A Tale of Two Whistles: Forecasting techniques practice with charts of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange

On my laptop I have a text file where I put down the topics and ideas for my future articles and, to my eternal dismay, I can’t  quite ever manage to cross the items off faster than I add them. Of course, I have classes to teach and clients to do readings for but I’d also be lying if I said I don’t go on a Netflix binge every now and then.

Anyhow, Edward Snowden has been on that list for a while and recently (I think it was late August or early September 2020) he has been mentioned in the news in connection with the possibility of a pardon as President Trump said he’d “look at it very strongly”. Out of curiosity I flipped through Edward’s prognostics chart rather than focusing on his Natal and saw a very interesting astrological event happening right around the time he revealed the classified documents and got stuck in Russia while trying to get to Ecuador where he had requested asylum. The clearest and most precise picture is seen in the Solar Arc directions rather than transits (see the chart below)

The Natal opposition between Sun/Mars conjunction in his 1st house (placed in Gemini in the Natal chart) and Neptune in the 7th represents his fight for freedom and openness, for information being available, being actively shared with people (Mars, Sun, Gemini) rather than hidden, veiled (Neptune). This is his fight (opposition) against deception (Neptune). The opposition is reinforced by the Nodes, the North Node siding with Mars (taking action) and the Sun (speaking your truth).

In the 2013 Solar Arc Chart this opposition made a T-square to the Pluto/Saturn conjunction in Libra in his Natal chart. With Pluto having to do both with secrets and mass-scale surveillance while Saturn is authority, the government, and Libra adding in the accent on justice, his Solar Arc chart paints a much more vivid picture than the transits, describing the significance of this event and this year in his life, showing how 2013 became the pivotal point which split his life into “before and after”. 

Yet this doesn’t answer the question of pardon. The dynamic T-square draws our attention away from a subtle but very meaningful placement in the context of the Solar Arc method – the Sun is about to change signs. Now, in Solar Arc technique the planets shift one degree per one year of life so a change of sign is a notable event. For Edward the Sun is not just one of the key focal points due to house placement, conjunction with the Node and being involved in some important aspects. For Edward, the Sun rules the 4th house – the house of home, the place of living, his residence. In 2013 in Solar Arc it was in the last degree of Cancer, about to go into Leo and stay there for the following 30 years. 

How is this connected with his pardon? It is not. Not directly. What it is connected with is his stay in Russia. If Edward had decided to consult an astrologer back then he would have heard something very similar to what Assange’s advice for him was: “You are the safest in Russia”. An astrologer would have also added: “And you’ll stay here for quite some time.” Mind you, an astrologer doesn’t need to know much about the political situation in different countries around the globe, about the strong CIA presence in South America and Russia’s intolerance for any attempts of snatching Edward on its territory. No, astrologically it simply reads as following: your life force (the Sun) and your place of living (ruler of 4th house) have just entered a long and stable (fixed sign) period of their most strength (the sign of its own rulership). The Sun is at home in Leo and is strongest and safest there. Edward’s residence in Russia is the safest option for him as well as it is a fixed, long-term situation. In October 2020 he was granted permanent residence and a month later announced that he and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship. In other words, a process which from an astrological point of view had started in 2014 (the Sun had entered Leo in the Solar Arc chart) finally got formalized on paper in 2020.

Ok, but what about the pardon? – you’ll keep insisting, waiting for an exact prediction as if often expected of astrologers. The thing is – it doesn’t really matter and for many reasons, too. Snowden’s fight is not for his own freedom to come back to his homeland.  The fight is for people’s right to know the things that the government is hiding. He’s advocating for the change of the entire system, the entire approach and he’s not going to be bribed into dropping his agenda by a pardon. Besides, indirect evidence is in the chart still – the fixed Leo Sun in the Solar Arc chart is not about hopping continents, it’s about creating a stable, lasting home and family environment. In 2044 when the 4th house ruler moves to a mutable Virgo – maybe. But I’m not interested enough to check his charts that far. 

What I was interested in is the fate of his colleague in the whistleblowing business – Julian Assange. The decision on extradition is expected on January 4, 2021, just over a week from now so I thought I’d look into that to see what his prognostic charts look like.

Firstly, of course, I examined the Natal Chart and even before any prognostics I see things I don’t like. See the Natal Chart  below:

I didn’t give Edward Snowden’s Birth Chart separately here, only the Solar Arc one, since he isn’t really the focus of this article. You can easily find his chart on any astrological site with a database of famous people’s Birth Charts  if you want to double check what I will be saying below when I get to comparing his chart with Assange’s. 

What I didn’t like about Assange’s chart is the condition of the 8th house. The Sun being placed there is half the problem… actually not even half, as 1 in 12 people gets this placement. As usual we need to see an accumulation of factors before making any conclusions. However, the Sun is in the 8th AND afflicted by a square from Uranus is already less pleasant. The only other aspect the Sun has is a trine to the Moon and normally trines are seen as the key to solving a problem. Not this one. This one is a trine to a very weak Moon (in Scorpio) in the infamous 12th house (secrets, yes, but also imprisonment) which also co-rules the 8th! (his 8th house begins at the very end of Gemini so this is the case where the next sign’s ruler is also considered in the chart delineation).

Man, oh man! Really, the positivity of this trine is very questionable. Finally, the Sun in Julian’s chart rules the 10th house and placement of 10th in the 8th gives the connection of death (8th) and authorities, government (10th). And this is only  the 8th house. There are other points in the chart that need to be examined in judging such ominous and sinister subjects as death.

The first house, as an indicator of self, our physical body and any harm that may come to it, is an essential element of analysis here. His 1st house is empty (Neptune is on the ASC but from the 12th house side) so we look at the ruler – Jupiter in the 12th (imprisonment, isolation). Ok, for someone who’s been virtually imprisoned in the Embassy of Ecuador for 7 years it’s quite befitting (and yes, it is also about his work in Wikileaks but I’m only looking at the factors relevant to the subject). Jupiter receives two harsh aspects – the opposition from Saturn which is tightly conjunct the 7th house cusp (house of open enemies) and a wider-orbed square from Mars in the 4th. To be honest with you, I don’t even know which one I don’t like more. Saturn’s aspect is more powerful giving strong enemies but an opposition has a more constant influence which is present throughout the course of life. It is the switch that is always in the “on” position.

A square is the aspect of sudden events, the switch that flips “on” and “off” every now and then. What is worrying about this particular square is the context of the rest of the chart. We already have one malefic (Uranus) afflicting the Sun (life force) in the 8th house (danger, extreme situations, death). We are now adding another not-white-and-fluffy planet in a tense aspect to the ASC ruler. To add insult to injury, Mars is in the 4th house. The most popular meaning of this house is “home, place where we live” followed by “family, home environment, background and parents”  followed by “land, property” and so on until we get to “the end of life” meaning which is also carried by this house. If it’s the first time you hear this, I guess I will deviate a little from the main course and explain:

The IC, the bottom of the Chart, the 4th house is the base of the horoscope. Symbolically it is the point where we connect to the sourse, where we come from (hence the meaning “background and parents”) but this is also where we go to. It is one and the same gate through which we both enter and exit this world while the opposite point (the MC, the 10th house) is what we leave behind, the peak of our achievements in one lifetime. In case you’re confused now by the introduction “another house of death” – don’t be. The 8th house is about the mode of death, its circumstances. The 4th house is more about the end of life, the last years or months. Having Mars in the 4th house in an otherwise peaceful chart can be read as “physically active in old age” especially if other placements in the chart confirm it. So if you find Mars in your 4th house don’t be scared and analyze its condition and aspects first. It might not mean the same for you as it does for Assange, it might mean that you’ll be running marathons well into your seventies!

Unfortunately, for Julian it adds another worrying indicator for abrupt and violent (Mars) end of life because of the other placements we have looked at above.

So, these are the sensitive points to watch out for in prognostic charts:

  1. The Sun in the 8th and the rulers of the 8th (Mercury and the Moon)
  2. Uranus (as the afflicting factor in the Natal)
  3. ASC ruler Jupiter
  4. Mars on the IC
  5. Saturn as the element of the 7th house of open enemies and an afflicting factor in the Natal
  6. Mercury, which was already mentioned as the ruler of the 8th house, also rules the 7th house of enemies bringing double importance to its involvement in any of the charts below.

Before we go into details of Julian’s future, let’s compare his Natal to that of Edward’s, paying close attention to the conditions of the 8th (death) and the 1st (self) house. Remember, I decided to be difficult and not to provide Snowden’s Natal separately but if you don’t feel like finding it separately, all of this can be seen on his Solar Arc chart that I showed above.

Ok, so the 8th house (extreme situations, danger, life threats and death) in Snowden’s chart is doing just fine. Much better than Assange’s because it doesn’t have any planets in it so nothing is afflicted inside the house. Next we find the ruler – Saturn, strong in Libra (exalted) – and this is already enough to explain why he was the one that got away. His chart doesn’t have such a strong accent on the 8th and 12th houses and has far less afflictions. To be sure, the 12th house is present in a much milder form (ASC ruler is in the 12th but closer to the cusp and strong in its own sign) so it is more about exile, forced immigration, fleeing. In other words this is isolation in a much broader sense, due to having to live in a foreign country rather than actually being held behind bars.

His 7th house is also in conflict with the 1st with the participation of the 10th (government) but in this case the 1st house (self) is much stronger than the 7th (enemies). Finally, in case someone is worried about  that Pluto conjunct the ruler of the 8th (Saturn): this is not a problem at all. Firstly, this is a generational placement of two slow planets and is present in the charts of  thousands, if not millions, born in 1981. So this placement has more importance in connection with the houses the planets rule and for Edward this reads as a connection of the 8th house (death) to the 6th house (health) and given the condition of the 6th house (some afflictions are present) this translates into dying of a chronic or a long-lasting disease (affliction in the fixed signs) which is a very normal thing and constitutes one of the ways of dying at old age (the other ones being dying of an acute disease  e.g. catching coronavirus and dying of an injury e.g. losing balance at the top of a staircase and taking a tumble which is much more dangerous for a 70-year-old than for a 30-year-old).

All right, let’s get back to Julian, shall we? The first Chart to examine is the same as Edward’s – the Solar Arc (SA). The one I’m providing here is for October 2021 because in Solar Arc we only look at the aspects of 1 degree or less and in October next year SA Mars will still be within the orb for an opposition with Natal Uranus (check) but also will start forming a square to the Natal Sun (check). At the same time SA Uranus will still be in conjunction with the Natal Jupiter and a conjunction with Uranus in light of the other placements is viewed as an afflicting factor here.

Solar Arc is the slow method and I chose October for this chart simply because this is the first month when Mars reaches the orb of the nasty T-square it forms with the Natal Uranus with the focal point on the Sun in the 8th house. This configuration will be in play for about a year but this is enough to say that during this period Assange’s life will be in grave danger.

Still, I wanted to check this with other prognostic methods of which two – the Solar Returns and the Transits are the ones we need to look at the external factors.

I’ll do the Solar Returns next and there is one thing I need to get out of the way before someone rushes off to the comment section to tell me I’m casting them for the wrong location: I do Solar Returns (SR) for the place where a person was born. Period. Please leave the debate about relocation for some other time BUT also note that I did look at the SR charts made for England and (curiously enough) they are showing pretty much the same shit thing (e.g. SR ASC is in Virgo for one place and in Gemini for another; either way Mercury rules the ASC and Mercury is combust). 

Solar Return for 2019:

  1. Sun/Moon conjunction (aka New Moon) is always a sign that the year is some kind of a turning point. The only question is which direction this turn is taking.
  2. This vulnerable spot in the SR 1st house is opposed by a strong Saturn and ominous Pluto in Capricorn in SR 7th house – fighting in courts against overwhelmingly (Pluto) powerful enemies. 
  3. 12th house ruler Venus is the 1st one in a busy 1st house giving the flavour to the entire year (seclusion, imprisonment)
  4. ASC ruler Mercury is conjunct Mars and square Uranus. Remember, Mercury is Natal 8th house ruler. 

Now, these are the same connections, the repeating of the themes seen in the Natal and Solar Arc charts. The last point about Uranus and Mars is not “it” yet. As you shall see in the following charts, these fuckers guys are just toying with him for now, slowly creeping in, getting ready to strike.

Solar Return of 2020 (this past July) looks nice with all them blue harmonious aspect lines…

… until you layer it with the Natal chart. But even before you do that:

  1. SR ASC ruler Mercury is combust – very damaging placement both for physical and psychological well-being
  2. Uranus is now in the Solar 8th and has a connection to Mercury, albeit a harmonious one (a sextile) but a connection nonetheless. 
  3. 7th house is strong again with Mars (which is not so friendly in the Natal chart) domicile in Aries showing the enemy’s ability to bring all they got (and being domicile they got a lot)

When we combine it with the Natal we see Pluto (crisis) and Jupiter (ASC ruler for Julian) conjunct and in a tight opposition to the Natal Mercury (ruler of the 8th). Cringe. And in case we forgot – this is a Solar return. That SR Mercury (SR ruler of the ASC) conjunct SR Sun is also conjunct Natal Sun in the 8th being the ruler of the Natal 8th. Double cringe. I mean, seriously, can this guy get a break or what? There is so much 8th house here it could kill an elephant! 

Ok, sorry, I know I should probably not make jokes here but I promise this is just a defence mechanism. Otherwise I’d be crying so hard I’d flood my laptop and it would have its own 8th house moment.

Let’s go ahead and look at the 2021 SR to check for any light at the end of the tunnel:

…and no. There isn’t. It only got worse. The 3 main planets related to accidents, injuries, harm and damage of all sorts in general, not just for Assange are forming a T-square (Mars, Saturn, Uranus) in the skies and marking a period high in all sorts of accidents, catastrophes, casualties and so on which happens every time these three meet in any tense combination (with Pluto being the 4th horseman). But for those of us who don’t have these in the SR for 2021 and don’t have these planets connected with harm and damage in the Natal chart this period might pass unnoticed or with just some minor bumps and scrapes. Maybe with higher incidence of breakage. Of dishes and such. For Julian they are the 3 troublesome malefics that are up to no good, especially in the T-square formation.

There isn’t even hope that Saturn, being the ruler of the SR ASC and strong in Aquarius, will bring anything positive because natally he is still the 7th house – enemies.

I know I promised Transits as well, but I will leave this to you guys to check out for now. You know which things to be on the lookout for and this will give you a chance to practice. This is already an over 3000 words entry and long reads are getting harder and harder to push on people these days LOL no offence, I am including myself in this group too.

Besides, the above methods and charts are describing the entire 2-year period as one long walk across the minefield. Looking for a specific event with transits will only make sense once the decision on extradition is made so I guess I will revisit the topic.

For now I will leave you with some homework and the summary. I only wanted to focus on the main factors in the charts and they are the 10 main planets and the main house positions. For those who have appreciation for nuances (or would be interested in finding them) I would suggest looking at the above charts and analyzing the role of the secondary factors like Lilith, Chiron, inter-connection of the houses throughout the 3 Solar Returns, the intercepted signs in 7th houses of the 2020 and 2021 SR, the  Nodes and the cusps of houses (Solar and Natal) they conjunct and so on.

The summary:

I would be very happy to see Julian live long enough to celebrate his 51st  Solar return on July 2nd, 2022 even if it would mean I made a mistake in my astrological analysis. It would be totally fine and would mean I still have a lot to learn. One can recover from making a mistake. One can not recover from dying. If, however, his extradition goes through then his chances are next to zero. Even if it doesn’t go through, his life will still be in danger, with 2021 and the first half of 2022 being the most critical period. 

Alcoholism In The Natal Chart: Astrological Patterns and Placements Indicating the Tendency.

Natal Chart analysis is used to assess a person’s temperament, character, emotional needs and numerous other factors and traits of one’s personality. The following article is going to be the first one in a series where I will take a look at typical patterns and placements for various issues which can be seen in a person’s Birth Chart such as aggression and violence, depression and – the one which is in focus today – alcoholism.

Before we get to the list of typical placements and patterns and the examples which demonstrate them I want to stress that these patterns only indicate a tendency. Many times a person who is just starting to learn astrology is prone to jumping to conclusions based on one or two factors, ignoring the rest of the chart. While the tendency may exist in many charts you come across, it does not necessarily doom a person to becoming an alcoholic sooner or later. At the same time (as we shall see in some examples) a person who does succumb to this predisposition can fight and overcome it and this is shown by the ‘helping’ stronger planets in the chart.

Another thing is that finding just one of several astrological placements I am going to list below will indicate a drinking problem or even just occasional excessive alcohol consumption which are not alcoholism in its strict definition but still can be quite destructive to a person’s social or private life not to mention health. In other words – the more placements are found in the chart, the more evidence there is, so to say, the further up someone is likely to be on the scale from “teetotaler” to “alcoholic”.

Ok, so the factors we are looking for are:

  1. An afflicted Moon or Mars in a Water sign
  2. Mars or the Moon in a harsh aspect (opposition or square) with Neptune or Jupiter.
  3. Connection of the above placements and aspects to the 12th house, as well as the 1st or the 6th.
  4. Accent on the sign of Pisces (ruled by Neptune) in a negative way

I will start with 

Betty Ford 

not only because First Ladies go first. She is a vivid example of both being successful in overcoming addiction as well as the fact that this problem can permeate all levels of society; that being rich and having high social status doesn’t safeguard from having mental or emotional problems. Her example breaks the stereotype of an alcoholic being “that scruffy guy on the street or next to you in line at the store who reeks of cheap booze” . In her own words: “My makeup wasn’t smeared, I wasn’t disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?”. But she was and in the 1970s she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse, being the first First Lady to do so. In 1982, after her recovery, she established the Betty Ford Center for treatment of people with substance abuse and dependence.

She was born 8 April 1918 at 15:45 in Chicago, IL, USA (source Astro-Databank). See the chart below.

Immediately we see the Mars-Moon opposition with the Moon in Pisces and the aspect is happening in the 1st-7th house. That one placement checks 3 items on our list: 1) afflicted Moon in a Water sign  2) a negative accent on Pisces (opposition)  3) connection with the first house of self, the house of personality and physical body. If we keep looking, we’ll see Jupiter also afflicting the Moon with a square. Jupiter is not strong by sign but is strong by house placement and it does add its negative influence.

By the way, if you are wondering why we are even looking at Jupiter here, since the first and most popular meaning of Jupiter is the “planet of good luck” I will take a minute to explain. The first and primary meaning of Jupiter is actually “a lot”. Simply that. “A lot” is quite neutral on its own and only gets a positive or a negative connotation when combined with other things. “A lot of pleasure” is quite different from “a lot of pain”, right? If we look for some synonyms here we can use “plenty” and “excess” which will clearly demonstrate the difference between a positive influence of Jupiter in the chart (plenty = enough, a lot in a way that is not inconvenient) and negative influence (excess = too much, over the top, so much that it can cause problems). That is why, apart from Neptune which is a natural significator of substances like drugs and alcohol, we look for harsh aspects from Jupiter which in our situation will show excessive drinking.

Let’s get back to Betty and see what her Neptune is doing. It is sitting just a couple degrees away from the 12th house cusp which is only a minor addition to the picture. The much more important thing here is the square that Neptune is giving to Mercury. “Wait, where does Mercury come from? It wasn’t on the list!” – you might say. Mercury here demonstrates the importance of knowing the birth time in Natal astrology. In itself Mercury is not connected to the topic but in Betty’s chart it is the ruler of the 1st house and it gives us yet another negative influence of Neptune on the first house running up the total to 5 strong indications. 

The Moon, being the weakest link here, doesn’t have any harmonious aspect which would serve as constructive solutions to the problem and this is why this chart is a good example on so many levels. We don’t see any harmonious aspect that will show us the solution so how did she manage to not only beat it but also take it to the next level by founding the help center? The answer is: dispositions aka planetary rulerships.

The Moon rules Pluto in Cancer 10th and Pluto is supported by a strong exalted Venus in Pisces in the 6th. This is where the Moon receives its support and with the 6th house having to do with service and Pisces being the sign motivated by compassion and empathy it was only natural that after treating her own addiction she continued by helping others (Venus, Pisces, 6th house) on a large scale, leaving a noticeable sociable impact (Pluto, 10th house).

One more placement that helped her to solve the problem is the Sun in the sign of its exaltation (Aries). The Sun is our will and even with no aspects and in the 8th house it gives a willful and strong personality helping to achieve goals she has set for herself.

While the First Lady’s struggle with substance abuse might be news to some people, the next person’s relationship with drinking as well as driving while doing it is quite notorious. Also, he is a more recent character and should be more familiar to many of the readers. 

Mel Gibson

was born on January 3rd, 1956 at 16:45 in Peekskill, NY, USA. I won’t spend time describing his story of alcohol problems. If it’s the first time you’re hearing about it, his Wikipedia article has a separate section describing it in detail. The chart is given below:

As you can imagine, there was an abundance of candidates for this article. A large number of people meet the requirement of just two things: being known to a fairly large number of people and having alcohol problems. I made my choices based on the Natal charts and their ability to demonstrate the astrological patterns in their variety. Mel is here to contrast Betty’s afflicted Moon in Water sign. Her quiet, passive and hidden (Pisces) affair with the bottle is quite different from his active and aggressive experience indicated by Mars in a Water sign of Scorpio. Even though it is in its own sign and thus quite strong, it doesn’t save it from being afflicted by a conjunction with Saturn and a square from Pluto. Both aspects are quite wide but still within the orb. His Moon is doing just fine but just like with Betty we see a 1st-7th house opposition (remember – planets in the 1st house have a strong connection both with your personality and physical body). The opposition is narrow with two degrees orb and what is more interesting is, again, dispositions and receptions. Uranus in the 1st degree of Leo is in the sign of its detriment as it rules Aquarius. Any planet opposing it from Aquarius will also be ruled by Uranus and this the opposition would be softened as the planet’s ability to damage will be limited by the fact that Uranus is also its ruler, its boss. Mercury, however, the trickster that he is, sits right outside Uranus’ domain in the last degree of Capricorn and answers only to Saturn so he can do all the damage he wants.

Still, if we’re counting the checkmarks on the list of factors given above, the evidence in the chart is quite scarce so far…. Until we find Neptune in the beginning of Scorpio turning a simple opposition into a formidable configuration of T-square which is much more potent and tense. Placed in fixed signs it makes the problem described by the T-square chronic, a lifelong struggle (by his own admission he started drinking at 13 and it remains to be seen if he has beaten it yet by now, at the age of 64). 

Further inspection shows that Mercury here is not so simple and rules the 12th house of self-undoing. So a T-square with Neptune afflicting both the 1st and the 12th houses as well as the 12th house ruler opposing a weak planet in the 1st house. This  piles the evidence high and we move on to the next exhibit, I mean, our next case:

Ben Affleck

I mentioned in one of my previous articles that I harbor a seemingly inexplicable dislike for the guy. I call it “allergy”. I’ve just always had this strange aversion to seeing him on screen in any role no matter how good the acting was (mind you, I don’t deny his acting skills). Seeing his name on the list of famous people struggling with alcohol problems kind of made me soften up a bit and check out the chart to see if he’ll qualify for the article in terms of being a good and clear example from an astrological point of view. Looking at his chart also shed some light at my inherent aversion: while that Venus right on the ASC  might contribute to him being dubbed “Sexiest Man alive” by People magazine way back in the early 00’s, for me personally it is placed in the 12th house and in a square to placements in my chart that describe what I find attractive. BTW, an opposition doesn’t work like that as the opposites often tend to attract but the square definitely does the job and it is useful to remember in synastry analysis.

