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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


We all know by now that on November 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm in Paris, France, terrorists bombed multiple spots in the city. This went on until after midnight. Plenty has been written about it in terms of transits and progressions, but I haven’t seen anything regarding the tertiary progressions.

I’ve told the story many times about how I came to include the tertiary progressions in all client work roughly a decade ago. I had been very, very, VERY tired for a month, but had no illness. I couldn’t find any indication of it in my chart, but when I did the tertiary progressions, there it was! Tertiary ascendant conjoining natal Saturn, and the definition of it was “fatigue.” It lasted a month, the time that it took for the tertiary ascendant to move off the Saturn. This is just to show you how much I like tertiary progressions…it has nothing to do with Paris.

I looked at both the original French chart in the Book of World Horoscopes (by Nicolas Campion) and the most recent, Oct. 6, 1958 at 6:30 PM CET, Paris, Fr. That was when the state seal was affixed to a new constitution. The first one he lists is Sep 21, 1792, 3:20 pm LMT, Paris. That one works somewhat, but mostly with midpoints.  The most recent one has some dramatic contacts. For instance, the tertiary moon (which moves a degree every TWO DAYS) was opposing the MC within 11 minutes of a degree when the attacks first began at 9:20 pm on November 13th. That’s spectacular. 

Since I’ll probably write a much longer article about this for a magazine, I will just point out a few things. Besides the dramatic position of the tertiary Moon, the tertiary Mars (explosives) had moved to 17:37 Cancer. Mars has a midpoint “tree” that shows it to be exactly-to-the-minute aspecting the midpoint between the Moon and Mercury and shares this with Pluto as well. Mars and Pluto together represent explosives. At that point in Cancer it was triggering the midpoints of Mercury/Ascendant, Sun/South Node, and MARS/PLUTO. In other words, Mars by tertiary progression had moved to the midpoint between itself and Pluto, which are tightly square in the natal chart. What that means basically, is that France is prone to violence, and the tertiary Mars position at that time was triggering it.

Transiting Pluto (explosives) is transiting square natal Mercury and was just 17 minutes from squaring Mercury exactly during the event.  Solar arc Uranus was only 21 minutes from conjoining the Sun, which is sudden, unexpected surprise. I’m always so stunned at how charts show what is happening, I have to wonder how much of our lives and history is really planned ahead for us.

Monday, September 14, 2015

What is REALLY Going on with “the Donald?”

I read somewhere recently that Donald Trump once said that when he was after investors for a project, he would take them to the construction site where he had told workers to “look busy”…i.e. “move dirt around if that’s all you can do.” He has Neptune square Mercury with a 3 degree orb, and although that can be used positively, it usually isn’t. It’s a deceptive mind—very fluid and imaginative.  Further, it is in Cancer, which is an emotional mind and very sensitive. 
       Trump’s birth data, according to “Astrodatabank,” is from his birth certificate and is considered reliable—Rodden’s AA rating. He was born June 14, 1946 in Queens, NY at 10:54 a.m. Many would say, with the last few minutes of Leo rising, that it is too close to Virgo to be “pure,” but that is nonsense according to most literature that I’ve read and from over 45 years of observation. It is conjunct the fixed star, Regulus, with only a six minute orb. This is a natural ability to appear “regal” but more importantly, his progressed Sun is within minutes of that position right now and will change signs in about ten and a half months. To add to his sense of regal importance, he was also born with Mars at 26:47 Leo, in a feisty conjunction with the Ascendant and square the MC. We can see him projecting this all the time. That often is exaggerated defensive pride.
         He was born just before the full Moon with Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius. It is, however, still in Gibbous phase, and that is where he potentially has some ability handling detail since that part of the Gibbous phase has Virgo characteristics.  However, the Sun is conjoining Uranus and the Moon opposing it, so his need to be “free” to do his own thing, would probably lean him toward being extremely subjective in drawing conclusions. The extreme confidence is further shown by the Sun and Moon being in positive aspect to Jupiter. By the way, progressed Jupiter has been holding a lovely trine to his natal Sun all his life, but it is also currently within four minutes of squaring natal Saturn. It always did, but is getting very close to partile (being exact) now. It moves so slowly, it is not going to indicate an “event” but, rather, bring out the natal pattern’s promise, which is a tendency to extreme swings in mood and an undermining of confidence.  
          And what is the natal promise? Donald has a sad side that we don’t see. He was born with Venus conjoining Saturn in Cancer, both square retrograde Jupiter. By the Koch system of houses, Venus rules his third and tenth houses—his conscious thought processes and public image (and other tenth house designations: father, career, reputation, etc.) Usually, Venus conjoining Saturn indicates fear of loss of money (or whatever one most values), most often leading to a poverty consciousness. I was surprised to see it, but given the Neptune/Mercury connection, it would be easy to conclude that he isn’t as rich as he says he is, and greatly fears loss. And with defensive Mars so prominently placed in Leo, he’d defend his deceptions infinitely.
         Saturn rules his fifth house—his children, creativity, ego and love life and other related fifth house issues. I believe he chooses wives for the “public image” that they would bestow upon him (ruler of the seventh, Uranus, in the tenth conjunct the Sun, ruler of the ascendant). But, since Saturn conjoins Venus, ruler of the third and tenth, he may feel they have nothing in common with him (or anything to talk about). I don’t think he has ever felt truly loved, starting with his father.  He has Venus in Cancer—a need for “mothering,” but Saturn there would limit fulfillment of that need.  He did have strong ties to his mother (Moon in fourth, trine Mars and Ascendant and sextile Jupiter), but she was sometimes unpredictable (Moon opposing Uranus). I have no evidence from his life  about that—just the chart.
What’s ahead?

Saturn leaves Scorpio on Sept. 17th. It will not return to that sign for at least 26 years. (The cycle of Saturn is approximately 28 years, and it spends about 2 ½ years in a sign, going from one to the other in order.) It has been my experience that it is intense while in that sign, and often brings discipline to those who deceive or participate in controlling behavior. Sagittarius is about honesty, idealism, and on the mundane level rules laws and regulations. I’ve notice already that Virginia is pushing to get rid of gerrymandering, which would be a great step in that direction.
        Since Trump has the last degree of Leo rising PLUS progressed Sun just about to conjoin it, Saturn has been in orb of a square (90 degrees) to both over the last three months. Furthermore, it is moving through his fourth house, which is indicative of a person who is basically unsure of himself right now and building a new personal foundation. By September 17th, much will change for him even if it is not immediately apparent publically since he is a good actor. His ego (in his view) has taken some hits for the last month since Saturn has been square the Ascendant and progressed Sun. One usually has inner “conflict, pain and doubt” (as my teacher, Gina Ceaglio, expressed it) with those energies in play. We see evidence of this in his late night tweets. Most of the time, furthermore, Saturn is nearing the MC (10th house cusp) when people rise to something as prominent as the presidency. The fourth house is more about building new foundations on a personal level.  They build anew, and he will have to since his TV shows have been cancelled. He isn’t due to reach a new pinnacle for another 14 years.
        But, that’s not all. His progressed Moon is at 6:27 Cancer. It has been square Neptune (and is about to square progressed Neptune in about two weeks) and in 2 ½ months will conjoin Mercury. In other words, his Mercury/Neptune square is now being triggered by the progressed Moon. It is bringing out his deceptive side, but also indicates confusion and a lack of clarity.
         There is much more, but I cannot delay posting this, and I cannot type for long periods with my broken wrist.