Category: Adrian’s Articles 2010

2012 and all that

The end of the world is coming… it’s a sure thing. Certainly within 100 years, you will no longer be able to read this, because you will be dead and gone. It is quite a worrisome thing of course, but humans have a wonderful ability to forget their coming demise, on the surface at least.

There are people who like to universalize dying though, so we can all go at once. This idea that the end of the world could come in our lifetime has been considerably facilitated by Christianity, and a whole chapter is devoted to it in Revelations. (Note 1)
There is nothing new about the apocalypse or apocalyptic thought. In Matthew 16:28 Jesus himself said “Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Subsequently every period of history has had its Armageddon moment. There were many stories of apocalyptic paranoia at the turn of the first millennium – Y1K – but when Christ failed to return at this time, the date was pushed to the 1000th anniversary of the crucifixion. But still no go. And of course we have had our own millennium bug – Y2K – but it was after all not catching.

In the early 16th century about 20,000 people abandoned their homes as astrologers predicted floods in London heralding the end times. (Note 2) Later astrologer Richard Harvey predicted the end of the world because of a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Pisces in 1583, and Martin Luther thought that the End would occur no later than 1600. Personally Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door about 20 years ago, assuring me that the end of the world was coming, because the European Union was increasing in size to include 12 countries, a number of great significance. With membership now at 20+ there has been no second coming.

Performance artist Laurie Andersen tells a story about her grandmother, who was Southern Baptist Holy Ruler and had a very clear idea about the future, and of how the world would end. She recalls the day her grandmother died. She was very excited, and dressed up for the big moment when Christ was to come to get her. But at the very last minute – after a whole life of praying and predicting the end of the world – she panicked because she couldn’t decide whether or not to wear a hat. (Note 3) There is a certain cachet in being part of a select group designated for the Promised Land, whether this be Christian, Muslim or connected with an intergalactic race who will pluck you and your fortunate group off the doomed planet. But a free pass through purgatory is not so cheaply bought. A hat will not do the trick.

Anyway, now the end of the world is coming, and you need to be ready for December 21st, 2012. This is the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, popularized by Jose Arguelles in the book “The Mayan Factor”. This is the time when the winter solstice sun aligns with the Galactic Equator, which is something that happens every 25,800 years – otherwise known as a Great Age. The Mayans were obviously pretty good at cosmology, although it is difficult to measure this alignment with precision. Astronomers today contend that it took place in 1998 but allow 18 years each side of this date, from 1980 – 2016. (Note 4)

But of course, you do not have to have studied astrology for long to get a little frisson about 2012, because June 24th 2012 is the date of the first of seven Uranus/Pluto squares (the last being in 2015), which is an event that takes place twice during the course of the rather irregular 120+ year conjunction cycle of these two planets. Bearing in mind that the last square took place in the ideological insanity of the 1930’s when Hitler and Stalin exercised a hypnotic hold on enormous population masses, a certain nervousness could be expected.

As it turns out I was reminded of the imminent demise of the world by a client who visited recently. Adam (not his real name) has been so kind as to allow me to use his horoscope to illustrate the phenomenon of apocalyptic thinking.

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I was to learn that this person had a large property where he has lived with his parents. He had slowly taken over the administration of the property, but as his father had recently died, he was now confronted by urgent demands from the family to fully take over, which would be a costly affair. I always work with the consultation chart for the client’s arrival, which tends to magnify the here and now issues the client is facing, and I use the first 10 minutes to describe the situation without having any knowledge of the client’s current circumstances… to prove the credentials of astrology so to speak.

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The position of the moon at the very end of Capricorn in the 8th house shows the client both traumatized and exhausted. In fact he wants his freedom – the sextile to Uranus on the 11th – and he will soon let go of the yoke he is carrying on his shoulders… the Moon will soon leave Capricorn. He turned up 7 minutes early, which placed Pluto exactly on the Descendant, which indicated a sense of being opposed by implacable and powerful forces.

Note the astonishing parallels between the birth chart and the consultation chart. Mars is sextile Saturn in both and the Sun and Mars are in Aries/Leo with almost exactly the same number of degrees between them. Clearly this is a tough guy, normally very positive, confident and full of life. What is killing him is the Moon in detriment in Capricorn, conjoining the North Node, opposing Saturn in fall in Cancer, and square Pluto.

Thirty-six years have gone by since his birth – a Saturn/Pluto cycle – which means the square has reproduced itself and once again activates the Moon! A fact highlighted by his arrival with the Descendant on his natal Moon, which Pluto is now transiting. These were at least the points I highlighted in the first ten minutes, speaking of the need to break free from a crushing family situation characterized by maternal domination. It hit the mark fairly well, and the story came out about how he felt pressured to take over the property and buy the family out, perpetuating the family heritage. Something I naturally urged him not to do… Pluto knows when to consign something harmful to the dustbin of history.

Having won his confidence, he leaned over conspiratorially and said – well you can see the other thing too, right? Which I couldn’t. “You know… 2012″ he whispers. Now I couldn’t drag my family to see the film (Note 5), not even for the sake of an article, but I know my Mayan Factor. I have had clients who know that the destruction of the Twin Towers was an inside job, and that the moon landing in 1969 never actually took place, but this was my first 2012 person. I suggested tongue in cheek – with impregnable Moon in Capricorn constellating with invincible Saturn/Pluto – that this was the time to start thinking about build a very robust bunker. But he was ahead of me… he was already examining the possibility of building a bunker in the Nevada desert. Could I see the possibility of a move? Well, with the next aspect of the moon in the consultation chart to be a trine to an exalted Saturn in the 5th, which ruled the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th houses, and of course the current transit of Pluto to the moon, later to be followed by Uranus and Jupiter activating the whole T-square, a move with partner and children did seem rather likely.

But why does Adam think the world will end, and why does he think it is crucial to survive it? It seemed a very disempowering view, and also very likely a view that would alienate those dear to him – the Pluto on the consultation Descendant. I tried out a few arguments: What if he died tomorrow, would he be worried about the end of the world? Or: He was going to die anyway within about 50 years, as would his family. But this cut no ice… this was about the survival of humanity. Obviously with his Moon in the 4th conjunction the node he was thinking of long-term survival of the family heritage. But, I interjected, didn’t he think that the US government would have their own bunker, bigger and better, and that if humanity was to survive they would ensure it? No, they could not be entrusted with the task. Well, reason will always lose the battle against irrational anxiety, but it was interesting trying.

But back to his original question… could I see 2012 in his horoscope? Well, here’s the thing. Adam has Mars in Aries in the 8th house, so he is looking for a life-threatening situation that he can survive with energy and initiative. The magic is this: Mars in Adam’s horoscope has progressed from the 8th house to the 9th house and from Aries into Taurus. Currently it is at 9.09 Taurus. In December 2012 it will be at 9.16 Taurus and it goes no further. Mars stops, and so does Adam’s world. So if you had Mars going stationary in Taurus in the 9th house, wouldn’t you think of traveling to the US to build a bunker and sit things out?

