What Happens Next? – An American Crisis (part 2)

In the second part of this months special report on the future of the USA, I present an in depth look at the astrology of the future President and Vice President, laying out the astrological territory around them for the next 4 years.

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DONALD J. TRUMP

As explained in part 1, there are two times for Donald Trump. I am presenting both charts below so that you can compare the two for differences and similarities and make up your own minds as to which one seems the most accurate and representative of his personality and life experiences. I will be using the later time (from his birth certificate) in the four years of transits and progressions, so if the earlier chart is the right one then all the transits and progressions will happen earlier than the periods mentioned, and much that is connected to the temples changes. The parans do not change, nor do the heliacal stars, but the pivoting stars do (as shown below). Additionally, I give you the sensitive points listing for the later chart.

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Notable distinguishing points: Uranus in Gemini on the midheaven, Sun in 11th, Moon conjunct Tail in 5th, Mars in the 1st and Venus conjunct Saturn in the 12th, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune in 3rd.

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Notable distinguishing points: Ascendant very near sign boundary (could be Virgo rising), Sun in 10th, Moon conjunct Tail in 4th, Mars on the ascendant, midheaven in Taurus, Venus conjunct Saturn in the 11th, Chiron and Neptune in 2nd, Jupiter possibly in the 3rd. Note that this chart requires a birth time accurate to seconds, as Virgo is about to rise (those who scoff at that notion should consider that Trump has never had a drink or smoked at any time, and claims he has never taken any narcotic drugs, is extremely fastidious with his personal hygiene, and is so anxious about germs that he hates to shake people by the hand – only ridicule seems more disturbing to him).

This (later) chart shows a powerfully placed Mars (in its own Face and Egyptian bounds) rising in Leo (heated up like a supernova if the time is right) with a chart ruling Sun in its own Face in Gemini in the 10th temple in a triple conjunction with the Dragons Head and Uranus. This triple conjunction is in a trine with (a stationary) Jupiter and Chiron conjunct in Libra as well as being sextile the rising Mars, which is itself in a square with a Taurus midheaven. Venus is in Triplicity and conjunct a Saturn in detriment in Cancer in the 11th temple, with Mercury joining them but at a distance. The detriment of Saturn is being helped by the dignified Venus and by mutual reception by exaltation with Jupiter, but the square between Jupiter and Saturn/Venus presents a serious challenge to the emotional and financial life. Venus and Saturn are sextile the Taurus midheaven, while Mercury is square with both the Jupiter-Chiron conjunction and Neptune in Libra in the 2nd temple (the only retrograde object in the chart). This Jupiter-Chiron conjunction may be read as being on the cusp of the 3rd, and may thus relate to siblings, communication and mental/social perception. The Full Moon is conjunct the Tail (Trump was born very near to a lunar eclipse) in Sagittarius in the 4th temple, opposing the triple conjunction in Gemini, in trine with the rising Mars and in a sextile with the Jupiter-Chiron conjunction. Pluto is in Leo in the 12th in sextile to Jupiter Chiron and Neptune in Libra.

TOOLS FOR INVESTIGATING THIS CHART

As with the USA chart, I present you with a toolbox of reports and graphs with which to investigate and apply the information in this chart. The ‘stars on angles at moment’ given below applies only to the later time. There are no such stars for the earlier time.

PARANS, HELIACAL STARS & PIVOTING STARS

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(I discuss the parans to his outer planets below)

As noted above, the earlier time (from his mother’s memory) does not give us any stars on angles at the time of his birth, but the later time does produce a pivoting star, Vega. In my view, the interpretation Brady gives Vega as a pivoting star in her software is an argument for this later time. Both times give him the same heliacal stars because heliacal stars are not affected by the birth time. The same is true of the parans to his planets and the Lights.

SENSITIVE POINTS

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Trump has a lot of tricky aspects in the Mutable/Reactive signs, especially from 17°. He also has a lot of difficulty in Capricorn. Leo and Aquarius are strong signs for him up until about 24° wherein they get more troubling. However, 10° of the Fixed/Stable signs are troubled by Pluto. He has a lot of troubles between 17° and 22° of Virgo and Pisces. His powerful Mars is challenged at 26° of the Fixed/Stable signs, except for Leo where it is typically recharged (depending on what passes over it). It usually finds ways to get what it wants at 26° of the Fire signs and to solicit help in getting there at 26° Gemini and Libra.

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SECONDARY PROGRESSIONS

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TRANSITS

Trumps progressed Moon is waning in its Balsamic phase in Cancer but will become a New Moon between late 2018 to 2019. This is an indication of starting a major new direction in life. The aspects of the progressed Moon do not indicate much trouble for Trump, but its significant that he will have a progressed Moon in Leo while elected to be in office. During the election his progressed Moon was conjunct his natal Saturn (remember that the Moon and Saturn exchange mutual reception by Face with each other in his chart) and at the inauguration it will be conjunct his natal Venus. It will enter Leo in the 2nd quarter of 2017, and then his character will begin to assert itself much more forcefully. It will remain so (and assuming the time is right cross over his ascendant at some point) then conjoin his natal Mars in Leo at the start of the 2nd quarter of 2019, until the progressed Moon enters Virgo in the start of the 3rd quarter of 2019. By the end of 2020 his progressed Moon is in a square with his Uranus in Gemini in the 10th, which indicates an undermined or ousted Presidency, assuming he is still there.

During the four years that he is elected to stand in office his progressed Mars will be making a sextile to his natal Pluto which will come to exactitude in the first quarter 2018. In the same quarter the progressed Moon in Leo will be conjunct his natal Pluto. Leading as it does into the progressed Moon reaching his Mars in the first half of 2019, this is likely to be the point at which according to the progressions he is at his most forceful and authoritarian – just as the above mentioned New Moon takes over.

His progressed Venus will be conjunct his natal Jupiter in the second quarter 2018. It will then form an exact trine to his natal Uranus in the 4th quarter of 2018. Progressed Mercury in Leo will also make a sextile to Chiron in the 4th quarter of 2018.

The transits show Pluto in Capricorn squaring Trumps Jupiter in Libra throughout his first year in office (especially in the 1st 3rd, and 4th quarters of 2017) and in opposition to his Saturn throughout 2020 (especially in the 1st 3rd, and 4th quarters). Neptune in Pisces brings challenges throughout 2019 in the form of squares to his Uranus in Gemini in the 10th, especially in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and from there on until the end of the first quarter of 2020.

The transits of Uranus have to be regarded in two phases – those relating to Uranus in Aries and those relating to Uranus in Taurus (which begins in the middle of the 2nd quarter of 2018).

The Uranus in Aries transits support him throughout the 1st quarter of 2017 with a trine to his natal Moon and a sextile to his natal Sun, but the 2nd quarter brings squares to his Saturn-Venus conjunction. However, he finishes that season with a trine to his natal Mars, and Uranus then retrogrades to trine it the second time in the 4th quarter. This is followed by two further squares to his natal Venus taking him into the first quarter of 2018 wherein Uranus makes a third trine to his natal Mars.

Once Uranus enters Taurus in the second quarter of 2018, however, it offers very little support until the second quarter 2020, where it offers him a sextile to Mercury. But during the 3rd quarter it retrogrades over a square with his Pluto before swinging back to offer him a second sextile with Mercury in the fourth quarter of 2020. 2021 will bring him another sextile with Mercury and another square with Pluto.

Throughout 2017 Chiron in Pisces produces a square with Trump’s Sun and a trine with his Saturn (quarter 1) followed by a trine with his Venus (quarters 2 and 4). There is a third trine to his Venus in early 2018, then Chiron is in Aries and he becomes trouble making for Trump with oppositions to Neptune in the middle of 2019 and the first half of 2020, followed by squares to his natal Mercury in the middle of 2020.

Saturn in Sagittarius is a major player in trumps astrology for the first year in office because he forms opposition to his Sun three times, in the 1st, 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. Saturn also makes three trines to Mars, one each in the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters of the year. But when Saturn enters Capricorn at the end of 2017, Saturn becomes very difficult for Trump to navigate. Starting with a series of squares to his Neptune and oppositions to his Mercury which fill up the whole of 2018, Trump then has to face squares to his Jupiter throughout 2019 followed by oppositions to his Venus–Saturn conjunction early in 2020.

Trump had a Jupiter return in 2016 that stretched all the way into 2017 (one of the indicators that tipped me off to him winning the election) and Jupiter will be throwing a lot of support his way this year –it stations near a trine with his Sun which it makes two times in quick succession and then retrogrades back in Libra to sextile his Moon and trine his Dragons Head (1st quarter), trines his Uranus, conjuncts itself and Chiron (2nd quarter), makes both of those conjunctions again, trines Uranus and sextiles the Moon again, and finally finishes this run of exuberance or eminence with a third trine to the Sun at the end of the 3rd quarter. This sequence of retrograding Jupiter back through Libra to its own position reaches back into the astrology that surrounded Trump at the height of his popularity in the months leading up to the election. Jupiter then squares Trumps Venus-Saturn (almost like hard breaking to avoid being smashed against a wall…) and enters Scorpio (a personal hooray for me here!). Jupiter is trine to Trumps Mercury and then square his Pluto at the end of 2017.

In 2018, Jupiter offers nothing terribly significant until the 4th quarter where we see a trine to his Venus-Saturn conjunction and a square with his Mars. Jupiter in Sagittarius from the end of 2018 brings Trump a sextile to his Jupiter-Chiron conjunction as well as an opposition to his Uranus in Gemini. Jupiter then conjoins his Moon and retrogrades close to the opposition with his Sun, looping back to conjunct the Moon, oppose Uranus, and sextile Chiron before looping back again and doing the whole thing in reverse until the third conjunction with the Moon and opposition with the Sun in the 4th quarter of 2019. Before leaving Sagittarius Jupiter makes a single trine to Trumps Mars.

The start of 2020 sees Trump with a Capricorn Jupiter in a square to his Neptune and in opposition to his Mercury, followed by a square to his Chiron and opposition to his Venus-Saturn conjunction, which it retrogrades over and spreads throughout the year. Trump will have Jupiter opposing Venus and Saturn six times in the 2nd and 4th quarters, and retrograding over a square to his natal Jupiter in the 3rd quarter.

PERSONAL COMMENTS ON TRUMPS DATA

For anyone who knows how to read an astrological chart Trumps chemistry is strikingly descriptive of the person we know. Astrologically speaking, his success comes from his channeling of his Gemini and Leo qualities, his ability to communicate and to perform, and his high self esteem. His display of Mars in Leo on the ascendant is a textbook one, almost cartoonish in its exaggeration (being famed for his hair, for example). The negative qualities of this Mars are very easy to identify – bragging, arrogance, contempt, rudeness, tantrums, misogyny, dominance of competition verging on a warlike nature and extreme narcissism (it’s interesting to note that here the evaluation of psychologists also concurs with that of astrology very snugly, basically exactly – Trump is a case study in narcissism). I don’t want to be unfair to Trump or to Leo however so I will point out that Gemini is friendly and Leo is an extremely generous sign and Trump is known for his generosity (Russell Brand says that when he visited Trump’s penthouse Trump gestured with his arms and said “Take anything you want”), his charisma and warmth is also notable, and he is good at taking command and placing himself in control by surrounding himself with a loyal court of followers. My own personal analysis, however, is that Trumps generosity is just part of the mechanism that gets him the attention he wants, for which he has an insatiable appetite, that his charisma and warmth extends only to an inner circle of admirers and that when you criticise him it quickly disappears.

One of the important insights this chart gives us, I feel, is that this man is basically an entertainer, sometimes even a clown. He might put on a dignified and noble face to the world, but behind it there is a humorist poking fun at it. Misreading Trumps sense of humour seems to me to have played a major role in the media’s one dimensional assessment of his character – when Trump says people should be taken out on a stretcher for protesting at him, or when he says Mexico will pay for the wall, there is a wily and cunning part of him that is pushing people’s buttons, deliberately intent on provoking a reaction. This he uses not just to entertain his loyalists but against his enemies to make them look foolish or to be caught with their guards down, and in this sense he is an extremely adept pedagogue with a deep understanding of human psychology. He is such an adept at wielding Mars that he knows how to turn other peoples rage to his own advantage (he did this in the election last year, utilising outrage against the ‘pussy grabber’ tape to fuel his followers belief in a media led conspiracy against him). He knows how to put people on the wrong foot, how to make them nervous and edgy by keeping them frustrated, cross and uncertain of his intentions, he has an innate instinct for identifying what other people want, what will make them angry, what will make them laugh, and what will humiliate them. He is also extremely proficient at assembling a team of people, at cherry picking human resources and using his charm and persuasion to get them to do what he wants them to do.

The chart shows his wealth is connected with Mercury and Neptune who are both in square with one another. This is evidence that there is some fire to the smoke that he is not as rich as he appears to be. It is also a sign that the Trump brand could suffer a severe devaluing as a result of his political career. If the time is actually earlier than the one I’m using here and Jupiter is in the 2nd temple then Jupiter and Chiron will also have an influence over his financial resources and wealth, but Mercury throws squares in that direction as well. Given his daring nature and his draw towards life or death risk (see below) it seems likely that he not only works the system (as he admits not paying taxes and considers that makes him smart) but also is prone to unnecessary financial risks and getting sorely stung by any poor decisions he makes. If we look at the 2nd temple as a place of self worth and self value rather than as a piggy bank, the emphasis here also boosts his self esteem even further and the squares start to look like an overestimation in that department.

His Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer is a very sensitive spot that appears to resonate with his Moon/Dragons Tail in Sagittarius in the 4th temple (his brother Freddie died of alcoholism aged 42, a tragedy that profoundly affected him). If Trump has a soft, caring, sensitive spot (as his wife claims, and why not trust her), this is where it’s at, and its largely about family and the feelings he has for his parents, wife and children. Probably the greatest honour he can bestow upon someone, in his eyes, is to consider them part of his family. It certainly makes astrological sense that Trumps Venus is heavily contained by a disciplined, moody and vulnerable Saturn. It strikes me that this conjunction has a lot to do with why he likes to stay in his tower and is very attached to his private jet. Venus has no parans here, but Saturn is showing us an architect of new directions out of chaos and a person who takes simple ideas and builds them into functional items and projects.

