Thursday, 27 February 2014

Ophiuchus struggles with Serpent at Full Moon

Diving partners David Malvestuto Warren Murray were about 80-feet below the surface of Bluefish Cove in Carmel, California, when this eight-legged freak (octopus) emerged ready to tussle. It grabbed hold of the gear, but once Murray started snapping pics the flash freaked out the aggressive cephalopod and it swam away. Feb. 14 [1]

As in the previous post where a Chinese man narrowly escapes from a tiger we have another case of an animal attack at the Full Moon. Here is the chart for the Full Moon at Carmel which was square Saturn. Although the Full Moon is not directly aspecting the angles, Saturn is sharply quincunx the MC. We must remember that it is always the angles of a chart that so to speak “siphon” the energy in a planetary aspect and create events at any place.

The MC [22ar58] is conjunct dim stars of Cetus, the sea monster. While Saturn [23sc06] is conjunct the stars Unukalhai, alpha Serpentis [22sc14]. Men, alpha Lupi, the Wild Beast [23sc40] and Agena, beta Centauri, [23sc58] so that Diana Rosenberg lists this area as a place of animal attacks and gives the following examples.

Pluto was here when a great white shark attacked a diver and severed his right arm near Antartica in 1992; the North Node when a black bear attacked and attempted to eat a man in British Columbia, 1994, the South Node when a canoeing camper was attacked and nearly eaten by a crocodile in Kakadu National Park, Australia. This was the radix Sun of venomous snake expert J B Slowinski, killed at 38 by the bite of a krait.

All events have a symbolic meaning and here we attempt to understand that meaning. The Centaur, as a man-beast symbolizes a conflict between man’s animal nature and higher human virtue and judgement, the unconscious instinct struggling with the spirit. This is also depicted as the healer Ophiuchus struggling with the Serpent whose alpha star Unukalhai [22sc14] is  here. The great Serpent of physician/Shaman Ophiuchus offers a powerful ability for self-renewal (because serpents shed their skins and grow new ones) should we choose to reach for it [4]. There is often the challenge of self-healing and/or bearing up under chronic ailments. So it is not all surprising that we have:

 (a) news [2] of the opening of a Ayurvedic healing center in Dehradun India under the same stars with Saturn in the 10th house close to MC and the Moon in a sharp quincunx to the Ascendant.

(b) report  [3] from London in the scientific journal Nature of a breakthrough in regenerative biology. Here the Full Moon is on the meridian axis with Saturn square it.

(c) A mishap on Feb. 26 an  Indian Navy submarine killed two officers. Initial indications are that toxic smoke (Serpens …poison) from malfunctioning  batteries which should have been replaced during last refit (Serpens …and need to renew …shed its skin) could be the reason for smoke engulfing the submarine. At the time of the accident (around 6 am) Saturn [23sc] conjunct Unukalhai, alpha Serpens was on the MC. 

(d) Even in the Bible Belt, coroners don't use the word "miracle" lightly. But Holmes County, Mississippi, Coroner Dexter Howard has no qualms using the word for the resurrection, as it were, of Walter Williams, who was declared dead Wednesday night (Feb.26).

The Full Moon chart for Lexington,Mississippi has the luminaries on the horizon axis and Saturn [23sc] on the IC. Saturn is conjunct  stars of the wild beast Lupus (also called the “beast of death”) and the regenerative Serpent linked here to  the miracle of resurrection!

In summary, the stars here are talking about a crisis. Either we regenerate ourselves or simply die if we cannot handle the animal that is released here.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Man tries to feed self to tigers at Subra Full Moon

Entering the tiger enclosure at the Chengdu Zoo in China’s southwest Sichuan province, a man made vigorous, but unsuccessful, attempts to entice the animals to eat him. The incident took place on  February 16, 2014. “I asked them to bite me and let them eat my meat, and so I did not fight back,” 27-year old Yang Jinhai told the Chengdu Business Daily. Yang, who according to his brother suffers from mental health issues, climbed a tree to breach the enclosure [1].

