Thursday, July 12, 2018

The solar eclipse of July 13, 2018


There is a solar eclipse on July 13. It is visible primarily in Antarctica and Tasmania, Australia.

It comes on July 13 at 4:04 AM GMD.

It is at 20 degrees Cancer, opposite Pluto at 20 degrees Capricorn, denoting a confused and complicated period where someone depended on will be absent or alienated.  There will eccentric, uncooperative, rebellious behavior in political circles. There will be dealings with the police, underground figures, and probable street violence.

A solar eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Cancer will show sedition in politics. It also points to much disease.

The effects of this eclipse are not exclusively limited to, but include the following areas.
Countries ruled by Cancer include Scotland, Holland, New Zealand, West Africa and Congo, etc.
Cities ruled by Cancer include Tunis, Algiers, Amsterdam, Venice, Milan, New York City, Stockholm, Istanbul, etc.
The area of the USA under the influence of Cancer includes Missisippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington DC.

The charts for Britain and the EU have the solar eclipse in the 1st house opposite Pluto in the 7th, showing much unrest, discontent, ill health, and generally unsatisfactory conditions affecting the people. There will be many important changes coming as a result. Pluto's opposition to the eclipse shows lack of international cooperation, and increasing disintegration or separation.
There is a wide grand trine between the eclipse in the 1st house, Neptune in the 10th house, and Jupiter in the 5th house that will allow needed changes in the Governments to happen more easily.
Economic conditions as shown by Mercury and Venus in the 2nd house, and the 2nd house ruled by Leo, are good.

The chart for the USA has the eclipse in the 5th house opposite Pluto in the 11th. This shows a drop in the birth rate, and danger in places of public amusement, and schools. Pluto's position in the 11th house shows no cooperation, but deliberate political wrangling in Congress. The eclipse in the 5th house shows trouble with diplomacy which may complicate the North Korean situation.
This chart also has Neptune in the 1st house. Neptune in trine Jupiter in the 8th house. There is a danger of many deaths from drugs.
Saturn is in the 10th house denoting trouble affecting the President in connection to what is happening in Congress (Saturn rules the 11th house).
The economic conditions, shown by Uranus (in the 2nd house in the DC chart) trine Venus, are very upbeat. The job market is good.
There is a wide grand trine between the eclipse in the 5th house, Jupiter, in the 8th house, and Neptune in the 1st, giving the country, in spite of it all, a sense of optimism and hope.

The effects of this eclipse are sporadic, and last for one year.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Summer Solstice 2018


Summer Solstice came on June 21, at 11:08 GMD.

There are 5 planets in cardinal signs including the Sun and Moon, 4 planets in fixed signs, and 1 planet mutable. This sets a trend where what happens is largely publicized, with considerable tension in financial markets.
The planets are widely distributed,
Sun and Mercury in Cancer;
Venus in Leo;
Moon in Libra;
Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio;
Saturn retrograde and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn;
Mars in Aquarius;
Neptune retrograde in Pisces;
Uranus in Taurus,
making for widely divergent activity, much arguing, and little agreement.

The Sun is opposite Saturn in Capricorn. This shows those in power coming up against loud and obstinate opposition. Sun opposite Saturn brings fighting.

The Moon, who desposits the Sun, is in Libra forming 3 aspects: square Mercury; Square Pluto; and contraparallel Neptune.
Generally it looks like this:
1. The Moon rules the way matters work out and change. There is much frustration in the way things work out as shown by Moon square Mercury: much mental stress and strain; with unfortunate changes or decisions, mistakes or errors of judgement, wasted motions, trouble with contracts, promises retracted; disputes among tradesmen; and a lot of gossip.
2. As shown by Moon square Pluto: This will be a confused and complicated period, with eccentric behavior; people tend to be rebellious; there is much to do with dealings involving police and the underworld, or gangs; and probable terrorist activity.
3. As shown by Moon counterparallel Neptune, essentially nothing will be worked out; matters will end in confusion or chaos; there will be plenty of deceptions; fraud; rivalry; losses through untrustworthy or unscrupulous people or agencies; danger of assaults; blackmail; rapes; increasing drug addiction (opiods) and trafficking; and generally there is a lot of fear. Essentially nothing will get done. The governments are largely incompetent.

There are 2 T-Squares: Venus in Leo square Jupiter in Scorpio, opposite Mars in Aquarius; and Venus in Leo opposite Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. Both these are in fixed signs denoting trade and money stuck, not moving. Mars opposite Venus also brings fighting (as do Sun opposite Saturn). Moon is separating from Square to Saturn, meaning the fighting has already begun.

