Amelia Earhart: Did She Disappear into Thin Air? An Astrological Inquiry.

July 17, 2008 by  

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and she famously disappeared in the Pacific Ocean while attempting a round-the-world flight on July 2, 1937. Earhart’s birthday is coming up next week, which would be an appropriate occasion to analyze her horoscope for clues to her disappearance. An added challenge is that Earhart’s birthtime is rounded off to the nearest half-hour. We will present a slightly modified horoscope for her, based on her life events and personal characteristics.

Amelia Earhart said she was born at 11:30 pm, which would giver her early degrees of Taurus rising. This stolid, contented sign seems highly unlikely for a feminist pioneer in a masculine pursuit such as flying, especially since Earhart’s Venus (the ruler of Taurus) is not particularly disposed to feats of daring. No, Earhart must have been born a few minutes earlier than 11:30, giving her an Aries ascendant. This means that Mars rules her horoscope; partile conjunct Jupiter, the planet of expansion, and square the Moon, the planet of travel. The Moon, appropriately for an aviatrix, is in an air sign.

Let us take a look at what Earhart’s horoscope shows regarding the nature of her death. We are using Guido Bonatti’s Book of Astronomy to guide our footsteps. We primarily look to the 8th house of death and its ruler. The 8th house could be ruled by Scorpio or Sagittarius, depending on Earhart’s exact time of birth. Because the two rulers, Mars and Jupiter, are conjunct, separating their effects will take some careful picking apart of influences. However, that is not necessary here. We can safely assume that the Mars-Jupiter complex in Earhart’s horoscope is indicative of death. Note that Jupiter rules Earhart’s 9th house of long journeys.

Let us see what Bonatti says (or quotes from older authors) about this combination. We don’t have to do any selective reading here:

  • When almuten – planet with the most essential dignities – of the 8th cusp is cadent, death will come by fall from a height. Both Mars and Jupiter are on the cusp of the cadent 6th house.
  • When the almuten of the 8th is afflicted by a malefic and peregrine, the death will be on a journey. Both Mars and Jupiter are malefic in Earhart’s chart; Mars by its nature and Jupiter because it is in detriment. Thus, they afflict each other.
  • When the almuten is in its descension (I assume fall or detriment), death will come from “wells or pits or caverns or in deep waters.” Again, we have Jupiter in its detriment.

Regardless of Earhart’s exact birth time, the secondary progressions active at the time of her death show her natal Sun conjoining Mars and Jupiter in the autumn of 1936. This progression is still active at the time of her death in 1937.

Earhart’s Solar Return for 1936-1937 looks grim. The ruler of the chart is Mercury, combust. The natal Ascendant ruler, Mars, is in Cancer – the sign of its fall (!), trine Saturn in Pisces, retrograde and exactly opposite the Ascendant. If there ever was an indication of a watery grave, this would be it. The Moon conjoins the benefic fixed star Spica, but without a favorable direction, not much could have helped Earhart.

Sun in Leo: July 22 – August 22, 2008. A Long-Term Weather Forecast for California

July 16, 2008 by  

Sun in Leo: July 22 – August 22, 2008. A Long-Term Weather Forecast for California

Godric, the weather gnome (yes, that is his real name), let me know that with the Sun passing through Leo, we can expect more dry heat for California. Mars in Virgo is on the 4th house cusp this month, continuing the theme from the Cancer Ingress. The theme, of course, is heat and fires in California, all summer long, so Godric doesn’t think we’ll get a real respite from the forest fires this season.

However, the Leo Ingress has a slightly different variation on the theme of the Cancer Ingress. This month, Mars is in cold and dry Virgo, applying to trine Jupiter in cold and dry Capricorn. The overarching theme here is dryness with two warm/hot planets, which can lead to more fires, especially with Mars so close to an angle. Mars and Jupiter in combination bring thunderstorms, so we may see dry storms sparking fires. Mars in Virgo brings winds.

Sun in Leo: July 22-August 22, 2008. Long-term weather forecast for California.

The nearest likely day for extreme dryness or thunderstorms is when Mars and Jupiter perfect the aspect on July 26, and the Moon trines both planets that day as well. The Moon squares Mars on July 28, but by then Mars will have separated from its aspect with Jupiter, lessening the danger. As the two planets get activated throughout the Sun’s passage through Leo, we will see echoes of this theme around the middle of August as well.

