Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Chinese astrological portrait of the new royal baby princess


The royal princess was born May 2, 2015 at 8:34. The Chinese signs for the year, month, day, and hour of her birth are Wood Sheep, Metal Dragon, Earth Tiger, and Fire Dragon, respectively. She is a gentle, yet dynamic soul. She can be quite playful, romantic, and surprising. Her day of birth, Earth Tiger, is a Peach Blossom, showing her to enjoy good social status. She can be seductively attractive.
She also is gifted with a brilliant wit.

She has Proper Authority Deity. She will be graceful, trustworthy, upright, moral, rational, responsible, disciplined, and forthright. Nonetheless, she has her own mind, is a genius type, and can act eccentrically. There is something glamorous about her. Proper Authority Deity makes her skillful in areas of diplomacy, Government, and in legal and legislative fields. She is a great asset to the UK.

She will be quite a lady. She will be devoted to her family and country.
She is innately sincere, and positive, and when she makes a decision she will be extremely determined. She has strong intuition. She can be conceited and severe and stand offish, although she is also kind and will show love toward those she regards. She can make peculiar decisions. She can be jealous with strong capacity for love and hate. She does not forget injury, and is very conscientious. She has great good fortune and will have many powerful friends. 

The elements of her chart are 6 Wood, 3 Fire, 5 Earth, 1 Metal, and 2 Water.
Wood and Earth are the strongest elements. She is full of ideas, plans, and has a romantic mind. She also is very caring, and can be prone to worry.

The balance of yin and yang is perfect: 8 yin and 8 yang. This balance gives her good health. It is easy for her to keep good health.

Her vital element is Earth. Her person element is Earth (she is born on an Earth day), and her body element is Earth. She attracts many friends, and loves comfort. 

She has 1 Tien Yi Star. This is lucky. It resolves difficulties that may come up, and promises help and assistance wherever she goes.

The area of marriage and children is going to be a challenge. Not that it is written in stone, but the chart shows the danger of taking an unfortunate spouse, having difficulty having children, and potential misunderstandings with in-laws. This is an area of experience her soul attracts. We wish her all the happiness in the world. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

What the Pisces solar eclipse and the vernal equinox have to say astrologically


The solar eclipse and vernal equinox happened on 3/20/15 at 10:18 AM GMT and 3/20/15 at 10:46 PM GMT, respectively. Approximately 12 hours apart, they work through polarities; the eclipse and equinox in the zenith and nadir of the UK and Europe, and in the eastern and western horizons, or Ascendant and Descendant, of the Americas.
The eclipse was visible all across the northern Atlantic, Europe, especially northern Europe, and into central Asia. It was not visible in North America. The effects of the eclipse will be felt most strongly in Europe and eastward periodically throughout the year, whereas in the US the effect is more like a strong new moon.
An eclipse in the zenith, and it is in the zenith of all the countries in Europe and east through central Asia, spells trouble to the Governments of the UK, the EU, Russia, and the middle east. An eclipse in the zenith also presages deaths to a major head, or heads of state. An eclipse in the zenith also spells potential disaster in political affairs as well as in nature. The effects are generally strongest in the 1st year, but can run on through 3 years.
An eclipse in the Ascendant, as shown in the chart of Washington DC, shows unrest and discontent, and poor health among the people.

The eclipse is at 29 Degrees Pisces. When such a strong event occurs at 29 degrees any sign it means a weeping matter soon to happen in the world. A solar eclipse at the end of Pisces shows sedition, cruelty, and inhumanity of soldiers. There will be a surge of crime and terrorist activity in Europe, the Middle East, and in Russia. Some horrible events will happen.

The eclipse being in Pisces affects countries, regions, institutions, and other areas of interest ruled by Pisces. These include North Africa; Egypt; Europe as a whole, especially western France, Portugal, and Scandinavia; the Mediterranean and its small islands, especially around Greece; and South Asia. It includes religion and religious fanaticism. It also includes chemicals in the air and water, And it includes all of sea life. Fish die offs are highly likely, all things considered.

Both the eclipse and vernal equinox happened when Uranus and Pluto are exactly square at 15 degrees Aries and Capricorn, respectively. This intensifies the troubles in the world. In the Europe charts, Uranus is in the 11th house, and Pluto is in the 7th. This affects international legislation. In the US Uranus is in the 1st house, and Pluto is in the 11th. This affects public opinion against activities in Government. The people are angry.