In all this, there is a Grand Trine in Water between Mercury (in Cancer), Jupiter (in Scorpio), and Neptune (in Pisces). This has the affect of great emotional expansiveness. This summer is a great time for creative, artistic activity. The more detached and involved in creative work the better it will be for you.

The Charts for UK and the EU The Sun is in the 10th house in these charts. There is a struggle for power happening now. The opposition is very strong. The incumbent powers are likely to suffer losses.
The Moon is in the 2nd house. With afflictive aspects, the economies of these countries will suffer. Uranus is in the 9th house. Foreign trade is unstable. both the 9th house and the 8th are in Aries; dangerous explosions are likely. Venus is in the 11th house and Mars is in the 5th brings crimes against women and children, and danger to places of public entertainment, danger of fires and accidents to schools and public gatherings.
Mercury is the most important planet in these charts. He is opposite Pluto, and in Grand Trine with Jupiter, and Neptune. He rules the chart, in fact, and is in the 11th house. He denotes a busy time for Parliament attempting legislation for trade, commerce and education, but the overall tone of the other planets militate against much being accomplished at all, the ultimate results being frustrated. However, with Jupiter in the 3rd house trine Mercury, this shouldl be a busy and productive time in literary and publishing circles.

The chart for the US
The Sun is rising in the 12th house opposite Saturn in the 7th house. Mercury is in the 1st house opposite Pluto in the 7th house. The US bad bad relations with foreign powers now, especially with Mexico and Brussels (as shown by Saturn in the 7th house). There will be troubled foreign dealings; depression in foreign trade for some time.
Cancer is the sign on the 1st house cusp and the 2nd house cusp, tying the present conditions over into the future.
Venus is in the 2nd house opposite Mars in the 8th house, square Jupiter in the 5th and square Uranus in the 11th house. This is not a good sign for the economy. The brakes are on at least through this summer, and possibly through the fall.
Uranus in the 11th house brings difficulties, complications, and unexpected developments to congress, with considerable unruliness.
The economy is going to be erratic for a while. Because Venus is in the 2nd house, and Jupiter is in the 5th house, there will be gains especially in the stock market, but may be at an expense. The 2nd house is ruled by an affliced Moon. Whatever gains there are are unstable. This condition, while it runs through the summer, will not last.
Neptune is in the 10th house in grand trine with Mercury in the 1st and Jupiter in the 5th house. Neptune rules the 10th house. While this looks very nice, the Moon is out of agreement. The Moon's final aspect is counterparallel Neptune. Moon, which is the ruler of the 1st house (ruling the public outlook), is in the 4th house (opposition the President). There essentially is no agreement between the President and his opposition. Moon also rules the 2nd house; the general economy suffers.
Congress is stuck and dysfunctional, and apt to make some bad moves. Uranus in the 11th house shows members breaking away. Congress is apt to go through big changes.

The Chart for China
The Sun is in the 7th house opposite Saturn in the 1st house. The outlook of China , as shown by Saturn, is serious, but, because Saturn is retrograde, it's also patient. Mercury, ruler of China's 7th house is in the 8th house opposite Pluto in the 2nd house. Mercury points to foreign debt. China is concerned with a slowing economy. Venus in the 8th is in opposition with Mars in the 2nd, and square Jupiter in the 11th and Uranus in the 5th. This is potentially very difficult. The situation between China and the US is like a mirror. It doesn't work for either, and, while it will take some time to correct, should not last very long. Moon is in the 10th house. The Government of China is flexible. Moon between Venus and Jupiter, will attempt to make advantageous changes to benefit the economy, but it won't succeed completely until the total situation, including that of the US is taken into account. As it is, it won't. The economy does not look too healthy at the moment.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Solar Eclipse of Feb.15 in astrology.


There was a Solar Eclipse on February 15, at 8:53 PM GMT, ot 3:53 PM EST.

The eclipse was visible over Antarctica and southern South America. To the world in general, it acted as a strong lunation, except...
In a space of one day following the eclipse, there was a major earthquake in Mexico City, then an eruption of the volcano Popocatepetl. Then there were the shootings in Florida with all of its fall out. Then there were the indictments of the13 Russians made by Mueller. And then there was a terrorist attack in China, a mass stabbing in Kunming today, February 16, in which at least 29 people were killed. It is Chinese New Year. More will come.

A Solar eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Aquarius, according to old tradition, has the meaning: "a slaughter of sheep and beasts of the field." Beasts of the field is a biblical reference to the host of heaven. Sheep is a biblical reference to the flock, meaning the people. The people's faith is being sorely tested. Antarctica is the south magnetic pole. The south pole is the positive pole. The cosmic forces enter and leave the earth through the poles: in at the north pole, out at the south pole. This points, in other words, to a violent (series of) event(s) affecting the hosts of the heavens and the earth, or the entire world. There is a shift in extra-terrestrial forces happening now that will take some years to sort out. The affects of a solar eclipse run for at least one to three years. We can expect vast changes in the world in general. Aquarius, however, has a strong resonance with Arabia, and northern Germany especially Prussia and Westphalia, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia, etc.. The EU and Germany will go through major changes in the coming years, as will Russia. This is not all bad.

In UK, the eclipse falls in the 5th house with Mercury, Moon, Sun, Venus, and Neptune, showing complex diplomatic negotiations currently going on with the EU. Uranus in the 7th house brings complications but ingenious solutions. Moon rules the 10th house. The government will change.

In the USA the eclipse is in the 8th house. The eclipse Sun rules the 1st house, and the eclipse Moon rules the 12th, showing deaths of common people, also deaths of important people in high places, and among notible people particularly women. Sun also rules the 2nd house, bringing gains to the nation through taxation.
Meanwhile, Mercury, is in the 7th house, square to Jupiter, and sextile to Uranus. Uranus is in the 10th house. Jupiter is in the 4th house. It appears that despite the usual misdirection and befuddlement, unexpected or sudden moves will be taken by the President especially with regard to foreign affairs. He will make commercial agreements, and negotiate brilliantly with foreign powers.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Lunar Eclipse of Jan. 31st in astrology


The lunar eclipse was at 1:28 PM GMT, or 8:28 AM EST, or 10:28 PM JST.

The eclipse Moon was fully visible, and at the zenith over Tokyo, Japan, all of East Asia and the Pacific. It was not visible in Washington D.C. and was not visible in Greenwich. It acted as an eclipse in Japan, and as a strong lunation in Washington and in England, etc.

A lunar eclipse  in the second decanate of Leo shows a general mutation of matters in the world.

The eclipse may bring earthquakes to East Asia and the Western Pacific.

The eclipsed Moon was opposite the Sun and Venus. In Tokyo, Venus ruled the Ascendant. Afflicted in the 4th house, Venus will bring damp, unseasonable weather, adversely affecting crops and upsetting agriculture.

In Washington DC, the eclipse Moon was in the 6th house, the Sun and Venus were in the 12th. This eclipse came at an important time for the US. There is a showdown happening in DC. The chart has Neptune in the 1st house. Neptune is the ruler of the 1st house in Pisces. Neptune is also widely square Mars in the 9th house. Mars rules the 2nd house. The 1st house rules the people's outlook; the 2nd rules the future. Neptune acts to confuse the people. Many lies and false rumors are circulating. Venus rules the 3rd house of the news media. The eclipse Moon is opposite Venus; the news media is of no help at all, and is being blacked out deliberately; it skews everything. It cannot be relied upon at all. Mars square Neptune will act to blind the people in weeks to come. Mars is in the 9th house, an extention of the 3rd, meaning foreign broadcasting. In a nutshell, the situation is very opaque, and will become more so.
Saturn is in the 10th house. It brings the downfall and ruin possibly of many people in Government. Saturn rules the 11th house, pointing to members of congress and other Government agencies, affecting the President. But the President (the ruler of 10) is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is in the 8th house bringing benefit to the nation through financial gains.
Uranus is in the 2nd house in Aries. Aries is the 10th house of the NY Stock Exchange. With Uranus in Aries the market has been booming. The financial situation will probably continue to boom as the eclipse Moon is widely trine Uranus, but Uranus can reverse it unexpectedly being erratic in nature.
The 11th house (the congress and other Government agencies) contains Pluto and Mercury. Mercury is at 29:59 Capricorn, and is absolutely at the end of his tether. Mercury rules, in this chart, the 4th and 7th houses, the opposition. Pluto rules the 9th house where we find Mars. Mercury will form a sextile to Mars, and Mercury rules the 7th house. There are foreign powers supporting the opposition, and strongly influencing the news media. The media is acting as a political weapon.
The lunar eclipse is exactly conjunct the position of Mars in the natal chart of the FBI. That spells trouble.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Winter Solstice 2017 in Astrology


The winter solstice, or Capricorn Ingress, was at 4:29 PM GMT, or 11:29 AM EST on December 21, 2017.

The Sun, at 00:00 Capricorn was in conjunction with Saturn, at 00:11 Capricorn.

In the chart for the US, made for Washington DC, this conjunction was in the MC along with Venus at 25:33 Sagittarius. In simple terms, this sets a serious tone especially for the Presidency. Saturn is in his strongest place in Capricorn. Capricorn in Saturn's house of life, as opposed to Aquarius, Saturn's house of death. New developments in how the management of the country are just beginning to happen now.
Saturn rules the common people, the workers, as opposed to Jupiter who rules the upper class. Jupiter is the ruler of the cusp of the MC, 21:24 Sagittarius. Jupiter is in the 8th house which may benefit the country by changes in the tax laws. This marks a gradual process in which the working class will gain power. Saturn discards nonessentials to allow for new growth. In January, 2020, Saturn will come to conjunction transiting Pluto in Capricorn, timing a reorganization of international business, further discarding nonessentials.
Venus (conjunct the Saturn/Sun conjunction) is the ruler of the 8th house, making a mutual reception aspect with Jupiter, and putting Jupiter in the 9th house for a second reading. This position of Jupiter will bring improvements in foreign trade and commerce. Also Jupiter is sextile Pluto in the 11th house showing relations with international organizations, not necessarily political, being made to the benefit of the country. There is also research work that will ultimately be of benefit to the country being shown.
One must not overlook, however, that Saturn and Venus (ruling the 8th) with the Sun, can bring about serious difficulties and misfortunes, possibly disgrace, to those in Government, and in positions of Authority.

Mars, ruler of the 2nd house, is in the 8th, square the Moon, ruler of the 5th house, in the 11th house. There may be some extreme turbulence in the markets. Mars, however, is sextile the Sun and Saturn, and trine Neptune. Neptune rules the 1st house and is rising at 11:42 Pisces. This gives a period of gains by following hunches, also it signals a period of artistic or inspirational expression. This is a good period for artists.

Mercury was in direct station at the time, at 13:10 Sagittarius in the 9th house and square Neptune, ruler of the ASC, rising at 11:42 Pisces showing lies and confusion affecting the people. The people are confused.

In the chart for the UK the Sun and Saturn are in the 6th house showing the people suffering as Saturn rules the 8th house. The whole of Britain is moving away. Brexit is on everyone's mind. All the planets, but Uranus and Neptune, are on the west side of the chart, mainly between the 6th, 7th, and 8th houses. The Jupiter sextile Pluto aspect is noteworthy here. Pluto is in the 7th house. Ties and alliances are being re-thought out now. Nonetheless, there is a great deal of internal trouble and poverty, as shown by Mars in the 5th square Moon in the 8th, and Saturn ruling the 7th in the 6th showing the country in deep and serious distress at this time.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The coming election in Germany as seen in astrology


A standard way of looking at the outcome of an election is by making a chart for the lunation just prior to the election. The election in Germany is on September 24. There is a new moon on September 20, at 6:31 AM CED.

The important things to look at are the MC (10th house) and it's ruler, and the IC (4th house) and its ruler. The MC represents the incumbent, or Merkel, and the IC represents the opposition.

The MC (10th house) is 21:09 Gemini. It is exactly opposite Saturn at 21:43 Sagittarius in the 4th house.  The 10th house ruler is Mercury. Mercury is at 12:30 Virgo in the 12th house.

The IC (4th house) is 21:09 Sagittarius. It is conjunct Saturn at 21:43 Sagittarius. And it's ruler is Jupiter at 25:44 Libra in the 4th house.

While Mercury is strong in Virgo, but not so strong in the 12th house, it is exactly opposite Neptune at 12:27 Pisces in the 6th house, and separating from conjunction Mars also in opposition Neptune. So, we have Mercury separating from conjunction Mars and both Mars and Mercury in opposition to Neptune. Mercury is also forming Trine Pluto at 16:52 Capricorn in the 4th house, the house of the opposition party. All of this shows Merkel to be in a fairly compromised position. The opposition party is appears to be coming from labor, the populists, and military services.

Jupiter, on the other hand, is very strong rising in the 2nd house, but weakened by being in via combust way. It is also in opposition to Uranus in the 8th house, but sextile to Saturn in the 4th house. Jupiter in the 2nd and Uranus in the 8th show financial concerns. The opposition party calls for economic reorganization and holds promise of greater prosperity if elected. Saturn, which is sextile Jupiter, gives the opposition party greater stability and strength. Saturn is exactly in opposition to the MC showing a decided weakness of Merkel's party.

The outcome of this election appears to be a turning point. If Merkel wins, it appears she will have lost power. The Mercury opposition Neptune points to underhandedness, confusion and deception affecting the outcome of the election. But, it is probable the opposition party will have gained strength.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The solar eclipse of 8/21/17 in astrology



The solar eclipse occurs on August 21, 2017 at 2:14 PM EDT. It is at 28 degrees Leo, a fire sign. An eclipse in a fixed sign (Leo being fixed) will have a long lasting effect, especially in the United States where it is visible.

