Month: August 2011

Bush-Clinton, A Study in progressed Mercury

Prediction with astrology has never been an exact science. Whilst there have been attempts throughout astrological history to build up sets of rules for judging contests and finding outcomes, such rules are unreliable, perhaps because no set of astronomical circumstances ever repeats itself exactly. Furthermore, what may have worked in the 15th century under certain historical conditions is unlikely to work in the same way in the 21st century. Even different cultural conditions during the same period of history can bring quite different outcomes to astrological stimuli.Progressions Read More

Times of Transitions

“It was not a movement. It was a feeling. A feeling that drove wave after wave of people in a great river that began to flow through London before noon and was still in full flood long after nightfall”. Sometimes journalists – here Richard Williams for The Guardian – capture the astrology of an event better than astrologers. And if anyone is in doubt, here is a perfect description of one of the better manifestations of the current Jupiter/Neptune oppositions from Leo to Aquarius. Jupiter/Neptune aspects often unite people who have a dream of a better world, and the opposition aspect typically unites people from many different parts of the human spectrum. Going back to the last opposition series 14 years ago from Cancer to Capricorn, at the time of the dissolution of Soviet power, over one million people from the Baltic lands joined hands over their borders to signify unity in the face of Soviet occupation. This opposition series reached its euphoric conclusion across the dividing line of the Berlin Wall, which in November 1989 was physically removed by the bare hands of German inhabitants, East and West, who joined in an outflow of emotion that electrified the whole world. Read More

Turkey in Europe

Crossing the Straits of Bosphorus in 1970, after hitching through Europe, was an extraordinary experience for me.

Istanbul itself – though very exotic with the Blue Mosque and the city’s Muslim culture – still had a European feel. But once across the waters that separated Istanbul from the rest, and far larger part, of Turkey, I knew I was definitely in unknown territory. Dry, poor, undeveloped, primitive, this was Asia, not Europe. At no point in the vast territory of Asian Turkey did I have to wait for more than 2 minutes for a lift – the people were friendly and hospitable beyond measure. They were definitely not European! 32 years later the European Union at the Copenhagen summit has given Turkey a date for full membership negotiations and thereby given the message that Turkey’s membership will contribute significantly to EU’s becoming a global power. Read More

George W. Bush & Saddam Hussein

If you look at the AstroCartoGraphy map for the USA (Sibley horoscope), you’ll find that the Pluto line goes straight through the Midheaven at Baghdad. In other words, the darkest projections of Americans are channeled into leadership issues in this distant country. As Pluto will often represent something that needs to be rejected, destroyed or eliminated, it is the natural fate of Saddam Hussein to be the object of the greatest fears of the USA, and to suffer accordingly. In this light it is easy to understand the Bush administration’s goal of removing him from power. Read More

Concorde: catastrophe as a metaphor

One of the best ways of learning astrology is through the study of events. There is rarely any doubt about the exact time of the event, and usually it is quite easy to see how an event reflects the astrology of the moment. However, it is also equally fascinating when the horoscope for a dramatic and powerful event does not seem powerful enough in relation to the event. It’s the same when you have a client with a powerful configuration, who cannot relate to the astrological interpretation of the configuration. At such times you know that there is a discovery to be made… you are about to learn something. I actually enjoy it when clients go blank. For example someone with a Moon square Saturn/Pluto who says, “Not at all, my relationship with my mother was just perfect”. (After a bit of probing you may then get…”Well yes, mother did lock me into the cellar for days at a time, but it was for my own good, you know.”) Read More