Astrology of the 2014 Crimean Crisis (or Is It the Russian Crisis)?

March 15, 2014 by  

Mars Sleeping Astrology of the 2014 Crimean Crisis (or Is It the Russian Crisis)?

Mars Sleeping by Hendrik ter Brugghen, 1625

Much has been made of the claim that Russia invaded Crimea, starting the Crimean crisis, under Mars retrograde, as it is said (by an unattributed source) that wars begun under Mars retrograde end poorly for the initiator. I am not sure that the invasion will end terribly for Russia, and definitely not because of Mars’ retrogradation. An examination of the timeline indicates the Russian invasion began up to two days before Mars went retrograde on March 1, 2014. Specifically, as early as 4:20 am on February 27th, armed professionals planted a Russian flag on the Crimean parliament. On February 28th, soldiers without insignia, but widely believed to be Russian, took over major Crimean airports. Thus, I question the premise that the invasion actually began when Mars was retrograde, since on February 27th, Mars was still moving forward, though only at about a minute per day.

If anyone knows the source of the aphorism that wars and conflicts begun under Mars retrograde are bad for the instigator, I’d be interested in knowing about it. Interestingly, my research uncovered zero major 20th century conflicts that began under Mars retrograde, making it difficult to support or deny the accuracy of the aphorism. However, their very absence might suggest that conflicts begun under Mars retrograde tend not to become major wars.

So, how does this invasion turn out? We can look to the horoscope for Ukraine’s legal independence, which has the IC, Moon, and Venus all in Libra. Given the combination of Mars retrograding back to 9 Libra, the situation could be resolved as early as May 20, 2014, when Mars stations direct. It may take that long for Russia to feel that it has sufficiently asserted its control over Ukraine, after which point the forces may come home.

However, note that eclipses in the Aries-Libra polarity will continue until March 23, 2016, which will be the last eclipse (lunar) at 3 Libra. There may be new protests in Ukraine against Russian domination for the next few years. Given the upcoming April 15 eclipse in Libra conjunct Mars, I expect the situation to culminate in the next few weeks ahead of the eclipse, but the underlying tensions and violence to not really go away until after the Aries-Libra eclipses have passed in 2016.

Progressing the independence horoscope, we see that progressed Mars sextiled the Moon in December 2013, an influence that will likely be felt for at least all of 2014. Even today the progressed Midheaven squares progressed Saturn, a restrictive, sad, and bad influence for another two years, through 2015. I suspect that Ukraine is in for a challenging two years, though the Moon-Mars sextile suggests the population finding its identity and voice in 2014.

What about Russia? I initially expected it to run into problems due to indications in its Aries Ingress horoscope, but then realized that the Ingresses set for Moscow and Kyiv are very similar, almost identical. So which country gets the bad prognosis? Common sense says that it is Ukraine, as the smaller neighbor. So comparing Ingress horoscopes is out. Note that historically, comparing Ingresses probably rarely worked, since it’s often neighboring countries that go to war. Thus, the Ingresses set for their respective capitals will often be similar. Still, we can analyze the Ingresses and see if we can tease out any specifics for either Ukraine or Russia.

The medieval Arab author, Abu Ma’shar, writes that if, in an Aries Ingress, malefics make hard aspects to Aries, Scorpio, the Part of War, the sign of the country in question, or the significator of the king, then “enemies will achieve victory over [the country]” and will cause the country “grief and sorrow.” Several of these conditions are true for Russia, though we must take them with a grain of salt, since some are true worldwide for that Aries Ingress. The Aries Ingress horoscope set for Moscow (which sets the tone for the following 12 months), is below. The same Ingress holds for the Ukraine, with a few degrees of the house cusps earlier than that of Moscow’s Ingress.

First, war is indicated during the 2013 Aries Ingress period (March 2013-March 2014) according to Abu Ma’shar, since Mars is in a sign angular from the Ascendant (Aries is the 10th sign from the Ascendant). The Part of War is calculated by taking the distance from Saturn to the Moon during the day, and projecting the distance from the Ascendant. The Part of War is in Aries for both Russia and Ukraine.

2013 Aries Ingress Russia1 Astrology of the 2014 Crimean Crisis (or Is It the Russian Crisis)?

2014 Aries Ingress for Russia (nearly identical for Ukraine)

Let’s take Abu Ma’shar’s conditions for defeat one by one:

  • The malefics (Mars and Saturn) are both present in signs of Mars. This is bad, but true worldwide, indicating that any country starting a war during this year would do badly.
  • Mars is with the Part of War. This means defeat, but for whom?
  • Russia is traditionally a Taurus country, and Saturn in Scorpio opposes Taurus.
  • The significator of the Russian president is Mars, which is accurate right now, but not negative as Mars cannot aspect itself nor is it aspected by Saturn.