Shown here is the chart for the Full Moon of Feb. 15  at Chengdu. Notice that it prominently placed on the horizon axis along with “Mercury-Neptune  square Saturn”. This is a combination that is associated with mental depression and by association with a depressed person [2]. Also on the Ascendant is the star Beta (β) Aquarius, Sadalsuud [3] which roughly translated means “the lucky one”. While on the Descendant conjunct the Moon is  Subra, omicron Leonis in the Lion’s forepaw [4]. Isn’t strange that the elements when put together tell us the whole story!

[2] The Combination of Stellar Influences; Reinhold Ebertin (p.122-3)


It is interesting to remember that the word "Lunatic" is derived from “lunar” – the Moon and is an informal term referring to people who are considered mentally ill, dangerous, foolish or unpredictable. Ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Pliny the Elder held that the Full Moon increased insanity in susceptible individuals with bipolar disorder and this case appears to suggest that they were right! 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Analysis of the Ukraine national chart

In mundane astrology, a national chart is deemed to be more important than ingress or eclipse charts. In this post we will attempt to see if the Ukraine’s national chart [1] reflects the current crisis discussed in previous posts [2][3]. As with any radix chart solar arc progressions especially those involving the luminaries and the angles are the most important. In this category we have the following:


Ukraine - Natal Chart
 24 Aug 1991, 17:31, EET -2:00
 Kiev Ukraine, 50°N26', 030°E31'
 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac
 Placidus Houses,  True Node

Selection: Solar Arc Dirns (Current)

Sun (7)    Qnx         Mon (1)   (X)           Sa-Na      29 Jan 2014                            22°Vi40' D               22°Aq40' D
Sat (1)     Cnj          Mon (1)   (X)           Sa-Na      8 Jul 2013                               22°Aq40' D              22°Aq40' D
Ura (1)    Qnx         Sun (7)    (X)           Sa-Na      28 Mar 2013                            00°Aq59' D              00°Vi59' D
Asc (1)    Sqr          Plu (9)     (X)           Sa-Na      20 Jan 2014                            17°Aq46' D              17°Sc46' D

*** END REPORT ***

In the radix  chart Moon is square Pluto so that three major solar arcs aspects ,the Sun quincunx Moon, Saturn conjunct Moon and Asc square Pluto are triggering the radix Moon-Pluto. In mundane astrology the Moon represents the masses in general and a Pluto square indicates masses that are bitter because they feel unnurtured. When progressions trigger Moon-Pluto, bitter feelings begin to surface from the substrata of the collective psyche. The immediate cause of those bitter feelings can be traced to Saturn conjunct Moon. In the words of H.S. Green; this is “unfortunate for revenue, the Exchequer and trade, affairs are depressed and disordered and the machinery of the state does not work smoothly; the masses suffer from unemployment; Parliament is troubled and the Government may be embarrassed”.

Like any radix chart we draw the current precessed solar return for the Ukraine national chart and notice that it has the powerful Uranus-Pluto (end of an old order) square on  the angles.  Progressing this chart to Feb. 18 when the current series of events started, we see the Grand Cross involving Pluto-Uranus aligned with the meridian axis hinting at the ouster of the President.

Stars bring major changes in US defence strategy

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) will propose on Monday a reduction in the size of the U.S. Army to its smallest size since before World War Two and scrapping a class of Air Force attack jets, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The plans, which the paper said were outlined by several Pentagon officials on condition of anonymity, would be aimed at reducing defense spending in the face of government austerity after a pledge by President Barack Obama to end U.S. involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The current precessed solar return for the Sibly has on the Ascendant [28vi52] the star Benatnash of Ursa Major linked to war and Zavijava of the Virgin linked to peace. In ancient China these stars represented Kuan-Ti, a military hero who was both the God of War and of Averting War.  The progressed solar return chart for Feb. 24 is shown here. Notice the alignments to the meridian axis. If Pluto-Uranus is about transformation or an end to an old way of doing things and the TNP Zeus is about  the military  then putting the two together we know exactly what this combination is saying. On the IC of the progressed chart is Vindemiatrix, epsilon Virginis also conjunct Chuck Hagel’s radix Sun [11li]. Since the constellation of the Virgin is associated with peace, Diana Rosenberg writing about stars in this area says, “for those in positions of power, their task is to turn war and hatred into peace and co-operation…transits to these stars often bring about major changes in laws, mores, governments and ways of thinking”.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Oil Spill in New Orleans at Neptune LQ Moon

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday  (23 Feb) as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. Officials don’t know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen was reported on the river following the collision, which happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, 47 miles west of New Orleans by land, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough.

