Oct 16, 2017

The Truth About Astrology - Full Documentary

Originally posted on Youtube on Dec 1, 2015 by Documentary Films, here is a presentation you may wish to check out for it shares The Truth About Astrology:

In case of deletion, here is the video link.

Please note that this video is shared for your consideration and presents the views of its creator; embedding is not an endorsement by Jude Cowell Astrology.

Oct 7, 2017

On the Chart and Unaspected Neptune of Lewis Carroll

The following post concerns children's author Lewis Carroll, born on January 27, 1832 as Charles Lutwidge Dodson with a 3Sag24 Moon rising at his Ascendant 3Sag03. And with the astrological Moon as representative of childhood and the unconscious mind, we find a man who expressed such facets of his personality by befriending children all through his life, telling them fantastic stories which became the famous books we now know and treasure, and also by photographing children, some unclothed, at a time when film and celluloid planet Neptune had recently been discovered.

Above is a GIF of Alice Through the Looking Glass made from an antique film. Perhaps you agree that Alice's Adventures, with their down-the-rabbit-hole flavor, floated up from the super-creative unconscious material of author Lewis Carroll who, as a man of his time, may have received some of his Neptune-themed inspiration via the opiates prevalent in his day.

Horoscope: Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) January 27, 1832 3:45 am LMT Daresbury, England; Hour of Saturn; chart-ruler Jupiter in 3rd house providing good fortune with Communications:

Planets and Aspects

A loner and mathematician who never married, Carroll's natal chart with its independent, self-willed and original Sun-Uranus conjunction describes this condition well particularly since the conjunction is in detached yet friendly Aquarius. A Venus-Mars conjunction in Sagittarius describes a sociable person (see his Venus-Mars aspect, below) though he may have met with duplicity or deception in relationships with Gemini on his 7th cusp (Descendant). See his Prenatal Eclipse themes, below.

Yes, Carroll's natal Moon @3Sag24 rises precisely with his Ascendant denoting one who desires intimacy in relationships yet avoids it due to a deep dislike of feeling obligated to others and with Moon in freedom-loving Sagittarius, seclusion and *solitude may have suited him best. Although he may have had no compunction about making demands on other people, he tended to withdraw before close ties could be established or demands made--and also for his own private reasons.

Emotional and sensitive, Moon-rising Lewis Carroll was highly imaginative and intuitive with a well developed fantasy life that helped him appreciate the simplicity of children and perhaps added a childlike quality to his personality. Talented with many skills (math, logic, drawing, photography, writing), Carroll was an original (Sun-Uranus) who had a precise and exacting mind suitable for Science, Math, and Logic (Mercury trine Saturn in science-oriented Virgo with studious Saturn Rx in the 9th house of Philosophy and the Higher Mind). This trine also aided him in putting his story ideas (Mercury) into the form (Saturn) of published books.

An Unaspected Neptune Tells a Fantastical Story

When the planet of dreams, visions, illusion, ideals, romance, deception, and withdrawal is unaspected and thus detached from the rest of the natal planets, it represents "a most passive condition for this other-worldly planet" (Epstein). Inner comfort and tranquility may be achieved by creating beautiful images (stories, drawings, photographs) within an exceptionally powerful fantasy life that is not shared within the environment. "Self-contained illusions" could be one result of Neptune's unaspected condition and may factor in with modern-day questions concerning Carroll's obsession with children and the photographing of them. He certainly seemed to be under the sway of filmy Neptune and chose his own private ways of dealing with this elusive energy. With his unaspected Neptune, my suspicion is that his dreams seemed unattainable to him and may have included love for Alice Little, the inspiration for his main character--or for her eldest sister.

So although Neptune is unaspected, it is apex planet of two midpoints with these potentials:

Sun-Mercury = Neptune: the play of imagination; simulating and deceiving oneself; writers and visionaries (Ebertin); something undermining the perceived reality; possible deception by others; fantasy (Tyl). And Mars-Jupiter = Neptune: a hopeless relationship; unfaithfulness (Ebertin); being near a mistaken course of action; letting reality slip away (Tyl).

Well, perhaps we should consider his other planetary aspects before Neptune lifts us away on a dream!

Lewis Carroll's closest applying aspect (2A34) to natal Sun (6AQ16 in the 2nd house of Values) is a sextile by Pluto (8Ari51 in 4th house) which describes the essence of his adult personality (Sun). Here we find an opinionated man with a strong will who developed self-reliance during his lifetime and who had an unconscious need for certainty (math and logic?) and control (relationships with small children?); plus, some measure of unexpressed grief may have influenced him. Now I've not discovered what such grief might have been but only direct you again to his Prenatal Eclipse themes, below.

