South Africa 1st Quarter 2017

The people of SA are focussed on parliament. We are in difficult place as a country. Things are described as unstable and unpredictable currently. Strikes and riots are a very real possibility. Our country needs a shake-up. We need to reinvent ourselves. We appear to be looking at new opportunities when it comes to foreign relations. It seems like our President spends most of his time this period traveling abroad. The government is focussed on the higher education sector and needs to come up with long term sustainable plans to stave off this instability in our country.

The point in the chart which represents government is conjunct Facies a very destructive star. This does not bode well for the government of the day and President Zuma. This star is associated with blindness, eye sight problems, sudden death and violence. Facies is associated with focus and in some cases the ruthless pursuit of goals. It can also be associated with cruelty and war. This star was prominent in Hitler’s chart, also Margaret Thatcher.

The media are a thorn in the side of government. Government seem intent on setting the agenda and continues to fuel news with propaganda. The media will find it difficult to uncover the truth. There are powerful influences within government deliberately abusing the power of the media and its influence. The police and military appear to be abusing their power and influence too. This is worrisome if state power is abused to suppress. The workers want government to deal with issues they face in the work place. Workers are also sick and tired of those in power abusing their positions and influence. Workers are undecided if they are with government or not. The jury is out. There could be a split in the ruling party with labour finding a new home. Generally transport and telecommunications are a real concern.

The youth are focussed on higher education and taking the president/government to task on this matter. It seems like other foreign countries have a great deal of influence on/in Parliament and equally Parliament is looking abroad for answers and support. Parliament is very focussed on the our financial status, the banks and treasury. It is working hard to convince foreigners to invest in our country. There is interest from foreign countries in matters dealing with land, farming and mining.

Corruption and lies are a theme in the first quarter and we may find it hard to uncover the truth. Can we trust our relationships with other foreign countries? Do we fully understand the nature of these dealings? The welfare institution like prisons and hospitals are under enormous pressure and the institutional integrity is dissolving before our eyes. These institutions are literally and figuratively falling apart. Substance abuse is rife is prisons and these folks are totally disillusioned.

What we also need to factor is during this quarter is that in 2016 the leadership of the ANC came under enormous pressure with Pluto conjunct Sun (Feb/June and Dec 2016). In addition Zuma and Gordon were both in difficult and unpredictable territory with Uranus conjunct Sun in their birth charts (May/Oct 2016 and Feb 2017). This cycle is not yet complete for both Zuma and Gordon and it remains to be seen what transpires in Feb 2017 when this cycle completes. But we can expect some wild and crazy times towards end Feb 2017 again. Uranus is an unpredictable planet and does things quickly, takes one by surprise and often pulls the carpet from under our feet. Although we don’t have birth times for either Zuma or Gordon the sun is symbolic of your identity and as leaders we can expect some dramatic changes in this period.

The Great Depression – 1931 to 1934

The Great Recession – the period post the financial and sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007/08/09

I am very interested in this concept of history repeating itself. We use this term in our everyday language. When one reflects on historical events, themes do seem to repeat over time. Why is that? Because planetary cycles repeat themselves over time. What got me thinking about this was the current global economic situation.
When one looks back in history to the Great Depression, there had been a few years of recession prior to the stock market crash on 24th October 1929. Then the world entered another period of recession which lasted 43 months. It was only after this time that the period in history called the Great Depression began. The years 1932 to 1933 were classified as the Great Depression. During this time the USA also went off the Gold Standard. Wealth evaporated, many banks were forced to close and unemployment increased to record levels.

This period in history is characterised by the planetary cycle of transiting Uranus squaring transiting Pluto. This cycle began in June 1931 and ended in Feb 1934 (using a 1 degree orb) and was the most prominent planetary cycle in the years of the Great Depression.

I wanted to get a good understanding of what went down in history during this time so that we could have a better understanding of current times.

Below are extracts from the website www.history.com to expand on the historical events of this time.

