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Time has come to comment the forecasts made in the previous newsletter
(n°02, January 2001).
The problem this year was linked to the ambivalent Sagittarius-Gemini
oppositions involving OOB Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. If you
are interested to understand better what follows, you may read first
about the Gemini-Sagittarius opposition in Forecasting
with cycles, written also today on the matter.
To analyse a bit further : the Mars-Saturn opposition only occurred
once early February 2001. However, the Mars-Jupiter opposition comes
3 times in 2001: 19th February direct, 12th June retrograde and 3rd
October direct again. The 1st one was bad enough to comment it on
last's newsletter because the 23rd February New Moon was squaring
it. When Mars and Jupiter are in tension, over-optimistic excess of
enthusiasm or aggressive behaviours can react against social harmony,
by lacking social ethic, and leading to NEGLIGENCE, causing what I
The forecast was : "The 23rd February New Moon squaring Gemini Jupiter
and Sagittarius Mars (also in contra-parallel) tells us to watch for
the mess negligence can cause." What happened was the start of Foot
and Mouth epidemic, caused by the negligence of the modern farming
methods (too much transport of animals during their growth), then
the government was accused of negligence in the way it handled the
crisis. The consequences off all this mess are the disastrous death
of millions of animals, their disposal in dodgy burial sites, the
rural communities affected and mainly the biggest damage is the one
affecting tourist industry. All that because of the negligence of
Also in the same period, on February 28, the driver of a Land Rover
and it's trailer lost the highway track to end on the Selby railway
track (North Yorkshire), causing a freight train to derail and then
crash on a passenger train coming from the other direction. 13 death.
As the accident occurred at 6h20 in the morning, I assume he was negligent
by driving too tired to keep awake. ***
"The mid-March conjunction between the Moon, Mars and Pluto can increase
terrorist actions…" Indeed, on March 16th, some Tchechens hijacked
a Russian plane, causing 3 death.
The "ambivalence" was then beginning to show it's face from the 2nd
half of May because, if the opposition between Mercury and Mars transited
fast, the planets stayed for 2 weeks in contra-parallel and Out of
Bounds ! To this aspect was added the first occultations to Saturn
and Jupiter (May 23rd).
In June, significant aspects like the 6th June Full Moon involved
Mars with the 3rd Jupiter-Pluto opposition, while parallels occurred
between Jupiter, the Sun and Mercury. All this was very strong near
the 21st Sun eclipse, that followed the second series of occultations
of Saturn and Jupiter. It was a time for disturbance and confusion
for many. Here we had may storms with lightening, quite typical of
the Mars-Jupiter kind of anger. The opposition in question was squaring
my natal Jupiter. Funny enough, I'd been negligent since the 12 years
I own a computer to never have bothered to protect against lightening
(with an anti-surge plug). I got caught on June 20th with the crash
of my hard disk (recovered later) and of the monitor !
So the way I experienced the standstill promised by the Sun eclipse
on Solstice day was very intense. Being deprived of the computer for
a whole week, I had time to think, and sort all my papers and do all
these things that I never got round to do. I also took the opportunity
to buy a much better monitor and an anti-surge plug !
"Then Sag-Gemini ambivalence continues later in the year with the
cold and frustrating Saturn-Pluto opposition, forcing us to face our
limits…". This opposition got triggered by the 2nd September Full
Moon and the 10th/12th September occultations. Read : The
strength of Jupiter and Saturn occultation for more insight on
the September 11th tragedy.
Astrid Fallon. Sheffield, 3rd october 2001.
*** It was confirmed on 28 Nov. 2001 by trial in court, that
the driver Gary Hall had fallen asleep at the wheel. He had started
his journey at 4:40AM after having been for 5 hours on the phone to
a women he had met on Internet.
October 2001 -
Newsletter 03 continued
purpose of my publications is to help follow motions of planetary
transits. The books and calendars were created for the sake of improving
our astrology practice. Not for forecasting a war I don't agree with.
In consequence, I won't make forecasts on that matter. I may comment
events after they happen, but only to help understand the global situation,
and for the sake of making sense of astrology, by correlating the
above solar system with it's manifestation on Earth below.
To conclude on the effects of the 3rd Mars-Jupiter opposition (3 Oct.
2001), this time in Capricorn-Cancer, human negligence was again responsible
for dramatic accidents (read above). The transiting Sun squaring the
opposition is the trigger that actualizes the aspect. First, Ukraine's
missiles exercises hit a passenger plane by mistake on the Black Sea
(morning of October 4th); then in Milan (Italy, morning of the 8th),
a Swedish plane crashed when taking off on another plane, hidden in
mist and not detected. The ground radars were simply switched off
for maintenance ! In both instances, over optimistic (Jupiter) actions
(Mars) turn into disaster.
This 3rd opposition, squared by transiting 14° Libra Sun, also saw
the military action undertaken against Talibans in Afghanistan. Capricorn
Mars shows strategy in action (ruled by Saturn). Mars reacts to Cancer
Jupiter willing to protect people's social rights and freedoms. But,
on October 7th, we also had Saturn's new occultation by the Moon,
actualizing again its opposition to Pluto. Saturn and the Moon were
just rising in Afghan skies when the 1st mission started (17h27 GMT,
October 7th). This was followed by the rise of Jupiter, just before
the center of the occultation of Saturn by the Moon (18h48 GMT, distance
apart in declination : 0°31').
I had to put forward an article
on the strength of these occultations (particularly as they belong
to a series) because I really believe they are to be looked at in
our practice. Secondly, because I understand they are well hidden
! It's only thanks to the nature of my work that I noticed the phenomena.
I read no other forecasts including the presence of occultation for
2001, nor did I find any mention about them in 130 pages printed from
a serious astrology website, sharing the views of many astrology professional
on 11 September's attack.
If you can't wait to acquire your copy of Raphael's Astronomical Ephemeris,
you can still check them with chart calculation. When you wonder if
a conjunction of the Moon to another planet is an occultation, just
draw the chart of the conjunction in question, and then check the
orb in declination between the Moon and the planet. When inferior
to 1 degree, consider it as occultation (some will argue 1/2 degree).
This calculation will tell you how tight a conjunction is, and therefore
how much it must be considered in interpretation.
To summerize the phenomena, we see Saturn occultations operating on
particular degrees : on 23 May 2001 @ 4°04' Gemini ; 19 June @ 7°36'
; 17 July @ 10°48' ; 14 August @ 13°18' ; 10 September @ 14°44' ;
7 October @ 14°52' ; 3 November @ 13°43' ; 1 December @ 11°41' ; 28
December 2001 @ 9°34' ; 24 January 2002 @ 8°14' ; 21 February @ 8°12'
; 20 March @ 9°31' ; 16 April @ 11°57' and 14 May 2002 @ 15°07' Gemini.
Jupiter is also being occulted, first in Gemini, then in Cancer. The
degrees involved are those to watch in transit interpretation. In
the same way we analyze eclipse charts, we can view occultation charts
or any other tight conjunction chart, as in the booklet called Carto
Graphic Phenomena 2002…
Astrid Fallon. Sheffield, 10 October 2001.