Major global events August 2017

This global events report correlates major international events and developments with their markers in specified astrological charts or the sky. Events as reported by reputable news services.

August 31: There is an urgent need for rescue and relief services on the Indian subcontinent as severe monsoon flooding spreads across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

A series of explosions (Mars) occur at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas; 26 bodies are recovered after three boats carrying ethnic Rohingya fleeing the violence (Mars) in Myanmar sink; and 24 people are killed when a building collapses in Mumbai, India. Mars was opposition the Moon in the Mars cycle.

August 30: The United Nations condemns North Korea’s ‘outrageous’ firing of a ballistic missile (Mars) over Japan, demanding that the isolated country halts its weapons program but holding back on any threat of new sanctions. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Sun was trine Mars in the Sun cycle.

Monsoon rains (Saturn) across South Asia have killed more than 1,200 with 500 deaths in Bihar, Northern India. In Mumbai five people died as India’s financial capital (Jupiter) ground to halt due to flooding (Saturn). 16 million people have been affected with tens of thousands displaced (Saturn). Saturn was semisquare Jupiter and Uranus in the Saturn cycle.

The death toll from cyclone Harvey rises to 22 deaths. Harvey is the biggest rainstorm in the history of the continental United States.

August 29: North Korea fires a missile which flies 2,700 kms (1,700 mi), passing over Hokkaido, northern Japan, prompting the activation of the nationwide J-Alert warning system. This is first time since 1998 that a North Korean missile has passed over Japanese territory. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; Mars was inconjunct Venus in the Mars cycle; and Sun was trine Mars in the Sun cycle.

August 27: Bangladesh border guards (Mars) push back thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing (Saturn) the worst violence in Myanmar in five years, with 104 people killed and the United Nations and aid groups forced to pull out staff. Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle.

As many as 13 people, including Afghan army soldiers (Mars) and civilians, are killed and 18 wounded by a car bomb (Mars) in the southern province of Helmand. Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle.

The death toll from Hurricane Harvey rises to three with heavy rain (Saturn) causing ‘catastrophic’ flooding (Saturn). Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle and Saturn was semisquare Uranus in the Saturn cycle.

Five people are killed in a mountain accident (Mars) in the Austrian State of Salzburg. Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle.

Tropical storm Pakhar (Saturn) hits Hong Kong and Macau four days after deadly typhoon Hato (Saturn). Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle.

August 26: North Korea fires several short-range projectiles (Mars) that either exploded (Mars) on launch or failed (Saturn) in flight. Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle.

Hurricane Harvey is now a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kmh) and heavy rain and flooding (Saturn). It’s the strongest storm to hit Texas since 1961. Mars is trine Saturn in the Mars cycle and Saturn is semisquare Uranus in the Saturn cycle.

In Spain half-a-million people (Pluto) flood the heart of Barcelona shouting “I’m not afraid” (Saturn), in a public rejection of violence (Mars) following the extremist attacks that killed 15 people. Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and Mars was trine Saturn in the Mars cycle.

August 25: Hurricane Harvey – The Texas Stormmakes landfall near Rockport, Texas at 10pm CDT as a category 4 hurricane with maximum winds of 130 mph. Progressed Mercury – planet of wind – was opposition birthchart Mars – planet of destruction – in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mercury and Mars are conjunction the eclipse in the Great American Eclipse chart. See Earth-shaking moment events report

Donald Trump pardons (Jupiter) pardons former sheriff (Mars) of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio. Mars was sextile Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

Four gunmen (Mars) attack a Shiite mosque (Jupiter) in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people. Mars was sextile Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

August 24/25: Residents from Corpus Christi to Galveston, Texas, and workers from Gulf of Mexico oil platforms are evacuating (Saturn) in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. It’s a Category 3 storm – the biggest hurricane to hit mainland United States since 2005. Saturn – the planet of security measures, planning and evacuations – is trine (luck) the eclipse in the Great American Eclipse chart.

August 23: At least 35 people are killed in an air strike (Mars) that hit a hotel near a Houthi run checkpoint north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Mars was trine Uranus in the Mars cycle.

The death toll from Typhoon Hato (Saturn) rises to 12. The maximum category 10 storm with winds (Mercury) of more than 200 kilometres per hour was the strongest to hit southern Chinese region around Hong Kong since 1968. Saturn was semisquare Uranus (planet of extreme weather) in the Saturn cycle.

August 22: Donald Trump at a boisterous campaign rally in Phoenix threatens to shut down the government over border wall (Saturn) funding (Jupiter), terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (Jupiter), pardon former Arizona sheriff (Mars) Joe Arpaio, who is anathema to the Latino community (Uranus) and, in an extended diatribe (Mercury) about the media, blames reporters (Mercury) for the negative fallout he has received over his responses to the hate-fueled violence (Mars) in Charlottesville. Two blocks from the convention center protestors (Uranus) clashed with (police). Progressed Mars was square birthchart Mercury and progressed Jupiter was square birthchart Saturn in Donald Trump’s chart; progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and progressed Mars was trine Uranus in the Mars cycle.

August 21: Ten sailors are missing after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collides (Mars) with the merchant vessel Alnic MC in waters near Singapore. In the Washington eclipse chart the eclipse and Mars – planet of collisions – are in house 9 (ships).

August 19: Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Boston to protest (Uranus) against a “Free Speech” rally (Uranus) featuring right-wing speakers, a week after a woman was killed at a white supremacist demonstration in Virginia. Uranus is trine the Great American eclipse and Mars was square Uranus in the Leo lunation chart.

At least 23 people are killed and 64 injured when a train (Uranus) derails (Mars) near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. Mars was square Uranus in the Leo lunation chart. (In 2014 27,000 people were killed in train accidents in India.)

August 18: Donald Trump fires Steve Bannon his chief strategist and a driving force behind his anti-globalisation and pro-nationalist agenda. Transit Mars was trine progressed Mars in the Aquarian Age chart activating the progressed Mercury-birthchart Mars opposition aspect; and Uranus in house 10 (Donald Trump) of Washington’s Leo lunation chart was square the Sun-Moon-Mars conjunction in house 1.

August 17: Thirteen people die and dozens injured when a van ploughs (Mars) into crowds (Pluto) in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area. Mars was inconjunct Mercury and Pluto in the Mars cycle; Mars was square Uranus in the Leo lunation chart; and transit Mars was trine progressed Mars in the Aquarian Age chart activating progressed Mercury opposition birthchart Mars.

Donald Trump responds (Mercury) to the attack (Mars) by tweeting: ‘Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!’ but historians claim that the General Pershing story is a myth not a fact. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

Amid a heated national debate (Mercury-Mars) about US race relations Donald Trump denounces the removal of ‘beautiful’ Confederate statues tweeting ‘Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.’ Mars was inconjunct Mercury and Pluto in the Mars cycle; and Mercury and Mars are conjunction the eclipse.

August 16: 3M CO Inge Thulin and Campbell CEO Denise Morrison resign from the American Manufacturing Council (Mars) in protest (Uranus) of Donald Trump’s reaction to the alt-rights actions at Charlottesville, Virginia so Trump disbands the Strategic and Policy Forum and American Manufacturing Council. Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle; Sun was trine Uranus in the Sun cycle; and Mars is conjunction the eclipse.

Several Confederate monuments (Mars) are taken down in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, including the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee Monument, Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Confederate Women’s Monument and the Roger B Taney sculpture (Mars). The Baltimore City Council had unanimously voted to remove all monuments on August 14. Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle; and Mars is conjunction the eclipse.

Thirty-seven inmates are killed during an overnight raid by government security forces on a prison in Venezuela’s southern jungle state of Amazonas. Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle.

August 15: In a media conference US President Donald Trump again blames both sides for the violent (Mars) unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one protester dead and others injured. See Eclipse disaster-events report

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier and Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul resign from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council (Mars) due to their disagreements with Trump’s response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Sun was parallel Mars and trine Uranus in the Sun cycle

Three suicide bombers (Mars) kill 27 people and wound 83 near Maiduguri, Nigeria. Mars was sesquisquare Mars in the Mars cycle.

August 14: A mudslide triggered by heavy rain near Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown kills at least 300 people with the death toll expected to rise much higher. Saturn was semisquare Uranus in the Saturn cycle.

Donald Trump denounces ‘repugnant’ neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs, after being assailed (Mars) by Republicans and Democrats alike for failing to respond more forcefully to the weekend violence in Charlottesville. Sun was parallel Mars in the Sun cycle.

August 13: Suspected jihadists (Mars) kill at least 17 people and wound eight in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle; and Mars was square Uranus in the Leo lunation chart.

A drilling ship (Jupiter) at the center of a row (Mars) between Vietnam and China leaves the disputed (Mars) waters in the South China Sea and arrives in waters off the Malaysian port of Labuan. Mars was parallel Sun in Mars cycle; and Sun was sextile Jupiter in Sun cycle.

A massive landslide (Saturn) caused by a cloudburst (Uranus) sweeps two buses off the road into a gorge in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state, killing more than 40 people. Saturn was semisquare Uranus in the Saturn cycle.

August 12: At least one person is dead as a car ploughs (Mars) into protesters (Uranus) at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle; and Mars was square Uranus in the Leo lunation chart. See Eclipse disaster-event report.

August 11: Donald Trump issues a new threat (Pluto) to North Korea, saying (Mercury) the US military is ‘locked and loaded’ as Pyongyang accuses him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war (Pluto) and world powers express alarm (Mars). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart mars in the Aquarian Age chart; Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle; and Sun was inconjunct Pluto in the Sun cycle.

Donald Trump threatens (Pluto) military intervention (Mars) in Venezuela and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino calls the threat ‘an act of craziness’. Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle; and Sun was inconjunct Pluto in the Sun cycle.

30 Laotian soldiers (Mars) cross the border into Steung Treng Province Cambodia and Prime Minister Hun Sen gives Laos a six-day ultimatum (Pluto) to withdraw the soldiers or face a military response (Mars). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart mars in the Aquarian Age chart; Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle; and Sun was inconjunct Pluto in the Sun cycle.

Two trains collide (Mars) in Alexandria, Egypt, killing at least 49 people and injuring at least 100. Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle.

August 10: At least 36 people are killed when a coach crashed (Mars) into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China’s northwest. Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle.

August 9: Five transgender members of the US military (Mars) including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans sue President Donald Trump (Sun), challenging (Mars) his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces (Mars). Mars was parallel Sun in Mars cycle.

With drug overdoses (Neptune) soaring in the US at least 17 states have enacted rules to curb the number of painkillers (Neptune) doctors can prescribe. Some, including Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio, have passed laws limiting the duration of initial opioid prescriptions to five or seven days. Others are passing dosage limits. In Kentucky, a law went into effect last month capping opioid prescriptions (Neptune) for acute pain to three days. Progressed ascendant in the US chart is square birthchart Neptune.

August 8: Japan conducts joint air drills with U.S. supersonic bombers in Japanese skies close to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region escalate; Vietnam wins defense pledges from the US as tensions with China over the disputed (Mars) South China Sea escalate; India’s diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff (Mars) with China hit a roadblock prompting Chinese state-run media (Mercury) to trumpet rhetoric (Mercury) of ‘unavoidable countermeasures’ on the unmarked border; The Washington Post (Mercury) reports that North Korea has produced nuclear weapons (Pluto) for ballistic missile delivery; Donald Trump warns that North Korea ‘will be met with fire (Mars) and fury (Mars) like the world has never seen’ if it continues to threaten the United States; and North Korea responds saying it is ‘carefully examining’ (Mercury) a plan to strike the US Pacific territory of Guam with missiles (Mars). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Sun in the Mars cycle.

Scientists drafting a report (Mercury) on the impact of climate change on the United States leak a draft to the media (Mercury), fearing the Trump administration might try to alter or quash the report. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

Peru calls the government of Venezuela a ‘dictatorship’ after hosting the first meeting of a new, 17-member regional bloc (Pluto) that aims to seek a peaceful end to the country’s deepening political crisis. Jupiter was square Pluto in the sky.

