are not bombing Saudi Arabia, are they?), but then again, who wants Gaddafi, who has historically supported terrorism, to continue is reign of power and massacre tens of thousands of people?

Uranus in Aries is only too happy to show off its explosive power, so the Tomahawk missiles are flying and Stealth bombers are doing their bit too. It would be naïve to think that this initial UN-supported action will immediately be the end of the matter. On Monday 21st March 2011, the sun will enter Aries to conjoin Uranus then square Pluto, and even more dire, on April 2nd Mars will enter Aries again activating the Uranus/Pluto combination. That is an astrological signature for violent destruction, and it is unlikely that Gaddafi will pack his bags and go as President Mubarak of Egypt did.

Mubarak lasted exactly 30 years as Egypt’s dictator, respecting the cycle of time of Saturn’s orbit around the sun. But Gaddafi has been in power since a bloodless revolution on September 1st, 1969 – 42 years in all – and his Moon in Aries trine Pluto in Leo has shown him to be an accomplished survivor. It is difficult to see clear signs that he is about to disappear from the scene without an exact birth time, but it seems obvious that Uranus is soon to transit his Moon in Aries, or that Pluto is about to square it, which will certainly constitute a threat to his survival. And of course, 42 years is exactly half of Uranus’ orbital period. He came with a revolution and will go with a revolution.

Libya itself, founded on 24th December 1951, is experiencing its exact second Saturn return and 5th Jupiter return, which is quite a strong indication of political change. Founded with Saturn in Libra and Jupiter in Aries, it is now being restructured under yet another Saturn in Libra and Jupiter in Aries.

LIBYA: 24.12.1951 Noon Tripoli.

Libya has Jupiter at 5 Aries – which is the approximate location of Gaddafi’s Moon (Note 1), so the Uranus/Pluto square is activating Libya’s Sun/Jupiter square, and this is a far clearer indication of the demise of Gaddafi, because Sun/Jupiter is a perfect description of the country’s leadership style… and it is about to be changed forever. It is interesting to see in Libya’s progressed horoscope that Mercury is now conjoining the sun, and both are arriving at the North Node in Pisces, which does suggest the dissolution and eclipse of leadership and considerable chaos following.

Writing about the Arab world reminds me of an article I wrote in 2005, predicting a restructuring of the Middle East. I am quoting it below… but what a pity I got the year wrong!

Article by me in 2005 on

“It seems that Egypt too is facing upheaval. It looks like Mubarak’s attempt to quieten revolutionary voices by allowing an active opposition may result in his actually being removed by 2007. So, over the next two to three years we will witness a profound restructuring of the Middle East. Fears that militant Islam will gain the upper hand will probably be unfounded though. In Iran nobody wants a continuation of 26 years of theocratic government, and neither is it likely that religious fundamentalism will gain strength as Pluto enters the last degrees of Sagittarius. The people want a taste of the freedom they have seen on satellite TV, so ultimately they are likely to reject religious oppression and embrace democracy – Arab style.”

1. Gaddafi is born on June, 7th 1942.

Adrian Duncan.

URANUS IN ARIES – Radical new departures

On March 12th 2011 Uranus moves into Aries, where it will be until March 2019. The world is in for a time of fireworks and radically new developments on all fronts, especially highlighting extreme leaders and revolutionary groups impatient for change. Uranus has an 84-year cycle around the sun, and the last time it entered Aries was in 1927, which coincided with the release of Hitler from jail (Pisces) and his subsequent rise to Fearer for the Arian race. The same will not happen in the 21st century, as globalization and the internet bring liberation to each individual. How this freedom is administrated may however be a problem.

Uranus did actually enter Aries in the summer of 2010, coming half a degree into the sign before going back to Pisces… a period which coincided with the raucous world cup celebrations in South Africa and explosion of noise and color which we were treated to. But here in March and April 2011, Uranus will be joined by the sun, Mars, Mercury and Venus – together with Jupiter – in a fiery celebration of pioneering plans and individualism.

Looking back at the time when Uranus was in Pisces, a number of important events took place which perfectly reflected its influence. Terrorists, real and supposed, where imprisoned on the American enclave of Guantanamo, based on Cuba, where they were held without trial. As Uranus enters Aries, these prisoners have mostly been dispersed. Imprisonment and terror are of course major themes of Uranus in Pisces. There was also the sudden destruction from the sea that took place with the tsunami on Christmas 2004. Technologically we have seen the rise of the hybrid electric car, the democratization of television with YouTube, the ascendancy of animation in movie-making and the complete interconnection of world peoples through cellphones and the internet.

