September Astromusings – The Fallout from the Eclipses – New PM for Australia, New UK Labour Party Leader, Alexis Tsipras re-elected in Greece, EU Reaches Deal on Disputed Refugee Quotas, Retrograde Mercury, Spring/Autumn Equinox

Change in Liberal leadership – Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s 29th Prime Minister

Abbott-Turnbull.002In my last post I referred to the eclipse season writing that it brings things to a head to be resolved. For a long time with a record low in the polls for  Tony Abbott there has been simmering unrest in the Liberal party ranks. Already challenged by his back benchers in a revolt in February this year he gave himself 6 months to remedy the situation. Still trailing drastically in the polls, panic set in only days before the crucial Canning by election, Abbott finally met his nemesis in his arch rival the urbane Malcolm Turnbull, former merchant banker.

On the day after the eclipse on 14 September, in conjunction with Julie Bishop, the foreign minister, Malcolm Turnbull took most people by surprise mounting his challenge before waiting for the results of the Canning by election due to be held on Saturday 19 September. He announced he would challenge Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal party and the position of Prime Minister. The Liberal party met at 9.15 pm and by 9.50 pm it was announced that Malcolm Turnbull had been successful in his challenge for the position of PM  against Tony Abbott 54 to 44.

Many progressives have claimed that it is a change in style not substance. Turnbull, a former merchant banker, is still perceived to be on the side of the big end of town. However, he is seen as more liberal than the arch conservative Tony Abbott whose intransigence on issues such as climate change, marriage equality and the republic has frustrated and embarrassed many Australians in the eyes of the world. In his press conference announcing his decision to challenge Abbott, Turnbull revealed the reasons for his challenge that he claimed had been urged on him by many people over a long period of time. These included Abbott’s failure to provide economic leadership and confidence that business needs. Turnbull promised a different style of leadership to suit the big economic changes.

Turnbull in budgie smugglers“We need a style of leadership that explains those challenges and opportunities, explains the challenges and how to seize the opportunities. A style of leadership that respects the people’s intelligence, that explains these complex issues and then sets out the course of action we believe we should take and makes a case for it.”…….

“We need advocacy, not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people.

The one thing that is clear about our current situation is the trajectory. We have lost 30 Newspolls in a row. It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott’s leadership.

Our values of free enterprise, of individual initiative, of freedom — this is what you need to be a successful agile economy in 2015.

What we have not succeeded in doing is translating those values into the policies and the ideas that will excite the Australian people and encourage them to believe and understand that we have a vision for their future.

He continued, “We need to restore traditional Cabinet government. There must be an end to policy on the run and captain’s calls. We need to be truly consultative with colleagues, members of Parliament, senators and the wider public.

We need an open government, an open government that recognises that there is an enormous sum of wisdom both within our colleagues in this building and, of course, further afield.

John Howard’s government most of us served in, and yet few would say that the Cabinet government of Mr Abbott bears any similarity to the style of Mr Howard. So that’s what we need to go back to.

Andrew Hastie & Matt KeoghFinally, let me say something about Canning. Now this is an important by-election and I recognise dealing with this issue in the week before the by-election is far from ideal. But regrettably, there are few occasions that are entirely ideal for tough calls and tough decisions like this….

We have to make a change for our country’s sake, for the Government’s sake, for the party’s sake. From a practical point of view a change of leadership would improve our prospects in Canning, although I’m very confident with the outstanding candidate we have that we will be successful.”
Although there was a swing of almost 7 percent to the Labor Party in the Canning byelection, the deposing of Abbott is believed to have averted a potential swing in the double digits or a Labor win.

Unfavourable Planetary Alignments for Tony Abbott
Although the the timing of the challenge took a many people by surprise, mundane astrologers have long been mooting such a challenge in September during the eclipse season. While the eclipse favoured Abbott when he secured the seat of Manly Waringah in 1994 and again being elected Prime Minister in September 2013, his dream run was predicted to come to an end during 2015 when all the planets that previously were in favourable alignment formed challenging aspects to his natal chart and the event charts of his previous victories. It was not helped by the fact that Neptune, the planet of  losses and sacrifices, was right on his IC that is. the cusp of his 4th house in the chart of his swearing in which can undermine and dissolve one’s career.

Border protection strikeRetrograde Mercury – Border Protection Strike
We have the return of the trickster, Retrograde Mercury, on 17 September when it stations at 15 degrees Libra 52 and will turn direct again on 9 October at 0 degrees Libra 59. When Mercury is retrograde the normal channels of communication can lead to confusion and misunderstandings, or strikes may occur. It is not a good time to sign contracts but rather a time to review and reflect. Retrograde Mercury coincides with a 10 day stop work by Border Force workers striking over pay and conditions. This twice daily stop work will affect passengers flying in and out of international airports around the country.

Jeremy Corbyn accepting Labour leadership results on stageJeremy Corbyn wins UK Labour Leadership
In the UK we saw the election of the socialist Jeremy Corbyn to the leader of the opposition Labour Party upsetting the Labour establishment to whom Corbyn referred as Tory lite.

