Libra Equinox 2016

A new cardinal season has come to us dividing the sky in a half, now natives of Earth will witness what has been called the equinox, when the Sun ingresses into either Aries or Libra, where day and night are now of roughly equal in duration over earth’s equator, initiating a fresh pivotal beginning in tropical astrology. 


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The importance of astrological charts that mark the beginning of a new cardinal seasons is millennial. Although many astrologers argue if Libra season is strong enough to hold its influence for over the length of 3 entire months, we cannot deny the fact this is a cardinal season whatsoever, and cardinal signs are signs of initiation and action, thus giving a paramount quality to time/timing and astrology once denoting it as a symbolical turning point in the Zodiac wheel. As for a country, a mutable sign rising in its chart can last a whole 6 moths no matter the cardinal season. The Libra cardinal season is followed by the season of Scorpio and Sagittarius, invoking the idea of the human’s need of projection (to know oneself better through the other), sharing one’s best assets and expansion of social circles, all in order for us to learn that we are much more other-oriented and open to others when socializing, trusting and intellectually growing with them.

The Solar seasons are exceptional references in the Solar year, they suggest mainly turning points over the year and are used for the mundane. Equinox stands for “equal night”. Interesting, the Sun is at fall when in Libra, and all people from the northern hemisphere will have the beginning of the fall season. While the Sun is exalted in the opposite sign, Aries, the other cardinal point at the cardinal cross (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Observing closer the Libra’ glyph, it reminds us of the Sun setting down under a straight demographic line. By this fact alone, astrologers predict a cardinal season focused on others and balancing out our personal lives accordingly, meaning people on Earth are likely to initiate the new following 3 months cycle giving special attention to one-to-one relationships and much more focus on the social life, we are now to become aware who we are at social’s standards after the Sun traveled all the first 6 personal signs. Are you ready now to travel with the Sun in the 6 opposite signs? This is no longer a personal battle, but the beginning of a social one. When the Sun enters Capricorn in 3 months from now, marking the last cardinal solstice, our focus then is changed for the collective.

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When the Sun ingresses into Libra, the Moon will be at second decanate Gemini, opposing Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius, overshadowing all the Libra’s energy. However, Jupiter is there with the Sun as a conjunction. Lets explore more of that.

The most outstanding fact about the Sun in this chart is obviously the conjunction to Jupiter in Libra, the planet of luck, fanaticism and enlargement. When the Sun aligns in perfection with Jupiter in the sign of love, relationships and alliances in a Equinox chart, we can expect leaders of world nations to make contact of great benefic nature, peaceful agreements, exaggerated forms to show power through another country or nation, urge to form diplomatic accords with other nations,  exaggerated forms of power to show how much a leader can be the good guy, etc. Many authorities are going to experience expansion of their power over a nation and other people’s nations as well.

FINISHING IT…

[Lunar Eclipse] Full Moon in Pisces 2016 – by astrologer Rafael VR

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New Moon in Virgo 2016

Do you realize that each month I set a new different country for the New Moons? The following 15 days until the Full Moon I search for what kind of mainly news/events that country has gone through since the last antecedent New Moon. I’ll now being briefly discussing the results of such New Moon influence here and then.

In the case of the last New Moon, I set the chart for the capital of Qatar, Doha. We see the solar eclipse occupying the 9th house of international business, with NN there also, it tells us the planets would operate at the most public level. The United States, Qatar and Australia are all expanding liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations while Russia still holds less than 5% of the global market, running the sole LNG plant at the Pacific island of Sakhalin. Qatargas, the world’s premier LNG company, yesterday announced a new Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Centrica, the largest supplier of gas to households in the UK. In accordance with the SPA, Qatargas will deliver up to 2 million tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per annum to Centrica until 2023. (source here) – New Moons from a business point of view, can be seen as ‘investing’ time, because we can use it to enhance the event’s vibration that are to be unfold when the Moon is waxing and eliminate what no longer needs investment and time when the Moon culminates. Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum (QP) and chairman of the board of directors at Qatargas, voiced his pleasure at the signing of the SPA, and underlined the strong relationship between both parties. “This agreement underscores Qatargas’s reputation as a safe and reliable supplier of LNG,” he said. “Furthermore, this agreement has the potential to positively contribute to the United Kingdom’s energy security for years to come.” (source here) – Fixed star Antares is rising in the chart by exact orb the Ascendant and was also conjunct Saturn, strategic plan to reinforce their status before other nations. Al Thani also pointed out that the new agreement will reinforce Qatargas’s commitment to “building a strong relationship with customers, and [its] position as the leading supplier of LNG to the United Kingdom”. Iain Conn, chief executive of Centrica, said that the signing was an indication of growth for Centrica in its LNG portfolio, while “further developing its presence in the global LNG market”. “I am very pleased that our long-standing supply relationship with the world’s biggest LNG producer will continue,” he added. (source here) – Mars in the 1st house also indicates the nation’s need to fight to their place inside the market. The 9th house in the chart is ruled by the Sun, and it clearly the country has called international attention. Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura revealed his gratitude and satisfaction with his country’s economic ties to Qatar during a meeting with Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani. Sonoura noted the mutual involvement in bettering different sectors of economic and trade fields, including gas and energy. (source here).


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Full Moons are times of revelations, endings and our unconscious is wide and wake

Full Moon in Pisces: discover your fantasies and strength your spirituality

Virgo/Pisces Axis: finding balance between the mundane and the spiritual world

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New Moon in Pisces 2016 (Solar Eclipse)– about 6 months ago

New Moon in Virgo (Solar Eclipse) – 15 days ago


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Note I: Mercury is still retrograde my dear ones, indicating a review under this gorgeous Full Moon’s light, and during these days while the Moon was waxing crescent, Mercury joined the Sun back again. This is a time to reconsider options left by the New Moon 15 days ago.

Note II: five days ago on September 11th, Saturn square Neptune in Pisces. The Moon was in Sagittarius at that exactly day, the same Moon position when Saturn went direct in middle August, meaning the Moon will activate the mundane power of both planets in square, as well as will activate some powerful event in the life of natives around 10° degrees mutable signs. The truth will be put under files for many people, Saturn means governmental and monetary issues to additional capitalist, Neptune is socialist an cares about humanity and the perfect society but it needs to sacrifice something really personal in order to transcend individual’s needs that are ego-based. I see a leader being arrested, captured or even killed, a powerful one, now, if that leader has high morals or not I couldn’t tell. (Brazil ex-President Lula and wife face charges in corruption scandal – bbc)

Note III: Are you aware this is a Lunar Eclipse, right? Although Full Moons suggests a time of harvest, eclipses involves usually as a major symbolism of change, intentional endings or forced beginnings, deep transformation from emotional level and clearing space for the new to come in the next New Moon cycle even when the hard is to let go. As for eclipses, they speed up events. Wide dysfunctional time ahead.

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15 days ago when the New Moon took place in Virgo, transiting Jupiter was still in Virgo. Now everybody seem happy with Jupiter’s ingress into Libra (read here the entire article about the transit). It feels like the higher plane of order is giving us a break from the harsh and cruel reality, not in a fantasy way, but the urge for higher peace in one own’s life is now very highlighted. Eclipses bring forward events that you think it should happen only in years to come, events we thought it could have never ever happened thus far. In all Full Moons of Pisces, we learn our emotions can be felt like a storm inside us, once we absorbe the emotional experiences of our lives in vivid colors, everything seems there are more colors to the appearance then it should, we are invited to see much more than what it already proposes. The Sun in Virgo is now consciously telling you what is going on, but the with the Moon, we never know… until the Full Moon comes! The transiting Sun in Virgo exposes the need to criticize that sphere and re-shape it accordingly to reality, while the Moon in the opposite sign Pisces is revealing where you need to wake for your dreams, be more intuitive and less censorious. Naturally, we learn in astrology that opposition indeed isolates, but the major purpose is the integration of the polarity instead of focusing on the separating parts, and that is the beautiful knowledge that the studying provides not only in technique, but in practice, in real life.

The square between Saturn and Neptune is still ongoing and formed by 0° orb, making us roll up our sleeves and urging us to find control among reality and our deepest longing for redemption, the houses the planets are falling in your personal chart will inform you much more. The square makes us feel unworthy, unsuccessful and gloominess. Mars which still transits the same sign Saturn is, that is in Sagittarius, operates in our will accordingly to our beliefs and what we think is correct and wrong respectively, it boosts us with too much blind confidence, although that could be pretty useful in small kinds of events. Knowing Mars at this lunation is essential, it gets to square the eclipse. Mars square is harsh, and mixing the Sun and the Moon, emotions may be too intense for sensitive ones, this is definitely an aggressive Full Moon despite the Moon and Neptune transiting impressionable Pisces, because the New Moon activates a T-square pointing out to Mars, translating it to a challenging end of things. Brusque endings but brave heart, there is something that needs to be finished without thinking too much but acting when the intuition is close to the third eye, you know what I mean? Time to act by intuition… how much do you trust that in you?  Oh my dear, this is the annual Moon to know that with accuracy, specially with Mars at the game, people are felling too excited or too furious to stand back. The New Moon 15 days ago was also a very challenging lunation, as the Sun and the Moon aligned in the same sign while forming and activating a mutable T-square.

When the Full Moon comes in Pisces, we get to be aware of in our lives what makes us blissful and euphoric, a psychological state of happiness and an extremely sense of well-being somehow exaggerated in pathological states labeled as mania. Pisces puts glamour and make anything an object of fascination where there is indifference, disinterest and disregard, this way, Pisces is easily seemed as the sign of illusion. The Full Moon in Pisces has Mercury/Chiron and Jupiter/Neptune as rulers of the lunation by itself. Mercury and Neptune are opposite each other, meaning we won’t know until when to stop talking, as a consequence we may speak too much of what we shouldn’t. The end of this lunar cycle, we are instigated to think creatively but none-ordinarily, we are invited to think of the unimaginable, and unfortunately many will find delusions instead of fasten their thinking with a practical mind-set. However, the opposition suggests balance between the houses both planets are transiting in your own natal chart. Mercury is transiting a sign it governs, it is at domicile, giving the planet a much more benefic way to its operation before us, and the same happens with transiting Neptune in Pisces, the planet is at home while in dreamy world of the sign. Neptune is the planet we need to transcend in order to fully understand its nature, the most confusing planet to deal with in astrology. Jupiter is conjunct Chiron, many may feel their wounds have been largely opened, but our efforts to heal them are outstanding, enjoy that.

At this ending cycle, we are able to change ideas quicker as they come, we are able to make progress with certain endings now, disclosures and announcements, this is a mutable lunation.

 

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  • The New Moon has ‘visibility’ in most part of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa; Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean; Arctic, Antarctica.
  • Mars and Saturn were conjunction and shared the same space of fixed star Antares in August 24th in tropical Sagittarius at 9°53′ degrees, which was the first quarter of the Moon. By December 4th 2016 Mars in Aquarius will then sextile Saturn in Sagittarius at 18° degrees. Mars-Saturn aspects are never easy to handle, although sextile can soften and trine make it seems effortless. Sue Tompkins for example, believes all the aspects among Mars and Saturn can sometimes generally take us nearly to the breaking-point once the combination gravitates people towards “situations where their capacity for strength, endurance and stamina will be tested and stretched…” (Aspects in Astrology, 2002). The transit at its best activates our capacity to deal with seriousness in life, people are strongly capable of deal with the worst conditions or scenarios, events and issues related to government or any other form of authority over another. The conjunction to Antares was also a big deal in the world of astrology, see here why.
  • Saturn is no longer Retrograde, although we are in its shadow period. When Saturn is Rx, we feel our obligations in life is doubled and indeed they are, only to show you how to feel serene after such lessons as it comes back to direct motion, where we can feel soften by all the pressured left by the heavy marks of Saturn’s feet in the sand and no longer have to work the double to achieve such reality. However, be ready for a restorative yet rousing Saturn trine Uranus by the end of 2016.

Qualities and Elements

  • 36% Cardinal
  • 0%Fixed
  • 64% Mutable
  • 27% Fire
  • 36% Earth
  • 18% Air
  • 18% Water

The chart shows a preponderance of Mutable quality, yet Cardinal and Fixed qualities are in equal but lower in percentage, we are willing to cooperate with the flow, becoming more flexible and able to adapt to changes. The medium percentage of fixed and cardinal signs, are still enough for us to ground ourselves into the physical reality and act cautiously but assertive.

The Full Moon’s chart shows a complete lack of Air and Water signs, while the majority of the planets are transiting in fire, earth signs. The elements in astrology are the essence of all the energies at the game, the lack of element Air compromises our intellect, interpretation of reality, jeopardizing our arguments and the capacity to rightly analyze events, people and ourselves. The lack of of element Water compromises our emotional responses and awareness. We won’t be able to feel it ‘deep’ but above the skin literally. And guess this energy is good enough for us to walk through rough waters. The fact by itself assures the lack a precise rational perspective in oneself and the world, we can also lack empathy for others, but we are willing to overcome that with courage and will, persistence and practicality. A wise and sufficient instruction, would be finding in practical forms in real life the element or elements the lunation most lacks, which in this case, are the elements of Air and Water. The chart tells planet Earth is already balanced with other elements by planetary astrological alignments, therefore, equivalence must be afforded through thinking, reflecting and using logic to close chapters as well as trying to reflect better before action.


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“Religion is that system of activities and beliefs directed toward that which is perceived to be of sacred value and transforming power.” –  James C. Livingston Emeritus (Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion)

FIRST OF ALL, SEE HOW IS YOUR SUN, MOON AND RISING SIGN CONDITIONS IN THE TABLE BELOW – HOW ARE THEY COMPATIBLE TO THE LUNATION?

