October 25, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
We haven’t looked at the long term weather forecast for several weeks now, and thought it was high time to revisit the weather. It has been a colder-than-usual autumn out here in the West, with more rain than normal. Read the forecast for Autumn 2007 here (readers not on the West Coast can sign up for the free quarterly Gryphon Astrology newsletter, which provides international weather forecasts for each season).
Venus in Virgo on the 4th house cusp square Jupiter in Sagittarius indicates that this week will be temperate and dry, bringing in a mostly uneventful few days. Mars in Cancer in the Ascendant might bring in some slightly warmer weather, however. As is to be expected, the charts show that our weather will get wetter as November goes on (much more likely the first week of November), so if you like being outdoors, gather ye rosebuds while ye may this coming week.
This week, Mercury retrograde will transit the position it held in the Libra Ingress horoscope, so we may get some wind into the mix as well.
October 24, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
Halloween costumes are a tough decision. Luckily, astrology is here to help you find the costume that best expresses your true personality (we’ll let others decide whether that is a good or bad thing). This article is the third in a series on Halloween costumes in the horoscope.
Our method is to find the ruling planet in your chart, i.e.: the planet that rules your Ascendant, and find your optimal costume based on its sign placement. Our previous two articles focused on Mars (ruling Aries and Scorpio Ascendants), and Venus (ruling Taurus and Libra rising). Note that we only use traditional rulers for this series.
Today, we will talk about those of you with Mercury ruling the chart, which category includes anyone with Gemini or Virgo rising.
Mercury in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius (the fire signs) – runner, doctor (esp. in Aries, also Scorpio), bicyclist, F1 driver, archer (esp. for Sagittarius), courtier (very Mercury in Leo).
Mercury in Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn (the earth signs) – stock trader, accountant, human calculator/pencil/computer.
Mercury in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius (the air signs) – lawyer, writer, scientist (extra points if mad), singer (especially for Mercury in Libra), messenger, astrologer or fortuneteller.
Mercury in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces (the water signs) – Poet (maybe one of the Romantic poets), sailor, actor (very meta-meta!).
October 23, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
I´m married and not fulfilled in my marriage. I fell in love with colleague. Magnetism. I just know. He is married, 2 adopted children, wants to be friends yet admits to a strong desire for me. I´ve rejected his request for friendship and said goodbye. Any hope he´ll regret this? Ought I just to just get over it?
It’s so tough to know whether these flings ever turn into anything serious; they don’t seem to most of the time, but every now and then, we do see a very strong relationship forming. Below is the horary chart I cast for your question:
Your feelings seem to be smarting a bit since he rejected you, but emotionally, you are quite interested in him. Venus shows your identity as a woman, and it is in the detriment of Jupiter (his main ruling planet), so you don’t love the fact he turned you down. However, the Moon shows your emotions, and it is in Pisces, the sign of Jupiter. So you do seem rather attached to him on this level.
The problem is this: you do seem rather emotionally unfulfilled in your life, perhaps due to your marriage, as you said. From your perspective, this new man seems like he would be perfect to counteract that. But consider that the moment you became happier, you would likely lose interest.
He does seem attracted to you physically, but this is about to change. The Sun, which signifies his male “need mate” side, is currently very interested in Venus (you), but soon will enter Scorpio, which is the detriment of Venus. So his attraction is about to pass. However (and this is a big however), just as soon as the Sun enters Scorpio, it conjoins with Mercury, which is the ruler of your first house of self. There may be some kind of meeting or confrontation with him, perhaps even with sex involved. But because of his lack of interest, it just won’t go.
Note that his main planet is Jupiter, which is in its own sign and house, Sagittarius, and it is in the detriment of Mercury. This means that he is pretty happy with things as they are, and is not really interested in pursuing this relationship.
Because we do have two applying aspects between your planets and his (Moon’s square to Jupiter, and the Sun’s conjunction with Mercury), I would expect there to be some kind of last contact, but not much beyond this.
