Major global events December 2017

December 1 – ongoing

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.

December 31: Following her cancellation of concerts in Israel a pro-Israel organization uses a full-page newspaper ad in the Washington Post to call singer-songwriter Lorde (Venus) a ‘bigot’ and accuse her home country New Zealand of ‘growing prejudice’ against the Jewish people. Progressed Saturn was semisquare Venus in the Saturn cycle.

December 30: In a judicial setback (Jupiter) for South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma (Sun), the country’s top court (Jupiter) has ruled that parliament failed to hold him to account in a scandal over multi-million-dollar upgrades to his home, and must launch proceedings that could remove him from office. Progressed Jupiter was square the Sun in the Jupiter cycle; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi is sentenced to three years in prison for insulting (Mars) the judiciary Jupiter). Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

Two anti-government protestors (Uranus) in Iran are shot dead (Mars). Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

December 29: Blizzard conditions and freezing cold weather (Saturn) engulf Canada and parts of North America. The record breaking cold snap has seen completely frozen sharks wash up on a Massachusetts beach. Progressed Saturn was semisquare Venus in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart.

In Egypt at least 11 people are killed in two attacks (Mars) on Coptic Christians (Jupiter) in Helwan district, south of Cairo. Progressed Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Sun was trine Mars in the Sun cycle.

In Mumbai, India a massive late-night fire (Mars) in an upscale restaurant (Jupiter) kills at least 15 people. Progressed Jupiter was square Jupiter in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Sun was trine Mars in the Sun cycle.

In Germany organizers of Berlin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will set up a ‘safe zone’ (Saturn) for women (Venus) for the first time. The new security measures come amid concerns about sexual assaults. Progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Saturn was semisquare Venus in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Sun was square Venus in the Sun cycle.

December 28/29: In Iran anti-government demonstrations (Uranus) spread to several major cities. The protests began against rising prices (Jupiter) and have spiraled into a general outcry against clerical rule (Jupiter) and government policies. Progressed Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

December 28: A suicide bombing (Mars) at a Shi‘ite cultural center and news agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 41 people and injures 84 others. Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle; and Sun was trine Mars in the Sun cycle.

Twelve people are dead in an apartment fire (Mars) in The Bronx area of New York City. Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle; and Sun was trine Mars in the Sun cycle.

The Oregon Court of Appeals (Jupiter) upholds a $135,000 fine against the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Christian owners for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

December 24: North Korea’s foreign ministry, in an official statement, says the latest United Nations sanctions are an act of war (Mars) and amount to a complete economic (Saturn) blockade (Pluto). Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Pluto  in the Aquarian Age chart; and progressed Mars was square Sun and semisquare Saturn in the Mars cycle.

December 23: The Thomas fire (Mars), blazing away in California, becomes the largest fire in the state’s history. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

At least 180 people are dead and more than 160 missing after tropical storm Vinta (Saturn) devastates the southern Philippines, unleashing flash flooding (Saturn) and setting off landslides (Saturn). 70,000 people are displaced and a state of emergency has been declared. Progressed Saturn was parallel the ascendant in Philippines Saturn cycle chart; and progressed Mars was semisquare Saturn in the Mars cycle.

Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, making the archipelago one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

December 22: The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposes new sanctions (Pluto) on North Korea that caps refined petroleum product imports to 500,000 barrels a year, a 90 percent cut, and demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months. Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart.

After 1,000 days of civil war (Mars) in Yemen, eight million people are at risk of starvation (Saturn). Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart.

The digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin (Jupiter) continues its wild ride (Mars) losing a third of its value within 24 hours. Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

In the Catalan regional election pro-independence parties (Uranus) retain their absolute majority in the regional parliament. Progressed Uranus was sesquisquare the ascendant (the people) and parallel Saturn (in house 11 – parliament) in Spain’s Uranus cycle chart.

December 21: The United Nations General Assembly votes 128–9, with 35 abstentions, in a nonbinding resolution to demand that the United States rescind its December 6 declaration on unilaterally recognizing the holy (Jupiter) and contested (Mars) city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

December 20: The US Congress passes the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades.

America’s chart progressed to December 20, 2018

Progressed Jupiter at 15 Cancer 18R in house 2 (finances) – the cusp ruler (Pisces) of house 11 (Congress/Senate) – was square birthchart Saturn at 14 Libra 47 in house 5 – the cusp ruler (Capricorn) of house 8 (taxes).

Progressed Moon at 14 Sagittarius 32 in house 7 was inconjunct progressed Jupiter and sextile birthchart Saturn. Transit Jupiter at 14 Scorpio 50 timed the event.

The European Court of Justice (Jupiter) rules that Uber is officially a transport company and not a digital service, thus requiring it to accept stricter regulation and licensing within the European Union. Jupiter was parallel Sun in Jupiter cycle and conjunction Mars in the sky.

December 18: At least three people are killed when a US passenger train derails (Mars) onto a motorway (house 3) in Washington State. The Sun, Moon and Saturn are in house 3 (transportation, trains and roads) of America’s Capricorn lunation chart; and Mars was square ascendant in America’s Mars cycle chart.

December 17: A suicide bomb and gun attack (Mars) on a Methodist church (Jupiter) in Pakistan kills nine people. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

A power cut (Uranus-Saturn) at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson international airport (house 9) affects tens of thousands of passengers with over 1,000 flights cancelled (Saturn). Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle.

December 16: More evacuations are ordered as surging Santa Ana winds drive the 40-percent contained Thomas Fire (Mars), now the third-largest in California history. Mars was parallel Moon in the Mars cycle.

December 15: In Australia a five-year royal commission into child sexual abuse (Mars and house 5) uncovers harrowing evidence of sexual abuse (Mars) within institutions, including churches (house 9), schools and sports clubs (house 5). Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Moon in the Mars cycle.

December 14: Restrictions on US broadband providers’ ability to prioritize one service’s data over another are to be reduced. Internet service providers (ISPs) will now be allowed to speed up or slow down different companies’ data, and charge (Jupiter) consumers according to the services they access. Jupiter was trine Jupiter in the Jupiter cycle.

Walt Disney agrees to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s business for $52.4bn (£39bn) (Jupiter). Jupiter was trine Jupiter in the Jupiter cycle.

The biggest narcotics gang in Columbia, the far-right paramilitary Clan del Golfo, declares a cease-fire (Venus) in effect since December 13. Progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart.

December 13: Martial law (Mars) in the Philippines is extended until December 31, 2018. Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chat; and Mars was parallel the Moon in the Mars cycle.

The US Federal Reserve raises interest rates (Jupiter) by 0.25%, for the third time this year. Officials also boosted their economic forecasts, projecting 2.5% growth in GDP (Jupiter) in 2017 and 2018, due in part to planned tax cuts (Saturn). Jupiter was trine the Moon in the Jupiter cycle.

In a key vote on its Brexit bill Theresa May’s government suffers a major loss (Saturn) – 309-305 – after a rebellion (Uranus) by 11 Tory MPs. Progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; and Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle.

December 12: Republican Roy Moore suffers a shock loss (Uranus) in the Alabama senate race. Democrat Doug Jones wins a bitter fight (Mars), dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct (Mars) against Moore. Mars was parallel Moon in the Mars cycle; and Jupiter was sesquisquare Uranus in the Jupiter cycle.

December 11/12: An explosion and fire rips through Austria’s main gas pipeline hub killing one person and injuring 21 others. Italy declares a state of emergency (Mars) as flows from the strategic site were cut off for most of the day. News of the blast sent gas prices in Europe soaring (Jupiter) on fears it would restrict supply as winter sets in. Mars was parallel Moon in the Mars cycle; and Jupiter was sesquisquare Uranus in the Jupiter cycle.

December 10: Wild fires rage across southern California heading towards coastal cities Mars was inconjunct Mars in the Mars cycle.

December 9: Iraq announces that the war (Mars) against ISIS is over. All the territory occupied by ISIS has been liberated (Uranus) and peace (Venus) and security (Saturn) have been re-established. Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Saturn; progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn; and progressed Jupiter was trine birthchart Uranus in the Aquarian Age chart.

Anti-US and anti-Trump protests (Uranus) continue on the West Bank and in Gaza. Jupiter was trine Uranus in the Jupiter cycle.

December 8: Demonstrators (Uranus) across the Arab and Muslim worlds take to the streets expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the US move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jupiter was sesquisquare Uranus in the Jupiter cycle.

The European Union and Japan conclude negotiations on a trade deal (Jupiter). Jupiter was sesquisquare Uranus and trine Moon in the Jupiter cycle.

The European Union and the United Kingdom reach agreement (Jupiter) on the first stage of Brexit including the status of the border between the U.K. and Ireland. Jupiter was sesquisquare Uranus and trine Moon in the Jupiter cycle.

December 7/8: Bitcoin passes $14,000 (£10,460; €11,870). It surged $2,000 in less than 24 hours and then surges again to briefly pass $17,000. The cryptocurrency (Jupiter-Uranus) began the year below $1,000. Jupiter was sesquisquare Uranus in the Jupiter cycle.

December 6: US president Donald Trump (Sun) recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and says the US has started the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises (Sun) the announcement but there’s worldwide criticism (Sun discord), Progressed Sun was sesquisquare (agitation) birthchart Sun in the Aquarian Age chart.

Time names the ‘Silence Breakers’ as person of the year. The cover features six women (Venus) who have spoken up against harassment this year: actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Californian lobbyist Adama Iwu, strawberry picker Isabel Pascual (whose name was changed in the story to protect her family), and an anonymous hospital worker from Texas. But the piece makes clear that the movement is bigger than any individual person and that the award is for all those who have done so. Progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Moon was sesquisquare the Venus-Saturn conjunction; and transit Sun was square birthchart Venus.

December 5: A 14-person International Olympic Committee panel (Pluto) bans Russia from the Winter Olympics (house 5) in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, after a report finds evidence of systemic drug cheating (Neptune) in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Russia’s Aquarian Age chart progressed to December 5, 2017

Progressed ascendant at 26 Capricorn 42 in house 4 was inconjunct birthchart Pluto – planet of drastic events – at 26 Taurus 30 in house 8; progressed Venus – the ruler of house 5 – in house 7 – was conjunction progressed Saturn – the cusp ruler of house 5; and progressed Sun –  at 15 Gemini 08 in house 9 – was semisextile progressed Neptune at 15 Taurus 11 in house 8.

Transit Mars – at 27 Libra 13 in house 1 – was inconjunct birthchart Pluto activating the Pluto progression (the ban); transit ascendant – at 7N41 – was parallel birthchart Venus at 7S06 activating the house 5 progression (the Olympics); and transit Jupiter – at 11 Scorpio 52 in house 2 – was opposition birthchart Neptune activating the Neptune progression (drug cheating).

December 1: Former United States national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying (Neptune) to the FBI in the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. Flynn agrees to cooperate (Pluto) with the FBI in the ongoing investigation. Mars was parallel Neptune in the Mars cycle and opposition Uranus in the sky.

Bitcoin (Jupiter) briefly crosses over the $US11,000 mark as it continues its whirlwind end to the year (bubble). Jupiter was trine Neptune in the sky.

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