The Bromance of Trump and Putin – and the Phone Call, Jan. 28, 2017

There definitely is a strong connection from Donald Trump’s Natal chart to the Natal chart of Vladimir Putin. They have a Conjunction together that is exact to the minute! Shown circled in red in the chart is Trump’s Jupiter at 17 Libra 27, and Putin’s Saturn at 17 Libra 27′.  The Sabian Symbol of this degree is quite astonishing as well, it is 18 degrees Libra, Two men placed under arrest. The original symbol is: Two men are placed under arrest and taken away to give an accounting for their acts before a tribunal of society.  TRUMP_PUTIN2

LIBRA 18 Two men placed under arrest This is a symbol of the maximum demand that may be made of any individual for self-consistency, and of the absoluteness of compulsions on human nature to provide a balance between inner and outer capacities. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is the importance of the self’s responsibility to its own essential characteristics, not as a limitation arising from the role it plays in life but as the necessity that the potentials of value in any given situation be brought to some point of immediate and effective function. The keyword is CONSEQUENCE. When positive, the degree is a heightened challenge to every special talent, and when nega­tive, total inappropriateness of impulse and act.

For Trump, Putin’s Saturn on his Jupiter stimulates his personal resources. The planet is in the sign Libra in the 2nd house of personal resources, and it is retrograde. This keeps the details of his financial interactions with others a very subjective matter. He is not inclined to be as forthcoming as Jupiter usually is known for. The planet does make a Trine to his Sun in the 10th and very near the 11th cusp to give testimony to great potentials for being able to persoTRUMPputinJan28nally benefit in his position in life in terms of career, and also benefit tremendously in connection with his own peer group.

Trump is often making the statement that it would be nice to get along with Russia. That seems to go well with his stimulated Jupiter by the leader of a communist country. However, it has raised the question of whether there already is or has been a connection between these two men and the two countries. With Saturn being the planet identifying Putin, it would seem that there are very particular requirements that may be made in the relationship – as Saturn is more withholding than the normally outgoing and often over-enthusiastic nature of Jupiter would have it. But Putin’s Saturn can be stabilizing to Trump’s Jupiter, and may give a definite focus of where the energies are pointing in the Bromance between the two.

On January 28, 2017, there was a phone conversation between Trump and Putin, and Michael Flynn was also on the conference call.  The chart #2 shows Transiting Jupiter setting off Trump’s Natal Square between the planetary pair of Motivation and conscience, Jupiter and Saturn. These two planets in Square aspect in a Natal chart create a situation where the native is constantly under scrutiny. In Conjunction, Square and Opposition in a Natal chart, they indicate a Sharp Destiny*, where the native must conscientiously live up to a dignified moral behavior or be called on the carpet continually to draw his or her consciousness to an understanding of higher levels of conduct.

Apparently the rumors of an unlawful exchange of dialogue between Michael Flynn and the Russian Ambassador to the United States over sanctions had Trump concerned enough to contact the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.TrumpPutin

That very day, the Transit Sun was exactly Opposite Trump’s Natal Pluto in the 12th house. The conversation was behind the scenes as the 12th house would indicate. The conversation must have been delving quite deeply in the issue of something preoccupying the three participants of the call, as Pluto is the planet with the keyword of Obsession or preoccupation with matters that are beyond one’s personal control. The intrigue and suspicion engendered by the entire election hacking scenario has everyone waiting to see more information surface, most likely that will be in early March when Trump’s Progressed Moon opposes the US Natal Pluto.

Transit Saturn was creeping up in orb of Conjunction with Putin’s Natal Mars around the time of the call, which is in a convenient Trine aspect with the Natal Mars in Trump’s chart. The aspect is exact around February 18th.

This is the beginning of at least a fPutinTrumpour year run with Trump as President of the United States. Will Putin have something to do with Trump’s reelection in four years when his Progressed Sun comes to rest opposite Trump’s Natal Sun? See chart #3 and the red line pointing to both a Conjunction of Putin’s Progressed Sun coming to Trump’s Natal Moon in three years, and then to the Opposition to Trump’s Sun shortly after. What could this Solar exchange indicate for the future? Perhaps we will be getting a feel for what it means as things develop – we are just getting started. In this chart we also see that Putin’s Progressed Moon will be making a Conjunction with Trump’s Neptune in approximately five months. Then in about a year and a half, Putin’s Progressed Moon will be Conjunct Trump’s Natal Jupiter and it will set off the Bromance Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction between the two leaders.

To bring things to even more interesting focus, Trump’s Progressed Venus, shown in chart #4, comes to Conjunct the same Jupiter/Saturn Two men placed under arrest mutual zodiacal point at approximately the same time as Putin’s Progressed Moon, shown in chart #3, approaches the ominous or auspicious degree.


“Jupiter and Saturn in square aspect indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually suffers very immediate consequences of even the least neglect or abuse of his own potentials. He finds he must fight continuously for the ideals in which he has come to take the most consistent interest, and also learns that his conscious well-being is wholly dependent on the moral struggles in which he becomes involved almost inevitably at every stage of his experience. . . . . Personal existence under this configuration can become either a great opportunity or else a gradual disintegration of the soul in the very core of itself.” (page 124, Essentials of Astrological Analysis)



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Trump’s Progressed Moon Opposite US Natal Pluto and its 248 Year Return

The United States birth chart acts as the template for the potentials and destiny of its people. The chart of the president of the nation also maps its potentials through forecasting events, policies and their outcomes through Transits and Progressions to the president’s natal planetary positions. President Trump is the present surrogate leader of the country, and therefore lends his natal chart to the populous. The chart shown here has Trump’s natal planets in the center wheel, his progressions in the middle wheel and the US natal configurations in the outer wheel.  It is important to simultaneously research each individual chart; Trump’s Natal and the US Natal, for Transit and Progressed aspects and eclipses. Although these charts can be examined separately, multiple levels of interacting configurations often reveal nuances otherwise difficult to pinpoint from only one chart on its own. A cross-comparison of charts is one of the subjects of this post. (For an examination of the presidential inaugural horoscope see post: US Inaugural Chart January 20, 2017.)

There are planetary Aspects currently active between the two charts mentioned above. The very intense and tense situation between US political parties is laid bare by these very significant Aspects. Shown with a red line from the middle wheel to the outer:  Trump’s Progressed Moon at 26 Cancer 34, that will make an exact Opposition aspect to the US Natal Pluto on or about March 8, 2017. However, Aspects are not only in effect at the time they are exact, they are also in effect in advance, and for a period of time after. In the case of a Progressed Moon, one can track the events approximately one month before and after the exact Aspect. This means that as of February 8, or thereabouts, some significant issue/s can be paired with this Progression of short duration.

Below is a list of the Executive Orders that were signed at the beginning of the Moon Progression that could be significant and in the news during or around the exact Aspect:

Feb 9 – Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
Feb 9 – Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
Feb 9 – Enforcing Federal Law With Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
Feb 9 – Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice

Below is a list of a few of the events surfacing around February 8 concerning Flynn’s connection with the Russian Ambassador to the US:

Feb. 8 – Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin conduct an hour-long telephone call, attended by Mr. Flynn.
Feb. 9 – Mr. Flynn denies discussing sanctions with Mr. Kislyak in an interview with The Washington Post.
Feb. 9 – The Washington Post and The New York Times report that Mr. Flynn discussed American sanctions against Russia with Mr. Kislyak, contradicting previous statements about the phone call.
Feb. 10 – Mr. Flynn tells The Washington Post  that “while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
Feb 13 – Mr. Flynn resigns as national security adviser. (Actually asked to resign by Trump.)

The connection of Trump with Putin and his aids, officials and advisers allegedly in contact with Russia during and after the Trump campaign gives rise to the notion that this particular series of events could actually be the one to watch in regards to the important Trump Progressed Moon Opposite the US chart’s Natal Pluto. Perhaps the gathering interest in Congress to probe the details of this concern will be brought to a head at the exact aspect around March 8 or 9.

Pluto’s keyword in Progressions is PROBITY, the definition being, “The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty, decency and integrity.” Many Democrats, and some Republicans believe the push-back to the administration’s policies is caused by a question of such qualities of character to be lacking in the President’s demeanor and of those in positions of influence around him. In time the true nature of the administration’s members will be revealed.

ADDITIONAL ASPECTS and their definitions:

Circled in red at the top of the chart is Uranus in Trump’s progressions making a Conjunction with the US Natal Mars. This is perhaps one of the strongest indications for the Excitation (Mars’ keyword) induced by Trump’s rhetoric for the people of the US who believe he will be the answer to their needs. It is also the aspect that creates antagonism with those who are opposed to his policies. Mars points to initiative and excitation, but when frustrated it calls out anger and resistance.

Trump’s consistent erratic statements and actions correspond to the very longtime Progressed Uranus Conjunct Natal Sun. Trump’s Natal Uranus is the Leading Planet in his Temperament Type, showing him to be eccentric and experimentative in nature. This is also an indication of genius, although in this case not a very obvious manifestation. It most likely shows him a maverick and an iconoclast, rather than the heroic individual Uranus more pleasantly exemplifies.

It can be seen in the chart with the blue circles and lines that during the month of November 2016, Trump’s Progressed Moon was Conjunct his Natal Venus. As well, Trump’s Progressed Sun came out of hiding from the 12th house to Conjunct his Natal Ascendant. These two aspects correspond to his good fortune in being elected to office.

Shown in red circles and lines is Progressed Moon Opposite US Natal Pluto. As mentioned earlier it corresponds to the public’s concern over possible collusion with Russia during the Trump campaign period. Exaggerations of unlawful events perpetrated by the democratic candidate could easily have been instigated by underhanded means for which Pluto is notorious.

Circled in purple and connected with a line is the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 (not shown in the chart), coming to Conjunct Trump’s Natal Mars as it Opposes the US Natal Moon. The eclipse is at 28 Leo 53, and within the allowable orb of 5 degrees. Trump’s Natal Mars is Opposed by the US Natal Moon. The public (Moon) will always be scrutinizing Trump’s actions (Mars). The Eclipse will most definitely drop something from the political agenda, if not being a threat to the presidency itself.

Circled in green in the 2nd house is Trump’s Progressed Venus coming to Conjunct his Natal Jupiter in 2019-20. This indicates that we may see a revelation in terms of Trump’s financials at that time. There is often good fortune attached to indications involving the benefics in Progression. With the US Natal Saturn always close by Trump’s Jupiter, the situation may always remain a bit stressed. The pressure to reveal his tax returns may always cloud the dynamic between the populous and Trump in regards to his personal income and possible business holdings with Russian officials or private nationals.

ASPECT UPDATE March 4 – four days before the exact Moon Progressed Opposition:

  1. Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower
  2. Troupes on the ground in Syria




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JOBAMA – The Bromance of Barak Obama and Joe Biden


Why are Barak Obama and Joe Biden attracted to one another? It’s chemistry! And it can be seen with a comparison of their horoscopes. When planets in one horoscope makes contact aspects with the planets in another chart, it facilitates relationship potentials. This does not guarantee that the relationship will be long-lasting or even that there will be a relationship at all. It simply means that if there is an interest in developing connections between two people, the planet’s characteristics and meanings become indicative of the interaction that will develop. Bromance4

Here is what to look for between two charts being analysed: One planet or more in Conjunction with a planet in the related chart within 1 degree of orb. And/or, one planet or more in Opposition to a planet in the related chart within 1 degree of orb.

In Chart 1, Biden’s Uranus is making a Conjunction aspect with Obama’s Moon. This helps Obama absorb, through his feelings, the unique and intelligent contribution of Biden’s advice. Biden’s Jupiter makes an Opposition to Obama’s Saturn, which receives the older man’s direction in a mature and sensitive manner. It is rather obvious by these aspects that Obama depended quite heavily on his second-in-command, for information and guidance. And Biden experienced much gratification in being Obama’s right-hand-man, shown by the personally gratifying presence of Jupiter stimulated and being stimulated by an Opposition between charts.

In the reverse, showing Joe Biden in the inner wheejo_barak2l and Obama’s chart in the outer of Chart 2, we see that Obama’s Moon lies directly on Biden’s 7th house cusp. Here is a delightful indication of an emotionally reciprocal appreciation for the partnership, as the 7th house is the place of partnership. Biden’s Uranus Conjunct his own Descendant shows that the native draws unique and unusual partners. Obama’s Moon, meaning his feelings, are inspired by Biden’s special brand of genius – represented by Uranus.

The blue lines in chart 2 show a very unique configuration. Biden’s Progressed Sun has come to make an Opposition to Obama’s Natal Sun. Often it is seen that an active relationship occurs when an individual’s Progressed planet moves to make an aspect with another individual’s Natal planet. It is especially powerful when it is the same planet and when it is the Opposition aspect. The Conjunction aspect is strong when people are together, but the Opposition aspectBromance copy actually has the energy to draw and keep together the dynamic between the two parties involved.

Here in chart 3 and also in the ephemeris graph, we see that Obama’s Progressed Jupiter is slowing down to make a slightly wide orb Opposition to Joe Biden’s Natal Jupiter. Here is the Progression that has been in effect over the years they spent together in the White House. A mutual planet is at play again between these individuals, and again it is the Opposition aspect that attracts and holds the relationship in balance. And this is great testimony to the Jupiterian good fortune bestowed upon them by the mysterious maneuvers revealed through the dynamic progressions. It is a overt give-and-take, sharing of potentials, made possible through the outreaching Greater Benefic Jupiter.

The ephemeris graph shows Jupiter Stationary Direct in correspondence to Barak Obama’s reelection year at the age of 52. Again true-to-form, Jupiter’s good fortune presented the pair with a second term of office as President and Vice President of the United States of America. Stations in Progression are always a sign of great adjustment and change. In this case it was not so much change, but a great boost in morale for the team of two. This gave Obama the confidence that he had the support of the nation behind1961ephemeris him, and he could now go forward with assurance, synchronous with Jupiter’s going Direct, to continue bringing benefits when and where he could, to those to whom he was in service – the American people.







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US Inauguration Chart – January 20, 2017

Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds a bible during his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds a bible during his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A side note first: Take a look at Trump’s right hand which indicates the conscious mind and outward interaction with others in hand analysis. When the fingers are held closely together, there is a tendency to keep one’s own council and to hold one’s true thoughts and feelings private. It also reveals one who does not let money flow easily through his hands. The little finger or “pinky” positioned away from the others denotes one who acts independently of environmental pressures. It’s a person wanting to run with the ball and not be caught-up with pleasing the needs and desires of others.

An event that marks the beginning of affairs in the life of a person or nation is described by the potentials of its corresponding horoscope until the entity is dissolved. As well, the chart of an individual who is appointed as the head of an organization or government, lends, so to speak, their horoscope to that entity as a surrogate leader. In the case of the 45th President of the United States, we will need to follow the actions of that leading individual, and track those actions, point by point, with the planetary aspects of his natal chart that correspond to events throughout his term of office. We will follow the dynamic features of the Inaugural chart as well, and take note of the auspicious signs of change that can be charted through significant Transits and Progressions. innaguration2

First we will discuss the potentials of the 2017 US inauguration chart which shows very interesting promise. There is a powerful T-cross that brings forward a Point Focus Pluto that will be slowing to Station Retrograde on April 21, 2017 at 19:24 Capricorn in the Sabian degree of;  A hidden choir singing.* On September 29 of this year, Pluto will Station to go Direct at 16:51 Capricorn in a 4 degree orb of Opposition with the US natal Sun. At the same time, it will complete a T-cross by forming a Square to the US natal Saturn in the 2nd house. The Sabian degree is 15 Libra, Circular Paths.**

Pluto in Point Focus of a T-cross creates a situation that is almost out of control of those who are in control. Pluto is a planet that rules all the isms and collective accumulation of knowledge and experience. It rules all things that are below the level of the conscious mind as well as all things that transcend the conditioned mind. Extremes are its typical self-expression, and this can be seen in the total dedication to their own perspectives, of all who are on either side of the political aisle. The nation is polarized, because of a matter of the division of beliefs and ideals. The pompous name-calling and verbal degradation handed out by the new president in order to get votes has created the massive backlash seen in the protests that took place worldwide the day after his inauguration.

There are already reversals, which is a Pluto type of behavior, in the promises made during the Trump campaign. For example: instead of keeping the Clintons at a distance at the inaugural luncheon, which would be keeping in line with his promise to initiate an investigation into Hillary’s alleged email mishandlings, there was actually praising and considerations given to them as a gesture of comradery, as if none of the threats and rantings in the campaign matter now that he’s reached his goal. This is typical Pluto behavior, inspite of the Keyword Probity for a heightened meaning of the planet in Progressions. At this point we are discussing a Transit, but the meanings can overlap when convenient. Watching the coming Transits will be very captivating entertainment indeed. However, the real point in any definition of Pluto is getting to the bottom of truth. Be it the truth found in the facts of general experience, or truth as it relates to the integrity of moral and transcendental character.

