Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Royal Wedding

The Royal wedding happens on May 19th at about Noon. 

There's the old saying, 'Ne'er cast a clout ere May be out,' meaning 'do not put on new clothes until the unlucky month of May is over.' May is the month of the whitethorn tree, or Scathe. It's name comes from the Indo-Germanic root meaning to cause harm, from which comes the old English scathe. May is traditionally is considered an unlucky month for marriage. May is the month of the Goddess to whom marriage is hateful. The month of the whitethorn runs through May to June 9th. The question, therefore, arises, why such an inauspicious time?
Astrologically, the Moon is forming but one aspect, sextile Sun. But the Sun is exactly conjunct the Pleiades. The Pleiades cause blindness, disgrace, and a violent death. Their influence is distinctly evil. The Sun will be at the zenith, denoting disgrace, ruin, and violent death. The Sun conjunct the Pleaides it brings blindness, sickness, disgrace, murder, imprisonment, death by shooting, beheading or shipwreck. The Sun permits evil under the guise of apparent good. 
Grave danger under apparent protection. What cunning evil work is this? 
Why have they done this?  A worse time could not have been found. Pray for their protection. 

Raphael Simons

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.


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.

Raphael Simons

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.

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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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The lunar eclipse of 8/7/17 in astrology

The lunar eclipse occurs at 7:22 PM GMD. It is visible in India, as you can see. It appears to reach exactitude in northeast India, where there is a dispute going on with China about Doklam. This does not bode well for India. It will cause considerable stress there. On average, the effects of an eclipse last a period of 3 months.

There are these three aspects happening in addition to the eclipse. Sun is conjunct Mars; Mercury is opposite Neptune, (mitigated by sextile Venus); Jupiter is square Pluto, (mitigated by sextile the Sun, trine the eclipse, and sextile Saturn).
With this eclipse, there is considerable stress, especially between Jupiter - Pluto, and Mercury-Neptune, and Sun-Mars. In short, it shows aggression, duplicity, and lying.

In India, the eclipse Moon (in Aquarius) is in the 10th house opposite the Sun and Mars (in Leo) in the 4th house. This is seriously bad for the Government, and the national honor (the 10th house), and it is over land (the 4th house). Neptune in the 11th house opposite Mercury in the 5th shows treacherous diplomacy. However, it won't go too far because Venus, in mitigating aspect with Neptune and Mercury, brings peace in the near future. Venus is in the 2nd house showing what's coming up the near future. India will have to withdraw from Doklam. It is doubtful that India will be sincere about this, however: Venus, ruling the Ascendant in India, is in Cancer and the same sign as the 3rd house cusp (Cancer), showing a reticent outlook and dissatisfaction over the matter.

Meanwhile, an old prognostication of a lunar eclipse in the 2nd decanate of Aquarius is that it universally damages the seeds of the earth. This warns of coming food shortages.
Earthquake in western China.

In UK and the EU The eclipse moon is intercepted in the 1st house opposite the Sun and Mars intercepted in the 7th. The eclipsed moon in the 1st house shows unrest and discontent. The interception shows much going on behind closed doors.
Pluto is conjunct the Ascendent square Jupiter in the 8th house. The eclipse is also trine Jupiter. This gives and invitation to deal with the matter of finances. Jupiter square the Ascendant forces it; it must be dealt with; it must be settled. Mercury and Neptune feed into this as well. They are in the 7th and 1st house respectively. Mercury in the same sign as the 8th (Virgo) and Neptune in the same sign as the 2nd (Pisces) show the matter of the money is unsatisfactory and fraught with chicanery.
In this chart there are 7 Planets in signs that are on the next following house: (Pluto in the 12th in the same sign as the Ascendant; Neptune in the 1st in the same sign as the 2nd; Uranus in the 2nd in the same sign as the 3rd; Venus in the 6th in the same sign as the 7th; Mercury in the 7th in the same sign as the 8th; Jupiter in the 8th in the same sign as the 9th; and Saturn in the 11th in the same sign as the 12th), giving them all 12th house relationships, and making the affairs of the chart generally unsatisfactory. No one is happy.
Mars is in the 7th house intercepted. This will bring international disputes, disagreements, and unsatisfactory relations. Mars points to the east, eastern Europe.  
In all likelihood, nothing will be settled.

In the US the Sun, opposite the eclipse moon, is conjunct the Sun of Robert Mueller's birth chart. The coming three months for him will be especially challenging.
The eclipse Moon is in the 3rd house intercepted, and the Sun and Mars are in the 9th intercepted. It may be that much will be going on secretively behind locked doors. Meanwhile, Mercury in the 10th house is opposite Neptune in the 4th, so the people will be entertained and distracted by scandals. The public outlook, as shown by Saturn retrograde in the 1st house conjunct the 2nd house cusp, is seriously worried about the future financial outlook. The ruler of the Ascendent is Pluto. Pluto, in the 2nd house and retrograde, confirms what Saturn is saying.

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