Coming sometime next week, Godric promised us a week-by-week weather forecast for August.

Solar Eclipse of August 2008: U.S. Recession Looms Large

July 15, 2008 by  

Solar Eclipse of August 2008: US Recession Looms Large? 

The solar eclipse of August 1st, 2008, will occur in Washington, D.C., right at sunrise.  This timing makes it a potentially powerful eclipse, because it means it falls right on the ascendant at Washington.  However, an eclipse in itself means nothing without links to larger horoscopes for longer cycles. 


As readers of this blog know, I like to use the 1762 Grand Conjunction chart for the birth horoscope of the United States.  We can see that this year’s Aries ingress, the horoscope for the moment that the Sun enters first degree of Aries, puts the ingress Mars in Cancer (the sign of its fall), right inside the grand conjunction second house of money.  So here we have an affliction to the national solvency.  What activates this financial problem is the fact that Mars opposes the grand conjunction Moon in Capricorn.  This Moon is a bit of a weak spot for the United States, as it is in the sign of its detriment, Capricorn.


For those using the popular Sibly horoscope for the U.S., there is substantial grist for the mill as well.  This year’s Aries Ingress puts Jupiter in Capricorn, the sign of its fall, right on the 2nd house cusp of the chart, opposing the natal Sun.  Money problems?  You bet.  It is said that benefics in weak signs, like Jupiter in its fall, look good on the outside, but are rotten within.  So with the hyperinflated mortgage market in the U.S., which is now coming home to roost, along with the high gasoline prices.


Solar Eclipse of August 2008: U.S. Recession Looms Large


So even without resorting to an eclipse, we can see from this year’s Aries ingress that it will be a difficult year financially for the United States.  An official, statistical recession may or may not occur, but I can assure you it will (and already does, for many) feel like one.  August’s set of eclipses, both lunar and solar, emphasize the financial difficulties felt in the United States.  The lunar eclipse ascendant conjoins the Grand Conjunction Moon in Capricorn, again activating the Moon-Mars opposition out of the second house of finance.  The lunar eclipse itself falls right on the Moon in the Sibly chart, with Mars conjunct the natal Midheaven.  This indicates harm to the people, and to the government.  The solar eclipse (chart below) Jupiter still hugs the Sibly 2nd house cusp, showing continued financial distress.

Solar Eclipse of August 2008: U.S. Recession Looms Large

Even more amazingly, both the solar and lunar eclipses have the 4th/10th house axes fall on the 6th/12th house axis of the Great Conjunction.  Both eclipses have the Midheaven in the last degrees of its signs, showing the exit of the King.  To translate that from Astrospeak into normal English, the end of a governmental era draws to a close during the second half of this year, and none too gracefully.  I expect the country’s financial woes to become more acute as the year goes on, in fact, very shortly after the solar eclipse of August 1.  Because of the 10th house involvement with the malefic 6th and 12th houses, the financial crisis will be quite harmful to the current administration, and I expect its term to end on a significant down note.

Free Astrology Reading: Where Is My Daughter’s Necklace?

July 14, 2008 by  

Free Astrology Reading: Where Is My Daughter\'s Necklace?


I gave my daughter a silver heart necklace with diamonds in it as a special present. In early March this year she moved overseas to begin a new life with her partner in London. A week after she arrived, she noticed that it was missing and although we have both looked, we cannot find it. It has special meaning to us both and we would like to know if it was taken (in either country) or if it has been left or put somewhere. She wore it the last two weeks before she left on her trip but presumed she had it with her when she packed.




Dear J.,


Horary is great at finding lost objects, and it tends to work best with the querent’s feedback.  Although I like lost object charts, the blog is probably not the best medium to do them, as the communication is more one-directional than in a consultation.  Despite that, I hope this reading gives you some ideas about where to look.  The horary chart for your question is below:


Free Astrology Reading: Where Is My Daughter\'s Necklace?


First, let’s find the planetary significator of the lost necklace.  It is your daughter’s, so we would look to the second and fourth houses from the fifth house of children.  Jupiter, ruler of your daughter’s second house of possessions, describes the necklace: it is expensive, as are all Jupiter things. 


Next, let’s see if the necklace will be found.  There are no aspects between Mars (your daughter’s planetary significator) and Jupiter (the necklace), or between Mars and the Moon, which rules all lost objects.  However, we do have the Moon applying to its dispositor, Venus, which is a testimony of recovery.  We also see that Jupiter is angular, so it is more likely to be found. 


