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Nicola Sturgeon March 2021 update

Nicola Sturgeon 2020It has been a bit of time since I have commented on Nicola Sturgeon’s horoscope.  In June 2016 I wrote the following:

On September 14 2018 Nicola Sturgeon enters the nineteen year Saturn period, and her Saturn is dreadfully placed, in Aries in the Seventh House.  Aries is the sign of Saturn’s fall, and it is prominently placed in the Seventh House.  Her luck will desert her, and her ability to handle other people, and to negotiate successfully, will be substantially degraded.

Any student of British politics will be able to tell you that this forecast has been somewhat problematic. I commented on this in February 2020:

Her Saturn dasa started on September 14 2018, if one takes a 365.25 day year.  The previous 16 years, from September 14 2002, were covered by Jupiter.  Her Jupiter is fortunate, being in the First House, but with the switch to the Saturn dasa one would expect things to deteriorate.  Clearly this is not what happened.  She maintained her position as First Minister of Scotland, and her party, the SNP, did very well in the December 12 2019 General Election.

So how does one explain Nicola Sturgeon’s continued success?  One might argue that things are not going well.  As a government, the SNP is racking up debt, and schools in Scotland are falling down international league tables in terms of reading, maths and science.  There is also a view that the effects of a new dasa don’t fully manifest until the start of the second sub-dasa, which in Nicola Sturgeon’s case is the Mercury sub-dasa of Saturn, which starts on September 17 2021.  Finally, we have to consider the possibility that Nicola Sturgeon is a creature of higher, collective forces, which can over-ride her horoscope, at least in the short term.

Another issue with Nicola Sturgeon’s horoscope is the fact that in her Indian chart her Saturn has dik bala, or directional strength. This means, in Saturn’s case, that it is in the Seventh House.  Perhaps dik bala has helped postpone the inevitable. Here’s her Vedic horoscope:

As you can see, Sturgon’s Vedic ascendant is in Libra, the 7th sign, and she has Saturn in Aries, the first sign. Saturn is fallen in Aries, but dik bala may mitigate the damage. However we do know that Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership is under considerable threat.  I am not an expert on Scottish politics, but it does seem that the Alex Salmond affair is getting out of control.

Alex Salmond was Nicola Sturgeon’s prececessor as leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, and in 2018 he was accused of sexual assault – a charge for which he was eventually acquitted. The Scottish Parliament is now having an inquiry about the matter. The main reason Nicola Sturgeon is in trouble is because there are questions about when she knew about the allegations. According to Politico, she told the Scottish Parliament that she knew on April 2 2018, but then said that she had discussed the matter a few days earlier, on March 29 2018. In other words there is an accusation that she misled parliament.  Furthermore, Alex Salmond claimed that there was a “deliberate, prolonged, malicious and concerted effort amongst a range of individuals within the Scottish Government and the SNP to damage my reputation, even to the extent of having me imprisoned”. The whole situation is complex, but in terms of the bottom line, Nicola Sturgeon is in trouble.

I think her case is a reminder, at least in terms of Vedic astrology, that the astrological situation can get very dark before we’re actually engulfed.

Astrologically, the trouble started on September 14 2018, when her Saturn dasa started.  Yet she still went on to do fantastically well in the 2019 General Election. Then, on January 24 2020, Saturn moved into sidereal Capricorn, the same sign as her Moon:

Sadhesati for Nicola Sturgeon

It stays here until July 12 2022. This 18 month period marks the peak of her Sadhesati, when Saturn is in the sign of Moon, or in the two signs adjacent.  Yet things got even better for her.  Her handling of the pandemic won her praise, and support for Scottish independence increased.  And now, all of a sudden, she is fighting for her political life, because of something that had nothing to do with elections, independence or COVID. It was an internal matter, apparently connected with the dynamics of Scottish politics.  This reminds us that Scotland, like Nicola Sturgeon, is ruled by the sign Cancer. It is the sign of clannishness, of being more vulnerable to your enemies at home than your enemies abroad.

At this stage, it might be interesting to look at Sturgeon’s Western chart, set for 3.16 pm on July 19 1970, in Irvine, Scotland:

Sturgeon Western Chart

I am interested in her Moon at 7 degrees 14 Aquarius, which is opposition her Mars and Mercury.  Also, her Ascendant at 7 14 Scorpio is square her Moon. We can then say that through 2021 Saturn and Uranus are putting huge pressure on this line up. We can see the transits here:

Sturgeon transits

Saturn and Uranus just don’t leave her for a long.  On February 17 and 18 her Moon and Ascendant were hit by both planets, and in March and April her Mercury gets smashed.  There is a lot of mental pressure here, and the future may seem bleak. Mars joins the party in mid-April, when it make a 45-degree aspect to Mercury.  At this time Nicola Sturgeon needs to be careful what she says, in terms of how if effects her political position.  Moving forward to the Autumn, and Saturn comes back to an opposition of her Moon.  This happens at the same time as she moves into the Mercury sub-dasa of her Saturn mahadasa.  At this stage, if she is still First Minister, she needs to ask herself whether it is really worth it.

There is also the issue of what is best for the Scottish Nationalist Party and Scotland.  The leader is connected with the organization she leads, and as the leader goes, so do the followers.  If a leader’s horoscope is going through an astrological storm then her followers are going to be in for a soaking.  Maybe that’s their destiny, or may be they have the free will to choose a different leader with a different chart.


