March 29, 2011 by Nina Gryphon
Here is a look at the predictive annual horoscope for the United States each year to get a sense of what lies ahead for the next 12 months. This year looks interesting, especially on the economic front. Based on this horoscope, I do not think we are as far out of the housing/debt crisis as we would like to believe.
Prediction 1: Financial Fallout from Housing Crisis
There will be a new wave of major financial consequences from the housing boom of the last decade,and this topic will dominate the news in 2011 and early 2012. We will see substantial debate anddemagoguery about the American real estate and banking connection. Unfortunately, we as a nation are still not done paying for the financial excesses of past years. Farmers, especially, will be heavilyaffected by the financial difficulties we are facing. Credit may well tighten up again this year, and the mood of the nation will be somber and sad.
The Saturn-Moon conjunction in the 1st house indicates a serious tone in the public discourse; in individual horoscopes, it can indicate depression, and we see a similar feeling, just on the macro levelfor the United States in 2011. The official message will be one of optimism, as shown by Mercury conjunct Jupiter in the 7th house, but the mood of the people (and the reality) will be significantly less happy.
Saturn is well-placed in the horoscope, as it is in the sign of its exaltation, Libra, but it is retrograde. The old astrologers say that Saturn in Libra indicates a time of great building of houses; with the planet beingretograde, however, this building up is reversed, and we see an overabundance of buildings. This will not be a good year for the housing market, and indeed, we are seeing even the best housing marketsexperience drops in price in late 2010. The United States horoscope is experiencing a Saturn return this year, indicating a time when the accounts are coming due for the country’s finances. Saturn rulesthe nation’s second house of money, and his return to its place in the United States nativity indicates closing of one chapter in our financial history, with a final accounting before the new cycle begins.
Jupiter in the national horoscope indicates the banking industry, as well as farming, and real estate.Jupiter and Saturn are opposed in the 1st and 7th houses, showing the housing business being negatively impacted by public pessimism and an unwillingness of buyers to pay, as they wait for lower prices. Inother words, we will see housing prices come down further this year. The housing crisis will continue tobe a drag on the banking industry as well. Oppositions of planets from the cardinal signs indicate “huge evils,” as Jean-Baptiste Morin, the 17th century astrologer, writes.
Many of the evils described by Saturn – debt, inability to pay, insolvency – are related to the common people’s desire to be placed on an equal footing with great men, as the old astrologers have it. The Moon is with Saturn in the 1st house; the Moon signifies the masses and the common man, while Saturn represents the rich and powerful. With the two planets together, the poor wish to be the same as the rich, and as we can see, they are willing to bankrupt themselves to be seen as such.
Prediction 2: Sex Scandals
Not that there is ever a dearth of sex scandals, but this year shall be particularly notable for hidden vices coming to light. Guido Bonatti writes that Saturn in Libra oriental (as it is in this horoscope)shows the “desire of shameful, criminal men.” In the natal U.S. horoscope, Saturn is occidental,bringing “infamy…upon fornicators, and those abusing shameful sexual intercourse.” These are challenging configurations for public figures, so expect to see lots of public shaming in 2011.
Prediction 3: Public Health Concerns
With Saturn in the 1st house in Libra, we can expect to see health problems that especially affect the poor. Bonatti says that especially “slaves” will be harmed, so likely we will see people at the very lowest strata of society be subject to health concerns of a Saturnian kind. Saturn brings illnesses having to dowith the cold humors, such as tuberculosis, colds, flus, edema, and so on.
Prediction 4: Trouble for the President
2011 will not be an easy year for the U.S. President; there will be lots of contentions between him and his opponents. He might face health challenges as well this year. With the malefic South Node on the midheaven, and the ruler of the 10th house of kings being the Moon conjunct Saturn, we can see that he might have a number of things on his mind, namely people who rise up against him. There could be significant protests this year against his policies, for example.
March 13, 2011 by Nina Gryphon
This is the last article in Gryphon Astrology’s series on Iran. It took me nearly two years to write this article, not because it was so complicated – the signs are very simple and clear – but because I hesitated to make such a serious prediction. I believe that 2014 will bring great conflict in Iran, up to and perhaps including regime change.
The God of War
The traditional authors (Masha’allah and Morinus) write that a year with similar characteristics as 2014 will bring wars, seditions, captivities, the fall of cities, anger of Princes, murders. Violent illnesses, deaths of the young, fires, and looting. This combination brings hot spells and wars. The year 2014 will bring serious upheaval for the country’s leadership.
What brings such terrible things to Iran? No other than the god of war, Mars. In 2014, Mars will fall on the Ascendant of the Aries Ingress horoscope. This is the chart cast for the first second of the first day of spring; the beginning of the astronomical (and traditional Persian!) new year. The tenor of this horoscope predicts major events for the specific location where the horoscope is cast. More than this, however, Mars will be in the sign of its detriment, Libra. This is a highly unpleasant Mars, very possibly bringing destruction from the air (Libra is an air sign).
Mars’s malevolent influence is emphasized still further: there will be a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014, that falls on the very degree of the Ascendant of the Aries Ingress horoscope set for Tehran, Iran. Eclipses are malefic influences in the political arena, bringing upheaval and shocking events. This Mars is spring-loaded, as it were, ready to pop at any moment.