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Here we are dear ones;

12 Ways people in general are about to experience whenever the Moon is Full and is in Pisces:

  1. aware of illusions
  2. feeling devotional to an ideal
  3. having a vivid mind/imaginative
  4. feeling too spiritual
  5. absorbing people’s energy 
  6. realizing personal dreams
  7. feeling gullible
  8. the need of forgiving of to forgive
  9. looking into nothing and enjoying it
  10. urge to silence/meditative mind 
  11. intense emotional storm
  12. wanting to carry out a fantasy

SECONDLY, SEE WHERE THE LUNATION EXACTLY FALLS IN YOUR OWN ASTROLOGICAL CHART, WHAT HOUSE?

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Today we are about to celebrate it with a very impressionable unconscious behavior, for that, the sky announcing to humans and planet Earth: a Full Moon in Pisces – The most confusing but blissful of all the Full Moons by any astrological means. The houses the axis Virgo/Pisces govern are the cadent 6th and 12th houses respectively. In the session “Study Astrology” – “Houses” here at the website, I wrote about each house:

  • 6th house – In the house of Virgo, human express its human qualities through the development of an ability, the need to perfect something makes sense, ending up realizing the world needs fixing all the time. Likely, we become critical of life, and now we can pin point failures and major improvements in life. The need for perfection becomes a tangible goal, leading the experience of where details are more important than the whole picture.
  • 12th house – A sense of something is greater than us emerges as the human experience on earth becomes limited. We need to dream, something to aspire to. A sense that something spiritual needs to be done. We are now lost under the infinite doubts of the ocean, the great mysteries of life. We learn life must have breaks and silent moments, and we need to keep sometimes in secret no matter how hard it is. We learn with life that we are willing of sacrifices, the last house of the zodiac.

The 12th house is where humans experience the dissolving of the ego, body and mind, this is the house of Neptune and Pisces – here we urge to transcend our own capacity and reality in order to reach full divinity, which will provide the native with an incredible perception of paradise, blissfulness and a sense that coming back to the source is tranquilizing and relieving. In contrast, the 6th house is where humans experience their own capacity and proficiency at the most practical and sober level of involvement, which will provide the native with an incredible perception of reality and to know-how to fix mundane’s dilemmas with accuracy and precision. The mundane reality or day-to-day activities can be boring and without any substancial presence to an individual with many planets in Pisces or in the 12th house, therefore many individuals choose over intoxication (use of drugs) instead of recurring to natural sources of achieving a higher perception of reality. But that may not true to the people who follow a certain kind of aimed mind set, such as the case of the brew used as a traditional spiritual medicine to prepare the psychedelic Ayahuasca which promotes higher states of the mind, utilizing then the entheogenic substance largely as a religious sacrament instead of a mean to get entertained. The axis formed by Virgo-Pisces houses is usually seen as the axis of witchcraft, and from this line of perception, the houses represent the experiences where human’s do their daily rituals as well as one’s religious intentions, and when I say religious don’t get the idea of Christianity or another kind of religion, lets try the definition by author James Livingston in his book entitled “Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion”: “Religion is that system of activities and beliefs directed toward that which is perceived to be of sacred value and transforming power.” – The definition in which I agree upon, has a powerful message, our daily or mundane life has anything to do with religion, we do it accordingly to what we think is sacramental in order to accept the banal life, and it is in those exactly houses where an astrologer can make such predicaments. The second cadent points are a reminder that we must accept what is indeed divine (what is holy to you) and what is not in our lives, what makes sense of what is true fact and what is false announcement, what is commonplace/ordinary to what is or could be supernatural or even miraculous, the mutable quality attached gives those houses a kaleidoscopic effect, giving mixture signs and suggestions. These houses are where we need to adjust ourselves according to what is reality and what our fantasies are, the ones hidden by the subconsciousness. Here, we are dealing with earth (6th) and water (12th) houses, that means each house has something to offer in contrast that the other house lacks (the same conception can be applied to the signs of the zodiac and their polarities); the 6th house of Virgo has an extraordinary ability to discern what is genuine in existence, authentic and legitimate, while the 12th house of Pisces invites to transcend such substancial presence, leading the native to experience the absolute being, but also the house is where one experiences illusions, deceits, imprisonment, exclusion, and all others things related to isolation, forcible detention and confinement. Social planet Jupiter is called the great fortune for a reason,  and is the co-ruler of the 12th house among with outer planet Neptune generally the planet of illusion, therefore there are 2 qualities attributed to this house which can be easily interpreted: sometimes things seem too good (Jupiter) to be true (Neptune). Neptune dissolves what Jupiter is in this house and Jupiter expands what Neptune does, it is a game of hide and seek. Neptune isn’t a reliable planer, it brings a false sense of faith while Jupiter brings the opposite, that’s because its very negative trait is to provoke a sense o reality when there is none, although that can be interpreted in many ways, as for example, the same concept can be very useful for movies, where a new reality is proposed by the acting of making it seem like real. Pisces needs to merge, and with Neptune it learns better than with Jupiter. In the 12th house people experience miracles, mirages and imaginary visions. Outer planets transiting this house can activate our most dreamy aspect of the personality, influencing our religious world and what we think a perfect world should be like, we become rather Utopian in social concepts and dream that someday we’ll reach collective nirvana, also, the events occurring to our hidden nature are specially intriguing, instigating the need for isolation, meditation, sorrow or peace. While in the 6th house we experience our mind and body integrated, in the 12th house we experience them apart from anything else, a loss happens so we can understand the divine purpose of our physical body. The 12th house is where the native experiences situation in hospitals, prisons or mental institutions. Everything that happens in the 12th house are strongly in tune with the native’s religious outlook in life, one’s devotion to a social cause or belief system, false propagation of truth and how one approach to the spiritual world and the activities one does in order to transcend the physical reality. 


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The Inner Shaman

 

Although the use of Ayahuasca entheogenic brew is mainly known by the contemporary public only since the rediscovery of Brazilian lands by the portugueses in the 16th century, the psychoactive brew composed from the Bannisteriosis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf was long before used for many purposes by the native inhabitants of the Western Amazon, the indigenous Shamans of South America. The mixture was used by the Incas or rather yet, the so named historical cultural complex and others indigenous cultures worldwide. Actually, the first reports of the indigenous use of Ayahuasca in the West are of Pablo Maroni Jesuit missionaries in 1737 and Franz Xaver Veigl in 1768 while they were Rio Napo, when they described the mixture as a vine (liana) “used for divination, mystification and bewitchment.”, or as the founding myth of Kaxinawá explains Ayahuasca as a healing agent and illusions sinker, another feature of Neptune’s and Pisces, and to some degree Jupiter. If the sources are right informing us the indigenous people ingested these plants for approximately 3,500 or at least 8,000 years, then surely we are considerable long way out of our connection to our ancestors, and a minority chose to reconnect with the source back again in a contemporary society in a practical way. Pisces symbolizes humanity’s urge to come back to the source, to the comfortable womb that protects from the harsh and cruel reality from the outside, it yearns for unity and wholeness. The Hallucinogenic Tea is nowadays taken in religious groups by none-religious people, in these centers they usually offer freely some kind of guided rituals to perform which enhances the use of the tea in the cognitive way, producing an expansion of perception while increasing the imagination, further accessing higher levels of psychic’s subconscious and other perceptions of reality. That’s because the mixture produces an expansion of perception that makes them clearly see the imagination and allowing oneself to access higher levels psychic subconscious, where the tea’s drinker usually have what is called mirages. In their book entitled “A Hallucinogenic Tea, Laced with Controversy: Ayahuasca in the Amazon and the United States “, authors Marlene Dobkin de Rios and Roger Rumrrill reflects if the tea is rather suggestible in its healing context, affirming that any healing effects that may follow are actually due to an increased hypnotic suggestibility induced by the drug and the shaman’s skills as a psychotherapist, both authors then theorize the possibility that such healing effects could be merely self-deception, an illusion that provides a sense of security and a means of coping that immunizes people against depression. But it is not everybody that happens to have this education’s introduction and still have the ability to consequently have the same healing effect? The discussion worldwide is written in various books, dissertations and studies which is not something we may want to do here. Despite what the books chose to say, I have many friends that do drink the mixture once to more a month, I live in a city very religious and traditional, there are at least 2 groups here, and the majority have had the same kind of experience, once they drink Ayahuasca they tell me it alters the nature of their dreams, where each one changes in content, presentation and intensity, causing an increase in the realism of dreamlike sensations, they witness what is understandable as a lucid dream. This particular physiological effect for example, may have what has brought the attention of our ancestors to correlate the tea to prophecies, which was one of the main motivations among the native people of Peru, where they also used the Ayahuasca to strengthen sinister activities involving bewitchment and sorcery. It is certain that many have reported psychic phenomena after drinking it, such as clairvoyance and telepathic experiences, and for these same reasons, the first name given to the harmine present in the caapi was curiously called Telepathine (first suggested by traveler Rafael Zerda Bayón in 1905). The therapeutics’s potencial may indeed be as much as powerful, researchers are finding indications that Ayahuasca may assist in the treatment of cancer, but may also have effects contrary to the agents of malaria and Chagas disease, and assist in the reversal of alcohol boards and suicidal behavior in recovery phobic anxiety tables, autism, schizophrenia, attention deficit by  hyperactivity disorder and senile dementia. Ayahuasca is still an object of legal, academical and medical discussion in many countries, although it can now be found in many of the Brazilian large urban centers, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, United States, a few European countries, and even in Japan.


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TV series and Astrology – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Did you know that my first article at the website (at first a blog) was about a TV series that I love? Read Here the article I did in 2011! It was really fun doing it, educational and enlightening entertaining.

I am a lover of northern american series since Buffy the vampire slayer revolutionized TV series, putting an accent on ‘feminism’ that was slept in society for such a long time. Buffy was born during the second era of the golden age of the america’s cinema. Now everything is series and have endless seasons. Buffy was set and filmed under the end of the dark 90’s, a very unfashionably time I think, but coming from that decade it brings intentionally an air of ‘underground’ touch to the intellect.

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Buffy the Vampire 1st aired episode

I remember I was so young the first time I saw Buffy. It was in a hotel room in Miami (FL), the trailer for the second season was being announced and I was already heavily touched by it. Like a planet, it touched me at the first time I saw Buffy fighting demons and vampires in high-school, and it happened just in seconds in that hotel room. How’s that possible? This is what I call a “phenomenon”. Beatles are a phenomenon, Lady Gaga is, Spice Girls was, Madonna will always be, Buffy I supposed, will always serve as the first example of a series of a girl in power that really worked out in the mainstream. It is known as a cult series, all that horrible visual effects from the first season didn’t disappoint its fans of first timers. I was 12 years old and only. That time it was different, in Brazil Buffy went straight up for the 3rd season in television, it was hard to find the first three seasons in DVD, there weren’t youtube, Netflix and others, so I only get to watch Buffy when I was 16 years old, the same age Buffy was supposed to be when the 1st season started. So you see, I was fanatic, I waited 3 years to watch Buffy in Brazil and waited more 5 for watching the first three seasons in television before lunched on DVD. This is what a call a phenomenon, and such sensation deserves an astrological observation.

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1992 Buffy’s Movie

Joss Whedon’s television series and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has had its origins in a script he wrote back in 1992 feature film of the same name that was a failure, the series however won the audience at the first  episode aired in 1997, gathering a devoted audience that remains loyal to the show more than a decade after it left the airwaves. The narrative centralizes Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) on her first day at a new school in a new town. She hopes to live as a normal teenager, but the duties and fate of the Slayer (to fight vampires, demons, witches and other supernatural beings) will not leave her in peace; the ancient vampire called the Master (Mark Metcalf) threatens to break free from hell that happens to be located under the high school’s library, and Buffy must turn for help to her school librarian and Watcher Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), her new classmates, Willow and Xander (Alyson Hannigan and Nicholas Brendon), and a benevolent stranger named Angel (David Boreanaz). After the witty introduction to the characters, the history of Buffy that followed 6 seasons after, Joss Whedon and his writer’s team were able to keep integral to the character’s essential role, as if they were aware of patterns that couldn’t be easily broken, which was necessary years of development to show each character’s growth, which is something difficult to pursue in television.

 

First let’s discuss about Sarah’s success when Buffy the vampire slayer was lunched to the general public. The actress has a very interesting natal chart I once discussed [here] in 2011, but now I will add other kinds of information related to the article. Secondly, let’s study the chart of the first episode of Buffy aired on television.


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Considerations

We need to be objective, in front of us now there is a million kind of information. For personal success I see start by looking the Moon with Venus in any chart, including Jupiter, the 4th and 10th polarity, the 5th house of expression and 2nd house of personal resources. For career success I usually check for Saturn, 1st house, the Moon as well, Capricorn, 10th house mainly, Jupiter’s condition, 2nd house condition etc. There are forms in astrology to reach for themes that needs answers, and each symbol in astrology has several countable meanings and synonymous to specific events in our lives. Much depends on the interpretation of the astrologer what he/she thinks success means in someone’s life, thus we have to be clear about to what. And for that, we also need to verify the timing of events, and unfortunately we don’t have Sarah Michelle’s birth time, compromising our analyzes, we won’t know where planets have effect in the spheres of her life, but the transiting planets to her natal planets shall be enough for our study. However, we know when the first episode of the show was aired (as you can see in the chart above) and the location of the studio responsible for broadcasting Buffy, which was in Burbank, California.

The transiting Moon brings instantaneous popularity when conjunction a native’s personal and prominent planet, and when in front of the eyes of a whole public, the event triggers a fresh and newly public starting point that can be explained by the person’s new lifestyle that is a result of the transiting Moon conjunction and all its feminine popularity afterwards. At the time Buffy first episode Welcome to the Hellmouth was aired (March 10, 1997), transiting Moon in Aries was conjunct the mainly actress’ Sun and Venus in Aries as well as her South Node in the same sign, also Saturn was transiting the first decanate of Aries, the planet with Venus is said to bring success in career and serious popularity (again) specially in women’s chart. To help even more the actress’s to adhere further as a famous ruling model in society, transiting Jupiter was conjunct Uranus in Aquarius which sextile Sarah’s Venus by exact degrees and her powerful Sun in courageous Aries. We see many harmonious aspects from personal and outer planets at the day of the event to Sarah’s personal planets among the lunar nodes, which is rich in information. Sarah’s progressed chart [not attached] shows Mars had moved to 5° degrees Aries in March 1997, thus, transiting Saturn was activating Sarah’s progressed Mars, a transit that boost the native with self-confidence, self-discipline, sudden or dramatic career success involving some kind of Mars attribute such as violence, in this case, Sarah was able to interpret a violent role on screen and be succesful about it. In the same year, Sarah’s progressed Moon was in Scorpio, and that day exactly the Moon was found in critical degree Scorpio. In this case, transiting lunar nodes sextile and trine Sarah’s progressed Moon.

Saturn is the planet of reality that when in transit activates great profit. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was soon to become a true hero for the minorities, and not only in TV but as someone who handled 7 seasons acting as a hero that killed vampires that were twice bigger than the slayer herself. At that time, each season were shot and aired in the span of a year, like 6 to 7 months mostly. Aries is the sign of the Hero, and the actress played that out really well, it was like the perfect thing for her as she could also play a hero as a job. Buffy was celebrated worldwide for several long years and still is where countries are only broadcasting the series after a decade of its production.

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Buffy Cast in 1997

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For such long lasting phenomenon to keep up that long, I usually see how the lunar nodes are interested in the chart with Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto and fixed signs and houses in any event. The lunar nodes serve as a ‘public uncouncious guide’. The lunar nodes have no aspect to the planets just cited but a conjuction to Mars, I’ll talk about that below. The majority of the planets are located in fixed houses.

Others considerations that bring more accurate forecast shall be studied as well.

The premier was aired at 9pm, giving us beforehand the useful information that the sect status of the above chart is a night chart, thus we need to see the conditions of the Moon, Venus and Mars. Their conditions shall favor the show’s status if rightly placed in a night chart. The Moon and Venus (exalted in Pisces) are below the asc/dsc axis, indicating the show was prominent to success or popularity some way or another as both planets are put in a constructive manner. Mars is above the major axis that form the horizon line in the chart, it is not the right place, but being retrograde (heavier mark) and conjunct North Node (new role for the public to identify with) and lot of fortune (worldly success), give the show a tremendous energy to keep people entertained for a long-span of time. But Mars tells us that it rules the 6th and 7th houses, indicating that someday there could be a problem between physical location of the daily shooting of the show and the large corporation (11th house) in which owned the show by legal rights that would some day become apart by some rival (Mars conjunct NN-Mars ruler of the 7th house of open enemies). The first five seasons (from 1997 to 2000) aired on The WB, and in 2001, it was transferred to the rival UPN for its final two seasons, the creator of the show and all his business partner had to change abruptly the TVs station they were so comfortable daily working at, all the set had to be redecorated, moved, in other others, a new set had to be immediately set forward. Mars conjunct lot of fortune stabilized the show’s assertiveness to keep as a pioneering TV series.

The rising sign, or the ascendant, is the face of the event at the time it was premiered. Libra was rising, the sign of popularity and kindness, the kind of person that says “welcome” any time a chance occurs. Yet, Libra is rising at critical degrees a few minutes to cross barriers with Scorpio, the sign of literal hell. The 1st house rules a native’s head. This chart speaks. The name of the first episode was curiously named “Welcome to the Hellmouth”. 

Leo at the midheaven puts the show a status of a leadership in the entertaining business. The Sun rules the 10th house of public image of the show, and the Sun is conjunct Mercury by 0° orb in the 5th house of the Sun, where popular Venus is also there conjunct Sun/Mercury in Pisces, the sign of television, movies and fantasy.

The Moon was exactly 30° degrees away from a New Moon that took place in the night before, a perfect lunation for the duration of the show to work out 7 seasons or 7 years. Moon in fiery Aries determines a pioneering quality to the chart as well.

welcome_to_sunnydale_buffy_screenshotThe show was aired at critical or anaretic degrees of Neptune in Capricorn. Neptune in the modern world rules the world of television, moving picture, motion picture etc. As I said above, Buffy was aired when the second golden age of television was being introduced back again to humanity. Neptune was about to enter Aquarius in 1998 when Buffy was being shot for the second season. Aquarius co-ruled by Saturn is the sign known as the “responsible” for the golden age of everything you can name it. In the following years, Buffy and others tv attraction was getting its visual effects better and cheaper than ever, making possible for the monsters of Buffy and magic of Willow’s to be showed with great quality and others outstanding discernible contrasting characteristics. In the chart above, Neptune rules the 5th house where the Sun is located among with Mercury and Venus in Pisces, the sign Neptune rules. All the essence of the show was there in the 5th house of the Sun, the house of pure self-expression, suggesting the show would have a very creative, original and overflow presence. The name of the city Buffy and her friends daily battle vampires is ironically called Sunnydale.

  • Buffy as a Second Movie?

Next year, the show completes 20 years old of existence since Welcome to the Hellmouth premiered.

I do see a continuation for the show. If actress Sarah Michelle Gellar won’t come back as the slayer as she mentioned in early interviews, she could come back as the mentor of a new teenager slayer girl in somewhere exotic in the mind of Joss Whedon, adapted to the new ‘reality’ of drama and generation. I think what they need, is a trigger, could the stars eventually tells us that? I believe good things are always re-done, re-make, reboot, what ever ‘re’s we need, or at the best shot, a continuation. Since all the cast are alive, I think Joss Whedon should look for an opportunity in the Buffy’s universe to ingress Buffy’s adventures again into people’s unconsciousness.

Actually, there were a continuation but that happened in comic-books, which is not something I fan about. I have some of them but never read the stories only just flip through the pages imagining how horrible was to accept Buffy ended on-screen. As a big fan, like many others, I still hope for a second Buffy movie, a  reboot of the series, something on screen… Joss Whedon & Sarah Gellar give us something please!


RESOURCES

  1. http://www.warnerbros.com/studio/about-studio/company-history [the location’s reference for the first Buffy’s episode to be air nationally at the EUA]
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_WB#2000.E2.80.932003:_Broadening_the_focus
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_the_Hellmouth
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_episodes
  5. https://thezodiacastrology.com/2011/01/14/189/
  6. http://www.linda-goodman.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/212607.html

Jupiter in Libra (2016-2017) by Rafael VR

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tumblr_mtaew48rbx1r7hdzwo1_1379450782_coverJupiter ingresses cause different kind of optimism among astrologers and students of it, because they know the planet represents higher plane of order.

Jupiter is entering tropical Libra on September 9th, 2016 until  October 10th, 2017. Astrological Jupiter and Libra can be put under many perspective and methods of application, such as Mundane (the astrology of nations), Horary (the most utilized method in medieval astrology for the general public), Natal (genethliacal astrology), Electional Astrology and others. But as for now, I will try to simplify at its maximum.

When German bombs flew down on Danzig, it was the beginning of the WWII as the first military engagement of the war took place, Jupiter the planet of expansion was transiting Aries and the transiting Moon was activating it as a conjunction on September 1st, 1939 (at 04:00 as sources inform), the opposite sign Jupiter is about to transit: Libra – the sign of the scales. That means that many man will sign up agreements and contracts that can favor both parties instead of battling against each other under a non-erasable fire. A year of Jupiter to find the best opportunities in partnerships, union,  love and in the significant other, yes, the other may have what you need to feel the luckiest person on earth, and indeed the other may bring such luck. A time to put things above the scale and weight down the pros and cons, the weight of what is morally right and wrong, and better yet, a time to find the middle ground of both and expand that way from the center. Choices will be multiplied. Fighting will only worse any situation, and acting with aggressiveness won’t help either. Humans are about to find luck and a sense of blessing through diplomatic attitudes and one-to-one relationships, it will serve as a ultimate tool for expansion and social education in one’s life. When the Germans surrendered to the Soviet Union and the Western Allies took place in late April and early May 1945, it was decided the WWII was over, Jupiter was retrograde in Virgo ready to ingress into Libra in August 25th of that year until September 25th of 1946.

Astrological Jupiter and Libra

jupiter-feature-rafael-vrEach planet in astrology has principles. In relation to the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars), each one represents unique expressions very personal to our being (Sun), therefore each planet in a natal chart must be seen as a unique symbol of personal identification. But when an astrologer get to the last planet of personal will (Mars) we get the message, we no longer are beings of personal necessities but social as well with social obligations. Social being implies in being of Saturn and Jupiter’s nature, the first two planets in astrology which begin to operate in furtherance of the societal structure of any nativity. Saturn measures the limitations while Jupiter points beyond. They are the introductory planets of social and governamental progress. Thus, with Jupiter we are no longer victims of failure (Saturn) but creatures of betterment, we improve by accumulating knowledge of the old and wise, we aim a principle in order to adapt accordingly to the culture of the now, with Jupiter nothing gets to be stuck, it needs constant reshaping. This fact by itself implies in the reasoning of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle.

quoterafaelvrJupiter is the co-ruler of Pisces, but when Neptune was discovered, it didn’t take too long to associate Pisces with Neptune instead. Jupiter is known nowadays as a unique ruler, and that would be of Sagittarius. All about Sagittarius and Jupiter involves immensity of colossal multitudes, something that Pisces only cares above the water. Pisces is the sing of perfect illusion. Jupiter is the planet that promises wealth and luck in a good chart, and coincidentally or not, by astronomical observation the planet is the largest and most massive planet in the Solar System. For example, Jupiter being considered the ‘happiest’ planet in astrology can only bring in a human but ‘hope’ when it is transiting by, then any astrologer that sees Jupiter transiting a client’s second house of money they could point that out loud and say: *“Jupiter will expand your sphere of money in the year ahead”, then suddenly the client’s monetary issue just got worsen or nothing extraordinary had really happened, to only both astrologer and the client argue to themselves “damn you Jupiter! You promised me!”, thus the perfect illusion attached to Jupiter. You get to be excited by Jupiter’s transits, you expect it, you get prepared for it, you yearn for that transit for the whole year before, now Jupiter isn’t comforting me, isn’t it bringing me the happiness I need? People can easily be fooled by Jupiter’s transits, if not well instructed or predicted.

Actually, Jupiter’s role isn’t about bringing hope, that is Saturn and Uranus’s kind of operation they weight in our lives. Jupiter’s principle is of expansion, is about touching the sphere of the impossible and bring forth an immeasurable faith that everything could be possible in the blink of an eye. Jupiter’s opportunities are in fact everywhere and everytime, it is just a matter of perspective. It is not because Jupiter didn’t expand your money resources that it means you didn’t have an opportunity, you did but you missed, this time, the opportunity was for the one to expand one’s innate gift and values instead of expanding financial attributions. The variety of interpretation are many, each house, sign and planet contains within many layers of authenticity that can be applied in many different manners.

Let me remind you that Libra is a sign of action because of its cardinal quality, that means this will be a big step towards social equality and all other things Libra rules. People will feel more optimistic in terms of “winning with justice” kind of thinking and will act accordingly. Cardinal signs are triggers of the zodiac, they represent starting points in the zodiac wheel that somehow are quite sensitive to humans. In Libra, our actions are equivalent to the our significant other’s actions or from our enemy’s actions. The sign takes the 7th place on the zodiac, a place where enemies are exposed once they made that clear to you.

Keywords for Jupiter: publication, expansion, opportunity, growth, political debate, diplomatic, distance, emigrants, foreign travel, political justice, import and export, philosophy, superior mind, meaning of life, the highest truth, lucky-star, benevolence, aiming high or higher yet, realization, accumulated wise knowledge, beliefs, religious fanaticism, cardinals and bishops, religious confession, religious conviction, blind faith, faith that moves mountain, fearless of the unknown, trust of higher power, higher power, court, codes of ethics and moral, abundance, , optimism, prosperity, jovial, beyond limits, higher protection, fanaticism, joy, adventure, well-being, richness, wealth, great fortune, social values learned from educational background, beneficial, etc.

Keywords for Libra and Venus: love, partnership, the significant other, partner, passive to act, charming, gentle, calm, seductive, dependency, harmony, socialization, integration, unification, focus on both parts, impartiality, equilibrium, peace, unanimity, cooperation, balance, correspondence, accordance, agreement, support, essential personal values, beneficial, etc.

Mundane Jupiter in Libra 

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I think Jupiter is at its laziest when in Libra. Battles that are taken place over years around the globe may find its balance now, a reconciliation, a forgiveness under certain conditions can be favored and will educate people on how to make peace instead of war. Fights can be ceased to exist among nations as long as all parts get to be consciously benefited, but other parts may not want to fight at all and leave all the mess as something from the past that no longer needs to be addressed with revenge, aggressiveness or bloodshed.

If you check up the astrological charts of wars and historical battles, you usually see Aries, Mars, Eris and Pluto prominent in a chart, even Scorpio, but hard to find the sign of Libra. Ok, Hitler had important planets in the 7th house of Libra, but that doesn’t mean Libra is about fighting, but about justice. Justice with Libra isn’t found on swords bleeding the enemy’s blood, but in court as an intellectual justice without needing to get hands dirty, Libra is not impulsive like Aries is and it prefers to deal with threats legally and professionally. That doesn’t mean also, that any significant battle could take place. In nations of tyranny, Jupiter can be used to expand its malicious aims. Indeed, when the sign of Libra enters an outer planet (Uranus, Neptune or Pluto), the need to provoke justice in many forms may be interpreted the wrong way by nations that experiences some form of dictatorship government. But with Jupiter things are about getting knowledgeable and accumulated experiences that makes the native aware of the social world integrated.

