Jobs, The Economy & Legacy Of Baby Boomers
The Mundane Mystery Of Ophiuchus
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
Peace and Goodwill To All People Of Earth.
Praise And Glory Be To The Immortal God.
This edition of Global Astrology is a long read, so please feel free to return as often as you'd like to finish reading up on the diverse events of our present world along my mundane forecasts provided in this special edition.
This mid-January update has been attached to the January 1, 2011 edition of Global Astrology.
The year of 2011 will see the good people of the brave nation of Greece fighting back against the evils imposed on them by debt lords who falsely believe they can force the Greek people into submission.
Expect to see updates on the Greek crisis, which really is about Europe and the Euro as much as it is about debt robber barons who think they can steal the resources of Greece away from the Greek People.
The year 2011 will continue to see battles on the streets of Athens, in Parliament and intrigue throughout the halls of Greek power as international robber barons are about to discover that the Greek people will not go down without a serious fight.
The Cardinal Crisis
Greeks Fight The Powers That Be
We here at Global Astrology are rooting for the Greek people, who continue to show the rest of the world that in order to maintain democracy one must fight for it.
It reminds this American of a speech that galvanized a collection of colonies fighting for their survival:
"No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House.
But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery - and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate.
It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country.
Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.
And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House.
Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet.
Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.
Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation?
Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort.
I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies?
No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging.
And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument?
Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject?
We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted?
Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on.
We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!
In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.
There is no longer any room for hope.
If we wish to be free - if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending - if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained - we must fight!
I repeat it, sir, we must fight!
An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.
The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.
Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active - the brave.
Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery!
Our chains are forged!
Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable - and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!
The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish?
What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take - but as for me - give me liberty or give me death!"
- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
Now, in this edition of Global Astrology, we take a deeper look on what has been called a "viral" spread of yet another attack on Astrology by astronomers, who frankly, should know better, but keep on sticking their feet into their mouths when it comes to the divine science of Astrology.
So, to hopefully correct what I see as opinion serving as ignorance to deceive the general public, this opinion, running wild and flailing its arms about like an emperor with no clothes on, please consider, if you will...
“There are in fact two things: Science and opinion.
The ancient Babylonians based zodiac signs on the constellation the sun was "in" on the day a person was born.
During the ensuing millenniums, the moon's gravitational pull has made the Earth "wobble" around its axis, creating about a one-month bump in the stars' alignment.
"When [astrologers] say that the sun is in Pisces, it's really not in Pisces," said Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society.
Indeed, most horoscope readers who consider themselves Pisces are actually Aquarians. So instead of being sensitive, humane and idealistic, they actually are friendly, loyal and inventive.
There is no physical connection between constellations and personality traits, said Kunkle, who teaches astronomy at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
"Sure, we can connect harvest to the stars," he said.
"But personality? No."
Astronomers have pooh-poohed astrology from the get-go, but Kunkle hedged when asked if astrology can bring people to his science.
"Historically, people looked at the sky to understand the world around us," he said. "But today I don't think people who are into astrology look at the sky very much."
But they do look at horoscopes. And now they have an explanation for why a day might not have turned out exactly as predicted.”
The publication then posted Kunkle’s "new Zodiac" as follows below.
This is some really weird stuff people, but here it is –
Remember, this comes from a non-astrologer who does not practice the science:
- Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
- Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
- Pisces: March 11-April 18.
- Aries: April 18-May 13.
- Taurus: May 13-June 21.
- Gemini: June 21-July 20.
- Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
- Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
- Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
- Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
- Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
- *Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
- Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.
You see, I always like to think Star Trek. You know, let's be calm, cool, scientific, stable, mature and above all - professional - about things.
Astrologers are a long suffering crew. We also know how to lighten things up in the wake of all the attacks astrology must defend itself: from those who are ignorant and whom mock the very complex work astrologers perform, day in and day out.
So, before we get all serious here on Global Astrology on the subject of a 13th zodiacal Sign - here's to all you hard-working astrologers out there who have been fielding hundreds of calls and emails from stressed-out people and the news media, frantic that their birth signs may have suddenly changed.
And no, we astrologers don't drink Kool-Aid aboard the USS Enterprise...
... We fight back against opinion and ignorance - with knowledge.
That is what serious astrology is all about.
But some people, like the dude just below, well, he's not thinking that.
He thinking Gilligan's Island and he's definitely gulping down all that Kool-aid.
"What is this s__?"
Here's a guy who drank the Kool-Aid rather fast. I'm sure there are others like him going around telling their friends," Hey, guess what? You ain't a Scorpio dude."
This guy read Time Magazine's article and went out of mind!
He says, "I always knew they (astrologers?) were wrong, but I never knew why."
Hold on there a minute - and whatever you do - make sure you do not drink the Kool-aid yet, like Gilligan you just heard and saw, wide-eyed and all.
He just took it all in, without even thinking first.
He couldn't even pronounce the name Ophiuchus correctly. I doubt very much he even knows where the constellation is to be found in the night skies.
In our reactionary, ankle-deep surface-thought society, with all the technology available at one's finger tips, you'd want to believe a person would explore the matter just a bit deeper before going around telling people something which may not be true?
But then again, I suppose with that guy, it really is Gilligan's Island... At :24 seconds in, look out for the 13th sign, Ophiuchus, who jumps down and surprises Ginger from behind.
Now, astronomer Parke Kunkle says – mind you, this guy is not an astrologer – that the Babylonians discarded Ophiuchus because they “wanted 12 signs per year?”
A guy named Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, who is not a professional astrologer, decides to tell everyone that there is “no physical connection between constellations and personality traits.”
Seems the most famous astronomer in the world – Claudius Ptolemy – whom I’m sure Kunkle might have heard of – would very much disagree with him.
He, along with all the other most well-known astrologers and astronomers in world history – say Kunkle is - Wrong.
He is saying Astrology is bunk, but then he tries to rewrite the order of the Signs and their placements?
What's with that?
I would not dare dream of rewriting the order of the signs and I am an astrologer.
They are basically saying since they can't interpret and read the transits of stars and planets - then no one can.
That's the height, not only of ignorance, but of rampant narcissism.
Astrology reflects the months of the year, yes?
The lunar calendars have a variable number of months in a year.
The reason is that a year is not evenly divisible by an exact number of lunations, so without the addition of inter-calendar months, the seasons would drift each year.
This results in a thirteen-month year every two or three years.
This calendar is followed in China and in several other Asian cultures.
Sometimes, even some western cultures referred to this calendar.
In many parts of Asia the Gregorian calendar is still used to discern daily transits, but the Chinese calendar is also of a great use - as it helps to know about the Traditional Eastern Asian holidays such as spring festivals - known as the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Duan Wu Festival celebrated in China as well as the mid-autumn Festival.
Moreover, the Chinese calendar system are used for diverse purposes of predictive astrology like determining auspicious dates for weddings and any other good works to be done in the future under favorable astrological transits.
The phases of the moon can also be determined in advance as these calendar systems follow the Lunar cycles during any year.
This year, starting in February, is considered the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Calendar.
The earliest signs of the Chinese calendar originated on Oracle bones of the late second century millennium BC of the Shang dynasty; which gives the impression that the lunar-solar year consists of 12 months, with a likely inter-calendar year of thirteen months, or at times even fourteen months added empirically to avoid breaks in the calendar flow.
For recording the day, Sexagenary cycles were already in use. In that period the year starts on the first new moon.
The spring and the autumn Chinese chronicles provide a better way to understand the types of calendars used in the Zhou dynasty.
In a year, there were usually 12 months which consisted of 29 and 30 days alternatively, but from time to time an additional month was added to continue the flow between the calendar and actual lunar cycles, so that at the end of the year inter-calendar months could be added randomly.
Later, the Gregorian calendar was adopted as an official dating system in January 1912, but the general Chinese people still used the traditional astrological calendar systems. Many millions still do to this day.
If you count the number of animals, there are 13 of them. And there are 10 stems and 12 branches.
Also, and this is something that is really strange about astronomers who like to go on their rants about how Astrology is bunk:
Remember who "re-wrote" those signs that went "viral" on the Internet. No astrologer in their right mind would have done that.
And, it only goes to show the depth of the ignorance and contempt most astronomers have for astrologers in general and for the science of astrology in particular.
There are astronomers who know this, because in the course of learning astronomy they had to study and read about the history of astronomy, and one could not help but to trip over the list of names of these brilliant minds who built the structure of astronomy and physics into the sciences they are today.
It is a crying shame that the majority (not all astronomers, but most) of those practicing astronomy would hold such outright contempt for the Mother of astronomy - and that surely is the divine science of Astrology.
In effect, it would be like treating the mother who raised you like a whore and then spitting in her face.
Shame on them.
For it is on the shoulders of these astrologers and the inventions of their celestial mechanics that allowed humanity to physically escape Earth's atmosphere to reach the planets and the stars ~
1473 - 1543: The astrologer Nicolaus Copernicus wrote a treatment on the solar system that suggested the Sun was more likely to be in the center than the Earth and that the planets revolved around the Sun. His treatise, titled, "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies" was immediately banned and anyone found to have possession of it were accused of heresy, tortured and condemned to death by the Inquisition. The idea of a "Heliocentric" or Sun-centered system is considered so important to world history it is often referred to as the "Copernican Revolution."
In the science of astronomy, particular areas of the work of this astrologer stand out. He designed a new type of reflecting telescope which is now called a "Newtonian" telescope. Most amateur telescopes in use today are called "Newtonians."
A devout Christian and very spiritual man, Isaac Newton calculated the entire history of the prophetic events of the Holy Bible, applying the dating-of-time principles of mundane astrology.
For more on this fact, see -> The Newton Project.
There are repeated attempts by the enemies of truth and of astrology on Internet search engines to disconnect people like Newton and Albert Einstein from astrology.
However, both men firmly supported and practiced serious astrology themselves.
What they, like all true scientists and believers were against are the pop-culture forms of astrology which they correctly saw as demeaning the great science of astrology and the excellent service it has rendered throughout humanity's history.
"Astrology is a science in itself and contains an
illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things
and I am greatly indebted to it.
reveals the power of the stars and planets in relation to
the terrestrial. In turn, astrology reinforces this power
to some extent. This is why Astrology is like a life giving
elixir to mankind."
The essence of Einstein's work is that the amount of energy contained in various light waves are directly related to the light's wavelengths. For example, blue light is more energetic than red. Einstein gave us a whole new perspective on gravity called General Relativity. Instead of viewing gravity as an attractive force between two objects (like Newton), he viewed it as a shape, as an astrologer would.
By treating space itself as a thing with shape that can be distorted in the vicinity of matter, Einstein gave astronomers a powerful tool for explaining extreme situations and effects, like black holes. The strange nature of time is explained in Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity.
So, just how is it that today's astronomers can mock astrology, roll their eyes, attack it, call it junk and a pseudo-science?
Just what is going on here?
Let’s get back to the Seasons.
It is an ancient calendar – used by Arab and Chinese cultures - mainly for religious purposes.