The Grand Sextile, shown by the faint green lines, as well as the T-cross in the chart shows that there is the potential for forward moving and supported ease in getting things done for this new administration. Venus, the ruler of the ascendant is in Sexile with the ascendant, as well as in Sextile to Point Focus Pluto. Then there is the Sextile from Pluto to the Moon, which makes Trines to Neptune and Venus. These two Focal Determinators, the T-cross and Grand Sextile, define a complex of planetary cooperation in the whiplash of release of potentials of the first mentioned, that ultimately leads to a chain-linked efficiency in carrying out of plans.

The Moon makes no challenging Oppositions to other planets, but the Sun does make a Square to the Moon’s position in the 6th house of troublesome concerns and the accompanying extreme effort needed to get things accomplished. There is an equal balance between the “sweet” aspects and the harsh. And although the planets of moral character, Jupiter and Saturn, are in Sextile in this event chart of January 20th, both Trump and the US charts are under the influence of a Sharp Destiny because this pair is in Square in their natal wheels.

The consciousness sustains itself in one of two principle forms. Either by a life with its determination already set on or before birth indicating a SHARP DESTINY or the LOOSE DESTINY where there is little predestined in its development. The Conjunction, Square and Opposition of the pair of Motivation, Jupiter and Saturn, are a sharp destiny. The Sextile and Trine of the two planets point to a loose destiny.

Here is what Marc Jones has to say about the Sharp Destiny when the pair are in Square aspect, as in Trump’s and the US charts:

“Jupiter and Saturn in square aspect indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually suffers very immediate consequences of even the least neglect or abuse of his own potentials. He finds he must fight continuously for the ideals in which he has come to take the most consistent interest, and also learns that his conscious well-being is wholly dependent on the moral struggles in which he becomes involved almost inevitably at every stage of his experience. . . . . Personal existence under this configuration can become either a great opportunity or else a gradual disintegration of the soul in the very core of itself.” (page 124, Essentials of Astrological Analysis)

Other posts on the subject of Sharp Destiny can be found through placing Sharp Destiny in the search on this blog.

Now for a look at the horoscope with the 4 wheels of the Trump, US, Trump Progressions and Inaugural Transit charts. The most outstanding feature of this conglomerate is the Progression of Trump’s Uranus making a Conjunction with the Mars in the US chart. It also activates his own chart with a Progressed Opposition to his Natal Moon and a Conjunction with his Natal Sun. Basically this Uranus Transit stimulates the potentials of his Natal Sun/Moon Opposition. The planets of Vitality are at odds with each other and this manifests in inner conflict as to where to put one’s energies to work. Although it may seem that Trump has a handle on his daily affairs, in reality, there is a constant struggle going on internally that is most often not apparent to the casual observer.
Here is what Marc Jones has to say about the Opposition of the Lights:

“. . . . . an inherent over-conscientiousness of self tends to defeat the native in everything he attempts. This is due primarily to a vacillation between conflicting requirements of his will or purpose on the one side, and his feelings or more immediate and transient inclinations on the other.” (page 116, Essentials of Astrological Analysis)

As well, Uranus in Trump’s horoscope is in High Focus and so this Progression is all the more important. Since Uranus is a slow moving planet this is a circumstance and stress that will remain throughout his term and beyond.

The Mars, as well as all the other planets in the US chart represent the American people. Their initiative (Mars) and their concern and reaction to crises is found in its position in the interrelating wheels, and that is that it is at the crux of Trump’s natal and Progressed dynamic. It is not surprising that with Trump’s unusual (Uranus) behavior prior to election, that the masses (Point Focus Pluto in the Inaugural chart) have come to protest in anger (Mar) his policy promises. His basic core self indicated by the Sun that is catching all the simulation from the Moon Opposite to the US Mars and Progressed Uranus, is in 23 degrees of Gemini with a Sabian Symbol of, Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree. The original symbol seen by Elsie Wheeler is, Three fledglings, secure in their nest high in the tree, already reveal the deep pride of their heritage. Sounds a bit more exclusive and truly representative of Trump’s high class life style than the edited Marc Jones version.

The symbol’s keyword is ELEVATION. Its positive expression is, “an unconditioned creativity exalted to the point of complete freedom from any immediate involvement.” Its negative expression is,  “psychological witlessness and a false sense of release of responsibility.” These positive and negative expressions show clearly that Trump does not feel the necessity to live by the rules other citizens of the US are subject to. This, because of his privileged upbringing that had him up a tree since birth. It remains to be seen if he will reveal his tax returns as other presidents in the past were compelled to do. Here is the power and insight that can be gleaned through the use of the Sabian Symbols integrated with the other essential components of the horoscope.

Shown with the faint red lines, and as mentioned above, the Transit of Pluto in wide orb of Opposition to the US Sun degree and Squaring its Natal Saturn puts an emphasis on the Purpose of the American people (Sun) as well as a serious look at its own moral standing in the eyes of the world at large. This is indicated by the US Saturn that has become temporarily in Point Focus while Pluto makes its important Transit Squaring it. The Saturn Sabian Symbol degree becomes front and center for a time, and its degree is Libra 15, Circular paths. The symbol in its entirety can be read below. The symbol’s reference to, Man and his world may seem completely at variance with each other at some point of crisis, but inevitably everything falls into place., shows that in spite of difficulties that will constantly be a part of Trump’s administration, there is hope that all will turn out well. The general public and their concerns, as the US Saturn represents in the chart, will keep its eye on developments. The promise to do so came forth through the masses’ nationwide message sent out to all on the day after Trump officially took office. That message was synchronous with the event’s Point Focus Pluto. Trump’s followers and loyals have only to wait and see if the man they have empowered is the man that will come through in the end.

*CAPRICORN 20 A hidden choir singing This is a symbol of the eternal music of the spheres, and is an emphasis on the ideality of experience as at root a symphony of cosmic recon­ciliations. The differences of individual character which have contributed to a person’s initiative and a conscious selfhood are here brought to their point of ultimate and single source in an over-all existence, and each and every element of inharmony is reordered as a participating distinctiveness of the whole. All men are at one in the universal pattern. The key­word is WORSHIP. When positive, the degree is a unique gift for establishing a common interest and making it a power for the good of all, and when negative, personal aloofness and lukewarm loyalties.

**LIBRA 15 Circular paths This is a symbol of subjective ful­fillment through a thoroughness of participation in experience, here dramatized by every individual’s gift for remaining true to himself at center. There are interminable repetitions in the events of personal life, but the consciousness ever holds to its orbit and the realization must remain constant. Man and his world may seem completely at variance with each other at some point of crisis, but inevitably everything falls into place. The keyword is CONGRUITY. When positive, the degree is a rather extraordinary facility in self-adjustment or practical reorienta­tion, and when negative, a tendency to think in circles and to lose all perspective in inconsequentialities.




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Rupert Sheldrake’s Morphogenetic Field Theory as it Relates to Planetary Patterns


Planetary Patterns form as planets aggregate in unique groupings while orbiting the Sun. Seen from the Earth’s perspective, these seven recognizable shapes are the matrix for the five major aspects in astrology; the Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine and Opposition. The patterns are in constant flux, due to the varying speeds of the planets themselves. The three very slow-moving outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, represent the base notes of the solar system so to speak, and they chart the gradual development of evolving life on Earth. They identify the nature of humanity’s group orientations, as they transform from religious and culturally cloistered pockets of activity which Jupiter and Saturn represent, to a broader and more universal and all-inclusive conscious self-awareness. In some respects, they are the unconscious motivating forces at work in humanity’s evolution from darkness to Light. But for the seeker of life’s meaning, they encourage an upward movement from subterranean levels of autonomic behavior to elevated and refined states of conscious being.

The outer planets are the harbingers of consciousness transformation, which then becomes the stable foundation of Universal Mind. In contrast, the swifter moving planets are associated with the more personal attributes of human character, and point to habits of daily living and convenience. The diagram above shows examples of the ideal formations of the seven Planetary Patterns. SS

These seven basic Planetary Patterns represent humanity’s diverse modes of responding to life as a whole. That is why they are also called Temperament Types. They refer to human emotional and behavioral responses to local environmental stimulus, and to the world and universe in general. To identify the way in which an individual is prone to view and respond to outer conditions, one must identify the pattern of the planets in their particular horoscope. This can be challenging at times when the planetary groupings take on a kaleidoscopic imagery as they move out of and into succeeding patterns. The mass of humanity does not wait for an ideal pattern to form in the solar system when they incarnate. But with a bit of analytical work on the chart, the Temperament Type can be identified and used as a tool to decipher potentialities.

The simplest transition from one pattern to another can be seen in regards to the Bowl shape as it morphs into the Bucket pattern. The Moon is the swiftest of the moving bodies in the astrological solar system. It cycles the Signs of the Year (zodiac) once a month, and it plays the role of the Handle of a Bucket pattern when opposite the Bowl segment. It becomes the Bowl Temperament once again when it moves back into the more populated half circle. The challenge in defining this Temperament comes when the Moon as a Handle is not quite perpendicular to the center of the Bowl. Further analysis brings into play the nuances of the Temperament. The chapter on the Temperament Types in The Essentials of Astrological Analysis will assist in understanding the fine details of the seven Types.

How do the planets and their electromagnetic fields relate to the morphogenetic field? The answer to this question is: They relate in every way. It is an ancient concept that energy fields influence organic life on Earth. This topic is now being revisited by Rupert Sheldrake, the controversial biologist who bravely goes where conventional science fears to tread. Sheldrake professes that there is an ethereal and intelligent, unseen unified field that gives rise to visible form. As an astrologer, I would like to point out that it is the Sun, Moon and planetary fields that are the morphogenetic source and matrix itself, and the colorful graph of orbiting planets suggests how those individual fields might overlap and synergize. The field, or plasma, acts as an ever-developing potential; a molecular/chemical “instruction” for life on Earth. Observing life events and experiences, in correspondence to planetary movements in a horoscope, reveals the binding relationship between the two factors.

Our physical bodies resonate to the morphing solar system’s fields. They do so through our central energy system known by the Sanskrit term Chakras. The Chakras are circular and spiraling vortexes that have specific vibratory frequencies that instantaneously, through the ether or plasma, give substance to conscious mind – also known as consciousness or conscious self-awareness. These are the Macro and Micro elements of life in coalescence. All things vibrate with life energy and magnetism. And the human body too, exudes electromagnetic frequencies to take part in the complex play of forces in which we live and have our being.

Since we are discussing Planetary Patterns and how they give substance and nuance to the morphogenetic field, it would be convenient to use the example of Rupert Sheldrake’s chart to identify one of the Temperament Types. Sheldrake’s horoscope is a Bucket pattern that deviates slightly from the ideal or norm. There is the necessary single planet srupert-sheldrakeet off by itself that becomes the High Focus Handle of the chart, but the Bowl segment does not have a Delimiting Rim Opposition to make it ideal. Although Marc Edmund Jones considers the Bucket Temperament Type to include those shapes where the bowl segment has no delimiting Rim, this departure from the ideal has lead to the alternative title Funnel Temperament. This term facilitates a more literal expression of the way in which this Temperament functions without a Rim. The term Funnel was made popular by the Humanistic branch of Astrology during the 1970’s. When there is no Rim Opposition, the contents of the bowl are not stymied on there way to self-expression, and the unencumbered energies are funneled directly to and through the nature of the Handle or Spout planet (see chart #1). This High Focus single planet, with its sign and house placement, is considered the point of release of talents that assists the native in the manifestation of his potentials. Here is where he develops a “handle” on the entirety of his personal gifts and accomplishments, and thus has a focused outlet for his purpose in life.

Sheldrake’s High Focus Moon is in the 2nd house of personal resources and in the sign of Discrimination. The Moon gathers and channels his highly selective discoveries into the domain of his own personal psyche. Then with the facilitating exact Opposition to the Sun in the 8th house of other people’s resources and approval, he manages to share the contents of his otherwise private worldview. And as Oppositions often show, there will be times when his shared knowledge receives approval, contrasted with times of rejection from those who find it hard to comprehend the illusive nature of Sheldrake’s mission and message.

Note that Venus and Neptune, buttress the funnel’s contents with a Trine over the line of the sign. This allows the free-flowing nature of the 120 degree aspect to easily empty its contents RupertShaeldraketoward the High Focus Moon Spout, with its keyword INTENSE. The Core Opposition, shown with red lines, thus becomes more prominent in an interpretation, because of the lack of distracting and challenging co-aspects. The Bucket or Funnel Pattern identifies a person with an profound objective; on a definitive mission to accomplish. And Sheldrake is certainly an example of one with a overwhelming drive to carry his cause to its final destination of public awareness of unseen forces. And he accomplishes his mission, through his revealing demonstrations of the subtle powers of receptivity that the Moon so well represents.

See Sheldrake’s demonstrations at:

The Temperament Type Graph below with the red and green lines shows that the Bundle has the possibility of a Trigger Square Focal Determinator and a High Focus Leading planet, shown with the red circle. The See-Saw ideally has both core and rim Oppositions and a High Focus Leading or Cutting planet. The Bowl has the potential for a T-cross Focal Determinator and has a High Focus Leading planet. The hemisphere occupation of planets also determines the degree of the Temperament’s personal development. The Bucket has the potential for both a Grand Cross and Grand Trine, with core and rim Oppositions – its Handle planet becoming Point Focus. The Locomotive has the possibility of a Grand Trine, a core Opposition and High Focus Leading planet. The Splay is based on the Grand Trine, but can have a T-cross and High Focus Reins planet when there is only one planet in one of the three segments. The Splash has the possibility of having all quadratures represented by as many as 5 Oppositions. There can be a Grand Trine, Grand Cross, T-cross, but no Leading planet. For more detailed information on Temperament Types, read The Essentials of Astrological Analysis by Marc Edmund Jones.




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The 27 Club’s Most Known Members – old and new – Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse.

Wikipedia: “The 27 Club is a term that refers to the belief that an unusually high number of popular musicians and other artists have died at age 27, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, or violent means such as homicide or suicide.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MARC SHARRATT / Rex Features (16987c) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Jimi Hendrix at the Marquee Club, London Various - 1967

We will explore the horoscopes of some of the 60 known deaths of the members of that notorious club; Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse.

The Progressed Moon in any person’s horoscope returns to its Natal position in about 27 years after birth. We will look at this Progression in each of the 5 horoscopes analyzed and see if there is a common thread that is tied to this first cycle of the Moon in nativities.

Jimi Hendrix was known as the most innovative guitarist of the 1960s. He has Natal Uranus in exact Opposition to Natal Mercury. His unusual (Uranus) fingering (Mercury) of the strings of the guitar brought him to the height of the mountain of talented musicians of the hippy generation. The red lines in the charts show the Progressed Lunar Return. The blue lines point out the other Progressed aspects of interest, and the green lines show significant Transits.

The red line shows that Jimi’s death is still within orb of the time of the Progressed Lunar Return. A period of 6 months before and 6 months after the exact Conjunction is the sphere of influence. It is a most intense time in the life, because the Moon is the indicator of the emotional field of experience. This is tied to the mental constructs leading ultimately to the individual’s actions, whether for good or otherwise.

In Jimi’s case, there are Transits of Uranus and Pluto to show the gravity of the situation surrounding his death. Shown in short green lines at the top of the chart is T. Uranus that has been making contact with Jimi’s Natal Neptune for some time prior to his death. T. Pluto is also shown with a short green line to point out the slowly approaching Conjunction with N. Neptune. The seriousness of “playing” with drugs during this time is indicated by these two profound Transits.

Jimi’s rise to fame jimihandrixis noted in this 9th house situation and T. Uranus gives Neptune its burst of sudden notoriety in the field of music, and also shows the exposure to the mass drug culture of the times. Several of these hard aspects in Transit indicate that there had been prior troubles in Jimi’s life, but the Progressed Saturn in exact Opposition to Natal Venus from the 6th to the 12th house is the real indicator of the difficulty in passing through this trying time unscathed.

The T. Moon position is shown by the long green lines from the bottom of the chart. The true position of the T. Moon is not certain as the exact time of death is an estimate. But one can surmise that the T. Moon did make an Opposition aspect with N. Mars and a Conjunction with T. Saturn shortly before, at the time of, and shortly after the event of his death. Often it can be seen that the major Transits and Progressions show the development of a grave issue, and the T. Moon kicks off the potential tragedy at the most poignant hour. More on the Transit Moon in a horoscope visit: Robin Williams – a suicide to prevent.

THE NATAL CHART – A brief look.

The nativity features are a Bowl Temperament Type, with the Mutable Disposition delimiting the Bowl (Venus/Saturn Opposition in Mutable signs). This Type points to a desire to please people, and the upturned Bowl shows the impulse to pour out the contents of his talents without restraint. There is no Point Focus planet to form a T-Cross with the Opposition which would allow a necessary positive direction for his tensions. His musical abilities instead are his manner of self-expression and release.

The Sun/Moon pair are in Trine along with the Trine of the planets of Significance, Uranus/Neptune. Mars/Venus and Jupiter/Saturn pairs are not in major aspect with themselves. This leaves the Sun/Moon and Uranus/Neptune to decide the Self-determination which is Subjective Function. This “proves” that it would be difficult to assist Jimi in handling his problems as he is highly motivated through following his own council. Objective Function could have allowed him to make major decisions based on input from sources appealing to him from his environment.

The Bowl Type is led through the houses by Uranus, which is then considered in High Focus in Jimi’s 5th house of unrestrained self-expression, inventive character and unconventional behavior. It is the indicator of his highly unique and individualized mode of musical performance and the keyword becomes Experimentative – which is precisely what brought his style to such heightened popularity.

His Leading Uranus Sabian Symbol degree is revealing:

GEMINI 3 The garden of the Tuileries  This is a symbol of the self-confidence and authority which come to man through social position and wealth, and of his ability to bring all his capabilities to some graceful and exquisite self-expression. Here are the more exalted or immortal constants of everyday values, evident as they are given a solid foundation in human achievement or are preserved through a concern for them by people in general. The keyword is LUXURY. When positive, the degree is the creative stability which enables each individual to participate in the full gamut of satisfactions developed and cherished by his fellows as well as himself, and when negative, complete selfishness and a joy in lording it over others.

Jimi Hendrix photo by MARC SHARRATT  – 1967


Janis Joplin showed an immense talent for singing, just as Jimi Hendrix showed for his guitar performance. Janis had come out of an obscurity in youth, to the height of popularity which surprised her as much as her fans. She was unpopular as a student in her early days in Port Arthur, and took incredible pride in herself when returning at one point in her career to visit again those who previously marginalized her.janis-joplin2

The red line shows the Progressed Moon just a few months beyond its Lunation Return, and so very much a sign of the emotional intensity and upheaval of the times. But the chart shows that it is mostly Transits that “encouraged” the mounting stress on her life style, and those Transits include Neptune that brings the misuse of drugs once again into the picture. At the time of her death, Transit Neptune was approaching an Opposition to her Natal Uranus, and the Transit Moon close by indicates its “kickoff effect” of the more major Transit aspect in action.  Continue reading

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The Discovery of LSD and its First Explorer Albert Hoffman

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Albert ahoffmanHoffman was the man responsible for the LSD generation in the United States, although he felt that it was a misuse of the drug, and that its primary useful purpose was in the field of psychiatry.

Hoffman accidentally ingested a small amount of the chemical on November 16, 1938 when he was employed by Sandos laboratory in Switzerland. The green line in the chart shows Hoffman’s Progressed Uranus was making an Opposition aspect to his Natal Neptune at the time. Neptune is associated with the imagination in its normal conscious activity as well as when the imagination is stimulated through the catalyst of a chemical substance such as Lysergic acid diethylamide. The unusual experience that resulted from the accidental dose was similar to the subconscious journeys encountered through natural psychotropic plants found worldwide and used for exploratory purposes by shamans in a diversity of cultures.

hoffman02450LSD was unleashed on the public at large and caused a movement and advancement in consciousness that was to bring new age practices to a world hitherto unprepared. There was a schism produced between the establishment in general and the hippies who were en-mass being enlightened if only superficially.

The red lines show that the Progressed Sun and Venus were just passing over the Moon’s South Node and Opposite the North Node. The blue line shows that Transit Jupiter was also involved in the configuration. Jupiter and Venus being involved in the aspect show that it was a pleasant experience for Hoffman, and that its discovery would bring much reward for him as well as all others in search of a deeper journey into the realm of the human psyche that the Nodes represent.




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What is Happening within the Republican Party?

republican1If anyone is wondering what is happening in the “stars” for the US Republican Party, it is all here in their Natal chart. The main dynamic feature is Transit Pluto Opposite the Party’s Natal Sun at 15 degrees Cancer, shown in the chart by the orange arrow pointing to the Sun in the center wheel’s 9th house. While Transit Pluto was Stationing in the latter part of September 2016, the Party took on a bizarre turn in their self-expression through the medium of its presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Absurdities surrounded and haunted the candidate and culminated with the broadcast of a rather vulgar incident that caught Trump unexpectedly on tape with a hot mic in a studio tour bus in 2005. To defuse the outrage the candidate referred to his dialogue on the bus as normal “locker room” banter – in spite of the fact that several known athletes came forward to protest and state that this was not routine or exceptable behavior.

An Opposition from Transit Pluto to any planet in a Natal horoscope is a profound challenge to dignity and Probity (keyword for Pluto in the dynamic chart). However, the chart of the Party shows Progressions in the middle wheel and Transits on the outer wheel that exacerbate the overshadowing Pluto transit. The challen5ging Opposition aspects’ positive outcome would be to transform and clearly define the Purpose (keyword for the Sun) of the Party, and this is undoubtedly happening behind the scenes. Between October 18th and the 21st, Transit Mars and Moon will be Conjunct Transit Pluto in Opposition to the Party’s Natal Sun. We will be experiencing more of the polarizing effects during those days before the election. It is shown in the chart with Mars’ arrow moving toward Pluto in the outer wheel at the bottom of the chart.

With two major Oppositions from the Progressed planets, and two major Transit Oppositions, it is apparent that something big is in the works for the Republican Party in the election of 2016. This is confirmed by the Party’s Conjunction of its Natal Sun with the Natal Sun of the United States. They have always had a mutual Conjunction, but what makes the difference now, and what makes it so significant, is the Transit of Pluto in Opposition to both their Natal Suns. Here is a manifestation of power coming into the hands of the Republicans, and a continuation of it can be predicted because of Transit Pluto’s eventual Conjunction with the Party’s Progressed Mars at 20 degrees Capricorn shown at the bottom of the chart in the middle wheel.

What draws Trump into the picture is the Party’s Progressed Sun having made an Opposition to his Natal Sun over the past year – magnetically polarizing the candidate to the party. This is shown in the middle wheel of the chart below by the orange line connecting the Party’s Progressed Sun pointing to Trump’s Natal Sun in the outer wheel’s 9th house. As well, the Party’s Progressed Sun passed over the Natal Moon in Trump’s chart, emotionally energizing him, albeit in often negative fashion. This is shown by the short purple arrow at the bottom of the chart.

It is the Natal Moon/Sun Opposition in Trump’s chart that draws most of the conflict and controversy into his life and the life of the Party. This is because when the Sun and Moon are opposite each other in a Natal chart, the native often goes in a direction (Moon) contrary to the true Purpos3-5e (Sun) of the given life. This results in an inner conflict to contend with. It is interesting to note as well, that the Transiting Moon was Opposite Trump’s Sun in the early hours of the morning of October 7 when the scandalous video mentioned above broke out in the news. That provocative Moon Transit is not shown in either of the charts in this post.

The chart below shows a purple line connecting Trump’s Natal Pluto Conjunct the Party’s Natal Mercury. This indicates the profound and overwhelming effect that Trump has on the basic tenets of the right wing. This can cause an almost dictatorial attitude in communications with the Party, with a resulting sense of being overwhelmed by impossible demands.

The fuchsia line, starting in the 2nd house outer wheel of the chart above shows Saturn has been Transiting in Opposition to its own Natal position. This points to a culmination in full self-realization, and to a time of completion of an adolescent period that moves toward a coming of age. Saturn revolves around the Sun in a 29.5 year cycle. At the Opposition point, at around 14 to 15 years, it becomes equivalent to the time of puberty in the life of an individual. In other words, for the Republican Party, here is the indication of a need to grow and go forward, ready to proliferate with a more mature state of awareness.

Another very strong indication of conflict and direct challenge is shown with the Party’s Progressed Moon in direct Opposition with its Natal Pluto shown by the green line in the chart above. This aspect also reveals the coming to power of this Party at this time.




