March 22, 2007 by admin
The Solar New Year officially began on March 20 this year at 12:09 am Universal Time, as the Sun entered the first degree of the first zodiac sign, Aries. The Arabian astrologers said that determining what would happen in a given location in a solar year (March 20 2007 through March 20 2008) would be indicated in the Aries Ingress chart set for that location. Of course, the positions of the planets for the Aries Ingress are the same the world over, so the key indicators are house rulership and position, which vary by location. Below is the Aries Ingress set for Washington, D.C.:
First, we must find the planet that is the Lord of the Year, which is the planet situated in the strongest house, with the angular houses being the best. In our case, that is the Moon in Aries in the angular 7th house. Moon in the sign of Mars in the 7th house of open enemies gives the year a distinctly warlike flavor. The good news is that the Moon is about to exit Aries and enter its exaltation in Taurus (a Venus-ruled sign). I wonder if this gives us a light at the end of the tunnel in the Iraq war.
To determine the effects of the Ingress on the government, we would look at the Lord of the King, or ruler of the 10th house. In this case, that is the Moon as well. It is opposite the antiscion (“shadow”) of a very weak Mercury in Pisces, which is in detriment and in fall. So we can say that the Moon is afflicted in a hidden way (the nature of the antiscion) by whatever Mercury represents. Mercury rules the 9th and 12th houses of foreign countries/people and hidden enemies, respectively. Interestingly, the 9th is the King’s 12th, so Mercury indicates the President’s secret enemies as well. This may mean a renewed push to end the war, with the doings of the country’s and the President’s secret enemies accelerating the end of the war.
Mercury is on the fixed star Fomalhaut, which is a star indicating renunciation, which may be one more indicator that a cycle is coming to a close, though all is not well. The somewhat malefic fixed star Vindemiatrix is on the Ascendant. This star is associated with overreaching that leads to a bad end. It is also known as the Widowmaker.
March 13, 2007 by admin
Jupiter goes retrograde for a few months at a time, as it is such a slow-moving planet. Any planet is somewhat afflicted by backward motion, since the idea is that it is against its nature. If you’re planning anything Jupiter-related, you will want to wait until August 8, when Jupiter goes direct again.
As an example, if Jupiter rules your fifth house of creativity, and you are waiting for the right time to start your novel, doing it while Jupiter is retrograde is probably not the best time. To a lesser extent, Jupiter-type activities are not going to be at their best either. Court or legal activities in general, or the pursuit of higher knowledge or education, is probably not the thing to begin at this time.
Throughout most of Jupiter’s retrogradation, Saturn will continue its trine to Jupiter. This is another negative influence on Jupiter, since Jupiter is the planet of expansion and good, while Saturn is the planet of restriction and limits. As a result, here’s yet one more reason to postpone (or accelerate) activities having to do with Jupiter. If you absolutely must act during this time, take heart in the fact that Jupiter is still passing through its own sign, Sagittarius, and as a result, will enable you to get positive results regardless. It’s just that it won’t be quite as glowingly wonderful with the two parking brakes represented by Saturn and the retrograde motion.
–If you are interested in the effects of Jupiter retrograde on your natal chart, you may wish to get a private natal reading with Nina Gryphon. Details are at Nina’s astrology readings webpage.
March 12, 2007 by admin
The Full Moon of April 2 will occur at 12.5 degrees Libra, with the ruler of the lunation being either Mars or Venus, depending on whether the full Moon is occurring at night or in the daytime in your location. No planets aspect either the Moon or the Sun, though Mercury is conjunct the Moon by antiscion. This is considered a kind of a shadow aspect between the Moon and Mercury, and its exact meaning will depend on the rulership of the houses in a particular location. Below, we give a full Moon horoscope set for Washington, DC:
We see that here the Sun is closely conjunct the midheaven, so this full Moon will have a powerful impact in this location. As I noted above, Mercury is conjunct the Moon by antiscion. Mercury rules the 12th house of the nation’s hidden enemies and self undoing, as well as the third house of communication and neighbors. Mercury is quite weak in the chart, due to its passage through Pisces, the sign of its detriment and fall.
The Moon in this chart rules the first house of the people of the country, also signifying the state of the nation in general. Therefore, we can see some kind of hidden affliction to the people by Mercury. The overall sense is that the month following this full Moon will be full of secretive doings, and perhaps secrets exposed as well. Since Mercury is so weak, we would expect the overall tenor of events to be rather sordid.
