Friday, September 28, 2007

Sometimes Astrology Doesn't Work The Way You Want It To, Thank God

The government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) continues its ongoing efforts to crush the pro-democratic uprising.

If you have a look at Google News using the search terms "Myanmar" and "astrology" you'll find a few articles about the ruling party's use of astrology. The tone of these reports is pretty much what you'd expect: "The junta’s belief in astrology in part reflects the capricious weirdness of a peculiarly nasty regime, insulated from the rest of the world and divorced from reality."

Senior General Than Shwe's astrologer warned him of trouble if the capital wasn't officially moved -- which it was on November 6, 2005, at 6:37 AM. And, admittedly, up til now the government there has functioned unusually well, given the widespread opposition to it.

I've shown the chart here, along with the September 11 eclipse chart in the outer wheel. Personally, I can see why the astrologer in question went with this chart: it looks especially good in Vedic terms.

Of course, the place is going to hell in a handbasket at the moment. Having Neptune square your Ascendant within a degree on the eclipse will do that sort of thing to you.

The government is in serious trouble. There are those who might use this as evidence that astrology doesn't work. Of course, the current astrological weather looks awful for the Myanmar government, which is an argument in favor of astrology.

Personally, it reminds me of some clients who have tried to make the impossible happen by choosing the right time to start. It's also a reminder that there is a larger Universe out there that always has veto power when it comes to your plans and mine.

And no matter what the transiting planets are doing, and no matter how strong this or that in your birth chart is... it's never a good time to be evil. Ever.


J. Demboski said...

Always a pleasure to catch your blog!

-pd- said...

Well, I wouldn't consider the 11/6/05 chart one for a "government." The elected 1948 chart with Jupiter rising and Mars culminating seems like a good fit. The election for the 05 capital move probably didn't factor in Neptune, which completes a nasty-looking fixed grand cross, an apt configuration for a regime apparently intent on crucifying the people. And Neptune in Aquarius doesn't seem to be a favorable era for democracy, does it? In many respects, from a Western astro perspective, this looks like a poor election born of desperation and brutal authoritarian attitudes.

Matthew The Astrologer said...

I dunno. Going off of the official relocation data (where I got this chart from), and given what a mess Myanmar was BEFORE then, it's still a pretty successful chart. If they had waited for Neptune to move, they would have waited too long.

Again, I'm hardly in favour of it... just noting that even a bad artificial heart can keep someone alive for a while who would have died otherwise - and I think that's exactly the job the "government relocation" chart does.

As for making something last that just shouldn't, using astrology: you'd be further ahead declaring war on Neptune.