May Astromusings – Happy Birthday Geminis, Full Moon in Scorpio, The 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, Uranus factor in Australia’s shock election result

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Have you ever met a Gemini?
There’s double trouble there
As there’s two rolled into one
He’s an artful dissembler
But he’s always lots of fun
There’s a sparkle in his eye
Betraying intelligence and wit
With his brilliant repartee
And his fondness for a jest
Every host should have one
To give his party zest

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Geminis who celebrate their birthdays between May 21 and June 20. Gemini is one of the three air signs along with Aquarius and Libra. Air is the element which refers to mental qualities. Gemini is one of the four mutable signs indicating the flexibility and changeable quality of Gemini. The others being Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Gemini is the Latin word for twins which indicates their dual nature. The Gemini can be of two minds or is sometimes believed to have two or more personalities.

In Alan Oken’s book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, he elaborates on the twin symbology. Among its many meanings, the glyph for Gemini symbolises the two pillars. In ancient times, the Twins were the guardians of the doorways and entrances. Pairs of gods can often be seen at the gates of Babylonian, Assyrian and Egyptian temples. They are often depicted as siblings. The Twin symbology also pervades Eastern mythology. In the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata where there are two brothers, Sunda and Upsunda who are said to live together and are incapable of being slain by anyone unless they slay each other. In the Ramayana, Rama, the great Indian saint, also has a twin brother. Examples of twins also abound in the Old Testament but one myth about twins which is very significant is the Greek legend about Castor and Pollux because it links up with the constellation of Gemini of the same name.

The Significance of the Myth of Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux avenged the carrying off of their sister of Helen of Troy. Leda, the mother of Castor and Pollux, was seduced by Zeus/Jupiter, this time in the guise of a swan. From this union she gave birth to two eggs – from one came Helen and from the other came Castor and Pollux. There was some confusion and scandal about Castor’s real father, for he was mortal, while Pollux, on the other hand was an immortal, the true son of Zeus. Homer describes Castor as the tamer of horses, and Pollux is the immortal boxer, one who uses his hands and is fleet of foot, which typifies the Gemini. Castor is killed in battle, and Pollux, in great despair prays to his father to let him also die. Zeus responds by taking them both in the sky as the constellation of Castor and Pollux. Homer writes “They possess their life in turn, living one day and dying the next and they have gotten worship as gods”

The keynote for Gemini, esoterically, is: ‘I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.’ Alice Bailey comments that it is an astronomical fact that the star, Castor, is waning in brilliancy, while Pollux, the immortal brother, is waxing in brightness and eclipsing his brother. Pollux represents the soul while his mortal brother represents the personality.

The Constellation of Gemini
Alice Bailey has the following to say about the constellation of Gemini: Gemini has in it two stars Castor and Pollux, the Twins. These personify two major groups of stars, the Seven Pleiades, and Seven Stars of the Great Bear, which are two constellations, in the north, around which our universe seems to revolve. She writes these two groups of stars the Pleiades and the Great Bear represent God, the macrocosm, whilst in Gemini, Castor and Pollux were regarded as symbols of man, the microcosm.
Alan Oken adds: The most notable asterisms are the two great stars which bear the names of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Castor, befitting the nature of Gemini, is really two closely placed white stars which revolve around each other. This phenomenon is called as “binary system” by astronomers, as the two stars seem to revolve around a common centre of gravity. Pollux is somewhat brighter than his brother and is orange reddish in colour. These stars lie only four and half degrees from each other and between the  were long known as the sole representatives of the entire constellation. (They were called the “Mas-mas” or Twins by the ancient Assyrians.) In time the brothers grew and many more stars were added to complete their portraiture. The ecliptic divides the Twins at the middle; their heads (Castor and Pollux) are above and are posited between the left claw of the Crab and the whip of Auriga, the Charioteer. Their feet just touch the Milky Way, above the upraised arm of the great constellation of Orion, the Hunter. The Twins are usually depicted as bound together by each other’s arms.