Anyway, let’s get back to Ben and his Natal Chart. Born August 15th, 1972 at 02:53 in Berkeley, CA, USA (source Astro-Databank). See the chart below.

Afflicted Moon in Water sign – check. Moon is in fall in Scorpio and it has a square from Mercury which rules the 12th house. This very same aspect gives a second check for a negative connection of the 12th house with the 1st house as his Moon rules his ASC.

Another aspect is Mars square Neptune and this one is the reason his chart did eventually get picked for demonstration. You see, it’s easy to sort of blend the first and the second items on the list  of placements I have indicated at the beginning and start looking only for Mars or Moon afflicted by Neptune or Jupiter in Water signs… no, they are two separate criteria:

1) afflicted Moon or Mars in a Water sign (afflicted not just by Neptune or Jupiter)

2) Moon or Mars afflicted by Neptune or Jupiter (in any sign)

So Ben’s Mars in Virgo still qualifies. As I understand from  reading his wiki page the struggle is ongoing with some periods of staying sober and a recent relapse in 2018-2019. What caught my eye though is another section speculating about his involvement in gambling. I have recently written an article on trading which also involves the element of risk and 5th house being a factor in the analysis. If we look at Ben’s chart for possible constructive use of aspects and an outlet for the conflict leading to alcohol abuse, we notice that both the Moon and Neptune are in the 5th house and the Moon has a trine to Venus which rules the 5th house (and also the 2nd house of money). Not enough 8th house involvement shifts the focus from stock trading to pure gambling and positive aspects ensure that this is likely to be lucrative. However, due to accusations of counting cards he was banned from casinos and poker games… and the channel for positive energy output was blocked. I mean, gambling addiction is also an addiction but for him it could have had much less severe consequences because a) there is no damage to health b) he’s got enough money to waste it in a poker game if he wants to c) actually not all of it is waste as his chart clearly suggests gains from gambling.

Ok, we’ll leave Ben alone and move on to one of the saddest stories among the 5 that I have chosen for this blog entry (and I left a happy-end story for the end).

Robin Williams

Who tragically took his own life after battling depression and addiction. In mid-2014, just a few months before the suicide, Williams admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, for treatment for alcoholism.

He was born July 21st, 1951 at 13:34 in Chicago, IL, USA. The chart is given below:

This far into the article you can already give it a try yourself and find all the placements before I list them for you. There are plenty, I mean, this is just too much, really. While the chart has its strengths as well (quite obviously, for a star of his scale) the tragedy depicted by the planets makes my Water-heavy chart reach out in compassion to all the tension and torments going on inside this man’s soul.

Let’s start with Mars: afflicted not once, not twice but 4(!) times by squares from Neptune, Jupiter and also by a conjunction with Uranus (bringing unrest and tension). It is not just in Water but in the sign of its fall in Cancer. So it’s like the other 3 are kicking the one who’s already down. Not fair!

This T-square alone is more than enough to give someone more problems than they can handle but then there’s the touchy and gentle Piscean (Water) Moon in a tight opposition with Venus, the ruler of the 12th house. The only positive connection the Moon has is the trine to Mars. Trines indicate help but what help can be given here, considering Mars’ condition? None. Mars in its turn also only has help (harmonious aspects) from the Moon (which can’t give it) and Venus. Venus is not the strongest one here and can only help so much. It rules the 7th house in addition to the 12th, so help can come from other people (spouse, partners, etc) as well as rehab (12th house as the house of hospitals and institutions) but despite being in a strong house it is weak by placement (in fall in Virgo).

If you keep looking you’ll see the ASC (self) ruler Pluto conjunct the ruler of the 8th (death) while that poor  Mars under such pressure is placed inside the 8th and co-rules the ASC… makes me wanna cry.

Well, let’s hope Robin found peace wherever he is now and let’s do the last piece to cheer up and end on an optimistic note

Drew Barrymore

Born on 22 February 1975 at 11:51 at Culver City, CA, USA. See chart below:

Her story of both childhood fame and childhood addiction is presented by the Sun (ruler of the 3rd house of early childhood environment) place in the 10th house of fame in Pisces (here comes the first checkmark on our list) which adds to the heavy accent on Pisces (4 planets) with Black Moon  Lilith (destabilizing factor) in the mix. The Moon is in Watery Cancer, afflicted by Mars and also Saturn, but Saturn is weak in Cancer and the Moon totally  dominates here. This strong Moon is also the reason she was able to win the battle. Similarly to Betty Ford, who had the strong Sun and Venus in the chart to lean on, Drew’s Moon, while under fire, is still a strong planet and is able to handle the attack. Neptune has only harmonious aspects: it is the apex of a very productive bi-sextile from Mercury (ruler of the ASC) and Pluto, ruler of the 6th house of work. With Neptune itself being in the 6th house work was one of the things that pulled her out.

All right, so there you have it. You can practice on other charts now and see if you can spot both the tendency for the problem and the solution for it (through strong placements and harmonious aspects). However, there is another way this information can be put to use. Analyzing the chart which  already exists only helps you to see if the problem is there or not. One of the advantages of knowing astrology is in using it to prevent possible future problems. With modern medical practice increasingly using induced labor (1 in 5 in the UK and over 25% in the US) picking the date of birth and thus the baby’s Natal chart is something more common than it used to be. And picking the date when the factors described in the article are not present in the planetary picture for the day helps to avoid unpleasant issues the child will be facing in their life.

Natural Born Traders or The Not-So-Scary 8th House in Your Chart

It’s no secret that the 8th house has got a bad rep among the learners and practitioners of astrology. Associated with death and power struggles, crises, fears, deeply hidden issues – you name it. Occasionally you can come across an article trying to lighten the gloomy mood  setting of this area of the natal chart and focusing on the connection with transformation, hidden powers, inner strength and so on. Usually those articles come from the astrologers following the evolutionary approach. Now, there is nothing wrong with that as I myself incorporate this approach… when it is appropriate, i.e. when the client is interested in the spiritual potential of their chart.

However, most of the time people are interested in practical and everyday matters. Like, will they have a relationship with the person of interest or how to earn more money. And here we come to another meaning of the 8th house which is almost everywhere mentioned in passing, tossed in with the other “oh-so-scary” meanings. The meaning is “other people’s money” which comes as a consequence of the ‘turning of the chart’ technique: you are the 1st house and your money is the 2nd house. Other people are the 7th house and the 2nd from the 7th (= the 8th) is their money. Occasionally ‘other people’s money’ is explained as ‘loans and grants’ and then there is always ‘taxes’… None of them seem appealing because one has to be rather perverted to enjoy paying taxes and loans are strongly associated with debt and handing over your hard-earned money to the bank to pay the interest on these loans as well.

One possible positive outcome of the 8th house signifying someone else’s money is when it is taken to signify your spouse’s money and this way a well placed 8th house significators with positive connections to your 2nd house could be an indicator of marrying someone who is well-off. But this is where the common  misconception about another house creeps in: the 7th house is more often than not assigned to “the partner” meaning “romantic partner” or “spouse” (probably because of the high volume of marriage and relationships requests in consultations). However, astrologers who work a lot with business ventures know this house also as the house of business partners, competitors or even open enemies, e.g. in court situations. In horaries, the 7th house is the house of any person who does not fit the categories described by the other people-related houses (3rd – siblings and neighbours, 4th – parents, 5th – children, etc).  

In other words, if you go out into the central square or plaza of your city or town and look around  – provided the lockdown is over – you’ll see a bunch of people who are “other people” and thus are described by the 7th house. If you go online and start interacting with someone you have never met in real life – they are also 7th house, not the 11th house (as you might think because they are labeled as “friends” on FB). If you come to a stock exchange in New York, London or Shanghai – you will see a whole lot of 7th housers shuffling around large chunks of what is definitely described by the 8th house – “other people’s money”.

In business astrology the 8th house is not only loans or debts. It is connected with investments, financial and banking sphere, venture capitals and so on. The 8th house is often prominent in the charts of people who succeed in these areas as you shall see below. I will focus mainly on traders but before we get to the Natal charts, let me outline the factors we need to look at:

  1. The 2nd house – the house of your own money and source of income
  2. The 5th house – the house connected with risk (e.g. gambling, sport betting) because trading, no matter how good your strategy is, still remains in the category of risky ways of making money
  3. The 8th house – the house of other people’s money, the money that other people put into the market
  4. The 11th house – the least important but, nevertheless, relevant being the 5th from the 7th (other people’s risks) as well as the house of larger groups of people (as in “all the people trading on the stock exchange”)
  5. In addition to the houses, there are some planets which are natural significators for the profession: Mercury, of course, as the planet of trade and exchange and also Pluto, as the planet strongly connected with  interest (percentage) and the ability to get profits from cash flow, trade turnover, etc.
  6. Part of Fortune (POF) and its dispositor also presents some interest, although, similarly to the 11th house it’s more of an additional factor rather than the main one.

I will start with the guy whose name is familiar even to those who can’t explain the difference between a share and a bond without googling it. 

Warren Edward Buffett, an investor and business tycoon, born 30th August 1930 at 15:00 in Omaha, Nebraska (birth data from Astro-Databank). See the chart below:

In evaluating the earning potential of the individual, their financial standing in life in general we turn to the 2nd house in Aquarius and its ruler Uranus in Aries near the IC. My personal reaction is just ‘“meh” – I mean, this isn’t the superstar of the chart for sure. Not strong by the sign, retrograde, only harsh aspects… Maybe we’ll have more luck with the vice-ruler of the 2nd house – Saturn? Indeed, here it’s starting to pick up a little. Saturn is strong in its own sign and in the first house and, despite being retrograde and in a T-square with Mars and Mercury, it also has a couple of nice tight trines from the Sun and Neptune in none other than the 8th house! Much better. 

Incidentally, the Sun also rules his 8th house so that’s our first connection of houses 2-8. Now, Neptune closely conjunct Warren’s Sun could be the reason for his great intuition and vision  in making financial decisions but how come this Sun-Neptune conjunction is not about creative imagination and intuition in other spheres of life, say, writing? Or acting? With that Venus and Libra on the MC surely it is one of things that comes to mind as a career possibility.

Well, his POF in Pisces 3rd house is ruled by that very Neptune in the 8th hinting that his fortunes would be made in areas of life that are described by the 8th house. Venus, being one of the strongest planets in the chart and the significator of career and highest achievement (MC), also rules the 5th house which is another tick on our checklist. In addition, Venus has only one aspect – with Pluto (percentage), the ruler of the 11th house (other people’s risk). The 2nd house ruler is also connected with Pluto, ruler of the 11th. We have come full circle. With Mercury highlighted here as the apex of the T-square and thus being the focal point of the energy outpouring we have a great example of how the 8th house is playing out nicely and constructively in this person’s chart.

Let’s look at another trader who’s well known in the financial circles: W. D. Gunn. The opening paragraph of the Wikipedia article describes him as “a finance trader who developed the technical analysis methods like the Gann angles and the Master Charts……forecasting methods are purportedly based on geometry, astronomy and astrology, and ancient mathematics.” Yup, you read it right – astrology.

The father of astro-trading was born June 6, 1878 at 10:34 in Lufkin, Texas (source Astro-Databank). See the chart below.

Ok, so here the eye goes immediately to that Pluto smack at the top of the chart, in a partile conjunction with MC. Strong Pluto – check. It also rules POF – two birds with one stone! Nice.

With Leo ASC he has both 2nd and 11th houses ruled by Mercury which is also not far from Pluto and the MC in the 9th house shifting the focus on the studying, researching and leaving the serious legacy in the form of knowledge, methods and systems. I’ll just take a minute to appreciate Uranus on the ASC and his connection with astrology (as something unconventional). I mean, even the Wiki article has a few paragraphs about his trading techniques with the use of planetary configurations! Yay for astrology!

His 5th house ruler Jupiter is not as pumped – in Aquarius in the 6th and retrograde, but nevertheless connected by an aspect of square to Neptune which rules the 8th. His chart is quite rich on squares, by the way, which shows it must have been a bumpy road to success but any connection is better than no connection at all.

The final touch here would be a sextile (at last – a harmonious aspect!) from Mars in the 11th to Mercury, which is a connection of houses 2-11 (with the 9th house flavour).

Let’s move on to another trader-astrologer but don’t be in a hurry to accuse me of favouritism. Yes, he’s another astrologer and that’s why I can find his birth data (and thus, the house cusps) with no problems. As you might have guessed, astrologers tend to take care to note  these kinds of things knowing full well how useful it will be for the generations to come.

Anyhow, I give you Bill Meridian – financial astrologer, designer of astro-market software and author of several books, including “Planetary Stock Trading”. Born 25 April 1949 in Weehawken, NJ, USA (source Astro-Databank). See the chart below.

Jupiter conjunct Part of Fortune in the first house by itself is an indicator of some potential for wealth and financial success in any Natal chart, especially if there are no major afflictions. Then there’s  Pluto on the cusp of the 8th in Leo (largely considered the sign of its exaltation) giving power and access to deep financial currents in the world of investments and dealing with other people’s money.

Let’s quickly go around the chart to confirm the other relevant house connections: (quickly, because I have one more chart to show you guys and I’m sensing you’re getting tired here, as the article stretches on and on)

  1. Ruler of the 2nd and the Part of Fortune is Uranus, at the top of the bisextile from Saturn in the 8th and Mars, the co-ruler of the 11th. Saturn also co-rules the 2nd, so that also counts as the 2-8 connection.
  2. Pluto in the 8th is the ruler of the 11th
  3. The Sun rules the 8th and is conjunct Venus, ruler of the 5th. They both have a trine to Saturn although it is quite wide but we can still count it as an additional factor, extra points to throw on top of other strong placements. 

So, once again – not one or two, but multiple connections here, making the themes of these 4 houses important in the life of an individual as well as strongly connected with the way a person earns money (2nd house).

Finally, I want to present the chart of Martin Frankel. He caught my eye while I was looking for the cases to present in this article not only as a trader with the known birth time but also as a contrast to the men above. Martin is a financial criminal who conducted a series of investment frauds in the late 20th century, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Interestingly enough, he was also familiar with astrology and used it to make trading decisions among other things. His evidence files contain a horary chart for the question “Will I go to prison?” cast in 1999 five months before he was captured. I wonder if it ever occurred to him to look for the answer in his own Natal chart and transits, but we will not get into this now.

He was born on 21 November 1954 at 20:46 in Toledo, Ohio, USA (birth data from Astro-Databank). See the chart below:

Well, you know the routine now  and if you want to practice – go ahead and find the connections yourself. Don’t cheat and peek into the answers below! I know, the eyes kinda drift to the answers involuntary so I’ll make it harder for you… or easier, if we’re looking at it from the perspective of resisting the temptation to just look at the answers rather than find them yourself.

Let me first point out some placements that steer him into taking the wrong approach in following the right direction. Yes, he has plenty of indicators for making money from the stock market, insurance and so on. The question of honesty and trickery, the temptation to engage in shady activities is connected with several other things in the chart. As always, I urge everyone not to make judgements based on just one placement – it is always seen as a combination of factors and even then, it is just the potential which a person can overcome, if they try hard enough. So if you find a placement similar to your own or someone you know – don’t jump to conclusions about honesty or dishonesty based only on that one factor.

Well, Mercury as the planet of mind and thinking would be one of those factors. His Mercury is tightly conjunct Black Moon Lilith which is something we don’t see in other charts. Additionally, Mercury rules the 12th house of hidden, secret (aka criminal) activity and this is adding weight to the side of the scale that contains negative factors.

Jupiter is another planet that has to do with honesty and morality, with the questions of right and wrong. Retrograde Jupiter in itself is not an indicator if it doesn’t describe our personality in the chart. However, in his case retrograde Jupiter is the planet of the first house (house of self). Exaltation in Cancer just gives an exaggeration to the mode of expression here and the trine to the Sun allows for further ease in embracing whatever Jupiter represents in his chart . Also, trines are prone to taking the path of least resistance. All of this happening alongside the generational Neptune-Uranus square but for Frankel this becomes about personal misguided actions with Natal Moon next to Neptune and the other side of the square in the 1st house so close to the ASC.

Ok, let’s tick the boxes on the thematic (financial) markers:

  1. POF conjunct Pluto in the 2nd
  2. Ruler of the 2nd and of the POF – the Sun – in the 5th
  3. Ruler of the 5th (Pluto) in the 2nd in aspects to the elements of the 8th (Mars) and the 5th (the Sun). Mars co-rules the 5th, the Sun rules the 2nd.
  4. Ruler of the 11th Venus is in the 5th, detriment and fully subdued to that  messy Lilith-flavoured conjunction of Mercury (the 12th house ruler) and Saturn (rules the 7th, co-rules the 8th) leading to being quite successful (in view of other factors in the chart) in cheating (12th) other people (7th) out of their money (8th) on a large scale (11th house as the house of large groups of people).

Alrighty then! As you can see, the connections of houses 2-5-8-11 in the Natal chart can be a strong indicator of being successful in trading, investing and otherwise making a living from managing other people’s money provided it is managing you’re doing not pocketing, cheating and defrauding as out last exhibit.

Funny (but Offensive!) Horoscope: The Dirty Truth About Each Sign. Part 2.

Part 1 can be found here

LIBRA

Briefly – a damn aesthete. Can’t make up their fucking mind about anything and like to go on about Picasso-Shmicasso and  “Oh, Holy art!” yet they can’t be bothered to take the trash out of the house when it’s full.  All their adult life they run around in search of the bright ideal and so they can’t find time to learn how to cook or sew buttons. Libras like to dress up meanwhile annoying the hell out of everyone around choosing between tha-a-a-t one with pearl buttons and thi-i-i-s one with silk stitching. They don’t mind sleeping around even if they have a permanent partner and explain their infidelity by the fact that in their heart they’re always true to the One and the body is just the fetid dust of being and doesn’t mean anything. 

All-in-all these bastards are chasing the peace of mind that’s so important to them but is basically unattainable because their slutty nature always outweighs the highly spiritual ideals. Like all indecisive fuckers they often suffer from nervous diseases like psoriasis and gastritis. Envious, but not malicious. Libras tend to stick their ass out for someone and do it solely out of masochistic love for humanity, not with the goal of getting something out of it. They usually look gentle and sad and tend to awaken a dangerous desire to caress them and take under your wing which should not be done under any circumstance because Libras can brain-fuck you harder than all the other signs combined. They are in a constant state of cognitive dissonance between reality and wishful thinking because they’re suckers.

SCORPIO

The sex-terrorist. When there’s no one to fuck they start brain-fucking, usually themselves. They’re constantly gushing with all sorts of delusional ideas, narcissistic to the point of shitting themselves, and are ready to stare into the mirror at their reflection all day long with a tender smile stating that there is definitely no one more beautiful in the world. Hysterical, and somehow do not hesitate to flaunt it. Their only interest in life is  fucking and their own precious selves… well, in some cases they show interest in people who are interested in them. Good-natured, if you don’t try to borrow money from them. By the way, they love money almost as much as they love themselves and know how to earn it. 

These bitches are super-secretive. Getting information out of Scorpio that they don’t want to divulge is almost as difficult as marrying off a fifty-year-old virgin. These two-face assholes are constantly thrashing about choosing  between high ideals and the desire to play a rotten trick on someone. In their desire and ability to break through a brick wall with their forehead Scorpios can only be compared with Aries. Often they choose the same stupid goals but do not give up out of principle. They stoically endure all the shit that permanently happens to them because they know  they deserved it. In general, they give off an impression of a terrible, loud, menacing and formidable creature but deep down they’re white, soft and fluffy.

SAGITTARIUS

Sagittarius is another zodiac clusterfuck. The personal opinion of a Sagittarius is bound to become the ultimate truth for everyone who happens to be nearby. They express it willingly, often, and even when they are strongly advised not to do so and are threatened to be hit in the face for it. They are genuinely perplexed if people take offense at them for this.

In general, these bitches are a very lucky sign in life which does not compensate for the constant lack of money. Sagittarius, despite their tendency for incessant verbal diarrhea, usually has a lot of friends who are keeping them, the poor things, fed and warm. And all this because they know how to deftly pretend to be a kitty-cat, especially when their mouth is busy with food. Their main drawback is that they can not shut up telling everyone the truth about everyone and sometimes get carried away for which, again, they often get beat up. They are prone to all forms of drug addiction as well as religious fanaticism, which is essentially the same thing. They’re kind but you can never tell it right away.

CAPRICORN

At first glance – miserable shit (C). Capricorn’s motto is “No matter how fucked up it was today, tomorrow will probably be even worse”. These bitches keep the cheerful mask on so as not to get in trouble for being so grim but all the same they do (get in trouble). Capricorn comprehends happiness in only one way – they work like hell. An idle Capricorn is a dead Capricorn. If they are not able to work, they will still come up with a lot of strange things to do because without work Capricorn can not achieve Zen, and a Capricorn who does not achieve Zen is a Cancer. Do you really want that?

In the beginning they seem meek and even tame but at the first convenient opportunity they will ram their gnarled horns right up your ass and they will do it with special pleasure if you are a Gemini or a Leo – they can not stand  these signs for inappropriate playfulness. Capricorn is a smart-ass. Stingy – but not always. They feel best when they’re hugging a money bag. They like to tease and pick on people and don’t stop even when the situation gets hot but they do the picking so well that the fuckers are surprised themselves when they manage to get away with it. In general, they’re not that evil although they definitely look it. When choosing partners, they’re guided mostly by common sense and calculation so in family life these jerks are happier than anyone else.

AQUARIUS

Special features – everyone, well, absolutely every scum likes them as if they’re made of gold. When it comes to chatter they’re a worthy competition for the Gemini. They’re  eager to communicate, even in an unfamiliar company, like a sailor after a long voyage is eager to get to the red light district. They always have the look of someone who fell out of a tree and this is what fascinates others. Aquarius has the slight flair of being fucked-up in the head and their inexplicable charm attracts crowds of silly enthusiastic fans. Even if everything goes through the ass in the life of Aquarius, they manage to give out advice to others and some-fucking-how the advice works! 

With all the visible and tangible fluffiness and awesomeness they are potentially great criminals. Aquarius is always a con artist even if only in their dreams. There is no Aquarius without criminality in their dark and shadowy past. They break the law without any remorse and even, I’m not afraid of this word, with pleasure. At the same time, these bitches understand perfectly well unlike, for example, Gemini that it is not kosher to do so but they don’t give a fuck. They look like a cross between the Mad Hatter and Marilyn Monroe.

PISCES

There are two types of the Fish: the devils straight out of hell who have become blinded by their own unscrupulousness, and the angels who are faithful, truly kind, with unshakable morals. And the vile kind of Pisces, as a rule, is  forgiven for everything they do, while the angelic martyr Pisces irritate others with their unattainable holiness and sanctity. 

They can sleep around so much it is scary but to catch them in the act or make them admit to it is harder than to see a wrinkled dogfish. Until the very last moment, you will look into her honest, tearful eyes and keep believing. Pisces are soulless assholes with no moral principles. They tend to bullshit everyone even when there seems to be no need to thicken  the fog and mislead people but you don’t feel offended for this as Pisces have terrible pangs of conscience. 

