Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Eclipse changes EU fishing practice

The UK government has hailed a "historic" EU agreement to introduce a blanket ban on the "scandal" of dumping dead fish back in the sea. The agreement is the culmination of efforts by campaigners, including the chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, to have the practice outlawed. Currently, as much as two thirds of healthy fish brought on to fishing vessels is thrown back into the sea dead, because they are less valuable than the species the fishermen are targeting. A new technology on trial at Denmark's North Sea Centre  will use a modified fishing net that  catches only the big fish and allows the small ones to escape.

In this post we will use the chart for the solar eclipse of May 21, 2012 to explain the reasons for the change of heart taking place in EU members regarding overfishing.

Eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave of experience. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. The nature and timing of  the changes is    a function of planet-star alignments and subsequent progressions . An eclipse of this nature creates a relaxation and re-stimulation both in Earth’s energy grid and in our neurobiological resonance providing an opportunity to release the past and engage in a fresh start. The Pleiades and the conjoining stars of Perseus, in part, stimulate physical heroic action to seed new paths forward in our lives and to create infrastructures that support our fundamental nourishment and domestic wellbeing.

Our Full Moon [June 4,2012] eclipse brings us from our original Perseus-Pleiades Eclipse New Moon theme to the perspective provided by Ophiuchus (healing) .It invites us to become energetically wide open to breathe in the infusion of feminine energy of the  Venus Transit [June 6, 2012] . The new 584-day Earth-Venus cycle—is asking us to surrender to the Divine Feminine Essence in life—to allow it to bring the abundance, beauty, and love we all seek to have in our lives and in our world. This surrender is the only way to alleviate that struggle. It is by embracing the unconditional compassion to express love in all areas of our lives and to care for all life that will change our world. [1]

The eclipse chart is very significant for Brussels since the eclipse is placed on the IC.
If we progress the eclipse chart to Feb 27, 2013, the date of the news item we find that the angles have progressed to trigger the Sun-Moon-Mars-Neptune T-square of the eclipse.

Two important points to note are (a) Neptune is conjunct the star Fomalhaut of the Southern Fish (b) Sun is part of Chinese asterism Py, The Net

Neptune conjunct Fomalhaut

"When the Southern Fish rises into the heavens, leaving its native waters for a foreign element, whoever at this hour takes hold of life will spend his years about sea-shore and river-bank he will capture fish as they swim poised in the hidden depths. A man born to such a lot plies his skill along the shore; or he purchases at a fixed wage another's labor and sells for a profit what it has brought him, a pedlar in the many different forms of sea products". [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.333.]

Sun in asterism Py

The May 21, 2012 eclipse was  part of a Chinese asterism called Py, the Net, representing a hunting net. Sometimes Mao, the Pleaides, were also seen as a net and together they were called T’ien-Kang , the Celestial snares.  The Autumn hunt was a huge massacre of animals in which the Emperor himself in his war uniform took part.

However, in the royal hunts of ancient China, it was customary to drive up the game from three sides, but on the fourth the animals had a chance to run off. If they failed to do this they had to pass through a gate behind which the king stood ready to shoot. Only animals that entered here were shot; those that ran off in front were permitted to escape. This custom accorded with a kingly attitude; the royal hunter did not wish to turn the chase into a slaughter, but held that the kill should consist only of those animals which had so to speak voluntarily exposed themselves [2].

Full Moon in Purva Phalguni and Kolkata fire

At least 19 people were killed and 50 people sustained serious burn injuries as a massive fire engulfed Surya Sen market in central Kolkata's Sealdah area early today. The death toll may  go up further. According to the fire-fighters the fire was detected at 3.50 am at the godown-cum-market complex when the victims were sleeping inside the room. Following which 26 fire-engines rushed to the stop to bring the situation under control. The fire now though under control but is yet to be doused completely.

Shown above is the chart for the Full Moon at Kolkata. The Moon [7vi24] is conjunct the star Zosma [11vi29]. In India Delta (δ) Leo, Zosma, with theta (θ Coxa) marked the corresponding nakshatra (9th Hindu Moon Mansion), Purva Phalguni, delta (δ this star Zosma) being the junction star between the two Phalguni asterisms. According to Volguine, Purva Phalguni threatens accidents by fire; these stars were transited at the 64 CE Great Fire of Rome; at the burning of Moscow during Napolean’s 1812 invasion; at the 1894 Hinckley, MN forest fire; at the Great 1949 Chungking, China 18-hour fire etc.[1]

As always we look at the planets on the angles. Notice that Pluto-Uranus-Zeus-Hades form a Grand Cross on the meridian axis.

Pluto-Zeus-Hades: concerns about fires --and  incidents and  explosions which  have the  power to create irrevocable change [2]

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana Rosenberg V1, p.616
[2] Delineate V2; Martha Lang Wescott

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Astrology of the hot air balloon crash in Egypt

British, French, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists reportedly killed in a hot air balloon crash near the Egyptian city of Luxor. The balloon was flying at 1,000 ft (300m) when it caught fire and exploded, plunging onto fields west of Luxor, officials said. The crash happened on one of the many dawn hot air balloon flights that give tourists an aerial view of Luxor's famous sites, such as Karnak temple and the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

According to reports the hot air balloon took off at 6 am and the accident  took place at around 7 am local time. A horoscope for the take off  is shown above. The Sun (8pi)  is just rising (1pi) with Venus (0pi) and Neptune (3pi).  In ancient China, the  asterism, Wei  that included theta and Pegasi and alpha Aquarii (6pi33,1pi36, 3pi04) presided over tombs, graves, death, tears and cries. South west of Wei was Hiu-Liang, (8pi-9pi) The Funeral Mound Bridge. It was the bridge to get to the burial ground. The asterism presided over graves, tombs, mausoleums and uninhabited places. This as readers can see constitutes a perfect description of the Valley of Kings. [1]

At 7 am,  a  retrograde Mercury conjunct Mars  (19pi) was rising on the Ascendant with Moon (12vi)  in a forming opposition.  This is a combination that is easily associated with travel accidents. Mars and Mercury are conjunct Pi Pegasus of the Flying Horse and Moon is conjunct Al Suhail (11vi23) of the Celestial Ship Argo and epsilon Antlia (11vi11)  of  the Air Pump – an airship!

As Robert Hand points out

The actual images of the constellations made up by the stars are not equal 30-degree segments. They can vary from about 15 degrees to over 45 degrees. And not only that, but they do not have distinct boundaries (except for arbitrary ones created by modern astronomers). They can overlap, and there can be gaps between them.

It is because of this that the images shown above come together at  around 11 Virgo to produce an airship.

In addition,  the chart at Luxor for the exact Mercury-Mars conjunction that took place on Feb 26 at 9:09 UT has  Jupiter on the Ascendant (9ge04) forming a T-square to Sun-Neptune in tenth opposite  Moon (14vi) conjunct the star Mizar of  fires, explosions and catastrophes. 

 [1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana Rosenberg; (p.756-57,V2)

Monday, 25 February 2013

Winter Ingress Yod activates ‘Sequestration’

Sequestration is a fiscal policy procedure adopted by Congress to deal with the federal budget deficit. It generates automatic cuts for each of nine years, FY 13-21, totalling $1.2 trillion. Sequestration was originally scheduled to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013. However, it was delayed for two months - until March 1, 2013, by the deal struck on New Year's Eve, called the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Now, without Congressional action to prevent sequestration, the first round of cuts will take place on March 1, 2013.

In the post on the fiscal cliff  we had looked at how the Yod of the Nov. 28 eclipse indicated that the  US is more likely than not to go over the ‘fiscal cliff’.  In the same post I had mentioned that the Cap Ingress chart which has a Yod – with Jupiter at the apex of a Saturn-Pluto sextile - indicated much the same thing. On Jan 1, the politicians succeeded in kicking the can down the road and now the progressed cap Ingress chart shows the same crisis brewing for Mar 1 with the Yod activated by the meridian axis.

The significance  of the Yod was explained by  Nick Fiorenza in the Lunar Planner:

One of special significance is the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter Yod that began to form in the previous November 13, 2012 lunar cycle, now with Venus activating the Yod as she moves to the midpoint of the Saturn-Pluto sextile and lies opposite Jupiter—activating the prominent Antares-Aldebaran axis.

Venus moves to the Saturn-Pluto mid-point conjoining Antares in mid-sidereal Scorpio in opposition to Jupiter. Generally, a Venus-Jupiter opposition can impel an over-confident over-indulgence and a desire for immediate gratification. Thus it is important to realize that band-aids used for immediate results do not provide real solution, neither in our external world paradigm or in our personal lives where a deep level of healing and evolution is required—something that unfolds in our continuing evolutionary spiral through time. In addition and as a part of this Yod, it is also important to realize that the Yod itself (nor the Solstice) is not some magical gateway that changes the world and our lives in an instant. Saturn’s influence requires steadfast persistence to build, albeit from a new place of compassion, wisdom and balance in mid-sidereal Libra (with the feminine influence of Venus). Pluto’s influence in Sag is one of holding long-term vision to pierce the veils of illusion and the false beliefs we adhere to (with Mars’ masculine influence of audacious action in leadership and which requires a serious redefining of how we use power on Earth).

Venus,  lying at the Saturn-Pluto mid-point, is semi-sextile to both planets, the other inconjunct quality. In this case, the Yod apex draws Venus along with Saturn and Pluto into an expression through Jupiter. Venus, lying opposite Jupiter-Aldebaran conjoins Antares, Heart of the Scorpion, in mid-sidereal Scorpio.

Antares, the 15th brightest star, is about 700 times the size of our Sun, and is one of the largest stars. It is quite elongated with a polar diameter about 63% of its equatorial diameter, red in color, said to rival Mars in brightness when they are seen together.

In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.

However, It is only the less aware who mistake this power point in the ecliptic to mean fight or destroy what one still perceives as forces outside of self. Antares marks a point of empowerment in sidereal Scorpio, a point of immanation for those who have embraced their initiations and claimed their self-empowerment, who have graduated from playing the victim in life to a predetermined fate, and who have learned to take responsibility to create their destiny. The Heart of the Scorpion teaches us to realize the inseparable nature of life, to reconcile the forces within and without, to know of the oneness and inseparable permeability of the Creation Force—as is exemplified by Ophiuchus, who demonstrably stands over the Scorpion, the exemplar of this wisdom. Either way, Antares motivates us to take responsibility for our reality, for the lives we create, and to "take a stand" for our truth and to demonstrably and passionately live it.

Full Moon declares Argo the Oscar winner

The horoscope for the Full Moon of Feb. 25 is shown below. Notice that it is very significant for Hollywood, since it is placed on the meridian axis. The Sun is conjunct Neptune  in Pisces on the MC.

Neptune is the planet symbolically associated with illusion, delusion, glamour, deceit and indulgence. It is the planet of fog, mist, water, oil and the seas. It rules photography and cinema - both forms of illusion. [1]

So the Full Moon is not only talking about movies  but also hinting that the story of the movie that wins the Oscar could be about deceit. In Argo, a CIA operative enlists the help of moviemakers to concoct a fake film that would get real State Department hostages out of fractious Tehran.

But what really is astounding  is the  star of the constellation Argo on the IC (12vi51) of the Full Moon chart. Lambda (λ) Vela, Alsuhail,(11vi21) is a star in the Sails of Argo Navis, the Great Ship!![2]

The Oscar award to Argo for the best film is presented here as an example of the interweaving of the heavens in earthly affairs. It is not offered as a proof of predictive success but how it offers hope for intelligent anticipation. Rather than prediction, the function of astrology is to interpret – to reveal what is at work unsuspected behind the veil of events.


The chart for 85th Academy Awards [Feb. 24 at 8:30 PM ET] at Hollywood has  Sun-Neptune setting and the star Al  Suhail of Argo on the Ascendant.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

‘Houdini Horse’ Mariska – ‘The Great Opener’

“The Great Opener” – Azure Dragon of Spring

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - With her escape-artist antics now caught on video, a horse in Michigan is being dubbed the "Houdini Horse" thanks to her knack for opening stall doors. The 9-year-old horse named Mariska somehow learned to open latches at Misty Meadow Farms, Larkin Township near Midland in central Michigan.The farm's co-owner, Sandy Bonem, posted a video online of the horse opening numerous locks. It catches how Mariska lets herself out, then unlocking stalls for other horses - just not her mother's.

Mundane astrology recognizes that the strongest effect of an eclipse is felt in those places where it is angular i.e. rising, setting or culminating. The total solar eclipse of  13th November 2012 was exactly setting at Larkin Township, Michigan. (chart below). The IC of this chart (29cn02)  as also the Ascendant (29cn47)of the First Quarter Moon (Feb 17) is conjunct the star alpha Monoceros (29cn14)

“Monoceros, the Unicorn, is of a species not common to earth--one magical and mystical. Alpha Monoceros brings fortuitous situations, experiences or involvements quite out of the ordinary, which often appear unexpectedly. The spiral of the Unicorn's horn embodies its magic”.[1]

If we progress the eclipse chart to Feb. 19, 2013, the date of the news item, we can see  Mercury (0sa09) on the IC (2sa51) both square Neptune (0pi22). While we connect tropical Sagittarius with horses a startling revelation unfolds  when we look at ancient Chinese asterisms for this area:

“The head and heart of our Scorpion was Fang, The House (of the Sun), its rising announcing the Spring Equinox. This asterism was the stomach of the Great Azure Dragon of Spring made up of  beta, delta, pi and rho Scorpii (3sg23, 2sa47, 3sa07, 3sg19); the ecliptic passed close to beta (Graffias), so it was also called  “The Great Opener” – the opened door to let in the spring. There were many other names for this asterism: “Celestial Stable” – because livestock could be let out into the fields after being locked up during the winter; T’ien Ma,  Celestial Horses etc”.[2]

So perhaps Mariska was reminding us humans how unconnected we are to nature’s cycles. It was spring and she and her mates needed to be let out!

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg [Vol 1, p.729]

November eclipse grounds F-35 fighter jets

The US has grounded its entire fleet of 51 F-35 fighter jets after the discovery of a cracked engine blade. The fault was detected during a routine inspection of an air force version of the jet (F-35A) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, said the Pentagon. Different versions are flown by the navy and the marine corps. All have been grounded. The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons programme with a cost of nearly $400bn (£260bn). The Pentagon said flight operations would remain suspended until the root cause is established. Friday's order was the second time in two months planes from the F-35 range have been grounded.

A yod is a rare astrological aspect involving any celestial body of astrological importance and forms between three (or more) plants or points where two planets are sextile (60° aspect) in relation to each other, with both quincunx (150° aspect) in relation to a third.

Astrologers (for instance Wendy Stacey, 3) say that, when a Yod appears in a chart, the individual is fated or destined to develop the energies of the apex planet, as a result of the interaction of the other two planets. And yet the Yod also carries the idea of difficulty, frustration and stress. The apex planet and the base planets, even though they are compelled to work together, are out of harmony with each other: they cannot understand each other, cannot even “see” each other. Hence, the person with a Yod in his chart will find himself dealing with the effects of the base planets, and yet will be continually drawn (maybe against her will) towards the apex planet. He will feel that God is pointing him towards the apex planet, although he cannot understand how or why. If, on the other hand, he consciously tries to develop the apex planet, he will experience the base planets as a source of stress and frustration.
A Yod ,therefore, a special challenge to constructively alter and bring into clearer focus that which impairs the total functioning of the individual. A Yod that is activated is very much like arriving at a fork in the road and having to take one or another path.

Shown above is chart for the November 28, 2012 lunar eclipse at Washington.  The eclipse which forms a Yod  is powerfully placed  with two its legs on the Ascendant and MC.  This was discussed in an earlier post Astrology of the 'fiscal cliff' . 

With increasing concerns about the cost of the F-35 program one way that the Yod might manifest is  the budget deficit derails the program.

The Ascendant is conjunct  Nunki, Sigma (σ) Sagittarius. Nunki (12cp33)  is the  powerful left shoulder of the Archer’s bow bracing arm, his eye (Ain al Rami) takes aim with full confidence of hitting any target.  4 Aquilae (12cp33) a star in the constellation  of the Eagle associated with the military in general but more specifically with the air force combines with Nunki of the Archer to produce a perfect symbol for a military aircraft.

Progressing the eclipse chart to Friday, Feb 22, 2013, when the Pentagon issued the order for grounding brings the Full Moon eclipse to the horizon axis - a well known method in mundane astrology for finding out when an eclipse can be expected to deliver its effect.

The stars on the Ascendant are: Aldebaran, alpha Taurus 9ge57,  Mu Persei, 10ge58;  Pi Orionis 12ge05 (Orion’s lion skin); Epsilon Leporis 12ge13; Omicron Columbae 13ge32 Doves South wing.

The children of the Bull run ahead of the herd and may suffer for it. Orion’s military instincts and Perseus’ yearning to be a hero combine to produce a warrior mentality. Columba, the dove, and the NNode of Uranus supply an interest in flight.  Lepus, the Hare was associated with speed; in combination with Orion and Perseus, these stars have produced aircraft designers, aviators, test pilots, astronauts, engineers and inventors. [1]

Influencing this area is the very bright star Rigel of Orion.
After the first world war, at the time of the first transatlantic flights, Elsbeth Ebertin noted a connection of Rigel to the Sun and Moon, in charts of several world record pilots, leading to sudden difficulties in the carrying out of planned enterprises resulting in failures to reach the set target. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.32.]

Chi and Phi Phoenix 4ar52, 5ar01 – of the Fire Bird  conjunct Uranus (4ar43) [not shown in chart] of new developments point towards difficulties in the Fighter Aircraft development program.

But perhaps the most interesting image of the problem comes from the Sabian symbol [2] of the progressed Moon on the Ascendant.


[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana Rosenberg (V1, p.272)
[2] Sabian symbols


“A Yod  carries the idea of difficulty, frustration and stress. The individual is fated or destined to develop the energies of the apex planet, as a result of the interaction of the other two planets. The apex planet and the base planets, even though they are compelled to work together, are out of harmony with each other: they cannot understand each other, cannot even “see” each other. Hence, the person with a Yod in his chart will find himself dealing with the effects of the base planets, and yet will be continually drawn (maybe against her will) towards the apex planet”.

In this case the energies of the base planets can be summarized as:

Venus-Saturn: Finances (Venus) are tight or scarce (Saturn)
Mars-Pluto:  Obsession (Pluto) with war (Mars) or machines of war

However, the Moon at apex of the Yod is  conjunct Aldebaran : The royal star Aldebaran provides two alternatives: (a) when negative, people or leaders can become a law unto themselves  with grave danger of a fall from power. (b) when positive, Aldebaran inspires world leaders to behave like royalty whose function it is to provide physical logistics and infrastructure  to support humanity through evolutionary growth and change. 

The Truth About the Useless F-35

Friday, 22 February 2013

Mizar and the Caribbean undersea volcanic vents

UK scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world. What are believed to be the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents have been discovered in the Caribbean. The vents, known as black smokers, were located 5,000m (3.1 miles) down in the Cayman Trough. The volcanic chimneys, which spew out water hot enough to melt lead, were caught on film by a British-led team. Marine biologist Dr Jon Copley said: "Seeing the world's deepest black-smoker vents looming out of the darkness was awe-inspiring." He added: "Super-heated water was gushing out of their two-storey-high mineral spires, more than three miles beneath the waves." The water being blasted from the newly-found vents (Feb 20, 2013)  was measured at 401 C, making this set among the hottest on the planet.[1]

Shown above is chart for the solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 for the Cayman Trough. Notice that the eclipse is significantly placed on the descendant with Mars  opposite Neptune on the  meridian axis. Neptune is in Pisces (ocean) and Mars (heat source) is conjunct Zosma (hot gases).

 Mizar (15vi) of the Great Bear, Zeta Ursa Major, is the overseeing and predominant star of this area of the zodiak. Mizar articulates raw fiery energy.  Theta Antilia, (10vi07) the air pump, produces the hot air fueling the fire and swirling the obscuring smoke. Lambda Hydra (9vi32) is associated with toxins. Denebola along with  Zosma and Chort, which form the hind of the lion,  is  of colon physiology and intestinal toxicity [2][3]. (i.e. intestinal gases released from the hind quarters of the lion).

What  perfect imagery for the hydrothermal volcanic  vents pumping out hot toxic gases!

Progressing the eclipse chart to Feb 20, 2013; brings the T-square of  Mars-Sun-Neptune to the angles  triggering the eclipse.

It is reported  that “Gold, silver, copper and zinc are all present in the mineral-rich emissions of the vent systems and recent advances in deep-sea oil exploration are giving miners the chance to exploit these areas for the first time”. Notice Pluto (9cp) forming a inconjunct aspect to Moon (9ge) on the MC (9ge) the position of transiting Jupiter (7ge) that has stationed direct on  Jan 30.  Pluto is the ruler of treasures buried underground and of course Jupiter is abundance so that this discovery is opening a new chapter in the exploitation of undersea wealth.

The chart for the last New Moon of Feb 10 at the location of the undersea vent has its MC [16Vi29] conjunct the star Mizar [15vi54]. Transit Mars [16pi] conjoined the IC on Feb 20.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Stars of the decline of the Spanish monarchy

Spain's 74-year-old king came under scathing criticism Sunday for going on an expensive elephant hunting trip in Botswana amid the nation's deep financial woes.
Making matters worse, an accident on the trip sent King Juan Carlos into surgery. The accident happened Friday (Apr 13,2012) while the king was on safari in Botswana's northern Okavango region and he was immediately flown home by private jet. Doctors said Sunday that he was recovering well after a hip replacement but would not be able to resume full duties for more than a month.

The horoscope which is generally used for modern Spain is based on the inauguration of King Juan Carlos on 22 November 1975: Spain astrology chart data: 22 November 1975, 12.45 pm CET, Madrid (40n24, 3w41). [1]

We will  discuss three important directions in the radix chart (a) Sun progressed (7cp14) is opposite  Vulcanus (7cn39) and  sesquisquare to South Node (21ta46) and Hades (24ta09) (b) the  solar eclipses  of 2012 (c) Pluto transit in 2013 square its own place and opposite the radix Moon.

To be forced into capitulation or humbling/ humiliating circumstances; to see poverty, depression, hopelessness and negativity build hidden pressure; to experience shame for submitting to pressure or coercion.[2]

The eclipse of Nov 13, 2012 was at 21sc57 on the Nodal axis of the radix chart which incidentally is currently transiting over its radix position.

The South Node lies in late sidereal Aries. The North Node lies in late sidereal Libra. South Node stars include Botein of Aries; Rana and Zaurak of Eridanus; and Delta Caelum.

Botein, although meaning the belly (of the Ram) actually marks the hind foot. Botein can indicate those either lost and stranded, or simply left behind (the lost or following sheep), and thus can create a sense of frustration. Rana of Eridanus, conjoining Botein, marks a stopping point along the river of life and articulates the theme of those lost or tired through their initiations stopping either in need of aid or for regeneration in preparation for what is yet to come. Nearby Zaurak of Eridanus, just prior to the Taurian cusp, in late sidereal Aries, is a point of pause along the initiatory river of life where we must hold and trust our own inner light because the path immediately ahead is not entirely visible.

The stars of Caelum, the sculptor’s chisel suggest that the sculpting of our lives is a creative process, chiseled away  a bit at a time--as a sculptor chisels away the rock or marble to reveal the beauty waiting to emerge. Epsilon of Eridanus, conjoining Delta Caelum, reveals a need to create an opening or doorway; to make simple that which may seem difficult. Their conjunction with nearby Ruchbah reveals the need to first relinquish any attitudes that we deserve something (generally a status in life) that is rightfully ours, in order for it to manifest--generally occurring with ease after such surrender.[3]

The North Node stars Unukalhai (Alpha Serpens), along with Beta Serpens,  on the MC  of Spain’s horoscope form the neck and head of the serpent. These stars are  impelling the Spanish people to demonstrate  true self-mastery by reaching beyond past patterns and entrapments to create the destiny they seek. 

The Sun of the national chart is placed in the 10th house at 29sc33. The solar eclipse of November 25, 2011 at 2sg37 fell on the radix Sun in the 1st house of the eclipse chart squaring the meridian axis. 

The effect of eclipse in the tenth house (of the national chart) : Unfortunate for the Monarch and Government; unpopularity, discontent, discredit, dissensions or death. The trade and credit of the country suffer and the forces of law and authority are weakened in some way. [Mundane Astrology; H.S.Green p.103]

The effect of eclipse in the first house (of the eclipse chart): Changes follow, probably of the nature of the sign in which the eclipse falls; national problems of this kind give rise to anxiety; the Monarch or Government will suffer; unfortunate for national health and success. [Mundane Astrology; H.S.Green p.102]

The sign Sagittarius is associated with foreign travel and problems with the hip [4]. The King was on a hunting expedition in Botswana when the accident occurred in which he broke his hip. 

Progressing the eclipse chart to April 13, 2012, the date of the accident, we find Jupiter (1ta54) on the Ascendant (4ta) quincunx the eclipse Sun (2sg37). The Ascendant is conjunct Alphirk Beta (β) Cepheus (5ta43) the right hip of King Cepheus [5]

Finally, the meaning of a Pluto transit to the radix Moon in the sixth house.