MercuryMercury the Ruler of Gemini – Mercury/Hermes in Mythology
We can gain insight into the Geminian nature by studying the myths of Mercury and his alter ego Hermes. Howard Sasportas, in the book ‘The Inner Planets’, co written with Liz Greene illuminates one on the role of Mercury. Mercury was conceived of an illicit union between Zeus, the King of the gods, and a mere mortal called Maia so he was born out of deceit. As the story goes he was already into great mischief even when he was still a baby in his cradle. He stole his older brother Apollo’s cattle, and by leading them out backwards made it appear as if the cattle were going in the opposite direction. When his older brother accused him of stealing his cattle he acted as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He also fashioned a lyre out of a tortoise. When he plays this instrument he charms Apollo out of his anger and he makes a deal with Apollo. In return for teaching him the lyre, Mercury must be allowed to share Apollo’s patronage of the cattle.

The resourceful bargaining qualities of the Gemini nature are mirrored in Mercury’s actions. Apollo agreed to this on the condition that his miscreant younger brother swore an oath. When Mercury complied Apollo made Mercury the patron of oaths and solemn pledges and he also bestowed upon him the gift of the caduceus, a magic wand with two snakes wrapped around it which becomes one of Hermes’ most famous symbol and is an emblem of the medical profession.

Mercury is Zeus’ personal messenger and is often used to rescue others from danger. He is also a magician and charms Cerberus, the ferocious three headed dog who guards the Underworld, so he can slip in and out of the Underworld unnoticed. He is a master of magic words and magic formulas in much the same way the Gemini can charm their way out of tricky situations with their gift of the gab. The derivation of the Greek word, ‘Hermes’, is he of the stone heap, a place where travellers would stop and talk, and eventually where commercial deals took place and magic and rituals were performed hence Mercury’s rulership over commerce, transport and short distance travel. Hermes was known as the god of crossroads, borders and transitions. There is also a figure in alchemy called Mercurius which represents both the transformer and the thing which needed to be transformed. To sum up then, the agility, versatility and ingenuity of Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is very evident in the Gemini individual.



Gemini Health and Anatomy
In the human body Gemini rules the bronchial tubes and lungs, the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Kali mur., the Gemini Salt, is essential for the formation of fibrin. Every tissue and organ of the body, with the exception of bone, contains fibrin. Man’s whole garment of flesh is built upon the foundation of filaments or fibres. There is an infinitely fine network of these tiny fibres, all branching off from one another, forming the framework, as it were, upon which the tissues are built. This includes also the skin, glands and nerves. Symptoms arising from lack of Kali mur. are catarrh, congestion of bronchial tubes, swollen glands, mumps, sore throats, enlarged rheumatic joints, and swollen tonsils, all children’s diseases where there are exudations through the skin, such as measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc., for these are all disturbances of the fibrin. All cases of a very white tongue and sluggish liver and constipation, and all congestion and swellings need Kali mur. Geminis live on their nervous energy and most of their illnesses are of a nervous character. Therefore, it is vital that they learn to switch off their busy minds and relax. Plenty of sleep and proper breathing exercises would be very beneficial for them.

Gemini rules the colour yellow and also they responds well to the healing orange ray. The birthstone for Gemini is agate, the multi coloured stone and the metal is Mercury in keeping with their quicksilver personality. A homeopathic remedy beneficial for Gemini is Byronia used in the treatment of colds, flu and headaches. Healing aromatherapy oils which will help to promote calm for the excessive nervous energy of the Gemini include bergamot, lavender, lemongrass and lily of the valley. The healing musical note for Gemini is A. Diet for Gemini should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables especially orange coloured foods such as oranges, peaches apricots, pink grapefruit, etc. which help decongest the lungs and prevent mucous. Mucous forming dairy products and salt should be avoided. Carrot juices and legumes such as lentils are also beneficial.

Gemini Hall of Fame
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, has dominion over communication, writing, teaching, and short distance travel. Geminis are attracted to careers which utilise their great mental skills, wit and eloquence such as teaching, lecturing, politics, music, media, journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, astrology, technology, finance and sales.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Famous Gemini writers include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Thomas Hardy, Anne Frank, Colleen McCullough, Judith Wright, Salman Rushdie, M Scott Peck, Patrick White. Poets of note include W.B Yeats, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Alexander Pope, Alexander Pushkin. Queen Victoria who wrote two best selling memoirs Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands was a famous Gemini.