The chart for the Last Quarter Moon at Vacherie is shown above. Notice that it is prominently placed on the descendant with the horizon axis forming a T-square with  Sun-Neptune. In the previous post we gave an example of air pollution that led to a death in a NY eatery. Here the same quarter Moon linked to Neptune is very appropriately linked to an oil spill.

New York eatery gas poisoning at LQ Moon

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday (Feb.22) after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a restaurant at a New York mall, police said. Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island. The restaurant is located in a detached building that is part of the mall, which remained open.

This serves as yet another example of how a Moon phase can be very significant for a place when prominently placed on or aspecting the angles. Notice that the chart of Last Quarter Moon  is the 6th house square Sun-Neptune  on the MC. As indicated in  reference [1] the mundane 6th house rules the following:

6th House - public health, sanitation. Through its connection with health, the 6th House rules places serving food and drink, public health and health workers. 

So is it at all surprising that a “public health” scare took place in a “restaurant”. Moreover the Moon [4sa] was conjunct sigma Serpentis [3sa35] which Diana Rosenberg links to “gas poisoning, asphyxiation, air contamination, pollution and suffocation”.

These stars produce the highest score of fog and smog; they were transited at the Nov 1873 lunar eclipse: during the winter of 1873-4 grimy, poisonous London fogs persisted from Nov to Feb raising the death rate 75%; in Dec 1905 when a thick dense fog crept over London; in 1907 when an unusually thick fog hung over South England interfering with a state visit of the Kaiser; at the Nov 1962 New Moon conjunct Mercury, six days before a noxious “pea soup” fog combined with sulphur dioxide blanketed London for four days killing 136, felling a 1000 more, bringing the city to a standstill; in 1984 when a carbon-dioxide burst  from crater Lake Monoun, Cameroon killed 37 villagers, and in 1986 when another deadly carbon-dioxide gas burst , this time from Lake Nyos, Cameroon killed 1,746 people and more than 8,300 animals and many others. [2]

Further confirmation is provided by Neptune on the MC. Neptune’s association with air or water pollution is well known to astrologers. The next post will give an example of water pollution linked to the same Last Quarter Moon.

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.288-92)

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Dogs’ brain scans reveal similarity to humans

Devoted dog owners often claim that their pets understand them. A new study suggests they could be right. By placing dogs in an MRI scanner, researchers from Hungary found that the canine brain reacts to voices in the same way that the human brain does. Emotionally charged sounds, such as crying or laughter, also prompted similar responses, perhaps explaining why dogs are attuned to human emotions. The work is published in the journal Current Biology. BBC 20 Feb.

Following guidelines presented by Cyril Fagan in  “Primer of Sidereal Astrology”, Garth Allen arrived at the conclusion that the Capricorn Sidereal Ingress was of primary importance followed in rank by that of Cancer . Presented here is chart for the current Capricorn Sidereal Ingress at London progressed to Feb 20, 2014, the date on which the above mentioned study was published in the journal Current Biology. Notice that the progressed Ascendant triggers the T-square of Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter-Moon on that date. Pluto-Uranus is about scientific breakthroughs  while the Jupiter [14cn12] and Moon [15cn07]  conjunct the star Sirius [14cn17], alpha Canis Major, the Dog Star tell us that this breakthrough could be about dogs!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Cassiopeia’s handbag exhibited at last Quarter Moon


