Solar Eclipse 1 September 2016

On 1 September 2016, at 09:07UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from Madagascar and locations in Central Africa. The Moon’s shadow will also cross parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
For most viewers in Africa, the eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse.

This eclipse is one of Saros Series 135. It has a duration of 3 minutes and 5 seconds. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

SE September 2016

The astrological chart, cast for Brasilia, also shows the event:

SE Sept 16 Brasilia

Before we will 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 have to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to find out which countries or cities fall under the rulership of Virgo, the sign wherein the conjunction between Sun and Moon takes place. 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 Greece with emphasis on Athens, Switzerland with emphasis on Basil, Bratislava, Brindisi, Germany with Worms, Erfurt and places along the Rhine, France, especially Paris, Jerusalem, and Italy with emphasis on Milan are the locations that could be affected by this solar eclipse.

William Lilly also mentions Africa, which is of particular interest here, as the eclipse will be visible from locations in Central Africa.

With Sun and Moon in the first decanate of Virgo, we note that eclipse rulers are Mercury and the Sun. Lilly writes about this in his Annus Tenebrous of 1652, that:

“it argues the lamentable death, or pitiful end of some certain Prince or Nobleman, and a general ruine or slaughter of man, scarcity of corn and all manner of sustenance fit for man.”

Lilly also advises us to look at what he calls the “Asterisme” or constellation in which the eclipse is located. In this case it is the constellation of Leo, the Lion.

SE Sept 16 Leo

A closer inspection reveals that the eclipse point is conjunct fixed star Zosma, located on the back of the Lion. Robson writes about the Lion that:

” It is said that the stars in the neck, back and wing all bring trouble, disgrace and sickness affecting the part of the body ruled by the sign, especially if they happen to be in conjunction with the Moon.” (Robson: Fixed Stars and Constellations, 1923, p48)

About Zosma, he knew that:

“it causes benefit by disgrace, selfishness, egotism, immorality, meanness, melancholy, unhappiness of mind and fear of poison, and gives an unreasonable, shameless and egotistical nature.” (ibid, p219)

We have already seen that Lilly predicted a ‘lamentable death’ to occur during this solar eclipse. Diana Rosenberg reminds us that a high number of assassinations took place during the transit of Zosma and other stars in the Lion. Here we find the assassinations of Trotsky, Cicero, Vitellius, Aquino, Nicholas II, Alexis and Indira Gandhi. She also lists Julius Caesar, Archduke Ferdinand and  the assassination of John F Kennedy. Rosenberg also points out that these stars square Aldebaran and Antares, which may add to the general volatility.


On a personal level, this eclipse could indicate that the native may encounter trouble, sickness or disgrace. Conjunct the malefics Saturn and Mars, danger by poison and disease of the intestinal tract are indicated, as Elsbeth Ebertin writes in Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne. There is also the possibility that natural disaster or catastrophe, possibly a hurricane or devastating storms and their consequences may take place.

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 9 Virgo
Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Pisces (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 9 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
9 Virgo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
9 Virgo 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.

Istanbul Airport Attack

With the shocking news of yesterday’s terror attack at Istanbul Airport dominating the headlines, our thoughts an prayers are with the victims and their relatives. This is the continuation of a recent string of sad news, and we can now see a more coherent picture emerging.

Displayed below is a bi-wheel of the moment the attacks took place and of Turkey’s foundation chart from 1923.

Turkey Foundation and Terror attack

(Inner wheel: Turkey Foundation/outer wheel: airport attack)

Here we see that the lunar nodal axis of both charts are conjunct and also conjunct the MC of the foundation chart. We also notice that Mars in the attack chart is angular and conjunct Venus and Jupiter of the foundation chart.

If we compare this picture to the chart of the Paris terror attack of 13 November 2015, we will notice some striking similarities.

Paris Attack

Mars and the south node are also of utmost importance in this chart. A detailed analysis of the chart above can be found in my web log entry about the Paris attacks, here.

At the time of writing this blog entry, Mars is stationary and about to turn direct again. This means that, over time, he will continue move through Scorpio, re-visit many sensitive points and finally moving towards a conjunction with Saturn and the fixed star Antares. As I wrote in another recent blog post (here):

“… Diana Rosenberg, one of the most knowledgeable fixed star astrologers, knew that Antares had strong connections with the great issues of humankind, especially intolerance, racism and human rights. In their nativities, Julius Caesar, Heinrich Himmler, Winston Churchill and Ayatollah Khomeini had strong Antares placements. History also shows that a prominent, angular Antares in mundane charts indicates extremism, radicalism, acts of terrorism, but also the possibility of natural catastrophes, like earthquakes, storms, or epidemics.”

The conjunction between Mars, Saturn and Antares will take place on 23 August 2016.


UPDATE: My astrological colleague Gabriella Mittelman (see her website) sent me two graphics, which I am reproducing with her kind permission. She writes that she ran Timing solution, asking when planets (except Moon) were making major aspects to Antares. The higher the line or stronger, more planets angle Antares. :


The second graph is a view of 2016. She posted a link to Wiki- terror attacks in 2016- and counted 96 in January alone!


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Mars Retrograde 17 April – 29 June 2016

On 17 April, Mars will be stationary retrograde. On this day he will begin his apparent backwards movement through Sagittarius and parts of Scorpio.

We know that in mundane astrology, Mars represents the military, war, terror attacks, conflicts, strikes, fire and arson. Due to his apparent retrograde movement, we can assume that we will see a repeat performance of Mars’ actions during his first visit of Scorpio and Sagittarius, earlier this year. On 24 May, for example, Mars will be in 01* Sagittarius, conjunct his position at the last solar eclipse. Around this time, there will be a heightened risk of conflicts or terror attacks. In an earlier post, we established that Mars is also Lord of the Revolution for the USA, pointing towards the ruthless election campaign (-> Aries Ingress of the Sun)

To make things even more difficult and volatile, at the time of retrogradation, Mars will also be conjunct the very important fixed star Antares. Ptolemy made the observation, that the bright stars in the front of the body of Scorpio have an effect similar to that produced by the influence of Mars, and partly to that produced by Saturn.

(NB: On 23 August 2016, Mars AND Saturn will be conjunct Antares!)

This fixed star is one of the four Royal Stars. The three others are Aldebaran, Regulus and Fomalhaut; together they were regarded as the guardians of the sky. At one time these stars marked the Equinoxes and Solstices. Aldebaran was at 0*Aries around 3044 BC, Antares at 0*Libra around 3052 BC, Fomalhaut at 0*Capricorn around 2582 BC,  and Regulus was at 0*Cancer around 2345 BC.

Mars Rx Antares

Antares, or Alpha Scorpius, is also known as the Heart of the Scorpion. This is due to the fact that the fixed star is located in the middle of the constellation Scorpio. Diana Rosenberg, one of the most knowledgeable fixed star astrologers, knew that Antares had strong connections with the great issues of humankind, especially intolerance, racism and human rights. In their nativities, Julius Caesar, Heinrich Himmler, Winston Churchill and Ayatollah Khomeini had strong Antares placements. History also shows that a prominent, angular Antares in mundane charts indicates extremism, radicalism, acts of terrorism, but also the possibility of natural catastrophes, like earthquakes, storms, or epidemics.

Antares is the determinant star of the 18th lunar mansion, al-Kalb. It is said to cause discord, sedition, conspiracy against princes and mighty ones, and revenge from enemies, but it frees captives and helps edifices. On a personal level, retrograde Mars will bring a reduction of energy levels and new plans or projects will most likely be put on the back burner. Accidents and health problems are likely to affect natives who have Mars retrograde transits to prominent planetary placements in the appropriate house of their birth chart. There is also the possibility that a progressed retrograde Mars at an angle will heighten personal problems.

We also have to take the closeness of  Antares into consideration, as astrologer Robson wrote: Antares “causes malevolence, destructiveness, liberality, broad-mindedness, evil presages and danger of fatality and makes its natives rash, ravenous, headstrong and destructive to themselves by their own obstinacy.”

See more Mars related blog posts:

An Additional Look at the Solar Eclipse 9 March 2016

Paris Terror Attacks

Solar Ingress and US Presidential Elections

In my recent blog post about the Aries Ingress of the Sun for 2016, I promised to post my predictions for the upcoming US Presidential Elections. To be able to successfully predict the next US President, I showed that, according to the rules of mundane astrology, it is necessary to cast the chart for the Sun’s ingress into Libra. Regular readers will remember the chart:

LIbra Ingress 2016

Mercury is the Lord of the Revolution, symbolising the common people, and, in our case, the people who will vote for their president on the day of the election. Using traditional rules, we can establish that the Sun will be significator of the king, which, nowadays, can be extended to symbolise the president. The Sun is in his fall in Libra, suggesting that the current president cannot stay in office for another term. There is also a square between Mars and Sun, which, according to astrologer William Ramesey, predicts ‘danger for the king’.*

Unlike at the last elections, we cannot simply try to establish if the current ‘king’ (a.k.a. president) will remain in office or if he will be defeated. Also there are no traditional rules which take the process of a democratic vote into account. Therefore I propose that we look at the Democrats as the ruling family, just as we looked at the Tudors or the Stuarts, who were ruling families over a long period of time. In this way we can establish if the ruling ‘family’ will continue to stay in power or if another ‘family’ or another ‘clan’ will come to power.

Traditional texts distinguish between private enemies and open enemies. Knowing that the ruling president has to step down, I would think that we can extend this to indicate that the private enemy is the successor inside the ‘family’, i.e. the candidate of the Democrats. The Republican candidate would then be the open enemy. If we apply the astrological rules again, we find that the significator of the Democrats (H. Clinton) is the Moon. The significator of the Republicans (Trump) is Saturn. Armed with this knowledge, let’s look at our Libra ingress chart again. The following is a simplified version:

US Elections Libra Ingress

In the chart, we can see the current president, signified by the Sun; Lord of the Revolution is Mercury. Hilary Clinton is signified by the Moon, and Donald Trump by Saturn. The two candidates’ planets are opposed and both of them are squaring the Sun. The essential dignities of Moon and Saturn are equal, as should be expected in a democratic voting process.

To find out which candidate will win the vote and become the future president, we have to look at the relationship between the voters (Mercury) and the candidates (Saturn, Moon). Here we find that Moon separates from a square to Mercury, but Saturn applies to a square to Mercury. Saturn also applies to a square to the Lunar Nodes, which is not a sign of victory either.

Therefore, my prediction, based on the Sun’s Libra ingress, has to be that a candidate of the Democrats will win the race to the White House. Based on the fact that their significator is the Moon, I think that the next US President will be Hilary Clinton.

Ramesey, William: Astrology Restored, 1653, modernised edition by Kim Farnell, 2014, p333.