An eclipse in a fire sign is destructive to cattle; threatens the ruler, and causes dissension among the people. It can trigger the movement of armies, fighting, fires; and possible scarcity of fruits of the earth especially in areas ruled by Leo, i.e. California and Hawaii.
By resonance with Leo, the following countries and cities could also be effected: France, Italy, and the Alps; and the following cities: Philadelphia, Rome, and Prague. Philadelphia could experience an uptick in violent crimes.

How negative or positive this eclipse is is shown by aspects of the Sun, the ruler of the eclipse. The Sun is exactly trine Uranus at 28 degrees Aries. The Sun, in the Aries decanate of Leo, also points to Mars. Mars is 20 degrees Leo (conjunct the Sun) exactly trine Saturn, 21 Sagittarius (trine the Sun), and exactly sextile Jupiter, 20 degrees Libra (sextile the Sun). In short, Uranus and Mars give the Sun good support. This eclipse, despite all, ultimately proves more positive than negative in effect.

This eclipse is also conjunct the star Regulus, one of the 4 Royal Stars. With the Sun, Regulus gives power, authority, great influence over friends, honor and riches, but danger of violence and ultimate ruin. With the Moon, as the Moon is eclipsing the Sun, it gives powerful friends but danger from false friends and enemies. This could be taken as a warning to the President.

A solar eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Leo (between 20 and 30 degrees Leo) is said to cause profanation of holy places, churches, and sacred edifices, monuments, also rioting and destruction of towns. We have already seen this happening in the days leading up to the eclipse; there will be more following.

It is possible that this eclipse will also set off earthquakes. It is interesting to note that the maximum eclipse appears to happen near the New Madrid fault, but points as well to Oregon. There are a number of areas that may be touched off within a year.
Where the eclipse appears at the zenith, in MDT, is also where there could be earthquakes.

The eclipse taken at the Washington DC, the capitol, is in the 9th house. In the 9th house we find Mars, the North Node, Moon, Sun, and Mercury, retrograde. The eclipse is trine Uranus, Mars is exactly sextile Jupiter and Saturn. So, the 9th house stands out as very important. The 9th house is the law courts, legal matters, religion and clergy, foreign trade, science, invention, etc.
There will be important, far reaching developments in the area of foreign trade, as shown by this eclipse. Mars, the ruler of the 5th house, involves diplomacy, and Moon, the ruler of the 8th house, speaks of finances.

The eclipse is 28 degrees Leo exactly trine Uranus, 28 Aries. Uranus is in the 10th house of the New York Stock Exchange chart. This is indicative of growth.

The Washington chart shows the following about the President. He is ruled by Mercury, as Mercury rules the 10th house. Mercury is in Virgo in the 9th house retrograde in orb of opposition Neptune in the 3rd, also retrograde. Mercury in Virgo is in his best place and strong. Retrograde in the 9th is shying away from public notice. Opposite Neptune is subject to many false rumors. The media and press, ruled by the 3rd house, promotes false rumors. Mercury and Neptune, both retrograde, will repeat and repeat. There is a terribly dysfunctional relationship between the President and the media.

Mercury retrograde shows some plans falling through or being postponed. The President changes his mind and backs out of whatever he's planning. Mercury is zodiac square to the Ascendant showing his changes of mind disadvantageous to some, but is mundane trine to the Ascendant, showing the opposite. Some will like him and some won't is what it boils down to.

Donald Trump's birth chart, Ascendant is at 29:58 degrees Leo, and his Mars is at 26:47 Leo. The eclipse, at 28:52 Leo is midpoint his Ascendant and Mars. This will impel him to take some very strongly assertive actions. Nothing about war is shown.
If the eclipse were exactly conjunct his Ascendant or Mars, which it isn't, there would be reason to predict Trump's demise. However, it is unlikely. It is clear, nonetheless, that he has serious challenges coming up.

Early repercussions of the eclipse are shown on September 2nd and 3rd when Mars passes over the eclipse degree. Also on September 4th when Moon comes to opposition the eclipse degree. Also September 3rd through 7th Mercury stations conjunct the eclipse degree. Mercury turns direct on September 5th. So, the entire 1st week in September will be interesting to watch.
There will be a number of other times of repercussion; the coming solar eclipse on February 15, 2018 at 27 degrees Aquarius, opposite this eclipse, for example.
Stay out of trouble.

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