Events as reported by reliable news services
January 2, 2019: President Xi of China ups the pressure (Pluto) on Taiwan claiming that China reserves the right to use force (Mars) to bring Taiwan under its control but will strive to achieve peaceful reunification. In China’s chart progressed Sun was trine birth chart Pluto; and Pluto was parallel Saturn in the sky.
January 5, 2019: In Ukraine the recently formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine (Jupiter) was granted independence (Uranus), marking a historic split from the Russian Church. It formalizes an October announcement. Progressed Uranus was parallel Jupiter in the Uranus cycle.
Democratic Republic of Congo: On August 1, the World Health Organization declared an Ebola outbreak (Saturn). By December 2 it had become the second largest outbreak in history. By January 4, 2019 there had been 613 cases reported with more cases every day. A general election held on December 30 only made the crisis worse. Progressed Pluto was opposition Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
In Yemen the humanitarian crisis involving fear (Saturn), terror (Pluto) and unbearable living conditions has resulted in a generation of psychologically scarred people, many of whom will never be able to live normal lives. Progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart.
January 6: In America the partial government shutdown enters its third week. In America’s chart progressed Sun in house 11 (Congress) was semisquare birth chart Pluto – planet of drastic events. Progressed Midheaven (the government) in house 5 was conjunction birth chart Saturn – planet of walls. And progressed Saturn (loss and hardship) was in house 6 (government employees).
January 10: Nicolas Maduró is sworn in for his second term as President of Venezuela. His election is widely condemned as illegitimate (Pluto). Several Latin American countries close their embassies in Venezuela in protest. Progressed Saturn was semisquare Sun in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Sun was conjunction and parallel Pluto in the Sun cycle.
January 11: President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, announces his plans to take control of the Presidency of Venezuela with the Organization of American States declaring their support. Progressed Sun was conjunction Pluto in the Sun cycle.
An estimated 800,000 federal government workers in the US miss their first paycheck (Jupiter) as the government (Sun) shutdown (Pluto) enters its 21st day. Progressed Jupiter was square Moon in Jupiter cycle; progressed Saturn was semisquare Sun in the Saturn cycle; and progressed Sun was conjunction Pluto in the Sun cycle.
January 14: Anti-government protests erupt in Zimbabwe after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices (Jupiter) by 150 percent. By Friday (January 18) three people had died in the unrest and hundreds of Zimbabweans had been arrested. The internet has been blacked out each day. Progressed Uranus was parallel Jupiter and opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle. On January 17 progressed Mars was sesquisquare Moon and square Sun in the Mars cycle; and progressed Sun was square Uranus in the Sun cycle.
January 15: Theresa May’s Brexit deal (Mercury-Jupiter) is defeated in the British Parliament by 432 votes to 202. Progressed Mars was parallel birth chart Pluto in the Aquarian Age chart; and progressed Moon was parallel progressed Pluto and square progressed Mercury. Jupiter was parallel Pluto in the sky.
At least 21 people are killed when four gunmen (Mars) storm the Dusit hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. Progressed Mars was sesquisquare Venus in the Mars cycle.
The world’s largest human gathering starts in Prayagrai, India. More than 120 million Hindu devotees (Saturn-Pluto), as well as tourists, are expected to attend. Saturn was parallel Pluto in the sky.
January 16: In Manbij, Syria 18 people are killed including 2 US soldiers (Mars) in a suicide attack claimed by ISIL; in Mali gunmen (Mars) attack two villages near the border with Niger killing at least 20 people; and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at least 21 people are killed in a massacre by gunmen (Mars) wearing police uniforms. Progressed Mars was sesquisquare Moon and square Sun in the Mars cycle.
In Britain Theresa May’s government and in Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survive no confidence votes. Progressed Sun was square Uranus in the Sun cycle; and Jupiter was parallel Pluto in the sky.
January 17: Buzzfeed reports that there is documentary evidence (Mercury) that Donald Trump directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress. Progressed Mars was trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle; progressed Sun was square Uranus in the Sun cycle; and progressed Moon was square progressed Mercury in the Aquarian Age chart.