Tens of thousands of people have joined Labour after Jeremy Corbyn won almost 60% of the vote in the party’s leadership contest on the back of a left-wing surge in support. The newly elected Labour leader, Mr Corbyn has already been embroiled in controversy. He infuriated veterans and many of his own MPs by refusing to sing the national anthem at the Battle of Britain commemorations at St Paul’s Cathedral. When Mr Corbyn, a republican, was criticised for staying silent during the anthem, the Stop the War Coalition responded by publishing an “investigative poem” on its website. After this inflammatory poem was published condemning the monarchy and its links with the military establishment, Corbyn pulled out of an appearance at the coalition’s annual conference – citing demands on his time – and announced that he would be stepping down as chairman because his new job required all his attention.

However, he said he was “proud” to have been chairman of the coalition for the past four years, saying: “It represents the very best in British political campaigning, and its cause of opposing war, upholding civil liberties and resisting Islamophobia will remain my cause.”

He also suggested that his victory in the Labour leadership contest “owes something to the spirit and struggles of Stop the War since 2001”.However,  the diatribe against the Queen provoked outrage from MPs on both sides of the Commons.

Meanwhile, Mr Allam, the wealthy businessman, who owns Hull City Football Club, said he wanted Mr Corbyn to be ousted by moderate MPs, warning that he would not give money to Labour under the new radical leadership.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Allam said he would offer money to Labour MPs who quit to form a new party or defect to a “new look Liberal party” if Mr Corbyn is not toppled, because Labour is “a dead horse”.Mr Allam gave Labour half a million pounds this year and £220,000 previously.

Despite or because of the Establishment and media’s attack on Corbyn people in their droves are flocking to join the Labour Party.

HIlary-vs-Bernie-Musicians-2015-BIllboard-650Hillary Clinton Versus Bernie Sanders
A similar phenomenon is occurring in the run up to the US presidential elections with the socialist Bernie Sanders versus Hillary Clinton. A Monmouth University poll released last week showed Sanders ahead, 43% to Clinton’s 36%, in New Hampshire. Polls show he took the lead in the Granite State in early August and hasn’t relinquished it since. In Iowa, the first poll that gave Sanders a lead came this month — when Quinnipiac University showed him up 41% to 40%.

Alexis Tsipras wins snap electionSyriza’s Election Victory in Greece
Greece’s leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras has emerged triumphant from a snap election after securing a dramatic victory over his conservative rival, despite a turbulent first term in office and predictions that the race was too close to call after he accepted a crushing eurozone-led austerity programme during his first term in office.

The charismatic leader looked set to be returned to power with a near repeat of the stunning win that catapulted his Syriza party into office in January. Tsipras told supporters that he would tackle endemic corruption in the country. “The mandate that the Greek people have given is is a crystal clear mandate to get rid of the regime of corruption and vested issues,” he said. “We will show how effective we will be. We will make Greece a stronger place for the weak and vulnerable, a fairer place.”

There seems to be a paradigm shift with more and more people spurning mainstream parties and turning away from Establishment candidates.

EU Reaches Deal on Disputed Refugee Quotas
ministers-eu
The refugee crisis has forced action by the EU with ministers agreeing to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers despite opposition from Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia. European Union interior ministers have reached a deal to share out 120,000 refugees across the EU bloc after holding an emergency meeting. The agreement was reached in Brussels on Tuesday despite fierce opposition from some central and eastern states that deepened rifts over Europe’s worst refugee crisis in decades.

floriade-by-the-pondSpring/Autumn Equinox & Full Moon Eclipse

We can expect a huge shift in energy with a raising of the Earth’s vibrations and our consciousness this week with the Vernal/Autumnal Equinox followed by the Full Moon Eclipse on 28 September AEST sSydney. The Spring or Vernal Equinox occurs in the Southern Hemisphere on 23 September 2015 6.22 pm AEST Sydney, NSW Australia while the Autumn Equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere the Spring Equinox has long been celebrated as a time of transition and rebirth. Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays, such as Easter and Passover and Mardi Gras. In Germany, Switzerland and Austria they celebrate Karneval or Fasching at the end of winter by burning the witch which represents the dark spirits of winter time and welcome in the spring which represents hope and rebirth, the birth of new life in the awakening nature. The equinox is derived from the Latin referring to the time of the year when day and night are of equal duration, mid-way between the longest and shortest days known as the Summer and Winter Solstices.

Pope Francis & Raoul CastroPapal Visit to Cuba and USA
The Spring/Autumn Equinox coincides with the visit to Cuba and USA of Pope Francis who is promoting peace and reconciliation between the US and Cuba, compassion for refugees, the importance of climate change and equality of income. He is acting as a conduit for these higher aspirations of humanity at a time where the change of seasons and the eclipse cycle open up a portal for higher consciousness for all humanity. In USA he will be the first Pope to address Congress.

 

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