I don’t think the necklace was stolen, partly because Jupiter is angular, and it doesn’t sound like you have specific suspicions of theft.  Most things really do get lost or mislaid. 


Here are some places where the necklace could be:

  • In your daughter’s office, hallway, corridor, or some other “communication” area. [Jupiter in your daughter’s 3rd house.]
  • With your spouse, or in your spouse’s room. [Jupiter is in your 7th house of partners.]
  • With your daughter’s sibling, or in their room. [Jupiter is in your daughter’s 3rd house of siblings.]
  • It may be near a door (the planet is near a cusp), and near, on, or under the floor, as Jupiter is in an earth sign.  It may also be near where it should be, as Jupiter is near a house cusp.  Ask your daughter to do a thorough search again among her jewelry.
  • Might be opposite a window, a light source, something bright or golden (Jupiter is opposite the Sun).

Good luck with your search, and let me know what happens!


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Who Will Be the Next U.S. President? An Astrological Analysis

July 13, 2008 by  

Who Will be the Next US President? Find out with astrology!


To finish our series on the next U.S. president, today’s post will comapre the astrological charts of Barack Obama and John McCain for presidential or “royal” qualities.  We have looked at their horoscopes individually, but now we can compare the candidates’ horoscopes side by side for strengths and weaknesses.  There has been a great deal of debate about the candidates’ real birthtimes; all our posts take the commonly accepted times for the candidates.  If the birthtimes turn out different than those currently known, all bets are off.


Barack Obama’s Horoscope: Presidential Enough?


We have looked at the “royal” characteristics in Obama’s horoscope from two ancient astrologers’ perspectives – that of William Lilly and Guido Bonatti.  Their rules are similar but not the same.  The analyses below sum up the findings from the previous analyses.


Obama’s Strongest Card: The Sun in Leo in the 6th house.  This is not a very strong card, as the Sun is under the horizon and in a malefic house with no major aspects.  The next strongest card is in even worse shape, with Mars, ruler of the 10th house of honor, in the 8th house and trine Saturn in Capricorn in the malefic 12th house.  Most importantly, Obama’s horoscope does not appear to have any prominent royal stars to help lift him to the presidency.  Because of the relative weakness of Obama’s chart, McCain’s horoscope would have to be weaker still for McCain to lose the 2008 election.


Obama’s Horoscope for Autumn 2008: Obama’s Venus will be active by secondary progressions, aspecting his natal Part of Fortune and conjoining the North Node.  This is beneficial in general, but Venus is not one of the significators in Obama’s chart promising fame or prominence.  Interestingly, his solar return for 2008 shows Jupiter in the 7th house of opponents, an interesting parallel to McCain’s 2008 solar return (see below).  Again, the relative strengths of the horoscopes matter: McCain’s horoscope would have to be weaker than this to lose to Obama.

Barack Obama\'s Horoscope

John McCain’s Horoscope: By a Hair?


McCain’s Strongest Card: Two royal stars, Spica and Hercules, are near the Ascendant and Midheaven, but barely within the acceptable orbs.  Still, this is better than Obama’s horoscope, which does not have royal stars.  McCain also has a very favorable (though not strictly royal) star, Canopus, right on his Midheaven.  This star is also conjunct George W. Bush’s natal Sun. 


McCain’s natal Mars-Jupiter trine is quite lucky as well.  Mars is in the fortunate 11th house trining Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 3rd house.  This configuration was active by primary direction when McCain was shot down in Vietnam and nearly died.  That itself was not very lucky, but his miraculous survival against the odds certainly was.


McCain’s Horoscope for Autumn 2008:  His progressed Sun trines the Midheaven in January 2008, his progressed Midheaven trines the Moon (ruler of the natal Midheaven) in April 2008, and progressed Mars trines the Moon in October 2008.  The luminaries are not especially strong in McCain’s chart, but the Midheaven itself is.  When the Midheaven is “lit up” by the Sun and Moon, William Lilly says that these promise “great preferment…and shall govern the Common-wealth.”  Mars, again, is a fortunate planet for McCain.  McCain’s solar return has Saturn on the 7th house cusp of opponents, possibly indicating misfortune for his opponent.


