Mar 16, 2018

March 2018 New and Full Moons w Mars to Capricorn

Tomorrow, March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day) at 12:40:22 pm edt, transit Mars enters the Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn and a shift of energy occurs within the Collective--quite a different energy from the just-ended sojourn of Mars through Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius.

The shift into the more controlled sign of Capricorn where me-first Mars is considered 'exalted' due to an improved ability to make efficient use of Mars' energy and direct or channel it for more fruitful results tends to increase ambition and heighten a sense of reality which these days is a much-needed outcome. The will to achieve may also be heightened along with a zeal for work and concentrated effort. Sober thought and planning will be rewarded where due but cautions include the need to avoid engaging in egoism, defiance, over-estimation of one's abilities or strength, and stubbornness in order to gain the best results. Saturnian traits are emphasized since transit Saturn now plods through it own sign of Capricorn.

On St. Patrick's Day 2018, the energy shift of Mars into Capricorn occurs 1 degree or so after the perfection of a New Moon @26Pis53 and it's a New Moon conjoined in transit by centaur Chiron (the wounded healer) and asteroid Nemesis (the unbeatable foe; divine retribution). And since a New Moon is capable of energizing the Collective in similar fashion to a Solar Eclipse (though perhaps not as influentially or disruptively), a need for spiritual regeneration and an attention to karmic possibilities may be prevalent. Transit Mars squares the New Moon which suggests energy blockages or obstacles strewn along the path, or even spotlighting potential motives which can blind us to our true purposes or block our realistic perceptions.

Yet well-directed efforts make karmic progress possible now even as tr Mars approaches tr Saturn, a conjunction perfecting in early April. The typical advice at a New Moon is to plant new seeds and make plans and these deserve the focus of our most serious intentions for if authentic, our plans will flourish at the Full Moon in Libra on the morning of the very last day of March @10Lib44.

For additional cosmic details, the following are the rounded-up Sabian Symbols of the degrees mentioned in this post including potential obstacles strewn along our paths toward karmic progress:

Mars 1Capricorn = "An Indian Chief Claims Power From the Assembled Tribe"..."Keynote: The power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership"; this Symbol refers to "the capacity latent in every individual to claim and assume AUTHORITY in a vital group-situation." As a member of the Flower Power Generation, this sounds to me like Power to the People!

New Moon 27Pisces = "A Harvest Moon Illumines a Clear Autumnal Sky"..."Keynote: The light of fulfillment that blesses work well done." This "karmic moment--the seed of the new cyclic manifestation is already latent...CONSUMMATION." Sounds as if someone's plans and intentions have been set in motion at a previous time, perhaps prior to the March 17th New Moon and these may be hidden from view by the secretive, surreptitious, and veiling energies of Neptunian Pisces. Of course, the New Moon may time a stage or phase of a process already in motion.

Full Moon 11Libra = "A Professor Peering Over His Glasses at His Students"..."Keynote: Problems attending the transmission of knowledge in a special cultural setup. This rather peculiar symbol"..."reveals a rather humorous approach to what man's mind can accomplish at this stage." But there's no reason to characterize it sentimentally as "a kind old professor"...for it deals with "professorship...being able to transfer to the young generation the vast sum of knowledge accumulated by the past." This Symbol refers to the "teaching of accumulated collective knowledge" and, "This is what INSTRUCTION means--a process not to be confused with 'education'." This Symbol also mentions strained eyes which always suggests the function of intuition ('3rd eye') and the ability to see things clearly. In this case, teachers and professors of all stripes have to "look above this knowledge" and "see his students simply as human beings."

Perhaps this relates at least in part to our current tragic conditions in, and assaults upon, the US school system, from Mars-infused assailants with weapons and internally from government officials and corporatists determined to privatize our schools for their own selfish profit.

And note that the "problems attending the transmission of knowledge" may be described by the blocking energies of the square from Mars in Capricorn, sign of government, law, and business, to both the March 17th Pisces New Moon and to the March 31st Full Moon in Libra when Mars and Saturn will be nearly conjunct (7 to 9Capricorn) and thereby forming a very dynamic T-Square with Sun and Moon which suggests potentials for the realization of joint objectives for some, but renunciation and/or separation for others.

Sabian Symbols courtesy of Dane Rudhyar's An Astrological Mandala.

Images: drawings, Path to Blue Tree Castle and an incomplete version of a new effort, 11 Planets. Both may be found on one of my art gallery blogs Secret Moon Art as inspired by the Pisces Moon of yours truly!

Feb 12, 2018

Wedding Day Astrology: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed

Photo: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Christmas Day 2017; By Mark Jones [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

If you haven't, you may want to check out the natal horoscopes of Rachel Meghan Markle and that of Henry Charles Albert David--Prince Harry -- hers, Rodden Rating AA (BC/BR in hand), his, RR A (from news reports).

For royal wedding details try the BBC.

A few planetary basics of their natal charts include:

Actress Meghan born August 4, 1982 4:46 am PDT Canoga Park, CA with Sun 12Leo00, Moon 4Lib54 (sextile), ASC 24Can17; Moon in Libra rules; Prince Harry born September 15, 1984 4:20 pm GDT Paddington, UK with Sun 22Vir57, Moon 21Tau20 (trine), ASC 11Cap21; Saturn rules (which is appropriate for a royal expected to behave a certain proscribed way). Personality-wise she is an exciting Fire-Air combo of energies while he is a practical double Earth blend.

The royal wedding ceremony is to begin on May 19, 2018 at precisely 12:00 GMT in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle with the Sun (husband) in late Taurus and the Moon (wife) around 22-23 Cancer. The two signs are sextile, a beneficial relationship which should make for a comfortable and well-supplied home. (Personal note: my parents had this exact Sun combo! He gardened, she baked). Yet all marriages require adjustments to be made, even royal ones and we see this on May 19, 2018 for the romantic love bird duo, Mars and Venus, are inconjunct which suggests such adjustments will be needed and concessions required. Resentment and victimization can be involved with a Venus-Mars inconjunct relationship but hopefully the couple have previously worked out such potentials for one partner cannot always be the one who concedes and 'does the favor' and this is where resentment may interfere with harmony.

Note that their May 19th ceremony occurs with the Sun in Taurus, Harry's Moon sign, and Moon in Cancer conjoining Meghan's Ascendant. Jupiter in Scorpio leads a Locomotive shape of all the planets on that day so much success and good fortune are to be expected. Plus, their marriage begins under the auspices of the 1 South February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse @27Aquarius with its themes of 'flooded with ideas and options' (Brady); humanitarian work (AQ) is certain be a focus of the couple.

As for the Wedding Day blend of Sun Taurus-Moon Cancer with its gentle Venus-Moon vibes, we see a romantic partnership that nurtures and likes to be thought well of. Family and childhood are very important to this pair and I suspect such matters will be in the news quite soon after May (if not before! Cancer = the mother). It appears that Meghan may be on the sentimental side while Harry is more common-sense-oriented and down-to-earth. Together strongly domestic, this is a great 'nest-building' combination! Creative and imaginative, the two will have a diplomatic approach to others and each will be a reliable and loyal partner for the other although a strain of stubborn prejudice may turn up now and then.

All in all this is a very caring combination so let's close with three 'Images for Integration' from the Harveys' book Sun Sign Moon Sign for they illustrate the Sun Taurus-Moon Cancer partnership of Prince Harry and his soon-to-be-bride Meghan Markle well:

"A baker undertakes to feed an orphanage...Dr. Spock teaching mothers how to bring up their children...Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake."

Sending them wishes for their lasting happiness!

Feb 10, 2018

Feb 2018 Solar Eclipse: Karmic Progress?

Yes, An Aquarian Solar Eclipse Can Inspire Karmic Progress!

On Thursday February 15, 2018, a Solar Eclipse manifests @27AQ07 in the 1 South Saros Series. For those who use the late afternoon 'Sibly chart' as America's natal horoscope (Sag rising), this is the degree of our national Moon.

For this reason I have termed it the 'We The People' Solar Eclipse on my Political Astrology site Stars Over Washington. Tap or click to see the eclipse chart set for Washington DC but caution: you'll run smack dab into Politics if you do! Anyway, note that this eclipse opposes the natal Mars of Donald Trump (@26Leo and rising with royal star Regulus) and given his legal turmoil and street fighting abilities (born with Mars rising in Sun-ruled Leo), this 'wild card of the Universe' (aka, a 'cosmic blink') may interrupt current programming as eclipses so often do.

Yet this manifestation in the 1 South series is only a partial eclipse so it is not as strong or influential as a Total Eclipse would be (as in August 2017!). Also the February eclipse will not be visible in the US which is another weakening factor in astrological considerations. (See EclipseWise for more details.)

Of course the Lunar Eclipse 'mate' of the February 15 Solar Eclipse manifested on January 31, 2018 @11Leo37 (DC horoscope shown but post is also tainted by Politics, that "organized system of hatreds"; the two eclipses affect the Leo-Aquarius self-will axis. This pertains especially to those whose natal planets and/or angles are targeted by cosmic blinks (the January Lunar Eclipse hit Trump's natal Pluto, planet of power, wealth, manipulation...and coping ability).

Karmic Progress in Society

In general, we may expect opportunities for karmic progress to exist during the eclipse season of the 1 South (for at least 5 months from February 15, 2018 which takes us to the next Solar Eclipse of July 13, 2018 @21Cancer in the 2 Old North Saros Series--also a partial, and the Prenatal Eclipse under which Donald Trump was born). Themes of 2 Old North? Bad news, plus relationship difficulties and endings (Brady).

So when an eclipse occurs in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius, open-mindedness and a timely, well-directed approach to karmic conditions are spotlighted. The past is considered a key to solutions and needs, and when desired can act as a guide to future development--if rash, ill-considered actions are avoided. Misdirected goals and misguided motives won't help conditions either so our targets must be genuine if we expect improvement--no major surgery for mosquito bites please! Additionally, projection of our own traits and complexes upon others (as Trump is prone to do) will only exacerbate our problems and will lead to regressive policies in society (as the GOP of 1854 prefers!). Karmic debts accumulate when "whimsical changes and contradictory efforts" are applied instead of adopting the appropriate "innovative solutions geared to fit the situation to which they are directed" (quoting Rose Lineman).

Now the last three degrees of Leo and Aquarius are typically considered to be astrological degrees so we may see Astrology highlighted or in the news more than usual during the 2018 solar eclipse season of the 1 South. Its themes are 'flooded with ideas or options' (Brady) so let's fervently hope that inspired ideas and options bring a period of much needed karmic progress to America and to the rest of the world!

Now for a more personal overview of the February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse in Aquarius and its potential effects, you won't want to miss Libra Seeking Balance's insightful post!

Jan 22, 2018

Three Astrologers' Predictions for 2018

With January 2018 nearing an end, across the web are several astrologers' prognostications for the year 2018. Here for your consideration are three recommended presentations in no particular order:

First, is expert astrologer Barbara Goldsmith who takes us from 2018 into 2019:

Then for a Vedic Astrology perspective check out Sam Geppi's 2018 report:

And for the wild and daring, how about a 2018 report based on Nostradamus predictions?

Dec 31, 2017

A Death Horoscope for Amy Robsart Dudley

Amy Robsart Dudley by William Frederick Yeames (1877); public domain

Of Rumors, Scandals, Eclipses, and a Symbolic Horoscope of a Mysterious Death

by Jude Cowell

One of the more famous cold cases of the Western world is that of Amy Robsart Dudley's mysterious death on September 8, 1560 at Cumnor Place, Norfolk, England. A rival of Queen Elizabeth I for the attentions of Lord Robert Dudley, Amy's husband, the mystery is well known and well documented through the centuries. Perhaps Forensic Astrology can provide a few clues concerning the event if not the name or names of the culprit/s. A few basic rules relating to death charts are listed, below.

Lady Amy Robsart was born June 7, 1532 (OS) in Norfolk, England during an unknown hour. At noon that day, her Sun was @25Gemini and Moon @12Leo. And since the Moon remained in solar-ruled Leo for the entire 24-hour period--assuming that her date of birth is correct--Amy was born under the influence of Sun Gem-Moon Leo, a crackling 'live wire' Air-Fire combination of energies and a signature of the 'eternal child'. This personality blend reveals her to have been 'fussy about her love life' and an 'ideas person' (Harveys). By comparison, Elizabeth Tudor was a more practical, common sense sort of woman with a double Earth blend of Virgo and Taurus.

Lord Robert Dudley was born June 24, 1532 in London (RR: DD) so his and Amy's natal planetary positions are quite similar but with her Sun in Gemini, his in Cancer, and her Moon in Leo, his in late Pisces. His natal Moon conjoins Amy's natal Neptune which shows that theirs was a rosy romance, at least at the outset but other links were needed for stability. It is well known that the couple married for love a few days prior to their 18th birthdays on June 4, 1550 (OS). Later on Lord Robert Dudley married a second time to Lettice Knollys, and he died September 4, 1588 at Cornbury, England of unspecified causes, 28 years after first wife Amy's mysterious demise.

Queen Elizabeth I was born on September 7, 1532 (OS) with Sun @24Vir03 and Moon @7Tau33 and her natal chart (RR: AA) may be viewed at if you're curious about the 'Virgin Queen' whose natal Sun was, after all, in Virgo, sign of The Virgin. Yet rumors of her bearing five children with Dudley, her favorite companion, have circulated through the years and one of them is said to have been (Sir) Francis Bacon which implies that he was actually a Tudor. Well, I'm not certain of his true parentage though you'll find some interesting details online, plus, you'll also find his natal chart here (RR: C) and that he was born in early 1561, a few months after Amy's death. If Elizabeth I is his mother, she was pregnant with baby Francis when Amy died, a fact that could be significant to the mystery. View their natal charts side by side at Sir There her chart shows 16Capricorn rising which is the first ASC I used for her until finding the earlier Ascendant of 6Capricorn at astrodatabank. ASC 16Cap brings asteroid Tisiphone with it which seems to fit her well with its penchant for retaliation. Do you see this daughter of Henry VIII as a Tisiphone figure?

Here's one documentary worth checking out if you haven't: Elizabeth I: Killer Queen.

Now as you know, several plausible theories for the cause and perpetrator of Amy's death may be found in books, articles, blogs, and websites if you're curious. Actually, you'll find a lot of information in the Elizabeth Files on Amy Robsart Dudley's death, plus, on other topics such as Elizabeth I and Lord Robert Dudley as possible murder suspects. Of course, one of Elizabeth's creatures, William Cecil (Dudley's rival for Elizabeth's favor) is said to have had a motive for killing Amy for the scandals and whispers concerning her death meant that Dudley and Elizabeth could never marry since it was thought that Elizabeth would never risk her reputation and royal crown by marrying Dudley once such a scandal tainted his own reputation. Thus, Cecil would retain his influence over the Queen and thereby maintain his honored position. In fact, William Cecil went on to become a very wealthy fellow.

Some Synchronicitous Astro-Curiosities

An intriguing cosmic synchronicity is shown in the horoscope, below, for Queen Elizabeth I ('QEI') had a Lunar Return (7Tau33) on the very day that Amy Robsart Dudley was killed, or should I say, murdered? There are many chart factors squished onto the chart (sorry!) but hopefully the image can be enlarged and/or printed for reading details. Sabian Symbols which include children, mothers, and such are noted and there are several. Was QEI expecting? Was Amy?

One primary example is wounded Chiron, apex of the brutally violent Mars-Pluto opposition across the Virgo-Pisces victim-savior axis (highlighted in red) which forms a dynamic, forceful T-Square pointing toward Chiron @8Sag44 which is rising in the behind-the-scenes 12th house of Karma and Politics--rounded up for Chiron (the wound; one who needs healing) we have, "A Mother with Her Children on the Stairs"!

Now as you know, Amy was discovered by the household servants returning from a day at the Abingdon Fair--discovered lifeless at the bottom of a staircase on which she allegedly fell, accidentally, the coroner's report said. A side note is that Dudley's natal Siva is conjoined by the 1560 Chiron. Please read the notes, upper right, concerning the Mars-Pluto opposition for more details on this 'brutal assault' pair. And I should also mention that Amy was born under a Mars-Pluto opposition as well but in the 00-1 degree range of Leo-Aquarius, the self-will axis. In fact, with Elizabeth, Dudley, and Amy all born in 1532 and 1533, they shared the same degree of Pluto--00AQ+. But Amy was the one with Mars @1Leo opposing Pluto and her opposition lies upon the 2/8 cusps of Elizabeth's Lunar Return chart.

Not penned on the chart is the fact that creepy Pluto can represent certain powerful figures when we take planets to signify 'actors'. Astrological Pluto can indicate The Pope and though such a theory involving the Vatican isn't mentioned on any of the websites or blogs I've read, or in any of the documentaries I've watched about the event, such a theory isn't completely at odds with the era since Elizabeth I returned England to Protestantism after Bloody Mary's Catholic reign, and for Elizabeth to marry could have meant Protestant offspring in the line of succession, something any Pope might wish to prevent at any cost.

So the destruction of Robert Dudley's reputation--already in tatters from spending all his time with Elizabeth--by assassinating his wife isn't so far out of the realm of possibility. Hence, Pluto orders the murder and Mars executes it--and note that the two planets are precisely at the same degree and minute--9:29 of Virgo and Pisces at the cosmic moment of Elizabeth's September Moon Return. Plus, Taurus rules the Neck, as you know, yet there seems to be some question as to whether Amy's neck was broken in the fall (which the coroner didn't mention). However, two blows to her head could not be disguised, and there's royal Jupiter in Aries, sign of the Head, which also happens to be the sign on the IC of the chart, the Endings-Partings-Death angle. Planets tend to be angular in Death Horoscopes, as you know, and Jupiter is a usual suspect for angularity since he expands what he touches, either positively or negatively, and Amy's ending was significant, I'd have to say, due to its history-changing ability.

Curiously, QEI's natal Moon is at a critical degree (7Taurus) and she isn't free of planetary links to Amy's death. In fact, if this post could be a book, we'd list them all. One of the more significant links is the Ascending degree of 20Sag53 for QEI's natal Jupiter, a planet of royalty and the freedom to do as one wishes, is placed @20Sag06 in her natal 11th house of Groups and Associations--so her Jupiter is rising in this chart. Also, noted on the chart, upper right--Amy was murdered the day after Elizabeth's 27th birthday (her Solar Return). The confluence of QEI's Solar and Lunar Returns occurring within hours of one another marks this time period and year as very significant and eventful for her. So--27 years old--was this day of murder part of QEI's Saturn Return, too? Not quite, for her natal Saturn is in Cancer (23:12, loosely conjunct natal Uranus 17Can13) so Saturn returns in a year or so--on July 7, 1563 to be exact. Some sort of accounting, difficult lesson, and/or regret over past mistakes then arrived for the Queen who, I've heard, preferred others to 'do her dirty work'. Perhaps this was in part because Virgo is the sign of cleanliness and purification, as you know.

Also notable is listed on the chart, lower left: that chart-ruler Jupiter applies to two planets (due to retrogradation, I'm saying Jupiter applies)--first Jupiter opposes Mercury ("22Libra" = "A child giving birds a drink at a fountain"), an aspect that denotes jumping to conclusions before having all the facts, and coming up with grandiose schemes, and second, Jupiter sextiles Saturn which suggests that opportunities had come along for the execution of previously made plans. Apparently so. We may also wish to note that Mercury is traveling in tandem with asteroid Vesta, the Vestal Virgin.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

So what about disruptive, shocking Uranus, planet of separation? At 17Sco14 (conjunct Return 11th cusp) transit Uranus conjoins both Robert's and Amy's natal Jupiters (both of which are retrograde). Some lucky break or chance is promised by this but Amy's was illusory while Robert's may have been of a sinister variety. (The Prenatal Solar Eclipse of this event in the 13 South Saros series is marked in the 8th house and manifested on August 21, 1560 at 7Vir50--with weapon-wielding soldier Mars at 7Vir02 conjunct and activating the malefic qualities of the solar eclipse. 13 South themes are 'sinister energies underneath', and 'group endeavors, either positive or negative' (paraphrasing Predictive Astrology, B. Brady).

And as noted, a Lunar Eclipse had occurred just 4 days earlier @21Pis40, marked here in 3rd house--lunar activity is perhaps even more to the cosmic point when it comes to a mysterious death with the astrological Moon representing on one level the physical body, and 'a woman', here, in secretive, furtive Pisces. All eclipses are Uranian in nature for they often disrupt, herald shocking events, and act as 'wild cards of the Universe' much as planet Uranus can do.

But let's look again at Pluto in Pisces for the manipulative yet coping planet could represent William Cecil, Robert Dudley, Catholic agents sent from abroad, or domestic activists such as those who were determined to put Mary Queen of Scots on England's throne and assassinate Elizabeth in the process. Distant Pluto tends to operate from some sort of 'ivory tower' in secret or invisibly and has great wealth hidden in dark places--perhaps especially so when in sneaky Pisces. So who could this Pluto represent? An astrology chart only suggests possibilities and this post mentions only some of them yet more clues can be found in the chart, 'tis true, for those who care to look. And of course, Elizabeth as primal instigator is not immune from having plutonian motives.

Because, in case you hadn't noticed, not knowing Amy's exact time of death or when the blows were delivered (from an intruder through the door on the landing?), I'm using Elizabeth's accurately timed Lunar Return Horoscope for September 8, 1560 as a symbolic Death Horoscope for the cruelly victimized Amy Robsart Dudley.

For, perfecting at 1:41:08 pm LMT, Elizabeth's natal Moon does return to natal degree 'after noon', the hour the servants said they left Cumnor Place (except for Mrs. Odingsells) to go to the Fair leaving Amy Dudley alone to meet (North Node) powerful Pluto in a secret tryst of some kind! Tragically, the encounter didn't turn out at all how she wanted.

Yet Amy may have been seriously ill and was said to be depressed so did she despair of her marriage and commit suicide to implicate Robert in scandal and thus prevent his marriage to Elizabeth? Not unless she'd figured out how to forcefully bash herself on the head--not once, but twice! Now how likely is that?


Forensic Astrology: Conditions and Afflictions Especially When Angular

The Ascendant is the victim or the crime so its state, quality, and aspects must be noted

Moon = danger and matters that go badly via aspects, critical degrees, angularity

Mars = violence, bloodshed, assaults or attacks, brutal force, weapons

Jupiter expands either positively or negatively and is often active by angularity

Saturn = cruelty, injury, stoppage, loss, and/or death

Uranus = sudden catastrophic or shocking events, upheaval, disruption, separation

Neptune = deceit, confusion, hidden factors, poison, fumes, addiction and/or overdose, dissolution of a body

Pluto = destruction, sabotage, assassination, mass murder, a hidden 'boss' who orders or directs the action or crime, and/or who funds it.

South Node of the Moon = separation, karmic conditions of a Saturnian nature, inherited dependencies or behaviors that are no longer useful in present situations.

Also note that Saturn through Pluto are karmic planets that bring the harvest of what was previously sown, perhaps from the distant past.

Dec 27, 2017

Dream Analysis and Astrology's Age Points

How Important It Is To Know Thyself!

For decades, my friend John Grove has been a psychotherapist, and an astrologer since 1972. It occurs to me that you may want to check out his book Life Passages: When Age Point Aspects and Dreams Collide in which each of the 12 houses of a horoscope equate to 6-year periods of a lifetime for a total of 72 years.

Using the houses of one's natal horoscope to dream analysis adds depth of understanding to important times, themes, even crises of our lives that only the excellent timing device we call 'Astrology' can provide. For we all live within the cycles of the Great Cosmic Clock set in motion at Creation and we know that to everything there is a time and a season for every purpose under Heaven!

Now here's John speaking on the very topic of Age Points and Dream Analysis:

And if you're curious, here's a brief biography of pioneering Swiss astrologer Bruno Huber.

Dec 24, 2017

Ophelia: the lady and the asteroid

John Everett Millais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Somehow in life I had been unaware until today that there is such a thing as an Ophelia Complex or Syndrome. Reading Shakespeare's works was not unknown to me for I suppose most students of a certain age and some of the adults they grow into have read his plays and sonnets at some point or another. After all, isn't Hamlet too famous to ignore?! And his fiance, Ophelia, was tragically lost as the play proceeds--drowned, in fact, something that I noticed quite closely since I'd had two near-drowning experiences in childhood--the first in a mountain lake, the second at an indoor pool on the UGA campus--suddenly pushed in the deep end by a neighbor boy old enough to know better and who didn't know if I could swim or not (I couldn't).

As in Shakespeare's play, perhaps my shoving culprit acted as a 'Hamlet' figure...the madman who drove Ophelia to her tragic fate.

The reason Ophelia has come to visit me today is that I've been investigating asteroids, TNOs, and Centaurs in my natal chart, ran across the soggy lady's number (171), and discovered the asteroid's position on the evening I entered the Earthly Flux. Is 'she' significant to any of my natal planets? Yes! On that evening Ophelia @13Cancer opposed my natal Sun in Capricorn in the 4th house of Endings. And of course, in Astrology, our Suns represent such things as vitality (drowning would definitely oppose and interfere with that), purpose or Life's Goal (negated if 'Hamlet' had succeeded), and adult personality (or at least my version of one!).

And so I believe my fortunate reprieve from a watery Ophelian destiny (which of course may be eventually fulfilled--is 'three the charm'?) is attributable to the presence of my Guardian Angel who has miraculously rescued me from various death-tinged scrapes through the years. And speaking astrologically, I'd say that such a saving grace is found in my natal Sun's close conjunction to Jupiter, planet of guardianship and protection, with a little help from a natal Moon-Jupiter sextile, an aspect which expert astrologer Alan Oken describes as the "ray of hope"!

Your thoughts? No?

Well, if you have an asteroid's or other celestial object's number, why not plug in your natal particulars at and find out what conjoins or opposes your natal planets and chart angles? And while you're there, say Hello to asteroid Shakespeare #2985 for me!

Dec 17, 2017

Happy New Year 2018! says a Cancer Full Moon

As you've noticed by now, New Years' Day 2018 brings a Full Moon @11Can37 which spotlights the Sabian Symbol for '12Cancer': "A Chinese Woman Nursing a Baby with a Message."

Below is a rendition drawn some years ago to represent 12 Cancer, although the 'woman' in the word picture doesn't necessarily have to be depicted as Chinese--any nationality of mother or child, even Jesus Christ--may apply because the message is the message and 'the mother' can represent Planet Earth:

And thus it seems that the Cosmos has a message for us as 2018 begins--something related to the fulfillment-culmination stage of development (Full Moon) which was seeded at the last New Moon of December 18, 2017 @26Sag31 (exact at 1:30 am est and conjunct Galactic Center, now @27Sag03) so let's see what Rudhyar and Jones reveal about the symbol for 12 Cancer...

In An Astrological Mandala, Dane Rudhyar gives 12 Cancer this Keynote: "The revelation of latent worth in an experience once it is seen in its deeper meaning." The Keyword is..."REVELATION." Sounds like hindsight could be suggested here echoing back to the December 18, 2017 New Moon at Galactic Center. Perhaps a new space discovery? Or a novel astrological insight or realization? Environmental damage such as toxins? Some dastardly plan being hatched by politicians against We The People? (Please pardon that the Full Moon link, above, leads to Stars Over Washington where the January 1, 2018 Full Moon horoscope is set for DC for purposes of Political Astrology).

Then in his book The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Marc Edmund Jones gives the positive and negative expressions of '12 Cancer' as, 'Positive: a gift for bringing the more Godlike resources or superior powers of self to a point of real community service'...and the 'Negative' (unconscious/shadow side--jc) expression as 'completely unreasonable demands for recognition.'

Well, since all Full Moons (or astrological Luna in general) can trigger publicity and public relations, it may be instructive to watch what's top of the news cycle on Monday December 18, 2017 and again on New Year's Day 2018 in case once again the Cosmos has a particularly enlightening message to share with Mankind as resource-hogging corporatists and others are busy destroying Planet Earth and the environment we depend on for sustenance. Mama!

And in case you missed it, expert astrologer Melanie Reinhart's article on Galactic Center and the Centaurs is a must-read!

Dec 4, 2017

When Progressed Moon Joins Natal Ascendant

Come Spring 2018, the Secondary Progressed (SP) Moon of yours truly will conjoin natal Ascendant so I decided to mosey around the Internet to see what other astrologers think about this rather rare conjunction. It seems that "many changes are in store," says astrologer Sophia Mason, author of Delineations in Progressions and it will be the wrong time to be self-conscious. Apparently I may be leading with my emotions and speaking from the heart with total honesty, something this Saturn-ruled Sun Capricorn tends to do and often with more Saturnian honesty than some folk can easily handle.

It's been years since SP-Moon-to-natal-Ascendant last occurred so as a 'Saturnian astrologer' I will be interested to see how this realism-promoting situation turns out though of course transits and other planetary considerations must also be applied for a fuller picture!

Now if you're curious, you may wish to check out Cafe Astrology for more info on Aspects of the SP Moon.

Nov 14, 2017

Composites and Astrocartography by Robert Cosmar

For astrologers, the accuracy of our astrology software must be depended upon so that we can be certain we're providing to others correct information. Here is a link to an informative 8-minute presentation posted to YouTube on November 10, 2017 concerning software in relation to Composites and Astrocartography charts and is presented by astrologer Robert Cosmar.

Now I don't know if you, dear reader, ever generate either type of chart or use them for relationship information or location advice but Robert's presentation sheds light upon the topic and comes highly recommended!


image: detail from Saffron Sees Stars; copyright by jude cowell art

Nov 7, 2017

Astrology's 12th House: There Be Monsters!

Dreams, Progressions, and the Astrological Twelfth House of the Unconscious

by Jude Cowell

Of all the houses in a natal horoscope, the Piscean 12th house is the most mysterious, occult (hidden), and spiritual of them all. Difficult to consciously access as its hidden material may be, planets and signs on the cusp and within the 12th house reveal tendencies that open the Unconscious for better analysis so with Neptune now floating through its own sign of Pisces, Let's consider a few things about the 12th house in particular here on Jude Cowell Astrology as one of the Psychological Water Houses (4th, 8th, 12th). In fact, when I first began full time study of Astrology in 1996 it was 12th house information that resonated with me and revealed secrets--perhaps because I do have a certain planet therein which rules my Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. That's quite a massive amount of 12th house baggage, don't you agree?

Dreams of Wisps and Symbols Can Reveal Our Deepest Darkest Monsters

Associated with oceanic Neptune, we often 'feel' or intuit hidden 12th house material when we dream of the ocean or other bodies of water for these symbols represent the Unconscious and mask or reveal images that attempt to rise up to conscious awareness (if we remember our dreams). Have you ever had a dream where you come out of the ocean, walk along a beach or other shoreline, or find yourself swimming in a pool? How close you were to your own Unconscious! Writing down in a journal all you remember upon awakening and keeping a record over a period of time is a valuable practice for your dream symbols will surprise you with important information about your motives, wishes, and/or the ways in which you undo yourself. Plus, they may perhaps identify a secret enemy or two lurking in the shadows. And of course, repeating themes and symbols in dreams are of special significance if we listen and closely consider the archetypes involved.

Yes, in dreams someone is trying to tell us something--and it's ourselves!

Another method for knowing ourselves is to study cosmic and real world events, progressions, planetary returns, etc, which impacted us at or around the age of 3. Here's a website that asserts that babies do not dream of themselves until the age of 3: Dream Dictionary where you can look up your dream symbols.

