Category: politics

Flint, Michigan
The city of Flint, Michigan has been poisoned by bad governance. That’s not a metaphor: it is literally true. Flint, located between two of the greatest freshwater lakes on the planet, is an old industrial town, ravaged like its big neighbour Detroit by post-industrial decline. Because [...]
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One Night In Cologne
In the early hours of 2016, more than a 100 women were sexually assaulted by roaming gangs of men in the streets of the German city of Cologne. At least one was raped. At least 1000 men are said to have been involved in the organised attacks. It took five days for the media to catch […]
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December Is A Battleground
Last night, the UK Parliament voted in favour of bombing ISIS in Syria (10.16pm, December 2, London.). And in so doing they showed what democracy is about. There were passionate, well-argued speeches on both sides  — but not by either leader. Both Cameron and Corbyn seemed lightweight [...]
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Apollo Wins the Canadian Election
Canadians, it seems, have thrown out old and cold Saturn in favour of Apollo himself, the god of light. In other words, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party trounced Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Harper was older, colder, stiffer and meaner. Trudeau’s approach to politics? [...]
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The Labour Party’s Misty Meltdown
Of course it’s one thing to look at Jeremy Corbyn’s chart. He is clearly having a high old time, but we really ought to look at the chart of the Labour Party to get an idea of what’s going on. I asked my friend Liz, who is a fount of natal charts, what she had […]
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Jeremy Corbyn, Astrology in Action
The wave of left-wing emotion that’s swept through Europe from Greece to Spain and Italy has finally found a focus on these islands in the unlikely person of Jeremy Corbyn, a softly spoken Labour backbencher. It’s been a feeling in search of a leader. Corbyn is a slight, earnest, [...]
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UK Election: Breaking Up Is Never Easy
What happened here last night was momentous: a seismic shift in the “political geology” of this country took place. Scotland, which just one year ago chose to stay part of the United Kingdom in a referendum,  voted almost unanimously for the Nationalist Party. As expected, leader [...]
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UK Election: Striking A Balance
This surreally dreary British election campaign is apparently the closest-run in a generation. The opinion polls bounce back and forth between Labour and Conservative. From the public discourse, you might not suspect that there are serious issues to be resolved.  There’s little talk [...]
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On Pisces
Sadko In The Underwater Kingdom by Ilya Repin (Wikimedia Commons) From Tunisia to Elizabeth Taylor, you never know who you’re going to swim past down there in the blue, blue sea. With the Sun still in Pisces, visit or revisit these OA posts on or about the sign of the Fishes. A Fortnight [...]
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Yanis Varoufakis
For those of you curious to see the chart of Greece’s new finance minister, here it is. There is no birth time available, so I have drawn it for sunrise. Just briefly • Take a look at the nodes. SN conjunct Mercury in Pisces. (Wonder if there’s an ancestor in holy orders.). Brains [...]
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Greece’s Alexis Tsipras Dreams Big
Destiny, and the Greek electorate, have pushed Alexis Tsipras, up to Europe’s top table. He may be holding a weak hand, but it already looks as if he’s smart enough to play and maybe even win against bigger, richer, stronger, meaner opponents. Tsipras was sworn in as Greek Prime [...]
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Angela Merkel: The She-Chancellor
Angela Merkel, Germany’s Kanzlerin or she-chancelllor, is indisputably the most powerful woman in the world. And yet she seems so wildly unlike most politicians – where are the flashy smile, the clotheshorse spouse, the sharp suit, the soundbite? Yes, where are Silvio Berlusconi, Nicolas [...]
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Virgins, Black Power, African Liberation…
The month of Virgo was beautiful here, one warm soft day follows another. But the weather was also strange and unseasonable. The nights draw in but the days are as warm as summer. It’s dreamlike. Being deep in the dream of Virgo this year — with the help of an opposition from [...]
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Astrology of Now: Open Enemies
Walk into Libra’s garden, the seventh house of the chart, and you will find yourself in a bower of sweet scented roses, treading on forget-me-nots, violas, love-in-the-mist. You might stroll down a lover’s walk through dripping wisteria to a summerhouse by a romantic lake. The [...]
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Scottish Independence: Change Is Coming
In just a few weeks, the people of Scotland will decide whether or not to remain part of the United Kingdom. This is momentous. Of course if the polls are right. Scotland will vote to stay part of the UK and we’ll all just carry on as usual. England, Scotland and Wales — Great [...]
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Eyeless in Gaza
“…Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him Eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves … from Samson Agonistes by John Milton John Milton’s play Samson Agonistes, based on part of Judges in the Old Testament, begins with the hero, “the great deliverer” [...]
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The Corruption of Tony Blair
What was the Devil wearing when he offered Tony Blair a sackful of cash for his immortal soul? Was he in a sharp Armani suit, did he don stilettos and shades, or was it a dishdasha and a stetson? Was the approach made in Granita, the Islington restaurant made famous by New Labour, or was it [...]
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The Al Jazeera Three
On 29 December 2013, three journalists were arrested by the Egyptian government on trumped up charges. They are employees of Al Jazeera, the international broadcasting organisation based in Doha. Today Mohammad Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammad were each sentenced to seven years for [...]
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Politics: A Tidal Wave of Emotion
Right-wing nationalists have won the elections for the European parliament here in the UK. This is the first time a fourth party has won a nation-wide election for more than 100 years.  For anyone living in England, this victory has been quite obviously on the way, an unstoppable freight-train [...]
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Ukraine: History Is A Process
Stamps depicting traditional Ukrainian headresses. Every woman is a queen. Ukraine has Venus in Leo/Moon in Aquarius. Is Ukraine destined to be a free democracy and part of Europe or a Russian vassal state? That is what people are protesting about on the streets of the capital Kiev this [...]
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