Review: The Mirror of Stones  – Camillo Leonardi

Camillo Leonardi’s Speculum Lapidum, which comprised three books, was first published in 1502. In the Translator’s Preface of the first English translation, published in 1750, we find the following:

“The Third Book we have wholly omitted, for the reason following. The Author there treats of the Sculpture on Stones engraved by the Antients; but says there are few who understand the Import of these Seals and Impressions on stones, unless they at the same Time are skill’d in the Astronomical, Magical and Necromantic Sciences. […] 

To read the full review of this exciting book, click the link below:

New Review: Sue Ward’s Traditional Horary Course

“Sue Ward’s new horary astrology course book, which takes up the tradition as laid out by the celebrated 17th Century astrologer William Lilly, could not have been published at a more appropriate point in time.[…]

To read the full review of this remarkable book, which, in my opinion, sets a new benchmark, click the link below:

Unusually Long Mars Transit in Gemini

On 20 August 2022, Mars, a nocturnal, masculine planet, associated with the element of Fire, will move into Gemini. He will stay therein until 25 March 2023. It is very unusual for Mars to remain in a zodiac sign for such a long time as his typical stay in a single sign is usually about six weeks. This prolonged time is mainly due to a singularly long phase of retrogradation, which begins on 31 October and ends on 13 January 2023.

Gemini is the masculine, diurnal, mutable sign of Air. It is ruled by Mercury and represents rapid movement, but also instability. Mars does not have any essential dignity in Gemini, which is not as bad as it can be, but not very helpful either. 

Mars and Saturn, also known as the Lesser and the Greater Malefic, tend to be less troublesome the higher their levels of essential dignity are. This is opposed to Venus and Jupiter, the Lesser and the Greater Benefic. The higher their levels of essential dignity, the more beneficial they turn out to be. 

Genrally speaking, we can assume that Mars in Gemini will provide additional energy for multitasking, including communication, writing and manual dexterity. Quite often, we will feel excessively mobile, and even restless. Feeling mentally agile and even quick witted at times, we run the danger of focusing our attention on a multitude of different issues.

I also want to point out that there is the danger of harsh criticism, too. If we are not particularly careful, this could get us into arguments or even fights. The best advice during Mars’ stay in Gemini is to try and stay as calm as possible to avoid confrontations of any kind.

As always, the impact this long Mars transit through Gemini will have on the individual depends on its placement in the birth chart. For example, people with Gemini rising will particularly feel the impact of Mars activating their Ascendant repeatedly during the seven months transit.

During his travel through Gemini, Mars will also be conjunct a number of fixed stars. This could also be problematic. The following provides a brief description and the approximate times Mars will be conjunct the individual fixed star:

  • • Alcyone, central star of the Pleiades (0* Gemini).  Robson writes in his The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, that Pleiades with Mars indicate many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires. Alcyone will be conjunct Mars around 20 August.
  • • Aldebaran (10* Gemini). Robson writes that Mars conjunct this fixed star indicates great military preferment but attended by much danger; liable to accidents, fevers and a violent death. There will be three conjunctions during Mars’ stay in Gemini, on 8 September, 23 December (Rx), and 31 Jan 2023.
  • • Bellatrix (21* Gemini). Robson writes that Mars conjunct Bellatrix indicates strength, energy, success as soldier, surgeon or metal worker, liable to accidents. There will be three conjunctions, on 4 October, 22 November (Rx), and 6 March 2023.
  • • Al-Hecka (25* Gemini). Robson writes that al-Hecka with Mars makes evil companions, bad habits, sex troubles, and afflictions of a Mars-Venus type. The fixed star will be conjunct Mars on 21 October, 8 November (Rx), and 15 March 2023.
  • • Polaris (29* Gemini). Robson writes that Polaris causes much sickness, trouble, loss of fortune, disgrace and great affliction, and may give legacies and inheritances attended by much evil. Polrias will be conjunct Mars around 23 March 2023

New Moon in Leo – 28 July 2022

Wishing all the gentle readers of my web log a Happy New Moon. The conjunction between Sun and Moon will perfect in Leo on Thursday, 28 July at 17:55 UT.

Generally speaking, the Moon signifies birth, growth and decay, which usually expresses itself as variability, change, or even inconsistency. This is expressed in detail through the lunation cycle, commonly known as the phases of the Moon.

The lunation cycle has four phases, whereby the first phase is the conjunction of the Lights, also known as New Moon. This phase lasts until the Moon, who gradually distances herself from the Sun, increasing her visibility at the same time, will perfect a square aspect, known as First Quarter.

From what was said above, we can deduct that every New Moon generally denotes the beginning of a new cycle. At the time of the July New Moon, the Lights will be in Leo, the masculine, diurnal, fixed sign of Fire. The Sun has rulership over this sign, which is characterised by positive power, radiance, and solidity. It brings out the best of the Sun, which is prudence, good judgment, magnificence and honour.

