Major global events May 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.

May 31: A suicide bombing (Mars) in Kabul, Afghanistan kills at least 80 people with over 400 hundred injured. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was trine Moon in the Mars cycle.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it is ‘absolutely essential’ that the world unite to combat the threat from climate change. He was speaking (Mercury) in New York after US President Donald Trump refused to join other leaders of the G7 group of rich nations in reaffirming support for the 2015 Paris climate accord (Saturn). Progressed Moon was parallel progressed Mercury in the United Nations chart; and Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle.

The United Nation’s top humanitarian coordinator says Yemen is facing ‘total social, economic and institutional collapse’ with almost seven million people on the brink of famine (Saturn). Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle.

May 30: A car bomb explosion (Mars-Uranus) outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad kills 13 people and injures 24. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack (Mars). Mars was square Venus in the Mars cycle; and Sun was semisquare Uranus in the Sun cycle.

May 29: North Korea launches a Short-Range Ballistic missile (Mars) that travels 450km and lands in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

At least 11 people are killed and 69 injured when a severe thunderstorm (Saturn) hits Moscow, Russia. Mars was opposition Saturn in the sky.

A female zoo-keeper (Venus) dies in a ‘freak accident’ (Mars) after a tiger (Mars) enters an enclosure at Hamerton Zoo Park, in Cambridgeshire, England. Mars was square Venus in the Mars cycle.

May 28: Deadly mudslides (Saturn) and heavy rain (Saturn) have now claimed 151 lives in Sri Lanka and displaced half a million people, but Oxfam warns the situation is likely to get worse, with heavy rain forecast for the next two days. Mars was opposition Saturn in the sky; and Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle.

Mars opposition Saturn in the sky: Colombo, Sri Lankamars-opposition-saturn-in-the-sky

Mars, planet of disasters and destruction, is in house 10 (the government). It’s cusp ruler of house 8 (death). Saturn, planet of flooding rain and mudslides, is in house 4 (the homes of the people and natural disasters). The Moon, planet of the common people, in house 11 is square Uranus in house 8; and Jupiter in house 2 (money) trine the MC is screaming out for financial and other assistance.

Eight people, including a Lincoln Country Sheriff’s Department deputy (Mars), are fatally shot (Mars) by a lone gunman (Mars) at three locations in rural Mississippi. Mars was opposition Saturn in the sky and the Mars cycle.

May 27: The meeting of G7 leaders (Sun) in Taormina, Italy, concludes with a disagreement on whether to uphold the Paris Agreement (Saturn); Donald Trump is the only leader not to confirm commitment to the agreement, due to his climate change skepticism (Saturn). Mars was opposition Saturn and sesquisquare Sun in the Mars cycle.

Rodrigo Duterte (Sun), President of the Philippines tells soldiers (Mars) fighting in Mindanao, where he proclaimed martial law (Mars) earlier this week, that he will accept responsibility (Saturn) for abuses (Mars) they commit, and jokes that ‘[i]f you had raped (Mars) three, I will admit it, that’s on me.’ Mars was opposition Saturn and sesquisquare Sun in the Mars cycle.

British Airways (Neptune) cancels (Saturn) all flights from Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport amid a ‘major IT system failure’ (Mercury-Saturn) that is causing severe disruption to flight operations (Neptune) worldwide. Progressed Moon was trine progressed Neptune in the Aquarian Age chart; Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle; and Mars was opposition Saturn in the Mars cycle.

At least 18 people are killed and 6 others injured in a car bomb explosion (Mars) in Khost, eastern Afghanistan. Mars was opposition Saturn in the Mars cycle.

May 26: Leaders of the G7 group of rich nations (Jupiter) meet in Italy with discussions (Mercury) dominated by terrorism (Pluto) and climate change (Saturn). Jupiter was inconjunct Moon in Jupiter cycle; Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle; and Sun was sesquisquare Pluto in the Sun cycle.

Gunmen open fire (Mars) on buses carrying Coptic Christians (Jupiter) in Minya Governorate, Egypt killing 28 people and injuring dozens more. The Egyptian Air Force retaliates by striking militant camps in eastern Libya. Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle; and Sun was sesquisquare Pluto in the Sun cycle.

In Sri Lanka floods and torrents of mud (Saturn) unleashed by heavy rains kill 126 people and leave 110 others missing as authorities appeal for international help (Jupiter). One hundred thousand people are displaced. Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle; Mars was opposition Saturn in the Mars cycle; and Jupiter was inconjunct Moon in the Jupiter cycle.

The National Constitutional Convention of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait islanders at Mutitjulu concludes with Indigenous leaders calling for a treaty (Jupiter) and reforms (Uranus) to the Constitution of Australia, beyond the proposed written (Mercury) recognition, including entrenchment of representative bodies and commissions for Indigenous rights. Progressed Jupiter was trine birthchart Uranus in the Aquarian Age chart; Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle; and Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

May 25: The UK government and police (Mars) react angrily (Mars) after the New York Times (Mercury) published photos apparently showing the scene of the Manchester bomb attack (Mars). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Jupiter) refuses to reinstate Executive Order 13780 on the basis of religious discrimination upholding the District Court of Maryland’s March 7 ruling. Jupiter was inconjunct Moon in the Jupiter cycle; and Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner (Sun) is identified as a main focus of investigations into Russian ties by the FBI (Pluto). Sun was sesquisquare and parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle.

May 24: A US Navy warship (Mars-Jupiter) sails within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, the first such challenge (Mars) to Beijing in the strategic waterway since Donald Trump took office. Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

US Officials claim two Chinese fighter jets intercept a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft. Progressed Moon was trine progressed Neptune in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

The Italian Coast Guard reports that at least 30 migrants (mostly children) are drowned when their 500-passenger boat (Jupiter) capsizes (Mars) in the Mediterranean Sea of Libya’s coast. About 1,700 people have been rescued (Jupiter) in 15 operations since Tuesday. Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

President Trump’s proposed budget (Saturn) for fiscal year 2018, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” has a $2 trillion accounting error (Mercury) over 10 years because it uses the same money twice for two different purposes. Saturn was semisquare Mercury in the Saturn cycle.

Protestors in Brazil set fire (Mars) to the Ministry of Agriculture head-quarters in Brasilia amid calls for the impeachment (Pluto) or resignation of President Michel Temer (Sun) over allegations of corruption (Pluto). Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle; and Sun was parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle.

The Supreme Court (Jupiter) in Taiwan rules in favor of same-sex marriage. Jupiter was inconjunct Moon in Jupiter cycle; and Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

May 23: Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law (Mars) on the island of Mindanao after an attack (Mars) by Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State group. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle; and Sun was parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle.

Former CIA Director John Brennan tells the House Intelligence Committee that he knew of contacts (Mercury) between Trump associates and Russian officials, but is not sure collusion existed. He said he warned the Russian intelligence service (Mercury) last August against meddling in the US election. Progressed Mercury was opposition Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.

May 22: At least 22 people are killed and 59 injured in an explosion (Mars) at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester. A suicide bomber (Mars), terror-attack (Pluto) is suspected. Progressed Mercury was opposition Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle; and Sun was parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle.

England’s Aquarian Age chart progressed to May 22, 2017

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Progressed Mercury is in house 10 and birthchart Mercury is in house 5 (entertainment venues, pop concerts and children). Birthchart Mars is in house 4 and progressed Mars (violence) is in house 8 (death). In this chart, with progressed ascendant in house 4 at 23S21 parallel birthchart Mars at 23S58, the stimulation to Mars is greatly intensified. And with progressed Mars inconjunct birthchart Moon in house 1 the entire population (Moon) was directly impacted by the barbaric act of violence on innocents. (Saturn – planet of grief – is cusp ruler of house 5.)

The destructive energy mapped by the Mercury-Mars opposition was released by transit Saturn (in house 4 at 26 Sagittarius 10R) semisextile birthchart Mercury; and transit Sun (in house 9 at 2 Gemini 00) semisquare progressed Mars in house 8 and transit Mars (in house 10 at 23N58) parallel birthchart Mars in house 4 at 23S58.

May 21: North Korea successfully tests an intermediate-range ballistic missile (Mars) to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the warhead, indicating further advances in its ability to hit US targets. Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle.

Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military (Mars) document (Mercury) reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for US officials amid the country’s mounting turmoil. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was sextile Uranus – planet of revelations – in the Mars cycle.

Swiss voters approve a referendum to phase out nuclear power in Switzerland and increase renewable energy (Uranus). Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle.

May 20: The New York Times (Mercury) reports China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources (house 12) from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations (house 12) in a massive intelligence breach (Mercury) whose origin has not been identified. Progressed Mercury (in house 12) was opposition birthchart Mars in the US Aquarian Age chart.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans take to the streets to mark 50 days of protests (Uranus) against the unpopular government of President Nicolas Maduro, with unrest gaining momentum despite a rising death toll and chaotic scenes of nighttime looting.

Venezuela’s Uranus cycle chart progressed to May 20, 2017

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Transit Uranus in house 7 at 9N52 declination is parallel birthchart ascendant at 9N50. The unrest started on April 1 with transit Uranus at 23 Aries 45 square birthchart MC (the President). On April 13 transit Uranus moved to form an opposition aspect with birthchart ascendant. This aspect ended when Uranus moved out of orb on May 19 but it forms a parallel aspect with birthchart ascendant for many months. Uranus turns retrograde on August 3 at 28 Aries 32 and on October 22 again moves to form an opposition aspect with birthchart ascendant. This aspect will reach peak power on November 17. So the unrest and protests are not going away. Uranus – the planet of social unrest, protests and revolutions is conjunction Moon – planet of the common people – in the chart. This aspect signs for widespread social discontentment and unrest and a worldwide cry for freedom and liberty.

May 19: Donald Trump is hit by embarrassing leaks that a senior adviser was a ‘person of interest’ in a probe of possible collusion with Russia during last year’s election campaign and that he had boasted to Russian officials of firing the man heading the investigation. Progressed Moon was opposition progressed Uranus and parallel birthchart Mercury in the US chart.

The Brazilian Supreme Court (Jupiter) releases a plea bargain from JBS S.A. that the company paid 500 million reais in bribes (Neptune) to politicians, including current President Michael Temer and his predecessors Dilma and Lula. Jupiter was sesquisquare Neptune in the Jupiter cycle.

May 18: The United States military (Mars) carries out an air strike against forces supported by the Syrian Government that posed a threat to US-coalition fighters in the country’s south. Mars was inconjunct Pluto in the Mars cycle.

An attack (Mars) by Libyan government-allied militia (Mars) on an air base in southern Libya kills 141 people. Mars was inconjunct Pluto in the Mars cycle.

May 17: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee (Pluto) the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential election. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was opposition progressed Uranus in the US chart; and Mars was inconjunct Pluto in the Mars cycle.

May 16: In a series of tweets, Donald Trump acknowledges that he shared classified information (Mercury) with Russian envoys, contradicting (Mercury) earlier White House denials. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was opposition progressed Uranus in the US chart; and Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle.

The New York Times (Mercury) reports that a memo (Mercury) from James Comey, read in part to a reporter (Mercury) by a Comey associate, reveals that Donald Trump asked him to end the FBI investigation of Michael T Flynn. The White House denies the version of events in the memo. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was parallel birthchart Mercury and opposition progressed Uranus in the US chart; and Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle.

South Korea’s defense minister says North Korea’s missile program is progressing faster (Mars) than expected. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was inconjunct Pluto in the Mars cycle.

A US State department official says the US has evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Government built a crematorium (Mars) at a large military prison outside the capital Damascus to cover up (Pluto) the mass murders (Mars-Pluto) of thousands of political prisoners. Mars was inconjunct Pluto in the Mars cycle.

May 15: According to a current and a former unnamed US government official, Donald Trump revealed classified information (Mercury) that jeopardized (Mars) a critical source of intelligence (Mercury) on the Islamic State during his Oval Office meeting (on May 10) with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador.  Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was parallel birthchart Mercury and opposition progressed Uranus in the US chart; on May 10 Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle; and on May 15 Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle. (In Donald Trump’s chart progressed Mars was square birthchart Mercury.)

A state of emergency (Mars) is declared in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after an outbreak of cholera (Mars) kills scores of people. Mars was parallel ascendant in Yemen’s Mars cycle chart.

Mexican journalist (Mercury) Javier Valdez, known for his award-winning coverage of the drug trade, is shot dead (Mars). Mars was inconjunct Mercury in the Mars cycle.

May 14: North Korea successfully conducts a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test aimed at verifying its ability to carry ‘a large-size heavy nuclear warhead’. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Midheaven in North Korea’s Mars cycle chart.

May 13: Several thousand Tunisians march through central Tunis to protest (Uranus) against a bill that would grant amnesty to businessmen accused of corruption when autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was in power. Uranus was parallel Saturn in Uranus cycle; and the Sun was semisextile Uranus in the Sun cycle.

Pope Francis (Jupiter) canonizes Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the three Fátima children who reported seeing the Virgin Mary in the spring and summer of 1916. Jupiter was inconjunct Moon in Jupiter cycle.

A bus carrying tourists crashes (Mars) near the resort town of Marmaris in southwest Turkey, killing at least 17 people and injuring 13 others. Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

May 12: A large scale international cyber-attack (Mar-Pluto) using the WannaCry ransonware package (Pluto) disrupts thousands of private and public computer and telephone systems across the world. Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

A bomb (Mars) hits a convoy of the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, near Mustung, killing at least 25 people and wounding 35 others. Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

May 10: Doctors Without Borders (Mars) says humanitarian assistance (Jupiter) to Yemen needs to be scaled up urgently (Mars) as the country faces a new outbreak of cholera (Saturn) that has killed 34 people in the past two weeks. Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle; and Jupiter was parallel Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.

May 9: Donald Trump (Sun) fires FBI director James Comey over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was opposition progressed Uranus in the US chart; Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle; and Sun was trine Pluto in Sun cycle.

USA chart progressed to May 9, 2017

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Progressed Moon at 6 Sagittarius 59 in house 6 (public servants) is opposition progressed Uranus in house 12 (the FBI) at 7 Gemini 05 and birthchart ascendant activating their progressed conjunction. Uranus is the planet of radical action and surprise developments and Trump’s firing of Comey shocked the nation. Uranus is cusp ruler of house 10 (President Trump and his administration).

