Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Winter Solstice nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my friends, followers, and gentle readers of this web log a peaceful solstice time and a happy and prosperous New Year 2015.

Sol InvictusSol Invictus by Jake Baddeley

A NOCTURNAL UPON ST. LUCY’S DAY,
BEING THE SHORTEST DAY.
by John Donne

‘TIS the year’s midnight, and it is the day’s,
Lucy’s, who scarce seven hours herself unmasks ;
The sun is spent, and now his flasks
Send forth light squibs, no constant rays ;
The world’s whole sap is sunk ;
The general balm th’ hydroptic earth hath drunk,
Whither, as to the bed’s-feet, life is shrunk,
Dead and interr’d ; yet all these seem to laugh,
Compared with me, who am their epitaph.

Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring ;
For I am every dead thing,
In whom Love wrought new alchemy.
For his art did express
A quintessence even from nothingness,
From dull privations, and lean emptiness ;
He ruin’d me, and I am re-begot
Of absence, darkness, death—things which are not.

All others, from all things, draw all that’s good,
Life, soul, form, spirit, whence they being have ;
I, by Love’s limbec, am the grave
Of all, that’s nothing. Oft a flood
Have we two wept, and so
Drown’d the whole world, us two ; oft did we grow,
To be two chaoses, when we did show
Care to aught else ; and often absences
Withdrew our souls, and made us carcasses.

But I am by her death—which word wrongs her—
Of the first nothing the elixir grown ;
Were I a man, that I were one
I needs must know ; I should prefer,
If I were any beast,
Some ends, some means ; yea plants, yea stones detest,
And love ; all, all some properties invest.
If I an ordinary nothing were,
As shadow, a light, and body must be here.

But I am none ; nor will my sun renew.
You lovers, for whose sake the lesser sun
At this time to the Goat is run
To fetch new lust, and give it you,
Enjoy your summer all,
Since she enjoys her long night’s festival.
Let me prepare towards her, and let me call
This hour her vigil, and her eve, since this
Both the year’s and the day’s deep midnight is.

Source:
Donne, John. Poems of John Donne. vol I.
E. K. Chambers, ed.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1896. 45-46.

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Capricorn Ingress 2014

2015 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2015. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. If there is doubt about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, the individual birth chart has to be consulted. This will achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this overview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde motion of the planets

Out of Bounds phases

Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits

Other noteworthy phenomena

Solar and lunar eclipses

Solar ingress charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published during the year to come. You may also follow my daily updates on twitter, @StarsAndStones. For personal requests, please see my list of astrological services. I can also be contacted via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2015.

Mercury Rx

will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements.

Mercury will be retrograde

in Aquarius between 22 January and 12 February,
in Gemini between 20 May and 11 June,
in Libra between 18 September and 10 October.

Venus Rx

in Virgo retrograde Venus will test our faithfulness and will also highlight problems first encountered in past relationships. Later on, in Leo, retrograde Venus will increase the urge of those who have been unfaithful, hedonistic or squandering to go return to their old ways.

Venus will be retrograde between 1 August and 7 September.

Jupiter Rx

will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion.

Jupiter will remain retrograde in Leo until 9 April.

Retrograde Jupiter in Leo brings a sober note to our search for inner truth. In this introspective time, we may realise that vanity, negligence and suppression of our emotional life are not helpful if we want to find our true self.

Saturn Rx

in Sagittarius and Scorpio will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close.

Saturn will be retrograde in Scorpio between 15 March until 3 August.

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Out of Bounds

When Planets exceed the 23°27’ area of the Sun’s max declination, north or south, they are called “Out of Bounds.”

During these times, the OOB Planets will be out of the Sun’s control; therefore a heightened activity of all themes corresponding with the appropriate planets can be expected.

Mercury will be OOB between:

3 May and 19 May
28 November and 25 December

Venus will be OOB between:

18 April and 1 June

Mars will be OOB between:

6 June and 17 July

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Sign Ingress

Jupiter will move into Virgo on 11 August
Saturn Rx will move back into Scorpio on 15 June and, once moving direct again, will return into Sagittarius on 18 September.
The North Lunar Node will move into Virgo on 12 November

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Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will square Saturn again on 3 August.

