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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Miscellaneous Astrological Musings - October, 2017

My eclipses posts:

Among my most popular blog posts are the ones related to eclipses. I first became intensely interested in eclipses about three years ago. I looked up everything I could from various favorite astrologers of mine. As with some other areas, there wasn’t a great deal of agreement among them with regard to how to interpret eclipses. In terms of major world events, I became very impressed by what I read from Celeste Teal in her book, Eclipses, Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation. Her discussion of recent events including the September 11, 2001 attack is especially interesting.

There was a very powerful total solar eclipse at 0 Cancer on June 21, 2001. Transiting Mars was stimulating this eclipse at 1 Cancer on September 11, 2001 when the attack on the WTC began. We went on to experience the collapse of both towers, the attack on the Pentagon building in DC, and the crash of the San Francisco bound plane in Pennsylvania. To say that it was an enormously significant day almost seems like an understatement. We would later discover that Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the attack. Interestingly, his natal Moon is at 0 Cancer.

The Loss Of A Good Friend:

Last March, I discovered that a couple of my friends that I had not heard from in a long time had died. I did not know that either one of them was even sick.

One of those friends - I’ll call him Bill, although that is not his name - is an Aries with Pisces rising. I met him after I first moved to San Francisco in 1989. We became close friends very quickly. About ten years later, he moved to Palm Springs. And, I learned from another friend of mine that he had moved to Puerto Vallarta a couple of years ago, which is where he expired from liver disease.

Bill had natal Uranus on his IC (bottom of his chart - home/family) and in Gemini. Bill moved around quite a bit during his life. He lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Palm Springs, Tucson, and Puerto Vallarta during parts of his life - and, those are just the only the locations that I am aware of.

Bill’s natal Mercury is conjunct his natal Mars in Aries and his first house of personality and appearance. He LOVED to talk. He would call me on the phone and talk nonstop for two or three hours. I’d almost have to get rude to get him to say goodbye and hang up. You see, I have Saturn in the third - I don’t like to talk on the phone that much (if at all). He did not mean to capitalize or waste my time - he just LOVED to talk. And, he had a lot to say too. He also like to watch car racing events on TV. I think that’s the only sport he watched. He owned a sports car during his younger years and after completing college, and had a fairly serious accident. He recovered from that, but I think he decided that his own race car driving days were over.

Bill’s Moon is conjunct his natal Venus (both in Pisces). He had a great relationship with his mother, and he adored her.

He died from liver disease. He had Jupiter (which rules the liver) in Scorpio and in the eighth house (of death). His natal Sun in Aries is in an inconjunct aspect to his natal Jupiter.

Another younger friend of mine also has Gemini on his IC. He goes back and forth between two homes - one is on a farm away from the City, and the other one is an apartment in the City.

Trump issues:

Transiting Mars is now in the early degrees of Libra, and will activate Trump's Mercury/Neptune square. This aspect helps to explain why Trump plays fast and loose with the truth at times (probably a lot of the time). Expect him to have difficulty as a result of that during the period that this aspect is in effect - October 30, 2017 through November 7, 2017.

Special Investigator Robert Mueller has Neptune at 2 Libra and Saturn at 6 Cancer. The next several days could be eventful. As Mercury activated the August 7, 2017 eclipse, CNN announced (on October 27) that the first charges are about to be filed in the Russia investigation. According to the report, they already have been, but the names are held under seal by a federal court judge. Mueller himself was born on August 7.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The California Fires

On October 9, 2017, California fires are burning out of control - especially in Northern California in the wine country. Hundreds of homes have been burned. Many of them are in the Santa Rosa area.

When we have events such as this that affect many folks over a large geographical region, I always look to see if an eclipse has been activated. In this case, the September 16, 2016 lunar eclipse in Pisces has been activated by transiting Mars in Virgo (by opposition). Mars symbolizes fire, and it is in a square aspect to both the the Sun and the Moon in the eclipse chart. Mars is activating this eclipse now by opposing the eclipse point. Transiting Saturn (in Sagittarius) is activating this eclipse in this chart by square aspect. And, transiting Chiron (in Pisces) has been activating this eclipse by conjunction. So, we have a t-square involving this eclipse point. It’s a very intense and frightening configuration.

In the events chart for the formation of the state of California, Mars is at 11 Libra and Mercury is at 13 Libra. The Sun and transiting Mercury conjoined both in the past few days, and this is the time that many of the fires across California formed. We generally have some of these natural fires in California every year, but they don’t all expand and burn so rapidly and so out of control. Mercury has played a part in this because of the wind and how that has added to the problem. In California’s progressed chart, Mercury is at 9 Aquarius and Mars is at 12 Aquarius. On occasion, we get the effects of an eclipse prior to that eclipse. We will experience a lunar eclipse at 11 Aquarius on January 31, 2018. Progressed Mars is also conjunct the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse in Aquarius and in opposition to the lunar node in California’s formation event chart.

Updated: For those who would like to help the California fire victims, check out this article:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Las Vegas Massacre

The Las Vegas Massacre

Stephen Paddock open fired on a crowd attending a country music concert in Las Vegas at about 10:08 PM PST on October 1, 2017.

At that time transiting Mars was activating the March 8, 2016 solar eclipse. This eclipse occurred at just under nineteen degrees Pisces, and transiting Mars was at just over seventeen degrees Virgo (and, in opposition to the eclipse point). That eclipse point is located in the fifth house of entertainment (and gambling) in the eclipse chart over Washington DC. In that eclipse chart, Asteroid Paddock is located on the Ascendant.

Another mass killing occurred in Orlando, Florida at Pulse nightclub. In that event chart, the Sun had activated this same eclipse (March 8, 2016 solar eclipse) by square aspect.

In the event chart (for the Las Vegas shooting), the IC is located close to the the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse point (the Great American Eclipse). Initial reports had indicated that the shooting began at about 10:00 PM PST. And, at that time, the IC would have been (almost) right on the eclipse point. The Moon is in opposition to the lunar node in Leo (sign of entertainment and gambling) and close to the MC. Transiting Saturn is on the descendant in this chart. Mercury, the ruler of this chart is in Libra and in conjunction to the March 23, 2016 lunar eclipse. Asteroid Paddock is located in conjunction to the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse. Transiting Jupiter is also located in the fifth house and in opposition to transiting Uranus and Eris in the eleventh house of large groups (could symbolize the chaos that ensued when the shooting began). Transiting Mars squares both the Ascendant and Descendant. Transiting Mars squares transiting Saturn (in the seventh house and ruler of the eighth house of death) and trine transiting Pluto (in the eighth house of death and transformation).   

The killer, Stephen Paddock, was born on April 9, 1953. We don't have an exact time or place of birth. However, we nevertheless do know that transiting Pluto had been conjunct his natal Chiron (in Capricorn) and in square aspect to his natal Sun (in Aries) for much of this year. And, Pluto had just turned stationary direct on September 28. His natal Neptune and Saturn are in Libra and in opposition to his natal Venus/Juno in Aries. The transiting Jupiter/Uranus opposition had activated that configuration in his natal chart at the time. It looks to me like a lot of gambling and perhaps too much drinking (and, maybe even some drugs) combined with possible relationship problems.