On the dial, we can adjust the pointer to identify the axis of the True Lunar Node and the transneptunian factor Zeus.
This Node/Zeus combination is the astrological signature of cooperative actions in general, and of elections in particular.
And, as the 2016 equinox dial reveals, that Node/Zeus axis is potent.
It resonates strongly with the Pluto/Chiron midpoint (problems and embarrassment created by big money and excessive power) and the Neptune/Vulcanus midpoint (large-scale deceptions and disappointments, plus significant loss of power).
It’s fair to say, then, that we can expect gut-wrenching experiences as we move through the presidential election cycle throughout 2016.
There’s obviously much at stake here.
This presidential election has the potential for shaking up conventional political and governmental structures in some very big ways.
Steps Along The Way
We’ll wait to speculate about the winner of the 2016 presidential election. The right time is after the major political parties have selected their nominees.
And we’ll review the election results when they come in.
But in the meantime, we can use the Node/Zeus midpoint in the Aries equinox chart as a key tool.
It’s an indicator of the important times we should be watching for key developments in the presidential election process.
The planetary transits to that Node/Zeus midpoint are especially critical.
We can look at them not only as direct passages, but also as eighth-harmonic alignments.
For example, there was an activation by Mars on February 10.
That’s when both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns.
The next Mars event is October 4.
Of particular interest are the activation of the Node/Zeus axis by Mercury on February 27 (South Carolina Democratic primary) and April 19 (New York primary).
We’ll also be watching the alignments by Venus on April 9 (Wyoming Republican caucus) and July 28 (the closing day of the Democratic national convention).
And we shouldn’t overlook the exact fourth-harmonic alignment by Hades on June 6. That’s the eve of presidential election primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Hades may be the most descriptive of the entire presidential election process!
As I’ve mentioned a number of times in recent weeks, I have long been expecting the partial solar eclipse a few days ago to have a very big impact on global politics, the financial markets, and key economic and social dynamics.
Even so, I have to confess that I wasn’t paying particularly close attention to domestic politics in Australia, and the Australian Prime Minister really wasn’t on my mind at all.
That’s why I was particularly grateful to get an email on Monday from Michael Correll in Sydney, with the subject line “Solar eclipse over Antarctica brings palace coup in Australia?”
“Dear Tim,” Michael wrote, “The recent Solar Eclipse over Antarctica and Jewish New Year appears to have brought a late-night palace coup to Australia with PM Tony Abbott being overthrown by lawyer and merchant-banker Turnbull MP.
“Turnbull is my MP for the federal seat of Wentworth In Sydney’s upscale Eastern Suburbs.”
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Woes
During his tenure as Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has certainly had his share of problems. Last February, after he had been in office for just 17 months, his own Liberal Party tried to unseat him from his post. Abbott described the event as “a near-death experience.”
But Abbott begged his party to give him more time to get his act together as the Australian Prime Minister, and his colleagues obliged by granting him six months to turn things around with his administration.
Even so, the Liberal Party continued to lose credibility under Abbott’s leadership, not only losing favor to the political opposition, but also many Australians who didn’t agree with Tony Abbott’s personal positions on key issues, including his stance opposing gay marriage.
Time Finally Runs Out For Abbott
With Abbott’s popularity among Australians plunging to just 15%, it had become increasingly clear that his days were numbered. Time ran out for the Australian Prime Minister with the solar eclipse on September 13.
As this 90-degree dial for Tony Abbott’s horoscope shows, the eclipse triggered Hades, the transneptunian factor associated with decay, severe disappointments, and negative circumstances in general.
It also aligned with Midheaven/Kronos midpoint (to become the cause of your own obstacles and suffering); the Ascendant/Zeus midpoint (to come under pressure from spiteful individuals around you); the Venus/Saturn midpoint (broken alliances and impoverishment); and the Saturn/Vulcanus midpoint (to confront mighty opposition and to be placed in danger from enemies).
In short, the solar eclipse didn’t treat Tony Abbott very nicely!
A New Australian Prime Minister Takes Charge
On September 14, the day after the solar eclipse, Malcolm Turnbull resigned as Communications Minister in Tony Abbott’s cabinet, and then immediately announced that he was challenging Abbott’s leadership of the Liberal Party. In spite of a frantic last-minute attempt by Abbott to rally support, the Liberal Party members took a vote on the challenge the same day.
The ballot was the final blow for Tony Abbott. He lost by a 54-to-44 vote margin to Malcolm Turnbull, who then became the new Australian Prime Minister.
When he announced his challenge, Turnbull had fiercely attacked Tony Abbott, who, he said, had clearly lost the support of the Australian people and had “not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs.”
The outcome of the party vote was a remarkable contrast to events in 2009, when the more conservative Tony Abbott beat Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party by a margin of just one vote.
Turnbull was sworn in as the new Australian Prime Minister on September 15.
A Different Kind of Eclipse Effect
Given the outcome of the political wranglings in Australia this week, it’s interesting to compare the eclipse effects on Malcom Turnbull’s horoscope with those on the chart for Tony Abbott. We don’t have a record Turnbull’s birth time, but analysis on the 90-degree dial gives us a practical way of seeing the major impacts.
The contrast with Abbott’s chart is remarkable. The activation of the Sun/Saturn midpoint is an indication of an older man (Turnbull is three years older than Abbott) taking on a position of responsibility.
With Turnbull’s Zeus/Poseidon midpoint being triggered by the eclipse, we get a picture of strong leadership promoting new ideas. And the activation of the Mercury/Jupiter midpoint in Turnbull’s horoscope simply suggests that the solar eclipse was a time for good news and a cheerful mood, promoting lots of smiles and plenty of conversation.
Eclipse Effects Can Be Nuanced
As we see the differences in the solar eclipse effects in the lives of these two Australian Prime Ministers, it’s worth remembering that solar eclipses can have a long-lasting impact as well as more immediate results. We should also remember, of course, that astrological events move individuals, countries, and organizations in a variety of ways, depending on their interactions with the appropriate horoscopes involved.
That’s exactly why I invest so much time and energy studying the anticipated effects of solar eclipses, and why I share the results of that research in publications like Claiming New Territory: Shifting Dynamics at the Solar Eclipse of September 2015. The aim is to make sure that you’re up to speed with the potential for immediate short-term consequences, and that you have the tools you need to examine long-term eclipse effects as well.
We’ve been dealing with the series of Uranus/Pluto waxing squares for the past three years.
There have been six of these alignments so far, with the first one coming in the summer of 2012 and the most recent one hitting us last December.
And now we’re ready for the seventh and final square.
It’s coming up in just another week, on March 16.
It marks the end of a cycle of these alignments, but not the end of the enormously stressful impact this planetary combination has been having on geopolitics, on community affairs, on market and economic activity, and on our daily lives.
We reach the end of a cycle with Uranus every 84 years, and that time period often marks significant milestones in the lives of individuals, organizations, and countries as well.
The End of a Cycle of Uranus and Pluto Together
When we add Pluto to the mix, however, the already explosive potential of Uranus can get extreme.
There are wars, natural catastrophes, and riots in the streets.
Tempers flare, and lines are drawn in the sand in families, neighborhoods, and political parties.
We experience times of racial unrest, social tension, confrontation, and sometimes violence and bloodshed.
That’s what’s been in play for the past three years, and that’s what comes into strong focus as we approach the end of a cycle on March 16.
This final alignment at the end of a cycle of seven waxing squares sees the Uranus/Pluto waxing square triggering the Apollon/Aries midpoint (widespread commercial activity; events that have a global impact) and the Hades/Vulcanus midpoint (wickedness, vice, great danger, capital crimes, brutality, murder.
In short, it’s not a very pretty picture.
But even as we count down the days until this ominous astrological event at the end of a cycle in a period of profound stress, we need to remind ourselves that every crisis brings opportunities with it.
As I noted recently in the latest installment of the Astro-Traders Tip of the Week, the big event that astro-traders need to keep an eye on right now is the conjunction of the Sun with Neptune at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday night, February 25.
Potential EuroZone Confusion
This alignment will take place at 7 degrees Pisces, a position that puts it in conjunction with Saturn in the May 17, 1876 horoscope for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
While that connection suggests that we’ll want to watch for continuing developments in EU politics during the coming weeks, the Sun/Neptune combination promotes confusion and illusory thinking in general. This could mean some speculative opportunities that seem to be too good to be true (and probably are), along with duplicity, muddled market signals, and self-deception.
Why An Oil Prices Chart?
But Neptune is also traditionally associated with petroleum, so a horoscope for the conjunction tonight could in one sense be considered an oil prices chart as well.
The Sun/Neptune conjunction aligns with the midpoint of Chiron and Admetos, which suggests problematic circumstances with regard to basic raw materials, including petroleum. I noted the roles of Neptune and Admetos in a recent blog post on oil prices chart considerations.
Stressful situations like this one that include a Chiron factor often turn out to be blessings in disguise, however, especially for the financial players that have hidden interests or unexpected connections.
Note as well that the Sun/Neptune conjunction also activates the Hades/Poseidon midpoint (defective thinking, unclear communications, core deficiencies). There’s also an impact here on the Uranus/Apollon alignment (the tension of uncertainty impacted by sudden shifts in supply and demand).
Stock Trading Possibilities
While all these factors contribute to the usefulness of the Sun/Neptune conjunction horoscope as an oil prices chart, there are also opportunities for profitable stock market trades that accompany the Sun/Neptune conjunction.
As we noted in a recent article at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, “this planetary aspect typically follows an upward-trending market, which tends to culminate about nine or ten days after the alignment, prior to a strong sell-off.” That could offer some short-term trading opportunities now for savvy astro-traders – you can read about “The Sun/Neptune Conjunction and the S&P” HERE.
The S&P 500 has been in a solid rally for the past two weeks, since the May 15 Venus/Uranus conjunction.
But for the past couple of days, with the index hitting new record highs again, some additional planetary factors have come into play for stock market trading which could signal a trend reversal, or at least some significant resistance that could result in the rally running out of steam.
This chart shows the planetary price lines for Mercury and Hades in the sixteenth harmonic, with the S&P currently trying to push throuhg that planetary combination in the 1914-1916 range.
We’ll be watching the action there during the coming trading days, and will be paying particular attention to the Mercury retrograde station coming up in early June, which can amplify the strength of this resistance zone.
Don’t underestimate the power of Mercury in key trading dynamics. Be sure to check out the information on Mercury and Hades in the book Mercury, Money, and the Markets (available from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook).
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost