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Jupiter, Saturn and the three faces of 2020

The Jupiter-Saturn cycleI just wanted to clarify my previous article on the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.  As I have discussed, Jupiter and Saturn are moving towards a conjunction, which becomes exact on December 21 2020.  The world is moving towards recession and depression.  It would have happened without COVID-19, but the virus accelerated the pace.

Jupiter and Saturn are important planets when considering the business cycle, because they embody the principles of expansion and contraction.  From the Earth’s perspective, there are periods in their orbit where they go backwards, and this means that their angle of separation doesn’t move in a straight line.  From the perspective of 2020, the year started with Jupiter and Saturn moving steadly towards the conjunction, and on May 19 they reached their peak closeness, at 4.68 degrees.  This was a local minima, and from May 19 the planets started moving further apart.  We can therefore see the period from January 1 to May 19 as being the first phase of the disaster, with the world and its economy moving to the brink.

From May 19 to August 30 Jupiter and Saturn are moving apart.  In many quarters there is a feeling of relief, that the world is now recovering.  This particularly applies to the markets, but people in general are thinking that they can get back to work, as the situation normalizes.  However, it’s a zone of false optimism.  After August 30 Jupiter and Saturn move rapidly towards their December 21 conjunction.  It is at this stage that it becomes clear that there is no recovery, regardless of COVID, and that we need to prepare for the absolute worst.  And after December 21 we’ll start to discover what the absolute worst really is.

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Jupiter, Saturn and stock market bubbles

SPY weekly, July 9 2020We’re in a new paradigm, right?  The stock market is going to keep going up, because central banks are going to keep printing money.  This is the new normal, and we can keep ploughing our money into the markets, with no risk of losing.  We also had a new paradigm in late 1999 and early 2000.  The dot coms changed everything, and the internet was here to stay.  Crazy valuations were OK, because the future was great.

I’m not an economist, so maybe I have got it wrong.  This time it might really be different.  However, the stock market fervour in 2020 seems very similar to 2000.  Everyone was a stock market genius, provided they had the guts to plough their money into the lastest hot stock.  And it is all happening while Jupiter and Saturn are working their magic.

In astrology Jupiter and Saturn are the Great Chronocrators, the rulers of time.  Jupiter is the principle of expansion, Saturn the principle of contraction.  Every 20 years they make a conjunction, and this can have a big impact on culture and economics.  Looking back to 2000, there was a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn on May 28, and to understand what went on, we can graph the angular separation of the two planets:

Jupiter-Saturn angular separation, early 2000

This graph is for the first half of 2000.  The black line is the angular separation of Jupiter and Saturn.  At the beginning of the year the angular separation was around 15 degrees, and on May 28, when the planets were conjunct, it was zero.  Through the first months of 2000, as the planets moved closer together, the stock market raced higher.  Then, on March 10 2000, the NASDAQ index of technology shares peaked.  That’s the horizontal red line.  We can see this in tabular form, where the second column is Jupiter’s position, the third column Saturn’s:

March 10 2000

The two planets were 8.75 degrees apart when the NASDAQ peaked.  The index then declined, on and off, for three years. This means that as the planets came closer together, the markets became increasingly vulnerable to a shock.  Jupiter, the planet of expansion, was running into Saturn, the planet of cold reality.

Moving on twenty years, we can look at Jupiter and Saturn’s angular separation over the course of 2020:

Jupiter and Saturn, 2020

As in 2000, Jupiter and Saturn started 2020 being around 15 degrees apart.  Through until late February the NASDAQ was rising, and then, with Jupiter and Saturn 9.5 degrees apart, it peaked, and continued falling for a month.  By the time it stopped falling, the two planets were seven degrees apart.  We then have the question of why it stopped falling, when Jupiter and Saturn were moving closer and closer together, reaching their peak proximity on May 19, at 4.68 degrees.  I think part of the reason was that in the short-term, the move was never going to complete.  The rate at which Jupiter and Saturn were approaching each other was slowing down, and from May 19 onwards they started moving further apart.  Also, the activities of politicians and central bankers was enough to avert a more serious crisis.  This underlines the fact that although humans can’t avoid their fate, they can often postpone it.

Right now, in July 2020, Jupiter and Saturn are moving further and further apart.  This is why many people believe that the crisis is over.  The pressure on Jupiter is dissipating, and the NASDAQ is moving to new highs.  However, it is rather like a horror file.  There is always a stage in the film when the heroine feels she can relax.  She has escaped the supernatural monster, and things can return to normal.  And that’s the point where the nightmare starts all over again, only this time it is ten times worse.  When we look at the graph, we see that in the late summer Jupiter and Saturn have a peak distance from one another, and they then pick up speed, culminating in a conjunction on December 21.  Here’s a table, showing the point of maximum distance:

Jupiter-Saturn Maximum distance

On August 30 2020 Jupiter and Saturn are at the point of maximum separation.  After August 30, we have the final run-up to the December conjunction.  August 30 is a Sunday, and in the US it is a week short of Labor Day.  This is the moment that things start getting serious, when it may be difficult to stave off the inevitable.  August 30 is also the start of the crash season – the autumn being the most dangerous time of the year for the stock market.  At this stage I am not going to make any detailed forecast, but I do thing that the twists and turns of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle provide the mood music for the economic and social drama that’s unfolding before us.

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The horoscope of Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, who died in November 1991, probably as a result of suicide.  Robert Maxwell, whatever you think of him, led his life to the full.  Born in the the former Czechoslovakia, he was a war hero, publisher, Member of Parliament, newspaper magnate and fraud.  He was also a Gemini, if you’re interested, and he was sometimes called the Bouncing Czech.  Put another way, Ghislaine Maxwell lives in the shadow of her brilliant but crooked father.

After Robert Maxwell’s death Ghislaine Maxwell became attached to financier Jeffrey Epstein.  It seems they had some kind of relationship, and at some stage she started working for him.  Part of this work included precuring young females, in some cases for sexual purposes.  While it is true that Jeffrey Epstein paid her a lot of money over the years, there is still the question of what on earth Ghislaine Maxwell was doing.  She came from a fabulously priviledged background, and was a graduate of Oxford University.  In spite of her father’s fall from grace, and the financial constraints this caused, there was no reason for her to become the professionial enabler of someone like Jeffrey Epstein.

But maybe her horoscope can be useful.  She was born on Christmas Day 1961, at 3.20 pm, in Maisons Laffitte, France:

It’s tempting to regard Ghislaine Maxwell as a Capricorn.  She not only has the Sun in this sign, but also Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.  However in the female chart one must pay attention to the Moon – it is usually more descriptive than the Sun.  Her Moon is in Leo, conjunct the IC and the North Node.  The Moon is not happy in this sign.  People with Moon in Leo want attention, but they often feel that their environment is insufficiently nurturing.  From a symbolic point of view this makes sense.  The Moon is an emotional planet, and Leo, as a sign, is dry as dust.  Matters aren’t helped by the fact that she has no traditional planets in Water signs.  The emotional side of things just isn’t her department.

If we look at the chart from a Jungian perspective, she has an overall deficit on the rational axis. To explain this, according to Jungian psychology the rational axis is about thinking and feeling, while the irrational axis relates to intution and sensation.  These modes can in turn be related to the four elements.  Fire is intuition, Earth is sensaton, Air is thinking and Water is feeling.  As Ghislaine Maxwell has only one traditional planet in an Air sign, and no traditional planets in Water signs, she has a deficit on the rational axis.  In a Jungian sense, she is irrational, despite having a degree from Oxford.  In order to act rationally, you either use your feelings or your intellect.  You feel that something is wrong, and if you can’t do that, you work it out intellectually.  And she did neither.  Her Capricorn sensations – and materialism – dominated.

Another important point about Ghislaine Maxwell’s horoscope is that most of her planets are west of the MC-IC axis.  Jupiter is east, but only just – it is conjunct the Midheaven.  When you have such western emphasis, you often have someone who is reliant on other people.  Ghislaine Maxwell is responding rather than initiating.  First she was in thrall to her father, then Jeffrey Epstein.

Her Jupiter is interesting.  It seems powerful, right at the top of the chart.  It suggests career success, and the ability to be successful in her own right.  Especially as it is completely in sect: a diurnal chart above the horizon in a daytime chart, and also a masculine planet in a masuline sign (Aquarius).  However, Ghislaine Maxwell never owned her Jupiter.  Her business activities in the 1980s were down to her father, and after her father died she got sucked into the orbit of powerful men, in particular Jeffrey Epstein.

There is another, more controversial aspect to Jupiter.  It is exactly square Hades, in the 10th degree of Taurus.  I think this is important.  Hades colours the Jupiter-Midheaven conjunction, in a way that is unfortunate.  Hades is the planet of criminality and sleaze.  Her father was a fraudster, and Jeffrey Epstein had a penchant for under-aged girls.  Somehow, Hades revelled in the situation, and perhaps Ghislaine Maxwell got a kick out of serving the many needs of her multi-millionaire boss.

Jupiter is also part of a T square.  It is opposition the Moon in Leo and square Neptune in Scorpio.  The Moon-Jupiter opposition represents exaggerated or inappropriate displays of emotion.  However, Ghislaine Maxwell is not someone who is comfortable with her emotions, so when emotions and memories and the past come into play she’s all at sea.  This is further emphasized by the fact that Neptune mediates between the two, and is indeed on the Moon-Jupiter midpoint.

As far as the sexual angle is concerned, Ghislaine Maxwell has a conjunction between Venus and Mars – like Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton.  As a result of this conjunction, sex may have been an unusually important issue for her, and according to Mark Seal in Vanity Fair she was “so socially connected and sexually self-assured that she once hosted a dinner for East Side socialites on the fine art of giving a blow job, with dildos at each place setting”.

We can better understand her sexuality by looking at the Venus-Mars midpoint, at 28 degrees 11 Sagittarius.  The Moon and Neptune both make 45/135 aspects to this midpoint.  This means that the emotional confusion of the Moon-Neptune square is channelled into her sexual expression.  Reinhold Ebertin, in The C0mbination  of Stellar Influences, wrote of Neptune on the Venus-Mars midpoint: “Pathological or abnormal cravings in sex-relationship, the negation of the love-urge, the inclination to perversity. – Disappointment in sex-relationship”.

If the allegations against Ghislaine Maxwell are true, then this would seem to fit Neptune on the Venus-Mars midpoint. Sex became part of her identity, but in a way that was emotionally detached.  The lack of Water and Air in her chart prevented her from thinking or feeling through the consequences of her actions, or the impact they would have on other people.

However, the real key to her chart is probably Jupiter on the Midheaven.  Normally in astrology one associates the Midheaven with the mother, but in this case I think Jupiter on the Midheaven is the father.  A massive, dominating influence, at the point of maximum elevation.  She was always going to do daddy’s bidding, and when Jeffrey Epstein became her new father figure she might have found it difficult if not impossible to turn down his requests.  He was the new god, and if he wanted under-aged girls she would be happy to oblige.  Indeed, with Neptune on the Venus-Mars midpoint, she would perhaps be delighted to oblige.

Technical note: Ghiselaine Maxwell has the hypothetical planet Apollon at 27 degrees 34 Gemini, close to the semi-square of Neptune, at 12 degrees 48 Scorpio. Apollon is the planet of skill, talent and expansion.  It is also a networker.  Neptune might make these attributes somewhat nefarious, and may be about the distortion of talent.  Both Neptune and Apollon aspect the Venus-Mars midpoint, and sexuality, networking and confusion are all mixed together.  Ghiselaine Maxwell had the ability to reach out and find the girls that Jeffrey Epstein was looking for.

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The fixed signs in religion and magic

EagleAstrology is the work of the devil, or so we’re told.  We are supposed to put our faith in Jesus Christ, and to recognize that it is only through Him that we have any chance of salvation.  If we put our faith in astrology we’re on the fast track to hell.  It is because we’re rejecting the truth of Jesus Christ, our one and only saviour, and instead falling for the glitter and bright lights of astrology.  We don’t need Jesus to save us, we can instead save ourselves, with horoscopes and crystal healing.

Yet there is an alternative view. Astrology may be a manifestation of God, a way in which He shows Himself to us.  Our horoscope, for example, is an indication of what God wants us to do with our life.  The positions of the planets at the moment of great events tell us what these events mean, in terms of the higher, Divine plan.

The connection between astrology and God is shown in the first chapter of Ezekiel, where the prophet has a vision of cosmic proportions.  He saw four living creatures, each having four faces and four wings (Ezekiel 1:9-10):

9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
10 As for the likenesss of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

We can see that the fixed signs are described.   The man is Aquarius, the lion is Leo, the ox is Taurus, and the eagle is Scorpio… but hold on, why not a scorpion?  Don’t worry, Aleister Crowley explained this, in The Book of Thoth.  More about that later.

Another part of Ezekiel’s vision is a set of wheels (Ezekiel 1:16):

The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

We could be seeing a description of the ecliptic and the houses.  The wheel of the Zodiac and the wheel of the twelve houses.  The four living creatures are keeping the whole thing together, and this makes sense, because in Chapter 10 of Ezekiel we find out that the four living creatures are cherubim, a class of angels that can have a guardian role.  For example, when Adam and Eve got thrown out of the Garden of Eden, God placed cherubim on the east side of the garden, to stop the couple coming back.

From a linguistic perspective, cherubim is the plural of cherub.  In Christian art cherubs are often depicted as plump children.  This is not a useful description, and one should see cherubim as being more serious and assertive than that. They are there to guard and protect, not to float around innocent and childlike.

The cherubim are therefore at the cornerstone of the whole system, and their connection with the wheels described in the first chapter of Ezekiel may indicate that they underpin the whole of astrology.  They are the four stable elements, on which everything rests.

From an astrological point of view, one might then argue that the four fixed signs, namely Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, are the most stable and archetypal of the signs.  If we follow the order of the quadruplicities, we go cardinal, fixed, mutable.  So cardinal Fire is Aries, fixed Fire is Leo, mutable Fire is Sagittarius.  Fire manifests in Aries, endures in Leo and dissipates in Sagittarius.  The fixed signs represent the finished product, rather than its beginning or ending.  In this sense, they are pure and complete.

At this stage, you may be wondering why an Eagle represents Scorpio rather than a Scorpion.  The cherubim represent the highest and purest level of the sign, and this is something explained by Aleister Crowley in The Book of Thoth. This is without doubt the best book on the Tarot, and it is based on Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris’ Thoth tarot deck.  The pack’s Death card is associated with Scorpio, and in the card we can see a Scorpion, a snake and an eagle.  The scorpion represent the lowest level of Scorpio.  Someone who is vindictive and self-destructive, remembing the apocryphal story that when you surround a scorpion with a ring of burning petrol it stings itself to death.  The snake is the intermediate level.  When there’s trouble, it hides under a rock.  Then there is the highest level of Scorpio, the eagle.  It doesn’t worry about the petty worries and squabbling of the material plane – it soars about the clouds, powerful and free.

From a Christian perspective, the four faces of the cherubim are sometimes associated with the four gospels.  Matthew is represented by the man, Mark by the lion, Luke by the ox and John by the eagle.  Christ is a man, lion, ox and eagle, all at once. He is descended from ordinary men, and he has the kingliness of a lion.  As an ox he offered himself up for sacrifice, as an eagle he is eternal and everywhere.

The connection between the eagle and St. John’s gospel makes sense.  Long ago, when I was living in South London, a Christian knocked on my door, and when I showed him my books on astrology and the occult he tried to persuade me to see the light.  He told me that if I had doubts about Christianity, I should read this gospel.  It is the most spiritual and other worldly of the four, and its first five verses read as follows:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

This is the essence of Scorpio, at its highest level.  The Word is the divine intelligence, that has always existed, which was incarnated in Jesus Christ.  The high level Scorpio understands the infinity and fundemental rightness of this intelligence.  This is because it can fly above the emotional complications that leave many Scorpios stymied and earth-bound.

Ezekiel’s vision, and its relationship to the four elements, has always been important to astrologers and occultists, and it was picked up on by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  They assigned the four symbols of the fixed signs to the four cardinal points.  So if one was setting up a magical circle, in the east one would have a yellow Aquarius symbol, in the west a blue eagle, in the north a black Taurus and in the south a red Leo.  You would then do the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, to ensure that your working space was clean.

But ritual magic may be a step too far.  The primary purpose of astrology is to show us God’s will, and a secondary purpose is to demonstrate, as Hamlet said, that “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.  When you start straying into the magical arts, you’re putting your faith in something else, aside from Jesus Christ.  That could lead you to hell.  Or more likely, the realization that magical moments choose us, rather than the other way round.

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Sunday June 28 2020: Mars on the Aries Point

Mars on Aries PointThe Aries Point is a point in the horoscope that is often neglected.  It is zero degrees Aries, and the points making hard, eighth harmonic aspects to it. In a practical sense, there are therefore eight Aries Points: 0 Aries, 15 Taurus, 0 Cancer, 15 Leo, 0 Libra, 15 Scorpio, 0 Capricorn and 15 Aquarius.