Kylie Minogue 2

Kylie Minogue 

Geminis who also express themselves through music and dance include Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Isaac Albeniz, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Isadora Duncan. Singers include Dean Martin, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Prince, Kanye West, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Judy Garland, and Kylie Minogue.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Geminis are not only agile mentally but also physically as this impressive line up of champion tennis players confirms – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf and Anna Kournikova.

Marilyn Monroe

The Gemini charisma translates well onto stage and screen with such show business icons as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Errol

Flynn, Rudolph Valentino, Joan Collins, Marilyn Monroe, Michael J. Fox, Isabella Rossellini, Kristen Scott Thomas, Hugh Dancy, Geoffrey Palmer, Christopher Lee, and Johnny Depp.

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Australian Gemini actors of note include Jason Donovan, Jacki Weaver, Frances O’Connor, Nicole Kidman, Anna Torv, Sophie Lowe, Pia Miranda and Gia Carides.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Geminis are also famous for their wit as expressed by the Gemini British comedian Russell Brand and American comic Amy Schumer

Media personalities include Elsa Maxwell, Hedda Hopper and Joan Rivers.

Politicians and political activists include John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Hubert Humphrey, Rudolph Giuliani, George Bush Senior, Benazir Bhutto, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Che Guevara. Another Gemini who has been in the spotlight in the last year is President Donald Trump. Richard Di Natale. the leader of the Australian Greens is also a

Richard Di Natale

Richard Di Natale

Gemini as is .Jeremy-Corbyn_victory_05a.1442322332197Jeremy Corbyn the Leader of the UK Labour Party.

The science of astrology has also attracted its share of Geminis including Lois M. Rodden, Grant Lewi, Alexander Ruperti and Francoise Gauquelin, the French woman statistician and psychologist, who along with her husband Michel, set out to disprove astrology but instead ended up being some of its strongest exponents.

Dava Sobel

The astronomer and best selling author Dava Sobel featuring prominently in the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival is also a Gemini.

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Remembering Queen Victoria on the 200th anniversary of her birth – May 24, 2019
One very famous Gemini is Queen Victoria. May 24 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth.  There have been a plethora of telemovies, movies, documentaries and books on Queen Victoria which first aroused my interest, acting as a catalyst for me to research her life and reign to give a series of talks on her for three astrology associations and for articles for the FAA astrology journal. The more I researched, the more books and movies came my way. My synastry with Queen Victoria includes a nodal connection with my North Node conjuncting her Gemini stellium.

Queen Victoria was born in the hour before dawn in the northern springtime on 24 May at 4.15 am in Kensington Palace in London, UK. She became queen at the tender age of 18 years when she succeeded her Uncle, King William IV. When the diminutive Victoria first sat on the throne her feet didn’t reach the floor. She reigned for 63 years over quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire at the time when women were powerless. Over this time she evolved from teenage queen to totem of the empire.

A Student of Urdu, Prolific Writer and Published Author
She was a triple Gemini, that is she was born with the Sun, Moon and ascendant in the duel sign of Gemini which like a chameleon enabled her to slip in and out of many different roles and take on seemingly different positions depending on with whom she was dealing whether members of her family. her prime ministers or other members of the royal household. It is not surprising to learn that having a stellium (cluster of planets) in Gemini, Victoria was a keen student in both her childhood and adult years.

Queen Victoria & Abdul KarimIn fact it was only recently revealed in the book, Victoria and Abdul, and the later the movie of the same name, by the Indian author, Shrabani Basu, that Victoria’s Indian Moslem servant, Abdul Karim, taught her Urdu. The discovery by Shrabani Basu of thirteen volumes of Queen Victoria’s journals revealed how seriously Queen Victoria took her studies of Urdu. Basu also discovered the diaries of Karim which attested to his loyalty and devotion to his monarch which contradicted the the apocryphal stories circulated by the royal household. In letters from Victoria to Karim she signs herself as your loving mother. In this respect she was ahead of her time in her treatment of her Indian servants.

She was also a prolific writer, keeping a journal from age thirteen to almost the end of her life. As a child she wrote compositions and as an adult was a prolific letter writer corresponding with her ministers, and her family living abroad. She was a published author writing and illustrating Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands and the second edition, More Leaves from the Journal of our life in the Highlands, which were best sellers both at home and abroad.

