Solar Eclipse 9 March 2016

On 9 March 2016, at 1:57UT, there will be a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in its totality in Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean. The partial phase of the eclipse can be observed in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the Pacific and Hawaii. This eclipse is one of Saros Series 130. It has a duration of 4 minutes and 9 seconds. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

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

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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 Pisces, 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  Egypt with Alexandria in particular, Italy, with emphasis on Sicily, Calabria, Spain with Compostela and Seville, Asia Minor (Turkey and Armenia), France, with emphasis on the Normandy and Rheims, Portugal, and Germany, with emphasis on Ratisbone, are the locations that could be most affected by this solar eclipse.

Jupiter is the planet ruling this eclipse. At the time of the eclipse, he will be located in Virgo, where he is in his detriment. He is also retrograde, which adds to his level of debilitation, and he is conjunct the North Lunar Node. The North Lunar Node is conjunct fixed star Denebola. Robson writes that this star ‘gives swift judgment, despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness turned to anger’ (*FSC p161). Denebola is also the determinant of the 10th Lunar Mansion, al-Sarfa, indicating a change in the weather. Therefore we can expect storms or extreme barometric lows, and possibly ships getting wrecked as a result.

We also find that that this eclipse, located in the second decanate of Pisces, which is ruled by Jupiter:

“designs the death of a famous and excellent man, destruction and waste neer the Sea Towns, it imports an Earthquake, some great Church-men questioned, and he called to account for his knavery ”,

as William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous. To give only an example, how things played out in the past, Diana Rosenberg knew that Jupiter was conjunct Denebola in 1933, when an attempt to assassinate Franklin D. Roosevelt took place (SAS** vol1, p650).

With Jupiter being the sole rulers of this eclipse, we can, according to Lilly, expect to experience good things, like glory, tranquility, fertility and peace. Unfortunately we have already established that Jupiter is in very poor shape, which will undoubtedly turn some of the positive attributes mentioned above into their opposite. There is also the suggestion of a connection to ‘church-men’ and, taking into consideration that Jupiter is natural significator of religion, religious conventions, clergymen, and christian churches in general, the picture of the problems this solar eclipse suggests is manifesting.

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On a personal level, this eclipse could indicate that the native may be injured or lose their life in catastrophes connected with severe weather, such as floods or shipwrecks, but they could also be harmed through personal or revenge attacks. After all, we have shown above that the death of an ‘excellent man’ (read ‘person’) can be expected. There is also danger to one’s eyesight.

It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in 19* Pisces was in 1997. Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try and remember if any problems occurred during this year. If so, but also to generally establish the possibility of any effect that could take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 19 Pisces
Sun or Moon are in or around 19 Virgo (opposition)

Sun or Moon are in or around 20 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
20 Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
20 Pisces 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.

* Robson, Vivian, The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology, Astrology Classics, 2005

**Diana K. Rosenberg, Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Ancient Skies Press, NY 2012

Ouranomachia – The Astrologers’ Game

In his Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton recommended to those seeking a cure for melancholy to play the Astrologers’ Game. He wrote:

“… D Fulkes Metromachia and his Ouranomachia, with the rest of those intricate astrologicall and geometrical fictions, for such especially as are mathematically given.” (p416)

One of the books he refers to is William Fulke’s Ouranomachia, hoc est, Astrologorum lupus, Londini : Per Thomam Eastum & Henricum Middeltonum, impensis Guilielmi Iones, 1572.

Therein Fulke closely compares the Astrologers’ Game to Rithmomachia, the Philosophers’ game, which is still played today. (For more on Rithmomachia, see the Wikipedia entry here: Rithmomachy – Wikipedia ). He claims that the Astrologers’ Game was created for the exercise of the mind, and of the art of astrology, as well as for scholarly relaxation. In Metromachia, the other book mentioned by Burton, Fulke writes that he gave copies of his Astrologers’ Game to Guillaume Postel and Petrus Ramus. He also seems to have given a copy and a game board to Queen Elizabeth I.

We do not know much about the origins of this game, but one of the same name was found in a Spanish games manual belonging to Alfonso X.

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A similar game was known as al-falakiya in Arabic, and kawakib in Parsi, which was played by seven people. At the beginning, each player choses one planet and positions it in a sign of its rulership. The moves are determined with the rolls of a seven-sided die. It is believed that payments to the other player(s) have to be made when one player’s planet applies to a hard aspect with another’s. Money is earned when the planet of the player whose turn it is to roll the die applies to a beneficial aspect.

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Fulke’s game was much more sophisticated! It was only meant to be played by two players, who controlled seven planets each. As can be seen from the picture of the board, shown below, each player ‘owns’ a full circle of 12 zodiac signs. The two circles are lined up in a way that each player’s sign is in opposition to the other player’s (Aries/Libra, Taurus/Scorpio, etc).

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The two players are moving in turns, whereby their pieces move just as the planets they represent would move in the heavens, as described by Ptolemy in his Almagest. The Sun is only allowed to move one degree at a time and only in one direction, because of his lack of epicycles. The Moon moves between 12 and 15 degrees each time in a regular ascending and descending pattern. The other planets move in a similar way, taking into consideration the maximum number of degrees they can move and the maximum number of degrees they can be distant from the Sun (Venus and Mercury).

At the start of each game the pieces are located in their signs of rulership. There are specific rules, stating that the Sun is placed in the 16th degree of Leo, the Moon in the 8th degree of Cancer and Saturn in the 20th degree of Capricorn. As the players move their planets around the board, they try to capture pieces of each other’s planetary set. This is achieved by trying to gain power over the opponent’s pieces. Once a planet is getting into the orb of one of the opponent’s planets, a ‘battle’ ensues’. The players assess the individual strength of the aspecting and the aspected planet, according to their essential and accidental dignities or debilities. The player whose planet has a higher dignity count can then either add the difference to his own overall count or capture the piece if the other player’s planet is completely wiped out.

Adding to the rules described above, and to its difficulty, the game also took the concept of cosmic rays into account. This meant that if one player’s planet was getting into close contact with another one of his own set, he could add levels of dignity, therefore increasing its strength.

The players move their pieces around the board, counting their accumulated level of dignity, until one player manages to capture the other’s Sun, thus winning the game.

William Fulke Astro pieces

The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy – Liana Saif

My review of Liana Saif’s The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy has been uploaded into the Review section – click on the thumbnail below to read it:

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2016 An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2016. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect 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, natal-, solar return and other charts will have to be consulted. This should achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde motion of the 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. You may also follow my daily updates on twitter, via @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, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2016.

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/Capricorn between  6 January and 25 January, in Taurus between 29 April and 22 May, in Virgo between  31 August and 22 September, and in Capricorn/Sagittarius between 20 December and 8 January 2017.

Mars Rx

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 Rx transits to prominent planetary placements in the appropriate house of their birth chart.

Mars will be retrograde in Sagittarius/Scorpio between 18 April and 29 June.

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 Virgo between 9 January and 9 May. Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo 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 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 26 March and 13 August.

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Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Libra on 9 September

Jupiter Rx will square Saturn on 23 March

Jupiter will square Saturn on 26 May

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (4:30UT)

Summer Solstice: 20 June (22:34UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (14:21UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (10:44UT)

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Super Moons

There will be 3 Full Moons which are Super Moons during 2016:

16 October in 23* Aries

14 November in 23* Taurus

14 December in 23* Gemini

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipse on 9 March in 18* 56’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. With Jupiter 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 19* Pisces
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Virgo (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Gemini or Sagittarius (square)
  • 19* Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 19* Pisces 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.

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Annular solar eclipse on 1 September in 9*21’ Virgo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Brasil. Russia, Turkey, Irak and Saudi Arabia are likely to be affected at a later date. With Mercury being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

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)

Lunar Eclipses

Appulse lunar eclipse on 23 March, Moon in 3*17’ Libra, Sun in 3*17’ Aries. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Russia and China. With Venus being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Libra or Aries rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, 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.

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Appulse lunar eclipse on 16 September, Moon in 24*20’ Virgo, Sun in 24*20’ Pisces. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Senegal, Mauritania and the Canary Islands. Russia, Kazakhstan, India and Pakistan may be affected at a later date. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Virgo or Pisces rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point.

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Ingress Charts

2016 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom


Aries Ingress London 2016

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 2016. From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be the Lord of the Year. He is Lord of the 9th house,  and is prominently positioned near the 10th house cusp (MC). Main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning conflicts. 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)

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

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2016 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

Aries Ingress Wash 2016

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. During this year, much attention will be paid to the election campaign which will result in the US Presidential Elections, held on 8 November. 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.  Bonatti writes about Mars being Lord of the Revolution in the 1st house, that:

“… it signifies something horrible (and sorrow and fears, and contrarieties and contentions) is going to come to men …” (BoA p948)

A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States, including a prediction regarding the next US president, will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2016 Solar Ingress for Syria

Aries Ingress Damascus 2016

 

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Damascus, which is representative for Syria. With a cardinal sign rising, this chart is valid for 3 months only, which already indicates the unstable situation in this country. Therefore the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into consideration, too. The Moon is Lady of the Revolution, highlighting the fact that the focus is on the common people of Syria. All other planets are in the problematic houses 6, 8 and 12, telling a tale of enemies, illness and death. 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.

For personalised 12 months forecasts, see my Annual Prediction Reading

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Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress 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 Winter Solstice and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2016.

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(Winter Solstice Sunset at Stonehenge)

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“Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are born to Sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night. ”
― William Blake, Songs of Experience

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Winter Solstice 2015

 

 

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Solar Eclipse and Paris Terror Attacks

With the shocking news of yesterday’s Paris terror attacks dominating the headlines, all our thoughts an prayers are with the victims and their relatives. Trying to understand the mundane astrological underpinning of this tragedy,  we should cast our eyes back to the recent solar eclipse.

In my blog post about the 13 September Solar Eclipse, posted on 20 August, I wrote that, according to astrologer William Lilly, this eclipse “produces murder and banishment”. I also predicted that one of the locations most likely to be affected could be “France, especially Paris”. Sadly, this turned out to be the case.

The graphic below shows a bi-wheel, comprising the chart of the solar eclipse and the chart cast for the moment the terror attacks began. Both charts are cast for the location of Paris:

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(Inner Wheel:Solar Eclipse/Outer Wheel: Terror Attack)

What immediately springs to mind is the fact that transiting Mars, planet of war, who is in his detriment in Libra, is on the Ascendant of the solar eclipse chart and also tightly conjunct the North Lunar Node, triggering the event.

Transiting MC is tightly conjunct the Lunar South Node of the solar eclipse chart. Furthermore, the nodal axes of both charts are conjunct. In his highly recommended book The Cryptic Cycle*, astrologer Murray Beauchamp writes about the significance of the nodes:

“By themselves, the Nodes of the Moon can indicate some powerful forces at work if found in close aspect between charts.”

Here, they are also activated by transiting Mars. MC and South Lunar Node are conjunct fixed star Scheat, another trigger for the events that were unfolding. Robson** wrote that fixed star Scheat causes “extreme misfortune and murder”.

*Beauchamp, Murray: The Cryptic Cycle – Astrology and the Lunar Saros, Madding Crowd Publishing, Melbourne, 2008

** Robson, Vivian: The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology, Astrology Classics, 2005