Oct 15, 2019

Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Proserpine-Persephone

Proserpine; Dante Gabriel Rossetti [Public domain]

As his Wikipedia page details, Dante Gabriel Rosetti was born in London on May 12, 1828 and died of Bright's Disease (kidneys) on April 9, 1882. Listed as a British poet, illustrator, painter, and translator, years of drug addition took their toll (probably begun due to a botched operation, in a word, pain) and his last years were spent as a recluse. But does his stunningly beautiful art live on!

Here you see Rosetti's depiction of Proserpine (or, Proserpina), only one excellent example of his brilliance as a painter. And of course in Astrology, Proserpine (asteroid #26) is often interchanged with her Greek equivalent, Persephone (asteroid #399) yet as you see, there are two asteroids with different numbers. Check out Where Does Persephone Hide in Your Natal Chart? for more details on the archetype's symbolism which can include potentials for: traumatic rites of passage, leaving home, separation anxiety, mother-daughter issues, abduction, lost innocence, transition, sacrifice, other-worldliness, freedom issues, and of course, there's her association with death via abduction into the Underworld by Hades, and with Earth's seasons due to her mother Ceres' (Demeter's) rescue of her daughter which resulted in a 6-month compromise with hellish Hades.

And if we inspect the natal horoscope of Dante Gabriel Rosetti we find an abundance of sensual Taurus planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, plus, his natal Ascendant, and Chiron! Actually, Rosetti's natal Moon conjoins Chiron, Mars @12Capricorn conjoins artful Neptune Rx @18Capricorn, and Mercury @8Taurus exactly opposes natal Jupiter Rx @8Scorpio which identifies him as a man who tended to promise more than he could deliver, didn't easily keep secrets, had a memory that failed him under stress, had trouble with religion (ex: held illogical or agnostic beliefs), had to develop the ability for working with details (painting!), could be easily flustered, may have been unreliable and neglectful of responsibilities, and pursued impractical studies such as esotericism. Too much daydreaming or woolgathering may also have been the case (supported by a 12th house Mercury) which is not unusual for an artist for someone must gather the wool in this world!

Appropriately, Rosetti's Sun Taurus-Moon Taurus personality blend reveals a sensualist with a mischievous sense of humor--a calm yet explosive, mystical lover of nature (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, the Harveys). Perhaps a few words from a certain composer who shares this blend and personality can illustrate: "Doin' What Comes Naturally"--Irving Berlin, from Annie Get Your Gun.

Add to this Rosetti's Mars-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn and a picture emerges of an indecisive fellow who is highly creative and inspired from divine realms on high yet who feels a good deal of confusion over goals. A tendency to be overly romantic (!) can lead to misguided or exotic activities that end disastrously and which issue from unconscious urges. A strong psychic magnetism emanates from this conjunction, healing ability is usually present, and treachery on his part--or directed against him--is a potential. A Jupiter-Pluto inconjunct (or, quincunx; 1A03) is in need of moderation and denotes an opportunist who feels overwhelmed by responsibility and who may feel resentful toward those who use him for their own purposes (Pelletier). Well, who wouldn't, really?

Yes, extreme creativity and fated romance to the point of sexual and financial problems infuse Rosetti's natal chart and psyche through planetary aspects such as a difficult Venus-Mars opposition (attraction vs desire), an intense Venus-Pluto square (karmic relationships; materialism, passion that can turn to hatred), and a resentful, even violent or criminal Mars-Saturn opposition although 'goddess' Venus is ruler of his natal Ascendant @25Taurus and his chart (jealousy, possessiveness, materialism, intolerance). Yet a lovely Mercury-Venus sextile reveals his harmonious art talent and poetic ability and gracefully supplied him with a sociable nature when he wasn't working in isolation (Sun, Mercury, Moon, Chiron, and Pluto in the behind-the-scenes 12th house of Karma and The Unconscious).

