The Christmas Star
Some are calling the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn the Christmas Star. Some think that the conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars was the original Christmas Star.
On Dec. 21st Jupiter and Saturn will be together in the Southwest and be visible after dark. Don’t wait until that date to see it. Sometimes these conjunctions cause weather that can obstruct the view. Please start watching now. You will see them moving closer together over time and then separating after the 21st.
So we can have some fun being star gazers. But what does the conjunction mean?
Each planet represents a set of things. So in this conjunction, the things the one represents comes to the set of things that the other represents. ( All planets represent good and bad things.)
Saturn represents political leaders, business people, hard work, buyers, responsibility, conservatives, caution, depression, poverty, contraction, and loss.
Jupiter represents judges and courts, teachers, sellers, gain, wealth, religion, medical people, professionals, liberals, happiness, abundance, and expansion.
You might have noticed that these two sets represent very different things, and even opposites.
One possible event is the vaccine. A disease and a cure sound like Saturn and Jupiter to me. This could be our Christmas gift.
Additional sky eventes are happening from late November through January.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Nov. 30th in Gemini seems to affect Trump personally. The New Moon Solar Eclipse on Dec. 14th in Sagittarius seems to affect Biden personally. Then the Jupiter Saturn conjunction happens where good Jupiter comes to look at difficulties. Then Mars moves into Taurus and joins Uranus and they both square Saturn and Jupiter. This is powerful and tense.
We live in interesting times.
From the Desk of Leslie Marlar, Jan. ’21
Here’s wishing all of you a Happy New Year.
We had our online meeting & started discussing a work by Greek astrologer, Paulus Alexandrinus. He uses the whole sign house system and uses no orbs for aspects as do the Hindus. We will continue looking at these recently translated works by ancient astrologers.
I would like to focus on some major astrological events that have & will happen in this current time frame.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini on Nov. 30th. Since Trump is a Gemini, this eclipse, eclipsed him. He appears to have lost the election.
The New Moon Solar Eclipse on Dec. 14th in Sagittarius. Since Biden has Sagittarius rising, he was eclipsed by this eclipse. The Hunter story has gained strength.
The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Good Jupiter came to difficult Saturn. An example of good coming to bad is the vaccine for the virus.
The square of Mars and Uranus with Saturn and Jupiter in January ’21. This represents conflict and trouble.
These astrological events are what we are watching in astrology. And we are watching for corresponding earth events.
Other events in recent time, were that over 5000 thousand were killed in fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Oct. and early November. This was Jupiter and Pluto squaring Mars.
In the UK, the first vaccine was given on Dec. 8th under a Virgo Moon. Virgo is the sign of health.
Under a negotiating Libra Moon on Dec.10th, Israel and Morocco recognized each other.
Under a financial Taurus Moon, the EU and the UK made a trade deal on Dec. 26th.
Of course the main stories this past year were the virus, politics, and violence in cities that started with George Floyd’s death. The virus was the conjunction of Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter. The connection between these planets means extreme loss with help. The help is the medical community and the development of the vaccine. And these planets were in political sign Capricorn, which activates everything, political and governmental. The violence was Mars in Aries squaring Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. The square lasts from July through early January ’21. The violence appeared to be from late May ’20 until the Nov. election. The initial correspondent of Floyd’s death was a conjunction of Mars and Neptune. Mars is violent and Neptune is about images, mythology, and even film. We saw the film of his murder and it had a powerful impact on the country.
Next month, we are looking at the troublesome square involving 5 bodies, Mars, Uranus, Sun, Saturn, and Jupiter. So we expect trouble. This is in effect for the inauguration, so we expect a troubled administration. And we see Mercury in Aquarius from week 2 of January until week 3 of March. This long stay in one sign shows a prolonged concern and/or interest. And Aquarius is about things and people that are particularly unusual and interesting.
Another upcoming planetary configuration that will last a couple of years and has just started, is a square between Uranus and Saturn. Saturn is difficult and Uranus is unexpected. So we are looking at difficulties of an unexpected nature. We need to be smart, upbeat, and positive in our thoughts, words, and deeds. On the plus side, this could bring some scientific advances.
