NEW: Lunar Mansions Ephemeris for 2023

My Lunar Mansions Ephemeris for 2023 is now available.

The Arabic Lunar Mansions, also known as Manazil are those of the tropical zodiac; Universal Time is observed at all times. A table of the Mansions appropriate for elections and ordered by topic, has been added.

To access the ephemeris page, click the image, below:

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2023 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2023. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect some of 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, the Natal chart, the Solar Revolution chart, as well as other charts will have to be consulted. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde Motion of the Planets

Cazimi 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. For personal requests, please contact me via Peter@stars-and-stones.co.uk

Retrograde Motion of the Planets

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2023.

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 four times during 2023. The first phase will begin with Mercury in Capricorn, on 30 December 2022 and will end on 18 January 2023. The next phase will begin in Taurus on 22 April and will end on 15 May. This will be followed by another Rx phase in Virgo between 24 August and 15 September. The last Rx phase of the year will being with Mercury in Capricorn on 14 December. On 24 December, Mercury will move back into Sagittarius and the whole Rx phase will last until 2 January 2024.

Venus Rx

Venus will be retrograde in Leo between 24 July and 4 September. She will remind us of a past relationship or even tempt us to have a secret affair, when she will be the morning star!

Mars Rx

After an unusually long transit in Gemini during 2022, Mars will be retrograde until 12 January 2023. Which aspects of our lives will this long Rx spell re-enforce?

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 Taurus between 4 September and 31 December. Retrograde Jupiter in Taurus brings a sober note to our search for meaning. In this introspective time, we may want to question and reflect we have achieved in the past.

Saturn Rx

Saturn in Pisces 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 18 June and 4 November.

Cazimi Planets

To remind ourselves: Cazimi or “in the heart of the Sun”, is the position of a planet in tight conjunction with the Sun within 16 minutes of arc. This planetary position is said to be one of great strength, as the planet is fortified by the Sun’s rays.

William Lilly wrote about a cazimi planet that it would be “wonderous strong” (CA, p300).

Below is a table, listing all conjunction between the Sun and other planets, except Moon. Mercury will be Cazimi 7 times, whereas Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will only have one close encounter with the Sun during 2023.

Noteworthy Sign Ingresses and Transits

7 March Saturn ingresses into Pisces

16 May Jupiter ingresses into Taurus

19 June Jupiter sextile Saturn

Other Noteworthy Phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox 20 March (21:24 UT)

Summer Solstice 21 June (14:58 UT)

Autumn Equinox 23 September (6:50 UT)

Winter Solstice 21December (3:27 UT)

Super Moons

There will be four Super Moons during 2023:

21 January 8:55 PM – Aquarius New Moon

20 February 7:07 AM – Pisces New Moon

1 August 6:32 PM – Aquarius Full Moon

31 August 1:36 AM – Pisces Full Moon

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Annular Total Solar Eclipse April 20, 5:16:34 AM at 29 Aries 50

This eclipse may be of importance to  Germany, Austria, and Italy. Parts of Africa may also be affected.  With  Mars 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 29* Aries
Sun or Moon are in or around 29* Libra (opposition)
29* Aries is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
29* Aries 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse May 5, 6:22:48 PM at 14 Scorpio 52

People with Scorpio or Taurus rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2022/23, 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Annular Solar Eclipse October 14, 6:59:18PM at 21 Libra 08

This eclipse may be of importance to North America.  With Libra 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 21* Libra
Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Aries (opposition)
21* Aries is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
27* Aries 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Partial Lunar Eclipse October 28, 16:23:49 at 5 Taurus 09

People with Taurus or Scorpio rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2022/23, 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.

(NB: My Annual Prediction Reading now includes an eclipse check-up, investigating the potential impact the current solar year’s solar and lunar eclipses may have on the native.)

Solar Ingress Charts

2023 Solar Ingress Chart for the United Kingdom

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With Scorpio, a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole year. From the chart above, we can see that Venus will be the Lady of the Year. She is prominently positioned on the 7th house cusp in Taurus, and promises

“… the salvation of women”, according to Bonatti (BoA p964)*

2023 Solar Ingress Chart for the United States of America

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With Virgo, a common sign rising, this chart will be valid for six months only. The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into consideration, too.

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. He is Lord of the 8th house, and is prominently positioned in the 10th house. 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)*.

(Libra Ingress Chart)

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.


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

Winter Solstice Wishes 2022

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish my friends and all the gentle readers of my web log a peaceful Winter Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year 2023.

(The Night before Christmas, Arthur Rackham)

“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.”

J.R.R. Tolkien,

The Fellowship of the Ring

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.

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.

Total Solar Eclipse 14 December 2020

On 14 December 2020, at 16:13UT, there will be a total solar eclipse, lasting 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 23*07′ Sagittarius. The annular phase of this eclipse will be visible from from Chile and Argentina. It is also a partial solar eclipse in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay

The eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 142 and the series started with partial solar eclipse on May 25, 1389. The 14 December 2020 solar eclipse was preceded by the solar eclipse of 4 December 2002 and will be followed by the solar eclipse of 26 December 2038.

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

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 Sagittarius, 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.

Looking through traditional source material, we find that Greece (Attica), Arabia, Hungary (Budapest), France (Avignon), Germany (Cologne, Judenburg, Meissen, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (Colonia, Volteras), Yugoslavia (Dalmatia), the Basque Region (Gascovia), Gaul (Celtica, Modena), Czechoslovakia (Moravia), Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria (around Sclavonia), and Spain (Toledo), are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Sagittarius.

Below is a map, showing the eclipse’s lines of angularity (ASC and MC):

With the eclipse point rising through Canada, being close to the MC in  Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil, and setting through Ireland, France and Spain, we should take note that eclipse themed events could take place after up to 12 months.

As France and Spain are highlighted in the list of countries ruled by Sagittarius and are on the path of angularity, it is highly likely that these countries will see an effect of the eclipse, if only after about 12 months.

What stands out immediately is the fact that the eclipsed Sun will be conjunct two fixed stars which will have an impact on the events to unfold. Firstly, the Sun will be conjunct fixed star Lesath in Scorpius, which is the “sting” in the tail of the scorpion. This points to accidents, danger, catastrophes or operations (This is according to the German astrologer Elsbeth Ebertin, who ‘modernised’ this from the old idea that under the influence of Lesath, people were running the risk of being torn to pieces by wild animals, being butchered, or being quartered as a form of punishment). Of course, due to the conjunction of Sun and Moon, this means that the Moon will also be conjunct fixed star Lesath. Astrologer Vivian Robson knows that this suggests additional danger, desperation, immorality, and malevolence, and that there is a connection with acid poisons.

Secondly, the eclipsed Sun will be conjunct fixed star Ras Alhague in Ophiuchus, which is “the head of the serpent charmer”. It is associated with perversion and depravity. Elsbeth Ebertin writes that Moon conjunct Ras Alhague is associated with infections or even pandemics.

Although the eclipse point is located in Sagittarius, and therefore we have to give parts of the rulership of this eclipse to Jupiter, it has to be stressed that the eclipsed Sun is in Sagittarius’ third Decanate, which is ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic. We can also see from the eclipse chart, that Saturn has term rulership, which adds to the strength of his influence. Also, Jupiter and Saturn are still in the last degree of Capricorn, which means that Jupiter is in his fall and Saturn is in his own sign. There will, of course, be a subtle change in the balance of force between the two planets once Saturn and Jupiter will have moved into Aquarius and perfected their conjunction, which will take place on 21 December (for a more in-depth analysis, read my article regarding the upcoming Great Conjunction, here).

For the impact of this eclipse on a personal level, all of the above doesn’t make pleasant reading. It may be useful to know though, that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in Sagittarius was in December 2002. It will therefore be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 2002/2003. 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 23* Sagittarius
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 23* Gemini (opposition)
  • 23* Sagittarius is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 23* Sagittarius 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.