However, this Full Moon also has interesting ties to the horoscope for the Grand Conjunction (Jupiter conjunct Saturn) prior to the American Declaration of Independence. The Sun in the chart above falls exactly on the 10th house Jupiter-Saturn conjunction at 12 Aries in the pre-1776 horoscope, indicating important events to follow, especially those affecting the head of state. The Solar Eclipse of March 19th falls exactly on the pre-1776 Sun at 28 Pisces, also in the 10th house, activating that house quite powerfully. This Full Moon should have interesting and powerful repercussions in the U.S. government.
March 10, 2007 by admin
The weakest planet in a natal chart will typically show us to which of the classical “Deadly Sins” one is the most prone. For many of us, we will have more than one such planet, or at least a very bad planet connected to peregrine planets which can be easily influenced by their bad friends. Let us look at Justin Timberlake’s chart again:
Earlier, we looked at his natal Sun, and determined that it was very afflicted due to its position in Aquarius, the sign of its detriment. Also, it was afflicted because it was in the sixth house of illness, a traditionally malefic house. The trine to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Libra was probably not helpful, not the least because Jupiter and Saturn are in the fall of the Sun. However, I do not think that the Sun is the biggest problem for Timberlake. I would bet that his biggest challenge is his Mercury in Pisces in the seventh house of partners and other people. Because the Sun is stashed away in a cadent house, it cannot act very strongly. So it may be a baddie in this chart, but it cannot exercise its influence.
However, Mercury is in its detriment and fall in Pisces, and it is angular, so it is well able to cast its negative influence over Timberlake’s life. No other planet seems particularly able to help it, or keep it in check, certainly not by aspect, though it may experience some help from Jupiter, due to their mutual reception (triplicity and sign). The challenge here is that Mercury is the only angular planet in Timberlake’s chart, so it will pop up again and again in all areas of his life. Most likely, it will describe Timberlake’s partners, and we can assume that his relationships will not be particularly easy as a result.
Taking a big picture view of the chart, Mercury’s deadly sin is envy. Seeing it in the seventh house gives us the sense that there is a strong tendency here to constantly compare oneself against other people, and focusing on what others have that the native does not. The reception with Jupiter, ruler of the fifth house, shows that this tendency is what drives Timberlake’s creative side to some extent. In that sense, it is a positive and productive expression. However, Mercury being as weak as it is here will not give us a great artist, though it certainly may produce a successful one. The royal star Regulus on the Ascendant does not hurt in this respect.
We can do this with any horoscope, so here’s the list of the deadly sins associated with each planet. When the planet is weak, the associated sin will most likely be an important obstacle that the person will have to surmount.
Saturn — greed
Jupiter — gluttony
Mars — anger
Sun — pride
Venus — lust
Mercury — envy
Moon — sloth
—Readers who are interested in a natal reading from Nina Gryphon may contact her via her reading requests form.
March 8, 2007 by admin
I get enough questions on some of the terms and expressions I use casually in my blog posts, that I thought it would be helpful to start an occasional column explaining some of the terms. Last week, I got a very good question asking about the meaning of affliction, like when I say a planet is afflicted.
There is no particularly scientific definition of this, but a planet can really be afflicted in three major ways. It can be weak by sign placement, it can be afflicted by aspect (to another afflicted planet, pretty much regardless of the type of aspect involved), and it can be afflicted by placement in a negative house or by retrogradation.
If you look at your own horoscope, you’ll find that your planets are usually afflicted by one or maybe two of the above factors. The more of the above factors are present, the tougher it will be for that particular planet to behave well in your chart. For example, if you have a very afflicted planet ruling your 11th house of friends, you either have few friends, or there will be something wrong with your friends.
Typically though, you will see that while a planet may be afflicted, another positive factor helps it out. As an example, we can look at the chart below, which is the horoscope for Justin Timberlake, the pop star:
He has a somewhat afflicted Sun, because it is in the sign of its detriment Aquarius, and it is in the malefic sixth house of illness, and it is not helped by the negative reception from Jupiter and Saturn (which are in the sign of the Sun’s fall, Libra). Even though it is exalted, Saturn is still Saturn, and Jupiter is not strong enough to lend a particularly helpful hand here. This might point to Timberlake experiencing long-term health issues later in life, especially since the Sun rules his first house of the body and the overall vitality.