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 will 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.

Now as you know, all Progressions issue from the natal chart when our personal cosmic clocks begin to tick the moment we enter Earth's physical plane. With Secondary Progressions, the first 82 days of life are key to our understanding and can reveal 'time links' between the three qualities while denoting whether an unconscious issue was initiated on the mental plane or the emotional plane. In Tertiary Progressions it's the first three years after birth, and in Minor Progressions it's the first 6 years of life. These time frames involve aspects, retrograde periods, eclipses, and other methods of determining what's going on 'under the hood' of our consciousness.

Yet the information supplied by Secondary-Tertiary-Minor Progressions does not replace that revealed by a study of 12th house planets, signs and their rulers, aspects, and such but enhance our understanding of ourselves (Know Thyself!) Of course, South Node and North Node details are pertinent as well for the South Node identifies where we unconsciously fall back on traits and behaviors that once 'did the trick' or helped to solve (or avoid) problems. Inherited talents and traits are found there as well, yet a caution at the South Node is relying upon what worked in the past and expecting a better outcome in the present. As you know, this is the very definition of neurosis! And much can be learned about childhood events and complexes by studying the natal 12th house and planets associated with it. My suspicion is that many clues concerning family Genealogy lurk in the 12th house as well and network through the entire chart via sign and house ruler ship, aspects to planets in other houses, etc. In fact, family myths and inheritance is what this particular Saturnian astrologer sees there--no fantastical 'past lives' please!

Add the information found in the Psychological 4th and 8th houses--and in the rest of the chart--and the brilliance of Astrology as a system for self-knowledge becomes readily apparent along with the factor that no other system of analysis can supply--the element of Time which provides us with valuable information such as how long periods of difficulty, hardship, or benefits will last and how best to navigate or utilize their influences upon our waking lives.

Related: Those Unruly Tricksters of the 12th House.

Image: not really a monster--it's a drawing of 'H's Cat' by Holden age 5

Oct 20, 2017

October 20 2017: Return of the Orionid Meteors

Friday October 20, 2017: Yes, this weekend it's time for the Orionid Meteor Shower again! Or rather, it's time for the Earth to pass through the dusty debris of Halley's Comet.

As previously noted, constellation Orion sits upon the Midheaven of my natal horoscope so in honor of its symbolic spiritual meanings, here's a reprint from another of my blogs, Stars Over Washington, with a little ancient Egyptian poetry included for the benefit of all:

You sleep that you may wake

You die that you may live.

-Egyptian pyramid text

Do you know that there are those who believe that Christ's Second Coming will be from the direction of the Belt of Orion? (edit: Orion's Belt is a Star Gate, says Adrian Gilbert in his fascinating book Signs in the Sky).

This easy-to-spot constellation contains Betelgeuse (Alpha Orion--mentioned in Scripture; keywords: success which is unhindered.)

Constellation Orion also contains Rigel (Beta Orion), keywords: to bring knowledge to others; the educator; the ruler; ambition.

Rigel is the brightest star in Orion, while Betelgeuse (Orion's armpit, or right hand; keywords: charisma and success) is second brightest, and Bellatrix (the left shoulder) is third.

Keywords for Bellatrix, his left shoulder: success through the shadow.

Other stars in Orion: Mintaka = the belt; Alnilam = the middle star in the belt; Alnitak = the third star in the belt; Saiph = the right thigh; Thabit = the sword.

So there we have Orion, the hunter, the immortal god, the giant. He is linked with everlasting fame, success, martial honor, changeability, and sometimes rashness. In a natal chart, much depends on which planets and angles a star is links with (parans) and their expressions in the life may be either positive or negative. Conjoining eclipses can trigger their potentials into activation as can planets or conjunctions by transit.

Greek stories about Orion echo Egyptian Mythology for their tales of him have the common flavor of Orion going blind or dying and then being reborn through association of some kind with the life-giving Sun.

Here's another snippet from an Egyptian pyramid text, gleaned from Brady's Book of Fixed Stars:

I fly from you, oh men,

I am not for the earth

I am for the sky.

I have soared to the sky as a heaven.

I have kissed the sky as a falcon.

I am the essence of a god,

the son of a god.

Behold the faithful and loving Osiris

has come as the stars of Orion, the Beautiful One.

I have come that I may glorify Orion.

My soul is a star of gold

and with him

I will traverse the sky forever.

So the figure of Orion (Osiris) is an archetype of God and of the Hero's Journey we each are responsible for taking upon this Earth. Hope yours is going where you step...but don't forget to look up!

You may also wish to see The Age of Aquarius: Opening the Star Gate.