NEW Publication: Stars and Stones, an Astro-Magical Lapidary

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Unlock the hidden powers of crystals and gemstones.

For millennia, magicians and astrologers, familiar with celestial magic, knew that precious stones held an important key for the maintenance of health and wellbeing. During the Age of Reason this knowledge was lost. Now, nearly 400 years later drawing from ancient sources, Peter Stockinger’s astro-magical lapidary invites you to re-discover this long-lost knowledge and to learn how to utilise the magical and therapeutic powers of gems.

· Read the in-depth descriptions of 30 gemstones and crystals revealing their hidden lore, and discover their practical use from antiquity;

· Study real-life cases that demonstrate how to use the beneficial powers of crystals and gemstones;

· Learn how to find your perfect gem, create gemstone talismans and manufacture lucky fixed star rings.

The lapidary also contains a thorough introduction to the subject of traditional astrology, a therapeutic index and a detailed glossary.


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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.

An Additional Look at the Solar Eclipse 9 March 2016

In my blog post concerning the upcoming solar eclipse, I wrote that, according to William Lilly, we should expect a natural catastrophe and/or the death of a prominent man. Similar occurrences in history also seem to indicate the possibility of an assassination (see the article, here)

If we cast our minds back to the last solar eclipse that took place on 13 September 2015, we may also remember that it was followed by the shocking Paris terror attacks, on 13 November. In a blog post, published last August, I wrote about the solar eclipse, predicting the likelihood of murder to take place in Paris (see the original article, here). Sadly, this turned out to be true.

Paris Attack The bi-wheel above shows the solar eclipse chart (inner wheel) and the chart for the moment the attacks began. We can clearly see that Mars and the lunar nodes are activating the solar eclipse chart (see my original blog post, here).

If we now take a closer look at the chart of the upcoming solar eclipse, we can see that Mars will be in 01*03 Sagittarius. He will continue to move through Sagittarius, but will be stationary retrograde on 18 April. This means that he will return to 01* 03 Sagittarius, his original position during the solar eclipse, on 24 May 2016.

But the chart, cast for this moment, reveals that much more will be happening at the moment Mars will hit 01*03 Sagittarius again. At the same time, the lunar nodal axis will be conjunct Sun, Moon, and Jupiter, whereby the south lunar node will be conjunct the eclipse point and the north lunar node will be conjunct Jupiter, ruler of the solar eclipse. This is likely to trigger the effect of this eclipse.

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(Inner wheel:solar eclipse/outer wheel: chart for 24 May 2016)

Aries Ingress of the Sun 2016 for UK and USA

On  20 March 2016 at 4:30 UT the Sun will be in 00*00’ Aries. Traditional astrology states that a chart cast for the capital of a nation at the time the Sun enters Aries provides a detailed picture of the events occurring during the year or at least part of the year to follow. The ancients called this the Revolution of the Year of the World, but it is also known as the solar ingress.

As ingress charts are location specific, I will give a separate analysis of the 2016 solar ingress chart for Britain and the EU, followed by the ingress chart of the Unites States of America.

2016 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom

Aries Ingress London 2016

Shown above 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 solar year, until the Sun’s Aries ingress in 2017.

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). 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)*.

In the light of the British prime minister’s recent negotiations with leaders within the European Union and the prospect of a referendum on 23 June, possibly resulting in Britain’s exit from the EU (the  so called “Brexit”), Bonatti’s delineations seems to be ominously succinct. We have to keep in mind also,

“that by the Lord of the Year is known the condition of the whole nation, people, and indeed everything therein in a general way…” (AR p344)**.

Mars’ domicile in the 9th house and his conjunction with the medium coeli do suggest that the future of Britain’s economy will truly be on everybody’s mind. This shows that the two camps, arguing for or against a Brexit, will push their agenda religiously, if not fanatically. Looking at the state of Mercury, natural significator of the economy, we can see that potential danger is lurking here (Mercury, under the sunbeams, is essentially debilitated by detriment and fall).

A quick look at the Aries ingress chart for Brussels, representative for the European Union,  shows that, at face value, it is identical to the ingress chart for the UK. Aquarius is rising here too, and therefore both charts are valid for one year. A closer look reveals though, that, unlike in the case of the UK,  the ruler of the year for the EU is the Moon, natural significator of the common people, or the collective of the many. This can be interpreted as a first sign of the eventual rift between the EU and the UK. Aggressively, Mars (Lord of the Year for the UK) tries to break away from the EU, symbolised by the Moon.


2016 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

Aries Ingress Wash 2016

Shown above is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington and therefore representative for the United States of America. With a mutable sign rising, this chart is valid for six months and 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. We have to carefully distinguish between the election campaign, which is reflected in this chart, and the actual election itself, which will take place after the Sun’s ingress into Libra. The Libra ingress chart will have to be consulted to judge who will win the election and become president.

From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be Lord of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what can be expected from the election campaign. 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)

Below is the chart of the Libra ingress, cast for Washington, valid from 22 September 2016.

LIbra Ingress 2016

From a first glance at the Libra ingress chart, it looks to me as if the Democrats should be able to secure another victory. 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.

UPDATE: New Blog Post: Libra Ingress and US Presidential Elections

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

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

Lunar Eclipse 23 March 2016

On 23 March 2016, at 12:00 UT, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from east Asia, Australia and most of North America . It is number 18 in the Saros Series 142, and the duration of this eclipse will be 4 hours and 15 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:


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

Lunar Eclipse March 2016

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, 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, Antwerp, Argentina, Austria (Vienna), Bactriana (Persian Asia), Canada, Caspia, Egypt (Thebes), Ethiopia, France, with Dauphine and Laudam, Germany, with Heilbronn, Landshut, Frankfurt, Freiburg and Freising in particular, Italy, Jamaica, Portugal, Sweden (Hull), and Thebes are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Libra. The Moon is placed in the first decanate of Libra, which is ruled by the Moon. Therefore we have to look at Venus as main eclipse ruler. William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a lunar eclipse in the first decant of Libra signifies:

“hail storms, ill weather, turbulent winds, violent tempests, very harmful”.

He also writes that Venus, as main eclipse ruler, ‘gives honour, cheerfulness, delightful marriages, firm friendship’, and so forth. ‘In the air, she stirs up temperate blasts’, which reiterates what has been stated above. We also have to take into account that in the eclipse chart, Venus is very much essentially dignified, which somewhat softens the statements about the severity of any potential storm. She is exalted in Pisces, and benefits from her triplicity rulership. Furthermore, she is in mutual reception by term and face with Jupiter. Therefore, we can but hope that this will turn out to be a benign eclipse with maybe only some localised problems, due to bad weather.

Lilly comes to the overall conclusion that an eclipse ruled by Venus is :

“… in general, the fore-runner of a quiet, peaceable time upon earth, I mean in those countries where the eclipse is visible.”


Angularity lines Lunar Eclipse March 2016

The map above shows the  paths of angularity for Sun (black) and Moon (white).


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 3 Libra, Sun is in or around 3 Aries
Moon is in or around 3 Aries (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 3 Cancer or 3 Capricorn (square)
3 Libra is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
3 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.