April Astromusings – Retrograde Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, Easter Full Moon in Libra – Notre Dame Fire, Full Moon Wesak Festival in May

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Taurus

Taurus, golden eyed
bull of God
worshipped with song and dance
in ancient fertility rites
slow sure sensual
sow your seeds
ensuring Mother Nature’s bounty

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Taurus
The Personality asserts: Let struggle be undismayed
The Soul sounds its note: I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illumined

Rulers for Taurus
Exoteric Ruler:
Venus under the Fifth Ray of Concrete Mind or Science
Esoteric Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power
Hierarchical Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power

Happy Birthday to all the Taureans who celebrate their birthdays between April 21 and May 21. Taurus forms part of the triplicity of Earth signs with Capricorn and Virgo. Taurus, the Bull, is the sign of fertility as traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it brings the regenerative life force of Spring. The glyph for which represents the full Moon with a crescent moon attached to it. The Full Moon can be seen as the Celestial Mother and the upturned crescent moon as the cow’s horns, another symbol of its fecundity. In the Age of Taurus (C.4220 BC-C.2160 B.C) the Egyptians established their vast agricultural empire through an economy based on slavery.

During the Age of Taurus the cult of the bull and cow was prevalent. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Isis as the Crescent, crowned with the headdress of the cow horns, the Horned Goddess, the cow, and as such was identified with Hathor the Cow-Goddess who preceded her. Isis’s husband Osiris, was also worshipped as a horned deity, known as the bull god, Apis. The veneration of the Bull was also prevalent in other cultures, for example the Bull of Minos known as the Minotaur of the Cretan Labyrinth. At certain times of the year young boys and girls were sacrificed to the Bull God. During these festivals young people danced upon the bulls and jumped through their horns in the arenas, a custom which was the precursor of the modern practice of bullfighting. The glyph for Taurus also represents the parts of the body ruled by this sign: the neck, throat and the shoulders.

Venus and Vulcan, the Ruling Planets of Taurus
The ruling planet of Taurus is Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the patroness of the arts. When she is favourably placed in a horoscope she will bestow her bounty of charm, beauty, creativity, sociability and wealth on the recipient. Taurus rules the second house of the horoscope which governs finances, material possessions and values. In keeping with the Law of Attraction, Venus governs desire and sexuality. Because of the earthiness of their nature, Taureans are challenged to overcome their weaknesses on the physical plane i.e. the desire nature and stubbornness to transmute this into aspiration and goodwill.

The esoteric ruler of Taurus is Vulcan, the god of the Hammer and the Forge. His role is to beat “base metal” into a more refined state for spiritual purposes which aids in this transmutation. Esoterically, Taurus is referred to as the golden eyed Bull of God, with its keynote being: “I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light”. This connotes that the goal of the aspirant in the second sign is illumination. The second Labour of Hercules sheds more light on the tests facing the hero in the sign of Taurus.

Hercules Captures the Cretan Bull

The Second Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Cretan Bull

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Taurus. Hercules is told by his teacher to capture the sacred Bull of Minos to save it from being sacrificed, and ride it from Crete to the mainland where he is to deliver it to the three Cyclops, Brontes, Steropes and Arges, who dwell in the Holy Place. This, Hercules succeeds in doing by chasing the bull from one corner of the island to another, mounting it and riding it through the waves to the mainland.

There is much symbolism involved in this apparently straightforward labour which Hercules has to complete. Minos, the King of Crete, who owned the sacred bull also possessed the maze which has ever been the symbol of the great illusion. The island of Crete with its maze and its bull is an outstanding symbol of the great illusion. It was separated from the mainland, and illusion and bewilderment are characteristics of the separated self. The bull represents animal desire which must be caught and mastered and chased from one point to another in the life of the separated self. Hercules must hand over the bull to the three Cyclops who represent the initiates, having the single eye which symbolises the third eye. It also refers to the Bull’s eye in the constellation of Taurus. In other words the task of Hercules is to overcome desire, transcending the personality self and aligning it with his Higher Self to achieve illumination.

The Constellation of Taurus

Alan Oken in his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology observes that Manilius calls Taurus “dives puellis” – Latin for rich in maidens a reference to the fact that within its demibody are the Pleiades or Seven Sisters and the Hyades, the seven mythological daughters of Atlas and Aethra and half sisters of the Pleiades. The Hyades form the great V of the reddish star Aldebaran often called the “Eye of the Bull.”