A 14th Century woman's accessory from Northern Iraq, the centrepiece of a new exhibition at London's Courtauld Gallery, may be the earliest surviving handbag in the world, writes Tanvi Misra. Made of brass and inlaid with gold and silver, the bag is the only one of its kind - which made it difficult for experts to work out what it was. Previously thought to be a work basket, document wallet, or even a saddlebag, it is now understood to be a woman's handbag made in Mosul in the 1300s. BBC 21 Feb. [1]

Eclipses can be brought to life by phases of the Moon which coincide with the eclipse. As an example we see here that the last quarter moon phase of  Feb. 22 at London has its MC [23ta] on Segin,epsilon Cassiopeiae [24ta56] conjunct the solar eclipse [19ta31] of May 10, 2013 and a retrograde Mercury [20aq11] square it. For stars in the area of 20aq and 20ta, Diana Rosenberg lists “discovery of ancient artifacts”.  But more interesting is the fact the eclipse was conjunct the star Ruchbah, delta Cassiopeiae [18ta] in the constellation of Queen Cassiopeia.

As in the picture above Queen Cassiopeia is often portrayed as a narcissistic lady concerned with her beauty and the beautiful things of life that adorn her so that a beautiful gold and silver inlaid handbag is an appropriate find under these stars!

"From Cassiope come the enhancement of beauty and devices for adorning the body: from gold has been sought the means to give grace to the appearance; precious stones have been spread over head, neck, and hands and golden chains have shone on snow-white feet. What products would a grand lady like Cassiope prefer her sons to handle rather than those she could turn to her own employments? " [Manilius, Astronomica, book 5, 1st century AD, p.343.]

Progressing the eclipse by the PSSR method brings the IC to the conjunction of the eclipse confirming that  the eclipse is active on the date of the news.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Apollo of Gaza: Ancient Bronze Statue

A statue thought to be an ancient bronze of Apollo, Greek God of poetry and love, has dropped off the radar after being found in the sea off Gaza last summer [16 Aug 2013] and surfacing briefly on eBay. It is 2,500 years old and priceless. [1][2]

Modern astrology having lost its moorings with the Fixed Stars has also lost its ability to decipher the reason for such events as mentioned above reported in the BBC on 21 Feb, 2013 just two days before a Sun-Neptune conjunction at 5 Pisces. The statue was found  on 16 August under a First Quarter Moon phase which had Neptune [4pi] square the horizon axis at Gaza. On the IC [9pi]  of the chart is Gamma (γ) Aquarius, Sadalachbia[7pi] and Neptune [4pi] conjunct Alpha (α) Piscis Austrinus,  Fomalhaut [4pi]. The astrological influences of these stars given by authorities  says it all.

Sadalachbia [3]
"The Lucky Star of Hidden Things". In horary it indicates the ability to discover that which is hidden or lost. [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.111.]

Fomalhaut [4]
"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; he will cast his greedy eyes into the midst of the waters, craving to gather pellucid stones (pearls) and, immersed himself, will bring them forth together with the homes of protective shell wherein they lurk. No peril is left for man to brave, profit is sought by means of shipwreck, and the diver who has plunged into the depths becomes, like the booty, the object of recovery. And not always small is the gain to be derived from this dangerous labor (implying that a diver's life was usually an unenviable one) pearls are worth fortunes, and because of these splendid stones there is scarcely a rich man left. Dwellers on land are burdened with the treasures of the sea. 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.]

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ukraine crisis

The Euromaidan  is a wave of ongoing demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests demanding closer European integration. The scope of the protests has since evolved, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government. On Tuesday, 18 Feb  at least 18 people were killed, including seven policemen, in the worst violence seen in weeks after Police stormed the main protest camp in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, which has been occupied since November.

Readers may like to revisit a previous post  [1] on the start of the Ukraine crisis on 21 Nov 2013. Here we look at the chart for the lunar eclipse of 25 May 2013 at Kiev where the eclipse axis powerfully squares the meridian and how that has contributed to the uprising and yesterday’s event. Notice that the eclipse Moon is placed in the 6th house. About this position H.S. Green in his book “Mundane or National Astrology” writes:

Business and employment are unfortunate in some way; there may be unemployment, differences between master and man, threatened strikes and discontent.