A Deep interest in Spiritualism
The more I delved into Queen Victoria the more complex she became. As well as having the signature Gemini stellium, she also has a strongly tenanted 12th house ruled by the planet, Neptune. The planet, Neptune, which rules spirituality was discovered in 1846 bringing in its wake a deep interest in spiritualism and Queen Victoria was no exception. She has Saturn, Pluto, Chiron and Vesta all in the 12th house as well as a harmonious trine between her Venus and Neptune. The popular author, J.H Brennan, (Herbie) author of Faerie Wars, acknowledged in his book, Whisperers The Secret History of the Spirit World, that Victorian society in general from top to bottom, was equally obsessed with the spirit world. Brennan claimed that Victoria and Albert participated in seances and Victoria was impressed by the powers of psychics and mediums who were presented to her.

Queen Victoria & family in mourning for Prince Albert

The Death of Prince Albert – ‘The Whole House seemed like Pompeii’ – Tennyson
After the untimely death of her beloved Albert, aged only 42, on 14 December 1861, as grieving widow, Victoria, turned to the poetry of her friend and neighbour, the poet laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, for consolation. She took great comfort in Tennyson’s poem, In Memoriam which both she and Albert had greatly loved. Tennyson also dedicated the latest version of his Idylls of the King to Albert referencing him as Albert The Good. Recognising Tennyson’s strong mystical streak Victoria regarded him as a kindred spirit and felt comfortable sharing her grief of the sudden loss of a loved one – in Tennyson’s case his friend Arthur Hallam.

Queen Victoria with John BrownThe Role of John Brown in Queen Victoria’s Life – faithful servant, bodyguard, companion, lover, secret husband or medium?
Much has been written by historians and others about the true nature of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her servant, John Brown. Her relationship with Brown defied categories. One of the more contentious claims about John Brown’s role is made by JH Brennan in his book Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World. Brennan claims that it came to Victoria’s attention that a young thirteen year old medium called Robert James Lee was channelling the spirit of her late husband, Albert. After attending nine séances Victoria was so impressed with the veracity of his messages that she asked him to be the resident medium but Lee politely declined informing her that another medium had been chosen to keep the line of communication intact. This medium was ‘the boy who used to carry my (Albert’s) gun at Balmoral.’ (John Brown).

Historians have disputed this but according to Brennan, Victoria kept a detailed record of these séances and after Brown’s death in 1883 she wrote a monograph about him which she wanted to publish but her ministers were so disturbed by the prospect that they intervened persuading her to abandon the idea. Her private secretary destroyed all Brown’s private diaries but the massive cover-up operation was not as effective as it might have been. Years later King George VI happened on a detailed record of a John Brown séance that had somehow been overlooked. He read it with great interest and the story was eventually leaked to the press.

The Death of Queen Victoria –  “We all feel quite motherless.” – Henry James
At 6.30 pm on 22 January 1901 as transiting Pluto opposed transiting Uranus and on a progressed New Moon indicating that it was a momentous occasion, Queen Victoria passed away bringing to a close one era and ushering in a new one, the Edwardian era under her son and heir (Bertie), Edward VII. At the time of her death the progressed Moon was at 2 degrees Gemini conjuncting her Sun, Moon, Ceres and ascendant. The world shuddered at the news of Queen Victoria’s death. Thousands of telegrams flew to Osborne. In London actors walked off the stage mid performance. Traffic stopped and the New York Stock Exchange closed for the day. Throughout the Commonwealth people stopped and prayed. Queen Victoria had become an archetypal maternal deity cutting across cultures and religions. In India she was likened to the “Great Universal Mother” and in Persia she was described as “the good angel who saved us from destruction.”

 Overview for Gemini for 2019
Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma, is still moving through your joint finances sector so you need to take responsibility for your joint finances and taxes. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, has just moved into your spirituality sector which could add an unpredictability to this area of your life. Your ruling planet, Mercury, will pay a visit in Gemini from 30 May to 12 June facilitating communication and networking. The extended cycle of spiritual Neptune in your career sector encourages you to pursue your creative and spiritual aspirations.

