From the Desk of Leslie Marlar, Aug. ’22
S.T.A.R. Guild met online and discussed a number of topics.
We looked at the solar house charts of 7 very rich people. We used the solar because we did not have birth times on most. We studied Elon, Gates, Buffet, Zucherberg, Bezos, Saros, and Oprah. I chose to look at more recent people to avoid very different slow moving planets.
Cardinal signs were prominent in most; these signs are associated with movers and shakers in society. All but 1 had a planet conjunct the Sun – an inroad to success. And all but two had another planet, Neptune or Pluto, conjunct Jupiter. This makes wealth more extreme. All had hard aspects to Mercury, active mentally. 5 had a hard aspect between Venus and Saturn. Of the other two, one had these two square by sign and Venus square Pluto, and the other had these two in the same sign. This suggest trouble in love.
We looked at July’s Capricorn full moon and we all had events around that time.
A number of events happened last month.
Elon Musk’s attempted purchase of Twitter has continued to be in the news since April 25th when this first started. On that date not much was being stimulated in his chart by planets in the sky. Saturn was moving away from his Mars in Aquarius. It had been on it in week 3 of March. Saturn will be back to his Mars in late August and early September. We can watch to see if anything happens.
The Jan 6th hearings have been proceeding since June 9th at 8pm. The chart set up for that time shows Sagittarius rising, which is appropriate for something that involves law and judgment. The Sun in Gemini is in the 7th house, showing the object of the hearings, a Gemini. Trump has the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius. This describes his loquaciousness. And the fact that his Sun/Moon opposition cuts across the horizon in the hearing chart, 1st & 7th houses, shows that this hearing is for him. The Libra Moon in the chart is at the top of the chart and on Trump’s Jupiter, showing a focus on his judgment. And Venus, Uranus, and Mercury are in Taurus which is the top of his chart, showing the focus on his reputation. People differ on whether or not we have learned anything new from the hearing.
The July 4th Highland Park shooting happened with the Moon on the Ascendant squaring Venus in the 10th. People were having fun at a parade. Violent Mars was squaring extreme Pluto.
On July 21st we heard that Biden had covid. In his birth chart, he has the Moon in Taurus in the 6th house, the house of illness. Mars and Uranus are in his 6th house currently. And the Moon was there the day we heard. His 4 planets in Scorpio are currently being opposed by Mars and Uranus. This could represent the calls for him not to run in ’24.
On July 25th, the Kyushu Volcano in Japan erupted at 8:05. The Ascendant was squaring Mars and Uranus and nearing Saturn. The Moon was in Gemini moving to square Neptune, “shaker of earth”.
The Guild will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, the 23rd of August. We will look at more charts of interest next month. To join us message me in skype at leslie marlar way before the meeting. I am thinking of adding a S.T.A.R. Guild jr. group to our monthly meetings. The junior group will be beginners or those who need a refresher. The seniors will meet from 6 to 7 and the juniors from 7 to 8. Both groups can be at the entire meeting if they want. Each group may take a bit longer than 1 hour. Only a few can join the new group. We will make adjustments until we achieve perfection. LOL
Fairly good days this month are: 1, am 2, 4, 7, 9, am 10, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21,23,28, & 30.
Astrologer Leslie Marlar PAI ’77
Hermetician Church of Light ’93
Honors Graduate, BGS, Rollins ’90
The Astrology of Zelenskyy, Ukraine, and Putin
by Leslie Marlar March ’22 www.lesliemarlar.com
On day 1 of the Ukraine Russia War the Moon was in Sagittarius, which is the sign of Putin’s Mars. Transiting Mars and Venus were getting very close to Pluto and all squared, in the last half of February, Putin’s Sun, Saturn, Neptune, and Mercury in Libra and in the 12th house. Mercury and Saturn were passing through his 4th house, house of territory, and transiting Uranus continues to pass slowly through his 7th house of war.
The strongest feature of Putin’s chart is the Sun, Saturn, Neptune, and Mercury in Libra in the 12th house, which has been heavily stimulated by planets in Capricorn since Nov. of ’21. His Sun Saturn shows harsh power methods and his Mercury Neptune shows creativity with the truth. A square from Uranus to all four shows radical methods.
The Aug. 24th 1991 Ukraine chart has Saturn and the Moon in Aquarius. With Saturn now in Aquarius, they are having their Saturn return. Their Sun is in early Virgo and Mars is in late Virgo. The strongest feature of the chart is Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus in later Leo in an out of sign conjunction with the very early Virgo Sun. The country has spirit.
Zelenskyy has emerged as a seminal figure. He has the Ascendant in smart Gemini with good Jupiter. His ruler, Mercury, is in sound Capricorn in the 8th house, sextile Uranus and square Pluto. He is being called upon to speak as his country is dying. His Mars is in early Leo, his Saturn in late Leo and his Moon is in mid-Leo trine Neptune and square Uranus. All are in the 3rd house. The Sun and Venus are in early Aquarius opposing Mars. A Full Moon was still in effect at his birth with a separation of 12 degrees.
Zelenskyy’s late Leo Saturn is with the late Leo and early Virgo main feature of Ukraine’s chart. And The Ukraine’s Saturn is on his Sun and Venus and opposes his Mars. So he is called upon to manage the Ukraine’s difficulties.
Putin’s Mars in Sagittarius squares Ukraine’s Virgo Mars. ( Mars and Sagittarius rule missiles.) Putin’s fixed Venus and Jupiter square Zelenskyy’s Leo Moon and connect with Zelenskyy’s Moon square Uranus. Putin’s Sun and Saturn square Zelenskyy’s Mercury. His Mars trines Zelenskyy’s Saturn and his Libra planets trine Zelenskyy’s Gemini Ascendant and Jupiter. He is bringing out some good things in Zelenskyy.
The shift of Mars and Venus from Capricorn to Aquarius suggests a shift from ground to air activity in Ukraine.
Saturn and the Moon in Aquarius are more stimulated by this in the Ukraine chart. In Zelenskyy’s chart Mars, the Sun, Venus, the Moon, Uranus, and Saturn are more stumulated. Also, Mars is near Saturn in late March and early April. This is challenging for anything.
Conclusion: Ukraine is having it’s Saturn return. When the twin towers were blown up, they were having their Saturn return. Saturn is also moving to oppose Ukraine’s Leo planets. But Jupiter and Venus near the Sun are a blessing.
Putin’s Sun, Saturn. Neptune, and Mercury in the KGB-like 12th house marks him as having questionable character. The 12th house is also the house of self-undoing. Venus in his first and Jupiter in his 7th promote him through contacts.
Zelenskyy is smart and good and selected by his planets to deal with distruction in Ukraine and possibly his own. Transiting Saturn is opposing his Moon. Venus near his Sun and Jupiter near his Ascendant are a blessing. Good Luck Ukraine and Zelenskyy
Tom Brady, Feb. ’22 t_brady_Novice 2 Wheel
Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T., “greatest of all time” in his football quarterback career. He has no planets in Capricorn, but its ruler, Saturn is in Leo near his Sun.
Due to Saturn’s bad reputation, it is encouraging to see it prominent in the chart of a successful person. In fact, I have noticed that extreme fame seems to be associated with a prominent Saturn. Supreme Court Justice Scalia had the Sun with Saturn. Kennedy and Mohamed Ali had Saturn in the 10th house.
Brady’s horoscope has several interesting features.
Brady has Pluto rising in Libra. He is nice looking and graceful. And his career has been as a member of a group, which is Pluto.
His Aries Moon is in the 7th house. Aries is the sign of leadership and he is a leader. The 7th house represents those who oppose the Ascendant. This marks the opposing teams. His Sun is with Saturn in Leo in the 11th house showing that Saturn things like organization and disapline are important to him. And Leo represents those who are the center of attention. Leos who know how to behave when the attention is on them are successful. The 11th house shows friends, the team. He has Venus at the top of the chart and this shows favor coming to him from those above him. His Mercury is in Virgo which is deliberate and analytical. This nicely decribes his behavior on the field. Mars in Gemini is athelitic. And Mars is part of a structure that sextiles his Moon, sextiles his Sun, and trines his Ascendant. And his Moon trine Sun is general good luck.
He announced his retirement on the day of the new moon in Aquarius. Saturn was there too and all of this opposed his Sun and Saturn in Leo. It’s enough to make you believe in astrology. P.S. On Sunday, March 13th, Brady announced that he would remain in football. This time the Moon was on his Sun and Saturn in Leo.
