Sunday, August 21, 2016

Planetary Phases

Astrology is one of those studies that is never-ending.  Just as you think you’ve mastered it, something new (at least to you) crops up to study. I felt that way many years ago when I first heard Jeffrey Green lecture about the phases of the Sun and Moon. Then I found out those phases could be applied to ANY pair of planets, explained beautifully by Marc Robertson in his book, “The Engine of Destiny.” THEN, most recently, I bought a book by Raven Kaldera entitled “Moon Phase Astrology” in which he takes it a step farther and interprets these combining the phase with the Moon in each SIGN.

This short article is just an overview of the eight phases to get people started in pursuing it further. The eight phases each comprise 45 degrees and are:  New, Crescent, First Quarter, Gibbous, Full, Disseminating, Third Quarter, and Balsamic. One way to remember *generally* what they mean is to equate them with signs…in order. New phase for thirty degrees is similar to Aries, but the last 15 degrees of that phase takes on a Taurus quality also present in the first 15 degrees of the Crescent phase. The last 30 degrees of that phase is similar to Gemini….and so on around the wheel...but just *generally;* the phase overrides the generic meaning of the sign we equate with a phase; however, a planet will be occupying a sign—usually different—within a phase, and that will be equally important.

Within each phase there are aspects between the two planets in phase relationship that are possible, which is also the source of a shift in behavior. For instance, the conjunction at the beginning of the New Phase gives way to a semi-sextile after 30 degrees of separation, and then a semi-square at the point where it enters the next phase. The interpretation of the phase then takes on the quality of the aspect.

The First Phase is called “New” and it starts with the conjunction of two planets, or for our purposes here, the Sun and Moon—a New Moon. The faster body then pulls away from the slower one (in this case, the Moon pulls away from the Sun) and moves to form a semi-square to the Sun as it enters the Crescent Phase. New is about energy, new life, impulsiveness, action. No matter what signs they are in, the planets (or lights in this case) will behave to some degree in that manner. The rest of the chart has to be taken into consideration.

The Crescent Phase I like to think of as a large oak tree staying in one place but observing all around it. However, the function of this should be “breaking away” to be on one’s own. Too often, the difficulty of this is getting momentum. It’s rather harmonious. The sextile and quintile are within this phase.

First Quarter Phase comes at the waxing square between the two bodies. This is the most rebellious of all and no matter what signs the planets (or lights) are in, the person usually has an urge to disagree before agreeing. It’s a kind of adolescent energy (“Don’t tell ME what to do!”) But, within it is a trine, and once the degrees of separation reach that, it is usually more “talk” of rebellion rather than “action.”

The Gibbous Phase is comprised of late Leo and Virgo energies. There is a love of analysis, usefulness, and duty—but frustration when falling short of the “ideal.” [btw, my natal Moon IS in Virgo AND the Gibbous Phase, so I’ve had to work on a SUPER critical streak and desire for perfection all my life.  However, I also have Venus and Jupiter in Pisces and THEY are in Balsamic Phase….more Pisces. So you can see the conflict.] Within this phase is the sesquiquadrate (135 degrees), the bi-quintile (144 degrees, and if the two bodies in question actually are making this aspect, there is great talent) and the Quincunx (150 degrees).

The Full Phase has qualities of Libra and part of Scorpio which gives us the clue that it is about partnership. Two planets, no matter what signs they’re in, that are in Full Phase, will have an undercurrent “people pleasing” quality. After the opposition aspect at its beginning, the aspects begin to repeat in reverse order in waning phase, but there is more maturity in expressing them.

The Disseminating Phase could be called “the teacher.” The soul has a desire to share what it has learned and wants to “disseminate” its knowledge. Even though it ends at the waning square, that is really the beginning of the next phase; it is not an aggressive phase. The entire cycle is one of maturation.  We are constantly moving in experience from one phase to the other by way of the Progressed Moon and other progressions/solar arcs/transits, so at this point, one feels that s/he can put into action all that has been accumulated in experience.

The Third Quarter Phase brings in internal challenges to use what one has learned. Rebellion might flare up, but it’s handled maturely with an eye on further enlightenment.