Adam explained that the world would end on December 21st 2012 at 11.11 and that the cause would be a reversal of the poles. The North Pole will become the South Pole, which means the earth will start rotating in the opposite direction. The cause of this is a dramatic change in the magnetic field of the sun, which apparently happens with regularity. (Note 6). This knowledge was available to the Mayans and also to the Egyptians. This reminds me of the Islamic prophecy that the sun will rise in the West in the latter days prior to Judgment Day. (Note 7). Adam is starting to worry me.

It is fascinating to see that in 2012 Pluto will be transiting Adam’s nodal axis as Uranus squares it. It is not exactly a solar cataclysm but definitely enough to get those poles wobbling. And considering that Adam visits me just months before his nodal return, which takes place age 37, it is understandable that he is concerned that fate has something special in store for him. Life as he knows it cannot continue as it has hitherto. As far as I am concerned, the idea of him continuing the family business is beginning to seem more and more unlikely.

I am beginning to think that Adam does not need a bunker for himself, his wife and his many children. He needs a bunker busting bomb. The bunker has always been there, and the crushing burden of his Moon/Saturn/Pluto constellation has evoked more and more defensive behavior, year after year… layer upon layer of defense until he no longer can or dare feel what is going on in the family environment. Now the bomb has arrived, and its arrival was written, not in Mayan or Egyptian glyphs millennia ago, but in the Saturn/Pluto/Node planetary cycle which marks out the age of 37 as the end time. The end of the vice-like grip of family karma. Are not the hours that Adam spends googling the year 2012, indeed whole nights at his computer researching the Apocalypse, displaced anxiety about the upheavals that lie ahead for him personally? With his mother struggling with cancer, and his father recently dead, confronted with a business proposition that may (or may not) make his mother happy, but which he personally dreads, the end of the world might not seem so bad. Especially if you have that bunker.

But it is not easy to sell the idea of psychological displacement to someone busy preparing for the Apocalypse. And, hey, I could be wrong, so just in case storm clouds start gathering towards the end of 2012, I have his cell phone number. I hope he’ll let me in.

Adrian Duncan 20.04.2010

Note 1: Personally I find Revelations quite a comforting section of the bible, because it seems to herald a new age in which knowledge of astrology plays a key role.

Revelation 22, 1-2

Then he showed me the river of the water of life bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Note 2: See “A Brief History of the Apocalypse: http://www.abhota.info/end1.htm

Note 3: Google “The End of the World” lyrics – Laurie Andersen.

Note 4: Check out the astronomical details here:

http://2012wiki.com/index.php?title=Galactic_Alignment

Note 5: The film 2012 was made in 2009 and is based on the idea of a world catastrophe and the struggle to survive it.

Note 6: Patrick Geryl: The Orion Prophecy

Note 7: Abu Hurayrah narrates that Mohammed said, “The day of the hour will not come until the sun rises from the west…”

The Dream of Dubai

If you happen to be on the moon some time, cast a glimpse down to Dubai on the Arabian Peninsular. Here a glittering palm tree shaped island will be visible shining into space – a man-made construction which contains more than 30 five-star hotels as well as residences for the glitterati like Brad Pitt, David Beckham, and other people who choose to be more anonymous. That is just in 2010 – two more paradise islands are planned, as well as a 300 island archipelago representing all the countries of the world. And another one featuring the universe.
Where is the world’s tallest building? The world’s only seven-start hotel? Which country currently has the most cranes in the world? The world’s largest indoor skiing slope? That’s right: Planet Dubai. Apparently when driving into town from the airport the visitor is greeted by billboards proclaiming “Welcome to Everything”, “Be Unlimited”, “Anything is Possible”. (Note 1)

You will not be surprised then to see that the horoscope of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which includes Abu Dhabi as well as Dubai, shows the Sun on the Midheaven conjoining and at the exact midpoint of Jupiter and Neptune in Sagittarius. What could be a better astrological signature for a country which expands out into the ocean creating fantasy islands that contain the world, the universe… well, Everything?

Dubai: 2.12.1971 12.00 25N18 55E18 (Book of World Horoscopes)

The United Arab Emirates were proclaimed at 12 noon in Dubai on December 2nd 1971 at the time of an exact full moon, with the Sun at 9.29 Sagittarius and the moon at 9.36 Gemini. What makes these degrees fascinating is that they are placed on the fixed stars Aldebaran- the Eye of the Bull – and Antares – the eye of the Scorpion. These are amongst the brightest stars in the universe, placed exactly opposite each other and they have traditionally been revered in the Arab world, far back in history when they formed the axis for the Age of Taurus. Furthermore, the epoch-making Pluto/Neptune conjunction of 1891-2 took place at 8-9 degrees Gemini, marking out a 492 year long planetary cycle, which encapsulates the iconic dreams and ideas of world history. With the full moon in Dubai’s chart activating this conjunction, it probably has a significant role to play for a half-millennium or so.

Which might explain why its ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum feels the call to build a 21st century Xanadu in a desert country with average summer temperatures of 40+ C and virtually zero rainfall. Really the place should not exist. In a Muslim society with strict restraints on alcohol and sex, there is no difficulty getting a drink or buying other more forbidden services. Despite the apparent openness, there is no parliament or political parties, and no trade unions either. Which is bad news for the approximately 50% of the population who are Indians and Bangladeshis slaving away in temperatures that can reach 50C and living in labor camps conveniently placed an hour or so away out of town.

The rise of Dubai and Abu Dhabi has been meteoric. In the early fifties the population was about 20,000, whilst now it is 1.4 million. (Note 2) Even 30 years ago it was mostly desert and scrub. But with the rise of Arab fortunes after the first Oil Crisis of 1972, prosperity came quickly. Interestingly Mercury is exactly stationary in Dubai’s chart, which means that at the country’s inception it had extended itself to the furthest it can go in relation to the sun. Overextended in fact in its sign of detriment. From 1972 to 1992 it progressed retrograde, conjoining Jupiter in Sagittarius on the way – once in 1983 and then in 2007 – which pretty much indicates its expansion period. In 2011 it will once again be at the degree at which it started – 28 Sagittarius, and in 2012 it will enter Capricorn and face reality, where it will go on to meet the Venus/Pluto square. More on this later.

After the 2nd Gulf War, with oil prices hitting the roof, the region had more money than it knew what to do with. Dubai has in fact very little oil, so it wisely adopted a policy of building up its image as an international center, both politically and business wise. “Where shopping is a lifestyle” as the billboards say. With no income tax Western investors streamed to the country, and it embarked on an orgy of building.

However, if the truth be told, today the skyline is dominated by half-finished skyscrapers, and the hotels and shopping malls are in trouble. Dubai has proved to be just as vulnerable to the financial meltdown as other countries. When the global financial crisis hit Dubai, prices collapsed by 50 percent in a year leaving projects unfinished or scrapped. The horoscope for Dubai is dominated by the full moon conjoining Jupiter and on a Saturn/Neptune opposition. Whilst Saturn/Neptune does show a desert state with fortunes founded on oil (from Abu Dhabi), and does show the ability to build a new city on millions of tons of rock transported out into the sea, the Saturn/Neptune opposition also requires an element of realism. In many ways the full moon in Dubai’s chart shows an extravagant dream built on the slave labor of poor immigrants – the Moon/Saturn conjoining the IC.