Abu Ma’shar also says that if the king’s significator (here, Mars) is combust, defeat and “grief and sorrow” will be “feared concerning him.” Here, Mars is very much combust. Again, we are talking about both the Russian and the Ukrainian government, but we cannot have the same thing happening to both parties, so we can assume Ukraine will be harmed more.  As the Athenians said to the Melians, just before they annihilated the small island city-state: “The strong do as they can, the weak suffer what they must.”

The 2014 Aries Ingress paints a similar picture.

  • Saturn is still in Mars’ domicile, and Mars in Libra opposes its own domicile. Again, this is true worldwide, but bad for countries starting conflict at this time.
  • Mars is with the Part of War, which is in Libra, another strongly negative indicator…for one or both parties.
  • Saturn is still in Scorpio, opposing Taurus, the sign of Russia.
  • The Moon rules the king, and it is conjunct Saturn in the second house, suggesting that economic restrictions create problems. The problems will be worse for Ukraine as the smaller country. This could be foreign sanctions, or simply problems with the domestic purse. Again, Ukraine has a much smaller budget than does Russia, so one would expect it to suffer much more than Russia.
2014 Aries Ingress Russia Astrology of the 2014 Crimean Crisis (or Is It the Russian Crisis)?

2014 Aries Ingress for Russia (nearly identical for Ukraine)

Russia does seem to be in danger of overextending itself with this operation. Vladimir Putin’s natal horoscope has progressed Mars square Jupiter sometime this year (the exact date is unclear because his birth time is not known). This combination indicates too much risk-taking and conflict-seeking behavior, resulting in losses, especially financial or reputational. Of course, this also shows conflict (Mars) with foreigners (Jupiter).

China’s Big Transfer of Power: November 8, 2012

November 7, 2012 by  

Chinese Man Tending Cattle1 China’s Big Transfer of Power: November 8, 2012
Chinese Man Tending Cattle
Thomas Hill

It appears that at least one major player on the global scene has not learned the lesson of Facebook’s bungled IPO:


It appears that in planning the once-a-decade transfer of power to a new group of politicians, China has done exactly that. Originally, the plan was to transfer in October, presumably around the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic (Oct. 1, 1949). It seems that the upper-echelon negotiations have dragged on longer than expected. There is a solar total eclipse on November 13, 2012, and for reasons explained below, we will see this particular eclipse is not very favorable for China.

As we saw with Facebook’s IPO on the day of an eclipse, big changes or launches made around an eclipse tend to require revision later, and often have the project end as a massive flop. I first read about this phenomenon in Bill Meridian’s book, the Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths, and have been watching for manifestations ever since. Meridian discusses his own experience with taking a new job shortly before an eclipse. The new job promptly fizzled out, and he had to find new work soon after.

The November 13, 2012 solar eclipse is a rather unpleasant piece of work, especially when we overlay the horoscope for the eclipse on the horoscope of China.

First, let’s look at just the eclipse horoscope, set for Beijing, China.  The eclipse occurs at 21 Scorpio, an inauspicious part of the sky. This is where the star Zubeneschemali, in the North Scale of the Balance constellation resides. However, historically, the Scales used to be known as the Claws of the Scorpion. The Scorpion is portrayed in a Babylonian boundary stone as reaching for a cup; perhaps the Cup of Life, or of victory. The Scorpion, of course, is the animal that slew the mighty Orion, so the sense is that the Scorpion is a killjoy. Those hoping to win the prize may be disappointed as the Scorpion taketh away.

The eclipse also has Saturn on the Ascendant, suggesting trouble and distress. Saturn falls on the right shoulder and staff of Boötes, the celestial herdsman or ox-driver. This suggests trouble for the “shepherds” of the country; if we had a benefic planet (Venus or Jupiter) on this star, the picture would be rather brighter, and would promise improvement to the country. The presence of Saturn is somewhat more problematic. Also, transiting Saturn squares China’s Moon at 0 Aquarius – this change will not be great for the population as a whole.

