Speaking out at the G8 meeting
in Heiligendamm, Germany -
The leaders of the G8 nations meet each year
for a summit, which is hosted by the country holding the presidency of the
G8 for that year. This year, from June 6th to 8th,
2007, the G8 Summit took place in Heiligendamm, Germany and the topic of
reducing global poverty was a top priority. Yet, one of the more passionate
expressions regarding the struggle to end poverty came not from the G8
political leaders, but from musician and activist, Bob Geldof.
For one day leading up to the G8 Summit, Geldof
became the honorary editor-in-chief for the June 1st, 2007
edition of the best-selling German newspaper, Bild. As honorary editor,
Geldof placed a full-page image of a starving African child writhing in
agony on the front page along with the headline: “End this! Now!”. This
simple and powerful message was followed by 24 pages of commentary wherein
Geldof expressed his passion regarding the topic of poverty in Africa by
writing to the G8 leaders, among other things, that "you can change things
and people want you to. ... Do your job! End the misery, finally!"
As we all know, this was not Geldof’s first
effort to bring attention to the plight and impact of poverty in Africa. In
1984, Geldof reacted to a news report about starving children in Ethiopia by
co-writing the song 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Then, on July 13, 1985,
he organized the massive world-wide Live Aid concert to raise awareness and
funds to help relieve the famine in Ethiopia.
What insights can the Astrology of Location
provide regarding the connection between Bob Geldof and the plight of the
people of Ethiopia? For Geldof, Ethiopia represents a “crossroads”
location, which strongly suggests that he would be drawn to Ethiopia in some
important way in this lifetime. A “crossroads” is a location where two or
more lines from three powerful and complimentary mapping systems
(Astro*Carto*Graphy (A*C*G), Geodetic and Local Space) cross. At a
“crossroads”, the natural energies of the planets attempt to merge and the
desire for their qualities to be expressed in life is amplified.
Map # 1
Astro-Carto-Graphy - First, on Geldof’s A*C*G
map (see map #1), three planetary lines cross over the western border of
Ethiopia, identifying Ethiopia as a potential “crossroads”. When we explore
the qualities of the three planetary lines, we begin to understand his
connection to the Ethiopia. First, his A*C*G Moon Midheaven planetary line
suggests an emotional need to be a father figure and potentially to become
well known as a father figure. Because Geldof’s natal Moon is square the
lunar Nodes, he has a need to take action and provide real nurturing during
the course of this lifetime. Since Venus rules his Libra Midheaven, the
A*C*G Venus Descendant planetary line suggests a connection to his career,
his social status and his desire to connect with the people of Ethiopia.
Lastly, his A*C*G Ceres Ascendant planetary line suggests an instinctual
desire to nurture others.
Local Space - Second, Geldof’s Local Space map
(see map #2) reveals another important quality of Ethiopia. His Local Space
Chiron planetary line passes directly over Addis Ababa, which is the capital
city of Ethiopia. This Chiron energy reflects Geldof’s passionate feelings
regarding the poverty and hunger that the people and children experience and
that it is unfair and that the wealthy nations of the G8 have the capacity
to end the hunger and heal the people.
Geodetics - Third, while his Geodetic map has
no lines passing through the eastern half of the African continent, the map
contains an often, more important, quality of Geodetic Resonance, which
occurs when the degrees of the birth chart’s angles match a location in the
fixed Geodetic Grid. The 29 Libra Midheaven in his birth chart “resonates”
with the 29 Aries Midheaven and 29 Libra IC lines that passes just west of
the border of Ethiopia. Geodetic Resonance suggests a natural and powerful
connection between an individual and the culture at that location. Bob
Geldof clearly feels a connection to both Ethiopia and the African
To understand why it was in July of 1985 that
Geldof was inspired to organize the Live Aid benefit for Ethiopia and its
people, we turn to the Astrology of Location maps for insights from the
transits and progressions. In July of 1985, his A*C*G progressed Moon
Ascendant planetary line passed over Addis Ababa (see map #3). energizing
his instinctual desire to nurture the people of Ethiopia.
At the same time, the transiting A*C*G Uranus
Midheaven line and A*C*G Chiron IC planetary line also passed over Addis
Ababa (see map #4). This brought a sudden awareness and change of public
status (Uranus MC) of Ethiopia and Africa, particularly in regard to the
unfair poverty and hunger of the children (Chiron IC). This effort would
also lead to a change in Geldof’s own social status (Uranus MC), as he was
given the honorary status of knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Returning to June 2007, Geldof’s efforts as
editor of Bild to influence the G8 also occurred during important transits.
On June 1, 2007, the day he was the editor of Bild, his transiting
A*C*G Jupiter MC planetary line and his A*C*G Moon MC planetary line passed
over Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see map #5). His efforts on this day brought
the attention of the newspaper’s 12 million readers (Moon MC) and the
leaders of the G8 (Jupiter MC). From the perspective of Geldof’s efforts,
he was drawn to his “crossroads” in Ethiopia, raising awareness of the
people he has shared a deep connection with.
This proves that he is acting in accord with
his mission in life. He is “moving in harmony with the Sun, Moon and
Blessings and peace to you Bob and to the people of Ethiopia!
I look forward to being