March 6, 2011 by Nina Gryphon
Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to marry on April 29, 2011, but will they live happily ever after? An astrological analysis of their wedding date reveals many challenges in this marriage, but also offers useful lessons on choosing your best times to get married. This is called electional astrology, because we are electing the best moment for the marriage ceremony, which will result in the best marriage possible between the two people. Of course, no elected date will make a harmonious marriage between two incompatible people, but choosing the best time can certainly smooth over the rough edges. (To have me find the best moment for your wedding, contact me.)
Prince William’s Wedding Horoscope
The royal wedding horoscope is set for April 29, 2011, 11:00 am, British Summer Time, London, England. You might wonder whether this horoscope has been elected; I believe that it is a time set by an astrologer. In fact, I believe that Charles and Diana’s wedding was also astrologically elected. Looking at the horoscope for William and Kate’s wedding, I suspect that the astrologer was working with significant time constraints and was making the best of a challenging astrological configuration.
Prince William’s Son?
The ruler of the 5th house of children is Mars in Aries; a masculine planet in a masculine sign. Jupiter is strongly placed in the 10th house, and closely conjunct Jupiter in Aries, another masculine planet in a masculine sign. It is clear that the intended effect of the chart is to get at least one male child, which is the #1 goal of any royal marriage. However, there is some misfortune for the child – Mars is a malefic planet representing violence and strife. Yes, Mars is in its own sign, Aries, but a malefic is what it is – at its best, it brings a little evil, rather than a lot. Mars rules the 6th house of the children’s health, so that could be one difficulty facing the children from this marriage.
Good for Prince William…Not for Kate
The horoscope is strongly configured to favor Prince William as much as possible, but is rather unfavorable for Kate. It may be that given the time constraints, the astrologer (presumably paid by the royal family) could only strengthen the significators of one party to the marriage, and that would be the prince. Kate’s happiness and well-being, whatever good personal characteristics she may have, is not nearly as important to the royal family as that of William.
Prince William is shown by the Sun, both because it rules the 1st house of the husband, and because Sun is the general significator of husbands in marriage charts. The Sun is strongly positioned in the 10th house at the top of the chart, so William will be very much in charge in this relationship. The Sun is also in Taurus, a fixed sign, so he will want to stay in the marriage and will insist on getting his own way. The good news is that the Sun is received by Venus, so William is generally liked by Kate. The Sun is conjunct the malefic star Hamal, which brings violence, danger, and head injuries. Other than the fixed star, however, the Sun is in decent shape, and William should largely benefit by the marriage.
Kate is represented by Venus, because she is the woman in the relationship, and also by Saturn, ruler of the 7th house of spouses. Venus is in bad shape in the wedding horoscope; she is in its detriment in Aries, and opposite Saturn. Venus is in the 10th house, so the issues in this marriage will be well-documented and made very public. Saturn, Kate’s other significator, is in the 4th house of endings, specifically “how the marriage ends” – Kate may well suffer in the marriage; will it end prematurely? I think there is a strong possibility of this. Kate is going to have to deal with some tragedy; Saturn rules the 8th house of death – a situation troubling for her, but not necessarily a negative from the royal family’s perspective. Remember, the paying client (here, the royal family) always gets the better end of the electional chart, and it looks like Kate is getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop in this chart and marriage.
Not Much Happens?
The odd thing about this horoscope is that the Moon is placed in the cadent 9th house, and is void of course (not within orb of aspect of another planet). Given that the Moon shows the flow of events in this marriage, the marriage looks oddly directionless. Does nothing happen in this marriage? The Moon is also weak because it is waning, and is located in the terms of Mars, which is a malefic place for her to be. The medieval astrologer, Sahl bin Bishr, says of the void of course Moon that it represents “futility and annulment, and turning back from [one’s] purpose, and the impediment of that same purpose.” Annulment is not what you want to see in a marriage chart; void of course for the Moon represents isolation, and the lack of a meaningful connection made – again, perhaps the last description for a horoscope of a relationship.
When to Get Married: Lessons Learned from the Royal Wedding Horoscope
From William and Kate’s wedding chart, we can see there are a few things to avoid when choosing your wedding date and time. For best results and to ensure the strongest possible start to your marriage, I recommend that you have an astrologer choose your wedding date. The royal wedding horoscope shows us what not to do:
1. Avoid the Moon void of course. You do not want a marriage in which nothing happens, or that forces either of you into isolation! This is easy to avoid, as the void of course periods typically do not last very long. Do not place the Moon in the malefic or cadent houses (houses 3, 6, 8, 9, 12) – no need to borrow trouble.
2. Make sure the planets symbolizing both the husband and wife are strong. If you want an equal marriage, in which neither party suffers disproportionately, strengthen the Sun, Venus, and the rulers of the 1st and 7th houses. Both of you deserve to be happy.
3. Avoid the malefic planets (Mars and Saturn) predominating in the horoscope. This rule has exceptions, for example, if the malefic rules both partners’ charts, but it is best not to try this at home.
If you are interested in finding the best time to marry, contact me to discuss your priorities for your marriage, and to learn how astrology can help you bring out the best between the two of you.