Also, Saturn rules Aquarius and Uranus, which also rules Aquarius, is like Aquarius. This sign is futuristic and about progress. We will be seeing this.
Finally, most of the eclipses next year are in Gemini or Sagittarius, so they will produce events concerning ideas and communication.
Fairly good days this month are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 23, & 30.
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Astrologer Leslie Marlar PAI ’77
Hermetician Church of Light ’93
Honors Graduate, BGS, Rollins ’90
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.
2019 Astrological Year End Report
From ’10 to ‘ 18 Uranus was in Aries. Uranus is progressive and Aries is active.
And we saw progressive activism. During this time Uranus squared Pluto in conservative Capricorn. This brought political extremes and set up the conflict between Democrats and Republicans. Also as a major long lasting aspect it showed up in every chart for any beginning during that time. For example, it was in every erected weather chart and we saw weather extremes. This aspect ended when Uranus went into Taurus in mid-May ’18. But it backed into Aries again from Nov. ’18 to March ’19. The day it went back into Aries was election day ’18. The Democrats took back the house and this event was the cause of many events that followed, like various investigations of the President and the impeachment. By March ’19 when Uranus went back into calmer Taurus, another major aspect, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn was already in effect since late ’17. This planetary relationship is also extreme. Saturn is a fine planet representing goals and discipline and ambition. But it is also about fear and loss. Pluto near it adds an extreme adjective. We have continued to see extreme events and extreme weather. And we might say that events caused by unhappiness are at least partially attributed to this planetary combo. Also, it is in conservative territory, Capricorn, and the Republicans have been in power although not totally.
Barr’s appointment and confirmation is another event that lead to many more, especially concerning investigations and their conclusions. The day he was approved, Feb. 14th, the Moon was in Gemini, the President’s Sun sign.
Brexit is another political event shown by Pluto and Saturn in traditional Capricorn.
And the various demonstrations around the world, Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong could, in part, be attributed to the conjunction. Also the Hong Kong chart has the Moon in Taurus. And the demonstrations started after this as early as March ’19 when rebellious Uranus went into Taurus.
People with planets in Capricorn are having big events. Prince Andrew has Venus, Mars, and Saturn in Capricorn and his reputation, which is a Capricorn area is on the line.
Rush Limbaugh has noted that he has stage 4 lung cancer. His Sun, representing life, is in Capricorn.
A number of shooting events happened.
The Poway Synagogue shooting on April 27th happened with the Capricorn planets in the 7th house, a prominent place, and violent Mars was in Gemini opposing Jupiter in shooting sign, Sagittarius.
The Gilroy shooting on July 28th happened with the Moon in Gemini opposing Jupiter in shooting sign, Sagittarius. And the Sun was square Uranus.
The El Paso shooting on Aug. 3rd happened with the Moon in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces and square Jupiter in shooting sign Sagittarius.
The Dayton, Ohio shooting on Aug. 4 happened with the Ascendant in a close square with violent Mars. And Jupiter was in shooting sign, Sagittarius square Neptune.
The Pensacola terrorist shooting on Dec. 6th happened with the Sun in shooting sign, Sagittarius in the prominent 1st house.
On Dec 10th people were shot and killed in a Jewish shop in New Jersey. A full moon was developing in Gemini and opposing Mercury and the Sun in shooting sign, Sagittarius.
The White Settlement, Texas church shooting on Dec. 29th had the Moon moving to a square with Mars.
Other violent events were the March 23rd Mali attack. The Moon was in death sign, Scorpio opposing Mars, and Venus was squaring Mars. 134 people were killed.
A series of bombings happened in Sri Lanka on April 21st. 253 people were killed. The Sun was with explosive Uranus. Mars was in the 1st house square Neptune and oppose Jupiter.
The Kabul wedding on Aug. 17th bombing happened with the Ascendant in Taurus squaring Venus and Mars. Venus represents weddings. 80 people were killed.
A train derailment in the Congo killed 50 people on Sept 12th. The Jupiter Mars square was perfect that day. This aspect was still close when 48 people were killed in an attack in Afghanistan on Sept. 17th.
