Winter Solstice Wishes


(Our Lady of the Night, Sr. Marie Pierre Semler)

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, a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2020.



Winter Solstice 2019


So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!      

(Susan Cooper)

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UK General Election 12 December 2019

On 12 December, the next United Kingdom general election is to be held under the provisions of the Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019. It will be two and a half years after the previous general election in June 2017. The leader of the Conservatives is Boris Johnson, and at present, he is the UK’s Prime Minister. In the following, I will try to predict if Johnson and his party will be successful in the upcoming election and if he will be able to defend his position as Prime Minister.

Usually it is helpful to consult the party leaders’ natal charts, but we do not have reliable data to erect the chart of Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition party. In cases like this, we have to rely on ingress and event charts.

Before we have a look at the event chart representing polling day, it may be helpful to remind ourselves of the current Solar Ingress chart for the UK, cast for 20th March 2019:

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In the chart above, the Moon is Lady of the Year. This indicates that the people of the UK will be heavily involved in the decision making concerning the current affairs of the United Kingdom. Luna is in Virgo, located in the 11th house, which, according to the rules of mundane astrology, represents the House of Commons. This suggests that the UK’s MPs, elected to represent the public, will express the will of the people. Anybody who followed the political news this year will be aware of the many confrontations between the House of Commons and the Government, which seems to prove the validity of the Ingress chart.

But let us now take look at the event chart, cast for the time the polling stations will open on 12 December, at 7:00am:

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With Sagittarius rising in the chart above, Jupiter is the significator of the Conservative party. Although essentially dignified by Face, Jupiter is under the sunbeams and essentially debilitated by Fall.

The Labour Party, who is in opposition, is signified by the ruler of Gemini, the sign on the 7th house cusp. This is, of course, Mercury, who is technically in the 12th house, but closely conjunct the first house cusp. Due to the 5 degree rule, we have to treat him as being located in the first house. He is also under the sunbeams and essentially debilitated by Detriment. This gives Mercury a slight disadvantage over Jupiter.

Considering that at the last elections, the Conservatives received 42% and the Labour Party 40% of the votes, I would suggest that we may see a similar picture, meaning that the Conservatives may find they will have a slight advantage over the Labour Party. I would also interpret the quite considerable level of essential debilities both party’s significators show, in the way that they will suffer significant losses of votes to either the Liberal Democrats, or the newly formed Brexit Party. (Saturn could possibly be seen as significator of the Brexit Party, and he is essentially strong, in Capricorn, his sign of rulership in the 2nd house).

Taking everything that has been discussed so far into consideration, it seems quite reasonable to assume that the Tories have a good chance of winning the elections, but will most likely be unable to get a clear working majority. If this would be the case, we would end up with another hung parliament, which means that we would be looking at another 5 years of a coalition government.

There are more astrological indicators in the chart above, which back up my proposal. The Moon, natural mundane significator of the people, is located in the 7th house, the house of the opposition. She is opposing the Sun, natural mundane astrological significator of the current prime minister, in the first house. This looks as if a high percentage of voters is not in agreement with the course of action suggested by the prime minister and Conservative Party leader, Boris Johnson. Naturally, we would find their significator in the house of the opposition party. What makes this interesting though is the fact that on 12 December, the Gemini Full Moon will be Void of Course. This means that there is the possibility that the will of the people will not be fulfilled.

Taking all this information into account, my prediction is that Boris Johnson will win the upcoming election, but that he may only be Prime Minister of a coalition government, which may frustrate the political will of many people in the United Kingdom.

Sun conjunct Mercury, 11th November 2019, an Astronomical Conjunction

On the 11th of November 2019, a transit of Mercury across the Sun will take place between 12:30 and 18:00UT. At this time, Mercury will be visible against the solar disc by obscuring a tiny part of it. After the 2019 event no further astronomical transit of Mercury will take place until December 2032.

Although this is true for the astronomical event, astrologically speaking, the symbolic conjunctions between Mercury and the Sun are by no means rare events.  Nevertheless it might be of interest to take the opportunity and have a look at this particular conjunction.

The exact astrological conjunction will take place on the 11th of November 2019 at 15:22. The chart below, cast for London, shows the event.


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The conjunction is placed in 18*55 Scorpio; Sun and Mercury are in a separating sextile to Saturn. With the greater malefic involved, it may be expected that this event will be of some significance.

Let us now have a closer look at Mercury. What immediately springs to mind is the fact that he is retrograde. To understand the significance of this, we may have a look at what traditional astrologers have to say about this.

Abu Ma’shar informs us in his Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology in the chapter on The Impotence of the Stars

“…  but the worst [is] the retrogradation of Venus and Mercury, particularly if they are hidden by the Sun; or [planets are] found [under the rays of the Sun or] in dark degrees.” (Dykes, Introductions to Traditional Astrology, p220).

This immediately cuts to the heart of the matter of our investigation about Mercury conjunct Sun. When applying to the conjunct with the Sun, Mercury will not only be retrograde, he will as well be under the sunbeams and later on combust. That is exactly the worst-case scenario, highlighted by Abu Ma’shar in the quote above.

To understand what this means, we have to look at the definitions of these two terms.

  • Firstly, a Planet is said to be combust when it is between 17.5 minutes and 8.5 degrees of the Sun.
  • Secondly, under the Sunbeams is a harmful area, extending from the end of combustion until a Planet is 17.5 degrees apart from the Sun.

William Lilly informs us in his Christian Astrology, that Mercury

“is cold and dry, and therefore Melancholy; with the good he is good, with the evil Planets ill; … he is author of subtlety, tricks, deceives, perjury, &c.” (CA, p77)

And Mercury will be very much afflicted on the 11th of November. We have established so far that he will be retrograde, under the sunbeams and later on, closer to perfecting the conjunction, combust. Apart from that he will be aspecting Saturn, the greater malefic.

If we put all this information together, we come to the following conclusion.

Due to his natural and also his debilitated state during the conjunction to the Sun, Mercury will not affect us in a positive, measured manner but he will rather test some of us to a high degree. There can even be some level of fanaticism expected. It is also very likely  that things will go wrong on an epic scale. Particularly electronic devices may unexpectedly malfunction, or the odd communication breakdown may occur. It is also not advisable to sign any kind of contract or agree to any binding arrangements during this transit.

Sun and Mercury are also conjunct fixed star Zubenelshamali. This is the determinant star of lunar mansion 14, al Zubana: Robson knows that this:

“hinders journeys and marriage, harvest and merchandise, favorable for redemption of captives.” [Robson, Fixed Stars and Constellations, p.72.]

It is likely that people who have Scorpio rising in their nativity or have their natal Sun or Mercury at or around 18* Scorpio will experience some of the effects of this conjunction.

The only time when the negative influence of the Sun will be turned into a more positive one is the time Mercury spends in the heart of the Sun, otherwise known as cazimi. This beneficial span of time, which is only very short, will be on 11th of November between 12:28UT and 18:16UT.


Review: Abu Ma’shar: On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities (Persian Nativities IV)

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Benjamin Dykes (trans., ed.): Persian Nativities IV: Abu Ma’shar: On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities, The Complete Arabic Edition, Cazimi Press, 2019, ISBN 978-1934586495

Having made successful use of profections, solar revolutions, primary directions, and transits in my natal predictive work for many years now, I was eagerly anticipating the publication of Dr. Dykes’ complete translation of Abu Ma’shar’s Arabic edition of On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities. …

To read the full review, click on the cover to follow the link!

Partial Lunar Eclipse 16 July 2019

There will be a partial lunar eclipse on 16 July 2019. Some of the eclipse will be visible in parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, select parts of North America, South America and Antarctica.

As the Moon will actually rise during the eclipse, it will only be partially visible in the UK. The eclipse will be visible here from Moon rise at 9:06pm (16 July) to 1:17am (17 July).

The Moon will start to enter Earth’s shadow at 7:43pm BST and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 10:30pm. The entire eclipse will last for around five and a half hours, ending at 1:17am on 17 July. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:


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The chart below, cast for London, shows the event:


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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 Capricorn, 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.

Screenshot 2019-07-11 at 12.58.10The map above shows the paths of angularity for Sun (red) and Moon (black)

Looking through traditional source material, we find that Albania, Austria (particularly Styria), Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France (particularly Gaunt at Somme), Germany (particularly Brandenburg, Constance, Juliers, Saxony, and Thuringia), Greece, Iran (Ariana), Italy (particularly Toronta and Derthona), Lithuania, Macedonia, UK (particularly Orkney Islands and Oxford), are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Capricorn.

The Moon is placed in the last decanate of Capricorn, which is ruled by the Sun. According to William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, an eclipsed Moon in the third decanate of Capricorn indicates:

“…the Death of a King, Conspiracies in the People, or Mutinies”

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic, which already shows that things could get problematic. Again we can look to William Lilly, who wrote about Saturn being eclipse ruler:

“He is generally the cause of corruptions by reason of cold, more properly he declares continued diseases in the bodyes of men, as wasting of the body, or a consumption which hath its originall from some reflux of Reume, her denotes Disturbance of radicall Humours, Fluxes, Quartane Agues, Banishments, Poverty, Miserie, Lamentation, vain fears, mortality of old men especially […]”

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 24 Capricorn
Moon is in or around 24 Cancer (opposition)
24 Capricorn is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
24 Capricorn 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.