Aquarius 2021: Major global events tracker

This ongoing global events report correlates major international events and developments with their astrological markers in specified astrological charts and the sky. Its focus is on events of national-international significance as reported by reputable news services. See: Is that event important?

July 15: Since the military coup in Myanmar on February 1 more than 860 have been killed. Now a growing numbers of civilians (Moon), many of them young, are taking up arms (Mars) to bring down the ‘evil military dictators.’ It’s their only option. Mars is conjunction Moon in the July 2020 Mars cycle.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is gripped by soaring prices (Jupiter-house 2), high unemployment (Saturn-house 2) and surging inflation (Neptune).  7 million Nigerians have been pushed into poverty (Saturn) which has sparked a crime-wave (Pluto). Progressed Sun was square birth chart Moon in the Aquarian Age chart; Saturn was square Uranus in the sky; and progressed Pluto was parallel Neptune in the Pluto cycle.

The US death toll from covid-19 tops 600,000. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

June 14: In a communiqué NATO leaders warn (Pluto) that ‘China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour (Mars) present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order (Saturn) and to areas relevant to alliance security.’ Progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Mars was parallel Saturn in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Mars in the Sun cycle.

In Myanmar the trial (house 9) of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Venus) starts. She’s charged with breaching coronavirus regulations while campaigning for the election she won last November and for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. The military (Mars) want her out of the way. Progressed Moon was opposition progressed Venus in the Aquarian Age chart stimulating major aspect progressed Mars parallel birth chart Venus.

June 11: The UN reports that there is a famine (Saturn) in northern Ethiopia and it’s getting worse. 350,000 people are living in ‘severe crisis’ in the war-torn Tigray region as well as neighbouring Amhara and Afar. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky. (Tigray has been devastated by fighting between government forces and rebels, with 1.7 million people displaced.)

In cities across Canada thousands of people (Pluto) march in support (Jupiter) of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck on June 6 in an attack (Mars) the police (Mars) describe as a hate crime (Mars). Progressed Jupiter was semisextile Mercury in the Jupiter cycle; progressed Mars was parallel Jupiter in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was trine Jupiter in the Sun cycle.  The attack occurred with Mars opposition Pluto in the sky.

June 10: India reports 6,148 covid deaths – its highest ever single-day death toll – after an eastern state revised its figures to account for people who succumbed to the disease at home or in private hospitals. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics says that US consumer prices rose (Jupiter) a brisker-than-expected 0.6 percent in May heaping more pain on American households after April’s 0.8 percent rise. An inflation surge (Neptune) is circling the globe and the United States is feeling the squeeze. Progressed Pluto was parallel Neptune in the Pluto cycle; and in the Gemini new Moon cycle the lunation was square Neptune.

The UN reports that child labour (Saturn-house 5) has increased to 160 million – the first rise in two decades – and that number could swell by millions more because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The report found that 8.4 million children were pushed into child labour over the last four years and nine million more are at risk of a similar path by the end of 2022 as a result of covid-19. The number of children at risk could rise to 46 million if they do not have access to critical social protection coverage (Saturn). Children aged five to 11 years performing child labour now account for more than half the total global figure; and the number of children aged five to 17 years who are doing work that is dangerous or harmful to their health, safety or morals rose by 6.5 million to 79 million since 2016. The agriculture sector accounts for 70 percent, or 112 million, of working children. Progressed Venus was conjunction progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart from November 2013 to February 2021; and progressed Mars has been parallel birth chart Saturn since February 2017. Saturn is currently square Uranus in the sky.

June 9: Another bad week for cryptocurrencies as the selloff continues with Bitcoin dropping about 7% to around $34,000. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky – peak power date is June 14.

June 7: A joint operation (Pluto) between Australia police (Mars) and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (house 12), which began in 2018, ensnares more than 200 criminals (Pluto-house 12) involved in the global drugs trade (Neptune-Pluto) in Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Progressed Mars was parallel progressed Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart > start date was April 2018 > peak power date is November 2021; progressed Mars was parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle; and Mars was opposition and parallel Pluto in the sky.

Google (Pluto) agrees to pay 220 million euros ($268 million) (Jupiter) and change the way its business works across the world after settling a France probe (Pluto) that struck at the heart of its power (Sun) over online advertising (Jupiter-house 9). Progressed Mars was parallel Sun, Jupiter and Pluto in the Mars cycle; and Mars was opposition Pluto in the sky.

