North Korea Tests Nuke
Dateline: Monday October 9, 2006, Eugene, Oregon 6AM PDT: I write this feature about 8 hours after learning that North Korea exploded a nuclear device in the northeastern section of its country. [Note: The time is a little shaky right now, but once it is confirmed, a chart for the event will join the other horoscopes at the end of this article.]
Although there are many countries – including North Korean allies China and Russia – that are condemning the explosion and calling it a provocation, it is hard for America, the UK, France, Pakistan, India and Israel (all nuclear powers) to be too self-righteous at this moment in world history.
Considering how the above nations have recklessly endangered our atmosphere, oceans and land masses with radioactive poisons since the end of World War II – probably causing the deaths of millions of human beings as well via radioactive toxicity in physical bodies, leading to many strange forms of cancer, leukemia and other mysterious illnesses – who are they to now throw verbal stones at tiny but volatile North Korea (population at approximately 23 million)?
Nevertheless, the problem is more complex – as Iran is also seeking to join the Nuclear Club and North Korea’s act might set off a new arms race in Asia and around the globe, including the Middle East. It will be intriguing to see how President George W. Bush interprets and handles this event and whether he calls for international sanctions through the Security Council of the United Nations or whether he chooses to act rashly in an independent manner (U.S. naval blockade around North Korea, for example).* Conspiracy theorists will also have a field day with this – since the North Korean nuclear test will help to push the Mark Foley congressional scandal and the horrors of the Iraq War away from top-story status around the nation.
*So far, the president’s first speech on the subject this morning has been reasonable and tame, and the phrase “Axis of Evil” never came up! Hopefully, the focus will continue as an international response to the nuclear test rather than our overacting unilaterally – something our nation has been prone to do in recent years since the events of September 11, 2001.
Last month – on Sept. 15, 2006 – I was on the Coast to Coast AM radio show for the third time in the last year. During the first hour of the program – with host George Noory – I made two important predictions for October 2006. The first concerned the time-frame of approximately October 5 – 7 when transiting Mars in the sky would reach 18+ Libra and thereby EXACTLY conjunct the USA Progressed, Stationary Mars at 18+ Libra – which has also just gone retrograde (July 2006) for the first time since the founding of our nation on July 4, 1776. [Our national, Progressed Mars will continue in retrograde motion for the next 79 years.]
I had written about the USA Progressed Mars stopping and going into reverse since November 2001! And I alerted our subscribers to this reality again throughout the online pages of Earth Aquarius News starting in January 2005 at the launch of this website. That article still exists in a red box with a picture of the planet Mars. And I discussed both the July 22, 2006 official, USA Progressed Mars station and turn retrograde, and this October 5 – 7 prediction, also on Coast to Coast AM with guest host Lisa Garr on the evening of July 1, 2006.
Mars always connects with warfare, the military, inflammation, danger, anger, volatility, bloodshed, weapons, heat, rash and reckless acts, martial law, rage, violence, burns, fires, explosions, bloodshed, zeal, passions, rising tempers, desires, courage, leadership, patriotism, and fierce, independent force. While there are many admirable qualities associated with the Red Planet, it has always been considered a “malefic” celestial body, for the most part.
My most recent warning focused on the time-period around October 5 – 7 because of the transit of Mars to the same place in the zodiac where the USA Progressed, Stationary-Retrograde Mars was also located. This appeared to me to be a “slam-dunk” example of dynamic, Mundane Astrology at work. The only question would be what would actually happen in our country and/or around the world connecting to Mars.
There was the build-up, for a couple of weeks, of terrible shootings in the USA – particularly connected with schools, with the most recent Amish school in Pennsylvania horrible event still in our mass consciousness. Then came the blockbuster revelations by Bob Woodward in his new book (State of Denial) that Condoleeza Rice (back in July 2001, the president’s National Security Advisor) did not take seriously enough dire warnings coming from the CIA about an imminent attack on the U.S. by Al-qaeda. Just after all this martial and volatile news came the equally shocking allegations against Republican Congressman Mark Foley of Florida – regarding immoral and possibly illegal sexual communications or activity with Congressional pages. This led to calls for the resignation of Dennis Hastert of Illinois – the Republican Speaker of the House.
Most of the above built up to a crescendo exactly at the time (Oct. 5 – 7) of my prediction and, at that same time, fears suddenly began to develop that North Korea was planning to explode its first nuclear device sometime in the couple of days thereafter.
In the meantime, the other main reason why I made the prediction was that a potent Full Moon just happened to coincide with Mars in the sky setting off and igniting the USA Progressed, Stationary-Retrograde Mars. This Full Moon – on Friday evening October 6 and therefore Saturday October 7 in North Korea – was very worrisome to me because the degree placement was 13+ degrees of Libra and Aries. This Full Moon was going to almost precisely ignite (a) America’s Saturn (14+ Libra) from July 4, 1776 and (b) America’s Sun (13+ Cancer) from July 4, 1776, plus (c) Mars (13+ Aries) from the chart when George Washington took the very first Oath of Office as president of the United States.
For all these reasons, it appeared even more likely that a gigantic and disturbing, martial event would happen around the October 5 – 7 time-period. Now with the North Korean nuclear test, we have an absolute confirmation of the accuracy of this prediction – which is most important because it shows HOW and WHY astrology works!
Another prediction that I made on the radio shows concerns the time-period from approximately Saturday October 21 to Wednesday October 25 when we will have a New Moon at 29 degrees of Libra, followed quickly by a Mercury-Jupiter union in Scorpio, a Sun-Mars conjunction at 30 degrees of Libra, a Sun-Mars-Venus triple conjunction in early Scorpio, a Venus-Mars conjunction in Scorpio, and the third and final Jupiter-Saturn square in fixed, power signs (Scorpio and Leo) since last December 2005.
Since we now have the “provocative” act by North Korea, it seems very likely that this October 21 – 25 time-period will also prove to be extremely martial (volatile; dangerous; inflammatory; acute) as well – another example of dynamic Mundane Astrology in action. Mars can also represent financial and business losses – particularly related to rising interest rates and panic. October is usually the most volatile month for stock markets and this October should be no exception.
For the time being, I am presenting several charts with this article. They appear after all the text. Please note that the chart for North Korea is approximate. No one – in the West – knows the time for sure, and even the day is a little suspect. However, it is the best we have at the present time. The birth data for South Korea is accurate (at least for the day) and the month-day-year for Kim Jong Il is the one most people utilize.
Rather than take the time right now to cross-reference all these charts (a mammoth undertaking) – along with current transits – I will leave that for a future time. You can check out the charts that interest you and come up with your own judgments. Right now, there are a couple of realities that stand out to me.
It is extraordinary to note that transiting Jupiter for the North Korean test was located at 21 degrees of Scorpio. This zodiacal placement is also Chiron in the chart for North Korea (and South Korea), Juno in the chart for Kim Jong Il, and – most notably – the permanent Mars placement in the chart for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction. You will learn more about this latter chart by reading an old article I wrote back in 2003 (see further below).
It must also be noted that (a) both North and South Korea will be experiencing their Second Saturn Returns (Identity Crisis as a nation) in 2007; (b) Uranus (atomic energy; high technology; radioactivity) in the next two months will retrograde, station and turn direct at 10+ Pisces (a very volatile degree that squares the Sun for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction), and (c) the current Jupiter-Pluto midpoint in the sky is in the “Nuclear Axis,” a zodiacal region from 7 – 11 degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius that I discovered and wrote about in the pages of my Welcome to Planet Earth astrology journal all the way back in 1981! You can also read more about the Nuclear Axis in the feature below – written in 2003.
The most stunning astrological transit/cycle of all is the following. On September 22, 2006, there was an Annular Solar Eclipse located at 29 degrees and 20 minutes of Virgo. This is EXACTLY (no orb – not even 1 minute of 1 degree of the zodiac!) conjunct the Neptune placement in the chart for Kim Jong Il. This is more important and sensational that it may seem at first glance. First of all, it definitely confirms the birthdate of Kim Jong Il – which has always been somewhat in doubt. Secondly, it reveals the power of a Solar Eclipse precisely striking an outer planet in a world leader’s birthmap. And Neptune is primarily known as a celestial body (when negative) that is affiliated with deceptions, illusions, confusion, nebulous or invisible events, bizarre and far-out behavior patterns (that are often illogical and mischievous).
As more news comes in regarding the North Korean nuclear test, I may decide to add some further information to this article.
Stay tuned to this web channel for late-breaking developments on this crucial subject.
Note: I wrote the story below shortly after America launched the Iraq War in March 2003. Although much of the information relates to transits and cycles happening in 2003, there are startling dates and times referring to now and the next few years – particularly involving the chart for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction (birth of the Nuclear Age) from December 2, 1942. Now that North Korea has joined the “Nuclear Club” with its first underground detonation of an atomic bomb, the ideas contained in the article below will be important for you to assimilate.
The main topic for this article is whether the fight against Iraq could unleash a nuclear explosion somewhere in the world. This is when we have to decipher a great mystery. Several years ago on Art Bell's Coast-to-Coast radio show, remote-viewing expert Major Ed Dames gave a chilling prediction. He said that he and his researchers perceived a nuclear detonation on the Korean Peninsula sometime in the relatively near future. Again, this was on the radio several years ago. I never forget about it and with the increasingly irrational behavior by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and North Korea's recent belligerent behavior regarding plutonium and the possible creation of nuclear weapons, I began thinking about his statement on the radio. Then on Thursday March 6, I happened to be listening to the Coast-to-Coast radio show and Major Ed Dames was on again. He repeated the prediction, but now suggested it was a "fait accompli." It was going to happen soon (this year) and, to his mind, nothing could change it. He suggested that North Korea will begin an offensive against South Korea once we become embroiled in a war against Iraq. The North Koreans will invade the south and then pull back. As South Korean and American troops advance against North Korea, the North Koreans will detonate a nuclear device from underground. Since we have 37,000 troops in South Korea, a large number of these troops will die from the horrendous explosion and radioactivity, etc. Who knows what this will cause and lead to in the days and weeks ahead. The only way to avoid this disaster would be to remove our troops from South Korea now. This was hinted at recently by Secretary of Defense Rumsfield, but has not been put into motion.
Now why should we believe what Major Ed Dames has to say? And what is remote viewing anyway? Remote viewing appears to be a kind of clairvoyance, but more a KNOWING of what's happening in the distance (and in the past or future). The people who become skilled in this science/art don't necessarily "SEE" the event, but they recognize what it is. In this particular case, it is not just Major Ed Dames who acknowledges that there will be a nuclear explosion on the Korean Peninsula, but it is corroborated by many other members of his team or staff of researchers. Remote viewing has been going on for many decades and was first discovered by Ingo Swann. He is known as the father of remote viewing and Major Ed Dames learned the techniques directly from him. Dames then refined the work and utilized it within "black operations" for the US military over many years. He has been one of the most frequent guests on the Coast-to-Coast radio program.
I don't particularly like discussing this subject because it is very alarming. Nevertheless, starting back in 1981 (when Welcome to Planet Earth journal was just beginning), I began researching the entire subject of nuclear energy and astrology. I studied the entire history of radioactivity and nuclear fission, and then relating the key dates and discoveries with astrological cycles. I published numerous articles in the journal over the years and printed so many of the key horoscopes -- the First Nuclear Chain Reaction (December 2, 1942; 3:25PM CST; Chicago, IL), the First Nuclear Explosion (Trinity Blast July 16, 1945), Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, First Hydrogen Bomb, SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) and Treaties, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disasters, etc. The key horoscopes that we need to examine right now are the ones for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction and the Hiroshima Explosion. This is because the Nuclear Chain Reaction chart is really the beginning of the Nuclear Age while the Hiroshima Explosion was the first time an atomic weapon was used against human beings. In addition, I already wrote a feature a number of years ago called Pluto Triggers the Nuclear Axis. It was on the old website.
As we start an exploration of these two charts to see if a nuclear event is likely to happen in the near future (re: Major Ed Dames prediction), let's remember something. The First Nuclear Chain Reaction occurred on December 2, 1942 and the first atomic bombs were created in July-August 1945. Except for the horrifying Hiroshima and Nagasaki explosions -- which ended World War II -- the devastating side of the nuclear genie has been kept in the bottle for almost 58 years. So, let's all hope for some kind of resolution in the Korean stalemate.
The most alarming factor of all when we look at the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart is that transiting Uranus is now zeroing in on 2+ Pisces -- where it will station on June 7, 2003. When the Nuclear Age began on Dec. 2, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, Uranus (ruling fission and uranium) was rising in the first house and located at 2 Gemini 15. Uranus will reach the precise square point to this degree three times in the near future: April 30 and July 15, 2003 and then again on Feb. 12-13, 2004. In essence, we are reaching the 3/4 mark of a complete Uranus cycle around the Sun since Dec. 2, 1942. A Third Quarter Square symbolizes a "crisis in consciousness." Since this is Uranus squaring Uranus, it is clearly focused on the wisdom to use this nuclear energy in a correct manner -- and not to create disaster. It is shocking to realize that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il (born Feb. 16, 1942) incarnated on the day of a Sun-Uranus square in fixed, power signs -- so that his Uranus at 26+ Taurus is just one degree from the Ascendant for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction. I discussed his chart in Part XIII of this series. Saddam Hussein is born with a Sun-Uranus union. Thus, these two dictators are connected through the power of Uranus! And President Bush has Uranus conjunct his North Node -- currently being opposed by Pluto several times in 2003-2004.
The Uranus-Uranus square for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart is unfortunately not the only significant transit or progression happening in the near future. Transiting Uranus itself has already crossed the Lunar South Node (old karma and fate) of this chart and will do so again from September - December 2003. While it is doing this, it is also opposing Chiron (the wounded healer planet) from Dec. 2, 1942. We also note that Mars is about to ignite the First Nuclear Chain Reaction horoscope in a major way this summer and fall. On July 29, 2003, Mars will make a station at 10 Pisces 08. The Nuclear Chain Reaction Sun is placed at 10 Sagittarius 05. Thus, we have a Mars station (war; violence; bloodshed) that squares the Sun (life force and heart center of the birth of the Nuclear Age) within 3 minutes of arc. By September 27, 2003, Mars will station again at 0 Pisces 07 -- almost exactly on the Mars/Saturn midpoint in the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart. By the way, from July to November 2003, transiting Mars in Pisces will oppose President Bush's Mars in Virgo three times. What may seem like a short war against Iraq this March may turn into something far different for America's President whose natal Sun in Cancer is exactly conjunct America's Sun at 13+ Cancer. [Note: July 29, 2003 is not only the day of a Mars station. It is the day of a New Moon at 5+ Leo. The Secondary Progressed Pluto for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction horoscope is now located at 5+ Leo while the Secondary Progressed Saturn is at 5+ Gemini. Thus, July 29 and that approximate time-period is another potentially lethal powerhouse this year.]
Closer to the present time, we have two major eclipses coming up in May. The first one is a Total Lunar Eclipse that occurs on May 15-16, 2003 at 24+ Taurus-Scorpio. This is the day of the Buddha Full Moon that is also called the Wesak Festival in the Far East. It is said that the Master Buddha returns from his high place and blesses the Earth, the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters, and Humanity every year at the Full Moon of May. It is considered -- in esoteric circles -- the high point of the spiritual year. The problem this year is that it strikes the Ascendant-Descendant axis of the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart almost precisely. Two weeks later -- on May 30-31, 2003 -- there is an Annular Solar Eclipse at the New Moon (energizing 9 Gemini 20). An Annular Solar Eclipse is really as powerful as a Total Eclipse. The only difference is that the Moon is too far from the Earth to completely cover the disk of the Sun and there is a "diamond ring" effect, where a ring of light appears around the Moon blocking the Sun. Why is this Eclipse/New Moon at 9+ Gemini so important?
To answer this question, I need to share about the discovery I made in 1981 -- 22 years ago. Through my research of all the nuclear events and horoscopes, I realized that there was what I called a "Nuclear Axis" that stretched from around 7-11 degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius. This was because whenever a key nuclear or atomic event occurred, a celestial body appeared in that axis or sometimes squaring it. When the First Nuclear Chain Reaction occurred, Saturn was located at 8 Gemini 57 (and rising) and the Sun was located at 10 Sagittarius 05 (and setting). This is itself a powerful celestial signature. However, it was greatly amplified due to the following: America's natal Uranus from July 4, 1776 is located at 8+ Gemini, the Neptune-Pluto unions of 1891-1892 (that began a 492-year period of human history) occurred at 7+ and 8+ Gemini, and the red giant superstars of the cosmos -- Aldebaran, the right eye of Taurus the Bull, and Antares, the heart of Scorpio -- are currently located at 9+ Gemini and 9+ Sagittarius. As I explained all of this in Welcome to Planet Earth astrology journal many times over the years, there is a gigantic zodiacal battle that already exists in the heavens from 7-11 degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius and the discovery of America, Neptune-Pluto unions of the 1890s, and the First Nuclear Chain Reaction have exacerbated that cosmic struggle.
Okay, so having shared that important paragraph, let's go back to the potent Eclipse/New Moon of May 30-31, 2003. It occurs at 9 Gemini 20. You will see that it ignites the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Saturn at 8 Gemini 57. This creates fears, blocks, frustrations and potential death/destruction. Now over the years, other New or Full Moons have struck this placement and nuclear war didn't happen. But we didn't necessarily have a Kim Jong Il in power or an ongoing war happening against Saddam Hussein. In addition, this Eclipse strikes America's natal Uranus (shocks; surprises; air power and warfare; revolutionary events) and squares President Bush's natal Mars at 9+ Virgo. More ominously, the Eclipse hits the Mars placement at 9+ Gemini that exists during the Hiroshima Explosion! This is a conjunction within 8 minutes of arc and clearly a very disturbing occurrence. It is also noteworthy that when the Total Lunar Eclipse occurs on May 15-16, 2003, Neptune will make a station at 13 Aquarius 11. When you look at the Hiroshima Explosion chart, you will see the Sun at 13 Leo 08. Thus, the Neptune station in May -- really affecting the whole month -- is directly polarized to the Hiroshima Sun within only 3 minutes of arc. The Full Moon of May directly squares a potent Mercury-Saturn conjunction existing at the formation of South Korea. And the Eclipse of May 30-31 closely squares Vesta (safety and security issues, including national security) for South Korea. South Korea (founded August 15, 1948) and North Korea (founded September 10, 1948) are both experiencing extremely rare Pluto conjunctions to their natal Jupiters. Jupiter connects to society and its stability. Pluto connects to extremes forces of death, destruction, terrorism and nuclear energy released from the underworld. North Korea's Sun (17+ Virgo) sits right on the Ascendant degree for the Hiroshima Explosion and in November 2003, when Uranus makes its fall station, it will be at 28 Aquarius 54 -- exactly (no orb at all) opposing Saturn at 28 Leo 54 in North Korea's chart.
There are other alarming ties between the transits of key planets in the coming few months and the charts for North Korea, South Korea and Kim Jong Il. For instance, Kim Jong Il has Juno (rage and terrorism by the weak and disempowered) at 21+ Scorpio. This is the Chiron placement (20+ Scorpio) when North Korea came into being and also Mars (21+ Scorpio) at the First Nuclear Chain Reaction. Even at the New Moon of April 1, 2003 (11+ Aries), transiting Mars and Chiron will conjunct at 17+ Capricorn -- closely trining Mars at 18+ Taurus for Kim Jong Il. The New Moon itself will sextile his Jupiter at 11+ Gemini and exactly oppose Neptune (confusion; chaos; nebulosity) for North Korea. Kim Jong Il's natal Pluto at 4+ Leo exactly squares Mars at 4+ Scorpio when North Korea came into existence. There seems to be a thread of disaster and destruction linking all these charts -- North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong Il, the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, America, and the coming set of transits, Eclipses, New and Full Moons, and major stations.
It is noteworthy to draw some lessons from history. The last time humanity faced a major nuclear holocaust was back in October 1962 -- during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the Secondary Progressed map for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, there was a powerful Full Moon in August/September 1962 (at 0+ Capricorn-Cancer, the sacred Solstice degrees!) as war clouds were gathering between America and Russia. This was the first Progressed Full Moon that had ever occurred since the birth of the Nuclear Age on Dec. 2, 1942. On July 31, 1962, there was an Annular Solar Eclipse at 7+ Leo -- exactly igniting Pluto in the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart! By October, transiting Mars (acting in its usual role as a potential trigger for war) reached this vital degree as the Cuban Missile Crisis reached its do-or-die final point (Oct. 25-27). In addition, transiting Pluto in 1962 was squaring the Nuclear Axis from 7-11 degrees of Virgo. In the month of October itself, four planets (Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn) made stations -- with Jupiter in Pisces opposing Uranus in Virgo (signifying a giant problem with nuclear fission) and the traditional malefics Mars in Leo opposing Saturn in Aquarius -- also conjunct the fateful North and South Nodes of the Moon. In a scary association, we find that the Uranus station at 2 Pisces 49 on June 7, 2003 exactly (no orb!) ignites the Jupiter station at 2 Pisces 49 from October 29, 1962 -- as the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. That time in October 1962 was a moment of world celebration as nuclear war was avoided. Will we be able to have a similar celebration during 2003 or fall victim to our fears, blocks and underworld nightmares?
This is not meant to be the final word on this topic. I will write more if events warrant it. Down the road, the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart shows numerous progressed patterns that demand scrutiny and analysis. In the latter part of 2005 and into early 2006, the Progressed Mars and Progressed Juno placements converge at 5+ Capricorn for the birth of the Nuclear Age. This shows danger through terrorism by the weak, disempowered and dispossessed. At the same time, America's Secondary Progressed Mars becomes stationary. Also -- the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Secondary Progressed chart will have three stations -- Mercury stationary direct at 24+ Capricorn in the Fall 2007, Saturn stationary direct at 5+ Gemini in May/June 2008, and Uranus stationary direct at 0+ Gemini in January 2010. It is highly significant that the next Progressed New Moon for this horoscope occurs in January 2007 at 15 Aquarius 17. This will also be a Total Solar Eclipse -- exactly conjunct (no orb!) Pallas at the First Nuclear Chain Reaction. Pallas connects with defense shields for nations (like military forces) and the Pentagon for the USA.
As I close this time, I want to mention two important secondary progressions that coincidentally fall on the same day -- April 11, 2003. President Bush has his Progressed Moon at 12+ Scorpio squaring his Progressed Pluto at 12+ Leo. The USA has the Progressed Moon uniting with America's natal Mars at 21+ Gemini. The latter only occurs every 27+ years and is certainly a symbol of warfare, strife and violence. The Moon-Pluto square for the President is an indicator of his dark mood and depressed feelings about unleashing a war that he knows will mean the death of many Americans and increasing fears of terrorism on the home front. April 10-11, 2003 brings the annual solar crossing on the USA natal Chiron (a need for our healing and enlightenment) and transiting Pluto will still be opposing President Bush's natal Uranus and sitting on top of his South Node of the Moon (old karma and fate). Now that we are hurtling toward a war (and potential nuclear threat) that no one nation, international group, leader or divine power seems capable of stopping, we have to wonder whether this is all happening for some invisible, higher purpose or whether humanity in the year 2003 is failing a major test of will, heart, wisdom and intelligence.
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