Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The election on 11/6 seen astrologically

There is a method used to get an idea who will win. According to Elbert Benjamine, of The Brotherhood of Light fame, the chart to use is the new or full moon just prior to the election, and the planets to pay attention to are Jupiter and Saturn, Jupiter for the Republicans and Saturn for the Democrats. The full moon prior to the coming election was on Oct. 29. While this method generally works, it is the opinion of this writer that it is better to look at that chart in the context of the charts of the fall equinox of Sept. 22, the new moon of Oct. 15, the chart for the day of the election, Nov. 6, then Mercury going retrograde on Nov. 7,  and finally the solar eclipse that comes on Nov. 13. The reaon for the chart of the solar eclipse is because the solar eclipse acts as a big magnet that draws the entire tide of human emotions and opinions that bears upon the consensus at the election. At first glance it looks close, and vigilance will be needed to deal with voter fraud.

All of the charts are made for Washington DC.

Looking at Saturn first, we see that this planet is in the section of the sky called Via Combust Way in all of these charts. Any planet in Via Combust Way is weakened. Nonetheless, Saturn was in Libra. Saturn is exalted in Libra, so this makes him very powerful despite his weakened condition. The Democratic party is strong if not as strong as it would like to be.

Looking at Jupiter, we see that this planet is in Gemini, its sign of detriment, and that it is retrograde.This weakens the Republicans as well. When Mercury goes retrograde, it does so in Sagittarius, Jupiter's sign, so the retrograde weakens the Republicans even further. Mercury goes retrograde square Neptune. This warns us of fraud and errors in the election process that will not look good.

The chart of the fall equinox gives Saturn three good aspects, and Jupiter two. Saturn's aspects are sextile the Sun, sextile the Mid Heaven, and trine Neptune. Jupiter's aspects are trine Mercury and sextile Venus. Saturn was in the 12th house, and Jupiter was in the 8th. Mars was at 19 degrees Scorpio in the 1st house showing the people very angry this fall; the nation is in an angry mood. Mars is conjunct the star Serpentis, the most malefic star in the sky. In this angry mood, the conditions of Saturn and Jupiter are pretty similar, although Saturn is stronger. Therefore, the Democratic party as seen from the fall equinox chart is the stronger of the two.

The chart of the new moon of Oct. 15 has Saturn in Scorpio. Saturn is peregrine in Scorpio, not as strong as in Libra, and prone to being pushed off course under bad aspects. Nonetheless, Saturn in Scoprio is in mutual reception Pluto in Capricorn, so Saturn is strongly reinforced. Pluto rules over the largest mass of people. The Democrats are therefore seen as winning more support from the grassroots. Saturn is also forming a sextile aspect with Pluto, and that acts very favorably and gives opportunities for succeeding. In the new moon chart Saturn has five aspects, all seen as good. They are conjunct the Ascendent, square the Mid-Heaven, Conjunct the Moon and conjunct the Sun. Retrograde Jupiter has three aspects: trine the Sun and trine the Moon, and square Venus. The Sun and Moon are separating from trine to Jupiter and are applying to the conjunction with Saturn. The force is moving from the Republicans to the Democrats. Saturn, i.e., the Democrats, appears in this chart to be gaining.

The chart of the full moon, the key chart according to Elbert Benjamine, has Saturn combust the Sun, opposite the Moon. This can weaken Saturn, but the mutual reception Pluto can get him out of a tight spot. The full moon happened at the disaster on the east coast, and Obama has risen to the occasion while Romney has not. The mutual reception between Saturn and Pluto has turned a disaster into an opportunity for Obama. In the full moon chart Saturn has four aspects, and Jupiter has three. Saturn's aspects are conjunction the Sun, opposition the Moon, sextile and mutual reception Pluto, and trine Neptune. The aspects of Jupiter, now retrograde, ae square the Ascendent, opposition the Midheaven, and and exact opposition to Mars. The opposition to Mars is very unluck for Romney. Also Mars is in the 9th house. Romney is being frowned upon by foreign Governments. So, the full moon chart shows the Democrats gaining yet more.

The chart of the day of the election, made for noon in DC has Mercury at retrograde station opposite Jupiter retrograde and square Neptune. This warns of fraud. Mercury is in Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter, and Jupiter is in Gemini, the sign ruled by Mercury. They are in mutual reception by opposition. It works like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. The mutual reception is destructive, and brings out a lot of confusion, all the worse because of Mercury's square aspect to Neptune. Something fishy about Romney that day. Jupiter's aspects, besides the mutual reception by opposition to Mercury, are opposition to Mars, trine to Venus, and sextile to Moon. Romney despite the confusion will win plenty of votes. The aspects of Saturn are mutual reception by sextile to Pluto, and trine to Neptune. Obama is getting the votes of the poor and the greater mass of the people.