And since astrological Pluto can exercise a 'magical influence over the masses', his Pluto in Mars-ruled Aries is interesting for Ebertin gives it as: 'subconscious forces try to come to light in order to assist in the recognition of novel ideas'--as his Pluto certainly did!

Curiously, however, powerful Pluto squares natal Mercury (12Cap16), the writer's planet, and is an aspect of obsession and deeply-rooted neuroses (Oken). He is known to have suffered from stuttering as did some of his siblings (speech blocked by a powerful parent's cruel words?) yet paradoxically he was not adverse to public speaking and even singing (sometimes such activities ease a stuttering condition). This is fortunate for his career ambitions since a Mars-Jupiter sextile denotes a need to fight for whatever recognition is received, and, if developed, suggests he had a talent for fighting his own battles.

Now perhaps you noticed that Carroll's Sun sextiles Moon, an aspect denoting biases picked up from the parents during childhood. These can be overcome to good advantage, however, and his chart shows that he had the intellect and self-awareness to do so. The aspect also indicates friendliness, popularity, and harmony between the solar will and the lunar emotions which provided a path to easy self-expression via his writing.

And if we look to chart-ruler Jupiter (28AQ14 in 3rd house of Siblings and Communications) we find no applying aspects although Mars applies to a sextile with Jupiter (see notes on this aspect, below). Jupiter in 3rd house signifies mental expansion in education, publishing opportunities, and a spiritual orientation that supports his full 2nd house of Values (as noted, below). Of course, Aquarius broadens the mind when Jupiter is posited there and since Jupiter has no application, its sign and house position are emphasized.

Mercury-Saturn: signature of the professional writer

Perhaps the natal horoscope and talents of this famous and well-loved author may best be encapsulated by his Mercury-Saturn trine and the fact that the two planets are in mutual reception (in each other's sign). But the real steam toward major success is found in the shape of his natal planets, a Locomotive pattern of success. This train is lead by Saturn, planet of concentrated work and study, in Virgo, the sign of book writers!

Other natal aspects of note include:

Moon square Jupiter (5S09--separating and thus unconscious) which suggests excessive emotions, over-generosity, extravagance, and troubles in the religious sphere (trained in the Church but took no parish which relates, I believe, to his rising Moon in religious Sagittarius). Grandiose fantasies often come with this aspect along with an overindulgent mother!

Moon trine Pluto (5A26) intensifies the emotions and helps control them; a wellspring of creative imagination can be brought into manifestation with this very creative aspect and may have been part of his interest in delving into the psychism or spiritualism of his day. Also note a midpoint picture--two, actually: Moon-Pluto = Sun: a sensitive nature; a person easily excitable (Ebertin); special far-reaching plans (Tyl); and, Pluto-ASC = Sun: seeing a whole new avenue for success; 'full steam ahead' (Tyl).

As for his original genius, ideals, invention, and novel ideas (Uranus) put into Saturnian form, we must consider the inconjunct (150 degrees) between the two planets, an aspect of adjustment. A Saturn-Uranus inconjunction (or, quincunx) describes Carroll as a loner (though with friends), a nonparticipant in some major area of life (romance with a real live person?), and one who is challenged by freedom vs responsibility issues (Epstein). This supports his Moon rising traits as noted, above. A nonconformist, Carroll took pains to assert his independence and the unusual perspectives he held made him an enigma to others. With this aspect, changes are made quickly and impulsively but only after much deliberation. Very tough on himself, he may have had an obsession with perfection but to reach for that, much self-discipline is necessary. This was probably well supplied by his Mercury-Saturn trine with studious, dedicated, responsible Saturn in serious Virgo, determined to lead the rest of his planets to major success.

Venus Conjunct Mars: Passion and Creativity

Obviously, physical passion in indicated by this joining of Venus (attraction principle) and Mars (desire nature) though as far as I can tell, no evidence has been found that its energy was expressed with others on the physical plane. Therefore, one word comes to mind--frustration. Yet a 2nd house of Mercury, Neptune, Sun, South Node, and Uranus suggests a man who inherited (South Node) strong spiritual values and principles (Neptune; 2nd house) who was perhaps resigned to settling for Neptunian illusions and dreams when it came to love and romance. We'll never know for certain but such a possibility is found in his natal chart.

Now Lewis Carroll's Venus-Mars conjunction has been left for last on our list of aspects so that it can herald the details and themes of his revealing Prenatal Solar Eclipse:

His Prenatal Eclipse fell into the 14 North Saros Series and manifested as a Total Solar Eclipse @14Leo34 August 7, 1831; 14 North Themes: an acute time of confusion in personal relationships, unexpected happenings in financial matters, and possible illness. Unrequited love, despair, confusion, a draining of energy, a peculiar turn of events; no important decisions should be made as there is too much confusion and possible delusion to make clear judgments (Predictive Astrology, B. Brady).

