Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The spring quarter as seen in astrology


Today, April, 1, 2014 an 8.2 earthquake hit Chile. We find the Sun coming to exact conjunction Uranus at 12 degrees Aries. That conjunction will be exact at 3:09 AM on April 2. The conjunction of Sun and Uranus is particularly violent, as it puts the Part of Catastrophe (Asc. + Uranus - Sun) on the Ascendant everywhere in the world. What this means is that early April brings violent events, not only earthquakes but dangers of accidents and so on. This phenomenon is part of a development that leads up to the cardinal grand cross in the third week of April. The grand cross is at 13 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn involving Uranus, Jupiter, Mars and Pluto, respectively. 13 degrees of cardinal signs is a critical degree. It means a crisis in the world. Being cardinal, it also means out front action. As noted in an earlier article, in the political sphere, this does involve Russia, Putin, NATO, and Ukraine. The Chinese astrological predictions made for this year also pointed out violence in Ukraine and the east in general.

During the period of the grand cross we have two eclipses, a lunar and a solar eclipse. The lunar eclipse is the more important. The lunar eclipse, on April 15, is fully visible over the Pacific Ocean; most of North America, especially the west coast; Central America; and the west coast of South America. This focuses on the center and eastern side of the Ring of Fire. We may anticipate earth quakes and volcanic activity to develop up to and beyond this lunar eclipse.
The path of the solar eclipse, of April 29, travels from South Africa, through the southern Indian Ocean, and Antarctica to the east coast of Australia. It is partially visible in Indonesia and in all of Australia. Indonesia is prone to seismic and volcanic activity.

The two eclipses occuring during the cardinal grand cross carry its tensions in the world theater for several months. In other words, the tensions building up in the world in April will take a long time to resolve in the collective sphere.

Looking at the vernal equinox chart of March 20, we see the grand cross just beginning to form. At the vernal equinox it is a fairly tight T-square involving Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto. So, the tensions felt worldwide were already in formation. Other interesting aspects in the vernal equinox chart include Mercury in conjunction with Neptune, bringing no small degree of confusion into the world. Lots of misinformation has been floating about, for example, the mysterious disappearance of the airplane, not to mention all the reports around the situation in the Ukraine. Another noteworthy aspect in the vernal equinox chart is the Moon square to Venus and in conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio. It shows unfavorable, secretive and complex diplomatic activities. 13 degrees cardinal is the key degree to note in the matter of Russia and NATO. At the vernal equinox Pluto was at 13 degrees Capricorn. When Pluto arrives at 14 degrees Capricorn we need to watch what develops in Berlin and in Rome. Italy is unstable.

Looking at the new moon chart of March 30 we see the new moon in conjunction with Uranus telling us to be aware of the dangers of sudden violence. In the chart made for Washington DC this conjunction of Moon, Sun and Uranus is in the 9th house in Aries. This may point to an air crash, violent storms, and increased seismic activity, especially when the Moon is in Taurus. The Moon is in Taurus on April 1, 2, and 3.

The lunar eclipse on April 15 is at 25 degrees Libra. A lunar eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Libra is traditionally considered to signal the death of a renowned man; we will wait to find out who that is. The eclipse chart also shows Mercury involved in the grand cross of Uranus, Jupiter, Mars and Pluto. Mercury is in conjunction with Uranus. The most positive side of this is that it encourages brilliant break through thinking. On the other hand, it tells of critical arguing and fighting. Whichever way you slice it, the world is in a crisis, and this eclipse is showing it up. The effects of the lunar eclipse will last three months, in other words, into the summer.

Looking further out at the new moon of May 28 we see the planetary configuration becoming diffused. The tension is beginning to let up. But, we see, in the Washington DC chart 29 degrees Virgo rising, Mercury at 29 degrees Gemini square the Ascendant, and Venus at 29 degrees Aries. 29 degrees any sign is a weeping matter and it says that someone, or everyone is at the end of their patience. Mercury rules the chart, and the 10th house of the chart, and is in the 10th house. The people in great number are fed up with the President, and the President is at the end of his tether. The incumbent party is also at the end of its tether. Everybody is at wits end. Please avoid unnecessary arguments. This is confirmed by Mars in the 1st house square Pluto and opposite Uranus. Mars is trine the new moon. Mars afflicted, in the first house says that the people are angry and aggressive. The new moon of May 28 is in the 9th house pointing to international trade and diplomatic relations.

All in all, the world looks tumultuous this spring; the world is in crisis. The earth is also turbulent. We can expect more earth quakes and volcanic activity.

