Australia & the Taurus Sting-in-the-Tail

I have never seen a published work or talk by any astrologer about the lunar sting-in-the-tail that occurs toward the end of every lunar month.  The sting-in-the-tail is the second strongest point in every lunar month following the mighty power of the full moon, which perversely, does not reinforce the lunar month – as the full moon focusses upon the 7th or 8th sign from the sign of the lunar month.  While the sting-in-the-tail does not have the power of the full moon, it does seem to distill the essence of the lunar month in one last stand or statement.  The end of the 2020 Taurus lunar month (23 April to 22 May 2020 GMT) saw its Taurus sting-in-the-tail from 2:12pm 20 May to 1:37pm 22 May 2020 (GMT).

The sting-in-the-tail is created by a quirk associated with each lunar month that is almost unique to the lunation cycle (but does have a correspondence in the astrological ages).  This quirk is due to the fact that the moon must not only transit the zodiac each lunar month, but then spend another few days catching up to the sun, before the new lunar month commences. In the case of the 2020 Taurus lunar month, the lunar month commenced at 2:27 pm 23 April with both the sun and moon located at 3 degrees Taurus.  By the 20th May, the moon had returned to 3 degrees Taurus, but the sun was no longer there, and it was not until the moon caught up with the sun at 2 degrees Gemini, that the new lunar month commenced.  It is the final transit of the moon through the sign Taurus, nearly at the very end of the Taurus lunar month, that the sting-in-the-tail is created, because the transiting moon will spend approximately 2 ½ days in Taurus resonating with the Taurus lunar month.

Extract from a graphic lunar ephemeris highlighting the Taurus sting-in-the-tail of the Taurus lunar month courtesy of Thomas Zimmer, Queensland, Australia (dates and times Australian Eastern Standard time)

I always look for strategic developments with these sting-in-the-tails, as they usually have mundane effects in the big wide world, and this Taurus sting-in-the-tail did not fail.  For Australians, we learned on Friday 22 May 2020 that the Federal Government had made a 60 billion dollar ($US40 billion) mistake in its JobSeeker scheme[1] designed to provide cash to businesses to continue paying reasonable wages and salaries to their workers who otherwise would become unemployed.  This mistake was not onerous, as they had allowed $60b more than what was required, and so have saved $60b which any government would relish.

Immediately the connection to the Taurus sting-in-the-tail is found as Taurus is all about money, but it gets better than that.  Australia’s main zodiacal sign in its astrological signature is Sagittarius, which is not to be confused with any horoscope created by the formation of Australia as a country in 1901.  The astrological signature for Australia was created on 26 January 1788, when the British set up a penal colony in Sydney so that Britain could rid itself of the excess of prisoners previously dumped in North America.  Because the Americans had their revolution and successfully broke away from Britain, the British had to find somewhere else to dump their convicts.

1788 is located in the Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791), Sagittarius micro-age (1776 – 1791), Sagittarius micro-age decan (1786 – 1791)[2] which is the Sagittarius sting-in-the tail for the whole Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791) making the period of settlement of Australia at the peak of Sagittarius.  This is where Australia gets its Sagittarius element supported by the fact that Australia is known as “the Lucky Country”.

The fist four sub-ages of the Age of Aquarius including their overflow periods. Australia was settled almost on the exact peak of Sagittarius in 1791.

This is where the recent Taurus sting-in-the tail of the Taurus lunar month gets interesting.  Taurus is located at the 6th house from Sagittarius, and the 6th house is the house of workers.  The mere name JobKeeper tells us it is associated with the 6th house.  Furthermore, the confusion and delusion that is usually associated with Pisces/12th house is unraveled by the 6th house of clarity.

There is even a deeper story here.  I have noticed for some time that aspects of the lunar months interface with the sub-periods of the astrological ages.  For example, the world recently entered the Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021), with this Capricorn nano-age commencing with a Virgo nano-age decan (Dec 2019 – May 2020), and this Virgo precipitated the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, May 2020 is the beginning of the Taurus nano-age decan (May-Oct 2020) and this sting-in-the tail of the Taurus lunar month is resonating with this Taurus nano-age decan.

The Capricorn nano-age located within the Gemini micro-age (2000-14) within the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) – the forth sub-age of the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3574)

The above suggests that for (Sagittarius) Australia, a strong focus will sit in the 6th house for the whole Taurus nano-age decan (May-Oct 2020) and even more so in its overflow (Oct 2020 – Mar 2021), and this has a number of ramifications.  Apart from tensions associated with employees, the 6th house is the derived 12th house of problems and endings for the 7th house.  The 7th house of partnerships immediately invokes China as Australia’s largest trading partner. This can astrologically explain the hiatus recently created in Australia’s trading relationship with China, and implies it will deteriorate with clear air not being experienced until sometime after the conclusion of the Taurus nano-age decan and overflow (May 2020 –  Mar 2021).

Another interesting aspect of Australia’s success with the pandemic is that while the Virgo nano-age decan (Dec 2019 – May 2020) precipitated the pandemic, Virgo sits at the 10th house position of status to (Sagittarius) Australia with the 10th house also representing political leadership.  Most Australians have agreed with the stance of the Australian government’s handling of the crisis, at least to date, and Australia has been admitted to the exclusive club of countries that “have made progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic”. This club includes Australia, Austria, Israel, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece and New Zealand.[3]  It was inaugurated by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz so that smaller, “smart” countries “who like us reacted quickly and intensively and so have come through the crisis better than others” could exchange ideas on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.[4]

The recent Scorpio full moon (1st – 15th May 2020) activated Australia’s 12th house of ‘self-made problems’ to its primary Sagittarius nature, and this covers the period, or most of the period, of the beginning of vitriol from China towards Australia for having the temerity to call for an independent inquiry into China’s handling of the coronavirus.  The astrology indicates this was a bad move by Australia, as it seems that its main purpose was to support the USA’s ongoing tirade against China over many issues.  A few years ago while attending the Ubud Writers Festival in Bali, one speaker, when questioned about Australia’s role in the world, stated clearly that Australia’s role currently is being the USA’s aircraft carrier in the Asia-Pacific region.  This is continuing to play out in the inquiry call by Australia, but the 12th house rarely brings benefits.

While the Taurus sting-in-the-tail of the Taurus lunar month displays strong evidence that it has resonated with the Taurus nano-age decan (May-Oct 2020), will the coming Sagittarius full moon (30 May – 13 June 2020) also strongly resonate with (Sagittarius) Australia?  Any benefit Australia receives from the Sagittarius full moon may be minor or short-lived because there is no Sagittarius sub-period of the Age of Aquarius that this Sagittarius full moon can resonate with.

However, this Sagittarius full moon sits in the middle of the Gemini lunar month (23 May – 21 June 2020).  The above Virgo and Taurus nano-age decans are situated within a Capricorn nano-age (Dec 2019 – Mar 2021), and its parent period is the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029), and Gemini is opposite in nature to Sagittarius. With resonance between the Gemini lunar month and Gemini micro-age, Australia can expect some headwind during the Gemini lunar month and especially the Gemini lunar month sting-in-the-tail (9:10am 18th – 6:03am 21st June 2020) which may also be interesting for Australia as this Gemini sting-in-the-moon does resonate with the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029)!  The Sagittarius full moon (30 May – 13 June 2020) may also get embroiled in this cauldron to a certain extent.

Other pandemic posts by Terry MacKinnell

Why I did Not Predict COVID-19

The Four Health Moons & COVID-19

Will the Coronavirus Recession Compare to the Great Depression of the 1930s?

The Emerging Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic


[1] Danielle Wood, How do you lose $60bn and where does this leave Australia?, The Guardian, Fri 22 May 2020 20.11 AESTLast modified on Sat 23 May 2020 19.24 AEST,

[2] See Age of Aquarius for Dummies

[3] Bojan Pancevski, “Countries That Kept a Lid on Coronavirus Look to Each Other to Revive Their Economies”, The Wall Street Journal, May 23 2020,

[4] Austria pushes coronavirus co-operation with ‘smart countries’, 26 April 2020,

The Four Health Moons & COVID-19

Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 personal journey was made public on 27 March 2020 when he tested positive after announcing that when he went to visit patients in a hospital, some of whom had COVID-19, he found it impossible not to shake everyone’s’ hands as that is what politicians do.  This is believed to have occurred about four weeks before being admitted to hospital[1] on April 5th, 2020.

“March 3: Mr Johnson dismissed the trend for coronavirus ‘elbow bumps’ – saying he is perfectly happy to keep shaking hands with people. The PM joked that he was still carrying out the traditional greeting ‘continuously’, citing scientific advice that it is fine as long as you keep washing your hands.”[2]

Four weeks before April 5th is about 8th March 2020 and this is situated under the two week influence of the Virgo full moon (2nd – 16th March 2020) as each full moon influences the two-week period when the visible portion of the moon, as seen from earth, is 50% or more illuminated by the Sun.  If we examine Boris’ natal western horoscope, he has Libra rising:

Boris Johnson’s natal western horoscope

With Libra ruling his 1st house, Virgo rules his 12th house of ‘self-made problems’ – fairly standard astrological knowledge about the infamous 12th house and Boris certainly lived up to his 12th house full moon.

By the 27th March, when Boris had tested positive, this occurred in the first week of the Aries lunar month (24th March – 1st April 2020). This was not a problem for Boris during this time and it was business as usual though in isolation. Aries, as ruler of his 7th house,  is not a direct health sign for Boris.

Due to the positive test on 27th March, this strongly suggests that he first experienced symptoms prior to this date, and the most likely timeframe was in the last week of the Pisces lunar month (17th – 24th March), with Pisces ruling his 6th house of health issues.

By the time Boris was admitted to hospital on 5th April 2020, the influence of the new Aries lunar month (24th March – 23rd April 2020) had subsided as the full moon located in the middle of each lunar month overrides the sign of the lunar month.  In this case, the hospital admission on 5th April 2020 occurred directly under the rays of the Libra full moon (1st – 14th April 2020 GMT) focusing upon his 1st house.

The two health houses in every horoscope are the 1st and 6th houses, and it can be argued that these each have different nuances whereby the 1st house is a person’s constitutional or physical strength, and the 6th house illnesses – plain and simple.  But in practice, it seems that the 1st and 6th houses are interchangeable when it comes to health issues.

However, lunar astrology has a quirk, the ascendant based houses have to share the spotlight with solar houses. A solar house is every bit as relevant as an ascendant house in lunar astrology – including eclipses. Therefore, in the case of Boris Johnson, his solar 1st house is Gemini and therefore his solar 6th house is Scorpio.

Therefore, Boris will experience two health-related full moons in a row – the Libra full moon (1st – 14th April 2020 GMT) followed by the Scorpio full moon (30th April – 14th May 2020).  Furthermore, the Scorpio full moon sits in the middle of the Taurus lunar month (23rd April – 22nd May 2020) and Taurus is a diabolical sign in Boris’ western horoscope as Taurus rules his 8th house of vulnerability and is also the 12th solar house of self-made problems and difficult issues to his Gemini sun.

What this lunar perspective means is that everyone each year has four lunar months (1st and last weeks only), and four full moons (middle two weeks of every lunar month) associated with the 1st and 6th ascendant and solar houses.  Therefore at any time, a person is exposed one-third of the time to possible health issues, except for those people whose ascendant sign and sun sign are the same (i.e. born around sunrise).  It is during these times, as demonstrated by Boris Johnson, that we are more exposed to COVID-19 or any other health concern.

