February 1, 2018
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.
February 26: Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak, 27, (Mercury) is shot dead (Mars). Police say he was probably targeted because of his investigative work. Progressed Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.
February 25: Government forces (Mars) launch a ground and air offensive in eastern Ghouta despite the adoption of Resolution 2401 by the UN Security Council demanding (Sun) a ceasefire in part of the area. Progressed Sun opposition progressed ascendant in the UN chart undermined its capacity to assert authority; and progressed Mars was semisextile Pluto in the Mars cycle.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party in China proposes that the country’s constitution be amended to abolish term limits for the posts of President and Vice President. The move is seen as an attempt by Xi Jinping to solidify his power. In the Sun section of the Aquarian Age politics in some countries is a quest for absolute, unfettered power. China is a totalitarian, some say, authoritarian state – not a democracy.
February 24: The United Nations Security Council adopts a resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations. Progressed Midheaven in the UN chart was trine birthchart Saturn; and progressed Moon was parallel progressed Saturn.
Two car bombings (Mars) near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, kill at least 38 people. Progressed Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.
In Afghanistan a series of militant attacks (Pluto-Mars) kill more than 20 people. Progressed Mars was semisextile Pluto in the Mars cycle.
The US Congress releases a redacted, declassified Democratic memo (Mercury) that aims to counter Republican Party allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. Progressed Mars was parallel Mercury in the Mars cycle.
In America the NRA (Mars-Pluto) lashes out (Mars) as a student-led campaign for tighter US gun (Mars) laws gathers steam. In response major companies, including First National Bank of Omaha, Hertz, and United and Delta airlines, are abandoning (Pluto) the group. Progressed Mars was semisextile Pluto in the Mars cycle.
February 21: South Korea signs free trade agreements (Jupiter) with five Central American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, that eliminates duties on about 95 percent of traded goods and services. Progressed Jupiter was parallel Mars in the Jupiter cycle.
February 20: The UN children’s fund UNICEF issues a blank “statement” to express its outrage at mass casualties (Mars) among Syrian children in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta and neighbouring Damascus. In the past few days, attacks (Mars) have intensified with about 210 people killed and 850 injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Mars was square Neptune and parallel Saturn in the sky.
Seven provinces in New Zealand declare states of emergency (Mars) as Cyclone Gita (Saturn) makes landfall. Mars was parallel Saturn in the sky.
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupts (Mars-Saturn), completely destroying the volcano’s peak, with ash reaching over 7 km (4 miles) high. Mars was parallel Saturn in the sky.
February 19: As many as 111 Nigerian schoolgirls (Venus) are kidnapped (Pluto) by Islamist group Boko Haram. Progressed Pluto was square Venus in the Pluto cycle.
February 18: A plane (Neptune) carrying 65 passengers and crew crashes (Mars) in a mountainous region of Iran. Mars was square Neptune in the sky.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, launches a verbal attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich it is the ‘greatest threat (Pluto) to our world’. He warned (Pluto) Iran that ‘we will act without hesitation to defend ourselves’. Progressed Mars was parallel birthchart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart; and Mars was parallel Pluto in the sky.
Russian athlete, Alexander Krushelnytsky (Mars), a member of the mixed doubles curling team who won a bronze medal, tests positive for meldonium (Neptune), the heart drug that infamously caused tennis star Maria Sharapova to receive a 15-month ban. Mars was square Neptune in the sky.
February 17: In the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting a group of students (Pluto) hold a #neveragain rally in Ft Lauderdale, Florida and organize a ‘March for our lives’ on March 24, 2018. Progressed Pluto in house 5 (schools, students and teenagers) of the US Pluto cycle chart was square Venus.
February 16: In a major development in the FBI (Pluto) investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election a group (Pluto) of thirteen Russians (house 7) are charged. Mars was square Neptune and parallel Pluto in the sky; and in the US New-Moon chart the lunation was in house 7.
A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake in southern Mexico crashes killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. Mars was square Neptune in the sky.
February 14: Seventeen people are killed in a shooting (Mars) at a Florida high school (house 5). In America’s New-Moon chart the lunation is conjunction Pluto (drastic events) in house 5 (schools and children) and square Uranus in house 8 (death); and in the sky Mars – planet of guns and violence – was parallel Pluto.
There have been 18 school shootings in America in 2018. Progressed Mars in America’s chart is in house 5 (schools). It’s very active by progression and parallel birthchart Saturn – planet of grief and loss – the cusp ruler of house 8 (death).
February 12: Tonga is directly hit by Cyclone Gita (Saturn), causing extensive damage to the country as well as destroying its parliament building. Gita is the strongest storm to hit Tonga in its history. Progressed Saturn was square Mars in the Saturn cycle.
February 11: A Russian passenger plane (Neptune) crashes (Mars) near Moscow soon after take-off, killing all 71 people on board. Progressed Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle.
The Indonesian navy (Mars) seizes a boat carrying 1.1 tonnes of the drug ice (Neptune). Progressed Mars was square Neptune in the Mars cycle.
February 10: The Israeli Army (Mars) reports that it shot down (Mars) a Syrian UAV manufactured in Iran and bombs (Mars) the Tiyas Military Airbase where it was launched from. The Syrian Air Defense shoots down (Mars) an Israeli F-18 over the Golan Heights after it fired on alleged Iranian targets inside Syria. Progressed Mars was parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Mars in the Sun cycle.
February 7: The death toll in the fighting (Mars) in Syria soars as the regime pounds rebel enclaves. Over 130 fighters, civilians and children have died since Monday. The UN has called for a humanitarian ceasefire (Saturn) of at least a month. Progressed Saturn was square Mars in the Saturn cycle.
February 5: The Wall Street stock market (house 5) plunges (Saturn) 1,175 points (4.5%). This follows a 666 points (2.5%) fall (Saturn) on Friday February 2. Progressed Saturn was square Mars in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Midheaven was conjunction birthchart Saturn in house 5 of the American chart.
In a diplomatic (Jupiter) row (Mars) The Netherlands withdraws its ambassador in Ankara saying it will not accept a new Turkish ambassador in The Hague. Progressed Jupiter was parallel Mars in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Mars was semisquare Jupiter in the Mars cycle.
February 2: In his feud (Mars) with the FBI (Pluto) Donald Trump approves the release of a classified Republican memo that alleges bias against him at the FBI and Justice Department. The document (Jupiter) is released through the House Intelligence Committee’s website. Progressed Mars was sextile birthchart Pluto in Tramp’s chart; and progressed Jupiter was parallel Mars in the Jupiter cycle.
The United States releases a new policy on nuclear arms that calls for the introduction of two new types of weapons (Mars) in the US nuclear arsenal: low-yield nuclear submarine-launched ballistic and cruise missiles. Progressed Saturn was square birthchart Mars in the Saturn cycle.
Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat (Jupiter) capsizes (Mars) off the Libyan coast. Progressed Jupiter was parallel Mars in the Jupiter cycle.
February 1: Twenty-three school students are among those missing after a ferry sank (Jupiter-Mars) in waters off the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Progressed Jupiter was parallel Mars in the Jupiter cycle.