Global Hot Spots

Political & Economic Forecasts

North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

It’s not just Donald Trump who has a major hit to his chart by the total solar eclipse in 2017: in North Korea’s chart*, Saturn at 28*46’ Leo is conjoined by the position of the August 21 eclipse at 28*52’ Leo. Who will blow their top first?

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Iran-Turkey Conflict Summer 2016

Potential for conflict between Iran and Turkey increases during the summer of 2016. Turkey expands its army and makes increasingly aggressive moves. Iran sees Turkey as encroaching on its territory of influence. Turkey could risk a military confrontation in order to claim dominance over parts of Syrian territory.

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Mary Schoeppel
Greece - July 5 Referendum

The comparison has been made between Greece’s referendum choice on July 5 and the Greeks’ refusal to bow to Mussolini in 1940 (read Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s excellent article here). That refusal has symbolic significance to the Greeks as they struggle with the prospect of even harsher austerity measures if they agree to another bailout from their EU creditors. However valid one considers this comparison to be, comparing the astrological charts of the two dates shows compelling similarities

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Mary Schoeppel
Greece

Yachts of money are ready to cruise into Greece due to the July 1, 2015 Venus-Jupiter conjunction (21* Leo). On that day Venus and Jupiter conjunct progressed Venus in Greece’s natal chart, in the second house of finances and currency.

But before they do, Greek banks undergo a crisis; some may collapse. There is extreme pressure on the Greek government (progressed Saturn conjunct the Ascendant, opposed by Pluto), and unfortunately, austerity is still in the mix.

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Mary Schoeppel
Argentina’s Disconnect with Debt Reality

On June 16, 2014, the US Supreme Court refused to hear Argentina’s appeal of a previous court order that blocks the distribution of Argentina’s July 2014 bond payment until Argentina settles with bondholders from their default in 2001. In December 2001, Argentina defaulted on its loans, and in January 2002, removed the peso peg to the US dollar, resulting in the peso’s devaluation.

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Mary Schoeppel
Iran: Turnover of Leadership

The first Saturn return for the modern state of Iran occurred on August 5, 2008. Comparing the Saturn return chart to Iran’s natal chart (formation of current Islamic Republic, April 1, 1979) shows two important configurations:

Mars 21* Virgo opposing Uranus 22* Pisces in the return chart forms a T-square with natal Neptune 20* Sagittarius.

Mercury 21* Leo opposing Neptune 23* Aquarius in the return charts forms a T-square with natal Uranus 20* Scorpio.

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Mary Schoeppel