The eclipse chart in Europe has Neptune, Mercury, Sun, and Moon in the 10th house. The vernal equinox chart in Europe has Neptune, Mercury, Sun, and Moon in the 4th house. The Ascendant of the European chart is in Scorpio, a fixed sign. This means that the effects of the vernal equinox will last the entire year. The polarity of the 10th and 4th house is primarily political and territorial. Watch eastern Europe, and the tensions between NATO and Russia. The vernal equinox chart has Moon in Aries in grand trine with Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo, all fire signs. This is expansive, and positively affects international trade relations. Germany flirts with BRICS. Saturn retrograde in the 1st house square Neptune, however, shows serious poverty among the people. Those in power get richer. The people starve. Corruption is almost become a religion. Pluto is in the 2nd house square Uranus in the 5th. This shows potential losses in the markets. The markets can take unexpected turns. The markets are changing. The political and economic situation in the EU is mutating.

Both the eclipse and vernal equinox charts favorably aspect and support the natal chart of Israel. Saturn at 4 degrees Sagittarius is exactly trine to Israel's natal Moon at 4 degrees Leo. Netanyahu is popular and stands strong through the coming months. Uranus at 15 degrees Aries is trine to Israel's natal Saturn in the 10th house. The Government invests in innovative space age technology. Venus, Israel's ruling planet is at 4 degrees Taurus, exactly sextile Israel's natal Venus at 4 degrees Cancer, favoring international trade relations, especially with south and east Asia. There is nothing in these charts to indicate a major war coming to Israel in the coming months.

The solar eclipse chart in Washington DC has Neptune, Mercury, Sun, Moon, and Uranus in the 1st house. Mars and Venus are in the 2nd house. There is tremendous emphasis placed on public discontentment focusing on money.
The vernal equinox chart in Washington has Sun, Moon, and Uranus in the 7th house with Mars and Venus in the 8th. It emphasizes international relations and trade focusing on financial issues. Moon in the 7th house in Aries is in grand trine with Jupiter in Leo in the 11th house and Saturn in Sagittarius in the 3rd. Again, this is highly expansive. It may very well be pointing to the intention to establish the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But, Moon is applying to conjunction with Uranus in Aries in the 7th house square Pluto in Capricorn in the 4th. In addition to the expansive energy there is a brewing sharp conflict in international relations. The rulers of the 2nd and 8th houses of this chart, Venus and Mars, respectively, are in the 8th house showing dangers of financial losses, possibly involving debts. Mars in the 8th house does not bode well for international partnerships.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chinese new year predictions: Year of Wood Sheep 2015


The lunar year of Wood Sheep starts on February 19, 2015 at 7:48 in Beijing. This is the 31st year in the 60 year cycle. The signs of the year, month, day, and hour of the new year are Wood Sheep, Earth, Tiger, Fire Tiger, and Earth Dog, respectively.


General Predictions

The balance of elements are 5 Woods, 5 Fires, 6 Earths, 1 Metal, and 0 Waters. The elements are extremely unbalanced on the side of yang. There are 11 yangs, and 5 yins. This is going to be an extremely active year. The predominance of Wood and Fire makes it potentially violent. The extreme overbalance of Earth (5 yang Earths, 1 yin Earth) make it fretful and troubled. This is the general political atmosphere. The world is restless.
In terms of weather, there will be a trend of hot and dry with intense storms, fires, and droughts. There will also be a lot of seismic, volcanic activity. Because there is no Water in this chart, the winter of 2015 will probably be intensely cold. In other words, weather goes to extremes and produces some violent storms.

The chart brings out the Deity of Implicit Talent. This favors all creative, artistic activities and professions. This is a good year for the arts and for creative, inventive fields. This could be a tremendously creative year.
Wood Sheep encourages building up money, and with Fire Tiger day, the year allows for prosperity and good fortune.
Tiger day in the year of Sheep tells us that this is a good year for making plans, but bad for getting into fights. The danger of violence is high this year.
The chart, with 5 Woods and 1 Metal, favors the east over the west. The west is now in a weak position.
Fire Tiger day brings out Peach Blossom Star. It is a good sign for social relations and activities, and allows for love to develop. It also allows for scandals to flare up, considering the volatility shown by this chart.

