New Moon in Leo — August 17, 2012, 15:54 UT

I was watching the webcast from Ecuador’s embassy in London today, when Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, gave a statement. The recent drama around matters that concern Mr Assange’s asylum and extradition to Sweden has not come as a big surprise for an astrologer who watches new planets.

The New Moon in Leo (drama) on Aug 17, was tightly placed in opposition aspect (confrontation) to Centaur planet Nessus (abuse of power). The New Moon was strictly sextile (opportunity) to Mars-Saturn conjunction (structured leadership) in Libra (justice).

Nessus was the third Centaur discovered, after Chiron and Pholus. The discovery was in 1993 and the naming in 1997. The naming of Nessus was cooperation between astrologers and astronomers. Astrologers suggested the name Nessus based on their studies, and the International Astronomical Union approved it.

Astrologically Nessus speaks of the abuse of power. Melanie Reinhart is one of the pioneering astrologers who have studied Nessus. According to her, “Nessus brings opportunities to understand and release deep patterns of helplessness, being taken advantage of, and being oppressed.” She continues: “Nessus activations correspond with times when things really do end, finish and transcend to another level.” Her key phrase for Nessus is “The buck stops here.” It means the point, where one accepts personal responsibility for the way that things are, and refuses to pass on their responsibility beyond that point.

Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum in June, but Mr Assange is not able to leave the embassy, because the British police would arrest him once he stepped outside the embassy building. Last week Britain even threatened to enter the embassy, which has caused an international diplomatic strife. The foreign ministers of South American nations are going to meet to discuss about the situation.

In his speech today, Mr Assange urged the US to end its “witch-hunt” against Wikileaks, called for the release of Bradley Manning, and drew parallels between himself and the three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who were sentenced to two years in prison for an anti-Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. He said: “There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.”

In other words, “the buck must stop here.”

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