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Monthly Newsletter: April 2017

In this newsletter:

  • No signs of spring - Global tensions increase over Syria
  • King Charles III and Queen Camilla

AS I BEGIN MY APRIL NEWSLETTER, a Russian frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, is sailing through the Black Sea Straights on its way to the Mediterranean where it will position itself between the US naval presence in the area and Syria. Its original intention: to call in on the logistics base at the Port of Tartus, Syria, but its greater intent appears to be a show of force in response to Thursday's US military strike against the Assad regime.

All this is taking place under the auspices of a Sun-Jupiter-Pluto alignment, with a chirpy square from Venus to Saturn thrown in for good measure.

These are no signs of spring.

No signs of spring - Global tensions increase over Syria

ON A WARM AND PEASANT THURSDAY EVENING in Florida while Donald Trump was dining with Chinese president, Xi Jinping - steak and pan-seared sole - 59 Tomahawk missiles were raining down on the Syrian air base near Homs. The US air strike was a response to the Assad-inspired chemical attack two days earlier on the people of Khan Sheikhun in Northwestern Syria - an attack that killed 72, including 27 children, and injured 546.

Obama's famous 'red line' had already been crossed in August 2013 when the Syrian government sent rockets carrying the nerve gas, sarin, into the suburbs of Damascus killing anywhere between 281 to 1729 of its citizens.

US Airstrike
US Airstrike

"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized..."

Barack Obama, 20 August 2012.

Obama was almost universally criticized for his failure to strike the Assad regime in the wake of the chemical attack on Damascus. It was a failure that made America appear impotent. Ironically, it has fallen to the much-maligned Donald Trump - a president who during his campaign for the White House made a pledge not to allow America to become embroiled in foreign wars - to set that wrong to rights.

HOW COULD WE HAVE DOUBTED TRUMP WOULD exercise the military option to deal with Syria; this president with Mars rising in Leo, this president who attended military school, this president who goes on the verbal attack at the merest whiff of a blow to his ego? It was truly in the stars.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

US Airstrike On Syria

US Airstrike On Syria
7 Apr 2017, 03hrs 40,
Homs, Syria

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The astrology of the piece is striking.

At 3:40 in the morning of 7 April, 2017 (8:40 pm: 6 April, EST) 19 degrees of Aquarius was rising over the city of Homs. The Moon at 28 degrees of Leo was setting, broadly square Mars in Taurus and the MC/IC axis, and trining Saturn and Uranus.

Let us first focus on the Moon at 28 of Leo. Donald Trump's Ascendant is 29 degrees of Leo and his Mars at 27 Leo, thus the transiting Moon fell smartly on his Mars-Ascendant combo. Of course, the Moon will pass over this point every 28 days, which might simply spark a domestic row or a careless moment over a hot stove, but on this occasion it inspired an act of hostility toward another nation. And its consequences remain to be seen.

The astrology becomes even more interesting when you consider the horoscopes of Russia, the US and Vladimir Putin. 28 degrees of Aquarius is the USA's natal Moon, Russia's Ascendant is 25 degrees of Leo while Putin's Pluto and Mid-heaven are to be found at 22 degrees of Leo, plus the degree of his north node was rising as the US planes attacked the Syrian air base.

All the above astrological data informs us that this moment in time is going to play a significant role in the future of Syria, the US and Russia.

In my Friday 'news bite' on the home page, I pointed to the moon at 28 Leo being void-of-course, which according to traditional astrology means "nothing will come of the matter". However, I think we can safely assume that some important developments will indeed come out of Trump's actions, even if it takes until 2020/21 (when Pluto reaches the latter degrees of Capricorn, and goes over the ground Uranus currently occupies) to find out.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump
14 Jun 1946, 10hrs 54,
Jamaica, NY

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The Moon's degree is not the only astrological factor of significance. As you will see from the chart of the US air strike, Uranus, currently at 24 degrees Aries, is squaring Trump's Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer and the US Mercury in Cancer while also opposing Putin's Mercury. And Uranus has much to do with explosive situations. Saturn, at 27 degrees of Sagittarius, is widely opposed to Trump's Gemini Sun, conjunct Putin's Mars and none too far from an opposition to the US Mars. And while Saturn transits are coincident with hard times they also tend to generate fear and negativity, which in turn prompt knee-jerk actions.

