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Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, Israel's ninth president and last of its founding fathers, died, aged 93, on 28th September. He was a man of grace and dignity; multi-lingual, a poet, song-writer and above all a peace-maker. Clinton, with whom he sustained a 25-year friendship, said of him, "He started life as Israel's brightest student, became its best teacher and ended up its biggest dreamer." A statement perfectly reflected by Peres' Sun, Venus, Mars conjunction to Neptune in the twelfth house of his horoscope.

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26th Sep 2016 - 2nd Oct 2016

You might be wondering why I would choose to talk about Capricorn when the Sun is in Libra hooked up to mighty Jupiter, but two factors bring this earth sign into the spotlight this week: Mars and Pluto.Pluto, currently in Capricorn, turns direct on Monday, after five months in retrograde motion. Unlike Mercury, the effects of any change of direction are not so easy to spot, and it may take several more weeks to establish what they may be, whether in world affairs or our own lives.

However, small signs and signals should be seen as portents of a bigger development on its way. And such developments could arise as early as mid-October.Mars also heads into Capricorn this week and on its journey through the sign will meet with Pluto and Uranus on the 19th and 20th of October respectively.

Mars will be following in the wake of the Sun, marking out October as a whole as a month of upheaval, some of it good and some of it not so much. The global economy and the US presidential race are two items at the top of my list for jaw-dropping developments.

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October 2016

Libra: The weekend of the 15th is outstanding in its ability to bring about a new order, in most cases suddenly and irrevocably.
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You might be wondering why I would choose to talk about Capricorn when the Sun is in Libra hooked up to mighty Jupiter, but two factors bring this earth sign into the spotlight this week: Mars and Pluto.Pluto, currently in Capricorn, turns direct on Monday, after five months in retrograde motion. Unlike Mercury, the effects of any change of direction are not so easy to spot, and it may take several more weeks to establish what they may be, whether in world affairs or our own lives.

However, small signs and signals should be seen as portents of a bigger development on its way. And such developments could arise as early as mid-October.Mars also heads into Capricorn this week and on its journey through the sign will meet with Pluto and Uranus on the 19th and 20th of October respectively.

Mars will be following in the wake of the Sun, marking out October as a whole as a month of upheaval, some of it good and some of it not so much. The global economy and the US presidential race are two items at the top of my list for jaw-dropping developments.

26th Sep 2016 - 2nd Oct 2016


January 2016 - Newsletter

This time last year I suggested that 2015 was not going to be a repeat of 2014 exactly but since the Uranus-Pluto effect was still as strong as ever we were in something of a holding pattern, both in an individual sense and in terms of global developments. Uranus and Pluto continue to remain at a 90° angle to each other throughout 2016, but they are now well over half-way through the signs of Aries and Capricorn. There will be new targets for their transformational and revolutionary powers.

The two-year cycle of total lunar eclipses on the Libra-Aries axis ended in late September, 2015, so although there will be eclipses during 2016, a significant cycle has ended. (And if you are a faithful follower of my columns and articles you know how much store I set by eclipses when it comes to major life events.) Throughout 2014 and 2015 many of my clients were dealing with the aftermath of events that had occurred in and around the October of 2013; and now, for almost all of them, the effects of those initial events have been absorbed: a new chapter has begun. With the exception of late March's lunar eclipse and that of mid-August, the eclipses of 2016 fall on the Pisces-Virgo axis - signs which are already in the front line of transits by Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune.

It promises to be a year full of diversity.

IN MY ON-LINE OVERVIEW I TALK about 2016 being a year of endings. Numerology and astrology may not have a huge amount in common but the character of a year as defined by its number appears to have a certain relevance. 2016 adds up to nine, which resonates with Mars and the signs of Aries and Scorpio. This therefore should be a year of regeneration, transformation and conflict - a year of extremes. Rather more important, a year Nine completes a cycle which is why 2016 also resonates with the theme of endings.

The last Nine year fell in 2007 - a year which marked the end of the era of prosperity and the beginning of the global economic crash. The descent began on 9 August, 2007 when BNP Parisbas withdrew from three hedge funds that specialized in US mortgage debt. A year later on 15 September Lehman Brothers were allowed to collapse, and the rest, as they say is history.

I shall be closely watching developments in the September-October of 2016 for signs of controlled panic in economic circles. Clearly, not every Nine year brings financial melt-downs, but because the lessons of the last crisis appear not to have been learned we have set ourselves up for another. Practices that brought down banking institutions in 2008 have not changed - there are still too few degrees of separation between high risk investment banking and consumer banking - and since national debts, most notably in the US, continue to rise, the climate is rife for yet another global economic crash, one that could be even bigger than that of 2007/8. And while this theory may take until 2019/20 to fully manifest, should we be following the path of the previous cycle, 2017 could be the year our greatest fears regarding the economy come to pass.

WE ARE CERTAINLY BEGINNING 2016 in suitably conflict-ridden style. As I started to put together this newsletter, Saudi Arabia executed 47 "terrorists" including the Shia religious leader, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. In consequence diplomatic ties were severed between Saudi Arabia and Iran with the Sunni-ruled Bahrain following suit a couple of days later. Iran has condemned the executions - its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei maintaining that politicians in the Sunni kingdom would face "divine retribution".

Saudi Arabia’s actions have thrown into the shredder all hopes for any kind of diplomatic progress in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto all have their astrological signatures on these developments, and with Mercury turning retrograde on 5 January, we can expect no speedy solution to this impasse.

Gene Wilder

IN THE EARLY HOURS OF MONDAY, 29TH AUGUST Gene Wilder passed away listening to Somewhere over the Rainbow and holding hands with his family gathered beside his bedside. He died from complications associated with Alzheimer's.

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Diagnosed with the disease in 2013, he kept his condition secret so that children who might call out to him in the street, "there's Willy Wonka" would not have to be told he was ill.

He simply could not bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

Wilder's natal chart is dominated by an elevated Saturn in trine to his rising Sun in Gemini. The actor remained at the top of his profession for almost fifty years, latterly turning his talents to writing. Saturn's position may have given him more than his share of troubles but it also ensured his staying power in a career that is notoriously harsh and short-lived.

Gene Wilder

A Mars-Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in square to the Sun and Ascendant brought him success and much love, whether from friends and family or the public. It also reflected his generous spirit and desire to bring happiness to the world. In later years he and his fourth wife spent their time painting water-colours, writing and engaging in charitable ventures.

Although the Moon could be considered too far from Saturn to form a conjunction, the effects of a Moon-Saturn combination were clearly evident in his life. - his mother's early demise, his traumatic school days, and the loss of his much loved third wife, actress Gilda Radner to ovarian cancer in 1986.

He left the world as Saturn reached his Descendant and squared his Neptune and Jupiter. It was thus a peaceful and joyous passing away.

He will be missed.

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