Let it be said that the Mercury square to Neptune, while it involves Jupiter, also overshadows the entire election. The people are being deceived by both sides. Something ominous is in this, as shown by the solar eclipse.

The chart of the solar eclipse on November 13 has Mercury retrograde exactly square Neptune, a sign of fraud and confusion. Because Mercury is the dispositor of Jupiter, still retrograde, it points at the Republicans. They don't play fair. Mercury is trine to Saturn, so it favors Saturn, and Saturn is in mutual reception by sextile with Pluto which works in Saturn's favor. Jupiter has one aspect, trine Venus. Venus is intercepted in the 6th house showing a small group working from behind closed doors. Saturn's aspects are opposition the Ascendent, mutual reception and sextile Pluto, and trine Neptune. Saturn is in the 6th house denoting labor. The working class favors Obama. The solar eclipse is in the 7th house, the eclipse being at 21 degrees Scorpio. A solar eclipse in the 3rd decanate of Scorpio shows the rise of a tyrant. We will learn what that means. The eclipse in the 7th house points to disputes and complications not only between opposing forces in the country, but also involving foreign powers.

Decide for yourself. It looks like Obama will win unless there is election fraud. Either way, the outcome will be difficult. The people are being decieved.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Feng Shui of the heart: the three fortunes

In Chinese thinking bearing upon fengshui there is what is called the three fortunes. The three fortunes are always taken into account in fengshui. The three fortunes are the luck of heaven, the luck of the human, and the luck of the earth. Heaven luck refers to the configurations in the person's horoscope. Human luck refers to the person's state of morality, health, energy, and personal culture. And earth luck refers to the condition of the person's living and working environments. When all three fortunes are in harmony the person thrives.

To ascertain your heaven luck a Chinese astrological chart is made and analyzed. It shows how the elements unfold through your life, when they support your growth and when they go against you. Without this knowledge it is very difficult to make any sense in arranging the fengshui of your environment, as it is completely necessary to see what the different elements mean to you in time and space. If you don't know what element the person needs, you can easily go astray and use the wrong element in the fengshui, and bring bad luck to the person. The elements in Chinese astrology directly translate into directions in space and colors. If a person needs the element Wood, meaning green colors and east orientation, and you give them the element Fire, or red colors and south orientation, you exhaust their Chi and weaken their luck. Chinese astrology is the only reliable guide for doing personal fengshui. It tells everything about the person's life, as it unfolds in time, and helps to understand what the person needs for all of the different areas of life to develop well and smoothly.

The person's human luck develops with personal culture, moral, mental, and physical cultivation. If the person has excellent heaven luck and beautiful earth luck but is unethical in his or her dealings in the world the human luck will eventually attract disaster. Good heaven and earth luck will come to no avail if you don't act correctly to realize it. It is like serving delicious, nourishing food to someone who is too lazy to lift a fork. Human luck means work and action. Without it nothing helps. Self-cultivation to build a magnetic personality is the most important key to success. A person with strong human luck and bad earth luck can become very successful in life. A person with good earth luck and poor human luck will at best be weak, and will more likely than not meet with bad luck. Human luck is the hub of the wheel, so to say. A good fengshui expert can arrange the fengshui of a person's environment in such a discordant way that forces the person to become strong and active, and succeed in life. You have to understand the person correctly in order to do the fengshui appropriately. Understanding the person's human luck is just as important as knowing how to read the person's Chinese astrological chart.

The earth luck refers to the actual arrangement of the person's environment. That arrangement depends on knowing the person's Chinese astrological chart, and understanding their level of personal culture. Arranging the person's earth luck is making a magical talisman of their space. Everything is put in the right place in the right alignment according to the compass situation of the place, the underground energetic condition, and the astrological reading of the person living or working in the space. And, when the human luck of the person is correctly understood the space can be given the appropriate objects to support the development of the person's luck.

Fengshui without a complete understanding and skill in working with the the three fortunes is more likely than not going to cause trouble. Without the proper knowledge of the Chinese astrology this art should not be practiced in any way but to a superficial depth as it can do a lot of harm when not used intelligently.