  • Prior Considerations

Many people are feeling that when Jupiter leaves Virgo, things will change for the better. Indeed my dear ones, Jupiter is detriment while in Virgo, meaning its energy can’t be expressed rightly or efficiently. But in Libra, Jupiter travels comfortable and will enlarge our intelectual perspective of why the other exist in our lives so we can understand the other at a higher plane, such mind-thought will expand your horizons. Not to mention, Jupiter will be transiting a sign Venus rules, and both planets are originally known as the greater fortunate ones, although Venus is more seem like the ‘lesser’ one, nevertheless Venus still symbolizes more positivism and surely offers many advantages in a natal char than any other planet besides Jupiter’s great enlargement of what is superior and better.

Astrological Jupiter is said to have a benevolence nature, whatever planet Jupiter touches gentle (trine), softy (sextile) or even with aggressiveness like an opposition or square, it amplifies the theme surrounding that house it transits, it makes it bigger and usually better, the planet affected by Jupiter is increased in its operation. Jupiter is at its best when transiting both signs it rules (Sagittarius and Pisces), when exalted in Cancer, conjunction Arabic part of fortune, rising or at the midheaven, in the houses it rules (9th and 12th, also in the 4th house of Cancer), in any aspect to Venus and Sun, fortunate aspects to the Moon and outer planets. Jupiter in earth houses (2nd, 6th and 10th) are also said to enhance Jupiter’s need for quality of life and abundance of resources. Jupiter in mutual reception (more below) to any planet specially Venus is said to bring greater joy and abundance than Jupiter already promises.

  • Known People with natal Jupiter in Libra

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and acceptance, thus it is natural to think Jupiter expands popularity in the powerfully charming sign of Libra. It can boost us with notability and people can become fanatic about us. Jupiter in a chart idolizes, it becomes an instant fan. From musicians like Cher, Gwen Stefani, Prince, Mozart, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson and even Marilyn Manson; to people from the entertainment like Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Alba, Michelle Pfeiffer, Natalie Portman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston; to model like Naomi Campbell; to intellectual minded Carl Jung and to religious icon Mere Teresa.

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⊗ Mars in Capricorn square Jupiter in Libra at 05°40′ – October 6th, 2016 

  • extreme necessity to adventure into the unknown
  • impulse in taking unnecessary big risks
  • daring too much
  • too much sexual energy
  • impulse in intense projection
  • wild and open-minded perspective
  • exploding will 

⊗ While Jupiter transits Libra, as soon as when Venus enters tropical Sagittarius on October 9th (2016) to November 13th (2016), Jupiter and Venus will be in mutual reception. It will be a great period to instigate peace worldwide and surely to install a new world order plan of action. This is because Jupiter is transiting a zodiac sign the Venus rules and vice-versa, the same will happen when Venus enters Pisces in January 4th (2017) to April 28th (2017). 

⊗ Venus in Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Libra at 10°04′ – October 27th, 2016

  • peace and harmony
  • balancing out social life versus personal life
  • things working out as it should
  • feeling a tremendous bliss
  • big innate faith
  • making peace with enemy
  • tremendous affection

⊗ Jupiter square Pluto in Capricorn at 15°47′ – November 25th, 2016

  • extreme urge to renew faith
  • exaggerated emotional reactions/intense feelings/feeling big
  • extreme values shared
  • urge to rebirth throughout extreme ways
  • urging to transform and learn from that
  • big revelation to the world at large

⊗ Venus in Capricorn square Jupiter in Libra at 15°52′ – November 26th, 2016

  • hard to find peace and harmony
  • balancing out social life versus personal life
  • things not working out as they should
  • feeling unlucky but the cards are in favor
  • big but confusing innate faith
  • trying to make peace with enemy
  • tremendous affection

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  • urge to bring higher order

⊗ Mars in Aquarius trine Jupiter in Libra at 16°59′ – December 2nd, 2016

⊗ Venus in Aquarius trine Jupiter in Libra at 20°23′ – December 26th, 2016

⊗ Jupiter in Libra is fast now and is going to oppose Uranus in Aries by the end of the year on December 27th [Article available here]. Uranus will be retrograde by then, and when it happens again on March 3rd (2017) at 22° degrees Aries and Libra, Jupiter will be the one retrograde. These will be a time of radical progress, specially countries that shares the same cardinal degrees or sensitive points in the chart. This will be a period of over instability needed for society to reach higher meaning as nations. Here are some of the events nations may go under:

  1. the condition for peace is strong yet it must favor prior the one leading the deal
  2. countries trying to find middle ground yet strong needs are put in front
  3. new contracts for technology resources to foreign countries
  4. third world countries receiving free internet connection
  5. online service leadership classified
  6. impatience with the opposition
  7. forums online that brings a sense of common goal, independence, anarchism
  8. forums online that promotes rage against a religion and extreme points of views
  9. strong belief conviction and based on technology that affects or shocks globally in a fast way

 

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⊗ Jupiter in Libra


Jupiter in Libra by Transit to Personal Planets and sensitive points

→ While Jupiter transits Libra, as soon as when Venus enters tropical Sagittarius on October 9th (2016) to November 13th (2016), Jupiter and Venus will be in mutual reception. It will be a great period to find opportunities that may bring you harmony in your life, check out where this transit is in your chart or contact me for more personal information (degrees, effect, timing, how, why). This is because Jupiter is transiting a zodiac sign the Venus rules and vice-versa, the same will happen when Venus enters Pisces in January 4th (2017) to April 28th (2017).

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RESOURCES:

  1. http://www.astrologyweekly.com/dictionary/genethliacal-astrology.php
  2. http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Historic:_WWII_Begins
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_of_World_War_II_in_Europe

New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Virgo 2016 – by astrologer Rafael VR

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New Moons are times of seeding, new slow beginnings, to intent a major project or to simple initiate a new healthier emotional cycle

New Moon in Virgo: The most analytic, systematic and methodical of all the New Moons annually available. Today there is an invitation to begin with perfectionism

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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

  • Who was Severino Antinori?

severino-antinoriThe Italian physician Severino Antinori was born in September 6, 1945, in Teramo, Italy. He is an Italian gynecologist and embryologist. He has publicly taken controversial positions over in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and human cloning.

Astrodatabank gives Antinori’s time of birth as correct and trustful, thus we are sure Severino was burn under the Moon in Virgo also when the Virgo sign was rising in his chart. Before Antinori became a gynecologist, he had training to become a veterinarian. Severino was born under the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in Virgo, the sign of the maiden with wings. Virgo in astrology cares about health and wellness of the human being and other little animals. Virgo is also the scrutineer of the Zodiac, a detail-oriented sign, it searches and finds the hardest feature, it has a fast thinking mind. Severino’s tendency to perfection was found in his career where his worries concerned reproductive and infertility in women (Moon/Cancer/4th house), that is, women who experience difficulties in getting pregnant. Virgo needs to help, to be of service to others and to solve problems.

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The Sun in astrology doesn’t indicate the kind of profession the nativity will have, unless it is located in the 10th house, at the highest point in the any chart. However, the Sun does says about the way we conduct ourselves in the world and the Moon tells us how we are going to react to life. The Moon governs nurturing sign of Cancer. Saturn in Cancer in in his natal midheaven informs us he would pursue a career in which women would have to be the subject of attention. Severino is a gynecologist and embryologist.  Astrodatabank says that the Italian physician is a specialist in artificial insemination as conducted at his fertility clinic. At the end of 1993, he became the center of media attention as he helped a 59-year old Englishwoman, Jennifer F. give birth to twins. He found that once the uterus is reconditioned with hormone treatments and donor eggs are found, doctors can use much the same in vitro fertilization methods they do for younger women who experience difficulties getting pregnant. He has helped facilitate 54 births to women older than 50. Nonetheless, the birth released a fierce debate as to the wisdom of post-menopausal women having babies. I imagine that after that, he has helped more older women to get pregnant. Astrological Saturn is the old man that keeps giving people wise advice, it masters a subject so it can later pass it on as experiences, Saturn wants us to become an expert. The 10th house is where and how we keep our status to the world, the doctor is nicknamed as “grandmothers’ obstetrician”.

Wikipedia tells us that he set up his own clinic in Rome in 1982. In 1986, he pioneered the use of the ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) process in Italy. From 1989 he extended IVF to women who had passed the menopause. Mars is conjunct his 10th house sharing the same space with Saturn and North Node in Cancer. Mars is the pioneering of the Zodiac, the raw masculine energy that gives the native a tremendous amount of courage, determination and will. Older women getting pregnant or rising a child at an older age is still a polemic issue and debatable one with political and medical interests. In 1994, when Severino assisted Rossana Della Corte, aged 63, in becoming pregnant, Rossana became one of the oldest women in history to give birth. However, doctor Severino does seems to put a limit on age. In May 2009, after it was announced a 66-year-old woman was pregnant he criticized her decision saying that he felt she was too old and may not live long enough to raise her child, allowing an age of 62 or 63 as the upper limit for IVF in healthy women.

The Benevolence of transiting Jupiter in Virgo: Despite all his Virgo great characteristics, his Sun-Moon conjunction in Virgo are occupying the 12th house of the zodiac, the sphere os stealing and thieves. On 13 of May 2016 Antinori was arrested and accused of kidnapping a woman, and stealing her ovules. And guess what, as you know, Jupiter is transiting back and forth Virgo since last year, only leaving for Libra by the end of 2016. That means Jupiter was reinforcing his Sun-Moon Virgo in the 12th house, popularizing the theme in his life once accused of such act of stealing. Jupiter is the co-ruler of Pisces while Neptune is the modern governor, both planets and the sign of Pisces are known to know no boundaries, and people with personal planets in the 12th house of Pisces ‘thinks’ people’s things are also theirs without questioning, they take it to them without asking. These elements in the chart don’t know how to distinguish mine from yours, all is blended, mixed – all is one. His arrest in early 2016 caused a stir and it showed a real scenario. Donata Lenzi, an Italian MP, said: “The arrest of Severino Antinori is extremely serious because it indicates the existence of a market in eggs that will not stop at anything.”


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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha


Note I: Oh Shit! It definitely feels like, literally, the official Eclipse season. I’ve been sort of out of reality lately, even when the Sun entered Virgo, why is that? I wonder while looking at the stars… the Saturn square to Neptune is drowning many people down to the ocean one more time. Saturn is now direct since August 13th; how can one save oneself from this confusion all this mutable energy are doing to us? The answer is Saturn, he is not the hero, but now it seems the only way out of the confusion, even when he’s part of it at the moment. I got the answer I needed, the Solar Eclipse forms a T-square to Saturn in Sagittarius, almost exact, thus the confusion for one to adapt to the many forms of reality, and that happens to be about what we believe in, in who, how and to what degree.

Note II: In 10 days from this New Moon in Virgo, 5 days before the Full Moon culminates in Pisces, Saturn now direct will again square Neptune in Pisces in September 11th. The Moon will be in Sagittarius at that exactly day, the same Moon position when Saturn went direct in middle August, meaning the Moon will activate the mundane power of both planets in square, as well as will activate some powerful event in the life of natives around 10° degrees mutable signs. The truth will be put under files for many people, Saturn means governmental and monetary issues to additional capitalist, Neptune is socialist an cares about humanity and the perfect society but it needs to sacrifice something really personal in order to transcend individual’s needs that are ego-based. I see a leader being arrested, captured or even killed, a powerful one, now, if that leader has high morals or not I couldn’t tell. The New Moon has ‘visibility’ in most part of

Note III: The last Full Moon 15 days ago, we had the babel effect, could you relate that to your life in a manner or another? Read more.

Note IV: Mars and Saturn were conjunction and shared the same space of fixed star Antares in August 24th in tropical Sagittarius at 9°53′ degrees, which was the first quarter of the Moon. By December 4th 2016 Mars in Aquarius will then sextile Saturn in Sagittarius at 18° degrees. Mars-Saturn aspects are never easy to handle, although sextile can soften and trine make it seems effortless. Sue Tompkins for example, believes all the aspects among Mars and Saturn can sometimes generally take us nearly to the breaking-point once the combination gravitates people towards “situations where their capacity for strength, endurance and stamina will be tested and stretched…” (Aspects in Astrology, 2002). The transit at its best activates our capacity to deal with seriousness in life, people are strongly capable of deal with the worst conditions or scenarios, events and issues related to government or any other form of authority over another. The conjunction to Antares was also a big deal in the world of astrology, see here why.

Note V: Are you aware this is a Solar Eclipse, right? Although New Moons suggests a time to seed new intentions, eclipses involves usually as a major symbolism of change, intentional endings or forced beginnings, deep transformation from emotional level and clearing space for the new to come even when the hard is to let go. As for eclipses, they speed up events. Wide dysfunctional time ahead, only to reminds us that there are gaps in the system, as much as they are when planets turn retrograde. However, eclipses work differently, we are working with the Sun, Moon and earth. An Eclipse of the Sun is where the shadow of the Moon falls over Earth, creating one of the biggest mysteries of the Sun and Moon.

Today you are invited by the Moon and the Sun to share with them, your intentions. I am Sun/Mars and Moon in Cancer, I really understand how our intentions have further development once settled in the mind and unconsciousness of the native as the consciousness allow such expression to happen in furtherance. But since this is a New Moon in the sign of perfectionist Virgo, we are going to talk about that. If you notice the European Virgo glyph ♍ – realize how much that reminders us of the Scorpio’s pictograph (♏) and that is quite misleading for earlier students of the art. Virgo’s tail is found introverted, translating us the sign is private needing internal development, while Scorpio’s tale is found outwardly, creating the idea of an aggressive nature and is more direct to interpret and live life. Virgo represents for Maiden (as well as the character of the scrutineer), and some astrologers believe the symbol shows capital M with what should be the crossed legs of a virgin, implying in the virginal essence of this sign; also the maiden is usually displayed with wings, reminding us of purity and the human’s need to reach for perfection, for heaven on Earth. Virgo is a feminine sign, and if this sign has a damsel as a representation of those that are born under it, we shall notice the person is peculiar in many forms, someone who likes to cavil underneath the most undesirable things of nature and makes it perfect again. Virgo is governed by Mercury and modern astrologers are surely it is now ruled by Chiron – and for that reason, today you giving the chance to make things perfect again and be modest about it, whatever that means to you in your life. This lunation we are giving the opportunity to start something really functional and productive from the sketch, something you can later analyze with full view when the Full Moon comes.

