April 4th 2014:
The past few days have been very difficult for many of us in the UK and Europe, as dust-laden winds from the Sahara have combined with industrial and vehicle pollutants to poison our air and smother the Sun. Surely a wake-up call we cannot ignore? This dangerous set of conditions should show up in the current charts - and so it does.
First of all the Spring Equinox for London (this time I have placed the Dwad at the centre) found the Moon in Scorpio closing on Saturn as Chiron set in Pisces - a pattern of public distress if ever I saw one. It is compounded in the capital by misty Pisces rising in the dwad and, even more telling, a conjunction in the dwad of Neptune with IC - fog again, and pollutants. Here in North Wales we had the dwad Ascendant conjunct radix Neptune/ Mercury in Pisces. It hasn't been nice.
The New Moon of March 30th was pretty extreme in the UK; only just after sunset, Uranus was setting less than 3 degrees from the New Moon, with Pluto close to the IC and Jupiter, powerful in Cancer, near the Midheaven. The IC ruler Saturn was in Scorpio and the ASC ruler Venus square it from Aquarius. All setting up to be a strange, muggy, stormy week - and maybe even month. Add the dwad again and here is the smog. Pisces Ascendant with South Node opposite Ceres and Descendant; the ASC joined by radix Neptune and Chiron. At the dwad IC are Saturn and the New Moon. This weather is to be a trial, for sure, weird and very unpleasant; and the angular presence of Ceres in dwad Virgo - surely her own sign - is an open invitation by the Queen of the Seasons to take a long hard look at what we are doing to the earth's environment and clean up our act.
This point is made ever more strongly when we look at the New Moon tri-wheel of Draconic, Sidereal and Tropical; the principle of draconic Virgo opposite the practice of sidereal Pisces is all about cleaning up our collective mess. And of course wherever Neptune is found, we are asked to raise our consciousness and address the spiritual dimension of events.
Do the UK charts themselves echo these patterns? Interestingly, the 1801 UK chart is non-committal - as I often find, when it is interrogated! I think we should be prioritising the earlier chart of May 1st 1707 for Great Britain, as it constantly has a lot to say, and here not only has Pluto heading for its Ascendant (with the Scottish Referendum looming) but Saturn currently criss-crossing the MC and right now the Current Draconic MC on the radix Neptune - and GB's dwad Ceres/Jupiter.
1066? Yes, this old England chart is as reliable as ever. In the Current Draconic, Neptune has reached the Descendant as transiting Saturn opposes Neptune radix.
Who will save us from the Foggy, Foggy Dew?