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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.

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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.

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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.

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Amy Coney BarrettAmy Comey Barrett is Donald Trump’s pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Supreme Court justice.  Barrett is a religious conservative, and progressives are worried that her appointment will move the court to the right, perhaps for a generation.  From a non-American perspective, these concerns seems absurd.  A judge is supposed to be impartial, and their political views should have nothing to do with their judgements.  Yet America is a Cancerian country, born on the fourth of July, and it’s therefore ridden with subjectivity.

As far as Barrett’s horoscope is concerned (see above), she was born on January 28 1972, making her an Aquarius.  Assuming that she is appointed, which at this stage seems certain, she will be the third Supreme Court justice with an Aquarius Sun – Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts are also Aquarians. She will  share her Cancer Moon with Brett Kavanaugh, meaning that both these justices will have the Sun in Aquaris and the Moon in Cancer.  It should also be noted that Justice Clarence Thomas has the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Aquarius.

It is interesting that Donald Trump’s last two picks to the Court had the same Sun and Moon signs. In 2018 I posted about Brett Kavanaugh’s horoscope.  This is the chart:

Brett Kavanaugh horoscope

I wrote the following about Kavanaugh’s horoscope: “The first thing to note about the chart is that there are three planets in Aquarius: the Sun, Mercury and Venus.  Aquarius is a sign that is widely misunderstood.  It is common to describe it as being ideallistic and future-oriented, and this is because some astrologers have erroneously associated it with the planet Uranus.  You also have the hype about the Age of Aquarius, that’s created an overly optimistic view.  The reality of Aquarius is that it’s ruled by the planet Saturn.  It’s about the positive aspects of limitation – creating structures to enshrine a rigid world-view.  Such structure may be useful, as in the case of Aquarian Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, or it can be downright evil, as was seen by Nazi Germany, an Aquarian organization which came into being on January 30 1933”.

There can be a superiority to Aquarius, and this reminds us that Aquarius’ opposite sign is Leo.  Leo represents the shadow, and Aquarius, through its claims of objectivity, is marking out how special it is.  But in the case of Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coley Barrett there is another problem.  They have the Moon in Cancer.  Cancer is a completely different energy to Aquarius.  It is emotional and often traditional, looking to the past rather than the future.  Furthermore, it tends to be subjective, and finds it difficult to separate its thinking and feeling.  On a historical note, Roland Freisler, Nazi Germany’s top judge, who sent the Scholl siblings to the guillotine, had the Moon in Cancer in mutual reception to Jupiter in Taurus.

We therefore shouldn’t be fooled by the academic veneer that Kavanaugh and Amy Coley Barrett present.  Their Suns in Aquarius are weak, Aquarius being the sign of the Sun’s detriment.  And their Moons are in Cancer, the sign of its rulership.  In Kavanaugh’s case the Moon is doubly strong, because it is in mutural reception by exaltation with Jupiter in Taurus, as was the case with Roland Freisler.  The engine of Kavanaugh and Barrett’s personalties is the Moon in Cancer.  Utterly subjective, with their legal judgements being twisted by ideological prejudice.

The ideological bias can also be understood in terms of Jupiter.  Kavanaugh has a strong Jupiter, as I have already discussed, and so does Barrett – she has Jupiter in Sagittarius, the sign of its rulership.  Jupiter has two sides.  It is the great benefic, but it is also very sure that its vision of the world is correct.  Furthermore, Jupiter is the planet of religion.  William Lilly described the downside of Jupiter as “Hypocritically Religious, Tenacious, and stiffe in maintaining false Tenents in Religion…” (sic).  And given what we know of Barrett’s associations with a fringe religious group, one must doubt whether she will be able to adhere to the fundamental tenet of church-state separation, that one “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 20:21).

Amy Coley Barrett’s Jupiter is interesting for another reason.  It is poorly integrated with the personal planets in her horoscope, and its main aspect is a square with Pluto.  Its trine with Mars in Aries has a wide orb, and the quincunx with Saturn is a minor aspect.  Jupiter is the planet of religion, is the planet of God.  Barrett’s God is something that may not be properly integrated into her being.  Sometimes her God is there and sometimes He is not.  And sometimes Barrett is controlled, even possessed by her God, and other times she is an ordinary, secular human being.  In this light, we should remember that one of the activities of the religious group she has been associated with is speaking in tongues.  And if my analysis is correct, God, or more likely some disembodied psychological projection, could intervene in her judgements at any time. This means that she is probably not a suitable candidate to be a Supreme Court justice.

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Mid-October 2020 – the excitement and the horror

Donald Trump on the White House balcony.In 2016 W.B. Yeats’ poem The Second Coming was often quoted.  It described a world that was falling part, where “the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…”. And at the end of poem we get the famous prophecy:

The darkness drops again; but now I know   
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,   
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

The rough beast is compared with Donald Trump.  He is the saviour, born in the stable of Reality TV, who can create a new dawn for America.  And his brush with COVID reminds us of the beast mentioned in the Book of Revelations, Chapter 13, Verse 3:

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Of course Trump is not the beast from the B0ok of Revelations, and it is still too early to tell whether he has beaten COVID.  But the imagery is disturbing.

As far as  mid-October is concerned, here are some of the major astrological events:

October 13: Sun opposition Mars
October 14: Mercury goes retrograde
October 15: Sun sesquiquadrate the Mars/Saturn midpoint
October 16: New Moon
October 18: Sun square Mars

Each event on its own doesn’t count for much, but taken together we get an explosive situation, which gravitates around the New Moon on October 16.  Mars and Saturn are already in square aspect with each other, and the Sun, by aspecting both, helps focus the energy.  Mercury going retrograde close to the New Moon creates further uncertainty, with the markets likely to show considerable instability.  Here’s the chart of the New Moon, set for Washington DC:

October 16 2020 New Moon.

We can see that the Moon at 24 Libra makes an opposition aspect to Mars in Aries, and this in turn is squared by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.  I think it likely that this New Moon is going to hit Donald Trump hard, whether in terms of his health, reputation or political fortunes.  Yes, things are bad, but they could get a lot worse.  Have a look at Trump’s natal chart:

Trump horoscope

We can see that the New Moon at 24 Libra makes an exact square to Trump’s Saturn at 24 Cancer.  Furthermore, at the time of the New Moon Saturn at 26 Capricorn is making an opposition to Trump’s Venus at 26 Cancer. This aspect has been operational for a long time, but the New Moon brings it into focus one more time.  Matters are made even more difficult by the involvement of the hypothetical planet Hades, which is making an exact sesquiquadrate to Saturn, and therefore making an exact semisqure to his natal Venus. Women, sleaze, money, whatever.

For Trump personally, the pressure is going to mount, and his fortunes will in all likelihood move from bad to worse.  In terms of the US in general, we have to remember that Trump IS America, because Americans chose him as their president.  America will continue to be torn up by death, division and COVID.

However, we don’t want to be totally focused on the US.  The middle of October isn’t just bad for America, it is also bad for the world.  It is a time of conflict and tension, and some places are going to be worse affected than others.  Matters might not be helped by the fact that America will be perceived as being preoccupied by COVID and elections.

One part of the world that we already know is problematic is the Caucasus, with Azerbaijan threatening the territorial integrity of the ethnic-Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.  Most Americans don’t know where this is, though Kim Kardashian, with her South Californian Armenian roots, has been trying to raise awareness.  As she tweeted on September 27, “Armenia has been the victim of unprovoked attacks by Azerbaijan & the predictable disinformation campaign that accompanies them. Azerbaijan is blocking social media except for war propaganda”.

This is the New Moon set for Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh:

October 16 2020 New Moon set for Stepanakert.

The Ascendant is at 22 39 Cancer, opposition Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.  That is suggestive of enemy action.  Also, the Sun-Mars opposition is square the Ascendant.  Matters are further complicated by the fact that the Jupiter-Saturn midpoint is opposition the Ascendant, and the Mars-Saturn midpoint is making an 135 degree aspect.  We get the following midpoing tree:

JU/SA=PL=AS=MA/SA

The energy of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, that is exact on December 21, is being picked up by Pluto.  The Mars-Saturn aspect is a pairing relating to death and destruction.  And the Ascendant indicates an area of particular vulnerability, which is the Caucasus.  This is an area that we really need to focus on, particularly as there is already a conflict in the region.