A solar eclipse in Sun-ruled Leo denotes a time when karmic progress may be made in the realms of pride, ego, vainglory, and self-will.

If you wish to check out the natal chart of Lewis Carroll sans messy scribbles, visit astro.com (RR: B) and for fans of his other whimsical writings, here's a not-to-be-missed article Five Fascinating Facts about Jabberwocky which I hope you'll enjoy!

*Solitude is the title of his first published work, a poem, the first under the pen name 'Lewis Carroll'.

Oct 1, 2017

A Few Notes on The Stars of Capricorn

Capricorn the Ancient 'Goat-Fish'

Being born with the Sun and three planets in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, the 10th sign and its ancient symbol the 'goat-fish' have always been a fascination with me. From August through October each year is the time when the stars of Capricorn are visible, at least with binoculars though not necessarily with the naked eye.

Capricornus the constellation is shaped like a rather wonky triangle and is second faintest in the night sky, second only to the stars of Cancer. If you're Cap curious, I recommend joining astronomer Brian Ventrudo as he takes us on A Stroll Through the Stars of Capricorn.

As for the sign Capricorn, years ago I read somewhere (and would cite it for you if memory served!) that the entire sign of Capricorn is a labyrinth. Speaking as one of that Saturnian persuasion on a years-long journey attempting to understand it and my planetary placements therein, I must agree!

Now here's one of my drawings that reminds me of the Capricorn season of the year Snowy Path and there perhaps you can see my Midheaven stars twinkling in the constellation of Orion:

Sep 30, 2017

Wedding Day Astrology: Queen Victoria and Albert Her Prince

Image: painting by George Hayter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Bride Wore White!

by Jude Cowell

The wedding ceremony of Queen Victoria and Albert was held on February 10, 1840 in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace, London with the ring placed on her finger at about 1:00 pm LMT, according to historic record.

This date and time shows Sun in Aquarius 20:55 and Moon in Taurus 19:15. Using the Sun sign to describe the male principle and the Moon sign to describe the female principle, let's consider the Sun-Moon blend imprinted upon their wedding as descriptive of their partnership. For in The Combination of Stellar Influences Reinhiold Ebertin describes the principle of the Sun-Moon pairing as: "Spirit and soul, the conscious and the unconscious, vitality and feeling, husband and wife."

In a word, marriage.

And theirs is said to have been a romantic pairing yet perhaps you've noted that Aquarius and Taurus are fixed (rigid, stubborn) signs that square one another. Well, perhaps the energetic dynamism of a square aspect suggests that once psychological adjustments had been made between them, the action-reaction tendencies of a square could lead to constructive results such as the nine offspring their union produced.

And I very much suspect that their wedding day *Venus-Mars sextile was beneficial since it suggests physical harmony and attraction, and the romance which their Sun-Moon square needed especially during the crises of life (squares) along with the cultural refinement that can provide a capacity for positive adjustments. Another happy indication toward a successful relationship is that Aquarius is a male sign (active yang force), while Taurus is a female sign (receptive yin force).

The innovative, efficient, and rational Air-Earth combo of Sun AQ-Moon Taurus denotes a couple who valued their independence, were idealistic and broadminded, and were status quo yet reformer types who deeply appreciated the things that made them comfortable, happy, and secure. Family life with children and the protection of family obviously fell within this category for them.

Together they must have experienced a deep sense of inner contentment a happy union often provides and though nostalgic for the past, they were future-oriented yet realistic, and were able to learn from the past. The partners in this union represented solidity and reliability for each other and felt fortunate to have someone by their side with whom to enjoy life more fully. However, others may have seen them as arrogant, smug, emotionally detached, and even ruthless as they made persistent efforts to achieve their goals and ambitions by bringing their highest ideals down to earth. (Yes, jealousy may have something to do with the negative opinions of others!)

For more insight into Sun AQ-Moon Taurus, consult Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles and Suzi Harvey where you'll discover two interesting Images for Integration for this blend:

"A country girl seeks a conventional life with an unconventional young man in the big city...The resident caretaker of a 'New Age' community sips his Beaujolais as he systematically does the year's accounts."

Perhaps you agree that Victoria and Albert remain to this day a fascinating couple!


View the Natal Horoscopes with biographical details of Queen Victoria born May 24, 1819 and Albert, Prince of England born August 26, 1819.

*Wedding Day Venus @10Cap sextile Mars 10Pis: Venus in Saturn-ruled Capricorn signified Victoria's more authoritative position; Mars in Jupiter-ruled Pisces his more hidden, supportive, sacrificial, silent, or behind-the-scenes position from which he struggled for recognition.

Here are Wikipedia pages for Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince consort where you'll find various portraits and links to other family members and associates.

Sep 4, 2017

The Natal and Death Horoscopes of Sir Thomas More

Image: Hans Holbein [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In the natal horoscope of Sir Thomas Moore we immediately see menacing Pluto near More's Career and Public Status Point, aka, the Midheaven, or MC. Because an unlawful execution for all eyes to see (MC) was his fate with the heaviest stain of plutonian brutality attached, we might call Pluto his fate master. Yes, power-grabbing Pluto the saboteur and assassin was at work providing perjured testimony against More. With all the draw or pull of plutonian vibes active covertly and/or openly in most any horoscope, it seems a vile culprit has been found and was indeed hiding in plain sight at MC all along.

One has only to consider Thomas More's era and high social position in government and church life to see an environment full of danger made worse by a willful king. And note that in his Death chart, below, transit Mars opposes his natal Uranus, an indicator of just that--danger and violent measures taken within the environment. Yet the monkish More chose the more worldly career path of politics, promoted a mythical island called 'Utopia' (published in 1516) based on Plato's account, and was generally active at the royal court and in legal, religious, and other fields of endeavor.

Fate and Karma Have Their Way: Reaping What Was Sown

For during his life the talented Sir Thomas acted as a lawyer, royal adviser, statesman, philosopher, sheriff - and judge, sending the unrepentant to executions of their own. Fatefully, he opposed King Henry VIII's divorce and refused to accept the King as supreme head of the Church. (As you know, Henry VIII was obsessed over wives who could give him heirs to his throne and his search was aided by a roving eye for beauty.) For his resistance to the King's wayward ways, Thomas More was arrested for treason on April 17, 1534, imprisoned (see chart with a difficult T-Square Sun-Saturn = Uranus + Neptune) for one year three months, and beheaded on Tower Hill, London, on July 6, 1535 at 9:00 am LAT.

The Natal and Death Charts of Sir Thomas More

Okay, I'll hush babbling for now and simply display the natal and death horoscopes of Sir Thomas More, son of Sir John More; born February 7, 1478 (OS; NS = Feb 16, 1478) with Sun in late Aquarius, Moon @14Ari39, and Ascendant 5Sag50. This makes Jupiter the hierophant-priest-guru and planet of hierarchical, codified religion, the ruler of his natal chart and a major determiner of his life.

And I suppose being an artist who scribbles, it cannot be helped that my notes are smooshed all over these charts. However, a non-scribbled version of his natal chart may be viewed at the link provided, above. Notice that his natal Vertex @23Cancer27 (VX = fated encounter; potential for death) is activated by Death Sun and shocking Uranus at 9:00 am, Tower hill, London. This points toward More's natal Sun-Uranus square of arrogance and willfulness - the upstart troublemaker could no longer be tolerated by the king!

Now here are the natal (upper) and death (lower) horoscopes of Sir Thomas Moore; various details are penned upon the charts, please enlarge; natal placements hit by execution transits are notated on the death chart:

Now AQ-Aries is an Air-Fire combination, a 'live wire' blend we would call it today! So with Thomas More's personality blend, Sun AQ-Moon Aries, we find an observant, astute, yet self-interested fellow with a disdain for hypocrisy, a rebellious streak, and an outrageous sense of humor. A prophet holding radical views, Sir Thomas More was a bit of a snob as befit his noble station in life. Yet as an original, More brought "a fierce moral integrity" to everything he did and as a "friendly egomaniac" wanted the best for everyone--and he would fight for it. More, it seems, did things his own way or not at all. He preferred practical answers that cut through the red tape of bureacracy and he respected the rights of others. In fact, the ideals of his contemporary social order called for the protection of individual rights "especially his"! Here, we see a foreshadowing of America's Enlightenment-era, reason-based Founders of the 1700s and the freedom documents they wrote to guide our country and protect the American people from governmental abuse of power.

As for the enlightened Thomas More, natural leader, "becoming subservient to the group" was never his intention. (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey). He was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 1935 - 400 years after his death so there was one exclusive group of exalteds he joined whether he would have approved of a membership or not. Yet how curious that his Prenatal Solar Eclipse (PE) @23AQ22 is of the 2 South Saros Series with its theme of 'joining unusual groups and gaining a great deal from them '(Brady) - and so with the Pope's help, he did.

And though in life he promoted Utopian ideas, Sir Thomas never fully believed that there existed groups with the ability to make such ideas reality. After all, everyone knows that Plato's Ideal loses its perfection once brought down to earth. But being a man of his times who entered the earthly flux under the auspices of the Enlightenment/Age of Reason/new social order planets Uranus and Neptune in conjunction, More was an original Utopian, one of those born under this enlightening, awareness-producing pair of trans-personal planets...Science and The Spiritual meet, Faith and Reason shake hands. An unholy alliance, imho.

