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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Parkland, Florida Shooting And The Related Eclipses

Yes, the Parkland shooting (at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School) took place the day before a solar eclipse and it is important to make note of that. People were stirred up and that might have been a catalyst for the gunman’s decision to take action at the time. However, I think we need to take a look at some other prior eclipses that are important and that were stimulated/activated at the time of the shooting.

First, the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 - the Great American eclipse - was stimulated/activated by the Sun (in opposition to the eclipse point). And, this eclipse was visible in much of the USA. In the chart for this eclipse (over Washington DC), we see that Mars is widely conjunct the eclipse point, and Mars is the planet that rules firearms and guns. Therefore, this eclipse is probably more related to this event than the February 15 eclipse. If we look at the chart for the state of Florida, we see that Mercury is at 27 degrees Aquarius. And, Mercury is the ruler of the chart. With transiting Sun conjunct, important news from the state was expected. In the state of Florida chart, Venus is at 24 degrees Aquarius. Libra, which Venus rules, is encapsulated within the fifth house in Florida’s chart. Transiting Mercury (in the event chart) conjunct Venus tells us that this important news involves children. In the state of Florida chart, the Sun is at 13 Pisces. In the event chart, transiting Mars is at 12 Sagittarius (and, in square aspect to Florida’s Sun). In Florida’s chart, the Descendant is at 13 Sagittarius, so transiting Mars was conjunct. Transiting Neptune (in the event chart) is at 13 Pisces and conjunct Florida’s Sun.

Another eclipse that we need to look at is the lunar eclipse on August 7, 2017. This eclipse occurred at 15 Aquarius. Mars is conjunct the Sun in this eclipse chart and as such is the ruler of the chart. The Moon (in the shooting event chart) is at 14 Aquarius and conjunct this eclipse point. The lunar node is at 15 Leo in the shooting event chart. Asteroid Cruz is at 17 Leo. Ceres (and Venus) is at 12 Cancer and the eighth house of death in the eclipse chart. In the state of Florida chart, the Moon is at 12 Capricorn. Sadly, there were a lot of grieving mothers after this incident.

There is one more eclipse to look at, which occurred on September 1, 2016 - a solar eclipse at 9 Virgo and in a moderate opposition to the Sun in Florida’s chart. The eclipse is conjunct fixed star Antares. In that eclipse chart, Mars is at 14 Sagittarius and conjunct Saturn and in square aspect to the eclipse point. In Florida’s chart, the Descendant is at 13 Sagittarius.. Neptune is at 11 Pisces and in opposition to the eclipse point and setting up an ominous t-square. Transiting Mars (in the shooting event chart) was activating this eclipse by square aspect. Pluto is at 15 Capricorn and in the fifth house of children in this eclipse chart and conjunct the Moon in Florida’s chart. So, this eclipse is related to the event, and it might even be the most important one.

In a location chart, the Moon represents the people. And, in the chart for the state of Florida, the Moon resides in Capricorn. Saturn rules Capricorn, and it is on the Descendant in the shooting event chart. The victims of this event are the people of Florida. The fifth house (of children) in the shooting event chart is ruled by Venus, and transiting Mars is in square aspect to transiting Venus in this event chart.

The killer, Nikolas Cruz, was born September 24, 1998 (exact time is unknown, so I've used the 12 Noon chart). His natal Mars is at 22 Leo. The lunar eclipse of February 10, 2017 fell conjunct his natal Mars. This is the month that he purchased the gun that he used in the killings, although I cannot find an exact date. He committed this atrocity about a year later as transiting Mercury conjoined this eclipse point and transiting Jupiter squared it. His natal Pluto is at 6 Sagittarius. Mars had conjoined his natal Pluto just days before the shooting.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Miscellaneous Astrological Musings - February, 2018

The Stock Market Plunge

On Monday (February 5), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,175 points - it’s worst day of performance in several years. All the other indices were down sharply as well. What happened - Astrologically speaking? Well, the Sun had stimulated the lunar eclipse of August 7, 2017 at 15 Aquarius. The chart for the NYSE shows Uranus at 15 degrees and 09 minutes Leo. The aspect (Sun opposite Uranus and conjunct the eclipse point) actually occurred over the weekend, however Monday was the first trading day afterwards (and, the eclipse was still stimulated - within a two degree orb). The DJIA actually plunged almost 1,600 points at one time during the day before rebounding before the close (to just down 1,175). The market should continue to be somewhat volatile moving forward.

