Jupiter conjunct Caput Draconis (2 June 2023)

On 2 June 2023, Jupiter will perfect a conjunction with Caput Draconis, the North Lunar Node. Generally speaking, this is a very beneficial aspect between the Greater Benefic Jupiter, and the Dragon’s Head. (The North Lunar Node is one of the two points where the Moon’s orbital path crosses the ecliptic).

This conjunction will not re-occur until November 2030. The fact that Jupiter and the North Lunar Node are currently in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, also known the Lesser Benefic, makes this conjunction particularly beneficial. Generally speaking, we can expect incentives and opportunities for mundane, as well as spiritual growth.

Traditionally, astrologers have long been aware of the positive influence of Caput Draconis and also this conjunction. The 10th Century astrologer al-Qabisi (since medieval times also known by his latinised name of Alchabitius) wrote in his Introduction to Astrology:

“… The Head of the Dragon is male, and it is likewise a fortune and its nature is composed of the nature of Jupiter and Venus. And this signifies a kingdom and fortune and assets. And certain people said that its nature is increased: that if it were with fortunes, it increases their fortune …” (Dykes, Introduction to Traditional Astrology, p267)

This being a very beneficial mundane aspect, we can assume that the quality of the days ahead and after the conjunction will be positive. On a personal level, people with their Ascendant, midheaven, or natal planets tightly aspecting this conjunction can expect significant personal growth, success, or other potential benefits, according to the conjunction’s natal house placement.

Famous people with Jupiter conjunct Caput Draconis are Christopher Lee, Sharon Stone, Kate Bush, and Madonna (pictured below).


Jupiter in Taurus Ingress

(Peter Paul Rubens, Venus supplicating Jupiter)

On 16 May 2023, Jupiter will move into Taurus to stay therein for the next 12 months.

Jupiter is also known as the Greater Benefic, due to him being moderately hot and wet, which makes him beneficial to life. He is diurnal, masculine, and associated with the element of Air. Generally speaking, Jupiter represents abundance, balance, and growth, as well as modesty and justice, harmony, and kindness. 

In mythology, Jupiter is often described as the Heavenly King. In his role as sky-god, he was seen as a divine witness to oaths. This established the sacred trust whereupon justice as well as good government depended.

Jupiter will ingress into Taurus, the feminine, nocturnal, fixed sign of Earth. Taurus is ruled by Venus, which is the Lesser Benefic. Therefore, we can postulate that this sign’s expression is stable, conservative, but also showing traces of a tendency for inertia and stubbornness. 

Although Abu Ma’shar writes that if he [Jupiter] was in the feminine signs, it will subtract from his good fortune (1) we should still expect good things to come.

All in all, we can expect that Jupiter’s stay in Taurus is the right time to be benevolent, indulgent and generous, full of compassion, but also pleasure-loving.

On a personal level, people with Jupiter in Taurus in their natal chart will particularly benefit from this event. 

Mundane conjunctions and trines between Jupiter and Venus are always suggestive of a very positive time, and with Jupiter in Taurus, we can expect these to be even more pleasant times. 

There will be two Venus-Jupiter trines, on 22 October 2023 and 29 January 2024.

The conjunction between Venus and Jupiter in Taurus will take place on 23 May 2024, just before Jupiter will move into Gemini.

(1) Abu Ma’shar, The Great Introduction to the Science of the Judgment of the Stars (trans. Dykes), Cazimi Press, Minnesota, 2020, (p238)

Review: Mastering Traditional Astrology – Mychal A. Bryan

To make things clear from the start, I want to point out that this is not your average beginner’s book! There are literally hundreds of those out there, and, although there certainly is a case to be made for their existence, none of them should be compared to this first volume in the Oraculos Complete Astrology Series. …

To read the full review of this book, click on the picture, below:

Annular Total Solar Eclipse 20 April 2023

On 20 April 2023, at 04:16 UT, there will be an annular total Solar Eclipse. The eclipse will be, at least partially, visible from South/East Asia, Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Antarctica. It is of the Saros Series 129 and the duration of the eclipse will be 5 hours and 25 minutes. 