While there may be people who consider the US strike will result in an escalation of the civil war in Syria, there are other voices who believe the reverse. Not exactly a storm in a teacup, but not the beginning of the end of the world either.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin
14 Jun 1946, 10hrs 54,
Jamaica, NY

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USA

USA
4 Jul 1776, 17hrs 10,
Philadelphia, PA

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Russia

Russia
25 Dec 1991, 19hrs 45,
Moscow, Russia

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According to a report by CNBC, Russia and Syria were warned by the US of its forthcoming attack on the airbase, with the intention of minimizing the risk to personnel; no Russian assets were targeted; furthermore, while 59 cruise missiles certainly inflicted damage, enough of the airbase remained to facilitate take-off and landing of aircraft.

This therefore was a message not a prelude to war. And although Russia maintains it is "disappointed" with the actions taken by the US - and certainly disappointed in a president it believed it could 'work' with - it is unlikely to retaliate in military terms, merely ratchet up the war of words. Then again, I believe this is in large part how World War I got going - through a series of catastrophic mistakes and a collection of toxic nationalisms drawing in outside powers.

With this in mind, it should be noted that at this same point in time, a US navy strike force is making its way across the western Pacific Ocean to the Korean peninsula. Its stated purpose is to join South Korean forces for military exercises; its true purpose, no doubt - to send a powerful message to Kim Jong-un that the US is not afraid to take the military option.

US Navy Strike Force
US Navy Strike Force

The days before Easter are going to prove pivotal, and probably not in a good way, to relations between Syria, Russia and the US, if not a lot more besides. On Monday, 10th April Mercury turns retrograde and the following day, the full moon in Aries conjoins Uranus; and these developments come a matter of days after Saturn headed into retrograde motion. We should also look to late August when Saturn moves direct -a matter of days after the Great American Eclipse - for another key phase in this ongoing, deeply worrying situation.



King Charles III and Queen Camilla

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY KNOW THIS but 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the House of Windsor. On 6 May, 1917, a wily King George V replaced the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family name with the quintessentially English, Windsor. At the time World War I was at its height and anti-German feeling at its strongest, so it made a certain sense to remove the monarchy as far away as possible from its German origins.

Much has happened to the Windsors in those one hundred years, not least the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936. Edward, if you remember, refused to be crowned King without the woman he loved - the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson - by his side. Almost fifty years later and the monarchy wobbled on its axis once again due to the marital woes of the younger generation (Charles and Diana, Andrew and Sarah). And then there was the death of Diana.

Charles And Camilla
Charles And Camilla

IN ONE OF THOSE SYNCHRONICITIES that tend to occur frequently with my newsletters, as I write this pre-planned piece, Charles and Camilla are celebrating their twelfth wedding anniversary. To accompany this happy occasion, various newspapers are speculating that when Charles becomes King, Camilla will be his Queen.

According to constitutional expert, Lord Norton of Louth, there are no ifs ands and buts about it: when Charles ascends the throne Camilla will automatically become Queen 'by precedent'.

To understand why this is so significant is that it completely contradicts the original view on the matter. When Camilla and Charles married in 2005, public opinion of Camilla was at a nadir; she was, after all, the woman who had "stolen" Charles from the beautiful Diana and broken her heart. How could such a woman become Queen. With her future role a distinctly thorny subject, on their wedding day it was announced that Camilla would take the title of Princess Consort when Charles became King.

Twelve years on, and Camilla's approval ratings are high. She is warmly accepted by the Queen and much loved by William and Harry. The people of England have grown accustomed to her face. Even so, I don't think I'm the only person to balk at the prospect of Queen Camilla. To have her crowned Queen could be seen to be sanctioning adultery. Plus, neither Prince Philip nor Prince Albert were ever crowned King; Albert was Queen Victoria's Prince Consort as is the Duke of Edinburgh Elizabeth's.

Anyway, moving swiftly on. Since the beginning of the year, I have noticed an increasing media focus on the future of the monarchy - a future without Queen Elizabeth II. While the 100th anniversary of the House of Windsor is a newsworthy item, the campaign to promote Charles and Camilla as King and Queen seems a little previous, as we might say, and not altogether appropriate given that 2017 is the 20th anniversary of Diana's death. However, it has long been a royal practice to drip-feed new and controversial developments to the public through the lens of the media so that we are prepared for change when it finally happens. And it seems we must become more familiar with and accepting of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

There really should be no issue over who takes the throne when the Queen dies. And, by the way, she will never abdicate. It is a matter of 'precedent' that the crown passes to the next in line. However, there are some people who are of the opinion that the crown should skip a generation and go to William. The reasons being: Charles will be too old to do the job properly; Charles is far too radical and likely to interfere with matters of state and, most prevalent of all, that he is not greatly loved by the public, and may, by his very unpopularity, speed Britain's progress to becoming a Republic.

But, unless anything untoward happens to Prince Charles before Her Majesty passes away, he will be King. Of that you can be absolutely sure.

Back in 1986 when I was writing my book Romancing the Stars I included a chapter on Prince Charles pointing to a similarity in the charts of Edward and Charles that could indicate Charles would never be King. My feelings were echoed by the Princess of Wales when we touched on the matter a year later. "Oh, I know I'll never be Queen and he'll never be King!"

Prince Charles

Prince Charles
14 Nov 1948, 21hrs 14,
London, UK

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Edward VIII And Wallis Simpson
Edward VIII And Wallis Simpson

There is an eerie resonance between the lives of Edward VIII and Prince Charles.

  • Both Edward and Charles were given the title, Prince of Wales.
  • Both Edward and Charles had distant mothers and alpha-male fathers.
  • Both had a lonely childhood.
  • Both fell in love with a divorced woman, and married her.

As far as the astrology is concerned, the key factor the two shared was the placing of Neptune in the fourth house. The fourth house, known as the area of home and family, has much to do with the roots of life and the family line; that a monarch has nebulous Neptune in this house suggests the line may end with him.

Edward VIII never fathered a child, and the natural family line "died out" when he abdicated. The abdication crisis nearly brought down the monarchy, and it was only thanks to the sense of duty and stability provided by his brother George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen-mother, that it went instead from strength to strength.

Admittedly, Edward's fourth house is in a lot more trouble than Charles' - Neptune was sandwiched between Pluto and Jupiter - but Neptune is nonetheless tucked up close to the IC in Charles' chart, which makes the erosive effects of that planet much stronger. And we can certainly point the finger at his angular Neptune, which is conjunct Venus (the ruler of his fourth house and co-ruler of the tenth) for his near-lifetime struggle to find his role.

When Edward abdicated in December of 1936 Neptune in Virgo and Saturn in Pisces were squaring his natal Neptune, triggering this planet's potential to inspire sacrifice and loss. And we know how frustrating it was for him to find a purposeful role once he had abdicated. He was an outcast without a compass.

In 1992 - the Queen's annus horibilis - Charles and Diana separated, curiously on 10th December, almost 56 years to the day of Edward's abdication, which provided yet another point at which the monarchy teetered on its axis. At that moment in time, Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn were squaring Charles' natal Venus-Neptune conjunction.

Prince Charles

Edward VIII
23 Jun 1894, 21hrs 55,
Surrey, UK

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Now, in 2017, the House of Windsor rests in a pair of strong hands, and it would take a series of major scandals to turn the tide of public affection. But then who would have thought in January 2016 that Great Britain would vote to leave Europe six months later...

As Charles and Camilla celebrate their twelfth anniversary - and, by the way, he was in France at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge while she was at home with the grandchildren - Pluto is homing in on Charles' Venus, the ruler of his fourth house, which is closely conjunct Neptune. And toward the end of the year, Saturn will conjoin his Uranus (ruler of the seventh house of relationships) and oppose his Jupiter. These transits are not going to set the world on fire, so to speak: the royal marriage is not going to fall apart at the seams (and Pluto transits to Venus can inspire endings and beginnings of relationships) but neither do these influences radiate joy.

Quite what is going on behind the walls of Windsor Castle and in the corridors of Highgrove we do not know, but reading between the lines it seems to me that a seismic shift is taking place.

The Duchess Of Cornwall

The Duchess Of Cornwall
17 Jul 1947, 7hrs 10,
London, UK

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Charles has been preparing all his life to become King. He has made clear his intention to make Camilla his Queen. It is what he wants. Whether or not she is comfortable with that role cannot be ascertained. Camilla is not a lover of the limelight, and as she approaches her 70th birthday, could she really be relishing the prospect of taking on such a heavy responsibility until the end of her life?

From an astrological perspective, with a packed twelfth house, Camilla is an intensely private individual. Yet with Saturn rising in Leo, she has a strong sense of duty and enormous staying power. So, I suspect, she would rather the whole issue of becoming Queen went away, but when it happens, she will take on the role with grace and grit.

Right now, however, as Uranus squares her Sun and Pluto her Mercury, she's probably not a barrel of laughs to live with. And maybe, just maybe, there will be some unexpected bumps in the road to negotiate over the next couple of years.

As always, we shall have to wait and see how these astrological influences play out. Only history will reveal whether King Charles III is to be a noble and effective monarch and his Queen a paragon of strength and service or if his reign will mark the end of the monarchy. One thing is for sure, Neptune will have a say.

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