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Mundane astrology, i.e. the astrology of world events, is usually done by taking a chart for the moment of the Spring Equinox. As a resident of the UK I have thus analysed a chart for Saturday 20th March 2021, 0937 (the exact moment of the Equinox), London UK. You will appreciate therefore that most of what I will say comes from a British point of view.
The good news is that the COVID-19 crisis will end. The bad news is that the Aftermath of COVID-19 will begin.
Moon is in Gemini in the 12th House, conjunct North node and Mars, trine to Saturn and Jupiter. The general population will react positively to the end of the COVID-19 crisis, but there will be a great upheaval in people’s lives, caused by a great awareness of having to look after the sick and elderly. A major theme will be that a lot of people will be complaining that they didn’t realise just how much the aftermath of COVID-19 would affect them. Workers will demand – even to the extent of going on strike – the right to take (more) leave from work in order to care for sick relatives, and there will almost certainly be major public protests about this.
On the plus side, however, the Sun is in the 11th House, the House of Friendship, analogous to Aquarius, the sign of humanistic ideals and service to others. It is conjunct Venus, which in mundane charts represents Women. We may thus expect Women rise to prominence in public life, achieving great things in government and politics. 2021 will be a good year for Feminism – women’s issues will figure heavily in the business of Parliament.
Before reading any further, I must warn you that the following blog-post contains swearing, and should not be read by anyone of a nervous or overly sensitive disposition, and preferably not by anyone who is superstitious about demons and stuff either.
OK, now that I have ensured that you are still reading this, I’ll continue. Recently, in a discussion I had there came up the question, “What is the Name of the current COVID 19 outbreak?” The implication being that if it had a “name,” it could be commanded like a spirit or Daemon. This relates to an old concept in both Exorcism Rites and in ceremonial magick, in that the first step in compelling a spirit to action is to ascertain and confirm its actual name.
This got me thinking – I turned to the astrology of the situation in the hope this might give me guidance.
Right now, in Capricorn / Aquarius, there is a “quadrivium” (four-way conjunction) with Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Several astrologers have noted that because this quadrivium has happened round about the same time as the current COVID 19 hysteria, that perhaps it represents the current pandemic itself?
If one cares to humour this conceit for one moment, one may follow my train of thought as follows:
In the Qabalah, Mars is represented by the letter PEH.
Jupiter is represented by the letter KAPH.
Pluto, being only recently (within the last hundred years) discovered was not traditionally represented in the Qabalah – however, some modern groups such as BOTA have assigned Pluto to the tarot key “Judgement” and hence the letter SHIN.
Saturn is represented by the letter TAV.
Hence, Mars – Jupiter – Pluto – Saturn – the planets in the order as they are currently lined up in the Quadrivium are collectively represented by a made-up Hebrew word thus:
Literally, this would be something like “PKShTh.” However, given that PEH is used for both a “P” and “Ph” sound, and TAV is a “T” as well as a “Th,” then it is not too much of a liberty to proclaim that the proper pronunciation of the above Hebrew word is “Fuck-Shit.”
Yes! The world is currently being ravaged by daemon named “Fuck-Shit.” And moreover, it is probably because humanity has been swearing a lot recently that this daemon has been inadvertently given more power than it deserves.
So please, don’t just clean your hands – clean your mouths also, and your vocabulary to go with it! And do not be swearing at all! Unless you are an experienced ceremonial magician who knows what they are doing, in which case, go right ahead.
Happy Equinox! In case you hadn’t noticed it, it is now Aries season, and consequently, Spring has officially arrived. At this time of year Astrologers are able to prognosticate on what the future holds for the year ahead, by resorting to “Mundane Astrology” – which involves drawing up a chart for the precise moment the Sun hits Oº Aries.
Here is what such a chart looks like for London, UK:
The actual moment of the Equinox was 11.49pm GMT.