The chart, cast for Rome, shows the event:

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual person, we 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 Aries, the sign wherein the eclipse Moon resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. Looking through traditional source material, we find that Denmark, England, France (and especially Marseilles), Germany, Italy (and especially Padua), Poland (and especially Krakow), Sweden and Syria are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Aries.

Next, we have a look at the map showing the angularity of the eclipse point:

What becomes apparent is the fact that Italy and Germany, which fall under the rulership of Aries, have their eclipse point tightly conjunct the Ascendant, suggesting a strong and relatively immediate effect.

The Moon is placed in the third decanate of Aries, ruled by Venus. Therefore we have to look at Mars and Venus as eclipse ruler. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that this placement signifies:

“Its the forerunner of lamentation, woes and mourning onto mortal men or most sorts of man, and the death of some Noble woman; unto these I may adde that it designs destruction onto the lesser Cattle, as Sheep, Conies, Goats, Hares, &c.”

Sun and Moon are conjunct fixed star Alrischa (or Alrisha), “the knot”, of the nature of Mercury and Mars, which brings confusion, changeable ideas and rash actions.

Mars, who is in a sextile to the eclipse point, is in his fall in Cancer, suggesting irritability and moodiness, and therefore  injuries and injustice may take place, according to William Lilly.

Venus is conjunct fixed star Aldebaran, in Taurus, is “follower” of the Pleiades and the bright right eye of the bull. It is the brightest star in Taurus and of the nature of Mars, associated with public or military honours and courage. It can also denote extraordinary energy and ambition.

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 scrutinised for any of the following:

  • Sun and Moon are in or around 29 Aries, or around 29 Libra
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Cancer or Capricorn (square)
  • 29 Aries is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 29 Aries 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.

11 April 2023 Cazimi Jupiter Election

On 11 April, Jupiter will be Cazimi in Aries, which will not happen again until April 2035. The exact time frame for the Cazimi phase will be between 12:54 PM UT, on 11 April and 7:18 AM UT, the following day.

To be cazimi, which is also called “to be in the heart of the Sun”, a planet has to be within 17.5 minutes of the Sun’s position. The 17th Century astrologer William Lilly wrote about it in his Christian Astrology, stating that: 

All authors do hold a planet in Cazimi to be fortified thereby…” (CA p113)

For those who would like to make use of Jupiter’s gifts, in form of a ritual, a talisman, or just want to make the most of the positive energy, here is a reminder of Jupiter’s attributes: 

In his dignified expression, Jupiter is beneficial to life, representing abundance, growth, but also justice, modesty and sobriety. Generally, this is a fortunate aspect, indicating enthusiasm, success, even fortune, and encourages us to make positive decisions. He also sometimes points towards the successful completion of a project.

Key words for Jupiter in Aries are: Benevolence, generosity, and fidelity.

All of this should be enhanced by the close conjunction to the Sun.

(Heinrich Friedrich Füger – Jupiter Enthroned)

To create a planetary talisman, one will need to place Cazimi Jupiter on the Ascendant or Midheaven, which is location specific. It will not be possible to do this in the UK, but the chart below shows the election for New York, as an example.

In Camillo Leonardi’s Mirror of Stones, which has recently been translated into English by Margherita Fiorello (read my review here) we find that the images of Jupiter, engraved on a stone called kabrates (smoky quartz) suggest that:

“] the wearer will be lucky and charming and easily gets what he wants …” (p27)

Images for Jupiter are of a man sitting on a throne, holding a rod and a globe in his hands, or of a man wit a ram’s head and hooves instead of feet. 

Jupiter stones, which could also be used to make a talisman, are amethyst, lapis lazuli, sapphire, topaz, and zircon. More details about Jupiter stones can be found in my book Stars and Stones, an Astro-Magical Lapidary.