Plus, we should note that Rosetti's Jupiter-Uranus square shows a tendency to go overboard with grandiose schemes, is unfavorable for speculative ventures, and provided him with unusual or eccentric religious beliefs (cultism? guruism?), plus, a restless urge for travel and adventure, and a taste for a Bohemian lifestyle which his abundant Taurean energies could happily revel in.

And what of Rosetti's natal Persephone?

On May 12, 1828, Persephone was traveling through creative, mystical Pisces (21:58) and sextiling his natal Ceres (20Taurus), the mother. Yet perhaps the most telling feminine archetype in the realms of his paintings is that his natal Lilith Rx (the seductress) was slinking her way through sexy Scorpio and infusing Rosetti's Mercury-Jupiter opposition (see above) with her 'goddess energies' which were expanded by contact with boundary-breaker Jupiter via conjunction. This may also indicate an artful mixture of religion, idealism and philosophy (Jupiter) with alluring feminine images (Lilith).

So there's my brief astro-portrait of master artist (and one of my favorites!) Dante Gabriel Rosetti and if you're curious, I hope you'll check out his fascinating natal horoscope (RR: A) for there is much more to be discovered about this complicated, psychic fellow born during a Balsamic Moon phase of the prophet!

Now to close, here's a handy List of D. G. Rosetti's paintings which you may enjoy perusing if you haven't already.


Sep 27, 2019

Rudolf Steiner, Atlantis, and the Aryans

Rudolf Steiner 1907; Ita Wegman [Public domain]

Since the natal chart of Rudolf Steiner is rated XX by Astrodatabank for 'date in question' let's spend only a brief time on the master occultist's planetary revelations. However, a brief consideration of what apparently is his Sun Pisces-Moon Virgo personality blend may be of interest. Born in Croatia on February 25, 1861 (speculatively, it seems) Steiner's fame has been long-ranging for his many and varied accomplishments. If you wish, check out his 11:15 pm LMT natal horoscope plus a brief bio at astrodatabank.

Actually, a Sun Pisces-Moon Virgo combo seems to fit him quite well yet I say this based on the little I know of his work and life events. Hopefully, you know more about this intriguing fellow!

His Water-Earth blend is highly creative yet pragmatic and contains dependable, devotional, and resourceful qualities. A wide-ranging, analytical intellect combined with a good memory makes it handy with details as well as easily grasping the wider view. Naturally, Pisces is a sign of mysticism and Virgo, its opposite sign, loves to categorize and critique. One is ruled by expansive, idealistic Jupiter and co-ruled by urge-to-merge Neptune (the divine source), while Virgo is ruled by Mercury, planet of the mind and of communication. The volume of Steiner's many writings attest to this especially since Virgo is the sign of the book author and is also associated with Commerce via Mercury.

Health of mind and body is often of primary importance to personalities born under the influence of Sun Pisces-Moon Virgo (sign of health) and at its best, intuition and reason come together nicely. Yet flights of fancy may be necessary at times for as we know, Pisces cannot stand too much reality and must take breaks. So perhaps Steiner's many years of occult work count as one such flight of fancy but with a practical purpose as well. Plus, romantic reveries may have been engaged in occasionally for relationships were important to him, too.

And so occultist Rudolf Steiner possessed a natural ability to look at questions from all angles, was a perfectionist, and was perhaps a bit of a worrier. We might even say he could see both the forest and the trees simultaneously, an extremely enlightening talent to possess.

Now let's close with a consideration of the three 'Images for Integration' of Steiner's conscious (Sun) and unconscious (Moon) minds--three 'word pictures' of the fellow who interests me primarily because of his work concerning the Myth of the Lost Continent of Atlantis and its alleged connection to the Aryans of hitlerian fame--the theory which forms the basis of the 'white supremacy' fallacy that has been the cause for centuries of so much loss, misery, and grief in the world:

"A mosaic picture of the universe, each piece perfect in itself...Small events bring enormous consequences...Faith and reason shake hands." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey).

