Astro Blog

Your Age – Part Two: Planetary Cycles

In the previous article on this subject, I examined predictable changes that would happen for people just because of their age. Knowing a person’s age means that you know the year of birth, and – perhaps with a little help from the planetary ephemeris – you will then know the sign positions of the outer planets and nodes. When the planet aspects itself at a specific age, then changes will take place according to the sign (and house) position of this planet. For example, I have Uranus in Cancer in the 9th house, and when I was 20 – 21 and Uranus squared its birth position, I was traveling in India and my wife-to-be gave birth to our son there… the creation of a family abroad. Read More

The Future of the Euro

New Year’s Day may have been good once, but it is not so any more. In the current decade it is the political and economic hangovers that weigh heavy as the year begins… and will continue to do so for several years into the future. There may be a temptation to start something new on New Year’s Day, but it would be inadvisable to do it from 2012 to 2015, because the Uranus/Pluto cycle will consistently be square the sun which is always at 10 degrees Capricorn on January 1st. Pluto will reach this degree in February 2013 and Uranus squares this position in May in the same year… and a long time will elapse before these transits have passed. Furthermore a horoscope for New Year’s Eve will almost always have about 1 – 10 degrees Libra in the Ascendant and 1 – 10 degrees Capricorn on the IC for western countries in the northern hemisphere, which means that Uranus conjoins the Descendant and Pluto the IC for all these countries. Read More

Stellar Travel – electing a horoscope

One day I was called in for a tax audit, and as astrologers tend to do, I checked out the horoscope. It did not look good, with the Moon activating a Saturn/Jupiter square, but I soldiered on anyway through the interview – you can’t let astrology rule your life, right? – and it ended just as badly as the horoscope suggested it would. Another time, on a routine visit to the bank, I ignored the fact that there was a Moon/Pluto conjunction (in Scorpio), and my bank adviser took out her foul mood on me, which translated into financial difficulties for several months. As time went by, experience has shown that it is a good idea to arrange the time for important meetings, so that they will unfold harmoniously. So now if the tax calls me to a meeting, or if I want something from my bank, or if there is a business meeting, I make sure that we are going to reach a favorable agreement. If the date is not good, I am on the phone… sorry, I can’t quite make it that day, what about… ? – whilst I frantically work the keys of the computer casting charts for the alternative times we discuss.

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Transits and the chance for change

When a tree is planted, eased carefully into the earth, watered and nurtured, you can look at it one day, and then the next, but you will not see it grow. But as you watch it each spring, you will notice that that, yes, it has grown and the trunk is thicker, the branches longer. When the first hard green apple appears, it may feel that it takes forever, but one day, there it hangs, ripe and juicy and the tree is ready to be harvested. (Note 1)

It’s like that with progressions… they creep up on you without you noticing. But suddenly you realize their effect has been growing and blossoming, and you are already acting them out. As John Lennon says: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”. Mercury progressed may for example catch up with Venus by progression, and for years and years they move on together in tandem. Could that be your new partner’s sister who is always visiting and involved, or have you started a 5-year study of French, or is a sibling born, who will be a part of the family inventory for years to come? Progressions can encompass everything, and you may still not realize their importance. Read More

The Marriage of William and Kate – Royal Family Part – III

Almost 30 years after the extravagant but flawed marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, a full Saturn return later in fact, the eldest son of Princess Diana, Prince William, has, like Charles, chosen a “commoner” to be made princess. Kate Middleton has ancestors who were miners and her parents, who became millionaires selling party goods, originally worked for British Airways. Her mother is Jewish. Jolly good going William… it is good to bring in a little genetic variation into the inbred royal families of Europe. Read More

Crisis and transformation – Pluto transiting the angles

In September 2006 Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status by a scientific conference in the Czech Republic, which put it on a par with Ceres, the largest asteroid discovered in 1800 and considered for many years to be a planet. I don’t know whether Pluto was offended or not, but it certainly made an impact, when it moved into Capricorn in 2008. By September of that year Lehman Brothers crashed along with the whole of the American economy. Three years later the economies of the western world are still in crisis with whole nations – Greece, Portugal, Spain – teetering on the brink of the abyss. Vast unemployment has been the result, and huge bailouts of major industries and banks have exposed the power gap between the rich and privileged and the ordinary citizen. Pluto in Capricorn rules, right? Read More


King George VI (Note 1) died in 1952 without a male heir, whereupon his eldest daughter Elizabeth became queen at the tender age of 25 on February 6th. The coronation over a year later on June 2nd, 1953 was the first mass-televised event (against Winston Churchill’s advice and at Elizabeth’s insistence) with three million people lining the streets of London.

Clearly the powers that be had a sense of timing those days, for the horoscope for the coronation, which took place shortly after 11 a.m., had Leo rising (probably on the King’s star Regulus at 29 Leo), with the ruling sun conjoining Jupiter in the 10th house. You can’t get finer than that, and the exact trine from the Sun to the Moon in Aquarius in the 6th (we, the people, her loyal servants) has ensured her popularity for almost 60 years now. Read More

NAUGHTY MEN – Part II : Strauss-Kahn

Whilst we can be sure that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back despite his love child with the family maid, things look a bit more worrying for Dominique Strauss-Kahn who was arrested under humiliating circumstances for allegedly forcing sex on a hotel maid. He was escorted off a plane to Paris on Saturday 14th May, handcuffed and interrogated by New York police, imprisoned and presented in court on the following money and sent back to the notorious Rikers Island jail immediately afterwards. Two weeks would go by before he was given bail, which means he is confined to a New York apartment and has to wear an electronic bracelet and finance a security company to guard him and re-arrest if necessary. Read More

Opening to the spirit – Neptune transiting the Angles

The entry of Neptune into Pisces here in March 2011 is an amazing event…
The first time it has happened since Neptune’s discovery in 1846 and subsequent entry in Pisces in 1848, which was a year of social revolution all around the world. Neptune in Aquarius, the sign it entered back in 1998, brought the vast virtual world of the internet to people worldwide, ending with the phenomenon of social networking and Facebook “friends”. This was the period when virtually everyone bought a mobile phone, even in so-called undeveloped countries, and united across time and space.

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THE KINGS SPEECH – Royal Family Part- I

If you think it would be fun to be royalty, it might be worth considering the case of the Duke of York who came to the throne on December 11th, 1936 (after his brother decided to abdicate to remain together with the twice-divorced Wallace Simpson). As George VI he reigned during the war years, and fathered Britain’s current monarch Queen Elizabeth II.  He is therefore the great-grandfather of the soon-to-be-married Prince William.

The story of King George VI has been wonderfully portrayed in the recent film “The King’s Speech”, which received four Academy Awards here in 2011. The young George had a terrible stammer, and, required by public duty to make speeches all over the realm, he suffered terribly from the embarrassment and frustration that ensued – as did his audiences. The film is about how he sought the services of a speech therapist called Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush), and the charm of the film is in how Logue refused to compromise his integrity as a therapist and insisted on treating the king as an equal. Read More