I am a mundane astrologer, so I use not only the planets, but also the fixed stars. I apply both tropical and sidereal horoscopic systems - called constellational astrology - in my natal horoscope readings and in my mundane work.
Here's what many astronomers will not tell you:
The Tropical and Sidereal zodiacs converged in the year 221 AD., and have been moving apart, at a rate of one-degree every 71.5 years since.
It is how the Earth spins on its own axis in reference to the Zodiac.
The tropical zodiac's retrograde movement, on the ecliptic, is known as the Precession of the Equinoxes.
So, tropical positions are converted to sidereal positions by doing basic math:
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This is done by adding the degree, minutes and seconds of what is called the Synetic Vernal Point (the 0-degree point of the Sidereal Zodiac) to tropical longitude and subtracting back by one zodiacal Sign.
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These two systems are used in western and eastern astrology and are well-known by professional astrologers. Vedic and Hindu astrologers apply the sidereal system. Western astrologers favor tropical techniques.
Both systems are valid.
But, I digress again.
This is something that any astronomer worth his or her expertise must know if they are to map the movements of the bodies of the celestial skies, don't you think?
Bet he said, "Happy New Year!"
This is the day of an equal day and night.
Days just before the Persian New Year - called Nowrūz - or "new light" and "new day" - people build small bonfires and jump over the flames to symbolize the changing of seasons and its rebirth.Nowrūz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the new year in the Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, the same time is celebrated in the Indian subcontinent as the true New Year.
The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals. Originally being a Zoroastrian festival, and the holiest day of them all, Nowruz is believed to have been invented by the mundane astrologer Zoroaster himself. Since the Achaemenid era the official year has begun with the New Day when the Sun leaves the zodiac of Pisces and enters the zodiacal sign of Aries, signifying the Spring Equinox. The Jewish festival of Purim is probably adopted from the Persian New Year. It is also a holy day for Sufis, Ismailis, Alawites, Alevis, and adherents of the Bahá'í faiths.
Effectively - it is the start of the new astrological year, or New Years' Day.
And he goes around telling us that Astrology is junk?
He would be wrong.
- mid-March - Aries
- mid-April - Taurus
- mid-May - Gemini
- mid-June - Cancer
- mid-July - Leo
- mid-August - Virgo
- mid-September - Libra
- mid-October - Scorpio
- mid-November - Sagittarius
- mid-December - Capricorn
- mid-January - Aquarius
- mid-February -Pisces
Astrologers interpret the mathematical variable movements of the planets among the stars and constellations and translate their influences and inclinations as depicted in horoscopes.
They want to control your mind and make you think that they know what they are talking about – when it is obvious that they don’t.
Let's get back to basics:
They base their predictive forecasts by their calculations, according to the astrophysical relationships of the Earth to the Sun, Moon, planets and stars which comprise the constellations of the Zodiac and that also correlate to the geophysical and metaphysical influences observed in our world over the centuries.
There is a mundane history of Ophiuchus, which we will now explore:
The Mundane Mystery Of Ophiuchus
It is said it was he who introduced medicine by astrology to humanity. Aesclepius' accomplishments included a diverse knowledge of advanced mundane astrology and medicine. The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine today and symbolizes Astrology as the origin of modern medicine.
Hippocrates, the Greek mundane astrologer and the 'Father of Western Medicine' said, "Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance," and he also said, “A physician without knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”
Asclepiusis is also symbolized as the constellation called Ophiuchus.
The body of the Scorpion that makes up what is called Scorpio lies mostly below the ecliptic - with its claws down - so that only a part of Scorpio actually touches the ecliptic.
As a result, the transiting Sun and other celestial bodies spend a short time transiting Scorpio.
The remainder of the time by transit is spent in Ophiuchus - altogether, planets spend slightly less than one-third of their time in Scorpio, but slightly more than two-thirds of transit time is spent in Ophiuchus.
The transits of planets traveling through these constellations goes like this: Libra, then Scorpio, then into Ophiuchus and then Sagittarius. Ophiuchus touches the constellations of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
The mystery behind the constellation of Ophiuchus is that it does not have any element associated with it, and its temperament is a mystery.
All the other zodiacal constellations have Latin names, but Ophiuchus is a Greek name.
Ophiuchus does not rule any House in astrology and has no planetary ruler. The name of its zodiacal sign would not be called Ophiuchus, but rather would be called "Serpentarius."
Let's explore this mysterious history of the Scorpion, Serpens and Ophiuchus in more detail since most people will not be aware of the history of Ophiuchus.
There is a much deeper spiritual meaning of this constellation as it is well-known among mundane astrologers. In fact, Isaac Newton himself was immersed in this particular mundane biblical lore.
[*Editor's Note - > I do understand that length is an issue, however, to combat the short-attention span of some, where all manner of error and falseness comes from, those who stay with this mundane discourse are bound to learn significant things about Ophiuchus.]
A Mundane Discourse on Ophiuchus
According to the collection of mystical astrological works by Bassenco's "Declaration of the Stars," we read ~
"Scorpio is the most maligned sign in the entire history of Astrology. And it fares no better when the stars are viewed as the Declaration of the Righteousness of God.
Historically, those born under the sign of Scorpio are said to be treacherous, deceptive, grudge bearers, thieves, murderers, rapists, assassins, torturers, implacable, and - yes - nearsighted.
While Scorpio does not hold the vast majority of murderers, serial killers, etc. in its scope, it is amazing that astrologers who keep statistics can pull out an amazing number of notorious villains who are born with the sun in Scorpio.
And even in recent history, a lot of catastrophes have occurred when planets in our solar system conjoin stars in Scorpio.
In later essays, I may have a chance to talk about what sun signs mean in terms of a Christian view of the stars, but I will say here in the early essays that the testimony of the heavens, when it is put down into birth charts that are read astrologically, is clear that every person is a depraved sinner.
It's as true for Libra as it is for Scorpio.
One of the first things that astounded me about natal astrology (which is the astrology of reading the birth chart), is that every chart shows the complete sinfulness of the person.
If there is anything true in natal astrology, human depravity is one thing that is true.
And the sinfulness that each chart shows gets quite specific in terms of which areas will be the greatest temptations for a person.
Secular astrologers usually try to get around this huge indictment by ignoring it or by talking about reincarnation: the "south node" that points to the expression of sin in the life is described as pointing to sins in a past life.
Well, natal charts don't show a past life. They show only the current life.
And everybody's got a South node, so Scorpios are not singled out as being any more depraved than anybody else.
And Scorpio, though much maligned and tied to venom, pain, and burning fire, is linked to judgment, wisdom, and insight.
After all, fire is the element that both consumes and yet enlightens when it is tamed. Even so pain: if it doesn't kill us, it makes us wiser.
In the Biblical account of Jacob blessing his sons, in which Jacob linked each son to a sign on the ecliptic, Dan was linked with Scorpio:
Banner of The Tribe of Dan
"Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that
biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward." (49:16-17)
Jacob's words were fulfilled in Samson, who came from the tribe of Dan.
Samson was quite able to settle disputes among his own people and he could read the mindset of the Philistines quite well. In spite of his failings, he was an able to judge.
Yet the tribe of Dan was also true to the warning that his tribe would bring about downfall.
His tribe struck at the vulnerable heel of the nation by bringing idolatry into it in a remote corner and setting up its own priesthood to a false god (Judges 13.)
In I Kings 12, Jeroboam realized the efficiency of this plan of a distant, rival priesthood, and he set up a golden calf in Dan, where there had already been a history of a minor priesthood set up, and the idolatry had become more or less accepted.
In Jeremiah 8, the prophet links Dan to the nation being judged, and the reference to the serpent and the adder (the scorpion, the "unsheathed stinger") is again pointed out, as the Babylonian armies came down through Dan.
So Jacob's words again were proved out (though not in the way one would hope), by judgment of the nation coming by way of Dan:
The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land
trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for
they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it;
the city, and those that dwell therein.
For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, [scorpions] "unsheathed
stingers"] among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they
shall bite you, saith the LORD. (8:16-17)
We see from the Scriptures that the Scorpion is linked with pain, stinging, falling, wisdom, and insight.
Astrologically, this would be a pretty accurate description of the sign of Scorpio.
Allen has pointed out that the long tail of Scorpio appears to be coming out of the dark section of the Milky Way, the section reckoned by the ancients as depicting hell and the underworld.
Remember, scorpions prefer dark holes and crevices as their hiding places, so in the heavens, it looks as though Scorpio has crawled out from the dark hole that leads down to the land of the dead and damned.
In the ancient languages Scorpio was called "The Seizer" and "The Stinger," interchangeably.
In cuneiform, the characters that represent it also mean "Double Sword," which calls to mind the Lord Jesus' warning that we must beware of those who can destroy the body and send the soul to hell, another trait of this creature that tries to pull the offering from the altar.
Remember, the Scorpion is associated with that which first seduces and then devours, a depiction of the ensnarement of the body and then the destruction of the soul.
Bullinger explains that the Hebrew word for this sign, Acrab, is used interchangeably for the word "war," and he points out that when David praises God for teaching his hands to war, David uses the word "Akrab."
This word, in fact, shows up nine times in the Old Testament as a word for warfare.
In Arab languages, the word for Scorpio means "wounding him who comes," and in Coptic languages, the word for this sign is also used for "oppression." [Bullinger].
One ancient author cited in Allen has commented that when Pharaoh at last released the Children of Israel, he did so because the death of the first born was linked in his pagan mind with the Scorpionic god that he worshiped as having been turned against him or enslaved by a more powerful God and used against him (probably Typhon, the Destroyer.)
Bible scholars have often commented that each of the ten curses on Egypt was designed to show that a particular god in their pantheon was powerless against the one true God.
In spite of its clear association with the Scorpion, this constellation is sometimes used interchangeably with the symbol of an eagle, and it is commonly accepted in astrology today that the eagle is another symbol for Scorpio.
More rarely, the goat is sometimes used for Scorpio. The only reason for this that I can find is that all three are linked together as signs that indicate mystery and matters of difficult understanding (i.e., "darkness" and "things that are dark.")
Dsubba and Jabbah and Acrab are all stars in the head of Scorpio, called "the crown of Scorpio," whose names all mean "the forbidden tree of life" or "the forbidden tree of knowledge," which indicate how this struggle all started.
It may indicate the reason that the Scorpion came crawling out of his hole, or else indicates his authority to drag people down into his hole.
We are all lawbreakers because of what our first Father and Mother did, and this is the crown that Scorpio wears, the authority he has to triumph in our death and destruction.
The brightest and best known star in Scorpio is Antares, the "heart of the Scorpion," for there it resides.
It is a red star and often confused for Mars by observers.
The Fixed Star, Antares
It has been called the "anti-Mars" and "the lieutenant of Mars." According to Bullinger, its name in Arabic means "the wounding."
In later references, it is directly named "The Heart of the Scorpion," because of its placement.
Bullinger observes that the name "Lesath" is also associated with this star. "Lesath" means "stinger," and is more popularly given for the star at the tip of Scorpio's tail.
And yet it is documented that several stars in Scorpio have at one time or another been called "Lesath," which makes me wonder if that overall descriptor of "Stinger" was not once more properly a name for the entire constellation in more languages than has been supposed.
In other languages less known, Antares has been given names that mean "Lust," "Rapine," and "Lightning."
On a more speculative note, Antares is known in Western, semi-Christian myths as the "watcher of the west," one of the signs of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, who are called to hold back the wrath of God from earth until those who believe are sealed unto God.
It is possible that in the context of the heavens as the representation of the heavenly army, Antares depicts a general, waiting for the day of wrath to be executed upon the enemies of God.
Bear in mind, that though the stars can be pulled together to show us pictures of evil, the stars are not evil.
The stars declare the righteousness of God, and the function of Antares is to point out the evil that is upon the earth and God's righteousness in bringing salvation and judgment.
Lesath and Shaula are two stars that form the sting of the Scorpion, right in the tip of the Scorpion's tail and Scorpio is often depicted as trying to sting the heel of Ophiuchus, who has placed his other heel firmly on Antares to crush out the Scorpion's life.
The presence of two stars in the sting may be the reason that Scorpio has been called "the Double-edged sword," because it was perceived that he carried two stings. This is noteworthy because of the danger he represents both to earthly life and to eternal life.
Other known star names in Scorpio refer to the Sting.
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The figure of a man, Ophiuchus (the snake bearer, or snake holder) stands above Scorpio with one foot firmly planted on Scorpio's heart - the star Antares.
While crushing Scorpio's heart, Ophiuchus is also wrestling with a serpent, the constellation Serpens.
It's impossible to consider one without the other, but both constellations are distinct from each other, and the stars in each are clearly delineated.
The emphasis of the Scorpio-related lunar mansions is not on the victory (though victory is implicit in the images), but on the struggle.
Here are depicted the labors of the Savior.
The Virgo mansions, or decans, set down the basic ideas of who would come.
Libra set down the ideas of the necessity and nature of his death, with a heavy emphasis on redemption.
Scorpio depicts what he had to accomplish. It was not enough just to die, or else the Savior could have died at birth. But his life was the accomplishment of righteousness.
In his life, He labored as the only Man who resisted temptation to the end.
He labored to set right the doctrinal wrongs that mankind had committed. He labored to demonstrate to mankind the love of God and the power of God to forgive as well as to heal.
He delivered us from demonic agents by the power of His Word.
Scorpio is about passion and mystery, and the lunar mansions show the passionate struggle of the Savior to overcome the darkest mysteries and the most powerful foes of mankind.
It's important to note that Ophiuchus is fighting two foes at once.
First, he is crushing the heart of the crowned Scorpion, while the Scorpion tries to sting him with its double-stinger tail.
The Scorpion is not the same entity as the Serpent, for the Scorpion has been granted some authority to come forth.
He wears a crown made of the first sin of mankind. He is allowed to kill and to drag us down to death, and he waits at the scales to devour the living with death.
But Ophiuchus defeats him just the same, even though Scorpio tries to sting Ophiuchus.
Ophiuchus strikes him with a heel in the heart, the seat of passion and mystery, the star called "wounding" - Antares - where the power of the Scorpion to mortally wound us lies.
Christ suffered one sting from the Scorpion. He died a physical death. But in allowing that sting to pierce Him, He became the Death of Death.
Paul wrote, "O Death, where is Thy sting? O Grave, where is Thy Victory?"
This is the testament in the heavens, that the mystery and power of the Scorpion are stopped by the heel of Ophiuchus.
Bullinger provides other star names for component stars in Ophiuchus, but he does not identify them or equate them with the catalog system of stars that we have today: He names one as "Saiph" which he says is in the foot, and means "bruised."
I can only assume that this is a reference to the theta star in the foot of Ophiuchus. He also documents stars named Triophas, "treading under foot"; Carnebus, "the wounding"; and Megeros, "contending".
The other struggle of Ophiuchus that is depicted is his wrestling with the snake that he holds.
Bullinger documents that in the most ancient of all zodiacs, the Denderah Zodiac, Ophiuchus is shown as a human figure with the head of a hawk and Ophiuchus is called Api-bau - "the chief who cometh."
The hawk was viewed as the mortal enemy of the snake. No high flying hawk could resist the sinuous motion of a snake that it espied and the hawk's aerial attack spelled death for any snake caught in its talons and beak.
So the victory here is implicit in the name given to the hawk-headed man, and there are hints of vigilance in this figure. Hawk-like, He is one who watches for any sign of the serpent.
But the struggle is just as real. In the Denderah zodiac, the snake is called Khu, "the ruled," or "the enemy."
But where Ophiuchus has tread upon the heart of Scorpion, which is the Scorpion's passionate power to mortally wound its prey, Ophiuchus has grasped the snake by the neck, right at the star Unukalhai, which means "Neck of the Serpent."
In Latin, this star has been called Cor Serpentis, the "heart of the Serpent," even though the star is too high to be the heart of such a creature.
But the meaning is that Ophiuchus has seized the Serpent by the source of its power, the center of what it is by nature.
One astrologer has observed, "The neck, rather than the head, is where a snake has its brain, its seat of knowledge." [attributed to Eric Morse.]
So even as Ophiuchus stamps out the power of death with his foot, he seizes the power of deception in his hand and crushes it.
For the serpent is the deceiver. And the power of the serpent is deception.
Sin gained dominion over us because Eve was deceived.
Satan is called the great Deceiver and the Father of Lies.
In the heavens, Ophiuchus seizes the serpent as the serpent is reaching to seize the crown depicted in Libra.
If Scorpio cannot seize the price of our redemption from the altar, then the Serpent will seize the glory of salvation, and make it unseemly and worthless, so that we are deceived.
But Ophiuchus prevents this.
And though I see that Christ defeated this serpent in His death and resurrection, yet also in His life, Christ labored to make us understand what glorifies the Father, what true righteousness is.
One field of battle for our Lord was simply to clear away the deceptions and self deceptions that had obscured the true glory of God from His own people.
Over the course of a day, Christ suffered and died for us. Over the course of three days, He rose again.
But over the course of a lifetime He corrected errors in doctrine and errors in practice and made us understand the nature and will of God the Father.
There is a truth that Christ defeated Satan all in a moment.
But in another sense, it was an ongoing process, a labor, of wrestling with ingrained deceptions that required our Lord to walk up and down among His people, healing them, teaching them, accepting them, personally delivering to them the message that God had forgiven them because they fearfully and humbly trusted in Him.
So Christ seized the "brain" of the serpent, the deceptive thinking that the serpent spread among man, and Christ defeated those deceptions and told us the truth.
In fact, Christ spent His earthly life being the Truth, so that we could see the Truth in action.
This was his labor as well.
I think this is why Ophiuchus is depicted in the midst of two struggles: because Christ had great tasks set before him, and His life was labor.
The brightest star in Ophiuchus, Ras al Hagus, means "the head of him who holds," [Bullinger.]
The star Sabik in the knee of Ophiuchus has been called "The Proceeding One" (as in one who gives chase to the serpent before it, another reference to his vigilance) or "The Driver," a name that harks back to Bootes in Virgo and that also points to the victory of Ophiuchus over the snake.
The Persian name for this star and another star nearby is "Serpent Tamer."
The brightest star in the Serpent is in the neck, as mentioned above. It is the star Unukalhai, the star depicting the source of the serpent's thinking and knowledge.
Scorpio, remember, seduces and can give earthly delights by his terrible claws, which he then uses to kill and devour his desired one.
But the serpent uses cunning, craft, and deception. Bullinger defined this star as Unuk, "the encompassing". According to him, the Hebrew name is Alyah, "the accursed."
The second brightest star, which he documents as Cheleb, or Chelbalrai, means "the serpent enfolding."
Modern astrologers have named a star in Ophiuchus as Cebalrai, "the heart of the Shepherd Dog".
Obviously there has been some confusion as to which star is named what, and the reasoning for this name being put right onto the nostril of Ophiuchus is that some Arabic astrologers saw a herd of dogs and a shepherd here.
But there are no real supports for this idea that I have yet found, and Bullinger's research was pristine, so I would vote for his point of view, that Chelbalrai, "the serpent enfolding" is the name originally affixed to a star in the Serpent, to indicate the struggle against Ophiuchus.
The stars in both Ophiuchus and the Serpent have long been equated with both poison and medicine in mundane astrology.
In Greek myth, Ophiuchus (also known as Aesculapius), born of a god and a human woman, is equated with being killed and resurrected, with having the medicinal power to prevent death and make man immortal.
He is directly linked to Chiron as one of Chiron's students. He fell under the wrath of Jupiter/Zeus and was killed, and yet later was glorified in the heavens by Jupiter.
So we see the tale of the corrupted Gospel in this mythical figure.
A long trail of medical discoveries and medical catastrophes have occurred when stars in either of these constellations have been conjoined by planets on our own ecliptic."
As you can see, there is a much deeper and spiritual meaning to this constellation of Ophiuchus.
A lot was left out when all this brouhaha came out about Ophiuchus and the 13th Sign, don't you think?
Such is the toe-deep surface mentality of our present era.
Let’s get back to the months of the year.
If this is so, then what is the 13th month?
Seems the astronomer Kunkle left that out.
If there is a 13th zodiacal sign then we must have a month. And what do we call that mysterious 13th month?
The month of Kunkle?
That is the Doctor’s job.
Here's some news: it's not.
The arguments against astrology have been longstanding, vigorous, and consistent over the years – while flooded with defects of logic, and ignorance, such as what we witnessed from the astronomer Mr. Kunkle up there in Minnesota.
Presented here is clear evidence of the roots of the continued wood-headed thinking about astrology as opposed to what the science actually is in reality and practice.
Astrologers say that the attacks of conventional astronomers are incited by their need to control people with their ideology, much like the lies of man-made global warming - exposed in Climategate.
The ancient world in the first and second centuries C.E. set the tone for the most fundamental objections of astrology by powers of the time, according to Edmond H. Wollmann, in his 2001 work, titled: ‘A Comparison and Refutation of The Historical Arguments Against Astrology.’
Here are quoted extracts of the famous mundane astrologer and Father of Astronomy, Claudius Ptolemy, who set the standard and tone to rebut these attacks by astronomers and their associated critics, in seeking to control society by attacking Astrology.
Stay with me here.
Cicero set this tone for arguments against astrology in "On The Nature of The Gods" and "Divination" when he writes:
"Let us now speak of the Chaldeans and of the phenomena whereby they foretell the future.
But let us have done with witnesses and apply our reason to the problem.
Those who accept the birthday calculations of the Chaldeans present their case somewhat as follows: in that constellation-studded belt which the Greeks call the Zodiac there dwells a certain force which is so puissant that each individual part of the belt controls and alters the heavens in its own particular way, according to the constellations which are in its section of the sky (or in contiguous sections) at any given time.
This force is affected in various ways by those stars which are called ‘planets’ or ‘wanderers.’ But when they have moved into that sign of the Zodiac under which some person is being born, or into a sign which bears some relation or affinity to it, then there comes into being what they term a ‘triangle’ or a ‘square.’
And since the rising and setting of the constellations produce endless varieties of weather and climate and since, further, the Sun works those wonders which we behold with our own eyes, these proponents of astrology believe that it is not merely a matter of probability, but of absolute certainty, that, just as the heat or coldness of the air is regulated and determined by this mysterious power, so children at birth are animated and molded by it, and that every human being has from it his mind, character, temperament, body, vocation, and fate."
Astronomers who attack astrology, but have not studied it further than your simple Sun-Sign pop-culture astrology, claim, as Parke Kunkle did that –
1. It is impossible to make precise observations of the heavens at the moment of birth (or conception)
2. People born at the same moment under the same constellation have different destinies.
3. People born neither at the same moment nor the same constellation die at the same time.
4. Animals too would be subject to the same fate as human beings born at the identical moment.
5. The diversity of races, customs, and creeds regardless of whether or not people were born at the same moment under the same constellation, is incompatible with astrological tenets.
But the astronomer Claudius Ptolemy – The Father of Astronomy, mind you - who knew the extreme ignorance of the average person with regard to astrological application - reinforced the direct link between astronomy and astrology.
Ptolemy explained, in great detail through his application and delineation of astrological mathematics in his famous book "Tetrabiblos" (four books) - with all that was needed to refute all the attacks by astronomers against Astrology.
Here, Claudius Ptolemy answers with the authority of a master astrologer.
He introduces, from the very start, the complexity of Astrology, which he says escapes the cognition of most people – especially conventional astronomers - by the forces of powerfully delineated astrological techniques.
Ptolemy states –
“The studies preliminary to Astrological prognostication are Two:
The first - alike in order and in power, leads to the knowledge of the figurations of the Sun, the Moon, the stars and of their relative aspects to each other and to the earth.
The other - takes into consideration the changes which their aspects create, by means of their natural properties, in objects under their influence.
It is, however, a common practice with the vulgar (the ignorant) to slander everything which is difficult of attainment.
And surely, they who condemn the first of these two studies must be considered totally blind, whatever arguments may be produced in support of those who impugn the second.
There are also persons who imagine that whatever they themselves have not been able to acquire, that then it must be utterly beyond the reach of all others' understanding.
While others again will consider as useless any science of which (although they may have been often instructed in it) they have failed to preserve the recollection, owing to its difficulty of retention.”
Ptolemy also argues that any flaws are the effects of the incompetency of anyone doing astrological delineations rather than practicing the true science itself.
This is a powerful and accurate assertion included here - which must be overcome by all opponents of astrology.
Ptolemy, the Father of Astronomy, goes on -
"Since it is thus clearly practicable, by an accurate knowledge of the points above enumerated, to make predictions concerning the proper quality of the seasons, there also seems no impediment to the formation of similar prognostication concerning the destiny and disposition of every human being.
For by the constitution of the Ambient, even at the time of any individual's primary conformation, the general quality of that individual's temperament may be perceived; and the corporeal shape and mental capacity with which the person will be endowed at birth may be pronounced.
As well as the favorable and unfavorable events indicated by the state of the Ambient and liable to attend the individual at certain future periods.
Since, for instance, an event dependent on one disposition of the Ambient will be advantageous to a particular temperament.
And that resulting from another, unfavorable and injurious.
From these circumstances, and others of similar import, the possibility of pre-science is certainly evident.
There are, however, some plausible assailants of this doctrine, whose attacks although greatly misapplied seem yet worthy of the following observations:
In the first place, the science of Astrology demands the greatest study, and a constant attention to a multitude of different points.
And, as all persons who are but imperfectly practiced in it must necessarily commit frequent mistakes, it has been supposed that even such events as have been truly predicted have taken place by chance only and not from any operative cause in nature.
But, it should be remembered, that these mistakes arise, not from any deficiency or want of power in the astrological science itself, but from the incompetency of unqualified persons who pretend to exercise it.
And besides this, the majority of persons who set themselves up as professors of this science, avail themselves of its name and credit for the sake of passing off some other mode of divination.
By that means defrauding the ignorant and pretending to foretell many things which from their nature cannot possibly be foreknown; and consequently affording opportunities to more intelligent people to impugn the value even of such predictions as can rationally be made.”
The practicing professional astrologer can easily sympathize with Ptolemy’s view because it is a logical analysis of the facts of astrological application.
Ptolemy's logic is immaculate.
Wollmann says that:
“Propaganda regarding astrology has been and continues to be, so extreme to this day, that astrological factual histories and contributions to the whole of human existence are excluded from academic considerations two millennia later - despite the evidence of astrology's powerful connection as foundation on the whole of modern society.
Ptolemy clearly serves with foresight with the production of ‘Tetrabiblos,’ because he argues from the perspective of physics in his time and hence avoids the oracular divinations of the Chaldeans that propose being born under such and such a star alone indicates such and such a destiny.
He therefore raises the bar in the study of Astrology to the level of physics - complete with mathematical complexity and variables of astronomic motion and effects on the Earth and all life - to challenge the best of his times.
Like astrologers in our day, Claudius Ptolemy kept the valid and powerful science and art of Astrology alive and where it belongs - in the hands of the wise and insightful true skeptics who are unaffected by defective and fallacious propagandists seeking only to control the rubes."
Need any more be said of Parke Kunkle and the astronomers who attack astrology without the knowledge, talent and skills to perform the complex tasks and services of astrologers today?
So, like the little old lady with the keen eyes - to the astronomer who caused this travesty about Ophiuchus, and those who spread their ignorance of the signs of the Zodiac - I ask:
'The Year Of The Rabbit'
Some will find that the trends observed over the previous year of 2010 will continue unabated into 2011, while others may be surprised at the coming events of 2011 which point us towards the trends of the near future.
I remind those who follow astrological time that the year of 2010 will extend to the vernal equinox of mid-March 2011, this is the true start of the new astrological year.
Those who read Global Astrology know I considered 2010 to be an historic year, which the events of the year have proven to be.
The year of the first phase of the Cardinal Crisis will continue into the early years of the Twenty-Tens.
In this edition of Global Astrology, we explore what some of the transits of 2011 has to offer in these changing and challenging times.
We examine the climate and weather with a view of Australia's massive floods, La Niña and my astrometeorological forecast for Winter/Spring 2011.
In the midst of this world crisis we inquire about Jobs, The Economy and Legacy of The Baby Boomers.
We read the insights of writer Chris Hedges in our times, we further explore our present times in 2011: A Brave New Dystopia?
I live the life of an astronomer. A stargazer over the years, I've braved sub-zero temperatures on long nights to view and calculate the planets in their rapid motions.
During these observations, my mind often leads me to make forecasts, according to the positions of the celestial bodies relative to the Earth.
I observe the Sun carefully every day. The feeling ... of calculating the future is like this, my life as a mundane astrologer...
Twenty-Eleven is the Year of the Rabbit. This precedes the year of 2012, which will be the Year of the Dragon.
It is a symbol of endurance, fortune, luck, keen instincts and of rapid opportunities in Chinese mystical culture.
These cycles are those of Jupiter (every 11-12 years) and symbolize how Jupiter's transits can influence those born during particular years as it transits around the Zodiac.
Jupiter will be active in 2011 and marks that a new 12-year cycle is at hand. Let's take a look at some of the planetary forces in play during the new year.
The second planet, strong in fame.
Archer and Fishes, which golden shine.
Much good will surely come your way.
Weaker, in the Goat, I sigh.
In twelve long years accomplished."
Dragon's Head & Tail
Sagittarius and Gemini
By Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.S
We now look at the world's climate with my astrometeorological overview of Australia's Floods in the southern hemisphere, La Niña, and Winter/Spring 2011 in the northern hemisphere.
Australia's Floods, Scheat & La Niña's Deep Freeze
By Theodore White, astrometeorologist.S
As you read this, say if you are in eastern regions of the United States, you may be surprised to be experiencing warmer temperatures, with rain, even fog, coming after the Christmas 2010 Blizzard which dumped over two-feet of snow across the northeastern U.S.
So, during January 2011, you may be perplexed as to the extremes between the cold and warmer temperatures going into early winter 2011.
Try not to be perplexed by the ranges of the cold of outer space; the solar, lunar and planetary transits. These are the causes of our climate and weather.
Transits show that into early January, a major shift in the jet stream will clear out the cold air in two-thirds of United States, but briefly. Arctic air is on the way this winter with more snow and freezing rains.
This shift of the jet stream will drive colder air south into the Colorado Rockies and Texas, as well as into the southwestern and western U.S., including California, now feeling the impact of La Nina. But in early January, warmer air will flood northward into parts of the eastern U.S.
However, expect polar air to stick around for a while, stretching from the High Plains states into the Rockies and southward, straight into Texas. Be prepared to experience some of the coldest temperatures in 22 years.
The arctic temperatures will feature unusual levels of precipitation over the winter and spring months, from the west and south, that produce freezing rains and ice storms into the Midwestern, Southeastern and Eastern states.
Regions which have had heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions, as a result of deep snow cover left behind from December's weather, will experience snow melt in the first week of January 2011 as temperatures briefly warm up into the mid-to-late 40 degree Fahrenheit range and higher, into the mid-50s.
Expect urban flooding from piled snow and be aware of black ice on the roads late at night.
In the U.S., warmer temperatures will stretch from the Southern Plains and fill in with warmer air towards the northeastern U.S. with high pressure.
I expect January's warm temperatures to extensive enough that the next storms to come for the Midwest, South and Northeastern U.S. will bring mixed rain/snow events.
However, this brief break in January, along with the extremes of weather and temperatures, are simply a brief respite from the true winter that is just ahead.
Prepare for a deep freeze: featuring ice storms, heavy snows, along with frigid arctic temperatures in January, February, March and April.
According to my calculations, the months from February through April constitute the full strength of Winter 2011 and the peak of La Nina.
It is advised to expect an extreme winter season that will constitute those three months: a deep freeze, with heavy snows, gusting winds, and ice storms.
Astrometeorology is the science of forecasting climate and weather by astronomic means.
The first application of astrology was concerned with the cultivation and production of food and the forecasting of the weather and climate. Astrologers were the inventors of what is called meteorology.
Our world's weather and its climate is caused by the motion and condition of the Sun and the modulating influences of the Moon and the planets.
I read these transits and determine by their configurations relative to the Earth, what the world's weather and its long-range climate will be like in the future.
For several years I have forecasted that the world's climate would be entering a state of transition and called it "extremes of weather."
These extremes are signs of a climate transition from solar-forced global warming to that of global cooling.
We are in the 30th year of a overall 36-year cycle of global warming, which began in 1980-81.
Global cooling is coming, according to my long-range calculations. It will arrive by the year 2017 and last 36-years until the year 2052.
Until 2017, we have six years to go of solar-forced global warming. I expect warmer temperatures to return which will complete this last phase of a cycle that began in 1980-81.
However, the cold anomalies we've witnessed in the climate since 2005 are signs of a larger, more significant global cooling to come in the 2020s, 2030s and 2040s.
What we are witnessing with these cold climate events along with extreme ranges of temperatures along with the heavier than normal rains is a global transition cycle - that takes years to complete - it is underway.
Back in 2006, I forecasted the world would experience the onset of El Nino in late 2009 to 2010 to be followed by La Nina, a cooling of the Pacific Ocean's equatorial waters - affecting the climate of half the planet.
The events of December 2010 is a harbinger of the colder-than-normal temperatures and strong storms in the northern hemisphere.
It is my forecast that the winter and spring seasons of 2011 will feature colder and wetter conditions along with coming polar air.
During the month of January, do not be dissuaded by sometimes warmer than average temperatures.
The strength of winter, believe it or not, will not compare to the climate events of February, March and April 2011.
The winter and spring months of 2011 will be notable for a much colder and wetter climate conditions, which will give way to months of cooler-than-average temperatures lasting through spring and into early summer.
I forecasted 2010 would be a year of major weather and climate events, according to my astrometeorological calculations.
The major planetary aspect which causes floods on this scale is the conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus to the fixed star Scheat, in the constellation Pegasus, which I highlighted in 2009 and 2010 on Global Astrology.
For years, I have been concerned about this major planetary conjunction of Jupiter-Uranus taking place near Scheat, which causes environmental disasters associated with the water and the air.
There have been major floods in 2010, which I called the Year Of The Flood in my climate forecasts. We have seen huge floods in countries such as China, India and Pakistan, as well as floods in various regions of Europe and the United States.
We've also seen recently witnessed mass die-offs of various species of fish and birds around the world under these stellar influences.
Jupiter and Uranus have been within close orb of Scheat in 2010, and both planets, now moving direct, are forming a tighter exact conjunction to this fixed star between January and March 2011.
Jupiter will race by the last degree of Pisces in 2011, however transiting Uranus will hover around the 0-Aries point, and remain in conjunction to Scheat throughout 2011.
In mundane astrology, the star Scheat, at the last degree of tropical Pisces, is well known to be associated with major storms and floods that result in mass destruction and death by drowning.
I was not the only astrologer to have concerns about the role of this deadly fixed star.
Nearly one year ago, in January 2010, astrologer Jamie Funk of Darkstar Astrology wrote of the astrological history and extreme dangers associated with Scheat. It is a well-written piece for anyone who would like to learn more about the association of fixed stars and planets by major aspect in mundane astrology.
This double planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus to Scheat has been the most pressing worry when it came to my astrometeorological forecasts - especially concerning world flood events - that along with the presence of La Niña, will continue to extend its destructive power into 2011.
For more evidence of this, please consider...
By John Pye & Kristen Gelineau
January 12, 2011 -- BRISBANE, Australia - Deadly flood waters that have cut a swath across northeastern Australia flowed onto the streets of the nation's third-largest city, forcing people to flee suburbs and skyscrapers as rescuers elsewhere searched for 67 people still missing.
Almost 20,000 homes in Brisbane were expected to be swamped in the city of about 2 million by the time the Brisbane River reaches its expected peak January 13, 2010, Mayor Campbell Newman said.
The figures were constantly being revised as the threat became clearer - and it was getting consistently worse.
See -> video of crisis in Queensland.
At least 22 people have died in Australia's northeastern state of Queensland since drenching rains that began in November 2010 sent swollen rivers spilling over their banks, inundating an area larger than France and Germany combined.
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The crisis escalated when a violent storm sent a 26-foot (eight meter), fast-moving torrent — described as an "inland instant tusnami" - crashing through the city of Toowoomba and smaller towns to the west of Brisbane on Monday.
Twelve people were killed in that flash flood, and 67 remain missing.
Emergency sirens wailed throughout Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon. Boats torn from their moorings floated down the rising river along with massive amounts of debris.
A popular waterside restaurant's pontoon was swept away by the current and floated downstream.
Some streets and riverside parks were covered with water, though no major flooding was reported early Wednesday.
A man is awe-struck as he looks at debris floating down a flooded street in the inner Brisbane suburb of West End January 12, 2011.
Two evacuation centers have been established in the city and Newman said up to 6,500 were expected to use them in coming days.
Officials have urged anyone in a growing list of low-lying suburbs to prepare their homes, then get out to stay with friends and family and keep off the streets.
"This incident is not a tourist event - this is a deeply serious natural disaster," Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said. "Stay in your homes. Do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary."
The Brisbane River broke its banks on Tuesday and was continuing its rise Wednesday - partly controlled by a huge dam upstream that has had its floodgates opened because it is brimming after weeks of rain across the state.
Water levels were expected to stay at peak levels until at least Saturday, but many people won't be able to access their homes for several days beyond that, Bligh said.
Some residents waited in line for up to four hours Tuesday to get sandbags being handed out at emergency services depots.
An aerial view photo of Brisbane taken on Jan. 11, 2011. Forecasts show 6,500 properties will be flooded in the Australian city of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland.
credit: Fu Chengwei/Xinhua
Supermarket shelves were emptied of bottled water, milk and batteries.
Energex, the city's main power company, said it would switch off electricity to some parts of the city starting Wednesday as a precaution against electrocution.
Almost 70,000 homes were without power across Queensland by Wednesday afternoon, Bligh said.
"I know that this is going to be very difficult for people," Bligh said.
"Can I just stress: Electricity and water do not mix. We would have catastrophic situations if we didn't shut down power."
See Australian Floods -> Interactive Map.
Darren Marchant spent all day Tuesday moving furniture and other household goods to the top floor of his home, near the river in the low-lying Brisbane suburb of Yeronga, which is expected to be inundated.
His wife and four children left to stay with relatives after police came and asked everyone on their street to evacuate.
Marchant and two neighbors watched in awe as dozens of expensive boats and pontoons drifted past.
"We were watching all kinds of debris floating down the river - one of the (neighbor's) pontoons just floated off," he said Wednesday. "It was amazing."
For weeks, the flooding had been a slow-motion disaster, devastating wide swaths of farmland and small towns and virtually shutting down the state's vital coal industry.
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On Monday, the crisis took a sudden, violent turn, with a cloudburst sending a raging torrent down the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane.
Houses were washed from their foundations and cars tossed about like bath toys in what Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson described as "an inland instant tsunami."
Hundreds had to be rescued by helicopter Tuesday and helicopters and other emergency vehicles were moving into the worst-hit parts of the valley on Wednesday.
Bligh warned that the death toll would likely rise as rescue officials gained access to the devastated areas.
Relentless rains that have been pounding the region cleared Wednesday, but Bligh said while the break in the weather would help rescue officials, it would have no impact on the flood threat to Brisbane.
"We can take no comfort from that blue sky," Bligh said. "The water and the rain have already done their damage - they are in the catchment, and they are on their way down the river system."
The city of Ipswich, home to about 15,000 people, was swamped Wednesday by the water heading Brisbane's way.
By the afternoon, 3,000 properties had been inundated, and 1,100 people had fled to evacuation centers, Mayor Paul Pisasale said. Water levels there were expected to hit their peak later Wednesday.
In Brisbane, the river is expected to crest Thursday at levels higher than those of a devastating 1974 flood, though the damage is expected to be less because that flood struck with little warning.
The mayor urged people to stay away from downtown, and most office towers stood virtually empty Wednesday.
"This is a truly dire set of circumstances," Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Steph Stewardson, a graphic designer, said there was an exodus from a downtown area around lunchtime Tuesday with people streaming out of skyscrapers as the river broke its banks.
Stewardson, 40, hopped in her car and crossed the swollen river to collect her dog Boo from daycare while waters started covering the boardwalk stretching along its banks.
Stewardson took shelter in her house and plans to stay there - for now.
"I'm about 800 meters (half a mile) from the river on a hill, so I think it's going to be OK," she told The Associated Press.
Bligh said last week the cost of the floods could be as high as $5 billion, the latest figure available.
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The floods have also reached the bordering state of New South Wales, with about 4,500 people stranded, though the situation was not yet as dire as in Queensland.
New South Wales is Australia's most populated state and contains its biggest city, Sydney.
Four children, including a toddler torn from his mother's arms by a killer current, are among 10 people confirmed drowned in flood waters.
Floodwaters on Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
By Natasha Bita, Lauren Wilson & Milanda Rout
January 12, 2010 -- Authorities are warning that the death toll will at least double today, as police and rescue workers continue searching wrecked cars, flooded houses and raging creeks in the aftermath of the deadly "inland tsunami."
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh last night said grave concerns were held for 15 people. "We do need to brace ourselves for a significant death toll here, and there are a number of children involved," she said.
Brisbane Valley Highway near Fernvale.
"Keep your children away from parks, gutters and drains, and keep your older children from playing in water."
The identified victims include Steven and Sandra Matthews, who died saving the lives of their daughter Victoria, 15, and son Sam, 20, by pushing them into a manhole in the ceiling of their home at Murphys Creek.
Police have found the bodies of a girl, a boy, a woman in her 30s and an elderly woman at Grantham.
These two images at the same location were taken exactly 24 hours apart (10.30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 & Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011) looking from the southern side of the Mary River at Lamington Bridge on Gympie Rd, Maryborough. The water level rise in a single day is amazing.
photo: Alan Betteridge
A woman in her 40s and a boy were found drowned in a car at Toowoomba, and an unidentified person was found at Gatton.
A three-year-old boy drowned at Ipswich, after flood waters pulled him from his mother's arms.
Worried relatives used the internet yesterday to seek news of loved ones.
Exhausted, 13-year-old Taylah Scott takes a break from cleaning atop the ruins from her house on Kidd Street, Emerald, after record flooding.
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A Toowoomba flood information page, established on Monday on the social networking site Facebook, was inundated yesterday with posts by friends and relatives seeking information about family members and friends who had not been heard from since the wall of water ripped through the town on Monday.
Those seeking news included family friend Liza Bateman, who said 21-year-old John Ellis had not been heard from since midday on Monday when he was at the corner store at Murphys Creek.
Ms Bateman said his family was desperately concerned for him.
Trish O'Brien used the social networking site to express her concerns about her son John Nicholson, his wife, Rebecca Xanthopoulos, and their baby daughter, Sierra, whom she had not managed to contact since floods ripped through Toowoomba.
She told The Australian last night she was awaiting word from her son and extremely worried.
While photos of other missing people were posted by friends, their families could not be reached last night to confirm whether they were still missing.
A flood gauge measures the rising flood waters on the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, Australia
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday warned people nervously awaiting news, that the nation needed to "brace itself" for a death toll that was likely to rise.
"To those people who are bereaved, to those who are waiting for news of their loved ones, I want to say to them, as Prime Minister my thoughts and my sympathies are with you; the thoughts and sympathies of all Australians are with you in these dreadful and difficult circumstances," she said.
The Facebook press office did not respond to questions from The Australian about reports that the memorial site for Toowoomba flood victims had been vandalized by "trolls" uploading pornography.
I urge everyone reading this to be of any assistance they can to our Australian mates now fighting for survival in yet another region of the world struck by La Niña's heavy rains and mammoth floods.
The end-of-year 2010 reports have confirmed my earlier long-range climate forecasts with a long list of events, including great floods.
Record smog in Russia
Ecuador Volcano escape
New York City had a rare tornado and a nearly 2-pound hailstone that was 8 inches in diameter fell in South Dakota in July to set a U.S. record. The storm that produced it was one of seven declared disasters for that state this year.
Winter/Spring 2011: A Colder & Wetter Climate
The climate. It is something that affects us all. Back in 2006, when I forecasted a La Nina would follow an El Nino going into 2011, it was difficult for conventional forecasters to believe it was true.
Yet, the Sun, which entered Solar Cycle #24 in December 2008, has remained in minimum for sunspots.
I expect this condition to change in the second half of 2011 going into 2012 with new solar activity, featuring a wake-up call for the world when it comes to the immensely powerful magnetic energies of the Sun.
Going into the end of the decade of the 2000s, the astronomic transits I've calculated clearly showed a El Nino/La Nina climate phase would dominate the period of 2010 and 2011.
We have now entered the second phase - a cool and wet La Nina cycle, which I expect to last for nine (9) months overall, to about mid-August 2011.
I expect temperatures to be quite cold, with any precipitation coming in the form of heavy snows and ice storms.
Be prepared. Use January to gather your emergency supplies. If you think winter has done its worst in December 2010, you haven't seen anything yet.
I recommend caution during the winter and spring 2011 seasons, as I expect colder-than-normal temperatures to worsen and last through spring in the northern hemisphere.
Accordingly, I expected colder than average temperatures featuring wetter storms that bring heavy snowfall and ice storms in the northern hemisphere. I've issued a long-range weather warning for the Winter/Spring 2011 seasons for the northern hemisphere.
This cooling of the Pacific going into Winter 2011 feature colder than average temperatures and wetter storms that would impact both the northern and Southern hemisphere.
This has occurred during the spring season in the southern hemisphere, which has been cooler than normal with snow falling in regions looking forward to the start of summer.
As the December 2010 Northeastern U.S. blizzard was taking place, all of northeastern Australia was being evacuated, in what many call "biblical floods."
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, "Australia had its wettest September-to-November spring on record." In addition to the flooding of crops, the storms have impacted grain harvesting and coal production.
Meanwhile, Domodedovo Airport, the largest airport in Moscow, Russia suffered a power outage in late December 2010 due to the heavy snow storm the area suffered.
Sheremetyevo Airport, another nearby jet way was suffering from dozens of delays and cancellations because of icy rains, which left over 600 passengers stranded.
In the northern hemisphere, the western coast of the United States experiences heavy rains and cooler temperatures bringing with it flooding, mudslides and heavy snows in the Southwestern U.S., where shocked residents in Phoenix, Arizona saw snow.
The eastern third of the United States recently experienced a blizzard over the Christmas holidays, effectively shutting down traffic across the northeastern U.S.
In Europe, colder than normal temperatures also shut down international travel with heavy snows. In Russia, rains turned the streets into ice as travel was limited there.
What all of this shows is the onset of La Nina and the combined influences of planetary transits that cause polar air variations and flows across the planet.
In the northern hemisphere, this means a much colder than normal winter season which has been my forecast for this time period for years.
My calculations show that La Nina will last about nine (9) to ten (10) months.
This strong La Nina, with its colder, wetter climate, will feature gusting winds, arctic temperatures, heavy snows and ice storms between the months of February, March and April 2011 - which I consider to be months of true winter this year.
Get ready to battle ice - as a result of the colder temperatures and heavy precipitation, I urge those reading this to make preparations for very cold temperatures and ice storms which are very dangerous in urban settings.
Extra sources of energy will be needed for power outages, so the month of January gives you time to purchase power generators for blackouts caused by the fierce winter storms, especially ice storms.
Expect the colder temperatures to persist through the months of May, June and July for most of North America until warmer weather finally sets in fully by the month of August.
Because of the cooler-than-normal temperatures, winter will extend into the spring months of 2011, so we may have a "missed spring" season, due to the inclinations of the planets and the condition of the Sun.
Stay safe out there.
The difference between those who say "two-thousand and eleven" from those who simply say "Twenty-eleven" depicts the difference between those looking backward from those who choose to look forward.
As we enter the year 2011 it is estimated that in the United States alone, somewhere between 8-15 million jobs were lost in the last three years.
People ask me why I am so down on the Baby Boomer generation.
I always answer the same: "Because my eyes are open."
Pallets of stacks and stacks and stacks of Benjamins - $100 USDbills- sitting in Iraq
It has been a total recipe - for disaster.
It comes just as the new world transits of 2011 brings the end of the road for the Baby Boomers as ruling establishment since 1993.
How the Baby Boomer generation will come to terms with the wholly negative impact on the world during their time as establishment I do not know.
As this aging generation enters its final year of 2010-11 as establishment, society will have to undergo a radical transformation in order to get people - working again.
That will not be done with the Baby Boomer generation in charge. We've been there - done that.
Generally, after March 2011, world transits indicate a shift towards the new establishment of Generation X.
This large generation, born 1961-75, is the key towards returning the world economy back to health, as well as managing it through the next two decades.
The entry of Jupiter in tropical Aries starts a new 12-year cycle. Jupiter's opposition to Saturn in Libra in 2011 marks the end of the 1990s-style of management and the beginning of new global leadership for the 21st century.
The years between 2011-2014 continue this theme of transitions that has been ongoing since the late 2000s. However, this time, the transition is truly generational - on a larger scale.
Both Jupiter and Uranus have been transiting in the late degrees of tropical Pisces. A major transit denoting significant and historical changes at hand. We have seen this reflected in the world events of 2010.
Beginning in January 2011 and continuing through March and April 2011, both planets will enter tropical Aries, a point on the zodiac signifying new starts.
During the spring months of the northern hemisphere most of the planets, excepting Saturn in tropical Libra, will transit the southern hemisphere, but will emerge into Aries, opposing Saturn, and transiting in tropical Aries, a sign known for new beginnings.
This particular March and April asks us to be patient, not impulsive, and mindful of the longer-term future while not ignoring the needs of the present.
Mundane transits confirm that we are now in a global generational transition between that which has outworn itself for the times, and that which is new.
The passage of the Baby Boomer generation into their elderly years will give way to fresh opportunities that are exciting and rewarding for those who prepare and look ahead.
This means adapting to the near-term while preparing for the future. The new establishment of Generation X arrives at a time in history where their nativities show they are clearly needed.
World transits clearly points us to the fact that as one generation ages and leaves as establishment, that this new generation enters to not simply clean up the mess left behind, but will also be asked to forge positive healthy visions to lead into the future.
That future is nearly here now.
It will fall on the shoulders of Generation X to return common sense, sanity and stability in this new era.
For those who would look for positive ways to progress into this new decade, consider:
Our Noble Generation?
By Tim Daniel
A Noble Generation is one that first ensures our survival and then secures a better future for us all, not just for themselves.
That means it must be fearless and highly skilled. It must be realistic and adaptive.
It must be able and willing to break the old rules and run sequential experiments until new rules emerge from the confusion.
It must be tough enough to overcome the flack it catches for doing this.
Then it must be willing and able to build new, thriving endeavors around those new rules and successfully engage the rest of us in those endeavors.
A Noble Generation must be realistic, creative and social.
Generation X is a perfect match for such a daunting assignment.
Generation X, born between 1961 and 1981, is our “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Generation.
They were mocked and put down as being somehow flawed. They have been overlooked and under-studied by marketers and politicians.
There isn’t a lot of money to be made or elections to be won by understanding and responding to their concerns.
But now a dark and stormy night is upon us. We need precisely the set of traits that gave this generation a bad name in their youth. They are destined get us safely through this Night.
They have the right stuff:
Warren Buffet says the only real security lies in your own skills and in the collective skills of organizations you belong to or support in some way.
Generation X gets this hard truth in their bones.
Generation X, 1977
Their life experiences taught them they could trust no one but themselves and the few collective endeavors they have personally experienced as legitimate.
They were the most aborted generation in history. They grew up in the highest percentage of divorced homes to date in history. During their childhoods the percentage of kids left alone after school went from 20% to 47%.
It turned out to be a lifetime theme. They were left alone to figure it out on their own because their early boomer parents, teachers, coaches, clergy and politicians were incredibly self-absorbed and self-serving.
They sold Generation X all sorts of stuff that turned out to be harmful.
So how did they respond? Xers realized right away that what is being sold all too often benefits the seller at the buyer’s expense.
They realized the rules they were taught benefit the rule-makers more than the rule-followers.
The authority figures who failed them always used lofty words and intricate processes.
So Xers learned to value the results of the idea over the process used to get there, the tangible impact on real people over its ideological purity or pedigree.
They developed incredibly accurate “b.s. meters.” They cultivated an uncanny ability to cut through the crap and look for whatever really works – and will keep working; not just for the individual but for the whole.
So like all great generations - they embody some big paradoxes. Big paradoxes tear less hardy generations apart.
Noble generations wrestle with the paradoxes and come out the other end with stunning, original, creative breakthroughs.
Here are three of the paradoxes that have shaped this remarkable generation:
First, they are very self-reliant and independent, but they are equally motivated to figure out what actually works to create the kind of community that was not there for them when they needed it most.
Here’s what has worked for them so far: They are pragmatic, quick and sharp-eyed. They cherry-pick what works out of any system and leave the rest.
They are able to step outside themselves enough to learn how the game is really played, rather than ranting that there is a game being played at all, something they rarely saw their boomer elders do.
As a result they are the most street-smart generation we have had in a long time. They are resourceful and adaptive by necessity.
There was no welcome mat set out for them economically, so they became problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs, creating their own careers by their own rules.
Second, as forward looking as they are - they have a living link to our most noble traditions. They use the best of the past to inform their visions of the future, while not simply trying to re-capture the past.
They are the last generation who know what a book is for and how to read one. They know you don’t read a great book, a great book reads you.
It’s not how many books you’ve gotten through – it’s how many books have gotten through you and changed you.
Gen X, Brooklyn, 1975
They were the last generation who were told – “come home before the street lights come on.” Which meant two things: 1) Self-guided play, outdoors, without a screen and 2) you can trust the neighbors.
Gen X - 1975
Third, they have been let down by almost every authority they have trusted, yet they still believe in the need for legitimate authority.
Slowly they are realizing the one authority that won’t ever go away, one that can teach them whatever they need to know is – nature.
In nature they see themselves – realistic, unending adaptation to an uncaring but wonderful world, producing new things that are at once beautiful, durable and useful.
They know what it feels like to be uncared for.
Now they look at the future and are worried.
This feels familiar. The future is currently being uncared for by the very same people who didn’t care for them, the people currently in charge.
But this time they are not powerless. Far from it.
They have never just sat passively on the sidelines. They are doers. They take initiative and responsibility. They will do it again.
They will step up, mimic nature and show the rest of us how it’s done.
They are here, already among us, just in time, hiding in plain sight.
Gen X, 1976
Find them. Listen to them. Follow their funny-looking noses. I promise you – they will lead us to a new golden age.
The Cardinal Crisis:
A Brave New Dystopia?
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover to escort a young pregnant woman to safety out of the country as quickly as possible. In a thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for.
By Chris Hedges
The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s "1984" and Aldous Huxley’s "Brave New World."
The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right.
Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control?
Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression?
It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right.
Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement.
Orwell saw the second.
We have been gradually dis-empowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement.
While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished.
Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from "Brave New World" to "1984."
The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy.
It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy.
We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions, to one where we are overtly controlled.
Orwell warned of a world where books were banned.
Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books.
Orwell warned of a state of permanent war and fear.
Huxley warned of a culture diverted by mindless pleasure.
Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished.
Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information.
Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell.
Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement.
Orwell understood the enslavement.
Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew, that unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse.
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake," Orwell wrote in "1984." "We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.
What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing.
All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives.
They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.
We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means - it is an end.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term "inverted totalitarianism" in his book "Democracy Incorporated" to describe our political system.
It is a term that would make sense to Huxley.
In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise and abundance of a consumer society.
Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered.
The corporation state, hiding behind the smokescreen of the public relations industry, the entertainment industry and the tawdry materialism of a consumer society, devours us from the inside out.
It owes no allegiance to us or the nation. It feasts upon our carcass.
The corporate state does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader. It is defined by the anonymity and facelessness of the corporation.
Corporations, who hire attractive spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education and mass communication. They control the messages in movies and television.
And, as in "Brave New World," they use these tools of communication to bolster tyranny.
Our systems of mass communication, as Wolin writes, "block out, eliminate whatever might introduce qualification, ambiguity, or dialogue, anything that might weaken or complicate the holistic force of their creation, to its total impression."
The result is a monochromatic system of information.
Celebrity courtiers, masquerading as journalists, experts and specialists, identify our problems and patiently explain the parameters.
All those who argue outside the imposed parameters are dismissed as irrelevant cranks, extremists or members of a radical left. Prescient social critics, from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky, are banished.
Acceptable opinions have a range of A to B. The culture, under the tutelage of these corporate courtiers, becomes, as Huxley noted, a world of cheerful conformity, as well as an endless and finally fatal optimism.
We busy ourselves buying products that promise to change our lives, make us more beautiful, confident or successful as we are steadily stripped of rights, money and influence.
All messages we receive through these systems of communication, whether on the nightly news or talk shows like "Oprah," promise a brighter, happier tomorrow.
And this, as Wolin points out, is "the same ideology that invites corporate executives to exaggerate profits and conceal losses, but always with a sunny face."
We have been entranced, as Wolin writes, by "continuous technological advances" that "encourage elaborate fantasies of individual prowess, eternal youthfulness, beauty through surgery, actions measured in nanoseconds.
A dream-laden culture of ever-expanding control and possibility, whose denizens are prone to fantasies because the vast majority have imagination but little scientific knowledge."
Our manufacturing base has been dismantled.
Speculators and swindlers have looted the U.S. Treasury and stolen billions from small shareholders who had set aside money for retirement or college.
Civil liberties, including habeas corpus and protection from warrant-less wiretapping, have been taken away.
Basic services, including public education and health care, have been handed over to the corporations to exploit for profit.
The few who raise voices of dissent, who refuse to engage in the corporate happy talk, are derided by the corporate establishment as freaks.
Attitudes and temperament have been cleverly engineered by the corporate state, as with Huxley’s pliant characters in "Brave New World."
The book’s protagonist, Bernard Marx, turns in frustration to his girlfriend Lenina:
"Don’t you wish you were free, Lenina?" he asks.
"I don’t know that you mean. I am free, free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody’s happy nowadays."
He laughed, "Yes, 'Everybody’s happy nowadays.’ We have been giving the children that at five. But wouldn’t you like to be free to be happy in some other way, Lenina? In your own way, for example; not in everybody else’s way."
"I don’t know what you mean," she repeated.
The facade is crumbling. And as more and more people realize that they have been used and robbed, we will move swiftly from Huxley’s "Brave New World" to Orwell’s "1984."
The public, at some point, will have to face some very unpleasant truths. The good-paying jobs are not coming back.
The largest deficits in human history mean that we are trapped in a debt peonage system that will be used by the corporate state to eradicate the last vestiges of social protection for citizens, including Social Security.
The state has devolved from a capitalist democracy to neo-feudalism. And when these truths become apparent, anger will replace the corporate-imposed cheerful conformity.
The bleakness of our post-industrial pockets, where some 40 million Americans live in a state of poverty and tens of millions in a category called "near poverty," coupled with the lack of credit to save families from foreclosures, bank repossessions and bankruptcy from medical bills, means that inverted totalitarianism will no longer work.
We increasingly live in Orwell’s Oceania, not Huxley’s The World State.
Osama bin Laden plays the role assumed by Emmanuel Goldstein in "1984." Goldstein, in the novel, is the public face of terror. His evil machinations and clandestine acts of violence dominate the nightly news.
Goldstein’s image appears each day on Oceania’s television screens as part of the nation’s "Two Minutes of Hate" daily ritual.
And without the intervention of the state, Goldstein, like bin Laden, will kill you. All excesses are justified in the titanic fight against evil personified.
The psychological torture of Pvt. Bradley Manning - who has now been imprisoned for seven months without being convicted of any crime - mirrors the breaking of the dissident Winston Smith at the end of "1984."
Bradley Manning at his 7th grade science project
Manning is being held as a "maximum custody detainee" in the brig at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia.
He spends 23 of every 24 hours alone. He is denied exercise. He cannot have a pillow or sheets for his bed.
Army First Class, Bradley Manning
Army doctors have been plying him with antidepressants. The cruder forms of torture of the Gestapo have been replaced with refined Orwellian techniques, largely developed by government psychologists, to turn dissidents like Manning into vegetables.
We break souls as well as bodies. It is more effective. Now we can all be taken to Orwell’s dreaded Room 101 to become compliant and harmless.
These "special administrative measures" are regularly imposed on our dissidents, including Syed Fahad Hashmi, who was imprisoned under similar conditions for three years before going to trial.
The techniques have psychologically maimed thousands of detainees in our black sites around the globe.
They are the staple form of control in our maximum security prisons where the corporate state makes war on our most politically astute underclass- African-Americans. It all presages the shift from Huxley to Orwell.
"Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling," Winston Smith’s torturer tells him in 1984. "Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves."
The noose is tightening. The era of amusement is being replaced by the era of repression.
Tens of millions of citizens have had their e-mails and phone records turned over to the government.
We are the most monitored and spied-on citizenry in human history. Many of us have our daily routine caught on dozens of security cameras.
Our proclivities and habits are recorded on the Internet. Our profiles are electronically generated. Our bodies are patted down at airports and filmed by scanners.
TSA airport scan of child
And public service announcements, car inspection stickers, and public transportation posters constantly urge us to report suspicious activity.
The enemy is everywhere.
Those who do not comply with the dictates of the war on terror, a war which, as Orwell noted, is endless, are brutally silenced.
The draconian security measures used to cripple protests at the G-20 gatherings in Pittsburgh and Toronto were wildly disproportionate for the level of street activity.
Toronto, Canada: G-20 Protests
But they sent a clear message - DO NOT TRY THIS.
The FBI’s targeting of antiwar and Palestinian activists, which in late September saw agents raid homes in Minneapolis and Chicago, is a harbinger of what is to come for all who dare defy the state’s official Newspeak.
The agents - our Thought Police - seized phones, computers, documents and other personal belongings. Subpoenas to appear before a grand jury have since been served on 26 people.
The subpoenas cite federal law prohibiting "providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations."
Terror, even for those who have nothing to do with terror, becomes the blunt instrument used by Big Brother to protect us from ourselves.
"Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?" Orwell wrote.
"It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.
A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less, but more merciless as it refines itself."
- April 6-7 - Pluto stations retrograde at 5-Capricorn
- April 7, 2010 - Saturn re-enters tropical Virgo
- April 26, 2010 - Saturn opposes Uranus (4th opposition)
- May 23, 2010 - Jupiter opposes Saturn (first time since 1990-91)
- May 27-28, 2010 - Uranus enters tropical Aries
- May 30th, 2010 - Saturn stations direct motion at 27-Virgo
- June 5-6, 2010 - Jupiter enters tropical Aries
- June 6-7, 2010 - Mars enters tropical Virgo
- June 8, 2010 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus at 0-Aries
- July 5, 2010 - Uranus stations retrograde at 0-Aries
- July 8, 2010 - Jupiter turns North in declination
- July 11, 2010 - New Moon total eclipse at 19-Cancer (not seen in N. America)
- July 21, 2010 - Saturn re-enters tropical Libra for good
- July 23, 2010 - Jupiter stations retrograde
- July 25, 2010 - Jupiter Squares Pluto
- July 26, 2010 - Fifth Saturn/Uranus opposition
- July 31, 2010 - Mars & Jupiter turn S in Declination
- July 31 - Mars conjoins Saturn at 0-Libra
- August 3, 2010 - Jupiter, retrograde, Squares Pluto again
- August 6, 2010 - Venus turns South in Declination
- August 13-14, 2010 - Uranus re-enters tropical Pisces
- August 16, 2010 - Jupiter Opposes Saturn
- August 20, 2010 - Mercury retrogrades in Virgo
- August 21, 2010 - Saturn Squares Pluto
- September 8, 2010 - Saturn turns South in declination
- September 8, 2010 - New Moon at 15-Virgo
- September 8, 2010 - Venus enters Scorpio
- September 8-9, 2010 - Jupiter re-enters tropical Pisces
- September 12, 2010 - Mercury stations direct
- September 14, 2010 - Pluto stations direct
- September 14, 2010 - Mars enters Scorpio
- September 19, 2010 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus for first time in Pisces
- October 8, 2010 - Venus retrograde in Scorpio
- October 29-30 - Venus turns to "morning star" phase for ten months
- November 6, 7, 2010 - Neptune direct in motion
- November 18 - Venus stations direct
- November 18 - Jupiter stations direct
- December 5, 6- Uranus stations direct motion
- December 10-30 - Mercury retrograde
- January 4, 2011 - Jupiter conjoins Uranus a third time
- January 22, 2011 - Jupiter enters Aries
- Jan. 25, 26 - Saturn stations retrograde 17-Libra
- February 25, 2011 - Jupiter Squares Pluto
- March 3, 2011 - Transiting Lunar Nodes shift to Mutable Quality of Sagittarius & Gemini
- March 11-12, 2011 - Uranus enters Aries (first time in 84 years)
- March 28, 2011 - Jupiter opposes Saturn
Nature Erupts: Volcanic activity increases as Uranus enters Aries.
That 1,000 point drop: May 6, 2010 proved to be one of the strangest days in the history of the Dow Jones. A mysterious "1,000-point" plunge in the afternoon hours, blamed on a "fat finger," lost money for tens of thousands of traders and nearly collapsed the stock market. Federal authorities investigate, but the "glitch" still has not been explained months later.
The year 2011 is the start of a new cycle, mainly brought on by the official entry of Uranus into Aries, the first time in 84 years.