John McCain’s horoscope appears to be slightly more presidential and luckier than Obama’s, so assuming the candidates’ birthtimes are correct, McCain has an ever-so-slight advantage over Obama for winning the 2008 election. 

John McCain\'s Horoscope

Astrology Book Review: The Strengths of the Planets (Astrologia Gallica 18)

July 12, 2008 by  

Astrology Book Review: Astrologia Gallica Book 18, The Strengths of the Planets

Why Review Astrological Books?

There are innumerable astrology books out there; many are not very useful, but a few are worth their weight in gold. The problem is, how to find them. The astrological book market being what it is, many of the best books are not heavily marketed or advertised, and these gems often do not register in the public awareness. To address this, Gryphon Astrology will feature a weekly or biweekly book review column to help you find some of the best available astrological publications. The frequency of the column will depend on our book acquisition funds!

If you have written or published an astrology book you would like reviewed on Gryphon Astrology, please contact me at nina [at] or write to me here (don’t forget to include your contact info).

Astrologia Gallica, Book 18: The Strengths of the Planets

Written by: Jean-Baptiste Morin

Translators: Pepita Sanchis Llacer and Anthony Louis LaBruzza

Recommended For: Intermediate or advanced astrologers comfortable (or who wish to get more comfortable) with concepts like planetary dignities, mutual reception, and qualities of the houses. Great for exploring the nuances of planetary rulerships and interrelationships at a theoretical level, supported by many real-life example horoscopes.

Jean-Baptiste Morin was a 17th century French physician and astrologer who wrote prolifically; his most famous and longest work being the huge Astrologia Gallica. This monumental work is being gradually translated, volume by volume, by dedicated astrologers who can read Morin’s Latin treatise.

Morin saw his work as an elucidation of much older astrological tradition from the medieval and Arabic times. In the process of cleaning up after the “confused and inadequate” ancient astrologers, as he calls them, he ends up making changes to the tradition. As a result, his works are commonly considered to comprise “the Morin system,” which is based on, but sometimes varies from earlier astrological tradition.

Many of the earlier volumes of Astrologia Gallica are astronomical/astrological and philosophical treatises, not of immediate interest to working astrologers or hobbyists. The present volume, Book 18, is extremely useful, however. Morin discusses in great detail the strengths and weaknesses of the seven visible planets, and the ways these qualities manifest in practice.

For example, Morin explains how a planet can rule two different signs, one of which may not be in apparent agreement with the planet’s elemental nature. His example is Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius and Pisces. Jupiter, in Morin’s view, has an outward fiery nature, which puts it in agreement with the fire sign Sagittarius; however, he also says that Jupiter has a watery hidden side, which is compatible with the water sign Pisces. As a result, whenever Jupiter resides in any fire sign, his fiery domicile, Sagittarius, is strengthened. The same is true for Pisces when Jupiter passes through a water sign.

While this is a logical approach to planetary rulership, it is rather different from the way ancient authorities may have approached the topic. Sign rulership theory is but one of the many examples of Morin’s subtly changing or re-emphasizing parts of the existing astrological tradition.  In that sense, the Morin reader gets one view of the astrological tradition, but it is by no means the only view or even the prevailing practice.

Later in the book, Morin tackles the way planets are affected by reception. He makes the point that mutual reception between planets is only beneficial when either of the planets can offer something constructive to the other. Morin likes to use contemporary astrological charts, and he gives the example of a contemporary named de Hayes who had been decapitated by order of the King. The native’s mutual reception between Mercury in Pisces, ruler of the eighth house of death, and Jupiter in Gemini, situated in the eighth house, could not save him, as both planets were in signs of their detriment and so had nothing positive to offer the native.

The book is full of gems such as this, with many examples clearly illustrating Morin’s approach and conclusions. Morin goes on to discuss planetary strength based on planets positions relative to luminaries; planetary strength based on their motion (speed and direction); and planetary strength based on diurnal or nocturnal condition.

The second part of The Strengths of the Planets discusses planetary strength based on position in the chart; aspects and house positions. Here, Morin revamps the relative strengths of the houses, based on a simplified point system. The results are interesting and somewhat odd, whereby the malefic eighth house is given 3.5 points, but the ninth house is only given 2. While Morin gives his reasons for assigning the point values he does, his assignments do not always coincide with older authors’ use of the houses. For example, the ninth house, associated with religion, higher learning, and travel, is considered more benefic and “stronger” than the eighth house of death, even though the ninth is cadent and the eighth is succedent.