We can see the Aries Point as the world in general, and how we impact it.  For example, Adolf Hiter had a square between Mars and Saturn, which had as its midpoint 29 degrees 55 minutes Gemini.  In other word, it was very close to zero degrees Cancer, and we can therefore say that he had the Aries Point on the Mars-Saturn midpoint.  Mars-Saturn is about death and destruction, and this is what Hitler brought to bear on the world around him.

Last week we had the Summer Solistice, when the Sun was at zero Cancer, and therefore on the Aries Point.  The day after the Solstice we had a New Moon, at zero Cancer.  And now we have got Mars moving onto the Aries point – it moves into Aries on Sunday July 28 2020, at 2.45 am London time.  In one sense it is not a big deal – Mars makes a hard aspect to the Aries point approximately every three months.  However, with the recent Solistice and New Moon, it may be signficant.  The chart at the top of the article is for the exact moment Mars enters Aries. It’s set for London, but that doesn’t really matter.  We can see that Mars is opposition the Moon and square the North Node.  What does it mean?  Probably more of the same, with an angry atmosphere in the lead up to July 4.

In terms of midpoints, it is worth noting that Mars and the Node, as well as the Aries Point, are on the Neptune-Hades midpoint.  Again, it is nothing we don’t already know – COVID-19 continues its destructive path.  Though we should also watch out for disasters connected with water.

Finally, at Mars’ Aries ingress it is on the IC, where the lower meridian hits the ecliptic, in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest:

Mars line, Pacific North West

If you’re in Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Eugene, Portand or San Francisco, or anywhere else on the red line, be extra careful, and avoid crowds.

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The horoscope of Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl.Sophie Scholl is important to Germans.  She was a leading member of the White Rose movement, a group of students who distributed leaflets, and wrote graffiti, which criticized Adolf Hitler and Nazism.  In February 1943, at the age of 21, she was arrested, tried and executed.  Sophie Scholl demonstrated that some Germans resisted Nazism, and her heroism had two dimensions.  Being active in the White Rose movement, and also being unrepentant at her trial.  It is possible that if she had thrown herself at the court’s mercy she would have been spared the guillotine.  Instead she told the court that “I am, now as before, of the opinion that I did the best that I could do for my nation. I therefore do not regret my conduct and will bear the consequences that result from my conduct”.

When looking at Sophie Scholl’s horoscope, and the astrology of her death, one has to remember that she wasn’t the only one in the dock.  There was her brother Hans and a friend, Christoph Probst. Of course each of the three had different horoscopes, and astrologically their deaths were symbolized in different ways.  However, it is Sophie Scholl that I want to focus on.

She was born on May 9 1921, at 11 pm in Forchtenberg, Germany.  Here is her horoscope:

The chart includes the eight hypothetical planets used by Uranian astrologers.

I suppose what stands out about the chart is its Taurus-Gemini emphasis.  Taurus is a stubborn, resilent sign, which can be fanatical.  Indeed there are some famous terrorists who have their Sun in Taurus: Guy Fawkes, Andreas Baader and Timothy McVeigh.  They had an uncompromising belief in a particular cause, which they were prepared to die for.  In Sophie Scholl’s case, her actions were non-violent and were underpinned by a religious pacificism.  There was nonetheless a principled disregard for her own life.

Not only was Sophie Scholl a Taurus, but she also had no traditional planets in Water signs.  Hitler, by the way, was also a Taurus with no Water. I would see this lack of water as being an ability to keep her emotions at bay, and maybe she wasn’t particularly sentimental.  She did what she had to do, and she wasn’t going to mince her words in court.

The importance of control is also shown by the trine aspect that Saturn in Virgo makes with her Sun-Mercury conjunction.  It also made her an effective and disciplined communicator, in terms of both the written and spoken word.

Communication is further emphasized by her Moon and Mars in Gemini.  In a female chart the Moon may be more important than the Sun, and she clearly had a way with words.  Yet the Moon makes a square aspect to Saturn.  This is further evidence that Sophie Scholl had emotional discipline, and was able to keep a brave front, even when facing execution.

