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

November 7, 2012 by  

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.

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!

People's Republic of China Horoscope, Beijing, China

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!

Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008: The China Olympics in Beijing

July 1, 2008 by  

The astrological effects of the August Solar Eclipse on The China Olympics in Beijing. What will happen? Find out in this timely article.

Following right after a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, the China Olympics are the most anxiously awaited Olympic Games in recent history. From an astrological perspective, some pre-Olympic anxiety is not a surprise, as a solar eclipse immediately preceding the China Olympics is a little scary. Echoes of the 2008 earthquake might overshadow the China Olympics this year, and I hope that the Olympic games and buildings are all as safe as possible to prevent any problems.

Solar Eclipse: Effects on China’s Horoscope and the Olympic Games

China has some earthquake-prone spots in its horoscope, all of which were triggered during two of the biggest earthquakes China has ever seen, including the one this year. Those planets are Venus in Cancer right on the powerful 10th house cusp, Mercury, the ruler of earthquakes, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the 8th house of death. These points will all be active during the China Olympics this year, which causes me some concern. Starting the China Olympics so soon after an eclipse is a bold move indeed.

In September, shortly after the August 1st solar eclipse visible in Beijing, China’s secondary progressed Mercury squares the Sun from the fifth house of games. Mercury opposed Jupiter-Saturn this March, which soon manifested in China as an earthquake. Secondary progressions in China’s chart will only manifest if they are triggered by something else, such as the August solar eclipse. We would expect some activity in China’s horoscope because the country is hosting the Olympic Games, but we would want to see more benefic activity, rather than the earthquake sensitive points being emphasized yet again.

Below is the horoscope for the August solar eclipse set for Beijing, China. The eclipse Mercury conjoins China’s natal Sun, and the Midheaven of the solar eclipse opposes the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction; precisely the point activated earlier this year by progressed Mercury.

Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008. Beijing, China. 6:11 pm local time.

The fact that the solar eclipse is visible in Beijing makes it active in that area. The connections between the eclipse horoscope, China’s horoscope, and the earthquake triggers are all in place.

We also see a strong link between the Cancer ingress preceding the August solar eclipse, and China’s horoscope. Combust Venus and the Sun in the ingress are conjunct China’s natal Venus in the 10th house, and Mars is in the same position in both charts. The Cancer ingress Moon opposes the natal Mercury. Note how the same planets are emphasized over and over by the solar eclipse.

Cancer Ingress preceding August 2008 Solar Eclipse. Beijing, China.

The Cancer Ingress Horoscope for 2008 in Beijing China

Update (August 5, 2008): Much has already happened in China since the Solar eclipse: A 6.1 Richter earthquake on August 5th, and China’s deadliest terrorist attack since the 1990s on August 4th.

The China Earthquake in the China Horoscope

June 30, 2008 by  


The terrible China earthquake earlier this year shocked the world, both due to its strength and because of its deadly consequences. China is a huge country; and an earthquake in China is no rarity. However, earthquakes of this magnitude (8.0 on the Richter scale) are notable events, and when we look at the astrological indications for China, the earthquake announced itself loud and clear. More than that, there were definite parallels between the 2008 China earthquake and the one in 1927, which killed over 200,000 people.

All major events like earthquakes in China (or anywhere else) must flow from a basic horoscope for that country. There is no certain horoscope for the moment that the current People’s Republic of China began. We do know that it was in the fall of 1949, and the most reliable method is to look at the great conjunction horoscope prior to the institution of the country.

Is China Earthquake-Prone?

We can see that there are going to be several sensitive points announcing an earthquake in China before it occurs. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in an earth sign will be important, especially since Saturn rules the 4th house of the earth and the subterranean in the great conjunction horoscope. Mercury will be important because it is the natural significator of earthquakes. An earthquake in the China horoscope can also be linked with Venus, as it rules the 1st house and is positioned right on the powerful 10th house cusp.

The China Earthquake of 2008

In March 2008, the secondary progressed Mercury opposed the great conjunction. As we discussed, Mercury rules earthquakes.