The Strengths of the Planets is slim, weighing in at 131 pages, but it bears slow, careful reading, to extract maximum value. The book was first translated from Latin into Spanish by Pepita Sanchis Llacer, and then translated into English by Anthony Louis LaBruzza. The translation is extremely readable and accessible by modern-day audiences, no doubt largely thanks to the skill of the translators.  The book is heavily footnoted and annotated by both translators, as well as by the renowned astrological writer and translator of other Morin books, James Holden. Robert M. Corre, a disciple of Morin, also contributed many footnotes to the translation.

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Can John McCain Become President? Another Look at His Horoscope

July 11, 2008 by  

Can John McCain Become President? Another Look at His Horoscope.

John McCain may or may not have the horoscope of a potential president; the evidence is underwhelming thus far. We looked at McCain’s horoscope a few days ago, and while there were some redeeming features, it was not an outstanding presidential horoscope. Interestingly, this election year does not have a clear winner from an astrological perspective. Barack Obama’s horoscope is equally finely balanced.  We long for the days of Bill Clinton, whose horoscope broadcast “royal” astrological characteristics far and wide.

Today, we will look at John McCain’s presidential qualities from Guido Bonatti’s perspective, as detailed in his treatise on nativities.

John McCain for President?

Can John McCain Become President? Another Look at His Horoscope.

Bonatti’s Criterion 1: What is the condition of the Sun, the 10th house and its ruler, and the Part of the Kingdom (I used Asc + Moon – Mars for McCain’s day chart, as per Bonatti’s tract on Arabian Parts), and the ruler of the Part?

McCain’s Horoscope: The Part of the Kingdom in McCain’s chart falls at 2 Aries, where it is opposed by Mercury in Libra in the 12th house, and ruled by Mars in Leo in the 11th house. Mercury is not very strong in McCain’s horoscope, but Mars is well-placed in the fortunate 11th house, trine Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 3rd house.

The planets should be strong by sign and/or aspect from benefics. None of the planets are strong by sign, but Mars is trine a powerful benefic, Jupiter in its own domicile, Sagittarius.

Bonatti’s Criterion 2: For the planets listed above, the oriental planets should aspect the Sun and the occidental ones should aspect the Moon and Saturn.

McCain’s Horoscope: Only one of these conditions is true for McCain, and it probably isn’t worth much for king-making purposes: Venus in Virgo (the sign of its fall) is occidental and opposes Saturn in Pisces, retrograde in the 6th house.

Bonatti’s Criterion 3: The condition of the almutens of the 10th and 1st houses should be strong. In McCain’s chart, those are the Moon and Saturn, respectively.

McCain’s Horoscope: Neither planet is very strong in McCain’s horoscope; the Moon is in the sign of its fall, in the lowest part of the horoscope, while Saturn is weakly placed in Pisces in the 6th house.

Bonatti’s Criterion 4: Angular benefics above the horizon should aspect the Sun and Moon, or a planet in the midheaven, preferably with reception. The luminaries should be in masculine signs, with the planets named in Criteria 1 and 3 in good condition.

McCain’s Horoscope: The Sun and Moon are not aspected by benefics above the horizon, and the luminaries are feminine. The only truly “royal” complex is Mars in Leo trine Jupiter in Sagittarius, which has likely saved McCain time and again.

John McCain does not have an overwhelmingly Presidential horoscope, a similarity he shares with Barack Obama. However, as we saw in the previous post about his horoscope, John McCain does potentially have two royal stars, Spica and Hercules, near his Ascendant and Midheaven, which would be enough to give him the election.

In addition, McCain has a very powerful (though not strictly royal) fixed star right on his Midheaven; Canopus. Vivian Robson writes that Canopus on the Midheaven gives “great glory, fame and wealth, dignity and authority by the help of an old clergyman or influential person.” Perhaps this would be enough to get him to the White House!

Later: The Grand Finale. A post comparing our findings on Barack Obama and John McCain’s horoscopes, and which candidate, in our humble opinion, is better positioned to win the 2008 elections.

Lunar Eclipse of August 2008: Iran at War?

July 10, 2008 by  

Lunar Eclipse of August 2008: Iran at War?