Her Mars in Gemini is key to understanding her chart, because it links her Sun-Mercury conjunction with her Moon-Saturn Square.  It is difficult to see this link on a regular chart wheel, so we have to set this up on a 90 degree dial, where the degrees of the planets are collapsed into a Cardinal-Fixed-Mutable format:

Sophie Scholl's 90-degree dial

Mars aspects the midpoint of the Moon-Saturn square and the Sun-Mercury conjunction.  This gives us the following midpoint tree: MO/ME = SU/MO = MA = ME/SA = SU/SA. The fact that Mars is on the Sun-Moon midpoint is critical.  Any planet on this midpoint is likely to be important, and in some respects will define the person.  Sophie Scholl was a fighter, and with Mars in Gemini her main weapon was words.  This is further emphasized by Mars on the Mercury/Saturn midpoint – using harsh language to attack her enemies.

Another important configuation Sophie Scholl had was an opposition between Jupiter and Uranus, which received a 45/135 aspect from Venus.  Jupiter was at 8 57 Virgo, Uranus at 9 8 Pisces and Venus at 24 12 Aries. The orbs were tight, and we have the image of a rebellious girl, revelling in her own freedom.  But Jupiter and Uranus were in opposition, not conjunction.  It was a freedom that had to be fought for.

From a symbolic perspective, the Jupiter-Uranus-Venus complex seemed to play a big part in her death.  In the months before her arrest she exercised her freedom, and didn’t allow the threat of imprisonment or death to hold her back.  Yet from the perspective of solar arc directions, trouble was brewing.  When she was executed, on February 22 1943, the secondary progressed arc of her Sun was 20 degrees and 58 minutes.  If we add this arc to her natal Jupiter, Uranus and Venus, this brings them respectively to 29 55 Virgo, 0 5 Aries and 15 10 Taurus.  In other words, they were directed to 8th Harmonic aspects of  Aries Point, almost exactly.

The Aries Point is the world at large.  It is the point where Sophie Scholl and the White Rose movement got global recognition.  They might have been executed, but everyone found out about them.  They were mentioned on the BBC, Allied bombers dropped copies of their pamphlets on Germany, and Eleanor Roosevelt spoke in their memory.  But normally this kind of solar arc direction would be positive, a time for happiness and not just recognition.  Unfortunately, Sophie Scholl’s Hades was at 29 degrees 51 Pisces.  In other words 9 minutes short of the Aries Point.  Hades is a planet of misery and death, so the recognition and global impact of the Aries Point had a catch.  And it was a situation where without the executions there would have been little or no global impact.

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The next few days could be interesting.  We have the following events:

BOK Center, OKThursday June 18, 4.58 am GMT: Mercury goes retrograde.

Saturday June 20, 9.44 pm GMT: Summer Solistice.

Sunday June 21, 6.31 am GMT: New Moon eclipse.

Each of these events is important.  Mercury goes retrograde, meaning that from the Earth’s perspective Mercury starts moving backwards.  The Summer Solistice is the time, if you’re living in the North Hemisphere, when the hours of daylight reach a peak, and they start reducing.  The New Moon is the moment when Moon transitions from a state of waning to a state of waxing.

Stock markets could change course, and the situation with COVID-19 could also change.  The situation for Trump and the United States is likely to become very difficult, and if I were to advice the President, I would tell him to cancel his Tulsa rally, which takes place a few hours after the Summer Solstice.

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Summer Solstice 2020: Donald in Tulsa

Trump Tulsa time and venue.On Saturday June 20 2020, at 10.44 pm London time, the Sun reaches its maximum angular distance from the celestial equator.  This is the moment of the Summer Solstice, when the Sun moves into Cancer.  We can regard it as the opening of a gateway, where the cosmic energy manifests in the material realm.  If you are into Celtic mythology, you’ll perhaps know that the Summer Solstice is the time when the king is sacrificed, and his deputy, the tanist, takes over the job.  He gets sacrificed six months later, at the Winter Solstice.

If you’re in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the time of the solstice will be at 4.44 pm on June 20. In other words, the Solstice takes place a few hours before Donald’s big rally in the city , which starts at 7 pm.  Though bear in mind that the BOK Center, where it’s being staged, opens its doors at 3 pm.  That gives you enough time to get to your seat and celebrate the moment of the Solstice, while waiting for the great man’s arrival.  You could perhaps chant “USA, USA, USA”, while visualizing Trump’s victory speech in on November 3.  He’s not going to win, as I have already predicted, but at least you’ll be doing your bit to MAGA.

The chart for the precise moment of the Solstice, set for 4.44 pm in Tulsa, has some interesting features:

Summer Solstice Tulsa 2020

The Solstice takes place just before a New Moon, at a time when the Moon at 25 33 Gemini is making an exact 90 degree aspect to Mars, at 25 35 Pisces.  Furthermore, the Ascendant-Descendant axis is exactly on the Moon-Mars midpoint, and Uranus is conjunct the Descendant.

Yet the Summer Solstice is a global event.  Wherever you are in the world, the Moon will be square Mars.  However the aspects to the Ascendant from the Moon, Mars and Uranus are specific to a particualar part of the world.  The map below shows the affected area – it surrounds a yellow line going though the US, Canada and Mexico:

Summer Solstice 2020 map.

The Moon-Mars aspect is of generic interest, to the whole world.  This suggests that the world’s population, or segments of it, will continue to be angry.  It is also worth noting that the Aries point is aspecting the Neptune-Hades midpoint.  Aside from indicating that COVID-19 will be a continuing and perhaps excalating problem, it also warns of water damage – tsunamis, flooding, and so on.

As far as Tulsa is concerned, the chart is highly charged.  The Ascendant triggers the Moon-Mars square, and if we use a wider orb, we also have Uranus on the Moon-Mars midpoint.  The rally is likely to be a high pressure event, with lots of angry people, both inside and outside.  Indeed having Uranus on the Descendant, close to the Moon-Mars midpoint, suggests that holding the rally might not be a good idea.  Donald should have chosen a different location, well off the yellow line. But if the worst comes to the worst, at least he’s got a tanist, in the form of Vice President Mike Pence.  That’s a flippant remark, by the way, not a prediction.

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Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Heliocentric conjunction.Just a quick note about heliocentric astrology.  This is astrology that is based on a heliocentric rather than a geocentric perspective.  Heliocentric astrology is often used in financial astrology, and if one is tracking the unfolding of current events one should keep a close eye on heliocentric trends.

In terms of geocentric astrology, we know that there is a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 of this year.  Though at the moment, Jupiter is retrograde, and the two planets are getting further apart.  In heliocentric astrology there is no such thing as retrograde motion.  Jupiter and Saturn are therefore moving in the same direction, and their heliocentric conjunction is on Monday November 2 2020.  In other words, the day before the US Presidential Election.

However, we shouldn’t forget that there is a third planet involved in the conjunction, namely Pluto.  And on Friday June 12, in the early afternoon, New York time,  Pluto is exactly on the heliocentric Jupiter-Saturn midpoint – see the chart above.  This is a time when we can feel the full power of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction.  Reinhold Ebertin, in the Combination of Stellar Influences, wrote about this midpoint as follows: “A person unafraid of any trouble or work in order to attain the desired aims slowly but surely, the demonstration of immense effort. – Violent changes, separation, restriction”.

This is a time when we can feel the violent and tranformative energy of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction.  We can perhaps see this violence in the markets and on the streets, and for ourselves, we need to transform ourselves so as to make the very most of the times we’re living in.

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Why the Hiroshima bombing matters to astrologers

Hiroshima nuclear cloudThere is no scientific evidience that astrology works, and there probably never will be.  The only largescale study that appeared to show statistical significance, by Michel Gauquelin, may have been methodologically flawed, and there was a possible problem with multiple comparisons.  Even if Gauquelin’s results aren’t flawed, they suggest a barebones astrological system, with no signs or aspects, where the only planets that one can use are the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

However just because there is no scientific evidence that astrology works doesn’t mean that astrology doesn’t work.  The aim of astrology is to paint a picture of a moment in time in such vivid detail that its fundamental meaning is obvious.  So obvious that it cannot be contradicted by other moments of time, where astrology fails to provided a good description.  I know that what I have just written is nonsense, from a scientific perspective, but if we practice astrology we have to go beyond the scientific method.

Let’s look at an event.  The discovery of Uranus on the evening of March 13 1781.  We don’t know the precise time, but it was between 10 and 11 pm, in Bath, England.  Here’s the chart, for 10.30 pm:

Horoscope for the discovery of Uranus.

We would expect Uranus to be prominent in the horoscope, and it is.  It is above the horizon, opposition the  Mars-Saturn conjunction, and square the Sun.  These aspects give us an idea about what Uranus means.  The Mars-Saturn conjunction relates to accidents and death, and in Sagittarius it is a death that might be fiery and explosive.  The Sun-Mars square gives an image of wilfulness, and tied to Saturn it might be the violent attempt to escape restriction.  Overall, we get an idea that Uranus is a violent and perhaps malefic planet, and its link with earthquakes, explosions and revolutions makes sense.

Going back to moments in time, what is the most important event in the Twentieth Century?  That’s a controversial question, and some people might see the question purely in terms of technology and convenience.  For example, the invention of the internet or the launch of the first smart phone.  However in terms of lives and civilization, I am thinking more of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, in Sarajevo in 1914, or the detonation of an atomic bomb over Hirsoshima.  After these events, the world was never the same.  One event launched the First World War, the other actualized the threat of global nuclear destruction.

This is the chart for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, set for 11 am on June 28 1914, in Sarajevo.  The time is close, but probably not exact:

Sarajevo 1914

It is the kind of chart that anyone who has entered the astrology mindset will understand, particularly if they use midpoints.  There is a Moon-Mars conjunction in the Twelfth House, which points to a hidden attack, or an ambush.  Saturn is on the Midheaven, indicating the seriousness of the event, and a Venus-Uranus opposition is on the Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint.

The Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint, along with the Sun-Moon midpoint, are the two midpoints every astrologer should include in their chart analyses.  The Ascendant-Midheaven represents the time and the place, and with Uranus on this point, we get a picture of what’s going on at 11 am on June 28 1914 in Sarajevo.  In the assassination chart, Uranus on the midpoint is given added strength by Venus.  The fact that Venus is the planet of love is irrelevant – it should instead be seen as a trigger.  And if the the assassination happened exactly at 11 am, Venus would be exactly semi-square the Midheaven.

Another midpoint to consider is Mars-Uranus.  This represents violent actions.  At the time of the assassination the Sun and Jupiter were in sesquiquadrate aspect (135 degrees) and both planets were on the Mars-Uranus midpoint.  In other words, we have the configuraton SU = MA/UR = JU.  This describes a successful assassination. Jupiter is about successful action – even though the action was murderous.  Witte and Lefeldt described the Sun on the Mars-Uranus midpoint as “Sudden bodily action.  The energetic or fierce man. Sudden injury to the body”.  Sounds about right.

Yet there is a problem.  I am an astrologer, and the assassination horoscope makes perfect sense to me.  However, a sceptic would argue that I am seeing what I want to see.  And I would accept that if you’re not up to your neck in astrological symbolism, the last few paragraphs I have written are pretty crazy.

So let us look at another chart.  A chart that is simple, beautiful and horrible:

Horoscope for the bombing of Hiroshima.

This is the horoscope for the precise second the Hiroshima bomb exploded, at 8:16.02 am on August 6 1945, Hiroshima Time.  The bomb left the plane less than a minute earlier, when the plane was flying at 31,060 feet.  By the time of the explosion, it was 1,968 feet over the city.

It could be argued, from a technological point of view, that the Hiroshima bomb was not a major event, because the world’s first atomic explosion had already taken place, in New Mexico, the previous month.  However, it was the first atomic bomb to be dropped from an aeroplane, with the intention of killing people.  It was also the first uranium bomb – the New Mexico and Nagasaki bombs were made with plutonium.

The planet that rules uranium is of course Uranus.  When we look at the horoscope of the bombing, we can see that Uranus is exacty on the Midheaven.  The Midheaven is at 16 degrees 45 minutes Gemini, and Uranus is at 16 degrees 29 Gemini.  The Midheaven is the highest point on the ecliptic, and the horoscope clearly describes an atomic bomb, with a uranium core, exploding high in the sky.

We can mention other things about the chart. The fact that Uranus is conjunct Mars, is aspecting the Sun-Moon and Ascendant-Midheaven midpoint, and amazingly is only two minutes off the midpoint of these two midpoints.  Additionally, the Moon is making an exact conjuncton to Saturn, and the Sun is aspecting the Mars-Saturn midpoint.  However these are subtleties.  Uranus’s position right at the top of the chart, at the moment a uranium bomb explodes for the first time, leads to two alternative conclusions.  Either those planning the bombing used astrology to fine-tune the timing of the event,  or in some situations astrology works.

Technical note: A planet is considered to be on a midpoint when it is conjunct, opposition, square, semisquare or sesquiquadrate the point.  Orbs are no more than 1 minute and 30 seconds, though I generally use orbs of less than a minute.  

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