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Hidden factors will become evident and this is likely to see a number of presidential contenders drop out of the race. The eclipse is in the mid-heaven of President Obama, implying that his public image will be taking a beating and that he may even fall from grace, due probably to the actions of his partners, as Mars conflict; aggression is in his 7th house, square the eclipse and conjunct his natal Pluto obstruction, transformation, regeneration. The people and situations he must deal with are intense and purposeful, who will urge him to be more forceful than usual. His interaction with others can cause him to become deeply jealous and vengeful, perhaps with truly perilous results; and thus, it would not be wise for the Pres to confront or provoke a hostile situation.

His academic and inquiring mind would be better put to use conducting research and investigation, especially concerning the mysteries of the science and nature. However, in his Washington chart relocated because he is now based in Washington DC, as the leader of the Free World , his Sun is in the 12th house, suggesting that figures at work behind the scenes will be busy trying to turn him to their point of view. President Obama, it's worth noting, is currently undergoing his Chiron Return , the cosmic signature of the beginning of the decade of the 50's, a massive change of life for any person so affected, especially the most powerful man on Earth.

His progress will be delayed by frustrating obstacles, wrong information, paying too much or too little attention to details, and having too little time to accomplish his goals. Tardiness or mechanical failure can cause of frustration in his travel. He should have patience, because this is a difficult strand in his character which is aggravated by the position of Uranus sudden disruption; catastrophe.


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Scandal and slander may plague him thanks to treacherous associates. He needs to be careful with travel, for it may bring loss and trouble. Contracts or agreements may not come to bear in time, leading to trouble and loss. Unwarranted egotism and mental pride are characteristic of this aspect but how else could he have gotten where he is..? The previous solar eclipse occurred in close conjunction with the late Moammar al-Gaddafi's natal Sun.

Colonel Gaddafi was the former president of Libya and as forecast he was defeated and killed before the end of Such is the power of the solar eclipse. The focus of the world's attention has now turned to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. This Arab Spring has swept the Middle East like a tidal wave, or a desert storm, and a number of regimes have toppled before it, even including Egypt. The US and the West have generally been seen to support this movement "for democracy", but this has mainly been because the Western Leaders have been too dazed by the onrush of events and the fruiting of mass karma indicated by cosmic aspects to have done otherwise.

But then it's not unusual for them to turn on their erstwhile friends that's politics after all. Saddam Hussein comes to mind. Assad, like Saddam, is no fundamentalist Muslim theocrat, despite the propaganda. He is not even a proper Muslim! And, like Saddam, he is the leader of his country's Ba'ath Party, a sort of pan-Arab, socialist welfare-state party, not a theocratic Muslim fundamentalist party like that led by Ayatollah Khomeini, which swept away the Shah of Persia to institute a fundamentalist Muslim state called Iran, now led by President Ahmadinejad, who is a scary dude.

President Assad, who was trained in London as an eye-doctor, is an Alawi by religion. But isn't that just a branch of Islam? Yes and no.

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The Alawi religion is nominally Muslim, but has been condemned as inferior, heretical and even pagan by the orthodox Muslim establishment. It is a secretive creed that appears to have developed from a pre-islamic religion which now contains elements of Christianity, Sabeanism, even Gnostic teachings and ceremonies. It is said that it adopted an Islamic veil for protection when Syria and the rest of the Middle East fell to the victorious Muslim armies in the 7th Century, although its followers usually describe themselves as part of the Shia branch of Islam. Nevertheless, since then Alawis have been treated as second-class citizens, persecuted and anathematized by the Sunni Muslim majority.

How then did a member of a despised and persecuted minority get to be the leader of one of the most powerful and historic lands of the Middle East? Well, during negotiations for Syrian independence from France at the end of WWII, the Alawis sought either a separate state or attachment to Lebanon, as they feared repression by the Sunni majority in Syria.

They were however included in Syria when independence was granted in Alawis, seeking power and protection, infiltrated the army and the security forces, which they eventually came to control. In the s they also infiltrated the radical Ba'ath party and when it rose to power they were ready to take control of the Syrian State. While keeping up the appearance of Syrian nationalism and Sunni Islam as state religion, the elder Assad repressed the Muslim Brotherhood and all Sunni groups that threatened his position.

At the same time he gave most positions of power in the security forces, the Ba'ath party and the government to Alawis. The Alawis, a minority group, now controlled the Syrian state. Sunnis reacted with civil unrest and by assassinating key Alawi leaders. In the Muslim Brotherhood started a rebellion in Hama which was put down with thousands of casualties by forces commanded by Rif'at Assad, the president's brother. General Assad remained firmly in control and began grooming his son Basil as his successor; but in Basil was killed in an auto accident and Bashar was recalled to take his place as heir-apparent.

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On the General's death in , Bashar was appointed leader of the Ba'ath Party and the Army, and elected president unopposed. To cut what is becoming a long story short, the Arab Spring is now unfolding in Syria, although Bashar al-Assad is of the view that he will not fall partly because he is anti-US and anti-Israel and partly because he controls the military and security forces.

And also like Saddam in Iraq his regime, although brutal at times, has greatly raised the living standards of ordinary Syrians of all shades and creeds. Other Arab countries have condemned the crackdown in Syria partly no doubt because they don't like seeing Alawis in power , but Iran, which although Muslim is not an Arab state, still supports Syria. The US and Europe have also condemned Syria and have been sabre-rattling in the area.

Born in the turbulent mid's, Bashar is a Virgo the sign of analysis, intellect, healing—and the military , with his natal Sun exactly opposed to his natal Moon in sensitive, imaginative Pisces. Mars conflict; warfare is travelling now through Virgo, and in coming weeks will oppose his natal Saturn sorrow; karma; restriction and conjoin his natal Uranus disaster; catastrophe and Pluto destruction; transformation , then turn retrograde in conjunction with his natal Sun and in opposition to his natal Moon.

Not a good look for the leader of a military regime. The solar eclipse falls in conjunction with Bashar al-Assad's Dragon's Tail Moon's south node—loss; past-life commitment. Mars in the figure is conjunct his natal Mercury in Virgo and square his Dragon's Head and Tail the Moon's nodal axis of fate and karmic retribution. On top of that he is experiencing his counter-nodal return, when the transiting north node forms a conjunction with his natal south node and vice versa as the nodes are an axis and are always opposed to each other.

This must be a very difficult situation for him, given that he was once a doctor, dedicated to saving lives, rather than oppressing and taking them. In , Bashar married a glamorous British-born investment banker, Asma Fawaz al-Akhras, the daughter of a London cardiologist her father Fawaz Akhras and a retired diplomat and philanthropist her mother Sahar Otri al-Akhras. She is a Sunni of Syrian stock and has pronounced views favouring the modernisation and indeed liberation of the Syrian people. They have three children: Hafez, Zein and Karim. The centre of the ongoing Syrian rebellion is in Sunni areas, notably Homs where his wife's family originated.

Saturn in the figure is conjunct his natal Venus, restricting his finances his funds have been frozen in the West and his emotional relationships his children have been taken by their mother to London for protection, though she is back in Syria. The eclipse falls in his house of children, conjunct his south node, suggesting separation from or even loss of his children. This will mark great problems for him, possibly even overthrowing his regime, but at least creating turmoil in Syria, even more than there is now.

As I write, Al-Qaeda insurgents have already crossed into Syria in an effort to bring down the government, and Sunnis are up in arms in many parts of the country. Reports indicate that most Syrians do not want another Iraq, or even an Egypt, but the cosmic pressure will not make it easy for them, any more than it has for anyone else in the fire zone. Let's hope that Barack Obama is sensible enough to keep the US out of the conflict—not that they can afford another war, as they have already found in Libya.

The US has too many problems of its own, and, frankly, Syria does not have enough oil to be worth fighting over. Solar eclipses don't often pass over populated areas. That's a good thing! However, when they do, they appear to have significant disruptive effects on the people and nations concerned e. This one affects a very small population, though it may have some effect on southern Africa, Tasmania, and southern New Zealand.

Whether this effect is an astrological one or not, is a moot point, though recent scientific work on the effects of the Moon on earthquakes and other terrestrial phenomena is interesting. No doubt they would hasten to deny any astrological effect! See my article on Moon Wobbles.

The eclipse being in Sagittarius means that people with Mutable signs Gemini; Virgo; Sagittarius; Pisces featured in their birthcharts are more likely to be affected. The next eclipse of the Sun will be in Gemini on May 20, , but the next total Solar Eclipse is not until Nov 13, The eclipse of the Moon, when the light of the Moon mysteriously darkens at the luminous height of a Full Moon, has traditionally been viewed as a bad omen.

It can awaken distinctly irrational responses. Since the Moon governs domestic matters, the public and the emotional personality, rather than leadership, it tends to have a more personal effect than the solar eclipse, which plays a more outward, even political, role. As a rule, women and family are generally more affected by the lunar cycle, whereas men and politics are signified by the solar. This is not to say that women are not political animals, nor that men are distinct from the family, but that the private, nurturing side is more affected than the public, social and media driven arena, which even in the 21st Century is still primarily dominated by males, or at least by what might be described as masculine energies.

This magnificent spectacle will be the last lunar eclipse of , a powerful total eclipse that occurs at the Moon's descending node in the middle of the constellation Auriga , the Charioteer. It's a moderately lengthy eclipse, with the total phase itself lasting 51 minutes. The entire cosmic show is visible from Asia and Australia. For North Americans, the eclipse is in progress as the Moon sets with western observers favoured by a larger fraction of the eclipse before moonset. Observers throughout Europe and Africa will miss the early eclipse phases because they occur before moonrise.

Unfortunately, the eclipse cannot be seen from South America or Antarctica. When the Moon is completely immersed within the Earth's dark umbral shadow, scientists call this totality. During totality, a number of bright stars can be used for magnitude comparisons.

After the total phase ends, we will see a partial eclipse as the Moon gradually leaves the umbral shadow. To view NASA's graphic illustration of the Moon's path through Earth's shadows, as well as Fred Espenak's map illustrating worldwide visibility, click here! It is a part of the asterism The Kids in the lap of the Charioteer, just below the she-goat Amalthea he is holding. In mythology Amalthea nourished the infant Jupiter.

Fortunately for us, it is rising, bringing out its better side, though not if you are a mariner, as storms are indicated, possibly even earthquakes.

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The Devil is a card about excess, pleasure and abandon. It suggests a charismatic leader who promises to fulfil all our desires, but in the end takes the power to be truly ourselves away from us. As Thirteen says, "This card is about temptation and control, addictions and manipulation. It asks us a most important question: who or what will we allow to enslave us? And who or what will be under our control? Only by understanding this part of ourselves can we gain power over it and use it to our benefit rather than letting it use us.

Under this influence, which occurs as Mercury, the ruler of this Gemini eclipse is retrograde in Sagittarius , suggesting breakdowns in communication and misunderstandings, especially regarding the greater social issues at play in the world. The Sun in the eclipse is in Sagittarius, as the Sun and Moon are always opposed at a lunar eclipse. It is conjunct the Fixed Star Sabik , which is not one you'd bring home to mother. Sabik in Ophiuchus warns of wastefulness and lost energy, perverted morals—and success in evil deeds.

Not such a good look. Especially when we consider that the Sun is square Mars and Ceres. Mars the Warrior is slowing in the heavens towards his own retrograde phase in Virgo, which will begin on Jan. This is significant because Mars is in a very stressful T-square aspect to the Moon's nodal axis, the Dragon's Head and Tail, which is the cosmic indicator of fate. Mars is also in a slightly wider T-square to the eclipse itself.