When Uranus goes through Aries, we can expect something new and surprising. How will the world look at the end of this period? Cars could be an example. How many people would buy anything other than a flat screen TV today? It is impossible. Everyone can see that the huge TVs of the past are technological dinosaurs. Who will be buying petrol driven cars in 2020, I wonder? One of the pleasures of a laptop computer is its mobility and lack of cables. Who will not be sorry to see the disappearance of cables, transformers and adaptors which a revolution in power creation and storage would bring? With the sun being exalted in Aries, solar power will become a ubiquitous source of electricity.

Uranus in Aries will awaken a taste for freedom in every individual, and any restriction of the natural right for self-expression is likely to have explosive results. Perhaps that is why we are seeing revolution in Egypt at this moment, which is having a contagious effect on many other Middle Eastern countries whose rights have historically been subjugated both politically and through their religion.

The unfortunate thing about Uranus in Aries in the coming decade is that it is in square to Pluto during much of this period, echoing a similar Uranus/Pluto square in the 1930’s. This combination leads to extremism, and forces beyond the control of human agencies tend to release cataclysmic change. Currently Pluto in Capricorn has evoked emergency powers in governments to save the banks and the capitalist system, which is the foundation of western civilization. The trouble is that in the West riches have been concentrated in the hands of just a small percentage of the population, and whilst they have benefited from government intervention, everyone else has not. The richest 1% of the US population has more combined wealth than the bottom 90%, and this is a trend that has been increasing for over 20 years.

My prediction is in fact that this inequality will not be the case in 2024, when Pluto leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius. Forces in society will have had a leveling effect which will have eradicated the plutocracy that controls wealth and power today. In fact, in 2020 there will be a Saturn/Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius – the first for about 800 years – which inaugurates a 200-year period where equality will be the dominating political force.

The period from 2011-2016 will highlight social tensions that are a direct result of the imbalance in the distribution of resources. Uranus in Aries shows anarchic groups, whilst Pluto in Capricorn shows autocratic government using the power of surveillance and digital control to maintain the status quo. If that seems like an unequal struggle, think again. The case of Julian Assange of Wikileaks revealed the power of small groups of computer-savvy individuals who were able to bring giants like MasterCard/Visa, PayPal and other agencies like Amazon to their knees in cyber-attacks, which were intended to avenge their closure of services to Wikileaks.

Clearly Uranus/Pluto will see the ascendancy of cyber terrorism on a scale far greater than we have experienced up to now. If you like to surf on Google, use net banking, Skype to loved ones – if you like to do anything in this modern world we live – you are vulnerable. Trains, buses, planes, satellites –everything – are interlinked by an extremely complex, and extremely vulnerable network. Aggrieved individuals who have grown up in a digital reality will be able to navigate this world and create damage if their needs are not addressed. Their reward will be a sense of power in a world where they have felt powerless. They will do it just for the hell of it.

Cyber threats are more likely to come from loosely affiliated groups than from governments, who could also of course create havoc through cyber terrorism but do not, because they do not want to expose themselves to reciprocation. World war as was experienced in the last century is unlikely to an attractive option for any government today, and most governments would unite to counter cyber threats, just like they have united against religious terrorism in the past. But disruption is sure to come, because people will be suffering from the consequences of economic collapse. These trends will most likely be apparent from 2012 – 2015, which is when the Uranus/Pluto square triggers important planetary positions, especially the sun, in the horoscopes of the EU, USA, United Kingdom and China.

Uranus will of course do more than just clash with Pluto, and its transit through Aries will bring wonderful new opportunities for those willing to take a risk. Fortune favors the brave, and Uranus in Aries is a gift for those with a pioneering spirit. Nothing is impossible with the energy and will.  The magnificent long term trine to Uranus from Jupiter in Leo will bring fantastic rewards in 2014, even when the Uranus/Pluto square is at its peak. Anyone with important planets form 15-20 degrees in Fire signs is going to have an extremely successful period. Likewise, when Saturn makes a long term trine from Sagittarius to Uranus from late 2016 to 2018, this will be a wonderful period for building on a new and optimistic framework, especially for those with planets in the last decanted of Fire signs. This will be the period when technological change takes root and really benefits people, and when a new enlightened system is established on the ruins of the destruction of antiquated forms of government.