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Solar Total Eclipse, Beijing, China
November 14, 2012, 6:07:59 am, AWST (-8)

The November 13, 2012 Solar Eclipse in China

This eclipse is particularly significant for China for two reasons. One, it falls in the important first house in Beijing, so will have an effect on the Chinese people. The first house rules the people and the nation as a whole, so eclipses placed in this house will have an evident impact. Two, it contacts the horoscope of China in some major ways.

We use the horoscope for the start of the People’s Republic of China as October 1, 1949, 10:00 am, Beijing, China. The time is from the memoir The Private Life of Chairman Mao, written by his doctor, Li Zhisui, who said that Mao and his comrades first took the podium in Beijing at 10:00 am to announce their glorious victory over Nationalist forces. (The book was brought to my attention by a recent article in The Mountain Astrologer magazine.)

The 1949 horoscope has 22 Scorpio rising, so the eclipse at 21 Scorpio falls exactly on the Ascendant. This alone would be enough to suggest a disruptive influence interfering with the transfer of power. Eclipses on the Ascendant/Descendant axis of a country or organization suggest transformation at a profound and immediately evident level – certainly, the handing over of the reins would qualify.

However, we can expect conflict at the uppermost echelons of China. Note that the eclipse Midheaven falls on China’s Mars (and, if you use the modern planets, Pluto – yes, China has a natal Mars-Pluto conjunction). So, that shows power struggles (Mars/Pluto) among the leadership (Midheaven). However, note the interesting aspects to Mercury, ruler of the Midheaven. The eclipse Venus is conjunct Mercury, and the eclipse Jupiter trines Mercury. So, there will be some very nice monetary benefits for those coming into power. You may have seen the New York Times’ expose of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s personal wealth of $2.7B, most of which was accumulated since his rise to high position in the 1990s. It’s good to be the king!

ChinaPRCFoundingHoroscope China’s Big Transfer of Power: November 8, 2012

People’s Republic of China Horoscope, Beijing, China
October 1, 1949, 10:00 a.m. AWST (-8)

Some Predictions for China

Based on the above, I would suggest the following:

1.  The power may be handed over, but perhaps not completely, or the arrangement will not prove permanent.

2. There will be conflict (more than the usual machinations) among the upper tiers, and it may even become public.

3. Those coming into power will obtain tremendous financial benefits. Quelle surprise!

Transit of Venus across the Sun, June 5/6, 2012

June 6, 2012 by  

BirthOfVenus Transit of Venus across the Sun, June 5/6, 2012

Yesterday, Venus moved across the face of the Sun, a conjunction not only in longitude, but also in declination. Venus was visible as a black dot on the Solar disc, moving diagonally across the Sun. The conjunction occurred with Venus in retrograde, and was exact at 15 Gemini.

Venus transiting the sun  008 Transit of Venus across the Sun, June 5/6, 2012

Venus transiting the Sun – image courtesy of NASA

Last night, I had the opportunity to visit the Adler Planetarium here in Chicago, which held an observation event. The transit began at 5:04 pm CDT, and was visible until about 7:45 pm, when the Sun sank behind the skyline. There was also a live NASA feed from Mauna Kea, with commentary by astronomers and physicists. I got a chance to look through the high-tech observatory telescope, which was so clear that it showed the solar flares along with Venus herself, just as she made the mysterious black drop effect. This is the effect occurring when Venus separates from the corona of the Sun, and she looks more like a little drop than a clearly-defined sphere. The black drop effect has not yet been explained.

The viewing was a spectacular and special event, not to be repeated for another century. Even if you missed it, the good news is that Mercury transits the Sun about once a decade. Mercury is considerably smaller, however, so the visual is a little less dramatic, but still rare and beautiful.

I think of this transit as Venus being super-cazimi. Traditional sources say that planets are exceptionally strong when within 16′ of longitude of the Sun, as they are “in the heart of the Sun.” This condition is called “cazimi,” from the Arabic kasmimi. They are in the heart of the King, as it were, and so suitably powerful. Yet – and this will be a separate article on traditional astrological methods – a planet such as Venus is visually only in the heart of the Sun when she makes this super-rare transit. Could it be that cazimi only refers to these planetary transits across the Sun’s face? My few horary charts with cazimi planets indicate this may be the case.  Stay tuned.

United Astrology Conference and Presidential Panel

May 31, 2012 by  

Las Meninas United Astrology Conference and Presidential Panel

NOTE: Gryphon Astrology will be down for maintenance for a few hours sometime in the next few days – if it is down, just come back a few hours later.