Although Sheik Mohammed has been much worshipped hitherto by the business community, the Sun/Neptune/Jupiter square Mars in Pisces in Dubai’s chart shows rulers who not only are visionaries… but also dreamers. He has forged ahead with fairy tale developments, wooing investors and creating his own massive speculative bubble. Dubai’s own development vehicle, Dubai World, shook markets in December 2009 demanding a moratorium on its $60 billion debt, meaning that it can no longer keep up payments. Abu Dhabi has reluctantly indicated that it will help, but other major developments are still at risk. The creditworthiness of Dubai has been downgraded by international institutions.

Financial markets try to make reassuring noises about Dubai, pointing to the oil revenues in the region and to Dubai’s status as a business center, but all the astrological indications are that the current crisis with Dubai World is not just a blip on the radar screen. It is in fact the beginning of a long process of economic restructuring that will not end until 2014 at the earliest. The transit of Pluto over Dubai’s Venus in Capricorn is the warning shot. Clearly money is going to dry up, or at least be subject to draconian lending terms. The United Arab Emirates has a Venus/Pluto square to start with, so this is a development that has always been on the cards, it was just a matter of time. Now with transiting Saturn on Pluto on the one hand, and transiting Pluto on Venus on the other, Dubai is caught in a vice, and the screw will be tightened in 2010, bringing the highest level of discomfort from July to November 2010, the latter date being the final square from Pluto to Venus.

The movement of progressed Mercury – as it returns to its birth position – will be a reminder of the latent folly in the UAR chart, and when Mercury progresses into Capricorn as 2012 starts, Dubai will start applying its first strong dose of reality as concrete steps will be taken to place limits on the unreal expansion that has taken place. A new iron administration will take control from 2012 to 2014 which embodies an acceptance of traditional business realities. In other words the concept “Be Unlimited” will no longer apply.

Other indications that the euphoric mood of Dubai will slump can be seen in the movement of the progressed Moon which has been in Libra and the 8th house since 2007, highlighting the architectural achievements with borrowed money. In February 2010 the Moon will move into Scorpio, still in the 8th house, and Dubai will find itself mired in debt.

Furthermore, transiting Neptune is now extending its tentacles to the UAR Ascendant which it will station on in May 2010 and subsequently transit three more times, leaving Dubai metaphorically submerged by the time the last transit takes place in December 2011. Fortunately Dubai’s geographical placement in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf makes it immune to a tsunami, but there will be no immunity to the flood of dismay that the economic downturn will bring.

Of course Dubai will prevail, and in the future it will live out the dreams and fantasies of the world and the universe. With the Sun and Moon on Aldebaran and Antares – two of the four royal stars of the Persians, Dubai will continue to make fantastic architectural statements to the world once this time of crisis is over. But it will always be vulnerable to hubris – such is the nature of a Sun conjoining a strong Jupiter in the 10th house of a nation’s chart. Dubai is entering a period of contraction when loss and debt will eliminate its natural optimism for a while. It will enter a period of chaos, when there is no longer a clear sense of direction. The Neptune transit to the Ascendant may also have repercussions for the many immigrant workers, who will lose their jobs, but not want or be able to go home. The Pluto transiting Dubai’s Venus will see Sheik Mohammed losing investor friends… and discovering who his real friends are. Nevertheless it is worth noting that Dubai’s progressive Mars trines Dubai’s Sun from 2010 to 2011, and this could indicate that he will take an active role in leading Dubai out of economic danger in the years to come through courageous initiatives, not least in continuing to convince investors that Dubai has a future.

I do hope so… prices have already gone down for the Burj al Aran 7-star hotel. (Now starting at only $1500 per night).

Adrian Ross Duncan 14.12.2009

1. Guardian Weekly: journalist Jon Henley 11.12.2009.

2. Information from Wikipedia

Haiti – The Earthquake

On a major fault line between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates, the island of Hispaniola is to be found, which is composed of Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the east. This island has been ravaged by hurricanes and earthquakes for centuries, but no cataclysm has been as disastrous as the earthquake that hit the capital of Haiti in the late afternoon on January 12th 2010.
There is something special about Haiti, which can basically be defined as a failed state. Its jungle has disappeared, and deforestation with subsequent flooding ensures that its agriculture and infrastructure seem to be beyond help. In contrast, when crossing the border into the Dominican Republic, lush green jungle commences once more. Haiti’s five centuries of history have been characterized by struggle and poverty. It is a country established by African slaves after the French abolished slavery just after the revolution in 1789. After independence the French never quite relinquished control and in any case demanded huge repayments which plunged Haiti into a debt which even to this day cripples the country.

It was the first independent nation in Latin America and is the world’s first black republic. Haiti was once seen as the Pearl of the Antilles and was one of the richest islands in the French empire. With over 800,000 African slaves, it exported about half of the coffee and sugar consumed in Europe. (Note 1) Unfortunately the life expectancy of African slaves in Haiti was on average 21 years, which meant that 40,000 slaves a year had to be imported in the late 18th century. The declaration of independence on January 1st, 1804 was a result of a brutal civil war that lasted nine years which basically destroyed the assets that had made it rich. And in return for independence the Haitian government had to pay enormous sums to France from 1825 right up to 1947 for which it borrowed heavily from the US. By 1900, Haiti was spending about 80% of its national budget on loan repayments. So basically the destitution of Haiti was a result of the usual Western policy of plundering the assets of the third world.

Haiti: 1.01.1804 12.00 LMT Gonaives. AS 13 AR

The national horoscope does not look that weak. Using a chart for noon in the absence of an exact time, which is a common practice in mundane astrology as it places the Sun on the MC, the horoscope shows four planets in Capricorn, with a strikingly powerful Mars in the 9th house exactly square Saturn at 3.27 Libra. It is immediately clear what the astrological signature for the 2010 earthquake is: the current Saturn/Pluto square falls exactly on the national Mars/Saturn square! In other words some sort of disaster was predictable in this period.

Haiti earthquake: 12.01.2010 16.53.10 Port-au-Prince AS 14.59 CN

Mars is exalted in Capricorn, as is Saturn in Libra, and the square shows incredible strength and resilience, and considerably cruelty also. The string of dictators, which Haiti has produced, springs to mind. The most notorious was Papa Doc Duvalier, who ruled the island with an iron hand from 1957 for 29 years – a Saturn cycle – followed by his son, Baby Doc. He ­exploited Haiti’s traditional belief in voodoo and maintained power through the much-feared Tonton Macoutes, who were said to be zombies that he had raised from the dead. This ghostly death squad, responsible for the demise of 30,000 – 60,000 Haitians, is aptly reflected by this powerful Mars, which sextiles Pluto in Pisces on one side and Jupiter in Scorpio on the other. The trine to Moon in Virgo shows that Papa Doc was able to tap in to the ancestral fears of the people. Interestingly older Haitians today are nostalgic about this period, rather like Russians are nostalgic about Stalin. At least there was order in the country.