In fengshui, in a year of Sheep, the directions of Monkey, Rooster, and Dog are unlucky. These are generally westerly. Sheep also makes the direction of Ox unlucky. Ox is north by northeast. If you have furniture oriented to these directions you would want to mitigate the shar (bad luck) that comes from these directions. Also, this being the year of 3 Wood, shar is also due east and west. There is no "one size fits all" solution for this. If you don't know the compass and astrological methods used in fengshui, you will benefit from having an expert analyze your place and make necessary recommendations for adjustments.

The year, month, day, and hour of the new year calculated to the I Ching gives us hexagram 25, line 2. Hexagram 25 is Wuwang, The Unexpected. It tells us that circumspection leads to success. It is good to persevere. If you are not as you should be, you will have bad luck. If you are as you should be, you will have good luck. Get right with yourself. This hexagram is fortunate in springtime. We are in Chinese spring season. Line 2 says not to expect long term results too quickly. In other words, don't count your chickens before they hatch. Take actions for their own sake.

Predictions for Each Sign

Sheep favors people born in years, months, days, or hours of Sheep, Pig, Rabbit, Horse, Snake, and sometimes Rat; is neutral with Monkey, Rooster, Tiger, and Dragon; and clashes with Ox, Dog, and sometimes Rat. These are just general ideas. A detailed examination of your Chinese astrological chart will show precisely what this year brings to you. 

Rat is the Flower of Romance for Sheep. Romantic affairs can develop, and be interesting. If you work hard this year you will profit. This is a good time to move forward in your career, possibly to change your job or move house too. Watch your health this year. If you are having trouble it should resolve favorably and good fortune will come of it. If you need help it will not be difficult to find. 

Ox is challenged by Sheep. The best attitude in face of this is to be friendly and independent. It will help increase your circle of friends. This is a good year to build up money. Take care of your health. If you are well you will flourish. If you are ill you need to pay attention. This is a good year for research. Look into the hidden meanings. With correct understanding you can change your situation for the better.

Tiger in the year of Wood Sheep is favored. This is a peak year, the downside, however, is that this is also a Knife Blade year. If you lose patience you can make unnecessary trouble for yourself. If you work hard you will accomplish what you want. The year presents opportunities for making money. 

Rabbit is in a strong position. If you are involved in a creative, or artistic field this is a good year for you. The year also favors making money. Face your challenges directly and take the lead. 

Dragon is in a good time for self-cultivation. If you are learning something new this is a good year for it. The year also favors moving forward in your career, also moving house, rearranging your home or workplace, or making career changes. It also favors being competitive. 

Snake is in a good year generally for romantic relations; the year favors pleasures. Take time to enjoy yourself. The year also favors financial growth. It is also a good year for research, metaphysical interests, and for caring for others. 

Horse is in a period that favors research and development of new ideas. Horse has a Knife Blade this year, meaning, you can become impatient and make trouble. But, having an Academic Nobleman Star you can get around trouble easily and turn misfortune to advantage. If your patience has completely run out, you could break ties if necessary. 

Sheep in Sheep year is in a relatively good place. It is best this year to be friendly with all, but act independently. Pay attention to your plans if you want them to develop. If you are involved in a creative, or artistic field this is an excellent year. Your money can also build up this year.

Monkey is in a position to make an entirely new start. Pay attention to what is about to bud. If you like it tend to it. If not, nip it. This is a good year to move forward in your career, move house, or change your home and/or work environment. If there are problems you can come up smelling of roses. You can turn adverse conditions to your favor. 

Rooster is at an end. This is a good time for endings / beginnings. Finish old projects to start new ones. This is a good year for creative activity. Whatever problems there are will resolve favorably. If you need help it is not difficult to find. 

Dog is in a favorable time for making investments. On the other hand, it is time to put the past in the past. Whatever you have learned will serve for future developments. Accept challenges this year. If you find yourself in competitive situations, accept the challenges and go for it. 

Pig is in a time when it is good to let go of whatever it was in the past that is over. Look for what is new. Opportunities for making money come up. If you experience difficulties they resolve favorably and good fortune comes. If you need help, friendly people appear. This is a good year for creative thinking and artistic work. 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

An overview of the world's tensions in 2015 as seen in astrology


In light of the unfolding situation the following nine charts were drawn up to get a general sense of how it moves in time. The charts are:

1. Winter solstice, 12/21/14
2. Solar eclipse, 3/20/15
3. Spring equinox, 3/20/15
4. Lunar eclipse, 4/4/15
5. Summer solstice, 6/21/15
6. Solar eclipse, 9/13/15
7. Fall equinox, 9/23/15
8. Lunar eclipse, 9/28/15
9. Winter solstice, 12/22/15

The solstices, equinoxes, solar eclipses, and lunar eclipses are traditional markers for predicting world events. Without going into great detail, the following is what they show.

At the winter solstice, 12/21/14, Uranus was in a tight square with Pluto (Uranus 12:34 Aries, Pluto 12:08 Capricorn). This is a violent aspect dealing with issues of control and defiance. Also Saturn was at 29 degrees Scorpio telling of a weeping matter to come during the winter quarter. We've already seen some, and will see more.

The solar eclipse of 3/20 is at 29 degrees Pisces. 29 degrees of any sign foretells a weeping matter. The effects of a solar eclipse generally last one year. In this eclipse chart Mars and Uranus are both square Pluto. Mars is in conjunction with Uranus. The square of Uranus and Pluto is exact, as in the winter solstice chart. We also have Saturn coming to square Neptune which will add to general unrest and suffering, especially among the poor and destitute. It will also intensify the religious mania we see nowadays. It is important to point out that the solar eclipse occurs at the zenith in Europe. The spring quarter, not to mention the rest of the year, will be troubled there. A traditional reading of a solar eclipse at the end of Pisces is cruelty and inhumanity of soldiers. We can be certain that terrorist activities will continue and increase in intensity into and through the spring, and then through this entire year into the next.

The spring equinox, 3/20/15 has the same aspects as the solar eclipse except the Sun has moved to 00 degrees Aries.

The lunar eclipse of 4/4/15 has a T-Square of the Moon in Libra opposing Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries, and these square Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn is now square Neptune. The effects of a lunar eclipse generally last three months. It is reasonable to say that up to and beyond the lunar eclipse of April 4, the world tension will intensify greatly. A traditional reading of a lunar eclipse in the middle of Libra is generally pernicious: evil for everyone.

It appears that the spring is the most violent. Beyond the spring the tensions should begin to ease somewhat.

By the summer solstice of 6/21/15 Uranus has moved far enough away from the square to Pluto to have eased its tension. But, we see the Moon at 29 Leo exactly square Saturn at 29 Scorpio. It is a depressive aspect, but it does not suggest an economic slump, because we find Jupiter at 19 degrees Leo tightly trine to Uranus at 20 degrees Aries, Aries being the mid-heaven of the NY Stock Exchange chart. The market will in general be going up in the summer. The Jupiter trine Mars will cause a surge in the market.

Saturn is again at 29 degrees Scorpio in the solar eclipse chart of 9/13/15 (Saturn is at 29 Scorpio in the winter solstice chart of 12 21/14, the summer solstice chart of 6/21/15, and in this solar eclipse chart of 9/13/15). Uranus and Pluto are still weakly square. The solar eclipse is at 20 degrees Virgo. A traditional reading for a solar eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Virgo leads us to believe that, depending on conditions, people will be punished for freedom of expression. By the time of the solar eclipse, Jupiter will have moved into Virgo, the sign of his detriment. We find Jupiter at the solar eclipse in tight opposition with Neptune generating no small degree of confusion. Considering the reading of the eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Virgo, insane things will be said, and there will be a lot of misunderstandings.

The fall equinox of 9/23/15 has Saturn in Sagittarius. Even though Saturn first entered Sagittarius on 12/24/14, he backs out and goes into Scorpio again. Fall equinox 2015 really marks the first major time in the Saturn transit that puts him firmly inside Sagittarius. Saturn in Sagittarius is applying to square Neptune. At the fall equinox the square is not strong enough, but it is pointing to an increase in unrest among the poor as well as of infectious diseases that may be spread through travel. Jupiter, at the fall equinox is opposite Neptune. This is not lucky for the stock market, as Neptune and Jupiter both rule the MC of the NYSE. The market will act erratically. Jupiter afflicted in Virgo is also a bad sign for food and medicine. Opposite Neptune it warns of contamination. Crops could be blighted, and there could be die offs in the ocean due to contamination.

The lunar eclipse of 9/28 is at 4 degrees Aries. The hard aspects of Uranus and Pluto, and of Saturn and Neptune are still fairly weak, so the tensions are not as pronounced as in the spring. A traditional reading of a lunar eclipse in the beginning of Aries is fires and fevers, however.