I just returned from UAC in New Orleans yesterday. It was a great conference, with many eminent speakers and fascinating presentations. The conference culminated with the Presidential Panel, where five astrologers, each using different techniques, made their prediction for the winner of the 2012 elections. The participants, in alphabetical order, were Chris Brennan (Hellenistic), Gary Christian (Uranian), Edith Hathaway (Vedic), me (Traditional), and Claude Weiss (using a mix of mundane techniques). As far as I know, none of us discussed the outcome with each other prior to the panel. Yet everyone concurred that Barack Obama would be re-elected in 2012. I wrote about the 2012 elections here earlier this year; my talk was a condensed version of the article.

The panel was covered by major media outlets, who posted a story on Reuters and Associated Press covering the panel’s conclusions and citing Chris and me. You can read the story as printed in the Chicago Tribune here. The story quickly propagated through the world media, and was featured on Huffington Post, USA Today,, NY Daily News, and dozens of other news sites and publications. When I returned to Chicago, I had an interview request from CNN/HLN and a local radio station; both interviews aired the same day.

As life returns to normal, we have lots of plans afoot, and I am sure you will be hearing more from me on my favorite topic, mundane and financial astrology.

Astrology and the Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012

May 13, 2012 by  

BeguilingOfMerlin Astrology and the Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012

The annular solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 at 0 Gemini is one of two solar eclipses of 2012 (the other occurs in November, as eclipses run in pairs six months apart). An annular solar eclipse is named after the Latin word “annulus” or “ring”, and this type of eclipse occurs when the Moon is on the far side of its orbit and appears too small to cover the entire solar disk. As a result, at totality, a narrow ring of solar light is visible around the Moon. Approximately one-third of all eclipses are annular. From first to last penumbral contact, the eclipse will last 3 hours and 33 minutes. The totality of the eclipse will last 5 minutes and 46 seconds.

The eclipse will be visible in Southeast Asia, southern Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and western North America (view a Google Map of the eclipse path here). The traditional perspective on eclipses is that they influence primarily the places where they are visible; from an astrological perspective, eclipses are especially active where they are angular in the horoscope. The duration of the eclipse’s effects in years is equal to the duration of the eclipse, or 3 1/2 years. Thus, we will see the effects of the eclipse through the end of 2015.

The eclipse occurs closely conjunct to the 1st magnitude fixed star Mirfak (alpha Perseus, meaning “the Elbow” in Arabic), which is traditionally seen as the side of Perseus, the famed killer of the Medusa and the sea monster Cetus. The star can be said to give bravery and strength, though it is placed in a warlike constellation ruled by Jupiter and Saturn, according to Ptolemy. Jupiter is for justice, but Saturn is for death. In general, this eclipse may bring earthquakes or big storms – the eclipse occurs in Gemini, an air sign, and its ruler, Mercury, is in an earth sign with Jupiter. Certainly Mercury and Jupiter in Taurus can indicate disturbances and movement in the earth.
Let us look at possible effects of this eclipse on the various localities where it will be visible.

China (Southeastern), Macau, and Hong Kong: China has been involved in an altercation with the Philippine Navy in the South China sea over the last few weeks. Chinese vessels stopped the Philippine government from arresting Chinese fishermen accused of illegally fishing in the resource-rich Scarborough Shoal area. The Chinese online media has been talking up preparations for war, which China’s Defense Ministry has denied. The thought is that China is asserting itself to look in control during its political transition this year. The presence of the eclipse indicates further warlike behavior, as the ruler of the eclipse is Mercury with Jupiter, but as Mars is not prominent in the eclipse chart, we do not believe a war with the Philippines will actually start. This is supported by a lack of contacts between the eclipse and China’s 1949 foundation horoscopes.

The Philippines, however, have the eclipse right on the Midheaven (3 Gemini), and the Eclipse Mars (10 Virgo) falls on the natal Philippine Mars-Moon conjunction in the 1st house. The conflict will continue in the Philippines’ backyard, and while it will not make a ripple in the Chinese horoscope, the tensions – and potential conflict – in the Philippines will likely be high.

Japan: We expect changes in Japan following this eclipse. The country has shut off all of its nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and has recently announced the nationalization of Tepco, the private company that operated the Fukushima Daiichi site. The entire management and board will be replaced as Japan attempts to clean up and contain radiation. The warlike posture of Perseus will show itself as people will demand accountability for this unnecessary disaster.

