Jun 18, 2018

Astrological Aspect of "The Transcendental Mind"

With astrological Mercury, planet of thought processes, thinking, the senses, and the mind, one of the more interesting aspects that can form in a natal chart is a trine (120 degrees) with Pluto, planet of transformation and the deeper recesses of reality.

Now admittedly yours truly was not born with a Mercury-Pluto trine--wish I had been but it's only a novile aspect for me (160/80/40 degrees), a 9th Harmonic aspect of 'destiny'. Curiously, destiny is also revealed in 6th Harmonic charts which is what I was investigating today and discovered that my H6 Mercury and Pluto are engaged in a trine. This sent me directly to Alan Oken's Complete Astrology to find out more, never having a reason to consider this trine as closely before.

Oken titles the Mercury-Pluto trine, "The Transcendental Mind" since it relates to higher consciousness and to a natural ability to "transcend certain set ways of thinking by viewing many levels of perception simultaneously." Consequently, this aspect is helpful in fields such as nuclear energy, education, advertising, or "other areas geared to molding of the mass mind" which sounds like propaganda to me. Of course, other aspects in the horoscope must agree for a Mercury-Pluto trine to express on these exalted levels (or at least not interfere!) Positive aspects to Saturn would help and a well-placed and/or well-aspected Sun and Moon would facilitate the beneficial energies of the trine.

Now as you know, Pluto is also the planet of The Collective Unconscious, described by Carl Jung as 'the intuitive history of the species since the beginning of time and that part of ourselves which combines instincts with conscious development' (paraphrasing). With the Mercury-Pluto trine, the consciously functioning mind blends well with the power embedded within The Collective Unconscious so that transformation of the higher thought processes can easily occur and creativity can express unencumbered.

Does all this sound suspiciously like transcendental meditation? Well, as a Christian I prefer the admonitions to 'still your mind' and 'think on good things' along with the power of prayer, but for those who prefer TM or are curious about the practice (Mercury-Pluto trine or not!), here's a one-minute-fifteen-second video on the difference between Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness.

Yet while we're on transcendental subjects we must include researcher-philosopher-author-lecturer Terence McKenna whose presentations such as Last Thoughts - The Transcendental Object at the End of Time (part 27, a 15-minute segment from the full movie) remain fascinating! And intriguing is the natal horoscope of Terence McKenna if you're curious.

Born on November 16, 1946 at 7:25 am MST in Hotchkiss, Colorado (RR: AA), this tireless botanical explorer into shamanism and the realms of conscious and unconscious reality was born with deep-thinking Scorpio rising, Sun @23Scorpio38, Moon @1Virgo52, and Venus, Chiron, and Jupiter also in Scorpio. And the orb between his Mercury Rx rising in early Sagittarius and his 9th house Pluto Rx @13Leo22? Actually, it's 111 degrees 35 minutes which astrodatabank gives as a trine. Stretched a bit, perhaps, but with distant Pluto (and considering his lifelong studies) I'd consider the orb descriptive of a trine under the circumstances. Some of McKenna's quirkiness and interest in unusual or occult topics is seen by a Bowl shape that 'scoops up experiences' with progressive Uranus @20Gemini48 Rx leading all his planets. And of course, Mercury-ruled Gemini is the sign of The Mind.

To close, you'll find more details on Harmonic charts and why study them in a previous post containing a video presentation by master astrologer David Cochrane.

And speaking of botanical hallucinogens, here's a detail of my drawing of the Flower of Jamestown Colony, Jimson weed in bloom:

Terence Kemp McKenna R.I.P. November 16, 1946--April 3, 2000 with both transit Mars and Jupiter square natal Saturn in Leo conjunct Pluto Rx.

May 12, 2018

A Drawing for 28 Aries: "A Large Disappointed Audience"

Here you see a quirky depiction of the Sabian Symbol (word picture) for '28 Aries': "A Large Disappointed Audience" a degree-area of the Zodiac where transit Uranus, planet of revolt, chaos, electricity, and disruption so recently held court in April this year.

Now that the 'sky god' is about to enter Taurus tomorrow for a temporary stay until early November 2018, I'm not certain why I thought to post this drawing today--maybe because Uranus will return to late degrees of Aries soon enough, then re-enter money sign Taurus on March 6, 2019 (ET) for a long spell of spurt-like energies of turmoil, quirkiness, separations, and novelty!

Image: A Large Disappointed Audience, oil and water color pencils on black paper, by Jude Cowell; all rights reserved by artist but your Shares are always appreciated!

May 5, 2018

Barbara Goldsmith: Uranus into Taurus May 15, 2018

Image: Uranian Road

May 5, 2018: Hi Guys! This post is a heads-up to point you toward the JCAstro sidebar to your right and three videos, two of which concern finances, one all about Scorpio, also a money sign! The first presentation is by expert astrologer Barbara Goldsmith speaking on the major shift coming our way on May 15, 2018 (11:17 am edt) when the disruptive planet of erratic actions and shocks, Uranus, enters money sign Taurus for a temporary stay, returns to Aries in November 2018, and repeats its sudden entry into Taurus in early March 2019. A lurching roller coaster ride you say?! Seismic activity? Well, Barbara says a possible "Money Meltdown" as transit Uranus careens through Taurus from 2018 to 2026.

Taurus the Wild Bull of Green Pastures and Wall Street

Now as you know, it's been approximately 84 years since Uranus lurched through Venus-ruled Taurus in the 1930s and 'unpredictable' is always a catch-word with electrifying Uranus. For the cautious among us, speculation may not be the best idea under this unpredictable influence but it will be a favored past time for risk-takers who like to be 'all in'. Meanwhile, many of us will find ourselves searching for new sources of income or livelihood with those of us who are resourceful at making money having the fewest issues yet everyone may soon want to batten down whatever hatches they have and wait out the storm. Yet please don't panic or take premature action since transit Uranus will still make beneficial aspects to your natal and/or progressed planets while traveling though Taurus--plus, there are some folk who never respond to quirky Uranian energies at all.

Very Important: if concerned, consult your astrologer for more personal information!

Yes, There's More to Life Than Money

Of course, astrological Uranus, the sky god, insists on freedom, novelty, and variety and refuses to be tied down to just one realm of life whether shaking up stable Taurus or not. And we know that earthy, practical Taurus is also concerned with growth, gardens, plants, soil, and conservation. So if Earth's environment is a concern, you may wish to check out a recent post about Uranus to Taurus: "Nature's Revolution" where you can view horoscopes set for Washington DC of the three times transit Uranus will reach 00Taurus00: May 15 and November 6, 2018, and March 6, 2019. (All times are ET, all charts set for DC as representative of America; or at least it used to be.)

Apr 24, 2018

Astronomers Predict Two Stars Colliding in 2022

Where Will You Be When the Stars Collide?

Astronomers now predict that two stars in the Cygnus constellation will collide and the cosmic spectacle, they say, will be visible to the naked eye in the year 2022 for those who manage to navigate year 2020. Colliding stars will add to another cosmic shift in 2022, a Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune on April 12, 2022 @24Pis59, the oceanic sign ruled and co-ruled by expansive Jupiter and nebulous gas giant, Neptune. Astrologically, dreams, visions, secrets, illusions, financial schemes, and creativity are certain to be on the menu in 2022 along with a continuation of fear and paranoia thanks to Neptune floating through its own sign of confused Pisces as this new cycle (like a New Moon) of the 'dream team' Jupiter-Neptune begins another 13-year cycle.

But for sheer shifting power, the year 2020 takes the cosmic cake particularly in the realms of society, culture, and politics so here is a list with degrees of the Great Conjunctions of planets which will perfect in the year 2020:

First, a hard-hitting pair begins the year on January 12, 2020 as Saturn and Pluto meet @22Cap46 (DC Horoscope shown). Their cycle is approximately 33 years in length, they last met in 1982 in airy Libra, and both are considered karmic planets having to do with reaping what was previously sown. This time meeting in pragmatic Earth, those in power (Pluto) and in positions of authority (Saturn) are most susceptible to the combined vibes of harshness which may then (unfortunately) be oppressively enforced upon others. One conjunction will suffice for this pair of heavy weights, thanks, and their squares, opposition/s, and other aspects over the next three decades will bear watching and preparing for especially since heavy, cold Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn tends to be a negative for markets and finances more often than not. Add powerful manipulator Pluto, the saboteur with hidden wealth, and currency issues such as devaluation may be in store especially in relation to oil markets and fossil fuels. Alternate forms of energy will become even more necessary, as it turns out.

Then the plutocratic pair of Jupiter and Pluto conjoin three times in 2020: 1. April 5 @24Cap53; 2. June 30 @24Cap06; 3. November 12 @22Cap52 thus sensitizing the 22--25-degree range of Saturn-ruled Capricorn. Of course, 22-23 Capricorn will already be activated by the January 12, 2020 conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, as noted, and as other planets reach those degrees by conjunction, square, and opposition, many events will unfold within the Collective. Plus, those with personal planets in those degrees or in aspect to them may be in for an eventful if not a bumpy ride. Earth and weather changes are very possible as we've already experienced whether one believes in climate change or not.

Finally on December 21, 2020 is a grand finale--a meet-up between the two societal planets Jupiter and Saturn @00AQ29, the pair whose expansion vs restriction functions keep all the planets in their courses--cosmically a yin-yang affair, and a checks'n'balances imperative in Politics. Need I say that this degree is that of America's POTUS Sun degree at our January 20th presidential inaugurations every four years? And obviously the significant date marks Winter Solstice 2020. For those who read my Political Astrology ramblings at Stars Over Washington a post will be published concerning Winter Solstice 2020 as soon as events and schedules allow. But for now a word on potentials of the midpoint picture formed by Jupiter-Saturn = Sun: inconstancy; or, an increase in the ability to demonstrate positive leadership before others (Munkasey). Well, that certainly would be a pleasant shift from the current political and social climates, now wouldn't it?

In closing, I must say that no, JCAstro is not actually meant for Politics but for those who can manage a bit more of 'that organized system of hatreds' for the sake of our future cosmic calendar, you may wish to check out another significant cosmic shift of the Solar Eclipse kind--see The Prenatal Solar Eclipse of America's Pluto Return/s, our nation's very first.

After all, forewarned is forearmed!