Under the title of The Theme of Illumination Alice Bailey explains the esoteric significance of the constellation of Taurus. Taurus is one of the most interesting of the zodiacal constellations, the Cross of the Disciple. The “eye of the bull” in Taurus, the magnificent fixed star, Aldebaran, is one of the reasons why this constellation is regarded as conferring illumination. In ancient days it was called the leading star of the heavens, and Taurus has always been connected with light and, therefore, with Christ, who proclaimed himself as the Light of the World. Light, illumination and sound, as expressed of the creative force: these are the three basic ideas connected with this constellation. The “interpreter of the divine voice”, as Taurus was called in ancient Egypt, can be paraphrased into Christian terminology and called “the Word made flesh.”

Bailey continues: ‘The following is of interest’ she includes an excerpt from The Zodiac – A Life Epitome by Walter Sampson: “The bull or the cow is the symbol of this sign, and in the celestial chart it will be observed that the little group of stars called Pleiades are represented just at the shoulder of the bull. Now, in Egyptian sculpture, or painting, the Pleiades are sometimes represented by the figure of the dove with wings outspread over the bull’s saddle. The dove as we remember, is the bird sacred to Venus, and as the Pleiades are part of the constellation Taurus and as we shall see, more Taurean in nature, if possible, than Taurus itself, the dove becomes a specially appropriate symbol for this little star-group.”

Taurean Hall of Fame

David Attenborough

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, has dominion over the arts, culinary activities, nature, money, and sensuality. Therefore Taureans are attracted to careers in fields such as music, massage, banking, real estate, farming, gardening, and hospitality. An example of a Taurean who represents a big corporation is Mar An example of the Taurean affinity with nature is evident in the books and documentaries on nature by the famous Taurean, David Attenborough.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Taureans are well represented in business such as Mark Zuckerberg the chief executive of Facebook.

Piketty-capital-21st-centuryThomas Piketty, a French economist whose work focuses on wealth and income inequality is a Taurean. He is a professor at the The School for Advanced Studies of Social Sciences, associate chair at the Paris School of Economics and Centennial professor at the International Inequalities Institute, which is part of the London School of Economics (LSE). Piketty is the author of the best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which emphasises the themes of his work on wealth concentrations and distribution over the past 250 years.

Taureans are well represented in the field of music with such classical musicians as Brahams, Tchaikovsky and Yehudi Menuhin. The prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn, and Fred Astaire were also born under the sign of the bull. Other famous musically gifted Taureans include, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Enya, Cher, Shirley Temple,

Barbra Streisand

Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Lesley Gore, Duke Ellington, Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison, Pete Seeger and  the crooners, Perry Como and Bing Crosby.
Actors of note include Rudolf Valentino, Lionel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Orson Welles, Pierce Brosnan, Gerry Seinfeld, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Uma Thurman,

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellwegger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joanna Lumley. Writers of note include William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, Anthony Trollope, Vladimir Nabokov, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Bronte, and James Barrie who created the favourite children’s book Peter Pan.

Taurus is potentially a sign of power and it has had its share of rulers who have brought stability but it also has had its share of tyrants who have abused their power. Queen Elizabeth II who has her ascendant in steadfast Capricorn and celebrates her 93rd birthday

Mary Robinson

on April 21 2019, epitomises the stable, pragmatic monarch. Mary Robinson, the former president of the Irish Republic and Commissioner for Human Rights for the United Nations, who also exudes this Earth Mother quality, has both her Sun and Moon in steady Taurus. A quality which has reassured many people in times of conflict, both on a national level and in the international arena. Other Taureans who have made their presence felt include Catherine the Great,  Golda Meir,  Eva Peron, Czar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Hitler, Robespierre, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Emperor Hirohito, Harry S. Truman, Saddam Hussein. and Pope John Paul II. Some spiritually inclined Taureans include Gautama Buddha,

Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest and mystic.