Below is the chart for the elected time, cast for New York. I would like to point out again that these elections are location specific! If you wish to create a Cazimi Jupiter talisman, make sure that Jupiter IS Cazimi when on the ASC or MC, or ask an experienced astrologer for help and advice.

Libra Full Moon April 2023

Wishing all my friends and followers a Happy Libra Full Moon. The Moon will perfect her opposition to the Sun on Thursday, 6 April at 4:35 UT. 

The Moon, being feminine, and of a cold moist nature, will be in Libra, the Cardinal, masculine Air sign, which is hot and moist (sanguine). Due to the combination of the Cardinal mode and the element of Air, a fluid or even dynamic expression will be created. 

Taking into consideration that Venus, a nocturnal, feminine planet, associated with the elements of air and water, is the ruler of Libra, we have to consider her influence, too. Venus is currently in Taurus, the other sign she has rulership over. Additional to her elevated state through essential dignity, she is also conjunct fixed star Capulus, in the constellation of Perseus, who, furnished with the sword, cap and wings of Mercury and the shield of Minerva, killed the Medusa and the sea monster Cetus, before rescuing and marrying Andromeda. The late, great Diana Rosenberg wrote that it might: 

“] represent spiritual blindness that often fails to realise that we have a discerning, purifying power to triumph over melancholy and evil (sword) that is in our hands (hilt).”  (Secret of the Ancient Skies, vol1, p194)

Key words of what we can expect during the Full Moon are: emotion (Moon) and harmony (Libra), creating a state of level-headed courtesy. We may feel generally adaptable, but the natal house placement of the Full Moon will determine the individual effect on each of us. 

Having said all that, we also have to factor in that the Moon is opposite the Sun in Aries, and any opposition, but particularly one involving a planet in Libra, demands of us to look at both “scales”, or sides of the coin. With the Sun in Aries, we can expect the release of a high level of built-up energy, possibly via some kind of new found enthusiasm, which may need to be balanced by the balancing effect of the Libra Moon.

“They do not compel” William Lilly, Astral Determinism and Free Will

William Lilly’s portrait, now housed in the Ashmolean Museum, shows him standing by a window, holding pen and paper. The sheet of paper has the words Etatis 45 written on it, indicating Lilly’s age at the time of the painting. It also contains a blank horary chart with the words non cogunt (they do not compel) written in its centre, which, of course, refers to the stars. The picture was painted in 1646 and later given to Ashmole, probably in 1652.

Shortly after the painting was finished, in 1647, Lilly published Christian Astrology. The book’s frontispiece, which is based on Lilly’s portrait, again shows amongst other things a square chart with the words non cogunt written on it. It therefore has to be seen as themotto for Lilly’s ‘Introduction’, as he fondly called his book, but also for his view of judicial astrology itself.

Some of Lilly’s more outspoken but most likely not so well educated contemporaries were much in favour of astral determinism; they believed in an unchangeable fate which could be predicted by the stars. We only need to take a look at the front cover of Elias Ashmole’stranslation of Fasciculus Chemicus. In the middle of the page, we see a statue of Ashmole, whose head is hidden behind his birth chart. Reason for this is that he published his translation under the anagrammatic pseudonym James Hassole. What is important for us here is that the words Astra regunt homines (the stars rule men) are written in the centre of the nativity, which stands in stark contrast to Lilly.

It is a well-known fact amongst historians of astrology that the astrologers’ belief in astral determinism brought them into endless conflicts with the clergy, who, in turn condemned judicial astrology as a whole. Most famously, it was Thomas Aquinas, who believed that astral causation, rather than leading to determinism, necessarily has to be followed by free will. Albertus Magnus and Roger Bacon argued along similar lines. In her Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy, Liana Saif quotes Bacon, who writes:

“Ptolemy also and Aristotle, Avicenna, Messehalac, Hali, and Albumazar […] do not maintain that there is an absolute necessity in things below due to the influence of the heavens, because free will is not subject to the things of nature.” 1

It would be easy to think now that Lilly’s motto (non cogunt), as well as the choice of title for his magnum opus, Christian Astrology, was only lip service he paid to avoid censorship and endless criticism. But this is not the case at all, as will become clear. To understandLilly’s motivation, we have to keep in mind that he was a Neoplatonist. He firmly believed in the Anima Mundi and was familiar with the work of the Italian humanist philosopher and priest Marsilio Ficino. Ficino translated all of Plato’s dialogues into Latin. He also wrote numerous commentaries, but his most important and systematic work was Platonic Theology. Nowadays, astrologers, hermeticists and magicians are also particularly interested in Ficino’s Three Books on Life, wherein Ficino provides a theoretical framework for and also practical examples of astrological magic. Lilly gives a beautiful statement in his Annus Tenebrosus, showing his deep fondness of Ficino’s philosophy:

“And Ficinus, that excellent learned Priest, saith […] many accidents are signified or foreseen by the Stars, which are not done in Heaven. And again […] many things are foretold by means of the Heavenly bodies, as it were by signe, not by causes […].”2

Neither does Lilly offer a justification, nor does he provide a detailed explanation for the prominent placement of his non cogunt. The potential student has to read between the lines to work out what Lilly’s thoughts on the subject were, but what he basically tells us is this. Determinism can be found in the nature of the individual and in the events caused by their reaction to circumstances. Lilly also thinks that such situations can be avoided and thus changed by the individual. So, the apparent pre-destiny of life only lies within the character of each person. If they would only be willing to put in some effort, than pre-destiny could be, at least, flexible. All of this shows that, in Lilly’s view, astral determinism and free will were not mutually exclusive.

The Greeks already suggested a similar concept, as Dorian Greenbaum shows in her book about the Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology. She shows how heimarmene (fate) and pronoia (providence) are connected. She writes that:

“[…] Though all is contained in fate (in that fate itself is a container), not everything ‘conforms to fate’ […] Pronoia, in fact can supersede heimarmene […]”3.

Greenbaum goes into great detail, explaining that fate is included in providence and comes to the conclusion, that:

“Tertiary providence […] operates within heimarmene (which includes planets and stars), but allows some choice.” 4

(The three Moirai, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos)

Embracing this philosophy, Lilly shows that he is adhering to the hermetic as well as Neoplatonic notion of betterment through work on the self, leading to increased spiritual awareness. In Lilly’s view, fate does not have to be inevitable and can be negotiated which, of course, would have a deep impact on both his astrological method as it would on his magical operations. For him, fate exists solely within the nature of the individual human being, and the apparent fixity of a chart becomes wholly fluid and malleable, conditional only on the exertion of effort by the individual.

It has already been mentioned that Lilly doesn’t explicitly reveal his views in any of his writings, but if we look closely at his Letter to the Student in Astrology, we can read between the lines:

“ […] Beware of pride and self-conceit, and remember how that long ago, no irrationall Creature dared offend Man, the Microcosm; but did faithfully serve and obey him, so long as he was master of his own Reason and Passions, or until he subjected his Will to the unreasonable part. But alas! When iniquity abounded, and man gave the reins to his own affection, and deferred reason, then every Beast, Creature and outward harmful thing, became rebellious and unserviceable to his command. Stand fast, oh man! to your God, and assured principles, then consider your own nobleness, how all things created, both present and to come, were for your sake created; no for your sake God became Man: you are that Creature, who being conversant with Christ, lives and reigns above the heavens, and sits above all power and authority. How many pre-eminences, advantages has God bestowed on you? you range above the heavens by contemplation, conceive the motion and magnitude of the stars; you talk with Angels, yes with God himself; […]” 5 [Emphasis mine]

There were some astrologers though, who did not veil their philosophical views so darkly. One of them was Robert Burton, who published his Anatomy of Melancholy in1621. The reader will note that this was 26 years before William Lilly published his Christian Astrology. Burton’s book was widely read and we can assume that Lilly had read it, too. Burton writes about the subject:

“Natural causes are either primary and universal, or secondary and more particular. Primary causes are the heavens, planets, stars, &c., by their influence (as our astrologers hold) producing this and such like effects. I will not here stand to discuss obiter, whether stars be causes, or signs; or to apologise for judical astrology. If either Sextus Empericus, Picus Mirandula, Sextus ab Heminga, Pererius, Erastus, Chambers, &c., have so far prevailed with any man, that he will attribute no virtue at all to the heavens, or to sun, or moon, more than he doth to their signs at an innkeeper’s post, or tradesman’s shop, or generally condemn all such astrological aphorisms approved by experience: I refer him to Bellantius, Pirovanus, Marascallerus, Goclenius, Sir Christopher Heidon, &c. If thou shalt ask me what I think, I must answer, nam et doctis hisce erroribus versatus sum, (for I am conversant with these learned errors,) they do incline, but not compel; no necessity at all: agunt non cogunt: and so gently incline, that a wise man may resist them; sapiens dominabitur astris: they rule us, but God rules them. All this (methinks) Joh. de Indagine hath comprised in brief, Quaeris a me quantum in nobis operantur astra? &c. Wilt thou know how far the stars work upon us? I say they do but incline, and that so gently, that if we will be ruled by reason, they have no power over us; but if we follow our own nature, and be led by sense, they do as much in us as in brute beasts, and we are no better. So that, I hope, I may justly conclude with Cajetan, Coelum est vehiculum divinae virtutis, &c., that the heaven is God’s instrument, by mediation of which he governs and disposeth these elementary bodies; or a great book, whose letters are the stars, (as one calls it,) wherein are written many strange things for such as can read, or an excellent harp, made by an eminent workman, on which, he that can but play, will make most admirable music. But to the purpose.” 6 [Emphasis mine]

Below is shown the title page of the 1638 edition of Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, which Lilly could have read.

It may be of interest to compare Burton’s text to what William Ramsey has to say in his Astrologia Restaurata, published only six years after Lilly’s Christian Astrology, wherein Ramesey quotes from his own Lux Veritatis published in 1651:

“[..] to prove unto you by the sacred word of God that the stars are both, signs and causes.” 7 He continues: “[..] astrology, or the influence of the stars has no fatality, except some contingency be mixed therewith; for this were to deny the providence of God […] itsays thus (and so forward) supines dominabitur astris, a wise man rules the stars […] and astra regunt homines, sed regit astra Deus, the stars rule men, but God rules the stars; not meaning when we say, Astra regunt homines, any fatal necessity to be attributed to the influence of those heavenly bodies, nor to have power over men farther than such men are guided only by sense as brute beasts, and not by reason, and farther that they agunt non cogunt, they act or incline, but no wise compel; but where grace or reason supports a man, there, or onsuch a man the stars have no power.” 8 [Emphasis mine]

1 Liana Saif, The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy, Palgrave 2015, p83, quoting Bacon, Opus majus, I, p.262

2 William Lilly, Annus tenebrosus, or The dark year, London: printed for the Company of Stationers, and H. Blunden at the Castle in Corn- hill, 1652, p23.

3 Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology, Brill 2015, p.30ff

4 Ibid, p.32

5 William Lilly, Christian Astrology, London: Printed by John Macock,1647, p.xxxi.

6 Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621: SUBSECT. IV.—Stars a cause.

7 William Ramesey, Astrologia Restaurata, London : Printed for Robert White, 1653, p.35.

8 Ibid, p.53f.

2023 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2023. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect some of us on an individual basis. For details about the nature, strength, or duration of any effect that may take place, inception charts as well as natal charts of people in charge of the countries in question will also have to be taken into consideration. For events affecting the native on a personal level, the Natal chart, the Solar Revolution chart, as well as other charts will have to be consulted. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde Motion of the Planets

Cazimi Planets

Noteworthy Sign Ingresses and Transits

Other Noteworthy Phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Ingress Charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published throughout the year. For personal requests, please contact me via Peter@stars-and-stones.co.uk

Retrograde Motion of the Planets

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2023.

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 four times during 2023. The first phase will begin with Mercury in Capricorn, on 30 December 2022 and will end on 18 January 2023. The next phase will begin in Taurus on 22 April and will end on 15 May. This will be followed by another Rx phase in Virgo between 24 August and 15 September. The last Rx phase of the year will being with Mercury in Capricorn on 14 December. On 24 December, Mercury will move back into Sagittarius and the whole Rx phase will last until 2 January 2024.

Venus Rx

Venus will be retrograde in Leo between 24 July and 4 September. She will remind us of a past relationship or even tempt us to have a secret affair, when she will be the morning star!

Mars Rx

After an unusually long transit in Gemini during 2022, Mars will be retrograde until 12 January 2023. Which aspects of our lives will this long Rx spell re-enforce?

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 be retrograde in Taurus between 4 September and 31 December. Retrograde Jupiter in Taurus brings a sober note to our search for meaning. In this introspective time, we may want to question and reflect we have achieved in the past.

Saturn Rx

Saturn in Pisces 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 between 18 June and 4 November.

Cazimi Planets

To remind ourselves: Cazimi or “in the heart of the Sun”, is the position of a planet in tight conjunction with the Sun within 16 minutes of arc. This planetary position is said to be one of great strength, as the planet is fortified by the Sun’s rays.

William Lilly wrote about a cazimi planet that it would be “wonderous strong” (CA, p300).

Below is a table, listing all conjunction between the Sun and other planets, except Moon. Mercury will be Cazimi 7 times, whereas Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will only have one close encounter with the Sun during 2023.

Noteworthy Sign Ingresses and Transits

7 March Saturn ingresses into Pisces

16 May Jupiter ingresses into Taurus

19 June Jupiter sextile Saturn

Other Noteworthy Phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox 20 March (21:24 UT)

Summer Solstice 21 June (14:58 UT)

Autumn Equinox 23 September (6:50 UT)

Winter Solstice 21December (3:27 UT)

Super Moons

There will be four Super Moons during 2023:

21 January 8:55 PM – Aquarius New Moon

20 February 7:07 AM – Pisces New Moon

1 August 6:32 PM – Aquarius Full Moon

31 August 1:36 AM – Pisces Full Moon

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Annular Total Solar Eclipse April 20, 5:16:34 AM at 29 Aries 50

This eclipse may be of importance to  Germany, Austria, and Italy. Parts of Africa may also be affected.  With  Mars being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

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:

Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Aries
Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Libra (opposition)
29* Aries is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
29* Aries 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse May 5, 6:22:48 PM at 14 Scorpio 52

People with Scorpio or Taurus rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2022/23, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Annular Solar Eclipse October 14, 6:59:18PM at 21 Libra 08

This eclipse may be of importance to North America.  With Libra being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

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:

Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Libra
Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Aries (opposition)
21* Aries is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
27* Aries 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Partial Lunar Eclipse October 28, 16:23:49 at 5 Taurus 09

People with Taurus or Scorpio rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2022/23, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Solar Ingress Charts

2023 Solar Ingress Chart for the United Kingdom

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With Scorpio, a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole year. From the chart above, we can see that Venus will be the Lady of the Year. She is prominently positioned on the 7th house cusp in Taurus, and promises

“… the salvation of women”, according to Bonatti (BoA p964)*

2023 Solar Ingress Chart for the United States of America

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

From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be Lord of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what is to come. He is Lord of the 8th house, and is prominently positioned in the 10th house. Generally speaking, this suggests that the main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning conflicts, arguments and divisions. Bonatti writes that Mars in the 10th house:

“… signifies wars and contentions over matters which do not belong to those who seek them, nor pertain to them” (BoA p951)*.

(Libra Ingress Chart)

A detailed analysis of the ingress cart and a prediction of the outcome of the presidential election will be posted on my web log at a later date.

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