Oct 17, 2021

Cleopatra, The Sphinx, Khafre, Scorpio

by Jude Cowell

Sunday October 17, 2021:

On the topic of solar cults of personality such as the one operative in US society at the moment - and a death cult at that - I've just watched a fascinating video on the Smithsonian Channel Secrets: The Sphinx (Full Episode) and it inspired me to publish here a link to a previous (and very popular!) post displaying the natal Horoscope of Queen Cleopatra, the last pharoah of Egypt, born in 0069 BC.

Rectified by master astrologer Noel Tyl, appropriately enough her natal chart shows Scorpio rising with royal Leo at Midheaven, Moon @28Can49 and the Sun @20Cap17 rising with fixed star Schedir, The Queen. If accurate, Cleopatra was born during a Full Moon phase and a Cancer-Capricorn 'tough-and-tender' personality blend provided her with a gift for seeing the larger, long-term picture, along with a concern for other people's needs. The lady was, in fact, an extremely capable manager! (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, the Harveys) #ad.

Note: Those with an interest in Scorpio may wish to check out the Scorpion Tableau discovered in 1995 and relating to the origins of Egypt and the Scorpion King.

Khafre and The Eternal Cycle of Life, Death, and Rebirth

Now for those in a rush, the final five minutes of the video linked above details how at Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, the rising and setting sun illuminated the Sphinx (symbol of the pharoah), Pharoah Khafre's Temple, and his Pyramid as if he were offering his temple to the gods. This suggests that the mysterious Sphinx acted as a religious symbol for the sun's illuminating arc across the sky on those particular days, Khafre believed, assured him of immortality (eternal life) because his fervent hope (shared by many!) was to live forever.

So to close, here is a view of the royal Pharoah Khafre seated commandingly in his valley temple at Giza; statue now located in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo:

Image: A. Parrot, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Oct 8, 2021

Horoscope of the Discovery of Neptune

Now you've heard the inspiring story of the Discovery of Neptune on the night of September 23-24, 1846 at the Berlin Observatory (Horoscope, below).

For context, check out a list of 1846 Events if you wish, several of which are downright Neptunian. Examples include: mass media - the AP is founded in May; church - a new Pope succeeds the old one June 14th; music - Parisian inventor patents the saxophone June 28th; pain relief - first public demonstration of ether anesthesia October 16th; death by starvation, loss - The Donner Party is stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains November 4th, for 3 months.

Plus, in early 1846 - the first starvation deaths occur in Ireland's Great Famine; and, 1846--1860 - a cholera epidemic sweeps through South Asia and the United Kingdom.

Now since urge-to-merge Neptune in mystical if contagious Pisces now opposes US Neptune in practical Virgo, sign of Science and Health across the victim-savior axis, America has been afflicted and undermined the last few years by lies, fraud, corruption, scams galore, and other less than honorable conditions and events such as racial and other types of persecution, so here's a view of the Horoscope of the 1846 Discovery of Neptune with my messy study notes penned on:

As a versatile, inspirational, watery, insinuating, and karmic planet, astrological Neptune can play many roles in Astrology and runs the gamut, as they say - everything from the Divine Source, spirituality, the masses, mysticism, mysteries, fakery, smoke screens, veils, and the occult - to sadness, disapppointment, illusion, delusion, erosion, apparitions, hallucinations, suggestions, escapism and drugs, undermining activities like theft, subterfuge, subversion, and sabotage. Plus as you know, water and storm disasters, fumes, poisons, toxins, gas, oil, unconsciousness, drunkenness, and other unfortunate events and conditions can occur whenever oceanic Neptune is involved.

Yet naturally we mustn't forget the fun things like photography, celluloid film, glamour, theatrical productions, romance -- and the Silver Screen. Any or all of these possibilities may lurk within Neptune's discovery chart, shown by the attendant planets and their cosmic conditions. Why even, the chart's Saturn-Neptune Conjunction suggests creative talents but also may indicate difficult societal conditions and/or forms of weakness, scarcity, and/or poverty. And of course "secret" or "invisible" (Neptune) "government" (Saturn) may have been on the political menu in 1846 as it is now.

Plus, to me the YOD/s that form with Mars in scientifically-oriented Virgo as apex planet makes for quite a bit of pondering, I think, especially since three heavyweight planets are in sextile at the YOD's base: Neptune-Pluto and Saturn-Pluto. So immediately we can expect that health conditions may be involved as well as karmic opportunities, special tasks, turning points, crossroads, and/or crises. Actually, some of these indications are on the Events of 1846 list or the 'possibilities' list, above.

So if you're up for it, dear reader, leave a comment and let me know what you discover about or within the Discovery Horoscope of not-so-easy-to-pin-down Neptune!

Source: 'The Book of World Horoscopes' by Nicholas Campion (#ad); chart #469.

Oct 2, 2021

The Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius: What They Are (Updated Explanation) - David Cochrane

Here's master astrologer David Cochrane to define the two Ages for us:

For more video presentations concerning various astrological topics visit David Cochrane's Astrology channel.

Aug 25, 2021

US Powell Horoscope w January 6 2021 Planets

Wednesday August 25, 2021: Yes, Jude Cowell Astrology remains a place for sharing general astrology posts, articles, and videos (no politics!) but because google behaved too precious for the uploading of a bi-wheel chart image for today's Stars Over Washington post, I'm uploading the bi-wheel image to JCAstro and linking this entry to my SO'W post:

Update August 25, 2021: Here's a link to the just-published SO'W post that concerns the above bi-wheel.

Jun 23, 2021

The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the 21st Century!

by Jude Cowell

Wednesday June 23, 2021: Today I'm researching multiple Solar and Lunar Eclipses as they influence political and social realms and ran across an interesting tidbit of eclipse info - that the longest Total Eclipse of the 21st Century manifested on July 22, 2009 with Totality lasting 6 minutes 39 seconds.

Now here on Jude Cowell Astrology yours truly always attempts to leave Political Astrology "out of it" for I prefer this blog to be for more general astrological topics and horoscopes, or esoterism. However, there's not much I can say without mentioning significant events of 2009 which occurred during the presidency of Barack Obama, so please pardon!

So the thing is, the July 22, 2009 Solar Eclipse fell into the 11 South Saros Series and perfected @29Cancer26. The Sabian Symbol for "30 Cancer" = "A Daughter of the American Revolution" and you may remember the beginnings of the conservative 'Tea Party' movement in 2009 and the tri-cornered hats and outfits some of them wore, plus, the interruptions they caused the majority, and the fact that they were active during the feckless 2016 Campaign of Tr*mp. Furthermore, any eclipse in the Moon-ruled sign of Cancer relates to tribalism, nationalism, patriotism, and family ties, and, the Moon in Mundane (Political) Astrology in the US = We The People/the public.

Note that in the center of the eclipse chart, below, I've penned "Jupiter conjunct Chiron = zealotry." Also you'll note that Jupiter and Neptune met 3 times all through 2009 and simultaneously hit US natal Moon = 'little sense of reality; dreaminess; swooning' - which for millions of people described their feelings about "rock star" Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the expansive bubbly, speculation pair of planet$ will forever be cosmically imprinted upon the Obama White House. And quite notably, they conjunct in the 1792 'Buttonwood' Horoscope of the New York Stock Exchange ('NYSE'). But when Jupiter and Neptune conjunct next time on April 12, 2022, it will be @23Pisces59 which may act as a poke of America's misguided Mars-Neptune square of 1776, a cosmic triggering which could stimulate expressions of religious and/or bizarre ideas that will have to be defended. Perhaps the forces and entities determined to turn the US into a theocracy may advance under these energies, but hopefully not. Of course, the gaseous, overblown pair also relate to 'political conflicts, scandals, mysticism, visionaries, loss, and/or gain without effort' (R. Ebertin).

So! The difficult themes of 11 South eclipses involve a lot of turmoil, as we know: 'the need for sudden reforms; old ideas and methods fail so new systems are required to deal with events brought by the eclipse; new ways of handling issues are necessary; any blocks could be violently or tragically removed' (paraphrasing Brady's Predictive Astrology #ad). The next 11 South Solar Eclipse manifests on August 2, 2027 @10 Leo.