Lucky Jupiter will be in your relationships and partnerships sector until 3 December 2020. Part of its time there will be in retrograde motion from 10 April 2019 to August 10 2019. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your relationship sector from 13 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 and then again from 10 – 29 December facilitating communications in your primary relationship.

Home and Family
Planetary visitors, Mercury and Venus will activate your domestic sector.  Mercury will  visit your domestic sector from 30 August 14 September facilitating communication with family members. Gentle Venus will grace your domestic sector with her presence from 22 August to 14 September bringing harmony on the home front.

Creativity, Children and Romance
The focus will be on your romance and children sector with visits from Venus and Mercury. Venus will grace your romance and creativity sector from 15 August to 8 October which should bring pleasurable romantic encounters, enhance your personal creativity and relationships with your children. Your ruler, quicksilver Mercury, pays a visit there from 15 September to 3 October affording you an opportunity to initiate conversations with your children and romantic partners while bringing a sense of fun to your relationships with children or affording you an opportunity to explore your inner child.

 Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its passage through your 10th house of career. This cycle will emphasise the spiritual and creative side of your career. Your interactions with your colleagues will be motivated by altruism and sensitivity. You may be drawn toward pursuing a spiritual or artistic career. You may even experience confusion about what career to pursue. Ultimately, Neptune may beckon you toward a career of selfless service.

Travel and Education
Your travel and education sector Quicksilver Mercury will be in your travel and education sector from 25 January to 10th February activating this area of study and travel making it an ideal time to undertake a study tour. Gentle Venus will grace this sector from 2 – 26 March making it an ideal time for a romantic getaway or pleasure cruise.

Your finance sector will be highlighted by a solar total eclipse on 2 July 2019. Dynamic Mars will also activate your finance sector from 17 May to 1 July Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn through your debt and taxes sector which would act as a catalyst for you to transform this area. Also highlighting your debt and taxes sector is the karmic South Node, Saturn and two eclipses – the first being a solar partial eclipse on 6 January and a partial lunar eclipse on 17 July.

Friends, Groups and Goals
Chiron, the wounded healer, has moved into your eleventh house of friends groups and goals. Gentle Venus pays a visit to your social sector from 21 April to 15 May bringing harmony to your friendships and opportunities for pleasurable socialising. Mercury will pay a visit to your social sector from 18 April to 6 May facilitating communication and networking in your social circles.

Siblings, Neighbours and Communication
Your third house of siblings, neighbours and short distance travel is highlighted by total lunar eclipse on 21 Jan 2019.

The focus will be on  retreat and contemplation when your 12th house of spirituality, karma and seclusion is activated by a visit from Mercury from 7 – 21 May. Venus follows close on the heels of Mercury gracing your spirituality sector with her presence from 16 May to 9 June. You may be inspired to spend time in a retreat or health farm nourishing body, mind and soul. It is an ideal time to keep a dream journal exploring the realms of your unconscious yearnings or take up meditation, yoga or martial arts to find extra meaning in your life. It is a time to protect your boundaries so that you can recharge your batteries and feel rejuvenated. Uranus moved back into your spirituality sector on 6 March 2019.

New Moon in Taurus
The New Moon at 14 degrees Taurus 11 occurs on 5 May at 8.45 am AEST Sydney time. Taurus is one of the triplicity of earth signs representing our finances, material possessions and our security needs so there will be a focus on these issues, especially with the entry of Uranus in Taurus. The New Moon is a time for setting our intentions which culminates at the Full Moon.

Full Moon in Scorpio, transiting Uranus & Venus conjunct Australia’s chart
The Full Moon in Scorpio occurs on 19 May at 27 degrees Scorpio 39 at 7.11 am. Scorpio Full Moons have the potential to stir powerful emotions and this one is no exception. This Scorpio Moon forms a mutual reception with feisty Mars in Cancer, bringing the potential for some domestic drama and  family conflict. This mutual reception may stir feelings of anger, resentment, envy, jealousy or paranoia. People can become rather defensive under this combination. Mercury opposes the Moon which makes conflict resolution possible if we are able to communicate our feelings effectively. The other notable aspect in this chart is the very tight Venus-Uranus conjunction. This is a highly creative combination and with Venus in her own sign, this strengthens determination and staying power. This is a very creative Full Moon despite the closing aspect between Saturn and Pluto which continues to make a powerful impact globally. Political and systemic change, even revolutionary forces are associated with this narrowing aspect of Saturn Pluto and the South Node in Capricorn.