We can note straightaway that the Sun – representing the Government – is in the fourth house, representing homes, housing policy and the living conditions. Given that increasingly large numbers of people are currently being forced to stay at home due to mass hysteria ahem, I mean COVID-19, we may expect that a major drive in Government policy in the coming year will be to introduce important reforms for people who are trapped indoors – to improve their conditions.
It is tempting to view the Quadrivium of Mars / Jupiter / Pluto / Saturn all in Capricorn as indicative of the current public health crisis itself. That they are all lying in the Second House in the above chart emphasises how, in very general terms, this will affect the Economy. However, because of the nature of the planets concerned, we can be more specific:
- The recent panic in public opinion has passed its peak. However, there will still be one minor panic at least once a week for the next several months.
- The armed forces will be deployed on the streets – firstly to reinforce the judiciary and the legal system (martial law?); secondly, to hunt down and capture terrorists are seeking to exploit the situation; then latterly and more usefully, to assist in Britain’s agriculture industry to maintain regular food supplies. We may also expect the armed forces to relieve pressure on the NHS, for example by providing nursing staff.
- The Stock Market will go through at least three major jolts this year: the economy will not start to begin to feel normal again until at least six months hence.
Furthermore – in a massive case of “I TOLD YOU SO,” the forces of BREXIT and those who supported it will prove to be a continual drag and hindrance on positive efforts to deal with the public health crisis, despite the Press and Media trying to protect them from negative publicity.
As we hit this Equinox, the Sun is moving into conjunction with Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This would suggest that the predicament the Government now finds itself in is in effect the result of an “untreated wound” that has been ignored for too long – e.g. that the UK is plainly unprepared for a major health crisis. The upside of this is that the Government can learn from what is happening this year, so that it can ensure a crisis of this magnitude never happens again.
A Solar Eclipse is taking place on the Summer Solstice this year, or Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere. With that in mind I thought I would do a quick bit of astrological analysis, mainly aimed at those not familiar with astrology.
According to Wikipedia,
The central path of the 2020 June annular eclipse passes through the parts of African continent including Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia; south of Pakistan and northern India; and China.
Hence, have chosen for demonstrative purposes Muscat, the capital of Oman, which will experience 100% totality that day, for the purposes of drawing up this char.
As we would expect, the Sun, Moon, and Lunar Node are in conjunction with one another – this is only to be expected as it happens for every eclipse.
Of more interest is the Square made by Mars, the planet of wars and military action – indicated by the red line linking those two planets – made with the Sun, which in mundane astrology represents the Government or governments, the Moon, which represents the People generally, and the North Node, which represents that which takes one out of one’s comfort zone (which can be both good and bad). However, before we get all despondent, one should note that it is a -weak- aspect, because the faster-moving planets are moving out of the Orb. So whilst one may have been tempted to say that the seeds of armed conflict will be sown that day, it is not a definitive indicator of world war three per se.
On a different tack, what I would say that the day of June 21st, 2020, is not a good day for making decisions, scheduling important events, or suggesting what you think are bright ideas. This is due to the fact of the Moon being said to be “Combust” i.e. in close conjunction with the Sun. The fact that it is also conjunct Caput draconis and square Mars only compounds the fact. Fortunately there is a simple method of avoiding the effects of a Combust Moon, which is to just wait 24 hours. In other words, June 21st 2020 will be a good day to avoid doing anything decisive and have the day off instead.
I like astrology, but I don’t think tarot cards are necessary. Why do people use tarot cards for astrology?
I like astrology, but I don’t think tarot cards are necessary. Why do people use tarot cards for astrology?
Alex Sumner’s answer:
(A2A) Astrologers do not necessarily use Tarot cards: Tarot readers might however use Astrology. For example, relating a Tarot card to an associated Astrological meaning might help a Tarot reader interpret a given tarot spread.