In my blog post for this eclipse, I wrote:

The stock market could experience a downturn or some other type of transformation.

Astrologers use a number of different charts to symbolize the formation of the USA. In all of the charts using July 4, 1776 as the date of formation, Saturn is now in opposition to Jupiter in the chart(s).


And, then on February 6, Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket launched successfully. In that same blog post, I wrote:

For the US, the eclipse falls in the third house in the eclipse chart over Washington DC. The lunar eclipse in Aquarius will affect the airline industry, the legal profession, higher education, communications/media, automobile industry, and the space program.

In NASA’s chart, Uranus is at 15 degrees and 11 minutes Leo. Saturn trines from 18 Sagittarius.

The dates used in the charts above were obtained from Celeste Teal’s Eclipses - Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation. If you're interested in purchasing the book, you can get it from Amazon at the link below.

The other day a client mentioned to me that he had been having high blood sugar problems recently. So, I looked at his natal chart - he has a t-square with natal Venus at the apex. His natal Venus is in the twelfth house and squares natal Uranus/Pluto on one side and natal Saturn/Chiron on the other side. His natal Jupiter is sesquisquare his natal Venus. The problem likely started when Saturn was transiting Sagittarius and conjoined his natal Venus (and stimulated this configuration in his chart) last year.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse In Aquarius

Our second eclipse of the year will be a  solar eclipse on February 15, and it occurs at 27 degrees and 01 minute Aquarius. Eclipses generally affect the masses - events that affect most people in a large area or even worldwide. Since this eclipse occurs in humanitarian Aquarius, this eclipse could affect new and different types of innovation, originality and/or just being different or unique, and friendships. There could be new innovations and discoveries. Mercury is the lord of this eclipse and it could affect the media and other types of messengers of information, travelers, and educators.

For the US, this eclipse will affect our national debt, joint finances, investments, the stock market, taxation, insurance, pensions, and burial rights/industries and other death related industries. Uranus at the top of the chart indicates surprises and the unexpected. There are both positive and negative indicators as Uranus sextiles the eclipse point and Jupiter is in square aspect. Unique solutions are available, however there are legislative and judicial problems. Overconfidence and/or risk-taking could be a problem - especially as it pertains to real estate and land ownership concerns. Mars is squaring Venus/Neptune in this chart. There are more sexual misconduct scandals and problems on the national stage; and, deception, secrets, and miscommunications are issues. There could be disasters (or war) at sea accompanied by a high death toll; strained relationships. With Jupiter squaring Mercury, some major news stories could be overblown or exaggerated. There could be legislative attempts to rein in the national media or to regulate social media platforms such as Facebook and/or twitter. Pluto is squaring Uranus in this chart as well - indicating rebellion and resistance to a national leader (the President?) and social unrest. Look for more protests and rallies. Juno is conjunct the eclipse point. There could be changes in marriage laws and/or the rights between marriage partners. There could be a high profile marriage or divorce.

This solar eclipse falls opposite of President Trump’s natal Mars and his natal Ascendant. Therefore, this eclipse is directly related to him. This eclipse is related to the August 21, 2018 solar eclipse in Leo that we experienced last year. In this Astrologer’s mind, Trump has not dealt with Mars-type issues well in his life. This could be because Mars falls in his twelfth house but conjunct his Ascendant. He doesn’t seem aware of how his anger issues and his aggressive actions toward others undermine his objectives. Nevertheless, he does have the opportunity to do something unique, surprising, positive, and successful. My guess is that he will sabotage himself. The eclipse occurs in square aspect to his MC and progressed Vertex, so whatever happens is not likely to increase his popularity among the public. This eclipse could indicate his death, however I consider that to be one of the less likely scenarios. A fall from grace is more likely.

As always, this eclipse will affect you personally if you have planets and/or points conjunct or opposite the eclipse point (only a two degree orb). Those planets or points between 25 degrees and 29 degrees of Aquarius or Leo are included. Eclipses are Uranian in nature in that what happens is unexpected, and you might not even be certain as to what is happening for six months. For a solar eclipse, it takes about a year for the event to completely mature. Whether the eclipse is experienced as positive or negative depends on the planet that is conjoined or opposed, its place in your chart, the condition that the planet is in, and whether and how you might have prepared for what is happening (i.e. free will). If you’d like to know if you have planets or points that fall into this range, let me know. For most people, it will be experienced simply as a New Moon type event. Those are generally felt as the start of something new or a new beginning.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Miscellaneous Astrological Musings - January 2018

Indicators Of Beauty In A Natal Chart

I read a post in one of my Facebook Astrology groups about indicators of beauty in a natal chart. The post only mentioned five (which I agree with), but there are more. I thought I’d discuss some of them here.

The first one mentioned was natal Venus in the first house. This is definitely true, because Venus represents beautiful things and the first house in the natal chart deals with physical traits (along with personality). I would also suggest that the closer natal Venus is to the Ascendant, the more profound this trait of beauty will be. Aspects from other planets throughout the chart could modify or add to this aspect.

The second one mentioned was natal Neptune in the first house. Neptune is considered the higher octave of Venus, so this certainly makes sense. Neptune also adds a bit of mystery and glamour to the native.

A third one was natal Mars in the first house (especially for men). I agree with this because Mars would add an element of masculine beauty or ruggedness. Have you ever heard of someone described as ruggedly handsome. That is likely because of Mars.  

A fourth one was natal Venus conjunct natal Sun. This would be similar to Venus in the first house, except this element of beauty would be pervasive throughout the native. This one is especially true for men, but it works for women as well. A former (but fairly recent) Mr. IML from San Francisco has this aspect. He also has Mars conjunct his natal Sun, and it’s interesting that he possesses both types of beauty.

A fifth one was natal Venus conjunct natal Moon. This one adds an inner beauty to the native which surfaces from time to time. This one is especially true for women, but works for men as well. Your truly has this aspect in his natal chart. I have never considered myself good-looking, but I have been told that I am a number of times.

I would add a Libra Ascendant as an indicator of physical beauty as well. There are so many persons with Libra rising in their charts, and they can’t all be beautiful. But, Debbi Kempton Smith says this about Libra rising: “Even the toads look like good-looking toads.”  

An Interesting Couple

I have an interesting couple in my database. They are married, and the male identifies as heterosexual and the female identifies as bisexual.

The male is a Capricorn (natal Sun in Capricorn). Saturn, which rules Capricorn is conjunct the female’s Ascendant. The female is a Sagittarius. Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius, is conjunct the male’s Ascendant. Is this reflected in the charts of all married couples? No, it isn’t - it’s actually a fairly rare occurrence. The male’s natal Juno (civil marriage) is in late Sagittarius and is conjunct the female’s natal Sun.

In the couple’s composite chart, the Sun shows up in the fifth house. They are together to express love and joy as a couple and to show others that it’s possible. And, there is definitely a lot of love and joy between them, and they certainly have a good time together. Composite Venus is also located in the fifth house, and that is one of the best placements for a couple.

Is it all fun, joy, and love for this couple? Do they have any problems? Of course they have problems. What is their major problem? Composite Saturn is located in the second house of money, values, and possessions. And, it is squaring their composite Sun. The Sun/Saturn aspect might keep them together, but it’s not pleasant. So, their big issue is money, and they’ll need to work on that.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 31, 2018 Lunar Eclipse In Leo

We begin eclipse season on January 31 this year. The first eclipse, a lunar eclipse, occurs on January 31, 2018 at 12 degrees Leo . You will be affected by this eclipse if you have planets or points between 10 and 14 degrees of Leo and/or Aquarius. Most folks will simply experience the eclipse as a full Moon. Full Moons usually indicate a climax or coming to fruition of something, and we are normally more emotional during a full Moon. The emphasis is on creative self-expression through innovation, originality, and/or just being different or unique. The emphasis is also on children and world leaders. This will also be a super blue blood full Moon, which hasn't occurred in one- hundred and fifty years.

The lunar eclipse in Leo will affect the entertainment industry and children worldwide. Also, Leo brings world leaders into view or prominence. Transiting Jupiter forms a wide square to the eclipse point from Scorpio. Overconfidence and excessive risk-taking could be problems associated with this eclipse. Transiting Mars forms a wide trine to this eclipse point from Sagittarius. Actions taken in a legal, foreign travel or cultural, or educational sense should work out positively. Transiting Neptune is inconjunct the eclipse point which points to trouble at sea and with deception and confusion present and problematic between world leaders.

For the US, the eclipse falls in the sixth house in the eclipse chart over Washington DC. The lunar eclipse in Leo will affect the health industry, civil workers, and general employment. The employment situation (unemployment rate and pay for workers) is not as rosey and positive as it seems or was predicted. It could be that the newly passed tax cuts do not affect the national economy in the way the President and Congressional leaders predicted. The wide income gap between the wealthy and others continues to increase. We could experience the death of a well known statesman or other prominent figure. Venus opposes the eclipse point, so the “me too” movement continues, and women gain in numbers and power in government - even if behind the scenes. Venus is lord of this eclipse, so relationships and diplomacy are extremely important. Asteroid Fortuna is conjunct this eclipse point but is in retrograde motion, so it's effects will likely be unfortunate.

Transiting Mars in the ninth squares transiting Neptune in the first indicating a potential for war with a foreign adversary. It could take place at sea. The conflict is palpable and is probably with North Korea (in my view). Mercury and Pluto square Uranus (in the second house of money and finances) in this chart. Some of our powerful friends and allies could take action that affects the financial situation in the USA negatively. It could happen suddenly and surprisingly. Or. it could simply mean that their difficult economic situation affects the USA in a negative way  as well.

This eclipse point is closely conjunct Trump’s natal Pluto. He could have problems and conflicts with persons of power (behind the scenes). Pluto rules Trump's fourth house of home and family, so a family member could undermine his efforts or simply cause intense or severe trouble for him. He should be very careful as the potential for violence cannot be excluded. In addition, transiting Saturn will have begun to activate his natal Mercury square to natal Neptune aspect (in his natal chart). His penchant for playing fast and loose with the truth may cause him some major difficulties at this time.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Miscellaneous Astrological Musings - December 2017

The Mercury Retrograde:

In case you missed it, we are in a Mercury retrograde period. Mercury stationed retrograde very late on December 2 (on the Pacific coast). That was on Saturday, and this astrologer was out and about enjoying holidays festivities. I lost my cell phone somewhere along the way and have not recovered it. Mercury is retrograding through my third house of communications. Astrologers are not immune from or to Mercury retrograde effects. Nevertheless, this is working out fine for me because I’ve need to invest in a new cell phone anyway. Mercury stations direct on December 22.

The United States Congress is trying to get quite a bit done during this period. They are trying to pass bills to keep the government open into next year. And, they are also trying to pass a major tax bill (which is highly unpopular among the populous). While GOP leaders in Congress insist that they have the votes, it is unclear whether or not the tax bill will pass on schedule - they are supposed to vote on it next Tuesday, the 19th. However, two Republican senators are out due to illness - Senator John McCain and Senator Thad Cochran. At any rate, any major legislation passed during this Mercury retrograde period is unlikely to work out as planned. They will at least need to make corrections, and might have to redo the whole thing.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:

I was saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of San Francisco’s mayor, Ed Lee, on December 12, 2017. Mayor Ed Lee was only 65.

When someone dies suddenly and unexpectedly, they usually have quite a bit of stress showing in their charts. I don’t have Mayor Lee’s exact time of birth, so I cannot do a comprehensive and complete analysis, but I can see some of the planetary stresses in his chart - and, particularly his progressed chart. Mayor Ed Lee was born on May 5, 1952 in Seattle, Washington.

Mayor Ed Lee had a heart attack, so his Sun (the Sun rules the heart) would be a major indicator. His natal chart shows a potential to have heart issues - natal Pluto (in Leo) squares his natal Sun (in Taurus), and natal Mars (in Scorpio) opposes his natal Sun. The only transit at the time of his death was transiting Jupiter in a fairly wide opposition to his natal Sun. That would not normally indicate a heart attack, however it might indicate that he was a bit overconfident and tried to do too much during this period of time (which might add some stress).

In Mayor Lee’s progressed chart, his Sun had progressed to 18 Cancer. His progressed Neptune (at 18 Libra) is in a square aspect to his progressed Sun. Mayor Lee’s natal Mercury is at 18 Aries and squares his progressed Sun. And, transiting Pluto is at 18 Capricorn. That’s a great deal of stress. As the Moon squared his progressed Uranus (14 Cancer) from Libra very early in the morning on the 12th, Mayor Lee had the sudden and unexpected heart attack. He was later pronounced dead at San Francisco General. My sincerest condolences to Mayor Lee’s family and friends.

Lasting Love Relationships:

I’ve just read Rose Murray’s book, “When Planets Promise Love.” It’s a good book, and in that book she mentions something very interesting regarding her research of numerous couples. This is in the chapter about Sun/Moon midpoints. She writes:

I’ve found that no matter how compatible two horoscopes seem to be, two people seldom marry or sustain a serious relationship unless one of the following indications is seen between the two charts:

1 The Sun/Moon midpoint of one partner is in hard aspect to the Sun or Moon of the other. (a hard aspect includes the conjunction, square, opposition, semisquare, and sesquisquare.)

2 The composite Sun/Moon midpoint is in hard aspect to the Sun or Moon of one or both of the partners.

I had never heard of this rule before, so I wanted to check it with some couples in my own database. Now, it’s clear from the language in this book that the author is focusing primarily (perhaps entirely) on straight couples. So, i wanted to look at some couples comprised of gay and/or bisexual persons. And, at least so far, this rule actually does work in the way that the author indicates.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Major Astrological Influences Of 2018

2018 promises to be a very interesting year. There will be more of the unexpected, more lessons to learn, more growth and opportunities with regard to our close relationships, more dreams and ideals, and more transformational experiences. I’ll attempt to explains some of the major astrological influences of the year in the following paragraphs.

There are usually three Mercury retrograde periods every year. In 2018, these Mercury retrograde periods will fall in the fire signs. These periods are generally marked by miscommunications, misunderstandings, problems with communications equipment, travel delays, and plans that will later need to be revised or completely changed. It’s usually better not to make important decisions or to sign contracts or anything else if that is possible during these periods. Complications and problems are too easy to encounter, and often we don’t have all the information that we need. The best thing to do is to continue to collect this information throughout the period. Sometimes, a person with whom we have had an important relationship in the past will reappear in our lives. How these periods will affect you personally depends on where it happens in your astrological chart(s). If you’d like to know, ask me.

There will be eclipses in January, February, July, and August of 2018. They occur in Aquarius, Leo, and Cancer. Eclipses are intense astrological events, and they often trigger important events that affect the masses. An eclipse will affect you personally if it hits one of your personal planets or points (within a two degree orb). Again, if you’d like to know if an eclipse will affect you personally, ask me. Most people will experience these eclipses as either a Full Moon or a New Moon.

Saturn will continue its transit through Capricorn. It could influence the large multi-national corporations, the leather and hide industries, and the iron and steel industries. This transit will affect you personally depending on where Saturn is transiting in your astrological chart(s) (its house placement and if it aspects any of your natal planets or points). If you’d like to know, ask me. Transiting Saturn will trine transiting Uranus (in Taurus) during the summer of 2018. Those periods should be important and most likely beneficial.

Uranus, the planet of change and the unexpected, will continue to transit the later part of Aries in 2018. Transiting Uranus will enter Taurus in May and then re-enter Aries in November. Transiting Uranus could affect the high technology industry, astrology/astrologers, civil rights issues, and other humanitarian interests. Transiting Aries, it could affect the sports industries as well as the military related industries. Transiting Taurus, it could affect banking and investments as well as restaurants and the foods industries. If you’d like to know how this transit of Uranus will affect you, ask me.

We also have a Mars retrograde period in 2018. Taking action could produce complications during this period of time. Mars is in retrograde motion from late June through late August of 2018. If you’d like to know how this transit of Mars will affect you, ask me.

During the later part of the year, we will experience a Venus retrograde period as well. Relationship (romantic, friendship, familial, business, etc.) issues will be up for review then. The Venus retrograde period is from early October through mid November of 2018.

Jupiter will be providing more opportunities with regard to close relationship matters, joint finances, taxes, insurance, and sex. Some might benefit through an inheritance. At various times of the year, Jupiter will trine transiting Neptune (in Pisces). And, at other times, Jupiter will sextile transiting Pluto (in Capricorn). These aspects are easy and are most likely positive - producing favorable results. If you’d like to know how this transit of Jupiter will affect you, ask me.

Neptune will continue its transit through its home sign of Pisces in 2018. The oil and gas industries will be impacted by this transit. Neptune also rules the motion picture industry and the shipping industry. If you’d like to know how this transit of Neptune will affect you, ask me.