Taurus Health and Anatomy
Taurus is represented in the human body by the cerebellum, or lower brain, and neck, ears, lower jaw, throat, liver and gall bladder. In her book ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic cell salt for Taurus is Nat. sulph. and is the first cell salt to become deficient where symptoms of disease in the Taurean native are observed. The chief work of Nat. sulph. is to eliminate excess water from the body. In the hot moist weather the atmosphere becomes heavily charged with water, and is breathed into the blood through the lungs. Blood becomes overcharged with water from an atmosphere overcharged with moist vapour, and not from the water we drink. One molecule of the Taurean salt has the chemical power to take up and eliminate from the system two molecules of water. Therefore, the more surplus water there is to be thrown out of the blood, the more sodium sulphate is required.

Biliousness and malaria are the effects of a deficiency of this salt. Chills and fevers are Nature’s methods of getting rid of surplus water, through violent muscular, nervous, and vascular spasms and perspiration. There are some people who put on weight in spite of careful dieting. This is because the lymphatic system becomes slowly engorged with excess fluid derived from the atmosphere through the breath. These people need plenty of Nat. sulph. to carry away this excess fluid.

One of the weaknesses of Taureans is over indulgence, so moderation in eating and drinking needs to be cultivated. Because Nat. sulph. works with the fluids of the body it is one of the most important salts affecting the digestive organs. The bile of the liver, the pancreatic juices, and the secretions of the kidneys all depend for their normal functioning upon a proper supply of Nat. sulph. Bile disorders of which there are many, range from sluggish liver and tiredness in the early morning, to gall stones, jaundice, stoppage of the bile duct, and constipation. Diabetics need Nat. sulph. because it stimulates the secretions of the pancreas, liver, and kidneys.

When the digestive organs are not functioning harmoniously, then sore throats and colds are frequent. The following are suggestions for liver and throat complaints. Balmony is good for jaundice conditions; Agrimony is good for both liver and kidney troubles and helps the assimilation of food; Centaury is also a good tonic for the liver; A combination of both Agrimony and Centaury is helpful for jaundice conditions, and corrects the kidneys at the same time. Golden Seal is very helpful for bilious subjects; Dandelion is excellent for the liver and as a dyspeptic remedy. Red Sage is helpful for Laryngitis and Raspberry leaves and Mulleins also make good remedies for sore throats.

Taurus rules the colours turquoise, brown and russet. The gemstone for Taurus is emerald and the metal is copper. An ideal homeopathic remedy for the sluggish Taurean digestive system is Belladonna. Aromatherapy oils suitable for the Taurean temperament include patchouli, rose and ylang-ylang. The healing musical note for Taurus is A# (A sharp). Taureans should avoid fattening, starchy foods or liquors because of their proneness to gout. Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit, as well as bananas and melons are beneficial for Taureans. The Taurean diet should include carrots, celery, spinach, beans and peas.

Full Moon Festival in May– Wesak Festival – 18/19 May 2019

Taurus is especially connected to the Buddha as Buddha is said to have been born, reached enlightenment and died in the sign of the Bull. The Buddha taught that the path of detachment from the desire is the vehicle for the entrance of Light. These events are celebrated each year at the Wesak Festival, the time of the full Moon when the Sun is in Taurus. The Full Moon occurs at 27 degrees Scorpio 39 on 19 May. It is so-called as the ceremony of Wesak is held in the actual Wesak Valley in the Himalayas at the time of the Full Moon of May. Wesak, the Sun in Taurus Full Moon, is the most powerful Full Moon of the year.

According to mystics the ceremony marks the return of the Buddha to help regenerate the Earth. He is said to return at this time each year to bring new light to the world. He appears above a flat rock on which a great crystal bowl filled with water rests. It is said that He and His great Brother, the World Teacher of Love, work in the closest cooperation for the spiritual benefit of humanity. Through the Buddha the wisdom of God is poured forth. Through the World Teacher of Love, the Love of God is poured forth. At the end of the ceremony the water in the bowl is distributed to all the participants who drink from their cups and share it with others. This beautiful water ceremony of communion is symbolic of the Age of Aquarius which we are entering, the Age of the Water Bearer.

Overview for Taureans for 2019
 Your travel and education sector is highlighted by a series of eclipses and the karmic lunar nodes and the presence of Pluto and Saturn. The karmic North Node and an eclipse occur in your third house of  the immediate environment. The mover and shaker Pluto continues its sojourn through your travel and education sector facilitating major changes in this area of your life. Erratic Uranus has made its dramatic re-entry into your sign and lucky Jupiter is continuing its passage through your debt, taxes and inheritance sector.

Relationships
Mercury, the planet of communication, pays an extended visit to your relationship sector from 4 October to 3 December, facilitating communication in your relationships. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 31 October to 19 November which could cause confusion necessitating clear communication. Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 9 October to 1 November bringing harmony and pleasure to your relationships.

Creativity, Children and Romance
 Both Mercury and Venus visit your 5th house of creativity, children and romance. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 30 August to 14 September encouraging communication with your children and lovers and providing opportunities to learn new hobbies. Venus graces this sector from 22 August to 14 September bringing harmony and inspiration in these areas of your life.

Home and Family
 A total lunar eclipse which occurs on 21 January 2019 highlights your domestic sector Two celestial visitors,  Mercury and Venus will activate your home and family sector. From 12 – 29 August Mercury, the messenger of the gods will pay a visit there. This encourages communication within your family and any commercial transactions. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 29 July to 21 August bringing harmony and opportunities to beautify your home.

Career
Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your career and goals sector from 25 January to 10 February facilitating communication and networking in your career. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 2 – 26 March bringing harmony in your career.

Work and Health
Mercury, the messenger of the gods pays a visit here from 15 September to 3 October providing opportunities for communication and networking. Venus, the planet of love and finances will grace you with her presence here from 15 September to 8 October bringing harmony. in the work place.

Finances
Dynamic Mars will be in your finance sector from 1 April to 16 May imbuing you with the energy to deal with your finances.  Mercury, the planet of commerce will be there from 22 May to 4 June facilitating communication in this area. Lucky Jupiter moves into your debt and taxes sector 9 November 2018 and will remain there until 2 December 2019.. Venus, the planet of love and money, will grace your own money sector with her presence here from 10 June to 3 July which should enhance your finances.

Travel and Education
Your travel and education sector is highlighted by the karmic South Node and two eclipses. The first eclipse is a solar partial eclipse on 6 January and the second eclipse will be a partial lunar eclipse on 16 July 2019. Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn in your ninth house of travel, publishing and higher education, guaranteeing that any travel, writing, publishing or study undertaken could prove life changing for you. Serious Saturn moves into your travel and study sector on 21 December 2018 and will remain there until 17 December 2020 adding gravitas to this area of your life. This sector of adventure, travel, study and publishing is also activated with a visit from both Mercury and Venus. Venus pays a visit here from 4 February to 1 March stimulating your passion for study and travel. Mercury pays a visit to this sector from 6 – 24 January  stimulating your desire to study, write and travel.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its lengthy sojourn in your eleventh house of friends, groups and goals. Neptune’s lesson is non-attachment so you may find that you have to surrender some of your cherished goals or experience some losses or sacrifices in your friendships or group affiliations. Positively, you will gain a deeper spiritual awareness through your friendships, awakening your compassion and inspiring you to join groups which espouse altruistic goals. Mercury’s extended visit here from 11 February to 17 April will give you an opportunity to extend your social networks and communicate with your peer groups. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from 5 – 27 March so there could be some confusion during this period. Venus, the planet of love and harmony, visits your friendship sector from 27 March to 20 April bringing social harmony.

Spirituality
Chiron, the wounded healer, has entered your twelfth house of the unconscious and karma which brings an opportunity to heal wounds in your psyche. You may undertake psychotherapy or be inspired to keep a dream journal recording the messages from your unconscious, releasing untapped potential. Since the twelfth house is concerned with karma, people and circumstances from your past may reappear where there is unfinished business to be resolved.

Easter Full Moon in Libra 18/19 April
The Full Moon in Libra occurs at 29 degrees 07 on 19 April AEST. Libra rules the seventh house which focuses on achieving harmony in your intimate relationships and partnerships. Venus, the ruler of Libra is conjunct Mercury and square Jupiter which promotes conviviality for the festive season. Erratic Uranus is conjunct the Sun which encourages independence and individuality and a craving for exciting new experiences. With the Full Moon at 29 degrees the critical last degree of the sign there will be an urge to complete something.  With Pluto squaring the Full Moon the urge for change becomes more pressing.

