August 25, 2006
Following is some recent background on Israel and Iran, followed by the astrological reasoning for such an attack.
Despite claims and fears of an Iranian Islamic nuclear Armageddon against Israel for August 22, this Wall Street Journal published prediction is proven false.
The Washington Post does report, however, that Iran chose August 22 to thumb its nose at the U.N., Iran Reportedly Rejects Demands to Halt Nuclear Efforts. Also, Bloomberg.com reports, Iran's Navy Attacks and Boards Romanian Rig in Gulf. Yet, these actions are ho hum for the Mideast, even a slow day for for the region's growing strife and violence.
Too, despite the ab sense of any Iranian verbal or physical violence against Israel on August 22, that same day, MyWay.com reports Israel notched up the pressure with a incendiary verbal barrage, Israel must be ready for any Iranian attack: minister, "We are liable to face an Iranian missile attack. The Iranians have said very clearly that if they come under attack, their primary target would be Israel," Rafi Eitan, a member of the decision-making inner cabinet, told Israel Radio. The article concludes with the telling statement, Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East.
Even more worrisome is an August 24 article in the Jerusalem Post, Israel may 'go it alone' against Iran.
Israel is experiencing Sadi Sati -- when transit Saturn crosses its perceptional Moon in the tenth house of the public and government officials. This was discussed at length in the June 24, 2004 In-depth Celestial Wheel, Part 2 The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Israel. Sadi Sati is truly transformational, for separative Saturn removes that which is no longer necessary to make room for the new.
Putting this another way, Saturn, the ascetic, acts as a purifier. The August 14 Celestial Wheel section The Karmic Clash discussed the issue, stating, ..if Israel has matured through its Sadi Sati by releasing old and no longer necessary attachments, and elects a woman prime minister as well, peace will be at hand.
Three other results of restrictive Saturn on Israel's perceptional Moon are toughness, stubbornness and emotional suffering.
Further, because both transit and birthchart Saturn are conjunct the Moon, Sadi Sati's purification process is amplified. This also keeps Israel stuck in a self-imposed dismal and gloomy world view.
Another problem is that Israel has communicative Mercury in the deep and dark eighth house of catastrophe -- just like Donald Rumsfeld. Both are renowned for their diplomatic failings. That the Sun (self) is also placed in the eighth house with Mercury brings an unreasonable fear of death. Thus, this Old Testament country expresses itself in mean-spirited and cutting denunciations and intense retributions.
Although warfare, by definition, is always destructive, this aggression appears to be part of the larger cosmic plan -- this is the time in the evolution of man that a fundamental karmic issue will be resolved. See Part I The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Ancient Karmas (6/18/04)
This basic Vedic Astrology is the rationale for the Celestial Wheel's criticizing Israel's actions, just as it has torched the neoconservative Bush Administration during this, American's Second Gilded Age -- #58b Part II The United States Through It's Planetary Cycles (12/2/04)
August 20 , 2006
An Early Forewarning
The May 23, 2004 Celestial Wheel both anticipated ongoing expensive energy and the movement away from warlike, fuel guzzling SUVs back to efficient passenger cars,
Some Energy Hope
Also in May 2004, The Celestial Wheel entry on the 18th offered hope for resolving the energy dilemma. Note that this entry referenced an even earlier In-depth Celestial Wheel Forecast ( #27 A Technological Breakthrough (9/30/03),
Obviously, the timing for this advance -- January 2004 -- was early. However, this positive planetary karma could very well actualize in the summer/fall of 2008, when the U.S. runs it's Moon/Sun Dasa (planetary cycle), and Jupiter is well disposed. A precursor to the movement toward energy independence is this fall's elections, for public discontent then can end the neoconservative tyranny that has elevated energy prices to the benefit of its moneyed constituency. See today's Washington Post article, Brazil's Road to Energy Independence, with the amazing first paragraph sentence, The government predicts that for the first time in its history, Brazil will achieve energy equilibrium, exporting as much oil as it imports.