We will miss him, but I suspect that his success will continue.
The Virus and Astrology
Early May 2020
by Leslie Marlar
Most of us know someone who has been harmed physically or economically by the Coronavirus. Our hearts go out to them, we praise those who help, and we look to a quick recovery.
There is one thing that astrologers can be happy about in the current situation. It is that the sky and earth have just proven the case for astrology.
The biggest show in the sky has been the slow moving planets in later Capricorn and early Aquarius. And the biggest show on earth has been the virus. So, they connect.
Let’s see the short view and the long view.
Saturn conjuncted Pluto on Jan. 12th ’20. Saturn was approaching Pluto in mid Nov. ’19 and they will remain near throughout 2020. These two translate to extreme loss. The virus is said to have started in min-Nov. ’19 in Wuhan and various levels of it or related events could persist for a while.
Jupiter joined these two by sign on Dec. 2. and stays in Capricorn throughout most of 2020. This translates to help coming to the problem but also to difficulties for the helpers.
Mars joined these planets in Capricorn and early Aquarius from mid-Feb. until April. Mars was with Jupiter on March 20th. It was with Pluto on March 23rd. And it was with Saturn on March 31. The virus was named a pandemic on March 11th and around the time of these conjunctions, our awareness of it and events with it were in full force.
At this time in early May, let’s go back to old methods and go outside before dawn. Looking to the southeast, we will see bright Jupiter near Saturn. We will also see Mars further east. Over recent time we can see it moving away. In two years when it is back in this area, these slow planets will be spread out in different signs.
We can really say, “As above, so below”.
March 20th 2020
In Astrology, we are always comparing planetary events in the sky with events on earth. As we experience the coronavirus on earth, we look to the sky to see the event there that is causing it. A huge event has been happening. Four planets are in the sign, Capricorn, the sign of business and government. A lineup of planets in one sign is always important. These are visible in the early morning around 6 am. When viewed, we see Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Pluto can’t be seen but we know that it is there. Watching these planets move together should be events within the life of the virus. Mars is coming to Jupiter around March 20 and Mars is coming to invisible Pluto around March 23. Mars is coming to Saturn around March 31 with both in Aquarius. Mars is important because it is one of the planets that we associate with anything invasive. We can also call the virus, Pluto. Jupiter is coming to Pluto in late March and early April. All these planetary events represent virus events. By mid April the main planetary events seem to be over. Events can outlast their beginnings but it is encouraging that these major planetary events will be over soon.
If we look to the beginning of the virus, we see Saturn and Pluto coming together on Jan. 12th. Saturn is associated with loss and Pluto is extreme. So the translation is extreme loss. I’ve heard Nov. 17th noted as the beginning of the virus in China. At that time, Saturn was 5 degrees from Pluto. That is close enough for a beginning of an event.
A bit more detail is necessary. When Mars comes to Jupiter, the virus expands but also meets therapeutics. When it comes to Pluto, it becomes more extreme. Saturn and Mars going to Aquarius and away from the Capricorn planets also shows a shift in the virus. Jupiter coming to Pluto also expands the virus but brings therapeutics to it. Jupiter expands, but also brings help.
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Neil Armstrong and His Horoscope chart neil armstrong
Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon.
Prior to his becoming an astronaut, he was a combat pilot and a test pilot. There is a dangerous, martial aspect to his flying. He has the air sign, Aquarius for his Midheaven and another air sign, Gemini is rising. He also has Mars in Gemini in the first house which corresponds to the danger in the air. He did have mishaps.
His Moon is in the 7th house in Sagittarius. The 7th like the first, shows what comes to us, it can also show our destination. Also please note that Gemini and Sagittarius are travel signs. Having these planets and signs in key places in his chart is showing the key features of his life.
His Leo Sun, making good aspects, suggests success. His three planets in cool, deliberate Virgo correspond to his being an engineer.
Venus, ruler of the 5th, the house of children, squares the Moon and shows his emotion over his daughter dying in her early youth. The fact that the Moon is 11 degrees away from Saturn in the 8th corresponds to his loss and sorrow. Jupiter opposing 8th house, Saturn can show extreme loss, extremes in government funds, and a destiny to participate in an important part of history.
His chart matches his life.
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.
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.