Lunar astrology will not indicate the relevance of any health issue, whether it is minor, major, long, short and so on.  This requires additional astrological insights.  Maintaining the lunar theme, I have found that the relevance of these health moons is strongly influenced by the progressed moon.  The following chart for Boris Johnson displays the progressed horoscope overlaid upon his natal horoscope:

Boris Johnson’s progressed to natal horoscopes on the day he was admitted to hospital

The progressed chart is set for his admission to hospital, and shows that his secondary progressed moon is in the middle of a 2 ½ year passage through the sign Scorpio and the 2nd ascendant house and 6th solar house.  This secondary progressed moon’s placement indicates that Boris Johnson can experience a greater than normal health issue during this 2 ½ years period (approx. Feb 2019 – Jul 2021).  This explains why he has been plucked from the crowd and thrust into hospital during this Libra full moon.  Furthermore, the sign Scorpio, which the progressed moon is currently located within (for 2 ½ years) introduces vulnerability.  Boris is not just having a brush with COVID-19, he is in a vulnerable situation, and it is astrologically even more vulnerable under the Scorpio full moon period (30th April-  14th May 2020) due to resonance between his progressed Scorpio moon and Scorpio full moon both activating his solar 6th house of health.

It is also worth noting that Boris’ natal moon is located in this same 2nd house and therefore his natal moon is located in his 6th solar house of health issues, and the influence of the moon (or Cancer) can bring weight problems due to the love of food.

‘It’s a scandal that Boris Johnson is questioning the effectiveness of taxes on food and drinks products,’ writes Graham MacGregor of Action on Sugar/Action on Salt. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA[3]

“However, he has struggled with excess weight. Obesity is a known risk factor when it comes to coronavirus.”[4]

Furthermore, Boris has natal Saturn located in his 6th ascendant house and Saturn will rarely bring benefits to a person’s health – quite the contrary. Currently, transiting Saturn has temporarily entered the early degrees of Aquarius, but this is unfortunately creating an adverse 90% square aspect to his Scorpio natal moon strategically located in his 6th solar house of illnesses.  This remains in effect until early July.  This does not suggest a quick-fix for Boris’ health problems, especially taking into account the resonance between his Scorpio progressed moon and the Scorpio full moon (30th April – 14th May) with both activating his 6th solar house of health.

An additional astrological factor is involved, Boris’ progressed moon on the day he was admitted to hospital was conjunct his (natal and progressed) Neptune – the planet of hospitals and the natural ruler of the 12th house of self-made problems. The conjunction to his progressed Neptune was exact on the day.  This conjunction remains valid for another five weeks (to around 10th May 2020) including most of the time under the influence of the Scorpio full moon (30th April – 14th May).  In the meantime, the last week of the Aries lunar month (16 – 23rd April 2020) is the only period until 30 May 2020 without a lunar health connotation.   It looks like the gods are playing with Boris!

The same issues that face Boris Johnson face us all in a time of pandemic.  We each pass through good and bad times, and it is a rare person that passes through life untroubled by diseases or illnesses.  On the most simplistic level, I have found that the best primary astrological technique is lunar astrology, because lunar astrology will provide more relevant information associated with any situation quickly and is also perfect for the novice astrologer.  Once the lunar perspective is gained, including the progressed moon for those astrologers with this skill, planetary aspects and so on can be incorporated to judge the relevance of the spotlight provided by lunar months and full moons.

For those people interested in following their fortune with COVID-19, following are the relevant lunar dates for the rest of 2020:

Lunar Months 2020 Full Moons 2020
Pisces (17th – 24th March) Virgo (2nd – 16th March)
Aries (24th March – 23rd April) Libra (1st – 14th April)
Taurus (23rd April – 22nd May) Scorpio (30th April – 14th May)
Gemini (22nd May – 21 June) Sagittarius (30 May – 13 June)
Cancer (21 June – 20 July) Capricorn (28 June – 12th July)
Cancer blue moon (20 July – 19 August) Aquarius (27 July – 11 August)
Virgo (19th August – 17th September) Pisces (25th August – 10 September)
Virgo (17th September – 17th October) Aries (24th September – 10th October)
Libra (17th October – 15th November) Taurus (23 October – 8th November)
Scorpio (15th November – 15th December) Gemini (22nd November – 8 December)
Sagittarius (15th December – Cancer (21st December –

Note: The two Cancer lunar months in a row in the above table is not a mistake, this ‘doubling up’ or blue moon occurs approximately once every 2 ½ years because a year is longer than 12 lunar months.

For those with insufficient astrological skill, the following table displays the 6th house health sign associated with each sign, be it the sun sign or rising sign.  While the rising sign and sun sign have equal strength in lunar astrology, the rising sign (ascendant) is more influential than the sun-sign in the traditional horoscope.

Sign 6th House
Aries Virgo
Taurus Libra
Gemini Scorpio
Cancer Sagittarius
Leo Capricorn
Virgo Aquarius
Libra Pisces
Scorpio Aries
Sagittarius Taurus
Capricorn Gemini
Aquarius Cancer
Pisces Leo

For example in the above, Boris Johnson has a Gemini sun and Libra ascendant, and therefore Libra has Pisces and Gemini Scorpio with his four health signs all four of these signs (Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Pisces).

I have read some other astrological perspectives by other astrologers on Boris Johnson’s brush with COVID-19, but without the lunar perspective, it is like reading a book with every second page missing. Just because the form of lunar astrology I am using here was not employed by the Hellenistic or medieval astrologers (to my knowledge) does not negate lunar astrology.  Not everything passed down from previous generations of astrologers is correct, and many valid astrological techniques are recent discoveries or remain to be discovered.

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Gonzo Astrology – Confusion Resolved

In my post of 24 November 2019 The UK General Brexit Election December 2019 I was confused about who would become prime minister and considered the election would end in a tight result.  I knew I was confused at the time and so I undertook the unusual step of further analysis and published The UK Brexit Election December 2019 Part 2 on 6 December 2019.  My opening paragraph was:

“In my previous article The UK General Brexit Election December 2019 I could not come to a clear conclusion about who would “win”.  Since posting the previous article, I have been informed that Boris Johnson is significantly ahead in the polls, which is even more confusing from the point of view of astrology, because of the three major contenders, Boris sits last from a strategic astrological point of view from the perspective of the new lunar astrology. This confusion is heightened with Nigel Farage’s astrology pointing to a win.  Jeremy Corbyn sits forlornly as the piggy in the middle.”

However, I decided to make this election a piece of gonzo astrology, and focus upon my confused state.  While researching the transits applicable to Farage, Johnson and Corbyn I also realized why I was feeling confused – I was under the influence of four major difficult transits involving my natal Neptune.  I could easily not have posted anything, but why not – the quality of my life does not depend upon the acceptance of my astrology anyway.  The following transits easily provide a suitable astrological reason for my state of confusion:

  • Transiting Pluto square natal Neptune
  • Transiting Mercury semi-square natal Neptune
  • Transiting Venus square natal Neptune
  • Transiting Saturn square natal Neptune

I was certainly intrigued as to what I was confused about, and was looking forward to the election results.  Basically, it came down to just one specific item that threw everything out for me.  The election was on a Gemini full moon that was in Nigel Farage’s 10th house of success, Boris Johnson’s 9th house, and Jeremy Corbyn’s difficult 8th house.  What threw me was that the 9th house is the derived 12th house of self-undoing to the 10th house of success, and so I thought Boris Johnson doomed in some way.  However I was totally confused as to why Johnson was doomed, Farage would have a gleeful result for his Brexit ambitions, and Corbyn stuck in the 8th house?

The main error was not taking Johnson’s 9th house at face value, but using its derived 12th house position to the 10th house.  How the Gemini full moon should have been read is simply it occurred in the weak and unsubstantial 8th house for Corbyn, the strong 9th house for Johnson, and the stunning 10th house for Farage.

When does the  9th house work as the difficult derived 12th house to the 10th house of success?  As a long-time user of derived houses, it often appears – say around 20% of the time.  I have been closely following the transiting moon for over a decade, and quite often, the transiting moon will not directly activate the house it is temporarily located, but negatively affect the following house (i.e. behave like the derived 12th house to the following house).  It can also detract from the opposite house.  This occurs so regularly that I take it as a tangible astrological phenomenon to take into account – but it seems I took it too much into account with the UK elections.

However, in The UK Brexit Election December 2019 Part 2 my detailed analysis of the archetypes associated with the Gemini full moon I stated:

“At a very basic level, what does Gemini insinuate regarding Brexit? With Gemini opposite Sagittarius (the sign of foreign lands), Gemini must be anti-foreign.  This must be a big plus for Brexit parties.  The influence of the Gemini full moon must favor the conservative pro-Brexit parties!”

So while I would not consider I had a successful outcome for the UK elections, it certainly was not a failure for me – I had a partial success.  I had similar partial success for Trump’s presidential election win, and a full success for the US midterm election based solely upon the moon.  One prominent international astrologer dismissed my ‘errant’ UK election prediction saying the election result was merely decided by the “emerging Saturn and Pluto conjunction in tropical Capricorn”.  My response was:

“I had a good research exercise with the UK Brexit election, and am relatively pleased with my results. I am pioneering new techniques, and they show indications that I am on the right track. I will do a postmortem ASAP to tidy it all up. I am not in a position to learn and study standard mundane astrological techniques, as my astrological study agenda is already full and there are already plenty of astrologers doing these techniques already, and I cannot remember coming across any astrologer that is infallible in their predictions.”

I have definitely made a step forward in my research on the role the moon plays in mundane events – that most astrologers overlook.  It is not only the house(s) the moon activates that is important, it is also the sign of the full moon that plays a role.  However, I am at this stage uncertain if the sign of the lunar month is effective for events that occur in the first or last week of each lunar month where the full moon has theoretically no impact.

 Note: Gonzo astrology is astrology where the astrology of the astrologer plays a part.  As astrologers, it is not only the astrology we do, but how the astrology individually affects us when we are practicing astrology!

With gratitude to the inventor of gonzo journalism[1] – Hunter s Thompson[2], author of “Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas”

Hunter S Thompson By Rs79 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


[1] Gonzo journalism. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:54, December 19, 2019, from

[2] Hunter S. Thompson. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:55, December 19, 2019, from

The UK Brexit Election December 2019 Part 2

In my previous article The UK General Brexit Election December 2019 I could arrive at a clear conclusion about who would “win”.  Since posting the previous article, I have been informed that Boris Johnson is significantly ahead in the polls, which is even more confusing, because of the three major contenders, Boris sits last from a strategic perspective of the new lunar astrology. This confusion is heightened with Nigel Farage’s astrology pointing to a win.  Jeremy Corbyn sits forlornly as the piggy in the middle.

There is a totally different angle we can examine for this election based on the Gemini full moon because full moons have mundane applications to the big wide world at large.   A classic example was the Australian Federal Election on 18 May 2019 held the day before a Scorpio full moon.  The Scorpio full moon operated in a few distinct ways.  Firstly, the sign Scorpio does not promote stability, instead it promotes upsets, volatility and revolution.  This is exactly what happened, as the conservative government in power was tipped by all and sundry that they would lose the election, and even government members appeared subdued and resigned to their fate.  However, this was a big upset, because instead of Labor making a spectacular win, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and it was a very glum lot of Australian Labor Party supporters on the evening of the election as the poll results came in.

“The result was considered an upset as polling had placed the Coalition consistently behind for almost three years.”[1] (Note: “the Coailition” in Australian politics are the two main conservative parties)

The most striking mundane involvement of the Scorpio moon however was something else altogether.  A massive scare campaign based on the fake narrative that the Australian Labor Party was going to introduce death taxes if they won the election was so virulent,[2] some pundits even believed it was the straw to break the camel’s back – swinging just enough marginal voters towards the conservatives.  With Scorpio ruling both death and taxes, it is very opportune to have raised itself to such a high profile in this Scorpio Australian election.

If this kind of archetypal indulgence overflows into the UK election, what can Gemini indicate?  On a mundane level, it rules youth, social media, fragmentation and duality, newspapers and inner cities amongst other things.  If youth get motivated, this definitely favors the Remainder parties, as youth have the most to lose by the Brexit imbroglio and are not yet old and crusty like many of their elders who voted for Brexit.   Social media will favor the conservatives as for some strange reason, conservatives around the world seem far more inclined to lie and spread misinformation such as at the last Australian election and with Donald Trump – their champion in this regard.  Social media was made for conservative disinformation.  Newspapers invariably favor the conservatives as newspapers are usually run by the rich end of town. Inner city residents are usually cosmopolitan and therefore usually favor the Remainders.  Then there is the possible fragmentation of the vote due to greater success of minor parties compared to what was expected.  Political fragmentation probably favors the Remainder parties?

One or more of these sectors is likely to play a significant role in the elections but with the election really a Brexit election, the fragmentation is a big plus for the conservatives as Nigel Farage’s plan to not split the pro-Brexit vote is superb political strategizing leaving the ‘other’ side somewhat fragmented as Labor has distanced itself from the other ‘opposition’ parties.  The fragmentation issue is astrologically very interesting as it means it could be promoting the fragmentation of the EU by Brexit thus promoting the Brexiters’ cause. At a very basic level, what does Gemini insinuate regarding Brexit? With Gemini opposite Sagittarius (the sign of foreign lands), Gemini must be anti-foreign.  This must be a big plus for Brexit parties.  The influence of the Gemini full moon must favor the conservative pro-Brexit parties!

The big question still remains, is the possible swing to conservatives enough to allow them unfettered ability to push through Brexit – even a no-deal Brexit?  This is where it is necessary to resort to the influence the moon is having on the three major party leaders and examine the lunar influence a little deeper.

If the moon is examined on the day following the election, some more strange developments are suggested.  It may appear that Nigel Farage does not need extending, because with the Gemini full moon on Election Day sitting in his 10th house of career and status – he should be exultant and therefore suggests a win … for Nigel at least?  However, for the 2 ½ days immediately following the polls, with the moon transiting Cancer, his 11th house is activated – which appears harmless enough, though Cancer is his lowly solar 4th house of anti-status suggesting a dip after Election Day.  The following 2 ½ days (December 15th – 17th) the transiting moon is in his 12th house – rarely a portent of good tidings thogh good tisings from his solar 5th house of politcs  These moon sign changes however cannot override the power of the 10th house Gemini full moon that remains in power until the quarter moon on 19th December 2019.  For Farage, he could be dented post the election from what he initially expected?

With the Gemini full moon in Boris’s 9th house (12th derived house to his 10th house of career) on Election Day, the outlooks appears exceedingly grim, suggesting that he has blown it – one way or another or a lot of ways together.  Certainly Gemini activates his solar 1st house of beating his chest – but Jeromy Corbyn also has a Gemini sun and its hard to perceive how they both can be beating their chests simultaneously from the election result? However, for the 2 ½ days immediately following the polls, with the moon transiting Cancer, his 10th house is activated indicating some improvement on what he experienced on election evening.  Furthermore, the two week Cancer full moon in January 2020 activates Boris’ 10th house of career indicating some kind of success or boost one month later?

Jeromy Corbyn has the Gemini full moon activating the lackluster 8th house of fragility and insecurity which seems to unequivocally avoid any kind of win, or an unclear outcome at best leading to his insecurity despite his chest beating due to the activation of his solar 1st house.  But the 15th – 17th December has the moon transiting Leo activating his 10th house of career success.  Is this a drawn-out election result due to a razor-sharp outcome?

Taken at face value, the above indicates success for Farage, failure for Johnson on Election Day but a status boost over the next few days – and Corbyn cannot work out where he stands but gets his status boost around 15th – 17th December, while Farage experiences the glum 12th house transit by the moon.  This all makes sense if the polls are wrong, and it turns out to be a very tight race with a hung parliament but Farage is in a stronger position?  In January, the Cancer full moon definitely favors Boris Johnson, but the Leo full moon in February promotes Corbyn.  The lack of certainty from the astrology surrounding this election insinuates this is how the election turns out – unclear with an uncertain result that probably

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veers more towards the Brexiters but possibly not enough to change the basic situation before the election?  Alternatively, the Brexiters win enough to push through their Brexit agenda after a scramble for tightly won seats?  The Gemini full moon should favor fragmentation, and this is exactly what many in the UK want in their relationship with Europe.

This is an exercise I have conducted to further my research mainly into the new lunar astrology.  I have never come across any astrological lore that states the power of the sign of the full moon extends from the end of the first quarter moon to the beginning of the 4th quarter moon.  After some years of lunar observations, I finally put the pieces of this puzzle together in the week leading to the US presidential election in November 2016.[3]  I am very interested in how my hypothesis about the coming UK Brexit election turns out in reality far more so than who may or may not benefit or win the UK elections.  Alvin Toffler many decades ago stated that where the world is heading, both sides of politics are the problem as they both represent the past.  From an astrological perspective, the UK is in a no-win time of self-destruction and it will probably take the UK at least 5 years to initially recover from this disaster it has created for itself anyway.


The following has been extracted from a post I published shortly after the 2016 US presidential elections:

I had the first inkling of flaws in my assumption of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election about one week before the election, and on November 6th I published on a number of Facebook sites “The Scorpio Lunar Month & the US Presidential Elections” (see

In this post I stated:

“For the current Scorpio lunar month, the Taurus full Moon (on 14th November), ….. actively stimulates Trump’s 10th house of status and fame and undermines Hillary’s personal worth in favour of her opponent.”

“There are a number of possibilities. Firstly, the election result may be so close that the final result must wait until after the full Moon effect but in the meantime, Trump is sitting in the sunshine of a possible victory. Secondly, the result is clear on the day but Trump goes on a final ranting binge about the corruption of the US presidential election followed by his last few days as a major news item? Thirdly, Trump actually wins the election?”

“Something strange and unusual is occurring here as Trump gets an immediate election afterglow, one way or another.”

“In conclusion, ….. it does suggest something that promotes Trump’s image post-election day … . Somehow he gets an election afterglow….. The coming full Moon indicates he will be at his best under the glow of the full Moon.”

However, my mindset was so caught up in the prevailing view that it was impossible for Trump to win the election, that I did not heed the warnings of such a simple and elementary thing as the full moon only days after the election. This full moon in Taurus is located in Trump’s 10th house of fame and prestige and located in Hillary’s 7th house representing her opponent (using whole sign houses).

The lunation cycle and full moons are generally overlooked by the huge majority of astrologers who are always hypnotized with the natal horoscope. Every full moon behaves like a mini-eclipse. Its effects are not limited to the actual few days that the full moon is in the actual sign where it occurs, but it spreads its wings for a number of days either side of the exact full moon. It has personally affected me as the November 2016 Taurus full moon falls in my 4th house of anti-status, thus I am still digesting my hat.

A friend of mine stated after the election that a lot of hats are being eaten. Though I had a late inclination that something was wrong with my expectation of a Clinton victory, it was too late. I succumbed to the old enemy of accurate predictions – I succumbed to my own political bias. I am totally aware of my political bias, and I actually try to counter-balance this bias, but in this case, my bias won. At every point of analysis in weighing up the pros and cons of the positive and negative astrological influences, I gave Hillary the benefit of the doubt.

So it is totally appropriate that the November 2016 Taurus full moon is located in my 4th house – how appropriate! For those non-astrologers, the 4th house is ‘anti-status’.

Further Reading

The UK Astrological Signature

Background to Brexit


[1] 2019 Australian federal election. Wikipedia, Retrieved 23:19, December 2, 2019, from


[3] The 2016 US Presidential Election Part 2

The UK General Brexit Election December 2019

The UK election on December 12 2019 will occur under a Gemini full moon, with the actual full moon occurring on the day of the election just before the polls open.  In the following analysis, my main focus is on the new lunar astrology which requires whole sign houses if it is to be effective. There will also be references to some transits, the secondary progressed moon, Vedic astrology and macro-astrology (based on the astrological ages) for additional insights. However, this just was not enough, so I added further research to each section taking into account transits to the secondary progressed charts of the three major candidates, and introduced the Dark Moon Lilith to try and settle the matter.

The core approach I am taking to this analysis however is the new lunar astrology which, amongst other things, places a distinct focus upon the lunation cycle – specifically dividing each lunar month into two parts.  The first and last week of each lunar month is ruled by the sign of the new moon.  For example, the UK general election on December 12th 2019 will occur in a Sagittarius lunar month 26/27th Nov 2019 – 25/26th Dec 201.  However, the influence on the two ‘middle’ weeks is more influenced by the sign of the full moon.  In the case of the UK elections, it falls in the Gemini full moon period (3/4th Dec 2019 – 18/19th December) and so the influence of the Gemini full moon (the two weeks when more than 50% of the moon is illuminated by the sun) is the dominant zodiacal sign rather than Sagittarius.

I had a lot of difficulty with the following analysis until some epiphanies came to my assistance – this is NOT a general election but a defacto Brexit election, and it looks like this election solves nothing, because none of the three main contenders display a highly positive outcome, though Corbyn may improve his standing ultimately?

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Natal

In the case of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Gemini full moon activates his 9th house and solar 1st house (derived from his Gemini sun).  This is a mixed bag, as the stimulation of his solar 1st house suggests that he is not swamped by any political ‘enemy’, but the 9th house is the derived 12th house of undoing to his 10th house of status and success.  This suggests that his attempt to stage an ever harder rightwing takeover of the Tories and subsequently forcing through his desired no-deal Brexit will most likely fail, but he may remain leader of the Tories (due to the involvement of the solar 1st house)? The 9th house Gemini full moon suggests that his gamble of obtaining an increase in numbers of Tories in the Commons is doomed, but otherwise, he could remain in a strong position in his party though the 9th house could end his role as prime minister as the 9th house is the house of endings regarding career.

However, only about 3 hours after the poll closes, the transiting moon enters his 10th house for 2 1/2 days, suggesting that he may get some kind of short-term support that enhances his role.  It may not be so much as snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, but perhaps late counting goes more his way, or late improvements in marginal seats for the Tories or pro-Brexit parties?

Boris Johnson Transits to Natal

The above transit to Boris’ natal chart at the close of polls shows transiting Jupiter opposite Boris’ natal sun indicating good fortune lies elsewhere – usually with his opponent(s).  Transiting Saturn is opposed to his midheaven suggesting that his career is not on an upward trajectory.  Saturn will thwart him at every possible step.  With transiting Pluto semi-squaring Uranus, ruler of his 5th house of political power, plus transiting moon square his natal Uranus – this is a very difficult astrological impasse for his success with these elections.

Boris Johnson Progressions to Natal

With Boris Johnson’s secondary progressed moon (above) in Scorpio in his 2nd house and 6th solar house, Scorpio does not bring stability or strength, but the second house does – another mixed bag.  The secondary progressed Sun is in the Aries decan of Sagittarius, explaining Boris’ tough-man stance that has become popular amongst conservative politicians around the world since Trump became president of the USA. Boris is in battle mode, but Aries indicates he is just as likely to be under attack as being on the attack.

Boris Johnson Vedic Horoscope

Johnson’s Vedic horoscope (above) is incredibly powerful as would be expected with anyone becoming prime minister of the UK.  With Mercury (his Vedic ruling planet) in mutual reception with Venus, this creates three raja yogas associated with the 9th and 10th houses – the two most powerful houses in the Vedic horoscope bequeathing all kinds of career success and status.  The sun in the 10th house makes one achieve a prominent career.  However, with the Sun ruling his 12th house of decay, he has a shorten timespan for career success or stability.  I have found that many heads of government have a 10th/12th Vedic houses connection as their careers are notably unstable compared to most other professions.

The most unfortunate aspect in his Vedic chart is that Mercury, his ruling planet and ruler of his 10th house is conjunct Mars – the ruler of the most unfortunate 8th house.  This indicates that his career will get “killed off” prematurely, as the 8th ruler conjunct the 10th ruler cannot bring extended success in career matters – even with the overload of extremely fortunate raja yogas associated with his 10th house.  Also, whenever the 8th and 9th Vedic houses are associated (in Boris’ case Mars 8th ruler in the 9th), the person will have at least one major experience in their life when all their luck disappears.  We will just have to wait and see!

Boris Johnson is in his Mercury dasa (Sep 2016 – Sep 2033) and with Mercury his ruling planet and ruler of his 10th house – this dasa was made for him.  His sub-dasa is his moon’s south nod (Feb 2019 – Feb 2020) with Ketu in his 4th house.  Ketu will not assist him as it has a strong malevolent side and does not favor prominence.  His most difficult time will occur when his Mars sub-dasa arrives (Mar 2025 – Mar 2026).  A person usually finds their calling in their Saturn dasa – in Johnson’s case between Sep 1997 and Sep 2016.  It seems that Johnson’s dharma is to at attempt to cleave the UK from Europe regardless of the damage?

Boris Johnson Transits to Progressions

Johnson has some remarkable aspects with Election Day transits to his secondary progressed chart (above).  Transiting Mars is conjunct Neptune, ruler of his progressed 5th house of politics, transiting Neptune is trine progressed Neptune and transiting sun is trine his progressed sun, but these are contrasted with transiting Saturn semi-square his MC and the transiting north node is conjunct his progressed Venus, his ruling planet for his Libra rising (western natal horoscope). The nodes can have a blanking effect, especially hard aspects, and the transiting nodes are semi-square his progressed sun.  While this is again a mixed bag – Johnson has some difficult astrology here to overcome.  There are no active transits to his progressed moon indicating a lack of either positive or negative focus.

In difficult cases, I often resort to the Dark Moon Lilith (DML) as I have been utilizing the DML for about 45 years, but only because it was placed conjunct my ascendant in my natal horoscope.  I usually avoid asteroid trash etc., but there is a place for everything, and perhaps if any secondary body is going to be useful to an astrologer, it most probably should be strongly placed in their natal horoscope.  Boris Johnson’s natal DML is placed at 19 degrees Gemini conjunct his Mercury, with Mercury located in his 9th house and Mercury ruling his 9th house.  Thus it is easy to see why Johnson rejects the ‘foreign’ EU, as the DML polarizes and exaggerates – it either produces fantastic results or absolutely nothing.  Johnson obviously would prefer that the EU does not exist and that definitely the UK is not in the EU.

The DML conjunct natal Mercury also upsets a person’s mental processes and tends to make them think in circles.  Like Trump with his impaired Mercury, Johnson has a strange mental outlook.  Unfortunately for Johnson, his progressed DML at the election (11 degrees Sagittarius) is square his natal Pluto and this unfortunate aspect is strongly in play at the election and will remain in force until the end of March 2020.  With Johnson’s progressed ascendant Scorpio, this means that while he desperately wants both the revolution in the UK, he also wants to change the political situation to break through with his Brexit deal or no deal.  This aspect alone insinuates that he is dreaming.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn Natal Horoscope

In the case of Jeremy Corbyn, the Gemini full moon activates his 8th house and solar 1st house.  As with Boris, the solar 1st house does suggest some shoring up of strength in the face of opposition, but the 8th house is a ‘weak’ house, but at least it is not the derived 12th house from the 10th house of status and success.  On a basic level, this places Corbyn one step ahead of Johnson in these elections.

Jeremy Corbyn Transits to Natal

Corbyn’s transits to natal chart (above) have the transiting Moon conjunct Uranus suggesting something he did not expect from this election.  With Uranus ruling his 4th house, his ‘base’ may not have performed reliably, and with the 4th house the derived 10th house of his opponent – this suggests that his opponent(s) benefit in some unexpected way.  However, only about 3 hours after the poll closes, the transiting moon enters his 9th house, suggesting a mildly damaging political turn of events as the 9th house is the 12th derived house to his 10th house of success.  Perhaps late counting goes against the Labor Party in some way and perhaps whatever success he perceives on election night partly withers away the next day as counting continues?  However this should not overrule the Gemini full moon period, and there remains an element of vulnerability due to the Gemini full moon located in his 8th house.  Transiting Pluto is in a highly favorable trine aspect to his natal moon for most of 2019 and this indicates a positive transformation re his moon ruled 9th house of foreign affairs and indicates he may be in an evolutionary process of moving support to the Remain campaign or at least actively promoting a second referendum?

Jeremy Corbyn Progressions to Natal

Corbyn’s secondary progressed moon has only just entered Capricorn (early November 2019), in his 3rd house and solar 8th house.  This suggests that for the month leading up to the election, Corbyn may take on an air of wisdom, gravitas or authority but only if he has built his political house on the rocks – and not the sand?  The 3rd house is the derived 9th house to his opponent, and the 9th house is the unfortunate derived 12th house to the 10th house – therefore this promotes  an unfortunate circumstance for his ‘opponent(s)’.  Corbyn’s progressed moon has only just finished a trine to his natal moon (around Oct 2019) and will be only 4 degrees away from a trine with his progressed Saturn on election day.  This has to be taken as a favorable astrological circumstance for anyone looking for success.  Corbyn is on a career or status roll despite any uncertainties immediatly post election.


Jeremy Corbyn Vedic Horoscope

Does Jeremy Corbyn’s Vedic chart indicate he will become prime minister?  With his ruling planet and moon located in his difficult 6th house, this indicates someone who has a relatively difficult start in life but can rise above it given time and effort.  Anyone with Mars in the same house as Rahu (moon’s north node) is a ‘driven’ person – they don’t know how to give up!  Corbyn suffers with Johnson the unfortunate connection between the 10th and 8th house (sun 10th ruler conjunct Mercury ruler 8th house) and the 10th and 12th house common to politicians (10th ruler sun conjunct 12th ruler Venus).  He not only has the political leader’s chart – but also someone that will get politically “killed off” – most likely before he is willing to go.

Corbyn’s strongest house is his 7th house with a raja yoga (Venus in its own sign on an angular house creates a raja yoga).  This suggests that Corbyn’s strength would be working in a partnership, if for example, in the likley case that Labor does not secure enough votes to rule in its own right, and must go into partnership with at least one other party to gain a majority in the Commons.  With Corbyn’s perverse stand on Brexit, this is highly likely.

Corbyn’s sun and moon are located in the exaltation sign of the other, and with these two bodies located in the 6th and 7th house, this raises the stakes in his championeering of the 6th house working class and strengthening the 7th house which is already his strongest house.  he will fight for the working class!

Corbyn is currently in his Saturn dasa (Jun 2005 – Jun 2024) indicating that he most likely has only recently found his passion or has developed a clear idea of what he is all about.

“In 2005 he was identified as the second most rebellious Labour MP of all time when the party was in government. He was the most rebellious Labour MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament, defying the whip 428 times while Labour was in power. Jacobin described him as “a figure who for decades challenged them [Labour Party elites] from the backbench as one of the most rebellious left-wing members of parliament.” [1]

However, unless there has been a new direction from Corbyn since 2005, he may not have yet found his dharma (major passion or direction in life).

With Saturn located in his 10th house of career, this does suggest a successful time for Corbyn.  The sub-dasa is Rahu or the moon’s north node (Jan 2019 – Nov 2021) with Rahu in his 6th house of enemies.    Rahu the dragon is considered excellent for scorching his enemies, so Corbyn is in an astrologically favorable time for becoming prime minister at this point in time.

Jeremy Corbyn Transits to Progressions

Corbyn has transiting Saturn semi-square progressed Saturn brings problems and delays especially taking into account Saturn is his progressed ruling planet for progressed Capricorn rising.  With transiting Jupiter in his progressed 1st house and conjunct his progressed moon he should be feeling exalted at election time.   However, transiting Saturn is square his progressed nodes suggesting some bitterness from this election.  The transiting north node is conjunct his progressed Mars indicating the wind is taken out of his sails.  Transiting Pluto is on a slow burn semi-square his progressed Saturn which does not bode well.  While a mixed bag, the lunar focus resides with the highly positive transiting Jupiter on his progressed moon – a difficult aspect to beat.

Corbyn’s natal Dark Moon Lilith (DML) is at 22 degrees Aries semi square his natal Sun, and with his sun the ruler of his 10th house, it is difficult for Corbyn dealing with success or getting successful outcomes – but not impossible.  His progressed DML is 29 degrees Scorpio which is semi-square either his natal or progressed Neptune for most of the second half of 2019 until March 2020.  With Neptune ruling his 5th house of politics, this suggests a difficult outcome for Corbyn – at least until March 2020.  Neptune in this scenario also suggests a lack of clarity or even a delusionary outlook on his current political circumstances. However, it is even more unfortunate that his progressed DML is square his natal Saturn and this is effective from December 2019 until July 2020.  It is like dangling success in front of someone but taking it away every time they lunge.

Nigel Farage


Nigel Farage Natal

The Gemini full moon sits in Farage’s 10th house and solar 3rd house, and the solar 3rd house is the derived 9th house of his ‘opponent(s)’, and thus his opponents are experiencing the dreaded 12th house influence on their 10th house of success.  Of the top three contenders (excluding the Liberal Democrats, Farage has the strongest success rating at this election from the perspective of the Gemini full moon shining in his 10th house – but what type of success?  Also, the 10th house can alternatively represent his ‘superior’.  Does this mean that Johnson may do well instead of directly affecting Farage?  With the transiting moon moving into Cancer on the day following the election, this may mean late counting goes against Farage, as Cancer is his solar 4th house of lowly status, but high status to his opponents.

With his ascendant surrounded by Pluto (just below the horizon) and Uranus above – he is a perfect revolutionary.  Considering that December 2019 is at the peak of a ten year Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow(Dec 2014 – Dec 19 – Nov 24) deep within the Age of Aquarius, then Farage must be in hog heaven.  This is the most revolutionary period the world has experienced since the turbulent 1960s.

Nigel Farage Transits to Natal

The main blemish to Farage’s strong 10th house (above) is that the transiting moon sits opposite his natal moon, that indicates some issue associated with the ‘other’ in respect to their strength, or merely reflects his ‘partnership’ with Johnson, with Farage the minor partner.  Transiting Pluto has been in Farage’s 5th house since 2008, he is astrologically in full form for politically undermining anything.

Nigel Farage Progressions to Natal

Farage also has the best position for his secondary progressed moon (above) sitting in his 5th house of political power plus it is in the sign Capricorn – that can lend authority and gravitas provided he is building his house on the rocks.  This strongly suggests that Farage will gain in stature with the 2019 general election.  With progressed Jupiter on a slow burn in trine to his natal ascendant, Farage is definitely in hog heaven as Jove smiles upon him.

Nigel Farage Vedic Horoscope

Farage’s Vedic chart (above) has a raja yoga in his 10th house of career (Venus in its own sign in an angular house) and he has mutual reception between the 8th and 9th houses – a highly strung relationship indicating that he will also lose all luck and good fortune in his life at least once, but otherwise has almost an infinite amount of energy available to him… even when he hits the wall.  He has Trump’s stationary Rahu which gives him the ability to see what his support base wants, and he can therefore play on this as an asset. With Rahu in the 11th house, he has an unquenchable thirst for wealth, matching Trump’s stationary Rahu in his 2nd house of income…. But Rahu is insatiable and can never be satisfied.

He is currently in his Rahu dasa (Aug 2012 – Aug 2030) and with a potent Rahu in his 11th house – he will be very focused upon wealth.  Rahu is perverse however, and Farage is financially in danger in the last years of the Rahu dasa unless he got seriously clipped in the years post-August 2012.   He is in his Saturn sub-dasa (Sep 17 – July 20) and Saturn is in his 7th house.  This is the chart of someone that can appreciate working as an ally or in partnership at this point of time.  Saturn will promote his career.  There is no doubt, that Farage has some very good astrology for the 2019 general elections, indicating that the Brexit Party, one way or another, comes out in a stronger position post-election.



Nigel Farage Transits to Progressions

With transiting Neptune trine progressed Neptune, transiting Mars opposite progressed Mars, transiting Pluto square the progressed ascendant and semi-square the progressed sun and the transiting south node conjunct the progressed moon – the balance is weighed against Farage – especially with a node on the progressed moon.

His natal Dark Moon Lilith (DML) is located at 29 degrees Aquarius semi-square his natal sun (ruler of his 12th house of self-made problems) and square his natal Venus (difficult for relationships).  His progressed DML has been semi-square his natal Pluto for the 8 months leading to the election indicating a frustrating time for the drastic change he is looking for in the UK.  His progressed DML is also opposite his natal Jupiter for the period May 2019 to January 2020.  This suggests that he will not receive the good fortune he is looking for – it is reserved for an ‘opponent’ sitting in the 7th house position.

The only reasonable conclusion from the above is that no one is satisfied following the election – though no analysis has been provided for the Liberal Democrats. It suggests that nothing really changes, and if Corbyn “wins”, he is hamstrung by the political stalemate engulfing the UK.  This is not really a general election, but a Brexit election and the only outcome will probably be the need for a second referendum on Brexit.


Without a birth time for Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, no astrological perspective can be provided on Swinson. However, based on what is available, some good astrology sits with Nigel Farage, with a stronger showing from Jeremy Corbyn and then Boris Johnson trailing at the rear – but they all display a mixed bag of very positive and negative influences.  All three candidates should display strong astrological influences as they each go into this election at the top of their respective games – and being top has to have correlations to very strong positive aspects in their respective astrology.  Each candidate has very positive supporting astrology.

However, no candidate seems to have the decisive edge, as each seems to have serious limitations on election day and soon thereafter.  Johnson has the unfortunate Gemini full moon to deal with suggesting his failure plus transiting Jupiter opposite his natal sun, transiting Saturn is opposed to his midheaven, and transiting Pluto semi-squaring Uranus, ruler of his 5th house of political power.  Johnson has an unfortunate transiting moon’s north node conjunct his progressed Venus, his ruling planet plus his progressed DML at the election is square his natal Pluto suggesting his desired revolution does not come to the party.  Corbyn has a slightly better Gemini full moon compared to Johnson and transiting Pluto is in a highly favorable trine aspect to his natal moon for most of 2019 and his Saturn dasa activating his 10th of career is very supportive.  With transiting Jupiter in his progressed 1st house and conjunct his progressed moon, Corbyn should be in good spirits following the election but not without other blemishes intruding such as the progressed DML is square his natal Saturn and this is effective from December 2019 until July 2020 indicating that his status is undermined.  Nigel Farage has the best position for the Gemini full moon in his 10th house of status but the transiting moon sits opposite his natal moon suggesting strength to the opposition (or partner).  However, transiting Pluto square the progressed ascendant and semi-square the progressed sun and the transiting south node conjunct the progressed moon does not breed success?  His progressed DML has been semi-square his natal Pluto for the 8 months leading to the election indicating an unsuccessful revolution.

It is very possible that Corbyn may become prime minister in some kind of coalition or agreement with parties including the Liberal Democrats, the only major party guaranteeing an anti-Brexit policy.  It is equally possible that Boris remains prime minister but the new lunar astrology suggests a very tight vote between the Tory’s and Labor as it looks like Boris gets a late boost or gain at Corbyn’s expense based on the moon changing sign a day after the election.  However, this moon change can only change the flavor, not the cake, as the Gemini full moon remains dominant and therefore prefers Corbyn over Johnson.  The astrology suggests that Corbyn a “winner” in some way at least.  Reverting back to the full moon – the full moon at the December 2019 election favors Nigel Farage, the January full moon favors Boris Johnson and the February full moon favors Jeremy Corbyn.  Does this mean that “he who laughs last laughs loudest”?

It is always difficult predicting the outcome of an election when little astrological clarity is present as is the case here.  Predicting the future is like being an archeologist that finds a shard and needs to describe a society just from a shard.  I will be watching the results of the 2019 UK election keenly, as it provides fascinating live input into my understanding of the new lunar astrology.  The most interesting aspect of the election is the role Nigel Farage obtains post-election with his outstanding Gemini full moon in his 10th house at the actual election? However, the astrology (and polls) suggests that it is a very tight race, and regardless of which side wins – the situation will remain relatively unchanged – probably with a hung parliament.

The biggest development should come with a second referendum on Brexit – highly favored astrologically post December 2019 due to the arrival of the second half of the Aquarius micro-age decan (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024). [ More details of the Aquarius micro-age decan  ]  However, the UK does not do well in Aquarian periods due to the strong role Leo has in its astrological signature.  With Brexit and the state of the UK in general, currently, they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.  It’s a no-win situation.

Further Reading

The UK Astrological Signature

Background to Brexit

Delphine Jay, “The Lilith Ephemeris 1900 – 2000 AD“, 1986, The American Federation of Astrologers Inc, Tempe Arizona, USA

[1] Jeremy Corbyn. Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:45, November 15, 2019, from

Uranus in Taurus (2019 – 2026)

In Ubud, Bali, (commonly called the cultural capital of Bali), I have recently been inundated with expats wanting their horoscopes done.  The average age is in their 30s or early 40s, and they are mainly couples with young children (Australians, Americans, British etc).  Young western families are now just plonking themselves in Bali, and deciding to live there, and figure out everything such as visas, how to earn money, schooling for their kids (the Green School is incredibly popular) and a suitable place to live which can range anywhere from $350 to deluxe at $1,000 per month.  Even retired Australians are finding their way to Ubud, and my favorite coffee shop chain Arak (Coffee) often feels like the Australian embassy pensioner day, and Arak even do flat white coffees (an Australian favorite and not available in the USA etc).


Leunig on astronomy

Courtesy of Michael Leunig, Australian comic genius for over 4 decades!

Most non-astrologers do not know that the planet Uranus has just made a significant change in location – after being in Aries since early 2011.  Uranus gave a preview of its shift to Taurus from May to November 2018 but as of early March 2019, it has now moved into Taurus until 2026 – and this will mean different things for different people.  In a nutshell, for your specific rising sign (ascendant), or sun sign, the emphasis is on excitement associated with dynamic activity, but also lack of consistency or an increase in erratic behavior.  This will play itself out in a number of ways (your ascendant sign is more powerful and descriptive of you compared to the sun sign which is an invention of newspaper about 100 years ago who decided that the average person was too dumb to understand real astrology – for most people YOU ARE NOT PRIMARILY YOUR SUN-SIGN):

Aries: periods of stunning money earning capability, but save it while the going is good, as you cannot depend upon your income being consistent in the years ahead as you mimic the boom and bust cycles of mining companies and political parties.  An unexpected inheritance or gift received by your partner?

Taurus: new inspiration, direction and collapse from too much exertion.  Lots of excitement associated with your career, ambition or status when you are not groveling in the gutter.  Uranus will want to take every Taurus person out of their comfort zone, kicking and screaming if necessary…. or at least bellowing like an upset cow or infuriated bull. Do Taureans like excitement?

Gemini: new motivation towards strange music (including jazz), avant-garde artistic expression of any type or getting away from it all – even if this involves living in a cave, tree-house or where the Sun does not shine.  You should make some of your most brilliant and stunning blunders in the years ahead, especially if you are overseas.  Good material for a book or blog?

Cancer: one or more existing or new friend(s) appears out of nowhere or suddenly is struck by the lightning strike of inspiration – though you personally could become an astrologer under this transit.   Alternatively, you may join a not-for-profit organization in trying to save the world from humanity.

Leo: career drive and inspiration, and changes of career direction.  Any successes are probably short-lived, or your status goes into a roller coaster ride – perhaps a good time to be a politician?  Success if you are working in the IT sector.  You will need to behave the opposite of your normal nature in the years ahead if you want to succeed – you have just entered a bossiness-free zone.

Virgo: as many trips overseas or university courses you can pack in, especially to strange places most people avoid, or courses that are simply too weird or futuristic for the average person.

Libra: new excitement in your sex life, or an unexpected lottery win or inheritance, though your partner’s income becomes erratic and unreliable.

Scorpio: your existing or new partner displays brilliance, is AWOL or both at the same time.  An unexpected major change to your relationship and any new partner is a Martian or from somewhere from outer space.  your second child acts out of character.

Sagittarius: changing jobs frequently, but pumping when you enjoy your work.  Any health problems are unexpected and strange, unless it is something mundane like a broken ankle or varicose veins.  Good time to become an eccentric health professional.

Capricorn: an unexpected child or your eldest child here one minute, gone the next? Your eldest child runs away or is discovered to have a genius IQ? You adopt a child or there are other strange circumstances affecting your children?  You find a new and eccentric or strange hobby or creative outlet – perhaps astrology?

Aquarius: Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius, so its impact is greater for anyone with Aquarius rising (or Aquarius sun to a lesser extent).  You will want to live in strange places, suddenly sell or buy or rent a new home, or change homes frequently, or engage in an eccentric lifestyle.  Building an earth ship or hobbit hole is ideal for you.  Being Aquarius rising, is this why I plan to spend every second month in Bali from here on in?  This started in 2018 when Uranus temporarily entered Taurus and gave me a preview of domestic possibilities. Domestic boredom means “death” for Aquarians in the years ahead – don’t do it!

Pisces: time to write that new science fiction book, buy Elvis Presley’s car for your everyday use or adopt some modern or futuristic transport options – an electric car or bike.  Anything other than being normal in how you transport yourself around your community.  Don’t depend upon your eldest sibling, who may be inspired, but will be everywhere other than where you are or want them to be.


If you want to review how Uranus affected you since early 2011 until early March 2019, read the sign that comes immediately after your rising/sun sign (and for Pisces, read Aries).  For example, if you are Libra rising (or sun sign), read Scorpio as an overview of the last number of years.


Trump Approaching Mars – the God of War!

President Trump’s progressed horoscope indicates he is entering an 8 week period soon that indicates he will be at his combative best (or worst, depending upon your point of view) or that he is under very strong assault… or all combined.  This is based on his secondary progressed chart strongly interacting with Mars in his natal chart.  For those unfamiliar with the progressed chart, it is basically the chart the same number of days after birth as your current age.  So, for example, in the case of Donald Trump, he is 72 years old and therefore in his 73rd year.  The 74th day after birth indicates what will occur in his 74th year.

Trump Progressed 1902

At the relevant time 73 days after birth, transiting Moon sat in the sky at the same position as his natal Mars (location at birth).  To be more exact, the progressed Moon will be within one degree of Trump’s natal Mars from about 10th March until 10th May 2019 (give or take a few days).  What can we expect from this?

The progressed Moon takes pride of place and is the most powerful indicator in the progressed chart of what anyone is experiencing at any time.  Therefore it is not so much the archetypal flavor of the Moon that is relevant, as the progressed Moon signifies the person – it is what the progressed Moon is doing that provide the relevant insights.

The progressed Moon is in Trumps 1st house, which can be viewed as the ‘Aries’ house in the horoscope.  The progressed Moon is only a few weeks away from being within one degree of exact conjunction with Trump’s natal Mars at 26 degrees Leo 46 minutes. Mars is the ruler of Aries.  Therefore, we are looking for Mars/Aries archetypes appearing.  These include war, violence, conflict and construction (walls).  With Aries opposite Libra, this period does not favor compromise, team work or harmony.

It suggests that Mueller’s report will be explosive (Mars and Aries love explosions).  Trump will be at war with the Democrat controlled House of Representatives, if not Congress as a whole.  He will push for his wall regardless of the consequences, as mars is associated with construction and building work.  It suggests that the summit at the end of February 2019 between Trump and Kim Jong-un may avoid this heightened Mars influence, but the aftermath is not necessarily so rosy. Aries rules missiles, so perhaps North Korea starts firing missiles again?  However, the summit with North Korea occurs in the last week of the Aquarius lunar month which activates Trumps’ 7th house of alliances and cooperation, and solar 9th house of foreign affairs.  So this summit may be the last experience of ‘harmony’ involving president Trump for some time.

Of course, the biggest issue is – will Trump start a war, as Mars is the god of War?  If he does not start an actual war, he will no doubt be politically at war, and more so than he has been to date.  Of course, Trump will be influenced by the lunation cycle, and especially the full moons within the progressed Moon conjunct natal Mars 8 week period.  The two full moons that will be encountered are technically both Libra full moons (a rarity that only occurs once every 2 ½ years).  Libra activates Trumps 3rd and solar 5th houses.  The 3rd house invokes legal issues, lawyers and courts, one way or another, while the 5th solar house is politics and the eldest child (Donald Junior).  It is also opposed to the 11th house of Congress, indicating the greater likelihood of a more serious dispute with Congress.

In such an exercise, I am more interested in following events, as it is like pure astrology talking without any teacher, book or documents.  It is more like watching a movie where we have a general idea of the flavor of the script, and just need to know the details.



Marriage Stars Twinkling Over Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has commented many times that the source material for many of her songs originate from her numerous relationships, and the number of relationships Taylor has experienced is nothing out of the ordinary in the modern world, and in this regard, Taylor is a reflection of the times.  Most of her relationships have been counted in the months or even weeks.  But something different has recently occurred.  Taylor has been romantically linked to the British actor Joe Alwyn officially since May 2017 and unofficially from September 2016.  At the time of writing, this relationship has been going on for more than two years.  This far exceeds any other known relationship to date.

There is a very good reason why this relationship between Taylor and Joe Alwyn is breaking new ground in Taylor’s life. The stars are appropriately lining up… but to be astrologically correct, it is the Moon that has recently positioned itself very favourably for Taylor’s new foray into an extended relationship.

Taylor & Joe

Taylor has at least an elementary interest astrology: Taylor Swift Wears Ring With Joe Alwyn’s Zodiac Sign

So how does the Moon indicate a significant change in relationships for Taylor, especially taking into account that it moves so fast, spinning around the Earth every 28 to 29 days?  The Moon is currently activating major relationships in Taylor’s life, but it is not due to the position of the Moon in the sky now, but the position of the Moon about 27 to 29 days after Taylor’s birth!   This is due to an astrological technique that has an ancient pedigree – the movement of the Sun, Moon and planets each day after birth, reflects the major changes a person experiences in each year of life.  This is commonly called the day-for-a-year technique, though the proper terminology is ‘secondary progressions’, and usually abbreviated to simply ‘progressions’.

Using this day-for-a-year technique, the ‘progressed’ Moon is currently placed in that part of Taylor’s chart that is associated with marriage and major relationships.  This placement is in play from around October 2016 until April 2019.  Just because the Moon’s favorable influence for a significant relationship commenced around October 2016, this does not mean that any new significant major relationship must commence in that exact month, nor does the Moon’s exit around April 2019 indicate that a significant major relationship will then collapse. Major relationships usually last a long time.

One of the specific placements of the Moon, that activates major relationships in anyone’s life, is that part of the sky associated with the western horizon at birth.  The eastern horizon at birth, commonly known as the ascendant or rising sign (because whatever is on the eastern horizon is always rising up into the sky), represents the nature and personality of the person and is the source of the word ‘horoscope’ which means hour of birth with the focus on the zodiacal sign rising at the eastern horizon.  On average, every two hours a new zodiacal sign appears at the eastern horizon.  The rising sign is more important than the sun-sign.

When Taylor was born, the sun was in the sign Sagittarius, but the sign rising at the eastern horizon was Capricorn.  Therefore Capricorn is the most important sign in Taylor’s horoscope.  The use of sun-signs, such as Sagittarius in Taylor’s case, was only invented in the 1930s.  When newspapers started doing horoscope columns, either they or the astrologers concerned, assumed the general public was too stupid to understand rising signs!  This does not mean that Sagittarius does not have a strong role to play in Taylor’s astrological makeup, just that the role of Capricorn is more important.

A major relationship means just what is says – it usually indicates a multi-year, multi-decade or life-long relationship. The beginning of a major relationship is not limited to the progressed Moon being near the western horizon as there are other astrological conditions that promote major relationships, and Taylor has already passed through one of these alternate scenarios that was in play from August 2011 to April 2014 when she was 21 to 24 years old. That period was associated with Venus[1], the planet of love and marriage.  But with Saturn and Capricorn strongly represented in Taylor’s chart, this usually means many things in life are delayed until her first Saturn Return[2] which for Taylor will occur in 2019.  Two exceptions to this delay are status and career (as these are associated with Capricorn and Saturn).

Around the time Taylor was 21 to 24 years old, the progressed moon was in the part of Taylor’s chart that is associated with romance, love affairs and short term relationships. So while Venus was strong when Taylor was 21 to 24 years old, its amorous energy went into short term relationships producing some wonderful themes for her songs.

Most people know there are 12 zodiacal signs, but unless you have some astrological experience, you do not realise that each horoscope is also divided into 12 parts, called houses.  The ascendant (or rising sign) on the eastern horizon always defines the location of the 1st house.  Each house is associated with a zodiacal sign, and the houses progress anticlockwise around the horoscope.  Therefore in Taylor’s case, the 1st house is associated with Capricorn, the 2nd house with Aquarius, 3rd house with Pisces, 4th house with Aries and so on.

The 7th house (situated at the western horizon), is the house of major relationships and is associated with Cancer for Taylor, as Cancer is the opposite sign to her Capricorn rising. People tend to be attracted to their opposite sign(s), one way or another.  There is something about Cancer that applies to her relationship life, and with Cancer the sign of privacy and hiding away from the public gaze, this is the astrological source for making her relationships generally off limit to media scrutiny.  Even on Joe Alwyn’s Wikipedia page, any reference to his relationship to Taylor is immediately removed by one of a number of sycophantic editors, obviously on someone’s payroll.

In this respect for relationship privacy, Taylor is like the ancient Roman moon goddess Diana, goddess of the hunt with the moon the ruler of Cancer!  This quest for almost absolute privacy in her relationship life is strengthened for Taylor as not only is Cancer associated with her 7th house of major relationships, the Moon is also sitting in this house (and physically was sitting just above the western horizon ready to set when Taylor was born).  The Moon is the ruler of Cancer and behaves like a concentrated form of the sign Cancer.  This will make Taylor even more privacy-conscious with her relationships.

Taylor’s moon at birth was not alone in the 7th house of major relationships, it shares this house with Jupiter – the planet normally associated with the lucky sign of Sagittarius.  Whenever Jupiter or Sagittarius is at play, apart from the great good fortune that usually occurs, it indicates that any partner is lucky, fortunate… and often born in a different country, as Jupiter is the planet of foreign lands.  This certainly applies to Joe Alwyn who is British, and judging by his recent movie roles, he is moving up in the world.  He recently co-starred with Academy Award winning Emma Stone in the movie “The Favourite”.[3]

With both Jupiter and the Moon in Taylor’s 7th house, she is attracted to a sensitive and optimistic partner who can emotionally connect with her, and also improve his life, which certainly seems to be the case with Joe’s acting career.  If you examine the following photograph of Joe, notice his prominent or striking chin.  This is common with people who have Cancer or the Moon rising, which would slot him into Taylor’s chart beautifully if it turns out that Joe has either the Moon or Cancer rising or somehow strongly positioned in his horoscope.

Joe Alwyn’s Cancer/Moon chin? (Courtesy of

Another insight into anyone’s love life is via Venus – which always represents love and major relationships.  Taylor’s Venus is in the sign Aquarius which suggests that her previous erratic and intermittent love life is actually setting the pattern for her relationship life in general.  Aquarius rules high excitement with equal periods of nothing much happening – it’s a bit like being bipolar when in love.  So while in the past, she has had numerous dramatic relationships interspersed with not much happening, Taylor is actually designed to be like this in all relationships – including long term relationships. So even with Joe, with both their professional lives regularly separating them, they then are able to get together for their personal high times.

The big question that remains unanswered – when will Taylor and Joe publicly take their relationship to the next level – whatever that level may be? The most likely time for the inflation of their romance is the next full moon in the sign Cancer which affects one week either side of the Cancer full moon due around 22nd December 2018 and covering the period 15 December to 29 December 2018.  This full moon makes an extremely strong focus in Taylor’s chart upon her relationship with Joe. If Joe speculatively has Cancer rising, this becomes even more relevant!

Furthermore, Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion, moved into Sagittarius in November 2018 for one year. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, Taylor’s sun-sign, indicating she is moving into a more fortunate phase, and the sun in a woman’s horoscope is also representative of their partner.  So from November 2018, both Taylor and her partner are basking in the grace that Jupiter can bestow, and combining this with the Cancer full Moon activating her 7th house of major relationship, something is bound to happen.  Whether it breaks through the privacy screen we will just have to wait and see.

Taylor’s Venus in the sign of Aquarius at her birth also indicates that Taylor is a modern woman when it comes to love.  Therefore there is no guarantee that Taylor will walk down the aisle, as she may not need such a formal structure in her life, though with Capricorn rising, she is not adverse to formal structures and ceremonial events… so again, we will just have to wait and see.

Once Jupiter has uplifted Taylor during its transit of her Sun-sign Sagittarius for most of 2019, Jupiter then moves into her rising sign of Capricorn for one year commencing December 2019. While this is liable to lift Taylor even higher again, it is better that any formality possibly associated with her relationship with Joe has taken place prior to December 2019, as Jupiter in Taylor’s Capricorn 1st house does not shed its positive gaze upon the opposite 7th house of major relationships commencing December 2019 for about one year.

Therefore the most likely time for some public development of Taylor’s and Joe’s relationship is in the second half of December 2018, although a preview could occur with the Gemini full Moon in the second half of November 2018 when the progressed Moon does make a relationship aspect to her Sagittarius Sun-sign (technically a 7th solar house aspect).

For those readers preferring a more detailed astrological analysis, see Taylor Swift – a Diva in the Making?


[1] The Venus period is derived from a technique employed in Vedic astrology that is practiced mainly in India, but also has some western practitioners such as myself.  The Venus period in question is technically the Venus bhukti (sub-period) of Taylor’s Jupiter dasa with the Jupiter dasa focusing upon the period September 2003 to September 2019 and the Venus sub-period within this dasa in effect from August 2011 to April 2014.

[2] A Saturn Return occurs when Saturn returns to the same position it was located at birth, which generally occurs around 28 or 29 years.  The Saturn Return indicates the end of youth and any limitations that have occurred due to a youthful outlook on life.  Saturn breeds maturity and wisdom, usually from the school of hard knocks.


Forensic Astrological Analysis of the Trump Midterm Elections 2018

Following my predictions about the 2018 Trump midterm elections in The Black Moon US Midterm Elections 2018, the forensic astrological analysis is dramatic in how the transiting Moon, with all its nuances, played such a pivotal role in mundane political affairs.  The use of the Moon in this way harks back to very ancient times when the horoscope of the king was taken as the horoscope of the kingdom.  With the 2018 midterm elections, I used the horoscope of President Trump as the fiducial point which everything else revolves around, and it worked!  Of course, the only house system that accurately works with Donald Trump is whole sign houses, which is exclusively used in this research.


Midday transits to President Trump’s natal chart on 2018 Midterm election day.  Around midday the day after the elections, the moon caught up with the sun commencing the new Scorpio lunar month, but the moon remained a black moon for at least the next 24 hours.



Lunar Month Libra (8 October – 7 November 2018) – Moon Scorpio

The midterm elections on 6th November 2018 occurred in the tail end of the Libra lunar month activating Trump’s 3rd house.  Just before the voting booths opened on the East Coast, the moon entered Scorpio (for 2 ½ days) but remained in the Libra lunar month until about midday on the 7th November, whereupon the Scorpio lunar month commenced.  Scorpio rules Trump’s lowly 4th house and therefore was a high point for Trump’s opponents (mainly the Democrats), as the 4th house is the derived 10th house to Trump’s 7th house opponents. Normally this would mean that  Trump’s 7th house opponents were highly favored to win the elections..

Black Moon

The black moon affects the day before and after the New Moon on 7th November and therefore the three days 6th to 8th November are black Moon days.  The black moon has a negating effect, and in my experience, behaves very similar to the Moon transiting the 12th house.  Therefore, the transiting black Moon in Scorpio can turn the tables and instead of supporting the Democrats, it should have dishevelled and undermined them.  In hindsight, this this did occur in the Senate, and it did occur in the sense that there was no blue tsunami, just a blue tide!

The reason why the Democrats did not suffer an all-round catastrophic defeat, but won the popular vote by around 8% nationally, is due to the fact that while a black Scorpio Moon was there to undermine the Democrats on election day, the Moon remained in the tail end of the Libra lunar month.  The Libra lunar month is more powerful than a mere 2 ½ days transiting Moon.  The Libra lunar month activated Trump’s 3rd house which is not a problematical house for Trump’s 7th house opponents.

However, the 3rd house rules lawyers and the black moon in Trump’s 3rd house remained under the influence of the Libra lunar month until almost midday on 7th November 2018.  On the morning of the 7th November Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned after being effectively sacked by President Trump.  This is something I did not foresee, but the astrology of the moon explains the situation clearly as the black moon at the tail end of the Libra lunar month activates Trump’s 3rd house of lawyers, and the black moon certainly blackened Jeff Sessions.

Lunar Month Scorpio – Moon Scorpio

With the arrival of the Scorpio lunar month around midday on 7th November 2018, the black moon remained in place but now the transiting Moon and the lunar month are both Scorpio.  Certainly Trump was at his worst at the press conference on this day, and his anger was palpable. This is despite Trump claiming victory of sorts, and Fox News stated it was a win-win because the Republicans won in the Senate while the Democrats won in the House.  However, according to MSNBC, the electoral results for the Republicans was the worst midterm results since Watergate and represented a “seismic shift” in American politics as it effectively ended the one-party state that had existed since the election of President Trump in November 2016. In Australia, an 8% swing is called a political ‘landslide’ and indicates that a major setback has possibly occurred in Trump’s political life as president.

This second stage of the black moon (now with the transiting moon both in Scorpio and in the Scorpio lunar month) also temporarily damaged the Democrats because the black moon is now in their derived 10th house of success and the black moon ‘detracts’.  The black moon wanted to damage the Democrats success, and according to news reports, this did occur:

It should come as no surprise that Trump would fire Sessions to coincide with the Democrats’ victory. In so doing, he steals their headlines while delivering a threat. Stop me at your own peril. It will be war.[i]

However, the black Moon fades quickly, leaving the rest of the first week of the Scorpio lunar month for the Democrats to bask in their victory, and it cannot be seen as anything but a victory as their gains in the House of representative far outweigh their loss in the Senate as the elections strengthened the Republicans in the Senate but the Democrats took the House – a far more dramatic win.  According to news reports, it was only after the black moon period that president Trump realised the full scale of the anti-Republican sentiment of the midterm elections, and he started to resort to voter fraud as an explanation of why so many close races were going to the Democrats.

The new Scorpio lunar month (7th November – 7th December 2018) activating Trump’s lowly 4th house of anti-status continued to work against Trump and he was roundly criticized for avoiding visiting  the Aisne-Marne American cemetery in France due to bad weather.  Upon his return back to America, Trump opted not to attend similar commemoration events at Arlington National Cemetery.  Two days after the French president declared Europe should have its own military force, Trump went on the offensive against a perceived slight — especially Macron’s apparent suggestion the army would defend the Continent against the U.S.   However, this piece of fake news generated by the Washington Post was believed by Trump even though the real purpose of the European army was against Russia, not the USA, but that Europe also needed to protect itself against cyber-attack from the usual suspects, including the USA.

In response to the loss of the House, Trump has indicated that he is a transactional politician, and therefore well equipped to deal with a potentially ‘hostile’ House of Representatives otherwise little legislation will be passed.  The astrology suggests that this may be a successful tactic for Trump over the next year, as transiting Jupiter entered Sagittarius for about one year just after the midterm elections, and Sagittarius rules Trump’s 5th house of politics. Taking the ancient king analogy once more, Jupiter in the 5th house of politics is opposite the 11th house associated with the House of Representatives.  This insinuates that Trump will be more successful in dealing with the House compared to the other way around?

This relationship between President Trump and the House of Representatives starts off on a difficult note as the two week Gemini full moon period that affects the 13th to 30th November activates Trump’s 11th house and solar 1st house.  With the 11th house representing the House of Representatives, and opposed to Trump’s 5th house of political strength, Trump is again on the back foot, with the Scorpio lunar month (7th November – 7th December 2018) activating his 4th house already undermining him.  This means that we will have to wait for the Sagittarius lunar month (7th December 2018 – 5th January 2019) before we see Trump back in his full form when his favorable 5th house is activated!  The Gemini full moon also activates Trump’s solar 1st house, so he may not be in team working mode during this two week full moon period.

Also, President Trump’s secondary progressed Moon is in the 1st house for 2 1/2 years which extends around June 2019.  The 1st house does not engender compromise and working with 7th house opponents, but acrimony and wilfulness on behalf of the president.  President Trump will be channelling Mars, the God of War, when the progressed moon enters into conjunction with his natal Mars from March to May 2019.  This is when the wagon load of fireworks explodes.

The 2018 midterm elections and aftermath was a textbook case on lunar astrology.

Pisces America

The USA is virtually two nations forced into one like conjoined twins who cannot get away from each other, and this is a permanent situation as the major sign for the USA is Pisces and the two Pisces fish swim in opposite directions to each other.  The American War of Independence, Civil War, Prohibition and Civil Rights were all major examples of two USAs. Regardless of President Trump, a very significant minority who support his presidency, are in a different socio-political frame compared to the progressives.

The astrology of the 21st century indicates that this is going to get worse before it gets better, and that the real political issue in the USA is not the policies of the left versus the policies of the right, but how these two divergent political polarities respond to each other, as neither side is going to disappear while the USA exists in its current form – which should last until around the year 2500 according to internal dynamics within the Age of Aquarius. The current responses between the two major political camps are combative and draw upon the lowest common denominator, and the real test of the maturation of USA’s society will be how they start to effectively compromise and work together, as neither side can annihilate the other. One of the main purposes of democracy is that it is meant to prevent civil war.  The USA has already failed this test once, and will probably fail it again (around the middle of the next century is a good place for another major failure).



The Black Moon US Midterm Elections 2018

Usually midterm elections go against the party of the incumbent president.  Therefore, the default for the 2018 midterm elections is that the Republicans will lose seats.  Did you know that there has only been three times since the American Civil War where the party of the incumbent president has made gains at a midterm election?  The last time was in 2002 under President Bush.  Of these three times where the midterm elections went against the grain, two of them occurred under a black moon.  The 2018 midterm elections is another black moon election.  Does this mean that the Republicans win the 2018 midterm elections?  Certainly the black moon at these elections introduces a wild card.

My astrological focus for the 2018 US midterm elections is primarily based upon the new lunar astrology that I have developed over the last few years and using whole sign houses which are the only house structure I have found to date that applies to President Trump.  This midterm election analysis is focused upon President Trump, as he is the major stakeholder in this election, and he has the most to gain or lose. Before examining the relevant lunar transits, a brief examination of the transits at election provides some background perspective.


Midday transits to President Trump’s natal chart on Midterm election day

A brief analysis of the strongest (midday) transits to Trumps natal chart indicate they are mostly negative with the following two transiting aspects the worst:

Transiting Saturn square natal Neptune: Unfavorable, and with natal Neptune ruling his 8th house of vulnerability, this indicates a worsening scenario for Trump.  With Neptune associated with musicians, perhaps it suggests that Taylor Swift’s recent pro-Democrat Instagram message to her millions of followers may actually hurt the Republican cause with negative consequences for President Trump?

Pluto Square Jupiter: Possibly the most unfavorable of all the transit to natal aspects, as Jupiter rules his 5th house of politics, and Pluto indicates it wants to wrench a significant and unpleasant change by force rather than acquiescence or evolution.  However, Pluto never exactly squares Jupiter in 2018, so this may not be so antagonistic and is more likely to dredge up the antagonism to Trump from 2017 (when the transit made a number of exact aspects).

However, transiting Jupiter will enter Trump’s 5th whole sign house in mid November 2018, and with Sagittarius ruling his 5th house of politics, this strongly suggests that whatever the results of the 2018 midterm elections, President Trump is again politically plowing ahead with a second wind and even his eldest son may come more into the limelight.

In support of President Trump is his progressed Moon trine his natal Moon, and with the moon representing the general public, this does imply that he maintains his core base of support (see the below horoscope).

Trump’s secondary progressed chart (outer wheel) to his natal horoscope for the 2018 midterm elections

Trump’s progressed Moon indicates a significant change is coming up when the progressed Moon leaves Leo and the 1st house when it enters Virgo, and the 2nd house around August 2019.  This indicates some significant retreat and even possible health issues.  However, before this change of fortune occurs, Trump’s progressed Moon will conjunct his natal Mars effective for 2 months centered on April – June 2019.  Who will he go to war against, strongly attack or fight against?



The mid-term elections on November 6th 2018 will occur in the last quarter (1 November – 7 November) of the Libra lunar month (8 October – 7 November 2018) with the transiting moon also located in Libra for the 2 ½ days leading to the opening of the polls. These 2 ½ days are the sting-in-the-tail  for the Libra lunar month indicating a very strong time for Libra to manifest (in anyone’s horoscope).  The Libra lunar month activates Trump’s 3rd whole sign house, and apart from Trump gallivanting around the states to shore up his supporters’ votes, this lunar month cannot be said to directly detract from his chances of success. It indicates a lot of travelling (to rallies) and Tweeting.

Conversely, with the 3rd house opposing the 9th house, Trump is sure to be on the anti-China and anti-foreign rivals’ bandwagon, strongly promoting aspects of his trade wars, and most likely promoting his normal anti-foreigners invective about immigration to the USA.  This is a central plank for the majority of his supporters, and he should be in full flight on this topic in the lead up to the elections.  His demonization of the caravan of refugees from South America heading to the US border perfectly fulfills the 3rd house focus in opposition to foreigners.  With the Libra sting-in-the-tail ruling the 2 1/2 days leading to the election, we should expect some significant amplification of 3rd house affairs in these 2 1/2 days.

The Libra lunar month also actives Trump’s solar 5th (whole sign) house of politics – and this does promote a successful political period for Trump, or at least Trump feels it is a positive political time personally.  Neither the 3rd or 5th house can be viewed as generically detrimental to President Trump, though the 3rd house does focus upon issues related to his personal cell phone.


The Taurus full moon in the middle of the Libra lunar month on 25th October indicates that for the two week period from 17 October to 1 November (that are strongly influenced by the full moon), Trumps 10th house of status and prestige is positively activated.  This means that until 5 days before the election, Trump is in full form! Trump.  There is only a mildly negative influence in this two weeks coming from the Taurus full moon activating Trump’s solar 12th house  (to his Gemini Sun).  He can be expected to make a few outlandish statements or promote some highly unacceptable policies, but this will probably be drowned out by his super optimism.  Trumps prevarication and glossing over the murder of the Saudi born journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey is one good example of the 12th house in action, as is his use of his personal cell phone which is open to hacking.


The polling day sees the transiting moon enter the sign Scorpio just before polling begins.  Scorpio is probably the most unfavorable sign for someone with Leo rising looking for some boost to status, because Scorpio rules Trump’s lowly 4th house – the house of anti-status, or opposition to 10th house status.  This strongly implies that the majority of voters have their knives out for Trump on voting day.  From Trump’s solar perspective, the transiting Scorpio Moon activates his 6th house, and the 6th house is rarely a favorable house in these circumstances, and there is nothing associated with the 6th house that can save him from the malevolence of the 4th house opposing his prestige and position.


The wildcard at these Midterm elections is the baleful black moon – these are the 2 or 3 days each lunar month where the moon cannot be seen anywhere on earth due to the close physical proximity between the sun and the moon.  While the black moon straddles the end of the Libra lunar month, and the beginning of the Scorpio lunar month, I have anecdotal evidence that the black moon is worse before the change of the lunar month – probably because it combines the the black moon with the fact that it is in its last throes of declining – virtually like the last of the water going down the bath tub drain hole.  Furthermore, with the black Scorpio moon on election day still in the tail end of his Libra lunar month activating his 3rd house, this introduces a derived 12th house connection to the 4th house – his base of supporters.  This does suggest that some of his previous supporters will desert Trump (or not vote), compounded by the fact it is accentuated by the black moon, and therefore bringing gloom.

The only other midterm election in the last half a century that also occurred under a black moon was the 2002 midterm election.  What was so remarkable about this election is that it was only the third time since the Civil War that the president’s party gained seats in a midterm election (the other two being 1934 and 1998).   However these were exceptional times as it occurred just a little under fourteen months after the September 11, 2001 attacks and the USA was engaged in a ‘war’ – the war on terror, and wars tend to inspire patriotic feelings to the leader – in this case President George W Bush.

President George Bush, like President Trump, has Leo rising (as does Barack Obama), and therefore with November elections, these Leo rising presidents technically should have difficulties in November elections as many will occur in a Scorpio lunar month which activates their lowly 4th house. This was certainly the case in the 2002 election with the election occurring on the first day of the Scorpio lunar month.  Therefore the Scorpio lunar month was not doing President George Bush any favors but he was able to succeed nevertheless.  This introduces another perspective on the situation.  In the 2002 midterm elections, the black moon in the 4th house represents the derived 10th house of status of the 7th house opponent – in this case the Democrats.  In 2002, the black moon can be seen to ‘vanquish’ Bush’s Democratic opponents by eradicating their status on the day of the election.  If the same applied to the 2018 midterm elections, Trump could expect a similar success.

US midterm election 2002 midday transits to President George W Bush’s natal horoscope showing a black moon in the new Scorpio lunar month but with transiting Jupiter favorably placed in his 1st house

While both the 2002 and 2018 elections are strongly influenced by the black moon, the black moon is better after the new moon, so this small difference benefited Bush in 2002.  Also, Bush’s black moon at the 2002 midterm elections was both in his 4th house and more importantly, already in the Scorpio lunar month which meant the 4th house was strongly activated (which is the derived 10th house of his opponents).  The black moon eradicated the status of his opponents.  Trump only has the transiting moon in the 4th house, while the lunar month continues to activate the 3rd house which does not invoke the derived 10th house of his opponents.  The black moon is definitely a wild card in any election.

Another significant astrological difference between President George Bush’s and President Trump’s respective first midterm elections is that the full moon following the elections was in Bush’s 10th house of status indicating success soon after the 2002 elections.  However, the full moon following the 2018 election is in Trump’s 11th house, opposing his 5th house of politics and suggesting that the momentum goes against him and he does not have a 10th house full moon for gloating about the electoral results.

Finally, there is the position of Jupiter at the respective black moon midterm elections.  For George Bush, transiting Jupiter was in his 1st house bringing him personal good fortune and expanding horizons.  For President Trump, transiting Jupiter is in his lowly 4th house sucking the good fortune out of his 10th house of status.

The big issue for the 2018 midterm elections – can President Trump follow in the footsteps of President George Bush in upsetting the anti-incumbent results of most midterm elections?  Someone has to end up much gloomier than normal, but both astrologically and politically, it looks like the gloom settles mainly but not exclusively on President Trump and the Republicans because the black moon on election day 2018, while positioned in the 4th house, remains in the Libra lunar month with the focus on the 3rd house.  Therefore, Trump’s opponents do not have their status temporarily vanquished on election day, as was the case with President Bush.


The transiting Scorpio and black moon turn into the new Scorpio lunar month during the afternoon the day after the 2018 election, and with Scorpio ruling Trump’s lowly 4th house, this strongly suggests that Trump is in the doldrums quickly following the election – most likely as a result of the elections going badly for the Republicans. The big question – how bad?  This requires paying attention to the lunation cycle.  The Gemini full moon due around the 23rd November affect the two weeks of 13th – 30th November and activates Trump’s 11th house and solar 1st house.  The solar 1st house is definitely favorable personally for Trump.  The 11th house is in opposition to the 5th house of political might, indicating that Trump is feeling uncomfortable with this opposition to his political power.    Trump will still have the difficult last week of the Scorpio Lunar month commencing around 30th November that again invokes his 4th house in opposition to his 10th house of status.

The main uncertainty here is the wild card black moon on the following afternoon of the elections at the very beginning of the Scorpio lunar month activating a new set of houses.  This may suggest a short term negative result for the Democratic opponents from the black moon as their status is temporarily impinged due to Trumps’ 4th house representing their 10th house of success and status.  Perhaps many results are too close to call, and it may look like the Republicans secure more seats than initially expected?  It is not until late the second day or third day after the elections when the black moon disappears that Trump’s opponents breathe a sigh of relief?


Notwithstanding the wild card of the black moon for the two to three days commencing on election day, it appears that Trump is feeling down for a good week post the election, becomes aggressive or belligerent for two weeks, and then again plummets.  However, as stated earlier, transiting Jupiter enters Trump’s 5th house in mid November for about a year suggesting that he will soon be on the roll again once some supportive lunar months and full moons come on board.  My main interest with the 2018 midterm elections is the effect the black moon will have on the day of the election, the following day when it starts the new Scorpio lunar month, and then the return to normality of the moon when it ceases its black moon phase on the 3rd day after the elections.

If I had followed my own lunar insights on the 2016 US presidential elections, I would have obtained the correct election results.  My understanding of lunar astrology was in its embryonic side in November 2016, and therefore I had not yet developed confidence in this new approach.

I had the first inkling of flaws in my assumption of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election about one week before the election, and on November 5th 2016 (USA time) I published on a number of Facebook sites “The Scorpio Lunar Month & the US Presidential Elections” (see In this post I stated:

For the current Scorpio lunar month, the Taurus full Moon (on 14th November), ….. actively stimulates Trump’s 10th house of status and fame and undermines Hillary’s personal worth in favor of her opponent.

There are a number of possibilities. Firstly, the election result may be so close that the final result must wait until after the full Moon effect but in the meantime, Trump is sitting in the sunshine of a possible victory. Secondly, the result is clear on the day but Trump goes on a final ranting binge about the corruption of the US presidential election followed by his last few days as a major news item? Thirdly, Trump actually wins the election?

Something strange and unusual is occurring here as Trump gets an immediate election afterglow, one way or another.

The only influence from the Dark Moon Lilith is that within 24 hours of the election the transiting Sun will be conjunct Trumps progressed Lilith. This brings either great fame or great loss of fame, but nothing in the middle.

In conclusion, ….. it does suggest something that promotes Trump’s image post-election day … . Somehow he gets an election afterglow….. The coming full Moon indicates he will be at his best under the glow of the full Moon.[i]

My mindset before the 2016 US presidential election was so caught up in the prevailing view that it was impossible for Trump to win the election, that I did not heed the warnings of such a simple and elementary thing as the full moon only days after the election.   Over the last two years my confidence in the new lunar astrology has grown exponentially.  The same triumphal lunar conditions for President Trump post the 2016 presidential elections  is not evident at the 2018 midterm elections – quite the opposite!  However, President George Bush succeeded in not too dissimilar circumstances but astrologically the 2018 midterm elections hinge on two points:

  1. Transiting Jupiter assisted President George Bush but detracts from President Trump
  2. President Trump’s black moon is still digging deeper into its hole on election day with little negativity for his opponents, whereas for President Bush, the black moon was climbing its way out and wiped out his opposition on election day.

Despite my astrological opinion that the Republicans will ‘lose’ the 2018 midterm elections, President Trump has some very powerful support in his western and Vedic charts – you don’t become president of the USA without some exceptional qualities on your side, and Trump has some absolutely exceptional astrological qualities assisting him.  One such quality is his ability to eclipse his political opponents as he was born on the day of a lunar eclipse in his 5th house of politics.  Another strong quality is his ability to verbally attack his opponents which uplift his supporters due to a fallen stationary Jupiter in his 2nd Vedic house of speaking.  Stationary planets bring power, and his north node is also stationary in his 10th house of status.  The Vedic north node has a Uranian quality as it prefers the future – Trump senses where to direct his energies like a pickpocket looking for an opportunity.  With the north node conjunct his natal Sun, this breeds egotism in the Vedic chart, but because it is stationary and in his 10th Vedic house, it also brings great power.

Furthermore, the world is plunging deeper into the Aquarius micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 – Nov 2024) of the Gemini micro-age (2014-29), and Aquarius promotes extremists and fringe groups over the mainstream.  Fringe politics includes extremists on both sides of the political spectrum.  Therefore, there is strong astrological support for the most extreme president seen to date in the history of the USA, and this astrological support is getting stronger…. as the recent results of the Brazilian presidential elections and the rise of far right parties in Europe also demonstrate.  [See Trump is Representative of the Age of Aquarius ]  So despite my prediction that the Republicans will ‘lose’ the 2018 midterm elections, I also would not be surprised if Trump pulls a rabbit out of his hat one way or another, if not around the elections, then in the months ahead.  What I am more interested in is how this black moon performs at these 2018 midterm elections.


[i] The Taurus Full Moon and the Presidential Election