The Aries ingress of 2008 set for Beijing has a very problematic complex of planets indicative of an earthquake in China. A weak and malefic Mercury in Pisces is conjunct Venus, ruler of the ingress fourth house of the earth, with all of this trine a very nasty Mars in the sign of its fall (indicating falling buildings) in the 12th house. Mars rules the 10th house of the ingress chart, and it is sextile Saturn in Virgo, ruling the seventh house. Planets ruling angles are very important in ingress charts, because the planets are emphasized from one location to the next. Saturn is also in an earth sign, which can increase our suspicions of an earthquake in China in the coming year. Finally, Mars in the ingress chart conjoins Venus in the great conjunction horoscope, right at the top of the chart.

The 1927 Earthquake of China

This huge earthquake in China in 1927 makes this year’s earthquake look like an amateur, in terms of the damage caused. If we look at the 1927 secondary progressions compared to the grand conjunction chart (which did not yet exist, but works very well) we see secondary progressed Mars square the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, and the ascendant of the 1927 Aries ingress is conjunct Venus. We see that any major earthquake in China will likely trigger these two points in the great conjunction horoscope.

The Aries ingress again has Mercury in Pisces conjunct a strong benefic, this time Jupiter in Pisces. As we mentioned earlier, Mercury has strong significations for earthquakes in China (actually, all locations due to Mercury = earthquakes). Mercury and Jupiter are in the fourth house, the angle of the earth, with Jupiter ruling the fourth house. Mercury rules the 10th house. All this is squared by Mars, ruler of the first house. Saturn in Sagittarius is in partile square to the fourth/10th house axis, afflicting the earth and heaven.

Due to China’s large population, earthquakes in China can be truly deadly, with great loss of life and damage to property. The 1927 earthquake of China came through very clear, and we could also look at the horoscope for the prior Chinese state and compare it with the 1927 Aries ingress. It is just as effective to look ahead, even though nobody in 1927 could have guessed that a new Republic will be formed under the 1940 great conjunction horoscope. Perhaps this is just proof that everything in the cosmos is unfolding as it should, and time is just an illusion, from the highest perspective.

Astrology of Eclipses: Lunar Eclipse of September 7, 2006

September 5, 2006 by  

Lunar eclipse astrology - castle by the sea

The upcoming partial lunar eclipse on September 7th at 15 Pisces promises to have interesting effects. As someone with an interest in mundane astrology, I am always on the lookout for eclipses and their effects, though I have not blogged about them extensively. NASA has a truly excellent eclipse page.

According to traditional rules, eclipses have significant effects in the locations where they are actually visible. The lunar eclipse of September 7th will be visible in western Africa, most of Asia, western Australia, Eastern Europe and Russia. Of these locations, we can expect heightened activity in northern Egypt, the Republic of Georgia, and/or Turkey, all of which are traditionally under the sign of Pisces. Additionally, some modern countries who have horoscopes with contacts to 15 Pisces include Russia, India (the lunar eclipse is right on the Medium Coeli in New Delhi), and China.

When will the effects of the lunar eclipse be felt?

Egypt, Republic of Georgia, Turkey and Russia – begin between September 7 – 17, 2006, strongest between September 17 and October 1, 2006

India – begin between September 17 – 27, 2006, strongest between October 1 – 15th, 2006

China – begin between September 27 and October 7, 2006, strongest between October 15 – 29, 2006

How will the eclipse manifest?

Because the eclipse is in a double-bodied sign (Pisces), the greatest activity will occur with rulers of the affected lands, and their governments, also any people in power in general. We can expect this to be the case especially in India, where the eclipse is right on the MC in New Delhi.

The eclipse is primarily ruled by Jupiter, which is Lord of the Eclipse (since it is in Pisces). Jupiter causes everything to increase, usually good things such as wealth, livestock, peace, and fertility. He increases fame and power of the mighty and of religious leaders and organizations. William Lilly says “New Customs or Priviledges are conferd on the people; New Corporations, new Honours, &c.” However, because the lunar eclipse is in the second decanate of Pisces, it will bring “death to some Prime man of Princely discent.” Also, the lunar eclipse is on the fixed star Achernar, in the constellation of Eridanus, the river. Achernar is benefic, again ruled by Jupiter, for public office and fame, while the constellation Eridanus is Saturnian, and can bring danger by water.

Also, an eclipse in the watery triplicity can bring illnesses and plagues among the common people (and this is a very moist eclipse, ruled by Jupiter, a moist planet in Scorpio, a moist sign, and the eclipse itself is in Pisces, a moist sign), warlike rumblings, and floods. Specifically, there may be harm to plants and aquatic life.

Astrological chart of lunar eclipse of September 7, 2006 set for New Delhi, India