The Solar Eclipse falls on the 1st decanate of Virgo, that means Mercury is the ruling planet and key for this lunation in question. This tells me we are feeling very functional, and if that is to serve others, better yet! Mercury ruling the lunation is an invitation to think more logically than the past last New and Full Moons behind us, somehow this is  a relief, we are also feeling more laborious than usual, wanting to feel the dirty in the hands only to know how is to work in the field. We want results, we want to start something new that will bring results, and that must be in numbers. Mercury is Retrograde by the way, informing us that this new beginning will be necessary a review to all what has been done so far, nevertheless this will be a lunation to lost itself in details, quite contrary. Mercury is transiting in the sign it rules, Virgo, thus the retrograde influence can be a good thing from many more points of view. Mercury has no part in the lunation but the fact it shares the same sign as the Sun, Moon and Jupiter, all in critical Virgo is something to tell. Mercury Rx is in exact conjunction to Jupiter, whoa! Again, we are thinking too big to be true! Are you looking too² much into details lately? Take it easy, sometimes looking at the big picture can save your day, as long as you keep the most important details on mind. Mercury with Jupiter can be benevolent in its most expansive way as possible, it can  manifest a dual nature effortless, and Jupiter being in a sign it dislikes (detriment), it is easier to manifest contrary. These days I am feeling so critical to the point of not standing by with my own thoughts of critical nature, then I must just let my mind detached in order to analyze better what I am criticizing, otherwise I feel it becomes very personal and unhealthy. Mercury is also conjunction Venus. Both combination can enhance positivism and a renewed faith.

However, things are still a challenge. Despite the T-square of social and outer planets is no longer with us, the New Moon activates a T-square in the place of Venus, which was the last activator of the last Full Moon. The mutable square is hard to stay grounded isn’t it? I feel scattered and all over the places, as if I was hundred of people at the same time. It is a challenging new beginning, but one that we can adapt to, the mutable energy makes no stability but gives flexibility, plus the square, we are trying to fit something in a place that hasn’t the same lock. But this is telling me something good. We are giving a chance to change. Is that for the better? You tell me my dear! Saturn is the way out of confusion as concerned above. Where’s Saturn transiting in your chart? The New Moon in Virgo opposite Neptune informs us we need to focus our ideals, otherwise they will seem like a messy room of a teenager who’s doesn’t know what to expect from life. It feels like we want to be more devoted to something higher than ourselves. Yet, the Mercury-Jupiter-Venus aspect in the chart favors optimism to fight against some harsh qualities adhered to the chart. Remember that Saturn is still conjunct fixed star Antares.

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The T-square involving Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces is no longer happening. Therefore we are free from this influence under this lunation, yet the New Moon still makes the T-square possible, but not involving Jupiter and Saturn is still square Neptune in Pisces.

  • The Saturn/Neptune square – The combination by itself between the two planets is the major player in astrology for 2016. Saturn will be direct again on August 13th 2016, then it will square Neptune again on September 11th at 10° degrees either Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. However, be ready for a restorative yet rousing Saturn trine Uranus by the end of 2016.
  • Recently, Jupiter exactly opposed Neptune in Pisces and squared Saturn in Sagittarius and if you turn on the TV for an instant on the news, things are getting rougher with ISIS taking over, conflicts kept in constant motion to promote violence on the Middle East. ISIS live map, shows an expansion of territory since the last Full Moon in Sagittarius, which still increases their control [watch here by yourself].
  • See here to read “The Astrology of the recent Orlando’s Pulse club attack.

Qualities and Elements

  • 27% Cardinal
  • 0%Fixed
  • 73% Mutable
  • 27% Fire
  • 55% Earth
  • 9% Air
  • 9% Water

The chart shows a preponderance of Cardinal and Mutable qualities, we are more than just able to initiate a process of rebirth, we are willing to cooperate with the flow, something that cardinal people fail to understand, the more mutable energy, the easiest to adapt to changes carried on by the New Moon cycle. The low to none percentage of fixed signs, is enough to make ourselves unstable, insecure and without a floor.

The Full Moon’s chart shows a complete lack of Air signs and Water signs, while the majority of the planets are transiting in fire and earth signs. The elements in astrology are the essence of all the energies at the game, the lack of element Air compromises our intellect, interpretation of reality, jeopardizing our arguments and the capacity to rightly analyze events, people and ourselves. The lack of element Water compromises our sensibility to feel, to nurture or to find emotional satisfaction. The fact by itself assures the lack a precise rational perspective in oneself and the world, affecting also our emotional intelligence and sensitiveness towards others, but we are willing to overcome that with courage and will, persistence and practicality. A wise and sufficient instruction, would be finding in practical forms in real life the element the lunation most lacks, which in this case, are the element of Air and Water. The chart tells planet Earth is already balanced with other elements by planetary astrological alignments, therefore, equivalence must be afforded through thinking, reflecting and using logic to close chapters; also by reflecting upon before acting and open up a new chapter.


Tables

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

FIRST OF ALL, SEE HOW IS YOUR SUN, MOON AND RISING SIGN CONDITIONS IN THE TABLE BELOW – HOW ARE THEY COMPATIBLE TO THE LUNATION?

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Here we are dear ones;  Remember, here we are unconsciously dealing with beginning not with endings, somehow our body will respond to the Moon’s cycle that way, simple as that.

12 Ways people in general are about to experience whenever the Moon is New and is in Virgo:

  1. very peculiar, more private than ever
  2. feeling crafty
  3. more skeptical than usual (analytical thinking)
  4. necessity to discriminate
  5. needing to refine a method
  6. wanting to perfect everything around
  7. exaggerated attention to details
  8. having a more critical mind/thinking
  9. seeing closer the interconnection of things
  10. discrediting religion and others beliefs
  11. easily adapting to new organization in life
  12. wanting to be of service to others

12 Questions that serve as self-awareness to the lunation in question:

  1. What do you eat lately? Do you have a healthy daily life?
  2. Are you aware of other’s imperfections? Do you care?
  3. How perfect you think your life should be? Can you reach that call?
  4. Are you  a critical person? How and Why?
  5. Do you have problems helping people out?
  6. Are you in a job or career?
  7. How organized are you in your office?
  8. Do you have a routine? A fixed routine or changeable one?
  9. How much do you produce daily?
  10. Are you humble to others? In what situations?
  11. When was your last body check-up? 
  12. Are you too nervous and anxious?

SECONDLY, SEE WHERE THE LUNATION EXACTLY FALLS IN YOUR OWN ASTROLOGICAL CHART, WHAT HOUSE?

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Today we are about to celebrate it with a very dramatic unconscious behavior, for that, the sky announcing to humans and planet Earth: a New Moon in Virgo – The most crafty of all the New Moons by any astrological means. The house Virgo and Mercury govern is the cadent 6th house. In the session “Study Astrology” – “Houses” here at the website, I wrote about each house:

  • 6th house – In the house of Virgo, human express its human qualities through the development of an ability, the need to perfect something makes sense, ending up realizing the world needs fixing all the time. Likely, we become critical of life, and now we can pin point failures and major improvements in life. The need for perfection becomes a tangible goal, leading the experience of where details are more important than the whole picture.
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illustration of the constellation Virgo, where the figure of a winged can be seen. It’s from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690

The 6th house is where humans literally experience their self-development concerning abilities, experiences and self-improvement. This is the second earth house where early students confuses with the 10th house,  thinking the 6th house rules over one’s career or the 10th house rules mundane jobs and works, when that is inverted. In the 6th house we experience sometimes boring jobs or low paying jobs that will help us someday be someone in life, a 10th house experience then. While in he 2nd house of the first sign of earth Taurus we experience our latent gift, in the 6th house of Virgo we improve it, we make it better, we shape it accordingly to environmental circumstances. Planets transiting the 6th house activates our experiences with jobs, work and service to others, demanding the individual to look up for alternatives in the mundane. When the Sun transits the 6th house of daily activities, we want to find a routine that is inspiring, well-focused on health and quality of the body in general, we also feel instigated to organize everything around us specially at the office where things needs to be routinely systematized – we become workaholic. When Mercury transits the 6th house, our mind gets to be more nervous than usual but we are more energetic than ever regarding our intellectual approach to daily problems, we refine and sophisticate that house in order to re-fresh all Mercury experiences so far, when personal planets transits this house, be ready for a cleanse and to purify the environment – we become mentalholic. As far the 6th house is a cadent point in any astrological wheel, there will always be an ever-changing quality attached to it, meaning that nothing stands still in this house, we want to finish things up so we can move on to another subject, another job or another work/project that will soon be started by the cardinal and angular 7th house. Here we are told by astrology, the 6th house is where and how we intellectually improve ourselves, as for Mercury ruling this house, it informs us the improvement will be of learning, memorizing and practicing. Events occurring to our health, the coming of a sickness, the nervous system’s general condition and the events occurring to our daily work/routine, can all be identified here in this house of Mercury and Virgo, the house that is also curiously related to events occurring to our little pets. In solar returns, it is always interesting to notice that whenever planets are there connected with the Sun (even if the Sun is in another house, specially if in a Cadent house), the native, if possible, is going to technically experience a great self-improvement, sophistication of abilities and proficiency at work, the year will be around being creative on the daily basis so the mundane can look more manageable, the Sun here also improves the native’s health for the year ahead as well as an adjustment to a new diet that is quite compensating at the end of the solar return. In the house before, that is, the 5th house, humans let the burning creative process to never die, but in the 6th house we need to specify personal boundaries: “what is the maximum I can do? can I empower myself with advanced techniques?” kind of questions. The second earth house (meaning it is cadent) we need to learn what kind of tool serves for what kind of craft, here we learn how to discriminate, how to differentiate and how to distinguish in order to know what is worthy and what is not, what is better and what is worse, etc. In all earth houses, we need quality of life. As part of the quadruplicity of the mutable signs and ruling Cadent houses (3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th houses) it rightly tells us the experiences will be directed towards something formative and moldable concerning the sphere of learning (3rd house), affecting further the way we work with information learned and how we refine it (6th house), consequently shaping our beliefs, urging to know more than the usual (9th house), and finally, it will concern about our own utopic dreams and our spiritual  evolution (12th house) once we’ve waved all others relative spheres of life.


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Teaching Critical Thinking

tumblr_mwy3mguafc1qdaoc4o1_500The intelligence to make decisions based on data with its inherent uncertainties and variability, have shown to be a complex and essential aptitude in the 21st century. This is a very subjective issue to be discussed that asks for a scientific perspective. The dexterity needed to disentangle information and interpret it as it is, at the same time suggesting smart resolutions with clear thinking, has proven to be directly related to our intellect (Mercury) and how we process those information. It is said that those born under the Sun in Mercurial Virgo usually have a very accurate perception of reality, innately earning a mind that is quick and analytical, critical and fault-finding. From that point of view, we know others sign can lack of this quality or at least it has a unique and special characteristic, therefore we know it is not everybody that owns a critical thinking. But this Virgo is a mutable sign and an Earth sign, it has a learning capacity that is outstandingly moldable rightly applied to the physical world, advancing techniques, methods and perspicacious procedures. Applying a certain kind of structure, experiments performed by Stanford’s Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education report that students can indeed be educated in order to think more critically, claiming it can be developed by the repeated practice in making decisions based on quantitative comparisons between datasets, data and models (a common method of experiment in the majority of disciplines worldwide). Mercury rules both mutable signs of Gemini and Virgo, zodiac signs that needs to repeat in order to learn (to memorize, to mentally digest) and to later analyze and decipher.  The studying [click here for the entire sheet], which was set under an introductory physics laboratory course, provides an articulated research for the science-inclined. The students were divided into 2 groups, the one given datasets (the experimental group) and the one without instructions (the control group). However, as they continue “…these instructions were slowly faded across the course. After the instructions had been removed, students in the experimental condition were 12 times more likely to spontaneously propose or make changes to improve their experimental methods than a control group, who performed traditional experimental activities. The students in the experimental condition were also four times more likely to identify and explain a limitation of a physical model using their data. Students in the experimental condition also showed much more sophisticated reasoning about their data. These differences between the groups were seen to persist into a subsequent course taken the following year.” The experiment by far can be seen as simple, but the odds are in the details.  The group in which held the instructions, even when they were removed, in the year ahead they proved to be four times more efficient tat explaining their reasoning than the control group, also they were prominent pointing out the limitations of the methods. Everyone can be fooled by misleading information in the new era of technology and manipulation, but earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) know better, they know the limitations of the physical world, the most touchable sphere of life. Do you usually weight the information you see on the internet? I know most people don’t, they simple take it as truth to themselves if they see it right to their reality of the moment, they simple leave critical thinking aside in order to comfort themselves in their own fantasy (Pisces). Passing on the wrong information is an unfortunate trend. The era of books are gone and the new generation are having a hard time figuring out trustful sources, but I guess the smart ones will always return to the books.