The things, people and places that  have been a safe haven are also shifting-- radical events can knock all  those sofas out from under one, leaving them feeling "alone" in the most  profound sense of the word.  Some of this is necessary; it's part of a  process of transformation, and of learning to honor the Divine and the  Oneness of the universe.  Thus there will be some learning about Will,  Fate, Providence, and the Divine Plan.  Not that the "plan" is what one  thinks it is at a given time.[5]

Moon in the sixth house: If afflicted by malefics, there will be strikes, discontent, unemployment, hardship amongst workers. [H.S. Green p.26]
[2] The Orders of Light, Martha Lang-Wescott; p.108
[4] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K Rosenberg; V1, p.138
[5] Delineate V2, Martha Lang-Wescott

Monday, 18 February 2013

Mindy McCready’s suicide and the Moon Wobble

(HEBER SPRINGS, Ark.) —  Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready.The former country star apparently took her own life on Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities say McCready died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot to the head and an autopsy is planned. She was 37, and left behind two young sons.

In a previous post Moon Wobble: Accidents or Spiritual Release we have discussed the psychological effects of this phenomena.

During Moon Wobble the instability factor is high, resulting in more accidents, fires, plane crashes, freak accidents, floods, feats of nature, bizarre weather patterns, earthquakes, tornadoes, violence, Terrorism, riots, and political and personal upheavals. These Cycles bring suppressed energies in people and Mother Nature to the surface, erupting and disrupting…Each Moon Wobble lasts about 37 days (using a 5 degree Aspect Orb as Standard Deviation). Carefully consider decisions during this period. Like any transit, MoonWobble represents a cyclic process. There are stages of buildup, release and integration.

A look at the New Moon chart at Heber Springs shows the Nodal Axis coinciding with the Ascendant-Descendant (horizon) axis with the New Moon square both triggering the effects of the Moon Wobble. Also notice Mars-Neptune in Pisces conjunct on the IC of the chart.

Mars and Neptune, or Aries and Pisces are often times found in charts of violent suicide. The act (for instance, a gun to the head) is easy to see in hindsight with Mars being the violence and Neptune being something done in secret. However, motives can cloud the picture. What killed them really, the gun or profound sadness and loss?[2]

The incident occurred on Sunday, Feb 17 at the First Quarter Moon [29ta21] conjunct the star Alcyone [0ge11] of Pleides also called the Weeping Sisters

The Pleiades causes bereavement, mourning, sorrows and tragedies. [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.39.]

Stars on the angles of any mundane chart always provide further details of the event indicated by the chart. Here we find Uranus[6ar22]  on the MC [3ar54] conjunct Deneb Kaitos [2ar45]
Beta (β) Cetus, Deneb Kaitos, is a star in the tail of the Whale, or Sea Monster.

According to Ptolemy it (Deneb Kaitos) is of the nature of Saturn; and, to Alvidas, of Mars, Saturn and Mercury. It causes self-destruction by brute force.. [Robson*, p.162.]

Inhibitions and restraints in every way, psychologically and physically. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.12.]

Almost as though the chart was pointing to the death  of a singer we have on the descendant of the chart [18cp52]  the star Sheliak [19cp04] of Lyra [3]:

"Manilius giving the astrological influences for the constellation Lyra :

"... and one may see among the stars the Lyre, its arms spread apart in heaven, with which in time gone by Orpheus charmed all that his music reached, making his way even to the ghosts of the dead and causing the decrees of hell to yield to his song. [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 1, p.30]

" The child of the Lyre will sing beguiling songs at the banquet, his voice adding mellowness to the wine and holding the night in thrall. Indeed, even when harassed by cares, he will rehearse some secret strain, tuning his voice to a stealthy hum and, left to himself, he will ever burst into song which can charm no ears but his own. Such are the ordinances of the Lyre, which at the rising of Libra's twenty-sixth degree will direct its prongs to the stars". [Manilius, book 5, Astronomica, 1st century AD, p.327].

Saturday, 16 February 2013

An ode to fallen ‘hero’ Christopher Dorner

Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner shocked the world when he took up arms against ex-colleagues and their families. This week, after a nine-day manhunt, the college graduate was cornered and died in a remote cabin. What made him go bad remains hard to understand. It ended as he surely knew it would - alone, besieged, a blaze consuming the walls around him.
The United States has grown wearily accustomed to spree killings of late, but Dorner, 33, was no Jared Loughner, James Holmes or Adam Lanza - the mentally disturbed outsiders accused of the mass shootings at Tucson, Aurora and Newtown.By contrast, he had once been an upstanding citizen, an athlete, a law enforcement officer and a decorated military veteran. He was remembered by many of those who knew him as intelligent and sensitive. In a photo released by the police, he stands upright in uniform, smiling warmly against a backdrop of the American flag. Somewhere along the line, Christopher Dorner's life went dramatically awry.

The ex-cop was a product of a society gone mad on racism and war -- and a state that aggressively punishes dissent… In Dorner’s case, the allegory of life to a furnace takes literal weight — he has died, consumed by fire. The police will celebrate, the chorus will quiet, the lives of his victims mourned. It is unlikely that the fire that burned away Dorner will burn away any illusion: this is unfortunate, and disturbing. His allegations will be dismissed as the rantings of a lunatic, things will return to normal. Until the fire, next time.