US Stock Market Crash on 24 October 1929
During the mid- to late 1920’s, the stock market in the United States underwent rapid expansion. It continued for the first six months following President Herbert Hoover’s inauguration in January 1929. The prices of stocks soared to fantastic heights in the great “Hoover bull market,” and the public, from banking and industrial magnates to chauffeurs and cooks, rushed to brokers to invest their surplus or their savings in securities, which they could sell at a profit. Billions of dollars were drawn from the banks into Wall Street for brokers’ loans to carry margin accounts. The spectacles of the South Sea Bubble and the Mississippi Bubble had returned. People sold their Liberty Bonds and mortgaged their homes to pour their cash into the stock market. In the midsummer of 1929 some 300 million shares of stock were being carried on margin, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a peak of 381 points in September. Any warnings of the precarious foundations of this financial house of cards went unheeded.

Prices began to decline in September and early October, but speculation continued, fuelled in many cases by individuals who had borrowed money to buy shares—a practice that could be sustained only as long as stock prices continued rising. On October 18 the market went into a free fall, and the wild rush to buy stocks gave way to an equally wild rush to sell. The first day of real panic, October 24, is known as Black Thursday; on that day a record 12.9 million shares were traded as investors rushed to salvage their losses. Still, the Dow average closed down only six points after a number of major banks and investment companies bought up great blocks of stock in a successful effort to stem the panic that day. Their attempts, however, ultimately failed to shore up the market.

The panic began again on Black Monday (October 28), with the market closing down 12.8 percent. On Black Tuesday (October 29) more than 16 million shares were traded. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost another 12 percent and closed at 198 — a drop of 183 points in less than two months. Prime securities tumbled like the issues of bogus gold mines. General Electric fell from 396 on September 3 to 210 on October 29. American Telephone and Telegraph dropped 100 points. DuPont fell from a summer high of 217 to 80, United States Steel from 261 to 166, Delaware and Hudson from 224 to 141, and Radio Corporation of America (RCA) common stock from 505 to 26. Political and financial leaders at first affected to treat the matter as a mere spasm in the market, vying with one another in reassuring statements. President Hoover and Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellon led the way with optimistic predictions that business was “fundamentally sound” and that a great revival of prosperity was “just around the corner.” Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearly reached the 300 mark again in 1930, it sank rapidly in May 1930. Another 20 years would pass before the Dow average regained enough momentum to surpass the 200-point level.

Many factors likely contributed to the collapse of the stock market. Among the more prominent causes were the period of rampant speculation (those who had bought stocks on margin not only lost the value of their investment, they also owed money to the entities that had granted the loans for the stock purchases), tightening of credit by the Federal Reserve (in August 1929 the discount rate was raised from 5 percent to 6 percent), the proliferation of holding companies and investment trusts (which tended to create debt), a multitude of large bank loans that could not be liquidated, and an economic recession that had begun earlier in the summer.

The Great Depression Begins: The Stock Market Crash of 1929
As consumer confidence vanished in the wake of the stock market crash, the downturn in spending and investment led factories and other businesses to slow down production and construction and begin firing their workers. For those who were lucky enough to remain employed, wages fell and buying power decreased. Many Americans forced to buy on credit fell into debt, and the number of foreclosures and repossessions climbed steadily. The adherence to the gold standard, which joined countries around the world in a fixed currency exchange, helped spread the Depression from the United States throughout the world, especially in Europe.

The Great Depression Deepens: Bank Runs and the Hoover Administration
Despite assurances from President Herbert Hoover and other leaders that the crisis would run its course, matters continued to get worse over the next three years. By 1930, 4 million Americans looking for work could not find it; that number had risen to 6 million in 1931. Meanwhile, the country’s industrial production had dropped by half. Bread lines, soup kitchens and rising numbers of homeless people became more and more common in America’s towns and cities. Farmers (who had been struggling with their own economic depression for much of the1920s due to drought and falling food prices) couldn’t afford to harvest their crops, and were forced to leave them rotting in the fields while people elsewhere starved.

In the fall of 1930, the first of four waves of banking panics began, as large numbers of investors lost confidence in the solvency of their banks and demanded deposits in cash, forcing banks to liquidate loans in order to supplement their insufficient cash reserves on hand. Bank runs swept the United States again in the spring and fall of 1931 and the fall of 1932, and by early 1933 thousands of banks had closed their doors. In the face of this dire situation, Hoover’s administration tried supporting failing banks and other institutions with government loans; the idea was that the banks in turn would loan to businesses, which would be able to hire back their employees.

FDR Addresses the Great Depression with the New Deal
Hoover, a Republican who had formerly served as U.S. secretary of commerce, believed that government should not directly intervene in the economy, and that it did not have the responsibility to create jobs or provide economic relief for its citizens. In 1932, however, with the country mired in the depths of the Great Depression and some 13-15 million people (or more than 20 percent of the U.S. population at the time) unemployed, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt won an overwhelming victory in the presidential election. By Inauguration Day (March 4, 1933), every U.S. state had ordered all remaining banks to close at the end of the fourth wave of banking panics, and the U.S. Treasury didn’t have enough cash to pay all government workers. Nonetheless, FDR (as he was known) projected a calm energy and optimism, famously declaring that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Roosevelt took immediate action to address the country’s economic woes, first announcing a four-day “bank holiday” during which all banks would close so that Congress could pass reform legislation and reopen those banks determined to be sound. He also began addressing the public directly over the radio in a series of talks, and these so-called “fireside chats” went a long way towards restoring public confidence. During Roosevelt’s first 100 days in office, his administration passed legislation that aimed to stabilize industrial and agricultural production, create jobs and stimulate recovery. In addition, Roosevelt sought to reform the financial system, creating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to protect depositors’ accounts and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate the stock market and prevent abuses of the kind that led to the 1929 crash.

The Great Depression: Hard Road to Recovery
Among the programs and institutions of the New Deal that aided in recovery from the Great Depression were the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which built dams and hydroelectric projects to control flooding and provide electric power to the impoverished Tennessee Valley region of the South, and the Works Project Administration (WPA), a permanent jobs program that employed 8.5 million people from 1935 to 1943. After showing early signs of recovery beginning in the spring of 1933, the economy continued to improve throughout the next three years, during which real GDP (adjusted for inflation) grew at an average rate of 9 percent per year.
When the Great Depression began, the United States was the only industrialized country in the world without some form of unemployment insurance or social security. In 1935, Congress passed the Social Security Act, which for the first time provided Americans with unemployment, disability and pensions for old age.

US off Gold Standard – 5 June 1933
On June 5, 1933, the United States went off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold, when Congress enacted a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold. The United States had been on a gold standard since 1879, except for an embargo on gold exports during
World War I, but bank failures during the Great Depression of the 1930s frightened the public into hoarding gold, making the policy untenable.

Soon after taking office in March 1933, Roosevelt declared a nationwide bank moratorium in order to prevent a run on the banks by consumers lacking confidence in the economy. He also forbade banks to pay out gold or to export it. According to Keynesian economic theory, one of the best ways to fight off an economic downturn is to inflate the money supply. And increasing the amount of gold held by the Federal Reserve would in turn increase its power to inflate the money supply. Facing similar pressures, Britain had dropped the gold standard in 1931, and Roosevelt had taken note.

On April 5, 1933, Roosevelt ordered all gold coins and gold certificates in denominations of more than $100 be turned in for other money. It required all persons to deliver all gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates owned by them to the Federal Reserve by May 1 for the set price of $20.67 per ounce. By May 10, the government had taken in $300 million of gold coin and $470 million of gold certificates. Two months later, a joint resolution of Congress abrogated the gold clauses in many public and private obligations that required the debtor to repay the creditor in gold dollars of the same weight and fineness as those borrowed. In 1934, the government price of gold was increased to $35 per ounce, effectively increasing the gold on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheets by 69 percent. This increase in assets allowed the Federal Reserve to further inflate the money supply.

The government held the $35 per ounce price until August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, thus completely abandoning the gold standard. In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed legislation that permitted Americans again to own gold bullion.

My historical investigations continued, as it appeared that the Gold Standard was also very pertinent in terms of fundamental economic decisions made during this time. I wanted to see when Uranus squared Pluto in the 1800’s and test the hypothesis that this cycle was tied into monetary/currency fundamentals.
In astrological terms, Uranus squared Pluto (using a 1 degree orb) between Dec 1819 and Oct 1821 (England re-coinage programme) and again between Oct 1876 and July 1878 (US on Gold Standard from 1879).

The crisis of silver currency and bank notes (1750–1870)
In the late 18th century, wars and trade with China, which sold to Europe but had little use for European goods, drained silver from the economies of Western Europe and the United States. Coins were struck in smaller and smaller numbers, and there was a proliferation of bank and stock notes used as money.

In the 1790s, England, suffering a massive shortage of silver coinage, ceased to mint larger silver coins and issued “token” silver coins and overstruck foreign coins. With the end of the Napoleonic Wars, England began a massive re-coinage programme that created standard gold sovereigns and circulating crowns and half-crowns, and eventually copper farthings in 1821. The re-coinage of silver in England after a long drought produced a burst of coins: England struck nearly 40 million shillings between 1816 and 1820, 17 million half crowns and 1.3 million silver crowns. The 1819 Act for the Resumption of Cash Payments set 1823 as the date for resumption of convertibility, reached instead by 1821.

Summary thoughts

So what is important about this time when Uranus squares Pluto? What makes this a globally important time is that this cycle comes around infrequently as both of these planets are slow moving. Uranus takes about 84 earth years to complete a cycle. Pluto moves more slowly taking about 248 years to complete a full cycle in earth years.
I am looking at a time line from the 1800’s. In astrological terms, Uranus squared Pluto (using a 1 degree orb) between Dec 1819 and Oct 1821; between Oct 1876 and July 1878 and then again between June 1931 and Feb 1934. These two planets square each other again from June 2012 to April 2015. The global economic concerns are not yet over. We should expect more upheavals socially and economically.

Uranus is a planet that signifies revolution and change through invention. Uranus creates unexpected chaos and disruption. From the chaos comes innovation. Pluto on the other hand is the eliminator or destroyer. For new opportunities to emerge, the old ways must be eliminated. As one can see these two planets create a powerful, destructive force for change in society at large.

So what are the lessons? And what can we expect? Looking back in history, it was a time of fundamental economic change. Firstly in the 1820’s with England embarking on a massive re-coinage programme; then in 1879 with the US moving onto the Gold Standard; and then in 1931 Britain moved off the Gold Standard followed by the US in 1933.

So it seems that this concept of linking currency and gold needs to be revisited. Is it appropriate? Is it relevant in current times? Is there a way this policy could be re-invented to suit the current economic circumstances now and into the future?

The years of the Great Depression were significant with massive financial losses and mass unemployment as economies and stock markets crashed and consumers lost confidence.

What are the economic lessons from this scenario? The problems have arisen from global over-consumption. Many households and countries are living beyond their means. Far too many people and countries have massive debt. Are there any lessons? Never invest with borrowed/loaned money that demands interest payments. Invest with spare cash. Otherwise investment is too risky. Gain is speculative and relies on a market with constant positive growth.

The economic recession in 2008/2009/2010 and lack of confidence in the global financial system all boiled down to reckless lending. This kind of lending is not sustainable. The bubble must burst and it did. Households and governments/countries are going to have to embark on a programme to rebuild their balance sheets to reduce debt and this is likely to take time.

The big question is how will global leaders manage the current global economic crisis? The US was the only industrialised nation post the Great Depression that did not have any form of social security. This was implemented in 1935. The current problems in Europe/UK and US have a lot to do with social benefits and budgetary restrictions. The governments of the day are hard pressed to provide all the services that they would like to all members of the population within the current fiscus. Most of the developed nations have debt that is sky high and this scenario is not sustainable. It once again speaks about economic fundamentals. The US debt ceiling crisis highlights this problem and it has been hard for politicians to agree a way forward for the US.

In summary the themes relate to the rise and fall of the Gold Standard, banking and stock market fundamentals and social security and social benefits. The world must once again make radical changes to our economic fundamentals. It is a time of change and we should embrace the changes that lie ahead. Outdated systems that have failed must go and new systems should be implemented to deal with the current political, social and economic situation.

Critical moments in recent history of the ANC leadership

The ANC leadership finds itself at a crossroads. Currently Pluto is conjunct the Sun, implying that the organisation will implode if the current leadership is not purged. Fundamental change in required for the organisation to survive and remain relevant in South Africa. They faced a similar position in 1978 and 1979.

Between February and December 1992 – Uranus was conjunct the Sun in the chart of the ANC. This refers to a radical change in direction and leadership of the ANC, bringing with it new leadership and new insights.

During this time Nelson Mandela was elected leader of the ANC at the national congress. Prior to this on 11 February 1990, he was released after spending 27 years in prison.

Between February 1978 and July 1979, Pluto squared the Sun in the chart of the ANC chart. This was a time of profound change in direction for the ANC. Once again the leadership of the ANC was under enormous pressure to make significant changes to the direction of the organisation.

This was a turning point in the strategic direction of the ANC. Armed activity outside South Africa was not translating into an organised political base inside South Africa. In October 1978 a small delegation, led by ANC President Oliver Tambo, went to Vietnam to learn lessons that could be applied to the struggle in South Africa. Mac Maharaj and Jo Slovo were key players in this debate. Post this visit there was a sense that a national democratic revolution required the broadest mobilisation of the masses, encompassing all classes and strata of the oppressed, if this mission were to succeed. In this way the ANC could achieve its goal of power for the people in South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius re-sentenced

Oscar Pistorius was re-sentenced on 6 July for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and was given a 6 year sentence. The legal process has taken time to reach this conclusion.

I looked back at what I wrote in Dec 2015.

” Saturn return – 29 years of age – Dec 2015 to Sep 2016
This is a testing time for Oscar. Friendships will be under pressure – will his old friends be there for him? Will some fall by the wayside?
Saturn is ruler of 12th house – prison. Saturn is a malefic planet and associated with restrictions and boundaries. His freedom will be tested for sure. Does he end up back in prison? Distinct possibility.
Saturn is also associated with duty and responsibility – this is the time in his life where he will need to take responsibility for his actions. Saturn is also ruler of his Ascendant – himself. This is a time of reckoning for Oscar.”

And so it has come to be that he finds himself behind bars serving his sentence and taking responsibility for what he did.

It is interesting to note that in 2013 when the incident occurred, transiting Saturn was making a conjunction to Venus, Pluto and his MC – all planets that talk about his career abroad and legal matters. This process unfolded from Nov 2012 to Sep 2013. Saturn is limiting by nature and is associated with endings and responsibility. This literally defines the period where he fell from Grace – feeling perhaps all powerful and not using his power and influence wisely.

Venus is his chart refers to legal matters. It is a planet in detriment and is likely to behave badly and be challenging to him in his life. This describes his brushes with the law. But what is also interesting is that Venus is a benefic planet and wants to do good. The legal process was perhaps kind to him. But with Venus close to Pluto – this would increase his troubles especially if he thought he was perhaps above the law.

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius was re-sentenced on 6 July for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and was given a 6 year sentence. The legal process has taken time to reach this conclusion.

I looked back at what I wrote in Dec 2015.

Saturn return – 29 years of age – Dec 2015 to Sep 2016.
This is a testing time for Oscar. Friendships will be under pressure – will his old friends be there for him? Will some fall by the wayside?
Saturn is ruler of 12th house – prison. Saturn is a malefic planet and associated with restrictions and boundaries. His freedom will be tested for sure. Does he end up back in prison? Distinct possibility.
Saturn is also associated with duty and responsibility – this is the time in his life where he will need to take responsibility for his actions. Saturn is also ruler of his Ascendant – himself. This is a time of reckoning for Oscar.

And so it has come to be that he finds himself behind bars serving his sentence and taking responsibility for what he did.

It is interesting to note that in 2013 when the incident occurred, transiting Saturn was making a conjunction to Venus, Pluto and his MC – all planets that talk about his career abroad and legal matters. This process unfolded from Nov 2012 to Sep 2013. Saturn is limiting by nature and is associated with endings and responsibility. This literally defines the period where he fell from Grace – feeling perhaps all powerful and not using his power and influence wisely.

Venus is his chart refers to legal matters. It is a planet in detriment and is likely to behave badly and be challenging to him in his life. This describes his brushes with the law. But what is also interesting is that Venus is a benefic planet and wants to do good. The legal process was perhaps kind to him. But with Venus close to Pluto – this would increase his troubles especially if he thought he was perhaps above the law.

Tradition versus Idealism

This is a time once again when the establishment will be challenged by those who dream about a different future.

Saturn square Neptune – Nov 2015 to Sep 2016 – dreams about a new long term future?

This is a stressful planetary aspect with Saturn representing those in authority, traditional values and the need to be responsible at odds with Neptune the planet that rules dreams, lies and deception. This is what I referred to earlier in the year. The reality not being what it seems during this phase.

We have now witnessed this scenario with the UK EU vote (#Brexit) and all the mistrust that has been created with the leave vote. Leaders are now backtracking about claims made (more money for NHS).

Looking back in time this aspect was at play in 1998/1999 – the Y2K problem. There was an incredible amount of pessimism at the time about how computers would handle the change to year 2000.

It was active again in 1979 and 1980. In a political context the Conservatives came to power in the UK with Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. In the US Ronald Reagan became the US President in 1981 just after this cycle completed. The world became more conservative during this time. Closer to home the Rhodesian Bush War ended in 1979 with Mugabe coming to power in 1980. The Yuppies became a phenomenon in the 1980’s – young urban professionals obsessed with financial success and the accumulation of material objects.

It was active again in 1962 and 1963. Marilyn Monroe was found dead on August 5th 1962 after apparently overdosing on sleeping pills. Neptune rules drugs and addiction. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963. A hurricane and resulting Tsunami caused flooding in East Pakistan Bangladesh killing 22,000. Saturn rules buildings and the land. Neptune is always associated with the ocean. In a hard aspect a natural disaster is also highly appropriate. During this year too Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech. Neptune is also associated with dreams. Making dreams real – the question we need to ask again at this time is this. Is it practical and possible to find a new way and to dream about a new long term future for humanity?

It was active again in 1944 and 1945 when World War 2 was drawing to a close. WW2 was the most widespread war in world history, involving the vast majority of the world’s nations and ended with 2 opposing military alliances. A new world order was created post WW2. It was an era defined by the decline of the great old powers and the rise of 2 new superpowers – USA and Soviet Union. The world was polarised post this period. The United Nations was established and the rate of decolonisation increased in the world. India (UK), Indonesia (Netherlands) and the Philippines (US) all gained independence.

South Africa – Aries Ingress 2016 year ahead

When looking at the chart of a country, the Aries Ingress chart is drawn and this sets the scene for the solar year ahead. A new chart is drawn for each quarter (Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) to add more detail. But the main themes come from the initial chart – the Aries Ingress chart set for the Capital – Pretoria.

This chart describes that President Zuma is all powerful. As the saying goes – “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. President Zuma is in very real danger of abusing his authority and power. He is likely to be drawn into legal battles – especially by the opposition, the youth and those interested in education. South Africans will resort to the courts on more and more matters.

Our image is one of instability and as things stand the situation in SA is currently unpredictable. The threat of strikes is also likely to harm our image in the world. Corruption is plaguing our economy.

The public servants are unhappy – they too may take the Government to court to settle differences. Our public service institutions are under enormous pressure currently – hospitals, prisons, military and police. Corruption is a massive problem.

The youth are focused and driven. Education is a big factor. The opposition are gunning for the youth and those that care about education. This is where our focus must be right now. We need to fix SA – provide education for the youth. They are our future.

The Cancer Ingress chart for 21 June 2016 (3rd quarter 2016) is very interesting. This is a stressful chart and in astrology stress creates circumstances ripe for change.
The people of SA are fed-up with the President and so too are the opposition. The lines of battle are drawn. The media could play an important role is exposing the President. Corruption remains a problem for our institutions and public servants. Our institutions are not running as they should. SA is still seen as unstable in the eyes of the world and our President is still seen as possibly abusing his position of authority. This is a stressful chart. Does the ANC recall Zuma? Do they get the fact that ordinary South Africans have had enough?

The Libra Ingress chart for 22 Sep 2016 (4th quarter 2016) shows that corruption remains a massive problem and is very harmful to our image in the world. Our economy remains unstable. We appear to be beholden to others financially. There is a chance Parliament regains power and recognises that it has a role to play in terms of keeping the President and Government accountable.

Oscar Pistorius release?

Oscar Pistorius was due to be released from prison on 21 August 2015. But the Justice Minister intervened on 19 August 2015 as Pistorius had not been eligible for consideration at the time of the parole board’s decision to release him. His release was only due for consideration on 21 August 2015.

The parole board made the decision to release Pistorius on June 5 2015, when Pistorius had served just over six months of his five-year sentence. This was in contravention of Section 73(7)(a), which required him to have served one-sixth of his five-year sentence before being considered for placement under correctional supervision.

On 19 September 2015, the parole board issued a statement saying that said Pistorius needed to wait for another 2 weeks behind bars after a second hearing to decide his early release was postponed.

Mercury went retrograde on 17 September 2015 and goes direct again on 9 October 2015.

Oscar Pistorius was originally sentenced to 5 years in prison on 21 October 2014. Mercury was once again retrograde.

On 20 Oct 2014 I wrote this……
‘Tomorrow the Judge will hand down sentence in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Mercury is still retrograde in the sign of Libra – the scales of justice. This literally describes how the information and evidence needs to be weighed in order to administer justice. No easy task.
Mercury is known as the jester, the joker, the trickster and the messenger. What are the implications for Oscar with the sentence being handed down when Mercury is still retrograde? Is the process complete?’

This process is not yet done and it seems there are still some twists and turns ahead for Oscar. The State’s appeal for the acquittal of murder charges against the culpable homicide-conviction will be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal in November 2015.

Nepal Earthquakes – when is another big earthquake likely to occur?

On 15 Jan 1934 one of worst earthquakes in history hit Nepal. It measured 8.3 magnitude on Richter scale. The epicentre of this event was located in eastern Nepal about 100 km south of Mount Everest. The three towns of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan were severely affected and almost all the buildings collapsed. Large cracks appeared in the ground and several roads were damaged in Kathmandu. In Sitamarhi, not a single house was left standing. In Patna, only one castle remained standing, with the rest of the city being turned to rubble. In Rajnagar, near Madhubani, all the Kutcha buildings collapsed. The total number of deaths recorded in Bihar was 7253. and other deaths in Nepal ranged between 10,800 and 12,000.

I am interested in the planetary transits during these earthquakes and I wanted to see if there were any patterns with this current earthquake in Nepal. And then more importantly what was likely to happen in the future.

Between 18 Jan and 10 Feb 1934 the following transits occurred. These are a very powerful group of planetary transits. Uranus and Pluto are associated with earthquakes. Uranus has an unpredictable nature and Pluto is very destructive. Jupiter magnifies events.
• Uranus square Pluto
• Jupiter opposed Uranus
• Jupiter square Pluto

The latest earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015 in Nepal. The epicentre was near the village of Lamjung, in the Gorkha region, approximately 80km northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.

Were there any similarities in terms of planetary transits?

Uranus square Pluto – this planetary configuration has just moved out of exactness – this process started on 3 June 2012 and ended on 7 April 2015. This square was exact between 24 June 2012 and 7 March 2015.

In the next few years Jupiter opposes Uranus and Jupiter squares Pluto. These were the other 2 planetary aspects at play in the 1934 earthquake. They have just missed getting involved this time in the Uranus square Pluto. Could this earthquake have been worse if these Jupiter aspects were involved? It very well may have been a lot worse.

• Jupiter opposed Uranus – exact between 26 Dec 2016 and 28 Sep 2017. Enters 19 Dec 2016 and leaves 2 Oct 2017.
• Jupiter square Pluto – exact between 24 Nov 2016 and 4 Aug 2017. Enters 18 Nov 2016 and leaves 10 Aug 2017.

There are no periods in the next 2 years when these two transits connect although they are active during a similar period.

It seems like this time only Uranus square Pluto was active and technically was out of aspect during this #Nepalearthquake.

Looking ahead geologists predict that this region experiences major earthquakes every 80 years. Uranus takes 84 years to complete a full circle around the Sun. Uranus and Pluto are both associated with earthquakes. Uranus creates sudden chaotic events and is an unpredictable planet. Pluto on the other hand is destructive and associated with death and decay.

Looking ahead when do these 3 major transits connect to create the possibility of another major earthquake in the world?

Between 23 April 2073 and 2 May 2073 the following transits will occur. These are the same as in 1934. Based on past history it would seem that another major earthquake could hit this region again. This is then sooner than the 80 year cycle geologists mention.
• Uranus square Pluto
• Jupiter opposed Uranus
• Jupiter square Pluto

It seems like this period ahead could be very problematic from an earthquake point of view. This is 58 years from now.

I would advise mountaineers to stay away from Mount Everest during this period in 2073. It looks like an unpredictable period in the world especially when it comes to natural disasters – acts of God. We know that both Uranus and Pluto are associated with earthquakes. Jupiter is an expansive planet and magnifies things – most likely making this earthquake more powerful than usual – probably greater than 8 magnitude on the Richter scale.

South Africa – Aries Ingress 2015 year ahead

Pluto sits 2 degrees from the Ascendant. This represents our image in the world and it is destroyed. Pluto is a very destructive planet and rules death, trauma and terrorism. It shows the dark side – and this is now visible for all to see. The rainbow nation is no longer – there are serious issues that we have to confront as South Africans as our image is destroyed in the eyes of the world.

Our challenges are with our neighbouring countries. The police and military will need to deal with tensions. Access to public services are the real issue – safety and health. Parliament will need to deal with these matters to restore our long term credibility. There are no quick fixes. SA has made global headlines in recent weeks with news of xenophobia attacks in Johannesburg and Durban. #NoToXenophobia has been a big trending topic.

The challenges also relate to rail, road transport, post and telecommunications and the media. There are likely to be some traumatic accidents in SA in the year ahead. In the last few days we have witnessed a tragic Metro Bus accident in Rosebank, Johannesburg and a rail disaster there too. #TrainCrash and #BusCrash.

For the people of SA – land is the issue. The President seems to realise that this is an important topic and he needs to find solutions. President Zuma comes across as isolated – ineffective.

The President realises too that our future depends on our children and their success and education plays a key role. We must get this right. We also need to value and protect women and children in our society.

The political opposition are strong and determined like never before. There are some disruptions and surprises on the political front. This could also point to the fact that we need to think about the land issue in a radically new way – we must find solutions. If not there will be more disruptions and general unrest.