In the late 19th century, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn taught that because there are 22 major arcana in the Tarot, they can be allotted to the 12 signs of the Zodiac, 7 planets, and 3 of the Elements (Air, Water and Fire). The symbolism does actually make sense, e.g. “Justice” = Libra; “The Sun” = the Sun; “Death” = Scorpio (because Scorpio is equivalent to the 8th House, which is the House of Death); etc.
Furthermore, the Golden Dawn taught that the suits of the Minor Arcana correspond to the four astrological Triplicities; whilst there is a method of assigning the individual cards to the Zodiac which aids in clarifying their meaning.
I say Astrologers do not necessarily use Tarot cards, but of course they may choose to do so nevertheless. One of the things I like to do is to do a Horary Astrological figure at the same time as doing a Tarot reading, on the basis that a Horary chart drawn up for the Time, Date and Place of a reading ought to corroborate the Tarot cards, or perhaps the cards might supply the details of how to interpret specific features of the chart.
So here’s my dilemma. BREXIT officially happens at 0000 GMT on 1st February 2020. In trying to draw up a chart for it, and taking London as the “place of birth,” I notice that the Ascendant is in Libra, but right on the cusp of Scorpio. In other words, if BREXIT happened six minutes later, it would actually be in Scorpio.
Why is this a problem? Because if Libra, then the Lord of the Ascendant is Venus, which I interpret to mean that the public face of the new BREXIT-regime will be all smiles: it will be dominated by the arts and popular entertainment, in particular the National Lottery, and PR campaigns fronted by glamorous young women. There will be a honeymoon period in which people are idealistic about it, at least at first.
However, if Scorpio, then the Lords of the Ascendant are Mars and Pluto, which means moody frowning instead of smiles. The same persona of the new regime will either be all armed conflict, civil unrest and economic instability (i.e. Mars); or perhaps Government upheaval and lone terrorist attacks on Britain’s transport networks (i.e. Pluto).
So please, my loyal blog-followers! Which sign do you think will exert the most influence over the new political situation? Vote now in my new poll!
Happy Epiphany! Or, if you are a member of one of the Orthodox Churches, or are reading this in Africa, Merry Christmas! This post is a follow-up to my previous Epiphany-themed post, Jesus Christ: Pagan Messiah.
Astrologers are mentioned with high-praise in the Bible! All you Christian Fundamentalists who say that Astrology is evil, are ignoring the literal word of the good book, for the Gospel of St Matthew clearly says that the first foreigners to recognise Jesus as Christ were Astrologers. In fact, the Churches have instituted a day to honour the fact – today, the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th.
Yes indeed. The Magi who came to offer gold, frankincense and myrrh were astrologers, who used their powers of casting horoscopes to predict the birth of the Messiah. The key to understanding this is the passage:
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
The phrase at its rising has been also been translated as “in the East.” This has given rise to an erroneous belief that there was an actual Star of Bethlehem, moving comet like through the sky to guide the Magi to the place of Jesus’ birth. Some have also speculated, also erroneously, that the passage refers to a planetary conjunction which occurred in 6BC. (NB: all stars rise in the East, simply because of the Earth’s rotation).
However, to an Astrologer, the passage takes on a completely different meaning. It refers to Jesus’ “rising sign” or Ascendant. Hence the Magi computed Jesus’ Horoscope. Incidentally, the Rising Sign is the literal “Horoscope” – the word means “house marker,” hence the Ascendant is the point from which the Houses of the chart are measured. Likewise they used the power of Astrology to identify the specific house in Bethlehem (it so happens that there is a method in Horary Astrology where the geographical location of a thing may be determined by the position of the ruler of the house under which it falls in the Horary chart – see, e.g. here).
This has given me a brilliant idea – the Christian Church should celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany as Astrology Day, precisely because it is the day when a group of Astrologers came to visit Baby Jesus. Given that every other Christian holiday inevitably becomes secularized soon enough, we may rely on the power of big business to soon open it up to people of all religions and none! Heck, if this idea takes off and finds widespread popular appeal, we shall soon have internet memes going round saying it was a pagan feast day all along!