But the winter solstice of 12/22/15, Saturn has moved to exact square Neptune, and Uranus has come to a tight square with Pluto again. It is a troubled time. Nonetheless, the Uranus square to Pluto will not reach exact again, but will dissipate through 2016, a year in which we will see general tensions easing along with a gradual easing of general financial conditions.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Astrological view of the winter solstice, new moon, Uranus direct, and Saturn ingress into Sagittarius


There were 4 events happening almost simultaneously: the winter solstice; Uranus turning direct; the New Moon; and Saturn's ingress into Sagittarius. This is intense.

Uranus turned direct at 10:46 PM GMT, and the winter solstice was at 11:04 PM GMT, 12/21. The turning point of Uranus counts heavily at this solstice. In the UK, and in the EU, the Ascendant, in Virgo says that the effects of the winter solstice will hold for 6 months. Uranus turning direction brings unexpected, sudden developments.

Uranus is exactly square to Pluto. Uranus is at 12:34 Aries and Pluto is at 12:49 Capricorn. This is a violent aspect. Its effects are seen in the publicized violence in NYC and the US around the time of the solstice.

In the solstice charts for the UK and EU, Uranus is in the 7th house conjunct the 8th house cusp, affecting international relations bearing on money and deaths. There are 5 planets in the 4th house
 (Sun, Mercury, Pluto, Venus, and the Moon). The 4th house rules the land and real estate. It also rules opposition to the Government. Sun, Mercury, Pluto and Venus all square Uranus show turmoil. Uranus is in mutual reception and sextile with Mars in the 5th house showing diplomatic activities aimed at mitigating the danger. There will be military and/or police activity in this connection as well. Uranus in 7 exactly square Pluto shows terrorist activities to be expected in Europe these coming months.

The new moon was at 1:37 AM GMT on 12/22. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus are in the 3rd house, all square Uranus in the 6th. The 3rd house brings the turmoil into the streets. Mars is in the 4th house in wide opposition with Jupiter in the 10th house showing trouble coming to the government. Jupiter, however, shows that the government moves to avert trouble. The conditions are tense. Acts of violence are to be expected.

Saturn moved into Sagittarius at 4:34 PM GMT on 12/23. Saturn will stay in Sagittarius until he goes back into Scorpio where he will stay from mid-June to mid-September 2015, and then move through Sagittarius until he enters Capricorn in December 2017

Saturn in Sagittarius is good for science. It will advance space exploration. Saturn in Sagittarius also inclines to religion. But, because he lacks patience in fire signs, he will be intolerant, not a good sign considering the current state of affairs in the world. Saturn will also bring some far-reaching developments to international trade and finances. When Saturn comes to trine Uranus in 2017 we can expect a sharp upturn in economic conditions, especially affecting the stock market. There will be some brilliant technological developments around that time.

Saturn will come to square Neptune, on and off, in 2015 and 2016. This will bear negatively upon oil, and from time to time affect the stock markets. Jupiter will come to sinister square Saturn (Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius) in 2016 marking the 3rd quarter of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle that began in 2000, the cycle that saw the building boom and crash. It is probable that in 2016 some large businesses will go under, and/or give way to new developments. The next Jupiter-Saturn cycle will begin in 2020 at 00 degrees Aquarius, at the height of the currently up-trending business and real estate cycle, (as shown by the transiting north lunar node). It will mark a revolutionizing of world-wide communications and social relations beyond anything we currently know. Before we get there, however, we have to go through Saturn in Sagittarius and then Saturn in Capricorn (2017-18 to 2020) which will tend to crystallize existing corporate structures. Saturn in Sagittarius is neither patient nor tolerant. Sagittarius is expansive. Saturn contracts and limits. Under pressure Sagittarius is warlike. It is a mark of cruelty. Saturn in Sagittarius does not pacify. It will cause trouble in international trade relations. Weak businesses will collapse. Strong businesses will become leaner. It spells more poverty amid growing wealth. Competition will intensify. The great danger is hubris.

Countries, and areas ruled by Sagittarius include the Arab countries, Australia, Hungary, Spain, Southern France (Province). Big changes involving no small degree of trouble will occur in the Arab lands.

The solstice chart for the USA has Cancer rising. It is good for 3 months, as compared to the charts for the UK and EU which have Virgo rising, and are therefore good for 6 months.