This is a common thing for them and sometimes their conscience tortures them even for what they did not do. They tend to idealize people and afterwards resent them for being assholes. They can suddenly start taking revenge on the world around them in an abstract and fucking idiotic way. It is touching to see them live in their illusions and even when they turn out to be scum and douchebags  they are still unwittingly forgiven for their utter inability to live in our material world.

Funny (but Offensive!) Horoscope: The Dirty Truth About Each Sign. Part 1.

Before we get to the dirt I promised to you guys in the clickbait-y title there are a few disclaimers I need to make:

Disclaimer #1. I am not the author of the original text. The author is, unfortunately, unknown and this text has been circulating the ru-net since the early 00’s as a sort of new-age folklore. I am, however, the author of the translation you’re about to read. I’ll do my best to  keep to the original whimsical style (not so difficult as it is close to my own) and the use of the profanity (slightly more difficult as English is my second language after all).

Disclaimer #2. As the title clearly states, much of what is said about each sign is offensive… or can be taken as offensive by people with severe humor deficiency. So if you don’t think you can stomach some home truths about your sign in an exaggeratedly caricature manner and heavily seasoned with dirty words – this is your chance to surf away to something more agreeable. 

Disclaimer #3. This is just the basic undiluted sign archetype descriptions. Unless you were born with a 7-planet stellium in the same sign, chances are you have a mixture of energies. So checking out the big three (Sun-Moon-Rising) is a good idea or maybe, if you know you chart well enough, you can check out the signs that are strongly emphasized in your Natal Chart.

Calendar vector created by wannapik – www.freepik.com

Ok, if you’re still with me so far, here it comes:

ARIES

A Ram is a Ram. They’re always right and don’t give a fuck. It is easier to kill them immediately than to start arguing with them because it is only possible to win an argument with an Aries in one case – if they’re blind, deaf and mute with no arms or legs (and even then, there is a huge chance they will still find a way to flip you off). But Aries are honest. Sometimes they are so honest that it makes your teeth ache: they will answer very honestly if your haircut doesn’t suit you or your dress makes you look fat. There is nothing you can do about it, you will have to accept it (or kill them, as mentioned above).

In household affairs, Aries is usually useless – they can only generate brilliant ideas and try  not to defile the soles of their feet with the drudge of menial daily existence. However, if you somehow convince Aries that Sagittarius washes the floors better than them – they will work their fingers to the bone polishing  your hardwood floor every Saturday because there is not a thing in the world that Aries would let Sagittarius be better at.

Aries is never boring – this sign has some karmic fucking talent to find adventures for their beautiful ass. They earn money easily and quickly but as proud and principled types they hate the moolah so they try to get rid of it immediately. At the same time these bitches always have some money stashed away which is actually much more becoming or appropriate for a Virgo. Because of the unfathomable carelessness they usually forget about the stash which is great for the heart friend of Aries, especially if this friend is a Gemini.

TAURUS

Taurus is fucked up and I have nothing more to say about this sign. Much more stubborn than Aries, but does not have Aries’ charming carelessness. Big time hoarders, they’re able to lovingly store all the useless shit in their house for centuries and are very surprised when someone tries to throw away all these broken transistor receivers, ball bearings, rags, waste paper, and other trash. They’re very persistent in their attachments, including shitty people which, alas, makes them unhappy in love.

Also, they’re suspicious to the bone, jealous as a bitch, never an innovator and so at first glance they come off as a sad asshole. Secret perverts, they love fucking to the point of losing their pulse. Distrustful of new people but for old friends they will tear their last calico shirt off their back and hair off their ass. What the fuck those friends are supposed to do with a torn shirt isn’t something they’re able to think of to begin with. Altruistic, even though they always get punched in the face for it.

GEMINI

Gemini are very cool if it is just one and quite a clusterfuck if they are at least two of them. Can chinwag without stopping for at least three days and never once repeat themselves which is generally fun but sometimes is tiring. Everyone is usually jealous of them because they are jack of all trades  and try to apply themselves to anything and everything. To put it simply, they’re sticking their nose in every (butt)hole they can find. But no one knows how difficult it is for Gemini to survive and make choices in this huge world of opportunities – they always think that life is passing them by even if they’re ears-deep in shit in events. They like to fuck, eat and get new information – best if it’s all happening at the same time. For this, they’re known as perverts, although in fact, it just saves time.

They’re phenomenally lazy, ninety percent of the turbulent activity unfolds only in order to be finally left the fuck alone. Generally come off as a scatter-brained imbeciles, although in fact they’re not that dumb and don’t mind reading Kant and Kierkegaard when occasionally they take a break from jerking around (this reading is often accompanied by idiotic giggling and interjections like “er-r-r” or “um-m-m..” which actually looks pretty cute because only Gemini can find any humor in Kierkegaard’s works). Sentimental as a cheap port whore, they believe in romance although they constantly disown it and defiantly grin teeth at those who talk about it. In love they’re usually unhappy (and I want to say – because they believe in romance) because the only one who’s capable of enduring Gemini’s constant extravaganza of idiotic fun and fun idiocy is Aries. However, there is not enough of those shitheads for all of Gemini.

CANCER

I might sound biased but IMHO there is no sign worse than Cancer. Cancers are suspicious schmucks constantly bothering everyone with questions like: “If I sit in the hot tub after Pedro Francesco Dickheado, who of course jerked off under the water to my luminous image, will I get pregnant?” Meanwhile, they are absolutely unbothered by the fact that they do not have a hot tub and they’re a man. 

Cancers tend to constantly imagine the end of the world, get scared of their own imagination, get hysterical and turn to Virgo for comfort. Squeamish as a scum, they will surely die from hunger on a deserted island because Cancers are physically unable to eat a product which is not wrapped in plastic and which is lying, say, under a palm tree.

They like to fuck but somehow without any vigor to it. However, if they want to, they can give it some heat but afterwards they eat themselves up with shit for trying so hard in vain. Cancer women are the kind who watch porn with the hope that in the end everyone will definitely get married. They like to talk gloomily and at length on the topic of their own sores and other life failures, which scares away everyone but Taurus – they are even more tedious in matters concerning one’s own bodily functions. Cancers are loyal because they are afraid of chlamydia and trichomoniasis. They are prone to drunkenness and philosophy, yet both of those things don’t do them any good.

LEO

Leos divide people into two categories – the retinue, who are allowed into the inner circle, and the lackeys, who are used for sharpening claws and teeth. Selfish, certainly, but Leo’s selfishness is usually forgiven because of their holy and unwavering faith in their own ‘fucking awesome’-ness. They are suckers for flattery so you can use it to get anything you want out of a Leo. Generous and do not mind laughing at themselves. Everyone else should refrain from making fun of the Lion if you don’t want to spend the remaining hours of agonizing existence in the intensive care with a stake up your ass. Boorish, but elegant. Capable of trampling anyone up to their ears in poop, which they sometimes do out of pure curiosity and idiotic childish desire to see what will happen.

Leos want to be masters in everything. They make it very clear to their partner just how much un-fucking-believable luck and happiness came to them in the form of a Leo and demand to be treated appropriately. They do not mind if in everyday life they are addressed simply as “Almighty”. However, they are loyal friends and like to give expensive and valuable gifts to once again make everyone imbued by their majesty and grandeur. They like to eat, sleep and blabber and because of that are often friends with Gemini. Unbearable in large quantities if you are a Virgo, Cancer, or Pisces.

VIRGO

What can I say about this sign when the dry science has already said everything for me? Virgo is the most fucking cruel and inhumane sign of the zodiac. According to international statistics, most psychopathic  maniacs are Virgos. Those bitches are able to smile at you affectionately and in their head draw a delightful picture of your guts wrapped around a chandelier. 

I’ll tell you one secret – all little Virgos plan to become the Dark Masters of the Universe since childhood, and when they grow up and realize that they have fucked up, they become just heartless monstroids and with their pedantry and love of law and order (and this, of course, is rooted in their snotty desires to rule the Universe) they poison the existence of literally everyone who is ‘lucky’ enough to live  on the same territory with a Virgo. A Virgo wife is the kind of woman who makes your bed when you get up to take a piss at three in the morning. A Virgo man is the scariest math teacher you can imagine. Control freaks, of course. They even fuck on a schedule because everything should be in order. They do not explain the reasons for their actions to anyone, the root again lies in their childhood megalomania. 

However, they can fall into the other extreme – not to deem themselves worth a penny and to play a victim and a sacrificial lamb day in and day out which annoys the fuck out of others. By the way, they like to play on the nerves of loved ones in general and they suffer for show in public usually believing in their own suffering which causes them to get sick and wither. In everyday life they are actually useful because they know all sorts of lifehacks (learned while planning to become the Dark Master). All in all, you can live with them if you completely ignore them and remove weapons from the house.

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Part 2 can be found here

Astrology of a Name: how to use Alphabetical Zodiac.

Our name is the word that we hear most often through the course of our lives. Just think about it – how many times have you heard someone say it today? This week? This month? Add in the times you have said it yourself when introducing yourself to someone new or maybe even calling customer service and you will have an impressively large number. Every time it is pronounced the energies that the name carries are reinforced.

Now, every nation has its own language, for sure, and different cultures use  different alphabets. Actually, even European alphabets while all based on Latin each have their own variations. One thing that stays the same is that every alphabet has a beginning and an end and in between the letters always go in a fixed order. This follows the universal idea which is also reflected in the Zodiac – starting from Aries, the Alpha, it follows a fixed order all the way to the Omega of Pisces. 

This practice is as old as astrology itself. The ancient astrologers of Babylon used it in choosing sacred names for rulers to give them more power, for priests to strengthen their connection with the spiritual world, for making ritual invocations. The alphabet used by them had a better correspondence to the 12 sign 360 degree system of the Zodiac, neatly dividing the circle into 72 segments 5 degrees each (they are still familiar to the followers of Traditional Astrology as “terms” – the segments into which each sign is divided, even though the number and size have deviated from the original version).

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We, however, do not need to study the ancient language to be able to use this system. Our first language, the one we grow up speaking, is the one we form the strongest connection with. We don’t even pay attention to these subconscious links but they play a formative role to our worldview as a part of our entire cultural ecosystem. In order to adjust it to a different alphabet all you need to do is divide 360 degrees by the number of letters in the alphabet and assign each section to a letter, starting with 0 degrees Aries. Sounds quite simple, except for the pain in the neck of having to count out not only degrees but also minutes – something a modern “spoiled-by-technology” person like myself finds annoying. So I pitched this idea to my friend Petr at Astro-seek.com and am now elated to see this come into life with the new Online Name Calculator. No more converting 0.846 degrees into minutes! Yay!

Now, let’s talk about the uses this tool can have:

1. What names to chose

Baby names are the first thing that come to mind. This is the number one thing I use it for in my work with clients who plan on having children. Of course, the moment of birth is something that can not be controlled in most cases except for Cesarean sections, which are being used more and more often nowadays and for them we can  choose the time as well, making the Birth Chart more balanced and minimizing problematic placements. But even with a natural birth, I am not aware of any country that requires the parents to choose the name for the newborn immediately after birth. Usually, some thinking period is allowed and with the time of birth now known it is possible to analyze the chart and choose a name that will highlight the most harmonious placements. I will give details on that in the “how” part below.

You can also use this tool to pick a different name that suits your Natal chart better. I am not talking about an official name change, but we all now have a sort of “second identity” online – user names we choose for social media and other profiles are the ones I am talking about. Also stage names and pseudonyms.

Additionally, names for businesses or websites can also be chosen by this method. Here, you can use your own Birth chart or the Birth chart of the business or website (the date and time the business or site was created or registered).

2. How to choose the letters

Of course, the first thought is about “The Big 3” – Sun, Moon and ASC. This has some sense, of course, but with some reservations. You see, sometimes the Moon or the Sun are not the strongest or most beneficially placed planets in the chart. If you chose the letter that corresponds to the Moon, and the Moon is afflicted (e.g. in detriment, in the 8th house, conjunct a malefic, has only harsh aspects, etc) you enforce the problematic energy it carries in the Chart. Same goes for the Sun.

The ASC is slightly different – it has no dignities or debilities by sign or house. It can, of course, receive harsh aspects, but the chances of it being heavily afflicted are lowered by the absence of the first two factors. ASC ruler is a different story. So, looking at the degree of the ASC is a safe bet. Just like your name begins with the initial, the Chart begins with the cusp of the 1st house (ASC) and using the letter it falls on as the first letter of the name is generally a good option, unless there is a better one.

In search for a better option you need to analyse the other planets, giving preference to personal ones (Sun through Saturn) unless an outer planet is strongly highlighted in the chart (closely conjunct an angle or a personal planet). Pay attention to the planet’s strength and dignity, whether it is a part of a problematic pattern and so on. If there is such a planet, you can use the letter it falls on as the initial instead or use it together with the letter of the ASC degree in the name.

As an example of how this can highlight certain energies in the chart I want to use Princess Diana, who’s also known as Lady D, which is also perfect for demonstrating that the first letter is used even more often, than the entire name not only for her but for everyone who has seen or written their name in the last name + the initial format (so she was born Spencer, D. on July 1st, 1961)

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It is uncanny to see what placement the letter D activates in her chart which shows that the name was actually karmic. D falls on Venus, which is strong in her chart by placement – in the peaceful and placid Taurus, the sign of its rulership. It also  rules the MC, the 10th house of social achievements and popularity. Indeed, a Princess who was beloved by the entire world. Yet, it is also the apex of a tight T-square, which makes it a sensitive and problematic spot. Placed in the 5th house it is, of course, about her tumultuous love life. With the 10th house in the mix we see the pressure of the public image she needed to uphold in conflict with her emotional needs (Venus square Moon) and letter D puts even more emphasis on this, tipping the balance toward the public expectations (Venus rules MC) rather than her emotional security (the Moon).

Letter S is on the ASC and while she has it in her last name, using it in her first name would have given her more Sagittarian energy, the courage and independence which she needed to stand up for her own identity and needs. For sure, she had some, being a Sag rising, but Jupiter is not very strong in her chart – in Aquarius, not ruling any planets and only with one major aspect, a generational one at that. “S” would have strengthened this lack of Jupiter/Sagittarius influence in the chart.

So, when using this tool for choosing a name, keep in mind that the entire chart has to be analyzed and using certain letters can help to correct the chart’s imbalances.

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Horary practice: Coronavirus Vaccine.

A friend of mine sent me a Horary chart a few days ago. The question was: “Will a vaccine be found?”. The chart below is cast for the time and coordinates provided by this friend, since he is  astrology-savvy and cast the chart himself. The outer planets are not turned off since in this particular case there is one significant conjunction, but normally I ignore them and judge Horary with septener only.

If you’re familiar with Horary practice – take a minute and try to find the answer in the following:

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If you’re just starting to learn, I’ll break this down for you:

  1. The virus is the 6th house of health and disease, straight in accordance with the classical rules. The significator is Jupiter (ruler of Sag)
  2. The vaccine should be determined by turning the chart. It is tempting to think of a vaccine as the open enemy of the virus but that would not be in line with the idea of a vaccine. The house of open enemies and opponents does not mean we automatically beat them. In fact, in Horaries about, say, court cases it is often a question of who is stronger – the 1st house ruler (you) or the 7th house ruler (the opponent). If we take that approach and the significator for the virus is stronger ( the medicine is weaker than the virus) than it  can not be called “vaccine”. Vaccine kills the virus, so it’s the death of it. We need to look at the house of virus’ death, which will be the 8th house from the 6th (turning the chart) which means that in this Horary vaccine is shown by the Moon, the ruler of the 1st house (8th house from the 6th).
  3. Before we look at what’s happening with the vaccine, let’s evaluate the state of the disease itself. The 6th house is ruled by Jupiter which is placed in Capricorn (the sign of its fall) and in a cadent house. So while the disease has spread widely (Jupiter) it is not as dangerous (in fall= weak) and doesn’t have the ability to act (cadent house). Capricorn is ruled by Saturn that has affinity with old people, clearly confirming what we know about is so far: widespread, mostly dangerous for old folk, but weak compared to some other recent (as well as historical) epidemics in terms of  fatality rate. It is also placed in the sign where the Moon is detriment, so Jupiter “hates” the Moon = the virus “hates” the vaccine. So far, everything checks out.
  4. The Moon here carries the double load: in any Horary the Moon shows the course of events, how the situation is going to develop. In this particular chart it is also the significator of the thing in question – the vaccine. Either way it is in the sign ruled by Jupiter (remember – only septener in Horary!) so it has no power over it. Quite the opposite, actually – the disease has the power (rules) over the vaccine and over the situation in general. Borders are shut down, streets are empty, people are staying at home during the 2-week social distancing period… Jupiter (virus) rules the Moon (current situation) but is filtered/expressed through a Saturnian sign (borders, limitations, distancing).
  5. The movements of the Moon and the applying aspects it makes show us the development of the events. The Moon is closing in on a sextile with Mars (about 1 degree). In this chart Mars rules the 5th and the 10th houses. The 5th house doesn’t give us much but the 10th house being “the king” aka the government brings our attention to the fact that there is Pluto closely conjunct the planet the Moon is about to contact. Don’t let the 5th house Scorpio fool you – in Horary Pluto is more like an additional significator, like a fixed star. It doesn’t rule houses. But it does signify several things, among which are large scale processes, people in power (government) as well as hidden, secret things. Looks like in about 1 measure of time the vaccine (or at least the first successful trial batch) will be created in government labs somewhere. Which government? That I can not be too sure about, but with the strong Saturn/Pluto/Mars=order/control/military flavor it is likely to be the homeland of the virus – China. 
  6. What happens next? There are no other aspects till the end of the sign, but that end is pretty near. Just over 6 degrees (6 and 1/3). The change of sign in Horary always signifies the change of the situation. In addition, in this particular case the vaccine will leave the sign where it is ruled (overpowered) by the virus and will go into the sign where it is ruled by Mars (=controlled by the government). So we can expect the vaccine to appear about 6 measures of time from now (end of March).
  7. Now, comes the most difficult (for me) part of judging. Which measures of time? Days, weeks, months, years? With the nature of the house (cadent) and the sign (mutable) of the applying planet (the Moon) suggesting the “medium-fast” type of units we can eliminate “days” or “years” being too fast and too slow. It is tempting to think that “months” would be shown by both a sign and a house from the “medium speed” category (I am still hoping to be able to travel this summer) but the scale of the question begs to differ. This is a question of a grand scale and in terms of the world and history (for example, how fast the vaccines for pox or cholera or Spanish flu had been created) 6 months from now (and just under a year from its appearance) is actually pretty fast.
  8. P.S. Even though Horary usually only deals with the houses that have to do with the question itself and it is not advisable to go meandering through the other ones to avoid confusion, I do love noticing things like the 3rd house of information and the 12th house of misinformation being ruled by the same planet – Mercury in fall and detriment in the panicky Pisces. It figures…

 

Horary judgement: the vaccine will be available for mass production and use around October 2020.

Additional details: it is likely to be first tried/tested in late April – early May 2020. Quite possibly China will be the country to create the vaccine.

Signs, bitch! Astrological archetypes of Breaking Bad characters.

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Spoilers ahead!

 

Better Call Saul season 5 has just premiered and, as I am bracing myself for the long-forgotten experience of watching one episode per week (argh, the wait!), I decided to kill some of the torture waiting time with my favorite game of matching the characters with the astrological archetypes aka signs. There will be no deep digging and no detailed analysis – only the general feel of the character and the Zodiac energy it corresponds to. After all, this is just a popular astrology article as I want to keep my audience as wide as possible (and I leave the deeper analysis for the consultations).

Without further ado let me start with the learn’d chemist himself:

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Walter White – Capricorn

Eyes firmly fixed on the goal The Goat is always climbing up and up until the goal is reached. Strategically and unyieldingly as is befitting to an Earth sign ruled by Saturn, he is not averse to making some quick decisions on the spot when circumstances require which is in line with the cardinal modality of Capricorn.

There is a tremendous drive and ambition present in Walter, of course stifled and buried at first, but slowly emerging in the course of the first season. Capricorn is associated with social achievement and recognition, mastery, work and career. All these things are clearly important to Walter, as he is frustrated every time he is denied any of the above in situations like:

1) The Gray Matter. Yes, the financial aspect is also on his mind, but not being recognized as a creator of the company is just as important to him.

2) The donations (money laundering) via Junior’s web-site. That one’s bugging him even more. A missed opportunity due to pride and youthful recklessness is one thing. Now, he is a 50-year-old who has finally achieved success by applying his skills and has something to show for it. Yet, he is forced to hide it and appear to the wider world as a helpless chemistry teacher who has to accept charity for his cancer treatment. A major mood-killer for a Capricorn.

3) The need to hide the wealth. Social status is also a sensitive spot for Walt. Unlike Gus Fring, he’s not content with appearing humble, driving a Volvo and wiping down tables while sitting on bags of cash. Again – while having the money is important, it is not enough. His knowledge that it was his earnings for his masterful performance and not donations is not enough. He’s yearning for recognition of his achievement.

Another thing about Capricorns is that the goal is always shifting, since a Capricorn without a goal is extremely miserable and depressive. Just as the original one is reached, another one is set and the climbing continues. So making $700,000 is just a pit -stop and retiring to be a car-wash owner is a delusion. Peaceful and placid life is for Taurus. Capricorns need to keep climbing higher and higher until a miscalculated step finally brings them peace… at the bottom of the cliff.

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Jesse Pinkman  – Cancer

I know, I know, it’s cliche-ish. Opposites attract, yin-yang, complimentary energies… Well, guess what? There is really nothing new under the Sun. Or on the ecliptic, for that matter. And Jesse having a Cancerian energy about him is a universally perfect way to display his radical difference from Walter.

He is quite an emotional type and unlike Mr. White he can not just focus on the goal and use it to justify the means. He might have had more street knowledge in the beginning of their journey and appeared to be a better fit for the business this unlikely duo was getting into but pretty soon it became obvious that climbing the career ladder of the drug business is not his cup of tea. Jesse’s too sensitive for that.

Cancer is the sign associated with nurturing, mothering and family. There are several incidents where this side of Jesse shows distinctly: he had nursed his dying aunt, he’s unusually caring and impartial to children who aren’t his (or related to him) and the one and only time he murders someone is when there is no other possible way to protect Mr. White who’s almost like family to him by then. And that murder sends him into a much deeper and longer depression than Walter White’s first murder had sent him – after all, as a water sign he’s much more attuned to the emotional world. With Cancer’s essence being about nurturing and caring, hurting someone does inflict the psychological wound which Jesse kept on picking rather than focusing on that goal, like Walter did.

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Gus Fring – Scorpio

This one is a no-brainer, for sure. An immensely powerful presence and energy lurking under quite average and commonplace facade. Gus might have lost to the unstoppable locomotive of a man Mr. White, but he got to his position of power by carefully manipulating the events, by knowing when to crouch back, sit quietly and wait for the right moment to strike the deadly and very accurate blow.

Holding a grudge is something Scorpios are infamous for. Of course, depending on the chart and the person, they may choose not to act on it, not to seek revenge or even waste their time on being angry with you. But they will always remember, trust me. Always.  It’s just that Gus chose to pay back with interest to Hector Salamanca and everyone else involved in his partner’s murder and waiting all those years was, actually, an important ingredient to the dish that Scorpios like to serve ice-cold.

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Mike Ehrmantraut – Taurus

Taurus is a fixed Earth sign and the difference in modality is a large contributor to their difference with Capricorn, who are restless because of the dynamic cardinal energy. The Earth element keeps them both rational and grounded, concerned with practical results, rather than emotional realm (unlike Fire or Water), but the fixed mode of Taurus produces a calm, placid, deliberate and paced people. They’re never in a rush in contrast with their preceding sign of Aries. They like to contemplate things and don’t waste words. They’re simply imperturbable. Uhm… What is Mike Ehrmantraut? 

Practically anything he does – from walking with his granddaughter to solving crisis situations to even being killed by Walt – he’s borderline phlegmatic with just a few sprinkles of rage popping up in some extreme cases. But when it all comes to an end, his final words are “Let me die in peace” as he is watching a serene nature scene… oh, yeah, forgot to mention that Taurus is also closely associated with nature. Not that all the other signs don’t like it, but this sign falls on the time of the year when nature is firmly taking root and having its growth spurt after waking up in Aries and enjoying simple life pleasures like the sunshine, the smell of the flowers, the sound of leaves rustling in the wind or the taste of a pimento cheese sandwich is a Taurean energy everyone has in their chart at some level.

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Saul Goodman – Gemini

Jimmy McGill – Pisces

I am actually going to do some deeper exploration on this one, since not only Saul was given his own separate show, but also because the prequel reveals a completely different side of him.

In Breaking Bad he radiates Mercurian energy: witty and talkative, quick-minded, full of ideas and information – a classical Gemini rather than a Virgo. He doesn’t bother with any questions of morality, just like the ruler of this sign – the god of  tricksters, thieves and merchants. Morals are left to Jupiter while Saul is quicksilvering his way through the daily influx of tasks most of which somehow end up being about tricking the law.

This is how we first see him, how he comes off to those who don’t know him well personally, which makes me think of a Gemini Ascendant with Sun in Gemini first house thrown in the mix (I mean – these outfits and his general manner of presenting and carrying himself grab one’s attention and hold the spotlight in an unmistakable Leo-like way, but he’s way to mutable to have any serious placements in the actual sign of Leo, so it’ll have to be residual Leo in form of the Sun on the Ascendant).

In Better Call Saul there is a different side of him – Jimmy McGill. Still the trickster, but trying to change, to be a better version of himself, as he’s looking to impress his brother Chuck and his love interest Kim. He’s also tender and caring, making sure Chuck has everything he needs day in and day out, so his sensitive side is more prominent. Looking up to his older brother and as a result trying to change his true nature of a witty trickster who is having fun and enjoying pulling different scams makes me think of Pisces – the sacrifiers of the Zodiac. Pisces can be quite receptive to the point of being submissive and lead on. The general lack of direction is true for all mutable signs, but it is stronger in Pisces due to affiliation with Neptune and its cloudy and hazy ways.

 So when it comes to putting more touches on Jimmy-Saul’s chart, I’m thinking of the Moon and a couple of other personal planets here in Pisces. Not Venus and Mercury, obviously, but even Jupiter and Mars would give him a nice Piscean core as well as creating two major themes in Saul-Jimmy’s chart:

  1. Gemini stellium of the Sun and the entourage in an aspect of square (by sign, if not by degrees) with another stellium in Pisces 
  2. Multiple Gemini-Pisces placements creating a strong imbalance of mutable modality

So Jimmy is always torn and always swinging between the desire to do the right thing, to live up to the ideals and be of service to people (Pisces) and the drive to exercise his wit and develop his mental abilities in a more fun and stimulating way (Gemini).

Oh, and as I was typing his real last name at the beginning of the section, it hit me that it is actually quite fishy, if you know what I mean. So I take it as a sign that my guesses are right. 

 

Now, it feels like I have been writing forever, why in the hell is it not next week yet? I want my fix next episode!

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Dream Interpretation and Analysis Using Transits

Sleep is a large part of our life. On average it’s one third, but only if you truly get your ideal healthy 8 hours every single night (and many of us don’t). It is also a very important part, though in modern culture of over-achievers it is viewed as a period wasted out of your “productive time”.

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Yet sleep is just as essential to our health and well-being as food and water. Multiple biological processes happen while we appear to do nothing but lay there and toss around, but I’m not getting into that, since this is not a biology blog. Unless you’ve been banned from Google I’m sure you can find the info on that if you wish to.

From the consciousness point of view, sleep is akin to trance. A daily state of trance that each of us enters out of physiological necessity but with a psychological pay off, if we care to collect it, since dreams are a direct communication channel between our conscious mind and both our personal subconsciousness and the collective unconscious.

All spiritual practices and cultures that focused on developing the potential of the  human mind across space and time gave great importance to dreams and their meanings – from ancient philosophers to samurai, from Central American shamans to 20th century psychoanalysts.

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The problem of difficulties in dream interpretation is a long standing one. Nowadays you can find a plethora of dream dictionaries with just a few clicks, but that doesn’t really solve it. The thing is – just like cookbook astrological interpretations, these dream symbol interpretations are so generalized that it is by a lucky coincidence the actual meaning of your particular dream is fully clear and explained by looking something up in a one-size-fits-all book (or website). Furthermore, sometimes we can’t look objectively at a situation in our life and define clearly what’s wrong – if we could, our subconscious probably wouldn’t be sending us the signals in the first place! But after we receive the signal, chances are the issue still remains quite sensitive and if we have been pushing it down and refusing to face it, we just might find it difficult to even identify the problem since we’re so used to suppressing it.

Astrological transits is a useful tool to identify the areas of life and issues in your individual life the dream is signaling about. It’s as customized as it can be – transits are happening to your personal unique natal chart and the areas of life (houses) affected also vary among people with similar birth chart placements.

There are several types of dreams, each one has its own astrological signature and I will list them in the order of both their frequency in one’s life and their informational value. 

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1. Reflective dreams

These are the most common and the least valuable. They are just a form of processing and organizing the information our brain has received during the previous day (or several days). Caused by a conversation, some news, a stirring experience and so on, these don’t need to be analysed as they are more of a physiological function of the brain – sorting through the inbox, logging the important things into memory and emptying out the trash folder.

Astrological signature of these dreams is actually the lack of one – there are no aspects with an orb of 2 degrees or less from fast planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to the natal chart during the time of dreaming.

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2. Compensatory dreams

These are the ones psychoanalysis is about – unrealized and suppressed desires. They are signals from your personal subconsciousness expressed in a symbolic form. The recurring ones and the ones that have a developing plot are of a special interest here. Checking the transits for the night or the time you saw the dream will help you define the dream as informationally valuable as well as point to the issue this signal is about.

First thing to look for astrologically is a major aspect (conjunction, opposition, square, trine or sextile) from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a planet of the natal chart with an orb of 2 degrees or less. The natal planet that receives the aspect is the one you should look into for the meaning of the dream – the symbolic nature of the planet itself, the house it is placed in and the house(es) it rules.

It may happen that there are no fast transits to your natal chart during the night, but the transit Moon contacted another transit planet and you have a natal connection between the Moon and this same planet (for example, transit Moon made a trine to Mars and you have a natal Moon-Mars opposition). This kind of mimicking contact may also trigger dreams that bring up the issue described by the planet that is contacted by the Moon. Again, looking at the houses connected with that planet will show the area of life the issue is about.

This transit method is extremely valuable for decoding recurrent dreams and developing-story series of dreams. If you keep track of the dates and look at the transits, more often than not it will be the same houses that are activated during the fast transits for the nights when you see these dreams.

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3. Archetypal dreams

This kind of dreams is a lot more rare than the first two and also carries more importance. Archetypal dreams plug us into the collective subconscious experience and connect us to our true spiritual needs. There are three categories here:

  • archetypal objects (bridges, doors, roads, etc) – these are the ones you can get a good reading on with the help of a dream dictionary, as these objects have a universal common meaning for all people across all cultures
  • archetypal stories (travelling, chasing, overcoming difficulties, studying, and so on) – these are similar to the previous category with a little more personal variation of the shared meaning
  • archetypal entities – the least common category. Many people never experience this kind and the ones that do may not even realise if they’re not familiar with the archetypal entity they have seen. Since we’re all connected within the framework of the collective subconscious, it is no wonder that a person from one culture may see in a dream a mythological creature from a completely different culture and thus they have no knowledge of which archetype this entity might be connected to. They might come across this entity later on, if they start researching the subject. Some of the traits that can help you recognise this type of a dream are: the central figure of the dream is an entity that attracts your attention; it is perceived in detail with some attributes from this entity’s mythology that you might have no prior knowledge of (such as colors, elements of the dress or appearance, etc).

Either one of these categories of archetypal dreams allows us to get in touch with the primal source of the entire human culture without any intermediaries. In some cultures these kinds of dreams were considered a beneficial sign from the higher powers and their encouragement of things we are doing.

Astrological signatures for these dreams are the following:

  1. During the dream there was a transit from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a higher planet, most often Uranus or Neptune. It is more common to happen during a conjunction rather than any other aspect. Remember, the orb is 2 degrees or less. The meaning is interpreted according to the higher natal planet that is receiving the aspect (house placement and house rulership).
  2. During a long term transit of a higher planet – Uranus or Neptune – to your natal Mercury, Sun, Moon or ASC you may also see such dreams. Usually when the long-term transit is activated by a fast planet (multiple transit). For example, Neptune is conjuncting your ASC with an orb of 2 degrees or less. Because it’s a slow planet, even with such small orb this transit will last for months, but it doesn’t mean you will have archetypal dreams each night. However, you’re more open energetically to connect with the collective unconscious and during a faster transit, like Mercury squaring your ASC, you may have this experience. Interpretation of the dream in this case will be also connected with the higher planet that is making a transit to your natal chart (the houses it is connected to). It will show the reason for having this dream. The receiving natal planet or ASC will describe the purpose of the dream and its advice.

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4. Prophetic dreams

Another rare and valuable category. Just like the archetypal dreams, many people may never experience these in their life. Actually, this kind is more common among those, whose chart has certain placements indicating predisposition to prophetic dreams. There are various combinations, of course, but most typical is a tight aspect between Uranus or Neptune and Sun, Moon or Mercury in the natal chart. During the night this aspect is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

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5. Karmic memories (Past life memories)

These are even more rare than the previous ones and not everybody experiences them. Some of the characteristics are:

  1. A vivid and detailed picture of the events and life during a certain historical period 
  2. There are no unrealistic elements such as sudden object transformations, flying, talking animals and other typical features of a normal dream.
  3. The plot is short but memorable and we are also left with the knowledge about the details of what we saw that seemingly comes out of nowhere, without these details being shown in the dream itself.
  4. The dream doesn’t seem or feel to be in any way connected to our current situation or activity, i.e. it could not have been inspired by a film or a book you have seen or read the day before.

Spontaneous karmic/past life memory activation is quite rare. If you have done some past life regression hypnosis, it is more likely to come up in your dreams in the days following the session. Otherwise, it may occasionally be activated by a transit and it happens more often to people who have a planet in the 12th house close to the ASC (so in the last ⅓ of the house). At the time of having a past life memory dream, a planet in the 12th house of the natal chart (less often – the 12th house ruler) is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

The astrological signatures of transits to your natal chart described above are an extremely helpful tool in arriving at a more personalized and relevant interpretation of your dreams. If you’re not very familiar with astrology and its tools, there are multiple sites out there that allow you to create a transit chart and also provide information about planets and their symbolism as well as basic knowledge on the meanings of signs and houses. Using the transit method will help you to single out the main theme(s) and idea(s) of the message your own or the collective subconscious is trying to deliver to you during this large part of your life – sleeping.

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Abridged translation from K. Daragan. Original video can be viewed here

Riding the wave: Astrological analysis of the 2019 Joker.

A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the astrological archetypes of the Joker and Batman in Christopher Nolan’s version of these iconic comic book characters (read article here). I have wanted to write it for a long time, but didn’t get around to doing it until mid-August, a few weeks before Todd Phillips presented his take on the green-haired clown you wouldn’t want to invite to your kid’s party. This new film has created a tremendous resonance and the cyberspace is now flooded with reviews and discussions as well as comparisons. These comparisons are divided into two types: either reviewing all Joker portrayals from the dawn of ages (and by the dawn of ages I mean the 60’s, when hippies were still roaming the world) OR it is just comparing the two most impressive ones (Heath Ledger’s and Joaquin Phoenix’s) in many cases taking sides and giving reasons why one or the other is the best Joker in the author’s opinion.

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I am going to mention Ledger’s Joker today, too, but with no intention to hand out “The Best Joker” plaque at the end. I don’t have a fixed idea of what the Joker is or should be like. On the contrary, I love seeing the same thing being approached and interpreted from a different perspective, so as long as all the other components are well-executed, I am open-minded and willing to consider new ideas. These two Jokers are equally excellently written and played and they are also as different as they are amazing. Comparing them for the purpose of choosing an absolute leader is like comparing something soft with something yellow – they’re in different categories and you just can’t do that. Similarly, the psycho-astrological archetypes depicted are different. As different as two signs that come one after another. If you are familiar with elements, polarities and modalities, you know where I’m taking this. If not – don’t worry, I’ll try to put it in layman’s terms as I go. In any case, I’ll be referring to Ledger’s Joker as a means of contrast and comparison of the two Zodiac signs and planetary energies that these two embody.

I have defined the 2008 Joker as Aquarian/Uranian type. “The Dark Knight” was about the battle of two minds – an anarchist vs a capitalist, a radical and rebellious Aquarian against the authority and centralized power of Leo. The 2019 Joker has no ideology, doesn’t care about politics and doesn’t believe in revolution. In his own words, he doesn’t believe in anything. Both the character and the film are focused more on the emotional component. From the cerebral and intellectual level of existence of an Air sign we shift to the element of Water which is about feelings. 

This particular change of element brings with it the change of polarity – from positive (masculine, extroverted and externally oriented) to negative (feminine, introverted and internally oriented).  Dark Knight’s Joker is actively interacting with this world, he’s pushing his ideas and manipulating the crowd. Arthur Fleck lives in his inner world, submerged in his dreams and turmoil, making little to no attempt to take action. He wants to be noticed, accepted and loved, he aspires to become a stand-up comic but it doesn’t go beyond writing down jokes and observations on how to be funny in his journal. In fact, it’s not until the Joker starts to emerge after the killings on the subway, that he actually takes the first step and goes to perform in the club. Notably, even this event – the shooting – is a result of external pressure and someone else’s initiative.

Finally, there is a change in modality – Christopher Nolan’s Joker (and Batman) are both fixed signs, they’re firmly fixed in their beliefs and views, so “an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”. Todd Phillips is showing us a man who is constantly trying to adjust in order to fit in. This attitude is typical of the mutable signs – they’re flexible, they try to avoid conflict and go with the flow. They deal with problems by flowing around them or changing direction. All of this is Arthur, up to a certain point.

Thus, if we put these attributes together – polarity, element and modality – it gives us the Zodiac sign of Pisces. And, boy, does this movie scream Pisces! No, scratch that. Fish don’t scream. It’s more like this film is soaked and saturated with Piscean energy to the point where it seeps out of every pore, every frame, every message.

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Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a cloud-laden ice giant associated with imagination, inspiration and dreams but also illusion, confusion, deception and delusion. The atmosphere of the planet makes for its mysterious appearance – Neptune is not easy to see as it is hiding behind its misty veil, invoking the above-mentioned associations. This is also true of Pisces – the confusion may happen both in their own head and in the minds of others as they struggle to understand them. So we see this confusion reflected in everything – from Arthur’s words (My whole life I wasn’t sure if I really exist) to his uncontrollable laughter that happens in the most tense, stressful, inappropriate moments, creating a strong cognitive dissonance from the beginning, less than 3 minutes into the movie. We are also taken in by a deception for a good portion of the story, which leaves us doubtful and suspicious towards anything that happens in the end – is the inscription on the back of the picture real? If it is real – was it really written by Thomas Wayne? Was any of it real in the first place, or is it all a fantasy of a sick mind and Arthur had never left the asylum?

The message is reinforced by visual means – Arthur’s constant smoking provides the veil, the Neptunian haze, that blurres the lines of his face , the smokescreen that separates him from the surrounding world. In many frames the use of long lenses results in only Joaquin’s face being in focus while not just the background, but even his shirt is out of focus, unclear, highlighting the idea that the character is staying only in his head and is disconnected from the reality.

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Let’s leave Neptune for a while (we’ll come back to it later) and focus on the sign itself. Pisces is a dual-bodied sign. Its symbol is two fish swimming in the opposite direction which is a perfect demonstration of its tendencies and inner conflict. In esoteric tradition, one fish is alive and the other one is dead. And before you question how it is possible for a dead fish to swim, I need to add, that this is a sort of metaphorical shorthand. Both fish are alive, one is swimming towards death though and the other one didn’t sign up for this shit but, oh well, too bad, so sad.

The thing is that Pisces is the last sign in the Zodiac circle, which represents the cycle of life, with Aries being birth and beginning, the fiery life-giving impulse which acquires shape and form in earthy Taurus goes on to develop thoughts and feelings in Gemini and Cancer respectively and on through the social signs and transformation of Scorpio it enters the universal level of the last four signs of which Pisces is ultima thule (pardon my Latin). Pisces ends one cycle of life so that another one can begin. However, in order to incarnate, we need to join the source first and this is what this sign is about – merging with the collective, giving yourself up to the higher power, letting the subjective ego dissolve into the objective psyche. So one fish is swimming to its final destination while the other one is desperately clinging to life, overtaken by the depth of emotion at this level of existence, refusing to let go. 

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Descartes said “I think therefore I exist”. Good for him. He had zero planets in Water signs and a close Sun-Uranus conjunction, so I see how this statement would ring true for him. Anyone with water-dominated chart knows that they feel and therefore they exist, no arguing about it. Incidentally, that Uranus conjunction sends us back to the cerebral version of the Joker I wrote about 2 months ago. The three outer planets are sometimes connected to the personal planets by being called “a higher octave” or “a higher register” of their energies. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury, the thinker. In that article I mentioned that unlike Batman, the Joker shows very little emotion. In addition, he’s very eloquent and witty, doesn’t miss a chance to crack a joke and these jokes are funny and come to him with ease. 

Arthur, on the other hand, struggles with both understanding and producing relatable humor, as Mercury is at fall and detriment in Pisces; in non-astrological terms Mercury is not comfortable there. The dreamy and blurred Piscean world is a hostile environment for Mercury which is about analysis, clear thinking and mental, rather than emotional, processes. But Pisces is friendly to another planet – Venus, which is exalted here (and Neptune is the “higher register” of Venus). With its energy of love and compassion Venus expressed through Neptune gives Pisces altruism, devotion, desire to serve others. And Arthur does show these qualities – he’s tender and loving to his mom, he takes care of her and doesn’t see it as a burden. He says about the teenagers that beat him up that “they’re just kids, I shouldn’t have chased them” and even lets Gary, his former co-worker, go despite him being a witness to Randall’s murder.

And these feelings don’t happen only on Arthur’s part – watching his struggle evokes empathy and compassion in viewers, making us all get in touch with the Pisces energy in our chart.  The theme of empathy appears in his monologue at Murray’s show as well, along with the desire to be heard and noticed. At this point I am starting to struggle with organizing and structuring everything that needs to be said, since the Joker’s final statement on the show is just as multilayered and full of deep meanings and undercurrents as the deep and endless ocean, which is another symbol connected with Pisces and Neptune. This was only to be expected, after what I have said above – the confusion, the elusiveness and the almost imperceptible level of existence the last Water sign offers us. I feel like I should start introducing numbers…

  1. Arthur himself struggles to “be heard and noticed” throughout the film. His difficulty is the lack of a clearly defined personality. He has no idea what he is, he yearns to find the “I”. He is the fish that is still trying to hold on to what is familiar, what has been done in the previous 11 stages of the development – expressing oneself through various archetypes. He keeps looking for that one thing all other signs have that they can define themselves by. The other fish is pulling towards merging with the collective and losing oneself in the deep waters of the universal chaos.
  2. The crowds in the streets of Gotham are representative of this collective energy. This connection between Arthur and the masses starts to form when the murders on the subway get public approval – the merging has begun. The sign someone holds up during the protest meeting – “We are all clowns” is a signal to that. On the subtle, intangible level Arthur attunes to this current, the need for change, the dissatisfaction of the people of Gotham with  the injustice and the same desire to be heard and noticed. As this is happening, he is starting to lose his ego – the Joker is born. He doesn’t have a name now, he has nothing to lose or to fear, he has become the other fish… the dead one. Life is suffering, so Arthur suffered. He struggled to fit in and struggled to ascend to the light from the dark bottom he was living at day in and day out. The Joker has shed all that and has now let the collective in. He is the voice of the crowd and Murray’s murder is the first murder that is not personal for Arthur. As he’s yelling out about wanting to be heard to the host, the guests of the show and the TV viewers, it’s not Arthur anymore. Heath Ledger’s Joker was the one to initiate the crowd’s hysteria. Here the chain reaction goes the other way. Up until the last moment Arthur is contemplating suicide and it seems that the decision to kill Murray comes at the very last moment. However, in that moment Arthur is already dead (not physically, of course) and the Joker, who is expressing the collective wishes and desires,  has taken the reins. He is now the dead fish that is riding the crest of a powerful wave, letting the flow take it wherever it may be. A symbol of the uprising but not the moving force behind it. He’s like the hood ornament of a car – recognized but not in charge.

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So Arthur is dead and the Joker is born. There are plenty of mentions of the bathroom dancing scene, which is an obvious demonstration of the alter-ego surfacing for the first time. There is another scene, also notable but more strange and confusing – the scene with the fridge. On the surface it is another clear and expressive metaphor: after the confrontation with Wayne, when Arthur asks for some warmth and gets hurt again, he decides to “freeze” his feelings and buries himself in a cold box which is an allusion to a tomb or a grave. Not so simple if you consider the fact that to fit into this box he has to assume a fetal position, so now it’s a tomb and a womb 2-in-1. To be born anew you have to die first. The cycle has to end before the next one can begin. Astrological code for the last two sentences is yet again “Pisces”.

Since the film itself is quite dark and depressing, the balance of the sign in this particular article is tipped that way, too. After all, “All I have is negative thoughts” is the gist of Pisces’ phrases in like every other astrological meme. Sure, in part this is based on some true tendencies of the biggest worry-warts you could find (as a daughter, sister and a good friend of  three different Pisces, I know this first-hand) . And they’re always listening to the Neptune-FM while never fully present in this brutal and way-too-real-for-their-liking world. But there is also plenty of beauty and enchantment in them. 

Music is another one of Neptune’s domains – Neptune rules trance states and escape from reality, which music readily provides for those who want to experience this without the help of any substances. So, quite appropriately, music is, as Todd Phillips says, “another character in the movie”. It flows in Arthur, it wants to come out. His movements and plastique change as he transforms into the Joker, but it is present in Arthur from the very beginning. Who knows, perhaps if he had listened to his own needs and decided to become a dancer, instead of trying to fit in with his mother’s projections, he could have walked a less bloody road to recognition and acceptance… 

Of course, then we wouldn’t have had this immersive, staggering and breathtaking experience some people went to see twice (for the first time since LOTR… yes, by “some people” I meant myself)… So let’s just be completely honest in our selfish position of not wanting to deprive ourselves of this experience and just thank Arthur Fleck for his self-sacrifice in service to our entertainment ♓

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