Jul 5, 2019

StrangerThings3 plot opens Nov 6, 1983

Guernica by Pablo Picasso Laura Estefania Lopez [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]; ShareAlike International

July 5, 2019: A Few Astro-Notes re: Stranger Things season 3

Since season 3 of Netflix's popular series Stranger Things opens with a date of November 6, 1983 I became curious and took the liberty of setting up a horoscope without a location because the story is set in the imaginary town of "Hawkins" Indiana. Yet a few intriguing planetary factors are available to us in the form of midpoint pictures on that day (I'm using 12:00 am because why not?) to see if they're applicable to the storyline or not, plus, the Prenatal Solar Eclipse series in which the show's opening date falls is instructive particularly because it's the 3 North which repeated on July 2, 2019 @10Can37 ! So with 3N's themes operative now (as season 3 begins and contains references to America's Independence Day fireworks), I'll add the eclipse's theme below the November 6, 1983 midpoint pictures which formed on the day the series' continuing story begins. Midpoint pictures are listed in random order.

Also of interest may be the day's primary Sun-Moon blend of conscious-unconscious energies (Sun Scorpio; Moon enters Sagittarius at 1:09 am est, a blend shared natally by Pablo Picasso whose warlike, chaotic painting Guernica you see above):

November 6, 1983 Midpoint Pictures: any, all, or none may apply

Moon-Neptune = Jupiter (@13Sag26): fantasy; abundant powers of imagination; compassion. Note that the Moon-Neptune duo relates to such things as 'strange notions, the danger of being exposed to peculiar and strange influences, inner vision, illusions, psychometry, vivid dreams, disturbed consciousness or awareness, low-grade spiritism, mediumship and fortune-telling'.

Neptune-Pluto = Moon (00Sag00): strange soul experiences; high sensitivity; supernatural experiences; an immediate response to every influence; a strange or peculiar woman.

Mercury-Neptune = Uranus (7Sag48): a suddenly stepped up power of imagination; inspirations, inventions; ideas; a suddenly misguided imagination; convulsive disturbances of the nervous system.

Mercury-Pluto = Saturn (7Sco53): exposure to heavy and bitter attacks; skepticism; nervous irritation through over-work.

Mars-Uranus = Pluto (00Sco00): a higher power; force; violent intervention.

Hopefully these notes aren't spoilers for those who've yet to watch S3!

Themes of Season 3's 3 North Solar Eclipse June 11, 1983 @19Gem42

News involving young people of that transforms a situation and causes worry or obsession; large plans are wanted which can be positive but 'don't get carried away' (you may recognize 3 North as the Prenatal Eclipse series of the WTC 9/11/01 attacks).

Cosmic Weather of November 6, 1983: Sun Scorpio-Moon Sagittarius

This steamy Water-Fire combination of energies suggests those who are quick to see the larger implications of facts and events. Loyal friendships are implied along with a strong commitment to inner values; paranoia is a possibility as are fanaticism, a zeal for truth, and deep intuition. This blend's two 'Images for Integration' seem to me especially descriptive: "Picasso's Guernica (pictured, above)...and...

A child gazes up at the night sky, captivated by the mystery of dark space. An alien appears, and reveals a glimpse of the child's future as a famous astro-physicist." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey).

So Whose Minds 'Invented' This Amazing Netflix Series?

Stranger Things is written and directed by the Duffer Brothers, twins born February 15, 1984 under the auspices of a 3 South Solar Eclipse @11Sag46 (December 4, 1983) with themes of 'traumatic transformation' via Pluto content and 'sudden endings possibly with a young person through news received or short journeys undertaken' (ex: 'Billy'?). And since Matt and Ross Duffer were born after season 3's opening date of November 6, 1983, their natal Uranus @13Sag07, erratic planet of futurism, odd or unusual happenings, disruption, and/or separation, qualifies as a transit to the 1983 Jupiter position (13Sag29) which suggests broadened intellectual horizons, genius, unusual types of training, travel, and/or heading down entirely new paths. Synchronistically, and personalized to them, a solar eclipse in the 3 South series will again manifest on December 26, 2019 @4Capricorn06 conjunct protective Jupiter (5Cap20) which by transit happens to conjoin the Moon's Saturnian South Node (8Cap22), aka, the tail of the dragon, an undulating 'tail' which can have a nasty habit of swiping things away like some sort of hideous alien creature most often found in a sci-fi/horror fan's worst nightmare.

Midpoint Pictures quoted or paraphrased: The Combination of Stellar Influences, Reinhold Ebertin (other midpoint sources may also apply); Solar Eclipse themes: Predictive Astrology, Bernadette Brady.

Jun 28, 2019

Keanu Reeves' natal chart: Saturn-Pluto

Not to worry his millions of fans but to inform: if you check out the (rectified) natal horoscope of actor Keanu Reeves (RR: C) you'll note his Venus-Mars conjunction in Cancer along with Moon in mid-Cancer for they are all within orb of opposition from transit Saturn and Pluto, two karmic heavyweights set to conjoin @22Cap46 on January 12, 2020! (chart shown set for Washington DC).

That's a boatload of difficult energies for anyone to manage and I hope the popular Mr. Reeves will weather the storm/s via other more favorable transits to his natal planets using some solid inborn abilities of his own. Plus, conscious awakening, a function of Uranus the Awakener, does seem to be a theme with him (at least in his films) and astrological Uranus has that futurist-tech-science vibe, as you know.

Now, in case you're one of the few Matrix fans who've missed it so far, here's a link to a trailer for The Matrix 4: Revival (2020), a film that, from the looks of it, promises to be as freakily disturbing as any futuristic sci-fi fan could want it to be! And of course, you know that all that Cancer energy in Keanu's natal chart is perfect for starring in such films because 'The Matrix' is totally a maternal-lunar Cancer sort of thing. So perhaps the combined Saturn-Pluto energies relate in part to the harsh dystopian quality of The Matrix films.

Any thoughts?

Above image from The Matrix days: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Keanu.jpg

Jun 16, 2019

Sacred Geometry and Saturn Stations - David Cochrane

Here's a tutorial by expert astrologer David Cochrane concerning Saturn Stations, Retrograde and Direct, and the karmic Timekeeper planet's curiously intriguing association with the number 108:

Jun 6, 2019

Napoleon Meets The Duke at Waterloo

For years I've shied away from writing about the natal horoscope of Napoleon I, outstanding though it is, because I'd read that he lied about his age to get into the army and thus his birth data was conflicting or unverified (RR:C) and could be 'off' by one year. Yet most folks seem to have settled on his natal data so here are his birth details in case you don't have them: (nee) Napoleon Bonaparte August 15, 1769 11:30 am LMT Ajaccio, France. View his natal chart here.

Napoleon's Sun @22Leo45 (the 'worst foot forward'/'own worst enemy' degree) and Moon @28Cap40 (conjunct US natal Pluto 27:32, planet of power, death, and manipulation); Leo-Capricorn identifies his personality as Fire-Earth, a volcanic combination of energies, in a word, a bulldozer full of an enormous amount of self-belief and certainty, a good manager and politician. Apparently, intense Scorpio (life is a battle!) dawned upon the horizon (ASC 00Sco31) as baby Napoleon entered the earthly flux along with exploring, expansive Jupiter @15Sco01 in 1st house of Self, on one level a description of his discoveries (Jupiter) in Egypt (Scorpio.) He thought, planned, and communicated as a dramatic Leo with Mercury @6Leo09 conjunct MC (The Goal Point); warrior Mars conjoined Neptune in Virgo showing an intuitive strategist who was unwilling to accept responsibility for the results of his actions inspired though they may have been. Plus, Mars-Neptune contacts may also suggest misguided or misdirected actions and/or 'the fog of war'.

Now as you know, Pluto in Capricorn represents on one level the dictator, and long gone and thus unaware of it, Napoleon I has had a Pluto Return (4x in 2014/15) with natal Pluto Rx @13Cap34 widely opposing his Saturn (destructive to the established order--A. Oken). Yet we find him born with an enlightened Uranus-Neptune-Mars-Pluto Grand Trine in practical Earth signs, and a high-flying Kite pattern suggesting success (rebellious Uranus in stubborn Taurus acts as the tail). These closed circuits of planetary energies supported his grand visions of global conquest and expansion of territory and power. And since Pluto is also a planet associated with publishing, Andrew Roberts' definitive biography of Napoleon: A Life (2014) has enjoyed quite a bit of publicity and brisk sales before the corpulent chanteuse sang, for as you know, a person's natal planets continue to be triggered or activated in perpetuity. Perhaps Napoleon's Capricorn Pluto, also the planet of transformation and activated in our time by its return to natal degree, has made possible an 'upgrade' to Napoleon's reputation or at least has provided a deeper knowledge of his life and motivations.

And on a personal level, Astrology can help with that.

A temperamental, authoritative Sun Leo-Moon Capricorn personality blend provided Napoleon I with great vitality and a sense of adventure, perfect attributes for an aspiring world conqueror and self-crowned emperor. His somber, ambitious Capricorn Moon supplied the stability and perseverance needed to stick to his Leonine plans for shining on the world stage, taking charge, and directing all focus upon his ultimate goals. There was practical intellect combined with vanity, conceit, and arrogance which added to his downfall in spite of great courage and determination. Although defeated on June 18, 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo (chart shown--RR: B; Sun Gemini-Moon Scorpio; a forceful Mars-Pluto conjunction in Pisces, a military sign, widely opposes Jupiter the General @00Lib55, a Cardinal World Point of Manifestation--with rising Jupiter conjunct asteroid Nemesis, the unbeatable foe), Napoleon had managed to take over most of continental Europe yet eventually died in exile of stomach cancer (partially described by natal Saturn in Cancer opposing natal Moon in Capricorn) on the isle of St. Helena on May 5, 1821. Note that if you, dear reader, have the same Moon-Saturn opposition across the Cancer-Capricorn axis, don't expect a similar medical outcome!

Now if you wish more Sun-Moon info, see Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey where you'll also find two famous quotes attributed to Napoleon himself:

"We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him." And, "Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet." With his monarchic frame of mind and a tendency to speak and act out on the world stage, he obviously did not consider himself common...or, one supposes, religious.

Video: The Battle of Waterloo in Two Minutes. Two minutes?!! Non!

Solar Eclipses of Napoleon, Wellington, and The Battle of Waterloo

Unfortunately, the Prenatal Solar Eclipse Saros Series of Napoleon I petered out at some point so I can share no theme for it (5 South). What I can tell you (as politicians like to say these days!) is that for the Emperor of the French, his PE manifested on June 4, 1769 @13Gem51 conjunct Venus Rx @13Gem11. Eclipses in Mercury-ruled Gemini obviously have to do with various issues of communication and possible karma associated with one or more (of his several) siblings (Pauline was his favorite sister: Venus Rx in Gemini?). Naturally taciturn, a person born under and influenced by a Prenatal Eclipse in Gemini (sign of The Dark and Light Twins) will often communicate with fewer words than a more talkative person and the primary focus will be on his capacity to think through a situation logically and express his thoughts coherently. Negatively, Gemini expression tends to produce loquacity, superficiality, and caprice, plus, the native may enter upon a 'talkathon' without first giving the situation the forethought necessary to come to a logical solution. This may cause a splintering of the thought processes which hinders karmic progress for the natural Gemini reasoning ability should be an asset applied to karmic problems yet this may or may not be the case (Lineman). (Note that the PE of Donald Trump is also in Gemini--conjunct US natal Uranus (8Gem55), planet of chaos, disruption, separation, and rebellion.)

Of course, Napoleon's opponent at Waterloo was the Duke of Wellington (nee Arthur Wellesley May 1, 1769 11:58 pm LMT Dublin, Ireland RR: DD; Sun @11Taurus Moon @16Pisces ASC: 3Cap47; Pluto Rx @15Cap41 opposes his Mars-Saturn conjunction = destructive energy, brutality, cruelty, ruthlessness, death of many people (a cosmic echo of Trump's natal Mars-Saturn = Pluto) and the Duke's PE @18Cap13 perfected on January 8, 1769 (partial) in the 5 North Saros Series with themes of: 'sudden hunches, prophetic dreams, visions', and 'new inspirations'. (A 5N eclipse last manifested in 2003; next in 2021.)

Sympatico with Wellington's PE by degree, the PE of the Battle of Waterloo @19Cap32, an annular eclipse in the 15 South Saros Series, seems descriptive of such an important battle--of any battle actually: 'release of tension, a lingering situation suddenly clears but with a sense of collective grief or loss' (Themes: Brady's Predictive Astrology).

And what I can tell you about Prenatal Solar Eclipses in Saturn-ruled Capricorn is that they emphasize serious, conservative, and conscientious approaches to problems and require the development of self-discipline which can overcomes self-indulgence in order to make karmic progress. Yet the selfish, avaricious qualities associated with Capricorn tend to make leading a spiritual life difficult and off-putting rather than inspiring to others; dedication and hard work at the expense of personal pleasure and worldly status are demanded by stringent eclipse-ruler Saturn, and relationships to or with authority figures (earthly fathers and/or others) are prominent as is government service of some kind (Lineman).

Well, that's all I care to type for now concerning Napoleon I, the Duke of Wellington, and the historic Battle of Waterloo. Review and compare their three charts as you wish for there is definitely more cosmic information to be revealed for those curious enough to sleuth into Historical Horoscopes!

Above image: Mars from Hubble

Jun 2, 2019

Horoscope: The Battle of Culloden 1746

The Battle of Culloden, David Morier; public domain; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Battle_of_Culloden.jpg

Now that I've reached the end of Outlander season 2 on Netflix and retaining my preference for glancing at Historical Horoscopes, it's impossible to resist looking at the Battle of Culloden Horoscope (shown below) and the Natal Chart of wanna-be-king Charles Edward Stuart (chart linked, below) to see what planetary connections might exist. As you know, the defeat at Culloden Moor marked both the end of the Jacobite Uprising to restore a Catholic monarch to the throne and the end of the Highlander way of life, and it remains the last battle fought on British soil.

If you wish, check out Two Men in a Trench as they excavate the battlefield at Culloden (48-mins, almost as long as the battle itself).

And for the astro-curious, biographical details concerning the life of Prince Charles Stuart are available along with a view of his RR: B natal horoscope (Sun 10Cap17, Moon 12AQ08, ASC 16Can34). During the exile of his parents, Charles was born in Rome, Italy on December 20, 1720 (OS) at 5:04 pm/December 31, 1720 (NS) and was the grandson of King James II. As an adult, 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' spoke several languages, was tall, goodlooking, and sported a red beard. Raising an army to fight for his father's lost throne, Charles was only 24 yo in 1745 when his valiant campaign began. Yet in spite of all the Catholic spirit the Jacobites could muster, bitter defeat by the overpowering artillery of the British Army commanded by Charlie's cousin the Duke of Cumberland was the Jacobites' ultimate fate--and, according to Outlander, in spite of all that 'Claire' and 'Jamie Fraser' could do! (see the official trailer for season 2, linked above if you're unfamiliar with the show).

Yes, Clan Fraser did fight in the one-hour battle that day and if you search for Culloden on YouTube you'll find a few silent, respectful video tours of the battlefield showing stone markers of the fallen Clans.

As for the Bonnie Prince, he had been stricken with pneumonia in February 1746, yet survived to fight another day. But on April 16, 1746, defeat at the Battle of Culloden "broke his spirit, he had a nervous breakdown," and at some point, dressed as a woman, he made his escape. After his father's death in 1766, he took to wandering over Europe a "broken man," unable to regain all he'd lost including another chance to gain the crown his brow had never worn.

Even so, Prince Charles married Princess Louisa of Stolberg-Gedern in Spring 1772 but she left the embittered, ill Charles after a "violent incident" in 1780.

Then finally, on January 31, 1788, Charles Stuart died of alcohol abuse and apoplexy (stroke), age 67. Such was the tragic life of an exiled yet bonnie king, his early promise tragically unfulfilled.

For more details see the Battle of Culloden, boggy soil and "sleety rain" notwithstanding.

Now admittedly I'm having some difficulty discovering an exact hour the battle began--one site says the Duke's forces arrived "around midday" while another gives "11:00 am" as the time the opposing combatants first saw one another. Since 11:00 am falls within an Hour of Mercury, planet of sight, sound, and other senses, I'm using that hour to set up the Horoscope of The Battle of Culloden you see, below. Besides, both the British forces and the Jacobite Army were in the area at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm so both times must apply in a variety of ways. Note that the horoscope is hand-drawn since my printer still refuses to print but will fussily scan; outer planets and Chiron are included although undiscovered in 1746 and thus would have operated totally on an unconscious level if at all.

Please enlarge the image to read chart notes not all of which will mentioned in the following text:

Battle of Culloden April 16, 1746 11:00 am LMT Culloden Moor 57N28 004W05 Scotland; Hour of Mercury (in Taurus: one-sided views, hoarseness from shouting); Ascendant 8Leo08--Leo, sign of royalty and leadership so the Sun is chart-ruler and as such the Sun applies once to conjunct warrior Mars (9A07), see lower left: acting on plans, negative results from being hotheaded and impulsive; injuries, especially to the head, fever. For 3 days no one was allowed on the Moor although some sources say that on the day after the battle Cumberland sent back men to kill any Jacobite survivors--was that 9+ hours later? Anyway, the good people of nearby Inverness buried the dead basically where they fell on the battlefield. (Were my ancestors, Clan McClellan there? Apparently not, they were Lowlanders.)

Jupiter in 1746 -- and 2019?!

Highlighted in green, also lower left, are the dates of Culloden Jupiter's 3 Returns to its 1746 degree (14Sag45 Rx) in 2019! Perhaps this lucrative transit describes the current good fortune of anyone and anything related to the Battle and/or to Outlander in the realms of tourism (visits to Culloden, Lallybroch, etc), sign-ups to the STARZ channel or Netflix, etc. In the 1746 chart, Jupiter is strong in its own sign of Sagittarius, sign of the foreigner, but is weakened somewhat by its retrograde condition--Jupiter the General = Prince Charles, not Cumberland? Because traditionally speaking, no military general in-the-know astrologically would start a battle or wage war with Jupiter Rx--unless he wanted the other side to win! However, in this chart Jupiter is apex of a planetary pattern of crisis, crossroads, turning point (yes it was), special task, and/or karmic opportunity for progress (?), a YOD, and if we read the trio involved as a midpoint picture we have Mercury-Neptune = Jupiter: harboring great hopes. Well, Prince Charles and the Jacobites certainly did. And Mercury-Neptune itself tends toward fantasy and misconceptions. A second YOD is formed involving the 11:00 am Ascendant which would pass after awhile; however, its midpoint picture points toward the confused Pisces Moon and informs us that there were ill-humored individuals in the environment. Yes, I would imagine so.

What's Neptune Got to Do with It?

Now before I list the chart's midpoint pictures, mention should be made of the planet of the Unconscious, Neptune @16Can04 in its own 12th house (of karma, self-undoing, politics, large institutions, and secret enemies), though unaware of its deceptive, weakening influences as the combatants must have been. This is because Neptune conjoins the natal Ascendant of Bonnie Prince Charles (ASC 16Can34--marked on the left in blue) which describes his grand aspirations toward the throne but also suggests his reaction to the loss--wandering around, broken and weak in spirit, and leaning on alcohol to numb his pain...all Neptunian concepts. Alcoholism even played a part in his death, another ultimate result of negative Neptune. This transit identifies his increasing sense of abandonment, feelings of self-pity, and the loss of self-esteem which he undoubtedly felt. Even his escape to the continent suggests watery Neptune's involvement as he wafted away dressed in Neptunian disguise as a woman! And with his natal Ascendant in Moon-ruled Cancer, sign of homeland, patriotism, nationalism, and tribalism, the Culloden Moon in sensitive Pisces squaring expansive Jupiter denotes one who expected this to be easy, is self-indulgent, and may feel an off-and-on sense of apathy. That Charles slipped away from the battlefield can be no huge surprise.

Well, here is a list of primary midpoint pictures from the chart lest this post turn into a book! See if any of these potentials seem relevant to the Battle of Culloden:

Sun-North-Node ('family ties') = Midheaven ('MC': 'The Goal or Aspiration'): fighting other people's battles.

Sun-Pluto ('striving for power; craving rulership') = Uranus ('the rebel; the maverick'): carrying out fanatic reforms without regard for oneself; great efforts; sudden adjustment to new circumstances (arrest).

Sun-Pluto also opposes the ASC: the crisis of self-preservation; experiencing the ruthlessness of others; ruthless establishment of one's own personality; suppression of the environment for the attainment of one's own aspirations.

Sun-Mercury ('the power of thought and understanding') = Mars ('the warrior, the soldier, males; weapons'): the will to fight life's battles; agitated thinking; quarrels and disagreements; upsets; excitement.

Uranus-MC ('unusual objectives; the power of assertion') = Moon (females; family; emotions; the unconscious): quick temper; extraordinary state of excitement or irritability; becoming easily upset.

Moon-MC ('wavering disposition; unreliability; moodiness; one's soul') = North Node ('encounters; future direction; destiny'): adaptability; a spiritual relationship with the female sex.

And note that North Node in confused Pisces can indicate people who share the same beliefs and/or associations which harm the community at large.

Then last but not least, for it forms a background influence to the proceedings, is the Battle's Prenatal Solar Eclipse ('PE') which is marked in the 9th house @1Ari22 (ruled by Mars). This annular eclipse perfected on March 22, 1746 in the 19 North Saros Series with themes of: 'realism; coming down to earth and seeing things for what they truly are (if only Charlie had); a good time for tackling the truth'.

So perhaps I should add Prince Charles' PE which manifested on August 4, 1720 @11Leo47 in the 11 North Saros Series. 11 North themes are quite revealing: 'the need for sudden reforms; old ideas and methods fail and new systems are required to deal with events; any blocks could be violently or tragically removed'. Sadly, it turns out that Prince Charlie was the block that was removed.

Well, there are many more chart factors and battle conditions worth mentioning but I'll leave it here and hope you got something of value from this post on the Horoscope of the Battle of Culloden--and if you care, please Share!

Here is a link to an interesting video you might enjoy: Who Would Be Jacobite King in the UK Today?!! Plus, I wrote about an earlier battle's Historical Horoscope if you're curious: The Battle of Agincourt (1415) so check it out as you wish!

(Midpoint Pictures: The Combination of Stellar Influences, Reinhold Ebertin.)

Blog Note: This post is published as a tribute to all who fought and died at the Battle of Culloden, of all nationalities and persuasions. May they R.I.P. - JC

May 21, 2019

Mars in Aries 2020: That Fighting Spirit

Mars the Trigger

by Jude Cowell

Astrological Mars traversing its own sign of Aries, the me-first sign, begins June 27, 2020 edt with a sextile to Saturn Rx @00AQ15, an aspect of modesty, setting priorities, and/or multi-tasking. This is not the only positive aspect that Mars, planet of energy and motivation, will make on its journey through Aries but it is the first and on some level, will set the tone until Mars enters Venus-ruled Taurus on or about January 6, 2021 (est).

One underlying difficulty can be described by various squares between Mars and Jupiter in 2020 for these periods trigger potentials for overestimation of strength, hasty actions, too much or too little force being used when the opposite is needed, plus, a general lack of moderation will sometimes be in evidence.

Yet the general difficulties in society that could be created by the testosterone-driven me-first planet in its sign of Aries may primarily issue from the warrior planet's squares to karmic heavyweights Saturn and Pluto which meet in Great Conjunction on January 12, 2020 @22Cap46, as you know.

So here's a brief list of the dates of the Mars squares to each planet along with some possibilities that are contained within the squares, a dynamic aspect of frustration and blockage (dates are on or about and are ET):

Mars square Saturn (20Ari09/Cap) 3x: August 5, October 16, and December 12, 2020. This square suggests anger, total frustration, restraint, denial of aggression, tests of self-control, activities blocked by resistance, and the need for solutions. A Mars-Saturn square denotes people who tend to use collective power and social sanction for self-aggrandizement, waste resources and money (usually other people's), promote social and religious fanaticism (East or West) with no care for how destructive their beliefs and actions are, and--there's no other way to say it--to wage war. Political and social controversies are certainties to be triggered or aggravated by this square yet as Ebertin says, 'blind zeal is detrimental'.

Mars square Pluto (22Ari58/Cap) 3x: August 12, October 7, and December 20, 2020 which suggests extreme efforts, obsessions, a drive for dominance, strategy (plans for control), and/or the possibility of medical procedures. A do-or-die attitude will be noticed along with strong willpower, the potential for violent acts to occur, plus, we may expect that weapons of war will be on society's mind if not on our menu.

So as you see, August, October, and December 2020 are key months for aggressive Mars on its determined march through Aries and although the energies may not express easily, we may hope that the blocks and frustrations created by what are karmic squares to impulsive Mars may create some relief for humankind even as we reap what's been sown which can be either positive or negative depending on the sort of seeds planted in the past.

Now as you know, fiery Aries squares Cancer and Capricorn, opposes Libra, sextiles Gemini and Aquarius, and trines Leo and Sagittarius, so personal planets in those signs will be affected at various points by energetic Mars in Aries 2020.

For more on Mars see Planet of Desire: Mars Through the Signs.

Apr 25, 2019

An Historical Horoscope for Sir Walter Raleigh?

Sir Walter Ralegh; National Portrait Gallery [Public domain]

While it's true yours truly never cares to spend much time blogging about horoscopes that are not accurately timed, my interest in a certain Historical Horoscope, that of Sir Walter Raleigh (aka, 'Ralegh' and multiple other spellings), is on my mind due to my relocation in February 2019 to his namesake city, historical Raleigh, North Carolina.

But North Carolina is not the only US state with a 'Raleigh' under its belt for so have Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and North Dakota, plus, a Raleigh community is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

So today, while attempting to set up Walter Raleigh's natal and death horoscopes I discovered that, not only are there many spellings of his surname (Rawley, etc), but there exists more than one possible birth date for Baby Walter--and even the date of his execution is in question with Wikipedia listing it as October 29, 1618 while the astrodatabank site states it as December 29, 1618! With either death date, Sir Walter (b July 11, 1554 OS) was cruelly beheaded by ax at age 64 and had spent 13 years of his life imprisoned in The Tower of London for his part in a plot against King James I, Elizabeth's successor. Such a long sentence must have been especially difficult for an adventurous explorer (courtier and spy!) who was a mover and shaker in the era of Sir Francis Bacon, Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, astrologer and seer John Dee, and other famous notables of the Elizabethan Age, many of whom were intimately involved in the founding of America as the 'New Atlantis', a Baconian-Utopian ideal passed down from the days and teachings of Plato.

And so no horoscope for Sir Walter Raleigh is displayed here today but follow the Raleigh link, above, to view his astrodatabank chart, RR: XX or, check out his rather sparse family genealogy.

Yet all is not lost astrologically for here are a few notes on what is apparently Walter Raleigh's natal Sun Cancer-Moon Sagittarius personality blend with Sag the adventurous sign of foreign lands and of those who love travel and exploration:

Sun Cancer-Moon Sagittarius (Water-Fire = steam that can cleanse or scald; with 'Moon-Jupiter' influences) tends to be idealistic, imaginative, colorful (check out his stylish costume, above!), and changeable. He's 'the romantic traveler' who can be dramatic and restless, and is a lover of beauty and music. Adventurous yet careful, this blend suggests that Raleigh was a combination of conservative and progressive views, and was attached to an instinctive moral certainty that was perhaps forged in the days of his childhood (Cancer). Loyal, yes (to his Queen!), but also independent and outspoken to the point of argumentativeness--yet always expressing his views courteously. Determined to lead a consequential life, Raleigh was also attached to family and homeland (Cancer again), and was a man of action who could grasp the big picture then follow through with what needed to be done to fulfill it.

This tallies well with carrying through with the 'Great Plan' for the New World in America which Sir Walter Raleigh helped to further along in several ways, one of which turned out to be what we today call Virginia's Lost Colony of Roanoke.

And there we bid adieu to Sir Walter, may he R.I.P.