United States: The eclipse will pass through Northern California, within a spitting distance of Sacramento, the state’s capital. The California governor, Jerry Brown, had announced that the California budget shortfall had grown to $16B, in contrast to the estimated $9B, and that in addition to more program cuts, an increase in taxes will be needed. This is a state that already has the highest sales tax in the nation, and the highest top income tax rate. The economic difficulties that currently envelop California will continue with an added hit of drama. There may be increased earthquake activity following the eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from Las Vegas, Nevada and will pass through New Mexico – Albuquerque, as well as Los Alamos.

The eclipse horoscope set for Sacramento, California, is below:

Eclipse 052012 Sacramento Astrology and the Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012

Horary Astrology: Do Invalid Questions Exist?

May 1, 2012 by  

Bruegel Tower of Babel Horary Astrology: Do Invalid Questions Exist?

Note: A reader asked me recently whether a horary question about someone I do not personally know (i.e. Madeleine McCann) is valid.  I am not sure where the concept of some questions being invalid came from, as it does not appear in traditional literature; I assume it arose at some point in the 20th century.  Below are some thoughts on this issue. 

Let’s unpack what you mean by “valid.”  Does an invalid question mean that the answer will sometimes or always be incorrect if people ask a certain type of question?  I’ll assume that is what you meant.
Now, let’s take the logic a little further; let’s assume that hundreds of horary astrologers not connected to the McCann situation have asked “Is Madeleine still alive?”  For the sake of argument, let’s posit she is still alive.  Do we really think that all those charts came up with “no” as an answer?   That seems unlikely, so we can assume that questions asked by querents unconnected with the matter will at least sometimes lead to correct answers.  But when?  Does that mean astrology worked at some of those times but not at other times?  That does not seem right.
Does astrology stop working when we ask certain types of questions?  If “as above so below” is true – and Hermes Trismegistus assures us that “true without falsehood, certain, most certain” – then the stars should always reflect reality here on earth without exception.   I have gotten accurate results to questions about situations in the news that interest me, so these questions are clearly valid at least some of the time.
This raises a second question: Even if there really are valid/invalid questions, how far removed from a situation do we have to be for a question to be valid, and who decides where the line is drawn?   Immediate family to the McCanns?  Neighbors who sometimes saw Madeleine?  Friends?  How about acquaintances of the family?  Family of friends of the McCanns?  Any line that we draw between valid and invalid questions must be arbitrary, and not supported by traditional literature to my knowledge.
Why is it insufficient that this is a topic that affects me emotionally?  Presumably, Madeleine’s parents, would be mainly motivated to ask out of their emotional involvement with their daughter.  Is their question invalid?  Or are we letting post-Enlightenment materialism creep in by assuming that there must be a physical connection between us to have a valid question?  It’s well proven scientifically that emotions affect our bodies, so whether little Madeleine lives or dies does, in fact, impact me more immediately than we think.  The only requirement is that we care at least a tiny bit about what happened to this little girl.
I have recently become very conscious of the fact – and this is not about you at all – is that in all areas of life, there are people who set themselves up as authorities who are eager to tell us what is and is not possible and we are very eager to take their word for it.  The Buddha said: “One is one’s own refuge, who else could be the refuge?”  Also, “be a light unto yourselves.”  We cannot take statements of possibility for granted, but rather, let us do the actual hard work to test assumptions.  What is our reward?  The truth, the only thing worth striving for.

Astrology of Missing People: Is Madeleine McCann Still Alive?

April 25, 2012 by  

Children Playing on the Beach Astrology of Missing People: Is Madeleine McCann Still Alive?

Faithful readers of the Gryphon Astrology blog have read my 2007 post about little Madeleine McCann who vanished without a trace from her parents’ vacation apartment in Portugal, on May 3, 2007.  Recently, Scotland Yard stated they have evidence that Madeleine is still alive and they are investigating this line of inquiry.  Perhaps they read this blog!  In 2007, I wrote that the little girl is most likely alive.

As this is an emotional topic for me (and many readers), I impulsively cast a horary chart when I learned of Scotland Yard’s announcement, asking “Is Madeleine McCann alive?”  The chart is below:

MadeleineMcCannAstrologyChart Astrology of Missing People: Is Madeleine McCann Still Alive?

Short answer: Yes, Madeleine is still alive.  There is a good possibility she will be found.