The astrology of March 2021

SpringIf I was a fan of asteroids I would be interested in Urania. This asteroid is named after the muse of astronomy and astrology, and in my horoscope Urania is at 26 degrees 29 minutes Virgo. That means it is exactly conjunct my Appolon, at 26 15 Virgo.  Apollon is a hypothetical planet, by the way, used in the Uranian system of astrology.  As I write, that’s the first time I have noticed this conjunction.  Apollon is the planet of science and experience – as well as talent, I think.  Maybe I know what I am talking about, after all.  Unfortunately my Urania-Apollon conjunction is square my Saturn-Neptune midpoint. I agonize and worry about astrology and very often the muse leaves me.

However, it’s Monday March 1, and I need to think about the month ahead. At the time of writing the stock markets are heavily up, so perhaps people are happy about something.  I would guess that this is connected with a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius, which dominates the beginning of the month.  People are becoming more optimistic, and they believe that favourable change is a real possibility. Maybe we can really see the light at the end of the tunnel? And if you are into cryptocurrencies, some of the selling pressure that came in at the end of February may be about to dissipate. The Mercury-Jupiter conjunction might also be connected to Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimuls package.

And when we look at the astrological events of March 2021, there’s nothing horrible going on.  The square between Saturn and Uranus that dominated February is breaking up, and the New Moon on March 13, conjunct Venus and Neptune, looks benign.  I know, Neptune is problematic, but I think it symbolizes delusion rather than damage.  So it is OK to have wonderful ideas for the future, just don’t expect them to come to anything.

Moving to the end of March, and we have the Spring Equinox. Here is the chart, set for London:

Spring Equinox

Mercury in Pisces is making a 90-degree aspect to Mars in Gemini, so there’s a lot of mental energy flying around.  You therefore shouldn’t be surprised if late March brings a serious argument – particularly if you’re a Gemini or a Virgo. We also need to look at the Aries midpoint tree:

JU/UR = PO = NE/HA = AR = SU = JU/SA

I get the feeling that there will be crazy optimism, because the Aries point and the Sun, as well as Poseidon, are on the Jupiter-Uranus midpoint. Reinhold Ebertin described Jupiter-Uranus as the “Thank the Lord” configuration.  There is great relief, as we feel that things are returning to normal. However, the Aries point is close to the Neptune-Hades midpoint.  I think over the next few months there may be a slow realization that things aren’t getting better, whether it be because of COVID or the economy.  People and governments are going to make mistakes, and later in the year the price will have to be paid.

The UK? The Aries ingress chart has Jupiter close to the Midheaven. As Spring turns to Summer the country recovers, and there is more evidence that Brexit was the right thing to do.


Thoughts on the 2021 Chinese New Year

New Moon, February 11 2021In the 1980s I had a friend who was very much into Chinese astrology.  He had detailed charts and calculations, and he linked Chinese astrology with the stock market.  This is a significant observation, and it is something that one can accept without believing in astrology. The Chinese New Year is  important in East Asia, and it can have an impact on the buying and selling of stocks and precicous metals. My friend advised me to be careful in the week or two leading up to the New Year, as investors are waiting for the year’s trends to clarify.

I do think that there is something in this.  We think of January 1 as the beginning of the year, but we often don’t know how things are going to pan out until the first New Moon in the sign of Aquarius.  So if we look back to the New Moon on January 24 2020, which started the Year of the Rat, we see a square between Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces.  This is perhaps a signature of an emerging virus.  Also, the New Moon was conjunct the Mercury-Saturn and Mercury-Pluto midpoints.  A sure sign that depressive events are on the way.

Now let’s move forward a year, to the New Moon on February 11 2021, which kicked off the Year of the Ox. The chart for this New Moon is at the top of this article, and is set for Washington DC .

This chart may tell us something about the tone of the Year of the Ox.  Or it might just refer to the month ahead, finishing on March 13. And maybe I shouldn’t mix up Western and Chinese astrology. Still, it is interesting that at the time of the New Moon there was an exact conjunction between Venus and  Jupiter, the two benefics.  This is a favourable signature, and for some people things are going to be great.  But the conjunction is in Aquarius, and that’s harsh.  There are going to be winners and losers, especially as the Venus-Jupiter conjunction is aspecting the Mars-Saturn midpoint.  Mars and Saturn are the death pair, and we get the picture of making money out of other people’s misery.  Or another year where the inequalities in society get worse.

I also can’t help noticing that Hades, the hypothetical planet of garbage and death, is rising in Washington DC.  This may say something about the US, and the continued repercussions from the epidemic.  Matters aren’t helped by the fact that Hades is making an 135 degree aspect to the Aquarius New Moon.  Witte and Lefeldt, in their Rules for Planetary Pictures, wrote as follows about Hades aspecting the Sun-Moon midpoint: “Dealing with disagreeable matters on a daily basis”.  And in terms of Washington DC, the seat of the US government, the planet Neptune is on the midheaven.  Governmental confusion, a leadership that isn’t quite as confident as it thinks it is.

The chart also reminds us that Saturn and Uranus are getting closer and closer to a square – the aspect is exact on February 17. We are living in a time of huge pressure, when existing structures cannot be taken for granted.  And people will continue to be restless.  Not just now, but throughout the year.  The government wants to control, the people want to be free, and there really isn’t a compromise.

But what about the markets? Are they going to crash? They crashed last March, which was nearly a year ago.  The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction was in December, and the markets are still standing.  The Saturn-Uranus square might destabilize markets, but will it crash them? Not necessarily, remembering that the 1931 Saturn-Uranus square coincided with a big fall in the reserve currency.  Then the reserve currency was the British Pound, now it’s the US Dollar.  But don’t regard February 17 as the big day.  The Saturn-Uranus square dominates the whole year, and the last time the aspect will be exact is December 24 2021. Exciting times, with the crunch structures likely to be US Dollar, the European Union, and the global financial order.

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Janet Yellen: Hubris leading to Nemesis?

Janet Yellen“Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?” Yellen said at a question-and-answer event in London.

“You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we’re much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don’t believe it will be,” she said.

That’s how Reuters reported it.  In 2017 Janet Yellen, Biden’s pick for Treasury Secretary, said that she didn’t believe that there would be a financial crisis in “our” lifetimes – not just in “her” lifetime. Assuming she was referring to her lifetime, she is currently 74 years old. According to US life tables, a 74 year old female has approximately 13 years left – so we can expect Janet Yellen to live until she is 87 years old.  Though given her likely  access to excellent healthcare, she’ll probably live longer.  But assuming Yellen lives another 13 years, she is effectively saying that there will be no financial crisis before 2033.

Some would say that right now, in 2021, we are already in a financial crisis.  The global economy is shot to pieces, unemployment is sky high, and ordinary people are running out of money. The assumption that a vaccine for COVID-19 will solve our problems is over-optimistic, and excessive printing of money indicates tht inflation, even hyperinflation, may be just round the corner. Furthermore, any Federal Reserve chair (as Yellen was in 2017)  who says that they don’t believe there will be another financial crisis in their lifetime is asking for trouble.  People in that kind of position who make that kind of statement are probably indicating, on an unconscious level, that they know that there will be another financial crisis.

In order to explain this, we have to understand that Janet Yellen is a brilliant economist, who presumably eats, lives and breathes the subject. She sees the picture, both with a conscious and unconscious eye.  There is the conscious academic analyzing the material, and doing her job as chair of the Federal Reserve.  Then there is her unconscious self, also analyzing the material, and maybe realizing that sometime down the road America is in big trouble.  Yet consciously she  can’t recognize this, and she has to negate what her unconscious has seen by denying that there will be another financial crisis in her lifetime.

You can also put a metaphysical spin on it.  At best Janet Yellen is being an unwitting profit of a financial crisis that will take place in her lifetime.  At worst the statement is an act of Hubris, that’s screaming for Nemesis. You don’t tell the economy gods that you, a mere mortal, know about the timing of economic crises better than they do.  And with such hubris you risk getting stomped on – particularly if you’re one of their priests.

As far as the astrology is concerned, Janet Yellen is a Leo, born on August 13 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. I can’t find her time of birth.  This is her chart, set for noon:

Janet Yellen's horoscope

The first thing to notice is that Yellen has NO planets in the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.  And if she was born before 1.41 pm, she has no planets in the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.  If she was born after 1.41 pm, the Moon would be in Pisces rather Aquarius.  So what we have is someone who has a minimum of nine out of ten planets in Fire and Air signs. This suggests to me that she functions mainly at the level of intuition and intellect.  As a Leo she knows how things are going to pan out, without have to feel or touch.  And I am sure that very often she is right. However, Leo is like a juggernaut, and when it’s wrong, it’s dreadfully wrong.

Janet Yellen doesn’t just have the Sun in Leo.  She also has Mercury, Saturn and Pluto in this sign.  At the end of 2020 Saturn moved into Aquarius, so for the next few years she will have Saturn opposition her Leo planets.  Indeed days after Biden’s inauguration Saturn will be oppostion her Mercury.  I think she will soon realize how difficult her new job as Treasury Secretary will be.  And maybe she will also realize that she should have stayed in retirement, rather than deal with the Nemesis from her comment about there not being another financial crisis in her lifetime.

It is difficult, though, to make forecasts about Janet Yellen, because we don’t have her birth time.  Yet Saturn opposition her Leo planets gives a general picture of someone having to face reality because of forces outside her control.  We also need to remember that in December Jupiter and Saturn made a conjunction.  A new twenty year cycle has begun, and it should be out with the old and in with the new.  Yet we’re seeing a Treasury Secretary who hit prominence under the Obama regime.  And many other of Biden’s appointments will be relics of this regime.  So it is a case of using people from the past to solve the problems of the future.

We already know that Biden’s presidency is not going to live up to the nation’s hopes.  As I have already discussed, the horoscope for the inauguration is disastrous, with an exact Mars-Uranus conjunction at the moment he becomes president. The Saturn-Uranus square that dominates 2021 is both violent and economically destructive, and may signify some kind of currency crisis.  Furthermore, in 2021 Pluto returns to the place it occupied on July 4 1776. All of this indicates that in 2021 things are not going to be get better.  And unless Janet Yellen drops dead very soon, she is certainly going to experience another financial crisis in her lifetime.  In fact it is likely to happen during her first year as Treasury Secretary.

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The horoscope of shot protester Ashli Babbitt

Ashley BabbittI am going to write a few words about the horoscope of Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year old protester who was shot dead while trying to enter the Congress buildings.  She was born on October 10 1985.  I don’t know the time or the place of birth. I got the date of birth from the Daily Mail – it was on court documents dating back to 2016.

Here’s her chart set for noon EST:


It is a difficult chart to interpret, because we don’t know what sign her Moon or Mercury is in.  At midday the Moon is in Leo and Mercury in Libra, but later in the day they switch signs, respectively to Virgo and Scorpio.  If I had to hazard a guess, from her actions and appearance, I would say she had Moon in Leo rather than Virgo.  There is another reason for this.  We know that Babbitt was obsessed by Donald Trump, and here is Trump’s chart:

Trump horoscope

Trump has Mars rising in late Leo – in other words both his Mars and Ascendant are in the last degrees of Leo.  If Babbitt was born before 1.09 pm Eastern, her Moon would also be in late Leo, and she would potentially find the personality of Trump compelling, or as they might say in Latin, “dulce et decorum est pro Donaldo mori”.

As far as aspects are concerned, she had a Venus-Mars conjunction in Virgo.  This suggests an attractive person, with a particular sex appeal – some go for it, others don’t.  It also suggests a self-destructive streak.  The kind of person that could have had it all, but as soon as she starts getting it destroys it.  Additionally there is a conjunction between Mercury and Pluto.  We don’t know what sign Mercury is in, but the two planets are only a few degrees apart.  This might indicate strong, inflexible beliefs.

Another aspect is a 45 degree aspect between Mars and Pluto.  This is where we see the potential for violence, for the pursuit of a particular cause.  She might have been unarmed, but Mars-Pluto drew her into a situation that got her killed.  Incidentally, she also has Saturn on the Mars-Pluto midpoint, which suggests that the Mars-Pluto energy could bring obstruction and hindrance – for example, being shot in the chest.

Finally, I want to look at her solar return, for her 35th birthday, with no time or place:

Ashli Solar Return

Lots of people had birthdays around October 9 and 10 2020 and they didn’t come to any harm, but we do have a clear signature of trouble.  Mars in Aries is exactly square Pluto in Capricorn, and therefore resonates with her natal Mars-Pluto semisquare.  The Sun is moving to an opposition with Mars, and also to squares with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.  The Moon in Cancer we have to discount, because we don’t know her birth time, but it may be forming a grand cardinal cross.

Looking at the solar return, I am fairly sure that most astrologers would have advised her to be careful over the next year, particularly in light of her political opinions and her tempestuous personality.



2021: Should I be worried about the Saturn-Uranus square?

Atomic bombSaturn and Uranus are very different planets.  Saturn represents the status quo, and it tries to maintain existing structures.  In this sense, it is a somewhat conservative influence.  Uranus, by contrast, is the planet of revolution and earthquakes.  It wants to break things down and overthrow the old ways of working.  If you think of Saturn and Uranus as a pair, you have the symbolism of a real battle.  Uranus is trying to revolt against Saturn, while Saturn is trying to restrain Uranus’ chaotic impulses.  This gives us connotations of tension and stress.  Two opposing forces battling it out, with cracks appearing everywhere.

Reinhold Ebertin, in The Combination of Stellar Influences, described the Saturn-Uranus combination as “Irritability and inhibition, tension… rebellion, the urge for freedom, a provocotive conduct, an act of violence”.  Alfred Witte and Hermann Lefeldt, in Rules for Planetary Pictures, wrote that Saturn-Uranus was about “Quarrels. Sudden separaton. To part and die. Inflexibility”.

From a historical perspective, there’s some support for the idea that Saturn and Uranus are a difficult pairing.  There was a conjunction between the two planets on May 3 1942.  This was close to the peak of German control over Europe, yet there were cracks in the edifice. On May 27 1942 Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich  was assassinated in Prague.  It was an act of rebellion, which was followed by suppression and reprisals.  Just over forty-five years later, from February to June 1988, there was another conjunction.  This conjunction kicked off the process by which Soviet control over Eastern Europe collapsed.  We saw the first demonstrations against Soviet rule – for example, in March 1988 thousands of Catholics demonstrated in what is now Slovakia, demanding religous freedom.  The Berlin Wall didn’t come down until late 1989, but the process had started.

The Saturn-Uranus cycle starts and ends with a conjunction.  What started in 1942 ended in 1988, at least in a theoretical sense.  And the next conjunction, which closes the cycle beginning in 1988, is in 2032. Within each cycle, there are critical points.  Half-way through, there are opposition aspects, when Saturn and Uranus are 180 degrees apart.  From 1965 through to 1967 the two planets were in opposition.  In Western Europe and the US this was the peak of the 1960s.  Hippies, freedom, the Summer of Love.  In China there was an opposite manifestation – the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. The next opposition took place between 2008 and 2010.  This coincided with the financial crisis, the election of Obama, and the build up to the Arab Spring.  It was a time of despair and hope.

Looking at 2021, there is a square between Saturn and Uranus, which happens three times, on February 17, June 14 and December 24. This means that we are entering the final quarter of the cycle that started in 1988, and ends in 2032.  The last final quarter square was between 1975 and 1977, and the one before that in 1931. In both these cases the global economy was shakey, but I think we should concentrate on broad trends rather than specific events.

For example, the Saturn-Uranus conjunction in 1988 marked the break up of Communism and the creation of a new Europe.  The protests in Slovakia in March 1988 were the first of many, which led not just to the fall of the Berlin Wall but also to the expansion of the European Union. In 1999 and 2000 there was a waxing square between Saturn and Uranus.  This coincided with the introduction of the Euro – it became the European currency on January 1 1999, when the Eurozone currencies were pegged to each other. The first Euro notes were issued in 2002.  Then from 2008 to 2010, with the Saturn-Uranus opposition, there was the financial crisis, where the straightjacket of the Euro came within an inch of exploding.  In 2021 there is the waning Saturn-Uranus square. You don’t have to be an astrologer to know that 2021 is going to be a difficult year, but there is likely to be clear evidence that the European Union is unsustainable.  However I do believe that the EU will stagger on, until at least the Saturn-Uranus conjunction in 2032.

This brings me to the question of whether we should be worried about the Saturn-Uranus square in 2021.  In itself, it is unlikely to be a single, sudden and dramatic event.  Instead, it is a marker of where we are in a 45-year cycle.  Yet, if we’re expecting 2021 to be better than 2020 we may be disappointed.  The world is already in recession, and we’re now going to have a waning Saturn-Uranus square, like in 1931 and the mid-1970s, when the West’s economies were shot to pieces.  We should also remember that in 1931 there was a banking crisis in Germany, and Britain left the gold standard, leading to a collapse in the value of the British Pound.  Back in 1931 the Pound was the world’s reserve currency and now it is the US Dollar.  The value of the Dollar is already falling, and 2021’s Saturn-Uranus square could accelerate the process.

So we get the picture.  The Saturn-Uranus square is likely to make things worse rather than better, and the world is likely to become more violent.  The geopolitical tension that was held back by COVID is likely to come to the fore. Areas to worry about include Taiwan, the South China Sea, the Sino-Indian-Pakistan border, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Persian Gulf.  Plus a black swan conflict, that right now no-one is  considering.

The destructive potential of the Saturn-Uranus square will be exacerbated by Joe Biden becoming president.  Donald Trump might have been a disaster for the US, but his transactional approach to foreign affairs was probably well-suited for the turbulent times in which we live.  If we look at Joe Biden’s horoscope, we can be more specific about the problem:

Joe Biden's horoscope

He was born in 1942, the year of a Saturn-Uranus conjunction.  In fact, he was born a day or two before the Soviet encirclement of Stalingrad.  His Saturn and Uranus are widely conjunct – with an orb of over seven degrees.  However, both planets are conjunct his descendant.  This means that he attracts Saturn-Uranus events.  And when Biden becomes president his chart will become the chart of America.  Even if there wasn’t a Saturn-Uranus square in 2021 he would be attracting violent events, but with the Saturn-Uranus square his first year in office is likely to be a trainwreck.

But should you be worried about the Saturn-Uranus square?  If you’re an optimist, yes.  If you live a conflict zone, yes.  But if you’re a Trump supporter, with a sociopathic streak and enough money to ride out the storm, you might enjoy yourself.


The Biden presidency: a star-crossed inauguration

Joe Biden.

Donald Trump ceases to become president at noon on January 20 2021.  We can therefore say that Joe Biden’s term of office starts at this moment.  Here’s the chart, set for Washington DC:

Biden inauguration chart

Since 1948 certain elements of the chart have remained the same, because the inauguration always happens on the same day at the same time, unless a president dies (JFK) or resigns (Nixon).  The Ascendant, the Midheaven, and the Sun will be in the same positions: 14 Taurus, 26 Capricorn, and 1 Aquarius.  This means that the Sun, from a sect point of view, is always strong: in a daylight chart, above the horizon, and in a masculine sign.  Though it is weakened by being in Aquarius, the sign of its detriment.

The Midheaven, at 26 degrees 15 Capricorn, is close to the position of Pluto on July 4 1776, when it was at 27 degrees 33 Capricorn.  This tells us the obvious: that inaugurations are often Pluto-like events, where the government of the country transforms from one thing into another.  However, 2021 is special.  Transiting Pluto is at 24 50 Capricorn, signalling that Pluto is close to its position on July 4 1776.  The Biden presidency is all about transformation, the breaking down of the old, the creation of the new.  America cannot continue as it did before, and over the next four years there will be further evidence that the country is in serious decline.  We also shouldn’t be surpised if there is a mid-term transformation – for example Joe Biden stepping down.

Though probably the most powerful signature in the inauguration chart is the exact conjunction between Mars and Uranus.  This represents violence, especially as Mars rules the Seven House of open enemies. The new regime may think it can foster world peace by being more interventionist, but the reality is going to be harsh.  There will be attacks on America and its interests, and the end result could be conflict and war.

The Mars-Uranus conjunction is given added poignancy by its square aspect to the Sun-Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius.  The Sun is moving to a conjunction with Saturn, and it then moves to a square with Uranus.  At the same time, Saturn is approaching a square with Uranus.  It is a stressful line-up, which is baked into the inauguration chart.  Indeed America may be moving into its most turbulent period since the Civil War.  And if anyone thinks that the Biden presidency will usher in a period of peace, recovery and bipartisanship they’re kidding themselves.

Another thing to notice is that the North Node at 19 4 Gemini is exactly square Neptune, at 18 56 Pisces.  This indicates chaotic and nebulous relationships, and one wonders, in terms of foreign affairs, whether the Biden administration will know what it is getting itself into.

In terms of midpoints there is a chaotic structure:

AS = PO = NO/HA = NE/HA = AR.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  The hypothetical planet Poseidon is on the descendant, and along with the Aries point, they aspect the Node/Hades and Neptune/Hades midpoints.  The Biden administration is going to be working in the shadow of COVID-19, and 2021 is likely to be another awful year for America.  Though I do think that the emphasis shifts, from disease to conflict.  Or maybe disease AND conflict.

And it does seem that Biden’s presidency is about death and its manifestation in the here and now.  If you don’t believe me, have a second look at the inauguration chart:


Mars is 7 degrees 30 minutes from the Ascendant, and Saturn is 7 degress and 41 minutes from the Midheaven.  The two planets are also making a fairly close square to each other.  From a midpoint view, the Mars-Saturn midpoint coincides with the Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint.  Mars and Saturn are the death pair, and the Ascendant and Midheaven are the time and place.  We see death, destruction and entrophy manifesting throughout the Biden presidency.  If we throw in Uranus, which is at the same place as Mars, we get a more explosive picture, with the Mars-Saturn, Mars-Uranus, and Saturn-Uranus midpoints all being on the Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint.

I should finally mention the 48th Harmonic.  This harmonic covers all the aspects that are multiples of 7 degrees and 30 minutes.  Mars is exactly 7 degrees and 30 minutes from the Ascendant, and Uranus is 7 degrees and 26 minutes from the Ascendant.  It is the same message… more violence, more war, more destruction.  Here’s the 48th Harmonic chart, if you’re interested:

Inauguration, H48.

You can see that the  Mars-Uranus conjunction is right on the Ascedant.  There is also an exact H48 conjunction between Saturn and Neptune.  What you are seeing here is the exact semisquare between Saturn and Neptune in the ordinary chart converted into a 48th Harmonic conjunction.  More of the same and what a dreadful time to become President of the United States.

Happy Holidays!




There’s no such thing as sign cusps

Washington-Idaho borderAt school I always got Fs in physics.  Literally. And I always got As in chemistry.  But I do remember a physics teacher telling us that light could be both a single wave and many particles. Don’t ask me to explain or justify this view.  Though it does underline the point that a single phenomenon can be seen in two different ways.

Astrology can certainly be seen in two ways – the wave model and the box model.  When I first started studying astrology, in the 1980s, the wave model was very much in vogue.  The angular separation between planets was important, and one could see horoscopes in terms of harmonics and midpoints.  However, the box model was always there in the background.  Planets work differently in different signs, and the move from one sign to another makes a big difference.

If you’re new to astrology, then you should know that the dates given for sign changes are approximate, and they require an exact time.  For example, the Sun moved from Aries to Taurus at 9.27 pm GMT on April 19 2017, at 3.12 am GMT on April 20 2018 and at 8.55 am GMT on April 20 2019.  These times are given to the minute, but actually the switch-over happened at a precise time.  Before this precise time you are an Aries, after you are a Taurus.

A sign change isn’t just about signs.  A bank of essential dignities change.  The Sun in the last degree of Aries is in the sign of Mars, the exaltation of itself, the triplicity of itself or Jupiter, the term of Saturn and the face of Venus.  The moment it moves into Taurus, it is in the sign of Venus, the exaltation of the Moon, the triplicity of the Moon or Venus, the term of Venus and the face of Mercury.  Furthermore, it moves from being in a Fire sign to an Earth sign, from a masculine sign to a feminine one.  There are no fuzzy borders.  The network of rulerships have changed in an instant.

I suppose it is rather like travelling on the borderlands of Washington and Idaho.  Imagine you are in Washington State, travelling North East up East Appleway Avenue (see the map at the top of this article).  Just before you cross the Idaho state line, the Washington police pull you over.  They notice that you have an ounce of marijuana on your back seat, in a sealed bag.  They check your drivers license, see that you’re over 21 and not under the influence, and wave you on your way.  You cross the state line, and you’re stopped again, this time by the Idaho police.  They find the marijuana, you get arrested, you go to court, and you’re convicted of misdemeanour drug possession, with a $500 fine plus costs – and if it is your second offence you’ve a good chance of going to prison.  This underlines the fact that when you drive across the border between Washington and Idaho everything changes.  Marijuana is no longer legal for recreational use, and you find yourself criminalized.  In terms of drug laws, there is no such thing as being on the cusp, with your possession of marijuana slowly becoming more criminal as you glide across the state line.  You’re either in Washington or Idaho, you’re either an Aries or a Taurus.

We can also look at the problem mathematically.  Let’s imagine the Sun moving through Aries getting closer and close to zero degrees Taurus.  We’ll give the Sun a number.  When it is at 5 degrees Aries it is 25 degrees short of Taurus, so we’ll give it the number minus 25.  At 15 degrees Aries it is -15, at 25 Aries -5, at 29 Aries -1, at 29 30 Aries -0.5, at 29 45 Aries -.25, and at 0 Taurus it is zero.  When the Sun moves into Taurus, and the numbers become positive.  At 5 Taurus it is +5, at 15 Taurus + 15.

Now what we’ll do is take the reciprocal of this number – in other words dividing 1 by this number.  So the reciprocal of 5 is 1/5 which is 0.2.  We can draw a graph of this:

30 degrees either side of zero Taurus.

At zero degrees Taurus the graph goes crazy.  This is because you are finding the reciprocal of increasingly small numbers – which turn into large numbers, when they are divided into 1.  At zero degress Taurus, you are dividing 1 by zero, which is mathematically impossible – you have an undefined solution to the problem.  And this is what happens at the supposed cusp – you are effectively dividing by zero.  This means that there is no rational cusp, you are either on one side of zero degrees Taurus or the other.

If you are using signs in your astrology, then by definition you are accepting a box model of astrology.  You are accepting that you are in one state or another.  You cannot be in two places at one time, you cannot merge two sets of meanings.  Of course if you don’t like the box model, there are other forms of astrology available.  You can use harmonic and midpoint astrology. Or you can play around with the Gauquelin system.  However, I do believe that if you drop the signs from your astrology you are missing a great deal.


CNN 2020 election projection.We now know that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election.  Some astrologers correctly predicted the result, others got it wrong.  Making a prediction was a thankless task.  If you got it right, sceptics will say there was always a 50:50 chance, if you got it wrong that’s further evidence that astrology is bullshit.  Nonetheless, in May of this year I made a prediction, based on a horary chart. In other words, I asked whether Trump would win, and set up a chart based on the time of the question.

Some would argue that it is absurd to use horary to predict largescale global events.  Hundreds, even thousands, of astrologers could ask horary questions, and they would all give different answers.  This is the case with any form of divination.  I am sure people used dozens of predictive systems to try to predict who would win the election: tarot, the I Ching, geomancy, dreams, throwing dice, angel cards, crystal energy, asking their dead aunt, etcetera

In my defence, I take horary astrology seriously.  I went through Olivia Barclay’s Qualified Horary Practitioner course, which got me up to speed in the Seventeenth Century methods of William Lilly.  This allowed me to evaluate a horary question, and come up with a likely answer.  But when I asked whether Trump would win the election, on April 15 2020, I got a chart that wasn’t clear either way.  Three weeks late I asked again, and got the following:

Will Trump win in November?