Above image: Timeless Path a drawing by Jude Cowell (c)1996; oil and watercolor pencil on black paper; a Merit Award winner during the Atlanta 1996 Olympics; for more cosmic and other images you're invited to visit my Secret Moon Art gallery or why not browse my art portfolio 24/7 at Fine Art America.

Apr 16, 2018

Mercury Progresses into Pisces - Then What?

April 16, 2018: Natal Chart Ruler Mercury Changes Sign by Progression

With last evening's Aries New Moon @26:02 conjunct my North Node and transit Mercury in early Aries now traveling direct, this seems a good day for a post concerning the cosmic condition of yours truly so here goes:

A few days ago, my own Secondary Progressed (SP) Mercury completed its sojourn through the 30 degrees of the rational sign of Aquarius while enjoying mutual reception with natal and SP Uranus in Gemini. This means that Mercury, planet of thought processes and communications, has now entered by progression the Jupiter-Neptune sign of Pisces. So will mental clarity be a thing of the past? On various levels it will though some would say I had none to begin with! And yet my natal Mercury in Capricorn remains in mutual reception (on friendly terms) with natal Saturn in Virgo so I have that going for me in spite of what 'they' may say! Any organizational abilities I've previously had could suffer as well.

Yet as an artist of the pencil persuasion, I'm uncertain how concerned to be about Mercury's shift of condition since Pisces is, as you know, a universal sign of creativity and art. And so I combed the internet for articles to link you to and found that expert astrologer Alan Oken, who has consulted with me in the past concerning my natal chart, considers SP Mercury in cosmic Pisces to be good for metaphysical studies which of course refers to Astrology, the only occult science I'm interested in. His info is in PDF form so a link here isn't possible but google if you wish.

Besides, Mr. Oken's is not the only voice out there in cyber world and you may know of others (even yourself!) who have a handle on such a shifty Piscean situation--such as the excellent Dark Pixie Astrology which gives SP Mercury through the signs, houses, and in aspect to natal planets.

Of course, with Pisces being quite a different energy than Aquarius, I realize that adjustments on one level or another will be necessary. And yet I can't help but think of my botanical fish portraits which have always had a Saturn (Capricorn = reality)/Neptune (fish, oceans, imaginary) quality of botanically drawn fish seen within their private dream scenarios. This combo would be my natal Sun Capricorn-Moon Pisces personality blend floating through my artwork and surfacing on the page.

Well, it will take an unspecified amount of time for the Aquarius-Pisces energy shift to become more apparent, at least to yours truly, and if anything worth reporting turns up I can hopefully let you know--jumbled or confusing as it may turn out to be!

Above image: Mercury by NASA

Now here's a little fellow who wants to say, Hi!

Image: pencil portrait of a Knightfish of Western Australia; aka, the Australian Pineapplefish, or the coat-of-mail fish. Follow the link for its other nicknames! jc

Mar 28, 2018

On Cetus and The Strangest Star in the Universe

Image: Comet Skies, a drawing

March 28, 2018: Now if I'm not careful, this post may careen into Political Astrology which I promised not to do here on JCAstro!! That's because any mention of the stars in constellation Cetus the Whale must focus on its primary star Menkar in mid-Taurus (Tropical Zodiac) which rises at US Inaugurations since FDR in 1937 changed the public ceremonial Oath of Office from early March to January 20th. And as one of America's many Freemason presidents, Roosevelt must have had astrological reasons for such a change of date for, besides making Venus the inaugural chart-ruler (instead of the Moon), it also had the effect of placing US natal Pluto Rx (27Cap33) at the Goal Point (MC) of subsequent inaugural charts. Perhaps that's it--powerful wealth-hoarder Pluto of the Underworld 'overlooking' the office of the president.

See what I mean? I just fell right into my own astro-trap!

But perhaps that's par for the course with Menkar due to its implications of 'victim of the unconscious' which of course relates to the Collective Unconscious. Or maybe I just look at Politics through the excellent lens of Astrology a little too often (and way too closely). Yet great collective insights may erupt under a Menkar influence--or chaos and mayhem may manifest as we find so often today. Saying what must be said or sending a message (like Jonah) is another reading though this implies a president directed by a higher authority as does Pluto at MC. However, achieving something on behalf of the Collective is a positive expression of Menkar and is what a majority of Americans prefer, thanks. Positively or negatively, all this sounds like a US presidency to me, how about you?

Anyway, the video linked, below, tells of another star in the Cetus constellation, one that isn't as familiar as Menkar. It's name is Mira (Latin for 'amazing', aka, The Wonder Star). And in Brady's Book of Fixed Stars Mira (omicron Ceti, 'the beautiful') enjoys a brief mention as the first variable star discovered. Mira, in the neck of the Cetus, was first noticed by David Fabricius on August 13, 1596 and later called omicron Ceti by Johann Bayer in 1603. At times Mira is the brightest star in Cetus but irregularly becomes almost invisible and apparently is the only star known to have the tail of a comet!

So if you wish, check out Mira The Strangest Star in the Universe!

Plus, an interesting article from 2011 may be more to your liking...from New Scientist see Astrophile: the Rebel Star that broke the medieval sky in which the murder of amateur astronomer and churchman David Fabricius in 1617 is noted.

Mar 21, 2018

March 22, 2018: Jude Cowell's Pallas Return

At 7:53:38 am edt tomorrow, March 22, 2018, yours truly will enjoy a Pallas Return to natal Pallas degree of 25Tau58 which spotlights my 9th house Pallas. As you see, this degree conjoins fixed star of outrage, Algol, in the Pleiades constellation. Through this and other chart factors it seems that excitable feelings are a major part of my 2018 Pallas picture along with art work since asteroid Cupido (The Arts; The Family) conjoins Pallas by transit and also implicates family matters, plus, it activates the asteroid's house placement and aspects in my natal chart. Happily for me, Pallas trines natal Mercury in late Capricorn (9th house to 5th house of Creative Pursuits).

Horoscope: March 22, 2018 7:53:38 am edt North of Atlanta, Georgia USA:

As one of the four feminine asteroids in Astrology, Pallas, the daughter (aka, Pallas Athene--I was born in Athens, Ga!) may be used to signify wisdom, understanding, and ethics, and in my case, Pallas in Venus-ruled Taurus, denotes potentials for art talent, and for patterning ability which can also be useful in astrological work. In fact, Pallas as an ethics significator is used by my friend, millennial astrologer Kevin Estes, on his Left Wing Astrology blog. If you're curious, Kevin has posted on my natal Pallas (natal horoscope shown) and terms me a "principle progressive" (though some might disagree after reading my dissenting posts and articles). Pallas as an ethics indicator is based on the work of astrologer and violinist Alan Lin whose March 20, 2018 post concerns the Austin Bombings--and asteroid Pallas is involved.

Astrological Pallas is associated with owls (my drawing, Owl of Minerva, above), unicorns, crusading for peace (I'm a self-described 'peacenik' from way back), weaving and embroidery (sewed and embroidered in my younger days and braided cotton rag rugs), and skillful hands (Mercury conjunct Mars in 5th house--I've drawn since the ripe old age of 3). So I guess with natal Pallas as the most elevated of the four faces of the feminine in my chart, identification with the Pallas archetype has been easy since I first began a serious study of Astrology in 1996 after buying my first two Astrology books, age 12.

Happy Birthday Pallas!

Now the orbital period of asteroid Pallas is 4.62 years and it was discovered on March 28, 1802 in Germany by Heinrich W. Olbers--116 years ago on March 28, 2018, a Pallas 'birthday' of sorts! So if you desire more Pallas info you may wish to refer to Pallas in the Signs.

Mar 16, 2018

March 2018 New and Full Moons w Mars to Capricorn

Tomorrow, March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day) at 12:40:22 pm edt, transit Mars enters the Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn and a shift of energy occurs within the Collective--quite a different energy from the just-ended sojourn of Mars through Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius.

The shift into the more controlled sign of Capricorn where me-first Mars is considered 'exalted' due to an improved ability to make efficient use of Mars' energy and direct or channel it for more fruitful results tends to increase ambition and heighten a sense of reality which these days is a much-needed outcome. The will to achieve may also be heightened along with a zeal for work and concentrated effort. Sober thought and planning will be rewarded where due but cautions include the need to avoid engaging in egoism, defiance, over-estimation of one's abilities or strength, and stubbornness in order to gain the best results. Saturnian traits are emphasized since transit Saturn now plods through it own sign of Capricorn.

On St. Patrick's Day 2018, the energy shift of Mars into Capricorn occurs 1 degree or so after the perfection of a New Moon @26Pis53 and it's a New Moon conjoined in transit by centaur Chiron (the wounded healer) and asteroid Nemesis (the unbeatable foe; divine retribution). And since a New Moon is capable of energizing the Collective in similar fashion to a Solar Eclipse (though perhaps not as influentially or disruptively), a need for spiritual regeneration and an attention to karmic possibilities may be prevalent. Transit Mars squares the New Moon which suggests energy blockages or obstacles strewn along the path, or even spotlighting potential motives which can blind us to our true purposes or block our realistic perceptions.

Yet well-directed efforts make karmic progress possible now even as tr Mars approaches tr Saturn, a conjunction perfecting in early April. The typical advice at a New Moon is to plant new seeds and make plans and these deserve the focus of our most serious intentions for if authentic, our plans will flourish at the Full Moon in Libra on the morning of the very last day of March @10Lib44.

For additional cosmic details, the following are the rounded-up Sabian Symbols of the degrees mentioned in this post including potential obstacles strewn along our paths toward karmic progress:

Mars 1Capricorn = "An Indian Chief Claims Power From the Assembled Tribe"..."Keynote: The power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership"; this Symbol refers to "the capacity latent in every individual to claim and assume AUTHORITY in a vital group-situation." As a member of the Flower Power Generation, this sounds to me like Power to the People!

New Moon 27Pisces = "A Harvest Moon Illumines a Clear Autumnal Sky"..."Keynote: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done." This "karmic moment--the seed of the new cyclic manifestation is already latent...CONSUMMATION." Sounds as if someone's plans and intentions have been set in motion at a previous time, perhaps prior to the March 17th New Moon and these may be hidden from view by the secretive, surreptitious, and veiling energies of Neptunian Pisces. Of course, the New Moon may time a stage or phase of a process already in motion.

