2014 Cancer Ingress of the Sun for Iraq

With Libra rising in the 2014 Aries ingress chart for Iraq, we have look at the chart cast for the time of the Sun’s ingress into Cancer to establish what is likely to happen during the next three months. The ingress chart, cast for Baghdad, is shown below:
Baghdad 2014 Cancer Ingress

In this ingress chart, Libra is on the Ascendant. Therefore we immediately look at Venus to determine if she is likely to be Lady of the Revolution. Venus is strongly dignified by sign rulership (Taurus) and triplicity, which makes her a strong contender. She is also located in the 8th house, which could be problematic. Neverhteless, reading with Masha’allah, we find:

“If the Lord of the Year were … not aspecting the Ascendant, then he will be in need … he needs a planet to whom he is being joined who would render his light to the Midheaven – and this would strengthen him. Because if a planet had more testimonies and it were the Lord of the Year, and it were in the eighth place, then it needs a planet who would aspect it from out of the Midheaven.” (Works of Sahl & Masha’allah, p333).

In this particular case Venus is aspecting Jupiter by sextile and he is exactly conjunct Midheaven. Venus’ placement in the 8th house seems to be quite indicative of the recent development in the region. Masha’allah sums it up, writing:

“if the Lord of the Ascendant … appeared in the eighth, it will be death”. (Works of Sahl & Masha’allah, p325).

Also interesting to note is a quote from the astrologer al-Rijal, who wrote:

“… and if you found Venus to be the King of the year or of the quarter, … fighting and plague strikes the people of Persia to the shore of the sea, towards India, or plague from the fighting [strikes] the youth”. (Astrology of the World, p411).

Apart from Venus, we also have to investigate Mars’ role, for obvious reasons. Mars is debilitated by detriment and located in the 12th house. Here we only need to look to William Ramesey, who writes that with Mars in the 12th house:

” … the people shall be much terrified and troubled by their enemies, from whence shall proceed slaughter and effusion of blood”. (Ramesey, AR p241)

Mars is in Libra, of which Bonatti writes:

“And thieves and cutters of roads will be multiplied, and there will be quarrels and evils between men; and there will be fears and tremblings or terrors in them. … And if he [Mars] were direct, it signifies the will of the wealthy and great men or the nobles will differ amongst themselves.” (Bonatti, BA p954)

This seems to suggest that the fight between the Sunni extremists and the Shia will continue. In his Book of Astronomy, Bonatti continues to draw on Abu Mas’shar, who states that war is only likely to occur if Mars is strong and angular. However, in this chart Mars is debilitated and cadent, which, according to Bonatti, “does not signify war”. This makes one wonder if  other, particularly Western, countries will shy away from entering this conflict, at least for the next three months. We should also note that Jupiter is natural significator of religion, the justice system, but also significator of a country’s resources. He is sextile Venus and located on the 10th house cusp, as we have already seen. In mundane charts, the 10th house signifies the government in general. But Jupiter is also in a separating trine to Saturn, who is Lord of the 4th house (resources), located on the second house cusp. The second house usually signifies national wealth.  It seems therefore that here are two different agenda’s to be observed. One is Iraq’s internal agenda, which is of a religious nature. The other one, which has Iraq’s resources at the heart of its interest, is of course driven by the Western world. What also becomes clear is the fact that the pivotal figure in all of this must be Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

NOTE: Also see my article about the 2104 Cancer Ingress for USA, Russia and Ukraine, HERE


Astrology of the World I, The Ptolemaic Inheritance, trans B Dykes, Cazimi Press 2013

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

Ramesey, William: Astrologia Restaurata (AR): London 1653

Works of Sahl & Masha’allah, translation B Dykes, Cazimi Press 2008



2014 Cancer Ingress of the Sun for the United States, Russia & Ukraine

On 21 June 2014, the Sun will enter the sign of Cancer. As stated in my earlier web log entry about this year’s Aries ingress (to be read HERE), the  ingress charts for the United States of America, Russia, and the Ukraine will have to be updated at the time the Sun enters Cancer, Libra and Sagittarius.


Beginning with the USA, we may remember that Jupiter was Lord of the Revolution during the Sun’s travel through Aries, Taurus and Gemini. The Sun’s ingress into Cancer is shown in the chart below:

Cancer Ingress 2014 Washington

The chart shows that Jupiter is still Lord of the Revolution for the next three months. William Ramesey writes in his Astrologia Restaurata*** about Jupiter:

 “…if he is strong and well placed or accidentally aspected by any of the other fortunate planets, he shall denote good to all such things as are thereby signified; as the … fishes and such things as appertain to water, if in watery signs, e.g. as navigators and such as have their living out of the sea; they shall make good voyages and that safely and with security.” (Ramesey AR, p234)

We also find in the Stargazer**:

“If Jupiter is Lord of the Year, the weather will be good and it will be a fertile time and intestinal diseases will be seen amongst people, and there will be sancitiy amongst people, and priests and clergy are offered discipline and honour. Heathens and Jews will be opressed and despised and Christians supported. And all nobility will be elevated and honoured. (Stargazer, p121)

Ramesey agrees, writing:

“When Jupiter is in Cancer, and Lord of the Year, the people and nobles shall be in a most prosperous and good condition; shall live credibly in honour and esteem, the air shall be pleasant and healthy, the earth fruitful, and the fruit wholesome and good. There shall be no danger by sea, but men shall make prosperous and successful voyages; rain shall fall reasonably and moderately, the winds also shall be temperate and calm, if other testimonies also agree therewith. (Ramesey, AR p254)

The Moon is not particularly strong and applying to a square to Jupiter in the first house, who is Lord of the cadent 6th house. On a more positive note, she is separating from her opposition to Mars. All of this may be a sign that the imminent danger of a conflict with Russia concerning the Ukraine crisis is over, but we still have to read with Bonatti, who states that it also:

“… signifies impediment and detriment and evil which will come to the inhabitants of that region, and [the people] who are signified by that sign.” (Bonatti, BA, p851)

We know that in mundane charts the Moon signifies the common people. Therefore we can predict that there will be a distinctive split, namely in that the few wealthy and priviledged people will get wealthier and the many poor people will get poorer. It may be of interest to also look at the opposite end of the spectrum, once again quoting Bonatti:

” … it signifies the sublimities and exaltations of kings [read president], and glory and honour and its seeking. … and he will be worried about the increase of his kingdom … it even signifies the good condition of the wealthy and magnates and nobles …” (Bonatti BA, p957)


Next, we take a look at the Cancer ingress chart for Russia, which is depicted below:

Cancer Ingress 2014 Moscov

Looking at the current situation in Russia, it will not come as a surprise that Mars, tightly conjunct the Ascendant, is the Lord of the Revolution until the Sun’s entry into Libra. We predicted in the article about the Aries ingress that the danger of a conflict in the Ukraine would last until Mars would be moving direct again. In the meantime Mars has changed its direction, which seems to coincide with the increase of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Nevertheless, Mars, who has now become Lord of the Revolution for Russia, is peregrine, which may indicate Putin’s increasing isolation from Europe, and is also in detriment. On a more specific note, we can see that Mars is Lord of the 7th house, which holds the Moon and the Dragon’s Tail. One is reminded of the treatment of minorities and homosexual people in today’s Russia. The Stargazer has the following to say:

“If Mars is Lord of the year, … it will be war, stabbing, beating, murder, and the nobility will be honoured, and common people will be scorned.” (Stargazer, p121)

Also of interest is the fact that the Ascendant is conjunct fixed star Algorab in Corvus, associated with destructiveness, malevolence, fiendishness, repulsiveness and lying. It is of the nature of Mars and Saturn. Diana Rosenberg notes in her Secrets of the Ancient Skies, that

“the Crow’s dark wings leads some into philosophy and religion, others into aggression.” (Rosenberg, Secrets, p87)****


Looking now at the Cancer ingress chart for the Ukraine, we can see that it differs significantly from Russia’s:

Cancer Ingress 2014 Kiev

The Aries ingress showed that the Lord of the Revolution was Jupiter for the USA, Russia and the Ukraine. As the Sun has moved on, this is not the case any more for The USA and Russia, as discussed above. It seems, though, that for the next three months Jupiter will still be Lord of the Revolution for the Ukraine. In the Stargazer, we find the following:

“If Jupiter is elevated above Saturn, it indicates sadness, pains and weeps; if Jupiter is elevated above the Dragon’s Tail, it indicates the destruction of several buildings” (Stargazer, p123)

The Dragon’s Head is still in Libra, and we can only repeat our quote from Bonatti:

“… it signifies that kings and the wealthy and the nobles or magnates will make use of their own men upon rustics, contrary to justice, and especially against those whom they will rule; and they will strive to extort from them what they ought not to; and they will accuse them and say they have offended them concerning something which will not be their fault. … And they will afflict them with punishments so much, that for that reason they will come into poverty and need;and they will fool them.” (Bonatti, BA p981)

In this chart, the Ascendant is conjunct fixed star Vindemiatrix, the “grape gatherer”. Regarded by the ancients as unfortunate, this star is associated with deception and disgrace.



NB: A quick look at the Cancer Ingress chart for Syria shows that Mars is exactly conjunct the Ascendant, indicating that circumstances are unlikely to change at least during the next three months. (The Ascendant of the Aries ingress chart for Syria was in Libra, justifying to take the Cancer ingress chart into consideration).

Cancer Ingress 2014 Syria

(click chart to enlarge)


NOTE: Also see my discussion of the 2014 Cancer ingress chart for Iraq, HERE

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

** Anon: A German Stargazer’s Book of Astrology, translation P Stockinger, Mandrake of Oxford, 2014

*** Ramesey, William: Astrologia Restaurata: London 1653

**** Rosenberg, Diana: Secrets of the Ancient Skies, Ancient Sky Press, NY 2012