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October 22, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
Mercury turns direct in Libra on November 1, causing the astrological world to heave a sigh of relief. If you were holding off on Mercurial projects (mailings, business deals, legal affairs, leaving your house), now is a good time to resume what you want. In the few days following Mercury’s second station – another term for the point at which Mercury turns direct – Mercury will still be moving slowly as it picks up speed. But there is a silver lining to this: Mercury will be conjunct the benefic fixed star Spica, which should make your work go more smoothly.
Mercury is happier in Libra than in Scorpio (which Mercury enters on November 11) because the airy nature of Libra is much more compatible with Mercury’s communication- and movement-oriented personality. Also, Mercury rules the air triplicity by night, so for optimal Mercury strength, it’s best to start your Mercury projects after sundown before Mercury enters Scorpio on 11/11.
Mercury in Scorpio is not as favorable as Libra, though by no means terrible. There are some areas of incompatibility between Scorpio and Mercury. For one, Scorpio is one of the mute signs, which does not go with talkative Mercury. Similarly, Mercury is not as quick and cerebral in the water signs – Mercury’s winged sandals don’t help him as much in the water as they do in the air. While there are a few powerful fixed stars in Scorpio, acting while Mercury is on Spica is a rather better bet.
October 17, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
Mercury gets very close to the sun on October 23, and it will be in the heart of the Sun (or cazimi) precisely at 11:56 p.m. GMT on that day. Cazimi planets are within 17 1/2 degrees of the Sun on either side, and are considered extremely strong due to the powerful infusion of the solar rays. If Mercury is just a little bit farther from the Sun than this, it is considered combust, and is seriously afflicted.
As a result, the short period of Mercury cazimi is highly auspicious for all mercurial undertakings. This includes writing, mailing important documents, buying and selling, etc. This fortunate configuration will happen between roughly 8:40 p.m. GMT on October 23 and 3:40 a.m. GMT on October 24.
Shortly after the cazimi period, Mercury will reenter Libra (it is retrograde, so it’s regressing from Scorpio back into Libra), where it has some strength by night. This is because Mercury rules the night triplicity of all the air signs, including Libra. Mercury has special affinity for the air signs, as it is a planet of communication and intellect, and the air signs resonate very well with this, especially Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury.
All in all, your mercurial projects should improve if you start them between the October 24 and November 11, which is when Mercury reenters Scorpio, for good this time.
To identify the best times for your new project or important event, you may wish to look into an electional astrology reading.
October 16, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
Horary Astrology Question:
A very good friend of mine from graduate school got me an interview which led to a job doing research in the same lab as her. She had been working there 10 years prior to me when I started. She was very fond of her boss and considered herself his second wife or work wife as she called it. During my employment the boss and I had developed a very good rapport of which she became very jealous. She would taunt me with her suspicions of a relationship between the boss and myself, which I tried unsuccessfully to explain to her was completely unfounded and ridiculous.
One day I became very sick and had to be hospitalized. Although every kind of test from blood tests to a lumbar puncture were run, the neurologists were at a loss to determine what casued my strange symptoms and just attributed it to a viral infection that attacked my brain stem.
We often prepared lunch for each other in the lab and just prior to my becoming ill, my good friend of 18 years prepared lunch one afternoon that she refused to eat. She said it was just for me. I thought it was unusual because she ate just a cold cut sandwich and she hated to eat a cold lunch, but she was so insistent on not eating the hot prepared lunch and I never thought anything of it. However, another friend of mine believes she could have put a neural toxin into my lunch. She does use them in her research and my other friend believes her jealousy was her motive. So she had means and motive, but did she do it?
If there was an award for most dramatic question, yours would surely be one of the top contenders. I confess that my initial reaction was: “There is no way.” But as I looked at the chart, I became less certain. The horoscope for your question is below:
I believe there are two main houses with which we are concerned here: the 11th house, which represents your friend, and the 12th house, which represents secret enemies. The way that the rulers of these houses interact with your planets will give us a sense of whether there was something more to the situation that was apparent.
You’re represented by Jupiter, ruler of the first house of self, and also by the Moon. The first thing which jumped out at us is the separating aspect between the Moon and the sun in Libra on the cusp of the 11th house of friends. While the Sun does not represent your friend as such, we do see that something nasty happened to you recently, perhaps not unconnected with your friend. You also mentioned that you left that job on difficult terms, so perhaps this is a reference to that event.
We do see that your friend seems to hate you; as you say, she certainly seems to have a motive. She would be represented by the ruler of the 11th house, Venus in Virgo, the sign of its fall. Benefic planets that are in debility represent situations or people that look good on the outside but are rotten within. Venus in Virgo is in the detriment of Jupiter, thereby hating or harming whatever Jupiter represents. Jupiter represents you.
Note that Venus has recently separated from an opposition by antiscion to the Sun. This would be the very Sun that just contacted your Moon. Contact by antiscion always represents matters that are hidden, and this is but one of two major antiscial contacts in the chart.
More disturbingly, we see that the Moon has just separated from an opposition to Mars by antiscion. Mars rules the 12th house of secret enemies, and it is in the sign of its fall. This gives us a sense that your illness was, in the words of William Lilly, “more than natural.” Perhaps most dramatically, we have a very close aspect between Venus and Mars, a sextile precise down to the minute. So this nasty Mars is closely linked with the planet representing your friend.
Note also Venus and Mars’s separating aspects to Saturn, which rules the second house of food. Saturn itself is debilitated by its close conjunction to the malefic South node, and its placement by sign also shows your food harming you. Saturn is in the detriment of Jupiter, just like Venus. Both Venus and Saturn are closely square the ascendant, afflicting your body, specifically the head, which is associated with the first house.
The evidence seems rather troubling, and the chart reflects the many hidden aspects of the situation. I cannot say whether neural toxins were involved, if she merely coughed on your food, or if she was sticking pins in a voodoo doll. Any of these are equally possible with the 12th house, and we should not automatically assume the worst.
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October 15, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
The Halloween Costumes series continues; last week we talked about the best Halloween costumes if your ruling planet is Mars. Today, we will give some hints to those whose horoscope is ruled by the planet of love, Venus.
How do you know which planet rules your horoscope? It is the planet that rules your ascendant; we only use the classical rulerships here. The reason that your ruling planet is so good for determining your ideal Halloween costume is that this planet represents your ego, and Halloween is a great opportunity for you to really reveal your inner self.
Venus rules Taurus and Libra, so if either of these signs rise in your chart, this is the article for you.
Venus in Aries and Scorpio: Dominatrix, gigolo, Casanova, sexy police officer or soldier.
Venus in Taurus and Libra: Aphrodite, any famous sex symbol, flower arranger (or just a flower), fashion model.
Venus in Gemini and Virgo: French Maid, seductive accountant or librarian.
Venus in Cancer and Pisces: Artist, mermaid, genie.
Venus in Leo: Prince or princess, Cleopatra, Elizabeth I or II, any famous ruler.
Venus in Sagittarius: Lady Godiva (extra points for horse).
Venus in Capricorn and Aquarius: Milk maid, shepherd(ess), farmer, plumber or electrician, the CEO (especially female).
Find your best Halloween costume for Mars (Part 1 of 7).
Coming Soon: Find your best Halloween costume for Mercury (Part 3 of 7).
October 14, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
Queen Elizabeth’s horoscope is subject to some dispute, though it is known that she was born around 3 p.m. on September 17, 1533 at Greenwich.
Queen Elizabeth’s chart shows her temperament to be strongly melancholic, influenced by the humor of black bile. The two most indicative planets for melancholics are Saturn and Mercury; in Elizabeth’s case, Saturn is in Cancer, the sign of its detriment. It is angular and aspects the Sun, so her faults will be quite evident, and may well harm her relationships with others (Saturn is in the 7th house of relationships), but will also come across as tough and shrewd. Mercury, on the other hand, is near the Royal star Spica, the Spike of the Virgin. It is this Mercury that put Elizabeth on the throne; she was only third in line, after all. The Part of Fortune on Regulus, trine Jupiter in Sagittarius did not hurt matters, either.
In her famous speech to the troops at Tilbury, Elizabeth famously said: I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too. Quite literally, she did: Mercury on Royal Spica rules Elizabeth’s 5th house, which governs the heart and stomach. Elizabeth’s Mars is on the star of the female warrior, Bellatrix, and it trines Mercury on Spica. It is thus fitting that Elizabeth spoke of her royal heart to the troops, dressed in white with a silver breastplate. And that this should be her most famous speech; Mars rules war, while Mercury, natural ruler of speech, with a Royal star promises lasting fame.
October 13, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
Scorpio is the sign that is über-Marsy, which is why modern astrology had to assign Scorpio a planet as extreme as Pluto*.
The sign Scorpio is ruled by the planet Mars, and Mars also rules Scorpio by triplicity. During the first few degrees of Scorpio, Mars rules even the minor dignities. There are few equivalent situations in the zodiac, where one planet so completely dominates a sign. As a result, Mars is very happy when it is in Scorpio, but the gentler, softer planets are all but decimated. This is why Venus is in its detriment in Scorpio throughout the sign, and the Moon is in its fall.
The Sun’s entry into Scorpio, a fixed sign, marks the second month of autumn. The Sun is not terribly strong in Scorpio, which makes sense, as we don’t get to see the Sun very often this time of year. In many traditional cultures, Sun’s entry into Scorpio marked the time when the dark forces started ruling the world, and their hold on the earth increased with the longer nights. Frequent house cleansings were performed to keep harm at bay.
If you have solar things to do, such as talking to your boss, attempting to rule over something, or any other activity ruled by the Sun in your natal horoscope, you will do well if you wait until the Sun enters Sagittarius. The Sun will rule the triplicity by day, and it will be considerably stronger than in Scorpio. To top it off, the Sun will sextile Saturn and trine Mars shortly after its entry into Scorpio. Neither is considered beneficial for the Sun.
To find the best time for major events or activities, you can use electional astrology. Learn more about electional astrology here.
* I have a fondness for the belief that violence, extremism, and even death existed before the discovery of Pluto. Just recently, I read a social history of England, which said that the per capita murder rate in medieval England was a few hundred times greater than England’s murder rate today. How the medieval English accomplished this without Pluto remains a mystery.
October 11, 2007 by Nina Gryphon
There are 1001 columns out there purporting to find your most appropriate Halloween costume according to your Sun sign. We’re above such superficial approaches here (but we are definitely not above dressing up for Halloween!). Instead, consider dressing up according to the planet ruling your Ascendant, which is the planet symbolizing your ego. And isn’t Halloween all about letting your ego roam free of societal fetters?
As always, traditional sign rulers are used, modified by the sign in which the planet is placed. Thus:
Mars (rules Aries, Scorpio rising) – think masculine and macho, modified by the nature of the sign in which Mars is placed.
Mars in Taurus or Libra? Sexy police officer or something with lots of leather. Gigolo.
Mars in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces? Pirate, sailor, harpoon fisherman.
Mars in Aries? Soldier, gladiator, cowboy, or matador.
Mars in Gemini or Virgo? Trial lawyer, fencer, Formula One driver.
Mars in Leo can go as Napoleon, Caesar, Alexander, etc. Lion-tamer, Hercules, or big game hunter.
Mars in Sagittarius? Knight, jockey, or equestrian (horse optional, but recommended). Archer.
Mars in Capricorn or Aquarius is a power executive, Alpine mountaineer, or a buff construction worker.
This series will run occasionally over the next ten days or so. I’d love to hear your ideas for each planet, or an astrologically-appropriate outfit you have worn in the past. I have Mars in a water sign, and once went as a pirate (this was before I got into astrology).