What more can I say?  Be careful, be vigilant and pay close attention to Kim Kardashian’s tweets.

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Taxes and the horoscope of the first Trump-Biden debate

September 29 debateThere are only a few days left in September.  The planet Mercury is now in Scorpio, and this means that our thought processes may become darker and more subterranean.  Rather than discuss our plans openly, we’ll want to do it behind closed doors.  And sometimes our thoughts will be so unpleasant that we won’t want to talk about them.  On the plus side, there will be serious thinking, and mysteries and problems can be solved.

On Monday or Tuesday the planet Saturn comes to a standstill, from the Earth’s point of view.  It happens when Saturn is at 25 degrees 20 minutes Capricorn.  Now that’s interesting, because at the moment of its standstill Mars will be at 25 degrees 31 Aries.  In other words, there will be an exact Mars-Saturn square on Tuesday September 29.  As I have said on previous occasions, this is a really difficult time, and the emphasis will be on death and destruction.  It is not a time, for example, that you want to have a presidential debate.

Yet on September 29 2020, at 9 pm in Cleveland, Ohio, we have the first Presidential debate.  The chart at the top of this article is set for the beginning of this debate. We can see a conjunction between the Moon and Neptune, in Pisces. This suggests that the debate will be a confusing event, with plenty of scope for obscuring the truth.  It is also worth noting that the Midheaven is zero degrees 21 Aquarius – the degree of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on December 21 2020.  In fact, the conjunction takes place at 0 29 Aquarius.  This means that the debate is somewhat symbolic of the changes that will be taking place in America over the next year or two.

However, it may be that the debate doesn’t matter – it simply coincides with the Mars-Saturn square.  This square is nasty, and as I have mentioned in previous articles, it hits Donald Trump’s natal Venus.  Venus is not just the planet of women, it is also the planet of money, and it is significant that information about his tax returns has come out just as the Mars-Saturn aspect became exact.  Regardless of whether Trump wins or loses the debate, the Mars-Saturn aspect shows us that the damage has been done.

At this stage, I want to revisit a horary question I asked in early May.  The question was “Will Donald Trump get re-elected to the White House in November?”.  Here’s the chart:

Will Trump win in November?

Donald Trump is signified by the Moon, as ruler of the Tenth House of leadership. The Moon is placed in Scorpio, and is moving to an opposition of the Sun.  I took this as a clear sign that he was going to lose in November, assuming he stood.  The Sun was in the Second House, which I took as the nation’s finances.  However, with the latest news it seems that his finances, and his tax returns, have a bearing on the situation, and will contribute to his downfall.

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Diana Rigg, 1973.On September 10 2020 Diana Rigg died.  If you’re nostalgic for the 1960s, this was a big deal.  As Emma Peel in The Avengers she was iconic, the face of a long-gone era.  She also played Teresa di Vicenzo, in the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  At the end of the film Teresa married James Bond, and a few hours later she was gunned down, still in her wedding dress.

Arguably Diana Rigg, through Teresa’s on-screen death, was acting out her horoscope.  If I want to know about the kind of relationship someone has with death, I look at their Mars-Saturn midpoint.  In her natal chart Diana Rigg had the hypothetical planet Cupido square her Mars-Saturn midpoint.  Cupido is the planet of love and marriage, and what better image for Cupido on the Mars-Saturn midpoint than a bride with a bullet wound in her forehead.  Interestingly John F. Kennedy also had Cupido on the Mars-Saturn midpoint – the aspect was  a semisquare.  This tells us something about his real-life death – he was shot in the head sitting next to his wife in full view of the public.

But I am digressing.  I want to talke about Diana Rigg’s real death.  It is a post hoc analysis, in relation to her lunar return – the time every month when the Moon returns to the place it was at birth.  I am not claiming that it would have been possible to predict her passing, particularly if one didn’t know that she had terminal cancer.  Rather, I am going through the exercise of seeing if there was anything in Diana Rigg’s September 5 2020 lunar return that pointed to imminent death.