For more details on the Sun Cancer-Moon Sagittarius blend (and others) you may wish to consult Sun Sign Moon Sign by Charles and Suzi Harvey.

Apr 13, 2019

Astro-Notes on Jupiter-Neptune types

Lately it seems that folks born under the inflationary rays of Jupiter-Neptune, especially the conjunction (1932, 1945, 1958, 1971, 1984, 1997), top the news cycle in the US, people such as Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, taken into police custody in London (April 11, 2019).

Yes, astrological Jupiter can expand and inflate on his own but add the higher-octave energies of urge-to-merge Neptune, gaseous planet of deception, illusion, fraud, dissolution, disappointment, and loss and we're loaded down with get-rich-quick schemes and schemers galore.

Even Donald Trump was born under a frothy 2nd hou$e Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Libra but with wounded Chiron snugged between the pair. Trump's inflationary conjunction (or trio, if you prefer) is more prominent due to his birth occurring only 3 hours 11 minutes prior to Jupiter at Station Rx turning to forward motion across all the boundaries The Great One can ignore. As we've seen with Mr. Trump such eager 'exploration' includes breaching the personal space of a beautiful woman to making end runs around the laws of the land or ignoring them altogether in a series of power grabs. Such a paradox his southern border wall! Yet that comes under the purview of his Watery Saturn in self-protective, tribal sign of Cancer--Saturn, planet of walls and boundaries, and in his detriment in Cancer.

Now I didn't intend to fuss this morning about the Trumpster on JCAstro (but he's a prime example of these inflated energies!) so below are a few general notes on Jupiter-Neptune with their last Great Conjunction/s perfecting 3 times in 2009 in the range of 24 to 27AQ--conjunct US natal Moon. This is the cycle we remain in until their next conjunction (see below). As you know, 2009 was the first year of the Obama administration so Jupiter-Neptune vibes will forever be a cosmic imprint upon his presidency and on the America people (Moon), its inspiring 'dreaminess' and sense of unreality included. These issues continue to echo in 2019 with Jupiter traveling through his own sign of fiery Sagittarius, sign of The Foreigner and The Outsider, and Neptune strong in its sign of secretive if creative Pisces.

Note that the Jupiter-Neptune cycle is approximately 13 years in length, and although their conjunction's affects are usually impersonal, the pair's energies imprint personally upon big Mr. Trump as well for his natal Descendant is in the final degree of Aquarius so that a midpoint picture of potentials is formed--Jupiter-Neptune oppo ASC: living in an unreal fantasy world, sharing great hopes with others, speculation (Ebertin). That would be his nibs.

Astro-Notes on Jupiter-Neptune

Born with Jupiter conjunct Neptune suggests a very fertile (perhaps overworked) imagination which, if not constructively channeled, leads to misjudgments about the reality of one's surrounding environment. A tendency toward escapism and a constant yearning for bizarre experiences may also be prominent along with psychic and/or healing powers (A. Oken). Overblown rhetoric is often a feature of this conjunction with Jupiter playing the broadcaster role and glamour-prone Neptune as planet of The Media and The Masses. And with his political hat on, Jupiter glories in making promises that have little or no chance of ever being fulfilled while Neptune promotes propaganda and lies. Campaign promises!

Yes, there is "Grand Spirit" attached to the Jupiter-Neptune duo yet it's frequently marred by self-deception and egotistical aims.

Plus, other potentials for a Jupiter-Neptune conjunction include extreme idealism (or ideological oddness), cult involvement (secret oaths and societies?), emotional hypersensitivity, and (if the the pair is afflicted and not supported by practical features in the horoscope and psyche such a well-developed, steady Saturn) can denote a total lack of common sense and little if any self-discipline or prudence.

The next Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction occurs once on April 12, 2022 @23Pis59. So the Collective's sense of unreality may not be much improved with their conjunction perfecting in shady, sometimes confused, Pisces--until their next conjunction in practical Taurus on March 24, 2035!

Above image: my drawing, 'A Large Disappointed Audience', an illustration of the Sabian Symbol for '28 Aries' and with a dash of the Jupiter-Neptune disappointment most Americans now feel.

Birth data used: Donald J. Trump June 14, 1946 10:54 am Queens, NY.