Major global events January 2018

January 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.

January 14: The Tunisian government (Sun) announces a wave of social and economic reforms (Uranus) after violent (Mars) anti-austerity protests that have resulted in at least one death and the arrest of more than 800 people. Progressed Mars was parallel Sun in Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was square Uranus in Sun cycle.

January 11: Anti-austerity protests (Saturn-Uranus) in Tunisia spill onto the streets with more than 300 people arrested. Police (Mars) use tear gas against large crowds (Pluto) demonstrating (Uranus) against price rises (Jupiter) affecting basic goods (Moon). Progressed Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle; Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky; and progressed Mars was inconjunct Uranus in the Mars cycle.

The rape and murder (Mars) of a six-year-old girl in Pakistan sparks outrage (Uranus) across the country. Two people die in protests (Uranus) in Kasur city. Progressed Mars was inconjunct Uranus in the Mars cycle.

January 10: Canada files an expansive complaint (Saturn) with the World Trade Organization (Jupiter) accusing the US of breaking international trade rules (Jupiter). The complaint, amid disputes (Mars) over areas such as dairy, aircraft sales and lumber, challenges the ways that the US investigates products for subsidies and below-cost sales. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky; and progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

January 9: At least 29 people are dead and 22 missing in the aftermath of a strong tropical cyclone (Saturn) striking Madagascar. Progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in Sun cycle.

At least 15 people are killed by mudslides (Saturn) following heavy overnight rains (Saturn) in areas of Santa Barbara County, California, where last month’s wildfires destroyed forests and destabilized the land. Progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in Sun cycle.

A US judge (Jupiter) in San Francisco temporarily bars (Pluto) the Trump administration from ending a program shielding young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents from deportation. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky; and progressed Sun was conjunction Pluto in the Sun cycle.

January 7: Sydney, Australia is the hottest (Mars) city on Earth when the temperature in Penrith hits 47.3C (117F) – the hottest temperature since 1939. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

The East Coast of America freezes in brutally cold weather (Saturn). The winter storm has claimed 22 lives. Progressed Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

January 6: An Iranian oil tanker is ablaze (Mars) in the East China Sea after colliding with a Chinese freight ship (Jupiter). The tanker’s 32 crew members are missing. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

The government (Sun) in Venezuela orders shops to slash prices (Saturn). The country is experiencing severe food shortages (Moon-Saturn), a worsening economy and the world’s fastest inflation rate (Neptune). Prices change daily. Progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

January 5/6: Michael Wolff’s book (house 9) ‘Fire and Fury’ (Mars) – an exposé (Uranus) on Donald Trump and life at the White House – is released. Trump in a tweetstorm (house 9) rejects the book as a work of fiction and boasts of his intelligence claiming he is a ‘very stable genius.’ Progressed Mars (rows) was sextile Mercury (writers/journalists) and Pluto in the Mars cycle; Mars was conjunction Jupiter (publications) in the sky; progressed Sun was semisquare birthchart Pluto in house 9 of America’s chart; and progressed Mars (cusp ruler of house 9) was sextile birthchart Pluto in Donald Trump’s chart.

January 5: A huge storm (Saturn) batters New Zealand’s North Island, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power (Saturn-Uranus) and forcing evacuations in low-lying areas. Progressed Uranus was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

January 4: Donald Trump’s lawyer says he will try to block (Pluto) publication (house 9) of Fire and Fury (Mars) by journalist Michael Wolff (Mercury) and threatens (Pluto) legal action (Jupiter) against Steve Bannon over ‘defamatory’ comments. Progressed Moon was semisquare progressed Pluto in house 9 of America’s chart activating the major Sun-Pluto semisquare aspect; progressed Mars – the cusp ruler of house 9 – was sextile birthchart Pluto in Donald Trump’s chart; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky. In America’s Mars-Jupiter conjunction chart Mars is the cusp ruler of house 9.

The US suspends security aid (Saturn-Jupiter) to Pakistan worth more than $255 million (Jupiter) until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network (Pluto). Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

In America a ‘bomb cyclone’ (Saturn) dumps more than a foot of snow in areas from Virginia to New Hampshire and brings life to a standstill. Progressed Uranus – planet of extreme weather – was parallel Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

In the past year Sears Holdings in America closes (Saturn) 400 stores and now it’s closing 103 more. In the US Sun cycle chart the Moon-Saturn conjunction in house 10 (business) is square the Sun cusp ruler of house 6 (shops that sell to the public).

US stock markets reach a new high (Jupiter) as the blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average crosses 25,000points. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

January 3: North Korea reopens a telephone hotline (Mercury) to South Korea, to facilitate talks (Mercury) on its possible participation in the Winter Olympics. Progressed Jupiter was sesquisquare Jupiter in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Sun was square Mercury in the Sun cycle.

Donald Trumps’ relationship with Stephen Bannon disintegrates into open enmity (Mars) following the publication (Jupiter) of excerpts from Fire and Fury in the Guardian. Progressed Moon in Trump’s chart was conjunction birthchart Pluto and sextile progressed Mars. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

Winter storm Eleanor (Saturn) moves across continental Europe. Progressed Saturn was semisquare Venus in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

January 2: 300 powerful women (Venus) in Hollywood have joined forces to form an anti-harassment coalition (Pluto) called Times Up. The group (Pluto) will advocate for legislation combating workplace harassment and provides a legal defense fund for victims across different industries. Progressed Moon was semisquare birthchart Pluto in house 9 of America’s chart activating progressed Venus square birthchart Pluto.

Donald Trump feuds (Mars) with Pakistan claiming the US has foolishly handed the country $US33 billion (Jupiter) in the past 15 years for ‘nothing but lies and deceit’ and is currently withholding $US225 million in aid (Jupiter). Trump then threatened to stop aid payments (Jupiter) to Palestinians who are ‘no longer willing to talk peace’. Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

Anti-government protests in Iran continue for the sixth day with the death toll rising to 21. Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle; Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky; and progressed Mars was sesquisquare Mars in the Mars cycle.

At least 36 people are killed when a coach bus in Peru is struck (Mars) by a semi-trailer and plunges 80 meters down a cliff. Progressed Mars was sesquisquare Mars in the Mars cycle; and Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

January 1: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in a new year speech says he has a nuclear launch button on his desk at all times so the US ‘will never be able to start a war’. He claimed that North Korea was ‘a responsible nuclear nation that loves peace (Venus)’ and that ‘these weapons will be used only if our security (Saturn) is threatened.’ He said it was imperative to lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula and improve ties with the South, adding the path to dialogue (Mercury) was open. Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart.

In his message on the New Year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres calls for unity among the global community to tackle overwhelming challenges and defend values shared by all.

‘On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert (Mars) for our world. As we begin 2018, I call for unity. We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values, but we can only do that together.’ Mars was conjunction Jupiter in the sky.

Recalling that last year he urged that 2017 be a year for peace, the UN chief noted that unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world went in reverse. (Progressed Mercury was opposition birthchart Mars in the Aquarian Age chart.) He added: Perils, including deepening conflicts and rising levels of nationalism and xenophobia, and global concerns over nuclear weapons reached the highest since the Cold War. The impacts of climate change worsened at an alarming rate, inequalities grew, and there were horrific violations of human rights.

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