Diana Rigg was born on July 20 1938, at 2 am, in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster.  Here’s her horoscope:

Diana Rigg horoscope

It is a tough chart, with two major conjunctions: the Sun conjunct Mars and Pluto in Cancer, and the Moon conjunct Saturn in Aries.  Maybe she lived out these conjunctions through her stage and screen roles, but overall her chart suggests an uncompromising person, who didn’t spend too long thinking through the pros and cons of a particular action.  You might also expect the two conjunctions to be in some way connected with her death, and this is suggested by her solar arc directions, set for September 10 2020.  Her solar arc directed Mars was at 17 41 Libra, directly oppostion her natal Saturn at 17 57 Aries.  In fact, solar arc Mars was opposition her Saturn-Hades midpoint, which was at 17 45 Aries.

Alfred Witte and Hermann Lefeldt, in their Rules for Planetary Pictures, wrote as follows about Mars on the Saturn-Hades midpoint: “The health suffers through the work. Death as a result of long illness or by a weapon. Sad death. To be exploited”. The description is broadly appropriate, though I don’t know if her death was particularly sad.  She was 82 and had lived a very full life.

Let’s now look at her lunar return, set for September 5 2020.  I take the location as being the place of her birth, not the place of her residence:

Diana Rigg's September 5 2020 lunar return.

The Ascendant is at 15 degrees 6 minutes Sagittarius.  It is exactly opposite Diana Rigg’s natal Ascendant, at 16 50 Gemini.  Seventeenth Century astrologer John Gadbury, when reviewing the solar returns of Charles I, remarked that the switching of the Ascendant and Descendant signs in a return is an unfortunate signature.

The Moon in the lunar return is exactly conjunct the IC – in other words, right at the bottom of the chart.  This the end of the matter, the person disappearing from view.  We also note that the Moon is applying to a square of Saturn, and is widely conjunct Mars.  This repeats the signature of her natal chart, where she had the  Moon conjunction Saturn and widely square Mars.  It is also worth noting that in the lunar return the Moon is five degrees from the square with Saturn, and Diana Rigg died just under five days afterwards. There is another link.  In her natal chart the Moon is 7 degrees and 15 minutes short of a square with Mars.  In the lunar return, the Moon is 7 degrees and 7 minuntes short of a conjunction with Mars.

I am not suggesting that lunar return are always worth doing.  In my experience, they can be hit and miss.  However in the case of Diana Rigg her September 5 2020 lunar had a powerful resonance with her death.

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Mid-September 2020: Trump, astrology and women

Guardian Amy Dorris storyOn September 2 2020 there was a Full Moon, which occurred at the same time as an opposition aspect between Venus and Saturn.  In an earlier article, I took the view that this Full Moon could be bad news for Donald Trump.  The Venus-Saturn opposition was hitting his Venus-Saturn conjunction and this suggested problems with women. I wrote:

We might therefore expect Donald to have Venus-Saturn experiences around the time of the Full Moon.  Some of which may never become public.  He may have problems with women and he may behave badly towards them.  He will be particularly vulnerable to revelations about past behavior, relating to women, money or both.  If Donald has behaved sleazily in the past, his sleaze might bubble to the surface.  Put another way, if anyone has got any revelation to make about Trump, now is the perfect time to bring it out into the open – it would cause maximum damage.

Generally one can expect the impact of a Full Moon to be a fortnight, though Saturn, in late Capricorn, is opposition Trump’s Venus through September and October.  To put some numbers and positions on this, his birth Venus is at 25 degrees 44 minutes Cancer, and transitting Saturn started September at 25 58 Capricorn and ends October at 26 13 of the sign.

On September 17, the  day of a New Moon, The Guardian came out with a story that Amy Dorris, a former model, had been sexually assaulted by Donald Trump at a tennis match in September 1997.  This kind of story is exactly what I was expecting, with Saturn transitting his Venus.  Of course sceptics might argue that in the run up to the election it was inevitable that women would be crawling out of the woodwork with claims of sexual impropriety.  After all, we are dealing with Donald Trump.  Yet he does have a conjunction between Venus and Saturn in his natal chart, and he is extraordinarilly vulnerable to attacks from women.  It started with his niece Mary, and with the Saturn transit I am expecting more women to step forward.

As far as Amy Dorris is concerned, she was born on October 1 1972.  Here is her chart, set for midday:

Amy Dorris horoscope

We can set that again Trump’s chart:

Trump horoscope

When you look at Donald Trump and Amy Dorris’ charts, the first thing you notice is the conjunction between Venus and Mars.  Donald Trump’s Mars is at 26 47 Leo, Amy Dorris’ Venus at around 26 Leo.  In other words, they are closely conjunct.  In standard astrology, this conjunction relates to a physical attraction, and according to Amy Dorris’ account, Trump found her very appealing.  As the Guardian reported, “He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything”.

But we do need to remember that Venus-Mars contacts are often one way affairs.  Mars is the planet of male sexuality, and Donald Trump’s Mars is conjunct Amy Dorris’ Venus.  Something about her as a woman may have excited  and aroused him.  On the other hand, Venus might have experienced Mars as something aggressive, and perhaps also course and gross.  Particularly as Amy Dorris went to the tennis match with her boyfriend.

There is another, important connection between Donald Trump and Amy Dorris’ charts, and it relates to her Saturn, at 20 36 Gemini.  This Saturn is exactly conjunct Donald’s north node, and it is also conjunct his Sun and opposition his Moon.  Saturn is the planet of Karma, and having to face the consequences of one’s actions.  Saturn also blocks and restricts, which may say something about the way Amy Dorris claimed to have responded to Donald Trump’s alleged advances.  Overall, it may be the case that the Saturn link-ups will be significant, in terms of damaging Trump’s electoral chances.

Finally, let’s look at the chart for September 5 1997:

Alleged assault.

I don’t have exact times for the event, or indeed for Amy Dorris’ birth.  So I am not going to spend too long looking for a match up between Amy Dorris and the events of September 5 1997.  Indeed, I am going to look at just one thing, her Venus-Mars midpoint. Its position is approximately 13 degrees 10 minutes Virgo. At the time of the alleged assault, Neptune at 27 28 Capricorn was relatively close to making an 135 degree aspect to this midpoint. But it wasn’t exact – the full force of the contact would have been earlier in the year.  Nonetheless, it was a time when she was susceptible to unusual sexual experiences.  We then notice that on September 5 the Sun was at 13 Virgo – in other words, it was exactly on her Venus-Mars midpoint.  That was the trigger for her alleged encounter with Donald.

We can get further details about Amy Dorris’ Venus-Mars midpoint by considering any planets that might have been aspecting it at the time of her birth.  She has the hypothetical planet Zeus at 13 degrees Virgo, bang on the midpoint.  In Greek mythology Zeus was known for ravaging young women who caught his fancy, in sudden and dramatic ways.  And on September 5 1997 the Sun was exactly conjunct her Zeus… and Donald Trump allegedly chose that day to do a poor impression of a Greek god.  An alternative interpretation of Zeus on the Venus-Mars midpoint was provided by Witte and Lefeldt, in Rules for Planetary Pictures: “Intimate acquaintance or relationship with leading people”. Whatever you think of him, Donald Trump is a leading person.

One final point.  On September 5 1997 Venus was at 23 Libra, opposition Saturn at 19 Aries.  That’s not surprising, is it?

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Jupiter, Saturn, Kim Kardashian, Jade Goody and Paris Hilton

Kim Kardashian by Eva RenaldiI know virtually nothing about the Kardashians, except that they are a rich American family, who have made a lot of money from reality TV.  The most famous Kardashian is apparently called Kim, and she was born on October 21 1980, at 10.46 am in Los Angeles.  Here is her horoscope:

Kim Kardashian's horoscope

It’s appropriate that Kim Kardashian has the Sun in Libra.  This is a very sociable placement, though it can sometimes lack depth – skimming along the surface, moving from one social interaction to another.  But what really stands out is her Jupiter.  It is at 28 degrees 52 minutes Virgo, exactly on the Midheaven.  It is conjunct Saturn, which is at 3 degrees 41 Libra.