Voodoo and zombies. It is rather unusual for a country’s leader to encourage armed gangs composed of people who had been raised from the dead. The position of Jupiter, which represents belief systems, in the sign of Scorpio, taps in to this consciousness of a shadow world, which is made even more powerful by the trine to Pluto in the spirit world of Pisces. Zombies are beings whose will is completely controlled by a powerful magician, and the souls of these beings give the magician more power. If you want to practice this belief, then Haiti is obviously a good place to be, as the major Scorpio/Capricorn/Pisces emphasis shows the utilization of psychic powers to enslave the people and maintain power. The current Pluto transit over Haiti’s Mars/Chiron conjunction, which is at the exact Jupiter/Pluto midpoint, dredges the latent forces of destruction up to the surface, but also demands a transformation of the primitive and manipulative use of evil forces to maintain power. Haiti probably needs an authoritarian leadership, but it could be far more successfully harnessed in the service of the people and in a transformation of the country’ infrastructure.

The earthquake took place just prior to the solar eclipse in Capricorn. It can be seen that Venus is in fact cazimi – in the eye of the sun – and both are on the north node at 21 Capricorn. (The last major earthquake – on May 7th 1842 – also occurred with the Moons nodes in the same position in Capricorn). Interestingly the astrologer Dennis Elwell has researched the degree area 20-23 degrees Cancer /Capricorn and found that violent events often occurred in horoscopes where these degrees were prominent. Saturn around these degrees can correlate with sadism – the Marquis de Sade had this position – and the history of serial killings is full of example of malefic planets on these degrees. (Note 2) Some might think perhaps that the demon Rahu – the North Node of the moon – was acting as a revengeful earth goddess exacting divine retribution from a country that has lost its soul. Rahu is the disembodied head of the demon, and what has made this earthquake so disastrous is that it occurred almost directly under the capital city, even destroying the presidential palace – the head of the country. Perhaps the indigenous population – the Tainos – would have a spiritual explanation for the disaster, but unfortunately they were completely wiped out by the early settlers.

In astrological research is has been repeatedly shown that events arising prior to an eclipse, are related to the eclipse. If the horoscope of the eclipse three days later is relocated to Port-au-Prince then it can be seen that the Ascendant is at 25 Scorpio, which is exactly on the national horoscope’s Neptune.

Eclipse: 15.01.2010 7.12 GMT Port-au-Prince AS 25 SC

Furthermore transiting Neptune at the time of the earthquake is at 24.57 Aquarius – just 9 minutes of arc from a square to the Haiti Neptune. When one considers that a Neptune cycle is 165 years long, that is quite a coincidence. Clearly it highlights the capacity for suffering and death that is latent in the horoscope for Haiti. The eclipse chart has the Chiron/Neptune/Jupiter stellium right on the IC, squaring the Ascendant. Interestingly this falls right on the nodal axis of the Dominican Republic, which is naturally profoundly affected by the earthquake not least because of the exodus of Haitian refugees into their comparatively stable land. (Note 3)

The capacity for suffering is also highlighted by the movement of Jupiter into Pisces just days after the earthquake. Jupiter is seen as a beneficial influence and is dignified in Pisces, but all planets in Pisces evoke an awareness of the transience of human existence and the inherent meaninglessness of material living. What Jupiter in Pisces brings – apart from world wide empathy for poor people on a large island – is a mobilization of a spirit of solidarity and unselfishness which enriches both those who feel it and give, and those who suffer and receive. In the weeks after the earthquake planes from innumerable countries circled and landed at the airport near Port-au-Prince. Israelis, Chinese, Danes, British, Russians… people from all major countries flocked with help, which had been assembled as a result of the efforts of ordinary people throughout the world. Jupiter in Pisces opened the hearts of all humans as we witnessed the tragedy that unfolded in the media. 100,000+ deaths, 250,000 people hurt, 1½ million displaced out of a population of nine million.

Looking at the progressions in Haiti’s horoscope it can be seen that Pluto has moved from 5 to 9 degrees Pisces, and that Mars has progressed from 3 Capricorn to 9 degrees of Gemini. Furthermore the progressed moon was exactly on Pluto at the time of the earthquake. In other words, progressed moon activates an exact progressed Mars/Pluto square… an incredibly rare and obviously very unfortunate event. The earthquake leaves a completely traumatized population. Research from other earthquake sites – for example from victims of the 1999 earthquake in Turkey – shows that the psychological consequences of earthquakes can be crippling. Survivors report at crushing sense of loss and pain felt many years into the future.

What this signals for Haiti is a continued and painful process of transformation, which becomes more intense with the series of seven Uranus/Pluto squares which fall exactly on Haiti’s sun from 2012 – 2015. Autocratic leaders will struggle with a rebellious population and however hard the international community tries to maintain order, there is little likelihood of success. But perhaps Haiti needs a total transformation to shake off its tragic legacy. Only major structural change can restore this land to the Pearl of the Antilles that it once was. Haiti has a total external debt of 1.4 billion dollars, half of which accumulated when Papa Doc Duvalier plundered the country’s resources whilst half goes back to historic debt to France and the US. Cancellation of this debt should surely be the first step in putting Haiti back on its feet, and although the International Monetary Fund has earmarked about some of this for cancellation, many of the very same countries who are providing earthquake help are still insisting on repayment. (Note 4)

Probably this earthquake makes the beginning of the transformation. Revolution will shake the land as Uranus squares Mars and then the Sun. Leaders will be overthrown. What is needed is for a strong government to work good magic, when the disruption is over.

Adrian Duncan. January 20th 2010

Note 1: Wikipedia

Note 2. “The Cosmic Loom” page 19-23 (The Urania Trust – 1999)

Note 3. The Dominican Republic was founded on December 1st 1821 at a time when much of South America was gaining independence. It has a strong horoscope being founded on an exact Uranus/Neptune conjunction and an exact Saturn/Jupiter conjunction.

Note 4. Haiti’s largest creditor, the Inter-American Development Bank, is not part of the debt relief initiative. Haiti’s debt to the IDB amounts to approximately half a billion dollars with debt service payments projected by the IMF to increase in the following years. (Wikepedia)

Revolutionary Times

Normality is soon to be a thing of the past, and over the next half decade we will be witness to social, technological, political and personal transformations which will result in a world quite different to the one we know today. This could have been said in 1988 – just prior to the Saturn, Uranus and Neptune conjunctions opposite Jupiter, which precipitated the New World Order and fall of communism. It could also have been said of the mid sixties – just prior to the Uranus/Pluto conjunction opposite Saturn, which polarized youth and age and evoked a social revolution. It could have been said of the early 1940’s, when Jupiter conjoined Saturn in Taurus and squared Pluto going on to conjoin Uranus, which led to Germany’s seizure of most of Europe’s land.
But no historical period quite mirrors another, as no astrological combination is every exactly repeated. What makes the period between June 2012 to March 2015 significant are the seven Uranus/Pluto squares which take place over an unusually long period. (Note 1) But already in 2010 the wanderings of Saturn and Jupiter weave the connection between Uranus and Pluto, and therefore we are getting a taste of the extremes of behavior associated with these two outer planets. (If you want a visual expression of their craziness see Batman Forever, starring Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face – Pluto – and Jim Carrey as The Riddler – Uranus.)

Together Uranus and Pluto suspend normal moral behavior in favor of uncompromising change. Students in China during the cultural revolution in the mid-sixties threw their teachers out of upper floor windows on the grounds that their age and experienced had already corrupted their minds… Saturn was involved in this instance. When Pluto combines with Uranus, their mission is total revolution, and humanitarian concerns are sidelined.

Here in 2010 from April to July, Saturn returns to Virgo after making two squares to Pluto from Libra, and dwells in a powerful opposition to Uranus, which was exact on April 26th at 28 degrees Virgo/Pisces. This was the beginning of an extreme period of unrest, which was reflected in Europe by the financial crisis in Greece, which awakened great anxiety for the economies of Portugal and Spain and ultimately threatened the viability of the Euro. And in almost every country in the world, governments are trying to find a balance between cutting expenditure and dampening the subsequent social unrest.

But unrest is coming, and with unrest comes repression. Taking Thailand as an example, the government clampdown on protestors in mid-May 2010 – before Uranus had even entered explosive Aries – is an example of the choices the establishment faces, when confronted by its people. (Note 2)

Thailand. June 24th 1932 12.00 Bangkok AS 27.41 Virgo (Source BWH)

Although the birth time for Thailand is unknown, it is tempting to use the noon time, because the Saturn/Uranus opposition falls exactly on the Ascendant/Descendant axis. The transiting Pluto opposing Thailand’s Sun at 2 Cancer, shows the leadership dispute that lies at the root of the current unrest. What makes this horoscope interesting is the 1932 foundation year, when present constitutional system was established via a revolution. It was at this time that the last Uranus/Pluto square was exact, which predisposes this country to times in its history when extreme events wreak havoc… and the current repeat of the aspect may well be one of these times. It is worth noting that Mars in this horoscope has progressed and is now on the Pluto/Uranus square, which indicates dictatorial repression. And later, as the series of seven squares pick out the retrograde Venus at 10 Cancer, economic chaos and restructuring lie ahead, perhaps as a consequence of a second social revolution.

On May 28th – two weeks after this article has been written – Uranus moves into Aries, and almost immediately Jupiter also enters Aries, conjoining Uranus on June 8th at 0.18 Aries. Whilst Uranus in Pisces is prepared to play a victim’s role, it will not do so in Aries. The last time Uranus was in Pisces, Hitler was in jail and writing Mein Kampf, but when it came into Aries, he was well on the way to establishing his credentials as Führer (leader) of the Arian race.

Of course the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction is not malefic in itself, and it plays a tremendous role in technological development cycles. The last conjunction in Aries in 1927 saw the first transatlantic flight, by Charles Lindberg, which led to an explosion of pioneering international flights the same year. This was also the year when the Talkies began… all movies until that time had been silent. (Initially people were extremely skeptical… who needed to hear people speak, when you could see them?) 1927 was also the year of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, which stated that certain experiments could not be relied on because the presence of the observer affected the experiment. This was a concept which revolutionarized scientific materialism.

We can expect amazing pioneering discoveries now, especially because the digital world is so unlike anything experienced before in history. A scientific group in the USA has in fact just created – for the first time – life. The controversial leader of the project, Dr Venter, is quoted as saying:

“We were ecstatic when the cells booted up with all the watermarks in place,” “It’s a living species now, part of our planet’s inventory of life.” For 15 years his research time had coded genomes until they could be chemically combined by digital software to create living bacteria. (Note 4) Primitive life forms can now be digitally created in the laboratory. Unfortunately his company is patenting tis process, which raises the prospect of someone actually owning the building blocks for life creation. Otherwise known as god.

The current Uranus/Jupiter conjunction takes place just once in Aries… the next two take place in Pisces, as both planets retrograde. This could indicate a summer of unrest, with a mopping up effect from August 2010 to March 2011. But in the explosive period from the end of May to early September 2010, anything can happen. Probably the USA will not be exempt, because the IC on the USA (Sibley) horoscope is at 1 degree Aries, indicating unrest – or more extreme events – close to the White House. In 1969 Jupiter and Uranus conjoined at the opposite point – 1 degree Libra on the Midheaven – just as Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. This current conjunction is the time of the World Cup which takes place in South Africa on June 11th 2010. This is obviously going to be a riveting and electric international event. The security had better be good though. The World Cup took place for the first time in 1930, as the last Uranus/Pluto square was building up.

Security is exactly what Pluto in Capricorn is interested in. It is the solution to everything. This means surveillance cameras, extra police, control over the movement of people, the joy of the global database. As Jupiter and Uranus move into Aries, their message is freedom for the individual – at any price – whilst Pluto in Capricorn is interested in protecting the state – at all costs. As Saturn currently opposes Uranus and Jupiter, the incredible desire to break free is stopped by Saturn – it is simply impossible and impractical. With Saturn disposing of Pluto, the indications are that whilst Saturn is in Virgo it will serve the people, and whilst it is exalted in Libra until October 2012, the leaders of the state – Obama for example – will take a balanced and fair approach. But when Saturn moves in to Scorpio, which is does at the next presidential election in November 2012, all bets are off. Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn is successfully repressive… and may have to be with an economy that has hit rock bottom.

Uranus enters Aries tentatively, going retrograde at 0.35 Aries in July and returning to Pisces. Jupiter meanwhile, emboldened by its brother at arms Uranus, continues on, going retrograde at 3.24 Aries whilst in exact square to Pluto – an aspect that lasts for many weeks. The indications are that revolutionary behavior at this time is ill-judged and will be brutally stamped out. The last time Jupiter/Uranus conjoined in Aries in 1927 the palace of justice in Vienna was stormed and burned by an angry mob. Very appropriate. Angry mobs may want to mete out their own fiery brand of justice this summer and there are many places in the world this can happen. In Greece a government elected by the people to protect the laid-back social fabric of their society is being forced by the EU to impose draconic financial cuts, which the people find oppressive. Rather than contemplate a domino effect which causes the Euro to collapse, the EU must impose its will… Pluto in Capricorn. The Greek people are furious that the government they elected to protect them forces them to suffer even more.

Greece revolution – 24.03.1821 12.00 Kalavryla AS 19.25 CN (Source BWH)

Modern Greece was founded when the Ottoman occupation was overthrown on the last but one Uranus/Neptune conjunction in 1821 when both planets where in exact conjunction to the minute of arc at 3 Capricorn… where transiting Pluto is in 2010. Subsequent horoscopes for Greece consistently show 3 – 6 degrees of cardinal signs to dominate completely. For example the July 24th democratic revolution in 1974 against the military dictatorship shows a Moon/Pluto conjunction at 4 Libra square Venus at 3 Cancer. The pressures on Greece are massive, and the government cannot survive 2010. Even Greek membership of the Euro seems in doubt. Nothing less than a total reconstruction of Greece can be effective… an iron hand will probably initially keep the people under control, but the Uranus transit in 2011 will bring unrest and revolution.