Long answer:  This is clearly a question about children; we have a Mercury-ruled sign rising, Gemini.  Mercury rules young children, especially those between 4-10.  We also have the Moon and Venus on the Ascendant, so further evidence that this is about a little girl.  Madeleine is represented by the 1st house (William Lilly assigned missing persons we don’t personally know to the 1st house), its ruler, and planets in it.  Any past connection to planets associated with the eighth house would indicate death.

Mercury, ruler of the 1st house, is in the auspicious 11th house, which, according to Lilly, means the person is still alive, however many reports there are of their death.

Saturn rules the 8th house of death in this chart; there is no past connection between Saturn and Madeleine’s planets (Mercury, Venus, or the Moon).  Lilly also says to watch out for oppositions between these planets, which we fortunately do not see here.

Now, the Moon does apply to a trine of Saturn, translating the light of Venus to Saturn.  However, we are optimistic that Madeleine is not in danger.  Saturn is in the 5th house, which is not malefic, and having Venus on the Ascendant is highly protective for the little girl.  Interestingly, Venus will not trine Saturn anytime soon; she will go retrograde a hair before the aspect perfects.

We do see that the Moon has separated from Venus, ruler of the 12th house, which means a past imprisonment or fear of imprisonment.  But interestingly, we do see Mercury and Venus applying to a sextile, and are cautiously optimistic that this brings some news of Madeleine.  This aspect perfects on May 4th, William Lilly says to look at when the ruler of the 11th (Mars) and the ruler of the Ascendant (Mercury) come into aspect to determine when we hear about the missing person.  Mercury trines Mars on the 13th of May.   Let us hope we hear about Madeleine on one of these dates.

The Full Moon of April 6, 2012 Forecast

March 28, 2012 by  


Moonlit View of Bosphorus The Full Moon of April 6, 2012 Forecast

The full Moon of April 6 foretells a period in the U.S. when efforts to make peace and warlike tendencies are in strong conflict.  Men and women will be in conflict with each other.  Also, religion and religious traditions around women in particular are going to be at the forefront of national attention.  Given the recent unpleasant debates about contraceptive rights for women (hello, 1916!), this seems particularly appropriate.

FullMoon040612 The Full Moon of April 6, 2012 Forecast

Astrologically Speaking…

At the Full Moon, we have Venus in Gemini on the Midheaven with the South Node, so there will be discussion of women’s immorality.  Note that Venus is in a barren sign, so this is conversation about women supposedly behaving badly by being freed from the responsibility-inducing risk of pregnancy.

Jupiter is just outside the 10th house, indicating the prominence of religion and law in this two week period.  We suspect that the Supreme Court will not look kindly upon the administration’s health care law.  The Sun in Aries is on the cusp of the 9th house of the law, indicating a situation where the president’s head is very much in the court, but this is a situation that is already ending (the Full Moon indicates fullness, or completion of something).  Note there is no aspect between the Sun and Mars, the planet ruling the Supreme Court.  Mars is also much better positioned than the Sun, as it is placed in the Ascendant, indicating that the Supreme Court really is the final arbiter here.  With Mars retrograde, we assure you that this debate will be going back to Congress for yet another round.


This Full Moon has an interesting and somewhat unusual feature; after the Moon separates from the opposition to the Sun, it will conjoin Saturn.  Saturn and the Sun rule opposite signs (Leo and Aquarius, respectively).  This configuration in traditional astrology is known as the “Opening of the Double Doors” and creates major weather changes.  These should be apparent especially in the Mountain states of the U.S., where the weather will change most noticeably, bringing storms, cold, clouds, and/or fog.

Forecast: U.S. Presidential Election 2012

March 17, 2012 by  

Frederick V Portrait Forecast: U.S. Presidential Election 2012

My latest research into past U.S. election cycles shows that Obama will be re-elected in 2012.  It will be a somewhat close contest, but I do not expect it to be a cliff-hanger like some of the elections of the previous years.

The 132-Year Research Project

Last winter, I completed an extensive study of horoscopes for years that included U.S. Presidential elections going back to 1880.  This gives us 132 years of US Presidential election data to study. I have examined Aries ingress horoscopes, cast for Washington DC, at the moment when the Sun enters Aries, traditionally the first moment of the astronomical new year for election years.  This has enabled me to determine the basic characteristics in Aries Ingress horoscopes that indicate Presidential winners.  While some horoscopes are more straightforward than others, the basic rules of traditional astrology are applicable here as well.

We would look at the 10th house of the king to signify the current president or the incumbent party, and the 4th house for his opponent.  We closely examine the planets in these houses as well as the rulers of the houses to determine who fares better.  It really is that simple.  As ever, we look at the traditional planets, rather than the modern rulers.