Okay, so I'll hush my fussing now on behalf of America and the common good, and add here the Total Solar Eclipse Horoscope of July 22, 2009 set for Washington DC in case you'd like a peek or perhaps a small review:

Jun 2, 2021

The Intriguing Asteroid Phaethon: First to be Discovered via Images

by Jude Cowell

June 2, 2021:

For details on Phaethon (FAY a thon; #3200), the myth and the asteroid in Astrology, try Alex's Asteroid Astrology by Alex Miller. One factor associated with Phaethon is to 'assume responsibilities before being ready to handle them'. Naturally, rash or impulsive behavior is implied along with the consequences of 'being or feeling in over one's head'. Therefore, a fall of some kind often, if not always, results.

Perhaps such tendencies are intriguing enough yet there's also the fact that Phaethon was the first asteroid discovered from images taken by a spacecraft. This occurred on October 11, 1983 as Simon F. Green and John K. Davies searched Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) data for moving objects.

And in Greek Mythology, rash Phaethon was a son of Clymene and the Sun god Apollo. Here's a brief See U in History video re-telling Phaethon's tragic story with a link to the video added, below, in case the presentation is removed from JCAstro:

Phaeton: The Fall of the Son of Apollo from the channel's Greek Mythology Series.

So as I type today, where is asteroid Phaethon?

At 21 Tau 40. And where was Phaethon on October 11, 1983, or, basically what is Phaethon's Discovery Sign and Degree? That would be 11 Sag 32 - conjunct asteroid Circe (11 Sag 17) which, in Astrology, shows where we seek rescue or where we provide it.

Practically speaking, my suspicion is that over-his-skis Phaethon would've been only too happy to be rescued by Circe!

May 28, 2021

The Natal and Death Horoscopes of Madame Blavatsky

Astro-Notes on the Life and Death of the Famous Blavatsky

by Jude Cowell

The Wikipedia page of Madame Blavatsky contains a fairly informative overview of her life for the curious of which I am one. No fan of hers nor of her work, I admit, but the recent 190th anniversary of her death on May 8, 2021 got me wondering about the astrological particulars of a lady who made such a lasting mark upon the world by founding the Theosophical Society and via her writings such as The Secret Doctrine.

Yelena Petrovna von Hahn born August 12, 1831 Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine

Searching, I discovered that there are multiple birth times for her as you can see by following the link, above, including one provided by the lady herself (4:38 am LMT), one with a RR: C (2:17 am LMT), and a third rectified by Mr. Starkman (2:34:56 am LMT) which I will be using for the bi-wheel horoscopes, below, with a speculative Death Horoscope, outer, timed by the Taurus New Moon which perfected on May 8, 1891, the day of her death.

Now another astrologer such as yourself may go about such a task differently but you're not here so this is how yours truly is approaching it, speculative as it must be!

Now as you see, the lady's natal Jupiter @17AQ14 Rx conjuncts natal Uranus Rx suggesting oportunities for world travel such as her relocation to NYC in 1873 where she met Colonel Olcott and they founded the Society, and their journey to India where they founded a chapter of the organization. Yet I mention her Jupiter because it turns up Angular in the Death Horoscope (based on the Taurus New Moon) - and expansive Jupiter is often active and/or Angular at times of death, either natal, transit, or both. As you see, this Jupiter-MC conjunction is to the degree. ('MC' = Midheaven, the most visible point in any horoscope and indicating The Objective or Goal). Often "too much of a good thing" is suggested such as with overindulgence causing health problems that ruin vitality. We might also note that in her natal chart (no matter the birth hour), her Leo Sun (vitality, essence, adult personality - Leo = the heart) opposes her Jupiter-Uranus conjunction denoting a restless wanderer and a seeker of knowledge who may have had trouble in the religious sphere of life.

(Here let's note the famous W.B. Yeats quote, "The problem with theosophy was that its followers wanted to turn a good philosophy into a bad religion.")

Now I don't know Blavatsky's level of overindulgence during her lifetime (at death she was overweight - and her Moon-Venus conjunction suggests glandular issues) but the possibility of overindulgence is worth considering. She did, after all, die at age 60. Now there's a clue! 60 years old hints that karmic Saturn may have been involved with her health conditions and death, with 'grim reaper' Saturn ruling Time and such things as blockages, stoppages, hindrances, restriction, and loss. And death. Plus, penned on the right side of the chart is a problematic midpoint picture which relates to liver, gall bladder, and chronic disease: Jupiter-Saturn = Mars.