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Linklater’s Fairy-tale Trilogy – The Before Series


Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are director and actors who have created a cult image in the Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight trilogy, comparable to the captivating and long-standing cult film Dirty DancingIt begins with a study of the magnetic dynamic between two lone travelers on a train that ultimately draws, in the same hypnotic fashion, an unsuspecting audience into the vicarious fascination of foreplay between spellbound lovers. Often these types of keyhole views on human love and attraction are only a pleasant diversion that is designed to compliment the main and more serious theme in a film. But Richard Linklater cut out the unnecessary periphery, and sacrificed any complicated and compelling plot to put the center of attention on the subjects as they do their romantic dance through the glorious streets and parks of Vienna. That is how they captured our hearts in the first of the three fascinating glimpses into the lives of these fictional heroes of personal love.

One might expect to see extremely overt interconnections between the three Natal charts, but that is not the case on a superficial first look. So let’s look deeper. linklater_hawke_delpy2

Julie Delpy’s horoscope is in the middle wheel because it is the only one of the three whose birth time is known. This puts her at center stage as the planets of the others are dropped into her chart’s houses.

There is a powerful connection between Linklater’s Pluto and Delpy’s Mars. It is an exact contact that has Delpy’s Mars making the aspect. She represents Linklater’s subconscious projection of almost ideal and fairly-like creatures that portray his private vision of the magical world of  the lovers’ characteristic and continual juxtaposing.

Delpy’s Mars creates a spark of classic Botticelli beauty which supports the dream-like romantic point of the film. Linklater’s Natal Pluto degree is A man dreaming of fairies. It is one of the handful of elfin degrees that reveals a person in touch with higher and sutler forces than most. All of his film projections stem from this undercurrent of an otherworldly imagination.

These three creative individuals had the vision to take their audience through three stages of normal relationship, but in a way that is vicariously compelling. We develop our hopes in them to reward us with a reason to believe in personal love.

The personal rendition in film is mirrored in Hawke’s Mars very close to Delpy’s Uranus. The story has her always just a little bit distant (Uranus) with him always on the gentle pursuit (Mars). The conjunction is appropriately in the sign of Libra, pointing to a linking with others in a one-on-one relationship.


Linklater’s Sun Sextile’s Delpy’s Uranus so that he is brought into the picture. And the three become a manifestation of Delpy’s Uranus degree of Three old masters hanging in an art gallery. The original symbol is Three old masters hang together in an art gallery; they have a room to themselves and seem to hold converse. In an interview with the three, they speak proudly of having to meet together in their private rooms to create the story line. This is a fascinating connection between the symbolic world of a Sabian Symbol and its real life manifestation.

Here is the entire symbol:

Libra 9 Three old masters hanging in an art gallery This is a symbol of man’s capacity for embracing a universal reality within his own personal experience. Here is representation of the fundamental faculties of self-expression as they may be established in effective alignment with each other, thereby furthering every pertinent aspect of human potentiality. Implicit is the concept of the past and the present as irrevocably in partnership, every individual’s heritage providing him with a foundation for the achievement he desires. The keyword is ACCORD. When positive, the degree is a gift for bringing people and events together in high appreciation of the greater values of life, and when negative, idle worship of tradition and destructive self-contemplation.

The words highlighted in red above mirror the continuing trilogy from the past to present conveniently. In Hawke’s Mars is the reflective symbol of not only the first scene in Before Sunset, but shows a reflection of the actor’s real life as a writer. It also literally points to his first acting role in Dead Poets Society. The symbol for Mars in 11 Libra is: A kindly old professor from his battered desk peers over his eyeglasses at a class eagerly awaiting his words.




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Man on Wire – Philippe Petit and the World Trade Center


In New York City, August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit walked on Wire from the top of one of the World Trade Center’s towers to the other. His motivation was to accomplish something personal (Jupiter) that would gain him notoriety with the public (Moon). This shows up conveniently in the Natal horoscope with Jupiter and the Moon set off from the other planets and independent of each other, as well as a Pluto/Sun Conjunction. But the really strong indication to be in the public eye and to accomplish some outlandish feat is the Mars/Uranus (indomitably radical) Point Focus of a T-Cross Conjunction embracing the Midheaven. It is well known that he was always a climber and that his parents and any other authority over him could not control his drive to explore. phillippepetit2

What was happening in the Transit and Progressed charts is interesting in that it involves the important Mars in several ways. The Progressed Mars (shown circled in purple) is in the degree of A case of apoplexy. This phrase is not as revealing as the original symbol description, which is; A normally good natured man of affairs is red to bursting to have his own way.

This symbol of the Progressed Mars in an uncanny way, literally explains the makeup of the native at the time of his exploits in New York. He was unstoppable. And that is the meaning of a very strong Natal Mars.

Progressed Mars: LEO 1 A case of apoplexy This is a symbol of an overwhelming potentiality, and of an ever-pressing necessity for genuine self-establishment and personal stability. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is man’s complete lack of inhibition in his everyday make-up, together with his ability to mobilize all his powers and even risk his own existence rather than accept any thwarting of his desires. Here is emphasis on the unbroken continuity between being and doing, or between identity and its continual manifestation of itself. The keyword is IRRESISTABILITY. When positive, the degree is creativity in the day-by-day expression of the self’s real possibilities, and when negative, thoroughgoing self-indulgence and imposition on others.

Pluto Transiting very close to Petit’s Ascendant is another indication of the obsession to become a powerfully known personality, by attempting a daring act that had never before been accomplished and most likely would never be again. Pluto indicates ultimate extremes and this fits perfectly into that picture. Supporting this in the Natal chart is the Conjunction between the Sun and Pluto in the 11th house – this shows an obsession with reaching his goals in life.

Transit Mars comes close to Natal Saturn on the day of his performance and Mars is in the degree of A harem. Normally I would focus on the symbol for Saturn which is important because of the birth potentials active throughout the life, and the Transits are just that, transitory. But the symbol of a harem is revealing in that when Petit completed his daring feat, just as he was being released from police custody, he was approached by an attractive young woman who wanted to be the first to congratulating him with an afternoon of intimacy in her hotel room. Petit was caught in the glory of his now notorious accomplishment and was unfaithful to his dutiful girlfriend, who was now just one more member of the harem. Saturn is only 3 minutes over the line and is so close to the harem degree, but in all honesty, we must acknowledge the true symbol of 8 degrees Virgo of a First dancing instruction. Perhaps it was a dance across the wire that Saturn indicates in its birth potential.

The symbol for A harem is worth posting here:

VIRGO 7 A harem This is a symbol of the withdrawal from reality in one aspect as a means for regrasping in another, here dramatized by an acceptance of regimentation as a species of insulation against life’s demand for some more dynamic manifestation of the self. Implicit in the static symbolism is the necessity for using any fellowship in lesser values as a self-strengthening in a definite and renewed struggle towards the greater. An enforced conservation of energies need not encourage a surrender of basic ideals. The keyword is RESTRAINT. When positive, the degree is a courageous and complete disregard of limitation by the rejection of its terms at any cost, and when negative, self-betrayal for momentary ease.

The words in red definitely speak to the mood of the moment – at least in the context of a very real opportunity that would not have happened had there been no risk or challenge.

Progressed Mercury is exactly in Opposition to Natal Moon, showing the activation of the Natal T-Cross with its focus on the Midheaven resulting in ultimate fame for an unusual and physically challenging feat.



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Burke Ramsey Speaks About JonBenet


Burke Ramsey, the 29 year old brother of JonBenet Ramsey, is nearing his Saturn Return. However, it is another Saturn aspect that is more telling of why he is speaking out now after 20 years of relative silence. It is the Progressed Saturn coming into Conjunction with his Natal Venus. It is time to tell the story from his point of view about the death of his sister.

It is not easy for Burke to speak out because in his Natal chart there are no two planets in Opposition to each other. Oppositions draw people out of themselves to connect with others, and in Burke’s case, because of the media frenzy, it is possibly a good thing that he is lacking that dynamic. It has allowed him to stay the introvert he was born to be. People without an Opposition in their charts often are not aware of how others see them. This is likely the reason that the public took concern over his apparently amused facial expressions in the Dr. Phil interviews in September 2016.

As well as the Progressed Saturn aspect, there is the Transit of Pluto very close to his Natal Moon position. Unfortunately, we don’t have a birth time for Burke, so we do not know the exact placement of his Moon. But there is no doubt thbr_pat with a Moon in Capricorn, that Pluto has or will make its presence known in Burke’s life while the planet journeys through Capricorn. The Moon moved approximately 15 degrees during the day that Burke was born. It moved from 3 Cap 19 to 18 Cap 25. Somewhere in between is his Natal Moon position. Transit Pluto is Stationary going Direct at 14 Cap 56 on September 27, 2016.

Burke’s chart with the Progressions on the outer wheel, show that in 10 years his Progressed Mars will be making an Opposition to his Natal Pluto. This is going to be a significant Progression because Burke’s Pluto is the Leading planet of his Bowl Temperament Type. The keyword for Pluto in its normal planetary role is OBSESSION. When it is in High Focus as it is here in his Natal chart the keyword becomes TRANSCENDENCE, and this is exactly what he has had to do since the death of his sister. He has had to step away from normal life experience at a very young age, and most likely has had to do some powerful soul searching that would not have been necessary if the tragic event did not occur.

His Natal Pluto is making a Square to his Natal Sun which becomes the Trigger of the horoscope. Without an Opposition in the chart, a Triggering Square activates the potentials. These kinds of sharp and poignant aspects present a whiplash-into-action to get going. He must be self-motivating since he has no Opposition, and the Trigger Leading planet is the Square that indicates internal battles. There is also a Jupiter/Saturn Square showing a Sharp Destiny. There may always be a shadow of doubt hanging over him with this aspect that shows tremendous internal, moral struggles.


JonBenet Ramsey has quite a different Natal horoscope. She not only has an Opposition in her chart, but there is a Grand Cross that is in Fixed signs and is confirmation of the cross she will have to bear in her short life. Mars in her 12th house takes part in the Grand Cross and shows that there is some potential for hidden sexual abuse perpetrated by hidden enemies, and it is exacerbated by its exact Opposition to Natal Pluto in the 6th house of problems to be solved. There are positive meanings in these types of aspects, but in JonBenet’s case it ultimately manifested in the form of a horrendous violent act. The Opposition is “caught” in an interception as well, creating more behind-the-scenes activity and making it almost impossible to uncover the truth of the crime and its perpetrators.

There is a Grand Trine that contributes to the ideal Splay Temperament Type. The Grand Trine indicates an evolved soul with a dynamic role to play in the world based on inner development. This configuration is in earth signs and shows that she is well established with her feet planted firmly in the ground of worldly success, although for such a brief performance. The Splay magnifies personality through a pyramiding development which she unfortunately was unable to fulfill throughout a normal lifespan. The exact Venus/Saturn Opposition builds on this premise and the Natal Mars opposite Pluto brought her sexuality to the public’s attention. Natal Mars is the Reins High Focus planet that drives the physical energies to an INDOMITABLE level, opposed to just having a strong INITIATIVE, as it would be if Mars were not prominent.

There is the Sharp Destiny again, but instead of the inner struggle jonbenetramsey_nof the Square aspect as in her brother’s chart, this time it is the Opposition that is the mark of the life being divided into two separate periods. The first being more superficial than the second half. Her role as the innocent little beauty princess is in stark contrast to the role she now plays posthumously; warning others of the possible dangers of flamboyant exposure without adequate protection. This little girl’s chart is a powerful one and no doubt had she lived she would have had a full and dynamic life. Sadly, there are sacrificial factors to sometimes take into account.

The ephemeris graph shows that on the day of her death Transit Mercury went Retrograde at 18 Cap 46. Mercury Retrogrades are always a sign of potentially boggled facts in murder cases like this one. And the O.J. Simpson case was also overshadowed by an disorganized police department functioning under the influence of an inadequately fact-finding Mercury Retrograde. Perhaps in the future, when Pluto Transits and Stations on 19 degrees Capricorn, we will have more information in regards to this tragic event. The astounding and quite literal Sabian Symbol for Capricorn 19 is A child of about five with a huge shopping bag.  Even more alarmingly revealing is the original symbol definition: “A little miss of about five has gone to the market with a huge shopping bag and is quite as adult as anybody.”

JonBenet portrayed in her competitions, a person far older than her tender years. This is apparent in the Opposition of Natal Saturn to Natal Venus, exact within 14 minutes of arc.


On July 9, 2008, the Boulder County District Attorney’s office announced that, as a result of newly developed DNA sampling and testing techniques known as Touch DNA analysis, the Ramsey family members were no longer considered suspects in the case. In light of the new DNA evidence, Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy gave a letter to John Ramsey that same day, officially apologizing to the Ramsey family:

This new scientific evidence convinces us … to state that we do not consider your immediate family, including you, your wife, Patsy, and your son, Burke, to be under any suspicion in the commission of this crime….

The match of Male DNA on two separate items of clothing worn by the victim at the time of the murder makes it clear to us that an unknown male handled these items. There is no innocent explanation for its incriminating presence at three sites on these two different items of clothing that JonBenét was wearing at the time of her murder…. To the extent that we may have contributed in any way to the public perception that you might have been involved in this crime, I am deeply sorry. No innocent person should have to endure such an extensive trial in the court of public opinion, especially when public officials have not had sufficient evidence to initiate a trial in a court of law…. We intend in the future to treat you as the victims of this crime, with the sympathy due you because of the horrific loss you suffered…. I am aware that there will be those who will choose to continue to differ with our conclusion. But DNA is very often the most reliable forensic evidence we can hope to find and we rely on it often to bring to justice those who have committed crimes. I am very comfortable that our conclusion that this evidence has vindicated your family is based firmly on all of the evidence.




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Protest in North Carolina and the US Chart


From the Los Angeles Times, Wednesday September 21, 2016:

“The fatal shooting by police of a 43-year-old black man, Keith Lamont Scott, has stoked long-simmering tensions over race and policing in this city, with its large African American population and high levels of segregation. . . . . . And the officer who shot Scott, according to authorities, is black. Activists and Scott’s family have disputed nearly every detail that has emerged about Tuesday’s shooting, leaving residents of North Carolina’s largest city grappling with two conflicting narratives.”


Disputing details is par for the course with Mercury still in Retrograde on September 20th. Both the O.J. Simpson murders and trial, and the Jon Benet Ramsey murders took place while Mercury was Retrograde. Details are in a disarray during Retrograde Mercury periods. That is because Mercury is associated with the details and facts in most situations, and clarity gets blurred during these times. Mercury and the third house rule convenience and taken-for-granted experience. When Mercury is Retrograde all that changes and disorder prevails.

But the interesting fact in the murder of Mr. Scott is that both Transits of Mercury and Pluto (the higher frequency vibration of Mercury) were making their Stations to go Direct at the time. And Transit Pluto is, and has been, in Opposition aspect with the US Natal Sun degree for some time. This aspect confirms the astrological importance of this case and those that have recently occurred. The Black Lives Matter movement will be in the US public’s attention for some time to come.

The Sabian Symbol for the US ephemeris2016Sun is either 13 or 14 degrees Cancer. I am placing both symbol definitions here so that a decision can be made by the reader as to which is more fitting to the situation. There are several inaugural times given for the US chart, and the exact time of the incident on September 20 is not easily found on the internet either. So a grain of salt is taken in the exact degrees of some of the elements of each chart. The symbols themselves however, bring out interesting factors to ponder. 13 Cancer makes quite a bit of sense when compared to the perspectives on both sides of the issue.

CANCER 13  One hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb This is a symbol of that belief in his inherent supremacy over all other orders of nature by which man is characterized most fundamentally, dramatized by his quite normal confidence in his ability to deal with every eventuality of day-by-day activity and relationship. Any individual must rule his environment or surrender his own potentialities forever. Here is practicality brought to the point of ruthlessness. The keyword is DETERMINATION. When positive, the degree is exceptional steadiness and a high sense of self-responsibility in every issue of the moment, and when negative, unnecessary aggressiveness and a self-defeating shortsightedness.

CANCER 14  A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast This is a symbol of the immeasurable reaches of past experience as a strengthening of the human spirit for its immediate destiny, and of the eternal rebirth through which man may discover that present aspiration and future achievement are without the slightest limitation in any terms of events to come. Here is an absoluteness of self as a completeness of expectation. There are no dark moments of outlook that cannot yield inspiration or assurance. The keyword is SANCTION. When positive, the degree is a highly effective enlistment of deeper and hidden elements of life for some momentary end, and when negative, lack of purpose and utter chaos in understanding.




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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – All the Universe is a Stage . . .


The universe is the stage and all the planets merely players. The planets are people. They represent the people in our lives that create the circumstances of the astrological houses where events take place.

In the news now is the parting of the ways of one of the most celebrated couples on Earth – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. How does this show up in their horoscopes is an interesting study. The comparison chart of the couple has Angelina’s chart in the center with Brad’s on the outer wheel. According to Marc Edmund Jones techniques of comparison, the couple are not in an ideal astrological partnership. Their Venuses are compatible, but in a wide Opposition aspect. Their Marses and Mercuries are not in compatible elements. aj_bp2In close contact they cannot easily integrate the daily activities of their lives. They would be prone to have different schedules and responsibilities.

Their Suns are in compatible elements, however their Ascendants and Moons are not. This means that although they seem to be equal in terms of their value to each other, they are not emotionally in tune, nor do they see life from the same perspective. In a crises there is support, but the daily supportive emotional (Moon) balance is missing.

Brad’s Jupiter is making a Conjunction with Angelina’s Mars. Her Mars is a key planet in her horoscope because it is the Leading planet of a powerful Locomotive Temperament Type. This mutual aspect shows that Brad’s personality and enthusiasm stimulates Angelina’s energies, both sexually and emotionally. In other words, she is/was turned on by who he is and his contribution as a positive personality to the partnership.  Continue reading

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Eclipse Electrical Currents and Their Purpose

Ascension. Unique Gelatin Silver Print, 2016 by Jacqueline Anne Woods

Ascension. Unique Gelatin Silver Print, 2016 by Jacqueline Anne Woods

How does an eclipse influence our lives? When the light of the Sun or reflected light of the Moon is diminished by an eclipse event, there is a need to compensate for that lack of light-energy, because all life takes its cues from the intelligence inherent in that light. To compensate for the lack of normal and automatic responses, we need to focus our attention on the meanings and activities that correspond to the planet/s, sign and house where the eclipse takes place. The absence of light/energy is felt strongest when the eclipse occurs on the same degree or opposite a Natal planet position in a birth chart. An eclipse emphasizes the need of the native to explore the meanings and activities of those planet/s, sign and house placements. In this way we fulfill hitherto unrecognized needs of our mind, body and spirit. The effects of an eclipse are felt throughout its cycle (about 6 months), giving us time to reorder our way of handling the issues that come up for review.

If there is not a direct connection and strong activity caused by the eclipse with a Natal planet, the subtle effects of an eclipse will nevertheless be felt by everyone on Earth. They will have experiences corresponding to the house in the chart where the eclipse takes place.

Electrical currents and their magnetic fields are the matrix of planetary dynamics. The most powerful electrical charges between planets, including the Sun and Moon, are when they are in the same sign and degree location or are directly opposite one another. This allows a direct current of energy. It is through either a positive and overt emphasis or indicates a polarization, as is typical of any Conjunction or Opposition aspect respectively. Or it occurs at the time of Solar and Lunar Eclipses when there a reduction of the intensity of the electro-magnetic field.

Although invisible to the eye, the electrical currents that abound in the spinning and spiraling Solar System animate and give purpose to all life on Earth.  As the currents of electricity flow through a telephone cable or wireless system through the air, they carry vibratory frequencies that are ultimately intelligible to the person receiving the signals/messages. It is the same with planetary interrelationships; they carry messages from the electrical source, the Solar System, to its final destination, the human hearts and minds of all beings. There the information is decoded into thoughts and feelings, words and images, according to its cultural patterns and practices. This cultivated knowledge is then shared among its community members to support and further develop and enhance its particular principles and codes of conduct.

These source energies instantaneously prompt all life forms and geological structures on Earth, but the human mind and feelings is the most complex and therefore the most intriguing. Its ability to reflect upon itself and recognize that it is in the midst of brightening influences through conscious awareness sets it far apart from all other life forms. Either great joy or sorrow is the result of life on Earth, and the way to enlightenment is through a willingness to listen to the cosmic instruction of planetary activity and make use of its gentle or sometimes forceful and lengthy influence on each person’s personal growth.

We are born with the planets, signs and houses configured to further our particular need for fulfillment. The horoscope is a blueprint of where we came from and where we are going. That is why eclipses are so important, because they encompass the meaning of the Moon’s nodes, which literally point to the past (karma) and the future (dharma) as it is present in our astrological map.

Lunar Eclipse, Sept. 2016. Photo by Sarah Willey

Lunar Eclipse, Sept. 2016. Photo by Sarah Willey

Another feature of the cosmos is described by the elements of solids, liquids, gases and plasma. They relate respectively to the four elements in astrology of earth, water, air and fire. An eclipse temporarily blocks out the fire or plasma element and has an effect through its absence on earth, water and air. We are made up of these four elements, and our own body’s biosphere responses in synchronous fashion to the state of the Solar System’s electromagnetic field at all times.

The Gestalt configurations of the planets, signs and houses in our birth charts reveal the interrelationship of the elements and the energies they create that abound within and around our bodies. No astrological chart is in perfect balance. There are harmonies and disharmonies, and the purpose of life is to integrate these two factors just as when in the act of walking when lifting one leg off the ground we are off balance in the act of going forward into balance by landing on the opposite foot. And then continuous repetition of that activity. It is a continuous movement of experience, first in one direction and then in another, continually moving toward a balancing of factors in our lives. Problems are exacerbated when we try to ignore the areas where we need development and try to only experience the pleasant and harmonious.

Eclipses are essential in that they point to the areas we need to work on in ourselves. Through the means of discomfort, our attention is lead to these issues. But when we reject the lessons to escape growth of this sort, we are left in a state disintegration. By focusing on issues that an eclipse on a planet in a particular sign and house is drawing attention to, we are lead to a deeper understanding of cause and effect. Traumas in early life are related to the Squares and Oppositions in our planetary structures. Eclipses point these out so that we can meditate on the painful points in order to resolve them to arrive at a peaceful resolution toward expanded consciousness.




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The Sabian Symbols; Electricity’s Final Destination

Sabian Symbols are the symbolic, image manifestation of the 360 expressions of electromagnetic impulses emanating from the matrix of the electrical Solar System. Electromagnetism abounds everywhere in the cosmos and also in our physical being. We are the ultimate receptors of information that comes to us through transmitted light and energy. This light and energy has purpose and intelligence that when it arrives at its final destination, the human consciousness, it is translated into images and thought-forms. Letters and words are the symbols that when laced together give thought its foundational elements. Communication is the offspring of language, and feelings and emotions are the conductors of that intelligent form of idea exchange.

The body is composed of 98% water, which physics explains is the compound, along with salt, that conducts electricity. No one disputes the electrical function of the heart. But the entire body is a receptor for intelligent impulses on its way to create images and thoughts in the human brain. The planets create an electrical charge as they orbit the Sun, thus giving life to the interplay of cosmic forces. This is how the planets actually influence life on Earth. The planets are not only symbols of aspects of life, but are the source and mirroring function of the entire biosphere. The missing link as to the connection between the planets and life on Earth is electricity. The Solar System is a closed circuit and all the parts are links through light/energy/intelligence.

There are 360 degrees in the astrological circle, and each point is related to a specific expression of cosmic intelligence. These are the piano keys that strike a cord of varying frequencies that form the unique songs of each individual on Earth.

The planets, as they move into mathematical alignments with each other, coalesce and set off electrical charges. These then may spark the plasma of the physical body represented in the Natal positions of planets in an individual’s horoscope. The first responses are emotional and egocentric. They are understood better when the individual is open to observing the content of the mind. The Sabian Symbol can help to literally decode the purpose of the aspect. Each planet has its own frequency and combination of frequencies when in major relationship with each other.

There have been several versions of symbols created throughout history that apply to differing generations and cultures of people. The most updated version of a 360 degree picture description of the ecliptic are those that were created by the psychic Elsie Wheeler through the initiative of Marc Edmund Jones. They were sitting together in a car at Balboa Park in San Diego, California in 1925. Jones handed an unlined index card with the sign and degree of each of the 360 degrees to Wheeler and she without looking at it, spoke what came into her mind. Jones hurriedly wrote those brief descriptions down on each card and years after elaborated on their meanings. This gave birth to the Sabian Symbols in Astrology published in 1953. This original version of the symbols is used on this website. The well-known astrologer, Dane Rudhyar, was a contemporary of Marc Edmund Jones as well as his student. He popularized the cyclic use of the symbols with his interpretations in the 1974 publication of An Astrological Mandala.

For a complete story of the origins of the Sabian Symbols visit: Sabian Symbols History




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