For 2012, I was struck by the similarity of the 1880 Aries Ingress, and wanted to share that horoscope with my readers to explain my predictions for the 2012 US presidential election.  The horoscope for the 2012 election is below.

2012AriesIngressDC Forecast: U.S. Presidential Election 2012

1880 Presidential Election Contenders

Do you remember the year 1880? It was the decade of mutton-chop mustaches, ruffled bustles on ladies’ skirts, and the height of the Gilded Age industrial economic boom.  Well, I wasn’t alive either, but it’s an important year for the 2012 presidential election, because of the close astrological resemblance of the 1880 election to this year’s contest.

In 1880, the Republican incumbent was Rutherford B. Hayes.  Hayes chose not to run that year, so instead, the Republican party chose James Garfield as their nominee.  The Democrats, after a close and splintered contest, nominated Winfield Scott Hancock, a highly respected Civil War General.

1880AriesIngressDC Forecast: U.S. Presidential Election 2012

Following the lead of the ancient Arabic astrologers, we will assign the Aries Ingress 10th house to the King; that is, the current president or incumbent party. His opponent is signified by the fourth house, as it is the seventh from the 10th, or the “enemy” of the King.

The 1880 horoscope has 29° Virgo on the 10th house cusp, and of course 29° Pisces on the fourth house cusp. This is one similarity between the 1880 and the 2012 Aries Ingresses.  Garfield, as the representative of the incumbent party, is symbolized by Mercury, ruler of the 10th house. We note that Mercury is stationing retrograde, and the Moon in Cancer is making an immediate square to Mercury. It may be that Mercury is particularly benefited by going retrograde, because it indicates the return of a party to power, though this remains to be researched.

We do know for certain, however, is that Mercury applying to a planet in its domicile, that is the Moon in its own sign of Cancer, is strongly benefited. So that is one point for Garfield. The fact that Mercury is in the fourth house ruled by his opponent, does not seem to matter, based on my examination of the horoscopes for US elections.

This is another similarity between the 2012 horoscope and that of 1880; Mercury, ruling the King, is in the fourth house, and a different sign from the house cusp.

Now, let us look at the horoscope from the point of view of General Hancock. The fourth house is a crowded house; Jupiter in Pisces is on the fourth house cusp, the Sun in Aries is just inside the fourth house, and we have Mercury conjunct Saturn in Aries as well. The position of the Sun may have helped Hancock, but the fact that it is in a different sign from the cusp seems to have negated most of its positive effects. What about the extremely benefit Jupiter in its own house on the fourth house cusp? Since Jupiter is also the ruler of the fourth house and represents Hancock himself, much of the positive impact is negated as well. Further, there are no immediate applying aspects between Jupiter and other planet.

You can see that the late degrees on the fourth/10th house axis are a bit of a red herring. As you probably know, James Garfield won the 1880 US presidential election, though by a margin of less than 2000 popular votes out of a total of about 4.5 million.

The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

We see that Mercury rules the 10th house of the king, and it is retrograde. Just as in the 1880 horoscope, it is possible that the 10th house ruler retrograde indicates a return of the president to power for another term. More importantly, Mercury applies to a conjunction with the Sun in Aries. The Sun is extremely powerful in Aries, as it is the sign where the Sun is traditionally exalted and therefore very strong. It is favorable for Mercury to apply to it, even though such closeness to the Sun is called combustion and is normally problematic. In the last 132 years, in the Presidential election context, a planet’s application to the Sun in exaltation has been helpful, not harmful for the candidate symbolized by the applying planet.

As in the 1880 election, we see that Mercury and the Sun are placed in the opponent’s house; while this may pose difficulties ordinarily (Mercury would be in the opponent’s power), the fact that Mercury and the Sun are in a sign different from the fourth house cusp seems to eliminate the negatives associated with this placement.

With these positive factors, Obama is sitting pretty for reelection this year.

His challenger, symbolized by Jupiter as ruler of the fourth house, is not so fortunate. There are no applying aspects to Jupiter, reminding us of the girl who did not get asked to the prom. No one is coming around to knock at the door to change the opponent’s current trajectory.  For modern astrologers, who would take Neptune as the ruler of Pisces, we have Mars applying to oppose Neptune, while the Moon (the popular will) separates from Neptune.  This is not a good sign for the Republican party nominee in 2012.