June 5: Finance ministers (Jupiter) from the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations reach a landmark accord (Pluto) backing the creation of a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent (house 8) in an effort to close cross-border tax loopholes (Pluto) used by some corporations. Progressed Mars was parallel Sun, Jupiter and Pluto in the Mars cycle; and Mars was opposition Pluto in the sky.

Armed assailants (Mars) kill over 132 people in an overnight attack (Mars) on Solhan a village in northern Burkina Faso. It was the deadliest assault to hit the conflict-hit country in years. Mars was opposition and parallel Pluto in the sky.

June 4: Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, blasts (Mars) the Catholic Church (Jupiter) for ignoring its role and not taking responsibility in running many of Canada’s residential schools for indigenous children. Progressed Mars was parallel Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

Social media users (house 9) in Nigeria inundate Twitter (Pluto) to express their outrage (Mars) after the government announced the indefinite suspension (Pluto) of the tech giant’s operations in the country. The government’s move came after Twitter had temporarily suspended the account of President Muhammadu Buhari on June 2 for violating the social media company’s ‘abusive’ behavior policy. Mars was opposition Pluto in the sky.

June 2: A large Iranian navy ship (Jupiter) catches fire (Mars) and sinks in the Gulf of Oman. The ship’s crew were safely evacuated. Progressed Mars was parallel Jupiter in the Mars cycle.

June 1: Despite a ferocious crackdown by security forces (Mars-Pluto) pro-democracy supporters in Myanmar again take to the streets. Myanmar’s military is still struggling to impose order (Saturn) as fighting (Mars) between the army and anti-junta militias (Mars) rages in border areas. Progressed Mars was opposition and parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle.

According to the World Bank (Jupiter) Lebanon’s financial and economic crisis (Saturn) could rank as one of the top three worst crises in 150 years. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) – which measures the total output of goods and services – nosedived from close to $55bn in 2018 to an estimated $33bn last year, with GDP per capital plummeting by around 40 percent. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky; progressed Jupiter was semisquare Saturn in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Saturn was parallel Moon in the Saturn cycle.

After Mount Nyiragongo erupted on May 22 nearly 500,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are left without clean drinking water (Moon). Cholera is endemic and poses a great threat (Pluto) so there’s an urgent need (Mars) for safe drinking water (Moon) in the eastern city of Goma. Progressed Sun was square Moon in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Saturn was parallel Moon in the Saturn cycle; progressed Mars was opposition Pluto in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Moon in the Sun cycle.

May 31: In eastern Congo at least 55 people are killed in two attacks (Mars) on villages in potentially the worst night of violence (Mars) the area has seen in the past four years. Progressed Mars was conjunction and parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was conjunction Mars in the Sun cycle.

Computer networks (Pluto) at JBS, one of the world’s largest meat producers (Mars), are hacked (Pluto), causing some operations in Australia, Canada and the US to temporarily shut down. The company believes the ransomware attack (Pluto) originated from a criminal group (Pluto) likely based in Russia. Progressed Mars was opposition Pluto in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was sesquisquare Pluto in the Sun cycle.

May 30: Covid-19 (Mars) continues to ravage Argentina and Brazil. India records 165,553 new cases and 3,460 deaths. The case count there is falling but the death count is rising. Peru revises its death toll to 180,764 making it the country with the worst death rate per capita. Cities and states in Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Africa and Australia are in lockdown (Pluto). New variants of the virus keep emerging. Rich countries are hogging vaccines. Progressed Mars was parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 29: In Brazil protests (Uranus) against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the covid-19 pandemic (Saturn) are staged in at least 16 cities.  The pandemic has killed more than 460,000 Brazilians and Bolsonaro’s popularity has plummeted. And protests are held across Europe as well as the US and Australia to show support for the opposition in Belarus and to call for the release of Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky; and progressed Sun was semisextile Uranus in the Sun cycle.

May 28: At least 13 people die in the Colombian city of Cali, the epicenter of demonstrations (Uranus) across the country.  Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.  The government has linked 17 civilian deaths and the deaths of two police officers to the protests, which started on April 28.

May 27: The remains of 215 children (Pluto) are found on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Colombia. The children were students of the school that closed in 1978. Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn in the Pluto cycle; progressed Mars was parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle.