The Balsamic Phase is the last one and equates to the second half of Aquarius and all of Pisces. There is reflection and assimilation of all one has learned through the cycle. Many people withdraw to reflect and prepare for the new cycle ahead. People born with planets in this phase have many Piscean qualities regardless of the signs the planets occupy.

This is the briefest of overviews. Buz Myers held an annual conference (still going on although he passed on over a decade ago) that emphasized this cycle. He wrote a book about it and so did Dane Rudhyar (“The Lunation Cycle” I think is the title). Buz had some interesting twists on this topic.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Most of the time when I'm consulting with clients, the main problems are either love life or money issues. In a effort to help with the latter, from now on for a year only, I'm offering clients 1/2 off consultations that are scheduled in your birthday month. So, anyone with birthdays in August can have that offer now.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Saturn square Neptune

Right now we are living through a long transit of Saturn Square Neptune which is affecting the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). When Saturn goes through Sagittarius (as it is now), dissatisfaction with the status quo is prominent.  Saturn represents “conflict, pain and doubt,” whereas, Sagittarius represents truthfulness, idealism, education, philosophy and anything connected with an organized society’s government and institutions.  Neptune represents spirituality, idealism, the collective and (if not well-aspected), illusion/delusion and confusion. When two planets like this square, it sets up a conflict between the two with the faster planet (Saturn, in this case) acting on the slower one.

One way to put it is that we are taking illusion/confusion (Neptune) seriously (Saturn) because we are having conflict, pain and doubt (Saturn) about our ideals (Neptune). In more simple terms, lies and delusion (Neptune) are being revealed and taken seriously (Saturn).  Possible things that happen are that we get very serious about being lied to, we begin to see the delusion, and it will be held to account. Saturn is also “discipline.” The square aspect is difficult, but it gets the job done. Under a trine, the problem might be seen, but nothing done about it. The square sets up an impatient tension to DO something. Over the last few weeks this was brought into focus by the nodes going over it, and then Mercury. Now Venus is joining in as well as Mars before the month’s end, and in less than a day from now, the Moon. The Moon would have triggered this several times a month, so it won’t be all that startling. However, when Mars conjoins Saturn, people usually act on their frustrations.  In the next two weeks, Mars will conjoin Saturn and square Neptune.  When that happens, people who have been experiencing the frustrations of this the most will act on it.

I can only address the Sun here, since not being able to know what is in everyone’s chart without looking, and those are people with the Sun in early Sagittarius (born in late November/early December, Sun in Pisces (very late February/early March), Sun in Gemini (late May/early June) and Virgo (late August/early September). However, millions will have these signs in other positions in their charts or the chart angles, so it can really affect many, many people. Usually, conjunctions of Mars and Saturn in challenging aspect to any point in a birth chart, indicates turning points that are very important.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Notice: Chelsea's date should be Feb. 27th. I used the right chart but typed the wrong date. Sorry. Blogspot has changed their format so much I don't know how to correct it.


Since we do not have a firm, verified time of birth for Hillary Clinton, I looked at Chelsea’s chart to get an idea of what is going on. She was born on Feb 22, 1980 at 11:24 pm in Little Rock, AR.  She recently gave birth to a son when her solar arc ascendant was conjoining natal Neptune, ruler of her fifth house (Koch houses). Chelsea has Scorpio rising (very common to have one’s rising sign in the Sun Sign of the mother). I won’t speculate on her private life, but the day after the election, a long standing applying aspect of progressed Mars square Uranus is triggered by transiting Mercury. Her Uranus is 25:34 Scorpio. Progressed Mars on that day is 25:53 Leo, retrograde. Transiting Mercury is 25 degrees Scorpio the day before and after.  She is surprised and angry about something. However, it looks more domestic to me, although fourth house (which Uranus rules in her chart) can indicate her mother. There are other partile aspects, but they appear to be more concerned with her personal life.

Recently, I saw a post about Hillary having a Chiropractor in Massachusetts that she used while vacationing there. There is a rumor that she said she was born around midnight, so I rectified its possibility (aligning dates of events in her life for that time). One time that fit events was12:03:41 am. But, keep in mind that rectification is like educated guessing and there are several times a day a person can be born and the chart will “work” for events. The problem is that this one has Leo rising, and her 8 pm birthtime has her Scorpio planets in the fifth house, which is similar. This one also has the Sun in the third house which is similar to Gemini rising, which is her 8 am rising sign.