Tomorrow, I will talk about the types of difficulties associated with each planet, and use Justin Timberlake’s chart to discuss some of the difficulties associated with his planetary afflictions.
—Readers who are interested in a natal analysis of their horoscopes (afflicted planets and all), may contact Nina Gryphon via her reading requests page.
March 8, 2007 by admin
Mars opposite Saturn is not a happy combination. When you see the two malefics facing off like that, run for cover. The opposition is already evident in the Aries ingress chart, which determines the overall flavor of the spring season, and to a lesser extent, the entire year. If the Mars-Saturn opposition is angular in the Aries ingress chart for your location, prepare yourself for some serious weather this spring.
Obviously, if you’re starting any important ventures, do yourself a favor and start them after the opposition has passed. You should be okay after March 26 or so. If you absolutely have to go ahead during the few days leading up to the 22nd and even up to March 26, it might be worthwhile to cast a chart and make sure that Mars and Saturn are tucked away somewhere where they cannot do much harm in the horoscope.
Having Mars opposite Saturn in your natal chart is not easy. It will bring you struggles in life, but if either Saturn or Mars are strongly placed by sign, this will help you ultimately prevail over difficulties. For example, if Saturn is in Libra, the sign of its exaltation, and Mars is in Aries, the whole thing will have a rather stronger and better flavor. Nonetheless, the two planets would still be in negative mutual reception, each in the sign of the the other’s fall, but that is the nature of the opposition. In such a case, you still have to earn success, perhaps many times over.
–Readers interested in finding the right time to take a major step (marriage, babies, starting novels) may wish to learn more about the benefits of electional astrology (selection of the best time to do something based on their natal horoscope).
March 6, 2007 by admin
In the San Francisco Bay area, our spring will be cooler and wetter than usual. This is due to Jupiter trining Saturn out of the fourth house, a combination which usually cools the air down a little. We also see cold Mercury placed in Pisces, a cold and moist sign, on an angle. This itself will bring more coolness and rain than we are used to, and due to Mercury’s close sextile to Venus in Taurus, we can be sure the weather will be pleasantly moderate, with some gentle breezes.
We also notice that the fixed star Fomalhaut (“the mouth of the fish”) is conjunct the seventh house cusp and Mercury, which we take as additional evidence of a wet spring.
Let us take a look at some salient Arabian Parts. The Part of Weather and Winds is at 21 Gemini, opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius. This combination would bring warm and dry winds, while Jupiter is trine Saturn would add a slightly stormy or unpleasant element to the wind. The dispositor is that cool and windy Mercury in Pisces, yet more evidence of a breezy spring. The Part of Fire and Heat is at 23 Cancer, and is not activated by close aspects. Its dispositor is the Moon in Aries, which itself is not aspected, so we would not expect freakishly hot weather. This is in keeping with the rest of the chart.
The Part of Clouds is at 5° Pisces, right on the descendant and conjunct Mercury, so we can expect fast-moving clouds with wind. The Part of Rains is at 11 Virgo is not closely aspected, but is again disposited by this very wet Mercury. We can expect lots of rain. The Part of Cold is at 20 Aquarius, contacted by a nasty Mars-Saturn opposition, and disposited by a detrimented Saturn. It will be a cold spring, indeed.
March 5, 2007 by admin
When will I get into a university? Luck slips me by whenever I am trying to get admission. For example I sat for entrance examination to two schools & when the results where out I was about 3 marks away from the cut-off. All efforts to get me admitted failed, but later I learned that those who were 5 marks away from the cut-off were admitted. The same thing happened when I was seeking admission into secondary college but I tried my best in these examinations.
How unfondly I think of all the exams I have had to take in my life, all of them progressively becoming more and more critical to future success. I certainly sympathize with your anguish about getting into university. I cast a horary chart for the time that I understood your question. The horary chart is below:
We will need to look at two possible indicators. One, we will see whether we have any applying aspect between the ninth house and any of your significators, as the ninth house indicates institutions of higher knowledge. We will also want to look at the quality of the 10th house, showing your results on any future exams.
You are symbolized by Mercury, which is in the sixth house and its retrograde. You’re not doing well, and I assume that Mercury’s being retrograde shows you going back to take the exam again. I do not know if this is possible in your school system, but I would imagine so. The ninth house is ruled by Mars, so we would hope to either have Mercury aspect Mars or the Moon, which is your co-significator. Mercury will not aspect Mars, but the Moon has just separated from a trine to Mars. I would expect that this means that either you were just very recently offered admission, or will be soon. Alternatively, we would think that you have gotten as close as possible to getting into university.
So this method is inconclusive, and we will look at the quality of Mercury, ruler of your 10th house (yes, it also represents you, but not in this part of our ingrained) determine whether your marks will be good. Since Mercury has recently left its detriment and fall in Pisces, we see that your most recent marks were not good enough. However, I do like the fact that Mercury is retrograde in back into Aquarius, or at least it is not so afflicted as in Pisces. This suggests that another try at the examinations will give you better marks, nothing stellar, but presumably enough to get into the university.
— Readers who are interested in a horary reading with Nina Gryphon (free or paid) may contact her via her astrology readings webpage.
March 5, 2007 by admin
When the Sun enters Aries, the solar new year begins. In most ancient cultures, at least the ones from which we have records, the year began during the spring equinox, not in January. I am sure our ancestors would have thought that beginning the year on January 1 is ridiculous, since everybody can see that nature does not spring back to life until late March.
The Sun is in its exaltation in Aries, which makes sense, since the sun is bright in April, and seems very strong after the cold and dark winter. It is not truly at the apex of its power, as it is in the summer, when the Sun enters its own sign of Leo. But such is the nature of exaltation, making things look a little bit better than they really are.
If the Sun rules an important house in your horoscope, say the house of career, its passage to Aries will be a good time to do career related things. Looking for jobs, asking for raises, and angling for promotions may all be good things to do during this time. When a planet passes through the sign of its exaltation, there’s one degree in that sign in which it is ultra exalted and extremely powerful. When the Sun passes through Aries, it is super exalted between 18.0 and 19.0° of Aries. This will occur on Sunday, April 8, 2007. The Sun would be especially powerful on that day, because Sunday is the day of the week ruled by the Sun (hence the name!).
March 5, 2007 by admin
Will I be able to change my job to a less stressful environment during 2007? I am a business executive and have been experiencing a very stressful job situation since 1999. I changed my job in November 2003 but has not seen any improvement in my tension.
I am very hardworking and dedicated to my job, my staff, and my employer. I do everything within my power with utmost dedication but results are not commensurate with my efforts. Projects get delayed and revenue targets are not met. Although I have brought significant reduction in annual operating loss of my current company, yet it is not enough to ensure sustainable growth and profitability. That’s why I want to take up some other job, which is not as stressful as my current job.
Well, I don’t envy you. It so often seems that the people keeping companies running are those getting the least authority and credit for it. I guess they are too busy working to schmooze. Let’s see what lies ahead for you this year, job-wise. I cast a horary chart for the time that I understood your question. The horoscope for your question is below:
You are shown by ruler of the first house of self, Mars in Aquarius. This means that you are very much in the power of whatever is signified by the ruler of Aquarius, Saturn. Saturn is currently very negative; in the sign of its detriment (Leo) and retrograde. When the Great Malefic is unhappy, he is quite nasty. Saturn rules your 10th house of career, so we see that your current job is indeed quite negative. Mars has recently left the sign of its exaltation, Capricorn, where he was still in the power of Saturn, but at least held a high position. At the moment, Mars is still influenced by Saturn, because Mars is in Aquarius, but no longer enjoys such an exalted place. This might have to do with the change of your job almost 3 years ago.
We don’t see anything better happening to Mars in the near future, but we can also take a look at your co-significator, the Moon. The Moon is in the detriment of Saturn, so it shows that emotionally, you really hate your job. The good news is that the Moon is applying to a very strong Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter is the Great Benefic, so one would assume that happy days are ahead. The aspect between the Moon and Jupiter will occur in about 3°, so we would imagine that you will improve your situation in three months (hopefully this does not signify years!). Jupiter is also the planet ruling Pisces, which is the next sign into which Mars will ultimately pass. This is another hint that another, much better job lies ahead for you.
—Readers who are interested in a horary reading (free or paid) with Nina Gryphon may contact her via her astrology readings webpage.