May 26: Nine people are shot and killed in a mass shooting (Mars-Pluto) in San Jose, California; and suspected Islamist militants (Mars) kill at least 22 civilians with knives and machetes (Mars) in an overnight raid on villages near the town of Beni in eastern DR of Congo. Progressed Mars was conjunction Sun and parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle.

Mali’s interim president and prime minister (Sun) resign two days after being arrested by the military. Progressed Mars was parallel Pluto in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle. A military coup – the second in less than a year – occurred in Mali on May 24 with progressed Mars conjunction Sun in the Mars cycle.

May 23: There’s a major international incident (Pluto) when Belarus forces (Pluto) a plane (Neptune) carrying journalist Roman Protasevich to land in Minsk after it scrambled a fighter jet, allegedly in response to a bomb threat. On May 24 EU leaders describe the arrest as a ‘hijacking’ (Pluto) and ‘state terrorism’, agree to enforce new sanctions (Saturn-Pluto) against Belarus and will ban (Pluto) Belarus from its airspace and airports.  Progressed Pluto was parallel Saturn and Neptune in the Pluto cycle and sextile ascendant in the Belarus Pluto cycle chart; and on May 24 progressed Mars was conjunction Sun in the Mars cycle.  

Uranus transits Taurus: Welcome to cryptoland, the new financial world cryptocurrencies (Uranus) or ‘altcoins’. Bitcoin is the world’s largest but there are many others. Dogecoin is a bit of a joke but ethereum aspires to be the backbone of the future financial system.

There’s an army of punters (house 5) having fun. They’re after quick profits. Bitcoin is up 300 percent since May 2020, but it’s famous for its turbulence and extreme price swings, and in May 2021 it suffered heavy losses in a fast cryptocrash.

Elon Musk (Uranus) is a big fan but his unpredictable tweets (Uranus) sent Bitcoin skidding to a three month low (Saturn). On May 20 a cohort of Wall Street chart watchers said Bitcoin’s deepest selloff since cryptomania kicked off last year looks set to intensify. On Friday May 21 there was a 31% plunge in the morning and a 33% surge in the afternoon. A sudden fall propelled a frantic rebound.

Traditional investors (Saturn) have jumped ship. They’re left trying to make sense of the crash that wiped away billions and shattered the notion of crypto as a maturing asset class.

Government digital currencies (house 2) or ‘govcoins’ are the new kid on the block. They promise to make finance work better (Uranus) but also to shift power from individuals to the state.

Saturn square Uranus in the sky reaches peak power on June 14 so more extreme crypto volatility and panic selling is set to occur.

May 22: In the Democratic Republic of Congo there’s panic (Saturn) on the streets of the eastern city of Goma as residents flee to safety (Saturn) after Mount Nyiragongo erupts and lava approaches the city’s airport. Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and is considered among the most dangerous. It last erupted in 2002 killing 250 people. Progressed Saturn was parallel Moon in the Saturn cycle; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

In China’s northwestern Gansu province at least 21 people participating in an ultramarathon are killed after ‘abrupt, extreme weather’ (Saturn-Uranus) hit a high-altitude section of the 100-kilometre cross-country race. Progressed Saturn was parallel Moon in the Saturn cycle; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 21: Covid-19 (Saturn) continues its deadly rampage with 13,000 deaths per day. The total death toll in Latin America and the Caribbean surpasses one million. The virus is surging in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Progressed Moon was opposition progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Saturn was parallel Moon in the Saturn cycle; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 20: Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire (Venus) to halt 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip. Progressed Moon was opposition progressed Venus in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Saturn was parallel Venus in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Jupiter was sextile Venus in the Jupiter cycle.

May 19: Anti-government protests enter their fourth week in Colombia, as student groups, unions and others again take to the streets demanding social change (Uranus) and government action on poverty (Saturn) and police brutality. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 18/19: India reports 4,529 covid deaths and 267,334 new cases; and then 276,110 new cases and 3,874 deaths. Nearly two-thirds of people tested show exposure to covid-19 (Saturn), indicating a runaway spread of the virus. Progressed Moon was opposition progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 17: ‘Extremely severe cyclonic storm’, Tauktae, (Saturn-Uranus) makes landfall and batters India’s west coast with high winds, storm surges, heavy rainfall and flooding. At least 14 people have died. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells a news conference that Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region is facing a ‘very horrific’ situation with people dying of hunger (Saturn), health services destroyed and rape ‘rampant’. Progressed Saturn was parallel Moon and Venus in the Saturn cycle.

Chile’s ruling coalition government suffers a surprise defeat (Uranus) in the election for a constituent assembly, placing the writing of a new charter firmly in the hands of the left-wing. Chilean assets plunged, the benchmark stock exchange closed down 9.3% (Saturn) and the peso fell 2.3%. Progressed Saturn was parallel Venus in the Saturn cycle; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 16: The conflict (Mars) between Israel and Hamas rages. The rockets and air strikes destroy.  The death toll (house 8) rises. The grief (Saturn) mounts.  The diplomats talk. The world is divided (Pluto). Protests (Uranus) support both sides.  Progressed Moon was opposition progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 12: Progressed Moon opposition progressed Saturn in the Aquarian Age chart starts stimulating major aspect progressed Mars parallel birth chart Saturn and with progressed Sun parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle there was no let up in the fighting between Israel and Hamas. And in India the covid death count rose by 4,205 and the number of infections rose by 348,421 taking the tally past 23 million. Experts in India believe the actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher.

In America Wall Street (house 5) plunges (Saturn) as inflation (Neptune) surges in April and drivers in the Southeast are hoarding gas (Neptune) as fuel supplies dwindle (Saturn). Progressed Jupiter was parallel Neptune in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Saturn in the Sun cycle.

May 11: Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalate with 35 Palestinians killed (house 8) in Gaza and five in Israel. Israel carries out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into the early hours of May 12, as the Islamist group and other Palestinian militant groups (Pluto) fire multiple rocket barrages (Mars) at Tel Aviv and Beersheba. Progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Uranus and progressed Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart; and progressed Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle. Both countries have Mars in house 5 of their Mars cycle charts with Scorpio (Mars-Pluto) on the ascendant. Progressed Mars in the Mars cycle chart was in house 8 (death).

Seven children (house 5) and two adults are killed (house 8) in a school (house 5) shooting (Mars) in the Russian city of Kazan. Twelve children and four adults are injured. Progressed Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle. In Russia’s Mars cycle chart Mars is in house 5 and progressed Mars was in house 8.

May 10: The unrest (Uranus) and violence (Mars) escalates in Jerusalem. Hamas fires several rockets (Mars) and Israel launches are strikes killing 21 Palestinians including children. World leaders (Sun) urge a de-escalation of tensions and the UN Security Council (Saturn) holds an urgent (Mars) meeting. Progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Uranus in the Aquarian Age chart; and progressed Mars was sextile Uranus in the Mars cycle.

May 8: Car bomb explosions (Mars) outside a secondary school (house 5) in the Afghan capital Kabul kill at least 58 people (mostly female [Venus] students) and injure over 150. Progressed Mars was semisextile Venus in the Mars cycle. (Mars in the chart is conjunction Moon.)

May 7: Weeks-long tensions between Israel and Palestinians erupt at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other parts of occupied East Jerusalem with more than 170 Palestinian worshippers (Jupiter) injured in clashes with police (Mars). Progressed Jupiter was semisextile Uranus in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Mars was square Mars in the Mars cycle.

Major American pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline (Neptune) is forced (Pluto) to shut its entire network after a cyber attack (Pluto) involving ransomware. Progressed Neptune was sesquisquare Pluto in the Neptune cycle.

A new analysis from the University of Washington, DC’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that the covid-19 pandemic has caused nearly 6.9 million deaths across the world, more than double the 3.2 million officially recorded. Deaths go unreported as most countries only record those that occur in hospitals or of patients with a confirmed infection. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

May 6: In Brazil at least 28 people, including a police officer (Mars), are killed in a shoot-out (Mars) during an operation against drug traffickers (Neptune-Pluto) in Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho slum. Progressed Neptune was sesquisquare Pluto in the Neptune cycle; and progressed Mars was square Mars in the Mars cycle.

May 5: Mass anti-government protests (Uranus-Pluto) continue across Colombia for the eighth day despite the government (Sun) withdrawing its unpopular proposed tax reforms (Uranus-house 8). The protests erupted on April 28 with progressed Jupiter semisextile Uranus and conjunction Neptune in the Jupiter cycle and progressed Mars square Moon in the Mars cycle. An estimated 37 people have been killed (house 8) in violent clashes with police (Mars). Both sides – the government (Sun) and the people (Moon) – are currently very entrenched in their positions. Progressed Sun was square Moon in the Aquarian Age chart; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky. Public discontentment with government is currently widespread; check out India and Brazil.

Following calls by dozens of countries, as well as human rights groups, former world leaders and public health experts (Pluto) the US backs intellectual property waivers for coronavirus vaccines. The UN calls it ‘a monumental moment’ in the fight against the deadly virus. Progressed Jupiter was parallel Neptune in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Neptune was sesquisquare Pluto in the Neptune cycle.

India reports a record 412,262 new covid-19 cases and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky; and progressed Saturn was parallel Moon and Venus in the Saturn cycle.

May 3: At least 24 people are killed and 79 hospitalised when a rail overpass collapses in Mexico City, sending a train crashing down (Mars) onto cars below. (The incident occurred at 10:22 pm local time.)  Progressed Mars was conjunction Mercury in the Mars cycle.

May 1: A fire (Mars) in a covid-19 hospital ward in western India kills 18 patients as the country records 401,993 new cases – a global daily record – and 3,523 deaths. Progressed Mars was conjunction Mercury in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was square Saturn in the Sun cycle.

May Day marches celebrating International Labor Day and protests (Uranus) demanding social and economic justice are held around the globe. Protesters in France, Germany and Turkey clash with police (Mars). The Sun in the sky (at 10° Taurus) had reached the Virgo (labor) decanate of the zodiac’s first earth sign; Saturn (work and labor) was square Uranus in the sky; and progressed Mars was conjunction Mercury in the Mars cycle.

April 30: A huge car bomb blast (Mars) kills at least 30 people and injures dozens in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province. Progressed Mars was square Moon in the Mars cycle.

April 29: At least 45 people are killed and dozens injured in a stampede-disaster (Mars) at a Jewish pilgrimage site (Jupiter) in the north of Israel. Progressed Mars was square Moon in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was semisextile Mars and parallel Jupiter in the Sun cycle.

April 27/28: The death toll in India’s ferocious second wave of covid-19 infections surpasses 200,000. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky. See India’s 2021 covid-19 catastrophe

April 25: In Iran at least 82 people are killed and more than 100 injured in a fire (Mars) that broke out in the coronavirus intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital (house 12). There were no aspects involving Mars in any of the major cycle charts. The event would have been forecast in Iran’s birth chart but it has no reliable birth time.

April 24: India is in the grip of a rampaging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic (house 6) with 346,786 new cases and 2,624 deaths reported. One covid-19 death (house 8) is reported in New Delhi every four minutes as the capital’s underfunded health system (house 1) buckles. See India’s 2021 Sun cycle chart

Joe Biden becomes the first US president (Uranus) to formally recognise the mass killing (Mars-Pluto) of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I as a ‘genocide’ (Pluto), a move that was immediately rejected by Turkey. Progressed Jupiter was semisextile Uranus in the Jupiter cycle; and progressed Sun was parallel Uranus in the Sun cycle.

Debris from an Indonesian submarine (Neptune) that disappeared on April 21 is found. The 53 sailors (Mars) onboard are presumed drowned (Neptune).  Progressed Neptune was sesquisquare Pluto in the Neptune cycle.

April 22: Forty nations (Pluto) participate in Joe Biden’s Earth-Day climate emergency – summit (Saturn). Progressed Neptune was sesquisquare Pluto in the Neptune cycle; progressed Mars was inconjunct Saturn in the Mars cycle; and Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

After weeks of tensions Russia announces it will pull back (Saturn) its troops (Mars) from its border near Ukraine. Progressed Mars was inconjunct Saturn in the Mars cycle.

India is experiencing a covid-catastrophe. Saturn was square Uranus in the sky.

April 21: A scheme (Neptune) to create a soccer super league involving 12 European soccer clubs (Pluto) falls apart following a backlash from fans around the world. Progressed Neptune was sesquisquare Pluto in the Neptune cycle.

April 20: Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin is convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. (Reuters reports that it is ‘a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans.’) Progressed Jupiter was conjunction Neptune in the Jupiter cycle; and in America’s chart progressed Sun was semisquare progressed Pluto and progressed Moon was conjunction birth chart Pluto. Pluto (the worst types of crime) in house 9 (court cases) is the intercepted ruler of house 6 (police officers).


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