April Astromusings – New Moon in Aries, Pluto stations, Rising tide of protest against EU Austerity Measures

Hi dear friends,

2 TaurusHappy Birthday to all the Taureans who celebrate their birthdays from 20 April to 21 May.

New Moon In Aries, Mars square Jupiter and the station of Pluto

This is the second post for the month of April as there is quite a lot of cosmic activity occurring. We have a New Moon in Aries on Sunday 19 April 4.56.48 am AEST Sydney time. Aries, being a cardinal fire sign promises enormous action and energy. The New Moon is the time to sow new seeds, initiate new projects which will come to fruition at the Full Moon. Being in the cardinal fire sign of Aries you need to be proactive in keeping with the pioneering spirit of Aries. We also have Mars, the ruler of Aries, in the sign of Taurus squaring off with Jupiter in Leo. If you imagine a bull in a China shop confronting a leo lion leader of the pack you will be able to imagine the energy that it conjures up. Added to this Pluto, the god of the underworld, stations on 17 Apr in preparation for its  retrograde cycle turning direct on 25 September.  All this makes for volatile energy with the combination of the elements of action of cardinality and the stubbornness and fixity of purpose in fixed signs.

David versus Goliath – Grass roots protests against austerity measures of EU and IMF

As I mentioned in my previous post we are still under the influence of the powerful Pluto Uranus square. We can see the effects of the change it is bringing collectively none more so than in the rising tide of dissent and protest of the southern European countries of Spain and Greece against the extreme austerity measures imposed on them by EU  and the IMF. There has been a grassroots uprising which has been occurring in these countries which is challenging the status quo of the major parties. It is a paradigm shift in how politics is being conducted borne out of a deep dissatisfaction of how the ruling parties have been handling the crippling economic conditions brought about in part by the corruption of the ruling classes and their sense of entitlement

Since the onset of the economic recession in Europe, the political establishment’s response has increasingly favoured  austerity measures in attempts to bring down budget deficits and control the rise of debt. The anti-austerity movement has responded by giving rise to a wave of anti-establishment political parties. Opposition to austerity is seen as the force behind the rise of Podemos in Spain led by academic and broadcaster Pablo Iglesias, Italy’s Five Star Movement led by Beppo Grillo and the Syriza party in Greece led by Alexis Tsipras who swept to power in the recent general elections in Greece.

Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty, French economist and academic and author of the seminal best-selling book Capital in the Twenty First Century, welcomed the political reaction to austerity, saying the rise of anti-austerity parties is “good news for Europe”. According to Piketty, European countries tried to get rid of their deficits too quickly, resulting in a situation where “their citizens have suffered the consequences in the shape of austerity policies. It’s good to reduce deficits, but at a rate that’s commensurate with growth and economic recovery, but here growth has been killed off.”

In the hour-long TV interview, Piketty described austerity policies as “a failure” and supported the Podemos agenda of a basic income for those most affected by the crisis as well as restructuring debt, a policy that has been heavily criticised by Spain’s hitherto dominant parties, the Socialists and the Partido Popular.

He pointed out that at the end of the second world war France and Germany’s debt was 200% of GDP, “when there was no such thing as public debt”. “It’s incredible,” Piketty said. “It’s an act of historical amnesia to tell southern European countries that they have to pay all their debt, down to the last cent, with zero inflation.”

Pablo Iglesias - Podemos

Pablo Iglesias Turrión

Pablo Iglesias, the charismatic leader of Podemos (Spanish for “we can”), is a force to be reckoned with. He is not the first Pablo Iglesias to shake Spain’s political order. He is named after the man who founded the Socialist party PSOE in 1879. (His parents first met at a remembrance ceremony in front of Iglesias’s tomb.) As a teenager, Iglesias was a member of the Communist Youth in Vallecas, one of Madrid’s poorest and proudest barrios. Even as a teenager, he was “a leader and great seducer”, recalled a senior Podemos member who had attended the same youth group. Iglesias studied law at the Complutense University before taking a second undergraduate degree in political science. He went on to write a PhD thesis on disobedience and anti-globalisation protests that was awarded a prestigious cum laude grade.

In the 2014 elections of the European Parliament the newly formed Podemos won 5 seats wresting away seats from the two mainstream Parties, PSOE and Partido Popular.

Two weeks after the Madrid assembly of October 18 2014 Podemos was polling ahead of both the PP and PSOE and first in direct intention to vote. After only eight months of existence Podemos already had 27.7% support versus 26.2% for PSOE, 20.7% for the ruling PP and 3.8% for IU. Support for Podemos comes from all major political parties, most of all from PSOE and IU, but also from a change in the composition of those who intend to abstain.

The economic and political crisis in Spain has produced a new way to fight backa form of resistance with deep roots across the country and a real chance of winning power. And just as with the birth of other forms of resistance, whether they be trade unions, rallies, boycotts, strikes, sit-ins or forms of democratic political organising, it is not something applicable only to Spain. Podemos has established a new paradigm for politics in Spain: la casta versus the people, old politics versus new. Podemos represents a new tool, a new experience, another way for a new century to carry on with a struggle that is centuries old.

It is interesting to look at Iglesias’s natal chart (17 Oct, 1978, 7.10 am Madrid Spain) to see what drives this leader of Podemos. He has the Sun in Libra which is conjunct Pluto, the ruling planet of his stellium of planets in intense and passionate Scorpio. With Uranus and Mars conjunct Venus in Scorpio, and Pluto conjunct his ascendant he would come across as a very passionate individual. Added to this he has Mercury, the planet of communication, in Scorpio. The Sun, Mercury and Uranus prominent in the first house confer on him qualities of leadership and that of a gifted communicator and networker. Uranus there would give him that revolutionary zeal and strong individualism. Jupiter, the planet of philosophy, law and publishing, is prominent in the 10th house of career and is in the sign of Leo squaring his Mercury in Scorpio. He has the Moon in Taurus another fixed sign which would all add to his determination.

Pablo Iglesias's natal chart SF

Alexis Tsipras & Pablo Iglesias

Alexis Tsipras & Pablo Iglesias celebrating Syriza’s rise to power in Greece

.Turning to the recently elected Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, a friend of Iglesias who was present to congratulate Tsipras on his win in the elections (see pic). Tsipras (28 Jul, 1974, 1.30 am, Athens Greece) has the Sun In Leo in the third house of communication with a Gemini ascendant which would make him a gifted communicator. He also has 3 planets in sensitive Cancer and Jupiter in compassionate Pisces as well as the Moon in intense Scorpio. Like his Spanish comrade Iglesias, Tsipras also has Jupiter prominent in his 10th house of career. This position of Jupiter would enable them both to see the bigger picture. It will be interesting to see what transpires with the challenges that Greece faces to pay back its crippling debt and to watch the trajectory of Podemos in the upcoming municipal elections in May and more tellingly in the general elections in Spain in November later this year.

Alexis Tsipras's natal chart


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