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.
I noted that “the Full Moon degree is also in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the Zeus/Poseidon midpoint. This suggests that this particular Full Moon is a time in which the public is compelled to make clear mental commitments. It’s a time for taking a stand, for expressing leadership through decisive declarations.”
But I wasn’t thinking then about what we would be seeing in Grand Central Station last night:
The choke-hold “I can’t breathe” protesters filled the terminal, in a strong public declaration of their objections to this week’s refusal by a New York grand jury to indite a NYPD police officer after the strangling death of 43-year-old Eric Garner on Staten Island.
Garner, an asthmatic and the father of six kids, was suspected of selling illegal cigarettes. Hew was tackled by five police officers, with one of them pinning him down in a “choke hold” despite Garner’s repeated pleas of “I can’t breathe”.
A cell-phone video of the killing recorded Garner saying “I can’t breathe” eight times. He died in an area hospital after the cops who had piled on him finally relented.
Is This An “I Can’t Breathe” Full Moon?
But what about the Full Moon?
The 90-degree dial for the event does more than underscore the “decisive declaration” theme. (You’ll find the conventional horoscope wheel here.)
At the time of the Full Moon, Mercury was square Chiron, and the two planets show up as a conjunction on the 90-degree dial, suggesting the potential for a health crisis related to breathing and respiration.
The tight opposition of Saturn and Admetos (the two astrological bodies most strongly associated with constriction, boundaries, and limits) at the time of the Full Moon shows up as a definitive “I Can’t Breathe” signature in the chart, indicated by the red arrow pointer.
That Saturn/Admetos combination triggers three important midpoint structures in the Full Moon chart.
Its contact with the Venus/Mars midpoint suggests a powerful suppression of vital energies. That’s what can happen in an “I can’t breathe” situation.
The connection with the midpoint of Poseidon and the Full Moon repeats the recurring theme of definitive expressions of powerful ideas. Poseidon also has a connection with higher spiritual realms, so this alignment can also indicate an abrupt departure from the physical body.
And perhaps most interesting of all is the triggering of the Zeus/Kronos midpoint. This indicates that the act of suppression and constriction comes from a powerful application of force by people in authority. That’s clearly what happened during the death of Eric Garner.
It’s also what seemed to be brewing as the police arrived to break up the “I Can’t Breathe” rally in Grand Central Terminal last night.
While the tacit condoning of police killings of unarmed people is rapidly becoming a focal point for public outrage, expressed through “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” demonstrations in many locations, it obviously goes beyond the impact of just one Full Moon.
It’s certainly much more strongly connected with the current series of Uranus/Pluto waxing squares. We’ll get another exact alignment in that series later this month, and yet another one in March.
But even so, the degree to which this Full Moon connects with the current “I Can’t Breathe” outpouring is quite remarkable.
Today is the last Full Moon of 2014, and it packs plenty of power!
The fact is, every Full Moon is an extraordinarily powerful time. It’s the part of the monthly lunar cycle that brings things into sharp focus. It’s the time when we get to see things that we might not notice otherwise.
At the time of the Full Moon we can deal with the results and outcomes of everything that we got started with two weeks ago. That was the time of the last New Moon.
The New Moon is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. The Full Moon is the time of monthly harvest. It can happen emotionally, mentally, and often socially as well.
The Full Moon in New York City
That social power of the current Full Moon is evident in the horoscope for today’s event, set for New York City.
We typically set our financial astrology charts for New York because that location is the center of so much global money power. But examining the chart for the current Full Moon in that location reveals some startling dynamics.
What’s most obvious here, of course, is the fact that the December 6 Full Moon is closely aligned with the Ascendant/Descendant axis in the New York chart.
That means there’s a particularly strong resonance with that location. It also means that we can expect social and interpersonal relationships to be in the spotlight. That’s true during the days just before, during, and after this particular Full Moon.
The Sun/Mercury conjunction in the Full Moon chart emphasizes the importance of clear communications now. The fact that Chiron creates a T-Square pattern with the Sun/Moon opposition suggests that stressful situations are likely to be highlighted. It contributes to an uncomfortable need for healing, painfully evident in the midst of confrontations.
With Uranus near the nadir of the Full Moon horoscope, there are definitely disturbing factors at work.The Uranus/Admetos semi-square is another indication of stressful confrontations, with potentially explosive forces smashing up against severe obstacles.
The midpoint structures in this Full Moon chart are also especially noteworthy.
The Full Moon itself triggers the Neptune/Cupido midpoint in the eighth harmonic.This is indicative of a lack of social harmony, with considerable dissatisfaction among the general populace.
Even more importantly, the Full Moon degree is also in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the Zeus/Poseidon midpoint. This suggests that this particular Full Moon is a time in which the public is compelled to make clear mental commitments. It’s a time for taking a stand, for expressing leadership through decisive declarations.
This is the kind of energy that can make a big impact in the markets, of course. As we approach the trading week just ahead of us we’ll be watching for some extra volatility. In general, it’s extremely important to pay attention to lunar cycles as a key tool in astro-trading.
But the Full Moon this weekend is not just an astro-trading indicator. It’s also a key time to pay attention to decisive social issues. That’s true no matter where we happen to be, but particularly in New York City right now, where the Full Moon energy is especially powerful.
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost