From the Desk of Leslie Marlar, Feb. ’19
For those of you who are local, S.T.A.R. Guild astrology study group meets on Feb 26th, Tuesday at the library in Cocoa, at 6 pm. We will look at the charts of Supreme Court Justices and other charts of topical interest.
This past month we looked at Venus in our charts and started a little research project. We are watching our own Venus type events and watching Venus move around our charts. We are looking to see if we have important social events etc. when Venus is in important places in our charts, for example, the angles.
This past month we had notable events.
The government shutdown started with troublesome Mars squaring and opposing the angles at midnight on Dec. 22nd. There was a Full Moon on the next day.
China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon on Jan. 3rd with the Moon in long distance travel sign, Sagittarius. The Sun was in goal sign, Capricorn with goal planet, Saturn. Also on the 3rd, newly elected Congressmen and Senators were sworn in. Capricorn is a government sign and Saturn a government planet.
The buzzfeed story came out on Jan 17th and was called inaccurate by the Mueller probe on the 18th. Both days the Moon was in Gemini, Trump’s Sun sign. His Sun trines Jupiter which is very lucky, and the story started badly for him and ended well.
There was another shooting in Sebring on Jan. 23rd. There was a T square between the Moon, extreme Neptune, and Venus and Jupiter in shooting sign, Sagittarius. Due to the involvement of Neptune and the Moon, I think he will be found to be off mentally.
Next month Saturn continues to near Pluto, making for rather extreme difficulties. Mars joins Uranus at mid-month; This joins the qualities of trouble and surprise. This is when the continuing resolution ends.
New Moon in Aquarius on the 3rd, 4th, & most of the 5th brings a new start in our social & intellectual lives.
Full Moon in Virgo on the 19th & 20th contrasts mission & vision.
Fairly good days this month: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 somewhat, 14, 18, 23, 24, & 25.
Astrologer Leslie Marlar PAI ’77
Hermetician Church of Light ’93
Honors Graduate, BGS, Rollins ’90
Events of 2018 and a Peak at 2019
As an astrologer, I expect to see a connection between earth events and sky events. I have recorded the news for years and at the end of the year look to see if the connections happened. Let’s look at 2018 earth and sky events and make a projection about 2019.
These events were listed by journalist Shepard Smith as the important events of the year.
The Election Investigation. This continues from the past year. It seems to stem from a very negative reaction to Trump. His Mars on the Ascendant attracts conflict. It also gives him the tremendous energy that he is known for. His enemies seem to be: Democrats, some Republicans, the main stream media, some in the DOJ and FBI, and apparently the deep state. In his chart, his planets in air signs and fire signs relate well. He also has the Sun with Uranus and trine to Jupiter. This is like lottery winning luck. His discord in his chart is planets in Cancer, namely, Mercury, Saturn, and Venus square planets in Libra, namely, Neptune and Jupiter. Pluto was connecting with this from Capricorn when his presidency started. But in ’18, Saturn joined Pluto. So Pluto and Saturn are tying into his discord. Pluto leaves Capricorn in 2023. And Saturn leaves Capricorn in 2021. He still seams to be holding up.
Jan. 13th Fake Missile Alert, Hawaii. We have a time of this event and as a result a chart for this event. Aquarius, the sign of the people was risisng and this event was experienced by many people. Saturn, planet of fear, was next to Mercury, planet of messages. And violent Mars and Jupiter, planet of missiles, were at the top of the chart. You can imagine people looking up in a panic. The placement of Mars and Jupiter showed that there was a direction to look at.
The Trade War. This is probably shown by Saturn joining Pluto in Capricorn and opposing Venus, Jupiter, the Sun, and Mercury in the 2nd house, the money house, of the U.S. Chart. In other words, a conflict between planets in money houses in the U.S. chart shows a financial conflict in the world. Planets opposing our Sun and other planets show outside parties involved. The President has Mars very near his Ascendant, a very personal point in his chart. This shows him to be warring. As an alpha male he fights and wins. So we expect him to attract conflict.
The Parkland School Shooting. We have the event time and as a result, the chart. 7 Cancer was rising and Saturn was closely opposing it. Planets on or oppose the Ascendant show someone at the door. And Saturn is the worst planet, when showing its negative side. Mars was in shooting sign Sagittarius. We call it the shooting sign because the image of the constellation is a centaur shooting an arrow. Venus and Neptune were together and this is romantic. Mars was squaring this and associated violence with romance. It was Valentine’s Day.
The Santa Fe School Shooting. This time the Moon was at 9 Cancer and Saturn was at 8.5 Capricorn in another close opposition. Mars was in the same sign as the Midheaven. This shows violence being noted at that time.
The Separation of Children from their Immigrant Families. This was happening around mid June. At this time Mercury, communication planet, is is family sign Cancer opposing Saturn. This planet is associated with separation.
When Trump and Kim Jung Un met on June 12th, The Sun was close to Trump’s Sun. His birthday was coming up; this gives Trump power. And the Moon was at the top of Trump’s chart, the recognition part of his chart. He got a lot of attention for this meeting.
When bill Cosby was convicted on Aug. 26th ’18, difficult planets Mars, Pluto, and Saturn were at the top of his chart, the reputation part of the chart. Mars and Pluto were tying into his Jupiter oppose Sun and Mercury. This shows the law, Jupiter having an important effect on his life.
When our embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14th, The Sun was in Taurus at the top of Trump’s chart, bringing him recognition.
Kiluea erupted on May 17th after becoming more active on May 3rd. It continued to spew for weeks from a number of fissures. Uranus changed sign from fire sign, Aries to earth sign, Taurus on May 15th. A slow moving planet changing sign shows change and shifting. And the association of fire and earth sounds like a volcano. I mentioned this the preceding Dec. And that was a lucky shot.
On the day Megan and Harry married the Moon was in Cancer forming an emotional and lucky grand trine with rich Jupiter and romantic Neptune.
On July 2nd a boys soccer team from Thailand was found alive in a flooded cave. They went into the cave on June 23rd, with the Sun is in water sign Cancer opposing Saturn, which rules caves. On the 2nd the Sun and Moon and Jupiter form a lucky grand trine and all are eventually rescued.
Brett Kavanaugh has Venus, Mercury, and the Sun in Aquarius; this is an important sign in his chart. From the time the troublesome Kavanaugh/Ford hearings happened until his first day of work, troublesome Mars was in Aquarius..
Manifort was convicted and Cohen pleaded guilty on Aug. 21st. The Moon was in Capricorn along with Mars, Saturn, and Pluto. These are troublesome planets and Capricorn is the sign of the elevated, whether people or mountains. Sometimes elevated people fall off the mountain.
On Oct. 10th, Michael hit Mexico Beach. Some think it was a Cat 5. At landfall, destructive Mars was square the Moon. Pluto and Saturn were in the 1st house. When planets are in the 1st, it means that things like the planets, come to you. Pluto near Saturn is like an extreme storm.
The synagogue shooting happened on Oct. 27th. Death sign, Scorpio was rising with Venus, the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter. Violent Mars in Aquarius squared some of these planets.
My notes on the Caravan go back to Oct 18th and 19th as it approached the Mexico border. Troublesome Mars is in the humanity sign, Aquarius showing masses of people motivated and in stress.
The mid-term election happened on Nov 6th. On that day there was a New Moon in Scorpio, showing a new start. Saturn, representing the Democrats, in Capricorn is strong and the Dems took back the house. Jupiter, representing the Republicans, in Sagittarius is strong and the Republicans gained seats in the Senate. Jupiter went into Sagittarius 2 days after the election and we had to wait for the results.
The California Camp fire took place on Nov. 8th and on that day destroyed the town of Paradise and killed 86 people. Uranus was in fire sign, Aries. Mercury was in fire sign, Sagittarius and Jupiter went into Sagittarius that day. Fire planet, Mars was in people sign, Aquarius and square Jupiter. Jupiter does things in a big way, so, Mars/Jupiter connections show big trouble. In this case big fire.
Marijuana has been legalized in more places this year. Neptune is the planet associated with altered states. Neptune continues to move slowly through Pisces, where it is strong. The last time Neptune was in Pisces, the Spiritualist Movement started with the Fox sisters’ rappings. Altered states whether spiritual or from substances are Neptunian.
George H. Bush died on Nov. 30th. Jupiter was near his Jupiter and so was the Sun. His life got rave reviews. In the next few days there were various viewings and memorials while Mercury and Venus were in death sign, Scorpio.
2019. We are watching Uranus go back into Taurus in March. This is a repeat of this event in mid-May ’18. Kiluea happened then. Will we have another extreme geological event? Uranus will stay in Taurus for 7 years. This will bring challenging management events to Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, and Aquarius. It is important to note if these natives are early, middle, or late in their signs. Next year Uranus is early.
Pluto and Saturn are still in Capricorn and fairly close to each other. Saturn events become more extreme. At best Saturn is hard work and goals. Otherwise it is unwanted difficult events. Let’s remember that even these sometimes produce improvements. Our divided government probably won’t get much done; the markets like that. On a personal note, Capricorns, Aries, Cancer, and Libra should pursue goals, not overwork, and seek vitality and happiness. This uses or counters the Saturn influence.
Neptune continues in Pisces. Let’s exercise our imaginations and pursue wonderful subtle things like meditation etc.This is especially important for Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, and Sagittarius.
Jupiter is in Sagittarius. That sign plus Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces can improve their management skills if they can be factual and focused.
Pax & Happy New Year
Since Michael’s arrival, I’ve seen mention of 4 hurricanes grouped together for ferocity and effect. They are the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Andrew, Camille and Michael. A landfall time for the Labor Day hurricane is hard to find. But the others are available and show a common factor, to be shown soon.
It is easy to see the correspondents of hurricanes when we have a landfall time.
Frequently there is an opposition across the 1st and 7th wholesign houses, the areas of the eastern and western horizons. This is appropriate because it shows that an event is upon them at that time and place.
For Katrina we have Saturn, and Mercury in the 1st in Leo, with Mercury opposing Neptune.
Sandy has Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st and Mars in the 7th. There is also a Full Moon in Taurus with Saturn near the Sun.
Recent Florence has Mercury and the Sun in Virgo in the 1st, with Mercury in a close opposition with wet Neptune in wet Pisces.
Camille has Saturn in the 1st house in Taurus with the Ascendant opposing Neptune in Scorpio.
Michael has Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in the 1st with Pluto close to the Ascendant.
And Andrew has Mercury in Leo in the 1st house in a very close opposition with Saturn.
Andrew, Camille, Katrina, and Michael all show Saturn in the wholesign first or 7th. This a remarkable correspondent of loss for 4 storms that brought great loss. When we are asked to demonstrate the veracity of astrology, we can site this type of evidence.
Astrology and the Bible
by Leslie Marlar, March ’18
On gets the impression from the messages coming to us in Western Society that Astrology is not accepted. Since the Bible is the foundation of much of Western culture, it seems that the negative treatment of Astrology comes from this. To my surprise, the Bible makes many positive references to Astrology and I would like to share them with you.
The format is simple. I will note the quote and explain it from the astrological perspective. The Bible in use is St. Jerome’s Vulgate, unless otherwise noted.
Genesis, Chap. 1, verses 14 to 18. Creation of our Symbols.
14 And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and for years:
15 To shine in the firmament of heaven, and to give light upon the earth. And it was so done.
16 And God made two great lights: a greater light to rule the day; and a lesser light to rule the night: and the stars.
17 And he set them in the firmament of heaven to shine upon the earth.
18 And to rule the day and the night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
This reference is on the first page of the Bible where creation is the topic. These lights rule time periods, are for signs and seasons, shine on the earth, and separate light and dark. Figuratively they are working for God in many ways including shining on us, or giving us understanding or light. Some refer to the night sky as God’s writing. Kepler referred to God as the geometricising God.
Also, these quotes are referred to by astrologers as the basis for the timing of secondary progressions, a day for a year.
Genesis, Chap 35, verses 22 through 26. The 12 Tribes.
22….Now the sons of Jacob were 12.
23 The sons of Lia: Ruben the first born, and Simeon, and Levi, and Juda, and Issachar, and Zabulon.
24 The sons of Rachel: Joeseph and Benjamin.
25 The sons of Bala, Rachel’s handmaid: Dan and Nephtali.
26 The sons of Zelpha, Lia’s handmaid: Gad and Aser: these are the sons of Jacob that were born to him in Mesopotamia of Syria.
We associate the 12 sons of Jacob, Israel with the 12 tribes. And the 12 tribes with the 12 signs. Later we will see the breastplate of the head priest with 12 gems representing the 12 tribes. And it is our job to figure out which gem goes with which sign. Things are sounding Kabalistic already. We are looking at one of the world’s scriptures and we are finding subtle messages.
Genesis Chapter 37 verses 9 & 10. Joseph’s Dream.
9 He dreamed also another dream, which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream as it were the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars worshiping me. 10 And when he had told this to his father and brethren, his father rebuked him , and said: What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother , and thy brethren worship thee upon the earth?
It is interesting to me that the father, mother, and 11 brothers, who together with Joseph represent the 12 sons of Jacob, the 12 tribes of Israel are symbolized as Sun, Moon, and stars. How about Sun. Moon, and signs?
As we see astrology and metaphysics in the Bible, let’s remember that Moses was from Egypt and Abraham from Ur. Astrology was practiced in both.
Genesis, Chapter 44, Verses 5 & 15. Joseph’s Cup
5 The cup which you have stolen is that in which my lord drinketh. And in which he is wont to divine: you have done a very evil thing.
15 And he said to them: Why would you do so? know you not that there is no one like me in the science of divining.
Divining is not treated well in Leviticus and it surprised me that beloved Joseph divined.
Genesis Chapter 49, Verses 1 through 28. Jacob’s prophetical blessing for his 12 sons, the 12 tribes, the 12 signs.
And Jacob called his sons, and said to them: Gather yourselves together that I may tell you the things that shall befall you in the last days.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, O ye sons of Jacob, harken to Israel your father:
3 Reuben my firstborn, though art my strength, and the beginning of my sorrow: excelling in gifts, greater in command.
4 Thou art poured out as water, grow thou not: because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed, and didst defile his couch.
5 Simeon and Levi brethren: vessels of iniquity, waging war.
6 Let not my soul go into their counsel, nor my glory be in their assembly: because in their fury they slew a man, and in their selfwill they undermined a wall.
7 Cursed be their fury, because it was stubborn: and their wrath because it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and and will scatter them in Israel.
8 Juda, thee shall thy brethren praise: thy hands shall be on the necks of thy enemies: the sons of thy father shall bow down to thee.
9 Juda is the lion’s whelp: to the prey my son, thou art gone up: resting thou has couched like a lion, as a lioness, who shall rouse him?
10 The scepter will not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations.
11 Tying his foal to the vineyard, and his ass, O my son, to the vine, and his garment in the blood of the grape.
12 His eyes are more beautiful than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
13 Zabulon shall dwell on the sea shore, and in the road of ships, reaching as far as Zidon.
14 Issachar shall be a strong ass lying down between the borders.
15 He saw rest that it was good: and the land that it was excellent: and he bowed his shoulder to carry, and became a servant under tribute.
16 Dan shall judge his people like another tribe in Israel.
17 Let Dan be a snake in the way, a serpent in the path, that biteth the horses heals that his rider may fall backward.
18 I will look for thy salvation O Lord.
19 Gad, being girded, shall fight before him: and he himself shall be girded backward.
20 Aser, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield dainties to kings.
21 Nephtali, a hart let loose, and giving words of beauty.
22 Joseph is a growing son, a growing son and comely to behold; the daughters run to and fro upon the wall.
23 But they who held darts provoked him, and quarreled with him, and envied him.
24 His bow rested upon the strong, and the bands of his arms and his hands were loosed, by the hands of the mighty one of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, the stone of Israel.
25 The God of thy father shall be thy helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessing of the heavens above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his fathers: until the desire of the everlasting hills shall come; may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren.
27 Benjamin a ravenous wolf, in the morning shall eat the prey, and in the evening shall divide the spoil.
28 All these are the 12 tribes of Israel: these things their father spoke to them, and he blessed every one, with their proper blessing.
Of course, the question is, which son/tribe is which sign?
Fortunately Rabbi and Astrologer Joel Dobin in his book, “To Rule Both Night and Day” matches up the sons in the order of their birth and the signs in their order. Back in Jacobs day, Taurus was the first sign and Aries the last sign. That is, the vernal equinox was in Taurus. So, we have: Taurus Reuben, Gemini Simon, Cancer Levi, Leo Juda, Virgo Zebulun, Libra Issachar, Scorpio Dan, Sagittarius Gad, Capricorn Asher, Aquarius Naphtali, Pisces Joseph, and Aries Benjamin. I’m looking forward to seeing the gems associated with the tribes and as a result, the signs.
Shakespeare and Astrology
by Leslie Marlar Nov. ’16
We know that Shakespeare used numerous Astrological quotes in his writings. Does the literary community know enough about Astrology to understand these? I doubt it. I am going to try to shed light on this. My Shakespeare is a little rough, but my Astrology is quite good. P.S. Last night I dreamed that I was walking done a path bordered by beautiful yellow flowers. They were thick and the greens and yellows were beautiful. I think this project, started today, is my going down that beautiful path.
The Winter’s Tale. “There’s some ill planet reigns: I must be patient till the heavens look with an aspect more favorable.” The Sun, Moon, planets, and points on the ecliptic called angles form geometrical relationships with each other called aspects. Planets near each other form a conjunction which is powerful. Planets 60 or 120 degrees of arc from each other are harmoniously related and planets 90 or 180 degrees of arc from each other are in a stressful relationship. In addition to aspect, a planet can reign if it is in an important place in the sky. The eastern horizon and the zenith are very important places. And there are planets with a bad reputation for trouble like Mars, the god of war and Saturn, the Titan who ate his children. So Queen Hermione notes that a bad aspect is in place and that she should wait for a good one. Things are always moving in the sky. Shakespeare is upholding the theory that it makes sense to avoid action at bad times and instead do something at a good time because there is a connection between things happening on earth and in the sky.
When someone close to me had open heart surgery, I had no control over the choice of time and date. One ill planet reigned. Mars was square (90) the Moon. This causes infection and he did get a mild one at the incision, not the heart, at a later point. But at the time of the surgery, the Sun and Mars were at 120 degrees and good Jupiter and the Ascendant were 60 degrees from those. According to the heart surgeon it all went very well.
“Swear his thought over by each particular star in heaven and by all their influences,” Planets used to described as stars; for example, the star of Jupiter being said instead of Jupiter. But the actual stars are also thought to have influence. My own policy to determine the influence of a star is to note its appearance, the mythological stories associated with it, and the image of the constellation that it is in. For example, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. In the U.S. horoscope, Sirius is very close to our Sun. The Sun is aways important in a chart and here it is with the brightest star in the sky. The interpretation is that our country is bright or great.
“It is a bawdy planet, that will strike where ’tis predominant; and ’tis powerful, think it, from, east, west, north, and south;
I think he is talking about the power of a planet at the angles, the Ascendant in the east, the Descendant in the west, the Nadir tilted north, and the Zenith in the south.
And here is a great example. In the horoscope of the country, Haiti. Mars is at the Zenith and Saturn is at the Descendant. So two bawdy planets are striking this country and the country is known for its difficulties. When the devastating Jan 12th 2010 quake hit Haiti, in a horoscope set up for the time of the quake, Pluto was on Haiti’s Mars and Saturn was on their Saturn. Here are two strikes at the time of the quake. When hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in October ’16, Mars was on Haiti’s Mars and Jupiter was on Haiti’s Saturn. Here are two planets striking again. Incidentally, when a planet in the sky, returns to the place that it was in, in the birth horoscope, we call it a return. Haiti had a Saturn return at the time of the quake and a Mars return for the hurricane. When dealing with people, returns are opportunities for a new start. Under the Mars return, we recommend new actions, like exercise. Under the Saturn return we recommend new longterm goals. In the U.S. Chart, we are having our Pluto return. This is happening in a financial area of our chart. We would say that improving our financial structure is required in order to have a good new start.
The Tempest. Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan says, “ and by my prescience I find my zenith doth depend upon a most auspicious star; whose influence if now I court not, but omit, my fortunes will ever after droop.” The zenith in a person’s horoscope is associated with one’s station. In the sky, it is a reigning force. He seems to be saying that his public life and station, his zenith, is dependent upon taking some action involving an auspicious star. Or that an auspicious star is at the zenith and a good time to take an action. He’s into magic, so there is no telling what he is up to, but we know it involves the top of his horoscope or the current or recent horoscope, an action, and the influence of a star.
I note that Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is at the zenith once a day. What a good time to start something. Modern astrologers have software that shows us the changing sky. So it is easy to see when the 15th degree of Cancer is at the zenith.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
Horatio says, “As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the Sun; and the moist star, Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse: And even the like precurse of fierce events,- As harbingers preceding still the fates, And prologue to the omen coming on,- Have heaven and earth together demonstrated Unto our climature and countrymen.
Here Shakespeare is noting the effects of comets and eclipses on coming events. This reminds me of the Moon’s, moist star’s, influence on the tides, Neptune’s empire. I have seen in the charts of earthquakes, the Moon in a tide influencing position, which is a little past the angles. The Moon affects even the land at high and low tides.
I also think of 8th century St Bede. In his “Ecclesiastical History of England”, he notes in the chronology, a comet and 3 eclipses and attendant powerful events. In one instance he says,” In the year 664 an eclipse came to pass: Earconbert, King of Kent, died; and Colman with his Scots returned to his own people; a great plague arose; and Chad and Wilfrid were made bishops of Northumbria.”
In Hamlet, Marcellus says,” some say that ever gainst that season comes wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated, the bird of dawning singeth all night long; and then, they say, no spirit can walk abroad; the nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, no fairy takes, nor witch has power to charm;” The use of the word strike shows that planets have an effect but not at this time. I find myself with a new vocabulary: planets reigning and planets striking, and this is good Astrology.
Again in Hamlet, Polonius, talking to the King about what he said to his daughter says,
“And my young mistress thus I did bespeak, Lord Hamlet is a Prince, out of thy star;”
So now the question is about certain planets and stars in the charts of royals as compared to those with less prestige. If he is talking about a planet, Jupiter and the Sun are bodies of high rank according to Rex Bills. She may not be ruled by the star or planet that would represent an appropriate mate for Hamlet. Or he is not included in her type represented by a mate describing planet in her chart. Or her Sun may not be dignified enough to represent him. He is not in her world, defined by her star.
This makes me think of some related ideas. A person can be shown to be special when a 1st magnitude star is in an important place in their chart. Trump has Regulus on his Ascendant. G.W. Bush has his Sun close to Sirius. Another placement showing rank is the ruler of the Ascendant being elevated. Queen Elizabeth 2 has this. She is Capricorn rising and her Saturn is at the top of her chart. Queen Elizabeth 1 also had Capricorn rising, but her Saturn was in the 7th, in Cancer, the house of enemies. Her father was a Sun in cancer so he was one of her enemies. And finally here’s a little something about Prince Charles. He has the Moon in Taurus in his 10th and his Mother is a Taurus. This is like astrological poetry.
In Act 3, Hamlet describes himself as crawling between earth and heaven. This takes no explanation but it reminds me of something. I was soaking between earth and heaven the other night in the hot tub at 2 am. I have a view of the southern ecliptic and saw magnificent Leo past the zenith, Corvus at the zenith, and bright Jupiter and Spica moving up to it. Magic does exist in the world; we just have to look up.
Hamlet says to his mother in reference to her murdered husband and his murderer, “Look here upon this picture and on this, – The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. See what a grace was seated upon this brow; Hyperion’s curls; the front of Jove himself; An eye like Mars, to threaten and command; A station like the herald Mercury New-lighted on the heaven-kissing hill; A combination and a form, indeed Where every god did seem to set his seal, To give the world assurance of the man:”
The mythological gods in appearance, nature, and activity show us what the planets are like. So to us, the Sun, or Jove, or Mars, or Mercury are the gods and the planets which are features of our charts and facets or our own personalities.
Midsummer’s Night Dream. In this play Theseus, Duke of Athens, says,
” Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptual hour draws apace; four happy days bring in Another moon: but, oh, methinks, how slow this old moon wanes!”… “Four nights will quickly dream away the time; And then the moon, like a silver bow New bent in heaven, shall behold the night Of our solemnities.”
The Duke and Hippolyta are to be married right after the new moon when there is a crescent moon. They do not want to marry under a declining Moon. Timing this marriage with a new crescent Moon shows a new start and a marriage that develops over a long time. One would not want to start a new marriage under an old Moon.
To be continued.
Events of 2017 and a Look at 2018
When I asked a friend what he thought the most important events of 2017 were, he said,” the inauguration of Trump, the little fat guy, and the sex thing”. He later added the mass shootings at my insistence, and said that they come before the sex thing.
My notebook is full of events in the world and in the sky that I record every year. It is essentially carrying on the work of the Assyrian Enuma Anu Enlil, who painstakingly did the same thing over a long period of time.
My friend’s list was right on the mark. Let’s look at it and add a few events.
The inauguration of Trump and the election happened under a T square between Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra. This combo in cardinal signs well shows the conflict between movers and shakers, people at the top, people in power. An outsider was elected and tensions have been constant. In Trump’s chart, his Jupiter in Libra has been the connection with the T square. In the Gemini rising U.S. chart, the T square connects with our Pluto in Capricorn and our Saturn in Libra. These oppose and square our numerous planets in Cancer especially Mercury. And Saturn in the U.S. Chart rules the Aquarius midheaven. (I like the Gemini rising chart because in our country, the cities were in the east, Gemini Ascendant, and Sagittarius, the wild west, was in the west.) In the sky, Mars square Saturn in the inauguration chart, added to the stress felt by many.
The little fat guy’s actions have been bringing in thoughts and threats of war. Trump’s Mars, planet of war, is very close to his Ascendant and he attracts conflict. In the U.S. chart we have Mars in the first, like Trump. Transiting Saturn has been in Sagittarius in our whole sign 7th, the house of war. And, the cardinal T square adds to the international tension. We have two dates a year apart for Kim Jung Un, so we can’t expand on his nature.
The October 1st Las Vegas mass shooting was the worst in our history. Paddock has five planets in cardinal signs in angular houses. These are Uranus in Cancer, Neptune and Saturn in Libra, and the Sun and Venus in Aries. He had been under the influence of the cardinal T square for a long period of time. When the shooting happened mutable signs were in angles. Venus and Mars, women and men, were in the 4th squaring Saturn and opposing Neptune. The Gemini Ascendant was very close to the opposition with Saturn in shooting sign, Sagittarius. The transiting square of Venus and Mars to Saturn was oppose and square his natal Pisces Mercury. The Moon was in Aquarius as was his.
The Southerland Texas shooting happened with Pluto, Uranus, Mars, and Venus in cardinal signs and angular houses. By this time, Jupiter is in Scorpio connecting concepts of church and death. An early Gemini Moon is oppose by sign, Saturn in shooting sign, Sagittarius.
The harassment sex scandal started around Oct. 5th a few days before Jupiter went into Scorpio on the 10th. It started with the Weinstein story and is still developing. Weinstein has a very strong square between Mars in Scorpio and Pluto in Leo. Kevin Spacey has Mars and Pluto close in Virgo, and has Uranus and Mercury square Jupiter in Scorpio. Roy Moore has Mars in Aquarius oppose Pluto in Leo. Pluto is with Saturn, the Sun is with Mars, and the Moon and Jupiter are in Scorpio. Al Franken has Scorpio rising and the Sun with Mars, 1st ruler, oppose the Moon. Charlie Rose has a Leo Moon oppose Venus and both square Saturn and Uranus and he probably does not get along well with women. Matt Lauer has Pluto square Mars in Sagittarius. Saturn and Mercury are in later Sagittarius getting a hit from transiting Saturn. His early Capricorn Sun will continue to be stimulated by Saturn after its sign change. He has Neptune in Scorpio.
A few more events warrant mention. The terrible June 14th high rise fire in London had the Sun opposing Saturn in fire sign Sagittarius, very close to the MC. And Mars was in real estate sign, Cancer.
The Sept 19th Mexican quake happened with the Sun and Moon with the MC in Virgo squaring the Ascendant and Saturn in Sagittarius. Mercury, Mars, and the Moon oppose Neptune and the Ascendant squares it. Homer called Neptune, shaker of earth.
In the Nov. 12th Halabja Iraq quake, cardinal signs are angular. Mars is square Pluto in 4th and 7th and the Moon is oppose Neptune, shaker of earth.
The hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria happen within a month of the total solar eclipse.
For Harvey, cardinal signs are angular. The Moon is very close to Jupiter and is square Venus and oppose Uranus in the 1st. For Irma’s keys landfall, cardinal signs are in Angular houses and the Moon is Aries very close to Uranus and oppose Jupiter in the 1st. The Sun is square Saturn. For Maria, the Sun is square Saturn and Venus, Mars, Mercury, and the Sun are in Virgo in the wholesign 1st. Mars and Mercury oppose Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter opposes Uranus. In September’s and early October’s natural disaster events, Jupiter opposes Uranus and shows humanity being affected by acts of God.
Here are some additional events by month.
In January, Libra was rising when the Jan. 1st Istanbul nightclub attack happened, so it was connecting with the T square. Mars was very close to Neptune.
In California, the rains started with Venus, Neptune, and Mars in wet Pisces. In Nigeria and in Mali on the 17th and 18th bombs took over 100 lives with the Moon in Libra connecting with the T square. On the 22nd, an Indian train derailed. The Moon was in Sagittarius along with Saturn which Mars was squaring. Under a Capricorn Moon on the 25th the DOW went over a mere 20.000. Money planets, Venus and Mars were together.
In February, Sessions is in, under a Cancer Moon and Flynn is asked to resign under a legal Libra Moon.
In March, under a Gemini Moon, Trump’s Sun sign, he says that he was wiretapped. It came to our attention later that communications in Trump tower were under surveillance. The March 22nd terror attack in London and the March 24th killing of the Republican health care bill both happened with Mars at the MC. This illustrates that this is not a good time to accomplish something or to be out and about.
In April, the Jupiter Pluto square was very strong at the time of the flood in Columbia, the subway blast in St. Petersburg, and the gas attack in Syria. Our tomahawk attack happened with the Moon on the President’s Leo Mars and when missiles hit, Saturn was at the MC in shooting, launching, and throwing sign, Sagittarius. Christian churches were blown up in Egypt on Palm Sunday with the Sun nearing Uranus. For the dropping of the MOAB on the 13th, the Moon and Mars were opposed in angular houses. Mars was in the MC sign, Taurus, in the President’s chart for most of April, showing him looking up to military action. In April, under a Full Moon in legal sign, Libra, Gorsuch is sworn in.
In May, Comey was fired under a Full Moon in Scorpio. The massive Wannacry cyber attack happened under a Moon in communication sign, Sagittarius. And yes, Saturn was there. A special counsel was named to the Russia collusion probe under an Aquarius Moon on May 17th. Aquarius is Trump’s 7th house of enemies. Trump makes his speech in Riyadh with the Moon in Aries, his wholesign 9th. The awful Manchester attack happened with Pluto in the 1st; Saturn, ruler of the first opposing Mars, the Moon with Uranus, and the MC in Scorpio. The rain causing the deadly Sri Lanka floods started under a Gemini New Moon.
In June, we’re looking at the following events. On the 1st , with a Virgo Moon, the President pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords. The Raqqa offensive started around the 6th. Warring Mars had just changed sign to Cancer and the Moon was in the death sign, Scorpio. During the Full Moon in justice sign, Sagittarius, Comey testified. On the 14th Scalise was shot; the Sun was opposing Saturn in shooting sign, Sagittarius and Mars was on the Ascendant.
Otto Warmbier died on the 19th which furthers the tensions with Noko. We can note that the cardinal T square was becoming a grand cross with the addition of hot, violent and harmful Mars in Cancer. This powerful, and for some events, more long term correspondent can probably be applied to the Venezuela situation, heat in the Southwest, the oil tanker explosion in Pakistan, and the China landslide. The landslide happened under a wet New Moon in Cancer.
In July with the Moon in Sagittarius on the 5th, a picture that may be Amelia Earhart with the Japanese was shown in the papers. She has 4 planets in Gemini, the opposite sign of Sagittarius.
Under the Full Moon in Capricorn Trump and Putin met at the G20.
On July 10th, Trump Jr. was noted as having a meeting with a Russian lawyer. The Moon was in Aquarius, Trump’s house of enemies and partners, but not too far past the full Moon.
On July 20th with the Moon in Gemini, O.J. Simpson was paroled. He has Mars in Gemini, which can be translated literally as double murders.
Under the Leo New Moon on 7/24, the sign of children, the Charlie Gard case ended and he died 4 days later.
Early morning of the 28th, McCain, whose Moon squares Uranus, surprised all by voting with Democrats and killing the Senate “skinny” repeal of Ocare. Saturn is connecting with his mutable T square including his natal Saturn. Transiting Saturn and Jupiter are moving from important places in his chart to less important places. This can show diminished activity.
In August, the T square became a grand cross and was associated with many events, including those of leaders being in conflict. The eclipses of Aug 7th and Aug 21st in Aquarius and Leo and involving Mars contributed to the making of many events.
The U.S. Chart has an Aquarius Moon. If you use the Gemini rising chart and wholesign houses, the Moon affects the 10th/4th and 9th/3rd houses. For Trump, Aquarius is in the 7th house of enemies and partners and the Leo eclipse was very close to his Ascendant and his natal Mars. And the solar eclipse was visible here in the U.S. focusing on the U.S.
For President Trump events we have: another grand jury empaneled by Mueller, 2 leaks of WH calls, the tension with Noko and the “fire and fury” comment, the Trump/McConnell spat, the Charlottesville riot events and the attendant Trump news conference, Bannon leaving, CEO’s leaving the WH, and various Trump rallies and speeches. For additional U.S. events we have: sanctions on Noko, Confederate statues coming down, another Navy ship collision, Harvey, Texas floods, a new $700,000 leukemia drug, and 3 more Noko missile launches. In the world, Barcelona happened when Saturn in Sagittarius was rising and opposing a Moon in vehicle sign, Gemini.
In Sierra Leon mudslides killed over 450 people.
In Sept. conflict with Noko continued in the news and this is nicely shown by the T square in cardinal signs. This probably also shows the conflict in the senate; the T square ends in October and the square of Uranus & Pluto ends in the spring of ’18. Things should get calmer. The big story last month were the disasters happening in populated areas. Irma, Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico happened under Sun square Saturn, which is classic for loss events. All of these events, plus August’s Harvey, happened under an opposition between Uranus and Jupiter. Jupiter is a weather planet and is associated with acts of God. Uranus represents people due to it ruler ship of human sign, Aquarius; it is also a hurricane planet.
In October many events happened. Some are saying that it is because of the eclipses that we had in August. I tend to agree. Here are some of those events and other correspondents.
The Oct 1st Las Vegas shooting and the Oct 5th Weinstein story were mentioned earlier.
Around Oct. 9th fires in California start and last for about a week; they take lives and do 1 billion in damage. Venus and Mars are together and squaring Saturn. And the Sun and Mercury square Pluto.
On Oct. 10th, Jupiter, the good planet of law and things improving, moves into death, taxes, sex, and other side sign, Scorpio.
On Oct 14th, Al Shabad bombed a shopping district and kills 350 innocent people. Mars is still squaring Saturn and the Sun is still squaring Pluto.
On Oct. 17th, Raqqa falls under a New Moon in Libra.
On Oct 24th, news breaks that the DNC paid for the Trump Dossier and 2 congressional
investigations begin, one on the Uranium One deal and the other on the FBI not charging Clinton in the email investigation. At this time 3 planets are in Scorpio where Clinton has the Sun, Venus, and Mercury in squares with Mars, Pluto, and Saturn. (In her solar house chart she has these three Scorpio bodies in the 1st house and the three Leo planets in the 10th; this shows her extreme fame.)
On Oct 30th, Manafort is indicted by Mueller. Mars just into legal sign, Libra moving to square Pluto and oppose Uranus shows legal tension.
In Nov. we noted some important events. The Southerland church shooting and the Halabja quake were noted above.
The Egyptian mosque bombing and shooting also happened with cardinal signs in angular houses. Mars was opposing Uranus in the 7th and 1st houses, and Pluto was with the MC. Like the Southerland chart, Jupiter, sign of religion, is in the sign of death, Scorpio. The Sun, Mercury, and Saturn were in the shooting sign, Sagittarius.
Mt. Agung is acting up again. Sagittarius represents the tree covered area of mountains. Capricorn represents the area above the tree line. Saturn changed sign on Dec. 19th from Sag to Cap. Events happen when slow moving planets change sign.
On December 1, Flynn pleaded guilty when the Moon was in Taurus, the MC sign of Trump. On the 3rd we heard of FBI agent, Strzok’s removal from the Russia collusion case. Here the Moon was in Trump’s Sun sign, Gemini.
For the 1st half of the month fires raged in Ca., while the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn were in fire sign, Sagittarius.
On the 9th, with a Virgo Moon, Iraq said that the military war with ISIS is over. Mars changed sign that day.
With a Libra Moon conjunct Saturn in the U.S. Chart on the 12th, Moore lost and democrat Jones is elected. In our chart Saturn rules the MC.
On the 17th with the Moon in travel sign Sagittarius, Atlanta airport had an 11 hour power outage and on the 18th, a train derailed in Dupont Wa. Mercury, Venus, the Ascendant, Sun, and Saturn were in the 1st wholesign house in Sagittarius in the event chart. And Saturn is between the late Sagittarius Sun and the early Capricorn Moon.
It is noted under business sign Capricorn that the Dow is up 5000 points in ’17. and with the Moon in Aquarius, Reagan’s Sun sign and the country’s Moon sign, the tax bill was signed. Jupiter is in tax sign Scorpio.
My favorite event in December happened a couple of hours after the perfection of Venus trine Uranus. Tucker Carlson interviewed one of the military pilots who saw a UFO in ’04 in flight and shows the film. Many saw the craft in various places that day. These pilots were participating in a military project start by Harry Reid. “I want to believe”.
In 2018, we are watching some planets to see their effects on us. Jupiter has been in Scorpio since Oct. This connects Jupiter things with Scorpio things. Jupiter is improvement, law, and judging. Scorpio is sex, taxes, death and transformation. Mars is also in Scorpio from week 2 of Dec. until late January; and it charges up and assaults Jupiter. Recent home and restaurant fires and attacks on churches in late Dec. are an expression of this conjunction. Also, Mars is energy and trouble, and Jupiter is those at the top, so, we are expecting events for “important” people. These planets conjunct on the 6th.
Uranus will leave Aries and go into Taurus in mid-May and then go back into Aries in early Nov. Uranus is change and Taurus is money. The last time Uranus changed sign in ’11 it went from water to fire. We had the earthquake in the ocean, the tsunami, and the meltdown of the Japanese nuclear plant. Now we are going from fire to earth. This sounds like a volcano.
Saturn went into Capricorn in late Dec. ’17. Saturn is very strong in Cap because they are similar. Both are associated with ambition and goals. And Capricorn is a business sign and conservative. We will want to note that Pluto is already in Cap. From Mid-March until mid-Nov. Mars will be in Capricorn or Aquarius. The Capricorn periods create an impressive Mars, Saturn, Pluto combo. We should be noting where Capricorn is in all of our charts.
If you live on the space coast of Florida, you can watch launches from your driveway. And the other night we watched the Spacex Falcon 9 go up and then the first stage come down. What we saw looked like a rocket landing in a 50′s syfy movie. It was thrilling to see and it was a milestone in the space program.
As an astrologer, I have some interesting charts to show you that correspond to the launch attempts. A chart is a map of the sky showing all the celestial bodies and signs. Keep in mind that the Moon is very important in every chart.
The rocket was scheduled to go on Saturday, the 19th. It did not due to the interference of a static fire test. In the chart set up for that time, we can see the Moon in the fire sign, Aries near explosive Uranus and opposing fiery Mars. Someone like me would not suggest a launch corresponding to a chart like this due to discordant planetary relationships. Discord is associated with failure and harmony with success.
The next night, Sunday, the 20th it did not go. The experts said the chances were better the next night. On Sunday, the Moon was in Taurus and headed toward some very nice relationships with other planets. I thought it would go due to the approaching harmony, but it did not.
The next night, with the Moon still in Taurus and involved in the harmonious planetary relationships, the rocket went up, the 1st stage came down and landed, and the upper stage deployed 11 satellites. The mission succeeded.
There is logic here. The successful launch happened when the Moon was involved in a number of harmonious planetary relationships. It did not go during discordant relationships or before harmonious relationships were in play.
To see my piece on the Spacex rocket and others that blew up in recent time, see Launch Failures under Life’s Work on my site.