Important Points of Interest (for astrologers):
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse April 4th at 14
degrees Libra, opposed Uranus and Mercury and square Pluto, New
Moon April 18th at 28 degrees
Aries, Mars enters Taurus April 1st
inconjunct Saturn on the 6th, is
sextile Neptune on the 12th, and is
square Jupiter on the 18th and is
trine Pluto on the 22nd, Jupiter
goes direct on April 9th square
Mercury on the 21st as Mercury is
trine Pluto on the 22nd.
In the natal horoscope of the U.S.
(July 4, 1776) lies a Saturn/Sun square connected to the 13 - 14
degree Capricorn/Cancer axis which is on the invariable plane
(where all planetary velocities net out to zero) and is
considered a highly “critical” area of the zodiac.
The April 4th
Lunar Eclipse is conjunct the U.S. Saturn here, all tying into
the Uranus/Pluto square astrologers have been debating since
2011 and that is now separating.
Cardinal Lunar Eclipse and
The Global Challenge to
As world events
unfold, it is becoming apparent that the
United States is being challenged on
all fronts as the so-called world super-power.
Our years of dependency on foreign oil have led us to support monarchs
and dictators in foreign nations.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq led to this
nation’s destabilization and a virtual failed state, opening up the
portals to a civil war between Shia and Sunni Muslims. The massive
meltdowns of nations in the Middle East and Africa into civil wars, the
rise of ISIS as a terror military force, the failed states throughout
these regions, the Ukraine mess igniting old Cold War issues with
Russia, reveal a “hot mess” in which our old models of military might
would not work and which our air strikes, special forces, targeted drone
attacks are all being questioned as to their effectiveness.
Netanyahu’s re-election in Israel followed a direct challenge to Pres.
Obama by his giving an address to Congress responding to the
unprecedented request of the Congressional Republicans bypassing the
Dept of State.
In his campaign, he openly declared an end to both the so-called
“peace process” with the Palestinians and a “two state solution” , plus
a total rejection of the potential agreement with
important to the U.S.
He “recanted” these statements regarding the Palestinians
post-election. This all demonstrates a polarization in our government so
far beyond the ordinary that the world-at-large is losing respect for
our ability to govern.
Meanwhile, we have more nuclear weapons and other means of mass
destruction than any nation on earth.
We have a massively surveilled society where “Big Brother” is
watching at every turn. We
are turning much of all this capability over to giant computer systems,
military robots, and who really knows what else!
As the global
currency, the U.S. Dollar is no longer what it was.
are now trading in their own currencies and the so-called BRICS have
formed their own banking cartel.
Recently, the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has
been formed and France and the UK
have requested admission in defiance of the U.S.
have been buying huge amounts of gold to back their currencies while we
have been manipulating and dumping gold for many years.
dollar is currently very strong mainly because other currencies, i.e.
Southern European, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian currencies are
By gutting our middle class, off-shoring jobs to cheap labor
abroad and allowing corporations to escape taxation through so-called
“trade agreements”, we have created a billionaire class who hold about
80% of this country’s wealth.
The corporate giants control
the media (which is disgracefully omitting meaningful and necessary
news), have the Supreme Court on their side with the Citizens United
Decision giving them the right to use endless amounts of cash to “buy
elections”, are on a “privatization” rampage to take over nearly
everything that used to be public infrastructure; i.e. civil water
systems, education, highways, and even the prison system.
As a result of jobs being low-paying and chronic unemployment
infecting an enormous segment of our population, plus the super-rich
off-shoring their profits to tax havens abroad, our revenue shortage
contributes to the massive government and private debt plaguing the
released by the government tell us unemployment is lower and the
deficits have been reduced.
This may be true, but the long term looks much worse if we continue with
an economic system that has destroyed the middle class and basically is
eating away at our so-called democratic republic.
Since the banks and exchanges were deregulated in the 1990s, our
megabanks have participated in a global derivatives trade amounting to
somewhere around $800 Trillion.
They have been caught manipulating currencies, not reporting
their losses, and other illegal activities and have received
comparatively small fines and therefore, have been able to go on doing
the same things over again.
Recently, the Congress passed a budget bill that got rid of the small
attempt at regulating banks at the passage of Dodd/Frank.
I have already reported Ellen Brown’s revelation that in the G20
meeting last November, so-called ”bail-ins” would be acceptable.
The result is, astonishingly, that the taxpayer is now “back on
the hook” for the “too big to fail” banks.
If just one of these giant banks goes under, it would wipe out
practically all the money in the FDIC, cause a “run” on the banks, and a
potential collapse of the whole system.
In addition, Wall Street has automated itself with computers that
are programmed to trade in nano-seconds, with much less decision making
connected to human oversight. It has been reported that Target, Sony,
Blue Cross, etc have all been “hacked” by “rogue nations” or criminals.
Does Wall Street think it is immune to this type of catastrophe?
The “crash” of 1987 was said to have been a domino effect of
computers with programs set to “sell” at certain signals.
In 2017, Saturn reaches the same degrees of Sagittarius as Uranus
and Saturn reached in the Fall of 1987.
A major indicator of a nation’s decline is the failure of opportunity
for education for its young people.
The so-called “Common Core” programs forced on our young in the
schools and hated by the majority of professional educators today have
eliminated courses in history, civics (how to be a citizen of a
democracy), music and the arts, physical education, and, frequently,
English and literature - all reasons for a child to get up in the
morning and want to go to school.
Instead, the forced linear instruction of math and science
“around the clock” causes many to fail and give up.
Critical thinking is off the agenda.
It is well known that as so many families fall into poverty, the
neighborhoods in which they live have no money for schools, and the
young people there are more subject to getting involved in drugs and
violent behavior. These
conditions are most frequently found in neighborhoods with people of
color, immigrants, and cities that have lost manufacturing jobs.
We are currently “revisiting” the 1960s and racial inequality as
it becomes more and more blatantly evident that police target young
African American men.
I quote a recently published article on
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article41266.htm, “According to
a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service,
Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in
other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and
this point, American Millennials that have a four year college degree
are essentially on the same intellectual level as young adults in Japan,
Finland and the Netherlands that only have a high school degree.”
The article goes on to say, ”Our education system is an abysmal
failure, and our young people spend most of their free time staring at
the television, their computers or their mobile devices.
And until we are honest with ourselves about this, our
intellectual decline is going to get even worse.” I think that the
downward spiral of the American economy has motivated many parents and
educators to force children into technological “specialties” so they may
be employable in the giant corporate-industrial complex.
The truth is that technology advances so quickly, you are
virtually obsolete by the time you graduate.
America’s great entrepreneurs have
often been liberal arts majors who dropped out of college.
Creativity does not necessarily show up on standardized tests and
we all know that there is often a negative correlation between tests
like the SATs and real success in life.
The real problem is increasing poverty, being “dumbed down” by
the mass media, and the dominance of monopoly corporations who employ
fewer and fewer people causing a kind of desperation to conform and an
abandonment of passion that leads to innovation and creativity.
ECLIPSE on April 4th is challenging us
to wake up and move toward a new
definition of ourselves
as a nation, as a society, and what it means to be a member of the human
race, at a time in history in which we are at a critical juncture.
Will we, as Americans, continue to engage in seemingly endless
wars in order to control resources, continue to burn fossil fuels
propelling us further on the current path to extinction, or will we,
along with other nations, lead the way toward an evolutionary leap
forward into living in cooperation with one another and in concert with
natural life on our planet?
Will we restore a semblance of “equal opportunity” with its necessary
infrastructure that this nation has shown in the past?
Will we grow psychologically and spiritually to a place that
matches our unprecedented scientific and technological development?
I think with Mars in Taurus inconjunct Saturn on the 6th,
there may be bad economic news effecting financial markets accompanying
some kind of natural disaster.
There may also be government security problems and leaks the
first half of the month.
However, with Mars and Mercury trine Pluto between the 20th
and the 22nd, signals better financial news.
Venus will sextile Uranus on the 27th announcing some
showing good news in the for technology sector. With Mars transiting
Taurus, a lot of real estate will come on the market this month into
May, but there are also a lot of buyers emerging who did not come out in
the bad weather the past several months.
In past newsletters, I have alerted my readers to the coming
decision of Congress with regard to the The Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Recently WikiLeaks got their hands on the proposed text and it is
even worse than many of us thought.
There is a provision in the TPP called the “Investor-State
Dispute Settlement” or ISDS.
The provision allows multinational corporations to challenge laws
passed by our government such as environmental or safety laws and
regulations and possibly win millions of dollars in “damages” that would
have to be paid by American taxpayers.
Worst of all, they could do all this without ever having to go to
court in the United States.
Corporations could use ISDS to challenge “buy
or “buy local” rules that favor domestic manufacturing.
The purpose of ISDS, a secret tribunal, is to help big
corporations make more money at our expense and circumvent American rule
of law. Senator Elizabeth
Warren, who is warning us about this treaty, reported how corporations
are already using ISDS to attack laws designated to help workers.
They sued Egypt
for raising the minimum wage, and they sued Germany for eliminating nuclear
power to keep their nation safe.
Recently, Paul Krugman wrote an editorial stating he thought most
of this agreement was about protecting patents.
This may be true, but the gist of the agreement is disastrous for
allowing corporations to escape any kind of regulation or protection for
their citizens. I would suggest contacting your congressmen and
demand an accounting on this most serious issue.
With Mars in Taurus through May12th,
will be challenged once again.
This month’s eclipse on Passover, signals more military
engagements in this nation and conflicts on its borders and among its
leaders. What is not
mentioned in our mainstream media is
Israel’s growing social and economic
inequities that will be a hot issue this month.
Last month, Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on Yemen, backed by the U.S., in an attempt to remove the
rebels and restore order and statehood to this nation. Saudi Arabia is
a Sunni nation. The rebels, who overthrew the last regime are Shia and
are sponsored by Iran,
with whom we are negotiating an agreement with regard to their nuclear
program and who are fighting ISIS in
alongside the Iraqi army who we are assisting with air strikes.
and Saudi Arabia
are arch rivals in the region.
The U.S. is in the
untenable position of being “allied” with enemies.
I think this will bring on a major challenge to our positions in
the Middle East this month.
The April 4th eclipse challenges Vladimir Putin and therefore
effects Russia negatively.
He is a dictator with the general population of of
having no real power, even though there are indications of a populist
movement against him. I
also think Putin has a hidden medical problem of concern to him, which
may account for his recent disappearance for a short time.
More decisions are coming on the horizon with respect to the Ukraine.
Western Europe is becoming increasingly disillusioned with
policy here and they do not want another Cold War.
Putin also officially supports the Assad regime in war-torn
I think we may see some allied victories against ISIS in Iraq, mainly due to the courage and
determination of the Kurds and the local armies.
Over 6 million refugees have left Syria, mostly moving into Turkey and Jordan, whose resources are
overwhelmed. Between May
and June, when Mars transits Gemini, I think the
will be more, not less, engaged in the civil war in Syria.
Weather and natural events.
In my first book, “What Next” published in 2007, I referred to
some articles written by climate scientists and oceanographers who
postulated that the so-called “mini-ice age” in North America and
Western Europe that lasted about 400 years was caused by a global
warming trend and arctic ice melting.
The fresh water coming into the Northern Atlantic mixed with salt water causing a stoppage
of the warming currents including the gulf stream that insures mild
weather and was behind the resultant extreme cold cycle.
Recently, an article was published in the journal “Nature Climate
Change” reporting a significant slowing of the so-called Atlantic
meridonal overturning circulation. This is a
complex group of currents that includes the gulf stream and is
responsible for warming in No. America
and Western Europe.
Since there is less sea ice forming in the Arctic this winter
than at any other time in the 35 year satellite record, they think that
the fresh water coming into the No. Atlantic has disrupted the currents
and may be, at least in part, responsible for the recent record-breaking
cold and massive amounts of snow in the
Ironically, the Arctic,
Siberia, Alaska are all experiencing a major warming
trend. For years, the
climate scientists have pointed out to us that shifts and extremes will
characterize global climate change.
Mars in Taurus signals stormy weather this month with heat and
cold systems clashing, especially in the first half of the month.
Its inconjunction to Saturn in Sagittarius could indicate an
undersea earthquake forming a Tsunami.
I would be cautious about travel in the first half of the month.
remembrance of a truly great man:
Lee Kuan Yew, the founder and head of state of Singapore just
died at the age of 91 years.
Lee took a small island nation from poverty and obscurity into a
nation of great wealth, prosperity and technological innovation almost
beyond belief. His
government has been characterized by being remarkably uncorrupt and
engaged with the greater good of his people.
I recently saw a series of interviews by Charlie Rose and Fareed
Zakaria spread out over a number of years and could hardly believe the
sense of history, breadth of intelligence and
understanding of both American and Chinese cultures and,
generally, human nature and its potential. The world has lost what is so
rare, today - a great statesman.
The powerful eclipses of March and April remind us how important
it is for each and every one of us to reach beyond our demons to locate
the place of transcendent peace within ourselves.
Many great sages have passed the wisdom on to us that if we are
angry, we will attract anger; if we feel defeated, we will attract
defeat. On the other hand,
in the process of finding our heart-centered strength and standing in
our own truth, we create an environment around ourselves that can
attract strong, loving, caring individuals into our personal realm.
Unusual and inspiring solutions to the problems of our times will
have the opportunity to present themselves, because the universe
contains all that is - the
darkness and the light.
What we choose is
up to us. The future is