I do not like the word “determine,” as it sounds too much like “deterministic,” which in my mind Astrology is not. Instead, I like to think of Astrology in the following manner:
A Horoscope is a snapshot of a moment: hence it represents the Energies manifested at that moment, I.e. the powers of the planets relative to the astronomic features (the Signs) and their reflection on Earth (the Houses).
Hence, a Horoscope does not predict the future so much as describe the Energies at work at the moment the Horoscope was drawn up.
However… the seeds of the Future are sown in the Present, hence it ought to be possible for an Astrologer to make a prediction along the lines of “this is what’s likely to happen as a result of these forces if nothing happens to change them.”
As far as I know, Astrology does not claim that the future cannot be changed. Indeed, the highest goal of certain ancient mystery teachings was to deliberately transcend the forces described in a Horoscope – I.e. to achieve true Free Will in spite of one’s planetary influences.
Answer to How can a horoscope determine ones future? by Alex Sumner
In a previous post on this website, I attempted to predict the results of yesterday’s General Election 2019. My conclusion on reviewing what I wrote is that the information is all there in the stars: however there were a lot of factors at play apart from how the Transitting Planets affected the Natal Horoscope’s of the various Parties’ Leaders. This is a convoluted way of saying that many of my predictions were inaccurate – though not all of them were. For the sake of honesty and the integrity of Astrology itself, I shall attempt to dissect what I wrote, so that we may all learn something from this (and by “we” I mainly mean me).
Boris Johnson – Conservatives
The Conservatives won the election with an absolute majority of 79 (nb: this was written whilst there was still one seat left to declare), although given that Sinn Fein never take up their seats in the House of Commons even though they have seven of them, this effectively makes the Conservative majority 86. Their share of the vote was 43.6% – obviously an all-round improvement since the 2017 election. Boris Johnson himself held on to his own seat.
What I said:
He is going into this election feeling confident (he starts the campaign ahead in the opinion polls). However, he is experiencing over inflated feelings of importance, which cause him to over-reach. He will be prone to making miscalculations based on an avoidance of critical details. He will experience loss – travelling around the country or attempting to deal with religious people is not a good idea. It will not be a good time for domestic affairs or legal disputes.
Johnson is also likely to go through a period of erratic behavior: so much so that it loses him votes amongst young people – or he will have a major bust-up with younger members of his team.
This is essentially what happened: for example, his obstinacy in not engaging in the climate change debate, or allowing himself to be interviewed by Andrew Neill, or even FridgeGate. The only divergence between the astrology and the election result is that Boris’ misfortunes, although they occurred as predicted, were not enough to make a dent in his party’s results – i.e. he may have lost votes amongst young people, but the old people still kept him in power.
Jeremy Corbyn – Labour
Labour retained their position as the official Opposition Party, but lost 59 seats, taking their total down to 203. They also saw their share of the vote decrease – the only one of the main political parties to suffer this particular misfortune. Jeremy Corbyn held on to his own seat, but announced he would resign as party leader at an unspecified time before the next general election.
What I said:
Corbyn’s wish to be independent, to try new things, and so on comes at an inappropriate time and could cause real tensions amongst his colleagues. He might make embarrassing errors, neglect important details, or carry some delusions now. Corbyn will have difficulty in putting himself across well to others. He is also more sensitive emotionally, and may be prone to being misled.
This fits exactly with the debacle over (alleged) anti-semitism in the Labour Party.
However, Corbyn’s relationships with other people will improve and he will experience a time of rising personal popularity. His passion will come to the fore, and he can expect this to be a productive time for when his own plans advance, and realizing his dreams. Legal disputes he will be able to resolve mostly in his favour (contrast this with Johnson).
Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life. His reputation will receive a boost, and the Labour party itself may see new financial support from donors thanks to Corbyn’s influence.
This may yet prove to be true, however it will be thanks to Corbyn losing the Election and resigning as Labour leader, not the opposite way around. “Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life” implies that the leadership of the Labour party was in fact a job to which he was not well-suited, and he is now well rid of it.
Jo Swinson – Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats remained in fourth place after the Scottish National Party, and even saw their share of the vote increase (see below). However they lost one seat – ironically, it was Jo Swinson herself, who has since said she will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
What I said:
However there are some warning signs, e.g. transitting Neptune opposite her natal Mars warns against being overly optimistic. Also, the Pluto, Saturn and Venus Stellium is square to her natal Pluto, signifying unpleasant power-plays with those close to her, whilst Jupiter square to her natal Moon shows dissatisfaction with her personal circle. The danger is that although Swinson will do as best she can, probably causing a net increase in the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes, there will be some in her party who will think this is not good enough and attempt to stab her in the back in the election’s aftermath.
Ironically, the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes did increase. According to results published by BBC News, the Liberal Democrats’ share of the popular vote increased by 4.2% (i.e. from 7.3% in 2017 to 11.5% in 2019). Obviously this did not translate to electoral success either for her party or Swinson herself. The unpleasant power-plays may well have been reflected in the fact that her voting record as a member of the Coalition between 2010 to 2015 was dug up to embarass her. The overall implication of the stars is that although Swinson has now exited British Politics, she was mostly let down by members of her own party.
Ian Blackford – SNP
The Scottish National Party (SNP) remained in third place: Blackford himself held on to his own seat.
What I said:
This is a potentially empowering time for Blackford when his personality is more vibrant, magnetic, focused, and resolute. He projects a more responsible, perhaps serious, and self-assured personality to others. We feel considerably more mature and capable of handling our personal lives. Social functions and artistic endeavours go well. Blackford is more likely to be received well on Election Day than on other days.
This turned out to be a good call for the SNP, which increased its seats and its percentage of the vote. The media would like to think Nicola Sturgeon was responsible for the SNP’s success – even though she wasn’t actually standing in this election: however, if she can take credit for anything it is for having the good sense to appoint talented people to her team. One of my other predictions was that Blackford might be involved in an accident of some sort, but this is not reported to have happened – yet…
Nigel Dodds – DUP
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party lost two MPs, and saw their share of the vote decrease by 0.1%, actually quite a lot for a small party.
What I said:
Ironically however, the planets are indicating that he will feel the need to reform himself and his ideas – hence changing the political direction of the DUP. For example he will experience dissatisfaction with the DUP’s accomplishments to date, and hence seek advice and new ideas, and implement them – in a way he would not have done so before. By embracing change, he will be able to resolve a potential power struggle harmoniously.
This came to pass – the DUP’s Nigel Dodds lost his own seat! The DUP did badly generally, and moreover, since the Conservatives disobeyed what the Stars were telling them and went and won a majority, they are no longer the power brokers at Westminster. I am confident the reform of the DUP will go ahead as I predicted in the light of their drubbing.
Nigel Farage – BREXIT Party
The BREXIT Party returned no MPs but it did win 2% of the vote.
What I said:
There is an overwhelming message in Farage’s planets that he can achieve great things so long as he does not try to cling on to policies which are old-fashioned or out-dated.
Brexit Party to do well – at least in terms of number of votes. I have noted before though that this does not mean they will translate this into a gain in seats.
This indeed came to pass as well. Given that the Brexit Party did not exist at the last election, it could only gain votes – but it did not gain any seats. The BREXIT Party came in just behind the SNP in terms of votes’ won, and ahead of the DUP, SDLP, Alliance Party, Sinn Fein and Plaid Cymru, each of which did return MPs. The BREXIT Party in fact suffered the same fate as UKIP did at the last election – which Farage also headed – in that because there support was distributed over a large area, they did not do as well as a parties which only campaign in a region, such as Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Farage’s horoscope has many beneficial features, so it would appear that he is wasting his talents at least with regard to the House of Commons.