Who will be the challenger?  As of this writing, the three Republican front runners are still fighting it out, but I suspect the winner will be Mitt Romney; as the wealthiest of the three contenders, Jupiter in the very material sign of Taurus symbolizes him.

Astrological Predictions for the Full Moon of March 8, 2012

March 7, 2012 by  

Hayfield East Bergholt Astrological Predictions for the Full Moon of March 8, 2012

The Full Moon in March, 2012 occurs on March 8 at 9:40 AM universal time. This is 1:40 AM Pacific time and 4:40 a.m. Eastern time. As with each Full Moon, the Moon is opposite the Sun, so with the Full Moon at 18° Virgo, the Sun is at 18° Pisces. In general, the influences of the Full Moon last about two weeks, until the next New Moon.

The March Full Moon’s Influences on You

The planet Mars is conjunct the Moon at this Full Moon, with a harmonious trine aspect to Jupiter and Venus in Taurus. Given that Mars is a malefic planet, while Jupiter and Venus are benefic, there will be a mix of influences we can expect with this Full Moon. Normally, an aspect to Mars causes conflict, especially with mercurial people (Mercury rules Virgo, the sign where the Moon and Mars are at this Full Moon). However, with the gentle and beneficial aspects of Venus and Jupiter moderating this otherwise negative energy, we can expect that the energy of Mars is turned into fuel that helps us move forward, rather than unproductive warfare with the world. Expect that this Full Moon will be especially favorable for legal, religious, or educational matters. There may be financial benefits or at least an opportunity to spend a little money to make a lot more later, perhaps thanks to creative ideas or artistic ventures. Partnerships in general, whether business or personal are favored. With both Venus and Mars involved, this could be a favorable period for relationships as well as births. In general, benefits will come from foreigners, wealthy or socially prominent people, as well as professionals of any stripe.

Depending on where the Full Moon falls in your natal horoscope, that area of your life will likely reap the benefits of this energetic, positive configuration. For example, if this Moon in Virgo falls in your natal 10th house of career, you will see changes in your profession, or through property transactions, since the fourth house of real estate is where the Sun is located during this March Full Moon. In addition, it may be a good period for one’s health, given that Venus and Jupiter would fall in the sixth house of illness, helping heal health problems. As with all Full Moons, it is important to retain a balance, since we have the Moon opposing the Sun; on to opposite ends of a seesaw, as it were. This month, it should not be too difficult to balance your home and career, but keep this in mind, as investing in relationships now will pay dividends later. The harmonious interaction of Venus and Mars allows for harmony in relationships, while Jupiter provides the material and spiritual benefits.

The Full Moon’s Influence in the United States and the World

This Full Moon falls in the ninth house of the United States chart set for 6:17 PM, as rectified by Regulus Astrology. This is going to be a very busy two weeks when it comes to public statements, debates, and media attention. Most obviously, we will see this play out in the Republican contest for the presidential nomination. Libel and slander will fly widely, and misunderstandings and misinterpretations will be rampant, but some of the harsh negativity we have been seeing in the past few months will abate. We are already seeing negotiations with Iran restarting, as well as additional talks between the world powers on next steps with Iran. The recent side talks between the United States and Israel will be fruitful, as Virgo rules Jerusalem; while Israel has been beating the drums of war (Moon with Mars in Virgo – a verbal sign ruled by Mercury, so lots of talk), more moderating influences symbolized by Venus and Jupiter will prevail for now.

The harmonious configurations of Venus, Mars, Jupiter offer a promising start to any talks initiated during this period. In particular, positive reports and communications around these talks will be carefully managed by PR people. With Venus as the traditional ruler of Islam and Muslims in general, its harmonious aspects promise a fruitful round of negotiations around Iran’s nuclear capability. We still believe that Iran will be engaged in conflict in 2013, but the time has not yet come.

We will be seeing news out of Greece, Africa, Iran, Iraq, and Jerusalem, as all these places are ruled by Virgo. In general there will be conflict, because of the influence of Mars, but it will be resolved at least in the short term, due to the presence of Venus and Jupiter.

The Full Moon and the Financial Markets

The global financial markets, too, are at an important juncture at this Full Moon. With Jupiter in the early degrees of Taurus, it may be that the stock markets will rally into the end of the year. The harmonious aspects to this Full Moon hint that the US stock market will go up for a while yet; however, according to my calculations, the US stock market will likely not continue to rise beyond 2012.  This largely comports with the predictions for this week made by Raymond Merriman, a top astrological market analyst.

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