Jupiter is in Virgo, the sign of its detriment.  People with Jupiter in Virgo sometimes miss the big picture – they can be ambitious and forward-looking just for the sake of it, and can perhaps get side-tracked by material details.  Yet Jupiter is a benefic, and it is right on the Midheaven.  So there  was never any reason why she couldn’t be successful.

Having said all that, it may be that Saturn is the real key to Kim Kardashian’s success.  Her Saturn is in Libra, the sign of its exaltation.  Furthermore, it is a daytime planet in a day time chart about the horizon.  It is also a masculine planet in a masculine sign.  Her Saturn is therefore very strong, and is signfies someone who knows what it takes to be successful.

In terms of this article, what I really want to focus on is the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.  Forty years ago, in the early 1980s, there was a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, in Libra.  From a geocentric perspective, the conjunction happened three times: December 31 1980, March 4 1981 and July 24 1981.  However, it was operational from October 1980 through to September 1981.

Those born at the time of the 1980 to 1981 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction were in their late teens in the year 2000.  For reality TV it was an important year, at least in the United Kingdom.  The first series of the UK Big Brother launched on July 14 2000, just two months after another Jupiter Saturn conjunction, which took place on May 28 2000.  This underlines the point that Jupiter and Saturn have a 20 year cycle – every 20 years the two planets form a conjunction.  And if you’re born close to a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, like Kim Kardashian, you may be very sensitive to the cycle.  An extreme example of this sensitivity was the singer John Lennon. He was born in 1940, a few months after a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. He became famous in the wake of the 1961 conjunction, and he was murdered a few weeks before the 1980 conjunction.

The May 28 2000 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction marked the beginning of a 20 year cycle, ending on December 21 2020.  As we now know, the internet, social media and reality TV have been important features of this cycle.  There is the idea that anyone can be a star, and that you can be famous just because you are famous.  An ordinary person can be on reality TV, or have their own Youtube channel, and can be catapulted to stardom. At least that’s the theory.

In a UK context, the most famous and enduring reality TV star was Jade Goody.  OK, people might not have heard of her now, but fifteen years ago she was major.  An ordinary working class girl, she came second in the 2002 series of Big Brother.  Part of her selling point was her guileless ignorance – for example thinking that Saddam Hussein was a boxer.  And she seemed to demonstrate that anyone, regardless of background or education, could become a star.

Jade Goodie was a Gemini, born on June 5 1981. Another Jupiter-Saturn baby, with her Jupiter and Saturn respectively at 0 33 and 3 0 Libra.  Her story was inspirational but also tragic, and she lived and died in the spotlight.  While on Celebrity Big Brother 5, in 2007, she made racist remarks about another contestant, from India.  In 2008, as a kind of redemption, she appeared on the Indian version of Big Brother, Bigg Boss, and during the show she found out that she had cancer of the cervix.  It soon emerged that the cancer was terminal and she married her boyfriend in February 2009, a month before her death, in a very public ceremony.  OK! magazine paid around £700,000 for access to the wedding, and produced a Jade Goody tribute edition.

The day Jade Goody died, March 22 2009, Jupiter and Saturn were exactly 150 degrees apart.  This underlines the fact that Jade Goody’s life was strongly associated with the Jupiter-Saturn cycle.  The conjunction brought her huge success, and the 150 degree aspect symbolized her death.  The cameras were still running and the whole of the UK knew what was going on – the tribute edition of OK! came out while Jade Goody was still alive but nonetheless had her dates, 1981 to 2009, on the front cover.

Paris Hilton is another person born in 1981. To be precise, she was born on February 17 1981, at 2.30 am in New York.  The horoscope is below:

Paris Hilton's horoscope

Paris Hilton, like Jade Goody, was a big star in the first decade of the Twentieth Century, and reality TV was part of her portfolio.  Of  course she was helped by her family connection with Hilton Hotels.  Yet her fame had a lot to do with the fact that she was famous. And if you compare Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian’s horoscopes, there are some interesting similaries.  Both have Sagittarius rising – Kim Kardashian’s ascendant is at 13 44 of the sign, Paris Hilton’s at 15 49. And they both have a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on the Midheaven.  In fact, Paris Hilton has a super-close conjunction, with her Jupiter and Saturn being only 30 minutes apart.

Another thing Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian have in common is that they both have the Sun conjunct the Venus-Mars midpoint.  In Paris Hilton’s case the conjunction is within 78 minutes, in Kim Kardashian’s case 17 minutes.  The immediate interpretation of this aspect is “sex appeal”, or perhaps making effective use of one’s sexuality.  In this light, the two women have a shared experience.  In 2003 a tape of Paris Hilton having sex was released, and in 2007 the same thing happened to Kim Kardashian.  In terms of their careers, it didn’t do them any harm.

However, things are changing.  The Jupiter-Saturn cycle that started in May 2000 finishes on December 21 2020, when the two planets form a conjunction at zero degrees Aquarius.  The rules are going to change and the old strategies for success are unlikely to be successful.  It seems that Kim Kardashian anticipates this, at least on an unconscious level.  It has been announced that her family’s show, Keeping up with the Kardashians, is coming to an end in 2021.  The show itself started on October 14 2007, when the Sun was in Libra, and it has therefore had a thirteen year run. This is the approximate chart of the first show – I don’t know the time or the place:

Keep up... horoscope

The Libra Sun tells us that the show is about style and appearance, and the close Venus-Saturn conjunction is about something tighty controlled and choreographed.  It also reminds us that the show is about making money.  Jupiter is at 16 Sagittarius, close to Kim Kardashian’s ascendant, at 13 44 Sagittarius.  It was a lucky time for her!

Yet the zeitgeist is shifting.  Reality TV, and the social media culture, is about to end – at least as we know it.  In December 2020 the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction happens, in the sign Aquarius. As I mentioned in a previous article, Aquarius is the anti-Leo.  It is a sign ruled by Saturn, and it is antithetical to the concept of being famous for the sake of being famous.  If you want to be famous, there has to be a reason. Indeed, the question will be asked, “why are you more special than me?”. Or put another way, style will have to give way to substance.

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Brief notes on Mars going retrograde

The planet Mars.
On Wednesday September 9 at 11.23 pm British Summer Time Mars went retrograde.  This means, from the Earth’s perspective, that it is moving backwards.  It stays retrograde until November 14, at 0.35 am GMT.

Traditionally there are certain things you are not supposed to do when Mars is retrograde.  As Mars is a planet connected with sex and passion, you’re not supposed to consummate a relationship while it’s retrograde.  If you did, it would in someway jinx the relationship’s future.  Also, you should never take aggressive action during this period.  So avoid initiating lawsuits, fights and wars.

Retrogrades can also be seen in terms of intensity.  I think it was the astrologer Stephen Arroyo who used the analogy of a candle flame to describe the impact of retrogrades.  A planet’s regular motion is likely passing your finger through the flame.  Your finger keeps moving, and there’s warmth without pain.  However, when a planet goes stationary retrograde or direct it is as if your finger has stopped, in the middle of the flame.  You certainly feel it!

Mars went retrograde at 28 8 Aries, in square aspect to Saturn at 25 40 Capricorn.  Mars makes the exact aspect to Saturn on September 29, and the aspect remains strong through to mid-October.  This means that the finger is in the Mars-Saturn squre for a long time.  It is a time of extreme negativity, when our thoughts will be focused on death and destruction.  Whether Mars is retrograde or not doesn’t matter – it’s moving slowly, and that’s enough.  We’re not living in a good times, and mid-October is particularly horrible.  But that’s another story.

It is probably worth noting that the Mars-Saturn square on September 29 makes a direct hit on Donald Trump’s Venus in Cancer.  His Venus has been under a lot of pressure recently, and there have been some seriously damaging revelations about his attitudes and thought processes.  We should expect more revelations about his past, which might well have a sexual nature.

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