On Oct. 18th an attack on an Afghan mosque killed 62. Mars was squaring Saturn. This aspect was still in effect when 39 bodies are found dead in a truck used to smuggle them on Oct. 23rd. On the 27th the square was perfect and we find out that El Bagdadi was killed.
On the 28th of Dec. 78 people are killed in a bombing in Somalia. The Moon was squaring explosive Uranus and moving to a square with Mars.
Some weather events warrant mention.
A tornado in Beauregard, Ala. on March 3rd happened with Pluto and Saturn in the 7th showing extreme loss coming to them. Unexpected Uranus was squaring the ascendant from the 10th. And Mars was in a strong square with the Moon ruler of the 1st.
On May 3rd it was noted that 1000 people had died of Ebola. A Gemini Mars was coming out of a square with Neptune and very close to an opposition with Jupiter.
Floods in the Midwest and China in early and mid June had Mars in water sign Cancer. The flood death toll in India around Aug 10th came as Mercury left water sign, Cancer.
An arson attack on July 18th at an animation studio in Japan killed 33. The Moon was opposing Mars and this happened 2 days after a lunar eclipse.
In August the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in early and mid month spent time in fire sign, Leo and this may have influenced the Amazon fires.
Dorian made landfall at Marsh Harbor with the Sun, Mars, and Venus in the 10th squaring weather planet, Jupiter in the 1st. And the Moon was square Saturn.
California fires in late Oct. were happening with Mars squaring Saturn and Pluto.
Flooding in Venice happened around the Full Moon in Taurus on the 12th of Nov.
Fires in Australia which started in September were particularly bad in Dec. with Mars in death sign, Scorpio where it is particularly strong.
Other fire events happened.
Note Dame caught fire and burned with Mars in the 10th house square Neptune and oppose Jupiter on Apr. 14th. The Sun was a bit past the square of Saturn and Pluto. The Mars/Jupiter opposition is totally appropriate. Jupiter is the religion planet. It is at its best in Sagittarius. And Mars is fire; so, a classic church burned.
An electrical factory in New Delhi burned and killed 43 on Dec. 8th. The Moon was past the Saturn Pluto square and Mars was right on the Ascendant.
The Ethiopian Boeing plane crash happened on March 10th. The very late Aries Moon was with Uranus and the Midheaven was between Saturn and Pluto. Venus was square Mars.
The Ridgecrest earthquakes happened on the 4th and 5th of July. On the 4th the Moon was in Leo past Mars and Mercury and square Uranus. The Sun was oppose Saturn and Pluto. The Virgo Ascendant squared Jupiter and opposed Neptune.
On the 5th the Ascendant both opposed the Sun and was between Saturn and Pluto. Mercury and Mars squared Uranus.
On the lighter side, we saw our first picture of a black hole on Apr. 10th under a scientific Gemini Moon. And on Sept. 20th the Navy told us that the UFO films that we had seen, were real, under a scientific Gemini Moon.
In 2020 Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are in Capricorn, so we can expect politics.
Neptune continues in Pisces from ’12 to ’25. Neptune is at home in Pisces and they are about the same things. Neptune is about altered states whether through eastern practices or through drugs. Drug use has been a big problem and it should continue. And I wonder about the wisdom of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Saturn goes into Aquarius in 2021. Saturn was in Aquarius in the early 90’s and in the early 60’s. We will get an early hint of what this means when Saturn goes into this sign in April. May, and June of 2020.
Another interesting planetary feature of 2020 is Mars going into Aries in July and staying until ‘Jan. 21. This will affect us all but in different ways and at different levels. For example, it is on Prince Andrew’s Midheaven. This shows trouble for his reputation. Also, Bernie Sanders is Scorpio rising. This means that Mars is his personal planet. And his Mars is in Aries next to his Moon, which is why he is so energetic. So, Mars in the sky will be on his Moon and Mars in Aries. He will be very busy. Could he be the candidate?
Finally, Venus will be in Gemini in April, May, June, and July. This will affect us all in various ways and at different levels. This could be nice; Venus is a pleasant planet.
I use whole sign houses and fairly wide orbs.
Astrologer Leslie Marlar PAI ’77
Hermetician Church of Light ’93
Honors Graduate, BGS, Rollins ’90
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.