2013 – An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of what the astrology of 2013 will have to offer. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. If in doubt about any possible effects, the individual birth chart has to be consulted to achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence.

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2013.

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

  • in Pisces between 23 February and 17 March
  • in Cancer between 26 June and 20 July
  • in Scorpio between 21 October and 10 November

Venus Rx

in Capricorn will test our capability of emotional expression. Problematic areas, like the ability to give or to receive love will be coming under tight scrutiny.

Venus will be retrograde between

  • 21 December and 1 February 2014

Jupiter Rx

in Gemini 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 Gemini

  • until 30 January 2013

and in Cancer

  • between 8 November and 7 March 2014

Although exalted in Cancer, retrograde Jupiter will bring a sober note to our search for philosophical or spiritual truth. In this introspective time, we may realise that intuitive insights are more valuable than any philosophical or religious dogma.

Saturn Rx

in Scorpio 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 in Scorpio

  • 19 February until 8 July

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Out of Bounds

When Planets exceed the 23°27′ area of the Sun’s max declination, north or south, they are called “Out of Bounds.”

During these times, the OOB Planets will be out of the Sun’s control; therefore a heightened activity of all themes corresponding with the appropriate planets can be expected.

Mercury will be OOB between:

  • 26 December 2012 and  14 January 2013
  •  20 May and 13 June
  • 31 October until 6 November
  • 16 December until 8 January 2014

Venus will be OOB between:

  • 24 May  and 18 June
  • 10 October and 7 December

Mars will be OOB between:

  • 29 June and 3 August

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Sign Ingress

Jupiter will move into Cancer on 26 June, delivering a boost to all matters connected with home and family. Home comfort and security on all levels will become issues of major importance.

Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will trine Saturn on 17 July and in his retrograde phase on 13 December, reminding us that patience, endurance and hard, steady work are at the basis of success in any domain.

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Comet ISON

On 21 September 2012 05:15AM, a comet named ISON was discovered at the ISON-Kislovodsk observatory, Russia. It is believed that ISON may prove to be brighter than a full moon when it is set to appear by the end of 2013. For more about comet ISON, read my article here:

Between Darkness and Light – Comet ISON

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

  • Annular solar eclipse on 10 May in 19*31′ Taurus

This eclipse may be of importance to India, Russia and the USA. Also possibly important to Australia and Brazil.

  • Total solar eclipse on 3 November in 11*15′ Scorpio

This eclipse may be of importance to the USA, but also Eastern Europe and Africa, particularly Libya.

Lunar Eclipses

  • Partial lunar eclipse on 25 April, Moon in 5*45′ Scorpio, Sun in 5*45′ Taurus

This eclipse may turn out to be of importance for the United Kingdom.

  • Appulse lunar eclipse on 25 May, Moon in 4*08′ Sagittarius, Sun in 4*08′ Gemini

This eclipse may turn out to be of importance to Canada and Europe.

  • Appulse lunar eclipse on 18 October, Moon in 25*45′ Aries, Sun in 25*45′ Libra

This eclipse may turn out to be of importance to Canada and the United States of America.

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Ingress Charts

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a moveable sign rising, this chart will be valid for four months. Thereafter, the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into account.

Solar Ingress 2013 London

From the chart above, we can see that the Moon will be the Lady of the Revolution*, valid until the Cancer ingress on 21 June 2013. Main themes between March and June will be matters concerning the common people. The ingress chart shows Saturn Rx in the 5th house of joy and pleasure and a strongly debilitated Mercury. This indicates more financial restrictions and continued economic hardship for most of the population. A detailed analysis of the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will be posted on my web log in due course.

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Shown below is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Brussels and therefore representative for the European Union. With a moveable sign rising, this chart will be valid for four months. Thereafter, the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into account.

Solar Ingress 2013 Brussels

Again we can see that the Moon will be the Lady of the Revolution*, valid until the Cancer ingress on 21 June 2013. Main themes between March and June will be matters concerning the common people, and just like for the United Kingdom, the main theme will be the tight financial situation. Here we will have to take a close look at the increasing monetary problems inside the Euro zone. A detailed analysis of the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts for Europe will be posted on my web log in due course.

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Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington and therefore representative for the United States of America. With a mutable sign rising, this chart is valid for six months and the Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter.

Solar Ingress 2013 Washington

Once again we see that the Moon will be Lady of the Revolution*, but here the Moon is located in the 4th house. This indicates that we are dealing with domestic issues and people’s estates, homes and resources in general. Furthermore, the Moon is aspecting Saturn in the 8th house and Mercury, who is essentially debilitated by Detriment and Fall, in the 12th house. Bonatti says about the placement of the Moon in the 4th house, that neither the beginning nor the end of the Revolution will be praised; men’s affairs will be restricted, and even persons will suffer detriment.

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.

*Footnote, answering the repeatedly asked question why the Moon is called the Lady of the Revolution.

The concept behind the judgment of ingress charts is as follows. Astrologically speaking, each new year begins at the moment the Sun passes 00 degrees Aries.  An astrological chart cast for this moment is called the Aries ingress chart, or the chart of the Solar Revolution. Depending on the zodiac sign on the Ascendant of this chart (also called rising sign), it is possible that the Aries ingress chart is valid for three, four, or twelve months. If the Aries ingress chart is valid for the next twelve month, the astrologer can follow certain rules and establish which planet will be what is called Lord or Lady of the Year. If the Aries ingress chart shows that it will be necessary to cast another ingress chart after three or six months, the individual rulers of the ingress charts, established by the astrologer, are called Lord or Lady of the Revolution (meaning the Revolution of the World Year). The nature of this planet, its position, strength, aspects, and so forth have to be judged to predict the mundane situation during the period in question of each individual country.

Between Darkness and Light – Comet ISON

comet over Istanbul in 1577

On 21 September 2012 05:15AM, a comet named ISON was discovered at the ISON-Kislovodsk observatory, Russia. It is believed that ISON may prove to be brighter than a full moon when it is set to appear by the end of 2013.

This is the election chart for the discovery:

The picture below shows the path of comet ISON with its perihelion in 06*49′ Sagittarius, on 28 November 2013:

(via the website of the Planetary Society, http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/charts/comet-ison-predicted-path.html)

In 1680 William Greene already mentions comets in signs in his Memento to the World, writing about the appearance of a comet in Sagittarius:

 “In Sagitary it denotes Evil to Great Men, Controversies about Religion and Laws, Feavers and other dangerous Infirmities”

He also quotes a poem by Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas from 1578:

  “Here in the Night appears a flaming Spire,

There a fierce Dragon folded, all in fire;

Here a bright Comet, there a fiery stream,

Here flying Lances, there a burning Beam;

Here seems an Horned Goat, environed round,

With fiery flakes, about the air to bound,

There with long, Bloody Hair, a Blazing Star,

Threatening the World with Famine, Plague and War.

To Princes Death, to Kingdoms many Crosses,

To all Estates inevitable losses,

To Herdsmen Rots, to Ploughman hapless seasons,

To Sailors Storms, to Cities civil Treason.”

Around the time of its perihelion, at the end of November 2013, comet ISON will be conjunct the fixed star Dschubba sitting at the head of the constellation Scorpio. Dschubba is believed to be of the nature of Mars and has some of Saturn’s characteristics as well.

Reinhold Ebertin writes in Die Bedeutung der Fixsterne, that  Dschubba would be detrimental:

“[t]o material wealth, it causes problems, difficulties, impediments and loss.” (p.55)

This similarity to the greater and lesser malefic suggests that Dschubba is close in nature to comets, which are, as we have seen before, bringer of famine, plague and war.  We can therefore conclude that the conjunction between comet and fixed star will enhance the potential for negative occurrences.

Due to the precession of the equinoxes the constellation of Scorpius overlaps with the tropical zodiac sign of Sagittarius. To be able to try and predict the events symbolized by comet ISON, we have to consider both, the sidereal Scorpius and the tropical Sagittarius to get a clearer picture.

Diana Rosenberg says about the region of Scorpius/Sagittarius in her Secrets of the Ancient Skies, that:

“[t]his is an area of night, the Serpent and the Scorpio, both denizens of dark, hidden places … dominate these longitudes … There is a direct conflict here between expansive, congenial tropical Sagittarius and the dark Scorpion underlying him.” (vol.2, p.272)

Manilius said about Scorpio that it would preside over armaments and makes men’s minds burn with eagerness for war; their hearts rejoice in the flow of blood, for slaughter as much as for acquiring booty.

But then we have to consider as well that there must be a calmer, more enlightened influence, coming from the tropical sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, the greater benefic. And, looking at the comet’s path again, we can see that after its perihelion, ISON will move sharply to the north, encountering Ophiuchus, the shaman. He is the mediator between heaven and earth, source of all wisdom and healing. But Ophiuchus is also forever encircled by the Serpent, forever struggling in a fight neither of them can win.

So after all it seems when dealing with the influence and possible effect of comet ISON we are reminded of a sentence from the Tabula Smaragdina:

That which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the miracles of the one thing. 

With the appearance of comet ISON, the eternal struggle of darkness against light is once again played out in the heavens as well as on earth. Will Ophiuchus, the shaman, magician and healer, be successful in his battle against merciless violence, destruction, greed, and over-inflated materialism, and be able to keep the coming events, symbolised by comet ISON, which is so similar to the Serpent he is struggling with eternally, under his control?

As an addendum it should be noted that, according to Manilius and Ptolemy, Scorpio reigns over the eastern North African area, including Syria, Algeria, Morocco, and Libya .

UPDATE:

Comet ISON – the interactive model:

http://www.solarsystemscope.com/ison/

Keep track of comet ISON with the help of the ISON Comet of 2013 Astrology Viewer 1.0:

http://www.inner-sky.com/isonastrology.html

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