UPDATE: Lunar Mansions Ephemeris for March, April & May 2017

On 28 February at 04:52UT, the Moon will, once again, ingress into Aries and al-Saratan, the first Lunar Mansion.

To access the latest update of my Lunar Mansions Ephemeris, click on the image below:

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Solar Eclipse 26 February 2017

On 26 February 2017, at 14:58UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in its totality in southern South America, across the Atlantic, and into southern Africa. The partial eclipse will be visible in southern South America, and south-west Africa. This eclipse is one of Saros Series 140. It has a duration of 5 hours and 26 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

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The astrological chart, cast for Washington , 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.

Due to the angularity, Canada, Brazil and the United States of America (particularly Washington State) may be affected also.

Jupiter is the planet ruling this eclipse. At the time of the eclipse, he will be located in Libra. He is retrograde, which adds a certain degree of debilitation. It is also noteworthy that he is conjunct fixed star Spica. Robson knows that when Spica is with Jupiter we may expect:

“Popular, social success, wealth, ecclesiastical honor and preferment”.*

Spica is also the determinant star of the 14th manzil, Al Simak, The Unarmed. This Lunar Mansion causes marital love, cures the sick, helps sailors but hinders journeys by land.

We also find that this eclipse, located in the first decanate of Pisces, is ruled by Saturn, indicating that:

“it drains the Rivers of their waters, unfortunates the Sea coast, and drives fishes far from shore.”

as William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous. The additional eclipse rulership of Saturn,  together with Spica resonates with Diana Rosenberg’s conclusions. She writes that:

” […] the bright stars of the peace-loving virgin […] illuminate dark places in the soul of humanity [like] disasters caused by recklessness, carelessness, confusion and/or weather conditions”. **

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It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in 8* Pisces was in 1998. It may be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred  back in 1998.  Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try to 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 scrutinised for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Pisces
Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Virgo (opposition)

Sun or Moon are in or around 8 Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
8 Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
8 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

Lunar Eclipse 11 February 2017

On 11 February 2017, at 00:32UT, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from Europe, most of Asia, Africa and most of North America. . It is number 59 in the Saros Series 114, and the duration of this eclipse will be 4 hours and 19 minutes. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

visibility_lunar_eclipse_2017-02-11The astrological chart, cast for Washington, also 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 Leo, 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 the Alps, Austria (especially Linz), Belgium (especially Ghent), Italy (especially Rome, Sicily, Puglia and Ravenna), Bohemia, Czech Republic (especially Prague), Germany (especially Koblenz), England (especially Bristol), Turkey, and Syria (especially Damascus) are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Leo.

The Moon is placed in the last decanate of Leo, which is ruled by Mars. Traditionally, the lights were not interpreted as as eclipse rulers, therefore we have to look at Mars as eclipse ruler and also at Leo, the sign the eclipsed Moon is in. Generally speaking, eclipses in Leo signify

“death or misfortune for royalty, nobility and ‘persons of quality’; the ruination and destruction of ancient buildings, palaces and churches; division amongst the clergy, the besieging of towns, and a scarcity of horses and grain”.

William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a lunar eclipse in the last decant of Leo:

“… swells and animates the dispositions both of the people and souldiery, so that they run after Novelties, desiring new Lawes, and new Governours.”

About Mars, Lilly writes in no uncertain terms that:

“hee [Mars] generally is the cause of corruption in regard of his too much dryness, and this especially when he is in a fiery Sign”. 

There is also the possibility of damage through lightning, hurricanes, drought or destructive winds. It is also likely that impetuous storms and violent shipwrecks may occur at sea.

Mars is not only in a fiery sign, he is also conjunct Algenib a fixed star on the wing of Pegasus, the Winged Horse. Robson writes about this conjunction that it suggests

“Quick mind and body, lying or theft, danger of accidents”.*

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

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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 22 Leo
Moon is in or around 22 Aquarius (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 22 Scorpio or 22 Taurus (square)
22 Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
22 Leo 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.

*Vivian Robson, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

2017 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2017. 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 contact me via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2017.

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.

The year will begin with Mercury retrograde in Capricorn/Sagittarius until 8 January. This will be followed by another Rx phase in Taurus between 10 April and 3 May, and thereafter in Virgo and Leo between 14 August and 5 September. The last Rx phase of the year will be and in Sagittarius between 4 December and 23 December.

Venus Rx

Venus will be retrograde in Aries and Pisces between 5 March and 15 April. In Aries she will remind us of passionate love affairs of the past or even tempt us to re-kindle a relationship. In Pisces, retrograde Venus can intensify our longing for love or a relationship that has been lost.

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 Libra between 7 February and 9 June. Retrograde Jupiter in Libra brings a sober note to our search for justice. In this introspective time, we may want to question what gives us joy in life, and we may also investigate if our work in connection with the public is providing  a key to finding 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 7 April and 25 August.

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Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Scorpio on 11 October

Jupiter will sextile Saturn on 27 August

Saturn will move into Capricorn on 21 December

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (10:28UT)

Summer Solstice: 21 June (04:24UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (20:02UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (16:28UT)

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Super Moons

There will be 4  Super Moons during 2017:

26 April 12:17 UT New Moon in 06 Taurus

25 May 19:45UT New Moon in 05 Gemini

24 June 02:32UT New Moon in 03 Cancer

03 December 15:48UT Full Moon in 12 Gemini

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipse

Annular solar eclipse on 26 February in 8* 12’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Canada and the United States of America. 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 8* Pisces
Sun or Moon are in or around 8* Virgo (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 8* Gemini or Sagittarius (square)
8* Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
8* 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.

Total solar eclipse on 21 August in 28*53’ Leo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Russia. Canada and the USA are likely to be affected at a later date. With the Sun 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 29* Leo
Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Aquarius (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Scorpio or Taurus (square)
29* Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
29* Leo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

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Lunar Eclipses

Appulse lunar eclipse on 11 February, Moon in 22*28’ Leo, Sun in 22*28’ Aquarius. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Canada and the USA. The UK, Spain, Algeria, Morocco and Mali are likely to be affected at a later date. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Leo or Aquarius rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2017, 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.

Partial lunar eclipse on 7 August, Moon in 15*25’ Aqaurius, Sun in 15*25’ Leo. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Poland, Austria and Italy. Russia, China and India may be affected at a later date. With Saturn being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Leo or Aquarius 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

2017 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom

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Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a cardinal or moveable sign rising, this chart will be valid for a quarter of the year only. The Cancer, Libra and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into consideration, too. From the chart above, we can see that the Sun will be the Lord of the Year. He is prominently positioned in the 10th house (MC) and is also planetary hour ruler. Bonatti writes that the Sun in the 10th house:

“… signifes the honour of kings and their exaltation, and their glory and advancement” (BoA p960).

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

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2017 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

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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. From the chart above, we can see that the Moon will be Lady of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what is to come. Bonatti writes about the Moon being Lady of the Revolution in the 10th house, that:

“… it signifes the effecting of matters from the direction of the king and women and this will be quick … but a matter … will not be durable. Likewise if a king were to undertake to rule in it, he will be deposed quickly; because this place is a winning one in the signification” (BoA p948)

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.

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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 2017.

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(Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun; painting by Gareth Hainds)

 Amaterasu is a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning “shining in heaven.”

In the beginning Amaterasu the Goddess of the Sun, ruled the heavens and the Earth together with her brother Tsukuyomi the God of the Moon. One day Uke Mochi the Goddess of food offered Tsukuyomi some food that so disgusted him that he killed her. Amatarasu was so outraged by his actions, she retired to a cave plunging the World into darkness. All the trees bearing fruit died, nothing would grow anymore, everyone was living in a state of darkness and despair. So the people devised a plan to bring Amaterasu back. They unearthed a tree and placed a mirror on it, then went to her cave and pretended to have a big festival with music and singing so loud that the Sun Goddess was intrigued, how could this happen with no light in the World? She moved the big stone blocking the entrance of the cave and went out. She sees another Sun, not knowing it is her own reflection. Quickly the people move behind her creating a magic line in the soil that she cannot cross and preventing her from going back fully into the cave. So each night she retreats into the cave as far as the line permits and each morning she emerges bringing light and joy and refreshment to the World.

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William Lilly and the Great Fire of London

350 years ago, the Great Fire of London consumed 13,200 houses, 87 churches and St Paul’s Cathedral, as earlier predicted by William Lilly. The astrologer predicted the Great Fire in his pamphlet Monarchy or no monarchy in England, in 1651, published 15 years before the catastrophe took place. 

On 25 October, Lilly was called before the Commons Committee, as they suspected his involvement in a plot. Lilly admitted to having made the predictions but claimed that he had not known the dates. He was released without charge.

Lilly confessed to being extremely nervous about the interrogations by the Committe. In his autobiography, he told the reader that

“I was timerous of Committees being ever by some of them calumniated, upbraided, scorned and derided”

William Lilly’s predictions in Monarchy or no Monarchy in England were based on a number of woodcuts. The most famous one, concerned with the Great Fire, is shown below:

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He only provided a cryptic explanation as to how he had arrived at his conclusions:

“Had the curtesie of the present times deserved it at my hands, thou hadst seene an Explanation of the sixteen Pages following, which in Aenigmaticall Types, Forms, Figures, Shapes, doth perfectly represent the future condition of the ENGLISH Nation and Commonwealth for many hundreds of years yet to come. I have borrowed so much time from my morning sleepe, as hath brought forth these Conceptions. You that read these Lines must know I doe no new thing, I doe herein but imitate the ANTIENTS, who so often as they resolved to concele their intentions from prophane hands, used HEIROGLIPHICKS, IMAGES, &C. The AEGYPTIAN PRIESTS were herein excellant, and their judgement commendable; our Savour also himself commandeth; NE DETUR SACRUM CANIBUS. If Providence shall hereafter assigne me a quiet life, and prolong my years, I may then perhaps leave unto the Sons of Art the several Changes of every Kingdome and Commonwealth in EUROPE, in such CARACTERS as these which now follow”.

For some years, I have repeatedly been asked questions in connection with Lilly and the Great Fire. Many astrologers were, and still are, wondering, how Lilly was able to make his prediction. There have also been quite a few rumours and unfounded anecdotes in circulation, which justifies to take a look at the extant source material.

One of the most frequent queries is concerned with the natural significator of London. Although he never published a foundation chart of London, Lilly is quite clear about this. In his England’s Propheticall Merline, published in 1644, Lilly writes

“Gemini being Ascendant of London, Aries of England” and, later in the text, also that “London and much of England is to Gemini”.

One year later, he reiterates this in his Starry Messenger, stating

“that Gemini is the ascendant of the City of London all authors agree”.

Maurice McCann has written an article wherein he provides the reader with his interpretation of the woodcut depicted above. McCann claims that Lilly hid the details of the chart for the Great Fire in the woodcut’s symbolism. (The interested reader can have a look at the chart suggested by McCann, following the link to the article here: http://www.skyscript.co.uk/fire.html ). McCann finds that,

“according to Lilly, London was ruled by the 14th degree of Gemini”.

Let us now look at Lilly’s own account. He writes in his Merlini Anglici for 1667:

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This brings me to another important question regarding the prediction. Some authors claim that Lilly used a fixed star for his timing of the Great Fire. But as we will see, this theory is purely based on the claim that the Ascendant of London’s foundation chart would be 17*54 rather than the 13th or 25th degree. The most recent re-telling of this story I could find is in Benson Bobrick’s book The Fated Sky (New York, 2005). Below is the quote:

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Here we note that suddenly the Ascendant of London’s foundation chart has shifted from the 13th or 25th degree to 17*54 Gemini. My suspicion is that this was backwards engineered to fit the conjunction to the Bull’s North Horn, also known as El Nath. Bobrick doesn’t provide a source for his claim, but I am quite certain to have found out where it all derived from.

Already back in 1915, John Hazelrigg wrote about the Great Fire, Lilly and the Bull’s North Horn in his Astrosophia.

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It is noticeable how similar these two accounts are, but this also indicates to me that there must be an older, common source. Another thorough search produced what I believe to be the source of this theory; it is Zadkiel’s infamous Introduction to Astrology, (London 1852), the butchered edition of Christian Astrology. In his introduction, Zadkiel writes

“These celebrated predictions were made by means of the motions of the fixed stars, as is evident by the words of Lilly; who says, “the asterisms and signs and constellations give greatest light thereunto.” The Bull’s North Horn, a star which, Ptolemy says, is “like Mars,” was, in the year 1666, when the fire occurred, in Gemini 17° 54′, which is the exact ascendant of London. It was, no doubt, by this means Lilly judged the city would suffer by fire; for in his Almanac for 1666 he states, that the 19th degree of Gemini is London’s horoscope. Our Author was not very nice in his calculations; and it may be observed, that though it may be called the 19th degree, being within 6 minutes of it, yet, in reality, Gemini 17° 54′ is the true ascendant of London. It was that which ascended at the moment of driving the first pile of the new London Bridge.”

A thorough search through Lilly’s Anglicus Merlini 1666 did not produce any results. Where Zadkiel found the “19th degree Gemini” quote remains a mystery to me. Still, based on this non-existing quote, Zadkiel continues with his theory:

“The longitude of the Bull’s North Horn, 1st January, 1834: Gemini 20° 15′

Longitude of London’s ascendant: Gemini 17 54

Difference: 2 21

This difference of 2° 21′ is equal to 8460 seconds of longitude, which, divided by 50⅓” (the rate at which the fixed stars proceed yearly), gives 168.

From the year 1834 take away 168 = 1666″

It is, of course, up to the individual to form their own conclusions, but it seems to me that Zadkiel was the inventor of the fixed star theory.