Do Astrological Houses Need Renovating?

Dilapidated-House Cropped

I remember when I first commenced learning astrology in the 1970s, that the most difficult part, in pre-computer days, was determining the Placidus house cusps utilizing sidereal time and latitude tables.  At the novice stage, each astrologer basically assumes that their teacher or textbook provides a true and valid depiction of astrology.  However, one of my early texts book on astrology did subtly introduce to me the confusion that underpins astrological houses.  In this textbook, it also introduced the Equal House system as an alternate system to Placidus.  However, what can a novice do?  Every horoscope I came across was in Placidus house format, so I did what every good sheep does, I stayed with the herd.

In the case of Donald Trump, the variation between Placidus and Equal houses is minimal.

Trump’s horoscope comparing Placidus & Equal houses

The Equal House system in western astrology utilises the ascendant as the beginning of the 1st house, with each house exactly 30 degrees in size.  The above comparison applied to Donald Trump shows minimal differences between these two systems – but for some people, the difference will be major.

Over the following decades, I never focussed upon astrological houses, but I did realise that I never saw any explanation or proof that the Placidus house structure I was using was “true” or substantiated in some way.  As novice astrologers, we must take what we are given.  At a certain point, a competent astrologer must decide if they will become a proficient astrologer.  A competent astrologer has learnt the fundamentals.  A proficient astrologer can question anything about astrology, and ‘tests’ those areas that suspect, vague or unclear.

Eventually, it became clear to me that astrological houses seemed to lack integrity for a number of reasons.  This is proved just from the number of house systems available, with many advanced astrologers promoting one or another house system.  The longer I studied astrology, the greater my interest in astrological houses.  Over a period of time, I attempted to get a handle on the situation.  My early attempts failed.

My first experience with whole sign houses occurred when I commenced learning Vedic astrology in the mid-1980s.  Unlike western society, when Hellenistic astrology made its way to India almost 2,000 years ago, they did not have a centuries long Dark Age where nearly all intellectual pursuits were extinguished.  During our Dark Age, the rump of  intellectual pursuits were left virtually exclusively with church monasteries, and though astrological texts existed in church monasteries, and some church members may have practised, understood or knew something about astrology, the church was mainly anti-astrology.  This was not conducive to the continuation of the astrological tradition in the West.

The astrologers in India had to face wars and invasions, but astrologers did not disappear for many centuries at a time.  Each generation of astrologers passed down their astrological insights to the next generation.  One thing that got passed down in India, but lost in the West, was the whole sign house system that they had inherited from the Hellenistic astrologers.  In Indian/Jyotish/Vedic astrology there are other house systems employed, but only a very small percentage of Indian astrologers use alternate house systems.  One alternate house system I encountered very early in my study of Vedic astrology had the 1st house commence 10 degrees before the ascendant, and 20 degrees after the ascendant, with each house exactly 30 degrees in size.  This is a variation of the Equal House system.  In the whole sign house system, each house is from zero to 30 degrees of each sign.  So someone like Donald Trump, with his ascendant at 29 degrees Leo, has his 1st house from zero degrees to 30 degrees Leo, his 2nd house from zero degrees to 30 degrees  Virgo and so on.

The ancient whole sign or Equal House systems do not reflect the most popular house systems employed by modern western astrologers.  The most popular modern western house systems are quadrant based, with the ascendant commencing the 1st house, midheaven commencing the 10th house, the descendant commencing the 7th house and the IC commencing the 4th house.   There are various ways of dividing the spaces between the four quadrant points to produce the cusps of the intermediary houses usually based either on a time-based system or spaced-base system.

Trump’s horoscope comparing Porphryr and Whole Sign Houses

The above horoscopes compares Donald Trump’s horoscope using the Porphryr quadrant system (similar to Placidus) and the original whole sign house system (WSH).  The Porphryr houses are believed to be the oldest quadrant houses in western astrology.  The difference in the above horoscopes is staggering!  This is why Donald Trump is the perfect candidate for comparing house systems.  However, the Hellenistic astrologers did not perceive the cusps of the Porphryr houses as house cusps, but as sensitive points (within whole sign houses).

The major point of demarcation between the original whole sign house system and quadrant house systems, that have been the most popular over the last 1,000 years, is the role of the ascendant in the 1st house.  Most, though not all, modern western house systems commence the 1st house with the actual ascendant degree.  One variation on this theme is the Morinus house system.[1]

Trump’s horoscope utilizing the Morinus house system

Somewhere between the original Hellenistic astrologers, and the later medieval astrologers, the whole sign house system vanished, and the quadrant styled house systems, usually with the ascendant commencing the 1st house, flourished.  The most prolific medieval astrologers were the Islamic astrologers.  In hindsight, the Islamic astrologers cemented two new goalposts that remain in place for contemporary western astrologers.

Firstly, they cemented the tropical zodiac as the zodiac of choice, whereas the older Hellenistic astrologers almost exclusively employed the sidereal zodiac (until the very last collection of published Hellenistic horoscopes in 516 AD included the first published horoscopes that employed the tropical zodiac with all earlier published Hellenistic horoscopes utilizing the sidereal zodiac).[2]  The Islamic astrologers were probably most influenced by the works of Ptolemy due to his intellectual rigor.  Ptolemy preferred the tropical zodiac invented by Hipparchus in the 2nd century BC, even though his contemporary astrologers basically either ignored the tropical zodiac, or did not bother differentiating between the tropical and sidereal zodiacs due to their very close alignment in their day – which only occurs for a few centuries once every 26,000 years.

Representation of Ptolemy dated to 1584 AD. This reproduction is taken from Popular Science Monthly Volume 78, April, 1911, page 316

Secondly, the medieval/Islamic astrologers eventually lost sight of the whole sign house system, and either developed or accentuated ‘fringe’ Hellenistic quadrant houses that used the ascendant as the beginning of the 1st house.  It appears that the Hellenistic astrologers had more than one house system, but they used these different systems contemporaneously because each house system had their unique purposes.

For example the famous Hellenistic astrologer Vettius Valens (120 – c.175 AD) used the whole sign house system and another system attributed to Porphyry which behaves like many ‘modern’ quadrant house systems.  However, this Porphyry house system was not used to interpret planets in houses, but to determine the strength of planets, and exclusively used the whole sign houses for house interpretations.  According to Robert Hand, where he discusses the use of the whole sign house system and quadrant style house system by the Hellenistic astrologers:

“Could it be that the entire confusion regarding houses in astrology ever since has been the result of trying to combine two completely different sets of criteria for houses into a single system, when in fact they should have met by two different types of houses?”[3]

Hand goes on and states that Valens also used the quadrant based house system for directions only, but exclusively used the whole sign house system for house interpretations.  This dual approach to houses by the ancient astrologers was not limited to Valens, as Ptolemy also had this same bipolar approach to houses.[4]  Other house systems used by the Hellenistic astrologers were the Equal House system and making the 1st house the house in which the Part of Fortune (Lot of Fortune) is located using the whole sign house system.

This apparent house confusion between houses and determining the strength of planets did not make it past the later medieval astrologers.  It seems that the two approaches to houses employed by the Hellenistic astrologers was not lost in translation, because early Islamic era astrologers such as Mashallah ibn Athari (c.740–815 AD) continued to use whole sign houses.  In his “Book of Nativities” there are example horoscopes but the comment is made that even though the sample horoscopes include (quadrant-based) house cusps, “internal evidence suggests that the author used whole sign houses.  These are probably the result of some copyist who, knowing the astrology of his day, added the cusps to ‘correct’ the original”.[5]  By the time whoever copied Mashallah, horoscopic houses had evolved/distorted/decayed from whole sign houses to quadrant houses, and obviously whole sign houses had disappeared into the dustbin of astrology.  The copyist therefore “corrected” the whole sign houses, and turned them into quadrant houses.

Another example of this later tampering occurred with the 6th century Byzantine astrologer Olymmpiodorus in his commentary on the 4th century Hellenistic astrologer Paulus Alexandrinus explaining how construct quadrant based houses, but the text is structured in such a way that strongly suggests that this was not in the original Paulus text or later Olymmpiodorus commentary, but a much later medieval insertion.   History is written by the “winners”, and in this case, quadrant houses won the battle against whole sign houses, and so many references to whole sign houses were later whitewashed.

Though early medieval astrologers continued the tradition of employing two basic and different house structures as employed by the Hellenistic astrologers, this situation changed after the 9th century, and whole sign houses simply and inexplicably disappeared from view.[6]  While the Hellenistic astrologers clearly differentiated the roles and purposes of the whole sign house and quadrant house systems, by the time of the later medieval astrologers, the debate shifted from comparing these two approaches to only comparing which quadrant house system was superior, and so whole sign houses fell off the back of the truck.[7]

According to Chris Brennan, the shift from whole sign houses to quadrant houses was sudden and therefore perhaps not well considered.  After the early medieval astrologers like Sahl and Masha’allah (c. 800 AD) who had continued the tradition of whole sign houses, by the time of Abu Ma’shar (c. 850 AD) there was a sudden shift to quadrant houses.  It was so sudden, it may have all occurred within one generation of astrologers. The disappearance of the whole sign house system coincided with the appearance of over 20 forms of quadrant house systems commencing the modern confusion about multiple house systems.

Title page for a 1504 German edition of De scientia motvs orbis, originally by Māshāʼallāh, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Unfortunately, the details around the switch from the whole sign house system to quadrant based house systems in the early 9th century are unknown.  There are many possible theories such as translation errors.  Also, sophisticated quadrant based house systems require some advanced mathematics, and perhaps many astrologers, who were also usually mathematician by necessity, wanted to show off their advanced mathematical skills by creating more sophisticated and complex quadrant houses?  It may have been faddish by these medieval astrologers to produce a plethora of houses – as Chris Brennan states, perhaps new house systems were like “the iPhone of the 9th century?” – everyone had to have a new one?[8]

There is another forensic insight into this mysterious time when such a major and fundamental change occurred in western astrology.  We know which zodiacal signs are strongly associated with astrology – they are Cancer, Scorpio and Aquarius [Ref: Astrology Through the Ages ].  For example, both Scorpio and Cancer were highly influential at the invention of Hellenistic astrology, and Aquarius periods also show the same tendency.

“…….so much of Hellenistic astrology must have been developed between approximately 125 and 61 BC. Therefore the first appearance of Hellenistic astrology takes place in the Scorpio sub-age (c.189-8 BC) and its Cancer sub-age decan ruling between 189 – 129 BC.  Cancer then moves into its more powerful overflow mode between 129 – 69 BC.  This tightly coincides with the time frame allotted for the development of Hellenistic astrology (i.e. 125-61 BC) by one or more unknown astrologers referred to by later astrologers cryptically as Hermes, Aesculapius, Nechepso, Petosiris and Abram possibly sometime in the late 2nd century BC or early 1st century BC.” [Ref: Astrology Through the Ages ].

The period 800 to 850 AD, where whole sign houses were discarded in favor of quadrant houses, sits within the Cancer sub-age overflow (713 – 894 AD) which is the same timeframe as Gemini sub-age.  The Gemini sub-age has three sub-age decans, and the key decan for astrological purposes is Aquarius.  The Aquarius sub-age decan and overflow (713 – 773 – 833) marks the culmination of heightened astrological focus as both Cancer and Aquarius strongly promote astrology and these signs are overlapping.  This was the strongest astrological time for horoscopic astrology since the invention of Hellenistic astrology in the 1st century BC in a Scorpio sub-age (189 – 8 BC) and Cancer sub-age decan and overflow.  It appears that the shift away from whole sign houses to quadrant house systems most likely occurred once this heightened influence involving both Cancer and Aquarius came to an end in 833 AD.

Towards the end of the Cancer sub-age overflow (713 – 894) sits a Cancer hotspot – specifically the Cancer micro-age and overflow (863 – 894) representing the final sting-in-the-tail by Cancer.  Cancer is the sign that rules houses, and therefore is the sign that rules astrological houses.  Hellenistic astrology developed under a Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (189 – 129 – 68 BC), and the most important development that Hellenistic astrologers introduced to horoscopic astrology was the astrological houses including the ascendant.  It seems just as appropriate that another significant development affecting astrological houses occurred under the next strongest influence of Cancer following is formative stage, even if it was a major mistake.

Later astrologers might have been aware of the old whole sign houses. Guido Bonatti (died c.1296 – 1300) is considered the most celebrated astrologer of the 13th century. [9] In his discussion of astrological houses, he makes the distinction that houses are not the same as signs, but it is unclear what a house cusp indicates because he also seems to suggest that cusps are sensitive points within a house, whereas the modern concept is that cusps are the borders of houses.  Bonatti takes the lead from Ptolemy that the border of each house sits 5 degrees before the cusps?[10]  Therefore, if someone has their ascendant at 29 Degrees Leo, the first house commences at 24 degrees Leo.  While some modern astrologers do make house cusps rubbery, this approach is in stark contrast to most modern astrologers who take house cusps literally as distinct house borders.  This strongly suggests that the modern approach to houses has cut corners.

The big question remains – was the replacement of whole sign houses by quadrant house beneficial, detrimental or neutral to astrology?  The difference between Hellenistic astrology and modern 20th century psychological astrology is massive – swathes of techniques or approaches have disappeared.  Discarded techniques may be valid yet still disappear due to the Law of Diminishing Returns (borrowed from economics).  Basically the Law of Diminishing Returns imply that each succeeding event of a similar type produces less output.  For example, the first ice-cream is delicious, but if the person keeps eating ice creams, each succeeding ice-cream brings less pleasure.

Applied astrologically, there are just so many astrological techniques available, it is not warranted using all available techniques, but selecting a sub-group that produces the best results. So a valid astrological technique still may get jettisoned, even though it has validity and integrity, just because the return on the time invested is insufficient.  Did this apply to the jettisoning of whole sign houses?  Did the new quadrant based houses produce better results?  Or, did the new quadrant based houses replace whole sign houses due to fashion or bias by those involved?

The only way to really test this, is to test it.  Are quadrant based houses more accurate compared to whole sign houses?  Testing astrology can be difficult, which is why no astrological test to date has convinced academics that there is any validity for astrology.  This is where individual astrologers need to undertake their own research.  Any competent astrologer that takes on testing astrology shifts into the proficient astrologer sphere.

I have undertaken a number of tests, and while these tests cannot disprove the validity of quadrant house systems, these tests have proved to me the validity of the whole sign house system. The main test I employed was applied to Donald Trump, as with a 29 degrees Leo ascendant, all his planets, Sun and Moon change house depending which house approach is taken.  [See:  Is Trump the Perfect Guinea Pig for Astrologers ].  My analysis of Donald Trump repeatedly confirms that the most appropriate house structure that should be applied to his horoscope is the whole sign house system.  Any proficient astrologer can use the same test.  Each new lunar month and full moon confirms the validity and integrity of the whole sign house system in the case of Donald Trump.  I have also found the same success applied to my own horoscope, and my clients’ horoscopes.

The study, practise and evolution of astrology parted ways with science and academia some centuries ago, and as a consequence, astrology reflects pre-Scientific Revolution science.  While the Scientific Revolution brought the empirical-based Scientific Method, astrology remains basically with a more ancient method – which I call the Astrological Method.  What is the Astrological Method?  It is the method whereby each generation of astrologers adopt new techniques, evolve existing techniques and discard other techniques.  However, due to the pre-scientific style of the Astrological Method, there is no guarantee that each change is positive or correct.

However, on the other side of the equation, astrologers are not universally stupid, so most changes should be either correct, or relatively correct.  In these situations, the established convention is to apply the 80/20 Rule (also known as the Pareto principle).[11]  This rule indicates for example, that 80% of astrologers may be a combination of novice and competent astrologers, but only 20% are proficient astrologers.  Conversely, it is possible that 20% of astrologers are novice astrologers, while 80% are either competent or proficient astrologers.  Applied in another way, the astrological method probably results in 80% correct results, and 20% incorrect results in the ongoing astrological tradition.

20% is rather large, so if 20% of current astrology is incorrect, it has to be something relatively major.  Faulty house systems is the most likely candidate, and though this does not make quadrant house systems automatically  guilty, it does make faulty houses in the short list of faulty astrology, especially with the track record of houses being out of kilter with most of astrology.  Where else in astrology is there so much contention?  Neil Spencer expressed the situation as follows:

“Disputes over astrological techniques are widespread and often bitterly contested.  Few things in astrology cause as much argument as the meaning of the houses and how their division is calculated.”[12]

Independent of the 80/20 rule, just the fact that the most contentious area in western horoscopic astrology is most likely the houses suggests that this is where the greatest errors of judgement have been made in the past.  The only solution to this house conundrum will be when enough proficient astrologers undertake their own assessment or tests, but this will only occur through astrologers not merely accepting the status quo, but by questioning the status quo.