For the individual sun signs the following advice may be helpful as regards to coming to terms with revolutionary change in specific life areas:

Aries: Resist autocrats in your professional life and venture forth on your own creative path. You have a message of hope to spread, and you can be an example to others as a pioneer.

Taurus: Resist the temptation to be influenced by extreme ideologies that capitalize on your fear of instability and material loss. The greatest rewards are in your spiritual life.

Gemini: Join exciting groups that bring unity and enlightenment, but expose those people who awaken anxiety for the sake of personal power. Be a part of a visionary community that expresses hope.

Cancer: Pioneering career initiatives bring an economic revolution. Adapt constantly to change and focus always on the future. Don’t let others sabotage your vision through their anxiety.

Leo: Broadcast the revolution and reach out beyond borders to ally yourself with groups who share your vision of the future. You are a winner. Avoid getting ground down by power-hungry bureaucrats.

Virgo: This is an epoch of inner change. Confront anxieties about self-expression and give up control – what have you got to lose? Spiritual and psychological change brings a new foundation.

Libra: Let go of anxiety connected with relationships and give partners space… they will take it anyway. Liberate yourself from domestic tyranny and get involved with groups who open your consciousness.

Scorpio: Adjust to a constantly changing work environment and try to get involved with international colleagues. Let go of all previous ideas and allow a transformation of your ideas to take place.

Sagittarius: Embark on a creative odyssey and shock and surprise others with what you are capable of. You become a world citizen and create the philosophical framework for a new future.

Capricorn: Resist autocratic tendencies and allow a spirit of freedom and experimentation to permeate your home and family life. Let birds fly from the nest. Spiritual and Psychological development.

Aquarius: There is so much new to learn! There is freedom all around you, also in love relationships. Resist the tendency to obsess about forces beyond your control. You provide the ideas for new groups.

Pisces: Dare to take a risk and discover how you can revolutionize your earning power through capitalizing on your unique talents. Keep fanatical groups at a safe distance and ally yourself with professional geniuses.

The above influences are meant as a source of inspiration, and can of course be applied to the personal horoscope too, according to which house Uranus falls into. Actually sun sign astrology can be rather powerful, so even these general influences are likely to be of some relevance.

For those people who want to invest in what Uranus in Aries may bring, it is a good idea first of all to withdraw investment from areas associated with Uranus in Pisces, for example media groups like Disney and DreamWorks, or industries like oil, medicine and ocean technologies. Solar power is an obvious choice, and probably gold will continue to be a very safe option for years to come. Regrettably the military looks like a good bet because world tensions are liable to increase, not least between China and India, which are becoming the new world superpowers to rival the US. Pioneering ventures may also thrive, and in this context some of the private initiatives for space travel are liable to have success. I think the general rule is only to invest if you like risks!

Investment and developments are also liable to be strongly affected by the transit of Neptune through Pisces. This is likely to bring profound changes in social media like Facebook (goodbye all those virtual friends), and there will be a new emphasis on solidarity with the underprivileged and charity initiatives. The wise industry in this period will embrace a compassionate policy and address the needs of the environment and the people negatively affected by their enterprises.

It will be a privilege to live through the dynamic period that is now starting. The entrance of Uranus into Aries inaugurates a new 84-year cycle of world development, and changes will happen breathtakingly fast. The new generations brought up in the virtual as well as the real world will have some real surprises in store for us!

Adrian Duncan

INDIA’s Horoscope

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, India is a country bubbling with confidence.  Whilst US and Europe is afflicted by economic recession, and will probably be so for several years to come, previous “third world” economies like Brazil, China and India are growing rapidly and beginning to use their economic muscle to assert themselves in the world. In fact, whilst these countries previously had to rely on the West for hi-tech solutions, they are now developing their own. For example China has recently developed a 5th generation Stealth bomber which may match anything the Americans have got, which they test flew just as US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in China for a visit… just to let the US know.

The population of India is well over a billion, yet they have the world’s largest democracy, a reasonably effective educationand health system, and a huge middle class. On the other hand, out of that 1.2 billion, there is a vast quantity of people living at a subsistence level, especially in the countryside – not unlike China – which for both countries is a rather destabilizing influence. Today vast numbers of Indian wander around with a mobile glued to their ear, just like in the West.  Indeed even the poorer people own a mobile, because it represents the passport to prosperity.

Yet there is a major difference between Asian countries like Korea, Japan and China compared to India… in India everything is chaos. Driving on Indian roads is a miracle of survival. New roads are being built, but if a road is three lane, and four rows of cars, trucks, motorized rickshaws, bicycles etc. can fit, they surely will. And there will always be room for a car driving in the opposite direction. One Microsoft executive I talked to explained that Indian programmers could always get the job done, but if you asked them to design a cow, it might well have five legs. But it could still be milked.  So what was the problem?

