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.

Mar 1, 2021

When transit North Node conjuncts natal Midheaven!

March 1, 2021: Today I'm using the horoscope of a current transit to my own natal Midheaven ('MC') to write about the potentials involved when transit North Node (aka, the head of the dragon) conjuncts natal Midheaven as it will do approximately every 18.6 years. For me, this transit occurs on March 10, 2021 @15Gem03, as you see in the horoscope, below. The chart is set for Raleigh, North Carolina where I expect to be on the morning of March 10th. The moment of exactitude is 8:50 am est:

At 8:50 am est on March 10, 2021 in Raleigh, Taurus rises and chart-ruler Venus @16Pis16 applies to conjunction with Neptune (a favorable time for Art, photography, and abstract thinking) and is At the Bending or At the Bends as TMA's Mary Plumb ably explains (Venus square Nodal Axis). My suspicion is that Venus in creative Pisces 'at the bends' (here at South bending, counting clockwise) suggests that my artwork and writings are offered or sacrificed to the Collective for spiritual purposes on an internal, subjective level. Plus, planet Neptune relates to sacrifice and chart-ruler Venus applies to Neptune in the chart with the pairing of Venus-Neptune relating to Art and Creativity, Beauty, Visions, Music, and Illusion. And the usual form of my drawings falls under the Visionary Art category.

(Note: for examples, you're cordially invited to join my Art Visions FB group, plus, you're always welcome to browse my Art Portfolio at Fine Art America 24/7. For as you know, viewing Art, unless it's the disturbing kind, is good for lowering blood pressure!)

Now another consideration are the indications of the pair itself: North Node/Midheaven ('NN-MC') which include:

'Seeking and finding others with similar interests; newfound friends; support from associates for ideas or goals; destiny integrated with daily activities' (Munkasey); 'being recognized; a meeting' (Tyl); 'individual relationships; unions based on a mutual inner understanding; associations with joint objectives; placing personal objectives above the group's; cropping up of difficulties when pursuing common interests; the sidereal or astral body and ego-consciousness' (Ebertin); 'harmonizing with present social trends; fortunate meetings' (Sakoian and Acker).

So as you see, it's not quite all lollipops and roses when the transiting North Node points toward a natal Midheaven! Yet perhaps the difficulties that crop up appear in order to be dealt with since they become more visible at MC - and the transiting NN here acts as a timing device. For me, concerns would involve Geminian-Sagittarian issues such as details, logic, fluency, coherent communications, the search for truth, and/or ethical concerns. Too much scattering of energies is a negative as is deceit.

And yet it could be that when transit North Node (a Jupiterian point of public contact, publicity, destiny or future direction, a 'joining' point in Western Astrology) conjuncts the most visible Angle in any horoscope, the MC (Goals/Aspirations), something new is being timed in the realms of Career, Public Standing, Reputation, and/or Relationships.

Well, be that as it may or may not be, my hope is that this post throws a ray of light upon the North-Node-to-MC transit which we all experience at various times in our lives!

Jan 14, 2021

January 2021: Here's a Neptunian DC Horoscope

January 14, 2021: It's Work Around Time!

by Jude Cowell

In the current climate of censorship, a certain amount of finagling can be necessary. Not for any negative reason by yours truly but for the sake of freedom of speech. Even in politics!

So even though I try to keep Politics out of JCAstro, below you see the DC Horoscope for the moment that the Neptune-Nodal-Axis square perfects on January 26, 2021 at 9:11 am est. The chart is uploaded here because Blogger won't allow me to upload it within the Stars Over Washington post I'm currently typing; I'll add a link to the post this horoscope 'goes with' below the image:

Horoscope details are available at Stars Over Washington.

Dec 12, 2020

Midpoint Structures: Their Use in Cosmobiology and Vibrational Astrology - video

December 12, 2020: Yes, I'm admittedly a long-time fan of midpoints and I use midpoint pictures frequently in my posts. Here is information concerning Midpoint Structures from an expert on the subject David Cochrane:

And here's another David Cochrane presentation which may be of interest to you, Sacred Geometry and Saturn Stations and the related number 108 which reduces to 27, the age for many folks when they experience what might be their very first Saturn Return.

Try this for More About Astrological Saturn.