It is well known that the current crisis in Ukraine started as a trade war with Russia that led to increase in unemployment as industrial production dropped. Therefore, Green’s assessment of eclipse in the 6th applies perfectly.


The Sun [5ge] is conjunct Gamma (γ) Taurus, Prima Hyadum, [5ge48] the chief star of the Hyades.

"The Hyades are a stormy star group and was regarded as a separate constellation. Those born at this time take no pleasure in tranquillity and set no store by a life of inaction; rather they yearn for crowds and mobs and civil disorders. Sedition and uproar delight them; they long for the Gracchi to harangue from the platform, for a secession to the Sacred Mount, leaving but a handful of citizens at Rome; they welcome fights which break the peace and provide sustenance for fears. They herd their foul droves over untilled countryside, for this constellation also begot Ulysses' trusty swineherd (Eumaeus, or Eumaios, was Odysseus' swineherd ). Such are the qualities engendered by the Hyades at the rising of their stars". [Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 5, p.308-311].

Progressing the eclipse chart to 18 Feb brings the Sun [5ge] to the IC triggering the event. The Sabian symbol for the Sun reflects the uprising.

Sabian Phase 65 : A Revolutionary Magazine calling for action

What is rigidly bound in form tends to explode into formlessness. It may do so violently through revolution if socially oppressed.

[1] Astrology of the Ukraine unrest


Ukraine's President and opposition leaders agreed Friday to a deal meant to end the country's political crisis and bloody fighting that has left parts of Kiev's city center a war zone. President Viktor Yanukovych, opposition leaders and representatives of the European Union signed the deal Friday afternoon after a night of difficult negotiations that stretched well into the day.

On Friday, [21 Feb.] Saturn was occulted by the Moon. The chart for this event has a Sun-Neptune conjunction with the IC [3pi] conjunct the star Fomalhaut. Diana Rosenberg links this area with “actions to promote peace”.  

“This  is a place of idealism, activism, pacifism and the determination to right society’s wrongs: beside Czar Alexander II of Russia who freed the serfs, were suffragist feminists Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt French socialist statesman and peacemaker Aristide Briand of the Kellog-Briand pact, “Treaty for the Renunciation of War”. The stars were transited  in 1919 when the League of Nations was founded and when the Versailles peace treaty took effect in 1920.”

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Astrology of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Plant

Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.  The world’s largest Solar Thermal Power Project at Ivanpah achieved commercial operation  on December 31, 2013.

Shown here is the chart of the 24 May 2013 lunar eclipse at Ivanpah. What strikes us immediately is the position of TNP Zeus (power or power plants) on the MC part of a T-square with Uranus-Pluto (technological breakthroughs).

Zeus: Fire or energy controlled and directed; ability to harness energies for accomplishment
Uranus: technological innovation; electricity

On the Ascendant is the Galactic Center about which Philip Sedgwick writes:

In mundane realms the Galactic Center maintains its place. Most typically the Galactic Core carries strong influence in technological breakthroughs.

Progressing the eclipse chart to 31 December, the date of achieving commercial operation, brings the angles once again in alignment to Zeus-Uranus-Pluto bringing out its meaning in the event.

Swiss immigration laws show rise of new racism

Proposals for draconian new laws targeting Switzerland's immigrants have caused concern over the rise of a new racism in the heart of one of the world's oldest independent democracies. The Swiss People's Party (the Schweizerische Volkspartei or SVP), which has the largest number of seats in the Swiss parliament and is a member of the country's coalition government, is planning the new measures "For More Security". Feb 18, Mail Online

Shown here is the chart for the Full Moon at Geneva. Notice that it is sharply placed on the meridian axis square the TNP Admetus linked to  self-containment and shunning; literal and behavioral cold [1].

The Sun [26aq] is  on the IC [27aq] conjunct the star Gienah of Cygnus [27aq]  in  tropical Aquarius  which  invites us to surrender our  isolationist way of being and  participate beyond our segregated ways based on race, creed, or culture [2].