The Moon is not particularly strongly dignified in Leo, but at the time of the conjunction’s perfection, she will be Cazimi (a.k.a. in the Heart of the Sun). This will boost her characteristics of kindness and love of liberty.

We have to add that the Lights are also in a trine with Jupiter, the Greater Benefic. This benevolent aspect brings about optimism, magnanimity, self-confidence, and generosity.

All summed up, we can expect a beneficial New Moon in Leo. When used as an election, maybe for some kind of positive magical working, or for an exciting new project, the exact time of the New Moon should be used as the symbolic beginning.

Should this be the case, we have to remember the 17th Century astrologer William Ramesey, who in his Astrologia Restaurata, called for caution, stating that at the New Moon, one should:

“ … begin nothing but that thou wouldst have hidden and secret”.

Total Lunar Eclipse 16 May 2022

On 16 May, there will be a total lunar eclipse, being exact at 4:14UT. The totality will last 85 minutes, which gives us an idea about the duration of the effect of this eclipse.

The chart below, cast for Washington, shows the eclipse:

Before we are going to discuss any possible effects on the individual, we should have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Scorpio, the sign wherein the eclipse Moon resides during the event.

These are: Italy (Aquilea), Bavaria, Morocco (Fez), France, Monaco, Turkey, and Austria (Vienna).

We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. Looking at the path of angularity, we can see the following:

It is clearly visible that Halifax is on the Moon’s MC line, indicating that Canada may experience some of the eclipse’s influence. With Mars as eclipse ruler, we can turn to William Lilly to find out what to expect:

“… 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.”

William Lilly also writes in his Annus Tenebrosus, or The Dark Year, that:

  “…] in an Eclipse of the Moon, so many hours as she is defective or suffers an Eclipse, so many moneths the Events thereby signified shall continue.”

This means that the current eclipse could affect us until the end of June 2022.

The eclipsed Moon will be in Scorpio, wherein she is in her Fall. The exact location is 25 degrees, placing her in Scorpio’s 3rd Decanate. Decanate ruler is Venus, which makes her eclipse co-ruler, together with Mars, who has sign rulership in Scorpio.

Again, we can look to Lilly, who wrote that a lunar eclipse in the 3rd Decanate of Scorpio promises:

 “many seditions, murthers and all manner of wretched- nesse succeeds, mankind oppressed with abundance of obnoxious diseases, and these generall”.

In the eclipse chart, Venus is in her Fall, which together with the eclipsed, essentially debilitated Moon doesn’t bode well. Debilitated Venus indicates a distortion of all the positive values she signifies in her dignified state. These include extravagance, infidelity, licentiousness and greed. Also, Luna is in a square aspect with Saturn, the Greater Malefic. This adds to the general theme of misery and foreboding, suggesting the possibility of loss or separation. Due to her apparent fluctuation (i.e. lunar phases), the Moon generally indicates inconsistency and change, but when debilitated, it also adds inactivity, instability, and passive behaviour which can even go as far as inertia. 

On the positive side, we can see that Mars, who is eclipse co-ruler, is strongly dignified. This suggests that courage and action may help to overcome even the biggest obstacles. 

(Jake Baddeley, Moonsong, 2009)

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

“… [an] 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 [also] 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 25* Scorpio/Taurus rising or culminating, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution chart, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore, it should be noted if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. 

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.

Happy New Year 2022/Jupiter’s Pisces Ingress

Wishing all my friends, followers and readers of this web log a Happy New Year 2022. Some early good news for 2022 is that Jupiter has moved out of Aquarius, leaving behind the heavy burden that Saturn (who has rulership over Aquarius) inflicted on him. Now in his own sign, Pisces, until 10 May 2022, Jupiter will hopefully come to his full potential. Here is a reminder of Jupiter’s qualities:

Jupiter is a masculine, diurnal planet, associated with the sanguine temperament and the element of Air. Due to his radiance (only surpassed by the brightness of Venus) he is a symbol of harmony, well-being and kindness. Known as the Greater Benefic, he represents abundance, growth and balance, but also modesty, sobriety and justice. Honour, religiosity, charity and indulgence are also associated with a well dignified Jupiter.

In the 9th century, the Persian astrologer Abu Ma’shar wrote about Jupiter in his Great Introduction to the Science of the Judgments of the Stars:

“And he indicates the soul which nourishes, life, animal bodies, children, the children of children, embryos, scholars, legal experts, making judgments between people, acting justly, verification, understanding, sages, the interpretation of dreams, sincerity, truth, religion, worship, modesty, piety, reverence, being god-fearing, unification, insight into religion, uprightness, […]” (Translation Dykes, p490)

It may also be of value to read what the Roman poet Marcus Manilius had to say about Pisces:

The folk engendered by the two Fishes, the last of the signs, will possess a love of the sea; they will entrust their lives to the deep, will provide ships or gear for ships and everything that the sea requires for activity connected with it. The consequent skills are numberless: so many are the components of even a small ship that there are scarcely enough names for things. There is also the art of navigation, which has reached out to the stars and binds the sea to heaven. The pilot must have sound knowledge of the earth, its rivers and havens, its climate and winds; how on the one hand to ply the mobile helm this way and that, and brake the ship and spread apart the waves, and how on the other to drive the ship by rowing and to feather the lingering blades. The Fishes further impart to their son the desire to sweep tranquil waters with dragnets and to display on shores which are their own the captive peoples of the deep, either by hiding the hook within the bait or the guile within the weel. Naval warfare too is of their gift, battles afloat, and blood-stained waves at sea. The children of this sign are endowed with fertile offspring, a friendly disposition, swiftness of movement, and lives in which everything is ever apt to change. (Astronomica, p243)

There is hope that 2022 will see an easing of the Covid pandemic, and that many of us will find an increase in good fortune, prosperity and abundance in the months to come.

Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish my friends and all the gentle readers of this web log a peaceful Winter Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2022.

(Winter Solstice by tijana)

Here are a few highlights we can look forward to during 2022. The Lunar Nodes will shift into Taurus (NNode) and Scorpio (SNode) on 18 January, staying therein for the next 18 months. At the beginning of April there will be a conjunction between Mars and Saturn in Aquarius. Mercury will turn retrograde four times throughout the year, and there will also be two Venus cazimi events and two Mars/Venus conjunctions.

Below are the charts for the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn for The United Kingdom and the USA. There is a very prominent Jupiter visible in either of the charts, which is beneficial in different ways, but the Moon, representing the people of the UK and USA, has quite a different placement. In the UK chart, she is on the cusp of the 2nd house, suggesting that the nation’s assets and its financial status should get a boost. In the chart of the USA, on the other hand, the Moon is on the cusp of the 6th house, which can indicate periods of national vulnerability to epidemics. 

Partial Lunar Eclipse 19 November 2021

There will be a partial lunar eclipse on 19 November 2021. It will be visible in east Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas. The full eclipse begins at 06:02UT and lasts until 12:03UT. Maximum eclipse (Moon opposing Sun) takes place at 09:03UT.  The total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours 2 minutes and the duration of the partial eclipse is 3:28 minutes.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 126 and is number 45 of 70 eclipses in the series.

The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

The chart below, cast for London, shows the event in astrological terms:

The eclipsed Moon will be in 27* 17’ Taurus. As this is the third decanate of Taurus, we learn from William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, published in 1652, that:

“ … it implies a plague amongst creeping noxious Creatures; as also amongst Rats and Mice, and such vermin as though must devour the Country-mans grain or Corn”

Decan Ruler is Saturn and the Moon is also in the Terms of Mars – in other words, both Malefics are eclipse rulers, which is kind of self-explanatory. But due to her rulership over Taurus, Venus is also eclipse ruler, which may bring some relief, as well as the fact that the Moon is essentially dignified by Exaltation. This suggests strong levels of resilience in the population and also a heightened urge to collectively moving forward.

What also springs to mind is the fact that the eclipsed Moon is conjunct fixed star Algol, the Demon star. According to Robson, in the legend, Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become by Neptune the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone. 

According to Diana Rosenberg, Algol: 

“… marks great tragedies, the sort of events in which many die or are killed brutally, and there seems to be a connection to animals”.

But she also writes that: 

“… the strong sword arm of Perseus, the Hero or Rescuer is here, protecting the innocent from evil-doers”.

It is also said that if fixed star Algol is in conjunction with the Moon, this indicates a violent death or extreme sickness.

From the perspective of mundane astrology, Algol is also connected with explosions and fires, eruptions, earthquakes and storms.

*In 1790, a solar eclipse (Sun conjunct Moon) was aligned with Algol; soon after the French Revolution began and a plague killed 80,000 in Egypt.

*In 1855, a solar eclipse took place during the Crimean War’s Siege of Sevastopol, causing great hardships that led to Florence Nightingale’s famous mission.

*Algol was on the IC when the Titanic sank.

*Algol was rising when the Massacre of the Huguenots took place, on Bartholomew’s Eve, 1772.

Traditionally, according to astrologers Lilly, Partridge and Dariot, Taurus has rulership over Russia, and we can see from the map below that the Sun (MC)/Moon (IC) axis is very close to Moscow, making it likely that after the event of the eclipse, Russia is likely to be in the headlines. It may also be of interest to watch how events unfold in China as the line of angularity is also close to Bejing.

I have to point it out though, that on a personal level, an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

*Moon is in or around 27 Taurus

*Moon is in or around 27 Scorpio (opposition)

*27 Taurus is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)

*27 Taurus is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.