World and USA Astro*News, Spring 2000

Planet Earth News Staff

Hillary Makes It Official! The First Lady of the Land threw her political hat into the ring by declaring for the U.S. Senate in New York. The exact time was Feb. 6, 2000, 4:07PM EST, Purchase, NY. She will be running against the popular Mayor of New York City, former U.S. District Attorney Rudy Guliani. Does she have a chance? Many TV pundits don't think so, but anything is possible in the crazy realm of national politics. As she declared her candidacy, 4+ Leo was rising with Pallas Athena (wisdom; strategy; genius) on the Ascendant -- magnified by the North Node of the Moon. Pallas rising fits Hillary as she is born on Oct. 26, 1947 with Pallas in late Aquarius virtually stationary conjunct the USA Moon-Pallas union from July 4, 1776. This is the "good news." The "bad news" is that Neptune -- planet of potential glamour, illusion and mental-emotional fog -- was exactly setting at 4+ Aquarius when she declared. Because of all of the Clinton family psychic baggage from the 1990s (and earlier) much of their confusion and unresolved "legal stuff" may come back to haunt her. One more asset at her declaration: Jupiter, planet of success and good fortune, was overhead, in the 10th house, in late Aries. Will this placement and the North Node-Pallas-Ascendant combination be enough to propel her to victory in November? Stay tuned to this channel for updates throughout the year.

Bill Gates Steps Down As CEO Of Microsoft. We discussed Bill Gates in our last edition and in January 2000, the $100 Billion-Dollar-Man decided to release his title as CEO, so he could devote more time to behind-the-scenes, high-tech development work at his company. However, the big AOL-Time/Warner potential merger and the continuing governmental investigation into Microsoft's business practices are probably annoying and upsetting the world's richest individual. As we reported before, Bill Gates is born on October 28, 1955 with the Sun at 5 Scorpio. During February-March, July-August and November-December 2000, transiting Neptune (chaos; nebulosity; confusion) will be squaring Bill Gates' Sun (life force; heart center; power). This will be a fascinating "test of strength and stamina" year for someone who has seemed to "have it all" during the past decade or so.

South Carolina Confederate Flag Draws Numerous Protests. From Jesse Jackson to Bill Bradley to the infighting between George W. Bush and John McCain for the Republican Nomination for President, the flying of the old Confederate Flag at the State Capitol in South Carolina has created months of controversy. Seen by many as a symbol of racism and the old divisions of the nation that culminated in the Civil War, the Confederate Flag has been a hot news story, that will lead to victory or defeat for candidates on South Carolina Primary Day, February 19. South Carolina entered the Union on May 23, 1788 with revolutionary and rebellious Uranus (27+ Cancer) exactly opposite the USA Pluto (27+ Capricorn) from July 4, 1776. Remember that South Carolina led the South in declaring secession from the North and then started the Civil War with the bombing of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Note that South Carolina's Pluto is at 17+ Aquarius. The Total Solar Eclipse from August 11, 1999 was at 18+ Leo -- less than 1 degree from an exact opposition. Transiting Uranus was within 1 degree of South Carolina's Pluto last summer and as the South Carolina primary gives its verdict on February 19, Uranus will make a precise crossing of South Carolina's Pluto (extremes; Unconscious forces; death-rebirth themes; undercurrents of violence).

Alaska Airlines Flight 261 Crashes Into The Pacific. Another horrendous plane crash occurred just off Point Mugu, California, around 4:21PM PST on January 31, 2000. An Alaska MD-80 aircraft, carrying 88 people, en route to San Francisco from Mexico, plunged into the ocean, killing all on board. The terrifying last 11 minutes of the flight were reported in the newspapers. The main problem was linked to a horizontal stabilizer, which wasn't working correctly. And this has led the FAA to conduct a massive investigation of similar aircraft from Feb. 10-13. Three main charts are involved in this disaster -- the map for the crash itself, the chart for the Wright Brothers First Powered Airflight (Dec. 17, 1903; 10:35:30AM EST, Kill Devil Hills, NC) and the New Moon Eclipse on Feb. 5, 2000 conjunct Uranus! At the crash, Neptune (ocean; chaos) was near the setting angle at 4+ Aquarius. This is the precise placement of Mars (violence; strife) in the 12th house from the Wright Brothers Airflight back in 1903. In addition, transiting Mars (21+ Pisces) at the crash was on the 8th house/9th house cusp (death through long-distance travel!) and almost exactly squaring the USA Mars (21+ Gemini) from July 4, 1776. The transiting Sun at 11+ Aquarius was right on the South Heliocentric Node of Neptune -- another link to Neptune's illusory and chaotic presence in earthly affairs. Keep in mind that when the Wright Brothers "launched" humans into the air, the Sun was conjunct Uranus, within 1 degree, at 25 Sagittarius (the Galactic Center). As the New Moon/Eclipse, exactly conjunct Uranus (aviation; revolution; topsy-turvy conditions; shocks and surprises) occurred, Feb. 5, 2000, the FAA became more active in investigating dozens of MD-80 aircraft. This has resulted in some two dozen planes having potential stabilizer defects. From the end of January into the middle of February 2000, a time-period strongly controlled by the New Moon Eclipse conjunct Uranus (aviation), there was an incredible focus on airline safety and security. [Note: Another plane crashed on January 31, 2000 off the Ivory Coast, killing a large number of people.]

