Omicron named

The World Health Organisation had within the previous hour to this public designation declared this to be a Covid-19 ‘variant of concern’ because of its unusual mutations, raising the possibility that it might evade current vaccines.

The IIIrd house naming reflects the theme of the autumn (Libra) ingress where the potential square of Moon to Pluto was halted by an applying sextile to Jupiter, the saving grace of the vaccines. Here the Moon is void-of-course by major aspect and separating the opposition of Jupiter. We must take care not to over-interpret a void Moon chart, but on the current evidence the former powerful protection (Jupiter Lord VIth and medicines-Xth exalted in the asc.) may not hold into the New Year as well as we hoped, putting us collectively in a period of doubt and irresolution. (GC)

Two Minute Silence

Simão Cortes alerted us to this remarkable and radical figure, which may be taken to signify World War Remembrances to come. He remarks on the Mercury-Saturn square from the depths of the VIIIth and the setting Moon applying Pluto, a sea of souls passing beyond the bound of words. Eternal silence moves us.

Our current Remembrance Day falls on the 11th Day of the 11th month each year, with Silence at the 11th hour. In its origin it honoured the Armistice, the formal cessation of hostilities of the First World War on 11th November 1918; it was renamed as Remembrance Day after the Second World War. This year the 11th day of November fell on a Thursday, coincident with Cop26, the international climate conference held in Glasgow. Remembrance Day should be distinguished from Remembrance Sunday designated as the second Sunday in November. Military and war veteran ceremonies of remembrance take place on this day, in the UK enacted at the Cenotaph in London. The red poppy became an emblem of remembrance with the second Armistice Day in 1920.

US departs from Kabul

The commander of the US 82nd Airborne Division departs from Afghan soil at one minute to midnight local time, ending the 20-year invasion. The aircraft left Afghan airspace ‘several minutes’ later (Pentagon briefing 31 Aug.)

In the ‘Last Man’ chart the night Fortuna at 22 Virgo, with Mars and conjunct the US Neptune, reveals the failure of current foreign policy on the US Neptune half-return (Sibly VIIth house Mars closely square US Neptune in IXth shows overseas wars, and their danger for the US). Note the radicality of the Last Man Moon on the US Desc. – the very axis of the 9/11 Pluto-Saturn opposition that brought the ‘war on terror’ into being. This suggests ongoing immediate consequences of the withdrawal as Neptune and Pluto complete their current pattern into the Spring of 2022. – MH

Neptune appears

Neptune at Newhaven, East Sussex c. 9am 6th July 2021 (BBC/Jeff Overs)
look out for further discussion on this remarkable hermeneutic signature – GC

Italy vs England

Italy v England
Thanks to Gerard Delaney for drawing attention to the chart for the Wembley kick-off. He takes Saturn for Italy (classed as the home team in the tournament), choosing to wear blue, and England as the Moon, usually wearing white. He notes the stunning showing of the Three Lions – Moon in Leo, Venus in Leo, Mars in Leo! Gerard says:
“ the chart for Sunday’s Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England is a splendid representation of the possible destiny of the ‘Three Lions’ team. And that’s before exchanging the Sun and Moon in mutual reception, which makes it even better. The latter exchange also prevents the Moon moving to the opposition of Saturn.”

Note that Leo Captain Harry Kane has a very close Neptune-Uranus conjunction at 19 Capricorn. The conjunction opposes his Mercury at 18 Cancer, with two outlets to the opposition: trine and sextile to Mars and trine and sextile to Pluto – finding gaps and slipping through. At the kick-off, the Sun triggers this configuration at 19 Cancer, most closely opposite his Neptune.

The Sun’s mutual reception with the Moon by degree creates a Sun-Mars conjunction at 19 Leo, so will the Lion’s Leo captain strike again? In addition, the received kick-off Moon goes by degree to 9 Cancer 49, conjunct the IC of 9 Cancer 55 and opposite the Sun in the English 1066 horoscope. Is it coming home? As we watch the Beautuful Game (Venus in Leo ruling 5th), we can only speculate and be thrilled at the way the chart might be realised.

England Manager Garry Southgate has the dignified transit Jupiter in Pisces crossing his Nodal axis, but opposite his Mars on the South Node. Danger! But, with his own Scorpio Jupiter sextile wily Mars in Virgo, plus curious contacts with the England 1066 chart, he may be putting old ghosts to rest. – MH