Notre Dame on fire

Holy Smoke – Notre Dame de Paris burns
On my first trip to Europe having graduated with a major in French and having taught in secondary schools in Sydney I was eager to visit the City of Lights and I still remember after all these years the breathtaking sight of Notre Dame Cathedral. I breathed in the beauty, grandeur and spiritual power of this iconic monument. The soul of Paris is Virgo the Virgin – and Notre Dame (Our Lady) is its personification. The fact that it was built upon the site of an ancient temple of Isis, one of the three goddesses of Virgo – Eve, Isis and Mary reminds us of the fact that the patriarchal Catholic Church appropriated the goddess religions. 

Notre Dame cathedral is one of a group that were all dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Notre Dame. The physical locations of these cathedrals form a pattern that venerates the constellation of Virgo. The tradition of the Knights Templar and the sacred geometry of these buildings are well known to students of The Mysteries.

Like everyone who witnessed this calamitous burning of this beautiful monument dating back 850 years on my TV screen I looked on in disbelief. It could not have been a coincidence that this occurred at the beginning of Holy Week, a precursor to Easter. What was Our Lady’s message to us all as we witnessed this sacred monument on fire and the toppling of its steeple? For astrologers it serves as a powerful symbol foreshadowing the end of the 2000 years of the Age of Pisces with its faith based religions. It also serves as a reminder of the hierarchical power base of the Roman Catholic Church where women are relegated to minor roles and where widespread sexual abuse of children and women and its subsequent cover up by clergy has brought the church into such disrepute. It is also a reminder of how the church has strayed so far from the message of Jesus who turned the tables of the money lenders and instead worships materialism amassing extreme wealth in the coffers of the Vatican.

The position of the planets is very informative as the Moon was in Virgo square to fiery Mars in Gemini. As they fought to put out the fire by 5 am on the following day the Moon had moved into an even closer square. The Sun was in the Mars ruled fire sign of Aries and although Mars was in the air sign of Gemini it seemed to further fan the flames.

Notre Dame is not only the heart of Paris but also the heart of France which in turn is at the heart of Europe which may have ramifications for European unification and reforming of the EU vis a vis the Brexit crisis. President Macron has promised to rebuild Notre Dame within five years and has received donations from French billionaires and has called on architects to help rebuild it to its former glory. Despite this the incontrovertible truth is that the destruction of major parts of the monument bring into sharp focus the themes of death and rebirth, a fitting analogy for the Easter message of death and resurrection. Is Our Lady signalling that it is time for end of the Catholic Church as we know it so that from the fires of destruction a new spirituality can rise like the phoenix from the ashes more commensurate with the upcoming New Age of Aquarius?

Other planetary signatures at the time of the fire include a cardinal grand cross between the Sun in Aries, Pluto, Saturn and the  karmic South Node all conjunct in Capricorn and Earth. Karmically this destruction by fire serves as a purification process for past sins.  There was a certain ominousness about the fire.  In the words of Christ, ” I come not to bring peace but a sword” (the sword of truth) to awaken people to the need to adopt true Christian values lost largely to a world that worships material values so symbolic of the outgoing Piscean Age. While all this money was poured into constructing opulent buildings many people suffered from severe poverty. The recent demonstrations of the Gilets Jaunes is a modern example of people rising up against the neoliberal state.

In the words of Alice Bailey “The churches—materialistic, hide-bound and submerged in their theological concepts, seeking political power or possessions, emphasising stone buildings and cathedrals whilst neglecting “the Temple of God, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”—are occupied with the symbols and not with the reality.” The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A. Bailey. p.471.) – and the Notre Dame fire signifies: 

First and foremost this fire serves a great cleansing and purification of Paris and France that will lay the groundwork for real spiritual progress for itself and for Europe.

NostradamusWhat is also of great import is that the great French seer, Nostradamus, who used both astrology and scrying for his prophecies predicted just such a fire in his quatrains over 500 years ago.  Nostradamus published Les Propheties in 1555 – The Prophecies.

Chef d’Aries, Jupiter et Saturne,
Dieu eternel quelles mutations?
Puis par long siecle son maling temps retourne,
Gaule et Italie, quelles emotions?

The head of Aries, Jupiter and Saturn,
God eternal, what changes can be expected?
Following a long century, evil will return
France and Italy, what emotions will you undergo?

Notre Dame FireIn the event chart if the Notre Dame fire 15 April 2019, 6.20 pm Paris France the planetoid, Chiron is at the ‘head’ or beginning of the zodiac sign Aries, a fire sign. Chiron is at 3 degrees Aries here, exactly quincunx the Moon at 3 degrees Virgo. Uranus is close by at 2 Taurus.

