Astro Blog

China 1.0 and 2.0: Revolutionary times from Mao to Xi

When Europe and the USA opened up trade with China in the 18th and 19th centuries, there were all sorts of wonderful products they coveted, like furniture, silk and tea, but the Chinese had no particular desire for Western products. Britain had (literally) a quick fix for this, developing poppy fields in India and selling opium to China. Very soon there was an enormous Chinese demand for opium. The Chinese government tried to put a stop to this by banning the import of opium, to which a large proportion of the population in coastal cities became addicted. In the 1st Opium War, when the British navy shelled these cities into submission, China was forced to provide unfettered access to trade with the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842.

That would teach the Chinese to interfere with free trade!
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The Promised Land

This is a watershed moment for Israel, and although ex-Prime Minister Netanyahu, recently ousted, thinks he can return, he will never get the job back. When observers look at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the irony is striking. Historically Jews were exiled repeatedly from their country, and now the same fate has struck Palestinians, particularly those suffering in Gaza. A look at the history of the Jews provides an answer to Israeli motivations and their fate in the 21st century. Read More

Welcome to Scotland

The Scots are a fearsome bunch. Emperor Hadrian certainly thought so, which is why he in AD 122 built a wall from coast to coast just south of the Scottish border, to keep marauding Scots out. Having carved out a huge empire, Rome gave up at the Scottish highlands and retreated behind their wall. Historically, Scotland has been fiercely independent – the union with England only taking place in 1707. Prior to that, Scotland made alliances with France against England, and for England there was always the threat of invasion from the North.
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The Case Against Reality

There’s a theory going around – formed a couple of millennia ago – that at one point the Earth was a dark, formless void from which light sprang forth. This was good. There was night and day, and there was water and dry land, and that was good too. For light, the Sun was created for daytime and the Moon for night. That was by Day Four and by Day Six, God had created all living beings, especially us. On the seventh day He rested. That must have been Sunday. (Note 1) According to some Christian creationists, this took place less than 10,000 years ago, but they may be wrong. Read More

Meghan, Harry and the Future of the Throne

History may not exactly repeat, but it certainly rhymes. A transiting planet may return to its original position, but all the other planets have moved in the meantime. So there are echoes, but not repeats. In the bombshell interview Meghan Markle gave to Oprah Winfrey together with Prince Harry on March 7th 2021, Meghan revealed how close to suicide she had been whilst pregnant with her first child. Princess Diana, of course, struggled with bulimia through her early years of marriage with an unsympathetic royal household, so the echoes are clear. Even more surprising perhaps, is the fact that Meghan Markle was born just five days after Diana married Charles, so that this marriage chart and her birth chart are very similar. Both charts straddle the solar eclipse at 8 degrees Leo which took place in the summer of 1981. Both channel the difficult Mars in fall in Cancer square the monumental Jupiter-Saturn conjunction exact at 5 degrees Libra. (Note 1) Read More

Landslide

Has the recent future ever been as uncertain as it is now? How could things have come so far, that every country in the world has gone through its own experience of pandemic lockdown, which has affected the lives of almost every individual on the planet? Governments have been put in the unenviable position of closing down the very engines of growth that they so depend on. Leaders have chosen to prioritize health over profit, even with a virus which is only mildly deadly – just deadly enough to overload hospital capacity. Those leaders who hesitated – Boris Johnson, Trump, Bolsonaro – not only saw dreadful spikes in mortality amongst the population, they also contracted the virus themselves.
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Predictions 2021-2026

The world is now going through a huge transition presaged by the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at zero Aquarius on the winter solstice in December 2020. A few years ago, it seemed impossible to know what this would mean, and how such a transition could take place. But then the 2020 pandemic arrived. It shook every country in the world, not just through fatalities, but by changing the habits and rhythms of everyone’s daily lives. Those in privileged positions worked from home and still enjoyed a healthy economy. Others risked much more as essential workers and had to expose themselves to the corona virus daily. Many simply lost their jobs. Many went hungry and are still hungry. The pandemic precipitated the biggest economic crisis in modern history. Read More

Two Scientists and Astrology

It is well known that up until the Renaissance and even beyond, the study of science and astrology went hand in hand. This was natural, because all people had to do was look into the night sky, then unobscured by night lights, and observe the magnificent display, and there seemed every reason to think that the heavens above and life below were interconnected. The correlation between planetary movement and human behavior was taken for granted. Read More

Make America American again

America has lost respect and standing over the last four years, and this is why President Donald Trump must lose the next election. He will fight to the bitter end, the streets of America will be battle scenes, he will not go gracefully, but in 2021 a new era begins, and the ocean will cover the wreckage of the Trump presidency. The Trump name will be removed from hotels, golf courses and all the tinsel products of his empire, as no one will want to be associated with his ignominy. As transit Neptune moves to square his Sun and eclipsed Moon, there will be nothing solid for him to cling to.

People need to just make America America again – the welcoming and generous country it has historically been. Read More

Zuckerberg and Facebook

In 1948 George Orwell wrote the novel 1984. It is said he reversed the last two digits of the book launch year to arrive at this mythical year when Big Brother was omnipresent through screens both visible and hidden. On May 4th 1984 Mark Zuckerberg was born. In our new digital age, where everyone actually carries around their personal screen, we inhabit the online world created by Zuckerberg: Facebook. Over one billion people, a quarter of the world’s population here in 2020 use Facebook. Through his initiative Internet.org Mark Zuckerberg plans to make the internet available to everyone in the world, then everyone will be on Facebook, so perhaps it is worth getting to know who this man is and what Facebook is capable of. Read More