Monday, February 15, 2016

The death of Scalia: astrological view

Whatever your or my opinion of Scalia is, it has nothing to do with this report. It is simply whether there was any indication of his being assassinated that the following charts were made: his natal chart, progressed and directed charts, and his diurnal transit chart on the day of his death. I also calculated the Part of Assassination, and its solstice point to see if it registered at his death, which it did.

First, to ask whether his death was natural, we look at aspects formed in the progressed and directed charts. The following show up.

1. Progressed Ascendant trine his natal Jupiter,
2. Progressed Saturn is conjunct his natal Sun,
3. Progressed Mars is square his natal Saturn, (Mars being the ruler of his health),
4. Converse progressed Moon is square his natal Mercury,
5. Directed Ascendant separating from square his natal Mars,
6. Directed Mars trine his natal Moon and sextile his natal Uranus,
7. Directed Pluto in opposition to his natal Mars.

The above aspects show that he had been having health issues. However, Ascendent trine Jupiter (1), and Mars trine Moon and sextile Uranus (6) gave him strength. Certainly, the Ascendant trine Jupiter would have protected his health.
Saturn and Sun (2) were in conjunction all through his life, his natal Saturn at 13:52 Pisces, and his natal Sun at 21:20 Pisces, so the conjunction of Saturn and Sun, although it would have weakened his vitality to some degree, cannot be said to have killed him. With a Saturn-Sun conjunction a person can be mean spirited and live well into old age.
Mars square his Saturn (3) is a violent aspect.
Pluto and Mars in opposition (7) is also a violent aspect.
The only lunar aspect at the time of his death was converse progressed Moon square Mercury, showing mental strain. The converse progressed Moon was at 28:53 Scorpio, natal Mercury is at 28:15 Aquarius. This is not a death aspect, but one showing mental tension, and, with the Mars aspects to Saturn and Pluto, potential quarreling.

Scalia's natal chart has Moon at 3:24 Scorpio in the 1st house in opposition to Uranus at 3:05 Taurus in the 7th house. It shows him to have been a passionate, witty, and eccentric character, with a genius especially for law, who attracted open enemies, and enjoyed cutting repartee. He was very strong in his opinions, and had deep, conflicted emotions.

Now, the Part of Assassination, a mathematical calculation that allegedly registers in all charts of people assassinated, in Scalia's natal chart is at 17:28 Scorpio in the 1st house, its solstice point being 12:32 Aquarius in his 4th house. These form aspects with his natal Saturn, Sun, Neptune, Venus, and Mars. So how the Part of Assassination registers at Scalia's death is like this: the directed Mid Heaven is exactly to the minute square the solstice point of the natal Part of Assassination (directed MC being 12:32 Taurus, and the solstice point of the natal Part of Assassination being 12:32 Aquarius) meaning that his career reached its ultimate turning point through assassination. Conversely, his directed 4th house cusp is exactly square the solstice point of the Part of Assassination, meaning that the end of his life involves his assassination. We also find the directed Mercury, at 17:01 Taurus in opposition with the natal Part of Assassination. Mercury confirms that Scalia was assassinated, although you probably won't hear about it. Scorpio hides its events, and suggests that the causes are extremely deep and complex.

The transits on Scalia's last birthday, March 11, 2015, showed no sign of his death. What happened does not appear to be natural.

The diural transit chart of Scalia's day of death has the following aspects.

Mars in the 2nd house trine Scalia's natal Sun and quincunx the diurnal Part of Assassination. He was in high spirits that day.
Saturn trine natal Mars. It is unlikely that he was ill at the time.
Venus opposite natal Pluto. It is probable that he was being hunted - how ironic.
Sun conjunct natal Venus. He was in happy spirits.
Moon was conjunct natal Uranus and opposite natal Moon. His humor probably was probably sparkling. He had a wit.
Pluto square natal Mars and square transiting Uranus, with Uranus quincunx the natal Part of Assassination. This shows violence.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chinese new year predictions for year of Fire Monkey, 2016

2016 is the year of Fire Monkey.
 As with all signs, Monkey comes every 12 years, each under a different one of the 5 elements to complete its cycle of 60 years. There is a Fire Monkey, Earth Monkey, Metal Monkey, Water Monkey, and Wood Monkey.
The Fire Monkey is particularly active and smart. For the world this means 2016 is going to be a particularly active year with lots of fluctuations in the markets and lots of political drama, especially in the west.
In fengshui, south directions are not considered lucky this year. Avoid sitting with your back to the south at important events this year unless you wear or use the color green.

The following are predictions for each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. To get complete, detailed predictions, of course, you want your entire Chinese horoscope drawn up and read. But what follows gives a pretty good idea, especially if you were born in a year or day of one of the following signs.

Rat is in harmony with Monkey. Monkey is in a creative relationship with Rat. It supports and helps Rat. This is a good year for improving your home, learning new things, and cultivating whatever supports your health and well being. This is also a good year for initiating a new project, starting a new job, moving to a new location, or starting a new adventure in life.

Ox is in a time that is good for making plans, tending to works in progress, and saving money. Monkey encourages Ox to be courageous and use planning ability to advantage. This is a good year for you if you are an artist or work in a talent related profession. Be careful to avoid fights. This is not a good time for lawsuits, or legal entanglements. If you are married, or are in an intimate partnership, Monkey warns that it is to your advantage to be supportive of your spouse to prevent any unnecessary trouble or misfortune. 

Tiger may have a lively year head. This year favors moving, traveling, making needed changes in your career, and/or redesigning your home. This may be a productive year of increased vitality and good health. And it may be socially lively. People may make demands on you that you will have to stand up to. Fire Monkey can also challenge your reputation, cause entanglements in love and even harm your relationship if you are not careful. If you are a woman, however, this could also be a year to get married. You are attracting attention.

Rabbit This is a good year for romance. At the same time, Monkey, being your Robbing Star, while making you sharp and smart this year, warns that you can be used, and taken unfair advantage of, even robbed if you don't protect yourself. Monkey also tells you to be practical. You can manage your affairs very well and be successful at work, and with your finances this year.

Dragon is in harmony with Monkey. The combination of Fire Monkey with Dragon is highly intelligent. This is a good time to develop your projects and career, and to take up a new study. Monkey also favors you if you are an artist, or are in a talent related profession. To build up your work will bring money.

Snake may have a complicated year ahead. Fire Monkey encourages Snake to be independent, to be confident, stay focused with your own ideas and opinions, and achieve your goals, and prosper through sheer diligence. Monkey gives you the courage and planning ability to do that. If you are alone, that works well enough for you. But if you aren't, for all your work and productivity, demands will be made on you that could make you feel lonely or misunderstood. Avoid needless fights. If you are married or are in an intimate relationship, pay attention to your spouse, especially if they are having trouble.

Horse is at a high point this year. This could be a year of great success. It could also be a year in which you precipitate a disaster. The Fire Monkey gives you a Knife Blade star. You may find your patience tried. This year favors you, nonetheless, if you are determined, competitive, tough, decisive, flexible, and opportunistic. It works well if you are in a speculative career. You could make a lot of money. Monkey encourages you to make strategic changes in your career this year, also travel, move house, and/or redesign your home. If you are married, be careful; Fire Monkey does not favor relations with in-laws this year.

Sheep is in a year good for harvesting, or reaping the rewards of work begun in the past. Monkey favors those Sheep who are creative, or who pursue talent related professions. The down side of the year is that you might feel lonely at times, even if you are in a relationship, and could be taken unfair advantage of, notwithstanding, Monkey gives Sheep a keen mind that helps in making shrewd decisions.

Monkey This is your year. Fire Monkey gives you the ability to take advantage of any difficult situation, and get out of anything you got into that you don't like. This is a good year for initiating a new life, new path in life, or new lease on life. It also favors exploring things metaphysical and gaining from alternative sources of knowledge. If you are independent you can make good money. It is very good to take the lead now.

Rooster is at an end in some respect. Something significant reaches completion this year. A predicament is resolved. Fire Monkey favors Roosters who are trustworthy, upright, disciplined, and forthright, and who are good at management. It also favors Roosters in legal and legislative fields. It seems this year is, at least in part, about letting go of the past and tending to the practicalities of life.

Dog is in a good year to accumulate wealth and to bury old stuff. The past is the past. It is time to move on. Monkey is Dog's traveling star. This is a good year to take up something new in your career, travel, move house, redo your home, or fix it up finally. If you are an artist, or in a talent related field, this is a good year for you. Money comes as the result of productive work.

Pig welcomes everything new this year. Don't lay back. Monkey clashes with Pig, and can make a mess of your affairs this year if you do. Monkey favors you if you do some research and investigation, maybe such things as metaphysical studies too, and devote your energies to helping others. Monkey also gives you a sharp, bright mind, and warns you not to let others drain and take unfair advantage of you this year.

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