If we go by the parans alone then the Moon is the source of many of his troubles, with a paran to the star Algol plaguing his life or other people’s with personal tragedies. The involvement of the Dragons Tail in this picture points to the consequences of actions taken in a former life, in other words to karma. Linked to this nodal axis is Jupiter and Mercury, which as I have pointed out are in square aspect to one another and bring him financial mismanagement or confusion, or just deception (probably including self deception). If we consider Jupiter to be in the 3rd temple instead of in the 2nd, then Trumps karma is more about siblings, or being opinionated and using his persuasive power over people. Whatever the case, his Sagittarius Moon is showing a forward thinking, positive minded, empowered person with a daring streak – all qualities which further enlarge and exaggerate his Mars in Leo qualities.

Trumps astrology, especially with respect to Mercury and his Gemini factors, also shows someone with a passionate love of gathering knowledge and information about things or people from all over the place, someone interested in the stories and the ideas that come his way and which things and people hold. Note that this is also in resonance with his Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer, a conjunction which has a fondness for memories of the past. A lot of Trumps success in business can, I think, be traced to these qualities. So can his phrase ‘make America great again’. He is able to turn these stories and information sources into valuable commodities and useful clues regarding the behaviour of other people. They also empower him in his task of picking people to fulfill functions and roles in his court. The same parts of his astrology also make him a powerful orator who enjoys engaging with the public and I believe that Trump will be breaking with tradition as a President and continuing to hold the rallies that he held in the run-up to being elected. In fact this is the part of the job that I predict he will enjoy the most. I feel that it is likely that he will resist and restrict access by the media to his administration and will instead take a more direct hand when he wishes to speak to the people.

His Mars is almost unassailable on the surface – it thrives on challenge and continuously maintains faith in his own drives. This is why he rarely gives an apology for his actions, and why it seems he can blame everyone but himself. I doubt that this is the true Trump – I think it is another performance and that Trump is secretly highly vulnerable, very strict and unforgiving with himself and actually quite insecure. The ascendant is very often just a mask we wear, a kind of bluster that we adopt to interact with the cutting edge of the world, it protects our inner, private life. That inner, private life is most clearly shown in this chart by the Moon in the 4th and the conjunction of Venus–Saturn in Cancer.

The way in which Trump has decorated his penthouse apartment at the top of Trump Tower in New York City is classically Leonine – gold, sun worship and opulence drip from every surface. I’m reminded here not just of a rapacious Mars on the ascendant in Leo but also of that Pluto in Leo in the 12th temple, so descriptive of hiding oneself away in a kind of fortress which may easily turn into a prison (or rather, a gilded cage). Trump may also have a spiritual side sourced in this Pluto, and in this respect its interesting to note a paran of Neptune with Ankaa (not provided in the information above, because Starlight does not provide birth chart interpretations for it) which suggests being drawn to the mysterious, and a love of ritual as well as a love of the theatrical. In her book “Star and Planet Combinations” Brady suggests that this paran is about seeking to control the emerging story of life or seeking to see beyond death. It strikes me that this is less of an occult interest and more about being connected with the attempt to immortalise himself by putting his name everywhere he can. This may also connect with what she tells us about Neptune in paran with Murzims – “Confusion with the truth; one who is an intuitive thinker; a person who has a religious message”. Pluto itself is in paran with Antares, the heart of Scorpius, which (from the same book) Brady says not only inclines him to be magnetically drawn to power struggles and drama but also to have life-and-death experiences as a result. His sexuality also seems to be connected with Antares and its drive to engage in power struggle and drama. Despite its lack of aspects in the chart, this Pluto is no softy, and its modern rulership of the 4th could be pointing to someone with a very tight control over his home and family life and the narratives or stories that come out of it. In the eyes of a modern astrologer, then, Pluto is probably most concerned about protecting the integrity of the Moon in Sagittarius in the 4th, much more than it is the fuel for Mars.

Given this information and the above interpretation and looking at the transits and progressions, its possible to forecast that Trumps Presidency will bring unwanted and probably deeply unfair attention onto his family and kin and that this will be one of the personal bugbears of the years ahead for him. Every time his Moon, Venus-Saturn and possibly his Pluto come under stress his concerns for them will be high. We can also assume that hard aspects to these places signify events and moods connected with his deep unpopularity in his hometown, NYC. There is strong evidence that for Trump criticism from people or institutions in NYC triggers parental issues. I have the feeling he has at least one big regret about becoming President, and that is that his mother was not alive to see it.

Trumps volatility, unpredictability and guile, many would say his hypocrisy, contrariness and lack of trustworthiness, is strongly sourced in his Sun-Uranus conjunction in Gemini, while his flexibility with the truth and principles of honesty are sourced in his Moon in opposition to them. This configuration is what makes him such a slippery customer, and one given to extreme and erratic changes. He himself is never really sure what he thinks in the final analysis as he is always still gathering more information. The placement of this Sun–Uranus conjunction in Gemini in the 10th temple causes much of this volatility to flow into his career and professional life, his public role as President. His position and personality will be in flux whenever the Lights are being stressed by square or opposition, and interviews he gives at these times will be more provocative than usual.

It is in my opinion his divisive nature, volatility and changeability that should really concern us as far as the astrology of the US chart is concerned. Going into a complicated and troubled Pluto return, having a President with a superheated Mars will do nothing to calm the storm. There is almost nothing in his astrology that can sufficiently unite the American people to the degree required by what is coming – he is a conqueror and an agitator. As we have already seen, his astrology will instead unleash that storm and energize it. He may have exactly what is needed at the beginning of the process – a power to shake things up and ignite the transformations, whatever they end up being – but he doesn’t have what it takes to finish it by bringing the country together.

However, there are reasonable doubts as to whether Donald Trump will stay in office for a full term, with many predicting that he will be impeached, overstep his bounds or simply grow tired with the job. The impact on his family may also sour him. The strongest astrological evidence that I see for him leaving office is the progressed New Moon beginning in late 2018, preceded by the Saturn opposition with his Sun in 2017 culminating in early 2018. The start of that progressed New Moon is also the time of a final Saturn opposition with his Mercury. If this transit of Saturn is going to result in him leaving office the early signs of it will show up near the inauguration, then in July, and then in October of 2017. The two most likely times for him to go would then be the 4th quarters of 2017 or 2018. Beyond that, he also has an extremely bumpy ride in 2019, and 2020 is putting enormous strain upon his Venus-Saturn conjunction. 2018 could be a critical year. It seems that if Trump can get through the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2018 he will have the rest of that year without too much trouble until the 4th quarter, but 2019-2020 are set to be very difficult on a number of levels.

So what of Mike Pence, the man next in line to the office? Interestingly, there is support for the idea that Trump will leave office late 2017 to late 2018 in his astrology.

MIKE PENCE

We once again have no time of birth for Mike Pence – the time of birth used in the chart here is a time that was rectified by another astrologer (see astro.com for this information). I’m not familiar with this chart to the degree where I am comfortable using this time, so will mostly be ignoring it and focusing on the data we can glean from it without an accurate time.

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Like Trump, this chart shows the Sun in Gemini and Mars in Leo. The New Moon is either in Gemini (up until about 1pm) or Cancer (from about 1pm on). If the Moon is in Cancer it has a strong opposition with Saturn in Capricorn (if the Moon is in Gemini the opposition is not taking place in opposing signs). The Sun is conjunct a setting Mercury (6°) and both are in sextile with Uranus in Leo. Separated from Uranus, Mars is closely conjoined with a bright Hesperus Venus in Leo (Venus did not change signs that day, and can be safely considered to be in Leo despite being placed very early on in the sign). The Venus–Mars conjunction in Leo is in a trine with Jupiter in Scorpio (but again, this is an ‘out of sign’ aspect), and a square with Neptune in Scorpio, while Neptune is in trine to the Moon (made stronger if Moon is in Cancer). Saturn is sextile to Neptune in Scorpio, trine to Pluto in Virgo, and square the Dragon which has its Head in Libra and is in a sextile/trine with the Sun (the sextile being from the Tail). Chiron is in late Aquarius, square with Jupiter in Scorpio and in an out of sign trine with Neptune in Scorpio. The centaur is also trine with Mercury, and if Pence is born before 1pm, in trine with a Moon in Gemini.

Overall the chart is very Fixed/Stable (but somewhat lacking in Cardinal/Active if time is before 1pm), and fairly dependent on Saturn trine Pluto for its Earth. Fire and Water rate highly (Fire and Air instead if he’s born prior to 1pm). Mercury, Venus and Mars are all too Electric and hot (with Mars becoming superheated like Trumps, just without a time to see if it is emphasised further), while the Sun is in a sweet spot gaining much support from the Electric Fluid. Mercury is strongly placed in its rulership, as is Saturn. If Pence is born after 1pm, his Moon in Cancer is also in its rulership. Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron and Neptune are retrograde. Eris is conjunct the Dragons Tail, Makemake is conjunct Venus, and Quaoar is trine the Sun.

TOOLS FOR INVESTIGATING THIS CHART

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That strong Saturn in Capricorn is shown here being bolstered by a powerful array of stellar forces. Both the Moon and Mars are without parans. This analysis helps us to weigh up the balance between the Moon and Saturn in terms of their opposition (it clearly helps us to conclude that Saturn has the upper hand). Additionally, given the strict discipline and adherence to rules so endemic to Saturn in Capricorn, we see a more devious side of Jupiter in Scorpio that is gifted with bending those rules. His Sun in Gemini is unusually focused for a Gemini Light, thanks to touch of the sharp thrust of El Nath, the star at the tip of the Celestial Bulls horns, and the usual Gemini volatility is tamed by the drive to represent himself with integrity lent to his Sun by Aldebaran. His Sun also seems to resonate with Jupiter in Scorpio through the deep desire to transform supplied by Ankaa. This is a man who wants sweeping changes. Brady does not give natal parans for Uranus, Neptune or Pluto in Starlight, but she covers them in ‘Star and Planet Combinations’. Pence has three, for which she writes:

Uranus rising/Hamal culminating: “To enjoy public events; to be motivated to work for public goals; to admire large architecture.”

Pluto rising/Acumen culminating: “One’s strengths are one’s weakness, and one’s weaknesses are one’s strength. To look for solutions where others think there are none.”

Pluto rising /Zuben Eschamali on nadir: “A person who can inspire others towards a desired goal; to be able to motivate others to do one’s work.”

PENCE SENSITIVE POINTS

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Without knowing the time of birth, the biggest stress in this chart comes from the squares between Venus-Mars and Neptune. If the time is accurate, then the Moon-Saturn opposition is also difficult. Saturn square the Dragon is also quite problematic when activated, as it often forces a serious but burdensome choice between what seem to be two evils.

Pence has very helpful astrology in Gemini and the second half of Aries and Libra. He has problems at 5° and 10° of Cancer, with the rest of the sign being fairly easy for him. His Sun is challenged at 16° of the Mutable/Reactive signs (except typically for Gemini) and (if the time of birth is after 1pm) his Moon is challenged in the first 5° of the Cardinal signs (except typically for Capricorn). The squares between Venus–Mars and Neptune are energised and challenged in the first 5° of the Fixed signs.

PENCE’S PROGRESSIONS & TRANSITS

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SECONDARY PROGRESSIONS

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TRANSITS

His progressed Sun is in Leo and is conjunct his natal Uranus in the 4th quarter of 2018, and at the inauguration he will be exactly at a progressed New Moon phase. The New Moon and a retrograde Mercury both progress to set the stage for the progressed Sun, almost simultaneously crossing natal Uranus in the 2nd quarter of 2017, before becoming sextile his natal Sun (3rd quarter 2017) and Mercury (4th quarter). 2018 looks much trickier, with a square to natal Jupiter in the 1st quarter and opposition with natal Chiron in the 2nd. His progressed Moon then enters Virgo in the 3rd quarter and passes over his natal Pluto before making a sextile to the natal Moon. At this stage his progressed Dragon reaches an exact square of his natal Saturn. Then in the 4th quarter the progressed Moon sexiles Neptune and trines Saturn, just as the progressed Sun reaches natal Uranus. The major progressions of 2019 show only a square between progressed Moon in Virgo and natal Sun in the 4th quarter. In 2020 progressed Moon squares his natal Mercury (1st quarter) and then sextiles his Jupiter in Scorpio (2nd quarter) before leaving Virgo for Libra. At the very end of the year his progressed Moon then squares its own natal position.

Unless his ascendant or midheaven are involved and we don’t know because we don’t have the time, Pluto in Capricorn is leaving Mike Pence alone until 2020, when he will be in a sequence of sextiles with Jupiter in Scorpio (1st and 2nd quarter, leading to a 3rd in 2021). Neptune in Pisces does not significantly engage his astrology until the second and third quarter of 2018, whereupon it begins a series of five squares to his natal Sun that do not begin to dissipate until the beginning of 2020. This could be a serious challenge to his health or his character. The chief points in the sequence occur in the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2018 and the 1st and 4th quarter of 2019.

Uranus in Aries only brings a sequence of three sextiles to his natal Chiron beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2017 and extending through the 3rd quarter, before returning in the second quarter of 2018. Uranus in Taurus is far more active with his astrology. First it brings a series of squares with Venus, trines with Pluto and sextiles with his Moon from the 2nd quarter of 2018 through to the 2nd quarter of 2019 (with the squares in the 2nd and 4th quarters of 2018 and the 1st quarter of 2019). Then it brings a series of squares with Mars, oppositions with Pluto and trines with Saturn (2nd quarter of 2019, 4th quarter of 2019, 1st quarter of 2020).