Jupiter is at 24 Sagittarius, the sign which rules religion, aligning with Pluto at 23 degrees Capricorn and Venus at 23 degrees Pisces. Capricorn represents structure, tradition and the establishment. Pisces rules Christianity – the two fishes. The Age of Pisces spans the 2000 years since the birth of Christ.

Saturn is at 20 degrees Capricorn, conjunct the South Node at 21 degrees Capricorn – again this is a picture of hierarchy, monuments and tradition. The North Node at 21 Cancer represents patriotism, family, home and country is its polar opposite.

Nostradamus’s observations were right. When Notre Dame burned, as Chiron moved into Aries and Jupiter in Sagittarius (religion) and Saturn in Capricorn (the elite) did form unusual patterns –  the Catholic Church, the Vatican and all Italy were also powerfully affected. The fire destroyed the cathedral just weeks after Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, and a leading figure at the Vatican, was gaoled on sex abuse charges against boys within his ‘care.’ Evil did return to us and the reference to the long century alludes to the millennium – the Age of Pisces.

Is Nostradumus’s use of the words Dieu eternelle a play on words for the French President Emmanuel Macron? Emmanuel is derived from the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל (‘Immanu’el) meaning “God is with us”. This was the foretold name of the Messiah in the Old Testament.

It is also noteworthy that the tweets of both President Macron and of the UNESCO  echoed the words of Nostradamus, “quelles emotions”, in alluding to emotions.

Nostradamus’s use of the word Chef (head) which is French slang for a head electrician or gaffer. The planet Uranus is symbolised by electricity. It was found in the year that Galvani discovered ‘animal electricity.’

Uranus also rules shock – and revolution. It moved out of Aries in March 2019, in a cycle which can only take place every 80 years. On the night of the Notre Dame fire it stood in Taurus, the sign of great wealth – the kind of fortune owned by the Vatican – making a rare, close pattern with Chiron in Aries. The ‘chief electrician’ (Uranus) in Aries only recently left the building, in March 2019, weeks before the Notre Dame Fire. Is this another example of word play from Nostradamus? Double meaning? He is notorious for it, in his famous Prophecies.

 

The Foundation of Notre Dame
The natal chart of Notre Dame shows Uranus at 5 Taurus which means Notre Dame is heading for her historic Uranus Return in 2019 when transiting Uranus returns to its original position of 5 degrees Taurus. In fact, Uranus will slowly cross her Mercury and Jupiter over the next seven years. Uranus, the planet of shock, electricity, revolution and radical new reinvention is triggering Notre Dame’s chart. Taurus rules the vast wealth of the Roman Catholic church, as well as the charitable donations being made by French luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton.

Jessica Adams poses the question about the following translation of Nostradamus’s famous quatrains. Is this Brexit and Louis Vuitton?

“Fleet, forces, water, wind of shadow to fear,
Sea and land in a truce. The friends has joined L.V.”

The Mercury Retrograde Shadow period ended on April 18th, 2019. It has coincided with the supposed date of Britain’s chaotic departure from France and the European Union.

Is Brexit ‘sea and land in a truce’ perhaps? Gucci and Louis Vuitton (behind the famous L.V. monogram logo) have just joined in giving more than $300 million to the Notre Dame rebuilding. Friends indeed. These generous donations by the wealthy elite only added fuel to the fire sparking further angry demonstrations by the gilets jaunes (yellow vest protesters during Easter.

The Almanac of 1562 from Nostradamus, leaves us with:

“The hidden desire for the good will succeed,
Religion, peace, love and concord:
The nuptial song will not be completely in accord…”

This is reminiscent of the beautiful hymns sung to Notre Dame by the heart broken Parisens as she burned and they prayed. Perhaps it could be alluding to a civil partnership – equal marriage – that is the ‘nuptial song’ that is not completely in accord, the Vatican having chosen not to support it. It is certainly food for thought.

Chiron in Aries

Chiron,  referred to as the wounded healer which has been in Pisces for almost ten years moves into Aries on 17 April returning briefly to Pisces from 25/26 September 2018 to 18 February 2019, after which Chiron will remain in Aries until 2026. The energy of Pisces and Aries is diametrically opposite. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac representing pioneering and enterprise and brash individualism whereas Pisces which is the twelfth sign of the zodiac represents sacrifice and merging with the Universe. This represents a shift in consciousness and how we will meet challenges and resolve our emotional wounds. The last time Chiron was in Aries was 1968-1976 when there was a collective groundswell against the Vietnam War which finally brought about peace.

Retrograde Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto
In April Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will all station retrograde. During the station of a planet the energy is at its most intense. This will serve as preview of what to expect when these three planets make a triple conjunction in Capricorn in 2020. This powerful trio in the sign of Capricorn which rules the Establishment will undermine institutions, government regulations and corporations forcing us to discard outmoded systems and methods to replace them with ones more relevant for the 21st century.

Retrograde Jupiter
Jupiter, the planet of optimism and expansion will station retrograde at 24 degrees Sagittarius 21 on 11 April, turning direct at 14 Sagittarius 30 on 11 August. Jupiter rules the law, philosophy, higher education, travel and foreign affairs so it is an ideal time to reassess these areas.

Retrograde Saturn
Serious Saturn will station retrograde at 20 degrees Capricorn 31 on 30 April, turning direct at 13 degrees Capricorn 55 on 18 September. Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma and represents authority, responsibility and hard work. When a planet turns retrograde the energy is directed inward so it could be a time of limitation, restriction, anxiety and fear. Retrograde Saturn means that whatever area of responsibility you have is so important, extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything is in order before you proceed.

Retrograde Pluto
Transformative Pluto follows suit turning retrograde at 23 degrees Capricorn 09 on 25 April and turns direct at 20 Capricorn 38 on 3 October. Pluto represents power, control, obsessions and compulsions so when Pluto turns retrograde it is a time to take stock of your power drives, compulsions, obsessions or addictions or those of others who are impacting on your life.

Uranus in Taurus
After seven years in the sign of Aries, Uranus had its first entry into Taurus on 16 May 2018. On the same day dynamic. Uranus will return briefly into Aries from 7 November 2018 before fully entering Taurus on 7 March 2019 where it will remain until 26 April 2026. Uranus rules revolutions, rebellions and the collective while Taurus represents your money, wealth, property and values and the polar opposite sign of Scorpio rules joint finances, inheritances, death and taxes. Therefore, you need to fasten your safety belts to prepare for a radical change in how finance and financial institutions operate. While Uranus was hovering on the cusp of Taurus in 2018 we were already catching a glimpse here in Australia of how it is impacting on the financial services sector such as the Big Four banks and AMP etc. as they came under scrutiny with Royal Commission into the Financial Services Sector as their arrogance, lies, deceit and obfuscation are exposed. The ATO (the Australian Taxation Office) has also come under fire for its cynical actions and bullying of operators of small business so that they can gain funds unethically and illegally. Uranus’s entry into Taurus heralds a critical mass which will act as a catalyst for radical change in business and finance.

Overseas we have seen the Taurean CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, under increasing scrutiny with its cavalier handling of our data allowing such data collecting companies as Cambridge Analytica to have access to our data. Facebook is facing international investigations into the illicit harvesting of users’ personal data. The information was collected by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that backed President Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

The recent tragic massacre in Christchurch uploaded on Facebook by the perpetrator and allowed to run for more than 17 minutes has put more pressure on Facebook and Youtube etc. to monitor its content. Mark Zuckerberg has now called on governments and other bodies to increase regulation around the sorts of data in which Facebook traffics. He’s hoping to get out in front of heavy-handed regulation and get a seat at the table shaping it.

It is interesting to note that Facebook was established on 18 May 2012 during the time the Sun was in Taurus. Looking at the event chart of Facebook, four planets Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and Moon are all in the sign of Taurus while Zuckerberg himself has the Sun and Venus in Taurus. Therefore, Uranus’s transit through Taurus will impact Zuckerberg’s personal planets as well as those of Facebook heralding radical changes in how Zuckerberg and Facebook operates.

Facebook has banned “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram,” because that “it’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services.”Microsoft has called for the tech industry to set a uniform approach to violent, extremist content following the sickening massacre of Muslims attending mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand by a white supremacist earlier this month.