Uranus factor – Australia’s Trump – Brexit moment – shock election result
With the Australian Federal Election held on 18 May the day before this Full Moon plus transiting Venus Uranus conjuncting Australia’s Federation chart there was bound to be some last minute drama and upsets. The Moon represents emotions, women and the people so there were bound to be intense feelings aroused.

Hawke picThis certainly occurred with the death on election eve of Bob Hawke, one of Australia’s most loved Labor prime ministers. The nation and in particular the Labor party were in mourning. The hope was that the wall to wall coverage of Hawke’s achievements as a prime minister, in particular his and Paul Keating’s great economic management during their term of government would enhance Labor’s prospects of winning the election. However, Uranian energy is unpredictable.

Trump Morrison picUranus Factor – shock election result – Australia’s Trump – Brexit moment
The coalition won the federal election against all odds. Morrison ran a Trumpian presidential style campaign promoting individualism capturing the current Uranian energy. The other component of the Uranus Venus conjunction, namely Venus represents popularity and whatever advantages the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, had popularity was not one of them. Recognising a kindred spirit in Morrison, and both being salesmen, Trump was the first world leader to pick up the phone to congratulate Morrison saying he too had not expected to defeat his Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton.  Australia has just had its Trump – Brexit moment where the pundits got it completely wrong.

steggallvabbott The other shock was the defeat of Tony Abbott by Zali Steggall, the Independent ex Olympic ski champion and barrister, in the blue ribbon Liberal seat of Warringah. Abbott, a Scorpio, declared he was in the fight of his life against Zali, an Aries, born 16 April 1974 in Manly, Sydney (no known birth time). They are both Mars ruled but Zali with her grass roots campaign prevailed. Zali has the Moon in future oriented Aquarius with Mars conjunct Saturn in Gemini trining Uranus, as well as a Jupiter Venus conjunction in compassionate Pisces. Transiting Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion, is currently conjuncting her North Node or destiny point.

Uranus represents sudden change. It challenges the status quo and Uranus is going to hover over the ascendant of Australia’s Federation chart while squaring its Midheaven which will bring more challenges for the government through the coming months and in particular around the end of the year.  These turbulent times will continue in 2020, over the May June period. Another factor which heralds more headaches for the newly elected Morrison government will be the upcoming total Solar Eclipse on 3 July which will oppose Australia’s 9th house Sun ruling foreign affairs.

There is likely to be even more polarisiation between the regions and the city – now termed the quinoa curtain, and between the younger and older demographic in a bid for part of the nation’s pie rather than fostering unity with some commentators saying that Labor has dodged a bullet in losing the ‘unlosable’ election absolving them of blame when the coalition government who prides itself with being superior economic managers tries to grapple with the upcoming challenges. It may be a pyrrhic victory.

Already Dr Philip Lowe, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, has pre-empted interest rate cuts in June and then again in August. He made clear the RBA believes if unemployment is to become lower then it will need support from the federal and state governments, saying there were a range of options to help cut the jobless rate, low wages growth, a long period of weak growth in household income. “These include: further monetary easing; additional fiscal support, including through spending on infrastructure; and structural policies that support firms expanding, investing and employing people,” he said. Some commentators says Lowe’s intervention was tantamount to a warning of an impending economic emergency, expressing frustration that the RBA was having to do all the lifting instead of the Government pulling its weight otherwise it will threaten the government ‘surplus’. With the Chinese economy slowing and the continuing China US trade war we are sailing into uncharted waters.

Gemini Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Gemini 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
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas & Liz Greene
Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that changed the Monarchy by Helen Rappaport
Victoria, The Queen – An intimate biography of the woman who changed the world by
Julia Baird
Victoria:  A Life by A. N. Wilson
Sons, Servants & Statesmen: the Men in Queen Victoria’s Life by John van der Kiste
Queen Victoria’s Children by John van der Kiste
Victoria A Biography by Christopher Hibbert
Victoria R.1 by Elizabeth Longford
Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World by JH Brennan
Victoria – BBC1 Telemovie

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