I won’t waste time on a speculative chart going into all the details, but I do want to point out some things that do not rely on the time of birth all that much. First, this summer her progressed Sun and Mercury are squaring Neptune. Now, in all fairness, that CAN be bewilderment, but it can also be deception when BOTH the Sun and Mercury are involved. They will continue to activate that position because the Sun and Mercury will go on to square the progressed Neptune. The evening of the election, Jupiter is activating all this…conjoining the pr Neptune. At that time progressed Venus is trining pr Neptune, as well. Venus rules the MC of this chart, transiting Uranus is trine Saturn.

However, the most disturbing thing to me is this: She has natal Mercury square Saturn. By solar arc, that has moved to be almost in aspect to her Sun. If this chart is right, then Saturn would conjoin the Sun about ten months after the election. In this chart, it would probably be a serious illness. (Sun rules the ascendant and Mercury the sixth house.) With the 8 AM chart, it would be secret behind-the-scenes political dealings (Sun ruling 9th, in the 12th where the Saturn would be by solar arc), and if the PM chart, probably something more personal…like a concern for family. This is not a small matter. She isn’t going to *like* whatever is going on, and it is serious. Mercury is also involved in it, since it will be squaring that position. Whatever houses Mercury rules (in whichever chart) will be involved as well. As far as timing goes, the later in the day she was born, the further away from the election it will be happening, but within two years after the beginning of the new president’s term.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

USA now...

So much is happening right now, I took a look at the USA’s Sibley chart. Amazingly, right now, today, solar arc Mercury is exactly opposite natal Neptune. This represents lies and deception, period.  Mercury rules the 7th (the public) and the intercepted ninth (government). Moreover, the birth chart of the nation promises a deceptive government since Mars (in the 7th—public) is square Neptune (in the 9th—government). This means the country was destined to have a government that deceives the public.

[Many pundits over the years spread the rumor that the founding fathers used astrology to pick our “birth.” Of course, they didn’t know about Neptune then, but they DID know about Saturn, and I find it hard to believe they’d pick a time when it was square the Sun.]  

Neptune is intercepted (harder to expose) using Koch tables of houses; I didn’t look at  others. If you’ve followed my blogs, you know that I have a great concern about the USA’s natal Mars (21:23 Gemini) being in square aspect to natal Neptune (22:25 Virgo). Especially concerning is Mars in the 7th (public) and Neptune in the 9th (government). Mercury energizing this square by solar arc speaks to its being brought out right now. To reinforce that, progressed Sun is currently also being transited by Neptune and both about to square the chart’s ascendant.

Meanwhile, solar arc Saturn recently went over the USA’s descendant. It was exact about three months ago, but solar arcs are felt for a couple years. That speaks to depression of the public. We are having an increase of suicides, and the public is being repressed and disenfranchised more than ever. Transiting Saturn going over the Ascendant is not helping at all, but it does indicate a new cycle underway. After an eclipse on the USA Moon on August 18th, around August 24th, transiting Mars will finally catch up to transiting Saturn at 9 Sagittarius. It will be between an opposition to natal Uranus and conjoining the Ascendant. Mars/Saturn conjunctions are like a taut rubber band releasing its tension and snapping. Things “happen” when they join forces—not huge, like a war, but problems being exposed that cannot be further ignored. These two are retrograding back and forth on the USA ascendant now, building up the energy. Also, in late August (the 26th) transiting Uranus will square Mercury.  That is called the “know-it-all” aspect when one has no more patience and rebellion ensues. Uranus represents independence and freedom, and Mercury, verbal expression. They are associated in this chart with “the public” and also “government.”  A square represents conflict.

Sign changes
In about two months, solar arc and progressed MC will change signs, going from Taurus into Gemini. That will end about 30 years of the controlling elite being more interested in profits than policy. The shift is seldom sudden, but after that, gradually, they’ll become more focused on negotiation, education and ideas….at least they’ll have opportunities to do so and be inclined in that direction.  

Monday, February 29, 2016

Two topics

I have two topics this time. One is the importance of times of birth and the other is Donald Trump’s birth chart, whose time of birth we DO know.

I was surprised recently to see an article in a national astrological magazine about many of the candidates for president using untimed solar charts for most of them. For years and years I’ve been ranting about this topic because it is so important.  At the same time, I’ve even been guilty of it myself (but only in private writings like my blog or on Facebook) because you can glean enough to make it tempting to share what you CAN see. However, we keep on using these charts in publications as though it doesn’t matter all that much because we can glean so much from them. Even ads in magazines say “if you don’t know your birth time, we’ll use noon.”  It leaves the impression that a time of birth is not all that important. Well, maybe in some cases, but if we didn’t have a time of birth for Donald Trump, we’d miss the most important thing about him…that Mars rising in Leo square the MC. We would miss ALL of the house rulerships in anyone’s chart. It isn’t just the inaccuracy of the charts that bothers me, though. It’s the perception being perpetrated that it doesn’t matter. I even have people call me to ask for a chart interpretation who think that if I don’t have their time of birth, I can just use sunrise or noon, as if it’s an acceptable substitute.  In that case, I always, without exception, decline to do any paid work with a speculative chart. I’d feel like a fraud.

This became an important issue for me early in my career when I was just beginning to study it—roughly 1969. I was living in Brentwood, NY, and before I went to Lionel Day’s classes in Patchogue, NY, I took a correspondence course from the Rosicrucians. I had a friend who lived around the corner also taking the same course at the same time, so we spoke often and compared notes. One day she called me all excited because she had seen, first hand, the importance of houses. She had adult twins in her family who were born far enough apart that an important stellium in their charts had changed houses. One had it in the seventh house and the other in the eighth. The one who had the seventh house sustainment had just been caught cheating on his wife, and the other, with the eighth house emphasis had been caught embezzling money. The aspects were the same, but the crimes fit the appropriate houses.  In all these intervening years, I’ve witnessed the importance of houses over and over again. Not only do they show the place of activity, but also in a birth chart a planet in a house takes on qualities of the sign that house corresponds to—first house: Aries, second house: Taurus, etc. This is the basis of the late Zip Dobyns’ “alphabet” method of interpretation.  You can probably Google her name to get more information about this.

I’ve been a full time professional in this work since the 1970’s, and have endured insults and disrespect from the general public during all those years. It is not helping our profession to be perceived with any respect when we keep on taking untimed charts seriously just because “we can glean so much from them.” I don’t really believe we can glean enough to keep perpetrating the impression that it doesn’t matter. But I DO believe that if we don’t stop saying that we need a time of birth, and then ignoring it anyway, we’ll NEVER be taken seriously.

The “Donald”

Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 at 10:54 am EDT in Jamaica, NY. The most outstanding thing about his chart is the last few minutes of Leo rising with Mars at 26:47 Leo just above the ascendant. It also squares his MC at 24:22 Taurus. This does indicate an inexhaustible supply of energy, restlessness, aggressiveness and defensiveness, as well. If he had been born at another time that day, and we did not know that Mars was angular and square the MC, his temperament would be entirely different because it is otherwise well-aspected. For instance, it trines his Moon, which by itself, is very fair-minded and certainly not aggressive. But, the prominence of it on the ascendant—which is what we notice first in people—overwhelms the promise of that trine. Further overwhelming it is the Moon’s opposition to Uranus. If he had been born much later in the day—say, at least eight hours later—the Moon would not be opposing Uranus at all, which would change his habits considerably. 

Lunar Phase

Donald was born just before a full Moon. It is still in the Gibbous phase. The Gibbous phase is focused on perfection and can be hard to please. It might be the source of his propensity for evaluating women on the basis of attractiveness, or giving them numerical values such as “she’s a ‘ten’ or a ‘two’.” Also, he is noted for short changing workers by paying them “cents on the dollar” instead of the agreed on price for work rendered.  A Gibbous phase person can always find imperfections on which to base that. I know from experience because I’m not only a Gibbous phase, myself, but I also have the moon in Virgo. I’ve had to deliberately work on changing that habit. (And yes, I know I’m displaying it here. I think some things are important enough to bring it out and use it.) Only two or three hours later, his lunar phase would be full, which is quite different. That one has a Libran quality of wanting to be fair or eager to compromise. (The TIME of birth is what would change this.) We don’t see any of this kind of quality in Trump unless it is something he does privately.