Bush -- The One Trick Pony
Although the energy companies have back peddled on gasoline price gouging, G.W. Bush et al. are clearly not giving an inch on their failed policies.
Again he cries wolf by creating and hyping fears of terrorist attack to both quell opposition and distract from his failures -- among which Iraq continues to be his Great Misadventure, a term coined in the December 18, 2003 In-depth Celestial Wheel, Vedic Astrology Points The Way. Even the conservative Washington Post's editorial page now admits that Iraq has fell into chaos in today's Iraq's Spreading Civil War.
Again, with Cheney's Machiavellian ideas, Bush enlists the British to carry his poisonous water. (See the October 3, 2003 In-depth Celestial Wheel, Tag-Along Tony Blair.)
Truthout's article, Letter From Airstrip One: Fear Over Facts, is worth excerpting here,
Additionally, Craig Murrey, a former British diplomat, writes convincingly about his country cooking up the most recent bomb plot. See The Guardian Unlimited article, The timing is political. I was alerted to Murrey's views in an e-mail from The Progressives of the Verde Valley, a liberal but mainstream political organization here in northern Arizona.
Finally, recall the July 6 Celestial Wheel, in the section, Is There Really A Global War On Terror?,
End Of August
The Israeli invasion of Lebanon is another manifestation of the terrorism hype, but this one is unique in that it actually happened! G.W. outdid himself this time.
Note that the August 10 Celestial Wheel (below) included a narrative poem claiming this conflict was instigated by the U.S. as a diversion -- from the war in Iraq. It's convincing, and true to form for Bush et al.
Part of this fear-mongering is found in Bernard Lewis' August 8 Wall Street Journal article, suggesting the on August 22, Iran will unleash nuclear war upon Israel -- August 22 Does Iran have something in store?
There's a caveat about August 29, for the next two days are also extremely sensitive. During this three day interval from August 29 through the 31st, Mercury becomes exactly conjunct the Sun (blinding the intellect), Mars reaches Ketu (bringing the anger to a boil) and the perceptional Moon advances to its fallen (emotionally frail) sign of Scorpio. Then too, charts of key nations are susceptible to violence.
In your personal lives, it's best to keep a low profile during the closing days of this month. Traveling, major decisions and potentially difficult interactions should be avoided.
August 14 , 2006
The Israeli/Lebanon Conflict
The August 3 Celestial Wheel (below) explained that the Israeli chart's Dasa planets were violent Moon/Mars/Rahu from June 22 to July 24, followed by Moon/Mars/Jupiter. It completed that discussion stating, As Jupiter is the planet of wisdom, law and religion, its favorable disposition encourages peace. This set of Dasa planets continue until August 21.
The August 10 Celestial Wheel echoed this optimism, and today's cease fire is obviously encouraging. However, this cessation of violence appears to be a pause in the larger and millennia karmic clash that has characterized the Mideast.
Those nations, as well as the rest of the Mideast and the West are caught up in the The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Ancient Karmas. The conclusions for this series of In-depth Celestial Wheels are in the final section, Part 5 The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck Iraq & Forecast Conclusions,
The timeline for this karmic clash appears to be when Rahu and Ketu change signs in early November, just weeks after Jupiter and Saturn also changing signs. Thereby, all four of the planetary heavyweights will be shifting their energies literally simultaneously. I don't know what this specifically portends, except to state that the word culmination comes to mind.
Keep in mind that the United States general elections will be on November 7, right in the midst of this energy shift.
August 10 , 2006
The Celestial Wheel has described and discussed this Second Gilded Age of neoconservative rule in many ways over the past four years, almost literally since the first forecast on July 21, 2002, which predicted the Iraq invasion the following winter.
Occasionally, a subscriber sends on thoughts of interest, which are then posted as Subscriber Comments on the website or inserted in a Celestial Wheel. On July 27, I received this remarkable narrative poem, which is inserted below, without editing or abridging. The writer is anonymous.
I found the poem both inspiring and spine-tingling true -- on many levels and in many ways. I hope it stimulates your thoughts as well.