The Moon [26le] is on the MC conjunct Alphard, alpha Hydra [27le]. Alphard  is the Solitary One. It can indicate a lone path, even having self-exiled oneself from others [3].

The stars of the Full Moon identify the polar  issues involved.  Squaring the Full Moon is Saturn [23sc]. It is conjunct  the stars of the Serpent, Centaur and wild beast Lupus reminding us that beneath the veneer of the civilization lies the feral savage – the primal drive for self-protection  in this case by excluding foreigners.

No judgement can be made about whether the Swiss immigration laws are right or wrong. Simply put Saturn transits are always about giving shape to what is possible. Here its movement over the Scales of Libra  brings equilibrium by correcting any perceived excess.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Snake-handling pastor dies of snakebite

Ophiuchus – the snake handler

A Kentucky snake-handling preacher who appeared in a television show about the religious practice has died of a snakebite after refusing medical treatment, authorities said on Sunday. Jamie Coots was found dead about 10pm local time on Saturday (3am Sunday GMT) at his house in Middlesboro, Kentucky, according to Middlesboro police chief Jeff Sharpe.

The chart for the Full Moon [26le13] at Middlesboro is shown above. Notice that it squares the MC [1ge] and Saturn [23sc].  The star Unukalhai [22sc] conjoins Saturn. This is the alpha star of the Serpent held by Ophiuchus.

"One called Ophiuchus holds apart the serpent which with its mighty spirals [gyris] and twisted body encircles his own, that so he may untie its knots and back that winds in loops. But, bending its supple neck, the serpent looks back and returns; and the other's hands slide over the loosened coils. The struggle will last for ever, since they wage it on level terms with equal powers." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD,  book 1, p.31]

The Full Moon [26le] is  conjunct Alphard, alpha Hydra [27le]

Particularly matters connected with 'poison' are accentuated badly, e.g. blood poisoning, murder by poison, attempts of poisoning, poisoned hatred in women, gas poisoning, danger to life by wrong use of drugs and over indulgence of good living, smoke inhalation and danger of suffocation, snake bite, bites by poisonous insect bites, or bites from dogs with rabies. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.50, under the name Alphard.]

On the Ascendant [4vi54] are stars of the Lion, the Bear and  Hydra, the Water Snake so that Diana Rosenberg writes:

Affirming tradition about the Lion being a “beastly” sign along with the ferocious Bear and Hydra’s snaky head encounters with wild beasts abound: here is the venomous snake expert J B Slowinski killed at 38 by the bite of a krait.


Notice the common underlying principle governing this incident and the one in the previous post on radioactive contamination of air in a nuclear power plant. In both cases inability to handle the “serpent” leads to problems. 

Radioactive contamination at Algol Full Moon

An alarm late Friday night (14 Feb) indicating higher than usual levels of airborne radiation led to a first-of-its-kind response at a nuclear disposal facility outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico, an Energy Department spokesman told CNN. An air monitor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant detected the spike in an isolated area half a mile below the ground. The incident prompted an immediate shutoff of filtered air from the facility into the environment around it.

The Full Moon [26le13] was in the First House just about to rise at Carlsbad, New Mexico and therefore is considered significant for the place.  The planet Saturn [23sc06] and the dreaded star Algol [26ta22] were both square the Full Moon axis.

Algol’s association with nuclear related events is well documented as this reference from Skyscript [1] explains:

The first atom bomb had Mars on Algol. A mushroom cloud rose over the sands of New Mexico, produced by a grapefruit-sized lump of plutonium. On July 16th 1945, with Mars within 20 arcminutes of Algol,[24] the desert sands of Alamogordo turned to glass. 'Pluto's element' went critical. The power of the atom was unleashed in this event, codenamed 'Trinity' by Robert Oppenheimer. Albert Einstein (Algol conjunct Pluto) had no inkling of the dire consequences lurking in his equations, until after Pluto's appearance in 1930.

Saturn is conjunct the star Unukalhai and Agena – an area that Diana Rosenberg links to “contaminated air…danger from poisons or toxic substances, (Serpens) lung ailments and respiratory problems”.