Saturn will be sextile North Lunar Node and trine South Lunar Node on 30 September.

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Venus trine Jupiter

On 4 March

Venus conjunct Jupiter

On 25 October, the two bright planets will be visible within 1 degree of each other in the early morning sky.

Venus conjunct Mars

On 22 February, 1 September and 3 November

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipse on 20 March in 29* 27’ Pisces.
This eclipse may be of immediate importance to  Brazil. Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia may also be affected at a later date.

Partial solar eclipse on 13 September in 20*10’ Virgo.
This eclipse may be of immediate importance to the Canary Islands, Mauritania and Guinea. India and parts of Russia may also be affected at a later date.

Lunar Eclipses

Total lunar eclipse on 4 April, Moon in 14*24’ Libra, Sun in 14*24’ Aries.
This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to The USA and Canada.

Total lunar eclipse on 28 September, Moon in 4*40’ Aries, Sun in 4*40’ Libra
This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Canada.

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Ingress Charts

2015 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom

Aries Ingress 2015 London

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2015.

Solar Ingress 2014 London

From the chart above, we can see that Mercury will be the Lord of the Year. Being Lord of the 10th house, he is prominently positioned near the 4th house cusp. He is also debilitated by detriment and fall and square Saturn, the greater malefic.

Main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning communal finances and business in general. The ingress chart shows that debilitated Mercury is squaring Saturn in the 1st house. This indicates more financial restrictions and continued economic hardship for most of the population.

A detailed analysis of the Aries ingress chart will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2015 Solar Ingress for the European Union

Aries Ingress 2015 Brux

The Aries ingress chart cast for Brussels and therefore representative for the European Union does not significantly differ from the ingress chart for the United Kingdom. With fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2015.

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2015 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

Aries Ingress 2015 Washington

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With a common sign rising, this chart is valid for six months. The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter.

Aries Ingress 2104 Washington

From the chart above, we can see that  the Sun will be Lord of the Revolution. Bonatti writes about the Sun being Lord of the Revolution in the 7th house, that:

“it signifies contrariety which will happen to the vulgar from noble or great men or kings”. (Bonatti, Book of Astronomy, p960)

A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States will be posted on my web log in due course.

Solar Eclipse 23 October 2014

On 23 October 2014, at 21:56UT, there will be a partial solar eclipse. The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 00*24′ Scorpio.

Although only a partial eclipse, this event is of importance, as it will be widely visible from Canada and the USA. The penumbral shadow will first be visible near the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia. Later on, much of North America will be treated to a partial eclipse. The greatest visible eclipse occurs at 21:44UT in Canada, near the Prince of Wales Island, and a sunset eclipse will be visible from the eastern half of the USA and Canada (except for the far northeast).

This eclipse is part of Saros cycle 153, being the 9th eclipse of 70. The series began on 28 July 1870 with a string of 13 partial eclipses.

The map below shows visibility of the eclipse:

2014 October Solar Eclipse vis map

The astrological chart, cast for Manila, shows the event:

Solar Eclipse 23 Oct 2014 Manila

In his Annus Tenebrosus, or the Dark Year, the famous 17th century astrologer William Lilly presents a method of eclipse delineation, including an interpretation of the effects of solar and lunar eclipses, occurring in each decanate of the Zodiac. As this solar eclipse takes place in the first decanate of Scorpio, Lilly’s aphorism is as follows:

“… it moves and raises warlick tumults, murthers, dissentions, captivities, and cherishes underhand practices, or plots of Treason.”

If we have a look at the eclipse’s path of angularity, we can see the following:

2014 October Solar Eclipse ASC DC map

The map above shows that the solar eclipse will be of quite immediate importance for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and North Korea. Parts of China and Russia may also be affected. The eclipse point will be in the first decanate of Scorpio, suggesting Mars to be the eclipse ruler. Although usually seen as the Lesser Malefic, Mars is essentially dignified by Term rulership, which may lessen his negative impact to a degree. He is also conjunct fixed star Etanin. Lilly calls this “the cloudy star in the eye of the Dragon” and connects it with the danger of “wounds, contentions, or bruisings in the head. He also knows to beware of Guns, Pikes, slings, the kicks of Bulls or Horses, and the deceit of enemies”.

William Lilly also tells us about Mars being Lord of the Eclipse:

“… her generally is the cause of corruption in regard of his too much dryness, and this especially when he is in a fiery Sign. […] he stirs up Wars, Seditions, intestine risings, and tumults, imprisonment, banishment, besieging and taking towns and cities. […] men suddenly arraigned, condemned and beheaded”

In connection with illnesses, he writes to expect:

” … Tertian Fevers, acute diseases, corruption of blood, […] violent, untimely, and the sudden death of young men.”

With the recent flurry of beheadings in connection with the so called new Islamic Caliphate, this could indicate bad news indeed, as we have to take into consideration that this solar eclipse will not only have an immediate effect on the population of the places mentioned above, but could also affect the USA and Canada in a few months’ time.

What also needs to be looked at is the fact that Venus is conjunct the eclipse point. She is essentially debilitated by detriment, peregrine and combust. Being the natural significator of women, I think that we will have to extend Lilly’s prediction, in the way that women may be at a high risk, too.

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For readers, interested in the personal implications of this eclipse, it might be of interest what William Lilly has to say:

“… Eclipse is more dangerous or pernitious which shall be in the Horoscope or Ascendant of the birth; or which shall be in the degree Ascending in an Annuall Revolution: it portends unto the Native some ominous and mischievous action as unto his body and also in his vital substance.”

And further on:

“… who had in the Radix of his Nativity either the Sun or the Moon in that degree, or in the degree opposite … or in the like degrees … which signs are in Quadrate aspects to the former, or if the degree Culminating in any man’s Nativity was either [the degree of the eclipse or its opposite or square] or within one degree thereof, the native did suffer more or less by the influence of this Eclips; according to the signification of the House of Heaven, wherein the Sun or the Moon was in at the Birth, and was either well fortified or aspected of the benevolent Planets, or ill aspected, or afflicted of the Malevolents.”

For this particular Solar eclipse that means that people with Scorpio rising or culminating, either in their birth chart or in their solar return chart for 2014/15, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore it should be noted if Sun or Moon are closely conjunct the Ascendant or Midheaven. Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

Update (27 September 2014):

Kim Jong-un ‘may be suffering with gout’ as state confirms North Korean leader is ill : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jongun-may-be-suffering-with-gout-as-state-confirms-north-korean-leader-is-ill-9758571.html

2014 Libra Ingress of the Sun for the UK & the USA

On 23rd September 2014 at 02:29UT, the Sun will enter the sign of Libra. As stated in my earlier post about the 2014 Aries ingress (read it here), the ingress charts for the United Kingdom and the United States of America will have to be updated at the time the Sun enters Libra.

United Kingdom

Beginning with the United Kingdom, we see the Libra Ingress chart below:

2014 Libra Ingress London

We remember that Jupiter was the Lord of the Revolution in the 2014 Aries ingress chart. After six months, things have changed and we can see from the chart above that Saturn has now taken over from Jupiter. He will be Lord of the Revolution, or chart ruler, for the next six months.  Although Saturn is generally regarded as the Greater Malefic, he can, under certain circumstances, act in a benefic way. As seen in the chart above, although being peregrine, Saturn is otherwise accidentally well dignified. Saturn being in good condition, Bonatti tells us, signifies:

“… that the rustics will obey their masters or kings and will be humble to them; and the empire or kingdom will be raised up … and its fame and name will be increased.” (Bonatti*, BA p919)

We can also see that Jupiter is squaring Saturn, of which Bonatti tells us that it will:

…  break and abolish half of Saturn’s malice.” (Bonatti, BA p925)

He continues to write about Masha’allah, who said that:

“… if Saturn were direct in an angle [which is the case here], it signifies many rains, and the contentions of the wealthy; and more strongly so, if he were to receive the rulership of Mars and his strength – for it signifies then that the rustics or common people will contend with the king.” (Bonatti, BA p926)

Saturn is conjunct fixed star Zuben Eschamali (also known as North Scale), a sign of good fortune, high ambition, honours, riches, and favourable for gain and domestic matters, according to Vivian Robson’s Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology.

The only other planet in an angular house is Mars, in Sagittarius. Mars is not essentially debilitated, and, once again, we see that a malefic planet becomes an accidental benefic by house and sign placement. Bonatti writes:

“… and if he were in the domiciles of Jupiter, it signifies a multitude of substance, and the acquisitions of those doing business.” (Bonatti, BA p949)

 

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United States of America

Shown below is the ingress chart for the United States of America:

2014 Libra Ingress Washington

 

I propose Mercury to be Lord of the Revolution for the USA. He is in Libra, in the 5th house, which is unfortunately not an ideal placement. Bonatti warns us that Mercury in Libra:

“… signifies powerful and severe winds are going to come in that revolution.” (Bonatti, BA p970)

He also knows that Mercury in the 4th house signifies:

” … exchanges of words between men more so than usual; also contentions and sorrows or griefs that are going to fall between men.” (Bonatti, BA p972)

Looking at Jupiter, who was Lord of the Aries ingress chart, we see that he is essentially dignified by Triplicity and Face. He is located in the 3rd house. Bonatti writes:

“… it signifies good fortune from one brother to another, and between them. And men will rejoice because of their relatives, and especially younger ones, and first or older sisters.” (Bonatti, BA p942)

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*Bonatti, Guido: Book of Astronomy (BA), translation B Dykes, Cazimi Press, 2007

 

 

 

Lunar Eclipse 8 October 2014

On 8 October 2014 at 10:50UT, there will be a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse is the 42nd of Saros series number 127, which is composed of 72 eclipses. The duration of this lunar eclipse will be 58 minutes.

The eclipse will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions.

Lunar Eclipse 8 Oct 2014

The astrological chart below, cast for the location of Singapore, shows the event:

8 Oct 2014 Lunar Eclipse Singapore

In all lunar eclipses, we have to take into consideration two sensitive points, namely the placement of the Moon and that of the Sun, which are opposing each other. In this case the eclipsed Moon is located in Aries, and a look at the table of Essential Dignities and Debilities shows us that she is peregrine (that is, not essentially dignified).

The Sun is in the sign of Libra, wherein he is essentially debilitated, being in his fall. This basic information already provides us with important insights into the nature of the upcoming eclipse. We are able to predict that the energy of the eclipse will most likely be rather negative.

Mars is the dispositor of the eclipsed Moon in Aries. He is peregrine here. The Sun, ruler of the second decanate of Aries, is essentially debilitated, as already mentioned above. William Lilly tells us in his pamphlet on the judgment of the effects of solar and lunar eclipses:

“For when the place Eclipsed, or Eclipse itself, shall be in the Ascendant, the effects shall then begin in the 1, 2, 3, and 4. moneth next after the appearance of the Eclips, …”

To find out more about the possible general effects of this eclipse, we can turn to William Lilly again. He writes in his Annus Tenebrosus, or The Dark Year, about a lunar eclipse with the Moon in the second decanate of Aries:

“… a Pestilence, and fatality in most disease, few falling sick that escape.” 

8 Oct Lunar Eclipse world map

The next step is to determine where the effects of the eclipse will be felt strongly and immediately. The general rule here is that the smaller the distance between the Sun or Moon and any of the angles, the stronger the effects of the eclipse will be. Furthermore, we can say that there is a correlation between the Ascendant, Medium Coeli or Descendant, and the time of the onset of the eclipse’s effect. If the eclipsed Moon is near the Ascendant, the effects will become noticeable after one, two, three or four months. If the eclipse is near the Medium Coeli, we will notice the effects after five, six, seven or eight months. Should the eclipse be near the Descendant, we can expect effects to occur after nine, then eleven or even twelve months. Thus, being interested in the strong and immediate effects of the eclipse, we want to find out where in the world the Moon will be close to the Ascendant during the eclipse. Looking at the world map, we see that the line of angularity for this particular lunar eclipse runs through Asia. Taking Singapore to be representative (see chart above), we can see that Luna is conjunct the Ascendant and we can therefore conclude that the expected effects will take place immediately after the eclipse. Also immediately affected could be Russia, China, Thailand or Laos.

8 Oct 2014 Lunar eclipse map 2

We are also interested in the duration of the eclipse, and we find it to be 58 minutes. Lilly claims that the key to establishing the duration of a lunar eclipse’s effect is “one month for every hour”. Therefore we can conclude that this eclipse will initially affect people for just under one month. Having said that, this doesn’t give an insight into the possibility of long lasting consequences.

To give a summary of what we have established, we can conclude that the upcoming lunar eclipse will be rather a dangerous one, as it could herald the onset of some kind of disease, affecting many people in Asia. With the Sun in fall being heavily involved through his opposition to the Moon and through decanate rulership, and Mars, the lesser malefic, being the dispositor of the eclipsed Moon, this could be the trigger for a larger scale epidemic. We also note that Mars is conjunct fixed star Graffias in Scorpio, associated with malice and cruelty. William Lilly explains that, if Mars would be eclipse ruler:

“… he portends Tertaian Fevers, acute diseases, corruption of blood, or infirmities by breaking or stretching the veins, violence, injuries and injustice. … In the ayr he stirs up extraordinary sultry blasts and great heat, hot pestilent winds, pestiferous and infectious, thunder, lightning, whirl-winds, immeasurable droughts.”

For readers, interested in the personal implications of this eclipse, it might be of interest what William Lilly has to say about this:

“… Eclipse is more dangerous or pernitious which shall be in the Horoscope or Ascendant of the birth; or which shall be in the degree Ascending in an Annuall Revolution: it portends unto the Native some ominous and mischievous action as unto his body and also in his vital substance.”

And further on:

“… who had in the Radix of his Nativity either the Sun or the Moon in that degree, or in the degree opposite … or in the like degrees … which signs are in Quadrate aspects to the former, or if the degree Culminating in any man’s Nativity was either [the degree of the eclipse or its opposite or square] or within one degree therof, the native did suffer more or less by the influence of this Eclips; according to the signification of the House of Heaven, wherein the Sun or the Moon was in at the Birth, and was either well fortified or aspected of the benevolent Planets, or ill aspected, or afflicted of the Malevolents.”

For this particular lunar eclipse that means that people with Aries or Libra rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2014, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore it should be noted if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point and it should be investigated if the Sun or Mars are particularly afflicted or located in houses six, eight, or twelve, as this might be of significance, too. If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

Scottish Independence Referendum: Will They Stay or Will They Go?

On Thursday 18 September, a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place. The cover from Punch 1974, shown below, summed the situation up beautifully:

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As I am not entitled to vote, and therefore unable to state that I have a personal vested interest in the outcome, casting a horary chart would be a waste of time. For this reason, I have chosen to look at the situation from a mundane astrological point of view instead.

Below is the chart of The Act of Union from 1707, which I decided to use as the chart symbolising the moment England and Scotland were joined.

 Act of Union 1707

Wikipedia informs us: The Acts of Union were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland. They put into effect the terms of the Treaty of Union that had been agreed on 22 July 1706, following negotiation between commissioners representing the parliaments of the two countries. The Acts joined the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland (previously separate states with separate legislatures, but with the same monarch) into a single, united kingdom named “Great Britain”.

Next we want to have a look at the chart for the moment the polling stations will open on Thursday. I see this moment as being representative for the whole process of voting, and its outcome.

 Scottish Independence

If we create a bi-wheel, using both charts, we see the following picture emerging:

Bi Wheel Scotland Independence

Taking into consideration that the natural significator for England is Aries (see Lilly’s Christian Astrology, for example), we focus on Mars in the inner chart wheel. The natural significator for Scotland has long been established to be Cancer (also in Lilly, Christian Astrology). Ruling planet of Cancer is, of course, the Moon. She is also conveniently considered to be the mundane astrological significator of a country’s people. From the chart above, we can see that the Moon, in her own sign, Cancer, is tightly applying to a conjunction to Mars. She is also conjunct fixed star Castor, indicating that changing fortunes are possible.

Therefore, in short, judging from the above, it looks as if the majority of the people of Scotland wil decide to remain part of the UK, even if only by a small margin.