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Monthly Newsletter: September 2017

In this newsletter:

  • North Korea - situation normal; all flak and fury
  • The German Election
  • Baby number three for the Cambridge's



North Korea - situation normal; all flak and fury

ON 4TH JULY, AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY, North Korea fired off a long-range missile capable of reaching US soil. It was to mark the beginning of a season of tests, clearly aimed at winning the war of threats between itself and the United States.

On 8th August that war was ramped up by President Trump who threatened to unleash "fire and fury" should North Korea continue along this same course, to which Pyongyang announced it was considering a missile strike on Guam, a small island in the Western Pacific, and the closest US territory to North Korea.

On 29th August, sirens sounded in Japan sending people running for cover as an intermediate-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea flew overhead. Five days later, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was registered at North Korea's Punggye-ri test site, later confirmed to be the detonation of a 100-kiloton hydrogen bomb - around seven times bigger than that dropped by the US on Hiroshima in World War II.

In response to this test, US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, declared: "Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies, will be met with a massive military response."

Who is going to blink first, I wonder.

Missile Launch
Missile Launch

We're not there yet

WERE THIS EXACT SAME SCENARION TO BE happening in December, 2019 my attitude would be rather different. In the January of 2020 Saturn and Pluto will occupy the same degree of Capricorn and two days earlier, a lunar eclipse will oppose this difficult conjunction. While I cannot see what kind of pickle the world will be in under such influences, if nature isn't in rebellion, events toward the end of 2019 are likely to prove the trigger to a serious global crisis.

Still, we live in dangerous times, and some kind of resolution of the North Korea situation must occur in the near future.

As I mentioned in my July newsletter, war is unthinkable: a pre-emptive strike by the US on, say, North Korea's air bases and test sites would be interpreted as an act of war by North Korea and it would almost certainly fire off a missile in the direction of Guam and/or South Korea. Such developments would quickly precipitate a much larger war. And regardless how bullish Trump may be, even he must appreciate the folly of a playing the military card.

Ultimately, the resolution will be found in negotiation, and it is entirely possible that when Kim Jong-un has the capability to defend his country with a full nuclear arsenal, he will head to the negotiating table. What he clearly does not intend to happen is that North Korea become another Iraq.

Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

KIM JONG-UN IS NOT AN IRRATIONAL MAN. He is a risk-taker and a strategist. Take a look at his chart. A Sun Capricorn with Mercury sitting on his Capricorn Ascendant, this leader always has a plan. And with most of his planets occupying a single quadrant he is highly focussed, a man of detail and fierce intent.

Yes, he may have a Moon in Pisces, which in its negative aspect can indicate a tendency toward fantasy and self-delusion, but that Moon is in harmony with Saturn and Pluto, so he is not emotionally unstable but rather, cold and manipulative; he may choose to appear irrational though, in order to raise fear in others. And it is a ploy Kim Jong-un has used very successfully with the world beyond North Korea.

I feel confident about the chart I am using for Jong-un, since the date was given by his aunt who has been living in the United States since 1998. She told The Washington Post that he was born the same year as her son and she "changed both their diapers". A second clue comes from his late mother who is said to have called her adored son Morning Star King, which is considered to refer to Venus, the Morning Star, which rose on and around his birthday in 1984.

2017 is going to be a defining year for the North Korean leader. Saturn will reach his Ascendant and Mercury in late December/early January having made its way through the twelfth house and over his Sagittarian planets. Typically, a Saturn transit of the twelfth house will represent a period of preparation; sometimes it will coincide with a term of incarceration or at least long intervals of time spent in solitary contemplation and certainly behind the scenes. While there has been no shortage of photographs of Kim Jong-un attending missile launches and the like, he is seen only infrequently in public and periodically entirely disappears from view.

Come 2018 and the passage of Saturn across his Ascendant and through the first house, we should be looking at a leader whose time has come.

I was interested to see whether or not the recent total solar eclipse connected to any of Jong-un's planets and points. It didn't, but it was much in evidence in the chart of North Korea. The total solar eclipse of 21st August fell precisely on North Korea's Saturn at 28 degrees of Leo. A degree you might recall is significant in the horoscopes of both Donald Trump and the USA...

As this newsletter goes to press, there are reports of North Korea moving an intercontinental ballistic missile to its west coast. And with the country celebrating the 69th anniversary of its independence on Saturday, 9th September, it seems we can expect another spectacular display of this hermit kingdom's growing might.

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un
8 Jan 1984, 07hrs 00,
Pjongjang, North Korea

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North Korea

North Korea
9 Sep 1948, 07hrs 30,
Pjongjang, North Korea

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The German Election

THE GERMAN PEOPLE HEAD TO THE POLLS on 24th September to elect a chancellor and a new parliament. Angela Merkel is expected to win with a comfortable majority. She is seen to have a strong pair of hands in which to hold and shape Germany's future, especially in such unstable times.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel
17 Jul 1954, 18hrs 00,
Hamburg, Germany

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If we examine Mrs Merkel's chart, she seems to be in good astrological shape. Fortunate Jupiter is currently hovering over her Mid-heaven and will be firmly in the tenth house of career and life goals by election day. Jupiter will be approaching her natal Saturn, co-ruler of her first house, which is an indication of power and status. Jupiter-Saturn combos work well for statesmen and affairs of state.

Uranus is not too far from a square to her Cancerian Sun, but it is separating, and Mrs Merkel has a natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, so a transit of this unpredictable planet can bring out the best in it. While the Chancellor could never be described as a rebel, she is her own woman - take for instance her stance on immigration that could well lose her the election - and were she not capable of moving with the times, she could not have remained at the helm of Germany for so many years.

It is of course no surprise that with four planetary bodies in the maternal sign of Cancer she is affectionately known by the German people as Mutti (Mummy).

Less joyous is the transit of Saturn to her natal Mars. This is an applying aspect so it has the power to bring her down a peg or two and certainly to make her feel weary and defeated: the burdens of leadership in a troubled world are not for the lily-livered. She has come under severe criticism for her decision to open Germany's doors to over a million refugees, and there have been strong protests about her immigration policy during the campaign. This has been by no means an easy passage, and Saturn may still narrow that lead she presently holds.

HER MAIN OPONENT, MARTIN SCHULTZ, gave a less than impressive performance in the recent television debate between them. He spent his time attacking Merkel and her policies while supplying no answers of his own to the difficult issues of the day. His chart, albeit inaccurate since we have no time of birth, reveals no Jupiter transits to indicate a successful transition to Chancellor of Germany. Instead he is suffering from a surfeit of Saturn.

Schultz is a strongly Sagittarian individual - the Sun, Venus and Mars in this fire sign, and curiously, his Mars is in the exact same position as Merkel's. Since this stellium occupies the latter degrees of Sagittarius, Saturn is bearing down heavily on his hopes and dreams, which does not help his chances of winning friends and influencing people on the way to the election. Of course, there is an argument to be made that if you are to wear the robes of state you need a strong Saturn transit. Then again, Merkel also has Saturn transiting her Mars.

Martin Schultz
Martin Schultz

You may also notice that with his natal Saturn at 28 degrees of Capricorn, Uranus is currently squaring it not only thwarting his chances of appearing to be what Germany needs - a strong pair of hands - but also making his position extremely unstable.

Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz
20 Dec 1961, 08hrs 40,
Eschweiler, Germany

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Martin Schulz

Germany
3 Oct 1990, 12hrs 00,
Bonn, Germany

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German Election 2017

German Election 2017
24 Sep 2017, 07hrs 00,
Berlin, Germany

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ON ELECTION DAY, THE SUN WILL BE CONJUNCT Germany's natal Venus, which could indicate a female victory or at least one that has the heart of the people on it. The Mars-Neptune opposition, however, will be squaring Germany's Mars, and Pluto is already conjunct Germany's natal Saturn. These latter two factors are indicative of an upset.

Nothing is ever straight-forward in astrology. Despite Mrs Merkel's having far better transits and currently in a near-unbeatable position, in recent years we have seen dead certainties fall at the last fence. Remember Brexit? Remember Trump? So, to put my signature on a Merkel victory is, frankly, folly.

With Mars in exact opposition to Neptune on the day, anything can happen, and perhaps at the last moment the tide will turn.



Baby number three for the Cambridge's

THANK GOODNESS FOR SOME BRIGHTER NEWS. On Monday, 4th September, Buckingham Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child. Normally, such an announcement would have been left until the twelve-week mark so as to be sure the pregnancy is stable, but since Princess Kate is once again suffering from severe sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) the news was brought forward in order to explain her withdrawal from certain appearances, not least Prince George's first day of school.

Speculation is rife that the new baby was conceived during the royal couple's state visit to Poland on the 17th and 18th of July. If this turns out to be correct then we can expect the new baby to arrive on or near 9th April 2018.

Cambridge Family
Cambridge Family

I thought you might enjoy a speculative look at what kind of chart baby number three might have.

GIVEN THE NEW BABY MIGHT HAVE a chart similar to this, life in the Cambridge household may never be the same again. Not only would the prince or princess be a feisty, fearless and headstrong Aries but with the Sun squaring Mars, he or she would be competitive in the extreme and probably rather unruly.

New Cambridge Baby

New Cambridge Baby
9 Apr 2018, 06hrs 25,
London, UK

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To add to this portrait of mischief and disorder, the Moon will be squaring Uranus (and this will remain in aspect all day, even when the Moon moves into Aquarius) suggesting the royal child will want his or her way all of the time and will be difficult to control. Cheeky, funny and charming, maybe, but not one to toe the line.

Fortunately, he or she will have the benefit of a Mars-Saturn conjunction - not usually an aspect to be welcomed with open arms, but in a chart that otherwise reveals a degree of uncontrollability it could come in very handy. Self-discipline and hard work invariably come with this aspect, and the individual is usually very hard on himself. So, a big tick in the box here. Plus, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have Mars-Saturn conjunctions, which is suggestive of a strong family theme. And, of course, this aspect will remain in place for at least a week before and after the 9th April.

Were the baby to be born on this day and around this time, the Moon in Capricorn would be closely conjunct brother, Prince George's Moon and precisely opposite his Sun. A close bond, perhaps, but they might also clash being similar in some regards. Venus at 11 degrees of Taurus is conjunct sister, Princess Charlotte's Sun, which is a delightful and affectionate connection.

Prince William

Prince William
21 Jun 1982, 21hrs 03,
London, UK

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Prince George

Prince George
22 Jul 2013, 16hrs 24,
London, UK

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Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte
2 May 2015, 08hrs 34,
London, UK

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In an ideal world, the next royal baby would arrive a little later in April when the Sun will have entered Taurus and will be in harmony with that challenging Mars-Saturn-Pluto combo. And given both Charlotte and George arrived a couple of weeks after they were rumoured to be arriving, the Cambridge's could be welcoming a precious little Taurean into the family fold. Of course, whatever his or her chart, the new baby will be deeply loved by his parents and, sibling rivalry notwithstanding, his brother and sister too.

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