 


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RESOURCES

  1. http://www.virgozodiacsign.net/virgosymbol.htm
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severino_Antinori
  3. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36293549
  4. http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Antinori,_Severino
  5. http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/can-you-be-taught-how-to-think-better?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox#link_time=1472837964
  6. http://www.pnas.org/content/112/36/11199.abstract

A Behenian Fixed Star called Antares

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  • Astrological Fixed Stars and the Behenian World of 15 Stars

Over time the fixed stars were divided by constellations, constituting the mainly elements of the sky forming the backdrop of shimmering suns of varying magnitudes. Many of them lie close to the ecliptic, giving our ancestors time to consider them as great points of reference. Everything in astrology has root in these fixed stars, the contributors of the understating of the whole. In astrology nowadays, the Fixed Stars (also called that way to distinguish them from planets) prove to be a collection of source that at its best it brings a deeper understanding of astrology in its various methods of application such as astro-meteorology, mundane astrology, elective, time and Natal. However, early occultists that investigated the mystical, scientific and metaphysical meaning of these mysterious stars valued something more about them that we generally dismiss, and it mainly involved some kind of magical application, a strong empowerment they believed they could own when doing the correct procedures accordingly. Let’s suppose from now on these 15 behenian stars are foreign beings to our solar system, upbringing an alien experience different from all the mainly considerations in astrology. Saying in this way, it appears I am trying to make the stars look almost inaccessible, but perhaps they are to a degree in order to lock up secrets that shall not be used by modern minds.

In her book Fixed Stars and Their interpretation, astrologer Ebertin-Hoffmann writes: “The first catalog of Fixed Stars was compiled by Timocharis and Aristyll about 250 years BC in Greece”; therefrom we easily deduce its application in astrology and occultism in general comes from really ancient times, Hoffman also claims in his book the name of the Fixed Stars has its origin in Babylonian. Among all those thousands visible stars, the occultists had a time correlating some of the mainly ones accordingly to their logic, to specific happenings in humanoid’s affairs, and that happened to be chosen 15 of them all, which are known as the Behenian stars. The attractive part is that each one of them may represent a planet or more, like if each one was a result of conjunctions of planets accordingly, in its most pure vibration. They also have a glyph for each other, some are complex while others are very simple but never alike the glyphs of the Zodiac’s signs and planets, and from my point of view, they look more like internal chips of computers in their designs.

“The strength and efficacy of the Fixed Stars is to be considered from their magnitude, their splendours, their natures or properties, their nearness to the Ecliptic, their place in the World, their multitude, their first oriental appearance, the purity of their place, the similitude or agreement of the body or rays of a Planet with them and their circle of position.” — The Seven Segments of Cardan [ed. William Lilly, 1675]

In fact, while in the 17th century, controversial astrologer Lilly actually identified about fifty fixed stars in his horary delineations, advancing the interpretation of astrological charts instead of using them only for magical purposes. The 50 fixed stars useful for horary charts according to William are: Scheat, Alpheratz, Caput Algol (The Gorgon’s Head), Alcyone, Hyades, Aldebaran, Rigel (Orion’s Foot), Bellatrix (Orion’s Left Shoulder), Alnilam (Cingula Orionis), Al Hecka, Polaris (The Pole Star), Betelgeuse (Orion’s Right Shoulder), Propus (Tejat Prior), Sirius (the Dog Star, the Sun of the Sun, the prime Sun of our Galaxy), Canopus (Ship of the Desert), Castor, Pollux (Caput Hercules), Procyon, Praesaepe, North Asellus (Asellus Borealis), South Asellus (Asellus Australis), Alphard, Al Jabhah, Regulus (Lion’s Heart), Denebola, Coma Berenices, Seginus, Spica, Arcturus, Princeps, Alphecca, South Scale (Zuben Algenub), North Scale (Zuben Alschemali), Alpha Serpentis (Unukalhai), Yed Prior, Antares (Heart of the Scorpion), Rastaban (Alwaid), Vega, Altair (The Eagle), Nashira, Sadalsuud, Fomalhaut, Deneb Adige (Alpha Cygni), Markab and Scheat.

The 15 Behenian fixed stars are then, the selection of the ‘finest’ of all the visible stars in the sky, fifteen stars chosen to represent powers of nature unknown to humans but which can be detectable by astrological methods and investigations, they are so luminous, bright and conspicuous to the point of needing a special treatment from people sensitive to reality in other forms than the majority. The 15 stars are: Algol, the Pleiades, Aldebaran, Capella, Sirius, Procyon, Regulus, Alkaid, Gienah, Spica, Arcturus, Alphecca, Antares, Vega, and Deneb Algedi.

antares1Astronomers, magicians, occultists, and surely astrologers did used the behenian stars as a meaningful source of interest since early ages of humankind. As for magicians and the occultists, those specific stars were especially useful for magical applications in variety of rituals, cerimonies, metal rings and all variety of charms, believing the fixed stars were correlated to certain gemstones, plants or herbs, these people used to put heavy weight and concerned when exploring the world of astrology in the physical world, attracting or repulsing accordingly to each star’s symbolism and nature by one’s own will. Thus, the name these stars were derived are from the Arabic word bahman  – which means “root”. Perhaps, whenever they wanted to reach to the ‘root’ of a situation, occultists of those amazing times knew the power of the behenian stars had in order to leverage a symbolical power for the event, creating eventually a chain of attraction when utilizing them as symbolic representation of power in the making of spells, talismans and other kinds of magical interpretation given by older magicians.

According to occult writer Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535), once discussed in his De Occulta Philosophia as the Behenii (singular Behenius), the source of attributions and the investigative scenarios utilizing astrology as a tool to reach out for conclusions of intellectual base, is credited to Hermeticist and popular named Hermes Trismegistus in his medieval Hermetic manuscript The Book of Hermes on the 15 Fixed Stars (Book I, chapter 47.). Hermes was a philosopher and occultist in the Middle Ages whom possessed great wisdom, responsible for promulgating the vast knowledge of the Egyptians accumulated along history. However, the name  Hermes Trismegistus itself is not assumed to be a person, but various authors of various disciplines rooted in one single ‘mind’, and that is usually discussed in classes of philosophies if that is rather true or not. If that is true, then the true source of the corresponding supposed Behenian fixed stars are to be reconsidered since the early age of Egypt.

Despite the mysterious source, magician Agrippa went beyond the classical interpretation in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy Three Books of Occult Philosophy and described the fixed stars in magical works and in kabbalah’s symbols. It was Agrippa himself who explained how to make the correct use of fixed stars to compose rings and talismans, which is when a particular Star rises fortunately, that is, a conjunction to planets that offers favorable condition such as to the Moon, Venus or Jupiter, then the magician would take a stone and a herb under that Star’s correlation in order to make a metal charm from such power of nature, fasten the stone in it while adding the herb or rooting under it, also the maker shall be explicit about image’s inscriptions, glyph and the star’s name. In the same book of Hermes, chapter 47, entitled by him as Incipit liber Hermetis de 15 stellis tractans et 15 herbis et 15 lapidibus et 15 figuris which stands for “Here Begins the Book of Hermes on the 15 fixed stars and 15 herbs and 15 stones and 15 figures”- Here for example, Hermes details the particularities of Antares in the making of charms as “Birthwort juice with a little yew placed etc. gives men healthy color, grants good memory and intelligence, makes them appear wise, and banishes demons.” If Hermeticism does have a mean to an end, and that end is the merging of a human being with the transcendental experience, doing magic utilizing astrology as a conduit to the laboratorial work seems a perfect way to introduce oneself into the most mystical sense of the word. In Hermetic teachings, it is easy to see the correlation of astrology to magnetism and attraction as we have seen with this wise maxim “as above, so below”.

Ptolemaic system

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Ptolemaic system. The basic ordering of the planets around Earth is a feature of the Ptolemaic system. SOURCE: http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/glossary/ptolemy.html

In order for us, modern scholars of the art and science to fully grasp the precise conditions of the fixed stars delineated in an any astrological chart, one must understand how the ancients viewed the sky back those remarkable times. It was considered by the early Greeks that the sky was a blue metallic vault, where above the Seven Spheres of the classical seven visible planets, there existed another one layer that lied beyond, the Eighth Sphere of the realm of the fixed stars. The last realm to reach in terms of self-divinity as interpreted by Aristotelian followers, for example, in Dante’s divine comedy Dantes shares the idea the Eight Sphere of the fixed stars is where humans experience “divine triumph”, the last physical realm before the abode of angels, thus representing Faith, Hope, and Love. They believed the realms were constituted by crystalline spheres within spheres whirling around it.

The technical view had to be explained by such information and noted observations they had in hands. The Ptolemaic system was of course, set forth by Claudius Ptolemy (AD 100 – AD 170) in the Almagest (or Syntaxis Mathématica) around AD 150, which was a rectification of the earliest ideas of his time involving planet Earth relative to the universe itself. The book was considered an absolute authority and reference on the astronomical and astrological science among the Byzantines, Arabs and the Latins of the West.

The spatial thinking of their times suggests Earth at the center of the universe, and that implies in a geocentric cosmological system, a model perfect for astrology. Putting Earth at the center of all, I think made our ancestors feel more special and even more god’s creatures, they felt so unique that being the center of the cosmos would be the first thing to intellectually manifest when one reached for spatial conclusions. Modern times proved that to be theoretically wrong yet still useful for astrologers and practitioners. This fact by itself can make astrology looks ‘wrong’ as well: “how one can utilize an ancient system to predict events?” – one may equivocally think. But this article isn’t about discussing cosmological model systems, which is a very interesting topic to discuss as an article.

In the Ptolemaic system, the Sun travels circular around Earth’s poles so are the others planets. The Geocentric model was logical for them, it was used to mathematically prepare geometrically the astronomical and astrological charts for over 1.500 years, and it was not until the late 16th century that the model was beginning to be overruled by the Heliocentric model of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. In that model, they put the Sun at the center of it all, the beginning of truth scientific explanations of cosmology was soon to be introduced to humankind. The Heliocentric model offers no advantage to astrologers, humans don’t live in the Sun and don’t have a life there but on planet Earth, thus its model can be dispensed as a ‘true’ form to conduit the subject, opting then for the geocentric model that explains better patterns of Earth’s events related to patters in the sky and vice-versa even when that being false and unrealistic from the heliocentric perspective, it still proposes a better acknowledgement from the movements of the planet relative to Earth and its events.

Such cosmological model served as a perfect demonstration of human’s view on the universe and our place within, allowing a definitive theory about the movement of the planets when Ptolomeu studied mainly the Hiparco’s investigations and observations, the astronomer and mathematician who’s popular work lied on the incidental discovery of the procession of the equinoxes, something that gave astrology a new ground ahead. In Ptolomeu’s work, it is also clear the influence of Aristotle’s spatial thinking of the universe and all its philosophies attached, and with the catholic church approving such model it was convenient and effortless for the Ptolemaic system to last over decades to decades.

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  • The mysterious Lady in Red or hero Antar/Antarah?

There are at least 7 thousand visible stars by naked eyes all splashed by the entire celestial sphere, and millions more by an expansive telescope. Astronomically, the fixed star Antares is located at the heart of constellation Scorpius, yet it is in tropical sign of Sagittarius by astrological perspective. Giant Antares happens to be one of the brightest in our skies ranked as the 15th one in  the position because of its 1.0 magnitude among all the chosen ones, yet this star also happens to occupy its gaseous body near the ecliptic, it is the Alpha sun in Scorpius’ cluster of stars, being considered one the four brightest “suns” near the path of the Sun, the others 3 are Aldebaran, Spica, e Regulus. Curiously, Antares was romantically associated as one of the four Royal Stars in the sky of Persia around 3000 BC, thus its astrological association in natal charts is of worldwide recognition and success, being firstly recognized in charts as of a very fortunate nature, something quite contrasting to the interpretations of the Greeks and Romans. The star is also known since early ages as one of the four key stars in the heavens, also called archangel stars: Michael (Aldebaran) watcher of the East. Gabriel (Fomalhaut) watcher of the South. Raphael (Regulus) Watcher of the North. Oriel (Antares) Watcher of the West. It wouldn’t have been too late for ancients to correlate the stars to specific events and situations, once they were/are so obvious in the sky, having its appearance astrologically (magical works, mark of events etc.) and astronomically (navigation, point of reference etc.) as permanent points of interest.

Mars, the planet of war is Aries’ rulership and was always seen that way by our ancestors, the same for Ares being the god of war. The ancient perception was categorical and logical by the visual effect the stars emitted when compared, and for that, the name Antares is believed to be focused on the resemblance of the same brightness and reddish color planet Mars shimmers, therefore being pictured as the rival of blazing spherical Mars, an Anti-Ares star yet still having its same attributes or even more passionate than Mars or completely devoted – a beneficial quality attached which is also attributed to Jupiter as said above. An astronomical curiosity is the fact little is known and talked about but there are actually 2 Antares stars in that region of the Scorpius constellation once we are pointing out to a binary system of stars, it is usually called Antares B, a greenish color makes contrast to Antares A, but its brightness (magnitude) is so low near the A that B is invisible by naked eye, yet B is more luminous than our Sun, the life-giver. Antares B is about 2.9 arc-seconds, or 550 AU apart from Antares A. So whenever you are searching in the skies for Antares, you will be in reality looking at 2 big celestial and gaseous bodies, and not just one big yellowish ball. The light Antares emits is about 10,000 times the luminosity of the Sun, having characteristics enough to be a future supernova.

  • Astrological Antares – A military Star

“A Mars nature, in which the powers of Mercury and Jupiter and Saturn are also added. Antares makes people tough, belligerent and pugnacious. This is an important star for military personnel and is said to convey mental alertness, strategic ability and courage and to make dare-devils, especially if tied up with the MC, Ascendant, Sun or Jupiter. If associated with Mars, courage is said to become foolhardiness, leading to increased dangers. Natives with this particular configuration have to be prepared at all times for sudden incidents, unforeseen events and potential accidents. According to tradition, Antares is of violent character and is credited with being significant for a violent death, either in battle or by process of law. On the other hand, danger may come about by fire, weapons or machinery. Antares is also said to be unfortunate for the eyes, if in conjunction with the Ascendant, Moon or Sun and this has proven to be the case by later researchers. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.]”

antaresFor astrological purposes, Antares in its geocentric celestial longitude is now positioned at 9° degrees and 46 minutes of Sagittarius (Agrippa1531 corScorpii.png at 9°46′ tropical Sagittarius), but apparently it can vary from material sources. In the 1900’s Antares was at 8°22′ degrees. This fact alone tells that fixed stars are not actually fixed but always slowly moving, not enough though to be witnessed in a lifetime, thus the term “fixed stars” is only a way of saying how slow or the stationary display they seem to appear relative to Earth. Annually around December 2 the Sun passes 5° degrees of Antares, for that reason Antares is said to be less than 5° degrees of the ecliptic and can be hidden by the Moon (as it did in July 31st of 2009) and rarely by other planets. Although ruthless, violent and dangerous in nature, astrological fixed star Antares has no direct impact in someone’s life direction if not conjunction by the closest orb as possible to the Ascendant or Midheaven, not even conjunction to personal planets can influence that much on the life’s path. However, when in severe contact to personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and even social Jupiter and Saturn), it can drastically change its nature, overcoming the ability of the other planet to fully express its condition accordingly to its own’ energy. Curiously, huge star ball Antares is said to be characterized by the nature of Mars and Jupiter as once classified by Ptolemy:

“Scorpio. The bright stars in the front of the body of Scorpio have an effect similar to that produced by the influence of Mars, and partly to that produced by Saturn: the three in the body itself, the middle one of which, called Antares,is ruddy and more luminous, are similar to Mars and moderately to Jupiter: those in the joints of the tail are like Saturn and partly like Venus: those in the sting, like Mercury and Mars. The nebula is like Mars and the Moon.”  – Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos book I; tr. J.M. Ashmand [1822]

Supermassive Antares is part of the 15 Behenian Fixed Star in our skies (in the article ahead I explore more of it). The majority of these stars are bigger than the Sun itself. Actually if you place the star Antares in the place of the Sun it would reach its outer parts between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Surely, the lady in red is seductive in may form, it needs to appear!

  • Antares in a Natal Chart

The deal is simple. Mars with Antares promotes success in battle as well as can indicate a violent death, assassination and the down fall for the one involved, yet, it foresees a great strategic person full of courage to act in the name of Antares which can cause lots of disaster along the way, banishing demons have physical consequences. Moreover, Mars-Antares is associated to success in war. It is like having double Mars attached to the chart altogether, and the Jupiter-association is highly viewed by astrologers as the factor of “lucky” in war as well as success by well strategic plans, as was mostly seen by the Persians. If contact with Jupiter, there could be a great fortune, career success and other joys of life in expanded manners, or in its downfall – it brings instantaneous false hope, hypocrisy and the native may also experience a huge fraud in the house it falls.

Now, what about the other planets in astrology and sensitive points? How can we relate that? In her book entitled “Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, 1923” – author Vivian E. Robson explores the world of the fixed stars in detail format. Here are her hints about Antares conjunct each of this points or planets in the chart:

If Rising (conjunct 1st house):Riches and honor, violence, sickness, benefits seldom last. [Robson*, p.137.]

If culminating (conjunct 10th house): Honor, preferment and good fortune. [Robson*, p.137.]

With Fortuna or its dispositor: poverty. [Robson*, p.137.]

With Sun: Pretended religion, insincere, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, military preferment, danger of treachery, violence committed or suffered, fevers and sickness, injuries to the right eye, violent death. If rising or culminating, great honor through violence attended by difficulties and casualties. If with Mars also, pestilential disease. [Robson*, p.137.]

With Moon: Popular, broad-minded, interested in philosophy, science and metaphysics, liable to change religious opinions, influential friends, favorable for business and domestic matters, active in local affairs, great power, honor and wealth but benefits may not prove lasting, danger of violence, sickness, drowning or assassination. If in 1st or 10th houses, honor and preferment but many dangers and calamities. Liable to blindness or eye injuries especially if at the same time Mars or Saturn be with Regulus. If Saturn be with Aldebaran, danger of a violent death probably by hanging; but if Mars be with Aldebaran death by a stab, blow or fall especially if in angles. If a malefic be with Aldebaran in the 4th, 7th, 11th or 12th houses, death by a sudden sword-thrust, stab or fall (operations can be substituted for stabs nowadays). [Robson*, p.137.]

With Mercury:Suspicious, wrongfully accuses friends, unpopular, uses ecclesiastic influence in business, money obtained slowly and with much difficulty, danger of sickness to the native and his family, and death of a relative at home or away. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Venus:Insincere, dishonest, energetic and able but selfish. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Mars: Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Jupiter:Great religious zeal real or pretended, ecclesiastical preferment, tendency to hypocrisy, benefits through relatives. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Saturn: Materialistic, dishonest through circumstances created by environment, religious hypocrisy, many disappointments, loss through quarrels and legal affairs, trouble through enemies, many failures, hampered by relatives, unfavorable for domestic matters, much sickness to and sorrow from children. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Uranus: Abnormal and extreme ideas, hypocritical, lies and exaggerates, extremely socialistic, incites to riot, lawlessness and anarchism and in danger of imprisonment on this account, occasional poverty, disharmony with relatives, more than one marriage, unfavorable for children, violent death. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Neptune: Shrewd, cunning, unbalanced and mentally unsound, secretive but apparently candid, dishonest, tendency to theft, economical, untruthful, strange religious ideas, evil environment, gain through hard work, sudden and unexpected death brought about by treachery or through enemies who will escape retribution. [Robson*, p.138.]

  • Antares’s Potency

As concerned above, saffron-colored Antares in astrology has only potency when in strong contact with the chart according to certain prior considerations. First of all, fixed stars should never be treated like a planet in any astrological method, for astrological purposes, fixed stars ‘cast no rays’, therefore the conjunction (0° degree) aspect shall be only considered among all the others aspects. Traditional astrologers would consider at least within six degrees of any associated 15 behenian fixed stars (specially for the very unfortunate star Algol) thinking such influence was particularly strong, but as all astrologers know that the minimum the orb, stronger the combination – and points of view can also differ from astrologer to astrologer when judging the star’s magnitude (brightness).

Professionals of the science also consider fixed stars of fortunate or benevolent nature to overcome some negative points in a native’s chart, for example Willim Lilly wrote in his “Seven Segments of Cardan” choices of aphorisms: “When Jupiter is in the Sixth House, Retrograde and the Lord of the Secon Peregrine, and no benevolente fixed star to help, the Native will be very poor and necessitou.” –  [ed. William Lilly, 1675]. 

At the website astrology.king author Jamie Partridge writes about known people with Antares prominent on their charts: “Antares was conjunction Ascendant in the birth charts of Ghandi, who died by assassination; general Schleicher, murdered by Hitler; Helen Keller. A conjunction with the MC has been recorded with boxer Ten Hoff and Bormann, minister under Hitler. A conjunction with the Sun can be found in the charts of British Prime Minister Churchill, Field-Marshall Kesserling and the former Reichsarschall Goering. Antares was conjunction the Moon of Copernicus, and bound up with the lunar Node and Moon of the philosopher Nietzch, who at age 45, became an imbecile. The Austrian Kulturphilisoph, Rudolf Kassner was bornwhen the fixed star was conjunction Mars. because he contracted infantile paralysis, he had to use crutches all his life.” – (Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.)

Astrology can be easily feared by this point, that’s why professional astrologers are here to help students of the art and science to progress fearless. By such intense interpretation from Ebertin over said by Jamie is terrific in essence. You read those sentences and you actually get to be scared by the effect of such tragic correspondence. Reading about Gandhi does bring a comfort to the idea Antares can also be spiritual in nature, but the assassination followed can give people a chill. A brighter side of Antares by itself and only can be interpreted as a constituted association to the 16th manzil which stands for Arabic Moon Mansion or Al Kalb (the Heart), which is said to be one of the fortunate stations, but this is something out of my jurisdiction. This is a serious study that demands detached quality of the mind.

For practical purposes, I shall make a last consideration. In modern astrology, little is used of the fixed stars to delineate natal charts. As the term says, ‘fixed’ is not something easily movable, not something easy to handle neither on daily basis or in a short-term,  thus its application to natal charts shall only be viewed as a second alternative to reading charts of people with a common life, that means, different from those who has world influence and success, even when a person has a prominent fixed star evident in the chart.


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A Behenian Fixed Star called Antares + Astro-Update

  • Astro-Update (August 23rd, 2016)

Recently (August 23rd, 2016)  I wrote on Facebook page:

“♂+ ♄  + Agrippa1531 corScorpii.png If you are a strategic person full of knowledge and good sense, these days are yours! Mars conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius with fixed star Antares.”

tumblr_m5qtrqoz9K1ry4sypo1_500Actually, can you see the astro-perfection? Mars when conjunction to Saturn boosts us with self-structure and straight up discipline, it rules the majority of ‘military’ vibration. Mercury just conjunct Jupiter in Virgo and will soon do it again as Mercury turns retrograde and Jupiter advances into tropical Libra. This is also an opportunity (Jupiter) to expand one’s best ideas and following the conjunction of Mars-Saturn to Antares, this sounds the ground for action. I wrote about it where I called it the “babel effect”:

“Mercury begins to conjunct Jupiter in Virgo. Mercury rules Virgo and Jupiter hates being in Virgo, it feels too unfastidious. Yet, glory yourself from this aspect, Jupiter-Mercury aspect is always good to think-big and outside the box. Many many great ideas come from this aspect. I had many ideas that shall be in the website soon, at least one of them. Enjoy this time to reflect upon what you wish to expand in your life, and in Virgo that shall be reflected upon the minimum details of life. Did you know Mercury rules over small pets, such as cats? My little ones are so messy today! I just got home after a week of a quick travel to the coast and found the cats very loud, and still are, so cute, so cute. Jupiter is noisy and activate the babel effect in a chart among with Uranus. Where is transiting Uranus ♅ ? Uranus is at 24°degrees Aries my people, do you realize we are about only 7° degrees away from the cusp of Taurus? Jupiter ♃ is at 24° degrees Virgo, forming an exact inconjunction or quincunx (150°) to Uranus in Aries. There you go, a babel effect. Where are Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus in your chart at this exactly momento in your life? Investigate now.”

About the Mars-Saturn conjunction I also wrote on the Facebook page and at the last Full Moon which was in Aquarius (August 24th, 2016):

“Although Mars and Saturn have nothing to do with the lunation, both planets are in August 24th in exact conjunction in Sagittarius at 9°53′ degrees, which will be the first quarter of the Moon. By December 4th 2016 Mars in Aquarius will then sextile Saturn in Sagittarius at 18° degrees. Mars-Saturn aspects are never easy to handle, although sextile can soften and trine make it seems effortless. Sue Tompkins for example, believes all the aspects among Mars and Saturn can sometimes generally take us nearly to the breaking-point once the combination gravitates people towards “situations where their capacity for strength, endurance and stamina will be tested and stretched…” (Aspects in Astrology, 2002). The transit at its best activates our capacity to deal with seriousness in life, people are strongly capable of dealing with the worst conditions or scenarios, events and issues related to government or any other form of authority over another.”

Natally I own a Sun/Mars trine Saturn and Mercury exact square Saturn, thus I am not surprised by this effect of Mars-Saturn contact. Owning such aspect makes me prepare myself better than others that lack the aspect, like millions others like me. But with Antares, there are many things new to me.


 

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  • Astrological Fixed Stars and the Behenian World of 15 Stars

In astrology, the Fixed Stars (also called that way to distinguish them from planets) prove to be a collection of source that at its best it brings a deeper understanding of astrology in its various methods of application such as astro-meteorology, mundane astrology, elective, time and Natal. “The first catalog of Fixed Stars was compiled by Timocharis and Aristyll about 250 years BC in Greece”; Ebertin-Hoffmann (Fixed Stars and Their interpretation), therefrom we easily deduce its application in astrology and occultism in general comes from really ancient times, Hoffman also claims in his book (ibid) the name of the Fixed Stars has its origin in Babylonian. Among all those seven thousand visible stars, the occultists had a time correlating some of the mainly ones accordingly to their logic, to specific happenings in humanoid’s affairs, and that happened to be chosen 15 of them all, which are known as the Behenian stars. The attractive part is that each one of them may represente a planet or more, like if each one was a result of conjunctions of planets accordingly, in its most pure vibration. They also have a glyph for each other, some are complex while others are very simple but never alike the glyphs of the Zodiac’s signs and planets, and from my point of view, they look more like internal chips of computers in their designs.

“The strength and efficacy of the Fixed Stars is to be considered from their magnitude, their splendours, their natures or properties, their nearness to the Ecliptic, their place in the World, their multitude, their first oriental appearance, the purity of their place, the similitude or agreement of the body or rays of a Planet with them and their circle of position.” — The Seven Segments of Cardan [ed. William Lilly, 1675]

The 15 Behenian fixed stars are the selection of the ‘finest’ of all the visible stars in the sky, fifteen stars chosen to represent powers of nature unknown to humans but which can be detectable by astrological methods and investigations, they were so luminous, bright and conspicuous to the point of needing a special treatment from people sensitive to reality in other forms than the majority. The 15 stars are: Algol, the Pleiades, Aldebaran, Capella, Sirius, Procyon, Regulus, Alkaid, Gienah, Spica, Arcturus, Alphecca, Antares, Vega, and Deneb Algedi.

Astronomers, magicians, occultists, and surely astrologers did used the behenian stars as a meaningful source of interest since early ages of humankind. As for magicians and the occultists, those specific stars were especially useful for magical applications in variety of rituals, artifacts and charms, believing the fixed stars were correlated to certain gemstones, plants or herbs, these people used to put heavy weight and concerned when exploring the world of astrology in the physical world, attracting or repulsing accordingly to each star’s symbolism and nature by one’s own will. Thus, the name these stars were derived from the Arabic bahman word – which means “root”. Perhaps, whenever we want to reach to the ‘root’ of a situation, occultists of those amazing times knew the power of the behenian stars had in order to reach out for the event, creating eventually a chain of attraction when utilizing them as symbolic representation of power in the making of spells, talismans and other kinds of magical interpretation given by older magicians.