A car bomb (Mars) explodes at a police academy (Mars) in Colombia's capital Bogota, killing 21 people (Moon) and wounding more than 50. Progressed Mars was sesquisquare Moon in the Mars cycle.
The People’s Bank of China (Jupiter) injects a net 560 billion yuan ($140 billion) into the economy on Wednesday (January 15) and roughly 1.1 trillion yuan ($230 billion) for the week. Jupiter was parallel Pluto in the sky.
January 18: In Tlahuelilpan, Mexico scores of people are engulfed in an inferno (Mars) when an illicitly tapped fuel pipeline explodes (Mars). The death toll stands at 71. Progressed Mars was square Saturn in the Mars cycle.
A rubber dinghy carrying about 120 migrants sinks in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya. Three people survived. Progressed Mars was square Saturn and trine Jupiter in the Mars cycle.
January 19: Women’s march 2019 – women (Venus) in cities around the world march to protest (Uranus) violence against women (Mars) and the gendered impact of austerity and to demand gender equality. Progressed Moon was parallel Venus and Uranus in the Aquarian Age chart.
US special counsel Robert Mueller disputes Buzzfeed’s claim that President Trump told his long-time lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Progressed Moon was square progressed Mercury in the Aquarian Age chart.
Anti-government – anti-overtime work protests continue in Hungary; anti-Macron protests continue in France; and anti-government protests in Sudan enter their second month. Progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
January 20: In Chad, ten UN peacekeepers are killed and 25 Chadian troops (Mars) are injured when gunmen (Mars) storm the UN camp in Aguelhok. Islamist militants are suspected. Mars was square Saturn in the sky.
Days after a deadly attack by Islamic extremists on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya a US air strike kills 52 Al-Shabaab militants (Mars). Mars was square Saturn in the sky.
Firebombs and flares (Mars) fly in Athens as Greeks protest (Uranus) against moves to recognize North Macedonia. Progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Mars was square Saturn in the sky.
In America, Pennsylvania and New Jersey declare states of emergency (Mars) when snow storms (Saturn) claim 3 lives and cause power outages (Uranus) and then the national plunges into a deep freeze (Saturn). Progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Mars was square Saturn in the sky.
January 21: A Taliban attack (Mars) in central Afghanistan kills at least 45 people and wounds as many as 70 most of them military (Mars) personal. Mars was square Saturn in the sky.
January 23: Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, declares himself interim president and acting leader of Venezuela. The US, Brazil, Colombia and Peru recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president. There have been mass protests (Uranus-Pluto) against President Nicolás Maduro (Pluto) who has resided over hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of basic items (Saturn). Maduro broke off diplomatic relations with the US giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. The diplomats were told to stay. The Venezuelan military (Mars) remain loyal to Maduro. Progressed Mars was square birth chart Pluto and progressed Moon was parallel birth chart Uranus in the Aquarian Age chart; progressed Uranus was opposition birth chart Saturn in the Uranus cycle; and Mars was conjunction Uranus in the sky.
January 24: Thousands of Belgian school children skip classes to protest (Uranus) against global warming and pollution (Saturn), vowing to miss school once a week until the government takes action. Mars was square Saturn and conjunction Uranus in the sky.
January 25: Donald Trump announces a stop-gap deal that will temporarily reopen the partial US government shutdown until February 15. The deal does not include money for Trump’s border wall. Progressed Jupiter (the Republicans) was sextile Sun (Donald Trump) and sextile Saturn (the Democrats) in the Jupiter cycle.
January 26: The US and Russia clash at an emergency meeting (Mars) of the UN Security Council over the crisis in Venezuela. Reuters reports that private Russian military contractors (Mars) have flown (Neptune) into Venezuela to guard and protect Nicolás Maduro. The Bank of England (Jupiter) blocks Maduro’s officials from withdrawing $1.3 billion worth of gold. France, the UK, Germany and Spain notify Maduro that he must call elections or they will officially recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader. Mars was parallel Neptune and conjunction Uranus in the sky.
