The WTO Takes
The World Trade Organization’s third international summit begins on November
30 in Seattle, and will be attended by delegates from over 100 nations
to discuss the global economy and fair trade. The meeting is attracting
not only political and corporate leaders, but also a sea of protesters
ranging from environmentalists to labor unionists to anarchists.
The WTO (January 1, 1995; 12am; Geneva, Switzerland), with five planets
in bureaucratic Capricorn and Mars in Virgo, is, if nothing else, immensely
practical when it comes to economic trade. However, the WTO has a critical
weak point in its horoscope, represented by theJupiter-Saturn square in
the ethical signs of Sagittarius and Pisces.
What all the protesters are gathering
for is to question the WTO’s moral authority (Saturn in Pisces) to re-create
the world in its corporate image. On November 30 the Sun and Chiron align
in Sagittarius, exactly squaring the WTO’s Saturn. This cosmic landmark
defines the controversial emergence of the most powerful organization
on Spaceship Earth.
At the same time an alternative
ideology is forming under the auspices of Mars and Neptune in Aquarius.
Astrologer Liz Greene once noted that the return of Neptune into Aquarius
would rekindle a popular movement toward socialism, or at least a political
movement designed to equitably distribute the world’s wealth. With Mars
energizing this Neptune during the WTO summit, we should see the beginnings
of this progressive activism.
Enters Revolutionary Aquarius
On November 26 Mars enters Aquarius,
and begins an astrological phase that takes us right through the end of
1999 and into the next millennium. Along the way Mars will make important
aspects to Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus and finally Jupiter, marking
highlights along a string of potentially extremely disruptive events.
What makes this Mars passage so
challenging are the simultaneous links to the US horoscope, as well as
Russia’s and other international players. Also, when Mars goes through
the middle of Aquarius (December 8-14), it activates the infamous Solar
Eclipse of August 11, 1999. The dormant potential of this awesome eclipse
awaits tender times such as the Y2K bug, and the activating agent of the
Sun or Mars.
The FBI has already alerted local
police forces and the National Guard about potential trouble from radical
militias intent on precipitating armed revolution. The hysterical conspiracy
theories derived from religious scenarios and the One World government
are building up in frenzied fear-mongering, and may erupt under these
troublesome Mars aspects.
Clinton’s horoscope indicates that he should be very careful
during his visit to the WTO summit. The first aspect Mars makes while
in Aquarius is a conjunction to Neptune, an explosive combination that
can incite anarchist violence. This Mars-Neptune conjunction is exactly
opposite Clinton’s Saturn, so that he is seen by anarchists as the leading
authority of the hated economic structures.
Although computers have been around
for many decades, the telecommunications revolution didn’t really get
started until the creation of the World Wide Web. The WWW was the brainchild
of a single individual who invented it in 1989 while working at the CERN
laboratory in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee’s book about the invention
and development of the WWW has just been released, and is called “Weaving
Tim Berners-Lee was born a cerebral Gemini (on June 8, 1955 in London;
time unknown). Many Geminis are driven by the quest for information, but
Berners-Lee’s Capricorn Moon gives him the ability to manage and organize
it in a useful way. The asteroid Pallas Athena is specifically associated
with computer technology, and in this horoscope the Sun is directly linked
to Pallas by opposition. Pallas is further emphasized by being conjunct
the fateful north node.
Given these natal tendencies, what
propelled Berners-Lee to create a system with universal appeal? Personal
planets linked to the outer planets offer the individual the opportunity
of acting as a channel for cultural trends. The paternalistic Ceres in
Capricorn is involved in a tight configuration than includes Jupiter,
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This rare alignment inspires the individual
to act as a cosmic agent for evolutionary forces. Ceres here gives birth
to a vision, and nurtures and guides it to maturity.
The closest outer planet connection
in Berners-Lee’s chart is the Uranus-Neptune square. By 1993 the faster
moving Uranus (which governs new technologies) finally caught up with
enthusiastic Neptune. This was the year the WWW caught on like wildfire,
and ever since internet usage has been doubling every few months.
* Advanced astrologers will note
that Clinton’s progressed Moon is simultaneously squaring his Saturn,
as his progressed Mars squares Pluto, giving ample astrological evidence
that he is under severe physical danger now.