According to occult writer Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535), once discussed in his De Occulta Philosophia as the Behenii (singular Behenius), the source of attributions and the investigative scenarios utilizing astrology as a tool to reach out for conclusions of intelectual base, is credited to Hermeticist and popular named Hermes Trismegistus in his medieval Hermetic manuscript The Book of Hermes on the 15 Fixed Stars (Book I, chapter 47.). Hermes was a philosopher and occultist in the Middle Ages whom possessed great wisdom, responsible for promulgating the vast knowledge of the Egyptians accumulated along history. However, the name  Hermes Trismegistus itself is not assumed to be a person, but various authors of various disciplines rooted in one single ‘mind’, and that is usually discussed in classes of philosophies if that is rather true or not. If that is true, then the true source of Behenian fixed stars are to be reconsidered since the early age of Egypt.

Despite the mysterious source, magician Agrippa went beyond the classical interpretation in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy Three Books of Occult Philosophy and described the fixed stars in magical works and in kabbalah’s symbols. It was Agrippa himself who explained how to make the correct use of fixed stars to compose rings and talismans, which is when a particular Star rises fortunately, that is, a conjunction to planets that offers favorable condition such as to the Moon, Venus or Jupiter, then the magician would take a stone and a herb under that Star’s correlation in order to make a metal charm from such power of nature, fasten the stone in it while adding the herb or rooting under it, also the maker shall be explicit about image’s inscriptions, glyph and the star’s name. In the same book, chapter 47 entitled by him Incipit liber Hermetis de 15 stellis tractans et 15 herbis et 15 lapidibus et 15 figuris which stands for “Here Begins the Book of Hermes on the 15 fixed stars and 15 herbs and 15 stones and 15 figures”- Hermes for example, details the particularities of Antares used for making charms as “Birthwort juice with a little yew placed etc. gives men healthy color, grants good memory and intelligence, makes them appear wise, and banishes demons.” If Hermeticism does have a mean to an end, and that end is the merging of a human being with the transcendental universe, doing magic utilizing astrology as a conduit to the laboratorial work seems a perfect way to introduce oneself into the most mystical sense of the word. In Hermetic teachings, it is easy to see the correlation of astrology to magnetism and attraction as we have seen with this wise maxim “as above, so below”.

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  • The mysterious Lady in Red or hero Antar/Antarah?

There are at least 7 thousand visible stars by naked eyes splashed by all the celestial sphere, and millions more by an expansive telescope. Astronomically, the fixed star Antares is located at the heart of constellation Scorpius, yet it is in tropical sign of Sagittarius by astrological perspective. Giant Antares happens to be one of the brightest in our skies ranked as the 15th one in  the position because of its 1.0 magnitude among them chosen ones, yet this star also happens to occupy its gaseous body near the ecliptic, it is the Alpha star in Scorpius’ cluster of stars, being considered one the four brightest “suns” near the path of the Sun, the others 3 are Aldebaran, Spica, e Regulus. Curiously, Antares was romantically associated as one of the four Royal Stars in the sky of Persia around 3000 BC, thus its astrological association in natal charts is of worldwide recognition and success, being firstly recognized in charts as of a very fortunate nature, something quite contrasting to the interpretations of the Greeks and Romans. The star is also known since early ages as one of the four key stars in the heavens, also called archangel stars: Michael (Aldebaran) watcher of the East. Gabriel (Fomalhaut) watcher of the South. Raphael (Regulus) Watcher of the North. Oriel (Antares) Watcher of the West. It wouldn’t had been too late for ancients to correlate the stars to specific events and situations, once they were/are so obvious in the sky, having its appearance astrologically (magical works, mark of events etc.) and astronomically (navigation, point of reference etc.) as permanent points of interest.

Mars, the planet of war is Aries’ rulership and was always seen that way by our ancestors, the same for Ares being the god of war. The ancient perception was categorical and logical by the visual effect the stars emitted when compared, and for that, the name Antares is believed to be focused on the resemblance of the same brightness and reddish color planet Mars emits, therefore being pictured as the rival of Mars, an Anti-Ares star yet still having its same attributes or even more dangerous then Mars or completely opposite – beneficial once also attributed to Jupiter as said above. An astronomical curiosity is the fact little is known and talked about but there are actually 2 Antares stars in that region of the Scorpius constellation once we are pointing out to a binary system of stars, it is usually called Antares B, a greenish color makes contrast to Antares A, but its brightness (magnitude) is so low near the A that B is invisible by naked eye, yet B is more luminous than our Sun, the life-giver. Antares B is about 2.9 arc-seconds, or 550 AU apart from Antares A. So whenever you are searching in the skies for Antares, you will be in reality looking at 2 big celestial and gaseous bodies, and not just one big yellowish ball. The light Antares emits is about 10,000 times the luminosity of the Sun, having characteristics enough to be a future supernova.

  • Astrological Antares – A military Star

“A Mars nature, in which the powers of Mercury and Jupiter and Saturn are also added. Antares makes people tough, belligerent and pugnacious. This is an important star for military personnel and is said to convey mental alertness, strategic ability and courage and to make dare-devils, especially if tied up with the MC, Ascendant, Sun or Jupiter. If associated with Mars, courage is said to become foolhardiness, leading to increased dangers. Natives with this particular configuration have to be prepared at all times for sudden incidents, unforeseen events and potential accidents. According to tradition, Antares is of violent character and is credited with being significant for a violent death, either in battle or by process of law. On the other hand, danger may come about by fire, weapons or machinery. Antares is also said to be unfortunate for the eyes, if in conjunction with the Ascendant, Moon or Sun and this has proven to be the case by later researchers. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.]”

antaresFor astrological purposes, Antares in its geocentric celestial longitude is now positioned at 9° degrees and 46 minutes of Sagittarius (Agrippa1531 corScorpii.png at 9°46′ tropical Sagittarius), but apparently it can vary from material sources. In the 1900’s Antares was at 8°22′ degrees. This fact alone tells that fixed stars are not actually fixed but always slowly moving, not enough though to be witnessed in a lifetime, thus the term “fixed stars” is only a way of saying how slow or the stationary display they seem to appear relative to Earth. Annually around December 2 the Sun passes 5° degrees of Antares, for that reason Antares is said to be less than 5° degrees of the ecliptic and can be hidden by the Moon (as it did in July 31st of 2009) and rarely by other planets. Although ruthless, violent and dangerous in nature, astrological fixed star Antares has no direct impact in someone’s life direction if not conjunction by the closest orb as possible to the Ascendant or Midheaven, not even conjunction to personal planets can influence that much on the life’s path. However, when in severe contact to personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and even social Jupiter and Saturn), it can drastically change its nature, overcoming the ability of the other planet to fully express its condition accordingly to its own’ energy. Having this in mind, stay away from the evil mind that drags you down to the hell. This is not to encourage though, blind spots. The Mars-Saturn conjunction is already a hard to knock it down combination, it is prevailing, persisting and can be extremely annoying to many people. Curiously, huge star ball Antares is said to be characterized by the nature of Mars and Jupiter as once classified by Ptolemy. Supermassive Antares is part of the 15 Behenian Fixed Star in our skies (in the article ahead I explore more of it). The majority of these stars are bigger than the Sun itself. Actually if you place the star Antares in the place of the Sun it would reach its outer parts between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Surely, the lady in red is seductive in may forms, it needs to appear!

The deal is simple. Mars with Antares promotes success in battle as well as can indicate a violent death, assassination and the down fall for the one involved, yet, it foresees a great strategic person full of courage to act in the name of Antares which can cause lots of disaster along the way, banishing demons have physical consequences. Moreover, Mars-Antares is associated to success in war. It is like having double Mars attached to the chart altogether, and the Jupiter-association is highly viewed by astrologers as the factor of “lucky” in war as well as success by well strategic plans, as was mostly seen by the Persians. If contact with Jupiter, there could be a great fortune, career success and other joys of life in expanded manners, or in its downfall – it brings instantaneous false hope, hypocrisy and huge fraud.

Now, what about the other planets in astrology and sensitive points? How can we relate that? In her book entitled “Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, 1923” – author Vivian E. Robson explores the world of the fixed stars in detail format. Here are her hints about Antares conjunct each of this points or planets in the chart:

If Rising (conjunct 1st house): Riches and honor, violence, sickness, benefits seldom last. [Robson*, p.137.]

If culminating (conjunct 10tht house): Honor, preferment and good fortune. [Robson*, p.137.]

With Fortuna or its dispositor: poverty. [Robson*, p.137.]

With Sun: Pretended religion, insincere, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, military preferment, danger of treachery, violence committed or suffered, fevers and sickness, injuries to the right eye, violent death. If rising or culminating, great honor through violence attended by difficulties and casualties. If with Mars also, pestilential disease. [Robson*, p.137.]

With Moon: Popular, broad-minded, interested in philosophy, science and metaphysics, liable to change religious opinions, influential friends, favorable for business and domestic matters, active in local affairs, great power, honor and wealth but benefits may not prove lasting, danger of violence, sickness, drowning or assassination. If in 1st or 10th houses, honor and preferment but many dangers and calamities. Liable to blindness or eye injuries especially if at the same time Mars or Saturn be with Regulus. If Saturn be with Aldebaran, danger of a violent death probably by hanging; but if Mars be with Aldebaran death by a stab, blow or fall especially if in angles. If a malefic be with Aldebaran in the 4th, 7th, 11th or 12th houses, death by a sudden sword-thrust, stab or fall (operations can be substituted for stabs nowadays). [Robson*, p.137.]

With Mercury: Suspicious, wrongfully accuses friends, unpopular, uses ecclesiastic influence in business, money obtained slowly and with much difficulty, danger of sickness to the native and his family, and death of a relative at home or away. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Venus: Insincere, dishonest, energetic and able but selfish. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Mars: Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Jupiter: Great religious zeal real or pretended, ecclesiastical preferment, tendency to hypocrisy, benefits through relatives. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Saturn: Materialistic, dishonest through circumstances created by environment, religious hypocrisy, many disappointments, loss through quarrels and legal affairs, trouble through enemies, many failures, hampered by relatives, unfavorable for domestic matters, much sickness to and sorrow from children. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Uranus: Abnormal and extreme ideas, hypocritical, lies and exaggerates, extremely socialistic, incites to riot, lawlessness and anarchism and in danger of imprisonment on this account, occasional poverty, disharmony with relatives, more than one marriage, unfavorable for children, violent death. [Robson*, p.138.]

With Neptune: Shrewd, cunning, unbalanced and mentally unsound, secretive but apparently candid, dishonest, tendency to theft, economical, untruthful, strange religious ideas, evil environment, gain through hard work, sudden and unexpected death brought about by treachery or through enemies who will escape retribution. [Robson*, p.138.]

As concerned above, saffron-colored Antares in astrology has only potency when in strong contact with the chart according to certain prior considerations. First of all, fixed stars should never be treated like a planet in any astrological method, for astrological purposes, fixed stars ‘cast no rays’, therefore the conjunction (0° degree) aspect shall be only considered among all the others aspects. Traditional astrologers would consider at least within six degrees of any associated 15 behenian fixed stars, thinking such influence was particularly strong, but as all astrologers know that the closer the orb, stronger the combination – and point of view can also differ from astrologer to astrologer when judging the star’s magnitude (brightness).

Professionals of the science also consider fixed stars of fortunate or benevolent nature to overcome some negative points in a native’s chart, for example Willim Lilly wrote in his “Seven Segments of Cardan” choices of aphorisms: “When Jupiter is in the Sixth House, Retrograde and the Lord of the Secon Peregrine, and no benevolente fixed star to help, the Native will be very poor and necessitou.” –  [ed. William Lilly, 1675]. By the way, in the 17th century controversial astrologer Lilly actually identified about fifty fixed stars in his horary delineations, advancing the interpretation of astrological charts instead of using them only for magical purposes. The 50 fixed stars useful for horary charts according to William are: Scheat, Alpheratz, Caput Algol (The Gorgon’s Head), Alcyone, Hyades, Aldebaran

At the website astrology.king author Jamie Partridge writes about known people with Antares prominent on their charts: “Antares was conjunction Ascendant in the birth charts of Ghandi, who died by assassination; general Schleicher, murdered by Hitler; Helen Keller. A conjunction with the MC has been recorded with boxer Ten Hoff and Bormann, minister under Hitler. A conjunction with the Sun can be found in the charts of British Prime Minister Churchill, Field-Marshall Kesserling and the former Reichsarschall Goering. Antares was conjunction the Moon of Copernicus, and bound up with the lunar Node and Moon of the philosopher Nietzch, who at age 45, became an imbecile. The Austrian Kulturphilisoph, Rudolf Kassner was bornwhen the fixed star was conjunction Mars. because he contracted infantile paralysis, he had to use crutches all his life.” – (Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.)

Astrology can be easily feared by this point, that’s why professional astrologers are here to help students of the art and science to progress fearless. By such intense interpretation from Ebertin over said by Jamie is terrific in essence. You read those sentences and you actually get to be scared by the effect of such tragic correspondence. Reading about Gandhi does bring a comfort to the idea Antares can also be spiritual in nature, but the assassination followed can give people a chill. A brighter side of Antares by itself and only can be interpreted as a constituted association to the 16th manzil which stands for Arabic Moon Mansion or Al Kalb (the Heart), which is said to be one of the fortunate stations, but this is something out of my jurisdiction. This is a serious study that demands detached quality of the mind.

For practical purposes, I shall make a last consideration. In modern astrology, little is used of the fixed stars to delineate natal charts. As the term says, ‘fixed’ is not something easily movable, not something easy to handle neither on daily basis or in a short-term,  thus its application to natal charts shall only be viewed as a second alternative to reading charts of people with a common life, that means, different from those who has world influence and success, even when a person has a prominent fixed star evident in the chart.


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