~ Mundane Review: 2011-2015 ~
There are six (6) major transits of the Cardinal Crisis Years - signified by the planets involved & their inclinations:
- Saturn opposes Uranus -
Much cooperation is needed to avoid falling into the unfavorable inclinations of Saturn's opposition to Uranus.
Extreme viewpoints expressed by the ignorant and mentally ill fall under this influence. Loud public pronouncements shouted with wild mannerisms expressing inconsistent attitudes can be observed.
Common sights are: bugged-eye pundits uttering unsubstantiated personal opinions as facts; personal attacks, insults, and acerbic comments designed to bring attention to oneself.
Impulse, haste, snap judgments, immaturity, poor communication skills lacking any sign of social grace and basic manners can be observed.
There is widespread conflict between the old order and the new emerging order. This is generational.
Concepts and ideas in economic, business and political affairs tend to be impractical, unreliable, and eccentric. Economic life continues to run at a low ebb.
Saturn's opposition to Uranus is unfavorable when dealing with joint accounts, finances, corporate business affairs, inheritances, insurance, and all economic matters important to organizations, groups, and individuals.
Selfish motives within organizations, and groups tend to be those where others try to take credit for the work of others in order to advance their own careers leading to estrangements between associates, colleagues and friends.
The will power of those involved in personal and professional intrigues is heightened to the point of very negative inclinations with some people using coercive methods to achieve what they perceive as success.
Under Saturn/Pluto this can feature acts of blackmail, threats, and plots at the highest levels of government, within political groups, and corporations.
Paranoid individuals with extreme opinions, and viewpoints is also common under A Saturn/Pluto square.
Some individuals will find themselves battling against corruption and rampant dishonesty within organizations, or within associations, be they professional or personal with attacks on their reputation coming as a result of fighting dishonest persons and groups.
The coming revelations of widespread corruption in global financial markets, on Wall Street, and other stock markets will be under the Saturn/Pluto square.
Corporate power plays take center stage under the cardinal crisis transits with increasing political pressure and regulatory scrutiny on major banks, insurance companies, and those implicated in widespread financial malfeasance over the last decade.
The focus on these areas: unemployment, insurance, housing, stock markets, hedge funds, secret bank accounts, general economics, political and government affairs, alimony, and inheritances - is all common under the influences of Saturn's square from Libra to Pluto in Capricorn.
It is also common under these inclinations for opposing groups and individuals to use negative, dishonest, and evil means to obtain personal/profession advantages over others; or attempts to hide past acts of malfeasance to avoid implicating others involved in acts of corruption.
This often backfires under the Saturn/Pluto square and results in public scandal along with damage to the reputation and the careers of those who used negative means to gain what they "perceive" to be an advantage.
Nowhere does "do unto others as you would have them do unto you' applies more than under a Saturn/Pluto world square.
The effect on personal and professional connections can be long-lasting with people completely breaking off any further association with friends, family and colleagues.
Power struggles - both internal and external - is a main theme of a Saturn/Pluto Square.
Often, decisions are based on perceived "associations" with others who are not one's friends, nor who share one's common interests, except to advance their own personal interests while using others as a means to and end. Very common under Saturn's square to Pluto.
After the square aspect passes, the events which have taken place under its influences are fully revealed, leading to permanent estrangements from those once trusted and valued as friends, associates, or lovers.
Saturn's continued transit through Libra (2010-2012) then features a full distrust and estrangement from those who used dishonest means during the Saturn/Pluto inclinations.
The Jupiter/Pluto Square acts much like that of Saturn's square to Pluto. Jupiter's motion into Aries in mid-2010, and then again in February 2011, will square Pluto in tropical Capricorn.
The same kinds of conflicts under Saturn's influence by square to Pluto comes into action with hasty, impulsive and headstrong promotion of one's opinions as facts to gain a perceived advantage over others.
Rampant litigation under Jupiter's inclinations lead to a rush toward legal wars without first seeing the bigger picture. With the Jupiter square to Pluto: it is the forest first, the trees second, but do make sure you count each tree.
The contradictions of this is simple:
Often, this comes about because of ego, and headstrong acts featuring arrogance and pride; but wholly failing to take into account the small, but very important details.
The only way to neutralize this transit, as with all the others of the Cardinal Crisis transits is to slow down, and to be strictly honest at all times in all personal and business affairs.
Also, the need to remain detached and practical while plodding step-by-step without ego, impulse, and haste. This is the antidote to the impulsive inclinations of cardinal transits.
Power-plays, and forced acts of coercion, with promotions of extreme expressions of personal, political and religious viewpoints is quite common under this global square.
Often, one's aspirations to remake others comes with neglecting one's own house while confused attitudes about ethics and morality are cast aside in favor of haste and impulse - rushing to judgment.
Struggles with corrupted individuals and groups is also common under a Jupiter/Pluto Square.
Pisces/Aries - Virgo/Libra
Jupiter at 0-10 degrees Taurus
Such will be the case with the 2010-2012 opposition of Jupiter/Saturn. During these oppositions expect business to suffer as the generational transition continues over the course of Jupiter's opposition to Saturn.
Because of the poor economic climate some people may resort towards using questionable tactics to get ahead and make money.
The desired expansion of business is fraught with frustration after frustration, red-tape, barriers, blocks, delays, and legal problems. Rising defaults & bankruptcies increase as a result of past mismanagement of resources and corruption with credit conditions tighter than normal.
The crush of competition, fighting for a limited amount of customers, with resources lacking can further cause disruptions in professional and personal lives to the point of some leaving entire industries for good.
It is a poor time to seek favors from others, as the business climate of 2010-2012 will continue to suffer from immense commercial & residential real estate losses, double-digit unemployment, and a general sense of malaise from an aging generational establishment.
Those seeing support from official institutions, such as federal, state, and local agencies, may find themselves frustrated with the lack of help usually expected from these offices.
While this takes place, many people will see their own personal and professional responsibilities increase; while wages continue to stagnate from the lack of resources, which will be limited because of prior economic corruption and waste.
The opposition of Jupiter to Saturn can test what the true balance really is between being optimistic, and being pessimistic. Much will depend on the ability of the individual to be creative, and patient, while the opposition is underway.
Many of these people will be older, and due to the transit of Saturn, will exhibit rigid views without realizing that in a short period of time after the opposition has waned and passed; that they themselves will receive similar treatment from the very people whom they denied opportunities and relief.
The conflicts which come about during 2010-2012 under the Jupiter/Saturn opposition will tend towards ethics; morals; joint finances, family responsibilities, friendships, associations, romantic relationships, partnerships and corporate struggles that will test the reliability and strength of relationships in general.
The Jupiter/Saturn opposition will begin to weaken in February 2012, and by the end of March 2012, will move out of orb.
- 25º Libra - "The sign of an autumn leaf brings to a pilgrim the sudden revelation of the mystery of life and death."
- 26º Libra - "An Eagle and a large White Dove Turning into each other."
An unprecedented Seven (7) exact squares occur in just three (3) years: 2012 to 2015
(*) = significant dates
1. June 24, 2012 – first global square at 8-degrees Aries/Capricorn
2. *September 18-19, 2012 – second square at 6-degrees Aries/Capricorn
3. May 20, 2013 – third square at 11-degrees Aries/Capricorn
4. November 1, 2013 – fourth square at 9-degrees Aries/Capricorn
5. *April 21, 2014 – fifth square at 13-degrees Aries/Capricorn
6. December 14-15, 2014 – sixth square at 12-degrees Aries/Capricorn
7. *March 16-17, 2015 – seventh global square at 15-degrees Aries/Capricorn
The last time Uranus and Pluto met in global square aspect was during the 1930s. This was a decade of reactionary, extreme right-wing politics, revolutionary socialism, rising crime, rebellions, revolts, and restrictive laws gradually reducing freedoms throughout Europe and the then-Soviet Union.
The Bank Crisis and Stock Market Crash of 1929-33 fueled the early years of the Great Depression with rising waves of petty crime and bank robberies. The resulting foreclosures of homes, businesses and family farms amid a depressed global economic system cast a dark shadow over the world.
The NYSE reaching its lowest trading point in history. Weather anomalies under the influence of Uranus in Aries led to the hottest year in U.S. history in 1933-34 with drought and dust storms raging across the American Midwest.
Meanwhile, political extremism ensued with the rise of tyrants, as Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany while in Japan, radical forms of militarism spread so much that it was being openly taught in elementary and high schools.
The revolts, rebellions and revolutionary sentiments under the Uranus/Pluto squares thus paved the way for the Second World War that followed by the end of the 1930s.
Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn revolve their squares worldwide for much of the 2010s, but the most powerful periods are between 2012 through 2015.
This is a time of great upsets within nations which have now experienced at least four to seven years in the wake of the global economic crisis.
Uranus' penchant for sudden change against Pluto's desire structure in Capricorn for a kind of transformational war that butt heads over the "kinds" of new changes to be realized and those not to be supported.
While this is happening, populations around the world seem to have had it to their chins with the constant disruptions of their lives; the losses of lifestyles over the years.
Groups, organizations and individuals have become radicalized by the events since 2008. So much so, that by the time (June 2012) of the first of seven exact Uranus/Pluto square social unrest is a certainty in regions around the world.
There are increasing signs of rebellions, revolts and foreboding examples of revolutionary sentiments expressed in various nations upset with the status quo, represented by Pluto in Capricorn.
The headstrong inclinations of Aries, with Uranus in it's 7-year transit in this sign, squaring Pluto can indicate sudden deaths coming about unexpectedly; usually through acts of violence, and from common accidents, and unexpected large-scale disasters related to weather extremes.
Past associations, friendships and relationships can become radically changed under Uranus and Pluto's cardinal squares. It is at this time, between 2012-2015 that companies that were hanging on by a thread financially - can suddenly break and fall into bankruptcy.
The entry of Neptune into tropical Pisces in February 2012 will impress dissolution on failing companies afterward, with a slow, but gradual death into the mid-to-late 2010s.
The sudden losses associated with Uranus' transit in Aries can bring about greater financial losses than expected while corporations continue to witness power struggles as the generational transition picks up speed in the early to mid-2010s.
The revolutionary sentiments inclined by Uranus/Pluto come about as a result of the frustrations of the decade of the 2000s.
The global economic crisis, and the resulting societal effects have angered many populations who feel that their governments and representatives were not representing them, but corporate monied-interests that pilfered society's resources.
The resulting backlash featured under the Uranus/Pluto squares of the 2010s will be widespread, and quite unsettling for those involved in the mismanagement of trillions of dollars and euros over the previous decade.
Rising crime can be a problem; also fueled by the lack of resources because of the Banking Crisis of 2008-2012.
State officials, under pressure financially, are forced to release thousands of prisoners in the early 2010s to relieve the system from overcrowding.
If there has been little reform of the system during the time of incarcerations, then obviously the lingering effects of the economic crisis that awaits convicts on the street can be a threat to public safety under the Uranus/Pluto squares.
By the spring of 2014, things become quite tense again globally with another Cardinal Cross - this time a Grand Cross configuration featuring Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto in the Signs of Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn.
Grand Cross configurations in cardinal signs seek immediate release of strong, emotional pent-up energies.