How this will affect the rest of Europe is uncertain, but with Pluto slowly approaching 9 degrees Capricorn – where the sun is every New Year’s Day, which is the date for the foundation of many European institutions as well as the horoscope for the United Kingdom – turmoil is indicated until 2015. Russia, China and the US horoscope are all profoundly affected by the transits of Uranus and Pluto, so we are entering an unstable period for the world with continued recession and increasing unemployment. Scapegoats will be sought, and the wise individual must refuse to be drawn in to mass movements that demonize specific groups. It is worth remembering that the last Uranus/Pluto square in the early 1930’s did not coincide with war… just extreme political movements and economic depression.

It is quite likely that the two retrograde conjunctions of Uranus and Jupiter in Pisces will bring innovative solutions to environmental problems, as well as radical and effective solutions to help the unemployed and underprivileged, as well as providing finishing touches to health reform in the USA. Also, when Neptune enters Pisces in April 2011, there will probably be extremely strong humanitarian forces trying to heal those who are victims of the coming changes.

As the Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are moving through cardinal signs in the coming years, this is a period of dynamic change rather than passive inactivity. What pays for the individual now is to act… to keep ahead of things. There is no status quo… everything is movement and this means taking personal initiatives for change. There are waves that need to be surfed, trains that need to be hopped on to, falling bridges that need to be sped over. After one initiative is taken, it is time to take the next, as each change rapidly becomes obsolete and consigned to the past. Therefore this is also a period of radical progress in all directions.

By the year 2020, with Pluto at the tail end of Capricorn and soon to enter Aquarius, and with the first of a 200-year cycle of Saturn/Jupiter conjunctions taking place at 0 Aquarius, a new era will dawn. At this time the repressive governments that were created to handle crisis will be swept aside. Technological change will sweep the last of an oil and coal based world away, people will unite in a one world state of digital union, and a new electromagnetic world of light will emerge. In the meantime perhaps we can find inspiration in the words of French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, who wrote – at another Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Aries in 1762 – “Man is born free yet everywhere is in chains”. (Note 4) That was the state of things prior to the French Revolution in 1789, and now perhaps we are still slaves… to capital.

Adrian Duncan 20th May 2010

1. This aspect repeats itself about every 80 years, but you have to go back to 1755 – 1758 for the last series of seven squares.

2. The crucial date for the formation of Thailand can be traced back to April 6th 1782, when the capital was moved to Bangkok. In 1932 however the present constitutional system was established via a revolution. Interestingly Mars is at exactly the same degree – 1 Gemini – in both horoscopes.

3. Interview with The Guardian May 20th 2010.

4. Le Contra Social – 1762. This book expressed antimonarchist views and Rousseau has to take refuge in Switzerland to escape prosecution.

21st Century Renaissance

Once upon a time, nobody had a problem with astrology. It had always been part of the curriculum at major learning institutions until the Renaissance because people simply felt the harmony between man and cosmos. Looking at the magic movement of the planets over the bright, night sky, whilst the stars stayed still and the moon went from new to full, there was a sense of connection between earthly and heavenly developments. The basic principle of astrology is that the smallest thing in the universe is subject to the same process as the largest. The same rules apply to both, and an action in one sphere will reflect an action in another. Major practitioners of religions like Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism developed systems for interpreting planetary configurations and astrology evolved into a huge body of knowledge.
Initially astrology and astronomy were one, and both were used to map the seasons. Even thousands of years ago, observatories were constructed to calculate the beginning of the summer solstice as well as complex eclipse cycles, and Stonehenge in Britain was one such observatory. Over time the entire realm of natural science was expressed in the language of astrology. The idea of the 12 signs was perfected by the Greeks, and astrology changed little right up to the Middle Ages, with Greek masters like Ptolemy writing works that are still used until this day. After the Greek ascendancy period Arab astrologers later became extremely influential in Europe, and the early universities were profoundly influenced by latin translations of Arab works.

Scientists credited with overthrowing the ascendancy of astrology in the period of the Renaissance, like Newton, Tycho Brahe and Kepler were in fact very familiar with the subject and ambiguous in their attitude to it. But they were also pioneers of new scientific methods that placed measurement and observation at the center. This mapping of the material world led to scientific achievements that have transformed our world and the way we think. As astrology cannot be validated by current scientific experiment or statistical method (at least not decisively) it has lost academic status and can only be studied at universities today as a historical or cultural phenomenon.

Still, the scientific materialism of the last epoch has been seriously undermined by relativity theory, which propounds the interrelationship between subject and object. Which basically means that on a subtle level there is no separation between man and cosmos. This paves the way for another renaissance, which will slowly take root in the 21st century, discrediting the mechanics of the Newtonian world (if it has not been discredited already), which has led to the exploitation of Nature, and facilitating a more holistic view, which will really be favorable for astrology.

Interest in astrology today has been well-documented. Research conducted amongst a sample of students in England found that 100% know their star sign, 70% read their horoscopes regularly and 85% agree that the description of their birth sign describes their personality. According to a January 2000 user survey for http://www.astroadvice.com/ there were 69% female members of astrology websites, 51% were between 20-37 years of age, 42% had a household income of $76,000 – $200,000, 23% had a household income of $51,000 – 70,000 and 68% had university or post graduate degree. Obviously many reasonably intelligent and prosperous people in the West have a strong interest in the subject.

Whether this interest simply reflects a hunger for spiritual content, I am not sure. Skeptics might claim it is our superstitious nature and might refer to studies, where people have been given the same horoscope interpretation and are convinced it is a perfect and unique description of them. (Note 1) Personally I am amazed that people are satisfied with the watered down astrology that is served up on popular astrology sites and in sunsign newspaper columns. Not that it is inaccurate – it is just that astrology can do so much more. And if people realized how much an awareness of planetary influences can reveal – at all times – they would be shocked.

It is instructive to go back half a millennium to see what astrologers could do, and what was on offer to the general public at that time. Whilst the church has had a very strained relationship to astrology over the centuries, popes and prelates have not been able to resist familiarizing themselves with the subject. (Note 2). Architects loved the beauty and symmetry of astrology, and beautiful zodiacs were created as sculpture and in stained glass windows. (Note 3) A correlation has always been established between the twelve apostles and the twelve sunsigns, and the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are consistently shown as building blocks for the Church as a bull, lion, eagle and angel respectively.

But some churches went even further. A calendar clock was constructed and presented to the cathedral in the beautiful town of Lund in south Sweden in the year 1425 – the “Horologium Mirabile Lundense”. This clock shows the movement of the sun through the twelve signs together with the movement of the moon, which revolves on its axis so that it is dark at the new moon and white at the full moon. Even more fascinating – the revolution of the earth on its own axis is also shown, making it possible to see the Ascendant changing minute by minute. (Note 4).

The Astrological clock at Lund cathedral

One can just imagine the archbishop making his appearance in Lund cathedral in the 15th century. Glancing at the astrological clock and noting how the Ascendant, moon and sun related to the other planets (which move comparatively slowly) he would have been able to clearly see the misdeeds of his parishioners. If the moon was in Leo square Mars in Taurus, those deadly sins of greed and lust would have been a wonderful theme to expound upon. Or if the Moon was conjoining Saturn in Capricorn, then surely miserliness would be the major issue that Sunday. Did the priest at confession hear surprisingly similar confessions whilst the Ascendant was in Scorpio and the Moon in the 8th (deadly secrets) which would suddenly change as the Ascendant changed sign to Sagittarius and Jupiter in Capricorn (skepticism and materialism)?