August 7: North Korea vows to retaliate (Mars) and make ‘the US pay a price’ for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons program. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Sun in Mars cycle.

A scheduled meeting (Mercury) between the foreign ministers (Sun) of China and Vietnam is canceled on the sidelines of a regional gathering amid growing tension (Mars) between the two countries over the South China Sea. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Sun in Mars cycle.

Two journalists (Mercury) are murdered (Mars) in the Philippines. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

August 6: Israel is seeking to close Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera’s offices in the country and revoke its journalists’ (Mercury) media credentials. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the broadcaster of ‘incitement’ (Mars). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

Floods (Saturn) in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes (Moon) over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than $41 million (Jupiter). Saturn was semisquare Jupiter in the Saturn cycle; and Saturn is conjunction Moon in the Sun cycle.

August 5: In a unanimous 15-0 vote the United Nations Security Council agrees on fresh sanctions (Pluto) against North Korea over its missile program. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Jupiter was square Pluto in the sky.

In its first session Venezuela’s new legislative superbody (Pluto) removes the country’s chief prosecutor, Luisa Ortega (Venus), and orders her to stand trial confirming opposition fears (Saturn) that it will use its powers to root out critics of President Nicolas Maduro. Jupiter was square Pluto in the sky; Mars was sesquisquare Venus in the Mars cycle; and Sun was inconjunct Neptune and sesquisquare Moon and Saturn in the Sun cycle.

A MV-22 Osprey (Neptune) crashes (Mars) off the coast of the Queensland, Australia with 3 United States Marine Corps missing. Mars was inconjunct Neptune in the Mars cycle.

August 4: US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions takes up an issue that has infuriated (Mars) President Donald Trump, going on the attack (Mars) against leaks (house 12) and saying the Government (Sun) was reviewing policies on compelling (Pluto) journalists (Mercury) to reveal sources. Progressed Mercury in house 12 of the US Aquarian Age chart was opposition birthchart Mars.

The heaviest fighting and shelling (Mars) for months hit Hama province in northern Syria when pro-government forces (Sun) attempt to advance into rebel territory. Mars was opposition Sun in the Mars cycle.

The US State Department officially informs the United Nations it will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement (Saturn), but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United States. Mars was sesquisquare Saturn in the Mars cycle.

Two 14-year-old boys and a pilot die when their single-engine plane (Neptune) crashes (Mars) into a Swiss mountain during a summer camp flight for young aviation enthusiasts. Mars was inconjunct Neptune in the Mars cycle.

August 3: US media report (Mercury) that special counsel Robert Mueller (Pluto) has impaneled a grand jury in Washington D.C. to investigate allegations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart. See Earth-shaking moment’s events report

Transcripts of telephone conversations between Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on January 27, 2017 are leaked to US media. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

USAID announces the Trump administration is dedicating $169 million (Jupiter) to feed people facing starvation (Saturn) in Ethiopia and Kenya, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought (Saturn) and conflict in the region. Jupiter was conjunction Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.

August 2: US President Donald Trump signs (Mercury) into law new sanctions against Russia, a move Moscow said amounts to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

Smartmatic, a company which has worked with Venezuela since 2004 on its voting system, says turnout figures in Sunday’s Constitutional Assembly election were manipulated up (Pluto) by at least 1 million votes. Jupiter was square Pluto in the sky.

Two impeachment complaints (Pluto) are filed in the lower house of the Philippines Congress against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (Jupiter). Jupiter was square Pluto in the sky.

August 1: Venezuela jails opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and veteran politician Antonio Ledezma, two leading critics of President Nicolas Maduro, in a blow to the opposition after the election of a new political body with sweeping powers (Pluto) to strengthen the hand of the leftist government. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Jupiter was square Pluto in the sky.

The White House confirms reports in the Washington Post (Mercury) that Donald Trump helped draft a statement (Mercury) on his son’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer (Uranus). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was sesquisquare birthchart Mercury in the US chart; and progressed Moon was semisquare birthchart Uranus in Donald Trump’s chart.

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