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Solar Returns: A horoscope for each year?

Bobby KennedyAstrology has many methods for forecasting the future, and one of the most popular is the ‘solar return’.

Solar returns are the horoscopes set up for the moment the Sun returns to the place it was when we were born.  This event will always happen on our birthday, or very close to it.

According to astrological theory, the solar return describes the year ahead.  It’s a technique that has historical pedigree.  For example John Gadbury, in a book published in 1680, analysed the solar returns of King Louis XIV of France.

In the modern era many astrologers have been keen to push solar returns, perhaps for commercial reasons.  It’s a good way of getting clients to come back every year, by saying you’ll analyse their forthcoming solar return.

Some astrologers have gone further, by claiming that your location at the moment of your solar return is important.  So if someone was born in New York, and they were in Los Angeles when the Sun returned to where it was at birth, an astrologer should set the solar return for Los Angeles rather than New York.

In extreme cases, people would check beforehand where the perfect place to have their solar returns was.  So they would consult their astrologer, and if the astrologer said they should be in Paris at the critical moment, they’d make the necessary travel arrangements.

This approach is not just extreme, but also flies in the face of tradition.  You can’t escape your fate by travelling to a different location.  No, your solar return should always be set for the place you were born.

Furthermore, the solar return should never be looked at in isolation.  Instead it’s a trigger, that needs to match the symbolism that’s highlighted by other astrological methods.

I can illustrate this with the horoscope of Bobby Kennedy, the brother of John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

At the time of Bobby Kennedy’s birth, in Brookline, Massachusetts, on November 20 1925, Mars, the planet of violence, was very close to the Western horizon.  This was a signature of conflict, as well as being a warning that at some stage in his life Bobby Kennedy could be the target of an assassination attempt. Here’s the birth chart:

Bobby Kennedy horoscope

Forty-two years later, on November 20 1967, at the precise moment of Bobby Kennedy’s solar return, in a horoscope set for Brookline Massachusetts, Mars was again on the Western horizon:

Bobby Kennedy SR 1967

The warning was clear – the following year, through until November 1968, was going to be very dangerous.  And as it happened Bobby Kennedy was fatally wounded on June 5 1968.

However it must be understood that the position of Mars in the November 1967 Solar Return did not, in itself, point to the assassination.  It was the fact that this Mars position resonated with the original horoscope.

Which takes me back to the question of whether you can have a horoscope for each year.  It’s a nice idea, but unfortunately astrology is a multi-layered discipline, and if you focus too much energy on a single technique you’ll quickly become disappointed.

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Joe Biden: March 2021 update

Joe Biden.

We’re now getting used to Joe Biden as US President.  We’re also getting used to America’s new horoscope.  That’s right, Joe Biden’s horoscope is America’s horoscope, as the President goes so goes the country.  As I have already discussed, Biden has a dangerous chart, and I am not convinced that he is going to be a great President.  Here’s his full chart:

Joe Biden's horoscope

I have circled the wide Saturn-Uranus conjunction in the Seventh House. This suggests to me that Joe Biden attracts trouble, and as President he increases the chances of America getting involved in a major conflict.  At the moment, in early March, Mars is crossing Biden’s descendant.  On March 8 and 9 Mars was conjunction Biden’s Uranus and Ascendant, on March 15 it will be on his Saturn-Uranus midpoint and on March 21 conjunct his Saturn. This in itself is not a big deal – Mars is a fast moving planet, taking about two years to go round the Sun.  However, Biden is president and Mars could help bring his own and America’s enemies out of the woodwork.

We also need to consider Joe Biden’s lunar return, the point where the Moon returns to the place it was at his birth.  You get a lunar return everyone month, and they can be useful in terms of highlighting short-term trends.

Biden March 2021 Lunar Return

The chart is set for Biden’s birth place, Scranton, Pennsylvania, on March 16. This reflects my usual approach, of setting return charts for the place of birth rather than the place of residence. Straight away we can see that Uranus is exactly on the Ascendant, square Saturn.  This repeats a signature in Biden’s natal chart – Uranus touching the Ascendant-Descendant axis.  It may also be relevant that Mars in Gemini is almost exactly 30 degrees from the Ascendant.  It make the situation more violent and more unstable.

Of course optimists would point out that the Moon is making an exact sextile to Mercury in Pisces.  The President’s communication skills are going to be better than average, and whatever’s going on, he’ll be able to put the best possible spin on it.  Nonetheless, the potential for violence in Biden’s chart, which is now the potential for violence in America’s chart, is actualized by his March 16 lunar return. American and its President need to watch their defences and be ready for the unexpected.

Hypothetical planet footnote: Mars is moving onto the direct Uranus-Hades midpoint, which it reaches on March 18. As all three planets form a twelfth harmonic conjunction, with Uranus and Hades being in sextile, and Mars in semi-sextile to these two, we might get some effects.  Though I am not specifically referring to Joe Biden.  According to Rudolph’s Rules for Planetary Pictures, Mars on the Uranus-Hades midpoint can signifify “Sudden mean deeds. Sudden damage or death by weapons or other objects. Attempted murder. Death through injuries”.


March 13 2021: A New Moon with a bang?

Explosive hazard signOn Sunday March 13 2020 there is a New Moon. Here’s the chart, set for Washington DC:

New Moon March 13 2021

At first sight the chart is fairly harmless. The square between Saturn and Uranus is breaking up and the New Moon’s applying sextile to Pluto seems to signal favourable rather than stressful transformation.  In an American context, Mercury is conjunct the Ascendant in Aquarius.  The government is communicating its vision for the future and Jupiter’s proximity to the Ascendant is fortunate.

However nothing is quite as it seems.  Pluto is exactly semisqure the Midheaven, suggesting a crisis of leadership.  It may not be immediately obvious, but in retrospect this may be the moment when it starts.  In this light, America may begin to realize that Joe Biden isn’t the greatest president since FDR.

What I find more interesting is the way the Saturn-Uranus square relates to the New Moon.  The Saturn-Uranus square is about disruption, about the clash between freedom and authority.  There is no flexbility and instead one keeps going until something breaks.  Yet the Saturn-Uranus square appears to be dissipating, and at the time of the New Moon they are over a degree and a half away from each other.  Maybe things are calming down, and returning to normal?  But the New Moon has other ideas, as the 90 degree dial shows:

nm_20210313 90 degree dial

The 90 degree dial is a 4th harmonic chart, which shows conjunctions, oppostions and squares as being conjunctions, and semisquares and sesquiquadrates as oppositions.  We can see Saturn and Uranus together in the 90 degree dial, and we can also see the opposition from the New Moon.  At the time of this New Moon, Uranus is almost exactly 45 degrees from the lunation, with an orb of two arc minutes.  And here is the full midpoint tree of the Sun and the Moon:

March 13 2021 New Moon MP tree

The midpoint tree is set at a 1 degree orb, and discounting the pair involving the MC, it  relates to the whole world.  We start with the Mars-Hades midpoint – we are in a world that is full of death, destruction and garbage.  Moving down the tree, and the Sun and the Moon are on the Jupiter-Pluto midpoint.  This represents the great attempts people are making to improve their lives.  From a positive point of view, you can’t work hard enough to make things better.  You may not always be able to help other people, but with the right moves you can help yourself.

We now move to the closest midpoint – Uranus on the Sun-Moon midpoint.  This is the shake-up, the unexpected happening which can’t be planned for.  I am guessing this relates to geopolital events, remembering that the chart for the Vernal Equinox, on March 20 2020, also has Uranus on the Sun-Moon midpoint.  Then we have the Sun, the Moon and Uranus on the Mars-Kronos midpoint.  This represents the overwhelming and violent power of the state.  This is going to be a time when governments are going to want to put the boot in, and assert their full control over ordinary people.  Next we have the Sun and the Moon on the Saturn-Uranus midpoint.  The Saturn-Uranus square hasn’t gone away, and events will bring it back into the fore. Freedom and control will clash, perhaps violently.

But where? It could happen anywhere in the world, particularly where there has already been conflict.  But it would be a good idea to have a close look at Eastern Europe – the Baltic States, Belorus and Romania, for example.  In this light, Minsk, St. Petersburg and Istanbul look highly charged.  Also Venezuela, Columbia, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile – in fact, South America in general. I should also point out that if you set the New Moon chart for Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, Mars is very close to the Midheaven.

As far as how long the effects of the New Moon will last, I would have said a couple of weeks, and its impact will merge into the March 20 Vernal Equinox.  So overall, the New Moon is a dominant theme for late March.


The Great Wave at Kanagawa.There are worries that the United States is going to experience a fourth wave of COVID. Texas and Mississippi are opening up and removing their mask mandates, and news channels are reporting that health experts are very concerned.  And we have to remember that Americans, as a people, are stupidly optimistic. They believe everything is going to be fine, and that having a positive attitude is going to save the day.

As an astrologer, I am looking for supporting evidence for a fourth wave.  My reference point is the chart for the Vernal Equinox, on March 20 2021, set for Washington DC, at 5.37 am.  Here is the chart, showing the moment that the Sun moves from Pisces to Aries:

Washington DC Vernal Equinox 2021

The chart has two conflicting signatures: Jupiter rising in Aquarius and Mars in Gemini on the IC.  These signatures apply to the United States, and Jupiter rising indicates a country giving an optimistic face to the world.  Things are going to get better, the economy will improve and the virus will be beaten.  However I am unconvinced that Jupiter is particularly fortunate. It is a night time chart, and Jupiter has no essential dignities in the 21st degree of Aquarius. There is optimism without dignity. Then there is Mars on the IC.  This suggests that trouble is brewing, which may not be immediately apparent.  And in terms of of the world at large, this is emphasized by the fact that Uranus is exactly conjunct the Sun/Moon midpoint.  We can perhaps see this as being geopolitical uncertainty, which has been largely under control since the start of the COVID crisis.

However, what we should really be looking at is the condition of the Aries point.  After all, this is the chart for the moment when the Sun moves into Aries. Here is the midpoint tree for the Aries point:

Aries 2021 midpoint tree

When looking at this tree, we have to remember that it repeats at 45 degrees. This means it collapses all the hard aspects into one another: conjunction, opposition, square, semisquare and sesquiquadrate. At the beginning of the tree we see the Jupiter-Uranus midpoint.  People feeling a sense of relief, that they are finally free. Then you have the sideways Pisces symbol, representing the hypothetical planet Poseidon.  Total delusion, optimism without foundation. After that, at only four arc minutes from the Sun and Aries, we have the Neptune-Hades midpoint.  This is the unseen death, the virus that hasn’t gone away. It just keeps coming back, particularly in a country like the US, with its naive optimism and absence of social responsibility. Finally you have Aries on the Jupiter-Saturn mipoint – the stopping and starting and stopping of the economy, as we work through the destruction of COVID.

To sum up, for Americans a fourth wave is on the cards. I can tell this just by reading the newspapers, but the astrology does seem to confirm it. As far as the next few months are concerned, it seems to be a case of optimism giving way to despair.


Nicola Sturgeon March 2021 update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadhesati for Nicola Sturgeon

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

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

Sturgeon Western Chart

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

Sturgeon transits

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

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


The astrology of March 2021

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

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

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

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

Spring Equinox

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

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

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

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


Thoughts on the 2021 Chinese New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Janet Yellen: Hubris leading to Nemesis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janet Yellen's horoscope

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

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

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

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

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The horoscope of shot protester Ashli Babbitt

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

Here’s her chart set for noon EST:


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

Trump horoscope

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

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

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

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

Ashli Solar Return

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Biden's horoscope

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

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