Alan Greenspan To Be Renominated For Fed Chief. Often considered "the most powerful man in America" (if not the world!), Alan Greenspan was back in the news again in January-February 2000. It looks like he will stay in charge of the Federal Reserve for many more years and Wall Street and global financial markets are constantly watching his every move and sentence. It was his terminology of "irrational exuberance" (referring to the increase in the DJIA) a few years back, that created temporary havoc throughout the world-wide financial realm. Now (early February) the Fed has increased interest rates again by a quarter of a point. Born on March 6, 1926, Alan Greenspan is our "Mr. Saturn," as his natal Saturn is stationary retrograde exactly on his birthdate at 26+ Scorpio. So, Saturn -- which rules limits, boundaries, discipline, focus, restrictions -- was awesome when he was born and the ringed planet was also in a fixed, power sign, revealing its relentless strength. Mr. Greenspan has always looked at the specter of rising inflation as the monster he must keep at bay. To some extent, we can say because of his monumental natal Saturn energy, he is actually a good choice to lead this campaign against a potential rise in inflation. However, the tricky thing for him is not to be so fearful (negative Saturn) that he raises interest rates too much and destroys the surging financial markets in America and around the globe.

CIA Tells President Clinton That An "Iranian A-Bomb Can't Be Ruled Out." The New York Times front page from January 17, 2000 revealed this story. It is not so much that the Iranians currently have all the technology to create nuclear weapons, it is that the USA cannot control Iran's ability to purchase such technology in the international black market, particularly from republics once within the former Soviet Union. The time-period around January 17 of every year is important for America astrologically as it is the time when the transiting Sun reaches 27+ Capricorn and crosses the USA Pluto from July 4, 1776. Ever since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has been connected to nuclear energy and the search for releasing the enormous, invisible (Pluto) power stored in atomic nuclei. In mid-January 2000, as this story was announced, we also had the Chiron-Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius still occurring in the "Nuclear Axis." This "Nuclear Axis" is the zodiacal zone between around 7-14 Gemini-Sagittarius, first discussed by Mark Lerner in WTPE in 1981-1982 in a series of articles on Astrology and Atomic Energy. In 1999-2000, particularly June-October 2000, transiting Pluto (10+ Sagittarius) will be stationary on the Sun (life force) from the First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction (Dec. 2, 1942; 3:25PM CST; Chicago, IL) that initiated the Nuclear Age. This is a very important 5-month period when the world and national leaders need to remain vigilant concerning the proliferation of nuclear technology!

Tiger Woods Wins Six Consecutive Golf Titles! The 24-year-old golfing phenom, Tiger Woods, electrified the sports world for several months by winning 6 PGA tournaments in a row. Besides the millions of dollars earned, he showed his uncanny skill, expertise and ability to rally from being many strokes behind on the final day of play. Born on Dec. 30, 1975, 10:50PM PST, Long Beach, CA (data from Birth Certificate, obtained by Lois Rodden -- see Lois' Data News information on page 3 of this magazine in Winged Messengers), Tiger Woods has a Sun in Capricorn (pinnacles; attainment; heights), Moon in Sagittarius (sports; athleticism) and Virgo rising (being meticulous; perfecting one's abilities). Helping him stay incredibly focused and grounded is his ruling planet Mercury in late Capricorn on the 5th house cusp trine the rising degree. A Sun-Uranus sextile and Venus in Scorpio rising ahead of his Sun give him incredible strength of will and charisma. During the recent streak, his Progressed Moon in Scorpio crossed his natal Uranus (revolutionary activities; shocks), a cycle that only occurs once in 27+ years for a few months. Tiger is also born with Mars (competitive sports) in Gemini retrograde and near the top of his chart. As the streak ended (Sunday Feb. 13), the transiting Moon in Gemini opposed his natal Neptune in Sagittarius and approached a conjunction with his Mars. All good things must come to an end!

Cyber-Hackers Create A Nightmare For Online Users. In the days following the potent New Moon Eclipse conjunct Uranus (16+ Aquarius on February 5), the cyber world was rocked by major interference and disruptions/shut downs as first Yahoo.com (Feb. 7) and then Amazon.com, Ebay and Buy.com (Feb. 8) and other online portals were "hacked to death," electronically speaking. This prompted an almost immediate and startling investigation by the Federal Government, seeking the hacker villains, who could be teenagers or terrorists, people in the USA or living somewhere else in the world. Most astrologers anticipated computer/high-tech craziness in and around the Feb. 5 Eclipse conjunct Uranus because both Uranus and Aquarius are strongly linked to the high-tech world. Many people are now frightened to use credit cards online and this entire episode may serve to revolutionize (Uranus-Aquarius-Eclipse/New Moon) shopping, searching and learning on the World Wide Web.

Cyanide Spill Kills Water Life/Threatens Health Throughout Eastern Europe. News reports have been building Feb. 12-13, 2000 about the cyanide spill in northwest Romania (January 30, 2000) that was caused when a dam near a gold mine overflowed, causing cyanide to flow into streams. Now the poison has moved into Hungary and Yugoslavia. Cyanide is used to separate gold from its ore. The Danube River is about to be threatened and the destruction affects not only fish, but much of the wildlife close to the river beds. Keep in mind that as this environmental catastrophe occurred, transiting Uranus at 16+ Aquarius was re-activated the "deadly" Saturn-Mars polarity (16+ Taurus-Scorpio) from the Total Solar Eclipse of August 11, 1999. Then the New Moon Eclipse conjunct Uranus (16+ Aquarius) of February 5, 2000 added more weight to this already intense situation. Perhaps this is part of what Nostradamus envisioned in the 1500s when he saw great peril in Europe around the Summer of 1999.

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