To test the efficacy of Horologium Mirabile Lundense I took a drive to Lund together with my astrologer wife. There were a lot of questions on my mind, so perhaps the astrological clock would be able to give some answers? We arrived on Sunday 13th June at 13.45 and the cathedral had already cast its horary chart for our education.

Lund Horary chart: 13 June 2010 13.45 Lund. AS 0.37 Libra

This was obviously a very clever clock, and as my wife pointed out, it first wanted to say something about itself. With Libra rising, it was a thing of balance and beauty, and with the Ascendant ruler, Venus, almost at the last degree of Cancer, it was a very old object, which had undergone several restorations since its creation. With Saturn rising, and in exact sextile to Venus we can see an elegant structure reaching the end of its days, which might also be a description of me. The clock even has a sense of humor.

Even more striking, at the moment we entered the cathedral, the newly formed and radical conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Aries was exactly on the Descendant, perhaps reflecting the arrival of naive but enthusiastic astrologers. If the archbishop had commented on our arrival in the old days, he would have assumed that we were a pious and hard-working couple, who had dedicated many years to our professional lives. In the 15th century he would not have known that Uranus (discovered 1781) was on the Descendant, and therefore might not have guessed that potential heretics and revolutionaries had just arrived. Neither would he have noticed that Pluto (discovered 1930) was on the IC opposite the Moon. The strong moon in Cancer on the MC and sextile industrious Mars in Virgo may have indicated honorable citizens who supported the institutions in society, so we would have been welcomed into the church. Our psychological problems (Moon opposite Pluto) would have been ignored. (There were no such things in 1425… possession by the devil, possibly.)

The 21st century astrologer might take a different approach, shrugging off the pressing problems described by Saturn conjoining the Ascendant and talking enthusiastically about dynamic change. For the horoscope shows endings and beginnings. The endings are Saturn, Neptune and Venus leaving signs, and the beginnings Jupiter, Uranus and the Ascendant in new signs. And in fact, with Venus soon to change signs and trine Jupiter and Uranus, it would seem like trying emotional issues from the past will be replaced by a new creative enthusiasm and some very dynamic change. Before more is revealed I am reminded of the attitude of famous people in the Middle Ages, who actually concealed their birth date and time for fear that it would be used against them by an astrologer in the service of some hostile prince at a later time.

Those who have the skills to interpret the horoscope for out arrival in Lund could actually draw conclusions about our future. That is how powerful astrology is. In fact, every moment in time contains within it the history of the past and the seeds of the future. Astrology is the only system on earth that has the tools to read these pregnant moments. The only limitation is the skill of the astrologer. Modern astrologers have predicted the demise of the Soviet Union (Note 6), the destruction of the Twin Towers (Note 7), the victory of Barak Obama (Note 8 ) so there is no need to hark back to the achievements of historical figures like Nostradamus and William Lilly.

The study of the significance of moments of time, traditionally called horary astrology, is one of the most exciting areas of astrology. Wherever consciousness intersects time, the position of the earth and planets will reflect that moment, and can be interpreted through astrological technique. Previous planetary positions reflect what has happened in the past, just as Venus in our Lund chart shows a history of patient striving, and coming planetary movement shows what will happen in the future, just as Venus moves into Leo to trine Jupiter and Uranus, bringing creativity, excitement and joy.

If you know your planetary symbology, then prediction is a straightforward matter. For example a client rang two days after the trip to Lund, when the moon was just about the conjoin Venus in Leo in the 9th house, where both would trine Uranus and Jupiter on the cusp of the 6th house. She was planning a trip to Spain to receive artificial insemination to have a child and wondered whether it would succeed. The very fact that the Moon and Venus in Leo is a perfect combination for childbirth is one thing, but the technology of the fertilization process and the fact that it was to take place in a foreign country is elegantly reflected by the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction. So the answer is of course positive.

People often think that astrology is about the future, when it is in fact about the present. The more you work with astrology, the more you are aware of what is going on here and now, because it is in the moment that the future lies latent. By aligning yourself with the energies of the time, you can avoid conflict and optimize the potential for succeeding in what you are doing. My hope is that 21st century technologies will make the enormous complexity of astrology available and understandable to a world where people are already hot-wired to the moment by their networks and mobile applications.

Adrian Duncan 17th June 2010

1. Search for example on YouTube.com for Derren Brown + astrology. Derren Brown, famous for his hypnotism and NLP techniques, tests a selection of people. All get the exact same reading, but are amazed at its accuracy.

2. Notably Pope Adrian IV (no relative) the only English pope, reputedly meeting his death choking on a fly in his wine.

3. For example the wonderful zodiac floor tiles in Canterbury cathedral, or the stained glass window in Chartres cathedral

4. Other clocks were made in this period, the most beautiful and famous being the one in Prague The very first astrological clock installed in a church was in Munster, Germany in 1408

5. Although the Lund clock showed the position of the Sun and Ascendant exactly, unfortunately the Moon is shown at the end of Cancer, instead of the beginning. (Needs adjusting!)

6. Michael Baigent clearly predicted the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the book Mundane Astrology published 8 years before it actually happened.

7. Robert Zoller wrote in 2000: “After September 2001 when the first big crisis will have hit the US, we will never be the same again” in connection with the prediction of a potential terrorist attack on the east coast of America.

8. See my article: http://www.world-of-wisdom.com/04_articles/2007/02_elections.htm

Resurrection in Chile

The life of a miner is almost impossible to understand for someone who has never been down a mine. 2000 meters under the surface the temperature is 35C and the humidity 90%. There is no light, except for the lamp in your helmet. So when the mine collapses – as it did for the 33 Chilean miners on August 5th, 2010 – and you have two days food rations to survive on, death seems a near certainty. Death is what comes to most miners under these circumstances. In China at the same time there was a mine explosion which killed 37 miners. (In fact over 2500 miners lost their lives in China in 2009.)The Chilean miners were into their 17th day of darkness and starvation when a drill piece entered their chamber on August 22nd. They we able to send a note saying “estamos bien el refugio los 33″ – all were alive and well – and from that moment Chile was galvanized into national effort to liberate the miners from the bowels of Mother Earth. Engineers, designers, psychologists and experts from around the world devised a method to keep the miners sane and to bore through solid granite. They went into action, expecting – if all went well – to have the miners out by December. The story of the resurrection of the 33 miners has become a metaphor of rebirth with political repercussions worldwide.

After all, it has been estimated that one billion people witnessed the rescue of the miners 69 days after their burial. People in Pakistan ask why – in comparison to their president who was in Europe during their catastrophic floods – the president of Chile was present at the mine and welcomed each and every miner coming out of the birth channel so laboriously drilled. Chinese miners ask what Chile can do, that China is unable to. Workers listen the words of President Pinera of Chile (whose approval ratings have soared to 86% – re-election anyone?) who said that from now on Chile would start aiming to become the first Latin American country in which poverty, bad working practices and injustice would be eradicated.