Full Moon 11Libra = "A Professor Peering Over His Glasses at His Students"..."Keynote: Problems attending the transmission of knowledge in a special cultural setup. This rather peculiar symbol"..."reveals a rather humorous approach to what man's mind can accomplish at this stage." But there's no reason to characterize it sentimentally as "a kind old professor"...for it deals with "professorship...being able to transfer to the young generation the vast sum of knowledge accumulated by the past." This Symbol refers to the "teaching of accumulated collective knowledge" and, "This is what INSTRUCTION means--a process not to be confused with 'education'." This Symbol also mentions strained eyes which always suggests the function of intuition ('3rd eye') and the ability to see things clearly. In this case, teachers and professors of all stripes have to "look above this knowledge" and "see his students simply as human beings."

Perhaps this relates at least in part to our current tragic conditions in, and assaults upon, the US school system, from Mars-infused assailants with weapons and internally from government officials and corporatists determined to privatize our schools for their own selfish profit.

And note that the "problems attending the transmission of knowledge" may be described by the blocking energies of the square from Mars in Capricorn, sign of government, law, and business, to both the March 17th Pisces New Moon and to the March 31st Full Moon in Libra when Mars and Saturn will be nearly conjunct (7 to 9Capricorn) and thereby forming a very dynamic T-Square with Sun and Moon which suggests potentials for the realization of joint objectives for some, but renunciation and/or separation for others.

Sabian Symbols courtesy of Dane Rudhyar's An Astrological Mandala.

Images: drawings, Path to Blue Tree Castle and an incomplete version of a new effort, 11 Planets. Both may be found on one of my art gallery blogs Secret Moon Art as inspired by the Pisces Moon of yours truly!

Feb 12, 2018

Wedding Day Astrology: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed

Photo: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Christmas Day 2017; By Mark Jones [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you haven't, you may want to check out the natal horoscopes of Rachel Meghan Markle and that of Henry Charles Albert David--Prince Harry -- hers, Rodden Rating AA (BC/BR in hand), his, RR A (from news reports).

For royal wedding details try the BBC.

A few planetary basics of their natal charts include:

Actress Meghan born August 4, 1982 4:46 am PDT Canoga Park, CA with Sun 12Leo00, Moon 4Lib54 (sextile), ASC 24Can17; Moon in Libra rules; Prince Harry born September 15, 1984 4:20 pm GDT Paddington, UK with Sun 22Vir57, Moon 21Tau20 (trine), ASC 11Cap21; Saturn rules (which is appropriate for a royal expected to behave a certain proscribed way). Personality-wise she is an exciting Fire-Air combo of energies while he is a practical double Earth blend.

The royal wedding ceremony is to begin on May 19, 2018 at precisely 12:00 GMT in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle with the Sun (husband) in late Taurus and the Moon (wife) around 22-23 Cancer. The two signs are sextile, a beneficial relationship which should make for a comfortable and well-supplied home. (Personal note: my parents had this exact Sun combo! He gardened, she baked). Yet all marriages require adjustments to be made, even royal ones and we see this on May 19, 2018 for the romantic love bird duo, Mars and Venus, are inconjunct which suggests such adjustments will be needed and concessions required. Resentment and victimization can be involved with a Venus-Mars inconjunct relationship but hopefully the couple have previously worked out such potentials for one partner cannot always be the one who concedes and 'does the favor' and this is where resentment may interfere with harmony.

Note that their May 19th ceremony occurs with the Sun in Taurus, Harry's Moon sign, and Moon in Cancer conjoining Meghan's Ascendant. Jupiter in Scorpio leads a Locomotive shape of all the planets on that day so much success and good fortune are to be expected. Plus, their marriage begins under the auspices of the 1 South February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse @27Aquarius with its themes of 'flooded with ideas and options' (Brady); humanitarian work (AQ) is certain be a focus of the couple.

As for the Wedding Day blend of Sun Taurus-Moon Cancer with its gentle Venus-Moon vibes, we see a romantic partnership that nurtures and likes to be thought well of. Family and childhood are very important to this pair and I suspect such matters will be in the news quite soon after May (if not before! Cancer = the mother). It appears that Meghan may be on the sentimental side while Harry is more common-sense-oriented and down-to-earth. Together strongly domestic, this is a great 'nest-building' combination! Creative and imaginative, the two will have a diplomatic approach to others and each will be a reliable and loyal partner for the other although a strain of stubborn prejudice may turn up now and then.

All in all this is a very caring combination so let's close with three 'Images for Integration' from the Harveys' book Sun Sign Moon Sign for they illustrate the Sun Taurus-Moon Cancer partnership of Prince Harry and his soon-to-be-bride Meghan Markle well:

"A baker undertakes to feed an orphanage...Dr. Spock teaching mothers how to bring up their children...Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake."

Sending them wishes for their lasting happiness!

Feb 10, 2018

Feb 2018 Solar Eclipse: Karmic Progress?

Yes, An Aquarian Solar Eclipse Can Inspire Karmic Progress!

On Thursday February 15, 2018, a Solar Eclipse manifests @27AQ07 in the 1 South Saros Series. For those who use the late afternoon 'Sibly chart' as America's natal horoscope (Sag rising), this is the degree of our national Moon.

For this reason I have termed it the 'We The People' Solar Eclipse on my Political Astrology site Stars Over Washington. Tap or click to see the eclipse chart set for Washington DC but caution: you'll run smack dab into Politics if you do! Anyway, note that this eclipse opposes the natal Mars of Donald Trump (@26Leo and rising with royal star Regulus) and given his legal turmoil and street fighting abilities (born with Mars rising in Sun-ruled Leo), this 'wild card of the Universe' (aka, a 'cosmic blink') may interrupt current programming as eclipses so often do.

Yet this manifestation in the 1 South series is only a partial eclipse so it is not as strong or influential as a Total Eclipse would be (as in August 2017!). Also the February eclipse will not be visible in the US which is another weakening factor in astrological considerations. (See EclipseWise for more details.)

Of course the Lunar Eclipse 'mate' of the February 15 Solar Eclipse manifested on January 31, 2018 @11Leo37 (DC horoscope shown but post is also tainted by Politics, that "organized system of hatreds"; the two eclipses affect the Leo-Aquarius self-will axis. This pertains especially to those whose natal planets and/or angles are targeted by cosmic blinks (the January Lunar Eclipse hit Trump's natal Pluto, planet of power, wealth, manipulation...and coping ability).

Karmic Progress in Society

In general, we may expect opportunities for karmic progress to exist during the eclipse season of the 1 South (for at least 5 months from February 15, 2018 which takes us to the next Solar Eclipse of July 13, 2018 @21Cancer in the 2 Old North Saros Series--also a partial, and the Prenatal Eclipse under which Donald Trump was born). Themes of 2 Old North? Bad news, plus relationship difficulties and endings (Brady).

So when an eclipse occurs in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius, open-mindedness and a timely, well-directed approach to karmic conditions are spotlighted. The past is considered a key to solutions and needs, and when desired can act as a guide to future development--if rash, ill-considered actions are avoided. Misdirected goals and misguided motives won't help conditions either so our targets must be genuine if we expect improvement--no major surgery for mosquito bites please! Additionally, projection of our own traits and complexes upon others (as Trump is prone to do) will only exacerbate our problems and will lead to regressive policies in society (as the GOP of 1854 prefers!). Karmic debts accumulate when "whimsical changes and contradictory efforts" are applied instead of adopting the appropriate "innovative solutions geared to fit the situation to which they are directed" (quoting Rose Lineman).

Now the last three degrees of Leo and Aquarius are typically considered to be astrological degrees so we may see Astrology highlighted or in the news more than usual during the 2018 solar eclipse season of the 1 South. Its themes are 'flooded with ideas or options' (Brady) so let's fervently hope that inspired ideas and options bring a period of much needed karmic progress to America and to the rest of the world!

Now for a more personal overview of the February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse in Aquarius and its potential effects, you won't want to miss Libra Seeking Balance's insightful post!

Jan 22, 2018

Three Astrologers' Predictions for 2018

With January 2018 nearing an end, across the web are several astrologers' prognostications for the year 2018. Here for your consideration are three recommended presentations in no particular order:

First, is expert astrologer Barbara Goldsmith who takes us from 2018 into 2019:

Then for a Vedic Astrology perspective check out Sam Geppi's 2018 report:

And for the wild and daring, how about a 2018 report based on Nostradamus predictions?

Dec 31, 2017

A Death Horoscope for Amy Robsart Dudley

Amy Robsart Dudley by William Frederick Yeames (1877); public domain

Of Rumors, Scandals, Eclipses, and a Symbolic Horoscope of a Mysterious Death

by Jude Cowell

One of the more famous cold cases of the Western world is that of Amy Robsart Dudley's mysterious death on September 8, 1560 at Cumnor Place, Norfolk, England. A rival of Queen Elizabeth I for the attentions of Lord Robert Dudley, Amy's husband, the mystery is well known and well documented through the centuries. Perhaps Forensic Astrology can provide a few clues concerning the event if not the name or names of the culprit/s. A few basic rules relating to death charts are listed, below.

Lady Amy Robsart was born June 7, 1532 (OS) in Norfolk, England during an unknown hour. At noon that day, her Sun was @25Gemini and Moon @12Leo. And since the Moon remained in solar-ruled Leo for the entire 24-hour period--assuming that her date of birth is correct--Amy was born under the influence of Sun Gem-Moon Leo, a crackling 'live wire' Air-Fire combination of energies and a signature of the 'eternal child'. This personality blend reveals her to have been 'fussy about her love life' and an 'ideas person' (Harveys). By comparison, Elizabeth Tudor was a more practical, common sense sort of woman with a double Earth blend of Virgo and Taurus.

Lord Robert Dudley was born June 24, 1532 in London (RR: DD) so his and Amy's natal planetary positions are quite similar but with her Sun in Gemini, his in Cancer, and her Moon in Leo, his in late Pisces. His natal Moon conjoins Amy's natal Neptune which shows that theirs was a rosy romance, at least at the outset but other links were needed for stability. It is well known that the couple married for love a few days prior to their 18th birthdays on June 4, 1550 (OS). Later on Lord Robert Dudley married a second time to Lettice Knollys, and he died September 4, 1588 at Cornbury, England of unspecified causes, 28 years after first wife Amy's mysterious demise.

Queen Elizabeth I was born on September 7, 1532 (OS) with Sun @24Vir03 and Moon @7Tau33 and her natal chart (RR: AA) may be viewed at astro.com if you're curious about the 'Virgin Queen' whose natal Sun was, after all, in Virgo, sign of The Virgin. Yet rumors of her bearing five children with Dudley, her favorite companion, have circulated through the years and one of them is said to have been (Sir) Francis Bacon which implies that he was actually a Tudor. Well, I'm not certain of his true parentage though you'll find some interesting details online, plus, you'll also find his natal chart here (RR: C) and that he was born in early 1561, a few months after Amy's death. If Elizabeth I is his mother, she was pregnant with baby Francis when Amy died, a fact that could be significant to the mystery. View their natal charts side by side at Sir Bacon.org. There her chart shows 16Capricorn rising which is the first ASC I used for her until finding the earlier Ascendant of 6Capricorn at astrodatabank. ASC 16Cap brings asteroid Tisiphone with it which seems to fit her well with its penchant for retaliation. Do you see this daughter of Henry VIII as a Tisiphone figure?

Here's one documentary worth checking out if you haven't: Elizabeth I: Killer Queen.

Now as you know, several plausible theories for the cause and perpetrator of Amy's death may be found in books, articles, blogs, and websites if you're curious. Actually, you'll find a lot of information in the Elizabeth Files on Amy Robsart Dudley's death, plus, on other topics such as Elizabeth I and Lord Robert Dudley as possible murder suspects. Of course, one of Elizabeth's creatures, William Cecil (Dudley's rival for Elizabeth's favor) is said to have had a motive for killing Amy for the scandals and whispers concerning her death meant that Dudley and Elizabeth could never marry since it was thought that Elizabeth would never risk her reputation and royal crown by marrying Dudley once such a scandal tainted his own reputation. Thus, Cecil would retain his influence over the Queen and thereby maintain his honored position. In fact, William Cecil went on to become a very wealthy fellow.

Some Synchronicitous Astro-Curiosities

An intriguing cosmic synchronicity is shown in the horoscope, below, for Queen Elizabeth I ('QEI') had a Lunar Return (7Tau33) on the very day that Amy Robsart Dudley was killed, or should I say, murdered? There are many chart factors squished onto the chart (sorry!) but hopefully the image can be enlarged and/or printed for reading details. Sabian Symbols which include children, mothers, and such are noted and there are several. Was QEI expecting? Was Amy?

One primary example is wounded Chiron, apex of the brutally violent Mars-Pluto opposition across the Virgo-Pisces victim-savior axis (highlighted in red) which forms a dynamic, forceful T-Square pointing toward Chiron @8Sag44 which is rising in the behind-the-scenes 12th house of Karma and Politics--rounded up for Chiron (the wound; one who needs healing) we have, "A Mother with Her Children on the Stairs"!

Now as you know, Amy was discovered by the household servants returning from a day at the Abingdon Fair--discovered lifeless at the bottom of a staircase on which she allegedly fell, accidentally, the coroner's report said. A side note is that Dudley's natal Siva is conjoined by the 1560 Chiron. Please read the notes, upper right, concerning the Mars-Pluto opposition for more details on this 'brutal assault' pair. And I should also mention that Amy was born under a Mars-Pluto opposition as well but in the 00-1 degree range of Leo-Aquarius, the self-will axis. In fact, with Elizabeth, Dudley, and Amy all born in 1532 and 1533, they shared the same degree of Pluto--00AQ+. But Amy was the one with Mars @1Leo opposing Pluto and her opposition lies upon the 2/8 cusps of Elizabeth's Lunar Return chart.

Not penned on the chart is the fact that creepy Pluto can represent certain powerful figures when we take planets to signify 'actors'. Astrological Pluto can indicate The Pope and though such a theory involving the Vatican isn't mentioned on any of the websites or blogs I've read, or in any of the documentaries I've watched about the event, such a theory isn't completely at odds with the era since Elizabeth I returned England to Protestantism after Bloody Mary's Catholic reign, and for Elizabeth to marry could have meant Protestant offspring in the line of succession, something any Pope might wish to prevent at any cost.

So the destruction of Robert Dudley's reputation--already in tatters from spending all his time with Elizabeth--by assassinating his wife isn't so far out of the realm of possibility. Hence, Pluto orders the murder and Mars executes it--and note that the two planets are precisely at the same degree and minute--9:29 of Virgo and Pisces at the cosmic moment of Elizabeth's September Moon Return. Plus, Taurus rules the Neck, as you know, yet there seems to be some question as to whether Amy's neck was broken in the fall (which the coroner didn't mention). However, two blows to her head could not be disguised, and there's royal Jupiter in Aries, sign of the Head, which also happens to be the sign on the IC of the chart, the Endings-Partings-Death angle. Planets tend to be angular in Death Horoscopes, as you know, and Jupiter is a usual suspect for angularity since he expands what he touches, either positively or negatively, and Amy's ending was significant, I'd have to say, due to its history-changing ability.

Curiously, QEI's natal Moon is at a critical degree (7Taurus) and she isn't free of planetary links to Amy's death. In fact, if this post could be a book, we'd list them all. One of the more significant links is the Ascending degree of 20Sag53 for QEI's natal Jupiter, a planet of royalty and the freedom to do as one wishes, is placed @20Sag06 in her natal 11th house of Groups and Associations--so her Jupiter is rising in this chart. Also, noted on the chart, upper right--Amy was murdered the day after Elizabeth's 27th birthday (her Solar Return). The confluence of QEI's Solar and Lunar Returns occurring within hours of one another marks this time period and year as very significant and eventful for her. So--27 years old--was this day of murder part of QEI's Saturn Return, too? Not quite, for her natal Saturn is in Cancer (23:12, loosely conjunct natal Uranus 17Can13) so Saturn returns in a year or so--on July 7, 1563 to be exact. Some sort of accounting, difficult lesson, and/or regret over past mistakes then arrived for the Queen who, I've heard, preferred others to 'do her dirty work'. Perhaps this was in part because Virgo is the sign of cleanliness and purification, as you know.

Also notable is listed on the chart, lower left: that chart-ruler Jupiter applies to two planets (due to retrogradation, I'm saying Jupiter applies)--first Jupiter opposes Mercury ("22Libra" = "A child giving birds a drink at a fountain"), an aspect that denotes jumping to conclusions before having all the facts, and coming up with grandiose schemes, and second, Jupiter sextiles Saturn which suggests that opportunities had come along for the execution of previously made plans. Apparently so. We may also wish to note that Mercury is traveling in tandem with asteroid Vesta, the Vestal Virgin.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

So what about disruptive, shocking Uranus, planet of separation? At 17Sco14 (conjunct Return 11th cusp) transit Uranus conjoins both Robert's and Amy's natal Jupiters (both of which are retrograde). Some lucky break or chance is promised by this but Amy's was illusory while Robert's may have been of a sinister variety. (The Prenatal Solar Eclipse of this event in the 13 South Saros series is marked in the 8th house and manifested on August 21, 1560 at 7Vir50--with weapon-wielding soldier Mars at 7Vir02 conjunct and activating the malefic qualities of the solar eclipse. 13 South themes are 'sinister energies underneath', and 'group endeavors, either positive or negative' (paraphrasing Predictive Astrology, B. Brady).

And as noted, a Lunar Eclipse had occurred just 4 days earlier @21Pis40, marked here in 3rd house--lunar activity is perhaps even more to the cosmic point when it comes to a mysterious death with the astrological Moon representing on one level the physical body, and 'a woman', here, in secretive, furtive Pisces. All eclipses are Uranian in nature for they often disrupt, herald shocking events, and act as 'wild cards of the Universe' much as planet Uranus can do.

But let's look again at Pluto in Pisces for the manipulative yet coping planet could represent William Cecil, Robert Dudley, Catholic agents sent from abroad, or domestic activists such as those who were determined to put Mary Queen of Scots on England's throne and assassinate Elizabeth in the process. Distant Pluto tends to operate from some sort of 'ivory tower' in secret or invisibly and has great wealth hidden in dark places--perhaps especially so when in sneaky Pisces. So who could this Pluto represent? An astrology chart only suggests possibilities and this post mentions only some of them yet more clues can be found in the chart, 'tis true, for those who care to look. And of course, Elizabeth as primal instigator is not immune from having plutonian motives.

Because, in case you hadn't noticed, not knowing Amy's exact time of death or when the blows were delivered (from an intruder through the door on the landing?), I'm using Elizabeth's accurately timed Lunar Return Horoscope for September 8, 1560 as a symbolic Death Horoscope for the cruelly victimized Amy Robsart Dudley.

For, perfecting at 1:41:08 pm LMT, Elizabeth's natal Moon does return to natal degree 'after noon', the hour the servants said they left Cumnor Place (except for Mrs. Odingsells) to go to the Fair leaving Amy Dudley alone to meet (North Node) powerful Pluto in a secret tryst of some kind! Tragically, the encounter didn't turn out at all how she wanted.

Yet Amy may have been seriously ill and was said to be depressed so did she despair of her marriage and commit suicide to implicate Robert in scandal and thus prevent his marriage to Elizabeth? Not unless she'd figured out how to forcefully bash herself on the head--not once, but twice! Now how likely is that?


Forensic Astrology: Conditions and Afflictions Especially When Angular

The Ascendant is the victim or the crime so its state, quality, and aspects must be noted

Moon = danger and matters that go badly via aspects, critical degrees, angularity

Mars = violence, bloodshed, assaults or attacks, brutal force, weapons

Jupiter expands either positively or negatively and is often active by angularity

Saturn = cruelty, injury, stoppage, loss, and/or death

Uranus = sudden catastrophic or shocking events, upheaval, disruption, separation

Neptune = deceit, confusion, hidden factors, poison, fumes, addiction and/or overdose, dissolution of a body

Pluto = destruction, sabotage, assassination, mass murder, a hidden 'boss' who orders or directs the action or crime, and/or who funds it.

South Node of the Moon = separation, karmic conditions of a Saturnian nature, inherited dependencies or behaviors that are no longer useful in present situations.

Also note that Saturn through Pluto are karmic planets that bring the harvest of what was previously sown, perhaps from the distant past.