Jakarta’s Christian governor ‘Ahok’ is sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy against Islam, a harsher (Mars-Saturn) than expected ruling in a trial that was seen as a test of religious tolerance (Jupiter) in Indonesia. Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle; and Jupiter was parallel Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.

Moon Jae-in is the new president of South Korea.

May 7: Emmanuel Macron wins the French Presidency and investment markets (Jupiter) celebrate his victory. Jupiter was parallel Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.

A state of emergency (Mars) is declared in Montreal, Canada as 1,200 Canadian Forces personnel (Mars) are deployed in the province of Quebec to help (Jupiter) with rising floodwaters (Saturn). 146 communities are affected and more than 1,500 residents have been evacuated from their homes. Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle; and Jupiter was parallel Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.

France bans the breeding (Mars) of killer whales and dolphins in captivity and orders aquariums and water parks (Neptune) to expand their pools within three years following a campaign by animal rights groups. Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle.

Around 50,000 people are evacuated from the German city of Hanover while bomb disposal experts (Mars) defuse three bombs dropped by the Royal Air Force (Neptune) during World War 11. Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle.

May 6: Boko Haram militants (Mars) release 82 schoolgirls who were among about 220 kidnapped in April 2014 from the northeastern town of Chibok in exchange for prisoners. Mars was trine Sun in the Mars cycle.

Thirty-two schoolchildren, two teachers and a minibus driver are killed in Tanzania after their vehicle plunges (Mars) into a roadside ravine in the northern tourist region of Arusha. Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle.

At least 36 people are dead after two buses crash (Mars) on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Nigeria. Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle.

Pope Francis criticizes (Mercury) the naming of the US military’s biggest non-nuclear explosive as ‘the Mother of All Bombs’ (Mars), saying the word ‘mother’ should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon (Mars). Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

Thousands of Polish opposition supporters march in Warsaw to protest (Uranus) against what they see as curbs (Saturn) on democracy imposed by the governing party. Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle.

May 5: North Korea accuses the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea’s intelligence service of a plot (Neptune) to attack (Mars) its ‘supreme leadership’ (Sun) with a bio-chemical weapon (Mars-Neptune) and said such a ‘pipe-dream’ (Neptune) could never succeed. Mars was trine Sun and square Neptune in the Mars cycle.

Syrian government forces (Mars) clash with rebels in the north-western province of Hama shortly after a Russian-led deal to establish de-escalation zones took effect. Mars was trine Sun in the Mars cycle.

A large trove of emails (Mercury) from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (Sun) are posted online just days before voters go to the polls to choose the country’s next leader. Mars was trine Sun and parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

May 4: Anti-government protests (Uranus) rage in Venezuela as opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is jailed and the death toll from the unrest rises to 36. Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

A memorandum (Mercury) is signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey calling for a de-escalation of the Syrian Civil War (Mars). Neither the Syrian government nor the Syrian opposition are signatories. Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

May 3: World Press (Mercury) Freedom Day: Journalism (Mercury) must take a lead in countering hate-speech (Mars) and propaganda (Pluto). Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

‘On World Press Freedom Day, I call for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all.’ Antonio Guterrus, United Nations Secretary-General.

China calls on all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm (Jupiter) and ‘stop irritating each other’ (Mars) a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war (Mars). Mars was sesquisquare Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

Venezuelan security forces (Mars) battle protesters (Uranus) who lit fires (Mars) and hurled stones in rage (Mars) at President Nicolas Maduro’s decree to create an alternative congress. The death toll in a month of unrest (Uranus) reaches 34. Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.

An explosion (Mars) in a coal mine (Saturn) in northern Iran kills at least 35 workers and injures scores. Mars was parallel Saturn in the Mars cycle.

May 2:  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that at least 38 people are killed (Mars), including civilians (Moon) and Syrian Democratic Forces fighters (Mars), after ISIL militants (Mars) attack a camp for displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugees near Al-Shaddadah, Al-Hasakah Governorate. Mars was parallel Saturn in the Mars cycle; and Sun was sesquisquare Moon and Saturn in the Sun cycle.

North Korea vows to accelerate its nuclear weapons program to ‘maximum pace’ (Mars) and test a nuclear device ‘at any time’ in response to Donald Trump’s aggressive (Mars) stance towards the regime. Mars was parallel Saturn and semisquare Uranus in the Mars cycle.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces the drafting of a new constitution (Jupiter) amid massive protests (Uranus). Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Jupiter was parallel Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.

May 1: May Day marches in many countries across Europe – Belgium, France, Turkey – turn violent (Mars) as protesters (Uranus) clash with police (Mars). Mars was semisquare Uranus in the Mars cycle.

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