Furthermore, Blavatsky's natal Saturn closely conjuncts her Mars (energy, action, motivation), a stop-go sort of aspect and this shows that her every Saturn Return was also a Saturn-to-Mars transit which tends to dampen one's energy and may cause chronic illnesses and/or conditions to flare up particularly in relation to bones and teeth (Saturn). Basically it's a time when one is vulnerable to physical complaints of various kinds which may include fever (Mars) or epidemics. (Note that the Mars-Saturn midpoint is the death axis accord ing to Reinhold Ebertin.) So her death on May 8, 1891 came after her last three-fer Saturn Return/s (@2Vir14 - Virgo, sign of stomach, abdomen, digestion, purification - and Mars can indicate infection).

Blavatsky's Saturn Return Dates: 1. November 12 1889; 2. January 15, 1890; 3. July 26, 1890, with karmic Saturn 'hitting' natal Mars each time. To me the most obvious factor in all three of these return charts is that they show Madame Blavatsky's natal Saturn squared by the Great Conjunction of Neptune and Pluto in early Gemini! Transit Neptune square natal Saturn indicates a period of increasing worries, hidden fears, deception, and unrealistic expectations. How a person copes with such weakening energy affecting lifestyle, authority, level of debt, business and work will be determined by age, medical factors, and willingness to engage with the issues which may include a sense of failure. Of course, this Neptunian transit simultaneously squares natal Mars which doubles the indications already noted.

Then there's transit Pluto square natal Saturn and this brings in potentials for heavy burdens, forced acceptance of responsibilities, and trouble with authority positions, hers or others. Severe criticism may have resulted during this time frame (1889--1890) and perhaps a detailed biography of her life and times could reveal such details. (I don't own one but perhaps you do.) Added to these difficult potentials is transit Pluto square natal Mars which suggests that wrong physical actions such as the physical abuse of others and dishonesty are the cause of obstacles in her path at that time. Aggression increases with this square and leads to turmoil in relationships, especially with males. In addition, her sense of competition may have increased under these forceful Plutonian energies yet, in sync with her stop-go, frustrating Mars-Saturn conjunction, the squares from underming Neptune could have made circumstances more uncertain for her and added to a sense of insecurity, doubt, and disappintment.

Now I don't know for how long the lady was ill toward the end of her life (I believe it was for a period of time, cause of death unspecified) but to me her 1890/91 Saturn Return/s reflect difficult circumstances of living (possible penury?) and physical complaints that eventually ended the life of the great and controversial Madame Blavatsky.

In closing, here's a 2015 article which may interest you, dear reader, for it concerns the lady and some secret letters advising her colleagues on how to 'fabricate miracles'. When published (Pluto) the letters caused a big scandal for Blavatsky in 1884, The Unmasking of a 19th Century Imposter. Do you suppose the author of the article was aware that Blavatsky's natal Jupiter (and Death New Moon's MC!) @18Aquarius (when rounded up) reveals the Sabian Symbol, "A Man Unmasked"?

As always, your on-topic insights are welcome but absolutely NO Ads will be published so don't waste your time! jc

Mar 31, 2021

Are You Following a Life Path 9?

March 31, 2021: This post is primarily for my fellow travelers who share the cosmically inclined Life Path 9. If you're not certain which is your path, dear reader, add all the numbers in your date of birth (00-00-0000) for your total and if it amounts to nine, the following link from the Access New Age website is for you!

Life Path Number Nine.

And naturally, Life Path Nine relates in Astrology to the 9th Harmonic ('H9').

Now here are a few examples of the cosmic drawings in pencil that I've perpetrated for years!

Celestial View from Turquoise Arch:

Moon Phases:

Orion and the Full Moon:

Neptune Ascends:

Moon Trail:

Do you have a favorite of these images? Then why not leave an encouraging comment and let me know? ;)

Now here's a Related Post: Prudence Veiled Likes the Number 9.

And to view more drawings you're invited to browse my Fine America Portfolio.