The chart is easy to interpret, requiring no real skill.  The Tenth House represents the President, and Cancer is the sign on the Tenth House cusp.  This means that Donald Trump is represented by the Moon in Scorpio, and the Moon is going to an opposition of the Sun.  Scorpio is the sign of the Moon’s fall, and the opposition represents defeat.  We get further confirmation when we notice that the Moon is six and a half degrees short of the Sun.  Using one degee for a month, this is roughly the time between the question and the election.

As the chart showed no ambiguity, I was 100% sure Trump was going to lose.  Indeed I wrote the following in my write-up: “I am calling the November presidential election for the Democrats, on the assumption that Donald Trump is on the ticket on November 3”.  But what if I was wrong?  I considered this possibility in the days leading up to the election, and I told myself that I would give up astrology and close down this website.  If I was wrong, given the strength of the signal, the entire basis for much of the astrology I practice would be broken.

Looking at other astrologers, I notice that a lot of them predicted that Trump would win.  There are a number of reasons why they got it wrong.  It may have been the shock of 2016, where most Western astrologers came out for Hillary.  Trump might have appeared to have an unbeatable mystique,  which one didn’t want to predict against.  Yet as the election campaing progressed, the polls started to move in Biden’s direction, and so predicting that Trump was going to win might have seemed the contrarian but canny thing to do.

As far as style is concerned, many astrologers predicting a Trump victory took an analytical approach.  They looked at lots of different charts, and gave the impression that they were weighing up the evidence.  This approach assumes that astrology is a rational exercise, but you can end up with so much information that you can’t see the wood for the trees.  After all, what you’re trying to do is make a judgement, which is based on both astrological signatures and personal intuition.  There comes a point where the more information you have, the less clearly you see the picture.

The situation is even worse if you claim you have an analytical system, based on specific charts.  Assuming such a system worked, then you would have a situation where winning candidates could be selected based on their personal horoscopes and the charts of when they made critical declarations.  Such a system overemphasizes the importance of the individual.  A political change is something going beyond the individual, and you can’t interfere with the process by choosing candidates with brilliants charts.  In the same way that many people travelling third class on the Titanic, or fighting in a war, died with wonderful things going on in their horoscopes.  Yes, the collective always trumps the personal.

With horary astrology, you cut to the chase.  It took me a bit of time to realize this, but the British General Election on April 9 1992 was a revelation.  Everyone thought that the Conservative government of John Major would be defeated, including me.  Yet astrologer Barbara Dunn, who I regard as being the absolute best horary astrologer, produced a chart showing that the Conservatives were going to win.  And of course the chart was right.  This demonstrated that you don’t need to worry about the horoscopes of politicians or the time that polls opened or closed.  Instead, you ask a question, set up a chart, and use your judgement.

That being said, I think one should have been able to predict that Trump was going to lose, without horary astrology.  One just had to stick to the main signatures.

Without considering any horoscopes, we can give consideration to the Jupiter-Saturn cycle. Every 20 years Jupiter and Saturn form a conjunction, and this conjunction represents the beginning of a new cycle.  When you have a presidential election close to a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, you might expect to see a regime change, to usher in the new cycle.  In 1920  control of the White House passed from Demcrat to Republican, in 1960 from Republican to Democrat, in 1980 Democrat to Republican, in 2000 Democrat to Republican.  It was then reasonable to expect the heliocentric Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on November 2 2020, the day before the election, to herald a change in the White House. The geocentric conjunction, by the way, is on December 21 2020.

One aspect of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle starting in 2000 was its focus on reality TV, which I have mentioned in an earlier article.  The last 20 years have been dominated by reality TV, and a gameshow host becoming president of the United States right at the end of the cycle is the final, obscene horror.  It is then fitting that Trump loses office as the cycle closes.

As far as Trump’s horoscope is concerned, I have noticed that a lot of people have cast doubt on his 10.54 am birth time, and have used rectification to change it.  I don’t see any reason to rectify, and maybe astrologers, by changing his birth time, are making themselves open to predictive error.  It is not for nothing that the word rectify is sometimes changed to “wrecktify”.  A good way to wreck a chart.

Here is Donald’s chart, set for 10.54 am on June 14 1946, in Jamaica, New York:

Trump horoscope

I am confident that the Ascendant is Leo.  This means that the profected year ruler is Venus, by virtue of its rulership of the whole sign third house.  Trump’s Venus is not well placed.  It is above the horizon in a daytime chart.  And if we use whole sign houses, it is in the Twelfth. Furthermore, it is conjunct Saturn.  We might therefore expect the year starting on his 74th birthday on June 14 2020 to be difficult.  Then we find that in the run up to the election transiting Saturn, in late Capricorn, has been making a square aspect to his Venus.  We get the symbolism of the Venus-Saturn conjunction in his natal chart repearted in his transits.  And then, on the day of the election, Mercury  went stationary direct at around 25 57 Libra, right on the square with his natal Venus.  It was a final trigger. While I wouldn’t predict Trump’s lose just on the basis of the annual profection and transits to Venus, it is good evidence that something is going wrong in his life.

Another thing to consider is the soli-lunar signature.  The horary was asked on a Full Moon, with the Moon opposition the Sun.  Donald Trump was born on a Full Moon, his Gemini Sun being opposition his Sagittarius Moon.  On the day of the election the Moon was in Gemini, exactly opposite its natal position.  At the same time the North Node – a place where the paths of the Sun and the Moon intersect – was returning to the place it was when he was born.  Some astrologers regarded this as positive, because his North Node is conjunct the Sun in the Tenth House.  On its own the North Node return in the Tenth House probably is positive, but that’s the danger of analysis without synthesis.  You have to look at the big picture, including the Moon’s opposition to its own place on election day.  And perhaps you also need to have a moral perspective.  The Nodes are about Karma, about reaping the consequences of past actions.  And Donald Trump isn’t Nelson Mandela.