OxycontinProtest against Sacklers

Citizens take on Big Pharma
Uranus rules groups and associations so being in Taurus it could also involve class-action lawsuits by groups which could be crowdfunded online or by other collective means. People are likely to take things into their own hands to fight against the exploitation of big corporations. One case in point is the more than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family – owners of the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP – accusing them of creating the opioid addiction crisis through ownership of the company that manufactures the painkiller Oxycontin. Like other suits that have been filed, this one alleges the Sackler family made a

fortune by using deceptive marketing to sell addictive and potentially deadly painkillers.

Citizens take the initiative on climate action in regional Australia

Tathra meeting for climate action

Meeting of Tathra Residents for action on climate change

In my previous post I mentioned one of the impacts of Uranus moving into Taurus would be a critical mass on action on climate change.
4 Corners
program on Monday 1 April, Climate of Change featured a meeting of Tathra residents. Dr Matthew Nott, a local doctor, noted that he is really detecting a very strong mood for change in regional Australia. He said, “People really are searching for leadership on climate change but particularly also in regional areas appreciating that renewable energy offers us a huge economic opportunity. ”
His community group is pushing for the town – and the Shire – to fully embrace renewable energy.

A proposition by Dr Nott that they have a vote on a 100 percent renewable energy target by 2030 for the Bega Valley Shire starting right here in Tathra was carried with one of objection that the time frame be 2025 instead off 2030. Dr Knott said, “We also put it to our community that we wanted to paint the water tower in Tathra with that target. I think that we’ll give Tathra a sense of pride that we’re leading the way nationally in Australia when it comes to climate change solutions.

Climate change has been on the minds of many here in Tathra since parts of the town were destroyed by a bushfire last year. Scientists have long warned the risk of extreme weather events will increase as the planet gets warmer. Right now, global temperatures are projected to rise by up to three degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Dr Bill Hare said, “By the time we get to three degrees warming, I think we’ll have a continent that is ecologically transformed. It won’t be like the continent in which many of us grew up in. Summers will be a time to fear, I think, particularly around southern coastal regions, rather than the time that they are now, for people to enjoy themselves. And what we’ve seen over the last summer is just the beginning of that. We’re only at one degree warming now. Think three degrees, you think a lot more. The world’s current plan to slow global warming is the Paris agreement – signed by more than 170 countries in 2016.” Under that deal Australia pledged to reduce its emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, but right now there is furious debate about whether Australia is on track to meet that target.

Mina Guli marathon runner for WaterMina Guli Australian Marathon Runner raise awareness re World’s Water Crisis

Mina Guli is the founder and CEO of Thirst. Thirst is a group promoting saving water by educating young people. Running marathons is “my way of representing just how big this water crisis is,” says Guli, an Australian corporate-lawyer-turned-activist who founded Thirst in 2012 to educate the next generation about the importance of water conservation. Thirst launched on World Water Day 2012 with two education workshops of 1000 students each. It has conducted on campus education programs for more than 40,000 children in Chinese schools and universities, and 300,000 young people at workshops, events and music festivals. It has established 120 student clubs in 12 provinces across China, and created online communities in popular media.[5] In an attempt to raise awareness of water shortage challenges, Guli attempted to run 100 marathons in 100 days but was forced to stop on day 63 with a fracture in her femur. However people joined in her initiative and she completed her marathon in a wheel chair.

Shorten vs MorrisonTwo Bulls Lock Horns – 2 Taureans vying to be Prime Minister in the upcoming Federal Elections in Australia

Two Taureans who are in the fight of their life are PM Scott Morrison and Opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten. What is fascinating is that they are born only one day apart and one year apart. Shorten, the elder of the two, is born on 12 May 1967 in Fitzroy, Melbourne while Morrison was born on 13 May 1968 in Sydney. Scott Morrison after much game playing called the election for 18 May. Without birth times for the two opponents it is difficult to make any firm prediction. Added to this more and more people are taking advantage of pre poll voting and postal votes before the actual election day. Shorten and Morrison are presenting Australians with radically different choices. Morrison, under the Liberals is favouring more tax cuts for the higher income bracket or “the big end of town” and the baby boomer cohort while Labor is pitching to the lower to middle income bracket and the younger generations locked out of the housing market.  Morrison brandishing a piece of coal in parliament is emblematic of the Liberal Coalition’s lack of action on climate change.

Sources
Taurus Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Taurus Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Notre Dame: The Soul of Paris by Phillip Lindsay
Nostradumus and the Notre Dame Horoscope by Jessica Adams

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