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.

Mar 31, 2019

Coco Chanel: the Lion-Hearted Mystic!


Dahling, how fabulous that the birth data of fashion legend Coco Chanel is rated AA for 'birth record/birth certificate in hand'! Now we can peek at the birth planets of a creative genius in leisurely fashion secure in the knowledge that 4:00 pm LMT is most likely a round-off hour and could be slightly inaccurate. Still, how grand to have what must be a reasonably accurate horoscope for her, and of course studying her chart in tandem with a Timeline of Life Events for designer/parfum maven Coco Chanel (nee Gabrielle Bonheur Cha *s* nel - good hour!) both major events and otherwise significant milestones, can help hone the birth time in if one were inclined to spend the time.

Left at an orphanage age 12 along with her sisters by their father, Gabrielle Chanel's childhood is nothing to write home about and her natal Ascendant at a critical-crisis 29th degree of Sagittarius reveals a quick slide into Saturn-ruled Capricorn associated with the father and, her ASC and first house, with early life conditions. Yet gaining for herself a milliner's license in 1910, the former cabaret singer ('Coco') entered the fashion industry bwo Hat Making. For this I cannot blame her for I too have fashioned and sold hats myself in former days, feathers, ribbons, trims, and all.

Unfortunately, early conditions in her life created for Coco a bitter personality and she was quite vicious when discussing and criticking her competitors (but honestly, all branches of the Fashion Industry are full of snarling cats--Coco's emblem was the Lion, of Leo fame--her Sun sign, a statue of which she kept close by when working. Rrraowr-r-r! She "clawed" to protect herself, she said, which had to be an early and necessary childhood habit she developed, no doubt. So it's part of her South Node behavior I suppose with South Node in Taurus, sign of greed and intolerance although creativity and patterning talent are strongly emphasized as well along with her creative, mystical Pisces Moon which leads a LOCOMOTIVE parade of her planets - it's a shape of the ruthless executive totally determined on success--here, in the 2nd house of Money, Possessions, Earning Ability, and Values. Plus, there's gold-loving asteroid Midas conjunct natal IC (29Aries). Black was her favorite color but she also preferred white, red, and gold.

If you have 10 minutes handy check out a photo montage (with a not too annoying disco loop you can shake your tail feathers to if you so desire!) of Coco Chanel: Transformation from 12 to 87 years old - come for the make-up and fashion, stay for the hats and hairstyles.

Now below you see a bi-wheel with her natal horoscope (shaded in green--too messy, I know!) in center and her Death Horoscope surrounding. She passed away "on the night of January 10, 1971" in a certain Paris hotel where she lived so the chart is set for a speculative hour of 9:00 pm CET. Perhaps you can see that 'death Saturn' @15Taurus conjoins her PreNatal Solar Eclipse ('PE') degree in the 11 South Saros Series (old systems fail; new ideas and reforms needed; 'any blocks could be violently or tragically removed' - Brady) and 'death Saturn' (karmic planet of loss, separation, and endings) is also apex planet of a Thor's Hammer (or, Fist of God) pattern which can bring "exposure to heavy and bitter attacks" (Ebertin) though with Astrology's 'AC/DC' tendency (energies can work in both directions and can alternate) this may refer to Chanel's own bitterness and skepticism and to her critical attacks on all her competitors (she was known for it!)

At the base of the Hammer is a Mercury-Pluto square which suggests deep-seated neuroses, a sarcastic expression, and an acute awareness of other people's vulnerabilities (A. Oken) which makes criticism of others much more deadly and thus more accurate.

And why is Coco Chanel a "lion-hearted mystic"? Because of her Sun Leo-Moon Pisces personality blend! Devotional, subjective, and moody, a lady who over-dramatized her trevails and played the victim when it suited - and was the originator and promoter of the "little black dress' and of lady's pants and suits!

For more personality details see Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles and Suzi Harvey.

Mar 23, 2019

Saturn-Pluto and Asteroid Shakespeare #2985

So you know how we once discussed here the natal horoscope of the great bard William Shakespeare? Today I am reminded of the post and his chart because I've just double-checked the natal position of asteroid Shakespeare (#2985; January 3, 1949) and found that its position in relation to my birth was/is 22Cap19:25.