A good fengshui expert uses all of the elements and the three fortunes to change a person's luck and life. This is a subtle and powerful art. The traditional way of practicing the personal form of fengshui, called fengshui of the heart, begins with a Chinese astrological reading. The astrological reading shows the person's situation and what it needs to move in a positive direction. The person's face may also also read and/or they are engaged in conversation to arrive at an understanding of their human luck. The sound of a person's voice tells the expert even more about the person than the words they use, as different vocal signals and inflections reveal the balance of the elements in the person's Chi. When the person's situation is suffiently understood, the fengshui expert looks at the person's house to analyze it and make those recommendations that will change the person's luck. This is the way it has been done in China for centuries.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Chinese astrological portrait of Fidel Castro

Upon hearing the news that the much loved and hated leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, had a stroke, a Chinese astrological chart was drawn up to view his life and see how much longer he has to live. Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926 in the hour of Ox. The Chinese astrological signs for the year, month, day, and hour of his birth are Fire Tiger, Fire Monkey, Wood Dog, and Wood Ox, respectively. He was born in the year of 2 Earth star and the month of 5 Earth star, and his tendency star is 2 Earth. The combination of Fire Tiger year and Wood Dog day made Castro a passionate, creative character who was full of surprises, and who loved adventure; he was tremendously optimistic. The combination of birth stars, 2-5-2, allowed Castro to persist and develop his vision gradually, following the examples of those political figures he most admired. Oddly enough, he was a conservative, and detail oriented man, and he had the support of some powerful magicians on the island. He was oriented to service, was hardworking, and single minded. And he felt deeply connected to the people and to the land that he so zealously ruled, although his chart shows major conflict with his parents and with figures of authority when he was growing up; he didn't have the support of his parents.

The balance of elements in Castro's chart are 4 Metal, 2 Water, 3 Wood, 4 Fire, and 4 Earth. Water is weakest, and Wood and Metal are the strongest at his birth. His vital element is Metal. Metal was strongest in his life in his first 29 years, and then again from age 39 to 59. In the 10 year period from age 29 to 39, which for Castro was a pivotal cycle, he won his war, and made an enemy of the USA. Having won control of Cuba in that period, he established a Government that has proved to be long lasting. Anything established in a pivotal period lasts long. Breaks and fallings out also happen in such periods.

The balance of yin and yang elements in Castro's chart show 10 yang and 6 yin. Castro is an initiator. The balance shows that yang Fire and yang Earth are overbalanced. This adversely affected his digestion and circulation. This, combined with Castro's weakest element, Water, ruling the brain, and blood, shows how he came to have a stroke which will invalid him for the rest of his life. This year, 2012, Water Dragon, having a superfluidity of Water, is attacking the elements of the year of Castro's birth, Fire Tiger, and is overwhelming Castro's circulation and brain, hence a stroke; he is very weak now. The elements of the current 10 year period that he is in, from age 79 to 89, Wood Dragon, fight with the elements of the day of his birth, Wood Dog. And with his vital element having been absent since he was 59, Castro is in fragile condition. Still, the sequence of 10 year cycles in his life show that he reached his peak of personal power and strength between 69 and 79, and that, while he is declining, he is still capable of holding on. How long he does is a question.

Death could come between now and 2016, sometime between 2013 and 2014 being likely. The sequence of years shows a steady decline of strength between 2011 and 2016. It would be a miracle if he held on past 2016. The 10 year cycle of Castro's age 79 to 89 shows him reclusive. If he survives past his 89th birthday he will die in that period. Castro will be 89 in 2015.

What will become of Cuba beyond Castro's death, according to his chart, is a modification and undoing of his ideas about how to rule the country. His original conflict with his family, and, by extension, the wealthy class from which he came, is not over. When he dies, those people will try to reassert themselves in Havana.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chinese astrological portrait of Vladimir Putin 10/7

Vadimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 at 9:30 AM. The Chinese signs for his year, month, day, and hour of birth are Water Dragon, Earth Rooster, Fire Dog, and Water Snake, respectively. Putin is a very forceful, dynamic, and clever man.

The balance of elements in Putin's chart are 5 Metal, 3 Water, 1 Wood, 3 Fire, and 4 Earth. Putin's vital element is Wood. This means that his best color is green and his best orientation is East and Southeast. Looking at the luck cycles in his chart, Putin has been enjoying strong Wood since age 41, 41 - 51 being a pivotal cycle in his life during which he rose dramatically to power. Wood element is present in his years from 41 all the way into his 80s, his 80s being his peak cycle. Putin will probably continue to occupy an influential position of power well into his 80s.

The yin and yang balance of the elements in Putin's chart are fairly well balanced, a good sign for health. With 8 yang and 6 yin he is a good initiator of action, but there being no yang Wood in his chart, he needs people to help him make decisions, whether he does so on their recommendation or in opposition to them. His chart has two Nobleman stars, showing that he attracts helpful people, and the chart shows that helpful people are present in his life from age 52 on. Despite the oppositions he is surrounded by supporters. He thrives on opposition. The chart shows that he becomes more subtle in dealing with opposition as he ages. His life from age 52 on also shows him prospering. People who work with him love him. And with two Tien Yi stars, or Sky Medicine stars, he is very lucky; he receives assistance and promotion through his life, all the more as he gets older, especially from age 52 onward.

Born with the stars 3 Wood, 7 Metal, and 1 Water, Putin works diligently. He plans ahead and waits for the right moment to act. The earlier years of his career were not nearly so easy as his later years. His situation turned around especially in his 40s, and he rose to the most fortunate position. Patience is a challenge for Putin. He is sensitive, and, while he can be put off by negative comments of others, he doesn't show it. He is a very subtle character and a deep, secretive thinker.

This year 2012, when Putin turns 60, is a challenging year, but each step he takes moves him forward decisively. After February 2013 he may have some difficulties with subordinates, but upon his 61st birthday in 2013 he enters a new 10 year cycle that brings out his dominant nature all the more. From 61 to 71 Putin meets his challenges in surprising ways; he is very smart. The year 2014 will be a peak year for him.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturn's Ingress in Scorpio

Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, at 20:34 GMT.  It will plod through Scorpio until 2015 when it enters Sagittarius. The following is what it shows coming up in the world.

The nature of Scorpio is fixed water. Saturn is cold. Saturn in Scorpio brings out the tendency of Scorpio to become icy. This can cause the the criminals to become entrenched. It will also establish new and positive structural developments in business, economics, science, and international relations. Serious confrontations will happen.

Saturn in Scorpio hates restraint and opposition. It has a strong, turbulent energy, and may soon cause the downfall of criminals in positions of power. Arrogance and greed are the most dangerous attitudes to have under this influence. The arrogant will fall.

Saturn in Scorpio will also deteriorate the public health and hygene, poison the water, and bring out serious diseases. Because Saturn in Scorpio has to do with poisoning, the entire matter of gas fracking will loom up in the public awareness. Pollution of water, as well as scarcity of water will be a big issue. Also the matter of GMOs and the pharmaceuticals will become more and more a critical issue. Saturn in Scorpio will also bring necessary disintegration to powerful international financial institutions run by crooks.

Scorpio is the sign of death. Saturn is the reaper. Put them together, and they spell the end of all due to fall in the areas of banking, politics, business, and in the general public. The death rate will rise. The disease rate will also rise. There will be much mortality among the elderly, and among prominent figures including those who hold important positions in the Governments of the world.

Saturn is peregrine in Scorpio. It lacks patience, and can contribute to treachery in political affairs. There will be assassinations done in secrecy.

The planetary aspect shown by the chart at the minute Saturn entered Scorpio says something about how this planet will act over the period. The most important aspects include the following. Saturn was conjunct Mercury at 00 degrees Scorpio, and trine Neptune at 00 degrees Pisces. This gives a deep, intelligent, and subtle influence to Saturn. It will bring out dark secrets otherwise concealed from public attention. It may also begin some revolutionary developments in the scientific, political, and economic areas. Great benefit comes to the world through secret channels. There are very powerful people working from secret positions to disempower the criminal elements that have plunged the world into the crisis it is in.

Saturn has two dispositors, it being in Scorpio: these are Mars and Pluto. The condition of the dispositors show what will become of Saturn's influence as it transits Scorpio. Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, is at 29 degrees Scorpio, square to Venus and square to Neptune; Venus and Neptune are in opposition one another. Mars at 29 degrees any sign is at the end of his tether, and is extremely impatient and will certainly precipitate trouble. Interesting to note, the Moon was at 29 degrees Scorpio when President Obama was inaugurated. This, and the coming time for his Administration is fraught with trouble.

Mars square Venus and Neptune will bring out scandals; criminals will be exposed; there will be breaches of trust in political and business circles; unfortunate economic developments affecting international relations will have to work out; huge losses of money, and explosive, even false flag events are to be expected. Criminals do not stop until they are stopped.

Pluto, the secondary ruler of Scorpio, is square Uranus. This very difficult square marks the entire transit of Saturn through Scorpio, not only because Pluto is Square Uranus at the beginning of this transit, but because these two planets will continue to be square to one another all the way through into 2015. This is a time of world-wide turmoil. Huge protests are happening. We can expect what is developing in the world to grow and get louder. Autocratic gangsters are having, what at best is, their last hurrah, and the world is paying a terrible price for it. Neptune square Mars shows radical forces revolting. It brings violence.

The transiting Moon at the time of Saturn's entry into Scorpio is exactly conjunct Jupiter at 16 degrees Gemini trine the Sun at 13 degrees Libra. There will be a great deal of brilliant writing and communicating all through this exciting period. Intellectual activity will flourish. During times of revolution the most interesting literary productions come. This is such a time.

All in all, the condition of Saturn's dispositors along with the Moon's condition show that the coming time is going to be very exciting and dangerous. Very good and very evil developents will come in scientific, political, and economic areas. Extra-terrestrial communications will break through all the more, and become more widely accepted.

The countries under Scorpio include Bavaria, Turkey (Cappadocia), Catalonia, Judea, Morocco, Norway, Syria, South Africa. If the situation in the EU continues to be more and more oppressive, Bavaria, the richest German state, may move toward autonomy, or will move to dominate the Federal Government of Germany. Turkey is moving ever closer to war with Syria. Jerusalem is in a dangerous and potentially very unfortunate position. South Africa is on the brink of war. Catalonia is moving to seceed from Spain. Because of its oil, Norway is in the most advantageous position. Time will tell what happens with Morocco. It may develop tensions with France.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The full moon of 9/30 in astrology

The full moon occured on September 30 at 3:20 GMT. It marks a uniquely tense moment, what with the Moon conjunct Uranus, Square Pluto, and the Sun opposite Uranus and square Pluto, while Venus and Mars are square, and Saturn is at the end of his tether at 29 degrees Libra. Violence may attend forced changes. People are not in a peaceful mood.

The full moon at Greenwich is between the 8th and 2nd houses with Pluto in the 4th. Venus is in the 12th house square Mars in the 3rd, and Saturn is in the 3rd. The indications of this chart hold true for all of western Europe including Portugal and Spain. The greatest tension is over money and property. And while there is a lot of angry protesting going on in the streets, Jupiter in the 10th house is protecting the Government. This is setting up the Governments for a lot of trouble to come.

The full moon chart for Bruxelles shows the same indications as that for Greenwich except that Saturn is in the 2nd house. This is a very dangerous place for Saturn in that it seriously affects the financial outlook for the entire EU in the midst of extremely tense conditions. Saturn in this afflictive degree in the 2nd house is very evil. It confirms the Sun's position in the 2nd house opposite Uranus and square Pluto, serously threatening financial stagnation, disruptive conditions, and depression. Yet, we see Jupiter in the 10th house protecting those in the highest circle. This bodes great ill. The Governments are out of touch with the people. Jupiter is in Gemini, the sign of his detriment. He gets caught up in all kinds of intellectual nonsense and doesn't see what is right in front of his nose.

The full moon in the chart of Israel is between the 7th and 1st houses, with Pluto in the 4th. This brings troubling disputes and complications to Israel. The Moon rules the 10th house, directly involving Netanyahu; Netanyahu is in an unfortunate position. Afflicted Uranus conjunct the 7th house cusp plays havoc with foreign affairs, causing unexpected, serious complications, and agitation against the country.

The full moon in China is between the 10th and 4th houses with Pluto in the 7th. Here also we see dangerous agitation in international affairs, in this case, involving a dispute between China and Japan. Afflicted Uranus in the 10th house shows sudden and unexpected emergencies in Government circles. There is internal strife in the highest circle.

The full moon in the US is between the 4th and 10th houses with Pluto in the 1st, again showing great tension, but here it is in the relationship between the incumbent and its opposition. Jupiter in this chart is in the 7th house showing, at least for the time being, no danger from foreign regions. Pluto is in the 1st house, and rules the 12th. This shows the crucial connection between the poor and disenfranchised in the political contest. Mars is in the 12th house of this chart showing a sharp increase in crime, murder, and violence. Mars squares Venus in the 9th house, with Venus ruling the 11th. Crime involves international gangs.

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