Traditionally Chile has been one of the more enlightened Latin American countries, giving strong support to the UN and other international organizations, and welcoming free trade agreements and open banking. In the West we tend to associate Chile with the 17 years of repression under General Pinochet, but in actual fact this country has been remarkable free of military dictatorship at other times in its history, in comparison with for example Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

Chile gained independence on February 12th, 1818, which was a time of the complete dissolution of Spanish power in South America.

CHILE: 12.02.1818 12.00 LMT – Santiago, Chile. AS 13.42 TA (BOWH)

Horoscopes in this period of history show that a new conjunction cycle of Uranus and Neptune began – a cycle which repeated once again in the early 1990’s with another dissolution of a dominant political entity – the Soviet Union. Napoleon had been defeated in 1815 and the European map was redrawn, and this awakened independence movements all over South America. In the horoscope for Chile, Uranus is catching up with Neptune in Sagittarius, and drawing ever closer to a square with Pluto, which in turn is conjoined by Saturn… an extremely unstable constellation, which brought revolution in Spain and the subsequent loss of Mexico and the rest of its colonies in South America.

Spain was not very happy about Chile’s declaration of independence and sent an army to crush the rebellion. This was thoroughly defeated at the Battle of Maipu on April 5th of the same year, which is an alternative horoscope that can be used for Chile. (Note 1)

In both horoscopes for Chile the Sun conjoins Venus. In fact, taking 12 noon as the timing for the independence chart, the Moon and North Node conjoins the Ascendant in Taurus, and this may well be an indication of Chile’s greatest resource – it is a major supplier of copper, which is traditionally ruled by Venus. Chile has thrived and prospered through these copper resources since 1818, but in the 1960’s the Cold War saw Chile being drawn in to the communist sphere of influence, which led to the election of President Allende, who promptly nationalized the US owned copper mines. As there were huge corporate US interests running major industries in Chile, and because the US did not take kindly to visits by Castro and Soviet officials, the US government started plotting the downfall of Allende.

It is difficult to know how much Allende contributed to his own downfall – his radical left-wing policies alienated students and workers alike. But the CIA financed the ultra-conservative forces in Chile and as recently released records show that President Nixon’s avowed policy was, quote, “Make the economy scream [in Chile to] prevent Allende from coming to power or to unseat him”, there were powerful forces arrayed against him. A military coup took place on September 11th, 1973, Allende was killed in the Presidential palace (or took his own life), and an era of brutal suppression followed under the dictatorship of general Pinochet. In fact about 3000 people lost their lives (and countless were imprisoned), strangely reminiscent of the 3000 people who also lost their lives under another infamous catastrophe that took place on September 11th … 28 years later in New York.

The military coup took place when transit Uranus was opposing the new moon conjunction Venus of the battle of Maipu horoscope. More significantly, Saturn at 3.37 Cancer was square Pluto 3.31 Libra. Saturn/Pluto aspects are the signature of repressive dictatorships, and in this case they activated the position of Jupiter at 4.52 Capricorn and Mars at 5.13 Cancer in the two 1818 foundation horoscopes.

It is interesting then that the mining drama in Chile also took place 37 years after the coup under the next Saturn/Pluto square… this time signifying resurrection for Chile.

MINE ACCIDENT: August 5th, 2010 12.00 Calama. AS 14.31 SC

I do not have the exact time for the accident, but the mine collapsed when the miners were having lunch in their shelter, which was very fortunate. Here we can see the massive T-square with Mars conjoining Saturn, both opposing the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction (still in Aries at this time) and squaring Pluto. The position of Jupiter at 4.52 Capricorn in the 1818 horoscope is powerfully stimulated by this T-square. This itself indicates are that there will be a major reform of the mining industry, which Jupiter in Capricorn symbolizes.

The unfolding of the drama deep inside the bowels of the earth in northern Chile, appeared to synchronize with the unique dance of Mars and Venus, as they conjoined twice with Venus entering Scorpio and moving retrograde, allowing the much slower Mars to catch up.

Seventeen days into their living burial, hope came to the miners, their families, and President Pinera who committed the resources of the Chilean state, and his own credibility, to rescue the miners from what at first seemed an impossible situation.

The horoscope for the discovery of the miners on August 22nd happened exactly as Venus moved through Libra to conjoin Mars. If Mars represents the men (in detriment in Libra) Venus was their savior. This conjunction exactly opposed the new moon for the Maipu horoscope. Furthermore, Mercury at this time had just moved stationary retrograde at 19.02 Virgo, exactly squaring independence Uranus and opposing independence Chiron. Surprising news for the healing of the nation.

The remaining 52 days was a media scramble that transformed the arid desert where the miners were buried into a hi-tech colony. But underground, as Venus and Mars entered Scorpio, the miners – now with food and communication – still had to battle with the darkness and desperation. We cannot know – yet – what they went through, but Venus will go direct in November and once again trace its steps through Scorpio. The miners had made a pledge of silence about the first 17 days, when nerves snapped and hysteria sometimes took over. However, with huge sums of money being offered for the full story, many details will come out during the period from November to January, when Venus makes its final pass through Scorpio. We will learn of the wives and mistresses left behind, and the way money can be used to get people to divulge secrets they would rather not.

RESCUE: First miner rescued 13th October, 2010 00.10 Calama. AS 4.30 CN

The first miner emerged from the earth – a second birth – just after midnight on October 13th. This rescue horoscope speaks eloquently of the rescue as the first man to be “reborn” emerges with the Descendant exactly on the Pluto/Node conjunction and Mercury exactly conjoining the IC – travel up the tube. Mercury is exactly opposing the new moon of the Maipu chart. By this time Mars had in fact overtaken Venus, which was now retrograde exactly on the South Node in Scorpio in the independence chart. Here the nodal axis from Taurus to Scorpio serves as a kind of birth canal, leading from the darkness underground to the blinding television lights above. The nodes are the escape route for Venus, uniting the men underground, with their women above. In parallel, during the course of the next day, the moon conjoins Pluto and the north node, and the god of the underworld releases his victims, allowing them to come back to the surface and a new life.

The actual date when all the miners reached the surface was 13.10.10, which – as President Pinera himself pointed out, adds up to 33. It took 33 days from commencement of drilling to reach the miners… one day per man. The diameter of the shaft was 66 cms. As Maria Segovia, sister of miner Dario Segovia said, “The 33 appears in everything, everything matches, it’s a miracle,” and the many devout Catholics in Chile point out that Jesus was 33 when he was crucified and resurrected.

The true miracle will be if mine owners review safety practices and improve conditions for their workers. The mine in Chile had actually been closed because of safety concerns and reopened because the price of copper has been extremely high. Miners worldwide have traditionally been exploited by corporations and governments. The bond of solidarity between miners and mining communities is extremely strong, but it is no compensation for the danger from accidents and lung disease that all too often claim the lives of miners. If the miracle in Chile is to have long-term impact, then Saturn in Libra must bring balance and justice in regulating that the heartless guardian of the mines… Pluto in Capricorn.

Adrian Duncan 19.10.2010

1. The Battle of Maipu took place on the new moon in Aries on April 5th, 1818 and ended at 14.30 with the defeat of the Spanish forces. Source: The Book of World Horoscopes – Nick Campion.