For people whose natal charts have planets at 12, 13, and 14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and/or Capricorn, most especially 13 degrees, April will be challenging and transformative. Break off what cannot work, and embrace what can and will.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Crimea annexation




On March 21 Russia annexed Crimea. Looking at an astrological chart for the event we find that the Moon is void of course. What this means is that this event in itself leads to nothing to worry about. It is a gesture in an unfolding drama involving Russian relations with the west and the far east. The situation is far more complex than this.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The involvement of NATO in the developing crisis in Ukraine and Russia


We see in the chart of NATO above that the cardinal grand cross forming at 13 degrees Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn directly aspects NATO's Neptune in the 12th house. Mars will be in conjunction with NATO's Neptune, and Uranus will in opposition with it, involving NATO in secret activity of a violent nature. How much of this will be made known is probably very little.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

The unfolding situation in Russia and Ukraine astrologically


To get a sense of what is developing charts for the spring equinox, the chart of Vladimir Putin and the charts of Russia and the Ukraine were made. The significant degree, because of the cardinal grand cross coming in April is 13 degrees. The grand cross will be at 13 degrees Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. 13 degrees of cardinal signs is a critical degree; it shows a crisis. The planets involved are Uranus at 13 degrees Aries, Jupiter at 13 degrees Cancer, Mars at 13 degrees Libra and Pluto at 13 degrees Capricorn.

Looking at the national charts of Russia, December 21, 1991 and December 25, 1991 we find Uranus at 13 degrees Capricorn. Russia is under the sign Aquarius. Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius, and therefore of Russia. As the two charts for Russia have Aquarius on the 9th and 7th house cusps, respectively, the crisis involves Russian foreign relations. We see Pluto in conjunction with Russia's natal Uranus from February 26 through June 4 complicating Russia's international monetary, trade and diplomatic relations. Pluto turns retrograde in mid-April timing repercussions.
The Ascendant of the spring equinox chart at Moscow is at 13 degrees Libra exactly square Pluto in Capricorn. This shows the crisis developing. Mars is rising in the 1st house of this chart, showing the people in an angry mood.

An interesting aspect in the spring equinox chart worth noting is between the mean lunar node and the Sun. The mean node is at 00:06 Scorpio, and the Sun is at 00:00 Aries. This shows a fatality coming. This, compounding the indications of the grand cross, spells something explosive likely to happen.

The spring equinox chart for the Ukraine, like the chart for Russia, has Mars rising in the 1st house. The people in the Ukraine are in turmoil. Uranus is afflicted in the 7th house. Uranus is square Jupiter and Pluto, and opposite the Ascendant. This brings disruptive trouble to Ukraine through foreign interferences.
The national charts of the Ukraine, August 24, 1991 and December 1, 1991 have Uranus at 10 and 11 degrees Capricorn, respectively, while Neptune is at 14 and 15 degrees Capricorn, respectively. While the grand cross doesn't come to exact aspect these positions, it does point to worsening trouble in Ukrainian economic conditions as well as to worsening foreign relations and to a lot of confusion coming out of that country through misinformation reported in the news. The spring equinox position of Uranus is exactly square Ukraine's natal Uranus showing that country in a social and economic crisis.

From looking at the charts of the Ukraine and Russia it appears that the worse crisis is happening in Russia. The Sun's aspect to the mean lunar node may involve both countries. The flight of ethnic Russians from the Ukraine and the Crimea into Russia, and the flight of money out of Russia does not help Russia.

Looking at the birth chart of Vladimir Putin we find his Sun at 13 degrees Libra. His natal Sun is in the 11th house and rules his 10th. His natal Sun is directly involved in the coming grand cross, showing that his career is being challenged. He has a huge problem on his hands.

Looking at the 1776 Gemini rising chart of the US we see the Sun at 12 degrees Cancer in the 2nd house. The grand cross will adversely affect the financial condition of the US. How much money the US can afford to throw at the Ukraine is questionable.
From the look of the spring equinox chart the US is unlikely to become any more deeply engaged in the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine than it has already. Instead, the spring equinox chart has afflicted and intercepted Uranus in the 10th house showing potentially disruptive developments inside Government circles which, if not handled carefully, can lead to resignations or defeat. This also holds true for leading corporate circles in the US during the spring quarter. Mars afflicted in the 4th house of the chart confirms the above.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Will there be a War? Horary astrological answer


According to to rules of horary astrology, there will be a war if the rulers of the 1st and 7th houses are mutually afflicting in or from an angular house or if they have translation of light by square or opposition from another planet. In this chart we find the Moon applying to opposition Mars and to square Venus, Mars and Venus being the rulers of the 7th and 1st houses, respectively. The answer is yes; the probability is showing. The only hope of no in this is that Mars is retrograde, and inclined to back off or lessen his aggression. But, war is a real possibility nonetheless.
We also find the Ascendant of this chart conjunct the malefic star Algol, denoting losing one's head.
Mars is in the 6th house of military service, and Venus is in the 9th of foreign affairs and international trade. This conflict will affect the markets, and, if it goes too far, gas supplies to western Europe, therefore gas prices.
We can only hope that the tyrants in both the west and east quit this insanity.