Looking at the winter solstice and the Uranus direct charts for the USA, both charts have the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus in the 6th house, and Uranus in the 10th. Jupiter is in the 2nd. There is a big conflict between services and the Government, as demonstrated by the trouble between the Mayor of NYC and the NYPD. On a national level, there is no small degree of disagreement between the Executive and the Military. Uranus afflicted in the 10th house shows unanticipated trouble in Government circles, which, unless handled carefully, could result in defeat.
The 5 planets in the 6th house square Uranus focus on troubles affecting public services. The Moon, ruler of the chart, in in the 6th house shows distress.
Jupiter in the 2nd house shows increasing wealth. The stock market hit a new high. Jupiter widely opposed by Mars in the 8th house could also mean increasing taxes, and/or huge expenses.

The new moon chart has the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus in the 5th house giving strong emphasis on entertainments, also diplomatic affairs. These 5 planets square to Uranus in the 9th house point to difficulties in international affairs involving trade, but also to subversives entering the country from abroad. Neptune in the 7th house warns of the same.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Is the IS claim to have a dirty bomb true? A horary astrological answer.



There is a report that Islamic State has a 'dirty bomb' according to a British jihadi. It is claimed that 40kg of uranium was taken from an Iraqi university. Is this true? A horary astrological chart was made to find out.
The question is shown by the 3rd house. The ruler of the 3rd house is Mercury. Mercury is with Saturn, the Sun, and Venus to confirm that it is true. The Moon is in Taurus also confirming that it is true. The Ascendant is in a fixed sign, also confirming this.
This report is bad. The Moon is in an angle (10th house) square Jupiter and opposition Saturn, meaning the bad report is essentially true.
There are also a couple of aspects tending to the contrary which may modify the answer to some degree. For instance, Mercury is in his sign of detriment, Sagittarius, and combust the Sun to make him weak, and the Mid Heaven is not in a fixed sign.
Bottom line: not everything reported is accurate, but the gist of the report is true.
The Ascendant is at 1 degree Leo, making the matter young. In other words, it is in process, and will be for a while, as the 2nd house cusp is also in Leo, tying the near future to the present. It is happening. They are currently in the process of making such a bomb. 
They also claim to be targeting airports, possibly in Europe for before Christmas holidays. This is to be taken seriously.
Mars in this chart is at 29 degrees Capricorn, the end of the rope, denoting time running out.
Jupiter rising in the 2nd house trine and in mutual reception the Sun shows protection coming.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New moon, 11/22 in western and Chinese astrology


The new moon of 11/22 came at 7:33 AM EST. Here is what it brought.
We have in the USA chart Mercury, Saturn, Sun, Moon, and Venus in the 12th house, putting emphasis on issues of crime, espionage, and secret enemies. Venus is conjunct the ASC, softening the untoward indications; things are not as bad as they might seem. But Pluto and Mars are rising in the 2nd house showing trouble coming up. Pluto is square Uranus in the 4th house showing that trouble connected to conflict in the Government. Uranus in the 4th house afflicted also shows storms and potential earthquakes coming. Uranus, in mutual reception with Neptune also reads in the 2nd house along with Mars and Pluto. These planets in the 2nd house do not register well for the economic outlook this month. They also warn of erratic conditions in the stock market.

The Chinese astrological chart shows the following. The signs for the year, month, day, and hour of the new moon are Wood Horse, Wood Pig, Fire Rooster, and Wood Dragon, respectively. The season is winter, i.e., Water.
Wood element is strongest, and Metal element is weakest. The strong Wood points to anger, but a lot of creative energy. The weak Metal points to weak boundaries. Watch what is happening.
The entire configuration of the chart favors people who are benevolent, and caring, who endure hardships, work hard, and who seek tranquility, also people who are engaged in academic studies, and the pursuit of knowledge. It favors such professions as academics, research, teaching, publishing, the arts, metaphysics, religion, nursing, and philanthropy.
The configuration allows for high intelligence and makes it possible to change problematic situations to advantage.
The stars called Tien Yi, Tien de Gui Ren, and Yue de Gui Ren appear in this. Together, they resolve predicaments, ease conflicts, and bring good luck.
For people born in the year or day of Monkey, Rat, or Dragon, this month favors romantic affairs.
This month encourages people born in the year or day of Snake, Rooster, or Ox to be proactive in developing their careers.
This month favors people born in the year or day of Horse with prosperity. It is a good month to develop your prospects.
People born in the year or day of Tiger are encouraged to take advantage of every good opportunity that shows up this month.
In general, the month favors those with sharp intelligence and perception.

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