August 8, 2006
Current & Future Planetary Energies
Although everyone would naturally prefer positive and uplifting news about the planetary dispositions, their conflicts and dissonance unfortunately continue through August and into the fall. This Celestial Wheel hopefully cements this understanding by subscribers. After all, being forewarned is forearmed.
Given these planetary influences, issues nationally and internationally will tend to persist. However, as Jupiter is the planet of the higher mind, religion and philosophy, it is also naturally the planet of wisdom and law. Hopefully, this, the great benefic, will stimulate resolution of issues, the pressure for which must build as Mideast violence exacerbates and the United States continues its turn away from G.W. Bush's Second Gilded Age neoconservative values and policies to the shared democratic values of a second Progressive Era.
Part of this process of change is stimulated by the United States' chart. This was discussed in detail in the January 31, 2006 In-depth Celestial Wheel, #65c Planetary Karmas For 2006 -- Part 3 United States Chart March 2 -- June 30. The theme was Counter-culture, the rejection of traditional authority and thereby challenging leaders in both government and the private sector. While the media has been slow to pick up on this public rejection, today's Washington Post article finally acknowledges the trend in, House Incumbents at Risk, Poll Finds.
The elections this November 7 can, and likely will, sweep out both sitting Republicans and Democrats to begin the process of restoring democracy. However, each of us can do more than vote, though each must follow his/her inclinations.
Personally, I'm taking the opportunity presented by the public's Counter-culture consciousness to challenge greedy corporations and inept government whenever possible. (Note: this is a productive use of the powerful connected energies of the malefic planets described above.) Bank Of America completely misstepped in my credit card merchant application, and now the regional supervisor in Phoenix is jumping hoops to correct that problem, as well as address understaffing and poor service at the local branch. If they want to claim higher standards, then I'll holding them to it! Similarly, the Sedona fire department and city code enforcement folks dropped the ball on piles of dangerous brush in my backyard, property owned by a notorious time share developer. I took digital photos to show them, and after lame excuses they gave in to my demand for clean-up. Everyone knows about the big Sedona Fire last month, and government officials know they'll be blamed if another big fire occurs.
A friend urges me to set up a new website, The Curmudgeon Report Card, and perhaps this will happen. For now, Bank Of America has a failing D- and the City of Sedona an F. Of course, this gives them both room for improvement. Let me know what actions you take to put pressure on public and private organizations that aren't serving the public and deserve criticism.
August 3 , 2006
New Celestial Wheel Commentary Page
This first August Commentary begins a new page, #38. If you wish to review any previous monthly Commentary pages or In-depth Celestial Wheels, click on the Archives link, above.
July 27 E-mail
To keep all predictive information on Celestial Wheel web pages, here is the text from my July 27 e-mail directly to subscribers,
July -- A Difficult Month
Moving to a new rental home was, by definition, a defocusing July-long experience. Still, relating the ever-moving planetary dispositions against a moving-target of world events and trends has been unduly daunting. The experience has been like turning on the TV when the cable it out. Yet, a faint signal comes through, and by quiet attention, perhaps some insights will come.
Early in the month, on July 6, The Celestial Wheel addressed this befuddlement issue in the section,
Complex Karmic Currents,
This theme was expanded upon in the July 20 Celestial Wheel, section Befuddled. Still, Jupiter's expansion (detailed in the next section) keeps nudging us to seek success and to resolve issues. July was thereby a celestial lesson in the value of detachment -- which my spiritual teacher once brightly explained by saying, I do as much as I can today, and tomorrow, I'll do some more!
There is one major benefit -- now that Mercury has resumed forward motion, tasks don't need to be redone with frustrating frequency and consequent loss of time and energy.
The July 14 Celestial Wheel discussed this astrologer's Jupiter and Venus/Jupiter Astrocartography lines as promoting his success in southern Utah. The only caveat was, ...these lines could bring overindulgence. ...Of course, as Venus is females and Jupiter expands, I need to stay away from the polygamist towns. The trip was cut short because the invasion of vacationing Las Vegans into the resident Mormon mountain towns was bizarre. Everyone was enthusiastically weird in this garden spot of the Rockies. Steven King couldn't have imagined a mix more macabre. This is interesting in being another example of how karma actualizes in unexpected ways. I wasn't pulled into, or otherwise involved in overindulgent activities, but the people there were -- oblivious to the dichotomy of Mormon polygamy and denizens from America's hub of decadence -- all of whom were clean cut, cheerful and friendly.
This information is useful because abundant Jupiter is potently expansive and unafflicted in Libra, Venus's sign, from July 12 to October 15
Yes, Jupiter in Libra promotes romance, as stated in the July 20 Celestial Wheel. However, it also brings a surfeit of enjoyments: from food to changing consciousness, from socializing to entertaining, from impulsive spending to spontaneous adventures.
Yes, there's a need for relief from seeming relentless stress this spring and summer, but keep in mind costs to the body and finances -- and don't forget that Aesop's The Grasshopper and the Ant began with the grasshopper celebrating an abundant summer with frivolities and ended in winter, when only the wise responsible ants had supplies set aside. The suggestion here is to put one's energies and resources into a undone duties and reward yourself sensibly with activities that enrich the body, mind and spirit.
The U.S. Chart
The June 29 Celestial Wheel predicted, ...very limited hurricane activity in July. August, however, could stimulate tropical storm formation, as well as more fires and earthquakes. From July 29 to August 31, the U.S. chart's Dasa planets are Moon/Ketu/Saturn (the great malefic). This change from Jupiter's expansion to Saturn's contraction is already evident.
We've already seen tropical storm activity, and, of course, the summer heat wave continues -- Saturn's typically tough wisdom by experience.
In Israel's chart, the July 14 Celestial Wheel stated, From June 22 to July 24, Israel runs Moon/Mars/Rahu. Mars/Rahu signifies violent abuse in general, and in Israel's chart, this quality is tremendously magnified now. So, it appears warfare there will continue until late July, when Israel's protective and wise Jupiter replace rapacious Rahu -- the head-of-the-dragon.
There was indeed a lull in the violence early last week on July 24, but it picked up again on Wednesday, July 26. While this millennia-old conflict has burst again upon the world like a volcano's inexplicable eruptions, know that Jupiter is active in Israel's planetary cycles and transit Jupiter is also favorable for the World, Israel and the U.S. (among other charts). As Jupiter is the planet of wisdom, law and religion, its favorable disposition encourages peace.
Also keep in mind that Israel is experiencing the peak of the 7 /12 year Sadi Sati (when Saturn crosses the all-important perceptional and home Moon), during which its deity, Shiva, expresses itself as the destroyer and the creator. Shiva operates by destroying that which is no longer necessary to make room for the new.
Like the vacationing Las Vegans clashing with the earnestly optimistic Mormons in Utah was an unexpected expression of karma for this astrologer, the results of Israel's military push against Hezbollah will be similarly unforeseen, especially for Israelis. Whatever is gained will fill the space left by a Sadi Sati loss.
Tomorrow, August 4, is sensitive for the transit Sun (government and power) closing in on restrictive Saturn, which causes mistreatment, physical and emotional burnout, depression and fear. Also tomorrow, angry Mars aspects the perceptional Moon, weak in its fallen sign of Scorpio, and Mercury (communications) will be very weak as it moves from Gemini into Cancer. This will stimulate more of Shiva's as yet inexplicable constructive destruction. Certainly, August 4 can be a watershed for Israel, but perhaps also, in a different way, for Lebanon, which nation chart I do not yet have.
Tuesday, August 29, is another sensitive date. Then, contagious disease Mars becomes conjunct with dissolving Ketu in the sixth house of illness. This signals the Bird Flu becoming contiguous for humans, but not yet the onset of a pandemic as described in the In-depth Celestial Wheel #66 The Risk Of A Bird Flu Pandemic (5/16/06). Also, consider that Mars/'Ketu is seething anger. Further, because Mercury is combust the Sun then, and gentle Venus is conjunct cold Saturn, a major violence is indicated.