 Most Importantly….

He has Venus conjunct Saturn, but also square Jupiter.  Venus rules his MC, his profession, but also his third (Koch tables), which is his manner of speaking and thinking. Generically, Venus is also one’s love life and values—which includes attitudes toward money. Saturn can be equated with “brakes” and Jupiter to the “accelerator.” When these are associated with the third house, it indicates habitual mind patterns of insecurity (the "brakes") coupled with excessive pride (the "accelerator"). This is one of the indications, too, of possible manic-depressive tendencies.  Saturn conjunct the ruler of the third is an indication of an inner fear one is not “good enough” or doesn't "know enough," and when Venus is the ruler, is “unloved.” Even if Venus did not rule the third, it is generically a feeling of not being lovable. The Jupiter square to the conjunction indicates over-compensation by having to have the “most” or the “best.” We see it in him every day.  Furthermore, he has a very close square of Mercury to Neptune—only an orb of three degrees. (I wonder what happened to him at age three!) This is possible delusional thinking, sometimes a loose acquaintance with the truth, but, although to be fair, it can be indicative of psychic abilities, albeit not very reliable when it’s a square. When I know someone has a Mercury/Neptune stressful aspect in their chart, I verify whatever they may say if it’s important.  It actually indicates a vivid imagination that has loose boundaries. It can be excellent for writing fiction.

We all know that when someone can “never be wrong” or can never apologize, there is an ego problem. We see this quite a bit in charts with stressed Leo planets or angles. He is a classic example of this, although, once again, if we did not have his TIME of birth, it might not be noticeable at all just from a generic chart.

And the future?

One thing I find very reliable is the status of a person’s progressed lunar phase. Usually, when it is a new phase, there is a new beginning, and the phase preceding it, the balsamic, is a time of reflection. There are eight of these phases, and you can almost outline a life with them. The balsamic phase is one of reflection, going over the last roughly 24 1/2 to 28 years and asking oneself what was learned. How would we do it all differently?  On April 12th, Donald Trump’s progressed lunar phase enters the Balsamic phase time. It will last roughly 3 ½ years. That is NOT usually a time of new prestigious beginnings, but one of reflection—introspection—no matter how it looks outwardly. His progressed Sun conjoins the ascendant July 25th, right after the republican convention, so he will probably get the republican nomination, but it changes signs, going into humble Virgo, on August 5th. Usually, there is a major personality shift when the progressed Sun changes signs, roughly every 30 years. August 18th an eclipse will be opposing his Mars, and the next day progressed Mercury conjoins progressed Pluto, although he is already feeling that! It’s a major aspect and indicates obsessive, controlling thinking. It can be pretty brutal. If he does get the nomination, whether he wins the presidency or not, he’ll find out that the country cannot be run like a business with an all-powerful CEO. It doesn’t work that way.

The eclipse on March 8th will trigger his Sun/Moon opposition, and it is worth noting that his secondary progressed Uranus is only four minutes past opposing his natal Moon right now. Touchy! Solar arc Uranus is only ten minutes past squaring his natal MC. He’s very nervous about unexpected revelations about events in his business dealings and things becoming public (Uranus rules his seventh). Mars has been in the last degrees of Scorpio and is squaring his natal Mars/Ascendant plus his progressed Sun. He’s about to become very, very angry if not there already.

And last, Saturn is transiting his fourth house. That is not indicative of a pinnacle of success, as the presidency would be. Mars is also transiting there, and the last ten days of August are important because there will be a Mars/Saturn conjunction at nine degrees of Sagittarius. It will quincunx his Mercury which rules his second house (Koch system) and intercepted tenth. I would expect that he tallies his losses at that time and realizes that this is costing him more than he expected.  Since I’m prejudiced in favor of Bernie, I won’t speculate on who wins the election until we know who the democratic candidate will be.