Going back to the horary, I was probably lucky.  My question about whether Trump was going to win was asked on a Full Moon, and it gave me a clear answer.  This meant that I could look at everything else with the knowledge that he was going to lose in November, assuming that he stood.  Not every horary is going to be so clear, and if I hadn’t  asked the question at the right time, my prediction of Trump’s loss might have had a margin of error.


Donald Trump: Election loss and the Mars-Admetos midpoint

Trump speech in ColoradoWe’ve known that Donald Trump will lost the 2020 presidential election since the early spring, so it could be argued that there is no point in analyzing the situation any further. However, on November 3 and 4 there is some interesting stuff going on.  For example, here is a chart set for November 4 2020, at 1 am in Washington DC.  It is the moment that the polls close in Hawaii, the most westerly US state:

USA close of polls 2020.

Some might argue that I should take a different time, such as for the opening of polls, or that I should have moved the chart to Hawaii, but these details aren’t  important.  We’re trying to get a general picture.  The first thing that leaps at us is the Moon at 22 Gemini conjunct the North Node at 20 Gemini.  It is important because of Trump’s  chart:

Trump's chart with the hypotheticals.

As we can see, the Moon is exactly opposition his Natal Moon, at 21 Sagittarius, and conjunct his Sun, which is at 23 Gemini.  Furthermore, Trump has a North Node return – the Node returning to the place it was when he was born.  The North Node return is an indication of Karma manifesting.  Donald has to deal with the consequences of his actions, for better or for worse.  Though I should say that intrinsically there is nothing fortunate or unfortunate about the nodal return.

Also interesting is that on the  day of the election the planet Mercury goes stationary direct, at around 25 55 Libra.  Mercury is square Donald’s natal Venus, which in turn is ruler of his Midheaven.  There are clearly consequences for his leadership.

Another thing to note is the position of Jupiter and Saturn.  From a geocentric point of view they are five degrees apart, but heliocentrically they form an exact conjunction the day before the election, on November 2.  Symbolically this is a sign of a new era, when the rules and the culture will change.  It seems fitting that Donald will lose an election the day after the conjunction.

If you’re into the hypothetical planets of Uranian astrology, then one can’t help noticing that Jupiter at 21 31 Capricorn is exactly square Zeus at 21 31 Libra.  This represents a massive and violent liberation.  As Zeus often represents explosions and firearms, we perhaps have the image of half the American population letting off fireworks.  We might also see gun-toting militias trying to make their presence felt.  But I don’t want to exaggerate the issue.

There is also an midpoint configuration involving Mars, Uranus, and Admetos.  On election day Uranus at 8 32 Taurus is on the direct Mars-Admetos midpoint – Mars being at 15 52 Aries, Admetos at 2 09 Gemini.  Mars is the principle of action and aggression, while Admetos is about stagnation and decay.  We then have the image of sudden powerlessness.  Witte and Lefeldt, in their Rules for Planetary Pictures, described the configuration as “Sudden restriction in the field of work. Enemies made suddenly. To rip or tear something suddenly. Fragments and rags”. We can see this as a sudden transformation into utter powerlessness, the president of a powerful country turned into a ragged, lame duck.  The sudden enemies are obvious – rats leaving a sinking ship.

We now need to go back to Trump’s Moon.  On election night the Moon is opposition his natal Moon.  This means he has a demi-lunar return close to the time polls close.  We can then calculate the precise time that the transitting Moon is opposition the natal Moon, and draw up a chart – the demi-lunar return.  I like to set return charts to the place of birth, rather than the location of the client at the moment of the return.  This is the chart I get, set for Jamaica, New York:

Trump November 3 Demi-lunar.

The striking feature of this chart is the fact that Uranus is exactly on the Midheaven.  This indicates a dramatic and unexpected event.  Or a sudden change in someone’s position.  I think this is likely, given the fact that Uranus is on the Mars-Ademetos midpoint.  We also have a trigger.  Over the period of the election this midpoint is empowered by Uranus, but at the moment of Trump’s demi-lunar return the Midheaven hits it as well.  Suddenly Donald’s world become much smaller.  It’s no longer about global leadership, but about the trivialities of his daily existence – tax, debt and the treat of tedious lawsuits.

We then move to his solar arc directions – the technique where every planet in the horoscope is moved by approximately one degree a year.  On November 3 2020 Donald’s solar arc directed Mars is at 7 57 Scorpio.  If we convert this to the 45 degree dial, where 0 degrees Aries is the same as 15 Taurus is the same as 0 degrees Cancer, we get 37 57.  This is the relevant section of his natal 45 degree dial:

Donald's 45 degree dial (section).

For a start we can see that solar arc directed Mars is exactly on his Sun.  To be precise, it is making a sesquiquadrate aspect.  Yet amazingly, it is also exactly on Donald’s natal Mars-Admetos midpoint, reminding us that natally he has the Sun exactly on this midpoint.  Witte and Lefeldt wrote of this configuration “The man who works with loss, who narrows, reduces his field of work”.  From a business perspective, we know that Trump has had a few bankrupticies, and because of past losses, he pays hardly any federal tax.  So saying that he works with loss seems very true.  The directed Mars, on November 3, creates a situation of anger and powerlessness, the man who is losing an election and can’t do anything about it.