The chart of Russia, Dec 21 1991, and the chart of the first flag raising in Russia, Dec 25 1991, have Uranus at 13 degrees Capricorn. Russia is under Aquarius. Russia is going to experience a crisis this spring. Uranus will be at 13 degrees Aries square Pluto at 13 degrees Capricorn.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chinese astrological portrait of Hilary Clinton


Considering questions about Hilary Clinton running for President next year her Chinese astrological chart was drawn up. This is what it says.

Born on October 26, 1947 at 8:02 AM, the signs of her year, month, day and hour are Fire Pig, Metal Dog, Earth Tiger and Fire Dragon, respectively. Her birth stars are Seven Metal, Three Wood, and Nine Fire. Her Personality as shown by the combination of Fire Pig and Earth Tiger is imaginative and intuitive. She is down to earth and practical, and works very hard for what she wants.
Fire Pig is passionate and has ever changing, deeply felt moods for which reason it may be difficult to fathom her. She can be quite jovial and gregarious while secretive. She has luxurious tastes, is tenderhearted and emotionally vulnerable, and can be deeply offended.
The nature of Earth Tiger, the other side of Hilary's personality, is practical and inventive. She is curious, intelligent, imaginative, independent, adventurous and gifted with a sharp wit. She is capable of springing surprises.

Hilary's chart has 10 yangs and 5 yins. She is an initiator and leader; not a follower.

The professional environment in which Hilary moves, as shown by the signs Metal Dog and Fire Dragon, is extremely challenging and conflicted. Hilary has learned through experience to be a fighter.

Her chart deity, called Deity of Primary Resources, gives Hilary abilities suitable for philanthropy, caring, teaching, deep thinking and research. She has a metaphysical side to her personality. At best she is benevolent, giving, caring, philosophical, able to endure hardships, and desirous of peace. At worst she can be unrealistic and self-centered.

Hilary's birth stars, 7, 3, and 9 say that she tends to be optimistic, is a shrewd observer of people, is always coming up with new ideas and new approaches, and is gregarious while maintaining a certain distance from those around her; she stands out as a unique figure. She faces difficult conditions earlier in her career, but her efforts are crowned with success later on. She has tenacity.

Hilary's chart has the star Tien Yi (Sky Medicine). This is very lucky and grants her promotion and assistance along the way. She also has the star Tien de Gui Ren (Heavenly Virtue) which gives her good fortune through marriage, other indications to the contrary notwithstanding. She will outlive her husband. Having the Star of Arts, the Star of Lonliness, and Solitary Star, she tends to be a loner in some important respect; there is something stoic about her.

Hilary's chart also has Peach Blossom Star. This makes her very attractive and gives her good social status.

Hilary has Taiji Nobleman Star. This shows her to be very strong, to vigorously carry things through to the end, to be wealthy, and to have an interest in secret means. She has a penetrating mind and is a good judge of the way the future is shaping up.

The progressed cycles in Hilary's chart show that she will reach her pinnacle between age 75 and 85. Where she is now, in the cycle between 65 and 75 is very strong; her influence is growing. One step leads to the next, and every step she takes progresses onward and upward if she chooses. This cycle, being Fire Snake upsets the signs of her birth year, Fire Pig. There is a deep sense of clash that prods her on now; she must stand up and act one way or another this year. Considering that her power is growing, her running for President in 2015 is not out of the question.

Looking at the signs of this year, Hilary is turning a corner. This is a peak year for her. She must make decisive moves this year; she must face her opposition and accept the challenge courageously if she is to run. The second half of this year will give her more support than the first half.

2015 brings more support. It also gives Hilary more strength and offers positive developments in her career. It also brings her into the spotlight for good and ill. Her enemies will not fail to attack her.

