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!

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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.

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Total Lunar Eclipse 16 May 2022

On 16 May, there will be a total lunar eclipse, being exact at 4:14UT. The totality will last 85 minutes, which gives us an idea about the duration of the effect of this eclipse.

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

Before we are going to 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 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 eclipse Moon resides during the event.

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

We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. Looking at the path of angularity, we can see the following:

It is clearly visible that Halifax is on the Moon’s MC line, indicating that Canada may experience some of the eclipse’s influence. With Mars as eclipse ruler, we can turn to William Lilly to find out what to expect:

“… generally is the cause of corruption in regard of his too much dryness, and this especially when he is in a fiery Sign. […] he stirs up Wars, Seditions, intestine risings, and tumults, imprisonment, banishment, besieging and taking towns and cities.”

William Lilly also writes in his Annus Tenebrosus, or The Dark Year, that:

  “…] in an Eclipse of the Moon, so many hours as she is defective or suffers an Eclipse, so many moneths the Events thereby signified shall continue.”

This means that the current eclipse could affect us until the end of June 2022.

The eclipsed Moon will be in Scorpio, wherein she is in her Fall. The exact location is 25 degrees, placing her in Scorpio’s 3rd Decanate. Decanate ruler is Venus, which makes her eclipse co-ruler, together with Mars, who has sign rulership in Scorpio.

Again, we can look to Lilly, who wrote that a lunar eclipse in the 3rd Decanate of Scorpio promises:

 “many seditions, murthers and all manner of wretched- nesse succeeds, mankind oppressed with abundance of obnoxious diseases, and these generall”.

In the eclipse chart, Venus is in her Fall, which together with the eclipsed, essentially debilitated Moon doesn’t bode well. Debilitated Venus indicates a distortion of all the positive values she signifies in her dignified state. These include extravagance, infidelity, licentiousness and greed. Also, Luna is in a square aspect with Saturn, the Greater Malefic. This adds to the general theme of misery and foreboding, suggesting the possibility of loss or separation. Due to her apparent fluctuation (i.e. lunar phases), the Moon generally indicates inconsistency and change, but when debilitated, it also adds inactivity, instability, and passive behaviour which can even go as far as inertia. 

On the positive side, we can see that Mars, who is eclipse co-ruler, is strongly dignified. This suggests that courage and action may help to overcome even the biggest obstacles. 

(Jake Baddeley, Moonsong, 2009)

For those who are interested in the personal implications of this eclipse, it might be of interest what William Lilly has to say:

“… [an] eclipse is more dangerous or pernitious which shall be in the Horoscope or Ascendant of the birth; or which shall be in the degree Ascending in an Annuall Revolution: it portends unto the Native some ominous and mischievous action as unto his body and also in his vital substance [also] who had in the Radix of his Nativity either the Sun or the Moon in that degree, or in the degree opposite […] or in the like degrees […] which signs are in Quadrate aspects to the former, or if the degree Culminating in any man’s Nativity was either [the degree of the eclipse or its opposite or square] or within one degree therof, the native did suffer more or less by the influence of this Eclips; according to the signification of the House of Heaven, wherein the Sun or the Moon was in at the Birth, and was either well fortified or aspected of the benevolent Planets, or ill aspected, or afflicted of the Malevolents.”

For this particular lunar eclipse that means that people with 25* Scorpio/Taurus rising or culminating, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution chart, will feel the influence stronger than others. Furthermore, it should be noted 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 19 November 2021

There will be a partial lunar eclipse on 19 November 2021. It will be visible in east Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas. The full eclipse begins at 06:02UT and lasts until 12:03UT. Maximum eclipse (Moon opposing Sun) takes place at 09:03UT.  The total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours 2 minutes and the duration of the partial eclipse is 3:28 minutes.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 126 and is number 45 of 70 eclipses in the series.

The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

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

The eclipsed Moon will be in 27* 17’ Taurus. As this is the third decanate of Taurus, we learn from William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, published in 1652, that:

“ … it implies a plague amongst creeping noxious Creatures; as also amongst Rats and Mice, and such vermin as though must devour the Country-mans grain or Corn”

Decan Ruler is Saturn and the Moon is also in the Terms of Mars – in other words, both Malefics are eclipse rulers, which is kind of self-explanatory. But due to her rulership over Taurus, Venus is also eclipse ruler, which may bring some relief, as well as the fact that the Moon is essentially dignified by Exaltation. This suggests strong levels of resilience in the population and also a heightened urge to collectively moving forward.

What also springs to mind is the fact that the eclipsed Moon is conjunct fixed star Algol, the Demon star. According to Robson, in the legend, Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become by Neptune the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone. 

According to Diana Rosenberg, Algol: 

“… marks great tragedies, the sort of events in which many die or are killed brutally, and there seems to be a connection to animals”.

But she also writes that: 

“… the strong sword arm of Perseus, the Hero or Rescuer is here, protecting the innocent from evil-doers”.

It is also said that if fixed star Algol is in conjunction with the Moon, this indicates a violent death or extreme sickness.

From the perspective of mundane astrology, Algol is also connected with explosions and fires, eruptions, earthquakes and storms.

*In 1790, a solar eclipse (Sun conjunct Moon) was aligned with Algol; soon after the French Revolution began and a plague killed 80,000 in Egypt.

*In 1855, a solar eclipse took place during the Crimean War’s Siege of Sevastopol, causing great hardships that led to Florence Nightingale’s famous mission.

*Algol was on the IC when the Titanic sank.

*Algol was rising when the Massacre of the Huguenots took place, on Bartholomew’s Eve, 1772.

Traditionally, according to astrologers Lilly, Partridge and Dariot, Taurus has rulership over Russia, and we can see from the map below that the Sun (MC)/Moon (IC) axis is very close to Moscow, making it likely that after the event of the eclipse, Russia is likely to be in the headlines. It may also be of interest to watch how events unfold in China as the line of angularity is also close to Bejing.

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 27 Taurus

*Moon is in or around 27 Scorpio (opposition)

*27 Taurus is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)

*27 Taurus 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.

Cazimi Mars and Mercury

Are you currently devoid of energy, or irritated by malfunctioning computers? The good news is that next week, Mars and Mercury will be in the heart of the Sun, also known as cazimi.

In his Christian Astrology, William Lilly defines cazimi as follows:

“A Planet is in the heart of the Sun, or in Cazimi, when he is not removed from him 17 minutes, or is within 17 minutes forward or backward …” (CA, p113).

Currently, Mars and Mercury are essentially debilitated. Mars is weakened by being in detriment in Libra (A planet is said to be in detriment when located in the sign opposite its sign of rulership) and Mercury is currently in its retrograde phase, which is thought to cause all kinds of problems with communication, commerce and computers. All of this should temporarily change when Mars and Mercury will be cazimi.

Mars will be cazimi between 07 October 07:22UT and 09 October 00:40UT

Mercury will be cazimi on 09 October between 13:10UT and 19:27UTAzmi

During their cazimi phase, Mars and Mercury will, for a short period of time, be “wondrous strong” as William Lilly wrote (CA, p300).

Or as the famous Persian astrologer Abu Ma’shar wrote in his Great Introduction (trans. Dykes): “And for all planets, if they were with the Sun “in the heart” … then in many matters it indicates good fortune …” (Great Introduction, p438).

As both cazimi phases are not very long, it seems advisable to make the most of them! And by the way, the next time Mercury will be cazimi will be 29 November 2021.

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.

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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.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 5 July 2020

There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse on 5 July 2020. It will be visible from some parts of North America during moonrise, South and North America, the extreme part of Namaqua Land in South Africa and Western Africa (completely visible), and in southwestern Europe New Zealand, some parts of the Pacific Ocean, Central-, East Africa (except Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and a strip of North Eastern Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia) and some parts of North Africa and some parts of the Indian Ocean during moonset.

The Moon will start to enter Earth’s shadow at 03:07 UT and the maximum partial eclipse will occur at 04:30 UT. The entire eclipse will last for around two hours forty-five minutes, ending at 05:52 UT. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

Visibility_Lunar_Eclipse_2020-07-05

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

Full Moon eclipse July 2020

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 Capricorn, 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.

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

Screenshot 2020-06-28 at 10.21.15

Looking through traditional source material, we find that Albania, Austria (particularly Styria), Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France (particularly Gaunt at Somme), Germany (particularly Brandenburg, Constance, Juliers, Saxony, and Thuringia), Greece, Iran (Ariana), Italy (particularly Toronta and Derthona), Lithuania, Macedonia, UK (particularly Orkney Islands and Oxford), are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Capricorn.

From the above, it is noticeable that North America, South America, Africa and Spain are on the path of this lunar eclipse. This makes it possible that some eclipse related events may occur. Also, with the eclipsed Moon located close to the Ascendant in North America, it is likely that any eclipse related event will occur very soon after the actual date of the eclipse.

The Moon is placed in the second decanate of Capricorn, which is ruled by Mars. According to William Lilly’s Annus Tenebrosus, an eclipsed Moon in the second decanate of Capricorn indicates:

“uprores very frequent on the Souldiery, often incursions into neighbour-Countries, Captivities, Plunderings.”

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic, which shows that things are likely to get problematic. Again we can look to William Lilly, who wrote about Saturn being eclipse ruler:

“He is generally the cause of corruptions by reason of cold, more properly he declares continued diseases in the bodyes of men, as wasting of the body, or a consumption which hath its originall from some reflux of Reume, her denotes Disturbance of radicall Humours, Fluxes, Quartane Agues, Banishments, Poverty, Miserie, Lamentation, vain fears, mortality of old men especially […]”

There are also some important conjunctions between the Lunar North Node and fixed stars Betelgeuse and Polaris, and the Lunar South Node and fixed stars Acumen and Eltanin, which will add to the scope of this eclipse:

The North Lunar Node is conjunct Betelgeuse, which is of the nature of Mars and Mercury, can be associated with injuries through fire or explosive substances.

The North Lunar Node is also conjunct Polaris, which has a reputation for loss and trouble or sickness.

The Lunar South Node is conjunct Acumen, in Scorpius, associated with danger to the eyes, especially in association with the Sun and Moon.

Finally, a conjunction between the Lunar South Node and Eltanin, in Draco, which can be a proneness to fluctuating and volatile conditions in life.

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 13* Capricorn
  • Moon is in or around 13* Cancer (opposition)
  • 13* Capricorn is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 13* Capricorn 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.