The lunar eclipse on August 18 holds many clues about the possibility of a Western war with Iran. There has been much saber rattling from both Iran and Western nations, and the speculation about a possible military confrontation is running high. A major military intervention would definitely be seen in Iran’s horoscope, as it would cause substantial disruption to the country.

The partial lunar eclipse in August is very important for Iran astrologically; it occurs in the sign Aquarius, which traditionally rules middle Iran, and the eclipse will also be visible in Iran. Eclipses can activate “hot” points in a chart, and if a war in Iran was impending, this eclipse would definitely be involved.  [For examples of the way an eclipse can activate a horoscope, read this analysis of China and the August eclipse.]

2008 in Iran and Influences from the Lunar Eclipse

The astrological year is measured from the time the Sun enters the first degree of Aries, i.e. the first day of spring. This year shows problems for Iranians economically, and the tightening international sanctions and economic fallout from the hostility between Iran and the West is shown by Mars in the sign of its fall in Iran second house of economic assets. Mars afflicts both the ruler of the people, Mercury, and Saturn, the ruler of the government.

Lunar Eclipse of August 2008: Iran at War? - Aries Ingress 2008 for Tehran, Iran

Aries Ingress 2008 Horoscope for Tehran, Iran

It will be a difficult year for the Iranian government, as shown by the ruler, Saturn, which is also the ruler of the lunar eclipse. Because Saturn is being afflicted by a very unpleasant Mars, the economic woes are going to weigh on the government more and more. Masha’allah, the ancient Persian astrologer, wrote that it was especially difficult for the king when his significator was the same as the ruler of an eclipse, and was afflicted by the malefics. All of these conditions are fulfilled in this horoscope, though the soft aspect between Mars and Saturn might show problems coming less from conflict than from a gradual tightening of the screws, as with economic sanctions.

Overall, I don’t see a strong potential for war in Iran this year. There may be an earthquake, however, as evidenced by Saturn in an earth sign in the fourth house, ruled by Mercury, the planet of earthquakes.

Lunar Eclipse and the Iranian People

It looks as though the tensions between Iran and the West will affect the well-being of the average Iranian most of all, apart from giving the Iranian government some sleepless nights. We have four planets in the fourth house in a Mercury sign, in an earth sign, and three of the planets are aspected by Jupiter in an earth sign. Again, there is a possibility of an earthquake; if it happens, it would be within three months or so of the eclipse. This seems more realistic than the probability of war.

Lunar Eclipse of August 2008: Iran at War? - Lunar Eclipse of August 2008 set for Tehran, Iran

Lunar Eclipse of August 2008 set for Tehran, Iran

Interview with Astrologer Deborah Houlding (Part 3 of 3)

July 10, 2008 by  

Interview with Astrologer Deborah Houlding (Part 3 of 3)

This is the third and last part of Gryphon Astrology’s Interview with astrologer Deborah Houlding.  If you have missed them, read Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview first.

Deb will be lecturing on forensic astrology this September in San Francisco.

Can we expect a forthcoming book on horary astrology or on another astrological topic from you? What books do you have out already?

Yes, there will be a forthcoming book, and I hope to have several forthcoming books on horary before too long, but I have a few large projects currently nearing completion and these are my priority for the moment. I came close to publishing a book on horary astrology a few years ago, but then all of these new translations started becoming available, and I decided to research and re-evaluate my understanding of some of the traditional writings on horary technique before committing myself to print.

I am pleased now, that I have not rushed to publish a horary book so far, because I feel that my theoretical knowledge has become far more robust over the last few years, and I want the book that I write to be a sum of my astrological knowledge, and not a summation of a stage where I was still exploring some of the theoretical principles.

One of the long term projects I have been doing involves going through Christian Astrology again, annotating it with more explanations and cross-references to other texts. I published an annotated version of Christian Astrology before, but that is out of print, and it was getting ready for an update anyway. Unfortunately the electronic files were lost, so it has been the case of starting again from scratch.

Although it has been more time-consuming, in a way it’s a good thing that I’ve started again from the beginning, because now I don’t have any restrictions in being tied to an old format. I do enjoy this sort of work, but it’s a monster of a project. Sometimes I wonder if I am seriously preparing something for publication, or using it as a place to park my own endless notes and annotations! Of course, I also wrote Houses: Temples of the Sky a few years ago, and that is still available.