If Hilary wins the Presidency her first year will be fraught with difficulties. The year 2016 is the year of Monkey. Monkey for Hilary is what is called an empty sign, meaning it doesn't help. It could be that 2016 brings some frustrations to her. Nonetheless, Monkey, for Hilary, is the Traveling Star. This means that a significant change will come in Hilary's career. It could signal that she will become President. It can also signify travels.

The most important consideration for Hilary is to her challenges this year and meet them head on. If she does, she may succeed. This is not the easiest road, but Hilary's nature welcomes challenges.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Chinese spring season


In spite of the weather we have been having, February 4 marked the beginning of spring by the Chinese calendar. Spring and the Chinese solar year always begin exactly mid-point the winter solstice and the vernal equinox, i.e., the equivalent of 15 degrees Aquarius.


The solar calendar uses the 9 star system, this year's star being 4 Wood. The image of 4 Wood star is wind. It means that this year is particularly active and changeable. Many developments are coming, along with many changes of mind. Old conditions are shifting quickly. There can be resistance, arguments and a lot of noise in the world, but change is coming nonetheless.


Because we are all born under different stars, we can find our fortunes by the 9 star system. To find your star, keeping in mind that the 9 star year usually begins on February 4th, look at this table and, if you don't find your year in it, either add or subtract 9 or multiples of 9 to get your year star number. Keep in mind, if you were born before February 4th of a particular year, you would use the prior year as your birth year. For example, if you were born on January 28, 1962, you would calculate your birth star using 1961 as your birth year. Also note: the star numbers are different for males and females.

1981 for males is 1; for females is 5
1982 for males is 9; for females is 6
1983 for males is 8; for females is 7
1984 for males is 7; for females is 8
1985 for males is 6; for females is 9
1986 for males is 5; for females is 1
1987 for males is 4; for females is 2
1988 for males is 3; for females is 3
1989 for males is 2; for females is 4


For example: If you are female born in the year 1974, your birth star number is 7. If you are a male born in 1974 your birth star number is 8.


The Stars' elements are as follows:
1 Water
2 Earth
3 Wood
4 Wood
5 Earth
6 Metal
7 Metal
8 Earth
9 Fire


The stars rotate every year and month. According to their positions for this year, the year of 4 Wood we have the following indications.


1 Water shows slow steady progress. Every step you take can lead in a positive direction if you use careful deliberation. Be careful not to become exhausted. Good leadership brings what has been begun to success. Take positive action with experienced persons when good opportunities present themselves.


2 Earth shows sudden changes that can be difficult to deal with. Stay clear of incessant pressure. On the other hand, if you give into self indulgence instead of remaining firm you will become weak and possibly ill.


3 Wood is extremely active, flexible conditions that will call for thinning out, getting rid of wastes of your time. Many opportunities are coming up. Be sincere. True sincerity  will be appreciated. If you act with consideration for others you will achieve fulfillment of your desires.


4 Wood is in a pivotal year. It is a fortunate year for new beginnings, but unfortunate for getting into arguments. If arguments come up you could seriously damage a relationship. Be very careful. Restoring deteriorating conditions is beneficial. If you take initiative and help others you will win praise.


5 Earth is in a highly advantageous position if leading a business venture or involved in creative work. You are being called on to bring stagnation to an end by uniting divergent elements in your life.


6 Metal has some dreams to explore. Romance may be in the air. Contracts may be in the offing. Nonetheless, unless you pay attention to details you might end up losing in the end. Be thorough in everything you do this year. You must use determination to cut out adverse conditions and bad people this year.


7 Metal is turning a corner. It is good to explore, good to save up, good to learn something new, good to teach too. Cultivating yourself inwardly is the key to your success this year. It is time to recognize the truth and to take appropriate actions.


8 Earth is free to travel in life, in whatever sense that brings to mind. It is time to enter new territory. Introduce yourself properly so that you progress and achieve success. Trust your intuition.


9 Fire is at a time of ending whatever is over. Don't waste your time. Value quality over quantity. Be sincere in your actions if you want to be rewarded well. If you are on the wrong road this year will be fraught with difficulties and frustrations. If you are positioned correctly this year will bring you far forward.


In Feng Shui the year star puts the star of destruction in the northwest. If your door faces the northwest either hang a bagua mirror above the door, facing the northwest, or put five copper coins under the doormat to repel the vibrations of this star. The coins are arranged in an inverted V with the point facing out the door.


The star of sickness is in the east. If your door faces east either put a bagua over the door facing east or put five copper coins under the mat as described above.


If you are moving house the unlucky directions to move this year are northwest, southeast, east and west of where you currently live.  The luckiest directions are northeast and southwest.


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