Chiron begins 2017 in a square with his Mercury but moves on to make a trine with Jupiter (1st quarter). It then retrogrades back to trine his Jupiter a second and third time (4th quarter 2017). Chiron then leaves Pisces in the 2nd quarter of 2018. Chiron in Aries starts off making a trine with Pence’s Venus and squares with his Moon (2nd quarter 2018, 3rd quarter 2018, first quarter 2019) and then brings trine’s with Mars and squares with Saturn (2nd quarter 2019, 3rd quarter 2019, 1st quarter 2020).

Saturn in Sagittarius in 2017 finishes off oppositions with Pence’s Mercury which it began in late 2016 (at the time of the election). There are two further points of exact opposition in the 3rd and 4rth quarters of 2017. Saturn in Sagittarius will also make three sextiles to his natal Chiron (in the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters of 2017). Saturn in Capricorn is where it gets interesting, since it will be approaching his second Saturn return. This occurs in the first quarter of 2018, and then again in the third quarter and fourth quarter. As the lead in to this Saturn return, Saturn makes a trine with Pluto and an opposition with the Moon (1st quarter 2018) and then a series of three sextiles of Neptune in Scorpio (1st quarter, 3rd quarter and 4th quarter of 2018) are intertwined with the Saturn return. Beyond this point Saturn only makes a square with the Dragon (4th quarter 2018) and a single sextile with Jupiter (1st quarter of 2020). In 2020, however, Saturn dips into Aquarius and brings three oppositions to Mike Pence’s Venus – two in the 2nd quarter and one in the 4th.

Jupiter in Libra is supportive in 2017 giving two trines to Mercury and the Sun and retrograding over a sextile with Uranus to do so before ending with a sextile to Chiron – all before the end of the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter Jupiter in Scorpio brings a square with his natal Uranus. It will almost retrograde to reach back at this square again (potentially triggering it in the third quarter Of 2018). Then, in the fourth quarter of 2018 he will have his Jupiter return followed by a square with his natal Chiron. Jupiter in Sagittarius brings a trine to his natal Venus-Mars (4th quarter 2018), followed by a trine to his natal Uranus at the start of 2019. For the rest of that year Jupiter is involved in a series of retrograding oppositions facing his Sun and Mercury, especially in the 1st and 3rd quarters of 2019. Jupiter then sextiles his natal Chiron and exits Sagittarius. Jupiter in Capricorn (beginning in the 4th quarter of 2019) brings an opposition to his natal Moon and a trine with his natal Pluto as well as a sextile with his natal Neptune and a conjunction with natal Saturn. There is then a square between transiting Jupiter and his Dragon (first quarter, 2020) followed by three sextiles to his natal Jupiter (1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 4th quarter 2020).

PERSONAL COMMENTS ON PENCE’S DATA

It’s very interesting to see that Pence has a Saturn return that coincides with Trump entering a New Moon phase and going through Saturn opposition Mercury and square Neptune, with a long Uranus square to Trumps Venus preceding and leading into it. One interpretation of this is that Pence becomes President in 2018, possibly after Trump becomes dissatisfied with the media impacts on his family. However, that year Pence is also having the long sequence of Neptune square his Sun begin, which could be taken as having the ambition to take that office and being disillusioned or finding that it eludes his grasp. There is stronger evidence for Pence taking the Presidency in 2020 with his Jupiter sextile Jupiter transit, but there is a lot of dissonance in the first half of that year and the start of 2021.

Mike Pence is clearly more disciplined and restrained than Donald Trump, and we see this in the differences between them astrologically. Although both of them have a Sun in Gemini and a Mars in Leo, the overall chemistry of Pence’s chart is much calmer in overall tone. Like Trump, he is a smooth communicator with a silver tongue who knows how to apply the charm (Sun conjunction Mercury in Gemini with a possible Gemini Moon as well), but he has a commanding and dominant side to his desires and feelings (see his Leo and Scorpio influences). Unlike Trump, however, there is a Fixity to his astrology and a less daring love of taking risks. Pence is also more of a satirist, holding things up to ridicule to shame them into improvement.

I think that his Moon is probably in Cancer because of his more reserved, cautious and defensive manner when compared to Trump, and because there is something less waspish and innately Cancerian about him and no other object can fill this role in his chart. He could have Cancer rising or on the midheaven, though. With the Moon in Cancer though, the opposition between the Moon and Saturn in this chart takes on much stronger form. This is an aspect denoting a disciplinarian and an authoritarian, or someone who was raised by such a person (or both). However, human beings being a bundle of contradictions we also see somewhat contrary qualities in the form of Venus–Mars in Leo squaring Neptune in Scorpio, Saturn squaring the Dragon and Jupiter square Pluto. These are all aspects which are more inclined to take risks, often foolhardy ones or ones motivated by ideological desires. These are the three areas of the chart to watch closely if you are one of the people concerned about the separation between Church and State – his Moon-Saturn, his Venus/Mars – Neptune, and his Jupiter-Pluto dynamic. He may be more inclined to bend the legal or intellectual rules when his Jupiter in Scorpio is being stimulated. His Moon is sensitive and vulnerable but thoroughly shielded – when the Moon is being stimulated, he is very cautious and defensive. Under Saturn, however, he tends to do everything by the book, undertaking his research and making careful notes. His Saturn is set against the tide by two stars, Bellatrix and Deneb Adige, and is powerfully enforced by an ability to garner respect through building words into structured argument.

Its interesting that his Venus paran with Alphecca indicates being “intolerant of superficial relationships”. This might go some way to explaining his antagonism towards LGBT lives, he may have the attitude that those relationships are incapable of depth and commitment, and may therefore not have adequate argumentation when presented with the reality.

There is a lot of data here to digest and a lot of time to figure out where it all goes and what it means, but I hope this helps in beginning that process and invite you to check back here as future events unfold to learn about the astrology involved as this will help us all interpret it with clarity.

What Happens Next? – An American Crisis (part 1)

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America has raised many questions about the future not just of that country but of the world. This month I will attempt to utilise astrology to shed light upon the path before us.

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From the outset I will make my bias and prejudice clear – it’s my firm opinion that Trump will bring many global troubles. However, I’m not writing this as a Clinton supporter – far from it, as I believe the United States would also have lost had she been elected, albeit differently. For the sake of this article I will do my best to restrain my personal judgement to a degree so that I can present the astrology as clearly as I can. However, inevitably my strong bias will bear its influence upon these words. For this I will not apologise, as I do not actually believe that it is possible or desirable to be completely unbiased in this matter. Still, I’m not going to spend this article attacking Trump or his policies. I’m under no illusion that Trump himself is ‘pure evil’ or any such nonsense. There are actually far bigger issues to explore than just the actions of a single individual. Instead, my goal is to present to the public the tools and information they need should they be interested in what astrology has to say about this situation. I will attempt to separate my bias from the presentation of these tools by confining my comments to a section at the end of my presentation of each of the charts I will share. For the record, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am not American either, I am British. My deep concerns about Trump stem not from any political branch of my personality, but from more profound concerns about his character and his behaviour as well as his intentions and the implications globally. In all honesty, I base these concerns not just on my own perception of the man, but on the nature of his astrology.

Before I get into those matters I feel I should say a few things about the role of astrology in terms of political forecasts. Basically, it’s never a good match for astrology –there are always negative long-term consequences for astrology when astrologers involve themselves in predicting political matters. If they get it wrong, as the vast majority of them this year did (including many eminent and well-known individuals), the failure of astrology to predict things undermines its profound capacity to guide people through life. Whether or not astrology should actually be predicting things is another question, and one that does not generally occur to a typical member of the public. However, if we imagine a scenario in which a large or vast number of astrologers actually predicted the result correctly, in defiance of all the polls, there are still negative consequences for astrology. Since the nature of astrology and the perception that the public at large have of it implies that astrologers believe the result is preordained and cannot be changed, a spectacular success by astrologers in this area inevitably results in some people accusing them of undermining faith in the democratic process through quackery, while also being accused of unduly and nefariously influencing its outcome. Additionally all the various political drivers will attempt to put their spin on it the next time an election is called, resulting in a huge number of politically motivated interpretations. Astrology and politics as a mix usually results in astrology being used, and used in a way which is devoid of true understanding of its potential. Astrologers should learn the lessons of history which basically show them what a bad idea it is from all the heads that ended up in baskets. Consequences may now be different but the underlying treatment is the same. This is one reason why I personally did not make any public predictions about the result of this election. I did make private predictions which I shared with my friends and some of my students. I predicted a Trump victory, but I did not always think that he would win. In this message I will share with you some of the reasons why, about a year ago, I changed my mind.

The bulk of this article however will be about focusing on the future. Regardless of your politics, I think you may be able to agree with me when I say that the future is now a lot murkier than it used to be and that its very difficult to know what will come next year and further ahead. This uncertainty is something that astrology can help with, although it cannot tell us precisely what is going to happen. We will always have to interpret the language of astrology into something concrete, and in doing so we cannot avoid filtering it through our bias and perspective. Nor can we ever completely remove that bias or perspective, since it arises from our unique position in the universe and the way we see it from where we stand, sit or lay. We can only seek to be aware of our bias and prejudice and how it might influence our interpretation. However, astrology is uncannily accurate when it comes to the general (if not specific) timing of things, and when it comes to laying out an overall ‘weather map’ of happenings.

The first part of this article, published here, discusses the astrology of the election itself and what led me to change my mind about who would be victorious. It also touches upon why other astrologers may have got it wrong and what lessons we can learn to improve our astrology. Next, I focus on the USA itself, devoting the lions share of this post to its national chart, and a presentation of its astrology for the next four years. The second part of this article, published this evening, turns a spotlight onto the astrology of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, including a look at the next four years of astrology surrounding them.

At the end of each section I will provide my own comments on the material I have presented. In the case of Trump and Pence, Trump lovers can skip this part if they wish. However, I would advise them not to as even if you disagree with my interpretation or find my views unsympathetic or subjective, there may still be something in there for you to learn about the road ahead, about astrology or just the way Trump is seen by other people.

THE RESULT

It has been called the most shocking political result in history by some, and it certainly feels hugely significant. Analysts will spend years, possibly decades trying to figure out why all the polls were wrong, why people voted the way they did, what role media and social media had to play, and what it all signifies. Astrologers will be doing the same with astrology. The manner in which Trump conducted his campaign was controversial to say the least, and there was an overall feeling from the beginning that he was a “joke candidate”, with the media taking every opportunity to poke fun at him. I believe this was one of the major factors in why many astrologers did not actually get it right – plainly speaking they did not take him seriously enough.

Another factor and a very important lesson for astrologers to take from this experience is one about data and accuracy. The birth time of Hillary Clinton was an unknown – she had given conflicting answers to the question over the years, possibly intentionally (it is suggested by some that she was told by one astrologer that she had a Scorpio ascendant and she did not like that description, so decided to obfuscate it) [see Chris Brennans recent podcast for more on these issues]. Whether or not this story is true, the confusion existed and still exists. It’s also less well-known but there are conflicting versions of Donald Trump’s birth time, separated by about an hour. This also may have played a role in the lack of clarity. Some astrologers may have based their conclusions on time sensitive factors. I think the lesson there is for us not to do that, to weed out those time sensitive factors and present only the information that we can be sure of even if it means we can make no clear forecast. There is still a huge amount that can be extrapolated from a chart lacking a time. In short, we should treat the Rodden Rating system as some kind of practical commandment. Lois Rodden undertook a huge task instilling discipline into astrology in this area and we should treasure her legacy, or face the consequences. In that light, I will be paying attention to it in this writing. My charts for Trump and Pence come from the databank at astro.com which adheres to the RR system, while the other charts presented here come from Nicholas Campion’s ‘Book of World Horoscopes’, wherein sources of the data used are provided where they exist, and it is made clear when they do not or when there is confusion or a lack of evidence.

Ironically, there was a further factor which I feel was impacting the ability of astrologers to get it right, namely astrology itself. A square between Saturn and Neptune in Mutable/Reactive signs has been floating around all year, and this is an aspect that makes it very difficult to navigate properly because goalposts keep changing, clarity is scarce, probabilities are shifting and uncertain, things are just not what they seem and long-term prospects or plans undergo continual challenges to adapt to changing circumstances. Perhaps it is wise for us to take a leaf out of horary astrology’s book, which includes guidance on when an astrologers judgement is likely to be impaired or lacking for some reason.  Some transits just don’t bode well for forecasting itself!

I don’t want to go into great detail here explaining my methods, and will briefly summarise the journey I made with my own forecast. Up until about a year ago it was my sense that Hillary Clinton would win and become the first female President. The first shift in this opinion occurred when I realised that Donald Trump was going to be the Republican nominee who would run against her. There was something about this that caught my internal awareness, like a piece of a jigsaw fitting into place. The best way that I have of describing this sensation is that there was an inevitability to it, a fated quality that snugly fit into the times. It was like watching a wave far out on the horizon slowly coming toward the shore and finally arriving at the moment where it opened its arms to the beach. At this point I started to wonder what the wave actually was and from there I gathered up clues which led me to the conclusion that Trump was going to win the Presidency because people had had enough and wanted change so badly that they would elect him regardless of what he said or what the media betrayed him as being, since he was the only alternative. Once I came to this conclusion, it became clear that America was headed into divisive and turbulent territory. The result of the Brexit vote clarified this in my mind, as I realised I was looking at a very big wave crashing upon global shores. I began to understand that what was happening was very much connected with the Uranus/Pluto square that has dramatically impacted this decade and continues to do so, with Pluto in Capricorn leading us to some kind of total transformation of the political landscape and intense upheaval arising from peoples dissatisfaction with the system everywhere. However, there are complications and they are messy, as the Uranus/Pluto dynamic is multifaceted and tends to hysteria and overblown reactions, as well as involving outrageous projections and paranoia about real or imagined conspiracies.

As far as astrological practice is concerned, in gathering my clues I knew that the birth time of Hillary Clinton was questionable. I knew I had to weed out the tendency to want the temples to be there, and I knew my insight into the planets would also consequently suffer. I knew that I had to focus primarily on aspects between planets, ignoring the ascendant and midheaven and being cautious with the fast moving Moon. Donald Trump had produced his own birth certificate, and it appeared to be unaltered and original, so I started my clue gathering with Donald rather than with Hillary. However, it was only when I came to look at her chart that I realised I may have been using the wrong data for his. Given the fact that I had no time data for Hillary, I decided to begin looking at her astrology by using the visual astrology promoted by Bernadette Brady and made possible by her ‘Starlight’ software. This software enabled me to look at additional astrological influences affecting Hillary Clinton that were not affected by her birth time, chiefly the parans of stars to her planets. Up until that time I had been using ‘Solar Fire’ to look at the charts, but at this point I noticed the charts for both Hillary and Donald in the databank I had for Starlight. This databank had a birth time for Donald that was an hour earlier than the one I was using, and I eventually detected the source for this earlier time in the source noted for Trumps data at astro.com’s database. The notes for Donald Trump show that this earlier time was provided by his mother when Donald Trump was asked for it and called her. This was the original time for Donald Trump’s birth, which astro.com had changed at a later date when he produced his birth certificate.

So I had two candidates with at least four charts to consider between them…the earlier chart for Trump did not seem to provide any obvious indicators of being born into huge wealth, while the latter time did but had an extremely dodgy ascendant on the cusp of signs that needed accuracy to within seconds, something I knew the birth certificate would not note…the confusing mischievousness of Saturn square Neptune occurred even here, then, but I was able to correctly navigate through the maze by just ignoring all the obfuscation and focusing on what I could be sure of – I had to make sacrifices of what I wanted astrology to do. After looking at the parans in both Donald and Hillary’s natal astrology using Starlight, I then applied this information to their transits and progressions and it became clear to me that the conjunction of Saturn to Donald Trump’s Moon which would take place at the election was probably indicating a massive shouldering of responsibility on him, and not a failure or disappointment. There was still some lingering doubt, however, as one of the parans to his Moon indicated personal tragedy. It was at this stage that I decided that looking at the parans for New York (the place where both Trump and Clinton had powerful ties) on the day of the election itself would probably be interesting. That’s when I found this:

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And it was at this point that I realised Trump was very probably going to win. So as far as I’m concerned this is a great victory for Starlight and the use of parans, as well as of Brady’s interpretations (which I’ve found to be similarly uncannily accurate over the years). I recommend that in cases where the tropical astrology is murky because of time issues, that we use these interpretations as a baseline and seek to expand and improve upon them as time goes by. And I think it is obvious that when we do know the birth time with some accuracy that these interpretations are also extremely useful. They help to cut through the murkiness and the confusion that can surround both timing issues and the art of symbolic interpretation.

Amid all this murkiness, some things are still abundantly clear. The result has sparked and/or exposed huge divisions in American society – depending upon whom you talk to it is either the most glorious result in election history or the end of the American Dream. Various reasons and explanations for the result exist, further muddying the waters. This does not bode well for any attempt to bring unity to the country, since if you can’t even agree on the reasons for the divisions, how can you remedy them? I believe it is this which is the most important factor going forwards – not Trump himself or what he will do, but the bubbling cauldron of tensions and deep divisions that he has exposed and energised, and his personal inability to quell or heal them. Simply put, as I said in a comment to Steven Forrest on Facebook several months ago, we are looking at the battle for America’s soul. It therefore seems prudent to begin seeking clarity with the chart for the United States itself.

THE UNITED STATES CHART

The astrology of the United States is complex – Nicholas Campion’s book devotes no less than 28 pages to it, with multiple charts for the Declaration of Independence. There are several interesting facts in the commentary provided, not the least of which is that even though the birthday of the USA is celebrated on July 4, it’s a verifiable fact that the actual vote for it took place on July 2. It was the wording of the Declaration that was formalised on July 4, and July 2 was forgotten. Nevertheless, it’s clear that the significance of July 4 as the birthday of America is indisputable and since astrology deals in the currency of significance, it’s the charts for July 4 that I look to. I say charts, because (surprise surprise) the time is unclear. After examining each of these charts I decided to settle on a late afternoon chart set at around 5 PM. The historical and circumstantial evidence for this time is very strong and includes two eyewitness accounts (Jefferson and Gerry). However given the uncertainty it is prudent to be cautious with all the time sensitive information in the chart. I wrote the following with this in mind.

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This chart shows the Sun in Cancer shining brightly upon a close Venus and Jupiter conjunction in the same sign, with the Moon in Aquarius with the Dragons Tail (but not conjunct). Mercury is also in Cancer and a setting star aligned with the sect of night (Magnetic). Mars is in Gemini, squaring Neptune in Virgo but in a trine with the Moon. Saturn is in Libra in a close square with the Sun and in trine with both Mars and Uranus in Gemini, which is in a trine/sextile with the Dragon (the trine going to the Tail). If the time is correct Uranus is precisely setting on the descendant. Chiron is in Aries opposite to Saturn and square to the Sun, Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn, in perhaps the most ominous arrangement of aspects as far as the future of the country is concerned today, as I will explain.

Even if we ignore all 4 angles, this chart is very Cardinal/Active. Its identity is about acting, being a leader. Cancer is very strongly represented, as are all 3 Air signs. This denotes protectionism, focus on home affairs, defence, the desire to nurture family, a connection to ones own history and a tactical, lateral attitude to tackling problems (Cancer) as well as an identity that processes through reasoned argument and thought, discussion, debate, the media and intellectual and social sharing (Air). Its an appropriate chemistry for a ‘cultural melting pot’, a nest into which different birds are invited to flock and settle down to the business of integrating their differences harmoniously. The biggest blocks or challenges to that drive come from the Sun squaring Chiron and Saturn (with Saturn opposing Chiron), Chiron squaring Mercury, and Mars square Neptune (and the midheaven, if the time is accurate). Then there is Mercury opposing Pluto, perhaps the most troubling block of all.

As a quick check of the current positions of the outer planets will show, all of that is being hit hard right now and over years to come. Presently, everything in Cancer is especially hit, with Uranus making squares from Aries and Pluto casting oppositions from Capricorn. The USA is in the initiation phase of its Pluto return. It’s a long way off from exact, but the pressures leading to it are arriving so that they build up now. It is also right now experiencing what it is like to have Pluto opposing its Sun. I have noted before that Pluto transits often intensify directly after the exact hit. It’s like an orgasm. It has already encountered Pluto oppositions to its Venus/Jupiter conjunction. The squares from Uranus in Aries are fading as Uranus is in the last third of the sign – except for the square with Mercury, which is building – but the opposition from Pluto to the Sun is pretty much in the hot zone and at its peak now. If the ascendant is correct, Saturn has just crossed into the 1st temple, but even if it is not Saturn has been in opposition with Uranus and is fast closing in on opposition with Mars in Gemini (which will be concurrent with a square to Neptune in Virgo) after which he will enter Capricorn and make oppositions to everything in Cancer and a square to his own position. A major turning point approaches according to Saturn.

Neptune in Pisces is square Uranus, and will eventually reach its half return, which will involve a square to Mars. This will take a number of years, during which it will make a trine to the Cancerian Sun and eventually US Mercury. Chiron is just ahead of Neptune in Pisces and so is currently forming a trine with the US Mercury in Cancer. This may well help to soften some of the obvious harshness or difficulty we see in much of the above. More immediately, Jupiter in Libra (which seems very descriptive of the phrase ‘liberal elites’) will be making trines to Uranus, Mars and eventually the Moon over the course of the next year, while at the same time conjoining the US Saturn and squaring Uranus and Mars in Gemini. This looks like a major movement concerned with justice, equality or truth, or a major clash of belief systems and the ideas that stem from them.We could be looking at legal and social conflicts. With the exception of these last influences, Jupiter is smoothing things out and creating opportunities for people to connect – it is stimulating empathy and expanding the definitions involved in all the Air of the chart. It looks like a lot of ‘release language’ is taking place – heated discussion and widespread intellectual and social mobilisation is indicated as people start saying what they really think, and react to all the news they hear. Perhaps way too much.

TOOLS FOR INVESTIGATING THIS CHART

One of the most useful reports that Solar Fire puts out for me is the Sensitive Points listing, which presents all of the degrees of the zodiac alongside the chart aspects they trigger. This reveals the wiring of the chart in a very visible form, and shows which signs carry stresses and dynamic forces (many squares and oppositions), and which calm things down and bring dangers of wasted opportunities or complacency (trines and some sextiles). Here are the sensitive points for this US chart:

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From this we can see (for example) that Taurus is a relatively stable and smooth area of the chart – there is only the square with the Moon and its Nodes to shake things up – while Capricorn is one hell of a bumpy ride with only a trine to Neptune to calm the path. This is important information because it is code that applies to the Lights as well as all the planetary cycles – it means that the Taurus time of year when the Sun passes through Taurus is much more likely to be ‘plain sailing’ as things keep flowing in the direction they are on course for, but that the Capricorn time of year is a period of major consternation. Similarly, each month has a couple of days in which the Moon passes through Taurus or Capricorn and instigates a similar but less direct, prolonged or focused effect. So this way of looking at the chart is helpful and clarifying in all kinds of ways, especially when we want to see what is up ahead. If we plot Pluto on this listing, for example, he is currently at Capricorn 15 – not only in opposition to the Sun, but square with Saturn and in a tightening square with US Chiron. He will make his exact Pluto return when he reaches 27 Capricorn (in 2022). That may well be he most important year in US history.

The sensitive points listing can be especially helpful in conjunction with the graphic ephemeris, which shows the timing of when the events indicated by the listing will occur. Here is the graphic ephemeris for the transits and progression to the US chart for 4 years from inauguration day:

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SECONDARY PROGRESSIONS

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TRANSITS

Here we can see Saturn (black curvy line at bottom left of transits graph) bringing pressure to bear in the third quarter of 2017 (when there is also an exact aspect of Uranus square the US Pluto) and Uranus square Mercury becoming exact at the start of the 2nd quarter of the year. Jupiter conjoins the US Saturn between these times and the Neptune trines to the US Sun are entangled with the more troubling times. The graph for progressions also highlights the 2nd quarter (April, May, June), showing progressed Venus in Aries coming to square the US Pluto and the progressed Moon in Sagittarius making a sextile with the US Saturn. The progressed Moon will also become an exact Third Quarter Moon early in 2017.

In 2017 the major transits are Uranus square Mercury (2nd quarter), Uranus square Pluto (2nd and 3rd quarters), Neptune trine Sun (2nd and 3rd quarters), Chiron opposition Neptune (1st quarter) and Saturn square Neptune and opposite Mars (3rd quarter). Jupiter is generating a lot of energy all year, trining Mars twice and retrograding all the way back through Libra to square the US Sun in the 2nd quarter. There is also a very slow moving progression of Saturn in trine with US Venus that extends for many years from 2017, and an exact Pr. Mercury sextile Chiron in the 4th quarter of 2017 that is also fit to play a role in 2018 and 2019.

In 2018 there is Pluto squaring Chiron all year and Saturn in Capricorn opposing Venus and Jupiter as the Neptune trine with the Sun gradually dissipates. At the start of the year the final square of Uranus to US Pluto takes place but after that Uranus steps out of the picture. Saturn opposes US Jupiter 3 times, first in the 1st quarter, then in the boundary between the 2nd and 3rd, and finally in the 4th. The only major aspect of Chiron is a sextile to Pluto in the 1st quarter. In the progressions the Pr. Sun in Pisces reaches its trine to the natal Sun (1st quarter), and the Pr. Moon sextiles its natal position in the 2nd quarter but switches into Capricorn in the 3rd quarter, beginning a difficult period that extends through to late 2020. This starts with Pr. Moon opposite US Venus in quarter 4, during the last opposition of transiting Saturn to US Jupiter.

In 2019 Neptune steps out while Uranus steps back into the picture with squares to the nodal axis and Jupiter in the 3rd quarter. Pluto is trine US Neptune all year, but Jupiter in Sagittarius makes three squares to Neptune as well as three oppositions to Mars. Jupiter additionally makes three sextiles to the US Saturn, one early on in the year and two more in the 3rd quarter, stationing near to the exact sextile, and three trines to US Chiron. This is also the year in which Saturn in Capricorn squares the US Saturn, with three hits in the 1st, 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. Chiron is also square to US Venus and Jupiter in this year, most acutely in the 2nd and 4th quarters. The progressions of note in 2019 are the Moons opposition to US Jupiter (1st quarter), and its opposition to the US Sun and square to the US Saturn (3rd quarter). The Pr. Moon will begin entering its Balsamic phase in quarter 4, although it will not become exact until the following year in November of 2020.

There is major stress upon the US Mercury in 2020, as Pluto reaches the opposition of Mercury just as both Jupiter and Saturn do the same (there is a Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn coming in a couple of years, dear world…). Saturn also makes three conjunctions with US Pluto, with Jupiter gearing up to do the same. This is the major happening of the year and it climaxes in the 4th quarter so it looks set to be an even more incendiary election than the last one, should there be one at this point. The US Venus and Jupiter conjunction receives squares from Chiron, while the nodal axis is squared by Uranus in Taurus. Progressions in 2020 follow the rocky road of the Pr. Moon in Capricorn, bringing a square with US Chiron (1st quarter), an opposition with US Mercury (and Fortuna) in the 2nd quarter and a climactic conjunction with US Pluto in the 3rd quarter. The beginning of the 2nd quarter also brings a relatively still point in this turbulence in the form of a trine with US Neptune. A year of serious and profound change, with momentous decisions being forced.

Note that there are no significant progressions of Mars to the US chart in the next 4 years and only one significant progression of Venus to the US chart.

Further telling information on the core of the chart can also be gleaned from the parans provided by Bernadette Brady in Starlight. I have also provided you with the heliacal stars (which do not rest upon an accurate time) and the pivoting stars (which do):

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The heliacal stars are especially descriptive of the US identity, how it perceives itself and its destiny. They permeate all of its astrology. There are also striking and easily recognisable resonances with the parans to the Lights and planets, with some making more sense with a little thought (for example, if we consider the ‘powerful author or orator taking the spotlight’ of the Pluto paran to be the way American discourse has shaped world history, such as through the media and entertainment industries as well as through its diplomacy). All of this information can help sharpen the context into which we place the transits and progressions as well as the natal positions of the chart.

PERSONAL COMMENTS ON THIS USA DATA

The USA is in the buildup to a very troubled Pluto return that falls in 2022, and the years leading up that time will see uncontrollable eruptions of the underbelly, all the things that are endemic in American society but kept in the dark. This is why racial tensions, economic disparity, bigotry, gender inequality, religious ideologies, failures of the political system and other long standing but suppressed issues and tensions are emerging, in some cases violently. We are witnessing a purge of the toxins that have poisoned the American dream, namely the divisions and resentments that have up until now festered beneath the surface but which have now been irreversibly ignited – by Trump. These divisions will develop into a force that compels America to transform itself into something else, and the hope is that this will happen as peacefully as possible and lead to a healthier nation. However, the forecast is clearly that the storm is about to break – Pluto is still almost 12° away from its own chart position, and the outer crust is still concealing many profoundly significant things beneath its surfaces. The current crisis is connected with transiting Pluto opposite US Sun and transiting Uranus square US Mercury and Pluto. If Americans cannot find the way through the storm that is about to break, the USA as we know it now will likely eventually break apart into separate pieces as the irreconcilable differences will force the dissolution of the unity of States. This will reveal a great deal of ugliness in the American psyche that must be somehow transformed into something positive, or it will do massive damage to that psyche. Since the fate of the USA is clearly in the balance and since the fate of the USA is now inseparable from the fate of the rest of the world, it benefits us all to help the people of America through this deep crisis. This involves being a calming influence as they go through whatever they encounter and not inflaming or complicating it from outside, while supporting them in making their own way through it. At the same time, we should understand that we have entered a time of uncertainties in our relationship with America during which there may be many shocking events which we will need to react to appropriately but calmly.

In 2017 the inauguration is watched over by Chiron opposing the US Neptune (this represents a fracturing of vision or its problematic re-integration), and overall the prominent square of Uranus to US Mercury suggests that there will be a lot of confused and conflicting talk about the changes the USA is going through. Debates will be reactionary and lacking in facts, especially in the 2nd quarter of the year. In this period US rhetoric on trade and its military may cause great uncertainty. This is because the parans of the US Mercury point towards trade and the military, and it would seem then that Uranus is bringing radical changes of thought and ideology in these areas. The square also suggests a radical break in thinking and a tendency towards becoming far more outspoken. It could also indicate that internally there will be a large and varied amount of argument going on and that the media are at the hot end of a stick (I’m guessing that the core issues in this part will be about media access to the Presidency and the accusation of conspiracies). Americans will find it very difficult to find a consensus on almost every issue. The key is to encourage discourse, to keep a collective open mind so as to allow new insights to emerge, but not to allow sweeping change without first scrutinising its consequences, and to resist extremism. Reactionary opinions will only increase divisiveness. In the 3rd quarter, Saturn brings pressure upon Neptune and Mars, and this is likely to be a very challenging time for any leadership (especially one that has made outlandish promises), with the President taking an active hand in solving perceived problems. The problems of fulfilling his promise to build the wall may be mounting against him, for example. Jupiter in Libra is generating enormous thrust and potential overconfidence or a ‘boom and bust’ tone all year, but especially in the 2nd quarter. I strongly feel that given its liberal qualities Jupiter in Libra represents the social movement against a Trump Presidency, while also representing the spending of the government.

With luck, the sextile of progressed Chiron to the US Mercury in the 4th quarter will bring opportunities for healing dialogue that extend for the next couple of years, and the continuous trine of Neptune to the US Sun this year will help to calm things down and encourage meditation on the issues so that the people can process what is happening with greater clarity and vision. I feel that the Neptune trine is a precious opportunity for the American people to gain clarity on their vision so that when the Pluto return hits hard they will know what they are regenerating into.

In the next part of this article, I will present the astrology of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and examine this in the context of the USA’s road ahead.

Children of the Supernova: Pluto in Leo

Hello and welcome back to journeys! For this months second offering we are dipping into the cycles of Pluto again. In a previous article I have discussed Pluto in Libra and Pluto in Scorpio. This time were going to look at an older generation of Pluto, Pluto in Leo. If you would like to support the future of this journal and these series, please join me on Patreon!

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“But it’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll
_ Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’

To place this article in context and to remind you of what I have said earlier in this journal about Pluto and its cycles, please read the refresher below, taken from my article on generational or collective astrology:

“Our interaction with the macro cycle of Pluto (note – not the cycle itself) is contaminated with the karmic consequences of our relationship to nature and the controls we have imposed within ourselves as a result of our awareness of our own impending death i.e. its awesome power is denied us by our attitudes to being a mortal being. It is ‘blocked’, to use a therapeutic term. The blockage is not our fear of dying, that is just one of its symptoms, the blockage is instead about our denial of the place death has in the cycle of life, a denial which obscures our awareness of our continual rebirth as part of an ever transforming universe. We seek to control nature as a way to continually blind ourselves to the stark role death plays in the natural cycle, and into the gap of awareness which we vacated various religious views have sprung up seeking to put a plaster on the ‘problem’ of death. The Pluto macro cycle became saturated with these issues and now seeks to guide us back to a more genuine and sincere acknowledgement of the healing power of death. It’s a little risky for me to say these things as it seems I am blaming monotheistic religion for the problem, but that is not my intent, my intent is to show that when we stopped seeing ourselves as part of nature and instead as something divinely charged to shepherd and control it, we erred dramatically by seeking to remove ourselves from the natural cycle. Suddenly, we were not like the other things we lived with, not like the stars or the grasses, the winds or the valleys, the animals and the rocks. We became in effect possessive of all of them, obsessively so and in a truly Plutonian way.

So the macro cycle is about the cleansing of this blockage and its cleansing leads to a renewal of the human spirit and the resurrection of a new but old awareness of the power of life and death we each hold in our hands but which collectively we can wield to unprecedented effect, given our current numbers. The Pluto macro cycle gradually leads us to the place where we can look upon this terrible power and what we have done with it, so that we can pierce the darkness ahead to choose wisely how to use it in the future. However, like Neptune, the extremity of its orbit leads to a less cohesive awareness of his role in us collectively, which translates to less groups organising and forming through the influence of Pluto in the signs. Movements of his tribes are rarely begun with a conscious intent, instead they arise out of necessities.

The micro scale of Pluto in the signs is uneven due to his ovoid movement around the Sun and its inclination into the disk of the solar system. This means he spends more time in some signs than others:

1882-1914 (Gemini) – 28 years
1912-1939 (Cancer) – 27 years
1939-1958 (Leo) – 19 years
1958-1972 (Virgo) – 14 years
1972-1984 (Libra) – 12 years
1984-1995 (Scorpio) – 11 years
1995-2008 (Sagittarius) – 13 years
2008-2024 (Capricorn) – 16 years
2024-2044 (Aquarius) – 20 years
2044-2068 (Pisces) – 24 years
2068-2097 (Aries) – 29 years
2097-2129 (Taurus) – 32 years!

As can be seen, he speeds through Scorpio but spends almost forever in Taurus, which is a potent clue to his collective nature because it shows that the collective psyche goes through periods where it is greatly imbalanced towards most people being alive with Pluto in Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer. These often turn out to be powerful generations as far as the astrology of Pluto is concerned, with global events that affect everyones lives being more common. This will happen again in the latter half of this century and the first half of the next. Conversely we can say that those with Pluto in Scorpio have far more complex situations to deal with (Plutonically speaking) since they have a wider variety of Pluto tribes to negotiate the future with.

This skewering of Pluto sideways into the orbit of the solar system also means that the only macro cycle effect that we all experience is the Pluto square Pluto transit, but it happens at different times of life for different tribes of Pluto. For example, the square first happened to the Pluto in Scorpio tribe 40 years after they started to arrive, but it first happened to the Pluto in Gemini tribe starting at the age of about 76. For some time in recent decades this aspect has arrived in the mid 40s for most of us, leading astrologers to attach it to the mid-life crisis, when in truth it is not part of that initiation, it is merely that the midlife crisis is emphasised for people with Pluto in certain signs. This is another interesting feature of Pluto’s collective astrology we need to keep in mind as we move forwards in our understanding of his cycle and how it shapes different generations of human beings.

The square itself is about reaching a turning point wherein whatever is rotten or corrupted from the way we have lived our lives is uprooted, sometimes forcefully, and forced into a regeneration. This happens mostly at the individual and personal level where it is frequently a crushing burden because this is a collective force that would best be met by a collective response, which we lack due to our perceived differences at the individual and personal level. The whole problem here is that we lack a coherent and cohesive collective awareness as a species – we divide bitterly on race, creed, gender and sexual identity, religion, politics, every spectrum of life – and so we are incapable of integrating these powerful stages of life, either properly or at all. Sometimes we perceive this at this time, and yearn for a major transformation to change the way things are in the world. Yet this impulse is often ignored, shushed and brushed aside as a childish dream. It would not be so with a tribe of other people at our side openly declaring the same thing.

A key mechanism of the Pluto square is that it causes whatever is corrupt or rotten in the tribes eyes to become a greater threat to its existence, with the sign the square is coming from providing the new threat levels. So for example with Pluto in Leo, the tribe born into the atomic and nuclear age, once Pluto entered Scorpio the threat from these things reached an apex of intensity and danger in the eyes of the Pluto in Leo generation – there was Chernobyl, the height of the Cold War and nuclear warhead proliferation. Then, this pressure is transformed in some way. The Cold War ended, the wall here in beautiful Berlin came down, it seemed for a while we were all collectively turning a corner away from that precipice. Yet we only turn away from those threats when we recognise the corruption within us for what it is, take steps to change it, and integrate those lessons into culture and society. Otherwise, these encounters merely serve to release the pressures after ramping them up to dangerously high levels, but things remain toxic beneath the surface.

Within the micro cycle of Pluto in signs, each tribe therefore has a different agenda and a different encounter with that agenda at a different time in their lives, and some tribes find themselves with smaller numbers and surrounded by a greater variety of other tribes, while others have massive tribes that include almost every adult alive at the same time and who experience greater impacts from major global events affecting more people.

Since Pluto is such hard to handle material and causes such intense inner reflection it is wise if Pluto tribes do not work alone. Working with the Elements at the level of Pluto’s collective astrology seems like the best option because the trine relationship always softens the impact of Pluto enormously. Therefore, the tribes of Pluto in Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces should work together when they can, and the tribes of Taurus and Virgo and Capricorn too, as well as those of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius and finally Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. To get the most out of Pluto we need to soothe him first, we must sing to him to pacify him, because hell is after all hell to rule. This soothing of the Plutonian spirit is easily evoked in a mixture of tribes that all hail from Pluto being in the same Element. Again, the oddities of Pluto’s orbit mean that this will not always be possible, because it can involve too big a time gap in some instances, and this oddity also causes the generation gap that the different Elemental tribes would have to work with to be different. This is another telling way Pluto shapes our astrology at the collective level.”

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Iterations of Pluto in Leo occur over a cycle of about 248 years, the time it takes Pluto to travel through all 12 signs. As I have explained above, he will spend about 19 years in the sign each time he comes to visit, which is neither a short nor a long time for Pluto, and in the modern era this will produce a tribe consisting of hundreds of millions of people (global population growth rates spiked in this period, adding about 1 billion people). The Pluto square will arrive when this tribe reach the ages of about 42-45, which is why we have the idea that the Pluto square is connected with mid-life crises – these people are living, while those with Pluto in Aries, Taurus and Gemini are in true Pluto style both rotting in the grave and waiting in the wings to show us that it is not (though some truly ancient Pluto in Gemini people still breathe).

Generations of Pluto in Leo, 1000-2100

  • 14th September 1201 – 1st June 1220 (not including 5th Dec. 1201 – 17th Jul. 1202, 16th Feb. 1203 – 22nd May 1203, 19th Oct. 1218 – 2nd Jan. 1219 or 14th Aug. 1219 – 4th Apr. 1220)
  • 3rd August 1447 – 25th May 1466 (not including 18th Jan. 1448 – 12th Jun. 1448, 10th Oct. 1464 – 6th Jan 1465 or 8th Aug. 1465 – 9th Apr. 1466)
  • 3rd September 1692 – 3rd June 1712 (not including 29th Dec. 1692 – 13th Jul. 1693, 14th Mar. 1694 – 10th May 1694, 18th Oct. 1710 – 18th Jan. 1711 or 17th Aug. 1711 – 17th Apr. 1712)
  • 7th October 1937 – 10th June 1958 (not including 25th Nov. 1937 – 3rd Aug. 1938, 7th Feb. 1939 – 14th Jun. 1939, 20th Oct. 1956 – 15th Jan. 1957 or 19th Aug. 1957 – 11th Apr. 1958)
  • The next iteration of this pattern begins in 2183.

The current tribe of Pluto in Leo can turn to the tribes of Pluto in Libra (1972-1984, now aged 32-54) and Pluto in Sagittarius (1995-2008, now aged 8-21) for support in advancing their agenda. With the older Pluto in Libra people this tribe finds willing partners and opportunities for collaboration, as well as those who have the secrets they need relating to compromise and balance. With the younger Pluto in Sagittarius tribe they find a group who have a parallel aspirational nature, a seeking for victory and success, and they find a matching strength of will and conviction which can guide them to their lofty targets. The power of positive thinking coupled with forceful drive is extremely magical when these two tribes work together. On the other hand, there are plenty of explosive encounters and volatile clashes with the tribes of Pluto in Scorpio (1984-1995, now aged 21-32) and the coming tribe of Aquarius (2024-2044). The Pluto in Scorpio tribe have a will that is probably even stronger than that of Pluto in Leo but they have a very different agenda, thus there is a clash of stubborn wills that easily becomes destructive. However, the Pluto in Scorpio tribe hold all the occult secrets that the Pluto in Leo tribe need in order to manifest their bright and shiny wishes. They also know all about control and manipulation by despots, and have an innate instinct for rooting them out which benefits the Pluto in Leo tribe.

diamond-123338_1280As I have done in previous articles in this series, below I present to you a list of historical events which have I compiled from my researches on the internet and in my books. This material is provided as a starting point for people wanting to do their own research into the patterns of Pluto in Leo as well as for those interested in mundane astrology. I’m also putting this material out there so the people who are interested in generational or collective astrology can begin to see the patterns that they are working with in their own lives as a result of the historical forces involved.

Historical Events

13th Century: Byzantine emperor Alexios IV Angelos is overthrown in a revolution; conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders (Fourth Crusaders take Constantinople by storm and pillage the city for 3 days); Theodore I Laskaris flees to Nicaea after the capture of Constantinople and establishes the Empire of Nicaea; a leader of the Fourth Crusade founds the Kingdom of Thessalonica; the Fifth Crusade reaches the Holy Land; gustave_dore_crusades_the_childrens_crusadethe Children’s Crusade for the Holy Land is organised (two separate movements of young people, both led by shepherd boys, neither of which embark from Europe, but both of which suffer considerable hardship); the Albigensian Crusade is launched against the Cathars (massacre at Béziers); King Alfonso VIII of Castile besieges Almohad troops in Baeza (the famine experienced in the peninsula is such that neither army is able to fight); Temüjin is proclaimed Genghis Khan of the Mongol people, founding the Mongol Empire; Mongol forces under Genghis Khan invade the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty of northern China (Jin China is overrun by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, who plunder the countryside and cities, until only Beijing remains free, despite two bloody palace coups and a lengthy siege); Genghis Khan’s Mongols finally capture and torch Beijing (the city burns for more than a month); the church in the French city of Reims burns down (soon after, construction begins on Reims Cathedral); most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, over 3,000 people die; fire breaks out in the Song Chinese capital city of Hangzhou, raging for 4 days and nights, destroying 58,097 houses over an area of more than 3 miles, killing 59 people and an unrecorded number of other people who are trampled while attempting to flee (the collective victims of the disaster are given 160,000 strings of cash, along with 400 tons of rice); King John of England rejects Magna Carta, leading to the First Barons’ War (Prince Louis of France, the future King Louis VIII, invades England in support of the barons – landing in Thanet and entering London without opposition, he is proclaimed but not crowned King of England at Old St Paul’s Cathedral); King John I of England raises £100,000 from church property as an extraordinary fiscal levy; Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid; fearing a French invasion of England itself, John of England requires every English male over 12 to enter an association “for the general defence of the realm and the preservation of peace”; Pope Innocent III places England under an interdict as punishment for King John of England rejecting his choice for Archbishop of Canterbury (under the interdict, Church sacraments including marriage and consecrated burial are probably stopped); John of England is excommunicated by Pope Innocent III; John, King of England, dies at Newark Castle; a reform of English currency; the Delhi Sultanate begins;treasure-395994_1920 first evidence of forced loans in Venice; Philippe Auguste of France grants a “conduit” to merchants going to the Champagne fairs guaranteeing the safety of their travel (the decision further increases the appeal of the fairs to merchants from Italy and the Low Countries); London Bridge is completed; Kamo no Chōmei writes the Hōjōki, one of the great works of classical Japanese prose; Bhiksu Ananda of Kapitanagar completes writing the holy Buddhist book Arya Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita (sutra) in gold ink in Ranjana script; The Macy Jug, from Iran, is made; sugar, an import from the Muslim world, is mentioned for the first time in a royal English account; Robert of Courçon writes his Summa; Gottfried von Strassburg writes his epic poem Tristan; Shazi makes Pen box, from Persia (Iran) or Afghanistan; Cambridge University is founded; Tsar Kaloyan is recognized as king of Bulgaria by Pope Innocent III after the creation of the Bulgarian Uniate church; Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor is excommunicated by Pope Innocent III for invading southern Italy in defiance of the Concordat of Worms and forced to abdicate as Emperor and King of Burgundy; the Dominican Order is founded, according to some sources; the Franciscan Order is founded; Pope lays down the principle that Jews are doomed to perpetual servitude because they had crucified Jesus; a peasant named Thurkhill in England claims that Saint Julian took him on a tour of Purgatory; Dominic de Guzmán claims to have received the Holy Rosary from the Virgin Mary; Hōnen and his followers are exiled to remote parts of Japan, while a few are executed, for what the government considers heretical Buddhist teachings; 4 year-old Guttorm is proclaimed King of Norway; his “reign” ends with his death a few months later; Philip of Swabia, King of Germany and rival to Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV, is assassinated in Bamberg; King Henry I of Castile dies aged thirteen from the fall of a roof tile in Palencia, an event which his regent, Álvaro Núñez de Lara, attempts to conceal; death of William the Lion, King of the Scots.

15th Century: Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden dies with no designated heir, leaving all three kingdoms with vacant thrones; while supervising a siege of English occupiers of Roxburgh Castle, King James II of Scotland is killed when one of his own cannons explodes; Vatican Library is founded by Pope Nicholas V; Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor becomes the last to be crowned in Rome; Pope Nicholas V issues the bull Dum Diversas, legitimising the colonial slave trade; Vlad III the Impaler becomes reigning Prince of Wallachia for two months before being deposed; Constantine XI Palaiologos is crowned Byzantine Emperor at Mistra (he will be the last in a line of rulers that can be traced to the founding of Rome); the last Antipope, Felix V, abdicates; Oirat Mongols defeat the Ming dynasty army and capture the Zhengtong Emperor of China who is officially deposed; Battle of Seven Oaks (Jack Cade’s rebels are driven from London by loyal troops, bringing about the collapse of the rebellion); Nicholas of Cusa invents concave lens spectacles to treat myopia; a major eruption of the South Pacific volcano Kuwae in Vanuatu has a subsequent global cooling effect (the eruption released more sulfate than any other event in the past 700 years); Siege and Fall of Constantinople – the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror ends the Byzantine (or Eastern Roman) Empire after more than a thousand years by capturing the capital, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul); mortars are perhaps used in battle for the first time in this action; the consequent closure of the traditional overland route from Western Europe to the Far East and need to identify new maritime routes leads to the Age of Discovery and ends the Middle Ages; the Hundred Years’ War comes to a close with the French recapture of Bordeaux, leaving the English retaining only Calais on French soil; Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York becomes Protector for the insane King Henry VI of England; the press of Johannes Gutenberg (at Mainz on the Rhine) produces the first printed documents bearing a date; the Gutenberg Bible is the first book printed with movable type; the Wars of the Roses begin; a retrial of Joan of Arc acquits her of heresy 25 years after her execution; according to a legend, the wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz; corpus_hermeticuma monk, Leonardo da Pistoia, arrives in Florence from Macedonia with the Corpus Hermeticum; Corpus Hermeticum is translated into Latin by Marsilio Ficino; Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli become students of Verrocchio; University of Barcelona is founded; Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu, “Old mountain”) a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level believed to be under construction.

17th-18th Century: The Knights of the Apocalypse (a secret society formed to resist the Antichrist) are formed in Italy; the Bank of England is founded through Royal charter; the Bank of Scotland is founded by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland; the Great Fire of Warwick in England; Queen Mary II of England dies of smallpox aged 32, leaving her husband King William III to rule alone but without an heir; notorious voyage of the English slave ship Hannibal in the Atlantic slave trade out of Benin, ending with the death of nearly half of the 692 slaves aboard; a window tax is imposed in England (some windows are bricked up to avoid it); Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire; after many years of construction, the Potala Palace in Lhasa is complete; gold is discovered in Brazil; in Amsterdam, the bank Wed. Jean Deutz & Sn. floats the first sovereign bonds on the local market; in England, the ship HMS Royal Sovereign (formerly HMS Sovereign of the Seas, 1638) catches fire and burns at Chatham, after 57 years of service; Great Recoinage of 1696; Peter the Great becomes sole tsar of Russia; a famine wipes out almost a third of the population of Finland and a fifth of the population of Estonia; “Mother Goose tales” published in Paris; the 13th century royal Tre Kronor (“Three Crowns”) castle in Stockholm burns to the ground – a large portion of the royal library is destroyed; St Paul’s Cathedral is opened in London; the Palace of Whitehall in London, England is destroyed by fire; plouzane-1758197_1280first Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth, England, illuminated; Thomas Savery demonstrates his first steam pump to the Royal Society of London; William Congreve’s controversial comedy The Way of the World” is first performed in London; Lions become extinct in Libya; the Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) is chartered; English agriculturalist Jethro Tull invents a drill for planting seeds in rows; William III of England dies of complications following a fall from his horse; the revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin; the Man in the Iron Mask dies in the Bastille; Isaac Newton publishes his Opticks; the Act of Union with Scotland is ratified by the Parliament of England; the Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain first meets in London; War of the Spanish Succession; the last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan; Great Frost of 1709; publication of the first modern edition of William Shakespeare’s plays in London; Anne, Queen of Great Britain, meets the Four Mohawk Kings.

20th Century: World War II (ending in start of the atomic and nuclear age of conflict); the Holocaust; Hiroshima and Nagasaki explosions; nuclear-weapons-test-67557_1920establishment of the United Nations Charter and NATO; victory of Chinese Communist Party led by Mao Zedong in the Chinese Civil War; the development of radar, ballistic missiles, radiocarbon dating, the jeep and the passenger jet aircraft; the microwave oven; ‘Casablanca’; ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’; era of innocence and children under threat in Disney (‘Bambi’; ‘Dumbo’; ‘Pinocchio’; ‘Alice in Wonderland’; ‘Peter Pan’); ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; The Diary of Anne Frank; ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller; ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ by Ernest Hemingway; European Common Market; Mount Lamington erupts in Papua New Guinea, killing 3,000 people; television becomes commonplace; invention of the modern solar cell; invention of the transistor; Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth; U.S uses Federal prisons, mental institutions and pharmalogical testing volunteers to test drugs like LSD and chlorpromazine; U.S. started experimenting with transorbital lobotomy; Francis Crick and James Watson discover the double-helix structure of DNA; an immunization vaccine is produced for polio; first successful ultrasound test of the heart activity; CERN is established; NASA is organized; jazz-influenced big band style; crooners; Rock-and-roll; abstract expressionism; Pop art; ‘Rear Window’; ‘The King and I’; musical song and dance films and television shows; Spanish Civil War; a brilliant aurora borealis described variously as “a curtain of fire” and a “huge blood-red beam of light” startles people across Europe and is visible as far south as Gibraltar; oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia; superman-295328_1280first appearance of Superman; fire destroys 214 buildings in Ludza, Latvia; Black Friday: 71 people die across Victoria in one of Australia’s worst ever bushfires; Texas City disaster, Texas (at 9:15 am an explosion occurred aboard a docked ship and the subsequent fires and explosions is referred to as the worst industrial disaster in America – a minimum of 578 people lost their lives and another 3,500 were injured as the blast shattered windows from as far away as 25 miles (40 km). Large steel pieces were thrown more than a mile from the dock. The origin of the explosion was fire in the cargo on board the ship. Detonation of 3,200 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer aboard the Grandcamp led to further explosions and fires); Port Chicago Disaster (a munitions explosion that killed 320 people); the Windscale fire, the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, released substantial amounts of radioactive contamination; heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium in New York City; a 450-metric-ton meteorite explodes about 12 miles (19 km) above the Earth near Chicora, Pennsylvania; first ascent of the Eiger north face; rise and fall of Churchill; Amelia Earhart is officially declared dead after her disappearance.

Celebrate Win Represents First Place And WinnerThere are several themes which emerge from this pattern. Perhaps the most telling and probably the biggest is that Pluto in Leo brings upon our awareness intensely dramatic events – these are periods in history in which extremely dramatic things happen which shape the future for decades if not centuries to come. What this tells us is that Pluto in Leo is connected with our desire for drama on an intense and overwhelming scale. We also see significant and remarkable fires and explosions, progress in the area of the use of light or our understanding of sight, significant transformations involving our obsessive love affair with the power of combustion, upheavals in the command structure (ending of empires, loss of leaders), dictators and tyrants and (frankly) monsters taking the reigns of power, an emphasis on colour in art and movies, themes of death and rebirth in literature, theatre and television, crusades against heresies, the emergence of important cultural centres, tragedies involving young children, themes involving threat to the innocence of the young, major developments in the monetary power system, and it generally seems not a great time to be a member of a royal family. There also tend to be major power struggles going on in these eras – in the past these tended to be religious juggernauts smashing each other across the world stage, but today they tend to be more political. Powerful, charismatic leaders are the norm – Churchill, Hitler, Khan, ‘Dracula’, King John – individuals who take control and make themselves central figures in their nation’s and then the worlds histories. Often they cling to power for extended or notable periods only to meet ignoble ends. The use of power to control individuals by other individuals seems to be a key pattern in the way human awareness has interacted with Pluto in Leo – we see significant events in the history of slavery and dictatorship. Yet it also brings us light, colourful entertainment, dramatic fun, controversial comedy and rock and roll.

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So there is a kind of schism or clash in this pattern between things which are colourful bright, cheery and playfully musical and things which are extremely dark, oppressive, horrifying and intensely dramatic. The two themes dovetail into one another to produce a strange era that is both unsettling and entertaining. The world is often upended at the hands of obsessive individuals and launches itself into entertainment spectacles as a consequence. Essentially, this tribe is a tribe that lives for the drama of life and so it lives through extremely dramatic changes and events as a way to feed that hunger. The danger of course is that the drama will get out of control as it clearly did in the 20th century during World War II. The detonation of the two bombs over Japan and the consequent lead in to the age of nuclear power with its promise of perpetual power for everybody set the stage for this tribe and put it on a course which is only just today showing its consequences. They are the children of the supernova. With this tribe, the modern era was launched into its current celebrity obsessed existence, it’s a time when to be born you had to eventually become someone, when every individual birthed felt within their breast a burning desire to succeed and be noted for doing something spectacularly well. Our 15 minutes of fame was promised to us, and people set out to dig up and carve out their own golden statues.

Currently whenever Pluto is in the zodiacal sign of Leo it is placed either in the stars of Leo (when it is in a later degree of the sign) or in the stars of Cancer which inhabit the early portion of the Leo sign. In celestial Leo this intense need to shine is most prominent, while in celestial Cancer it is well concealed. Sometimes he might also appear lower down in the stars of Cetus, signifying a deeper root in the collective psyche that touches upon the very human desire to be collectively extraordinary as a species, the most obvious display of which is in our dominance of other living things. The Cetus seeded Pluto in Leo can be consumed by an irrepressible hunger for more and more, while Pluto in Leo in the stars of Cancer is in danger of repressed urges for control and power, and the celestial Leo placement emphasises a feral and predatory nature in the pursuit of command over ones life (all of it). When Pluto is in the Great Lion his energy is in expression and content far more Leonine than it is when he is in the stars of Cancer, and this Pluto brings with it more than a tinge of compulsive vanity and an urge for power and command over things.

This generation is driven to lay claim over some kind of territory, whether that territory is physical, emotional or mental, and to mark it as their own realm over which they have superior claims. They may feel within them a hunger for taking control and outshining everyone and everything else and may resort to suppressing or hiding this urge or expressing it inappropriately as arrogant complexes. Suppressing or trying to control and wield Pluto energy is absolutely disastrous, an analogy would be the pressure built up inside a volcano over years suddenly exploding. During this current Leo period the power of plutonium (Pluto) was unleashed upon the world in a dramatic, blinding manner (Leo). This caused a powerful and dramatic shift and transformation of the world which politically set up the emergence of powerful and domineering leaders to manage the global threat of nuclear proliferation. However this same influence also empowered the willpower and determination of its generation and gave them the courage to stand up to corruption, social injustices and entropy.

northern-lights-1031101_1920This, as a result, is the generation of individual creative people power. People of this generation have the ability to use their power both positively and negatively. World power and leadership will also be important issues for these people. This tribe understands both the destructive potential of such world power and its possible use to transform and purify. Keywords of Pluto in Leo are therefore the will to power, dynamic outbursts of emotion, the rule by force and tyranny/dictatorship, the power to manipulate, and the urge to control an energy which easily grows out of control. Its more positive potential involves creative transformation, the regeneration of life and its spirit, the power of rebirth and resurrection (awareness of eternal life), all the deeper Akashic magic of Tiphareth and the innate power of all beings to be in command of their own fate and destiny. Its white magic is profoundly life affirming, while its black magic is tumultuous and horrendously explosive.

Dynamic and dramatic but fixed emotions, the will to power, extraordinary achievements, prominence and despotic authorities are all keywords of this Plutonian force. Each child of the supernova must transform the urge to power and control within and without. Their own fanatical pursuits have the potential to destroy them and all that is in orbit around them; they can become so driven to outshine everything else that they can go supernova. Pluto in Leo urges humans to transform the complusive desires of the personality into pure light of being, creativity and a deep sense of fun and pleasure, to make them a powerful and passionate expression of the unique light of being within you. To never be ruled over by the darkness. It is a tribe with integrity, and that is its true nobility. It can squander its glory on lusts for control and power, or it can use it to elevate the entirety of human existence.

As I said before when we look at the events of world history during the time of Pluto in Leo, we see the first atomic explosions and the beginning of the struggle for control of nuclear power. This is very symbolic of the inner struggle which this generation faces. Their task is to transform and regenerate the power seeking drive of the individual self, its arrogant desires, self importance and egomania, thereby to perceive that these power seeking drives are intimately connected with our path of self destruction. This is a powerful stage in the revelation of human nature because it will show that the collective awareness, like plutonium, has the power to shine a Light of unstoppable power or release a dragon of unstoppable, terrifyingly destructive darkness. Just when we think it can’t get worse, it will. Or, just when we think it can’t get any better, it will. The choice throw down here is between self destruction through the seeking of power, command and dominion over nature or self resurrection and rebirth through the power of Light, self creation. This means waking up to the transformative reality that all life is eternal in spirit and that we have a sacred task to honour and celebrate it all, because we and all created things are its eternal children. That’s what the musicals and all the songs and dances are all about. It’s the true crowning glory of Leo.

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The pattern of Pluto in Leo brings about an emergence of the true nature of the human race, its inner spirit, especially the dark aspects to it which remain hidden. From this pattern we learn for example what power does to us, how deep and high corruption goes and we can no longer hide or turn a blind eye to any destructive effect we are having on our world through struggles for control or power over resources and our general way of being at the collective level. So we are confronted with our darkness and asked to transform it with Light. This generation must not turn away from what is revealed to them about human nature and must instead find a way to illuminate and literally enlighten it.

As a supreme strange attractor, one with great power to rend and shred our lives if we do not deal with it, Pluto calls upon us to master some kind of compulsion and drive towards an aspect of darkness within us, like Arawn on a wild hunt for lost souls he relentlessly tracks down the parts of us that have become lost and wander, doomed, across an underworld. For Pluto in Leo this is our misplaced sense of being at the centre of things. We are at the centre, but so is everything else. It’s ALL at the centre of the universe from its own perspective, in the core of its being. We have collectively shunted this blinding light into an Underworld where it mirrors back to us as a distorted and repugnant egobesity. Pluto watches over everything in that place. We must face these aspects of ourselves when he brings them to our awareness because if we do not it is equivalent to adding another silo of missiles into our lives to guard against the threat or intrusion by these demons. Collectively, when these demons are repressed across the board for long enough, we see individuals arise who act to bring them to light and force us to exorcise them or perish, individuals like Hitler, Mussolini and their ilk. How we handle these issues has titanic consequences. It is never a good idea just to nuke them. They have to be understood.

Pluto in Leo is descriptive not just of dark urges for control, command, superiority, attention and the snare of hubris but also of fatally romantic approaches to life that can only bring about broken heartedness, regardless of the depth of courage brought to it, because there were bottomless expectations to begin with or perhaps because heroism and bravery are simply not called for. Maddeningly complex and deep issues arise from Pluto wherever he is placed and when in Leo there are games of power and control being played out in your life, either by you or upon you, but they cannot often be simply beaten back with ferocity just as a lion would defend itself, they must instead be examined very carefully for your own involvement and taken as invitations to transform your life. Claiming the moral high ground or taking a superior position like that of a king or queen will only poison relationships. The placement of Pluto in Leo with respect to the rest of the chart can plug all these overwhelming collective issues directly into our own life experience. This can place a fatal strain upon the heart. Before then it can get messy, but it can also be a source of tremendous strength, integrity, fun and willpower if we adopt a light touch with the controls. Be pussycats as much as lions, let the light within you emerge despite any darkness, and believe in yourselves.

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Many of those born in this generation will not have been made fully aware of their place in this emerging pattern until Uranus passed through Aquarius, from 1996 to 2004. During this period Uranus made an opposition to this generations Pluto, stimulating an awareness of what it represents and probably causing some kind of unwanted or uninvited upheaval in their lives. However if you found yourself being drawn into an occult or spiritual interest at this time the turning of your life upside down need not have been horrendous and may instead have proved enlightening. It seems to me that in general what occurred to this generation during this time was a wake up call concerning the state of the planet and their role in it alongside more personal dramas which were no less overwhelming at a personal level.

A deep distrust of current leadership is sourced in this generation’s realisation that all political systems are corrupt and all political parties are untrustworthy. They are turning away from the charms and persuasions of charismatic leaders and currently many of them, even though they are of an advanced age (the youngest are in their 50s, the eldest now in their late 70s), are seeking to break up the culture of monopolies and domination by a wealthy, aristocratic elite. The pooling of power by these people into a collective effort will be considerably stubborn and resistant to removal, neither Leo nor Pluto willingly accept defeat or accept backing down once their ire and heart is raised to act. This is a generation prepared to fight and do battle for what it feels is right and honourable and today this quality is being ignited by the presence of Uranus in Aries (2010 – 2019), a factor which brings them and all of humanity to the brink of great changes. Eris in Aries is also stirring the tribes pot right now.

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As your generation evolves and learns you will be presented with many opportunities to use your own personal power or to engage in power struggles with others (especially those of your Pluto generation). This only becomes appropriate when you act for a collective purpose and not merely for self interest, which means you must be very clear about your motives when you are tempted by fate to manipulate the outcome of things. You may encounter power struggles as a kind of agreement made between you and others to test one another on your levels of ego attachment and self interest, but also as a means to drive you deeper in search of your own hidden power. Ultimately this Pluto is all about self determination and the right of self-rule and so these situations arise out of a need to display these strengths. Pluto leads you either to deeper and more intense grasping for control over your life or to a place where you yield to the inner Light within you and are transformed by it. When you touch your deepest level of self you will find a Light there which is brighter than 10 billion Suns and it is this Light that rests in the heart of Pluto in Leo.

Keep your love alive!

Pluto is in Leo in the horoscopes of Bob Dylan, Rollie Fingers, Samuel Johnson, Julie Walters, Dusty Springfield, Sir Ian McKellen, Voltaire, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Germaine Greer, Gordon Brown, Chuck Norris, Joan Baez, Tina Turner, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Bernie Sanders, John Lennon, Lily Tomlin, Ringo Starr, Virginia Woolf, Neil Diamond, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Steve Martin, King Henry VII of England, David Hume, John Wesley, Glen Close, Stevie Wonder, Pinturicchio, Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Franklin, Al Pacino, Simon de Montfort, Christopher Reeve, Billy Murray, Bob Dylan, Pope Clement XIV, Brian Eno, King Richard III of England, Richard Branson, Neil Simon, Jack Broughton (English bare-knuckle fighter who produced the earliest known rules of boxing), Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Zahed Gilani (Grand master of the Zahediyeh Sufi Order), Muhammed Ali, Peter Gabriel, Marvin Gaye, John Cleese, Rumi, Francis Ford Coppola, David Frost, King Henry III of England, Güyük Khan, Möngke Khan, Kublai Khan, Richard Dawkins, King James I of Aragon, Robin William, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Herb Ritts, Terry Pratchett, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Matthew Manning, Cher, Filippino Lippi, Elton John, Ian Anderson, Jakob Fugger, William Pitt, Pompeo Batoni, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Billy Crystal, Goldie Hawn, Mia Farrow, Bette Midler, Helen Mirren, Hieronymus Bosch, James III of Scotland, Canaletto, Leonardo de Vinci, Michael Crichton, Voltaire, John Dollond, George Galloway, Faye Dunaway, Michael Moore, King Louis IX of France, Roger Bacon, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, James Joyce, Lou Reed, and Mick Jagger.

(Individuals in bold type have Sun, Moon or ascendant in Leo conjunct Pluto in Leo)

Between the Lights

Hello, and welcome back to journeys for another month🙂 This month I’ve been asked to talk about something I briefly mentioned last month in my article on Magical Timing – the interaction between the Sun and the Moon in ElectroMagnetic conduction.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with my work, I propose a method of working with astrology which is based on interactive relationship and personal exploration. It has been my experience as an astrologer that the most significant and meaningful encounters with astrology occur when people have their own direct experience which they are able to relate to, and not when I give them some information from a chart using my expertise and experience. There is a world of difference, for example, between someone who comes to me asking about what the shape of the road ahead looks like out of curiosity or worry and someone who has been digging into astrology themselves and has stumbled upon a transit or a progression that suddenly makes sense of what they are going through. The latter has had an experience, often one which has unsettled a mechanistic worldview and called assumptions about life and the role astrology plays in it into question. It’s also enlightening in a way that a lecture with lots of astrobabbling involved can never be. Over the years I have created a series of tools with the intention of empowering people to have these kinds of experiences, even without the guidance of an astrologer. These tools have been collected in my book “The 26 Keys” and have been made freely available through an online practical manual that you can download here.

The essence of my approach is a magical one which allows people to gradually shape the form that astrological influences take within their lives. For example, let’s imagine that you have an astrological pattern which means that every year during a certain period your patience runs thin. You get tetchy and easily angered and frustrated. First of all, the tools in my book will allow you to quickly identify this pattern and the period of the year in which it falls to you to deal with it. Then, once you have identified the pattern and the period of the year in which it occurs more dramatically, you can use the tools that I have set out in my book to gently shape the influence of that pattern so that your anger and lack of patience subsides and is replaced by something more positive. The technique is capable of shaping both internal and external manifestations of astrology this way i.e. it is just as capable of changing your character as of changing your actual life circumstances and the events involved in them.

The core of “The 26 Keys” is the method I call conduction. This method is built around a simple natural law – namely, that whatever your astrology is and wherever your planets are it is all activated on a monthly and yearly basis by the Lights, the Sun and the Moon. This is because once every month the Moon orbits the Earth which means that it orbits the entire chart you are born with once every month, touching every part of it in every possible way. Similarly, the Sun activates every part of your astrology once every year because the Earth revolves around the Sun once in that time. This means that the Lights form an accessible, stable and rhythmic core around which we can build an interactive practice with all of our astrology.

To illustrate this, there is a day every year – the same day every year – when your Sun (the one you were born with) is being directly astrologically influenced by the present day Sun. The Sun in the astrological sky will be in the same place as it was when you were born. This day is called your birthday. It is a day in the year when attention centralises and focuses itself upon you and your life, traditionally with some kind of celebration among your family and friends. The moment when the Sun returns to the same place it was in the sky when you were born is approximately the same day every year, give or take one or two days for leap years and other discrepancies (nature rarely if ever gives us nice, whole numbers to work with). Similarly, as the Moon orbits the Earth she makes a pass of every place in the chart once every month, but because she does not exactly take one month but about 28 days to orbit the chart (and because months are not equal in the amount of days they have within them), this cycle is less orderly than that of the Sun’s around the chart, or more accurately the order is not as apparent when mapped to our clunky and awkward calendar system. The word should really be moonth, not month.

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However, as I mentioned last moonth, the interaction between the Sun and the Moon also gives rise to the various phases of the Moon wherein she displays different amounts of sunlight at different times. It’s important to remember and understand that this display of different phases of light is the same wherever you are upon the surface of the planet i.e. it has no relationship at all to spacial or geographical position on the Earth. The New Moon is a New Moon at the same time wherever you are on the planet. This means that for all of us at the same time there is a time when the Moon is waxing (increasing in light and appearing to grow fuller) and a time when it is waning (doing the opposite and decreasing in light and appearing to grow darker). The waxing Moon period is a time when the astral influences are growing in activity and life, while the waning Moon period is a time when the astral influences are settling in activity and life and coming to rest so that a new seed can be planted. It’s exactly like the oceanic tides. This occurs on a monthly basis. However, it is the Sun which casts this light upon the Moon, and so it is the position of the Sun in the zodiac which determines which signs the phases of the Moon can be in for any particular period of year.

For example, when the Sun is in Aries there will be a New Moon when the Moon is in Aries (the same sign as the Sun and therefore with no light upon her face) and a Full Moon when the Moon is in Libra (opposite to Aries and so with the full glare of Sols light on her face). This means that for the season when the Sun is in Aries (roughly 1 month of the year beginning in late March) the Moon can be waxing when it is in Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, or Libra, and waning when it is in Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, or Aries. This is easier to visualise when we lay out the continuum of the zodiac in a linear strip as follows:

Aries – Taurus – Gemini – Cancer – Leo – Virgo – Libra -Scorpio – Sagittarius – Capricorn – Aquarius – Pisces – (return to Aries)

Wherever the Sun happens to be in the sequence (which is determined by the time of year it is) determines the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. The potential waxing phases will be all the signs (including the Sun sign) to the right, up to and including the sign which is opposite the Sun sign (7 signs). So, for example currently the Sun is in Scorpio, which means that starting from and including Scorpio itself all the signs to the right up to and including Taurus will be signs the Moon can be waxing in – reaching the end of the line you start over Aries continuing to count until you reach the sign which is opposite the Sun sign. Similarly, everything to the left of the Sun sign (including the Sun sign) up to and including the sign opposite the Sun sign will produce a waning Moon. For ease of reference in this article here are the oppositions between signs

Aries and Libra oppose one another
Taurus and Scorpio oppose one another
Gemini and Sagittarius oppose one another
Cancer and Capricorn oppose one another
Leo and Aquarius oppose one another
Virgo and Pisces oppose one another

So what we are looking at here is a natural dynamic that exists between the two Lights which determines which signs the Moon can be waxing or waning in during particular periods of the year, and since it is the Sun which sheds the light upon the Moon (and the Sun’s cycle is more orderly and predictable when placed upon our calendar), these periods will have roughly the same timing every year. For example, the Sun is in Aries in the last week of March and the first three weeks of April. During that time, there will be a Full Moon in Libra. Also during that time, the Moon will be waxing in Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Libra. It will also be waning in Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. Although the exact date in March or April when the Full Moon in Libra occurs will be different every year, there will still be a Full Moon in Libra within this period once (at least) every year.

This pattern of interaction between the two Lights is one of the things that becomes clear with enough experience and proficiency in ElectroMagnetic conduction. It’s usually one of the first things that leaps out according to my experience. When we pay enough attention to it, it begins to reveal subtle things about our conduction activities that we could not have seen otherwise.

For example, let us imagine that you have an activation from Jupiter to your Moon key, and that this activation happens in June, July and August of 2017. Now, in June, July and August every year the Sun is moving through the signs Gemini, Cancer, Leo and Virgo. If your Moon key happens to be in one of these signs, then you will be able to conduct the activation under a waxing moon for a large part of this period. Or, if your Moon key is in one of the signs opposite to these signs, then your conduction can probably begin under a Full Moon. There are many nuances involved, many intricacies to understand and perceive in this mechanism, and they are different for every chart.

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One of the easiest ways you can begin working with this mechanism is by noting where the Full Moon’s in a sign are going to fall in your chart, particularly in terms of the temples/houses. For example, if you have Aries on the 1st temple, then the Full Moon in Libra which occurs during the time the Sun is in Aries will fall somewhere in your 6th or 7th temples. In other words every March and April you have a Full Moon that happens in the 6th or 7th temple. If you then look to your 6th and 7th temple keys and see that in March and April of the year in question there is a window of opportunity open over those temple keys, then you have a powerful opportunity to work with ElectroMagnetic conduction because you will likely be able to begin your work starting from Full Moon and end it with a Full Moon. However, this will be a waning cycle – you will start with a Full Moon which will gradually get dimmer and darker until it disappears halfway through the cycle, then it will begin to re-emerge and fill up again until it reaches another Full Moon at the end of the cycle, probably in the next sign on from the last Full Moon. Therefore, it can stir great feelings up at the beginning of the cycle which you then have to process – the growing darkness signifies growing introspection and looking inward, and there is a return of the strong feelings at the end of the conduction  wherein you can see what has changed.

On the other hand if during the year in question there is an activation of your 12th or 1st temple key during March or April, then the opposite is true. In that case your conduction will begin sometime around the New Moon and the Moon will be seen gradually growing in light until it appears Full about halfway through your cycle after which it will begin to dim and darken until it disappears at the end of your cycle again, usually being in the next sign in zodiacal order from the previous New Moon. In this form of conduction the energy begins in a seed form giving you the opportunity to shape it and inform it as it grows towards fruition, and then releasing it to do its work and to reflect upon what you have done during the latter half of the cycle. Thus, very different but complementary tactics are required depending upon the time of year in which you begin your conduction. This is especially useful information for magicians, especially those working with volts. A little meditation will reveal tremendous application of this law in magical operations.

When the window of opportunity is a very wide one, for example when the activator is Pluto or Neptune, then you have a lot more leeway and freedom in choosing the moment you will begin conduction, and therefore a lot more freedom in choosing which of these different paths your conduction will follow. For Jupiter and Saturn, choices will be more limited and you will have to look at the overall timing of your conduction more carefully. Chiron and Uranus offer a balance between great flexibility and narrow focus in terms of ElectroMagnetic conduction. Basically, if the activation has a window of opportunity that lasts longer than one year or approaches that length of time, you have unlimited freedom in designing the shape of the ElectroMagnetic conduction. This means that persistent collective activations – for example, Neptune activating the Uranus key – lend themselves extremely well to ElectroMagnetic conduction.

The differences are very subtle and not binding, but in general beginning a conduction under a waxing Moon will ensure that overall whatever you are doing will be evoked into some kind of visibility, either physically, emotionally or mentally. A waning Moon at the start of the conduction is more suited to banishing and to internal transformation and realisation of the inner landscape. Of course, you could start your conduction at any phase of the Moon, not just the New or Full Moon, but starting at the New or the Full Moon adds a great deal of power to the conduction – think of this as putting an ‘!’ on the conduction. Starting at another phase of the Moon – for example, the waxing Crescent – will still shape the overall conduction according to waxing or waning shape. For example, you might start your conduction during the First Quarter Moon, when half of the Moon is visible and it is increasing in light towards a Full Moon. This would lead to an overall waxing shape to your conduction as described above.

This brings up the point that the Full Moon is not really “more powerful” than a New Moon – the casting of light upon the face of the Moon does not give it more power, but instead makes that power visible. When that power is invisible, it is not weak or missing. It is mysterious. The Moons quality is being subtly shifted, but not the quantity of its power. Starting the conduction from a different phase of the Moon guides the conduction to take subtle paths that resonate with the nature of that phase as described in pages 406-409 of my book.

When you look at this in slightly more detail, especially when you start actually practically working with it, you begin to realise that these waxing and waning shapes to your conduction also affect the way that the Moon interacts with other objects in your chart during the conduction. For example, you will discover that during a conduction which is undertaken beginning with a waxing Moon there is a very different effect when the Moon comes to (for example) Mercury then there is for a cycle begun under a waning Moon. The phase the Moon begins the conduction in and the phase it is in at the time it passes a part of the chart both shape things. The placement of various other objects in your chart, the planets and the temples, express different nuances under a waning Moon than they do under a waxing Moon cycle. Additionally, a conduction that by chance happens to begin with a Disseminating Moon will carry that perspective throughout. It’s not that you learn different things, but that you see them from different angles. One of the important things to take away from this, then, is that you should check the phase of the Moon for when you begin Magnetic conduction. At more experienced levels of practice you can also look at the Moons phase for the times she reaches each of the temples and objects in the chart.

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Extending from this comes the realisation that no matter where you begin your ElectroMagnetic conduction from, i.e. whether you started as a waning or waxing cycle, there will be a point at some stage during which the cycles switch from waning to waxing or vice versa. So even if you do not plan to start your activation around a New Moon or Full Moon it is still very helpful to know where the New Moon and the Full Moon will be in your chart during the course of your conduction, because it is at these stages that you can begin to notice the subtle shift that occurs from internal to external and from invisible to visible and vice versa. There are powerful astral mysteries to be unveiled in these stages. Also, the practitioner will begin to realise that every planet in their chart has a kind of encoded occult meaning which reveals itself more during a waning period, while during a waxing period the conduction is more about opportunities presenting themselves to the engaged awareness.

The practice of conduction involves following the sequence that the planets in other objects in your chart lie in terms of zodiacal order. This order is largely unique,like the birth chart. So for example if you have the Sun in Scorpio, the Moon, Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius, and Jupiter in Capricorn, during the course of a conduction centred on your Sun, you will first bring the conduction to the Moon, then to Mercury, then Venus and then Jupiter, and then on to the next object in zodiacal order. Since the Sun and Moon never go retrograde, the order and the time interval between objects is always the same.

The sequential order of the planets and temples as they are positioned in the zodiac then produces a string or conduction code for every part of the chart. This is a useful tool to have in ElectroMagnetic conduction because it is the core code around which all conduction from that key is based, it is a kind of musical score for that key in terms of conduction work. It is also very useful to have because it helps you to understand where the waxing and waning phases lie for each period of the year for that key. The easiest way to see this conduction code is just a look at the Electric conductor or solar map, noting the order in which objects flow from any one starting point. The master key can also show you this.

Each of your keys, whether it is a world key or temple key, will have its own individual conduction code. For example, here is Paramahansa Yogananda’s solar map:

1. Sun (15° 34′ Capricorn) January 5th
2. 6th temple (29° 52′ Capricorn) January 19th
3. 7th temple (28° 52′ Aquarius) February 17th
4. 8th temple (25° 10′ Pisces) March 15th
5. Mars (05° 40′ Aries) March 26th
6. Jupiter (16° 13′ Aries) April 5th
7. 9th temple (25° 07′ Aries) April 14th
8. Dragon’s Head (05° 03′ Taurus) April 25th
9. 10th temple/midheaven (27° 48′ Taurus) May 18th
10. Pluto (08° 11′ Gemini) May 29th
11. Neptune (08° 59′ Gemini) May 30th
12. 11th temple (29° 12′ Gemini) June 20th
13. 12th temple (29° 52′ Cancer) July 22nd
14. Moon (25° 35′ Leo) August 18th
15. 1st temple/ascendant (28° 52′ Leo) August 21st
16. Chiron (03° 37′ Virgo) August 26th
17. 2nd temple (25° 10′ Virgo) September 17th
18. Saturn (12° 35′ Libra) October 5th
19. 3rd temple (25° 07′ Libra) October 18th
20. Dragon’s Tail (05° 03′ Scorpio) October 28th
21. Uranus (10° 02′ Scorpio) November 2nd
22. 4th temple (27 deg. 13′ Scorpio) November 19th
23. Venus (17° 06′ Sagittarius) December 8th
24. Mercury (23° 17′ Sagittarius) December 15th
25. 5th temple (29° 12′ Sagittarius) December 20th

And this is his Mars key conduction code – compare it to the above and the similarity should leap out:

Mars (05° 40′ Aries)
Jupiter (16° 13′ Aries)
9th temple (25° 07′ Aries)
Dragon’s Head (05° 03′ Taurus)
10th temple/midheaven (27° 48′ Taurus)
Pluto (08° 11′ Gemini)
Neptune (08° 59′ Gemini)
11th temple (29° 12′ Gemini)
12th temple (29° 52′ Cancer)
Moon (25° 35′ Leo)
1st temple/ascendant (28° 52′ Leo)
Chiron (03° 37′ Virgo)
2nd temple (25° 10′ Virgo)
Saturn (12° 35′ Libra)
3rd temple (25° 07′ Libra)
Dragon’s Tail (05° 03′ Scorpio)
Uranus (10° 02′ Scorpio)
4th temple (27 deg. 13′ Scorpio)
Venus (17° 06′ Sagittarius)
Mercury (23° 17′ Sagittarius)
5th temple (29° 12′ Sagittarius)
Sun (15° 34′ Capricorn)
6th temple (29° 52′ Capricorn)
7th temple (28° 52′ Aquarius)
8th temple (25° 10′ Pisces)

So it’s really quite a simple process to lay out every keys code if you already have the solar map. Just to illustrate how easy this makes the suggestions in this article, consider that given that the Sun is now in Scorpio you can immediately get a visual picture of what a waxing and waning Moon covers in this Mars code. The start of the Magnetic conduction of this Mars key while the Sun is in Scorpio means the Moon is in Aries, and thus waxing. But by the time the Magnetic part of the conduction reaches Pluto in Gemini, it will have become a waning Moon. The conduction will start only a couple of days before the Full Moon. There will be a Full Moon at the time the Magnetic conduction reaches the Dragons Head and the midheaven, bringing those areas to light in the conduction. There will be a New Moon when the Moon reaches Scorpio, emphasising the mysteries and occult dimensions of the Dragons Tail, Uranus and the 4th temple. This same principle applies when you begin a temple conduction from the 1st temple.

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Perceiving and understanding these principles is just the beginning of gaining a deeper understanding of your chart and the dynamics of conduction in your life – aside from these things which I have shared with you in this article there are many more nuances and intriguing insights to gain into astrological mechanics and the way they interact with experience waiting to be discovered by those who explore ElectroMagnetic conduction. The majority of them are best discovered on your own terms in your own practice and with your own experience. My sharing of this article is to gently encourage you to do so.

My heart wishes you peace, joy and wisdom in your journeys onward. 

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The Lorekeepers: Saturn in Cancer

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