At least 34 people are killed and about 300 others remain missing after a dam collapses (Mars) at an iron ore mine (Saturn) in south-eastern Brazil. Mars was square Saturn in the sky.
January 27: In Honduras thousands of anti-government protestors take to the streets in the capital, Tegucigalpa, demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández. Mars was conjunction Uranus in the sky.
In France the red scarves (Mars) take to the streets to protest against the disruption and violence caused by the yellow shirts (Venus). Mars was conjunction Uranus in the sky.
January 28: The United States Department of Justice (house 9) files criminal charges (Pluto) against Chinese telecom giant Huawei (Pluto) and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (Venus). The charges include bank and wire fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology. In America’s chart progressed Moon was semisextile birth chart Pluto in house 9 stimulating major aspects progressed Sun semisquare and progressed Venus square birth chart Pluto.
Washington declares a state of emergency (Mars) over a measles outbreak (Mars). In Clark County health officials have identified 34 cases since January 1. Mars was conjunction Uranus in house 5 (children) of America’s Mars-Uranus conjunction chart; and house 5 in America’s new Moon chart is very active.
January 29: In Pakistan Asia Bibi’s blasphemy acquittal is upheld by the Supreme Court (Jupiter). Progressed Jupiter was sextile Saturn in the Jupiter cycle.
A deep freeze (Saturn) hits Midwestern USA. Schools are close. Michigan declares a state of emergency (Mars). Progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle. In America’s Uranus cycle Saturn is in house 1 (the people and their welfare); Uranus and Saturn are the cusp rulers of house 5 (schools).
January 30: In Venezuela anti-Maduro protestors (Uranus) take to the streets. The nation’s highest court (house 9) froze the bank accounts (house 2) and imposes a travel ban on self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó holds secret talks with the military (Mars). Progressed Mars was square Pluto in the Mars cycle; and Mars was conjunction Uranus in the sky.
In France act 8 of the yellow vest protest movement (Uranus-Pluto). The protests against rising fuel prices and higher living costs (Jupiter) started November 17, 2018. Protestors (Uranus) are calling for the resignation of Emmanuel Macron. In Emmanuel Macron’s chart progressed Sun was opposition birth chart Mars in house 7 (public opposition) and sesquisquare progressed Jupiter – planet of higher prices. Progressed Pluto was opposition Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
In Hungary thousands of people rally (Pluto) in Budapest and smaller marches take place across the country, as a broad new protest movement (Uranus) launch what it’s calling ‘a year of resistance’ against prime minister Victor Orban’s rule. Demonstrations again labor (Saturn) reforms (Uranus) commenced December 12, 2018. Progressed Pluto was opposition Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
In Serbia anti-government protests (Uranus) enter their fifth week. The mass (Pluto) anti President Vucic protests started December 8, 2018. Progressed Pluto was opposition Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
In Sudan violent anti-government protests (Uranus) again erupt in Khartoum. Protests over rising prices (Jupiter), shortages of basic commodities (Saturn) and a cash crunch (Jupiter) erupted in the city of Atbara in late December. They have quickly spread to cities across Sudan. Police (Mars) have used tear gas and live ammunition against demonstrators. Protesters are calling for the end of President Omar al-Bashir’s 29-year rule. Progressed Pluto was opposition Saturn in the Pluto cycle; and progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
January 31: Italy’s economy falls into recession (Saturn). From July to September 2018 it declined by 0.1% and from October to December it shrank by 0.2%. Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conti blamed trade tensions between the US and China. The decline will be mapped by progressed aspects in Italy’s chart which is not known. The Sun in the 2018 Sun cycle is square Saturn; and in 2018 Saturn in the sky was parallel Pluto.
In Belgium tens of thousands of children skip school for the fourth week to join protests (Uranus) demanding tougher action against climate change (Saturn). 3,450 Belgian scientists signed an open letter saying ‘the activists are absolutely right’. Progressed Uranus was opposition Saturn in the Uranus cycle.
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