Now does any of this sound at all like the Rudolf Steiner you know?


Sep 19, 2019

Was Royal Astrologer John Dee 0-0-7?

Image: John Dee https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Dee.jpg

September 19, 2019: Freshly published to YouTube is an intriguing video by The Scottish Astrologer, The Real Meaning and Astrological Origin of 007, a topic which necessarily involves Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, and John Dee, the legendary astrologer, alchemist, and seer.

Actually, John Dee has made appearances here at JCAstro in two previous posts any one of which may prove interesting:

On the Natal Horoscope of John Dee

A Crystal Ball and a Bit of Magick London!


Jul 27, 2019

July 27, 2019: Attractive Venus Enters Romantic Leo!

Although a previous post Love and Attraction in the Signs of Venus has been popular for its notes on the sign positions of natal Venus, it must be announced that tonight at 9:53 pm edt transit Venus enters the Tropical sign of Leo the Lion!

Follow the link to check out an insightful assessment of this cosmic Venusian happening including what to expect at Ruby Slipper Astrology. I absolutely adore that fabulous blog title, don't you? Like lovely Venus, it's very attractive!

Now some may say that planet Venus isn't much to look at in real life (that's her portrait above via NASA and bitbox dot com) but for me her beauty is in the eye, as they say. Plus, astrologically Venus the 'goddess planet' rules both earthy, materialistic Taurus and airy Libra, the more refined and discriminating of the two signs. Therefore, the houses where Taurus and Libra appear in a natal chart (on cusps or intercepted within) have Venusian energies attached to them even if the planet of partnership, diplomacy, evaluation, and small amounts of money is located in a different or third sign. Aspects to natal Venus must also figure in for a fuller Venusian portrait but that's beyond the scope of this weekend post which is written in general terms only. (Please consult your natal chart or your astrologer if specifics are needed.)

And when transit Venus reaches 15 Leo, the Lion's Point, on or about August 9th or 10th, it will be interesting to see if The Lady (or a lady and/or feminine matters) turn up more prominently in the public discourse or perhaps in your or my life! Why, even a Hollywood star or a celebrity of some other creative kind may be spotlighted. Then on August 22nd or thereabouts, Venus enters Mercury-ruled Virgo, sign of The Virgin (and The Critic), and the spot where the Royal Star of Persia Regulus now twinkles with its famous caution worth heeding to 'avoid revenge; otherwise all that has bee gained will be taken away' (Brady). Now we know that Venus can engender jealousy so we must watch for that negative tendency...and scorn her not!

Besides, once the more serious sign of Virgo is entered, no longer may social pursuits and the excitement of romance take precedence over all else since Venus in Virgo denotes a period when 'the dictates of the heart (are) often suppressed by practical considerations' and 'indecision in matters of love' (Ebertin) can slow down our Venusian roll and bring some moderation into our relationships!

Well, I guess by late August we may all be eagerly awaiting Venus' entry into her own lovely sign of Libra when she 'comes into her own' in mid-September and our social calendars will again light up with pleasurable events and invitations and beautifying our surroundings and wardrobes will inspire action and spending once more!

Why perhaps we'll go wild and select a new shade of lipstick for Autumn!

Image: Lulu's Lipstick, a colored pencil fanciful figure study on paper by yours truly from my Fine Art America portfolio where you're cordially invited to browse 24/7. After all, viewing art is good for you, y'know!


Jul 19, 2019

July 20, 2019: Such a Watery Moon Return!

Friday July 19, 2019 4:07 pm edt Raleigh, NC: Moon as Timing Agent

by Jude Cowell

As some readers may know, in February 2019 yours truly relocated from the Atlanta, Georgia area to historical downtown Raleigh, North Carolina and, for the first time in 40+ years, am ensconced in an apartment. Earlier this week residents received notice that on Saturday July 20, 2019 the building's water will be turned off for some updating work in the basement from 8:00 am ET until possibly as late as 4:00 pm. Yowch! Well, this may put kind of a crimp in our weekend plans!

So naturally when I noticed this afternoon that the Moon is about to enter the Watery sign of Pisces, it was time to calculate my Moon Return for July 2019 which shows daily life and trends for the month until the next Moon Return. Thing is, not only is the Moon in a Water sign now but North Node of the Moon, Venus, Sun, and Mercury Rx are as well--in Cancer, the most Lunar sign of all! Yet for me the real clincher has to be that when the water goes off at 8:00 am tomorrow, my Moon Return (or Lunar Return, if you prefer) perfects two minutes later. Now how's that for lunar timing?!

And what about the (Double Water) cosmic weather of Sun Cancer-Moon Pisces this weekend?

It's an adaptable combination of energies so hopefully I should fare fairly well during the H2O outage, adapting as best I can. A little moody though, and of course fish need water, yet Pisces is quite artistic which might inspire a bout of drawing at my drafting table tomorrow, who knows?

Anyway, as a natal personality blend, Sun Cancer-Moon Pisces is shared by impressionist painter Camille Pisarro (RR: X, untimed), one of my all-time favorite artists (as are other impressionists). Well, naturally my drawings come nowhere near Pisarro's expertise nor that of any other impressionist but even so, here's a lunar one for you that you may have seen before titled, Moon Rise at the Crossroads:

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Jude


Jul 5, 2019

StrangerThings3 plot opens Nov 6, 1983

Guernica by Pablo Picasso Laura Estefania Lopez [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]; ShareAlike International

July 5, 2019: A Few Astro-Notes re: Stranger Things season 3

Since season 3 of Netflix's popular series Stranger Things opens with a date of November 6, 1983 I became curious and took the liberty of setting up a horoscope without a location because the story is set in the imaginary town of "Hawkins" Indiana. Yet a few intriguing planetary factors are available to us in the form of midpoint pictures on that day (I'm using 12:00 am because why not?) to see if they're applicable to the storyline or not, plus, the Prenatal Solar Eclipse series in which the show's opening date falls is instructive particularly because it's the 3 North which repeated on July 2, 2019 @10Can37 ! So with 3N's themes operative now (as season 3 begins and contains references to America's Independence Day fireworks), I'll add the eclipse's theme below the November 6, 1983 midpoint pictures which formed on the day the series' continuing story begins. Midpoint pictures are listed in random order.

Also of interest may be the day's primary Sun-Moon blend of conscious-unconscious energies (Sun Scorpio; Moon enters Sagittarius at 1:09 am est, a blend shared natally by Pablo Picasso whose warlike, chaotic painting Guernica you see above):

November 6, 1983 Midpoint Pictures: any, all, or none may apply

Moon-Neptune = Jupiter (@13Sag26): fantasy; abundant powers of imagination; compassion. Note that the Moon-Neptune duo relates to such things as 'strange notions, the danger of being exposed to peculiar and strange influences, inner vision, illusions, psychometry, vivid dreams, disturbed consciousness or awareness, low-grade spiritism, mediumship and fortune-telling'.

Neptune-Pluto = Moon (00Sag00): strange soul experiences; high sensitivity; supernatural experiences; an immediate response to every influence; a strange or peculiar woman.

Mercury-Neptune = Uranus (7Sag48): a suddenly stepped up power of imagination; inspirations, inventions; ideas; a suddenly misguided imagination; convulsive disturbances of the nervous system.

Mercury-Pluto = Saturn (7Sco53): exposure to heavy and bitter attacks; skepticism; nervous irritation through over-work.

Mars-Uranus = Pluto (00Sco00): a higher power; force; violent intervention.

Hopefully these notes aren't spoilers for those who've yet to watch S3!

Themes of Season 3's 3 North Solar Eclipse June 11, 1983 @19Gem42

News involving young people of that transforms a situation and causes worry or obsession; large plans are wanted which can be positive but 'don't get carried away' (you may recognize 3 North as the Prenatal Eclipse series of the WTC 9/11/01 attacks).

Cosmic Weather of November 6, 1983: Sun Scorpio-Moon Sagittarius

This steamy Water-Fire combination of energies suggests those who are quick to see the larger implications of facts and events. Loyal friendships are implied along with a strong commitment to inner values; paranoia is a possibility as are fanaticism, a zeal for truth, and deep intuition. This blend's two 'Images for Integration' seem to me especially descriptive: "Picasso's Guernica (pictured, above)...and...

A child gazes up at the night sky, captivated by the mystery of dark space. An alien appears, and reveals a glimpse of the child's future as a famous astro-physicist." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey).

So Whose Minds 'Invented' This Amazing Netflix Series?

Stranger Things is written and directed by the Duffer Brothers, twins born February 15, 1984 under the auspices of a 3 South Solar Eclipse @11Sag46 (December 4, 1983) with themes of 'traumatic transformation' via Pluto content and 'sudden endings possibly with a young person through news received or short journeys undertaken' (ex: 'Billy'?). And since Matt and Ross Duffer were born after season 3's opening date of November 6, 1983, their natal Uranus @13Sag07, erratic planet of futurism, odd or unusual happenings, disruption, and/or separation, qualifies as a transit to the 1983 Jupiter position (13Sag29) which suggests broadened intellectual horizons, genius, unusual types of training, travel, and/or heading down entirely new paths. Synchronistically, and personalized to them, a solar eclipse in the 3 South series will again manifest on December 26, 2019 @4Capricorn06 conjunct protective Jupiter (5Cap20) which by transit happens to conjoin the Moon's Saturnian South Node (8Cap22), aka, the tail of the dragon, an undulating 'tail' which can have a nasty habit of swiping things away like some sort of hideous alien creature most often found in a sci-fi/horror fan's worst nightmare.

Midpoint Pictures quoted or paraphrased: The Combination of Stellar Influences, Reinhold Ebertin (other midpoint sources may also apply); Solar Eclipse themes: Predictive Astrology, Bernadette Brady.


Jun 28, 2019

Keanu Reeves' natal chart: Saturn-Pluto

Not to worry his millions of fans but to inform: if you check out the (rectified) natal horoscope of actor Keanu Reeves (RR: C) you'll note his Venus-Mars conjunction in Cancer along with Moon in mid-Cancer for they are all within orb of opposition from transit Saturn and Pluto, two karmic heavyweights set to conjoin @22Cap46 on January 12, 2020! (chart shown set for Washington DC).

That's a boatload of difficult energies for anyone to manage and I hope the popular Mr. Reeves will weather the storm/s via other more favorable transits to his natal planets using some solid inborn abilities of his own. Plus, conscious awakening, a function of Uranus the Awakener, does seem to be a theme with him (at least in his films) and astrological Uranus has that futurist-tech-science vibe, as you know.

Now, in case you're one of the few Matrix fans who've missed it so far, here's a link to a trailer for The Matrix 4: Revival (2020), a film that, from the looks of it, promises to be as freakily disturbing as any futuristic sci-fi fan could want it to be! And of course, you know that all that Cancer energy in Keanu's natal chart is perfect for starring in such films because 'The Matrix' is totally a maternal-lunar Cancer sort of thing. So perhaps the combined Saturn-Pluto energies relate in part to the harsh dystopian quality of The Matrix films.

Any thoughts?

Above image from The Matrix days: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Keanu.jpg


Jun 16, 2019

Sacred Geometry and Saturn Stations - David Cochrane

Here's a tutorial by expert astrologer David Cochrane concerning Saturn Stations, Retrograde and Direct, and the karmic Timekeeper planet's curiously intriguing association with the number 108: