This global events report for August 2018 correlates major international events and developments with their markers in specified astrological charts or the sky.
Events as reported by reputable news services.
August 1: Violence breaks out (Mars) following the Zimbabwean general election amid allegations of election-rigging by the ruling Zanu-PF party. Mars was square Uranus in the sky.
August 5: Saudi Arabia withdraws its Ambassador from Canada and orders the Canadian counterpart to leave the country in 24 hours, after Canada calls for the release of activists (Uranus) who are in detention in the Middle East nation. Mars was square Uranus in the sky.
August 6: The United States reimposes sanctions (Pluto) on Iran after the US pulled out of the international agreement three months prior. Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle.
The European Union announces that its blocking statute (Pluto) against the US sanctions will take effect tomorrow, protecting European companies from US sanctions and encouraging them to keep trading with Iran. Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle.
A heat wave (Mars) in Spain kills nine people; and a heat wave in Genoa, Italy, kills seven. Progressed Mars was sextile Mars in the Mars cycle.
August 8: China announces 25% tariffs (Saturn) on an additional US$16 billion worth of imports from the United States, effective August 23, matching yesterday’s decision by the United States. Saturn was trine Uranus in the sky.
August 9: At least 43 people, mostly children, are killed with more than 60 injured in air-strike (Mars-Neptune) on a bus at a market in Dahyan, Sa’da, by the Saudi-led coalition. Progressed Mars was sextile Mars in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was sesquisquare Mars in the Sun cycle.
Over 180 rockets and mortars (Mars) are launched toward Israel by Hamas militants, injuring seven people. In retaliation, IDF launches an air assault Mars-Neptune) on 150 targets in Gaza, in which three people are killed, including an 18-month-old child. Progressed Mars was sextile Mars in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was sesquisquare Mars in the Sun cycle.
August 10: Donald Trump authorizes the doubling of Section 232 tariffs (Saturn) on imports of aluminium and steel from Turkey, to 20% and 50% respectively. The Turkish lira further falls (Saturn) to a new record low against the US dollar and Turkish stocks tumble (Saturn). Saturn was trine Uranus in the sky.
August 14: The Ponte Morandi viaduct collapses (Saturn) on the A10 motorway in Genoa, Italy killing 38 people. 16 are seriously injured. 35 cars and three heavy vehicles are involved in the accident (Mars). Progressed Saturn was semisextile the Midheaven in Italy’s Saturn cycle.
A grand jury report alleges that more than 300 priests abused over 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses.
August 15: Donald Trump revokes the security clearance (Saturn) of former CIA director John Brennan (Sun). Progressed Moon was parallel progressed Saturn in Donald Trump’s chart; and progressed Sun was sesquisquare Saturn in the Sun cycle.
August 21: Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer (Uranus), pleads guilty to eight felony financial charges. He admits that a $150,00o hush money payment (Pluto) in August 2016, ‘at the direction’ of an unnamed candidate, was for the ‘principal purpose of influencing’ the 2016 presidential election. Progressed Moon in Donald Trump’s chart was sextile birth chart Jupiter and birth chart Uranus.
Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty on eight charges for false tax returns and bank fraud (Neptune). Progressed Moon in Donald trump’s chart was parallel progressed Saturn.
August 23: American tariffs (Saturn) of 25% on approximately $16 billion worth of Chinese goods come into effect. China immediately responds with equivalent tariffs of its own. Progressed Jupiter was semisextile Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.
August 26: Pope Francis holds Sunday Mass at Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. Progressed Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle.
August 27: A United Nations Human Rights Council report based on 875 interviews recommends Min Aung Hlaing and five other generals in Myanmar be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (Mars) since the 1960s. Progressed Jupiter was square Mars in the Jupiter cycle.
August 31: The European Union announces an aid package (Jupiter) of €35 million ($40.6 million) for Venezuelans, both inside the country and for those displaced in neighboring countries. Progressed Jupiter was semisextile Saturn and sesquisquare Jupiter in the Jupiter cycle.
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