A Powerful Election for Venus Talismans

On 22 October 2022, Venus will be Cazimi in Libra, which is something that has not occurred for well over a hundred years. 

To be cazimi, which is also called “to be in the heart of the Sun”, a planet has to be within 17.5 minutes of the Sun’s position. The 17th Century astrologer William Lilly wrote about it in his Christian Astrology, stating that: 

All authors do hold a planet in Cazimi to be fortified thereby…” (CA p113)

The fact that Venus is Cazimi, and essentially dignified by sign rulership in Libra would be enough reason to justify the construction and consecration of a talisman, but there are some additional factors, which make this election a very important one.

• The Moon is conjunct the Arabic Part of Fortune

• There are no hard aspects between the Sun/Venus conjunction and any of the other planets.

• Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter are essentially dignified.

For those who would like to make use of Venus’ gifts, in form of a talisman, a ritual, or otherwise, here is a reminder of Venus’ attributes: 

Venus symbolises the principle of love, both conceptually, as well as carnally. She also represents beauty, softness, grace, and delicacy, as well as passion, sensuality, and sexuality. 

There is also a different side to Venus, wherein she signifying games and entertainment, as well as all kinds of pleasure. We can also add peace and serenity to her attributes.

Italian (Venetian) School; Petrarch and Laura de Noves; The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

In Camillo Leonardi’s Mirror of Stones, which has recently been translated into English by Margherita Fiorello (read my review here):

For example, these images are carved on stone as a woman with an opulent dress holding a laurel branch …” (p28) 

Venus stones, which could be used to make a talisman, are aquamarine, copper chalcedony, and heliotrope. More details about Venus stones can be found in my book Stars and Stones, an Astro-Magical Lapidary.

Below is the chart for the elected time, cast for my location. I would like to point out that these elections are location specific!


Partial Solar Eclipse 25 October 2022

On 25 October 2022, at 10:59 AM Universal Time, there will be a partial solar eclipse, lasting 86 minutes.

The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 2*00′ Scorpio. The eclipse will be visible from Europe, the Urals and Western Siberia, Central, and Western Asia, and from the north-east of Africa. The maximum phase of the partial eclipse will be seen on the West Siberian Plain in Russia near Nizhnevartovsk.

Due to the importance of current world events, as well as the fact that this eclipses will be visible in Russia, the eclipse chart below, is cast for Moscow:

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 Scorpio, the sign wherein the eclipsed Sun resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect.

These are: Italy (Aquilea), Bavaria, Morocco (Fez), France, Monaco, Turkey, and Austria (Vienna).

Below is a map, showing the eclipse’s lines of angularity (ASC and MC) which also greatly enhances its effect:

What immediately springs to mind is the fact that the eclipse point is in the 8th house. In mundane astrology the 8th house shows national debt and danger to people through war, as well as public mortality, and the death rate in general.

Secondly, the chart is dominated by Mars, the Lesser Malefic, who is eclipse ruler, and Saturn, the Greater Malefic, ruling Capricorn the rising sign. Furthermore, Saturn is located in the first house, in Aquarius, which is intercepted. The first house indicates the country and its inhabitants, their general condition of prosperity and health, or the lack of, as is the case, here.  Mars, the eclipse ruler is located in the 6th house. In mundane astrology, this house signifies the working classes in general, but also the armed forces. It can also signify the nation’s food reserves, especially grains, and the farming industry inn general.  

There are also two quite nasty fixed stars conjunct these significators. Mars is conjunct Al Hecka, in Taurus (which, by the way is natural significator of Russia). This is a violent star, portending accidents and misfortune. The other one is Castra, in Capricornus, conjunct Saturn, with a malevolent, destructive influence; It can show a violent, uncontrollable temper.

What is also noteworthy here is the conjunction of Venus to the eclipse point. Venus is in her detriment in Scorpio, and the Moon is in her fall in this sign also. Both planets signify women, women’s issues, the national birth rate, as well as social factors connected to marriage and children.

All in all, the future doesn’t look very good for Russia and so also for the rest of the world. With the eclipse point located in the 8th house, there doesn’t seem to be a quick ending of this war and its social and economical problems in sight, either. This chart tells of further restrictions, and increased death rate of soldiers. Particularly with the debilitated state of Venus and the Moon, one cannot help but think of Russian mothers desperately demanding answers as to why so many of their sons are returning home in body bags.

In his Annus Tenebrosus, William Lilly wrote about the impact of a solar eclipse in the first decant of Scorpio that:

“it moves and raises warlick tumults, murthers, dissentions, captivities, and cherishes underhand practices, or plots of Treasons”

For the impact of this eclipse on a personal level, it may be useful to know though, that the last time a solar eclipse occurred near 2*Scorpio was in December 2014, at 0* Scorpio. It will therefore be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 2014. 

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 2* Scorpio
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 2* Taurus (opposition)
  • 2* Scorpio is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 2* Scorpio 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 and an investigation of the current solar revolution chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

Review: The Mirror of Stones  – Camillo Leonardi

Camillo Leonardi’s Speculum Lapidum, which comprised three books, was first published in 1502. In the Translator’s Preface of the first English translation, published in 1750, we find the following:

“The Third Book we have wholly omitted, for the reason following. The Author there treats of the Sculpture on Stones engraved by the Antients; but says there are few who understand the Import of these Seals and Impressions on stones, unless they at the same Time are skill’d in the Astronomical, Magical and Necromantic Sciences. […] 

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Unusually Long Mars Transit in Gemini

On 20 August 2022, Mars, a nocturnal, masculine planet, associated with the element of Fire, will move into Gemini. He will stay therein until 25 March 2023. It is very unusual for Mars to remain in a zodiac sign for such a long time as his typical stay in a single sign is usually about six weeks. This prolonged time is mainly due to a singularly long phase of retrogradation, which begins on 31 October and ends on 13 January 2023.

Gemini is the masculine, diurnal, mutable sign of Air. It is ruled by Mercury and represents rapid movement, but also instability. Mars does not have any essential dignity in Gemini, which is not as bad as it can be, but not very helpful either. 

Mars and Saturn, also known as the Lesser and the Greater Malefic, tend to be less troublesome the higher their levels of essential dignity are. This is opposed to Venus and Jupiter, the Lesser and the Greater Benefic. The higher their levels of essential dignity, the more beneficial they turn out to be. 

Genrally speaking, we can assume that Mars in Gemini will provide additional energy for multitasking, including communication, writing and manual dexterity. Quite often, we will feel excessively mobile, and even restless. Feeling mentally agile and even quick witted at times, we run the danger of focusing our attention on a multitude of different issues.

I also want to point out that there is the danger of harsh criticism, too. If we are not particularly careful, this could get us into arguments or even fights. The best advice during Mars’ stay in Gemini is to try and stay as calm as possible to avoid confrontations of any kind.

As always, the impact this long Mars transit through Gemini will have on the individual depends on its placement in the birth chart. For example, people with Gemini rising will particularly feel the impact of Mars activating their Ascendant repeatedly during the seven months transit.

During his travel through Gemini, Mars will also be conjunct a number of fixed stars. This could also be problematic. The following provides a brief description and the approximate times Mars will be conjunct the individual fixed star:

  • • Alcyone, central star of the Pleiades (0* Gemini).  Robson writes in his The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, that Pleiades with Mars indicate many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires. Alcyone will be conjunct Mars around 20 August.
  • • Aldebaran (10* Gemini). Robson writes that Mars conjunct this fixed star indicates great military preferment but attended by much danger; liable to accidents, fevers and a violent death. There will be three conjunctions during Mars’ stay in Gemini, on 8 September, 23 December (Rx), and 31 Jan 2023.
  • • Bellatrix (21* Gemini). Robson writes that Mars conjunct Bellatrix indicates strength, energy, success as soldier, surgeon or metal worker, liable to accidents. There will be three conjunctions, on 4 October, 22 November (Rx), and 6 March 2023.
  • • Al-Hecka (25* Gemini). Robson writes that al-Hecka with Mars makes evil companions, bad habits, sex troubles, and afflictions of a Mars-Venus type. The fixed star will be conjunct Mars on 21 October, 8 November (Rx), and 15 March 2023.
  • • Polaris (29* Gemini). Robson writes that Polaris causes much sickness, trouble, loss of fortune, disgrace and great affliction, and may give legacies and inheritances attended by much evil. Polrias will be conjunct Mars around 23 March 2023

New Moon in Leo – 28 July 2022

Wishing all the gentle readers of my web log a Happy New Moon. The conjunction between Sun and Moon will perfect in Leo on Thursday, 28 July at 17:55 UT.

Generally speaking, the Moon signifies birth, growth and decay, which usually expresses itself as variability, change, or even inconsistency. This is expressed in detail through the lunation cycle, commonly known as the phases of the Moon.

The lunation cycle has four phases, whereby the first phase is the conjunction of the Lights, also known as New Moon. This phase lasts until the Moon, who gradually distances herself from the Sun, increasing her visibility at the same time, will perfect a square aspect, known as First Quarter.

From what was said above, we can deduct that every New Moon generally denotes the beginning of a new cycle. At the time of the July New Moon, the Lights will be in Leo, the masculine, diurnal, fixed sign of Fire. The Sun has rulership over this sign, which is characterised by positive power, radiance, and solidity. It brings out the best of the Sun, which is prudence, good judgment, magnificence and honour.

The Moon is not particularly strongly dignified in Leo, but at the time of the conjunction’s perfection, she will be Cazimi (a.k.a. in the Heart of the Sun). This will boost her characteristics of kindness and love of liberty.

We have to add that the Lights are also in a trine with Jupiter, the Greater Benefic. This benevolent aspect brings about optimism, magnanimity, self-confidence, and generosity.

All summed up, we can expect a beneficial New Moon in Leo. When used as an election, maybe for some kind of positive magical working, or for an exciting new project, the exact time of the New Moon should be used as the symbolic beginning.

Should this be the case, we have to remember the 17th Century astrologer William Ramesey, who in his Astrologia Restaurata, called for caution, stating that at the New Moon, one should:

“ … begin nothing but that thou wouldst have hidden and secret”.

Total Lunar Eclipse 26 May 2021

There will be a total lunar eclipse on 26 May 2021. It will be visible in areas of southeast Asia, all of Australia, all of Oceania, most of Alaska and Canada, all of the lower 48 states, all of Hawaii, all of Mexico and Central America, and most of South America.

The full eclipse begins at 11:11UT and lasts until 11:26UT. Maximum eclipse (Moon opposing Sun) takes place at 11:18:42.

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours 2 minutes and the duration of the full eclipse is 14 minutes.

The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

The chart below, cast for London, shows the event in astrological terms:

What is exciting about this lunar eclipse is the fact that eclipse ruler Jupiter has just moved into Pisces. This, of course, gives him a boost in essential dignity, increasing his beneficial powers.

Let us remind ourselves of the qualities attributed to Jupiter. Abu Ma’shar writes this about Jupiter in his Great Introduction:

“And he indicates the soul which nourishes, … sincerity, truth, religion, worship, modesty, piety, reverence, … insight into religion, uprightness,

And he indicates prosperity, success, defeat for all who resist him, dignity, leadership, authority, kings, the nobles and the mighty, the greatness of one‘s good luck, comfort and delight, …”

Jupiter Enthroned
by Heinrich Friedrich Füger

There is also mutual reception between Jupiter and the eclipse Moon, which adds an intense potential for fulfilment.

Thirdly, highly beneficial Jupiter squares the Sun/Moon eclipse-axis, adding tension that needs to be released. All in all, this is an eclipse that will delight the spiritually inclined person. The seekers of spiritual truth, the occultists, the mystics and magicians, the philosophers and the religiously devoted should benefit from this eclipse!

With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, we can also look to William Lilly, who wrote:

“When Jupiter alone has the chiefest Dominion in an Eclips, generally he products an increase of all things.“

I have to point it out though, that 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 5 Sagittarius
  • Moon is in or around 5 Gemini (opposition)
  • 5 Gemini is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 5 Gemini 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.

Vision of St. Benedict by Cosmas Damian Asam (1735)

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We should also 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 Sagittarius, 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 astrological source material, we find that Greece (and there particularly Attica), ArabiaFrance (particularly Avignon), Hungary (particularly Budapest), Germany (particularly Cologne, Meissen, Judenburg, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (particularly Colonia, Volterra), Yugoslavia (particularly Dalmatia, Modena), Croatia, Gascovia in the Basque region, Czechoslovakia (particularly Moravia), Sclavonia (around Bulgaria), and Spain (particularly Toledo) may be affected.

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

From the above, it is noticeable that Germany and Italy are not only falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, but that they are also on the path of this lunar eclipse. This makes it more likely that some eclipse related events may occur. Also, with the eclipsed Moon located close to the Midheaven, it is likely that any eclipse related event will occur about three months after the actual date of the eclipse.

William Lilly on Theft and Beinecke MS 558

During research for my upcoming book on the Lunar Mansions, I came across Beinecke MS 558. The manuscript is held in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the rare book library and literary archive of the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut. It comprises 89 pages consisting of multiple texts on parchment and paper and is written by five hands. It contains several diagrams, and an astrolabe with volvelles, pictured below:

The principle collector of MS 558 was Thomas Butler from Harlow in Essex. Natal charts of Thomas Stalon, born 1500; Jhon Butler, born 1524; Thomas Buttler, born 1528; and Ales Buttler, born 1532 are displayed.

Contemporary astrologers quoted include Johann Stöffler (1452 – 1531) and Leonard Digges (c. 1515 – c. 1559). Earlier sources quoted are Almansor, Messahala, Haly Abenragel and Zael.

Included in the manuscript is a chapter on theft, with the title “To knowe the thefe that hath stolen”

In the left margin on p2v, is a handwritten note by a later hand (17th C?) reading “Lilly pag 331”

This refers to page 331 in William Lilly’s Christian Astrology. The picture below shows the relevant page.

William Lilly, Christian Astrology, Regulus 1985, p331

Christian Astrology was published in 1647, approximately 100 years after Beinecke MS 558 was compiled. It shows that treasured manuscripts were passed on for generations. They were still used and annotated long after the publication of printed material had become commonplace.

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Of the Virgin, Venus, and the Moon – An Excerpt from Will-Erich Peuckert’s Book on Astrology

Will-Erich Peuckert, Astrologie, W. Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart, 1960.

Who was Will-Erich Peuckert (11 May 1895 – 25 October 1969)? To answer this question, we may look to Wouter Hanegraaff who writes that “First and foremost, Peuckert is known as probably the most important twentieth-century pioneer of the discipline known as Volkskunde, variously referred to in English as ‘folkloristic’ or ‘European ethnology'”. (Hanegraaff, Will-Erich Peuckert and the Light of Nature, 2009). Peuckert published monographs on Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme and Rosicrucianism. Pansophie, one of his major works, was in fact a unique synthesis of the history of Western Esotericism in the early modern period. Late in life, Peuckert also published a book on astrology, applying his unique approach to the subject. The following is an excerpt from the second chapter, Mond – Venus – Mars:

The moon has certainly been a very important planet for early civilisations, in the South even more so than the sun, whose rays seem hot and cruel. And if the sun glides through the firmament in an unchanged manner, the moon is ever changing, is very small, gets bigger, rounded like an apple, is waning, gets smaller, and eventually disappears completely. Such change is attracting people’s attention. This is how it was for the old Germans, who needed the moon as an important tool to measure time (in Tacitus’ Germania, it says in chapter 11: if nothing out of the ordinary happened, they gathered at certain intervals, on the days of new moon or full moon). It was the same with the Celts, who sacrificed to the Great Goddess on moon nights, and with the peoples who were ruled by women [‘weiberzeitliche Völker’] and who bowed in humility before their Moon Goddesses, and with the Semites. Everywhere the moon was observed and people served it. Especially amongst the North-Semitic tribes, the Akkadians and the Babylonians, it is noticeable that they distinguished between two groups. Sun, Moon and Venus were in one group, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn the other. In the veneration of the first group, there was a difference: the South-Semites, who were the Arabs of the Minaean Empire, from Saba and Hadhramawt, as well as the North-Semitic tribes of the Akkadians and Babylonians, and the West-Semitic people of Canaan, the Jews, the Syrians and Phoenicians used to call sun and moon by the old names of Schamasch and Sin. But the North-Semites saw the sun as male and the West- and South-Semites saw it as female. The opposite view occurred as the former saw the moon as female and the others the sun as male. At Larsa and Sippar, the old Babylonians served a Sun god; the West-Semitic nomads in Ur, Harran, and Syria worshipped, just like the South-Semitic tribes, and venerated the star of the night [the moon] as highest deity. Therefore, Sinai is made a holy mountain and dwelling place of Sin, the Moon god, Horeb the sacred place of the god Horeb, who is called the dryer or desiccator, because the West- and South-Semitic tribes saw him as the lord of the low tide.

It was believed that, in the beginning, this group of three was a group of four: one stellar parental pair with Mercury as their son and Venus as their daughter. In the stereotypical South Arabian lists of deities, usually three or four deities can be found. First mentioned is the planet Venus ‘Athtar’ (masculine), second is the moon under different names (masculine), last is the sun ‘Schams’ (feminine). “In the Hadhramawtian, Katabanian, and Minaean conjuration, we find another, fourth, deity; after Hommel, the Hadhramawtian Haul (hebr. Hol) as well as the Katabanian Anbaj (Babylon. Nabiu) should be identical with Mercury … According to the Moon Hymn of Ur, here the moon was the father, and because the sun is female in all the moon religions, (as opposed the moon is masculine in all sun religions). Amongst the Arabs, just as in German, the moon ‘qamar’, is still masculine, the sun ‘schams’ is feminine, and because she is in the typical South Arabian understanding of deity the only female deity, she becomes the divine mother. This correlates with the Harranian idea of god, because after Zimmern, the Harranian Moon god Sin has a wife, ‘Queen’ Scharratu (probably the female Sun) and two children, a daughter Ishtar (Venus), and a son Nusku (Mercury). In Sippar, Schamasch, the sun, being the father, has a ‘bride’ kallatu, who is Aja – after Hommel the female moon – and two constant companions, Kettu (feminine) and Mescharu (masculine), who Zimmern sees as their children. The latter ones are possibly Venus and Mercury, because in Babylonian theology, Venus is the daughter and Mercury the son of the god.”

This certainly very old, and maybe even arch-Semitic system, underwent some change which is not entirely unimportant for our problem. In more recent times, the female stellar deities merged into one; in the field of the South-Semitic tribes, which are the Minaeans and in Saba, ‘both of them are thought of as the female sun, Venus is not female as usual, but has become male, and Mercury has been eliminated. In the genealogical system, the sun seems to represent the mother as well as the daughter, and the two masculine stars will have to be perceived as father and son’. Amongst South- and West-Semites, this is the clear expression of a son-of-god idea. But this proposition voices another, very important one. We know from history what became of this son-of-god idea: it grew into the belief in a redeeming son of god, the Messiah who was born in Bethlehem. But I do not want to talk about the genesis of this Jewish-Christian central thought here. I would like to conclude: because the idea of a son-of-god was of importance, because it has become the basis of a religion spanning the globe, the star on which this is based must have been of importance. And this star, Venus, is standing out in another context.

The North-Semitic tribes underwent a similar but different development ‘whereby in the Babylonian religion Ishtar become the actual goddess; as mother and daughter she has a double nature, like the South Arabian, female Sun. Mercury didn’t play a role in the official triple goddess symbol, but one of the two great stars become the son-of-god instead. Therefore, the son-of-god idea seems to be a general, arch-Semitic one, but here Venus, who was the star of the son-of-god in the South, was made into the star of Ishtar, the stellar incarnation of the magma mater at a time when women ruled [‘weiberzeitlich’].

Amongst all nomadic tribes and herdsmen, the man is featuring strongly. Looking after large herds needs a strong man and not a feeble woman; the merchant’s journeys through the desert, which were known to the Minaeans or Sabaeans, were only possible for men, due to the gangs of robbers and predators. And because the early Semites were all nomads or herdsmen, their culture was based on the masculine leadership [‘männerzeitlich’] and therefore the male god is predominant. But as the Assyrian or Babylonian Semites became planting farmers along the streams, life forced them to venerate the female deities who were responsible for growth and prosperity. Did they give Ishtar the Venus-star out of the magna mater? Or was it that they took both of them over in their connection from earlier ones? I would like to believe the latter, because the fact that the moon became the star of the son-of-god indicates that this thought that was unique to the Semites was still valid and could become some kind of competitor to the belief in the magna mater. If, to continue my former thought, this belief in times when women ruled amongst the field-planting North-Semites was created on the shores of the two streams, or if it invaded from the outside,  – there is one conclusion one cannot deny: that during the time when women were in charge [‘weiberzeit’] through their veneration of the stars a new culture became visible and that the Virgin with the ear [of corn], and that Venus and the moon in an epoch when women ruled, were given their names and even more than that.

Even more than the Virgin with the ear [of corn] is the moon representative of the time when women ruled. One could argue on a purely rational basis that the female physiology is similar to the phases of the moon and has been entirely equal in former times. But maybe, apart from the physiological observation, there is a second conclusion, pointing towards the new moon, with its growing, ageing and dyeing, and its resurrection. Where it was understood as an image – and a guarantor – of birth and rebirth, there its connections to women and their functions are coming into the foreground, and there they also not only regulate them in connection with the moon with its coming and going, but he becomes the star of the virgin and the magna mater. We know from Crete, as well as from the Middle East which creatures where sacred to it: plants like the lily, narcissus, and poppy, – the Cretan seals show them, then herbs, whose planting has always been in the hands of women. Amongst the animals, it was the cat; lions or cats pulled the cart of Cybele, and her German ‘stepdaughter’ Freya travelled with cats even as late as the tenth century. The legend of Baldr’s funeral as well as the Husdrapa, show that. Sacred to the moon was also the pig, which was so much despised by the Jews, because it was the sacred and sacrificial animal of the cults during the time women ruled, as well as aquatic animals. Not only Venus Anadyomene was born from the sea, the Cretan seals show an overabundance of sea creatures. And, at last, there are hare and rabbit who are sacred, possibly because of their fertility. All these creatures are, according to contemporary astrologers, those who are ruled by the moon and are susceptible to its influences. From all that has been said, it is easy to understand that the moon has been connected with the female body parts; according to Brandler-Pracht, belly, stomach, intestines, bladder, the glands and the lymph glands connected to it, also fat and semen, the genitalia, and the female breasts. After the antique teaching (Hermippos I 14) the moon rules over the embryo in the last months of pregnancy; after the Chaldean [teaching], which Cicero (De nat.deor II 118) passed on to us, the whole pregnancy is ruled by it and it also brings birth. Contemporary astrologers agree that the moon influences the birth to a high degree. Therefore, the moon does not only become the Mother of the Cosmos, as the old ones said (Plutarch, De Iside et Osir. 43; Macrobius, Sa I 17, 53) but, in the birth chart, it shows the mother of the unborn and her fate. […]

I have already been talking about the central, great goddess who encourages all growth. She used to be called ‘μητηρ’, the magna mater, or Great Mother. The women of Babylon who worked on the fields worshipped her as Ishtar, amongst the Syrians she was called Astarte, and in Ephesus she was Diana of the Hundred Breasts. In the Acts of the Apostles ch 19 it is told how Paul met her. When, during the time women ruled [weiberzeit], tribes tried to depict her, they gave her form of a tall woman who held a lily or an ear [of corn] (spica) or – on Crete – a poppy in her hands. When they projected her onto heaven, they did it as Venus or as the goddess with the ear, the virgo spicifera, as the Latin world would call her later. This is because the Latin speaking people – as did the Greeks – transformed her: from a mature and birth-giving woman into a virgin, from a magna mater to Artemis, to the virgin Kore and Diana – and only the ear [of corn] was left to signify her as the giver of fruitfulness, [or] as the proud goddess of the North-Semitic farmers, who was devouring young men. The ear [of corn] indicates this, as well as her North-Semitic name: Ishtar means ‘Virgin’ amongst the tribes who planted wheat and managed the fields along the Euphrates. 

Contemporary astrology doesn’t know about the magna mater nature of the Virgin; although it has borrowed the context, it doesn’t understand it any more. It only says: “If one would like to seek for an objective symbol for this sign, one could think of the ear of wheat or the sheaf of grain. This is why the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo is called Spica, the ear [of corn]. We have to imagine the ‘Virgin’ as a farmgirl, a reaper or gleaner, holding an ear of grain in her hand.” We will not hold it against the quoted astrologer that he – clearly sensing the opposition to rustic man – made the virgin into a farmgirl rather than into  a woman who was a planter in pre-farming times, as it has often been shown by Bachofen and some contemporary ethnologists.