You have a well-established astrological presence on the web with your website. I discovered it a few years ago, but it took me some time to realize that it belonged to a Deb Houlding. The site really is not about you, but about astrology, which is rare and refreshing.

I did not want the site to be just about me, as part of me does not like too much attention (I have the Moon in Virgo in the 4th house), but because of that, I think, people have been extraordinarily generous in letting me use their content on the site. One person could never have done it all, and I think because the site was always about the astrology first and foremost, other people have contributed much more than if I had made it all about myself and my own views. I found that I would just start something, try out an idea on the site, and someone else would volunteer to make it happen and take it further; so if someone else was involved, I was now more invested in it myself.

I am finally now thinking of putting up a small personal site, separate from the Skyscript website, that will talk about upcoming events and such. But at the moment having time for students and my own research is my main priority, and in that respect I know that self-promotion is a double-edged sword, so I’m approaching it with caution.

Thank you for taking the time to talk, Deb, and I look forward to seeing you in California in September!

Deb Houlding kindly provided her birth data, and agreed to share her horoscope with us.  The horoscope is below.  I didn’t publish the birth data, as I’m old-fashioned and don’t believe in revealing ladies’ years of birth 🙂

Deborah Houlding\'s Horoscope

John McCain: Biography of a Future President in the Stars?

July 9, 2008 by  

John McCain: Biography of a Future President?

John McCain may have the biography of a future president, if past events in his life are any indication. From an astrological perspective, whether McCain’s biography and past accomplishments will be sufficient to propel him to the presidency is a different matter altogether. To become president, one has to have a Royal chart, or more accurately, one’s horoscope has to be more royal than those of one’s opponents.

A few days ago, we have examined Barack Obama’s horoscope for potential indicators of royalty. Today, we will look at McCain’s presidential potential according to the rules of the English astrologer, William Lilly, and later, we will post a comparison of the royal potential of each candidate’s horoscope.

John McCain: The Biography of a King?

John McCain: Biography of a Future President?

Royal Criterion 1: The Sun and Moon, their aspecting planets, the ruler of the midheaven (the house of honor and glory), and any planets in the midheaven should be in their own signs or exaltations.

McCain’s Horoscope: Neither the Sun nor the Moon are in their own signs, and neither aspects other planets. The ruler of the midheaven is the Moon, which is in the sign of its detriment, Capricorn, and it is in the fourth house, the lowest point of the chart. There are no planets in the midheaven. The best and most favorable piece of evidence in this criterion is that the Sun is in the benefic 11th house, where it is elevated above the earth. However, the Sun is in Virgo, where it has dignity by face, which is only a minor strength.

Royal Criterion 2: The above planets should be angular (in the 1st, 7th, 10th, or 4th houses).

McCain’s Horoscope: the planets we are considering are the Sun, the Moon, and Mars. Of these, only the Moon is angular, and it is in the lowest angle (the fourth house), the one least associated with worldly success and renown. However, Mars and the Sun are in the 11th house, which is very benefic and lucky, but it is not strictly in keeping with this criterion.

Royal Criterion 3: Any of the above planets, including the angles, should be conjunct one of the Royal stars (Aldebaran, Hercules, Regulus, Spica, Lucida Lancis, and Cor Scorpionis).

McCain’s Horoscope: McCain has the Royal star Spica within about 5° of the Ascendant. The Midheaven is within about 6° of the Royal star Pollux. It is said that Spica brings “unexpected honor beyond the native’s hopes and capacity,” which could certainly bring the presidency.

Judgment: By William Lilly’s standards, John McCain does not have an overwhelmingly royal chart, but a royal star on the Ascendant and Midheaven may well be all that’s needed to win the presidency.

The challenge of John McCain’s horoscope is that his birth time is given as exactly 9 a.m.; if he was born just a few minutes before 9 a.m., the Ascendant and Midheaven would move, and it may be that the royal stars would no longer be within range. Alternatively, if he was born a few minutes after 9 a.m., the royal stars could be sitting directly on his Ascendant and Midheaven, and he would be a shoo-in for the presidency. Therefore, there is some uncertainty regarding the quality of McCain’s horoscope.

In the next few days, we will look at the royal potential of John McCain’s horoscope from the perspective of the medieval astrologer Guido Bonatti, and then we will post an astrological comparison of the presidential potential of Barack Obama and John McCain.

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