New Moon in Taurus

On 18 May 2015 the Moon will be conjunct the Sun in Taurus. Both planets will be conjunct fixed star Algol, the ‘daemon star’.

NM May 2015 chart

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. It is said that if fixed star Algol is:

  • in conjunction with the Sun, it indicates a violent death or extreme sickness; if the luminary culminate he will be maimed, mangled, wounded or torn to pieces alive; and if Mars is at the same time in Gemini or Pisces his hands or feet will be cut off.
  • in conjunction with the Moon, this indicates a violent death or extreme sickness.
  • culminating, it suggests murder, sudden death, beheading, prone to murder and mischief. If Algol is at the same time in conjunction with Sun, Moon or Jupiter,  it gives victory over others in war.

NM May 2015 From the perspective of mundane astrology, fixed star 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.

The map below shows the paths of Sun, Moon and fixed star Algol:

New Moon path May 2015

(click map to enlarge)

Update: Vulcano on Hawaii could erupt:

Saturn conjunct fixed star Dschubba

At the moment, Saturn is conjunct fixed star Dschubba, located in the head of the constellation Scorpius, the Scorpion. The conjunction between Saturn and this fixed star will re-occur in October 2015. Thereafter we will have to wait until November 2044 for a repeat performance.


According to Ptolemy, Dschubba is of the nature of Mars and Saturn. It can cause sudden assaults, malevolence, immorality and shamelessness. This star delta (δ) Dschubba, along with beta (β) Acrab, and pi (π) Scorpius, formed the Arabic 17th manzil al- Iklil, the Crown of the Forehead of the Scorpion.

For more information about the 28 Mansions of the Moon, click the thumbnail, below:

Luna day off

Saturn, the Greater Malefic, is a cold, dry diurnal planet. He mainly represents sobriety, setbacks and restrictions. In conjunction with the fixed star Dschubba, it is believed to indicate violence, destructive inclinations, cruelty and immorality.

Apart from these rather unpleasant sounding possibilities, there also seems to be a rather interesting tendency towards foundation or recognition of cities, political entities or states. We know of a few events in the past that occurred when Saturn was close to fixed star Dschubba:

  • Saturn was at in head of the Scorpion at the Aries ingress of 814 BC, when the founding of Carthage took place.
  • During the 1958 establishment of the United Arab Republic, Saturn and Mars were in the head of the Scorpion.
  • The 1956 treaty, granting Morocco independence was signed when Saturn and North Lunar Node were in the head of the Scorpion.


Update: Vatican recognises Palestine:

Jessica Adams: Forget The Polls! How Astrologers Predicted the U.K. Election

Some astrologers, yours truly included, successfully predicted that David Cameron would be re-elected in the 2015 U.K. presidential elections, and serve a second term as prime minister.

The writer, journalist and astrologer, Jessica Adams has written an article about these astrologers and how they correctly predicted the outcome:

Forget The Polls! How Astrologers Predicted the U.K. Election

BBC elections

  • Read her article to find out who they are and how they did it, here
  • Read my original prediction, published 14 January, four months before the elections took place, here.

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Lunar Eclipse 4 April 2015

On 4 April 2015, at 12:06UT, there will be a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible over western North America, the Pacific, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It is of the Saros Series 132 and the duration of the eclipse will be 4 minutes and 43 seconds. The map below shows the path of the eclipse:

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 map

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

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 chart


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 Libra, 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 Arabia, Argentina, Bactriana (Persian Asia), Canada, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Thebes are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Libra.

The Moon is placed in the second decanate of Libra, ruled by Saturn. Therefore we have to look at Venus and Saturn as eclipse rulers. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that this placement signifies: “…a rott amongst Pettyfoggers, Informers, and such like Cattle, they whipt and stript to purpose”. Venus is essentially dignified by sign rulership and triplicity, which can be seen as a positive sign. The eclipse Moon is sextile Saturn and conjunct fixed star Auva. This is the determinant star of the 13th Lunar Mansion, al-Auwa, also known as the Barker. This lunar Mansion is generally seen as a sign of benevolence and kindness and exerts a good influence on travel. It is also known that Libra and especially fixed star Auva denote issues of war and peace. William Lilly wrote that Venus as eclipse ruler generally indicates peace and harmony, stating that “…it is the fore-runner of a quiet, peaceable time upon earth … in those Countrys where the Eclipse is visible.” Time will tell though, how much the influence of peregrine Saturn will diminish those effects.


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 14 Libra, Sun is in or around 14 Aries
  • Moon is in or around 14 Aries (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 14 Cancer or Capricorn (square)
  • 14 Libra is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 14 Libra 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.

Back in 1977 and 1958, the spring lunar eclipse was in 14 degrees Libra. Those born in 1958 or 1977 may experience a stronger resonance. The next time a lunar eclipse will be in 14 degrees Libra will be in 2037.