The minor planet Ceres, oten a harbinger of disaster, is also square the eclipse from Pisces, thus completing a Grand Cross in the heavens, pushing us to extend our consciousness in order to deal with what looks pretty stressful, even calamitous. Fortunately Venus in Capricorn is also in tight aspect to the eclipse, and in a hopefully beneficial trine aspect to Mars, so her love of beauty and harmony along with sex and relationships might ease the pain, especially for Earth Signs, so long as her notorious greed for money does not upset the applecart given the shaky state of the world's financial system.

Venus is conjunct the Fixed Star Sheliak , promising the expression of artistic talent and sexual adventures, but warning of disgrace and gaudiness. Independent thought is likely to bring trouble with authority, and death by violence. Very suited to an aspect with Mars, whose passions when released are as irresistable as a steamroller. Mars in the figure is conjunct a fortunate star, Coxa , which is good for voyages, gain from merchandise and the redemption of captives—and gives the ability to prophesy!

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Will this outweigh the stormy influence of The Kids..? It is stimulated by the trine from Venus, suggesting the outflow of passion, wine, women, song—the lot! So it's a great night for a Full Moon party, so long as you don't live in a war zone, because the other side of Ascella brings burning and poison.

Let's pray there are no violent shipwrecks, or natural disasters, not to mention vicious suppression by the authorities of popular dissent. I should warn that while both Mars the focal point of subliminal drives and Pluto a cosmic big hitter, marking destruction, transformation and regeneration are both conjunct fortunate stars and in good planetary aspects that calm their nerves, they are both heading for very stressful celestial connections in times to come.

Mars will reach the nasty conjunction with the Fixed Star Mizar , connected with fires of a catastrophic extent and mass calamities on the weekend of the 17th Dec. Facies is associated with blindness, violent death, sickness, accidents and broken limbs. It is fond of leadership and war, but is noted for coldness, detachment and perfectionism. Facies awakens earthquakes and pure combative energies.

Quite a mix for Mars to dive into! One good thing brought out by this configuration is the stimulus for adventure, risk-taking, artistic and musical creativity, often awakened by disasters of one sort or another. All of this is interesting but what does it all mean? Well I have to say that the solar eclipse in Sagittarius, combined with a retro Mercury there has had a signally bad effect on me!

Sure, we should look up to them as they often influence our actions and reactions, but we can take charge of both with a little sprinkle of awareness and ensuring we take some time out for reflection. And for the uninitiated, a birth chart is essentially a cosmic selfie taken at the time you were born showing where the planets and signs used in astrology were for you. This Solar Eclipse tasked us to choose kindness toward ourselves and others and to work on stabilising our emotions and reactions, which causes a ripple effect throughout the whole planet. The Lunar Eclipse on July 16th was like a full moon only way more powerful!

The full moon is when the sun and moon oppose each other and maybe even fight for the light. In Astrology, the Sun is ego and the Moon is depth. This one also connects to Pluto, which is the dwarf planet often depicted as Shiva, the dark-destroyer, vanquishing demons and summoning the light — allowing us to let go of anything or anyone negative, and embrace the light. Borderline escapist, feeling a sense of loss, sad, overwhelmed and reactive, or taking our bad moods out on others.

We can dial up the powerful vibe with determination and the aspiration and ability to be fabulously creative, caring, kind and brave. We may feel like escaping from life by taking sick days, staying in bed or hiding behind the safety banner of work, but these choices are not the most empowering ones to make. Instead, we can harness the positive attributes of this season. We are likely to be brilliant, driven and highly intuitive to the needs and desires of others, which can deliver incredible results that serve all.

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These will be broken down for analysis; some will fall, but those that are meant to last will be transformed into unions with more sincerity, authenticity and depth. All intimate unions will likely be shaken up, to reveal what is really happening beneath the surface, some come out stronger and more aligned with our soul paths, some fall, until the next life perhaps. The cycle never really ends.

In summary, these Summer Eclipses will have a lasting impact that will probably reach a climax on December 26th, , because this solar eclipse will fall in the sign of Sagittarius, the zodiac sign gunning for truth at any cost. We must be true to our own soul, as the soul is our best friend through heaven and high water.