The biggest problem with research is bias.  If you have a bias that a specific house system is superior to other house systems, this will detract from your research integrity, because you will look for evidence to support your bias, and avoid results that detract from your bias.  To really understand astrology, it is necessary to stand under astrology and let it show you what is true or real, and what is not.  A research astrologer should always be looking for the truth, no matter what the truth may be, and not confirmation of their own perspective.

Another point worth mentioning about whole sign houses is that due to the fact most astrologers have only experienced quadrant houses, many astrologers incorrectly think that whole sign houses make the ascendant disappear.  In whole sign houses, the ascendant point is the strongest point in the horoscope.  This is reflected in Hellenistic astrology by their alternate quadrant house system focussed upon the ascendant to determine which planets are strong in the horoscope (i.e. making contact with the ascendant degree).

My second encounter with whole sign house system occurred in the late 1980s when I was asked to write the weekly horoscope column for the local newspaper.   I quickly realised that my immediate problem was how to determine which house was being activated because a transiting planet could be in one of two houses for each Sun sign (or ascendant).  I realised that the only solution was to use the whole sign house system (which I was already using as a novice Vedic astrologer).  Finally upon the arrival of the internet and online astrology discussion groups, I was able to check with other horoscope columnists, and they all used whole sign houses.  Whole sign house are more ubiquitous than most contemporary astrologers may realise.

In conclusion, the most long term contentious area in western horoscopic astrology is the astrological houses, and the only other contention that has risen to perhaps approach such a high level of controversy is the outer planets.  Since the revival of traditional astrology, there have been claims that the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, are not rulers of Aquarius, Pisces and Scorpio respectively.  Furthermore, some traditional astrologers claim that the process undertaken by the astrological community to assigned zodiacal rulerships for these outer planets was ad hoc and lacked ‘scientific’ integrity.  This controversy may have been more noticeable over the recent past compared to the house controversy.

Where there is smoke there is usually fire, so if the astrological community has had a long-term disagreement about houses, this is probably the smoke suggesting something is not right.  I hear many astrologers claim that their house system of choice works for them, so why bother.  Logic says that using a quadrant house system in place of the whole sign house system will, on average, produce 50% correct results anyway.  Many insights gain from a western horoscope are not related to houses anyway, as is the case with transits and progressions.  Therefore a western astrologer could feel very comfortable utilizing a quadrant house system.  But this does not make it correct or true.

My contention is that those competent astrologers, that have the ability to be proficient astrologers, should focus upon researching houses and develop their own unique tests.  For example, if there is a way of testing if Pluto is in the 1st house, this could be used with Donald Trump, as he has Pluto in the 1st whole sign house, but in the 12th Placidus house. Trump noticeably has a glass jaw, but astrologers seem unable to relate a glass jaw with someone who has their Pluto in the 1st or 12th houses?  Is it obvious or is his glass jaw hidden from view?  Another approach is to examine the ruling planet.  In many cases, the ruling planet will change house, and so this opens up the possibility of qualitative analysis over which of the two ruling house possibilities seems the most appropriate.  At the most simplest level, if you are interested in the house debate, always construct a horoscope using whole sign houses to compare with the house system you normally use.  The more tests the merrier.

References

[1] House Systems use in Astrology

[2]Nicholas Kollerstrom, Position of the Ancient Star-Zodiac, www.astrozero.co.uk, p.115

[3] Vettius Valens, “Anthology, Book II (concl.), & Book III”, translated by Robert Schmidt, edited by Robert Hand, project Hindsight, Greek Track Vol VIII, The Golden Hind Press, West Virginia, 1994, p.iv

[4] Ibid, p. v

[5] Masha’Allah, “Book of Nativities”, translated by Robert Schmidt, edited by Robert Hand, project Hindsight, Latin Track Vol IX-B, The Golden Hind Press, West Virginia, 1994, p.21

[6] Chris Brennan, “Hellenistic Astrology”, Amor Fati Publications, 2017, Denver, p.370

[7] Ibid, p.413

[8] Chris Brennan, “12 Reasons Why Whole Sign Houses Is The Best System of House Division”, PowerPoint, HellenisticAstrology.com

[9] Guido Bonatti, Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:00, May 6, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Guido_Bonatti&oldid=821410402

[10] Guido Bonatti, “Liber Astronomiae Part II”, translated by Robert Schmidt, edited by Robert Hand, project Hindsight, Latin Track Vol VIII, The Golden Hind Press, West Virginia, 1994, p.41-2

[11] Pareto principle, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:24, May 11, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pareto_principle&oldid=839300274

[12] Neil Spencer, “True as the Stars Above”, Victor Gollancz, London, 2000, p.67

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Jupiter in Scorpio (2017-18)

Around 11th October 2017 Jupiter entered the sign Scorpio and will remain in Scorpio until about 11th November 2018.  However, prior to Scorpio, in the period 10th September 2016 Jupiter was in the sign Libra and remained in Libra for 13 months until the 11th October 2017.

See Jupiter in Libra (2016 -17).

Some earlier transits of Jupiter are available:

Jupiter in Leo (2014 – 15)

Jupiter in Virgo (2015 -16)

The symbol for Jupiter

On average, Jupiter takes approximately one year to transit a sign.  The transits of Jupiter will bring mainly fortunate events to your life affecting the activated astrological house associated with your sign.

Of course, if you only read the forecasts and predictions related to your sun-sign, you will get a second or third rate result because the sun-sign is of secondary importance in everyone’s horoscope.  The best result is found from primarily relating Jupiter’s movement to your rising sign (ascendant).

Did you know that sun-sign astrology, as presented in newspapers, was only invented around the 1930’s?  Sun-sign astrology is a secondary astrological technique at best and is a poor substitute for real astrology.  The word ‘horoscope’ is derived from the ancient Greek word meaning `hour’.  It is the hour you are born that provides the greatest astrological insight into your life, not the month of birth!

As the Earth turns on its axis every 24 hours, each of the 12 zodiacal signs rises up over the eastern horizon, approximately one new sign every two hours.  The rising sign (commonly referred to as the ascendant) is the key astrological factor in your life.  Regardless of what sign the Sun was in for the day and month of your birth, any of the 12 zodiacal signs may be rising at the time of your birth including the same sign that your Sun was located (i.e. you were born around sunrise).  Sun-sign astrology in newspapers, magazines and books makes much better sense if you read your rising sign in place of your Sun sign – or at least read both.

The passage of Jupiter through Scorpio will lead to a noticeable change in the good and bad fortune you experience from around 10th October 2017 until 11th November 2018.  You can read two sections.  One section based on your ascendant (rising sign), followed by your Sun sign – unless for you both the Sun sign and ascendant are the same – in which case you only need read one section.  If you do not know your ascendant sign you can only read your Sun-sign.

The ability to indicate where good fortune will appear in your life due to Jupiter is based on astrological houses.  There are 12 houses in a horoscope, with the 1st house covering the eastern horizon, and all other houses appearing in order and counter clockwise from the eastern horizon.  The following descriptions relate to transiting Jupiter passing through the houses in your horoscope, either based on the rising sign, Sun sign or both.

From early March until early July 2018 Jupiter is retrograde indicating that all does not go so well with Jupiter as would otherwise be expected.  Even when Jupiter returns to forward motion, it may not return to its full former positive self until early October 2018.  If you are depending on Jupiter showering you with fortunate circumstances while it is retrograde, or  from July to October 2018 when it is getting back to where it was before going retrograde, you may be disappointed.

The transits of Jupiter are always more significant for people with their Sun or rising sign in Sagittarius because Jupiter is the ruling planet for Sagittarius.  The following predictions are also affected by the house that Sagittarius rules in your horoscope.  Also for all signs, at birth, your natal Jupiter was located in any one of the 12 houses, and the relationship between transiting Jupiter to your natal Jupiter also has an effect.  Neither the house Sagittarius rules or the position of natal Jupiter is taken into account in the following analysis of Jupiter in the 12 houses.

In the following table, look up your sign (in blue), then go horizontally across to the column marked Scorpio (which is highlighted in yellow).  This will tell you which house to read.  You can use this table to look up Jupiter’s transits for any time, provided you know which sign Jupiter was transiting.

Zodiacal signs & houses lookup table

For example, if you are a Taurus (Sun) with Libra rising, your Libra activates the 2nd house, and your Taurus Sun activates the 7th house.  While you can read both descriptions, the rising sign usually provides the best analysis.


1st House of Self  (affecting the sign Scorpio in 2017 -18)

You have hit bonanza territory in this 13 month period.  Jupiter brings a sense of good fortune, optimism and cheer to your life.  You temporarily embrace the attributes of Jupiter and so behave like a Sagittarian, and like a Sagittarian – your optimism should significantly increase.  You are liable to think of distant lands and grand visions of possibilities in your life.  It’s a time when you can be in the right place at the right time.  You should pierce the veil of your day to day life and see where you would like to be, because under Jupiter, you can end up at your goal relatively easily.  You may be focussed on improving your living situation or benefiting from real estate transactions.  You will have to wait until Jupiter shifts to the next sign after this current transit for your good fortune to shift to your income or bank balance.

You may take an added interest in metaphysical or philosophical areas, make a special overseas trip and generally expand whatever area of your life your attention is focused towards.  This is an excellent time for owning or riding horses, though some people get a fixation on horse racing under Jupiter.  You should avoid over doing it, including over indulgence, over commitments, over statements etc. as under Jupiter your mouth can be bigger than your stomach.  Some people suffer from liver, sciatica or hip problems when Jupiter is strong in their chart.

Your partner may be leaning on you during this period or on a social merry-go-round, while any second eldest child is experiencing the same.  An adult second child may find a great new relationship.  Any eldest child may travel overseas while any adult third child has their own child, starts a business or becomes engrossed with a new hobby or creative outlet. Your parent of the same sex becomes successful or receives accolades while your parent of the opposite sex improves their living situation. Friends are staying home unless travelling with their partner – but they may buy that new flashy car.


2nd House of Income (affecting the sign Libra in 2017-18)
Money and financial wealth should be flowing your way at last – either great wads of money into or out of your bank account. This is as good as it gets for boosting your finances or buying something expensive but you should guard against overspending.  You are temporarily like the fabled King Midas.  However, if you are depending upon an inheritance, gift, social security or financial assistance from any partner etc. you may not be so lucky.  Your inner strength may be diminished during this time and so you could feel mildly insecure.

Any partner and/or second child (or third sibling) may have ballooning debts but they may be inordinately lucky at receiving an inheritance or gift or getting plenty of money from the government at this point of time.  Any eldest child (or second eldest sibling) may get a boost in their career or be elected class president.  Any third child may get a boost in their employment opportunities or their first after-school work.

Your parent of the same sex should spend time with friends or non-profit type organisations, groups or clubs to lift their spirits, and perhaps they get a new friend during this time or one of their close friends heads off overseas.  Your parent of the opposite sex should be in good form and either enjoying their financial returns from investments, setting up a new profitable venture or spending a lot of time in a new or established hobby.


3rd House of Communication, Study & Siblings (affecting the sign Virgo in 2017-18)
You may decide to return to study or you may want to spread your knowledge by being a teacher or make greater use of your communicative abilities such as writing or blogging.  It favours communication of all kinds (emails, letters, telephone etc.) and you could purchase a new smartphone that is more expensive than normal.  It indicates a greater emphasis towards local travel (i.e. your local environs and short interstate trips rather than overseas). You may encounter problems if you travel overseas unless you are accompanying your partner.  This period often indicates a time when you will buy a bigger or better car or means of transport.

Any partner and/or second child may be off overseas, or else they are temporarily becoming a great sage through their new metaphysical interests or becoming religious.  Let your partner make the overseas travel plans in this phase or if you are single, lock your passport away for a year.

You could find an interesting neighbour during this time.  Your eldest sibling should do very well in the present circumstances or your relationship with your eldest sibling can be in a growth phase.

Any eldest child (and second eldest sibling) gets a new friend or spends all their spare time with their friends unless they have engaged with a non-profit or altruistic organization and place their energies there.  Any adult third child may encounter the love of their life while your friends are feeling good and one or more may have a child or a new hot love affair unless they are focussed upon business or investment – which could pay off.

Your parent of the same sex should go on holidays, chill out or get totally inspired through the fine arts, drama, dancing etc.  They could always take up surfing or snorkeling or take that cruise they have always dreamt about.


4th House of Domesticity (affecting the sign Leo in 2017-18)

Jupiter is stimulating the home environment.  Your home or where you live should be in a growth phase.  You could renovate, do an extension or purchase a bigger or better home or sell your current home for your benefit but you should not overdo it.  Jupiter rules foreign lands and so it can represent living abroad or purchasing a villa overseas.  It is excellent time for living in a rural environment, especially the type of environment where there are lots of horses.

Jupiter’s placement in this period is not so good for promoting yourself as your personal status or career prospects are at a low ebb when it comes to luck or being in the right place at the right time.  Your eldest sibling could be swimming in money or making a major purchase.  Your parent of the same sex could be feeling positive, optimistic and possibly gallivanting around the world or writing that book.  If your parent of the opposite sex is single, they may form a new relationship or feel that they are living in the wrong place.

Your partner should get that better job or even experience some fame or promotion – the same applies to any second child, but if they are still at school they may get noticed in a positive fashion by the school authorities.  Any third child will be feeling confident, receive some generous funds and perhaps have having fun experimenting with sex.  Friends could see an improvement in their health, get a better work opportunity or their partners drag them away to some exotic location for a holiday.


5th house of Children, Love Affairs & Enjoyment (affecting the sign Cancer in 2017-18)

If you have children this places a special focus upon your eldest child though it can also diffuse to all your children, bringing them luck, overseas travel or big plans. They are in expansion mode, wanting more than they have, or wanting to travel far.  They should experience better fortune in their lives for the period Jupiter is in Libra.  For those people wanting a child, especially the first child, the stars are shining positively upon you.

In some cases, the focus in your life is placed upon a love affair, business activity or entrepreneurial venture, hobby or a creative outlet.  A new lover may be from overseas or be an optimistic person. Business affairs, investments and even gambling, including horse racing, may be temporarily provident for you.  Any new share market investments could do well. However, one or more of your close friends may be going through a period of bad fortune but their partner should be able to keep their ship afloat or your friend is lucky in love.  Friends may curtail or postpone overseas trips during this time.

Any partner (business or personal) or second child may be inspired by their involvement in a non-profit organisation or they are benefiting from a new friend or group of friends – possibly the friend(s) is from overseas.  Any third child probably has travel plans, or desperately wishing they were overseas and regardless of their circumstance, should be experiencing relatively good fortune in this timeframe.  They may also benefit from university during this time.  Your parent of the same sex should be wallowing in buckets of money or financial good fortune, and your parent of the opposite sex could do well in receiving an inheritance, insurance payout or additional social security payments. They may also be very generous in handing out money to their kids or charities.

Any eldest sibling may purchase a bigger or better car, get enthralled with a new vocational course or become a teacher.    Any second eldest sibling is in excellent spirits and feels that the gods are smiling upon them.  Any third eldest sibling should spend as much time with their friends as possible, and may pick up a new friend or two, especially if they are from a foreign land.  Any boss or superior however may be struggling with financial problems unless they have a good business partner but should be well placed for that loan they need.


 6th House of Employment & Health (affecting the sign Gemini in 2017-18)
This is the time for work – so much so that you may have work coming out of your ears – but to your benefit.  Somehow employment opportunities are expanding, and you should have noticed that more work is making it to the in-tray than normal.  You may also get a better job.  Alternatively you may be doing more chores than normal but enjoying it or need to employ more people in your business or get new subordinates in your workplace.

You may dive into an exercise regimen or focus upon a healthier lifestyle but you may not win the battle of the bulge while Jupiter is affecting you in this area.  Jupiter rules expansion so you may be temporarily a glutton or unable to curtail eating habits.  Some may suffer from sciatica, hip or liver problems.  You may purchase a new pet or horse, and an existing pet may win a prize or receive recognition.  You will experience a lot of positivity and good fortune from growing veggies or even running a farm.

Any partner is probably at the other end of the spectrum. While you are gleefully slogging away at your to-do list, they are either in holiday mode or behaving like a sage in a cave, and avoiding the hustle and bustle of life as much as they can and enjoying this situation – they just want to chill-out..  The gods are favoring your partner and/or second child with lighten bolts of inspiration which they should be able to financially capitalise on after the current transit.

Any eldest child could earn a small fortune while any third child may receive some recognition.  Your parent of the same sex will not put down the telephone or is flooding your email inbox – they should focus upon a neighbour, especially if the neighbour is from overseas or highly successful.  Your parent of the opposite sex wants to be overseas or taking a late university degree unless they turn to religion for solace.  One or more friends may finally get that inheritance, gift or pension.  They should be confident at this time and not bogged down with worries or cares.