Combining Algol and the stars of the Serpent we can see how that can easily manifest as radioactive contamination of air.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Nepal aircrash at Full Moon

(KATMANDU, Nepal) — A Nepal Airlines plane flying in bad weather with 18 people on board was missing Sunday and feared to have crashed in Nepal’s mountainous west, officials said. Contact was lost with the plane a few minutes after it made an unscheduled fuel stop in the city of Pokhara on its flight from the capital, Katmandu, to the town of Jumla, said Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal official Ram Hari Sharma.

The incident occurred just after the powerful Full Moon of 15 Feb. which places Saturn on the MC at Katmandu square the luminaries. Saturn was conjunct the stars Unukalhai of the Serpent and Agena of the Centaur. For possible manifestations of stars in this area Diana Rosenberg list “air crashes” and gives the following examples [1].

Mansions Al Zubana and Ti were not considered favourable for travel: these stars were transited in 1935 when structurally flawed airship USS Macon, damaged by a violent gust of wind, crashed into the sea off Point Sur, CA; in 1985 when a terrorist bomb planted in an Air India 747 exploded, sending the plane into the Atlantic off  Ireland, killing all 329 on board, and 7 weeks later when a Japanese Airlines 747 crashed into Mt. Osutaka killing 520: “the worst single plane aviation accident”; in 1992 at the fiery crash of a chemical laden El Al 747 200F cargo plane into an apartment building at Bijlmermeer, Netherlands; in 1994 when a China NW Airlines Tupelov-154 jet exploded in mid air 10 minutes after take off, crashing and killing 160; in 1996 when TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747, exploded and crashed into the Atlantic off Long Island killing all 230 on board.

Also on the Ascendant are the stars of Aquila, the Eagle once again linked to air crashes [2].

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.230-35)

[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.565-67)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Sedna Full Moon permits euthanasia for terminally ill children

Sedna's father was so frightened that the storm would fill his kayak with water and that he would drown in the icy waters that he threw Sedna overboard.

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice. It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.

Shown here is the chart for the Full Moon of 14 February at Brussels. Notice that the luminaries are sharply placed on the meridian with Saturn squaring both ends. Just the fact that the Moon is in Leo (children) square Saturn in Scorpio (death or destruction) tells us a lot about the issue in the news.

The Moon [26le13]  is exactly conjunct the midpoint Niobe/Siva [26le13].

Sorrow for a parent because of  need to destroy a child

Also the table below gives the positions of asteroids [2] opposite Saturn [23sc] and square Moon.

21 ta 15'22"
Sedna 2003 VB12
23 ta 16'52"
26 ta 38'53"
27 ta 11'31"


Disease or sickness is the basis for sadness  between a parent and child.


"Feeling better" is linked to taking action about  situations (rather than continuing to put up with them.)

The story of Sedna [1] echoes the theme of  abandonment by her father and her subsequent death.

On the Ascendant [10sc]  with stars of the Scales of Libra that are linked to legal, political milestones and advancements  and  the Serpent linked to both healing and death we have here laws that allow extermination or euthanasia as a solution to problems. The Ascendant [10sc] also forms a quincunx to Uranus [10ar] in the 5th house (children) which is linked to stars  of Cepheus that Diana Rosenberg associates with “deliberate cruelty”. The reason for this can be understood if we go back to the story of the Royal Family.

King Cepheus symbolically represents a leader whose responsibility it is to bring order to a chaotic mass here represented by the sea and the sea monster Cetus. Life and consciousness are struggling to emerge from the dangerous primal soup – the sea. Such an emergence is fraught with danger and susceptible to failure. As a King, Cepheus  represents early attempts to force an arbitrary order on this chaotic matrix.  Symbolically in the story this is shown by the  imprisonment of  the next  generation – Princess Andromeda – and  the possibility of her being devoured by the sea monster Cetus. In the animal kingdom parents are known to abandon or eat young ones that are weak and not likely to survive.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Astrology of the Algeria air crash

An Algerian military transport plane has crashed in the north-east of the country, with 103 passengers and crew feared dead, local media say. The plane - believed to be a Hercules C-130 - crashed in a mountainous area of Oum al-Bouaghi province. It was en route to Constantine from Ouargla in bad weather, an "informed source" told radio station Ennahar. Col. Lahmadi Bouguern, spokesman for the eastern military region, told the state news agency the crash was caused by a lack of visibility and the strong winds that have buffeted the region the past few days.

Shown here are the charts of the current New Moon [31 Jan] and the Waxing Gibbous Phase [10 Feb]. Both carry the Uranus-Pluto square linked to accidents on the angles. Also both have the same stars on the Ascendant. These are stars of the Virgin’s wing, the Raven’s wing and China’s Great Red Bird. It should be easy to see how this can refer to aircrafts. The stars of Corvus the Raven were part of an archaic Chaldean lunar mansion whose patron god was Im-dugud-khu, “The Great Storm Bird” or “Storm Bird of the Evil Wind” which has an obvious reference to bad weather. Diana Rosenberg associates both the stars on the Ascendant  as well as those conjunct Saturn  with “air crashes” [1][2].

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.66)
[2] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.232)


It is reported that radio contact with the plane was lost at 11:37 am local time. A chart drawn for the moment has the dreaded star Algol (“a pile of corpses”) rising. Saturn (23sc) is on the descendant (linked to air crashes- see above) while Sun is square (23aq).

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe

Copenhagen Zoo said it euthanized a male giraffe, named Marius, on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding. After an autopsy, "Marius" was dismembered in front of a zoo audience that included children, and fed to the zoo's lions. Despite online uproar over the move and reports of last-minute attempts to save the animal, the zoo in the Danish capital said it had no place for Marius in its giraffe herd.

As most readers are aware there are eight phases of the Moon [1]. In astrology, the chart for each phase is considered important for a place.  In particular, the stars on the angles as well as those  that conjoin the Moon (and planets) gives rise to events that are closely connected to the mythology of the stars.

The chart for the Waxing Gibbous Moon phase of 10 February at Copenhagen is shown here. The Moon [7cn02]  on the MC conjoins  42 Camelopardalis [6cn33].  

Camelopardalis, or the Giraffe, is a large yet faint constellation in the northern hemisphere. It was created by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius and first described by German astronomer Jacob Bartsch, both in the early 17th century. When he included Camelopardalis on his map in 1624, Jacob Bartsch wrote that it stood for the camel on which Rebecca rode into Canaan to be married to Isaac, as written in Genesis. The constellation, however, represents a giraffe, not a camel, and the origin of its name is unclear. The Greeks, for reference, called the giraffe the "leopard camel" because it had a leopard's spots and the head of a camel [2].

The Gibbous Moon is sesqui Saturn [22sc] while the Sun squares it.  Uranus [9ar50]  on the Descendent is conjunct stars of King Cepheus and the sea monster Cetus to which Diana Rosenberg attributes amongst other things “extermination and deliberate cruelty” [3].  It is also in a sesqui aspect to Saturn [22sc21] which is conjunct the stars Men, alpha Lupi [23sc40] on the Beast’s hind leg, epsilon Librae in the Scales [21sc31] and sigma Corona Borealis [21sc33].  The balance of the Scales and the Gardens of Corona Borealis can bring harmony to the wild (here the zoo – a miniature wild) but this may  sometimes require the sacrifice of Lupus, the Akkadian Ligbat, (Beast of death).  In the light of this, the Moon [7cn] position on Camelopardalis tells us that a Giraffe has been chosen to die!

[3] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana Rosenberg 

It is reported that the animal was put down at 9:20 am (CET) on Sunday. The IC [7cn16] of the event chart is conjunct the star 42 Camelopardalis mentioned above with Saturn [22sc58] in a exact quincunx aspect to the Ascendant [22ar53].

*This post is not a defense of the actions of the zoo authorities but rather a statement of unfortunately how the stars express themselves at the current level of humanity's evolution.