For as you know, the world now labors under a re-constellation, a 'new social order' of Uranus-Neptune which met again in Great Conjunction three times during year 1993. At or near '18 Capricorn' each time, their forces melded for the third and final encounter on October 24, 1993 which suggests a natal horoscope of a draconian, totalitarian 'new world order' (not what I believe Sir Thomas More had in mind for 'Utopia', do you?) with this Sabian Symbol for '18Cap' prominent for our times:

'18Cap' = "POLITICAL POWER: negative expression: smug or strong-armed paternalism." (Jones). And perhaps you noticed that transit Pluto has reached 18Cap more than once of late, and we are in a process shown by Pluto's Rx and Direct conjunctions with that degree so that a curious midpoint picture forms off and on: 1993 Uranus-Neptune = tr Pluto: the big picture must be followed, little option to do otherwise." (paraphrasing Noel Tyl, Solar Arcs).

And of course you know that later, Sir Francis Bacon was inspired by Thomas More's Utopia and penned his famous New Atlantis which ties in to the very earliest settling of America as the Utopian 'New Atlantis'. Or at least, that was the Baconian Utopians' basic motivation for investing in the founding and colonization of America. That, and making money, of course.

Now, for the first time on JCAstro, I am pleased to present a political ideology and ethics report analyzed by millennial astrologer Kevin Estes concerning the natal placements of philosopher and politician, Sir Thomas More:

Sir Thomas More

by Kevin Estes


Leftist - Ruler of Venus Mars semi sextile Neptune, South Node in 2nd house, ruler of 2nd house Saturn square Neptune, Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune

Rightist - Venus trine North Node, Mars quintile North Node

Fiscal liberal


Leftist - Moon trine Neptune and contraparallel 12th house cusp, ruler of Moon Sun in Pisces square Neptune, ruler of 4th house Moon semi sextile Neptune

Rightist - Moon quintile North Node

Cultural liberal


Libertarian - Ruler of Pallas Mars trine Sun and Mercury and quintile North Node, Mars parallel Sun, Pallas parallel Mercury and trine North Node

Authoritarian - Mars opposite Jupiter and semi sextile Pluto

Defensive Pallas

Fiscally and socially to the left, defensive Pallas - Left Libertarian

This describes him very well.


Thanks, Kevin!

Kevin adds that Sir Thomas More's Pluto in Virgo/Mars in Libra suggests that his only strong belief system was his own judgment with left wing economics and cultural liberalism prominent as shown by a defensive Pallas. This is putting a long-ago man's beliefs into modern political terms, of course, but I do think such conclusions are worth taking under advisement, don't you?

Readers may wish to visit Kevin's two blogs, Left Wing Astrology and The Aquarian Paradigm, where more of his work is available, some of which is based on the theories of astrologer-musician Alan Lin with a focus on archetypal asteroid Pallas as a revealing indicator of one's ethics.

Aug 29, 2017

Check out Jupiter in Scorpio October 10, 2017 by Gregory Scott Astrology

Astrologer Gregory Scott has published an informative video report (25 mins) concerning transit Jupiter's entrance into water sign Scorpio on October 10, 2017, where the Great Benefic remains for 13 months until entering its own sign of fiery Sagittarius on November 8, 2017.

The video link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IrBJ-2W4dU

Gregory uses British time, of course, so dates may vary ever so slightly in the US or elsewhere.

You'll find Gregory at www.gregoryscott dot com/tarot-astrology.

When Jupiter, the societal planet, is in Mars-Pluto ruled Scorpio, we may expect more optimism within the Collective, and some will strive ruthlessly for material possessions and/or show a craving for pleasure and comfort. Sexual pursuits may become all important for some folk while a tendency to overrate oneself is a caution best avoided for best results (Ebertin). Please copy/paste links in this post since Chrome's new coding rules are not yet adjusted to by yours truly. As many readers know, I was away at surgery and rehab from August 2 to August 22, 2017 and am just now getting my (wobbly) blogging legs under me again! jc

Jul 30, 2017

August 2017 Solar Eclipse hits Chiron's natal Saturn!

Quite some time ago I posted the Discovery Chart of Chiron on my WordPress blog if you'd care to snag a peek where, among other things, you'll see Chiron 3Tau09 Rx in 4th house of Roots and the centaur's natal 8th house Saturn @29Leo, the rounded-up degree of the coast-to-coast Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017, or, The Great American Eclipse, as it's being called for obvious reasons.

Of course because of its orbit, astrological Chiron is The Bridge between Saturn (the past) and Uranus (the future) and kindly advises us to be here now!

This soon coming cosmic circumstance deserves further investigation which I've not had time for yet but I wanted to quickly post this heads-up for those with particular interests in astrological Chiron in case the eclipse's conjunction to Chiron's Saturn had not been previously noticed.

So is there any astrological significance to Chiron's 'eclipsed' Saturn? Well, we know that karmic Saturn is the planet of authority, the establishment, institutional systems, the status quo, hard work, and life lessons and in contact with Chiron usually suggests a 'letting go of the old' in some way. As you know, the cosmic blink of any eclipse can bring unpredictable and disruptive results in a Uranian 'wild card of the Universe' fashion and may affect events in historical ways via personal horoscopes. And since Mr. Trump's natal Ascendant @29Leo will be directly receiving the August 21st eclipse, it remains to be seen whether he will be personally, politically, medically, and/or otherwise impacted. Perhaps the American public whose White House the 71-year-old mogul now inhabits will subsequently 'let him go'.

Now here is the Sabian Symbol for Chiron's discovery degree from my previously published notes:

'4 Taurus': “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow": Rainbows are said to be bridges to the Divine and are archetypes of God's deal with mankind for no more floods that destroy the world. This Symbol speaks of the rewards gained from linking earthly with celestial natures and Chiron is, as you know, the Christ archetype in an astrology chart, aka The Key. If you’re not familiar with the graph for Chiron, its symbol resembles a key.

Both charts–-Oct 18 and Nov 1–-are descriptive of Chiron (aka, the blind spot) with themes of 'unawareness morphs into awareness' of the Wounded Healer.

In Greek Mythology Chiron is the wise and benevolent centaur, son of Chronos (Saturn = Father Time) and the sea nymph Philyra. Saturn also represents the earth (soil, crust, rocks, tectonic plates). For most of his life Chiron lived in the cave where he was born and there he was taught by Artemis and Apollo, goddess of the Moon and god of the Sun. He passed on knowledge to mythical heroes, abilities such as riding, hunting, music, ethics, philosophy, medicine, astrology...and Chiron IS the Tarot reader, The Hierophant, The Magician, the High Priest and Priestess.

And as you know, there are multiple versions of the myth concerning Chiron’s Wound (he was crippled at birth). One myth tells of how Heracles accidentally wounded him in his left knee, ankle, or heel (Cap = knee, AQ = ankle, Pisces = heel.) In constant pain, he gave up his immortality to die in the place of Prometheus, whose liver was eternally tortured for stealing fire from the gods to give to mankind. Thus self-sacrifice is an attribute of Chiron and the liver is an organ of purification.

Half-brother Zeus placed Chiron in the heavens as the stars of Sagittarius--or as Centaurus, some say, and both constellations are associated with teaching and the higher mind. Half man/half beast, Chiron symbolizes the duality of our world and indicates in our natal charts where our greatest weakness–-and thus potentially our greatest strength–-may be found.

Wise Chiron teaches us that integrating our higher minds with the lower, our earthly natures with the celestial, the unconscious with the conscious will bring the most golden and lasting of rewards, the kind that rust does not destroy!

Now, as mentioned in the post linked above, Chiron's official discovery date is Oct 18, 1977 when the photographic plate was actually taken at the Mt. Palomar Observatory with Chiron @3Tau50 Rx. Astronomer Charles T. Kowal (1940--2011) is credited with the discovery of Chiron which returns to natal degree three times from 2027 into 2028...here's my artsy attempt to capture such a cosmic moment upon an 8x11-inch sheet of paper:

Curious Side Note: 29Leo is also the degree of Thomas Jefferson's natal Saturn!

Jul 10, 2017

The Personality of Jane Austen: Sun Sag-Moon Libra

image: wikimedia commons

When we look at the natal horoscope of author Jane Austen (rated A from her father's memory) we find a lady born into a rector's large family in Steveston, England on December 16, 1775 at 11:45 pm UT with Sun in fiery Sagittarius and Moon in airy Libra. The book writing sign of Virgo rises with the other sign of writers, Gemini, at Midheaven, the Goal Point and Career indicator of any chart. In line with her family's habit of putting on plays and reading aloud for entertainment, thespian Neptune rises and writing-speaking Mercury is in early Sagittarius, ruled by theatrical Jupiter, planet of enthusiasm with its sign describing how a person relates to others. She, as a chatty conversationalist--or we might say, a gossiping Gemini!

Although suitors and proposals were not unknown to Jane she came to be a spinster who eventually managed to have her novels published--a total of six, listed below--and, health failing, she passed away on June 18, 1817 at 4:30 am in Winchester and is buried at Winchester Cathedral. Addison's disease is usually listed as the probable cause of her death.

Now let's have a peek at the Sun Sag-Moon Libra blend of conscious-unconscious energies of this generous spirit who enjoyed 'people watching' with a mind inspired by all the intricacies of human relationships. A warm-hearted romantic with a philosophical mind and a social conscience, Miss Austen was outspoken yet considerate, charismatic and fun-loving.

As you know, Fire-Air personalities are the 'live wires' of the world and this she shares with another famous writer, Noel Coward (Sun Sag-Moon Gemini) - both were visionaries with unique talents. Perhaps Jane's spinsterhood might be partially attributed to the fact that Fire-Air males tend to find approval for their enthusiastic argumentativeness while females are often seen as intimidating and too 'masculine'. Or perhaps as she aged and saw book publishing (and financial freedom) in her future she preferred to steer her own course once young love had disappointed.

Well, all Jane Austen novels are massively popular and one supposes we might not have had all six of them had she married and had children. Needing intellectual rapport in relationships in order not to be bored out of her mind, maybe there were no gentlemen who fit the intellectual bill who would marry a penurious lady in reduced circumstances even though her father was of the gentleman class.

Now hopefully you have an hour to spare for an excellent BBC documentary on Jane Austen, the places she lived and how they affected her novels. My thanks to Norma Jean who posted the video on Tumblr--a great find!

Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen Behind Closed Doors.

The Austen novels are Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park.

Jun 25, 2017

A Solar Eclipse at Evil Degree, Two Stars, and a Tragedy

Using Astrology and Eclipses to Reassess Difficult Past Events

by Jude Cowell

Sometimes as we look back on our lives at sobering or difficult events, we find that the use of Astrology can aid us in gaining a better or more realistic perspective on them and our role during that period of time. Such is the case with an unfortunate period and event in my own life, the story of which may help demonstrate how one's Prenatal Solar Eclipse (PE) brings insight. In this case, my Prenatal Solar Eclipse manifested upon a malevolent degree while simultaneously conjoining two fixed stars associated with misfortune and tragedy. The astrological details can describe particular factors in the events of which we are most often not the master.

Not to bum you out, of course, but to illustrate that the time-tested admonition to Know Thyself--which can helpfully include knowing or studying one's natal horoscope--is useful for providing clarity on people and events in retrospect--events which were painful to 'make sense of' at the time become clearer using the lens of Astrology and the background influences of Solar (and Lunar) Eclipses which describe the 'cosmic weather' of the time.

First, here is an image of the 4 South Solar Eclipse which occurred @19Sco45 on November 12, 1966 set for my hometown of Athens, Georgia (where the initial events took place). Besides being the first repetition since my birth of my PE, the 4 South, this is also the Prenatal Solar Eclipse prior to the annual Kentucky Derby of May 6, 1967, Louisville, KY:

Themes of 4 South (4S) are: a sense of fatedness in relationship events that are beyond personal control; strong emotions concerning relationships or money are blocked or checked leading to much frustration; avoid rash action until things settle down. (paraphrasing Predictive Astrology, B. Brady). As far as I know, the following events only concerned relationships, not money. And sadly, rash action was not avoided as you'll see.

Here are the background events and characters:

The setting is Athens, Georgia Summer 1966 and the tale opens during a street festival of music where a 16-year-old girl meets a young college fellow a few years her senior. Chit chat occurs, mutual interest stirs, phone calls soon begin, and an invitation to a fraternity dance is accepted which results in the fellow (we'll call him 'JR') gallantly informing the teenager that she's too young for him to date. This is true, I know, because I was that girl.

But another character soon enters the picture: the teenage girl's school friend who had begun to be known for having a wild imagination (let's call her 'DH' for short). Now as it turns out, the imagination of DH ran toward the romantic side and this came into play one afternoon after school when the two girls were together at DH's house. What I had only just discovered was that JR and a couple of his fraternity brothers had rented a house just around the corner from DH's house which set up a disturbing situation because DH would not be denied that afternoon--she and I had to visit said house and 'hang out' with the guys.

What eventually occurred I'm not certain because I soon called my Dad to come pick me up but as I was to soon learn, DH refused to go home and in fact, her parents didn't know where she was until the evening--at some point they called me to find out where she was so of course they had to be told. Few of the exact details were ever known to me but the result was that JR was charged by the father of DH with statutory rape, charges which were soon dropped once DH admitted that no such event or attack had occurred (except in her rich imagination, apparently).

Karma Awaits Her Cue

The real tragedy arrives when the frat brothers of JR proceeded to tease him unmercifully for days about the 'DH situation' and what had happened that week until he and a friend decided to leave a day or so early for their annual road trip to the Kentucky Derby which was held that year on May 6th. Sadly, there was a torrential thunderstorm underway but leaving early must have seemed a good idea to JR to escape the 'scandal' (without merit as it was) and head for fun in Louisville. My information on what happened was supplied by one of JR's frat brothers whom I had previously met, a kind young man, who came to my house after the accident to return a book I had loaned JR (In His Own Write by John Lennon) and who told me of the frightful accident, bad road conditions, and the hours of suffering JR endured due to internal injuries which lead to his death.

Even now, the word devastated can hardly describe my feelings over the untimely death of JR, a very kind young man whose family and friends surely miss him still. No, we were not and should not have been 'an item' but the addition of DH's fantasies into the picture somehow cast all subsequent events in an even more tragic light.

The Tragic Light Becomes Harsher

On Monday after the accident and with a heavy heart, I dragged myself to school only to find Miss DH sporting an 'engagement ring' that her wonderful 'fiancee' had given her before he was killed over the weekend in a terrible car accident. Naturally you can imagine the sympathetic expressions her story garnered! But her dramatic brazenness completely stunned me, and in my grief (and knowing her true involvement in the matter) I clammed up and am not certain now whether I ever mentioned the real events to anyone or not--not until this very post, that is. If I did talk of it people may not have believed me for after all, her story was told first and was much more dramatic.

The 4 South Solar Eclipse of 1966: Chart-Ruler Jupiter Applies to Nothing

So looking at the eclipse horoscope, a few factors pop out such as the violent Saturn-Uranus opposition pointing to the Ascendant (18Sag51) which happens to bring up my natal Venus and my natal 4th house of Endings. And considering the events surrounding the Kentucky Derby the next May (1967), we might think to include the brutal, loss-filled pair of Saturn-Pluto opposing one another (as they did on the morning of September 11, 2001) which also points toward my natal Venus, planet of relationships. Danger, separation, and alienation go here, while the usually benevolent, protective planet Jupiter, here in the 8th house of Death, isn't helping matters unless he's making things worse through expanded egos and heart conditions via romantic, self-dramatizing Leo.

Yes, karma runs all through the chart in various ways for Jupiter conjoins the Vertex (3Leo35), a point of encounter with destiny which may sometimes be a final destiny (mea culpa, the VX is not marked on the chart).

Rising is gossiping Mercury, planet of travel and young people, which is retrograde and suggests to me that JR and friend were returning to the Derby as they'd done before--but also hints at the possible disruption of a car trip, or car trouble--here, in the 12th house of Hospitals, Self-Undoing (leaving on a trip when a bad storm was due), and Karma (reaping what's been sown). Even one of the health asteroids, Hygeia, joins in @18Scorpio+ conjunct the eclipse.

And of course, a major factor is the fatal 9th house Mars-Uranus = Pluto midpoint picture penned on the chart, plus, the stars of tragedy and misfortune, Serpentis and North Scale. Fixed stars can 'act through' eclipses or be activated by them--and yes, my 4 South Prenatal Eclipse Series admittedly tends to bring difficult conditions into my life. In addition, the malevolent degree of 19 Scorpio was triggered in 1966 by the 4S eclipse and we might consider that *Nicholas DeVore gives 19 Scorpio as "an evil degree" and "the crucial point in the war between the Ego and the Supreme Will" which may or may not have applied to the subsequent events I describe.

Therefore, how much ego was involved via any of the participants I'll let you decide if you wish. But here we find me-first Mars plus, Pluto as ruler and co-ruler of Scorpio, shocking and disruptive Uranus (so often behind accidents and separation), and the fact that Scorpio solar eclipses always contain an undercurrent of karma and fate within them. Much karmic progress can be made if Scorpio energies and influences are well handled and thus discharged as root causes of karmic problems are identified and improved upon. Otherwise, the baser qualities of Scorpio such as cruelty, jealousy, and hatred will take over the life which will only lead to more karmic debts (Lineman).

Young Dreams of Romance

Also intimately involved, as you see, are love-addled Venus at a critical degree in sexy Scorpio (20 degr) near (or, Lord of) the eclipse closely conjunct urge-to-merge Neptune, planet of fantasy, dreams, illusion, deception, delusion, glamour, and romance. This suggests to me that misdirected love impulses were thankfully diverted for too-young yours truly (thanks to JR) but were unfortunately sought or expanded by a certain young fantasist whose bad choices set in motion a tragic chain of events.

My sincere hope is that, at our advanced ages, DH has dealt with her Scorpionic and Venusian-Neptunian tendencies as we all must do and has years ago begun to use her vivid imagination for various creative enterprises that are a credit to her and to her loved ones.

Reference: *The Encyclopedia of Astrology, Nicholas DeVore.