There are two important horoscopes for India, one for Independence from 1947 and one for the creation of a republic in 1950.

Horoscope Independence:  15.08.1947 Midnight. New Delhi. AS 0.54 GE

The Independence horoscope is shared with Pakistan and is strongly affected by the exact Saturn/Pluto conjunction of the period, which sensitizes India to this planetary cycle.  The combination of these two planets shows the destruction of autocratic structures and suggested roots going back to a distant past. The conjunction itself shows the formation of new structures against a background of upheaval, and each subsequent phase of the cycle tends to show a national trauma or structural change.  The partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 led to an immediate conflict and hundreds of thousands of dead, as Muslims trekked into East and West Pakistan, and Hindus trekked in the opposite direction. The opposition in 1965 took place at the time of the second war between India and Pakistan. The recent square between Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn has taken place at a time of heightened tension with Pakistan, not least because of terrorist episodes hatched in Pakistan, the main one being the massacre of citizens in Mumbai and its iconic hotel the TajMahal. As a result security is extraordinarily high in India these days at all major traffic points and hotels.

The fact that Jupiter in Scorpio squares the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in the horoscopes of India and Pakistan shows deadly religious tension that can explode at any time. Probably the coming Jupiter Pluto square in February 2011 can trigger religious extremism at this time, not least because it activates Mars. It is this Mars in emotional and nationalistic Cancer that shows extreme feelings on the boil. Mars is square the midpoint of Jupiter and Saturn/Pluto, so the potential for violent religious extremism is always there.

A little over two years after independence, on 26th January 1950, India declared a republic and it is this date in particular that gives the greatest insight into the Indian nation. This is the date celebrated nationwide, just as July 4th is for Americans. And as Indian rarely do anything without consulting an astrologer, this time is probable elected using astrology.  Whereas the Independence horoscope tells of the disruption of the Indian subcontinent after the 2nd World War, and the establishment of new ruling dynasties in India after Gandhi, the Republic horoscope sets India aside as a unique identity. The population is amazingly friendly, as indicated by the stellium in Aquarius. The curiosity of the Indian people knows no bounds, and Venus conjunction Jupiter in Aquarius shows a melting pot of regions and religions that get on surprisingly well together.  Over 300 different languages are spoken, and there are many different fervently practiced religions.

The Republic of India:  26.01.1950 10.15 Delhi AS 4.49 AR

The strong Aquarian emphasis in the Republic horoscope shows a nation that is proudly international, embracing English as an official language, along with Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and a host of others. When eating in a posh restaurant in India, people are just as likely to be speaking English together as Hindi. This language skill has given enormous advantages, and enabled the country to sell business solutions to English speaking nations worldwide. In England, if you have the misfortune to have a problem with your computer or phone and ring up the support section, the chances are you will speak to an Indian, who will discuss the weather in Birmingham with you, even though they have never left their state.

The closest aspect in India’s horoscope is the exact trine of Mercury in Capricorn with Saturn in Virgo. This is a beautiful aspect for business, strengthened by mutual reception. The IT sector in India is huge and growing, and the renowned trading skills of India are shown by this aspect.  Mercury in the 10th shows India as a nation of businessmen, all with an angle as to how to earn more money. The government spends considerable resources on educating the population and training their skills, and the work ethic is extremely strong.

Although Mercury could hardly be better placed, it does however make a square aspect to Neptune, and this might account for the extraordinarily complexity of communication with Indians. They are extremely friendly and polite, to the extent that they are sometimes reluctant to deliver hard facts. A yes may be said just to make you happy, rather than as an expression of intention. Mercury is actually about to go stationary direct in this horoscope, so the square to Neptune never actually becomes exact (by progression), and it also means that the trine to Saturn remained exact for the first 10 years after the republic was established. This aspect ensures that India will have long term success in business, and that the government itself will be organized through a strict democratic system designed to be of service to the people.

However, the people of India might not agree. The cynical view of politics in India is that government positions are sought for the purpose of wealth and power. Getting elected means being able to feather your own nest and that of all your relatives.In fact the last two years in India have been characterized as years of corruption. One scandal after another in unrolling and threatening the stability of the government. For example the minister of communication has apparently undersold bandwidth to the tune of billions of dollars, which means for Indians that he must have pocketed enormous bribes. It is probably the transit of Pluto over the Republic MC that is currently creating the turmoil high up in the system.

Pluto’s passage over India’s MC has coincided with new legislation in Congress to fight bribery and corruption. Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, has promised to “cleanse” the government. But amongst the media in 2010 there is an explosion of anger about the endemic corruption in India. Looking at the current transits to India’s chart, the arrival of Uranus at the Ascendant degree of 4.49 Aries suggests that this unrest may get very serious indeed during the course of 2011. This is a very explosive transit, and the precautions India is taking against potential terrorist attacks is completely justified.  Key periods of danger are when Uranus goes stationary at 4.33 Aries in July, and in March and December 2012, when Uranus crosses the Ascendant again.  There is also a major trigger period this year when Mars activates Uranus in April. As this Uranus transit takes place on the Ascendant rather than the Descendant, it could be that unrest is internal rather than external, or that India itself goes on the offensive. Another possibility is the increase of extreme nationalism in India, which could favor the more right wing Hindu nationalist party (BJP).

As the Uranus/Pluto square begins to bite from 2012 – 2015, the exact conjunction of India’s Mars with Ketu, the south node of the moon, will be activated. Traditionally the union of Mars and Ketu symbolizes a spiritual warrior who uses the energy of Mars for spiritual growth through self-denial. There is no shortage of examples of this, as a walk through any town leads to encounters with ascetics, sadhus and spiritual travellers, who have given up the material life and embraced a life on the road. There is a Hindu tradition of giving everything up in the later years of life to concentrate on spiritual goals. This very same Mars/Ketu conjunction may also reflect the Indian attitude to war. Though threatened by Pakistan and China, it does seem to pursue a policy of restraint. That has not stopped India developing nuclear weapons but they do have a policy of no first use, and what they call “minimum credible deterrence”.  They also have the 3rd largest standing army in the world, but when you meet soldiers in the streets, they seem to be just as friendly as every other Indian.

Uranus/Pluto to India’s Mars and Ketu takes place in 2013, and it is likely that the Indian army will see action at this time. With the very volatile mix on nuclear weapons in Pakistan and India, and there will be some dangerous brinkmanship. In India’s progressed horoscope at this time the progressed sun actually comes on Rahu (the north node) and opposes Mars/Ketu, so India will almost certainly be very assertive. As it is Mars in the 7th that is affected, the trouble is likely to come from an external country, which would therefor most likely be Pakistan. India’s Mars at 9.23 Libra is however quite close to China’s sun at 7.47 Libra, and China will also be experiencing the disruption of the Uranus/Pluto square, which is very likely to unseat leading government figures in that country.

However, you do not have to look very hard to see major countries being affected by the Uranus/Pluto square, The United States, with its sun at 13 Cancer being one, and the United Kingdom with its sun at 10 Capricorn being another. What we are probably seeing at this time is a major shift in the balance of power, coupled with worldwide distress because of the economic crisis. Even in India food prices have tripled in recent years, whilst the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer everywhere in the world. Some disruption is to be expect everywhere in the world, and India as a nation is very well equipped to deal with it, not least because the Moon in Taurus shows vast resources and a stable and long-lived Mother India.

Adrian Duncan

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At midnight tonight GMT Uranus moves into Aries for the first time in 84 years. Last time this happened was in 1927, which was a time of immense technological development especially in flight (but was also the beginning of the ascendancy of Hitler and Stalin). Astrologers say that Uranus in Aries brings a seven-year period when charismatic individuals become the focus of attention and that from 2011 to 2018 the world will see radical groups going head to head with restrictive governments, rather like we have been seeing with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Reprisals against Wikileaks by on-line banks and service providers led to a wave of cyber-attacks from Wikileaks supporters. But the major event connected with the entry of Uranus into Aries has been the surprise announcement by the Dalai Lama that he is quitting politics.  In his words: “Tibetans need  a leader elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power”.  Perhaps democratic leadership as opposed to autocracy will be a major theme over the next seven years.

And another has been the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan which has prompted tsunami warnings as far as Hawaii. Astrologers point out that when Pluto entered the sign of Sagittarius on January 17th 1995, the disastrous Kobe earthquake occurred and major planetary movements often coincide with significant geological phenomena. Astrologically, earthquakes are often said to reflect political upheaval in the country where they occur. For example the Haicheng earthquake in 1975 occurred in China simultaneously with Mao Tse Tung’s death.  We will see what other events the momentous sign change of Uranus will evoke in the weeks to come.

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