7th House of Marriage & Major Relationships (affecting the sign Taurus in 2017-18)
Over the course of this transit you may experience the reflected glory of your partner. You benefit from their positivity and the positivity the relationship is bringing you.  You can also have good fortune in a business partnership but leave it to your partner at this point of time for all the major decisions as they have Midas on their side.  You will benefit from any personal or business partnership you commence in this period and you may be attracted to someone from a foreign land.

You may have to let any new visions of grand plans sit on the sideline for some time, unless a partner or team members voluntarily take up your plan from their own enthusiasm and you totally respond to their enthusiasm. You may feel like good fortune has deserted you but this is only a temporary situation.

However, this is a great time for dinner parties, socialising, tying the knot, and working with other people, especially if they are from foreign lands.  You may have to curtail your overseas travel plans during this period, and if you are depending upon luck for any reason, it will probably let you down. This is not a good time to move to a new house or renovate your existing house.

Any eldest child could start a new course or purchase a new car or vehicle (or bicycle).  Any second child should also be going through an exuberant period in their life, they may travel overseas or you may even be having your second child. Because Jupiter rules overseas, this is the most likely time for your partner and any second child to travel overseas, or if you are in a new relationship your partner may be from overseas.

Any third child may have a new friend from overseas, or one or more of their friends excel.  They may also join a club or group.  One or more of your friends may focus upon overseas travel or, write a serious book or become interested in metaphysics or religion. Your parent of the same sex renovates or moves to a better place while your parent of the opposite sex (and any boss) experience success in their career or receives some kind of accolade.


8th House of Debts & Death (affecting the sign Aries in 2017-18)

Jupiter will often bring ballooning loans and debt and possibly dependency upon social security, inheritances, insurance payouts and finances of any partner.  You may temporarily depend upon being supported by your partner who fortunately should be at their peak earning potential or their finances are in a very strong position. You need a rich partner (personal or business) in your life at this point of time as your income earning abilities are not accentuated.  However your potential to receive or give gifts is at its peak during this period.

If a relative or close friend dies at this time you will either be positively philosophical or somehow benefit from the person’s death such as an inheritance.  If young, your sex life may be exuberant during this phase, and you are in your best frame of mind to make any major and positive changes in your life due to some trauma or upheaval. This is an excellent time to be focused upon inner strength, peace or fulfilment as it is unlikely your bank balance will bring you peace of mind.

Any eldest child or second eldest sibling may get a much better living situation, move overseas or their partner experience a career boost.  Any second child could be experiencing a financial bonanza.  A third child may blow out your eardrums from playing their new sound system at too high a volume.


9th House of Foreign Lands & Higher Learning (affecting the sign Pisces in 2017-18)

The potential for overseas travel is very strong in this period.   Alternatively you may find yourself involved with people from overseas or somehow increasing your contact with foreign lands due to business, personal reasons or pleasure.  This placement also means long distance travel of your mind, so you will be most receptive to philosophic input or develop some other interest in metaphysical subjects during this time – you can temporarily be the great sage but do avoid pontificating.  Write that serious book you have always considered but could not find the time to do!

Any partner and/or second child may find their relationship to their eldest sibling improves, or else their eldest sibling is going through a very positive and lucky time, and maybe travelling overseas.  Alternatively this sibling may take up studying or teaching or they may purchase a better car.  This is often a time for a positive connection by your partner and/or second child to one or more neighbours.  Any third child is feeling optimistic and outgoing, with their big plans finally getting somewhere, unless their over-indulgence has caught up with them – you may be attracted to their company more so during this period compared to your other children.

Your parent of the opposite sex (and any boss) should take time out and enjoy all the fine arts, galleries, operas, music and dancing during this time and especially that dream holiday on an idyllic island.  Your parent of the same sex may experience a period of better health than normal but they will need to go on a diet.  A friend may introduce you to one of their friends that will boost your life in some way, or your friends may be involved with a new club or altruistic organisation that brings them great benefits.


10th House of Status & Career (affecting the sign Aquarius in 2017-18)

You may get that cherished recognition during this period and you could achieve a career coup or boost to your status.  Any ‘boss’ or person with status may look upon your kindly or help you in some way.  If you are dealing with government authorities you will probably be surprised at how easy and beneficial such a relationship is at this point of time.  This is your time to shine in the public arena which is where you prefer to shine.  However, for this period, it can come all so easy compared to all the hard work you usually have to endure to get what you want.  You may overspend if you travel overseas.

Your relationship with your parent of the opposite sex is either very fruitful to you at present or in a growth phase – they may also be overseas at times during this period.   Your partner and/or second child (either personal or business) may be overseeing renovations or wanting to move to a better home but not making advances in their career.   Any eldest child and second eldest sibling may be having a good time in their employment.  A third child may experience a financial bonanza.


11th House of Friends & Groups (affecting the sign Capricorn in 2017-18)
You may benefit from your friends’ good fortune or optimistic outlook at this time.  You may gain a new friend that is lucky and has the Midas touch or is from a foreign land.  The emphasis upon your friends also tends to limit your good fortune or luck with love affairs and short term relationships, if applicable.  On a personal level, you may find opportunity and wellbeing working with like-minded individuals towards an altruistic cause such as in a non-profit association or club.  However this good fortune will detract from your business or entrepreneurial activities and profits from any investments – as good fortune is temporarily elsewhere. Avoid investments.

Any partner (both personal and business) should hold the reins of business activity or investments during this time as Jupiter is responding to them in this area, not you.   Any prior children of your current partner, especially their eldest should be doing well or travelling overseas.    Avoid gambling during this phase.  You need to be involved with a cause with public implications rather than put your energy towards a hobby, sport, amusements or entrepreneurial activity during this transit.  Any eldest child (and second eldest sibling) may have a new partner from overseas, or their partner is going through a very favourable time.  Any second eldest child (and third eldest sibling) may have their first child, start a business or get great joy from a new creative activity or hobby during this time.

Any parent of the same sex is feeling inwardly strong or benefiting from money from the government or unearned financial benefit.  Any parent of the opposite sex is enjoying their wealth or earning buckets of money.


12th House of Retreats & Endings (affecting the sign Sagittarius in 2017-18)

At this time you will be most appreciative of your privacy, seclusion and avoidance of drudgery and toil which you should leave to your partner.  You may be strongly inclined to travel to or reside in some exotic secluded location such as a tropical south sea island or rainforest hideaway.  Your good fortune in this phase lies with inspiration, and your inspiration during this time should benefit you from around early October 2018 onward when the possibility of seeing your big plans put into action should be realised in the coming year or so!  Don’t be hasty in starting something new with large prospects but take your time and wait for Jupiter to enter your sign later in 2018.

You may appreciate music (even emulate Jimmy Hendrix), dancing, drama, poetry and any of the fine arts during this phase to the point you may overspend on this area or overindulge in your favorite intoxicant.  Your inspiration may be so high that you discard common sense and spend money as if there is no tomorrow – something you should attempt to avoid during this phase, however you may also make some excellent profit from this area if you have experience in the art world.

It is a good time to finish any unsettled business or discard anything in your life that has been holding you down. Any skeletons in the closet can be put to rest without rancour.  You may see an increase in your compassion, not only to yourself but also to others, so you are more likely during this phase to engage in charitable activities, helping the less fortunate or even looking after someone who is going through a difficult patch.

Your eldest child may be experimenting with sex, living off social security or having restricted income.  Your second child gets a great job.  Your parent of the opposite sex engages in a course, new smart phone, tablet or car.  Your parent of the same sex is busting to travel overseas or be emulating a great sage.


A marble statue of Jupiter from c. 100 AD (also known as Jove)

 

DISCLAIMER

No astrologer, psychic, seer etc can see the future.  An astrologer, like a psychic, seer, clairvoyant etc is like an archeologist.  An archeologist finds a bone or pottery fragment, and then reconstructs an animal or person, or deciphers the social development of a forgotten civilisation.  Similarly with astrology, except an astrologer finds a fragment located in the future.  When Saturn enters Sagittarius or the 4th House, or the progressed moon enters Aries, these are like the pottery shards or thighbone of an animal.  An astrologer must use their imagination and experience to reconstruct a future based on these astronomical fragments.  It is like reconstructing a three-dimensional colour picture from a two-dimension shadow.  Naturally with time, the skill of reconstruction is developed, but no amount of skill will develop a 100% accurate reconstruction of future events and circumstances.

There is no exact view of the future.  Even Nostradamus, the most celebrated astrologer in the world, could not provide forecasts that could be deciphered prior to the event.  Many of his predictions are understood only after the event.  However despite the almost unlimited possibilities in future phase-spaces of a `chaotic’ universe, astrology limits the phase-space possibilities down to a manageable level, but does not eradicate all alternative possibilities.

Any predictions or statements are general statements based on established astrological principals of modern astrology.  They will not all be correct, and some will be totally wide of the mark.  It is unwise to make any decisions based on these statements and predictions as no guarantee is given that these statements and predictions will eventuate.  Provided you clearly understand this disclaimer, the information provided to you here should provide some interesting insights and information for your personal enjoyment.  I do not use astrology to determine what I should do in my life, but I nevertheless find the occasional reference to my horoscope to be illuminating to a certain degree like a weather report


Acknowledment

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Stephen Hawking – An Astrological Eulogy

© Copyright Terry MacKinnell 2018 Under the Berne Convention

“The human race has always wanted to control the future, or at least to predict what will happen. That is why astrology is so popular. . .” Stephen Hawking, in The Universe in a Nutshell  in a chapter called “Predicting the Future,”

There are three astrological views upon Stephen Hawking provided in this article: first the Vedic, secondly a short generational perspective and finally highlights from the western horoscope.  My personal experience is that the Vedic perspective provides the superior natal analysis, whereas the western perspective provides the superior dynamic perspective due principally to the power of the secondary progressed horoscope assisted by transits.  Both perspectives are highly complementary and I believe, provide a far superior analysis compared to using only one style of astrology.

The Vedic Perspective

The perspective provided here of Stephen Hawking’s Vedic horoscope to demonstrate that there is much more to Vedic astrology than just a different zodiac.  The approach Vedic astrology has towards the sidereal zodiac is completely different compared to the approach western astrology has towards the tropical zodiac.  In the practical sense, the only purpose of the sidereal signs is to define the whole sign houses and provide the ruling planet.  In a major contrast, the tropical zodiac in western astrology defines the personality, emotions, desires etc.  There is really no equivalent to this is Vedic astrology because its primary focus is not on the personal side of the individual but their role in society.

I am using a 2:29 am birth time for Stephen Hawking that I obtained online from a number of sources, (i.e. http://www.astrosage.com[1]) – while some reliable sources (Astro databank) disclaimed any knowledge of a birth time, and I do not know if the birth time I am using is rectified or obtained from a reliable source?  Another source shows a birth time of 10:08 am.[2]  However, very quickly upon examining Stephen’s natal Vedic horoscope based on 2:29 am, key features of his life quickly and accurately emerged, but the possibility of error must be noted.  The 2:29 am birth time appears accurate in describing Hawking’s mental aptitude and chronic limitations upon his physical body compared to the chart produced by a 10:08 am birth time.

The first key aspect is his health.  Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease that gradually paralyzed him over the decades.  This is clearly reflected in his Vedic horoscope.  Jupiter, as the ruler of the 6th house of acute health issues is situated in the 8th house of chronic health issues.  Any connection between the 6th and 8th health houses is usually highly detrimental to the health.  Furthermore, Hawking’s ruling planet is Venus, and Venus also rules the 8th house.  In cases like this, the ruling planet connects the 8th to the 1st by its common rulership, which increases the intensity of chronic health issues as it undermines the 1st house of constitutional health.

Hawking’s ruling planet Venus is conjunct Mercury – even though Venus is at 28 degrees Capricorn and Mercury is at 4 degrees Capricorn because any planet in the same house is defined as conjunct in Vedic astrology.  Mercury is the significator of nerve disorders and his Mercury is the ruler of one of the most favorable and unfavorable houses in Vedic astrology – the 9th house of the grace of the gods plus higher learning and the 12th house of decay.  It is readily seen that both houses were highly influential in his life with the decay setting in by 1963 when he was given a diagnosis of just two years left to live but saved by the 9th house of grace and good fortune by well outliving this two year death sentence.  Furthermore, the 9th house is associated with higher knowledge of all types.

Apart from such a strong negative focus upon health issues, Stephen Hawking had a number of raja-yogas in his horoscope, and raja-yogas bring great benefit to the house they occupy and to the overall tenor of a person’s life.  Hawking had one raja-yoga in his 4th house and three raja-yogas in his 7th house – when the average person is extremely lucky to have one raja-yoga anywhere in their natal horoscope.  Raja-yogas are a sign of greatness, and the more raja-yogas, usually more the greatness, but curiously, occasionally I come across some famous or prominent people who have no readily discernable raja-yogas at all – though this is the exception to the rule.

The rulers of kendra houses (the angular 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th) when combined with rulers of trigona houses (1st, 5th & 9th houses) create one form of a raja-yoga.  Venus and Mercury form a raja-yoga because Venus, as ruler of the 1st, is conjunct Mercury, ruler of the 9th (and here we take the 1st house as a kendra house combined with the trigona 9th house).  This is very important for boosting 4th house affairs, and the 4th house rules success in gaining university degrees and formal education in general.  In 1962 he received a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in natural science and in March 1966 his PhD degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, specializing in general relativity and cosmology.  However he received his first BA degree with only studying for about 1,000 hours of work in total over three years as he couldn’t be bothered with learning facts and preferred theory instead.  He was a dissolute party-student while doing his BA but saved by his acute intelligence.

Hawking had at least three raja-yogas in his 7th house.  Saturn, as ruler of the kendra 4th house and trigona 5th house is naturally given yoga-karaka status (when one planet rules both a kendra and trigona houses) which is treated as a raja-yoga.  Mars is also in the 7th house in its own sign (Aries), and any planet in its own or exalted sign in a kendra house is raja-yoga.  The third raja-yoga is found by the fact that Mars rules the 7th (kendra) house while Saturn rules the 5th (trigona) house which again independently creates the condition for a raja-yoga. The 7th house promotes marriage and dealing with the general public.

His strong focus towards the general public is demonstrated when he published A Brief History of Time in 1988 which sold more than 10 million copies in the first 20 years.  The publication in 1988 occurred appropriately in a Jupiter dasa (December 1982 – December 1998) and Mercury bhukti or sub-dasa (August 1987 – November 1989) with Jupiter ruling his 3rd house of media, and Mercury the planet of media plus the ruler of his 9th house of higher learning.  Hawking seemed to have a life-long passion to keep the general public informed about weighty scientific matters.

Hawking published and co-authored a number of books following A Brief History of Time including five children’s books and a number of documentaries and television series.  The Vedic 2nd house is the house of teaching and speaking and its ruler, Mars, is located in the 7th house of the general public – his audience.  It should also be noted that the fallen Saturn played its part is limiting Hawking’s speech by directly aspecting Mars, the ruler of the 2nd house of speech.

Mars’ position in the 7th house is one of the most inimical house placements for a successful marriage and this is called kujadosha, and applies to Mars’ placement in five out of the twelve houses (the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th & 12th but with some exceptions based on the sign associated with the house).[3]  Kujadosha curses the first marriage, which for Hawking ended in divorce.  Saturn is fallen in Aries but not so strongly as it is past its point of highest fallen quality (20 degrees Aries).  This indicates some problem in married life and perhaps is associated with a period of about five years in the early 2000s when his family and staff became increasingly worried that he was being physically abused (by his second wife) but nothing could be proved as Hawking refused to make a complaint.

This possible physical abuse is accentuated because I take the 2nd house as the house specifically defining any second marriage (8th house of death to the 7th house of first marriage).  The 2nd house ruler is Mars located in the 7th house, but the greatest influence on this already combative and forceful Mars is from the fallen Saturn.  The fallen Saturn is therefore the key component of the 2nd marriage and is far more accentuated than its negative influence on his first marriage which was probably associated by his first wife’s strong Christian outlook.  His second marriage ended in 2006 appropriately in a Venus bhukti (October 2005 – December 2008) within his Saturn dasa (December 1998 – December 2017).

His relationship to his first wife, Jane Wilde, commenced in another Venus bhukti (November 1962 – January 1964).  Hawking’s first marriage commenced going off course during yet another Venus bhukti (June 1976 – June 1979) when in December 1977 Jane met her future husband. Hawking decided to formally separate from Jane in February 1990.

The unfortunate placement of Mars and Saturn, as two malefics in the 7th house, directly aspecting back onto his important 1st house is a mixed bag.  Malefics don’t enhance, and the focus on the 1st house undermines his constitutional strength, and he may also have had a difficult personality or nature in some way. However, Saturn is exalted in his Libra rising sign and directly aspect it so this increases his serious scientific outlook and is probably one of the reasons why he was able to live more than 50 more years when given a 2 year death sentence from motor neuron disease.  However, Mars aspecting its opposite sign of Libra ruling the 1st house will detract from his personal physicality.