Now as the reader who keeps up with such things knows, that degree of the Zodiac (22Capricorn+) is where the Great Saturn-Pluto Conjunction perfects astrologically on January 12, 2020 (its DC Horoscope shown)...conjunct the natal Vertex of fated encounters of one Mr. Donald Trump. Of course, the point also contains a vibe of wish fulfillment in certain cases but its position doesn't necessarily determine just who or what benefits if a wish is fulfilled.

Actually, I don't wish to imagine what could be a wish that must 'welcome' a visit from the compressed, harsh energies of cold Saturn blended with unconscious planet, Pluto the culprit and 'god' of the Underworld which includes the distinct whiff of criminality (organized crime). Would you? But sigh...both planets are considered deeply karmic as what's been sown will be reaped by the one who sews. Saturn's imperatives take about 28 or so years to come to fruition, Pluto never does for an individual except by Pluto's aspects along the way, aka, interactions with our charts/planets. About 248 years for Pluto.

As always, all pertinent chart factors should be considered for inclusion for best results. And who knows? Perhaps in these particular legal matters it's Lady Justice whose fondest wish will be granted by the Universe - through the cosmic auspices of Saturn working with Pluto.

Above image of a portrait of William Shakespeare possibly painted by John Taylor.

Mar 17, 2019

Of Critical Degrees and the Progressed Moon

March 17, 2019: The following is a re-print from a 2014 Stars Over Washington post, here with minimal edits for the sake of clarity:

Beginning with its natal position in the Zodiac, the progressed Moon symbolically advances approximately one degree per month. Therefore, the Secondary Progressed (SP) Moon makes a handy timer for the natal and progressed horoscopes with the SP Moon influencing a particular degree for about one month's duration. If important transits or other progressions conjoin the SP Moon's position at any given time, a fuller picture is created especially when clues are considered such as the natal house through which the SP Moon advances, the SP Moon's sign, the condition of the natal Moon, the pertinent houses ruled by the Moon, and the houses ruled by the planet/s that are being aspected.

Is your SP Moon in Cancer? Then home and domestic scene are areas of focus for the two-and-a-half years SP Moon is in that sign along with possible mother/daughter/family concerns, nurturing issues, and real estate matters such as moving residence, renovation of your environment, a family member entering or leaving the home, or possibly some form of publicity or public contact. SP Moon in Leo may involve solar issues of creativity, entertainment/performing, children, romance, ego, pride, drama, teaching, the law, the hero's journey in life, and other Leonine matters while SP Moon in Virgo hints at Virgoan issues such as health, work, service, criticism, teaching, purification, dedication, simplicity, and/or discrimination. Naturally, in Astrology the opposite sign and house polarity must be kept in as well. (Ex: 4th house domestic matters tie in with or somehow affect 10th house career matters.)

A example from December 24, 2008 in Political Astrology is America's SP Full Moon @4Vir10 (We the People at critical degree--with SP Sun (leadership) @4Pis10; the SP Full Moon horoscope may be viewed at Jude's Threshold if you wish. This culmination phase in progressions tallied with the Financial Crash of 2008 and on an evolutionary scale marked the limit of America's thrust into the wider world (as our National Treasury was raided). With the public's SP Moon in Virgo, we were critical and suspicious (with good reason) of US leaders who were murky and deliberately confusing on all issues even to the point of deception (SP Sun in murky Pisces as it still is in 2019 with transit Neptune 'chasing' and obscuring it--jc).

For as you know, Pisces folk have that swim-up-or-down vibe which can express either positively (compassion, spirituality, creativity) or negatively such as theft and fraud, secrecy, scandal, or loss--which is what we got from leadership then as now with SP Sun in Pisces (Donald Trump, grifter and Jupiter-Neptune grand schemer; America's SP Moon as I type is @14Pis25, transit Neptune 16Pisces34).

Another Luna-related post is Using the Moon in Electional Astrology which concerns using the transiting Moon as a timer for starting or debuting projects or events--and not necessarily for political purposes.