Shown above is Nov 28, 2012 lunar eclipse chart for  Angelus Oaks, California where Dorner  made his last stand. Notice the eclipse is placed exactly on the horizon making it very important for the place  according to the rules of mundane astrology. 

The Full Moon and the Ascendant-Descendant axis fall on the stars Antares and Aldebaran.

The Aldebaran / Antares axis is indicative of political systems, their people, and their opposing politics. Aldebaran holds and radiates vision for ideal physical logistics for authorities to put in place so as to aid the peoples of the Earth through evolutionary process and transition. Antares ensures that the current and accepted approaches and visions do not become static or antiquated. Antares ensures growth, evolution and change. If the Scorpion meets those bullheaded and stuck in their antiquated modality of life, the Scorpion's sting is not far off--hence its classical association with rebellious and destructive forces. Antares keeps the vision of Aldebaran up-to-date by challenging authoritarian powers. When there are rebellious or terrorizing forces assaulting the established order, this reflects the need to realize that the established order is no longer supporting in ways truly nourishing to the needs of the people, and requires some type of reform--reform that if denied, may result in some level of, otherwise unneeded, destruction. 

In addition, the eclipse forms a Yod. This was discussed in a previous post that is relevant for this case too.

‘Stormy’ Hyades & the SBI Kolkata incident.

The eclipse moon was conjunct the stars of the stormy constellation Hyades.

Intensely emotional loners, their unstable, stormy passions make life a melodrama, interfering with relationships. Brooding and resentful, in some cases they may be persecuted (or persecuting) sometimes leading to ferocity and violence.
Many lawmakers and law enforcers are born with planets here, but there is potential for coldness and cruelty… Some see themselves as embattled fighters for justice..strong martial and dictatorial tendency.
The dark side of Perseus and the charging Bull is a cruel disregard for those seen as“different”…murderers with planets here include serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer, JohnWayne Gacy….Diana Rosenberg; “Secrets of the Ancient Skies”

All eclipses carry a deep message. What then is the message of this eclipse? Sincethe stars of Perseus and the raging Bull are involved the message very briefly is thatwhile we may want to rescue or help others we cannot force our will on them.

Mars conjoins Pluto in the Yod. The energy and free will of the physical self joins with the free will of the higher and/or collective self. Pluto represents the transformed ego. Mars, the need to prove identity validity. If the lower levels of this conjunction are being expressed, i.e., the individual is seeking to force the will upon others for the sheer sake of power OVER others the result may be from disappointment all the way to self destruction. When the higher aspects of this conjunction is being expressed, there will be a positive determination to follow the free will of the physical self, in recognition of the need for transformation of perspective with reference to the sign in which it occurs, especially with reference to social issues that require this transforming touch. Negative ego drives will be in evidence when the power of Pluto is used for personal gain as in sex, money, or using the emotional needs of others to manipulate them. When positive, this energy has the driving force of the unencumbered higher self that moves mountains from inspired passion based on a sense of duty, purpose, and necessity. Courage is differentiated from simple ego aggression by the fact that an integral concept is the motivating factor, not personal self-serving control. The good of the whole is the end result of this transforming energy. And when the higher self IS the driving force behind such a conjunction, the resources available are unlimited to move the mountain, simply from the recognition of the mountain being a part of the idea being expressed, there to serve, and not there to block or limit. Edward Wollmann;

On Jan 30, 2013 Jupiter stationed direct at 6ge20 conjunct the eclipse Moon 6ge46 so that the events unfolded immediately after. The Sabian symbol of the eclipse Jupiter 11ge54 is very meaningful  in the current context.

The racial struggle for equality  must go on, even if this equality is officially guaranteed by the Law. The struggle is within and takes many forms. The Puritans brought to the theoretically "New World" the fears, the fanaticism and the aggressiveness of their European existence, and these often grew more virulent under the conditions found in the New World. What is needed is a total LIQUIDATION of the past; virgin minds for virgin fields.

The Sabian Symbols; An Astrological Mandala

Friday, 15 February 2013

Russian meteor and the fireworks of Mizar

A meteor crashing in central Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Most of those hurt suffered minor cuts and bruises but some received head injuries, Russian officials report.A fireball was seen streaking through the clear morning sky above the city of Yekaterinburg, followed by loud bangs.The meteor is believed to have landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region.
"It was quite extraordinary," Chelyabinsk resident Polina Zolotarevskaya told BBC News. "We saw a very bright light and then there was a kind of a track, white and yellow in the sky."

"The explosion was so strong that some windows in our building and in the buildings that are across the road and in the city in general, the windows broke."

Officials say a large meteor partially burned up in the lower atmosphere, resulting in fragments falling earthwards.

The chart for the lunar eclipse of Nov 28, 2012 at Chebarkul forms aspects to the Ascendant and the MC – an indication that it is significant for the place. On the IC of the chart is the star Mizar.

Mizar of the Great Bear, Zeta Ursa Major, is the overseeing and predominant star of this area of the zodiak. Mizar, and its companion Alcor, articulates raw fiery energy that must express one way or another. Mizar must have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply it with creative vision. Mizar brings attention to use of our creative energies; creative and destructive tendencies, and the fear to create lest it may result in destruction. Here we learn the nature of such volatile forces. Mizar, with averted alignments is also known for catastrophic fires or massacres. Mizar can however express quite artistically--just as gunpowder can express as beautiful fireworks or devastating explosions. Mizar tends to express in a grand way, in character with showy and dramatic Leo. Mizar imparts a dynamic, action oriented creative artistic expression[2].

But why today? There are at least two indicators for that  on Feb 15 (a) Jupiter is at 6ge46 conjunct to within a minute of arc to the eclipse moon at 6ge47 (b) the progressed Ascendant [14vi53] is conjunct the star Mizar of Ursa Major [15vi52] [1]

[1]Constellation of  Words:

[2] The Lunar Planner; Nick Fiorenza

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Murder in South Africa at Crescent Moon

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home in Pretoria. Police said Mr Pistorius was at a local police station, adding that a friend of his was killed at his home. They confirmed a 26-year-old man would appear in court later. Mr Pistorius, 26, was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics. The incident is said to have taken place between 04:00 and 05:00 local time (02:00-03:00 GMT). A police statement said that a 30-year-old woman was "fatally wounded" in the early hours of Thursday morning at a home a high-security compound in the Boschkop area of the capital.

We  will first look at the  chart for the current  Crescent Moon phase.  The Moon (10ar19)  is  conjunct Uranus (6ar13) and square Pluto (10cp46). It also forms a sharp quincunx to Saturn (11sc30) on the Ascendant bringing the issue of the Saturn-Venus square to sharp focus.

Uranus-Pluto: to recognize that a threat of separation or demand for independence  [Uranus] can bring vindictive reactions [Pluto].[1]

The Moon [10ar19] is conjunct the star 51 Piscium, [10ar21] in the cord connecting the Fishes. With Uranus here what more would Uranus want but to break the cord!

The second chart presented here is drawn for the event at 3:00 GMT. This chart puts the Saturn on the MC and Venus on the Ascendant, in other words, in very prominent positions. As can be seen, both the charts  have Venus-Saturn square prominently placed on the angles. Astrobarry gives an excellent account of the dynamics of this square.

Venus's transition into Aquarius can help us detach from too deliberately purpose-focused an approach to our interpersonal dealings. If anything, Venus in Aquarius sometimes veers too far to another extreme, so committed to favoring freedom of self-expression and strong individualism in relationships that it threatens to leave a dearth of intimate connection in its wake. During Venus's three weeks in airy Aquarius, we can recapture a greater degree of emotional space from anyone who's been a bit too up-close-and-personal for our comfort, allowing us a better ability to think about the dynamics of the relationship with a little distance. If only, then, Saturn in Scorpio wasn't again interfering with that ultra-reasonable (if not somewhat aloof) aerial perspective Aquarius prefers. But alas, Venus is already moving toward a square with Saturn (exact on Feb 10) during her earlier steps through Aquarius, an aspect that intrinsically constrains our relational behaviors. Basically, Saturn wants us to make sure we're not seeking space from someone because we're trying to avoid dealing with uncomfortable realities that in fact must be dealt with, if we want to save the relationship from encroaching flatness or a phony 'everything's cool' performance. These first couple weeks of February force us to balance the craving for space with the necessity of not running away when things get tough.[2]

Since Saturn in Scorpio can be very possessive of loved ones, a struggle between freedom and control is what this square with Venus in Aquarius  is all about. Unfortunately for Miss Steenkamp, the struggle ended in her murder.

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Lang-Wescott, p.81


(a) Oscar Pistorius ( born 22 November 1986) has radix Sun at 29sc conjunct the star Toliman of Centaurus [29sc].
It is said to give hard-heartedness, inclination to vengeance, love of arms, strong passion, and an energetic nature. [Robson*, p.37.]
Relationships to female persons often seem spoiled, or an existing relationship is stricken by exceptional circumstances. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.68.]

Reeva Steenkamp (born 19 August 1983) has radix Sun at 26 leo  conjunct the star Alphard of Hydra [27leo].
A 'poisoning' is also possible in a relationship between man and woman in marriage. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.50]

(b) The New Moon (21aq43) of 10 Feb at Pretoria forms a  semisquare with  Uranus (6ar01) on Ascendant square Pluto (10cp39) on MC. The Crescent Moon was triggering the angular Uranus-Pluto square on Feb 13, the date of the incident.

(c). The Lunar Eclipse of Nov 28, 2012 at  6ge   was discussed in connection with artificial limbs. Eclipse aids breakthrough in prosthesis .Diana Rosenberg referring to epsilon Persei (5ge51) writes that leg ailments or injuries are common here  since Perseus' legs are here. Here too, the eclipse is significant with the Venus Saturn end of the Yod  on the descendant at Pretoria  and when  the eclipse chart is progressed to Feb 14, 2013,  Venus-Saturn conjoin  the IC of the chart triggering the eclipse effect. Incidentally, Pistorius has a natal Venus-Pluto  conjunction on the same degrees. The eclipse in Hyades is associated with a stormy passionate nature and Venus-Pluto are often seen in crimes of passion.