His diagnosis of motor neuron disease at only 21 years occurred in a Venus bhukti (November 1962 – January 1964), with Venus his ruling planet and the ruler of his 8th house of chronic disease.  Perhaps it was also very fortunate to have occurred in a Mars dasa (December 1957 – December 1964) as Mars is raja-yoga and one of its archetypes is physical strength plus motivation – which may have propelled him well past his two year death sentence due to his highly motivated state of mind or physical strength.

Where did his highly honed intellect come from?  The 3rd house rules both dynamic intellect and physical prowess and with his natal Sun located in the 3rd house, he had the spotlight firmly focused on this house, and the Sun always does everything in excess in Vedic astrology because it is a malefic.  This is further enhanced by because he was born near the very beginning of his Sun dasa (January 1942 – December 1947) before even a different sign bhukti had a chance to arrive.  So the birth dasa is focused solely upon his Sun indicating prominence due to the Sun, and prominence in 3rd house affairs of intellect.

Jupiter, the 3rd house ruler, is however  located in the ‘evil’ 8th house of death, and so it killed his physical prowess, and would also have killed his intellectual acumen but for one salient fact – the 8th house rules both arcane subjects and research and there are probably few things in science as arcane as the research of black holes.  In my experience, the ‘evil’ 6th, 8th and 12th houses are more detrimental to health and the physical dimension compared to the mental plane.

The final major addition to feed Hawking’s intelligence is that the strongest aspect to Venus, his ruling planet is from Mercury, the planet of intelligence, education, learning, analytical ability, teaching, and books.  Any major aspect to the ruling planet is equivalent to the ascendant sign in western astrology, and so with Mercury conjunct his ruling planet, Mercury steels the show when it comes to his nature.  This is rarely personified in Vedic astrology, and so the depersonalized aspect of Mercury is the major influence on his interface with the world.

Hawking’s greatest achievement was to present his theory of Hawking radiation which ultimately meant that eventually, a black hole will

Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Note the gravitational lensing effect, which produces two enlarged but highly distorted views of the Cloud. Across the top, the Milky Way disk appears distorted into an arc.

evaporate.  This not only went against some of his earlier work, but also when he presented this theory, instead of being congratulated by the chair, which is the normal process, the chairperson agitatedly and publicly disagreed with Hawking.  This controversial theory (at the time) was presented in 1974 in a Rahu dasa and appropriately, in a Mercury bhukti (November 1972 – June 1975) – his most influential planet.

It is most probable that Hawking gained his first-class BA (Hons.) degree in another Mercury bhukti (June 1961 – June 1962).  A Brief History of Time was published in another Mercury bhukti (August 1987 – November 1989) coinciding with winning the prestigious Wolf Prize[4] and probably would have been knighted in the same bhukti if he had not turned it down.  The next Mercury bhukti went partially against Hawking, as he opposed the idea of the existence of the Higgs boson which was ultimately discovered in 2012 – resulting in Peter Higgs receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics.  This is perhaps due to the fact that this Mercury bhukti occurred in a Saturn dasa (December 1988 – December 2017) and Saturn is fallen in his chart.  However he did get listed in the list of the 100 Greatest Britons in 2002.

In another blow to his reputation in this same Mercury bhukti in the fallen Saturn dasa, by 2003 consensus among physicists was growing that Hawking was wrong about the loss of information in a black hole and he later (2014) called the alleged loss of information in black holes his “biggest blunder”.

Why didn’t Hawking win the Nobel prize? There are two main reasons.  Firstly, it is one thing to state a theory and receive general agreement or consensus about the theory, but it is another thing to prove the theory.  For example, Peter Higgs received the Nobel prize when he was 86 which he presented over 50 years earlier.  It cost billions of dollars and the technology to build the Large Hadron Collider to be able to prove Higgs correct.  It may take many decades or centuries to prove that Hawking radiation is real.[5]  The second cogent reason why Hawking did not receive the Nobel Prize is due to his fallen Saturn, as Saturn represents formal success and recognition, and its fallen nature must manifest.

A person usually finds their true calling (dharma) in their Saturn dasa.  For Hawking, this occurred from December 1998 until December 2017 – concluding only months before his death.  Did Hawking get fired up about something during this dasa?  Possibly.  In 2006 Hawking posed an open question on the Internet:

In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?

Hawking expressed concern that life on Earth is at risk from a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, global warming, or other dangers humans have not yet thought of.  Hawking stated that, given the vastness of the universe, aliens likely exist, but that contact with them should be avoided.  He warned that aliens might pillage Earth for resources. In 2010 he said:

If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.

Hawking warned that super intelligent artificial intelligence could be pivotal in steering humanity’s fate, stating that:

the potential benefits are huge… Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. It might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.

Hawking argued that computer viruses should be considered a new form of life, and stated that “maybe it says something about human nature, that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive.

Hawking had fairly standard left wing ideas about much of politics, for example in 2003 he stated that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a “war crime”.  It is difficult to say if anything new in his life appeared in this Saturn dasa that would change some kind of basic orientation or leaning.? With Saturn fallen in his Vedic horoscope, this may also have prevented any new positive outlet for his personal direction?

Hawking’s death on 14 March 2018 occurred at the very beginning of a Mercury dasa (December 2017 – December 2034) and dasa changes are usually stressful or indicate a major change, while Mercury is conjunct Hawking’s ruling planet Venus, which invokes jointly the 1st house of self and 8th house of death – never a good combination.  Even more pertinent, Mercury is located in the 4th house that rules the end of life.    So the health aspect and death appear to fit well with the given time of 2:29 am for Hawking’s birth time.  It may be just coincidental, but he was born at the beginning of the Sun dasa with the bhukti also the Sun, and he died at the beginning of his Mercury dasa with the bhukti also Mercury.  I have not seen this type of combination before.  It implies greater focus than normal.

Generational Astrology

Another sidereal technique which is not related to Vedic astrology but found from the sub-periods of the astrological ages indicate that Stephen Hawking was born in the Pre-Boomer generation defined by the combination of Capricorn with Sagittarius and applied to all those people born from August 1940 to February 1948.  This generation is above average in producing three times as many US presidents than normal – Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Donald Trump.  Obviously the combination of status-orientated Capricorn combined with expansionary Sagittarius had is effect on the ability of this generation to make a mark for themselves.  No US presidents were born in the following Baby Boomer A generation – perhaps they inhaled too much?

There is tantalizing evidence that generations seek or are orientated in some way towards the opposite signs of their generational signature.  For the Capricorn-Sagittarius generation, this means an orientation towards Cancer and Gemini.  Did this generation seek something in Cancer and Gemini archetypes that is noticeable?[6]

Did Hawking seek Cancer and Gemini in his life?  With Cancer ruling the general public and Gemini ruling communication, these two combined certainly synchronized with a major driving force in his life.[7]  Donald Trump also seems fixated on the Cancer-Gemini duality with his strongly focus appeal to the Cancer common folk and his idiosyncratic use of Twitter as a major means of communication and his folksy style of talking in general.

It is also a common observation that many people end their life in the period ruled by their opposite generational signs.  In the case for Hawking, a Pre-Boomer, the opposite period to his Capricorn- Sagittarius generation is the Cancer-Gemini period (December 2014 – June 2022).

 

Western Highlights

Vedic and western perspectives tend to focus on different areas, so using both perspectives produce complementary perspectives and therefore provide a greater understanding of a person or event.  My research indicates that one of the greatest areas for advancement in the current 21st century will be towards bi-lingual astrologers, especially post 2029 due to the Gemini sub-age decan overflow (2029 – 2088).  This period will not only engender bi-lingual astrologers in place of the current norm of mono-astrologers (who only use one type of zodiac), but will also foster the further defragmentation of astrology.  The four stage Gemini sub-age decan overflow entered stage 2 in the year 2000, and the tempo of defragmentation has accelerated significantly since that time.  Prior to 2000, the norm in the astrological world remained basically the same as the astrology presented in the 1960s and 70s when nearly all western astrologers followed and applied the same techniques.

Hawking’s western natal horoscope has him with Libra rising (he belongs to that quarter of people that have the same sign rising in both the western tropical zodiac and Vedic sidereal zodiac).  Libra explains why he was a party student when he was at Oxford and visually, Hawking had that mild effeminate look common to many males with Libra rising.  With his ruling planet Venus in his 5th house, this increases his early fun-filled life and ‘decadence’ in his university life.

Saturn conjunct Uranus in the 8th house of research is probably the key configuration that predestined Hawking to his scientific research as these two planets combine science and logic with lateral left-field perspectives.  Uranus also brings the element of stunning insights to the normally staid planet of Saturn.  Saturn enabled his Uranian insights to be presented logically and scientifically. Mercury favourably enters the picture being tightly trine his Uranus, and with Uranus considered the higher octave of Mercury, he had his mental energy highly honed.  Naturally, being born with his Sun in Capricorn enhances his scientific credentials.

Pluto conjunct the midheaven also contributes towards his career as Pluto is the planet of outer space and so Hawking was astrologically primed towards cosmology.  Pluto also implies a complete restructuring of his career, and this certainly happened when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 21 – he fell into depression and lost interest in his university work.  However, out of this bottomless pit, Hawking resurfaced and only started to work in earnest as if the arrival of his motor neuron disease actually propelled him to start working rather than being a frivolous university party student more focussed on drinking beer at the pub than work.

Mars is almost exactly opposite Hawking’s ascendant degree with both tightly square to his Mercury.  Oppositions and square bring negative consequences, and in Hawking’s case it ruled the loss of his control over muscles and thus physical activity, and his stressed Mercury brought restrictive issues to movement and speech. Hawking had a reputation for brashness which put some of his colleagues off.  He was also a mad driver of his wheel chair which is another manifestation of the difficult side of Mars, but his over-the-top Mars obviously provided his energy needed to circumvent of normally catastrophic illness.

His nodal axis finds his south node in Pisces and north node in Virgo with both nodes tightly square Jupiter.  Jupiter will amplify any situation and his south node indicates why he initially could not be bothered learning details and instead, preferred grand theories which resulted in him almost not getting the top academic achievement possible with his first university degree.  The north node in Virgo indicated that he avoided detailed and exacting study, and it was only after the arrival of his crippling illness, did he start embracing his Virgo north node and diligently applied himself to his scientific work in earnest.  This correctly conforms to the tradition associated with the north node – people avoid their north node, but it is only through incorporating the north node that a person feels ‘complete’.

People with Libra rising have all their houses ruled by the opposite of their natural signs, further enhancing the Libra balance archetypes of opposites manifesting in their life.  Therefore his nodal axis from the perspective of the houses had the opposite intent when examined by their signs.  With the south node in the 6th house of health, he needed to extract himself from the limitations and confinements that difficult health situations can bring, and this is what occurred to him.  He was able to focus on the ‘big picture’ (12th house) of his scientific work and avoid focussing upon his invalid status.  This is born out even in the early years of his sickness.

Hawking had two grand trines

  1. Moon (20 Virgo), Sun (17 Capricorn) and Saturn ( 22 Taurus)
  2. Neptune (29 Virgo), Mercury (27 Capricorn) and Uranus (27 Taurus)

It is very possible that these two grand trines provided extra fortification for Hawking in his battle with motor neuron disease and his quest for understanding the laws of the universe.

A pre-natal eclipse on 21 September 1941 (27 Virgo 48) is almost exactly two degrees away from his natal Neptune (29 Virgo 51) indicating that Neptune is more ‘advanced’ in his horoscope compared to normal.  This probably contributed to his natural ability to play with major theories and conceptualizations such as taking the collapse of a star into a black hole as the starting point for viewing the big bang of the universe being much the same process but reversed in time.  Hawking’s eclipsed Neptune, as ruler of his 6th house of health, may also have fortified his constitution to fight off motor neuron disease allowing him to ‘eclipse’ this dreaded disease.

INITIAL HEALTH PROGNOSIS

The following chart maps the transits to Hawking’s progressed chart dated 25 December 1963 as this was the Christmas that his deteriorating health condition became noticeable to his family.  For those novice astrologers, a progressed chart is almost exactly the same as transits, except the progressed chart is based on ‘a day for a year’.  So if we examine what is happening to someone in their 35th year, we examine the transits 35 days after birth.  It is a powerful technique that brings an extra dimension to predictions.  The progressed chart can be examined on its own, compared to the natal horoscope plus transits to the progressed chart always provides additional insights.  It is this combination of transits to his progressed chart for Christmas 1963  when it became obvious to Stephen Hawking and his family at age 21 that he had a serious health problem.

The key transits in play include:

  1. Transiting Pluto conjunct his progressed north node (and natal north node)
  2. Transiting north node conjunct his progressed Moon
  3. Transiting Saturn conjunct progressed Saturn
  4. Transiting Saturn conjunct natal Venus (ruling planet but not shown in the above)

The nodes are usually powerful at fateful times in a person’s life, and with transiting Pluto (the planet of death) conjunct his north node (both natal and progressed) and the transiting north node conjunct his progressed Moon – this indicates the fateful nature of his motor neuron disease appearing in his life at this time.  Transiting Saturn conjunct his progressed Saturn and natal Venus indicates the dour atmosphere from the prognosis of motor neuron disease that dropped onto Hawking’s life like a lead weight and the resultant mental depression this caused.

Progressed to Natal Horoscopes at 1985 Health Crisis 

During a visit to CERN on the border of France and Switzerland in mid-1985, Hawking contracted pneumonia, and almost died.  The following progressed  to natal chart clearly shows that the progressed Moon had entered his 8th house of mortality only a few months earlier and this provides one of an almost infinite number of examples why whole sign houses are the correct house system in western astrology.  Also of note is that his progressed Sun entered the 10 year Pisces decan only a little more of a year earlier bringing the reality of hospitals and ‘endings’ firmly into his life.

 

Other relevant progressed to natal aspects at this crucial time in Hawking’s life include:

  1. Venus, his ruling planet (5 Aquarius 40), was almost exactly conjunct his IC (5 Aquarius 46 ) which is not directly shown in the above but directly opposite the MC (5 Leo 36) and therefore at its ‘lowest’ point being directly opposite his midheaven.
  2. Progressed Mars was almost exactly conjunct his natal Saturn and had just become conjunct with his progressed Saturn indicating that saturnine limitations were in full power and with Mars a significator of physical health, Saturn usually brings bad news.
  3. Progressed Mars was also square natal Venus, his ruling planet, bringing physical distress.
  4. The progressed ascendant was almost exactly opposite his natal and progressed Uranus, indicating a sudden and negative turn of events.
  5. Progressed Venus was also tightly opposite his natal Pluto bringing a harsh experience of mortality to his ruling planet.

DEATH CHARTS

Progressed Chart at Death

Hawking’s above progressed horoscope at the time of his death is again another validation of whole sign houses as  his progressed Moon is only in his progressed 8th house of death if using whole sign houses, otherwise it sits forlornly in the 7th house using an ascendant based house system such as Placidus.  It should be noted that both at death, and when he almost died during a health crisis in 1985, the progressed Moon was in his 8th house of death and mortality in both instances.

Progressions to Natal Horoscope at Death

  1. Hawking’s progressed ascendant (19 Sagittarius 05) was square his natal Moon (19 Virgo 52) which introduces another major vulnerability as the square aspect between two very important components of both his natal and progressed charts does not bode well..
  2. Also of interest is that his progressed Venus (19 Aquarius 24) has almost returned to its natal position (20 Aquarius 41) after it had spent a large portion of his life going retrograde and was attempting to get back to ‘home’ at the time of his death.

Transits to Natal Horoscope at death

 

The key transits:

  1. Transiting Uranus (26 Aries 32) directly opposite his natal ascendant (26 Libra 36) introducing a sudden and unexpected event with unfortunate consequences due to the detrimental opposition aspect.
  2. Transiting Neptune (14 Pisces 17) was tightly conjunct his natal south node (14 Pisces 58) in the 6th house of health. Neptune is associated with ‘endings’ and the nodes introduce a karmic element inasmuch, it was time for Hawking to conclude this life.

Transits to Progressions

The key transits include:

  1. Transiting Mars (28 Sagittarius 08) square progressed Neptune (28 Virgo 21) with Neptune ruling the 4th house of end of life.
  2. Transiting Mars conjunct the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius 03) perhaps providing an acknowledgments by the gods of Hawking’s strategic work in cosmology?
  3. Transiting Pluto (20 Capricorn 54) square progressed midheaven (22 Libra 25) which ties back to his natal horoscope where natal Pluto was tightly conjunct his natal midheaven. Pluto can take a pivotal role at death because it is the planet of death and in this case, it provides a classic example of Pluto and the midheaven linked tightly both at birth and death.

POSTSCRIPT

It is much easier comparing a person’s life with their various horoscopes after the event.  Could Stephen Hawking’s life be predicted at birth based on his birth horoscopes?  The overriding issue is the relationship between a horoscope and a person.  The horoscope can be considered a two-dimensional blueprint only, and even as a blueprint, it cannot be exactly the same as a normal blueprint because a construction blueprint provides exact dimensions and position.  So a horoscope is actually a blueprint with fuzziness.

This fuzziness is probably due to the nature of astrology at its source.  Astrology is obviously associated very strongly to some subtle mathematical techniques and in some way with the quantum world.  Nothing seems sensible or reasonable in the quantum world because the definitions between space, time and matter seem to overlap in some way.  All sorts of unfathomable interrelationships occur at the quantum level.

In addition, there is a growing consensus amongst scientists that at the core of reality sits some kind of holographic framework.  There are a lot of similarities between holograms and horoscopes.  Using a standard horoscope as a starting point, an array of supplementary horoscopes can be derived with almost no limit.  For example, apart from the natal horoscope spreading out into comparisons with transits, progressions, directions etc, transits can be directly associated with progressions (as I have employed in this article), yet physically at no point do transits and progressions directly link in time.  Then there are harmonic charts which really have no end of possibilities and trail off into infinity.

The probable association between quantum mechanics and astrology indicates why astrology can be both precise and vague at the same time, because astrology is probably one of those rare manifestations of the quantum world into our world.  If quantum mechanics involve fuzziness, so should horoscopes.

This is highly relevant in the case of Stephen Hawking.  Hawking was intellectually brilliant according to those who knew and worked with him.  Certainly this brilliance can be attributed to Hawking’s western natal horoscope with Saturn conjunct Uranus combining the planet of exception (Uranus) with the planet of logic and science (Saturn).  But if Hawking wasn’t a scientist or in academia, this same combination could also describe someone with little or limited individuality or even with a retarded intellectual nature.

The same issue occurs in the Vedic natal horoscope.  With the ruler of the 3rd house of exceptional intellect being located in the ’evil’ 8th house of death, someone with this in their chart could be intellectually stunted…. unless they were in involved in research, especially arcane research such as Black Holes.

This intrinsic vagueness on the part of astrology also indicates why it is so hard to pin astrology down empirically, because the tools used to investigate astrology apply more to the world we know rather than the quantum world that only a few scientists really seem to know something about.  Employing Newtonian mechanics to understand astrology is probably the wrong medium.  Astrology should be viewed as a manifestation of unusual mathematics, such as the Modulus function, the quantum world, String Theory and holograms and approached accordingly otherwise we are trying to force a square peg into a round hole.

RIP Stephen Hawking

REFERENCES

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAWKING’S SCIENTIFIC LEGACY

[1] www.astrosage.com/celebrity-horoscope/stephen-hawking-birth-chart.asp & http://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Stephen_Hawking

[2] https://birthcharts.astro-seek.com/birth-chart/stephen-hawking-horoscope

[3] James Braha, “Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer”, p 67-8

[4] The Wolf Prizes in Physics and Chemistry are often considered the most prestigious awards in those fields after the Nobel Prize

[5] Christopher Mooney, Why hasn’t Stephen Hawking won the Nobel Prize yet?

[6] Terry MacKinnell, The Pre-Boomers (Capricorn-Sagittarius generation Aug 1940 – Feb 1948)

[7] Terry MacKinnell,  The Pre-Boomers (Capricorn-Sagittarius generation Aug 1940 – Feb 1948)

 

Eclipse Stories – the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

If you have waited to notice the effects of the total lunar eclipse at almost 12 degrees Leo around 31st January 2018, you probably missed the punch line which probably occurred weeks, if not months ago.  Theory states that the effects of an eclipse can stretch well before or after the actual date of the eclipse, but this is not what I have found.  It seems that the effects of an eclipse usually occurs before the eclipse, usually in the month leading to the eclipse, and more often than not, two weeks or more before the eclipse.  Many people will also experience the effects of an eclipse on the day of the eclipse, especially if the eclipse does not strongly aspect anything important in the natal chart.  In my experience, EVERYONE experiences every eclipse to a greater or lesser extent, but there is some skill required to see the correlation in each case.

I have only reviewed the Leo lunar eclipse with a limited number of people so far, and in every case, there were strong astrological connections to the eclipse, which in itself is unusual enough.

My partner’s chart

PARTNER

The chart of my partner has the lunar eclipse almost exactly square my partner’s natal Moon, which therefore highly activates the eclipse.  Both the Moon, and the 4th house it rules (for an Aries rising), includes not only homes and domestic reality, but also early and end-of-life periods in a person’s chart.  About 2 weeks ago, while we were staying at our favorite Australian beach village, she told me that when the time comes, this is where she wants us to retire.  We have been living on our regenerative rain forest property for 17 years, but we had never made plans for how long this should last.  Therefore this statement of intent by my partner was major change in direction, and eclipses are noted for marking major changes in direction.

RELATIVE

The second chart is for a relative, and is notable for the fact that Mercury’s position at the time of the eclipse is only a few minutes away from an exact square aspect to her natal Moon.  Eclipses are especially powerful on the two luminaries, even if the Sun or Moon positions at the eclipse are not directly activated.  In this case, the natal Moon, being one of two luminaries, is activated, but not directly from the eclipsed Moon or eclipsing sun, but Mercury at the time of the eclipse.

Relative’s activated Mercury

Perhaps due to the fragmentary nature of Mercury, my relative experienced three out-of-the-normal events in the weeks leading up to the eclipse.  Firstly, she had to call the fire brigade to her house because she accidentally placed an electric hot water jug onto a gas stove, which she then absently-minded lit, and then went back to watch the TV.  The key word here is absently-“minded” as Mercury rules the mind.  Closer to the eclipse, while driving her car, she clipped a roadside garbage bin, and scratched her car.  Both cars and driving are ruled by Mercury.  Thirdly, while cleaning the kitchen ceiling, her hand clipped the electric ceiling fan which was operating, and injured her hand.

Visiting friend’s chart

FRIEND

A visiting friend has the eclipse conjunct her natal Sun.

Firstly, in October, over three months before the actual eclipse, she had major open-heart surgery, and was told that if she did not have the surgery, she did not have long to live. The lunar eclipse is only 2 degrees away from her natal Sun, with both the Sun and Leo associated with cardiac problems.  This is a classic example that while 80% of eclipse manifestations usually occur in the month leading to the eclipse, the closer the eclipse is to a natal luminary, the stronger and further away in time its effects.  However, this friend is still greatly weakened and affected by their cardiac surgery even now, and will take many more months to recover if not years (with transiting Saturn only shifting in Capricorn in December 2017).  It is also notable that this eclipse occurred in her 8th house, and the cardiac surgery is classified as a brush with mortality, which is always associated with the 8th house.

Furthermore, just a few weeks before the eclipse, she deregistered herself from  her multi-decade career as a health professional, thus making one of the most major and significant change in life that a person will normally experience, as she is now retired.  This is the type of change expected from a major eclipse associated closely with a luminary in her natal chart.

MY ECLIPSE EXPEREINCE

The lunar eclipse is also in my 9th solar house, and within days following the eclipse, we are doing a major overseas trip to South East Asia.  Eclipses often activate the solar chart.

The eclipse in my chart is directly opposite my ascendant:

My chart

The lunar eclipse is only 2 ½ degrees from being directly opposite my ascendant.  With the lunar eclipse in the 7th house of my partner, this indicated that my partner should be experiencing some major change in direction, which is the retirement plan to move to our favourite beach.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT

This eclipse I call the championship eclipse, because it is in the heroic sign of Leo.  A few days before the eclipse I watched the men’s and women’s single finals at the Australian Open tennis tournament.  Usually I find the finals rather dull as more often than not it is an unbalanced competition between one excellent player, and one below par.  Due to this mismatch, I usually prefer to watch the quarter and semi-finals for the high quality matches.

This time, both finals were as good as they get because each player was almost at the same level.  Roger Federer, at age 36, slugged it out with the 29 year old Marin Cilic and it was only towards the end of the 5th set that Federer nudged ahead and won the match, his record breaking 20th Grand Slam trophy. It was a magnificent match to watch.  In the women’s final, Caroline Wozniaki of Denmark defeated Simona Halep in an extremely close-fought match and won her first Grand Slam title though she had been previously rated as the number one women’s player.  Commentators stated that it was a stunning final.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer wins his 20th Grand Slam trophy

Roger Federer had the eclipsed Moon only 4 degrees away from his natal Sun and 2 degrees from his natal Mercury, the ruler of his 1st house and 10th house of status – so this is a powerful eclipse for Roger.  In addition, he had transiting Jupiter conjunct his natal Moon, bringing a sense of good fortune and luck.

Caroline Wozniaki

There is no birth time for Caroline, and the eclipsed Moon is not making any aspects whatsoever to any of her natal planets.  However, the transiting eclipsing nodes were square her Pluto, and even more relevant, transiting Jupiter was almost exactly trine her natal Jupiter.  It seems that Jupiter is a good planet to have onside in any contest.

DAUGHTER

In the few weeks leading to the eclipse, my daughter has been experiencing excruciating pain from a pinched nerve in her shoulder.  She has Leo rising, so she is more prone than normal to experience the sharp end of the stick with the eclipse in Leo.  In my daughter’s case, transiting Uranus is square her natal Mercury, and transiting Pluto is square her natal Pluto.  Both these transits could be used to explain her condition, but the eclipse in her rising sign definitely raises the stakes for a health problem associated with the 1st house.  My daughter is between jobs, so the Pluto aspect mirrors her financial situation.

Daughter

CLIENT

I emailed a note to some vulnerable clients in my database that indicated they were prone to this eclipse, and one got back to me almost immediately with her recent health problem.  She is Leo rising so is immediately in the cross-hairs of the eclipse.

She broke her foot about 2 weeks before the eclipse and the eclipsed Moon was within a degree conjunct her natal Moon in her Leo ascendant. Her natal Moon is ruler of her 12th house, and the 12th house is associated with feet.  In addition, transiting Mars is almost exact in its square to her natal Mars indicating a time highly prone for an accident.  With transiting Saturn passing through her 6th house, she is liable to take far longer in recovering from this injury compared to normal, or she is in for a multi-year period of unrelated health problems.  With Capricorn ruling her 6th house, and Saturn currently located within, she most likely has osteoporosis, and therefore will spend the next few years accommodating this condition into her life – something that affects 50% of women in her age group.

Client

PRESIDENT TRUMP

Even Donald trump gets caught with this eclipse because he is Leo rising.  Of course, those astrologers that continue to use ascendant-based house systems (such as Placidus etc) will have this eclipse in his 12th house, but the real house this eclipse occurs in is the 1st house because the whole sign house system is far more accurate in horoscopic analysis.  He has already been in the spotlight at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,  and his first state of the union address was only about a day before the eclipse.   Trump is basking in the Leo eclipse in his 1st house and certainly is not skulking in the depths of the 12th house during this eclipse!  [see WHOLE SIGN HOUSES INTERACTION].

This lunar eclipse is only 1 1/2 degrees away from an exact conjunction to Trump’s natal Pluto.  With Pluto ruling debts, taxes and regeneration, this eclipse probably marks the recent massive tax cut that gave pennies to the average person and millions, if not billions to the rich.  With a major change in direction of debt highlighted, we can expect a dramatic increase in the national debt of the USA in the coming years – a recurring problem when the Republicans hold the levers of power.  As Trump stated in his speech:

“Meanwhile Americans in the top 1% of earners will save hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, through the cuts, according to the Tax Policy Center. The president’s family could save as much as $11m, according to an analysis by the New York Times. The tax plan also eliminated the estate tax, which only affected a few thousand extremely families with extraordinary wealth, and it is expected to add $1tn to the national debt.”[1]

Donald Trump

The regeneration promised by the eclipse conjunct Trump’s natal Pluto played out effectively:

This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.  So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve absolutely anything.

And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.

Pluto also rules nuclear weapons and Trump was not tardy in his declaration:

As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet, sadly.

Pluto rules revolution, and this time he is encouraging revolution in Iran plus referencing the Iran nuclear deal:

When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.  I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.

This is a classic eclipse in action!  Unfortunately Trump did not mention that the USA orchestrated a post Second World War coup in Iran deposing the democratic government, because it nationalized the oil fields, and so the USA replaced the deposed democratic government with the monarchical Shah of Iran.  Iran has never really recovered from this destabilization forced upon it by the USA.  The USA did not care about democracy, it just wanted the oil!

As Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, several members of Congress wore black to draw attention to the watershed #MeToo movement around sexual harassment and misconduct.

This State of the Union address was almost an ode to Pluto!

Eclipses often activate the solar chart, especially if the eclipsing Sun or Moon is closer in aspect to the natal Sun rather than the natal ascendant.  Eclipses do not differentiate between the ascendant and Sun, and behave as if each component is of similar importance.  I cannot remember an example of a post-eclipse manifestation, which does not mean they don’t exist. It is possible that eclipses are just as effective post-eclipse as pre-eclipse, but because the lead up to an eclipse is highly publicized, our attention turns elsewhere once the eclipse occurs, and perhaps we miss further correlations to the eclipse in the following months.

Reference

[1] http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/jan/30/state-of-the-union-address-donald-trump-live-updates

Trump’s Aquarius Lunar Month 2017

It could be argued that by forensically analyzing Trump’s political machinations correlated with lunations and full moons that I am forecasting the past.  My purpose, at this stage, is not focused upon prediction but research.  Forensic astrological analysis is an excellent tool for research.  In this research, I am trying to discern which house system(s) provide the greatest accuracy in hindsight as there is rarely any argument after the event that the event occurred – except for conspiracy theorists! In this post, I am also utilizing solar houses, but I will be promoting whole sign solar houses over solar equal houses (which commence each house with the same degree of the Sun)!

First Quarter of the Aquarius Lunar Month (27 Jan – 3 Feb 2017)

With the activation of Trump’s 7th whole sign house of confrontation and opposition by the new Aquarius lunar month, Trump had, as his first target, Muslims from seven “terrorist” countries.  The New Moon on 27 January 2017 at 8 degrees Aquarius sits firmly in Trump’s 7th whole sign house but 6th Placidus or ascendant based house as the following two versions of Trump’s horoscope indicate.


The Aquarius new Moon using whole sign houses to Trump’s natal chart


The Aquarius new Moon using Placidus houses to Trump’s natal chart


It is not a minor matter that the two very different types of house systems produce radically different horoscopes.  Lunations with their associated full moons including an average of 4 eclipses each year provide insights equal to all the planetary transits combined.  Only one of these charts can be correct.

Trump’s travel ban commenced quickly upon the arrival of the Aquarius new moon on Friday 27th January 2017 and by Saturday 28th January chaos commenced at international airports around the world as many people with perfectly legal travel documents were summarily excluded from travelling to the USA.  Furthermore, the last day and first day of any lunar month is defined as a black moon because the moon cannot be seen by the naked eye on these days.  In ancient times this was a well-known astrological insight but seems to have become lost in contemporary astrology.  The effects of the black moon are adequately expressed by the term.

The travel ban is not exclusively related to the Aquarius lunar month activating Trump’s 7th house of confrontation and “the enemy”.  The Aquarius lunar month also activated Trump’s 9th solar house (from his Gemini Sun) of international affairs including immigrants and refugees.

Unless an astrologer is conversant with lunations and full moons, they will tend to overlook the effectiveness of the lunations and full moons applied to the solar chart.  However, while the Solar Equal Houses are popular with a small number of astrologers, where the 1st solar house begins with the degree position of the Sun, I will again be drawing attention to whole sign houses – in this case solar whole sign houses.  This is how sun-sign forecasters use houses – always whole sign solar houses.  If you want to test the accuracy of a sun-sign forecaster in newspaper, magazines etc., read the forecast applied to your rising sign as well as your sun sign.  Apart from the fact the forecast will usually be more relevant to your rising sign compared to your sun-sign – if the forecaster has astrological proficiency, you should be able to detect this with the forecast applied to you.

After many years of following lunations, full moons and eclipses, I have found that solar whole sign houses are almost equivalent in strength to ascendant based houses when applied to the Moon and eclipses – though perhaps ascendant based houses have the edge over solar houses?

With Trump’s Sun at 22 degrees Gemini, the new Aquarius lunar month commencing with the Sun and Moon at 8 degrees Aquarius sits firmly in Trumps 9th solar whole sign house (but 8th solar equal house).  Already the 90 day arrival ban on citizens from Muslim countries Trump does not like has instantly invoked the 9th solar whole sign houses as visas, passports and all international travel is ruled by the 9th house.

Donald Trump’s choice in the first few days of the Aquarius lunar month to fill the year-long vacancy for a new judge on the US Supreme Court also invokes the 9th solar whole sign house – any supreme court is associated with the 9th house, Sagittarius and Jupiter. [1]

The first week/quarter of the Aquarius lunar month also witnessed the dumb deal previously made between President Obama and the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.[2]  President Trump’s fury at this “dumb deal”, in the dying days of Obama’s presidency, ticks a number of astrological boxes.  Firstly it involved the alliance between the USA and Australia – a 7th house matter of partnership.  Secondly, it activated the solar 9th whole sign house for international affairs and immigrants and refugees.  The fact that Trump picked up that this dumb deal was a dumb deal so quickly tells us he is street smart (he has his natal Sun in Gemini).  The Australian prime minister was playing politics.  Why should Australia send a bunch of refugees languishing in a tropical island to the USA for resettling instead of just resettling them in Australia especially when taking into account that Australia has twice rejected New Zealand’s offer to take some of the refugees.

Second & Third Quarters of the Aquarius Moon (3 Feb – 20 Feb 2017)

With the arrival of the quarter moon on Friday 3rd February 2017, the travel ban was quickly suspended by a federal court.[3]  Why, because the 2nd and 3rd quarter moons are more influenced by the full moon rather than the lunar month.  In this case, the emphasis at the cusp of the 1st and 2nd quarter moons  instantly flicked from 7th (and 9th solar whole sign house) to the 1st (and 3rd solar whole sign house) as the following full moon to natal chart using both house systems displays:


Trump’s lunar eclipse using whole sign houses


The Leo lunar eclipse using Placidus houses

As with the whole lunar month, the house emphasis of the full moon, which was also a lunar eclipse, is very different using the two different approaches to houses.

Ivanka Trump – February 2017 courtesy of “The Guardian”

The main events under this full moon two week period were:

  • Ivanka Trump’s commercial problems
  • the resignation of Michael Flynn
  • the apparent softening in the USA’s in commitment to the two-state Israel-Palestine solution
  • the press conference to end all press conferences.

Details of all the above can be found in Trump’s First House Leo Lunar Eclipse but it should be noted that all the events associated with the Leo full moon, (except Michael Flynn) include contextual relationships to the 7th whole sign house (and 9th whole sign solar house).  The contextual relationship between the Muslim ban and the 7th and 9th houses has already been made.  Ivanka, as the second child, is ruled by the 7th house (derived 3rd house of next eldest sibling to the 5th house of eldest child).  The downplaying of the two state solution is an affront to the displaced Palestinians who have had their homeland stolen from them by the last of the European invasions.  And finally, the press conference defined the press as “the enemy of the people” (7th house of enemies and 9th solar whole sign house opposing the 3rd house of the media).

The exception in the above was Michael Flynn, who is most likely the manifestation of the weak Leo lunar eclipse conjunct Trump’s natal Mars.  With a 4 degree orb, the conjunction is not “tight”, but it does exist.  The effects of an eclipse usually follow a three part act.  First there is something, then it disappears (eclipsed) and then something new replaces what was eclipsed.  Michael Flynn became national security adviser on January 20 2017 at the beginning of the 4th quarter of Trump’s Capricorn Moon activating his 6th house of staff and employees.  He was forced to resign on the 13th February 2017 only three days past the lunar eclipse.  Eclipses may demonstrate their effects plus or minus a number of weeks of the exact date of an eclipse but usually make a strong showing plus or minus a few days.  On Monday 20 February on the cusp of the 3rd and 4th quarters of the Aquarius moon, Lt Gen McMaster was named as the replacement national security adviser.  Taking that Mars is always associated with everything military, the national security adviser saga is an excellent example of an eclipse in action, notwithstanding it was a weak eclipse with a relatively wide orb (for an eclipse).  Texts on the effects of eclipses tend to be too limited and constrained compared to reality.

4th Quarter Moon (20 – 28 February 2017)

The beginning of the last week of the Aquarius lunar month (and 4th quarter of the monthly lunation cycle) saw Trump in an aircraft hangar in Florida protesting about the enemy of the US people – the press.  This is astrological archetypal majesty at its best.  The last week of the lunar month returned the focus to Trumps 7th whole sign house (of enemies) and the 9th whole sign solar house (to his Gemini Sun).  The 9th house is in opposition to the 3rd house of the press, and the 7th house is the house of opposition in general.  Furthermore, Trump delivered this address in an aircraft hangar (9th house).  Trump is on the attack against “the dishonest media”.

At the same rally Trump also mentioned the courts blocking his immigration plan “the judges were picked by Obama”, though two of three were appointed by Jimmy Carter and George W Bush – again, a 9th house focus.  The rally ended with the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” blaring in the background.[4]

As expected, the 4th quarter was relatively quiet on the Trump front, except the announcement that the US federal government has curtailed the rights of transgender students.

“US withdrew guidance stating federal law requires transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity”.[5]

Sex and bathrooms is 8th house, and with the Aquarius lunar month ruling Trump’s 7th house, the 7th house is the derived 12th house of endings for the 8th house. Thus some LGBT rights have ended.  In response, LGBT rights groups on Wednesday assailed the administration.  However, to be fair, this could legitimately be associated with the 8th Placidus solar house.  However, this change was not widely publicized.

“This is a mean-spirited attack on hundreds of thousands of students who simply want to be their true selves and be treated with dignity while attending school,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “These young people already face incredible hurdles in their pursuit of education and acceptance. With a pen stroke, the Trump Administration effectively sanctions the bullying, ostracizing, and isolation of these children, putting their very lives in danger.”[6]

The 7th house is associated with making and breaking alliances, and creating open enemies. Steve Bannon clarified who the real “enemy” is:

“Bannon spoke disdainfully and at length about the real threat he identified facing the nation: a critical media that he likes to call “the opposition party”.[7]

The Sting in the Tail

The sting-in-the-tail of any lunar month is when, through the daily motion of the Moon, it returns for 2 ½ days to the same sign that commenced the whole lunar month.  This always occurs somewhere in the last 5 days of each lunar month, and after the sting-in-the-tail, the Moon then changes to the sign of the next lunar month, but the next lunar month will not commence until the Moon is exactly conjunct the Sun.

Donald Trump did not disappoint the sting-in-the-tail of the Aquarius lunar month which stretched from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th with the New Moon on Sunday 26th in Pisces.  The Aquarius lunar month sting-in-the-tail activated Trump’s 7th whole sign house of opposition and 9th solar whole sign house in opposition to the 3rd house of the media (press). Put both these together and they provide the astrological blueprint from what occurred.  President Trump on Saturday 25th February capped a week of tumultuous relations with the press by saying he will not attend this year’s White House correspondents’ dinner, which is scheduled for 29 April. The news came as relations between the Trump administration and the news media, which he has called “the enemy of the American people”, sunk to new lows.

With the dying days of the Aquarius lunar month highlighting Trump’s 7th house of opposition, we now know who Trump perceives as his major enemy, and because he is president, his major enemy is now the enemy of the American people.  Interestingly, the White House correspondents’ dinner on 29 April 2017 occurs in the beginning of the last quarter of the Aries lunar month, and therefore activates Trump’s 9th house, directly opposed to the 3rd house of the media.   Perfect astrology!

Trump Twittered on Friday night (in the sting zone):

“FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!”

Trump has recently reacted angrily to a series of reports citing anonymous sources in the White House, law enforcement and intelligence agencies about chaos in his administration, alleged contacts between campaign staff and Russian agents, and White House attempts to rebut such reports.[8]

The main unresolved and lingering issue with Trump’s presidency is the elephant in the room.  The elephant is the extent of the alleged relationship between the Trump team and the Russian government.  The issue is supposedly under investigation by the FBI.  Can the astrology shine any light on this issue?


Donald Trumps progressed (outer wheel) to natal horoscope (inner wheel)


Based on Trump’s secondary progressed chart (outer wheel) to his natal chart (inner wheel), the most relevant item in any progressed chart is the progressed moon – which is situated near the end of Trump’s 12th natal whole sign house.  The 12th house is the house of spies, espionage, deceit and deception, as well as the house of undoing.  When the progressed Moon arrives at 29 degrees Cancer 58 minutes it will be in semi-sextile aspect to Trump’s natal ascendant.  This progressed aspect will be activated when the progressed moon is within one degree of an exact semi-sextile which will occur in the months of April and May.

If the Russian elephant is an actual elephant, this is the most likely time that details of the alleged interference by Russia in the US presidential elections is most likely to appear.  In the absence of the Russian elephant, something else will fill the vacuum. For March, the most potent aspect appears to be transiting Mars squaring Trump’s natal Pluto around the 22nd March 2017.  A short sharp act of revenge?

Trump has extremely difficult astrological influences surrounding the beginning of his presidency. Transiting Saturn is in the 5th whole sign house of political power thus he feels extremely limited in what he can do. Saturn is a hard taskmaster and demands logical rationality and small steps at a time.  Jupiter, the ruler of the 5th house, has just commenced its retrograde motion until almost September 2017, so this means that his political problems or leadership problems will not dissipate quickly. And having his progressed Moon remain in his 12th whole sign house of self-made problems etc for a few more months is not the best of placements.  Furthermore, the progressed Moon is in Cancer, so until the progressed Moon moves into Leo and the 1st whole sign house in mid May 2017, Trump will remain hypersensitive and anti-presidential.

In reaction to these astrological difficulties, Trump does what any Mars in the 1st house person will do – he attacks. And with transiting Mars in his 9th house, opposite the 3rd house of the media, then he is attacking the media.

In conclusion, except for one instance, all the major developments in Trump’s presidency in the Aquarius lunar month with a Leo full moon and eclipse are easily and readily explainable applying whole sign houses, but not for Placidus or similar house that have the first house commencing with the ascendant.  Trump complains about fake news, I complain about fake houses.

FURTHER RESOURCES

Lunation Series

Trump’s January 2017 Lunar Predictions http://wp.me/p5DJPt-32

Trump’s Cancer Full Moon (January 2017)  http://wp.me/p5DJPt-3I

Trump’s Capricorn Lunar Month @ http://wp.me/p5DJPt-3U

Trump’s First House Leo Lunar Eclipse @ http://wp.me/p5DJPt-4a

General

Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius http://wp.me/pcGXY-da

What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?  http://wp.me/pcGXY-dE

Is Trump the Perfect Guinea Pig for Astrologers?  http://wp.me/p5DJPt-2P

Trump’s Inauguration – a Vedic Perspective http://wp.me/p5DJPt-3Q

Is Trump the New Caligula?  http://wp.me/pcGXY-e4

[1] Rex E Bills, “The Rulership Book”,Macoy Publishing, Virginia,  1976, p 31

[2] Lauren Gambino, “White House suggests US may still accept Australia refugees despite clash”, The Guardian,

[3]Martin Pengelly, Edward Helmore & Alan Yuhas, “Travel ban: US temporarily suspends order as Trump derides judge”, The Guardian, Sunday 5 February 2017 05.59 AEDT

[4] Ben Jacobs, “Trump attacks ‘dishonest media’ while making false claims at Florida rally”, The Guardian, Sunday 19 February 2017 11.23 AEDT

[5] David Smith & Molly Redden, “Trump administration revokes transgender students’ bathroom protections”, The Guardian, Thursday 23 February 2017 12.06 AEDT

[6] Ibid

[7] Richard Wolffe, “Steve Bannon lifted his mask of death at CPAC. It wasn’t a pretty sight”, The Guardian, Friday 24 February 2017 07.52 AEDT

WHOLE SIGN HOUSES INTERACTION

Foreword

The following is an extract from an online conversation at an introductory astrology site about whole sign houses versus Placidus and other ascendant based houses.  The conversation is between myself and Sandy, and Sandy shares the similarity with Donald Trump that her ascendant degree is late in her rising sign, in Sandy’s case, late in Scorpio.  Those people whose ascendants sits late in any sign have the greatest disparity between their horoscopes using an ascendant based house system like Placidus or the whole sign house system.

Conversation

Sandy: Thanks for this.  I’m like in kindergarten when it comes to astrology, which is why I joined this group. I’ve got a great interest but it’s all so overwhelming. At the rate I’m going, I’m not really sure that I’ll ever make it to fourth grade level.   One of the first and most basic things I think would be to decide what type of chart to study. I cannot believe how different they are! With whole houses, I’m Scorpio indeed with a stellium in my first house, with a Placidus chart, although my AC starts late degree Scorpio, my first house covers all of sag just about.

With one chart my Venus is in the 11th, the other, my Venus is in the 12th. I’ve read both of those descriptions trying to get a clue and I fit both incredibly well. So THAT doesn’t help! I don’t know what to choose, (leaning toward whole houses) then someone mentioned equal houses which gives even more food for thought.  Ugh!

Terry MacKinnell: Each exact new moon starts the lunar month. The sign the moon is located in at the beginning of each new month rules the whole of the lunar month. For whole sign houses, just use the house that has the same sign as the lunar month. For Placidus houses etc, you need to see which house the new moon took place in. For you, this will nearly always produce two results, with the Placidus house one house back from the whole sign house.

Many key events and developments in your life in the lunar month will coincide with the house the lunar month rules. With Scorpio rising, the Aquarius lunar month that will come to an end next weekend rules your 4th whole sign house. Did you do more around your home or have greater involvement with your mother? Did you have a disagreement with the opposite 10th house boss or superior? There is always a sting in the tail of each lunar month, and this will occur starting in about 2 1/2 days from now and will last 2 1/2 days when the daily motion of the Moon passes through the sign Aquarius.

The next New Moon on the weekend will activate your 5th whole sign house (and most likely your 4th Placidus house). At each lunar month, check which whole sign house is activated and read up on the activated house so you can see if events follow the Moon. I would initially suggest ignoring Placidus houses until you are more experienced in discriminating between house archetypal energies, but house systems such as Placidus, which most astrologers use, are not worth the paper they are printed on. I say this after 43 years of study.

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Sandy S: My god! I’m in shock. Yes, I’ve had a LOT more involvement with my mother this month. More than ever due to a circumstance which has to do specifically with her home and yes, I had a major blowup at work, rather serious and am waiting for the fallout as I suspect there will be some. So what you said about 2.5 days has really got me more than curious. Maybe I’ll get my walking papers. If you were me, I’m thinking you wouldn’t be curious, you’d know!

I haven’t even digested the rest of what you’ve written. I will surely go back and read again. You’re like a crystal ball. Wow. Forgive me, but I’m a bit stunned. This stuff is so real. All my life I thought it was parlor game fodder, then I came across a couple ppl like yourself and knew there was more to it. I just have a wild interest but I’m afraid I’m like a dyslexic child who wants to read an 800 page novel, or a stuttering woman who wants to give a great speech…..in other words, I’m not counting on it! But hey, I’m a terrible bowler and a lousy pool player, but that doesn’t stop me or stop my enjoyment. At least there’s that. And, if I start now and then live to be 100, maybe one day I’ll know what you know.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer and explaining things to me. Much appreciated.

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Terry MacKinnell: You are a walking advertisement, not only for lunar astrology but for whole sign houses.  Lunar astrology is fantastic even on its own.  It is the easiest way to get a handle on astrology.  Treat each lunar month as a lesson in astrology.  The Pisces lunar month, that commences this weekend, will activate your 5th whole sign house so read up on the 5th house and see how quickly it is activated in your life.

You can fine-tune your lunar observations by allowing for the influence of the full moon in the middle of each lunar month.  For one week before and after the full moon (when the moon is more than 50% illuminated), the full moon will activate the house it is located at the full moon.  In the case of the Pisces lunar month, the full Moon will be in Virgo activating your 11th house, but the full moon still operated in context of the whole lunar month.

Therefore, the prime influence in the first and last week of the lunar month will be Pisces, while the middle two weeks the prime influence will be Virgo (but the Pisces influence remains in the background).

The more lunar months and full moons you follow, the more you will learn about what houses rule in an organic way.  Get a lunar calendar – I have one on the wall that displays the whole year, monthly lunations, full moons and eclipses and daily sign the Moon is located within.  Once you are cognizant of lunar months and full moons you can then learn about the 2 ½ days the Moon spends in each sign as a fine tuning mechanism.

You can also examine the lunations and full moons is relation to your sun sign – but one step at a time.  You need to learn what each house means as in astrology, houses are far more important than signs.

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Sandy: Terry, thank you so much for this information. Yes indeed, I will most certainly take your advice. Hours later and I’m still just shaking my head at the accuracy of what you saw without ever once looking at my birthchart! I didn’t even know that was possible without looking at where natal planets were and how the transits were affecting them. I thought THAT was the whole thing.

All I told you about myself is that my ASC was in Scorpio, with a stellium (if you are looking at whole houses) and you didn’t even need that last bit. My goodness, what you might tell if you saw an entire chart! It would be a bit like standing naked in front of a stranger Im afraid. I’m Scorpion, we’re compelled to keep some secrets 😆

And yes, you can bet I’ll be checking out your FB group before the nights over, although I’m sure it’s WELL over my head, like a baby that listens to language he doesn’t understand….. eventually he starts speaking the language.

I learned a lot today and although I was tending to lean toward whole houses, you definitely cinched the deal with convincing me that stands true. And this moon thing is more than fascinating with what you’ve said. My FB friend Michael Lutin (whom I greatly admire as an astrologer) posted something about the moon yesterday, but I really didn’t understand what he meant. It’s like I’ve been told a secret that I’ve never heard.

Terry MacKinnell:  In my ongoing research on Trump’s whole sign houses versus ascendant based houses, such as Placidus, I will be posting updates once or twice each month, and you can also use these posts as a textbook on lunar astrology. Most astrologers are so hypnotized by natal planets, aspects and transits that they overlook lunar astrology because lunar astrology was always shoved into the background, whereas lunar astrology belongs in the foreground.

Moon Phases 2017 – Lunar Calendar

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Trump Astro Watch

The above link provides details on how President Trump handles each lunar month and full moon since his inauguration based on his horoscope using whole sign houses – but also drawing attention to the irrelevance of  ascendant based house such as Placidus.  For those majority of astrologers using an ascendant based house such as Placidus, you will still get some positive results – on average you should get 50% of your interpretation correct using an incorrect house system.  This will vary depending upon the actual horoscope.  For those horoscopes with an ascendant earlier than 15 degrees of their ascendant sign, the accuracy will be greater than 50% while those horoscopes with an ascendant greater than 50 degrees the accuracy will drop to below 50%.  Forget about fake news, the real news is that the majority of astrologers use fake houses.

Trump’s First House Leo Lunar Eclipse

The Leo full moon and lunar eclipse on 10 February 2017 (at 22 degrees Leo) strongly affected the middle two weeks (3 February – 17 February 2017) of the Aquarius lunar month (27 January – 26 February 2017).  The key issues clearly associated with this two week period surrounding the full moon and eclipse commenced with the judicial rejection of Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban, Ivanka Trump’s commercial problems, the resignation of Michael Flynn, the radical change in commitment to the two-state Israel-Palestine solution and finally the press conference, which according to some detractors, was the press conference to end all press conferences.

Travel Ban

Trump’s thinly disguised anti-Muslim travel ban commenced quickly upon the arrival of the Aquarius new moon on Friday 27th January 2017 but this 1st quarter moon development came to an end with the arrival of the 2nd quarter on Friday 3rd February 2017.  The 2nd and 3rd quarters of the Moon’s lunation cycle replaces the influence of the New Moon (in Aquarius) and instead, comes under the influence of the full moon, in this case, the Leo full moon.

Each (one week) phase of the monthly lunar cycle is focussed upon specific houses and their orientation towards each other.  The 1st quarter moon (27 Jan – 3 Feb 2017) was focussed upon the 7th whole sign house and 9th whole sign solar house (from the perspective of Trump’s Gemini Sun). The 2nd quarter (3 Feb – 10 Feb 2017) flicked the focus from the 7th and 9th houses towards the 1st and 3rd houses which the full moon (and appulse lunar eclipse) activated (exactly on the 10 February).  However, if an astrologer used an ascendant based house system such as Placidus, the full moon occurred in Trump’s 12th house.

Trump's lunar eclipse using whole sign houses

Trump’s lunar eclipse using whole sign houses

Lunations, full moons and solar and lunar eclipses do not differentiate between normal houses and solar houses.  The lunar eclipse appeared to have had a greater affect upon Trump’s solar horoscope compared to his normal horoscope for a very good reason.  The lunar eclipse was at 22 degrees Leo, Trump’s natal Sun is at 22 degrees Gemini (while his ascendant is at 29 degrees Leo).  The lunar eclipse makes an exact sextile aspect to Trump’s natal Sun but does not aspect his natal ascendant and is 4 degrees away from his natal Mars. Eclipses have tighter orbs compared to aspects in natal and transit charts.   In Trump’s case, the eclipse was firmly focused upon his Sun compared to either his ascendant or natal Mars.  Therefore the solar chart is the most relevant chart to use in this situation.

Ivanka Trump

What is also of astrological interest was the focus upon Ivanka Trump’s business malaise as stores such as Nordstrom began dropping her fashion line.[1]

Ivanka Trump - February 2017 courtesy of

Ivanka Trump – February 2017 courtesy of “The Guardian”

Ivanka is Trump’s second child and with Trump’s children in general ruled by the 5th house, the 7th house rules the second child (derived 3rd house from the 5th house of the first child).

Trump’s 7th house is ruled by Aquarius, the sign of the current lunar month, while the middle two weeks of the Aquarius lunar month is more affected by the Leo full moon in Trump’s 1st house – but derived 7th house to Trump’s 7th house ruling Ivanka. The Leo full moon therefore detracts from or promotes opposition to anything associated with Trump’s 7th house. Bad lunar timing for Ivanka!

Michael Flynn

The resignation of Michael Flynn in the 3rd quarter is an interesting issue from the astrological perspective.  The White House stated that the resignation was a result of ‘eroding level of trust’, not potential violation of law.  The retired general Michael Flynn was forced to quit on the 13th February after reports that he could be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.[2]   This could be assigned to the Leo full moon in Trump’s 12th Placidus house in opposition to his 6th house of employees and staff etc and is a totally reasonable explanation substantiating the Placidus house structure.

The Leo lunar eclipse using Placidus houses

The Leo lunar eclipse using Placidus houses

However, Flynn’s resignation is also explainable via the whole sign house approach.  Why?  Because of a quirk associated with anyone with Leo rising.

Anyone with Leo rising has Cancer ruling their 12th house. Therefore for a Leo, every lunation harks back the house the Moon rules – which is always the 12th house (unless intercepted houses[3] occur in the Placidus-like house systems). Therefore, the Leo full moon in Trump’s 1st whole sign house automatically invokes his 12th house.  With the 12th house opposite the 6th house of his staff, this 12th house redirected energy is detracting from his staff.  This is certainly the case with Michael Flynn.

The two-state Israel-Palestine Solution?

Also in the 3rd quarter moon, and remaining under the influence of the Leo full moon and eclipse, Trump unwound decades of US policy towards the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians by announcing that he did not care if there was a one state or two state solutions to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

In the absence of a two state solution, what would a one state solution look like? It could not be a democratic state – as the Jews would be outnumbered by non-Jews – so the only “unspoken” solution is an apartheid solution where enough non-Jews are denied equal political rights to allow the Jewish population to retain control of the state.[4]   This is not the first time that the charge of apartheid has been applied to Israel’s policy towards its original Palestinian inhabitants.

The Israeli Jews were the last invasion or colonisation by Europeans into non-European territory which, though the favorite pastimes of Europeans in the 18th and early 19th centuries, has fallen out of favour since the 2nd World War.  It is also the source of much angst amongst the surrounding Muslim populations and nations – they have had sand kicked into their collective faces by the Jews, Europe and now Trump.

This off-the-sleeve statement by President Trump I believe may be attributable to the manifestation of the recent lunar eclipse loosely conjunct his natal Mars in his 1st whole sign house.  Trump’s Israeli solution is as major slap in the face to Middle Eastern Muslims and Palestinians and is an aggressive statement that will increase the level of vitriol and conflict in an already unstable region.  It has all the hallmarks of Mars about it.  Mars usually brings disaster!

The Press Conference

Finally, to conclude the two week Leo full moon and eclipse was THE press conference near the end of the 3rd quarter.  This press conference was a full-on assault against the press by Trump in full flight  and a chance for Trump to state how good his administration is performing – classic 1st house issues and it could be strongly argued also representative of his Mars’ involvement in the recent eclipse, especially as his press conference “rapidly turned into a sprawling, freewheeling and pugnacious defense of his first four weeks as president” – classic Mars.

With Trump’s eclipse-activated Mars ruler of his 9th house opposing the 3rd house for the press, he had the impetus on his side to go on the attack.  Taking into account that the Aquarius lunar month also activates his 9th solar house with the Leo eclipse occurring in his 3rd house of the press, this press conference was an event waiting to occur.  Eclipses indicate a change in direction, and with the eclipse in Trump’s 3rd solar house representing the media in Trump’s chart, they also made a significant change at this press conference.  For the first time in history, the presidential decorum was sent packing and the press heckled Trump at the end of the conference. Classic eclipse astrology!

The other issue was his attempt to distance himself from the claims he is too close with the Russians and even the innuendo that the Russians have the ability to blackmail him – again, the 3rd house in opposition to the 9th house of international affairs and relations, which from Trump’s perspective, is also the house of international partnerships.  Trump stated that it is better to be friends with Russia than be at loggerheads with the other major nuclear power in the world.[5]

However, his media performance was classic Trump for his supporters, and there is nothing to suggest that his supporters perceive any sinking ship and therefore they are not fleeing.  Trump himself does not appear to be dented in any way which is totally appropriate for a 1st house full moon and eclipse but totally foreign to a 12th house moon if Placidus or similar houses were an actual astrological reality.


In conclusion, the association between the Leo full moon and Trumps 1st whole sign house appears stronger than any connection to the Placidus or similar 12th house.  While some 12th house connection can be made, these can also be made via the 1st whole sign house due to the Moon permanently ruling Trump’s 12th house.  This is another month where any neutral astrologer would have to concede that the Leo full moon and eclipsed cannot be explained via the most used and popular house systems employed by most astrologers. This is an example of qualitative research, the natural research technique for astrology.

The final quarter (week) of the Aquarius lunar month commences on Saturday 18th February and so from the whole sign house perspective, it will be a return to 7th house issues and from the solar perspective, Trump’s 9th solar house of international affairs.  In the 1st quarter of this lunar month, it was the travel ban against mainly Muslim countries.  We should expect a return to this issue or something similar because the 3rd solar house eclipse promoted confrontation or opposition to his 9th house international arrivals policy but this opposition recedes in this last quarter.


FURTHER RESOURCES

Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius

What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?

Is Trump the Perfect Guinea Pig for Astrologers?

Trump’s January 2017 Lunar Predictions

Is Trump the New Caligula?

Trump’s Cancer Full Moon (January 2017)

Trump’s Inauguration – a Vedic Perspective

References

[1] Jamie Peck, “The resistance: 1, Ivanka Trump: 0”, The Guardian, Friday 10 February 2017 03.17 AEDT,

[2] Lauren Gambino, Ben Jacobs, Sabrina Siddiqui and David Smith, “Trump knew for weeks Michael Flynn misled over Russia contact”, The Guardian, Wednesday 15 February 2017 06.12 AEDT

[3] Has any astrology ever provided proof that intercepted houses exist!

[4] Peter Beaumont, “Decades of Middle East diplomacy thrown away in one Trump sentence”, The Guardian, Thursday 16 February 2017 22.44 AEDT

[5]David Smith, “Trump uses press conference to declare administration ‘fine-tuned machine’”, The Guardian,  Friday 17 February 2017 05.45 AEDT

Trump’s Capricorn Lunar Month

The last week of Trump’s Capricorn lunar month (30 December 2016 – 27 January 2017) has again clearly indicated the power of whole sign houses even before the arrival of the sting zone.[1]  The most important event – with far reaching implication – was the scrapping of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), a trade agreement among eleven Pacific Rim countries—notably not including China.  The key word is “partnership” – a 7th house matter.

The Capricorn lunar month activated Trump’s 6th whole sign house (in contrast to the 5th Placidus house) but the 6th house is the derived 12th house from the 7th house (if you make the 7th house the focus and thus the new 1st house, counting the houses anti-clockwise makes the 6th house the 12th house to the 7th house).  A key archetype associated with the 12th house is “endings”.  With a florish of the pen, Trump took the USA out of this agreement.

This is an aspect of Trump’s nationalist economic agenda where the wisdom on the street is that it is better to have people employed in your own country than to import cheaper goods manufactured elsewhere.  Unfortunately it leads to long term economic decline though in the short term, people do not lose their jobs.  Trump is giving the employment of American wage earners a higher priority than greater wealth for the whole nation.   Of course, if this greater wealth does not trickle down to the unemployed workers, the rich continue to get richer and the poor are unemployed.  This is actually the real problem which is why politicians are not addressing it due to their political belief systems.

Few people understand economics so for people on the street, Trump has just done them a favor though in reality it is like taking poison sweetened with sugar.  Every cloud has a silver lining and fortunately for the citizens of the other countries in the trade pact, including my country – Australia – it gave extraordinary powers to corporations to override many laws of the partnership nations.  Keeping onerous American corporations such as Monsanto at bay is always beneficial, and so the Law of Unintended Consequences associated with Trump’s populace scrapping of the trade agreement, though at the apex of economic stupidity, has probably  saved the citizens of many other countries from the unbridled activities of many global corporations.

The other focus since the inauguration has been the scrap between Trump’s camp and the press over the number of people that attended his inauguration. Trump is incredibly over-sensitive on issues related to his own prestige (due to Pluto being located in his 1st whole sign house – for more details, see below).  This negative reaction by Trump and his team is a sign of “sickness” – why does a newly elected president get bogged down with the triviality of the number of people who attended his inauguration?

In mundane situations, the 6th house of sickness will manifest in a number of ways – for example, when working with a corporation, the 6th house can simply make sales and revenue plummet as a symptom of the “illness”.  The attendance situation became such a debacle, that Trump’s press secretary, Kellyanne Conway supported the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer’s “alternative facts” of the high number attendees at the inauguration.  Even rightwing news sites disagreed with Trump over the size of his crowd.  For example, the Blaze, the Daily Caller and Fox News all disagreed with Trump for his statement that “a million, million and a half people” attended his inauguration in Washington DC.[2]

This Orwellian newspeak suggests that under Trump, the USA is heading towards a Putin-clone president where truth and integrity become victims of power.  It’s a bad omen when Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, presented false information at his very first press briefing. As one reporter stated, alternative facts are just lies.  Therefore we can expect Trump as president to continue to behave as Trump the presidential candidate.

The behavior of the Trump camp towards attendance figures is not solely related to a “sickness” but also the fact the 6th house is the derived 12th house to the 7th house of social events.  The inauguration is one big celebratory socio-political event with balls and bands, and having a 6th house lunar month in play for the inauguration is just plain bad luck.

According to Amazon, sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama “1984” have soared to sixth place after Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview.  Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in Orwell’s novel, which was used to signal a fictional language that aims at eliminating personal thought and also “doublethink” which  means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

This 6th house sickness that has enveloped Trump for the first week of his presidency resulted in his “bleak” inaugural address where Trump described:

“rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation”.

Interestingly, he did not mention that the USA, as the leading player in the world, has shifted its economic focus from low level manufacturing to high level technology and is leading the world in technology, computers and the internet with the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Google, eBay, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as examples of how the USA remains firmly in front of the charge towards the new technological world with factories relegated to less developed nations.  With Leo rising, it should be expected that Trump cannot “see” Aquarius technology despite being addicted to Twitter.

As of the 25th January 2017, on the first day of the Capricorn Moon sting zone, ‘Sanctuary cities’ came under the cross-hairs by Trump who is threatening to cut federal funds to those cities and counties that offer some form of safe haven to America’s 11 million undocumented migrants.  Which house is associated with sanctuaries?  It’s the 12th house!  So Trump, sitting in the sting zone of the Capricorn lunar month firmly in his 6th whole sign house is attacking the 12th house.  It should come as no surprise that Trump is attacking those cities that also didn’t politically support him as most sanctuary cities and counties are in Democratic territory.

This major policy announcement by Trump has everything to do with the 6th/12th houses axis of the whole sign house system but lacking explaination from the perspective of ascendant based house systems with the Capricorn Moon activating the 5th house. This action by Trump is “an aggressive statement of intent” suitable for someone with Mars tightly conjunct their ascendant (for the benefit of those astrologers that claim Trump was born much earlier than his birth certificate states).

Also, Trump has placed a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers – a 6th house event.  Even Trump’s executive order to ban funding for international groups that provide abortions and the massive marches by women against Trump the day after his inauguration indicates Trump’s abandonment and distancing himself from (7th house) women from the perspective of the destructive 6th house to 7th house issues.

Trump’s political sickness escalated as the Moon approached its sting zone on 25 January.  On the 24th January, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer defended Trump’s false claim that millions of people voted illegally in last year’s presidential election to counter the fact he won the election but lost the popular vote.  If millions voted illegally, Trump can claim that he in fact did not lose the popular vote. Even some Republicans were critical and urged the president to stop spreading baseless allegations.

Also thickly in the middle of the Capricorn sting zone:

“Relations between the US and Mexico appeared to be heading for crisis on Thursday after Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with Donald Trump and the White House retaliated by suggesting a new 20% tax on imports from its southern neighbour to finance the construction of a border wall.” [Ref: Trump-Mexico relations hit new low after 20% border wall tax mooted ]

The 6th house perspective again undermine 7th house alliances, and includes the archetype of “endings” due to the 6th being the 12th house of endings to the 7th.  It seems that the USA and Mexico are no longer on speaking terms.

In contrast to the difficulties the Capricorn lunar month activating the 6th whole sign house can have on 7th house alliances, the arrival at the White House by the UK prime minister  Theresa May has activated another side of the 6th/7th houses relationship.

“Trump managed to get through it without insulting an entire ethnic group, trashing a democratic norm or declaring war.” [Ref:  Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying ]

May’s eagerness to be the first foreign leader to shake Trump's hand gave off a strong whiff of desperation. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

May’s eagerness to be the first foreign leader to shake Trump’s hand gave off a strong whiff of desperation. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

How can this exhibition of a strong relationship between the USA and UK be associated with the undermining of the 7th house of alliances from the 6th whole sign house?

“Having tossed away Britain’s keys to the European single market, she will soon be homeless – and Trump knows it. For all the niceties – May’s shrewd deployment of a royal invitation for a state visit and her compliment to the president on his “stunning election victory”, flattery which saw Trump glow a brighter shade of orange – he will have seen May as a sucker who needs to make a deal. And he will look forward to naming his price.”  [Ref:  Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying ]

What we see here is instead of the 6th house undermining the 7th of alliances and partners, it is the parlous state of the UK since Brexit coming to the USA seeking succor.  With the 7th house representing “partners”, the 6th house also represents partners in distress from their own wrong doing (i.e. holding a referendum on Brexit).

“May’s eagerness to be the first foreign leader to shake that short-fingered hand, ….gave off a strong whiff of desperation.”  [Ref:  Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying]

Trump’s sick month was not limited to the last week of the Capricorn lunar month but manifested very swiftly at the first week of the Capricorn lunar month when:

“The thin veneer of civility between Barack Obama and Donald Trump has a few more cracks in it, after Trump tweeted to accuse Obama of throwing up “inflammatory” roadblocks during the presidential transition of power.”[3]

Did Trump expect Obama to roll over and pretend to be dead during the transition period?

Another early focus on 6th house health issues was:

“Robert F Kennedy Jr, a prominent skeptic regarding the use of vaccines, said Donald Trump had asked him to chair a commission on vaccination safety – although the Trump team later denied it, saying instead the administration may create a commission on autism.

Although Kennedy calls himself “pro-vaccine”, he has pushed hard against the use of thimerosal, a preservative used in vaccines made from mercury, launching a group called the World Mercury Project, backed by anti-vaxxers. He advocates that parents should choose whether their children are vaccinated.” [4]

On the last day of the last week of the Capricorn lunar month activating Trump’s 6th whole sign house, The Guardian sums up the week:

“He has not changed, and is not likely to, as the lies and lunacies of this past week have shown.”  [Ref:  Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying ]

The Aquarius lunar month arriving 27th/28th January 2017 should see far less emphasis on Trump’s political sickness and far more emphasis on 7th house confrontation (China watch out), dissolving existing alliances, strengthening alliances or making new alliances, and with the Leo Full Moon firmly in Trumps 1st whole sign house  (and 1st Placidus house) we should see a no-holds barred Trump in full swing.  I can already see him thumping his chest.  Trump’s secondary progressed Moon remains in his 12th natal house until mid 2017 so though he may have finsihed the month of political sickness, he will remain a loose canon until mid year.

Trump’s 5th Placidus (Ascendant Based) House

In contrast, if using Placidus or similar ascendant based house system, the Capricorn lunar month promoted Trump’s regal 5th house – but there was nothing regal about getting down and dirty in the gutter to fight over attendance figures.  If the Capricorn lunar month triggered Trump’s 5th house, he would have not bothered with such trifling details.  Instead, when the 5th whole sign lunar month was in force Trump was at his regal best in his victory lap of Trump-voting states.  Though the results of just one lunar month cannot prove the whole sign house system, this Capricorn lunar month was just so unequivocally oriented towards Trump 6th whole sign house that it has virtually removed the Placidus house system from the playing field as a contender.

Aquarius Lunar Month – Leo Full Moon

The Aquarius lunar month (27 January – 26 February 2017) with a Leo full moon occurring in Trump’s whole sign (and Placidus) 1st house will bring a much stronger month to Trump for most of February 2017 compared to January.  The 1st/7th houses axis is a very strong display of angular houses, and we should see Trump firmly in the driver’s seat (1st house), and making new or reinvigorating partnerships or getting divorced (China, Mexico?).  Though the Full Moon will activate the 7th/1st axis in the whole sign house system, this should be sharply contrasted by the activation of the 6th/1st houses activated by the Placidus house system.

 

WHY DOES TRUMP HAVE SUCH THIN SKIN?

We see Trump over-reacting to several situations.  Even after he became president-elect he over-reacted to the street protests and claimed that they were not valid protesters but paid protesters doing the bidding of his nefarious political opponents.  Next came the Greens push for a vote recount, and on the attack he went, even though he stated he would not accept the vote on election day if he was not elected.  Tweets attacking the Clintons and Obamas soon followed.  A person who is secure would not react this way.  Why is Trump so insecure?

It is very simple but only if we use the whole sign house system. Pluto is firmly located in his all-important 1st house and sitting about 20 degrees above the ascendant.  Trump’s 1st house is from zero to 30 degrees Leo in the whole house system.  Pluto is therefore highly potent in his life and part of his core persona.  Pluto (and Scorpio ascendants) produce people who always feel vulnerable, and not just financially vulnerable.  Pluto/Scorpio people always magnify any weakness or threat they see, no matter how small, and transform an unlikely threat into a mountainous horde ready to overwhelm them.  Interestingly, Pluto/Scorpio people see debt as an asset which may explain we he depended so much upon loans for his entrepreneurial businesses and relied upon bankruptcy to solve many business problems.

Trump's western horoscope using whole sign houses

Trump’s western horoscope using whole sign houses

Pluto seriously understands the power of power, especially backroom or hidden power.  But all the analysis of Pluto in Trump’s life is invalidated using out-of-date house systems depending upon the ascendant as the beginning of the 1st house.  In these antiquated house systems developed by confused astrologers over the last 2,000 years, Pluto sits in his 12th house and gets hidden behind the scenes whereas Trump displays his insecurity almost on a daily basis. Jumping-through-hoop astrologers will of course explain away anything but they can never use basic principles for their substantiation.

This one specific issue of which house Pluto really resides in Trump’s ‘real’ chart is not the definitive solution to the complex issue of house systems, but it is another nail in the coffin of these house systems that depend upon a belief system rather than rational analysis.  Where is the rational substantiation of Placidus and other ascendant based house systems?

Background Resources

Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius Published 11 November 2016

What is in Store for Trump & the USA in 2017?  26 November 2016

Is Trump the Perfect Guinea Pig for Astrologers?  27 November 2016

Trump’s January 2017 Lunar Predictions 24 December 2016

Is Trump the New Caligula?  1 January 2017

Trump’s Cancer Full Moon (January 2017)  20 January 2016

Trump’s Inauguration – a Vedic Perspective 23 January 2017

References

[1] The sting zone is a 2 ½ day period near the end of every lunar month where the Moon returns to the sign of the lunar month.

[2] Adam Gabbatt, “Even rightwing sites call out Trump administration over ‘alternative facts’”, The Guardian, 24 January 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/23/rightwing-sites-trump-administration-alternative-facts

[3] Amber Jamieson, “A smooth transition? ‘NOT!’ Trump decries Obama’s ‘roadblocks’ in tweets”, The Guardian, 29 December 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/28/trump-twitter-obama-roadblocks-transition?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=206151&subid=17386767&CMP=ema_632

[4] Amber Jamieson, “Trump team denies new vaccination commission after Kennedy claims post”, The Guardian, 11 January 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/10/vaccination-safety-robert-kennedy-jr-chair-commission-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=207880&subid=17386767&CMP=ema_632

Trump’s Inauguration – a Vedic Perspective

Trump’s Vedic horoscope for his inauguration is fraught with problems starting with the ruling planet being in the malefic 12th house, and Jupiter fallen in the 6th house of employees.  His 10th house of status is either “destroyed” or limited but there are some points of strength.

Trump's Vedic Inauguration Chart

Trump’s Vedic Inauguration Chart

With sidereal Aries rising, Mars is weakened by being in the first degree of any sign, and it is located at the very beginning of the “evil” 12th house.  This usually brings a sky rocket scenario to politicians.  There is great fanfare and light display as the rocket screams through the air but quickly falls back to earth with a thud.  However, everything will look strong before the fall.  Do not expect a quick fall from grace.  This is also very unfavorable for the outcome of military activities instigated by Trump.

Mars, is also ruler of the evil 8th house, and its location in the evil 12th house indicates that Trump will have a charitable or giving side to his public persona, but his health may become an issue before he ends his presidency.  The 8th house is not limited to death, it also rules chronic health issues, and to have the ruler of chronic health issues in the house of decay is not favorable for serious health issues.

Fallen Jupiter in the 6th means that Trump will be undermined from within to a certain point – some of his “staff” will work against him – where staff refers to any employee of the US government, armed forces or agencies.  They will bring him problems.  With the 6th house associated with healthcare, this does not bode well for Obamacare but not all seems to be lost.

Mercury and Jupiter are in mutual reception so this means they can also be treated as being in their own signs in the 9th and 6th houses.  This strengthens Trump’s image or dealing with foreign lands, but after going through an early period of problems due to the influence of the evil 6th house upon the 9th.  This will also ameliorate some of the ‘enemy within’ due to fallen Jupiter in the 6th and it may means that Trump does provide for a replacement for Obamacare rather than remove it altogether.

A strong 9th house means that the “gods” are looking after Trump despite any and all other negative circumstances associated with him.  This usually translates as great assistance in worse case scenarios.  Due to the strong link between the 6th and 9th houses, Trump may expereince a defciency of good luck at the beginning of his presidency which should improve as time goes by.  This is probably why Trump entered the presidency with the lowest approaval rating of any modern president.  The big question will be if the strength of the 9th house will offset all his blemishes?  The 9th house is also powerful in Trump’s natal Vedic horoscope

With the Sun ruling the favorable 5th house in the 10th house, he will glow or feel extremely confident very quickly in his new role and therefore should have a honeymoon period as president.  Unfortunately, the ruler of Trump’s 10th house is in the 8th “evil” house meaning that he will not maintain a favorable presidential image but could be associated with death, illness or destruction either from his policies or personally.  Also, Saturn, the ruler of the 10th is in the last degree of a sign which weakens it.  Trump may not gain wisdom in his new role.

The Moon in the 7th house is favorable to Trump in the way he presents himself as president in the sense he will be sensitive to his supporters in general and will come across as personable.  He will try an emotionally connect with everyone.

His inauguration has occurred in a Rahu (Moon’s north node) dasa in his favorable 5th house which extends to June 2023.  Rahu is unfortunately unstable and also indicates someone that is driven by a demon – a notable feature in Trump’s natal chart.  A person will often lose, near the end of any Rahu dasa, everything they have temporarily gained earlier in the dasa.

Until December 2019, Trump is in his Venus bhukti (dasa sub-period).  Venus is a natural benefic and is not directly associated with any difficult house so this period in general is favorable for Trump, and with Venus in the 11th house of wealth, either his personal wealth or the collective wealth of the USA should be in favorable circumstances while the Venus bhukti is in effect

Trump’s Vedic inauguration chart shows a mixture of circumstances which suggests he will continue on the path of outlandish behavior and policies surrounded by mixed circumstances but a lot of goodwill extended to him from “the gods”.  Circumstances will eventually turn against him due to the extremely bad placement of the ruling planet, Mars, placed in his 12th house but his good luck or favor of the gods will increase over the time of his presidency.  This is a strange combination.

 

Trump’s Cancer Full Moon (January 2017)

The Capricorn lunar month commenced around 29 Dec 2016 and promoted Trump’s 6th whole sign house (wsh) and 5th ascendant based house (abh) such as Placidus. The middle period of this Capricorn lunar month was focused upon the Cancer full moon in Trump’s 12th wsh or 11th abh. The full moon period covers the time-span when more than 50% of the Moon’s surface is bright from the reflected rays of the Sun.  The Cancer full moon was empowered between the 5th to the 19th of January 2017.

Cancer Full Moon

The Cancer full moon using whole sign houses

The Cancer full moon using whole sign houses

In Trump’s January 2017 Lunar Predictions I stated:

… the major focus of the full moon in the 12th house should be ‘self-made’ problems.  This should be an entertaining full moon.

Almost exactly coinciding with the full moon, Donald Trump held his first press conference in many months.  Interestingly, the conference was supposed to be focused upon his conflict of business interests with being president but instead, it became focused upon the Russian espionage scandal and fake news.

Donald Trump unleashed a firestorm of invective against “shameful” news outlets and the “disgraceful” behaviour of the intelligence agencies,…

“It was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that proved so false and fake to get out. That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done, and did do. That information was false and fake,” he said.[1]

According to Rex E Bills, spies are ruled by Neptune, the 12th house and Pisces.[2]  “Fake” is also an archetype associated with these same three items. This is a classic 12th house event and was the news focus for days. As of Thursday 19th January 2017 this 12th house focus should fade!

At the same press conference, Trump promised to immediately repeal Obama’s landmark achievement, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  Healthcare is 6th house, and from a perspective from the 12th house, this places all 6th house affairs in the opposition camp and therefore is under threat or conflict.

The following is the same Cancer full moon but using the Placidus house system as a suitable representative of an ascendant based house system (abh):

Trump's Cancer full moon using Placidus

Trump’s Cancer full moon using Placidus

 With the full moon located firmly in Trump’s 11th Placidus house, almost 9 degrees before the 12th Placidus house cusp, the above developments cannot be explained using an ascendant based house system.  If Trump was born earlier than 10:54 am, as some astrologers claim, his birth time would need to be around 10:10 am or earlier to shift this Cancer full moon into his 12th Placidus house.

A minority of astrologers also believe that house cusps are not clinical and therefore there is a blurred influence between houses.  Even if it was allowed that this blurred house cusp syndrome was 5 degrees, this still means that Trumps birth could not be later than 10:35 am to keep the full moon in the 12th Placidus house zone.

This possible confusion of where house borders exist will become increasing irrelevant as 2017 proceeds, as each lunar month, the full moon occurs on average about one degree earlier in each sign or around 12 degrees over the course of 2017.  Therefore, the full moon insights will increasingly be divorced from fuzzy house cusp issues and even earlier rectified birth times.

In summary, no ascendant based house system can justify that Trumps Cancer full moon occurred in his 12th house without jumping through hoops.

Chelsea (Bradley) Manning

In the most audacious and contentious commutation decision to come from Obama before he leaves office on 21 January 2017, Obama used his constitutional power just three days before he leaves the White House to give Manning her freedom.[3]

obama-full-moon-wsh-170112

The Cancer full moon occurred both in Obama’s 6th wsh and abh.  Obama is Aquarius rising to Trump’s Leo, and with both these signs opposite, the Cancer full moon and Capricorn lunar activate the same 6th/12th house axis but from opposite sides.

By United States Army - Manning's lawyer, David Coombs [2] (Google Docs, "MANNING, BRADLEY PFC HEAD AND SHOULDERS 4-26-2012.jpg"); [3]"The Defense has obtained the most recent Department of Army Photo of PFC Manning. This image is considered to be in the public domain, and may be used for print and publication.", Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19274702

Chelsea Manning in her former incarnation of Bradley Manning

Where does Chelsea Manning sit in Obama’s chart? As a former intelligence worker in the armed forces, Chelsea was an “employee” of Obama and thus related to the 6th house full moon.  The 12th house Capricorn lunar month is also involved due to its espionage connection but also the outcry of opposition from Republicans.

Obama’s charts can shine some light upon house issues.  The Capricorn lunar month, commencing at about 8 degrees Capricorn, is located in his 12th wsh – but in an ascendant based house system the Capricorn lunar month is located in his 11th house Placidus house.  Considering that the commutation granted to Chelsea Manning ticks boxes in both the 6th and 12th houses, this directly supports whole sign houses over ascendant based houses.

Finally, the statement from Trump at his news conference that he intended to immediately repeal Obamacare, Obama’s landmark achievement, occurred with the full moon in Obama’s 12th house of opposition to 6th house health issues.  This polarity only exists from Obama’s perspective from a whole sign house system.

The Cancer full moon has provided the clearest indication to date about where “real” astrological houses exist.  In all the lunations and full moons since Trump’s election in November 2016, each instance has either been ambivalent or supporting the whole sign house system over any ascendant based house system where the ascendant commences the 1st house.

Further Resources

Is Trump the Perfect Guinea Pig for Astrologers?

Trump’s January 2017 Lunar Predictions

 

References

[1] Ed Pilkington & Julian Borger, Media and intelligence agencies attacked by Trump over Russia claims, The Guardian, 12 January 2017,

[2] Rex e bills, “The Rulership Book”, p 134

[3] Ed Pilkington, David Smith & Lauren Gambino, Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama, The Guardian, 18 Jan 2017