Dec 3, 2020

On the Horoscope of Georges Seurat

If you read the Wiki bio page of painter Georges-Pierre Seurat, it won't take you long because tragically, the father of pointillism passed away from disease at the young age of 31. Seurat (December 2, 1859--March 29, 1891, Paris, France in both cases) lost his son from the same malady about two weeks later and in the ensuing years, various diseases have been proposed as cause of death. Suffice to say, the 1800s were replete with many diseases, unsanitary conditions, and often ineffectual "cures," and there's no telling what new, creative techniques Seurat the painter would have devised had he lived a full life. This makes me sad to think about it (he and I share a Pisces Moon!) and yet I am quite curious to learn about his natal planets.

For during his brief 31 years, Seurat did manage to waft, dot and dash Impressionism into Neo-Impressionism and we have his "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884--1886) to forever signify the shift.

Image: Georges Seurat, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons: 'Un dimanche apres-midi a Ille de la Grande Jatte'

Fortunately, accurate birth data for pointillist Seurat is available, collected by Michel Gauquelin (!) so if you wish to ponder the Natal Horoscope of Georges-Pierre Seurat, be my guest. You'll find his natal Ascendant (physical body) in Virgo, sign of health, and his planets with a blend of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius and a dash or two of creative, yet infection-prone, Pisces, also ruled by expansive Jupiter with the higher octave inspiration and creativity of Neptune swirling in the air!

Actually, for art talent, Geoges Seurat was born under the influence of a Venus-Neptune square which suggests a propensity to enter relationships suddenly with disastrous results, but is very creative an aspect to have for an artist who doesn't mind putting in the work (square). Plus, artful Venus also conjuncted his Mercury which suggests the beauty and pleasantness found in his paintings.

Personality-wise, Seurat's steamy Fire-Water Sun Sag-Moon Pisces blend suggests an emotional visionary with deep convictions, but one who could be careless, self-indulgent, and rather lazy at times. As with most artists, spending regular periods alone with his art was an imperative for him, plus, great sensitivity to the human condition is indicated by this blend.

Humorous, generous and forgiving, Seurat was a romantic - open to adventure, at least in his own imagination, and at his best he could sort out the real from the unreal. And yet he could also have been gullible (especially in love), moralistic, and somewhat unstable emotionally. Well, perhaps his Sun Sag-Moon Pisces blend's 'Image for Integration' (of conscious + unconscious energies) offered by the Harveys in their book, Sun Sign-Moon Sign, might inform us:

"A jolly, shabbily dressed vicar tells raucous jokes to down-and-outs, children and high society at the Church garden party."

And when Seurat passed away on March 29, 1891 (hour unknown), transiting heavyweights Neptune and Pluto in early Gemini were conjunct his natal Uranus Rx @5Gem33 and were thus in process of opposing his natal Sun @9Sag21 (vitality), which activated Seurat's natal Sun-Uranus opposition of restlessness and erratic behavior. Biologically, 'Sun-Uranus' = "heart neurosis" - Ebertin, who gives the biological correspondences for the 'Neptune-Pluto' pair as: "The treacherously painless stage of disease; lack of incentive to maintain health; disturbances or troubles of slow or lingering development." Now these are not definitive causes of Seurat's demise, of course, but they do present possibilities. Add his natal Uranus to the pair and we have "hyper-sensitive nerves" and a possibility of "peculiar discoveries."

Include Seurat's Sun with Neptune-Pluto and it's "peculiar diseases as a consequence of oveindulgence in alcohol, nicotine, medication"; and/or "succumbing to strange influences."

And so in closing: 2020 minus 1891 = 129 years since Seurat's death and with this meager tribute to The Artist I hope that he may continue to R.I.P. - Jude

Sep 14, 2020

Astro-Notes: Artist Joshua Reynolds

Image: Joshua Reynolds, self-portrait circa 1747

Astrology of Famous Artists: Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Jude Cowell

In the 18th century, portrait painter Joshua Reynolds was a big deal. Known as the primary promoter of the Grand Style in painting, Reynolds was born on July 16, 1723, founded and was first president of the Royal Academy of Art, and was knighted by George III in 1769. So that's Sir Joshua Reynolds to you and me!

Now other posts have been published here and there concerning the Astrology of Famous Artists. Two such are Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne. And even though I know of no birth hour for Joshua Reynolds there are still a few details concerning the gregarious fellow that can be ascertained from his natal planets.

For on July 16, 1723 in Plympton, Devonshire, England the Sun was in Moon-ruled Cancer while the Moon floated through the late degrees of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius and on into Saturn-ruled Capricorn as the morning proceeded.

Checking both Sun Cancer-Moon Sag and Sun Cancer-Moon Cap personality blends, I find myself leaning toward Moon in Sagittarius (gregariousness!). For one thing, a Capricorn Moon - ambitious for advancement to be sure - gives a blend shared by hard-hitting author Ernest Hemingway while a natal Sun Cancer-Moon Sag blend is shared by landscape artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Carot! If you wish, check out a previous Astrology post on Camille Corot here.

Now because Joshua Reynolds was something of a workaholic, a Capricorn Moon is certainly a possibility yet with his Saturn (planet of work and concentration) in late Sagittarius, a Sag Moon would conjunct natal Saturn during the early morning hours of his day of birth so that a Moon-Saturn conjunction suggests a similar influence as a Capricorn Moon. And actually, a mutable (changeable) Sag Moon could also be more descriptive of how his assistants painted the outfits his subjects wore suggesting that perhaps Joshua got a little bored before his portraits were completed and wandered off, perhaps for a new adventure!

Even so, we know his Jupiter Rx in Capricorn conjoins one of the four Cardinal World Points of Fame and Recognition (@00Capricorn) which makes me think that perhaps worldly benefits were not too difficult for Reynolds to attain, consistent worker or no. Especially considering the Reynolds family's social status, plus, his early expression of obvious art talent so that even his father, who had wanted Joshua to go into medicine, soon conceded to his son's favored career ambitions.

As an artist since childhood myself, I believe that art talent should always be encouraged not squelched, don't you?

As for further indications of art ability and interest in Reynolds' natal chart, one indication we can look to is a pleasant sextile between his Mercury (which relates to the mind but also to hands and dexterity) and art-loving and inspiring Neptune. This is a very creative combination with a deep well of inspiration and with idealistic Neptune involved, his Grand Spirit style that promoted painting "the idealization of the imperfect" makes sense. Additionally, a Mercury-Neptune sextile suggests spiritual or mystical tendencies, and a deep love of beauty.

Now let's close with Joshua Reynolds' Prenatal Solar Eclipse Saros Series ('PE') and its themes that would have run in the background of his life and been activated (if or when conditions were right) approximately every 18.6 years. An accurate birth time isn't needed for this:

Born into the 14 North series which manifested as a Total Eclipse (the most influential kind) on June 3, 1723 @11Gem50, 14 North themes and potentials include: 'a peculiar turn of events; unrequited love; despair; unexpected happenings in finances; a draining of energy; possible illness; too much confusion and delusion to form clear judgments' (paraphrasing Brady's Predictive Astrology).

For a modern day example of such a confusing period of time we have only to look to the last occurrence of a 14 North Solar Eclipse on November 25, 2011 @2Sagittarius. This was during major financial woes in the US, if you remember, when politicians of both parties dramatically dashed back to Capitol Hill to engage in "sequestration" tactics and took the peculiar step of creating a so-called "Super Congress" to deal with budgetary issues.

And recently in my political astrology posts, I have related 14 North and its difficult influences to the current pandemic crisis via cosmic time links and the "sequestration" tactics and impositions we now endure. Yet what any of such 14 North themes could have meant in the life of Sir Joshua Reynolds I do not know unless a possible illness occurred for there were, of course, gracious plenty of them to contract in the 18th century - but on second thought, and considering his 'love of beauty' and what was perhaps his dreamy nature, it may have been 'unrequited love' that complicated his life!


Synesthesia, Memories, and Minor vs Tertiary Progressions

Mysteries of The Mind: A Path to an Unknown Land by Jude Cowell

September 14, 2020: This morning while investigating the rather curious brain phenomenon of synesthesia and its possible connection to Astrology's technique using Minor, Tertiary, and Secondary Progressions, I ran across an interesting Ted-Ed video Ideasthesia: How do ideas feel? by Danko Nikovic. Opening with Descarte's famous, "I think therefore I am" and moving directly into Science's ongoing attempts to understand the mind-body connection, this brief video could possibly make you...well, think. And if you're into Astrology, you might think of the 3rd-6th house mind-body connection!

You might also think of how a study of the three psychological houses (4-8-12) in a horoscope provides information on such topics as the mind-body connection while special attention is always warranted toward the mysterious 12th house of the Unconscious. What, we wonder, could be bubbling around in there? Which ideas and concepts to suppress or express into reality?

For more on Minor (mind/thoughts), Tertiary (emotions/intuition), and Secondary Progressions (body/reality), here's an excerpt from a previous JCAstro post with the post's link added:

"A Revealing Astrological Method -- 1:13:27 in Progressions

One astrological method for sussing out the Unconscious involves time and the three dimensional quality of it as found in astrologer Robert Blaschke's work on Progressions and the 1:13:27 ratio of Secondary ('1' = physical plane/day for a year), Tertiary ('13' = feeling-desires-intuitional plane/day for a month), and Minor ('27' = mental-thought plane/month for a year). Everyone has unconscious thoughts (Minor-mental plane) that drift up from the depths and are either allowed into awareness or suppressed on the Tertiary-intuitive-emotional plane--for we have positive or negative emotions and feelings about these thoughts and whether we choose to act (or feel compelled to act) on them or not. So thoughts occur 27 times faster than physical action, and feelings-desires occur 13 times faster than the actions we may take based on our feeling about those thoughts." Astrology's 12th house: There Be Monsters!

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So is the Minor-Tertiary-Secondary Progression method yet another way to study the mind-body connection? I see it as such although, as always, you are welcome to disagree.

Kitchen-Related Synesthesia?

So why was I searching today for information on the curious case of Synesthesia? Because I wondered if I am afflicted by the neurological condition since childhood when certain names conjured sights, fragrances, and textures, a tendency I consciously noticed around the age of 5 1/2. (Born in early January, I'm always a half-year-old in summers and this was the summer we moved into a new house--I first noticed the tendency in my Mom's new kitchen and can see it now in my mind's eye as it first happened!)

The very first occurrence of what I suspect falls under the heading of synesthesia involved milk packaged in waxed cartons back in the day (not so much plastic around then) and how the name 'Fred' was the sensation of wax that flaked off from inside the container whenever I drank a glass of milk poured from a waxed carton. That annoying feeling which interfered with the flavor of milk was Fred.

Throughout my childhood other names became associated with food-related connections and though I don't remember them all as I type now, here are three amusing ones that I do remember:

Vanessa: chocolate pudding, accent on the consistency of pudding; Jennifer: spicy gingerbread cake (just baked! not cookies - cake!), and Scott: foods with butterscotch flavors, especially butterscotch candy in cellophane wrappers.

Now can anyone challenge the logic of Scott? ;)


Sep 12, 2020

Do You Know Where Your Saturn Is?

Image: Celestial View From Turquoise Arch by Jude Cowell

A Search for Saturn

September 12, 2020: You know there's been so much going on in the realms of Politics and major social concerns of late that Jude Cowell Astrology has become quite forlorn and seemingly abandoned. But tonight I'm here to update with a link, below, to an informative article written by master astrologer Ray Grasse and it involves the karmic planet Saturn, aka, the taskmaster, lesson bringer, and ruler of old age and master of Time. Plus as you know, Saturn is the original ruler of Astrology with Uranus, discovered in 1781, the upstart full of futuristic vibes, frequencies, and novel or shocking ideas and ideals. Quirky and erratic, the Genius and the Awakener!

Now realistically speaking, the more stable Saturn in a natal horoscope can signify something of a sore spot for 'he' (the old man or senex) reveals where the flaw in a personality is found by house placement and sign. Full disclosure: my own natal Saturn is in Virgo (in case you were wondering! And as you may know, I'm fond of criticizing craven politicians!) and this sign placement for Saturn actually works (a Saturn word!) rather well with my Capricorn planets (ruled by Saturn).

In fact, one of my Capricorn planets is Mercury, ruler of Virgo, so now the mutual reception in my natal chart is revealed. They're on friendly terms, you know, and they - I - do like to study rather serious topics, then haul off and fuss about them.

Now I could go on - about Saturn, the importance of Saturn Returns, about being a Saturnian astrologer (to me horoscopes reveal DNA not 'past lives'), and more but why do this when Ray Grasse has some excellent information waiting for you concerning Saturn in his article published in The Mountain Astrologer magazine in 2019.

But after all, it isn't as if details about planet Saturn in a horoscope can ever grow passe!