In case you need it, here is a list of critical degrees (degr) in each sign:

Cardinal signs (Aries-Libra, Cancer-Capricorn) 0 degr, 13 degr, 26 degr; Fixed signs (Taurus-Scorpio, Leo-AQ) 8-9 degr, 21-22 degr; Mutable signs (Gemini-Sagittarius, Virgo-Pisces) 4 degr, 17 degr. Plus, 0 degrees of any sign may act as a critical degree along with the impatient 29th degree. Other degrees are sometimes considered critical due to important events occurring there such as Eclipses, Great Conjunctions, etc.

Basically, a critical degree has been sensitized and indicates emphasis or stress on the planet/s or point/s and the issues involved. There may be a deal-with-this-Now crisis occurring as matters come to a head as timed by the SP Moon. (Mars is a traditional timer as well but here we're discussing the Moon--and much of the sensitivity of the degrees is due to the degrees of Mansions of the Moon which are not discussed here.)

Now critical degrees may not 'work' all the time and their expression is certainly affected by whether there's a transit to that point or another progressed planet joining in by conjunction or opposition. In such cases, the crisis or critical condition may last longer with other planetary involvement but as stated, if it's the SP Moon conjoining a critical degree, approximately one month will be the duration of the strongest influence.

Another consideration is the Modality of the affected sign: Cardinal signs tend to work faster and more directly, Fixed signs denote a lagging or delayed affect, and Mutable signs indicate more of a mental or internal influence, plus, fluctuation may be an issue with Mutable signs involved.

Using the SP Moon in chart interpretation and synthesis is an important tool in the astrologer's kit particularly if the SP Moon triggers a critical degree (which also may hold a fixed star) and so I do hope this post may be of some use to you.

Jan 4, 2019

Astro-Notes: Generals Washington and LaFayette

Gilbert du Motier LaFayette by Joseph-Désiré Court [Public domain]; 1792

Born Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier in Chavaniac-LaFayette, France on September 6, 1757 at 4:00 am LMT, the young aristocrat-turned-soldier known as LaFayette came to America at age 19 (his Nodal Return in Leo!), against his king's wishes, and with the express purpose of aiding our patriots in the battle for independence and liberty. Seeking glory, he received a military commission from Congress, then in Philadelphia, and met for the first time General George Washington (on the day and evening of July 31, 1777, respectively). Apparently, sparks flew, and the young LaFayette, sporting a character reference written by Benjamin Franklin, soon established himself as a worthy soldier and leader in the ranks of the Continental Army. In fact, LaFayette ("the boy," as the British came to call him) became a symbol of the French-American alliance. He spoke of having "a star" and considered his activities in America as fated--which one might do concerning alliances formed during one's Nodal Return when new encounters are often fated or karmic.

So having discovered an interesting video concerning LaFayette which details such information, you'll find the video link, below, but if you expect mention to be made therein that the strong bond between Washington and LaFayette issued in part from their shared Freemasonic memberships, you'll be disappointed. Funny how few if any sources ever cite such brotherhoods as if Freemasonry had nothing to do with the founding of America! However, loss of his father when he was only two years old, plus, Washington's reputed sterility and subsequent lack of a son, certainly seems to account in large part for their enduring bond.

View Washington's Generals: Marquis de LaFayette (45m18s).

And if you wish a view of the natal horoscope of Marquis de LaFayette visit astro.com which includes brief biographical details of his life and a Rodden Rating of C on his natal chart for 'original source unknown'. There you'll see that LaFayette's natal Midheaven (the Goal Point and most visible point in any chart) @17Tau52 (or thereabouts--because on-the-hour birth times are often estimated especially in older days), conjoins the natal Ascendant of George Washington whom the fatherless LaFayette took as his role model in life! So LaFayette 'held high' or in high esteem George Washington, as it is well-known that he did--and the Astrology between their natal charts agrees.

So perhaps it isn't curious at all that rounding up Washington's natal Ascendant degree to determine its Sabian Symbol gives an appropriate word picture considering the famous activities of both men during the American Revolution: "19Taurus": "A New Continent Rising out of the Ocean" which speaks of the ability to "remodel the face of the Universe"!

A Related Post: the Death Horoscope of George Washington December 14, 1799 which contains a link to his natal horoscope and a list of his known medical conditions and various diseases, plus, the planetary pairs active in his death horoscope.

"19Taurus' from An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar.